Whether you’re moving or simply switching things around, you have to be careful when moving heavy furniture lest you hurt your back in the process. Read on for tips on how to move heavy furniture more easily and safely.
Phone a Friend
If they’re able to assist you, ask a friend or family member to help you move heavy furniture instead of rushing to move things on your own with the possible chance of injury.
When moving heavy furniture, many people make the mistake of lifting with their back, causing strain and even a pulled muscle. Instead, lift heavy furniture by bending your knees and rising up instead of bending backwards.
Roll a Furniture Dolly
The creator of the furniture dolly is unknown, but thank goodness it exists! Also known as a hand truck, a furniture dolly is a rolling device that you put furniture on as you transport it from one place to another without carrying the heavy load.
Have you heard of a shoulder dolly (a.k.a., furniture moving straps)? It requires two people to move a piece of heavy furniture but makes lifting so much easier. The shoulder strap can be adjusted from different lengths to accommodate any items that you’re moving.
Glide Furniture withBlankets
Another smart way to move heavy furniture is using blankets. The old-school method involves putting a blanket under a piece of furniture and gliding it to where you need to transport. All you need to lift are the corners of the piece to place the blanket.
It may be time-consuming, but moving heavy furniture doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck- or back! Hopefully, these tips will you help you accomplish this task without strain or injury.
One pattern you’ll see in particular is stripes, which have a nautical feel to them and are easy to pair with other patterns.
Nothing says “beach” more than a beach-themed sign! There are ton of stylish beach signs on the market whether you go to a department store or outlet store.
Maps have a particularly coastal feel as they evoke travel and life on the water. Find a vintage map and hang it up as a statement piece!
Ahoy! Decorate your coastal-themed condo with anchors, ropes, and other nautical accents. You can practically smell the salt water and hear the gulls!
We hope this list of coastal elements will help you decorate the condo, cottage, or house of your dreams. Which of these elements can you see your self incorporating in your home? Tell us in the comments!
Have your sinuses been acting up? The culprit could be dust in your home. While they’re small, dust particles can easily build up and take over if you’re not diligent about dusting. There are also other ways you can keep dust to a minimum in your home.
Dust and Clean All Fans in Your Home
Whether you have ceiling, window, or portable fans, they should all be cleaned regularly to avoid dust mites. A Lambswool duster is often recommended as they have extendable handles to reach the crevices of fans’ blades and housing motor. For deep-cleaning, use a small amount of soap and wet towel to wipe down the blades and fan covers.
Thoroughly Clean All Surfaces and Floors
Don’t just dust and call it a day! Thoroughly clean all surfaces in your house starting with surfaces such as counters and tables and working your way down to the floors. For simple dusting, use a dust mop on the floor and clean higher surfaces with damp microfiber clothes to gather dust and dirt without retracting it back onto the surfaces.
Dust mites make their home everywhere, especially in bedding. This is perhaps the biggest culprit of dust-related sinuses since we’re in such close proximity to our bedding. Prevent dust mites in your bed by frequently changing (or washing) your pillowcases, sheets, and covers.
You should also vacuum your mattress from time to time as it can accumulate dust as well. If you find these solutions to be ineffective, it may be time to replace your mattress as it could be embedded with dust mites.
Nylon and wool carpeting attracts and traps dust mites, so it’s suggested to switch your carpet to hardwood, tile, or even hypoallergenic carpeting. If it’s not feasible to change your flooring, be sure to regularly vacuum your carpets and rugs.
Invest in Air Purifiers
Another way to combat dust is to place a few air purifiers to circulate fresh air throughout our home. This is especially beneficial for those who have respiratory issues or allergies. Keep in mind that air purifiers don’t entirely get rid of dust mites altogether but do minimize the accumulation and spreading of them.
We hope this blog post on minimizing dust in your home has been helpful. Do you have any additional tips? We’d like to hear them!
If you have kids, bunk beds are the most space-efficient way to set up their bedroom as the beds stack vertically instead of spreading out horizontally, eating up room that could otherwise be used for playing or studying.
A small corner desk doesn’t take up much space, lending to the possibility of a multi-purpose room.
Some sofas are humongous and eat up a lot of space in a living room. If you’re in the market for a small sofa, pay attention to these details.
The average sofa is 84″ wide, so your best bet is to buy an apartment-size sofa. These range anywhere from 68-80″ wide, making them a much better fit for smaller living rooms or spaces with a unique layout.
While dark colors may be slimming on people, they aren’t on furniture, so go for a lighter sofa color like white, beige, or grey. If dirt and stains are a concern, select a mid-tone brown or grey that provides enough color but doesn’t make the sofa look bulky.
Opt for Slim Arms
Avoid large or pillow-like arms on a sofa and instead go for slimmer arms such as track-style arms. This will not only gives a streamlined appearance but will also save you several inches, which can make or break a sofa choice.
… As Well as a Short Back
Choosing a sofa with a short back also takes up less space visually. This won’t be difficult if you’re looking at stationary sofas as most of their backs are a bit shorter than motion furniture.
Get a Detachable Back
If you want motion furniture, your quest for a small sofa is going to challenging because most reclining sofas are average width and wider. However, if you find a reclining sofa that works for your space, make sure it has a detachable back so you can easily move the sofa through doors and hallways.
We hope these tips will be helpful as you’re looking to purchase a small sofa. While you may have to look around a bit more, the search will be worth it once you find the right piece for you and your home.
A downside to these chairs, however, is their expense (especially the first two models). If you’re unable to invest in a pricy office chair but still want to be comfortable, keep an eye out for the following features as you shop for a chair.
Features to Look for in Chair Design
At minimum, an office chair should have adjustable seat height, arms, and casters; sitting at the right height is especially important for computer work so your arms, shoulders, and neck aren’t strained reaching too high or too low for the keyboard.
Lumbar support, adjustable backrests, and breathable, comfy padding are other important features in chair design to look for, especially if you experience back pain.
You’ll also want to make sure that the seat depth and width suits you and that the adjustment controls are easy to operate from a sitting position to avoid strain.
If back pain is your primary concern and the office chairs you try aren’t comfortable enough, get proper support cushions to address pain points.
There are a number of support cushions on the market, but for sitting in a desk chair, we recommend a seat cushion or a lumbar support cushion; the former takes pressure off the coccyx, and the latter provides additional lumbar support.
We hope our suggestions for office chair design help add more comfort and productivity to your work day. What’s the most important feature of an office chair for you? Tell us in the comments!
The beauty of a solid wood dining table is unmatched and makes for a timeless family heirloom that can be passed down and cherished for generations.
This topic begs the question: what are the best woods for dining tables? Studies have shown that a variety of hardwoods like mahogany, walnut, maple, oak and teak are preferable for their functionality and texture.
Each of these types also has an attractive grain size as they’re beautifully natural; not to mention, hardwood dining tables are also eco-friendly!
Hardwood dining tables do require some maintenance but are manageable to clean. There are wood cleaners on the market, but all you really need to clean a hardwood surface is soapy water and a soft cloth.
People occasionally change their furniture for a number of different reasons; sometimes, the change is intentional while other times it’s not. The following factors often contribute to when people change their furniture:
Our sense of style says a lot about who we are, so it’s understandable that we want to change our home interiors to reflect us as individuals. As we grow older, our tastes may change, and we may want to change our furniture to achieve a certain look or make our home overall more attractive.
Some furniture needs to be changed more frequently than others, especially pieces that we rest on like beds and upholstery. The average sofa can last up to five years, and a mattress usually lasts for five to ten years; of course, these estimates vary depending on use.
People often change their furniture when they’re downsizing or expanding so their pieces better fit their space. This is especially the case with retirees who give up their large homes for more manageable abodes, and they can’t take bulky furniture pieces with them.
People may change their furniture to better accommodate- and impress- their house guests. Some may totally revamp entire rooms while others will upgrade their living room and dining room furniture. People also buy furniture for their guest bedrooms with the comfort of visitors in mind.
Unfortunately, we cannot control natural disasters like tornadoes and floods; there are also instances in which fires are uncontrollable. Furniture may be tarnished or completely ruined in the process, forcing people to purchase new furniture.
How often do you change your furniture? Do you wish you could change it less often or more frequently? Let us know in the comments!