Adding New Kitchen Cabinet Hardware to Your Home

Today’s kitchens have become a central entertainment point in American homes. Small wonder, given the fact that open kitchen plans make preparing and sharing food and good times, all in one place, such a joy.

With the increased use of the kitchen as a gathering spot, it’s more important to give your kitchen the same personality as the rest of the house. Adding new kitchen cabinet hardware can do the trick, easily and relatively inexpensively. New kitchen cabinet hardware will not only give your kitchen an update, but with the right hardware, make it easier to access your cookware, dishes and flatware along with all your essential ingredients.

Thanks to the boom in the home improvement industry, there are literally thousands of choices out there, not only in local home improvement stores, but online as well. Choosing new kitchen cabinet hardware is easy, but there are some things you should know.

First, you want your new hardware to match the overall style and d├ęcor of your kitchen. For example, if you have shaker style cabinets, ones where the frame is raised around the outside of the cabinet face, your new kitchen cabinet hardware should be casual, country or perhaps French.

That said, there’s plenty of room for your personality to shine through in the hardware. One way is to select knobs, pulls, handles and other hardware that is themed. For instance, you can go with a lovely look of Tuscany, with its warm colors of terra cotta, yellow and gold. Or you can go with a crisp white and blue porcelain for all your new kitchen cabinet hardware.

If you really want to go all out with your new country kitchen hardware, consider making all the hardware have a decorative theme, such as seashells, starfish and other nautically inspired designs. Or go country with handles that are horseshoes with back plates of running horses.

Finally, you want to think about the finish of your new kitchen cabinet hardware. Again, there is an endless variety, from copper and brass to brushed stainless, nickel, wood or porcelain. You can also go with glass knobs and handles, giving your kitchen a turn of the century look.

One of the great things about all the choices out there is that you can try before you buy. In other words, you can buy several that you like, install them on your cabinets and live with them for a while.

Another good strategy is to shop online for new kitchen cabinet hardware. While the home improvement folks have a limited supply of hardware aimed at the mass market, online retailers can carry more unusual styles and a wider variety. Virtual shelves have their advantages. Another bonus is that you can use the built-in search engines to narrow your search. Since there can be literally thousands of choices, this is an added benefit.

Once you find ones you like, you can order a few and try them out, just as if you bought some at your neighborhood store. Find the ones you like, try them out, then place your complete order. This will also help you double check fit and comfort before you commit to changing out all your hardware.

The good news is that new hardware can be one of the easiest ways to give your kitchen an entirely new look. For very little money, certainly when compared to replacing the cabinets themselves, you may just find that changing out the hardware is all you need to do to turn a kitchen into entertainment central, a place for friends and family to gather, share good food and good times.

Care for Your Most Beloved Office Furniture

There are people who are OC (obsessive compulsive) about their office supplies and office furniture. There are also others who don’t know how to care for their stuff, and they end up with things which wear down easily. Then there are gradients in between. Whichever category you belong to, you know that office furniture is one of the best investments that you make for your business and so you owe these materials some TLC. They contribute to your productivity anyway.

If you are a newbie to office product and furniture care, here are the four top ways to give them some love:

1. Protect – As they always say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Same goes for our office furniture. As early as when your stuff lands on your office floor, you must try your best to protect it from damage. Wipe off dust before your furniture absorbs it. Apply protective coating if your furniture doesn’t come with it (especially with wood). And when you polish, it’s best to use a polish that also has protective attributes.

Protect your office furniture from insects as well. Use high grade disinfectants for cleaning and use insect sprays, if needed. Or invest in furniture covers.

2. Shy away from the sun. Whatever material your office equipment is made of, never expose them to direct sunlight. The sun’s ultra violet rays are just as harmful to your office furniture as it is to your skin. It can fade and make the material brittle with prolonged exposure. Heat can damage it as well, so proper ventilation (preferably air conditioning) is highly advised.

3. Stain rescue. So you’re fond of coffee? How about tea? Or did your pen suddenly become naughty and it spilled ink on your beloved office furniture? Don’t fret. There are ways to remove stains from your office equipment. You may use a mild soap for gentle washing and you can get some upholstery cleaning agents from the hardware store. Brush carefully in a circular motion while using a soft brush.

4. Professional intervention. If you think that your office furniture piece is damaged, be realistic about it. Seek professional help through cleaning experts or repairmen. It’s always best to maintain your furniture’s mint condition so you will be able to use it for longer.

Feeling better already? At least now you know about the basics in caring for your office furniture. Don’t forget to check them regularly for their condition and tell all your office mates to be just as accountable.