Two Reasons for Investing in a Sleigh Bed

If you are like many people fascinated with the ancient times, then you must be having traditional furnishing in your home. If not, you might want to consider investing in sleigh beds. These sets are known by that name because they have beds that look like a sleigh. Sleigh beds will mostly come curved with a scrolled foot and a headboard. Sleigh beds date back to the 1800s when they were popular but even today, the most captivating thing about them is their elegance that does not compromise their rustic appearance.

One of the many unique features of sleigh beds is the overly heavy beds perhaps due to the beautiful and artistic curves and details on them. The sets are mainly made of materials such as iron, aluminum and wood. If you wish to upgrade your bedroom and are looking to invest in something elegant, look no further than sleigh beds. There are many reasons why you should invest in these bedroom sets, but the 2 main reasons include their design and cost.

Design – even though the design of sleigh beds is inspired by that of the ancient times, it is still thought of as a great piece of bedroom furniture that complements even the modern day interiors. There is a very wide gamut of colors and styles of course and designs to choose from and it is this versatility that makes sleigh beds very popular among homeowners today.

Cost – cost is the second factor that makes sleigh beds a favorite among homeowners today. Basically, the cost of sleigh beds will vary based on the complexity of design used on them and type of material used to make a given set. Wooden sleigh beds are more affordable than their leather and iron counterparts, but still bring the sophistication and elegance expected of sleigh beds.

Therefore, if you are working on a shoestring budget, you should by all means avoid intricate designs and settle for simple and classic designs which are equally appealing and function the same save for the notable difference in design.

Designing for Longevity

It’s inevitable! Your kids are going to change their minds. Whether it’s within seconds, minutes, hours, or days, it’s a guaranteed fact that your child will at one point or another will change their mind about their likes and interests.  Seventeen years of these interest changes can take its toll on any room and most importantly your budget. So how do you prepare for your child’s ever-changing tastes when designing their room?

Stay with the conventional

With the amount of TV and movies your children will watch, it’s hard to say what characters or themes they will like from one day to the next.  So when your child decides it’s time for a new style in their room, simply change the wall hangings or the painting scheme. This is something that can be inexpensive and easy to change. Kids outgrow themes on a daily basis, so if you purchase a new bed with every theme, plan for a lot of spending.

Plan for the long haul

Your focus when planning for longevity needs to be solely on the furniture pieces. Kids are very hard on furniture. That’s a fact. Buying quality, well-built pieces is vital. This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank and buy the absolute best. But look at the manufacturer’s warranty and take it into consideration the quality of the pieces when deciding what to buy. Also, heavier woods are sturdier and will last longer, but can be more expensive. Woods like pine are not as high quality, but will save you money.

The sooner, the better

When designing for a nursery, stay away from gender specific colors like pink for a girl and blue for a boy. Thinking long term means using neutral shades for paints, and then adding bolder colors to the accent pieces. Accent pieces can be changed down the road and are fairly inexpensive. A very easy and inexpensive way to decorate a room are wall stickers. They peel off easily and can be replaced with the next fad.

Finally, multi-stage pieces will also help when planning for the longevity of the room. For instance, cribs that convert into toddler beds will last for years and serve a multi-purpose.  As will a six-drawer dresser with a changer on top instead of just a changing table.

Avoid Common Design Follies

When it comes to designing the look of your home, we focus too much on what we SHOULD do with the design scheme of the interior.  Instead, we NEED to pay more attention to what should NOT be done when decorating.  These are the most frequent mistakes that are made when designing, and the ways to avoid them before they destroy your decor.

Avoiding Color

Don’t be afraid to experiment when painting your walls. Use colors that thoroughly express your tastes and personality instead of slapping on a coat of beige to “make the room look bigger.” If you are reluctant to paint your rooms in bright colors, just try the accent effect where you only make one or two of the walls stand out while keeping the others more conservative.

Weak Windows

Window treatments are an easy, cost-efficient way to really put a good touch on a room, but many times, the curtain frame is hung too low or the curtains do not fit the window.  This either makes the ceiling look low or the curtains appear cheap. The best range to hang your curtains is six inches to one foot above the window molding. This allows more light into the room and it makes ceilings look taller.  Also, curtains should hang from the curtain rod to the floor.

Floating Rugs

A rug should either be large enough to provide a surface for all of the furniture to rest on or the right size for the furniture to perfectly frame it.  Rugs that are too small for a room end up creating an island that really breaks up the design and the scheme of the furniture.

Accessory Overload

Accessories should be nothing more than small additions.  They are not meant to control their settings.  Crowding your tables with frames, candles, and vases is overkill. Instead display your accessories so that your favorite pieces receive the most attention from visitors.  You can even keep these items in a rotation so that you can always add something new to the room.

Poor-Fitting Furniture

There should be three feet, if not more, separating larger pieces like sofas from the rest of the furniture so that people can easily pass through the room.  On top of that, try not to fill big spaces with little pieces since it really disturbs the flow of your décor.

When defending yourself against design follies, visit CLS Direct and shop our enormous selection of furniture so that you can have the ultimate decor for your home!

Deciding on the Design of Your Sofa

Once you have picked out the style of sofa that best fits your family, it is time to think about design features.

This glossary will help you deciding and define the features you want in a sofa. You’ll find sofas at CLS Direct in every style and design at prices to meet every budget!

Feet: Yes, a sofa has feet! Exposed feet are typically wood or metal. If you room is formal or contemporary, then you should lean in the direction of wooden feet. Modern styled sofas usually come with feet made of metals or other mixed materials.

Skirt: If you decide that you don’t want your sofa’s feet to show, there are many skirted options. Casual and traditional styled sofas often have skirts that can be pleated, gathered or tailored with matching or contrasting fabric patterns.

Arms: Arms can be high, low, wide, narrow, curved, or straight. Choose an arm style that you’re your body and your room’s use – will you be snoozing here, lying down to watch a movie, or serving tea? The arm height also influences the height of your end tables.

Back: The sofa back can be tightly stuffed, tufted or pillowed. Pillows can be attached, semi-attached or detached in matching or contrasting upholstery patterns. Contemporary sofas typically have a clean,, tight back while fluffy pillowed backs adorn casual designs.

Seat Cushions: Sofas have one to three seat cushions in a variety of fill  techniques and materials that greatly affect comfort, quality, durability and price.

Toss Pillows: Toss pillows are sometimes optional and other times included with a sofa. You can easily change the look of your room with different pillows in bright fabrics with fun or fanciful trims. Toss pillows are like jewelry for your sofa!

Design the layout of your living room properly

“Help, I can’t decide where to place my new furniture!”

It’s a problem that many of us have faced at one point in our life. You’ve just finished purchasing some beautiful living room furniture from CLS Factory Direct, but now have no idea how to lay out the room. Most of the time we spend countless hours moving furniture pieces around, like an endless puzzle, trying to figure out the layout we want.  But this doesn’t have to be the case. Follow these steps to find the living room layout you want while also saving your back.

  1. Get a piece of paper and draw a layout of your living room. Include all doors, windows, outlets, radiators, and air vents.
  2. Design and cut out miniatures of your items. Make sure all the pieces are named with the dimensions of each.
  3. Locate a focal point in the room. All your furniture pieces will revolve around this point. It can sometimes be a entertainment center, coffee table, artwork, fireplace, or even a mantle. Draw this focal point on the paper where it exists in the room.
  4. Move your cut out furniture pieces around on the paper to experiment with different layouts. Make sure your seating areas face each other and not the focal point. You want to encourage socializing. Place sofas and chairs at right angles around the focal point.
  5. Find a coffee table or trunk to place in the center of your seating arrangement for drinks or board games. This can also be used as a display area to place reading materials or pictures.
  6. Leave spaces in the corners between the seating for end tables or lamps. If you have an extra chair that fits this seating group, you can widen the arrangement and place the chair diagonally into the corner and skip the table.
  7. Finally, fill in any open places with any additional pieces of decor you still have. But remember, less is more. You don’t want to over crowd an area. So place accordingly.

And there you have it! Your living room is now set up for socializing as well as relaxing. By following these simple steps, you can have a living room that matches the looks of those in magazines!

Visit CLS Factory Direct at 6575 Huntley Road Unit G2
Columbus, OH 43229 to check out our vast selection of durable and affordable living room furniture!