5 Tips to Clean Your Furniture before the Big Move

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Moving is not an easy task – there are hassles, and not to forget, the workload is just insane. From effective planning to multi-tasking, you have to be an expert in it all. The bottom line is that moving to a new place is a whole process that needs effective planning.

First, you need to find the place that suits your requirements. That being sorted, you then need to pack and de-clutter. Now, this my fellow readers is an art, choosing what to take and what not to take is an art learned by few.

You might just don’t want to go crazy spending money to move the old furniture. If that is the case then you must ensure that you don’t take the old debris and stains with you to your new place. Cleaning furniture can be a challenge, especially when you have already so much to do.

But fret no more. We bring you 5 tips on how to clean your furniture before the big move.

  • Clean your Microfiber sofa set:

Do you have a dark spot on your sofa that you can’t get rid of? Well, microfiber is comfortable and ideally suited for daily use but it absorbs dust and dirt. This absorption over time appears on the surface as “the dark spot.” Knowing the origination of the mark, you would want to swipe your sofa clean (failure to do so would mess up your décor!).

The best way to clean your sofas is to spray alcohol directly on the stain and scrub the spot away. Yes! It is this simple, just spray the alcohol and scrub the sofa with a soft sponge or brush and Voila! Your sofa is squeaky clean and that too without being wet!

  • Get rid of the food stains

Well, the number of times when you have dropped a food item on your fabric upholstery would be uncountable. Even though wiping it out helps remove it, the stain lasts forever. If you want to recover your favorite upholstery, then prepare a simple cleaning mixture.

Mix water and detergent in 2:1 ratio and store it in a bottle. Using a white cloth dab the mixture on to the stain, make sure you only dab and not rub or else you will spread the whole stain!

Even though this solution helps you get rid of stains on your upholstery it is advised to do this as soon as you drop the food item.

  • Leather Furniture and the Cleaning Spree

Leather furniture gives your place a touch of elegance, however, it is a high maintenance furniture item. Moisturizing is the key. Make sure you keep your leather furniture clean and moisturize it to avoid any form of cracking. The best way to do this is to use a moisturizing soap. Never wet the leather though, just rub the lather and then buff dry using a clean piece of cloth.

  • Mystery Stains:

Often, you are unsure of where the stain came from, and you can’t Google the solution to it. If that’s the case then try applying the foam of shaving creams. Take a damp cloth and dab the cream, let it stay for two minutes. Blot the cream away with a clean damp cloth till the stain goes away.

  • Ink Stains:

Who doesn’t have these?! Ink stains, common as they may be, they are often the toughest ones of all. If your furniture has ink stains, then white vinegar is your lifeguard! Apply white vinegar using a damp cloth. If this doesn’t work, then mix vinegar and cornstarch in 2:3 ratio. Apply this paste to the stain and let it dry. Vacuum it out after a few minutes and the stain will come off.

It is essential that you have your mess sorted before you go to a new place. This means you need to keep a moving checklist handy. So what are you waiting for? Start of your cleaning spree today and get ready for the big move.

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JennyJenny Harrison is a passionate technology and lifestyle blogger. She loves to get engaged with the readers who are seeking for home, lifestyle and tech related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.

How to Measure Your Space Before Furniture Shopping

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Once you know which furniture pieces to buy first, it’s time to do one of the few exciting activities for first-time or new homeowners—furniture shopping.

However, you cannot do that without the right numbers. Whether or not you managed to purchase a fully-furnished space, measuring your home or condo’s area is a must.

After all, you’re still bound to buy stuff for your place that will occupy a specific area, and you best be prepared and know if it will fit perfectly. Otherwise, you risk the hassle of returning those things.

When furniture shopping, make sure to have a list of measurements with you. These measurements include not only the size of the furniture you need, but also other specifics that will make shopping and shipping easier.

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Having a blueprint or floor plan of your home can also help you see the big picture before making the furniture purchase.

  1. Measuring the Furniture

Sofa: The width of the couch is its widest point or from one arm to another. Measure the back’s highest point down to the floor to get height.

Depth is measured by from the outside edge of the seat to the back. Diagonal depth, meanwhile, is measured by placing the tape measure from the top back of the frame to the bottom front.

For a sectional sofa, the overall length is from the one arm to the other, plus the corner chair. Width, meanwhile, is the total measurement of the components along the back.

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Cabinet: Height is the vertical measurement from the floor to top. Width is the cabinet from front to back. Length is simply the one side to the other.

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Bed Frame: This is measured almost the same way as a cabinet, except you need to make sure that the headboard or the canopy is not taller than the ceiling and does not interfere with any ceiling fixtures.

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  1. Measuring the Room

You need to make sure that there is enough space in the room to place the furniture you bought. Aside from that, all other details in it should also be measured.

  • Measure the length and width of the room and the height of the walls. Standard height size of the ceiling is around 8 feet, but newer models may have higher or lower ceilings.
  • Make sure that its location won’t obstruct the doorway, window, fireplace, outlet, or any other features in the room. It should be at least 40 inches away from any entrance.
  • If you’re placing the furniture against the wall with windows, get the distance of the window from the floor and its width and total height.

Having a clearance space between the furniture and the walls of the room or other furniture is also worth noting:

  • Dining Table: Leave at least 36 inches between so that your chairs can slide out quickly and there’s enough space to walk around.
  • Dining Chairs: Keep at least 20 inches between chairs for elbow room.
  • Living Room: Allot 18 inches between table and sofa to give you enough legroom, while allowing you to reach out to the table comfortably.
  1. Measuring the Entry Points

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How can your new furniture get inside your home for you to use it if it won’t even fit through the door? Take note of the entry points, passages, and stairways where stuff will pass through to reach the area of your home where it’s going to be placed.

  • When measuring, make sure to get the actual width, height, and diagonal width. For staircases, measure diagonally, too.
  • Take note of any corners as well.
  • Doors should be measured for height and width, as well as diagonally from top left to bottom right. Make sure to measure inside the door frames, too.
  • Obstructions on the way like light fixtures, railings, and other fixed appliances can potentially damage your furniture, which may incur additional costs for you.
  • Ideally, anything that you would buy should have a clearance of at least 4 inches less than the passage’s measurements so that the delivery people can move around.

Keep these tips in mind to make furniture shopping a breeze!

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Oscar Florea

oscarOscar is a content contributor for Avida’s lifestyle blog Pursuit of Passion. He is an engineer by profession but a multipotentialite by destiny. Just like a normal dude in a basketball-crazy country, one of his passions is shooting hoops. Grant Hill is the older brother he never had.

 

Mad Men Furniture for the Perfect Man Cave

A Man Cave is an exciting space to decorate and there are many different ways you can decide to go to get whatever look you want. One of those ways would be to adopt the ‘Mad Men’ appeal. But unlike most of other options, this one requires a little bit more of planning and making sure that you pick the right furniture for your space. To help you with that, here are some tips and furniture that could help you pull off the perfect “Mad Men” look for your man cave.

The Egg Chair

A man cave is nothing without a recliner and the Eames lounge chair is the best for the job. Nothing spells comfort and class better than the Eames Chair with its leather and fine finish. The Ottoman is definitely going to be a great addition that would see your comfort skyrocket and add loads of value to your man cave. If you don’t have the budget for this, you can get a little creative and opt for a replica of the Egg Chair. It might not be a recliner but packs loads of comfort and style and will be a great contrast to your space.

Bar Cart

If you are intent on getting that Mad Men look down to the wire, there is no question that a bar is going to be a big part of your interior design. If your budget and space allows, by all means you can go all out but, a bar cart is usually a creative way of keeping your vodka and scotch visible without breaking the bank. The best thing about Mid-century themed bar carts is that they are as diverse as you would like your alcohol and you would be spoilt for choice getting the one that best fits your décor.

Cater to the guests

A man cave is not complete until ‘The Alphas’ come in, check it out and give it a thumbs up. If they like the place, you can rest assured yours will the new meeting spot and that will mean you’ve got to get extra furniture. The type of furniture you get should coincide with the kinds of activities you guys engage in the most. If you watch a lot of games on TV, a retro leather sofa would be a perfect piece for the man cave or other types of retro furniture as seen on Mad Men. It is comfortable and spacious and it won’t take up all your space so it doesn’t feel cramped.

If you would rather play poker or some friendly gambling, then you could think of more creative options like the Tulip Style Chair. You should not forget that while the furniture has to be functional, its touch of class should not require introduction and the contrast should allow the pieces you choose to be easily visible. That’s how you grab attention and stay ahead of the pack.

The table

The mighty table! You might not even need one but why should you pass on the chance for the perfect Mad Men look. After all, you never know what the future holds. You might not need a table now but, you will definitely need one on the future. You have quite a number of options depending on your preferred look and the intended use for the table. If you are just looking for a place to hold your popcorns while you get the door, something trendy, classy and that screams Mad Men in Caps, the Noguchi Coffee Table would be a perfect fit. If you have kids around and you fear they might break the glass, there is a wooden version of it that is just as attractive and breath-taking.  You can also go for the wide range of tulip style tables on the market but you want to concentrate your energy on the ones that are not high reaching.

Rug

You need a great rug to over some of that floor and give it more of a comfortable feeling. The last thing you want is to have your feet constantly feeling the cold floor. This is the one place that is not going to be a battle. It might be with regards to colour but, shaggy rugs take the day head and shoulder above any other type of rug you can consider. Furthermore, they are quite comfortable with that squishy feel under your feet.

And, there you have it! The perfect Mad Men themed man cave! It is all about blending the perfect mid-century furniture in terms of themes and colours and the picks you have just read about will definitely help you achieve that.

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5 Great Open Concept Design Ideas

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Open floor plans are considered to be both practical and modern; so, if you’re decorating an open space, this article is exactly what you’re looking for. In order to help you with your creative project we’ve prepared a list of 5 great open concept design ideas.

Make your place look trendy – use a monochromatic colour scheme

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Open floor plans have become quite trendy, so it’s not a surprise that so many people have decided to tear down the walls in their place. Additionally, it’s highly advisable that in the case of open floor house design one goes for a monochromatic colour scheme. Basically, all you need to do is choose a colour that you like and decorate the whole floor in it. Of course, you’re more than welcome to combine different shades and tones of this colour in order to make the place look fun and inviting. Finally, once you’re done decorating, you can create a contrast by incorporating an accent colour into the design which will break the monotony.

Make a small place look bigger and more urban

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Another amazing thing about the open concept design is that by simply tearing down a few walls you can make your apartment look much bigger. Just imagine that the wall between your small living room and kitchen doesn’t exist. You like the idea, don’t you? And that’s not all. You can make your apartment even more urban by adding a bar where the wall used to be. We guarantee that all your friends will simply go crazy about your new home design.

Add a touch of luxury

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Open floor houses are perfect for those who want to get a taste of luxury under their own roof. For example, unlike other houses, those with the open concept design are spacious enough so that you can install an indoor pool. It will make your home look as if a celebrity lived there. Additionally, you can include some useful pool equipment such as pool lights and make your place look even more sophisticated. On top of that, owing to them, you’ll be able to create a perfect atmosphere for romantic nights with your loved one. Finally, an indoor pool is a great replacement for a home gym since all the workout equipment would spoil the elegant design of your open house.

Use rugs instead of walls

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Another key feature of open floor houses is that their design is much more economical, even though it doesn’t seem so at first glance. For example, instead of investing in building walls, you can go for nice carpets which will define the space instead. You just need to take one and place it under your dining table, and then place the other one where your sofa and TV are, and voilà – your rooms are separated!

Create your cosy corner

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Finally, an open floor plan is great because it gives you a lot of freedom to experiment with your available space and adjust it to your own needs. So, if you’re done decorating the major parts of your house, think about the empty corners and what you can do with them. For example, if you like reading, you can create a nice cosy reading nook in one of the corners near the window so that you can enjoy the daylight. This way, even though it’s a part of a larger space, it will have its own character and purpose.

As you can see, there are a lot of different ways to design your open house. However, it’s most important that you follow your wishes and go for decor that makes you feel comfortable in your own home.

Faith McGregor

Faith is a writer, seeking beauty everywhere she goes and finding it in art, nature, family, and home. Passionate about just living life to the fullest, she’s into home decor and healthy lifestyle, trying to be the best version of herself and make her surroundings match.

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What’s new in the furniture world?

Much as I obsess about my own business, Furniture Works, I’m also interested in the furniture business as a whole.  Here’s some more recent news about the industry.

Importing

80% of case goods (chests of drawers, etc.) and 45% of upholstery sold in the US comes from overseas.  Overall, the percentage has increased 2% over 2016 with increases for Canada (1%), Malaysia (6%) and Poland (13%) and decreases for China (-1%), Taiwan (-16%) and India (-18%).  The biggest increase is in upholstered goods.

Ditto, exports from the US have fallen by 2% overall, the biggest has been metal furniture parts (-12%).  The largest change in buyers have been France (up 28%) and the UAR (-28%).  Canada’s imports dwarfs the other countries at $631.9M.

Costs

This fall, costs for constructing furniture have gone up.  Frames, foam & packaging have all gone up 15% which has driven up the prices of upholstery by 2%. It would have had more of an effect on retail prices except that overall sales have not risen by much.

The Players

The “big boys” in the business are Ashley HomeStore (#1 at $3.8B in revenue), Mattress Firm (#2 at $3.4B) and Ikea (#3 at $3.2B).  These are followed by Williams-Sonoma, Rooms to Go, Berkshire Hathaway & RH.  Big Lots, interestingly enough, comes in at #8.

Online?  Yep, it is having its impacts.  Wayfair had $1.2B in sales and was up 41.9% over a year ago.  They are not yet profitable, however.  Amazon has begun selling upholstery with a couple of lines.

And what would you like for Christmas?

61% prefer gift cards & certificates, 55% clothing, 39% books & other media, 33% electronics & 24% home décor & furnishings.  59% will shop online, 57% in department stores, 54% in discount stores & 46% in grocery/supermarkets.

And what’s the future for us?

We’ll continue to bring you the best quality used furniture & reasonably priced new furniture that we can.  Just to add a couple more numbers, there are nearly 500 items available at any time in our 6000 square foot store.