Re-Imagine Your Couch

February 22, 2016 by  
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CouchCouches can tie the room together, or be a saggy disaster. It’s all in how well you maintain them, how often you clean them and what you do after you buy one. It’s easy to assume that once your couch starts sagging it’s time for a new one, especially with all the aggressive ad campaigns every President’s Day. The truth is that you can re-imagine your couch with new cushions, upholstery and a few accessories.

Step 1: Redo the Cushions

The reason your couch is sagging is because the cushions have lost their firmness. It’s common for this to occur over time, and most people have their couches for several years before attempting to re-upholster them.

The simplest, and most affordable, solution is to replace the cushion filling with foam.

Foam has varying degrees of thickness, which affects how firm the cushions will be when you’re sitting on them. Order foam at the proper thickness, and cut to the proper size, and you can re-stuff your cushions with filling that will stay firm.

Step 2: Re-Upholster

There are several outlets online where you can order fabric for a couch, the only dilemma you face is measuring. It helps to draw a diagram, and to measure the length, width and height of the cushion in question. Make sure you measure twice before you order.

It’s best to use an iron-on zipper if you can. Those are simpler to work with than the sew-on variety and promise similar holding power.

Bio: The Foam Factory, located in Southeast Michigan, is the Web’s destination for wholesale prices on foam and foam accessories.

Maintaining Inner Curb Appeal

October 1, 2015 by  
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Maintaining-Inner-Curb-AppealWhen you are looking to replace or upgrade your interior doors, it’s important to have a mixture of cohesion and balance in your home. Each room, whether it is the bedroom or the kitchen, has to flow in a certain manner that is not only pleasing to the eye but also maintains consistency throughout the entire household.

If you notice that your doors are not properly in their frames and have suffered some form of damage to them, it would be best to consider either repairing them or replacing them. Continued usage can cause extensive damage to your frame which will end up costing you more than money in the long run. Depending on what type of material your doors are made out of will determine how much of your money you will be allocating towards the door. Material costs are priced variably.

Curb appeal not only applies to the exterior of your house but also the interior – you could also call it your inner curb appeal. While the front doors of a house garner a majority of the attention from the outside, once someone enters your home, it’s a whole different story.

If you need inspiration, there are plenty of home improvement photos online that you can use as a foundation for your home. You can also speak with a professional home decorator for ideas as well. By having a proper plan laid out in front of you, you’ll know exactly what you are getting out of your investment.

By incorporating a common pattern or a theme with the placement of your interior doors, your home will benefit not only in the looks department but value-wise, for the potential seller.

Bio: ETO Doors guarantees low prices along with high quality when it comes to their doors. From exterior doors to interior paint grade doors, ETO Doors has everything you need. With a satisfied customer base be sure take a look at all of the positive ETO Doors reviews today for reassurance on the best quality products you can find.

Well, Well, Whelp: Padding and Lining a Whelping Box

June 4, 2015 by  
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004Welcoming a litter of puppies into the world is a wonderful and messy experience. Providing a comfortable and central space for the whelping process is crucial for the health and happiness of the mother and puppies. Above all, whelping pads should provide safety first, comfort second. Whelping pads should help protect puppies from the cold and keep them cushioned without endangering them.

Padding

It’s important to remember that softer isn’t always better when it comes to cushioning. While your knees may thank you, soft padding can be difficult and dangerous for mothers and puppies. Padding in whelping boxes should be made of very slim (1-2” thick) pads of foam from Canada, with a thicknesses and firmnesses that can cushion and cradle the mother and babies without putting them in danger. These can also make it easier to oversee the process without being distracted by aches and pains.

Lining

If you are looking to make a whelping pad, you can’t use just any old latex mattress; Canada Foam by Mail highlights the benefits of using dryfast foam when dealing with pets. Because it allows liquid through without pooling, it is much easier and faster to wash and dry. Dryfast foam pads are also anti-microbial, this means they will resist molding and mildewing and will be safe for use even if stored for long periods of time. If you cannot use dryfast foam, there are also whelping liners available that block liquid from passing down into any padding.

Bio: Carlo Badalamenti is the Marketing Manager for The Foam Factory, Inc. They have been providing high-quality foam and rubber products to industrial and civilian consumers for more than 30 years. Browse their website to learn more at www.thefoamfactory.com/.

Keeping Your Home Protected From Fires

May 29, 2015 by  
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Keeping_Your_Home_Protected_From_FiresWritten by ETO Doors.

As a homeowner, nothing is more important than making sure that your family is safe in case of an emergency. One of the most common hazards faced in the home is the risk of a fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there were almost 370,000 household fires in the United States in 2013, leading to 2,755 deaths and 12,000 injuries. In order to feel safe, families need to take the steps necessary to not only prevent fires and protect their families in case a fire does happen.

From planning an escape route to having fire rated doors installed, here are a few things that you can do to make sure that your family can survive a fire in your home:

Have an Escape Plan: It’s easy to think that you’ll know where to go if there’s a fire or other disaster that hits your house. However, if you don’t have a plan, it’s easy to panic in these situations. This is especially true when you are talking about a fire — smoke can make it difficult to see where you are going and certain exits may not be available if the fire is coming from that area.

It’s important that you have a plan in place with your family in case there is a fire. Make sure they know the multiple ways to exit a room and get out of your house. It’s also a good idea to designate a place to meet in case of a fire so you can know that everyone is OK.

Fire Doors: One of the best ways to protect your family in case of a fire is to install fire doors in the interior of your house. These are doors that are made of special materials and are designed to be fire-resistant. These materials can include fiberglass or woods that have a metal core inside. Most residential fire doors are rated to keep fires out for at least 20 minutes, which might be enough time for your family to escape or for the fire department to arrive.

Smoke Detectors: Almost every house has smoke detectors installed that will sound an alarm if smoke from a fire is detected inside. But many families don’t perform regular checks on their fire alarms. It’s a good idea to check to make sure that your alarm has batteries and that it is working properly and does not need to be replaced.

ETO Doors is a nationwide retailer of high quality interior and exterior door for home and commercial use. ETO Doors is based in Los Angeles and has showrooms in New York and Las Vegas where they showcase products from leading door manufacturers.