Posts made in March, 2015

Three Screen Door Options Every Pet Owner And Parent Should Have

Having pets and children in the home can be a stressful endeavour for anyone. It can be even more stressful when you have screen doors. You want your pets and children to be safe, but you also want the benefits of having a screen door. If you are looking for screen door options that can give you the best of both worlds, consider these options every pet owner and parent should have.

Child Proof Lock

One of the accessories you can buy for your screen doors, to make them safer for children and pets, is a child proof lock. There is a misconception that these locks attach to or replace an existing lock on the door. The truth is, most of these locks are designed to be fixed to the top of the door where only adults can reach the mechanism. You can use these on traditional, storm, and sliding screen doors to keep children or pets from opening and nudging the door and getting out.

Safety Screens

You may think of a child barrier or gate when you think of a door having a safety screen. Some screen door companies are now expanding to offer pre-built doors that are equipped with a safety gate on the bottom half of the door. These doors will have a locking mechanism that holds the gate securely in place and prevents it from being open. The screens are usually made of a heavy duty material that can keep pets and children from tearing or punching out the screen by running into or pushing the gate material.

Lock Bars

If you want something a little more secure than a child proof lock, and if the idea of replacing a child gate within a year or two doesn’t appeal to you, then a lock bar may be an ideal option. Lock bars are an accessory you can use on your existing or new sliding screen door. This bar is placed at any point on the door frame. Some parents move them to the very top or very bottom of the door area to make them harder to unlock by small hands. The bar, when locked in place, prevents the interior or screen door from opening or moving at all.

These are just three options you can consider if you want to keep your screen door safe, locked, and closed against children and pets. You also have other options available to you that your screen door installation professional can discuss with you. For more information, contact a business such as Max Security Doors & Screens.

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3 Tips from Decorating Pros for Choosing Home Lighting Fixtures

The light fixtures you choose for your home may be more important than you think. Dull and yellow light can make a space seem bland and uninviting, and a fixture that doesn’t adequately light an entire space can cause you to squint and struggle to see. At the same time you may want to install lighting that helps you create a calm and relaxing mood in your home. Note a few tips from decorating pros for choosing light fixtures (from stores like Lighting & Ceramics) in your home.

1. Spotlight Work Areas

Work areas may include a kitchen island or a desk in the study. A good way to spotlight this area is to add pendant lighting in addition to your main lighting fixture in the room. Separate pendant lights that hang over your work area can give you added light in this spot, and ensures you won’t block the room’s light when you stand or lean over the work area. Pendant lights can also help to anchor this area and make it look more prominent in the room, adding to its visual appeal.

2. Use Pot Lights for Larger Rooms

One challenge with larger rooms is how to illuminate them completely without overwhelming the space with a large fixture or several fixtures that may wind up making the room look cluttered. A good solution is to add pot lights to the outer edges of the room. These are recessed lights that work on a separate switch. For very large rooms, you might have them on several different switches so you can more easily control the light. Pot lights or recessed lighting will allow you to add more light to those dark corners without cluttering up the space with extra fixtures or lamps.

3. Always Keep Fixtures Proportionate to the Space and Furniture

As much as you may love the look of a grand chandelier in the dining room, if your space is small this may simply be too overwhelming. At the same time, it’s good to invest in a larger fixture for a larger room so it doesn’t simply disappear into the ceiling. Note the size of the space and your furniture and buy a fixture accordingly; choose a long rectangular fixture for your dining room if you have a long table, but a rounded fixture if your table is round. Choosing different shapes than your furniture or sizes that are too small or too large can make your fixture seem out of place.

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