Can the Right Furniture Save Space?

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In 2014, there was 2.63 billion square feet of rentable self-storage space in the US, which amounts to 8.32 square feet of storage space for every man, woman and child in the US. While the size of the average American house has almost doubled to 2,300 square feet over the last 50 years, we still seem to feel we have a crisis of space. In reality, our homes have a vast amount of space – including storage space – which we may simply not be utilizing as well as we can. Here are five great furniture ideas that will help you maximize storage while still creating maximum space.

1. TV Stands

With sleek, modern, flat screen TV’s have come sleek, modern TV stands that still take up the same amount of space, but offer little to no storage. While giant entertainment centers of old don’t offer the kind of space needed for today’s oversized screens, there are still a number of ways to incorporate storage into your TV stand. Repurposing an old dresser, is one great way to create your own TV stand, or if you really want to go all out, Ikea has a wide variety of complete wall units that create vast amounts of storage around your television.

2. Ottomans and Coffee Tables

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Ottomans and coffee tables are both furniture items that can be used in a wide variety of ways for both storage and additional space. Ottomans with a hinged lid offer great storage inside but then can be used as additional seating when you have guests. You can even combine the two and purchase an ottoman coffee table that combines storage with a great place to put your feet up!

3. Platform Beds

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While under-bed storage is nothing new, platform beds can take it to a whole new level. With a wide variety of mattresses that no longer need box springs, that frees up an additional foot or more in height of storage space under your bed. Without a box spring, you can actually repurpose an entire bookshelf to slide right under your bed, providing loads of useable storage space.

4. Don’t Forget the Garage!

Garages have always been a primary storage area for everything from cars to lawnmowers to canoes to holiday decorations. With our growing obsession with space, however – both storage and otherwise – garages are quickly taking on a wide variety of roles ranging from man caves to small apartments. Garages are a great place to use clever storage ideas such as custom cabinetry or wall mounts for items like bikes, skis or snowboards and even canoes, to create both extra living and storage space in your garage.

5. Pull out Beds

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Pull out beds – or wall beds – became famous in the 70’s in New York apartments the size of shoeboxes. Now they have become popular in tiny homes and are gaining popularity in even regular sized homes. Pull out beds are great for people that want a guest room, but don’t have guests often enough to want to devote an entire room of their home for them year-round. Pullout or wall beds can be placed in a play-room and used for naps or sleepovers or in a home office that can still be used during the day as an office – even when you have guests over.

In the last decade, people have been creating additional space in their home by moving many of their belongings into storage units. But renting additional storage space can be expensive, not to mention time consuming when you have to drive somewhere every time you have to pull something out of or put something back in your storage unit. Instead, you can create a vast amount of additional storage in your home by simply doubling up your furniture with storage space.

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Old Furniture Deserves a New Life

If you want to have something truly unique in your home without wasting tons of money and, most importantly, increasing your carbon footprint, consider the art of upcycling and repurposing. Even the oldest furniture pieces can look dashing with a little bit of effort. Basically, you can figure out a whole new idea and purpose for an old chair or simply breathe new life into your furniture. There’s no reason to rush into consumer craze when your own creativity can achieve so much, both for your home and the environment.

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Painting and refinishing

If you have some old, shabby-looking wooden furniture pieces, there are plenty of options in store. You can go for a really rustic look by simply sanding the wooden surface. You can leave the piece half-sanded and add paint for a true antique vibe, or refinish the entire piece and give it a fresh coat of paint all over. Of course, you’re not limited to only one color. You can mix and match different shades and patterns in order to get an amazing, unique piece. This project can involve old shelves, tables, chairs, cabinets and whatever else you want to spruce up.

Spray paint to the rescue

Another great way to give your old furniture a new look is to use spray paint. If you’re going to upcycle wooden objects, make sure to sand them first. Pieces made of stone and metal don’t require this step. Recently, metallic style décor has become really popular. In that respect you can add a touch of gold, silver, copper or rose gold to your old pieces in a jiffy. The best thing about this easy trend is that you can choose between matte and shiny spray finishes, and even combine the two. What’s more, there’s this trend of gluing little bits and bobs to larger surfaces, thus making something completely extravagant. Take a look at interesting home décor online to see if anything can be a good match for a such project. You can spray the decorative pieces as well to unify the look.

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Stencils and wallpaper

You can make something even more interesting and eye-pleasing than a simple repainted furniture piece. For example, you can use store-bought stencils or use pretty much anything you want for imprint in order to add a personal touch to your old furniture. On the other hand, wallpapers and decoupage technique can be used to jazz up the entire piece or to add decorative details. For example, you can refinish and repaint your cabinet, but also liven up the cabinet doors with decorative paper, wallpaper, pages from comic books as well as napkins.

Décor bits and pieces

It’s not all about giving a completely new look to your old furniture. Sometimes you just want to improve the furniture you already have. In that respect, you can reupholster your chairs and sofas instead of buying completely new ones. You can give a whole new look to your bed with some nice curtains, thus making a canopy bed. And sometimes, a few tiny tweaks here and there can transform any room. For example, check to see whether your furniture doors need new knobs. Moreover, you can bring old furniture to life by adding beautiful faux plants details that would match a vintage look really well. Also, you can use faux vines to decorate the beds and mirrors even.

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 Repurpose to your heart’s content

Have you ever thought about various ways you can reuse your old things? An old mirror frame can be used as a picture frame and vice versa. Old trunks, chairs and ottomans can be transformed into coffee tables and storage solutions. Your outdoor table can also be a desk, while that tall and sleek wardrobe can end up being a perfect shelf or cabinet. Window shades as well as ladders can be a great solution for vertical gardens, too.

There’s hardly anything furniture-wise that cannot be repaired or reused. In that respect, put your creativity to the test. Play with online ideas and inspirations or try your own out. You may find that the product of your own work is a lot more functional and beautiful than something you can buy.

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Select the Best Parquetry Dining Table for Your Home

The presence of the parquetry dining table in the house is essential to enhance the surrounding ambiance. It is styled in a unique manner to capture the imagination of the people. Draped in a contemporary and vintage design, the furniture goes a long way in delivering explicit results to the users. The geometrical wooden theme is evident in the appearance of the table. Although, it is a wonderful addition to the home; one should follow certain tips to find the best option to purchase. Among various style you can choose the right one that fits according to your space. parquet1

Simplistic design forms

The modern silhouette is streamlined into a sleek product that occupies minimum space. It can accommodate many guests in a party. Carved appearance of the wood plays vital role in introducing elegance to the product. Made from solid alder wood, the parquetry dining table is epitome of durability for the users. Family gatherings would never be complete without the purchase of the above-mentioned items.

 Rigid frame

The rigid frame might be crafted out of oak veneer top. Capable of hosting as many as 8 guests, the product goes a long way in captivating the imagination of the people. If the frame is not rigid and strong, the table is not able to survive adverse weather conditions. Therefore, you should also make sure that the strong lacquer coating is applied to it for longevity. 

 Classic style

Classic style never goes out of fashion. Bolstered by Glass planks, the minimal lines captivate the imagination of the people to a great extent. Herringbone surface is one of the most important parts of the table that imparts durability and white style. The classic theme fits well with the other furniture in the house giving eclectic décor to the interior. While hosting the party, the dining hall exudes top class elegance capturing the attention of the onlookers.

 Airfoil stuff

The Airfoil stuff is furniture to watch for. High-spirited meals and conversions can be carried out in style. Inspired by the wings of aircraft, the wooden material boasts of similar design to the users that are not only entertaining, but also regal in appearance. You can place the crystal glass on the table as an accessory and accentuate its beauty by many fold.

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Axel style

Top of the line artisans has used the expertise to design the amazing table style. To start with, it looks rugged, but can transform the appearance of the vintage homes. Eclectic décor comprising old world and contemporary themes entwined together present a delectable view  to the users. The table is light in weight. Hence, it is easy to  move from one place to another.

 Personal touch

While you are selecting the item, make sure it is bespoke. The personal touch is essential, as the table will occupy the dining space inside the home. While, color would blend with the vibrant colors of the wall and impart old school charm to the ambiance. It is imperative to ensure that the texture is in harmony with the neutral backdrop of the wood.

Reputed retailer

Only a reputed retailer can provide tables carrying iron-clad warranty. One should take a closer look at the margins in design, because they vary from one product to another. Specifications are provided along with the product. Therefore, you should read the text carefully before proceeding ahead with the purchase.

If you are confused what type of table to buy, contact the customer care departments to get an approximate idea on choosing parquetry dining table. It is quite handy to take information about quality and affordability before making a decision.

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How Do Textures and Materials Impact Your Interior Design?

Interior design enthusiasts and professionals always stress on making the right choices – the perfect couch for the living room, a solid and beautiful dining table, the color of paint on walls and floors, etc. However, one essential aspect often gets overlooked, i.e. choosing the right materials and textures.

 

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Importance of Texture in Interior Design

Texture plays a huge role in creating the mood of a space, impacting its visual as well as tactile appeal. Here are some of the basic aspects to consider:

  1. Colors – The color palette you’ve chosen will help determine what type of textural elements you should use. Monochromatic and harmonious color schemes can be given more depth and visual interest when you add contrast with mixed textures. With complementary colors, the use of similar textures helps to create a more cohesive look throughout the space.
  2. Materials – Carefully select materials that help define and balance the space. For instance, a cowhide rug has an interesting mix of textures that lends warmth and sophistication to bedrooms, living areas and entryways. Cowhide accessories are great for children’s rooms too, offering both visual and tactile stimuli during their early development.

Practicality – While selecting materials, ensure they are both practical and versatile. For items placed in direct sunlight, choose materials that won’t fade. If a home has children or pets, choose durable leather rugs or cowhide furniture. These repel dirt, dust and fur, in addition to being stain-resistant and sturdy enough to handle heavy foot traffic.

How Textures Work with Light

Different textures interact with light by absorbing reflecting, or diffusing it. For instance:

  • Smooth Textures – When you use smooth, reflective materials such as satin or silk in a room, they reflect light to make the space seem larger and lighter. Mirrors, glossy-finish metallic elements and lustrous wall paint can have the same effect. These materials can make colors seem deeper and more saturated as well.
  • Rough Textures – Rougher textures that absorb light are perfect for creating a cozy and comfortable feel. For instance, floor rugs made of animal hide, fabric or wool make colors seem more subtle and refined. Unpolished stone or wood, frosted glass, and matte-finish metal or paint will also make the space seem warmer.

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Select the Right Textures for the Style

The “look” and “feel” of a room can be transformed with texture, as well as the materials used to create it. For instance:

  • Rustic Interiors – The key here is to play up natural elements that absorb light, such as wood, stone and leather. Hardwood floors, cowhide couches or armchairs, large sofa cushions and soft rugs help make the space warm and welcoming.
  • Luxurious Style – If you want glamourous interiors, use rich colors and textures that both capture and reflect light. Soft velvet upholstery creates a wonderful sense of opulence, and leather rugs add smooth sophistication to any space.
  • Modern Design – This style is defined by simple color schemes, reflective textures and glossy materials that make the space seem more open and airy. Lasered rugs paired with metallic elements can help you capture a sleek and modern look.

Remember, trends will change with time. Natural elements are always in vogue, so look for cowhide rugs online, along with other accessories that capture your style!

Author Bio: Caroline Modig works at Art Hide and oversees their marketing and promotional efforts. Her passion for interior design and the knowledge she gained over the years allows her to find time from her busy schedule to write informative blogs about interior trends, popular styling tips and everything related. When she isn’t working or writing, you can find her relaxing to some contemporary jazz while solving puzzles.

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Revitalizing Your Furniture to its Former Shine

It’s a simple fact of life that, unless you cover your furniture with plastic covers, wear and tear will eventually make it look shabby and worn. With apologies to all of our dear aunts who still think that plastic-covered furniture is fine, you can use a few techniques to bring back the look of some furniture without the expense of restoration or the bigger expense of replacement.

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Of course, there are times that no matter what you do, a piece of furniture needs professional help, but until it reaches that point there are plenty of things that you can do to fix the small problems that make your furniture look shabby.

Alternatives to expensive restoration for wood furniture

When it comes to refurbishing furniture on your own, the first step is to clean the piece. No matter how small the problem is if it is not clean there is nothing you can do to make it look better. For wood furniture that means washing it with a non-abrasive cleanser and lightly going over it with very fine steel wool.

Once it is clean, check the piece over for nicks, scratches and stains. There are a few tricks to take care of those:

  • Stains can be taken out of wood with a mixture of canola oil and vinegar. Mix ¾ of a cup of vinegar to ¼ cup of canola oil and rub it into the wood with a cotton cloth. The mixture will lift the stains out of the wood and begin restoring its natural luster.
  • Scratches on wood can be covered by applying a layer of coffee grounds – for dark furniture – or by rubbing it with a walnut – for light wood – and then wiping it off after letting it set for a few minutes.
  • Water rings, caused by glasses left sitting on a table, can be removed with mayonnaise. All you have to do is spread a thin layer on the damaged surface and let is sit for a half an hour. All you have to do is wipe them mayo up and the ring goes with it.
  • If you have a dent in your wooden furniture you can pour water on it then place a towel or shirt over the water and set a hot iron on the cloth. The heat from the iron will cause the water to be absorbed by the wood and within a few minutes the dent should be gone. If it doesn’t disappear after a couple minutes, set the iron back down on it and continue until it has.

You can stop there, but on advice from the experts at Eastern Suburb antique restoration once you have cleaned the piece, give it a light rub of furniture oil – it doesn’t matter which brand – and let it soak in. You might have to repeat this step a couple of times to see a difference, but once the oil soaks in it will really bring out the pattern in the wood. Go over the piece again with fine steel wool and then seal it with Tung oil. Once the Tung oil has dried, give it a light coat of wax and polish it.

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Different materials require different solutions

What works with hardwoods, won’t work with other materials. Damage to plywood and veneers can be a lot more difficult than hard woods while damage to plastic furniture can be quickly and easily fixed. When it comes to plastics, for example, the best way to clean any piece is with bleach. If you can’t get it clean using a mix of ¼ cup bleach to a gallon of hot water, it probably won’t get clean. Bleach is a very caustic chemical and gloves should be worn when cleaning with it. After it has been cleaned remember to wipe the entire piece with a dry, white cloth to get all of the bleach off. From there, the new plastic-formulated paints make it easy to give plastic furniture a brand-new look.

Every material has its own peculiarities and there are plenty of places that will show you the best ways to clean and refurbish any material. The most important thing to remember is that you like the piece of furniture – for whatever reason – and if you want to restore it, have a ball.

How to know if something is worth saving

Knowing when you need help is what separates the amateurs from the professionals. Some furniture restoration projects need more than just cleaning and a fresh coat of oil or paint. Sometimes a piece needs expert care or at least expert advice on fixing a problem.

Modern technology is bringing that expert advice into your home in a very personalized manner. More and more restoration companies are willing to work off of photos or streamed video to give potential customers an idea of the scope of projects and whether it can be done at home or if professional help is needed. The best part of that is you don’t have to wait for your local shop to get the time.

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