Great Sound System on a Budget

A good sound system will cost you a lot of money if you want a really good sound. There are a lot of components to building a great sound system and of course, the main players are the speakers themselves. However, these speakers are not going to do much without the proper amplification and sources. Amplifiers and decoders are also very important in order to play good sounding music or watch a movie/play games in glorious surround sound.

You also have to factor the size of the room, if the speakers are mainly for music or movies, if you want surround or you are fine with stereo, a subwoofer and a lot more. Of course, the very first consideration should be your budget. You have to set a budget and stick with it because people that start with this hobby tend to spend too much for things that they don’t really need and end up overspending. If you have the money to spare, then by all means, get the best that you can afford but if you are like the rest of us that have limited budgets, then you should definitely try to avoid overspending and get the best value items.

Speakers

The speakers are the heart and soul of your home theater. Without it, there won’t be any sound, obviously, and if you have low quality and bad sounding speakers, no matter what you do such as tweaking settings or speaker placements, it won’t get better. I recommend that you get the best model that you can afford. If you are planning on a multi speaker setup, you should start with getting the best front speakers that you can afford and then adjust your budget for the other speakers. If you are content with a stereo system, you should allocate most of your budget for the best speakers that you can afford.

Micca MB42x

The Micca MB42X is the best bang for the buck speaker in the market. It is very versatile and can be used as your front speakers, rear surrounds or side surrounds. It is very small with dimensions of 9.5 x 5.8 x 6.5 (inches). However, don’t let the small size put you off if you want big sounds. This speaker is more than capable of producing good quality sound with its 4 inch woofer and .75 inch silk dome tweeter.

The size of this speaker makes it easier for placement and as I said above, it can be used in the rear or sides if you ever decide to upgrade the front speakers to towers. I recommend this highly and I actually own a pair that I use as speaker computers although the model that I have is the powered ones. Join the ranks of thousands of Amazon users that are satisfied with these speakers.

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Fluance SX6

The Fluance SX6 is another great speaker set that I can recommend. The sound that comes out from these babies are great and full. It has a 1 inch tweeter and a 5 inch woofer and it is bigger than the Miccas with dimensions of 13.5 x 8.3 x 9.1 inches. The only thing I don’t like about these speakers is that they are quite ugly to look at but if you don’t care about looks, this is definitely a winner.

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Wharfedale Diamond 220

Wharfedale is the brand of choice in Britain and it’s slowly gaining popularity in the US. These speakers are a bit warm sounding so if you prefer that, this is the one to get. It’s pretty close to the size of the Fluance with dimensions of 12.4 x 6.9 x 9.8 inches with a 1 inch tweeter and a 5.1 inch woofer. The speakers are fun to listen to without the risk of listening fatigue due to the warm and flat tone. I highly recommend these speakers if you have the budget to spend.

It is available in Black, Walnut, Rosewood, and White. Tip: Get the white ones, they are gorgeous.

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Final Thoughts

Well, these are my recommendations for speakers on a budget. These speakers produce great sound for the money and they are very versatile, in case you want to upgrade later on. There are many more speakers in the market and it’s virtually impossible to determine the best one, at least for me, as I am no audiophile and I don’t have the money to spend on those speakers that cost thousands of dollars. For now, these are the ones that I can recommend to others on a budget.

Garage Ideas

Your garage is as much a part of your house as other rooms are. If you have one, you should definitely try to do some reorganizing, designing and decorating so that it looks as good as your other rooms.

It should not be a room that’s limited to parking. It can serve so much more purpose than that. If it is spacious, it can hold a lot of items such as for storage, home gym equipment, tools and much more. If it is small, don’t worry, you can do a lot to make it more storage friendly. Having it look good is a nice plus as it can add value to your house.

A good garage is much more than a place to park your car. If it is properly designed, it should make backing in and going out very easy. If you are a diyer, a garage can be one of the most satisfying rooms to design, organize and decorate.

Here are some things that you can do to make your garage more functional and more elegant.

Lighting

Lighting is very important. Your garage should be well-lit because oftentimes, this is where you will be working on your car if it needs maintenance or if something breaks that you can easily take care of. Bad lighting will make things harder than it has to be.

Your light sources could be from well placed windows where sunlight can enter or if you don’t want too much windows as it can be easily broken into, you can place different light sources in different areas of the room. The most important thing about lighting is eliminating shadows as it can be a nuisance when doing work on your car.

Tool storage

Installing cabinets or shelves where you can store all your tools in an organized manner is recommended. Since it’s not on the ground, you will be able to save space and make your garage more efficient. When working on your car or bike or pretty much anything out of your garage, having an organized tool storage will save you a lot of time and headache as you can pretty much get what you need without having to guess where you put it last.

A perforated hardboard or a pegboard is one of the essentials in having a well organized garage. Having one will make your life easier so it is recommended that you get one if you are serious in reorganizing your garage.

Storage for other stuff

If you have a spacious garage, it should double as a storage room if you want to have a clutter free house. However, just because all your unused stuff is in the garage, it should be disorganized. You can definitely make it look better by installing different types of storage materials such as chests, cabinets and more.

Improving your Bathroom on a Budget

A very important room in the house that usually gets lost in the shuffle when redesigning or redecorating is the bathroom. It is a place where you can relax and just shut down so that your body can get its well needed relaxation time.

Redesigning or redecorating your bathroom is very easy and if you are on a very tight budget, it can be done with simple purchases of not so expensive accessories that can improve the overall look and feel of the room. Here are some accessories that can definitely improve your bathroom even with a tight budget.

Mirrors

Buying or installing a new mirror can improve both the look and feel of your bathroom. This is one of the easiest ways to improve your bathroom and it really is a no brainer because it can add to the overall feel of the room while also being functional. I would recommend to go for a whole body mirror as it will give the most return due to its size, it can make the room look more spacious than it actually is.

Lighting

Another cheap solution to improve your bathroom is installing new lighting fixtures. It can really alter the overall look and feel of your bathroom. You can simply buy a new lamp or install an LED strip or whatever it is that you fancy and it will work because good lighting is always a good idea.

Accessories

Accessories such as tub bars, towel bars, hooks and other small things can also have a big effect in the overall look of your bathroom. They can be very stylish or if you prefer a minimalistic look, you can go for simple ones and they are also functional whilst also improving the safety of your bathroom

 

Shopping for a Bed for Your Bedroom

Designing and decorating your bedroom is very easy, as long as you choose a good bed or mattress that can be worked with. It is the centerpiece of the whole room because of its sheer size and how it is positioned in the room. Needless to say, if you are shopping for a bed or a new mattress, it should not only look good but it should also have good performance. If you think about it, the bed is the one piece of furniture that we spend the most time in so if buying a new one, I personally recommend that you go all out and don’t skimp on your budget. However, don’t just buy the most expensive one, buy the one that offers the most value for your hard earned cash.

Choosing the type of mattress

If this is your first time buying a mattress, you will realize that it is not as straightforward as choosing a brand or model and buying it. It is more complicated if you want to get the best out of your money and a lot of research will have to be done. The first of which is learning about the different mattress types and how they differ from one another. Each type of mattress has its own advantages and disadvantages and you just have to choose which ones work best for you.

There are two general types of mattresses; spring and spring-less. Spring mattresses are the traditional innerspring mattress and there are different types of spring systems that can be used. The most popular of which is the pocketed coil spring system. As for spring-less, memory foams, latex, air beds and pretty much any mattress that doesn’t have a spring core. In this guide, we will focus on the three most popular and most commonly used mattresses.

Innerspring

Innerspring is just as its name suggests, a mattress that has a spring in its core. The support layer of the mattress is made of hundreds of springs and the comfort layer is made of various materials such as regular foam, memory foam, latex, specialty foam and more. This is a very popular type of mattress and even though it is considered old, it is still one of the best selling type of mattresses.

One of the biggest advantages of an innerspring or spring mattress is its price relative to memory foam and latex. It is cheaper especially when it comes to the high end models/products. It is one of the most popular type of mattresses so there are a lot of options to choose from and for every budget range, there are great offers that are definitely worth the money. For more info about the best innerspring mattresses and innerspring mattress reviews, go to Mattress Reviews HQ.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is the most popular type of mattress right now because it has a lot of features that can truly improve your sleep. It is a springless mattress with a standard foam at its core and memory foam in the comfort layer. Memory foam is a fairly new technology and the company that made it popular is Tempur-pedic.

The biggest advantage of memory foam over other mattress types is its ability to conform to your body while you are sleeping. Think of it like your body is enveloped in foam as you sleep. This is very comfortable and it can really help improve your sleep.

The biggest drawback however, is the retention of heat. As your body is enveloped in foam, heat is trapped and making it warm. Fortunately, there are newer types of memory foam that improves upon this. These newer memory foams don’t eliminate the heat entirely but it does improve the temperature as you sleep.

Latex

Latex is the most uncommon mattress type that you can find among the three. However, personally, I think this is the best type of mattress because it is the most durable and I find it to be the most comfortable. I am not really a fan of the sinking effect of memory foam and the accompanying heat that comes with it. With latex, the comfort is just right. It conforms to the body but it won’t envelope it, resulting in heat.

It also relieves pressure due to how it contours to your body, just like memory foam. Another advantage of latex is that it is naturally hypoallergenic and mites and microbe resistant. The biggest drawback is its price. I’m talking about an all latex mattress because there are two types; all latex and hybrid latex. All latex has latex in the entire mattress while hybrids either have a latex support with a different comfort layer or latex comfort layer with a different foam in the support layer. I don’t see the point in buying a hybrid as it negates one of the advantages of latex which is durability and longevity.

As I was saying, all latex mattresses are very expensive. You should expect to pay at least $1,500 for a decent all latex mattress and the price goes up even further for the good ones.

This will be a series on how to buy a mattress so stay tuned for part two.

Preparing for the Winter

The title sounds so dramatic but it really isn’t. This is just a simple guide and tips on how to prepare your home come winter time. Some winter decors and actually preparing your home to combat the cold. Without further ado, here they are.

  • Curtains

A great first step in preparing your house during winter seasons starts with your window curtains or drapes. A winter themed one will absolutely look fantastic while also serving an important function of warming the area. It will add an additional layer of barrier to counter the cold weather and guests as well as people passing by will appreciate the look if you opt to go for one with a winter themed style.

  • Rugs and Carpets

Rugs and carpets, much like the curtains, also do a double duty when it comes to function and design. It adds additional insulation, especially in areas of the house that are traffic heavy and with a good design, it can improve the overall look of your home.

  • Couch and Sofas

Adding a layer of cushion in your sofa will help in keeping it warm for you to be comfortable on. You can even go further and add sheets and bedding with winter themes on it to both improve the heating and the look of your sofas.

  • Sealing all drafts

This one is all about improving the heating of your entire home. You need to find all drafts in your house and seal them so that wind will not penetrate your house, causing it to lower the temperature even further. This might involve some work but in the end, it will be worth it because a warm house during winter is a necessity.

To seal the drafts, you need to employ either permanent solutions like caulking or weather stripping or temporary ones like towels or other thick fabrics to cover the sources. It’s up to you and if you have the budget, you should definitely opt for the permanent solutions so that you only do it this one time.

 

Tips for Redecorating your Home

I’ll start out this blog with some tips to help you redecorate your home.

A visually appealing and comfortable home is what everybody wants to go home to after a long day at work or even at school. Decorating your home so that the flaws are very well hidden if not completely eradicated and the strong points emphasized will take a lot of time and resources and not everybody has both. Here are some easy tips that I have found to be helpful, even on a tight budget.

Rearrange your sofa

A simple rearranging of your sofa can greatly improve the overall feel and look of your living room. If you have guests over frequently or even if it’s just you and your family sitting in the living room, a sofa arrangement wherein conversation is promoted will have a great effect on the feel of your home. Setting it in a U-shape formation or two sides facing each other can generate conversations more frequently. And healthy conversation with friends and family is always a good thing.

Don’t block the sun

Natural lighting will always be better than artificial. Having said that, if your house has an abundance of windows, take advantage of the sun. You can go for a contrasting look of heavy colored drapes but tied up or you can also go with a light colored theme that lets sunshine pass through.

Declutter

You don’t have to pay someone to declutter your home, that’s ridiculous. This is very easy to do and you don’t have to spend a dime to do something that you can do yourself.

A mirror makes a room seem more spacious and bigger than it actually is

Having a mirror in every room makes it look more spacious strategically placing it opposite of windows will make the room brighter as it can bounce off the natural sunlight. It doesn’t have to be the biggest window or the most expensive one that you can find. Even the budget ones with minimalistic designs or even frameless ones will be very good in improving the look and feel of your home.

Light and neutral colors

For this one, you may have to spend a little more than usual but it is a one time thing and it will improve your home for the best. Repainting the interior of your home with light and neutral colors will make it seem more spacious and brighter, improving the flow and feel of your house. This is basically the same concept as having mirrors in every room, the goal is to improve the flow of the house and make it larger than it actually is.

Having light and neutral colors will also make it easier to decorate your house due to its flexibility with color combinations. you can buy dark or light colored furniture and you won’t have a problem with overall look and flow.


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