Furniture Solutions For Small Space Living

For the past several years, living in small spaces has been the growing trend in American housing markets. From micro-loft apartments to entire houses that consist of no more than a few hundred square feet, small spaces offer a streamlined, minimalist approach to life and possession along with the added benefit of a much smaller carbon footprint. And while the micro-lifestyle might seem at odds with the American tradition of big homes and wide open spaces, the fact is, we kind of love these tiny spaces. We’re fascinated by them and the thought that it might be possible to fit our entire lives into such small spaces. The challenges that such a life offers haven’t only sparked the imagination of the design-loving public, they’ve captivated the minds of furniture designers as well. The key, it seems they’ve found, is to find ways to create things that are also something else. And as expected, what they’ve come up with is pretty incredible. So if you’ve ever thought about making your own foray into the world of micro-sized living, or if you’ve got

Run a Successful Furniture Retail Store

If you think about it, a furniture retail store should be among the most successful businesses out there. Everyone needs furniture. But only a few furniture stores succeed, while most flounder, so what makes a furniture store successful?

 

While there is no single formula that applies to all furniture businesses equally, some rules do apply, such as offering value and outstanding customer service.

 

To offer value, you have to know and understand the community in which you set up your store. You have to understand their needs, desires and aspirations. That understanding should guide and inform your merchandising, advertising and pricing.

 

To offer value, you also need to understand the product you are selling. Value never goes out of style whether times are tough or whether there is a boom.

Outstanding customer service is also part of offering value. What customers experience in your store counts for as much as what they buy. Hire people who reflect your values, and treat them with the same respect you want them to extend to the customer.

You have to get the word out.

Furniture can impact your health

Because furniture can impact your health, your comfort, and your efficiency, it can literally change your life. While this realization can make buying furniture a bit challenging, it is essential. You want to buy furniture that fits, supports and enhances the way you live.

If you are new to buying furniture, or have discovered that the furniture you have isn’t helping you, here are some suggestions:

Furniture is essentially a functional commodity and is used for solving problems related to how your home functions for you. It is important to determine your needs before you buy furniture, and for that there are some important questions you need to ask yourself before buying any.

Along with your needs, there are also constraints when it comes to furnishing. These constraints could relate to space, health, budget, or any other special need. Knowing both your furniture needs and constraints, can help you explore furnishing possibilities better. Make this the first and most basic step of your buying process.

Knowing how to find your style will help you buy furniture that is truly your own.

Knowing your style gives you

Leather and Microfiber Options

As a loving owner of a cat or a dog, you know that selecting the best upholstery for your couch can be a little complicated. If you are a realist, you must have realized that not just your prized sofa, but most of your home is at the mercy of your beloved pet. Even when not trying to destroy your upholstery willfully, simply by climbing, sitting or walking on it, your pet can exact a heavy toll.

Here are some problems you might have had to contend with:

  • Claw marks and scratches
  • Pet hair clinging to the upholstery
  • Dirt marks
  • Stains from accidents or throwing up.
  • Best Couch Fabric for Dogs

While you should definitely consider training your pet to behave, why not also make it easier on yourself by choosing upholstery that is more pet-friendly? Select a fabric that has a tight weave that does not have much texture since that can easily get caught in claws. Stay away from light colors unless you have a well-behaved and well-trained pet. Select a fabric that you would buy for a heavy usage area. And consider that leather and microfiber are best-suited to life with pets.

 

Leather

Leather is one of the best coverings you

Create an Allergy Free Home with the Right Furniture

Living with allergies is challenging, but you can furnish so that you alleviate some of the challenge. Some common allergens in the home are pet dander, dust mites and pollen, and while it is not possible to get rid of them completely they can be minimized to mitigate the sufferings of those who are allergic to them.

Maybe keeping your home clean and dry is the most important step to take when you need to minimize allergens inside a home.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends aggressive cleaning as a step to keeping your home allergy free.

Dehumidifiers and air purifiers have a role to play as does temperature control. Another step you can take is discouraging pets from sleeping on your bed. Additionally, any mold should be promptly removed, by professionals if need be.

Some common sense precautions include avoiding water stained carpets, ceilings or tiles in a home, and removing them as soon as possible to get rid of pollution sources.

In addition to these steps, the furniture and decor you select can play a big role in keeping a home allergy free.

 

Go for a Clutter Free Look

Avoid overstuffed furniture and prevent crowding furniture in

Easy to Assemble Furniture

We heart companies that make beautiful yet affordable furniture, whether it be from an online retailer or everyone’s favorite Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer. Truthfully though, putting together flat-packed finds can be hard– not to mention time-consuming.

 

Thankfully, a startup furniture company called Greycork, based in Rhode Island, aims to take the hassle out of assembling furniture. Everything they sell takes minutes to put together, and just as amazing–no tools are required.

 

And here’s the frosting on the cake: Greycork sells a living room set called Felix, which includes a sofa with a chaise, coffee table, end table and bookshelf, all for less than $2000. You can also purchase each item separately. 

Greycork’s co-founder and CEO, John Humphrey worked the assembly line in his family’s furniture factory. His experience helped to inspire his decision to create a collection of living room furniture that was easy to ship, and just as necessary, a cinch to assemble.

 

Shown here is Greycork’s flat packed sofa. The frame is warp resistant MDF, and the legs and the back frame are ash — that’s the same wood used to make baseball bats.

 

All about seating and cushions

If you want to judge the quality of a sofa, go beyond what it looks like. Quality goes deeper than looks, and that is why two identical-looking sofas can vary so much in price. What lies inside determines how your sofa rates for quality.

The frame, seating support and filling not only determine your sofa’s level of comfort but also its ability to retain its shape and stability in the years to come.

Here’s a closer look:

The Frame

How long a sofa will last and retain its shape depends largely on the frame, and a high-quality sofa always has a strong, sturdy one.

  • The best frame is made out of kiln-dried hardwood. The process of kiln drying removes all moisture from the wood, enabling it to retain its shape and stability over a long period of time. A frame made of green wood can shrink or crack as it dries. Soft wood can bend and break easily, while knotted wood is prone to cracks.
  • In a good-quality frame, the joints get special attention. They are glued, dowelled, and screwed. The corners are further strengthened by the addition of reinforcing blocks for extra support and strength.
  • Generally speaking,

Easy DIY Bathroom Ideas

Add a spa-like feeling to your bathroom by building a beautiful cedar bath mat to place outside of your shower or tub for a luxurious bathroom update.

After a long day at work, soaking in the tub is an easy way to relax your tired muscles, but an easy way to make your time in the bath more relaxing is to have a tray to place lit candles and a good book to read while you soak.

Replace your old standard toilet paper holder using a small length of pipe, a door pull and a short piece of rope or leather cord to craft your own chic toilet paper holder.

 

Learn how to make this DIY toilet paper holder, or see how to take the same design to make a Palm Springs, Scandinavian and natural themed toilet paper holder at Design Love Fest.

Painting your bathroom cabinet doors and drawers is simply a matter of a bit of prep work and some paint and you can easily make a big impact in your bathroom with just one can of paint.

 

Find out how to affordably refinish your bathroom cabinets to update them with a fresh new look with the tutorial at Stephanie White.

Hide those ugly cardboard tissue

Buying Furniture Tips

Before buying furniture, you should know how to find the best match for your needs. Every piece of furniture has certain elements or features that determine whether or not it is a good fit.

There are some general rules that apply to all furniture purchases, but sometimes you have to consider more specific parameters. And let’s face it, furniture is such an investment that understanding how and what to buy makes sense. Otherwise, the process can become confusing, intimidating and ultimately frustrating.

A sofa is one of the most important furniture purchases for your home, so before you buy a sofa make sure you are getting one that fits your needs.

A sofa that is perfect for your living room could be a terrible idea for your family room. First, figure out how you want to use your sofa and who will be using it. Determine whether your sofa is a good fit for your space and since there are sofas to fit any style of room, look for one that satisfies your own personal sense of style. The fabric you select for your sofa contributes immensely to its usability and beauty.

Just as when you buy any furniture,

DIY Headboards That Stylish

When both space and money are tight, a headboard is one of those items that stays on your décor wish list. But thanks to the following DIYs, you don’t have to go without this stylish staple. Each of these small space friendly ideas will wake up a tired bedroom with unconventional style without busting your budget.

If you like to read before lights out, a cushy headboard, like the no-sew project shown here makes sitting up in bed super comfy. To make you’ll need two items you can find at many big box stores: a bench cushion with a washable cover and wall-mounted coat rack.

 

Want to make a bookish statement? One clever do-it-yourselfer upcycled old encyclopedias and atlases into a one-of-kind headboard. See the DIY.

Anyone can fake a headboard with paint. This mountainscape is easy to create with painter’s tape.

 

Fans of Scandi style love plywood décor for its warm and natural beauty. You’ll need one sheet to make this lovely headboard. Just mount to the wall and attach an IKEA RANARP clip light.

If you think nothing is duller than neutral colors, you can spice up your bedroom with this splashy headboard idea by Five Mile Factory.

 

To make, just map out your

How to Choose the Right Sofa Color

A sofa is one of the top three furniture expenditures at home, so choose your sofa carefully. Like other major furniture purchases, your new sofa will be with you for many years. Whether you call it a couch or a sofa, that large and (hopefully) comfortable piece of furniture in your living room can make a big impact on your color choices for the rest of the room.

If you’re starting a decorating project from scratch, a sofa can be chosen first so you can decorate around it.

A showpiece sofa as inspiration for a room could be upholstered in a vibrant luxury fabric, or covered in a colorful print. It is a focal point of the room.

If you are adding a sofa to an already decorated room or if you’d prefer the sofa play a supporting role, then choosing color becomes very important. Choosing a new sofa for an existing color palette means that you’ll have to decide if the sofa will be neutral, or if it will take on an accent role.

There are designers that favor a sofa that matches the wall color to unify the room and make the room look larger. This is a creative idea

How to Make Calm And Cozy In The Family Room

There’s something truly beautiful about textiles. They are the pieces of fabric that work to give our home an identity. The perfect pillow, a beautiful throw, a handmade blanket. Each of these pieces has a story behind it. Each textile has a history to it, a level of artisanship and thought-provoking design. And each can be used to tell our own individual story at home, highlighting a color, pattern or place that we love. Many times it’s the textiles that truly make a house feel like a home.

 

Kera Thompson, the founder of Interwoven, has a focus on bringing handmade textiles from around the globe to all of our homes. This textile maven’s Salt Lake City home is a nod to her well-traveled life. From room to room you can spot an array of pieces she’s discovered during her travels. Vintage kilims, colorful kantha quilts, and Hmong pillows, are woven seamlessly into the interior. With a focus on highlighting our world’s global connection, through textiles, Thompson hopes to highlight just how interconnected we all truly are. 

 

“From my travels and experiences as a designer, mother, and model, I have realized how interwoven we are as a world community, and

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring is the season of renewal, manifestation, and celebration. Now is the time to take those bold steps and manifest your dreams. A good spring cleaning of your home can do wonders for your personal energy; it will nourish and strengthen you. Feng shui, as always, can help with a variety of easy, powerful tips for spring cleaning your home.

If you still feel sluggish and low-energy after a long and maybe challenging winter, here are some proven-and-true feng shui steps to lift your energy up.

Spring cleaning will help you make space for new, fresh feng shui energy to come into your life.

  1. Declutter your kitchen: If you are looking to improve your health, get rid of all the items that are cluttering and blocking the energy flow in your kitchen (especially your cupboards and the freezer.) The state of your kitchen is the state of your health, so do yourself a favor and thoroughly clean that kitchen!

    De-clutter the refrigerator; clean the stove and all the pots and pans. Let go of all harsh chemical kitchen cleaners and go for natural ones. Clean out all the drawers, surfaces, light fixtures, etc – create a fresh

The Most Money When You Sell Used Furniture

The need to sell used furniture results from several situations. They include simply wanting to replace old furniture, moving, or needing to get rid of furniture that sits in storage. Get the most out of selling used furniture by following these tips.

 

Determine Value

Buried treasure status or trash? If you are selling furniture that is in good condition or you think is valuable, get an idea of how much it is worth.

Do you own antiques that belong to a period valued by collectors? Do you know if your furniture was made by a famous manufacturer?

In the case of antiques or valuable collections, consult pricing guides at the library or online or ask an expert. Visiting local consignment stores and looking at newspaper and internet ads for similar objects can also give you an idea of how much your furniture is worth.

Even if your furniture is not old enough to be classified as antique or have value as a collector’s item, it is still worth something. Consider how much you paid for it, who manufactured it, how long you have used it and its present condition.

Another fact worth remembering is that upholstered furniture is the hardest

Easy Tips to Make Cool And Contemporary Home

It’s amazing how an interior can be transformed. How with the right design team, a space can go from tired and dated to absolutely breathtaking. That’s the result of the work done by Pulp Design Studios to update an old Spanish-style interior into a modern family home fit for five. Walls were moved, the main staircase relocated, and features were added to take this home firmly into the 21st century. All was done with a steadfast attention to detail that allows this contemporary space to feel warm, cozy and inviting. 

 

Just beyond the entry, you’re inside the home’s living room. Modern furnishings sporting sleek metallic finishes catch the eye when walking into this spacious living area. But it’s the mix of woods that create warmth in this room. From the reclaimed flooring, to the paneling around the fireplace, and accessories, like the stacked wood side table, the addition of natural elements make this living room feel grounded.

Details matter, and Pulp Design Studios has not overlooked one in this contemporary home. In the entryway, a classic console table is the ultimate statement piece. The bentwood design features brass feet for an unexpected touch of bling. The mix of wood and metallics is

Get Rid of a Used Sofa

It is no secret that getting rid of a used sofa or sleeper can be difficult. Upholstered furniture may not find many takers, especially when it is damaged, torn, or stained. It can be frustrating to think about the fact that you once paid good money for a piece of furniture that now seems to be of no interest to you or anyone else.

Unfortunately, with the exception of leather, upholstered furniture can depreciate greatly with use.

It is difficult to get rid of it, even when you’re not looking to make money.

So, what is a sofa owner to do other than abandon his unwanted furniture by the road? As it turns out, there are plenty of options.

 

Hold a Garage Sale

While it is difficult to sell used upholstered furniture, it is not impossible. To a great extent, it depends on the condition of the piece. Only consider selling if it is in reasonable shape. Here’s a good way to gauge the condition: if the tables were turned, would you want to buy it?

If you feel your sofa is in good enough shape, get it cleaned professionally. It may not fetch big bucks, but it will

Turn Any Room Into a Bedroom

You can turn any room into a bedroom or guest room by furnishing it with a quality sofa bed. A sofa bed by any name — sleeper, sleeper sofa, sleep sofa — is one of the most versatile and hard-working pieces of furniture you could own. It has come a long way from being the uncomfortable, insomnia-inducing nightmare it used to be. As a matter of fact, some sofa beds are as comfortable as a regular bed.

When shopping for a sofa bed, it helps to remember that it will most often be primarily used as seating. So, it makes sense to look for the same features you would in a regular sofa, such as a design that fits your needs and style preferences. The only difference is that you will be looking for a comfortable mattress and efficient operating mechanism as well.

 

Look for a Hardwood Frame

The strongest and most durable frames for any type of sofa, including sofa beds, are those made of kiln-dried hardwood or a combination of kiln-dried hardwood and furniture-grade plywoods. Avoid buying frames made of softer woods such as pine.

 

Look for a Good-Quality Open-and-Close Mechanism

The mechanism in a good sleeper

Home Decorate with Color Ideas

Color has the power to envelop a room and the people in it (in a good way!). Take this bold blue paint color for example. It doesn’t just fill the wall with color, it engulfs the entire space and gives it an electric jolt. Different shades of blue have different meanings, but this particular shade is often associated with wisdom intelligence, success, and confidence, and there’s no doubt that confidence plays a part in choosing a shade this powerful. This kind of dramatic treatment is not for the faint of heart, but for those who crave intense color the effect is irresistible.

Sometimes color can create a bridge between styles. In this case of this living room from HGTV’s Income Property, a colorful Persian-style rug adds a little traditional flair to an otherwise modern (or transitional) room. The warm shade of rusty red plays against the deep brown of the sofa and helps to make the room more inviting. The red and orange pillows enhance the overall effect. Had the rug been neutral it would not have had the same impact and would not have provided the traditional hit this room needed to feel complete.

Decorating with unexpected colors can update a traditional room, making

The Best Upholstery Fabric

The first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about buying upholstered furniture is usually what color to pick. It’s usually the single biggest factor in fabric selection. But while color is important, other factors are equally important.

 

Fabric Durability

The importance of fabric durability varies depending on the piece of furniture, which room it is used in and personal aspects of the family, such as if children and pets live in the house.

Your fabric selection should reflect those issues.

  • Woven patterns hold up longer than printed ones, as do higher thread counts and tight weaves. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and denser fabric lasts longer.
  • Choose a fabric based on who will be using your sofa. If your pets will be sharing your sofa with you, consider a microfiber fabric or leather because these can withstand extra wear and tear.
  • Fabric durability is important if your sofa or chair will get daily use.

 

Fabric Style

Choose a fabric that complements both the piece of furniture and the interior decor of your house.

  • Your fabric choice should be harmonious with the style and character of the piece it is covering. For

Furniture Makeovers You Need To Pin

This formerly blue and white bamboo dresser was refinished to be more vintage glam with white oil paint and by stripping the paint off the existing hardware to return them to their metallic finish.

 

It is hard to recognize after the beautiful transformation, but originally this blue burlap panelled dresser was just the regular 6 drawer Tarva chest from Ikea. With the addition of some decorative burlap, moulding, paint and some extra wood to thicken the legs the end result is absolutely stunning.

Add a glam finish with this easy Ikea Hack for the Vittsjo Nesting Tables by using gold spray paint on the frame and white spray paint on the bottom shelf to give the tables a new chic look.

Often it can be hard to find the space in a bedroom for a vanity to get ready in the morning in front of, but using Ikea’s Alex Shelf as a base, you can add wood legs and additional wall brackets for extra support to create your own narrow vanity that can fit even in small bedrooms.

A long black second-hand tv unit was beautifully updated with white paint and gold paint on the legs to give it a stylish new finish without spending