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July 12, 2018

 

 

Why you should have a sofa bed at home

 

It’s always better to accomplish two things at once, or with the help of a single tool. And this is exactly what a sleeper sofa does. You can use it as a sofa to sit and relax while watching your favorite shows in the daytime. And at night, you just have to put in a little effort to extend and use it to sleep. In short, it helps transform your sitting area into a bedroom in seconds!

It’s especially helpful if you don’t have space for an additional bed, but need extra bedding when friends and guests stay and sleep over. It helps you take good care of your friends, and ensure they get a good night’s sleep with you. 

Reasons to buy a sofa bed

There obviously are a lot of reasons to buy a sofa bed beside sitting. It’s, in fact, an ideal piece of furniture to make your living room look and feel nice and great for rooms with minimal space.

Not only does it provide additional sleeping space for your guests, it’s easily folded up and is great for storing things. It’s cozy, comfortable and also stylish to look at. So it easily compensates your sleeping and seating arrangements wherever space is a constraint.

i.      Saves space 

With a sofa bed at home, you don’t have to devote separate spaces for a sofa and a bed. The sofa bed serves both purposes, giving you more space for other furniture and can be easily moved around your home. You don’t even need space for an extra mattress as the sofa bed is comfortable enough to give your guests a good night’ sleep.

ii.     Saves money

Just like sofa beds save space, it also saves money because you needn’t invest in separate beds and sofas. You pay for a single piece of furniture that takes care of all your guests' seating and sleeping needs whenever you have guests visiting. And a good sofa bed is comparatively much cheaper than other forms of couches, beds and most mattresses.

iii.    Easily set up 

You needn’t undergo any specific training to set up a sofa bed. Anyone can do it as you just have to remove any cushions and pull out the built-in mattress. You have your comfortable and cozy bed ready in seconds for your guests, thus reducing time spent getting things ready for your guests.

iv.    Additional storage space 

The sofa bed helps keep your home organized and clutter free as you can store things you don’t use every day like quilts and additional pillows in it. It also helps save space because you needn’t buy an additional cupboard for storage purposes.

v.     Comfort

It’s true that sleeper sofas were once not as comfortable as beds. However, the latest innovations have made this a thing of the past because today’s sofa beds are so very comfortable and easygoing in function. It’s in fact as comfortable as a bed to sleep on at night, or for short naps at noon.

vi.    No need for a guest room

Not everyone has a guest room to accommodate the unexpected guests. However, there’s no need to worry if you don’t have one in your home as you can use your sleeper sofa as a guest room. Though it’s not as spacious and versatile as a separate room, your guests won’t mind it as they feel comfortable and hospitable in it.

Sofa beds also prove useful even if you have a guest room. While the room can be used as a guest room when guests are around, it can also be used as a workroom, party room or library where the sofa is used for seating purposes.

vii.    Huge range to choose from

Sofa beds are available in various fabrics, brands, materials, types, styles, and sizes to choose from based on your décor. They also come in beds ranging from queen to twin sizes where some are both stylish and comfortable.

The best naturally are from famous and prestigious companies while the fabric determines how durable and comfortable it is. Sofa beds can be extended in various ways. You can draw it from below, open the seat cushions and take out its bed frame or even push down the backrest cushions so that they line up horizontally with the seat ones.

You can also choose between full-sized sofa beds that easily accommodate 2-3 adults or modest-sized ones which comfortably accommodate an adult. And best of all, a sofa bed can be easily moved around.

Tips for increasing the comfort of a sleeper sofa

While sofa beds are quite comfortable on their own, the following tips help make them even more comfortable. 

  •       Use an additional egg crate or mattress pad

You can try adding a mattress pad or egg crate atop the mattress for increased comfort. It’s an affordable means of increasing the sofa bed’s comfort levels. It also helps turn a firm bed into something softer.

  •       Buy some good-quality bedding

Bedding has a huge effect on the comfort of your sofa bed. You needn’t spend loads on Egyptian cotton sheets as natural wool layering is cheaper, and perfect for layering the sofa’s mattress.

Though you may not feel so comfortable, wool is a strong and hearty textile that can help remove any mattress discomfort when used appropriately. Place a wool blanket on the mattress and a good fitting sheet on it for exceptional cushioning and a much better night’s sleep.

  •      Use a suitable pillow

No matter what you sleep on, it’s the pillow that decides how peaceful and comfortable your sleep is. The right pillow will make your sleep all the more comfortable. Adding body pillows to the sofa mattress makes a marked difference to the quality of your sleep as they offer a sort of support system to your body.

Conclusion 

All this shows that a sofa bed is an incredible piece of furniture for any home. It not only saves space as a sofa cum bed, it is also very profitable for you and your family. It’s better than a traditional couch, affordably priced, easy to open up and perfect to accommodate surprise guests when space is a constraint at home.

 

 

 

July 9, 2018 

 

6 Tips for choosing comfortable living room chairs 

 

Living rooms or family rooms are considered the hub of most homes because it’s where family members sit together and watch their favorite movies, talk about things, have a cup of coffee or just laze around.

You naturally have to look for the right living room chairs for the room where you will be spending quite a few memorable moments and memories. It is the right furniture that makes it even more comfortable to spend time in.

Look for chairs that befit quite a few features. They have to be comfortable to sit on, durable enough to bear the weight and antics of both old and young people for years, stylish enough to complement the other family room furniture and also effectively bring out the style and interior décor of the room. As you have to keep so many things in mind while looking at these chairs, this buying guide can be of great help in making the right choice.

1. Comfort is the top priority

No living room chair is comfortable without arms. So look for chairs that have arms that are rightfully placed on the chair. Footrests on the chair increase its comfort by 100%.

Not only do your arms need support to be comfortable while on the chair, but it also needs a footrest so that you can sit comfortably with your feet on them. If not swivel chairs, you could consider placing a rocking chair as a variable alternative in your living room.

You could also look for a chair with a swivel mechanism. The mechanism makes it all the more convenient and easy to grab something from the table or to start talking to someone sitting on the seat beside you.

2. Proportionately sized 

Look for the right sized chair by first assessing your family room’s size. You will need to measure the space because you not only need enough space for chairs, but there should also be sufficient walking space around them.

The chair should not only fit into its speculated area, but it should also complement your sofa well. In other words, it shouldn’t look too small when compared to your sofa. So the best thing to do is measure the sofa’s seat height from the floor, and the total width of its seat and arms. Then choose living room chairs that are about the same measurements and are at least proportionally sized right.

3. Accent 'filler' chairs 

You have other chairs called occasional or accent chairs that you can use to fill up those small spaces in your family room. It’s because they are smaller in size than the fully upholstered chairs you may have selected for your home. These chairs have visible frames and come with seats and a back which may or may not be upholstered.

They give you much needed additional seating options for small areas. These chairs are not necessarily confined to use only in small lounges but can also be used in dining rooms as an extra seating option. And when not in use, placing the accent chairs in a corner can prove useful at adding a burst of color to your lounge.

4. Look for something symbolizing your style

Chairs for living rooms are not actually sofa chairs. There’s a difference between the two as there are some people who call the sofa a sofa chair while there are others who call chairs matching the sofa a sofa chair.

If it’s a chair matching the sofa, it is usually manufactured using the same materials as the sofa. The main difference between the two is that the chair has only one seat cushion and not two or more.

So sofa chairs that are bought with the sofa are a perfect match to the sofa. However, in case of living room chairs, they are made using different materials and you are at liberty of choosing chairs with a style that complements your other furniture pieces.

However, it needn’t be an exact match to your sofa. Just look for something that has the same color or style as the sofa or you can alternatively choose chairs that are of a similar time period as the sofa. The chairs and sofa combined will pull your room together.

5. Room atmosphere 

Your room’s atmosphere also affects your choice of chairs. If your family room is a formal place which is used mainly for special occasions, then it’s better to get chairs having upright backs or upholstered wing-back chairs.

These chairs have a tall back, armrests and winged sides for a reason. They were originally designed like this to provide protection from drafts. However, it’s now used more to give your room an old world look. In case the room is more a relaxed meeting place, then look for chairs that are more casually designed, and meant for lounging like chaise lounge chairs and recliners.

6. Buy based on material

The chair material is another factor to consider. There are leather chairs that add a touch of sophistication to your room with its smooth finish and clean lines. There are traditionally designed leather club chairs with low backs or the taller, softer and plusher chairs that provide for comfortable seating around the TV.

Fabric chairs are a good choice if you are looking for something casual because they come in various patterns and hues. This makes them just perfect to add some lively splash of color to the room.

If you have pets or children at home, then it’s very likely that they will eventually end up messing up your chairs. In that case, it’s better to buy chairs that are easily cleaned like microfiber chairs. 

Of course, they may not come in many colors and patterns to choose from, but they are easily cleaned. They, in fact, compensate for their minimal color and pattern choice through the many styles it’s available in.

Of the lot, it’s upholstered living room chairs, especially those in velvet that is the most comfortable. Then again the choice is left to you, to make with the help of this buying guide.

 

July 6, 2018 

 

Everything you need to know about choosing the right apartment furniture

 

Yes, it’s obvious that you need to buy apartment furniture, but as space is often a constraint in apartments it’s something you should do with some forethought and planning. You can’t, and shouldn’t just buy any piece of furniture you find as you may end up cramming the apartment. On the contrary, choose furniture that befits your apartment, so that you can live life comfortably even in a small apartment.

1. Budget

Furniture isn’t cheap. In fact, even good-quality single sofas cost thousands. This is why it’s better to establish a budget you can afford before you go shopping. You should not only buy furniture you can afford but buy only furniture you will be using.

No point buying an attractive and affordable corner table if you won’t be making much use of it. In other words, you have to keep a control on yourself and avoid impulse buying upon entering a furniture shop.

Make a list of the apartment furniture you require and go looking and buy only them. The chances of buying unnecessary furniture, or going on a furniture shopping spree, are reduced if you know precisely what furniture you are looking for.

2. Size 

Size is important because you should buy furniture that fits perfectly into your apartment’s living room. The furniture should also be easily carried up the stairs and into your home. So measure the width and height of your hallways, stairwells, and doorways leading to your apartment.

Before you go shopping you first have to pull a measuring tape to measure your living room dimensions. Mark its length and breadth while taking into consideration all alcoves and recesses.

The right measurements help you buy the right piece of furniture that easily fits through your apartment doorway, and in your apartment, without any hassles. Besides, you also have to buy furniture that’s proportionate to the size of your living room like its ceiling height and floor space.

This means there’s no point investing in a sectional sofa if it will consume lots of floor space and leave you without space for accent tables, shelves, an entertainment center or any supplementary seats.

3. Chalk out a floor plan 

With your measurements in hand, it’s time to get a pencil and paper to sketch a floor plan. A grid paper is better but plain notebook paper works just as well. Remember to maintain about a yard of space in between the larger furniture pieces while drawing a plan to ensure the room remains uncluttered.

The plan gives you an idea of what you should and can place in your room. It helps you decide between buying two loveseats or a sectional sofa with single sofas. It also helps decide if you can fit in some decorative pieces as well.

If you have the time and patience, you can also use some tape and newspaper to stage the living room and get a rough idea of how the living room will look like with all the furniture around.

4. Aesthetics 

As expected, aesthetics is important as it decides the look of your living room. You want something that blends well with your interior décor. It’s generally safe to buy traditional apartment furniture that blends with traditional and contemporary features.

This includes furniture with more of straight lines, a few curves and some pointed or rounded corners. The upholstery should be something that accommodates your personal lifestyle and preferences.

Though a leather sofa is durable, timeless and classical befitting any décor, it needs regular maintenance to remain soft, supple and scratch-free. It’s also expensive so if you are looking for something budget-friendly, then microfiber upholstery is a good choice. It’s a durable choice if you have kids and pets around, and is available in various patterns and colors.  

5. Choose your colors wisely

Apartments, especially the rentals generally have neutral color schemes. So if your landlord won’t let you paint your apartment, you have to use your furniture and décor to add some color and style to the place.

Grey, black, white and dark brown are your best options for furniture that do not clash with the apartment’s colors. It is better to first take pictures of all the rooms as it helps you match furniture with the wall and carpet colors when you go shopping.

6. Dual purpose

If space is a constraint, look for furniture that serves dual purposes like an ottoman that is ideal for resting your feet, placing drinks and snacks, to use as a game table and to create either storage space or act as a pull-out sofa.

Or you can buy a sofa that has a pull-out sleeper to help you conveniently accommodate overnight guests. Another idea is a dining table that serves as a desk in the day and a dining area at night. Then, of course, tables with leaves provide extra table space if needed.

7. Set your priorities right 

Buy your furniture in stages, starting with the basics and from the bedroom. Your bedroom furniture should comprise of a mattress, bed frame and a chest of drawers, and once you are done, you can move onto the kitchen and living room furniture.

Although decorative pieces are tempting, it’s better looking at them only after buying your necessary furniture. This is why it’s better to prioritize your furniture and your needs first, and not buy everything at once. Besides, it helps reduce the stress on your wallet.

8. Functionality and mobility 

You most likely have minimal space to work with in apartments when compared to a house. Or it’s possible that the space you have has a unique layout. It’s in these cases that it’s better to look for functional pieces of furniture that can help maintain a streamlined space.

Don’t forget to consider mobility while choosing your apartment furniture because legs with exposed legs and a light base are easier to move around if you want to change your furniture arrangement. Look for low-profile storage carts, coffee tables, seating and ottomans that have wheels. 

 

July 4, 2018 

 

Functional living room furniture with storage options 

 

There’s nothing more stressful than returning to a home full of clutter. However, unfortunately, sometimes no matter how hard you try, kids and pets can really mess up the living room, the room which you usually see first upon entering your home.

The best way to handle the problem is by investing in living room furniture that is not only attractively colored and designed, but also offers handy, as well as handsome storage space. Here are a few storage suggestions to get you started.

1. Coffee table with shelf

Don’t just buy a coffee table. It's more functional if you buy one with a shelf included underneath, to use for your newspapers and remote controls. Or you could buy an upholstered ottoman to use both a storage unit and coffee table. Another option is vintage trunks that add some character to your living room too.

2. Bookcases 

You’ll have more space for your coffee cups on your tables if you have a bookcase for your magazines and books. You can always look for a wall-hung shelf in case there’s not enough space for a freestanding unit or bookcase. Adding a few shelves for your DVDs also helps reduce the clutter in the room. 

Filling a wall with shelves for your books and DVDs, and surfaces to display accessories like medals and photographs make a great focal point for the room. You can also paint the shelving unit’s back with a bright color to add more color to your room. This eventually turns it into your room’s focal point.

3. Glass doors 

Glass doors on your cupboards prove worthy for displaying your belongings. Remember that as the glass acts more like a frame for the things stored in the cupboards, it’s better to not fill the cupboard to its seams. There has to be enough space in the cupboard for whatever is inside it to breathe.

4. Sideboards 

Sideboards make interesting and functional living room furniture for storing things like your games, DVDs, glassware and drinks collection.

5. Unused space under windows 

You can add more life to the plain window in your room by turning it into a window seat cum storage unit. You don’t have to spend lots of money to come up with something bespoke to achieve this. You can instead place a low, strong, console table under the window frame for storage purposes, and place some cozy cushions atop it to make it a comfortable seat. 

6. Vintage storage options

Add a touch of charm to the living room with some vintage furniture and storage options. Storage trunks not only adds some history to the room but can also be used as a coffee table. Just make sure you buy something made of strong and good quality wood, which is not expensive but instead, rather affordably priced.

It’s also a good idea to have some antique living room fittings and cabinets to even modern homes. They offer well-organized storage options that are full of character and personality. Wooden sideboards with lots of drawers offer optimal storage space.

7. Make maximum use of all nooks and corners

No matter how well you think you have organized your things there is always some unused space in a room. Tall and slim storage units are best for filling up any awkward corners in the room. You can perhaps collect a few similar units to create a built-in library type of look. A neutral sofa looks great in rooms that have walls full of shelves, and if the walls are painted a delicate shade.

8. Look for hidden space

Instead of using sliding shelves just to divide rooms, they can also be used for camouflaging brimming wall-to-wall shelves pretty well. Painting the panel blinds the same color or print as the paint or wallpaper in the room helps it blend in. Besides, they make a much more affordable and brighter option to wooden doors.

9. Storage wall

Why not create a unit on your wall specifically to hold your television, with space underneath for storing all your media equipment. Just keep the larger objects visible, and on a show while it looks neat if all smaller items are stored in baskets and boxes. Work to blend the television into the living room scheme by building a unit that not only has lots of storage options but also has a canvas to hide the television screen.

10. High ceilings have lots of storage space

In case your living room has high ceilings, you can make good and creative use of the space under the ceilings as storage space. You could fit a long-running shelf to store interesting things like photographs and votives. Painting the space above the rail a different color helps create an illusion of lower ceilings.

11. Make maximum use of empty alcoves

Space is precious, so do your best to ensure no alcove goes to waste. You could perhaps build a few bespoke shelves into the empty space to fill with your books, magazines or curios. Coloring the shelves in different shades and textures help create a lot of tone and warmth which when mixed with big, comfortable loveseats help create a cocooned living scheme.

It’s left to you to decide what type of living room furniture you will use in your living room to minimize clutter and make the room look so much more organized. Of course, you have to select based on practicality and your budget so that whatever storage units you use is within your pocket and looks great on walls.

There’s no limit to the storage options you can create in your living room. You just have to learn to think out of the box because it’s not always necessary that the storage unit is neatly concealed somewhere.

Most of the time even bold and brashly designed storage units look great and becoming.  It’s you who decides the look and style for the room, and accordingly select the right living room furniture with storage options to complement this look and style.

 

June 28, 2018

 

How to maintain antique home furniture- 13 tips

 

Old is gold is the adage, however only if it’s well taken care of. Even though you have valuable antique home furniture it remains your pride only if it’s well maintained. So if you have some vintage furniture at home, these tips should help you take good care of it to ensure it remains in good shape.

1. Keep it away from heat and other harmful elements 

Keep your furniture somewhere safe away from excessive heat, direct sunlight, and moisture. These three elements can do lots of damage to your furniture. It’s recommended to maintain a constant level of humidity of about 40-60% at home because inconsistent humidity can loosen the furniture joints. Sunlight, on the other hand, leads to fading of color and cracking in the finishing.

2. Annual paste wax

Your antique home furniture needs a coating of paste wax every year. This helps add sheen to the furniture while protecting against moisture and pollutants. A little bit of good-quality wax like Minwax or expensive English beeswax is more than enough.

Softly rub the wax according to the wood grain till there’s a deeply layered finish on it. However, don’t forget to remove any excess wax once done to prevent its accumulation on the furniture.

3. Use the right oil 

Don’t use just any oil to clean your antique wood furniture. Murphy’s Oil Soap is ideal for cleaning dirty furniture. Just follow the bottle instructions and you are good to go. However no matter how much you are tempted; avoid using linseed and lemon oils because they only end up coating the wood which in turn attracts dirt. Also avoid using Pledge or any spray furniture cleaning products because it contains silicone, which leaves a difficult to remove film coating on the furniture.

4. Avoid using anything rough 

Don’t use anything with a rough texture on the furniture as it ends up scratching it. Even feather dusters are a no-no because broken feathers are similar to tiny sticks which end up spoiling the surface. Instead, use a very soft cloth like cheesecloth to wax the furniture. Use a little wax and rub gently after spreading a thin and even coat on the furniture.

5. Save bits and pieces 

Waxing should be done with care as it’s highly possible that pieces of veneer or inlay may come loose. Save any pieces that come off because they are irreplaceable and substitutes are difficult to find. Do not try repairing it yourself by gluing it back on. Safely keep the pieces and carry it to a wood expert to restore to your furniture.

6. Don’t forget to remove dust before using cleaners

While this is second nature to many, there are lots of people who forget to dust their furniture before waxing it. Failing to do so only leads to the dust ending up trapped under the wax layer.

7. Don’t polish metal hardware 

Antique home furniture usually has some metal ornaments or hardware on it like brass knobs or keyholes and other similar decorations. Though it’s tempting, don’t polish them using any metal-cleaning product or polish as it may damage the wood underneath.

It’s better to carefully dust the ornaments or hardware a few times a year. In case the piece is very badly tarnished, remove the hardware and then polish with a polish appropriate for it and replace.

8. Use a humidifier

Humidifiers are a must in dry houses or apartments, especially during winter. It’s required because wood tends to shrink or swell and end up splitting or wrapping due to temperature and humidity changes.

This can be avoided by preventing extreme temperatures, and ensuring the wood doesn’t dry or become too damp. Keep checking the back of the furniture like the pieces against the wall for signs of mold and mildew. Wipe off any signs of mold with a soft cloth dipped and wrung in a very dilute (10:1) solution of water and bleach of household bleach.

9. Wipe off spills 

All spills and stains have to be immediately blotted up. Do not rub or scrub it as blotting safely absorbs the liquid. Keep blotting with a clean towel or paper towel till most liquid is absorbed.

Always act as quickly as possible otherwise the stain may set permanently and destroy the fabric. It’s better to call a good furniture restorer in case of major spills and serious scratches instead of trying out risky household remedies.

10. Dry vacuuming 

It’s good to gently dry vacuum the antique home furniture surface periodically to prevent dust and dirt from settling onto its fibers. While you may alternatively use a soft and dry brush, don’t use dust rags as its loose threads may catch on, and pull the veneer pieces off.

11. Deep cleaning 

You can use cleaning foam meant for use on upholstery to remove any accumulated dirt and grime. However first try the foam on an indiscreet part of the furniture to ensure it’s safe to use on it, and there’s no discoloration. Follow foam instructions and use only clean towels to dab and not rub or scrub the surface.

12. No dry heating

Do not try drying the antique upholstery with heat as it only shrinks the fibers and causes permanent damage. A better and safer alternative is to use fans to let it naturally dry. Make sure the furniture is thoroughly dried before you start using it.

13. Leave it to the pros 

If you don’t have the time or are not so confident with the proper cleaning techniques for your antique furniture, then it’s better to leave things to the pro. Doing the wrong thing can only lead to problems and devalue your furniture’s value. This is especially important when it comes to repairs.

It may look like an easy fix, but just squirting glue on joints is not always enough. In fact, crude and inefficient repair work conducted by amateurs only devalues your furniture. It’s better not repairing it at all, or even better still, entrusting the job to a repair or restoration expert.

While these tips can help you clean and maintain your valuable antique home furniture, sometimes hiring a professional may be a better alternative. After all, this furniture has sentimental values, and are so delicate that it’s wiser having it professionally cleaned using the right cleaning techniques and equipment.  

 

 

JUNE 25, 2018

 

A dummy’s guide to loveseats 

Loveseats are also called apartment-size sofas because of its size. It’s just right for use in small spaces like living rooms in small apartments. As the name suggests, it’s a two-seater couch seating two people or a couple, and the reason for its name. 

They don’t use much space but do create a cozy and homey atmosphere. They can also be used in large living areas for additional seating arrangements and thus help create conversation groups. 

Shopping tips for loveseats 

  • Comfort 

If you go shopping for loveseats, you have to choose one based on your design preferences and requirements. It should be comfortable to sit on, which its upholstery determines. While loveseats with low-density cushions are affordably priced, they do flatten with use and tend to quickly wear out. 

The high-density cushions are slightly expensive, but worth the cost because of its firm seating wherein it tends to hold its shape longer. If you are looking for something really comfortable, look for a loveseat with down cushions.

The high-density cushions are slightly expensive, but worth the cost because of its firm seating wherein it tends to hold its shape longer. If you are looking for something really comfortable, look for a loveseat with down cushions.

  • Size 

Size is another factor to consider while looking for loveseats. While sectionals may be small, they take up lots of space. Loveseats on the contrary are compact enough to fit into tiny areas. However don’t make the mistake of buying one without first measuring wherever you plan to keep it.

  • Style 

You can also buy loveseats based on style. You have modern and contemporary style loveseats which go well with most living room themes. The modern design seats come with firmer cushions, strong angles and longer legs while the contemporary designed ones have thicker upholstery, plush seating and lower legs.

  • Fabric

The type of fabric on the loveseat is something else you need to take into consideration. You can choose between seats with different upholstery fabric options like top grain leather, velvet and twill. Make your choice based on your tastes, and one that blends well not your living space. 

Standard loveseat size

Now as size is important while looking for loveseats as you shouldn’t take it for granted that it’s small, and can fit into just any space. Well, while loveseats come in varying dimensions, most of them are four to six feet long from arm to arm, and about three feet deep. While this is the average size, they come in various dimensions to fit its appearance and the room.

So find out how you can measure the right sized loveseat for your existing space. Length is the first thing people measure while choosing loveseats. Here are a few of the most common sized loveseats.

  • Compact twin-size loveseats accommodate one person and measures only 45 to 51 inches long with a depth of 28 inches.
  • The small, standard loveseats measure 52 inches long from one arm to the other.
  • The medium loveseats are a bit bigger than the small versions, measuring 58 inches long form one arm to another.
  • Full loveseats are ideal for the bigger built couple because it measures 64 inches from one arm to another and is comfortable for bulkier people.
  • And if you are looking for something really big, then there’s the loveseat sofa measuring 71 inches in length from an arm to another.

While length it is important, there are other dimensions you also have to check. For example, while loveseats are usually 20-21 inches above the floor, sometimes its physical appearance or aesthetics can be deceiving. Sleek and trim loveseats which measure the same as overstuffed loveseats with round padded arms and puffy back cushions generally look smaller in a room.

Differences between loveseats and settees

In case you ever wondered what the difference between a loveseat and settee is, you’ve now found your answer. Loveseats come in various styles but the most unique feature about it is that it has individual sections so that each person can sit in a section. 

While the contemporarily designed loveseats may not have distinct seating options, they are small enough for two grown up people to comfortably sit on. Loveseats may come with upholstered arms or without any back or even have low backs with relatively high placed arm rests.

Settees are usually long wooden benches with an average sized sofa. It usually has a back and arms and comfortably seats at least three people. Settees are available in various styles like the contemporary models that have legs there are the more modern designs with upholstery but no obvious legs. They are bought either alone or can be included in your living room furniture.

So looking at the two, it’s quite obvious that the main differences between the two are that:

i. Loveseats can hold only two people while settees can fit more than two people.

ii. Another difference is that while settees always come with a back, loveseats have backs, are backless or have a low back.

iii. Settees are also available as a two-in-one sleeper sofa to use as an extra bed if there’s no space or if there’s guests. However loveseats can at the most accommodate only a small child who will be able to snuggle within the two seats.

iv. And lastly, while loveseats are usually sold as an individual piece of furniture, sectional sofas come with pieces to add or remove as required. 

You have to make your choice between the two based on where you want to use it, and how you plan to arrange your furniture in the existing space. While most people use loveseats in their living rooms, there are others who use it more for decorative reasons and not actually for seating purposes.

 

 

JUNE 22, 2018

 

Here is a quick guide for first-time Ottoman buyers

 

The Ottoman is an attractive piece of furniture that conveniently blends with the décor of any room. There are rectangular versions which complement your living room set and square ones you can use in the study to rest your feet while enjoying a great book.

Ottomans come in various sizes, shapes, materials, and purposes. If this is the first time you are buying this exquisite piece of furniture, this buying guide has everything you need to know to help you buy one.

What is an Ottoman?

It’s a functional piece of add-on furniture to the living room or den, consisting of a padded and upholstered seat or bench. It may or may not have armrests and can be used as stools or paired with sofas and recliners.

Shapes

It’s always better to decide on it’s shape based on its surrounding furniture and not vice versa.

  • Round Ottoman

Round Ottomans complement round sofas well to give a contemporary look and uses minimal space. It’s depth and dimensions create the perfect focal point in a room. However, its round look may not match a room with angled furniture.

  • Square Ottomans

This is the most popular of the lot because they complement practically any sofa. It is a good supplement for coffee tables and softens rooms full of angled furniture. Most people prefer customizing square Ottomans to fit the dimensions of a loveseat, sectional or even an exquisite sofa. You can even line up a few square or cube Ottomans to get a decent table and is a perfect alternative if you find rectangular ones too bulky for your room space.

  • Rectangular Ottomans

Rectangular Ottomans are widely used as an alternative to coffee tables, or as an additional place to sit. It is ideal to use as a living room centerpiece thanks to its generous surface are, storage and display potential.

Materials

Ottomans are made using different materials which you should choose based on your lifestyle.

  • Fabric

Fabric is a safe choice because it blends well with most furniture. However, while a leather ottoman does look good with a fabric sofa, it’s not the same in case of a leather sofa and fabric Ottoman.

However if your other living room furniture has lots of fabric, then there are various ottoman fabric upholsteries to choose from. Microfiber attracts attention with its bright colors, making it an ideal centerpiece. It’s also not only soft and comfortable but also easy to clean and maintain.

  • Leather

It’s true that leather is durable and doesn’t easily tear or fray like fabric. However, it may not be the right choice if you have kids as it easily stains from household items like ink, oil and peanut butter.

Of course, leather does make a comfortable covering for any furniture, and its effects are better if it’s the right color. Black leather ottomans look great in large spaces while beige leather ones give the ideal finish to a small room.

  • Memory foam

Memory foam is an affordable material that depending on the heat surrounding it is either supportive or elastic in function. It’s an ideal choice as a footrest because it helps those with chronic foot pain. It’s also lightweight, simple and goes well with any slipover.

  • Rattan 

Rattan ottomans are favorites for outdoor patios because it makes wicker seating look inviting. Not only is it light and durable, you can also use a few brush strokes to personalize rattan and turn a white rattan ottoman into a modern pink or green one. The only maintenance it requires is an occasional cleaning, and keeping it away from extreme heat and humidity makes it last a few years.

Then again, if you are worried about the ottoman material getting damaged, you can always buy slipcovers. They not only protect the ottoman, but can also be changed according to the changing seasons.

Designs

Ottoman designs depend on its purpose, which is plenty. They can be used alone or with a sofa, as some additional storage space, as a footrest or as a tray for your cocktails and coffee cups.

  • Storage Ottomans

They give you additional space in your cluttered home by making it look more organized. It’s just right for storing things like toys, DVDs, and remotes, which usually end up scattered around the house.

Bigger ottomans easily store your fleece throws and cashmere blankets while giving some place for your feet. While the average small, square ottoman has sufficient space for some neatly folded blankets, a bench ottoman is better for storing board games.

  • Table and tray ottomans

The coffee table Ottomans are ideal for holding your cups of coffee. You can also use the ottoman as a footrest in case you want to enjoy your cup of coffee while relaxing on your reclining sofa. There are also cocktail ottomans with a flip top to use for holding drinks, like a serving tray.

Tray ottomans can be personalized as per usage, thanks to its versatility, mobility and the fact that it can be separated. You have the option to use it as your laptop table, to surprise your wife with breakfast in bed or use as a simple tray for any seat at home.

  • Tufted Ottomans

Tufted ottomans make the ideal chair ottoman or footstool as the tufting keeps its foam and cotton filling from bunching or shifting with constant use. The button-tufted versions look elegant and classic but are surprisingly affordably priced. Tufted ottomans, however, should not be used as a tray or coffee-table because it’s uneven top makes it unsafe for cups and glasses.

  • Gliders

Glider ottomans are an interesting part of nursery furniture because it’s so comfortable for children to sleep in. It also provides the necessary support when you sit in rocking chairs and recliners that don’t have any support.

  • Sleeper

Ottoman sleepers offer comfortable bedding for your occasional house guests. It’s large and comfortable for your guests to sleep on, and the fact that it’s convertible is really something interesting and unique.

 

 

JUNE 20, 2018

 

How to clean and maintain leather sofas 

 

Leather sofas are a worthy and durable investment that looks great in your home and office, if well-maintained. However, don’t think that cleaning and maintaining leather sofas are a chore and hassle. In fact, the right maintenance routine using the following tips can help your leather sofa last a long time.

Maintain and stick to a routine

You have to maintain your sofa just as you would your floors and curtains. Start a regular cleaning regimen and stick to it and you won’t find cleaning it so difficult!

How to clean your leather sofa

The basic rule of the thumb here is ‘little-is-much’ and to clean your sofa at least once in three months. A weekly cleaning by dusting the sofa with a feather duster and sofa cloth is also more than enough. This is, in addition, to regularly turning and fluffing the cushions.

You can use the vacuum’s soft brush attachment to clean the sofa if it was used heavily during the week. But be extremely gentle on your couch and do your cleaning without using any wet clothes, harsh and ammonia-based reagents or bleach.

The best way to clean your sofa is by first vacuuming and removing all dust. Dust is abrasive, especially when it gets wet when you start cleaning with a cleaning solution. Once the dust is removed, make a cleaning solution of equal parts of vinegar or commercial leather cleaner and water.

Then soak a cleaning cloth, preferably a soft microfiber and wring it out so that it’s not wet but just damp, and use to thoroughly wipe the couch. Rinse the cloth as necessary. It’s after this is done that you use a towel to dry the couch. However don’t use any blow dryers for drying as it’s a heat source, and only dehydrates the leather.

How to condition or polish a leather sofa

It’s natural for your sofa to get dry with time. And the best way to overcome this problem and to keep your sofa shining is with regular polishing. Start by making a conditioning solution by mixing one part of vinegar to two parts linseed or flaxseed oil.

Now use a soft cloth to apply the solution to your sofa with broad and circular motions and leave it overnight. Now finish off the conditioning, and restore the couch’s shine by buffing the sofa with a dry, clean cloth. It’s more than enough to polish the sofa once in three months.

How to remove stains on leather sofas

The secret to removing stains is to quick action. While you have to wipe and not rub off stains immediately, different stains have to be taken care of in different manners.

  1. In case of mold and mildew stains, mix equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol and clean the stain by wetting a soft cloth in the cleaning solution.
  2. In case of stains caused by ink and permanent markers, use aerosol hairspray to remove the marker stains and eucalyptus oil or rubbing alcohol to remove ink stains.
  3. You need a paste mixing together equal amounts of lemon juice and cream of tartar to remove dark colored stains from a light colored couch. Rub this paste onto the stains, leave for ten minutes, and then rub some more of the paste on the stain. Wipe off using a damp sponge.
  4. Removing grease stains is not very difficult as you just have to put some baking soda on the grease. The stain disappears when you dust off the powder after a while as the powder lifts the stain with it.
  5. Professional cleaners are best called to remove any stubborn stains. They have the know-how and equipment to remove stubborn stains without damaging your couch.

How to eliminate unpleasant smells from leather sofas

Leather tends to absorb strong smells like cigarette smoke and pet odors. While nothing can be done about this natural tendency, you can at least prevent it by wiping the sofa with a soft cloth dabbed in some baby oil.

It leaves your sofa smelling fresh, and preserves the leather. Though there are various cleaning products specifically meant for preventing and eliminating the strongest smells, always do a spot test on a small patch of the sofa before use.

Additional maintenance tips

  • Always keep your sofa away from sunlight and other heat sources. Heat isn’t good for it as the sofa loses its color and starts cracking because the heat makes it dry. So keep your leather sofa at least ten inches from heat sources like your air conditioner, fireplace, laptops, heating ventilators and even hot cups of beverages. It helps preserve the leather’s moisture and its surface properties.
  • Be careful while sleeping, sitting and using the sofa because cosmetics and hair chemicals do affect your couch layer. Even oils secreted by the neck and arms are not  good for your sofa, which is why leather couch arms usually end up looking lighter than the other parts of the sofa after time.
  • It’s advisable to keep your couch covered most of the time, especially if you have pets at home. They may not scratch your sofa, but their acidic saliva will leave your couch damaged. It’s not possible or feasible to stop your pets from using the sofa, but you can at least cover and protect the couch.
  • Quick action is the best way to get rid of stains. Remove them as soon as possible as the longer the stains remain on the sofa, the deeper it permeates into it, and gets difficult to remove. So dab off any spill immediately. Don’t wipe as wiping only spreads the spill and if it’s penetrating, a large area gets affected.
  • Protecting the sofa’s top later or top color helps prolong your sofa’s life. This is because the top later is vulnerable to soil and wear, and leads to the sofa’s quick deterioration and cracks if destroyed.
  • Always spot test cleaning solutions or reagents you plan to use on some inconspicuous part of the sofa. This is to prevent some solvents damaging your sofa.
  • Last but not least, your sofa needs regular cleaning and conditioning. Follow and maintain your fixed cleaning regimen and your leather sofa will serve you for a long time to come!

 

 

JUNE 15, 2018

 

9 Things To Consider While Buying Bar Stools

  

After spending so much on your bar, the finishing touch lies in buying the right bar stools that complement it well. The right bar stools are those that blend well with your bar, is comfortable for you and your guests to enjoy a few drinks and is of course, within your budget.

Finding bar stools is not a problem because there are so many types available- the problem lies in finding the right one for your bar. So if you find it difficult making a choice, here are a few factors that will help you out.

1. Style

You have to choose bar stools that fit with your home’s interior décor and style. This means that if you have a rustic style home, then wooden bar stools may complement it the best. However, if you are looking for something contemporary, then look for metal or plastic ones.

 2. Backs

You have to choose your stool backs based on the look you want to create, and the level of comfort you are looking for. Backless stools are always better in case of swivel bar stools. But if you want some back support, then you can choose between low and high-back bar stools. The difference between the two is that the low back stools offer some back support and still look backless while the high-back bar stools offer maximum support.

3. Size

It’s better to opt for backless bar stools for small bars as it makes your bar area look bigger. And anyway, it’s easier to tuck backless bar stools under the bar or counter when not in use and save floor space in the process.

Then again, if you have sufficient space, then you could look for bar stools with a backrest and armrest for added support and comfort. The size of your bar area not only determines the type of bar stools you should buy, but also the number of stools that will fit behind it. Obviously a bigger area permits more stools, as long as there is sufficient space in between them.

4. Additional Features

You may be surprised to know that bar stools come with some exceptional features which go a long way at making your guests feel comfortable. For example, you have adjustable bar stools which are very useful because it’s height can be increased and decreased to accommodate your guests’ heights.

It’s great if the bar stool has a footrest so that whoever sits on the stool has someplace comfortably sit with their feet resting on it. And if you will be having parties where people interact with each other across the room then it’s better to look for swivel bar stools. This makes it easy for the person sitting on the stool to turn around and speak to others in the room.

5. Height

If you don’t plan on investing in adjustable bar stools, then you have to be careful about the height of the stools you choose. It should match your bar’s height so that your guests can comfortably rest their arms on the bar while enjoying their drinks.

Stools that are your bar height are a logical choice for standard bars however if your bar is a kitchen counter or about similar height, then shorter counter stools are a better option. If you have children around, then you may consider getting one or two short or adjustable bar stools so that they don’t feel left out.

  • Measuring the right height

Now you may wonder what the best height stool is for your bar counter. Well, this is rather easy to find out. You just have to measure from the floor to the highest point of the bar and subtract ten inches from it. This gives you the appropriate height for any bar stool you choose as it gives you enough room to comfortably sit on the stool and to also tuck it under the counter when not in use.

6. Seating material

The bar stools’ seating material is something you need to choose wisely because you have to be comfortable spending so much time sitting on the stools! Wood is the most common choice because they are durable, comfortable and look traditional.

If you are looking for something luxurious, then leather is a better material. They look rich and are of course softer to sit on. Plastic and metal carry a modern look and are a durable investment.

It’s left to you to make a selection based on the comfort and look you want. It goes without saying that whichever type of bar stool you choose; you should know to clean it. Spills and accidents are inevitable when at the bar so it’s better to choose stools you know how to clean!

7. Color patterns

Most of the bar stools come in solid colors, which isn’t surprising as it easily blends into most rooms and bars. However, this doesn’t mean you have no other choices. It’s always better to check out a few color patterns too because it is the perfect design which goes a long way at enhancing your bar’s look. If your bar is supposed to be the center of attraction, then it’s better to look for something eye-catching like a wild print pattern.

8. Flexibility

Adjustable bar stools are generally a better option if you are thinking of moving house in the future. This is because you never know where you will be shifting into next. It’s only adjustable stools that are flexible enough to easily blend and fit into and under any bar counter. All you have to do is increase or reduce the height of the stool as per the counter measurements.

9. Cost

Cost is always a factor to consider, no matter what you plan buying. Bar stools are no exceptions. So look for something in your budget as you most probably won’t be buying a single stool but should be able to afford a few stools for the bar counter.

If you were finding it difficult choosing the right bar stools for your bar counter, these factors should make it look so much easier!