I’m In the Mood for Loveseats

The coziest piece of furniture is definitely the loveseat. Its diminutive scale is more inviting than a long sofa and its unique size is more charming than a simple chair. So how much do you know about this home favorite? Made in the U.S. since the early 1800s, the loveseat wasn’t originally created as a courtship aid; instead, it provided a seat that would fit the large dresses worn by the ladies of the period. Luckily fashions have changed and the oversized accommodation became the perfect spot for two. In the 19th Century, the design was named “loveseat” (an early example of the power of marketing?) and the rest is history. If you’re looking to add seating to your room here’s what you need to know about buying a loveseat.

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Find the Perfect Spot

A loveseat is small enough to be used in a variety of settings. Place one with a sofa to create a more intimate-looking grouping. Use one in a master bedroom to fashion a comfortable sitting area. Put one in an oversized foyer to provide guest with a place to sit. And use one in a kitchen to turn dinner into a leisurely event.

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Find Your Style

Loveseats also add a sense of balance to the seating arrangement of larger rooms. Choose one that blends with your existing décor; styles range from traditional to contemporary to casual. Or add one that serves as an interesting accent piece – especially if you custom-order the upholstery. Buying a loveseat is fun!

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Find the Right Scale

As you would with any piece of furniture, measure your space to determine the correct size for your home before buying a loveseat. Loveseats can be overstuffed and large, or petite and streamlined, with sizes ranging from 50- to 76-inches in length.

Then get ready to fall in love. The perfect loveseat will transform your space into an intimate gathering – no matter if your room is large or small.

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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Size

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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Storage

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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Style

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.

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How to Buy a Reclining Sofa

A reclining sofa just might be the best piece of furniture ever invented. Who doesn’t love to relax and put up their feet? A reclining sofa also gives you plenty of room to hang out with loved ones. Before you purchase a reclining sofa, there are a few things to consider. Here are tips on finding the right one for you.

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Measure your space

A reclining sofa will require more space than a sofa that doesn’t recline, so think about the size of your room. Some reclining sofas will need at least four inches between its back and the wall, while some are wall huggers and don’t require any extra space behind them. You’ll also need to rethink your table arrangement, since you’ll want sufficient space to extend the footrest without bumping into a coffee table. Take lots of measurements before you start shopping so you know what to look for.

Decide on a color

Once you have an idea of the size of the sofa you want, think about color. If you’re starting from scratch, the sky’s the limit. You can let this piece dictate the design of the room. If you’re adding a reclining sofa to your existing décor, use the colors in your room as inspiration. Since a reclining sofa is a big piece of furniture, you might decide to stick with neutral colors such as gray, tan, brown or black.

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Choose a fabric

Choosing an upholstery material will depend on your lifestyle. If you have children or pets, you’ll want something durable and stain resistant. Leather is a good choice, but it can be more expensive with the possibility of scratching. Microfiber is a popular choice; it’s also durable and soft, as well.

Consider features

Reclining sofas come with a variety of features that pamper you even more than their comfort alone. Decide if you want manual or power reclining. How about built-in tables or storage cubbies? And others have massage features or USB outlets for charging your devices. How many or how few features you want will depend on your personal preferences.

A reclining sofa can quickly become the best seat in the house. The great benefit is that it’s big enough to share with friends.

This Is How to Shop for a Sofa

Buying a sofa is a big purchase, one that requires some preparation and thought. It’s often the largest item in the room and commands attention. It’s also the piece that will serve as a landing spot for you and your friends. Since it’s an important part of your room, be sure to take time to understand how to shop for a sofa.

Identify What You Want

The first step is being clear on what you want. If it’s your first sofa, you may not want to invest a lot of money, and buying a sofa that will fulfill your needs for a couple of years is fine. If you’re replacing a worn out sofa or if you want to start with something of higher quality, choose a sofa that will be an investment piece. While everybody has a budget, you’ll want to try to get the most for your money.

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Our Capri Sofa, for example, is both affordable and durable. Its casual style would make a great option for your home, and it comes in a variety of colors, including charcoal, brown, spa and blue.

Choose the Upholstery

How the sofa will be used will dictate your best upholstery choices. Will your sofa be in a family room with children, dogs and cats? Leather is very durable, but not everyone wants that look and feel. Microfiber, also called microsuede, has a little bit of a nap and is very durable.

Maybe you’re a single person and you want a sofa that’s a design statement? If you’re interested in a print, cotton takes dyes very well and the prints are very crisp, but cotton isn’t as durable a material and wouldn’t be the best choice for a busy family.

Decide on a Color

Choosing a color for your upholstery is another big decision. A safe choice is a neutral fabric, creating contrast and interest with throw pillows. You should think about tomorrow, and not just today’s design trends. If you fall in love with a bright yellow or lime green sofa, understand that you’ll have to work around that color for whatever time frame you hope to keep it. Changing out pillows, however, will be a fraction of the price of replacing the entire sofa.

Test for Comfort

Most people choose a sofa based on looks, judging comfort second. However, few people test a sofa’s comfort in the way it will be used at home. When you shop, take off your shoes and curl up on it. It’s rare that you sit at home with both feet on the ground. Sit on it the way you sit on your sofa at home and determine if it feels right.

How to shop for a sofa requires a combination of use, style and comfort. Take time to judge each part of the equation before making your decision. When you understand what you need and consider all of your options, you’ll be more likely to enjoy your purchase for years to come.

How to Buy a Bedroom Set

Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your house. It’s where you spend about a third of your time, and it’s where you begin and end each day. Creating a relaxing setting is important, and that means choosing the right furniture is key. Here are five things you need to know about how to buy a bedroom set.

How to buy a bedroom set
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1. The size of your room

To create a calming setting, don’t overwhelm your room with furniture. Choose the right size and style of pieces by considering your square footage and layout. Measure the wall space, including door and window frames. This will help you determine how many pieces will comfortably fit.

2. The size of your bed

From twin to king, beds come in a variety of sizes and it’s one of the most important considerations for how to buy a bedroom set. Before you go out and buy the biggest bed you can find, determine how it will fit in your room. Select the wall where you’ll place the bed, and measure how much room you have. Here are the mattress measurements:

  • Twin: 39” x 75”
  • Twin XL: 39” x 80”
  • Full: 54” x 75”
  • Full XL: 54” x 80”
  • Queen: 60” x 80”
  • King: 76” x 80
  • California King: 72” x 84”
3. The amount of storage you need

How much clothing you have and how you prefer to store it will help you determine how many storage pieces will fit in your bedroom. Do you need a dresser and a chest of drawers? Would two chests of drawers be better? Can you combine a nightstand with a small chest to maximize space and storage? The options are limitless, so make sure you maximize your room.

4. Your décor

Consider the atmosphere you want like to create in your bedroom and choose a style to match. You’ll find everything from traditional to contemporary, modern, rustic, urban, casual and mission. You may also decide to pair an upholstered headboard with wood furniture. Or create an eclectic grouping by mixing styles and finishes. It’s your room – let your personality shine!

5. Your palette

The color or finish of your bedroom furniture can have a big impact on the overall design of the room. Dark-toned woods work well with traditional décor. Black, white and espresso are great for contemporary rooms. If you love cottage style, choose furniture with a distressed or painted finish. Mission style bedrooms look great in oak and cherry finishes.

How would you describe the style of your bedroom décor? Let us know in the comments below.