Let us try to understand the difference between Mica and Veneer. Mica here means laminate sheet or decorative sheet for furniture and interior work and Veneer is the wood veneer used for the same work of furniture and interior decoration work.
Let us try to understand Mica or Laminate.
As per wikipedia laminate is the a product made using multiple layer of any product to make a new product by way of heat, pressure, welding, adhesive etc.
Mica or laminate is also a thin sheet with decorative top layer made out of layers craft paper firmly laminated with the help of plastic infused adhesive and bonded using very high pressure. The top layer is the design or printed layer to give you the design of your choice. Keep reading furthur to understand difference between mica and veneer.
If you want to add color to your decor mica is the best. You can get almost any colour of your choice and requirement. Mica laminates are easy to maintain and use. The sheet of mica can be directly pasted on plywood, MDF or HDF to get the desired finish, design and look. This explains the Laminate part in difference between mica and veneer.
No additional work is required to be done on the laminate mica. The product is prefinished from the factory. There is no limitations on availability of the quantity you want in laminate mica.
It is a must to mention here that mica or is also know in India as Sunmica. This is because the pioneer or the first company which introduced this product in India was Sunmica. This name has become synonymous to mica laminate.
Wood veneer is a thin layer of natural wood peeled from wooden logs. This is the original wood. All veneers will be in wooden shades only. The layer of the wood is peeled off from wooden logs just as we peel off the wood from our pencils.
The veneer are also derived by slicing or straight peeling the wood. This process can be understood by peeling off potato. Veneer can be derived by that process also.
After peeling or slicing the veneers are segregated and pasted on a sheet of ply for better strength. This helps in protection of the veneer and ease of use and convenient to market and sell them. After pasting the veneer of ply is gets the required strength for transportation, storage and ease of use by carpenter.
To get the best result the veneer needs to be polished after fixing on interiors or furniture. The veneer must be processed with sealers to protect it from moisture etc.
The difference in quality and price of the Veneer varies due to following reasons and points to consider. While buying veneer you may have to consider following points.
So before we close, let us have the one liners for our question and topic – difference between mica and veneer.
Mica is a layers of craft paper pasted together in high pressure with top designer or printed layer protected for longer life – VS – Veneer is a layer of natural wood pasted on a ply.
The sample of the Laminate looks almost same as the actual product that will come to your site. While Veneer is a natural layer of wood. The design and look of the veneer cannot be understood without putting water on the Veneer Ply. Even after that the actual look and end result may slightly vary during polishing and finishing the Veneer.
Another important point is that, Laminate is a man made product. You can get one particular design and grain as much as you want. Whereas, Veneer being a natural product you will not get supply of a particular veneer as per your requirement. So whenever you are using Veneer at your site, please ensure that you procure sufficient quantity of Veneer considering possible wastage during installation.
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We all have to finish our walls. They must look good and attractive. We have few options to cover our walls and they are painting the walls, wall paper on the walls and wall paneling to name the most common ones. . Among the three painting and wall paper are common ones these days. Now let us discuss these two as Wallpaper Vs Paint.
We will compare both of them on few important parameters. So here we go and see the competition of Wallpaper Vs Paint.
For installing wallpaper you have to create a smooth, firm and dry wall which should not absorb much adhesive. The wall is to be primer painted and have fine finish. The wall is now non porous.
Almost same is the case with paint. To have a fine finish you need to have a smooth, firm wall which must be finished with primer. But if you decide you can paint on a rough wall also. This is not the case with wallpaper. You have to have a very smooth and fine wall to paste the wall paper.
Wallpaper vs Paint and both are on the same level on this point. Paint having a bit of edge that it will accept any type of walls if you are not concerned about the outcome and finish.
Wallpaper – is applied in the indoors only. The wall as already mentioned above must be smooth, firm and fine to get best results. You also cannot install wallpapers on humid areas, wallpaper will also not last on walls with seepage and moisture.
Paint on the other hand is painted indoors and outdoors as well. There are paints which are painted on humid walls also. However, on walls with seepage, paint will gets damaged. But we have some options to cover up the seepage for some time.
Wallpaper vs Paint and paint has the edge that you can apply paint anywhere you want, outdoors or indoors.
Wall paper if installed properly on a smooth, firm and dry wall can last for many years, almost around 5 to 10 years, i suppose. Yes there will be some aging effect on the paper. Some plastic coated and layered wallpapers are very easy to maintain. You can even clean them with wet sponge. Here it is important to write that you have to read the manufacturers guidance and marking on this. This is so because you there and different types of wall papers available in the market. The very high end wallpapers sometimes cannot be cleaned with water and sponge without taking proper precautions. But most of the wallpapers can be cleaned using water. Of course, you can vacuum clean and brush off the dust from the wall paper.
Paint in this case has some advantage over wallpaper. Not all but most of the paint can last for longer time. Here also it is important to clarify, that we are considering the paint which come around the same price range or investment that are near to the cost of wallpaper. The paint as per Indian Costing standards that cost around Rs. 40.00 per sq.ft. (USD 0.60 per sq.ft. approx) on wards can last for around more than 8 years in Indian conditions.
One conditions here is same for Wallpaper and Paint is that both will not last on walls with seepage and moisture coming in from the back and the walls. Wallpapers will peel off and may not be repairable due to deformation of the paper due to water and paint layer will come off the walls having moisture.
Wallpaper vs Paint, here if the competition is in the same or similar price bracket both are at par. Wallpaper vs Paint, here both may loose if it is Wallpaper vs paint vs seepage, seepage can cause permanent damage to both wallpaper and paint.
Here wallpaper is a clear cut winner. There any unlimited designs, quality, texture, finish, material in wallpaper. To name a few different quality of wallpapers are:
You can have any and every type of look and feel on wallpaper. It can be smooth with lot of sheen and shine, it can have mat or rough finish. You can even have the look and feel of real wood or wood bark or for that matter stone or anything else. Almost any look and feel is recreated.
Paint industry has also evaluated, but has its own limitations. This is why large paint industries have launched and started wallpapers alongwith paint. Asian Paints, India’s largest paint manufacturer has also launched its Wall Paper range and is selling them through their paint dealers and other channels.
There are few paint options available like:
These are few basic painting options which covers almost all type of paint look and feel.
Wallpaper vs Paint, here the Wallpaper has clear walkover and is a winner over paint. The options in variety is considered.
Initially the above heading was Time and Money Required. But I divided the heading into two and changed ti to Time required and convenience in doing.
This heading is clearly in favor of Wallpaper when we keep the common point that the wall with smooth finish, firmness and dryness, wallpaper has edge.
Installing wallpaper is less time consuming and much more convenient. Wallpaper can be installed without disturbing your normal working, without creating any dust and garbage. You do not have to remove your furniture, fixture, textile, upholstry or anything else. Following steps are used when installing the wallpaper :
Paint on the other hand takes more time and is a bit inconvenient for the owner of the space, if done while using the space. Let us jot down the steps in doing the paint :
Disclaimer: No hard feeling for paint industry. Above points are based on normal working style in India. We appreciate and have lot of respect for very few, more efficient painters who are there and can do the work with wonderful professionalism and who takes care of the residents.
Wallpaper vs Paint and here wallpaper has a huge edge. Wallpaper takes less time to be done and is much more convenient to the residents.
Paint can be done with much less money if high end look and feel is not required. Let us keep white wash also in the category of paint. In India White Washing is quite cheaper. Here it is very important to mention that the skill and steps in paint depends upon the type of finish you want.
Let us assume a cost of Rs. 2500.00 per roll of wallpaper of 57 sq.ft. and consider 7 sq ft as wastage while installing. The per sq. ft. cost comes around Rs. 50.00 per sq.ft. This the most reasonable and most economical costing of wallpaper rolls including installation.
For a reasonably good quality of paint you will have to invest same amount in paint as well.
But you can get a great look and feel with distemper or even some better quality distemper at a cost of around Rs. 15.00 t Rs. 20.00 per sq.ft.
For High End paint you may have to invest around Rs. 100.00 to Rs. 150.00 per sq.ft. This cost in wallpaper works out to Rs. 5000.00 to Rs. 5500.00 per roll. In this cost Ryou can get excellent and exclusive designs, finishes and textures in wallpaper. The options are unlimited in the price bracket of Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5500 per roll (57 sq.ft. standard considered) wall paper.
Wallpaper vs Paint – here is a tough fight but wallpaper and some edge due to design options and variety at the same price range and also the ultimate result which you will get.
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Wallpaper removing may be tedious if the paper is to be scrapped in pieces. But if it comes off in large pieces it will be great. After this you have to repair the base wall to get smooth, firm and dry wall.
Paint you may have to rub off or scrap the paint. Re primer the wall for the new paint texture and finish. Wall needs to be repaired to get the smooth, firm and dry finish. Painting will take couple of days to do.
Only if paper has peeled off or joints opened on dry wall can be repaired instantly without much hassel. You can repaste the wallpaper to its original position. But in case of damage it cannot be repaired. You have remove the paper and do it afresh again.
Paint if damaged cannot be repaired locally because there will be shade difference which will be clearly visible. You have to repaint the particular wall fully that needs repair.
Wallpaper needs very less maintenance and can be brushed off, vacuumed and even cleaned with light sponge and water.
Paint also has the same features if the quality of paint used is good and can be cleaned with water and sponge. brushing off and vacuum can of course be done.
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Painting our house, bunglow or office is a very challenging thing. You have to choose colours, decide on other colour codes like furniture, flooring, furnishing etc.
Suppose we decide to paint everything in white. Everything means everything like doors and windows also.
Now let us see what are the advantages of painting everything in white:
Just choose the best white colour you like and go with it. No wasting of time and brainstorming on colours and colour combinations.
The white colour dramatically gives lots of brightness to the place and the available light be it more or less it opimises the light and makes the place brighter and bigger.
Suppose you go with all white interiors. It is very easy for you to repair and maintain. Incase you have to repaint somewhere, you just have to buy the last white paint you used and get the wall or space repainted. You do not have to scrap the old paint. You do not have to make the ground or base for the paint. With minor repairs of the wall you can just paint it.
If you have used a good quality washable paint you can just clean the marks on the wall easily.
However its a repeat point but can be considered as a very important point and a separate point. Where ever you paint white the place automatically looks bigger. Do not think twice to paint a small space in white.
When your entire space is in white, you can use any and every colour to enhance the decor and add layer. You can use any colour furniture. You can use any colour floor. You can use any colour upholstery. You can use any colour of drapes, blinds etc.
White is the colour which has never lost its charm since centuries. If you paint your space in white it will never be out of fashion or style. Just go for it.
When you have white paint in your space you can experiment with all type of colours while using all the other colours in blinds, curtains, furniture, upholstery, flooring, wall paintings, wall decors, accessories etc. After placing anything in a room, you can shift the fixtures from one room to other with lots of convenience.
The white paint looks very clean. If the space is nicely maintained it looks even cleaner. The white colour adds to the feel of cleanliness.
Again this looks like a repeat point but is important to make it different and separate point to let the readers understand that you can bring in any colour into the white wall space. Place anything in any colour of your choice and done.
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For making a new place or redecorating a space we may need an Interior Designer, Interior Decorator or even an Architect. The point is how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
First of all let us make it clear that Interior Designer, Interior Decorator and Architect are not one and the same professionals. Let me try to explain in my words:
Interior Designer : One who is capable of designing the interiors. Can make drawings, can do the planning on paper in a professional way using drawings, design concepts and who has done some study on the subject for atleast 3 to 5 years on the subject.
Interior Decorator: This person can be an Interior Designer as well and who has started taking up the entire projects. Also this person is a contractor who can execute the plan and design of the Interior Designer or Architect. Gradually with his experience he has graduated to be an Interior Designer.
Architect: This person is an expert in construction and has complete knowledge on how to plan, design, construct, source, hire vendors and also each and every portion and part of construction. This includes electrical, plumbing, civil, interiors etc. Later during the career this person can choose some specialization like, civil, interiors, structure of any niche segment. They has have spent time studying every aspect of their field of specialization.
The above classifications will help us in making it clear about how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
Now let us come to our point of the topic, how and why to hire an Interior Designer. After reading above points I am sure you are clear about following lines:
All Interior Designers are not Interior Contractors & Architects.
All Interior Decorators are not Interior Designers & Architects.
And above everything else All Architects can be Interior Designers, Interior Decorators and of course Architects. Hence, Interior Designing and Interior Decoration is just a part of the entire Architectural work.
Again this adds up to make it clear how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
First things first, make the list of things you want to get done. You must know what you want. This is the most important thing. As you are planning to hire and Interior Designer this means that you want something or other to be done for which you are looking for an expert or an helping hand. So make sure you have maximum details of what you want. This is one reason on how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
Next is the budget. Make a tentative estimate or budgeting of the work. In other words, how much money you are ready to put into the work. Also if possible you must be ready with the type of designing you are looking for, like ethnic, modern etc. Another point to keep in mind while deciding upon
how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
Now survey the market to get the interior designers of your choice. Unless you are sure about, I suggest to atleast talk and research about minimum three to four professionals. Meet them in person, talk to them and also make sure to check atleast three each recent of past projects done by the professionals. After you are sure of hiring the particular professional have one more meeting with the person. This is also a very important step while deciding on how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
After you decide on with whom you want to go ahead and deciding upon the cost and fees, always talk to him/her on following points:
These are the above main points you should consider talking to your designers before you start with the planning. This will save your time as well as the time of your designer. All designers know about the above components and they will talk to you on this. But it is always better if you know about these points and both of you are in sync on the above points. This will save you time, money, work and rework. Now I think you are much more confident about how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
After both of you have finished discussion on the above points. The next step is the “Pre Estimate – Pre View”. Here your designer will make a first design, estimate and overall view. Now both of you can have few meetings on this and do the necessary tweaking, changes on this. You can have an initial view, idea of overall design, working plan, add some new ideas and also remove some ideas you do not want. This will again give you an idea of the cost of the work. After seeing this set of work you can make necessary changes to the design to match with you budget. Here you can also plan to increase or decrease the budget.
Now you must work on finalising the final design. This is the most important part of your work. Give your time and concentration on finalising your final design. Your final design is the thing that will be enacted and layed on the floor, walls and ceilings.
After finalising the design you must talk on the time of completion of the project. There may be many issues that may arise during the actual working at the site. Make it clear about the flexibility regarding the time of completion. In India, many things may go wrong. My advice is to add 20 to 30% extra on time agreed between you and the designer. Nothing is impossible, so if you do not want to be flexible and you want the deadline to be met, make this clear between you and your designer.
Work can be done in sequence. One thing cannot start till something else has been done. Make a flow chart of the work. Few things can be done simultaneously. Plan the requirement of funds. Many a time projects get delayed due to non availability of funds on time. So flow chart of the work and availability of funds with clarity of work is very important. Any change you make to your plan will change your timeline.
The most cumbersome and difficult task is to handle and manage different agencies who will be doing different jobs like flooring, furniture, paint, electrical, plumbing and many other small and important things. Do decide on who will be managing them and getting the work done.
You will have to take the handover from your contractor, interior decorator or interior designer of the project after the work has been completed. While taking the handover following things must be taken note of:
Always agree with your designer, vendors and contractors about after handover service. Make it clear with them as to how much and on what points they will be giving the after handover service and for what time. Always prefer the vendor and designer who is ready to give your after handover services. If they are agreeing on this, they are responsible and will ensure proper work and material.
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Falling from stairs is a very dangerous. It can be a major loss for elderly people if they fall from stairs. It is very important to take precautions on this and avoid this accident. Let us discuss how to protect ourselves from falling from stairs ? Let us discuss the reasons and solutions to this mishap of falling from the stairs. How to protect ourselves from falling from stairs ?
Few main reasons we slip may be as below:
Above are quite a few or almost main reasons why we fall from stairs. If you think any other reasons please do leave your comments below. This will help our fellow readers. So do spare some time and leave your comments.
Now let us come to the section how to avoid falling from stairs ? What are the steps we should take to avoid falling from stairs.
1. Size of the Stairs :
When you are planning stairs keep the stair riser height upto 6 inches and do not cross above 8 inches in any case. Keep this same throughout your entire staircase. Even a slight mistake in this can be very very dangerous. People may fall or loose their balance in the step that has the slightest of variation.
Alongwith this the depth of the step should also be uniform and equal. Any minor change in this can be equally fatal.
Do not underestimate the importance of railings. Railings help us in keeping our balance and regaining our balance while climbing or coming down the stairs. Holding the railings ensures safety and reduces the possibility of falling from the stairs. Do plan to have proper and strong railing in your staircase.
3. Proper Light in Staircase:
This is another silly reason we fall from stairs. Even after having everything perfect, people fall from stairs when there is no proper light. So make sure that the staircase is properly lit. Invest in proper lighting of the staircase.
Some steps that can be taken if you are planning to construct a new staircase or putting up new stairs.
4. Rough texture line near the edge of stair step:
If you are planning to put a stone stair like granite of marble, you can plan a straight line running along the width of the stair which should be rough in finish. The rough stretch of line on a smooth step of the stair can work as a barrier incase you slip on the stair step. This line should be on all steps of the stairs. This can be of help.
But with the usage this roughness can become smooth and slippery. You may have to re do the roughness after some time.
5. Groove Lines on the steps of the stairs.
We have seen straight 2 to 3 groove line on the steps of the stairs running from one end of the stair to another. These lines can also work as an immediate barrier to the slip. But I have my own doubts about this. There are rare chances of these grooves being of any help to you when you slip as they are depressed towards the stone step. When you slip on a smooth surface how can a depressed line stop you from slipping or falling. I personally do not recommend this as a solution.
6. Metal Strips inserted in the grooves.
This is somewhat helpful. As on the above point we just have the grooves, but in this case we have the grooves and in those grooves a metal strip of around 4 to 5 mm thick are inserted and a part of that metal strip comes out and above the surface of the stair. These metal strips can of course be useful. But with passage of time they may look attractive but may become slippery by themselves.
7. Abrasive tapes near the edge of the steps.
This is one of the best solution to stop you and protect you from slipping from the stairs. These tapes are super effective and easy to install, reinstall or remove. They are very convenient to have. The tapes can be used on all type of stairs – new, old, stone, wood, tile, glass, metal or any other stair.
If you want to be double sure you can put two lines of tapes which will ensure that you never slip from the stairs.
8. Stair Nose on the edge of the Stairs.
Another solution is that you can put stair nose on the edge of the stair. These stair nose can be of wood, metal or steel. If you have a very high traffic area and want instant solution for slipping from the stairs, you can install stair nose of iron angles. The iron angles must be firmly fixed on the stairs by nuts bolts, screws and if possible by welding etc. The stair nose should not be loose fixed to avoid any accident due to loose fixing.
These are few solutions for avoiding the accident of falling from stairs or slipping from the stairs. Hope this has been useful. Please do leave your comments below.
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How to organise Shoes, this is the topic of this blog article. Shoes are very important in our lives. They make you look smart, confident and also protects you from cold, heat and thrones. So let us try to understand how to organise shoes or how to organise shoes.
First of all let us calculate approximate number of shoes we have in our homes. We will list the number of people we have in our homes, they may be like below (may vary from people to people and places to places). This will make our work easy and help us to understand how to organise shoes.
Father – We presume he will have 4 pair or shoes and slippers.
Mother – We presume she will have 6.
Your – We presume you will have 8.
Spouse – We presume your spouse will have 8.
Brother – He will also have 6 to 8.
Sister – She will also have 6 to 8.
Son- Let say he will have around 4.
Daughter – Let us say she will also have 4.
Say one more member – Add around 5 for him/her.
Now let us add the number of shoes and slippers.
The total number of shoes and slippers in any house here works out to 55.
Now let us take some margin on this, let us presume that any modern house will have minimum of 60 shoes and slippers.
Again we need to do some maths.
Now we have 9 members and each one of them will have 2 pairs each for frequent use.
This figure comes out to 18. Again add 2 more to this, our figure of frequent used shoes or slippers is now 20. So 55 – 20 = 35, we have 35 more pairs which will not be used so frequently.
Let us have fresh figures off hand, from our above calculations which make our work easy to know how to organise shoes ?
(A) Frequently used shoes and slippers. (20 Nos)
(B) Occasionally used shoes and slippers. (35 Nos)
In case the examples we have taken does not match your numbers, please feel free to change them as per your figures. If the numbers are less, it is a good news and if the numbers are more – you need more.
Now our requirement is to have two different shoe racks. One for the frequently used shoes and slippers and another for occasionally used ones.
Let us give them some technical names – FS Rack and OS Rack. FS is Frequently Used and OS is Occasionally Used.
Hope you have got the point of how to organise the shoes. My be you do not need to read further.
The FS Rack – Frequently used shoes and slippers should be stored or kept near the entrance door.
Have a decent shoe rack near the entrance door to keep and hide the shoes in the rack. The rack should look nice, should be low height and it must be easy to access, specially for children. This Shoe Rack, we will call it Door Shoe Rack needs to accommodate minimum 18 to 20 shoes and slippers. This resolves our topic of how to organise shoes ?
Now the next shoe rack, “The OS Rack”, which you may have to keep in your balcony, terrace of somewhere in the inner circle of your house or apartment. The place for this is to be found by you. The possible places can be as below:
Above are the six places you can put your second shoe rack. Always plan for two shoe racks in your house. One shoe rack will not be a good idea. You will always feel overwhelmed to see shoes and slippers lying here and there in your house.
Of course few slippers and one or two shoes can be placed in open if you are not very particular about this. Bathroom slippers will be in the bathrooms and if you do not allow shoes in your house you can have some house slippers lying in the open for easy access.
Along with this it is recommended to plan for keeping helmets if you have two wheelers in your house. One two wheeler or bike will make 2 helmets.
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What is the difference between POP and Wall Putty ?
Let us try to understand the difference between POP and Wall Putty. POP is also called Gypsum Plaster. Wall Putty is a cement based plaster which is used to finish the fresh walls before painting. Both POP and Wall Putty are used to create a good base before painting the walls. Many times both people find it difficult to understand what is the difference between POP and Wall Putty.
Let us make it simple to read and understand we will use bullet points. The points makes it short and easy to understand.
First let us discuss POP also called Gypsum Plaster.
Main company in India selling this product is Sakarni marketed by Jai Durga. However it is a natural product found in Rajasthan which is processed by other companies as well.
Now let us talk about Wall Putty.
Wall Putty is a white cement based product manufactured using some polymers, chemicals and resins. The leading brand in this field is Birla White Putty. Let us understand what is difference between POP and Wall Putty. Now let us understand Wall Putty.
To summarize what is the difference between POP and Wall Putty , a single line is more than sufficient – POP is good for indoor walls and Putty is good for outdoor walls.
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