Monthly Archives: January 2018

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 sell more easily.

If you’re holding a garage sale, your sofa can simply be part of it, making it potentially easier to sell.

Read more about selling used furniture here:

  • How to Sell Your Used Furniture
  • Tips for Selling Your Old Furniture

 

Place the Sofa in a Rummage Sale

Consider placing your used couch in a church, community center, or school rummage sale.

Your participation could be limited to hauling it there, which eliminates any worry about organizing a sale on your own. Consider this if your sofa happens to be the only item you need to sell, as just one piece does not warrant holding a garage sale of your own.

Place an Ad Online

There are numerous online resources that can help you get rid of your used sofa.

Craigslist, eBay, and www.freecycle.org are some of them. You can try either selling it or giving it away for free. Don’t forget to mention whether you will deliver, or whether the buyer will be responsible for pick up.

Old Sofas for New

Some stores will take your old couch if you are buying a new one from them. It’s always worth asking.

 

Pass it On

Ask friends and family if they have any use for your used sofa. Chances are someone might, especially if they are heading to college soon.

 

Advertise to College Students

If you live in a college town, college students might be your best takers. Students are always looking for furniture that is cheap or free.

 

Donate to a Charity

Charities like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or St Vincent DePaul may be eager to take your furniture off your hands. Most charities will arrange a pick-up from your home and even give you a tax receipt.

Check to see if you have any furniture banks in your town. They will also haul away your sofa, give you a tax receipt, and find a new home for your unwanted piece.

You may also consider donating to a shelter for the homeless, your local theater, or school.

 

Have Your Used Sofa Hauled Away

Try everything you can to prevent any furniture from going to a landfill, but if your couch is badly damaged and beyond repair, have it hauled away. Consult your city before you dispose of it on your own. Many cities will have services for hauling away your items, often for a fee.

 

The Moral of the Story

While it might be too late for the sofa you are trying to get rid of right now, here are some steps you can take in the future to make things easier for yourself:

  • Buy a good quality sofa, which should lessen your need to get rid of it anytime soon. If you do need to sell it for some reason, you will be able to find more takers due to its high quality.
  • How to Judge a Sofa for Quality​
  • Top 13 Tips for Buying a Great Sofa
  • After bringing your new furniture home, take good care of it. It will last longer and should be easier to sell when you need to do so.​​
  • How to Clean and Care for Upholstered Furniture
  • Caring for Leather Furniture
  • Consider reupholstering. This may not work for everything, but if you have a good quality sofa with a sturdy frame, reupholstering is definitely an option.
  • Use slipcovers. They often end up being less expensive than re-upholstering and can be custom-made or bought ready to use.​
  • Slipcovers as a Budget Solution for Tired Furniture
  • How to Choose Sofa or Chair Slipcovers

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. All advertising is not expensive, as there are many different ways of getting the word out. Pick one that suits your budget and market.

 

  • Know your market. Target your advertising to your customer’s needs.
  • Emphasize your strengths and never misrepresent.
  • Mention if you are offering a free service or item. More than discounts offering something free can bring customers in. You can offer free sales tax or free delivery. Think about ways of making this possible and the trade-offs.
  • Make your advertising more concentrated. Instead of advertising within a 25-mile radius, bring it down to 15 miles and advertise more intensively.

While advertising will bring people to your furniture store, you need to have quality furniture to back it up. If not, you’re throwing money down the drain and actually doing yourself a disservice.

 

  • Offering quality furniture and other home furnishings will earn you respect and a reputation for reliability.
  • Compare what you carry with what the customer wants. Always monitor customer complaints about the furniture you carry, as returns and complaints will give you a good idea of what the customer does not want.
  • Continuously adding new collections to your merchandise offerings will keep it exciting.
  • Offer choices.
  • Offer unique accessories that complement your furniture mainstays.
  • Create an exciting floor display by arranging vignettes.

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 should lift up and out in one smooth motion without squeaking or sticking. Look for units designed with a lock-down bar to ensure proper closure as well as easy opening. Inspect closely to make sure the opening mechanism is put together well, and parts will not break or come loose easily.

Feel for Smooth Edges on All Inner Mechanisms

All parts of a sofa bed’s inner mechanism should have smooth edges so that sheets and blankets don’t snag or catch and rip as a result. When you are using a sofa bed in your own home, and even on ones with the best operating mechanisms, it’s always a good idea to remove sheets and blankets before closing the unit.

That way it will not cause the alignment on different parts to shift.

Check Mattress for Quality

A quality mattress makes for a good night’s sleep and will comfortably support the body at the shoulders, hips, and lower back. A thicker mattress is not necessarily better; a thinner, better-built one might offer better support. You can also consider using a comfortable mattress pad on top when you use the sofa bed for sleeping.

 

Test It

It’s always a good idea to test a sofa bed before you buy it. Try opening and closing it to see how it feels. It should be easy to operate, and you shouldn’t have to strain to open it. Open it and lie down to see how the mattress feels.

 

Measure It

Always make sure that you measure your sofa bed before you commit to buying. Don’t neglect to find out what the measurements will be when it’s opened all the way. Remember that it needs as much room as a bed or more when fully opened. If you are planning to place any pieces of furniture in front of it, be sure they are light and easy to move so that you can easily lift them out of the way before opening the sofa bed.

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 confidence to buy just the right piece. Furniture that is in keeping with your own style or complements it successfully, makes your space not just comfortable, but attractive as well.

Knowing your style also gives you greater flexibility because then you are likely to find it in even the unlikeliest pieces of furniture. You have the ability to tie in seemingly disparate pieces to create truly unique and personal spaces. You also have the ability to find other furnishings that complement your furniture in a way that is all yours.

Buying green furniture seems like the best thing to do to protect your own health and that of your home. With the raised awareness about the plight of our planet, buying green furniture seems even more important.

Along with the raised awareness, there are so many misconceptions about buying green that even the most well intentioned buyers can get confused. Sometimes it is the manufacturers who like to confuse through misleading advertising or greenwashing.

Quality is important for any discerning buyer of furniture. Sometimes two sofas can seem almost identical, but you will notice a huge price difference. When you explore further you will almost always find a great difference in quality, and the quality comes from what is inside, and how well it is constructed.

Quality determines how long your sofa will last after you buy it and how long it will be able to retain its looks. Quality also determines the level of comfort you can expect to get from your sofa. Make sure you know what to look for so you can buy the best sofa you can afford. You will not have to replace it in a hurry.

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 it fun and playful. Take this example from Ethan Allen. The style of the furniture is most definitely traditional, but the combination of kelly green and lime brings it into the present day in a fun and fresh way. Using color in such a way reminds us that there is no reason to get stuck in old definitions of decorating styles. Use color to turn those old styles on their heads!

When pulled into patterns, different shades of the same color can be part of a fun and eclectic mix. In 99% of living rooms you’ll find a sofa, coffee table, side tables, and a couple of chairs, but a coloful collection like this takes that predictable formula and turns into into something totally unique. Anytime you’re using a lot of patterns full of similar colors remember to contrast it with a different, but complimentary, color. In this case the coffee table base adds just enough contrast to ground all the activity and give it a sense of order.