Monday, September 21, 2009

Innovative furniture from recycled truck tires

The thought of furniture that is made out of tires may seem weird at first. But these innovative designs are sure to make you change your mind.

The really cool ottoman is made out of recycled truck tires. It’s a great way to seat extra dinner guests, or to just have a neat place for yourself. The stools are a complimentary great addition to the piece, and it’s promised that they will never wear out. The stools are topped with removable cushions and covered with reclaimed kilims.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Basic tips for cleaning and maintaining leather furniture

Leather furniture is one of the most elegant types of furniture that one can own. Leather is pleasant to have in any style of home, and brings a new light to any room it is placed in.
Leather is also a type of material that is easily maintained. Caring for your furniture is easily overlooked, but in order to hold the value of your leather, you should follow a few simple tasks in order to keep your leather looking, feeling, and even smelling new. You should also know of the different styles of leather finishes before you purchase your leather furniture.

Aniline Leather
Aniline leather is natural looking and will feature more noticeable marks, barbed wire scars, scratches, brands and wrinkles. The uniqueness of this leather will work for you if you are looking for a piece of furniture that is distinctive when looking at other furniture. Aniline leather should be cleaned with a soft cloth and vacuumed with a soft brush extension. You should also rub the leather down with a cleaning solution to preserve the quality of the leather.

Aniline Plus Leather
Pigmented or aniline-plus leather is another form of leather that is treated to ensure that there will be a smoother color and fewer scratches, marks and branding. This leather has also been treated to help the resistance of stains. Unlike Aniline leather, this is the most common form of leather you will find in department stores and furniture stores. You can also clean this form of leather in the same manner you would the Aniline leather; simply dust with a soft cloth and vacuum with a soft brush extension.

Nubuck Leather
Nubuck leather has been buffed to feel like velvet or suede. This is a form of leather that will have more noticeable range marks, and is more likely to stain and fade than the two other forms of leather. Using a product that is specifically recommended as a leather cleaner and for protection will help the leather resist natural body oils, liquid spills, perspiration and maintain the velvet/suede texture. This form of leather is harder to keep clean than the other two forms of leather due to the texture not being smooth like Pigmented and Aniline leather.

No cleaning will remove every stain, fading or wear. However, you will be able to maintain your leather furniture longer by removing spills immediately, dusting regularly and using care and cleaning products designed for leather furniture.

Caring for Wicker furniture

Wicker furniture is used inside the home to make rooms special and charming.
It is also used outside of our homes, on porches and patios. Wicker is not actually outdoor furniture, although it is used for this purpose, it can be affected by the wind and rain and is specifically impacted by moisture. Some humidity is beneficial; the heat that is consistent indoors will dry out the wicker inside the home. You will notice this fact when you hear the little ¡§cracking¡¨ sounds when you sit on your furniture. Make sure to add the moisture needed by wiping occasionally with a damp cloth.

Do not forget to systematically dust your wicker by wiping with a soft cloth, or vacuum. To remove spills and stains, use a mild dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon per gallon of water, wring somewhat dry and wipe very gently.

Regular cleaning should be done, perhaps every few weeks to keep your furniture looking good. Vacuum the dust from the wicker or hand dust, then wash with the suds only of a mixture of gentle detergent and warm water. Using clear water, rinse by wiping off cleansing suds.

Clean furniture that is all wicker thoroughly at least annually. If it is painted it should not be saturated with water, this could cause damage to the paint, and simply clean with mild soapy water and a sponge that is not dripping wet. If the wicker has real wood built into the unit, clean with the normal method for cleaning wood furniture, and wipe the wicker part, down with mild soap, water, and a sponge.

- First dust the wicker by hand or by using a vacuum, being careful to remove all abrasive soil.
- Using slightly warm scarcely soapy water, and a sponge or cloth to wash entire piece. To clean every crevice, us a soft bristled brush.
- Rinse completely, and place in sun to dry fully. A fan may be used or perhaps a hair drier, however make sure the furniture is totally dry.

Sitting on your wicker furniture before it is completely dry will cause a distortion in shape. Do not allow any pressure for at least a few days after you are certain it is dry.
Using a varnish or lacquer finish or painting the wicker furniture, can alleviate the washing and cleaning process by a great degree. After applying the surface paint or varnish the furniture needs several days of drying.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bookcases are boring ? Think again !

No matter how technology-inclined we may be, books are always an integral part of our lives. To cater to this need, bookshelves are an important part of interior design. Modern interior design trends have attempted to return the book shelf to a primary position in the design of a room. Coming up with innovative shelving for books can drastically change the appearance and mood of a room, changing something mundane into an exciting opportunity. These bookcases do more than just provide shelving space... 
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Storage, and more...

Most of the times, the clutter gets too much to handle, and we always need someplace to store it away, out of sight and away from under our feet. It would be a shame if the dressers, chests of drawers and cabinets that we use weren’t as stylishly and excitingly designed as the rest of the furniture. Here are some examples of innovative ways to hide away your belongings in style....

Friday, September 11, 2009

'Abstract traditional furniture', by Dust Furniture

These pieces of furniture may not be practical shelving space, are called Dust Furniture and are designed by craft artist Vincent Thomas Leman. Vincent’s work has been described as ‘abstract traditional furniture.’ Each piece is essentially a traditional piece of furniture that is stretched, curved, stacked and stepped to fit his design intentions. While wood is the material employed to make his innovative furniture, Vincent considers his actual medium to be ‘traditional furniture.’ The classical root of each piece helps maintain its identity as furniture and keeps the work familiar and approachable despite the unusual shapes. Environmental integrity is also very important to Dust Furniture.

Care is taken to use biodegradable packing peanuts during the packaging process, to avoid adding to the landfills. They also use waterborne urethane to coat the furniture, which is a gentle, high quality alternative to some very strong chemicals. One of their mottos is “We like to think that we’re changing the world… one piece of fun, American handcrafted furniture at a time.” Not too many people would buy a piece of furniture like this, but at least you saw an interesting piece of furniture today !!!