The people in the communities we serve have always inspired us to be the kind of company our guests and associates are proud of. This philosophy began six decades ago with our founder Art Van Elslander, who strongly believed in supporting the people who support us. From saving the Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit when it was on the verge of being cancelled, sending 3 million bottles of water to Flint during their water crisis, donating mattresses to victims of flooding, to helping over 450 charitable organizations throughout the Midwest with the Art Van Charity Challenge, we’re always energized to do our part.
With philanthropy being such a strong pillar of our company, it’s natural that giving back be a cornerstone of our 60th Anniversary celebration. But with a slightly new twist: We’re giving back to those who do the giving back. So, what does this mean? It means we’re looking to honor inspirational heroes – those unsung people who, with simple acts of kindness or courage, make your community a better place. You probably know one. Or more. They’re the person who walks an elderly neighbor’s dog, volunteers at a soup kitchen, has a smile no matter what, or any number of other things they do that brightens someone’s day. They don’t do these things for the recognition, but it’s time they got some.
To say “thank you,” every Art Van Furniture location will choose a deserving hero to receive a $1,000 gift certificate. Plus, each winner will have a chance to be picked to receive a $5,000 home makeover. Heroes are found everywhere. We can’t wait to learn about who inspires you.
Have a hero in mind? Click here to tell us about them. Nominations will be accepted until October 14, 2019.
Be honest. You’ve daydreamed of going on a shopping spree before. It’s a fun mental exercise to do when you enter any store: if you had money to burn, what would you load up your cart with? The AV Insider Team was scrolling through artvan.com and wondered the same thing – which items would we spring for if we had free reign at an Art Van store? Many friendly debates followed. Do you upgrade your recliner or your sofa first? Patio furniture or a PureSleep purchase? How many ottomans is a person reasonably allowed to own?
After hours of heated banter, the rules of this hypothetical shopping spree were defined:
You get $1,000 to spend.
You can get as much (or as little) as you want under the spending limit.
You can choose from the Art Van Showroom, Outlet and/or PureSleep.
We posed this question to some of Art Van’s finest employees to see what they would do. Spoiler alert: it turns out you can do a lot with a grand at Art Van, and our employees love sleeping. Take a look at what they chose and get inspired for your next visit to Art Van.
JACQUELINE LANDRY – E-Commerce Buyer
Jackie was dreaming of a better sleep, so she went with the functional and comfortable Sterns & Foster Ease 2.0 Queen Power Base ($799). She said “I am always propping myself up in bed with approximately 2-3 pillows to watch TV, read or shop online. An adjustable base would be the perfect solution for that.” She also noted the additional health benefits of a Power Base, which are a great bonus to this purchase.
To top off her purchase, she opted for the Core Queen Sleep Bundle ($189.96), which includes two pillows, Queen sheets and a mattress protector. She added, “We spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, I’d say sleep is a pretty important investment!” We couldn’t agree more, Jackie.
OLU FADARE – Manager Test & Learn Analytics
Olu went all in to fill the missing piece in his favorite room. He chose the Matrix Brown Power Wall Recliner ($824.99), an amazingly comfortable recliner with cupholders, USB Ports and AC outlets. He chose it “for my man cave/basement where I relax with my over-sized television, high-tech gaming system and record player.” The recliner has great reviews from our customers, which influenced his decision. Let’s assume the leftover $175 will go towards more video games and records.
Zach and Jackie were on the same page about upgrading their sleep situation: Zach also selected the Sterns & Foster Ease 2.0 Queen Power Base ($799). He said, “After realizing the benefits of an Adjustable Power Base such as alleviating back pain, improving digestion and of course watching TV, I knew I had to get one.” From there, Zach went for different finishing touches than Jackie. He chose the I Love My Pillow OutCold Mid Profile ($89.99) for its longevity (5-7 years!) and the HoMedics Gather Aroma Diffuser ($109.99) for some soothing smells at bedtime. “My family swears by Aroma Diffusers…after trying one last month I knew I had to have it.”
Turn Your Décor Dreams Into Reality
That’s how our employees would spend their ten Ben Franklins at Art Van, but there is still plenty of ground to cover on artvan.com. Take a look at everything we have to offer and start daydreaming about how you would spend $1,000.
Leaving the nest is never easy, but eventually we all have to learn to fly. Discovering your style can be a fun and frustrating journey, especially if your big ideas don’t fit into your new space.
Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to get your first new digs in order from furniture, to décor and accenting everything with the right pieces.
Liven Your Living Room
Sofas, Sectionals & Futons – The first order of business for any new space is getting your seating squared away. Sofas and sectionals are a great start, but if you’re looking to save a few bucks, futons work just as well.
Fill your dining space with some slick dining table and chair sets. For more intimate spaces, a bar table and bar stools might be a better fit, but you’ll have to make that choice.
If you want to buck tradition, turn your dining area into a reading/office nook for any and all projects with a recliner or rocker. It’s a good way to wind down after a long day of classes or the hustle and bustle of work.
Dressers – Keep your clothes, accessories, and other personal things organized while adding some character. Dressers are not necessary, but certainly don’t hurt.
Beds & Bed Frames – The place your rest your head is important. Quality mattresses and bed frames are more affordable than you think at Art Van.
Night Stand – Well, you’ll need somewhere to put your phone, book or glasses. A night stand is a great surface to keep convenience close and adds more personality to your space.
Extras We Take For Granted
Rugs – A little accessorizing goes a long way. Adding a rug or two is a great way to add pops of color to contrast with plain walls. You can also use rugs to create some pattern ambiance for all of your spaces.
Floor Lighting – With all the décor and decorations you have going, it would be a shame if the right light couldn’t illuminate it. Floor lighting is a great idea to give an even balance of light to bring out colors and highlight angles that standard overhead apartment lighting may not do well.
There’s no need to break the bank to furnish your new apartment. You can find excellent sectionals, sofas and love-seats from Outlet plus coffee tables that fit tons of tastes. Art Van makes spreading your personality and personal flair throughout your place easy.
Thread count. It’s a term that’s become synonymous with sheet quality. Contrary to popular belief, thread count is not a great indicator of sheet comfort and quality. The obsession with thread count has been turned into a marketing tactic where companies use it to seem better than their competitors.
The truth of the matter is that sheet quality comes from the quality of the fibers themselves, not how many there are. And different types of sheets, have varying sizes of threads which will changes the thread count range significantly. In this post, we’re going to shake the truth from the sheets. For a deeper dive into sheets and more, check out our bed accessories buying guide.
More threads, more problems
The highest thread count does not mean the highest comfort. For many sheet types, a practical range of 200-500 thread-count gives the best results. With thread counts beyond 600, you will encounter durability and breathability issues. It will feel like tarp instead of a sheet because there are so many threads packed together with no space between them for air flow.
Typically, polyester or microfiber sheets have larger, average-quality threads, so the thread count range is a lot lower. On the other hand, bamboo, lyocell, and sateen sheets contain smaller, high-quality threads, which means higher thread counts for the crème de la crème.
Since the prevailing idea is that more threads mean a higher quality sheet, some sheet companies have gotten creative with this metric. One tactic is to double up on thread count by adding the individual fibers that make up the thread to inflate the number. So, a “500 thread-count” sheet set using this method is closer to 250 in reality.
And depending on the sheet type, that can be a rude awakening for your comfort if the feel is not as advertised. It also sets a false precedence because if a “500 thread-count” sheet set feels rough, it’s natural to try out the 700 or 800 thread-count sheets and so on. Ultimately, it’s important to stay vigilant and do a bit of research to know which companies are reporting thread counts honestly.
Threads to consider
The idea that more threads equal better-quality sheets can be hard to combat in the market, but with these nuggets of wisdom, you should fair just fine. Thread count varies with sheet type and the quality of the threads speaks volumes for feel. If you’re looking to learn more about sheets and other bed essentials, stop into an Art Van PureSleep Mattress Store. Our Sleep Specialists will be more than happy to get you started.
Your living room and dining room can speak to what’s in your backyard. Translating your indoor style to your outdoor setup is easier than you think. With Art Van’s vast selection of choices and looks, you can completely fulfill your vision.
How exactly do you get your preferred style for a sunshine hangout? Well, you’ve got to first decide what set pieces you’re working with. Are you looking to spruce up a deck, backyard or patio? What are the major attractions (bonfire pit, pool, stone path etc.)? Once you figure out the basics, you can start getting your outdoor space together.
Let your style shine
When you’re ready to start filling out your outdoor space, don’t overthink it. Start off simple with a few pieces in your preferred style. Then you can get more ambitious if you want by adding another that complements your first style. The important part is that you feel good about the look.
A great way to get started is to select a large piece of outdoor furniture like an outdoor sectional, such as the Dockland Three Piece Sectional, dining set, or large coffee table then build around it. Don’t be afraid to mirror the focal point of your living setup for outdoor if that makes things easier. The goal is to have a reference point for making your outdoor space just as cozy as your living room.
Bring it all together
With so much sunshine, it would be a shame not to enjoy it. Taking your indoor setup outside lets you get the best of both worlds and maybe even a nap in the shade. After getting a grasp on what you’ve got to work with outdoors, focus on that central furniture piece that’s going to influence your space. When everything is said and done, you just might spend more time lounging outdoors than indoors.