Second Hand Furniture – The Difference Between Rattan and Wicker

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand furniture. After doing some online research we have discovered some tips on the difference between rattan and wicker.

The difference between wicker and rattan is the distinction between a product versus a process. Rattan is a type of wood with a vertical grain that is often used to make woven second hand furniture items. An item made with a particular weaving style, whatever material is used, is called wicker.

In its original form, rattan is a relative of the tropical palm tree. It starts to grow upwards like a tree, but then bends back to the ground and snakes through the rain forest like a vine. Furniture companies that specialize in furniture made with this plant often have processing plants in the Philippines or Southeast Asia to treat the wood and ship it out to large furniture manufacturing plants in America. North Carolina has a significant number of wicker and rattan furniture companies.

Rattan is considered to be one of the strongest woods available, since its grain grows vertically instead of forming the concentric rings of most other hardwoods. The straight wood is usually steamed and then bent into the desired shape through the use of specialized shapers. Once dried, it will retain its shape forever. These poles are often used to form the frames of what will become rattan or wicker furniture. Rattan is solid, which makes it an ideal material for lightweight but solid second hand furniture.

Here’s where the difference between the two terms lies: rattan is a specific material, but wicker is the general process of weaving this wood or other materials into finished goods. A rattan chair is definitely made from that specific wood, but a wicker chair may use other materials such as straw or bamboo slats around a rattan frame. There is no specific material called wicker, and some manufacturers may even use the phrase ‘cane furniture’ instead. It is essentially the same thing as wicker, but the material used in the weaving may or may not be rattan.

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How to Choose the Best Second Hand Office Furniture

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand furniture. After doing some online research we have found some tips on how to choose the best second hand office furniture.

A home office no longer consists of a student computer desk and task chair tucked away in the corner of a den. Today’s at-home workers often require the same functionality and durability of traditional second hand office furniture. Home office furniture can run the gamut from computer desks and chairs to filing cabinets and drafting tables. Fax machines, photocopiers, telephones and other office equipment may require additional home office furniture for purposes of organization.

The next step from a basic computer workstation is an entire room dedicated to a home-based business. When shopping for second hand office furniture of this magnitude, you’ll want to look for coordination and functionality. You don’t want to buy mismatched pieces of home office furniture as the need arises.

For a truly professional appearance, look at the displays featured at office supply stores like Office Depot or Staples. You don’t necessarily need the high-end desks and executive chairs, but all of your home officer furniture should match. Clients may need chairs while waiting, as well as tables and lamps for reading materials. Second hand office furniture often helps define who you are as a business person, so choose styles that reflect your philosophy.

There are some practical matters to consider when shopping for second hand office furniture. It has to fit in your home, for one thing. While a magnificent oak desk might make you feel like an executive, it may not be a practical investment with small children running through the office.

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What to Consider Before Purchasing Second Hand Bunk Beds

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand beds. After doing some research online we have found some useful tips on what to consider before purchasing second hand bunk beds.

The best way to select a set of second hand bunk beds is to actually examine a set that is already assembled. Place your hands on the top bunk and try to shake the entire assembly. Be sure to question any movement.

Another important thing to keep in mind is the manufacturer’s recommendation for weight limits. How large are the children that will be using the bunk beds? The lightest child should use the top bunk. However, it is wise to consider the age of the child as well, since there can be safety concerns with very small children.

Carefully examine second hand bunk beds made from tubular metal. They look cool, but some are not well built. Make sure the set is sturdy. The best sets are those that have a full bed on the bottom and a twin bed on top. The wider lower bed helps create better balance.

Another thing to keep in mind is how simple or difficult bunk beds will be to assemble. They look easy, but they can be a little tricky if you do not have a lot of experience with putting things together. Read the directions carefully. If you have trouble, ask someone to help you. You want to make sure the second hand bunk beds are put together securely before your children sleep in them.

Consider purchasing second hand bunk beds that can also be taken apart and used separately. This will give you more options as your children get older. If you purchase a good, sturdy set of bunk beds that can later be used as separate twin beds, it will be a good investment that you can use for years to come.

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What are the Different Parts of Second Hand Bed Frame?

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand bed frames. After some online research we have discovered some tips on the different parts of second hand bed frames.

Supporting a mattress can mean simply putting it on the ground, but in order to keep it clean and free of bed bugs, a second hand bed frame is necessary. The parts of a bed frame can vary depending on the style and design of the bed, but generally, the bed will feature supporting legs, bed rails that support the mattress, a footboard, and a headboard. Other components may exist as well, depending on how the frame is built; other parts of a bed frame may include casters, brackets, risers, screws, and bolts.

The parts of a second hand bed frame that actually support the mattress and box spring include the legs and the bed rails. The headboard and footboard are generally decorative only, though some do feature cubby holes or drawers that serve a more utilitarian function. The rails will support the box spring, though on platform beds, no box spring is used; instead, a broader, flat surface known as the platform will be included to support the mattress and to prevent it from sagging.

Casters are wheels that are mounted to the bottom of the frame to allow a user to easily move the entire bed. The parts of a second hand bed frame that support the bed itself, aside from casters, are called feet, and some are height adjustable. Casters can be locked in place to prevent the bed from moving when in use, then unlocked to move freely when the frame needs to be moved. Feet, conversely, will feature flat surfaces that make sliding the frame fairly easy, though this can cause scratching on certain types of floors.

Headboards and footboards are parts of a second hand bed frame that rise up at either end of the bed. The headboard is positioned near the head of the sleeper, and the footboard is opposite the headboard. These are usually decorative features, though they can also protect the walls behind or in front of the bed from dirt, grime, and even from impacts. Sometimes these parts of a bed frame will feature drawers or cubbys. Certain types of bed frames, known as captain’s beds, will feature drawers underneath the bed rails for additional storage potential.

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How to Choose the Best Second Hand Cherry Wood Bookcase

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand bookcases. After doing some research online we have discovered some tips on how to choose the best second hand cherry wood bookcase.

Cherry wood, sometimes known as American Black Cherry, Whiskey Cherry, Choke Cherry, Rum Cherry, or Wild Cherry, has many advantages as a building material for bookcases. Cherry wood is medium weight, moderately hard, and very strong. It has an attractive grain, a natural luster, and a warm glow that fits in well with many interior design schemes. New cherry wood has a light golden tone, while aged wood changes to a rich reddish brown as it is exposed to light.

The first step in choosing a second hand cherry wood bookcase is to decide how many books you want to store. Bookcases vary greatly in size, ranging from small two or three shelf cases to large wall-sized pieces designed to hold an entire home library. If you buy books on a regular basis, don’t forget to plan for the extra room necessary to allow you to add to your collection.

If you have a small space, a bookcase can be visually overpowering. To help minimize this effect, choose a second hand cherry wood bookcase with a ladder design or an open back. This will keep the bookcase from looking “boxy” and adding to the already crowded feel of a tiny room. As an added bonus, your cherry wood bookcase will be lighter and thus easier to move if you decide to upgrade to larger living quarters at a later date.

When choosing a second hand cherry wood bookcase, don’t forget that there are many special features that can turn a functional piece of furniture into a pretty home decor accent. Glass doors with etched designs protect books from dust. Drawers provide space to store blankets, board games, or other small items. Some bookcases even feature sliding panels that display family photos while acting as bookends.

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How to Choose the Best Second Hand Oriental Coffee Table

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand coffee tables. After doing some research online we have found some useful tips on how to choose the best second hand oriental coffee table.

When you’re choosing the best second hand oriental coffee table, take time to view different styles, shapes and colors before making your final decision. The right oriental coffee table for your living space should complement your interior design, but also bring some exotic appeal to the room. Although oriental coffee tables tend to share a look of drama combined with sophistication, there are many different varieties from which to choose.

Contemporary coffee tables tend to be artistic mixes of glass and steel. If you have a modern loft or like industrial-looking furniture, this type of second hand oriental coffee table may be best. The shapes vary, but they are typically geometrical with the glass top surrounded by metal. In a contemporary table, there may be a lower shelf or a more innovative storage approach such as metal side pockets.

Some modern second hand oriental coffee tables are made of shiny laminate or are plastic and feature step-like shelves that differ in size to create an interesting multi-layered design. These types of tables are often available in black or white and tend to mix in well with more informal, contemporary living room looks. If you choose a multi-layered, plastic, modern oriental coffee table, it’s a good idea to carefully select items to display on it, since the design is layered, but still minimalistic.

If your decor is more traditionally ethnic than exotically modern, an old world second hand oriental coffee table with hand painted artwork may create an interesting focal point in your living room. Some of the designs on this type of second hand oriental coffee table are detailed, hand painted figures. The table itself may be made of shiny black lacquered, or dark solid, wood.

Plain second hand oriental coffee tables are also available in beautiful dark woods. These tables are often smooth and non-detailed in texture, but often feature one dramatic detail such as cutout slats or curved legs. The classic type of wooden oriental coffee table has a square top on crescent moon-shaped legs that curve outward. The style is simple, but also dramatic and will fit in well with many living room decors.

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What to Consider When Buying a Second Hand Computer Desk

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand computer desks. After doing some online research we have discovered some useful tips on how to choose the best second hand computer desk.

When purchasing a second hand computer desk, there are several things you should consider to ensure it provides you with comfort and with ease of use. A computer desk should compliment your space effectively and fulfill your work space needs.

The first thing you should consider when purchasing a computer desk is the area where it will be placed. If the second hand computer desk will be placed in a home office, determine which room will house the desk. Then, take measurements to determine how much space you have available for the computer desk.

Keep in mind that you will need clearance space for any drawers or cabinets that your desk may have. Therefore, you might not be able to put the second hand computer desk against two walls in a corner. If you absolutely must use the corner of the room, or if you prefer the look of a corner desk, then you will need to shop specifically for one designed to fit this type of area.

 

The next consideration is the use of the second hand computer desk. If you will only use the desk as a place for your laptop, for example, a small desk without shelves or drawers should be sufficient. If you are setting up a gaming area, on the other hand, you will need space for your controllers, software, and game manuals.

You will also likely purchase a large monitor for your gaming center, which means you will need a second hand computer desk with enough space to house the monitor you select. Some computer desks have a hollowed out square area specifically designed for the monitor. Make sure it is either large enough for your monitor or adjustable to suit your purposes.

If your second hand computer desk will be holding your entire home office, make sure it has the surface space for items such as a fax machine or scanner. Alternatively, your computer desk may have special shelves designed specifically for holding these items. You may also choose to keep these extras in a location that is separate from your computer.

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Add Style With a Second Hand Retro Swivel Chair

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand seating. After doing some research online we have discovered some tips on second hand retro swivel chairs.

A second hand retro swivel chair is an ingenious seat that turns from side to side, usually without moving the base or feet of the chair. The seat can be rotated left or right with a simple twist of the body, and some chairs will swivel 360 degrees. Swivel chairs are available in bar stools, patio furniture, office chairs, and recliners.

A swiveling seat is an efficient and functional feature very often found in office task chairs. Workers who are stationed at a busy desk can easily turn from telephones to computers to printers without standing. Office swivel chairs often sit on swiveling wheels, allowing the person seated to easily roll the seat in any direction. A good office swivel chair will allow the worker to move from one task to the next with little effort.

A second hand retro swivel chair can also be made to recline. Interior decorators have put the swivel recliner chair into popular use in businesses and private homes. Swivel recliners come in all the familiar styles for a living room recliner or office chair, including leather, fabric and vinyl upholstery. Living room recliner chairs can be made to rock as well as to swivel, providing an excellent range of motion and ideal comfort.

An office second hand retro swivel chair that reclines will often come with an extendable footrest or ottoman. The back of the chair can be reclined and feet lifted, providing a cozy, in-office respite for weary executives. Some office recliners look a bit like the swivel chairs found in private homes, with padded head and backrests and cushy armrests. There are also some with a more business-like appearance, looking much like the average office chair.

The second hand retro swivel chair is also a good seating choice for a kitchen breakfast counter. The advantage is in twisting the chair to the side to take a seat. Even small children can easily swivel the seat, climb aboard, and turn toward the counter to eat. It is pretty well known that some youngsters think it is great fun to spin around and around in a swivel chair, if allowed to do so. That is just another one of the reasons why swivel chairs are liked by practically everyone.

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How to Choose the Best Second Hand Drop Leaf Table

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand tables. After doing some research online we have found some useful tips on how to choose the best second hand drop leaf table.

A second hand drop leaf table is a antique table with two sides that are hinged to drop down when not in use. This aids in storage and makes the unit easier to move. When searching for a drop leaf table, it is important to find one that fits this style and is in good enough condition to be useful or at least restored to a useful condition. Most antique tables that fit into this category will be made from wood, and the wood is very often a hardwood that is durable and attractive. Look for a drop leaf table made from such woods.

Some of the oldest second hand drop leaf table designs featured four legs that were fashioned by turning, or rotating the piece of wood while a cutting tool was used for the design. The table’s legs were often connected with horizontal stabilizing pieces, and the leaves that folded out were supported by additional legs that swung outward when in use. This was known as a gate leg table. Such tables were often made of walnut, though some others were commonly made from maple. These tables will more than likely be quite expensive, as some can date back to the 17th century. When not in use, it would fold and lean against a wall.

After that design, a new design became common in America. Butterfly tables did not feature full fold-out legs as gate leg tables did, but instead featured a wing-like fold-out that supported the leaf. This design was not as stable as gate leg tables, but it was far more aesthetically pleasing, and the table itself was generally more compact. They were common around the early 18th century. When choosing a drop leaf antique table, be sure to consider whether the design matches the time period in which the table was commonly used.

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How to Choose the Best Second Hand Pine Table

At Home from Home we stock a wide range of second hand pine tables. After doing some online research we have found some tips on how to choose the best second hand pine table.

A solid second hand pine table is a sturdy and economical choice for the home. There are many different styles and types of pine tables available for every room. Pine tables can look naturally elegant or very rustic. Some people enjoy building a pine table for their home using purchased or recycled wood. The main choices available when considering pine tables are finished or unfinished, knotty or knotless and light or medium-coloured.

Unfinished pine may be stained a dark colour, but most finished second hand pine tables available for sale are stained in light or medium wood colours. A pine table may just have a clear protective finish that lets its natural pale color show through. Pine isn’t a formal looking wood and lighter and medium shades show off its natural graining and knots. Knotted pine includes the dark round knots in the wood and this type makes tables with a rustic beauty. Unknotted, unfinished pine may be painted white or another colour and this look may be preferred for dining, end or night tables in rooms without any wood tones.

Considering the other colours and wood tones in a room is important for a cohesive look when choosing a pine table. Too many wood tones and furniture colors may make a room look randomly furnished rather than designed. Another consideration when choosing pine tables is lifestyle. Although second hand pine tables are sturdy and inexpensive in comparison to other types of wood, they do tend to mark and dent easily since pine is a softwood and not a hardwood.

Space is a consideration when choosing a second hand pine table for dining. Drop leaf pine tables are good for apartments or small kitchens as they allow one side of the table to hang down so the table can be pushed against the wall in its half diameter state to save space. Large farmhouse style pine dining tables look great in big country style kitchens. Medium-stained pine can look more elegant than light natural pine and these darker stains may co-ordinate better with more formal or traditional style kitchen or dining cabinets.

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