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Why You Should Sleep On A Latex Mattress

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Latex and memory foam mattresses feel soft and supportive and they conform to your body. But, there are important points of difference.

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Memory foam mattresses usually feel like a sponge and many are also temperature sensitive. This means depending on the temperature, the mattress will become firmer in the cold and softer in warmer temperatures. Most people consider this to be a bad thing because the mattress can feel good to a person during the summertime and less comfortable in the winter, or the other way around.

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A latex mattress usually provides a longer lasting mattress compared to foam. Another plus is helping your body temperature stay consistent. Many memory foam mattresses cause people to wake up in a sweat because they tend to raise body temperature.

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Not everyone needs a latex mattress, but in most cases, they’re a better bet than memory foam mattresses.

You’ll also want to make sure you’re careful if buying a mattress second hand or from a used furniture store. Buying a used mattress can bring you big savings, but has risks such as bed bugs associated with it. Some people sell their used bedroom sets with a mattress, so if you find a good deal, then go for it! But inspect the mattress closely.

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Top Design Tips for Assisted Living Facilities

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Assisted living facilities are growing more and more popular each year, which means more competition if you own one. In this article, we’re going to discuss one way to make your assisted living facility much more modern and special compared to others.

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One big turn off for many potential residents is having every room look the same. People like to feel unique, and having each room be the same makes them feel like just another body, rather than a person.

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It would be wise to stop going to hotel liquidations and buying many of the same pieces of furniture. You should be going to used furniture stores and furniture hotel outlets and buying furniture for individual rooms.

By doing this you will spend more time updating your rooms, but it will be worth it in the end because you will have happier residents.

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Four Areas Where You Can Improve Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is said to be the soul of the house. It’s where people congregate and prepare their meals to eat together. It’s sometimes the most used space in a house, so it’s important to focus some time to thinking about how you want to design this important space.

In this article, we’re going to be going through four areas to help your existing kitchen and even help you put together a future one.

1) Storage
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Having enough storage is crucial. By being able to put almost everything in a cabinet or some type of storage in the kitchen, then your kitchen will seem much bigger, and look much nicer simply by being clean.

Some examples of storage for kitchens would be kitchen shelving, dish racks, spice jars and racks, food pantries and wine racks. Not everyone (well, barely anyone) can afford new cabinets, or cabinets to supplement their existing ones. By using a less expensive storage system you’ll be able to save money and also save space in your kitchen, which is something a lot of kitchens could really use.

2) Lighting
Lighting is one of the most important aspects to a kitchen. Essentially, the more lighting the better.

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Natural lighting is the ultimate lighting, so it’s best to leave your curtains open and take advantage of the sun.

It’s also good to have various other sources of light to improve your kitchen as well. The worst thing to do is have your kitchen be too dark.

Also, having the ability to dim your lights helps immensely for adjusting to any particular mood.

3) Know What to Buy Used and New
There are good times to buy something and to buy something used.

For example, it would be wise to get furniture from used furniture stores or furniture hotel outlets. It takes a Saturday to do a lot of furniture repairs, plus getting secondhand furniture saves you so much money. Getting some used kitchen stools and investing the extra money into other areas of the kitchen would be wise.

One of those areas that you should spend a little bit more on is the appliances. Appliances don’t age very well, plus they get outdated easily. Buying an older appliance means you get outdated software and energy conservation. On a lot of refrigerators, dishwashers, etc. you’ll save on your utility bill by buying a newer version.

4) Hide the Trash

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We’ll end on a simple one. Simply place your trash can under your sink. Or if you want to get a little fancy buy a bin for your trashcan.

It will make your kitchen smell less and look better by having your trash out of sight.

Hopefully, these tips will help you spruce up your kitchen and make it more inviting to have guests over.

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An Ideal Layout for Hotel Lobby Furniture

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Many people in charge of designing the layout, or refreshing the arrangement of a hotel lobby have a lot of fun with it. But there are also a lot of managers in charge who hate the thought of it for whatever reason.

This article is for the haters.

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Designing a lobby in 2017 is different than what it was a couple decades ago. 20 years ago it would have been better to develop a lobby that was a bit more closed off. A lobby where people could talk with just their groups would have been preferred. That is not the case today.

Today it is better to create a more open space. Millennials are the ones starting to use hotel lobbies and they are more socially open compared to people of the past.

Having a space to purchase drinks and snacks, as well as strong and fast WIFI is important. By not having fast WIFI in 2017 you are for sure going to make a lot of people aggravated. That brings up an important tip when it comes to electronics. Be sure to add power outlets and charging stations with USB ports, as your guests will appreciate being able to stay connected.

One last important aspect of the hotel lobby is lighting. It’s best to always keep your lights on, no matter the time, and to make sure the general style is minimalism. One benefit of updating the lighting is getting energy efficient lights that require much less energy than even ten years ago. You can even buy your new lighting at hotel furniture surplus places or used furniture stores to get an even bigger discount.

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By following these steps you will end up with an updated and fresh hotel lobby that people will love hanging out in.

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Hotel Furniture Thoughts: Mattresses

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What kind of mattress is best for hotels and motels? In this blog post we are going to discuss which is best, and if you can’t afford the best, then which is second and so forth.

Always avoid buying bed-frames and stick with box bedframes. The number one reason for using a box frame is because nearly everyone upon entering a hotel / guest room looks under the bed. If it’s a bed-frame, then there is actually a chance of something being underneath. If it’s just a box frame, then your guests at the very least don’t see anything dirty. But most likely, they will feel better about not seeing anything dirty.

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Another advantage of the box frame is the cleaning staff will not have to clean under the bed, and that is a huge time saver, plus I’m sure the cleaning staff will appreciate your choice. Make sure the bed frame does not protrude or stick out beyond the mattress. This could create a dangerous situation of people hurting their toes and feet.

If you can’t get a box frame, or you have already purchased your beds, then getting high quality dust ruffles for each bed is necessary. Though, you will still have to have your cleaning staff clean under the bed, with dust ruffles you will not have to worry as much about a mess under the bed.

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The next important thing about mattresses is the mattress. You want your guests to fall in love with the bed. If they can’t get any sleep, or even have trouble sleeping, then everything else has gone to waste.

If you can’t afford high quality mattresses new, then it is reasonable (and recommended) to buy used mattresses from hotel furniture surplus stores, or hotel liquidations. You can easily find mattresses that are a steal from four or five-star hotels. As the mattress and box spring work together to create better sleep you want to make sure you purchase both pieces, not doing so will void the warranty on the mattress.

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By following these two pieces of advice, then you are sure to have happy customers who leave wonderful reviews.

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3 things to Avoid when Buying Pre-Owned Furniture

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Buying pre-owned furniture is a great thing, but there are a few common pitfalls to avoid when buying it.

1) Impulse Buys

Buying a new piece of furniture can be fun, but be sure you’ve done your research to make sure you really need it. It’s best to spend at least a few days thinking it over. If there is an extremely good deal, but you still aren’t sure, then it’s still best to wait it out. There will always be more good deals. Upscale furniture resale places can be enticing, but learning to delay gratification will always pay off in the long run.

2) Choosing Price over Value

One big reason people choose used furniture is because it’s vastly cheaper than new. This is a good thing, but choosing too cheap a piece of furniture could end up costing you more money.
If the chair you buy breaks only after a couple months, then it probably was not a wise investment. Be sure to always check the quality of the piece before buying.

3) Ignoring Comfort

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Just because the piece looks amazing or is trendy does not mean it’s the perfect buy. The piece has to be easy to use and comfortable. Also consider how much this piece of furniture is going to be seen by clients and others. Depending on where the furniture is, then it may not matter if it looks trendy.

Avoiding these three common pitfalls of buying pre-owned furniture will surely leave you with something you’re proud of and will end up using for years to come.

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4 Essential Furniture Pieces for your Home Office

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Your home office is a great way to express yourself, because it truly is your own.
But there are 4 essential pieces of furniture that every office (no matter the style) needs.

1) The Desk
This one is obvious, but picking one that’s for you is harder than you would think. Some people prefer a smaller desk because it helps them keep things less cluttered and takes up less space in your room.

Some enjoy the large rectangular desk. This allows for keeping all your work in front of you so it’s easy to see.

The third popular desk type is the L-shape desk. The biggest drawback to this type of desk is having to put it against a wall. Many people prefer to have their desks in the middle of the room, which makes it easier to have guests.

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2) The Chair
What would the desk be without the chair? There are some who use standing desks, but for the majority of people, we require a chair to accompany our desk.

There are a few important things to think about when purchasing a chair. There’s the ability to recline. If the chair can’t recline, then it’s probably going to be uncomfortable.

Having armrests is another key factor in choosing a chair. They help support your arms while you work, but make sure the armrests can be adjusted before buying and fit under the desk. Speaking of support, always check for lumbar support, after sitting on the chair for many hours you will experience back pain if back support is missing.

One last thing to keep in mind is if it’s a used office chair, or new. Both have their pros and cons, but both can be good options.

3) The Bookcase
You most definitely need a place to show off your awards. Or, if you’re a bit more modest, then having a place to store your books is essential as well.

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4) Guest Chairs
Everyone needs a couple guest chairs for their home office. Even if you don’t have frequent guests visit your home office it gives it depth. Guest chairs give an office a complete look.

When comparing prices between pre-owned and new, often you can get a better pricing pre-owned than you would brand new for the same quality.

There you have it, the essentials for the home office. It can be overwhelming trying to decorate and arrange your office for the first time, but if you add these four essentials, then you’ll be set. You’ll find great and cheap buys from local liquidator stores, and you’ll find some just OK buys from new furniture stores. Use your best judgment!

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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 lamp 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.