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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.

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.

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Don’t Oversaturate Your Interior Spaces

When thinking about interior design saturation, the first thing you need to do is stand back. By that, we mean you need a point of reference, somewhere you can go in your interior to centralize your perspective, provide an objective framing point to assess the room.

Think of these as places where you generally access a room: a doorway or a hallway, or maybe a central point of furniture. From there, consider the way the color is laid out: where is the accent, where are the neutrals, and how much of each is there?

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But don’t stop at the walls – look to the décor for places where the color saturation plays out throughout the entire space, and consider where and how it’s distributed.

From there, it’s a good idea to get some perspective. Separate yourself and look at the space from a distance to see where color is popping out as either too heavy or too absent. Maybe certain textures start to pop out as you see the space in its entirety rather than in small parts, which can give you some ideas about ways to rearrange furniture or places to add some pops of color.

But don’t stop there – that’s only one room. Keep in mind that each space in your home communicates with each other, and that all the interior design elements interplay as you shift them.

You can be one-dimensional and do it one way throughout, but keep in mind that mixing things up could provide a unique flow for your home.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer) and Bryce Emley
Photo Credits (From Top): Charlotte Holmes, Jurgan Leckle, Jurgan Leckle

Create The Perfect Mood With Accent Colors

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One of the easiest ways to liven up your home is with accent colors and matching accent decorations. Accent colors are used to help give a room a pop, to blend the color scheme together, and most importantly, to decide the mood of the entire room.

Using accent colors is about two things: choosing a mood that you want to provoke and choosing where you want the attention of your guests to be drawn to.

In the above picture, the homeowners chose red and pink to give the room a playful and energetic vibe by picking two pink and red decorative toys. These color choices enhance the clean strong lines of the room while also inviting kids to come play. This type of subtle invitation can be done with small accent items such as picture frames and pillows.

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One of the popular ways to use accent colors is by painting a single wall; accent walls can have a huge impact on the mood of the room so you want to be careful in what wall you choose to paint. Where the first picture gives us a small splash of color and thus a small splash of mood, this bubble gum pink almost overwhelms the senses with its vibrancy.

When you are picking accent colors, focus on what these colors make you feel when you’re in the room. The whole reason you want to choose an accent wall color is to enhance the mood that you want yourself and your guests to feel when they come into your home. The best way to accomplish that with accent walls is to use softer more muted colors which will invite the mind into the room gently.

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If you are planning on using accent color for a brown couch, pick a soft buttery tan color for your accent wall and use the bolder shades of bronze and brown for other accent glassware and throw pillows. Use the bolder colors centerpieces which can be enjoyed by your family and your guests either with an accent sofa to lounge on or blankets to wrap up in.

When choosing an accent color look at what you already have, we typically buy things that are colors we already like, and you will find a theme to the colors you enjoy. Pick the one which is most dominate in the room and focus on the various shades of that color to help bring the room together.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez and Michelle Nickolaisen
Photo Credits (From Top): Liliane Limpens, Jolante Van Hemert, Maegan Tlntarl

Three Tips For Finding The Right Furniture Restoration Professional

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Restoring aged furnіturе to іtѕ fоrmеr glory days соuld be аn expensive process, but it’s also the bеѕt wау tо kеер іtѕ vаluе іntасt. If you’ve owned a furnіturе piece for gеnеrаtіоnѕ, уоu may even think of it аѕ a family member. Below are three useful tips that will assist you when hiring a furniture restoration professional.

Have A Budget In Mind
Be sure to have a budget in mind when speaking with a professional. Remember, full furniture restoration has grеаtеr risks and expenses can quickly add up.

Ask the Right Questions
To determine a professional’s experience, find out how long they have been in the industry. Do they have experience in working with similar projects? Are they receptive to feedback from their customers?

Request Professional References
When choosing a restoration professional, ask if they have references you can contact. By doing so, you can verify that the restoration professional actually possesses the expertise you are looking for.