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Furniture Reupholstery Can Help Renew Old Memories

It is easy to develop an emotional connection to items that have been part of your life for a long period of time. Furniture items are especially easy to connect to, as a well-constructed piece can be passed on from generation to generation, bringing a wealth of history and memories along with it as it changes hands. Normal wear and tear can cause damage to these furniture items throughout the years, but that doesn’t mean that you have to part with your prized possessions. In some cases, a simple furniture reupholstery job can restore the beauty and function of your pieces, renewing old memories and giving you the chance to create new ones with the furniture that you love. …
Wood Furniture

Why to Choose Wood Furniture: 3 Reasons

Modern materials such as plastic and chrome can be durable and dramatic, but when it comes to furniture for the home, real wood is the undisputed king of the castle. There are many compelling reasons for this: all natural wood is low-maintenance, it lasts practically forever under normal conditions, and it has a warm, beautiful luster that blends beautifully into just about every style of décor. From Victorian armoires to Swedish modern tables to Shaker chairs, home furnishings just wouldn’t be the same without wood. Consider these reasons why we love our wooden furniture. Wood Furniture Wood Furniture is Easy to Maintain Most wooden furniture is relatively low-maintenance. You might have to dust it once in awhile, or rub off a white ring, but that’s about it. It’s also easy to refinish, or even to redesign. Wood is amenable to all kinds of treatments: stain, paint, shellac, and many others.  If you want to give Grandma’s wooden armoire a modern makeover, all you have to do is strip it and give it a new top coat. If you’re so inclined, you can also carve designs into its doors, or add decorative dowels. In many cases, you can easily take a wooden piece apart if you need to move it to another location. Even a heavy wooden pool table disassembly or sofa delivery isn’t that big a deal; a furniture pro can simply take the pieces apart, move them, and reassemble them elsewhere. A one-piece plastic or metal object – not so much. Wood Furniture Lasts Forever There’s a good reason why Grandma’s wooden armoire is still in the family. That baby weighs 300 pounds and was built to last. Wood is tough, strong and durable. It takes a heavy blow to seriously damage a sturdy piece, and even scratches and gouges are easily repaired. A couch with a cigarette burn or a ripped leather sofa may require a couch upholstery repair, but a scratched wooden piece can usually be made good as new with a quick swipe of scratch-cover polish or touch up marker. Wood Furniture is Beautiful There’s nothing quite as warm and homey as a beautiful piece of stained wood furniture. Wood can be beautiful in so many different ways: it can be unfinished pine, sanded smooth as silk; it can be a regal, polished cherry wood with a mirror finish; or it can even be a gnarled, knotted slab of wood sawed from a tree stump. Wood furniture is almost like a blank canvas, because no matter how it starts out, it can be stained and finished to fit into almost any setting. A piece of real wood furniture is immediately distinguishable from a particle board piece with a thin top layer of wood glued on. The layered piece looks flat and fake; the real wood looks rich and solid. Wood furniture has been around since men first sat on tree stumps around a fire, and it will probably remain in use for as long as mankind endures. That’s another reason to love wood furniture: millennia of wood furniture fans can’t be wrong!
Small apartments like these just need a bit of creativity in furniture design

Small Furniture Ideas for Small Spaces

New York is the home of the studio apartment, and in this city as in no other, home design has to be spare, smart, and multi-functional. Fortunately, there are plenty of clever design ideas to give even the smallest studio a big style makeover. You don’t have to have a Manhattan rooftop apartment to have stylish digs. You just have to know how to make every inch of space count. Take a look at these design ideas – some of them may be just what you need to get the most out of your pied á terre. Small apartments like these just need a bit of creativity in furniture design Right-Size Your Furniture If you have a tiny apartment, it makes no sense to keep large pieces of furniture. Store or sell pieces you don’t use. If you have a piece that you just can’t bear to part with, you can have it redesigned to better fit your space. For example, a furniture professional can redesign your sofa, making it smaller and more proportional to your living space.  You can even commission a custom sofa, such as a corner unit, to better utilize the available space.  Tables and even chairs can also be reduced in size. Back to Back Design If your apartment is essentially one large room, you can break up the space into several living areas with the use of dividers like screens, curtains, or plants. Alternatively, you can push furniture back to back to designate different areas. For example, you might push the back of your bed against the back of your sideboard, to mark the dividing line between your bedroom, and your dining area. It’s also a good idea to use stackable chairs and tables wherever possible, so that after mealtime, they can be moved to free that space for other uses. Choose square tables with shelves that utilize all the space within their footprint, or drape a cloth over a traditional table and store items underneath the skirt. A Murphy, or wall bed, that folds up into its own cabinet when not in use, is also a good idea. Use Wall Space When space is tight, it makes sense to use all available square footage – including vertical space. Use shelving all the way up to the ceiling, and if you can, hang items like pots, pans and other kitchen utensils from the ceiling to free up counter space. Sometimes, sports equipment such as paddles, rackets, or sticks can be stored on the wall and do double duty as pop art. Moving Ideas for Small Spaces Furniture can be problematic if you’re moving to or from a small space. If your old furniture is too big for your new space, it might not fit through the doorway. Most times, the best solution in such a case is simply to discard it, rather than pay to have it moved. But if you have a sentimental attachment, such as a family heirloom, you can solve the problem  by having the furniture disassembled by a professional, moved in pieces, and then reassembled in your new home. Small furniture moves in NYC are a lot easier when you don’t have to worry about getting your stuff through the front door!
Furniture Moving: Do's and Don'ts

Furniture Moving Do’s and Don’ts in the Big City

A successful move requires advance planning. That’s true no matter what kind of neighborhood you will be moving into, but planning is particularly important when you plan to move to an urban neighborhood. An urban move can be very different than a move in other environments, and if you’re not prepared, it can be a frustrating and expensive experience. You should research your new neighborhood thoroughly before you commitment time and money to a move. Take a look at this list of important things to consider, when planning an urban move. …
Furniture moving can be tough in urban areas like NYC

Sofa Delivery in Urban Areas

Moving in an urban area presents special challenges. Traffic is often congested, streets can be narrow and parking limited. A wise mover checks the calendar before committing – even small moves on the day of a huge event in the city can be anything from frustrating, to catastrophic.  Urban dwellings, especially apartments in older buildings, can challenge movers with narrow doorways and staircases.  And all of these problems are compounded when you’re moving a big, heavy, expensive sofa. It pays to compare your options before you schedule a sofa delivery. …
Grandma may need more than just her rocker to feel comfortable

Furniture Solutions for Senior Citizens

If you’re a senior and want to make your furniture easier to use, or if you have a family member whose needs are changing, you don’t have to rush out and buy all new furniture. Reupholstery, retreatment, or even redesign can make existing furniture more senior-friendly. A furniture pro can make modifications to the furniture you already have and love, and often for less than it would cost to replace. Here are a few of the things a furniture pro can do to make furniture easier for seniors to use. …
Your home Japanese Tea Garden might not be as impressive as this one, but it can add life to your home nonetheless

Water Themed Home Decor

If you feel most relaxed by the water, you don’t need to wait until your next getaway to get that vacation high. You can fill your home with décor that brings that vibe into your everyday life. There are limitless ways to bring the soothing feel of water into your home decor. From the bubbling of an indoor fountain, to an indoor mural of the ocean, to the gentle motion of a water bed, water themed home décor can reduce your stress as well as beautify your home. Turn your home into an oasis of calm with water themed home décor! …
Daily care and basic caution during moves may save you the cost of professional furniture repair

Sofa Care: Daily and When Moving

A sofa is a substantial investment in your home’s style and comfort. If you buy yours new, you can expect to shell out anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. It only makes sense to take good care of such a costly piece of furniture. These handy hacks will help you protect your sofa from damage during a move and from everyday staining and damage. If your sofa has sustained minor damage, there are some simple ways to repair it yourself. Take a look at these simple, but important ways to ensure that you enjoy your sofa for many years to come. …
After Furniture Redesign

3 Tips for Revitalizing Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is beautiful and sturdy and can last for decades with the right TLC. But what if your wooden furniture is in need of a little more than tender loving care? If your favorite pieces could use a little bandaging, scratch fixing or bone setting, here are a few first aid tips to fix what ails them. From simple fixes like stain removal, to a complete furniture redesign, take a look at these handy tips for revitalizing your wood furniture. …
Reupholster an old couch to make a statement

Moving In Statement Furniture That Works

Buying furniture from a big-box store is undeniably easy: the pieces are usually of a standard size and design, and the store almost always offers delivery. But the downside is that your next-door neighbors may have exactly the same living room suite, dining table or painting that you do. If you live in a subdivision, the exterior of your house may already look similar to your neighbor’s. If you buy your décor from the same store, the interior of your home may look the same, too. …
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