Choosing the Right Style for Your Kitchen Furniture

Kitchen furniture today is simple, beautiful, and available in a variety of colors and textures. The kitchen appliances include many features that make life so simple. A home reflects the personalities of the people living in it, so when you go shopping for furniture, buy the kinds that suit the needs and styles of your family.

Styles of Kitchen Furniture

Fully-fitted: This type of furniture makes the maximum utilization of space. The units available under this option are assembled by the manufacturers. They can then be bought and fitted into your kitchen. The best feature of this is the utilization of space, and the only drawback is that furniture cannot be easily moved when required.

Freestanding: This consists of individual pieces of furniture, each created for specific purposes. The best feature is that it can be moved anywhere, and the only problem with it is that space is not utilized to its full capacity.

Factory built: This type is glued and assembled with cam and dowel fittings. There are plenty of options available in this kind of furniture, thus providing the buyer with a lot of flexibility.

Flat packed/Self-assembled: This furniture has been designed and developed to add momentum to the supply chain and reduce the cost.

Bespoke: With this type of furniture, you have a free hand to choose and design your own kitchen. There is a wide range that is offered. However, this type is priced higher than others.

Buying Furniture

  • Before setting out to buy the furniture, it is important to decide what kind will go well with the rest of your kitchen. You need to decide the main purpose of each item, taking into consideration the members of your family.
  • The next step is to measure the area of your kitchen. While doing so, take care to measure wall to wall. Now, draw a diagram of the room and note down where you plan to place the new pieces of furniture. Take this diagram and the measurements with you while you shop.
  • Decide on the shape of the furniture you would like, taking into consideration the shape and size of the room. If you are lucky and have a bay window in your kitchen, you could use a round or oval table to make the room look beautiful.
  • Read magazines and newspapers to acquaint yourself with the furniture stores in your area. You could also do an online search for the same. Once this is done, and you have an idea in your head, you can begin your search. Keep a notepad handy in case there is anything you would like to note down. If you feel the need, carry a digital camera with you too.
  • Once in the store, talk to the sales person to understand the costs, return policy, and delivery terms. Do not book any furniture until you have done this because some stores have beautiful furniture at good prices but the delivery cost might be too high. Also, remember to check the availability of the furniture you are interested in.
  • After purchasing the furniture, keep the receipts, warranty cards, and tags in a file. You could also keep the business card of the sales person in the same file. This will come in handy if you face any problems with the furniture.

How to Making Kids’ Toy Organizer

There are many toy stores and supermarkets that offer simple solutions to the toy organizer. However, it can be an expensive deal to buy different sized containers for various toys in your child’s room. With a few simple materials, you too can have your very own the organizer and storage bin. Take a look at the instructions given below to build one that is between eye and waist level of your child.

Making an Organizer and Storage Area

First of all, you will need to categorize your child’s toys according to the size and type. This will facilitate you in understanding the correct sizes for the organizer. Throw away all the toys that broken or are missing any parts. Clear the unnecessary clutter, and measure the area where the organizer will be placed.

Materials Needed

  • Table saw
  • ¾ inch plywood
  • Jigsaw or band saw
  • Carpenter’s pencil
  • Clear instant adhesive
  • Box of wall anchors
  • Box of L-shaped wall mounts
  • Clear acrylic wood treatment
  • Tape measure, yardstick and ruler
  • ½ inch by ½ inch stock lumber
  • ¼ inch plywood
  • Coarse through extra-fine sandpaper
  • Power drill, ⅛ inch diameter bit
  • Bright spray paint or highlighter pens
  • 1 box of ¾ inch long, ¼ inch diameter wood screws
  • 1 box of 1 inch long, ¼ inch diameter wood screws

Step #1
Keep all the toys grouped according to their sizes and how much space they will take in the bin. Place each toy against a wall, and determine how much side to side space will be occupied. Also measure the height of the tall toys as well. If your household has more than one child, you will follow this step for each of them and classify their toys.

Step #2
Always decide on building at least 2 shelves for each child in the house. You can divide the length of the organizer according to the needs of each child, and the toys. Let’s say that a toy is taking up 8 feet of (side to side) space. In that case, the 2 shelves for each child will need to be at least 4 ft in width.

Step #3
This step is for those who have more than one child sharing the organizer. Have them all stand against the wall with their arms stretched. Each of them will touch the other’s shoulder so you can measure the height of the tallest shelf for all the kids. Take a bright marker, and color-code each child’s shelf height. You can also use different colors for each child.

Step #4
Now make them stand facing the wall, and have them stretch their arms again. Have them touch the wall with their fingertips, and mark this distance on the floor. This will decide the depth for each child’s shelves. If any of the toys are too long or won’t fit in this depth, they will have to be placed on the floor underneath the bottom shelf.

Step #5
Take the ¾ inch plywood, and cut two side pieces. Be careful while working with the table saw. The piece in height and width will be depend on what your measurements are from step 3.

Step #6
Now it’s time to cut the shelves from the ¼ inch plywood. This length will depend on your measurements you got from step 4. The width of the cut shelves will divide the organizer into equal number of shelves for each child.

Step #7
Take a jig or band saw, and cut ½ inch by ½ inch stock lumber. This will be as same as the depth of the shelves. The pieces will work as supports for the each shelf. Sand all the plywood, and lumber pieces with a coarse and fine sandpapers.

Step #8
Now take the top shelf and keep it over the two side plywood pieces. Take a drill, and screw in ⅛ diameter pilot holes leaving at least 2 inches space. Just leave ⅜ inch of space in the beginning and the end of the shelf. The wooden screws will go in ¾ inch long and ¼ inch in diameter in all these holes. This will help keep the top most shelf in place.

Step #9
Place the organizer in front of you on the floor so that the top shelf is on the opposite side. With the help of the carpenter’s pencil and ruler (or yardstick), the inner sides of the organizer should be marked. Mark another line which will show you how thick each of the shelves will be.

Step #10
Now take the instant adhesive, and apply a thin coat on one side of all the shelves. Let it dry for couple of hours. With a drill, screw in ⅛ pilot holes leaving at least 2 inches space. Just leave ½ inch from the back and the front end of the shelves. The wooden screws will go in ¾ inch long and ¼ inch in diameter in all these holes. This will help keep the top most shelf to the sides.

Step #11
Slide each shelf in its designated space. They will go over their supports, and you will drill more pilot holes as you did before. These will go past through the shelves, and then down each of the supports. Just leave ½ inch from the back and 4 inches from the front end of the shelves. The wooden screws will go in ⅜ inch long and ¼ inch in diameter in all these holes.

Step #12
Take more sandpapers, and finish sanding all the surfaces of the organizer. Smear 3―4 coats of acrylic wood treatment, and let it dry properly. Let the first coat dry completely, and then apply the next one.

Step #13
Use the L-shaped wall mounts and anchors to place the organizer on the wall. You will leave at least 1―3 ft distance between the wall and the organizer.

We have another article on building a closet organizer that might give you more ideas. Make sure you have sturdy wall anchors as they will work as better fasteners than any other screws or nails. I’m sure you will have a great time working on the toy organizer and your kid(s) will definitely appreciate you for it. It is tough work, but in the end, you will have a great sense of accomplishment.

How to Make Unique Bar Stools

If you love the ambiance of a bar, whether traditional or contemporary, you will no doubt like to incorporate it in your home too. A kitchen, dining room or even a patio can be given a modern and chic look by using furniture like bar stools. Bar stools can be used as good interior decoration tools to give your home that personal touch. Bar stools placed against a kitchen island makes a beautiful breakfast nook for the family. Bar stools in chrome and steel will look great when placed against a high table in the dining room. If you have a basement that you want to convert into an entertainment room, then bar stools in some contemporary design would certainly make this room look more polished and put together. Of course, if you have are going to build a home bar, then you will need strong, sturdy and elegant bar stools. Here we are going to discuss some of the unique bar stool designs that are available which you can choose from for your home.

Unique Bar Stool Designs and Styles

Bar stools are available in a variety of materials and designs. However to give your home the look you are aiming for, you need to find bar stools that are not only functional but also matches the décor of your home. For decorating a country style kitchen, you will need bar stools that are rustic look and are almost antique appearance. Imagine how out-of-place modern minimalistic steel bar stools would look in such a kitchen. So always keep the décor of the room in mind, before you choose bar stools for your home. As mentioned above, for a country style home, choose rustic bar stools made with wood. Carved bar stools in a dark wooden finish or pickled wood would look great in such a kitchen. Also consider the height of the bar stools as well as its stability. Solid wood bar stools are very stable as well as durable and is the right choice if you have children in your home. You are sure to find many unique designs and styles if you scour your local flea market.

For an entertainment room that is decorated with bright colors, backless bar stools with adjustable height are just perfect. These type of bar stools are lightweight and you can carry them to another location if you want. Dark hued metal bar stools are passé, so choose bar stools in a bright citrus hue like tangerine and lemon yellow to brighten up your room. You can also choose a bar stool with a swivel seat which is also adjustable. Fine leather seats with chrome finishing for the stool legs will look great in an entertainment room. If you need sturdy bar stools for the dining room or living room so that you can seat more people, then go for curved wooden bar stools. These bar stools with a curved pattern gives your home décor a unique look and are comfortable too. It merges perfectly with décor of any period and you do not need to provide any cushions for sitting.

For the patio, you need a more laid back and relaxed setting and bar stools made with wicker or rattan will help you achieve this ambiance. Choose a wrought iron bar stool with a wicker or rattan seat to give a Mediterranean or tropical look to your patio. These type of bar stools are found in any high-end furniture shop. You can also choose hand painted or decoupage bar stools. There are many furniture designers who make one of a kind bar stools that are great for the patio as well as the bar.

Bar stools with unique designs can give your home décor any kind of ambiance you want. The trick is to choose bar stools that have a great design and pattern and which are also stylish and chic. Of course, bar stools also need to be durable, comfortable and sturdy.

How to Make Children’s Furniture?

Kids love brightly colored furniture in different shapes and sizes. Furniture like cribs, beds, chairs and tables, playrooms, etc. with a theme and designs can be some of their favorites. Even though, most of their demands are available in the market, you could try building something on your own to make that piece of furniture more special for your baby. Children’s furniture is one of the easiest to build, even if you haven’t practiced carpentry earlier. You could surely use some professional help in order to make some efficient kids’ furniture, but make sure you add a few of your own ideas as well! In the coming up paragraphs, you will read about a few easy tips on how to build children’s furniture, depending on the various styles, colors and designs that can be considered contemporary. Take a look.

Tips for Building Children’s Furniture

Children’s furniture looks best when it is combined with the colors and themes of the bedroom or playroom. Depending on the gender of your baby, you could decide a theme and pick a color for the room, so you can use the same while styling the furniture. Then, you can choose the children’s bedroom furniture you would like to build, design it specifically with a few ideas and later paint in the desired patterns. As mentioned above, kids love bright and playful furniture, so make sure you use ideas that include both these interesting factors in your built furniture. If you are used to carpentering, this will not be a very difficult job for you.

Choose the Lumber
Before you start building any type of furniture, it is very important to choose the right lumber or type of wood for the same. This is because, you need to make strong and durable furniture that will last for at least 3 to 4 years. The lumber should also be flexible in order to give it a specific shape and design. It should be resistant to weather changes, pests and fungus that could deteriorate its quality with the years. The best type of wood that is most popularly used is mahogany that is finely grained, rich brown color and is highly resistant to shrinking, swelling and warping. Other types of wood that can be used for building children’s furniture can be: maple, oak, walnut, teak, rosewood, pine, cedar, fir, etc.

Pick the Type of Furniture
The next thing you need to keep in mind to know how to make children’s furniture is to decide what furniture you would like to build for your child’s room. Rocking chairs and tables such as an art station, a workbench, a Gelato table, etc. can be easy to make for both a bedroom and playroom. Other than these, toys or sports caddy, vanities for little girls, kitchen sets, doll houses, tea set tables, etc. are also a few choices you could pick from to build great furniture for your children.

Cut and Assemble the Lumber
Take the dimensions and cut the lumber in the desired manner. Sand the pieces of cut wood to make the surface smooth before you assemble them. When you are through with all the pieces, begin assembling them with wood screws and fill the screw holes with wood buttons. After you have assembled the furniture, sand the entire piece, especially the sharp corners and edges. You could make these edges round to protect your child from hurting itself.

Painting with Pleasant Colors
After making the furniture, it is important to use a few ideas for painting it. Use non-toxic stain first, and then paint it with any desired paint colors. As mentioned above, you could try to coordinate the built furniture with the colors of the room. Therefore, if you have made a table and chair set, try to use color combinations that complement the room. However, avoid using similar shades for the furniture, walls and the accessories as that would make the room monotonous. If you want to use gender colors like blue and pink for the walls and the bedding, paint the furniture in neutral colors like gray, white, wood and chocolate brown.

With these tips, you can make some strong, durable and attractive furniture for your baby. So, build something your kids will never forget!