Chesterfield Sofas, High Quality Leather Sofas, Guide &Amp; Review

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By Randal Muskett

The range of modern Chesterfield sofa designs is considerably more varied and extensive than traditional Chesterfield ranges. Sofas are available in virtually any colour and made from a whole host of different materials. What’s more, you can enjoy elevated seating positions with longer legs and you can buy chairs, foot stools and other pieces of furniture that are finished with the same unique and traditional Chesterfield design elements.

Leather Chesterfield sofas remain one of the most popular lines and if you want to enjoy the look and appeal of a vintage Chesterfield sofa while enjoying the benefits of buying a new sofa, you can choose from a wide selection of Chesterfields upholstered in aged or distressed leather. While leather may be one of the most iconic materials used the Victorians were also partial to the use of fabric in their sofas.

So, what Makes a Sofa a Chesterfield?

Sofa Material

While the first image of a Chesterfield that springs to mind may be one of a leather Chesterfield sofa, this isn’t necessarily the case. They can be upholstered in a variety of different materials including leather and faux leather but also velvet and corded materials.

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Sofa Colour

Any colour of fabric can also be used. Leather Chesterfield sofas are most commonly available in black and brown while blue and red are also popular colour choices. Modern colours include cream, white, and in a selection of different shades.

Traditional Chesterfield Sofa Design Characteristics

The traditional leather Chesterfield sofa has three main characteristics.

— The arms and back should be the same height forming a single uniform line across the top of the piece.

— The material that covers the frame uses deep set buttons to fix the material tightly to the frame. Chesterfield sofa purists will also expect the cushions to feature the same buttoned pattern although this is less important.

— The arms of the sofa should be rolled or tapered and will usually feature raised decorative nail heads to complete the design.

Choosing Your New Sofa

Beyond these characteristics, a traditional design can vary greatly. Modern manufacturing processes and improved materials and dyes also mean that the modern sofa, whether it’s a leather Chesterfield sofa or a fabric one, can take on many unique and stunning guises.

Whatever your preference in material, colour, design, and shape, you can find a Chesterfield sofa to suit your tastes and your room. However, to get the vintage look you should aim for those designs that are sympathetic with traditional designs – leather or fabric can be aged or distressed while low leg, buttoned designs and straight backs are the perfect profile for your vintage Chesterfield.

Various materials are used in the creation of modern Chesterfields, including less expensive but great looking fabric lines. However, it is the aged leather sofas that are among the most expensive and highly sought after by those looking for what is considered to be the best Chesterfield look. The leather is aged around the seat, head, and arm areas in order to give the appearance of being an antique sofa.

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Using Section 8 With Real Estate Investment Properties

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By Simon Volkov

Section 8 is a special housing program available through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Housing vouchers are provided to certified landlords and ensure investors receive monthly rental income.

Section 8 is offered to low-income individuals and families to provide suitable housing for those who cannot afford to pay rent without government assistance. In order to obtain HUD housing vouchers, applicants must earn less than 50-percent of their states’ median income.

The Public Housing Authority is required to provide 75-percent of available Section 8 housing choice vouchers to applicants earning less than 30-percent of the median income, while the remaining 25-percent are provided to those earning 50-percent or less.

Applicants often must wait up to one year before Section 8 approval is granted. Upon approval, housing voucher recipients must rent HUD certified properties. Applicants are placed on a waiting list until suitable housing becomes available.

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Recipients must reapply for housing benefits annually. Any changes to income or family dynamics must be reported to the Public Housing Authority. Changes include: births, deaths, divorce, or when any member moves out of the residence.

Real estate investors that want to participate in HUDs housing program must submit a Request for Tenancy Approval application to their local PHA office. The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides a list of Public Housing Authority offices via their website at

Once approved, investment properties must undergo HUD inspection and certification. When properties pass inspection, landlords must enter into a one year contract and adhere to established Section 8 protocol. Each rental property must pass HUD inspection and be recertified annually.

Section 8 properties must provide adequate ingress and egress, running water, electricity, gas, heating and air conditioning, and proper sanitation including a sink, toilet, and bathtub or shower.

Rental properties must provide one bedroom per two residents, along with a bathroom and kitchen. Section 8 homes include single- and multi-family residences, condominium units, apartments or townhomes.

Real estate investors often find Section 8 housing an attractive option because the program provides consistent cash flow. Housing voucher recipients often make great long-term tenants who reside in rental properties for years to come because locating appropriate housing through HUDs program can be challenging and long waited.

Once investors are accepted as a Section 8 landlord they must strive to remain in compliance. In addition to HUD housing voucher regulations, investors must also comply with the Fair Housing Act. Failure to comply will result in termination from the program.

Real estate investors may qualify for the low income housing tax credit which provides a dollar-for-dollar tax deduction from federal tax returns. Investors should consult with a real estate tax attorney to ensure they comply with IRS regulations.

While the approval process can be time-consuming and complex, Section 8 can provide landlords with quality tenants and help tenants locate quality housing; creating a win-win situation for all parties involved. Individuals in need of housing assistance and property owners interested in becoming a Section 8 landlord can obtain necessary information via HUDs website.

About the Author: California real estate investor, Simon Volkov offers a variety of real estate and low income housing information via his website at Topics include: Section 8, foreclosure prevention, real estate short sales, real estate investing, and more.


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Choose A Better Vacuum Cleaner For Your Home Environment Type !

By A J Pipkin

Searching for the best vacuum cleaner which is suited for your type of home and personal needs is not so difficult if you know exactly what to lookout for. There are plenty of good quality vacuum manufacturers, and several hundred different models and ranges to choose from. It’s just a case of thinking about the layout of your home.

Are there large expanses of wall to wall carpeting? Which type of carpets have you got – short pile or deep pile? Have you stairs or other smaller more awkward areas to vacuum in your home? Are you elderly or a rather fit individual, where you could easily carry the vacuum cleaner upstairs as you clean?

If you live in a spacious open plan style home then it is wise to purchase an upright vacuum because it will be easier for you to use, as you simply switch on and then move the vacuum forwards and backwards cleaning your carpets as you go. For this type of large area vacuuming you probably need a vacuum cleaner which has a powerful motor driven brush to dislodge dust and dirt which is ingrained in your carpets ready for the suction power to lift it out, while gently refurbishing your carpet pile.

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But upright vacuums can be quite bulky to manoeuvre around your home so it’s wise to purchase a lightweight or small vacuum cleaner with good ‘ease of use’ features, as this will make your cleaning rituals a little easier on you.

On the other hand, if you live in a smaller dwelling like an apartment/flat, or a home which has many smaller more awkward areas like stairs or narrow recesses to clean – then a canister vacuum would be more suited for your vacuuming purposes. They are normally compact, lightweight and can be navigated to any area of your home with ease. The long vacuuming wand is in front of you and you pull the vacuum behind you as you clean. Nothing can be simpler and you can easily carry this type of cylinder vacuum cleaner upstairs to clean your bedrooms.

Tiled or hard flooring does not really need a motorised revolving brush roll. You never want to use a powered motor floor head for hard flooring or you could end up damaging the floor surface. When vacuuming both carpeting and hard flooring, be sure the vacuum you choose includes a power brush roll that can be operated by an on/off switch. Some advanced vacuums automatically switch settings to whatever floor you happen to be vacuuming as the machine includes computer sensors inside which do all the thinking for you.

Choosing a vacuum cleaner for those with respiratory allergies is quite easy if you follow these simple guides. This is all about H.E.P.A. filtration because most of the vacuum cleaners available do include H.E.P.A. ‘High Efficiency Particulate Air/Arrest’ filters and Hygienic dust bags which are the two main methods of protection to allergy and asthma sufferers, apart from high quality sealing of the vacuum body construction.

H.E.P.A. filtration traps pollen, mould, pet dander, dust, smoke and most unhealthy indoor household dust and allergens. H.E.P.A. filter systems are only as efficient as the vacuum cleaner surrounding it which means that the best H.E.P.A. vacuum should have a completely sealed container to make sure that no unhealthy air can escape. This method results in providing you with very healthy, clean and hygienic air to breathe.

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