Ceiling Repairs? 4 Reasons Not to DIY 

The wealth of available information on the internet has empowered many homeowners to seek do-it-yourself solutions for many common household repair and maintenance issues. After all, it can be hard to justify the cost of professional labour for something small but urgent, such as replacing a doorknob or replacing a leaking faucet. However, there are still many situations in which it would be safer and more cost-effective to hire an expert, and ceiling repairs is one of them. Below are some of the reasons why you might want to think twice about DIY-ing this particular project.

You May Miss Crucial Repair Steps

So, you’ve identified the problem in your ceiling and have found an instructional video online for fixing the issue that seems easy enough to follow. All you need to do is take up the old tool belt and get started, right? Before you reach for your equipment, however, make sure to pause and reflect for just a moment. Are you sure that you’ve correctly identified the source of the problem? If you have, are you certain that your instructional video has detailed all the necessary steps for repairing the damage? Professional Perth ceiling repair companies have a leg up on the laymen by being knowledgeable on a wide variety of matters related to their craft—on top of actually being experienced in mending them, of course.

You May Not Have the Right Equipment

Depending on the job, you may be able to get away with using common household tools to repair your ceilings. If the project is of a larger scale, or more severe than you anticipated, it may require the use of specialised equipment to solve. These can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to purchase, and unless you see yourself using them enough to justify the cost, it would not make sense to own any of them. Hiring someone from a ceiling repairs Perth company that clients trust would be a less expensive option in this case.

You May Injure Yourself

Accidents can still happen even if you’re a fair hand with power tools and have a decent amount of knowledge on how to perform common house repairs. If the ceiling damage is located somewhere that is hard to reach, or is in a position that would be dangerous for you to access by yourself, it might be a better idea to call in the services of a Perth ceiling repair company. A professional labour force can get the job done speedily and safely, and they are often insured just in case they cause damage to their clients’ properties or cause accidental injury to any of the occupants.

You May Cause Damage to Your Own Property

Do-it-yourself projects are best confined to things that you can do on your own time, not on urgent troubles that require immediate attention. Major ceiling cracks or signs of a water leak are not problems that should be made to wait until you have the free time to address them. In such cases, you should do yourself and your home a favour by calling in a Perth ceiling repair specialist immediately. Similarly, if you are not confident in your own abilities to successfully repair the issue, just hire out for a handyman. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say, and it’s all too easy to worsen what ought to have been a small problem. Save yourself the trouble and expense of having to correct a critical mistake later on.

Wouldn’t you rather invest in quality work when it comes to the roof over your head? Don’t be blinded in the pursuit of pinching pennies. Contact an expert in ceiling repairs Perth customers rely on today.

 

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Your HVAC System

HVAC systems seem complicated, mainly because a lot of the maintenance is too complicated or dangerous for DIY efforts. But learning a few of the acronyms and the parts that go into your system can help you make better choices regarding your system’s maintenance and repairs. Here are three essential things you might not know about your AC system.

1. You Can Find Out Your Ideal MERV Filter Rating

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Your air conditioner’s filter is an important part of the system. It’s also the part that needs the most maintenance: every three months (or even sooner if you have lots of pets), the filter needs to be replaced. But different models use different types of filters. Not only do you need to look at the size requirements for your system’s filter, but you need to select the right level of filtration capability.

Different filters can block particles of various sizes. The MERV rating scale measures filters by their ability to catch particles of different sizes. The scale is from one to 20. Lower-rated filters ranging from one to four capture particles that are three to 10 microns in size. As you continue up the scale, the filters become finer and can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns. Higher-rated filters can clean the air more effectively, but they also require more frequent replacement because they “fill up” faster. While different systems recommend different filters, you can decide which MERV rating is a good fit for your home by checking out the scale here.

2. Your A/C Is Rated for System Efficiency

You may be familiar with seeing ‘Energy Star’ on your newest appliances. But there are other scales that determine how energy efficient your HVAC and other systems are. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating, or SEER rating, indicates the system’s cooling or heating efficiency over time. A high SEER rating indicates that your mean is efficient and effective.

This is different from other ratings, such as EER (which only measures efficiency at a single moment in time) or HSPF, the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor that typically rates split-system heat pumps.

Starting in 2015, the government has mandated that HVACs have at least a 14 SEER rating except in specific circumstances.

3. Freon Is Being Phased Out

Older HVAC systems use R-22, or Freon, which is a type of refrigerant that has since been rated as too dangerous for the environment. It’s being phased out, and new machines are turning to other refrigerants. Also, companies will not be able to legally import or produce Freon in the United States after December 31, 2019.

If your machine currently uses R-22, that doesn’t mean you have to replace it immediately. But it does mean you need to address any leaks in your system now. After the start of the new year, replacement refrigerant will be more expensive and will quickly become unavailable. At that point, it will be time to start looking for a new HVAC.

The more you know about your HVAC system, the better you can recognize developing problems, maintenance concerns, and efficiency issues. Knowledge can also help you reduce your energy bill while still keeping your home comfortable every season.

 

Making Your Home More Child-Friendly: A Guide

It’s important to ensure that your home bends to accommodate and fit your needs. You should make changes and tweaks to the place so that you’re better equipped to raise your children to make your lives easier, to keep them safe, and also to provide fun, functionality, and practicality too. Learn how to change your home to turn it into a child-friendly sphere for both your sake and theirs, with the easy-to-follow guide below.

Enforce Rules

Enforcing rules upon your young children can feel horrible, and you may well want to let them get away with absolutely anything since they’re adorable. Let’s be clear; however, some rules will need to be in place in order to maintain some order, routine, and sanity. Do this by ensuring that your kids know where to go and where not to. So, this can mean that they’re not supposed to sleep in your bed every night of the week, nor are they allowed to tackle the stairs unaided.

Erect a stairgate at both the top and the bottom of the staircase and always, always make sure that it’s across especially when you’re kids are learning to walk and running around all over your home.

En-suite Bedroom

An en-suite bedroom can make your life a whole lot easier, especially when your children are very young and diaper changes are often. It can make cleaning them up, and other spills and mishaps much more straightforward. If you’re interested in making the idea a reality, then consider getting a contractor in to assess the structure of your home, and how best to approach making your child’s room an en-suite.

Once you’ve got the go-ahead and know how you’re going to go about, you will need to contact local plumbers to finish the job. Always look for reputable plumbers by researching ‘plumbers in my area’ into your chosen search engine and opt for those who are well-reviewed and rated.

Child Locks

Your child’s safety is paramount, and it needs to come before anything else. Keep your young family safe by keeping dangerous items out of their reach, and remember to be organized in consistently keeping knives and other sharp objects, washing up tablets, soaps, and hazardous liquids far away from them at all times. Choking hazards needs to be removed as a matter of urgency, as should hanging cables of all kinds.

Baby proof your home by walking around each room and considering each piece of furniture and furnishing that could pose a risk. Keep child locks on all cupboards and doors, and especially those in the kitchen. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make the necessary effort now before your child could have a nasty accident.

Hard Flooring Over Carpets

If you have kids, then this suggestion needs little introduction. Hard flooring is far superior to carpets as they’re easy to wipe clean, and difficult, though not impossible, to stain and ruin. Young children are notoriously messy eaters and are likely to drop foods and spill drinks on carpets, as well as use pens and crayons, and the list goes on quite frankly. Carpets are warm, cozy, and they look great in certain rooms of the house, but they’re not entirely practical when you’re trying to make your home more child-friendly.

Add Extra Storage

Kids accumulate numerous toys, games, clothes, shoes, coats, and kitchen items very quickly, and you’re going to have to find room to fit all of their belongings. You’ll have to get smart with storing things, and how you’re going to ensure that your home doesn’t become overcrowded and cluttered in a very short space of time. Use the height of any given room to add shelves, hanging net bags, as well as handles on the backs of doors, affixed to shelving units, and boxes under the bed as well. For ideas, head online, and use YouTube to get inspired.

A Designated Kid’s Room

Just as you’re going to enforce that your kids can’t encroach on your space any, and every, night of the week, they should be given a space that’s entirely their own. They should have a room where they can relax and play videogames, and enjoy an hour or two on their own.

Kids enjoy having a retreat of their own, so if you have older kids think about getting a sofa bed in there, as well as TV, books, and also a small mini-fridge to store cool drinks and refrigerated snacks. Your children will adore having a room of their own and should help to boost their enjoyment of your home just to top it off.

Running a household with children is never an easy job, but with a few changes here and there you could make your home more child-friendly. Additionally, this could lead to you seeing improvements made to the running of the household, such as efficiency made to particular tasks and as a result, you will have much happier family members.

 

Essential Steps to Take Before Moving to a New House

Are you about to move into a house that you recently bought? Is it a few towns away from your old home? The process of moving out, packing all of your stuff into boxes and settling into your new home can be tiring. Good thing there are companies offering removals Gloucester that have trained employees who can help make your moving process a lot easier. A few weeks before moving into your new home, it is best for you to create a checklist to ensure that the process will be done as smoothly as possible. Here are some essential tips that you should keep in mind.

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Do background checks

Before proceeding to hire a moving company, it is best to do some background checks first. Remember that your household items and expensive appliances are at stake during transport. You want to make sure that all of your stuff will arrive at your new home without any damage. Consider looking into customer reviews, checking for business licenses and insurance before doing business with them.

Check the dimensions of your new home

Before moving in, it is a smart idea to look at the floor plan of your new home and take note of its floor area. You want to make sure that your furniture and appliances will fit your new space. It will also be much easier for you to give instructions to the movers for where they should place all of your things.

Make the final arrangements concerning the date of your move

When booking a moving company, they will appreciate it if you give them advance notice of fifteen to thirty days before the move. This way, they can schedule a specific date for you and avoid mixing up their schedules with other clients. Avoid moving during the weekends and peak months. You can ask your moving company for more details about this information. Also, the majority of moving companies charge less or provide discounts during off-peak seasons that you might want to take advantage of.

Change of address

If you have bills that are in your name, it is best to get in touch with your utility providers, banks and credit card companies before transferring to your new address. This is to make sure that any correspondence will be forwarded to your new address.

Provide them with the exact date on which to disconnect the services in your old home. Moreover, if you are transferring to an area where they also provide service, you can inform them when they should connect the gas, electricity and water services at your new address. If you have an existing contract with your cable, internet and phone providers, ask them if it is possible to reinstall the services in your new place.

Lastly, if your home is hooked up to a security alarm system get in touch with the company to have it deactivated and transferred. Have a licensed technician reinstall the system in your new home as soon as possible.

 

 

4 Maintenance Tasks to Check Off Your Summer To-Do List

Now that the spring is coming to a close, it’s time to prepare for the hot months ahead. Your home might also need a bit of maintenance after a long winter of cold weather. Add these four home maintenance tasks to your to-do list to make your home ready for summer.

1. Perform seasonal maintenance on your air conditioner.

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No matter how new or efficient your air conditioner is, it needs a bit of maintenance every time the seasons change. Regular maintenance keeps the system in good condition and helps you catch developing problems before they turn into expensive malfunctions. At the very least, clean the vents and replace the air filter.

If you’ve noticed a few problems like noise, extra cycles, or rooms that don’t get conditioned air, now is the time to get your air conditioner checked out. Those problems will grow as the temperature increases, and the last thing you want is a week without an air conditioner during the summer. DIY maintenance beyond changing out the filter and vacuuming the vents may invalidate your warranty, so always call in a professional when your air conditioner needs a tune-up or preventative maintenance.

2. Clean out your home’s dryer vent.

During the autumn and winter, you may find yourself doing more laundry. Clothes will get damp from bad weather, and heavy coats, jeans, and sweaters mean more loads in the machines. But all of that extra fabric will have filled your machine with extra lint. Your dryer’s vent collects lint and dust. This is extremely flammable, and that’s dangerous when it’s so close to the heat from electricity or gas. Pull out the machine and clear away all of the lint.

3. Flush your water heater.

While draining your water heater isn’t a summer-specific task, it does need to get done once a year. The end of spring is the best time to perform the chore. You can clear out all of the sediment that built up from a lot of hot water use during the winter. Then you don’t have to worry about a poorly functioning water heater during the summer. If you prefer to have a professional handle the task, now is also the perfect time to avoid the busy season.

4. Check your gutters for leaks and clogs.

Depending on where you live, you might not have received a lot of rain over the spring. That means you might not know if your gutters have developed cracks or clogs from the past winter. Climb a ladder and run some water through the gutters to check for any problems. Now is also a great time to add leaf guards to your gutters so you have less maintenance to worry about in the fall and winter. If you had a lot of rain this spring, make sure you clear away the leaves, nests, and twigs that could clog the system during heavy storms.

As the weather starts to change, it may feel like you have a lot to do and not enough time to do it in. But if you take care of these four maintenance tasks early, your home will be in good shape for summer.

 

Introduction to Smart Thermostats

Ever since the 1600s, when the first primitive cooling system was invented, we’ve been designing ways to make them work better. Once the ability to control heating and cooling was implemented, the thermostat came into existence about a thousand years later. Today’s modern systems, like those installed by Davis Air Conditioning and Heating, work together with smart thermostats to regulate temperatures and save energy by improving efficiency.

Fashioned from the Greek words thermos (heat) and stat (stationary), the first thermostats used mercury until the electric model was introduced in the 1800s. The 1980s introduced us to the digital age of thermostats that were easier to read and understand and operated more efficiently than their predecessors. The early 2000s welcomed the introduction of programmable devices, and today’s smart thermostats let us control our cooling and heating systems to work in the best possible way.

Winter and summer can bring extreme temperatures, and smart thermostats can help keep them under control indoors without taxing the entire HVAC system. In the United States, 87% of households use a thermostat to control the heating of their homes, but only 37% are programmable. Of the 60% who use a thermostat to regulate cooling, only 29% are programmable. Smart thermostats are designed to take the headache out of setting temperatures. They also save time, money, and energy by remembering programs. View the infographic below to see a timeline of heating and cooling history and the evolution of the thermostat. When you’re ready to upgrade, install a smart thermostat and put your HVAC system to work to reduce cost and save energy.

 

Moving Checklist

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Transferring to a new place can be a hassle if you haven’t planned it properly. For more information on relocation, visit this link here. There are a lot of boxes to be sorted out and there can be not enough time. You might give notice to your landlord in your old apartment that you will be staying just until the end of the month. However, you might not want to find yourself in a situation where there’s just one left and you haven’t packed your clothes and silverware yet.

Getting things ready in advance can reduce the stress and pressure that you will feel when you are moving house. You need to sort out things such as transferring your medical records, hosting garage sales, cutting off your electricity and water, and move all of your possessions from the old apartment to the new apartment as soon as possible.

Fortunately, moving can be done without stress and without losing your cool. You can follow the following tips so that you can say goodbye to the old home and say hello to the new home.

Two Months Before Moving

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Sort all your Things

You need to sort your things. You can start with walking in every room, opening drawers, and deciding the things that you should get rid of. Make a list of things that require special packings such as fragile items, crystals, paintings, and other valuables. You can donate or sell the things that you don’t need in your new home. If you don’t need your other clothes, host a garage sale or sell them online so that there will be lesser things to move.

Hire Movers

There are moving companies that can make things easier for you on the day of your relocation. Contact several movers and ask them about their quotes. You should ask if they have the license to drive out-of-state, if they have insurance, and if you can receive the most accurate pricing. You should also check their website and look for feedback to make sure that they are legit.

Contact your Children’s School

If you have children who are studying, notify the school about the move. Get all the paperwork done for the transfer and bring all the necessary documents with you. You have to obtain all the academic records of your child so that the transfer will be smooth. You can also contact the new school and ask about the pre-enrollment requirements and transfer procedures.

A Month and a Half Before

Travel Arrangements

Book a flight, arrange hotel accommodations or find nearby inns. You might need these especially if you have already given notice to your old home and you need to move but your new home is not yet ready. Find the cheapest hotel in the area where you can book for a week or while you arrange everything in your new home.

Buy the Necessary Packing Supplies

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You need to get cardboard boxes in different sizes. You may also want to find bags where you can put your clothes. Buy packing tapes, bubble wraps, markers, and specialty containers. You may need to buy ones where you can put your dishes and silverware. Even if you are not yet moving out, start packing things that you won’t use for a week or two. You can buy additional boxes if you found out that there are not enough boxes for all of your things.

Contact your Medical Provider

Get records of you and your family’s medical history. You need to them to send to your new physician in the new place. Settle all your dental, medical and other health insurance. If you or one of your family members is required to take certain pills and medicine, make sure to bring the prescription with you.

A Month Before

Start Packing Seasonal Items

Start packing your clothes, silverware, photos, books, and other things that you don’t need to use immediately. Label them well. You should pack your essentials such as beddings, soap, toothbrush, and laptops last as you may need them even on the day before you move. Don’t forget to mark the contents of each box or label them using a marker. To avoid theft, do not list the items on the box that contains valuables.

Measure your Things

If some of your furniture won’t it into the new home, you can sell it, keep it on a storage company, or give it away. You need to make sure that all the items from your current home will fit in the doorway of the new one. If you are tight on space in the new home, then you should bring things that are not very important to you when you relocate.

3 Weeks Before

Call the movers and confirm that you are moving on the day that you have agreed on. Double-check with them and you can invite them to come over to your place to see your furniture, appliances, and packing boxes that they need to move. More information about movers in this site: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/mover.

Clear Out

Take all your belongings from safe boxes, storage spots, basements, and attics. Do not forget to hire dry cleaners when you move out to ensure that there’s nothing left behind. Your landlord or landlady will appreciate it if you clean the place after moving if you are renting. If you are selling your house, dry cleaning it can make it sell faster in the market.

A Day Before

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Confirm with the movers again. Triple check with the moving company your plans. You also need to ask them how much will be the bill, when are you going to pay it, and the mode of payment. You need to get the phone number of the crew that will help you move your things out. You need to prepare written directions and a complete address of your new home.

Arrange the Keys

You should arrange to return the keys of your old home to the landlady if you are renting or to a real estate broker if you are selling. You need to obtain the keys to the new house before moving so that you can enter your new house without any hassle. And when it’s all finished, say hello to your new house.

Custom Home Design: Exterior Finishing and Design Ideas

It can often seem difficult to create a house that fits in with planning permissions, the neighborhood, and yet is still customized enough to be the house if your dreams.

Fortunately, difficult is not the same as impossible! Here are some great finishing ideas and designs for the outside of your home:

Clad It

This may not seem particularly stunning or unique but there are many different types of cladding for houses and an array of approaches that will work.

You can choose vinyl cladding and any type of finish you can imagine. Vinyl cladding comes in a wide choice of colors, as well as looking like wood, or almost any other material you can think of.

But, vinyl is not the only option, you can use metal, stone, brick, or fiber-cement. You can choose your own color and even mix and match the materials. With just a little thought and planning you can have a totally unique house which still looks stunning.

Change The Drive

It’s not just the house that needs some attention, pause a take a look at your current driveway. It’s probably a relatively simple affair that looks the same as the other driveways in your street.

However, you can easily change the driveway to customize the house. Consider block paving, gravel, tarmac, or even concrete. But, make sure you add a feature.

For example, if you go for asphalt don’t choose black, have it laid in a different color, such as red or green. Or, if you opt for block paving, add a feature, such as a star or a compass to the middle of it.

Yes, it will cost a little more but the result will be well worth it.

Landscaping

Don’t stop with the exterior walls and driveway, it’s time to take a look at the yard and start landscaping. Unless you’re a keen gardener you’ll want to make the yard minimal work. This means laying grass and keeping shrubs and other plants in pots or raised beds

Perhaps the most important feature is the decking or another style of outside entertainment area. This is where you can really express yourself. It doesn’t need to be a square or rectangular feature, instead, it should be any shape you want, with your own feature designed into it.

Don’t forget to add lights for maximum effect.

Lighting

It’s not just your entertainment area that needs lighting it. Adding lights to the outside of your home that highlights its best features are a fantastic way of making your home look stunning at night.

You can also improve and customize the effect by adding colored lights. It’s not just you that will benefit from your custom house design improvements, your neighbors will appreciate the extra effort and may even make their own improvements.

You just have to hope they don’t copy your improvements!

It is also worth considering adding an extension to your home as this will allow you to add extra space or even change the whole look and feel of the house from outside.

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Tips for Caring For Your Laminex Doors

Laminated doors have come a long way in recent years, and you can now enjoy a fantastic finish to contemporary or more traditional inspired kitchens. Cabinets typically account for as much as 30 percent of the cost of remodelling a kitchen, so it is understandable why Laminex doors hold a great appeal. Today laminates are available in such a massive choice of natural patterns; you can create a realistic looking effect in oak, cypress or even granite or marble. If you prefer a bolder finish, you can choose from every colour of the rainbow or a dramatic graphic pattern to add some funk to your kitchen ambiance. Unfortunately, many homeowners worry about how to care for laminated doors, so they are reluctant to break convention. Fortunately, we have some tips for caring for Laminex doors that may help you to make your purchase decision.

The Advantages of Laminate

Before we delve into how to care for laminated doors, it is crucial to appreciate the advantages offered with this innovative product. Laminex is a made using man made synthetic materials. The synthetics are placed over a substrate or a compressed wood compound that acts as a base. While there are melamine doors that are low pressure variety, Laminex is a high-pressure laminate that offers greater durability and higher quality.

Laminex kitchen cabinets offer a great many advantages. High quality laminate, such as Laminex, can withstand the heavy use that occurs in a busy family kitchen. It is also less susceptible to colour change, which can be a problem in the hot Aussie climate, where UV exposure can easily discolour home finishes. Laminex also holds uniform stain colours, so you can be sure that all of your cabinets will continue to look exactly alike for a consistent look for many years to come. So, now you’re convinced of the benefits of Laminex, you will need to know how to keep it looking great.

Like any type of kitchen surface, cabinets can develop a buildup of dust, dirt, and cooking debris throughout the year. Fortunately, Laminex cabinets are one of the easiest cabinet finishes to keep clean, provided you follow some basic care instructions.

Regularly Dust

Perhaps the best way to avoid problematic cleaning of your Laminex cabinets is to keep them as clean as possible throughout the year. Don’t just wait for that intense spring clean, but rather include dusting as part of your regular cleaning routine. Use a soft cloth or duster and every week wipe any dust from the surface of your cabinets. Be sure to wipe both inside and the exterior to remove any dust or dirt that has accumulated.

Use a Damp Cloth

If you notice any areas that cannot be cleaned with dusting, such as a sticky area or stain, you’ll need to use a damp cloth. Ideally, any spills should be wiped up immediately, but it can be easy to overlook the odd splash or spill. So, use a soft cloth or sponge and ensure that it is thoroughly wrung out, so it is just damp. You want to avoid water dripping onto the surface or sitting on the cabinet, so give the cloth a good wring. Use the cloth or sponge to gently rub the surface of the stain. In most cases, this is likely to be sufficient to remove the debris without causing damage to the laminate surface.

Use Chemical Cleaners with Care

If dusting and a damp cloth has not cleared a mark or stain, you may rush straight to your cleaning cupboard to find a chemical cleaner, but you will need to act with care. Laminates can be vulnerable to scratches caused by abrasive cleaning products, so you need to be careful about what chemical cleaners you use on your new cabinets. Generally, a hand soap or other soft detergent will be sufficient to remove tough marks or stains without causing damage to the cabinet. Rub the stained area with a damp cloth that has a dot of soap on it. Allow the soap to sit for a moment or two before you use a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.

Look for Laminate Safe Cleaning Solutions

If gentle soap does not remove a particularly tough stain, you may need to look for a laminate safe cleaning solution. Fortunately, there are a number of products available at grocery stores that are safe for laminate. You will need to follow the instructions carefully to ensure proper dilution of the cleaning solution, as a full strength solution may cause damage to the laminate and the substrate underneath permanently. If you’re unsure about what products can and cannot be used on your Laminex doors, be sure to ask your kitchen cabinet company for help.

Laminate doors have been transformed in recent years to provide a more cost effective way to achieve a very attractive look to a new kitchen. Whether you prefer a sleek modern look or take inspiration from more traditional kitchen designs, there are laminate options to suit your preferences. Laminate is available in a wealth of patterns, styles, and colours, so you can allow your creativity to go wild and choose a cabinet finish that will complement all the other elements of your new kitchen. These cabinets and doors are designed to maintain a great aesthetic for many years to come, but this can only be accomplished with the right care. It is always a good idea to clean up any spills immediately to prevent them from drying onto the surface and causing a stain, but it is also important to perform regular cleaning.

If you would like to learn more about Laminex doors or any other type of laminated doors, be sure to speak to us. The Kitchen Door Company offers a wide variety of cabinet options including laminate, and our team would be delighted to answer any queries you may have to help you plan your dream kitchen and make your purchase decision.

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How to Choose Chairs for Your Dining Room Table

Mixing and matching furniture is very trendy these days. Although most people find it practical to buy furniture that comes in a set, you have more freedom to express your unique style when you buy pieces individually. But for someone who does not have much knowledge of interior design, it can be a bit challenging. This article will be a guide, specifically on how to find the right chairs for a standalone dining table.

Begin with the dining roomscale

In choosing chairs for a dining room table, comfort is a primary consideration. The chairs need to match the scale of the table you bought. On average, 10 to 12 inches from the seat cushion to the tabletop is considered the most comfortable distance. However, it can vary depending on the table’s thickness and the diner’s size.

The best way to find a comfortable distance between the chair seat and the table is to test different chairs. Find a table that approximates the one you have and find a chair that matches. Another factor to consider is whether or not your table has an apron. If your table has an apron, you need to consider how it will affect the comfort level of the chair. Take some time to visit furniture stores in your area and compare the feel of different styles of chairs. From iconic chairs with recognisable designer styles to classic and uncomplicated pieces, the most important is that you find the right comfort level.

Consider the table’s width and depth

In addition to comfort, make sure that the chairs you choose will fit snugly under the table. If you have a rectangular or oval dining table, the chairs placed on both ends should not bump the table legs. Always leave enough room for the chairs to slide through because it will also affect the movement of diners.

Choosing a chair design

The next step in choosing a dining chair is the style. The basic principle of mixing furniture styles is by finding a common element which will tie the pieces together. For example, the finish of the table or the texture can be a starting point to finding a chair that will match with it. Chair upholstery and colour will also give you the right inspiration on how to find a piece that matches the table. Nevertheless, do not limit yourself to strict design principles. You can still experiment by mixing and matching styles that appeal to you, as long as the result is not outrageous or ridiculous.

Chair arm and back height

Choosing dining chairs with arms is a bit tricky. But if you prefer chairs with arms, make sure that they do not bump or brush the table. Apart from possibly damaging the furniture, it will limit the available space for diners to sit comfortably.

The back of the chair needs to be higher than the tabletop. Chairs that are higher than the table look better. Allow a minimum height of at least two inches; otherwise, you will end up with chairs that look squatty next to the table you chose.

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