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Apartment Interior Design Tips For Single Men

Design Tip 1: Create an Attention Grabbing Accent Wall

Apartment interior design tips for single men starts with an accent wall. An accent wall will pull in the interest of anyone when initially entering the room. This is especially effective in the small living area of an apartment where there is an untidy coffee table displaying last nights pizza meal or clothes on the floor, that didn’t make it to the laundry basket.

What exactly is an accent wall? It’s one wall in a room painted with a mural or contrasting color. It could also be wall papered or mirrored. As long as it’s different from the rest of the walls in the room – it becomes an accent.

One word of warning, if you choose to paint the walls a different color over the existing wall color in the apartment, check with your landlord to discuss options or leasing restrictions.

Design Tip 2: Choose Space Saving Furniture

Space in an apartment is always at a premium. To get the most out of this limited living space, shop for sectional furniture. Sectionals do not create unused space like the more typical couch, 2 easy chairs and end table arrangements, leaving gaps between pieces.

There are a variety of sectional sofas, designed to configure and conform to any sized room. Work with an L or U shape according to the function of the room. Choose lighting that fits easily behind the sectional, eliminating the need for an end table altogether.

Don’t have room for a large coffee table? Choose 2 smaller cubed (with storage) sized ottomans; designed to separate for additional seating, or serve as cocktail type tray tables. These provide wonderful versatility while maximizing room comfort.

Design Tip 3: Stick to One Theme

Decide on one theme and stick to it. If it is European travels, beautiful women or a sport, choose pictures and accents that communicate that specific theme. Avoid the temptation to create an eclectic collection, this will confuse the room making for more chaos than comfort.

Be creative with your chosen theme. Don’t limit yourself to specific painted or photo images. Identify the color, motion and “energy” of your theme subject. Let’s use a basketball team theme for example. Choose accent colors similar to the team’s uniforms to distribute around the room incorporating pillows, an area rug or wall colors. Create a wall mural with large ( 4′ or larger) numbers identifying your favorite players. Subtle or loud, it’s all up to you.

Design Tip 4: Live Smarter

The last apartment interior design tip for single men is of a more practical nature. Hire a cleaning lady! The benefits of having someone clean your apartment once or twice a month will far outweigh the $45 to $125 this will cost you each week. Schedule the cleaning while at work. Returning to a fresh clean apartment after a long day at work is always a pleasant reward.

Window and Door Maintenance Tips

It’s important to keep your home in good working condition, not only for comfort and energy efficiency but also for appearance and marketability. Here is a handy checklist to help you maintain your windows and doors:

    • Check for tight-fitting weather strips on the bottoms of every exterior door before the winter season. This will help keep pests out and improve energy efficiency.
    • Adjust deadbolt strike plates and door knobs twice a year to ensure your doors shut tightly as changes in temperature and weather conditions can cause problems with the door latches. You can add plastic-foam weatherstripping afterward for good measure.
    • Using a silicone-powder lubricant, lubricate the tracks and hinges on your doors annually.
    • Lubricate your garage door track and ensure the surrounding area is sealed to stop insect invasion.
    • Check for fogging in double-paned windows. This is a sign that the seal has failed, and the window will need to be replaced.
    • Replace single-pane windows with double-paned windows. With current tax credits and energy bill savings, this project will pay for itself in just a few years.
    • Check for drafts around your doors and windows every season. If you discover that air is creeping in, remove the interior window trim and seal the leak with caulk or spray-foam insulation. If you determine that you need to replace your windows, keep in mind that fiberglass and vinyl products are less moisture and temperature sensitive than wood products.
    • Inspect the fame and molding around doors and windows for wood rot annually.
  • To reduce chances of replacement down the road, apply a fresh coat of polyurethane to stained windows and doors.

Garage Door Safety Tips

Your home and yard are not the only places that need safety measures. Garages can also be a dangerous place if safety precautions are not taken. Your garage door in particular needs extra safety attention.

It is important to take safety precautions with your garage car door. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently stated that 4 children a year, on average, are killed by car doors. Don’t take the risk of injuries happening to anyone in your family.

Garage doors can crush children if not maintained properly. Car doors are easily the heaviest and largest doors you have. Injuries can quickly happen if safety precautions are not taken.

To avoid having the door crush anyone, check your door’s ability to open and close correctly. Be sure that the door reverses when it touches something before it hits the ground, and if it doesn’t then replace it. Garage door openers are a very important safety tool and should be replaced every 5 years to be most effective.

Garage doors can also pinch fingers. Most garage doors have been fitted with automatic door openers which help against children’s fingers getting pinched from having to close the door on your own. You can also find garage doors that are designed to push smaller limbs or fingers out of the way when the door closes.

Garage doors also use springs to move the heavy door. These hefty springs will eventually wear down and break. This can potentially cause serious injury to those that may be inside the garage, or cause damage to your car.

To avoid harm from a broken spring try preventative measures before it can happen. When your car door is closed, thread hanging wire through the spring and secure it tightly. That way, if the spring does break it will stay on the wire and won’t go flying.

It’s no surprise that such a large, heavy piece of equipment can be a source of injuries. Garage doors can be a main source of injuries, so take the time to inspect it to make sure it is working correctly. If you find it is not working correctly, or is an older model, replace and correct it as soon as you can.

Roof Maintenance Tips

Your home is a large and important investment that you want to maintain and protect from damage. From mowing the lawn to painting walls and completing renovations, you spend a lot of time, energy, and money on your home. A major aspect of your home’s structural integrity is the roof, and as such it is especially important to make sure it is in good condition year round. So what can you do as a home owner to maintain your roof? The following roof maintenance tips are simple enough, but it is always recommended that you work with a qualified roofing professional, especially if you are uneasy about heights or you lack basic carpentry skills. Still, without further ado, here are some tips for maintaining your roof.

Remove Excess Water

Your roof protects you and your family from the elements, and it’s especially important when it comes to keeping rain and snow away. However, standing water can cause significant damage to your roof so you need to keep excess water away. Always check your gutters and downspouts to ensure they are free of debris that prevent them from draining properly. Also, trim overhanging tree branches that drip water and shed leaves into gutters.

Say No to Moss

Moss on your roof is more than just an eyesore; in fact, the root-like structures in moss can damage shingles and cause them to lift and separate from your roof. Trimming trees so they don’t overhang the roof will prevent moss growth as moss prefers shade. You should also treat your roof with moss killer at the first sign of moss growth.

Inspect Insulation

The insulation below your roof helps to reduce heat loss and gain throughout the seasons, but it also helps to protect your roof. Properly installed insulation should leave no gap between the house and roof as extreme temperature changes between the house and the outdoors can cause water condensation on the underside of your roof. This will potentially cause significant damage to roofing structures. It is also recommended that you install a layer of vapor retarder beneath the insulation for added protection.

Regular Roof Inspections

Your roof is certainly going to suffer from wear and tear over the years. Ideally, you want to find and repair any problems before major damage results. As such, your roof needs to be professionally inspected at least once a year. Ultimately, you want to work with a professional because they are much more likely to discover minor problems that are easy to repair now but may become major repairs in the future. Moreover, professionals are safe and confident when working on roofs.