8 Creative Things You Can Do While Decorating Your Small Room

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Have you ever wondered why the pictures of various rooms featured on the magazines look so effortlessly beautiful? It is not because they just threw in random things- it took time and a lot of planning.

If you want one of those picturesque rooms that looks like it’s straight out of Instagram, you need to embrace the space that you have to work with. Try to love its own character and try not to hide it.

Embellish every nook and corner and bring your own vibe to it! So, here are the 10 basic things to know before you begin structuring your room:

1. Know Your Priority

When it comes to room décor, you need to know your taste and your comfort zone. You don’t want to have a room that’s straight out of Pinterest but with zero functionality.

Make room for all your absolute-musts before you want to think of adding sparkles. If you are fond of your wardrobe, you should dedicate a separate space for your closet. If you are into books a lot, make sure to add shelf spaces on the corners.

And if you are lazy like me, make sure to add them by the bed!

2. Try Not to Go Overboard

A theme is a smart choice as long as you don’t go overboard with it. For instance, you can pick a metallic wall paint for your room. However, when everything else, especially the furniture is also sparkly and polished, it can be overwhelming.

When everything comes in the same color, your room begins resembling a peculiar amusement park. So stay away from that and keep the subject inconspicuous.

3. Space Allocation For Pets

If you have pets, you must keep that in mind while designing your room. It is not enough to have a litter box or potty-trained pets. They need to have their own space where they are comfortable.

For example – if you have a cat, cat toys and cat tents are a must. They need to be able to keep themselves active. Safety issues also need to be considered.

If you cannot accompany your pups or kittens 24/7, plastic puppy playpens are a wonderful solution!

4. Whites Are Important

On the off chance that you decide to pick white as your primary color, you need to pick the correct shade of white since there are a large number of whites to browse from.

Paint a board with the selected shading and circumvent the space to perceive what it looks like in the format and lighting.

5. Make It Personal

Time to bring out the DIY crew! Your room should speak a lot about who you are and there are tons of ways to do it. There’s a good interior designing and a great interior designing.

What makes it incredible is when you customize your room. You could paint your wardrobe, include a painted wall divider, set up the temperament with floor lights or roof lights or include a rack of houseplants.

Investigate around to see what you can come up with on your own!

6. Fuse Sprinkles Of Hues

Abstain from making your room dull with impartial tones. On the off chance that you have a nonpartisan base, try to blend splashes of vibrant colors. You could simply toss a few cushions with vibrant colors.

Making the room vibrant can be tricky as it is easy to go overboard. So try to keep that in check!

7. Avoid Edgy Furniture

A room has plenty of sharp edges so attempt to include stylistic theme adornments with adjusted corners. For example, a round rug or round furniture, like an end table or a stool.

But since it is all about ‘Feng Shui’, you can try to experiment with it as well.

8. Spice It Up With Rugs

Rugs are very useful when it comes to versatility. You can easily define areas using different shapes of area rugs. They can help bring a character and texture to the room.

So Let’s Get Started!

Designing can be stressful, be it an outfit for a night out or the living area in your home. Try not to get too stressed out and you’ll do great!

Good luck with your space and I hope it comes out dazzling!

How to Choose Proper Furniture and Create a Calmer Feel to Your Living Space

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How to Choose Proper Furniture and Create a Calmer Feel to Your Living Space

Furniture is not only defined by its characteristics but also by the space you plan to fit it in. In order to create a calmer feel to your living space, you need to concentrate on all factors that identify as calming. Comfortable pieces are not hard to find but to be proper furniture for you it has to also look comfortable in your living area.

So if you are facing a dilemma on how to choose the perfect furniture to create a calm and relaxing living space, here are some simple-to-follow advice to get you there.

1.     Before anything else, measure the room

Measuring a room is more than just performing mathematical operations and using a tape measure. It will help you visualize the floor plan and calculate how many spaces you have at your disposal to fill in with a furniture. Overcrowding a space with furniture will limit your movement and create clutter which is far from having a calming effect.

Another important thing to know is how wide are your doorways, elevator, stairs and any other way the furniture has to pass during delivery. This will help you choose between assembled and disassembled furniture, as well as arrange with the manufacturer any special treatment.

2.     Work with the existing architecture

Observe the existing architecture in your home like windows and columns and include them in your furniture plans. Failing to do so will create an unwelcoming space for the furniture and it won’t look good in your living space. For example, if you have an open floor plan, use the furniture to highlight the borders between the rooms. This will create order and peacefulness in your home while at the same time being practical and stylish.

3.     Consider the function

What kind of activities you do in your living room will define what kind of furniture goes there. For example, if you like to watch TV, you will need a cabinet for your television set as well as other appliances that go with it. Or, you like to entertain guests so a nice living room bar with high stools in the corner would be a perfect addition to the comfy couch. Choose the furniture by necessity as well since that will create the space you need to relax and enjoy. 

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4.     Focus on the focal point

Every room needs a focal point since it helps to plan the space and determines the furniture arrangement. For example, if you have a fireplace in the room, you would want to arrange a semi-circular seating set so that people can comfortably enjoy the warmth and its aesthetical features. If you don’t have a TV or fireplace to serve as focal points then you need to create one.

Since the lack of these features points to the importance of interaction between the household members and their guests, you can use a coffee table as the central piece. If you have a library as part of the living space, add a comfy chair with a lamp and a side table by the window to highlight its importance.

5.     Choose the best furniture

Furniture is an investment so you should by the best possible pieces of the highest quality. This means you have to pay attention to the quality of the craftsmanship used for its making. Of course, the design plays an important part when choosing furniture, and trends tend to change but being comfortable and long-lasting is something that is always popular. 

Materials are another thing to pay attention to since some may prolong the life of your furniture, while other is easily torn and damaged. Of course, the better the furniture the higher the price, but it is worth every penny and you will enjoy it longer.

6.     Coordinate the interior design

When you think about coordinating the overall interior design there are several factors you have to consider. Wall colors and patterns are the first things you should harmonize with your furniture in order to create a calmer feel. Therefore, finding a quality painting service might help you choose the best color solutions for your living space.

Try some bolder looks like pairing pastel green walls with living coral seating area, or go with neutral shades that will work well with earthy furniture colors like orange and hazelnut. But, besides coordinating colors, you need to pay attention to the shape and size of furniture in all areas of your home. Styles can be different but in a complimentary way in order to avoid creating a chaotic ambience and disturbing the harmony.

7.     Include accent pieces

Creating a calming atmosphere is all about coziness and some accent pieces of furniture will help with that. An ottoman is a nice way to add more seating area to the living room, as well as to serve as a finishing touch in the furniture coordination. A lounge chair is great for big spaces and it even fits well in the bedroom, although a living room by the fireplace is more than ideal spot.

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There is proper furniture for everyone out there and this advice will help you find it. Creating a calmer feel to your living space is about combing comfortable and trendy while respecting the architecture of space. It leads to harmony and balance of the overall interior design which will help you feel relaxed and enjoy your space to the fullest.   

How Good Are Furniture Warranties?

Most consumers assume that furniture warranties are supposed to protect them. That is not the case.

The primary purpose of a furniture warranty is actually to protect the retailer and manufacturer.

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At the top of the warranty, large bold letters will spell out the time limit for each major part of the furniture. For example:

Frames – 10 years
Cushions – 5 years
Recliner or Sleeper Mechanisms – 3 years
Fabric – 1 year 
Mattresses – 1 year

Much further down the document there will be exceptions and exclusions.

These exceptions and exclusions can make the bold print terms virtually meaningless.

Furniture warranties are honored only by the retailer you purchased from. Manufacturers will do nothing to help unless you first go through your local retailer.

Furniture warranties may seem, at first glance, to cover everything, at least for a specified amount of time.

In reality the warranty document will have numerous exceptions and exclusions. These usually cover the most common complaints that furniture purchasers will have.

For example cushions are almost always excluded from warranty protection. That may not be obvious. The bold print may promise a 5 year warranty term.

Further down in the warranty, however, is a clause stating that “Normal wear” is excluded.

If cushions sag or lose their shape that is considered “normal wear” no matter how soon it happens after you bought the furniture.

There have been thousands of complaints about “peeling” bonded leather fabrics. Some of these occur within the first year after purchase.

Most manufacturers explicitly exclude fabrics in their warranty coverage.

Retailers usually refuse to cover peeling bonded leather citing “normal use” or “customer abuse” as justification.

Even in extreme cases where bonded leather begins to peel in less than a year, many retailers will fight against replacing the furniture. (It usually cannot be repaired.)

There have been hundreds of lawsuits on this subject. Consumers rarely prevail.

Frames and foundations have far fewer problems than cushions and fabrics. Defects are also more difficult to prove.

Repairing a frame or foundation under warranty may require transportation of the sofa. This can be extremely expensive.

Customers are usually responsible for the transportation charges. Large furniture items can cost many hundreds of dollars to ship (each way.)

Returning furniture to a manufacturer for repairs can take several weeks (or months.)

Customers may also be charged hourly labor costs for warranty repairs.

Most furniture defects occur during shipping. This can be from the factory to the retailer or from the retailer to the customer.

Defects must be seen and documented while the delivery people are still in your home. Otherwise you may have great difficulty getting the warranty provisions honored.

Many retailers routinely “deluxe” their furniture before delivery from their warehouse to the customer.

“Deluxing” means that the retailer removes the furniture from the manufacturer’s packaging, inspects it, repairs any noticeable defects and then blanket wraps the furniture for delivery to the home.

The reason for this practice is that a significant percentage of furniture arrives at the retailer’s warehouse already damaged. Or it is damaged in the warehouse before leaving.

Repairs are far less expensive when they are made before the furniture reaches the customer’s home.

Customers sometimes pick up furniture at the retailer’s warehouse.

If something in one of the boxes you picked up is damaged some stores may deny responsibility.

Carefully read your receipt if you pick up furniture at a retailer’s warehouse. There may be unexpected clauses.

For example the signed receipt may certify that you have accepted the furniture in good condition.

This allows the retailer to disclaim any responsibility for damages discovered when you open the sealed boxes in your home.

Warranty claims must first be made through the retailer. Manufacturers will not do anything unless the retailer has approved first.

Retailers will sometimes agree to make repairs if the cost is not too high. Demands for costly repairs or replacement will meet far more resistance.

Online retailers may be easier to deal with. They are able to do returns more economically. They can also force the manufacturers to accept the bulk of the return costs.

Any warranty repairs or replacements for your furniture may take extensive periods of time.

Auto dealers may loan a car to you while yours is being repaired. There are no “loaner” pieces available for furniture customers.

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A high percentage of furniture damage occurs during shipping. Filing damage claims against shipping firms is a long and frustrating process. It can take several months and rarely results in full compensation.

Bedding warranties are virtually useless. Almost anything that can go wrong with a mattress or foundation will be dismissed as “normal wear.” Major defects like broken springs that might be covered are extremely rare.

Extended Warranty Plans

Furniture salespeople may make a strenuous effort to sell you an extended warranty. These plans are typically pitched as though they offer added protection and extend the retailer’s warranty.

Extended furniture warranties are never a good idea. They invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty and are loaded with exclusions.

Extended warranties are third party insurance contracts from financial companies.

If the company backing the extended warranty goes out of business you lose your coverage. There are many cases of extended warranty companies that have gone out of business. Customers are left with no protection.

Extended warranty companies subcontract furniture repair services. Contracts are usually awarded to 3rd party repair services.

These may have bad reputations or be inconveniently located. They have no relationship or agreement with the furniture manufacturer. The contracts are often awarded to the lowest bidder.

Extended warranty plans generally end up costing anywhere from $100 to 6% of the total cost of furniture. They are extremely lucrative to the store. Salespeople usually receive a very high commission for selling these plans.

-Reprinted with permission from Jeff Frank’s blog. Jeff is a 40 year furniture professional and owner of simplicitysofas.com.

His opinions do not always reflect those of Furniture Works, but we find his ideas & expertise always interesting and worth reading. For more useful articles, visit our blog.

By the way, it is for the reasons above that Furniture Works does not sell extended warranties. However, every new piece of furniture has a warranty from the wholesaler. If you want a copy for the item you’ve purchased, just ask.

Is There a Difference Between a Sofa and a Couch?

The former comes from the French verb “coucher,” which means “to lie down.” Sofa, on the other hand, stems from the Arabic word “suffah,” which is essentially a wooden bench covered in blankets and cushions.

Some reference sources describe a sofa as an “upholstered bench with cushions, two arms, and ample space for people to sit.” A couch has no arms and is smaller than a sofa.

More recently the distinction has seemed to be related to where you live and what age you are.

For example, growing up near New York City in the 1960s and 70s my parents always referred to our “sofa” where my grandmother called the same piece a “couch.”

People from rural areas seem to be more likely to use the term “couch.” Those from urban and suburban areas are more likely to use “sofa.” That is just a long term observation. I do not have any hard statistics to prove that theory.

Sometimes a “couch” is considered to be more casual and comfortable, while a “sofa” is more formal and might refer to a stylish design-oriented piece.”

The interior design community and furniture industry generally uses the two terms interchangeably. But not always.

Furniture retailers and manufacturers tend to prefer the term “sofa” currently.

The perception is that, from a marketing standpoint, sofas have an image of being higher style, fancier and more costly.

Interior design professionals may insist there are differences between sofas and couches. But they do not always agree on what those differences are.

A couch is often perceived as more of an informal casual type of seating. The term “couch potato” refers to this interpretation.

Living rooms more often have sofas while family rooms are more likely to have couches.

Size is another distinction that industry professionals do not always agree on.

Some say couches may seat more people (3+), while a good sofa may only seat 2-3. On the other hand probably an equal number claim that the reverse is true.

You can find articles by interior designers going both ways.

Interior Designer Karen Angela of Queensartsandtrends.com added a comment pointing out that “Couches may be one arm or no arm and a covered back. but Sofas are always two arms and a uniform back layout.”

The popularity of sofa vs. couch seems to be just about even over the entire U.S.

Google Adwords gives its users a number of approximately how many people use specific key words and phrases each month.

The results change month to month there is no clear trend for which term is the more popular. For example “sofa” may get more searches one month, but “small sofa” may get few searches than “small couches.”

As someone who has observed this for ten years there is no clear trend as to which term is more dominant nationwide.

As someone who has observed this for ten years there is no clear trend as to which term is more dominant nationwide.

-Reprinted with permission from Jeff Frank’s blog. Jeff is a 40 year furniture professional and owner of simplicitysofas.com.

His opinions do not always reflect those of Furniture Works, but we find his ideas & expertise always interesting and worth reading. For more useful articles, visit our blog.

What is the best mattress or mattress brand?

I researched hundreds of different mattresses to find one for my personal use over several weeks.

I am an expert on mattresses.

Once upon a time, many years ago, I was a mattress buyer for a large furniture chain.

During my 6 years in that position I purchased over $20 million of mattresses.

In my recent mattress search I was not surprised to find that there were almost no points of comparison among different mattress brands. That was true 30 years ago also.

But I was surprised to find that it is now virtually impossible to compare different products within a single brand.

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There are hundreds of different mattress models within each major brand. Many look alike, but all have different specifications.

There is no easy way to compare these specifications – even for an expert.

For example: Is a mattress with 1000 coils using 16 gauge wire better than a similarly priced mattress that has 850 coils with a 15 gauge wire?

I actually know what these specifications and terminology mean. It doesn’t help!

I still can’t tell if one is better than the other.

Then there are different layers, densities and types of foam — and a choice of firm, gently firm, medium firm, luxury firm, extra-firm, pillow-top, luxury pillow top, and on and on.

Many brand name mattresses had been “marked down” by 50 – 75% off . It was hard to resist such “great” values.

But they “looked” very similar to other mattresses that were the same price but not on sale.

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Comparing different mattress models appeared to be impossible. Except that there was one common measurement for all mattresses that actually could be compared.

After several weeks researching the topic I eventually began to realize that there was a consistent relationship between the price of a mattress and its weight.

In almost every case, the higher the price being charged, the more the mattress weighed. This applied no matter what the original pre-discount “suggested retail price” had been.

For example mattresses “on sale” for $1000 marked down from $3000 almost always weighed approximately the same as $1000 mattresses that had not been marked down.

Mattresses that actually sold for $3000 always weighed substantially more than the heavily discounted mattresses that claimed to have originally sold for $3000.

The weight of a mattress and the price it is sold at correlated very closely in almost all cases.

This conclusion was the result of dozens of comparisons I made among mattresses from three different major brands with widely varying specifications.

I also looked at at mattresses from smaller brands with fewer model variations.

Those few exceptions, where a particular mattress is heavier than similar priced competitors, represent the best values.

Once you have determined the weight of a mattress there are 5 simple steps to make an effective comparison and find the best mattress value:

5 simple steps for choosing the best mattress value:

1. Decide whether you have a preference between foam mattresses, innerspring mattresses or hybrid (springs and memory foam) mattresses. [This comparison system does not work for some outlying technologies such as air or water beds. Comparisons of different technologies (e.g. foam mattress vs. innerspring mattress) are also inapplicable.]

2. Decide whether you prefer a mattress that is soft, firm or somewhere in between.

3. Decide how much you are willing to spend.

4. Compare the weights of mattresses that fit the first three steps. The ones that weigh the most are the best mattresses.

5. The best values are those mattresses that are heavier than the competition but cost less.

I had been searching specifically for an innerspring or hybrid queen-size mattress that was 12″ – 14″ thick, made by an established brand name company with a cost of under $1000.

The mattresses I researched that were priced at $800 – $1000 typically weighed 80 – 100 lbs. I also looked at several mattresses which were selling for approximately $2000 and found that these all weighed approximately 110 -120 lbs.

This confirmed my theory that more expensive mattresses typically weigh more.

There was only a small increase in weight for mattresses costing twice.

This indicates that a substantial part of the additional cost for the more expensive mattresses can probably be attributed to cosmetic improvements and increased profit margins.

Many mattresses are sold at deep “discounts.” It quickly became apparent that the higher “suggested retail” prices were completely fictitious.

I compared the weights of more than 20 deeply discounted mattresses to other “non-discounted” mattresses made by the same company.

In every single comparison the discounted mattresses weighed approximately the same as the non-discounted mattresses and less than the mattresses that were actually being sold at prices comparable to the high “suggested retail” price.

Since writing this article I have been asked by many people on my furniture blog The Insider’s Guide to Furniture and the Home Furnishings Industry, what the difference is between super premium mattresses that cost $3000 or more vs. mattresses that sell for $1000.

More expensive mattresses do have more “good stuff” inside, but not nearly enough to account for the difference in price.

My best estimate is that the extra $2000 that you pay for the $3000 mattress breaks down like this:

Quality improvements: $500
Cosmetic improvements: $500
Additional profit margin: $1000

Update: It has been well over a year since I first published this answer.

I had expected at least a few comments from mattress retailers complaining about my blanket conclusion that “all deeply discounted mattress sale ads are phony.”

Instead, there has not been a single negative response to this article from any mattress retailer or manufacturer.

I have received several comments from bedding professionals confirming the accuracy and methodology of my research.

-Reprinted with permission from Jeff Frank’s blog. Jeff is a 40 year furniture professional and owner of simplicitysofas.com.

His opinions do not always reflect those of Furniture Works, but we find his ideas & expertise always interesting and worth reading. For more useful articles, visit our blog.