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The High/Low Project: Distinguishing Grades of Lucite Furniture

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Kudos to Sabrina Soto and her excellent HGTV show, The High/Low Project.   Sabrina demonstrates how to realistically create high end decor on a budget.

For this past week’s show, Sabrina recreates a $32,000 dining room for less than $5,000.   One of the key features of the dining room is an acrylic waterfall console table.  The high end design included a custom-sized waterfall in 2″ thick acrylic.  The low end room replaced the custom table with a thinner, stock waterfall with a lower price.

Plexi-Craft makes to order acrylic waterfall tables of all sizes and thicknesses.  The thinner waterfall table shown in Sabrina’s “low” design is available at Plexi-Craft and can also be purchased from a big box store.  Plexi-Craft applauds the introduction of acrylic furniture by some of the big box furniture chains (and we are flattered that they have copied some of our legacy designs).  National chain promotion of these acrylic items confirms the resurgent popularity of lucite furniture as a staple of design portfolios.

So how do you distinguish between different grades of acrylic furniture?  You need to consider three criteria:

  1. Quality of finish:  The edges should be as polished and smooth as the flat surfaces of the product.  The chain store pieces, which are mass-produced overseas, are typically machine finished and flame polished, leaving machine marks and sometimes overly sharp edges (watch out kids!).  Such marks are most noticeable on thicker material.  Plexi-Craft hand finishes and polishes all edges, providing a safe and lustrous finish.
  2. Material thickness:  The acrylic used for the piece must be of sufficient thickness to support its function.  For example, a console table of less than 3/4″ thickness is sufficient as a decorative sideboard as long as it does not hold anything weighing more than a few pounds.  Used as a desk, a console table of this thickness will wobble too much while you are writing, or it will sag if you use it for a flat-screen TV.  Plexi-Craft’s sales designers can determine the optimal thickness to support your functional requirement.   Of course, you can always go thicker if you want an even more impressive look!
  3. Custom size:  Does that table in the catalog fit in your room?  If so, and if the finish and thickness meet your standards and needs, then that retail table should be a great option for you.  If you do need a custom size, or would like to add custom features like a shelf or drawer, Plexi-Craft can make this for you.

Creating “WOW” with David Bromstad of Color Splash

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

David Bromstad and the HGTV Color Splash crew came to NYC recently to transform a master bedroom in a new Manhattan apartment.  David had the idea to create an acrylic headboard as the centerpiece for the bedroom.   David chose acrylic for its transparency so the headboard would not block the amazing views from the apartment.  But, obviously, David also wanted color in the headboard.  So he came here to Plexi-Craft so we could work out a solution together.

First we gave the Color Splash team a tour of our production workshop so they could see all the different types of acrylic furniture we can make out of Plexiglas and Lucite.  Then we brainstormed some ideas on how to make the headboard with transparency, color, and even some very traditional features.  David was a gem to work with as he was open to all suggestions yet remained focus on his design objective.  David and Plexi-Craft made sure the Color Splash clients will not only get a beautifully designed and crafted headboard, but also a solid and functionally safe piece of furniture.

We came up with a great solution and the finished headboard is amazing.  You can check it out for yourself on HGTV’s Color Splash this Saturday, August 27, 9:30ET.