are so small and so plain that you cannot picture yourself living in one for a
whole semester, right? All it takes is a little decor to make it comfy. So, if
you have a paper to write you should give it to Thesisrush.com and get down to sprucing up your
Here are 5
ideas to get you started.
Get an Open-Cube Storage Set
a whole lot of space to work with in a dorm room. You will need somewhere to
stash all your stuff. An open-cube storage set will come in handy. You can use
it to display your collectibles and store the rest of your stuff in the
Get a Headboard for Your Bed
are painfully plain and small. They are an eye-sore whenever you go to sleep or
bring someone over. A headboard will solve all of that and make your bed look
bigger and more comfy. The headboard will also make the room feel more homely.
For aesthetics, you should consider getting matching headboards with your
Get a Small Couch
your friends sit when they come over for a game or a movie? You should really
consider getting a small couch that can sit two or three people. You should
also consider getting throw-down pillows in case you plan on inviting more than
one or two friends – these pillows are just as comfortable as a couch would be.
Bring in Some Art
want to be staring at plain walls all day – it is depressing. As such, get
creative and bring in some art. Most students decorate their walls with pictures of their favorite
celebrities, graffiti, and generally framed pictures that they feel express
their personalities. You can do the same – just make sure that your roommate is
okay with it. You can also simply get the wallpaper.
Soften the Lighting
rooms feature just one overhead bulb that shines bright. This is bound to cause
a lot of inconvenience at some point. For instance, you may need to study while
your roommate needs to sleep. As such, change the bright bulb for a softer
fixture. Additionally, you will need to get a fashionable headlamp that you can
use when the main lights are turned off.
You will spend a lot of
time of your college life in your dorm room. It will be where you retreat to
get away from it all, where you party, and where you work on your homework. It
will be like your safe space, so make sure that it is comfy and inviting.
Have you ever wondered why the pictures of various rooms featured on
the magazines look so effortlessly beautiful? It is not because they just threw
in random things- it took time and a lot of planning.
If you want one of those picturesque rooms that looks like it’s
straight out of Instagram, you need to embrace the space that you have to work
with. Try to love its own character and try not to hide it.
Embellish every nook and corner and bring your own vibe to it! So,
here are the 10 basic things to know before you begin structuring your room:
1. Know Your Priority
When it comes to room décor, you need to know your taste and your
comfort zone. You don’t want to have a room that’s straight out of Pinterest
but with zero functionality.
Make room for all your absolute-musts before you want to think of
adding sparkles. If you are fond of your wardrobe, you should dedicate a
separate space for your closet. If you are into books a lot, make sure to add
shelf spaces on the corners.
And if you are lazy like me, make sure to add them by the bed!
2. Try Not to Go Overboard
A theme is a smart choice as long as
you don’t go overboard with it. For instance, you can pick a metallic wall
paint for your room. However, when everything else, especially the furniture is
also sparkly and polished, it can be overwhelming.
When everything comes in the same color, your room begins resembling a
peculiar amusement park. So stay away from that and keep the subject
3. Space Allocation For Pets
If you have pets, you must keep that in mind while designing your
room. It is not enough to have a litter box or potty-trained pets. They need to
have their own space where they are comfortable.
For example – if you have a
cat, cat toys and cat tents are a must. They need to be able to keep themselves
active. Safety issues also need to be considered.
On the off chance that you decide to pick white as your primary color,
you need to pick the correct shade of white since there are a large number of
whites to browse from.
Paint a board with the selected shading and circumvent the space to
perceive what it looks like in the format and lighting.
5. Make It Personal
Time to bring out the DIY crew! Your room should speak a
lot about who you are and there are tons of ways to do it. There’s a good
interior designing and a great interior designing.
What makes it incredible is when you customize your room. You could
paint your wardrobe, include a painted wall divider, set up the temperament
with floor lights or roof lights or include a rack of houseplants.
Investigate around to see what you can come up with on your own!
6. Fuse Sprinkles Of Hues
Abstain from making your room dull with impartial tones. On the off
chance that you have a nonpartisan base, try to blend splashes of vibrant
colors. You could simply toss a few cushions with vibrant colors.
Making the room vibrant can be tricky as it is easy to go overboard.
So try to keep that in check!
7. Avoid Edgy Furniture
A room has plenty of sharp edges so attempt to include stylistic theme
adornments with adjusted corners. For
example, a round rug or round furniture, like an end table or a stool.
But since it is all about ‘Feng
Shui’, you can try to experiment with it as well.
8. Spice It Up With Rugs
Rugs are very useful when it comes to versatility.
You can easily define areas using different shapes of area rugs. They can help
bring a character and texture to the room.
So Let’s Get Started!
Designing can be stressful, be it an outfit for a night out or the
living area in your home. Try not to get too stressed out and you’ll do great!
Good luck with your space and I hope it comes out dazzling!
How to Choose Proper Furniture and Create a Calmer Feel to Your Living
Furniture is not only defined by its characteristics but
also by the space you plan to fit it in. In order to create a calmer feel to
your living space, you need to concentrate on all factors that identify as
calming. Comfortable pieces are not hard to find but to be proper furniture for
you it has to also look comfortable in your living area.
So if you are facing a dilemma on how to choose the perfect
furniture to create a calm and relaxing living space, here are some
simple-to-follow advice to get you there.
Before anything else, measure the room
Measuring a room is more than just performing mathematical
operations and using a tape measure. It will help you visualize the floor plan
and calculate how many spaces you have at your disposal to fill in with a furniture.
Overcrowding a space with furniture
will limit your movement and create clutter which is far from having a calming
Another important thing to know is how wide are your
doorways, elevator, stairs and any other way the furniture has to pass during
delivery. This will help you choose between assembled and disassembled
furniture, as well as arrange with the manufacturer any special treatment.
Work with the existing architecture
Observe the existing architecture in your home like windows
and columns and include them in your furniture plans. Failing to do so will
create an unwelcoming space for the furniture and it won’t look good in your living
space. For example, if you have an open floor plan, use the furniture
to highlight the borders between the rooms. This will create order and
peacefulness in your home while at the same time being practical and stylish.
Consider the function
What kind of activities you do in your living room will
define what kind of furniture goes there. For example, if you like to watch TV,
you will need a cabinet for your television set as well as other appliances
that go with it. Or, you like to entertain guests so a nice living room bar with high stools in
the corner would be a perfect addition to the comfy couch. Choose the furniture
by necessity as well since that will create the space you need to relax and
Every room needs a focal point since it helps to plan
the space and determines the furniture arrangement. For example, if you have a
fireplace in the room, you would want to arrange a semi-circular seating set so
that people can comfortably enjoy the warmth and its aesthetical features. If
you don’t have a TV or fireplace to serve as focal points then you need to
Since the lack of these features points to the importance of
interaction between the household members and their guests, you can use a
coffee table as the central piece. If you have a library as part of the living
space, add a comfy chair with a lamp and a side table by the window to
highlight its importance.
Choose the best furniture
Furniture is an investment so you should by the
best possible pieces of the highest quality. This means you have to pay
attention to the quality of the craftsmanship used for its making. Of course,
the design plays an important part when choosing furniture, and trends tend to
change but being comfortable and long-lasting is something that is always
Materials are another thing to pay attention to since some
may prolong the life of your furniture, while other is easily torn and damaged.
Of course, the better the furniture the higher the price, but it is worth every
penny and you will enjoy it longer.
Coordinate the interior design
When you think about coordinating the overall interior
design there are several factors you have to consider. Wall colors and patterns
are the first things you should harmonize with your furniture in order to
create a calmer feel. Therefore, finding a quality
painting service might help you choose the best color
solutions for your living space.
Try some bolder looks like pairing
pastel green walls with living coral seating area, or go with neutral shades
that will work well with earthy furniture colors like orange and hazelnut. But,
besides coordinating colors, you need to pay attention to the shape and size of
furniture in all areas of your home. Styles can be different but in a
complimentary way in order to avoid creating a chaotic ambience and disturbing
Include accent pieces
Creating a calming atmosphere is all about coziness and some
accent pieces of furniture will help with that. An ottoman is a nice way to add
more seating area to the living room, as well as to serve as a finishing touch
in the furniture coordination. A lounge chair is great for big
spaces and it even fits well in the bedroom, although a living room by the
fireplace is more than ideal spot.
There is proper furniture for everyone out there and this
advice will help you find it. Creating a calmer feel to your living space is
about combing comfortable and trendy while respecting the architecture of
space. It leads to harmony and balance of the overall interior design which
will help you feel relaxed and enjoy your space to the fullest.
Most consumers assume that furniture warranties are supposed to protect them. That is not the case.
The primary purpose of a furniture warranty is actually to protect the retailer and manufacturer.
At the top of the warranty, large bold letters will spell out the time limit for each major part of the furniture. For example:
Frames – 10 years Cushions – 5 years Recliner or Sleeper Mechanisms – 3 years Fabric – 1 year Mattresses – 1 year
Much further down the document there will be exceptions and exclusions.
These exceptions and exclusions can make the bold print terms virtually meaningless.
Furniture warranties are honored only by the retailer you purchased from. Manufacturers will do nothing to help unless you first go through your local retailer.
Furniture warranties may seem, at first glance, to cover everything, at least for a specified amount of time.
In reality the warranty document will have numerous exceptions and exclusions. These usually cover the most common complaints that furniture purchasers will have.
For example cushions are almost always excluded from warranty protection. That may not be obvious. The bold print may promise a 5 year warranty term.
Further down in the warranty, however, is a clause stating that “Normal wear” is excluded.
If cushions sag or lose their shape that is considered “normal wear” no matter how soon it happens after you bought the furniture.
There have been thousands of complaints about “peeling” bonded leather fabrics. Some of these occur within the first year after purchase.
Most manufacturers explicitly exclude fabrics in their warranty coverage.
Retailers usually refuse to cover peeling bonded leather citing “normal use” or “customer abuse” as justification.
Even in extreme cases where bonded leather begins to peel in less than a year, many retailers will fight against replacing the furniture. (It usually cannot be repaired.)
There have been hundreds of lawsuits on this subject. Consumers rarely prevail.
Frames and foundations have far fewer problems than cushions and fabrics. Defects are also more difficult to prove.
Repairing a frame or foundation under warranty may require transportation of the sofa. This can be extremely expensive.
Customers are usually responsible for the transportation charges. Large furniture items can cost many hundreds of dollars to ship (each way.)
Returning furniture to a manufacturer for repairs can take several weeks (or months.)
Customers may also be charged hourly labor costs for warranty repairs.
Most furniture defects occur during shipping. This can be from the factory to the retailer or from the retailer to the customer.
Defects must be seen and documented while the delivery people are still in your home. Otherwise you may have great difficulty getting the warranty provisions honored.
Many retailers routinely “deluxe” their furniture before delivery from their warehouse to the customer.
“Deluxing” means that the retailer removes the furniture from the manufacturer’s packaging, inspects it, repairs any noticeable defects and then blanket wraps the furniture for delivery to the home.
The reason for this practice is that a significant percentage of furniture arrives at the retailer’s warehouse already damaged. Or it is damaged in the warehouse before leaving.
Repairs are far less expensive when they are made before the furniture reaches the customer’s home.
Customers sometimes pick up furniture at the retailer’s warehouse.
If something in one of the boxes you picked up is damaged some stores may deny responsibility.
Carefully read your receipt if you pick up furniture at a retailer’s warehouse. There may be unexpected clauses.
For example the signed receipt may certify that you have accepted the furniture in good condition.
This allows the retailer to disclaim any responsibility for damages discovered when you open the sealed boxes in your home.
Warranty claims must first be made through the retailer. Manufacturers will not do anything unless the retailer has approved first.
Retailers will sometimes agree to make repairs if the cost is not too high. Demands for costly repairs or replacement will meet far more resistance.
Online retailers may be easier to deal with. They are able to do returns more economically. They can also force the manufacturers to accept the bulk of the return costs.
Any warranty repairs or replacements for your furniture may take extensive periods of time.
Auto dealers may loan a car to you while yours is being repaired. There are no “loaner” pieces available for furniture customers.
A high percentage of furniture damage occurs during shipping. Filing damage claims against shipping firms is a long and frustrating process. It can take several months and rarely results in full compensation.
Bedding warranties are virtually useless. Almost anything that can go wrong with a mattress or foundation will be dismissed as “normal wear.” Major defects like broken springs that might be covered are extremely rare.
Extended Warranty Plans
Furniture salespeople may make a strenuous effort to sell you an extended warranty. These plans are typically pitched as though they offer added protection and extend the retailer’s warranty.
Extended furniture warranties are never a good idea. They invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty and are loaded with exclusions.
Extended warranties are third party insurance contracts from financial companies.
If the company backing the extended warranty goes out of business you lose your coverage. There are many cases of extended warranty companies that have gone out of business. Customers are left with no protection.
Extended warranty companies subcontract furniture repair services. Contracts are usually awarded to 3rd party repair services.
These may have bad reputations or be inconveniently located. They have no relationship or agreement with the furniture manufacturer. The contracts are often awarded to the lowest bidder.
Extended warranty plans generally end up costing anywhere from $100 to 6% of the total cost of furniture. They are extremely lucrative to the store. Salespeople usually receive a very high commission for selling these plans.
-Reprinted with permission from Jeff Frank’s blog. Jeff is a 40 year furniture professional and owner of simplicitysofas.com.
His opinions do not always reflect those of Furniture Works, but we find his ideas & expertise always interesting and worth reading. For more useful articles, visit our blog.
By the way, it is for the reasons above that Furniture Works does not sell extended warranties. However, every new piece of furniture has a warranty from the wholesaler. If you want a copy for the item you’ve purchased, just ask.
The former comes from the French verb “coucher,” which means “to lie down.” Sofa, on the other hand, stems from the Arabic word “suffah,” which is essentially a wooden bench covered in blankets and cushions.
Some reference sources describe a sofa as an
“upholstered bench with cushions, two arms, and ample space for people to
sit.” A couch has no arms and is smaller than a sofa.
More recently the distinction has seemed to be
related to where you live and what age you are.
For example, growing up near New York City in
the 1960s and 70s my parents always referred to our “sofa” where my
grandmother called the same piece a “couch.”
People from rural areas seem to be more likely
to use the term “couch.” Those from urban and suburban areas are more
likely to use “sofa.” That is just a long term observation. I do not
have any hard statistics to prove that theory.
Sometimes a “couch” is considered to
be more casual and comfortable, while a “sofa” is more formal and
might refer to a stylish design-oriented piece.”
The interior design community and furniture
industry generally uses the two terms interchangeably. But not always.
Furniture retailers and manufacturers tend to
prefer the term “sofa” currently.
The perception is that, from a marketing
standpoint, sofas have an image of being higher style, fancier and more costly.
Interior design professionals may insist there
are differences between sofas and couches. But they do not always agree on what
those differences are.
A couch is often perceived as more of an
informal casual type of seating. The term “couch potato” refers to
Living rooms more often have sofas while family
rooms are more likely to have couches.
Size is another distinction that industry
professionals do not always agree on.
Some say couches may seat more people (3+),
while a good sofa may only seat 2-3. On the other hand probably an equal number
claim that the reverse is true.
You can find articles by interior designers
going both ways.
Interior Designer Karen Angela of
Queensartsandtrends.com added a comment pointing out that “Couches may be
one arm or no arm and a covered back. but Sofas are always two arms and a
uniform back layout.”
The popularity of sofa vs. couch seems to be
just about even over the entire U.S.
Google Adwords gives its users a number of
approximately how many people use specific key words and phrases each month.
The results change month to month there is no
clear trend for which term is the more popular. For example “sofa”
may get more searches one month, but “small sofa” may get few
searches than “small couches.”
As someone who has observed this for ten years there
is no clear trend as to which term is more dominant nationwide.
As someone who has observed this for ten years
there is no clear trend as to which term is more dominant nationwide.
-Reprinted with permission from Jeff Frank’s blog. Jeff is a 40
year furniture professional and owner of simplicitysofas.com.
opinions do not always reflect those of Furniture Works, but we find his ideas
& expertise always interesting and worth reading. For more useful articles,
visit our blog.