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Caring For Wooden Nursery Furniture: Three Helpful Hints

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Caring For Wooden Nursery Furniture: Three Helpful Hints

Wooden nursery furniture offers a beautiful way to decorate your little one’s room, and if cared for properly, it can be passed down from one generation to the next. Here are a few helpful hints to keep your nursery furniture clean and in great shape for generations to come. Cleaning The Furniture Regularly dusting your child’s nursery furniture will help to keep dust and dirt away from the baby, particularly while he or she is in the crib. You can dust using a dry cloth, or you can use child-friendly wood cleaners. You can find these cleaners at your local discount store, in most cases. You’ll also want to use a mild disinfectant on the crib, changing table and any other furniture your little one may regularly come in contact with. Protecting Furniture From Damage You can prevent damage and wear and tear on the furniture with a few simple solutions. Teething guards, which are typically fabric pieces that can be tied to the top of the crib rails, can prevent your little one from biting or chewing the wood. You can also find plastic guards that slip over the tops of the rails to protect the wood and your baby’s teeth. Plastic or rubber guards on the corners of dressers can prevent dings and scratches on dressers and changing tables, and floor glides under the legs of a crib, table or chair protect both the furniture and your floors. Storing Nursery Furniture As your little one grows out of the crib, changing table, rocking chair and other nursery items, you’ll want to make sure that you store them safely. Clean each piece thoroughly before placing it into storage. Use bubble wrap or foam to wrap each leg or rail, and double up the padding at any joints in the wood for added reinforcement. If you are storing an item that can be disassembled, place any hardware needed for re-assembly in a plastic bag. Tape the bag to the back of the item so it can be easily found later. Consider investing in a large roll of plastic wrap to keep all the parts of each piece together. You can also use the wrap around items that can’t be disassembled for a bit of added protection. Caring for wooden nursery furniture properly will ensure that each piece remains clean, beautiful and ready for use whenever a new baby joins your family. For more wood furniture tips, contact a company like Oak Unlimited Furniture (1995)...

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Should You Buy An Expensive Sofa?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Buy An Expensive Sofa?

The one piece of furniture you really cannot do without is the sofa. You can use the sofa as the focal point of the living room, and with the addition of a TV tray, the dining room. Designer sofas can cost as much as $10,000 or more. You may not want to invest that much money, but you do need to find a quality model that will give you the look and durability that you need.  Frames Super cheap sofas usually are made with layers of plywood and inferior foam. While these inexpensive models are fine for short-term use, you will need to spend more money if you want something that will last. A better quality sofa will have a kiln-dried frame with joints that contain glue, dowels, and screws to make the sofa as strong as possible. If you must go with plywood, realize that the more layers of plywood the frame has, the better it will hold up.  Foam Most sofas contain some sort of polyurethane foam, although the quality of it varies greatly. It comes in different thicknesses and grades that determine how long it will last and how comfortable it will be. The foam will actually be labeled five-year, ten-year, or fifteen-year foam. You can also get foam cushions that are polyurethane wrapped in some other substance, such as down or polyfill, that are more comfortable. A true high-end sofa will probably have some down in the cushions, often in combination with springs and some type of foam. Down creates the softest cushions, but a 100% down cushion will need constant fluffing, so if you want something low-maintenance, that type is not for you. Fabrics A quality sofa that is going to get consistent use should have a tough but elegant fabric. Consider wool or leather for those sofas. If you want elegance but short-term wear, you can go with silk, a beautiful but often impractical choice. Woven materials will last longer and pill less. A microfiber fabric retains its look and is durable, but it may not give you that expensive look you desire.  You can find a well-built, attractive sofa for less than the $10,000 price of some designer models. You should definitely invest in a more expensive sofa if you want a sophisticated look and years of wear. Experts believe you can achieve that quality somewhere in the $2000 – $4000 range. For more information, contact a furniture store in your...

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Shipping Furniture? Save Money By Using Packaging Foam

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shipping Furniture? Save Money By Using Packaging Foam

If you have a furniture business, you probably know a lot about the durability of different types of furniture. Although some furniture is made of high quality wood material, some is made of inexpensive sandwich board that is covered with a laminate covering. Because of the less-than-perfect quality, it is very soft and susceptible to shipping and water damage. Even with high-quality furniture pieces, the risk of damage during shipping is there. Assembled or unassembled, furniture can be dropped and broken. In some cases, it can become wet and warped from being left out on someone’s porch because they weren’t home. You then have to replace these items without charging the customer. That’s exactly why packaging foam can save you money. Read on to learn more. Shipping Foam Can Absorb Water. Foam acts just like a sponge and can absorb large amounts of water. By wrapping your furniture in a thick layer of shipping foam, you are essentially creating a barrier that will soak up any water that the furniture is exposed to. There is a slight chance that part of the furniture could still get wet, but it should only get slightly damp and not cause any damage or other issues. With no water damage, you aren’t out a replacement piece of furniture. Shipping Foam Can Work as a Shock Absorber. Although you hope your delivery men and other deliver persons do not drop the furniture that you are shipping, the truth of the matter is that it can happen. Therefore, you need something to help brace it so that if it does fall that there is no damage or the damage is very minimal. Shipping foam, in this instance, will help keep the furniture from getting broken, dented or even scratched. This then leads to fewer refunds and replacements and more money for your business as a whole. Shipping Foam (Scraps) Can Be Reused. Shipping foam can easily be cut to fit each piece of furniture that you ship. You will likely have some scraps left over that in other cases you would probably throw away. However, when shipping furniture, you have items of all shapes and sizes – some of which your scraps may be able to fit around. A few examples of good pieces for this would be legs of dining tables, and foots of couches and chairs, as well as packages of screws, nuts and bolts. In addition, if you do receive a damaged product back, it will likely still have shipping foam intact. Although it may be ripped or otherwise impaired, it can still be reused for your next shipment. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why you should use packaging foam to ship your furniture. It saves you money on all fronts for your furniture business. To save even more, consider purchasing the packaging foam in...

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3 Reasons To Consider Drapes Over Curtains

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When looking to cover your windows, you will need to choose between drapes and curtains. The main difference between those two options is that drapes are typically going to be quite a bit heavier and thicker than regular curtains. You will want to consider drapes because they can help insulate your home against noise and temperature shifts while also blocking out light. Light Blocking One of the best reasons to consider purchasing thicker drapes is that they are ideal for blocking out light. The thicker material is less likely to allow light to enter your home, while traditional curtains will allow light to enter your home quite easily. You will want to consider using drapes in a home theater room or office in order to keep the sunlight from shining directly onto your television or monitor. This will prevent glare that will interfere with the image on the screen, while also preventing your screens from fading or becoming damaged over time due to the light. In addition, you will want drapes instead of curtains in your bedroom if you work night shifts and need to sleep during the day. With the right kind of thick drapes, you will be able to make your bedroom dark to help you sleep more easily. Noise Insulation Another great reason to utilize drapes is that the thick material will help muffle noises that are both entering or exiting your home. This means that you will be more likely to be able to enjoy your music or other forms of entertainment at higher volumes without bothering your neighbors.  This will also help block out any road noise or foot traffic outside of your home. For example, you will want to invest in thick drapes if you live in the center of a busy city, or if you live near a busy road or highway. Temperature Insulation Finally, drapes are a great way to cut down on your utility bills. The reason for this is that the drapes will help prevent your cold air from leaving your home during the summer, which will allow you to keep your air conditioner off for longer periods of time. In addition, the drapes will keep cold air from seeping into your home in the winter, which will cut down on the amount of work that your heater has to do. Visit your local furniture or home improvement store today in order to see the many different available types of drapes. Drapes can help you block out noise and light, while also helping to further insulate your home. You can also go to websites like this to learn more about drapery options in your...

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3 Things To Think About When Designing Your Baby’s Nursery

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

While preparing to welcome your new baby is an exciting adventure, you may find you are stressed over preparation decisions concerning the arrival of your little one. What is the single most important thing you need in your nursery to welcome your baby? What color should you paint the nursery? Here are a few tips to consider so you can stop worrying about the details, and instead enjoy the pending arrival of your little one.  Color themes Choosing a color theme for your nursery is important. Beyond simply choosing a neutral color or a hue that reflects the gender of your child, colors influence the mood of a room. Bright and bold colors, including red and orange, create a stimulating atmosphere and should be used in moderation to avoid over-stimulation. Softer colors, such as light green and blue, have a more soothing and relaxing affect, creating a calming atmosphere. Are your favorite colors bold and bright? Consider using a neutral color as the primary room color then accenting and accessorizing with your favorite bold colors. Furniture Furniture is an essential feature in a nursery so you will certainly want to put thought into what items to include in the décor. While you will likely want a comfortable rocking chair available, perhaps the single most important item to consider is a place for your baby to sleep. While a bassinet will do for the first months of life, at some point you will need to invest in a crib. Whether you plan to buy a new crib or choose a second-hand bed, you will want to consider important safety features of your chosen crib. Things to consider include, but are not limited to, ensuring there are no safety recalls on the crib and avoiding cute – but potentially dangerous – decorations on the crib that could pose a hazard to your baby.  Versatility While it may be tempting to decorate your baby’s nursery in cute baby décor, consider that your child will soon outgrow fluffy teddy bears and whimsical fairies. Instead of more permanent decorations such as painting murals on the walls, perhaps decals that can be removed as your baby grows would be more appropriate. Likewise, you could choose a neutral theme for your permanent decorations, then accessorize with pillows, throws, or stuffed animals in your favorite baby theme. These can easily be replaced with more age appropriate items as your baby grows.   While decorating a nursery is exciting, it doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little bit of careful planning, you will soon have a perfect and safe place to welcome your little one...

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How To Save When Buying A New Living Room Set

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are looking to invest in a living room set, you could be concerned about how much it will cost. It’s true that buying new furniture can get expensive, but there are ways to save. Give these tips a try when you head to your local furniture store (such as Buona Furniture), and you might be able to score a better deal than you think. 1. Ask for a Display Model In many cases, furniture stores sell their display furniture at a reduced price because of people sitting on the furniture, using it to fill out credit applications and more. In most cases, the furniture is kept very clean while it’s on display, however, and you might even enjoy the fact that it has been “broken in.” 2. Ask to See the “Damaged Room” Many furniture stores have separate rooms that they call the “damaged room.” This area of the furniture store is where damaged furniture is kept and sold at lower prices, but you should know that not all of the furniture is actually damaged. Some might have minor damage that is barely noticeable, which could be something to look into if you are on a budget. In many cases, furniture that has been returned or discontinued is also sold in this manner. Even if you don’t find your entire living room set in this part of the furniture store, you might find end tables, lamps or other accessories to go with your new sofa and other living room furniture. 3. Sign Up for a Line of Credit A lot of furniture stores have their own lines of credit, and they often offer special deals to people who sign up for credit through their store. Along with potentially getting a percentage off of your purchase, you may also qualify for other deals, such as a free rug or end table set with the purchase of a living room set. If you aren’t comfortable going in debt to purchase furniture, you can always pay it off once you get your new furniture home. 4. Go Simple Although you might love the look of the fancy living room set that is on display in the middle of your local furniture store, don’t be afraid to look at simpler sets. Many furniture stores sell rather simple couches and loveseats in neutral colors, but you can always perk up your new set with inexpensive throw pillows and blankets when you get it home. Buying living room furniture can be expensive, but there are ways to cut costs. Give one or all of these tips a try, and you might be able to find a great set at a great price for your...

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