Installing Fitted Wardrobes Right

Once you have decided to opt for fitted wardrobes to be installed in your home, the next step is the installation itself. In this post, I’m going to have a look at the different possible options available, namely do-it-yourself or employing a professional. Hopefully, you’ll have a better idea on what to do after reading this.

Choosing to install a fitted wardrobe depends on a few factors. Firstly, how handy are you? What experience have you had in the past in terms of putting together furniture items? Another question to ask is how much time do you have that you can commit to such an undertaking?

Can You Manage The Installation Yourself?

Also, would anyone else be helping you or is this going to be a one-man (or one-woman) task? If you work full-time in another job and do this with one other person, and both of you don’t know much about the process, then don’t expect much results too soon. You’ll just be seeing weeks of unfinished material sitting around your bed.

Check out this video for the sort of job you may be taking on.

One other factor is how customized do you need the fitted wardrobes to be? If your room is very unique in that there are unusual slopes and angles in the dimensions, then you may need fully customized wardrobes. If not, you can get pre-assembled wardrobes where you are only required to install into the room itself.

Ok, the other safer approach is to call in a professional. Yes, this is obviously the more costly option, but things are less likely to go wrong since these guys do this for a living. Note that I say, “less likely” rather than guarantee that there won’t be disastrous errors. This is where you need to be wary when you pick someone to do the construction and installation. There are few things to keep in mind when looking for a pro.

Get A Clear Price

When speaking with them, request for a clear price guide. If they refuse this, then ask them why. This is should transparent.

Also, ask them what kind of experiences have they had with rooms of different dimensions and shape; ask them to show you photos (or brochures) of these works. The idea here is to get a good idea of the quality of their workmanship and whether they would be able to handle your particular room circumstance.

Make Sure They Can Do The Job Well

Try to gauge how they respond to you during your conversations with the potential installer. Here, you want to know what the customer service is like. In similar fashion to any other service company, they should be approachable and willing to listen. The communication is important since you’ll be providing specifications on the fitted wardrobe.

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The Best Kitchen Gadgets for Garlic: A Vampire’s Nightmare

With the Halloween spirit in full-force, and the latest Twilight movie on the way out, I can’t help bu think of garlic.

Always a classic way for keeping vampires away, I was inspired to go out and see what kind of kitchen gadgets for garlic were out and about in the world. There are many ways to prep garlic and I think I’ve found a gadget for each of them.

ZAK! DESIGNS GARLIC PEELER

When I first looked at this thing on the shelves it didn’t seem right. It was marked as a garlic kitchen tool, but it looked like some kind of apple corer. This garlic peeler is made out of flexible silicone. You just pop some unpeeled garlic inside, push down and roll it, and you’re good to go. When you push and roll, the sides of the tube grip and rip the peel off. These peelers come in 6 different color, are easy to clean, and they keep you from having hands that smell excessively of garlic

The Zak! Designs Garlic Peeler costs around $10

Now that you have a way to easily peel your garlic, here are some cool kitchen gadgets for breaking it down.

ZYLISS GARLIC SLICER

Holding onto garlic and slicing it has always been a precarious adventure for me. I’m always worried I’m going to cut my fingers. The Zyliss slicer is one of those food gadgets that is set up to protect while making it all oh so easy. You just pop your peeled garlic in and shuffle it back and forth. All of the slices are contained in the base for you to access once you’re done with your slicing.

The Zyliss Garlic Slicer costs around $10

CHEF’N GARLIC ZOOM

Now, I know I JUST talked about this when I was covering the great kitchen gadgets by Chef’n. But, that doesn’t stop it from being a great kitchen tool for garlic. The Garliczoom opens up, you put a couple garlic cloves inside, close the top, then roll it back and forth on your counter like a 5 year-old with a Hotwheels car! The wheels spin the blades inside to chop and dice your garlic up. Open it back up, take out the blade, and you have access to your diced garlic.

The nice thing is that they also have an XL version that allows you to chop more garlic, or throw some herbs in there to dice them up.

The Chef’n Garliczoom costs about $10, and the XL costs about $15.

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Retro Kitchen Design with Modern Materials and Plumbing

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There are a few things in retro kitchen design that are still applicable today. Consider the plumbing. You are often going to find some sort of copper repipe is necessary. Copper repiping gives you better durability and corrosion resistance than the old anodized or zinc coated steel pipes. Knowing where to invest your money wisely allows you the freedom to have a lot more fun with your kitchen decor without necessarily spending a lot of money.

Of course, in a vintage kitchen, you’re going to see a lot of laminate and vinyl. At the time they were novelties, and at the height of fashion. However, since they are so cheap now they just tend to look quite dated. However, there are still some fun ways that you can bring this into your room. You can look for your favorite patterns, and then just print them off and turn them into artwork, or even look for vintage inspired wallpaper of this type. This is a way that you can still get a kitschy element to a room that still uses a lot of the more popular flooring choices and granite counter-tops.

One of the more daring options would just be to use these more modern materials in fun color palettes. You can even find granite with red veins in it. You will need to consider the resell value of your home just because granite is one of your more expensive materials and so you usually want to choose a color that has mass appeal for everyone.

When shooting for a retro kitchen look, just remember that you don’t have to do everything the way it was back then. Many of the components behind the scenes can, and should, be modern. This way you can have the look you want, but the reliability that modern materials and engineering bring to the table.

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