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Hello, I'm Nancy Gopher. Welcome to my site about furniture design and creation. I am crazy about making my own furniture. The furniture creation process always starts with a vision of the perfect design. I instantly jot the idea down on paper and tuck it into my wallet for later use. Upon returning home, I begin planning the materials and tools needed for the project. The materials range from wood and metal to plastic and fabric. I create my own chairs, tables, footrests, bookcases and bed frames. I will use this site to teach others how furniture products are made by hand. I will also explore all of the different furniture designs available on the market today. I hope that you will be intrigued by this subject and visit my site on a daily basis.

5 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Small Apartment

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Short on space in your house or apartment? There are ways to embrace a small home rather than just trying to upgrade to a larger living area. Here are some fun, simple ways to make any small space seem like more.

Hang the TV. Get the television off the ground or cabinets and up onto the wall. Then use the space below the TV to create useful surfaces with a slim dresser, table or bookshelf. With the TV no longer taking up needed surface space, you can use it for other things.

Open Storage. Forget big, bulky storage closets or cabinets. Instead, try open styles of shelving. Many open-front wire or wood shelving units are more slender and fit better in tight spaces. Plus, the see-through aspect of open shelving makes it feel like there's less furniture in your tiny area. 

Float the Furniture. Most people tend to hug the walls when placing large furniture like sofas, armchairs or tables. "Floating" some of these pieces, though, can help divide small spaces into different functionalities (like living room and dining area). Place a couch or loveseat in the center of a shared main room facing the television and group the seating area around it, then use a narrow hall table behind it to create a different "zone" for the other part of the room. Use colors in the zones to help differentiate them.

Keep it Clear. If you have a cozy dining area or entry space, try a glass table and/or clear chairs instead of woods or dark colors. It will help to trick the eye into seeing less furniture than there really is. The same trick can be applied to the use of mirrors to create the illusion of larger space and reflect light into darker areas like hallways, corners or entry areas.

Try on Some Skirts. If your bathroom has little storage space, try under the sink. You can add a decorative skirt around a bare sink basin to hide additional storage underneath it. The same can be done with a table in the living or dining area, creating a beautiful surface that hides a lot of storage space underneath. Use stackable baskets or bins to prevent the space underneath from becoming unorganized. 

The key to getting the most out of a small home is to look at ways to work with the space you already have and combine functionalities. Divide rooms up into different uses, hide storage below existing furniture and look for furniture with a lighter visual impact. With some creativity and a fresh outlook on your rooms, you can create a home you'll enjoy no matter what size it is.

For more information, contact Smith Furniture or a similar company.

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2 June 2015