Dollhouses are not only popular among young girls but also among adults who are into building and collecting these miniature homes. Vintage dollhouses are most favored by hobbyists because of their exquisite craftsmanship, history and rarity. Some of these antique miniature dwellings, that come complete with furniture and accessories one would see in regular-sized homes, can fetch for thousands of dollars.
Traditional dollhouses are usually hand-crafted from wood and features either an open back or a fancy front facade that opens to reveal the rooms. Furniture and accessories are loose and can be re-arranged as the owner pleases. Old dollhouses can also get quite massive to feature as many rooms as possible. Read more →
A folding screen is a group of three or more vertical panels joined together by hinges. It is popular for its practical uses, such as dividing a room or providing privacy, as well as its decorative purposes. A folding screen, which can be made from a variety of materials, stands on its own and is retractable to fit in any size space.
The use of folding screens originated in China during the Han Dynasty and eventually spread to Europe and other parts of the world. Usually decorated with exquisite art, antique screens are most sought after by collectors. Famous fashion designer Coco Chanel was know for her penchant for Chinese folding screens. She is believed to have owned a total of 32 folding screens. Read more →
A water mattress is a type of cushion filled with water and used as an alternative to the conventional foam rubber mattress. It is preferred by many individuals for its numerous health-related benefits. A water mattress shapes exactly to the body, thus minimizing pressure, making it popular among individuals suffering from back pains and spinal problems. It can also be heated giving the user a soothing and more comfortable rest.
A water mattress can also reduce the risk of bedsores among paralytic or movement-impaired patients and eliminate the risk of exposure to dust mites in people sensitive to them. Unlike the conventional mattresses, water mattresses do not encourage the proliferation of these organisms that can cause skin allergies, asthma and other diseases. Read more →
A recliner is an armchair with backrest that can be tilted back and footrest that can be raised to provide the occupant optimum comfort. It also usually comes with plush padding making it a cozy and comfortable piece of furniture. Some modern variations comes with motorized reclining features, that adjust the backrest with a push of a button to the user’s desired angle. Other have built in back massagers making it even more attractive to men.
Because they are usually overstuffed with cushion, recliners become massive pieces of furniture that should be handled and packed properly when being transported. Its moving backrest and footrest are also prone to damage and must be fixed into place to avoid unwanted movements during transit. The upholstery, which could be leather or fabric, must also be protected against the elements such as dirt, dust and moisture. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a recliner to ensure that it arrives in good condition. Read more →
Rustic medicine cabinets made from recycled or reclaimed wood are popular accessories for bathrooms with country, vintage or shabby chic styles. Barn wood, old railroad ties or wood from demolished structures are usually used to build these cabinets. The worn-out look, peeling paint and even termite damage can add charm to these medicine cabinets.
Shipping a wooden medicine cabinet is relatively easy as most of them are not too bulky and can be easily boxed. Properly packed, these bathroom accessories can safely arrive in its destination without any damage. Here are some tips on how to pack and ship a wooden medicine cabinet. Read more →
A fire pit is a great addition to a backyard, providing warmth during cold nights and a place to gather around for some homemade s’mores. Traditional pits can be made from rustic bricks or natural stones. Portable pits, made from metal and readily available from home stores, are also gaining popularity because they can be used immediately without the need for complicated installation.
While they are generally sturdy, metal fire pits still require proper packing to avoid scratches, dents and other damages during shipping. Their sizes and weights can sometimes become a challenge but can be dealt with easily by knowing the proper techniques of packing and shipping a fire pit. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a fire pit. Read more →
Improvements in the shipping industry and advancement in technology have made it easier to ship everything including the kitchen sink! Being made from a variety of materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, fiberglass, ceramic, marble, granite, glass and even wood, sinks come in different shapes, sizes and weight.
Whether light or heavy, compact or bulky, shipping a sink requires special packing techniques to ensure that the item arrives in great shape and without any damage. For whatever reason that requires you to send a sink somewhere, here are some tips that can help you properly pack and ship a sink. Read more →
A chest of drawers can be cumbersome to ship because of its bulk, weight and the pesky drawers that seem to roll out every chance they get. Antiques and ornate ones are even more risky to ship unless they are properly packaged to avoid scratches, dents and other damages. However, knowing the right way to pack and ship a chest of drawers can help eliminate the apprehension associated with sending out valuable and bulky items such as furniture. Here are some helpful tips on how to properly pack and ship a chest of drawers to ensure that it arrives intact and in great shape.
Measure the chest of drawers to get an idea on the size of shipping box you need. Once you have the dimensions, go to a shipping supply store and get a box that is at least 3 inches larger on all sides of the furniture. Read more →