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Three Small Summer Camp Furniture Investments That Can Pay Off Big

It can be tricky to balance needs for new furniture and budget concerns. Summer camp administrators have to deal with this issue every year in order to keep their camps up to snuff for discerning parents.

Fortunately, there are plenty of small investments summer camp administrators can make to appeal to potential campers. Here are three simple solutions that can help camps save some money until they’re ready to invest in new summer camp furniture.

Revive Mattresses with Replacement Covers

After years of use, it’s only natural that your mattresses will show signs of aging. The problem is that the parents of potential campers usually don’t care about the plights of aging furniture.

It can get quite expensive to replace mattresses every time a cover gets a stain, especially if the rest of the mattress is in perfectly fine shape. Replacement nylon and vinyl mattress covers are a much more cost-effective solution. They make your mattresses look like new and can be resistant to fluids, stains, and bed bugs, all at a fraction of the cost of a new mattress.

Replace Chair and Couch Cushions

Like mattresses, cushions can start to look pretty dingy after extensive use. Add in a few spills or accidents from campers and it might be time to freshen up your couches, chairs, and other seating items.

This doesn’t mean that you should automatically order some brand new couches. Replacement cushions and arm caps can help you revive your perfectly good couch without nearly as much financial investment.

Add Simple Storage Solutions

Plenty of storage is an attractive feature for the parents of campers. However, storage furniture can take up a lot of space that could go toward bunk beds. Solve this issue by investing in some sneaky storage solutions that won’t cost you bed space.

Storage furniture like hook-on shelves, under bed chests, and trundle boxes can help you add extra storage capabilities that all fit on or under a ladder end bunk bed. That means you can keep those extra few beds without having to sacrifice space.

Make Small Furniture Investments Until it’s the Right Time

Small furniture investments can help summer camp administrators appeal to new campers without having to stretch the budget every year. That way they can use those funds to invest in new furniture when it’s time to replace old, broken, or outdated items.

Whether you’re looking into replacement mattress covers or need to outfit your entire facility with new summer camp bunk beds, we can help. Make a Furniture Concepts Wish List today to get a price on all of your camping furniture needs.

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HOW TO FIND ECO-FRIENDLY & SUSTAINABLE FURNITURE IN THE MODERN WORLD

Interest in sustainable furniture continues to grow as eco-friendly technology, like electric cars, become mainstays in our everyday lives. Green furniture companies are sprouting up in response, producing furniture that is sustainable and eco-friendly for the environmentally-conscious consumer.

What Is Green Furniture?

Sustainable furniture is based on the closed-loop cycle of recycling. The goal of sustainable furniture companies is to design furniture that can be continually reused, disassembled and then reused again – or that can be used throughout a lifetime (or two). Most sustainable furniture companies also focus on reducing the environmental impact of their items, such as using reclaimed materials or non-toxic furniture stains.
The environmental impact, and importance, of buying eco-friendly furniture is often overlooked. Traditional sofas, beds and other furnishings, are major polluters of our homes.
Additionally, the EPA suggests that indoor air quality is often 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air quality. Given that we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, purchasing furniture that’s good for the environment and our personal health is important. Many people are curious to learn how to find eco-friendly and sustainable furniture, as well as eco-friendly furniture companies.

HOW TO FIND SUSTAINABLE FURNITURE

Finding sustainable furniture all begins with research. It’s easy for companies to claim their furniture is green or eco-friendly, but many organizations now certify sustainable furniture materials. Educate yourself about these certifications and what qualifies furniture as sustainable, and you’ll be able to make smart decisions regarding your furniture purchases.

What Are Sustainable Furniture Materials?

Sustainable furniture materials include a variety of resources, from reclaimed wood to LED lights. The type of material, as well as how it was obtained, factor into its sustainable classification. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), for example, certifies wood as sustainably harvested. Sustainable, responsible harvests ensure that the natural ecosystem remains in place and is able to maintain itself. As a result, the forest continues to grow and produce wood. Tree farms and forests are examples of areas that qualify for certification.

Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Some eco-friendly furniture companies use reclaimed or recycled materials, like wood, glass and iron to create sustainable furniture. Old furniture, homes and other structures often provide the reclaimed items. Companies have even used factory wood scraps or flawed wood pieces for their sustainable furniture. Wood is a popular choice for manufacturers because it’s durable, even if it’s been mishandled throughout the years. Reclaimed pine, for example, is a popular finish for the Cristallo table.
The Rainforest Alliance helps determine if a piece of furniture actually uses reclaimed wood. The non-profit organization provide the Rediscovered Wood Certification to qualifying furniture pieces. Sustainable furniture may also be certified Cradle to Cradle (C2C), which in part says that the furniture can be dismantled. Its individual parts can be recycled at a facility or reused in other furniture. Easy furniture disassembly also allows for quick and easy repairs, which extend the life of the piece.
Furnishings consisting of recyclable materials, like most plastics or metals, help eco-friendly furniture companies by saving them from purchasing additional resources. Recurve is an example of a chair made from recycled aluminum.

Non-Toxic Lacquers

The familiar “new car” smell associated with cars, furniture and other items is a result of manufacturers using unnatural and sometimes toxic substances, like solvent-based lacquers, to treat or finish a product. Solvent-based lacquers contribute to the pollution in your home by emitting, or off-gassing, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like formaldehyde. Water-based lacquers are a green alternative to finishing wood furniture.
Furniture can be certified by Greenguard or Oeko-Tex for low toxicity rates. Unfinished furniture can also be found, though you’ll still want to varnish it with natural wood finishes to extend its life and protect it from heat, moisture and general wear.
If you’re unsure if a varnish is solvent or water-based, check the label. Most varnishes will note if they have a low VOC, which is what you want.

CLEANING PRODUCTS

The best way to to clean your green furniture is with green cleaning products. It will help your pieces last longer, while protecting the environment. That's why we like EcoSense cleaners from Melaleuca. These Melaleuca products are super concentrated, so the company ships less water and uses less plastic than other brands. Melaleuca's EcoSense cleaners include Clear Power Glass Cleaner, Sol-u-Mel stain remover and Rustic Touch furniture polish. None of them contain chlorine bleach, ammonia, formaldehyde, or any other harmful, toxic substances, so you can use them knowing your furniture, home and family are safe.

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How to Safely Transport Furniture

Transporting heavy furniture is not an easy task, but following some of these tips can make it an easier and safer process. If you are a first-time home buyer, or simply moving out for the first time, it is important that you don’t hurt yourself or wreck the furniture or the house.

Don't Transport Furniture with Items Inside

If you are trying to move a bookcase, make sure you remove all the books from inside it. Although this one might seem obvious, a lot of people try doing this so as not to have to package as much. Same thing goes for furniture that has clothes or other items; this will only make furniture lifting heavier than needs be and items will most likely fall out in the moving process. Make sure you box up clothes and books until they can be placed back where they belong.

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Shipping cases are furniture designed and can store chairs, stools, and tables all in one. This allows for more efficiency and room in the moving truck. Usually, the shipping case weighs around 30 pounds.

Safety

When carrying heavy furniture, you can easily hurt your back. Make sure you bend your knees slightly and lift with your legs, instead of your back. Your back should remain straight. To transport furniture safely, it is important that you stay safe, so also invite neighbors or friends to help you out.

Check Condition

It is important that you check for any existing damage to your furniture before transporting it. Record the damage and take pictures of it as well. With second hand furniture, make sure the seller includes all details of furniture damage to settle disputes later.

Take Apart

Removing knobs or any other protruding items from furniture is essential. This is important for glass items as well, because they can break easily. Make sure you place the knobs, nuts, and bolts in baggies and label them so as not to lose.

Insurance

If you are using a furniture hauler to transport your furniture, they usually provide insurance to cover any damages or loss. The amount of insurance you want to pay is up to you. There are many different insurance costs and coverages you can choose from.

Moving furniture can be daunting, and the hardest task, but it is not impossible. If you’re careful, cognizant, and proactive, you can mitigate the challenge and make the experience almost enjoyable.

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Best Furniture Layouts for Selling Your Home

When selling a home, it is important to make your home appear as attractive and spacious as possible. One important step that needs to be taken when you are looking to sell your home is to develop a plan for organizing furniture in your home prior to listing it for sale. There are several tips that should be followed when you are looking to organize the furniture in your home.

Organize Around Focal Point

When you are looking to organize the layout of furniture in a room, most expert real estate opinions will recommend that you organize the furniture to focus on key focal points. If you have a fireplace, a nice large window, or art work that you want to display, the furniture in a room should be organized in a manner that draws the attention of a home buyer to the object you want to display. This can help to bring the whole room together, which will leave a lasting impression on the potential homebuyers.

Keep Space for Walking

When you are creating your furniture floor plan, you should also ensure that there is plenty of space for walking. The overall layout should allow for traffic patterns that create a natural flow to the home. This should allow you to move from one room to the next without having to walk around large objects in the room. This is especially crucial for showing your home. When a realtor brings someone into your home you want them to feel at ease walking around, not feeling like they have to dodge around an obstacle course.

Avoid Hazardous Edges

Another tip to follow when you are looking to organize the floor plan in your home is to avoid hazardous edges. If you have furniture that has square corners, or other sharp edges, it would be ideal to place the items up against the wall. If you would like to have a piece of furniture in the middle of the room, it would be ideal if it had round edges to provide a more consistent flow to the room.

Selection of Furniture

The most important tip to follow when you are looking to create a layout for your furniture is to choose the right size furniture. If you have a small home with smaller rooms, it would be idea to pick furniture that is smaller. However, larger rooms would be better off having larger pieces of furniture. Make sure you fill the space, but don’t overstuff it. If your furniture is in good condition, you can use what you already have. Try moving different pieces to different locations to create a new look.

In conclusion, picking the right layout for furniture in your home is very important when you are looking to sell your property. There are several tips that should be followed when organizing your furniture floor plan, which can m

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Lessons from the School of Scale

If you've ever had new furniture delivered only to find it was too small -- or too large -- for the room where you wanted to use it, take a lesson from the school of scale. Scale is the relationship between different objects that make up the whole of your room. Proportionality, scale's cousin, has to do with the size relationships between the two.

Here's an example: Picture two glass vases, one very small and one very large. Scale is what makes the small vase small and the large vase large. Add a bouquet of pansy blossoms to the small vase and it looks perfectly proportioned. Add just one pansy to the small vase, and the vase looks too big. Add the same pansy to the large vase, and the pansy seems to disappear.

Buying furniture that's the wrong scale for a room can make even a large room look too small. Conversely, furniture that's just right in scale can make a small room seem large.

Minimum Clearances

Part of a room's sense of spaciousness or coziness comes from the width of the traffic aisles in the room and the distance between pieces of furniture. A sofa and coffee table, for example, should be at least 14 inches apart and 18 inches apart at the very most -- at 18 inches, your guests may have to perch on the edge of the sofa to reach their drinks on the coffee table.

Traffic lanes through a room should be at least 36 inches wide to provide a sense of flow. In the dining room, leave 32 to 36 inches between the table and the wall to allow room for an adult to pull back a chair and sit down. A seated adult needs 24 linear inches of dining space to eat comfortably.

In the bedroom, place the bed at least 24 inches away from the wall on each side individuals will use to get in and out of bed. Allow 36 inches of clear space between the bed and the door.

Floor Plan

Creating a floor plan with graph paper will help you determine what size furniture to buy. With minimum clearances in mind, take the measurements of your room and mark it on the paper. Mark traffic-flow areas and clearances around doors. The space that remains tells you how much room you have to work with.

Using a floor plan make it easy to find furniture whose footprint fits the room, but scale goes beyond just the footprint. The color and shape of the furniture you choose adds or subtracts visual weight from an item's actual size. A puffy white leather sofa with wide arms seems larger than a sleek black leather sofa with chrome legs and armrests. A good rule of thumb is to stick to low, clean lines in a small room and save visual heavyweights for a great room, a family room, or a large living room.

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Filing Cabinet Purchasing Guide

Filing cabinets are essential in an office, and they're a great help in organizing your documents at home too. Not only do filing cabinets keep your documents arranged so you can easily find them, they also keep them protected and out-of-sight. There are a lot of different types and features of filing cabinets available. When considering purchasing a filing cabinet for your home or office, consider these four key factors:

• Construction. Steel and wood are the two main types of materials used to construct filing cabinets. Steel file cabinets are known for their strength; they're durable and resilient. In other words, they can take a lot of abuse, yet still look good and work well. Metal file cabinets are typically available in muted colors, such as tan, black, white, or sand, that blend in with any decor. Wood filing cabinets add an element of style and elegance to a home or office. Wood filing cabinets can be made completely out of solid wood or a combination of solid wood and veneers. They're available in a variety of wood types, such as cherry, pine, oak, mahogany, and maple, to name a few.

• Types of Files. The two most popular types of file cabinets are vertical and lateral. Vertical file cabinets are the most common. They're tall and thin, and typically have two to six drawers. For homes and offices that are tight on wall space, the vertical file cabinet is a good choice. However, vertical file cabinets need ample drawer opening space (typically 29 inches). On the other hand, a lateral file cabinet, also referred to as a horizontal file cabinet, has wider drawers, which enables you to store legal or other large documents. While vertical file cabinets can only store documents front-to-back, lateral file cabinets can also store them side-by-side, in addition to multiple front-to-back rows. Lateral file cabinets not only often offer additional storage space inside, but they provide extra topical work surface as well. Lateral file cabinets usually have shorter drawer extension than vertical file cabinets, so if walking space is at a premium, a lateral file cabinet might be a good option.

• Mobility. Will you want to move your filing cabinet around your home or office? If so, consider purchasing a mobile filing cabinet, which are equipped with caster wheels. Mobile file cabinets enable you to build your own modular units, according to your space and needs. Smaller mobile file cabinets can be tucked away under a desk when not in use. Mobile file cabinets come with features such as lockable casters, drawer locks, and a shelve for larger items.

• Safety Features. If having the peace of mind knowing that your valuable and confidential customer, client, or personal documents are safe and secure is a critical factor for you, then take a look at the many filing cabinets available with a key lock. Another crucial filing cabinet safety feature is interlocking drawers, which prevents more than one drawer from being opened simultaneously. Look for this anti-tip feature, especially if you're purchasing the filing cabinet for your home, where there will be young children.

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Five Investment Pieces for Your Home

has its own place in time, and discount furniture is no different. When you're newly married or just starting out, there's nothing wrong with furnishing an apartment on a shoestring with bargains you find in cheap furniture and big box stores.

But as time passes and your sense of style develops, you'll want to upgrade your furniture. It's still okay to accessorize with inexpensive items that you rotate with the seasons, but when it comes to these five statement pieces, you should buy the very best you can afford.

Sofa

Your sofa is the star of your living room, and it ought to be a rock star. As the largest upholstered piece in your home, your sofa sets the tone for the rest of your decor. It's the starting off point for selecting armchairs, a coffee table, end tables, lamps, rugs, window treatments and accessories. It is a focal point and a major source of seating. A sofa can last a lifetime if you choose one with a sturdy, durable frame and cover it with beautiful upholstery fabric. As fashion trends change, it will be worth it to recover a high-quality sofa instead of buying a new one.

Dining Table

A dining table is a truly multifunctional piece of furniture. It can be a place to eat, a spot for having coffee with friends, a gift-wrapping station, a homework center, a craft surface or a work desk. It's the only piece of furniture that's expected to expand to accommodate extra guests and shrink back to size after they leave. Buy a premium dining room table, and you can pass it on to the next generation. Stick to a classic style--a round table is the most versatile shape--and swap out different styles of chairs as your taste changes.

Office Chair

You spend one-third of most days at work, and then you come home and spend even more time in your home office. The chair you sit in, whether it's at your employer's office or your own, should be top quality and ergonomically correct. The seat should be wide and comfortable with adequate lumbar support. It should swivel and roll. Armrests, seat height, and seat-back tension should all be adjustable for maximum comfort and control. If you roll from surface to surface in your work area, be sure to add a clear acrylic mat to protect your flooring.

Area Rug

A well made area rug brings color, pattern, warmth, and texture to a room. Rugs are available for virtually every decorating style, but many decorators add a rug in a contrasting style to a room for more visual interest. Imagine a traditional, tonal room with a large Indian dhurrie rug on the floor in spicy colors or a sleek, modern room with an intricately patterned Persian wool rug on the floor. Whether you place your rug over a stone floor, tile, wood or carpet, anchor it by bringing the furniture around it over the edge of the rug. Place a glass coffee table over the rug to make the room more functional without blocking the view.

Chandelier

A chandelier is a traditional statement piece in an entry or a dining room. Lately, chandeliers have been showing up in unexpected places such as bedrooms and bathrooms, where they draw the eye upward with their beauty. A sparkling crystal chandelier looks fresh and bright whether it is brand new or a treasured antique. Buy the best chandelier you can afford and enjoy it--eye candy is a zero-calorie treat.

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Tackling Furniture Instructions One Part At A Time

Whether it is a large bookcase, a bed frame or an entertainment stand, furniture instructions should not be this daunting project that leaves you frustrated locating for the right pieces. If you take a few moments before assembling the furniture to do a few preliminary tasks, you can have that piece of furniture put together quickly so that you can spend more time enjoying it.

Find all of the Pieces

Putting together furniture is like working on a jigsaw puzzle. You have to make sure all the pieces are there or you will be wasting time without being able to put together the whole picture, or furniture -- as it were. The first page of the instructions will always list all the pieces needed to complete the assembly. Separate all the different size screws, nuts and bolts into zip bags if they are placed into the same shipping package.

If you see that you are missing pieces, don't jury-rig the furniture together with scrape metal or wood from your garage. This can be extremely dangerous and could injure people if the furniture suddenly gives way on top of someone. Immediately contact the company with whom you placed the purchase. More often than not, the company will send you the parts that you need. If not, return the furniture to the store to obtain a refund or trade in the incomplete furniture kit for a complete kit at no additional cost.

Group Parts by Step

Organization is key. This applies just as much in furniture assembly as it does in the corporate world. Whether you have written instructions or simple pictures telling you how to "place bolt D into round hole F," it's important to have all the pieces for that particular step at hands' reach.

Read the first step of the instructions. For that particular step, group together all the parts and tools required. Move on to the next step and group those pieces together, taking out the required pegs, bolts, screws and other parts. Continue through each step until you have separated all the parts and placed them in their respective groups based on the instruction steps.

By doing this before the furniture assembling, you don't have to go riffling through different bags to get the part you need. You have everything ready for you when you reach that particular step of the instructions.

Assembly Line

The reason why a manufacturer assembles products quickly and at a high quality is that they take an assembly line approach in putting the product together. You can do the same now after doing all the above preliminary steps. You have all the pieces to complete the furniture assembly. You've grouped everything together based on step. Now you just have to follow the step's instructions to place the furniture together.

Place the first step's pieces together. Move to the next group of pieces, ready for assembly. You don't have to go searching for parts or tools. No matter how small or large the furniture is, you can now confidently put everything together without scratching your head and wondering which screw is number 198463. You'll be amazed on just how easy it is, and you might even enjoy the experience.

Above All Else, Take Your Time

This isn't a contest on who can put their furniture together the fastest. Take your time. If a part of the instructions confuses you or frustrates you, take a breather and walk away. Come back later when you've calmed down. By taking your time, you can eliminate mistakes that need to be fixed, which slows you down even more.

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Ideas for Small Living Room Furniture

Playing with furniture arrangement can be a decorating dream. If you’ve got a small living room then, you might find yourself confused on how to fit in your furniture to do much living in the room. To assist with that design problem, here are our top living room furniture ideas & furniture arrangements for compact sitting areas, along with some general tips you can use to get the most out of any room shape.

In a compact space, the best way to provide maximum flexibility of seating is to use compact sofa chairs set. The Legacy Living sofa set from Unicane gives you space to spread out. It also provides a lot of space without taking up and adds some pleasing visual contrast to your room.

Of course, not every small living area is conveniently wide open on one or two sides. In an especially tight room, an armless sectional can give you truly maximum seating without looking overstuffed. Legion Living, is the modern living furniture that you can preferably select for an almost built-in look. It’s much sleeker than bumping the arms of a traditional sofa up against the walls, which looks much more cramped.

Another option — especially if you don’t have any television in your living room — is to have a loveseat living furniture. The Soulmate Sofa from Unicane is the one for you. The two of you can be lounge cuddling each other or can have a conversation or play a board game with each other.

In a close-packed room it might be best to drop the idea of adding any side chairs opposite to the living furniture and instead add an ottoman to it which could be a more entertaining solution. Victorian Chair is a perfect choice for this look.
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On movie night, Victorian Chair is a perfect place to set down the popcorn bowl and put up your feet. During a bigger get-together, pull the ottoman out to the wall and suddenly you’ve got seating for as many close friends as can squeeze on.

A slim side table at either end of a sofa can be more than enough room to set down a drink, or you can float a small stool in front that can tuck away when not needed. The Rossi set is the ideal match for the requirement.

Keep in mind, regardless of the furniture arrangement you choose, that the more space you can leave open for your feet to move in, the more comfortable your space will be. Kupang Dining, an open furniture will make it much easier to access the sofa and stretch out your legs once you’re in, so you won’t feel trapped on what should be a comfy seat.

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A Living Room Furniture Layout That Maximizes the Space

For many inhabitants of studio apartments and small homes, the question is not just how to make the living room furniture layout work; it's how to make it all work in a way that serves ten purposes while still leaving room to breathe. No small feat. You'll want to select petite pieces, of course, so that none are too hulking or crowding in the small room. But what next? What kind of living room furniture layout will actually accomplish all you need it to without feeling cluttered? When social media savant Amy Stone (who took over AD's Instagram for a guide to the Hamptons last summer) joined forces with a design team at One Kings Lane to decorate her New York City apartment, this very concern arose. Amy, a stylist at heart, already had the visual direction decided—the team's challenge was to maximize the functionality of the living room furniture layout so that it could serve every purpose she needed it to. Here's how they pulled it off (and you can too):

Float a selection of furniture

In any room that's tight on space, it's tempting to push all big furniture up against the walls to create a kind of pool of open flooring in the middle. But while useful for doing cartwheels—and there is some real liberation in being able to do just that—the space would be put to better use serving a function. Amy's team opted to float the couch across from two wicker-and-chrome chairs in the middle of the room, transforming the heart of it into a space for conversation.

Try cafe-style seating

If you've ever tried eating dinner at a coffee table, you know it really isn't possible unless you don't mind being hunched over so far your nose touches your knees. But a single person—or even a pair of people—doesn't need a massive dining room table to suit their needs on a daily basis. Take Amy's dining area: a round, skirted table that the team butted up against the wall space between the windows, a chair on either side. It can easily be pulled out from the wall to fit four in the event of a dinner party by just adding two folding chairs.

Fashion a desk from a console

Besides being the picture-perfect place to stash another bit of seating, a console that's wide enough can also serve as a desk without looking like one. By day, stack it with books and a lamp and maybe even your keys when you arrive home, and by night settle down at that ottoman you snuck beneath it (the way Amy Stone did) for a bit of highly glamorous bill-paying.

Delineate functions using rugs

To visually set apart that floated sitting area in the middle of the room from the room's other functions, Amy's design team chose a rug just larger than the couch and matching chairs. The edge of that rug doesn't extend all the way to the walls as you'd expect; instead, the café table dining area and console/desk sit outside of its edges. The line visually cues that you're moving from one "zone" into another, which keeps the furniture from feeling like jumble.

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Decorating A Child Bedroom

It is no surprise that children spend most of their time in the bedroom. They used it for sleeping, playing and working. So it follows that their little space should be a reflection of their personality and the most alluring furniture that gives a kid's bedroom an enchanting look is kids bed. A kids bed is not often a simple purchase. It is an adventure and retreat for the children. It is a furniture piece which gives a child immense pleasure and happiness. But the first battle in choosing a bed for a kid simply realises that simple and traditional style beds are not the only options. So, if you too are looking for a something unique and classic, then this guide will surely help you a lot in buying the perfect bed for kids bedroom.

Decide on the right size of the bed: When it comes to choosing the size of the bed, one of the most important things that you need to consider is the size of the room where you will be placing it. If you have small space, then king size bed will not work, even if you want. So choose the bed that give the child enough space to play comfortably.

Consider safety first: The security of the child should be the primary concern when buying a bed for children online. Beds that are designed high from the ground are not the good options for young children. Consider purchasing a narrow bed with bed rails to add an extra sense of security while maximising space.

Decide on the style: To add more colours and comfort to the bedroom, the style of kid bed is a must. Themed kids beds can be a good way to give a child something that they want while maintaining the space. If your kid shares his bedroom, then beautiful and elegant bunk beds with storage are a great option. Trundle beds are a perfect choice if your child bedroom is small enough. You can also customise the bed according to your child requirement and interior decor.

Decide on the material: Aesthetic is important, but functionality is the key when it comes to choosing a material for the kid's bed. A good wooden bed frame provides a long lasting firm foundation for the bed. If you child has a habit of eating meals on the bed and have a tendency of spilling drinks, then you must go for microfiber, it's durable as well as stain resistant. Metal bed frames also can bear extreme wear and tear, but they are also a bit expensive. The fabric is best-suited for those looking for a wider selection of patterns, colour and styles.

Mattress: The firmness and softness of a mattress is a major factor in purchasing a kid bed. A soft bed is preferred by many children, but too soft mattress can lead to back problems and other issues. So, finding a good middle ground is almost always the right choice in choosing a kid's mattress.

Accessories and considerations: Decorating a kids bed with accessories can change the overall look of the bedroom. It puts fun into a boring bed. Bed accessories such as throw pillows themed blanket sets, and pillows are inexpensive and easy to buy. Those who want to customise the kids bed without purchasing tailored bed then decorating the bed with personal taste accessories is a good option.

Set the budget: Kids bed are available in different price ranges. Therefore, it is important to set an affordable budget. In fact, the budget you set will be depending mainly on the specifications you're looking for. So choose the one which offers durability, comfort and is of high quality and that meets your child style and consideration because a kids bed will likely to change the decor of the bedroom.

These are some guidelines which will help you in finalising the right and stylish bed for your children to give the bedroom a fantastic look. Have a good day!

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Transform Your Apartment Through Smart Furnitures

Bored with the conventional interior designs of your home? Planning to renovate with some innovations? Well, renovation can be a challenging task when space is a constraint. However, you can be creative and refurbish your place by using some transforming furniture designs perfect for your apartment. I would like to share with you some different multiutility design ideas that you can use for your small or medium sized apartment to give it a capacious and contemporary look.

Tired of the blase look of the living room with a sofa, covering the entire space? Opt for the traditional way with a fashionable look through divans. You can cover these divans with beautiful bed sheets giving a proper contrast to your walls and exterminate the formal dull look. Unlike sofas, divans do not occupy much space and can be customised daily through bed sheets and pillows of your own choice.

Some of the articles, in addition to glorifying your living rooms, give multifold advantages. An exclusive coffee table with magazine rack can personify your room, utilising the space effectively.

Apart from this, a coffee table with an option to push the stools underneath is a very convenient and smart choice. Some stools even have space under the cushions in which you can store your underlying stuff. Apart from being multiutility articles, such furniture does justice to barren space.

You wouldn't wish to overcrowd your finite room with a jumbo study table. Most of us refrain from buying a study table due to its enlarged size and space commanding feature. Well, the modern style study tables not only acquit the space but also spruce up the deserted walls of your room. The foldable wall mounted study table can be fixed on the wall when unfolded provides storage space to your documents along with a writing desk.

Present day art offers you articles that give you an all in one advantage. The sofa cum bed is one of such piece which apart from acclaiming your living room provide storage pros and comes with a feature to be pulled out, almost doubling its usual sitting capacity which makes you an ever ready host for a surprise guest visit.

None of us like the entire space of our bedrooms occupied with large double beds. But when space is a constraint, and you do need a big bed, trundle beds can be a favourable option. The trundle can be wheeled out for use when needed, and stored under the bed otherwise. Thus, this option can save your room from the overfilled look.

You can personalise your home by grasping articles which you can embellish with your favourite stuff. Corner bookshelves can be a witty choice which not only utilises the empty corner but also harbours your favourite books and mini furbelows.

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5 Dangerous Kitchen Design Mistakes

The kitchen is where all of the hard, dangerous work takes place. There are countless dangers - floor spills, faulty stoves and damaged electrical appliances - that await anyone who enters. Fortunately, there are ways to avert these dangers if you plan to pursue kitchen remodeling. Learn about 5 dangerous design mistakes to avoid incorporating into your kitchen layout.

1. Lack of Storage Space

Not having enough storage space in your kitchen seems harmless, but it's not when people start pushing and shoving into each other. Not enough space means that people will overload the cabinet and pantry shelves with excessive weight. Too much pressure could loosen the bolts and have the shelves collapse on top of each other.

2. Poor Lighting

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Poor lighting in any room is a major defect that causes dangerous accidents. In the kitchen, the best chefs accidentally cut themselves or use the wrong ingredients in their recipes. Install LED lights that provide sufficient brightness for years of use. Install task lighting that shines light directly onto the stove, sink or counter.

3. Mixing Water with Electricity

Keep electrical sockets at least one foot away from water sources. Do not encourage people to plug in electronics and let cords dangle in the water. Don't allow the blender and toaster to get splashed by water from the nearby sink.

4. Lack of Counter Space

Not enough counter space is dangerous when the counter overflows with items. Not having enough electrical sockets is an issue if too many electronics are plugged in and overload the circuits. People who use small counters will drop food and sharp objects that cause accidents, including slips and falls.

5. Wooden Floors

Wood gives an elegant, classic look to the floor; however, it may not be the best choice for kitchens. This floor must support a countless number of liquid spills, so use a material that is waterproof and leak resistant.

Un-laminated wood rots, and in the worst scenario, the wood pieces break off into sharp shards. Instead of average wooden floors, install tiles or wood that is laminated for anti-breakage strength.

The kitchen needs special attention since it is the most hazardous room in your house. Follow a few important tips to keep this area clean, comfortable and safe. Make sure you only use safe and natural cleaners in your kitchen and your entire home. Melaleuca products are the way to go, as they contain naturally-derived ingredients like vinegar and citric acid from lemons. Always put safety on the top of your list as a kitchen remodeler.

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Dual-Functioning Furniture in Small Spaces

Realtors will tell you that snagging that condo in Soho or the studio overlooking Biscayne Bay is a prize unto itself. Location is everything. However, if you want to entertain in a small space you may have to opt for a fold-up card table and a roll-away-bed that fits in the closet during parties. That is assuming you have a closet!

Urban living often means leasing an efficiency apartment, studio or condo with limited floor space. One option to gain more floor space is to use dual-functioning furniture like Murphy beds. Custom built beds often have a second feature—like a dining table or extra storage—built in as secondary furnishings. These unique furniture pieces are decorative and functional. They allow you to fold up one furniture element to reveal another whenever it is needed. Options range from budget friendly to high-end custom quality, complete with a matching price tag.

There are numerous options for beds that are built on a storage platform, eliminating the need for chests-of-drawers and dressers in cramped quarters. Ottomans often serve as extra seating with a cushion and occasional tables without their cushions. Hinged-top coffee tables double as storage and provide extra seating. One furniture designer built a beautiful sidebar that expertly hides play space and walk through sleeping quarters for feline family members. The possibilities are almost endless.

Most people envision a Murphy bed as a wooden cabinet that holds a double bed mounted on a wall. This gives you floor space, but lacks personality. This same retractable bed can be built into a base that has 18 to 24 inch deep drawers from top to bottom in a variety of widths. The additional storage is priceless in a small apartment. The drawers are equipped with custom fasteners to keep them secure when opening and closing the sleeping compartment. Styles are available with a frame that has storage above and beside the mattress. When the mattress is folded up, the cabinet resembles an armoire or may display artwork in custom frames.

One design has a fold out dining table that is attached to the bed closet. Height levels can be adjusted to fit your personal seating preferences. You can choose a low, oriental style table, a standard dining height or even a bar height table based on your home decorating style and theme. Speaking of tables, you will find antiques and new designs that have multiple expansion options from folding flat against a wall to retractable leaves that transform a work desk into a table large enough to seat ten comfortably. A Murphy bed can be used as a room divider wall in your loft if you need to define space in an open concept floor plan. There are also cabinets for sleeper sofas and chairs that convert to a single bed. These cabinets provide storage around the sofa or chair and reveal a bed at night.

These are only a few of the multi-functional furniture pieces available. Roll around kitchen islands often provide storage underneath. The list is limited only by your imagination. A fantastic way to jump start your creativity is to explore the options used by shipbuilders and recreational vehicle designers. During the maritime era, ship builders utilized every square inch of living space to their advantage. Today, modern designers use the same techniques in their RV's. Many antique desks feature slide out writing spaces and hidden compartments as safety boxes. If you are artistic and crafty, browse flea markets for inspiring pieces you can rebuild and repurpose. You can furnish your small space beautifully, whether you buy a dual-functioning piece of furniture, build your own or have one custom built.

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Sofa or Sectional: What’s the right choice for your home?

Decorating a living room, family room or great room poses an interesting challenge. It's important to establish a focal point, get the lighting just right and find attractive, functional pieces that provide storage. The most important aspect of decorating these rooms where so many people gather is providing comfortable seating.

Sofas and sectionals give the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to seating the most people, but how do you choose between a sofa and a sectional? Evaluating your decorating style, your lifestyle and your seating needs will help you make the right decision.

Formal Rooms

Does your room have symmetrical features, such as a fireplace flanked by twin windows? When you decorate, do you look for pieces with elegant lines, accents gilded in gold, dark wood tones and delicate fabrics? When selecting art for your walls, do you prefer portraits and landscapes to family photos and abstract pieces? If you answered "yes," to these questions, your decorating style is formal.

Many traditional sofa designs work well with a formal decorating style, but a sectional sofa looks out of place in a formal room. To make the most of your formal room, select sofas with carved wood trim and rolled arms. Look for upholstery fabrics that are smooth or fabrics that have subtle texture, such as damask or moire. To achieve a classic look, center your sofa in front of a focal point such as a fireplace or a picture window.

Informal Rooms

A sectional looks best in an informal setting like a great room or an open-concept family room. An informal decor style is characterized by clean lines, sturdy fabrics and no-fuss window coverings. Generally speaking, if a big-screen TV set is the focal point in the room, the decor is informal. Sectionals are well suited to today's casual, family-oriented lifestyles, and they work well with companion pieces like ottomans and recliners.

Because sectionals are kid-friendly and pet-friendly, contemporary, easy-care fabrics are your best choice. Microfiber sectionals are easy to clean with vacuum cleaner attachments. In households where pet hair is an issue, leather is the ideal choice. Leather is attractive and long-lasting, and you can wipe dog or cat hair away with a damp cloth.

Seating

Another consideration when choosing between a sofa and a sectional is how much seating you need. Do you need a lot of seating every day, or can you bring in chairs from other rooms when you entertain large groups?

A long sofa that seats up to four people works well in a large room, but the middle spots aren't as comfortable as the ends. Keep in mind that older individuals may have a hard time standing after being seated on a center cushion. Most people use the arm rest on a sofa to help them stand up.

A sectional virtually always seats more people than a sofa. On family movie night, it's easy to tuck a child into the corner of a sectional, and sectionals don't follow the one-person-per-cushion rule that some sofas seem to dictate. If you have a large family or if you entertain a lot, a sectional can provide adequate seating where a sofa can't.

Shape

If you want seating that wraps around the corner of a room, a sectional is best for you. Sectionals can be customized to suit the shape of your room, with a recliner built into one end and a "chaise lounge" extension on the other end. Some sectionals can even be separated into smaller pieces to provide a variety of seating options, then locked back into place when you want a one-piece look. A large ottoman in a matching or coordinating fabric provides even more seating, and many ottomans are now available with hinged tops, so they double as storage pieces.

Providing adequate, comfortable seating makes a large room seem friendly and inviting. Choosing the sofa or sectional that works best for your home will make your guests want to come back again and again.

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Furnishing Your First Apartment

Getting your first apartment is a milestone event in your life. It's a sign that you are officially on your own and are able to take care of yourself. While finding an apartment or house to live in may be easy, deciding how to furnish it can throw many people for a loop, especially if they have little experience choosing furniture. There are a few basic rules when furnishing a home or apartment. The furniture needs to fit into the space. It should also work with your taste and coordinate or match in some way. Most importantly, it needs to be furniture that you can afford.

Measure Twice, Buy Once

An empty apartment looks like a blank canvas. You feel absolutely confident that you can fit a king-sized bed in your bedroom, two couches in the living room and a full-sized dining table in the kitchen. To avoid heartbreak and pain, always measure the space before you buy anything. Measure the depth and width of the room as well as the ceiling height. You should also measure the width of your doors and hallways so that you know you will be able to fit a couch or table through. If you have particularly narrow doors or hallways, consider the window as an entry option, at least when you are moving furniture.

Budgeting

When you move to your first place, you may be a student or just starting out at your first job. In any case, odds are likely that you will need a budget for furniture. It's a good idea to set a budget before you start looking furniture, so that you don't fall in love with a couch that is way too expensive. Once you have a budget, stick with it. You will have to plan carefully so that you can purchase all the furniture you need without over-spending.

Types of Furniture

Think of what you will use your apartment for and its size when choosing the furniture you need. For example, if you live in a studio apartment and plan on using it primarily for sleeping, relaxing on your own, and eating, you may wish to purchase a futon to act as both your bed and seating area. A futon is a great choice if you need to maximize space.

You will probably need a table of some sort for eating or work. In a small space, a table can perform double-duty. You can eat your meals on it and use it as a surface for your laptop computer or other work materials. If you intend to purchase a table for both work and eating, choose a comfortable chair to go with it. Working while sitting on a straight-backed wooden chair is not very comfortable.

Other furniture pieces that you may need include a dresser and bookcase. You may not need a dresser if you have ample closet storage space. In a very small space, the dresser can also serve as a television stand. Use the bookcase to hold books as well as DVDs or even kitchen equipment if you have a small kitchen area without much storage.

Life of the Furniture

Think about how frequently you intend to move and whether or not you plan on taking the furniture with you on subsequent moves. Inexpensive furniture that you put together yourself may not survive moving from place to place. Pre-assembled, high-quality furniture is more durable, but also more difficult to move as you change homes or apartments. If you intend to stay in your first place for a year or less, it may make more sense to purchase inexpensive furniture that you do not take with you.

To Match or Not to Match

Matching furniture ties a home together and sends a notice to the world that you're an adult. Carefully mis-matched furniture adds a bohemian touch to a living space. Decide whether you want your couch and chairs to coordinate and your wooden furniture to all be the same finish depending on the style you are aiming for.

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What Makes an Ergonomic Office Chair

Anyone who works long hours sitting at a desk knows the benefits of a good ergonomic chair. A proper ergonomic chair helps you have good posture, improved circulation, and relieves strain on your back. It also helps you stay comfortable all day long.

Seat height. Ergonomic office chairs contain an adjustable seat feature. An adjustment lever enables you to adjust the seat height so that your feet will be flat on the floor and arms even with desk. Most office chairs seat heights range from 16 to 21 feet high.

A well-designed, ergonomic office chair enables the user to sit in a balanced and comfortable position for extended periods of time. But keep in mind that an office chair is only one component of an ergonomic workstation. Other factors, such as footrest, task lighting, and work desk need to be adjustable to be custom fit to the worker.

Seat depth and width. The majority of office chair seats are 17 to 20 inches wide, which supports most users comfortably. For an office chair to be ergonomic, the user should be able to sit with her back touching the backrest, while also having two to four inches between the seat of the chair and back of her knees. Backrest. An ergonomic office chair should have a backrest that is 12 to 19 inches in width. The backrest should have a forward or backward adjustable tilt.

Lumbar support. Lumbar support is essential to supporting the natural curve of the spine. Sitting for extended periods of time without proper lumbar support can cause slouching, which can lead to strains in the lower spine. An ergonomic chair should have an inward lumbar support curve. For even more of a custom fit, some ergonomic chairs allow you to adjust the lumbar support.

Seat construction. An often overlooked feature of an ergonomic chair is its seat material. The seat material should contain enough padding to be comfortable sitting for long periods of time, but also firm enough to offer support. The fabric should be comfortable for you too. Cloth and mesh are good examples of breathable seat fabrics.

Seat arms. Deciding whether you want a seat with or without arms is often a matter of preference or based upon the type of job you're doing. For instance, if your job requires you to be active or move around while seated, a chair with arms may get in the way. On the other hand, if you'll be spending a lot of time typing or having conversations with customers, clients, or employees, you may find a chair with arms will be a more comfortable way to spend your hours at work. Some ergonomic office chair seat arms are adjustable, which are helpful for computer operators. Seat arms come in varying widths, so be sure to choose the seat width that accommodates your preferences and tasks.

Stability. It goes without saying that a chair for be stable. Look for a five-point base as a sign of chair stability. Swivel. If you job requires you to get up and about from your chair or reach into your desk file drawers frequently, then a chair that swivels will be less taxing on your body.

 

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Planning a Guest Room

If you have an extra bedroom in your house, you may consider turning it into a guest room. Even if you do not have a spare room, it is useful to have furniture that can serve as a sleeping area should overnight guests come to visit. The ideal guest room will be comfortable for visitors and will also serve a purpose when you do not have people staying overnight.

Sleeping Arrangements

You have a number of options to choose from when it comes to selecting furniture that people can sleep on. A full or queen sized bed may be an ideal option if you have a room that you will dedicate solely to guests. If you anticipate having young children stay over, you may wish to get two twin beds instead of a single queen or full-sized bed. A couple can push the beds together if they stay in the room or leave them separate. A sleeper sofa is a good choice if you wish to use the guest room as an office or sitting area when guests aren't staying in it. Another functional choice is a day bed. The bed serves as a couch or sitting area in the daytime. At night, it is large enough to sleep one. You may also be able to find full-sized or large day beds.

Other Furniture Choices

The guest room should be a comfortable place for people to stay. You do not need to put a full-sized dresser in the room, especially if serves two roles. A small bench is ideal, so that your guests have a place to set their luggage. If the bench opens, guests can set their clothing and accessories inside it. Night stands that have built-in storage, such as shelves or a cabinet, are also a good choice for a guest room. Some day beds have drawers built in to the bottom, which guests can use to store their belongings. You can also use those drawers to store linens for the room. Make the room more comfortable by giving guests a place to sit, such as an armchair or a chaise lounge.

Multi-Purpose Room

Unless you anticipate entertaining guests all the time or have many rooms in your house, you probably want a room that can serve multiple roles. Make a guest room an office or craft room by setting up a desk in one corner. A small cabinet can hold your office supplies or crafting equipment. If you decide to use a sleeper sofa or day bed in the room, you can make it into an entertainment or media room when guests aren't staying it in. Place a television and other media equipment on an entertainment center opposite the sofa or day bed. The television will also provide your guests with some entertainment when they stay there.

Having Guests in a Small Space

Some homes are not large enough for a separate guest room. If that is the case, you can still entertain overnight guests by selecting smart furniture. Children staying overnight can sleep in the same room as your own children if you invest in a bunk bed or a trundle bed. A basement recreation room can also serve as a guest area with the addition of a sofa bed. If you do not have a separate bedroom but do have a finished basement, you can provide your guests some privacy. A sleeper sofa in the living or family room is another option. Use foldable room dividers to give your guests as much privacy as possible. Consider hanging black-out curtains or shades in the window to make the living room an area suitable for sleeping.

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Which types of wood go together

When you first move into a home, you usually plan to get really nice matching furniture and decorate it the home so that everything compliments everything else, and wood furnishings are usually part of that plan.Then, for most of us, reality hits. The next thing you know, you've got a pine table in the dining room with oak chairs and a buffet which is made of some wood you haven't identified yet. And let's not even talk about the color of the floor. The question is, "can it all be made to somehow work?" The answer is yes.

First off, there are no types of wood that absolutely positively don't go together. Oak can be a little challenging at times because of it's prominent grain (it tends to go best with similar "grainy" woods like elm and rosewood), but even oak will play nice with others if properly introduced. The design of the piece is actually much more important than the color or type of wood. If you have one modern design wood chair and an one Louis XIV chair, they're not normally going to look like they belong together even if they're made of the same wood in the exact same shade.

That being said, there are some types of wood that do naturally look very good together. Some popular choices include walnut with maple, maple with cherry, walnut with cherry and cherry with mahogany. Keep in mind though that wood's color changes as it ages, so what looks like a great match today may be quite different in the future.

Another thing you need to know is that too much of the same type of wood can actually start to look bland. A big mistake that people often make is decide to make an "oak room" with oak floors, furniture and trim only to find that they suffer from oak overload. Variety is the spice of life, so maybe it's good that you couldn't afford that matching dining room set that was the same shade as your hardwood floor and trim.

Speaking of flooring and trim, those are excellent tools to tie different types of wood furniture together. Picture frames are also useful in this regard. Flooring is a great equalizer, since many hardwood flooring patterns have both light and dark shades in them. Without an equalizing floor, one way to utilize trim to balance wood furniture in a room would be to find a trim that has a similar pattern or grain to one piece of wood furniture while being close in color or shade to another. This could "bring the two pieces together" and make them look like they are part of a greater plan. Another tactic is to get trim or other decorative pieces that form a"middle ground" for the color of the woods in the room. For instance, if you have a light colored hardwood floor and a dark cherrywood rocking chair, a medium-dark trim could bridge the gap and allow the eye to travel naturally from lighter to darker or vice versa.

Without some intervening piece or trim to smooth out the transition, it's usually best not to put very dark wood next to very light wood. If you have two pieces of furniture that you absolutely love, you don't want to move them and you don't want to add trim, flooring or other accents to blend them, your best bet may be to stain one of them a slightly different color so that you can keep the style without a harsh color difference. The bottom line, though, is that wood, in general, is pretty flexible in terms of its compatibility and there is almost always a way to make it work.

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Factors to Consider When Buying a Desk

Having the right desk can make the difference between being stressed out from all the clutter and being able to work productively whenever you sit down at it. Whether you are shopping for a desk for your home office, to put in a small space in a different room in your home or to use at your place of employment, weigh several factors when making the decision. The right desk depends largely on your personal preferences and how you see yourself using the desk.

Desks come in two major types. Writing desks, like their name suggests, are designed to be used in connection with paperwork. This might include writing letters, paying bills, filling out forms or other similar tasks. Computer desks, on the other hand, typically have a keyboard tray to put the keyboard at a comfortable level and might also have a stand so you can place your monitor higher on the desk. Computer desks often have space for a printer as well.

If you need a desk for both writing and computer usage, look for one that allows you to shift your chair back and forth between two ends of the desk so you can set up separate work stations for the two activities. L-shaped and U-shaped desks are also effective for having different work stations. Another option is to select a model that is deep enough for you to push your computer back when you aren't using it and need the space for writing.

The right size of desk depends largely on the size of the space you have for it. If you have a room set up as a designated office, you will probably want to get a full-size desk, which is at least 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. If you plan to meet with clients who will sit on the other side of the desk, opt for one that is at least 4 feet wide so neither of you feel crowded. On the smaller side, writing desks can measure as little as 2 feet wide and 18 inches deep. If you are getting a desk without much depth, choose a design with a drop lid or a pull-out segment so you can extend your work space and have enough space under the desk for your legs.

In addition to the tabletop space on your desk, you should also consider its storage options. If you do not have other space for storing office supplies nearby, you will want a desk that has multiple drawers or shelves for keeping everything organized. Many desks come with filing drawers, which are ideal if you do not have a dedicated filing cabinet. You can either get a design with two filing drawers on top of each other or with one filing drawer and two to three smaller drawers above it. If you need lots of drawer space, get a wider desk that has drawer banks on both sides. Another way to extend your storage space is to get a desk with a hutch above it for additional shelving.

After considering the functionality of the right desk, the remaining task is to select a desk with an appealing appearance. Classic desks are made out of wood, with lighter colored wood feeling more casual and dark, almost red-colored wood feeling much more formal. You can also choose from glass, plastic and composite desks, which tend to be less expensive than wood, but may not last as long. A simple desk is likely to stay in style for years, whereas an ornate or unusual one might need replacement when it gets outdated.

Before buying what seems to be the perfect desk, consider its weight and mobility. A large, single-piece wood desk is great if it will be staying put for the foreseeable future, but if you expect to move the desk, a smaller desk with a lighter construction would be ideal. Many desks can be disassembled for ease moving them up and down stairs or through tight doorways.