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Design Tricks to Maximize a Small Space

Small spaces create unique design challenges. How do you make a small room both functional and personalized without overwhelming the place? Here are some of our favorite design tricks to help you make the most of your tight quarters:...   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 furnishing an apartment with pieces that will grow with you when you become a homeowner. Stocking an apartment with long-lasting furniture doesn't have to break the bank or cramp your style....   Read more »

Difference Between a Coffee Table and a Sofa Table

Though they're both popular and enhance the style and functionality of your living room, there are some obvious differences between a coffee table and sofa table. Size, placement and function are the key differentiators of these two pieces....   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 a 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 »

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 of each to help you make an informed purchase....   Read more »

Loveseat Size Guide

While it's easy to think of a loveseat as a mere scaled-down sofa, these seats can come in a variety of compact, medium and full sizes. To choose the right type of loveseat for your layout and lifestyle, you'll need to consider your new loveseat's dimensions, the room's size and your budget, as well as your preferred color and style....   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 ceil...   Read more »

How to Find the Right Size Couch for Your Room

Furnishing a small apartment, living room, bedroom, den or home theater can be frustrating, especially if you discover that the gorgeous, comfy couch you've chosen is the wrong size. To find a sofa that will match the dimensions and style of your space, you'll need to understand average couch sizes and how to take measurements of the room you're de...   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 »

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 in 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 »

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 a 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” appearan...   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 »

How to Shop for Kid-Friendly Furniture

When you have kids, it's important to have kid-friendly furniture in your home. Not just in their bedrooms, although of course, that's a must, but also in common areas like living rooms and bonus rooms. However, kid-friendly doesn't have to mean juvenile or unsophisticated. Here are some things to think about when buying furniture that will fit you...   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 to choose between a sectional vs. a sofa....   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 ho...   Read more »

Upholstery Styles & Definitions

Casual get-togethers with friends, family movie nights with the whole gang piled in together on the sectional or curling up with a good book nestled in a cozy chair and ottoman … 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, yo...   Read more »