A little Rant About Blinds
June 28, 2015
You get many different kinds of window blinds that use a variety of control systems. Window blinds are generally made up of several long horizontal or vertical slats of various types of hard material, such as wood, plastic or metal which are held together by cords that run through the blind slats. Window blinds are adjusted by rotating them from an open position to a closed position either manually or by remote control which allows the slats to overlap and block out most light.
Roller blinds are a good choice for any window treatment. Sun shades filter harsh sunlight out while still maintaining the view. For adding an element of privacy to any room, roller shades are also a great option. You just pull them down and relax while still being able to enjoy the light from your windows. A roller blind is a wonderful addition to any home as the designs range from fancy and decorative, to sleek and elegant. Keep these tips in mind while shopping for your new modern window treatments.
Roller blinds allow you to adjust the length of the window you want to cover, thanks to a spring mechanism that hangs across the top of the window. The clean lines of the roller blind sets it in a league of its own and will contribute to the overall aesthetics of the room.
The fantastic thing about roller shades is that they come in a variety of fabric choices. If you are looking for blackout roller blinds, there is fabric that allows zero percent of the light to filter through. Any fabric allowing 3-20% of the light through will work for privacy purposes or to block out UV rays, and although you might be able to see out of the window when your roller blinds are down, someone standing outside will find it more difficult to look in.
The amount of vertical space you will need depends on whether you choose an inside or outside mount for the roller blinds. The window should be measured with great care, in other words, taking the measurement from the inside of the window frame from top to bottom and from left to right; as well as the depth for an inside mount blind. Though for an outside mount blind, the measurements should be from where the shade is being planned to hang (horizontal), as well as to where it would be dropped (vertical). The general rule of thumb for an overlap is about 1½ inches.
Inside mount and outside mount are the two different ways to hang your vertical blinds. Which one you choose will depend on your aesthetic preference. The inside mount style sits inside the recess of the window so the shades are flush with the wall, while the outside mounting covers the entire window area because it hangs outside of the window recess. If you are considering inside mount roller blinds, make sure that your window is recessed at least 3 inches so there is room for the mechanis…
The Slumber Alternative
June 27, 2015
There is a surprisingly long history with sleeper couches, or sofas. In Ancient Egypt palms were strapped together to create a daybed, and it is said that Thomas Jefferson used a pulley and rope system to tie up beds in an upright position into a compartment in his home. Guests that slept over at the George Washington Mount Vernon home, is said to have used a settee that could be changed into a bed.
In the slightly later days of sleeper couch designs, the mattresses were generally uncomfortable to sleep on and not a very popular choice for guests, as this is what these items of furniture would be used for. Today, however, the modern designs of sleeper couches has evolved to such an extent that it has become a sought-after addition to many homes. They are now available in an extremely wide range of comfort, size and creative styles.
Modern sleeper couches come in a range of fabrics and colors that will fit into any home without “standing out like a sore thumb”. A sitting room or lounge is easily furnished with an entire suite that is elegant and enhances the room, though contains the “discreet” bed. These suites are available in the standard 3, 2 and 1 settee suites, corner designs, love seats as well as the single couch chair. There are designers and manufacturers that create a “one of a kind”, custom-made set, be it contemporary or traditional. The fabrics used in these designs extend from luxurious genuine leather, wool, silk, and cotton, to jute, rayon, polyester – to name a few, depending on your affordability.
The majority of the sleeper designs are produced with the standard features which include a mattress and frame, and are normally the size of the mattress, that being the single and double bed mattresses.
Frames are constructed from either laminated hardwoods or solid wood which are usually moisture-resistant. Features such a locking mechanism that enables the couch to be upright for seating or laid flat for the bed; an adjustable headrest that provides comfort for reading or watching television; elevated leg rests, and some have the option of storage space underneath the bed section.
A sleepover for the children may gladly be hosted as a sleeper added to the child’s bedroom, incorporating the existing décor, is a preferable option to mattresses on the floor. A futon-style sofa is a favored choice for a teenager’s room. The room that is used as a study or an exercise room may be transformed into a guest room with very little fuss. Even people living in the smaller type apartments where space is a challenge, are now able to furnish their homes with style, and at the same time, have a comfortable bed to lay their head down at the end of a long day.
A good night’s sleep is imperative for everyone to function in a healthy way, no matter what type of lifestyle that is led, and every home deserves style. Incorporate a sleeper couch where guests are welcome without the worry and stress of providing them with comfort.