How to Remodel a Bathroom for Senior Use

More and more seniors are choosing to continue living at home or with a family member rather than moving into assisted living facilities in order to stay in their communities and maintain their independence. This does mean that homes often need to be adapted to provide that extra amount of support – and the bathroom is one of the most important areas in need of remodeling for this purpose. Here are some tips from our team of experts in countertop edge profiles.

  • Walk-in tubs and showers: These offer safety features that make bathing easier, more comfortable and more accessible for seniors, and are especially important for loved ones who are frail or mobility impaired. They include safety bars and railings, seating and non-slip floors, and the tubs are lower to the ground for easier access. For showers, make sure that the entry is level with the ground and slopes to the drain so that seniors can’t trip over the step in.
  • Non-slip flooring: Falls are the leading cause of injury in seniors, and the bathroom is one of the highest risk areas in the home for this to happen. Non-slip flooring helps reduce this risk, stopping floors from becoming slippery even while wet. It’s best to keep this floor clear of tripping hazards like bath mats and carpets unless they are well secured to the floor.
  • Senior-friendly toilets: This is an often overlooked but very useful addition, especially for people who struggle to get up from a seated position. These toilets are chair height (most regular toilets are lower) and can include a lift chair feature if needed. Another good idea is to install grab bars securely on the wall next to the toilet to give your loved one something to use as leverage.
  • Lighting: Seniors often suffer from impaired vision, including cataracts, which makes seeing in dim light very difficult. Installing bright LED lighting and a good size mirror in the bathroom and ensuring the space gets lots of natural light as well will make it much easier for seniors to utilize safely.

Durable Countertop Edge Profiles Add Style and Safety to Your Senior Bathroom 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative and protective laminate countertop edging products for Formica, laminate, solid surface and wood countertops. Our products Corian countertop edges, laminate countertop edge options and Formica edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag. For senior bathrooms, we recommend a laminate countertop edge profile that is gently rounded to help prevent bumps and bruises.

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How To Design A Game Room For Your Home

For today’s homeowners, a game room isn’t something that’s just for the kids – it’s entertainment for all ages and an integral part of the home. Here are some tips on how to design a game room, from our specialists in countertop edge profiles.

  • Plan out your space: A great game room isn’t just a space crammed full of activities – it’s a carefully thought-out space. Prioritize your activities and ensure that you have enough room around each activity (keep 3-5 additional space around game tables for easy movement), so you don’t crowd the space for others.
  • Place each activity in a suitable spot: Multiple activities might be happening in the same space, so consider you choices before setting anything in stone. For example, you may want a TV placed where any activity can see it or want more privacy for quieter games while placing more social games by your bar.
  • Lighting: Good lighting needs to be made available to each of your focal points. Once you’ve planned where each table will go, run lighting cables so there is sufficient task lighting for the game. Remember to make ambient lighting separate or adjustable for each section so you can create a great atmosphere without over-lighting the whole space.
  • Soundproofing: Game rooms can get loud, especially when there is more than one activity on the go and the TV is on. Soundproofing can be easily installed and prevents echoing in large spaces, as well as stopping sound from going too far into the rest of your home.
  • Seating: Make sure there is adequate seating for game tables as well as occasional seating for anyone just looking to put their feet up and relax. It’s a good idea to consider furniture that can be moved around easily to accommodate different needs, and extra chairs that can be stacked up out of the way for smaller gatherings.
  • Gathering space and storage: Don’t forget about additional entertainment features like a bar, or storage and countertop space for games and equipment. This makes your space a real center for entertainment as well as making it convenient and easy to use. Go for laminate products if you are looking for something that looks great, that you can get creative with, and care for easily – without breaking the budget.

Countertop Edge Profiles Add Style and Durability To Your Space 

At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest countertop edge profile manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of game room, workshop, bathroom and kitchen countertop edge options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

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Lighting – A Kitchen’s Best Friend

When we think of remodeling a kitchen, we often focus on big ticket items like cabinetry, granite or laminate countertops, new appliances, and décor – and we forget about lighting. However, good lighting that is set up for your specific kitchen design is essential to making your space functional and enjoyable. Here are some tips to help ensure that you can make an informed decision about our kitchen’s lighting needs.

  • Fittings should fit-in with your design: There are so many beautiful lighting options available, and the fixtures can do a lot to enhance your overall design. Retro hanging lamps and Edison bulbs look beautiful in quirky spaces, while engineered, minimalist lighting looks great in very modern spaces.
  • Lighting on levels: Kitchen lighting has several jobs, so make sure you have the right lights in the right places. Under counter lighting is great for prep work and cooking, general lighting from the ceiling should be comfortable ‘social’ lighting, and lighting over the breakfast bar is great for eating, ambience and adding character.
  • No dark corners: Generally, lighting should be positioned directly over walkways, prep areas, sinks and cooktops for effective task lighting and to ensure there are no dark corners where you – or anyone else – can’t see what you’re doing.
  • Natural lighting: Where possible, natural lighting should be brought into your kitchen. This will bring in warmth and comfort, as well as reducing dependency on artificial lighting and energy bills – both of which can leave you with a headache.
  • Warm tones: Choose warm, golden toned lightbulbs wherever possible, as this makes kitchen feel cozy and welcoming while still delivering enough light. Cold tones and white lights can leave your kitchen feeling cold and clinical.
  • Downlights over pendants: Hanging lights look great in a kitchen, but should be limited to over a breakfast bar or kitchen island. Too many hanging lights can leave your kitchen feeling crowded and cramped, and can gather dust and debris. Rather choose a few hanging lights for impact, and supplement with downlighters.

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How To Create A Crafting Room

Make the perfect hobby and craft room with these tips from our Kuehn Bevel team, the specialists in countertop edge profiles.

  • Sturdy table: This is the most important item for your crafting room, and it should be big, level and offer plenty of surface space onto which you can spread your crafting materials.
  • Shelving: Whatever your crafting hobby, you’re going to need lots of shelves to keep different materials and tools. We recommend stocking them with clear, plastic boxes so it’s easy to find, organize and access your materials.
  • Countertops: If you have the space, countertops are a great addition to any crafting space. They allow you to map out your work in stages more easily, and utilize different stations without moving too much. Be sure to install these at the right height so that you aren’t bent over them at an angle that’s bad for your back. They should also be made of a hardwearing material that can withstand heavy work, like laminate countertops.
  • Good lighting: There should ideally be both natural and artificial light to ensure that you don’t suffer from eyestrain. Natural light is healthier for mind and body, and is less stressful to the eyes, while artificial light is a great help for darker corners and close work at night. Natural light is also ideal for photographing your work.
  • Pegboard: These are invaluable crafting tools and can be used for anything from hooking up tools in an easy-to-reach storage space, mounting patterns, and even tracking your work. Another great tool-storage trick is to fix a magnetic strip near your work station to store scissors and other metal tools.
  • An ergonomic chair: If you spend a lot of time sitting while you craft, you’ll need an ergonomic chair that will properly support your body so that you don’t end up with back pain. Try to find one with wheels too, as this is a great help when it comes to moving from station to station.

Add a custom touch to your craft room with countertop edge profiles 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative and protective laminate countertop edging products for Formica, laminate, solid surface and wood countertops. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, granite like laminate edges, solid surface edging and granite like laminate edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

For more information about our products or to speak to our friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/

 

What Were the Best Kitchen Products For 2017?

Whether you’re stocking a new kitchen, replacing old items or love experimenting with the latest tech, it’s always good to know what kitchen products are trending. Here are some of 2017’s best must-have items for your home from our laminate countertop edging team.

  1. Organic Wooden Bamboo Utensils:

Beautiful to look at, great to use, and eco-friendly as well, these utensils have everything going for them. Although the wood gives them a traditional feel, you can find designs that look great even in the most modern kitchen.

  1. Sous-Vide Cookers:

The trendy alternative to slow-cookers, the sous-vide has seen a rise in popularity over the last few years thanks to a simple, effective design as well as its use on the top cooking shows. While it sounds incredibly fussy and fancy, it involves nothing more than sealing food in plastic and popping it into the cooker, where all the work is done for you. It’s fantastic for rib-eye steaks, poaching pears and cooking fish too!

  1. Microplane Graters:

Incredibly sharp and effective, these hand-held graters are easy to use and easier to clean. Grate anything from chocolate and parmesan to lemon zest and potatoes, then simply put it in the dishwasher.

  1. Cake Decorating Sets:

Baking is seeing a huge surge in popularity, and learning some simple decorating tricks is all you need to take your cake and turn it into a work of art! From disposable pastry bags and edible marking pens to fun icing nozzles and cut-outs, you’ll make birthdays and other special events a breeze.

  1. Spiralizer:

Add a touch of fun to your cooking with a spiralizer, a small, simple device that adds creativity and makes healthy eating easier. These are great for making zucchini spaghetti, carrot ribbons, sweet potato curly fries, and cucumber ribbons.

  1. Wi-Fi-Enabled Helpers:

From the Amazon Dash and the Hiku to GeniCan, tech is helping us make grocery shopping easier by generating automated shopping lists and recording what we use. Some, like the Dash, also include grocery selection and delivery services!

Make Your Kitchen Your Creative Space with Durable, Stylish Laminate Countertop Edging 

Designing your dream kitchen? Make your space truly yours with customizable countertop edges available in wood, laminate, and solid surface in a wide range of designs. At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of laminate countertop edging options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

 

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Design Tips for Remodeling a Small Kitchen

When it comes to having a great kitchen, size is not the most important factor – design is. In fact, with the right design, small kitchens are often far more efficient and enjoyable to use than big ones! Here are some remodeling tips from the specialists in countertop edges to turn your small space into a dream kitchen.

  • Wall-Mounted Pot Racks:

You likely don’t have the space for big, rectangular pot racks hanging from your ceiling, but there are some great alternative storage solutions, including pot racks that mount onto your walls.

  • Wall-Mounted Utensil Storage:

Maximizing counter and cabinet space are essential in small kitchens, so moving those everyday utensils onto the wall near your cooktop keeps them out of the way and handy for when you are cooking. Wall magnets are also a great way of storing your knives, just be sure to mount them out of your kid’s reach.

  • Smart Appliance Storage:

Everyday appliances like toasters, microwaves, mixers, juicers and smoothie makers take up a huge amount of counter space. Instead, install shelving or cabinets where you can access them easily. You can even install plug points inside the cabinets. If you have a kettle, invest in a stovetop option that won’t use a plug point or counter space.

  • Storage, Storage, Storage:

Make the most of the vertical space you have by installing cabinets and shelves all the way to the ceiling. Even if you can’t access the highest shelves without a step ladder, they still make great storage for items you use very infrequently but take up a lot of space.

  • Include A Corner Pantry or Long Cupboard:

It might not sound like a big deal, and you will have to sacrifice some counter space, but this really does add a huge amount of useful space to your kitchen. It is easier for storing your pantry items, additional appliances, and even cleaning equipment. Be sure to put in nice, deep shelves right up to your ceiling.

  • A Breakfast Bar:

If you’re able to knock through and put in a breakfast bar between your kitchen and living space, you won’t regret it. This can have storage on both sides, and with a wide counter you’ll get lots of prep space and your bar stools can slide right underneath it. This is also a fantastic way of adding natural light to your kitchen, and it is more sociable too – you can chat, pour drinks and get help prepping food without tripping over people in the kitchen space itself.

Quality Laminate Countertop Edging Options That Add Durability and Style 

Kuehn Bevel is America’s leading producer of countertop edges. With over 20 years of experience, we have the technology and expert skills to produce high-quality decorative countertop edging options in laminate, solid surface and wood. From Formica edges to backsplashes and wall trim, we do it all.

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How To Create A Functional, Attractive Laundry Room

Laundry rooms are hardworking spaces, especially if you have kids and pets, but they often aren’t very pleasant to look at or use – but this doesn’t need to be the case. Here are some tips for creating a laundry space that works for your home as well as adding aesthetic appeal.

Top tips from the professionals in laminate countertop edges 

  • A utility sink: This is one of the workhorses of your space, rinsing off boots and plant pots, dirty dog leads and kitchen overflow. Choosing a big sink is a practical decision, but you can enhance this feature by opting for an apron-front farmhouse sink and fitting it with a designer, extendable faucet that allows you that extra flexibility and function.
  • Light and airy: These are often small spaces, so having enough light is essential. Light, fresh paint and cabinetry colors (think white, mint, pale grey or pale blue), combined with sufficient natural or electric lighting will take away the gloom and make it a much friendlier space.
  • Organization: A lot has to go on in this space, so organization is key. This includes space for appliances, countertops for prep and clothes, cupboards and shelves for washing powder and other household items. Remember to have a tall storage space for your ironing board, vacuum and brooms, and include key hooks and blackboards on the wall to free up your counters from becoming a dumping ground.
  • Easy to clean: This room is all about mess, so making it easy to clean will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Cupboards collect less dust than shelves, and countertops should be easy to wipe down and able to withstand hard work – laminate is a great option for these very reasons. Flooring is also important here, so try to minimize nooks and crannies, and install water-resistant flooring that can be mopped or swept with ease.

Edging keeps your hardworking laminate countertops in great shape 

At Kuehn Bevel, we offer expertly manufactured kitchen countertop edge options and profiles to enhance and protect your investment. Whether you need laminate countertop edging options, beveled edge laminate countertops, or Formica edges, we can offer you a design, edge profile and final product that adds style and durability to your space without breaking your budget.

For more information about our laminate countertop edging or to speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us and visit our website today at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ .

 

Are Corian Countertops And Edges The Right Choice For Your Home?

Corian countertops are one of the most popular premium materials for high-end kitchens, and offer homeowners a great opportunity for adding value and aesthetic appeal to their homes – but is it the right choice for you? Here are some insights from the specialists in Corian countertop edges.

What are Corian countertops? 

This is DuPont’s flagship solid surface countertop brand, a 66% to 33% man-made blend of resins and minerals. Made with real granite that is ground and blended, the result is a more uniform stone surface that offers a more subtle texture and look than slab granite. Because it is so rich in granite, it is in a similar cost bracket of around $0-$65 per square foot (installed).

Maintenance and cleaning 

Corian is fairly non-porous and very hygienic. However, unlike granite, it doesn’t need to be sealed every 2 years to prevent stains and any stains that do occur can be buffed out. It is also resistant to acidic materials and any minor scratches can be removed easily. While it can be scorched by very hot pans and pots, it is generally heat resistant.

Professional installation 

Like other stone countertops, Corian will need to be installed by professionals and you will have to have cabinets that can handle the weight of the countertops. Because of its more uniform look, seams are virtually invisible, giving it a very clean and uniform appearance.

Customization and edging 

Because it is man-made, Corian countertops come in a wide range of very different colors, from classic black, grey and white to vibrant reds and iridescent hues. In addition to a unique color scheme, you also have the opportunity to include custom edge profiles in your design to add that final personal touch. These edges are perfectly matched to your countertop and can be created in single or double bevel, bullnose, curved or other designs that match your overall aesthetic.

Bring out the best in your Corian countertops with custom decorative edging 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative countertop edging and profiles. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, Formica edges, solid surface edging and Corian countertop edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

For more information about our countertop edge profiles, please contact us and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ today.

How to maintain your countertop edge profiles

Like your countertops themselves, laminate countertop edges need to be maintained in order to keep them looking good. Here is a how-to guide from the specialists in countertop edge profiles.

  • Avoid bumps and sharp edges: While laminate is very durable, it can still be damaged if repeatedly knocked and cut by heavy or sharp objects. Keep knives away from the edges and cut only on chopping boards, and put bumper material between the edge and heavy items that may knock into it, for example, the refrigerator door or a table.
  • Don’t pick at damage: Older laminate countertops, especially those with standard, factory-made edging, often suffer from wear after years of heavy use. If damage is noticed, it should be repaired as quickly as possible, as it can quickly collect debris and moisture, making it a hygiene risk. Picking at the damage will only make it worse and increase the risks of mold, swelling and other issues.
  • Avoid moisture: Standard laminate countertop edging often means dealing with that fine brown line where the substrate is exposed under the printed design. This isn’t just unsightly, it also puts your countertop at risk of absorbing moisture through this small crack. In order to prevent this, it is important to clean up any spills as soon as they happen, and not to let water stand on the countertops at all.
  • Invest in custom-manufactured laminate countertop edges: While laminate manufacturers are the leaders in creating high-quality countertops, they simply can’t offer the quality and variety that an edging specialist can. Using cutting-edge manufacturing equipment, these edging options are far more durable and attractive than standard options, without affecting your budget. They not only ensure that your countertops last longer, are easier to maintain and look better, they also fit onto your countertop seamlessly to eliminate that unsightly brown line.

Treat your kitchen to lasting quality with affordable laminate countertop edges 

At Kuehn Bevel, we offer expertly manufactured kitchen countertop edge options and profiles to enhance and protect your investment. Whether you need laminate countertop edging options, beveled edge laminate countertops, or Formica edges, we can offer you a design, edge profile and final product that adds style to your space without breaking your budget.

For more information about our laminate countertop edging or speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us and visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ today.

Countertop Edge Profiles for A Retro Kitchen

Retro kitchens are all about taking distinctive characteristics from an iconic decade and remaking them to add flavor, fun, and style to our homes. Here are some great ideas for finding the perfect laminate countertop edges:

  • Aluminum molding:

Nothing says the 1950s quite like laminate countertops edged with metal banding in the style of diners and airstream trailers. You could visit scrap yards and reclaim some authentic edging from previous home renovations, however, there are companies that focus on supplying newly made vintage-style edging.

  • Double beveled edges:

If you’re looking for a softer edge with a vintage look, you can try the double beveled edge. The flat edges are planed off at an angle on the top and beneath the counter edge for a more contemporary feel that will still fit in well with your overall aesthetic.

  • Mix and match:

For a more 70s feel, a mixed material edge created from wood with a laminate insert is ideal. This gives texture and pattern to your countertop while preserving durability on your overall aesthetic. The insert can be made to match or contrast your countertop material for a more exciting look.

  • Curved edges:

Nothing says the 70s quite like a curve. Your countertops can now join in on this organic look. Soft, rounded edging is great for kitchens looking for that natural flowing look, are child-safe, and can be joined directly to the countertop for a seamless result.

  • Wood:

Want a contrasting edge to your countertop that isn’t laminate or aluminum? Wood countertop edging is the answer! Natural and neutral, it goes with any laminate pattern, color or texture, adding warmth and an eye-catching finishing touch to your kitchen.

Laminate countertop edge profiles that bring your space to life

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative laminate countertop edging products for Formica, laminate, solid surface, and wood countertops. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, Formica edges, solid surface edging, and Corian countertop edges, among others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design – without the hefty price tag.

For more information on our countertop edge profiles, please contact us and speak to the friendly sales staff at your local installers or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ today.