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How to cool a memory foam mattress?

Guest Blogger, David H.

How to cool a memory foam mattress?

Memory foam mattresses are very comfortable. But unfortunately some of them are just too hot to sleep on. As a result, you might not be getting enough sleep or waking up feeling very tired even though you have a high quality memory foam mattress and you need to immediately find the best hot mattress solutions so that you can sleep well.

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Your memory foam mattress gets too hot because you are in direct contact with a foam block. It is normal that it heats up and it won’t be a nice feeling. So in this article we will provide you with the best hot mattress solutions:

1-     Use a mattress cover:

A mattress cover will allow your body to cool off. Many people feel very comfortable with their foam mattresses that they don’t want to change them even if they are too hot. But with a mattress cover, you can hardly feel any difference.

You should choose a mattress cover that is breathable and designed to absorb your sweat. The mattress cover will also protect your mattress from stains and spills and it can be easily washed in the washing machine.

 

2-     Use a Mattress Topper :

This is one of the best hot mattress solutions. Mattress toppers are designed to provide more cushioning. But you already have a foam mattress and you don’t need any more cushioning. So in this case, you should go for a thin mattress topper, ideally from 1 to 3 inches.

When you choose to buy a topper, you are actually creating insulation between your body and the foam in the mattress. It is normal that your body heats up during sleep, but sleeping on the mattress will heat up the foam too. That is why; you should use a mattress topper that is not made from foam so that it doesn’t transfer your body heat to the mattress where it gets trapped.

Cotton is used to make mattress toppers because it is breathable and will act as a barrier between your body and the mattress. Wool is another material that will draw the moisture away from your body and will make you cooler.

 

3-     Use the right sheets:

Some materials are known to trap heat more than others. Synthetic materials in general heat up way more than natural ones. If you always wake up sweaty, this means that you are not getting the comforting type of sleep. Moreover, some people will wake up no matter how tired they are because their mattresses are too hot. Go for sheets that are made from materials like cotton. Choose a thread count between 200 and 800, to ensure that your body heat will not be transferred to the mattress. Sateen is a cheaper option to silk and will stay very cool. Bamboo sheets will keep your body very dry as it absorbs your body moisture while feeling like cashmere.

 

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4-     Control the temperature in your room:

You can keep your room cool by adjusting the AC temperature, keep a fan going or keep a window open. Bed fans are designed to blow air under the bed and along the sheets. They are usually very quiet and the speed can be adjusted with a remote control without ever having to leave your bed.

 

Conclusion:

Cooling your mattress can improve the overall quality of your sleep which will have a positive effect on your health. Follow these tips to have the best hot mattress solutions and make sure that you are having a night of uninterrupted sleep.

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How to clean a mattress

By Guest Blogger, David H.

How to clean a mattress

Many people ignore the importance of cleaning their mattresses although it can lead to serious health problems. Some people spend years trying to cure acne or asthma not knowing that their mattresses are the main reason why they are not getting any better. Even though you sleep on the bed sheets, your mattress is still subject to dust, dead skin cells and other allergens that can cause serious respiratory and skin problems. In this article we will highlight the best ways to clean a mattress:

  1. Vacuum your mattress:

Even with changing your sheets every other day, dust and skin cells would still reach your mattress. We shed skin cells as we sleep, and while we don’t directly sleep on the mattress, some of these cells do end up on the mattress’s surface. You need to vacuum your mattress every week to remove accumulated dust, pet hair and food crumbs. Not removing the dust can make your mattress the best home for dust mites and bed bugs which are very dangerous.

  1. Spot clean new stains:

The best way to clean a mattress is to treat spots as soon as they happen. This is will prevent the spill from sinking into the mattress. As soon as you have a spill, you should make sure that you have absorbed most of the moisture before trying to clean the stain. You can use tissue paper to absorb the moisture before trying to clean the stain. Always clean the stain from the outside towards the center. Avoid rubbing as it will make the stain sink in deeper into the mattress. You can use baking soda with water to remove tough stains. Let it dry then vacuum away the white powder.

 

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  1. Deal with old stains:

Maybe you don’t feel that you need to replace your mattress just yet, but it doesn’t mean that you have to ignore old stains. Once stains have dried they become very tough to deal with. When bodily fluids like sweat and blood dry out they combine with the mattress fabric and they become very hard to remove. Use an enzyme cleaner to clean old stains. They break down stains and odors. You can also use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap and baking soda to remove tough stains.

  1. Deodorize your mattress:

Cleaning a mattress means to keep it smelling fresh and clean. Even after removing stains you will not feel that your mattress smells clean all the time. Prepare a mixture of lemon juice and water to remove the bad odors and to keep your mattress smelling nice for some time.

  1. Disinfect your mattress:

Lemon juice and vinegar can also disinfect your mattress by killing all the bacteria and the germs. Using a chemical disinfectant can activate allergies.

  1. Air your mattress:

The best thing you can do is to leave your mattress in the air and in the sun. It might not be easy but you need to properly ventilate your mattress at least once a month. This will kill the bacteria and the germs.

These are the best tips to clean a mattress that will likely make your mattress live for a long time. Sleeping on a clean mattress will improve the quality of your sleep and will fix a lot of health problems.

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7 Simple Tips for You to Treat Bacterial Vaginosis Effectively

By Guest Blogger, Rose Emma

7 Simple Tips for You to Treat Bacterial Vaginosis Effectively

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Vagina has always been a sensitive and troublesome area for women because a lot of things can go wrong easily and threaten the quality of their sex life as well as the well-being of their happiness. The most common vaginal infection is bacterial vaginosis which is backed up by the fact that 75% women at the age of 15-44 has it at least once in their lifetime.

Bacterial vaginosis happens when harmful bacteria in the vagina outnumbers good ones and gets out of control. It’s a mild infection and in some cases, it disappears on its own without any touch of medicines. But if you find the symptoms, including vaginal discharge, itching, burning sensation when urinating or foul smell, high chance you might get bacterial vaginosis. It’s not hard to combat this conditions, but if you hesitate to get treatment, you will put your health at risk of getting STDs and other severe infections.

Here we provide some of the most effective home treatments for bacterial vaginosis which are all easy to perform at home in order to completely manage the condition.

  1. Yogurt

It is recommended by many gynecologists to support the treatment of bacterial vaginosis with yogurt. Lactobacillus acidophilus – a good type of bacteria in yogurt holds the power to reestablish the pH level in the vagina.  One cup of yogurt in your daily diet also gives your immune system a happy boost, which helps our body fight against bacteria more effectively.

  1. Tea Tree Oil

The powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties make tea tree oil a hero when treating with bacterial vaginosis. It is very effective in killing harmful bacteria and alleviating the symptoms. The strong exotic odor also outweighs the foul smell caused by bacterial vaginosis, making you feel less concerned with the odor of the sensitive area.

How to use:

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in purified water and clean your vagina daily.
  • Another option is to soak in a tub of warm water with a few drops of tea tree oil for 30 minutes.
  1. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is long known to be able to balance the pH level in the vagina as well as the level of hormone in the body. Fenugreek also regulates the menstrual cycle which plays a big role in the natural healing of the vagina. Fenugreek should be consume orally only.

You can add a tablespoon of fenugreek powder to your cup of yogurt. The effect will be doubled.

Or follow many others people who soak the seeds in water and drink the water in the morning before having breakfast.

  1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil again proves its irreplaceable status in home remedies. It is packed with antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which are very beneficial in treating bacterial vaginosis if you apply it in the right way.

How to use:

  • Drop coconut oil on a tampon and insert it into your vagina for two hours, rinse well with clean water and pat dry with a towel.
  • Include coconut oil in daily cooking to improve your immune system
  1. Hydrogen Peroxide

This versatile solution can be used to treat bacterial vaginosis effectively. 3% hydrogen peroxide can disinfect and control the development of harmful bacteria. It also helps relieve itchiness and pain caused by bacterial vaginosis.

How to use:

  • Make a solution from water and 3% hydrogen peroxide in the ratio 1:1
  • Cleanse your vagina with this solution 1 or 2 times a day. Remember to gently dry the area with a clean towel.
  1. Good Vaginal Hygiene

It sounds obvious, but it would be a mistake if we rule this out from the list. A good vaginal hygiene plays an important role in control the growth of harmful bacteria. If you don’t keep the area dry and clean, you can turn this area into a favorable nest for harmful bacteria to flourish.

It is also ideal if you can avoid intercourse until the doctor says your vagina are free from bacterial vaginosis to because those activities can bring harmful bacteria deeper in the vagina or transmit to your sex partner.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar again can amaze us by its ability to treat bacterial vaginosis. Its natural acidic compound restores the pH balance in the vagina and makes it an inhabitable environment for harmful bacteria.

How to apply:

  • Prepare a warm tub of water that is added 3 cups of apple cider vinegar; soak yourself in the tub for 15 minutes.
  • Another good option is to simply wash your vagina with a mixture of ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and water. You will see improvement in no time.

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Author’s bio: This article is written by Rose Emma – Senior Editor of Authority Remedies. She works as a health care expert in the field of Nutrition and Health for over 2 years after trained in Food and Nutrition Dietetics at Bluffton University. With all the experience she accumulates since college, she provides people with useful information about nutrition as well as helps them with their common health problems.

Get Your Skate On for a Great Cause

Remember, Charity Looks Good on Everybody!

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Tender Hearts, Inc. “Supporting medically fragile children in order to create a better quality of life” is determined to focus on one non-profit or for profits organization a year to help them with any needs on helping children in the Delaware State have a better way of life.  

The Skate Party happens Saturday February 18, 2017

Time: 5:15p-7:15p

At: Christiana Skating Center

801 Christiana Rd.

Newark, DE 19713

(302)366-0473

Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 per child with a $3 skate rental. All proceeds are donated.

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7 Easy Everyday Drinks That Fight Inflammation

By Guest Blogger Jessica S.

7 Easy Everyday Drinks That Fight Inflammation

Chronic inflammation has affected millions of adults in recent years. Inflammation has been found to have direct links to the most common diseases causing the rising mortality rate. It may manifest in common conditions and diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory pressure. Not all inflammation are bad as this is the body’s natural signal to fight off foreign invaders. But too much-prolonged inflammation oftentimes leads to painful body conditions.

When the body’s immune response stays “on” and inflammation has persisted, the body might experience any of earlier-mentioned diseases and conditions. It is highly likely that inflammation is the root cause. It is the product of our stationary lifestyle and poor eating choices. Inflammation has led to a number of different diseases that we may not have noticed, thus accumulated over time. Luckily, experts have noted that there are anti-inflammatory foods that can help beat and help prevent inflammation and also provide relief.

It is imperative that you make drastic measures to change your lifestyle. As you age, these common diseases will hinder your daily activities and might cost you thousands in hospital bills and medication. By finding out more about the all-natural healing foods, you can get a head start on fighting the root cause of the cited diseases.

We have compiled the powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients in a colorful infographic below.  The graphic details drinkable solutions that can be made using the common household names such as green tea and ginger.

With the graphic below, you can finally put an end to inflammation even before it becomes a bigger problem.

7 Easy Everyday Drinks That Fight Inflammation

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Dealing with a Small Space the Best Way Possible

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

Dealing with a Small Space the Best Way Possible

Even the wealthiest people have to deal with small spaces at some point in their life – not every room in the manor is huge (well, this might not be completely true). Making the most out of small spaces goes beyond mere functionality, albeit this might be the most important aspect of it. A properly made up room is always pleasant to look at and be in, which means a great deal in terms of mood and productivity.

Decluttering

image-1-3This step is definitely the most important one – you cannot really have a properly organized space if it is cluttered in any way. Approaching decluttering, regardless of how easy it might sound, often turns out to be tricky – there are probably many items in there that you’ll think twice (or more) about throwing away. In order to clear up the room of unnecessary stuff, you’ll need to detach yourself from these objects – they are objects, after all and you can’t be sentimental about all of them. The best way to approach ridding yourself of clutter is by designating items that truly are of sentimental value to you – you need to do this on your own, whilst being objective. Secondly, think about items that you haven’t used in more than a year – unless it’s equipment for emergency, chances are that you won’t be needing these. Items that you have deemed unnecessary, but too valuable to throw away are best put aside.

Sell the Unused

The items you’ve put aside can probably be sold or given away. Think about your friends and family here – could any of your close ones make use from these items? If the answer is ‘yes’, then start handing out the presents. The remaining unused stuff should be sold. Think about websites such as eBay and Amazon and put the stuff up for sale as soon as possible – it might take some time for offers to start popping up. When you realize you’ve rid yourself of the clutter, proceed to the next step.

Organize Properly

image-3-3I know that you’d like a large wardrobe and that wall shelves might not be to your liking. But you are dealing with a small amount of space here – you’ll have to come to terms with the fact that you are making the most out of a room, not making it into something that it isn’t. Naturally, you always have the option of tearing down the walls, but instead of doing this, think about adding another door to the small space in question. Doors Sydney have many convenient solutions that won’t compromise your idea of a small room. In any case, make sure that you realize that you won’t be able to disregard the wall shelves and other items, convenient for small spaces.

Light

image-8Light plays a key role in any part of your house – it can seriously affect your mood, productivity and make a room appear larger (or smaller, if not properly supplied). Windows big enough for daytime are crucial in order for your small area to appear larger, but if there is no room for windows on your walls, a quality skylight will do the trick. When it comes to nighttime, you’ll have to opt for proper lighting. Placing mirrors in the target room will help scatter the light everywhere, but without quality LED lights, these reflections won’t do you much good. LED lights do tend to be more expensive than your regular lighting, but pay off in the long run and are great for the environment!

image-4-2Making the most of a small space might be a arduous task for your weekends, but putting a small space in order will help you get an extra room, to working at home, study or simply make it the place where your enjoy your hobby.

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Six stylish tips on how to wear a jumpsuit

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Six stylish tips on how to wear a jumpsuit

 

image-3-2 A jumpsuit has been gaining popularity for the last few years and has unquestionably become a popular fashionable clothing item. It is both trendy and practical and it consists of two parts, top and bottom, joined in one piece. Now that the cold winter days are ahead of us, wearing a dress is not the best option as it may leave you freezing. On the other hand, a jumpsuit is a perfect solution for those chilly days since it covers up almost all of your body. Also, it is suitable for any occasion and can make you look both casual and super chic. Today, they are available in a variety of shapes, colors and patterns and can be easily matched with any accessory in order to make a complete outfit. However, if they are not worn correctly they can accentuate all of your flaws and imperfections and make you feel insecure. If you want to avoid feeling intimidated when choosing the right jumpsuit, take a look at these few tips.

Define your waist

Choosing the right jumpsuit can be a bit tricky as it’s purpose is to emphasize the woman’s waist and define the curvy look. One of the ways to achieve this is to find a suitable belt and cinch your jumpsuit at the waist. If you are leaning towards a more elegant style you can go for a golden statement belt which goes perfectly with a black, red or navy jumpsuit.

Show some cleavage

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If you are looking for a sexier look, opt for a jumpsuit with major cleavage and make your plunging neckline visible and seductive. By adding some flashy jewelry, such as a short necklace or statement earrings, you will accentuate the upper part of the body and draw the attention away from the cleavage. It’s all about the effect you are trying to produce and the style you want to achieve.

Choose a feminine print

This winter’s fashion designers have embraced many comebacks such as a black and white polka dot fashion design, floral print, ruffles and stripes. They appear almost everywhere – on dresses, jumpsuits and accessories. Choosing a floral or polka dot jumpsuit adds to a more feminine and charming look. However, avoid adding too much jewelry as it might be a little bit over the top.

Wear heels with wide leg jumpsuit

image-7Wearing heels can transform any outfit and change it from casual to classy. You can always add a spark to your look by choosing the right pair of high heels. Wearing a nice solid formal playsuit with appropriate high heels creates a sophisticated and classy look. Also, if you happen to wear wide leg jumpsuit, which has been taking over the runways for quite some time now, avoid wearing slippers or flats as it will create a sloppy look. Always go for a nice pair of skinny nude heels because it will extend your body figure and make you look taller.

Go casual

image-1-2This unique fashion item can be casual too. Combining it with a pair of light sneakers and a denim jacket and spicing it up with just a little bit of jewelry creates a perfect every day loose outfit, which is not only stylish but also very comfy and practical.

Find the perfect fit

Most of us, before choosing most of our clothing, need to consider our size and body build. Finding a jumpsuit that fits your body is essential and anything too tight or too loose should be avoided. Tight jumpsuit will make you feel uncomfortable and loose jumpsuit will fail to accentuate your body curves and make you look unpolished.

image-6Although choosing the right jumpsuit can be a bit overwhelming, it surely is fun playing with it and experimenting with all sorts of accessories so as to create a desirable effect but at the same time feel comfortable in it.

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6 Ways to Find Love Without Using Your Mobile Phone.

6 Ways to Find Love Without Using Your Mobile Phone.

Do you remember a pre-smart phone world? One where you looked ahead rather than down at your screen? These gadgets have taken over our lives in almost every conceivable way. From organising our weekly food shop to tracking down the love of our life, you can do all of this with a casual swipe of your finger.

The problem is that the world of disposable online dating is making it difficult to pin down a real and sustainable relationship. It’s hard to give one person your full attention when thousands of ‘perfect’ singletons await you at the click of a couple of buttons. Even on real life dates our phones represent a tempting distraction from the person across the table. Why listen to another boring anecdote when you can scroll through twitter updates or nip to the loo to hunt down another potential match?

There just has to be a better way to search out Mr or Mrs. Right. So give your swiping finger a well-deserved break and check out 6 ways to meet people in the offline world.

1) Talking With Strangers
Gulp. Actually going up to RANDOM people and TALKING to them. We think nothing of throwing out comments to anyone and everyone we come across on Facebook and Twitter but talking to an unknown on the bus fills us with every type of irrational fear. The truth is that if you really want to immerse yourself in offline dating you’re going to have to get this down to a fine art. Like most things in life, it will get less scary the more you do it so take a deep breath and say hello. You might be surprised at how much this brightens your contact with the world both romantically and otherwise. Still not convinced? This will certainly change your mind.

2) Joining The Gym
What better way to bond than over a killer spin class or tough session on the treadmill? The brilliant thing about the gym is it combines doing something really positive for your mind and body with the chance to meet a whole host of potential matches. Exercise is one of the best mental boosts you can give yourself and you can learn about some of the key benefits here. The most important rule of gym romance, leave your phone in your locker. Turn off the tunes and the constant life updates to really connect with your workout and those around you. ‘Is that your dumbbell or mine…?’

3) Volunteering Abroad
There are many reasons why people volunteer to work abroad and meeting your potential partner is one of those. Taking up a worldly experience such as volunteering in a foreign country presents a wonderful opportunity for personal experience and growth. It provides a chance to see the world, to help people in need and to expand your horizons. All the while surrounded by a group of like-minded people with whom your life will become intertwined for weeks or months. It’s no wonder then that romance springs from these intense situations. Go exotic enough and you’re likely to be without a phone signal and left with no choice but to interact in real time.

Photo Provided by guest blogger, Holly B.
Photo Provided by guest blogger, Holly B.

4) Being a Social Butterfly
Learning to say yes to a whole range of activities is a key part of dating in the real world. From a pure numbers perspective putting yourself into lots of situations with lots of people is likely to lead to real life matches. So say yes to that gig you aren’t sure about or those work drinks you would normally dodge. Not only does being a social butterfly mean you could stumble across that special someone it also actively improves your social skills. Try and schedule in at least 3 activities per week for maximum impact.

5) The Shopping Centre
The Shopping Centre might not be top of your list of most romantic places to meet a match but there is a steady logic to this idea. Our shopping habits say a lot about our personality and disposable income so visiting your favourite store might be a useful way to meet a like-minded mate. It’s also a relaxed and low-pressure way to approach someone you don’t know. Ask for directions to the food court or the nearest cash point to flex your social muscles and strike up an interaction.

6) Being a Risk Taker
Would you risk it all for love? It seems that those who are willing to take a leap of faith or put themselves out there are more likely gain success in finding their perfect match. So date someone outside your comfort zone, say yes to an unusual dating activity or just take the chance to pass your number to that guy you see every day on your commute. Yes, taking risks, being unpredictable with a pinch of spontaneity, leaves you open to getting hurt or disappointed but it also leaves you open to so much positive energy that we should all up our risk factor. You might uncover a whole new side of yourself.
Turn off the Wi-Fi and up your dating success with these interpersonal steps.

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7 Ideas to Help You Stick to Your Budget

By Guest Blogger Maricor B.
7 Ideas to Help You Stick to Your Budget
Are you all too familiar with the challenges of budgeting? Sticking to a budget is not something that comes naturally to all of us. But if you’re looking to pay off debt or save more cash every payday, learning to budget is a must.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

Luckily, budgeting is a pretty straightforward process that gets easier over time. And living more frugally is simply a matter of making the right decisions moneywise.

The following 7 ideas should help you succeed at budgeting.
1. Know your goals
Is there something you have been saving up for? Do you want to purchase a new HVAC system? Are you planning on finally going on that cruise you’ve always dreamed about? Big expenses like these are the perfect goals. Keeping them in mind will help motivate you to avoid overspending and be smarter about spending.
2. Plan for everything
How will your income be spent? Aside from the essential expenses like food, utilities, transportation and housing, you also have to take your savings and loan payments into account. Creating a weekly or monthly plan can do wonders and help develop healthy spending habits.
3. Keep track
It certainly helps to know where your money goes. You may find a lot of areas for improvement in your current plan when you start tracking your weekly spending for the first time. Once you become completely aware of how your money is spent, you can be more effective at cutting expenses and saving money.
4. Be prepared
Aside from maintaining an emergency fund, you should also set aside some cash for surprise expenses. Make sure you have enough money to take care of inexpensive unplanned expenses so you won’t have to touch your personal savings and the fund you’ve set aside for personal financial dilemmas.
5. Don’t be tempted
Temptation is everywhere. Both online and brick-and-mortar stores have many ways to make their offers more tempting. Every now and then they will try to lure you into spending your money on stuff you don’t actually need. Since you’re sticking to a budget, it’s best to avoid gimmicks such as flash sales or once-in-a-lifetime offers, especially if it’s for stuff you have no use for in the first place.
6. Welcome debt
You shouldn’t avoid debt like it’s the plague. In fact, there is such a thing as good debt. Acquiring some debt right now can actually yield financial benefits in the long run. Taking out a loan and paying it off in time will improve your credit score and help you save money. Plus, the best types of debt such as mortgages and student loans have the potential to increase in value and generate income.
7. Have some fun
Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to something nice once in a while. If you keep making the right choices and continue to stay one step ahead of your expenses, you deserve a reward. A little positive reinforcement can certainly do wonders for your budgeting efforts. Don’t forget to have fun.
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Design Tips for Your L-Shaped Kitchen

By Guest Blogger, Marie N.

Design Tips for Your L-Shaped Kitchen

As the name itself suggests, this type of kitchen is in the shape of the letter L due to the cabinet organization. It can vary in sizes and lengths, but all such kitchens can sometimes be hard to organize and decorate. In order to avoid claustrophobic cluttered feeling in your kitchen, here are some tips to follow.
Position of the Units
If your kitchen has different-length runs, you should place the upper cabinets above the longer run. Such placement will provide you with more storage space, while the glasses and cooking condiments will be easy to reach. However, if the window is placed here, too, it will prevent you from continuing the cabinets; but if there’s no window, you can easily keep placing the cabinets around the corner and onto the shorter run. On the other hand, you can install floating shelves or glass-front doors to provide an airy open feeling in the kitchen and make it look bigger.
Separate the Cooktop and the Sink
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Kitchen with the same-length runs layout offer a bit more flexibility. In this situation you can and should separate the cooktop and the sink and place them on different runs. This separation allows you to create a distinction between the cook zone and wash zone, while the preparation zone should be between the sink and range. Such organization leaves you with plenty of space on the countertop and you can freely prepare each meal without making too much mess.
Go All-White
go-all-whiteL-shaped kitchens usually look small and claustrophobic, so you will need to extend the space with bright colors. The best choice is going all-white. Opt for white cabinets, countertops, shelves and appliances. Make sure the windows are bare in order to provide enough natural light and place under-cabinet lighting fixtures for more light while preparing the food. This airy and light atmosphere will instantly open up the space and make it look big, but you will need a soft transition towards the dining room. You can achieve this with some darker flooring or, as the experts from DecoRug recommend, with a simple weave rug in complementing colors of the dining area.
Create an Island
No matter what are the proportions of your kitchen, an island will make a nice useful addition. With this addition you can house the sink or the cooktop, thus providing more free space on the counter. Also, you are allowing more storage space for all the utensils and you can even make the wine rack you always wanted. However, an island can also be used for socializing, and you just need to add a few stylish tall chairs for your wine sipping with friends and family.
Add Chairs and Tables
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Grey kitchen featuring Greystone color hardwood floor (Maple-Greystone)
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If you don’t like adding an island or it simply cannot fit, you can easily add a table with chairs at the end of the kitchen. It’s a perfect spot for casual meals, wine tasting or snacks with friends and it extends the kitchen space. Also, it can function as an additional area for meal preparation or for a simple chat with your neighbor. Simple table and chairs can serve any purpose you need and they make a subtle transition towards the next room.

L-shaped kitchens can sometimes be awkward if you don’t know how to utilize them to the maximum. Extend the space with colors, make subtle transitions towards the dining room and provide yourself with plenty of storage and workspace. Don’t be afraid to invest into an island or a table, they only provide more flexibility and don’t forget to make use of every small corner of your kitchen.
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