A home is incomplete without an elegant set of furniture. Furniture is often the reflection of our personal style, budget, trend, space and many other factors. Even though furniture is available in different materials such metallic furniture, plastic and glass furniture, most of the people still prefer to buy furniture made of wood. The elegance and opulence exuded by wood furniture is quite commendable. Different types of wood are used to manufacture all kinds of furniture required for homes and offices.
Various Types of Home Furniture
Wood is still used to manufacture furniture as it is comparatively cheaper than the metal furniture. It is also tensile and lasts for years together.
Bedroom furniture: As most of the people prefer to use furniture made of hard wood and soft wood in their homes, a large variety of bedroom furniture is available quite easily today. Some of the most common types of furniture used in bedrooms include the wooden beds, nightstands, dresses, jewelry boxes, trunks, chests, bed frames, dressers and wardrobes.
Different types of wooden beds are manufactured to meet the requisites of various individuals. King size, queen size, double beds, single beds, canopy beds, standard twin beds, sofa-like day beds and sleigh beds. The canopy wooden beds are quite popular for its elegant appearance with framed posts and crossbeams with beautiful flowing curtains. Most of the modern homes include plush chairs, vanity tables and full length mirrors that create a beautiful and posh ambience in the bedrooms.
Living room furniture: A sofa set is the focal point of a living room. Wooden sofa set enhances the decor of your home with its extravagant designs and styles. Different types of sofa sets are available today at attractive price rates. There are single seat sofas, double seat, three seat and four seat sofa sets made of different types of wood. Wooden sofa sets are usually upholstered with leather or soft fabrics for extra comfort and elegance. Modern furniture includes sofa sets made of leather as it is both chic and elegant.
Other Types of Home Furniture
Coffee tables, side tables, ottomans, chest of drawers, wooden almirah are some of the other most widely used furniture in a home. Dining tables are also considered to be essential pieces of furniture in a home. Dining tables are available in different sizes and shapes. Oval dining tables are quite elegant. Round and rectangular dining tables are also available at attractive price rates today. Most of these tables are made from expensive wood such as mahogany and teak. It is easy to obtain matching dining chairs to enhance the beauty of your dining room.
Large armories made of different types of wood are also available easily today. Wooden armories in living rooms are mainly used to store electronic products such as televisions, DVD players, home theaters, music players, computers and so forth.
The beauty and the elegance of wood furniture can be emphasized with durable finishes. Furniture made of any type of wood is known to add matchless beauty to any room it occupies.
So you’re thinking about changing that ugly old carpet or vinyl floor with something fresh and beautiful and you want to use tile instead. You have looked at a lot of pictures in home design magazines; you have an idea of the cost, and the retailer with the best selection but know where to start.
Well it sound like you already have a great start, you found some design ideas from magazines, you know where to purchase the materials, and you have a rough idea of the cost, and you have decided to do this yourself, outstanding! The tips I’m about to give you come from my experience as a professional tile setter in Phoenix Arizona.
The first thing you want to think about is what kind of surface are you going to lay that beautiful tile on, wood or concrete. I have found that the preparation of the surface will determine how your tile will look after it’s installed and how long it will last in the home, and let’s face it you don’t want to redo this next year. Follow these basic steps first before you lay your first tile
Is the surface level
Look for flaws like dips and bumps make sure the surface is smooth
If working with a wood surface make sure it’s secure no nails sticking up and it’s tight to the substructure
When working with concrete look for cracks, you don’t want the surface to crack more after you install the tile
Make sure the surface is clean before installation
These starter tips will save you time and frustration and make the experience more enjoyable for you. Next you want to make sure you measure the area you’re going to lay. You don’t want a 6″ cut on one wall and a 3″ cut on the other that would look really bad especially in a entry way. The first thing you need to make sure of is the room you are working with square? Trust me when I say this you don’t know how many times I went into a new home and found that one end of the room measured 12′ and the other end was 12′ 2″ Because of poor framing. This is ok if you’re working with larger tile but can be a real problem if it’s smaller tile like in a bathroom. Here are some tips on laying your floor out before starting the installation.
Buy some tile spacers. They look like small rubber crosses, they will determine your grout line width and give you an idea of your wall cuts, and in most cases will measure ¼ in, between tiles.
Don’t be afraid to lay the tile out in both directions using the tile spacers to get an idea what it’s going to look like.
After determining if your room is square set an installation chalk line in both directions, this will help keep the installation straight.
There are different types of adhesives for laying your tile I use thin set mortar for concrete, and you can use what is called cement board, this can be laid over any wood surface and will eliminate the use of the mastic clue. The reason for this is when wood is affected by temperature it will expand and contract, and the mastic clue will allow it to change with this effect, this is not a concern with cement board, Mastic is pre mixed, and thin set mortar will need to be mixed before you can use it. When mixing your thin set mortar it’s like mixing concrete it comes in a bag and you need to add water, be careful not to get it to thin, it needs to be thick enough to use with a trowel. I used a wheel barrel to mix it in and then transferred it to a 5 gal bucket, this made it easier to handle. Also remember that when installing the tile to make sure not to leave any air bubbles trapped under the tile. This will cause the tile to brake. The method I use is to set the tile by pushing down evenly on the tile until I see the adhesive start to come out from the edges and then I lightly tap on the top of the tile a listen for any hollow sound, this will tell you if there is a pocket of air trapped and if you need to push a little more.
Energy costs are skyrocketing and climate change is a legitimate threat. With traditional energy resources depleting at an alarming rate, it is imperative that we begin utilizing green concepts into our construction technology and building maintenance. It should be our goal as a responsible society to become energy independent and self-sufficient as soon as possible.
Taking measures to increase energy efficiency should not be thought of as a future endeavor. The time to begin modernizing our office buildings and commercial facilities is now. Building designers and architects have come up with amazing ways to support green development and healthy lifestyles from within small towns to expansive cities. Builders and planners are now on board with constructing facilities that meet or exceed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. With new green technology being developed every day, new energy efficient and LEED certified buildings are going up at a monumental rate.
Wind and solar power are just two ways that a new green building can be energy independent. Clean solar or wind energy can power entire city blocks, not just the building where the instruments are installed. It is easy to see how a large commercial building has an impact on the surrounding community. By installing solar panels or wind turbines, a modern skyscraper can be a positive force for change to the entire city. When one giant leads by example and demonstrates how beneficial – economically and environmentally – operating a green facility is, it won’t be long before the entire city follows suit.
Obviously, not all buildings are new construction, and no one will tear down a perfectly good building in order to build a more efficient one with new green technology. But there are some steps that can be taken that will make even the oldest commercial building operate more energy efficiently.
Taking measures to decrease water waste is just one way a building can save money and have a positive impact on the environment. Installing tank-less hot water heaters and water-regulating faucets and toilets will have a significant impact on the overall amount of money saved in utility bills. Other steps a building maintenance department can take are making sure the HVAC system is operating correctly and replacing all incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent ones. Cleaning and maintaining a building’s HVAC system will keep it operating at optimum efficiency, ensuring clean airflow and ventilation, while swapping out traditional light bulbs for fluorescent ones will drastically reduce electric bills and electricity consumption.
By incorporating green standards and green construction techniques into our commercial buildings, we will all enjoy the benefits of lower utility bills and clean, renewable energy. By reducing carbon emissions and water waste, we are creating an environment that the entire global community can enjoy for many years to come.
Industrial vs Non-industrial Plasma machines
Plasma cutting technology is a widely used process that has gained widespread popularity for its ability to cut most forms of metal and is quite favored for its simplicity in use. It’s versatility with its range of capabilities and applications have made it a universally accepted metal cutting process.
Non industrial plasmas are best suited for garage users of steel fabrication who require plasma cutting perhaps 2-3 hours per day 3-4 days per week. A plasma in this class is best suited to small operations that work on mostly customised jobs. Non industrial plasma units are much cheaper to purchase than industrial plasmas but cannot tolerate the ongoing high volume that an industrial Plasma is designed for. Air plasmas and lower end conventional mechanised plasmas generally fall into the category of non-industrial plasmas.
Industrial plasmas refer to plasma units geared towards high volume large production facilities that have enough work to elicit a machine to operate a full eight hour shift five days per week. Plasmas in this class usually can operate up to three eight hour shifts per day, seven days per week if necessary. If your operation fits into this category then an industrial plasma is not only preferable, but an absolute necessity.
Higher end Conventional plasma and High Definition Plasmas fall into the category of industrial plasmas. With modern day advances however High definition is generally the plasma of choice due to the higher levels of automation they provide as well as the higher level of cutting proficiency they are capable of achieving.
Advantages of Industrial Plasma (high definition plasma)
• Lower operating Costs
• Oxygen and multi-gas capability for improved
• Faster Cut speeds
• Improved weldability
• Significantly longer consumable life
• Thicker cutting capability
• Quick disconnect torch
• 100% duty cycle
• Hi-Definition technology
• Best cut quality including squarer edges and rounder holes
• Mark, cut and bevel with the same consumables
• More process options for optimizing cut quality
• Remote (CNC) gas switching capability
• Patent TruHole technology for best plasma cut holes – unique to Hypertherm high definition plasmas
• Hdi thin stainless technology
• Optimal gas mixing for mid-range stainless steel
• Higher pierce capability
• Much higher automation
• Higher resale value
• Much longer life on machine
• Significantly higher production capability
• Significantly higher computer aided design capability
Essential components of an Industrial plasma cutting machine
What is most essential to a plasma machines ability to provide continuous quality cutting are the ‘Controllers’ of a plasma unit. A well-engineered, well-constructed control unit is essential to providing consistent high level cutting precision and quality, carried out at high speeds over long hours. A poor to average control unit is incapable of achieving consistent precision especially over long production intervals where it is likely to overheat or break down.
Controllers consist of five main components: Power source, controller, a lifter, drives and servo motors.
It is very important to get a renown plasma source for your machine to achieve a high performance and reliability to deliver consistent cut quality, high productivity, lowest operating costs whilst lasting you a long time for your business.
The lifter is an essential component providing precise height control of the plasma torch. Utilizing a quality THC height sensor will reduce the cut to cut cycle time (up to 60%), provides better cut quality due to proper assembly of torch height, savings on power and longer consumable life.
In addition the quality torch height controllers automatically adjusts voltage for proper torch height to optimize cut quality and consumable life. Traditional torch height controls require an operator to periodically adjust arc voltage to ensure proper cut height.
The controller needs to have all the process expertise built in resulting in flexibility and ease of use for the end user. A quality controller has a digital I/O sercos system that will deliver reliable motion system quality and will improve the cut quality and productivity.
The software should allow flexibility and ease of use for the end user, so a person with little or no experience on the controller can cut like a seasoned professional in as little as a day.
High End Servo Drives and motors
High end drives like Bosch help ensure high stiffness essential for accuracy, minimal backlash and easy adjustment. The servo drives receive command signals that amplify and transmit electric current to the servo motor in order to produce motion proportional to command signals.
Their main advantage over DC and AC motors used in non-industrial plasmas is the addition of motor feedback which can be used to detect unwanted motion or to ensure the accuracy of a command motion. Servos in constant speed changing use typically have a better lifecycle than DC/AC motors and can also act as a brake by shutting off generated electricity from the motor itself.
Bosch Servo motors
Bosch servo motors allow for precise control of angular position, velocity and acceleration. It consists of a sophisticated motor coupled to a sensor for position feedback.
Stepper motors typically used in low end CNC machines provide no feedback encoder as drive signal specifies the number of steps of movement to rotate. This lack of feedback limits performance as the stepper motor can only drive a load that is well within its capacity otherwise missed steps under load may lead to positioning errors.
Industrial plasma’s usually feature low rails secured to the ground to ensure the highest level of stability driven by helical drives to provide optimal accuracy during the rapid fast moving of the plasma beam during long production intervals.
Table design rails usually seen on non-industrial plasmas won’t have the same level of rigidity and are thus less suited to high volume rapid pace production. In addition with rails built onto the cutting table and so close to the plasma, with constant long duration cutting the rails are at risk of distorting in shape (over time) due to the constant exposure to heat.
CAD / CAM software
To greatly improve the efficiency of production in a high volume settings you require a more advanced software to provide a much wider range of functions which greatly enhance the productivity of that operation. Using a more advanced software unit can provide some of the following advantages just a to name a few:
• Import CAD and CNC files
• Separate multiple parts from a single CNC file
• Group Parts into clusters for nesting
• Automatic and manual nest sequencing
• Control cut directions and cut sequencing on part by part basis
The addition of a quality software allows a much higher level of automation, significantly reducing key punching and is user friendly enough to allow even the most novice operator to cut parts like a seasoned professional.
For the purposes of industrial fabrication it is essential that a cutting table is well constructed, heavy and durable to meet the demands of an industrial operation. In most non-industrial plasma units, cutting tables are constructed from thin sheet metal and alluminium castings to reduce the cost of the overall unit. The problem with this is that due to the thin, light construction, the table can shake or wobble, adversely affecting the accuracy of a cut part. Furthermore over long production periods, due to the ongoing exposure of heat generated from the plasma these tables are likely to distort over time.
The durable robust construction of an industrial plasma table is essential to give the table stability for the highest level of accuracy and to prevent heat distortion.
Industrial plasma units usually offer the choice of a water or dry table with a dust collection unit. Water tables are cheaper to purchase but require much more ongoing maintenance and cleaning which over time becomes more expensive than using a dry table with a fume extraction unit. In an industrial environment both are acceptable.
Non-industrial plasmas usually come with water tables once again to reduce overall the cost of the unit though some are offered with a dry table and fan which is only sufficient in removal of dust and fumes in a light fabrication setting.
Having a Support team
The purchase of a Plasma machine whilst being an expensive investment can provide enormous returns to any business where there is a demand for work, the correct facilities are utilized and they are maintained with the right level of care.
It is essential therefore that a full support team is available to service your machine for ongoing maintenance, in the incident of a breakdown or where any other form of technical support is required.
In any high volume industrial environment any down time can translate into large losses in profit so it is important to have a local service team, but more to the point a team who knows the full operation of the machine from bolt to bolt, to shorten the time required to fix the machine, though also to provide phone support for quick fixes that do not cost any call out fees.
Why Non-Industrial Plasmas are so much cheaper to purchase than Industrial Plasmas
Many first time buyers of Plasma machines may look into purchasing a non-industrial plasma as a form of entry level use not fully understanding the full capabilities or limitations they have especially when compared to industrial level plasmas.
A cheaper price tag is often the motivator to go with a non-industrial plasma but in the long run once users have been able to thoroughly compare the two in performance, reliability and productivity it becomes very clear why non-industrial plasmas are so much cheaper.
In most situations fabricators who start out using non-industrial plasmas find with ongoing use that their functional capacity is very limited and with further research and exposure to industrial plasmas that they eventually upgrade to one as they provide much greater productivity, more flexibility in use and better quality cut parts with consistent precision. In addition industrial plasmas have a much greater lifespan, are a lot more durable and are built to handle a much higher degree of volume equating to far better value.
Many manufacturers of non-industrial plasma machines try to capitalize on the lower end cheap market by providing only the bare essentials of plasma cutting. Many of the reasons they can offer a plasma machine at a cheaper price is due to reasons including:
– Often software is not included in the package and in many cases users need to integrate a separate laptop/PC to operate the CNC cutting function. Even when software is provided usually they only provide very basic functions.
-Table and beam are constructed of thin light constructed sheet metal, not suited to heavy duty fabrication and are highly likely to distort in shape over time, due to ongoing heat exposure generated from the plasma. Rails are also built onto the table rather than being bolted into the ground.
This type of design does not provide the stability required to support quality precision during fast rapid movement due to the lack of rigidity and lightness of the table construction.
-Use of DC/AC motors and stepper motors as alternatives to drives and servo motors translate to limited performance, slower cutting, inconsistent poorer precision and positioning, slower acceleration and velocity.
-Fume extraction units are not included and another way to reduce the price on non-industrial units. A water table or dry table with fan are usually what are provided, though with light fabrication this is usually sufficient.
-Cheaper components are normally incorporated that don’t have any real brand reputation for performance or reliability.
-Aside from the above non-industrial plasmas can generally operate perhaps 2-3 hours per day 4-5 days per week and have an average lifespan of about 3-5 years.
For those considering the purchase of a plasma unit it is very important to be clear on the capability of the unit and whether or not that unit can meet all their requirements not just that of a single part.
Plasma machines have been designed to provide varying levels of functionality with a price range to match. Industrial plasma machines are logically more expensive but when the components are thoroughly broken down, one can clearly see that the cost is commensurate with the performance and capability, and in retrospect this is also true of non-industrial plasma machines. When matched in the suitable environment, business owners often see a return on investment within 2-3 years and as smaller businesses grow, industrial plasmas become a very natural progression.
Experimenting with home furniture
It is a courageous person that plays with the effective but somehow dubious furniture accessories such as the plastic lawn ornaments. The first advantage of these things is that they are very practical especially if you have young children to look after. It is expected that these kids will be boisterous and will play with the accessories on a regular basis. The risk of damage is very high and you have to ensure that you are prepared to go for that risk. In doing the work that is expected with the different furniture items that are meant to make the home stylish as well as comfortable for the residents, you will be getting something that can deal with the characters of your young children.
The cleaning process is fairly simple for the different products that you buy for your home in an effort to put it on top of the fashion stakes. You just need cloth and a bit of water. The rest is relatively simple and you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere for a significant period of time. The downside to this sort of thing is the fact that you are expected to really work at getting the process to work for you. In due course you will find that the furniture is ultimately advantageous. The use of the latest furniture items that bring class or elegance to your domestic dwellings is to be admired. Some people are worried about the stylistic statement that such accessories make on the owner. To me that is just superficiality on a grand scale.
You have to know the practical benefits of the essential items of furniture that have to be selected from the most stylish shops in town or within the market. As a head of a family of children it is not within your range to get something that is delicate and classic. The children will run it down within a matter of minutes. You are really looking for furniture that is practical. It has to do the basic functions and yet not be too ugly for polite society. This balance is well achieved by the modern furniture items that try to combine efficiency and elegance with a touch of old world values into the home. On the one hand they are decorative in their appearance but on the other hand it is relatively easy to look after them.
The home will be better off with the dramatic furniture sets that inspire confidence in the client when they place them within the home setting. They might not be the branded products that the affluent neighbors have but they will do the job very well. In fact you might find that they are the right solution for the clients. You will need to chase up the benefits of the standard and exotic furniture items that bring a classical dimension to the general home setting. This means that you look after the furniture and do not do anything that is likely to damage the credibility of the home as a whole. I would not expect to find them in a historical palace. These are items for the mass market and they should remain that way for the foreseeable future.
Every homeowner wants to get hold of exceptional furniture but few can actually afford the price tag. Thus, a majority resort to less expensive pieces but often end up sacrificing a lot in terms of overall quality of the home’s interior. Hence, it is common that people go to yard sales or other bargain sites which will allow them to get exquisite home furniture for just a fraction of the cost. The most common place for this is eBay.
However, as eBay is a configuration of a countless number of people, loosely regulated by a central administration, it is wise to take a couple of precautionary measures before transacting. Although there are safeguards which are placed to protect every buyer, it is still advisable to avoid being in such a position. After all, no one wishes to undergo through all the trouble of paperwork and investigations.
As much as possible, choose a payment process that supports some sort of payment protection. Companies like PayPal extend this to their customers. They enable returns on grounds of a breach in the terms of the contract. Furthermore, they also conceal as much of your personal information as possible, thereby lessening the risk of identity theft and credit card fraud cases, both of which are a pain to handle.
Before buying anything on eBay, check the background of the seller. If it shows that he or she fulfills his or her commitments on time and within the terms of his agreement, then it is a good sign. Some sellers who offer very tempting pieces may end up as shams which will only cause you so much disappointment with the kind of stuff that you will receive. Additionally, they may also run away with your money in the process. This is a very important step especially when you will not be using “protective” payment methods, as this measure will immensely reduce the risk of getting less than what you expected.
eBay gives more financial freedom to every customer, especially for those in very tight budgets. However, just like anything else in real life, it is best to proceed with the necessary precautions lest suffer the inconvenient consequences.
Astonishing is the fact that while environment degradation has been included in the official list of ten threats by High Level Threat Panel of United Nations; we are getting more careless about this phenomenon. We have increased the use of toxic products that reduce the sustainability of the environment. Are we not mindful of how this carelessness can harm the life of humans and wildlife? If we are, why don’t we try to practice ways that make our environment sustainable?
There are several ways to avoid causing further damage to the environment. One of the easy ways to protect environment is by practicing green construction or green building. For those who are unaware of this term, let me give you a flavor of what is it all about. Green construction is the simple process of designing building in ways that make efficient use of resources and conserve energy. If you have cooling units installed in your homes you are going against green construction. Can’t you replace it with ceiling fans and large windows which will keep your home naturally cool and will use less energy than giant sized and heavy powered cooling units? The point is to conserve energy and make your home a healthier place to live in. Along with saving energy, it will save your cost as well.
Once you have made the structure of your house green, an additional change you can bring to add further value to your house is hardwood installation. Especially made for people who are prone to environmental allergies, hardwood installation is a byword for cleanliness, shine and elegance. It makes your interior cozy and warm. No more would have to spend a lot of time on cleaning food spills, for hardwood installation can be cleaned with simple mop or vacuums. It has replaced all other types of flooring because it is durable and easy to maintain. However it is expensive and thus it is out of reach for those who deem costly living an extravagance. Moreover this type of wooden flooring is more vulnerable to moisture. Even a little contact with water can decay hardwood installation.
But all pros and cons considered green construction and hardwood installation definitely enhances the value and functionality of the house. With the level of environment degradation reaching fearful heights, all of us need to practice green construction to avoid long term costs. Green construction increases resource efficiency, reduce the need for maintenance and saves the energy. Similarly hardwood installation complements green construction in its purpose of making the house Eco-friendly and maintenance free. The next time you plan to renovate or build your house don’t forget to make these two styles a part of your construction scheme.
Crate and Barrel is a home furniture and accessories shop that offers good quality at a reasonable price. You will always find something perfect and useful for your home. You may not easily chance upon an actual Crate and Barrel store but you can always check their website for your online shopping convenience.
Gordon and Carole Segal started crate and Barrel during the ’60s. Its concept was inspired by their European honeymoon. They noticed that majority of the home improvement stores in Europe has functional and durable products. Furniture and accessories are also contemporary and very appealing. Since then, they decided to start their own shop that will offer functional and aesthetically appealing products to young couples.
The first Crate and Barrel outlet was opened in Wells Street, Chicago. They leased an abandoned factory and started their own business. Their products are imported directly from Europe. Its first product line includes French copper pots, bistro dinnerware, and ceramic accessories that they have bought throughout their travel.
One interesting idea of their first outlet is that merchandise is displayed on top of crates and barrels that were used during its shipping. This emphasized one of their strongest points against competitors – their products are direct imports.
Crate and Barrel products are now available in over 170 stores across the US. They also ventured in the international market and had their stores in Toronto and Calgary, Canada. There are also plans of setting up a store in Dubai.
Though they started originally in European house ware, you can also find other styles in their items. You can have Mexican, Thai, and Indian-inspired designs among their broad product line. Their products are often contemporary and have exciting colors. You will find that their furniture and accessories will fit in your house because of its physical appeal and functional use.
Crate and Barrel outlet offers everything that you will need in transforming your house into a home. They offer both indoor and outdoor furniture. You can choose from different styles of living room, dining room, and bedroom sets. You also have different options for your porch and garden. There are umbrellas, bistro sets, and other outdoor furniture to suit your preferences.
Majority of their small appliances are related to food and drinks. There are mixers, waffle makers, and food processors. They also offer oil and drink mixes.
For decorative items, you can find numerous candles, holders, frames, and mirrors. Kitchen goods and bath accessories are also aplenty. There are pots, pans, bake ware, and bowls. Bath accessories like shower curtains, linens, and mats may change its colors and patterns seasonally. You may want to watch out for mark down sales whenever they clear out for the next season.
Online shopping is also one of the strong points of Crate and Barrel. It will offer you with promos and convenient shopping experience. You can create a registry when you purchase online to avail discounts. Shipping and packaging normally takes one week so you need to order ahead of time if you are planning for a big event or a major redecoration in your house.
You get a much wider choice when you buy home furniture online than from a physical mall store. This is particularly true when you visit the website of a distributor or dealership rather than a manufacturer. While the latter is restricted to its own range of products, a distributor can offer you the range offered by each of multiple manufacturers.
For example, the Stickley website will offer only Stickley furniture while a distributor can offer Stickley, Simply Amish, The Custom Shoppe, Southwood and Sherrill furniture, and also great mattresses from Jamison besides. That is surely better than having to choose from just one company’s range of products!
A Wider Choice of Home Furniture
This is one of the greatest benefits of buying home furniture online: you get a wider choice, and not just of the traditional type of furniture. You might want a beautifully upholstered sofa and armchair suite from Southwood Furniture, perhaps in a period Queen Anne style or in a delicately slender Thomas Sheraton design.
However, on browsing further through the distributor website you might come across some beautifully plain Simply Amish furniture that could get you thinking along a different line – rather than sumptuously upholstered period furniture for your living room you might like the idea of a style more fundamental to the original pioneers.
Perhaps a traditional hickory rocker, or an aspen sofa and chairs furnished with comfortable cushions rather than fully upholstered. Maybe even a comfortable four post glider for something different, and you could introduce a touch of modernity with an Amish entertainment center, accommodating a large LCD flat screen TV set and hi-fi unit.
Get New Ideas With Online Furniture Stores
When they set out to buy home furniture, most people will have something in mind, but they will also be unaware of all the options available to them. It’s only by browsing that you get exposed to fresh ideas and options that may never have entered your head. By visiting a mall furniture store you see only what that one store stocks, and you will even more restricted if that store is a single manufacturing outlet.
That’s like going to a sports shop that sells only Titleist golf balls or Slazenger tennis racquets! It is so restrictive! Few would visit a sports store like that, so why do so when you are looking for furniture? Furnishing your home is an expensive thing to do, so you would think that the greater choice you had the better!
Discounts Might be Available
Not only choice in design, style or manufacturer, but also choice in price! When you buy online you can often get discounts not available from offline stores, since the online facility is less expensive to maintain than a mall store. It’s a fact that many businesses that have both an offline and online sales outlet can reduce their prices because the online sales are able to finance part of the cost of maintaining a mall store: rental, rates, staff pay, power costs and so on.
You have none of that with an online store – or at least very little. You have staff to pay of course, but that’s about it. Then you get all the other benefits that an online operation can offer. The major of these is information: if the internet is good for one thing it is for the provision of information. Not only can an online furniture store offer you its entire range of products to look at on your screen, but it can also provide you with specifications of each piece.
Online Room Space Planning
The dimensions of every piece of furniture are at your fingertips, enabling you to easily plan how it fits into your room. You can use online room space planning software to fit each item into your room – and you have the firm’s entire stock to play with, not just the pieces they are able to display in their showroom.
Add to these benefits the fact that you are under no pressure to buy. They might mean well, but how often have you been annoyed by pushy sales staff trying to ‘help’ you come to a decision? You would feel self-conscious if you wandered around a mall home furniture store for 3-4 hours without making a purchase!
By purchasing home furniture online you do not need to travel and can make your decisions while you sip a cocktail on your sofa. Then order, pay, check the insurance or warranty and arrange delivery without even standing up, let alone leave the house!
Summary of Benefits
Here is a summary of the benefits of buying home furniture online that we have just discussed:
• A wider choice of furniture manufacturers
• View 100% of firm’s stock – not just a selection
• Come across new ideas for furnishing your home
• Discount prices
• All specifications and dimensions immediately available
• Online room space planning facilities
• No sales staff to bother you
• Take as long as you like to choose
• No traveling: choose from the comfort of your sofa (or buy one if not!)
You can no doubt think of more. The point being made is that you have total control over your shopping: when you do it, where you shop and how long you take when buying home furniture online.
Like a comfortable living space, but still want it to look stylish? There are many different ways to infuse interest into a casual home. First let’s look at what casual style elements are. Most casual rooms are comprised of clean simple lines and warm cozy textiles. Furniture colors tend to be warm and inviting, with fabrics in shades of chocolate browns, beiges, greens, and even reds covering pieces with large comfortable pillows that immediately make you feel at home.
Casual styles are great for families, easily creating that welcoming feeling that makes you want to sit and stay a while. With furniture that is designed to be used, casual looks are designed to be functional and long-lasting. Sofas, sectionals and oversized chairs with large comfortable cushions create a relaxing environment for everyone. Accent tables tend to also be oversized providing ample space for snacks or even dinner and a movie.
While casual furniture can sometimes be seen as simple, or one note, it is easy to incorporate other styles and pieces that create visual interest and style. Accessories can be creative and colorful, and include everything from artistically designed lamps, to furniture pieces that are bold and add a colorful contrast. While modern furniture is not always the best match in a casual room, other styles can easily be used to add a personal touch. Trendy options such as shelving and storage options now come cleverly disguised as tables or ottomans. Bookcase in interesting shapes and sizes also become discussion pieces, as well as places for family photos.
Another great way to update a casual room is by using slip covers to add an exciting pop of color to a chair or love seat. You can also work family heirlooms or antiques into a casual environment, the neutral furniture tones can create a backdrop that will really allow your treasured pieces to shine. You want to choose carefully to find pieces to enhance the space without adding too much color. One of the charms of a casual look is the simplicity of the furnishings and while adding small touches can enhance it, you still want your space to remain that warm, cozy place the family loves.
Casual furniture remains and will remain one of the most popular furniture styles, as everyone wants a nice comfortable place to come home to at the end of the day. But adding color, texture and some interesting pieces to your casual room, can enhance the style into one that is truly your own.