06 PM | 04 Jun

3 Simple Maintenance Tips for Outdoor Furniture

Living room in a garden

A garden complements your house and provides private space for gardening hobbies, to entertain the kids, for parties and to relax. At some stage, you’ll need to choose outdoor furniture to make the most of your outdoor area. Whether you find a great sale of outdoor garden benches, buy second hand or find some old deck chairs in the shed. You’ll need to maintain them, so they withstand the sun and rain. Here are some tips to keep your garden furniture in good shape:

1. Regular cleaning.

Outdoor home furniture is exposed to many destructive agents. General wear and tear is quicker due to exposure to harsh weather, bugs and garden birds and animals. For a home near the sea, metallic benches can easily become corroded by the salty moisture from the sea water. To prevent a build-up of dirt or moisture, regular cleaning is easy and doesn’t take time. For plastic outdoor seats, a wipe with a wet cloth and washing detergent is fine. Leaving the item in the open will dry it quickly.

2. Check for repairs.

If your furniture has been in storage, check for any potential repairs before putting them out for your next garden party. For metallic chairs and tables, ensure any signs of rust are brushed off and an anti-corrosion paint or wax paste is applied to protect it from future rusting. Furthermore, regular maintenance stops the damage before it becomes worse and more expensive to fix.

3. Buy custom furniture covers.

Also, consider buying protective accessories such as custom furniture covers. A good quality design will fit around the furniture snugly, so you don’t have to worry about them blowing away. Covering your furniture when not in use not only provides protection; covers come in a variety of colours and materials to blend with the surroundings of your home.

For home and real estate developers, a well-kept outdoor garden adds value to the property. It also makes living conditions more enjoyable.

12 AM | 01 Sep

Shopping for Furniture the Right Way in Ventura

Well-furnished living room in VenturaBuying new furniture is always an exciting activity for anyone looking to spruce up his or her home in Ventura. If you do not know what you are doing, however, it can become a home disaster worthy of making your interior designer cringe. Buying furniture takes a certain amount of strategy when shopping at your local department stores. You need to plan things out like your budget, the size of your home, and most importantly, what works with your living space. Here are some helpful tips and tricks you will need to know before you head to the furniture stores in Ventura.

Know what works with your house

A good way to start is by measuring out your home from top to bottom. That means paying attention to every detail from the size of your space, down to the colors of the background. If you can, take the time to consult a professional for some expert advice on interior design. The biggest mistake you can make is going to the furniture store without knowing what works with your home. You could end up buying a bed that takes up more than half the space in your bedroom or buying a coach that stands out the wrong way in your living room.

Try to avoid getting furniture in bulks

A common mistake people make is getting a set in one go just because it seems easier. While it is important for your furniture to match with each other in a living space, it is not recommend getting a whole living room set or bedroom set in one sitting. Doing this is expensive and some of the furniture in it that works with that set may not work well with your living space on its own. By purchasing items individually and gradually, you give room for visualizing what works and what does not work with your house. Moreover, this strategy saves you a lot of money as well.

Getting furniture can be tricky, especially with so many options in the market. However, with this helpful guide you are sure to make the right decisions when looking for furniture to spruce up your home.

01 AM | 25 Nov

Apartment Living: Parties You Can Successfully Celebrate

ApartmentCelebrations can be held anywhere, even compact apartments. Just because you are thinking of getting a smaller home doesn’t mean you can no longer enjoy parties in the comfort of your new residence. Here are but a few special occasions you can celebrate with friends and family while living in an apartment.

Slumber Party

You can hold this in your own daughter’s room, provided there is ample space. If it’s possible to fit her guests in, make sure that you help her clean and rearrange her room’s furnishings. Suggest getting locks for drawers or closets just so she has a place to hide her private belongings. If she owns a pet, bring the cage or aquarium out of her room just for that night or clean out the pet cage just to remove smells. If the room is too small, rearrange the furniture in the living room and hold the party there.

Birthday Party

Practice restraint when making your guest list and make sure that all activities will be appropriate for your apartment space. Rearrange the furniture so that there is one large area available for the games and other activities. Serve easy-to-serve and not-too-messy food especially if it’s a children’s party. Most importantly, start and end on time just so your guests can go home and give you enough time to tidy up.

Dinner Party

Serve the food buffet-style and allow your guests to find places for themselves in the living room, dining room, even the kitchen. Set the right mood with the right kind of (and not too loud) ambient music. Use lamps, fairy lights and candles to light up the place and to help your guests relax. Encourage everyone to keep their clutter to a minimum, throwing away disposable items at once.

These are just a few of the other celebrations that you can manage to do in any one to two bedroom apartments in Brisbane.

So, don’t worry about getting a compact home for yourself and your family. Just remember, big surprises come in small packages and you might be surprised at how great buying an apartment is after all.

01 AM | 01 Nov

Packing Delicate Household Objects: Secrets from the Pros

Moving

MovingChina, antiques, heavy furniture – these are all the items that make relocations stressful. You need lots of patience and care in packing and unpacking of such goods. Plus, you may have to consider the expense for packing those materials.

Fortunately, professional movers from Rodney Removals reveal the secrets of packing delicate furniture. Learn what the pros usually do to lessen the hassle of moving.

Segregation first

Delicate household objects require different packing methods and materials. Segregating these things early will help you survive the stress of moving houses. Separate ceramic plates, glasses, figurines and other breakable objects. Do the same for antiques, heavy furniture and other delicate furniture.

Prepare packing materials

Preparing your packing materials early will help make your move a breeze. Include the following materials in your mover’s checklist: bubble wraps, Styrofoam padding, polystyrene balls and cardboard boxes. Buy or find such materials at home if you’re a keeper. You won’t have to worry much about these things with moving companies, however.

Know what goes with what

There are packing materials that are suitable for certain delicate objects only. Put chinaware and glasses in corrugated cardboard or plastic boxes to avoid breakage. Antiques and heavy furniture can go to traditional boxes as long as you secure them with shock absorbers.

Pack carefully

Stuff paper inside boxes for fragile kitchen essentials. Put paper wrapped inverted glass and plates vertically. Secure everything with paper and bubble wrap in between so these won’t collide and break. Tape the wraps, not the furniture itself to prevent causing damage to your stuff.

Bubble wrap, Styrofoam and polystyrene balls are ideal for packing different kinds of furniture. Apply multiple layers of bubble wraps for antiques and other light, delicate items. Use Styrofoam padding for desks, televisions or anything heavier. Include polystyrene balls in any furniture to fill the gaps and prevent it from moving around.

These are some of the things you can do to reduce the hassle of moving. However, keep in mind that there are other aspects of relocating other than packing delicate furniture. It’s still better to let moving companies take the load off your shoulders.