Things to Consider When Shopping Online for Furniture

So, you’ve decided to shop online to purchase some new furniture for your home. What’s the next step? Here are a few things to consider when shopping for furniture online.

Style

Begin by thinking about the style of furniture you are looking for. Is your style traditional, ultra-modern, or somewhere in between? It is important to choose new items that will complement your existing décor and fit into your current lifestyle. With a little thought and some product investigation online you should have no trouble finding several different versions of your dream furniture set.

Functionality

Another point to consider is how the furniture will be used. Will it be in your formal living room mostly for aesthetics and barely get any use, or will it be in front of the television and used every day? These are factors to consider with regards to the comfort and durability of a piece of furniture.

The people and pets in your life will also impact the wear of your new furniture and is another important factor to take into consideration while you are in this exploratory phase. A white sofa set might not be the best choice for a household with small children or pets that regularly get into the furniture. If you regularly host guests, you might want to consider the number of seats available in each room where you will be entertaining.

Measurements

Another great place to start is by measuring your room and taking note of how much room you have available for new furniture. You will want to make sure that the furniture will fit into your room and not fill the entire space to the point that you are not able to walk comfortably through the room. It is also important to measure your doorways, hallways and narrow corners to make sure that the furniture will be able to get to your room of choice.

Experience & Reliability 

One of the most important things to consider is the online retailer you are doing business with. You want to make sure that the company you choose has a lot of experience with shipping furniture and dealing with any issues that could arise with your furniture delivery. It is a good idea to call online retailers with any of your questions or concerns. Remember that professional retailers will have a trained staff to answer any questions you might have as well as take care of any issues that you may experience after you new furniture arrives.

 

Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy

Remember when dinner on the patio would mean gathering around a picnic table and sitting on hard wooden benches? If you were lucky, you got to sink into a folding lawn chair that your host or partner would have to help you out of, at the end of the evening!

Today, sitting outdoors is easy and comfortable. Handsome weather-friendly wicker patio sets come complete with plush padded love seats, armchairs and matching glass topped tables.

Modular and sectional seating are a smart choice, especially if you have an odd shaped backyard or want to arrange your poolside deck to create a quiet retreat in a splash-free zone. And just like your sectional sofa on the inside, patio sectionals are just the thing for creating cozy seating around the fireplace or fire bowl.

Decorating tip: Add some colorful cushions in outdoor-friendly fabrics for a pop of color and to keep your guests comfy.

Get in Touch with Your Inner Tiki

From the 1930’s to the 1950’s Tiki or island-themed bars and restaurants were all the rage and now Tiki bars and Palapas are popping up all over, again!

A bamboo Tiki bar will transform a bland backyard or outdoor deck into a Polynesian paradise. Choose an authentic Thatched roof Tiki bar for an open air patio or a plain bamboo bar for a covered courtyard. Think of the fun you’ll have serving rum drinks to all your friends from your very own Tiki bar.

Decorating tip: Gather fresh tropical pineapples and coconuts together on the bar to dress it up Tiki style.

What’s a Palapa, you ask? Sometimes called grass or Tiki huts, Palapas are open-sided thatched roof structures that provide shade and shelter. If you thought you’d have to take a trip to the tropics to ever see one, think again. Our Palapas come with a thatched umbrella top, bar height table and matching bamboo chairs; perfect for backyard entertaining with a tropical flavor.

Decorating tip: Go full out Tiki with some Tiki masks, carvings, glass floats and fish nets.

Light the way

Stringing lights or planting Tiki torches in the garden will add some flair to outdoor summer entertaining, but quality outdoor lighting that matches your home’s exterior will light the way season after season.

Pathways between buildings can get very dark, so light up sidewalks and flagstone walkways with matching exterior pole lighting.

Decorating tip: Floating candles in a large bowl can add a romantic touch to the evening.

With the right outdoor lights, comfortable outdoor patio furniture and some tropical Tiki touches, throwing some real backyard bashes this summer will be a breeze.

The ABC’s of Furnishing Your College Dorm Room

It’s back to school time and for the college crowd the C in college often stands for “cram”. For some that spells out hardcore studying. For others, it means: How am I going to cram everything I own into that small dorm room!

When it comes to decking out your dorm, adding your own personal touches will go a long way, but if you really want to make the grade, it all starts with smart, dorm-worthy furniture.

B is for Bed

You won’t get the A’s without first getting some quality ZZZZ’s, so look for a comfortable bed that’s practical and durable.

Starting from scratch? If you’ve got the space, you can save a lot of time and money by getting a complete bedroom set. Along with a contemporary bed frame, most sets will include a night stand and a dresser with mirror. You can even add a coordinating chest of drawers and a matching desk.

If you’re up against the wall for space, or you have a roommate, you might want to look into a loft style bed. Choose one with a full size bed and complete workstation underneath. Made of powder coated metal, these units have storage shelves designed to withstand the rigors of a student’s life. Add a cool, contemporary adjustable swivel chair and you’ll have a complete study and sleep area to call your own, without ever having to leave your side of the room.

By day, a twin loft with a full size futon on the bottom offers versatile seating for you and your guests and by night the futon becomes an extra bed.

L is for Lighting

Nothing makes a space feel more like home than some ambient lighting. Shed some light on the subject by topping off a dresser, desk or nightstand with a portable lamp or dressing up a dark and dreary corner with a decorative floor lamp.

M is for Mirror

Whether you and your roommate are comparing droopy eyed faces after another late night study session or you want to create the illusion of more space, a mirror is a must have.

Hang one near the doorway so you check yourself on the way out or if your dorm has a “no screws or holes” policy, a floor mirror will give you head-to-toe views and really open up the room. Choose a classy mirror with a stand or go trendy with a leaning floor mirror.

O is for Ottoman  

                    

One of the keys to making small spaces work is finding furniture that can multi-task and that puts the storage ottoman to the head of the class. Along with extra seating, the storage area is ideal for stowing away extra blankets and cushions.

Opt for a bench style storage ottoman with two separate storage cubbies with invertible tops that each includes a hidden tray. What could be better than relaxing with your feet up and a bowl of popcorn nearby on movie night?

While college dorm life will be much different than life at home, with the right furniture and your favorite things around you, you’ll be more than ready to embrace the experience.