Star Wars Family Crests

When it comes to Star Wars, it’s ALL about the family and the big family reveals: Darth Vader to Luke: “No, I am your father”, Leia is Luke’s sister [shock: spoiler!]. Kylo Ren is Han Solo’s son and Vader’s grandson (Ben Solo) etc etc.

Whilst we know some of the backstory of our characters, there is potentially a lot left to be revealed in the new movies.

Will we see an appearance from Boba Fett, or one of his kids? Is Jar Jar Binks a secret Sith Lord (or even, dare we say it Supreme Leader Snoke). Who are Rey’s parents?

Fett: Boba Fett and his father Jango are technically related to every single clone trooper ever created. Arguably the biggest family in the galaxy. Proud of their Mandalorian roots, where family means a lot, but a collected bounty means more. “MORTUS VIVERE: DEAD OR ALIVE”

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Life With Pets Summed Up In Hilarious Charts

We’re all a bit weird when it comes to our pets – it’s fine to admit it.

Despite the fact you probably spend most of your time cleaning up after it, you still love it – and why wouldn’t you? They’ve got so many lovable traits, as we explore below…

 

“You alright? Did you miss me? Have you been a good boy?”

How you talk to your pet

 

“I might be a rottweiler, but I really need to show that chihuahua who’s boss.”

How big dogs think they are

 

Tasty, but definitely not fun.

Will you regret buying fish?

 

You’ve just been warned. Why do those fish look so tempting now you’re in the pet shop?

How fun pets are when you're choosing them

 

We hate to say we told you so.

How fun pets are when you get home

 

I didn’t like the new sofa anyway.

When your pets do something wrong

 

Just…why?

owning an African land snail

 

90% of the time those eyes are filled with nothing but hate.

How your cat looks at you

 

“I did play with it when I first got it, but then it bit me.”

Should I get a pet hamster?

 

We hope we haven’t offended any of you animal lovers out there. Please don’t take these images the wrong way! They’re just a bit of fun – unlike your African land snail…

Be sure to check out our range of internal bi-fold doors that will make your home much more beautiful for your family – including your pets.

The State of the Tradesman Industry

There is a shortage of skilled workers in Britain; from plumbers and builders to engineers. Construction and technical companies have blamed the recession for a lack of apprentices and have called on the government and schools to promote trades. Despite this, demand for workers in this area has never been higher. So, how’s the state of tradesman industry looking overall?

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Back in 2013, only 7,280 apprentices completed their training across all trades whilst the training body estimates that 35,000 are needed just to meet demand.

The Royal Academy of Engineering suggests Britain will need more than one million new engineers and technicians by 2020. This mean will mean doubling the current annual figure of engineering graduates and apprentices. There is a shortage in all sectors from transport to high-value manufacturing.

The construction industry is growing extremely quickly compared to the rest of the economy:

  • There is an increased demand of 18% for private housing and 8% for private commercial sector builds
  • Those benefiting most from this are workers such as site managers, engineers, architects and surveyors – with earnings increasing twice as quickly as the national average
  • Plumbers in the nation’s capital can now earn up to £100,000 a year

So, despite an increase in demand and in pay, why is it that so few apprentices and graduates are coming through in the traditional trade industries?

A recent survey of students aged 14 to 18 years of age (80% male, 20% female to maintain statistical integrity) found that 94% of students were not interested in pursuing a career in the trades.

 

Why don’t kids find trades ‘cool’? 

  • 53% said working in trades doesn’t interest them
  • 25% said they were not ‘mechanically inclined’
  • 24% said they are not good at fixing things
  • 21% said they are not educated enough about the industries
  • 15% didn’t think that trades were ‘cool’
  • 10% said the trades weren’t high-tech enough

In addition to this, 54% of young people believed that working in computers led to a better future, 37% believed working in an office gains you more respect and 25% believed that trade jobs were ‘old-fashioned’. That means fitting internal bi-fold doors wouldn’t be too popular at the moment – can you believe it?!

 

Is it easy to find a reliable tradesman these days?

  • 85% of people think that it’s not easy to find a trusted tradesman
  • 11% of people think it’s not difficult at all, with 5% unsure of the difficulty

 

How people are finding tradesmen

  • 81% of tradesmen are personally recommended by a friend or neighbour
  • 79% of people want to know the cost of the work up-front
  • 67% check that a tradesman belongs to a trade association
  • 63% do an online search for reviews
  • 61% check the company or tradesman’s website
  • 59% ensure the tradesman promises a receipt
  • 39% visit a former client’s project/home to check out work for themselves (if external)
  • Only 1% of people would not do any checks

 

Why do people hire tradesmen?

  • 60% of people say that a job is too difficult to complete themselves
  • 53% are seeking a professional finish
  • 28% do not have time to complete a job

 

Of the tradesmen hired by homeowners in the UK

  • 85% listened carefully to what they required
  • 84% showed up at the agreed time
  • 51% used polite language
  • 39% were older and more experienced
  • 38% took their shoes off at the door
  • 14% used impressive, modern tools
  • 13% used business cards
  • 12% wore branded overalls
  • 4% were younger with more recent training

 

Tips for finding more work as a trader

Unfortunately, there is always going to be a relative degree of prejudice when it comes to looking for a skilled tradesman; an older worker may appear more trusted due to their experience. Therefore, especially if you’re younger, it’s essential to do the following things to turn leads into work:

  • be attentive; show a genuine interest in their plans
  • be punctual; show up on time or, preferably, 5 minutes early to every appointment
  • be polite; refrain from swearing
  • be courteous; take your shoes off at the door
  • be organised; write customers a quote quickly – and make it accurate!
  • be pro-active; if you’ve done a good job, ask customers if they can leave you a review online
  • be technological; have a simple but effective website

Whilst it’s impossible to ‘be older’, acting maturely and dressing smartly can help you to appear more experienced.

Things that aren’t as important and could save your business money are:

  • impressive, modern tools: are they really necessary?
  • Branded overalls: they’re only going to get dirty, and there isn’t a heavy importance placed on them by homeowners

Business cards, however, are always essential – even if it’s not a deciding factor in earning you your current job. Remember – the biggest number of leads are generated through word-of-mouth – if they can give your card to someone else that needs work, you’ve expanded your reach simply by doing a good job.

 

 

Sources

http://hoa.org.uk/campaigns/publications-2/the-homeowner-survey-2015/
http://www.statista.com/statistics/428918/uk-homeowner-difficulties-finding-good-tradesman/
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/10/uk-plumbers-builders-engineers-skill-crisis-economy
https://www.electriciancourses4u.co.uk/blog/tradesmen-pay-increasing-4x-faster-inflation/
http://www.internationaltimber.com/news/timber-industry/what-2015-holds-for-the-uk-construction-sector
http://www.statista.com/statistics/417282/home-improvement-reasons-for-hiring-trademan-european-households/
http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/15760/poll-skilled-trades-rank-low-in-teens%27-career-options

 

10 Hilarious Tradesman Pranks to Pull on the Job

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Jokes on the job are standard procedure for tradesmen during a hard day’s graft. We’ve rounded up some of the funniest safe-for-work pranks there are, so whether you’re an experienced tradesman looking for a practical joke to play, or if you’re an apprentice looking for tricks to avoid, we’ve got you covered below.

 

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#1 – The Cement Strongman: If you have a Facebook account, you’ll surely have seen a video of this happening to a poor apprentice at some point in time. “Are you strong enough to lift a bag of cement above your head?” is a challenge in itself, and it’s a surefire way to get you covered in powdered cement if you don’t have your wits about you.

#2 – The Fake Shopping List: Always be wary that you’re being asked to purchase something from this shopping list. You’ll rarely be handed the whole list of things to get, usually just one – so that it doesn’t look too obvious.

 

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#3 – The Dave Game: Always ensure that you either have your phone on you, or that you have a secure passcode that your colleagues don’t know – preferably both. The Dave game is lethal – particularly if you actually know someone called Dave…and who doesn’t?

#4 – The Bookie: Nipping to the bookie to place a bet on a tip can be commonplace for tradesmen that are regularly on-the-go. Watch out for old classics such as “Hoof Hearted” – if you don’t get it now, you will after reading it aloud a few times.

 

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#5 – The Food Order: If you’re going to get lunch from the supermarket, always think twice about what your colleagues have asked you to fetch for them. A leg of salmon, really?

#6 – Mustard Donuts: Oooh, this is a good one. Buy plain donuts and then get a bottle of sauce that has a pointed tip; mustard works well for this usually. Poke the pointed tip and fill the donuts with a ‘delicious’ surprise. Tell everyone they’re custard!

 

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#7 – The Dirty Van: There are tonnes of great one liners that you can write on a dirty van. Many are well-known, but are still amusing nonetheless.

#8 – The Blockade: Never trust a portaloo. That motto goes far beyond the site you’re working on, too.

 

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#9 – The Rock Shock: Do you use a radio which has the volume on a dial? If so, crank it up to full volume whilst the radio is off. Bonus points if you’ve tuned it into a rock station. The next person to turn the radio on will get a loud shock!

#10 – The ‘Fancy a Brew’?: This is all about playing the long game. If you’re making the brews, make someone a normal cuppa at first, but over time add more and more cold water to each one. The confusion is more than worth it as they start to suspect something is going on.

Be sure to check out the great range of interior bi-fold doors and exterior bi-fold doors that Climadoor has to offer.

How to Make a Den [Infographic]

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How to build a den – An infographic by the team at Climadoor

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A-Frame Tent Den

Materials You Will Need (Frame):

4 – 1” X 2” X 48” Whitewood Molding

1 – ¾ x 48” Poplar Dowel

Drill with a ¾” Spade Bit

How To:

  1. At the top of each of the four moldings, with your pencil, mark 6 inches down each one.
  2. Drill a hole at each mark… make sure they’re all in the same place by placing two moldings on top of each other.
  3. Push the dowel through the holes on the two moldings. Repeat this step for each side.

The frame is around the size of a double bed duvet cover, so if you have a flat one laying around you can save yourself time by throwing that over the frame. If you want to make a cover, it’s as quick and easy as making the frame and can be done with or without a sewing machine.

Materials you will need (Cover):

  • Fabric large enough to cover the frame. Approx 46” x 88.5”
  • Coordinating thread
  • Elastic strips
  • Scissors

How To

You can hem the fabric if you have a sewing machine, do this by using a straight stitch with a half inch hem.

  1. Cut four 5” elastic strips.
  2. Fold them over and sew to each corner of the tent cover
  3. Cover the frame, and loop the elastic around the legs to secure the cover.

The tent should now be ready to use! You change the fabric to match your toddlers ever growing and changing tastes.

 

 

Cardboard Castle

Materials You Will Need:

Glue

Colored or patterned tape

Coloring pens, pencils and markers

Large cardboard boxes

Glitter, stickers, decorations

How To:

The scope to be creative with this is massive. You can add as many or as few boxes as you like, decorate them how ever you want, and tape them together in whatever order suits you best.

You could have a large box as the center, with a few smaller boxes tape to the side as ‘rooms’. Or two large boxes connected with a rectangular box as a tunnel… the only limit is your imagination!

Some advice though…

  1. Cut exterior bi-fold doors and windows out of the sides of the boxes before you tape the boxes together.
  2. Decorate the boxes once they are taped up
  3. Try gluing or stapling some fabric to the ‘windows’ for an extra special touch
  4. You could have an arched door for the front of the box, cut at the top, and down the middle, leaving the ‘doors’ attached at the sides so they open and can be closed for play-time privacy.
  5. With the flaps of the boxes that usually would form the base of the box, cut slats out to make them look like turrets.

 

Super Easy Dens

The Classic Pillow Fort

You Will Need:

Pillows

Cushions

Blankets

Poles

Pegs

Use a central pole (An old mop or broom pole works well), held in place with tins, bricks or heavy books. Place the sheets over the pole, pegging multiple sheets together if you want to make a bigger den. Use additional heavy items to hold down the sheet in the corners.

 

Using Chairs:

Try using the backs of chairs as walls and placing sheets or blankets over for the roof.

The sofa is one of the most valuable den building tools you can have at your disposal.

Use the cushions as walls. They’re great for walls because of their square, brick-ey shape and sturdiness!

Get the sofa itself in on the action by using the back of the sofa as a wall. Place a sheet over the side of the sofa and use poles to prop up the other side. Kinda like an awning on a caravan.

 

Den Tips

  • Make A Treasure Chest

Things to take into a den are just as important as the den itself. After all – it’s what on the inside that counts!

Take an empty shoe box and cover it with some ‘funky’ wrapping paper by gluing it on. Decorate the box with your little one. Get them to write ‘Treasure Chest’ on top or side as they wish and decorate it with glitter and stickers.

Fill the box with snacks, sweeties, games, glow sticks, music players and toys.

  • Make a Den Sign

Name the den – It could be a fort, a castle, a nest, a lair, a cave or a den! Maybe you could incorporate something that your child loves into the name such as “The Ice Cream Castle” or “The Glitter Palace”.

On a nice piece of card, write the name down and decorate with stickers. Try finding some stickers related to the name of the den or of something that your little one enjoys. You can pick some cheap but wonderful stickers online, from eBay and Amazon. Not only will having and building a den entertain your kiddies for hours, but making a sign is another great way to get creative.

 

 

Color Schemes & Themes

  • Princess Themed for Pretty Princesses:

Pale/Baby Pink + Silver/Gold + Hot Pink + Glitter

Try making glittery signs using glue, glitters and card.

You could make a cardboard door sign in the shape of a crown or make a pink, glittering flag to make it into a ‘real’ castle.

Add fluffy, soft cushions and cushions like velvet and silk for a Den fit for Royalty – and don’t forget to stock the Den up with Fairytale books.

Try making strawberry cupcakes to take in as a fruity, pink treat.

  • Jungle Theme for Little Monkeys

Grassey Green + Brown + jungle colours (think tigers, parrots and more).

Try decorating homemade door signs with animal prints like polka dots for a leopard, stripes for a tiger or snake print.

Add fluffy blankets like a lions mane, or even add some astro-turf to the floor of the Den to make it look like jungle grass. You can easily get brightly colored feathers from high street arts and crafts shops – you can easily string some up and pretend they are birds of paradise.

Take in lots of educational wildlife books and some animal crackers that you can pick up from any supermarket.

  • Space Theme for Aspiring Astronauts

Blue + Navy + Silver

There are all sorts of things you could do with tin foil – maybe try sticking some to the walls of you den to make them shiny and sci-fi!

Try making some cardboard or paper mache models of the planets, they can be hung up inside the den and little ones can learn about the solar system.

If you search far and wide on the internet, you can buy vacuum packed food as novelty gifts, it’s based on what astronauts would have eaten – try snacking on some space food in the den.

How to Save Money Growing Vegetables at Home

If you’re looking to improve your financial situation or looking to become a little more frugal and have some spare time around the house, a great way thing to consider is growing fruit and veg in the garden. This isn’t going to make you a millionaire any time soon, but it will help you to keep a few extra pounds in your wallet every week, keeping you occupied and entertained whilst you maintain them and they’ll taste absolutely delicious when they’ve grown; you can’t beat freshly picked vegetables.

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Potatoes, although not counting as one of your five-a-day, are an incredibly useful vegetable to grow at home. They are low maintenance and you can expect a pretty good return on your money too, with an expected ROI of at least 300% standard barring any disasters. In order to protect against bugs and insects, a great tip is to grow mint alongside your potatoes.

Similarly to potatoes, onions also benefit from being grown alongside mint – keeping annoying onion fly at bay. Taking only a few weeks longer to grow than potatoes, onions typically provide a similar return on your investment and just need time, space and a clean area to grow nicely.

People often forget just how great it is to be sat indoors, looking out through your bi-folding patio doors and seeing a world of fruit and vegetables outside. It’s a massively underrated part of growing your own food at home!

Peas are a little tricky, but still a great thing to grow at home. The financial returns aren’t exceptional, mainly because they take up a lot of room in the garden and don’t provide huge yields, but they are absolutely delicious when fresh from their pods. If you make use of successional sowings, you’ll be able to harvest peas every week throughout spring.

Tomatoes are one of the most profitable things you can grow at home. Despite being cheap to plant and maintain, they typically produce large yields time and time again. Tomatoes are also reasonably costly in supermarkets.

Salad leaves are incredibly easy to grow at home, they take less than a month to grow and continue to grow time and time again all-year-round! In the summer months, plant outside and they’ll grow rapidly.

Beetroot and cucumber are two other items of food that you can grow easily at home in around three months or less. Each item only requires a small piece to count as one of your five-a-day, so you can get plenty of healthy goodness out of each plant!

How to Fireproof Your Home

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Renovating and decorating your home is one thing, but protecting it is a whole different ball game.

Fires are something that a lot of people think would only happen to other people and don’t prepare for the worst until it’s already too late. Wait! We’re not looking to scare you; just make you aware of some of the great steps you can take to prevent a fire breaking out or spreading through your internal bi-fold doors and throughout your house.

Firstly:

Install smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms are present in most houses, but making sure they’re checked and working every two months is something most people fail to do. It’s essential that you check these – they’re a life saver, literally.

When choosing your flooring, be sure to use wooden flooring or fire-resistant carpets as opposed to wool and synethic carpets, as fire will spread much more quickly with the latter.

If you have any rugs, they should be treated with a high quality fireproof chemical.

Candles make a lovely decoration in any room, lifting the atmosphere and ambiance dramatically. However, you should always be careful with a naked flame burning in any room.

If you are leaving a room – even for a brief period of time – you should always extinguish a candle, especially if you have pets or small children. A great idea is to swap candles for infused bamboo.

Speaking of pets, make sure you never leave them alone in a room unattended if young or untrained; they could play with electrical goods, damage them, or even urinate on them. Ew.

Ensure that you always tidy up your clutter: old papers, clothes and toys can easily be accumulated in a home. If a fire was to break out, these cluttered piles would be a disaster.

Remember to turn off all electrical appliances at the wall when they’re not in use. As well as massively decreasing the likelihood of a fire breaking out, this will also save you a small fortune on your energy bills!

If, when using an electrical appliance, you notice that the cord or cabling is no longer in good condition then you should look to replace it right away. Also be wary of putting too many plugs into one place; you don’t want to overload a circuit.

If you are a smoker, be wary when sitting – or especially lying down – as you can drop it or accidentally press it against your furniture, which can start a blaze. Ensure cigarettes are always stubbed out completely in an ash tray, and splash with a bit of water to ensure that no embers remain.

Remember to have a fire extinguisher handy – preferably both upstairs and downstairs in your home – in an easy-to-access place.

What is the Difference Between French Doors & Patio Doors?

It’s vital that you understand the differences between French and patio doors when looking to make a purchase for your house; after all, they are a large investment when compared to smaller items and decorations.

Traditionally, the words ‘patio doors’ refer to sliding doors, but this has changed over time to cover a large range of different doors that open either into your garden or patio area, as well as sliding open.

French doors are actually included in this, along with bifolding, but typically when people say ‘patio’ doors they refer to the sliding style.

In this post we’re going to compare the differences between traditional sliding patio doors and the increasingly popular French doors to help you make an informed decision when making your CLIMADOOR purchase.

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Design

French Patio Doors

Typically double hinged, French patio doors fold and open outwards, giving you full access to the gap or opening of the frame with which they are installed.

Being able to access the full opening of the doors is great in smaller spaces or when opening into smaller gardens; where space internally or externally is really important.

However, the maximum size of a French ‘leaf’ – the panel of each door – is approximately 900m, meaning the maximum size you can purchase is 1800mm. If you’re looking to cover a large opening, French doors probably won’t be an option.

Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors give you the ability of much wider opening spaces, with designs capable of reaching widths of up to 4200mm, from a starting width of around 1600mm.

Because of the sliding design, they are extremely beneficial when space is restricted for openings either inside or outside of the house, as they don’t open towards walls.

The downside to sliding patio doors is that only 50% of the space can be open at any one time, meaning half of the door will be blocking the space at all times – minimum.

Sliding doors have actually decreased in popularity due to the fact that only 50% will be open at any one time, and newer bifolding styles have entered the market which give the benefits of both French doors – opening full width – and the large area size of sliding patio doors.

It’s this reason that means we only offer French and bifolding external patio doors at CLIMADOOR, rather than outdated sliding doors.

Cost

The cost of course varies depending on the style and size you purchase, but sliding doors are typically slightly cheaper than French doors when larger than 1800mm, due to the hardware, manufacturing methods and the mechanisms used being slightly more cost effective.

Security

Every door that you purchase should come with some security features, but you need to make sure you look out for the following:

Multipoint Locks

These are essential; preventing doors from being unlocked or forced open using 3 or 5 point locks that joint the door and frame when closed.

Opening Restrictors

All doors should be supplied with opening restrictors, but if not we’d definitely advise getting some. These prevent doors from being blown open in the wind – typically with French doors that fold.

Cover Splines

French doors should also be supplied with cover splines to cover the gap between the doors where they meet. This is the weakest area on the door and needs extra reinforcement so you can be confident of security.

Anti-Bump Cylinder

All lock barrels on the doors should be provided with anti-bump cylinders, which will prevent the barrels from being forced through and offer extra security.

Thermal Performance

When it comes to purchasing doors, also consider the prices you could potentially save on your energy bills.

Remember to check the U value on each door – the lower the better – and you need to make sure that your doors comply with Part L of the Building Regulations, which looks at double glazing; ensure you have toughened glass units that comply with BSE 12600 and 12150. These are a must for both safety and performance.

Bifold vs Frenchfold Doors – Which One Will You Choose?

If you’ve been on the lookout for folding doors for the inside of your home, you’ve probably already spotted our bifolding and Frenchfolding door ranges right here on CLIMADOOR.

It’s important that you’re completely happy with the choice that you make, as we appreciate that every investment you make for your home has to be the one that provides real value to you.

In order for you to make the best decision for your home, there are four pointers that you need to consider:

Furniture Layout & Access Door Preference

Try to envision your revitalised room, complete with CLIMADOOR doors, of course. Where will your furniture be going, will it be moving at all?

It’s common for the type of door you purchase to be dictated by the furniture layout in your home. Where will be appropriate for doors to be opening?

Bifolding doors allow access through the end door as there are connecting to either a head or a base track; when opening the doors, they will stack together and protrude into the room at 90 degrees.

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The Lincoln from our bifolding range: https://www.climadoor.co.uk/internal-bifold-doors

Frenchfolding doors open in the middle rather than the end, and there is more flexibility in how you can open and close them. You can open one or both of the middle doors, and even the end doors (known as sidelights) can be folded back against the wall.

Frenchfold doors with sidelights folded back

The Shaker Oak Glazed from our Frenchfold range: https://www.climadoor.co.uk/internal-french-folding-doors

As mentioned previously, a lot of your choice will depend on whether you need to access your room via a door on the side or in the middle – which is commonly furniture dependent – but can also be influenced by your wall layout.

Door Pattern

If you have no preference over accessing your door via the side or the middle, you can make a choice based on whether you want an odd or even number of doors.

Because of the tracks involved with bifolding doors and the nature of their operation, you’ll usually need an odd number of doors (which retains the daily access door at the end) although we do have some styles available with an even number.

With Frenchfolding, you’ll almost always get an even number of doors, with the middle two opening together – although we do have three door Frenchfolding options available (with an individual opening middle door).

Sizes Available

Once you’ve got the style in mind that you want, it’s all down to finding the right size.

The majority of the time, you’ll be able to find the style you want in the right size for your home. However, if you have a particularly wide area to cover, you will be limited to bifolding doors; this style is capable of being made into 5 or even 6 doors, whereas Frenchfold is limited to 4.

It’s That Easy!

Once you’ve figured out which type of door is best for your furniture layout, where you want your access door, whether you want an odd or even number of doors and whether you can get the style you want in the correct size, it’s on to the fun stuff – choosing which type of frame and glass you think will make your home look best!

How Do Housing Conditions Compare Around the World? [Infographic]

Living conditions vary massively, wherever you live in the world.

The UK is one of the most advanced countries in the world, yet new houses are just over a third of the size of those in the USA, so how do other countries weigh up? And what other factors are related to the both the size of your house and the country that you live in?

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The UK currently has the smallest average size of new-build houses (76 sq metres of floor space on average) in all of Europe, closely followed by Italy and Ireland. Denmark boast some of the biggest floor spaces in Europe, at almost twice the size of those houses in the UK. That’s why the UK have to make the most of their small spaces with internal bi-folding door sets to make them appear larger!

However, when you look at highly developed nations in other areas of the world, houses in Europe are dwarfed by those in New Zealand, Australia and the US; new-build houses in these areas of the world often have floor spaces upwards of 200 sq metres.

55% of new English homes have less floor space than the London Housing Design Guide recommends (University of Cambridge) and in comparison, houses in the US and Australia are over 260% larger!

There are several downsides to living in small accommodation; it can cause anxiety, stress, depression and even physical illnesses such as asthma. It can also be a decisive factor in relationships breaking down due to the inability or unwillingness to entertain guests.

In richer nations of the world, there is a strong correlation between the size of your house and the amount of people that live in it. For example, in the UK there is an average household size of just 2.3 people, compared with 2.6 and 2.7 in the US and Australia respectively.

Comparing this to poorer nations, it’s typically smaller houses that hold more people. In India, the average number of people per household is 5.3, in Palestine it’s 5.8 and the highest (on record) in the world is Burkina Faso, with 5.9 people per household.

The world’s busiest city (in terms of population density) is Dhaka in Bangladesh, with over 112,000 people per square mile. Compare this to some of the world’s most popular cities, with which London has the most dense population – 14,600 people per square mile, almost 10% of that in Dhaka.