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Why French Doors Are So Relevant in Today’s Interior Designs

December 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: ETO Doors

Within a home, French doors remain an extremely popular choice for connecting rooms together. This creates a visually stunning appearance and can make your home look more “open”. When areas need to be separated, French doors work well as their flexibility allows them to close off a space as well. This is what makes these types of doors so useful – and it doesn’t hurt that they look gorgeous as well.

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Use them as a doorway out to your patio or even replace them to be your main exterior double doors. French doors are both durable and aesthetically pleasing. They can also be installed as a single door, in a matching pair, or even as part of a complete series. Constructed with a door frame called “lights”, they’re held together by these transparent panels which allow them to connect with ease.

“Lights”

These “lights” are typically made out of glass but it isn’t a rare occurrence to find them made out of other materials as well. Initially, when exterior French doors are fitted, you’re going to notice that they’re hinged at either side so that there isn’t a division between the windows. This is an appealing look and a recommendation to enjoy more natural light is to choose doors with thinner window joinery. Your house will be lit up by the warmth of the outdoors.

Patios or Balconies

French doors are often used for patios or for balconies. If you want to get the most out of your French doors, install them to lead out to that location. Even if you don’t get a chance to go outside due to the cold weather, you’ll still be left with a gorgeous view to the outside of your home.

Versatility

You can’t put enough emphasis on the flexibility of a French door. If you have an outdoor front patio, you can place them specifically in the corners to lead outside, while also providing a nice, stylish décor to it. If your interior has a design flaw that causes two rooms to be shut off from each other, replace them with French doors. One room could have more natural light coming in and by installing French doors it’ll be able to shine through to both rooms to give you a more spacious look and feel.

The Bottom Line

If you’re considering French doors for your household, then it’s important that you take a look at all of the different styles that are available. Being that they are solid choice for anyone that wants to remodel their home, you’ll appreciate the extravagant look that it’ll add to your household.

Exploring Different Types of Interior Doors

October 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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When it’s time to replace your existing interior doors, you’ll have plenty of options. Today’s homeowners have a plethora of interior door styles to choose from, each bringing their own unique look and feel. Determining which type of door is right for you is largely a matter of personal taste along with a knowledge of the spaces on either side of your door.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular types of interior doors:

Panel Doors: These are the most common type of interior doors. They have square or rectangular panels that are set into the door. These panels can stand alone or also have glass inserts or decorative finishes such as rounded tops. Modern panel doors can have a single panel or many different panels.

Flush Doors: A door that has a single flat piece of wood on either side is a basic and affordable option for many homeowners. With flush doors, the quality of the material is very important because there are no ornamental designs or panels to catch a person’s eye. Woods with deep finishes and dark grains can make for dramatic flush doors.

Bifold Doors: If you are dealing with space considerations, installing bifold doors might be the best option. These doors are hinged and run on tracks. With the doors fold together, they greatly reduce the amount of space used by the door. These are great options for small rooms such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, pantries and even bedrooms in small homes or apartments.

ETO Doors has been helping customers find the right interior and exterior doors for their homes and businesses since 2002. More than 100,000 customers have been satisfied and given positive ETO Doors reviews.

Memory Foam Makes Sense for RV Mattresses and Cushions

September 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Memory-Foam-Makes-Sense-for-RV-Mattresses-and-CushionsRV owners spend a lot of time inside of their vehicles. Their RV cabin is their living room, kitchen and bedroom whenever they go on the road. Because of this, they need RV bedding that is comfortable and lets them get a good night’s sleep, while also being durable enough to last for years. Many RV owners have found that memory foam is the perfect choice when it comes to their motorhome’s mattress.

The main reason that people select memory foam for their RV mattresses is comfort. Despite being lightweight, memory foam offers superior comfort for a very affordable price. It’s almost impossible to sleep poorly when using a memory foam mattress, as it is soft while also providing the right amount of support to pressure points so you won’t ache when you wake up.

Camper owners use memory foam for more than just their mattresses. Memory foam also makes a great material for RV cushions. One reason this is the case is that it is easy to cut memory foam to the shape you need. Since many camper cushions and beds are smaller than normal or have unusual sizes, memory foam makes sense. All you need is an electric knife and you can get a mattress or cushion that is the perfect fit.

RV owners can choose to purchase an entire foam mattress or they may want to have a foam mattresses topper to go above their standard mattress. This allows you to add an additional level of comfort to your sleeping arrangement while keeping your current mattress.

The Foam Factory, Inc. is a family owned business that has been providing high end foam products to customers for more than 30 years. The company takes orders from individuals to large corporations.

Wood Doors Never Go Out of Style

September 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By ETO Doors

When you think of a modern home, a lot probably comes to mind. You may envision modern architecture for example. The minimalist approach and features have become more and more popular in recent years, especially for those of us who want to live without distractions.

ETODoor4That being said, you can have plenty of modern features in your home without having to go the full minimalist route. You also don’t need to stick with black and white accoutrements or other options that might feel like they lack the personal touch.

A good example of this is wooden doors. To many, exterior wood doors may seem obvious, but if you’re going for a modern look, you may mistakenly think that you need a different material.

Whether it’s wooden front doors or the kind located inside, there’s nothing wrong with using this material. There’s a reason it’s been such a popular option for so long. Amongst other things, wood can be modified to look like all kinds of things and painted countless ways to get the perfect look for your home.

So the next time you’re in the market, keep an open mind where your door options are concerned, especially when it comes to materials. You’ll most likely love the perfect choice made out of wood.

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Every homeowner needs wood doors that work for them, but they are also important for functionality too. Whether you need interior doors or exterior doors, you’ll be happiest when you look at the selection and prices found at ETO doors.

Give Your Home a Better Look with Better Doors

August 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By ETO Doors

Everyone wants their home to look as good as possible. There’s no shame in taking pride in your house. It’s not just where you and your family live. It’s also your addition to the community you live in. If you ever end up selling, you’re going to want this kind of investment looking its best too.

ETO doors4While there are many ways to help your home make the best possible first impression, doors are definitely an important one. Exterior doors are one of the most defining characteristics of any home.

Wooden doors carry a lot of personality and should definitely be considered. Exterior wood doors have been around for ages of course, but there are tons of options to choose from these days that offer a modern aesthetic.

Before you make your purchase, you should really consider wooden front doors. You can do plenty to modify any model’s appearance to get exactly what you want. Obviously, wood is easy to paint too, which means it’s a project most people will have no problem taking on.

Whatever you want in your home, you want it looking good at all times. The doors that everyone can see are a great way of going about doing this.

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If your home needs a new door or two, look no further than ETO doors. Whether you need wood doors or any other style for your home, this company has everything you could possible want and probably a few options you never thought of before.

Mahogany Doors: What you need to know

July 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by ETO Doors

There are always advantages and disadvantages when choosing one material over another. This is especially true when choosing whether to go with mahogany doors. Here are a few advantages and disadvantages.

Mahogany works well for both interior and exterior doors. For exterior doors, it allows whatever embossing or hand carved customizations that you want as the wood is very easy to work with. Another advantage is that you can stain it again whenever you require. Whenever you redecorate, you can match the finish of your front door to the other furniture. This also applies to mahogany solid wood interior doors. Redecorate and all your doors can match your new aesthetic.

Another advantage is energy efficiency. As a material for doors, wood can provide energy savings especially for your front door. Wood is approximately 1800 times more efficient than aluminum and 400 times more than steel. This can lead to energy savings over the long term.

Mahogany is also durable. It can resist decay and is also resistant to insects. This makes it a good investment as you can expect it to last for decades.

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One of the cons of using mahogany that applies to other types of wood is higher maintenance. Other materials used for doors do not require the periodic re-staining and re-sealing. Whenever you use solid wood interior doors, you have the risk that some rooms will not have doors for the period of the maintenance.

Finally, there is the cost. Because certain species of mahogany are endangered, it can be more expensive than other varieties of wood.

ETO Doors is a manufacturer of high quality interior and exterior doors for homeowners and businesses. They have a full catalog of mahogany doors and accessories available at their website.

DIY Cots for Lightweight Backpacking

July 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Written by: The Foam Factory

 

When you’re out in the wilderness, even the smallest creature comforts are a welcome sight. One great way to make your outdoor trek a bit more comfortable is to create a cot you can use to sleep on. Cots are useful on backpacking trips because they lift you off the ground, which makes it a bit more manageable to sleep without a tent or with only a rain fly.

Begin with the Frame

There are many ways to approach building the frame for a cot, but you can easily pull it off with PVC piping and tent poles. Simply cut a thick piece of PVC pipe, drill holes into it for the tent poles and your support structure is basically built. For something a bit sturdier, you might consider using actual metal pipes but the weight increase might not be the kind of tradeoff you want to make. The final product won’t be sturdy enough to serve as a mattress replacement, but you can use it for an overnight trip.

Final Touches

You’ll need some kind of material that doesn’t stretch and will remain strong even as it is strained. Tarp or canvas work well for this purpose, but rip-stop fabric is also useful. Once you have the fabric over the “legs” you made from the PVC piping, consider adding dryfast foam to try and reduce moisture collection.

Final Thoughts

The finished product should be extremely lightweight, but not something you want to take with you to every trip you go. These cots are perfect for short trips on a budget, and it’s very possible to do the whole project, with foam mattress, for under $50.

Foam: The Camper’s Hidden Secret

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Every camping trip brings with it the opportunity to do things just a bit better next time. The outdoors presents a challenge that the unprepared can’t handle, but planning for everything is not really feasible. Backpackers only have a finite amount of weight they can carry, and car campers will quickly overload their car with accessories that probably won’t serve them well.

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Camping hacks, like putting toilet paper into a coffee container and cutting a hole for easy disbursement, are designed to bring some of the comforts of home with you. Hacks cover everything from drinking properly in the outdoors to securing foodstuffs from bears and wildlife.

One secret that inexperienced campers overlook is the use of foam. Upholstery foam from Canada can’t do everything around a campsite, but the specialized uses you’ll find for foam will greatly enhance the comfort level of your trip. Use these tips to improve the quality of your campsite and camp in style.

Sleeping and Lounging

One of the primary uses you’ll find for foam is in the mattress itself. Foam has the distinct advantage of being flexible, which means that sheets can be rolled up tightly for easy storage without any long term effects. Memory foam mattresses aren’t as easy to transport, but small custom cushions are perfect for day trips or overnights. Attach the cushion to a backpack and every rock you pass quickly becomes a relaxing chair.

Aside from comfort, dense foam serves two purposes: heat control and protection. When backpackers hit the trail, they tend to make camp as the sun is lowering or already down. Most people know to bring a tarp with them as a protective measure for tents, to be sure that rocks won’t rip the canvas material. Foam pads help protect whatever other bedding you might have too. What if there were small barbs mixed in with that soft ground covering? A simple puncture on an inflatable mattress can leave you feeling miserable for the whole night.

Aside from the mattress itself, custom outdoor cushions cut small enough can double as camping pillows too.

Insulation

Another excellent use for foam is as a tool for insulation. Ever heard of a beer cozy? You can use foam as insulation for cold drinks of any variety, like juice or soda. You’ll need dense foam for this task, otherwise the insulation won’t be as effective. You can also make a pouch of cloth and line it with foam inserts. This would make it easier to transport fresh fruits, veggies and meats that require refrigeration.
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Foam Factory, Inc. is located in Southeast Michigan, operating a facility capable of custom cutting foam shapes to any size required. The Foam Factory offers free shipping on all orders greater than $75.

Give Your Home’s Exterior Some Style

June 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By ETO Doors

When most people think about adding some style to their home, they predictably head indoors. They look at redoing their bathroom, renovating their kitchen, painting a room, etc. There’s nothing wrong with doing this, of course. Sometimes, it’s the smartest thing you could do. However, to think that addressing the interior is the only way that you can make your home more fashionable is a big mistake.

etodoor4Instead, you should look outside. The exterior of your home says just as much about the owner as the inside. Plus, you have to remember that no matter how welcoming you are, far more people are going to see the exterior of your home than ever go inside.

One way to make a home more noticeable is with the doors. Mahogany entry doors are a great idea, for example, and will definitely grab a lot of attention. You could choose any type of wood entry doors really. If you go with oak, you can even paint it whichever color you like to get a perfect representation of your style sense.

Then, of course, there’s picking the knob and even a knocker. You can have lots of fun here so that the finished result is a door that is just as amazing as the rest of your home.

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If you’re in the market for oak exterior doors, French doors, mahogany exterior doors or any beautiful option, for that matter, you’re going to love what ETO Doors has to offer, especially at such affordable prices.

Bugs Begone! How to Keep Nature in Nature after Going Camping

June 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When you’re in the great outdoors there are no rubber seals and deadbolts separating you from the wild expanse of nature outside. While that may be the point for many people, that doesn’t mean you have to put up with bugs once you get back home. Here are some ways to make sure you don’t bring nature home with you.

De-Stinkifying

First, shake everything thoroughly outside to get rid of natural debris and hidden critters. Air-out supplies in a secure environment to prevent new bugs from coming in and allow bad odors to dissipate. Distilled white vinegar can be used to get rid of body odors, animal urine, and other natural scents which seep in over the course of a trip. Deodorizing can also help remove the smell of food which attracts rodents and other vermin, and eliminates dead skin cells that look like a feast to mites and gnats.

De-Germing

Machine-wash everything you can. Then, use a spray-bottle or mister filled with a 1:10 mixture of vinegar and water to lightly spray down the rest of your non-washable camping equipment and get rid of lingering smells. If you did any hunting and cleaning of game, wipe down anything that came into contact with animal parts or blood with a 1:10 solution of bleach and water to prevent risk of disease from fur and feathers

De-Bugging

Wrap and store items in bug-proof netting or hardware cloth during storage. Not only will this prevent new bugs and vermin from settling in while you’re gone, it will also keep anything you missed from getting into your other stuff. It may be gross to see a few dead bugs next season if any were trapped inside, but that’s still better than finding out some missed bugs have started a society in your camping gear.

Bio: ETO Doors manufactures custom-cut doors to meet a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial needs. ETO Doors is based out of Los Angeles and has showrooms in Las Vegas and New York. Read ETO Doors reviews, browse their selection, and more online at their website.

 

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