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Roughly half of all homes have hard-
wood ooring, and industry profession
-als suspect more and more homeowners
are looking to hardwood ooring for
their homes.When surveyed, 90 percent of realestate agents have said that hardwood
ooring is a desirable feature in a home.
Those agents also say property with
hardwood ooring sells faster than onewith carpeting or another ooring op
With hardwood ooring so prevalent
in homes, protecting those beautiful
wood oors is a major priority for ho
meowners. Caring for hardwood oors
only takes some common sense precau-tions and minimal maintenance. Today’s
hardwood oors are often produced with
durable sealants that protect the woodunderneath or are comprised of com-posite or reclaimed wood products. Butthat doesn’t mean precautions should betaken to further protect against potential
damage to the ooring.
* Place area rugs or mats at the door-ways entering the home. This way sand,dirt and other debris can be wiped off at the entryway and not carried onto the
wood ooring where it can cause abra
-sions over time.* Pay careful attention to which types
of shoes are worn on the oors. High
heels or cleats can damage the wood.Removing shoes prior to walking on the
oor is a safer bet.
* Choose the right type of cleaner for
the oor. Do not assume just because a
particular cleaner is adequate for wood
cabinetry or furniture that it is also nefor wood ooring. Check the label.
* Use area rugs and carpet runners on
areas of the oor that tend to be high-trafc areas. This will prevent these
areas from being worn down unevenly
from other areas of the oor.
* Do not allow water or other liquids
to stand on the oor for a long duration.
This can cause degradation of the woodand staining.* Use felt or plastic protectors on the“feet” of dining room chairs or other
furniture to prevent against scufng or
Wood ooring can be an expensive
addition to any home, but one that issought after for its aesthetic appeal. To
ensure a oor remains in good condi
-tion over the long haul, take action to
protect hardwood oors as soon as pos
Protecting hardwood foors
Homeowners can take several steps to protect their investment in timeless
and attractive hardwood foors.
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When presented with an empty room ina new home or apartment, most people are abit apprehensive about where to start. It can
be difcult to picture where to place a sofa or
how to arrange a chaise lounge.Although interior decorators may seem tohave the knack for knowing where to placefurniture, arranging items that are alreadyowned or new furniture is something justabout anyone can master.Before furniture can be placed, certainquestions should be answered and room lay-outs examined. Consider the following:* Is the room used to travel through to an-other room? If so, a pathway will need to beleft so that walking unhindered is possible.* Where are the doors and windows lo-cated? Furniture should not be placed whereit can interfere with a door being opened fullyor block too much light.* How is the room used? For example,furniture shouldn’t be placed in a familyroom so that individuals constantly have towalk past the television and block watchers’views. If a room is used as a sitting space, fur-niture should be geared around bookshelves
or a replace.
* What space is available? Too much fur-niture in a room can create the appearance of clutter. It can also make maneuvering around
the room difcult. Keep furniture scale and
quantity in mind when decorating. It may bewise to remove some pieces if the room isoverrun with items.Once the general idea of where furniturewill be placed is decided, it helps to take
measurements to ensure everything will t.
There’s little point hefting around heavyfurniture only to move it back to its starting
position if something doesn’t t correctly.
Making a reduced-scale model of the roomand moving paper cut-outs of the furnitureis much easier on the back than moving thefurniture itself. There also is software thatcan be installed on the computer that enableshomeowners to see how furniture will lookonce arranged.Now that the time has come to place thefurniture, follow these guidelines.* Coffee tables or ottomans should be set14 to 18 inches away from the couch. Adjustaccordingly to meet the needs of homeown-ers.* Televisions should be placed at a dis-tance three-times the size of the screen. How-ever, some of the very-large televisions willsimply have to be placed closer. Otherwisethey could very well be in the next room.* The average adult requires 20 inches of breathing room for dining room chairs. Allowan additional 16 inches of room for pushingthe chairs out to get up from the seat.
Furniture arranging 101