How to Specify and Plan an In-Drawer Outlet into your Projects

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Sure, you’ve heard about Docking Drawer outlets–but do you know how to add an in-drawer outlet into your cabinets?

Remember: Install In-Drawer Outlets Safely

Unlike popular DIY in-drawer power strips or your contractor using off the shelf electrical components, Docking Drawer in-drawer outlets are safe and reliable. Additionally, they offer interlocking safety features that cut power to the outlet in the event of an emergency to help minimize risk. In-drawer electrical strip hacks can’t do that!

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Ways to Use an Interior Rolling Barn Door Hardware Kit

There are so many creative ways to use interior rolling barn door hardware kits in your home. No matter your style we have something for you. With our kits all you have to pick is the rail size and which design works for you. Then go out and get the size and type of door you want. It’s simple and easy. Here are some more great ideas on how to use rolling doors in your home…

Open Concept Room Divider

Open concept homes can be great but sometimes you might be looking for a little bit of privacy for a conversation or perhaps you want to keep people out of the kitchen while you’re cooking. No matter the reasons sometimes it would be nice to close our open concept for a little while. A great way to do this is with a rolling barn door hardware kit!

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Bathroom Fixtures: A Bigger Deal Than You Thought

It’s the littlest details that make the biggest impact. Even the rooms that seem insignificant can make a difference with changes. We often don’t think much about our bathrooms, but every part of your home makes up the whole. Anything left undone can unravel the look you’ve worked so hard to achieve. When updating the look of a bathroom it can actually take less work than you think. Here are some tips on small products that can make a huge impact.

 

Knobs & Pulls for your sink cabinet and vanity

Add that touch of individual style with designed knobs on your sink cabinet or vanity. There are endless cabinet knobs to choose from but we are loving these from Rusticware!

 

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Bathroom Remodeling 101 – Get Started!

This is a guest post from Elena Meadowcroft.

For many homeowners, a new season means the start of those home improvement projects you've been putting off. But which project should you tackle first? According to US News & World Report, investing in a bathroom remodel yields a 62 percent return when it’s time to sell your home – but they caution you've got to do it right. If you’re not sure where to start, read on for the tips on how to focus your efforts.

Why Remodel?

The first step is to identify your primary reason for remodeling. If your main purpose is to get your home ready for resale, consider investing in upgrades that matter most to buyers, like double sinks or a custom shower in the master bath, or unique mirrors and lighting in a guest bathroom. When preparing for resale, also remember that size matters (bigger = better) and so do colors (think neutral).

If, on the other hand, the main reason you want to remodel is because you have absolutely had it with your tiny shower or outdated fixtures, you are going to want to address those items first and plan accordingly.

What's Your Budget?

Regardless of why you’re remodeling, knowing how much you can spend before you begin will allow you to plan for a successful (and realistic) upgrade. You may want the latest, greatest walk-in shower with multiple shower heads and a waterproof LCD television, but if you only have $5,000 to spend and need to replace a dated tub and fixtures, that may not be the best use of your money.

The good news is that even if you’re on a tight budget, there are things you can do to refresh your bathroom’s look. Never underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint, a new faucet or decorative hardware when it comes to breathing new life into a tired bathroom.

How Do You Use Your Bathroom?

This may sound like a silly question, but the truth is different people use their bathrooms in different ways. Some use it exclusively for the shower and toilet, while others spend hours dressing, styling hair, applying makeup or relaxing in a soaking tub. If you are among the latter, you may want a separate sitting area and plenty of storage for your bath and makeup supplies.

For the best planning, you should walk through your bathroom routine and see how you can lay out the space for maximum efficiency. Keep frequently used objects close and at arm level to minimize walking and bending.

What's Your Style?

As with any design project, it helps to know the general style you like or that matches the rest of your home. Do you prefer a more formal or casual look? Do you lean toward traditional, contemporary or transitional style? You can even consider where you live to help drive décor. For instance, if you live near a beach or the mountains or in a historic district you may want to plan your design to complement the area.

Have You Done Your Research?

Once you know exactly what you want to update, what you can afford and how you want it to look, you can move on to the details. Be sure to carefully consider the materials you want to use in your updates and research the pros and cons of each. In addition to cost, be sure to evaluate factors like durability, ease of cleaning and intended use. For instance, marble can be beautiful and easy to clean, but can be dangerously slippery when wet.

Also, take the time to look at the different types of bathroom lighting available. In addition to the look of your fixtures, consider the actual light source. Remember that fluorescent bulbs cast a bluish light while incandescent are typically more yellowish. And, of course, LED lighting is the most environmentally-friendly, lasting longer and using less energy than other forms.

Finally, put some time into researching bathroom remodeling contractors that can help you out with your project. DIY might seem like a cheaper option, but if you don't have the skills or the tools to do it yourself, it makes sense to hire a professional. Read reviews, compare quotes and you will find what you are looking for.

Updating Your Home for Resale Value

Putting your home on the market goes far beyond just hiring an agent or listing your home for sale. You need to ensure that your home is attractive to potential buyers, and this will likely require some work. The idea of spending more money to sell a home sounds counter intuitive, the return on a few investments in or around the home can greatly increase the resale value.

Bathroom Renovations

A few small changes in the bathroom can greatly improve its appearance. (Check out our recent post on updates here!) Switch out old appliances or features for something modern and streamlined. Sometimes just going for a new piece, even at a modest price, will really enhance the look of a room without much else. Everyone likes to feel like they’re walking into a clean bathroom with a shiny sink and fresh looking ready to assemble vanity cabinets! Clean up the bathtub, consider a new shower head attachment, and make sure the flooring it clean. Even if you can’t upgrade the flooring, if it’s clean it’ll go a long way for impressing potential buyers.

Kitchen Update

The kitchen is a very important room to just about every home buyer. Even if someone doesn’t love to cook, the kitchen is often a gathering point for house guests. Creating an inviting, warm setting for your kitchen is important to the overall aesthetics and value of a home. Cabinets can be painted to easily refresh the look, as well as switching out knobs or pulls for a change. Basic fixtures like lighting and faucets should be cleaned or replaced. The kitchen is often the part of a home that stops a buyer from moving forward, so don’t skimp on making the necessary updates here!

Changes to the Home’s Exterior

Updating the exterior of your home can be expensive with full-scale improvements, but there are a few techniques that will spruce up the look of your home without breaking the bank. Instead of trying to paint the whole house, just go for the doors and trim, as well as any shutters. Stick to neutral colors to appeal to all potential buyers. This update often yields a full 300% return on your investment, so it’s definitely worth the time – especially since it’s the first visual representation any new buyer will see!

Outside of painting, make sure to take a serious look at the siding and trim of your home to see if they need replacing. You can use vinyl for the replacement pieces to keep costs down. Replacing windows and doors can also yield nearly 85% of a return if you choose energy efficient replacements. Most buyers these days are looking for energy efficiency in all aspects of a future home to save on waste and energy costs.

Extras

A few straggler items to consider are certain tacky or outdated items in your home. That wacky light fixture or ill-suited bookshelf you may have become immune to over time would best be removed before trying to sell. Additionally, unsightly wallpaper or bold room colors should be removed or updated.

3 Ways to Update Your Bathroom

If your bathroom is in need of an update, there are several easy ways to change up the look. Depending on what your budget allows, you can choose one, two, or all three of these options to freshen up the bathroom. Just taking one step and getting quality hardware pieces from CSH will help change your whole bathroom at a fair price.

New Vanity Cabinets

Just like CSH’s impressive RTA kitchen cabinets, our vanity cabinets come in attractive designs that are easy to install as well as easy on your wallet. Vanity cabinets come in large variety of wood finishes, including , and they offer a large selection of color combinations. Depending on the size and series of your choice, you’ll only shell out a few hundred dollars for new vanity cabinets. Additionally if you’re feeling ambitious, new vanity tops are also available, which are easy to install and come in attractive stylings of marble and granite. To create a modern look, consider AVENTOS lift systems for cabinet panels that lift out of the way effortlessly. Choosing new hardware will instantly enhance your bathroom with the clean new look.

Decorative Hardware

One of the fastest ways to transform the look of your bathroom is through new hardware. Decorative knobs or pulls can really freshen up cabinets and drawers. No matter what your budget allows, there is a seemingly endless variety of new knobs or pulls to fit your bathroom. Whether you want simple oil rubbed bronze knobs or a gold plated crystal set, new hardware offers a base for a new look. Planning on keeping the cabinets but still want to do more? Paint your cabinets or stain them. That way you can match your new hardware to fit the desired style, whether it’s modern, antique, or anything you can dream up.

Specialty Storage

Sometimes the best way to improve the look of your bathroom is to organize all the clutter. As a high traffic area, it can be more of a challenge to keep the bathroom tidy. Installing some quality specialty storage for cabinets, drawers and closets will make cleaning up the bathroom a breeze, and you’ll be able to enjoy a minimalist and clean bathroom all the time. Drawer dividers allow you to sort items for multiple people, and consider hanging face towels inside cabinet doors with simple racks. A few slide out drawers offer storage and easy access.

Drawer Slides: A Variety of Uses

Drawer slides can be used in a variety of ways. From mere pennies to more than a hundred dollars, you can find a drawer slide that fits your needs. Here we break down the weight capacity, cost, and potential uses for different types of slides.

So Light and So Cheap-Cheap

If you're simply in the market for basic slides, you have cheap and lightweight options to consider. European epoxy slides are especially inexpensive. However, they're designed to only be able to handle lighter loads, due to their nylon wheels. These slides can technically hold up to 75 pounds, but you should aim for lighter loads for long-term use. Ball bearing drawer slides also come in less expensive designs and have the added perk of being a bit stronger than European epoxy slides. These slides are great for home office situations or basic kitchen and bath drawer installations. Typically you will find full extension slides so that you can easily access the contents of your drawer without rummaging blindly.

Middling Ground

This more mid-to-heavy range of drawer slides can be used for more mobile purposes. While light drawers can be used easily, the higher weight capacity slides holding extremely heavy items aren't meant to be used as frequently. That makes these kinds of medium range slides a great choice. For around $20 to $50 you can get durable 150 pound slides for such things as office use or to store cast iron pans. Scores of paper and files can easily be managed with mid to heavy range slides and still accessed with ease.

Weight Lifting Champions

Did you know that you can buy heavy duty drawer slides that have a 500 pound weight capacity? It may sound crazy, but there are many uses for these super strong and durable slides. There is a lot of delicate, heavy, and complicated equipment involved in computer servers. If you have a storage closet or room, you can set up the server in shelving or drawers to organize. Using the strongest, most heavy weight slides allows you to securely store all your delicate equipment and keep your server running smoothly.

Whether you use your garage as a project space or just keep your tools out of the house, you need sturdy storage options. Heavy duty drawer slides are a great idea to store just about any tools, no matter how heavy. With a 500 pound weight capacity, you won't have to worry about anything clattering onto your feet or

flying out of the shelf. Need to keep a generator stored on your trailer for emergencies or extra assistance? Utilize sturdy slides for keeping items you need accessible and also security stored when not in use.

A Guide to Drawer Slides

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What would we do without drawers? Our storage options would be a bit more limited and our homes would be a bit messier. In order to make the most of the drawers in our homes, we need to make sure they are easy to open and close. This greatly depends on the type and quality of your drawer slides.

Drawer slides are devices that make opening and closing your drawers easier. They are usually mounted underneath the drawer or on its sides. They prevent your drawer from accidentally being pulled all the way out off the hinge, thus spilling the contents of the drawer on the floor. Your drawers should easily move and be able to hold a specific amount of weight, so it's important to choose the right type of drawer slides.

There are a variety of different types of drawer slides. You can classify drawer slides by their material (plastic, wood, elaborate bearings), the amount of weight they can hold and how they are mounted.

First, we'll start with how they are mounted. The bottom-mount drawer slides (in which two rails are installed on the bottom of the drawer on each side) are the easiest to install, but can't hold a large amount of weight. Since the mounts are hidden from sight, they are a popular and attractive option. Center-mount drawer slides have one rail in the center on the bottom. These are also easy to install and are best used for smaller drawers. Side-mount drawer slides have two rails installed on both sides of the drawer. These types of drawer slides can hold more weight, making them great for bathrooms and kitchens.

Then there are a variety of other ways you can customize your drawer slides. You can choose the colors (popular options are brown, white or wood-colored), the material (wood, metal and plastic are commonly used), and the accessories (including sockets, drawer spacers and locking devices).

Two popular brands of drawer slides are Hettitch drawer slides and Blum drawer slides. Hettich makes innovative drawer slides that hold any loading capacity. They make ball-bearing slides, roller wheel slides and concealed slides. They also have a mechanically assisted opening system and slides for domestic appliances. Blum makes concealed drawer slides that offer four-dimensional adjustment and an exceptional load capacity. The soft and quiet opening and closing action makes them a favorite among many homeowners.