A Guide on How to Replace Your Couch Cushion

Replacing your old couch cushions is important for maintaining a high comfort level. Fortunately, it’s extremely easy to replace. Here is a quick guide to help you get started.

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Measure Your Cushion Before You Replace

When you purchase replacement cushions for your seats, you want to be sure that you get the correct sizing. By putting in a size too big, what you will end up with is a bumpy, awkward-looking seat. You wouldn’t want your guest to be sitting on a stiff seat shaped like mountains. Be sure to take the proper measurements to ensure a perfect fit.

Check for Old Foam

When you remove the old foam, what you are going to be left with is an empty cover. Take a look inside to make sure that there are no remnants of old foam and debris hiding inside. Because this is probably one of the only times that your cover will be empty, take the opportunity to machine wash them. Be sure your covers are completely dry before stuffing your new couch cushions inside.

Insert Your New Cushion

Unzip your clean cover and face it on a flat surface towards you. Fold the long sides of the foam together. This makes it easier for you to stuff it inside the cover. If it’s too hard you can try taking a durable belt to tie the two ends together. After it’s inserted, continue to push the foam towards the front of the cover while keeping it folded. Once it has reached the entire length, you can then release your grip on the foam and it should even itself out filling in the cover.

Smoothing it Out

Once you foam is inside your cover, it will be probably look out of place and of the sort. Smooth the cover out and align the seams of the cover to the edge of the foam. Clear out the majority of the wrinkles by running your hands over the cover evenly.

Closing Your Cover

Once your foam is fully fitted inside your cover, the only thing left is to close the zipper back. If your foam has been accurately measured, then you shouldn’t have too much of problem with it sticking out. Just gently place the foam back into the cover and you are back in action.
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Tips for Waterproofing Your Favorite Patio Furniture

Waterproofing-Your-Favorite-Patio-FurnitureSo you’ve found a furniture set that would be perfect for your patio, the only trouble is that it was designed for use indoors. While furniture specifically designed for use outdoors will generally last longer, with proper weatherproofing even indoor furniture may be used out in the elements.

If you’re trying to protect furniture made of wood, you will need to treat it with multiple coats of an exterior finish that is designed to protect from both UV rays as well as moisture. Recoat the furniture regularly throughout the season to ensure that the finish does not wear through and lapse in its protection.

The fabric of your cushions will likely need to be replaced with canvas or other fabric that is specifically designed for use in seat backs.

Replacing any traditional seat foam inserts with a weather resistant alternative, such as Dry fast foam, will help to ensure your furniture dries quickly. This not allows for use shortly after the rain has stopped, but also when combined with the foam’s anti-microbial properties will help your furniture resist mold and mildew growth.

Finally, placing your furniture on glides will elevate it off the ground and help keep it from resting in puddles of rainwater.

With these tips in mind, you should be able to keep your new patio furniture in great shape despite the harsh effects of leaving it out in the elements.

Carlo Badalamenti is the marketing manager for The Foam Factory, which has been custom cutting foam cushions for the United States and Canada for more than 30 years.

What to Expect When Purchasing an Entry Door

What to Expect When Purchasing an Entry Door

Your front door is more than an entryway into your house. It commands major attention from the street and is one of the main factors in curb appeal. Here are some things to consider when buying an entry door.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Each door has its strengths and weaknesses. From fiberglass to wood, choose the right type of material that best suits your environment and where you live. While they may all be aesthetically pleasing, the most important thing to look for is quality. Base your purchase purely off of quality, not its price. Buying a low-end fiberglass door just because it’s on sale will not last the changing weather patterns.

Insulation

Fiberglass and steel doors retain a lot more heat than a wooden door. Energy Star-qualified doors are tested and certified, providing you great insulation. Plus, it’s a cost-efficient way if you are looking for a door on a budget.

Installing your Door

Installing your door should be an easy process. Door systems known as pre-hung doors come with everything you need and are already set up. The only thing that you need to do is fit it around the frame, square it, and level it. If you decide on purchasing a new door, you might as well hire a contractor instead of doing it yourself. The amount of effort and intricate work that you have to put in is not worth the time.

Staying Safe

Keep your family safe from burglars and crooks. By purchasing a less expensive and hollow door, the chances of a burglar breaking into your house is pretty high. Upgrade your locks and the exterior door frame by using longer mounted screws. This will increase the resistance of your door.

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Common Mistakes That Do Not Sell Your House

Not Sell Your HouseAre you having problems selling your house? Are potential buyers leaving instead of coming in bunches? Many homeowners make these common mistakes when trying to sell their house and end up having their house sit in real estate purgatory.

Pay Attention to Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is one of the first things that prospective home buyers see. If the front exterior looks nice, they will most likely schedule a viewing. Many people focus too much on the interior design rather than the outside. Prospects can’t magically warp into the inside of your house; they have to stroll through the front to get there. It’s essentially the first impression that your buyers will take with them.

Picture Perfect

If you are putting up a listing, make sure you put as many pictures as you can. The more you place up the better. A high quality camera wouldn’t hurt either. Many sellers will put a limited amount of photos thinking that alone will attract their buyer. Little do they know that four pictures don’t really do justice to your house.

Do Not Be There For The Showing

Being there at the showing does nothing but make the prospective buyer uncomfortable. There’s nothing more awkward than going into a viewing of the house and seeing the homeowner. Don’t let your buyers see you until your house has been closed.

Selling your house can be a difficult process. By avoiding the above mistakes, you will be one step closer to closing out your property.

Bio: Kuba Jewgieniew, CEO of Realty ONE Group, heads a real-estate brokerage firm that has grown to be the largest brokerage in Nevada and is one of the fastest growing real estate companies in Arizona and California.