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How To Buy Furniture For The Home | by Forrest Loman Oilar



Furniture is one of the chief requisites in our lives, promoting, as it does, health and happiness. Few have wealth, but all must have a home. Do we realize what a factor the furnishing of a home is, in the scheme of modern civilization ? We have as much a duty in educating the home-maker in the selection of furniture as in preaching civic beauty. To create harmony in a home is to raise the average of culture and intelligence...

TitleHow To Buy Furniture For The Home
AuthorForrest Loman Oilar
PublisherOilar Brothers
Year1913
Copyright1913, Forrest Loman Oilar
AmazonHow To Buy Furniture For The Home

Dedicated To The Foundation Of A Progressive Nation The Home

-Proem
Furniture is one of the chief requisites in our lives, promoting, as it does, health and happiness. Few have wealth, but all must have a home. Do we realize what a factor the furnishing of a home is, ...
-Chapter I. Introduction
In considering that the cost of living is now an all important topic for discussion, it is most essential that everybody, especially the younger people, be advised in a degree, at least, as to how, wh...
-Furniture. Part 2
Production And Distribution The great problem of trade consists fundamentally in the process of production and distribution. While these activities must be co-existent, the great commercial problem...
-Furniture. Part 3
Furniture Profits Are Not Enormous Some people entertain the erroneous idea that the profit on furniture is something enormous. This idea must he formed because the first outlay seems to be large.W...
-Furniture. Part 4
Freight, Damages, Etc Freight and drayage is an item that is added to the cost of the goods, the same as an item of production. If the goods are bought of a home merchant, the price includes the fr...
-Furniture. Part 5
Trading Stamp, Premium And Gift Schemes Many premium, trading stamp and gift schemes are offered as an incentive to trade, but every one knows, or should know, that nothing is given away. The consu...
-Furniture. Part 6
Eliminating And Discriminating The order of things in the mercantile world seems to be that the poor man pays the long price for everything, while the man with the money in hand buys at the short p...
-Think Twice Before Buying On Installment Plan
It sometimes occurs that when young men are ready to establish a home they are financially limited. Up to this time they have probably lived comfortably, but have accumulated very little money, conseq...
-Chapter II. Woods
All kinds of woods have been used in the manufacturing of furniture, viz.. pine, ash, elm. oak, mahogany, gum, walnut, beech, maple, birch, hickory. etc. In the sixteenth century the principal wood...
-Oak
Oak is one of the most abundant woods in this country and reputable manufacturers are as particular about the selection of their oak as of the other wood that they use in making furniture. The bota...
-Bird's-Eye Maple
Bird's-Eye Maple is light in color and is usually obtained in veneers. It makes handsome furniture for bedrooms, but is not now used as much as in the past. It will darken in color with age, and after...
-Printed Imitation, Called American Oak
A machine is made that prints the grain and splash line figure of quartered oak on other woods. This work is also extended to wall paper in various shades to imitate oak with several different finishe...
-Veneered Versus Solid Woods
The word solid is associated so closely with the idea of durability and stability, that it has created a wide-spread prejudice in the public mind against veneered furniture, which is not in keeping ...
-Chapter III. Rattan, Reed, Willow, Fiber Rush Furniture
These terms at first are rather confusing to one who is not familiar with them, and it is well to be posted in a measure, at least, as to what they represent. The German, Chinese, and American ratt...
-Chapter IV. Leathers
In buying black leather goods one should select nothing but the best grade of No. 1 leather membering that there are three grades of genuine black Leather. It takes about six weeks to convert raw hide...
-Leathers. Part 2
The Treatment Of Splits The splits, having no natural grain surface, require a different treatment looking to the production of an artificial grain or surface. They have a more or less rough nap,...
-Leathers. Part 3
How Leather Is Boarded Although this printing process is necessary on all split leather, the buff layer has its natural grain, as mentioned, hut in an undeveloped state. The mean of bringing this...
-Leathers. Part 4
How Modern Morocco Is Made Morocco is also a popular leather, largely imitated by the printing process on cattle hides, for the real morocco is- made of goat skins, which are not large enough for m...
-Leathers. Part 5
Leather Will Crack Nothing will prevent split hides from cracking, and manufacturers who use such goods on their products will not guarantee the quality to the dealer. The best quality of leather i...
-Chapter V. Period Furniture
While it is not the purpose of this book to go extensively into the subject of antique furniture, yet period furniture enters into the present day needs so very materially, in that the old ideas are b...
-Period Furniture. Part 2
English Furniture Predominates The greatest present-day demand is for English furniture and furnishings in the styles made classic by the early cabinet-makers. The Georgian period, including the wo...
-Period Furniture. Part 3
France SOVEREIGN STYLE Charles IX . . 1560 to 1574 henry 11I . . 1574 to 1589 ...
-Period Furniture. Part 4
Elizabethan, Jacobean And Tudor Periods, 1509-I68j These periods have peculiar interest for Americans because they were the inspiration of that composite style termed Colonial. These periods show h...
-Period Furniture. Part 5
Queen Anne Period, 1689-1727 The Dutch influence in art in England dates from the time that William of Orange and his wife Mary were crowned King and Queen of England. During the first part of thei...
-Period Furniture. Part 6
Adam Period, 1754-1812 The Adam Brothers who lived in the eighteenth century, were, at first, architects and builders. They were inspired in making furniture by their admiration for Roman and pompe...
-Period Furniture. Part 7
Louis XV Period, 1715-1774 In this period of Louis XV we find a continuation of the extravagance of Louis XIV. Speculation was rife, and it was a period of much inflated wealth. Fabulous sums were ...
-Period Furniture. Part 8
First Empire Period, 1799-1820 In this period classic forms were revived, with ornaments modified by Grecian art. It was an expression of Napoleon's personal taste, and excluded all remembrances of...
-Period Furniture. Part 9
Post-Colonial Period At the close of the American war of independence it is natural that there should have existed in the hearts of the American people a strong aversion to everything English, in d...
-Stairs And Ranges
In homes where they are used, the coal range and the heating stove are very important factors. The consumer probably has more difficult experience in getting good service from a range or a heating sto...
-Directions For Setting Up Stoves And Ranges
For Chimney The first essential for setting up a range or cook stove is to examine the chimney and sec that it has sufficient flue space and is of proper height It is the chimney alone that furnish...
-Baseburners
Many thousand baseburners are sold every year, and many of them prove unsatisfactory, not altogether from faults in the stove, but from various causes, such as poorly constructed flues, poor grade of ...
-Electric Cookers
In a few years most cooking will be done by electricity, as electric cook stoves are in great demand, and but few manufactured. These few will no doubt be improved and many others made, as they are in...
-Gas Stoves
Gas stoves should be of sanitary a type as possible ,containing top burners that can be taken apart for cleaning..Many stoves have transparent oven doors that enable one to see the inside of the oven ...
-Kitchen Cabinet
The development of the kitchen cabinet is due, to some extent, to the scarcity of house maids, and has done much to lessen the kitchen drudgery for the housewife. A good kitchen cabinet well equipped ...
-Kitchen Stools
One of the most practical things to be used in a kitchen is a stool, twenty-four inches high, with a revolving seat. The) arc inexpensive and will be of great service to the housewife. Kitchen ...
-Refrigerators
Their Main Elements And Factors Heat, cold, and gravity are the three elements of refrigeration. By the simple force of gravity the cold air falls to the lowest point in the refrigerator, entering ...
-Care Of A Refrigerator
Like a stove, a refrigerator requires careful watching and particular care. See that the refrigerator is carefully cleaned before using. Then see that the drip pipe on the bottom is kept closed, pr...
-Fireless Cookers
From an economical standpoint, the fireless cookers or hay boxes, as they are sometimes called, are a great boon to the housewife, and more of them should be used, if for no other reason than to dimin...
-Chapter VII. Dining Room
Modern Finishes The dining room is one of the most important rooms in the house and should be treated with much thought and care. The popular fumed oak finish is very practical and is growing in fa...
-Buffets And China Cabinets
Occasionally sideboards and china cabinets are built in the dining room, but if it be necessary to buy such articles the following will be of value. Buffets are preferable to sideboards. When co...
-Dining Chairs
A box seat dining chair is the best. Leather or expensive tapestries are the best coverings. Hand made rush seats are good also, but when they begin to break they are liable to tear the clothing. Tack...
-Chapter VIII. Living Room
As time moves on the home and its furnishings must necessarily change. The building of new homes, at present, does away with the old fashioned parlor and now we have in it- stead the living room, whic...
-Rocking Chairs
The runners of some rockers are too short and consequently stop the motion too abruptly to be comfortable. The back, arms, cushions, etc., should all be the correct shape and height. It is very diffic...
-Davenports
The most luxurious davenports are made with deep crucible springs, with many hand tied cords, over which is placed an abundance of tow and hair. Over this foundation they are upholstered Many springs ...
-Arts And Crafts Construction
Construction in living room furniture, especially in the arts and crafts lines, is a very important factor. In some of the most desirable chairs the stretchers, seat rails and back slats are mortised,...
-Chapter IX. Bedroom
Modern Finishes It has been well said that nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. This may be especially applied to the selecting of bedroom furniture. Furniture h...
-Mattresses
So much can he said on this subject that whole books could be written regarding the construction and quality of mattresses. While showing the interior of a mattress to a customer a salesman had occasi...
-Mattresses. Continued
Inferior Mattresses The excelsior or husk mattress with a cheap ticking, and a light cotton padding on one side, called a cotton top mattress, is a low priced article. A little better grade is ...
-Pillows
It is impossible to see what is inside of a pillow tick when it is sewed; so one must place confidence in the merchant from whom pillows are purchased. Pillows of all descriptions are put on the marke...
-Dressers, Etc
Many points should be considered and carefully examined, in selecting a really good bedroom article, as even an experienced person may easily be mistaken. The features which should be most considered ...
-Beds
The bed question is a major one in the furnishing of the home. There are many ideas as to what constitutes a goog bed and many more as to what is good Style, as beds arc made of so many different mate...
-Beds. Part 2
Lacquers The lacquer on brass beds has the same relation to brass as varnish has to wood. It protects the finish from air, etc. There has been much said recently relative to guaranteed lacquers, bu...
-Beds. Part 3
Spring Beds Spring beds are now looked upon as a necessity in every home and still some are careless as to the selection of springs and mattresses. This carelessness is usually the result of lack o...
-Chapter X. Library
Modern Finishes Library settings can be made of odd pieces or may be had in complete suites to match. If odd pieces are assembled, it is wise to select the plainer goods, such as colonial type furn...
-Chapter XI. Parlor
Avoid the flashy, pressed or carvel parlor furniture, as everything in good taste tends to the plainer and more substantial lines. Select artistic frames in mahogany or imitation mahogany or golden oa...
-Chapter XII. Sewing Room
The sewing room is an important room and should be furnished so as to make everything in the room as convenient as possible. Sewing rockers with low arms or none, with comfortable seats and backs m...
-Chapter XIII. Porches
Years ago discarded furniture saw its last days on the porch, or under the trees. Ten years ago there were probably four or five lines of summer goods to be had, while now there are about twenty lines...
-Chapter XIV. Vacuum Cleaners
Vacuum cleaners have come to stay, but as a whole are crude, although most of them will do as represented for a time, at least. There is a great demand for a really good cleaner and the haste of manuf...
-Chapter XV. Home Building Pointers
When the interest on the investment, taxes, insurance and upkeep are fully considered, it may be seen that home building is not more economical than renting, but as it is much more satisfactory and co...
-Home Building Pointers. Continued
Take All Measurements Take the measurements of all floors and stairways for rugs and carpets, all windows and doors for draperies and all windows for shades. Put in the diagram of each room its col...
-Chapter XVI. Carpets And Rugs
There is nothing in the home that needs as much thought by the layman and about which there is as little known as the buying of carpets and rugs. It is a life study to acquire the many things which ma...
-Carpets And Rugs. Part 2
Textile A name used for any fabric woven in a loom. Texture The manner of weaving a web or cloth. Disposition of the several parts of a body in connection with each other: filaments o...
-Carpets And Rugs. Part 3
Printed Tapestry Brussels Printed tapestry carpets are an inferior grade. They are sold in many cases for the usual tapestry carpet and the layman fails to detect the difference. They are made by...
-Carpets And Rugs. Part 4
A Poor Test Forcibly pulling out the nap of carpet is not a fair test of the quality of the fabric, as any grade can be plucked out. Axminster, Moquette And Savonnerie Carpetings Probably...
-Carpets And Rugs. Part 5
Moths Moths can be prevented and exterminated by the use of benzine. A spray of some sort should be used and great care exercised, on account of the inflammable character of the liquid. Spro...
-Carpets And Rugs. Part 6
Shrinking Of Carpets Ingrain carpet with a cotton chain is liable to shrink and should, if possible, be laid as soon as cut. A union carpet is, in this respect, worse than any other and will some...
-Carpets And Rugs. Part 7
Carpet Widths And Measurements Most ingrain carpets are 36 inches wide. Most Brussels, velvet and Axminster carpets are only 27 inches wide; while borders used in carpets are both 22 1/2 and 27 ...
-Chapter XVII. Linoleums
This word is probably the most abused of all those given to floor coverings. It is pronounced incorrectly, viz: magnolia, meloleum, namoliam, naloeum, molian, and in various other ways. The accent is ...
-Chapter XVIII. Window Shades
Shade cloth is made of muslin or linen cloth rendered opaque by being heavily sized and stiffened. The lower grades are stiffened with clay, mixed with water, and pressed into the meshes of the clo...
-Window Shades. Continued
Measuring Shades In ordering and measuring shades, there are several things that must be designated. Be sure to state whether the measure given is the width of the cloth or the width of the roller....
-Chapter XIX. Oriental Rugs
No great attempt is made here to discuss the Oriental rug problem, as there are many books and histories which are very valuable to those who wish to familiarize themselves with this subject. The h...
-How To Determine An Oriental Rug's Value
A Few Distinguishing Marks The value of an Oriental rug depends on its age, on the quality of material used, on the richness of colors, and the number of knots to the square inch and the design on ...
-Chapter XX. Fire Insurance
This is something that is,. indeed, very important, although in most cases neglected, and especially so by the newly married, as insurance something they least consider. Many a home, on which there wa...
-Fire Insurance. Part 2
Important Clauses Notice what the policies say relative to additional insurance, removal of property and gasoline permit. as these are very important. Standard Policy The standard f...
-Fire Insurance. Part 3
4. The 'Iron Safe' Clause This provides that you must keep your books and your inventory in an iron safe at night. If it is in your policies, see that it is complied with. 5. The 'Three-Four...
-Leases
There are several things every one should know regarding the leasing of rented property, and the following information will be of value in placing them in position to enter into such a contract more i...
-Relation Between Wave Length In Meters, Frequency In Kilocycles And The Product Of Inductance (In Microhenries) And Capacity (In Microfarads)
Meters fin Kc. LXC 1 300,000 0.0000003 2 150,000 0.0000111 ...
-Skip-Distance And Range Table (For Frequencies Between 1500 And 30,000 Kc.)
Prepared for Radio Broadcast by L. C. Young, Naval Research Laboratory. Frequency in Kilocycles Approximate Wavelength in Meters Range of Ground Wave ...







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