DIY Projects with Acrylic Sheets

If you’ve ever walked into a fancy home decor shop, you’ve likely seen designer furniture pieces and accessories made out of acrylic, plexiglass, or lucite. Of course, you’ll also see designer price tags attached. Consider crafting your own look-a-likes at a fraction of the cost.

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Make a terrarium table using acrylic sheets and these instructions from blogger Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess. To save money, you can purchase the acrylic sheets from Koffler Sales. Prices start from only $19.06!

You can create art work easily and inexpensively using acrylic sheets and lovely leaves or flowers you find while hiking or grown in your garden. Kate Brown Home Workshop has a simple tutorial for a Simple Nature Art Project.

If you are looking to organize notes in an office or classroom setting, this tutorial for a DIY Lightboard is right for you. It will also make an impressive fixture in any meeting space, since it is more colorful and attention grabbing than a simple white board. You’ll want to use acrylic sheets in at least 48″ x 96″ for this project.

 

Here is our guide to cutting custom shapes out of acrylic:

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If you have children or grandchildren at home, consider crafting a clear plexiglass easel for outdoor fun. Plus, it cleans up easily – you can spray it with a garden hose, rinse off the paint and play again on a blank canvas!

Instructions for the DIY outdoor art easel can be found here, via Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Consider tackling a clear acrylic project during a summer weekend, and there is still some time to create something like DIY acrylic corn hole game pieces in time for July 4th weekend.

Koffler Sales wishes you a happy summer, and happy crafting! 

Spring Organizing with Peg Boards

Though the weather hasn’t been typical, spring has officially sprung and it’s time to consider organizing those over-crowded closets you’ve been avoiding! One of the most versatile ways to organize virtually any space is using pegboards.

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One of the greatest benefits of using a pegboard to organize a space is the ability to completely redesign its use by adding organizational accessories. Whether you’re looking to organize tools in a shed, create a retail display on a budget, thread in a sewing room, or craft supplies in a kids closet, there are a wide variety of bars, hooks, boxes, and cubbies that can be attached in any orientation on any size board. 

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Koffler Sales has a wide variety of pegboards available, depending on your intended use, in several different materials, such as diamond plate metal pegboards, plastic pegboards (UVA safe) and hardboard pegboards. Additionally, Koffler Sales has multiple hook and basket types you can attach to your board for the greatest organizational benefit. With pegboards, you can change how everything is organized easily and without damaging walls. 

Retail tool display on diamond plate pegboards

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our Spring Cleaning and Organization board on Pinterest! And, as always, if you use a Koffler product for spring organization around your home, email us a picture and we’ll post it on our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Be Safe Hanging Holiday Lights

It’s that time of year when everyone is decorating their homes or businesses with holiday cheer. While most people plan their lighting design and where to place decorations, not very many plan for safety. A slip or fall this time of year can really put a damper on your holiday celebrations, so use our tips for a healthy and happy holiday season!

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Electrical cord protectorsExtension Cord Protectors help keep your electrical outlets safe. This nifty little device costs only $5 and prevents damage to electrical cords. If loose cords in a high traffic area will be a problem, we suggest you look into adding Fastlane Cable Protectors to keep your lighting display accident-free.

Always turn off the electricity at the circuit box while working with electrical wires. Just because there isn’t something plugged into the wall yet or the light switch on does not mean that there still isn’t a live current that can shock you. Take the extra 60 seconds to do things the right way – your finger tips will thank us.

Make a ladder safer with non slip tapeWhen putting up a holiday display, most will use a ladder to place decorations higher up. Make the ladder you already own safer by adding Non Slip Tape to the rungs. This simple trick will be especially useful if you are hanging decorations outside where your shoes may become slick from water on the ground.

Corner Guards are wonderful to have all year long, but they are good to have this time of year when ladders and boxes can knick or chip your wall’s corners. We recommend our peel and stick on corner guards because they are very quick, easy and safe to install.

Finally, remember to unplug as many electronic devices as you can when you are not home. Accidental fires do happen and they can be made worse when a dry Christmas tree is present. Your safety always comes first!

If you used a Koffler product in your holiday display, we want to see it! Please email us a picture, and we’ll post it to our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest pages!

 

Adding Your Brand To Your Office Design

You’ve registered your business name and you have a logo, but what is next in branding your business? Having your business’s decor reflect your branding will serve two purposes that affect your bottom line: you will differentiate your business from competitors to your customers and cultivate corporate branding among employees.

Imagine you are a customer. You walk into a business, but you don’t know what they do or who they are. Will you be excited about that company? Likely not.

Now imagine walking into a business with adequate signage, coordinating colors that inspire your mood, and employees who speak uplifting phrases to you. You’ll likely have a better idea of who the company is and how doing business with them makes you feel.

Ways to Brand

Business entry ideasIn addition to signage, consider using logo floor mats help brand your business from ceiling to floor. You will likely need a mat to keep your floors clean of debris and to prevent accidents during wet weather, so why not use one that incorporates your brand name, mascot or trademarked slogan?

Incorporate colors from your company’s logo in the details of your office or shop design. If your logo is blue, think about using blue wall base as an accent color in your office. You can also use colored rubber flooring for a sharp design that is easy to clean and inexpensive to maintain.

Cove-Molding-Profiles-imgConsider how the details tie into your brand. If you want to associate traditional, secure and established characteristics with your business, traditional mill work wall base or wood grain wall base will be a better fit for your office design. This is particularly good for businesses like law firms, accounting firms, doctor offices, and banks.

Remember that branding your business goes beyond how it looks or the colors in your logo (though those factors contribute to your brand). Branding is how others describe your business, and that includes how your employees engage with customers or how quickly they get their products/services or how easy it is to complete a transaction.

For more tips to help grow your business, you can follow us on LinkedIn.

Wood Corner Guards to Add Architectural Character

Corner guards in country kitchen home decorWhether you leased a blank office space or purchased a fixer upper, it’s easy to add architectural character with wood corner guards.

Available with millwork detailing, these corner guards create a custom, upscale look while preventing your walls from damage. This style of corner guard is best suited to traditional, Victorian, colonial or country chic decor. Available in red oak, hard maple, cherry and paint-grade wood, it is easy to find the right product for your space.

Consider using corner guards in your kitchen or any heavily trafficked space at home. If you own a bed and breakfast inn or hotel, you may want to install wood corner guards in the hallways to prevent property damage caused by luggage.

Adding wood corner guards to your property is also more affordable than you think, with prices ranging from $19.19 – $44.65 each.

Here is Brook’s review on our website:

I looked on other websites just saying don’t wast your time.They look great I am so happy I found them ,I ordered 3 and I am ordering 3 more for me and 3 for my daughter .VERY HAPPY.

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To read more customer reviews, you can click here.

Both pictures were sent to us by real KofflerSales.com customers who are excited to show off their newly protected rooms. We love seeing reviews left by our customers as well as having them send us pictures of their completed projects. To see more Koffler customer photos, check out our board on Pinterest.

If you decide to try this project for yourself, remember to send us a picture of your completed project to be featured on Koffler’s social media pages and for a chance to win a Visa gift card!

Maintaining A Hotel

Whether your dream is to open a bed and breakfast, trendy boutique hotel or start a national hotel chain, you have to be prepared for all of the expenses that come with starting a new hotel. Operating and maintaining a hotel can be very expensive when you factor in the costs of keeping the lobby well attended, the rooms clean and advertising costs. Plus, you can’t expect that you will sell out rooms every night.

One way to save on maintenance expenses is to outfit your hotel with commercial-grade wall and floor protection products, so you can save on cleaning, repair and replacement costs.

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For example, corner guards can protect your wall corners from chips, cracks and scuffs caused by guests’ luggage. Made out of a durable rubber, some corner guards options have pigment through the product and will not show scuffs.

If you are opening a bed and breakfast, you can find functional corner guards that will still fit a quaint, historic design like these carved wood corner guards.

Seal and protect the tile floors in your hotel lobby or guest bathrooms, and you’ll have easier to clean floors that show less wear and tear. With Mapei Ultracare stone, tile and grout sealers, you can always have shiny floors that are ready to repel stains caused by spills and other accidents.

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To also help keep lobby floors free of outside debris during all hours of the day, consider using a entrance mat. Add your business logo to the mat to amplify your branding efforts.

With all purchases for your new hotel business, don’t look at only the price tag. Consider your return on investment over time. Spending a little more on quality products today could save you hundreds of dollars next year on maintenance or pay roll costs.

Best of luck with your new hotel, and Koffler Sales hopes to be your vendor of choice in the future!

Puppy-Proof Your Home With Koffler Sales

The team at Koffler Sales loves dogs, and dogs love Koffler Sales too!

You may know our company as a leading supplier of wall and floor protection products, but Koffler Sales also offers products that can be used for puppy-proofing your home from damage.

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Bringing home a new puppy is exciting, but it also can be challenging for pet owners. As babies, they don’t know the rules of the house yet and once they start teething — look out!

Corner-Protectors-For-Glass-imgOne Koffler customer recently left a product review for our Corner Guards. Check out his ingenious hack to stop his dogs from damaging the window sills:

Having just had all the trim in our house professionally painted, I wanted to protect our window sills where our two dogs put their feet to bark at the birds and squirrels. In our town I could not find the 2 inch and 2/1 inch corner guard I purchased from Koffler Sales Company. The product was shipped on time, the clear plastic guards were well protected with a plastic film. We love our dogs, but after spending $4200 to repaint, I wanted to protect the bottom window sills. The product exceeded my expectations in what we wanted to accomplish. Great product!!

House training a puppy can be a tiresome chore, and clean up is usually messy. Avoid staining and damaging your floors with floor protection products available from Koffler Sales.

Tips for Selling Your Home Your puppy cannot be crated 24/7, so one clever way to protect your carpets from “accidents” is to use Carpet Film Plastic Protection, starting from only $15.67/roll!

Roll the plastic carpet film over any carpets you may have in your home until your puppy is fully trained.

You can also use our Floor Protection Soft Matting by KofflerProtect, which is a padded mat with a backing designed to prevent oil, paint, and other construction site damage.

Clear-Grip-Tape-Hacks-DIY For dogs young and old who have problems climbing up the stairs, here is a clever hack: Use 3M® and KSC Bath and Shower Non Slip Tape on wooden stair treads to make them easier to grip for little furry paws. With low prices starting from only $15.26/roll, making it easier for your pooch to join you anywhere in your home has never been more affordable.

Finally, stains are prone to happen when you have a curious puppy in your home. If you need to get a stain out of ceramic, porcelain, concrete or marble tile, Mapei Ultracare Grout, Tile, Stain and Haze Remover products can be the right solution for you. These commercial-grade products are formulated to remove tough stains and refurbish existing tile and stone surfaces.

With these tips, you will be able to enjoy every second of puppyhood without worrying about protecting your home from damage. Remember, show Koffler Sales a picture of your completed project and you will be entered into our monthly drawing for a $100 Visa gift card!

7 Tips for Selling Your Home

Tips for Selling Your Home For many homeowners, the spring is the beginning of the real estate season. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market this year, be sure to follow our 7 tips for selling your home to save money and time.

Get your home ready to sell:

1. If you have carpet, get it professionally cleaned and then lay our Carpet Film Plastic Protection over all carpeted areas, so it stays clean despite all of the foot traffic that comes with showing your home. For less than $100, you can ensure your floors are ready to show at a moment’s notice!

2. Add an Exterior Mat to your entrance. It not only looks more welcoming, but it will help prevent potential buyers dragging leaves and other debris into your home.

3. If your dining room lacks interest or drama, consider installing Chair Rail Trim to your walls. It will make your home’s interior appear more custom, in addition to preventing wall damage caused by dining room chairs. The Millwork Collection by Johnsonite is more affordable and durable than wood alternatives.

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4. Buyers don’t like to see a stained, dirty garage but they often do. Have your property stand out in a good way by installing Diamond Plate Floor Tiles in your garage — it will become a “gear-head’s” dream. It will also showcase the space as super functional, since it can be both a garage and the ultimate man cave! Interlocking Diamond Plate Floor Tiles are easy to install and cost less than $5/square foot.

5. If your home has a patio that appears worn, consider resurfacing it yourself with Chemsol Anti Slip Coating. Hide wear and tear, while adding design flair like a hue like Tile Red to your backyard. Buyers will love your patio’s rejuvenated look, in addition to it being an added safety feature.

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6. Buyers are turned off by clutter, so make sure your home is clean and organized. By adding Peg Boards to craft, office and garage areas, you’ll impress buyers with how much additional storage space your home offers.

7. Add curb appeal with fresh landscaping and a new American Flag displayed off a porch. An American flag will add visual interest and bring some color to the front of your home, without offending would-be buyers.

 

 

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Child Safety Corner Guards

Child Safety Corner GuardsChild safety corner guards are exactly what they sound like, childproof safety measures for a young home. Any establishment that may have children passing through with their parents or friends really needs to consider this health and safety investment.

Child safety corner guards are affordable, simple and easy to apply. There are so many choices of material out there, the softer being the better. The principle of the child safety corner guards is the same regardless of material, it simply adds a little more protection to those sharp and over-exposed corners you may have in your home or business.

Child safety corner guards do not take away from the theme or style of the house, they come in many colours, shapes and sizes for your convenience. These corner guards are unlike the standard, because they are child safety corner guards there is much more protection and security if a child does bump into it. Although children aren’t the only ones that would benefit from these corner guards, also anyone who is accident prone or even normal circumstance. Corners can be dangerous and so worth protecting!

These household accessories are great investments into the health and wellbeing of your children as well as limiting or reducing the medical bills that come with having an exploration-minded child. They are also very helpful for vision-impaired children or children who simply have too much energy that you need to child-proof the entire home!

Glass, wood and metal corners can be as bad as eachother. Glass corners will create more bruising, wooden corners have the risk of splinters if aging and metal corner are simply sharp. Corners are an unavoidable hazard for every home and business, but their damage can be limited or avoided by simply buying child safety corner guards.

There will come a point when the children grown up and the need for the child safety guard will go down, but for the years of usage they are well worth the investment! When the times comes that you no longer feel the need for them you can simply take them off with no hassle or handiwork. However, many people tend to keep these child safety corner guards on long after the children have grown. Children aren’t the only one with a bundle of energy and lack of coordination! Puppies in particular would benefit from these, eldery people would benefit from these safety guards because they are that much more effective than the basic corner guard.

Covering your house with child safety corner guards is a no-brainer, they come in many colours, styles and sizes. These guards are more than just precautions, but a way of protecting your children, loved ones and your wallet from those everyday mishaps of raising children! Corners aren’t pleasant; we’ve all walked into them at some point and would have rather lived without the bruise! Child safety corner guards are the only viable way to protect your children from getting injured on those sharp corners in whatever location you find yourself in.

Cove Molding Profiles

Cove Molding ProfilesCove moldings are used to complete the area wall and ceiling meet. They have a concave profile, and therefore are often used as corner guards or to hide joints in the interior of a house. Cove molding can also be used at the transition of a shelf.

Cove molding profiles are measured by the width, and then by the length of the profile. They are mostly made from soft wood, others from vinyl and even others made from plaster like the paper faced plaster or that of Paris. The paper faced plaster is the most preferred when making choices for domestic or household use. Lately, some of the molding profiles are made of expanded polystyrene that has a cement-based protective coating. This type of molding is however not the best for use because several environmental and health concerns have been raised as was the result of an investigation by Doroudiani. Some of the environmental concerns include the fact that disposed expanded polystyrene is that it is not biodegradable when disposed and could actually take years to degrade. It is also harmful to the marine life and could in some cases ends up in the food chain, causing complication in the health of the animals or even human beings .Cove molding profiles are measured using the length and width of the molding profile. They also vary in weight and the cost is also different depending on the material used to make them.

It is very simple to install the cove molding but one has to apply paint on the cove molding before installing. When attaching one has to use a drill and then plaster to make sure the nails used are cover and then lastly paint over the plaster.

Cove molding profiles come in different shapes but the most common as earlier mentioned is concave. It is a quarter shaped molding. The others include the Egg and Dart which is a classical molding with the shape of an egg and has V-shapes alternating. This was in the past mainly used in Jewish temples. There is also the Dentil which are small blocks spaced equally along the edge of the wall. The rope is another example profile. The rope or case molding is twisted like a rope and is in most cases used to have a decorative effect on the place where it is installed. The rope as mostly used in England, Spain as well as France. Other examples include the Roman Vine, Floral, and Victorian Gothic just to mention a few. One can choose a profile that suits their existing interior d