Apr 06

Treat Yourself To Some Hardwood Style

When it comes to fitting replacement doors to an old house or a modern house or apartment, it is all too easy to look no further than your local Do It Yourself (DIY) store and purchase a traditional four or six panel door in plain white. The problem is that whilst such doors are cheap to purchase and easy to fit due to their lightweight construction, they are not exactly what one would call solid and are actually quite easy to damage. This leads me on to another problem in that many of these cheap doors are actually made out of a corrugated paper core, covered in a thin wood effect skin, but if that skin is damaged it can prove impossible to repair and result in the entire door having to be replaced. So whilst they are cheap and easy to paint they are not designed to have a long life.

Oak doors on the other hand are at the opposite end of the scale, being a hardwood door they are incredibly tough and can last for decades if not even hundreds of years as some medieval houses are testament to. However there is a common misconception that they are extremely expensive to buy, however you may be pleasantly surprised to find out that an Oak door can be yours for under £100.

Now do not get me wrong they are not going to be as easy to fit as a cheap door from your local DIY store will be, and due to the weight of them you may need a friend to assist you in fitting them. However if you fit them correctly that is quite probably the last time you will ever need to touch the fixings on them again as the door will most likely outlive your own lifetime.

Yet the majority of modern oak doors are not now actually solid oak, but this has a twofold benefit as firstly it keeps the cost of them down to an acceptable level and secondly it reduces the weight of them dramatically compared to a solid door. Further good news is that it is the modern composite cores used to build modern Oak doors are equally strong if not stronger than a solid door would be.

More good news comes in the fact that modern Oak doors are available in a wide range of styles from contemporary through to traditional ones.

Mar 29

If You Are Tired Of Those Old Overstuffed Pieces Hire A Furniture Designer

Style in furnishings for home and office can change over the years but sooner or later everything old is new again! Meaning the classical styles from generations back will become en vogue again eventually! Modern furniture designers often fall back on the masters in designing to show their clientele what used to be popular in homes back a few centuries ago. The Queen Anne cabriole legs found on elegant chairs today remain as popular as ever because they are dramatic and never seem to go out of style or favor with those who prefer that particular style in their living or dining room. Choosing among styles as well as materials and colors can be a personal matter of taste that designers of nice furniture appreciate and will try to please those clients who opinions on what it all should look like.

Homes Must Be “Livable” and That Means Comfort With Style

We live in our homes. They must be appealing to look at as well as live in. And what we put in there must also be comfortable and usable. Furniture designers not only make it all look good, they insure those sofas and chairs are comfortable to use as well. Deciding on a particular style in furnishings for their individual clients is a matter of personal preference. What does a furniture designer typically do to get to the point of becoming an “expert” in his or her field?

1) Begin with a good school and get a bachelor’s degree. Subjects dealing with mathematics and visual creativity are a good place to start. Graphic design as well as computer programming may help in today’s world because many designers use software programs to assist with layouts and planning.

2) Work up a good portfolio including your designs and personal concepts. Examples of your work will help sell you as a furniture designer and get you started on a successful career.

3) Once established keep up with popular trends and advances in furniture style including fabrics and improvements in designs.

4) Make effective use of programs such as CAD (computer assisted designing) but also involve a number of handmade designs you personally put together as examples of your work.

5) Do not be shy about exploring more ways to design while incorporating your own personal designing ideas for it is your own ideas that you are selling. Attend workshops for more experience with metals, woods, and other materials you will be working with in your career.

6) If possible, join a progressive designing firm or even work closely with a furniture company. Once you become known they will refer you to customers. If possible get into an internship with a large company that will give you experience difficult to get any other way. A few years working with more experienced designers will provide the student with a wealth of knowledge and practice that money simply cannot buy.

7) Finally, become familiar with use of space so your designs will fit in with clients home or office. Everything from carpeting on floors to walls can benefit from subtle changes which will impress your customers and gain you more business. As a furniture designer you are also a craftsman whose style in décor may carry down for generations.