All in One Kitchen Unit

Looking for the perfect kitchen for your tiny home? Well look no further, because the Swiss firm Kitchoo has the perfect all-in-one solution. The kitchen units they offer are compact and small enough to fit into most any tiny house or apartment without sacrificing functionality.

Kitchoo is actually the Japanese word for “good omen” and these all-in-one kitchen units are exactly that for anyone wanting to downsize and still retain all the comforts of a larger dwelling. The basic Kitchoo unit features a sink, a two-burner induction stovetop, a compact dishwasher and cabinet space. The faucet can be pressed down allowing the two lids that cover the sink and stove to be lowered, which creates a good amount of counter space, or an eating surface. The drawers are all big enough to store plates, cups, dishes and utensils. And best of all, despite the superb functionality and offering everything you need from a kitchen, these units take up very little space. Also, by combining more than one unit, you can have yourself a fully mobile and fully functional kitchen.

Besides the basic model, they also offer several higher end versions, which have space for a fridge/freezer combo or a washing machine. The design of these units is also totally flexible, so any of the appliances you don’t need can be switched out and replaced by the ones you do. The unit also comes in a variety of finishes, including dark oak, light oak and white.

Prices start at $3,483 for the basic version and go up to $4,645. They’re currently only available in Europe and the Middle East, but the firm plans to make them available in North America soon.

Transformer Crib That Grows With Your Child

As all parents know, children grow out of things fast and furniture is no exception. When it comes to the latter, it’s best to purchase pieces that can be reused down the line, even after the child grows out of their primary function. And the Danish company Leander has recently unveiled one such piece of furniture: a baby crib, which grows with the child.

The Linea Cot, as it is called, is first and foremost a baby crib. It is made of solid oak and has cleverly designed sloping sides, which prevent the child from climbing out. It also has a base that is height-adjustable, meaning it can be moved up and down to accommodate the growing child.

As the baby becomes a toddler, the Linea Cot can be turned into a bed by simply removing one of the sides. And then, as the child outgrows it, the bed can be turned into a sofa or daybed, which can be used up until the teenage years and even beyond. Not to mention that it can also be turned back into a crib should the need arise.

Leander also offers a whole range of furniture for children, including a changing table and dresser, and the Linea Cot blends seamlessly with those pieces. The Linea Cot is available in many different colors, and can be fitted with different cushions so that it fits well in most any home. And all the different cushions can keep it looking fresh for many years.

The baby’s crib is certainly one of the least re-usable pieces of furniture people will need to purchase in their lifetime, so it’s great to see companies coming up with solutions to making them more flexible. There is no word on price yet, but you can visit the Leander website for more info.

Great Adaptable Desk That’s Perfect for Adults and Kids Alike

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This desk, designed by the Casa Kids furniture company based in Brooklyn, is aimed primarily towards kids, whose parents want to buy them a desk that will grow up with them. However I think it’s perfect for adults too, especially those working from home. It is very well designed, made from durable materials and built to last for many, many years. Just like the furniture our grandparents used to buy before the days of IKEA.

It’s called the DUMBO desk and was designed for children aged eight and up. According to Roberto Gil, the architect who created it, the design of it was inspired by legendary artists and designers, namely Jean Prouvé, Piet Mondrian and Donald Judd.

The desk measures 84 inches across and has ample shelving space suspended above it. This space can be used to store books, folders, papers, trophies, and much more. The size of the actual desk is also very generous and offers enough space for a computer and doing homework. The clever distribution of shelves also means that everything you need is within easy reach. Due to it’s all-in-one design, it would also make a great desk for small homes.

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The desk is also only 1 inch lower than adult desks, which means that no adjustments are needed as the child grows. It can be made from birch, walnut, or oak wood, depending on the customer’s preferences. The panels can also be painted in different colors to make it more fun, though I suspect that the child would grow out of a painted one faster than a natural wood version.

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Since the desk is custom made, its price tag reflects it. Prices start at $5,000, but given the quality, durability and lifespan of it that’s not even that high. Especially considering that children could easily continue to use this desk well into adulthood.

Make Your Furniture Mock an Antique With These 7 Pro Tips!

Introduction: Distress Technique       

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In the earlier times, if furniture was distressed, it indicated that those were there for generations and majority of the paint had faded due to nicks by too many movements or rubbing by hands for years. Nowadays, the distressed look has emerged as a desired option as may believe that it adds to the style and character of various types of décor. Surprisingly, the techniques are quite simple. Let’s have a look at the most sought after techniques to distress your furniture.

  • Wet-distressing technique: This technique allows you to develop a ‘natural’ looking worn off effect.
  • Dry-distressing technique: This is ideal for using when you want to uncover the actual wood layer and using only one color.
  • The ‘Resist’ technique: This highly simple technique helps you give your furniture a chippy paint look.

Distressing technique using Vinegar

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If you want a rustic, beat up look of your furniture, using vinegar is a simple way to achieve the goal. First, dust off the furniture with a damp, clean cloth and then paint it with your preferred color. You can make a couple of coats based on the paint’s quality and the darkness of your furniture. When the paint has thoroughly dried, pour vinegar (either apple cider or distilled vinegar) and small amount of water in a spray bottle and spray it onto the piece. Withdraw some of the paint by wiping down the piece with a white, clean cloth and you’re done.

Distressing technique using Vaseline

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With some materials easily available at home like Vaseline, damp cloth, paint and brush, you can give your furniture the much sought-after aged look. Before you paint the final color, add a thin layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) over the areas you want to have a natural worn look. You’ll need to apply a foundation coat either in stain or diverse color. Once you’re done with the painting, allow it to dry slightly and then rub over the desired areas with a damp cloth.

Distressing furniture with chalk paint

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For this distressing technique, you just need two main supplies – chalk paint and soft wax. Apply two coats of contrasting colors as the first and second coats. You can use a dark color as an undercoat and a light colored thinner coat, if you want the former to be visible after distressing the furniture. After the paint has dried, polish the finished areas with sandpaper. Now take the soft wax and start to apply it on the areas where you want it to be distressed. If you want to attain optimum amount of distressing, you can scuff the other areas as well.

Distressing technique using wax

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First, you’ll need some natural wax and dark paint and blend the paint into the wax. Then brush on with a rag or any type of brush. Remember to work in small areas and allow the wax not to get too dry. Rub the wax and quickly wipe off the excess part. If you want to remove more of the wax, try doing it with a clean cloth.

Distressing technique using paint

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In this technique, first you’ve to hand sand the piece to eliminate the sanding dust. Then cover the areas of the furniture that you don’t want to be painted. Apply primer, before doing the top coat of paint, and allow it to be completely dry and finally, paint your main color. If you want a glazing finish, you can use one of the many available things including acrylic paint, wood stain and faux finish glazes.

Distressing technique using sand paper

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This technique is just what it sounds. Depending on how antique you want your piece to look, you’ve to be careful with the sanding. Generally, you should sand away majority of areas leaving some untouched. This’ll allow the old finish to be viewed unevenly, which will enhance the weathered look of the final piece. Finally, clean the entire piece with a tack rag to eliminate any dust generated from the sanding process.

Conclusion

Distressed furniture provides an image of rustic, worn and rugged look. This look can add warmth and beauty to any home. Additionally, furniture with a sense of antiqueness and age works fine with almost any interior design scheme. All of the above techniques are quite simple and handy, which can be applied with some simple available-at-home supplies. What’s more! Most of distressing techniques are part of DIY projects so you don’t even need the help of professionals.

Author Bio
Nicholes Ammons is an editor and is working in Furniture industry for quite some time. He is currently associated with Austin Furniture Repair and is seen contributing on their blog too. Having worked in this field he has gathered enough experience and knowledge about the field and loves sharing it with others. His love for home interiors and writing has contributed well to make him an editor for the furniture world.

Sofa Beds for Tight Spaces

Sofa beds aren’t what they used to be. Now there’s really good quality sofa beds to choose from, ranging from wide variety of styles, comfort and budget.

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If space is an issue, sofa beds are a great addition to your household, offering adaptability and flexibility. You can use them in any room and today’s sofa beds are far more comfortable than the ones you slept as a youngster. However, as with anything in life, there are a few things you need to know before taking the plunge. Here are six vital points to consider when buying a sofa bed.

The Mattress is Critical

Sofa beds come in all shapes and sizes, but the most important feature is the mattress. A good mattress can add a little extra to the retail price of the sofa bed, of course. But they will also last for years and keep your guests comfy whether they are sitting or sleeping. If the foam mattresses that are available these days are a little out of your price range, consider buying a topper. They will add that little extra layer of comfort and are a lot more affordable. There are also some huge health benefits from using the right mattress.

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Decide on Your Frame

Hardwood frames are thought to be one of the best materials for sofa beds – particularly kiln-dried hardwood. It makes for a durable, more comfortable sofa that will last for many years.

Measure It!

Don’t make the mistake of buying a sofa bed without taking measurements first. Don’t forget that the bed will extend when you use it – you might be surprised at the amount of people who make this mistake! You will need to keep your sofa bed in a reasonably clear area. You don’t want to be moving hundreds of objects out of the way every time a friend stays over.

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They are Perfect for Saving Space

Your sofa bed can also save you a lot of space, so make sure you are taking advantage. It’s especially the case if you live in a small home or are furnishing a tiny room. Not all of us are blessed with enormous homes, and many people don’t have space for a guest room. But with a small, compact sofa bed you still have options when it comes to having guests over. However, be aware that the bigger hardwood beds can sometimes take up as much space as a standard sofa or single bed!

Always Check the Mechanisms

You have to be comfortable with using the folding mechanisms of your sofa bed. Some can be tricky to operate; others can have sharp edges that cause issues with your sheets when you are making your bed. Make sure that you try out your bed to get to know it, and find out if it is suitable for you. The best beds are easy to operate, and anyone can put them up in a few seconds. You should look for a very smooth mechanism if you don’t want to suffer frustrations in the future.

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Make Sure You are Comfortable With the Weight

High-quality sofa beds can be heavy, due to mattress thickness and the use of sturdy materials to make them. It can cause problems with people that aren’t strong enough to operate them. It also might be an issue when it comes to getting your sofa bed up a flight of stairs. Make sure you are strong enough to operate your bed before making your purchase – or you’ll never get to enjoy using it!

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Author Bio
Kevin sleeps and breathes interior design. He first got into interior design when he moved into a tiny city flat and needed to research creative ways of living in a functional area whilst space was a premium. Interior design and space saving is now a passion.