Now that social distancing and staying at home are one of the main ways to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus, we’re starting to realize how important the furniture in our home is and the level of comfort it provides. While sure, aesthetics is also an important factor, it doesn’t really make much of a difference whether you’ll be powering through your 40-hour workweek sitting on a blue or beige sofa.
A couple of months ago I purchased a fancy day bed in a modern design with button diamond tufts which I intended to use in my home office mainly as a decorative piece. Little did I know that it would soon turn into an accent piece in my living room! Thanks to their hybrid design, daybeds are something between a sofa and a bed, so by getting one you get to reap the benefits of both. Here are some of them.
Flexibility – Given that it has a space-saving design, it didn’t take me long to start appreciating this furniture piece, as it’s easy to fit it in most rooms. This allows you to use it as whatever you want – a living room focal point, a guest room bed, a home office seat, kids’ bed, a nursery bed for that much-needed rest between nighttime feedings, or even as a hallway or a closet bench if you have a large closet.
If you have an outdoor area, you can use it also for relaxing in the fresh air, and it would do well on the deck too for those who don’t have that spacious of an area to count on. For people who want something fixed, there are those types of day bed models that can be custom-made and fitted as window seats; yes, there are daybeds for everyone’s taste!
Storage – Though not all of the daybed designs have it, those with a trundle section feature a storage compartment. Since mine came with a mattress, it depends on where and how I use it; the first month I used it in the hallway as a bench, then I had it in the office for a couple of days, and now it’s in the living room.
Since I had to prepare to work from home, I had to acquire more supplies than usual and found myself short on storage compartments in the kitchen. Thankfully, the daybed came to the rescue. In homes with two kids sleeping in a small kids’ room, it`s a much better solution than a bunk bed for parents who are after an alternative that’s still compact enough and can be used for storage even when serving as a twin bed.
Décor – For someone like myself who likes to play with décor, a day bed used as a sofa is the ideal decorating element considering there are various accessories you can transform it with: think cushions, throws, and slipcovers! Unlike a sofa, the seat is deep enough for you to splurge on cushions without cramming the area, and if you want to increase the comfort, just add a throw and you will get immediate cosiness and warmth. Since I want to make the most use of the cushions in terms of colour, I chose a contrast from the actual grey upholstery hue: magenta! The outcome is a vibrant piece of furniture that breaks the monotony of the otherwise whiteness of the room and goes well together with the maroon throw. For my next décor change, I might turn to crimson cushions for a more sophisticated effect.
What I like about the throw specifically is you can have fun placing it around the middle of the daybed mattress, folding and wrapping it over the frame, or draping it on one of its arms. As for the slipcovers, they are a trick up the sleeve when you want to give the whole daybed a makeover without actually changing the upholstery. They’re available in a variety of patterns so I already got three different covers I can experiment with. And oh, they’re the perfect layer of protection against stains and are a piece of cake for cleaning up and changing, which can’t be said about cleaning the bed itself.
What to Look for in a Daybed
You can find different daybeds suitable for different tastes, but to be sure you make the right choice it’s important to consider a few things. For starters, consider the size; thought not all, most day beds can be twin beds and there are even those that are full size so choose adequately what would most fit in your home.
In addition, consider the room that you want to place it in and whether its size is appropriate to fit in other rooms in case you want to move it in the future. To answer this, you’d also have to ponder on the purpose of the daybed and decide whether you want a trundle or not. Lastly, finish off by deciding on the style and materials that will best fit your décor.
Moving into a new place is both exciting and challenging. When I started thinking about relocating and starting fresh with my family, the first challenge that popped into my head was furnishing. However, I was determined to design my home in a simpler way than ever before. That is when I discovered Scandinavian design and all the principles that come with it. Simplicity, minimalism and function are at the core of this style which has become one of the most popular choices all around the world. Fortunately, I did follow it and learned firsthand how great it looks and how functional it really is, so, let me to walk you through a few room designs that will surely get you inspired. Let’s begin!
A good night’s sleep is essential for being energized and well-rested, but sometimes even if you do sleep the recommended 7-9 hours, you might not wake up refreshed and at your best. Unfortunately, I’m talking from personal experience here. A couple of months ago, I was waking up more and more tired every morning because my husband was snoring all night long and I was frequently waking up during the night. He had tried different solutions and snoring devices but unfortunately, nothing helped.
Today’s society brings people, chairs and desks closer together than ever before. Most people spend at least 8 hours at work, strapped to their chair. So, it is only natural that each worker should share a good working relationship with his/her chair. That being said, one great way for the employees to stay healthy and productive is to include ergonomic supplies in the form of chairs into the picture.
When it comes to arranging and rearranging our living room spaces, as the most frequented in a home both by homeowners and visitors, often we would like to have more say in the interior décor to be able to pull off that personalised look in the comfort we want.
Luckily, the variety of designer modular lounge provides exactly that, your share of LEGO fun in your very own living room. Who said LEGO is just for kids?! Also called sectional sofas, modular lounges available in different styles, from traditional to modern, provide a great deal of freedom with the way you arrange your seating.
When it comes to restaurant dining chairs, there’s an unlimited number of options to choose from. In terms of style, most of them can be divided into classic or modern, and simple or complex. As most restaurant owners already have a good idea of how they want their place to look like, settling for a particular style isn’t that difficult. What’s a lot more difficult though, is choosing seating that will make efficient use of the space in your venue.
Considering how chairs are the single most common element in a restaurant’s venue, they can literally overtake the entire space unless you come up with a good seating scheme. While it’s only normal that you’d want to seat as many guests as possible, overcrowding the venue with chairs can create a suffocating atmosphere. As a result, instead of fitting more guests, the packed space will drive them away.
So, how can you as a restaurant owner fit more seats without restricting freedom of movement? One good solution for that would be to use stackable dining chairs. Long and gone are the days when restaurants used cheap plastic folding chairs to save space. Unlike folding chairs, stackable dining chairs have a higher aesthetic value and come with all the features needed to keep guests comfortable. They can be made from a wide range of materials such as metal, plastic or wood, be upholstered and include a curved back and armrests which increase comfort.
In other words, stackable dining chairs can be as stylish and functional as traditional chairs, with the advantage of being easy to store away when not in use. When you don’t need them, a number of these chairs can be stacked vertically and still take up the space of only a single chair. This, of course, is very beneficial for restaurants as it allows them to increase their amount of free floor space and still have a stash of extra seats on disposal should there be an influx of guests, like for instance on weekend nights.
While it’s definitely convenient to have these chairs stacked on top of one another, are they actually easy to move? Most stacking chairs are meant to be portable and therefore are usually built from lightweight materials. As they weigh less than traditional chairs, they are a lot easier to move for staff. When closing time comes along, the staff can easily put up the chairs on the tables and properly clean and vacuum the floor.
If you are a person who enjoys the simple, but beautiful things in life, then you will surely appreciate the simplicity of the Scandinavian style in your living room. The very chic look that blends the past, modern and contemporary look originated in Northern Europe, in Finland, Sweeden and Norway. It attracted the attention of people all over the world due to its hygge decor, fine craftsmanship and the high dose of elegance it can bring to any home. And among the basic features of this style which are the clean lines, the spaciousness, the simple accents, the decorative details and the usage of as much natural light as possible, relying on wood as the main material emerges on top of the list.
Over the last few years, the nature of work has been constantly evolving and many of us find themselves spending more time in front of our computers. Consequently, in this new normal, the environment that we work in has a great importance, as we want to be inspired and feel more comfortable. And although we may not have free rein when it comes to designing our work cubicle at the office, when it comes to designing a home office, all bets are off. So if you are fortunate enough to work from home, you are in charge of your work space’s design and style.
Furnishing your dining room can seem like the easiest task in the world, until you’re actually faced with it. And the fact that there are more chair options than there are stars in the sky doesn’t make it any easier either. If you could only skip the ordeal of furnishing your dining room and just settled for eating at a local bistro, it would be all perfect, right? Sure, why not. Read More
In this digital time, it’s strange that we are still so drawn to furniture pieces that were designed way back in the sixties. Even well into 2018, the mid-century style still has an enduring popularity. This can be based on many factors – ranging from the minimalist design, to the love for different materials and gentle organic curves in furniture. Or, it could be just a subtle nostalgia for the good old times.
Owning a house instead of an apartment might come with some extra cleaning and maintenance tasks, but when it comes to the great joy of having an outdoor space – I’d pick a house with a huge garden any time! Just think of the many opportunities outdoor spaces offer, one of which is being able to wine and dine there, surrounded by the vibrant colours and delightful scents of your garden. Of course, delighting in all of this wouldn’t be possible without having a gorgeous and functional outdoor dining set. Here are some helpful tips on how to choose yours.
Consider Weather-Friendly Materials
Like any buyer, you too will want to get durability and value for your money and save yourself from the trouble of having to renew your dining set every other year and spend additional money. Considering your outdoor dining set will be exposed to the outside elements 24/7, choosing the right material is of great importance. If you love the sophisticated charm of wood furnishings, consider teak which is a very popular choice for outdoor dining settings. Teak is rich with natural rubber and oils which form a layer of protection against pests, moisture, rot and sun damage. When it comes to dining sets made of metal, many opt for wrought iron which is a more attractive alternative to stainless steal, and also completely corrosion proof.
Size and Capacity
In order to get the most out of your outdoor space, the dining set needs to be the right size for it. If you own only a small deck or patio, consider getting a bistro style set which consists out of two chairs and a table. Additionally, you can add an ottoman or two if there’s enough space left. Always remember that there still needs to be ample room for people to freely move around the dining area. On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to own an enormous yard, feel free to consider a full dining set for 6 or 8 people – perfect for Sunday lunches with the family and small dinner parties outdoors.
Looks Matter Too
Let’s be honest, style will ultimately have a big impact on your choice, which is a good thing. After all, you’re not limited to the grey tones of unfinished teak, or the dark shades of metal pieces. When it comes to outdoor dining settings, there’s always the ability to spruce them up with the addition of colour. Colourful finishes on furniture, or even bold splashes of colour on cushions and accent pieces can mean a great deal when it comes to creating a unique ambiance.
Living in the 21st century, it’s impossible not to get stressed on a daily basis. In this aspect, it’s not an exaggeration to say stress has become the synonym of modern life. Stress at home, stress at the working place, stress over finances, stress over food… when is it time to get a bit of relaxation?