November 6, 2018
A Daybed or Sleeper Sofa- Which is a Better Choice?
It is always nice having guests, and their sleeping over too if it gets late. However, the problem may be that there may not be enough space in your home for a full guest bedroom. Don’t worry because there’s a solution to the problem, in the form of daybeds and sleeper sofas.
They offer the perfect space-saving sleeping option when you have unexpected guests at home. Though they are both excellent for sleeping and lounging, they work in different ways because of their independent styles and advantages.
If you wonder which to buy, you first need to know what their independent features and advantage are. It’s then based on this that you will be able to choose the best unit between the two.
So what exactly is a daybed?
They are essentially normal twin beds on frames that look very much like a sofa. They usually have wooden or metal arms and back that resembles a bed’s headboard.
The difference here lies in the fact that the headboard runs along the mattress’s long side too and not only on the short side as in the bed frames. There are also daybeds without any arms or head. In this case, you can use plush pillows to create a comfortable back for guests to lean against while sitting on it.
And what is a sleeper sofa?
A sleeper sofa is more like a sofa with a mattress cleverly camouflaged in its’ seat. They are also called fold-out couches and its mattress usually folds into the sofa’s interior compartment.
They look more like any other sofa you see in a living room at first glance. It is only after removing the cushions, and the mattress is unfolded, that you realize that it has a cozy bed.
Comparing the two
You will be able to make a better choice once you see a head-on comparison based on the different features of the two.
While compression is something that affects all types of mattresses, it has different consequences on sleeper sofas and daybeds. If you will be using the furniture more for sitting and infrequently for sleeping, then a sleeper sofa is a better option. They are designed to look more like a sofa with a hidden or fold-away bed compartment. They are also comparatively more comfortable to sit on.
However, if you will be using it more for sleeping than sitting, then a daybed is a better choice. This is because it is more comfortable to sleep on as it anyway has an actual mattress.
2. Practicality of use
If you need something that offers more of storage space for all your towels and linen, or if you want to give guests with someplace to store their belongings, then a daybed is a better choice.
They usually have additional features like built-in storage baskets, drawers or shelves, and cubicles under the mattress region. Sleeper sofas may have some storage space, which unfortunately is needed more for storing the mattress.
3. Available space in the room
Space is another feature to take into consideration while choosing between the two. This is because standard sleeper sofas expand to as much as 54” wide and 84” long when used for one-person sleeping.
In case of the more popular queen size options, it can take up as much as 84” in width and 90” in length. This means that there should be enough space in the room to accommodate its mattress when folded out for use.
This is why a daybed is a better choice if space is a constraint, and where you have a small guest room space. While daybeds come in fold-out styles, they retain their size and shape however you use it. So there’s no need of moving anything around to make space for its mattress because it doesn’t expand when used for sleeping.
There are also many daybeds that can be outfitted with a trundle bed that can be conveniently stored under the bed. It proves useful as an additional mattress and sleeping space for the extra guest when needed. The trundle bed has casters to be conveniently pulled out and used when needed, and is easily stored back under the bed after use.
4. Guest size
Who are the guests who may most likely come and a sleepover? Is it someone tall? Is it a couple? This is important because you have to buy furniture that can accommodate them if they sleep over.
There’s no point in buying something too short if your friend who usually stays over is someone tall and lanky. A small mattress may also not be enough if you usually have friends staying over with their small kid.
So if mattress size is important, then sleeper sofas are better if you have a larger frame and taller people staying over. While daybeds come in twin and full size and some larger options, they can’t beat a sleeper sofa here.
Sleeper sofas don’t actually look like sleeper sofas. They look more like standard sofas, meaning that they blend into and look great in any living room. They come in various styles and colors and are made using various fabric and leather options for you to choose from based on the interiors of your home or room.
Daybeds are also available in various colors and styles ranging from contemporary to classic style to complete your room’s decor. You can also easily complete the daybed’s look using comforters, sheets, blankets, and pillows.
This gives daybeds and advantage, especially if you want to change its looks based on seasons, holidays or your mood. All you have to change are the sheets, comforters, and pillows on it.
So you see, while both daybeds and sleeper sofas seem to be so similar, there’s actually quite a lot of difference between the two. It’s left to you to take a look at their independent features and advantages and make your choice based on your available space, the frequency of use and the guests who will most probably be using it.
November 5, 2018
8 Tips for buying furniture online-Choosing the right website
This is the first of a series of three posts describing the best and safest way to buy furniture online. With furniture costing a bomb, many people turn to the internet in the hopes of finding something affordably priced that looks quite like the more expensive versions.
However just as there are various online sites where you can save thousands of dollars, there are also lots of poor, scam and unreliable websites you have to be wary about.
This is why the first thing you need to know if you plan to buy your furniture online is to locate the right website selling reliable and high-quality items at an affordable price. These tips can help you make the right choice.
1. Nothing impulsive
It’s most important that you don’t do any impulsive shopping. You need to do some research to ensure you buy from a website selling reliable ware that gives minimal complaints and problems later on.
2. Do your reading
You can learn a lot about the company through its About page. It's the better and safer websites that provide company details like their history, customer service and satisfaction guarantee on the page. There should also be some contact information because it’s only the reputable companies that print their contact details on the page.
3. Go through a few store reviews
It’s better and safer to read reviews found on most websites. While it’s okay for a store to have one or two bad experiences, sites with several bad reviews or a low ranking are better avoided.
You can start your research by visiting Google Product Search where users rank and review websites. They rank merchants on a one to five stars basis and submit reviews of different merchants. While stores with one or two-star ratings are better avoided, it’s better to learn more about those with three to five-star ratings by reading reviews left by others.
You can also check with the Better Business Bureau where they have a list of all the consumer complaints against different retailers on various aspects like shopping and ordering discrepancies and more. Even though you may not find all online stores listed here, you do learn a lot through the BBB.
4. The return policy
The best websites are those offering clear and flexible return policies. Customers should have enough time to make returns, at least 30 days. Some stores even offer 45 to 60 days to make a return.
Also, check the site’s re-stocking and shipping fees where the best policies have free return shipping. It can get expensive if you have to pay the return shipping costs. So stay clear from websites charging customers a re-stocking fee, have complex return procedures or don’t even let you make returns.
5. Shipping expenses
Check the store’s shipping policy which is usually mentioned in their FAQ or About pages before buying anything. Different websites use different shipping companies like FedEx quoting different shipping and handling rates.
Some may include the costs or handling fees to your order to compensate for their cheaper rates. This is why you have to check the store’s shipping and handling fees before buying anything.
There’s also the chance of stores offering free shipping, but later adding their shipping costs to the purchase price. It’\s the sites quoting ‘free shipping’ but charging $100-$200 more for their furniture that usually adds shipping costs to the prices.
6. A store that matches your style
While online retailers like Amazon may offer a huge range of products in different decorating styles, there are sites selling the only a particular style. Some sell modern and eco-friendly furniture containing minimal design elements while others may sell traditional or classic pieces.
Buying from a website selling your preferred style products leaves you with a wider range of choices to choose from. You can easily locate sites selling your preferred style by using keywords identifying it in your online searches.
7. Look for stores with a wide range of products
It’s better and quicker buying everything you need from a single store selling all you need for your home. Besides, most stores even offer discounts if you buy multiple pieces so you end up saving more money.
And if you are ardent about buying everything in the same stain or color, then it’s better to buy everything from one store. You’ll be assured they all match instead of ending up with different products in varied shades or colors.
8. Secure websites
Always buy from secure websites for a reduced chance for any identity theft. You will be able to tell if the site is secure or not when you start the checkout process. For example, check the page’s URL.
If it’s a secure site, then the URL should start with ‘https’ and not ‘HTTP’, which means that the site is secure. The presence of a lock icon somewhere at the bottom of the web page also means it’s a safe website.
Double-clicking on it gives you information about the website’s security measures. You can also find out more about the site’s security measures on their FAQ page.
And if you receive any promotional emails from the site, always first ensure the email is safe and secure before clicking on any links in the email. If and when you do click on a link, check for signs indicating that you are at a secure site before buying anything.
Now that you know how to find a safe and right website for furniture shopping, wait for the next post to find out more about how to choose different furniture. It’s worth spending all this time reading and finding out about online stores. This is because they don’t usually have any brick and mortar stores, and thus don’t have to bear its overheads.
This is how and why they can afford to sell their products at such excellent prices. Choosing the right furniture website ensures you make a safe, and reliable purchase and investment.
Then again, you may want to check out a few sites before making your final decision. Compare the different brands, products and rates in different websites and check the reviews and shipping costs before you make your final decision.
October 15, 2018
9 Pointers to Buying the Best Bed Sheets
Did you know that the pleasure of a good night’s sleep is improved if you sleep on fresh, soft cozy sheets? They actually let you breathe and relax in your sleep, which is why taking the following tips into consideration helps select the best bedding for yourself.
1. Size of your mattress
It’s sometimes better to choose your bedding based on the mattress you use, and if you have an additional mattress topper. This is because deep mattresses or thin mattresses with mattress toppers on top may require extra-deep bed clothes.
This makes making and tucking beds so much easier. This is why it’s better to measure your mattress and mattress topper’s depth, before choosing your bed linen especially if it’s extra deep in build.
You may not be able to distinguish the sheet’s weave but it goes a long way at determining the sheet’s softness, price, appearance, and longevity. Linen with a basic plain weave woven having an equal number of vertical and horizontal yarns are the cheapest. On the contrary, percale linen are popular for being lightweight, crisp and durable because it has a weave thread count of 180 or more.
In the case of sateen weaves, the bedding has more vertical than horizontal yarns which is why these bed clothes are so soft to touch. However, at the same time, it has a much higher chance of pilling and tearing when compared to plain weave bed clothes.
The more intricate weaves like damasks and jacquards are textured to touch and may have a pattern that’s soft to coarse. Though they are as durable as the plain weave sheets, they are rather expensive because special looms are used for making them.
Different bedding has different finishes, which you have to select and buy as per your preference. For example, some manufacturers treat their sheets with chemicals like chlorine, silicon or formaldehyde so that they do not end up in wrinkles, shrink or lose its shape. Some manufacturers may even treat their bedding with something alkali to give a sheen to the fabric.
However, there are people who prefer buying and using pure-finish organic linen which have no chemicals, even though they tend to make wrinkles easier than sheets with a chemical finish. They are however definitely a better option if you have allergies or are sensitive to particular chemicals. This is why it’s better to feel the bedding before you make your final choice.
Just like most people prefer wearing cotton for its comfort, cotton bed linen are always better for your mattress. It’s a natural, breathing fabric available in different types where the long-fiber kinds of cotton like Supina and Egyptian are the softest, and strongest.
They have long fibers which ensure the fiber doesn’t pill so that it remains soft for a longer period. Besides, it’s highly unlikely that you will wake up sticky and clammy sleeping on cotton sheets because its fiber absorbs moisture away from your skin.
Cotton is also much easier to maintain fabric because it does not stain easily like polyester blends. The reason for this is because cotton absorbs water so that it quickly releases dirt when wet.
The high-end cotton sheets are a bit expensive for some, which is why they opt for the cheaper, durable and wrinkle-resistant polycotton versions. While linen is also another natural fiber known for its light weight and breathability, its disadvantage is that it tends to wrinkle much easier than cotton.
5. Thread count
Though the sheet’s thread count, which is the number of threads in a square inch of the fabric, was once the most important determinant for good linen, things have changed now. There are various other factors today that determine the sheet’s quality like the fiber of the yarn, the finish, spinning, and size.
This is why sometimes bedding which is made of good quality fiber but with a lower thread count is softer to touch than linen made using low-quality fiber but has a higher thread count.
6. Wrinkle-free bedding- to buy or not
Buying wrinkle-free bed clothes is once again a personal preference because it has its share of pros and cons. The common and most popular advantage which is also a convenience is that it doesn’t require any pressing to remove wrinkles.
However, these bedding also has a disadvantage which is that its chemical finish tends to disappear after a few washes. So you eventually end up having to press the bedding anyway after washing or before using it.
Another disadvantage is the health problems the chemical finish of the sheets gives. These sheets are made using a resin which releases formaldehyde, a chemical that is popularly used with embalming fluids, which some people with skin allergies are sensitive to.
7. It is better to wash bedding before use
It is generally a good habit to wash your sheets before use. Not only does it let the yarns bloom to give a softer feel, but it is also especially required if you have any sensitivity or if you are allergic to some chemicals.
It’s normally after the bedding is woven that designs are applied to them. This is why the sheets may feel stiff to the touch when you first buy them. Washing them a few times help make them softer. Of the lot, it’s the colored or patterned bedding, which is made using yarn-dyed fabrics, are the softest, but most expensive options available.
9. Place of manufacture
You also have to consider the place of manufacture before buying your bedding. This is because though France and Italy are famous as the best sheet makers around, every country producing sheets having a wide selection for you to choose from. So it’s better to make your choice based on the price and your budget.
You can now buy yourself much better and more comfortable bedding set with the help of these pointers. Though you may have to do some research, and perhaps even try a few types, you will eventually find the right bed sheets that guarantee you a good and relaxed night’s sleep!
October 11, 2018
The Ultimate Bunk Bed Buying Guide
You seem to be at a shortage of space most of the time when you have children at home. This is when you have to consider making changes to your furnishings, especially when it comes to beds.
Instead of having two cots in a room taking up more floor space, it’s better to have a pair of bunk beds which not only gives your children a comfortable night’s sleep but is also attractive to look at.
Bunk sets are no longer just a pair of cots with stairs. There are so many types made in various styles and materials to choose from. They may even come equipped with a cupboard or desk, thus offering more space saving options. There are also some models that have not two, but three or four units bundled together.
So if you are looking for bunk cots, but don’t know where to start, then this buying guide should help you out. And if you especially are on the fence about buying one, there is even a section listing its pros and cons.
You don’t have to wash both sheets if one of your kids wet the bed in their sleep. This is unlike double beds where both or the entire bed sheet may end up getting wet and need washing.
Bunk sets give you more space for movement, and to store your kids’ toys and belongings in their room. While twin and full beds cover a larger part of the room space, these beds take up the space of a single unit.
Bunk cots can even be separated to use as two twin units if needed.
Your children don’t feel like they are sharing their bedding as each has an individual bed to sleep on.
Making the bed may be a chore if you are short, and have to climb to the top of the bed to do it. Similarly, you may also find it difficult tucking the top child in.
Safety is the biggest concern of using bunk beds. There’s the risk of kids slipping while climbing the stairs or may also hit their head if there’s not much of a gap between the two cots.
Some even wonder if the bunk bed is stable enough to sustain the mischief of children, which is why it’s safer if only older kids slept on the top bunk. It’s also recommended that the beds are placed in the corner to minimize the chances of kids falling out.
It can be dangerous if the child sleeping on top can reach the ceiling fan. They may also find it difficult coming down the ladder to go to the bathroom at nights.
Now you know about the advantages and disadvantage of these cots, which helps you prepare yourself mentally about sleeping on bunk beds, here are some tips to help you make your selection.
i. Separable or not
The units which can be separated give you added flexibility in case your children grow and can no longer sleep comfortably on the top bed. However separable bunk beds are not always built equal, which you may or may not like.
Aesthetics will naturally come in the picture, which is why you have to make a choice based on how you want the cot to look. You can make your selection based on smooth or gritty wood, color, cots with drawers smoothly slide in and out and the overall look.
iii. The height of the top bunk
Check how tall the unit on top is because it can be dangerous if it’s too high or if your child is on the taller side. They may accidently touch the fan or ceiling while stretching.
iv. Trundle bed
Bunk cots with trundle beds may seem a useful proposition if you need to fit in 3 beds in the bedroom using minimal space. Bunk beds with trundles give more space in the room in the day, and also let three people comfortably sleep at night. However, a trundle is an unnecessary buy if you won’t need a third bed.
v. Additional storage space
There are some models that not only give your kids a bed to sleep on, but also come with additional space to store things. Some popular options are staircase drawers, space under the bottom bunk for things, an attached desk and enough space all around to access these additional features.
vi. Space in between bunks
It’s better if there’s more space in between the bunks so that adults can sit on the bottom bunk without hunching, stooping or hitting their heads. Besides, more space means that your kids won’t quickly outgrow their bunk beds in a few years’ time.
vii. Type of ladder
Most bunk sets come with ladders which are placed diagonally against the cot or stairs to climb up to the top bed. However, there are also some models without any stairs or ladders. In this case your child has to be able to climb to access the top bed.
You have to decide which type you want. And in case you feel you need a ladder, select between removable ladders, the gap between the rungs and how much space it occupies in the room.
As children tend to jump and play around on their bedding, it’s important you buy a sturdy bed which may not fall apart in a few weeks’ time because of their antics. You can get an idea of the bed’s stability taking a look at the bed frame’s thickness, it’s construction and the material it’s made of.
While you may always want to get a good deal with your buy, remember that the cheapest option may not be safe and stable for your kids. It’s better to look around, check the available features and of course give safety top priority while eventually making your choice.
Although there are lots of online stores selling terrific bunk sets at great rates it’s recommended to first have your child check them out in traditional stores. This gives you an idea about how they like it and if they are comfortable climbing up onto it. You can then decide what to look out for and compare costs while looking for cheaper options online.
October 9, 2018
OMG! Selecting the Right Outdoor Furniture Was Never Easier!
There’s nothing better to improve the looks and ambiance of your porch, patio, outdoor swimming deck, and garden than a beautiful outdoor furniture set. It lets you comfortably enjoy the outdoors with the company of your friends and family.
While there is a huge range of outdoor furniture for you to select from, it is important that you make your choice wisely. This is because they will be outdoors most of the time. So this means that they should have the structural integrity to remain good looking and inviting even in extreme weather conditions.
They should also easy to maintain lest you end up spending most of your time just maintaining them. This is where this article should help you make the right choice by explaining the many factors you need to look for in outdoor furniture.
Always invest in something durable which can still look new even after withstanding various elements. It’s better than other furnishings which may be durable in normal living conditions but needs to be replaced every few seasons in areas with inclement weather. It’s also better to invest in something strong and durable if you will be using it regularly because frequent use can lead to extended wear and tear.
If you live in a place that is either high in humidity levels or has frequent rainstorms, then look for furniture that is built to resist water-based problems. This is important because furnishings having water standing around it or which retains moisture will not only lead to more damage and complications but can also trigger various health problems and risks.
This is one of the consequences of stagnant water and moisture absorbency. Mold and mildew usually grow on organic materials like bamboo, which later leads to the formation of mold and mildew.
While mold and mildew may not damage the material and is easily cleaned off, it can trigger respiratory problems, irritation, and other similar health-related problems. Rot, however, can lead to a deterioration of your furnishings, and its further decomposition which is why it’s better to buy something made of a material that does not easily rot.
Any outdoor furnishings made of steel or iron are more susceptible to corrosion upon continuous exposure to water and oxygen. It’s this oxidation that leads to the slow weakening of the metals through rusting and discoloration. Iron and steel furnishing in the coastal regions is more susceptible to rust because of the presence of salt in the air and water.
With the rising emphasis and importance on using eco-friendly products and going eco-friendly, it’s not surprising that most people want to invest in eco-friendly furnishing. Luckily for them, there are many outdoor furnishing manufacturers who use ‘green’ manufacturing methods and biodegradable, recyclable and eco-friendly materials to manufacture eco-friendly furnishings.
Sometimes outdoor furniture can get heated up because it’s made of a material that retains heat. This can get uncomfortable because the chairs and tables end up feeling hot to touch, and no one actually enjoys sitting on, using or even touching hot things!
People who live in windy conditions have to invest in furniture that is sturdy enough to withstand the strong wind. It should be able to stand tall without tipping or blowing away because furnishing can easily get damaged by strong winds. It’s always better to be safer than sorry instead of having to continually store or secure your idle furniture.
There are some materials which water tends to penetrate through and consequently leads to its uneven drying. This can lead to the warping or twisting of the furnishing’s original shape. Of course, there may not be any immediate significant changes in the shape but with time the warping gets rather noticeable. It, in fact, ends up distorting the material, misaligning the seams and even loosens any screws and bolts holding the unit together. This, in turn, is risky and dangerous.
If in case you live somewhere hot and sunny like Hawaii or the Bahamas, then it’s better to select outdoor furniture which can sustain any possible damage from harsh UV rays. And if the region experiences constant seasonal fluctuations, then look for material that can sustain extreme hot to cold fluctuations.
When you speak about furnishings sustaining possible damage from UV rays, it includes its possible fading with time. This can prove to be a loss to your investment because the furnishings quickly lose its luster because of the UV rays and heat. Some changes you may notice along with fading of colors are a reduced color vibrancy in the furnishings, along with uneven spotting.
The longevity and durability of some furniture are also dependent on how easy, and how frequently you take care of it. While some materials require minimal maintenance because they can be easily and quickly cleaned with just soap and water, other materials require special and more time to maintain to look great and function optimally.
So if you don’t think you will be able to devote lots of time cleaning and maintaining your furniture, then it’s better to look for something that requires minimal maintenance.
There are so many factors to bear in mind while selecting outdoor furniture that you may end up choosing something that’s way above your budget. This is why you have to remember to keep your cost and budget in mind whenever you go shopping for outdoor furnishings.
Some outdoor furniture is built using material that tends to expand and contract with heat and cold. This will, in turn, lead to possible cracking, splitting and even warping upon exposure to extreme temperature fluctuations. Even dry air can lead to bending and cracking, which is why it’s better to avoid investing such furnishing.
So basically, you need to look for furnishings that can sustain weather fluctuations, rain, and extreme heat so that you can buy the best outdoor furniture that’s also well within your budget.
October 5, 2018
7 Leather Furniture Myths Debunked
Leather furniture is so beautiful to look at; it spruces up any living room interiors. However, despite being so attractive to look at, many people think twice about investing in them because of the many leather care myths surrounding it.
This is why this article strives to debunk these myths, and instead provide some facts and tips that will help you keep your leather furniture well maintained.
1. Myth no.1: Leather furniture isn’t long lasting.
Fact: This is false. On the contrary, leather furnishing is a lifetime investment that looks even more beautiful over time because time brings out its natural patina. Besides, leather furnishing can be enjoyed for years to come, making it a worthwhile investment indeed.
2. Myth no. 2: Only the rich and elite can afford leather furnishing.
Fact: This is false because though leather upholstery does give you a rich and royal look, most people can afford it. This is mainly because unlike other furniture fabrics that tend to wear out, leather tends to wear in, and thus last longer than fabric.
It’s in fact about the same rate as any other furnishings but comes with the added benefit of being a durable material and a long-term investment. Its long lasting life makes it a worthy investment even if you may have to pay an initial substantial amount for it.
3. Myth no. 3: Leather furniture is difficult to take care of.
Fact: This is also false because leather is not as difficult to take care of as thought. All it requires is regular maintenance like wiping out spills immediately and using a conditioner to condition it every 6 to 12 months to prevent possible cracking.
The only important thing you need to remember is to avoid using normal cleaning supplies like soaps, solvents, and detergents to clean it. However, like other furnishings, it also needs some regular vacuuming and spot cleaning.
4. Myth no.4: Pets and kids easily damage leather furniture.
Fact: This is false as it’s only if your pets use it as a scratch post or a chew toy that they may end up getting damaged. Otherwise, it’s as safe as any other sofa or chair you have at home.
In fact, leather is a rather strong and springy material which makes it an ideal addition to any home with youngsters because it’s less likely to get too hot or cold for their comfort. However, just for your satisfaction, you could perhaps look for something with a protective layer which protects the leather from possible damage by kids and pets.
5. Myth no.5: Leather furniture can get too hot or too cold for comfort.
Fact; This is partly true and partly false because while leather car furniture can get cold and hot based on the season, leather pieces at home tend to warm up based on your body heat. In fact, it remains pleasantly cool in summer because it’s a natural, breathable material. Of course, it’s also important that you keep it away from the sun otherwise it can get hot, and the heat may also end up fading the color.
6. Myth No.6: Leather Furnishings can get uncomfortable for many.
Fact: This is false because leather sofas and furnishings are just as comfortable as any other furniture. In fact, using it with pillows and blankets make it even cozier to sit on!
7. Myth no.7: Leather furniture gets ruined if wet.
Fact: This is partly true because while too much water is bad of leather furnishings, it does require some moisture for conditioning, and to remain supple and firm. In fact, while there are some fixtures which come with a non-absorbent protective coating on top, there are others like aniline leather that don’t have any coating and are absorbent in nature.
Useful leather cleaning tricks and techniques
Now that the major myths about leather furniture have been debunked, it’s now time to learn some tricks and trades that will help keep it beautiful for many years to come.
Make sure you regularly condition it every 6 – 12 months to keep it supple and to prevent possible cracking.
It is always better to protect your furniture from the sun and direct light because it may fade with regular exposure to the sun.
If you are using a new cleaning product meant for leather sofas and furnishings, it is always better to try it on an obscure part before using it on the entire unit.
Immediately wipe off any extra liquid in case of minor spills and spots with a clean, absorbent sponge or cloth. You may also lightly wet a soft cloth with clean lukewarm water and then let it dry naturally.
It’s not advised to use any soap or to soak the furniture heavily with water because it ends up doing more harm than the stain.
In case there are some oil, butter or grease stains on the leather furnishing, wipe it off using a clean and dry cloth and then leave it alone. Though you may find a spot there, it over time slowly dissipates into the leather.
Light or minor scratches are best removed gently buffing it using chamois or clean fingers. You can also work scratches out by moistening the area lightly with distilled water.
With these 7 myths debunked, you will definitely feel and agree that leather furniture is not so difficult to take care of. In fact, it requires about the same time and care as any other furnishing, and are easily maintained and taken care of using the above-mentioned tips and tricks.
October 1, 2018
Buying guide for the perfect kitchen island
Kitchen islands make the perfect solution to add space and functionality to a kitchen. Not only can you use them to store your pots, pans, dishes, and appliances, but it also provides you with vital additional working space.
However, it is well worth it only if you choose the right unit that blends well into your kitchen. This is where this buying guide helps you select the right unit for your home.
The two most basic kitchen island types are fixed and moveable versions. While both do help add lots of storage and work space to the kitchen, they also have its share of individual disadvantages.
1. Built-in versions
A built-in version is a better option for houses with big kitchens because you can also use them as some additional dining area for meals. Besides, the presence of some dining space in the kitchen always fetches you a better price if you want to sell your home later on.
2. Mobile versions
Movable islands are as the name suggests, kitchen islands that can be moved and easily relocated as necessary. This is a good investment if you have a small kitchen. You can roll the unit around the kitchen to use as required for entertaining guests, cooking your food or cleaning dishes or vegetables.
It is also a wiser option if you are on a budget, or if you live in rented homes because you can take it along with you whenever you shift. Beside, movable carts can also be moved outdoors to use for campfires, BBQ parties and even pool parties.
You have to select your kitchen island based on its functionalities. While providing a second counter and dining space are the most common functions of kitchen islands, there are some other functions you can also consider:
While a kitchen island can be used in any kitchen, it’s the large U and L-shaped kitchens which accommodate them the best. This is why many people buy their kitchen carts based on the shape of their kitchen.
While an island in the middle of a U-shaped kitchen creates two workstations, it defines the space between the kitchen’s open end and the rest of the house in case of L-shaped kitchens. Kitchen islands are however not that useful in kitchens that have two parallel workspaces and some floor space in between because it makes working and moving around rather difficult.
Sometimes a rectangular unit may not fit well into your kitchen. If this is the case, you may consider buying an oval, L or T-shaped island instead which easily blends in.
If you plan to have meals at the kitchen island, then you have to buy and place an island that provides for at least 24 inches of space, and sufficient space for a stool or chair per person. It is also better if there’s clearance of at least 9 to 13 inches at the bottom of the counter as it provides for sufficient legroom.
While buying seats for the kitchen make sure you buy something that’s proportional to your island. Chairs are a better option for counters that are 28 to 30-inch tall while low stools are better for islands with 36-inch counters. However, bar stools make better seats in case of tall counters that are 42 to 48” tall.
It is obvious that the kitchen island should blend well with the interiors of your kitchen. This means that any overhead storage it has should be similar in color and design to your kitchen cabinets. If you opt for something different, remember that the right contrasting colors do help increase the oomph in your kitchen.
You need adequate lighting in your kitchen design for maximum work efficiency, which means your kitchen island should also come with sufficient lighting. It blends in better if its lighting is similar to whatever kitchen lights you have. And if you plan to do some cooking on the island, then it’s worth fitting a vent hood from the ceiling.
Adequate traffic flow
One of the most important points to consider while buying kitchen islands is that it requires a minimum of 36 to 48 inches of space around all sides. This provides for easy movement around the island and kitchen while working. There is no point having an island in the kitchen if it is eventually going to hamper your work productivity. If this is the case, it will end up being more like a hindrance or botheration to you, than an asset to the kitchen.
If you plan to use the island for storing utensils or your special dishware, then it will look better if you buy a unit that comes with open shelves. Islands with open shelves are comparatively cheaper because they require fewer materials and less labor to build.
These points should help you buy the ideal and perfect kitchen island for your kitchen. Lastly, remember that no matter what your plans may be for buying a kitchen island, it is always better to buy one which comes with additional electrical outlets. These outlets prove helpful if you plan to use ovens, blenders, and toasters to improve your kitchen workflow efficiency.
September 27, 2018
All You Need To Know About Buying Curio Cabinets
Most people wonder why the word ‘curio’ is attached to the word cabinet when it is a piece of furniture that is about the same as china cabinets. While it is true that the two do have many similarities, there are also some distinct differences between the two.
The main differences lie in its function and construction. China cabinets are generally used for the sole purpose of displaying chinaware and have enclosed sides. On the contrary, curio cabinets come with glass sides and a mirrored back.
The mirror and glass are specifically helpful at highlighting the decorative element of each item in the cabinet in detail from all sides. Curio cabinets are used more for showcasing practically anything you want to show-off like trophies, show pieces, and decorative pieces.
Curio cabinets come in various styles, shapes, sizes, and types which you have to choose from based on what you plan to store in them. You also have to make your selection based on where you plan to place the cabinet. You will know why this is important when you take a look at the types of curio cabinets available.
Different types of curio cabinets
Curio cabinets are available in different shapes and sizes which you have to choose based on the size of your collection. For example, wall curio cabinets look perfect for displaying your collection of small items like salt and pepper shakers or vintage articles while a corner curio is a better option for you if you do not have much space.
a) Standard curios
Standard curios are freestanding and available in various sizes. They are specifically designed and built to carry heavy objects like metal trophies and usually have glass sides and a mirrored back. They may also have additional features like lights in the interiors, adjustable shelves, doors with locks and plate grooves.
b) Wall mounted curio cabinets
As the name suggests, these cabinets are mounted on the walls and help save on floor space. This makes it the ideal addition to your room for showcasing your trophies if you do not have much space to do so. This is a self-contained unit which can hold only a small selection of collectibles and can be mounted on practically any room in your home.
c) Corner curio cabinet
These cabinets are a lot like a standard curio cabinet. The only difference is that it is designed to fit a room corner. This is why it makes the right choice in a room that has an otherwise dead corner space. Corner curio cabinets are also ideal for creating focal points in rooms that do not have any.
d) Clock curios
Yes, you’ve guessed it right. These cabinets carry a grandfather clock in a standard curio cabinet to give a multi-functional and appealing piece of furniture. Some of the cabinets come with battery operated clocks while others have grandfather clocks in them. These cabinets especially look like an heirloom piece of furniture, if it has a grandfather clock incorporated into its design.
Different styles of curio cabinets
i. Traditional style curios
Traditional curio cabinets are usually made of genuine woods, and make an investment that will be cherished over generations. It is attractively designed, has rich finishes and various decorative elements. These cabinets also come with elegant features like pediments, pilasters, inlays, carved accents, and broken pediments.
ii. Transitional curios
These curio cabinets generally have similar architectural decorative elements like broken pediments that the traditional curios have. The difference between the two is the fact that this is simpler to look at, and has less elaborate decorative details. These cabinets place more emphasis on elegance and sophistication and are usually made of deep espresso.
iii. Contemporary curio cabinets
As the name suggests, these cabinets have smooth and clean lines and uniquely uses geometric forms. They are either painted in neutral colors like beige and black or come with light wood finishes.
The most popular type of contemporary curio cabinets is wooden cabinets with chrome or brushed nickel accents. With its minimal decorations and relaxed lines, this is the perfect piece of furniture to use for creating a sense of calm and uncluttered look to any room.
iv. Country style curio cabinets
Country style curios are designed befitting a distinctive period flavor like Shaker, English Country or Shaker. They come with decorative elements like scalloped aprons and wainscoting and are uniquely designed to add a look of charm or rusticity to any room. This is the ideal cabinet for people who like a traditional feel in their furniture that is devoid of any form of formal ornamentation.
What is the best type of wood for curios?
If you wonder what the best wood type for curio cabinets is, it is generally any form of timber cut from trees like pine, oak, and mahogany. This timber is produced from hardwood or softwood trees and is more expensive than artificial wood products. They may come with rich cherry or mahogany finishes or with something casual like an oak finish.
September 24, 2018
Why You Should Buy a Tempurpedic Mattress
It is a known fact that everyone needs eight hours of sleep a day. However not many realize that it’s about a third of a day, which in turn means you spend a third of your life sleeping! With your spending so much time on the bed, you may as well make sure you sleep on one of the best, good quality beds, like the Tempurpedic mattress.
It was in the year 1992 that the company Tempur-Pedic was started with the purpose of producing high-end memory foam bedding. It grew to become one of the key companies producing these foam beds, which were originally developed and used by NASA for aircraft seats.
When you compare and take a look at the comfort, luxury, customer satisfaction and cool-feeling aspects of this mattress, it’s really outstanding. In fact, these are the main reasons people use them nowadays.
However, at the same time, all this comes at a cost, which is why these beddings are expensive. It’s taking advantage of this high price that has left other mid-luxury and less expensive brands like Duxiana, BedInABox, Setra and Amerisleep spread and develop their market.
Symbolizes quality and comfort
If you are someone who looks for the best in life, Tempurpedic beddings are marked as a symbol of quality and comfort. All you need to do is go through a few of its reviews to understand why it’s so.
Tempurpedic beds are famous for its ability at self-adjusting itself as per your body’s weight, shape, and temperature. This is to ensure it’s all distributed perfectly to offer optimal support to the body.
This company has come a long way since its inception and has not only improved its bedding making technology but has also started producing pillows and bedding. It’s not surprising that Tempurpedic adjustable beds and pillows have also grown huge in popularity since its inception.
How to choose your Tempurpedic mattress
One of the most important factors to consider while choosing any bed is its thickness. This is because it is the main determining factor of the beds’ quality and comfort levels.
Beddings normally come in various thicknesses starting from 6 inches to 14 inches. We do not suggest buying and using 6 or 8 inch thick versions because they are not as comfortable and supportive as they should be.
We instead suggest investing in a 10 or 12 inch thick models because they are most comfortable, sturdy and offer maximum support while sleeping. If you are someone obese, then it is better to look for a 14-inch thick mattress because it’s bigger, heavier and stronger than other options.
You can also choose and buy Tempurpedic beds based on its thickness. Tempurpedic produces more of high-density models which start from 8 inches in thickness. However, their 10 and 12-inch thick beddings are the most common in the market, while the 14 inch thick models are not that high in demand.
The manufacturer of all the Tempurpedic beddings provides an approximate but guaranteed life expectancy. The average lifespan of their low-density memory foam versions is about 4 to 6 years while you can expect their medium or high-density foam models to last anywhere between 8 to 10 years.
Advantages of using Tempurpedic Mattress
The greatest fact about Tempurpedic beds is that they don’t just boast about the advantages or reasons to use their beddings. They compiled this list of advantages for using their beds based on the results of various online searches, user satisfaction analytics and sales reports.
These advantages include:
Disadvantages of Tempurpedic mattresses
Tempurpedic beds are not perfect, and their manufacturers even agree it has some disadvantages, like everything else. So despite their offering so many advantages, it also has its share of disadvantages which are:
How to choose the best Tempurpedic mattress for me?
Well, practically all of the Tempurpedic beddings are good with optimal features and quality. With so many models to choose from, you are sure to find one that’s comfortable for you if you keep the following statements in mind:
1. If budget is a constraint, choose a firmer mattress which is cheaper than a soft model
2. Once again, thinner models are cheaper than the thicker ones, if you are on a budget
3. The Flex models are however the best of the lot, thanks to its high feel of resilience
4. With regards to comfort and effectiveness, Breeze models are comparatively better than others
So you see, you have to choose based basically on your budget, and you’re personal sleeping choices. While the Breeze models are highly recommended, it’s better to first take a look at their rates because they are more expensive than some other models.
If you are looking for a comfortable mattress for a good night’s sleep, then Tempurpedic mattresses are worth a look. Though a bit expensive, they have their advantages, especially if you consider factors like durability and comfort.
September 20, 2018
Now you know why you need a mattress protector
You may wonder what does a mattress need projection from. Why do you actually have to buy a mattress protector, especially if you don’t have kids who may wet the bed? Well, not many people are aware that it is not only peeing that can soil mattresses. There are so many other fluids that the human body produces, and which can, in the long run, spoil your mattress.
After spending so much on a quality mattress, it’s natural that you have to take proper care of it so that the investment lasts for years to come. And as you will be using the mattress every day, it’s only logical that you should do something to protect it.
It’s not enough to just have a clean bed sheet on the mattress as it may not be of much help if the mattress below is dirty, wet or dusty. You have to use a hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector atop it, especially if you have kids around to not only protect your mattress but also your family’s health.
Reasons and benefits of using mattress protectors
Unfortunately, not many people use, or even buy a mattress protector, thinking it’s not a necessity or just because they forget about it. However, it is always better to have a protector for all your mattresses for the following reasons:
1. Cleanliness and hygiene
The body produces quite a lot of dirt and debris every day through night sweating, possible bathroom accidents by not only kids but also adults, hair fall, dead skin cells, and skin oil residue. Some people may even sleep with their makeup on which soils the sheet and mattress.
All of this gunk not only gets absorbed by your fine sheets but also leaches through it to leave your expensive mattress permanently stained and damaged. While you can always wash your sheets because it’s stained, it’s not possible to wash your mattress. What you can do instead is use a mattress protector to prevent this entire gunk from reaching the mattress, which you can wash it periodically to keep your bed clean and hygienic.
Kids need some time to get potty trained. The best way to go through this phase with minimal stress and maximum hygiene is by using a mattress protector along with your kids' fitted sheets. There are also waterproof mattress protectors which are much easier to clean after your kids’ night accidents.
3. Prevent allergies
Did you know that mattress protectors can help in preventing allergies like sneezing, breathing difficulties, running nose and wheezing? This is because dust mites are one of the main causes of these allergies.
It is when these dust mites and all the dead skin cells accumulate in the mattress fabric that you end up with an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Instead of going through this inconvenience, buy and use a hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector and protective pillowcases to avoid getting in touch with them and triggering allergies.
4. Prolongs mattress life
As mattress protectors are not as bulky as mattress pads, you don’t actually feel or realize you have it under your sheets at all. However, while you may not realize its presence, it does protect your mattress’s utility, functioning, and comfort by preventing any possible water and build-up damage.
This is because your body’s perspiration or any other form of moisture ends up wearing down the mattress foam, and thus shortening the mattress’s comfort life. They also help protect any warranty you have on your brand new mattress and make sure you don’t have to replace your mattress soon.
Mattress pad vs. Mattress protector vs. Mattress topper
A mattress protector is quite different than a mattress pad and topper because they mainly serve different functions.
So if you have a thick and comfortable mattress where you don’t need any additional padding, then a thin, waterproof mattress protector is more than enough to give you a good night’s sleep.
Different types of mattress protectors
Now, there are a few different types of mattress protectors in the market.
So it looks like it is definitely worth buying a protector for your mattress. Though it may seem like an additional expense at first, it will eventually save you money. Even if you pay about $100 for it, it will prove its worth by protecting and prolonging the life and warranty of your mattress costing $1000 or more.
September 17, 2018
The Complete Buying Guide for Home Office Furniture
Working from home is a common practice nowadays which an increasing number of people practice. Most of the time people start working with whatever equipment and furniture they have and don’t bother or think that they have to invest in some home office furniture.
Many a time it is the feel and looks of home office furniture in your room that increases your work commitment and productivity. You tend to get reminded that you are in ‘work mode’ at home, and cannot afford to waste time or procrastinate.
Besides, sometimes the existing furniture you have at home may not be comfortable or right for your work. It may, in turn, lead to complications like back; wrist and neck ache because it is not ergonomically designed and meant to be used as office furniture.
Factors to consider
The remedy to all these problems lies in investing in some decent and affordable home office furniture. However with so many types and styles available in the market today, you wonder how you can actually select the best furnishings for your home. This is where this guide helps by mentioning the factors to consider for the best office furniture for your home.
Amount of available space
You have to start your search by first assessing and ascertaining how much of space you have for it. There’s no point in randomly buying chairs, filing cabinets and desks without measuring the amount of available space. You may end up buying much more or bigger furniture that the room or space can accommodate.
It’s true that you have a commercial-style office layout in mind, and want to buy your furniture accordingly. However, unfortunately, most rooms that are converted into home offices are tight in space.
Instead of picturing more furniture in the available space than possible, it’s better to first take measurements so that you know what, and how big furniture you can afford to fit into your home office.
It is also better if you measure the width of your home office doorway so that you know the furniture you buy will go through it. There is nothing more disappointing than spending a fortune on your furniture, only to find that you can’t get it into the office, or use it.
Comfort and function
As you will obviously be spending lots of time working at home, it is important that you place emphasis on the comfort and functionality in the office furniture. This means that you have to look for furniture that is of the right size and comfort for you.
If you are tall and have a big build, then look for a big and tall chair that will comfortably fit you. Buying standard sized chairs will not be a wise investment because you will not be comfortable while sitting for prolonged periods in them.
If you work entails sitting for long periods at the desk, you could perhaps consider buying an adjustable height model where you can occasionally work while standing to minimize strain and discomfort while maximizing comfort.
It is always better to lay out a diagram of how you plan to place office furniture after taking measurements of the available space. Think about the type of tasks you will be performing most of the time, and accordingly lay out the furniture.
If you tend to reach out for file folders most of the time, buy a file cabinet which fits someplace near your office desk. Similarly, your table and chair should complement each other so that you feel comfortable while sitting in them, even for prolonged hours. There is no point in buying a chair that is too high for your desk or vice versa.
Furniture made of solid wood or wood veneer is usually the most desirable and attractive looking. It gives a more upscale look to your office than furniture made using any other materials.
However, they may not be a viable choice if you have children at home. There is a high chance of your children using the furniture, and it undergoing some abuse in the long run. This is where laminate or metal home office furniture makes a better choice.
Then again, if you are designing your office based on the other furniture and decor in your home, then you may consider buying laminate and metal furniture if you want a more modern or contemporary look.
If you are not that particular about the interior decor and want something comfortable, then perhaps an ergonomic and comfortable chair with a contemporary, wooden desk makes the best basic combination. You can then add other furniture like file cabinets and additional chairs as you feel appropriate to your looks.
Readymade or ready-to-assemble
There are two main types of home office furniture today. They are furniture that’s sold readymade or assembled which you can start using immediately, and ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture which needs some assembling before you can start using it. Both have their individual advantages and disadvantages which you have to consider before making the final choice.
When you look for durability, the factory assembled pieces are more durable because they are glued, dowelled and constructed with corner block construction. This makes the furniture more rugged than the cam-lock construction of RTA furniture.
However, the problem is that sometimes, you may find it difficult getting this furniture through the small doorways of home offices. This is where RTA furniture has an advantage because it’s characteristic flat packing means it easily fits through any doorway. The only
problem is that it requires some assembling once inside the office, and you may not be able to start using it immediately.
Last, but not least, don’t forget to consider your budget. Buy furniture within your budget because you have to actually add this to your home business expenses. In other words, the furniture should be a worthy investment for your business, and not an additional burden or unnecessary expense.
Now that you have things sorted out, you can go ahead and look for the right office furniture for your home office that befits your office, budget, and comfort.
September 12, 2018
How to choose a file cabinet that keeps your home office organized
A home office has to be just as well organized, neat and tidy as any office should be. Most people who work from home fail to keep things organized, which leads to reduced productivity and work done. Besides a desk tidy, drawers and files, you also need a file cabinet to keep your files and documents organized and well in order.
Yes, despite the major transformations that have taken place in the storage of data and important documents over the years, the file cabinet is still used. This is because there are lots of agreements and contracts written on hard copies. This is where a file cabinet proves useful to keep the files well organized and easily accessible when in need.
With a filing cabinet around, you no longer need to hurriedly stuff all your important papers onto desk drawers just because you don’t know where to store them. You can store all your important documents in it, which helps keep you organized, rid of unnecessary clutter and provides easy and convenient access to documents.
Types of file cabinets
While looking for filing cabinets, you first need to know that they come in different types for you to choose from. They are:
How to select the right file cabinet
1. Budget and features
You have to choose a file cabinet that’s in your budget and is durable enough to withstand your usage. This means you have to select your filing cabinet based on how often you will be using the cabinet and the type of locks or security you require. Most companies also charge to deliver the cabinet to your home. As this can get expensive for you, it’s better to look for someone who delivers for free if you are on a tight budget.
The chosen file cabinet should not only fit into your available office space but should also accommodate all your files and papers. Don’t forget that it’s highly likely that your storage requirements will increase with time.
Instead of frequently buying new file cabinets that will take up more space, it’s better to buy a slightly bigger one in the first place. To be on the safer side, start looking for your file cabinet only after measuring your available office space and determining the type of documents you will be storing in it.
File cabinets come in four main materials; steel, plastic, wood and aluminum, each with their individual advantages and disadvantages.
Steel file cabinets are the most durable and are designed to withstand years of use without any warping, sagging or wearing down. Besides, no matter how much you may use them, or how much wear and tear they undergo, they look new for a long time because they are scratch and impact resistant.
Steel cabinets also come with additional features like lock systems, counterweights, and full drawer suspension. Their drawback, however, is that they are not that aesthetically pleasing because they come in boring colors, which do no help in spicing up your workspace.
Like steel, aluminum file cabinets are also durable and long-lasting in performance. They are also lighter, cheaper and more malleable than steel. Though they may not be able to withstand too strong impacts, it’s not much of a worry in home offices. They, however, do make a more budget-friendly choice if you are looking for a strong and affordable cabinet.
Plastic file cabinets are cheap but not durable. This means they have to be replaced quickly with excessive wear and tear. While they do make an ideal temporary solution, they are not as safe as other variants.
Wooden file cabinets may be considered the best of the lot because not only are they sturdy and durable, they are also much more attractive than metal options. It’s true that wood is easily scratched, which actually adds to the cabinet’s overall character and patina. They also create a warm working environment and come in various colors and finishes.
4. Types of files to be stored
You should look for a high-quality wooden or metal file cabinet if you need to safely store lots of important documents like medical or legal documents. Besides safety, you also have to make your choice based on the size of the documents to be stored.
This is because standard cabinets can store 8.5 x 11’ paper, which is not good enough for you if you have to store large blueprints, legal documents or archival materials. This is where flat file cabinets prove to make a better choice.
While the most common locking mechanism in file cabinet opens by key, some come with more sophisticated and secure electric locks that open with a key code.
Last, but not least, as file cabinets are heavy, make sure they will be delivered not only to your doorstep but to the spot where you plan to keep it. All this is included in the delivery costs, without which you will have to spend more money just to have the cabinet shifted to your office.
September 10, 2018
The right throw pillows can entirely change a room
One of the best, easiest and most cost-effective means to add some color and spice to any room is by changing the throw pillows. Yes, pillows of a different material and color or tone can give a completely different look and feel to the room.
However there are so many materials, shapes, textures, sizes and colors to choose from, you may need a little help in selecting the right pillows for your room. This is where this mini buying guide should prove helpful.
Choose your pillows keeping the following principles in mind:
The size of the pillow is something you need to consider because the right sized pillows create a sense of style and comfort for your room. Standard pillows are square in shape and measure about 18 inches per side. These pillows look great on your average sized sofa.
There are also larger, oversized pillows that measure 24 inches or more, and are ideal to create a casual and lounge-like feel to a room. Experts generally suggest buying pillows spanning 16 inches to place on modern sofas with very low backs.
As mentioned above, square is the traditional shape for throw pillows on sofas and chairs. However this does not imply that you have to stick to it. There are different options which you can use like circular, boudoir, double boudoir and neck roll pillows.
Like any other piece of decor, many people also choose their throw pillows based on the concept they want to create. If it is a traditional look you want to create, and then choose four large pillows in perhaps silk or velvet. They create a classic feel, especially if you place two pillows on each side of the sofa, for added symmetry.
If it is a modern look you are looking for, then you need an odd number of pillows like three or five. It is in fact better to have a few large pillows, instead of numerous smaller ones, while sticking to a limited color palette with a few geometrical prints and tightly woven fabrics. You create a sense of uniformity to the room by placing one on a chair, and a few pillows on a standard sofa.
If you want to create an eclectic look, then you could try playing with colors and sizes. Just remember to use smaller sized pillows in a common color because they help tie the room together. You can however create a bohemian feel to the room by choosing 3-5 mixed fabric pillows.
It is also great to choose pillows that create a contrast with your upholstery. For example, you could select textured linen pillows to use against some smooth textured silk or leather upholstery. And if you have a fuzzy couch, you could perhaps go for shiny pillows to add some warmth to the room.
Besides, there is no need to worry about the shiny pillows sliding off seats because the couch provides the necessary traction to keep it in place. Textures go a long way to adding ambience to the room. You could use velvet or faux fur textures to create a sophisticated look while linen and cotton help create a relaxed feel.
5. Choose and stick to a single cohesive color palette
While changing throw pillow colors will brighten and add life to the room, it does not mean you just randomly create a set of pillows. The biggest impact is created if you choose pillows in colors of the same shade, or at least choose complimentary shades.
6. Maintain symmetry
No matter where you need pillows, it is always better to maintain a symmetrical arrangement. Things can get busy and cluttered when you layer different fabrics on top of each other. It is only a symmetrical arrangement that helps keep things in order.
7. One of each print
The best way to narrow down your options for throw pillows is by choosing not the same type of pillows, but to have one pillow each in solid, busy and simple prints. The largest pillow should preferably be placed in front or center, and should have a busy or large print.
This sets the tone for not only the pillow arrangement, but also for the rest of the room. The small prints on smaller pillows should preferably be something in plaids and stripes. The main thing to remember is to strike a balance where the bold central pillow is balanced by plaid or striped side pillows.
However things may be different if you already have lots of patterns in the rug, curtains and sofa. This is when you should consider buying only pillows in bold solids in different vibrant colors.
8. Not too many
It’s true that you may get carried away and buy quite a few throw pillows for your upholstered furniture. But it’s better to not go overboard because the main purpose of having throw pillows in the first place is for added comfort. Too many of them will only make you feel uncomfortable.
9. Buy extra pillow covers
While shopping for throw pillows, it’s always worth it buying a few extra covers. This way you can just change pillow covers if and when you feel your room or decor needs some refreshing.
Some people even buy extra covers to change according to the season. They prefer using cozier fabrics like velvet and faux fur for the cold winter months, and something in linen or cotton to use in hotter temperatures.
However all this is possible only if you buy throw pillows that have a zipper or button cover in the first place. Changing pillowcases is anytime better and easier bemuse its easier storing the covers than entire pillows in different seasons.
So you see, there are so many things you need to keep in mind while looking for throw pillows. However if you choose right, you will certainly agree that throw pillows do go a long way in changing a room’s entire look and ambiance.
September 6, 2018
How to choose the perfect dining table
It’s no doubt that the dining table is the focal point of your home as it’s usually the only one place everyone sits together to talk and discuss things over food. The dining table is where you have your meals, and as they say, families that eat together stay together.
This is possible only if you have the right dining table which comfortably seats everyone. This is why you can’t just move ahead and buy one. You need to do your share of research so that you find the table that best fits your dining room and family. Here are the important features to bear in mind while looking for the best dining table.
One important feature is the size of your room. There’s no point in buying a huge table if you have a small room. And a small table will not look proportional in a big dining room. This is why you have to buy your table based on the size of your dining room.
You can also buy the table based on shape.
Style is not necessarily an important feature to consider while selecting your dining table unless you are particular about mainlining the look or decor in your room. You mainly have three dining table styles to choose from:
The material is another essential feature to remember while choosing dining tables.
Hardwood is a better choice because it is sturdy enough to endure years of dining and party wear and tear. Tables made using engineered or composite woods like plywood and MDF may be economically priced and durable but are not as strong as hardwood.
Besides, its reflective surface makes it a great choice for spaces that require some brightness and light. Glass dining tables are also relatively tough because they are made using tempered safety glass, which is scratch and heat resistant, and doesn’t shatter easily if knocked over.
Last, but not least, if you are frequently changing homes, then it’s better to look for a dining table that’s easy to transport. Heavy tables made with marble or metal can be difficult to transport every time you relocate. There’s also the risk of marble tables getting cracked or broken in transit.
You may consider looking for a wooden table with removable legs if you are always on the move. Another option is the less sturdy, but lightweight plywood table which can be flat-packed and assembled as required at home. You can easily dismantle these tables and move as required. Besides, these tables look great in modern or contemporary styled homes.
September 3, 2018
Mirrors create more than reflections if placed properly
Did you know that a mirror does more than show your reflection? It is considered decorator’s best friend because if well placed, it can fill your room with natural light. It helps enhance views, dark and small rooms look brighter and bigger by extending walls and generally add some oomph to the decor.
This is why you need to know how to choose the right one and place it in the right location where it’ll maximize the decor and light. Here are some tips that should prove useful to you.
1. Choosing the right one
The main things you have to consider while choosing a mirror are its style, size, and shape. The best one for you will be something that matches your decor, which may be traditional, modern or geometric in design.
It’s the frame that determines the style, which can be modern, traditional classic or edgy. It’s left to you to decide what effect you want to create and choose a frame accordingly. Sometimes it may even prove helpful at contributing to the look of the space if it’s antique with imperfections or has smoky glass.
You can choose one to match or contrast with the room’s furnishing. For example mirrors with a dark tone match the dark-toned wooden furniture in the room, or buy something metallic for contrast.
Frames are made from various materials like wood, resin, and metal, and rendered in various shapes like rectangular to oval or some geometric shape. It’s a unique or bright-colored frame that makes a real statement in a room.
2. Shape and size
When it comes to the mirror shape and size, choose after measuring the wall you plan to hang it on. Look for something rectangular and tall if the wall extends higher or something wider if it’ll fill a short and wide space. You could even contrast the shape with space by placing a rounded one in a square space.
While most of them can be hung vertically or horizontally as needed, do remember that many of them are rather heavy. So make sure the wall has the appropriate hardware to safely hang it.
3. Maximum reflection
Once you chose the right one, you have to choose the spot to hang it based on its reflection and not just on available wall space. It is better hanging it across some important painting, architectural element or furniture as it gives it more importance. It is also better to hang one across another to increase the amount of light entering the room.
4. Right place
Mirrors not only have to be hung across something visually appealing but also at an appropriate height. You, in fact, have to choose its spot based on what it’ll reflect. While eye level is usually the right height, it can be lower or higher, as appropriate.
5. Large pieces
It’s really worth hanging a large mirror in a small space because it creates an illusion of depth and space to make the room feel bigger. Full-length versions against the wall are great for tiny rooms and in narrow spots like hallways.
6. Focal point
A mirror could be your answer to a focal point. You can create one by hanging one above mantels or dining rooms buffets, and hang scones on either side. If you are up to it, you can even cover the entire wall with them to create a gallery wall.
It’s better to treat them as individual units while placing them. These gallery walls are however suggested only for rooms with minimal clutter because the frames will make a small and cluttered room look even more untidy.
7. Use the right tools
After spending so much time choosing the right one for your room, it’s imperative that you use the right wall hooks or picture hangers to hang it. This way you know it is held flat to the wall, and anyway, hammering a nail won’t cut your wall!
Don’t attempt to hang a wire on a single hook as it makes the angle rest precariously against the wall. This is not only dangerous, but it also distorts the reflection. It’s better to call the professionals if you are hanging something heavy.
8. Mirrored furniture
Yes, it’s true that mirrored furniture is rather popular and can reflect light to elongate walls. However, don’t use them in rooms with lots going on because the reflections will be too much.
9. Kitchen backsplash
You can always use mirrors as a kitchen backsplash to open up the entire room. It’s better than tiles or marble that keeps you stuck in your tracks without any reflection or light.
Why not try floor-to-ceiling units in the bedroom to create a feeling of the bed free-floating in the room and beyond. It plays tricks on your eyes to make the space feel big and bright and actually creates a relaxed mood in the room.
You could even place full-length ones in between two windows to trick your eyes into thinking that there’s another window and to maximize natural light. Or place one in your home gym to make it look more like a public gym.
11. Sunburst mirrors
Use a sunburst mirror to spice up your console by propping one on the wall above it. It helps to uplift the entire room. You can also place one over your bed’s headboard to add life to your bedroom.
12. Opposite a window
You can maximize the light and view by placing a huge mirror across a window to give your room a bright, summer feel.
13. Into a bookcase
Tucking a round mirror in the center of a bookshelf’s wall creates a sense of depth to the room. You can also tuck one in an old entertainment center in the TV’s space to add brightness to the room.
You can lastly use mirrors to highlight room elements. You can place it on some furniture like above the fireplace or use the reflections to your advantage. The main thing to remember is to place the mirror for maximum reflection, and better enhancement and highlighting.
August 31, 2018
How to Buy the TV Stand of Your Dreams Faster than You Ever Imagined
Watching television is more enjoyable, and less of a headache if you have a stand housing everything related to your entertainment media. This includes not only your television, but also your other equipment in addition to its cables, remote controls and memory banks. This is why you should buy the perfect TV stand for your needs, keeping the following points into consideration.
1. Breathing space
Your television console should not only be big enough to house all your equipment, but also have sufficient breathing space, lest it ends up overheated. So make sure there’s enough space to accommodate all the devices, with airflow.
2. Cable clutter
Your equipment brings with it its related cable clutter, with so many cables connecting the different pieces of equipment to wall sockets. While closed TV consoles do keep all the cables tucked away, you need sufficient holes for proper wire management.
Thinner cables are always better because they don’t need big holes. However speaker wires tend to take up lots of space, which has to be kept in mind. One probable solution for this is TV stands with an open back that do not restrict your system wires much. However it is always tidier and better to keep the wires organized using Velcro or zip-ties if you opt for this.
3. Equipment in the stand
You have to consider the equipment you plan to place in the stand to make sure it will accommodate all of it. And as there is a chance of your upgrading the television future in life, and as upgraded versions tends to get bigger, you may also need to keep this point in mind.
If your dream television is a wide 40-50” TV, then it is important that the stand’s structural support be strong enough to support it. Flimsy wooden stands tend to bend to the television’s and amplifier’s weight.
This is why a console with a glass stand is a better and stronger option, as long as there is minimal foot traffic around it! The TV console should be wider than the TV’s display to prevent an unnecessary overhang, especially if you plan to keep the stand in the middle of the room.
4. Remote controls
With most electronics still using infrared eyes to receive remote signals, your remote may need to see the electronics to work. If this is the case, then it is better to buy a TV stand with darkened glass doors which the remote signal can pass through instead of wooden cabinet doors.
Some television consoles come with a mounting bracket which makes the TV “float”, and consequently, don’t use up much surface area. So it’s worth keeping this in mind if you will be mounting your television on it. Flat-screen TVs usually come with a base for even weight distribution. However, there is also the chance of your bumping into the display if it’s a small stand.
5. Formidable viewing height
It is not practical or advised to always have to crane our head for uncomfortable hours while watching your favourite show or movie. This can be avoided by choosing a TV stand that positions the screen at eye level.
While the recommended height is about 42 inches, you have to decide based on your sofa or chair height, and of course your height! It may be a wise decision to buy a TV stand with a mount. It offers the benefit of letting you adjust the display level if necessary.
6. Room shape and size
Don’t let a small or irregularly shaped room prevent you from buying your dream TV. You just have to look for the ideal TV console that will carry your TV and other equipment, and still leave you with sufficient movement space.
You could perhaps go for a swivel stand to position your TV at the right viewing angle. Or you could buy a corner console that lets you fit a huge display in a compact spot. Another alternative is buying a wall mount TV stand which frees up space in front of your seat for better movement.
If you think that you don’t actually require a TV console if you will be mounting it on the wall, you are wrong. You will need it to store your other equipment, and it anyway adds to the room’s storage capacity.
It’s always better to look for a TV console that blends with your room decor because mixing styles only confuses the decor. Television stands come with different decorative elements ranging from units with round bases to something asymmetrically shaped or with staggered shelves.
It’s left to you to find something befitting your room. Something in simple geometric lines and open shelves blends well with contemporary space while dark solids and clean lines go well with the transitional decor.
TV stands colored light gray or pale neutrals make the room look bright and spacious while something in richly stained wood, ornamental detailing and thick frames look well in traditional rooms.
Television stands are generally available in five materials, glass, metal, particle board, and wood and medium-density fibreboard. Of the lot, metal, wood and veneered plywood consoles are the longest lasting and remain stable even if you have pets and children playing around.
It’s true that glass TV stands are also durable with its reinforced metal supports. However, they last longer without cracks only if used in low-traffic households. Medium-density fibreboard and particle board are cheaper than wood and durable enough to sustain daily use. They, however, are not that long-lasting in build.
Now that you know how to choose the best TV stand, you can finally buy the best unit to house your coveted dream television. Remember, these consoles are useful for not only holding your TV, but also provides for additional storage in the living room. You can now keep all your remotes and equipment neat and organized in it instead of creating a mess in the living room.
August 30, 2018
Looking for a bookcase? Here’s what you need to know
It doesn’t matter if you have a small or large collection of books, a bookcase makes a beautiful piece of furniture to have in your study or living room, showcasing whatever books you have in your collection.
It’s not mandatory that a bookcase is used only for organizing your books. You can always use it to organize magazines and study papers, and to display any art and accent pieces you may also have. You can also add a few bins or baskets to stash any odds and ends you have.
With so many uses to a bookcase, the right choice can lead to your buying a bookshelf that serves you for years or even decades to come. If you need help here, these tips can help you find the best bookcase that complements your home interiors.
It doesn’t matter how many shelves you need in your bookcase. You have to make your choice based on its style, which is where you have a dozen options to choose from. The common style options are:
These are the workhouses of shelving units that are typically made of wood or MDF. They are designed with a closed-back frame and evenly spaced or adjustable shelves.
These bookshelves are designed to lean against the wall. They usually have stepped shelves that gradually reduce in size as it goes upwards.
As these bookracks are built at a right angle, they are ideal for squeezing into tight nooks and corners.
These bookcases are more delicate than the standard ones and have an open back with glass shelves. While standard bookracks are built for function, the étagère ones are more about form.
Cube bookshelves are divided horizontally and vertically to give cube-like sections for storing both books and storage baskets.
These bookracks are just right if you plan to create a wall or room with floor-to-ceiling shelves. However, you can’t just head to your furniture store or go online to buy them. You have to work with your contractor to create the right unit to fit your space.
It’s the look of these bookracks that gives it its name, where they are designed to have shelves suspended between two supports which resemble ladders.
Bookshelves are predominantly used for storing books. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t house anything else in it. If this is the case, you may have to keep the following points in mind before buying one.
Wheels will be useful if you plan to use the bookrack as a room divider, or if you constantly redecorate. This is because it’s so much easier moving it between rooms if it has wheels.
These are the most flexible bookcases because the shelves are suspended on pegs which you can insert into various holes as per your requirements.
If your bookshelf is supposed to double up as a room divider, then look for one that’s designed to stand on its’ own. This is important because most of the bookracks have to be secured to a wall, and will not work as a room divider otherwise.
Like any piece of furniture, size is an important factor to consider while looking for a bookshelf. It determines the number of shelves, and the length of each shelf you can accommodate within the existing available space. It’s size normally depends on:
Choose the height based on both aesthetics and practicality. While tall units filling up most of the wall may look expensive and formal, it’s the shorter ones that are more functional. You can use the top surface area for other reasons like a media cabinet, workspace or even as a buffet.
The ideal width depends on the height. If it’s a tall bookshelf you are looking for, then it should have various narrow units instead of a single large unit. This adds flexibility because you can add or subtract storage space as necessary. However, if you opt for a shorter bookrack, look for something wide enough to make the bookcase feel substantial.
While most shelves are at least 12 inches deep to provide ample storage space, there are some like the ladder or leaning versions that have narrow shelves. You have to choose the depth based on how you plan to use the bookrack.
If possible, look for something with adjustable height shelves because they offer more flexibility. If you like one with fixed shelves, then it’s better to measure the space in between the shelves before buying it to ensure your books and accessories will fit into it.
It’s surprising to know that bookshelves are not necessarily made of only wood. They can be made from various materials, where the most common ones are:
Wooden pieces are all-time favorites because they give a traditional look with a solid, long-lasting frame. They are ideal as standard bookshelves because they are strong enough to bear the weight of the books and anything else that will be stored on it.
Bookshelves made of particle board are ideal for those on a budget. In this case, the shelves are made of particle board or MDF which looks like real wood but is much cheaper. However, they only look like real wood but are not as strong as it. So they may not make the right choice if you expect to fill up the shelves with heavy or too many books.
Metal shelves are no doubt very sturdy and are less bulky than wood or particle board. They make the ideal choice if you are looking for a streamlined bookcase with a contemporary look.
Lastly, the budget is a constraint that you always have to keep in mind. Without a budget, you may end up spending more than you can afford for a bookcase you will not enjoy looking at every day.
However, if you choose one wisely keeping all these points in mind, then you will end up with a bookshelf that will house your priced books, and keep them neat and tidy for a long time to come!
August 29, 2018
Kitchen Island- Much more than extra storage space
Space can become a constraint in a kitchen, especially if it is a small one. You just do not seem to find enough space to store your cooking essentials like utensils and ingredients, and you also need space for cooking. This is when a kitchen island proves to be a helpful piece of furniture to a homemaker.
They are called kitchen islands because they are freestanding pieces of cabinetry accessible from all sides. They are used to supplement countertop space and to increase the cooking area’s preparation space. There are no fixed or limited dimensions as you have to choose one based on the available work space.
They are ideal for not only providing some extra storage space through its drawers, shelves and some extra working space; it also helps improve the cooking area’s aesthetics and design.
Additional working space
Extra space is the most common reason for a person to invest in a cookery island. The right unit may be just what you need if your available cookery space is smaller than required for all your storage and cooking needs.
It is always better and more beneficial to you if you get a unit with drawers and cabinets to store all your cutlery, knives and other most used kitchen appliances and amenities. You can also install a hanging rack from the ceiling, above the counter space, to use for pots and pans.
If you plan to do most of you cooking preparation like chopping vegetables on its surface, then it is better to look for something that has a provision to place a bin under it for convenient waste disposal while cooking. This way the bin does not interfere with the rest of the cooking preparation area.
And if you have an oven, but there seems to be insufficient space for it, you can always install a stove top on its countertop. You can decide how big or small you want it to be, and have it placed it in easy access while you prepare meals.
Temporary and not permanent fixture
Another benefit or reason to invest in a kitchen island is that it is not a permanent fixture. You can place it wherever it is convenient in your cooking area to prepare food or to serve food to your family members. Though it may not be a permanently fixed piece of furniture, it is still rather durable, and strong enough to endure heavy-duty cooking.
The countertop of this furniture is also very convenient to place all your everyday appliances and amenities on it, out in the open and within easy reach. If permissible, you can also have a prep sink fitted into it for easier and more convenient meal preparation.
Additional dining space
In case the cooking area is large enough and permits it, you can also use the unit to double up as additional dining space. Of course, these cost a bit more, but the additional seating space it provides makes it a worthy investment, especially if you frequently have guests over. Besides, guests tend to feel more relaxed and comfortable conversing and dining here than in formal dining rooms!
Available in various sizes
Cookery islands come in various sizes and shapes for you to choose from so that it fits into your available work space and budget. It is always better to check its measurements to ensure it fits your cooking space, especially if you plan to buy one online.
Other factors worth considering are the color and size, to ensure you buy the best unit for your cookery. It’s good to know that it is not absolutely necessary that the island matches your existing countertop or cabinet colors or textures.
It is always safe and permissible to experiment and try out an island that has a different material or color from the rest of the furniture. This way it becomes the center of attraction in the cooking area, which is perfect if it is also going to serve as additional seating.
However, if you are looking for something with a more seamless appearance, then it is better to look for something with countertops and cabinet stain colors that match the rest of the kitchenette.
Not only are the design and functionality of an island interesting, its surface materials also pitch in to improve your kitchen aesthetics. They come in various surface materials, with their individual advantages.
The units that have stainless steel or granite surfaces are durable, heat resistant and easily cleaned, making it low in maintenance. Granite, quartz and marble surfaces tend to add a touch of sophistication to the surroundings.
While granite does seem to be the ideal choice for its looks and features, it is a more expensive option than other materials. However, it is a good choice to make as it does help improve the cooking area’s overall value. This, in turn, can prove to be an added advantage or perk for you if you have plans of reselling your home in the near future.
Keeps kids entertained
Cookery islands are not only useful to you, but also to your kids. They can use the extra space as a homework zone or if they are interested in cooking, they’ll love using the countertops to help with your meal preparation. You can also make mealtime with kids more interactive and convenient by letting them have their food on the countertop, while you carry along with your work, and keep an eye on them.
So you see, a kitchen island is indeed a worthy investment for a homeowner. You can use it for its additional storage options, for meal preparation as it is easily accessed from all sides and last, but not least, this furniture offers additional seating space while improving the aesthetics of your cooking area. Just make sure you find one that fits your budget, the available kitchen space and is made of easily maintained and durable materials.
August 20, 2018
All you need to know about buying bedroom furniture
Most people emphasize only about decorating their living rooms, as this is where they socialize and meet friends. However little do they realize that their bedrooms also need some care and attention because this is the room you want to relax in.
The only way you will feel relaxed in the bedroom is if it’s comfortably furnished with the appropriate bedroom furniture. So no matter if you are redecorating your home, or looking out for your first bedroom furniture set, this guide should help you choose and buy the right, comfortable furniture.
This is undoubtedly the most important factor to consider while decorating any room. If you don’t know how much of available space you have for your bedroom furniture you may end up buying too big or too many things that end up cluttering your room with insufficient room to comfortably move around.
Before setting out to buy your furniture you first have to take your room measurements and buy furniture that fits into this space, and still leaves you with space to comfortably move around.
Once you know how much of space you have, you can next choose your furniture based on its style. You can choose between buying a stately and traditional bed or something modern and contemporary to match your trendy style. You can also opt for transitional bedroom furniture; but whatever you choose, make sure it blends well with the other furniture, decor, and fixtures you plan to use in your bedroom.
The bed is next in line, so before you fall in love with any particular bed, first decide what type of headboard and footboard you’d like to have. Stunning headboards add sophistication to your room and make it look both comfortable and modern.
Headboards having lots of storage space are a good option, especially if you have a big home and need extra storage space. It’s conversely also a good buy if you have a small bedroom with limited storage space.
Though a high headboard is a good buy, make sure it doesn’t block a window. A bed with a low footboard is a good option if you are tall because it gives your legs more stretching space. If you are not the type to neatly tuck in blankets at the foot of the bed, then a bed with a high footboard can solve the problem.
Figuring all this out before you start looking for the right bed can help narrow your search, and reduce the time spent looking for bedroom furniture. Remember, if you are redecorating your bedroom, and plan to buy a bigger bed than you previously used, make sure you also include buying a new mattress for the new bed in your plans.
After the bed and mattress, a nightstand is definitely the next most important piece of furniture in your bedroom. They are often considered to be an extension of the bed as it’s useful for keeping things like your bedside lamps, alarm clocks, phones and perhaps books within your arm’s reach.
As you will need two nightstands for your master bedroom, make sure there’s adequate space on both sides for them. Nightstands are usually short and either has a combination of drawers or open space below.
You may get confused about the differences between chests, dressers, and armoires while looking for additional bedroom furniture. They all serve the same storage functionally and serve a useful and necessary furniture piece for your bedroom. It’s left to you to choose which one you want based on your budget, space and storage needs.
Chests are rather taller than wide and come in varied heights. They're about 5-7 drawers in a single column to use for storing things. They're a better choice if you have limited floor space.
Dressers are wider than tall in structure and generally come with a mirror above them. They generally have about 2-3 columns of drawers with about 3-4 rows of drawers per column, giving you a total of 6 to 12 drawers in a dresser. These are a better option if you have to share the drawers between two people because it’s easier to divide the columns of drawers for both of you.
You could consider buying armoires and chifferobes if you need extra space for hanging clothes. They usually have rods for hanging clothes and shelves or drawers for storing other folded clothes.
These are better if you want storage space to hang clothes and store them folded. Then again, if you have the budget and space, you can always combine different bedroom furniture as permits.
If you have a bedroom TV, then you could get a media chest for the TV and perhaps your DVD or set-up box. These chests are generally shorter than chests to accommodate the TV’s height. But of course, if there’s no space for another chest, then you can always mount the TV above your existing chest.
While the right bedroom furniture makes your room comfortable and convenient for storing your things, you need wall decor like beautiful artworks to beautify the room. There is no rule about the placement of these paintings and wall decor; you can do it using your judgment and available space. For example, while it’s common to hang paintings right above the headboard, you can always hang one on the wall opposite the bed.
Now you have most of the required bedroom furniture and wall decor up, it’s left up to you to decide if your bedroom needs more accessories. You can decide based on the available space and your budget.
You could perhaps add some greenery to the balcony if you have one, or on the chest or a side table to add color, brightness, beauty, and texture to the bedroom. You can also add some ceiling fixtures to beautify and improve the look and space of the room.
Rugs are also very effective for improving the bedroom’s look and feel as it takes the beauty of your room to the next level. Last, but not least, choose the right prints and patterns for your bed cover and curtains to liven up the bedroom, and add some sophistication to it.
August 17, 2018
Buying Guide for Comfortable Home Office Chairs
An increasing number of people work from home either for the convenience it offers, to get an opportunity to work while tending to children or elders at home, or as a second job. No matter what the reason may be, a home office has to be properly furnished, especially with the right office chair.
People working from home work like any other person at the office where there’s probably a lot of sitting involved. So it’s important that you are comfortable if you have to sit for so long periods by choosing and buying the right home office chair. This guide will help you buy the right chair for your home office.
1. No impulse buying
It’s very important to know that there are so many types of office chairs around. So don’t buy the first chair you come across just because it’s ergonomically designed, it’s made of the right material or because it has the right height.
You have to do your share of research and know what to look out for in your office chair. Remember, while ergonomic chairs are indeed better for you, a single size does not fit everyone.
2. Lumbar support
As you will be sitting continuously in the chair for hours, it is important that it provides you with good lumbar support to keep your spine healthy. There are low, medium and high back chairs to look out for.
The low back chairs support maximum support to the lower back with a backrest that is rather small, and flexes backwards and forwards while sitting. This type of chair is ideal for those with lower back problems.
Medium back chairs do not just support the mid-back but also supports your lower back and shoulder blades. This means you can safely lean back on the chair without the fear of straining your neck.
The high back chairs offer maximum personalized features when compared to low and medium back chairs. The headrest on these chairs supports your upper back and neck so that you can relax on it whenever required.
You should look for an ergonomically designed chair if you will be sitting on the chair for more than 8 hours a day. These chairs support your spine and lower back to keep your joints and tissue in a natural and neutral position.
This, in turn, helps to improve your work productivity. These chairs generally have well-padded seats and backs to provide adequate lumbar support, stability, and sturdiness while you work.
Adjustable height is another feature to look out for in the office chair because some people are short, and some tall. As it’s not possible to buy a chair based on your height. You need to look for a home office chair with not just an adjustable seat height but also adjustable armrest, back and neck rest. These chairs offer the benefit of being adjustable to a comfortable recline degree that befits your body type and structure the best.
If you plan to do some moving around in your home office like to and from the filing cabinet, then a chair with a swivel and wheels is what you want. It makes twisting and turning in the chair easy, which isn’t possible without it. In fact, there’s the huge risk of you suffering from repetitive strain injuries you get if you keep on straining and reaching out from chairs that don’t swivel and accommodate your movements.
With so many office chairs made from different materials, it’s important you choose a material you are comfortable with, and which is easy to maintain. The most common materials you get to choose from are mesh and leather. Mesh may be relatively uncomfortable to sit on but is more breathable. This is a plus feature if you will be sitting for prolonged periods as it keeps your body cool.
Leather is not only comfortable to sit on it’s also stylish to look at. However, it has the drawback of not being breathable, which means it can get hot and comfortable after sitting on it for long periods. Besides, leather also tends to wear down quickly with continual use.
It goes without saying that you have to look for an office chair that you can afford. But don’t compensate for functionality while emphasizing on cost because there is no point in buying a cheap chair that’s not comfortable or ergonomically designed for your use.
A poorly designed home office chair can lead to back pain, unnecessary expenses on medication, the pain and discomfort of back pain, and reduced work productivity because of all this. If you consider all these aspects, it’s definitely worth spending a bit more for a comfortable office chair because you eventually save money in the end.
If you can afford it, there are also different styled office chairs you can look out for. You get to choose from contemporary, vintage, modern and imperial style chairs. You can choose based on your budget and taste to add some elegance and touch to your office.
Vintage and imperial chairs add some seriousness to the office because it spells business combined with comfort and softness. This is the best option to add something unique to the office. Contemporary chairs come in various sizes, colors, textures, and looks. They are what you need if you want to add a touch of funkiness to the office.
Just remember that no matter how much you spend for your office chair, and no matter how ergonomically designed it may be, it’s important that you maintain a habit of not sitting in the same position for too long.
Get up frequently and take walking breaks to break the repetitive pattern of sitting in the same position for many hours at a time. Prolonged sitting only leads to potential back pain, pain and inconvenience and poor work productivity. However, with the right home office chair, you will definitely be able to get much more work done working from home!
August 15, 2018
Wall décor options and how it benefits your home
Once you are done with the painting of your walls, shifting your belongings and arranging of your furniture there’s usually a wall or two that’s all barren. Though vertical, walls are space, and if utilized properly with the right wall décor, it can change the entire look of your room and home.
If you need help decorating your walls, this guide should help you choose appropriate wall décor pieces, and also show you how it can actually improve your home. Here are some wall décor options worth considering for your walls:
1. Mirrors are always welcome on walls as they reflect light which helps make a small space seem bigger and brighter. You can either hang one single large mirror or alternatively hang numerous smaller pieces in a distinctive style.
2. Instead of hanging just plain wall lights, why not hang some sculptural scones? Look for something eye-catching in design so that it both illuminates the room and adds style to it.
3. Large-scale art like a huge painting or photograph is most instrumental at garnering your visitors’ attention. You can either hang a black-and-white photo in small spaces or hang something colorful for added vibrancy in the room.
4. You can create a gallery wall which adds personality and color to your home. This is where you display your art collection, photographs, and exquisite wall décor pieces to add color and variety to the wall.
5. Hanging a tapestry or wall hanging adds color and pattern, and a sense of softness to the room. You can even frame some vintage scarves or pretty textiles and hang it up. Something woven like your old macramé wall hangings will add texture, and warm up boring, lifeless walls.
6. Painting a mural onto the wall just transports you to another world. It doesn’t matter if its hand painted or a wall covering because what’s important is the motif, which has a huge impact on your interior decor.
7. If you are short of space, why not take your collection to the wall by installing floating shelves? They are perfect for displaying your hardcovers and any small art pieces or collectibles you have.
8. You can even hang your favorite china on the wall to show it off. It’s always better than having them lie hidden in your cabinet. They are pretty safely hung using wire plate hangers.
9. Your plants need not be confined to the windowsill. You can also hang them on wall mounted planters to bring some nature and life to the room.
10. Last, but not least, you can always install hooks or us a pegboard to show off some of your collective pieces like your hat collection in a cluster.
Unknown benefits of wall decor
You definitely wouldn’t have known that there are so many wall décor options to consider for your own. Of course, if you don’t have any other collections to show off on the walls, you can always visit some online furniture store to buy some of the beautiful wall décors they have.
Just like you weren’t aware of the different types of wall décor you can choose from, you most likely won’t be aware that there are so many other benefits to hanging wall décor than filling up walls!
1. They make your color palette
One of the most difficult tasks of interior decoration is deciding on the colors for your walls. There are not only so many colors to choose from, but also a wide range of shades of most colors available. Wall décor helps reduce the stress of making this selection.
Just find a wall painting or hanging you love and use it as your center of inspiration for decorating your room, and choosing the right wall colors. Just pick two or three more shades from wall art décor you want to add to your décor and choose the dominant and additional shades you like. You can then use the same colored items to decorate your space.
2. Center of attraction
Every room needs a focal point that attracts the attention of visitors and viewers in the room. And a good wall décor piece is best for fulfilling this task. For example, you can hang your favorite painting atop the fireplace mantle or your master suite or you can create a gallery wall as mentioned above in the dining or living area.
The most important point to remember while choosing the appropriate wall décor for the room is its size. Too small pieces only get miffed by the surrounding furniture while too big pieces just ‘spill over’. It’s always better to take measurements of the available space to know how much of space you have to work with.
3. Creates a sense of texture
Different wall art has different mediums and textures, which is why it’s better to try different wall art décor options for the different walls. Mix your wall décor with sculptures, paintings, some collectibles or tapestry.
They all add weight to your interiors which in turn determines the tone and feel of the room. Rough textures generally create a more intimate and grounded space while the smooth textures give a sleeker look to the room.
4. Helps complete the room
Last but not least, wall décor can actually work as a finishing element that pulls unfinished spaces together to make it feel complete. It’s sometimes all that’s needed to convert your space from something ordinary to something that looks like a room from an interior design magazine.
Just remember to choose wall décor that blends with the room’s chosen decorating style as you should be happy seeing it on the wall for many years to come. In fact, wall art décor has such an important part in your interior decoration that it shouldn’t be the last thing you focus on while decorating your room.
It should instead be utilized to its complete potential to help plan the rest of your room. You’ll be surprised at the way your home looks once you are done installing your wall décor!
August 14, 2018
How to arrange living room furniture around a red sofa
One of the best ways to make your living room really look unique and special is not just by buying the most expensive deep seating sofa available. Instead, it’s the colors you have to play with, and red is one color that will definitely make your red sofa stand out in any living room.
Red is naturally such a bold color that it makes a statement everywhere. So opting for a red sofa makes it your living room’s center of attraction and it’s beauty is best highlighted based on how you plan to decorate your room.
If it’s a cozy cottage you want to create, then try complementing your red sofa with throw pillows, upholstered lying room chairs, and curtains in your chosen fabric designs. The most common and favored options are checks, plaids, floral chintz, and mini-prints which you could perhaps mix for best results.
Whatever print you choose, just make sure at least 50% the print has red to complement your red sofa. The other half can be some other solid cotton colors. Your red sofa will look great if arranged with some wooden furniture.
You could perhaps mix some primitive looking tables and furniture with scallops or farmhouse legs. Top the look by placing a rug on the floor and use some vintage china sets and primitive portraits to seal the look.
A bohemian living room looks great if you add some yellow, turquoise, fuchsia or lilac accessories and furniture. You can then either paint the walls some bold colors or give it a crumbling brick or plaster look.
Next try using something exotic like saris, quilts, batik, tie-dye or rali for your pillows, throws and window treatments. Furniture should have vintage upholstery or at least something you can paint on.
Now layer the floor with some kilim, Bokhara or Shiraz rugs and accessories like 1920s or 1850s Moroccan pouf lamps. Seal the look by creating a gallery wall with artwork scaling the wall from top to bottom.
If contemporary it is, then your red sofa will look its best if it’s combined with accessories and furniture in neutrals. For example, white and any monochromatic colors in brown or gray shades look great on the room’s larger surfaces like walls, floors, and furniture.
Solids, patterns, and textures look good on fabric, walls and rugs while furniture with intermediate to high-gloss finish is ideal for the occasional furniture like coffee tables and ottomans. You can top off with something small in red accents like a lamp, an antique vase or a red painting.
You can create something traditional by placing an oriental rug on the floor. The rug’s accent color should be red and not the background and should be at least as big as the entire space where you plan to place the sofa and other chairs. The wall color should be painted a light color from the rug or you could also plaster on some striped wallpaper.
You can add some chairs, which may be a pair or two different pieces, but make sure they are not covered in solid red. Instead, use some fabric which has red patterns on it and one of the other rug colors The look is even better if you use the same fabric for your curtains and any pillows for your sofa or as throws.
You can also alternatively choose some modern fabrics that compliment the rest. Top off your décor with 17th-19th century inspired cherry, mahogany or walnut occasional tables or antiques with Asian, Italian and English lamps and other accessories.
Additional points to remember
No matter which look you want to create with your red sofa, and what other accessories and furniture you use to create that look, there are also some other points to remember while arranging your living room furniture. They are:
It’s important that the larger pieces of furniture like your red sofa be arranged so that the room is kept in balance. You can either evenly distribute similar sized pieces of furniture through the room or arrange the sofa near relative furniture pieces like a second couch or love seat.
This furniture may not always feel right if it’s placed across the room from the couch, especially in large rooms. This arrangement is not convenient to converse in as there’s lots of space in between.
This is best rectified by balancing the seating so that it’s near, but not directly next to one another while keeping the larger pieces next to similar scale pieces. So if there will be lots of socializing in the living room, then it’s best to arrange the red sofa next to a large table or chair instead of next to a small accent table or floor lamp.
It doesn’t matter where you plan to keep your red sofa. Just make sure it faces an integral part of the room like the fireplace, the television, a bay window or any part of the room that needs emphasis. The position and the sofa’s red color draw the room occupants’ attention to this part of the room.
While most homeowners prefer aligning their sofas so that they leave as much space in the middle of the room as possible, it’s not the preferred seating arrangement as it doesn’t make the room feel cozy or relaxed.
It’s better to place the sofa and other seating options away from the walls and place them somewhere in the center of the room to create a more comfortable conversational area. You can also make the alignment a bit cozier and softer by arranging the sofa at an angle away from the wall.
For example, place it diagonally in front of the corner with a bookcase or tall plant behind it. Geometric alignments like placing the couch against the wall or creating angles in the room only create a formal atmosphere.
These decoration and arrangement tips, with your red sofa, will make your living room really cozy and comfortable for you and your friends or family to relax in.
August 3, 2018
How to make your recliner sofa serve you for many years
The sofa is where most people cuddle up and relax with a cup of coffee and a book, watch a movie with friends or even take their afternoon naps. This is what makes the sofa an important and integral piece of furniture for any home. If you have always used a traditional sectional sofa, you can now try experimenting with something different but just as comfortable, in the form of a recliner sofa.
Recliner sofas are just what the name suggests- sofas that recline. So they not only give you a recliner like feel but have sufficient space for the entire family to use as a normal sofa. Recliner sofas don’t come cheap but will last quite a few years, especially if you maintain it well.
You may find some stores offering recliners at lower prices, but it’s better to check on its quality before buying one as only the good quality ones are worth investing in. If you are buying your recliner sofa online, then it’s better to deal with a reliable and trustworthy furniture store.
Go through their customer reviews and check the store’s online rating before placing an order. Most online stores have huge showrooms which you can even visit and take a look at the furniture before buying buy anything.
Once you buy your recliner sofa, is it a microfiber, leather, wood or upholstery recliner, it’s important that you maintain it well using the right equipment and products. Remember, maintaining recliner sofas aren’t really difficult, as long as you follow the following tips and steps.
1. Care for leather recliners
The most important thing to remember about leather recliner sofas is that it should not be exposed to direct sunlight much. This is because too much of direct sunlight on the surface only makes the leather brittle and susceptible to splitting and cracking. Sofas that have been used for more than 20 years face the risk of cracking even if exposed to sunlight for short periods of time.
The recliner has to be regularly dusted, and if you use a vacuum cleaner, do your dusting using a small brush attachment. It prevents any possible scouring of the surface. Any and all spills have to be cleared instantly using a soft and dry cloth. Make sure you don’t rub the spill in but instead, just blot it dry.
You’ll have to apply some leather conditioner onto the recliner sofa at least once in two months to maintain its shine. These conditioners are easily available at a hardware or furniture store.
It’s always better and safer to read instructions before using the conditioner. And before applying, try dabbing a small amount of it to a rag cloth and test on an unnoticeable part of the leather. This is to find out if the leather reacts to it, or if it’s safe to use. Any conditioner has to be applied only after you have vacuumed, dusted and brushed off debris from the leather recliner sofa.
2. Microfiber recliner care
Microfiber recliners are comparatively easier to maintain than the leather counterparts. You just need a soft cloth and the recommended cleaning solution to remove and clean spills. You need to use specific cleaning solutions because some microfibers need to be cleaned using water-based cleaners and others using solvent-based cleaners.
As usual, you need to vacuum the cloth or fabric finish recliner regularly, at least once a week to prevent any food, dirt, and dust from accumulating inside the frame. If the odor is a problem like sweat or food odors on the recliner sofa, there are spray solutions that can help at camouflaging it.
Another option is to apply some sweat-resistant spray onto the sofa. The benefit of this is that it prevents the recliner sofa from getting dirty and smelling of sweat over time. You can make the microfiber last even longer by wiping and deep cleaning the fabric using a soap solution.
3. Wood recliner maintenance
Wood recliners also need regular dusting to prevent any accumulation of dust on it. While a mixture of soap and water is more than enough to clean wood recliners, wax and polish will prove helpful in making the wood look really classy.
In case you opt to use a spray wax or polish, squeeze it onto a cloth first, instead of directly spraying it onto the recliner. This reduces the chances of any scratching of the surface. It’s always safer to try new products in an inconspicuous area first so that any reactions to the product aren’t visible.
How to maintain the recliner’s mechanical parts
It’s not advisable to wait only until the recliner starts making noise to oil it. The mechanism needs regular oiling to work well and smoothly without. The absence of oil may end up with the recliner sofa damaged, where it will no longer recline.
The manufacturer’s manual will have instructions on determining how often you have to oil its mechanism. Follow this schedule as too much oiling only makes things messy.
Additional recliner sofa care tips
August 1, 2018
5 Rustic living room furniture decoration ideas for small spaces
If it’s a rustic look you want to create in your living room, then you should look for something that creates a cozy vibe. Use rustic living room furniture with earth tones to decorate the space, while keeping these decorating tips in mind.
If you take a look at any pictures of rustic living room settings, you’ll notice that it’s usually a combination of stone walls with simple white or off-white walls. People nowadays opt to use white or off-white for their walls because it is a contrast which is perfect for highlighting all the rustic living room furniture in the room.
Another option to create a well designed rustic space is by converting one wall into a feature wall. This wall will have a rustic touch added to it like a stone covering while the other walls are plastered and painted like normal walls. The wall with the fireplace chimney is the best wall to create a rustic look in the living room.
There are two pieces of furniture that highlight the living room; the coffee table and the seating area. These are the two points where a person everyone gathers round for stories near the fireplace or to just enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink.
As this is the focal point, it’s important that you choose the right coffee table that blends well with other rustic living room furniture. You don’t have to look for anything complicated. A nice and quaint coffee table, preferably made of wood is more than enough.
If required, you can perhaps look for something upholstered with leather or a dark fabric. If you use this, you’ll need to have an additional wooden tray to work as a flat surface to safely place your cups and glasses on the table.
Then again, if you have the budget, you could perhaps consider using log tables as they create a much better rustic look and ambiance to the living room. You can also alternatively look for a coffee table made from reclaimed wood or a wooden chest.
It’s quite natural that the seats take up maximum space in any living room. This is why you have to pay more attention to the kind and style of rustic living room sofas and chairs, and how you arrange them.
You generally have to look for something in tan or brown upholstery or leather seats. Things get more complicated if you have a relatively small living room, where you’ll find it difficult pairing a traditional sofa and perhaps a loveseat well. This is why it’s better to opt to use one or two love seats in a small room as it makes the room look less cramped.
But at the same time, you should arrange your love seat so that it has some visual noise, and is noticed and appreciated in the rustic living room. So if there’s perhaps sufficient space to also place one or two chairs, you could pull the loveseat forward to give a center-stage presence. You can accentuate the look by placing some prominent cushions in bright or bold colors and with big patterns like geometrics to pep up the restricted space.
Another option is to back the loveseat with one of the walls. As the walls will be white or off-white, it helps create a quiet and monochromatic scheme to your rustic look. Choosing upholstery that’s pale and neutral colored creates a sense of airiness in the living room.
It’s essential you position your loveseat well in the room so that it creates a balance in the room. It’s better to place the loveseat or two-piece sofa across from the fireplace with perhaps a chair perpendicularly positioned on each side.
The benefit of separating these chairs instead of placing them together ensures the chairs don’t overshadow the loveseat. While you may place some proportional pieces of furniture around the love seat, make sure you don’t overdo it.
Too much is too bad in a small space as it only clutters the living room to make it look even smaller than it actually is. Besides, your love seat’s presence also ends up diminished by these other accessories.
You can always place a shelving-unit storage bench under a window to work both as a window seat and for storage purposes. If required, you can also add some floor pillows to the bench to use when you have even larger parties. The pillows blend well with the other rustic living room furniture.
There’s another great rustic design idea you can implement in your living room that has white walls which are to use a wooden pole as a curtain rod, with black iron brackets on the sides. The reason you should use a wooden pole is that it really stands out of the white walls to accentuate the rustic look.
There’s nothing much you can do to the ceiling to get the look. If you can afford it, you can perhaps have some exposed beams in it. It’s just what you need to add some finishing touches to the rustic living room ambiance.
You can never create the right rustic look without the proper lighting. You need to look for some cozy and warm lighting, which you obviously get from your fire pit. However, if you don’t have a fireplace, then you can opt to use table lanterns and candles to create the look. Highlighting the stone walls is best done using ceiling spotlights pointing down at them.
Wrought iron is the best option for rustic light fixtures. So look out for, and use wrought iron wall lights, chandeliers, and side table lamps where possible to light up the living room.
Last, but not least, did you know that you can enhance the rustic look just by storing or stacking firewood in the open? If you don’t want to stack them outside, you can alternatively put them in wicker baskets, some wooden crates or use any recessed wall in the living room for stacking the wood.
The final touch could perhaps be a wooden or metal ladder leaning against one of the walls, which you can use for hanging blankets or magazines on it. With so many rustic living room ideas, it’s now left to you to use your imagination and the right furniture to create the rustic look you always want.
July 27, 2018
Choosing the right sofa arm style was never easier!
The most common points you bear in mind while looking for the right sofa are its size, budget, color and even the type of upholstery. However not many realize that there is another equally important aspect to consider to buy your dream sofa set, which is the right arm style.
Yes, this is indeed important, especially if you plan to use the sofa for not only sitting, but leaning while watching television or while chatting on the phone. And it’s the sofa arm’s height and style that determines the ultimate seating experience on the sofa.
There is no ‘perfect’ arm style because the choice mainly depends on the way you will be using your sofa. You could perhaps have a habit of leaning against the arm or like taking short naps on the sofa where your back is supported by the arm. In this case, sofas having taller arms are a better choice, which proves why your usage helps determine the right sofa arm style and height.
Besides, switching the sofa arm can also change the look of the sofa from contemporary to traditional or vice versa. Most upholstered sofa sets come with three main types of sofa arms which are the English arm, Rolled arm and Track arm. Read on to find out which sofa arm resonates with the look and feel you want to create through your sofa in your room.
How to determine the right arm height
You can find the right arm height by measuring the ‘inside arm height’. This is the gap between the top of your sofa to the arm, and is your sofa arm’s actual height. You can obviously expect more support from the arm if it is on the taller side.
Sofas with a medium height arm ranging anywhere between 7 and 9 niches give sufficient support to lean your body and rest your head on. The comfort level is heightened if it’s a rounded arm. A tall inside arm height is not only ideal for curling up in but also if you have a habit of sitting up straight, with your feet placed up on the sofa.
There are also arm heights that are on the lower side at six or fewer inches. These sofa arms may not provide much leaning support, but are indeed a much better choice for sofas in formal places where there is no chance of anyone lounging or leaning against it.
You, in fact, low arm heights make you sit straight in sofas. But don’t worry if you find the right sofa, but has a low arm height. You can still use it for lounging by just strategically placing a pillow on it to compensate for the loss of height. It’s safe to even place a tall pillow on the top of the arm for optimal support while leaning on it.
How arm height affects the room design
While comfort is the main factor affecting your choice of the height of the arm, the room design is also important to make the final choice. This is because sofas with a lower arm fit perfectly into small rooms, and in rooms where tall arms may end up blocking the window view or something similar. On the contrary, sofas with taller arms are better for bigger rooms.
The right arm style
As mentioned earlier, the height is not the only aspect to consider while choosing the perfect sofa arm. Its style is also important as it determines the look of the sofa, and these styles are English roll arm or English arm, rolled arm and track or straight arm.
The English roll arm is the most popular choice not because the name has a royal edge, but because it instantly dresses up a sofa and room, and never goes out of style. It is the most traditional arm style that’s low with a small roll, and is set back in design.
It blends in anywhere, as it creates a tailored but formal look. It looks casual enough to use in your holiday home. Adding tapered legs to the sofa improves its looks so that it doesn’t look so traditional while a skirt helps create a more formal and even fancy ambience. However, the drawback of this arm style is that its low height means it’s not so supportive in function.
Now, this is the traditional shape you find on most sofas. The difference between this style and the English roll arm is that it’s a bit more casual looking. You can create a casual, relaxed and informal feeling to the room by pairing the arms with a slipcover.
Besides, their rounded shape makes the sofa arm much more comfortable to lean on without a pillow. In case it’s a formal feel you want to create, and then use a more fancy looking fabric like velvet. You can also consider using some nailheads to show off the curves.
Track or straight arms are straight in style, don’t have any rolls and come in various widths and heights. They are compatible in modern, traditional and even any space in between. In fact, a sofa with track arm makes traditional looking rooms look a tad modern.
Track arms are best for keeping everything streamlined in the room if your other furniture creates a modernistic look. They are optimal for small rooms as they use less space than sofas with other arm styles. Pairing it with a skirt makes it look more traditional while showing off the sofa let’s keep things looking clean.
Though these are distinctive sofa arm styles, you needn’t stick to one particular style all the time. If you are ready to experiment, then go ahead and trust your gut instinct and inner style to design your home and room as you want. You can adjust any sofa arm style with rugs, chairs, artwork, and accessories to get the look comfort, and ambiance you want in the room!
July 25, 2018
6 Questions to ask before buying bedroom furniture
Buying bedroom furniture may seem an easy task as you just have to buy a bed and perhaps a sofa or coffee table. However, it’s only when you actually get to look around that you realize there’s more to buying your furniture!
The experience can also get scary and risky as you may end up paying for too large or too small pieces. As furniture is so important in your bedroom, and you can’t afford to waste money on things you may not like or use, it’s always better to ask these questions before hunting for your furniture
This is important as you need different sized and types of furniture for your master bedroom, a child’s room, a teenager’s room and for the guest room. Besides you have to make sure the pieces you buy fits into the particular rooms.
The best way to do this is by taking into account the room’s wall lengths, windows and ceiling heights. Take measurements of places where you plan to place your furniture, and the doorway to ensure you can carry the bedroom furniture inside.
Always fix a budget before heading out to buy your expensive bedroom furniture. Be honest with yourself in this aspect, and in case you cannot afford something, you can buy only one piece now, and buy complementing pieces later on when you can afford it. Create a fund for your furniture, and set aside some money every week for it until you are ready to buy it.
You can also opt to buy second-hand furniture as there are some pretty good pieces out there. Another option is to opt for lower quality and lower priced furniture in case you are furnishing your child’s room or guest bedroom.
Sometimes you may not actually have to buy brand new furniture. Some items look practically brand new with just a fresh coat of paint or by changing its upholstery. Not only do you save money, you have a fun weekend task if you are a DIY person!
Quality is important as you don’t want to invest in furniture that may end up falling apart in a few months’ time. This doesn’t imply that you have to buy something top-of-the-line, just make sure you buy something that’s within your budget and fits its intended use.
People generally buy better quality furniture for the master bedroom and something a level or two lower for the child’s room. Master bedroom furniture is more ‘permanent’ as you may not have to change it for some time. However, you have to change the bed and other furniture in a child’s bedroom as your child grows after a few years’ time.
The room size is a very important aspect to remember while looking for bedroom furniture. There’s no point in buying a huge bed if you are decorating a small bedroom. And in the case of a large room, undersized or too few pieces of furniture will not complement the bedroom.
You basically have to buy your bedroom furniture that perfectly balances and complements the bedroom size. Don’t forget to make sure that whichever furniture you buy will end up in its designated room.
Don’t make assumptions as sometimes even a relatively small looking dresser may not make it around the corner in the hallway or even through the bedroom doorway because of its mirror.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry by checking and double checking that the furniture you buy fits into the room. You may have to spend some time and effort taking measurements, its well worth it as you know that the furniture will eventually reach its respective places.
It doesn’t matter if you are replacing old, existing bedroom furniture, or if you are buying furniture for your first, own apartment or if you just want to add some pieces to your existing set, you have to decide what and why you are buying furniture based on your requirements and lifestyle.
Though vanities look exquisite in the bedroom, it’s not worth buying if you have a habit of applying makeup in the bathroom. And if you or your partner are tall, then it’s better to either customize a bed to your unique measurements or if you don’t have the time to do that, at least buy a bed that doesn’t have a foot stand. This way the toes don’t end up cramped through the night.
A nightstand would be worth buying if you need space for your alarm clock, book or spectacles because you share your bed with your partner. Similarly, don’t buy a dresser because it’s cute but has insufficient drawer space as it may not hold all your clothes. You may also need a bigger bed for more sleeping space if your kids are in your bed with you every night, or if your pet dog shares your bed with you.
If you are particular about your style, then there’s no point buying anything rustic or country if you love contemporary furniture. However, instead of sticking to just one type of furniture, it’s basically better if you buy bedroom furniture that’s transitional in style, or rather something that’s both traditional and modern in appeal. This type of furniture blends with most decorating themes and looks great anywhere.
If you sleep with your partner, you have to keep both of your preferences in mind too. Like some people like a little chaos in their home, while others need things to be more orderly. You have to decide what type of furniture you will both agree to use in the bedroom so that you get a good night’s sleep.
It could be something sleek and minimal or something a little more homely and comforting. Whatever the choice may be, the decision should be made before buying the furniture, and not fight over any aspect of it after buying it.
Remember the bedroom is where you head to get a good night’s sleep at the end of a long day. So it goes without saying that you should have the right and best furniture in it. Instead of making mistakes you end up repenting, later on, it’s better to get a pen and writing pad to write these questions and answer them so that you get a good idea of how you want your bedroom to look.
July 23, 2018
Reclining Sofas - Different Types and How to Choose the Best For You
Reclining sofas are sofas with a backrest that can be tilted back to a reclined position. It’s comfortable to sit and relax to watch television or read a book in an inclined position instead of sitting upright.
Some have footrests that either automatically tilts up or is manually lowered. Other recliners have additional functions like cup holders, vibrating massage and a heated pad. With so many reclining sofas flooding the market, this buying guide proves helpful at finding the right one for you.
Popular types of recliners
Armchairs basically have the same function, but can be categorized based on its reclining mechanism into:
1. Two-position recliners
This is the most basic model that gives two positions including upright and fully reclined. They usually have a footrest which is tilted upward using a lever mechanism. The backrest tilts downwards to a fully-reclined position when the footrest goes up. These recliners are limited in function and take up lots of space when the footrest and backrest are fully extended.
2. Rocker recliners
These recliners offer several reclining angles in addition to two different positions. A few moves like a rocking chair and others have a footrest with a tilting mechanism. As these recliners don’t need much space, they can be placed close to a wall.
3. Push-back recliners
These are simple recliners without a footrest or lever or button for the reclining mechanism. Just push the backrest backward while sitting on the chair and it rocks. It’s also called a flex-back recliner where the backrest is its only moving part. Many people like this feature as they consider recliners with minimal moving parts to be more durable.
4. Riser recliners
The riser recliner is the most sophisticated armchair with a motorized reclining mechanism that’s electrically powered and connected to an AC power outlet. It may have a single motor connecting and operating the footrest and backrest or a dual motor version where the parts move independently of each other.
Getting out of the chair is so much easier because the entire chair tilts upwards. As this sofa runs on an electric motor, it may come with additional features like heated pads and mobile phone charger. However, these recliners need lots of space and are rather expensive because of its additional features.
Factors to consider for the best recliner
Measure the spot you plan to place the sofa in. Make sure you measure with the recliner when fully reclined with an extended footrest. Your search is considerably narrowed once you get your measurements.
Color is always important, so look for a reclining sofa that complements the room. It should blend with the room and not look too striking or contrast to the interiors. While black is a popular choice, it’s not always the best. Don’t forget to consider your flooring color too to find the right color.
This is an important factor because the sofa should be not only comfortable but also durable, aesthetically beautiful and easy to maintain. Common upholstery options to consider are polyester, wool, leather, acrylic and cotton with their individual pros and cons.
Leather, for example, is fire-resistant but needs more care and maintenance and is difficult to choose unless you are familiar with leather. While cotton is maintenance-free, it’s flammable and wool is durable but should be maintained well to look good. Acrylic is like wool in texture and comfort but is a flammable material. Polyester is probably the best of the lot, because it’s durable and stain-resistant but also has an artificial texture.
There is no fixed function to look out for as it depends on the user. For example, avoid a rocker armchair if you have pets as your pet may take a nap under it, which can be dangerous. You may prefer an electric-powered armchair if it’s for someone elderly as it’s easy for them to set it to the desired position by pushing buttons instead of pulling levers.
A reclining sofa should be built from quality material. It has to bear the occupant’s entire weight even while the footrest is extended and in a reclined position. While the upholstery has an important role, it’s generally the framework that has to support all your weight.
A good reclining sofa is one made from strong wood like oak or pine, and metals like steel and preferably not hard-plastic as it’s not as strong as it looks. You can guess the durability of the sofa based on its warranty as the longer it is, the more durable is the armchair.
These are the additional features in the armchair that provide for improved comfort and ease of use. While basic reclining sofas have a lever to adjust the position, others can be adjusted using electric power. Reaching a fully reclined position is so much easier on these sofas, with the press of a button. However, these chairs are also rather expensive.
As you will be spending lots of time relaxing in an armchair, features like a cup holder, small compartment in the armrest, heated pad and message options and a built-in power station that’s helpful for your portable device are always welcome. Of course, the more features the sofa has, the higher it’s price will be.
While reclining sofas cost anywhere from $250 to $5,000, it’s not always that the most expensive is the best. In fact, the rate depends on various factors like special features, upholstery material, mechanism, and construction frame.
And though you may like the sofa’s design or appearance, remember that comfort is more important than looks. However, if you can’t afford to buy an attractive, comfortable and durable reclining sofa, look for something that’s comfortable and durable, but not necessarily aesthetic.
Reading through consumers reviews is a must if you are buying from an online store. This is because you can’t physically check the chair. Customer reviews give you an idea of the product’s functionality and even mentions if there are any drawbacks. There are also some reviewers who even upload videos to give you a better idea of the sofa’s functionality.
A long warranty is always a better feature not because you can use it for manufacturing defects but because it improves your confidence in buying it. While lifetime warranty is the best, it’s better to buy a reclining sofa with an overall warranty instead of warranty for individual parts like a lifetime warranty on the reclining mechanism with 3 or fewer years’ warranty for upholstery.
July 20, 2018
8 common mistakes that should be avoided while buying home furniture
Now that you’ve moved into your dream home, your next job is to decorate it with the best home furniture. You naturally leaf through magazines and surf the internet looking for ideas and options.
However sometimes what looks great in pictures may not fit or look great in your home. To avoid disappointments by spending money on useless furniture, it’s better to first know these 8 mistakes to avoid.
1. Going on a shopping spree and buying everything in sight
Most people end up so excited seeing the furniture at a shop that they just want to buy everything for their rooms. However, doing this means you don’t have the space and flexibility of picking up something better you may find elsewhere.
Instead buy the main sofa or dining set first, get used to it for a few days and slowly you get ideas of the additional furniture you should buy. Sometimes it’s only after sitting on the sofa do you realize that something vintage or exclusive will complement your set and decor really well.
2. Buying too small rugs
A rug not only looks great in your living room, it is actually your room’s focal point. This is why you have to buy not only an attractive rug but should also be proportionately sized for your room.
Small rugs only end up making your room look smaller. The best way to choose the right sized rug for your room is by ensuring that the two front legs of each furniture piece lie on the rug. Missing the rug even by an inch means your rug is too small for your room.
3. Not listening to salespeople
People tend to ignore suggestions placed by the store’s salespeople or customer support as they usually consider them to be too pushy. While they may be pushy or aggressive, it’s mainly because they want to help you make the right choice. It helps if you ask them for suggestions based on your budget and your specific requirements like the ease of cleaning, safe for use with kids and pets around etc.
4. Impulsive buying
Avoid buying on an impulse as it’s always bad. If and when you get an urge to buy a particular piece of furniture first take a deep breath and check out other available options. Then take some time to compare the pros and cons of the different pieces and only when you are eventually happy should you buy it.
Remember, furniture is not cheap, so take your time to choose furniture you really need, and which fits your budget. With impulsive buying, there’s a high chance of your getting carried away and eventually buying something you don’t even need.
5. Exceeding your budget
It’s very important that you set a budget before you go looking for, and buying home furniture. Furniture is rather expensive, especially the good and durable pieces. As furniture is a long-lasting investment, look for durable pieces.
However, this doesn’t mean that you end up buying something that exceeds your budget. The best way to avoid this is by setting your budget before you go hunting and make sure you stick to it. Of course, if you are on a really tight budget, then it’s worth doing your shopping when there are sales going on or at a discount furniture store.
6. Failing to keep your future plans in mind
As the furniture you buy will be used for a few years, you have to buy something that you know you will be able to use for a few years. For example, if you don’t have children now, and there’s a chance of having one soon, buy furniture that is durable enough to last these years even with kids around.
This also applies to pets. If you don’t have one now, but plan to buy one soon, then it’s better to avoid buying delicate furniture like pieces made of leather or velvet as your pet will end up spoiling it. Instead, look for something that’s easy to clean and will maintain its look for a long time to come.
7. Buying a set
Sometimes you get so overwhelmed with the furniture choices that you find buying a set more convenient. However, it’s not always advisable because you should buy not sets, but furniture that befits you. Mix tones, styles, and textures to give your room some excitement and something special instead of the monotony of similarly designed chairs, sofas, and tables.
While it’s important that you mix and match your furniture from different places, too much of mixing means nothing eventually match. You have to maintain some sort of cohesion between the pieces through color or furniture style otherwise everything ends up looking chaotic and confusing.
8. Wrong sizes
Most people make the mistake of pairing a large sectional sofa with tiny side chairs or coffee tables. This is wrong as your furniture has to be on the same scale lest it ends up looking inappropriate.
Aim at making your room look cohesive by calculating the space in between different pieces of furniture. For example, maintain about 18 inches of space in between a sofa and a coffee table for your living room and about 32 to 36 inches of space in between adjacent seating.
In case of dining rooms, maintain 48 inches of space between the dining table edge and wall, or adjacent furniture, so that there’s sufficient space for pulling out chairs and for people to walk around.
Lastly, the biggest mistake to make is not taking measurements. If you don’t take measurements of not only the floor space but also doorways, elevators, and stairwells before going to the store you may end up buying furniture that doesn’t fit into your doorway. Similarly, don’t forget to take measurements of the furniture before buying to ensure it fits your room, doorways, stairs, and elevators!
Now you know the 8 most common mistakes made while buying home furniture, you can now avoid these mistakes and lots of potential displeasure and headaches while shopping.
July 18, 2018
9 Useful Tips for Buying The Best Sofa Set
Did you know that there’s more to buying a sofa set than heading to the furniture store? You need to do some research, take some measurements and set your preferences and necessities right before you set out to buy one. This is why these tips should prove helpful while buying sofa sets.
1. Take floor measurements
The first thing you need to do is not run to the furniture store, but get a measuring tape and jot down the room dimensions. Don’t forget to note down the locations of all the rooms and windows in the room, and indicate how the doors open like to the right or left of the room. It is vital to prevent you from buying a sofa set to place at spots that prevent you from opening the door or windows.
2. Check sofa set measurements
Now you know how much of space you can devote for your sofa set, it’s time to do some online browsing. Check out various online furniture stores, and compare not only the colors and materials but also the sofa sizes. This is because while most stores may mention the sofa’s width, length, and even height, they are all the sofa’s external measurements.
It is also better to find out through the site, or their customer support details like the inner measurements. You must know the sofa’s seat and arm heights and also the seat depth to ensure you have sufficient room for more people to lie down or sit on.
On an average, the sofa should measure 86” wide, 38” deep and 37” high on the outside. An inside depth of 19-21” is enough if you are small in structure but if you are tall, look for a sofa with 22-24 inside depth. Just make sure the sofa you buy fits into the room, and can comfortably seat as many people as you want it to seat.
3. Don't get fooled by lights
Furniture you buy usually looks much different at home than at the store. It’s because furniture stores have lighting designers to place their lights in such spots so that you are attracted to the furniture’s strongest features and develop a desire to buy it. The same applies to online stores. Different monitors and computers will give the couch a much different color than you imagine.
4. Know what's inside the couch
While the sofa set should be comfortable, you should also know more about the sofa’s construction. Hardwood frames are more durable than pine lumber while kiln dried woods like ok make a strong sofa. Sofas also have springs and slings and 8-way ties for better support and longevity.
The sofa is usually built using eight-way or sinuous construction and there may not even be springs in the cheaper options. Even the foam in the sofa set’s cushions will vary in its density and materials.
Sofas are filled with different materials where polyurethane is cheap and easy to maintain. However, it tends to flatten over the years. While high resiliency (HR) filling is harder, it wears better with usage. And while goose down is indeed expensive, it’s clumpy.
5. Choose a sofa with long lasting upholstery
Besides the construction, it’s the sofa set’s upholstery that determines its durability and longevity. If you like a sofa set, ask the retailer if the material is ideal for light, medium or heavy use. Generally, 100% cotton quickly wears out and fades while combination fabric like a mix of polyester, acrylic, and rayon has a longer life.
It’s also better if the fabric is easy to clean, especially if you have kids or a pet at home. And of course, the best sofa set would be one with a durable and easy to clean fabric that has a great color or pattern. Even slipovers are a great investment for sofa sets as you can easily remove and wash them when soiled.
6. Know your budget
Sofa sets come in various price ranges, ranging anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. While it’s true that the best cost the most, it’s not always a wise decision to buy the best sofa. If you wonder why, well it’s because these sofas are really long lasting.
So even if you get bored with the sofa set after say 7-8 years, you won’t have the heart to sell it after spending so much on it and because it still looks as good as new! So even if you want to, you won’t be able to sell expensive sofas when you get bored with it.
This is why it’s better to buy a reasonably priced sofa set with an expected lifespan of about 8 to 10 years. This way if you want, you can sell and buy a new one after a few years if you want. And with sofas being big investments, you can save quite a lot if you buy your next sofa on an annual sale.
7. Appropriate style
With so many types of sofas available, you need to first decide what type of a sofa best complements your room and lifestyle. It could be a traditional one, a modern sofa or a sofa with rolled arms or a skirt or nothing.
You could even consider sofas with attached or loose knife or box cushions. The choice lies in your hands, and the best way to choose is online as you can visit so many stores sitting on your computer.
8. Additional points to bear in mind
Ask the manufacturer for the appropriate sofa care instructions.
9. Make a checklist
Now that you know what you should look out for while buying sofa sets, make a checklist and use it as a reference guide while shopping. Even though you may have to spend some time making the list, it’s time well spent as it helps make choosing your sofa set so much easier.
July 16, 2018
A Guide to Help You Choose Between Buying An Ottoman Or A Coffee Table
Looking for a small piece of furniture to use as a table and storage purposes? Trying to choose between an ottoman and a coffee table? If this is the case, this article should help you decide based on the individual properties, pros, and cons of these pieces of furniture.
Coffee tables are lower tables that are placed in front of the sofa or chairs in a living room. Because of its low height, they are not comfortable to use for eating like a regular table unless you and your guests are comfortable sitting on the floor or on cushions.
They are very versatile in function as they can be used for storing your magazines, books, remote controls and even drinks and snacks. They are usually made of wood but are also available in different styles and designs to easily blend with most home décor.
They are ideal for use in homes where you have sufficient space for an extra piece of furniture. While these tables come in various sizes, they are usually on the larger side and can hold quite a few things. However, if you use it for serving or holding drinks, it’s always better to use coasters to protect its surface and prevent water rings from ruining the table surface.
Ottomans are upholstered, low pieces of furniture that usually accompany a matching chair. They are also available as individual pieces if you do not want anything matching. Some even come with a lid when opens to some storage space.
They do not have any arms or back but can be used for additional seating purposes. They are also ideal footrests and can be used as a coffee table by placing a sturdy table atop it to prevent possible spills. It’s also ideal for storing books, blankets or toys that are easily accessed, and out of view of guests.
Ottomans are a better option if you want a versatile piece of furniture or if you want a matching footstool for your favorite armchair. They can be used in many ways, making it ideal for small homes or if you can’t afford to buy different pieces of furniture for different purposes.
Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of ottomans and coffee tables, the final choice lies in your hand.
July 12, 2018
Why you should have a sofa bed at home
It’s always better to accomplish two things at once, or with the help of a single tool. And this is exactly what a sleeper sofa does. You can use it as a sofa to sit and relax while watching your favorite shows in the daytime. And at night, you just have to put in a little effort to extend and use it to sleep. In short, it helps transform your sitting area into a bedroom in seconds!
It’s especially helpful if you don’t have space for an additional bed, but need extra bedding when friends and guests stay and sleep over. It helps you take good care of your friends, and ensure they get a good night’s sleep with you.
Reasons to buy a sofa bed
There obviously are a lot of reasons to buy a sofa bed beside sitting. It’s, in fact, an ideal piece of furniture to make your living room look and feel nice and great for rooms with minimal space.
Not only does it provide additional sleeping space for your guests, it’s easily folded up and is great for storing things. It’s cozy, comfortable and also stylish to look at. So it easily compensates your sleeping and seating arrangements wherever space is a constraint.
i. Saves space
With a sofa bed at home, you don’t have to devote separate spaces for a sofa and a bed. The sofa bed serves both purposes, giving you more space for other furniture and can be easily moved around your home. You don’t even need space for an extra mattress as the sofa bed is comfortable enough to give your guests a good night’ sleep.
ii. Saves money
Just like sofa beds save space, it also saves money because you needn’t invest in separate beds and sofas. You pay for a single piece of furniture that takes care of all your guests' seating and sleeping needs whenever you have guests visiting. And a good sofa bed is comparatively much cheaper than other forms of couches, beds and most mattresses.
iii. Easily set up
You needn’t undergo any specific training to set up a sofa bed. Anyone can do it as you just have to remove any cushions and pull out the built-in mattress. You have your comfortable and cozy bed ready in seconds for your guests, thus reducing time spent getting things ready for your guests.
iv. Additional storage space
The sofa bed helps keep your home organized and clutter free as you can store things you don’t use every day like quilts and additional pillows in it. It also helps save space because you needn’t buy an additional cupboard for storage purposes.
It’s true that sleeper sofas were once not as comfortable as beds. However, the latest innovations have made this a thing of the past because today’s sofa beds are so very comfortable and easygoing in function. It’s in fact as comfortable as a bed to sleep on at night, or for short naps at noon.
vi. No need for a guest room
Not everyone has a guest room to accommodate the unexpected guests. However, there’s no need to worry if you don’t have one in your home as you can use your sleeper sofa as a guest room. Though it’s not as spacious and versatile as a separate room, your guests won’t mind it as they feel comfortable and hospitable in it.
Sofa beds also prove useful even if you have a guest room. While the room can be used as a guest room when guests are around, it can also be used as a workroom, party room or library where the sofa is used for seating purposes.
vii. Huge range to choose from
Sofa beds are available in various fabrics, brands, materials, types, styles, and sizes to choose from based on your décor. They also come in beds ranging from queen to twin sizes where some are both stylish and comfortable.
The best naturally are from famous and prestigious companies while the fabric determines how durable and comfortable it is. Sofa beds can be extended in various ways. You can draw it from below, open the seat cushions and take out its bed frame or even push down the backrest cushions so that they line up horizontally with the seat ones.
You can also choose between full-sized sofa beds that easily accommodate 2-3 adults or modest-sized ones which comfortably accommodate an adult. And best of all, a sofa bed can be easily moved around.
Tips for increasing the comfort of a sleeper sofa
While sofa beds are quite comfortable on their own, the following tips help make them even more comfortable.
You can try adding a mattress pad or egg crate atop the mattress for increased comfort. It’s an affordable means of increasing the sofa bed’s comfort levels. It also helps turn a firm bed into something softer.
Bedding has a huge effect on the comfort of your sofa bed. You needn’t spend loads on Egyptian cotton sheets as natural wool layering is cheaper, and perfect for layering the sofa’s mattress.
Though you may not feel so comfortable, wool is a strong and hearty textile that can help remove any mattress discomfort when used appropriately. Place a wool blanket on the mattress and a good fitting sheet on it for exceptional cushioning and a much better night’s sleep.
No matter what you sleep on, it’s the pillow that decides how peaceful and comfortable your sleep is. The right pillow will make your sleep all the more comfortable. Adding body pillows to the sofa mattress makes a marked difference to the quality of your sleep as they offer a sort of support system to your body.
All this shows that a sofa bed is an incredible piece of furniture for any home. It not only saves space as a sofa cum bed, it is also very profitable for you and your family. It’s better than a traditional couch, affordably priced, easy to open up and perfect to accommodate surprise guests when space is a constraint at home.
July 9, 2018
6 Tips for choosing comfortable living room chairs
Living rooms or family rooms are considered the hub of most homes because it’s where family members sit together and watch their favorite movies, talk about things, have a cup of coffee or just laze around.
You naturally have to look for the right living room chairs for the room where you will be spending quite a few memorable moments and memories. It is the right furniture that makes it even more comfortable to spend time in.
Look for chairs that befit quite a few features. They have to be comfortable to sit on, durable enough to bear the weight and antics of both old and young people for years, stylish enough to complement the other family room furniture and also effectively bring out the style and interior décor of the room. As you have to keep so many things in mind while looking at these chairs, this buying guide can be of great help in making the right choice.
1. Comfort is the top priority
No living room chair is comfortable without arms. So look for chairs that have arms that are rightfully placed on the chair. Footrests on the chair increase its comfort by 100%.
Not only do your arms need support to be comfortable while on the chair, but it also needs a footrest so that you can sit comfortably with your feet on them. If not swivel chairs, you could consider placing a rocking chair as a variable alternative in your living room.
You could also look for a chair with a swivel mechanism. The mechanism makes it all the more convenient and easy to grab something from the table or to start talking to someone sitting on the seat beside you.
2. Proportionately sized
Look for the right sized chair by first assessing your family room’s size. You will need to measure the space because you not only need enough space for chairs, but there should also be sufficient walking space around them.
The chair should not only fit into its speculated area, but it should also complement your sofa well. In other words, it shouldn’t look too small when compared to your sofa. So the best thing to do is measure the sofa’s seat height from the floor, and the total width of its seat and arms. Then choose living room chairs that are about the same measurements and are at least proportionally sized right.
3. Accent 'filler' chairs
You have other chairs called occasional or accent chairs that you can use to fill up those small spaces in your family room. It’s because they are smaller in size than the fully upholstered chairs you may have selected for your home. These chairs have visible frames and come with seats and a back which may or may not be upholstered.
They give you much needed additional seating options for small areas. These chairs are not necessarily confined to use only in small lounges but can also be used in dining rooms as an extra seating option. And when not in use, placing the accent chairs in a corner can prove useful at adding a burst of color to your lounge.
4. Look for something symbolizing your style
Chairs for living rooms are not actually sofa chairs. There’s a difference between the two as there are some people who call the sofa a sofa chair while there are others who call chairs matching the sofa a sofa chair.
If it’s a chair matching the sofa, it is usually manufactured using the same materials as the sofa. The main difference between the two is that the chair has only one seat cushion and not two or more.
So sofa chairs that are bought with the sofa are a perfect match to the sofa. However, in case of living room chairs, they are made using different materials and you are at liberty of choosing chairs with a style that complements your other furniture pieces.
However, it needn’t be an exact match to your sofa. Just look for something that has the same color or style as the sofa or you can alternatively choose chairs that are of a similar time period as the sofa. The chairs and sofa combined will pull your room together.
5. Room atmosphere
Your room’s atmosphere also affects your choice of chairs. If your family room is a formal place which is used mainly for special occasions, then it’s better to get chairs having upright backs or upholstered wing-back chairs.
These chairs have a tall back, armrests and winged sides for a reason. They were originally designed like this to provide protection from drafts. However, it’s now used more to give your room an old world look. In case the room is more a relaxed meeting place, then look for chairs that are more casually designed, and meant for lounging like chaise lounge chairs and recliners.
6. Buy based on material
The chair material is another factor to consider. There are leather chairs that add a touch of sophistication to your room with its smooth finish and clean lines. There are traditionally designed leather club chairs with low backs or the taller, softer and plusher chairs that provide for comfortable seating around the TV.
Fabric chairs are a good choice if you are looking for something casual because they come in various patterns and hues. This makes them just perfect to add some lively splash of color to the room.
If you have pets or children at home, then it’s very likely that they will eventually end up messing up your chairs. In that case, it’s better to buy chairs that are easily cleaned like microfiber chairs.
Of course, they may not come in many colors and patterns to choose from, but they are easily cleaned. They, in fact, compensate for their minimal color and pattern choice through the many styles it’s available in.
Of the lot, it’s upholstered living room chairs, especially those in velvet that is the most comfortable. Then again the choice is left to you, to make with the help of this buying guide.
July 6, 2018
Everything you need to know about choosing the right apartment furniture
Yes, it’s obvious that you need to buy apartment furniture, but as space is often a constraint in apartments it’s something you should do with some forethought and planning. You can’t, and shouldn’t just buy any piece of furniture you find as you may end up cramming the apartment. On the contrary, choose furniture that befits your apartment, so that you can live life comfortably even in a small apartment.
Furniture isn’t cheap. In fact, even good-quality single sofas cost thousands. This is why it’s better to establish a budget you can afford before you go shopping. You should not only buy furniture you can afford but buy only furniture you will be using.
No point buying an attractive and affordable corner table if you won’t be making much use of it. In other words, you have to keep a control on yourself and avoid impulse buying upon entering a furniture shop.
Make a list of the apartment furniture you require and go looking and buy only them. The chances of buying unnecessary furniture, or going on a furniture shopping spree, are reduced if you know precisely what furniture you are looking for.
Size is important because you should buy furniture that fits perfectly into your apartment’s living room. The furniture should also be easily carried up the stairs and into your home. So measure the width and height of your hallways, stairwells, and doorways leading to your apartment.
Before you go shopping you first have to pull a measuring tape to measure your living room dimensions. Mark its length and breadth while taking into consideration all alcoves and recesses.
The right measurements help you buy the right piece of furniture that easily fits through your apartment doorway, and in your apartment, without any hassles. Besides, you also have to buy furniture that’s proportionate to the size of your living room like its ceiling height and floor space.
This means there’s no point investing in a sectional sofa if it will consume lots of floor space and leave you without space for accent tables, shelves, an entertainment center or any supplementary seats.
3. Chalk out a floor plan
With your measurements in hand, it’s time to get a pencil and paper to sketch a floor plan. A grid paper is better but plain notebook paper works just as well. Remember to maintain about a yard of space in between the larger furniture pieces while drawing a plan to ensure the room remains uncluttered.
The plan gives you an idea of what you should and can place in your room. It helps you decide between buying two loveseats or a sectional sofa with single sofas. It also helps decide if you can fit in some decorative pieces as well.
If you have the time and patience, you can also use some tape and newspaper to stage the living room and get a rough idea of how the living room will look like with all the furniture around.
As expected, aesthetics is important as it decides the look of your living room. You want something that blends well with your interior décor. It’s generally safe to buy traditional apartment furniture that blends with traditional and contemporary features.
This includes furniture with more of straight lines, a few curves and some pointed or rounded corners. The upholstery should be something that accommodates your personal lifestyle and preferences.
Though a leather sofa is durable, timeless and classical befitting any décor, it needs regular maintenance to remain soft, supple and scratch-free. It’s also expensive so if you are looking for something budget-friendly, then microfiber upholstery is a good choice. It’s a durable choice if you have kids and pets around, and is available in various patterns and colors.
5. Choose your colors wisely
Apartments, especially the rentals generally have neutral color schemes. So if your landlord won’t let you paint your apartment, you have to use your furniture and décor to add some color and style to the place.
Grey, black, white and dark brown are your best options for furniture that do not clash with the apartment’s colors. It is better to first take pictures of all the rooms as it helps you match furniture with the wall and carpet colors when you go shopping.
6. Dual purpose
If space is a constraint, look for furniture that serves dual purposes like an ottoman that is ideal for resting your feet, placing drinks and snacks, to use as a game table and to create either storage space or act as a pull-out sofa.
Or you can buy a sofa that has a pull-out sleeper to help you conveniently accommodate overnight guests. Another idea is a dining table that serves as a desk in the day and a dining area at night. Then, of course, tables with leaves provide extra table space if needed.
7. Set your priorities right
Buy your furniture in stages, starting with the basics and from the bedroom. Your bedroom furniture should comprise of a mattress, bed frame and a chest of drawers, and once you are done, you can move onto the kitchen and living room furniture.
Although decorative pieces are tempting, it’s better looking at them only after buying your necessary furniture. This is why it’s better to prioritize your furniture and your needs first, and not buy everything at once. Besides, it helps reduce the stress on your wallet.
8. Functionality and mobility
You most likely have minimal space to work with in apartments when compared to a house. Or it’s possible that the space you have has a unique layout. It’s in these cases that it’s better to look for functional pieces of furniture that can help maintain a streamlined space.
Don’t forget to consider mobility while choosing your apartment furniture because legs with exposed legs and a light base are easier to move around if you want to change your furniture arrangement. Look for low-profile storage carts, coffee tables, seating and ottomans that have wheels.
July 4, 2018
Functional living room furniture with storage options
There’s nothing more stressful than returning to a home full of clutter. However, unfortunately, sometimes no matter how hard you try, kids and pets can really mess up the living room, the room which you usually see first upon entering your home.
The best way to handle the problem is by investing in living room furniture that is not only attractively colored and designed, but also offers handy, as well as handsome storage space. Here are a few storage suggestions to get you started.
1. Coffee table with shelf
Don’t just buy a coffee table. It's more functional if you buy one with a shelf included underneath, to use for your newspapers and remote controls. Or you could buy an upholstered ottoman to use both a storage unit and coffee table. Another option is vintage trunks that add some character to your living room too.
You’ll have more space for your coffee cups on your tables if you have a bookcase for your magazines and books. You can always look for a wall-hung shelf in case there’s not enough space for a freestanding unit or bookcase. Adding a few shelves for your DVDs also helps reduce the clutter in the room.
Filling a wall with shelves for your books and DVDs, and surfaces to display accessories like medals and photographs make a great focal point for the room. You can also paint the shelving unit’s back with a bright color to add more color to your room. This eventually turns it into your room’s focal point.
3. Glass doors
Glass doors on your cupboards prove worthy for displaying your belongings. Remember that as the glass acts more like a frame for the things stored in the cupboards, it’s better to not fill the cupboard to its seams. There has to be enough space in the cupboard for whatever is inside it to breathe.
Sideboards make interesting and functional living room furniture for storing things like your games, DVDs, glassware and drinks collection.
5. Unused space under windows
You can add more life to the plain window in your room by turning it into a window seat cum storage unit. You don’t have to spend lots of money to come up with something bespoke to achieve this. You can instead place a low, strong, console table under the window frame for storage purposes, and place some cozy cushions atop it to make it a comfortable seat.
6. Vintage storage options
Add a touch of charm to the living room with some vintage furniture and storage options. Storage trunks not only adds some history to the room but can also be used as a coffee table. Just make sure you buy something made of strong and good quality wood, which is not expensive but instead, rather affordably priced.
It’s also a good idea to have some antique living room fittings and cabinets to even modern homes. They offer well-organized storage options that are full of character and personality. Wooden sideboards with lots of drawers offer optimal storage space.
7. Make maximum use of all nooks and corners
No matter how well you think you have organized your things there is always some unused space in a room. Tall and slim storage units are best for filling up any awkward corners in the room. You can perhaps collect a few similar units to create a built-in library type of look. A neutral sofa looks great in rooms that have walls full of shelves, and if the walls are painted a delicate shade.
8. Look for hidden space
Instead of using sliding shelves just to divide rooms, they can also be used for camouflaging brimming wall-to-wall shelves pretty well. Painting the panel blinds the same color or print as the paint or wallpaper in the room helps it blend in. Besides, they make a much more affordable and brighter option to wooden doors.
9. Storage wall
Why not create a unit on your wall specifically to hold your television, with space underneath for storing all your media equipment. Just keep the larger objects visible, and on a show while it looks neat if all smaller items are stored in baskets and boxes. Work to blend the television into the living room scheme by building a unit that not only has lots of storage options but also has a canvas to hide the television screen.
10. High ceilings have lots of storage space
In case your living room has high ceilings, you can make good and creative use of the space under the ceilings as storage space. You could fit a long-running shelf to store interesting things like photographs and votives. Painting the space above the rail a different color helps create an illusion of lower ceilings.
11. Make maximum use of empty alcoves
Space is precious, so do your best to ensure no alcove goes to waste. You could perhaps build a few bespoke shelves into the empty space to fill with your books, magazines or curios. Coloring the shelves in different shades and textures help create a lot of tone and warmth which when mixed with big, comfortable loveseats help create a cocooned living scheme.
It’s left to you to decide what type of living room furniture you will use in your living room to minimize clutter and make the room look so much more organized. Of course, you have to select based on practicality and your budget so that whatever storage units you use is within your pocket and looks great on walls.
There’s no limit to the storage options you can create in your living room. You just have to learn to think out of the box because it’s not always necessary that the storage unit is neatly concealed somewhere.
Most of the time even bold and brashly designed storage units look great and becoming. It’s you who decides the look and style for the room, and accordingly select the right living room furniture with storage options to complement this look and style.
June 28, 2018
How to maintain antique home furniture- 13 tips
Old is gold is the adage, however only if it’s well taken care of. Even though you have valuable antique home furniture it remains your pride only if it’s well maintained. So if you have some vintage furniture at home, these tips should help you take good care of it to ensure it remains in good shape.
1. Keep it away from heat and other harmful elements
Keep your furniture somewhere safe away from excessive heat, direct sunlight, and moisture. These three elements can do lots of damage to your furniture. It’s recommended to maintain a constant level of humidity of about 40-60% at home because inconsistent humidity can loosen the furniture joints. Sunlight, on the other hand, leads to fading of color and cracking in the finishing.
2. Annual paste wax
Your antique home furniture needs a coating of paste wax every year. This helps add sheen to the furniture while protecting against moisture and pollutants. A little bit of good-quality wax like Minwax or expensive English beeswax is more than enough.
Softly rub the wax according to the wood grain till there’s a deeply layered finish on it. However, don’t forget to remove any excess wax once done to prevent its accumulation on the furniture.
3. Use the right oil
Don’t use just any oil to clean your antique wood furniture. Murphy’s Oil Soap is ideal for cleaning dirty furniture. Just follow the bottle instructions and you are good to go. However no matter how much you are tempted; avoid using linseed and lemon oils because they only end up coating the wood which in turn attracts dirt. Also avoid using Pledge or any spray furniture cleaning products because it contains silicone, which leaves a difficult to remove film coating on the furniture.
4. Avoid using anything rough
Don’t use anything with a rough texture on the furniture as it ends up scratching it. Even feather dusters are a no-no because broken feathers are similar to tiny sticks which end up spoiling the surface. Instead, use a very soft cloth like cheesecloth to wax the furniture. Use a little wax and rub gently after spreading a thin and even coat on the furniture.
5. Save bits and pieces
Waxing should be done with care as it’s highly possible that pieces of veneer or inlay may come loose. Save any pieces that come off because they are irreplaceable and substitutes are difficult to find. Do not try repairing it yourself by gluing it back on. Safely keep the pieces and carry it to a wood expert to restore to your furniture.
6. Don’t forget to remove dust before using cleaners
While this is second nature to many, there are lots of people who forget to dust their furniture before waxing it. Failing to do so only leads to the dust ending up trapped under the wax layer.
7. Don’t polish metal hardware
Antique home furniture usually has some metal ornaments or hardware on it like brass knobs or keyholes and other similar decorations. Though it’s tempting, don’t polish them using any metal-cleaning product or polish as it may damage the wood underneath.
It’s better to carefully dust the ornaments or hardware a few times a year. In case the piece is very badly tarnished, remove the hardware and then polish with a polish appropriate for it and replace.
8. Use a humidifier
Humidifiers are a must in dry houses or apartments, especially during winter. It’s required because wood tends to shrink or swell and end up splitting or wrapping due to temperature and humidity changes.
This can be avoided by preventing extreme temperatures, and ensuring the wood doesn’t dry or become too damp. Keep checking the back of the furniture like the pieces against the wall for signs of mold and mildew. Wipe off any signs of mold with a soft cloth dipped and wrung in a very dilute (10:1) solution of water and bleach of household bleach.
9. Wipe off spills
All spills and stains have to be immediately blotted up. Do not rub or scrub it as blotting safely absorbs the liquid. Keep blotting with a clean towel or paper towel till most liquid is absorbed.
Always act as quickly as possible otherwise the stain may set permanently and destroy the fabric. It’s better to call a good furniture restorer in case of major spills and serious scratches instead of trying out risky household remedies.
10. Dry vacuuming
It’s good to gently dry vacuum the antique home furniture surface periodically to prevent dust and dirt from settling onto its fibers. While you may alternatively use a soft and dry brush, don’t use dust rags as its loose threads may catch on, and pull the veneer pieces off.
11. Deep cleaning
You can use cleaning foam meant for use on upholstery to remove any accumulated dirt and grime. However first try the foam on an indiscreet part of the furniture to ensure it’s safe to use on it, and there’s no discoloration. Follow foam instructions and use only clean towels to dab and not rub or scrub the surface.
12. No dry heating
Do not try drying the antique upholstery with heat as it only shrinks the fibers and causes permanent damage. A better and safer alternative is to use fans to let it naturally dry. Make sure the furniture is thoroughly dried before you start using it.
13. Leave it to the pros
If you don’t have the time or are not so confident with the proper cleaning techniques for your antique furniture, then it’s better to leave things to the pro. Doing the wrong thing can only lead to problems and devalue your furniture’s value. This is especially important when it comes to repairs.
It may look like an easy fix, but just squirting glue on joints is not always enough. In fact, crude and inefficient repair work conducted by amateurs only devalues your furniture. It’s better not repairing it at all, or even better still, entrusting the job to a repair or restoration expert.
While these tips can help you clean and maintain your valuable antique home furniture, sometimes hiring a professional may be a better alternative. After all, this furniture has sentimental values, and are so delicate that it’s wiser having it professionally cleaned using the right cleaning techniques and equipment.
JUNE 25, 2018
A dummy’s guide to loveseats
Loveseats are also called apartment-size sofas because of its size. It’s just right for use in small spaces like living rooms in small apartments. As the name suggests, it’s a two-seater couch seating two people or a couple, and the reason for its name.
They don’t use much space but do create a cozy and homey atmosphere. They can also be used in large living areas for additional seating arrangements and thus help create conversation groups.
Shopping tips for loveseats
If you go shopping for loveseats, you have to choose one based on your design preferences and requirements. It should be comfortable to sit on, which its upholstery determines. While loveseats with low-density cushions are affordably priced, they do flatten with use and tend to quickly wear out.
The high-density cushions are slightly expensive, but worth the cost because of its firm seating wherein it tends to hold its shape longer. If you are looking for something really comfortable, look for a loveseat with down cushions.
Size is another factor to consider while looking for loveseats. While sectionals may be small, they take up lots of space. Loveseats on the contrary are compact enough to fit into tiny areas. However don’t make the mistake of buying one without first measuring wherever you plan to keep it.
You can also buy loveseats based on style. You have modern and contemporary style loveseats which go well with most living room themes. The modern design seats come with firmer cushions, strong angles and longer legs while the contemporary designed ones have thicker upholstery, plush seating and lower legs.
The type of fabric on the loveseat is something else you need to take into consideration. You can choose between seats with different upholstery fabric options like top grain leather, velvet and twill. Make your choice based on your tastes, and one that blends well not your living space.
Standard loveseat size
Now as size is important while looking for loveseats as you shouldn’t take it for granted that it’s small, and can fit into just any space. Well, while loveseats come in varying dimensions, most of them are four to six feet long from arm to arm, and about three feet deep. While this is the average size, they come in various dimensions to fit its appearance and the room.
So find out how you can measure the right sized loveseat for your existing space. Length is the first thing people measure while choosing loveseats. Here are a few of the most common sized loveseats.
While length it is important, there are other dimensions you also have to check. For example, while loveseats are usually 20-21 inches above the floor, sometimes its physical appearance or aesthetics can be deceiving. Sleek and trim loveseats which measure the same as overstuffed loveseats with round padded arms and puffy back cushions generally look smaller in a room.
Differences between loveseats and settees
In case you ever wondered what the difference between a loveseat and settee is, you’ve now found your answer. Loveseats come in various styles but the most unique feature about it is that it has individual sections so that each person can sit in a section.
While the contemporarily designed loveseats may not have distinct seating options, they are small enough for two grown up people to comfortably sit on. Loveseats may come with upholstered arms or without any back or even have low backs with relatively high placed arm rests.
Settees are usually long wooden benches with an average sized sofa. It usually has a back and arms and comfortably seats at least three people. Settees are available in various styles like the contemporary models that have legs there are the more modern designs with upholstery but no obvious legs. They are bought either alone or can be included in your living room furniture.
So looking at the two, it’s quite obvious that the main differences between the two are that:
i. Loveseats can hold only two people while settees can fit more than two people.
ii. Another difference is that while settees always come with a back, loveseats have backs, are backless or have a low back.
iii. Settees are also available as a two-in-one sleeper sofa to use as an extra bed if there’s no space or if there’s guests. However loveseats can at the most accommodate only a small child who will be able to snuggle within the two seats.
iv. And lastly, while loveseats are usually sold as an individual piece of furniture, sectional sofas come with pieces to add or remove as required.
You have to make your choice between the two based on where you want to use it, and how you plan to arrange your furniture in the existing space. While most people use loveseats in their living rooms, there are others who use it more for decorative reasons and not actually for seating purposes.
JUNE 22, 2018
Here is a quick guide for first-time Ottoman buyers
The Ottoman is an attractive piece of furniture that conveniently blends with the décor of any room. There are rectangular versions which complement your living room set and square ones you can use in the study to rest your feet while enjoying a great book.
Ottomans come in various sizes, shapes, materials, and purposes. If this is the first time you are buying this exquisite piece of furniture, this buying guide has everything you need to know to help you buy one.
What is an Ottoman?
It’s a functional piece of add-on furniture to the living room or den, consisting of a padded and upholstered seat or bench. It may or may not have armrests and can be used as stools or paired with sofas and recliners.
It’s always better to decide on it’s shape based on its surrounding furniture and not vice versa.
Round Ottomans complement round sofas well to give a contemporary look and uses minimal space. It’s depth and dimensions create the perfect focal point in a room. However, its round look may not match a room with angled furniture.
This is the most popular of the lot because they complement practically any sofa. It is a good supplement for coffee tables and softens rooms full of angled furniture. Most people prefer customizing square Ottomans to fit the dimensions of a loveseat, sectional or even an exquisite sofa. You can even line up a few square or cube Ottomans to get a decent table and is a perfect alternative if you find rectangular ones too bulky for your room space.
Rectangular Ottomans are widely used as an alternative to coffee tables, or as an additional place to sit. It is ideal to use as a living room centerpiece thanks to its generous surface are, storage and display potential.
Ottomans are made using different materials which you should choose based on your lifestyle.
Fabric is a safe choice because it blends well with most furniture. However, while a leather ottoman does look good with a fabric sofa, it’s not the same in case of a leather sofa and fabric Ottoman.
However if your other living room furniture has lots of fabric, then there are various ottoman fabric upholsteries to choose from. Microfiber attracts attention with its bright colors, making it an ideal centerpiece. It’s also not only soft and comfortable but also easy to clean and maintain.
It’s true that leather is durable and doesn’t easily tear or fray like fabric. However, it may not be the right choice if you have kids as it easily stains from household items like ink, oil and peanut butter.
Of course, leather does make a comfortable covering for any furniture, and its effects are better if it’s the right color. Black leather ottomans look great in large spaces while beige leather ones give the ideal finish to a small room.
Memory foam is an affordable material that depending on the heat surrounding it is either supportive or elastic in function. It’s an ideal choice as a footrest because it helps those with chronic foot pain. It’s also lightweight, simple and goes well with any slipover.
Rattan ottomans are favorites for outdoor patios because it makes wicker seating look inviting. Not only is it light and durable, you can also use a few brush strokes to personalize rattan and turn a white rattan ottoman into a modern pink or green one. The only maintenance it requires is an occasional cleaning, and keeping it away from extreme heat and humidity makes it last a few years.
Then again, if you are worried about the ottoman material getting damaged, you can always buy slipcovers. They not only protect the ottoman, but can also be changed according to the changing seasons.
Ottoman designs depend on its purpose, which is plenty. They can be used alone or with a sofa, as some additional storage space, as a footrest or as a tray for your cocktails and coffee cups.
They give you additional space in your cluttered home by making it look more organized. It’s just right for storing things like toys, DVDs, and remotes, which usually end up scattered around the house.
Bigger ottomans easily store your fleece throws and cashmere blankets while giving some place for your feet. While the average small, square ottoman has sufficient space for some neatly folded blankets, a bench ottoman is better for storing board games.
The coffee table Ottomans are ideal for holding your cups of coffee. You can also use the ottoman as a footrest in case you want to enjoy your cup of coffee while relaxing on your reclining sofa. There are also cocktail ottomans with a flip top to use for holding drinks, like a serving tray.
Tray ottomans can be personalized as per usage, thanks to its versatility, mobility and the fact that it can be separated. You have the option to use it as your laptop table, to surprise your wife with breakfast in bed or use as a simple tray for any seat at home.
Tufted ottomans make the ideal chair ottoman or footstool as the tufting keeps its foam and cotton filling from bunching or shifting with constant use. The button-tufted versions look elegant and classic but are surprisingly affordably priced. Tufted ottomans, however, should not be used as a tray or coffee-table because it’s uneven top makes it unsafe for cups and glasses.
Glider ottomans are an interesting part of nursery furniture because it’s so comfortable for children to sleep in. It also provides the necessary support when you sit in rocking chairs and recliners that don’t have any support.
Ottoman sleepers offer comfortable bedding for your occasional house guests. It’s large and comfortable for your guests to sleep on, and the fact that it’s convertible is really something interesting and unique.
JUNE 20, 2018
How to clean and maintain leather sofas
Leather sofas are a worthy and durable investment that looks great in your home and office, if well-maintained. However, don’t think that cleaning and maintaining leather sofas are a chore and hassle. In fact, the right maintenance routine using the following tips can help your leather sofa last a long time.
Maintain and stick to a routine
You have to maintain your sofa just as you would your floors and curtains. Start a regular cleaning regimen and stick to it and you won’t find cleaning it so difficult!
How to clean your leather sofa
The basic rule of the thumb here is ‘little-is-much’ and to clean your sofa at least once in three months. A weekly cleaning by dusting the sofa with a feather duster and sofa cloth is also more than enough. This is, in addition, to regularly turning and fluffing the cushions.
You can use the vacuum’s soft brush attachment to clean the sofa if it was used heavily during the week. But be extremely gentle on your couch and do your cleaning without using any wet clothes, harsh and ammonia-based reagents or bleach.
The best way to clean your sofa is by first vacuuming and removing all dust. Dust is abrasive, especially when it gets wet when you start cleaning with a cleaning solution. Once the dust is removed, make a cleaning solution of equal parts of vinegar or commercial leather cleaner and water.
Then soak a cleaning cloth, preferably a soft microfiber and wring it out so that it’s not wet but just damp, and use to thoroughly wipe the couch. Rinse the cloth as necessary. It’s after this is done that you use a towel to dry the couch. However don’t use any blow dryers for drying as it’s a heat source, and only dehydrates the leather.
How to condition or polish a leather sofa
It’s natural for your sofa to get dry with time. And the best way to overcome this problem and to keep your sofa shining is with regular polishing. Start by making a conditioning solution by mixing one part of vinegar to two parts linseed or flaxseed oil.
Now use a soft cloth to apply the solution to your sofa with broad and circular motions and leave it overnight. Now finish off the conditioning, and restore the couch’s shine by buffing the sofa with a dry, clean cloth. It’s more than enough to polish the sofa once in three months.
How to remove stains on leather sofas
The secret to removing stains is to quick action. While you have to wipe and not rub off stains immediately, different stains have to be taken care of in different manners.
How to eliminate unpleasant smells from leather sofas
Leather tends to absorb strong smells like cigarette smoke and pet odors. While nothing can be done about this natural tendency, you can at least prevent it by wiping the sofa with a soft cloth dabbed in some baby oil.
It leaves your sofa smelling fresh, and preserves the leather. Though there are various cleaning products specifically meant for preventing and eliminating the strongest smells, always do a spot test on a small patch of the sofa before use.
Additional maintenance tips
JUNE 15, 2018
9 Things To Consider While Buying Bar Stools
After spending so much on your bar, the finishing touch lies in buying the right bar stools that complement it well. The right bar stools are those that blend well with your bar, is comfortable for you and your guests to enjoy a few drinks and is of course, within your budget.
Finding bar stools is not a problem because there are so many types available- the problem lies in finding the right one for your bar. So if you find it difficult making a choice, here are a few factors that will help you out.
You have to choose bar stools that fit with your home’s interior décor and style. This means that if you have a rustic style home, then wooden bar stools may complement it the best. However, if you are looking for something contemporary, then look for metal or plastic ones.
You have to choose your stool backs based on the look you want to create, and the level of comfort you are looking for. Backless stools are always better in case of swivel bar stools. But if you want some back support, then you can choose between low and high-back bar stools. The difference between the two is that the low back stools offer some back support and still look backless while the high-back bar stools offer maximum support.
It’s better to opt for backless bar stools for small bars as it makes your bar area look bigger. And anyway, it’s easier to tuck backless bar stools under the bar or counter when not in use and save floor space in the process.
Then again, if you have sufficient space, then you could look for bar stools with a backrest and armrest for added support and comfort. The size of your bar area not only determines the type of bar stools you should buy, but also the number of stools that will fit behind it. Obviously a bigger area permits more stools, as long as there is sufficient space in between them.
4. Additional Features
You may be surprised to know that bar stools come with some exceptional features which go a long way at making your guests feel comfortable. For example, you have adjustable bar stools which are very useful because it’s height can be increased and decreased to accommodate your guests’ heights.
It’s great if the bar stool has a footrest so that whoever sits on the stool has someplace comfortably sit with their feet resting on it. And if you will be having parties where people interact with each other across the room then it’s better to look for swivel bar stools. This makes it easy for the person sitting on the stool to turn around and speak to others in the room.
If you don’t plan on investing in adjustable bar stools, then you have to be careful about the height of the stools you choose. It should match your bar’s height so that your guests can comfortably rest their arms on the bar while enjoying their drinks.
Stools that are your bar height are a logical choice for standard bars however if your bar is a kitchen counter or about similar height, then shorter counter stools are a better option. If you have children around, then you may consider getting one or two short or adjustable bar stools so that they don’t feel left out.
Now you may wonder what the best height stool is for your bar counter. Well, this is rather easy to find out. You just have to measure from the floor to the highest point of the bar and subtract ten inches from it. This gives you the appropriate height for any bar stool you choose as it gives you enough room to comfortably sit on the stool and to also tuck it under the counter when not in use.
6. Seating material
The bar stools’ seating material is something you need to choose wisely because you have to be comfortable spending so much time sitting on the stools! Wood is the most common choice because they are durable, comfortable and look traditional.
If you are looking for something luxurious, then leather is a better material. They look rich and are of course softer to sit on. Plastic and metal carry a modern look and are a durable investment.
It’s left to you to make a selection based on the comfort and look you want. It goes without saying that whichever type of bar stool you choose; you should know to clean it. Spills and accidents are inevitable when at the bar so it’s better to choose stools you know how to clean!
7. Color patterns
Most of the bar stools come in solid colors, which isn’t surprising as it easily blends into most rooms and bars. However, this doesn’t mean you have no other choices. It’s always better to check out a few color patterns too because it is the perfect design which goes a long way at enhancing your bar’s look. If your bar is supposed to be the center of attraction, then it’s better to look for something eye-catching like a wild print pattern.
Adjustable bar stools are generally a better option if you are thinking of moving house in the future. This is because you never know where you will be shifting into next. It’s only adjustable stools that are flexible enough to easily blend and fit into and under any bar counter. All you have to do is increase or reduce the height of the stool as per the counter measurements.
Cost is always a factor to consider, no matter what you plan buying. Bar stools are no exceptions. So look for something in your budget as you most probably won’t be buying a single stool but should be able to afford a few stools for the bar counter.
If you were finding it difficult choosing the right bar stools for your bar counter, these factors should make it look so much easier!