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Month: March 2010

Furniture and Technology Future BFFs?

Furniture and Technology Future BFFs?

Last Friday I came along a blog post at Freshome about a company called Powerkiss. Powerkiss is a Finnish company that designs wireless charging devices for furniture.  According to Powerkisses website, “Powerkiss has developed an integrated wireless charging solution, which converts basic furniture into smart energy platforms. To juice up your gadgets, you only need to place them on the surface of the furniture, just like you would do anyway.” This innovative idea got me thinking on what is in store for furniture in the future.  At market, I noticed that some furniture manufacturers are introducing smart furniture technology, like this Liberty office set that features built in power source and USB hubs.  Ashley Furniture has two kids beds ( the I-zone and Mi Style) that come with a built in iPod dock.  Berkline Home Theater has the ButtKicker® which enhances your home theater experience.

With all these technology innovations, here is what the Furniture Crate team would like to see in the future:

  1. A desk which would wirelessly charge your laptop.
  2. A chair or sofa able to charge mobile devices every time you sit down.
  3. A conference table that would connect everybody at the meeting on a private network.
  4. Touch screen table top for either a desk or coffee table.
  5. Sofas or loveseats that automatically adjust to your comfort preference.

powerkiss wireless charger

Powerkiss wireless charger

What innovations would like to see in furniture?   We would love to know!

How to measure for your home and delivery

How to measure for your home and delivery

Once you’ve selected your new furniture, you’ll want to make sure that it can fit into your space.  You will also want to take note that it can be delivered into your home, it may need to fit thru doorways, entryways, stairways, and elevators.  You don’t want to be the one that ends up hauling a sofa through your window or balcony (although it has worked for some, but not recommended for safety reasons!)

Following these basic guidelines will help ensure an easier delivery:

  • Take note of your new furniture’s dimensions; back height, width, depth, and diagonal depth (the distance between the bottom in the back and the space between the top of the back and the bottom front), and diagonal height (the distance between one of the corners on the bottom and the opposite corner on the top).
    • Determining diagonal depth and height is helpful when you need to bring in a piece of furniture on end or at an angle
  • Make sure that it can fit into the space you have planned.
  • Measure the height and width of your hallways, entryways, doorways. Don’t forget the elevator if you use one.
  • Determine if you furniture will fit straight in or if it needs to go at an angle.
    • Your sofa depth should be less than the entryway/doorway dimensions.
    • The diagonal depth should be less than the entryway/doorways.
    • Diagonal height should be less than the height of the rooms, hallways.
  • Make sure that you have a clear path for delivery.  Take note of any banisters, lighting, mouldings, or other fixtures that may obstruct delivery.

Please note that this is only a guide and does not guarantee that your furniture will fit.  You should consider the entire path from delivery truck to your room for practicality.

Bamboo too

Bamboo too

Bamboo

I am going thru a remodel in my home, as I’m sure many of you are!  I decided to install a hardwood bamboo floor by myself.. My husband is handy, don’t get me wrong, but I love to do home improvements and have taken this project by the reigns.

What I love about the bamboo is not only it’s ability to make a room seem brighter, but that it is sustainable.  What does that mean you ask?  Bamboo is not wood, it is actually grass, and it grows like grass. Even up to 2 feet a day! When it is cut down, it grows from its existing root source and doesn’t need to be replanted, which aids in its quick renewable features.  Not everyone has the ability to change their floor, but many companies make beautiful and designer furniture and linens out of it.  Greenington is one of those companies who embrace everything good about bamboo.  Check out what else we have available for you in bamboo too!