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Home improvement tips on other sites might tell you to go ahead and buy the best piece of furniture there is. Nothing’s wrong with that, really. Just make sure that whatever you’re going to buy will suit your lifestyle and actually fit inside your house or apartment.
If you have money to splurge, go ahead and buy all that ergonomically designed furniture you’ve been eyeing, given that they will get along with the rest of your home interior. Go and buy a vase or two, but you don’t need twenty, do you? You don’t want a stockroom; you want a comfortable living room. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing, as they say. If you really are keen on improving your home, don’t overdo the furniture and décor!
Of course you want your house to look good. You want your guests to be impressed by your living room when they visit. You’d probably love to hear your socialite neighbor say “What a sophisticated looking chair!” But what will happen if she actually sits on it? Do you think she’ll feel comfortable? There’s nothing wrong with being stylish, but a comfortable living space is better than one that looks and also feels like a museum, where all you can do is admire what you see but you can’t really sit and stay.
If you’re really not talented in interior design, space planning, or fixing your house for that matter, you might want to hire a professional for the job. And if your house looks like a hurricane went through it, you might need to resolve to drastic measures. Home improvement tips are just guidelines that would hopefully make things a bit easier on your part.
The kids are growing up fast and the bigger they get the more their needs get more complicated. One thing we'd have to contend with in recent months is the lack of storage space for their clothes, toys and other things. When they were very little, we used to just get by with one cabinet and one bin for all their stuff. I think it's time though that the kids each get their own closets.
I'm usually pretty good at putting things together but I need good ideas to start with. I got this cabinet idea from my pal John whose father is a master carpenter. The whole body is made of hardwood and is nicely finished with a dark brown tint. He says this isn't quite done. The original idea was to have sliding doors up front.
The design already looks challenging enough but John suggested I should go one level higher. His main regret was not making this a no nails structure. In short, he would have preferred to get the wood pieces to simply fit together like puzzle pieces without having to use nails. Of course the doors and drawers still need to be fitted with screws and rollers to work well.
I've never seen furniture setup without nails. I've seen a house though that the owner says was built without nails. I was in Vietnam then and I lived with a host who says he could just pick his house apart and assemble it again quickly and easily wherever he wants because the parts of the structure fit without nails holding them together.
This project might take me five months to complete but I like things to be done nicely. I can't be happy with a cardboard box for my kid.