How to Choose Bunk Beds

Whether you’re pairing siblings into a single bedroom or creating a cool hangout for your child and his or her friends, bunk beds are the way to go. A symbol of childhood, this piece of furniture not only makes the most of your space, it provides several levels of function.

Choosing the right bunk beds for your child takes a little thought and planning. If you’re shopping for bunk beds, here’s what you need to know:

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Measure Your Space

Bunk beds will maximize space in a small room, but be sure to check that they fit. Measure your floor space as well as the ceiling height; you should have between two and three feet of space between the bunk bed and the ceiling to prevent bumps. Once you know how much room you have, you can consider special features such built-in desks and trundle beds.

loft bunkbed

Determine Your Needs

After you determine how much space you have, consider your needs. Today’s bunk beds can sleep one, two or even three children comfortably. How many children will sleep in the room? Do you host frequent sleepovers? Will your family grow? The answers to these questions will help you decide if you want a twin-over-a-twin bunk, twin-over-a-full bunk or a loft bunk.  Also decide if you need special features, such as a built-in study area or storage.

bunk bed with desk

Select your style

Your child’s room doesn’t have to be a departure from your home décor. At Art Van Furniture, we have a variety of styles to choose from, including traditional, casual and contemporary. You’ll find an array of finishes, from warm oak to classic white and modern cherry. And most styles can easily be disassembled into standard twin or full beds when the bunks are no longer needed, giving you more years of use.


Use all of the safety features

All of the bunk beds we sell at Art Van Furniture meet the safety guidelines put in place by the Consumer Product Safety Council. To properly use bunk beds, know that the Council recommends that kids be six or older to use the top bunk. Don’t allow more than one person at a time on the top bunk and a ladder should always be used for access. Guardrails must be present on both sides of the top bunk, even if the bed is pushed against the wall. And the top of the top guardrail should be approximately 5″ above the top of the mattress.

Be sure to get your child’s input once you’ve narrowed down the choices. Bunk beds are meant to be a fun part of childhood – a place where bedtime stories come to life.


Out of the Ordinary

Neutral colors are always a safe bet, but sometimes it’s fun to think inside the (crayon) box. If you’re looking for whimsical and fresh, then look to Out of the Ordinary, the eighth in our series of home color collections for 2013 from Pantone. Choosing the right color collection can be an intimidating job, but Pantone’s color experts make it simple and fun. Just look for the palette that resonates with you.

pantone out of the ordinary

Maybe it’s the attention-grabbing colors of this palette: Bonnie Blue, Puréed Pumpkin, Chocolate Truffle, Amber Green, Linden Green, Golden Rod, Bright Violet, and Rosebud. We think they’d make a memorable family room. Take a look:

trio sofa

Start with our Orange Trio Sofa – yes, orange! In 100% genuine leather, the slightly flared arms give the sofa a modern look, and the tailoring of this piece is crisp. The Trio Sofa can be dressed up or down with throw pillows, depending on the lifestyle of your family.

mellow chair

Next add a pair of Apple Green Mellow Chairs in 100% genuine leather. Mirroring the lines of our sofa, the tight back and seat keep with our neat and contemporary feel. Assemble the seating however your family will use your room – be it movie watching, game night or in thoughtful conversation.

out of ordinary rug

Tie the color combination together with this psychedelic pattern of our colorful Accent Rug. A bold statement, it combines many of the hues of the Out of the Ordinary palette. And its plush pile will add warmth and comfort to the contemporary furnishings.

out of ordinary cocktail table                  tocara end table teal table lamp

Top the rug with the sleek Tocara Cocktail Table from Metropolitan Home. With a polished metal base with oak veneer top, the modern look is a good match for the sophisticated lines of the sofa and accent chairs. And the dark color helps ground the colorful palette. The Tocara Collection also includes handy End Tables, which can add more function to the space. Top the end table with this colorful lamp in teal, picking up on yet another Out of the Ordinary color.

distressed sideboard

Finally, add an unexpected element – this reclaimed wood sideboard with louvered doors. The distressed multi-color finish picks up on the unusual palette. Beautiful to look at it, the sideboard also provides much needed storage in a family room that is sure to be well loved.

Eye-Candy Furniture

Every room needs a statement piece – something that commands attention and adds a little bling. A statement piece should reflect the homeowner’s personality. While it can be functional, it’s meant to add a punch of fun, a touch of whimsy or an element of drama to a room.

At Art Van Furniture we have several pieces that fit the bill. Take a look at these four eye-candy furnishings that will make you smile when come home.

credenza eye candy

This Credenza from the HGTV Home Furniture Collection livens up a room with its antique mirrored surfaces and gold leaf trim. The perfect mix of glamour and functionality, its four cabinets and four drawers will hold everything from your dinner party china to your family game night necessities.  The Credenza would look perfect in an elegant dining room or use it in an oversized foyer. It’s a great way to add sparkle to an otherwise understated décor.

pinnacle eye candy

An accent chair is always a welcome piece of furniture, but an accent chair covered in Peacock velvet becomes the hit of the party. Part of Metropolitan Home’s Pinnacle Collection, this piece wakes up an ivory and truffle color scheme and commands attention. Soft and inviting, it almost looks like a piece of art. Place one in a living room and another in a master suite, and say buh-bye to boring.

eye candy bookcase

You might be tempted to leave the shelves of our Floral Bookcase empty – it’s that gorgeous! The exterior features hand-painted tulips reminiscent of an English country garden, and its three ample shelves are accented with stripes in brick, butter and olive. Two doors offer more storage and are adorned with ornate handles. Perfect for a cozy family room or a quaint breakfast area, the Hand-Painted Bookcase will quickly become your favorite piece in the house.

avery chaise eye candy

I do declare, our Avery Chaise will turn you into a Southern Belle – even if you’re from the UP. In tufted velvet accented by a fringed kidney pillow, it provides an elegant spot for reading a book, taking a nap or eating a box of bonbons. Use one in a formal living room or add one to your master suite. Just looking at it will make you relax.

How to Choose a Media Center

While it’s definitely not an architectural feature, the TV often becomes the focal point of any room it inhabits. Why not dress it up? Televisions can be displayed in a variety of ways, creating an attractive setting in which to watch movies, the big game or the latest episode of Real Housewives.

Before you head out to Art Van Furniture to take a look at our gorgeous media center options, do a little homework first.

mission corner tv console

1. Measure your space. You don’t want an entertainment center that swallows your room, and you don’t want a TV stand that seems dwarfed in a large space. Be sure to measure your room and the wall where the television will go. If you’re tight on space, consider a TV stand or a corner console unit. Larger rooms offer more choices. You can use a larger TV stand or an entertainment wall unit that will provide shelves on which to display collectibles and family photos.

brentwood wall unit2. Measure your TV. To select the best media center, you’ll need to measure the size of your television. While TVs are measured diagonally, be safe and measure all of the dimensions. Your television should fit in the space with at least an inch of clearance on all sides to avoid overheating. Large televisions – such as 40” or more – are best accommodated by entertainment wall units. Small to mid-sized TVs will look great on a TV stand.

oak canyon media center3. Count your components. Most likely, your media center will hold more than just your television. Cable or satellite receivers, DVD players, gaming systems, stereos and more will need a home, as will the CDs, movies and video game equipment that go with them. Take inventory of what you will be storing before you shop for a media center. Some TV stands are streamlined and offer room for a few components while others have cabinet doors and drawers for more storage. Entertainment wall units will hold the most components, with handy wiring and plug features. You want to make sure your media center is organized and attractive.

delmar tv console

4. Choose your style. You’ve handled the details and now it’s time for fun. Media centers come in a variety of styles and finishes, and you need to shop for the one that fits your home décor. From contemporary pieces with sleek lines to traditional units with elegance and flair, Art Van Furniture has an option that’s right for your home. Pick the perfect piece and get ready to pop the popcorn.

We’ve Got the Look: Reese Witherspoon’s Dining Room

reese witherspoon dining room

When it comes to actors with Southern charm, no one has more than Reese Witherspoon. From her put-together portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde to her Oscar-winning role as country singer June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, Witherspoon’s infectious drawl and smile have made her a star.

A few years ago, she and her husband purchased the 1923 Wallace Neff ranch in Ojai, California. The property sits on seven acres and includes a swimming pool, a barn, a horse paddock, and guest cottages.

“It reminds me of growing up in Tennessee, where we spent all day outside,” Witherspoon told Elle Décor magazine when they featured her home in a recent issue. “I wanted my children to have that experience, to get muddy and hang out with the animals.”

We love Witherspoon’s dining room, which puts a fresh and youthful spin on traditional decor. Adjacent to a simple country kitchen, the dining area features a long table and a mix of Swedish chairs, tufted leather benches, and his-and-hers linen wing chairs that accommodated 20 for Thanksgiving dinner.

If you like Witherspoon’s dining room, we’ve got the look. Take a look at these pieces:

witherspoon dining tableStart with an oversized dining table. This beautiful piece is from the HGTV Home Furniture’s Meadowbrook Manor Collection. With two leaves, it can accommodate as many or as few guests you wish. The wood grain is gorgeous on the tabletop and the carved details of the square tapered column legs add more interest.

witherspoon wingback chair
Next, add a pair of wingback chairs to create head-of-the-table envy. The Woodlands Wing Dining Chairs from HGTV’s Home Collection fit the bill. Upholstered in neutral beige with a burned ash wood finish legs, they provide a comfortable place for the host or hostess to entertain friends after a long day in the kitchen.

carly settee witherspoon dining room

Next, add bench seating to the dining room. The Carly Settee from Thread & Feather is sophisticated with a coral pattern in a pale green with a crisply tailored ivory contrast welt. This piece is available in other fabrics, so you can customize the look to make it all yours.

sidechair witherspoon

Add even more seating with these Rustic Oak Side Chairs. While the style of the back is different than Witherspoon’s, the feel is the same. Simple and unassuming, the chairs have an x-back and are highlighted with an upholstered soft cream chair seat.

server witherspoon

Next, add a sideboard. Made from solid maple for sturdy and lasting appeal, our Saber Server has country charm with modern details. Use it for buffet-style dining or an out-of-the-way bar. It will also handsomely store your extra china and linens. In a two-tone finish, it’s the perfect piece to round out your dining room.

lamp witherspoon

Finally, top your sideboard with our brushed bronze Table Lamp with an ivory linen shade. Transitional in style, the lamp looks great in any home. And it will shed extra light on your sideboard buffet.