4 Ways to maximize space in every room

Space is needed in most homes as homes become smaller. Therefore maximizing space is the key to making your home feel more spacious and welcoming.  Here are 4 ways to maximize space in every room of your home.

Opening up your entryway – Your entryway will welcome your guests and see family off to school and work every day. This space should be designed to be functional and efficient for the entire family. Maximize space by adding a bench to wear and remove shoes and wall hooks to place jackets, hats, umbrellas and backpacks in one place. A large mirror is also a good idea so that you can check yourself before you leave.

Make your kitchen easy to cook in – Your kitchen is a busy space and therefore should be functional, welcoming while making food preparation easy. Make the most of your vertical space, by adding hooks that provide easy access and maximize space. Include extra shelving in your pantry to store often-used items.

Bathroom essentials – Your bathroom is the first room you enter when you wake and the last room you visit before bed. If you are sharing your bathroom, making the most of your space is essential. Baskets are a good option to store laundry, beauty appliances, and toiletries.

Public rooms – Your living and dining rooms are used by the entire family and therefore are the messiest. To keep this space tidy, use multi-functional furniture that has drawers at the bottom.

How to Effectively Shop Online for Couch Cushions

Foam manufacturers often have the best deals in their online store.

Written by: The Foam Factory

red-outdoor-couch-cushionsIdeally, if you’re looking for some new sofa seat cushions, you’d most likely drive to your local bedding store and purchase them right then and there. However, you should note that the digital world is impacting sales. Meaning, what you would normally see at a store could be cheaper online. You’re no stranger to the online world, and it’s pretty obvious that the convenience of having something delivered to your home at the press of a button is much more preferable than driving out to get it in person. Here are some tips that will help you choose the right online store to purchase your new couch cushions.

Are they Reputable?

The number one factor that you need to consider before you commit to a store is determine whether or not they are a reputable couch foam manufacturer and not just some scam artist putting up false advertisements. Be sure that you check their credentials and even take a look at some customer reviews. Most of the time, you can type the store’s name into a search engine and you’ll find that numerous sites will have articles on their legitimacy (assuming they aren’t legitimate).

Compare Prices

Just like shopping at a brick-and-mortar store, it’s important that you compare prices from one store to another. The last thing that you’ll want to see is the exact same product that you just bought on another website for a reduced price. Browse around and see which store offers the best deal. Also, factor in the shipping and handling costs. While you may be getting a discounted rate, the shipping and “handling” part may bring it back up to before the discount. Many stores will have enticing deals like “Buy $50 worth of goods and get free shipping!” While this may be good if you’re purchasing in bulk, you might want to hold off as there may be another store that can offer you free shipping. With enough research, you’ll be able to find the right manufacturer that you can do business with for a decent price.

The Bottom Line

Now, if you’re looking for a some great deals, there are numerous ones online that are easily accessible. Just perform the right amount of research and you’ll have your sofa foam replacement product in no time. While it doesn’t have that tangible aspect, you can come away with some solid deals!

How to use home automation to boost your safety and security

yourhomeimprovementHome automation is a smart way to keep your home and loved ones safe. Here are some home automation suggestions that will increase your safety and security.

Lock (or Unlock) the Doors – Old-fashioned keys are not being replaced with touchpads, smartphones, and Bluetooth. The most recent innovation uses your smartphone to open and lock your doors. You can also send a virtual key to guests or repair people. The app also lets you know who has recently used the key and at what time.

Keep your home safe and secure – If you are away on holiday and you want your security system to give the impression that someone is home, this is the option for you. Advanced security systems will switch lights on and off at different times of the day and night.

Home off-the-shelf products – Most of these products work with many types of door and windows and alert the homeowner if they have been left open.

Watch the house – A fully automated system will offer real-time monitoring of your home and provide other details like carbon dioxide levels and fire alarm activation. Most often these systems are controlled via an app and through the Internet and therefore can be accessed via a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Keep your signal safe – Thieves are also able to hack into your smartphone devices to access your home or personal information. Therefore all home automation systems should have password protection on all devices and networks.


5 Ideas for hanging art

yourhomeimprovement-novPlacing pictures or paintings on your wall correctly is a balance between spacing, color, and proportion. The way pictures or artwork is placed will transform the space as well as the feeling the picture or artwork gives off to the viewer. Here are a few 5 ideas for hanging art.

Avoid hanging your art too high on a wall. This will make it difficult for viewers to view your entire piece. Instead look at hanging your art 155cm- 160cm from the ground.

To maintain balance and proportions don’t leave space under your pictures or artwork unless it will be filled. For example, if you hang a painting above a fireplace, avoid leaving space underneath unless you have a clock or an ornament that will be placed on

When hanging patterned artwork, place your pieces on the ground before arranging them on your wall. This will give you a good idea on how to plan your space before fixing them on the wall.

Avoid hanging pictures from one point, as this leaves the picture unstable and it can be easily moved or shifted out of alignment. Look at hanging pictures at two points on either side of the frame.

Leveling your pictures is important. Therefore invest in a spirit level to gauge your alignment. It is also important to use your eye to gauge alignment as other elements like rails, ceilings and pillars may not be leveled themselves.

How to Properly Care for Your Outdoor Cushions

Your outdoor cushions should be maintained to prolong its overall life.

outdoor-cushion-cleaningWhen it comes to patio furniture, remember that the outdoor foam that you select is just as important as the furniture piece itself. It’s what you and your guests are going to be sitting on when you hold your summer barbeques and gatherings.

Choose Your Covers Carefully

Not all cushion covers are made equally. It’s crucial that you choose a cover that can be used on outdoor seat backs because cheaper materials can lead to mold and mildew. Additionally, you’ll also find that they’ll fade and lose its color once it’s been exposed to the sun for a period of time.

Keep a Storage Box For Your Cushions

While it’s not mandatory to have a safe box for your cushions, it’s recommended that you find a dry place to protect them from the rain and the changing weather patterns. Doing this could prolong the life of your outdoor foam cushions and save them from looking dull and rugged. And, if your patio is the center of a party, the last thing you’ll want is for guests to sit on a mold-filled seat cushion and get grossed out.

Clean Your Cushion Covers

Most homeowners focus on making sure their indoor couch covers are clean and free of potato chip crumbs, dirt, and whatever else managed to stain it. But, your outdoor covers go through more wear and tear than you might think. If left outside, it’s exposed to whatever the weather and nature throws at it. Be sure that you clean your covers at least twice a season. This will ensure that they remain clean and free from dirt and bacteria build-up.

The Foam Factory is a leading foam manufacturer. For Dryfast foam, couch cushion foam, or custom foam products, visit them online today.

Six rustic ways to decorate your home with nature

Article written by : Furniture Holic

yourhomeimprovementHome interiors are now getting inspired by nature by using plants and animals in fabrics and ceramics. Here are some ideas that will help you apply this theme to your home.

Storage jars as a miniature cacti garden – Large jars are great to create your own small cacti garden. You just need to fill your jar with sand, plants, and different succulents.

Appliquéd insect cushion – Draw an insect silhouette with tailor’s chalk onto a piece of fabric. Try felts and wool fabrics, as they work well for appliqué. Then simply cut your shape and use machine embroidery to attach the shape to a cushion.

Butterfly pin board – To start this project, just cut butterflies from wrapping paper. Then choose a sheet of paper and stick it to a lightweight cardboard. Fold your butterflies in half and then pin them to your board.

Botanical papers and tags – Wrap your gifts by using detailed botanical and entomological motifs, cut out from wrapping paper. Make sure you choose rough recycled papers that give a rustic vibe.

Photographs – Choose a wallpaper with a collection of framed prints, butterfly and insect specimens and paste it in a small confined area, like a library.

Ceramics – Purchase small, medium to large ceramics of rabbits, squirrels, frogs and pigeons from homeware stores or flea markets. They are great to place on shelves or night stands, to soften your space.


Advisors to Experts: How to Hire Support Staff in Construction Projects

A successful construction project with structural steel will require that you have the support staff necessary to make sure that your project is done right and on time. The most important support services are those who make sure that your project is also carried out safely and legally, says construction consultant Lyle Charles.

The Right Advisers

Construction advisory services are needed as early as possible in the planning stages. Advisers will identify the risks associated with the project and will provide advice on how to mitigate these risks. These services also assist in planning, the most important part of any construction project.

Structural Steel Consultation

When constructing high-rise buildings, structural steel is an essential component. To make sure that your proposed structure will be structurally sound, your firm must hire a structural steel expert. When selecting an expert, find out which projects he or she has been involved in and how long he or she has been in the industry.

Avoiding Legal Hot Water

Unfortunately, regardless of how much care and attention you put into your project, there may still be problems along the way that you will have to answer in court, which will necessitate the services of a construction expert witness. These experts will observe all stages of the construction process and will then provide exert testimony. The best way to find an expert for this purpose is to hire an attorney to assist you in all legal matters related to the construction of your high-rise building.

7 Affordable decorating ideas

Article Written by : Home Improvement Plus Perks

yourhomeimprovement july 2016Decorating a space sometimes can be costly. If you are on a budget and want a few quick fix ideas to refresh your home, here are a few tips that will cost you next to nothing.

The problem: Your room does not feel inviting – To create a more inviting space, gather pillows from around your home and place them on your sofa. Choose pillowcases that have complementary colours for a mismatched look.

The problem: You have low ceilings – Create the illusion of high ceilings by moving your curtain rods above the window frame. Make sure the curtains graze the bottom of the window or the floor.

The problem: You can’t put holes in your walls – If putting holes in your walls is not an option, place large mirrors angled against walls or on wall shelving.

The problem: Boring built-in book shelves – For those boring built in’s, add a bold colour to window seats with throw pillows. Look for predominant colours in your books for a colour pallette.

The problem: Furniture lines every wall – Furniture aligned at the edges of walls creates an unwelcoming living space. Instead place furniture in groupings to encourage conversation.

The problem: Boring displays – Placing frames or arrangements in even numbers is less pleasing for the eye. Instead go for objects in threes or fives to make your display interesting.

The Problem: A Tiny table – If you have a small table and want to give the illusion of size add a table runner.

Smart Steps for a Dry Basement

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Ask any homeowner with a basement about their biggest fear, and aside from a natural disaster, you’re likely to get plenty of people citing water damage and flooding. Basements are prone to this kind of problem for a couple reasons. The most obvious is that so much of a home’s plumbing and water flow systems run in and out of the basement. Their position below ground level also means they can be humid, and the way the surrounding land holds and handles water can play a role as well. Lastly, since basements, particularly ones that aren’t finished, are places we don’t spend large portions of our time, a minor issue can more easily become a major one, since these spaces go unchecked for longer in many cases.

Luckily, there are ways to avoid these issues; otherwise we wouldn’t have basements in the first place! The first is to make sure you have a quality, functional sump pump, and ideally, a backup power source for it, should it go out during weather or an outage. There are other, more set-it and forget-it type strategies you can implement as well.

One of the best, both for helping to prevent water damage, as well as offering energy conservation, is wrapping your pipework with insulation. While it helps treated water stay at temperature, in the winter, it can reduce the chances of freezing, bursting, and leaking pipes. Non-absorptive materials like closed-cell foam can help insulate while avoiding rot and mold issues from condensation or humidity.

Lastly, if you don’t go down into your basement on a daily basis, checking on it more frequently can save you an incredible amount of stress and money if you’re able to spot an issue while it’s still small, rather than going to get your Christmas lights and stepping into two feet of water.

Article submitted by The Foam Factory, an online retailer of thermal insulation materials, including a range of closed-cell foam that call be rolled, wrapped, and fitted around pipework.

Packaging for a Move

If you’re prepping your home for a move, and you have lots of breakable glassware, then you have a challenge on your hands! Not to worry! Some packaging from Canada can help you secure your valuables and keep them safe during even a cross country move. With this guide, you’ll learn how to upgrade your packaging and how to safely stow the most valuable breakables in your home.


Why Upgrading Matters

How many times have you moved? Three, four times in your entire life? That’s a few hundred, perhaps even a thousand dollars you may have spent on disposable boxes over the year. Boxes these days are quite expensive, and they don’t last.

That’s why more homes are upgrading their storage to last for the long term. First, install some shelving in the garage. You’ll be glad you have that shelving for the new plastic boxes you’ll be getting. Clear plastic is preferable. You’ll label every box, of course, but clear plastic is good for spotting certain items (like the Christmas ornament your wife loves).

Upgrading to plastic will keep your breakables safe, easily storable and ready for whenever you need them next.


When you’re trying to package plates, glasses and other breakables, most people wrap them in newspaper and wonder why they arrive to the new home shattered. One or two layers of something that is paper thin isn’t going to save your glassware.

Flexible polyurethane foam is something most companies use, but most consumers don’t. You can easily cut and shape it to fit the mold of whatever you need with little more than a craft knife. Cut a strip through the middle, and you can use it to secure cups or silverware.

You can also used closed cell foam from Canada that has been cut into sheets. Place the sheets above and below any electronics you’re storing. You can protect CDs, old books and just about anything flat with this too. The foam adds stability to the package, and helps protect against shock.

If you drop the package, the foam that occupies the package absorbs the impact. Your breakables will be safe, especially with closed-cell foam. That type of foam is typically higher in density, which makes it perfect for packing materials.

Final Thoughts

You can order foam cut to sheets, then re-shape as you need it. Not much planning required, and the packaging will last for most of your life time. While it seems expensive to upgrade, you’ll be glad you did when you’re unpacking your breakables in the new home.
Foam Factory, Inc. is Southeast Michigan’s largest retailer and distributor of foam products to the United States and Canada.