Monthly Archives: March 2016

Creating the Right Blend of Furniture

With the expanded variety of furniture available, it may prove to be quite a daunting task to pick out the ones appropriate for your house. Even more daunting may be task of ensuring that all the furniture and overall interior of the house perfectly blends with one another. This article will basic provide an insight into the considerations that need to be taken into account when you try making this blend.

Firstly, have a proper look around your home and try to visualize the possible combinations of color associated with the different components of the room such as wall, flooring, carpets etc. Do not overlook the seemingly smaller details as every component makes a difference in creating the perfect blend. Removable components such as table cloth, flowers etc can be easily replaced, so don’t waste too much time on them.

If possible try creating a different set of combinations or selecting a different theme for every room, prioritizing the living room, as it is the entry point to visitors. Different designs for the living rooms, kitchen etc creates an additional impact.

If you want to be more fashionable and trendy you can try out modern furniture or you can always go for classic furniture for that vintage look and feel. Ensure all the space constraints are taken into account before actually selecting your furniture so as to perfectly place and accommodate all of them.

Modern furniture is specially designed to save space and money and can truly reflect an individual’s personality. However carefully select the ones that maximum blend with the existing furniture in your household so as to create that impact on your visitors.

Pool Side Furniture Tips

Having a pool in the backyard is one of the most common trends, but pools might take up the space that would have been used for a garden or other outdoor installations. Pools also require pool furniture, which is different from other furnishings. Due to most of the pools being outside, the furniture shares lots of considerations in design with the outdoor furniture; though other factors come into play with the pool furnishings. One of the major considerations with pool furniture is water; its effect on the furnishings is quite important and should be given priority.

One of the considerations when choosing pool furniture is their friendliness to the skin. When one goes for a swim, whether in the backyard or beach, one does not spend all their time in the water. One may come out for a drink, a nap, sunbathe, or drink, and poolside furniture should be there for that purpose. Though one might use a towel to place over the surface of the furnishings every now and then, the towel might fall of leaving the furnishing exposed. In addition, since the swimmer will not be fully protected by clothing it is crucial to choose a skin friendly material.

Unlike most garden furnishings, pool furnishings are often stored during the periods that the pool is not in use. It is thus important to ensure that the choice one makes on the furnishings is easy to transport over short distances and is easy to store. In most cases, the choice should be stackable to ensure that the space one uses is reduced. The size of the furnishing should also be reasonable for both storage and transportation purposes. One should also pay keen attention to the design specifications of the furniture since if it is light, it may be easily broken in the case of misuse.

The durability of the poolside furniture should also be a matter of concern. The furnishings will be mostly exposed to weather elements which will make it necessary for the furnishings to withstand the elements. Most poolside furnishings are made from plastic and resin, but for longer servicing the furniture should be put indoors when not in use – especially during extremely hot days. The material used in the PVC does break down faster in high heat, and the chair or table will begin to lose its structural integrity and shiny luster that is appealing to the eye.

How to Choose Log Furniture

When most people think of log furniture, they imagine a guy going into the woods, chopping down a tree, and working his hands to the bone to craft a masterpiece. Great vision, but in today’s industry – not very realistic.

With the growth of the internet and developments in machinery, log furniture has risen to a much broader scope than an axe and some chainsaws. Consumers can go online to make a purchase and have furniture delivered directly to their doorstep, without ever speaking to Paul Bunyan. But just like any other online purchase, buyer’s need to be aware of what they’re getting and what to look for.

All log furniture is not created equal

Although there are many high-ranking websites with a slew of products, your best source for buying is directly from the manufacturer. Think about it. Would you rather buy from the guy who has his head in the computer all day to make sure his website is ranking high, or the guy who has his hands on the furniture day in and day out?

If you’re considering a company who is not the manufacturer, keep in mind they have to mark the product up for resell. So as a consumer, you’re getting a product that is marked up twice before it gets to you. Buying from a¬†log furniture¬†manufacturer, your odds of the getting the best price are a lot better.

All pictures are not created equal

Don’t make your purchase decision solely on the look of a picture. Just because two items look the same, doesn’t mean they are the same.

If I did a search for “log beds” online, I’m going to get a large selection of bed pictures (many of them very similar, and at varying price points). So, the cheapest price must be the worst and the most expensive must be the best? Right?… Not really.

How is the bed assembled underneath? Does it arrive in a million pieces with a metal frame, does it have a solid wood frame, or does it even have a frame at all? What’s the actual diameter of the logs in the picture? Is it finished or unfinished? What will happen if I have a problem with my bed 2 years down the road? The list goes on and on, but you see what I’m getting at.

All log furniture companies are not created equal

Granted, your experience with every furniture company will always be different from one to the next. But if you’re in the market for log furniture, chances are this is for a special room in the house or for an entire home. Not to mention, log furniture is not something people replace every 3 months.

If you’re speaking with someone who doesn’t take a personal interest in what you’re looking for, move on. Their only concern is making the sale and getting on to the next caller.

Chances are you’ll be buying your log furniture site-unseen. You need someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy. Once it gets to your doorstep, it’s yours. So make sure you’re dealing with a log furniture company with a good track record and lots of experience.

Caring For Indonesian Teak Furniture

Indonesian teak furniture is more expensive than furniture made of wood from other trees like oak, cedar or rosewood. This is because teak wood has certain special properties that make it exceptionally durable and resistant to attack by termites and decay. The presence of natural oils and silica in the wood are responsible for the special properties of teak wood. Though teak is highly durable and hardy, it is important to keep it in good condition so that it continues to maintain it’s grandeur and finesse for a long time. Here are a few tips:

1) Fresh teak wood is usually the color of honey, which over time changes to a silvery-gray. The distinct colors of teak wood enables us to guess it’s age quite accurately. The silvery-gray color of aged teak wood can deteriorate, and turn into an ugly shade of green if left untreated. Teak wood must be coated with a layer of varnish to ensure that it retains it’s lustre, sheen and finesse.

2) Sanding teak furniture is also essential. If you want the wood to retain it’s golden sheen, you can scrub off the uppermost layer using sand-paper. Take care not to rub too deep, as you might permanently alter the shape of your furniture or deform it.

3) Application of teak oil every few months is yet another option. In order to replace the natural oils lost by the wood over time, or due to regular sanding, teak oil can be applied. Teak oil enhances the look and feel of furniture, and helps the wood retain it’s color. However, it does not do much to increase the life and quality of the wood.

4) If you want to stain your teak furniture, remember that the staining process is almost permanent, and the applied color cannot be removed unless the furniture undergoes intensive sanding. Before every staining process, the wood must be thoroughly sanded to ensure that the coloring agent gets absorbed into the top layers of the wood. Sanding is not a recommended practice, as the oils in the wood prevent proper adhesion of paint or staining material to the wood. It is quite likely that the paint might peel off in some time.

5) Do not leave teak furniture in damp places or in puddles of water. Using teak-protector is recommended if you keep your furniture outside. The protector will keep your furniture safe from the effects of the elements for about 4-5 months, after which a fresh coat will have to be applied.