9 Places to Put the Microwave in Your Kitchen

See the pros and cons of locating your microwave above, below and beyond the counter

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The classic kitchen work triangle organizes foot traffic from the fridge to the sink to the stove, in an attempt to make cooking and preparing meals flow more smoothly. But what about the other major, although sometimes smaller, appliances that many of us use every day? Take the microwave, for example. You can place a microwave high, low, out of sight or within easy reach, and there are pros and cons for every choice. Here’s a look at those advantages and disadvantages, so you can figure out the kitchen configuration that’s right for you.

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Top 10 Questions about Wood Laminate Floors


Laminate flooring is one of the most versatile and easy-to-maintain floor coverings on the market today. These floors look like authentic hardwood, stone, tile, and other materials in a wide range of styles and colors. Along with beautiful looks, laminate is highly durable, which is a great feature for active families and families with pets.

Before you shop for a laminate floor, take a look at the top questions that homeowners typically ask about this popular flooring option.

Laminate Flooring Construction

1. How is laminate flooring constructed?

  • Laminate has a 4-layered construction for long-lasting durability.
  • Wear layer – the top layer protects the floor from stains and fading and resists scuffs and scratches.
  • Design Layer – displays a photographic image of wood, stone, or other visual that is glued to the inner core.
  • Inner Core – this layer has a plastic resin for structural strength that keeps the laminate stable and flat.
  • Backing – the bottom layer creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping.
Where can Laminate floor be installed


Where can laminate flooring be installed in the home?

Laminate flooring can be installed almost anywhere in your home, as long as you have a structurally sound, clean, dry, and flat subfloor. You can also install laminate over existing floors made of wood, concrete, ceramic tile, vinyl sheet, or even carpet (Carpet must be fully adhered and no more than 1/4″ thick over suspended wood subfloors.).

How to install laminate flooring

3. Can I install laminate flooring myself?

Absolutely! Installing laminate floors is a weekend DIY project you can do by yourself or with the help of a few friends, but for best results we always advise that you use an installer. The ArchPlace’s exclusive Lock & Fold® installation technology makes it all snap together with interlocking pieces. No nails or glue are needed.

Pet-Friendly Laminate Flooring

4. Are laminate floors pet-friendly floors?

Laminate flooring is a great option for households with pets. It’s highly durable and designed to withstand scratches and scuffs, but as a precaution, it’s a good idea to keep your dog or cat’s nails trimmed and wipe up spills from their water bowl as soon as soon as they happen. The beauty of laminate is that if something happens to a plank or tile, it’s easy to replace it.

Repair Laminate Flooring


If I damage my laminate floor, can it be repaired?

While laminate flooring is extremely durable, no floor is indestructible. You can easily repair nicks or scratches with a color-matched kit, such as Laminate Floor Touch-Up Kit. Look for it at your local flooring retailer. If the damaged area is large, you can replace the individual planks affected. For major repairs, however, it’s best to consult with a flooring professional.

How to choose Laminate Flooring


So many choices in laminate! How do I choose?

Start with the basics: your design style and your room. First, your design style. Contemporary? Urban? Rustic? Cottage? Eclectic? Find the colors and patterns that match your design style. Next, your room. How is it used – living room, playroom, bedroom, etc.? Now make a list of your design choices and functional needs and we can always bridge the gap for you. You might want to consider using an online design organizer that lets you capture your decorating ideas and create a project list and estimates.

Floating Laminate Floors

7. What is a floating laminate floor?

In a floating installation, the laminate floor simply rests on the top of the subfloor without being fastened down by glue or nails. A specially designed interlocking system (one of the key advantages of laminate flooring) holds the pieces together while the entire floor “floats” over the subfloor.

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Cleaning Laminate Floors


What’s the best way to clean my laminate floor?

To maintain your beautiful laminate floor, just sweep and use a microfiber mop, along with a cleaning product recommended for laminate, such as Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner. Guard against scratches by placing mats at outside entrances to collect excess moisture, sand, and grit. Use felt floor protectors under furniture and appliances.

Learn more about how to clean laminate flooring

Laminate Floor Molding


Does The ArchPace Interiors provide other flooring accessories necessary for laminate floor installations?

Yes, The ArchPlace Interiors offers a line of coordinated trim and molding pieces, so you can complete your laminate floor installation. These include t-molding, threshold, and reducer strip transitions; and stair nose, quarter round, and base moldings.

The ArchPlace Interiors Lamiante Flooring Warranty


How long can I expect my laminate floor to last?

First, know that your  laminate floor will be guaranteed against defects. Warranties on The ArchPlace laminate floors typically range from 20 to 30 years. How long your laminate floor will last depends on how you maintain it and the degree of wear placed on it.

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How to Clean Laminate Floors


Laminate is a popular flooring choice for active families. It’s highly durable and can stand up to the activities of kids, pets, guests, and whatever else life has in store.


Beyond durability, homeowners also expect laminate floors to be easy to clean. Find out how easy it is to clean laminate floor with just a few simple steps.

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All The ArchPlace laminate floors have the exclusive VisionGuard™ wear surface that protects them against scratches, scrapes, surface spills, stains, and fading. This special wear surface also makes them easy to clean.

  • Routine Cleaning
  • Regularly dust mop or vacuum laminate flooring with a soft brush or wood floor attachment. You can also use a slightly damp mop for spot cleaning.

  • Occasional Thorough Cleaning
  • Use a well-squeezed mop dampened with  Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce® Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner. A light mopping is all you need!

  • Cleaning Tip
  • Don’t use soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products as they can leave a dull film on the surface of your laminate floor.


Beyond regular cleaning, there are simple preventive measures you can take to keep your laminate floor looking great.

  • Place a natural-material mat or a mat that won’t fade or bleed color at outside entrances to collect tracked-in dirt and absorb excess moisture.

  • Use protective felt pads under furniture legs and appliances.

  • Keep your pets’ nails trimmed

  • Clean up spills as soon as they occur with a cloth or sponge. Don’t allow spills – including from your pet’s water bowl or air conditioner – to pool on the floor.

  • When moving furniture, don’t slide pieces across the floor – lift them to reposition them. Or lay large, heavy cardboard over your laminate floor to protect it before moving your furniture.

  • Make minor nicks or scratches disappear with a color-matched correction kit, such as Laminate Floor Touch-Up Kit. Look for it at your local flooring retailer.


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What is Laminate Flooring?

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Laminate flooring is constructed in layers. The bottom layer is the “backing”. It’s designed to resist moisture that could cause boards to warp.

Above the backing is the inner core. The core is made from high-density fiberboard that is reinforced with a special resin to further enhance moisture resistance and increase durability.

Next is the image design layer. This is where the high-resolution image of wood, stone, metal, or other material appears. If you’ve selected a laminate floor with German Technology® with VTX™, this is where the texture is applied to enhance its realistic appeal.

The top layer is the wear layer. This layer protects the design from fading, scratches, and damage from everyday wear and tear.


Laminate was originally created as an affordable alternative to hardwood. Back in the 1970s when laminate flooring was first introduced to the market, homeowners loved the fact that they could get a durable floor that looked like wood, but didn’t have the hardwood price tag.

In those early days, style was sacrificed for affordability. If you had a laminate floor back then, it may have looked like wood, but it probably also looked fake or “plastic-y”, which used to be a drawback of this flooring type.

Today, advanced printing technologies have enabled manufacturers to create a wide variety of laminate visuals that look so close to their original source, they can even fool flooring experts


Whether you choose laminate flooring or hardwood flooring for your home depends on your taste, your lifestyle, and your budget. Both flooring types offer a wide array of design choices, so you can find a floor to easily match your taste.

Next, your lifestyle. Laminate is usually the preferred choice for busy homes with kids and pets. It’s highly durable and designed for worry-free living. With hardwood, depending on the species and the finish, you may have to take extra care to maintain its appearance.

When creating your flooring budget, you should know that laminate floors are generally more affordable than hardwood, but some high-end laminates may be comparable in price. Make sure to do a price check on the laminate floors you’re considering.


Laminate flooring and vinyl flooring are synthetic floors, which means they are man-made instead of nature-made. The beauty of these floors is that they can designed to look like any material: stone, tile, wood, even metal or leather. That’s where the similarity ends.

Laminate flooring has a hard, non-resilient surface, while vinyl flooring has a hard, resilient surface, which means it has “give” when walked on. Laminate is typically an easy DIY installation project. Vinyl tile is DIY-friendly, but with luxury vinyl tile and vinyl sheet, you should have experience with home improvement projects before tackling these installations – or hire a professional. Both laminate and vinyl floors are easy to clean, but they require different cleaning methods.

Swap Your Sofa for a Daybed

A cross between a sofa and a bed, but without all the hassle of unfolding and the potential lumps and bumps, the daybed is a hero piece in a small place. In a more spacious home, it can still work for sleepover guests or as extra seating — or as a reading and napping spot. Whether you’re looking for a minimalist backless version or one with space-saving storage, The ArchPlace Interiors has a daybed that will work for your room any time.
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Decorative wall mirrors for every taste

Mirrors are for more than just checking your appearance before you head out of the house. A good mirror can lighten up a dark corner, heighten a room, fill a blank wall, add interest and, of course, let you check for food in your teeth. The ArchPlace design has an array of mirrors that are easy to work into your space and complement your home’s style.
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Save up to 45% Off Dining Chairs in Every Style This Christmas…


It’s almost that time of year again — when you have more dinner guests coming than actual dining chairs. Have no fear. Just in time, the ArchPlace Interiors is having a sale on dining and side chairs in a range of styles, in fabric, wood and leather. Fill out your dining room and even living room seating with chairs from the collection below, at up to 45 percent off through December 15, 2016.
45 Cole Street, by Ogunlana Drive,
Surulere, LagosTel: 08028437423, 08028158070
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