Space saving home office ideas

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Sep 19, 2014 9:30:00 AM

With more people working flexible schedules or spending a few days per week working from home, it’s imperative to have a clutter-free space for your home office so you can avoid chaos and boost your productivity. The best way to create an ideal home office setting when your space is limited is to start from scratch. Whether you’re designing your home or looking to update your current home office design, consider the following space saving home office ideas before you get to work:

  • L-shaped desk: Maximize your available space with an L-shaped desk. These are extremely popular for home offices, as they provide lots of surface space without occupying a significant amount of room.
  • Put it on wheels: Find a roll-out desk or file cabinets with coasters so it’s easy to wheel them out from under your desk during the work day and conveniently store them when they are not in use.
  • Use the wall space: Don’t neglect valuable vertical space in your home office. An obvious option is to hang calendar to keep track of your appointments or install a chalkboard on which you can quickly jot a phone number. Another great space-saving idea is to install bracketed shelves for storing files, office supplies, pictures and more so you can keep them off your desk and within easy reach.
  • Improve the lighting: The right lighting will energize you throughout the day. Update your desk or overhead light. Another great way to improve the lighting in your home office is to install light-brightening curtains, which will enhance the natural light shining through the windows in your home office.

Becoming a member of the DirectBuy club will grant you access to life-altering savings on everything from furniture to lighting. You'll also enjoy access to a design concierge with years of experience and expert advice. This concierge will help you piece together rooms and projects throughout your home. Learn more about DirectBuy by calling 1-800-320-3462 or by scheduling a showing at your local club.

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Space saving bathroom ideas

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Sep 18, 2014 9:30:00 AM

The bathroom is one of the smallest, most-used rooms in your home. To create a desirable bathroom and keep the space clean and organized, it's essential to save space wherever possible. Whether you’re renovating, designing or looking for clever ways to organize, here are a few helpful space saving bathroom ideas to consider:

  • Teardrop sink: If you’re in the designing stage of your bathroom project, consider using a teardrop-style sink. The curved design is much more pleasing than sharp-angled traditional sinks in a small space, creating a smooth and seamless look.
  • Spice racks: Instead of clogging the storage space beneath the sink or the filling the cabinets above the toilet with everyday essentials like lotions, hair products and toothpaste, you could hang spice racks next to your sink. This is a simple do-it-yourself project that will give you plenty extra room for storing towels, toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
  • Magnet strip: Although they don’t take up much space, bobby pins are one of the common offenders in a cluttered bathroom. Control the pesky pins by placing a magnetic strip on the inside of a cabinet door for convenient storage.
  • Two shower rods: Hang a second shower rod in your shower to save valuable bath space. On it, you can hang essentials like shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion in easy-to-find shower caddies.
  • Stacked plate rack: Keep your sink clean and clutter-free by placing a stacked plate rack in the corner. This is the perfect place to store soaps, hand towels and daily lotions without sacrificing style.

If you’re planning on renovating any room in your house, becoming a member of the DirectBuy club will assist you in multiple ways. First, you’ll have access to products from more than 700 premium brands at prices that deliver you life-altering savings. Second, you'll have direct access to one of our experienced style and design concierges; this concierge will be ready to help you find the perfect piece to suit your wants and needs. Learn more about DirectBuy by calling 1-800-320-3462, or schedule a showing at your local DirectBuy club

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Space saving living room ideas

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Sep 17, 2014 9:30:00 AM

The living room is a great area in your home where you can entertain guests or enjoy a relaxing weekend afternoon. The last thing you want to see when you come home, however, is a disheveled living room layered with kids’ toys. Similarly, you don't want to stub your toe on the couch every time you turn a corner into the living room. As you rearrange your living room or make updates to your home, consider these helpful space-saving living room ideas for a more inviting look and feel:
  • Storage ottomans: Creative storage options are ideal for living rooms. Storage ottomans come in several different shapes and sizes, making this an extremely versatile option. Store kids toys, magazines, serving trays and more in these ottomans, or combine two and place a flat tray on top to use it as a coffee table.
  • Armless/slender arm chairs and sofas: This popular trend helps provide extra floor space to use for end tables and unique seating arrangements. The chic style compliments a number of home décors and the furniture is extremely easy to move within tight spaces.
  • Modular furniture: Another popular home décor trend, modular furniture allows you to create a variety of seating configurations with ease. Turn a comfortable day bed into a plush sofa and convenient ottoman or slide two end tables together to make one coffee table with modular furniture options.
  • Clear furniture: Find tables, TV stands and shelves made from clear acrylic or glass to create the illusion of added space in your living room.
  • Hang curtains from your ceiling: Instead of hanging window curtains from the top of the window frame, hang them from the ceiling above the window. This is a great way to extend the look in your living room.

As a DirectBuy club member, you have access to products from more than 700 premium brands, plus a personal style concierge who is fully dedicated to your project. Your concierge provides helpful advice to find the best product to meet your needs. Learn more about DirectBuy by calling 1-800-320-3462, or schedule a showing at your local club today. 

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Space saving bedroom ideas

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Sep 16, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Space saving week returns to the DirectBuy blog with new posts dedicated to helping you save space throughout your home from the bedroom to the bathroom.

The bedroom is a sanctuary. It’s where you go to catch up on much-needed rest as well as prepare for your day. Kids’ bedrooms are also a special space, as they are where children play with toys, read books and decorate the walls with their favorite posters and possessions. It's important to allow a little personality into a child's bedroom while also keeping it organized. Cluttered bedrooms, of course, can disrupt a morning routine and ruin a child’s creative energy. Fortunately, you can utilize a number of space-saving techniques in the bedroom to save your sanity and give your children pleanty of room to express themselves no matter the room's size. Here are some space saving bedroom ideas to consider:

  • Bunk beds: There’s something about bunk beds that children are simply drawn to, and in addition to their childhood appeal, they also help you save space in the bedroom by making use of vertical space. When kids are sharing a room, bunk beds provide a better organization solution than crowding the room with two twin beds.
  • Raised beds/lofts: Similar to bunk beds, a raised bed or loft uses vertical space and allows for a lot of space to be used in creative ways. Use this newfound space for a desk, bookcase or clothes cabinet, or as a reading nook or vanity.
  • Bracketed shelf: Bracketed shelves are extremely useful and versatile. You can also use corner or suspended shelves for extra space to store books, phones, clocks, etc. These shelves also provide a unique style in your bedroom.
  • Walk-by closet: If you don’t have enough space for a walk-in closet, you can create your own walk-by closet by attaching a clothes bar between open shelves on your wall. This makes for a great altertnative to adding space-hogging cabinets. Another way to store clothes conveniently is to use rolling bins that you can easily slide under your bed.

In addition to enjoying life-altering savings and access to more than 700 premium brands, becoming a DirectBuy club member grants you access to a personal style concierge who is fully dedicated to your project. This concierge provides helpful advice so you can find the best product to meet your needs. Learn more about DirectBuy by calling 1-800-320-3462 or by scheduling a showing at your local club today. 

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Space saving kitchen ideas

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Sep 12, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Saving space in your home helps you accomplish more of what you want, whether that is creating the kitchen of your dreams or creating an entertainment room with an open layout that's full of toys. The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home and so the space is extremely valuable. It takes a lot of kitchenware to feed a family and even more to cook, but no matter how big your current kitchen is – or if you’re planning a remodel in the near future – there are plenty of space saving kitchen ideas to help you store everything and enjoy the comforts of an organized and well-kept kitchen.

  • Pantry dividers: Use small curtain rods as dividers in your pantry to store baking sheets, cutting boards and strong serving platters horizontally. This eliminates the need to lift heavy stacks of pots and pans to access these essential kitchen items.
  • Elevate seasonings and install a slim spice rack: Take advantage of unused space in your kitchen by installing a slim sliding spice rack to organize all of your cooking spices. These are perfect for integrating into your new kitchen remodel. Also, place everyday spices like oils, salt and pepper on a tall serving tray to keep them elevated and create more room on the counter.
  • Lid racks: Organize the lids for your pots by mounting towel bars on the inside of your pantry, and rest lids between the door and the bar for easy access and convenient organization.
  • Kitchen rack: This popular kitchen trend allows you to hang pots and pans above the stove for easy access; it also creates a unique design.
  • Single-bowl sink: Install a single-bowl sink instead of the traditional double-bowl sink. This creates a more spacious look without sacrificing counter space.
  • Under-cabinet lights: Installing under-cabinet lights is a simple wiring job when you're performing a full kitchen remodel, and better lighting opens up even more counter space.

Create your dream kitchen with help from DirectBuy and achieve life-altering savings while you’re at it. Learn how joining the DirectBuy club gives you access to wholesale pricing by calling 1-800-320-3462 or setting up a tour at your local club

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Best kitchen appliances for making a big, family meal

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Sep 11, 2014 9:30:00 AM

If you are part of a big family, you understand just how much time is spent in the kitchen. Whether you’re preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for relatives or a Sunday meal with all of your kids, hours are spent in the kitchen almost every day. Because the kitchen sees so much traffic, it needs a considerable amount of attention when it's time to renovate, update or design your kitchen from scratch. Equipping your kitchen with the right appliances significantly reduces the amount of time you'll spend in the kitchen, and it also makes cooking for big families much more enjoyable. Here are a few of the best kitchen appliances to take care of your big, hungry bunch.

  • Oversized dishwasher: Standard dishwashers are 24 inches wide, but oversized models range between 30 and 36 inches, allowing you space to clean roughly 20 to 30 place settings at once. If you’re building a new kitchen from scratch, including an oversized dishwasher is a great idea that will save you plenty of time every time you clean dishes. Look for stainless steel models, which reduce sound, are more durable and even more energy efficient because they naturally reflect heat during the drying process.
  • Upright or chest freezer: Many people with large families prefer to shop in bulk, and when you see an unbeatable deal on ground beef you just can’t pass it up. That’s when an upright or chest freezer comes in handy. You can store anything inside an extra freezer, from an excessive amount of meat to frozen pizzas and ice cream treats for the whole crew. Whether you want to include an upright freezer in your new kitchen design or place a chest freezer in your basement, the choice is yours.
  • Dual oven: The dual oven is a cook’s best friend. Timing is everything when it comes to cooking meals for large families, and a dual oven allows you to warm or bake multiple dishes at once. With separate temperature settings and multiple racks at the ready, you’ll be able to cook a turkey and bake some potatoes all while warming up the appetizers.
  • Trash compactors: Not only do big families consume a lot of food, they also produce a lot of garbage. Trash compactors reduce trash volume by 80 percent, which helps you save money on bags. Some models also feature an odor-management system with a filter, fan and built-in air freshener.

DirectBuy can help you remodel or build a brand-new kitchen and achieve life-altering savings on new appliances. Learn more about the DirectBuy club by calling 1-800-320-3462 or by setting up a showing at your local club today

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Best bedroom sheets and simple changes to keep you warm during fall and winter

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Sep 10, 2014 9:30:00 AM

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Back-to-school cleaning and organizing tips for a happy home

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Sep 9, 2014 1:35:02 PM

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Topics: home improvement

Kids moving to college? Tips on upgrading your empty nest

Posted by DirectBuy

Sep 5, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Once your kids have gone off to college or moved away from home, you will have entered a new phase in your life. But living in an empty nest presents enormous opportunity, and after a few awkward days of getting used to them being gone you’ll begin to enjoy the peace and quiet.

The first thing you should do when adjusting to an empty nest is to take some time for yourself; you deserve it. Then think about what you’d like to do with the newfound space and consider upgrading some parts of your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Clean the clutter: Go around your house room by room and take time to parse your way through all of the clutter. Decide on what pieces you want to save, store or donate to make room for renovations.
  • Update furniture: Have you refrained from buying new furniture because you feared your kids would damage or stain it? This is a great time to browse for new couches and recliners, so update your living room or man cave with new, comfortable seating.
  • Renovate a room: Once your kids have left for college, you will have a brand-new room to turn into anything you want. You can create an art studio, expand your home office, create a library or make a weight room.
  • Upgrade a current room: One of the most popular home upgrades for empty nesters is to update the kitchen. Many people like adding a center island in their kitchens to accommodate dinner party guests; an island also acts as a perfect food-prep station.
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Topics: home improvement

Tips on how to host a tailgate party at your house

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Sep 4, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Tailgating outside the stadium is an awesome fan experience, but sometimes it’s even better to bring the party to your home. Whether you have young kids, live too far to make the voyage to each home game or just prefer watching the game on TV, hosting a tailgate party is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon with your friends and family. Here’s a guide to help you prepare everything from outdoor games to the game-time entrée.

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Topics: holiday entertaining

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