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.

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 Furnish a Small Dining Room

A small dining room can feel cozy or it can feel cramped … it all depends on how you furnish it. Interior design professionals have a lot of methods for making a small space seem more spacious. Give your diminutive dining room the atmosphere of quaint café or bistro by incorporating these four tricks:

The Kimberly Dining Set is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.

 

Choose Small-Scale Furniture

Small rooms require small-scale furnishings, as anything oversized will overpower the surroundings and make it look crowded. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 32 inches from the edge of the table to the wall to allow you and your guests enough space to navigate around it. Once you measure your room, you’ll know your table choices. A round table is a great option because it leaves extra space around the corners of the room. Round doesn’t have to limit your guest list; if you like to host large parties from time to time, simply choose one that has a leaf.

A narrow rectangular table can also be a good choice if your room is small but longer on one side. Look for a table with a pedestal base; this can be helpful for fitting guests around the table because table legs won’t block corners and limit your room. And consider armless chairs, which take up less room. Allow 24 inches of space per person, to provide enough elbowroom. Sleek styles seem to take up less room, sliding in and out without a problem.

Limit Your Colors

Light wall and upholstery colors will make your room seem open and airy. Limit your palette to three colors or less. A more monochromatic scheme will provide an uninterrupted field of vision, making the room feel larger. Contrasting colors should only be used as accents, such as trim on furniture, rugs or art.

 

The Glass Table with Urn Base is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Choose Light Or Clear Materials

While dark colored furniture can work in a small space, lighter woods will make the room feel lighter. Another great choice is a glass-top table, which virtually disappears, giving you the impression of having more floor space. Chrome and mirrored furniture are two more good choices, as they reflect light and open up the space. A mirrored buffet table, for example, will give the room some depth and make it feel spacious.

Forget the Smoke and Just Use Mirrors

Finally, make the room look twice its size by placing a large mirror on one wall. It opens up the space and maximizes the light. Placed opposite a window, it will provide a reflection that gives the illusion of another view.

How to Design a Modern Style Dining Room

The holidays are around the corner, and that means all eyes will soon be on your dining room. Set the table for a sophisticated gathering by designing your space with modern style. This look is simple and sleek, and requires just a few essentials to wow and impress. Whether you need all new furniture or a few touches to give your space a modern makeover, here’s how to create a modern style dining room.

The Zeno Dining Table is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Choose Sleek Furniture

Look for modern style dining room furniture with straight, sleek lines. Choose a table made from lacquer, polished wood or glass, and pair it with matching chairs for a streamlined, unified feel. If you have space, add the matching sideboard. Modern style has few details or fuss; look for pieces that are simple and clean.

The Benedetta Chrome Pendant Light is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
 Hang a Statement Chandelier

Give your modern style dining room wow factor by choosing a statement chandelier. Look for lots of sparkle, with polished metal and glass. A statement chandelier will serve as a centerpiece, minimizing the need for a lot of accent and décor.

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Select Artwork

Use one bold piece of art in the room that coordinates with the furniture. Less is more with Modern Style, so you want to spend time choosing the right piece. An abstract painting is a good choice, especially one that adds a pop of color.