How to Furnish Your Baby’s Nursery

Protective Packaging 101: Picking The Right Void Fill

Posted by on Jul 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protective Packaging 101: Picking The Right Void Fill

Whether you’re shipping an item across the state or across the world, picking the right void fill for your package can mean the difference between damaged goods and a perfect product. When choosing the appropriate void fill, it helps to know what kinds of void fill are available and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Below are just a few void fill options for people who need to protect the items they ship.  Crumpled Paper Crumpled craft paper is a good void fill for non-fragile and semi-fragile items. In general, the heavier the item, the more tightly the craft paper needs to be packed into the box. Crumpled craft paper is good for irregularly shaped items because it can easily be formed to fit around the item being shipped. Craft paper is also eco-friendly, which means that’s it’s one of the preferred void fill options for environmentally-conscious shippers and consumers. Craft paper does have some downsides. It’s a little bit heavier than some other void fill options (like inflatable packaging), so in packages that require a lot of void fill, crumpled paper can weigh down the box and increase shipping costs.  Inflatable Packaging Perhaps one of the best qualities about inflatable packaging is that it’s extremely lightweight, so it can easily be used to fill relatively large empty spaces without having a big impact on the weight of the package. The downsides of inflatable packaging all come back to the fragility of the void fill itself. Sharp items can pop inflatable packaging, and heavy items can push it around, and that can reduce its protective qualities. Inflatable packaging is best used for lightweight items that simply need to be held in place, but which are not terribly fragile.  Packing Peanuts Packing peanuts are a loose void fill packing material that can be used to hold bulky objects in the center of a box. Packing peanuts are less effective to hold flat items in place because the packing peanuts can be pushed aside so that the item being shipped is up against the edge of the box. Packing peanuts are messy and difficult to clean up when pulled out of the box, and they’re often petroleum based, which means they’re not environmentally friendly. This is why some companies are starting to manufacture packaging peanuts from paper or rice products. These products have the advantage of being less slippery and are also environmentally friendly.  Talk with Sureline Foam Products protective packaging for more information about the best void fill and other protective...

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Three Ways To Distress Your Bedroom Furniture

Posted by on Jun 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Distress Your Bedroom Furniture

Whether you’re in the market for some new bedroom furniture or are considering altering the appearance of your existing set, the “distressed” look is a popular option that can suit styles of many homes. Properly distressing furniture isn’t about recklessly damaging your furniture – with this approach, it’s best to take baby steps. However, even if you’re not someone who has had experience with this, it’s relatively easy to take an afternoon and transform the look of your bedroom furniture with some basic distressing techniques.  Dents Any successful distressing project involves adding dents to the wood in a realistic fashion — remember, you’re trying to give the items an old look, not a hammered look. With bedroom furniture, think of how the items might possibly become dented or scuffed over the years, and then use a hammer to do the work. The key to using a hammer is to do so in a controlled fashion. If you want to place a dent on the lower leg of your bed, for example, swing the hammer lightly against the wood and then inspect the mark you create. Soft woods such as pine will dent easily while hardwoods such as maple will require more force. Start out lightly. It’s better to make a small dent and then hit the wood again than make a large dent and regret it. Scuffs Over time, old pieces of furniture get scuffed in various ways and sandpaper allows you to replicate this appearance. Use a sheet of coarse-grit sandpaper — 75-grit or below — and rub it along the edge of the furniture by hand – a power sander won’t create a realistic distressed finish. One common area to add distressing is along the front of a dresser, where you might rub your hands or brush against over the years. Rub the sandpaper lengthwise along the edges of the piece. You have the option, based on your tastes, of rubbing just enough to lighten some of the paint or finish, or hard enough to actually expose the wood. Chips Adding small chips in the wood is another effective way to distress bedroom furniture. For this job, it’s ideal to use a metal file, which you can readily find at any home improvement store. Instead of using the filing surface, turn the file in your hand so that its sharp edge points down, and then strike the wooden surface firmly. This strategy makes sharp chips that will contrast with the larger, softer dents made with the hammer. Place chips on the surface of a bedside table or dresser to mimic a chip caused by a dropped key ring or money clip....

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What You Need To Know About Choosing A Sectional Sofa

Posted by on Apr 29th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most people have strong opinions about sectionals; they are either crazy about them or hate them. If you are among the sectional-obsessed, you are not alone. Sectional sofas have increased in popularity the last several years and show no signs of going out of style anytime soon. If you are in the market for a sectional, be well-prepared before you buy by following the tips and guidelines below. Your Space Sectionals are ideal for smaller spaces, since they come in a large variety of configurations and sizes. Having a lot of pieces in a room, such a sofa, a couple of chairs, etc makes the room look crowded and cluttered. A sectional will take the place of several smaller pieces, creating a visually unifying look and expanding the feel of your room. Measuring your room and making a layout plan are vital. With these measurements and layout in hand, you will be able to more quickly and accurately narrow down the multitude of choices when you begin shopping for your sectional. Graph paper comes in handy for your drawing, but free and fun-to-use room planning tools are also available online. A sectional sofa will undoubtedly be the largest piece of furniture in any room, so plan accordingly. The walking route between two doors or openings in your room is called a traffic pattern. You want to make sure that you don’t block traffic areas so you should ideally leave at least 24″ of space to pass through the room, but 30″ to 48″ is better for major traffic routes. Configurations You can find any number of design configurations available, but the the options listed below are the most common. A word of warning about a potentially confusing issue. When shopping you may see or hear the terms “right facing” and “left facing.” To help you understand the meaning of these terms, you should imagine yourself standing in front of the sectional, facing it, not sitting on it. So a right-facing arm would be on the right when you are facing it, and a left-facing chaise would be on your left when facing it. L shape sectionals are one of the most commonly seen types of sectionals and consist of sofa and a loveseat with the corner being occupied by a corner piece. Keep in mind that in this configuration the corner piece is virtually useless if the other seats are occupied, since the unlucky guest stuck sitting in the corner has nowhere to put their legs. Look for corner pieces that are more wedge shaped, allowing you to seat someone in that section. An L shape with a chaise instead of a loveseat results in a casual and comfortable variation on this type of sectional. U shapes are wonderful for socializing and conversation, but generally require more space, so measure carefully. Modular pieces allow you to custom design your own look and are perfect for hard-to-fit room situations. With these guidelines in mind you should be ready to begin the fun part; shopping for your new sectional sofa. Contact XL Furniture for more...

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Taking Proper Care Of Your Oriental Rug

Posted by on Apr 3rd, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people enjoy the rich, bold colors and markings on an authentic oriental rug. Oriental rugs can spruce up any room in the home, making the area feel majestic and classy. If you are thinking about buying an oriental rug for your home, proper care needs to be done to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips you can use to keep your oriental rug looking new. Handling Stains Unfortunately, stains can happen when least expected. To minimize staining, do not allow drinks or shoes anywhere near your oriental rug. If something does happen to fall on your rug, immediately blot it using a clean piece of cloth. Start blotting from the exterior edges of the stain and work your way to the middle of the stain. Never rub at a stain, because it will carry the staining material to a larger area of the rug. It will also set the stain further into the fibers of the rug. Vacuuming  Your oriental rug should be vacuumed weekly to remove any dust or dirt particles from the surface. Use a vacuum attachment rather than rolling vacuum wheels across your rug, as they could leave marks if they ran through a dirty area previously. After you have vacuumed one side, flip the rug over and vacuum the other. Leave the rug in the new flipped position until the next vacuuming session. Oriental rugs do not have a backing, making both sides able to be used for viewing. It is important to keep flipping your rug so it does not wear unevenly and to help keep it from fading. Cleaning Oriental rugs are made with ink that will bleed if it gets wet. Because of this, it is important to only use a light misting solution to clean your rug, when needed. Make a mixture of three parts water and one part vinegar to use to clean your rug. This solution will bring out the colors when sprayed onto the surface. Lightly spray and leave in an area where it is able to dry. Do not hang an oriental rug to dry, or the ink will start to run through the rug, bleeding into other colors. Spritz the fringed areas on the ends of your rug with the same cleaning solution. Use a comb to carefully detangle the fringe while spreading the solution into the fibers, cleaning them in the process. For more information, speak with experts like Imperial Rug Galleries...

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Finding High-Quality Amish Furniture In Canadian Furniture Stores

Posted by on Mar 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Canada’s Amish and Mennonite communities live only in Ontario. If you want high-quality, handcrafted, old world furniture, visit furniture stores closest to these communities. Not every furniture store in Ontario will carry Amish furniture. Only those that have a signed contract with the Amish and Mennonites will sell their furniture on consignment. Besides finding the stores that carry and sell Amish-made furniture, you should know more about these pieces and what makes them so exceptional. Amish Trades All Done by Hand Whether it is farming or furniture craftsmanship, Amish do everything by hand. The Mennonites may use some modern elements in their daily lives, but they, too, work mostly by the sweat of their brows and their bare hands. That means every spindled chair is hand-carved, and every table leg is pounded in without the tools of manufacturing and industry. They use wooden mallets, chisels, hand crank lathes and drills, and metal hardware is used very minimally. The result is furniture that is solid, durable, unique with its own minute flaws and strengths.  Typical Styles Much of the Amish-made furniture is heavily influenced by hundred-year-old Shaker and Quaker Dutch furniture making. You can see this in the simplicity of the headboards for beds, and in the pine cone–topped posters of a canopy bed. There are some German influences as well, taken from the predominantly German Amish that migrated from Pennsylvania, USA, to Ontario, Canada. All of it is crafted from wood harvested within the communities and never reproduced or made in a factory. As antique furniture will attest, Old World craftsmanship and building techniques hold together longer and better than modern furniture. Choice of Finishes Since the Amish create their own wood stains, you can choose light, medium or dark hues. Mennonite communities either make their own, or purchase a stain that they cannot otherwise reproduce themselves. You will never get painted furniture from Amish woodworkers, unless you purchase it naked and paint it yourself, which is not recommended since it reduces the value of the pieces. Where to Find Amish Furniture If there are any Amish woodcrafters close to you, you may be able to ask around the community for someone that can make specific pieces for you. Out of the 35 Amish and Mennonite communities in Southern Ontario, it is very probable that you will be able to find one woodcrafter who will build furniture for you. Otherwise, these same woodworkers and woodcrafters take the items they make to the larger cities nearby and sell them through furniture stores in Toronto and Kitchener. Smaller cities like Peterborough also have furniture stores that sell Amish goods. If you’re not interested in Amish furniture and would like to find a reputable store in Toronto, visit Buona...

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About Me

Are you expecting a baby in the near future? Are you trying to furnish the baby's nursery? It can be hard to figure out what is really needed for a baby's nursery, especially when this is your first child. Having four kids of my own, I have been through the nursery planning stage enough times to learn what I used and what was really a waste of my money and space. If you want a little help planning your baby's nursery, take a minute and visit my site. There, you will find tips and advice that will help you furnish your baby's nursery with all of the things that you will find really useful.


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