Four Affordable Recliners That Help Your Relax

One of the best gifts you can give a loved one—or that you can give yourself—is a recliner. Not only will it help you relax after a long day; it will be something you use every day. A recliner changes up game day, movie night and binge watching. And when you select an option from The Outlet at Art Van, you can stick to your budget, as well. Here are four of our most popular affordable recliners, each under $300.

Affordable recliner
The Mitchell Rocker Recliner is available in stores now.
Mitchell Rocker Recliner

The Mitchell Rocker Recliner, in classic brown, brings a casual look that is perfect for your living room or family room. The pillow-top cushions and arms feature topstitch detail that looks rugged but refined. The reclining mechanism cradles you in comfort, so you can kick back and relax.

The Huxford Glider Recliner is available in stores now.
Huxford Glider Recliner

Add a new “best seat in the house” to your living room with the Huxford Steel Glider Recliner. You’ll rest easy in its plush pillow-top arms and heavily cushioned back. Cradled in comfort, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon nap.

The Jordan Mocha Power Recliner is available in stores now.
Jordan Mocha Power Recliner

Enjoy the relaxed look and feel of the Jordan Mocha Power Recliner. Its transitional style makes it a good choice for casual, traditional and urban rooms. The chair features pillow-top arms, a pub-style back and a large seating area. Reclining is as easy as pressing a button.

 

The Alston Push Back Recliner is available in stores now.
Alston Push Back Recliner

Finally, the Alston Push Back Recliner proves that recliners can be sophisticated. This one has a streamlined design highlighted with nail head trim. The regal style would look great in traditional and contemporary room designs. Use it in your living room, family room, bedroom or office.

Which one of these four affordable recliners is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

Decorating a Living Room on a Budget at the Outlet

Have you visited the Outlet at Art Van lately? It’s a bargain hunter’s paradise with brand new furniture at super low prices. Furniture manufacturers come to us with their closeouts, discontinued items, special purchases and manufacturer’s showroom buy-outs. We stock up and pass the savings on to you. The Outlet is also the place to find floor samples and scratch and dent selection for amazing deals on one-of-a-kind treasures. Decorating a living room on a budget is easy at the Outlet at Art Van. Take a look at how $1,000 can transform your space!!

The Harlow Sofa is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Sofa

Start with the Harlow Sofa in classic linen. Its casual style will blend well with any décor, setting the stage for relaxing in style. At just $399, decorating a living room on a budget is off to an amazing start.

The Emma Accent Chair is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Chair

Next add a Emma Accent Chair in beautiful grey upholstery. The classic lines work well with the casual sofa, and the color complements the toss pillows. At $149, you could afford one or maybe even a pair.

The Bench is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Bench

Instead of a cocktail table, use a stylish bench that can serve as a table, footrest or extra seating. In grey, it works well in the room. And at just $59 it works in the budget, too!

The Harbor View Credenza is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
TV Console

Store your television and media components in the beautiful Harbor View Credenza. Its soft color fits our palette, and it provides plenty of storage to keep your room looking neat and tidy. At $219, it fits the budget.

 

The Brooklyn Heights Rug is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Rug

Bring all of the colors in the room together with the Brooklyn Heights Ivory rug. The classic design brings a sense of elegance to your living room, and the soft shades of grey and ivory complement the toss pillows of the sofa. At just $149, it’s an inexpensive investment in warmth and style.

The grand total for our room is $973. That leaves $27 for a can of paint – or pizza and a bottle of wine. See how easy decorating a living room on a budget can be! Come in and try it for yourself.

Buying a Sectional: A Size for Every Room

When it comes to creating an inviting space, sectional sofas are the very definition. Cozy and welcoming, they also command a good amount of square footage. Fortunately, you can find a sectional for every size room—small to large. It’s important to start with the correct proportions when buying a sectional.

Start by measuring your room. It’s a good idea to mark off the area in which you’d like to use a sectional; you can use painter’s tape or pull together existing furniture into the desired formation. Then measure that, too, and consider any other objects you’d like to place in the room, such as end tables and lamps. Once you understand what will fit and what won’t, it’s time to shop for your new sectional sofa.

The Alfresco II Sofa Chaise is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Small Spaces

If your space is small, sectionals can still work. Choose an L-shaped sofa in a petite scale or a loveseat sectional with a chaise. Our Alfresco II Sofa Chaise is a stylish choice that offers a small footprint.

The Harper Sectional is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Medium-sized Rooms

If you have more space to work with, look for a sectional with a longer L-shaped configuration. Our Harper 3-Piece Sectional provides plenty of room for hanging out with friends, and its understated design doesn’t overwhelm a space.

The Harlow Sectional is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Large Rooms

If you have an oversized space, buying a sectional is the perfect way to fill it in a cohesive fashion. Choose a U-shaped configuration, such as our Harlow Sectional. The size will help reign in the scale of the room by matching the proper proportions.

Sectionals are some of our most popular products because they’re comfortable and welcoming—just like your home sweet home.

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.

The Capri Sofa is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.

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 Design a Home Office Guest Bedroom

If you don’t have a spare room, hosting guests can be tricky. That’s why sometimes rooms need to do double duty, serving two purposes or more. One of the most common is the home office guest bedroom combination. While a home office can get daily use, a guest bedroom will be used less frequently; combining the two into one room makes sense and maximizes space. The trick is to make sure neither of the two takes over. When you’re working, you don’t want to feel like you’re in a bedroom, and when your guests arrive, you don’t want to make them feel like they’re sleeping inside an office.

Instead, create a calming atmosphere that gives each purpose its due. Here are six rules for creating a home office guest bedroom with style.

 

The Edge Water Black Desk is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Skip the office super store

The room will look like a cubicle if your desk and filing cabinets are metal. Instead, choose pieces that complement your home décor. You can easily find filing cabinets in a wood finish, and a small desk in the same design style as the rest of the bedroom furniture can help the area feel like one fluid space.

Include enough drawer space

Your guests don’t need to stumble over your tax documents when they’re finding a place to store their pajamas. Lock away private documents in a filing cabinet drawer in your home office guest bedroom. And make sure to have a dresser with one or two empty drawers for guests to use.

 

The Ambrosia Blue Daybed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Pay attention to the size of the bed

It’s usually the largest object in a room. A king or queen size bed will easily take over. Consider getting a daybed that sits against the wall and looks doubles as a sitting area. One with a trundle will accommodate two people. And if you host more people, an air mattress can easily be stored in the closet for just such an occasion.

Divide the closet storage

You can easily tuck away filing cabinets, office supplies and your wireless printer inside the closet to minimize the office feel of the room. Make sure you save some of the closet space for guests who may want to hang clothes.

The Carson White Desk is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Make it a ritual to clean up

While a home office can become a catchall for mail and stray items, tame the clutter and keep a feeling of calm by creating a daily tidying routine. File away papers, remove items that don’t belong, and take any dishes to the kitchen. You can also choose a desk that folds up when you’re done working.

Create a temporary home office

When guests are expected, remove the items you might need so you can give them some privacy and make them feel welcome, and not like an intrusion. You can create a temporary home office in a kitchen drawer, so you can take care of what ever comes up while you’re entertaining friends.