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Cooling Your Home Down without A/C

For centuries, older houses had no such thing as air conditioning for relief during the warmer months. Instead of flipping a switch, the following eco-friendly, old-school methods were used to get air flowing through the house during the dog days of summer.

Using the passive-cooling principles that hot air rises, and cool air moves toward warmer air, you can design or retrofit your house to make use of fresh air to stay cool and invite in those long hot days of July and August.

Open Up the Room

Open windows for ventilation in the summer

Since hot air rises, and cool air moves toward warmer air, a house that has vented openings on both sides of the building has a lot more airflow – and any air movement is a good thing. Using operable windows on the cooler side of the house, you can open them wide to draw the air through from the hotter side of your home.

Shutters Aren’t Just for Outdoors

Shutters can be useful inside too. Shutters aren’t just a decorative alternative to curtains and blinds, they’re also a green way to ventilate – you can open up the windows behind them to let in air, and close the shutters to keep out the sun, and voila! The room is cooled down the old-fashioned way.

It’s Obvious, but: Fans

living room ceiling fan

Courtesy of housesen.com

Fans have been used since ancient times to keep things cool, since any air movement is good and a fan can suck away the warm air and push cooler breezes around a space. Ceiling fans are available in every conceivable design, whether you want something unobtrusive or bold.  Fans are even offered in retro palm-frond styles, and most fans also offer a light fixture combination if you don’t want to lose overhead lighting when you install the fan. Look for fans with a reverse switch or feature for winter, which helps push warmer air (it rises, remember?) back down into the room.

Take it Outside

Screened in porch sunroom

Courtesy of jpandcompany.net

Screened-in porches have long been an architectural staple in hot regions, and they deserve a comeback. Consider enclosing your covered porch, or enclosing a deck with screens, and you will have created an airy, insect-free outdoor living space. You can use a screened room for months, provided you furnish it with pieces made from materials that can withstand some rain, like wicker or metal. Bonus: a generous couch with some indoor-outdoor cushions becomes an ideal spot to sleep on hot summer nights!

Reupholster Couch NYC

You might want to reupholster your couch in NYC if it looks like this:


Okay… So it’s probably not that bad, but there are other reasons to reupholster your couch.

Here’s a picture of a couch that, at first glance, looks like it’s newly upholstered, and it may very well be, but unfortunately, the people doing it made a HUGE mistake. See if you notice what’s wrong:


If you said “IT’S MADE OUT OF A CACTUS!!” you’re right!! But that’s actually not the picture we wanted to show you. Look at this upholstery job and see if you know what’s wrong:


Aside from the fact that it’s a chair, and not a couch, are you able to see what’s wrong with it? Take a look at the seams. Don’t they look…wrong?

The pattern doesn’t flow across seams! There’s no continuity! That’s an amateur mistake, but it’s surprising how often you’ll see it now that you know to look. So, make sure you get your couch or chair reupholstered by people that know the intricacies of the art, and who’ve mastered it over a long period of time.

“You guys are just writing this blog post to sell me on your services,” you say. Ding ding ding!! You got THAT right!

But it’s not without reason.

Beckenstein Fabric and Interiors has been around for over 100 years. We know the business, and we have one of the most skilled group of people working at our gorgeous workroom in Long Island City where thousands of couches and chairs are reupholstered every single year.

So, give us a call at 212-366-5142 and let’s talk about your couch or chair that you want reupholstered. You can also email us at info@beckensteinfabrics.com

Reupholster Couch NYC: Beckenstein Has You Covered

An Upholstery Story That Will Warm Your Heart

When Hurricane Sandy hit, many were left with ruined or nearly ruined furniture. For some, replacing the furniture was the only option. For others, repairs were not only possible, but considering the sentimental value of pieces that had been in the family for generations, something just HAD to be done.

Here’s a really nice story about how Beckenstein Fabric and Interiors was able to help a family salvage the furniture that holds a special place in their home and hearts.

I know it’s odd to refer to an upholsterer as “heroic”, but that’s what Garry Greenberg and the whole team at Beckenstein Fabric & Interiors were for us!  When Superstorm Sandy swamped our home by the beach, pouring sea water and who knows what else all over our heirloom furniture, items that had been in our families for three generations, we didn’t know which way to turn!  All we knew was that we had to get the furniture out, and fast!  Here’s the heroic part – without knowing us as previous clients, I called Garry out of the blue three days after the storm and begged him to pick up our furniture for restoring.  Garry did not hesitate – he had a truck out to our house within days, allowing us to begin the necessary demolition and mold removal sooner than anyone else in our area.  Garry doled out the furniture to the various artisans necessary to restore it all and then proceeded to warehouse the repaired pieces for 10 months, waiting while our house was repaired and in a condition to receive the furniture back.  I truly don’t know what we would have done without them.  The storm was definitely very traumatic, but Garry and the crew at Beckenstein’s provided a relative calm during an otherwise tumultuous time.  We will be grateful every time we sit our grandmother’s couch!


Thank you, Heather, for the heartwarming message. We are so happy to have helped.

Do you have furniture you need reupholstered? Send us a picture. We’d love to guide you through the process.

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