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Monday, February 22, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Depending on your space at home, there are several workable kitchen layouts that can be adapted to it. Here are a few common ones:
Although slightly cramped, U-typed kitchens are best if you want to maximize storage space especially on such a tight space.
Works best if you want the kitchen excluded from the main areas of your home.
Again, will work on an open-plan but slightly hampered on space.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
A guest post from Richard Jacob
Buying the perfect furniture for your kid can be a mind boggling task, one that takes up much time, money and energy. However, you must bear in mind that it doesn’t matter if you get your children a five thousand dollar bedroom suit. What's important is that you have fun decorating your kids' room, and make it a reflection of your love and care for your children.
The following are some practical guidelines to help you select your kids' bedroom furniture Dublin in a cost effective yet enjoyable manner while keeping the ever changing mind of your child into consideration.
Involve your child
- While shopping for new bedroom furniture for your children, be sure to involve them as much as possible in making selections - this may be difficult at the initial stage; however once you have shortlisted the items you want you can let your kid make the final selection.
- Help them pick out their bed. This will also increase the likelihood of them actually enjoying and sleeping in the bed you just paid good money for. If they are happy with their new furniture you will be happy.
- Keep in mind that just because it's more expensive doesn't make it the best and just because it is "cheap" doesn't mean it will fall apart in a week.
- Go over your furniture budget, discuss your needs for your child and choose what works best for your family.
- Constantly remodelling, moving, and redecorating your child's room can be costly, time consuming as well as challenging. Hence the furniture style should accommodate the changing style, taste, and preference of your child.
- Since children grow fast, choose a style or theme that does not go out of trend too quickly. A good idea will be to buy furniture which has removable veneer or cover. It will give you the option of using newer designs every year.
- For early toddler years, colourful and artistic designs are stimulating for mental alertness.
- Choose a canopy bed. Owing to their popular nature amongst kids, canopy beds are theme-based and capable of accenting any child's bed according to their own preferences, by taking any form, for instance: a princess canopy for a girl or a military style or sporty canopy for a boy can be quite appealing to kids' imagination in a number of ways.
Space – Children’s rooms are generally smaller than other bedrooms. Despite their small size they are often required to serve a number of functions. Therefore you can choose bedroom furniture with the following features:
- Choose headboards on beds that double-up as bookcases, or storage chests that double up as seats or a stepping platform for the bed.
- You should use a bunk bed in your child’s bedroom if he/she often has sleepovers or if expect guests often.
- If bunk beds aren't your child's style but you're short on space, consider a loft bed. These feature elevated beds come with a play area underneath or a desk and other storage. (Loft beds work best in bedrooms with ceilings of more than eight feet)
- Another good option is the use of trundle beds as they take up less space during the day and can also be used for storage purposes.
- For a room with limited space, a daybed can serve multiple purposes - as seating during the day and a comfortable sleeping spot at night.
- Bedroom furniture that can be dismantled is also advisable as a space saving idea.
Safety - You need to ensure that the bedroom furniture you purchase is sufficiently sturdy and safe when your back is turned. You must realize that no matter how good your children are, they are still children. The following are precautionary steps to buying kids bedroom furniture:
- Check, double check the safety features of each and every piece of furniture you buy.
- Do not buy furniture that shows signs of weakness or flimsiness or has not been put together properly or has apparent safety hazards such as loose rungs.
- Try finding pieces without sharp protruding edges; buy those with rounded corners
- For bunk beds make sure there are proper guardrails that are strong and high enough to prevent your kid from rolling off while asleep.
- A safety ladder is another must-have for bunk beds.
- Buy good quality, solidly built wood furniture that is low to the ground to reduce tipping and injury.
- Remember to plan how you would like the room to look and discuss it with your child.
- Always measure up the room carefully and maybe draw up a plan on paper before you purchase anything!
- Buy DURABLE furniture if you want it to last a long time.
- Buy Quality furniture - even if you have to spend a little extra.
- Try to look for beds with storage space, that extra drawer, the space under the bed - it can prove to be indispensible when organizing your child's stuff.
- Look for hardwoods and avoid pine or MDF (medium density fiberboard) as these are not as enduring.
- Last but not least, do not buy on impulse; look at your options and think about it for 24 hours before you purchase, and do not be pushed into something you don't want.