Design Tips for Your Living Room with Signature Design Furniture

Design Tips for Your Living Room with Signature Design Furniture

At our store, we aim to help make your house a home with quality furniture and a little expert advice from our staff. We’ve even put together our top design tips for making the most of your furniture and transforming your place into the haven you deserve!

If your own home furnishings are a little sparse, treat yourself by picking out some new pieces by Ashley to bring your space to life. With these tips, your new Signature Design by Ashley will be carrying your home’s style all on its own and you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it!

Size It Up

Properly furnishing your home has everything to do with adjusting your décor to the size and shape of your room. When you have a smaller space, it can be easy to look around and give up on having a beautifully furnished home. But the key is all in the sizing and proportions of your furniture.

Living Room with Signature Design furniture

One of our Ashley loveseats can give a room the same cozy look as a couch, but on a smaller scale, while armless chairs provide comfy seating without the bulk. Rounded tables also help save space and make your furniture easier to navigate around.

On the flip side, if you’ve got a room with more space than you know what to do with, go big and double up. Cushy couches with rounded arms, or even two matching sitting areas within the same room can help fill the space while keeping it all functional. So, get out your measuring tape and get started!

Sectioned Off

Sectionals are all the rage, and they’re the perfect seating solution for almost any home. Living room too big? They take up space and help create an elegant shape to your sitting arrangement. Living room too small? They eliminate the need for extra chairs cluttering up your floor space. Sectionals are a perfect option for entertaining and relaxing, and they come in just about every design aesthetic you can imagine. Sectionals from Signature Design by Ashley can help amp up your style and while adding a bit of structure to your living space.

Sectional by Signature Design by Ashley

Front and Centre

Pushing all your furniture against the walls is a major design misstep we see all the time. Some people think that by leaving all their floor space open, they’re making their spaces easier to navigate. But practically, however, it just makes the space feel unbalanced and inconvenient to use. When you’re shouting at your guests from waaaay on the other side of the room, then you’ll get what we mean.

Instead, pull your furniture away from the walls. It might not be possible to put all your furniture in the middle of the room, but even just scooting in your chairs closer to your couch can make the space feel more intimate and natural.

Mix and Match

Variety is the spice of life, and the same is true of home design! When picking your Signature Design by Ashley, one of the most important things you can do to create balance and visual harmony in your home is know when to throw off that balance a bit.

Mix and match fuirniture in living room

Pendant lighting of different lengths or chairs in different shapes and styles can actually help complement the overall feel of a room. Too much matching and symmetry can make a room feel tense and stuffy. Asymmetry creates visual interest and the kind of naturally dynamic look that makes a home feel really lived in. Couches and chairs of difference depths, tables made of different materials, and mismatched décor can all make your space feel vibrant and stylish. Signature Design by Ashley offers plenty of unique pieces that can bring your décor to life with taste and sophistication.

If you’re feeling inspired to switch up your space, check out our selection of quality furniture with the help of our staff! Celebrate the things that make your home more “you” with these helpful tips and some fresh furniture from Signature Design. Your space will feel like new in no time!

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Alex, Your Furniture Expert

5 Easy Ways to Bring Outdoor Furniture and Accessories Inside

5 Easy Ways to Bring Outdoor Furniture and Accessories Inside

When I picture my backyard, it’s got bright summer sunshine, lots of laughter, the smell of barbecue, and a perfect place to eat where I sip a cup of tea or enjoy evening drinks. I picture a happy space with comfortable (and durable!) outdoor furniture. The one hiccup is how short our Canadian summers actually are. There is usually a feeling of having “just” brought the patio furniture outside before we’re putting it away again for the fall and winter.

EXCEPT! The powers that be in patio-furniture-design land have finally heard the cries, and we are seeing an ever-increasing number of outdoor furniture styled and designed with a key element in mind: it can be used outdoors and indoors.

Say what now!? Bringing the outdoors inside (and vice versa) makes these unique furniture and accessories like toss cushions and area rugs so incredibly versatile. Their versatility is also what makes them a great bang for your design buck. Cost effective and stylish, outdoor furniture and accessories are coming inside in a big way.

Want some inspiration before you shop our outdoor furniture? We’ve rounded up our top five favourite (and easy) ways to do just that:

Kids Indoor Playroom

Using outdoor area rug inside

Let’s face it, kids are the destroyers of things. They use markers and glue in places they shouldn’t, they hide cookies in the couch (for the dog to find later!), and generally wreak havoc being their awesome little selves. While a basement or indoor playroom needs furniture, you want it to be both industrial in strength and friendly in décor style.

Enter what you would typically think of as patio furniture to the rescue!

Today’s outdoor sofa sets are made with high performance fabrics, ready for a quick wipe clean and almost immune to what the average toddler and unaccompanied family pet can do in a quiet half hour. Not only is looking to outdoor furniture to furnish and accessorize the inside of your playroom a practical solution, it’s also a very economical one. Where a big messy spill would ruin an indoor area rug or cost a bunch in cleaning, an outdoor area rug can be hosed off and hung to dry. Kids cannot outsmart the outdoor furniture design people, they’ve thought of everything! The kids room, or any room heavily used by a growing family, makes a great place to use outdoor furniture inside.

Seasonal Seating & Décor Supplements

Outdoor toss pillows

In the summertime we’re outside; we eat outside, we entertain outside, we do all our living outside as long as the weather lets us. But when winter comes the entertaining moves inside and I find myself needing an extra sofa in the living room, or an extra table & chairs in the kitchen to help be the host with the most. With my outdoor furniture so stylish and easy to move (it’s light y’all!), I can easily move a little outdoor love seat into the living room for holiday parties.

Want to justify buying all those outdoor toss cushions? A great use for all those outdoor cushions is to make them double as your holiday décor cushions. Just cover the outdoor cushion with all your reindeer cushions and you’re off to the races! Now you longer have outdoor cushions to store all winter, and holiday cushions to store all year long! (you just got more storage space for shoes…you are welcome!)

Mix N’ Match

Thinking outdoor furniture can only be used outside is so 1992. Stylish, comfortable, multi-use, and very economically priced, today’s outdoor furniture and accessories choices are quickly becoming “everyday” choices we can use in any room inside or out; no matter the season. We’re seeing more and more mixing and matching, bringing the outdoors in – in a big way. Imagine a nice wicker chair at your dressing table, or an outdoor rug in your heavily trafficked laundry room!

Kitchen Eating & Seating All Year Long

Outdoor Dining Set

Who says you can’t use a fabulous patio set in your kitchen all year long? This is a great way to add relaxed seating into your kitchen without the cost of a traditional kitchen table and chairs. With a huge selection of small bistro sets to larger tables seating groups up to 10; looking to outdoor furniture or patio sets for your kitchen is a great option.

Small Space, Growing Family

Most families start out in a smaller family home, slowing growing into a home with more space. Making big purchases – like a living room set, or dining or kitchen tables can take a big chunk out of your budget. It also means that expensive quality sofa, or new dining set must come to the new house and you’ll have to “make it work”.

Why not invest in a quality outdoor dining patio set for your eating space? Or use outdoor living room furniture in your smaller living room? This way you are investing your dollars into an awesome patio set for your new (bigger) yard AND getting the furniture your small family home needs right now. It’s the best of both worlds!

Inspired? Be sure to shop our selection of outdoor furniture.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

10 Essential Furniture Items for Your New Home

10 Essential Furniture Items for Your New Home

Moving to a new home? Here are my top 10 essential furniture items that I think every new home should have:

A good bed

A good bed means good night sleeps, which after moving is essential. A well-rested you with no aches or pain from a lumpy mattress means you can tackle the rest of the unpacking and whatever else you have on your to-do list. You don’t need your dream bed frame or the perfect headboard when you move, but a bed is a must. The rest of the décor will come with time as you figure out how the space works best for you.

Armchair

It need not have perfect upholstery, it could be the ugliest thing in the world. But having an armchair you can throw a blanket over and use to enjoy tea, a good book or welcome guests is always a good item to have. The bonus is, an armchair can move around the house or apartment depending on your needs. It could add seating in the living room or be a nice place to read a book in your bedroom. Armchairs are essential and full of possibilities.

A Few Good Lights

They might not be the ‘perfect’ lights for the spaces you need them for (on a desk, table, by the bed, etc.) but some lights are better than no lights. Having a few table lamps and maybe a floor lamp is essential to making any house your home. A quick stop at your local reuse centre should yield a couple of decent ones to get you by until you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Signature Design Industrial Lamp L207991

Table

Just like lights, any old table will do as long as you can comfortably sit at it (with your legs underneath). You need something you can use as a dining table or desk (or both!). Upcycling an old table from your parents or something you buy at a garage sale is a great way to make do until you finally invest in the dining room table and desk you need.

Chairs

A couple of chairs, old wood ones you’ve painted in bright colours, or basic folding chairs are helpful for eating at the table and working at a desk. A fun collection of random chairs can be used in a variety of ways throughout the house, and are on standby should they be needed for a larger dinner party.

Sofa

A sofa is essential yes, but worth waiting for if you don’t have one yet. Unless you get a hand-me-down or find a second hand one for a steal; you’ll want to save your pennies for a quality sofa. A quality sofa is an investment in any home whether you’re staying or moving. A quality sofa is worth waiting the six to eight weeks for it to be made locally, using fabric you have picked specifically for your lifestyle needs, with the dimensions your space requires. So, yes, a sofa is essential for your new home – a quality one is worth the wait.

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Coffee Table

You need a place to put your cuppa-tea, you need somewhere to rest your feet during a Netflix binge-watching session, and it doesn’t need to be fancy. A coffee table is a great item to find locally at second-hand stores or garage sales. Give them a fresh funky coat of paint and change up the legs to add or remove height. This is a fun way to add personality and function to your new space without breaking the bank.

Dresser

A clean and organized space immediately feels more welcoming, and that’s what a dresser does for a bedroom and any other number of places. When I moved into my very first apartment, I took my childhood dresser. That same dresser now helps store linens in the guest room and it is painted a lovely chalk white. When it comes to dressers, they can be used in so many ways – for clothes, for linens, for supplies in a shed or workroom; you can always use one – and in a move to a new home, they are essential.

Shelving

A bookcase, a shelving unit and an armoire, are all a great asset to have when you move into your first home. You’ll need a space to display and store some of your favourite things like photos, books, and décor accessories.

Area Rug

Nothing makes a space feel warm and brings it together like an area rug. A large rug can anchor a room and helps cold floors feel warm, instantly making you want to stay a little bit longer. Pick one in your favourite colours to bring you cheer and brighten up your décor, especially if it is a rental where you can’t change the colours of the walls.

Need some essentials to round out your collection of hand-me-downs and upcycle projects before you move? Shop our living room furniture.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

Your Guide to Buying the BEST Sofa

Good quality sectional

Whether you’re just starting out or upgrading your home and style; buying a good quality sofa (or sectional) is so much more than finding the sofa you like the look of best.

Buying the best sofa is more. Why? Because good quality sofas, just like good quality anything, requires just a bit more thought. A lot of care and craftsmanship goes into making high-quality sofas, sectionals, and chesterfields; so, I’ve rounded up my definitive guide to helping you buy the best sofa.

Whether you want a big squishy sofa with lots of cushions or sleek mid-century style sofa, you want it to be comfortable and suit your lifestyle.

With that in mind, here are some things to consider before you buy:

Fabric choices

Will pets and kids be using this sofa full time? Is this a sleek bachelor pad sofa for grown-ups only?

There are many fabric choices out there, some better for pets and kids than others. Be sure to ask in store about how well the fabric choices you like will stand up in your household.

Frame Construction

Sofa frame construction is a key element in making when investing in a high-quality sofa. Solid wood frames offer the most longevity and ensure they will stand the test of time without sagging in the middle or sloping to the side. Solid construction allows a high-quality sofa to get reupholstered in 20 years, giving your investment new life.

DecorRest Sofa Construction

Construction details of a Canadian made loveseat by Decor-Rest

Cushion Materials

Highest quality cushions are made from down. However, these require lots of fluffing maintenance, which is why most manufacturers recommend a blend or a high-quality material wrapped around high-quality foam (which is the most common option in a high-quality sofa). Be sure to ask in store about the cushion materials the seating support and don’t forget to ask about any warranties they might have.

Country of Origin

High-quality sofas made in Canada ensures all materials and workmanship are up to modern Canadian standards and regulations. To read more about why the country of origin and buying custom can make a difference in your sofa, read this post Top 3 Reasons to Buy Custom Made Furniture.

Armed with this helpful information, visit your local showroom, plop yourself down on a selection of sofas and see what you like. While you’re there and looking for a high-quality sofa, you will want to ask a few key questions in store:

  • Where is the sofa made?
  • What options do I have for customizing fabric, cushion material, and even configuration (when it comes to sectionals)?
  • What is the frame made of?

Not ready to head in store just yet? Shop our living room furniture from the comfort of your home before you join us for a visit.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

Quebec-Made Furniture: How to Find Them and Why Buy them

Made in Quebec Furniture how to find them and why buy them

Reclining Sofa Collection by Elran

It’s long been known that the label Made in Quebec is synonymous with quality in furniture, but did you also know that Quebec-made furniture comes in a wide range of styles and price?

Curious to know what gives “Made in Quebec” furniture that certain je ne sais quoi? Read on!

What Exactly Does Made in Quebec Mean for Furniture?

Quebec-made furniture is designed and manufactured by qualified workers in a workshop or factory located in the province of Quebec. In fact, the furniture industry in Quebec provides nearly 25,000 direct jobs in 1500 different locations and is one of the seven largest employers in manufacturing, just after the food sector.

So it’s quite simple, really. When you buy Quebec, a beneficial ripple effect occurs in the form of support for local jobs and local economies.

At BrandSource, we’re proud to say that the 21 owner-operated Quebec retailers offer over 72% of their product selection from local Quebec manufacturers.

In-Store or On-Line: How Do You Know Your Furniture Was Made in Quebec?

Look for the Fleur de Lys

Finding Quebec-made furniture is easy. Just look for the Fleur de Lys logo from the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers’ Association (QFMA). It can be found on store windows and tent cards. It also carries the headline Meuble du Québec.

Meubles du Québec logoIn-store identification

Who Are the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers?

Actually, there are more than 105 manufacturers that are proud to call Quebec home, including such well-known brands as Elran, Canadel, Bélisle Furniture, Julien Beaudoin, Amisco, Arboit Poitras, Jaymar, Bugatti Design. To learn more about them and discover others, we invite you to visit the Meuble du Québec website.

Such depth in this manufacturing sector means that there is something for every sense of style and budget. Plus, whatever you select, you also will be able to customize it. So go ahead, express yourself! Customize your dining room and bedroom furniture, and while you’re at it, include the sofa, loveseat, sectional and recliner as well.

Canadel Dining Room Set

Solid Wood Dining Room Set by Canadel

7 Reasons to Say OUI to Made-in-Quebec Furniture

Your decision to Buy Quebec says a lot about you:

  1. You value the quality of craftsmanship and durability of furniture produced here.
  2. You delight in the choice of colours, fabrics, leathers, size options.
  3. You recognize the talent, creativity and know-how of local manufacturers.
  4. You benefit from the quality of your purchase and the price that fits your budget.
  5. You care for the environment by selecting furniture that has not travelled halfway around the world and lowers the carbon footprint.
  6. You support local economies and job creation.
  7. You cultivate the use of native wood species that are better adapted to our northern climate.

Need New Furniture?

Visit one of our member-owned BrandSource stores to see their vast selection of Quebec-made furniture. I’m certain that, like a growing number of Quebecers, you will fall in love with the furniture made right here.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

Signature Design by Ashley: Functional Furniture That Will Change Your World

Signature Design by Ashley: Functional Storage Ottoman with Tray

When clutter becomes a problem and more space is needed, functional furniture can play a key role in your decorating. Who says your coffee table can’t pull out to be a dining table? Who says your computer desk can’t easily disguise itself as a console table? These are just a few examples that prove how smart and beneficial functional furniture can be. If you are someone who treasures open space or has the mindset that less is more, then this may be the way to go. Make your life easier with the help of these functional pieces:

Ottoman Storage

Instead of just having a comfy place to prop your feet up while lounging on the couch, your ottoman has the ability to be much more. Imagine the cushion your feet are resting on to be a lid that can easily slide off. Feeling cold? No need to get up – just take your feet down and pull out blankets from within the ottoman’s storage. You could store games, remote controls, slippers, or whatever you want!

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Lift Top Coffee Table

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Coffee tables tend to take the place of dining tables, especially for people with smaller spaces. Sitting on the couch and eating at the coffee table doesn’t sound like such a bad situation, but it can cause more pain than pleasure at times. Your neck and back tend to hunch over, causing much discomfort. Luckily functional furniture from Signature Design by Ashley makes coffee tables that lift at the tabletop. Now when you go in for a bite, you won’t be causing stress on your spine.

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Bed with Drawers/Headboard Shelves

Bed with storage headboard and footboard B721

A regular bedframe holds a mattress, but a functional bedframe holds a mattress and then some. Some of these bedroom furniture pieces are made with extra drawers so you have extra space for clothes! Others have built-in shelves on the headboard giving you easy access to a book, a glass of water, your laptop, or anything else you want within arm’s reach.

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Having functional furniture helps you keep your house less messy, and you more organized. Talk to a sales associate at your local furniture store about Signature Design by Ashley functional furniture to see what kind of pieces you may want in your home!

Alex, Your Furniture Expert

Kids’ Room: How to Make Them Fun and Functional

Kid's Room How to Make Them Fun and Functional

Children grow up fast. Their tastes change and so must the decoration of their room. Here are a few fun and functional ideas for you to get the most out of your kids’ room.

Beds and Storage

Kids beds now have almost limitless solutions. Need extra sleeping space? Trundle beds are an amazing option.

If the room is small but has lots of height, try an elevated loft bed – basically a bunk bed without the bottom bunk. This is a great way to add vertical storage and use the underneath for desk, bookcase, toys, or a creative zone.

Bunk beds are always popular, especially in rooms for siblings who share. With any kids’ bed, be sure to look for options with storage built in, like drawers underneath.

Make storage solutions with kids in mind. Getting a child to help clean their room is much easier when storage is open, accessible, and at their level. Open shelving with baskets or buckets is great for toys and clothes. Another place to make kid friendly is the closet. Having shelving and hanging spaces at their level can help them keep tidy (and keep you sane).

Make it Colourful

A great kids room encourages creativity and play, and this is where décor can really help. Kids aren’t afraid of colour, so go with it and be bold. This is where you can utilize accessories, rather than buying a red bed that you hope goes off to University.

Another great way to get the most of your kids’ room is to let them have the say when it comes to colours and themes. If your child enjoys the space, they will be more likely to use it and be happy there. With lots of removable decal options out there today, putting up a wall of space themed items, or a full zoo of animals can make a room that encourages play and doesn’t cause too much headache when they want to remove them and graduate to a more teen-like room.

Regardless of which phase your kids’ room is in, there are countless solutions in space saving, multi-functional, kid-friendly furniture waiting for you.

This room below takes advantage of the vertical height by using a loft style bed. This allows for extra storage space underneath. Source: Houzz

This cute little corner allows a space for creativity and display. With a simple storage solution and accessible buckets, this is the place for any little creative. Source: Houzz
Source: Houzz
This small space packs big impact! It’s a book nook and bed nook all in one. Both stylish and storage friendly, this solution is simple and elegant.
This is a great bed space solution. A nice fort-like space is made just by elevating the bed a bit. Source: Houzz
Storage, storage, and more storage! This room with its functional bunk bed gets even more functional with additional under bed storage and oodles of closet space. Source: Houzz
These bright storage boxes really add personality and functionality to this room. Source: Houzz

Inspired? Shop our kids’ furniture and see for yourself the amazing selection of solutions to help you get the most out of your kids’ room.

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Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

Useful Cleaning Checklist for Your Living Room

Useful Cleaning Checklist for Your Living Room (2)

If Marie Kondo hasn’t gotten you in the mood for some serious Spring cleaning and decluttering, we’re here to help even more. Cleaning can sometimes be a chore, but if you love your home and the “stuff” (furniture and décor) in your home, I encourage you to take pride in it and tackle little bits every day.

Cleaning and tidying up a room will make you want to spend time there. It also helps you keep track of all your things and with kids in the house; it can help keep sticky fingerprints to a minimum. Because let’s face it, they are never truly gone, are they?

Next to the kitchen, the living room is one of the most heavily used areas so it makes sense to start your cleaning habit routine with this space. Whether you eat on the sofa or not, giving your living room regular attention can help you enjoy the room while getting longer life out of your furniture, and be guest ready at a moment’s notice.

We’ve pulled together a handy checklist to help guide you in your quest for a clean (and organized!) living room.

Daily

  • Before bed, each evening or first thing in the morning, re-set the living room (put everything where it belongs)
  • Spot clean as necessary (wipe up any spills or marks)

Once a Week

  • Straighten cushions & throws
  • Wipe down tables and surfaces
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Spot clean as needed
  • Dust lampshades, ceiling fans, vents, photos & décor items, including mirror

Useful Cleaning Checklist for Your Living Room

Once a Month

  • Dust & wipe down behind the TV (it’s amazing how much dust gets in with all those wires)
  • Wipe down & sanitize all remote controls (they are germ heaven!)
  • Dust & clean all photos & décor items, including mirrors
  • Dust moulding
  • Vacuum under cushions/in your sofa/chairs

Twice Yearly

  • Clean and condition any leather and/or wood furniture
  • Deep clean carpets and all upholstery, including curtains
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Touch up paint or wall cleaning as required

Doing little bits each day, especially putting everything back in its place, really helps when it comes time to actually cleaning. Why? Well, you can get right to work cleaning windows or polishing wood furniture rather than spending time “cleaning up” before you clean. It might not “spark joy”, but it sure will make your life easier (and cleaner!).

What is one of your favourite cleaning tips? How do you ensure your furniture gets the attention it needs?

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

The Benefits of a Signature Design by Ashley Headboard

The Benefits of a Signature Design by Ashley Headboard

So, you’re giving your bedroom a whole new look, a breath of fresh air, a total makeover. Do you have everything you need?

Fun furniture for lounging? Check. A functional place to display all your favourite knick-knacks? Check. A new mattress to step up your sleep game? Check. How about a headboard to go with it? Uhhh …

The headboard is an easily forgotten addition to your bedroom, but having one can make a big difference! Whether you’re worried about staying stylish or keeping as cozy as possible while you sleep, a new Signature Design by Ashley headboard will be there for you.

They’re Stylish

Signature Design headboards come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to suit any bedroom. Whether you like to keep it simple with a plain metal frame or want to lounge in luxury with a fully upholstered headboard, Signature Design by Ashley has options for you. If you have a small room, a sleek headboard with gaps you can see the wall though can actually make the room look more spacious. If you’re struggling to fill a larger room, a taller, heavier headboard can cozy up the room in no time.

A Queen sized, Gun metal colored, metal headboard with a Quarterfoil design.

They’re Comfortable

You might not be sleeping on it, but having a headboard can actually make your nightly rest much more comfortable. For one thing, those pesky pillows won’t slip through the crack between your bed and the wall anymore, so you can sleep a little more soundly. During the winter, a headboard also has the benefit of keeping you warmer. Cold air can seep into your house from the walls and putting a headboard between yourself and those chilly walls can keep you comfy all year round.

A headboard is also great for leaning up against if you’re doing some late-night reading or watching TV. Especially if you choose an upholstered headboard, you can get a little more back support and a little more comfort during your evening lounging hours.

Upholstered Headboard B390-457 - Signature Design by Ashley

They’re Easy to Clean

Over time, sleeping up against a bare wall can deal a lot of damage to the paint, and leave you with dirty, even stained walls. Especially if your walls are a lighter colour, sweat, heat, and nightly tossing and turning can leave your walls in desperate need of cleaning or even repainting. With a headboard between you and the wall, your paint is protected, and you have a much more easily cleanable (or replaceable) surface to work with.

Panel Headboard B315 by Signature Design by Ashley

They’re Good Luck

According to the principles of Feng Shui (the Chinese art of promoting positive energy flow through your living space), a headboard can have positive effects on your life and emotional state. A sturdy, wooden headboard without slats or holes is said to give your relationship a strong foundation, or if you’re single, attract a steady relationship. They’re also said to protect your sleeping head from stress and negative energy. Of course, science has yet to prove these claims, but you’ll never know for sure how a headboard will affect your emotional energy until you try one!

A headboard is a great addition to any home, and it might just be that finishing touch you’ve been looking for to complete your room makeover. For headboard options in any style, at any budget, come on down to our store! We have all the choices you could dream of, at prices that will make you pinch yourself. Visit our store or give us a call for more information today!

Alex, Your Furniture Expert

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Custom-Made Furniture

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Custom-Made Furniture

For most of us, a house is a long-term investment, both financially and emotionally. True, you’ll make changes along the way, even major ones, but you’re not likely to tear the whole thing down and rebuild from scratch. Our hope is that the structure we spend our lives in – our home – will stand the test of time.

In this day and age of the disposable, that yearning for something more durable and timeless can apply to furniture too. And so, if it’s furniture you seek that will stand the test of time, there’s no better choice than custom-made.

Never considered custom-made furniture? Well, if you’re looking for reasons, we’ll give you our top three.

Quality

Hands down, the most compelling reason to buy a custom-made piece is the quality. It out performs the prefabricated box store item by leaps and bounds.

Quality goes beyond basic construction; it’s infused into every detail including the basic ingredients. From the use of sustainable wood and fabric choices, to nontoxic glues and stuffing, custom furniture makers care about every aspect of the quality of their product.

Quality also means durability. Let me tell you a story. My mother has had the same sofa for over 30 years. In that time, it has witnessed our family’s history and, although it has required some upkeep, like a reupholstering and slight reshape to reflect changing tastes, it has endured gracefully. Through numerous holiday celebrations, family get-togethers, TV binge-watching marathons and even a marriage, that custom-made sofa my mother bought 30 years ago has been an investment that is still paying dividends in comfort.

Of course, custom furniture is pricier compared to the big box store variety that has quite literally been designed to fall apart in a fairly short period of time, so if you add up all those sofas you’ll be buying every eight to ten years, the custom-made option makes sound economic sense! Think of it as an investment in the quality of your life.

ELRAN 4022 Reclining Sofa (Large)

Unique/Personalized

Custom-made also means personalized. From shape and fabric, to colour and trim, every detail is according to your specifications, making it truly your own. Who wants their home to look cookie cutter, like it fell out the IKEA catalogue? No, you want to show your personality and unique style and custom furniture allows you to do just that.

Look for canadian upholstery brands such as Palliser, ElRan, and Decor-Rest to have access to a large selection of leathers, fabrics, and configurations and at dining room manufacturers like Canadel and Bermex for a complete customization of your dining room set.

Canadel Eastside Chair

Green

Beyond the fact that custom-made furniture is made to last, and therefore not likely to end up in a land fill anytime soon, something that cannot always be said about the product offerings by large retailers and manufacturers, it’s a greener choice by how it is made. In many instances, the materials used are obtained locally and from renewable sources, thereby reducing the carbon footprint through shorter transportation times and promoting a sustainable exploitation of the environment.

Local sourcing also means supporting the local economies, which means your purchase can represent a more ethical choice in that many of these companies also support fair wage policies for workers and are closely tied with their communities.

So, go ahead, buy custom-made for these reasons and many more! Your friends are sure to be “green” with envy.

Custom furniture is our speciality! Come in and speak to your local expert today.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert