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Designing a Handicap-Accessible Living Room

Designing an area that’s inviting and comfortable for everyone is a fulfilling experience. Decor options are limitless so long as they are pleasing to the eye and practical for the safety and convenience of all. Plush armchairs, beautiful storage chests and contemporary sofas can all work well in a handicap-accessible home....   Read more »

Sectional Guide: Understanding Sectional Sofa Configurations

Popular for their versatility, sectional sofas are composed of two or more finished pieces that come together to create an expansive seating arrangement for three or more people. Many sectionals seat 4 to 6 adults, with some seating as many as nine....   Read more »

Sofa Buying Guide

Finding just the right sofa for your home can make all the difference on how you use your space. The right fit, construction and style will ensure you continue to love and make the most of your living room for many years to come. While this may seem like a daunting process, taking some measurements and answering a few basic questions can make findi...   Read more »

Transitioning Furniture & Decor from a Temporary Apartment to a Permanent Home

For many people, apartment living is a transitional arrangement that will eventually lead to moving into a house. The challenge becomes how to furnish an apartment with pieces that will grow with you when you become a homeowner. It requires forethought, planning and sometimes spending a little more now for a bigger payoff later. But stocking an apa...   Read more »

Difference Between a Coffee Table and a Sofa Table

The first notable difference between coffee tables and sofa tables is size. Sofa tables are much taller than coffee tables. Additionally, sofa tables tend to be long and narrow, whereas coffee tables come in a wide range of shapes and proportions....   Read more »

The Difference Between a Sofa and a Settee

Most people are certain that they know what a sofa is, though they might be less confident about the difference between a sofa and settee. When comparing the two, consider design and function to find the right piece for you....   Read more »

Difference Between Sofa Bed and Sofa Sleeper

While the terms are often used interchangeably, there are many differences between a sofa bed and sofa sleeper. Typically, sofa beds, like futons, are designed to lay out flat to form a bed. They don't offer a traditional mattress. On the other hand, a sofa sleeper has a mattress hidden within its frame that can be unfolded for easy use....   Read more »

Difference Between a Sofa and Loveseat

Sofas and loveseats are the same in many ways. Both offer bench-style seating for two or more people. These pieces are usually fully or partially upholstered and both may be designed with or without armrests. Most sofas and loveseats have a wood frame construction with springs and cushions for comfort and support....   Read more »

How to Decide Between a Couch and a Sectional

Deciding on a sectional vs. sofa might be one of the most debated questions when it comes to home decorating. Each side has its ardent fans and fervent opponents and we're not likely to settle the issue here. What we can do is provide you with a breakdown of the pros and cons for each to help you make an informed purchase....   Read more »

Loveseat Size Guide

Loveseats are simply scaled-down couches that comfortably seat two people. When combined with matching sofas and armchairs for intimate seating or group conversing, properly sized loveseats complete the look of a modern living room....   Read more »

Ideal Couch Height

When purchasing a couch, many considerations come to mind, including budget, size, and style. In order to find the perfect fit, sofa seekers should also ask themselves detailed questions, like "how high should my couch be?" While most people tend to think of size with respect to how many people a sofa can seat, the look of the piece relative to cei...   Read more »

How to Find the Right Size Couch for Your Room

In order to choose the right couch size for your room, you must first measure your space, including the ceiling height. Next, think about what purposes your couch will serve. Are you going to be using it for entertaining in a formal area, or is it for marathon television watching and family cuddle time? Some intuitions about sofa dimensions may be ...   Read more »

Leather vs. Fabric Couch

People often think the choice between buying a fabric couch or a leather couch comes down to cost, but there are many other factors to consider. While it's true that leather sofas generally do cost more, there are other pros and cons beyond mere price. Fabric sofas are often unfairly maligned as cheap and undependable when the truth is far more com...   Read more »

What Do I Need to Know about Couch Depth?

Seat depth isn't something many people take into account when buying a new couch, but it can have a huge impact on your long-term comfort. More than simply determining whether a sofa will fit in your space, the depth of a couch can also determine who will be able to sit on it comfortably, as well as how it can be used and whether it will suit your ...   Read more »

Cleaning Furniture 101: Maintaining your Furniture's Beauty

Spring is a great time to take a fresh look at what you are doing to keep our home furnishings clean and well maintained.  Spring showers bring in more than just flowers – this time of year we see more dust and pollen in the air and muddy feet running around the house. Here are some tips for keeping your furniture in tip-top shape:...   Read more »

Trend Watch: Luxe Fabrics

Soft and supple, indulgent fabrics that feel as fabulous as they look are trending in today’s furniture.  Here’s a look at what they are made of and how to incorporate these eye-popping textures into your room....   Read more »

Leather 101: Blended Leather

Blended leather, also called bonded leather or reconstituted leather, is manufactured furniture upholstery comprised of a layering of leather, a fiber or paper backing, and binding materials. It is finished with a polyurethane coat and embossed with a grain texture that closely mimics leather....   Read more »

Performance Fabrics For Furniture

Performance fabrics in furnishings are like performance fabrics your wardrobe - they work hard to maintain use, keep you comfortable and stay looking great....   Read more »

What We Love About: Nailhead Trim

You see it everywhere, this topical trend that is based on historical detailing.  Nailhead trim once was simply a way to help attach upholstery to the frame, has continued as a decorative extra that has stood the test of time and found a resurgence in style.  We can’t get enough of it....   Read more »

How To Baby-Proof Your Living Room Furniture

Having a baby in the house puts your living room into a whole new perspective.  There are changes you’ll want to make from day one to prepare for extra spills and create soft secure surfaces.  Though many babyproofing changes don’t need to be made until your little one is mobile doing them right away is best.  Here are so...   Read more »

All About Leather Upholstery

The use of leather as an upholstery fabric dates back to some of the earliest furniture designs. There’s a reason why this supple yet strong material has staying power: it looks, wears and feels great! Whether used on a sofa, loveseat, chair, sectional or ottoman, leather adds a sophisticated, luxurious look to your living room....   Read more »

What We Love About: Microfiber

Microfiber is super soft, resilient fabric created from incredibly thin, 100% polyester, filaments. Individual filaments that are less than 1 denier thick (about half the thickness of silk) are spun together to form a thicker cable or yarn. The yarns are then tightly woven, cut and brushed, giving the fabric to a “suede like” appearance...   Read more »

Open Concept Design - Creating Rooms Within An Open Space

Open concept homes can be a challenge to design and furnish. One big open room doesn’t always give you much help on where to put what, but it does give you plenty of flexibility on how you use your space....   Read more »

Sofa Tables

Sofa table and console table are terms used interchangeably; some people argue a slight distinction would be that console tables have shelving, drawers or cabinets whereas sofa tables don’t.  These narrow and tall tables fit great either against the back of a sofa or against the wall.  They add polish, interest and functionality to ...   Read more »

Big Ideas for Small Spaces - Smart Space-Savers

When you are living in a square-footage-challenged dwelling, making the most of the space you’ve got is a must!...   Read more »

How to Mix Things Up – Creating a Custom Living Room

Some people love the polished cohesiveness of a pre-planned matching living room set package bought in the store. The pieces are already in coordinating styles and appropriate scale to work well together. By seeing the pieces placed together in photos or the furniture showroom, you can more easily picture them together in your home....   Read more »

Design For Entertainment – How To Fit A TV Into Your Living Room

While a few households have the luxury of a media room designed just for television viewing, the vast majority of us use the multipurpose living area in our living room or family room for our TV time. Because we do so many different things in these rooms, we want to find a balance of having the TV accessible and to be comfortable watching, while it...   Read more »

Measuring for Furniture Delivery

After careful consideration, you’ve finally chosen the perfect piece of new furniture for your home. But before you place that order one more step will help ensure years of enjoyment: measuring your furniture and home to ensure that the furniture piece will fit through doors, hallways, staircases and porticos to make it into your home and res...   Read more »

Sofa vs Sectional

So many factors come into play when you are trying to stylize and optimize your living room. Spending a little time thinking things through can help ensure that you will love yours for years to come. Many people get stumped when trying chose between a sofa and a sectional....   Read more »

Sofa Construction Quality

Let’s face it, furniture is an investment. Most people hold on to a sofa for 10 years or more. But as an occasional shopper, how do you figure out if the sofa that caught your eye will make it for the long haul? There are telltale clues that help you determine if the furniture you are looking at has been built to last....   Read more »

Decorating on a Budget? Plan, Prioritize and Keep an Eye to the Future

Everyone has some kind of budget for their decorating projects. Even a large budget provides some kind of spending boundaries. But if the furniture fund is small – or if you have a lot to buy and less money than you'd like – you have to be more thoughtful. Whether you are in a first or transitional apartment, or living in your starter h...   Read more »

Upholstery Styles & Definitions

Casual get-togethers with friends, family movie nights or curling up with a good book … these are the times that transform a roof over your head into a home you love. And while furniture may be the farthest thing from your mind during these moments, your relaxation and enjoyment have a lot to do with comfortable, inviting sofas and chairs....   Read more »

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