What advice can you give on home furnishings? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)

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  1. Simone Smith profile image89
    Simone Smithposted 10 years ago

    What advice can you give on home furnishings? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)

    What have you learned from purchasing, restoring, fixing, storing, and selling home furnishings? When is Ikea preferable to an antiques store or a high end furniture salesroom? How can one best maintain furniture to ensure it lasts? Share your furnishings know-how as part of this week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration challenge.

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  2. sroberts9 profile image77
    sroberts9posted 10 years ago

    Purchasing home furnishings - I have always started with a sketch of what I wanted in each of my rooms in my home.  When I lacked inspiration I would check out magazines in the grocery aisles or online.  The Houzz is great bookmarking site that truly insprires me.  I have seen every style there is there and you can use it to duplicate their stuff in your rooms.  Once you have an idea of what you like and in which rooms of your home you would like them in, creating a plan is next on the list along with it a budget for each room.

    Restoring home furnishings - When you have a cherished or sentimental piece of furniture that has been made with quality, that is in need of some restoring if its an antique, leave it to the professionals do not attempt to fix it as it can lose the value in the piece.  You can find them in your local neighborhood or google in your zip.

    However, if its a repair on a non antique item and you want to keep it, the first thing I do is check out what is truly the issue with the piece.  If its a loose leg, or a scratch, or water stain, etc.  There are plenty of things you can get to repair it yourself at your local hardware store or Homedepot or Lowes. I am a do it yourselfer - if there is a word for that, but, I do find that doing my research first of the problem then seeking the fixing is the best way to handle.

    Storing home furnishings - When you have to store it and it has true value get it done professionally most moving companies can help you with how to protect it if you needed to move it.  What they have can do the same for you. 

    Selling home furnishings - again if its an antique leave the selling up to professionals to get the most back from the valued piece.  The furniture antique auctions are the best but, do your homework and know the value before you go there.  If its not antique, and not needed, good old craigslist works best.

    Ikea versas Antiques - its an age thing for me.  The younger you are the more you will visit Ikea the older the more you collect antiques for their style, duration, and money investment.

    How to make furniture last: Simple, keep people's feet off your couch, and their bottoms off the ends so it does not get weak and buckle.  Get it cleaned professionally, or do it yourself when needed.  Polish as necessary and wax when its appropriate, dusting on a regular basis will keep your furniture and household items their estimated duration.

  3. profile image0
    Arlene V. Pomaposted 10 years ago

    I operate my life from my living room couch, and I need and want to write about "Give an Old Couch a New Life."  I wrote a quick blurb on this about an hour ago, and started my Hub, but I guess the comment didn't take.  I blame it on a Senior Moment.

  4. Gamerelated profile image77
    Gamerelatedposted 10 years ago

    Many of us quickly look to IKEA for furniture these days, but are we getting the best furniture at the best prices?  With many smaller furniture stores going out of business where can we go to get good quality furniture on a budget?  Here are are some often overlooked places for getting high quality furniture on a budget. read more

  5. EuroCafeAuLait profile image79
    EuroCafeAuLaitposted 10 years ago

    The Iconic Furniture styles of the 20th century were a marked departure of the heavy, massive furniture styles up to that time. Older furniture had represented the family heirloom mentality which was a masterpiece to be handed down to future generations.  The new minimalism was based on function, not time invested into its production.  Amazingly sturdy while giving a lightweight appearance, they were visually appealing and practical. read more

  6. Lipnancy profile image83
    Lipnancyposted 10 years ago

    Looking for a new bedding ensemble? Here are the things you need to consider before going to the store. read more

  7. Austinstar profile image86
    Austinstarposted 10 years ago

    Looking for Home Decor? Which home decor and other online stores are trustworthy, realiable and have the best prices? Use the internet as a tool to discover the joys of online shopping. Find the best online shopping stores and shop from the comfort of your home. read more

  8. tamarawilhite profile image87
    tamarawilhiteposted 10 years ago

    How can you organize your home without spending a fortune? How can you create new storage space ripping apart the house or spending a lot of money? read more

  9. rfmoran profile image72
    rfmoranposted 10 years ago

    Used furniture is called used the moment it leaves the store. There are tremendous bargains at yard sales, tag sales and garage sales. read more

  10. cashmere profile image78
    cashmereposted 10 years ago

    Things to consider before buying a home comforter set. Also consider down comforter alternatives if you are allergic to feathers. read more

  11. Sherry Hewins profile image92
    Sherry Hewinsposted 10 years ago

    Buying used furniture can be a good way to save money, and you may even end up getting better furniture than you would if you bought it new. read more

  12. Denise Handlon profile image85
    Denise Handlonposted 10 years ago

    We spend a lot of our time in our bathrooms so why settle for a dull, dingy environment?  These simple solutions to add color and storage in small spaces, will have positive results. read more

  13. Rosyel Sawali profile image64
    Rosyel Sawaliposted 10 years ago

    Home storage and organization can be quite challenging. Find out how you can improve on storage and space with storage benches. read more

  14. donotfear profile image85
    donotfearposted 10 years ago

    If your'e looking for the easy way to give a piece of furniture a shabby, distressed look, then read this article!  This guideline for distressing furniture is easy and fast, eliminating hours of sanding and priming.  Read about the lazy way to make furniture look antique distressed! read more

  15. Victoria Lynn profile image89
    Victoria Lynnposted 10 years ago

    The best stores for home decorations? Target and Kohls, Ikea and Overstock, T.J. Maxx, and more! Shop for decorations from bright to funky to traditional, saving on all choices with online coupons. read more

  16. Ruchira profile image71
    Ruchiraposted 10 years ago

    Queries about designing your kid's room? This hub will talk about the basic needs a kid requires for his development with the links to the stores that I have shopped from. read more

  17. watergeek profile image96
    watergeekposted 10 years ago

    Many first time renters are uncomfortable with houseplants, although they long to have them. Using them for decor is one thing, but how do you care for them, especially watering? read more

  18. LensMan999 profile image60
    LensMan999posted 10 years ago

    Furnishing an apartment is one of the most exciting things. It becomes more special if you are refurnishing or redecorating your own apartment. An ideal apartment is one that reflects its owners. Lets see what can be done to make an ordinary looking apartment, really happening! read more

  19. LensMan999 profile image60
    LensMan999posted 9 years ago

    There are many tips that help a person to become a furniture designer. Creativity is the main skill required for this job. Even though the final furniture products seem very attractive, a lot of hard work is hidden behind it. So it’s very essential that the person willing to succeed in this field should be hardworking and patient. The steps mentioned in the article would help a person reach the goal easily. read more


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