Sleeper Sofas: Your Buying Guide

One of the most versatile pieces of furniture is the sleeper sofa. If you don’t have a dedicated guest room, buying a sleeper sofa is a great way to still host out-of-town friends or family. More comfortable than an air mattress, you can use a sleeper sofa in your living space or create dual-purpose spaces, such as a combination home office and guest room or den and guest room. Because it’s more than just a place to sleep, you want to choose a sofa bed that will be comfortable day and night. Here’s what you need to know:

buying a sleeper sofa
The La-Z-Boy’s Mackenzie-VI Queen Sleeper Sofa is available at Art Van stores and online.
Measure the Room

When measuring your space, don’t forget to think about how much room the bed will take when fully extended. You don’t want to have to move a lot of furniture to use it. When buying a sleeper sofas, you need to know they come in a variety of sizes. Be sure to find something that works with the space you have.

Sleeper Sofas Have Gotten More Comfortable
buying a sleeper sofa
The Theory Queen Sleeper Sofa is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.

Gone are the days of thin mattresses that rest on iron bars. Today’s sleeper sofas now come with comfortable mattresses, including memory foam as well as regular innerspring.

Check the Seat Comfort

Your sleeper sofa will be used closed most of the time, so be sure to check the comfort of the cushions. Also make sure it fits the style of your room. When buying a sleeper sofa you’ll find options that are casual, urban, traditional and modern, as well as fabric and leather upholstery.

The Soho II 2-Piece Left-Arm Facing Sleeper Sectional, shown here in Pearl, is available at Art Van stores and artvan.com.
Accommodate Guests

Sleeper sofas come in twin, full, queen and queen-plus sizes. Determine how many people you will be hosting to choose the right size of the pieces you need. You could combine a queen with a twin to host a small group, for example.

The Kennedy II Queen Sleeper, shown here in Indigo, is available at Art Van stores and artvan.com.

Test How It Opens

Opening and closing a sleeper sofa should be an easy task. Test how it feels and make sure it operates with minimal effort. You don’t want to have to ask guest to struggle before they go to sleep.

How To Purchase Your Child’s First Bed

Going from a crib to a “big boy” or “big girl” bed is a big step in your child’s life. While some parents choose to transition to a toddler bed, going right into a regular size bed is just as easy, saving money in the long term. When buying a child’s first bed, here are four things to consider.

 

The Twin Panel Bed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Start by identifying the right size

Twin, full or even queen are great choices, and which you choose will have to do with the space in your child’s room. Twin mattresses take up the least amount of space, which is nice if your child’s room is small or you want to provide lots of floor space for playing. If your child will have sleepover guests when they get older, twin beds can be outfitted with trundle beds. Or consider full- or queen-size beds when buying a child’s first bed, which provide extra room for spreading out or sharing with friends.

The Platform Bed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Select the best mattress

Kids need a mattress that will offer proper support and pressure relief. Since they probably can’t tell which mattresses feel best, Art Van PureSleep takes out the guesswork with our patented diagnostic machine, ensuring that your child has a more restful and productive sleep.

Sleep helps us all retain what we learn during the day. At night, we go through different stages of sleep where our minds are working, filing and organizing all of the information we collect during the day. If the mattress doesn’t support your child properly, he or she will toss and turn and that can lead to fragmented memory and trouble in school.

The Sonoma Bookcase Bed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Set a realistic budget

While it’s tempting to allocate most of your budget to the headboard and frame, the most important investment is the mattress. When buying a child’s first bed, know that a good quality mattress will last through childhood. You can always purchase a headboard and frame later.

Invest in safety accessories

When you’re buying a child’s first bed, consider their safety. You can purchase guardrails that prevent your child from falling out of the bed while they sleep. Another option is to purchase a bed that doesn’t require a foundation, so your child is lower to the ground. And make sure to place a rug or carpet around the bed to reduce the chances of slipping and falling.

Moving into his or her own bed is an exciting time for your child. Make sure you celebrate the milestone by creating the perfect setting.

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.

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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!