We all enjoy a good cup of coffee and that one served in the fresh air of a rainy morning is the best medicine for any of our worries and problems. But to accompany such a delight you might require the perfect coffee table to serve as support and most necessary piece in your living room design. Coffee tables come in all sorts and sizes but finding the right one for you and your home might get a little bit tricky. Luckily there is always the option of creating one yourself, one that will satisfy your needs and personal taste.
Luckily there is always the option of creating one yourself, one that will satisfy your needs and personal taste. 26 Beautiful Cheap DIY Coffee Table Ideas have been showcased below, each and every one of them an easy DIY project, suitable for a variety of designs and likings. We invite you to cast a short glance at the gallery below and to choose your favorite as your next DIY weekend project.
Selecting the the best sofa for a project can be time consuming. Finding a design that fits nicely along with your existing living room furniture, with suitable cushioning (high density foam or feather and doll cotton or a combination of the two), the right colour and a quality fabric or leather finish. There are a lot of options to consider but the toughest mission is to find the sofa that fits our budget.
If you are shopping in Hong Kong allow plenty of time, the furniture shops are located on the south of HK Island, in the New Territories not far from the China border and many other suburbs around Hong Kong. It could take you several day trips to find a design that you like and then comparing with other retailers.
My sofa shopping tips
After doing some research on the stye of sofa best suited for your project, its time to go shopping. Plan ahead to make the most of your time.
If the last thing you want to do on your day off is furniture shopping, consider buying online. This can be a time saving and more cost effective way of shopping. Online retailers have minimal overheads and can pass on a bigger savings to the customer while providing you with a high quality product. If you need assistance from the retailer, contact them for advice on selecting the best sofa for your project.
If you need any assistance with selecting furniture for your project contact DSL Furniture
It’s what many in the design industry aspire to, whatever their ability or experience, to design, build and bring to the market a new furniture design.
It begins with an idea. In some industries a product is developed to solve a problem, while some designers prefer to consider unique designs concepts and use of different materials.
Assuming you're not a furniture designer or builder and you cannot produce detailed drawings, it is a good idea to keep log of the styles you wish to incorporate in the finished product including materials, colours, practicality and any other information related to the new design. This can be derived from images in magazines, websites or photographs. Attempt to follow this up with a simple dimensional sketches. The idea might be clear in your head but always attempt to transcribe onto paper.
Once you have a fairly solid idea but need some advice, the next step is to discuss with a professional furniture builder who can offer advice and guidance. The original material you want to use might be more expensive than you thought or the design may have to be modified for structural integrity. A good bespoke furniture company should be able to advise you. At this stage you can also get an idea of cost for a prototype and for larger quantities.
The next step would be to fully design and build a prototype. To save on design costs a furniture company might offer this as a free service incorporated into building the prototype. The furniture builder will be able to assist with sourcing the materials, offering a turnkey solution for the project.
If the prototype functionality performs as anticipated and has the saleable ergonomics, the next stage could be to bring the product to market. This may be through self investment or with the assistance of third party investors and promoters.
If you need advice on designing and building a new or unique piece of furniture contact DSL Furniture, they will be happy to offer any advice needed. Their Custom Furniture Service will offer a turnkey solutions for your new projects.
In a city where a square foot in your home is very valuable it is important to make the most of what you have. As well as creating space saving furniture and furniture that fits perfectly to the dimension of you home, you are able to create a one-off custom design that no one else will have. With influences from famous bed designs to childhood chairs or a fusion of designs you have seen in a magazines, it’s your chance to be creative and create the one-off unique piece of furniture.
It may sound a little daunting but the process is a lot easier than you think. You don't need to have a detailed design drawn up. The process can be started easily with a few dimension and a rough sketch or photo for guidance. The professional will take care of the rest and will advise on the features and materials available to you. Once the professional has all the information needed he can provide the necessary feedback along with a quote, and before any fabrication work starts a detailed drawing should be provided noting all the dimensions and features of the furniture for you to confirm. Only then the fabrication work will start.
So what are the pro’s and cons
I couldn't think of too many con’s.
There is a lot of satisfaction when you create a new piece of furniture. Once you have created your first piece you'll want to create more, and it will be your first choice next time you are looking for a piece of furniture at home.
For more information on creating bespoke furniture check out the DSL Custom Furniture Service today.
In a town where rental fees are among the highest in the world it is no surprising the cost of retail products are increased to counterbalance the overheads the shop owners/companies have. And the furniture retail shops are no exception.
But not all of the expats and locals in town have a budget to shop at the furniture shops which showcase the modern and contemporary design we would like.
One option; if you have the time and like an adventure is to head up to China. This is worth the trip if you are looking to furnish your whole home. If you are non-mandarin speaker, I would recommend you plan your trip in advance and have the locations you plan to visit written down in Chinese, even better if you can bring a friend along that can speak mandarin. You will have to be patient with the taxi drivers as a lot of them are not native to the towns and may not be familiar with all the area’s you plan to visit.
Another option and a favoured option by most is the online retailers available. Minimising the overheads by not having a brick and mortar store the online retailers are able to pass on a savings to the customers. In some cases you may find the same/similar designs you had seen in the retail shops for a fraction of the price and often you can custom finish the furniture with your preferred colour. This can be done during your lunch break, saving you the hassle of searching through different stores in different neighbourhoods.
One tip with the online stores is to check to see if they have any online reviews. You may also have extra piece of mind if they are a foreign run company, familiar with the quality and standards expected in you home country rather than a China run company.
Check out the DSL Furniture online store, with a large selection of home furniture designs I am sure you will find some great deals.
It's a mystery - why there is no built in storage space in Hong Kong homes, whether you have ample room in a 2000 sq ft apartment or you are fighting for storage space like the majority of us in our boxy apartments.
Well I can’t answer the reason why they don't design with storage in mind, but I can give you some solutions to make the most out of the living area you do have. Making the best use of the space and creating furniture in your home so that the new storage areas are created without taking up additional room, and designing furniture with dual purposes in mind.
A bed can be designed to hold a lot of storage, using the base/platform with optional accessibility including a hydraulic lift or drawers access on the side of a bed. This can be designed to suit your needs, for bulkier items like suitcases the hydraulic lift will come in very handy giving you large open storage space. For additional clothing and items that you want organised, having drawers built under the bed is useful and easily accessible.
Like the bed, sofas are often built with a lot of empty space in the frame work. This space can be customised to give you access to a lot of available storage, from shelving built into the arm rests to pull out drawers, or with some hidden access panels to access the storage under the cushions.
Around the home
Being creative with furniture so that they have dual purposes is always fun.
A fold away tables, doubling up as a piece of art work or mirror.
Need additional seating occasionally?
Incorporate them into your coffee table
A lot of jewellery, but not enough space to store them?
Turn your mirror frame into a handy cabinet with organised layout.
I'm not sure about you but a lot of my friends like shoes. While you probably don't want to hide these under your sofa or bed a cabinet designed to store the shoes on an angle is the best space saver. These cabinets can be double up as shelving, seating or double up as a mirror.
If you are remodelling your bathroom don't let all that valuable space around the tub go to waste, this secret space saver is a great place to store all the cleaning products.
Start being creative at home and start create furniture to fit, for more details about creating your custom furniture click here.
Check out our other blogs including: An expats story in Hong Kong, it's an interesting and familiar account of a expat arriving in Hong kong and searching for furniture.
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Living in Hong Kong for expats can be interesting at the same time challenging. The fast pace of daily life and limited space in every corner around the city sometime does give people a headache. Here is a story of an expat that had just moved to HK:
‘' I’m so excited I've touched down in up tempo Hong Kong. The company has put me up in a nice, conveniently located service apartment. I’ve enjoyed a few nights out on the town and everything is going well. I’ve got two weeks left in the service apartment and start looking for an apartment to rent. After the first week of looking I realised I’ll have to increase my budget. At the end of week two, and just in time, I’ve found the apartment that fits (I’ve made fit).
Now I need furniture. Where do i go?
Let’s see, due to the limited space I can’t get the king size bed I had in my home town. In-fact where am I going to store half of my belongings. Space is limited and rooms are irregular. Everyone seems to talk about Horizon plaza, let’s go and have a look, I hear its a big place, I should be able to grab everything I need, right? I just don’t want it to look like my Ikea student apartment.
''Ow nice big bed, what’s the price? ‘’ ‘'Ow gulp. I’ll wait for my bonus''
''Do you make that sofa in a smaller size?’’ ''Only one size available’’ ''huh, that's too big''
After a day of shopping I came away with some good ideas for my next apartment when I have double the square footage and my salary/budget increases.
Ok what next…… There must be a solution, there must be a bunch of expats in similar situations. WAIT WHAT, custom furniture? Thats got to be expensive right?
It hadn’t crossed my mind, but after a little research, I found out I can have custom built furniture. What a great alternative to buying from an over priced furniture store in Hong Kong, and I can have the design I want, built to fit, and even incorporate some addition storage space into the design. So now I have maximised the space in my apartment, I have some hidden storage built into my bed, I have a sofa that fits perfectly. I’ve even had a painting painted to fit to the dimensions I wanted. All at fabulous and affordable prices.
Custom furniture in Hong kong, it’s the way to go!’’
The kinds of décor you use to do up your office is extremely important as it speaks volumes about who you are and your tastes and preferences. In order to make your office extremely unique and interesting, you should go in for custom furniture so that you can not only have furnishings that conform to your idea of aesthetic beauty but also can conform to your specific needs and requirements, which will make issues like space optimization and planning even easier. Some of the advantages of doing so are as follows:
· This is an ideal solution for most offices. This is because when you’re designing an office, you need specifically altered or tailored items and moreover, these items need to be standardized and present in bulk so that you can create a uniform look. A uniform look is extremely important especially when you’re trying to create a formal, professional environment and is, therefore, extremely important for workplaces.
· You can address your storage needs through custom furniture. This is because most standardized tables or desks have a set number of drawers or cabinets attached to them. However, when an item is created as per your specifications, you can always ensure that your needs are addressed so that you have no problems in terms of storage in the future.
· You can get anything to want as long as you’ve decided the overall theme as the beauty of these types of furnishings is that you can practically order anything you want and ask your friendly neighborhood furnishing people to create your brainchild. So, in terms of creativity, you can go pretty wild with the aesthetic theme that you want. Just make sure that you’re super accurate when it comes to telling them the sizes and dimensions that you need for your items otherwise you may find that the stuff isn’t fitting well into your office or that you are not optimizing the space well enough.
Most top furnishings organizations allow their patrons to alter or create their own designs as per their own needs and specifications. All you have to do is make sure that you are completely sure about the things that you want because, let’s face it, you’ll be stuck with your creations for a long time and then there’s no going back. Some of these companies also provide affordable shipping cost. This is something you can find out by asking them.
The idea of LOFT living originated in the 20th century. A few New York based artists and designers utilised abandoned industrial warehouses and buildings to create a space for their homes or working studios. Using furniture and home decoration, an old large space can magically turns into a couple of different 'rooms' for different functions. Living room, bedroom, social space, entertaining room, storage space, they are all seen in the same space yet you won’t feel everything is cluttered. Instead, you feel spacious, fresh air and freedom inside.
Of course this is all this down to your creativity and imagination. By using custom furniture, your LOFT can be whatever you like it to be. The common custom furniture used in the LOFT are sofa, dining table. stairs design, and bed. Custom artwork and paintings can also play a major role to create the a unique space.
Bring your design ideas to life with DSL custom furniture. Create the sofa that fits perfectly into your living room, the bed with the additional storage space you need.
Create the loft style furniture you've always wanted!
Buying or renting a house in a city is the first step in turning it into a home, especially when you buy it in a bustling metropolis like Hong Kong. Getting Furniture for your new home is the next step. However, many home owners tend to make a very big mistake when it comes to this part. They tend to buy the furniture based on their needs and fancies, not for the house.
Most home owners think of home equipment as a completely separate entity from a house. To the contrary, it is an intrinsic part of a house and is a vital component in turning a house into a home. Most make the mistake of getting furniture for their homes based on that they like, only to find out that the things that they bought are too big or impractical for their new house.
The first thing that home owners of a new house need to do is make sure that they know the dimensions of each room. This will ensure that they know the size of the equipment that they need to buy. The next thing that they need to understand is the type of house or home that you have and its design. Most houses in modern cities like Hong Kong will require furniture that employees the modern design style. The key here is to match the design and style of the house so that it looks harmonious.
The best way to go about with this is to carry a picture of each room with you and on the back of the picture, write down the dimensions of the room and, if possible, the dimension of the equipment that you will require. It’s very important to know if you want to follow a minimalistic design and have only what you need or fill in each and every space so as to make the best and most efficient use of space. Another very important thing you need to have in mind is you budget. The last thing you want to do is go over your budget and spend too much on just the equipment for your home.
The internet has made it very easy to buy furniture for your home. While traditional brick and mortar shops have their own place, nothing can beat the ease and comfort of buying things via the internet. As long as you know the dimensions of the equipment that you will require for your home, buying furniture online may be the best thing to do.