What Are the Easiest Sofa Materials to Clean?

Because there are many different fabrics, budgets, tastes, and preferences, customers often feel overwhelmed when trying to find the best material for a new sofa. If you’re in the market for a new sofa and need an easy-to-clean material, here are some of the best options out there.

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Microfiber sofas are easy to maintain and can withstand heavy use. They are stain-resistant and only require a damp cloth to clean spills. You can also invest in accessories like comfy pillows or a throw blanket to make the couch more your own.

Leather

Leather sofas are the perfect fabric in homes with kids. They can be wiped clean with a cloth, meaning any spills and stains can be quickly and easily mopped up. Being a natural material, a quick treatment with a leather conditioner once or twice a year will keep the sofa soft and supple.

Vinyl

Vinyl has many of the similar benefits as leather but can often be found at a lower price point. It is also easy to clean, requiring just a spray of some water before wiping away spills.

Wool

Wool sofas are highly durable. Cleaning stains on wool is easy, and dust can be removed with a quick pass of a vacuum cleaner.

Velvet

Velvet sofas are soft to touch, comfortable to sit on, durable, and on-trend. Velvet comes in a range of colors, which are both water and fade resistant, making them ideal for durability. You can vacuum velvet on low power with a brush attachment to reduce wear on your sofa and protect its natural sheen.

The perfect sofa should be easy to clean, fit nicely in your home, and increase the comfort of your living space. At CLS Direct, we offer a wide range of sofas to choose from, as well as other furniture, home accessories, mattresses, and more. Contact us today to learn about our wholesale pricing options.

A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Accent Chairs

Accent furniture provides a great opportunity to upgrade a room by showing off some personality. Color, texture, size, and style are just a few of the elements that can be explored when seeking the perfect accent seating. Follow this guide to narrow down choices and find a stylish chair that will effortlessly flow with an existing color palette or composition.

Take Measurements

Before beginning the search, existing furniture in the space should be measured by length, width, and seat height (if applicable). An ultra-soft, new Darcy chair will be useless if it’s too low for the coffee table or towers over the chaise lounge. Measuring furniture beforehand will help eliminate seating that isn’t the right fit for the room’s purpose or aesthetic and will help homeowners get it right the first time.

Consider Functionality

Ensuring that guests enjoy maximum comfort can be a breeze if functionality is considered during the purchase decision. To get started, determine if the room that’s being decorated or the chair in question will be heavy-use or light-use. If the seating will be occupied on a daily basis for extended periods of time, search for comfy fabrics that offer a plush look and feel and can withstand frequent usage. However, if a new chair is invited into the party to just add a little something extra, comfort doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker.

Identify Style Preferences and Theme

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Accent chairs are a great way to add color and livelihood to any room in a Columbus home. For rooms that already have a cozy feel, stylish accents offer great contrast. Although color palettes don’t necessarily have to be strictly followed—especially if one has eclectic taste—maintaining a balanced integration of varying hues will ensure that new introductions won’t disagree with the theme or look a little out of place.

Whether you’d like to snuggle up and get comfortable or simply enjoy the décor, CLS Direct offers furniture and cabinets at wholesale cost so you can give your space a facelift within your budget. Shop online to discover more about our products so you can find the right pieces for your next project.

How to Buy Furniture for Your Open Floor Plan

Open floor plans are very popular these days with square-footage at a premium in many neighborhoods. Floor plans that minimize interior walls can make a home feel more spacious, open, and accessible. One thing to consider when buying home furniture is the need for cohesion. Unlike a home with multiple rooms where each can have a distinct design aesthetic, in an open floor plan, the central spaces in the house are visible from any room. The design should unify these spaces, tying them together with a theme or element. Here are a few tips for pulling this off.

Use Rugs to Demarcate Areas

Part of the challenge of furnishing an open floor plan home is figuring out how to define spaces. Without walls, rugs can do a good job of marking one area from another. Placing an area rug down underneath the dining table and another under the coffee table, ringed by couches delineates the dining and living areas without placing any actual barriers in the room.

Keep It Low

Lines of sight are important in an open floor plan, as it’s the distance of vision that helps give the space its open feel. Placing tall home furniture like shelves, armoires, or even tall tables and couches cuts off these sight lines and runs counter to the floor plan. If there’s a taller item that the resident absolutely loves, they can keep it up against a wall to maintain the openness.

Opt for Soft and Round

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If the blank canvas of the floor plan is one big empty box, filling it up with square and rectangular pieces can make the whole place feel a little like a game of Tetris. This is a matter of personal taste, as some people are fans of the symmetry afforded by parallel lines, but for the most part, it’s nice to break up the boxy look by throwing in rounded edges with the dining table or a sectional couch.

No matter what kind of floor plan or aesthetic you’re going for, you’ll find the home furniture to fit it at CLS Direct. We offer wholesale furniture prices direct to retail customers, delivering big savings on high-quality furniture. Whether you’re looking for a full living room set or that perfect accent piece, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget to ask about our free financing available through Kornerstone Credit or Mariner Financing. Visit our showroom today to get started.

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.