Daily Archives: November 28, 2009

Choosing Between a Leather Lounge and Leather Chair

There are certain pros and cons to owning a leather lounge verses a lounge chair made out of other materials. For starters, leather tends to have a very categorical aesthetic feel to it. It can best be described as the “Pottery Barn look.” It has a dark, neutral tone and therefore does not have any sort of vibrancy. On the other hand, leather and the leather lounge have an academic connotation (e.g., its suitability for studies, personal libraries, offices, etc.) and so is complementary to a professional or sophisticated setting. Leather also is one of the few materials that specifically caters to an air of masculinity, which is especially useful if an environment is intended for, or at least meant to acknowledge, a male occupant.

A leather lounge is an item of furniture cannot stand alone as a token leather piece. Leather furniture tends to come in groupings, especially of three, and so a leather lounge will typically look strange to the point of tackiness if it is not accompanied by a set. On the other hand, if a room is completely occupied by leather furniture then it will lack diversity and character. The thing that tends to happen with leather lounges, however, is that in homes they are often the sole leather item in a room because they tend to be used as the chair, meaning the chair that the father, grandfather, or mother (for example) use as their dominant place to sit for watching television, reading, or napping. A lounge chair, and especially one made of leather, is very comfortable because it usually provides cushion without caving in to the shape of a person, nor buttressing a person upright without any give. The leather surface is also an ideal material for the chair because if one sits with food or drink any spillage can be easily cleaned up. Therefore, the happy medium tends to be a sophisticated mixture of leather and non-leather furniture within the room in question.

Non-leather lounges have in recent years taken shape and form that create a marriage between style and comfort, making them a more feasible option for the token lounge. Modern curves allow for pliability and contour that create surprising comfort even for chairs made solely of wood. The legs of certain wooden or synthetic lounge chairs, for example, are made entirely from one piece of material and curve in a manner that allows a slight rocking in the chair. In regards to synthetic plastic materials, such progress has been made in this field that chairs can be constructed with these materials without having the appearance nor stigmatism of being tacky. Furthermore, they can be more affordable than leather (unless, of course, they are designer made).

The key to finding the right leather lounge is to explore all the options available. From this standpoint, it is much easier to determine what is attractive, what is practical, and what best accommodates the setting that the lounge chair is going to enter.

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The Evolution of Your Bed

Many peoples’ lives show a gradual but consistent transition from indulged OCD child to an adulthood of humility and adaptability (relatively speaking). This perhaps can be exemplified in looking at the history of beds. Life starts out for most in the luxury of a cradle, which — I must admit that I don’t remember this luxury firsthand and so I’m drawing from appearances and function alone — is essentially a throne for babies: an ornate piece of furniture existing purely for the needs of sleeping, rocking, and ogling at little stars and moons dangling overhead.

Once we move on to walking and talking, there is a shift to a real bed. The first bed is generally small but, then again, so are most babies. After a few years, the size of the bed expands, often accompanied by a move to a new, larger room. These beds are often presented as hand-me-down beds from relatives:You spend so much time in your bed that it’s more or less your throne:

Concurrently, children should be taught the benefits of maintaining a proper bed. Indeed, this can be a great way to teach responsibility and personal pride. Sheets and blankets all tucked in, top edge of the sheets folded down, comforter smoothed, pillows fluffed. And oh, the pillows. There were, of course, the standard two, but additionally there were the decorative pillows — an adornment my mother cannot seem to get enough of. The trick to the decorative pillows is angling. You cannot simply toss them onto the bed; they needed to be layered at opposing angles to give that Pottery Barn feel to the whole display. And once the pillows are done and the bed is officially made, you can add embellishments like stuffed animals. I had quite the collection of stuffed animals and I regarded them very highly. Definitely not the sort to toss into a toy box. Their place was at the bottom corner of the bed, where they were sat upright and in rows, so that they each had a view of the room and therefore could be part of the action day-to-day.

As children age, most children lose the stuffed animals, but the full transformation of sleeping spaces doesn’t take place until college. Most beds in University dorms just don’t compare to the quality of home. For instance, the squeakiness of the spring is likely to double. Privacy tends to decrease, and pickiness is not an option. Though many still make their bed (without the childhood ritualism), it’s more for the sake of creating sitting space. For the rest of my time in school, for instance, I got to live out a childhood dream: I moved up — literally — to a lofted bed (go figure). It was off campus and so to make the most of our money there were four of us crammed into a lovely, but tiny, apartment. My bed, being so close to the ceiling, was my only source of privacy. Its height also meant that making my bed was a difficult acrobatic task involving jumping from various surfaces and clinging by the nails to the railing. The bed never got made. Nor did my sheets get washed. It was a rumpled, dirty mess, but I kind of liked it that way.

I have since moved back down to floor-level, but aside from that not much has changed. I make my bed sometimes; sometimes I don’t. I am currently renting a furnished apartment and so cannot call anything about my bed my own. It is simply a place for me to rest my head. One of the pillows is essentially a sand bag and the bed is once again a twin, but luckily the other pillow is mushy and I think I’ve become a pro at sleeping in twins. I actually don’t like the excess space when I do sleep in a larger bed.

You spend so much time in your bed that you should make sure to treat it with the respect it deserves. Devote some time to sprucing it up, and you’re sure to appreciate the effects.

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Several Brands of Baby Cribs Recalled Due to Entrapment, Strangulation, Suffocation and Falls

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a number of baby crib recalls over the last few years. The number of manufacturers and models is rather shocking considering that the hazards are similar, and continue to show up even though they have been pointed out repeatedly in previous recalls.

In the table below there are comments taken from the CPSC recall notices that indicate the types of hazards that were found and reason for recall. While not all hazards caused incidents or injuries, the potential for an accident is sufficient to require the manufacturer either provide a repair, replacement, or refund. Also, not all models of cribs by any one manufacturer are necessarily involved in these recalls. If you suspect that your crib may be defective, contact the manufacturer to see if it has been recalled, or if there have been other complaints about the same model.

If you own one of these cribs, you should immediately make other sleeping arrangements for your child and seek the remedy recommended. For more information about crib recalls please visit the website of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, experienced consumer product liability attorneys.

The specific makes and models included in recent recalls are:

Product Name

Manufacturer

Model #s

Hazard Posed

Remedies

Dates Manufactured or Sold

BABY APPLESEED Davenport Cribs

Model #s 273-XXXX-XXXX

FALL HAZARD:

The lowest position of two mattress supports doesn’t meet the full 26” height requirement. Children can crawl over the railing and fall.

REMEDY:

Contact Baby Appleseed to receive a repair kit. Use mattress in the top or middle position until kit arrives, only if those heights are safe for your child.

on or before 8/07

WENDY BELLISSIMO HIDDEN HILLS COLLECTION CRIBS

Bassettbaby Cribs

Model #s 5446-0521

ENTRAPMENT HAZARD:

Federal standards for space between the spindles is not met posing an entrapment hazard to infants.

REMEDY:

Contact Bassettbaby to schedule an in-home inspection of the crib. Recalled cribs will be replaced.

11/07 – 2/08

DROP SIDE CRIBS that use “crib trigger lock with spring peg” drop side hardware design

Delta Enterprise

Model #s 4320, 4340, 4343, 4500, 4520, 4530, 4532, 4540, 4542, 4550, 4551, 4580, 4600, 4620, 4624, 4625, 4629, 4640, 4660, 4665, 4720, 4735, 4742, 4750, 4751, 4760, 4770, 4780, 4790, 4820, 4840, 4850, 4855, 4857, 4860, 4880, 4890, 4892, 4900, 4910, 4920, 4925-2, 4925-2b, 4925-6, 4930, 4940, 4943, 4944, 4947, 4948, 4949, 4950, 4958, 4963, 4968, 4969, 4980, 8605

Drop side can detatch when spring pegs are pushed into the lower track creating a gap that can entrap in infant or toddler. One death of an 8-month old, and two other non-fatal incidents reported.

REMEDY:

Contact delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit.

Mfg. prior to 2006

Sold 1/95 – 1/07

JARDINE CRIBS – HILTON, WINDSOR, BERKLEY, WICKER, HAVEN, LIFETIME, SPINDLE, CAPRI, AMERICANA

Jardine Enterprises

Model #s Bc-23, Bc-36b, Bc-36g, Bc-36p, Bc-007, Bc-010, Bc-010c, Bc-010hp, Bc-010w, Bc-017, Bc-107c, Bc-107cr, Bc-110c, Bc-110hp, Bc-110w, Da617bc, Da620bc, Da770bc, Dv730n, Dv730w, Dv830-n, Dv830-w, 0113b00, 0113k00, 0102b00, 0102e00, 0302p00, 0302c00, 0312d00, 0308l00, 0108c00

ENTRAPMENT & STRANGULATION HAZARD:

416,000 cribs recalled due to 73 reports of slats or spindles breaking, and several reports of children being trapped in the openings created suffering bruises and abrasions.

REMEDY:

Contact Jardine to receive full credit toward the purchase of a new crib.

Sold 1/02 – 4/07

ENCHANTMENT, HUSH A BYE, ONCE UPON A TIME, ROCK A BYE

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboards

Model #s 210, 215, 320, 1900-350

FALL HAZARD:

Federal regulations for 26” between lowest mattress bracket and top of side raid not met, allowing children to climb over railing and fall.

REMEDY:

Contact Mother Hubbard’s Cupboards for instructions on how to re-install the support brackets to eliminate the hazard.

3/06 – 3/08

SIMMONS KIDS CRIB MATTRESSES, POTTERY BARN KIDS, LULLABY, SLUMBER TIME EVENING STAR LUXURY FIRM, SERIES 400

Simmons Kids, Simmons Manufacturing, CO, LLC

Model #s h59044.15.0014, m59082.15.0002, m59027.15.0002 or

M59065.15.0006

ENTRAPMENT HAZARD:

Mattress width measures less than requirement of 27-1/4 inches, allowing a gap between mattress and side rails. One report of 6-month old trapped but removed without injury.

REMEDY:

Consumers should immediately stop using the mattress if it measures less than 27-1/4 inches and contact Simmons Kids to receive a free replacement mattress.

Manufactured 7/1/06 – 3/23/08

ASPEN & CRIB N CHANGER COMBO, GABRIELLE, CAMILLE, PROVIDENCE, SHENANDOAH.

Simplicity Inc, (out of business)

Model #s 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8778, 8810, and 8994. Which ends in 05dh, 05gb, 06dh, 06gb, 07dh, 07gb (examples: 1806 dh or 0507 gb).

ENTRAPMENT & SUFFOCATION HAZARD:

Drop side can come off tracks creating a gap that can entrap the infant. 9 incidents without injury.

REMEDY:

Consumers should return recalled cribs to the place of purchase for a refund or store credit. SFCA Inc., of Reading, PA. Is working with retailers to carry out this recall program.

1/05 – 8/08

2ND NATURE BUILT TO GROW CRIBS FULL SIZE

Stanley Furniture Company Inc.

Model # 353-14-220

Only serial #s

353-14-220-l-01,

353-14-220-l-02,

353-14-220-l-03,

353-14-220-l-04,

353-14-220-l-05,

353-14-220-l-06,

353-14-220-l-07,

353-14-220-l-08,

353-14-220-l-101, and

353-14-220-l-103

ENTRAPMENT HAZARD:

Middle mattress support fails to meet standards for crib dimensions being too wide allowing possible entrapment of infant between mattress and rails. No incidents reported.

REMEDY:

Use mattress online in low or high setting. Contact Stanley furniture to receive a free replacement crib headboard

Sold before 12/07

STORK CRAFT BABY CRIBS (including those with Fischer Price logos)

Stork Craft Baby Cribs Manufacturing Inc

Model #s – all models

ENTRAPMENT & SUFFOCATION HAZARD:

Mattress support brackets can break causing gap between mattress and rails that can entrap and suffocate a child. 10 incidents, one sustained bruises

REMEDY:

Contact Stork Craft for a replacement kit, with new mattress support brackets.

Manufactured and distributed 5/00 – 11/08

SUNKIDS CONVERTIBLE CRIB/PLAYPEN/BED/BASSINET

Suntech Enterprises Inc.

Model # py256

ENTRAPMENT & FALL HAZARD:

Mesh sides can expand and create a gap between the mattress and mesh if mattress isn’t zipped into place. If a child slips between the mattress and mesh there is a risk of suffocation. Second hazard exists due to possibility of drop side failing to latch, posing a fall hazard. No incidents reported though a 5-month old died from incident with another company’s nearly identical crib.

REMEDY:

Return the cribs immediately to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Sold 1/07 – 10/08

NEWPORT RUBBED BLACK 4-IN-1 CRIBS AND MATCHING FURNITURE

Munire Furniture Inc.

LEAD PAINT HAZARD:

Some cribs have, under the black paint layer, a layer of red paint that contains lead in amounts that exceed federal lead limits, and can be ingested by young children

Manufactured 4/06 – 11/08

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For more information about crib recalls please visit the website of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, experienced consumer product liability attorneys.