Bed Frame Buying Guide – How To Choose A Bed Frame?

Bed Frame Buying Guide – How To Choose A Bed Frame?

Depending on where you live, you might have dozens of choices on bed frames – or none at all if you live in small towns. But hey, this is where TreasureBox NZ comes in – you could shop quality bed frames with us just in a few clicks.

No matter when you go to your local furniture stores or to shop bed frames online in NZ, you could still struggle most of the time, the most certain thing in your mind is probably just NZ bed sizes. Apart from that, you might be struggling with bed frame features, upholstery materials and quality.

What we like to always ask you to think about before buying a bed frame just for you:

1. Size:

The most certain point right? If you bought wrong size bed frame you might have also bought wrong mattress size and….ouch! That’s going to be a pain. So do take a look at where you want your bed placed and how much space do you have? Do you want to place in bedside tables as well? If so, how many? one or two? Are there going to be free-standing wardrobe or any other bedroom furniture that would take up floor space? By counting all that in, how much space do you have left for just the bed while you could still leave cozy space around the bed? These basic questions should give you an idea on what bed size are you getting.

Generally speaking:

Single Bed Frame – suitable for kids room, best to choose little less in height.

King Single Bed Frame – these could be either for teenage kids or single adults.

Double Bed Frame – when king single bed is too small for a single person, best up-size option would be a double bed.

Queen Bed Frame – smallest bed size to think about and to start with for couples.

King Bed Frame – when you or your partner need a little extra spaces to stretch, then king bed would be next best option.

Super King Bed Frame – when your room is big enough to fit and you might have your kids joining you every now and then.

2. Features:

Are you a fan of simplicity? Or you need extra storage under bed? If you do, do you want it to be in drawers? Or to lift the whole bed up? Do you require your bed to be combined with headboard? Or you are keen to have a fancy bed combined with bedroom furniture? Lift up bed also requires bigger spaces too as they are generally longer and wider than standard mattress sizes.

3. Under-bed Clearance:

Most of the time, the higher the bed would give you more under-bed clearance. The overall height of the bed would be very personal as it would be different for everyone. Under-bed clearance allows more efficient cleaning or allowing robot vacuum cleaner to get in. Otherwise you might prefer to have no under-bed clearance at all.

Wooden bed frames are constructed by connecting headboard piece and foot board piece together with under-bed clearance. Most essential point to look for is whether or not it comes with centre support poles for enhanced sturdiness.

4. Material:

It is about the look right? As most likely, your bed would be the very centre piece of furniture in your bedroom so yes, look is very important and material could greatly influence that. Other than the look, I would also suggest for you to think about how easy maintenance this would bring you. For example, velvety material would give you that warming and soft touch BUT it could be a nightmare when it comes to cleaning – especially if you’re an OCD and want it completely dust-free.

Wooden bed frames tend to be my most favoured because of the sleek and straight edges, they are relatively easy to clean as well. Mostly need to worry about dust build up but because it is not rough and porous, there is no place for dust to hide, simply wipe it off or dust it off would do. Not much maintenance I could think of.

PU leather beds would be ranked right after. With PU leather upholstery, it is softer than wooden bed with warmer touch. They are quite easy to clean but dust could be seen easily even you just wiped it off yesterday, especially if you get a darker coloured bed.

5. Budget:

This is mostly affected by material chose, design and craftsmanship. Hand made bed for example would expected to be at higher price end. Same if you’re looking for bed made with special wood such as Kauri.  A whole bed without having to put together would be definitely more expensive than DIY beds with assembly required.

If you are looking for wooden bed frames NZ, top choice would always be beds made with solid wood. Wooden boards like particle boards or MDF are not recommended when it comes to bed though.

If you are more fussy about noise then avoid choosing beds that need excessive assembly – like headboards are joint by 2 separate pieces and also avoid choosing beds with features – like lift beds.

 

Heatstroke in Dogs – What Are The Symptoms?

Heatstroke in Dogs – What Are The Symptoms?

The next best thing apart from visiting NZ most famous museum this summer, would be a great time spent on beaches and outdoors with your best furry friend.

Your pooch would have wonderful times and always can’t wait for the next fun day out in the sun. But if you pay attention to the news, and it is now confirmed New Zealand just got its highest sea temperature ever in the history, divers are seeing colourful fish species where it should only be found in tropical areas. Not only raised temperature is found in the sea it is also happening worldwide and I am definitely a believer in global warming.

Along with raised temperature, we as pet owners should also raise the cautious level of heatstroke or hyperthermia and make sure it does not happen to your dog while having fun is just as important.

symptoms of heatstroke in dogs

  1. Excessive panting and increased heart rate
  2. Raised body temperature and went over 39°C
  3. Drooling excessively
  4. Weak, drowsy, lethargic
  5. Shivering, trembling, seizing or even went into a coma
  6. Loss of appetite, vomit and diarrhea

dogs at a higher risk for heatstroke

  1. Elder dogs
  2. Dogs are currently on certain medication
  3. Dogs are currently recovering from an injury or disease
  4. Dogs with heart or respiratory problems
  5. Brachycephalic dogs – dogs with flat face/ nose
  6. Young puppies

How to prevent heatstroke in dogs

1. Dogs could be more prone to become dehydrated in summer times, so if you have to be out in the sun for a long while, make sure you bring along sufficient amount of clean fresh water and offer it to your dog as often as possible, even if your pooch turns away a hundred times. Avoid staying in the sun open and exposed for a long time – this is not good to your dog and won’t be good to you too as you would also be at the risk of getting heatstroke.

2. Try to plan your walk or trip at the coolest time of the day – at dawn or dusk. Avoid going out there when it reaches 32°C.

3. Pay extra attention to dogs at higher risk for heatstroke.

4. NEVER! NEVER leave your dog in your vehicle in a hot summer day. It should be common sense now on how the internal space of the vehicle would just heat up like an oven. It is not hard to notice how the inside of your car is always hotter than outside when you hop into one right? This does not get much better even if you leave the windows open a bit. The airflow would not catch up with the rapidly built up heat. There are so many cases reported every summer in New Zealand and the latest decision is to fine owner who left their dog in the car alone.

4. One of the best summery treat is to go for a nice swim. Swimming could effectively cool your pooch down and most dogs just looove water! However do pay some attention to safety and you could get life vests for dogs nowadays. Swim with a leash on may be a good option for smaller dog breeds too.

5. Try to not make your dog walk on boiling hot asphalt or concrete roads. Their little paws aren’t covered in fur so direct contact to heat could hurt them and even cause burns.

6. Keep their coat nice and short. Not only it is much tidier and makes bathing easier, it also helps on reduce heat.

What do I do if my dog appears to be hyperthermia

1. Remove any clothing or collar on your dog.

2. If the situation is mild, you could try to cool down the environment first, such as transfer your dog to a shady area, put your dog in front of working fan or into an air-conditioned room. Offer some water and keep close observation.

3. If situation is rather severe, damp your dogs body using cold water or cover rinsed towel on your dog and head over to your vet emergency immediately. Do NOT use ice water – rapid cooling could lead to blood vessel contraction, something similar to stroke could happen.

 

New Zealand Plastic Bag Ban – What Happens Now?

New Zealand Plastic Bag Ban – What Happens Now?

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 1

How’s everyone coping with the plastic bag ban commenced on 01 Jan 2019?

Well, I have a friend who is currently anxious about how there is no more ‘free’ kitchen bin liner, not sure about you.

But I am surely, truly proud on how New Zealand is one of the First country in the world who commenced this act. Not only that, they will further push it to the extent on the ban of all single-use plastics around mid 2019. I am sure this could keep NZ shores cleaner and kiwis should be so proud of yourselves!

The rest of the world is catching themselves up with this ban as well and I look forward to see more and more countries apply this ban.

If you take a look around you and think about how much plastic you could use and could trash….you would find it scary.

Hence, it is not hard to imagine, things like these do happen some where on mother Earth right at this second:

I am not quite sure on the reason behind this, but I did find a few interesting listings on TradeMe on supermarket plastic bags:

Hmmm…I hope you are not buying these though as I really don’t see a point apart from trying to be funny maybe?

reason to ban single-use plastics

1. Plastic bags looks like floating jellyfishes to sea turtles and dolphins which they feed on.

2. Large mammals like whales wold accidentally ingest plastic as they feed in large portions.

3. Plastics exist in all shapes and sizes even in different forms like a fishing net. This could twine onto marine animals causing suffocation and starvation.

4. Recent scientific report shows these plastics that we threw would came back to us and harm our body in the form on micro beads. Imagine you could be feeding your newborn micro beads unintentionally but the truth is, the next generation could be growing up with plastic IN them since a newborn.

5. It takes forever long to degrade and decompose plastic and who-knows-when, but what if we will be watching our grand children living in plastic waste because there is no longer any land to fill them.

There are countless more to go on but I will stop here because these 5 points are scary enough.

What can we do?

Reduce – Buy less plastics – avoid buying anything that is over packaged.

Reuse – Use your items as many times as possible.

Recycle – Recycle properly.

reusable alternatives

Okay, the whole point of this blog is sharing some ideas on some great stuff that I am currently using to achieve “REDUCE” part.

The first things I’ve got way way before the plastic bag ban commencement are the grocery shopping bags.

I will keep these foldable grocery shopping bag in purse:

And these grocery shopping trolley bags in the back of car seat so I will remember to grab them when I head over to nearest supermarket:

Reusable Grocery Trolley Bag

Not long after these two types, I decided to go further and reduce buying packaged fruit and veges. This is when I realised those plastic bags are still available in rolls for you to help yourself tear one off the roll when you need to grab one. Nah! I don’t want it either but the bags I had weren’t suitable to contain loose fruits and vegetables, so I got some mesh produce bags with draw strings, colour codes so I could use smallest red ones for confectionery :

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 8

Definitely a set of metal straws. There are heaps of reusable straws combinations and I think a simple 5pcs should be enough. For general drinks, medium diameter ones for smoothies and large ones for bubble tea if you are a fan of them. While looking for the best set, I found straws made with glass? Hmmm, couldn’t help but them a bit intimidating…I wonder if they shatters…Oh and I added a set of spoon and fork to the set and carry them with me in my purse. Happy as!

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 9

I am a mugaholic and I am obsessed with buying drink bottles, cups and mugs. Bring your own coffee to-go cup is more and more common these days. So a coffee cup and water drink bottle is something I see myself must have!

I bought this Keep Cup from Stevens and I looooove my water drink bottle bought online.

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 10    NZ Plastic Bag Ban 11

Lastly, and the most difficult part actually – is to bring your own food to-go containers. I personally don’t like to use those Sistema lockable food containers for hot food because I find the food smell would stay in the container forever AND the colour stains no matter how hard I try to wash them off. They are otherwise perfect for spice and dried food storage. So I initially bought glass bowls and bring them around, after sick of the weight of it (and I will have to carry bigger hand bags whenever I need to bring it with me) and the incident where my colleague broke one accidentally, I started to search online and seek for alternative – something that is light weight and does not take too much room! And I found them – these silicon foldable locking containers! I was over the moon to solve this big problem, I mean THEY ARE FOLDABLE WONDERFUL!!!

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 12      NZ Plastic Bag Ban 13

 

That’s it so far from me and I look forward to find more environmentally-friendly goodies and would be great to hear more ideas.

Do Cats Need Cat Trees Scratching Posts?

Do Cats Need Cat Trees Scratching Posts?

Cat owners would be nodding to the fact on how your furry masters naturally love to play hide-and-seek. Most of the time, they could stay hidden for a long long time to enjoy their time being quiet and alone.

Cats generally have ultra high awareness and they could be staying alerted even they could look like they are taking a doze.  It is their natural instinct telling them ‘jump up and hide’ and often being hysterical for no good reason. In cases where they have the need to hide themselves, just do your cat a favour and don’t drag him out.  They need their own space every now and then to cope with this planet with loads of stress.

Cats Hiding places

Every cat would have different reason to hide themselves, sometimes it just want a peaceful undisturbed afternoon nap; urge to run away from that annoying slobbery monster at the corner of the couch; run away from kids who pull on its tail; or it can just because your cat is shy or under stress at the time.

To appreciate your cat could be as easy as providing a place for them to hide and you are the only person who knows their habits the best – simply make them a cozy bed in their hidey hole or in the closet.

So I made a comparison on some purrrfect hidey ideas:

Buy Cat Tree NZ 1BINGO Cat Tree 200cm 8 Levels

Hidey hole – YES  Platform – YES  Hammock – YES            Bed – YES                          Toy – YES                      Price –  $  119.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 2BINGO 150CM Cat Tree House

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – YES              Bed – NO                             Toy – YES                        Price –  $  64.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 3BINGO Cat Tree 158cm 6 Levels

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – NO             Bed – YES                        Toy – YES                       Price –  $  89.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 4BINGO Cat Tree 160cm 5 Levels

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – YES             Bed – YES                          Toy – YES                        Price –  $  89.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 5BINGO 80CM Cat Tree House

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – NO                    Bed – NO                                Toy – YES                                Price –  $  59.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 6BINGO Cat Tree 80cm  3 Levels

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – NO               Bed – NO                            Toy – YES                         Price –  $  42.99

How To Care for My Senior Dog – Living Environment Improvements

How To Care for My Senior Dog – Living Environment Improvements

An average life span of a dog is about 15 years ; large dogs are considered to be ‘old’ when they are 5 years old and 10 years for smaller breeds.

This process of aging changes a list of things for your fur baby both mentally and physically. Just like humans, their general functions slowly degenerates, they become less active and slow acting and could even develop cognitive dysfunction symptoms.

Senior dogs would need special care and living environment up to standard , this is where dog owners should come in and make some changes in your house including add essential dog supplies and even change your furniture to become more ‘senior-friendly’.


1. The most common symptoms is the degeneration of joints followed by loss of vision. It is not hard to tell when these symptoms develops, you will see how your dog could easily bumping into walls and furniture. So it would be a good idea to keep them safe by covering up sharp edges of your furniture.

2. If you happen to have wooden floor, laminated floor or tile floor at home, you might want to try to cover as much area up with carpet or floor mat. This helps on increase friction to reduce stress of your dogs joints and most of all it would greatly avoid chances of slip and fall.

3. Avoid going up or down on stairs, jumping onto the couch even they might think they used to be good at that. This particularly gets worse if you have hard floor for  your senior dog to jump onto from high up. There are dog stairs or ramps for them to do that if they insist to sleep on your couch.

4. For injured dogs or disabled dogs, there are mobility aid supporting products to help them walk, such as lifting harnesses and even dog wheelchairs. Do never give up on exercising even when they are not interested to walk. Adequate amount of exercise is important to senior dogs!

5. Help relief pressure on their spine and neck by raising their feeders. I recently bought automatic pet drinking fountain and that really helps. The adjustable pet feeders would be even better as you could adjust the best height to suit your dog’s habits- if they like to eat while sitting down or standing up.

6. If you notice your dog is starting to have accidents indoor then this could be a common sign of aging. To help them out, place indoor dog toilet and dog training pads at places where you want them to go. It’s like having a puppy again so it should not be a great deal. You could also find dog diapers if you need to travel with them in the car. I tried these handy diapers for my dog to help him get through post-op period and it was super convenient.

7. Although there aren’t much stuff to help on dogs with loss of hearing, but I am sure your love and patience would be the best ‘treatment’. You will be amazed on how words really don’t matter so much anymore, your best companion knows how to read your gestures and they are sensitive to vibrations, so if you pat on the floor in front of you, they could easily learn it is you asking them to approach you. Dogs are angels no matter in what age!

8. Their body temperature regulation ability tends to go down hill as well, so it is now extra essential to keep them warm in winter time and to cool down enough in summer. I personally like to place a fleece blanket in my dog’s bed and because of this I got my dog a large size dog bed even he’s only a 5kg small dog. He loves to snug in it and it always keep him warm in winter time. I would use a dog cooling mat and cover it up with a thin layer of blanket after pre-refrigerated it in summer for him and it works quite well to keep his kennel temperature down.

 

After all, we all hope to age gracefully, so same goes to your dog. I believe by living with the hoooman they love,  in happy moods, eating healthy and adequate exercise will keep them staying longer with us.

 

Mattress Buying Guide – How To Choose A Mattress?

Mattress Buying Guide – How To Choose A Mattress Just Right For You

Does ‘sleep like a baby’ been sound like a myth to you?  Couldn’t even have good night sleep? Or wake up with pain every now and then?

We spend one third of our life in bed and we talked about how some people just don’t have good sleeping quality. I am sure there are people changing several mattresses throughout the years just to get improved sleeping quality.

The hard part is that sleeping quality does not have a certain standard, everyone would have their own unique experience by sleeping on a same mattress, and because it varies from one to another, the definition of ‘best mattress’ would be different for everyone.

Today, I am going to go through a few things about mattresses and hopefully you would be able to find a mattress just right for you.

Types of Mattresses

Pocket Spring Mattress

Pocket spring mattress are made by vertical spring individually enclosed into a non-woven fabric pocket, it forms fundamental structure by sitting tightly next to each other. Because they are individually placed in, they offered unique feature of minimised partner disturbance by greatly reduced motion transfer.  These pocket spring can be arranged in zones for its different support ability – ie: Harder spring being placed in the hip zone to offer more support.

Bonnell Spring Mattress

It is the most cost efficient choice, it is structured by using inter-connecting metal coil to link all spring together, so it acts as a whole spring block. However structure like this would make partner disturbance inevitable and another common issue is the spring tends to squeak after a while from coil rubbing against  the springs.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is mold-able hence provides better contour and support to your body. Does not create any noise coming from inner mattress and for its porous nature, it is hypoallergenic. It is often being combined and layered with specialised gel to provide better temperature so it doesn’t get too hot in summer.  But it is not hard to imagine you would have to increase your budget. I think a good layer of mattress topper would be a great alternative.

Latex Foam Mattress

Latex is the most costy material amongst all, it shares the common of support and contour as memory foam, good flexibility, makes no noise and excellent resistance to motion. It is a natural mold-able material with porous structure, hence better breath-ability and it is also hypoallergenic.  It is comfortable and suitable for people who have back problems.

Tips on Choosing a Mattress

1. VIEW it – take a general look to see if the surface is leveled flat, quilting is done without exposing threads of holes.

2. PRESS it – give the mattress a firm press, also on the corners to see how it responds to pressure. See if the filling material collapse or weakens with pressure and also to see how the material bounces back to your palm.

3. LISTEN to it – Does it squeak when you press on?

4. SMELL it – Although it is completely normal to smell a little ‘man-made’, see if you recognise any irritating chemical odour.

Factors to Consider when buying a mattress

1. Size and Thickness – Buy mattress size that matches to your bed frame and pay attention to how thick it is, as this would result in overall height of your bed to hop on every night.

2. Firmness – This would greatly depend on personal preference however parents need to consider getting a medium to medium-firm mattresses for your young ones given children and young teens’ spine is still developing hence firmness matters the most to them.

3. How much support do you need – for people who has back problems you want to choose something like zoned pocket spring mattresses or mattress with higher bouncing ability. If you have someone like a sick patient at home who need to spend all time in bed, you want to choose mattress with best breath-ability and comfort. If you have rather sensitive skin then you would want to choose mattress made with hypoallergenic material.

4. Packaging – although it sounds rather irrelevant but if you ask people who lives in an apartment or 3-leveled townhouse, they would tell you mattress packaging matters! It would be sensible to choose vacuum packed mattress in cases like this. It is rolled up for transport purpose – so it can be send to you through courier or freight. So it could stay small and trouble-free until your bed is all set and ready to go.

When do I need a new mattress?

1. When your current mattress is no longer working for you, for example, if you recently changed your job that involves more walking and labour, then you really want to treat yourself with mattress with higher comfort level.

2. When your current mattress is 7-10 years old. No mattress can last forever and the generally they last 7 to 10 years. The innerspring would become fatigue results in decreased elasticity; the filling material such as foam would deform over time; not to think about the accumulated moist and dead skin over the years……. Okay! No matter how expensive your mattress is, sooner or later it needs to be replaced.

3. When your current mattress is showing signs of sagging or great abrasions, odour, inner squeaky noise.

Mattress general Maintenance

1. Keep the label – especially when they are sewn into the edge of the mattress.

2. Use mattress protectors – waterproof ones would be great! You want to minimise any moist that could go into the deep inner mattress.

3. Turn your mattress – depending on if you have a double-sided mattress, you could flip it over and upside down from time to time. Single-sided mattress could only be turned upside down. This is to even out the weight pressure to prevent it from sagging.

4. Apply even pressure – this means no jumping up and down on the bed and even if your mattress would be okay, you gotta also consider if it is okay for your bed frame to bear this acute weight.

5. Avoid sitting on the edge – this could result in uneven pressure being applied and could damage structure of the mattress edge causing it to deform. Vacuum packed on the other hand generally don’t have edge support in order to be rolled up so you would find these mattresses less supportive on the edge.

Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

 

Happy New Year 2019!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holidays, got to go somewhere and had lots of laughter.

This summer, Te Papa museum has an very interesting exhibition:

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

Here’s brief info about it:

This landmark exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimetres tall, and two full-size horses from the famous terracotta army – as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots.

Also on display are more than 160 exquisite works of ancient Chinese art made from gold, jade, and bronze. The works date from the Western Zhou to the Han dynasties (1046 BCE – 220 CE), and were found in imperial tombs in and around China’s ancient capital, Xi’an.

While you might be familiar of what terracotta is but you would have NO IDEA on what it is like when they happen to be in your room and even became part of your bedroom furniture!

There was a hotel review being posted online recently where a traveler went to Xi’an China and happened to stayed in terracotta themed hotel.

HAHAHAHA! Seriously?! You won’t believe this and I hope you don’t laugh too hard about his experience:


The moment you turn on the light, this is what you see, they all stares at you….to welcome you….

to……welcome you….

Enter the bedroom….to find four warriors staring at you right next to your bed.  Now you may never feel such wide awake before…..

“How was your sleep dude.”

The other room had five of terracotta warriors right above your head, yea…you kinda have them as your headboard.

“Go head and sleep tight, we will be guarding you!”

Or even better – your bed could be sitting on top of tens of these little terracotta…..and they don’t seem to have hands…

“Sweet dreams!”

Would you be happy to take the flower?

Or you may not mind how they just show up like this…

Look around you and find yourself in need of turning the bedside lamp on, only to discover woah! A terracotta warrior on its knee and the lamp….seemed to be its helmet.

So here’s the question, exactly how many of them are there in the room?!

Take the full view in the living room won’t you?

After the tour so far you might just want to chill in the bathroom and splash some fresh cold water on your face, only to discover…..

The great wall art right in your sight……you surely won’t feel alone in the shower!

Best of all, you get these two staring right at you when you are doing your business…..look at it as per part of….cheer leading?

If you really can’t sleep, just get up and go around in the room, you will find terracotta in various sizes at different places just like hide-and-seek game.

If you sleep with the lights on, you get to see lots of them standing right next to you…

If you sleep with lights off, then you get to feel them looking at you and guarding you in the dark…

If you sleep facing towards them, it might creeps you out but it feels even creepier by knowing they are at the back…

The owner of the hotel says the whole idea is to create an unique theme where customers could find themselves back to dynasty Qin again.

Okay, no joke, ever since this review being posted online, the hotel became famous and hotel manager happily mentioned they got fully booked almost at all times.

I think it is quite interesting to see them outside a museum for sure while we should always respect the actual terracotta and get to know the history behind it. It would be great to visit Te Papa if you have the chance to stop by Wellington this summer.

Will you stay in this hotel on your next visit in China?