Category Archives: Furniture

Three Tips for Choosing Patio Furniture

upscale patio urniture

It’s officially summer so that means we’re thinking about patios here at AMC Furniture Solutions. Having the perfect piece of patio furniture can make your home much more hospitable.

There is a problem when buying patio furniture, though. It’s not all great. In fact, some of it is really bad. Plus, there isn’t one patio set that fits everyone’s needs.

In this post, we’re covering three quick tips for buying patio furniture.

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1) Focus on Easy Care

Depending on what you’re going for and how much you enjoy taking care of your home, this could be the number one choice. Many metal, teak, cedar, and especially all-weather pieces don’t require much upkeep.

2) Make Sure it’s Comfortable!

Getting new furniture can be a total waste if it’s not comfortable. You just won’t end up sitting in it. This may seem too obvious…but some people forget that they’ll actually be using the furniture.

3) Get Quality Furniture

Make sure it lasts a long time! You don’t want to have to buy furniture every season. It’s relaxing to know that a piece you’re buying is going to last for many seasons.

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So what are you waiting for? Go find some nice patio pieces from your favorite used furniture store, furniture hotel outlet, or wholesale furniture store that you like and enjoy summer!

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The Secret of Furniture “Sales”

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Almost everyone has that one furniture store in their town that always seems to be going out of business. Why do they do this? Just so they get to have a going-out-of-business sale. Used furniture stores, second-hand furniture stores, and hotel surplus stores all love to have big and commercialized sales.

But is this really the way to buy furniture? Is this the cheapest way?

Of course not.

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Many businesses markup their prices just so they can say they’ve marked them down for a sale. Frankly, the team at AMC Furniture Solutions is tired of watching stores trick their customers with their staged sales that actually offer no benefit. That’s simply not fair to you when you’re trying to figure out what to buy.

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At AMC, we value easy and clean shopping. That’s why we price everything in our store for the lowest price we can. Imagine how much you’ll benefit from being able to browse furniture and seeing a low price that’s actually the real price. No price games or hidden tricks. Just a great product and a low low price..

At AMC Furniture Solutions, we want to be your trusted place for furniture. Just click here to start browsing so you can see some real low prices.

And remember, when we have holiday sales they are real sales.

Cleaning Your Mattress Is Easier Than You Think

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The average person spends a third of their life on a mattress, so why do so many of us neglect to clean the mattress?

Besides feeling better about your clean mattress other benefits are having a mattress that lasts longer, and may even prevent some pest infections.

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1) The first step is to remove the sheets and bedding and wash those.

2) The second step is to vacuum the entire mattress.

3) The third step is to use a spot stain remover with the appropriate cleaner.

4) Putting baking soda on the mattress is the fourth step and will really sanitize your mattress.

You should aim to do this at least twice a year. Oh! and don’t forget to flip it.

Good luck cleaning your mattress!

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How To Keep Healthy Air In Your Home

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Our insulated homes make keeping cold or warm air in easier, but it also makes it easier for air pollutants to stay in.

There are many potentially toxic materials in our homes like: many types of glue, adhesives, carpets, chemicals like formaldehyde, paint, and others that we breathe every day.

You may have also just bought furniture from a hotel outlet, a furniture reseller, or a hotel furniture surplus store and it smells…just a little weird.

But do not worry. We are giving you three different plants that are great for filtering your air naturally and to make your home smell a little bit fresher.

English Ivy

The English Ivy spreads easily, so it works very well in pots. It’s especially good for eliminating airborne fecal matter particles. It is also good for soaking up second-hand smoke to purify areas.

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Golden Pothos is to be considered one of the most effective choices for eliminating formaldehyde by NASA. This plant is also hard to kill, so it’s considered to be a starter plant.

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The Boston Fern is a great natural air humidifier. This fern can get large so make sure you have a lot of room.

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There you have it. If you want fresher air in your home and don’t want to spend a ton of money on appliances making that happen, then trust what NASA uses and get some new plants.

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Four Areas Where You Can Improve Your Kitchen

modern style white kitchen

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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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.

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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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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.

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