How To Quickly And Easily Rejuvenate Your Furniture And Homewares

We all take the furniture and homewares we own for granted. We use it day after day for comfort, storage, style and functionality. But with so much use, these one fabulous looking pieces can quickly lose their sparkle. Which in turn can prevent the rooms in our home from looking their absolute best. As we are in the midst of refreshing our homes for spring, it’s important that you don’t overlook your furniture and homewares in the process. It doesn’t have take months or cost a fortune to get them looking good as new. Use this guide to help you get started today.

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Give them a deep clean

Sometimes all you need to do to get your furniture and homewares looking their best is by giving them a deep clean. You can use hot water and a sponge or a specialist cleaner for cabinets, chair legs, and tables. Or for textile items you can have them dry cleaned, wash them by hand or put them in the washing machine. Just remember to follow the washing instructions and recommendations closely to avoid disaster. There are even upholstery cleaning products you could use depending on the fabric you are working with. You should also use your vacuum and duster to remove any crumbs, dust or hair. This deep clean will remove stains, dirt and lingering smells. While also making your furniture and homewares more hygienic and appealing to use.

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Add a coat of paint

If you want to enhance your rejuvenation even more, you could also give your furniture and homewares a fresh coat of paint. You can stick to the color you already have or choose something entirely different. You can also strategically paint particular areas. You can also use cabinet makers techniques to get a professional looking finish. This will enhance the wood’s color and protect the surface more sufficiently. Always make sure you are using paint, varnish or spray that is suitable for use. That way it’s effect will be more durable and give you the results you want. Take your time and always so this in a well-ventilated room or outside. Try a practice area to begin with so you can see how the paint reacts.

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Replace your hardware

One of the quickest ways to revamp furniture and homewares is by replacing the hardware. If you have broken, discolored or ugly pulls, legs, and knobs, you can easily change them for something else.  All you have to do is loosen the screws to remove the current hardware and replace it with something more to your liking. Always ensure you choose replacements handles and knobs that are a suitable size with the same attachments. Also, check that they are attached firmly before use. These items can be found in almost all DIY shops, or you could shop at antique fairs for something more unique.

As you can see, with a bit of hard work and know-how you can breathe new life into your most beloved pieces of homeware and furniture. You’ll get instant results that will keep these items looking better for longer.

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To Build Or Not To Build?

Building or buying is a hot topic when it comes to furniture. There are good arguments for both and both can be a good choice for your home. But, how do you make the decision? That is dependent on you as an individual and your needs. What you need to do is compare the positives and the negatives and figure it out for yourself, which is why we are here to help.

Cheap Vs Expensive

It sounds like a stupid argument, but there are positives to both. Of course, we all love a bargain and getting our money’s worth. Plus, sometimes we cannot afford the perfect furniture and accessories for the home because we don’t have the cash. That is understandable and there is nothing wrong with it. But, the quality of the homemade furniture is not as good as the premade stuff. You pay for quality.

Style Vs Substance

What do you prefer? DIY furniture and readymade furniture can be both stylish and practical at the same time. But, furniture from outlet stores can be generic and might not fit the tone of your home. On the flip side, if you do it yourself the quality may not be as good and it won’t be as durable.

Time & Effort Vs Ease

There is no doubt that it is easier to buy furniture that is ready to go. All you need to do is pass over your card details and arrange delivery. Doing it yourself, however, does require a lot of time and effort. However, the pride and sense of achievement is like no other when you finally get the job done.

Whatever you decide, make sure you do not take the decision lightly.

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Improve Any Work Space With a Few Simple Additions

There are many ways one can make a work space more efficient and functional. All it takes is some basic organization and the right equipment. By incorporating a few small changes to any kitchen, garage, or work shop, one can turn the space into an easy to use room with everything they need at their fingertips.

The first step towards efficiency is to clean out the area of any items that are either no longer needed or never used. By purging the space of unnecessary clutter one will be adding much needed work space and storage. Once the workspace has been decluttered it is easy to see just how many tools, equipment, or materials are actually being utilized. These things should be placed where they can be reached quickly when needed. Adding wall mounted cabinets can create a lot of storage space without taking up any of the floor space. This open floor area can be utilized by adding some sort of island or work bench to the room.

A kitchen island instantly gives the home cook more counter space as well as a place to store extra pots, pans, and dishes. In the garage a work bench will do the same thing by providing a flat work space as well as storage for tools and materials. By placing caster wheels to the bottom of these islands and work benches you’ll find they become even more functional. The wheels allow them to easily be slid to the side when the extra floor space is needed. It also gives one the ability to move the structure to the most convenient spot depending on exactly what they are working on at the time. Using casters with brake levers allows the island to be locked in place so that it doesn’t roll around while you are trying to work on top of it. Casters can be found at your local home improvement retailer, hardware store, or online from merchants such as Access Casters Inc.

Once a work space is de-cluttered and organized it becomes a much more valuable space to any cook, crafter, or mechanic. The addition of islands, counter tops, and extra cabinets can make working in theses spaces much more efficient while saving you plenty of time and stress.

 

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How to Choose Good Quality Furniture for Your Home

Cheap furniture is so readily available now, especially flat-packed from certain stores, that we tend to go with the lowest price over quality. But you could argue that the best value furniture is something that might not be cheap but lasts the longest. For a lot of people, the durability of their furniture is more important than saving a few bucks. If you have kids or pets, your furniture could take a lot of knocks, and you want it to last as long as possible. But how do you know that your furniture is going to last, and you aren’t paying too much for something that will fall apart in a few months? Before you buy your furniture, take note of some of the points below to make sure you’re paying for quality.

Wooden Furniture

When you buy wooden furniture, you might think that paying for a more expensive wood is the best way to go. But you don’t have to buy all your furniture in mahogany to get good quality. In reality, any solid wood or even a sturdy plywood will last you a long time. If you choose plywood, make sure it has a least nine layers, so you know it will withstand some knocks. There are a few checks you can do to test the quality of the wood, such as looking for knots, which could crack after enough use. If you want a higher quality wood for a lower price, get furniture with a veneer, which is a thin layer of a good wood over one that’s not as good.

Lounge room, sofas, pillows, armchairs, end tables, lamps, art, wood walls, striped carpet, red and yellow, contemporary furniture, Renaisance Hotel, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
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Apart from the material, the other thing you should be looking for with wooden furniture is how it’s put together. You should check the joints to see how they’re constructed, looking for wooden dowels or screws over glue or staples. Look for dovetail joints or mortise and tenon ones, which are better quality, and make sure there’s a reinforcing block on each corner.

Upholstered Furniture

The fabric used for upholstered furniture is important too. Firstly, think about the fabrics and materials that will last longer, and which you can clean more efficiently. For example, leather sofas might be more durable than those upholstered in other materials, but they can also be difficult to repair if they are stained or damaged. Don’t forget to think about what’s inside cushions too. It’s better if the foam also has a cotton, dacron or down wrapped around it, and maybe a protective cover too. The best way to work out how good springs and inner construction are is to try it out. Look for reversible cushions too because they’ll last you twice as long.

Outdoor Furniture

Making furniture last outdoors can be doubly difficult. People often used to buy cheap plastic furniture, but there’s no need for that. If you’re buying wood, rattan or furniture in another material, make sure it’s weatherproofed. It needs to be protected from both sunshine and rain, so the color doesn’t fade and the shape doesn’t warp.

Remember that although you won’t get the best quality with cheaper furniture, it doesn’t mean you have to pay the highest price either. Choose your pieces based on how it looks, not the price tag.

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Exciting Style Ideas For Your Home

When it comes to furniture for our home we tend to go for practical style ideas. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this you could be a little more adventurous when it comes to style and design. These days there is so much to choose from on the furniture market. This means that whatever you are looking for, there will be something to suit you and your needs. How adventurous you choose to be is up to you, the possibilities are endless.

 

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Wall Decor

One simple way to add a little excitement into your home is to look at wall decor. Whether you go for patterned wallpaper or hanging pictures it’s an easy way to add a little something different to your home. Many people choose to have one big piece of art as a centrepiece or perhaps one wall decorated differently to the others in the home. It really is down to your sense of style and what you would prefer.


Seating

For the main rooms in your home you’ll need to consider seating. Most people assume that sofas and hard-back chairs are the best ways to cater to their needs, but that is not always the case. You could have comfortable bean bag chairs in your room instead. These are great because they don’t take up much room but create great seating options, especially if you have visitors. You could also look at fold-out seating and sofas that transform if you really want furniture that is a little different.


Storage

Most people would consider storage in their home something that is pretty essential. When you start to look at storage you’ll find some great space saving options. Whether it’s storage under your sofa or ways to keep your cupboards more organised, there is something out there for everyone. These might not seem like the most exciting addition you can add to a room, but the storage they create is amazing.


Lighting

When it comes to lighting options for rooms, you have so many to choose from. Fairy lights work well for bedrooms because they add a subtle light to a room which is easy to relax in. For other rooms you might want something brighter. If you’re looking at a room that has a lack of natural light then lamps are essential. If you’re looking for exciting lighting options then lava or touch lamps could be perfect. You can even go for wall lighting, hanging lighting and other options if you really want to think outside of the box.

 

Your home is your own space and therefore you are free to do with it what you want. Whether you want something ultra-modern or something more traditional there are styles to suit you and your needs. It is simply a matter of shopping around in order to find something to suit. You can read up on trends and get inspiration online. That said, your home is your personal space and the most important thing is that you choose styles that you like.

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