From Purely Decorative to Functional: A Furniture Blog

3 Amazing Innovations in Home Construction

It feels like the construction of new homes is fairly uniform, with traditional building materials remaining unchanged for generations. Sure, there has been modernisation in the way that these materials are prepared, and of course construction methods have advanced over the years. In the coming years you might well be living in a home that has been made from 3D printed materials, or made of plastic bricks. You could even live in a repurposed shipping container, and there are already a number of these homes in Australia and around the world. So what are the benefits of these innovative building materials and methods? 1. 3D Printed Homes It seems like something out of Star Trek, where a machine can create something out of seemingly nothing. 3D printed buildings are made with a variety of often recycled materials, making this an innovative and technologically amazing method of construction. It’s not something that is only a theory either, and an entire apartment building in China has been made with 3D printing. In the not too distant future, construction companies in Australia might offer the service to create components of new homes when renovations are required, or even to build new homes from scratch. It has even been speculated that construction costs will drop as the technology becomes more accessible. Perhaps one day soon you will be living in a home that came out of a 3D printer. 2. Plastic Homes While this method is being utilised in impoverished communities where suitable building materials are scarce, it wouldn’t be surprising if this innovation became mainstream. These plastic homes are made from a number of interlocking plastic bricks made from recycled materials, so it’s like building something from LEGO. The bricks click into place until they have achieved the predetermined design, and once the site has been prepared, the idea is that the future occupants will be able to do most of the work themselves. The bricks are treated with a fire retardant, and their flexible composition gives them a lot of resistance against earthquakes. The low-cost and ease of construction means that there’s no reason why this method could not be used in other parts of the world. 3. Shipping Containers It’s interesting that this method is not used more often in Australia. It’s fairly straightforward for disused shipping containers to be converted into dwellings, and entire luxury homes have been constructed in […]

How to Add Style and Function to Your Office With the Right Fitouts

The fitouts you use in your office are probably more important than you realize; they provide privacy for your workers so they can concentrate and also help to direct the flow of foot traffic. Their appearance can also set the tone of your company; if they’re dull and drab, your company may seem a bit unenthused about your business. When you’re ready to replace the fitouts you have or are furnishing a new office, note a few tips for how to add style and function with the right fitouts. Color code the departments If you have rows of cubicles, you might color code the departments or the function of staff. This is especially helpful in larger offices where a person might actually get lost trying to find a particular department, and it can also give each person a sense of teamwork if they see everyone in their department sitting behind blue or green cubicle walls and the like. Add versatility Opt for walls that are actually panels on a track; you can open the panels to create a private office or conference area and then close them up against the wall to create a space that’s open to other workers. Choose cubicle fitouts that are easy to move so you can take them down and expand a cubicle area as needed or add a fitout to make two smaller cubicles. This allows your company to grow or downsize as needed without having your fitouts set and fixed in any particular layout. Along with versatility in changing out the fitouts, choose fitouts that are also changeable. Desks in a cubicle might be adjustable according to different heights of workers, or some might have standing desk platforms built in. These are panels that you can raise so a person can stand while working on the computer, for better health and posture. Don’t overdo it on storage Your fitouts might need to accommodate storage for office supplies, books, manuals, and the like, but consider that many companies today store documents digitally rather than having physical copies. You may not even need to store so many office supplies, with communication being done via email and text versus actual letters or even faxes. Chances are that this type of digital storage and communication will only increase in time, so take note of your storage needs but don’t invest in fitout pieces that offer more storage […]

3 Reasons Clear Plastic Aligners Are Good Options For People Who Play Sports

If you are an avid sportsman who is considering multiple orthodontic options to straighten your teeth, clear plastic aligners, such as Invisalign, may work for you. Here are a few reasons why. They are removable Unlike most dental applications that help to properly align the teeth, clear plastic aligners are removable. The devices are similar to rigid mouth trays. Made from hard plastic, the aligners are customized to fit the contours of your teeth, but because they are designed as insertable trays, they can be removed when you desire. As a result, the trays can be taken out and replaced with a protective mouth guard designed for sporting activities before you participate in a game. Still, it is important to place the aligners back in your mouth immediately following the event. Although they are removable, they must be left in place for the majority of your day in order to effectively straighten your teeth. Your orthodontist will likely warn that the aligners should not be left out of your mouth for more than a couple of hours each day in order to avoid a delay in alignment progression. They are unlikely to snag the inner lip If you do choose to leave your aligning trays in position as you play a sport, you are unlikely to incur the types of injuries that take place when a ball strikes the mouth of a person who is wearing braces. The metal brackets of braces usually lie on the front surface of your teeth, beneath your inner lip. Thus, a blow to the mouth can result in the lips becoming snagged or caught on the metal brackets. The clear aligning trays have a smooth surface, and since they follow the contours of your teeth, there are no unusual bumps or variations in the appliance that would be abrasive to your lips. Although trauma suffered by your mouth could still result in damage to your lips, the cuts and abrasions from metal brackets would still be avoided. They are strong A fall or sudden jarring motion during a game could cause certain types of orthodontic appliances, such as clear braces, to crack or break. Clear braces include brackets that are made of ceramic. As a result, they may be more easily cracked or broken. Since clear plastic aligners are made of plastic, they are less likely to break from trauma. To learn more about […]

Five Reasons Teak Is a Fabulous Material for Furniture in Tiny Houses

Choosing furniture for your tiny house can be challenging. You need furniture that fits into and complements your tiny space as well as furniture that performs more than one function, such a a dining table that converts into a guest bed. In many cases, teak may be one of the best options. Here’s a look at why: 1. Long lasting In exchange for the relatively high price of teak compared to some other types of wood furniture, you receive a lot of value. Teak stands the test of time, promising to last significantly longer than many other types of furniture and requiring very little care. If sustainability is at the heart of your design, that’s definitely something you want to keep in mind.  2. Potential for build ins One of the best ways to furnish tiny homes effectively is by building the furniture into the walls. This approach works for everything from countertops, to tables, to beds, to staircases, to chests of drawers. As teak is a sturdy wood, you can easily integrate it into the frame and walls of your home more effectively than you can with plywood, plastics, upholstered furniture or many other options. Additionally, because it’s long lasting, you don’t have to worry about the built-in teak furniture needing to be replaced before your home wears out. 3. Inspired by boat living Many tiny home builders like to take inspiration from other small spaces, and boats are a great place to start. Teak has long been a feature on ships and boats, and if you want a tiny home that feels a bit like the cabin of a boat, integrating teak simply makes sense from both a style and a functional standpoint.  4. Indoor and outdoor Teak can work as indoor or outdoor furniture. That way, if you have teak furniture inside (that isn’t built into your walls), and you want to throw a party outside, you can easily just haul it outside. Conversely, if you have a porch full of teak patio furniture and you want to bring it inside, it’s easily classy and stylish enough so that it won’t look odd indoors.   5. Versatile pieces Whether you are using teak or another type of wood, wood lends itself to versatility. For example, you could have a firm teak chair that you use whilst working at your desk. Then, when you want to be comfortable, […]

How to make the most out of a small garden

Many people mistakenly believe that there’s not much that can be done to improve the appearance of a tiny garden. However, whilst it is true that smaller outdoor spaces present more challenges than their larger counterparts, there are in fact plenty of ways to make the most out of a modestly-proportioned garden. All that’s required is a bit of time, patience and creativity. Plant vertically If you’re looking for a simple way to add some natural beauty into a small garden, without infringing on the already-limited ground area, consider hanging some plants vertically, up along the fencing boards or walls. These will help to draw the eye upwards and thus trick it into seeing the space as larger than it really is. Whilst you can use traditional hanging baskets or plant pots, recycled tin cans and other re-purposed containers are also quite easy to attach to a wall or fence and will help to reduce the overall cost of this project. Make sure to include plenty of flowering plants, as vivid-coloured blooms are great for brightening up a small, dark outdoor space. Choose the right type of seating One of the best parts of living in a property with a garden is being able to sit outside with a cup of coffee on a sunny morning, or enjoy some Al fresco dining with friends on a warm summer evening. You don’t have to miss out on these simple pleasures just because your outdoor area is on the small side. There are a couple of ways to integrate seating into a tiny garden; you can create an unobtrusive nook in the corner, with a cast-iron, bistro-style table and chair set or alternatively, you could opt for larger, foldable outdoor furniture, so that you can seat a few people outside during a barbecue or party, but can also easily store the set away when it’s not needed. When shopping for outdoor furniture sets, look for ones which are minimalistic in style, with sleek, clean lines. Bulky, ornately-designed chairs and tables can make a small garden feel cramped and claustrophobic. Introduce pale tones Even the tiniest garden will appear larger than it really is, if it is surrounded by pale-coloured fencing or walls. Painting the boundaries of your outdoor area a bright white or pastel shade will help to bounce around any natural or artificial lighting, and thus create the illusion of a […]

Options You Can Consider For Mounted Bathroom Cabinets

If you are looking to increase storage capacity in your bathroom, your best bet would be to invest mounted bathroom cabinets. This is especially convenient for smaller bathrooms that may not have sufficient floor space for freestanding cabinetry. However, making a selection of bathroom cabinets is not as simple as selecting the first choice you get from cabinet makers. You need to establish your individual needs so as to ensure the cabinetry will be able to meet these needs. Here are some of the options that you can consider for mounted bathroom cabinets. Mirrored bathroom cabinets As the name suggests these cabinets come with a mirrored panel rather than a plain panel. Mirrored bathroom cabinets are especially convenient for people who would rather get ready in the bathroom since this room tends to have better lighting. They can come in quite handy with your morning routine rather than having to walk between your bedroom and the bathroom while getting ready. It should be noted that mirrored bathroom cabinets are best suited to be installed above sinks, as this would be a prime location to make the most of the mirror. However, you would have to determine whether you have enough vertical space above the sink and if the wall will be strong enough to hold the weight of the cabinet. When it comes to installing mirrored bathroom cabinets, you also have to take your height into consideration so as to have the best direct view of the mirrors. Corner bathroom cabinets Corner bathroom cabinets are ideal for bathrooms that may not have sufficient room to mount an entire cabinet on the wall. Rather than settle for smaller cabinetry, you could have it fitted at an angle. This way, you still get the chance to make the most of the vertical space in your bathroom, without having to compromise on storage space. Medicine bathroom cabinets Medicine cabinets are a popular option for homeowners. However, one thing some people take for granted is the amount of storage that is available in them. Since medicine cabinets are designed to store medicine bottles, the shelving will be quite tightly spaced within the cabinet. As such, medicine cabinets may not be suited for individuals who are looking to store bulky bathroom items such as toilet tissue rolls and the like. However, if you and your family members have different forms of medication, then this would […]

Why Teak Would Be Great for Outdoor Café Chairs

If you are searching for aesthetically appealing yet durable outdoor café chairs, then teak would be an ideal choice. Not only can this type of furniture withstand seasonal weather changes, it is also quite comfortable. Granted, teak is one of the more expensive types of wood you could purchase but you can be assured of the longevity of your furniture pieces. Here are some of the reasons why teak furniture would be great for outdoor café chairs. Teak furniture is low maintenance With most species of wood, you would have to take preventative measures to ensure that they do not prematurely succumb to decay or pest infestations. Teak’s innate oil content is extremely high. These natural oils not only make it moisture resistant, but it also repels insects thus reducing the risk of insect damage to the wood. In addition to this, since teak is grown in tropical conditions, it also has a better chances of resisting the growth of mould and mildew when compared to other species of wood as long as it gets a chance to completely dry. It should be noted though that teak is not immune to mould. If measures are not taken to dry out the wood when it has been exposed to water, then mould may start forming. These characteristics make teak low maintenance, as you do not have to pretreat or seal the wood to ensure that it remains in pristine condition. Teak is attractive and blends well with the outdoors The aesthetic appeal of teak is another reason why it is great for the outdoors. Its natural honey hue blends naturally with nature so you can rest assured that your furniture will not seem conspicuous when used outdoors. Over time, the teak may develop patina. Patina refers to a silvery hue that comes about due to natural weathering of the teak wood. Patina also naturally blends in with the environment. Point of note It should be noted that if you would like to use teak furniture, take measures to ensure that you are not contributing to deforestation. Only seek out teak furniture that has been harvested from regulated teak forests. These forests only harvest the teak from older, mature teak trees. The wood harvested, typically referred to as Grade A teak, is located in the inner rings of the oldest trees. Thus, only mature trees that have reached a specified girth will […]