Stand-Alone versus Fitted Wardrobes

Given the current times when there is so many selections of wardrobe styles, where would you begin? Honestly, the issue we as buyers face is not in the lack of choice but rather an abundance. Especially when there is the Internet – There are even online wardrobe retailers now! And if somehow you can’t find pre-made wardrobes to suit your needs, guess what?

You can get custom-built wardrobes. But right now in this post, I’m not focusing on custom wardrobes or online suppliers. I want to hone in on comparing between buying stand-alone and fitted wardrobes. This is a common decision that people need to make.

The way to approach this is to think logically and methodically. Firstly, ask yourself, “What is the purpose of a wardrobe, any kind of wardrobe?”. Think for a minute. Got the answer? Storage space of course. You want some place to put your clothing items for easy and frequent access. So this should be your first criteria on choosing between the two styles.

If the room in which you intend to keep your wardrobe does not already have any storage or if you wish to completely replace your current form of storage, then fitted wardrobes is likely to be a good way to go. However, if you have a smaller wardrobe or closet of some sort at the moment that you want to keep using, and you just want to add to that collection, then a stand-alone wardrobe would be preferable.

Now that we have functionality covered, there is another practical consideration. The room in which you want to put your wardrobe. There are two main factors – the space available for the wardrobe and the layout (or shape) of your room. If you live in a small apartment and your bedroom is proportionately small then it may not be suitable to install a fitted wardrobe. In such an instance, stand-alone is better.

The amount of space you need to allow for your wardrobe should also factor in accessibility. Sure, you you manage to just fit your ideal wardrobe in the room, but then you realize you can’t get to it or move around it! Also, if you choose to have a hinged door as supposed to a sliding door, this open-close swing space needs to be factored into the space available for the wardrobe.

As for the layout of your room, I’m not just talking about along the width and length of your room. I’m also referring to the height. If the ceiling is design with a slant or the walls are oddly shaped (e.g. concaves, etc) then this will affect the style of wardrobe you can have.

After all that, you finally need to always keep in mind the cost of getting the wardrobe. Even if you identify the perfect wardrobe, if it’s going to cost an arm and a leg, pushing your budget, then think very carefully. Are you going to fully utilize the wardrobe space or is it just for looks? Being more practical especially in these tough economic times make more sense than trying to beat the Jones.

Taking Care Of And Cleaning Your Kitchen Rugs

A topic which probably gets almost no coverage, even on the web. But kitchen rugs get a particular type of wear and having had to clean mine recently I thought it would be worthwhile writing an article providing some, in my opinion, reasonably sensible advice.

After searching and shopping around, you finally provided your kitchen with those pretty rooster rugs you always wanted. Now the question on your mind is, after spending all that cash, how do I ensure these rugs give me my money’s worth? Here are several easy ways to care for your kitchen rugs.

  1. Try and purchase washable kitchen rugs which you can easily wash in case it gets dirty and starts to become an eyesore. Remember to use warm water for your rugs, as it gets the job done better than cold water. Different rugs require different water temperatures during the wash for optimum endurance. Use a slightly higher temperature for lighter colored rugs.
  2. Do not use a harsh detergent when washing kitchen rugs, as it might result in a colorful mess. And do not try to wash a kitchen rug that isn’t suitable for machine wash in the washing machine. It will destroy the rug. Always wash rugs separately from your laundry.
  3. When drying a kitchen rug after a wash, always tumble dry at a low setting to avoid the rug from fraying. If the material of the kitchen rug is quite delicate, it is preferable to air dry it in the sun (or indoors if that is not possible).
  4. It is unavoidable that occasionally our daily activity in the kitchen ends up leaving stains on the kitchen rugs we lay on the floor, especially during food preparation. Well that rooster rug isn’t going to clean itself properly with just a normal cycle in the washing machine 3 weeks after you spilled mustard on it. Always treat stains immediately after they occur so that they do not set. Use a stain remover or if you don’t have one baking soda or dish washing detergent works too. Remember to blot the area and not rub it in as this will make the stain set faster.

Everyone wants to take care of their belongings, especially decorative items, properly. With the simple tips above, your kitchen rugs could last for years, giving you a bang for your buck.

I found a useful video on the matter here which may also provide some good advice.