Maximize Your Space with a Murphy Bed

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There are a variety of solutions to maximize space in your home, especially during a remodel. Some common bedroom space solutions include trundle beds, additional shelves and multi-functional furniture items. While all those options provide a small amount of extra room, installing a Murphy bed in your home can save a large amount of space.

Sometimes referred to as a wall bed or fold-down bed, a Murphy bed easily fits inside a closet, nook, cabinet or just against the wall. It pulls out from the wall and provides full floor access when not in use. These beds are commonly seen in small apartments or college dormitories, where space is limited.

Benefits of a Murphy Bed

-They provide extra storage space. When not in use, just put the bed up and you instantly have a few feet of extra space for activities, lounging or whatever you want. Most Murphy beds fold vertically, however there are horizontal versions which allow extra storage above and around the bed.

-They save you money. When compared to purchasing extra floor space or a larger home, a Murphy bed seems like a cheap alternative.

-They can make any room a bedroom. Murphy beds transform any space into a temporary bedroom. This is a great option for small, one-room apartments or for renters/homeowners who often have guests sleep over.

-They are easy to use. Most Murphy beds will either come with a set of instructions or could be installed by your contractor. In addition to the simple set-up, these beds are easy to use. Just simply raise and lower them yourself with their spring-loaded mechanisms.

-They are customizable. Murphy beds feature the same comfort and functionality as a regular bed. While some critics may compare them to a futon or couch, these pull-down beds feature a regular mattress that would be used on any other type of bed. You can choose the size of bed and mattress you would like- from a single all the way to a King.

Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

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Your kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home. It's where you cook, eat and congregate as a family. So when deciding to remodel this popular room, it’s important to make the right decisions. With all of these important decisions to be made, there are bound to be mistakes. Luckily, due to trial-and-error of many remodelers before, there are some common mistakes people make and easy ways to prevent or fix them.

Changing your plans halfway through your remodel. It's far more effective to thoroughly plan and take your time when considering what you want your kitchen remodel to look like. Not spending enough time or doing enough research can lead you to want to change your entire vision halfway through. These design changes will increase your stress, budget and timeline, so it's best to be extra prepared and stick with your original vision.

Not enough storage space. Kitchens require tons of storage for utensils, food and cleaning products. Utilizing your cabinets, pantries and other storage spaces is crucial. Look into space-savers such as storage racks and cabinet pull-outs for your remodel. You can never have enough storage space!

-Paying too much attention to trends. The latest trends in kitchen cabinets, islands or tiles may only last for a few months. You should consider if something that's so trendy will still look good a few years from now. It's best to stick to a classic look and layout and then feature small accents that incorporate the trend- that way they can be replaced and changed with something new to suit your taste.

-Ignoring the lighting. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any room in your home. Lighting is especially important in the kitchen, since you need clear vision for cooking and working effectively. Take into consideration the placement of the lighting, the type of the lighting, and the amount of natural light coming in from windows.

Forgetting about kitchen smells. It's inevitable that your kitchen will sometimes smell from the previous day's meal, but there are certain decisions that can be made to help with the bad odors. The first is proper ventilation. A good

ventilation system will help to improve the quality of the air, keep your kitchen cleaner and provide a more pleasant smell by venting the odors. The second decision dealing with smell is where to conceal the trash in your kitchen. You want to make sure there is enough room for a sizable garbage bin (unless you want to be dumping the garbage three times a day with a smaller bin). You also want to take into consideration recycling options and make sure the bin concealed to prevent odors.

Using Pinterest for Your Home Remodel


When searching for inspiration for an upcoming home remodel, many people turn to their favorite magazines or television shows. However, one social network seems to be taking over these old standbys. Pinterest is a social media website where users can create virtual “pinboards” of images that inspire them. A user sees an image that entices them, “repins” it to their board, and can then click on the image to see further information (such as a tutorial on how to do the project or where to buy the product). Here are a few tips for using Pinterest for your home remodel.

Follow the right people. Go to your favorite home remodeling websites and check to see if they have a Pinterest button on their homepage. If so, you can browse their pins as well as the people they follow to get ideas of other accounts to follow. Some popular magazine accounts you should follow include Better Homes and Gardens and This Old House. You can also follow your favorite interior decorators, contractors, television networks (HGTV), and bloggers (Remodelaholic).

Use the search bar. If you’re looking for photos of a specific item, look or a DIY project, searching for it will produce the most popular results.  You can search based on a pin’s keyword, a user’s name or by a board name. There are tons of “kitchen remodel” boards, for example, each with their own individual pins.

Use the categories function. Pinterest covers a wide range of topics ranging from food to beauty. Popular categories you may want to look into for inspiration are “Home Décor”, “Architecture”, “DIY & Crafts” “Products” and “Design”.

Create your own boards. The main purpose of Pinterest is to pin images you find inspiring. It’s important to categorize your boards so images that are similar are placed together. For example, dedicating a board to each room in your home, each color scheme or by each project is helpful. It will be a lot easier when showing your contractor, friends or referring back to use the image yourself if your images are organized correctly.

And finally, show these ideas to your contractor or designer. Many of the photos pinned to Pinterest are high-quality and lead to the original website where the link comes from. This usually includes instructions on the project or information on where to buy the product, all of which will be helpful to implement the ideas into your home projects.

Safety Products for Your Home Remodel

When remodeling your home, you are exposed to many dangerous irritants that could seriously impact your health and safety. If you are doing any kind of work that will expose you to airborne particles, you should be wearing these following safety items.

dust mask

Dust masks: In dusty and dirty work environments, safety is crucial. One of the easiest ways to keep your lungs healthy and safe when remodeling is by using a dust mask. A dust mask is made to easily fit over your nose and mouth to allow air to be pulled in through, while dust stays on the outside of the mask- away from your mouth. These masks are especially useful for deep cleaning of your house or when working in a yard filled of pollen. It’s important to make sure that your dust mask fits properly to prevent leaks. The same goes for a slightly ripped or damaged mask.

ear plugs

Ear plugs: Exposure to loud sounds over time can cause a drastic loss in hearing. A simple way to help curb this hearing loss is by using ear plugs. The earplugs of today are designed to not only protect you against unsafe noise levels, but also for comfort. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, come with or without strings, and some can even be reused. It’s important to note that ear plugs should be worn when using or being exposed to any machine that is louder than a lawn mower.

 respirator mask

Respirators: A respirator is a type of mask that is made to protect your lungs against irritants such as chemicals, fumes and dust. They come in handy especially when painting, cutting or sanding wood or ripping down walls. There are a variety of types to choose from, including disposable and air purifying respirators. The disposable respirators look very similar to dust masks, but include a few extra features (like double straps and a nose clip) for a more secure fit to the face. Reusable respirators are not only effective, but also user-friendly, lightweight and durable- so there is no excuse to not be safe during your remodel.

safety glasses

Safety glasses: Most of the eye injuries that happen when remodeling a home are from flying items, including particles of glass, dirt, wood or metal. If these items penetrate the eye, they will cause serious eye injury and even a permanent loss of sight. A simple way to protect your eyes from these hazards is with a pair of safety glasses. Most of these glasses types are transparent and made of plastic, but there are a variety of styles for you to choose from. These options include ultra-light designs and different magnifications, colors and tints.