4 Steps You Need to Know When Looking For The Best Record Player

Nowadays, the record players gradually become popular on the market; especially, there are developing countries. We easily find the record players with different shapes, brands and facilities. In addition, because of consumers’ demand, the design of them is more and more various. Perhaps, you prefer a belt drive because you would like to own a traditional record player. Other people enjoy listening to the volume up. Several devices will not own these options because they are especially built for DJs. Therefore, if you want yourself to choose the best record player, you should consider these characteristic such as drive (belt drive and direct drive), operation (manual and automatic), ISB interface option and recording capabilities of the record players.

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How to Select the Best Record Player

#1. Belt drive or direct drive

There are two kinds of drives. That they have to be installed on the turntable are an important device in order to spin the disk. In most traditional record players, the belt drive is put right beside the disk and an elasticity belt so as to connect the both of them each other.

In the contrary, the direct drive is a modern model. The equipment is installed under the disk which is allowed rotating backwards by hand (common in DJs). This one helps create perfect sound effects.

Like a common rule, audio will be produce with more isolated and stable in nature by the belt drive. The reason why a shock absorbent effect is provided is operate by the belt. Therefore, it helps reduce the vibration from the engine. By the way, the noise of the motor will be directly sent into the disk. Most DJs choose the direct drive turntable because they own backward spinning capabilities.

#2. Manual or automatic operation

Users would be required to lift the tone-arm and set it into the record by manual players. They are semi-automated in the sense. In addition, a cueing machine will slowly make the tone-arm. After completing, you will have to turn it off by yourself.

The automatic variants are popular. With an automatic unit, the vinyl records have to be put on the disk and pushed a button. Therefore, the tone-arm is lifted. Then, it is moved over to the record and automatically lowered it. When finishing, the tone-arm will return the initial position and itself will shut off.

Although manual devices support more vintage, automatic player is better choice.

#3. USB interface option

If you want to transfer the vinyl record player in our collection onto your computer, you will need a USB interface. It can say that there is a plain and simple unit.

#4. Recording capabilities

Not all units can play all kinds of the record player. At present, there are 3 popular types on the market including: 33s, 45s and 78s. These numbers show you know that the time is taken for the record process in order to spin. Most record players have the ability so as to play 33s and 45s but not at all are able to play 78s. I personally liked 45s after reading tips and reviews on TrustedSounds.

Before you decide to buy any of these products, you should carefully consider. They have a suitable product for you and their price really has been affordable (from under $80 to over $600). The best record player will own an audio quality. However, they are also too expensive. Today, it has many famous brands about the record players. Therefore, you are able to refer several following brands such as Audio – technica AT- LP1240 ISB, the Stanton ST -150 and the Numark TTX USB in order to be able to select the suitable usb record player for yourself.

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Necessary Steps to Restore A Record Player

Listening to music on a record player has become very traditional with many people. However, this type of device also creates a great impression for many listeners including the elderly and the younger generation. To meet the demand and create the good conditions for everyone who want to listen to music with a turntable, the manufacturers produces many kinds of the record players with a lot of models, sizes, colors, and prices. Even, the manufacturers also sell many turntables with the good price in the special occasions of the company. Of course, you can buy a record player for sale at this time. Especially, its quality is very good but its price is often reduced about 30 – 50% compared with the original price.

How to restore a record player

In addition, it is also important to use the record player properly. This will help extend your turntable life. Therefore, you do not forget to use it in the right way as well as restore all inside electronics. All of them will contribute for your record player to play in the good condition. I am sure that you also have the experience to use properly. So do you know how to restore it yet? I will help you through some necessary steps in this article.

Step 1: Cleaning The Inside Electronics Regularly

If you have a habit to clean all vinyl records after and before playing them it is very good. Also, you also clean the outer parts of your record player. This is encouraged by the manufacturers. However, they are not enough to help your turntable in the best condition. It means that you must regularly clean the inside electronics. To do it, you must really be careful to avoid damaging some sensitive parts in a turntable. Please refer these following tips:

  • Firstly, you must buy the right kind of cleaning solution for the record player;
  • Then, you pour a little cleaning solution onto the soft towel. And you must make sure that this towel is always clean;
  • Next, you scrub gently the outer side and the bottom of your turntable;
  • After that, you should rinse this towel with warm water and repeat this job until you feel all dirt and dust are cleared off;
  • Finally, you start to clean the inside electronics for your record player like the steps above.

Step 2: Cleaning The Tonearm, Spindle, And Some Button for The Record Player


Preparing to clean the spindle for a turntable

It is better to change another towel when you clean the other parts.

  • You also pour a light amount of the cleaning solution onto the small towel;
  • Beyond that, you will begin to clean the tonearm of the record player. You try to clean lightly to avoid damage the tiny equipment on the tonearm;
  • Continuously, you also rinse this towel with warm water before you clean the spindle and the operation buttons;
  • Besides, depending on the situation of your record player, you can clean until these parts become very clean. However, you should note that you just clean without pressing because any pressure can break or bend some sensitive parts.

Step 3: Checking The Power, Rust or Any Corrosion

You sometimes do not note to the power, rust or any corrosion. That is the reason during playing your record player stop suddenly. Therefore, you can look at the instruction book to know all connections of the power cord. On the other hands, you also check the small screwdrivers to tighten all screws again.

Step 4: Replacing The Power Supply in The Necessary Conditions

You should not wait for the power supply to damage or burn and then you will replace because its case can be more dangerous or affect other parts. It is better to check carefully and replace timely. After using in a long time, most of the soldering iron will heat up. That is a time when you should replace a new power supply. Look at the replacement the power supply with the tips as follows:

  • You must remove the old power supply;
  • Then, you place a bit of solder over the connections;
  • Next, you touch tightly the iron to the solder until you see the power supply is surely attached;
  • After that, you also check all inside of the player for loose and damaged wires. All of them should replace new if you think they are necessary;
  • Finally, you add the tiny bit of solder for reconnecting.

In summary, many people are also very careful for restoring the record player. Thus, they also bring it to go to the turntable shop. It is a good idea if this shop is near your house. With the far distance, you maybe become so lazy to do it frequently. I think you can restore a record player at home. Before you do not know how to restore a turntable, now you have some basic steps after reading this writing. I hope that you will feel that it is also simple when you do step by step as what I just share.

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Buying Guide for Discount Furniture and Clearance Offers

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The demand of using secondhand furniture is very high all the time. In fact, if you are not a person, who knows well about the Internet, or you just rarely use it in finding the furniture and clearance offers, you have missed a huge resource of good condition furniture with discounted prices. In contrast, if you know just a little about the discount furniture market or the yard sales around your neighborhood, it would be a huge advantage for you to find some good accessories for you house with just a reasonable amount of money. For example, the old ceiling fan that is on sale in some website with the discounted prices could be the best ceiling fans for your living room and kitchen. However, not all offers are good for you. In this article, I will show you how to keep the best price and choose the best on sale furniture within your budget.

  1. Stocks those are not popular anymore?

You all know that furniture producers make hundreds to thousands models of furniture annually, but not all of them make profit. Some of the furniture can’t meet the demands of customers; therefore people don’t buy them in large number. Days after days, the stocks became out of fashion and old, so that they are moved into the warehouse. The stores must sell them with a reduced price to encourage customer buying them though it would be a loss to the stores. Then, newer and more modern designs are produced and become the trend.

When you go to furniture stores to spend money on some sets for your living room or other rooms in the house, the salesman would actively lead you to the older ones, so that you could possibly buy them without knowing there would be more modern styles waiting at the back. In case they can’t sell that furniture anymore, they will put the discount from 10% to 30% to the product then place it at a corner of the showroom. It’s your chance now to have it with the most exact price of the furniture.

Don’t worry about the condition. The quality of the furniture is still guaranteed, it’s still under the maintenance contract so you can have free fixes if there’re any problems. You can’t even find any cracks or scratches on the outer of the furniture. It’s still new, but for some reason, that model is not available on the front door anymore. But that’s your chance for having new furniture that suits the room style without spending too much money.

  1. Old stock replacement

The products always change according to time and seasons. So if the time changes, the models have to change as well. And if the stocks change suddenly with a new one, it would be unusual. Therefore, they have to get rid of the old ones and put on a new model. So you could have a question about the old stocks: “Where did it go?”

The answer is Sale off programs. Before replacing new stuffs to the front door, the stores would make some announcements for the changes as well as the sale off for old products. No matter how good the quality of the old product is, it will be put in the sale off shelf with at least 50% reduced in price. That’s an excellent opportunity for you to have high class furniture with a much cheaper price so you could have some money investing to other sets of furniture.

ceiling fansFor example with ceiling fans, the fans are the type of furniture that needs to be replaced quickly because the model changes very fast in a year. The ceiling fans is one of the most important decorative furniture so that if you’re lucky, the first thing you should buy from the discount market would be the ceiling fan. It would be more amazing if the living room is following vintage style. The old and dusty ceiling fans suits perfectly to the theme of the room. Just make sure that the fans are not too dusty and the light color is in good harmony with the color of your living room wall and floor.

Lessons From a Tag Sale

By now, I’m sure you’re wondering when I’m going to get to the point of this personal saga. Here it is: In this selection process, I created groupings, classifications, color stories, and themes. I was stocking our new home, but it was very much like buying for a store.

When you buy for your store, it should be with an eye to how and where each piece will be displayed.


When you shop in a showroom, items are usually grouped together; the implication is that they should be bought as a group and displayed in the same way in your store. It is expected, of course, that your customer will buy the group as is. Needless to say, it rarely works that way. In reality, there are always some winners and some losers in these grouped selections. If you’ve been in business for a while, you know the difference — that’s why you’re still in business! So select the goodies, forget the baddies, and choose companion pieces for the goodies, keeping color, material, concept, and size in mind.


For example, if you find a great group of Delft blue accessories, but only five pieces are truly terrific, consider solids to fill out the selection. Look for matching blue pieces, or think about picking either gold, terra-cotta, or lemon yellow accessories to enhance the blue-and-white pieces.

Size counts. In order to create interesting displays, you should try to buy pieces in a variety of sizes. Ideally, there should be a gradation from short to tall and small to large in your table, shelf, or window display.

Lights and darks need to be balanced. If you have a group of all-black accessories, break it up with another solid in a light tone. As my recent experience taught me, black and gold work well together.

The need for balanced colors also applies to multicolored arrangements. If you have a rainbow of colors in one classification and they really work well as a group, check out your brights to make sure they are scattered evenly throughout the display. Yellow and white are the two colors that “pop” and can be used to lead the eye around the display. Don’t concentrate the cools in one place and the brights in another if you want the rainbow look. If the rainbow effect doesn’t work visually, group cools (blues, greens, and violets) together and warms (reds, oranges, yellows, and browns) together.


One-of-a-kind items are great if you have pedestals on which to show them, or windows that allow you to highlight individual pieces with mini halogen spots so that they glow. In some cases, you can find ancillary pieces that work with a one-of-a-kind object and create a grouping. The “find” becomes the focal point, and the extras are there to enhance in glory. The extras should be items that work both visually and practically with the fab piece. For example, if you find a one-of-a-kind teapot, put it on a buildup next to cups and saucers that work with it in terms of color, style, or feel. If you have a ceramic cat, place it next to a (rinsed out, empty) cream carton for a fun display. Unexpected elements add interest and personality to your displays … and your store.


In preparation for my tag sale from hell, I pulled together pieces that worked as a group. For example, I put together all the silverplated trays, all the Chinese items, all the wood, all the ceramics, all the glassware, all the paintings, and all the lamps. This strategy works well for a tag sale. Unfortunately, in a store it can look pretty boring. However, if you prefer this type of merchandising, there is a way to give it life. If all of your classifications are neatly displayed around the store — on tables near the walls, in the middle of your store, and in focal areas — create boutiqued tables. On one table, place a lamp, a tray, a ceramic piece, a glass, a painting (on a small easel), and other items that work together visually. Combine them through color, theme, style, or just good intuition. These boutiqued tables will teach your customers how to purchase multiple pieces that work together.


Of the more than 100 accessories I had at my disposal for my tag sale, at least 75 were gold or black, in some form or another. You’re lucky in that you have a vast array of colors to work with and can easily keep your displays from looking dull or uninteresting.

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There are several ways to pull together a great color story.

  1. The first method is the easiest: Work with only one group from one vendor. That’s simple.
  2. Second, you can opt to do a monochromatic color story showing shades and variations of one color, such as bright orange, peach, terra-cotta, or yellow-orange. Monochromatic color stories are head-turners! The items in this “story” can come from across the board. Use anything that works visually. With this method, practicality is secondary.
  3. Third, you can employ a combination of two neutrals with one bright (yellow, orange, hot pink, lime green, electric blue, or red). This will make for a strong display and will give people ideas for decorating in their own homes. Using contrasting colors can also be effective, provided it is done in small areas. Combine hot pink with lime green, yellow with purple/blue, or red with light blue. Being brave with color can produce some great results. Of course, it can also look awful. If you are unsure of your combinations, ask the opinion of a fellow worker or a customer whose taste you admire. They will usually tell you the truth, and will appreciate the fact that you respected them enough to ask.


CATCHY THEMEA themed display is much more than just a presentation according to classification. A theme is similar to a boutiqued technique. You want to pull pieces together that make sense, and then perhaps add a touch of whimsy. For example, when I was working with one great children’s gift store in Essex, Massachusetts, I suggested combining all the rockets, planets, stars, moons, and robots for a “space experience” window display.

At Chris’ house, I combined early childhood mementos such as a photo, a silver spoon, and baby shoes with some current memorabilia, including his MBA diploma, a vase, and a bowl. Somehow, all of the items fit together nicely, and told a story at the same time.

On one table, I did a themed display of vases — all sizes, shapes, and colors (although many were black or gold or bore Chinese patterns). To add interest, I threw in some matching bowls (round, but shorter than the vases). I then propped a Chinese print behind the grouping to serve as a backdrop.

After the four-hour tag sale, we walked away with a little over $700. I’m convinced that the displays had something to do with that. Of course, the fact that it was an indoor tag sale held in the midst of monsoon-scale rains may have contributed to our success. But I learned two things about tag sales and decorative accessories that day: One, instead of “early birds,” the people who come two hours early to a tag sale should be called “vultures”; and, two, no matter how bizarre and unattractive some pieces may be, the market for decorative accessories is alive and well.

Linda Cahan is the principal of Cahan & Company, a retail visual design company in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is a member of both the Society of Visual Merc

Love and lifestyles

Gift store operators can generate better-than-average revenue from the proper merchandise of their bridal registries. Some of the items that could be marketed effectively are picture frames for the bridal portrait, rings and jewel boxes, and an assortment of wedding invitations. Retailers can also offer items that will reflect the varied religious and other backgrounds of the couples.

Rings and jewel boxes

Rings and jewel boxes

Rings are an important part of weddings and are one of the oldest wedding traditions. The wedding ring is a mark of both spiritual bond and commercial contract. Usually, it’s a diamond engagement ring for the bride with both bride and groom receiving rings for the popular double ring ceremony. You don’t sell wedding rings? But do suggest that the bride list a ring holder or small jewelry box on her registry. Both are excellent shower gifts. If it is to be a “couple” shower, as so many are, listing a jewelry box for him would be a nice gift suggestion. How about ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machines as an excellent wedding or shower gift?

Invitations vary


One of the greatest changes in the rituals of weddings involves wedding invitations. The classic traditional engraved invitation, with black ink on fine-grade paper, is often by-passed for pastel borders, floral designs, theme-related or photo-featured invitations.

Today, invitations often include the names of both his and her parents, or all parents and step-parents if there has been divorce and remarriage, plus, in many cases, the couple’s names as well, “jointly” inviting you to share in the happy occasion. The joint effort is as old as invitations themselves, but “new” again in this decade.

While many brides will opt for the “new age” invitations, those selling invitations will need to know the “why’s and wherefore’s” of traditional invitations to advise the bride on what is the “preferred” way.

Then there is the matter of showers. Friends throw “him and her,” “his or hers” and “her” showers. A “him and her” gift registry shower list would include do-it-yourself tools or kits and gifts that could serve the couple jointly, such as clocks, cookware, small appliances, games, gourmet baskets, breakfast trays and travel diaries.

“His or her” shower gift suggestions include mugs, breakfast trays, bath and desk accessories and informal patterns of dinnerware, flatware and stemware. Traditional shower gifts for brides include lingerie and personal gifts such as a purse mirror, lipstick caddie and items for her dresser.

Gifts for varied backgrounds


Couples in 1996 will often celebrate their differences in religion by having a marriage ceremony that includes the blessings of dual officiates and the lighting of a Unity Candle, which brings disparate backgrounds in religion into harmony. Are you prepared to meet these needs by having Unity Candies and pedestals available, as well as a Bridal Mail Box for collecting gifts of money brought to the wedding, shower and guests registry books, pens, wedding planning books, cake tops and sixpence? Marriages today may be multi-racial, multi-religion and multi-family. If there are children from another marriage, do you suggest a family medallion for each child to help the child relate to the new marriage in a positive way.

Since many of today’s brides and grooms both work, couples are pitching in together to make an apartment, condominium or house a home. They blend decorating ideas from their years alone into one creative environment. Cooking, cleaning, children or children-to-be demand their combined energy. Many find that “take out” food is an alternative to cooking as they settle in for some quality time. Wine glasses, lap trays, napkins, mats, napkin rings, fun dinnerware, flatware and stemware are appreciated, so suggest them.

For the do-it-yourself couples, gifts such as coffee, espresso and cappuccino machines, bread-making machines, blenders, mixers, kitchen gadgets or any small appliances make the perfect gift.

Favourite Gifts

The all-time favorite hobby of Americans today is gardening. With many “gardens” planted within the confines of a window sill, patio or balcony, your bridal registry should capitalize on the trend by displaying an array of garden-related items. There are water fountains, bird baths, statuary, bird feeders, planters, cachepots, vases in all shapes and sizes, tools, sundials, wind chimes, watering cans and herb kits with seeds and pots. They should be a part of today’s bridal registry suggestions.

Fiscal reasons for registries

The bridal market encompasses $35 billion, as measured by 159 products and services. Since the bridal market represents only 2.6 percent of all U.S. households, amazingly it accounts for 11.5 percent of small kitchen appliances, 10.4 percent of linens and domestics sold, and up to 75 percent of all fine china dinnerware sales. The bridal couple clearly represents a disproportionately high share of all total retail sales.

There is a reason: high acquisition rates in a short period of time, particularly when compared to established households. The bridal couple must acquire a wide array of products and services within a brief period of time. They have a deadline no other customer has — the wedding date. It’s during this period of compression that marketers must have an impact on these prospects with their messages.

Today’s couples have grown up during a period of the greatest prosperity and affluence in our nation’s history. In entering their lives, their aspirations and expectations have never been higher. Nor has their ability to fulfill them been greater. They belong to a generation of young women and men who are the most sophisticated, highly educated, economically capable consumers in history. Career-oriented, acquisition-conscious, confident of themselves, today’s newlywed couples are determined to begin their new lives together with the best of everything. Is your store prepared to meet their needs and expectations with your bridal registry?

DORIS NIXON, a registered bridal consultant, is director of educational services for the National Bridal Service, Richmond, Va., which provides advertising, training and merchandising services to more than 400 member stores. Mrs. Nixon is co-author of the books “Your Wedding and How to Enjoy It” and “Make Room for the Groom.” A leading retailer for many years, she is considered an authority on creative table settings. She will be happy to answer your questions.

Home sweet office

The great advantage to working at home is that you can put your personal stamp squarely onto your daily work routine. You don’t have to rush for the 7:02 train every morning (or even be awake at 7:02). You don’t have to wear a dry-cleaned suit every day, engage in petty turf battles or drink bad coffee.

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It means you can work uninterrupted for five hours and then take a lunch-time stroll with your dog or pick up your child from school. Yet, so often, people who work at home forget that their personal stamp also extends to the work environment they create. Few put the same thought and effort into their home office design that they put into organizing their day. To work at home means you can create your own comer office-a space that’s inspiring, efficient, yours. The key to a great home office is designing an environment that meshes with your work style and is a reflection of your tastes and your home-whether that’s French country, chock-a-block with collectibles, or chic, sleek and urban. So play Rachmaninoff (or rap) as loud you like. Hang a piniata from the ceiling if you want to. Create the space where you can work at your peak. After all, you’ll never be more in charge than you are now.


This home office was carved out of a high-tech, custom-designed family media room, The work space fits in neatly with the room’s overall design, using the same color scheme and artwork. At the same time, it is separated physically by a partition that is high enough to hide office clutter and low enough to avoid creating a feeling of claustrophobia.

family media room

Overhead lighting, task lights at the desk and sunlight from a window behind the desk area also divide the work space from the rest of the room, which has much more subdued and diffuse lighting.

A Wall of storage extends the length of the room on the right. At one end, it houses a copy machine, files and office supplies, and at the other, the family’s collection of audio/visual equipment. To prevent overheating of both electrical equipment and the room, a special air circulation duct built into the cabinets draws heat away toward windows and air-conditioning.

Architec: Nunziato Miuccio of Martin E. Rich Architects. Interior design: Bonnie B. Cohen. Desk accessories from The MoMA Design Store. Artwork on walls done by Tom Slaughter.


Claiming a tax deduction for a home office has become so common that the IRS now has a form 8829) just for this purpose. An estimated 4 million taxpayers filled it out in April. The form and a publication to help you fill it out, Business Use of Your Home (587), clarify the requirements for claiming a home-office deduction:

Your home work space must be used exclusively and regularly as either your principal place of business or as your company’s second office, which you use to meet with clients, patients or customers in person (but not for record keeping or billing). A home office does not have to be a separate room in your house, just a separate area, such as an alcove.

  1. Exclusive use means that you cannot use the space for any purpose other than your business. (This does not apply if you run a daycare facility in your home, however, in which case regular use is the important issue.)
  2. If you are not self-employed, a home office is deductible only if its use is necessary for your employer’s convenience, not yours.

The new IRS form requires you to calculate the exact percentage of your home used for business (number of rooms or square footage) and base your rent or mortgage deduction as well as any other home-office deductions (utilities, insurance, repairs, etc.) on that percentage. You must list the full amounts spent on these items as well as the percentage that you are deducting. Be sure to keep careful records of all your expenditures. To order IRS Form 8829 or Business Use of Your Home, call 800-TAX-FORM.


This home office is proof that a work space doesn’t have to look functional to be functiortal. Traditional wood paneling gives the room a country, house ambience. Antiques, rich pattern on chairs, wallpaper and curtains, and copious books lining the wall all add to the room’s warmth. The paneling and bookcases also insulate the room from noise-an important feature since doors at each end of the room open onto the front hallway and the kitchen. The antique refectory table-used as a desk-the wooden chairs and the area rug are all tag sale or flea market finds.

The tranquil view of the garden outside and personal touches like the birdhouses, family photos and flowering bulbs create a peaceful work environment. Late each afternoon this office becomes a study room in which the children of the household can do their homework.

Interior design: Lyn Peterson, Motif Designs. Fabric and wallpaper, from Recollections by Motif Designs


When setting up an office in your home, it’s easy to overlook some of the details, such as telephones, electricity and air-conditioning, that have usually been someone else’s responsibility. But now you have to be your own facilities manager. Don’t forget the following:

  1. TELEPHONES This is your business’s most basic and important equipment. Your professional credibility depends on clients being able to get through to you, or an answering or fax machine, when they need to. Yet failing to install enough phone lines is a common mistake. Order enough to support all your needs including a fax machine and modem. It’s less expensive to get three lines at one time than on three separate occasions. Also, if you request a business account from your phone carrier, it could cost you considerably more, but you are likely to get very prompt repair service when you need it, and you can list your number under your company’s name.
  2. ELECTRICAL POWER Take an inventory of all the equipment you plan to use, and make sure your circuits can carry the electrical load. A computer is likely to consume the largest amount of electricity. It’s often wise to devote a separate circuit to computer equipment. And think about getting an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) device, which will allow you to save items on disks if there’s a power outage. Determining which walls have properly grounded, three-pronged outlets will help you decide on furniture layout. Try to come up with a solution for keeping wires out of sight and under control, like drilling holes into a desk through which you can thread them.
  3. CLIMATE CONTROL Be sure the temperature and humidity of your work space can be maintained at moderate levels and that the ventilation is adequate-particularly if your office is in an attic, basement or garage. These precautions are for your comfort and well-being as well as the safety of your computer equipment, which will not function properly in extreme temperatures or high humidity.
  4. ZONING RESTRICTIONS Find out if it’s legal to work out of your home or if you need a special permit or license to do so. Zoning ordinances, landlords or co-op boards may restrict residential units to just that. Find out about any restrictions before you’ve spent time and money on renovations and advertising for your business.
  5. INSURANCE Contact your insurance broker to discuss any special insurance needs. While you may be able to extend your homeowner’s policy with an additional rider to cover your business equipment and protect you from personal liability, a basic small-business policy will provide much more extensive coverage and is probably worth the few hundred dollars a year it will cost you.


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This home office was created by partitioning the master bedroom of an apartment with a floor-to-ceiling wall. The work space created is small (less than 50 sq. ft.), but a window cut into the wall above the desk lets in natural light from the bedroom windows and creates the illusion of more space. So do the all-white surfaces and a large wall mirror in the bedroom.

Every inch of the office serves a purpose. just behind the desk, which is made from a Large piece of chipboard set on tressles, is what used to be the bedroom closet (see close. up photo, left). it’s been converted, with shelving, into convenient storage for a fax machine and office supplies.

Shelves also line the wall be. side the desk for easy reach of the telephone, answering machine and reference books. A door in the wall to the bed. room and a separate one leading to the apartment’s hallway provide complete privacy and a quiet work space away from family activities.

Architect: Brian Burr File folders from Sam Flax, Shoe Box art files from Exposures. Recycled stationery and bed blanket from Terra Verde Trading Co.

Interior Design and the Profession

IF YOU THINK it is a fact that artistic people are not business people, you must remember that the client is also aware of this fact, which can result in the designer being put at a disadvantage. Artistic people are more vulnerable. For that reason I recommend finding and working with the best legal and accounting minds.

How to Become a Successful Interior Designer?

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It is not enough to want to do beautiful things for other people. A successful interior designer should have goals, one of which is to achieve the lifestyle that he or she is advocating or designing for the client. A successful job is when the client and designer are both satisfied aesthetically and financially. JAY SPECTRE Designer, New York

THE OPPOSITION has been nurtured in the schools where anything other than design is a lesser breed, if not mongrelian. Those smart enough to go on for a business degree generally discover they would be wise to forego the profession if they intend to marry, have kids, buy a home, and have change left for bus fare. Those of us trained in the “hairshirt” approach to design in the early forties (i.e., if you’re making money you cannot be contributing to society) are in for the joy of it, but are having a hell of a time financially. The rise of contract design has forced the schools to be a little more holistic in their approval to an approval curriculum. NORMAN R. DeHAAN, AIA, FASID Chicago

BASED ON WORK WE SEE depicted in the professional journals and on visits throughout the land, we believe the state-of-the-art of our profession is the highest in recent history. Furthermore, it has been our experience that major design occurs when we, as practitioners, have direct access to the highest level of authority. As top-level management abrogates its responsibility and leaves critical decisions to the age’s new creation, facilities management, quality deteriorates. POWELL, KLEINSCHMIDT Architects, Chicago

The Basic Requirement of an Interior Designer

THE DESIGNER NEEDS a basic grasp of these business fundamentals…

  1. first and foremost, the clients must be well-served;
  2. secondly, happy employees are more productive than unhappy ones;
  3. lastly, suppliers need to be treated with respect and need to feel confident that they will be paid for their product or labor.

One goes into this business because he wants to design beautiful furniture and create wonderful rooms. A designer should make the time to attract and develop a clientele, but most importantly, he must have the time to think…to dream…to create. BRUCE GREGGA Designer, Chicago, IL

THE NOTION THAT artistic and business skills are necessarily in conflict is simply the perpetuation of a myth. There are any number of examples of great and famous historic figures, musicians, actors, artists and architects whose skill in both was legendary. In our own times, the myth is fed by the inclination of students, practitioners and teachers to take advantage of the idea that incompetence in one area is an evidence of superiority in the other. Most often, in our fields, it is the claim of idiocy in practical matters that is used to bolster a matching claim for genius in the creative realm. What nonsense!

Design education has a responsibility, a responsibility that the best schools and educators have long recognized, to insist that the practical (including business matters) and the artistic abilities must both be developed in a way that makes each support the other. Excusing a “no head for business” attitude in the hope that creative genius will compensate makes no more sense than encouraging a design bumbler because of outstanding business skills. We are surrounded by the work of professionals whose success results from the latter situation. JOHN PILE Author and Educator, New York

WHILE I DO BELIEVE that many interior design professionals are not properly trained, I cannot accept that good business practices and good design are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Indeed, one could suggest that they are not only mutually compatible but perhaps even necessary to a successful career.

The problem is not how to properly teach business ability, but to start teaching it in the schools: with business, ethics, legal, and estimating courses. Incorporate business principles in the design studio by critiquing each project as a real job with real problems, using realistic budgets, and demanding and inquiring clients.

The problem is that students are taught “designer arrogance,” and are left to learn about the real world when they start working. On the job training is haphazard at best: the design department only designs, and the production department only produces. What if you are a designer who can write proposals, produce, and perhaps even have some knowledge of costs and materials? You are most likely shunted to the ‘business’ side of the office, set for life trying to keep your ‘designer’ partners out of hot water.

The business contribution to achieving innovative, quality design: making the successful, profit producing, proposal to the client; bringing the design in on time and under budget; and satisfying the client’s needs; is as important to the design process as the original concept. That is what needs to be taught in design schools. LENORE M. LUCEY, AIA New York

Artistic and Business Abilites

ARTISTIC AND BUSINESS ABILITIES are compatible–they are certainly not mutually exclusive. One must recognize interior design as a profession, and not as a form of art or as a business. A professional education for the field of interior design should be predicated upon a solid liberal arts baccalaureate followed by professional education.

The realization places part of the responsibility for educating young designers on the shoulders of their employers. And, indeed that is the way it is in all professions. Schools must not let themselves be pushed into the position of becoming mere service stations to the professions and to the business community. Accepting this point of view, it follows logically that design education is the joint responsibility of educational institutions and the profession for which they prepare their students. ARNOLD FRIEDMANN Educator and Author, New York

THESE DIVERGENT AGENDAS would blend more gracefully if education met its responsibilities. It should be as imperative for design students to learn about and respect commerce as the reverse for business students. These integrated attitudes should be structured into the learning process by assigning architecture and interiors problems that foster an awareness of how economy and imagination interact and business projects that accomplish the same objectives. For example, in artistic development, use and financial restraints can be treated as the inspiring subject matter of art, providing the student is persuaded to accept such conceptual challenges.

A new and revised education should weave art and business together at every stage of a student’s development. The issues of separation would thus disappear because the value of one to the other would generate a common language where neither is compromised and both enhanced. JAMES WINES, SITE New York