Posted on: 17 July 2016
If you are furnishing your new home and want to keep your furniture in great shape, you know you have to look out for fading due to sunlight. When rays of sunlight hit something directly, that something can start to fade and crack due to the harsh UV rays in the light. But there are ways to furnish your home without having to replace your furniture prematurely. Start with furniture placement, and end up with home protection.
Move Cloth, Leather, and Paper Away
All materials can be affected by UV rays, but untreated cloth, leather, and paper can be particularly problematic. Track the movement of the light through the windows in your home and try to move these items out of the areas where the light will hit in the middle of the day. Treat your furniture like your skin; you'd be OK going outside without sun protection early in the morning, but in the middle of the day in summer you'd want full protection -- or you'd avoid the sun. Pretend your furniture has to avoid that sun.
Use Treated Wood Items or Outdoor Furniture
Of course, you can't leave blank spots all over your house. Space is good, but it has to look good, too. If you want some furniture by the windows or in areas where midday sunlight shines, get treated wood pieces or furniture meant for outdoor use. These items often have special UV treatments that protect them from harsh light. Outdoor furniture now comes in patterns and materials that make them look less like patio furniture and more like indoor furniture -- real couches, tables, and so on. Place these in the sunny spots.
Add Window Film
Another step you can take is to add window film to your windows. These films, ranging from clear to tinted to opaque, block UV rays and let in light in a more gentle manner. Glare is gone, and the additional light control helps you control the temperature in your house as well.
The clear and tinted films also let you see outside, but if you really want to make the window very furniture-friendly, you can get stained-glass patterns and other designs that really reduce the amount of rays hitting anything next to the window. These films are great if there are items you want by the window that are not treated.
Talk to window film companies about what they offer. Film technology has improved so much over the past few years that now there's a window film for almost every situation. To learn more, contact a company like A-Pro Glass Tinting.Share