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Installing Walk in Shower Stalls At Home

In the old days most homes had only a bathtub. Soon however home owners started adding shower heads but these were seldom used. Times have changed however an it seems like everyone is in a hurry. Now many homes are built with at least one self contained shower stall and some homes have several of them for the convenience of both the family and guests.

The shower has become the place to go in many homes for relaxation and showers today are much more than a place to take a quick rinse after work or doing chores or before bed.

If you are planning on installing walk in shower stalls in your home there is a bit of planning to do if you want to get the best job for the money. In the first place you will have to consider how much money you are willing to spend. You can get these stalls made of everything from high impact plastic to tile and stone and even glass.

The plastic stalls are by far the least expensive but will wear out much quicker and are much harder to clean. The most expensive are the glass block showers but these will last for many years and are very easy to keep clean. Most people however stick to the middle ranges with tile or stone.

There are several ways to get your stalls. You can have a professional come in and install the entire thing or you can buy the plastic models from your local home improvement store for the largest savings.

Installing your own handicapped shower stall can be a tricky proposition however, especially the shower base, and at least getting advice from a professional is highly advised. The last thing you need is a leaky shower; either a badly installed base or the grouting was rushed, and end up with a big pool of stagnant water beneath your home.

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Battle the Dark Side with Star Wars Bedding

“May the Force be with you!” in decorating your child’s room in a Star Wars theme. Actually, you won’t need the entire Force, but maybe just one or two ideas to tie the whole room together. Because manufactures know just how popular this theme is and how it shows no signs of slowing down, you can find a whole range of Star Wars items to work with.

One of the easiest ways to create a Star Wars room is to start with Star Wars bedding. This bedding can be found just about anywhere from online retailers to your local big box store. Many times, the comforter will also come with a matching sheet set to make sure the look is complete. In some instances, you can also get the curtain and window valance, too.

You don’t have to buy all these items however especially if your budget is limited. You can get away with plain jersey sheets which are great for kids’ beds and simple window treatments.

Once you have purchased the bedding, the next step is to address the walls. Because Star Wars bedding usually come in darker blues or blacks, you are going to want to balance it out with lighter wall covering. The same is true if you also already have a dark carpet or wood in the bedroom. The dark floor combined with the dark wool bedspread will have to be balanced.

One way to do this is by replacing the carpet or adding a smaller rug on top in a lighter color. On the other hand, you can also go with a slightly darker wall paint and add lighter colored blinds or curtains.  This too will help balance the room. If the bedroom gets a lot of light and is naturally bright, this might be the way to go. In addition, keep both the paint and draperies a neutral color so when you child wants to change the theme, you can do so with relative ease.

Be careful in these situations about have too much of a good thing. It is easy to get carried away and add too many accessories or to have the colors so dark, it appears that you are walking into a cave. Keep at least part of the room light and add a touch of color where you can. Remember everything in moderation and you should be just fine.

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3 Things To Think About When Getting A Corner Sofa

If there is one sofa that you should get for your home, it is the corner sofa. This particular sofa is quite popular with many homeowners as it is very comfortable. It is also versatile and adaptable, and provides a sense of style to your home. If you plan on getting one, here are three things you need to think about.

Size of the sofa

When looking at the many corner sofas for sale, you will see that these sofas come in many sizes. So how do you pick the right one? For this you need to decide where you want to place your sofa. Now you need to get the exact measurements of the space that you have in mind. This will help you get the best sized sofa for your home, as you don’t want anything too small or too large.

Design of the sofa

Once you have the measurements and an idea of which size to pick you need to think about what design you want the sofa to be in. Corner sofas come in a wide range of designs so you need to be able to pick one that would go well with your needs and lifestyle. Think about your needs and what you will use the sofa for. By doing this, you can determine whether you want a sofa with a high back, or a sofa with low arms, or even a sectional sofa that you can easily reconfigure. You may even want to look into getting a corner sofa bed.

Upholstery for the sofa

Once the size and design have been determined, you can now think about what type of upholstery of sofa covering you want for your sofa. Generally corner sofas can be found in three coverings; fabric, synthetic materials and leather. Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses, so choose wisely.

Getting a corner sofa for your home can be made a lot easier if you know what to look out for and what to consider.  The above considerations can help you in getting the best sofa to fulfill your needs.

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Can’t Find a Comforter to Match Your Bedroom?

Most of us have become so accustomed to buying everything in sets that occasionally we find ourselves needing something that was not included in the ensemble.  Whether it is a console table to fill an empty space along a wall in the entry or family room, or a comforter to go with those burgundy and pink sheets, we have all faced having to select either a piece of furniture or a comforter or any number of other things that are not a part of a set.  Because we have become so spoiled by everything being put together for us many of us find that we are uncomfortable making a selection.

Of course, in the case of the console table we all know that it will probably not be so close to the other furniture as to make a big difference.  In fact, many of us choose to go “eclectic” when picking out a piece of furniture.

With the bedding comforter, it may not be so easy.  After all, the comforter will be directly on top of the sheets, pillow cases, and next to the bed skirt.  Trying to match colors can create a disaster.  Often shades of red or blue that we think may match will clash when placed next to the other bed linens.

The console table can be from the same style but in a different wood grain or from an era that approximates the proportions of the existing furniture.  That selection is easy.

On the other hand, selecting a comforter for the bedroom may take a little more thought.  As a hint, when selecting a blanket or top cover to go with an existing ensemble, one of the best selections would be a black and white comforter.

The colors are neutral and will complement any decor.  Selecting the pattern can be relatively easy as well.  For the more casual bedroom decor, a black and white stripe or a polka dot would be ideal in many instances.  For the more formal bedroom, selecting a toile print or a washable wool blanket with a  damask fabric would definitely fit the decor.

Keeping in mind that a black and white comforter acts as a neutral color scheme, one may want to consider a black or white console table to fill the empty wall space.

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Advantages of White Bedroom Furniture

The kind of furniture we get for our bedroom is extremely important. Since one third of our lives is spent sleeping, the surroundings we have in our bedroom will be a big influence on the kind of rest we get.  White bedroom furniture is one of the many options you will have for your bedroom. Let’s see what the advantages of this kind of furniture are.

They are neat

The color white basically gives a clean look. Whether it is with clothing or furniture, white will make your room look neat. This will be advantageous especially if your room has that cluttered look because of all the designs in your furnishings.

They are easy to decorate

Since adding a new piece to your bedroom may be challenging considering the décor you already have, getting white furniture is the easy way out. This will save you a lot of effort on finding a piece that is sure to blend in with the rest of the room. With white furniture, you can simply put some decorative item on top and have the perfect center piece.

They are bright

Not only are the pieces bright but they having the ability to make your room look brighter. This will be the easy remedy for gloomy rooms that don’t seem to get enough light. If you place them somewhere they can catch the light and reflect on the rest of the room.

They are easy to repaint

Unlike furniture with other colors, white pieces are easy to repaint. This would mean you will be able to change the color of your piece whenever you wish.

There is no other piece of furniture that posses these four assets. White bedroom furniture is both the affordable and convenient choice to make. So if you are looking for an addition to your bedroom this is a good option to go with when deciding what kind of new bedroom set you should go with after buying a new mattress.

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