Modern Desks for Modern Offices

Today’s offices have ventured outside of large corporate buildings. Many people work from home and whether it’s through a large corporation or a small business; home offices are steadily working their way into the business world. While the size of the home office space varies, proper work area and equipment is still a must and there is always a way to set up and organize.

Small Office Spaces

When setting up a home office in an apartment or other small space, there is a question of how to do it without taking up too much room and without being too cluttered. There are actually several ideas. To begin with, there are modern office desks that are specifically designed for small spaces. There are different styles of desks that fold up when not in use. Just like other small desks, these have room for a computer.
Another option would be a desk with casters (rollers) on it. There are a variety of these. Some are larger in size but will fit against a wall when not in use and there is also the portable work station. These are anywhere from a small table just big enough for a laptop, to stations that will fit a computer and can be moved wherever they need to go.
Where to put a desk or home office in a small space?? Anywhere that isn’t being used. A closet could hold floating shelves and a chair, or if big enough, it could hold a desk. A corner of a room could be set up as a home office as could extra space in a utility room. Even if it can’t fit a full desk, a small area can be equipped with shelves that would work as a home office.
Medium/Large Sized Spaces

For those with a little more room to spare, there is the option of having an entire room as an office. Office desks have changed over the years, they aren’t just wood or metal anymore. Some are leather and come in vivid colors, but whatever a style may be; there is an office desk to suit it. They come with as little or as much storage space as needed and in more than one straight shape. Whether your office space is in a small extra bedroom or a whole basement or den area, the right office desk can help your home office run smoothly and efficiently. With more office space, there is an endless supply of ideas on how to arrange your office furniture. Be creative and make it your own!
A great benefit of modern office desks is that they can easily fit into small spaces or large spaces. They can be situated against a wall, in a closet, or even in the middle of the room. As long as they suit the needs of the user, they have done their job!

Men & DIY – Learn to Cover Your Tracks, Literally

If you’re reading this, hopefully the title grabbed your attention because your feet are dirtier than your conscience, and not the other way around. We’re here to discuss cleaning up after yourself in your garage, man-cave, on the deck and patio, and other manly hangouts around your house. Mostly, we’re talking about the way we men make messes and then track the messes from one place to another, and leaving stains and marks where none should be.

The Garage

Ah, the garage: a man’s place to tinker on projects, fix things, drink beer, and do other manly things. It’s also where quite a few spills and messes are created. Between your handy oil changes, woodworking, furniture painting, and other projects, there’s a lot of different ways to make a mess on the garage floor. It happens. But don’t let that accidental spill become a permanent or more costly mess! Clean it up after yourself with a broom and dustpan, a mop, or for heavier messes, use a heavy-duty steam cleaner to blast the filth off the floor. Don’t let your mess get tracked into the house and cause more problem.

The Cars

Keeping cars clean is essential for keeping your home clean. We often track leaves, dirt, mud, and more into our car, and from there, we track it right into our homes and garages. If you notice some dirt on your floor mats, clean it up immediately. Either shake it outside (away from the garage or patio), or for more stubborn messes, you can take the steam cleaner to carpeted floor mats, or get as simple as a hose and soap for rubber floor mats.

Patios and Decks

As the gateway to the inside and the gateway to the outside, patios and decks can be particularly hard to keep clean. When it rains, you’ll have water spots on your deck, and probably track some mud up the steps. Avoid lazy-man syndrome, and get yourself outside to wash down those steps and outside floor surfaces whenever you get the chance. It makes your house have better curb appeal, and your family and visitors will certainly appreciate the cleanly look and feel the next time you bust out the grill for a BBQ.

It all comes down to having the right tools for the job.

And when it comes to keeping floor surfaces clean, the recent innovations of steam scrubbers and heavy-duty steam cleaners get the job done right the first time. For example, with a floor-scrubbing steamer, water passes through a machine-powered pump, enters and is heated by an SCR circuit heater and then is evenly dispersed through two sets of 10 steam jets.  This provides awesome cleaning power to make the job quick and painless, so you can get back to your projects and keep the wife happy- all in a day’s work.

Factors To Consider When Installing Gates

If you are like many homeowners, you will understand the importance of security. As such one of the most basis and simple ways of increasing such security is to install new gates to the vulnerable access points around the home and garden.

With such a vast array of styles and designs on offer, it is essential that careful consideration if taken in order to specify the correct ones. There is no point installing a product that you think is going to provide security only to find out it was not up to the job when it really mattered most.

As such by taking into account some of the following factors you should be easily able to specify the correct gates to your home.

Location of the Gates

Depending upon the location the gates are going to be installed will depend upon the best types available. Starting from the street, most homes tend to have at least one pedestrian access point and one vehicular access point.

With this in mind, the majority of single gates tend to only be around 3ft in height and act more as a psychological barrier than offering any real security as they can be easily climber over. The same can also be said about low driveway gates. Where these differ however is they will securely protect your car preventing it being removed from the drive without your knowledge.  For the most effective security possible, the installation of taller metal gates is the ideal solution however as this is not always possible, anything is better than nothing at all.

Design of the Gates

Gates should be selected on the design that best fits the architectural design of the home. There is no point putting an ornate design into a modern setting because it will look strange. The easiest way to find the correct design is to look at the overall look of the home and try and match the gates style to that. For example, a home with clean lines will benefit more  from a simple basic vertical design gate being installed whereas the reverse would be true if installing into a period property or country cottage.

Gate Materials

Even though most gates look very similar from a distance, once you get up close there are big differences in the quality and grade of the materials used to construct them from. With cheap gates being flimsy and easily bent, it is often a false economy to install them as they will more than likely need replacing in no time at all. For a high quality metal gate, the frames should be made from box sections for strength and stability and the infill bars should be a between 10mm – 16mm thick.


Most basic gates do not offer a locking facility and therefore benefit from being upgraded with either a mortice deadlock or some form of padlock. This way you can be sure that they will remain closed at all times when access is not required.

In conclusion, with a wide range of products available to increase the levels of security you can benefit from, one of the easiest and most affordable solutions is to install some metal driveway gates or garden gates to your homes vulnerable access points.

Modern Furniture Hire Melbourne – Increasing Your Home’s Aesthetic Value

There always a big difference between a house and a home. In mathematical terms a home is equal to the summation of a house made of bricks and the aesthetic value involved in it. As far the ornamental decoration is concerned, furniture plays a hefty role in determining the beauty of the home. In cities like Melbourne where people attach a lot of concern for  decoration and furnishing, furniture hire showrooms and shops are coming up with more lucrative and eye catching pattern of furniture designs.


Furniture Hire & Rent Services –

If you are looking to sell your home along with its furnishings and decorations, then modern furniture hire Melbourne is right service that would turn your house to ‘ready for sale’. There are a variety of showrooms, decoration and furnishing centers that take up the job to fully furnish your house with modern and trendy patterns and designs of furniture. These showrooms provide specialization to cater to every kind of homes with vast field experience in designing the right furniture and accessories that complement every type of homes. There are other services like the furniture rental packages that provide you with exclusive furniture samples for value adding purpose during presentation for sale. These packages are helpful not only adding value to your property and house but also ensures higher returns for the property value along with speedy process of the sale. There are a numerous number of furniture hire services in Melbourne that provide both short term as well as long term furniture rental for property sale, display and home relocation.


Expert Consultancy and Style Solutions –

These companies have expert consultants who find out solutions according to the taste and requirement of the clients. They complement the theme and lifestyle of the clients to provide designs and solutions for the home. They have a wide range of furnishings and accessories to suit your requirements.


Eco-friendly Solutions Guaranteed –

With environmental issues being the major concern, the modern furniture hire Melbourne aim at providing solutions that helps to preserve our global environment. Their practices include energy efficient methods, maximum utilization of sustainable, eco friendly materials and long utility products that have reduced effects on the environment.


Prices –

There is an extensive range of prices of various furniture designs that would help the customers to select according to their needs. There are some companies such as modern furniture hire Melbourne which guarantee to be un-beaten on price in order to enhance the rate of client figures. The furniture rental service is simple with backup service and service guarantee as well. The prices vary from $1800 to $3000 along with some exclusive discounts offers that helps you to control your budget.


Furniture hire services in Melbourne have extensive networks with a number of showrooms and design companies that lend services with expert professionalism and help you gain higher returns from your house or property

Five Ways to Update Your Bathroom on a Budget

Unfortunately, home repairs and refurbishments always seem to crop up when finances are looking decidedly grim. Updating your bathroom can appear to be a colossal and inevitably costly project, yet there are several simple ways to modernise your bathroom without spending excessive sums of money on materials and labour.

1. Update your bathroom’s colour palette

A dated colour palette can be modernised by painting walls, changing wallpaper and purchasing new, coordinated bathroom accessories. Of course, the extent of the change will depend on your budget, but simply painting all your walls in a crisp white will immediate modernise the feel of your bathroom. For a relaxed and natural feel, opt for browns, greens and beiges. For a more Mediterranean feel, go for blues and whites. For a modern look, alternate black, white and areas of bright block colour.

2. Do not underestimate the power of accessories

Old, threadbare towels and an ailing toilet seat cover age your bathroom a great deal. By replacing old towels with white, fluffy alternatives and ditching unhygienic toilet covers, rugs and grubby shower curtains, your bathroom will immediate adopt a more spa-like feel. Do not forget that lighting plays a hugely important part in the feel of a room: opt for elegant, modern styles over dated, Hollywood mirror lights.

3. Restore where possible

Older pieces such as antique bathroom cabinets and old-fashioned, claw-foot tubs should be restored before they are replaced. Discoloured tubs, chipped paintwork and flaking varnish can easily be restored and improved by following simple, Internet-based tutorials, or by asking for advice at your local home improvement store. Re-painting and varnishing wooden cabinets or shelving units in harmony with your bathroom’s colour palette can do wonders for the space.

4. Do it yourself

If you are handy with a screwdriver, there are plenty of inexpensive ways to modernise your bathroom while sticking to a budget. Simply changing bathroom fixtures such as dated shower heads, tap fittings, soap holders and toilet roll dispensers for coordinated and modern alternatives will immediately modernise and harmonise the space.

5. Do not try to do everything at once

Though it may be tempting to attempt to update your entire bathroom in a single weekend, you will find it easier on your bank balance if you approach the project in various phases, allowing you to spread the costs across several months This approach also allows you to account for unexpected expenses as they arise and re-evaluate the budget for later phases ,where necessary.

Updating your bathroom does not have to be a hugely expensive process. As we have seen, by modernising your bathroom’s colour palette and investing in modern, coordinated accessories, while restoring any attractive and salvageable pieces, you can modernise and harmonise your bathroom at a fraction of the cost of an entire remodel. When working on a budget, it is however important not to purchase items simply because they are cheap. Learn to evaluate which pieces represent your bathroom’s focal points, and invest more in these areas. A nice, fixed bathroom can also increase your home’s value if you are planning to sell it in near future. Check this page to see the prices of property for sale in your neighbourhood.

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Identifying The Type Of Damp Problem You Have

There are many different types of damp that can affect your house. It is very easy to incorrectly diagnose the type of damp you find, so it is important to make sure you know how to properly identify it before treating it. Let’s take a look more specifically at the three types of damp and why it is important to treat it as soon as you spot it.

Rising Damp

This is a common problem found in the home, most notably identified by water appearing at the bottom of a wall, rising upwards as the name suggests. As water soaks into the wall from the ground it slowly moves upwards, causing further damage to the wall. As one of the first signs of rising damp is a decaying skirting board, being aware of this and regularly checking the board can help quickly locate damp in a room. Although most houses have waterproof barriers built into the walls, known as damp proof courses, these can fail and allow water to seep through.

Penetrating Damp

Unlike rising damp, penetrating damp can be found all over a wall or on part of the ceiling in your house. In this case water leaks through at any part of the wall, rather than through the bottom at ground level. If you spot dark patches on the walls or ceiling of your house it is likely to be penetrating damp, and needs to be treated as soon as possible. Be extra vigilant around winter, as the wet and cold weather seems to increase the problem.  Although small cases of damp may disappear again during warmer weather, it is best not to ignore it and treat it at first sight. Like with rising damp, substandard structuring is likely to be the cause, for example damaged or blocked guttering.


Perhaps the most common form of damp in properties, condensation is a big issue in the winter when the walls are exposed to evaporated moisture caused by the warm temperatures of heating. Poorly ventilated houses where windows are kept shut can cause the tell-tale signs of droplets of water to form, which then run down the windows and into the walls. Bathrooms are particularly prone to condensation as the moisture from the warm water of the shower fails to escape the house and settles on the walls. One of the first signs of a condensation problem is mould growth – often in the form of black spot mould, which can also act as a good indicator to the extent of the problem. Opening up windows in the house and installing extraction fans are just a couple of suggested methods to minimise condensation.

Each of these three types of damp can prove problematic if not treated soon after identification. However there are many damp proofing treatment solutions on offer to help clear up damp in the house.

About The Author

Timberwise provide property care services for domestic and commercial building preservation, from basement waterproofing and dry rot/wet rot to damp, rising damp, damp proofing and woodworm. 

Ideas For Decorating Your Home With Blackboards

Are you looking to spruce up your home without breaking the bank? Blackboards might not seem like an obvious choice for home decorating but have a read of some of the ideas below and see what you think. You might just like them!

Current trends

Kitchen blackboards have become very popular in recent years, especially with the rise in popularity of ‘country-chic’ and ‘retro’ styles. There are so many available that there is sure to be one to complement any home. Some might prefer to have a small, wall hanging kitchen notice board simply for jotting down a shopping list or a recipe. Or others might prefer something a bit larger, perhaps a magnetic blackboard that can be used to display photos, pictures or to keep track of pieces of paper such as receipts, vouchers or letters. You might even find homes where people have transformed an entire wall of their kitchen into a blackboard, although this is more commonly seen in contemporary restaurants. Let’s take a look at some of the blackboards that might be ideal for your home.

Magnetic blackboards

Magnetic blackboards are one of the most popular blackboards for the home. This is because not only can they be drawn on, you can also use it for decoration. It’s really fun to get the kids involved in choosing new pictures each month that can be put up and because you can write on the boards too, you could leave little comments next to each picture or draw smiley faces! Your blackboard can be used again and again and is a fun thing to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Create a blackboard table

If you’re feeling particularly creative you could attach a blackboard to the top of your table. This has been seen in retro or alternative styled cafes and bars but works just as well in the home. The blackboard material protects your actual table from being damaged or hides existing scratches from sight. Again this is a great idea for kids as they can have something to doodle on while they wait for their dinner.

The best thing about this idea is that it needn’t be a brand new blackboard. A second-hand board will do just fine and can simply be replaced again once it’s past its prime! Simply nail or bracket the blackboard to your table and away you go.

Blackboards for home study or work

Finally, if you study or work at home, a blackboard provides a great space for brainstorming as an alternative to a whiteboard. Modern liquid chalks won’t mess your study up with dust and can easily be erased if you decide against one of your ideas. Blackboards do tend to be slightly cheaper than a whiteboard of similar quality and with certain styles can look fantastic.

Author Bio: Shirley West is the owner of Moores Message Boards, a UK manufacturer of blackboards and notice boards since 1977. Shirley and her team pride themselves on making all of their wooden framed blackboards in their factory in Norfolk, helping to keep British manufacture alive.