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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Types of Couches

The first choice of a couch and the most popular is the full-sized, usually, three cushioned, couch. This is the couch that you will find in most homes. It is large enough to fit a small family and they come in a variety of colours and styles to match your tastes. This couch usually comes in a set with a smaller couch or loveseat.

This couch is best used in a living space or walk in conversation/meeting room. It is comfortable enough and sometimes professional enough to be used in waiting rooms or offices. This couch will serve most people very well. Especially since most people like to have more than one couch in their home.

The second choice of a couch is the much larger, and more expensive, sectional couch. This couch is great for game rooms, theatre rooms, or bonus rooms. It is very large and is able to accommodate many people at one time. It is long enough to stretch out on and watch a movie or play video games. This couch comes in fewer styles and colours but is still a great choice for any home.

The third, and cheapest option is the futon couch. This couch is universally known as a sleeper couch. It is a couch by day, and a bed by night. It usually consists of a metal frame that can be pulled and laid down to provide a comfortable sleeping area. The futon has a big mattress that looks like a bed mattress that folds in the middle making a couch but an uninterrupted sleeping mattress when laid flat. This couch is best used in studio apartments or in a house where you may need an extra bed for visitors.

The last option is the hide-a-bed couch. This couch is best used in apartments or houses that need an extra bed in case of visitors. The cushions come off and a folded up bed frame pop out revealing usually a full to queen sized bed. They are a heavier, more expensive option to the futon couch. But they come in more styles and colours than the futon couch. They usually also look better since you can’t see the bed. Hence the name hide-a-bed.

Choosing Right Bedroom Furniture

1. Colour – Colour plays an essential role and it must be thoroughly checked out in everything especially when choosing the right furniture. Selecting a good color will create a completely recognizable appearance for your bedroom. It’ll also control the formation of the room.

Picking the right color for the bedroom furniture will depict the traits of a person whom you’re considering the color for. These include age, lifestyle, and personality.

2. Quality – You must consider the quality of the furniture for your bedroom. It’s important for you to get those furniture pieces that are worth the investment. Superior quality bedroom furniture is normally costly. But you’ll soon realize that they’re not only reliable but durable as well.

3. Bedroom Size – It’s important for you to have an accurate measurement of your bedroom, as it’ll define the furniture size you need to purchase. If the bedroom is small, make sure you buy small size furniture for it. Doing so will not give a congested look to the room. You must have sufficient space in the room so that it’s easy for you to move around.

4. Budget – No doubt furniture can cost an arm and a leg. Considering this factor, you need to allocate a budget. If your budget is limited, there’s no need to have every furniture piece at once. Make sure you don’t end up spending more than you could possibly afford.

5. Style – Are you fond of all contemporary things? If yes, then you would not be satisfied with a rustic bedroom furniture. If you have a perfect style for your bedroom, you’ll want furniture that matches well with it too. It’s important for you to define how you want your bedroom to look like. You can opt for chic, classic or contemporary style.

Restoring Bamboo Furniture

Before washing or touching the bamboo with any water you have to make sure that you remove any particles or resins on the surface to avoid distasteful scratching and marks. You can get rid of this dust by vacuuming the surface or dusting it regularly. Sand down any splinters that are sticking out in order to make the furniture user-friendly. Rough and sharp edges can ruin the look of the furniture.

When you wash the surface make sure that you wring excess water from the sponge or cloth. The more water that comes in contact with the bamboo the softer it will become. More water applied to the furniture can cause it to warp or distort. The water you use during the cleaning process can have a few drops of dishwashing liquid added.

Allow the furniture to dry completely before using it. Although most of the water was removed from the sponge the bamboo can still be deformed if someone sits on it whilst it is still wet. To speed up the process you can use a fan or a hairdryer. To save energy and electricity just let the furniture sit outside in the sun for a few hours.

Once the bamboo is dry you can apply essential oil all over it to keep the wood moist but not wet. The essential oil or furniture oil also maintains the wood throughout the year and gives it a new look.

In a case where one of the legs is cracked, you can apply paste wax to create a seal. By creating the seal you are preventing the breakage from spreading throughout the furniture. When applying this special wax ensure that you have the correct colour so that the damage does not get noticed easily.

Leather Home Furnishings

There are three basic rules for caring of fine leather. Never expose leather goods to liquids or high humidity, as this may cause the leather to discolor and/or the dye to run. Never expose leather to excessive direct sunlight, as this may cause discoloration or fading. Clean and protect your leather every six months. If your leather receives heavy usage, you should clean it every three months. Basic cleaning items are saddle soap or a good water-based leather cleaner which will remove minor dirt and stains, as well as to help the “bed” of the leather retain its natural oils and finish.

Most all leathers furnishings, with the exception of suede, can be cleaned using mild water-based leather cleaners. Always pre-test in an inconspicuous area for colorfastness using a soft, clean, lint-free cloth. If the leather passes the colorfastness test, apply your leather cleaner to a sponge, squeezing to produce foam. Apply the foam to the soiled area using a gentle circular motion. Never Rub. Apply the foam in light coats, wait a few minutes, and then blot with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth. Re-apply is the area is heavily soiled. Leather can be extremely dry and this may cause the leather cleaner to dissipate quickly. If this happens, add one-part distilled water to three-parts leather cleaner. This will dampen the area enough to release the soil from the area you’re cleaning. Allow the leather to dry naturally. After drying, apply a leather conditioner to restore moisture to dry leather and to provide protection from future soiling.

To clean home furnishings or accessories made of suede leather, use a suede “cleaning cloth”. (This is a specialty cleaning cloth that has a tacky feel to it and is available from most fine leather cleaning suppliers). The suede cleaning cloth will raise the nap and scrape off the soil from the nap, and remove dark or shiny areas as well. Use the cleaning cloth wrapped around a dry sponge and use only on dry leather. Use the cloth only on the same color leather. Do not use the same suede cleaning cloth to clean tan leather and then red leather. A suede cleaning cloth can be used when you are doing your regular dusting and will help to maintain your suede accessory and keep it looking like new. After cleaning, apply a light coat of an aerosol suede protector over the entire piece. This will form a barrier to improve stain resistance and make it easier to clean in the future. After the spray has dried, rub the surface with a dry sponge to return the suede texture.