How to Make the Most of Your Bedroom Space

Your bedroom should be an enjoyable part of your home that allows you to relax and unwind. If your bedroom isn’t as large as some of the other rooms of your home, you may need to get a bit creative to make the most of your bedroom space. Check out the following tips to help you design your bedroom and do the most with smaller spaces.

  • Don’t overdo it when it comes to color. Try to stick with a somewhat limited color palette. If you don’t enjoy an all-white look, add a couple of your favorite colors in a tasteful manner.
  • If you have a small space, avoid doing too much with window treatments. This will free up space and allow the most natural lighting to enter the room. Add some plain roller blinds for privacy but avoid anything too bulky.
  • In order to maximize storage space and avoid clutter, try a floor-to-ceiling fitted unit which can house just about anything and add to the overall look and feel of the room.
  • Try adding a natural green screen in front of your bedroom window by lining up some potted plants which will create a privacy screen as well as naturally filter the air when you have your windows open.
  • Size matters when it comes to beds. In a small room having a bed that’s too large can really take up valuable real estate. Try a smaller size or you can even opt for an old-school Murphy bed to free up space during the day.
  • Be practical with the pieces you use in your compact bedroom. Try items with dual purposes such as a storage ottoman or bench at the foot of the bed. Try to find storage space under the bed if possible.

To learn more about how to make the most out of your limited bedroom space contact Home Solutions at Ace at 775-323-2750.

Organize Your Office for Better Productivity

If you have an office chances are your productivity isn’t all that it could be. Whether you manage an office or work out of a home office, being more organized can increase productivity and help you get the job done faster and more efficiently. The following tips can help you organize your office to increase productivity.

Paper is one of the biggest culprits in cluttering up an office. Try using the system of three, meaning that you should divide your papers into three piles: one for shredding/throwing away, one for filing it, and another for taking action. Use a color-coded filling system to stay organized. You should also create some type of mailing station with folders for incoming and outgoing mail.

For your home office there are plenty of storage containers you can use to stay organized. Boxes, carts, shelves, and more can allow you to organize all your papers. The truth is that there are countless amount of home office organization products you can use, you just have to find a system that works for you.

In order to keep yourself more awake and productive, make sure you get a good amount of sunlight in your office area and try adding some plants to purify the air around you. If you aren’t sure where to start, you can try clearing off your whole desk, except for essentials such as your computer and phone. Determine which items need to stay on your desk and which ones can be placed on a bookshelf or somewhere else nearby. Throw out anything you don’t use or need.

While these tips can help you stay organized to increased your productivity, you may need to purchase some home office products including file cabinets and bookshelves. To learn more about the products we have to offer, contact Home Solutions at Ace today by calling 775-323-2750.

How to Incorporate Lighting into Your Home's Interior Design

There’s plenty you can do to spruce up your home’s interior design, but lighting is one of the most important elements in any room. The rule of three applies to lighting just like other elements of interior design. That means ideally you should have three lights in each room, with three different styles of lighting being preferred.

Types of lighting include overhead lights, lamps on side tables, and accent lights. Don’t forget to take natural lighting from the sun into account during the day, but it obviously can’t be utilized at night. Great lighting is usually not noticed, but the lack of good lighting is easy to spot. Great lighting can make everyone look their best and even make the environment feel more comfortable and relaxed.

One of the first things you can do is to avoid overly bright lighting. It’s better to have dimmer lighting from multiple sources than to have one massively overpowering light. You don’t need just one light to brighten up the entire room. Multiple points of light such as low wattage lights combined with various lampshades will often do the trick.

Dimmers are essential for multipurpose rooms. Not only do they provide flexibility for mood or time of day, but they’re also a great way to lower energy costs. You’ll also want to avoid fluorescent tubes which can fatigue your eyes and make things look off color. A great incandescent replacement is a dimmable white A-19 LED light bulb.

Windows should be utilized when possible. Low-E windows allow in natural lighting while reflecting the sun’s heat away from your home. Home Solutions at Ace is your local Sparks source for home lighting including table lamps, floor lamps, and pendant lights. Give us a call today at 775-323-2750.

Practical Guest Bedroom Design Ideas

If you have a guest bedroom in your home, you’ll want to make sure it’s welcoming and inviting to your guests. You wouldn’t want to provide them with cramped and uncomfortable quarters or they may not want to stay with you the next time they come to town.

Chances are your guests will appreciate whatever design style you go with for your guest bedroom, but adding some practical touches can really make a big difference. Check out some of these great guest bedroom design ideas.

If they’re on vacation, your guests may not want to get up at the crack of dawn every day. Use blackout curtains in the guest bedroom to give them more of a hotel experience so they can sleep in if they so choose. At the same time, you should provide them with an alarm clock even if they choose not to use it.

Provide options for bedding so your guests don’t get too cold or too hot during the night. Start off with great cotton sheets and then add a cotton coverlet and a down duvet. This way there’s plenty of flexibility if they need to adjust for the temperature.

Your guests will likely need a place to charge their cell phones and other devices. Instead of hunting all over for a power outlet, provide them with a power strip or a docking station on or near the bedside table or nightstand.

Provide some fresh fruit in case your guests get hungry late at night and don’t want to go rummaging through your fridge. Ensure there is adequate lighting for reading or other activities and you may even want to leave a few of your favorite books or movies in the guest bedroom as well.

Home Solutions at Ace has everything you need for your guest bedroom and the rest of your home. Give us a call today at 775-323-2750 to learn more.

What Size Bed Should You Choose?

Your bed is the place you spend the most time while in your home, so making sure your bed is the correct size is very important. You wouldn’t want to wear the wrong sized clothes so why would you be okay with sleeping in a bed that’s not the right size for you?

You’ve probably heard of some of the standard bed sizes such as twin, full, queen, and king, but did you know there are also custom sizes and extra-long varieties? You don’t want a bed that’s too large and takes up too much valuable space in your bedroom, but you also want something comfortable so your legs aren’t hanging off the end of it or you aren’t pushing your partner off the side.

  • Twin – Twin sized beds are very common in children’s bedrooms. They are small in size but allow for plenty of room for kids and their toys and stuffed animals. They can also be good for adults who sleep alone and aren’t very large who live in small spaces such as dorm room or apartments. Twins are also common for bunk beds. Variations include the short twin and twin XL.
  • Full – Sometimes referred to as a double bed, full sized beds are common in hotel rooms. They are quite a bit wider than a twin and are ideal for two smaller sized adults. Full sized beds are also commonly used for futons. A larger individual sleeping alone may also prefer a full mattress. A full XL is another option for tall people.
  • Queen – Queen sized beds are the most common size used across the world. They can comfortably accommodate two sleepers with room to move around a bit. They are also good for single sleepers who may be joined by a kid or a pet. Because queens are larger they take up more bedroom space. They are the ideal option for guest bedrooms as well. Variations to the standard queen include the Olympic queen and the California queen.
  • King – A great choice for couples who want lots of space and may also be joined by a child or pet. A king can also be enjoyed by individuals who really want to spread out or lay sideways to watch TV or read. The California king is the biggest bed they make unless you order a custom size.

To learn more about what bed size is right for you, call Home Solutions at Ace at 775-323-2750.

Three Quick Tips for Decluttering Your Home

Clutter is often the enemy of an organized home. Clutter often accumulates because people are tired by the time they get home from work and just want to relax. We often think “I’ll get to it later” but then the clutter just keeps piling up until action must be taken. Learning some tips to declutter your home will keep your home looking nice and neat and give you peace of mind.

  1. Tornado Approach – In about five minutes you can make a big improvement. Spend about one minute in each room picking things up off the floor and either throwing them away or putting them where they should be. Then move onto the next room until you’ve made some improvements in each room. If you do this fast and furious approach every day your home will look much better.
  2. Fill a Trash Bag – To clear up clutter in your home, try to fill a trash bag with as much stuff that you don’t want or need as you can. You can even use two bags – one for trash and one for clothing donations.
  3. Sort It Out – Try the three box method which uses one box for items you want to keep, one for those you want to throw away and/or donate, and another you want to put into storage. Once one of the boxes fills up, take the items out of it and put them back in their place, throw them away, put them in your vehicle for donation, or put them in storage.

One of the biggest ways to declutter your home is having a place to store it off the floor or flat surfaces such as tables or desks. Shelving units and filing cabinets are just a couple great options to help declutter your home. Give the home experts at Home Solutions at Ace a call today at 775-323-2750.

Easy Ways to Organize Your Living Room

Your living room is often the first part of your home you see. That’s why you want the room to be organized and look nice. Coming home to a nice house feels a lot better than coming home to something that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned or organized for a long time. The problem is that it can be difficult to find the time and energy to organize your living room.

Clutter is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to living rooms being disorganized. Clearing clutter from the entryway is a great place to start. Hooks are a simple way to hang up coats, bags, and other garments. You can place multiple buckets on a table near the entryway so each family member has a place to store their items.

Papers, magazines, books, and other items tend to accumulate on coffee tables and other flat surfaces in the family room. You may want to try using a two drawer lateral file or at least a stackable file cart to store these items and get them out of the way. Once you start filing away papers instead of leaving them on the table, your living room will start to feel more organized.

Shelves are another great way to get things off the tables, floors, and furniture. A large shelving unit can be a great addition to your living room. You can place some decorative pieces or lamps on the shelves to balance out the books and other clutter that you may have accumulating.

If you’re looking to get your living room organized, stop by Home Solutions at Ace today. We have plenty of living room furniture including occasional table sets, cocktail tables, end tables, bookcases, file cabinets, and much more. Give us a call at 775-323-2750 for more information.

Great Tips for Cleaning Your Couch's Upholstery

Couches are a great addition to any living room, but they’ll also need to be cleaned on a fairly regular basis. Having your upholstery cleaned professionally can be a bit expensive, with the average eight-foot-long sofa costing about $150 to have cleaned.

If you haven’t cleaned your couch for a long time, or ever, it may be worth it have it professionally cleaned. If you keep up with the cleanings, you can save a lot of money learning how to do it yourself. The first thing you’ll need to do is understand what those upholstery cleaning tags mean so you don’t ruin your sofa by cleaning it the wrong way.

W: Stands for water which means you can use water-based cleaning products yourself.

S: Stands for solvent which means you should use a water-free product such as a dry-cleaning solvent. Water-based products can fade dye or leave a water ring.

WS (or SW): You can use either water-based or dry-cleaning products, but there is a risk of damaging the fabric. You may want to have your couch professionally cleaned just to be sure you don’t cause any damage.

X: This means you shouldn’t use water or standard dry-cleaning solvents and should definitely leave the job to the pros.

Once you know what the codes mean, you should test the cleaning products on an area of the couch you can’t see to make sure they work correctly. You can make your own environmentally safe, non-toxic, water-based upholstery cleaner by mixing a cup of warm water with ¼ cup of dishwashing soap. Use an electric mixer until the liquid becomes a thick foam.

If your couch is beyond cleaning or you have questions about how to clean it, contact Home Solutions at Ace at 775-323-2750.

How to Organize Your Dressers

Dressers can become a final resting place for many miscellaneous articles of clothing that seem to get buried and forgotten about. That can happen if you don’t have a system in place to organize your drawers and just shove things wherever you can fit them.

The best thing you can do is to start fresh. Take everything out of your drawers so you can rearrange them. The next step is to declutter your dresser by getting rid of things you don’t use or need. Many people put things in drawers that they’ll likely never use or wear again because they don’t want to get rid of them. Ask yourself if you’ve worn or used the item in the past year and if you will realistically do so in the next year. If the answer is no, you don’t need it. Rather than throwing it away, you can see if any friends or family are interested or donate it to a thrift store.

Now that you’ve thinned out the contents of your drawers a bit, you’ll need to come up with a way to group them together. One classic way is to dedicate one drawer for tops, one for undergarments, etc. The more detailed you can be about organizing by category, the better. For example, put your tank tops together and separate your short and long T-shirts. You can also try sorting by color. If you find your dresser isn’t big enough you can get a larger one or use plastic bins for extra space.

Bulky items like jeans or sweatshirts take up too much room in a dresser and should be stored in a closet if possible. You can also purchase some inexpensive organizers for your drawers. These can create small squares or rows to store smaller items like socks. Each season you can re-organize your dresser drawers and rotate in items that you’ll be wearing.

For a great selection of dressers in Sparks, check out Home Solutions at Ace. Give us a call at 775-323-2750 to learn more.

Make The Most of Your Space - Tips For Great Living Room Furniture Arrangements

When it comes to arranging living room furniture, there are many differing opinions. Factors including the size of your furniture, the size of your room, and the number of people who use it all play a part. Try some of these tips for great living room furniture arrangements.

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