3 Signs You Need to New Mattress

January 2nd, 2015

There are a number of ways that you can tell that it’s time to replace your mattress. When your bed begins to sag, dip, or show other signs of wear it may be time for you to get a new mattress. There are also other ways that your body will tell you it’s time for a change.

Your mattress is the most important piece of furniture you own so there’s no point to skimp here. Make sure you know how to tell if you need a new mattress. We’ve also included a few tips at the bottom to help make your mattress longer and give you tips on purchasing a new mattress if you fall into the first boat.

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The Meaning of Feng Shui Colors

December 2nd, 2014

It’s proven that the look and feel of your room can affect the brain. Each color has a distinct meaning in feng shui and can be applied in order to promote this ancient art form. This article will present a variety of colors and compare them alongside traditional thoughts of color psychology to investigate the common psychological effect of color. I’ll will also reference tips from Rodika Tchi’s from Tchi Consulting.

Remember to find more on Feng Shui at the bottom of this article.

15 Colors and What They Represent in Feng Shui Design

Red – Passion, Power, & Excitement

Rose petal shaped like a heart

Photography by Bazar Del Bizzarro.

  • Represents: Passion, power, excitement, luck, courage, sexual desire, and romance. Feng Shui of Color Red in Your Bedroom
  • Meaning in Traditional Color Psychology: Love, energy, excitement, intensity, warmth, comfort.
  • Uses: Red can be used in the kitchen, dining room, and living room. Also used as an accent color.

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What Types of Mattress Can You Use on a Platform Bed

November 28th, 2014

Being that they use a different form of support, some platform beds require a different type of mattress than you would normally put on a box spring or foundation bed.  This is normally dictated the mattress manufacturer.

Unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer of your mattress, any mattress will work on a platform bed.  Most mattresses including coil mattresses, pillow-top mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and memory foam mattresses can be placed directly on top of the bed slats.  Always check with your mattress warranty and read the owner’s manual before deciding whether or not you will have to use one of the following solutions.

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Platform Beds for Dummies: What are They?

November 13th, 2014

A platform bed is a bed wherein the mattress is supported by a platform. This contrasts a box spring bed where you have a box spring or foundation that is placed on top of the bed frame. In a box spring bed, the mattress sits on top of the box spring/foundation.

Platform Bed vs Box Spring Frame

Platform Bed (Left) vs Box Spring Frame (Right). Click to view a larger image. CC and CC

Difference Between Platform Beds and Box Springs

Traditionally, a box spring bed requires 2 mattresses; a box spring which serves as the foundation that is placed directly on top of the bed frame and the mattress which is what you actually sleep on.

Platform Beds eliminate the need for a box spring by supporting the mattress with bed slats, a series of wooden or metal planks that run the width of the bed and are supported by the side rails and a center beam that runs from headboard to footboard in the middle of the bed. Some platform beds have multiple center beams (2-3) so that the bed offers even more support and durability.

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Platform Beds with Attached Nightstands

November 6th, 2014

Platform beds with built-in nightstands create a fluid bedroom has beginning and knows no end. These types of platform beds are generally more contemporary but they can still be found in antique and transitional styling. Nightstands give you a place to rest your television remote right by your bedside and hold a hot cup of coffee to keep your warm at night.

Platform Bed with Attached Nightstands

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10 Amazing Platform Beds with Leather Headboards that Will Make You Sleep Like a Baby

October 30th, 2014

Leather headboards look great platforms because they are modern, low profile, and enticing. On this page you’ll find platform beds with leather headboards. If you’re interested in faux leather, there are also a few of those as well.

Another type of leather that you may not be familiar with is eco-leather. Eco-leather is essentially leather that is made through an environmentally friendly process. Eco-leather removes harmful chemicals like azo dyes, PCP, chrome VI, and formaldehyde from the production process. To learn more about eco-leather you can visit this page from All About Leather.

1. Angel Modern Platform Bed with Leather Headboard

Modern Platform Beds with Tufted White Leather Headboard

The Angel Platform Bed – Made with Genuine Leather. $2,000.00.

The Angel Modern Platform Bed is elegant, fashionable, and chic. Available in 3 different leather colors, this modern platform bed is made with 100% Genuine Leather. The bed frame is made from solid wood and comes with solid pine bed slats. No box spring required.

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Handcrafted Japanese Platform Beds with Storage

October 24th, 2014

These Japanese Platform Beds are filled with Zen and have plenty of storage for all of your bedroom accessories. Storage platform beds utilize lost space that can save you a considerable amount of room in your bedroom.  Finding a platform bed that is truly inspiring traditional Japanese design and architectural principles can be difficult but there is a way you can complete your dream bedroom without compromise.

1. Cairo Storage Platform Bed

Cairo Japanese Platform Storage Bed with Storage Drawers

The Cairo Japanese Platform Bed shown with optional Storage Drawers. $1,549.00.

The Cairo Japanese Platform Bed is elegantly crafted with smooth lines that facilitate the flow of Feng Shui throughout the room. Made out of solid acacia wood, the footboard bows outward in a slow swoop that mirrors the shape of its matching nightstands. This bed is 100% handcrafted by skilled woodworkers with special mortise and tenon joints; an advanced woodworking technique that is much more durable than traditional dowel joints. The Cairo Platform Bed can be ordered without storage drawers and is available as shown above with 2 drawers included or with 4 drawers for an additional $350.00.

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4 Designers Weigh in on the Art of Feng Shui Design

October 13th, 2014

If you’ve been following me, you’ve noticed that I’ve been on a bit of a Feng Shui trip. In July, I talked about the philosophical secrets behind Feng Shui Design. Much of what I presented offered anecdotal evidence and that which I found through various supported academic resources.

Today, I’m going to open up the discussion to a few other notable designers to let them weigh in on Feng Shui. This allows you to get multiple perspectives on a concept that is hard to put your finger on. Get ready, you’re in for a treat today.

The Vista Feng Shui Tower

Located in Court Square NY, The Vista is one of the only towers that is Feng Shui Certified. From start to finish, Feng Shui principles were integrated into the design, construction, and ground breaking ceremony (seen below). Image courtesy Laura Cerrano of © Feng Shui Manhattan

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10 Secrets to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

October 9th, 2014

Feeling trapped in your tiny room? Are those four walls inching nearer to you every day? I’m going to share with you some actionable tips you can use to make your small bedroom look bigger.  There are a handful of ways you can do this but these are some of the most effective that I’ve found over the years.

Small Bedroom Tips


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Here’s Why Platform Beds are Good for Overweight People

September 29th, 2014

Having a reliable and supportive bed is important for your health. While you sleep, your bed maintains spinal structure and keeps your posture well-adjusted so that you don’t wake up with aches and pains in the morning. This creates a unique challenge for obese individuals who may experience more drooping and sagging in their bed.

Platform beds have been shown to work great for overweight people because they are firmer than traditional box spring beds. This article will explain the specific reasons why platform beds are ideal for obese individuals as well as provide recommendations on the key features to look for to help you make your purchasing decision.

Platform Beds for Overweight People

Platform beds are good for obese individuals because the slats a more supportive foundation. (CC)

Platform Beds are Good for Overweight People

The suitability of a bed for an overweight person comes down to the density of the mattress and the support system below, whether it be a box spring, a foundation, bed slats, or a bunkie board. The bed must be firm but not so rock hard that it doesn’t adjust to the contours of your body.

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