Home Improvement Tips for that Dream Bedroom

Of all the rooms in your home, it’s strange to think that you actually spend the most time in your bedroom. In comparison, it is the room we spend the least amount of money on decoration. Although you might justify this by saying that this is the room where you only sleep, the bedroom would be more welcome, if even just for sleeping, if it has an inviting and luxurious decorative finish.

The Bed

If people spend the most time in the bedroom sleeping, then why do most people not spend the time choosing the ideal bed? In reality, this is one piece of contemporary furniture that you should never compromise on as a good quality bed can last up to a decade. If you share the bed, a double might not give you both enough room so a queen sized or even king sized bed might be more appropriate. You also need to consider how much space in your room you want the bed to occupy. There is also the type of mattress, from a soft to a hard mattress depending on how much support you need.

Dedicated Room

To achieve that dream bedroom, you need to ensure that the sole purpose of your bedroom is to relax and sleep in. This means that any other items that may have been placed in your bedroom such as exercise equipment, desks, or anything not related to relax and rest should be moved out. This will ensure that you are in the correct mind frame when you enter the bedroom and not pre-occupied with other things on your mind.

Decoration

The key when it comes to creating a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom. Just think about that feeling when you enter a bedroom in a five star hotel, and re-create it. Think glamour and luxury, so to achieve a fashionable look in your bedroom opt for a large, plush headboard, heavily patterned wallpaper on just one wall and exquisite soft furnishings such as lots of pillows and cushions and impressive curtains.

Storage

Your bedroom often houses a lot of your personal possessions like clothing, shoes, and other personal items and even papers. These items can take up a lot of room, so all these items need to be neatly tucked out of sight. Storage is important to achieving this so look for under-bed storage, tall wardrobes with lots of space, dressers and bedside tables with additional storage.

Lighting

To complete the dream bedroom, you need soft, diffused lights. Shutters on the windows are a great way of controlling natural light, allowing brightness during the day and good blocking out at night. Bedside or table lamps with soft wattage bulbs can help to create a functional yet soft light for reading. An uplighter lamp in the corner can add a touch of romance to any room.

 

How to Fix a Leaking and Runny Toilet

Leaking Flapper

This happens when water leaks through the hole at the bottom center of the tank under the flapper because it does not seat properly. Sometimes the flapper chain gets twisted, snagged, or caught on the handle arm, which shortens the chain’s length, holding up the flapper so it can’t seat fully. The ideal chain length has some slack when the handle arm is at rest and the flapper is fully seated. Make sure the flapper chain is untangled.

Flush the toilet a few times to assure the chain does not re-tangle and the flapper seats properly. There have been cases of corroded handle arms, rusted chains, and broken links. You can use string, a twist tie, and a paper clip to temporarily repair flapper chains. Later, replace the old chain with a new one.

Considering the flapper itself, there have been cases of flappers so old some of its rubber has been eaten away by water; the rubber loop the chain hooks into has disintegrated; and, one or both of the hinges have eroded or merely slipped off its posts. To repair or replace the flapper:

Test the Flapper – With tank lid off, handle at rest, and toilet seat up, push down the flapper. If the water stops running into the bowl, the flapper needs to be repaired or replaced.

Test the Chain and Hinges – Make sure the chain end is fastened securely to the flapper loop, so the flush handle operates the flapper correctly. Make sure the flapper hinges are attached securely onto the posts or bottom overflow tube, so the flapper floats up and down freely.

If the flapper still does not seat correctly, then install a new flapper.

Shut off the Water – Turn the shut-off valve clockwise to shut off the tank’s water supply. Remove tank water by flushing the toilet.

Remove the Old Flapper – Disconnect the chain from the top of the flapper. Disconnect the flapper’s hinges from their posts. Remove the old flapper.

Install the New Flapper – Attach the chain to the new flapper and set the flapper in place, attaching it to the hinge. Connect the chain to the flush handle arm. Turn the water back on.

Running Overflow Tube

Sometimes, tank water is flowing over the top of the overflow tube. Check the tank water level; optimal level is ½-inch below the top of the overflow tube. If water flows into the top of the overflow tube, then the float assembly’s adjustable float is not working properly. Readjust the float by increasing the length of the rod connecting the float to its arm. If the water continues to overflow, replace the adjustable float.

Turn the Water Off – Turn the shut-off valve to shut off the tank’s water supply. Remove tank water by flushing the toilet, scooping out leftover water, and drying with rags.

Remove the Old Float Assembly – Loosen and remove the nut at the bottom of the float assembly at underside of the tank. Unclip the float arm from the overflow tube and remove the old float assembly.

Install the New Float Assembly – To install a new float assembly, reverse the above steps. Clip the float arm to the overflow tube and secure the nut at the bottom of the float assembly at underside of the tank. Turn the water back on and adjust the float to the proper depth.

Some Home Improvement Tips for Tight Budgets

Use Cloth Covers

Tablecloths and runners can cover a multitude of things in your home. Today’s fashion for clean surfaces and fuss-free counters has made us forget about the beauty of cloth covers. Creatively infuse fabrics into your home decoration to cover scratches, patches, and worn out surfaces. A throw elegantly arranged on a chair looks great.

CLAYGO (CLean As You GO)

A clean home will always look miles better than one that needs a good dusting. Who cares if the carpet is faded and the bathroom tiles are outdated so long as they’re super clean.

Burn Candles

Aside from the “stylishly distressed” look, if you’re living in the city proper, lit candles keep away flies, indoors and outdoors.

Cushions

A new set of cushions are a steal anytime. Perfect when you want to effect refreshment, comfort, and introduce a new color scheme.

Window Dressings

How are you dressing your windows? Curtains or blinds; dark colors or bright; heavy fabrics or light? New window dressings can bring a whole new character to a room, allowing you to make fresh decisions about the type of feel and lighting you want.

Rearrange

Make the best of what you’ve already got. See if the TV or other fixtures, furniture, or bookcases would look better on the opposite wall or moved to another room.

Replace

If an item or element of your home doesn’t fit with the look you’re trying to achieve, it’s definitely worth investigating how much it costs for an upgrade. You won’t know if you can afford it until you’ve done the research. If you still don’t think it can be done, think about how you can creatively work around the cost. If you hate your doors and flooring, for example, try replacing just one or the other. New doors might look great with the existing floor, or you could opt for new flooring and paint your doors to complement.

Investigate the Alternatives

Can’t afford real wood? Have a look at some upmarket laminate or veneer. Lusting after those designer tiles? I’m sure they’d look just as good in two rows instead of three. Keep your mind open to cheaper options and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Exchange

If you’ve always coveted your sister’s dining room dresser, and you know she doesn’t want it anymore, why not broker a swap? You never know, she might be grateful to get rid of it. Bonus Tip: It is never too late to de-clutter. It will take bags off of your home’s shelf life.