Glass Sinks - 4 Unbreakable Rules of Buying a Glass Vessel Sink

Written by Valerie Mason

Want a glass sink but don't haverepparttar slightest idea how to buy one? Then these rules are for you.

1. Know your sinks How durable are these sinks? These sinks are tempered. Tempered glass is regular glass that has been heated to a very high temperature, and then quickly cooled. This procedure strengthensrepparttar 148159 glass, making it 5-7 times stronger than regular glass.

Sink glass is fairly thick. Typical thicknesses range from ½ inch to ¾ inch. You can go about your normal grooming habits such as brushing your teeth, combing your hair, shaving, applying make-up, etc without worrying about breakage.

Likerepparttar 148160 look of these aboverepparttar 148161 counter glass sinks, but don’t want glass? Consider a porcelain vessel sink. You’ll getrepparttar 148162 look withoutrepparttar 148163 worry.

2. Know your space The most popular bowl sinks are 15-20 inches in diameter, aboutrepparttar 148164 width of your keyboard. They’re about 5-8 inches deep, aboutrepparttar 148165 length fromrepparttar 148166 base of your wrist to your ring or middle finger.

Make sure that you haverepparttar 148167 appropriate amount of space to accommodaterepparttar 148168 sink and accessories, plus maintain ample space away fromrepparttar 148169 edge ofrepparttar 148170 counter andrepparttar 148171 wall so thatrepparttar 148172 “fear of leaning on it” factor is no longer a factor. 12-15 inches aroundrepparttar 148173 entire sink will do.

Don’t have much space? Then try a pedestal sink. Pedestal sinks are sinks that are pre-mounted on a space saving pedestal. Don’t want to sacrifice floor space? Try a wall mounted glass sink countertop. Both options will give you an ultra modern sink while conserving space.

Have a large bathroom to fill? A glass vessel sink vanity can help consume some space. You’ll get a glass sink and a roomy counter that comes together.

3. Know your traffic Since children haverepparttar 148174 uncanny ability to break things, you may want to rethink putting a glass vessel sink in a young child’s bathroom. Children over age 10 tend to be more conscientious of their surroundings, and your glass sink stands a greater chance of survival around children of that age or older. In general, less foot traffic around it,repparttar 148175 better.

Make Simple Curtains and Valance for any Window

Written by Robin Hall

Making a quick set of curtains and a valance is something that you can do even if you don’t have much sewing experience. It’s just a matter of thinking throughrepparttar process and calculating for fabric needed and knowing how to use a sewing machine.

Tools needed: calculator, pencil and paper, tape measure, yard stick, pins, scissors, iron, thread and sewing machine.

Decide what color or pattern will work best with your room décor now. Going torepparttar 147965 fabric store is always one of my most fun times, I keep my imagination open and get swatches of fabrics (and prices)repparttar 147966 first time to see what all my options are. Take swatches home and start eliminating them by laying them next to major parts ofrepparttar 147967 already decorated room (couch, chair, tables, walls, etc). Once you’ve decided on your fabric start measuring.

To measure for material, decide how long you would likerepparttar 147968 valance to be. Where will you placerepparttar 147969 curtains inrepparttar 147970 window? Will you do them café style or halfway downrepparttar 147971 window? Maybe you only want a small space betweenrepparttar 147972 valance and curtain, use your imagination, draw a sketch ofrepparttar 147973 window and do some placements on it to see what looks good.

Once you make these decisions, measure from your top reference point (top of window, top of rod) down to where you wantrepparttar 147974 valance to end. Add additional 7” for top and bottom hems(this will give you 3” for top hem, which rod will go through and 4” for bottom hem). Let’s say you want your valance to be 10” long, add 7” for hem and you have 17”. Now measure for your bottom curtains. The same goes here, measure from top reference point (where your curtains will start) to just BELOW or ABOVErepparttar 147975 windowsill. Addrepparttar 147976 7” to this length. EXAMPLE: 32” bottom curtain length, add 7” = 39”. Write all this down. For width across, measure across window from outside to outside molding. Depending on how “full” you wantrepparttar 147977 curtains will berepparttar 147978 deciding factor on how much material you purchase. Normal fullness recommendation would be twicerepparttar 147979 window width, or at least ½ again as much. We are going to be very basic, let’s say a normal window is 36” across X 60” length. This means you will need to calculate doublerepparttar 147980 width forrepparttar 147981 valance and curtains, but rememberrepparttar 147982 curtains are split inrepparttar 147983 middle. Most material will run 36”–44” (regular material) to 60” (drapery & upholstery material) in width. If you choose a fabric width of 36”- 44”, it will be easier to just userepparttar 147984 width and cut a little offrepparttar 147985 ends it needed.

Now it’s time to go get your material! Take your swatch, sketch and measurements with you! I would recommend a pliable fabric that is easy to work with (cotton, broadcloth, etc). Have your material store sales person help you with calculatingrepparttar 147986 amount, and give you any details in laying especially if it has a design going a specific way or has a nap. In most cases, 3-3½ yards should be plenty per window.

Pre-washrepparttar 147987 material if you choose. If you do not pre-wash material and washrepparttar 147988 curtains later expecting them to berepparttar 147989 same length, you may be surprised! If you have pre-washed your material, take it out of dryer, fold in half, wrong side out (if you can tell), like it was previously from store offrepparttar 147990 bolt, and lay it on your surface and smooth it out (table, floor, etc). Dorepparttar 147991 same for 60” width material; this will make it easier to handle. You may want to touch up with an iron.

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