How to Measure for New Furniture

It is very important to measure your home before ordering new furniture. The last thing you want is for your furniture to arrive and be too big to fit through the front door, or look tiny in your large living room. When shopping for furniture, it is always a good idea to use the measurements provided for each item and measure your space. Here are a few tips to help you measure your home for new furniture.

Using the Tape Method

One method to help you imagine the way a new piece of furniture will look in your home is to use masking tape and a measuring tape to measure out the exact footprint of the piece of furniture. Stick a piece of the blue painters tape as an outline where the furniture will sit on the floor or against a wall. This will help you visualize the piece of furniture in your room so you can see if it will properly fit and work with your existing decor. Make sure to plan enough space for walkways between furniture so your room is not cramped and awkward to move through.

Doors and Stairs

Doors, stairways, tricky corners and hallways are often overlooked when measuring your home for new furniture. It is important to measure any area that the furniture will travel through before it reaches its designated area. Keep in mind that some oversized furniture may not fit through a standard 36″ doorway and may need an alternate route into your home.

Things to Consider When Shopping Online for Furniture

So, you’ve decided to shop online to purchase some new furniture for your home. What’s the next step? Here are a few things to consider when shopping for furniture online.

Style

Begin by thinking about the style of furniture you are looking for. Is your style traditional, ultra-modern, or somewhere in between? It is important to choose new items that will complement your existing décor and fit into your current lifestyle. With a little thought and some product investigation online you should have no trouble finding several different versions of your dream furniture set.

Functionality

Another point to consider is how the furniture will be used. Will it be in your formal living room mostly for aesthetics and barely get any use, or will it be in front of the television and used every day? These are factors to consider with regards to the comfort and durability of a piece of furniture.

The people and pets in your life will also impact the wear of your new furniture and is another important factor to take into consideration while you are in this exploratory phase. A white sofa set might not be the best choice for a household with small children or pets that regularly get into the furniture. If you regularly host guests, you might want to consider the number of seats available in each room where you will be entertaining.

Measurements

Another great place to start is by measuring your room and taking note of how much room you have available for new furniture. You will want to make sure that the furniture will fit into your room and not fill the entire space to the point that you are not able to walk comfortably through the room. It is also important to measure your doorways, hallways and narrow corners to make sure that the furniture will be able to get to your room of choice.

Experience & Reliability 

One of the most important things to consider is the online retailer you are doing business with. You want to make sure that the company you choose has a lot of experience with shipping furniture and dealing with any issues that could arise with your furniture delivery. It is a good idea to call online retailers with any of your questions or concerns. Remember that professional retailers will have a trained staff to answer any questions you might have as well as take care of any issues that you may experience after you new furniture arrives.

 

Planning a bathroom renovation? Read this first!

Are you planning a bathroom remodel? Whether you’re planning on freshening things up with a whole new look or simply updating your vanity, here’s a glance at what’s new in steam showers, bathtubs, vanities and modern toilets.

The Steam Shower:

The ancients knew all about the cleansing and healing qualities of aromatic and steam bathing. Fast forward a few thousand years and steam showers are part of North American culture. With advances in plumbing technology, steam showers are popular in new home construction and bathroom renovations. What’s more, most are no bigger than a standard bathtub so they retrofit easily in your existing bathroom.

Here’s why you should get one: It’s been a long day and you and your partner are feeling tired and maybe even a little achy. Entering your steam shower, you each sit down on one of two benches. Relaxing music plays and within minutes you are enveloped in soothing eucalyptus-scented steam.  Twenty minutes (which only uses up about 2 gallons of water) later you come out feeling renewed and refreshed, like a day at the spa.

Steam shower units come equipped with a hand held shower and overhead rainfall shower heads. Along with aromatherapy options, you can opt for acupuncture body massage and chromotherapy, a feature that uses different colored lights to produce soothing, healing effects.

Vanity Styles:

Whether you’re more Modern Mary than Traditional Tracy, your choice of vanity style will set the decorative tone of your bathroom.

A contemporary bathroom gets an instant lift with a vessel style ceramic sink. Choose a vanity with an espresso finish and chrome accents for a modern metropolitan look. You’ll make your vanity redo a breeze by getting a unit that comes with a sleek, corresponding mirror.

If you need a double sink vanity unit, opt for one that doesn’t take up all your wall space. Many modern wall units “float” off the floor, making your bathroom look spacious. You can make use of this space by adding attractive woven wicker baskets filled with crisp white towels or leave the bottom space open for a clean, minimalist look.

For more traditional tastes, a sink vanity with a custom built feel is a look you’ll never get tired of. A beautiful colonial style cabinet vanity with acanthus leaf carvings, a sunk-in sink and granite top becomes a true statement piece for your bathroom.

Whirlpool Tubs:

Ever since the first whirlpool tub made its debut in 1968, there was no turning back. And who would want to!  Along with offering a wonderful massage for sore muscles or joints, you’ll find many extras like touch screen controls, chromotherapy lighting and built-in radios.

Nature lovers find it hard to resist the aesthetic appeal of a corner whirlpool tub with a soothing waterfall feature.

Modern Toilets:

It wouldn’t be a bathroom remodel without a look at modern toilets and there are many styles and shapes to choose from. Traditionalists will like that a standard shaped toilet is available with all the updates.

Since 1993, dual flush toilets are widely used in Australia, Europe and Asia. It’s a redesign that uses half the amount of water with each flush. These environmentally friendly toilets come in streamlined shapes to suit the size and décor of your bathroom.

It’s a great time to look into your bathroom renovation and we have a great selection of modern bathroom fixtures and whirlpool jet tubs to choose from.

Before you know it, you’ll be transforming that run-of-the-mill bathroom into the soothing spa-like getaway you’ve always dreamed of!