How To Purchase Your Child’s First Bed

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.

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, which provide extra room for spreading out or sharing with friends.

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.

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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. A good quality mattress will last through childhood. You can always purchase a headboard and frame later.

Invest in safety accessories. When you’re transitioning your child into his or her own 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.

An Outdoor Seating Group for Every Budget

Midwest summers are spectacular, and they’re best enjoyed on a patio or deck. You may have seen some inexpensive outdoor seating groups at the grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly. Those cheap sets might get you through a season, but you’ll likely need to replace it next year.

 

Fortunately, Art’s Backyard is stocked with quality sets that don’t break your budget. When you’re ready to shop for a new seating group, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” options that will help you soak up the season in style.

 

Doral

 

Good. The Doral Seating Collection will help you welcome guests to your back yard with casual elegance. It features a welded aluminum frame and removable seat cushions that are upholstered in 100% solution dyed olefin to prevent fading. Complete the look with two toss pillows, two lounge chairs, and a cocktail table with a ceramic tile top.

 

Milano

Better. The Milano Seating Collection features elegant curves, turning your patio or deck into a spot for relaxation. Larger in scale, it is crafted with welded aluminum frames and deep seat cushions that are 100% solution dyed olefin fabric to maintain its color. This collection is sold a la carte, with a sofa, loveseat, lounge chair, swivel lounge chair, ottoman, cocktail and end table, so you can configure your space your own way.

 

Carmel

Best. The Carmel Seating Collection brings your classic indoor style to the outdoors. Hand-woven wicker is fashioned over a commercial grade aluminum frame. The thick weave and variegated color offer all-weather durability. Added design touches, like welting and cushions covered in Sunbrella fabric, make this set both stylish and durable. And the sectional can be used in multiple configurations, allowing you to customize your space.

 

Which collection is your favorite? Art’s Backyard will help you love your patio or deck for years to come.

An Outdoor Dining Set for Every Budget

If you’ve seen inexpensive outdoor dining sets on display at your grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly it’s because you get what you pay for. A $199 dining set probably won’t hold up for more than a season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t budget-friendly groups that will.

 

When you’re shopping for an outdoor dining set, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” choices from Art’s Backyard, along with information that will help you understand the difference in construction and price.

 

Rugby

Good. The five-piece Rugby Dining Set brings a modern trendy style to any backyard setting. The collection features steel construction with powder coat finish to hold up to the elements. The slat-top steel table comes in square or rectangular versions. And the low-maintenance sling chairs dry quickly, offer a contoured back for lumbar support, and stack for easy moving and storage.

 

Jamestown

Better. If you love to entertain, the Jamestown Dining Set is a beautiful choice. Made of a rust-free cast aluminum frame and a multi-step hand applied finish, it features a thick apron around the table edge that provides outstanding stability. The double hoop design at the table base is not only attractive; it improves durability with welded connection points. Great for busy families, the chairs are rated to a 500-pound static load test.

 

Franklin

Best. The Franklin Dining Collection is not only gorgeous; it’s built to last. The table features an all-aluminum frame, porcelain tile top with an aluminum trim, and a fiberglass resin base for long lasting durability. The woven chairs are beautiful and low maintenance. Quick drying foam cushion are built under the seat, offering the comfort of a cushion chair without separate cushions.

 

Which collection is your favorite? When you bring home a set from Art’s Backyard, you’ll love your patio for years to come.

 

A Guide To Purchasing Outdoor Dining Furniture

The best part of summer is dining al fresco – under the sun or under the stars. Make it memorable by bringing home a dining set that reflects your personal style as well as the type of atmosphere you’d like to set.

Here are five things to consider before buying a new table and chairs for your back yard:

Avalon

 

How much space do you have?

Just like your dining room or kitchen, you want to make sure the furniture you choose is the same scale as the outdoor area in which it will be used. If you have a small deck or balcony, you’re better off choosing a small bistro set. If you have a large patio, select a larger grouping to maximize the space. Or if you’re creating zones, such as separate dining and seating areas, make sure the sizes complement each other.How many people do you sually host?

If it’s just your family of four, a round table with four chairs is a good choice. You can select a style with stacking chairs to keep on hand for those occasions where you have extra guests. If you regularly host a crowd, consider a large rectangular table, and bench seating, which can make room for more.

Aluminum

What is your interior style?

Your deck or patio should be an extension of your home, so choose lines and colors that blend. From rustic to modern, you can easily find a set that continues your style outdoors.

 

What kind of weather will your furniture experience?

It can be helpful to choose materials based on the exposure your deck or patio receive. If you have a lot of direct sunlight, aluminum is a good choice. It’s lightweight and rust-resistant, and it’s durable enough to stand up to the elements. Make sure you choose a set that includes a umbrella, so you can get some relief from the heat.

If your patio or deck is covered, wood furnishings are a nice (and natural!) choice. The finish can fade if it’s exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, and it requires more maintenance to protect it from the elements, but the beauty and patina will improve over time.

Franklin

 

Will your dining area double as a sitting area?

Wicker furnishings make a great choice. Today’s versions are made of resin and are more durable than wicker of the past. This material works best with cushions, which means you can easily update the look and color by swapping them out. And wicker chairs are as comfortable as indoor furnishings, so family and friends will love to linger.

 

 

 

 

Our Outdoor Furniture Buyer Shares Her Best Tips To Create A Stunning Back Yard

Spring is here and it’s the season to spend more time outdoors. Maybe you’ve noticed your patio furniture has seen better days? Or maybe you have more guests than seating? Art’s Backyard at Art Van Furniture has plenty of outdoor furniture that can make your deck or patio a summer retreat. We’ve Got the Look sat down with Robin Mack, Outdoor Furniture Buer for Art Van Furniture, and asked her five questions that will help you with your next purchase: 

Balmoral

1. Are there rules of thumb when it comes to choosing the right type? Robin: The basic rule of thumb when choosing the right type of outdoor furniture is how the individual feels they will most be using their outdoor space – dining, lounging or both? Today, the latest trend is a lifestyle shift to the more cushioned lounging pieces such as sofas, sectionals and lounging chairs. Firepit seating has also become quite popular as people are discovering they are spending a lot more time just “lounging around” with family and friends than they are dining. Other important factors are comfort and easy maintenance.

2. What are the best pieces for families with young children? Robin: Most outdoor furniture is child friendly and it is typically very durable. In the case of dining chairs, which are often available as stationary or as swivel/motion, the stationary chairs are often preferred with small children in mind as the lack of motion keeps the young ones more settled and secure. I would suggest sling over cushion sets – they are easier to clean and dry more quickly. Lakehouse

3. What are the most low-maintenance pieces? Robin: Today’s outdoor furniture is mostly very low maintenance. Aluminum frames (vs. steel) will not rust and typically do not need to be touched up if the surface paint is scratched down to the metal. Faux wicker sets are also very durable and easy to clean.

4. Which pieces tend to last the longest? Robin: Most “better” patio furniture is designed to last for 10 – 15 years, however, outdoor furniture gets “used” 24/7 by the weather and the sun… even when not “in use.” In the long run it pays to shop for quality and understand what you are buying. Patio Furniture Cover 5. Are there things you can do to help protect your investment? Robin: Buying a protective cover for your outdoor furniture is a good investment. Clean and wax the furniture once at the beginning of spring to allow it to easily shed dirt and water throughout the season. Check the wear of foot glides and periodically lubricate moving parts. Do not store tubular aluminum furniture upside down as this can result in freeze damage from water/snow entering the drain holes and causing the tube to freeze and split.