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moving-furniture

If you’re considering a move, then you already know that it can be a bit challenging, especially if you’re thinking of moving yourself. Moving heavy or fragile pieces of furniture is especially tricky. We’ve all heard horror stories of people who underwent a move only to find that rather valuable pieces of furniture had been damaged and even destroyed by the time they arrived at their new place. At Lex & Voss, we have learned how to move furniture the hard way. When we first started our business, we did things ourselves, but these days we rely on the help of a professional moving company, Imperial Movers (www.imperialmovers.com). If you’re looking for reliable moving services in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens, these guys are some of the most reliable NYC movers. Here are some tips they taught us to help make moving your furniture as smooth and safe free as possible.

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Equipment and Packing Supplies

First you need to ensure you have the right equipment on hand. Proper tools and supplies will not only protect your furniture, but it will keep you safe from injurty. Here’s some equipment to buy to ease the move:

  • Tarps
  • Moving blankets
  • Plastic sheets
  • Furniture and mattress bags
  • Packing tape
  • Sturdy tie downs such as ropes or bungee cords
  • Good, sturdy, waterproof work gloves
  • Moving boxes
  • Step stool
  • Labels
  • Moving truck

Additionally, it’s a good idea to get at least two people to help you move the furniture, since many items like couches are heavy. After reading this list, you can probably understand why we leave all of our clients’ moves up to a well-equipped moving company.

Protect Your Walls and Floors

Before moving anything, make sure you cover your floors and, if necessary, your walls with boards, plastic, or thick paper. The last thing you want to deal with is having to replace flooring damaged by the legs of heavy furniture or repaint walls that get scratched during the move.

How to Use Boxes and Padding

Put what you can inside of moving boxes (i.e. cushions, throw pillows, and bedding). These are boxes that are specifically designed to be stacked on top of each other without crushing. Label all the boxes with their contents and the room they are supposed to go into. Try not to place items that are to go into different rooms in the same box.

If the item can’t fit in a box, wrap it in padding or plastic wrap. Make sure it’s packed securely enough to guard against punctures and dirt. It’s especially important to wrap the legs and corners of furniture in padding to guard against nicks.

When it comes marble tabletops, mirrors, moveable shelves and large pictures, take extra precautions. You really can’t use too much padding on these items. Take out all screws and other hardware, and put them in a sealable bag. Put them in a drawer or attach them somehow to the furniture itself.

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If possible, take your beds, tables, desks, hutches, and dressers apart, and wrap the disassembled pieces in padding. Be especially careful with furniture that has some element made out of particle board. While they should be disassembled, the particle board may not be as strong when the furniture is put back together.

A Word About Appliances

Defrost the refrigerator between one and two days before loading it. Make sure to avoid laying the refrigerator on its side, which can damage the compressor. Do not use the washing machine on the day of the move. It should be drained at least 24 hours before it’s loaded. Make sure all appliances are completely dry prior to the move!

Loading

When you’re loading your furniture, put a tarp down on the trailer or truck floor and station one or two people on the truck. These are the people who are going to stack the items after they’re brought to the truck. Make sure that the route to the truck from your door is clear.

Start loading the trailer from the front and work backward toward its door. Stack the boxes to the ceiling, with the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter boxes on top. Everything should be stacked tightly to make sure nothing slides around and can get damaged. Then, tie everything off with a rope or bungee cord to keep it steady.

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Do you love the idea of growing lush houseplants in your apartment but have a thumb that’s any color but green? Fortunately, options exist that thrive on neglect and poor conditions. Following are six plants that perform well in urban indoor environments and don’t need extra care and fuss.

Snake Plant

Snake plants thrive in low light and can go months without water. They provide a dramatic, upwards silhouette that pairs well with the urban minimalist interior design and doesn’t take as much space as plants with horizontal growth patterns.

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Peace Lily

The gorgeous dark green leaves and large, white flowers of the peace lily make it a striking addition to any indoor decor. It has the added benefit of acting as an air purifier. Never place a peace lily in direct sunlight. You’ll know when it needs watering because the leaves will begin to droop.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plants need a relatively bright location, so place yours need a window with a southern or western exposure. Only water the plant when the soil has dried out completely. Aloe vera performs best in soil that provides excellent drainage, so use potting soil designed for use with cacti. Your aloe vera plant can also do double duty as a burn salve — just snip off a tip and hold the inner tissues of the affected area. Aloe vera can grow over three feet tall, but if you don’t want yours to get that large, leaving it in a smaller pot will do the trick.

Spider Plants

Spider plants are excellent choices for city apartments because they’re typically placed in hanging baskets and therefore don’t take up valuable surface space. They aren’t fussy about the light at all, and they thrive when their roots are crowded, so you won’t have to remember to re-pot them as they grow. They also self-propagate by creating small versions of themselves that hang from existing stems, ensuring a constant source of visual interest. You can re-pot the baby spider plants and re-plant them yourself or give them friends and family, or you can simply leave them on the parent plant.

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Bamboo

Bamboo is a beautiful plant that thrives indoors when it’s given water, shade, and plenty of neglect. Its dramatic horizontal growth habit makes it perfect for placing on a shelf about midway between the floor and ceiling with a light-colored wall as a backdrop.

Ficus

Ficus is otherwise known as an ornamental fig tree. This tree is a common indoor plant that thrives as long as it has well-drained soil and receives light applications of fertilizer during the spring and summer growing season. Ficus makes an excellent accent plant, so place it in a highly visible area of your apartment.

Once you’ve mastered basic indoor horticulture techniques by introducing one or more of the above options into your indoor living environment, you’ll undoubtedly want to continue your journey with the wonderful world of house plants by moving on to some more challenging varieties.

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Home is your private domain, and the choices you make when decorating your home are important. They will affect how both you and guests feel and serve as an expression of style as well as functionality. Before you decide on color and furniture, think of your overall goal for each room, and how it will affect the feel of your home as a whole.

Now, let’s talk about the five essential elements of home design:

1. Color

Color is the element that will make or break your room. Your color palette should set the mood for the room, even so far as determining how bright and open it feels. Different colors elicit different emotions as well, so be selective when picking out paint swatches.

When choosing a color palette, be aware that different colors elicit different moods.

When choosing a color palette, be aware that different colors elicit different moods.

2. Focal Point

Your eye naturally draws to the focal point of a room. Usually a fireplace or a central piece of furniture in the entertainment center. All design builds around and accentuates this convener naturally, and uses it to harmonize the room.

3. Lighting

Lighting will also profoundly affect the mood and openness of the room. Rooms that are dark seem smaller, and rooms that are naturally well-lit feel more open and inviting. Be aware of the ambient lighting of the room, and add accent lighting as necessary.

Select lighting carefully to set the ambiance of the room.

Select lighting carefully to set the ambiance of the room.

4. Proportions & Balance

Proportion refers to the size and arrangement of furniture against the scale of the room. Deeper furniture gives the illusion of a larger room, for example. Also, consider the size of rugs and curtains against everything else. If you don’t leave enough space between them, it will feel small and closed off. Too much and it will feel empty or redundant, so be careful where you choose to overlap.

5. Harmony and Unity

These are very important elements. The harmony and unity determine whether the room feels as if it is a whole or just furniture on the floor. If you gather all of the elements together the room should feel as if it is a puzzle where the pieces are perfectly fit together, encouraging natural eye movement between them.

There are three primary choices as far as the style choice of decorating around the focal point of your design:

1. Symmetrical

Designs and patterns are placed symmetrically across the room. For example, there is the same patterned pillow on either side of the couch, the table has an identical end piece at each end, etc. Symmetry in rooms mimics the symmetry of our own features and makes us more comfortable in a space.

Symmetrical design elements can be comforting.

Symmetrical design elements can be comforting.

2. Asymmetry

This is a slightly difficult task to achieve in a design, as asymmetrical design must be a careful balance of objects and patterns that compliment one another and carry equal visual weight to one another. You should pay attention to each individual piece and how it will shift the balance of the room so that it doesn’t feel chaotic.

3. Radial Symmetry

When all the elements of design are arranged around the focal point. Such as in the case of a spiral staircase or central table, where everything would be placed around rather than layered.

Pay attention to each element of designing your individual rooms and always try to keep the overall theme of the entire house in mind, so that each room compliments how you want your home to feel. As long as you keep your goal in mind, you’ll stay on your way to expressing your sense of self in your home.

 

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