Essential Furniture for Any First Apartment

Moving out of the house is an exciting rite of passage for young adults. They finally get to explore the world on their own, without a curfew or worries of being grounded for a messy room. One of the best parts about moving out of the house is picking out furniture for the new apartment. These are the essentials every young adult should have for their first apartment.

For the Bedroom

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For obvious reasons, a bed should be the first priority. It might be tempting to go cheap here, but a high-quality mattress will offer a good night’s sleep for years to come. Many young people skimp on the bedframe, but it can make the apartment feel a little more like home. If nothing else, a basic metal bed frame will get the job done. Bedding, like a quality comforter and duvet, is also necessary. The bedroom also needs some form of clothing storage, whether that be hangers for the closet or a full-size dresser.

For the Living Room

A sofa is a necessity for a living room, but it doesn’t have to be a $1,000 piece; there are plenty of affordable sofas available. If one still isn’t in the budget, a futon is a decent alternative, and they’re a staple in first apartments. Round it out with a coffee table, which will probably serve as a main eating surface in the apartment.

For the Kitchen

Kitchen necessities will vary from person to person as a matter of preference. Folks who run off frozen pizza and tater tots probably won’t need as many cooking utensils and storage solutions as a culinary student. There’s no “one size fits all” list of furniture items for the kitchen, but some basics include a kitchen cart for storage and additional cooking space, as well as a basic table and chairs. A bar table with two bar stools is ideal for small kitchens. Also, don’t forget essentials like a microwave, toaster or toaster oven, pots and pans, cooking utensils, dishes, glasses, and eating utensils.

For the Bathroom

While there may not be as much of a need for furniture in the bathroom, there are a few other necessities to invest in, including a shower curtain, shower liner, and possibly a shower caddy or other storage space. The bathroom should have its own separate cleaning supplies, including a toilet brush, plenty of cleaners, and a plunger.

Start Shopping Today

If you’re moving into your first apartment, congratulations! You’re sure to enjoy the newfound freedom that living on your own offers. No matter what your budget allows, it’s possible to create a functional living space that even your parents will be proud of. CLS Direct can help you furnish your first place with affordable, brand-name furniture at wholesale prices. When you’re ready to start the exciting process of furniture shopping, visit our showroom or call us at 614-436-0357.

Five Signs It’s Time for a New Sofa

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A sofa is a major purchase, so of course, it’s expected to last for years. However, this can make it difficult for homeowners to know when it’s time for a furniture upgrade. Here are five signs that it’s time to buy a new sofa.

Flattened Cushions

When the sofa was new, the cushions were full and plush, easily bouncing back into shape. Over time, however, body weight causes the sofa to lose its elasticity. If the cushions are flat or if an indent is left behind when someone stands up, it may be time for a replacement.

Discomfort

The main purpose of a couch is to provide a comfortable place for family members and guests to sit. If a piece of furniture isn’t meeting those needs, shopping for something else will make the living room much more inviting for friends and loved ones. In fact, sitting on an unsupportive sofa can strain the neck and spine, leading to back pain.

Stains or Damage

When a couch is showing signs of age, many homeowners prefer to upgrade. These defects can include stains, rips, sagging, frayed fabric, and/or cracked or worn leather.

Fading

A beautiful sofa can be the focal point of a room. However, when once-vibrant peacock blue upholstery has faded to an unseemly gray, it’s no longer providing aesthetic value and should be replaced.

Outdated

Whether a family has grown and the current sofa is no longer big enough or tastes have changed and the couch hasn’t kept pace, it’s time to trade up furniture that makes a home look dated or doesn’t have enough seating.

CLS Direct is a locally-owned business that sells furniture and cabinets at affordable wholesale prices. At our convenient warehouse, customers from across Columbus can browse our extensive selection of living room sofas and matching sets designed to create a coordinated, appealing look that will last for years. We also have our inventory online for convenient shopping from home. Customers who qualify can access free, flexible financing.

4 Reasons to Never Buy a Second-Hand Mattress

Shopping at a thrift store or used bookstore is a great way to save money on most items. But for other home goods, like mattresses, buying new matters. According to The Guardian, most humans spend roughly a third of their life asleep, so your bed is not the area to cut corners! Here are four reasons to avoid buying a second-hand mattress.

1. Unknown Sleep Quality

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When purchasing a used piece of clothing, it’s easy to see if there is significant damage or deterioration. The same isn’t true for mattresses, however. Foam, springs, and other materials can diminish in quality over time. Many used mattresses may appear to be in good condition, but it’s impossible to know the quality and the state of the material without sleeping on the mattress first. By then, the damage may already be done. When purchasing new, it’s easy to have all of the information including tips on how to choose the right mattress for you.

2. Poorly Cared for by the Previous Owner

The previous owner may have left his old mattress out in the rain, transported it improperly, or even let it become infected with bed bugs. On top of this, humans naturally release bodily fluids, such as sweat, into mattresses over time, making them potentially very unsanitary.

3. May Need to Be Replaced Sooner

A used mattress may be more affordable up front, but it may need to be replaced much sooner, driving down the return on your investment. Buying a discounted mattress only to have to replace it in six months is often less affordable than buying a new one that can last for double the time, or more. This means buying new mattresses is sometimes more affordable in the long run! New purchases also often come with financing plans.

4. Outdated Materials and Technology

Like cars and computers, the technology and materials that go into making mattresses improve with research and time. Therefore, buying a used bed is like buying a car that is years old—it may be cheaper, but one can’t expect the same ease of use of a newer model.

Although buying a used mattress may be tempting, some things should simply be purchased new. If you’re looking to buy a new mattress, CLS Direct can help you know where to start. Call us today at 614-436-0357 to speak to one of our sales representatives, or visit our location in Columbus to see our extensive inventory.

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Deciding Between a Furniture Set or Individual Pieces

When picking bedroom furniture from scratch, it’s easy to assume that going with a bedroom set over selecting individual pieces is the obvious choice. In reality, there are advantages and disadvantages to each.

Design

Although bedroom sets are coordinated, they can be somewhat restricted in terms of design. It can be difficult to infuse one’s personal touch into a set that is selected by someone else. It also restricts buyers from creating “accent” touches that stand out from the rest of the design. Furthermore, the furniture set may not fit into all bedrooms, especially small rooms or spaces with many windows and doors that require furniture of a certain dimension.

Convenience

Bedroom sets range in size and can include anywhere from two to nine pieces. Normally, they at least include the bed frame, a set of drawers, a mirror, and one or more nightstands. Selecting each piece individually can be a significantly longer process and can be more difficult to coordinate. When it comes to convenience, the advantage easily goes to bedroom groups.

Price Point

For people on the fence about the convenience and design of a bedroom set vs. individual pieces, the natural tiebreaker would be the price point of each purchase. However, when it comes down to it, it’s not as black and white as it may seem. Although bedroom groups tend to offer savings, purchasing individual pieces can allow shoppers to buy only what they need and shop sales to build up a collection over time. With the right strategic purchasing, either individual pieces or a bedroom set can be cost-effective, making it a draw when it comes to price point.

At the end of the day, there are benefits to both selecting individual bedroom furniture pieces and purchasing a set. Therefore, it depends on time, personal tastes, and resources to determine which is better for each customer.

3 Most Important Accessories to Get More Comfy at Home

Investing in modern accessories can enhance the comfort of any living space. Here are three of the most important things that can transform a house into a home.

Quality Sofa

A quality sofa is an essential piece of living room furniture that will help to increase relaxation and allow homeowners to unwind after a long day at work. The material and design are the two most important factors that determine the price of the sofa.

Modern Rugs

Modern rugs not only enhance the beauty of the floor but also make the room more lively and elegant. They create a layer of comfort that is unsurpassed by any other flooring material.

Kitchen Cabinets

Because kitchen cabinets are essential components in organizing the cooking area, their functionality is key to increasing comfort in the home. Choose cabinets that provide ample storage and ease for the cook and cleaner of the house. Pick a calming color palette.

These three essential accessories can add immense value and comfort to the home.

Easy Ways to Transform Your Bedroom into a Calming Oasis

Ideally, bedrooms are the place you can go to escape the struggles of daily life—but creating a calm, relaxing atmosphere can take some planning. With these designer secrets, it’s easy to create a bedroom oasis that’ll feel like another world. 

Revamping Bedroom Furniture

A bedroom makeover doesn’t have to require investing hundreds of dollars into a new set of bedroom furniture, though finding one or two smaller pieces can often help. If you’d rather highlight your existing furniture, painting the headboard or upgrading to new linens easily transforms a bed. And slipcovers aren’t just for sofas; they give night tables, dressers, and other bedroom furniture much-needed facelifts. 

Color Scheme

Neutrals seem boring, but some of the most serene bedrooms use muted color schemes, leaving plenty of room for smaller pops of color in curtains, throw pillows, and accessories. An additional benefit of muted color schemes is that they make it simple to change things up down the road. 

Accessories

With too many accessories, a bedroom feels cluttered; with too few, the room feels generic. A few key pieces to consider:

Mirrors enhance lighting and make small bedrooms feel larger.

– Light fixtures showcase personal style.

– Photographs and artwork add personality and color.

– Books add class when stacked on bed tables or dressers.

All it takes is a few minor changes to turn your bedroom into an oasis—and who couldn’t use an excuse to spend more time in bed?

Putting the “Fun” in Function: Using Kids Furniture That Works

It is easy to fall into the trap of buying a piece of children’s furniture because it is adorable. It may look like something right out of a dollhouse, but if it does not perform a needed duty, then it is merely a waste of space. When it comes to furnishing children’s rooms, each stage of childhood brings with it different functions to be fulfilled.

When decorating a baby’s room, it should be filled with items that make parenting chores easier and the baby as calm and comfortable as possible. Changing tables with adequate storage for diapers, wipes, and clothes, a relaxing glider that parent and child can fit comfortably inside, and a soothing and inviting crib: these pieces of furniture perform a function first and foremost. They can be cute or follow a particular design, but what makes them so valuable is their functionality.

The most useful function of an item changes for children of different ages. All of a sudden, a room’s decor must primarily meet the kids’ needs. Chairs aren’t just for sitting. They need to be fun to climb on and jump from. Beds aren’t just for sleeping. They have to function as forts, princess castles, or racecars. The furniture has to serve basic needs such as storage and comfort while injecting a dose of fun.

As children become teenagers, the purpose of the items in their room takes a drastic shift once again. Rooms have to be inviting to friends, and that means modern, fun designs, multi-functional items that conserve space, and an adequate area where schoolwork can be done. Of course, many other considerations must be taken into account when it comes to functionality. Base these decisions on the personal preference of the teen, and the right type of furniture will provide just what the young adult needs.

Get Inspired

Versatility and flexibility are essential in the type of furniture you select for your great room.
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Are your guests gathering for a meeting or to watch a sporting event? Should your seating be arranged to allow for conversation or for viewing? Ashley’s Delta City sectional can be adjusted on the fly to accommodate your needs while maintaining a sleek, modern look.

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Check out our Ashley’s Delta City Collection of modular unit sofas which are designed to facilitate a customized seating arrangement. This series features four upholstered modern seating components, each fitting together seamlessly to form sofas, sectionals and single seating arrangements. The collection allows for the mixing and matching of fabrics . Components can be easily reconfigured or added later to adapt to the changing needs of the room. As one satisfied CLS client said, “I love my new sectional because when I get bored with the room, I just change the configuration of my sectional sofa. Thank you CLS for offering designer furniture at an affordable price. I love my new sectional sofa!!!

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Uncovered: Mattress Myths

When shopping for a new mattress there are many things you should take into consideration. While there are many reasons you should choose your mattress, there are many commonly discussed points you should not hold tight to when choosing your mattress. It is said that we spend a third of our lives sleeping, so why not choose a mattress that fits you. Here are some common mattress myths that don’t hold true.matresssleep

  1. Buying a firm mattress is better – Though firm support can be great for back health a firm mattress may not be the best choice for everyone. Depending on a person’s health and back/sleep support needs the decision between soft, firm or medium should be left to the person using the mattress. Try testing out each one before making your decision.
  2. The higher the price, the better – As customers tend to think in many cases the more expensive the item the better it must be, this isn’t always true. Try looking at the materials used, reviews on the product, and how it suits you before breaking the bank. Many times consumers make the mistake of paying for a commonly advertised brand or for a particular name without constructing proper research. Take your time and save some money while you’re at it.
  3. You must purchase all parts to the mattress set- In many cases mattresses are the only necessary change needed for a bed set or upgrade. If you have a foundation or box spring that is still in great condition don’t feel the pressure to toss it along with your mattress. In some cases mattress manufacturers do require purchase of all parts of a set to cover your warranty so be sure to check with your sales persons if the information isn’t properly displayed.
  4. Sales people have the best idea – Though a salesperson does know a lot about what is selling frequently or is highly notable again we encourage you to make the best choice for your body. Choose a mattress that is refreshing and encourages your body to rest, repair and rejuvenate rather than toss and turn.

For your mattress selection needs feel free to stop by CLS Factory Direct of Columbus, OH!

Buying Furniture that will LAST!

Having beautiful furniture does not have to be an illusion when it comes to families with young children. With the children running around and spilling food, keeping furniture in great shape is often thought of as an unattainable fantasy. However, this dream can quickly become a reality if the correct choices are made while shopping for furniture.

The type of cover that you choose for your furniture is very important. Many fabrics come with anti-stain features or treatments that will protect against spills and stains. Microfiber does wonders when it comes to repeling mositure, as well as coming in many colors and suede like finishes. Genuine leather is also an excellent choice because of its durability and strength. It is also quite easy to find a leather finish that comes in a naturally distressed look that will not show wear and tear. Another option is a sofa with a washable slipcover that will protect your investment.

It is guaranteed that your children will jump on your furniture, so make sure that durability is at the top of your list when considering which sofa to purchase. The construction of the sofa also plays a huge role in the life of your furniture. Living room pieces should have a strong frame, as well as high density cushions. Buying multiple furniture pieces can be very beneficial because it allows you the opportunity to rearrange your living room as your beautiful family changes.