The Worst Things You Can Do to a Sofa

The golden rule of sectional sofas cost vs quality is that a low- to mid-priced sofa should last about 10 years, while higher priced sofas should last 25 years or more. But sadly, most people don’t take proper care of their sofas and as a result, even high-quality pieces can get old before their time. Most people don’t want to ruin their sofas, but if you’re doing any of these things, that’s exactly what will happen.

If you don’t want to have to buy a new sofa, don’t do these six things!

Always Sit in the Same Spot

People are creatures of habit, and when it comes to relaxing we often, without thinking, head to our favorite spot on the sectional couch. But sitting in the same spot over and over again can actually do the sofa quite a bit of harm – crushing the fibers and wearing down the springs underneath. So mix it up and sit on different parts of the sofa. One day sit on the left side, one day sit on the right, and another day try the middle. Distributing the weight evenly over time will help any one spot from deteriorating too quickly.

Never Rotate the Cushions

If you want to get maximum longevity out of a sofa Ohio it’s important to rotate the cushions on a regular basis. Flip them over every now and then and (if applicable) switch them around to different spots. Rotating and flipping the cushions will allow them to keep their shape and help to eliminate sagging.

Sleep on It

3 piece sectional sofa are meant for sitting, not sleeping. Although it’s tempting to sleep – and sometimes you can’t help dozing off – your sofa was not designed for it. Eventually, the frame and the cushion will sag and deteriorate because of the prolonged use. So while a nap every now and then is fine, if you’re settling in for a full 8 hours do yourself a favor and make the trip to the bedroom.

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Never Clean It

If you’re like most people your oversized sectional sofa probably gets a lot of action, and as a result, it can get pretty dirty. Even if it doesn’t look dirty it’s probably covered in dust particles, sloughed-off skin cells, bits of food, and who knows what else. No matter how clean you are your sofa will get dirty, so clean it regularly in order to extend its life.

Leave It in a Sunny Spot

Sunlight can bleach certain fabrics, and in other cases just cause them to fade and deteriorate over time, so it’s important not to leave your sectional seating in a sunny spot. If the back of the piece is exposed to sunlight all the time it will eventually fade to a lighter color than the front, and vice verse. Or if half is in the sun it will fade to a lighter color than the other half. Or if you keep a throw pillow in the same spot you’ll notice a significant difference in color when you remove it. Keep your sofa out of the sun, or at least rotate it regularly to keep it looking like new.

Let Stains Set

If something spills on your sofa it’s important to clean it immediately. Allowing stains to set in the fabric means they may become virtually impossible to clean. It will always vary depending on the fabric and the material that has soiled it, but if you don’t take care of it right away you run the risk of ruining it for good.

If your sofa is looking a little tired but you’re not ready to give up on it just yet, try one of these easy updates. You might be surprised how easy it is to teach an old sofa some new tricks.

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How to choose the best mattress

Mattresses have become so technological – some are even based on research from the US space agency NASA – that they now sometimes go by the name ‘sleep systems’.

And at up to £40,000 a throw, some even cost as much as a mid-range BMW and command the same sort of social status. But is it really necessary to fork out to get a good night’s sleep?

The consensus is that a cheap mattress is indeed a false economy – spending, say, less than £200 is almost certainly not going to ensure a good night’s sleep unless you are very young, very light and frequently sleeping somewhere else.

Cheap Full Mattress also need replacing more often, perhaps as frequently as every two years. Spend a bit extra, say, more than £1,000, and you should not need to change the mattresses for 10 years, or, in the most luxurious pocket spring cases, up to 25.

“Spend as much as you can afford,” advises Andy Hills of And So To Beds Cleveland. “The minimum should be about £700 on the mattress and bed base combined. It always strikes me as absurd that people will spend £3,000 or £4,000 on a sofa which they sit on for an hour or two some evenings, and much less than £1,000 on a bed where they will spend a crucial eight hours every night.”

Once you have fixed the budget, the next priority is looking for the right kind of support.

“People often ask for orthopaedic mattresses direct, but all that means is a hard one,” says Hills. “Very few people actually need a hard mattress unless they have crushed a disc. For most other people, they will simply be uncomfortable, particularly for lighter women, creating shoulder pain and pins and needles sensations.”

Indeed, your body weight will largely dictate the sort of tension you require – the softer ones are better for an eight-stone woman, according to the Mattress Outlet Ohio a firmer mattress will benefit a 16-stone rugby player type. Of course, many suppliers sell combination mattresses with different tensions on either side, catering for couples with greatly varying weights.

Others sell two mattresses zipped together, a technique much improved on the old days, making it now almost impossible to tell that there is a divide. “We say if couples feel the zip, we’ll give them their money back,” says Hills.

With spring mattresses, the firmness is largely dictated by the number of springs. High-quality mattresses such as Vi-Spring, such as the superb double model, will often have soft cotton and lamb’s wool to enhance the springs; the very best will have horsehair filling, which breathes well and acts like more tiny springs.

Vi-Spring offer a comfort promise – try the top bed in OH Parma for up to 90 days, if need be, they will replace it with a softer or harder one. Tempur, a manufacturer of memory foam mattresses using material developed at NASA to relieve g-force pressures during space launches, offers a 60-night free trial.

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The viscoelastic foam is designed to eliminate pressure points by spreading body weight evenly. The foam cell mattresses, that start at around £1,040 for a double, reorganise themselves constantly to mould to the exact contours of a body, and because they do not harbour dust mites in the same way as more traditional mattresses, they are excellent for asthma sufferers.

Although good mattresses are expensive, they are surely worth it for health and happiness, even if it means making savings elsewhere. “People often put up with wakeful nights, constant tiredness and sore backs for a long time before connecting it to the mattress,” warns Lucy Benham of John Lewis.

“A good test is sitting on the edge and seeing whether the whole side of the mattress collapses. If so, the mattress needs urgent replacement.

“Also, when looking at a new one, remember that quilted ones tend to be of lower quality. Tufted ones, which look like they have buttons going through them, are better as this means the filling is contained to avoid it moving around. Good stitching around the sides indicates that the springs are contained in pockets, which will be much more effective than open spring mattresses.

“But always remember to lie down on a mattress in the showroom and ask for professional advice. Choosing a new mattress is a very important decision indeed.”

Make sure the bed base is suitable for your mattress. A poor base will make even the most expensive mattress uncomfortable. Divan or upholstered ones are best for spring mattresses as the springs in both components complement each other. Memory foam mattresses are better if you have only a wooden slatted base.

To gauge the right tension for you, lie on the mattress in the showroom, and push your hand under the small of your back. If there is a large gap, the mattress is too soft, no gap at all, then it’s too firm. Just being able to pass your hand through suggests that the tension is spot on.

If the mattress is too hard, your body will try to compensate by frequently tossing and turning during the night, up to 60 times. This will impair your and your partner’s sleep. A good mattress from Mattress Warehouse Cleveland Ohio will reduce turning to 17 times a night.

A too-hard mattress makes the body do the work, rather than the bed. The shoulder and hips cannot sink into the mattress, so they curve towards each other, resulting in a bent and stressed spine.

A too-soft mattress lets the body sink into a hammock position, causing hips and shoulders to pinch in, the spine to curve and putting pressure on joints and muscles. Numbness and tingling can follow.

The best spring mattresses tend to be pocket-sprung, where each individual spring is kept separate to respond to pressure from your body.

Ashley Furniture Review

Ashley Furniture Outlets are the best known for affordable furniture and their giant HomeStores. Their products are aimed at the budget minded consumer looking for quick delivery. Since their designers have coordinated all collections from major pieces right down to accessories, you can achieve a cohesive look in very little time.

Ashley Furniture Industries do not sell directly to consumers, but through Ashley Outlet all over the country.

These are franchised, independently owned stores that carry Ashley products exclusively.

You can also find their collections at most neighborhood retail and online stores. Prices and availability may vary slightly from one dealer to another. However, if you don’t find a particular Ashley collection at a store, they can usually order for you through catalogs.

Background

When you walk into a giant 45,000 square foot ashley furniture store locations you are struck by the vast variety being offered. On taking a closer look you notice their low prices. Ashley Furniture, the highest selling brand in America, claims quality, style, selection, and service to be its defining characteristics. From its modest beginnings in 1945 as a purveyor of occasional tables and wall units, Ashley Furniture has grown to become the largest home furnishing manufacturer within the industry, and an Ashley HomeStore can be a one stop shop for all your furniture needs.

What to Expect

Although their styles lean more towards the traditional, there is a good variety of contemporary furniture as well. They have also updated some traditional styles to give them a more transitional look.

Ashley’s coordinated products allow the buyer to choose from several combinations of furniture with matching materials and finishes for every room.

At an Ashley HomeStore these collections are grouped together, not just as floor displays, but in pricing as well making the Ashley Furniture Clearance process somewhat easier if you are looking for budget-friendly furniture. For instance, a coordinated five piece living room set consisting of a sofa, love seat, coffee table and two end tables could display a price tag starting out at very low price.

The company has three divisions: Ashley Case goods, Ashley Upholstery, and Millennium and all Ashley Homestores carry selections from these three groups.

The furniture is of reasonable quality, but not the best. In furniture as in most purchases, you get what you pay for, and this furniture is very budget friendly. It is best suited to those who are making their first home, or have a very tight budget.

Casegoods

The casegoods division consists of Ashley Furniture Desk, dining room sets, bedroom sets, table sets, wall units, storage units, etc.

There is a wide range of selection in price as well as style, color and finishes. Expect to pay anywhere from $300 for a basic three piece table set, to over $4000 for a Millennium set in the higher quality range.

Upholstery

In the upholstery division you will find all sofas, love seats and sectionals.

As with case goods, there is a wide range of prices and styles available in this section as well.

Although there is a huge selection in styles, they do not take custom orders. You are sure to find something you like from the variety of styles they offer, and they keep adding to the selection. Their Ashley Furniture Desks, sofa groups and sectionals range from traditional to contemporary, in different fabric and leather.

Fabric sofas usually begin at around $500, while leather sofas start at around $700. The prices will vary depending on the retailer.

The Millennium Collection

Millennium is the highest quality that Ashley offers. These pieces are better made using more quality material. A great feature of the Millennium furniture line is that its classic styling that seems to never go out of fashion.

Ashley-Sleep

Ashley introduced its own mattresses in 2008, and its mattress brand took off in a big way becoming one of the fastest growing brands.

They have kept abreast of the latest developments in mattresses, including the use of newer technology and materials. Ashley has also kept abreast of environmental trends, and its mattresses carry the CertiPUR-US seal.

How to choose the right hot tub

Choosing the right hot tub or spa for you and your family can be confusing, especially with so many different hot tub brands, models and options coming over to the USA.

We hope you enjoy browsing through our wide range of hot tub deals, but before you make your choice, have a look through our handy hot tub buyer’s guide below to give you some useful decision-making tips.

How to choose the right hot tub

  1. Research hot tubs online

    Searching the internet for information about hot tubs and spas is generally a good idea. Lots of people have hot tubs in the US and are enjoying the various social and health benefits that come with them. Read hot tub reviews or websites to get an idea about what a hot tub lifestyle is like and how it could benefit you. Understanding why you want a discount hot tub is sometimes a good indicator of what kind of spa you should research.

  2. Caution: buying a hot tub online

    Don’t be fooled thinking you’ll get a ‘better deal’ online. We highly recommend that you physically see some hot tubs or spas before you buy them. The best hot tubs are a long term investment and will add value to your home as well as provide family entertainment for many years. Unfortunately internet deals can sometimes fall through meaning you’ll lose your money, or worse still, the hot tub you receive is much lower in quality than the one you were expecting and it will end up costing you more to run it or repair it. It’s important to understand the quality of your preferred hot tubs by going to a hot tub showroom to see them.

  3. Manufacturing hot tubs

    Not all hot tubs are the same. During your research look out for reputable hot tub manufacturers and search their websites for information. If they have a good reputation for quality, you’ll be able to see it. Look out for it. Quality hot tub retailers and manufacturers will provide detailed hot tub product details, technical quality details, where to buy and their service information. Also look for manufacturers who offer a full hot tub warranty.

  4. Plan for your new hot tub

    Imagine where your outdoor hot tub will sit in your garden. Don’t forget to consider what direction you face, if you are overlooked, how you will fit your hot tub into the space and where it will feature in your overall garden design. When preparing your garden for the arrival of a new hot tub, start discussing it with your local hot tub retailer as soon as you can. They will point out all the considerations regarding an efficient installation while helping you make the most of your new hot tub.

  5. The best hot tubs

    The best hot tubs are ones that provide you with years of entertainment and pleasure, without costing you a fortune to run. Make sure you check the quality of the hot tub construction. The cost to run a hot tub depends on how often you heat the water. Generally, if a hot tub is well made with significant insulation, the better it will be at retaining heat. Be sure to choose a hot tub with several layers of different types of insulation, which ensures maximum heat retention. Replica models lacking good insulation will ultimately cost more to heat. Other good indicators of the best discount hot tubs include a thick, strong hot tub cover to retain heat while you’re not using your hot tub and a solid ABS base. As well as retaining heat at the bottom of your hot tub, a strong base will prevent garden creatures and outdoor pests from getting inside it too.

  6. Hot tub size matters

    Hot tubs are available in all shapes and sizes. Firstly, it’s important to think about how much space you have in your garden – and the access to it. This may limit the hot tub size you can accommodate. An authorized hot tub retailer will visit you at home to help you conduct an outdoor site survey. If you have problems with access to your garden, they may suggest a crane to help lift your hot tub or spa over your house. Next, think about the number of people you will have in the hot tub at once. If you are planning regular hot tub parties, then you might need more seats than a standard family size. Although a larger hot tub may not always mean more seats, they are generally more comfortable with more space to move around in. Finally, think about the height of the people using the hot tub. Most standard hot tubs are around 90cm high, but the lengths differ. If you’re choosing a hot tub with a lounge seat, make sure they accommodate taller and shorter people comfortably. (The best way to check for comfort is to sit in a dry hot tub at a hot tub showroom).

  7. What is hot tub hydrotherapy?

    According to Wikipedia, ‘Hydrotherapy, involves the use of water for pain-relief and treating illness. The term hydrotherapy itself is synonymous with the term water cure as it was originally marketed by practitioners and promoters in the 19th century’. Since then, it’s become widely known that water soothes aching joints and hydrotherapy products have become popular for de-stressing, unwinding and generally resting our bodies. Hot tubs feature patented bearing less jets with no moving parts. Bearing less hot tub jet designs allow a range of swirling, pulsing, streaming or penetrating water flow, which deeply massages like every therapeutic technique. Make sure you check the hot tub jets to ensure that they are adjustable and you can turn them on/off to customize your massage.

  8. Maintaining hot tub water

    When choosing a hot tub, you should look at how it filters the water. Typically, hot tubs use pleated filters to trap any grease or dirt. Most hot tubs have 1 or 2 pumps that support hydrotherapy massage (the jets) plus a separate circulation pump which pushes all hot tub water through a filtration system. The system includes a number of pleated filters, skimmers or filter bags to trap all matter of debris that may enter your Madrid hot tub during use. Plus some have ozonators that release ozone into the water regularly. Ozone naturally kills bacteria, so cuts down the amount of sanitiser you need. Hot tub filters should be cleaned every couple of weeks and replaced every year.

    Don’t forget that you need to maintain the hot tub water once it is up and running in your garden. Check before you buy your hot tub that your installer knows about maintaining hot tub water. A G0 850 hot tub retailer will provide detailed information and training about chemical treatments and water balance once your hot tub is installed. It’s easy once you know how. Popular water treatments for hot tub water safety include Chlorine, Bromine and for more sensitive skin, Oxidiser. Managing your hot tub water is important for your safety. Make sure you choose a hot tub retailer or manufacturer who can help you with ongoing maintenance and your chemical questions.

  9. Hot tub covers

    Make sure your hot tub is covered when not in use. Not only does this retain heat, but it also stops airborne debris from entering your hot tub water. The best hot tub covers are solid with insulation and have locks on them which fasten onto the side of your hot tub. This stops them from being tampered with while they’re out of use. A good hot tub cover will last for a couple of years before you should consider replacing it.

  10. Use your iPod in your hot tub

    If you want your hot tub to provide music, make sure you look at the entertainment system that comes with it. Not all hot tubs are the same. hot tubs are available with iPod docking stations, MP3 players and even 1GB hard drives to store your music selections.

  11. Hot tub finance

    Reputable hot tub manufacturers can offer finance packages so that you can spread the cost of buying your hot tub. Look out for Aquatica finance offers at NEFD authorized hot tub retailers. Often you may find it easier to buy now, or next year, or even better.

Why not pop in for a visit?

Visit your local hot tub retailer and see what offers they have in store today. Friendly, expert advice is available in store from our Aquatica hot tub team who will be pleased to introduce you our impressive range of Vienna hot tubs. We have a wealth of hot tub hydrotherapy experiences just waiting for you to explore.

You could be in your very own private spa or hot tub haven in no time!

12 Tips to Prevent Bunk Bed Injuries

Bunks Beds injuries are a leading cause for visits to the doctor. How can a piece of furniture be such a great source of childhood injuries, some of them very serious, even fatal?

Turns out that the answer lies in how this piece of furniture is used. Most injuries stem from unsafe behavior around bunk beds and but some have also arisen from faulty construction. It stands to reason that consumers should enforce safe behavior and check out if their bunk beds adhere to new construction standards.

Bunk Bed Safe Behavior:

Make sure to enforce these safety rules, and go over them with your kids.

  • Children under the age of six should not be left unattended in a room with Ashley Furniture Bunk Beds, or be allowed to use them. The greatest instances of bunk bed-related injuries are from falls, and more than half of them occur in children under the age of five.
  • Only one person should be allowed on the top bunk at a time and there should be absolutely no horseplay on or under beds.
  • Do not let children hang any items, for instance, hooks, belts, jump ropes, etc. to any part of the bunk bed as it could pose a strangulation hazard.
  • Make sure to reinforce bunk bed safety rules regularly. Go over the rules whenever your child has a fiend sleep over. Never assume that they may be familiar with your rules, and remember they may need reminding even if they have slept over before.

Safe Bunk Bed Construction:

While safety rules help, make sure that your bunks bed adheres to these safety rules in construction as well.

This is especially true if you are purchasing used bunk beds. Earlier models may not be compliant to the new safety standards that are now in place. You may want to check out the CPSC website for more details.

  • There should be guardrails on the top bunk and the single opening for entering and exiting should be no more than 15 inches.
  • The rails on the top bunk should extend at least 5 inches above the top surface of the mattress. Check the rails to make sure they are sturdy.
  • Make sure that the mattress is the proper size for the unit, as stated by the manufacturer. Never use a smaller or larger size as it could fall and hurt the child using it, as well as the one in the lower bunk.
  • Always have your child use a sturdy ladder to enter and leave the top bunk. The ladder should be free of toys, clothes or other clutter.
  • According to new guidelines published by ASTM International in 2007, bunk beds manufactured after March 2008 may not have any type of “finial” or corner post on the headboard or footboard. This is to help prevent accidental strangulation caused by something the child is wearing or carrying catching on the bed as the child exits the upper bunk.

Safe Bunk Bed Placement:

Furniture placement plays a big role in how it gets used. Make sure that Ashley Bunk Beds are placed so that it is easy for the child to get in and out of them.

  • Never position a bunk bed under or near a ceiling fan or ceiling light fixture.
  • Do not place the bunk bed against a window.
  • Make sure that there is room for your child to sit up without bumping his head on the ceiling.

How To Make Your Small Living Room Look Larger

If you don’t have room for a 10-foot sofa or giant media console, you’re not alone. Those of us who dwell in an apartment or urban neighborhood frequently find that space is at a premium.

If this describes your experience, you can choose to look at your limited living space as a creative design challenge. According to the factory direct furniture the key to living happily and beautifully in small quarters is combining space-saving and multi functional solutions while expressing your personal style. Smart decisions will give you the space you need while making your room extraordinary and welcoming. These 10 tips can help you make the most of an all-important room: the living room.

1. Open it up to other rooms. If you have limited living area, you may want to view your living room as a flowing space and, when possible, open up doorways or walls so adjacent rooms blend together.

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A living room can be a larger combination of a living, dining, mattress, sectional sofas and kitchen space if you take down the walls that separate them. Likewise, widening doorways and opening them up to the ceiling will create a larger, more open feeling. If making major structural changes is not possible, try simply removing the doors to each connected space.

This not only will improve the sightlines and light in each room, it will allow for an easier flow of movement.

2. Use built-in furniture and shelves. It’s a good idea to invest in built-in solutions and appropriate shelving to fit your space and needs. Custom built-ins are ideal in a small room because you can size each piece of furniture for your challenging space while adding a feature or two that maximizes its use.

For example, a built-in sectional couch can have useful storage hidden underneath. If hiring a carpenter or buying a custom piece isn’t in your budget, get creative and put your DIY hat on. Can you place an attractive roll away drawer underneath your sofa? How about floating a deep shelf with brackets on a wall as a desk?

Similarly, instead of a custom-made wall unit, place shelves in an artful pattern on a wall to create a media unit. When hanging shelves, place them all the way up a wall to create a vertical pattern. Higher placement of design features helps create the feeling of volume in the room.

3. Get creative with your furniture layout and lighting. When possible, try arranging furniture to create separation between functional zones. This helps define different uses within a single room. For example, place a desk behind a sofa to fashion a work space, or arrange your chairs and sofa in a way that clearly separates the living room from the dining space.

You can further define the layout by placing a different overhead light fixture in each separate space. For example, in the living space zone, go for a light fixture that’s close to the ceiling (flush or semiflush mount). Then, in the adjacent dining space, place a hanging pendant directly over the table.

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4. Let the sun shine in. Emphasize your natural light sources to make your room brighter. A sunlit room feels more open and helps eliminate shadows that can make an enclosed area feel smaller. The simplest way to enhance natural light in a room is to place a mirror where it will reflect the light from a window. This will not only reflect light but also create the illusion of more depth in the space. When possible, place your most-used pieces of furniture — such as the sofa or your favorite cozy chair — so that they have a view of the outdoors, even define your whole plan before going to the sofas stores.

If natural light is minimal, consider installing track lighting. While not taking up valuable table or floor space, its bright light and flexible track heads can substitute for direct sunlight.

5. Paint strategically. The classic tip of using white or paler hues is still spot-on advice for painting a smaller space. Also, painting the trim and walls in the room the same color draws the eye up and highlights the ceiling, as in this room.

But you can also use darker colors. Soothing hues such as navy or charcoal gray, for example, can make a smaller space stylishly inviting. The trick in a small room is to balance a darker wall with lighter elements to create depth and brighten the room. For example, place a lighter-colored sofa against a dark wall. Layer with more light-colored furniture, shiny accessories and a pale rug.

You can experiment with painted stripes on a wall. Whether vertical or horizontal, the stripes will visually expand or elongate that featured wall.

6. Ditch the overstuffed college-era sofa. This may be rather obvious, but it’s important: Avoid oversize and heavy-feeling furniture. It will take over and make the room feel smaller. Instead, opt for low-profile, streamlined furniture, particularly sofas.

Low-profile furniture essentially means low to the ground. A low-profile sofa, for example, means there’s a small distance from the floor to the sofas leather. From a design standpoint, this usually means smaller sofa legs, streamlined cushions or a narrow base.

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Use the extra wall space your low-profile sofa provides to balance the space with wall decor that starts low and goes high. Great examples are hanging a large-scale art piece or arranging a vertical row of shelves that draws the eye up.

7. Multitask. When living small, it’s imperative that you ask yourself: Can this serve more than one purpose? By having key pieces pull double duty, you can easily accommodate all your living room needs. Perfect examples are a console table or wall unit as a desk and the highly useful pullout sofa bed.

Storage is another useful feature to add anywhere it can fit. Instead of dining chairs, perhaps try a bench with hidden storage. Instead of floating shelving, opt for floating drawers. They serve the same purpose and give you extra compartments for necessities. Similarly, place a tray on top of a storage ottoman to serve as a multifunctional coffee table.

8. Go big with a rug. It might seem counter intuitive, but when possible, use a rug that extends beyond the furniture in each functional space. For example, in a living area, a rug that sits under the sofa, coffee table and additional seating will draw the eye wider and make that living space appear bigger. On the other hand, a smaller rug sized just a bit larger than the coffee table can feel more like a bath mat, causing the living space to read as its limited size.

9. Create a focal point. Take advantage of your living room’s diminutive size to easily create a design feature. Specifically, choose one aspect of the room to highlight with something visually interesting. The eye will be immediately drawn to this standout feature, with less emphasis on the room’s challenging size.

A terrific example is to design a feature wall behind a sofa with color, texture or wall decor. Use a wall covering such as grass cloth, feature a mural or place different framed artwork and mirrors on a brightly colored wall.

10. Express yourself, don’t repress yourself. Just because you’re living small, it doesn’t mean you can’t include stylish features that represent you. In a small room, it’s easy for the furniture to take over the personality of the room.

Since the living room is where we spend a lot of time, imbue your room with personality via accessories that tell the story of you and your household. Creatively framed photos, a sentimental knickknack from a grandparent, or personal artwork or collections are great one-of-a-kind decorative elements that personalize your cozy living room.

 

 

 

New to Kitchen Finishes? Here’s What You Need to Know

Kitchen finishes are unique because they need to protect their associated items from grease, spills, wet cleaning, and more. This means they must be durable but also look great. Here are some of the current overall trends to give you some ideas for your cabinets direct remodeling projects:

Appliances

Shiny enamel has been a favorite for appliances for decades if not longer, but that doesn’t mean that it has stayed looking the same. Basic white, while very common, has not been seen as an “in” color for many years. Instead, bold colors are once again making an appearance, and black remains a favorite as well.

Stainless steel appliances are still going strong, and thanks to its normally-higher price, it has been able to avoid becoming too common. That said, it’s not the best-choice option for many kitchens. Its industrial feel works best in kitchen cabinets cheapest but modern designs.

Cabinetry

Stained or even simply polished wood is the far-and-away favorite of today’s designers, as can be seen from how often it is used in new homes. It looks great in all but the most modern of designs. Clean these discount kitchens cabinets frequently, especially if they’re only protected by a light coat of polish.

Paint, whether standard or enamel, is a strong second to polished wood. The most popular color is white thanks to its clean, fresh look. That said, other colors are great for creating themes. HGTV mentions using blues, yellows, and pops of red, among other options.

Getting cabinets pre-finished before they arrive at your home results in a good, even finish thanks to the controlled conditions of the finishing facility. This service ensures the new kitchen cabinets wholesale cabinetry will be finished perfectly before it is delivered and installed.

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Countertops

Discounted Kitchen Cabinets finishes depend heavily on what the underlying surface is made from. Granite, other stone surfaces, and concrete are all best coated in a water-resistant sealant and then polished to a deep shine. This creates a stunningly beautiful surface, but the original point was more practical: a thick layer of shiny sealant keeps liquid from getting into the pores of the stone and causing stains.

Countertops laminated with materials such as Formica can be glossy too, but they often use a semi-gloss finish instead. In laminate, semi-gloss versions are less likely to show damage like scratches.

Backsplashes are often made of the same material as the countertop itself. However, contrast can be gained by using backsplash tile for kitchen countertops. Tile is waterproof and durable, so it works very well for this purpose.

Flooring

Kitchen floors must look beautiful, yet also be waterproof and easy to clean. That creates a conundrum because one of today’s biggest trends in general flooring is hardwood. According to Northeast Factory Direct, flooring manufacturers are bridging this gap with waterproof wood-look kitchen alternatives made of vinyl planks, porcelain planks, and other materials. This means that browns and tans are currently ruling to get the look of hardwood. Floors are almost always finished to a shine, especially in kitchens. While matte can look great, shiny floors are more resistant to stains resulting from spills.

Takeaways

  • Stainless steel appliances are popular, but they have not become commonplace.
  • Wood cabinetry is always a hit.
  • Painted cabinets allow homeowners to move away from the browns of wood.
  • Countertop finishes depend on the construction material.
  • Wood-look vinyl and porcelain materials are trending in kitchen flooring.
  • Kitchen flooring typically has a glossy finish to resist stains

To get your kitchen redone in all of the latest colors and finishes, just contact us here at NEFD. We’re Northern East experts at home remodeling cheap kitchen cabinets projects, with several years in business.

Tips on Sofa Recliners

You’re thinking about getting a new sofa, but you want something more than just a place to watch TV, something a little different.
Don’t limit yourself to merely sitting on or lying across this piece of furniture. With the introduction of the reclining sofa, you now have a third option. Research, measure and go shopping equipped with all you need.

There are two types of reclining sofas, those that have electronic components and those that recline manually. The manual is adjusted by hand, typically with a lever or simply by a push-back motion of the body; you might want to try this in person in a store to get the feel. The manual may have only one or two positions or might be customizable for the degree of recline. Electric Reclining Sofa may be adjustable to a precise degree; they also might have additional bells and whistles such as a built-in massager or heating pad.

Study the pros and cons of each type before you leave home or by quizzing salespeople at a retail store; if you’re looking for one type or the other, you will have fewer choices to risk being overwhelmed by. Research the reputations of manufacturers.

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Size Matters

Use a tape measure to determine exactly how much space is available in that perfect spot you have chosen for your power recliner sofa. Sketch a layout of the room including any coffee table, TV stand or fireplace hearth. A freestanding sofa may be fine, but one up against a wall or another piece of furniture needs additional clearance in back to allow for the recline — and in front to allow for the foot rest that comes up and out. Be sure the sofa can fit through doorways.

Usage

Think about the purpose of your reclining couches. When considering length, take into account how many people you need to accommodate. A love seat works for a single or couple or in a room with more seating available. Many sectional sofas offer at least one segment with a reclining feature, and this might be practical in a multipurpose room or for big families or people who entertain.

Construction

Choose a manufacturer whose reputation is for solid construction. Ask to see the exposed framework and cushion construction. Hardwood frames of maple or oak will take more use and abuse than a softer wood such as pine. Select the fabric based on your needs and intended usage. Leather endures and is user-friendly, especially in homes with kids and pets. Loosely textured weaves can catch on fittings such as zippers and buttons. Modern sofa reclining microfibers are likely to last a long time and clean up well; they also are available in many colors and patterns. Velour and similar fabrics may show wear in spots as the fibers are worn away or permanently crushed.

HOME THEATER LOUNGER AND SOFA PLACEMENT

The positioning of your home theater seats can be the single most important aspect of your home theater. There is an entire art of strategically designing the layout of your movie theater furniture so that all of your viewers have a superior theater experience. Experts constantly discuss where to place your home theater speakers but few have offered advice on how to position your home movie theater furniture.

All too often individuals arrange home theater seating and home theater loungers on the back wall of their home theater or in the dead middle of the room, the two worst positions available. Bass frequencies tend to build up at the walls and disappear in the middle. A little research can go a long way in strategically laying out your home theater sofa in a position that best fosters quality listening and viewing.

The best positions for viewing and listening depend upon the amount of seats you want to implement, the size of your screen and the sound system you’re using, so plan ahead. A little bit of research from furniture warehouses, online stores and preparation can play a big role in ensuring your system and your home theater sofa are working together.

THEATER SEATING COMFORT

Your movie theater furniture should ultimately be designed for comfort. The serious home theater enthusiast will undoubtedly purchase home theater sofas, loveseats and recliners that are sturdy and comfortable but it is important to keep your audience in mind.

A high-quality leather home theater chair is a very comfortable option unless your wife is constantly reaching over the arm rest to hold your hand. A home theater sofa or sectional would be a more comfortable option if you are trying to get cozy with a significant other. Perhaps you have children who would be more comfortable in a home theater lounger built to their size. Today’s theater furniture accommodate for all sizes and dynamics. Recliners commonly offer ‘loveseat’ options where there is no center arm rest.

The point is that comfort may not be the same for everyone, keep this in mind when making your home movie theater furniture selections.

SIZE OF YOUR THEATER

Do not forget to consider the size of the room when selecting your home movie theater furniture. A large home theater sofa may fit perfectly in one room but congest and cramp another. You also have to chose a perfect theater seating store so that to select home theater loungers and furniture appropriate to the space available to you.

The size of your home movie theater furniture will also affect the sound quality in the room the smaller the size the less interference you are bound to have. Know the dimensions of your theater before purchasing your home theater sofa or home theater lounger. One to select the models that you like and view them in the configuration that best suits your theater room.

PRICING

As I am sure you are aware by now, home movie theater seating can be an expensive investment. Home theater sofas and loungers can be surprisingly expensive. Create your budget before shopping and try not to stray from it. You can visit the Northeast Factory Direct which is a good online furniture store. Do your research. Financing options are now also readily available for this type of furniture too.

There are seating options available under $600 that could be perfect for your set up. Building your theater one step at a time and purchasing home theater furniture piecemeal may be an option individuals with a tight budget and high standards.

ACCESSORIES

They say God is in the details, they also say the devil is in the details, anyway you look at it a few small accessories can set your theater above the norm. Home movie theater furniture can be purchased with additional luxurious features that will make your theater the talk of the town. Light-up cup holders, armrests, and power recliners are just a few options that can bring your theater out of mediocrity.

Adding an old fashioned popcorn machine or a concession stand are popular accessories for the advanced home theater. Home movie theater furniture is also available in the design of your favorite sports team.

Branding your home theater sofa in your favorite team’s colors and logo is a great way to make your theater memorable and unique.

5 Things To Look For in a Sofa

Choosing a sofa sounds pretty easy. You just go to the store, pick one out, and get it delivered. Or even better, order it online and take care of it with the press of a button. But not so fast. Getting the right sectionals sofas for your home isn’t quite so easy. Sofas are one of the most expensive decor items you’ll purchase for your home so you need to make sure you’re making the right investment. Before you buy the first sofa you fall in love with make sure you’ve done your due diligence.

The Right Size

Never underestimate the importance of size when choosing a cheapest sectional sofas.

  • The first thing to do is consider your seating needs. How many people will be using it on a regular basis? One, two, three? This will directly affect how roomy your cheap sectional couch needs to be. If it’s just for one or two people you can be pretty flexible, but if it’s more than that you might want to consider an L-shape that provides additional seating.
  • How big is the room where your sofa will go? Obviously it’s important to make sure that it will physically fit, but it’s also important to make sure that it’s well proportioned in relation to the rest of the room. Many people who live in small spaces opt for small “apartment” size sofas, but depending on how you’ve decorated your room this can be a mistake. Sometimes too many smaller pieces can make a room look cluttered. Even in a small room consider a regular size sofa in order to fill the space and make it look full and complete.
  • The other important size consideration has to do with getting it into the room. Make sure to carefully measure the doorways, hallways, staircases – wherever it has to go make sure the cheap sectional couches can fit inside and around corners. The number one reason large furniture pieces get returned is because they don’t fit, so measure carefully before you buy.

Quality of Construction

Quality is a huge factor when buying a sofa, and the term “you get what you pay for” should always be top of mind.

  • Sofas vary in price from anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. If you’re on a budget you’ll want to stick closer to the low end, but always keep in mind that the less you pay the more likely it will be that you’ll have to replace it in a few years. So while it may seem cost conscious at the time, you’ll still end up paying more in a few years. That’s not to say you have to spend thousands of dollars on a sofa, but be aware of cost and quality. Remember that high end sofas should last more than 25 years, while sofas on the lower end will likely only last up to 10.
  • When trying to determine if microfiber sectional sofas are of good quality there are two things to check. Ask the manufacturer if it has 8-way hand tied construction. This is a sign of excellent quality and most high-end furniture is made this way. The other way is to run your hand across the back of the sofa. If it feels hollow it’s an indicator of cheap quality. Remember, cost and quality often go hand-in-hand with sofas and other major pieces of furniture, so it’s always a good idea to buy the best quality you can comfortably afford.
  • No matter how good the quality, if you don’t take care of it, it won’t last. So make sure you don’t do any of these things that will ruin your sofa.

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Color and Pattern

While size and quality are hugely important, perhaps nothing will have a bigger impact on the room than the color and pattern of your sofa. Conventional decorating wisdom tells us that since sofas take up so much visual space – and they’re expensive to replace or recover – it’s best to play it safe. Stick with easy-to-live-with neutrals, and simple, minimal patterns. While bold colors and trendy patterns can be fun for a while, it’s likely that over time they will begin to look dated – or you might get sick of them! Financially it makes more sense to stick with a neutral base and dress it up with colorful pillows and throws. And keep in mind that neutral does not have to mean plain.

Style and Shape

There is a huge variety of sofa styles and shapes currently available. There are traditional William Birch, roll arm, and camel back versions; modern tuxedo, slipper and mid-century versions; and a seemingly unending array of others that fall somewhere else on the spectrum. If you don’t know exactly what you want think about the overall style of your home, the room it will go in, and what kind of look you want to achieve. As a general rule you don’t put a traditional sofa and wrap around couch in a modern house, but in some cases that might be just the look someone is going for. So think about the arm style, the cushion style, the shape of the back, and the base style. Look at photos of how certain styles look in rooms similar to yours and determine what you like best.

Comfort

The number one deal breaker when it comes to buying a sofa should always be comfort. No matter how good it looks, how perfectly it fits, or what a great price you can get, if it’s not comfortable to sit in it won’t do you any good. Far too many people make this purchase only to discover they can’t use it the way they intended. So before you buy a sofa test it out. Sit in it, lie down in it, and spend a few minutes trying to get comfortable. And be honest with yourself about how you’ll use it! If it doesn’t feel right in the store, don’t buy it.