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Options For Replacing Discontinued Flooring Products

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Everyday I have customers calling me trying to locate discontinued products.

They have damaged floor to be replaced. They had a flood, or someone dragged some furniture across the floor. Or, they just want to continue existing floor to another room. But, because the manufacturer discontinued the product, they can’t find what they need.

Manufacturers discontinue products that don’t sell well. After a product has been discontinued over 2 years, it is unlikely to be found. Manufacturers discontinue items all the time, so I always suggest to my customers that they buy 1 or 2 boxes of extra flooring. It has always been my experience that damage will occur, and product will have to be replaced.

When you can no longer find the product you have several options. For Laminate, Tile or Stone, you can call the manufacturer and ask for a cross over. Many time manufacturers will make a small change to an existing product. They will either change the locking system, the wear layer, or the finish. Otherwise the product looks the same. But, manufacturers are required to change the product sku number if they make any changes to the product at all. You can also ask the manufacturer if the product was created in a cabin grade or second quality. It won’t be a perfect match to the original, but extremely close.

If there is no cross over, you can try to replace damaged areas from closets, under appliances, etc. If this is not an option, you can pick the closest matching product to fix the repair, or reinstall the room with new flooring.

In regard to Hardwood products you have more options. If you can’t find close matches or other product in your home you can use, you can get the product custom made. There are two ways to do this. One, you can send a sample to a specialty manufacturer; they can make it for you. Or, you can buy an unfinished hardwood, and take an old piece of the product to a local hardware store and have them match the stain color. You can then stain and finish it yourself. Or, you can hire a local handyman or flooring contractor to do the job for you.

So, you can find the closest matching product, search for a cross over via the manufacturer, get a custom made hardwood, or get unfinished hardwood you stain yourself.

We offer all these services at our store. Designer’s Touch Flooring in Vero Beach, FL. If you are in our local installation area, we can do the job for you. If not, you can buy either the custom made product or unfinished wood.

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3 Fun & Creative Boys Bedroom Ideas

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If you’re looking for boys bedroom ideas to redecorate your son’s bedroom, then you need to read this article. We’re going to look at three popular choices for bedroom themes for boys of various ages.

For infants, bedroom designs are really more for the parents’ sake than for the boy. There are lots of great ways to design a nursery, whether you choose Pooh Bear, Noah’s ark or some other design.

At this age, it’s really up to you how to decorate the room. A trip to your local paint store or a home improvement store like Lowes or Home Depot will give you lots of ideas for themes for young boys. Just keep in mind that if it’s too babyish, you might find yourself with a 2 or 3 year old who wants his room redecorated because he’s not a baby anymore!

For toddlers, up to about 9 or 10 years old, one of the most popular designs is Disney’s Cars movie. Most boys love cars anyway, and Disney performs their usual movie-making magic with this one to make it even more popular.

Lightning McQueen, ‘Mater, Doc Hudson and the gang can all be part of your son’s room with a bit of work. As with most of the things Disney creates, they sell a ton of different products with Cars on them, including several things you can use to decorate a bedroom.

You can buy Cars wallpaper borders, wall decals, bedding and even a Lightning McQueen bed. Disney even offers a couple of patterns on their website for designing a Cars bedroom, right down to the specific paint colors to make it as authentic as possible.

For older boys, 10 or 11 years old on up through their teenage years, there are lots of options. Their favorite movies, music, video games, and TV shows are all potential themes for their bedroom.

The important thing to consider at this age is how quickly their tastes may change. All these things can change from one year to the next, and you don’t want to have to redecorate their room every time they decide to want something new.

The best way to design a theme for older boys is to use colors and decor that are fairly general and then use things like posters, wall decals, etc. to “theme” the room. That way, when their favorite band/movie/etc. changes, you can change the bedroom without a huge amount of time or money invested.

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Mink Blanket – A Must For a Luxurious Bedroom

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Nothing can make your bedroom look and feel elegant, rich and luxurious better than a mink blanket. Since the bed is the focal point of your room, it is always a good idea to use materials such as an expensive and truly beautiful blanket to dictate the theme of your room. Even if you are an animal activist or lover, you will love mink sheets and blankets because these products are not really made from the hides of live minks. In reality, the blanket is simply made from man-made acrylic fabric. The only reason why this type of fabric is called mink is due to its softness, suppleness and warmth.

So, how can a mink blanket make your bedroom one that is to die for? It is worth noting that mink blankets are available in various colors and designs. If you want something that looks like it came out of Africa, then you can choose among tiger, leopard and even wolf prints that are available. You can also choose from a range of colors, such as gold, white, black, and even gray. Many Italian-inspired elegant bedrooms have blankets with animal prints and designs. If you are not into tiger prints and other animal designs, you will surely find other designs and colors that will fit the theme of your room. You can even find a blanket that will look good and beautiful in your kids’ bedrooms.

Mink blankets are truly visually appealing. Apart from being pleasant to the sight, a mink blanket is also an epitome of softness, comfort and luxury. Once you brush your hands on mink fabric, you will surely love to lie down on your bed all day long. If you have a mink spread or blanket, you will instantly feel rich and famous. If you invite your friends to your home, they will surely be impressed if not envious of the elegance and richness of the blanket that you are using. Who would not want to sleep and cuddle underneath a blanket that is as soft, smooth, warm and dense as a mink?

Lastly, people know that a mink blanket is expensive. The moment they see that you have a mink on your bed, they will not doubt that your taste is elegant and rich. So if you want to impress people like your in-laws, make sure to have a mink blanket not only in your own bedroom but also in the guest bedroom so that guests will know that you have a classy taste in furnishings and accessories.

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A Guide to Hotel Linen Sizes

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Hotel quality bed linen, duvets and towels are a cut above the rest and that’s why hotel rooms always have that sumptuous, luxurious feel. However, how do we know what the industry standards are to make your hotel room so comfortable?

Bed Linen:

Bed linen in hotel rooms has a lovely, luxurious feel and this is often down to the thread count of the linen itself. The higher the count of the threads in the item, the softer and more comfortable the bedding seems to be. The thread count is the number of fibres horizontally and vertically inside a square inch of the material and the higher this is, the better the quality. Hotel bed linen has a thread count of around 300-400 threads.

This then fits over the beds in the room, of which there are a number of different sizes. The exact measurements may differ slightly from one manufacturer to another.

UK Bed Measurements:

• Single: Fitted Sheet – 90 x 190cm; Flat Sheet – 180 x 265cm; Duvet Cover – 137 x 203cm

• Double: Fitted Sheet – 141 x 196cm; Flat Sheet – 230 x 275cm; Duvet Cover – 198 x 203cm

• King size: Fitted Sheet – 152 x 200cm; Flat Sheet – 275 x 280cm; Duvet Cover – 244 x 234cm

• Super king size: Fitted Sheet – 183 x 200cm; Flat Sheet – 305 x 305cm; Duvet Cover – 270 x 234cm

Towels:

Towels are also subject to specific requirements for hotels and the width of the cotton towel or its weight is usually measured in GSM, this is grams per square inch. Low quality towels can have a GSM of 200. However, towels in hotels generally have a GSM of at least 600 and up to 800. This ensures they are more absorbent and also softer as there is more cotton to absorb the liquid.

Bath towels in hotels usually come in four different sizes. Again, exact measurements may vary.

Types of Towels and Their Sizes:

• Large towel – 100 x 178cm

• Medium size bath towels – 70 x 137cm

• Small size hand towels – 50 x 100cm

• Smallest size towels – 33 x 33cm

Duvets:

The duvet in hotel rooms is usually made from quality natural materials. The tog is how the duvet’s insulation is measured, and doesn’t signify the thickness of the duvet as many people think. This is because different fillings may have the same tog, but differ in thickness.

Togs generally come in six sizes 4, 7.5, 10, 10.5, 12 and 13.5.

Typically, a 4 tog duvet is used for the warmer summer months, whereas the 10.5 tog and 13.5 tog are used for winter months.

So, now you understand the different sizes, thicknesses and materials used by hotels you can buy all your linen, towels and duvets with confidence.

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