Subtle grey decor covers this modern apartment interior with a sense of calm and sophistication, whilst classic details add history and character. Visualised by Alexander Belkov, the home is designed to encompass the modernly coveted open plan living space arrangement with a large kitchen dining island and a dedicated spot for the obligatory home workspace. The master bedroom is a serene grey and white split scheme, where a houndstooth upholstered bed adds a fashionable yet playful interaction with the plainer parts. Traditional intricate crown moulding and ultra contemporary strip lights create beautiful contradiction. A stunning bathroom receives a final hint of neoclassical charm from smartly panel moulded walls, defined under soft mood lighting and sharp black finishes.
A deeply cushioned and welcoming modular sofa sprawls through the centre of the airy open concept living space.
A light and textured area rug links the sofa with the living room TV wall.
Just behind the sofa, a cognac coloured Swoonlounge chair designed by Space Copenhagen for Fredericia and a matching footstool fashion a stylish reading area by the windows.
The TV wall design is a composition of sleek modern panels with a fresh white oak veneer. A modern TV stand slots precisely into a nook underneath.
A modern floor lamp serves the reading area when natural light from the windows isn’t enough.
Recessed mood lighting creates a cosy glow around the panelled TV wall.
Black venetian blinds accent the series of large windows within the plain white painted wall.
A small wraparound side table draws the black accent over to the soft white sectional sofa arrangement.
Traditional, intricate crown moulding frames a ceiling of modern, recessed strip lights. Directional spotlights provide more focussed illumination.
At the back of the open plan living room layout, the kitchen is tucked off into one corner. The positioning establishes clear zoning, and keeps the daily kitchen mess and clutter out of plain sight of the relaxation spaces.
An induction hob is bedded into the other end of the white quartz kitchen island; an integrated extractor provides a streamlined finish.
White floor tiles glow bright beneath a long strip light. Under-cabinet lights focus on the kitchen sink and prep area at the rear. A tower unit on each side evenly balances out the kitchen run, where they house an integrated oven and the fridge-freezer.
The white home entryway is warmed through by a wall of wood veneer closets. Recessed perimeter lighting highlights the attractive wood grain.
A huge round mirror adorns the opposite wall of the square home entryway. The backlit design makes an uplifting feature in the grey painted wall. Two modern rustic stools furnish the limited floor area.
Moving into the master bedroom, a houndstooth print bed lays out a playfully patterned centrepiece.
The serene bedroom has a grey and white split scheme, where a raised grey panel along the headboard wall conceals an LED ribbon. The LEDs emit a golden aura around a contemporary bedside table, which matches the silhouette of the side table out in the lounge.
At the other edge of the upholstered bed, a different style of side table changes up the aesthetic. Modern bedside lamps drop in a hot pop of red.
The large, textured area rug creates a soft walkway around the bed, and connects it with a unique dressing table by the window.
A raised wooden plinth basks in the glow from the warm white LEDs, and provides an extra drop zone for phones and books.
A fluffy pouf makes a comfortable landing spot at the wooden vanity table.
The bedroom TV wall follows the same grey and white split decor style, where the white base section adds attractive stone texture.
A chunky, linear TV stand adds a beautifully smooth wooden accent against the rough stone.
The split wall treatment continues right across the face of the bedroom door, blending it quietly into its surroundings. Traditional crown moulding makes another exquisite appearance around contemporary strip lights.
Grey and white decorative candles bring the grey and white tonal contrast down into the details.
A full height mirror reflects the entryway into the bedroom’s walk-in wardrobe.
A black painted ceiling differentiates the walk-in wardrobe from the rest of the bedroom design.
The black ceiling is balanced out by a wide black shoe shelf on the bottom.
A custom closet system provides an array of hanging rails, garment shelves and elevated chests of drawers.
Atmospheric lighting leads us through into the bathroom, where it flows from a tall and narrow shelving niche that tucks away a collection of favourite toiletries by the basin.
The modern bathroom vanity features a ribbed base unit, which provides tactile contrast to the smooth stone countertop and integrated basin.
The ceiling is edged with an LED strip above the vanity unit, to provide focussed task light above a frameless vanity mirror.
A wall mounted gunmetal grey faucet adds edgy modernity at the sink.
Dark bathroom fixtures sharply define the key areas of the bathroom. A modern flush plate puncturates the toilet area, whilst a wide valve plate is centralised inside the shower enclosure.
A second niche of tower shelving furnishes the shower space design.
Panel moulding gives the bathroom elegant, neoclassical flair.
Colourful art accents make fascinating additions to this peacefully grey and white based modern interior, visualised by Maxim Shpinkov. The bright eye-catching art pieces come in the form of stand alone sculpture and solo wall pieces that burst from plain white backdrops. Other works of art inspire rich colour coordinated feature walls that entirely change the character of the spaces they populate. Aside from the home gallery of colour, this interior also plays home to an inspiring collection of contemporary furniture design, a wonderfully open and fluidly functional living space, a restful master bedroom, a playful kid’s room with a homework area, and two striking bathroom decor schemes with dominating marble tile.
Entering this family home at the living room, we come to a modular sofa design with a divided backrest. Instead of acting as a solid divide between the lounge and kitchen diner, the light piece allows an open visual between the two.
A square coffee table makes a quiet match for the contemporary couch. Grey scatter pillows meld with the pale greige upholstery.
In a startling stance of colour, a huge Bearbrick collectible by Medicom Toy gleams between the two large living room windows.
A duo of tower shelving units glow warmly inside the TV wall at the front of the lounge area, where a small library of books fill up the vertical, backlit nooks.
The sleek, custom-built TV unit encompasses several storage cabinets and niches in which to flush fit the TV speakers. A wood veneer media cabinet threads a linear silhouette beneath the wall hung unit, where it provides a run of drawers for movies, games and electronics.
Behind the lounge, a linear chandelier marks the dining space. A second, perpendicular linear chandelier defines the kitchen.
Stunning ceiling roses flare around each gold light fitting. Modern track lights frame decorative ceiling moulding.
A racetrack dining table is encircled by the Neva chair by Marija Ružić Vukmanić & Ruđer Novak-Mikulić for Artisan. A monochrome piece of wall art has been selected to keep the dining area low key, and to allow adjacent kitchen art to command the limelight.
The bold kitchen art establishes bright, abstract interest next to a clean white kitchen island design.
Fresh white kitchen units frame a run of metallic gold upper cabinets that lustre in the light. Matching gold island facing catches the light behind a set of three unique kitchen bar stools.
Inside the master, a pair of elegant glass and metal bedroom pendant lights balance out each side of the bed. The lights descend within the recess of a wood framed headboard feature wall with an atmospheric aura.
Simple bedside drawer units flank each edge of the soft grey upholstered bed.
Parallel track lights stream illumination down each walkway around the modern bed.
A solid black media shelf confidently complements bold black door hardware across the closets.
The black media shelf transforms into a dressing table as it nears the window wall.
A storage vanity stool pulls up at the floor-to-ceiling vanity mirror.
A modern bathroom vanity pushes black and oak accents through a smooth white marble covered backdrop. Black bathroom faucets complement the dark surface and integrated basin.
The black toilet, flush plate and black towel warmer continue the punchy bathroom accent.
A steel framed shower screen coordinates with a black rainfall showerhead. Recessed shelving nooks in the shower area provide an opportunity for subtle mood lighting.
Moving on into the kids room, we land on a playful black and white rug design.
Superhero Bobbleheads populate a built-in bookcase, lit warmly with LED ribbons. A custom kid’s desk merges with the tower of shelving to form a compact and functional homework area.
An upholstered swivel chair and a radiator under the desk make doing homework more comfortable and cosy.
A white window blind and sheer white drapes filter natural daylight for more comfortable computer screen usage.
Floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobes capitalise on every inch of available storage space.
A piece of colourful and cute kid’s wall art inspires an orange painted feature wall in the kid’s bedroom decor scheme. A green knitted throw on the kid’s bed picks out a secondary accent colour.
The daybed design makes a neat little sofa during daylight hours–perfect for hanging out with friends. A small wall sconce provides reading light later on in the evening.
Striking white marble tile with abundant black vein dominates this small bathroom design, cladding the narrow floor and a compact vanity area.
At the other end of the room, a marble encased bathtub and wetwall are highlighted by perimeter lighting.
A final marble upstand climbs the cistern concealment wall.
A red saturated wall draws the eye down the hallway from the white living room towards the home entryway.
Red paintwork wraps around to frame an ornate, gilded full length mirror.
Raucous colour explodes from wall art at the other side of the front door, where it draws attention to an entryway table. White closets line the walls of the home entryway, providing copious amounts of storage for outdoor coats, shoes, bags and bulky household cleaning equipment.
Matching white closets create a mirrored effect on the opposite side, edged with luxe gold hardware.
All-white bathrooms are a dime a dozen; Mark Baehser and Joey Meyers wanted none of it. After moving into a 1900s Victorian home in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 2015, one of the couple’s first orders of business was painting the main upstairs bathroom the complete opposite hue: black. Fast-forward five years (and throw a pandemic lockdown on top), however, and they were ready to give the space a full refresh.
The last full renovation was done in the early 2000s, and the space had seen better days. “The grout was lifting, the caulk seal around the tub was pretty gross, and it wasn’t well ventilated,” says Meyers, who owns Ball and Claw Vintage, part of Brooklyn’s Dobbin St. Co-op (Baehser is a pediatrician). There were also multiple layers of tile to peel back from previous remodels. Another coat of paint wouldn’t cut it, so they tapped Stephanie Lee of Block Renovation to design a cozy, spa-like room around one feature: a forest green cast-concrete sink.
When It’s Love, Stand Your Ground
Meyers had saved the Kast basin on Instagram months earlier and he immediately knew it would have pride of place in the new bathroom. Even lengthy COVID-related delays (the British-made sink was held at customs for weeks) and the added caveat that the plumbing would have to be retrofitted to American standards did not deter the couple.
Losing Storage Is Worth It When You Gain Light
Another must: Replace the tub for a roomier walk-in shower, which required nixing an awkwardly sized closet to make room for the new stall. “It was near the door and made the entrance feel very narrow and cramped,” says Lee. “Removing it made the bathroom feel a lot more spacious because it allows light to stream all the way through.” Save for the shower plumbing, which had to be moved from the wall that was knocked down, the rest of the layout stayed in place (a major cost saver).
Color-Block the Entire Floor
It made sense to stick to one material for the walls and another for the ground—that way the tight quarters wouldn’t feel as busy. After a Goldilocks-like elimination process (“Some felt too dark, others too light, but this one was the perfect earthy, warm, light gray,” says Lee), the designer landed on Daltile in Architectural Gray and chose a ceiling paint to match. A black floor tile by the same brand anchors the room—and provides a slip-free surface underfoot thanks to the small scale and therefore additional grout surface.
Bathrooms Need Mood Lighting, Too
An oversize round mirror above the sink was essential to make the space appear even bigger, but it left little room for vanity lights. “I had originally lined up the sconces vertically next to it in the design plans,” says Lee. “But then I thought, what if we made them bouncy?” Placing the round copper sconces at an angle embraced the accent’s curves. A third matching fixture found a home in the shower, giving the couple those soothing spa vibes. “It’s a little bit sexy to have this kind of moody lighting in the shower,” says Lee. “It’s a whole experience.”
Early Amazon Prime Day vacuum deals can save you hundreds of pounds on some of the best vacuum cleaners on the market. Whether you want a discount robot vacuum or a cordless model for convenient cleaning, these early Prime Day vacuum deals are the best that Amazon has to offer.
This sleek handheld vacuum packs all the power of the best Shark Vacuum Cleaners in a conveniently portable package. Right now it’s 34% off, saving you a tidy £120. At Ideal Home we swear by our handheld vacuums, especially if you have pets and/or children, for quick clean ups on upholstery, kitchen surfaces and in the car. The vacuum has a 40 minute run time, and anti-hair wrap technology to stop it from getting clogged.
This bagless vacuum has a 60-minute runtime and a three hour charge time, which is pretty impressive. The capacity is 0.9 litres and it only weighs only 3kg. The Bosch Athlet is now under £200 as part of this early Prime Day deal. Save 23% when you buy right now.
The Vax ONEPWR range sits at the top spot in our best cordless vacuum cleaner guide, and the Blade 3 is the pet equivalent. It offers up to 8- minutes runtime and comes with two replaceable batteries. The motorised pet tool is designed to pick up pet hair and the brush bars are also designed to offer microbial protection.
This 3-in-1 cordless vacuum from Hosome is an incredible 50% off on Amazon right now, saving you £100. The battery-powered cleaner works brilliantly on hard floors and carpet alike, with three levels of suction to suit the job at hand. Battery life will last you about 40 minutes, and you can use it as an upright vacuum, handheld or stick – making every cleaning session a doddle.
The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C is one of the top models you can buy online. It has smartphone compatibility, 1500Pa of suction and 100 minutes of cleaning. Out of nearly 4000 reviews the BoostIQ has an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars, so it’s a firm Amazon favourite.
The Ecovacs Deebot T8 Pure Robot Vacuum is one of the most attractive robot vacuums on the market and comes with 3D environment detection to never bump into furniture and plant pots. This robot vacuum can pair with your phone to map out spaces and allow you to operate remotely.
Robot vacuums can be a godsend for busy people or those who find it difficult to clean the entire house on a regular basis, and this one from ECOVACS is currently 12% cheaper, knocking the price down to £219.99. The vacuum will run for 100 minutes on a single charge, with four cleaning modes that will ensure it won’t bump into anything.
The Shark Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner [HZ500UK] is a top pick from us. It’s got Shark’s token anti-hair wrap technology and adapts to hardwood and carpet without any adjustment needed. The multi-surface and crevice tool is also included.
Save a third off the cost of this Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NZ801UKT] when you shop this early Prime Day deal. It’s able to adapt into a portable vacuum for getting into stairs and the interior of cars, and the lift-away technology will leave your floors spotless.
The Miele Complete C3 Pure Red PowerLine is one of our very favorites. Just take a look at our vacuum roundup to see why we love it so much. It’s amazing for pet hair and it also won’t break the bank, especially with this £40 Prime Day discount.
Patio awning is literally the most effective solution that allows you to choose when you want to bask in the sun or hide in the shade by sitting in the exact same spot in your patio. Think of it as an upgrade to the traditional sun umbrella that would keep you protected from the sun during hot summer days, but also shield you from mild rain when the weather is gloomy.
Today, we’re going to talk more about retractable patio awning and show you why this is the product that changed the patio game.
Our Top Picks for the Best Retractable Patio Awning
If you’re looking for an affordable solution to cover up your patio and turn it into an oasis to escape the ruthless summer sun/heavy shower, then Best Choice Products has an excellent solution for you.
Designed to be one of the best products in its category, the ADVANING patio awning is available in multiple size and color options, allowing you to customize how your patio looks to a great extent.
What Is a Retractable Patio Awning?
To understand what retractable patio awning is, one must first understand what awning is. Awning is designed to act as a supplementary roof that’s usually placed next to the wall of a building. It’s meant to provide protection from both sun and rain, acting as a practical and decorative product. While awning can be fixed, it can also be retractable. The latter category is a type of awning that you can expand or retract whenever you feel the need to. That means that if you want to enjoy the beauty of your garden or backyard while sitting outside in the sun, you don’t have to move; you can simply retract the awning and have your deck covered in natural sunlight.
Retractable patio awnings are available in multiple different types, so let’s briefly discuss what you can expect from each:
Retractable patio covering systems, which are waterproof and may be enclosed on the sides to be used as solar screen shades.
Retractable lateral arm awnings, which come with one to four tension arms and are usually made with solution dyed acrylic fabric.
Retractable side/drop arm awnings, which are commonly used to shade windows.
Retractable solar shade screens, normally made with mesh fabric or acrylic canvas.
Pros and Cons to Patio Awnings
Some of you might be wondering “why do I need a patio awning?”. If you’re not sure whether or not you can actually benefit from having one, we’re going to take a look at some of the pros and cons that have determined other people to buy them or steer clear from them, so you can better assess the situation and determine if this product is worthy of your money:
Pro: They protect your patio. As you already know, pieces of furniture that are exposed to direct sunlight are more likely to start fading and suffer damage in the long run. If you didn’t invest in weather-proof furniture and want to use regular pieces on your patio, a patio awning is an excellent thing to have.
Con: They are more expensive. The benefit of being able to retract the awning comes at a higher cost compared to the price of a fixed model. That’s because more components come into play when it comes to these types of awnings, and the durability of the materials needs to be first-class considering the moving parts of this type of product.
Pro: They have longer lifespans. Because higher quality materials go into making these products, they tend to have longer lifespans compared to non-retractable models. When dealing with bad weather, the fact that you can retract the awning to keep it protected is going to add more years to its lifespan as well.
Pro: They adjust to the weather. That means that you can choose to retract them if you want to enjoy a cup of coffee while basking in the morning sun and you can expand them if the sun is too hot or if there’s rain that’s preventing you from enjoying time spent on the patio. During the winter, they can be retracted to prevent the weight of snow from subjecting them to wear and tear.
Con: Repairs on motorized models can be expensive. When you opt for an electric patio awning, these are designed with motors that can be quite costly to repair or replace if they suffer any damage. Because they have an electric sensor, it will likely end up damaged in time.
Pro: They help save money on bills. During the summer, having the sun shine brightly on the exterior of your home will cause inside temperatures to be high as well, but with patio awnings, you can save money on electricity used to power the AC unit because of the shade that keeps the house cooler. The reverse effect is useful in the winter: a retractable patio awning will allow natural sunlight to warm up the exterior walls, thus keeping the house warmer. You basically win regardless of the season.
The main difference between these two types of patio awnings comes down to one thing: flexibility. While a retractable awning can… well… retract, a fixed model will stay in place throughout the entire year. During the summer, these two basically provide the same benefits, with reduced cooling costs and the ability to block the same amount of light for those who want to stay away from the sun.
During the winter is when you can truly start to feel the differences between fixed and retractable awnings. However, the differences between them don’t stop there, so here are some of the things that you should know about them before you decide which one is the best choice for you:
Fixed awnings stay open during the winter, so heavy snow will rest on top of them, making them more prone to wear and tear.
Retractable awnings allow sunlight to fall upon the walls of your home during the winter, something that fixed awnings can’t do. By blocking passive heat, fixed awnings increase heating costs.
Fixed awnings are more difficult to clean because you can’t retract them to make debris fall off the canopy.
On cloudy days, awnings that are not retractable will block out natural light, causing you to turn on the light inside sooner.
If you ever want to sunbathe on the deck, fixed awnings won’t allow the sun’s rays to pass through.
Cleaning the patio is faster with a retractable awning because allowing natural sunlight to fall on the surface of the deck allows for quicker drying
Best Retractable Patio Awning To Stay Cool This Summer
The Diensweek patio awning is a retractable model that comes with plenty of features to look forward to. It brings forth a water-resistant solution-dyed spun-polyester material that rests upon a galvanized steel roller tube and uses cast aluminum shoulders for stability and durability.
It is manually operated using a crank handle and comes ready assembled, so you don’t have to stress over doing everything by yourself. Due to its retracting mechanism, this patio awning doesn’t require any electricity. It uses double steel cables and double springs which promise to be more durable than powder-coated steel. The chrome steel screws are also an interesting and durable feature.
Another electricity-free solution is this one from ALEKO. This retractable patio awning is designed with powder-coated metal parts that promise durability and a product that’s with you for the long haul. It’s made with treated fabric that delivers UV and water resistance, so you can rest assured that you will always be protected as long as you’re sitting under the shade.
You have multiple sizes and fabric colors to choose from, meaning you get to customize the appearance of your patio whenever you opt for ALEKO awnings.
The ADVANINGpatio awning is available in both a motorized and a manual version, so if you don’t want a product that relies on electricity to function, the company offers a viable alternative that’s just as good as its electric counterpart. This awning is designed with an aluminum semi-cassette hood that shields the motor and the fabric of the awning when retracted.
The remote operation is pretty easy on the electric model, as you receive a remote control for easy accessibility. The cover is made from premium European fabric, meaning it can resist the weather’s elements while allowing you to choose between multiple designs that best match your patio.
Another one of our favorite patio awnings comes from Best Choice Products. This product delivers exceptional quality for the price, being made with great materials and an ease of operation that’s definitely an advantage for those who don’t want to rely on electricity to use their awning.
It uses a powder-coated aluminum frame that supports the water-resistant polyester cover. Furthermore, the material is designed to offer protection from harmful sunlight, so you’ll never have to run around looking for a spot in the shade. It uses a manual crank that’s easy to operate, covering up to 54 square feet of space.
We wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this 8 x 7 feet retractable patio awning by ADVANING, which comes with a forest green and cream-stripe version. This electric retractable patio awning is designed using the same high-quality materials that the brand uses in all its awnings, making sure you get sun and rain protection thanks to the resistant acrylic fabric that’s used to make the cover.
It comes with a three-loop system (which includes a crank loop and two easy pitch loops) to make sure that you stay shielded from the sun at different times of day. The manual crank is an excellent feature whenever you want to operate the awning without using electricity.
Diensweekhas made it back to today’s list of best retractable patio awnings with a 12 x 10-foot product that delivers performance for anyone who wants to create a cozy outdoor space. Mostly designed for commercial use, but definitely something you could take advantage of as a homeowner, this electric motorized patio awning is one of the best products in its category.
It is designed with T5 grade aluminum for the frame (having corrosion-resistant properties) and quality polyester fabric which offers plenty of solar protection and has been tested for wind resistance as well. The package includes the mounting hardware needed for installation, a remote control, the mounting bracket, a manual crank handle, and the instructions needed to put the entire thing together.
How to Clean Your Patio Awning
The only truly difficult part about caring for your patio awning is the fact that the cleaning position is somewhat uncomfortable unless you actually take down the cover to clean it. The steps to follow when cleaning your patio awning are:
Use a broom or a leaf blower to get rid of all the debris accumulated on the awning. If you have a fixed awning, there is no way around this step, but for those who own a retractable model, simply roll it so that everything stacked on top of it will fall on the ground. However, note that if you do this, all the debris will end up falling on your deck, so you will eventually have to sweep it from somewhere. If you can’t reach the top of the awning safely, retracting it and sweeping debris off the deck is a better and more comfortable idea. If you have to reach up top, make sure you use a sturdy freestanding ladder or one that’s safely leaned against a sturdy wall (if possible, have someone hold the ladder for you while you’re using it).
When you’ve gotten rid of as much of that debris as possible, you want to proceed to spraying the awning with water. You don’t have to use any detergent yet, so you can just use a garden hose for this step. Make sure the water pressure isn’t too high, you don’t want to damage the fabric ahead of time.
Now you can proceed to making a cleaning solution. The ingredients for this solution will depend on the type of material used to make the cover of the awning. Those that use canvas or fabrics that are designed specifically for outdoor use can be cleaned using a solution made from lukewarm water and mild laundry detergent. If you own metal awning, you can use metal cleaning solvent and water. The important thing is to take into account the fact that certain materials have cleaning solutions formulated especially for them, so you can adapt to the situation you’re facing.
Scrubbing the awnings will require spreading the solutions across the surface of the material and pouring the cleaning solution in a spray bottle and using that is the best way to handle this. You can use a bucket and a sponge to apply the solution on the surface of the material and make sure that you let it soak for a few minutes. This will allow the solution to penetrate the material and/or dissolve any dry dirt stains, making it easier to clean the awning. You can use a soft bristled brush whenever it’s time to clean the awning. Make sure that you scrub it on both sides of the material.
If you notice that there are stains that persist on the surface of the material even after scrubbing it, this could be a sign that you need a special solution, depending on the type of stain you’re dealing with. Some of the products that might help are: dish detergent (to help get rid of mildew), grease/paint remover (helps with paint stains), anti-grease solution (for bird droppings), or acetone (to remove any oil stains, but make sure you test it on a small area first, as it might cause fabric discoloration).
When all the stains are in the way, it’s time to rinse your patio awning. Spray it thoroughly across the entire surface of the awning to make sure that you remove the cleaning solution from all sides. Before rolling or retracting the awnings, you need to allow them to dry because any spot that’s overly moist is a mold and mildew magnet.
How much are retractable patio awnings?
It depends on whether or not you plan on installing these by yourself or want to call in a professional, and the type of awning that you choose.
Are retractable awnings worth it?
Yes, because they protect your patio and your home in more ways than one. They can retract in the cold seasons to let sunshine fall on the walls of your home and heat it up a bit. During the summer, they are very efficient in homes that don’t have an AC unit because they help keep the wall protected from the sun. They’re also great because they protect your deck and patio furniture, and they give you a sunny or a shady place to stay.
What is the best retractable awning?
The best retractable awning is built using a study metal frame and a cover material that’s UV and water-resistant. It’s up to you whether you want a manually-operated or a motorized model.
There are plenty of reasons why a person would choose to install retractable patio awnings. It provides a way for you to enjoy sitting on your patio without having to worry about the weather, but it can also protect the house during summer and winter, by keeping the sun away from the walls or allowing it to shine on them to keep the walls warm. With so many different models available on the market, you can customize these awnings to your preference, and retractable models are all the hype right now.
Have you ever felt that you couldn’t get your tools in the correct position and got frustrated? Thousands of DIYers who have tools probably feel the same way, even seasoned professionals. But when it comes to working with metal, wood or whichever material, you’ll always want to make sure that your tools are in a stable position so that you can do the job efficiently.
We are going to go in-depth about Kreg Jig K4and Kreg Jig K5 today because they are tools that will help keep things uniform while you drill in your nails in the spots that it needs to be drilled in.
A jig is an open frame or plate that helps hold materials and assist power tools that helps guide it in the right direction while putting in what you need to put in that work area.
Why should I use a jig?
There are various reasons to use a jig, but the main reason is to ensure that you are drilling in the correct place, without having the need of installing permanent brackets on that material. It’s a very handy tool for all DIY’ers who are doing projects on a regular basis.
Now you know what jigs are in general and why you should use one, read on to see everything that you need to know about Kreg K4 and Kreg K5.
A man named Craig Sommerfield founded Kreg in 1986.When Craig was trying to create his kitchen from the home he was building at that time, he had nothing to assist him line his face with the constructing of his cabinet. The facial frame would not look well on his cabinets and the “Craig Jig” was the jig made of aluminum and steel. It was a pocket hole jig that is more widely known today. Today, the company is widely known in the USA, Canada, UK and Australia.
Who should use the Kreg K4 and K5?
The K4 model is definitely for DIY woodworkers because it’s easier to use and tasks such as pocket joinery will be much more efficient. The design will help make all woodworking tasks pretty much effortless. Features such as durable toggle clamp and more makes using this jig extremely easy.
The K5 model was definitely built with professionals in mind. This version has more enhanced features and the design makes it easy for doing all kinds of woodwork. There are a lot of integrated capabilities such as a swiveling dust collector port, which is always handy because keeping a clean work environment while working is very important.
The only similarities that Kreg K4 and Kreg K5 have is:
Both have a clamping system
Both have the same common goal
Both models have a good clamping system which is always handy.
Both models also have the same goal while you are using it, to stay in place while you are using it to drill a nail or other materials in.
While both tools have a couple of similarities, they definitely have their differences. Refer to the table below to see their differences.
best for DIY woodworking
includes toggle clamp
best for small spaces
best for commercial use
include dust collector port
include dust collector port
expensive, but worth investment for commercial use
best for larger, bigger projects
Those are the differences between the two models. While they are similar in design, each of them has different functionalities. You’ll need to consider what you’ll need to use one of these for so that you can decide which one you want to get for your next woodworking project.
The K4is one of the older versions of the Kreg jig tools. While older, it still packs a few functionalities that’s still useful today. The main functionality of this model is it’s made for drilling pocket holes with ease. Also, as we’ve mentioned earlier, this is the tool that’s more beginner, DIY friendly as it’s extremely easy to use. You’ll want to use this on smaller materials, but it can work on bigger pieces of wood if you need to use it on that.
What’s good is that you can adjust this jig to meet the thickness levels that’s required for whichever pocket hole size you are trying to achieve. There is a face clamp included to help you clamp and keep the material securely in place while drilling pocket holes.
There’s also a drill guide that you can remove to increase mobility when using the tool. It has 3 holes, and it can help you make precise cuts in wood (or other materials) that you are working on. Overall, it’s a very durable tool perfect for DIY’er.
The Kreg K5 is like the child of the K4, having many more features. It has useful features that professional woodworkers will enjoy using while working. There is a front-mounted handle to make clamping easy and help adjust the cuts. You’ll appreciate the built-in clamping system, something that the K4 does not have.
Another feature that the K5 has is the onboard storage (the wings on the tool), somewhere where you can put your screwdrivers, small power tools and more. This is also another feature that the K4 doesn’t have. It’s always handy to have the tools right there when trying to make precise pocket holes.
The Kreg K5 is bigger in size than the K4, so if portability is something that you want, you may want to stick with the K4.
There’s also a dust collection port, which is always nice to have on any power tools because keeping a clean workspace is fairly important.
The K5 also makes it easy to adjust thickness levels by using the ratcheting mechanism to help position your material in the correct position. The adjustment function slides into place which requires just that you elevate the handle until you hear it in a safe and stable position by two clicks.
Overall, it’s a great tool that any woodworking professional would be happy to have.
Pergolas are a wonderful addition to the backyard. Maybe you’ll want to save the cost of hiring someone to build it, so you decide to do it yourself. It’s clear that you don’t want to use brackets so you can use either a Kreg K4 or K5 to drill two holes at the end of the end of the board. You’ll want to use one hand to hold the jig down firmly or have someone help you as the jig will likely kick out. You’ll do 1” inch on each side of the board, then you’ll use the clamp to hold the board in place. You’ll then put in your screws and repeat on the other side of the board, with the clamp on the other side as well. After that, you’re done using the jig for the rafter.
For this project, you’ll likely use the Kreg K4 as you’ll be dealing with smaller pieces of wood. You’ll want to set the measurement on the jig, so that it can make the hole precisely. You’ll then want to drill ¾” holes four times (two per side). You will then measure again and mark at least five pocket holes. You’ll want to do this again for another piece of wood for the toybox. You will then use the jigsaw to cut the straight lines and continue until you’re done.
You will likely want to use the Kreg K5 for this project. You’ll want to mark the areas where you will be making holes on the rectangular board and drill 3-4 pocket holes near the longer edge. You can do the same for the other boards, where you’ll use it for connecting at a later time in the project.
For this project, you’ll want to use the smaller Kreg K4. You start by paring up six ⅛ wood pieces into three pairings of the two board shelves. Then you’ll use the jig to start making pocket holes, 4 of them, on the long side of the board, per pair. You’ll repeat the same for the rest of the pairs.
For this project, you can use either Kreg K4 or Kreg K5. You’ll want to make sure that it’s spaced apart on 4 feet boards, like 6-8 inches. Then you can make your pocket holes and repeat per pair until it’s done.
Both Kreg K4 and Kreg K5 are good jigs that are worthy of being in a wood workshop. Both have features that are beneficial to each user. Whether you need something small or something larger, you’ll need to decide which one is best for making pocket holes. Obviously, the Kreg K5 comes with more features and an onboard storage/dust collector.
If we had to pick between the two, we love the Kreg K5 Jig. It has more features, a built-in clamping system, storage and a dust collector. It can help get precise pocket holes, which is what we like, and it lets you adjust the thickness.
Which one do you think is better? The Kreg K4? The Kreg K5? Let us know in the comments, if you want, of your opinion!
When I was a kid my grandmother used to serve us dinner on the patio by handing us plates of food through the kitchen window. It was her informal way of serving us and easier than walking through the kitchen to the outdoor area, but I never forgot how cool it was that she did that.
One of my favorite bistros in the cute town of Calistoga has an open window bar where I love to sip a cocktail or glass of wine. Now that we’ve kicked off summer, it feels like it’s time to open all the windows and let the fresh air in, and while you’re at it, offer up a beverage and a snack!
Sometimes referred to as a servery window, these pass through openings allow for indoor to outdoor entertaining. A servery window pairs a folding accordion or upswing gas strut window with a countertop slab. With some the exterior countertop is integrated with the interior, and with others the countertop is a separate piece. Either way, how perfect are these for summer dining and entertaining?
Microcement finishes smooth, shape and contour the stylish interior of this modern 90 square metre apartment, located in Lviv, Ukraine. Visualised by Ira Lysiuk, the industrial style decor here is an understated and tactile affair that meets with natural wood slatted features, oak cabinetry and soft creamy textiles that prevent the aesthetic from falling cold. The simple microcement decor scheme is free of fuss, which allows contemporary furniture and fashionable designer pieces to command the limelight. The cohesive grey palette floods every room of the home, engulfing all horizontal and vertical planes to create one restful expanse that soothes the eye and the mind.
A textured rug lays down a creamy base for a matching modern sofa. The curved edges of the couch are complemented by skillfully rounded microcement covered walls.
A single black accent cushion on the cream upholstered sofa has been put there to tie in with two adjacent Bernard lounge chairs, designed by Shane Schneckis for Hay. A round coffee table layers in a warming element of natural wood tone.
Black steel framed windows contrast darkly with the pale grey microcement walls, whilst heavy drapes quietly meld with the modern industrial style finish.
Directly behind the sofa, a combination of dining chairs, a dining bench and a unique stool make up a personalised dining set.
Twin black dining room pendant lights pick out the black framework of the dining chairs. The stylish chairs are the Cesca Chair, designed by Marcel Breuer. The original was designed back in 1928 and the name came as a tribute to his daughter, Cheska. In 1968, the design was purchased by Knoll.
The dining stool at the head of the table increases the seating without cluttering the visual.
A wall of glass separates a dedicated home office space from the lounge and dining room combo. Black steel frames form cohesivity with the external window frames.
A neat swivel chair makes an elegant addition to the contemporary wooden desk design. Solid oak panelling conceals a little built-in storage, whilst wood slatted panels add textural and tonal interest behind the daybed. The beige upholstered daybed provides a cosy reading area within the home office, which doubles as a guest bed if the occasion should arise.
The entry door places the warm wood slatted aesthetic into a cool grey microcement hallway. The smooth finish unites both sharp and curved edges and a durable micro screed floor, perfect for heavy footfall.
A racetrack shaped wall mirror, a wall mounted entryway shelf and a coat hanging rail add black accent notes to the restful modern grey backdrop.
The hallway to the bedroom is characterised by wide wood slatted doors that catch the light.
A wide load-bearing column somewhat separates the kitchen from the lounge area, although all are joined together in an open flowing arrangement. A set of elevated drawer units bridge the gap between the cumbersome column and an adjacent wall to form a sleek peninsula bar.
On the opposite side of the kitchen installation, natural oak units build a modern rustic vibe.
Open shelving units negate the need for a backsplash, resulting in one solid golden wood tone volume.
Kitchen tower units have been set back into the grey microcement wall to form extraordinary contrast.
A modern wall sconce lights the kitchen breakfast bar area. A pair of Tokyo stools designed by Rodney Kinsman for OMK perch on gracefully slender black framework that allows beautiful oak slatted facia boards to shine through. A black indoor planter complements the stools’ dark finish.
An assortment of decorative vases add a homey touch against the microcement covered column.
In the bedroom, an upholstered bed appears to float on a cloud-like fluffy white area rug. A racetrack shaped floor mirror has its foot tucked cosily underneath the pile.
The inviting rug stops short of a bedroom reading area in the corner of the room.
The modern wood bedside table coordinates with an impressive edge-to-edge oak slatted headboard feature wall.
Dried botanics loll in a clear glass vase by the bed.
A designer chair forms a stylish reading corner over by the window.
A double sink bathroom vanity has been given the same microcement finish as the bathroom walls to minimise visual noise. The wooden base unit makes a warmly toned companion for a wood slatted walkway across the wet zone. Recessed spotlights and a chic wall lamp make up a bright show of bathroom vanity lights.
Unique faucets add a glossy black accent at each bathroom sink. Two black framed racetrack shaped vanity mirrors complete the contemporary bathroom ensemble.
Dual shower screens part dramatically in front of a modern freestanding bathtub, which stands on colour coordinated black steel supports. Twin chrome showerheads balance out each side of the bathroom layout.
Recessed nooks in the microcement walls make handy stow away points for toiletries in the shower area, whilst a decorative oak shelf is mounted by the bathtub.
I was looking at the extra closet in my old home office, the one that’s filled with boxes of pictures and photo albums. If I digitize the photos and store the photo albums elsewhere, I could transform the closet into a beverage center or study spot which makes more sense since the space is used by my teenagers.
Of course one turns to the internet for research and to my delight I found more than just images of offices and wet bars, I came across clever mud rooms and reading nooks too. May I present the four uses I uncovered for closets, one’s that might serve a greater purpose for you beyond just storage. Note some of the images show niches but the design elements would work tucked into closets too.
There comes a moment in every person’s life when the hodgepodge of mismatched utensils that you’ve pieced together from college, IKEA, and that roommate who moved out and left hers behind has got to go. True, if your forks can poke and your spoons can scoop, they are technically getting the job done. But whether you’re eating a four-course feast or a morning egg, there’s so much more to the dining experience than just the mechanics: The way a great set of flatware looks on your table and feels in your hand might just be the secret ingredient your meals have been missing. Yet with seemingly endless options and no way to see or feel the pieces beforehand, shopping for flatware online is no easy task. That’s why we’ve scoured the market, chatted with experts, and narrowed our list down to the 10 best flatware sets for all aesthetics and price points. Now all you have to do is pick a set, find a recipe, and set the table in style.
Material: Stainless steel was discovered in 1913 and has been the go-to for everyday dining ever since, thanks to its durability, stain resistance, and dishwasher-safe unfussiness. Made from sterling silver, the same material used to fashion jewelry, traditional silverware is a much pricier investment than silver-plated flatware, which typically consists of a copper core coated in sterling silver. Both are known to tarnish and require polishing but actually can be dishwasher safe. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly and avoid washing with other metals and detergents that contain citrus.
Quantity: Flatware is usually sold by place setting—that is, all the utensils one person needs for their spot at the table. A single five-piece setting typically includes a salad fork, dinner fork, knife, tablespoon, and teaspoon. A box set, which bundles multiple place settings, can be a more affordable option; the most common is 20 pieces, which covers a table for four.
Design: While there is such a thing as classic etiquette, there’s something to be said for personal style. “There are no rules when it comes to setting a table,” say Silvana Cure and Valerie Ortega, cofounders of modern tablescape rental service Pleit. “Use your creativity and play with what you have at home.” But if you’re looking for a few guidelines, they recommend asking yourself what mood you want your table to convey. Do you prefer elegant affairs? Go with a classic stainless steel design. Are you a frequent pizza partyer? Feel free to get more casual by adding color or acrylic handles. Then match the color and materials of your flatware to the serveware (bowls, dishes, trays) it will be keeping company with. This visual consistency will leave room for you to mix things up with accessories like tablecloths, napkins, and florals.
Neither too modern nor too ornate, Pottery Barn’s top-selling design is striking yet classic enough to be used day in, day out. With a gracefully proportioned shape that pairs long lines with a solid handle, this set is made from 18/8 stainless steel, the second-highest grade of chromium and nickel, which stands up relatively well to corrosion. Complement these utensils with thin ceramic dishes that have just a hint of a lip for a contemporary look that feels timeless.
With more than 17,000 positive ratings on Amazon, this ultra-affordable set—the number-one best-seller on Amazon—has been put to the test. The simplified design is available in a range of finishes, from standard silver to a trippy, iridescent rainbow, but its appearance isn’t the only draw: Reviewers are routinely impressed by the solid weight, comfortable balance, and unbeatable price, but we like that it comes in 10-, 20-, 30-, and 60-piece sets. At less than $50 for the latter, you can afford to try a new style for your next dinner party.
The furnishings and homewares of award-winning Italian designer Achille Castiglioni are often on view at the Museum of Modern Art, so it’s no surprise that even his cutlery concepts are works of art. Unique yet approachable, each piece subtly juxtaposes a squared-off matte handle with a softly curving, polished end. Though more expensive than other options, this is one design that will never go out of style.
If you’re looking for a nostalgic design that goes from black-tie dinners to cereal breakfasts without missing a beat, this is the set for you. With their timeless mirrored finish, the classically curved handles are lined with delicate beadwork that adds a traditional flourish without going full-on Downton Abbey. It’s also a perfect starter set: You can build on it with Crate & Barrel’s matching steak knives and serving sets.
Inspired by mid-century Scandinavian designs, this set updates whimsically tapered forms with a range of colors bold enough for even the most playful table settings. Think: Alice in Wonderland meets Alvar Aalto. We like the matte rose gold finish, which looks just as chic alongside a minimalist, ultramodern plate as it does next to an antique copper serving dish.
We adore the unpretentious charm of this classic bistro-style flatware. Made in France, the utensils feature an unexpected brushed stainless steel finish and durable riveted handles made with your choice of dishwasher-safe acrylic or teak for everyday ease. Go with black or ivory if you’re feeling timeless, or multicolored for a look that’s très éclectique.
Mining the Internet for glamorous (but not gaudy) gold flatware is always a challenge, but this set hits pay dirt on all accounts. Pairing the perfect warm hue with a delightfully tactile brushed finish and tastefully simple shape, these pieces make every meal feel that much richer. The best part? They’re actually made of stainless steel, so they’ll last just as long as your heirloom china.
Looking for a set you can truly feel good about buying? Crafted in New York by Sherrill Manufacturing, the last remaining flatware manufacturer in the country, Heath Ceramics’s Muir flatware is the first American-made pattern to hit the market in nearly a decade. It’s also a stunner thanks to its earthy matte surface and dramatic onyx finish—and the simplicity of its minimalist design.
Why settle for one bold hue when you have the whole rainbow at your disposal? Made in Italy, these lively sets feature resin handles over stainless steel frames that taper at the neck for a touch of visual drama. Colors come in sets of 5 or 20, so pick your favorite, or mix and match depending on what’s for dinner.
Single-use plastic utensils are never a good look. With this inventive set, you never have to eat with them again. Housed in a dishwasher-safe silicone carrying case—you can choose from a blush-hued terrazzo pattern or a variety of quiet pastels—W&P Porter’s trio of utensils are all pleasingly sturdy and eco-friendly. Just pop them in your bag and be ready to dig in on a train, at the park, or even in the office.
What’s the best quality of stainless steel flatware?
Stainless steel is an alloy, or blend of multiple metals. When it comes to flatware, the grades 18/10, 18/8, and 18/0 refer to the percentage of chromium and nickel present in the steel. The higher the percentage of nickel (the second number in the fraction), the better. Why? Nickel improves the shine, weight, and resistance to corrosion. Thus 18/10 stainless steel is the best-quality flatware to invest in. But according to Cure and Ortega, “Other ratios are not bad, they are just more susceptible to oxidation and rust if they are not handled and washed correctly.”
How do you set flatware on a table?
Forks go to the left of your plate; knives and spoons sit on the right. Place each piece in the order it will be used, starting from the outside and moving in.
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