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How to Properly Take Care of Wooden Furniture

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Wooden furniture can instantly spruce up a home and give both an antique and unique feel to any room. Whether it’s cabinets, chairs or tables – wooden furniture can fit into any home. However, when it comes to maintaining wooden furniture, many people aren’t taking proper care. Not taking proper care of your wooden furniture can not only make its shine go away, but can also reduce its durability. That’s why in today’s blog, Guaranteed A Fine Furniture wants to give you tips on how to properly take care of your wooden furniture!

 

Get Rid of Old Polish

One step that many people tend to skip when it comes to taking care of wooden furniture – especially if they’ve had said furniture for years – is to leave layers of old polish on the furniture. By leaving that build-up on, you are keeping the wood from having its natural look. In order to revitalize your wooden furniture, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to remove its old polish.

It’s very simple to do this. Simply boil a few tea bags, grab a cloth and wring the tea out from the bags until it’s only damp. After that, you can scrub off the furniture’s old polish. The tannic acid from the tea is the key ingredient – it’ll easily remove the build-up and get your wooden furniture looking like new!

Use Coasters

Nothing is more heart-breaking than seeing a beautiful wooden coffee table covered in stains from drinks being put on it without a coaster. These stains can be difficult can erase, and the fix is to simply not let it happen in the first place by using coasters. No matter how careful you are, you are going to find cup stains on your table eventually – so be proactive and use coasters!

If this advice came too late, there is an efficient way of removing water stains. Simply grab a tube of non-gel toothpaste, apply it to the stain and run gently with a cloth. After the stain has disappeared, wipe away the toothpaste with a damp cloth. This trick may not work on tougher stains but should work well enough for simple water stains.

 

Be Vigilant About Dust

In order to keep your wooden furniture in prime condition, you need to stay vigilant about dust. Dust can make your furniture lose its shine – not to mention you don’t want guests seeing your house in a dusty condition. Dusting is quick and easy, and should be done weekly at the very least!

 

Use Proper Cleaning Materials

Lastly, it’s incredibly important that you are using the proper cleaning materials when taking care of your wooden furniture. If there is no plastic or glass covering the furniture, it’s important that you do not use universal cleaning sprays as it can damage the wood. Only use materials that are specifically designed for wooden furniture!

 

It’s important to remember that your wooden furniture needs love and care. Keeping the furniture clean will extend its life and ensure that it will stay free of stains, scratches and stay shiny. Do you love wooden furniture? Stop by Guaranteed A Fine Furniture and view our beautiful selection of wooden cabinets, coffee tables and more!

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Maximizing Space In Your Living Room

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A living room is one of the most important spaces in any home. However, not all living rooms are incredibly spacious. This is especially true for today’s modern condo-living trend. However, small spaces doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice decorative design. Today, we will be going over how you can utilize your furniture to maximize the space in your living room. These tips will allow you to do the most with the space you have so that you can entertain guests or relax in a spacious environment.

 

Keep Furniture Off Walls

One of the easiest things you can do to maximize your space without sacrificing your beautiful furniture is simply backing your furniture off of the wall. This simple trick can make your living space appear much larger while still including all the furniture that you hold dear.

When backing your furniture off the walls, keep everything level. You don’t want a table lamp closer to the wall than your sofa. By keeping everything slightly off the wall, it will give your living room a more ‘floaty’ look.

 

Use Light Colours

While dark colours are not bad by nature, they can make a room appear smaller. When you’re already working with limited space, having a room with dark paint and dark furniture can make the room appear claustrophobic. Using lighter colours will have a reverse effect.

Colours such as white, cream, light blues or gray are the best choices to go with if your trying to make your living room appear larger. It creates the illusion of openness, and make your living room much more comfortable.

 

Mirrors

If you’ve ever been in a funhouse, you’ve experienced what a room with mirrors can do. It gives it the sense of infinite space, and can make even the smallest of spaces appear large and open. This same idea can be applied to your living room.

Of course, lining your entire walls with mirrors will cause confusion more than anything else. However, strategically placing a mirror in your living room can give it the illusion of more space. Place a full-sized mirror on your main wall and not only will your room appear larger – you’ll also have a great mirror to look at before you head out!

 

Leave The Drapes

Lastly, keep the drapes and blinds off of your windows! These are not only darkening your room but are giving it a more congested feel. As we stated previously, brighter rooms create the illusion of more space, and by leaving windows open, you will create an even greater sense of an open-air environment. If privacy is a concern, use sheer white drapes to give the room the added brightness, without the nosey neighbours.

 

In today’s world, many people are opting out of larger homes for smaller condo spaces. Just because you have less space, doesn’t mean you can’t create a living room that’s suitable for multiple guests without feeling congested. Follow these tips, and you will maximize your beautiful living room’s space without having to sacrifice your decorative design. Need furniture to give your room a more spacey feel? Stop by Guaranteed A Fine Furniture today!

 

 

 

 

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How to Build an Elegant Bedroom

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Since we spend about a third of our lives in bed, it stands to reason the bedroom should be restful and beautiful. To achieve such an oasis of calm, it’s important to have a vision for your room, one that is uniquely you, before picking out new furniture.  Will it be romantic, masculine, country, beachy or xxx? Will it use the same palette as the rest of the house, or be unique? Clip pictures out of magazines or from Pinterest to get ideas. Some of these you should bring in to the showroom to get help realizing that décor look.

 

The Most Important piece of Furniture is … the Mattress

The right mattress makes all the difference in getting a great night’s rest.  There are many options but the key to deciding is testing them out. By lying on them for at least five minutes, you’ll get a sense of what suits — firm or soft, made of memory foam or coils, pillowtop or a combination of the three.

The Bedroom Set

This again depends on you. Some people, especially tall people, don’t like footboards for good reason, so you may have to pick a bed frame that comes only with a headboard. Whatever you choose – whether the bed and dressers and night tables match or are an eclectic choice – should fit with your overall design choices. Talking to the salesperson, and showing them your storyboard of ideas (from magazines and online pictures), will steer you in the right direction. A good salesperson will have a good eye for design and will be able to show you options you might not have thought about before, and will help you keep a consistent visual theme including wood finish and style.

 

Lighting

Consider the room’s natural light sources when creating the furniture layout plan.  If morning light streams in a large window, you may want to place the bed away from it so you’re not woken up early although black out linings on drapery will prevent this as well. Bedside lamps will add task light for nighttime reading. Best to put an overhead light on a dimmer so you get enough light for dressing but can lower in the evening.

 

Add Some Décor

Décor makes a room personal and adds colour – this includes your choice of bedding and pillows, but also artwork. Of all rooms in the home, this is a great place to display family photos. Bedrooms are meant to be cozy, so the more texture the better. In addition to a bedspread or duvet, you can add faux fur or knitted throws, cashmere accent pillows, a reading chair in wool, drapes in rich velvet. A rug also adds texture and keeps feet cozy and warm. In the summer, when the aim is for a cooler, fresher, breezier feel, remove the wool carpet and cashmere throws, and add cotton, seagrass, and lighter colours.

 

Keep It Clutter Free

To help keep the room visually clean, look for a bedside table that includes storage and routing for cables. This will conceal power cords for lamps, alarm clocks and cell phone chargers.

 

Guaranteed A Fine Furniture has a brilliant showroom filled with everything from mattresses, foundations, headboards, footboards, dressers, end tables, lamps, rugs and throw pillows.  Come into the showroom and see our experts today to bring your dream bedroom to life!

Guaranteed A Fine Furniture 4735 Tecumseh Road. East Windsor, Ontario, Canada N8T 1B6

Refresh Your Home Office For The Holidays

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Considering that fully a quarter of all people work from home at least some of the time, we don’t invest enough energy or money into how that home office looks and feels. And research suggests that when you feel good and comfortable in your home office, productivity increases. Rather than use up all those pieces furniture left over from college days, carefully choose new furniture that is ergonomically correct for your body – and looks good too.

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How to Get Your Dining Room Ready For The Holidays

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The dining room is making a comeback. Although open-concept main floors are the norm, some homes still have a cozy dining room, and in more traditional homes, the dining room never left. Even if you don’t use it all that often, you still want it to look great, because the reality is many of us still like to entertain in the dining room.

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Tips for Hosting a Great Fall Dinner Party

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Fall is such a festive time of the year to entertain — the chapter has closed on summer grilling parties and the pressures of large holiday family gatherings are not yet upon us. It is the perfect time of year to invite a small group of friends over for an intimate dinner that celebrates nothing but the season of bounty.

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Designing the Perfect Man Cave

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Everyone needs a special place to get away from the stresses of daily life. For men, it can be the golf course or the local pub. Or it could be some place right in your own home.

We’re talking man cave here, having a little piece of paradise right at home where you can unwind alone, or where you can invite the guys over to watch football or play poker.

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How to Choose the Right Size Dining Room Table

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Who knew dining could come in so many shapes and sizes? The trick is figuring out which one is right for you. While your table’s appearance is important for working with your home’s décor, having it fit the space and offer enough seating is even more critical.Who knew dining could come in so many shapes and sizes?

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What Size Sofa Should I Get?

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A sofa can be one of your biggest furniture investments — both financially and in the impact it has on your room. There is nothing worse than falling in love with one in the store and shelling out hard-earned cash to make it yours only to lug it home and realize it just doesn’t fit the space. Although finding the right-size sofa seems simple, there’s more to it than making sure it can fit through the front door. Keep in mind a few tips and tricks and you will be sure to love your new piece even more in your home than you did in the showroom.

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Decorating Tips for Couples

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Moving in with your new spouse or partner is exciting. But the reality is very few couples see eye to eye on decorating decisions. If you’re like most couples today, you’re also bringing some furniture with you. You don’t want to create tension especially when you’re just starting out so the following are a few tips we’ve developed from our many years of helping couples find a middle ground on how to furnish their home.

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