Bedroom Furniture – 10 Things To Keep In Mind

Find out what 10 things to consider when choosing your bedroom furniture. Your private space should be peaceful, comfortable, and cozy.

 

10 Things to Keep in Mind While Choosing Bedroom Furniture

 

When you step into your bedroom you should be enveloped by a feeling of absolute peace. Your bedroom is one of the most private areas of your home, and decorating it is purely for your benefit and not for visitors. How, though, do you choose the right styles of bedroom furniture when there is no end to what you can pick from? This guide will help you choose what complements your bedroom and makes it cozy and comfortable, as it ought to be.

 

  1. Bedroom Size:

 

Keeping your bedroom size in mind will help you choose furniture wisely. You need to measure your bedroom exactly and plan where you wish to keep each piece of furniture. Lack of planning may lead to impulse buying, and you may end up with furniture that will be useless. Instead of crowding your room because of bad planning or not taking your room’s size into consideration while buying bedroom furniture, plan wisely so that you’ll be pleased with the result.

 

  1. Bedroom Style:

 

When you’re buying furniture, they should be considered and match with the overall theme of your bedroom.  For example, if your bedroom’s overall décor is contemporary or transitional, your furniture should blend in.

 

  1. Room Color Scheme:

 

Choose bedroom furniture colors that blend in with the color scheme so that your furniture fits in with the rest of the room. Bad color coordination can ruin your sleep and make your bedroom anything but a comfortable haven of peace.

 

  1. Design:

 

Take into consideration the likes and dislikes of whoever is going to use the bedroom that you’re furnishing. If you’re furnishing a kid’s bedroom, choose cool furniture that they will love. On the other hand, adults may prefer a more sophisticated look.

 

  1. Space Saving Options:

 

Consider whether your bedroom has sufficient space to accommodate all that you plan to buy. Instead of buying a bed and a separate chest of drawers, opt for a bed with storage drawers fitted with them. Instead of regular bookcases, choose hanging bookshelves that save space.

 

  1. Budget:

 

Bedroom furniture is not cheap and therefore set a budget and plan what you can get within that based on what takes the highest priority. Never buy more than you can afford or you won’t enjoy your purchase.

 

  1. Material and Quality:

 

Choose bedroom furniture that is tough and durable. No one wants to lie on a bed that collapses after a while or that isn’t comfortable. Most good furniture comes with warranty and proper details on the material used.

 

  1. Accessories:

 

Some of your bedroom furniture may come with necessary accessories, so check on these. For example, your bed may come with an optional headboard or your storage cabinets may have wall-mount kits. Check on accessories before purchasing so that you get all that you’re paying for.

 

  1. Price:

 

Before finalizing on your bedroom furniture, compare the price with multiple stores and suppliers with the quality in mind of course. Rather than choosing your furniture out of a store that puts on the price to pay for their showy outlet, choose it out of a store that gives you good quality at a reasonable price.

 

  1. Reviews:

 

If you’ve opted to buy your bedroom furniture from an online seller or a well-known local outlet, check on reviews from those who’ve purchased from them. Also, check with friends for references so that you can be sure to get your furniture from a reputed dealer who will give you good value for your money.

 

 

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Make Your Furniture a Reflection of You

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Make Your Furniture A Reflection Of You

 

Memories, Sentiment, and a Hutch

I am sure you all have something that reminds you of a special time, a special place, or a special someone. Whether it is a trinket, something handed down through the generations, or maybe even a piece of furniture, these items are a reflection of you.

When I was a kid, I loved our trips to my grandparents’ farm in Mississippi. It was so different from Southern California. Everything enthralled me, from the airplane ride to the long drive from Jackson to Carthage. We traveled through the beautiful Natchez Trace, an Indian reservation, and dirt roads to get to the farm. I would always think of that old song, “Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go…” (You sang those words in your head, didn’t you?) These sights and sounds were just the beginnings of a wonderful time of family, joy, and memory making.

My grandmother was a hard-working woman, and I liked following her around the farm helping with the chores. I’m not sure I helped all that much, but we had fun together just the same. When dinner time came around, grandma always asked us kids to set the table. Now, grandma was a woman of the Depression Era; she did not have a lot of fancy stuff, but what she had, she kept in a narrow hutch in her kitchen dining area.  That was the one piece of furniture I wish I could have been blessed with, but my cousin was the lucky recipient.

Loving Reflection

One day, I found a hutch that was very similar and I fell in love. I had to have that piece of furniture, and I have cherished it ever since. Even though it is not my grandmother’s hutch, it reminds me of her and all the wonderful things we did and shared. Like my grandmother, I entrust the care of my prized hutch and the things I display on and in it to Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray. It keeps my hutch clean, while it conditions and protects the wood. The Allergens Trappers® remove dust and up to 90% of allergens found in dust. My hutch has a rustic rough-wood finish. This means that from time to time it needs a little extra care. The wood can dry out from sun and dry air easier than fully finished furniture.

How-to Clean Rustic Rough-Wood Furniture:

  • Use a soft paintbrush (dedicated to dusting) to brush away dust that gets trapped in the rough texture.
  • Do not spray furniture polish directly on the wood.
  • Use a liberal amount of Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray on a soft cloth.
  • Wipe the prepared cloth against the wood, massaging the spray into the wood.

  • This will leave a beautiful glow and a lemony fresh scent.
  • If your furniture is getting dry and needs a little extra T.L.C., use the Pledge® Extra Moisturizing Furniture Spray.
  • Remember to care for your furniture and your home on a regular basis.

The lemon fresh scent takes me right back to grandma’s kitchen, when I’d pull open the silverware drawer in her hutch. Grandma would even polish her laminate kitchen table to a brilliant shine after dinner with the Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray. Like Grandma, I keep silverware in the drawer of my hutch. I have confidence in serving my family and friends at gatherings and holiday celebrations from my hutch, and I love the sentimentality and treasured memories it brings.

Here’s a couple helpful hints:

In need of a quick clean? Grab the Pledge® Lemon Wipes. They are fantastic for touch-ups! And the Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner with Glade® Rainshower® is a winner for stainless steel and chrome, and many other surfaces.

It is easy to pick up Pledge® products at your local Kroger family of stores. Rory and I snag our furniture polish, cleaner, and wipes from the cleaning aisle at Ralphs. Follow Pledge® on Facebook for more helpful hints and tips.

What pieces of furniture do you have that bring back special memories and reflections of you? Are you giving them the care they deserve with Pledge®? Celebrate the beauty of your home! #PledgeReflectionOfYou

 

 

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Solar Lamp DIY – Light Your Outdoor Living Space

Make your summer nights beautiful by creating your own outdoor ambiance with this Solar Lamp DIY project.

 

Solar Lamp DIY

Add Some Style to Your Outdoor Living

 

I have been wanting to make a solar lamp for our backyard patio area for a long time. So, I kept an eye out for the perfect base to accomplish my goal. Luke and I stumbled upon a tall candlestick with a concrete base that we thought would work perfectly.

Gather What You Need:

Since this lamp is tall and will be outside (where you may get a breeze), we needed a heavy base to support the lamp. We found our base on clearance at one of our favorite craft and hobby stores. You could also find a heavy candlestick or lamp base at a thrift store or garage sale.

We picked up a hanging plant basket, a solar yard lamp, and a long screw with a washer to complete our project needs list. Choose a yard lamp and planter basket that fit the proportions of your base stand. We already had a can of black spray paint, some fine-to-medium sandpaper, and a couple pieces of scrap wood. You will also need zip ties, a pair of vice grips, saw, miter box, and a drill.

Make A Plan:

The first step in our project was to assess our components and come up with a plan that would work the best to provide stability and durability. Make sure you measure everything, so you can be sure to have the proper length screw(s), etc. for your project. Having a solid plan helps the work go together faster.

Get Started with the Fitting Process:

We removed the glass candle holder (I used that for something else later). As you can see in the first photo, our glass candleholder sat down inside a metal dish attached to our stand. A second metal piece inside the glass allowed for a screw to hold the glass to the stand. This second piece turned over and fit perfectly over the first piece. We made a wood block to fill the space to give strength and stability to support our yard lamp and planter basket. We marked it with an “X” to find the center for drilling a hole for the screw.

Take the stem off your solar yard lamp. Measure the stub on the lamp that the stem fits over. Then, decide how tall you want your lamp to be with the planter basket shade on it. Once you have the proper height, measure and cut the stem. We used a saw and miter box.

Now, you want to find a scrap of wood that you can cut (and file if needed) to fit snugly inside the stem. This will add strength to your stem to support the weight of the lamp head and planter basket. You want to cut this wood to a length where your screw will go from the top of the wood and screw into the base of your lamp. This screw is what holds the lamp together. Make sure there is plenty of room for the screw head and lamp stub to fit easily into the stem. Drill a hole all the way through the scrap wood (length-wise). Then, shove the wood scrap inside the stem, it should be tight.

Getting the Lampshade Ready:

A wire hanging planter basket makes a great lampshade for your solar lamp (use the coconut liner for another garden basket). The one problem with the basket is the bottom wire supports. They will cut across the solar panel of the lamp. Those wires need to be removed. A pair of vice grips makes this an easy job. Just a little wiggle and jiggle, and you’re done. Watch this quick video:

 

How simple is that?

 

Test Fit:

It is always important to test fit any project. Get the bugs out, and make any tweaks and adjustments that are needed, before you put on the final paint and polish.

Start by making sure your base is ready to add the solar lamp. For us, that meant having the wood block in place inside the metal dish. Then, take the screw, with the washer, and place it through the solar lamp stem. Tighten the screw, attaching it to the base. Notice the wood does not fill the entire stem, so there is room for the screw head and the lamp stub. Place the solar lamp stub into the stem.

Set planter basket upside down on top of the solar lamp, to create a lampshade. Decide where you will need to drill the lamp cap to place zip ties for attaching the lampshade.

Attach the Lampshade:

Since we did not paint the planter basket, we attached the lamp shade to the solar lamp cap. We had a square cap, so we drilled holes on either side of each corner edge, and threaded the zip ties through. We used white for the pictures for you, so they would be easier to see.

Time for Paint:

Rough-up the base and all pieces that need painting with some fine-to-medium sandpaper, so the paint will stick well. Spray in short, even bursts at a distance of about 12 inches. Make sure everything dries thoroughly before assembling the lamp.

You can see that we changed out the white zip ties for black ones for our finished product.

I know you will enjoy this solar lamp as much as we do. It was a fun project to create, and we are getting lots of use out of it. Impress your family and friends!

Looking for another fun idea for outdoor entertaining? Check out my DIY – Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks!

 

 

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