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7 Brilliant Tips for Organizing Your Furniture like a Pro

1.  Start with a Focal Point

Want your house to look like it’s designed by a professional? You can do it with a bit of guidance, creativity, and effort. The first thing to do is decide on the focal points for each room.

Tips to consider when choosing the focal point:

      • It doesn’t have to be the center of the room
      • The focal point for each room varies from another
      • Don’t be afraid to use a corner/ window/ wall/ fireplace as a focal point
      • Consider the overall dimensions and shape of the room

Some rooms have a natural focal point- the most attractive part. It can be the huge window that shows a glimpse of Denver or the home theater screen on the wall. Go with it.

2. Don’t Clutter the Space

It’s tempting to use all the furniture you have and mix up the old and new. But hey, slow down a little. Filling up the room will clutter the space rather than showcase your findings. No matter how massive a room is, it will look stuffy and cramped (even if you arrange the furniture) when there are too many things to look at.

      • The minimalistic arrangement makes the room appear bigger
      • Let the carpet be visible under the furniture
      • Less is more in smaller rooms
      • Think of the atmosphere you want to create

Don’t give in to the urge to flaunt all your collection. You can rearrange the furniture and change the décor easily if there are fewer items to move around.

3. No Furniture Against the Walls

Many people think that pushing the furniture right up to the walls will make the room appear bigger. That’s not true. In fact, the middle of the room will appear hollow. Irrespective of the size of the room, you need to leave at least a tiny space between the wall and the furniture. It will create an illusion of a bigger room. Moreover, there are many advantages of leaving the gap empty between the wall and the furniture.

      • It’ll be easy to clean behind the couches, shelves, and wardrobes
      • The walls won’t be marked, stained, or damaged by furniture
      • You can see the initial signs of weather/ water damage on the walls
      • The furniture will not be affected if the walls suffer from moisture/ water damage

4. Consider Ease of Movement

How do you plan to walk around in the room? Is the path from the door to the couch/seating arrangement free of items? Is there a risk of tripping over something in the dark?

      • The furniture should not obstruct the traffic flow
      • The route from the door to the focal point should be clear
      • Don’t create too many zigzag paths
      • Don’t keep pointy or edged furniture close to the walking path
      • Don’t line up expensive and breakable items along the path
      • There should be space between the seating arrangement and coffee tables

You need to pay extra attention to the ease of movement if you have kids, pets, or elders at home. A simple tip to remember is not to complicate the arrangement.

5. Think Beyond Squares and Circles

Be creative when arranging the furniture and ensure that the symmetry is not disturbed. The arrangement doesn’t have to be in classic shapes like squares, circles, or rectangles. For example, you can arrange the furniture in a triangle with two couches angled towards the corners. Balance this by lining up chairs or placing a day bed on the third side.

Tips to maintain symmetry in the room:

      • Distribute the large and small items evenly across the room.
      • Don’t fill up the center of the room and keep the rest sparse.
      • Don’t stuff tables or vases into the corners
      • Balance straight lines by bringing a rounded centerpiece or vice versa
      • Try not to add too many heavy shelves to the same room (unless it’s the study)

6. Don’t Block Natural Light 

Denver has all four distinct seasons, and you should make the most of them. If your room has windows that allow bright light inside the house, make sure not to block the windows with furniture. A dark room feels smaller stuffier and can even trigger unease in some people.

What if the room doesn’t have windows? Brighten up the space by adding different types of light fixtures. Ceiling lights, wall lamps, floor-standing lamps, table lamps, etc., are some ways to lighten up a room. Don’t use them all in the same room.

      • Don’t put heavy furniture against the windows.
      • Use mirrors to reflect light from one part of the room to another.
      • Go for level-wise artificial lighting to make up for the loss of natural light.

7. Bring It Together 

You must decide how you want the room to feel. Living rooms need to be inviting and comfortable. Bedrooms should be cozy and relaxing. But these are generic statements. You need to determine what kind of atmosphere you want to set in a room.

Bringing together the furniture and decorations requires thinking and imagination. Don’t be afraid to move them around if the initial arrangement doesn’t have the feel.

Here are some tips to complete the look:

      • Choose the suitable artwork to go with the setting
      • Soften the edges by adding cushions, throws, fresh flowers, etc.
      • Invest in a high-quality floor rug
      • Set up activity zones in the same room
      • Work outwards from the focal point
      • Tables should be within arm’s reach

5 Easy Ways to Give Your Home a Makeover

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A home is not just a house for most of us. It is a place where we can unwind and be ourselves, where you can share precious moments with your family and friends. As a homeowner, if you’ve lived long in your house, sometimes you feel like there’s a need for a makeover.

There are many ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your home. Home improvement can be a great way to boost your mood. You can make your home look more beautiful and cozy and make your home more energy-efficient.

Let’s take a look at a few of them here

5 Things You Can Do For a Home Makeover

1. Choose New Colors For a Better Look

If you’re in the market for a home makeover, color can help you make your home look more inviting and comfortable. Choosing a new color scheme for a room can help you to make a major impact on how the space feels and looks.

Choosing new colors can be a daunting task. How do you know what color will look good with your current decor? It’s hard to know, but here are some tips to get you started.

First, if you’re going to redecorate, don’t just go out and buy everything in the same color. This will make your home decor seem monotonous.

      • When choosing colors, get one that suits people living in the house. It is not just about one person.
      • Pinterest is a great place for drawing inspiration for your ideas. Check out the featured pins.
      • Ask for opinions from your family as well when deciding colors.

2. Use Plants to Make Your Home Greener

If you want to make your home feel more comfortable and welcoming, you should add plants. They are inexpensive and easy to grow, and they provide many benefits.

First of all, they make your home look beautiful. You can also use them to decorate your home. They can be placed anywhere in your house, making the place cozier. It is also scientifically proven to improve oxygen levels within the house.

One of the easiest ways to get a home makeover is to use plants. There are many different ways to incorporate plants into your home. The key is to choose plants that are suitable for your environment. If you live in a dry climate, you should use drought-resistant plants. If you live in a humid climate, choose suitable plants for that environment.

      • Research on what plants you should choose when you’re shopping for them. You might be allergic to some of them.
      • Figure out how much sunlight they need and place them accordingly.
      • Remember to take care of the plants by watering them as required.

3. Add Some Scents and Flowers

A great way to bring some zest to your home is to add scents and flowers. To begin with, you can use the smell of lavender, vanilla, or orange oil to add a nice fragrance to your house. Or you can add some pretty flowers such as roses, tulips, or daisies.

You can find scented candles at any grocery store and often find candles for a good price. You can even add some fresh herbs such as basil or mint to create a wonderful aroma. There are a lot of options to choose what you want.,

Another way to add a bit of scent is to try to use essential oils. These oils are available at most grocery stores and many drugstores. They are typically used for cooking and cleaning, but you can also use them for their scent.

      • Before you buy scents, read up on their strengths and concentrations. Too much of it can cause negative effects.
      • Combining smells can be an effective way to produce elevated mood and cognitive abilities.
      • If you have pets, make sure they don’t have adverse effects from the scents or flowers.

4. Get Accessories to Add Some Glamor

Most people spend most of their time at home. However, the interior of a house can quickly become drab and boring.

To get a home makeover, you need to add some accessories. So, get a few accessories that will bring glamor to your home. These accessories include decorative items, such as vases, flowerpots, mirrors, and picture frames.

You can also add some useful things like lamps, clocks, and other items that will help in decorating your home. These accessories can make your home more attractive.

      • Try to color coordinate your accessories to different spaces. It really helps to sell the look.
      • If you get fragile accessories, place them where there isn’t too much footfall.
      • Too many accessories can crowd the look, so don’t overdo it.

5. Shop for Furniture and Art Pieces

When looking for furniture, art, or anything else that needs a new home, your first step should be to determine what type of personality you’re trying to convey. If you’re in the market for a sofa, you need to think about how people will use the room.

Are you looking for something comfortable and inviting or sleek and modern? Does it need to match a particular color scheme or style? These are all important questions that should inform your shopping strategy.

Choosing art can get expensive pretty quickly. The key is not getting carried away with the spending because it is really easy to be. Have a budget in mind before you start shopping and try not to exceed it.

      • Measure the amount of space you have for furniture and where you’re going to put it.
      • When buying furniture, check how compatible it is with your other furniture pieces. Buying art is also where you need to keep space requirements in mind.

Common Mistakes People Make When Buying Furniture

1. Being Impulsive

It’s easy to make mistakes when buying furniture. We can avoid many mistakes that cost us money and peace of mind with some planning and better self-control (we know it’s hard). Impulsive buying is something many of us are prone to. No surprise there. Maybe the furniture is similar to what your friend/ relative has. Perhaps the price/ discount is too good to resist.

Ask yourself the following questions when you feel the impulse to buy:

      • Do you really like the piece of furniture or is it the price that’s more attractive?
      • Why do you want to buy something similar to another person?
      • What will you do if the furniture doesn’t suit your home?
      • What will you do when you realize that you don’t like it anymore?
      • Can you afford to make a wrong purchase?

2. Not Paying Attention to Your Lifestyle

The internet and housekeeping magazines sure inspire us when buying furniture. However, not many realize (until it’s too late) that the pictures posted are a result of a meticulous photoshoot. Everything is planned to create the right effect, from lighting to colour contrast to the setting. Does it match your lifestyle in Denver? Consider your lifestyle and region before buying furniture.

Tips to remember when choosing furniture:

      • You’ve got to live with your furniture. Pick what looks good in your home.
      • Consider kids, pets, and seniors when buying furniture.
      • Dainty items can’t survive heavy usage no matter how cute they look.
      • There’s no point in buying high-end furniture every year (unless you have more than enough money for it).
      • Appearance, cost, and durability matter. Find a balance between all three.

3. Going for a Completely Matching Set

A golden rule in buying furniture is to look for variety in color, shapes, and sizes. A completely matching set seems terrific, but not when you have to look at it every day. Colors play a vital role in setting the mood of the room. Have enough variety that you can rearrange the room to change the mood anytime you want.

      • Don’t do the following when buying furniture:
      • Buy all items for the room at once
      • Get everything in matching colors and shades
      • Pick designs based on the latest fads (it’s called fad for a reason)
      • Give more importance to appearance than comfort or vice versa
      • Ignore that your home needs character (something that reflects who you are)

A home that oozes character will be more inviting than a house that’s a copy of the latest fad.

4. Painting the Room First and Buying Furniture Later 

Did you already decide on the wall paint? Stop right there and don’t buy the cans of paint. Painting the walls first will limit your choices for furniture. What if you love an ornate little piece but can’t buy it because the color will clash with your wall paint? Ouch!

      • Colors will look different in different settings, be it a computer screen, white light, or natural light.
      • There are too many shades of the same color, and no, you can substitute one for another.
      • Anything extreme (too bland, bright, or dark) is not suitable for your home.

Once you buy the furniture, you’ll have a better idea about what to do with the bare walls. Do you want to paint it? Will wallpaper look better? Maybe textures can enhance the beauty of your furniture.

5. Not Considering the Maintenance Cost and Requirements

Furniture needs maintenance. Luckily, some require less maintenance and last for a long time. Some need more care but still last long. A few other items need more maintenance and have a shorter life span. Which kind of furniture do you want to buy? Choosing the last option wouldn’t be wise, right?

Tips for maintaining furniture:

      • Follow the seller’s instructions.
      • Hire professional cleaners.
      • Don’t use harsh chemicals.
      • Vacuum regularly.
      • Use only soft cloth or brushes.
      • Don’t leave the furniture in direct sunlight.

Maintenance depends on your lifestyle, your geographical location, and financial restrictions. What worked in New York may not work in Denver. Buying a pale cream chenille or velvet sofa when you have toddlers/ pets is a bad idea. The total maintenance cost should not be more than the furniture price.

6. Relying on the Staff or Others to Make Decision for You

How many times did we buy something because someone suggested it? Getting influenced by another’s choice is something you should vehemently avoid when purchasing furniture. It’s your home, and you (and your family) have to live there.

At the same time, not asking for more information is also wrong. If you are not sure about a piece of furniture, go ahead and ask others. But choose the one you love and fit your budget.

      • Don’t take your entire family of friends’ gang to the furniture store.
      • Don’t ask the staff to take a pick between two or more choices.
      • Don’t argue with others in the furniture store. Leave and go back later to make your decision.
      • Don’t buy something based on someone’s experience.

7 Shopping Tips to Buy New Furniture

1. Measure the Room

Buying new furniture requires a little (okay, a lot) time and effort to get it right. After all, it’s your home and has to make you happy each time you walk into the room. Start by measuring the room, and this should be the first step even before you look for furniture.

Mistakes people make when measuring the room:

      • Measuring only once (do it at least thrice to be sure)
      • Measuring only from wall to wall (don’t ignore the corners and the open spaces)
      • Not making a note of the measurements (no, you won’t remember all those numbers)

If you are replacing existing furniture, measure the furniture and the space it occupies.

2. Take Pictures and Draw a Mock Up

Grab your smartphone first and take pictures of the room from all angles. Use the below questions to angle the camera for pictures.

      • How does the room look from the doorway?
      • Does it feel too cluttered when you stand in a corner?
      • From which window does the light enter the room?

Refer to the pictures when you look for furniture and carry the measurements with you. Better yet, draw a mock-up of the room on a sheet of paper and use it as your reference guide. Using pictures and the mock op design will give you a complete idea of where a piece of furniture will fit. The mock-up will help when you rearrange the new furniture in the room.

3. Research the Materials Used

Always do your research when finalizing a piece of furniture. You need to know the pros and cons of the materials used in making a chair, table, shelf, or any item you want for your home. Pay extra attention to maintenance costs, strength, and durability.
Here are some examples of what you need to find out:

      • What kind of wood is the piece of furniture made of?
      • What are the advantages and disadvantages of heavy/ lightweight furniture?
      • Does the material cause any allergies?
      • How frequently do you have to get it varnished/ repainted?
      • How does Denver’s weather affect the materials?

If you’re dealing with fabrics, get samples (swatches) of the ones you liked. Compare them leisurely and make the final decision.

4. Determine Your Budget

It’s easy to forget other expenses when you think you found ‘the perfect furniture’ for your home. But is it really perfect for you? We’ve got to admit that we have far more important expenses.

How to not overshoot your budget? Let’s take a look:

      • Set a lower and upper limit (for the total amount and individual items)
      • Start looking for pieces in the lower limit
      • Remember that you need to pay for delivery services
      • If you spend more on certain furniture, balance it out by spending less on another

Spend only as much as you can afford, and if you’d instead save more money and then buy, by all means, do that.

5. Sizes, Shapes, and Designs

Whether you are renovating the house or moving to another, the main factors to consider remain the same. What sizes, shapes, and designs should be furniture be?

Have clear answers to questions such as:

      • Do you like vintage and antique stuff or prefer contemporary designs?
      • Does bulky furniture attract your attention or the sleek ones?
      • What colors do you prefer for the furniture?

A combination works for most layouts. For example, a rectangle dining table can be paired with round chairs. A triangle coffee table can be the centerpiece in a room with a plush sofa. Balance heavy items with sleek and sharp pieces to add variety and character to the room.

6. Look Online First

Even if you prefer to buy locally in Denver, you can look online before visiting the furniture store. Several furniture sellers have both online and offline stores. Shorting your favorites will save time when you visit the store. Moreover, you can also read the reviews by other customers to get a better idea about the item.

      • What is the range of collections?
      • Can you order custom pieces?
      • What are the delivery and return policies (online and offline)?
      • How responsive is the business when you contact online?

Another advantage of checking out the online stores is that you’ll have more background information about the seller and their business.

7. Buy When the Time Is Right

It’s more than okay to wait for the right furniture to come your way rather than buy something within a deadline. And if you really need a couch or a chair, check out thrift stores or secondhand stores to get one for a lesser price. It’ll do the job until you find what you want.

Things you shouldn’t do when buying furniture:

      • Compromising on high-end furniture because you need it
      • Buying when you aren’t thoroughly convinced about something
      • Paying more because it’s got more demand and is a current market favorite
      • Rushing into a sale to make the most of it
      • Getting stressed out because you don’t like anything you see

Remember that what’s trending today may not be in style after a couple of years. It’s better to wait and buy when the time is right.

The Pros and Cons of Buying Custom Furniture

Pros and Cons for Custom Furniture

The Benefits of Buying Customized Furniture

      • Maximum Customization is allowed with Custom-built Furniture.
          • Made-to-order furniture gives you design flexibility. You can design your furniture that is suitable for your home and space. Customized furniture allows you to suggest a carpenter variety of designs and materials. For example, if you have seen a rectangular dining table somewhere, you can ask to incorporate that design into your coffee table.
          • So how can you customize your furniture?
      • You can experiment with different designs, materials, and colors to create an entirely new set of furniture based on your preferences.
      • You can take assistance from a furniture expert and select suitable designs for your home.

Your design preferences can be accommodated with custom wood furniture. You’ll have complete control over the designs, materials, and colors of every piece of your furniture. On the other hand, prefabricated furniture may not meet your personal expectations. Prefabricated furniture may take up too much or too little space, while custom-built furniture is usually tailored to your specific needs.

1. More Sustainability, More Authenticity

People nowadays would rather have a custom-built set of furniture than one that has been prefabricated. Prefabricated furniture is known for its lower sustainability than its custom-built counterparts. Custom-built furniture’s long-term viability is a step ahead in bringing class and authenticity to your place.

The carpenters keep the environment in mind while making custom-built furniture for you. They create an exclusive set of furniture without hurting the environment. Highlands Ranch residents are known to go for the more progressive alternative to make the neighborhood a better place to live.

How custom-built furniture is sustainable?

      • You can incorporate recycled materials in your set of custom-built furniture. As a result, the custom wood furniture is eco-friendly.
      • Prefabricated furniture produces more wood and metal waste than custom-built furniture.
      • Custom-made furniture is designed to last more than 15 to 20 years with low to no upkeep.

2. An Economic and Time-saving Option

Custom-made furniture is not as expensive or time-consuming as you may believe. Prefabricated furniture neither saves time nor money, contrary to popular belief. Prefabricated furniture does typically cost more and takes longer to arrive. On the other hand, custom-made furniture is a cost-effective and time-saving solution for you.

How can custom-built furniture be economical and save time?

      • Custom-made furniture requires less wood and metals to build. Hence, it takes a lot shorter to make than a prefabricated one.
      • Custom-made furniture carpenters are usually highly motivated specialists. Hence, they typically deliver your set of furniture before time.

Custom-made furniture relieves you from the burden of following up on your products. You can tweak your designs and materials in between and still have your products delivered on time. Custom-built furniture can save you a considerable amount of maintenance money due to its durability. Highlands Ranch is becoming increasingly popular as a community to opt for custom-built furniture.

3. Custom-built Furniture is a Long-term Investment with Value

Custom-made furniture is constructed with materials of your choosing, making it of higher quality than the prefabricated ones. Custom-built furniture carries its own set of quality and durability standards. These custom-built pieces are not only long-lasting but also add value to your space.

Custom-made furniture can upscale the overall look of your home in the neighborhood. The look and feel of your home will enhance without spending a fortune on complete interior designs. Custom-made furniture is less challenging to construct than ready-made ones.

Let’s have a look at how custom-built furniture adds value to your home.

      • Custom-built furniture is the result of your choices and creative inputs. The set of furniture will be a symbol of your vision.
      • Each piece of custom-made furniture is built to be durable and go the extra year with you. Hence, it is an investment that will pay off in the long run.

Pros and Cons of Custom Furniture

The Cons of Buying Customized Furniture

1. You Cannot Cancel Your Custom Orders Midway

The most important thing to keep in mind before ordering custom-made furniture is that you may not be able to cancel once the order is placed. A dedicated workforce is assigned to complete a custom-made set of furniture. So it requires planning and significant efforts to complete your dream furniture.

So what is the downside of canceling a custom order?

      • Custom orders are just like tailored dresses; they do not please or fit everyone.
      • Custom-made furniture is made to reflect your persona in your space. Hence, canceling a personalized order is a wastage of material, effort and time.
      • At times, showrooms may not have the space or the theme to showcase a canceled order.

Companies are usually concerned about their workforce being squandered off due to customization requests and labor. Hence, you should seek assistance from a furniture expert before placing your custom-made furniture order.

2.Risk of Damage and Maintenance

Custom-made furniture is usually made up of high-quality wood. Hence, it carries a significant risk of damage due to poor usage and low maintenance. Custom-made furniture should be well taken care of regularly.

What types of damages are we talking about?

      • Wood is vulnerable to water. Moisture can soak into the wood to swell it up.
      • Heat is another factor that can damage your custom-made furniture. Excess heat can expand the wood and cause it to crack.
      • UV rays from the sunlight can cause your custom-made furniture to change colors.

Maintaining your custom-made furniture can cost you more than a dime, for sure. Customized furniture is a long-term investment, after all. Not every artisan can restore your custom-made furniture to its gone glory. Hence, it is wise to request maintenance from the same company you acquired your furniture from.

6 Reasons Why Custom-Made Furniture Is the Best for Every Home

Custom Made Furniture is Best

1. Customize It the Way You Want It

Custom-built furniture gives you design flexibility. You can model your furniture suitable for your home and its measurements. Customized furniture gives you the liberty to suggest different designs of your choice. If you have seen a rectangular dining table in some store, you can incorporate that design into your own with subtle nuances.

So how can you customize your furniture?

      • You can ask an expert for advice and carefully choose designs that suit your place.
      • You can experiment with different designs as per your liking’s to get a brand new range of furniture.

Custom-built furniture can accommodate your design requests. Along with the design changes, you’ll have the liberty to decide on your furniture’s colors, materials, and other features. In contrast, prefabricated furniture might not live up to your expectations. Prefabricated furniture might take a lot of space or too little, but custom-built furniture is usually built to match your rooms.

2. Budget-friendly and Saves Time

Custom-built furniture is not as expensive or time taking as you may think. It’s a myth that prefabricated furniture saves time and money. Prefabricated furniture is usually expensive and takes weeks to get delivered. In comparison, custom-built furniture is a budget-friendly and time-saving option.

How can custom-built furniture be economical and save time?

      • Custom-built furniture usually takes less time to build with approved designs and materials.
      • The carpenters involving custom-built furniture are generally skilled professionals. Hence, they take less time.
      • Custom-built furniture produces minimal wood wastage. Therefore, it is a budget-friendly option.

Custom-built furniture saves you from the stress of following up on your products. You can add subtle changes in between and still get your furniture before time. Prefabricated furniture gives you endless stress and anxiety due to its poor build. Custom-built furniture can save you a lot of money due to its sustainability. Highlands Ranch is experiencing growth in popularity for custom-built furniture.

3. Experience Before Anyone Else can Experience

Custom-built furniture can be exclusive for your home. You can own and experience a new range of furniture before anyone else. Exclusivity sets apart the class of custom-built furniture from the prefabricated ones. An exclusive set of furniture allows your home to brim with an aura of finesse. There is only a small amount of prefabricated furniture that would beat custom-built ones in terms of looks and build.

So what else set apart custom-built furniture from the prefabricated furniture?

      • Carpenters use the new vintage techniques to give your custom-built furniture a durable build with a vintage finish.
      • Exclusive designs and limited edition colors to build you a brand new range of furniture.
      • Dedicated artisans and timely updates on your furniture to keep you stress-free.

Nowadays, people are keener on owning creative furniture. Prefabricated furniture does not allow you to experiment with anything extraordinary in them. At the same time, custom-built furniture can very well accommodate your creativity and ingenuity.

Custom Furniture is Best

4. Customized Furniture Do Wonders as a Gift

Yes, you can undoubtedly gift custom-built furniture. Your family and friends would be more than happy to have such a long-lasting gift. Custom-built furniture makes a great personalized gift for your near and dear ones. Small furniture such as centre tables or rocking chairs is perfect for every home.

Let’s have a look at some of the custom-built furniture gifting ideas.

      • You can gift custom-built baby cribs for newborns or infants
      • Custom-built chairs and coffee tables are perfect gifts for the elders.
      • You can gift engraved custom-built bedside tables to newlyweds.

The daily usability of customized furniture will keep you in the receiver’s memory, and that matters! Customized furniture is an excellent gift for occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. You can also gift custom-built furniture to friends who will be moving into their new place. They will surely be thanking you for that.

5. Long-term Values

Custom-built furniture has its unique quotient of quality and durability. Custom wood furniture is made with materials of choice, so they are of higher quality than their prefabricated counterparts. This custom-built furniture is not only durable but also adds value to your place.

Custom-built furniture made up of high-quality materials enhances the look and feel of your place. Custom wood furniture can upscale your home’s overall outlook in the community. These are easy to build than prefabricated ones. Custom-built furniture is an inexpensive option to renovate your home space.

Let’s have a look at how custom-built furniture adds value to your home.

      • Custom-built furniture is made to last more than prefabricated ones. So custom wood furniture is a long-term investment.
      • Every custom-built piece of furniture is a unique piece of art. When you own one, it adds an exclusive factor to your home.
      • Custom-built furniture is the product of your choices and creative inputs. They will have your values.

6. Sustainable and Progressive

People prefer owning a custom-built set of furniture to prefabricated ones. Custom-built furniture is more sustainable and progressive than its prefabricated counterparts. The sustainability of custom-built furniture is a way forward to bring class and authenticity into your home.

The carpenters involved with custom wood furniture keep the environment and pollution in mind. They are creating a one-of-a-kind set of furniture without minimizing air and water pollution. People around Highlands Ranch are known to opt for the more progressive option to keep the community a better place to live in.

How custom-built furniture is sustainable?

      • Custom-built furniture produces less wood and metal wastes than prefabricated furniture.
      • Custom-built furniture allows you to use recycled materials. Hence, custom wood furniture is environment-friendly.
      • Custom-built furniture is built to last more than 15 to 20 years with low to no maintenance at all.

What Do You Think of Purchasing Furniture from a Department Store Vs. a Furniture Store?

Department Store or Furniture Store

The attire you wear is an expression of your style and personality. And so is the furniture you place in your living room or bedroom. When you go furniture shopping, you have two options. It’s either to visit a department store or a furniture store.

This article will give you reasons why you should choose the latter.

What is a Department Store?

The large retail stores where different household /lifestyle items are sold are department stores. They are called ‘department’ stores because they sell items in various departments within the same building.

There are separate departments for handbags, kitchen appliances, kids’ wear, women’s apparel, etc.

Some famous department store brands can have their own line of products as well. Examples include the likes of Macy’s, Kohl’s, John Lewis, Zalando, and Otto.

Depending on the brands, they may or may not have a section for furniture. Department stores are popular for a reason. To summarize the reason for their popularity in one word, it’s – convenience. Why go somewhere else if you can get everything in one place?

Isn’t it? Not really.

When buying furniture, you are better off visiting a furniture store than a regular department store.

Here’s why:

Disadvantages of Buying Furniture from a Department Store

Department stores prevent you from hopping from one shop to another. But they do not offer unique, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. Even though they sell an impressive range of products, they provide limited variety if you niche down to the furniture.

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1. Lackluster Customer Service

Step foot into a department store in Denver, and you’ll find a large number of employees serving customers in different categories.

Due to a massive selection of product categories, it’s impossible to provide a personal touch in customer service. The retail industry, in general, has a high employee turnover at 60% in the United States.

There are various reasons behind it, including:

      • Little to no promotion opportunities
      • General disconnect with the vision of the department store brand
      • Peripatetic nature of the job; most employees view it as a temp job
      • Poor onboarding and longer shifts
      • Low pay (the average salary of a retail sales associate is $13.85 per hour in the US) to cut the cost of operations

All these factors contribute to lackluster customer service and a lack of motivation. The staff does not have the expertise to help you pick the right furniture piece that will suit your style.

2. Insufficient Variety

While department stores sell several product categories, you have limited options if you pick one type, i.e., furniture. People who want a unique furniture collection won’t find it in a department store.

A one-stop solution is not what they desire. They prefer hand-picked home furnishings that have a history behind them. Such variety is impossible to find in a department store. They feature mass-produced home furnishings.

Benefits of Buying from a Furniture Store

Most people aren’t hunting for home furnishings and lifestyle/household items on a single shopping trip. It makes sense to schedule a dedicated furniture store visit to find a piece you will cherish for years to come.

The advantages of purchasing from a furniture store as opposed to a department store are:

1. Personalized Customer Service

Unlike a department store, furniture store employees care about your personal preferences. They give you undivided attention.

Since a furniture store offers a single category of products, employees here have the chance to gain expertise. So, knowledgeable staff can assist you better than a department store employee.

2. Unique Home Furnishings

If you buy furniture from a department store, you’ll find cookie-cutter, mass-produced pieces. But if you want distinctive furniture, visiting a store like Rare Finds Warehouse in Denver is the way to go!

You’ll find seating, furniture, and tables hand-picked from Asia, North America, and Africa.

At Rare Finds Warehouse, you can buy:

      • vintage furniture
      • antique furniture
      • architectural salvage
      • one-of-a-kind items sources from Egypt, India, Thailand, and the United States.

There is no dearth of variety at Rare Finds Warehouse!

3. Customized Furniture Pieces

Imagine being a restaurant owner. For any restaurant (or bar), the ambiance is everything. The kind of furniture you select decides the vibe of the space. If you pick cookie-cutter furniture, your restaurant won’t set itself apart from competitors.

Thus, it would help if you had custom-built dinner tables, chairs, and other seating. Rare Finds Warehouse offers custom-built furniture. You can select the height of the tables, base, top, feature iron, wood, or steel as per your preference.

Moreover, trained professionals will help you make the right decision. Professionals at a department store can offer general guidance. But they cannot answer specific questions that need an in-depth understanding of design.

Key Takeaways

Here’s why you should pick a furniture store over a department store:

      • Get reclaimed home furnishings
      • Buy unique pieces that aren’t mass-produced
      • Enjoy personalized customer service
      • Get custom-build furniture tailored to your preferences

6 Tips to Choose the Best Local Furniture Store

Choose Best Furniture

Updating your wardrobe is easy. But frequently changing your home furnishings isn’t. Before picking the right furniture for your home, you need first to find the right local store. This article will help you choose the best local furniture store.

1. Contact Friends and Family

Nothing can replace word-of-mouth, especially if those words come from your trusted close circle. Has someone in your family recently furnished their home? Chances are they already know the best local furniture store in your city. It makes sense then to contact them and learn more about their experience.

      • What made them choose that specific furniture store?
      • How was their experience?
      • Would they revisit the same store if they wish to repurchase furniture?
      • How was their customer service?

You may still have doubts about their recommendation. But then you can always visit the furniture store yourself. Instead of scouring the city for local furniture stores, you now have a name on your list.

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2. Read Online Reviews

Who doesn’t read online reviews these days? Skipping online reviews is not an option for today’s generation, even if buying home furnishings from a local store instead of an e-commerce website.

There are so many places to find online reviews of the local furniture store, such as:

      • The store’s Google My Business Page
      • Business directories such as The Yellow Pages
      • Other third-party reviews sites like Yelp and Trustpilot
      • Reviews on social media, especially Instagram and Facebook, where people discover local businesses every day

Sometimes, it can be challenging to tell a genuine review apart from a fake review online. However, if the overall ratings and reviews seem positive, do visit the local furniture store, especially if they have professionally handled customer grievances, if any.

3. Set Aside a Budget

Buying furniture from a department store requires a budget that differs from buying from a local furniture store.

How?

It’s simple. Department stores feature mass-produced furnishings that are less expensive compared to one-of-a-kind pieces. So, if getting an antique table is your priority, then department stores are out of the question.

But do set aside a budget you’d need to purchase an antique, rustic piece from a local furniture store.

To determine a range of budget, you can:

      • Visit the local store’s website
      • Browse categories like seating, tables, home furnishings, etc., and note down their prices.

This way, you won’t be disappointed when you pay an in-person visit to the store. Remember, there will be additional expenses, such as delivery charges and taxes.

4. Determine Your Preferences & Goals

Remember that episode from Friends when Phoebe wanted unique furniture for her apartment? And she got upset when Rachel essentially turned her living room into a catalog?

Even if you haven’t watched it, you get the idea here. Each individual has their style, taste, and personality. Their ambiance in their home, office, restaurant, etc., reflects that personality.

If this matters to you, choose a local furniture store that sells:

      • Reclaimed home furnishings
      • Vintage and antique pieces
      • Custom-built furnishings that blend personality and functionality
      • Pieces that have rustic architectural elements
      • One-of-a-kind furniture designed by artisans from around the world

At Rare Finds Warehouse in Denver, Colorado, this is what you’ll find. Quality is another important factor here. Visit a local furniture store that sells home furnishings that will withstand the test of time.

5. Scan the Inventory

This is important for new homeowners. Chances are you’re looking to furnish the entire home. In that case, you want to choose a local furniture store that has all the categories. Take Rare Finds Warehouse in Colorado, for example.

They have everything from dining tables, lighting, wall decors to entertainment centers, sofas, and tabletop accessories. It would be tedious to explore every local store in person. You can, instead, scan their inventory online.

In fact, on the Rare Finds Warehouse website, you can:

      • Take a virtual tour of their Denver store
      • Explore their architectural salvage, vintage furniture, and one-of-a-kind items

If you can find every piece of home furnishing that you’ll ever need, why drive around the city hunting for various items?

6. Look for Stellar Customer Service

You want to choose a local store where the staff is dedicated to helping you. This is the hallmark of a top furniture store. Employees, there aren’t pushy.

Instead, they assist you during the process by:

      • Answering your queries
      • Walking you through the inventory without being pushy
      • Recommending home furnishings that suit your personality or existing home décor

They have the skills, experience, and knowledge to do so. Read reviews and request recommendations to determine whether you can hope to experience stellar customer service. To experience it yourself, knock on their door and see for yourself!

After all, you’ll need their customer service post-sale too.

Key Takeaways

Here’s how you can choose the best local store to buy the furniture:

      • Get first-hand accounts of the store from your friends and family
      • Read online reviews on Google, social media, and third-party review sites
      • Figure out a budget
      • Take your personality and style into account
      • Assess the quality of home furnishings sold
      • Gauge the inventory online if they have a website
      • Determine if they have excellent customer service

Holiday Decor for Every Home

Decorating your home is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Most people try their best to bring the beauty of the holiday to every corner of their home.
Dressing up your home with festive decors will surely fill your home with Christmas cheer. But if you’re looking to impress your family and friends, then you need a game plan that includes the best ornaments and home decor elements.
These tasteful and festive holiday decors will get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Christmas tree
If you’ve had enough of the white snow or blue and silver motif, consider a new color palette or a fun theme. Or better yet, give your tree some serious personality by putting all brass or wood ornaments on it. The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your home. Try to be creative with it as possible. Give it the five-star treatment it deserves.
Holiday Home Decor
Antique Furnishings
Some homes put out the same holiday decor around their home year in and year out. We like the idea of using something fresh and new that stands the test of time. Statement pieces that can be passed on from generation to generation are a great way to freshen up your decor for the season and can be used after the holiday is over. End tables, green or red colored lamps or accessories, wood benches, or a holiday drink cart to serve your favorite beverages to your guests are great additions to your home. You can decorate and use them seasonally or all year round.
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Wreaths, Garlands, and Unique Artifacts
Decorating your home for the holidays usually starts with hanging a wreath. You can go the easy route and pull out your artificial wreath or you can decorate your own wreath to make sure that it complements your home’s exterior or interior. You can even use a live wreath to bring the scents of winter indoors. We also like using winter inspired tchotchkes. Take the Moose in the top photo for example! He’s a great holiday decor option, as well as different wooden centerpieces for your dining tables to hold nuts and fruits of the season in. Just have fun decorating and try to put your own spin on it.
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