Helpful Tips That Will Make Your Thanksgiving A Success

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The holiday season is upon us and it’s the time of the year we share and give thanks to our friends and family. It can also be the most hectic time of the year, especially if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve put together valuable tips that will keep your guests feeling welcome, comfortable, and most importantly, out of the kitchen.

A dining table filled with delicious meals is a Thanksgiving tradition. Choose a long, wooden dining table that will accommodate all of your dishes. Now give the table a dash of color by adding a rustic plaid table top cover. Make your table memorable by placing matching floral napkins below your tableware.
 
Having proper lighting for your Thanksgiving party is crucial. Too much light can have your guests feeling overwhelmed. Typically, soft and dim lighting is ideal. You can also add creative lighting options like tea lights, candles, and string lights.

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A few weeks before your Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to have an estimate on the number of guests attending. It’s important to keep in mind any unexpected friends or family members that could stop by. Be sure to arrange your living room with comfortable seating that includes armrests and place them close to each other to allow conversation. You can find a vast selection of high-quality arm chairs at well-established furniture liquidators for a fraction of retail.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be around those that you love. While it’s key to have a perfectly cooked turkey, so is sharing and creating memorable experiences. Make the most out of your Thanksgiving this year by enjoying great food with great company!

Three Changes That Will Drastically Increase Your Room Rates

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Are you looking to make the most of this year’s peak season? Improve your bottom line by following the suggestions below to improve your room rates and guest satisfaction.

Evaluate Your Amenities

According to the U.S. Census, Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest living generation. Your hotel’s amenities need to reflect this change and accommodate the needs of Millennials. This means better bandwidth for a strong internet connection, multiple power outlets in the common areas optimizing for socialization, and avoid a dated look in your furnishings.

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How do you accomplish these goals with a limited budget?

With more and more liquidators using the Internet to market their goods globally, it’s becoming easier and easier to find quality pre-owned technology and furniture inventory at dramatically reduced prices. It’s not unusual to save 60-80% versus new. When working with liquidators, always check their website for testimonials and years in business.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

It doesn’t matter how many great qualities your hotel may have if nobody knows about them. Use the power of social media to effectively market your hotel. Make sure you brand your hotel as the hotel that is all about their guests. Encourage guests to take pictures on your property and share them on your social media pages.

Optimize Your Lobby For Socialization

Ensure your guest experience is memorable by providing opportunities for socialization. Don’t force your guests to sit next to each other on a couch, use comfortable, upholstered chairs to avoid awkwardness. Make sure your seating options are also inviting.

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Cleanliness Is Key

Nothing destroys a hotel review like lack of cleanliness. Avoid negative feedback by hiring a well-trained, experienced pro as your Head of Housekeeping. Provide your housekeeping staff with a checklist of areas to clean including under the beds, on the headboards, and behind the showers.

By implementing these three changes, you can take your guest experience to another level. Be sure to print or bookmark this blog post for future reference. If you’ve implemented any changes that helped increase your room rates, please share them below.

4 Essential Furniture Pieces Every Startup Must Have

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As a startup owner, you’re responsible for executing on many priorities within a tight budget. Your focus should be on investing in your business and not on buying expensive furniture unnecessarily. We’ve put together a list of essential office furniture pieces every startup must have in their office.

Chairs – Don’t Give Up On Support

Your desk chairs must provide lower back support and adjustable height to ensure comfort. Most likely, you and your staff will spend more time on these chairs than any other piece of furniture in your life. Chairs with arms are also recommended because they provide neck and back support. A proper chair will help save your employees from unnecessary future body aches that are caused by incorrect seating posture.

Desks – Don’t Give Up On Quality

Startups will often try to save money by purchasing ready-to-assemble desks that fail to deliver on durability. These desks may seem to provide value at the beginning, but are really a time-consuming chore since they contain many moving parts that need to be assembled. In addition, ready-to-assemble desks have no re-sell value and are not meant to withstand much wear and tear.

Visit furniture liquidators that offer high quality, pre-owned desks that are made from durable materials such as mahogany hardwood. These desks should provide the necessary space for today’s technology and include features like desk grommets.

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Filing cabinets – Don’t Give Up On Organization

Organization is the key to success for any startup. Filing cabinets are the tried and true storage for employees looking to bring together all of their important documents. Depending on the content and privacy guidelines of your startup, a filing cabinet with a key-lock system may be of preference. You should also use cloud storage systems whenever possible to reduce the number of file cabinets you need, free up office space for other uses, and provide remote access to your files.

Bookcases – Don’t Give Up On Development

Bookcases are perfect for storing industry-leading books that your employees can rely on to further their business knowledge. A startup that supports employee development also supports its own growth.

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Putting together a list of furniture you need before you buy is crucial. It will not only help you save time but money. Provide this list to local and reputable office furniture liquidators that can help you choose the right furniture and style while staying within your budget.

How to Stretch Your Furniture Budget During the Off-Season

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The off-season is the ideal time for hotel owners to renovate their facilities and be up to par for the next high season. Please keep the following suggested tips in mind when deciding how to stretch your renovation budget.

Assess your online reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor and Google. Often, poor reviews from customers are due to outdated, uncomfortable, and/or worn-down furniture. Having the right furniture that fits your guests’ needs will play a major role in their satisfaction.

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How can you deliver the best possible furniture for your guests and keep expenditures within a tight budget? The answer is simple: quality, pre-owned furniture. Look for furniture pieces from 4 & 5-star hotels being sold by reputable hotel furniture liquidators with good references and strong shipping experience.

Keep in mind that hotel liquidators focus on selling their inventory before it reaches their warehouses to minimize storage costs, so the best room packages will often sell out quickly. Act with a sense of urgency in your decision making when you see a room package that is a good fit with your needs.

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You can also restore individual pieces in your hotel rooms that will have a large impact on your guests with only a minor expense. Furniture restoration can save you money and give new life to tired looking furniture. Restoration is also an eco-friendly option that will appeal to today’s hotel guests who are environmentally-conscious.

Furniture restoration companies can efficiently and cost effectively remove blemishes, scratches, chips and stains from case goods. Their efforts can revive and extend the life of your existing furniture, saving you cash that can then be used in other areas of your hotel.

To be as efficient as possible, look for hotel furniture liquidators that also offer furniture restoration services. That way the change out of some pieces of furniture and the restoration of other pieces can be done simultaneously to reduce the number of days your rooms are out of service.

5 Features To Look For In Assisted Living Mattresses

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Finding the right mattress for your assisted living facility can be a challenging feat. The mattress should be firm and provide the right support for your clients. Below are 5 top features to keep in mind when looking for the right mattress.

1) Washable
The best method to keep up with cleanliness is to purchase mattresses with washable material. Look for Nylon-covered mattresses because this fabric allows for easy cleaning.

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2) Flame Retardant
Ensure high safety standards by buying flame retardant mattresses. Be sure to look for chemical-free natural fire barrier materials. These materials should meet or exceed international standards including CFR 1633 and CFR 1632.

3) Edge Support
There are different types of edge support mattresses available. Geometrically firm coils placed around the perimeter of the mattress will increase support by 20% for firmer seating.

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4) Firm Coils
You should keep in mind that coil count does matter. When looking for the right mattress, be sure it exceeds 200 coils. The more coils in the mattress, the more comfort you can expect.

5) Bacterial/Fungal Resistant
There are more bacteria in our bodies than there are cells. The wrong type of bacteria may cause great harm. As we get older, our immune system weakens and precautions should be taken. Be sure to purchase bacterial/fungal resistant mattresses that will offer the safest sleeping option for your clients.

A Quick Guide for How to Remove Upholstery on Old Furniture

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After long enough, even the most elegant, best loved upholstery can wear out. Whether years of heavy use, a change of aesthetics, or an unfortunate incident with the family pet have made removing upholstery a necessity, you’ll be glad to know the process is actually fairly simple.

First you’ll need the right tools. Ideally that’s a dedicated staple puller (tool inventors weren’t always the most creative namers). However, in a pinch, you could use really any thin metal piece, like an ice pick or flathead screwdriver.

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Pliers should come in handy as well – both for pulling out stubborn staples and for getting the job started. Use the pliers to rip up the trimming, and then keep going until you’ve got it all off and made a nice mess of things, possibly including your fingers.

From there, try pulling up the fabric in a continuous piece if the staples allow you to have your way with it. It’s a good idea to keep this to base new fabric on so you don’t have to make a load of measurements or over-purchase.

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The staples are the tedious part. You might be able to alternate between ripping up the upholstery and plucking the metal out, or you may have to do one after the other. Either way, always be careful – you’re dealing with some old, sharp metal that could be rusted. Keep those eyes and hands safe!

Photo Credits (from top): RedsZone, my DIY adventures, and Ideal Upholstery

Buying Used Furniture for Restoration: Shellac vs. Stain vs. Varnish

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Life is full of possibilities. Buying used furniture is no exception, especially when you’re doing it as a restoration or upcycle project.

It can be hard enough finding just the right piece for a space, but factor in all the options out there for customizing it and you’ve got seemingly unlimited options. This quick guide to three of the most common wood finishes should help you get to the right look and texture for you.

Shellac

You might be surprised to know that this finish actually comes from the resin produced by an insect (think about that the next time you drop a chip on a shiny table surface).

That said, shellac can be, in a literal way, an all-natural option. This is versatile stuff, capable of being used as a primer, sealant, and finish all in one. Shellac is renowned for being durable and protective, and even comes in an array of colors that leave a high-gloss look.

Stain

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One of the big benefits of stain is that it can be used on difficult woods like cherry that tend to resist soaking up finishes.

Stains are easy to apply and can either enhance the wood’s natural look or alter it slightly (this can also depend on the type of wood – lighter-density woods like pine will soak up and be affected much more). However, to lock the look in you’ll also need a finish.

Varnish

This can be where varnish comes in. The great thing about varnish is that it doesn’t provide much of its own look, so if you have natural wood or a stain that you love but need to keep it protected, varnish is your bet.

It also comes in a variety of gloss levels, ranging from “shiny” to “flat,” depending on what you want your wood to look like.

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Which to Choose When Buying Used Furniture

In the end, which one(s) you need is dependent on the look and function you want and even the condition your used furniture piece is in (some may need more help than others). Stain and varnish are the most customizable, while shellac is in some ways more streamlined.

Photo Credits (from top): Pallet Furniture DIY, Daniel Borio, and DIY Network

Today’s Top Trend for Used Furniture Buyers?

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There’s an art to following furniture trends – and another one entirely to following used furniture trends. The savviest used furniture buyers know how to spot that sweet spot where gently used pieces are coming back into circulation but are still very much in style.

So, what’s one piece of furniture that makes that list right now?

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Thanks to a recent upsurge in designer attention, sleeper couches provide a great blend of functionality, comfort, and style. Once a staple of drab, suburban living rooms, these are now more elegant than ever.

The strength of a sleeper couch is its versatility. As the name suggests, it supplies a space for sprawling out comfortably without taking up all the space of a bed or contributing the slightly less fashionable statement a futon makes.

Because these pieces are focused on surface space, they’re often more open and minimally constructed than standard couches, often using only one narrow cushion.

Today, used furniture buyers can often find a larger-than-ever array of sleeper couches featuring chic colors and construction.

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4 Tips for Buying Second Hand Furniture

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It’s no secret that furniture can be expensive. With many options for quality chairs, tables, couches, etc. going for a minimum of 3 figures, filling your spaces with brand new furniture can really start racking up.

The best alternative? Second hand furniture comes with multiple benefits. Not only is it (obviously) generally much cheaper than new, but it can also provide you some really interesting pieces you wouldn’t find in a standard showroom. Here’s what to look out for before you hit the yard sales, though.

Tag? Label? Engraving?

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You would be surprised at how often people selling used furniture don’t know what they’re marking down to $10. Look over all the undersides and backsides for original tags, brand labels, or engravings that show manufacturers and dates, and follow up with some research if you find something.

Rule of thumb: if it’s a person’s name you’ve never heard of or any combinations of two names with “&” in the middle, that’s probably a good sign.

Try Before You Buy

The old sales adage holds especially true for buying second hand furniture. Depending on your level of craftiness or budget for restoring old pieces, you could be looking at more work to fix something up than you’re willing to put in. Check for lumpy cushions, unstable weight support, and excessive shakiness or creaking.

Give It a Smell

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That’s right – never buy it before you smell it. Even if you’re planning to reupholster a piece, you could be buying cushions or even wood with deep-soaked scents, which can be extremely difficult to get out.

Keep Measurements Handy

Before you even start shopping, be sure to keep a list written down of the maximum measurements you can work with. You don’t want to be stuck with an incredible sofa that mysteriously takes up half of your living room. Everything seems to magically look smaller before you bring it home.

Photo Credits (from top): DIY Life, ONEHOWTO, and Luxury Brand Custom Wood

How to Make the Most of Your Loft: Furniture Tips

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Quick—what essential element makes or breaks a loft?

If you answered “space,” you probably already live in a loft!

The key feature of any great loft is the openness of the place. This may seem obvious, given the structure that makes a loft a loft, but it’s important to keep this idea firmly in mind as you select the pieces that will go into one.

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To help facilitate a healthy “flow” throughout your space, your loft furniture should tend toward minimal in design, allowing for the appearance of a larger room. This gives you more apparent space to work with in structuring your layout.

Second, since you’re dealing with a space where there aren’t such clearly defined “rooms” as a standard home, you’ll want to consider how that furniture encourages a feeling of separation but also cohesion. Does your kitchen table feel like it’s part of the living area? Does your office chair clash with your bedroom theme?

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Loft furniture in any room can generally be seen from any other part of the loft, so it’s vital to keep an aesthetic flow while allowing for an overall impression of spaciousness.

Photo Credits (from top): Hall of Homes, iDesignArch, and HappyModern