Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a popular sport played by two or four participants. It is a fun form of exercise that stimulates mental alertness, develops concentration and sharpen reflexes. It is also a very safe physical activity and can be played all year round, day or night, indoors or outdoors (as long as weather allows).
Apart from the paddle and ball, another important equipment in playing this sport is the ping pong table. Standard ping pong tables are 2.74 m (9 ft) long, 1.525 m (5 ft) wide, and 76 cm (30 inch) high, divided into two halves by a 15.25 cm (6 inch) high net. Commercially available ones come in a variety of formats that can be easily assembled or disassembled for portability or easy storage. Depending on the manufacturer, setting up or knocking down a ping pong table can be as simple as unfolding/folding the legs or as complicated as dealing with numerous nuts and bolts. Read more →
A nightstand, also called night table or bedside table, is a small table designed to stand beside a bed. It is an essential piece of bedroom furniture which is very useful in keeping nightly essentials like reading glasses, telephone or medication within easy reach, eliminating the need to get out of bed when you need such items.
This furniture can be as simple as a four-legged pedestal or can be utilitarian, equipped with drawers or cabinets. The nightstand is also an ideal surface to place a lamp for nighttime reading and an alarm clock or can serve as a storage for reading materials and other personal effects. Nightstands can come as pairs but they can also be mixed and matched depending on the bedroom’s interior design. Read more →
A wine rack is a contraption used to store, organize or display wine bottles. They can be made from a number of different materials such as wood, stainless steel and wrought iron. The size and design of a rack determine the number of bottles it can hold. It can be a massive cabinet-type wine storage system in a professional wine cellar or a simple table-top contraption that can display bottles of wine in a private home.
Apart from storing or holding bottles of wine, some racks are a piece of art themselves, worthy of being displayed and mounted on a wall. Wine cubes, which are usually made of wood, are versatile and can be stacked on top of each other to hold as many bottles as space can allow. Sculptural wine racks made from steel or wrought iron are popular decorative items in homes as they come in various designs that will fit any contemporary, modern or traditional homes. Read more →
Art sculptures come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be made from different materials such as marble, concrete, wood, fiberglass and metal. Copper, brass, bronze and iron are commonly used for making metal sculptures.
Metals are usually sturdy but still require proper handling to avoid damages such as dents and scratches when being transported. When shipping metal sculptures, it is important to employ proper packing techniques to to make sure the item arrives at its destination safely. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship metal sculptures. Read more →
A chess table is a small table with a built in chess board on top and a set of drawers to hold the chess pieces when not in use. The board can either be inlaid, engraved or painted on the table top. Chess tables can be extremely decorative, well made and potentially expensive pieces of furniture, highly sought after by individuals who have a penchant for the game. Antique chess tables are also highly collectible.
This type of table is not not restricted to playing chess but can also be a decorative furnishing to any home. Rosewood, cedar, mahogany and other exotic hardwoods are usually used to make chess tables. These tables come in a variety of shapes including round, square and rectangular with either four legs or a pedestal-type base. Some chess tables can be easily disassembled for portability or easy storage. Read more →
The sound of flowing water is known for its relaxing and soothing effect. Fountains, apart from being decorative, also humidify the indoor air which helps prevent the skin from drying out. A do-it-yourself table top or desk fountain can be a great way to bring out your creativity while simultaneously relieving stress and enhancing your interior decor.
Table top fountains are very easy to make and can be a perfect gift for all occasions. All you need are a water tight vessel, a fountain pump and some river rocks, pebbles and other accessories like small clay jars, bamboo spout or artificial plants for decorations. Read more →
Vintage phonographs are most sought after items among antique collectors and music enthusiasts. Introduced in 1877, phonographs are among the earliest sound playing and recording devices ever invented. Despite the emergence of modern music players, which produce high quality sound, phonographs remain popular among collectors because of the history that comes with them.
Standard phonographs are composed of a turntable, drive system, tone arm, stylus or needle, cartridge or disc record, all contained in a cabinet and the cone-shaped amplifier. Because of their age, vintage phonographs are fragile and must be handled with utmost care when being transported. Read more →
A futon is traditional Japanese bedding consisting of a mattress that is laid on top of a tatami mat and is used for sleeping. It can be easily folded and stored away when not in use, making it a popular alternative to conventional beds in homes with limited spaces. Japanese futons usually come in sets with its own quilted comforter and pillow.
Cotton, poly fill, memory foam are some of the most popular filling for futons. These materials keeps the futon light weight and portable. While there is also a Western version based on the Japanese original which usually comes with a metal or wooden frame and used as s a chair, couch or sofa-bed, this instructional article will discuss the steps on how to properly pack and ship a Japanese futon. Read more →