Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Guide for Buying Complementary Occasional Tables

Progressions in technology and other areas tempt customers to rethink their home’s most central place, the living room. Basic cocktail tables or end tables are a thing of the past. Today’s occasional tables play more than a utilitarian role or even a mere ornamentation. A great functionality of today’s contemporary cocktail tables is storage, among other things. Here are some ideas that will help you with your next occasional table purchase:

  • Use triangular or round cocktail tables with stationary upholstery.

  • Use cocktail tables with casters for motion upholstery because they are perfect companions. This especially applies to home theater seating.

  • If you need to solve some of your storage needs, choose the ones with drawers or the ones that offer more shelves.

  • Make sure that the occasional tables are scaled to the sofa or sectional. Try to match the shape and size of the tables to the upholstery.

  • The occasional tables should be in the same design constant with the surrounding furniture. Try to make the tables interact with the adjoining upholstery.

Use these simple rules and you’ll have sleek and trendy occasional tables.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Helpful Tips for Reducing Carbon Footprint of Furniture Stores

There won’t be enough energy in the world since countries like Vietnam, China, and India are growing exponentially and are competing for the same energy as us. Everyone can attest to lately, as the demand for oil goes up, the prices follow. As a result, things are becoming financially stretched for everyone including furniture stores. The carbon footprint left behind in the furniture industry can be narrowed and not only will this help the environment, but it will also pass the savings on to the end consumer. Can a typical quality NJ furniture store, for example, really go green? Sure it can and here are some ways:

  • Install weather striping on all the doors in the furniture store, thus reducing a substantial amount of air that can get in or leak out.

  • Change the entire store’s lighting to fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are almost three times as efficient as halogen. Not only will this make a dramatic difference in the energy efficiency but the energy savings will mount up rapidly and cover the higher initial cost of the fluorescent bulbs.

  • Encourage employees to carpool. Not only will carpooling save money, but it will also reduce traffic and most importantly save the environment.

  • Coordinate all of the delivery trips to minimize extra driving. This will save gas and time.

  • Use diesel trucks or better yet, use bio-diesel to run the delivery trucks. Pure bio-diesel reduces carbon monoxide emissions by more than 40%, hydrocarbons by more than 60%, and particulates by more than 40% according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Tune-up all the delivery trucks. Tune-ups drastically improve fuel efficiency.

Furniture stores can go green by following the above suggestions. All of the above suggestions add up.

Helpful Hints to Keep Area Rugs Looking Their Best

Area rugs are purchased for the purpose of covering large floors in your home and they are used as coordinating accents that bring together the design strategy throughout the home. Whether you own a 100% hand woven wool area rug or a more moderately priced machine-made rugs that have the ability to show more than 100 colors on a single rug, there are ways to keep your area rugs looking their best.

1. For one thing, try to rotate the rug that gets sunlight to enable even fading.

2. Padding is an ideal way to protect area rugs with high foot traffic.

3. In order to keep your area rug clean, sweep them with a broom.

4. If you insist on using a vacuum, use the low suction setting and don’t vacuum the rug’s fringe.

Follow these tips and you’ll have the best looking area rugs for years to come.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Customizable Teen Furniture

Over 70 million mothers in America can be categorized into three main demographics: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. In addition to these three groups there are also the grandparents and you have to be able to satisfy all these groups when it comes to teen furniture. When they shop for teen furniture, 4 very important things are considered: price, practicality, furniture dimensions, and teen’s desires. Our Bergen collection offer endless opportunity for teens to personalize and customize their rooms by offering a choice of 15 water based and environmentally friendly finishes. You can combine finishes for each of the furniture pieces if that is your preference. There is also a two tone options for all the dressers, nightstands, chests, and other case pieces. To top it all, Bergen collections are made in USA and are not just another import. By offering a choice of finishes, we allow a teen’s voice to be heard and thus empower them to take charge of the way their room looks. After all, their bedrooms are their sanctuary.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Eco Friendly Bedroom Furniture

Rising interest for sustainable furniture has generated a powerfully fashionable pick of Earth-friendly home furnishings. Equipped with an arsenal of eco-conscious production methods that minimize waste and ecological impact, a collection of perceptive furniture manufacturers have realized significantly more inexpensive and effective ways to safeguard our fragile planet.

Eco Friendly

Some of our adult bedroom sets are manufactured in USA and over 99% of the lumber used to manufacture the bedrooms comes from within 500 miles of the factories – 80% from within 200 miles, thus reducing the carbon footprint associated with the transportation of the primary raw materials. Also, 150,000 poplar, ash, oak, pine, maple, and applewood tree seedlings were donated to the Virginia Department of Forestry and the planting of these trees allows the replacement of all trees used in the manufacture of furniture. Basically, a new tree is planted in Virginia every year for every tree that is harvested.

Sustainability and renewability both appear as terms that go with eco-friendly products and the production of those products. Basically, we need to use material responsibly over a long time. This concept is especially true to the way wood is harvested. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) offers rigorous guidelines for responsible forest management standards, and some of our kids’ furniture collections are FSC certified.

The following kids’ bedroom sets are FSC certified:

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Not Your Typical Recliner

Like everything else in the contemporary furniture realm, the term ‘contemporary recliner’ seems to have a pretty subjective meaning. Ask ten different people what a real contemporary recliner is and you’d most likely get ten different explanations. Still, it’s difficult to disagree that the contemporary recliners featured in this post are anything but. Introducing a recliner with ottoman that doesn’t look like your typical run-of-the-mill recliner!

Contemporary Recliner

Although they share some of the same design elements as the Scandinavian recliners, yet we’ve still managed to make these significantly affordable. Each of these contemporary recliners shares a common trait or two. These recliners have been growing from a steady diet of creature comforts. Each features a reclining lever that is small and discretely placed for a tidy and organized design. Each can swivel 360 degrees so no straining and stretching is needed. The ergonomic ottoman is the perfect companion to the recliner and is perfectly angled for vital leg support. The back and the seat of the recliner are precisely padded and countered to support your body. Finally, these contemporary recliners are available in hundreds of fabrics and leathers.


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Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Anatomy of Perfect Home Theater Seating

Start with an arm.


Add a cup holder to the arm for those much needed beverages during a good movie. You have a choice of either silver or antique finish for the cup holder.

Cup Holder

Do you want to create a sensation like the one of being a part of the movie? If so, then start thinking about adding a bass shaker system to your new Palliser home theater seating. How about going a step further and adding a wireless bass shaker system? Now, that’s an idea. No more of those tangled wires and no more tripping over them. Now you can experience firsthand every shake, thump, and force just the way bass sound was meant to be felt. In that case, add a wireless receiver to the arm.

Now add the recliner.


The recliner is really a wall hugger that only needs 2 inches of wall clearance. This feature is ideal for those with smaller apartments.

Wall Hugger

Do you prefer manual recline or the effortless power recline for infinite positioning? Do you prefer the recliner handle on your left side or on your right side? It's all possible. Now add the bass shaker, the amplifier, and the RF receiver into the seat of the recliner.

RF Receiver
RF receiver


Bass Shaker
Bass shaker

Add the opposite arm.


Assemble all together and now you have a theater seat.

1 Seat

Don’t like the stainless steel finish of the legs? No problem, there are more options for leg finishes.

Leg Finish

You want it in fabric? There are more than 100 different options with different fabric grades. Would you prefer padded microfibers with a soft natural hide appearance? It will add a twist to the collection, as it not only has the look and feel of a suede, it is embossed with a leather-like pattern. Microfiber families demonstrate a long-lasting endurance to the demands of any lifestyle. Or do you prefer woven chenille with a screen-like design that will add depth and dimension and will blend effortlessly with any décor? It’s all possible.

Fabric Seating

Or do you prefer leather home theater seating? Again, there are quite a few options with different grades, colors, and feels. Do you have kids or pets? If so then choose one of the protected leathers with features that holds up well under daily use, are protected and semi-aniline, feature impressive durability for daily use, and have most natural markings concealed. Or do you like the feel of soft, supple natural leather with natural markings that are visible and that feature full-aniline leather with a classic, natural surface? Natural leathers can be modern and stylish, with a hint of rustic charm.

Leather Seating

Do you prefer different styles? How about a more traditional one with nail heads?

Traditional Seat

Want to add more seats across?

Straight 4 Seat

Want curved seating instead?

Curved 4 Seat

Plug the RF transmitter plugs into home theater amplifier. It will supply signal to all bass shaker units within a 200 ft radius.

RF Transmitter


Theater Seating Room

Here is the entire Palliser theater seating collection.

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