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DIY Furniture – Patience is a Virtue November 9, 2011

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When it comes to making furniture, having patience will ensure perfection.

 

If you’ve wanted some new furniture, it would be a great idea to learn how to make it yourself. Making your own furniture can be such a great experience. At the end of the day, you’ll be proud of your hard work, and you’ll appreciate the furniture you’ve made even more than you would appreciate something you bought. You would be very proud to tell people that you made the furniture in your house. Saving money is always a great option, and making your own furniture can certainly help you do that, as well. The benefits to making your own furniture are endless, and you can start now using some of the information below.
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The first and most important thing to keep in mind when you make the decision to build your own furniture is to be confident. What often happens is people think they want to make their own furniture, and then they start doing it and quit. If you start making something, you may as well finish it. The things you build can become symbolic in your life. Think about Henry David Thoreau’s cabin that he built at Walden Pond? A lot of the joy he got from the cabin wasn’t from the cabin itself, but in the making of it, he learned a lot about himself. You can learn how much of a confident, self-assured person you are by making your own furniture. If you lack confidence in yourself, you’ll never be able to plunge into a new project and successfully complete it. Jump right in and do your best.

Once you have the right frame of mind to start a furniture-making project, you have to get the right materials. It’s much better to go to a place where you know you’ll have help. I would suggest going to Home Depot to get most of the things you need. The people there are beyond friendly, and you’ll get the top-quality materials at the best prices. They may even give you their own suggestions for your project. Make sure to have an exhaustive list of anything you could possibly need for your project. It will be a lot easier in the long run to have an organized list and to check each thing off as you buy it.

Once you’ve gotten mentally prepared and you’ve purchased the materials, it’s time to build. One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give any beginning builder is to take your time. It’s much better to get a good job done slowly than to try to go quickly and mess things up. Give yourself a certain amount of time every so many days. Whatever you get done within that time is what you get done. Don’t rush to do more. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up ruining the entire project with mistakes. Make sure you follow the instructions exactly as they have been given to you. There’s no telling just how great of an experience building your own furniture will be for you until you try it.

 

A Good Ceiling Fan Makes For One Cool Room June 24, 2010

The summer season can be a blistering one especially without any sort of air conditioning to protect you from the summer heat. Centralized air and air conditioners do serve their purposes of keeping any home cool and comfortable but it’s important for a house (even one that has AC) to have a ceiling fan. Not just any ceiling fan mind you, but one that keeps everyone the right temperature and also fits into the aesthetics of the room. It’s true that many would never consider ceiling fans to be an important piece of furniture but when it comes to air conditioning and having the right look for a room, the right ceiling fan makes as much of a difference as any couch, table, or any other piece of furniture.

When considering a ceiling fan it’s important to take into account three things: style, airflow, and installation. When it comes to style, ask yourself what kind of room am I putting this fan in? If it’s a living room or den then going above and beyond with an expensive fan (one with a nice wood finish or a state of the art steel one) may stick out too much. However, if you’re putting one in a nice room, chances are you want it to look as nice as the room you’re putting it in.

Airflow is obviously important or you wouldn’t even be getting a fan to begin with. A slower less airflow type of fan is more for climates in which it gets warm but not hot. If you live someplace that is scorching hot you’ll want to think about a fan that pumps out air at a rapid speed.

Finally, installation is important to think about when buying a fan. If you get a fan that’s too difficult to install you might have to find someone who can put it together for you (which at times can be very hard to find), so get one that you can put together on your own so that you can get your fan up and running.

Ceiling fans may seem like nothing more than just cheaper air conditioners but the right one can make for one cool room.

 

Want Your Workers to be More Productive? Get Comfortable Office Furniture! May 26, 2010

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It’s pretty obvious that you’re happier when you’re comfortable. You feel good which keeps you happy and energetic and ready for productivity. Understandably, being comfortable also sometimes makes you want to do nothing but relax, but most of the time being comfortable is the key to being productive. That’s why so many offices make sure that they have the best furniture for their employees. An uncomfortable employee is an unhappy employee that likely will not yield their best work ethic.

The right motivation can make all the difference when it comes to the workplace and the right chair/furniture is a big factor in that. From the physical aspect, if a worker is uncomfortable then their focus will be on how uncomfortable they are (not to mention, the soreness of their back and bottom). This takes them out of thinking about their work and instead shifts it to their discomfort. Considering that most office workers sit in their chairs for upwards of eight hours, it can take its toll if it’s not a good piece. A painful body leads to a pained employee and that just ends up hurting the entire productivity of the office itself.

Studies have shown that the more comfortable a piece of office furniture is, the more productive it makes the workers. From a psychological standpoint, being comfortable makes the employee feel appreciated and picking the right furniture has even gone on to show that it can help maintain employees. This is because employees are more likely to stay someplace in which management cares about little things like their general comfort.

Productivity is the lifeblood of any workplace and furniture helps to keep workers productive and happy. So if you want your workers to be productive then get some comfortable furniture for the office. It makes all the difference.

 

A Piece Of Coney Island History In Your Living Room May 13, 2010

Coney Island is one of the most iconic places in New York City and one of the most famous amusement parks in the entire world. Located right on the beach off Brooklyn, everything about it is memorable from its famous Cyclone roller coaster to the hot dog eating contest that takes place there every Independence Day. However, arguably the most recognizable piece of Coney Island is its boardwalk. Usually if you wanted to see it you would have to actually go to Coney Island, but now you can have it right in the comforts of your own home.

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The city is going through a $30 million renovation project at the Coney Island amusement park and with that comes new boards for the famous boardwalk. So for the old and broken up planks that have been there for decades it most likely meant a trip to the Staten Island landfill, but some furniture manufactures saw an opportunity for the old, yet historic, pieces of wood to be put to good use. Planks from the boardwalk are being made into chairs, tables, and even loungers. Now, they might now be the most beautiful pieces of wood to look at (years of wear and tear and bad seaside weather will do that), and the boardwalk furniture is pretty expensive (some pieces cost thousands of dollars), but the fact that they are the exact pieces of wood that once was the Coney Island boardwalk makes them a special collection for anyone’s home.

Coney Island has been one of oldest, well known, and visited areas in New York City and has brought enjoyment to millions over it’s years. Now, instead of making the trip to the park you can bring the park home and lay against it’s history as the boardwalk sits in your living room.

 

New Survey Shows That Millions Of Americans Dispose Furniture April 28, 2010

The furniture industry inevitably stays busy because there is always a demand for new furniture.  Whether individuals are moving to a new home, or merely replacing old furniture, getting new furniture is something that will inevitably happen to most people.  Additionally, as people get more creative, the more elaborate or trendy the furniture needs to be.  Fresh, unique designs always seem to be needed. Unfortunately, we may be a little too liberal using the “out with the old, in with the new” mentality because we usually don’t think twice about throwing old furniture away and what happens to it down the line.  This is especially true when we move and leave our used furniture behind.

When we replace our old furniture, we have direct control over what happens to it.  If there is room, perhaps we find a place for the furniture with the most sentimental value.  More than likely, we toss it to the curb. At least then, we know we’re throwing it out and consciously made the decision to do so.  With the pro-efficiency movement gaining momentum, we can hopefully see a change in that trend with more people aware of the consequences and opting to find homes or recycling centers for their older furniture.

However, when we move, we’ll often leave some furniture behind that we, “didn’t have time to take out”, “figured the new home owners could find a purpose for”, or “couldn’t bring ourselves to throw out, but didn’t know what to do with it”.  Our mentality in each scenario is, “out of sight, out of mind”.  What most people don’t consider is that new home owners also want new furniture, not used furniture from previous tenants.  They also are not attached to it and are much quicker to find a place for it on the curb instead of a place for it in another home.  Therefore, when we move, old furniture overwhelmingly tends to wind up in landfills, some of which was in perfectly working condition, just not appealing to the former owners.

Statistics say that about 40 million Americans move each year and a new survey shows that one-fourth of them will leave behind a big piece of furniture like a couch or bed. This means that over 10 million people will leave behind a piece of furniture rather than try to sell it to a friend, neighbor, or over the Internet. This also means that millions of people would rather leave it in the garbage rather than attempt to recycle it. Some studies have shown that the amount of furniture left in the trash and in landfills equals the amount of 12 Empire State Buildings. That’s a lot especially during these pro-environmental times, and even more when taking into account the many ways to pass along furniture.

It is understood that what was comfortable and fashionable 10 years ago might not have a place in your home now.  Times change and replacing it becomes a priority.  However, hardly anyone considers that their old furniture might be perfect for someone else or that the pieces can be recycled for other purposes.  So we are finding that millions of people are just discarding their old furniture. We all need to be more conscious about what we do with our old furniture so that it doesn’t keep stock piling our landfills.  Then, buying new furniture can truly be fun and exciting.

 

Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano Opens Big Week For Furniture April 14, 2010

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano may not sound like a familiar festival to most, but if you are a lover of furniture and furniture design then this is a big week for you. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano (the international furniture fair of Milan), the biggest furniture and décor trade fair in the world, opens this week in Milan and brings with it new state of the art designs for interior design and everything furniture. Manufacturers and designers from all around the world come to the festival to see the latest designs, concepts, and applications in furniture and to also showcase the concepts they have been working on or have in store. For many, the festival stands as the primary place for what’s new and upcoming in the world of furniture design and fashion and is the one stop for anyone who wants to stay on top in what’s new for furniture.


The event (which is usually falls in April) opens up in metropolitan Milan and includes up 2,500 different companies, along with hundreds of furniture designers. Started in 1961, the festival was originally conceived as a place that would show off only Italian furniture, but since then the festival has grown to a global scale. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano brings in over 270,000 people from over 150 countries worldwide. So this festival may go unnoticed, but for the many in the furniture design world it’s nothing less than their Olympics.

 

Piano Pizzazz! December 3, 2009

A piano is a wonderful, warm addition to any home.  Although many piano’s look the same, each one has it’s own unique character.  From the style to the sound, you are likely to get a different feeling and experience each time you come across one, every time you play it, and each time you hear it being played by someone else.

The piano above is stunning and is the focal point of the living room of this estate house.  If there were nothing else in the room the piano would make a statement all on its’ own.  The orientation of the piano can change the look and feel of the room.  This particular photo is interesting to me because the piano is almost in the middle of an archway leading into a second room.  If you were to swap out the piano with a couch it would be a designing disaster and would ruin the feng shui of the entire first floor.  However, a piano seems to be properly placed in this location and winds up tying the two rooms together.

The piano is placed in a position where the pianist can see guests as they gather.  At the same time, the piano is located “out of the way” enough that it doesn’t disrupt the function of the room.  The beauty and elegance of the piano is highly decorative and looks as resilient in this situation as a crystal chandelier would dazzle a Fourier or an energetic fountain would soothe an atrium. Ultimately I feel that the infamous quote by Patrick Swayze in “Dirty Dancing” is fitting in that, “Nobody puts baby in the corner” can be translated to “Nobody puts baby grand in the corner” because it is much more worthy of center stage.