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Common, run-of-the-mill furniture cannot be manufactured from bamboo or seagrass. The furniture made of these materials is mostly handmade, and even if not, every product is different from others, at least because of different look of the material.

You cannot see bamboo or teak furniture in European apartments and houses frequently. Europeans are conservative and continue to believe in their furniture made of beech, oak or spruce.

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Unmatched Quality

The classical European furniture, which is currently popular, can hardly match the quality of bamboo furniture. This material is nearly indestructible and it can withstand far more than the traditional wood species. The bamboo scaffolding hundreds of meters high on Japanese or Chinese skyscrapers has its good purpose.

The price of bamboo is still relatively high, but given that bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world, it certainly will not continue to be so in the future. Similar to Asian textiles which are flooding Europe, it is just a question of time when the market will become swamped by Asian furniture.

 

Bamboo Furniture Is Unexpectedly Resistant

You can buy chairs, tables, armchairs, shelves and even beds or cabinets made from bamboo. Split bamboo can be a great decoration in the form of screens or shades. Bamboo furniture is always treated with clear varnish, which creates a resistant surface. Customers can design the upholstery for their furniture themselves according to their wishes. In the event of unexpected floods, you can be certain that you will not have to throw the bamboo furniture away; you will just need to replace the upholstery, as moisture does no harm to the wood species. That is why you can use bamboo furniture in your garden, too.

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Expensive But High Quality Furniture Made From Teak

If you decide to buy furniture made from teak, do not expect it to be produced run-of-the-mill. Teak is a rare wood with outstanding qualities. Its abnormal hardness, medium heavy weight, long durability, resistance to rot, mildew and termites are good reward for its relatively high price. Furniture companies like working with this kind wood since they produce goods that will acquire additional beauty with aging.

 

Teak Wood Is Elegant Both For Homes And For Offices

The cabinets or tables made from this kind of wood are very nice to the touch. Its golden brown colour with occasional black stripes adorns every office. You can have not only furniture made from teak, but shutters, window frames or a robust entrance door, as well. If you have enough means, it is also possible to have flooring made from teak. This costly investment is very likely to survive you without any problems.

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Rattan Has Its Own Club

The furniture made from rattan is handmade, too. In Europe, this material is becoming much more popular then teak or bamboo. The rattan boom is the cause of formation of the Rattan Club and websites offering rattan goods. Unlike teak, rattan furniture is very lightweight, so it is suitable in homes, where elderly people live, who may otherwise have problems with moving a couch or an armchair. The weight of rattan products is half compared to the classic wooden furniture.

 

Rattan Furniture Maintenance

Rattan furniture can have various hues after staining. For cleaning, dusters, vacuum or damp cloth are recommended.

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The built-in wardrobes can have a major influence on the visual impression of the room. They are suitable both in a bedroom and in a children´s room and, in combination with sliding doors, they save a lot of space.

The built-in wardrobes became widely known in the 1920´s already and they enjoy constant popularity since then. The people having experience with them cannot speak highly enough of them.

Compared to classical furniture, the wardrobes have a big advantage: their individuality. You can build them even in locations where no other cabinet could be squeezed in and moreover, their inner space will be arranged directly according to your wishes.

 

Storage Space Is Priceless

Experts have calculated that a wardrobe, compared to traditional cabinets, can save you up to half the space (which means several m²). The deep wardrobes are the most useful, the ideal depth is around 65 cm. You can place e.g. coat hangers and large items inside conveniently, which are hard to store elsewhere. A narrow wardrobe is chosen in areas with limited space, such as in hallways and foyers. Each additional storage space is good, you can use narrow cabinets e.g. for storing small items in baskets, containers and boxes. Wardrobes are built from the floor to the ceiling, so their height may be up to 3 m. However you can utilize even the highest places by using pantographs. You can pull the suspension system up to the waist level by a rod, which certainly makes the process of choosing clothes easier and more pleasant. Wardrobes can also serve as practical partitions dividing rooms.

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Internal Arrangement

The internal arrangement of a wardrobe depends solely on its owners, as they can choose what extras they would like to use. Among the practical gadgets, there is a variety of sliding mechanisms used for clothes hangers, for pants, skirts or ties, there are sliding shoe racks, clamps for hoses or for a whole vacuum cleaner, iron holder or even a sliding ironing board. Especially in children bedrooms, sophisticated systems are often used, which can hide a whole bed in the wardrobe. The fold-down single beds and double beds are practical also in small apartments, where the living room and the bedroom are one and the constant presence of beds is not desirable.

 

Beware Of Shards

Mirrors are popular on doors of built-in wardrobes. Ensure your safety and insist on the use of safety film which prevents shattering the glass into dangerous shards.

Although plastic can resist weather, it may not always look nice. Wood and metal acquire a patina during the time, so they need careful treatment. What kind of garden furniture should you choose then?

Many people keep their weekend cottages or they do the gardening. However in order the garden was a nice place to relax and meet friends, it is necessary to pay attention to the garden furniture.

After all, every garden needs some outdoor furniture, so that you could sit under a blossoming apple tree and read a book or even better, under a tree on which sweet smelling apples ripen.

However, there are differences among garden furniture.

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Plastic, Iron Or Wood

When getting your garden furniture, you always have to consider, how often you are going to rest in your garden. You have to ask yourself, how often visitors come to you or whether a member of your family is not overweight. It sounds ridiculous, but many cases of injuries have been registered after bursting of plastic chairs. Believe it or not, fracture of coccyx, or even a leg of a plastic chair stuck in your body is nothing pleasant. This does not mean that plastic garden furniture does not have a use. It is very popular, but not in families where people are rather big.

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Advantages Of Plastic Furniture

The advantage of plastic furniture is definitely their purchase price. Another plus is that there are several colours and manufacturers on the market, so the range is nearly endless. In case of damage of a piece, you can replace it with the same type easily, quickly and affordably. When your plastic garden furniture gets wet, you just wipe it with cloth. On a plastic table, scratches are not as visible as on wood. Additionally, plastic tables usually have a hole in the middle to insert a parasol. Seniors appreciate the weight of a set of plastic furniture, which is half compared to wood furniture.

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Metal Or Plastic?

The disadvantages of plastic furniture include a low pressure resistance. Or have you ever tried to swing on a plastic chair? Another disadvantage is that plastic furniture can often be knocked over by strong wind or taken away by heavy rains.

Iron garden furniture is really rare nowadays. It requires regular maintenance and the cost is quite high. It will not be taken away by wind, but rather by burglars. The downside is that it accepts the ambient temperature, and it is nothing pleasant to sit either on a cold chair in cold weather, or on hot iron in summer.

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Wooden Furniture Is The Best

Wood furniture is clearly the most suitable for garden use. Its price is somewhere in the middle and depends on the type of the wood. The best quality garden furniture is made of teak wood. It became  a leader in world rankings and it won favour of private sector as well as public facilities (hotels, boarding houses), because it can handle extreme load. Although prices of teak furniture are higher than those of other high quality outdoor furniture, the owner will save on their maintenance later; both pests and mould avoid the solid and hard wood. It is almost unreal to break a teak chair. The teak furniture is resistant to bright sun, rain and snow and its maintenance is easy.

How do you choose new furniture for your interior? You should not look on the design and colour or decor only, which are eye-catching, however it is necessary to consider other parameters, so that the furniture could serve you well.

Interior furniture can be made of many materials, although wood-based boards prevail. But that is not all you need to know before you buy a beautiful new chest of drawers, a wardrobe or maybe a desk.

 

The Thickness Is An advantage

You can see different thicknesses of the base. A thicker base, optimally 18 mm, is stronger and better because the furniture will be more stable, strong and it will last longer. The thickness of the doors or fronts of drawers is important, because you handle with them frequently. The stronger ones are preferable also from the decorative point of view, if you wish decorative milling on the doors or on their edges.

 

How To Assemble It

There are several ways to put individual parts together. The connecting screws are better than wood screws because if you needed to disassemble and re-assemble the furniture, you can do it without destroying it. Anyway, both types of connections are visible. So if you wish an “invisible” connection, e.g. on the faces, there is another solution: the wooden pegs.

 

If An Angle, Then The Right Angle

Examine the furniture very carefully: are there all the angles perpendicular and all the joints straight? Any gaps or inequalities can become an issue later. If you find this shortage on your furniture after you brought it home, do not hesitate and claim it, if you have a warranty for the product.

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Can It Stand Free?

The furniture that will not stand by the wall must be visually resolved from all sides and stable enough, above all. It is expectable on the furniture made of solid wood, but not on the furniture made of engineered wood boards. If a producer or a vendor encourages you to attach it to the wall, do obey them. This is not a purposeless remark, as some consumers can confirm; they have experienced the weight of their dresser themselves, when they opened the top full drawer and the whole piece of furniture fell on them…

 

Glass Panels Or Surfaces

Ask the salesperson, if the glass is tempered or toughened, as it is considered virtually unbreakable for normal household use. And it does not matter whether a bookcase has the doors with partial glass panels or if the doors are fully glazed. The hardened glass in larger formats is stronger, it does neither bend, nor vibrate.

 

Finishes – Can They Be Repaired?

The common types of finishes are films or varnishes. The varnishes can stand minor scratches or abrasions the best. Acrylic finishes are often used and any abrasions can be polished – although there are several repair methods available. Any damage to the film is irreversible.

 

The Edges And Gluing

The paper edges are gone, nowadays the ABS edges made of special thermoplastic are used. When gluing them, both the technological progress and the type of glue are important.  The PUR glue is preferred, as you do not needs it in such an amount, the edge sits tightly against the front surface and the joint is almost invisible. Moreover, it is waterproof and heat-resistant. Other adhesives must be used in large quantities and the joints are more evident.

Let us have a look on the furniture fittings. You can probably guess that the plastic ones do not last long, while the metal ones do. In this case, you can follow a simple guide: the length of the warranty. If it is a lifetime warranty, there is probably no problem.

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Wooden Pegs Assembly

A special machine drills holes into individual parts first. Then glue is injected into the holes and wooden pegs are inserted. On their protruding ends a counterpart is placed, which is a part with drilled holes.

 

Lacquered Furniture

The furniture with lacquer finish, especially in high gloss, is trendy nowadays. The quality of the lacquered surface is affected by these factors: a smooth base material (if it is sanded badly, the surface is uneven), respecting the drying time of each layer (when applied hastily, bubbles are formed in the finish) and the cleanliness in the workplace, to avoid covering dirt and dust with the laquer.

You certainly know it: you buy a new expensive sofa, but kids, pets and frequent visitors take their toll on it quickly. Originally a luxury sofa looks like an ordinary couch after a few months and you are upset by a bad investment. How can you avoid this kind of problem?

 

A ‘New’ Sofa In A Few Seconds

If you do not intend to invest sums to reupholstering the sofa regularly, you have only one option: buy a cover/spread. It is relatively cheap, it will prevent damage and contamination of the sofa, and additionally, it will give a new chic look to your sofa – all this in a few seconds. There is still one question remaining: what spread should you choose?

 

Synthetic Fibres Are Prevail

Even though you can see covers and spreads for sofas made of 100% cotton on the market, they are not entirely appropriate due to their shorter life and higher maintenance requirements. It is much better to get a spread made of synthetic fibres (e.g. fleece of 100% polyester) or made of synthetic fibres blended with natural fibres (e.g. 90% polyester or acrylic and 10% cotton). These spreads are very warm, pleasant to the touch and moreover, easy to launder – you can clean most of them thoroughly by washing at 40 ° C. Unlike the purely natural fibres, they are much more durable.

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Choose A Colour And Style According To Your Interior

Once you know the type of material, you need to choose a colour and style of the spread. Follow your aesthetic taste; the spread should not “stand up” against the rest of the interior. It must match to furniture and walls, above all. There is a rule: if you have plain one-colour walls, you can buy a more vivid spread with bold patterns. Contrariwise, if the walls of your living room or bedroom are decorated with pictures and paintings, select a simple pattern spread.

Then all you need to do is to visit the nearest store or a reliable e-commerce and go shopping. Your sofa will change substantially in a moment and most importantly, it will look like a new one much longer.

Bean bags are stylish and practical decorations of an interior, they are very versatile and suitable in almost any type of interior. You can even make the exterior of your home special with an original bean bag, if you place it on a balcony, a terrace or in a garden.

The next and perhaps the most important advantage of this type of furniture is the health effect. During a long sitting on a classic chair or armchair, a back-ache, neck pain or headache may occur. Compared to that, thanks to the unique infill of bean bags, they adhere to each inequality your body and make your muscles pleasantly relaxed.

 

There Are Various Bean Bags

It is good to think a bit before buying a bean bag, although you cannot make a major mistake by a spontaneous purchase. However, there are several kinds of them on the market and they correspond to different needs and preferences of customers. That is why it is worth paying attention to the following lines, so that you will be able to choose the best one for you which will meet all your requirements.

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Material

Purely from the practical point of view, the material from which the bean bag is made is the key characteristic. Individual materials differ significantly in terms of ease of cleaning, pleasantness to the touch as well as overall resilience.

The most common material is eco-leather, i.e. artificial leatherette. Bean bags made of eco-leather are very pleasant to the touch, extremely easy to clean (just wipe them with a damp cloth), but they are suitable in an interior only. The cotton bean bags are also suitable in an interior. They are very pleasant to the touch, their cleaning is however slightly more demanding. Some of the cotton covers can be removed and washed in a machine.

On the other hand, the bean bags made of nylon and polyester are specially designed for outdoor use. Both materials are highly resistant to physical stress and dirt. They are also very easy to maintain, however nylon is not so pleasant to the touch.

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Colour

Colour is probably the first characteristic which attracts our attention on a bean bag. That is why this kind of furniture is so popular in nursery and primary schools. Bright colours inspire good mood and they are able to make an otherwise dull interior special and to liven it up. However, if you are not furnishing a nursery school, children’s department of a library or a children’s room (where there the rule is: the more colours, the better), try to consider the choice of colour carefully. If you already have a dominant colour in your interior, select a bean bag in the same colour or in a colour that matches to the existing one. However, if you have a monotonous interior in a pale colour (white, gray, black, brown or beige), you can afford to experiment and you can choose a more vivid colour of a bean bag. In this case, an original bean bag can make wonders in your interior.

If you are furnishing children´s room, you can really unleash your imagination. All kids love playful colours, fun motifs and shapes. For example, if you are looking for a bean bag in a shade of green, you can choose from a single colour bags, multicoloured bags, as well as from bags with special themes.

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Shape And Size

Now it is time to decide the design, whether it should be a chair shaped or a pillow shaped bag. However, there are also special seat bags available, e.g. in the form of a footstool and with a different level of softness.

The armchair shaped bags work as conventional seating furniture, but they are more convenient and healthier for your back. They are suitable both for work and for pleasant relaxation. You can also choose high armchair shapes which provide you with a backrest for your back, neck and head. On the other hand, lower chair shapes allow deeper seating, and thus more comfortable relaxing or curling up.

The classic pillow shapes are designed mainly for relaxation. Nowadays, pillows equipped with straps are a specific variant and a hot tip; they allow you to shape the bag to any position easily.

In addition to the above mentioned, there are completely original beans bags, which are designed for both small and big sport lovers, and they are in the shape of various sports balls. The most popular are footballs, of course; however, you can please a tennis player, a volleyball player or a basketball player, too.

Choose According To Its Benefits

Wood is likely to be the favourite material for furniture making. But what are the exact differences between solid wood and veneer, and which option will be better for you?

When listing the advantages of wood, you cannot ignore the fact that wood can be disposed of easily and ecologically. In addition to the structural elements (ceilings, roofs, boards, beams), wood is also used in interiors (windows, doors, stairs) and for manufacturing of furniture. As to furniture, two terms are used: solid wood and veneer. What is the difference between the two forms of wood?

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What Is The Difference Between Solid Wood And Veneer?

In the past, only solid wood furniture, not veneered, was produced in the country, as many people did not trust the soundness of furniture veneer. Due to its properties, solid wood is a material with multiple application. It can be used (with regard to the quality and type of raw material) virtually everywhere, no matter whether it is in a form of glued board or layered board (i.e. bio-board). In interior, it is used especially for furniture, but for doors, windows, floors and panelling, as well.

On the other hand, veneer is a thin strip of wood, generally of high quality. It is used for coating furniture parts, floors, doors and wall panels, for manufacturing of plywood etc. Veneer sheets are made 0.2 – 3 mm thick.

 

Where Is The Best Location For Solid Wood Furniture?

The purpose, i.e. the use and the location of the furniture, is important, above all. Solid wood furniture made of softwood (spruce, pine) is more suitable into a children’s or student’s room. However, if you are furnishing a representative interior, veneered furniture is preferable; it may be in combination with solid wood (cherry, walnut), metal or glass. In accordance with a related directive, veneered furniture must be just as resilient as solid wood furniture, made of hardwood. Veneer is used for enhancing the value of a lower quality material, natural or industrial, such as particle board, batten and MDF board (Medium Density Fibreboard ). At present, veneer is used on PD, DVD, DTD boards and on batten. In all cases, veneered furniture is heavier than solid wood one. The disadvantage of veneer is the risk of peeling of individual plies from the base as well as the risk of sanding through during repairs. The advantage is that veneer components are dimensionally stable.

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Cost

Although it is a pure natural material, prices of solid wood and veneered furniture are comparable. Furniture made of laminated chipboard, and from similar materials imitating wood grain, is cheaper, especially if it comes from the east. However, in case of some really cheap products, the material used may be questionable, which is related to the consequent issue of health safety (contents of biphenyl, dioxin and formaldehyde).

 

How About Their Maintenance?

Maintenance of solid wood furniture is simple – as little water as possible. A damp cloth soaked in soapy water is sufficient. It is ideal to use a special product for the wood/timber care. With a proper maintenance, furniture can serve you well for decades.

Veneer is maintained within the appropriate care for furniture. However, you should not expose veneer to direct sunlight, to the effects of alcohol and to large fluctuations of temperature. In a case of damage, veneer is repaired by by gluing the back, in the case of breaking a ply of veneer, by inserting a new piece, and in case of damage to the finish, by sanding it.

 

Some Advice From The Practice

At the beginning, you select the wooden furniture in a store. Every customer should decide a few basic things before shopping for solid wood furniture: the first one is the choice of a supplier. Unfortunately, it becomes common that some wholesalers offer imitations of products of established companies on the market, however the quality is incomparable; anyway, a customer cannot see these facts on a promotional flyer.

That is why you need to see and literary touch the furniture first. Further it is important to ask a salesperson, if the furniture has certificates for health and for product safety. If a manufacturer skimps here, it is very likely that they save elsewhere, too.

 

Secure Packaging

If the furniture it is supplied in a disassembled form, a durable carton packaging is important, and it also must be provided with a good assembly instructions. Because if you bring a pile of boards wrapped in plastic home and try to assemble e.g. a dresser without any logical instructions, it could be quite a task even for a pro.

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Final Advice

Because you do not buy furniture every day, the orientation at the lowest price, unlimited shop hours or an over-sized parking area in front of the store only could backfire. These indicators may be tempting, however secondary and often confusing for selecting of quality furniture.

The cats love comfortable hideaways and elevated safe places where they can lurk. The following products enable this perfectly. And some of them even solve the need for scraper or a toilet.

 

Library Adapted For Cats

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Mini Bedroom For Your Cat

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Indiana Jones Style Cat Bridge

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Play Table For Cats

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Cat Scratch Board Table

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Cat Tunnel Couch

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Cat Toilets/Bathrooms – All In One

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Cat Transit System

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Cat House Planter

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Cat Hammocks

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Cat Bed On A Radiator

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Hidden In A Side Table

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Grassy Table For Cats

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Cat Tee Pee

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Bed And Scratching In One

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Rocking Chair Both For Humans And For Cats

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Playground At The Ceiling

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Egg-Shaped Pod

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Outdoor Catwalk

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“Catissa ” Cat Tree

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Cat Burger Bed

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Cat Bed “Shark”

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A new collection of furniture and lamps with an integrated wireless charging system for cell phones and tablets was introduced on the mobile technology exhibition in Barcelona. The white and simply shaped tables and lamps are complemented with a separate charging base and a charger, which can be built in to any table.

“From a number of surveys, as well as from our visits to our customers´ homes, we have found out that the people do not like a tangle of cables. They are also worried they will not be able to find the right charger at the moment they need it and thus their cell phone will get discharged. Our innovative solution, when the wireless chargers are directly built-in the furniture, makes the home life much easier,” a manager says.

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The collection of furniture, lamps and accessories is constructed according to the International Certified Standard Qi. The complex offer includes a pair of tables, a table lamp, a floor lamp, a work lamp, a cable organizer with a lid, separate freestanding charging pads, a USB charger, a wireless charger to mount into a table and a cell phone case for wireless charging (you need to put the case on the phone, unless the phone itself supports this technology from the production, already).

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The products included in the Design Collection were created by several designers. One of them said:

“We have created a smart wireless solution therefore you will not have to look at the unsightly cables any more. You can even charge several devices at once, and your home will look beautiful and wireless at the time.”

In the Czech Republic, the first products from this collection should come up for sale in April 2015.

If any piece of furniture can be really considered as variable, then it is a dresser, which is usually a cabinet with drawers that can be used almost anywhere in your apartment. We are going give you some inspiration for what can purchase.

What style of a dresser will suit you? Ultimately, any style you wish. The simple shape of the dressers does not pretend anything, the function is primary, however there are also pieces suitable in the style (or themed) interiors or in a cottage. And if you want a truly original piece, you can have the fronts and the doors printed with a photo of a choice, or you can even have a dresser made to measure.

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A Dresser Is A Cabinet

“Nowadays, as dressers are generally referred lower cabinets with several drawers, which ideally run across the whole width of the furniture. They can stand solitary by a wall, it is not necessary to fasten them,” an architect says. They tend to have low legs or a base,  they can also be equipped with wheels for easier handling, however you can  see pieces on truly high legs (so you can store various things under them) or conversely, with no legs.

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The Modern Transformations

If you regard only the low, wide and deep cabinets (e.g. 80 x 100 x 40 cm) as dressers and you see completely different ones in the stores, do not be surprised. This piece of furniture changes according to the ideas of the manufacturers. They sometimes “stretch” it in width or to height, the drawers do not always run across the whole width or they are supplemented by shelves with doors, the drawers may be even replaced by removable boxes or by open shelves.

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Wherever You Need Them

The dressers evolved from the earlier chests of drawers, the low cabinets adapted for storing linen. However, this piece of furniture will find its application also out of a bedroom, nowadays. It can be placed in a kitchen to store the cookware in it, in a nursery (as a changing table combined with a storage for clothes or toys), in a living room (as a storage furniture), in an office, in a bathroom or even in a hallway.

Unlike other furniture, the top surface will also be useful to you for storing items or decorations, or a mirror can be placed on it.

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What Are Made Of/Materials

The dressers are mostly manufactured from wood-based materials, although you can find them in metal, plastic or even glass, too.

“The laminated chipboard is marked as LTD. The stronger and better material is the hardboard (MDF). The chipboard (DTD) is also used, it can be laminated or covered by the veneer. Thus if you buy the “veneer furniture”, it means that a thin layer of wood (max. 3 mm) is glued to a carrier substrate, such as the DTD. And the timber is a piece of wood that will delight every nature lover, but this material responds to moisture more significantly, e.g. its colour stability is poorer.

 

How To Open Them

The drawers are equipped with handles, which complete the look of the dresser, however you do not need to use them in every case. Some pieces of furniture have drawers with holes for the fingers in their fronts, while others use recessed handles which do not protrude.

The handle-less systems, mechanical or electric driven, represent handy and very modern solutions, which originally started in the kitchens, but now they are used in other furniture, as well.

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What Else?

You should not focus only on the design, but also on the materials, the furniture implementation including the metal fixtures, as well as on the size, so that it fitted into your home and to your everyday life. Do you find this comment useless?

“I normally see people, who did not estimate the space needed for the dresser correctly. Although they know how much space there is available, they forget to include the space for the drawers being pulled out and for the person who will stand by it…”

 

The Fashionable High Gloss

The trend of high gloss finishes applied in home interiors reached the dressers, as well. But how about the risk of scratching the surface, e.g. by a ring? Minor damages of the surface made of the glossy T-acrylic can be fixed at home with a “healing kit”; the repair takes about 10 minutes.