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Hotel Furniture Thoughts: Mattresses

hotel mattress

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.

hotel bed

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.

hotel bedroom

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.

mattress store

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

used chair

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

beautiful chair

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

home office

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.

desk

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.

bookcases

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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How to Stretch Your Furniture Budget During the Off-Season

high-end-room

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.

lobby

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.

restoration

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.

A Quick Guide for How to Remove Upholstery on Old Furniture

Antique Couch Upholstery

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.

Staple Puller

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.

Reupholstered Couch

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

Finished Wooden Desk

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

Treated Wooden Table

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.

Wood Varnish Application

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?

Sleeper Couch

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?

Sleeper Sofa

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.

Chic Sleeper Sofa

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4 Tips for Buying Second Hand Furniture

Second Hand Furniture

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?

Second Hand Wooden Table

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

Cat on a Couch

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

Loft Apartment Space

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.

Large Loft Space

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?

Modern Loft Apartment

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

How to Make Your Couch Firmer

Sagging Couch Cushions

Lots of unsavory things come with age: color paling, frayed ends, sagging…

We’re talking about furniture, of course (even if all that sounds a little too familiar). And this is often particularly true of couches, loveseats, armchairs, and any kind of piece that gets a lot of sitting action for long periods of time – think, anything you lounge in to watch Netflix for hours.

Let’s use a sagging couch as an example. Do you have to toss it? The answer is no – sort of.

The quick way to make your couch firmer is to cut a piece of plywood to go beneath the cushion. Obviously that comes with some drawbacks, like over-firmness, chaffing to fabric, and possibly unsightly plywood visibility.

Couch Foam Fix

The less quick but better solution is to have a piece of extra-thick foam cut to fit your cushions, ideally a density above 2 pounds.

Now for the “sort of” part. This isn’t a temporary fix. If you’re dealing with springs that are shot, you’ve got a faulty foundation that will show through eventually. But for a quick-ish fix that’s inexpensive and comfortable, foam is your best bet for making your couch firmer!

Firm Couch

Photo Credits (from top): Xtraordinary by Design, LivingHomeFurniture, and Poynter.