The $1,000 Art Van Challenge

1000 Ways to Buy

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 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:

  1. You get $1,000 to spend.
  2. You can get as much (or as little) as you want under the spending limit.
  3. You can choose from the Art Van Showroom, Outlet and/or PureSleep.

Challenge Accepted

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.


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.

Stearns and Forster Ease 2.0 Queen Power Base
Stearns and Forster Ease 2.0 Queen Power Base

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.

Matrix Brown Power Wall Recliner
Matrix Brown Power Wall Recliner

ERIN MURRAY – Corporate HR Manager

Our trusty HR Manager also went the sleep route but chose to use her grand on redoing the entire bedroom instead of a Power Base. Erin started with the Brady Tufted Upholstered King Bed ($299), a regal bed frame that she described as a “statement piece.” She added to this bold bedroom statement with some great buys at low prices: the Love Grey 20″ x 20″ Pillow ($19.99), the Motif Grey Pillows ($59.99) the Hadley 2 Drawer Nightstand by Cindy Crawford Home ($262.99) and the Mercury Table Lamp (a set of two for $99.99).

Brady Tufted Upholstered King Bed
Brady Tufted Upholstered King Bed

To top it all off, she chose lovely Dot Fringe 3-Piece King Comforter Set to complete the room. Props to Erin for getting the most items with her $1,000!

ZACHARY RUBIN – Senior Category Manager

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.”

HoMedics Gather Aroma Diffuser
HoMedics Gather Aroma Diffuser

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 Take a look at everything we have to offer and start daydreaming about how you would spend $1,000.

10 Ways To Furnish Your First Apartment

Striking Out On Your Own

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

  1. 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.
  2. Coffee Tables – For tabling, coffee tables work the best, but multiple end tables also work.
  3. Loveseats – If your budget allows, tossing a loveseat into the mix is always a good idea when entertaining guests.
Beckett Silver Sofa
Beckett Silver Sofa – $549

If you’re looking for a quick solution to fill your living room, check out our multi-piece living room packages.

Dining Party

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Bedroom Build-outs

  1. Dressers – Keep your clothes, accessories, and other personal things organized while adding some character. Dressers are not necessary, but certainly don’t hurt.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Brady Tufted Upholstered Queen Bed
Brady Tufted Upholstered Queen Bed – $199

Extras We Take For Granted

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Champagne Gold Table Lamp
Champagne Gold Table Lamp – Set of Two, $99
Moroccan Area Rug
Moroccan Area Rug – $149

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.

The Myth of Thread Counts and You

One thread does not fit all

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.

Splitting threads

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.

Take Your Indoor Vibes Outside

Comfort in your own backyard

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.

Imagination station

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.

Dockland Sectional
Dockland 3 Piece Brown Sectional

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.

How to Choose the Perfect Media Center

The focal point in most family rooms is the television. It’s got everyone’s attention when you enjoy a movie, cheer on your team or watch the news. While you’ve probably spent a lot of time choosing the right TV, what you put it on is just as important. A media center provides a frame for your viewing, and it helps you keep all of your components organized and operating. Before you choose yours, consider these three elements to make sure you get exactly what you need:

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The first thing to consider is the best size. This will be determined by two factors: the size of your television and the size of your room. Start by measuring your TV; you want to be sure it will fit. If your media center is too large, your TV will look tiny, and if your media center is too small, the TV will make it seem out of place. For wall units that surround your television, measure the width, height, and depth of your TV, then bring this information to the showroom with you.

Also measure the wall space you have. If your room is large, you may want to choose a wall unit that includes storage towers on either side that can hold decorative accessories. Or fill the wall by using two or more consoles side by side. If your room is small, a console that is just a little wider than your television will provide a nice sense of scale. Or consider a corner unit to take advantage of space you might consider unusable. Make sure when you choose and space measure and measure it that you can fit your media center in a spot that doesn’t block heating vents or windows.

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Media centers are designed to hold your television and components, organizing cords and keeping everything accessible. When choosing a media center, determine what electronics you need to store. Maybe you have just a TV and cable box? Perhaps you have a stereo system you want to contain? Or maybe you have it all, from TV to DVR, video game consoles, DVDs, CDs and controllers? By tallying up everything you want to hold, you’ll be able to quickly narrow down your best options. This will also help you decide if open shelving is sufficient or if you need cabinet doors that can close and hide things away.

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Finally, media centers come in every variety of home décor. From traditional to contemporary, urban and casual, you’re sure to find a unit that will blend with your interior style. Choose a media center that matches your existing furniture so that it’s an attractive addition to the room’s design. Wood is a good choice, and you’ll find a media center in every finish, including cherry, mahogany, and pine. Contemporary media centers are also available in glass and metal.

Now you’re ready to shop for the media center that’s right for you. Click here to start browsing.