How to Keep Furniture from Scratching Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors a beautiful luxury for your home. No other type of flooring can look as impressive as well done, high quality, and brand new hardwood floors. These floors last for a long time, but the cosmetic benefit of hardwood floors last only as long as you take care of it.

Hardwood floors scratch, some of them easily, and furniture can be the greatest enemy of a hardwood floor. So without further ado, here are three ways to keep furniture from scratching hardwood floors.

Add Felt Pads to Your Furniture

The majority of scratches to hardwood floors come from moving furniture. If your plan is to simply always lift furniture and never let the move even a little, then you’re going to get scratches, because all furniture eventually gets pushed around.

Your best bet is to buy a lot of felt pads, keep extras stored away, and put them underneath your furniture. That way, you can set it and forget it.

Avoid Rolling Chairs

Rolling chairs are one of the last pieces of childhood joy that we can cling on to keep us from drowning in the despair of adulthood. But it’s the enemy of hardwood floors. It’s like the furniture that you push a little every once in a while except all the time. Your floors will scratch sooner or later with a well used rolling chair.

However if you don’t want to get rid of your chair, there is one other solution.

Consider Area Rugs

Some form of rug is usually the answer to keeping your hardwood floors from scratching. The felt pads are basically mini-rugs to hide under the carpet, but you can also use area rugs to lower the risk of scratching, to hide scratches that are already there, and best of all, to use your rolling chair.

Hardwood floors are beautiful and deserve to be treated properly. Doing these three things can help tremendously in keeping your floor looking brand new.

3 Tips on Affordable Interior Design

3 Tips on Affordable Interior Design

Designing your home with intention doesn’t always require an interior designer. There are a few tips and tricks you can use yourself to make your home look a little bit nicer. A few weeks ago we wrote a post about interior design, but this week we want to focus on making it affordable. So let’s jump right in with 3 tips on affordable interior design.

Don’t be Afraid to Buy Used

Buying furniture new is not what it used to be. It’s now easier and safer than ever, plus a great way to interact with your neighborhood. Apps like NextDoor, Facebook Marketplace, and the classic Craigslist or eBay are all full of deals on great furniture.

With online sales more diverse than ever, you can find exactly what you need at an affordable price.

Get a Little Handy

There are lots of furniture and decorations out there that are still great but just need a little tweak. If something is not the right color, consider painting it.  Old wooden furniture often just needs a little resanding and polish, or even just finding a way to cover or camouflage that one damaged spot.

An eye for handy repairs can save you hundreds in the hunt for cheap furniture.

Make it Symmetrical

You can make anything look nice as long as it’s symmetrical. If you have 2 bookshelves full of records, for example, see if you can arrange them in a unique and orderly way and make sure it is symmetrical with the room.

The room itself should also be balanced. One side doesn’t have to mirror the other, but when you’re looking at one side versus the other, make sure they have the same amount of stuff. Balance, symmetry, and organization are key to a good looking home.  

Everyone Deserves a Nice Home

No matter your budget, you can make your living space nice. Just remember to organize all of your belongings. Hide away stuff that isn’t in season and neatly display the items you need every day. Consider the room’s balance and make sure every corner is carrying an equal amount of weight. Try to coordinate colors if you can, and look for unique ways to express yourself on the walls. You don’t need a fat wallet to have a nice home.

4 Interior Design Tips for Your Home

4 Interior Design Tips for Your Home

With 2018 coming to close and 2019 rushing in, it’s not a bad idea to think about design projects for your home. Lots of homeowners have these projects on the backs of their minds so why not dedicate some resources to getting it done? If you’re thinking about doing some interior design work, try these four tips to help you out.

First Impression

One of the most important concepts to understand in interior design is the first impression. When guests walk in from the front door, what is the first thing they see? First impressions play a huge role in building effectiveness in your design, so you want to make sure that the first impression, the first thing people see when they walk, is picture perfect.

Symmetry

A good general idea is to look for symmetry. That doesn’t mean that every room should have an exact mirror point, but that they are balanced. So for example, if you took all the of objects on the left side of the room and you take all the objects on the right side of the room, would the scale be even? Or would it tip towards one side? Try your best to make sure that each side has an equal amount of eye-catching stuff.

Busy vs. open

This is an important concept when talking about floors or walls. Do you want the design to be busy? Or do you want it to be more open? For example, grated tiles, brick, or wallpaper? Busy. There’s a lot going on in those intricate designs. But one color paint is open.

A good rule to follow is to use open designs in smaller spaces to make them seem bigger, and busier designs in larger spaces to give them more focus.

Be Smart with Paint

Paint is valuable but not just for your walls. Of course, the color of your walls is crucial, but save some of that paint. It might make a great accent around your mirrors or windows to create more color contrasts.

Alternatively, lots of homes have something to hide. If you have something like an exposed pipe, you can paint it the same color as your wall to give a camouflage effect. It will be noticeable, obviously, but it then fits the room and even creates an attractive urban atmosphere.

With the right design, you can make any space look attractive!

The History of Wood Flooring

The History of Wood Flooring

W6 5 2 300x225 - The History of Wood Flooringood is a beautiful material that we use for so many things in our daily lives. We use wood in our furniture, kitchen cabinets, the frames of our homes, our flooring, and so much more. Wood is strong, easily obtained, and if properly treated and maintained, will last for a very long time. Over the years, our use of wood as a flooring substance has changed and evolved, but hardwood flooring is currently one of the most popular choices for flooring in homes. Let’s take a look back at the history of hardwood flooring.

The first known uses for hardwood floors were in wealthy homes because of the limited wood available, and the expense it took to make the floors. Average people had hard packed dirt as their flooring. But when colonists came to America, there were plenty of strong, old trees to be used for housing and flooring. Building methods and tools were still rustic at the time, and not everyone had access to them. Tools were used to scrape the wood flat, while they used actual sand in an attempt to smooth out the floor boards. Most wood was not straight and created gaps in between floorboards. Even with these rudimentary methods, the floors were still meant to be covered with paint or textile coverings, as there were many imperfections.

The industrial revolution brought many advances in treating and preparing wood. Steam-driven woodworking technology allowed us to create finished wood boards in standardized measurements. Tongue and groove 5 16 13 e1526474449558 225x300 - The History of Wood Flooringmolding allowed the creation of a wood flooring without pesky gaps from warping and not meeting exactly. Wood flooring continued to be used as a flooring material until after WWII. Finishing on floors included a thick wax that treated the floors and needed to be reapplied to maintain the wood. Another reason that wood flooring fell out of fashion was the advent of industrialization. Industrialization brought synthetic fibers and more advances in carpeting which reduced the cost of previously very expensive carpeting in the home. Carpeting became extremely popular in every room of the house except for kitchens and bathrooms, where ceramic tiles were commonly used.

Hardwood flooring became popular again in the 1990s. The beautiful floors were seen as a symbol of investing in a longer lasting material that was easier to keep clean. Wood flooring with carpets on top were seen as an easier way to take carpets out and clean them and clean the floors. Additionally, advances in finishing materials made great changes to the maintenance of hardwood floors. Wood boards are now precision cut and planed with a perfect tongue and groove fit, stained with a wide variety of stain colors that is handpicked by the customer, and then treated with polyurethane to give it a super strong and durable surface that will last a homeowner more than a decade with only minimal maintenance.

Hardwood flooring has come a very long way in the millenia that it has been in use. From refining methods for cutting and standardized board measurements, to effective and durable finishing methods, hardwood floors have evolved into a beautiful, smooth, easy to maintain and long-lasting flooring material. Hardwood floors can be customized to any stain color and flooring design. Talk to Kruper’s specialists today to invest in the future of your home with the most popular flooring around!

Blending Different Styles to Find Your Unique Look

Your home does not have to fit the exact definition of a “Country Farmhouse”, look 100% modern, or be entirely classically romantic. Strict style mandates such as those should be left to period homes used as museums. It is not realistic or ideal for your entire house to have a certain feel or style.

 

The most important part of any house are the people who call it home. Blending your unique personality and sense of style with your home’s existing structure will create a house that feels like your home.

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When crafting the look of your home, it is possible to use the pieces you love, even if they do not match, without looking like a crazy person. Begin by considering the style of the exterior of your home and how this translates to the interior. A turn of the century farmhouse design inside a modern loft might not mesh well. You do not need to match the inside to the outside perfectly but an interior design that carries on qualities of the exterior of the house will create fluidity with the space. The architecture of your home may do this naturally with the layout of rooms or types of flooring used.

 

Color is important when blending styles. If your room design includes an inherited vintage chair, you can still incorporate a comfortable sofa for the family, just choose one that is the same color as the chair. This will help your room feel cohesive even if the furniture styles do not match.

 

Combine styles throughout an entire space. There is no need to have a side of the room designated as Scandinavian minimalism and another side meant to be the Romantic Bohemian corner. This looks odd, does not flow well and is jarring on the eye. Instead, choose Scandinavian type furniture designs with the rich prints and texture of Bohemian design for couch pillows, throws, and artwork.

 

Create a visually interesting room by matching the height of your furniture. An eclectic assortment of dining room chairs is visually pleasing if the chair backs are similar height. Mismatched nightstands or lamps on either side of the bed look appealing when they are similar heights, but may look junky or cluttered if they are all different sizes.

 

Think about the mood of the room you are designing. A family room is generally meant for relaxed, family time and may not be a great place for vintage, formal furniture. Use treasured heirlooms or antiques in a different space in the house or choose a few pieces as decoration.

 

If you are updating your space, consider the flooring that would look best with your style! Oak flooring blends well between 7 16 pic 9 300x225 - Blending Different Styles to Find Your Unique Lookstyles since it can be stained lighter or darker. The type of wood works well in formal, casual, and rustic spaces. Wider planks of lighter woods make a space feel very cozy and comfortable while darker, thinner planks can make a space feel formal.

 

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