Choosing The Right Furniture For Your Home

Choosing the interiors of your house is one of the major decisions. You are going to spend most of your time looking at these pieces of furniture. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice.

  • Measure your room. Consider all spaces like cupboards and display cabinets.
  • Before deciding the kind of furniture you need for the room, consider the purpose of the room, the members of the family who will be using that particular room and the frequency of usage.
  • Start with the basic furniture and then think about additionals.
  • Make rough sketches and determine the amount of free space you need in the room.
  • Distribute the remaining space into the various furniture you require in the room.
  • Make many sketches, arranging and rearranging the furniture to see which looks better.
  • Consider other parameters like the placement of doors, windows, ceiling fans and tube lights.
  • Get to your room and imagine the furniture placed in it. Walk through the room and evaluate.
  • Look for solid furniture made of high quality wood that have good resale value.
  • Make sure the cushions are stain-resistant and are made of wrapped foam.

Keep these points in mind while choosing the furniture for your home and enjoy optimum utilisation of space with a sense of style.

You Can Upcycle Items That You Thought Were Trash

Check out these awesome ideas to upcycle items that you almost threw into the dustbin.

  • Toothbrushes are your new cleaning tools. Use them to clean small and intricate pieces of art or between cracks and crevices.
  • Decorate egg cartons and use them are jewelry boxes during travel. They have a knack for keeping your jewelry untangled.
  • You can also use the egg carton as a painter’s palette. They keep the different colors separated.
  • Paint water bottles and turn them into a piggy bank. Cut a small slit in the top to place the coins and simply unscrew the top to remove the change inside.
  • Use waste paper and newspapers to make your own paper. Blend the waste paper to create pulp, pour it into a mould and let it dry and flatten.
  • Roll up tiny bits of newspaper as beads and make fancy jewelry out of them. They’re eco-friendly as well as trendy and fashionable.
  • Use old jeans to create a cool pocket organizer. Cut portions of each leg and stitch the bottom to create a pocket. Stick many pockets to a piece of poster board and your pocket organizer is ready for use.
  • Paint and decorate tins to store trinkets and other tiny items.

You must be definitely having more ideas pouring into your head now! So, go ahead and upcycle mundane objects into works of art!

How to use water diligently?

Clean and safe drinking water has become very scarce. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world do not have access to safe drinking water. But those who have access, take it for granted and tend to waste it.
So, here are some tips to use less water in homes and thereby save water for the future generations.

  • Water plants only when needed. Most plants need less water but at proper intervals. Know the watering requirements of your plant and use water accordingly. Adjust your watering schedule every month to accommodate seasonal changes.
  • Use water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucets in bathrooms. Take shorter showers and turn off the pipe after you wet your toothbrush. Avoid using water while gathering lather to wash your body and hair.
  • Use the dishwasher and laundry machines only when they have a full load. While washing utensils by hand, close the faucet when rinsing. Reuse the water from cooked or boiled vegetables as soup for a healthy way to start a meal and also save water.
  • Use cleaning liquids to mop the floor and wash basins. This will clean the surface quickly and consume less water.
  • Check for leakages in the pipelines regularly and keep them insulated.

By following these simple steps, you can save hundreds of litres of water every year and hence make safe and clean drinking water available for many generations to come.

 

HIRING A CONTRACTOR – QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU FINALIZE

If you’re adding a room, renovating your house or even doing some major repair work, hiring a good contractor becomes very important. Identifying a good contractor is a task in itself. The following points will guide you to identify the right contractor for you.

  • The first recommended step would be to check with friends and relatives to ask for contractors that they know and would recommend.
  • If you are looking on your own, the first step would be to look at their history in the business – how long they’ve been in the industry, what projects have they handled, etc.
  • The next important step would be to check for licensing and other qualifications.
  • Once you shortlist a few contractors, ask for a quote and get bids.
  • You could also talk to former clients and enquire about the quality of the construction and whether the contractor sticks to timelines.
  • When you have decided the contractor to work with, decide and negotiate payment schedules.
  • Get a written contract signed before the contractor begins work on your property. Be sure to detail every step of your project in the contract.

In this manner, you can easily identify the contractor who will meet all your needs the way you want. Don’t forget to note down your experience so that it can be useful to any of your friends when they need a contractor!

COMPARING AND SELECTING THE RIGHT TILES

Most of the times, the seemingly never-ending confusion is about what tiles to use in your new home. The posh-looking marble or the pocket-friendly vitrified?

Here are a few pros and cons of vitrified tiles and marbles. These will help you make the choice that will suit you best.

There is a wide variety of tiles in the case of vitrified tiles and not many options with marbles. In terms of size, shape, color and texture vitrified tiles offer a huge range of tiles to choose from. On the other hand, marbles are the hottest trend in the industry and they give a very sophisticated look to your house.

Marble flooring is extremely hard and hence durable. In the case of vitrified tiles, chipping, cracks and breaking of tiles is very common. But, vitrified tiles can be easily installed and maintained while marble flooring requires professionals to work for a minimum of a couple of days and very easily gets stained.

Marble can lose their color and texture over time, but vitrified tiles retain their appearance for decades. Also, marble requires polishing at regular intervals.

To clean marble flooring, it is advisable to use stone cleaners or mild detergents in order to preserve the finish. On the other hand, vitrified tiles can be washed with any tile cleaner and in any method.

Marble flooring gives a gorgeous, classic and elegant finish to your house that vitrified tiles cannot give. During the hot summers, marble flooring gives a cool feel, which has therapeutic values.

All said, there are many factors like cost of purchase, cost of maintenance and one’s likes and dislikes that ultimately make the choice of tiles. However, you might want to consider all of the above points before making the decision. The floor is the main attraction in a room and making the right choice of tiles is extremely important.