Form vs Function: True Custom Furniture

Beginning Stages

When it comes to custom furniture or custom table design idea for that thing, many people forget that they can be both aesthetically functional and pleasing.  Both functionality and design do not have to be agreed, but to complete the pieces, it may need some brainstorming.  We recently addressed a table that after some modifications, proves all of the above.  To get perspective on how we work with our clients to make their custom furniture and acquire that perfect balance, let’s walk through it.

 

One thing we pride ourselves on is genuinely making a table that will last over time.  Therefore, to begin, we always consider the structure and build of our tables while bearing in mind our client’s vision.  As pictured below, this image was the primary idea the customer sent.  Though this is different in design, there were some concerns.  Those being its asymmetrical design, thus lacking stability and resulting in a table that merely is tipped over.

 

This is where our subsequent image comes in to play.  We came up with this design to build a more secure structure, but also keep with the preferred octagon base.  To add, the platform base reinforces for a more dependable and balanced composition.  However, as you can see, it created more substantial support that not necessarily had a look the customer intended.

 

After the customer viewed the early sketch, we made some extra adjustments.  While maintaining the octagon feel, reinserting the tapered first look, all while creating a solid build was the goal.

 

The tapered pedestal was a go!  The only minor improvement left was the base.  As shown in the last sketch we found the perfect balance to all the desired elements.  In completing our goal, we did not trade-off function or form.  The round base produces the extra stability, and the tapered leg is not unique but gives additional leg room.  Thus, combining structure and function.

 

Finishing Touches

Details such as stain, finish, and distress is the finishing touches to this well-designed table.  This 56″ round table has a solid top that continues the balanced look.  To present it a clean feel we chose to go with no distress and all sharp edges.  With three children, our client wanted a table that would be suitable to withstand harsh use.  Thus, we used all solid American Ash.  Ash is a sturdy wood species with a more prominent grain, helping hide dents and wear over time.  To append the finishing touches to the table the final step is stain and top coat.  We replicated a stain sample sent our way and doubled the layers of finish to fill the grain partially.  This was done to improve the surface and give a more glass like feel while retaining some flexibility from the wood.

 

This is just a glimpse of the process we go through to find an aesthetically pleasing design and a table that will be durable, strong and exude the client’s mental photograph.

 

Interested in seeing more of our work? Search our table collections to browse samples of the various types of tables we’ve created in the past. For more information on the different table customization options accessible to you, view our page.

 

If you’re interested in building a part of custom furniture with us, contact us today!  We’d be more than glad to talk to you about your next custom furniture project.

Custom Tables, Options, and What to Know

Custom tables. What does this expression require? Are there limitations? Options? Templates to follow? There is a myriad of topics that pop up and are asked throughout the table design process. We’ve devoted a whole page going over our table choices, but why not dig in a little further? Couldn’t bother, right? To help gain a better knowledge of our custom tables and what we mean, let’s look more firmly and walk through the table design possibilities.

To begin, there are a diversity of ways to approach building custom tables with us. As some commit to a fully custom furniture piece, this process starts with examples of the desired look of the custom table. After further discussion, the table design is sketched, and if needed, adjustments are made, and once the sketch is approved, we’re a go! Simple as that. To gain a deeper understanding of an actual “custom” table process and read about a real-life case, click here! The other choice for creating custom tables would be squeezing a combination of details and styles we offer. You might be amazed how small parts can alter the look of a table. Let’s take a closer peek at these differences.

 

Size

When designing with us, whether over the e-mail, phone or in our showroom, size is the first part to nail down. Seating plans will change depending on the table style, but standard support tables will allow seating as such: 42”x72” (seats 6-8), 42”x84” (seats 8), 42”x96” (seats 8-10), 42”x108” (seats 10). Size can be customized down to the inch, which is still another perk of custom furniture.

 

Leg/Base Options: What We Use to Hold It Up

The preferred pedestal design will have a direct effect on the feel or style of the table. If the desired look is rustic, formal, modern, etc., the pedestal will be chosen accordingly. We offer one of our many custom tables made from solid wood. Ten table/pedestal design opportunities, not including our metal base designs. Some of these range from the flat leg design to lots of turned four-leg tables. There’s no deficiency of options! Click here to see!

 

Details: The Look of It

Details can determine the overall style of the custom tables. The choices range from top thickness, edge style, grooves, and level of distress. For high depth, we offer three sizes: 1.25”, 1.75”, and 2.25”. These size differences are subtle, but visibly alter the “mass” of the table. Grooves are natural – meals can be made without or with – they’re merely a matter of preference. Distressing ranges from a 0-10 scale. Zero is the lowest level with a sufficiently smooth, pure top. As the numbers on the scale climb, we add more dents, nicks, nail holes, and other small batterings. The more heavily distressed, the more informal the table becomes. The final detail is the table’s edge. We offer a clean edge, tumbled side, and natural wavy edge. Self-explanatory, a clean edge is kept smooth, sharp, and crisp. A dropped edge is battered throughout adding more massive dents and depth variations in the wood. Finally, the natural wavy edge adds a more raw, curvaceous feel.

 

Finish/Color

Finish and color are often more slowly debated table options. We offer a large assortment of stain colors, ranging from red, gold, and right browns to the simplest of grays. As always, if needed we can customize a stain color. Satin and flat are the sheets we offer. Flat, being a dull finish, while satin provides a glazed look resulting in formal custom tables.

 

Wood Species

For some, picking a wood species can be difficult. Our wood kinds of selection are hickory, ash, walnut, and white oak and quarter sawed red. Often our choice between these is dictated by color. However, the reasoning behind picking these wood varieties is their hard structure and durability. We could go on about all wood varieties, but to keep it easy, here’s a brief explanation of each. Hickory has a smaller wood grain but offers much more color variation in its grain. Ash is blonder but has a more massive wood grain. Walnut, a wood class that often needs no installation, is generally quite rich in tone. If you ask us to about stain walnut, you may find us abiding, but screaming and kicking in the process. Finally, quarter sawn red oak has a reddish undertone, while quarter-sawed white oak can have a hint of white/gold undertone. Both of these species’ wood grains are small and tight with a unique look that is due to its cut.

 

There’s not much to go into when discussing benches, cross braces, and table extensions, but they are options available to all.

 

Head spinning? Curious? Want to know what it all looks like in reality? Check out our showroom, showcasing many of these options or contact us!

THE LAST MURPHY BED GUIDE YOU’LL EVER NEED

The last time that you observed a Murphy bed was apparently in one of the hilariously ridiculous episodes of ‘Three Stooges.’ Maybe you’ve seen the one where a thief tries to rob one of the stooges while he’s sleeping but is surprised when of the stooges submerges himself in his wall bed that has been armed with cannons. Today they are rapidly re­gaining reputation because of newly applied modern mechanics and styles, but unfortunately, don’t come gun ready. They weren’t always so user-friendly and stylish though. In case, when the Murphy bed was first licensed back in the early 1900s, they were used as an element of comedic props and setups.

 

History of the Murphy Bed

William Lawrence Murphy is the man tried for so many old laughs and our new space-saving solution. He was living the whole life in a one bedroom apartment and liked to think of himself a ‘ladies man.’ The difficulty was, it was hard for him to entertain female guests and still be ready to woo them with his simple presence. Who would’ve guessed right? Another product designed to earn the hearts of women. Murphy didn’t know that the wall beds would get on so fast though and just wanted to be strong to turn his bedroom into a room at a moment’s notice. Long after he passed away, the United States Court of Appeals ordered the Murphy bed ‘common usage’, suggesting that it could no longer be trademark protected.

 

The Modern Day Murphy Bed

You’ve heard the phrase, ‘History repeats itself’right? Well, certain wall beds came back in a long way. They’ve become very familiar with entrepreneurs, freelancers, and single professionals who want the experience to turn a little studio apartment from a bedroom into a stylish home office. People just like you are applying them in children’s rooms to develop a play area without having to sacrifice a bedroom. There are various designs these days which a Murphy bed is sure to appeal to you in some way. That’s the beauty of today’s market; someone always has something that seems it was specially crafted for you.

 

With the advances in mechanics, wall beds have become significantly safer and easy to use. We now use a much more solid metal and have been able to construct them in the most reliable ways possible. You don’t have to annoy about falling victim to one of the 20th century comedic horrors because every Murphy bed is crafted with you in mind. That means you won’t have to warm up your muscles or do three pushups before tackling your bed storage. The mechanisms make it simple!

 

Piston Mechanisms

Murphy beds operate using one of two necessary mechanical systems. The less common, piston mechanisms, apply air pressure to support, raise and lower the bed frame. Its capability to lock when the bed is not in use makes a critical safety feature but can be dangerous if you have children who might try hiding in the wall. Once installed, the pistons can’t be changed so proper and correct installation is a must. In general, a piston mechanism will wear less but requires perfection and a non­altered use.

 

Spring Mechanisms

The more common Murphy bed systems use steel springs that have been compressed to give maximum security and durability. Springs are the unique mechanism that our clients trust and use because of the heavy­duty quality and measured balance. They make lifting and lowering your wall bed exceptionally lightweight, but after several years they may expect some adjustment because even steel can stretch with time. As long as you take the primary cares, like locking the bed’s storage door, this is the safest and most efficient opportunity.

 

Murphy Bed Benefits

You might not yet be demonstrated that a Murphy bed is right for and we don’t blame you. It’s not like you’re exchanging out a mattress, you’re changing the entire appearance of a room! For that purpose, we’ve created a list of some of the ways that purchasing a wall bed is going to help you.

 

-Your room will get bigger! Not really, it’s not a magic bed. You will have a massive amount of increased space though. Imagine what the area would look like if there weren’t a considerable bed hogging all of your floor space. Open up rooms, let light in, and dance if you want to.

-It comes in ways that fit ANY decor. You’ll probably spend at least an hour raising and lower your wall bed just because it feels like you’re in a new place every time. Its enclosure will look incredible and expands to compliment your bed’s style.

-It’s simple. You won’t have to worry about lifting massive beds, or struggling to hold your wall bed up. You could give the Murphy bed a little pressure and watch it float into place.

-More activities! Maybe you’re like Mr. William Murphy and want to entertain your guests without exposing your sleeping area. Fold it up, party, play games, or do a carpet angel.

 

See! Murphy beds can help you! More often than not they’re less expensive than similarly styled, foldable beds too.

 

Final Thoughts

If you’re ready to jump into a Murphy bed operated by a spring mechanism, we’ve got you covered. Just don’t try to use it as a trampoline, please. Save some room in your home, guest room, or office and keep the look that represents who you are. Turn your space from a bedroom into a craft room, gathering area, playroom or game room. When you’re all done, your bed is tucked away patiently waiting for you. Get some money back in your wallet and show off your new wall bed, or hide it, your choice.

5 Easy Ways to Decorate Simple Wooden Chairs

Maybe they have been in the family for ages, or you are just tired of their dullness. Wooden chairs are versatile, practical, and quite functional but frequently they’re just annoying and dull. Happily, for you, they are also very simple to change, decorate and design. All of the following tips are comfortable Wooden Chairs DIY and custom furniture designs that won’t break the bank and can be replaced again at the drop of a hat. Switch out a cover or cushion for every season. Redo a custom furniture paint job or change the look of that inspired side table. Or do all of them! But don’t maintain the same annoying, wood and browned chairs that have been adoring your house for years. It’s time for a change!

1. Paint your wooden chairs in your style.

Hand-Painting your wooden chairs is an obvious answer when it comes to decorating simple chairs. And even though it seems like an incredibly obvious answer, people have trouble diving into the project. They’re scared they may mess up or don’t think of it as an opportunity because they’ve never done it before. Even if you paint (or spray paint) the chairs a robust design or a solid color each chair a new way, it’s creative and a fun way to add some excitement to a set of wooden chairs. The full-day tutorial.

2. Accessorize, Choose your way.

This works excellent if you plan on painting and then accessorizing. Adding appliques, fringe, or wooden pieces, like in the spheres at the back of the chair in the photo above, brings even more life to the article than just a new paint job. Use your local craft and your creativity store to inspire your next project!

3. Add fabric, Don’t be shy.

It’s ease and simplicity at its absolute best. Chair covers or finding a favorite pattern or fabric to make some yourself, adding some material to the seat or back of a chair is an obvious way to bring cohesiveness to your space.

4. Don’t use it as a chair, Make a difference.

Another way of designing without actually doing any work is turning that shabby, old wooden chair into another part of the furniture. Using a smaller role as a side table or a place to hold some pretty vases, completely changes its dullness and makes it exciting.

5. Add cushions, It’s simple.

Cushions are simple to find. Find them at the store or have them made to fit your oddly-size chairs; it’s another simple fix to the “boring chair” problem without worrying about messing anything up in the process of DIYing.

The Top 8 Home Design Trends in 2018

Modern Maximalism

If you believed 2017 was the year of minimalist living, 2018 would be the reverse. “The ’80s maximalist trend is back in a big way,” said Christine Markatos Lowe of Christine Markatos Design in Santa Monica, California.

 

“We see more colors and more pieces and more mixing of patterns to build a purposefully over-decorated look,” she said. “The days of finding parts of provenance with the rich story have fallen to the wayside, making room for more whimsical, of-the-moment decor.”

 

Samples include layering different rugs, using bold patterns and bright colors and not only for accessories and pillows but larger furniture pieces, and decorating with bold-on-bold accents such as carpets and wallpapers in the same space.

 

Another idea this kind of décor is playing out is through mixed media finishes. “People are mixing textures, metals, and sheen,” said Mitchell Parker, an editor with Houzz, an online platform for home design and remodeling. “Think shiny brass light fixtures mixed with matte black table legs or steel chair, or a bright honed countertop.”

 

One area to experiment with this look is hanging hardware. For instance, a bright nickel rod with brass rings. “We’ve also been seeing this trend in canteens and kitchens where the cabinet hardware, plumbing fittings, and lighting are done in quality of finishes ranging from nickel and brass to oil-rubbed bronze, which lends a more stylish look than just sticking to one metal finish per room,” Ms. Markatos said.

 

For those who are less bright, a subtler alternative to try is one termination for the attached accessories in a room, such as the hardware or lighting, and then combining in a contrasting finish for accent items like a table lamp or a bench.

 

Closet Overhauls

“To meet the on-the-go needs of customers, we’re including areas for changing and charging all the essentials when switching handbags,” said Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design in Los Angeles. These purse “changing stations” carry inserts for paper, pens, and electronics for the busy woman who frequently changes accessories or the on-the-go professional who takes her workspace with her, Ms. Adams said.

 

Staging areas in closets are another significant trend. “As social media becomes a more present part of our style preferences, staging operations need to not only function well for designing looks, but also must be ideally designed to showcase new aspects and share them across social channels,” Ms. Adams said.

 

One-dimensional results have given way to more elaborate designs with varied materials. “I see more complexity in furniture that combines multiple elements to create more interest,” said Donna Mondi, founder, and principal, Donna Mondi Interior Design in Chicago. “For instance, in our capsule collection, the floor mirror has a steel line, leather corners, mirrored face, and brass accents, and our vanity chair is a mixture of brass ferrules, wooden legs, and mohair fabric. Combining ingredients in interesting ways makes the furniture so much more decadent and dynamic,” she said.

 

Sophie Paterson of Sophie Paterson Interiors in London remarked that heavily textured beaten metals in antique bronze and brass paired with covers such as exotic wood and natural stone veneers are becoming more familiar. “We use a lot of metal and stone for freestanding pieces such as coffee tables, consoles, and side tables,” she said.

 

Wallpaper 2.0

Today’s opportunities are not your great-grandma’s class.

 

“Wallpaper has reached new elevations of coolness with digitally printed papers that are being produced by small boutique wallpaper companies,” Ms. Markatos said. “The design choices are unlimited with really unique motifs and saturated colors that you can’t find in the more traditionally produced papers. …Their influence can be great when used in a small area like a powder entryway or room.”

 

In fact, Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International in New York is currently co-operating on his first wallpaper collection. “We are moving away from monochromatic and neutral interiors and heading toward patterns and colors that speak to emotions and individuality,” Mr. Beers said. “Colorful and patterned wallpaper is a great way to show your style, as well as add texture and warmth to space.”

 

Ms. Paterson is finding her customers are gravitating toward more textural papers, such as grasscloth, silk, and tasteful vinyl, as well as more statement patterns like elaborate Chinoiserie hand-painted wallpapers for accent walls like headboards, as well as entire dressing rooms.

 

Cerused Wood Finishes

A technique developed centuries ago, causing uses a white pigment to fill in and reveal the unique grain lines of the wood. “Designers are opting for cerused designs because of the interesting texture that is created by the process,” Ms. Mondi said. “With a resurgence of heavily grained oak there was a desire to find new finishes for a new approach,” she said. Today’s cruising is created with non-toxic waxes that fade the finish—similar to limed oak. It’s being used on everything from black to natural stains on furniture and cabinetry. “The effect can be as dramatic as an entire kitchen or as simple as a touch for the feet on chairs or sofas,” Ms. Mondi said.

 

“Cerused wood is my current go-to finish for frames of chairs, bases of tables, bedside tables, and built-ins,” said U.S. and London-based designer Birgit Klein of Birgit Klein Interiors. “The trend for so long was toward sleek, elegant lacquer, which I still love, but I think people are craving more natural materials and elements.”

 

“Since causing wood reveals the natural grain, it adds an organic part to a room, but in a very new way especially since it is being done in new designs like greige finishes and oak washes,” she said.

 

Saturated Hues

Neutral tones are giving way to more vibrant, bolder hues, which take their lead from Pantone’s Color of The Year, a lively shade of purple. Other jewel conditions such as rich amethyst purple, emerald green, mustard yellow, and indigo blue, are also growing popularity, Ms. Klein said. “Rich, saturated jewel colors are at the different end of the color rainbow from the neutrals we have seen today and later again, and I think certain colors are a good change.”

 

These bolder tones are mostly shown as pops of brightness in a room. “Smaller winks of shade are being used in essentially neutral rooms, adding just a gesture of personality and color to liven up space,” Ms. Magno said. An accent can be accomplished through painted millwork, the edge of a window frame, a small space rug, or piece of furniture in a bold hue.

 

Ms. Paterson is also incorporating more jewel tones. “We’re using a predominantly neutral base and then adding weights of amethyst purple or emerald green into a key part of the upholstery, lamps, cushions, art, and accessories,” she said.

 

Mr. Beers said he and his team utilize pops of color through objects such as a hand-blown glass vase or striking pieces of artwork, “to add a sense of wonder and intrigue into space.”

 

“After so many years of greige and grey, the design world was ready for saturated colors in exciting hues,” Ms. Mondi said. “Neutrals can simply be mixed in to make this a trend that is almost simple to transition to.”

 

As a bow to this trend toward more soaked shades, Benjamin Moore published its Color of the Year 2018 as Caliente AF-290, an energetic shade of red, as well as their 2018 palette consisting of a mixture of reds, from hints of blush to earthy and rich crimson. “Caliente AF-290 is a confident and bold red, but it’s also very classic and can be used in different spaces from a library or a study, to a front door or a powder room,” said Andrea Magno, a Benjamin Moore design and color expert, based in New Jersey.

 

Floral Persuasion

Lately, everything is coming up peonies and lilacs and roses. Splashes of over-sized flowers and large-scale florals with botanical references in furniture and wall art have been gaining prominence in interior design, Mr. Parker said.

 

“An oversized abstract floral is a modern and fresh take on the smaller-scale chintzes that are typically viewed as more stodgy and traditional,” Ms. Klein said. “When used as curtains or on walls, this bold-scale pattern doesn’t shy away from making a statement.”

 

Think dark, large-scale decorative wallpaper in a powder room with a subtly striated marble countertop, antique gold fixtures, and faceted crystal sconces—and a typically mundane bathroom becomes a conversation piece. “The grand scale of an oversized complex floral pattern takes commitment, but the risk is worth the reward,” Ms. Klein said.

 

Florals are trending, says Los Angeles-based designer Cortney Novogratz of The Novogratz. Whether you choose to go over the top and bold or keep the floral pattern easy, don’t be afraid to add contour into your space. “We recently recovered a client’s dining room chairs with a whimsical floral that’s still understated and elegant,” she said.

 

Art-Deco Inspired

What’s old is fresh again. The glamour of Art Deco-inspired design and décor is spreading through both commercial and residential projects. Ms. Paterson has seen the influence in architectural detailing such as coffered ceilings and bronze-framed windows, and in exotic veneers and luxurious materials such as shagreen and metal inlays.

 

For a recent project for The W1 London, which has retained its original Art Deco facade, Ms. Paterson decorated the interiors with fan and geometric motif fabrics as well as furnishings, including a tub armchair that echoes the Art Deco design era. The trend is also working out in the way of metallic finishes, such as brushed and shiny gold vintage-inspired light fixtures.

MINIMAL AND CLASSIC FURNISH STYLE, COMPARISON

The decision of how to Furnish a hotel becomes strategically important to have a hotel that stands out from the competition. Let’s analyze two styles generally used in hotel furnishing that are in usual ways positioned at the two points of a pathway: classic style and minimal style.

 

One features simple geometric lines, neutral colors, and a lack of decorative elements, while the other is instead full of detail, majestic and imposing by definition, and elegant at the same time.

 

Regardless of option, you wish to adapt to furnish a hotel; it is essential to have a bright idea of which furniture, colors, and fabrics to use to give your guests a unique experience that varies from what is possible in other hotels.

 

We now offer a more in-depth comparison of the classic style and minimal style, giving guidance for you to follow on how to furnish a hotel in one of these two styles.

 

HOW TO FURNISH A HOTEL IN MINIMAL STYLE

The first step is to select a color palette to suit the minimal style. The colors most used to furnish a hotel in minimal form are black and white, but also ivory, light blue or beige. Blocks of color, such as red, can be used for contrast, but the critical thing is not to make too much value of bright colors.

 

What other aspects should you consider to furnish a hotel in minimal style? The materials we recommend are glass, metals and also lacquered wood, all smooth and glossy, of course. Regarding fabrics, it is best to choose plain colors, and if you opt for prints, prefer geometric ones featuring repeated patterns with visual or two-color themes. The purpose is to work on the appearance, to build a more sophisticated and modern and hotel.

 

The reception takes on great value when guests arrive at the hotel, so it should have a minimalist and elegant style. For this reason, it is appropriate to make a reception which is mild but complete. In this context, it is essential to work on the observed dimensions: reduce the number of parts of furniture to increase the attention of space, perhaps improving the quality, functional quality combined, of the chosen pieces. Lighting choices become fundamental in this regard: the light should be soft and generally warm, with no spaces of contrast, ideally able to enhance empty spaces or otherwise spaces occupied by the most valuable pieces.

 

This style is ideally suited to hotels located in large capitals or vibrant cities. It is excellent for furnishing business trip hotels as well as those used for long-term stays.

 

MINIMAL FURNISHING STYLE FOR HOTEL BEDROOMS

A minimal style bedroom is a room furnished merely but not without beauty. But how can we give the customer an unforgettable experience? By making the sure maximum reduction in pieces of furniture still provides everything needed. Now, let’s look at the essential parts.

 

In the bedroom door, there must indeed be a guest luggage shelf for use on their arrival, perhaps together with a handy mirror and a coat rack for use entry and exit from the room.

 

One absolutely must-have element is a chair; plays in contrast with the rest of the room can also be realised with the chair; e.g., an utterly minimal room could feature a chair of non-geometric shape or in off-palette colours; this piece could be the only one in contrast with the soft tones and abstract forms of the mood. A chair that is easily moveable, easy to renew, but able to transform the entire atmosphere of the room.

 

The bed – the heart of the room – must be comfortable, with high quality but not over-intrusive pillows and mattresses. A good alternative for furnishing a hotel in minimal style could, for instance, be a lower bed, Japanese style, to give the bedroom more space and air. The best advice for adding a touch of innovation to furnishing is to optimise the headboard; e.g., you can combine the headboard and the sides with a shelf on which to place lamps, the latest generation radio (able to connect devices via Bluetooth) and a USB socket for recharging smartphones once the guest has settled into the room. Custom murphy bed Los Angeles will help you to choose the best Murphy or wall beds for your hotel room.

 

HOW TO FURNISH A HOTEL IN CLASSIC STYLE

It is not at all simple to furnish a hotel in perfect traditional style. Choose the Custom Furniture or buy it for yourself. Often, with just a minor imprecision, you risk ruining all the work invested in obtaining a form that gives a complete sense of elegance and luxury. So, what advice should you follow to furnish a hotel in classic style? Indeed, the first piece of information is to refer to architecture furniture and models of the past, but always seeking a balance, and with the awareness that even the least waste can be fatal. Having a feeling of size is indeed necessary for furnishing a hotel in traditional style.

 

The value factor must be taken into account for furnishing a hotel in traditional style: when possible, it may be smart to choose antique furniture of the utmost quality, and accessories with details in marble, brass, granite, or glass. Alternatively, it is good always to try to acquire quality reproductions, being careful not to fall into the “cinematographic fiction effect” with pieces of furniture that are artifacts, which copy classic forms with distinctly contemporary or even low-quality materials and finishes.

 

The color palette for classic furnishing has more extensive options than the minimal style; indeed, there is lots of space for red, white, gold, and silver.

 

CLASSIC FURNISHING STYLE FOR HOTEL BEDROOMS

In some instances, the traditional style may not be appreciated by younger travelers, but for this reason, too the trend of reinterpreting the antique style in a modern way was born, particularly for furnishing hotel bedrooms. Generally, a classic style hotel bedroom has wood furniture, worked by smoothing the edges and softening the most visible geometric lines. Fabrics can aim at palettes focusing on burgundy, bronze or Pompeii red.

 

What aspects should you consider for furnishing a hotel bedroom in classic style? First of all, bedrooms must be welcoming, with the star player – the bed – in the center of the room. Our recommendation is to pick a model which takes up much of the place, followed by sheets and pillows which should help make the room truly sumptuous.

 

An equally significant role is also played by details, curtains and all elements of decoration, which manage to be small present in the minimal style. Leave room even for big mirrors with big gold-colored frames, and a chandelier which – mainly if crystal – will be a kind of “trademark” of the case that the room is truly furnished in classic style.

 

CONCLUSIONS

Finally, furnishing a hotel room in traditional style or minimal style is a question of choice and taste, but also of knowing your visitors and the hotel’s location. Whatever decision you make, the primary thing is to try and limit repetitions and follow general sense and good taste: do not forget that travellers always show broad differences of flavor, even for a correctly targeted hotel, and that excesses are likely to excessively polarise the clientele, between those who love one concept and those who love another – in this case, you are possible to obtain entrapment in the extremes, with the loss of those customers wanting more moderate experiences.

WOODEN CHAIRS: THE DESIGN ELEMENT THAT CHANGES THE ROOM

A well-furnished room is very often the result of a thorough study of the room and its areas. Therefore, every detail and every detail of its furnishing is essential. For instance, wooden chairs can be the critical element and make a variety because it offers a wide range of ideas and shapes and can adapt to different circumstances and the other furnishing components. The important thing is to create a functional mix of ingredients while also remembering that aesthetics is essential. Armchairs and designer chairs have become trendy again. In recent years, wooden chair manufacturers have gone wild, particularly in the design and creation of new, custom-made chairs: wooden chair factories now produce an endless variety of models to satisfy every taste. The first step is the creation of chairs in rough wood, which then becomes various types of wooden chairs: traditional, vintage, and modern, all with flashes of design and creativity. Wooden chair manufacturers offer countless models that guarantee comfort and provide a touch of class to every room, adapting perfectly to its style.

 

WOODEN CHAIRS: BASIC CHARACTERISTICS

Wooden chairs give a room a cozy atmosphere, a feeling of “home.” Wood, the preferred element for many artisans, is natural, eco-friendly, and very sturdy: the perfect material for creating fine furniture and furnishings. Every type of wood is unique and has different properties according to the tree from which it comes. Therefore, it can be used for various kinds of chairs designed for different uses. Wooden chairs not only give their primary function – a place to sit – but also help control the space in the room by providing a place to put clothing or other accessories.

 

WOODEN CHAIRS: TYPES OF CHAIRS AND FURNITURE COMBINATIONS

Very often the design idea of a wooden chair is connected to the rustic chair, straightforward, and inexpensive, forgetting that the best designer chairs are constructed of solid or multilayer wood.

 

Wooden chairs are accessible in styles that range from geometric and square to curved and rounded. This is why the configuration of a wooden chair is a stylistic decision that must be made with the view of design experts and after a careful analysis of the surrounding spaces, colors, and environment. There is a wooden chair for every requirement, whether you want to furnish a restaurant or a hotel, a rustic kitchen, or an elegant and exclusive living room.

 

For instance, wooden chairs for restaurants are available in designs and finishes that adapt to every type of furnishing style and table. Chairs in light-colored wood can be used to create a contrast with modern furniture and polished tables. On the other hand, more traditional tables can be matched with organizations of chairs having colors differing from the chair’s structure. If the dining room has a country style, chairs in white wood are perfect for creating a rustic but chic look.

 

In addition to classic wooden chairs for restaurants, there are armchairs and wooden chairs as well as upholstered chairs with wooden arms for maximum comfort.

 

CONCLUSIONS

There are many types of wooden chairs, suitable for all furnishing styles. The choice to match a wooden chair with a particular furnishing style is very often a stylistic decision that must not be underestimated: when you are about to pick a wooden chair, think of the spaces around you and of the emotions that you want your visitors to feel.

Custom Furniture: Don’t Let it Crack!

Imagine stepping into your dining room, and your thought is instantly grabbed by your new custom furniture that radiates character, personality; enrapturing all the details you’ve imagined your loved ones gathering around for many years. As you move closer to like your custom table, for the umpteenth time, you are terrified to get a blemish. A crack. An occurrence that is avoidable for custom furniture.

 

In recent months you’ve noticed we’ve been stressing the significance of monitoring your humidity. We want to provide a more in-depth explanation as well as address the many issues we’ve gotten regarding cleaning and care. Depending on your area this can be a significant concern. For most of our custom furniture clients in the Los Angeles area, the weather is as temperamental as it comes. Thus, these fluctuations affect more than just the frizziness of your hair or the creaking of your bones. To get a better understanding of why humidity is the culprit, let’s start with a basic understanding of how wood operates.

 

The How

Wood is hygroscopic. What does this indicate? In lame man’s terms, wood receives moisture from the air using grain fibers that run the width of the wood. Whether this is in tree form or lumber, the grain fibers are drinking in and expelling moisture. Because of this system, when moisture is absorbed, wood expands. In opposition, when moisture is lost, wood contracts. This is where monitoring your humidity levels come into play.

 

Two Facts:

 

  1. Not all wood species react the same as some of the hardest wood will move the most
  2. A fully sealed wood will still lose and gain moisture, just much slower

 

The Why

If there is an ultimate switch whether it be low or high humidity, this is harmful to wood. As a result, we entirely suggest you keep your humidity levels at an absolute 50% all year round. However, between 40%-60% is typically “safe.” What can push wood to crack is either going from high humidity to a lower rate or “normal” humidity to an extreme low/high. Rapid changes only exacerbate the situation. Wood cannot be stopped from moving. It is a natural experience. Did you know the constructors of the pyramids used this to their advantage? They would create cavities in the stone, insert wood, and soak it with water. As it expanded, it would crack the rock. Powerful stuff! Our job is to manage what we can. As mentioned in previous posts, we purposely build our tables to pay for some fluctuations, but there is a limit. Two simple ways to keep a close eye and jump ahead of any problems is purchasing a humidity gauge. If your humidity is too high, a dehumidifier is a simple fix. Visa versa, if your climate is too dry, buy a humidifier. Not only will all the wood varieties in your home benefit, but also your health and wallet. When wood is continually fluctuating to extremes, this will affect the structure of your furniture all while cracking your wood and finish.

 

Care and Cleaning

Another question we’ve had an introduction of items on is furniture cleaning and care. There are main topics to be approached here. Let’s start with care. In addition to closely watching your humidity, it is recommended to oil up your wood furniture about every six months. One warning is to make sure you use quality oil. Avoid silicone based products. Using a product that will build upon your furniture does you no good. Some experts suggest giving your furniture a good going over with Murphy’s Oil Soap or Old English with a damp cloth and water.

So, an exceptional coat of wood polish, conditioner, or paste can help prevent minor cuts and conceal any that may have happened. This is most notable in “raw” furniture that does not have a clear coat finish. Since most tables we build to get a perfect top coat that protects the wood, these oils act more like a car lotion or wax. Simply put, a sacrificial top layer that helps protect the transparent skin.

 

Cleaning is quite easy, with some opportunities. We’ve claimed that we use, if not the greatest, one of the biggest polyurethanes on the market. It is recognized for being heavy work and stands up against chemicals, water, and heat very well. However, this does not mean we encourage you to start dumping hoards of chemicals on your table or revert to careless actions. Water with soap or vinegar is always safe. However, ordinary household cleaners typically do not affect the finish, such as Windex or 409. As we’ve said earlier, when it comes to your furniture, use common sense. What you want to avoid is Magic Erasers, scrubbing pads, etc. Why? Because this is necessarily lower grit sandpaper. If you take one of those pads to your furniture, you will notice a marred look to the finish.

 

Though few, these are some natural methods you can ensure a long life for your furniture. Want a few more background on our tables or merely want to do more reading? Go to our blog page. We’ve got the classes broken down. See what your interest is.

 

Looking to have another custom furniture item added to your home, check out our custom chairs and tables to get an opinion as to what catches your eye. Don’t want to wait the full production time? We’ve got you wrapped with our new inventory all ready to be purchased. Any questions? Contact us today!

Are Rectangular Tables the Best Fit?

Rectangular tables are the more traditional or “standard” table shape opportunity for most, but does this make it the right decision? We’ve previously looked over the square and roundtables. Today, we’ll be examining the cons and pros of rectangular tables. Our thought is if you’re given the information, you can then make the decision that will best work for your needs and your home, mainly if you’re building a custom table! Read on.

 

Black table rectangular tables with wood and fabric chairs.

 

Before we dive into our discussion of rectangular tables, there are a few critical measurements to keep in mind. These dimensions will help ensure you allow ample space and flow throughout your room when designing your custom furniture piece. No matter your table shape, keep the following in mind:

 

-Allow a minimum of 30-36 measures for furniture and wall clearance

-High traffic areas, if possible allow 48-60 inches for clearance

-Factor 24 inches per person to support for elbow room.

 

Why Choose Rectangular Tables

There’s no problem that rectangular tables are the most common design. They can go both informal or formal, with some design flexibility. When receiving a large number of visitors, rectangular tables are usually the best choice because of their shape. For example, with a pedestal base table, chairs can merely be added with no concern of maneuvering around table legs. Long, narrow room, long nearby table, their mirrored shape makes this a great fit. Another pro with rectangular tables is that they are the most functional when adding leaves. Their way is conducive and flexible to easy additions. An even more significant extra, depending on the size of the extensions, you can fit up to 4 more people. When considering seating, 42-48 inches adds more room for seating at the head of the table and allows Rectangular tables seating design serving dishes to remain on the table. With more narrow tables it may become a requirement to place serving dishes elsewhere when not in use. Not all will have the room, but if you’re interested in fitting two people at the head of the table, 55-60 inches works well and not to mention a unique seating arrangement.

 

Why Not Choose Rectangular Tables

There are only several negatives to selecting a rectangular table. The first is reach. When compared to a roundtable where dishes, food, etc. is placed central to all visitors, rectangular tables do not support for this because of their stretched frame. Going along with that, the segmented conversation is trying to avoid. Guests can be reached far away from one end of the table to the other. As a result, people may find themselves hardly shouting to converse. The final con is shaping. If your room is square, there are no problems. However, if your room shape differs significantly from a rectangle, you may find it hard to fit the table to space adequately.

 

Conclusion

Perhaps the reason why most create a custom rectangular table is that there are some cons to the shape. As a whole, they are a reliable, flexible, and sturdy way. Click if you’re curious what we have to say about the square and roundtables. Admittedly, we’ve made the decision-making process that much more comfortable!

 

To create your next custom table or ask about our design process, check out our Table Options page to get an impression of what we offer or Contact Us directly.

10 Simple Ingredients for a Very Comfortable Bed

Although getting the prescribed eight hours of sleep every night may be a part of a pipe dream, that is no reason not to make our bed and bedroom spaces dreamy. Our beds beckon us to relax, reflect, escape, and yes, sleep. All of these are made much better by a requisite am. Here are 10 Simple Ingredients for a Very Comfortable Bed:

1. Soft Serenity

If there is one term that is commonly associated with comfortable, it’s soft. To achieve a loftier level of luxury, use a cushy featherbed as the base for your bedding. As you’re sinking down, your comfort factor can’t go anywhere but up.

2. Not too Neat

Comfort comes in many styles and shapes, and for some, being comfortable means letting go and not wondering about being too perfect. This is the case here: no military-style clinic corners or over-coordinated items, only soft bedding that sort of slinks off the edge and invites you in.

3. Under Cover

A defined space produces comforting lines. When it comes to standard bed, closing it in a few can help you feel snug and safe. A cover bed draws a line in the sand around your sleeping area, making it a unique haven for invitees only. Whether your style is restful or romantic, a canopy overhead can envelop you in tranquility.

4. Dim the Lights

Serenity can be fostered beyond the edges of the bed. Room-darkening curtains give you a little rest from the bustle outside, even if it’s broad daylight. Add plenty of throw pillows, and you can lean back, prop yourself up, and get comfortable whenever the mood strikes you.

5. Peaceful and Pure

The secret to getting your comfortable mojo may be quite simple. Although we may grow in the chaos of the day, bedtime is when it should all wind down. Falling into a bed that’s dressed in pure, crisp white linens leaves you nothing but R & R to worry about.

6. Cozy Cableknit

When you think blankets, cozy materials, and sweaters probably come to mind. So why not combine your sweaters and bed? Think about how snug you feel in your favorite hand-knit sweater, then translate that concept to your bedding. Mmmm. Cozy.

7. Thrown Together

The pillows are provided, and the sheets are tucked in, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have simple access to some improvised cozying. Keep a couple of soft chenille throw blankets draped across the bed, and it’ll be hard to continue grabbing one and cuddling up.

8. Quilted Quiet

Create a feeling of getting away from it all, right in your bedroom. Country casual quilts, blankets, and a pair of warm socks are a clear invitation to chill out and stay awhile, whether you are a guest or the nightly resident.

9. Rustic Relaxing

If you’re fortunate enough to have a magnificent natural setting to soothe you, think of your bed as an extension of that environment. A rustic wooden bed frame and comfortable, no-frills bedding will make you feel renewed and relaxed.

10. Spell It Out

If you are still not sure how to get your bed looking its comfortable, perhaps going is the answer! Perched atop a soft down quilt, these Scrabble-inspired pillows send you precise information. Plus, you get to do the “Z” (as in Zzzzz?) for big points.