How To Buy Large Furniture Online

Online shopping is a convenient way to fill your closet, pantry, shelves and walls—but what about using the Internet to buy large furniture online, such as a sofa or bedroom set? For big items, size, quality and comfort are key. Successfully shop online by taking these things into consideration.

Buy a bed online
The Katherine Brown Queen Bed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Start With a Reputable Retailer

Learn about the company by reading its About Us page. A company with a long history has been in business for a reason—it cares about its customers! Also look for customer service policies and a satisfaction guarantee, as well as shipping rates and timelines. Your best bet is a store that also has a brick-and-mortar element; you can save time by browsing online and then see the piece in person before you make your purchase.

Buy furniture online
The Marie Buffet is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Read the Product Description

Pay close attention to the materials and care instructions because pictures don’t always offer a complete story. You want to make sure the piece fits your lifestyle and décor by understanding the construction and materials.

 

Buy furniture online
The Floating Wall Unit is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Check the Measurements

Compare the size of the piece to the size of your space. It can help to mark out dimensions on the floor with painter’s tape. Consider length and width as well as height. Look at the placement of your windows, doorways and halls. Also, think about how the furniture will get into your room. Will it fit around corners and through doorways?

Be Careful About Colors

Computer screens can distort colors, and certain finishes can look different in photographs. Darker wood, for example, tends to look lighter online. If you’re trying to match an existing color or finish, call and talk to the retailer’s customer service agent. Or, better yet, complete your purchase in person to be confident of the color.

The Pia Chesterfield Sofa is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Look for Comfort Clues

While it’s hard to know how something will feel when you’re looking at it online, you can get some clues by looking at the depth of the piece. Deeper sofas, for example, often offer a lot of comfort and are great for lounging. Also pay attention to the fill. Down is very soft and relaxed, while poly-fill, such as Dacron, will provide a higher level of support as well as comfort.

The Lancaster Dining Table is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.

Know the return policy. Before you place your order, be sure you understand what you can do if the piece isn’t right. If your retailer has brick-and-mortar locations, returns might be easier if they allow you to return the piece in person instead of having to arrange return shipping. Pay attention to time limits, and return the item promptly for best satisfaction.

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How To Choose the Right Size Mattress

Choosing a mattress size seems like an easy decision. Children get a twin, teens move to a full, and adults and couples decide between a queen and king. Right? While it sounds straightforward, mattresses aren’t a one-size-fits-all purchase, and there are several factors to consider for choosing the right one. Who will be sleeping in the bed? What are their sleeping habits? How big is the room? What other furniture will you need to accommodate? By planning ahead, you can design a bedroom that meets all of your needs and looks great, too. Here are the seven standard size mattresses, and what you need to know about each one so you can choose the right size mattress for your room.

how to choose the right size mattress
The Twin Panel Bed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Twin

A twin measures 39″W x 75″L. This is a great size for rooms that are at least 7’ x 10’ to allow enough space to move around the bed. It’s a good option for kids’ bedrooms as it allows more floor space for their toys and games. A twin is also a good choice for a guest bedroom. If your room is large enough (at least 10’ x 10’), you can use two to accommodate two guests, or a couple could move them together to create the width of a king-sized bed.

Twin XL

A twin XL is 39″W x 80″L, and provides a good option for spaces at least 7’ x 10’ that need to accommodate an adult. This size mattress offers more legroom or enough space if you have a pet that sleeps at the foot of the bed. Twin XL mattresses are also the size used in most dorm rooms.

Full Mattress
The Full Panel Bed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Full

A full mattress is 54″W x 75″L—a good size for a single person who likes a little more space. It offers just enough room to accommodate a partner if both people are smaller. A full is a good choice for a child, as well, allowing them to grow into a bigger mattress and giving parents space to curl up and read a book together at bedtime. It works best in a bedroom that’s at least 10’ x 12’.

Full XL

A full XL measures 54” W x 79” L, and provides more length than a traditional full. It’s good for two taller adults who share a small room, at least 10’ x 12’. The full XL gives you more foot room, or space for a pet to sleep at the foot of the bed.

Queen Mattress
The Breeze White Queen Panel Bed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Queen

A queen is 60″W x 80″L, offering six more inches of width than a full. It’s the most common mattress size, and is good for couples or individuals who want more space to spread out. It’s also a good size if your bedroom that is at least 10’ x 14’, creating a more eye-pleasing proportion. A queen mattress also works well in a guest room, as it’s versatile enough to accommodate an individual or a couple.

King Mattress
The Canfield King Upholstered Bed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
King

A king bed is 76″W x 80″L, and offers the maximum width of any mattress size. It’s a good choice for couples that want more room. It’s also a good size for parents whose children like to spend mornings cuddling before getting ready for the day. The king mattress will work in a room that measures at least 10’ x 12’, but it’s perfect for an over-sized master suite that is 13’ x 13’ or larger.

California King

At 72″W x 84″L, a California king isn’t as wide as a king, but it’s four inches longer, accommodating tall individuals. In fact, it’s the longest size mattress you can get. This size is a good choice for a couple that wants to make room on their bed for a pet to curl up. It’s works well in a room that’s at least 14’ x 12’.

Uplevel Dad’s Recliner to a Massage Chair

Uplevel Dad’s Recliner to a Massage Chair

Dads and recliners go together like meat and potatoes or football and Sunday. Chances are your father has one, and that it’s his favorite seat in the house. Who doesn’t love kick back and unwind? But what if that chair was a massage chair that could also help dad relax? You just might be able to borrow the car more often or not worry about the dent you made in your fender.

Massage chairs come with a variety of options as well as price tags for all budgets, big and small. Which one do you think Dad would love?

Massage Chair
The Cozzia 710 is available now at artvan.com.
The Ultimate Massage Chair

The “Rolls Royce” of massage recliners is Cozzia 710. It comes with a price tag of $6,999, but it does everything, and is like having a vacation without leaving home! The 4D human-like Vario Motion™ mechanism messages Dad from his neck to his buttocks in zero gravity, with six unique massage techniques and 15 auto programs. It also massages his arms and feet, and offers heat therapy for his legs. Dad can relax to his favorite music with the built-in Bluetooth speaker, and the chair is equipped with a child protection safety lock and power surge detector. It’s a daydream and nap enhancer.

Massage Chair
The Human Touch ZG50 Massage Chair is available now at artvan.com.
Median Priced Option

Another great option is the Human Touch ZG50 Massage Chair, which goes lighter on the budget at $3299. Available in three colors, this chair provides a full-body massage in a zero gravity position. Four auto-massage programs take Dad from stress to sleep. The warm air technology soothes tight muscles and melts away aches and pains. And the foot and calf massager improve circulation.

Massage Chair
The Signature II Massage Recliner is available now at artvan.com.
Budget Friendly

Finally, the Art Van Signature II Massage Recliner starts at just $599 and is perfect for the more budget conscious recliner.  Dad can recharge with an invigorating lumbar back massage. The built-in USB port powers up his favorite device, so he can unwind with music, an e-book or a movie. It’s just what Dad needs after a long day.

Which one is right for your dad?

Stop by your nearest Art Van location to test the massage chairs, and be sure to shop this weekend for delivery in time for Father’s Day!

5 Things You Need To Know About How to Buy a Recliner

There’s no better seat for Dad in the house than a comfortable recliner. If you haven’t shopped for a recliner in decades, it’s important to know how to buy a recliner. Today’s options are stylish, high tech, super pampering, and even a little deceitful when it comes to looks. At first glance you might not even realize that comfortable chair is a recliner.

Here are five things you need to know about how to buy a recliner
How to buy a recliner
The Mable Power Lift Recliner is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Comfort

The entire purpose of a recliner is to provide you with a comfortable seat. But what does that mean to you? You will want a chair that fits your height and width. Check the placement of the headrest. Do you prefer power features that make the chair completely adjustable? Or do you just want a chair that allows you to put up your feet? It helps to test drive a few styles to find out your preferences.

How to buy a recliner
The Butler Wall Saver Recliner is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.

 

Size

How much space do you have for a recliner? Remember, you have to consider not just the chair, but the room it will need to recline. Some models are made to sit against a wall, while others require more clearance. When you shop for a chair, measure it closed as well as fully reclined; you need two to three feet of space behind it to fully expand. If space is tight, consider a wall recliner, which takes up less space and is a good choice for a smaller room.

How to buy a recliner
The La-Z-Boy Jasper Rocker Recliner is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.

 

Fabric

Recliners come in a wide range of colors and upholstery options, and each has its advantages. If you have children, leather can be a great choice as is not only luxurious; it wipes clean. If you have pets, microsuede is durable and stain-resistant. Consider your lifestyle and how much wear and tear your recliner will be getting and choose the upholstery that is the best fit.

 

How to buy a recliner
The Decatur Blue Leather Recliner is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Style

Recliners are available in a variety of styles, making them an effortless addition to your traditional, modern, rustic or urban décor. You’ll find a wide variety of options – some that don’t even look like recliners –including traditional styles such as wingback chairs or contemporary designs with shapely curves. Make sure the one you choose blends well with your existing furnishings and doesn’t look out of place.

 

How to buy a recliner
The Las Vegas Dual Power Recliner is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Features

Finally, today’s recliners do more than just recline. Take time to consider which of the myriad of features are right for you. Do you want lumbar support? A moveable headrest? Massage settings? Cup holders? Outlets, speaker plugs and USB ports? You’ll be surprised at how sophisticated today’s recliners have become, and you should pick the features that will help Dad enjoy his chair to the fullest!

Now you know how to buy a recliner. Be sure to shop this weekend for delivery in time for Father’s Day!

How to Choose a Portable Firepit

Portable Firepit

Midwest summers can be downright sublime, but evenings often have a chill in the air. There’s no better way to enjoy your patio or deck than by using a portable firepit. Not only do they warm up your outdoor space; they add an ambiance that makes outdoor entertaining more inviting.

If you’re shopping for a portable firepit this season, it’s important to know how to select the right one. Here are some things to consider before you bring one home:

Portable Firepit

Pick a style

Firepits come in a variety of styles, including fire bowls, fire urns and firepit tables. You can also find tables and bars that include a firepit in the center, which combines the warming feature with a convenient surface for eating or drinking. Firepits can also enhance or set the tone for your décor. From rustic to modern, they are available in a variety of materials and finishes so choose one that complements the style of your outdoor design.

Firepit Fire Urn

Measure your space

Firepits also come in a variety of sizes. Determine how much space you have on your patio or deck. You will want to have enough room to move about and add chairs. And you don’t want to place the firepit too close to a wall or your home. If your area is small, consider a fire urn that can add the same warmth and ambiance.

wood burning firepit

Choose a fuel

Firepits come in wood-burning or gas models, so you need to decide which is right for you. Wood firepits are usually less expensive and they give your back yard the feel of a campfire. Gas firepits use propane tanks, and they can be turned on and off at the push of a button, making them very convenient.

A firepit is an investment in friends and family. You’ll enjoy curling up near the flame throughout the summer and well into fall.