England Furniture Tips & Tricks

Versatile Furniture for Your Home

When selecting furniture for your home it’s just practical to consider items that could go into any room. Consider the tips below to help you choose furniture – and accessory pieces – that work in a variety of room sizes, can be moved from room to room, and can even offer some storage options.

 

  • When furnishing a living room consider two loveseats over one large sofa. They’re easier to move and can be place in a variety of ways.
  • Be creative with your tables. Choose interesting bases and use plate glass for the top. Use these in a living room or as nightstands by a bed.
  • Unless you have a large home, select furniture and accessories that are on a small scale. They’ll fit into most spaces as you move them around in your home.
  • When you’re arranging furniture, try to think ‘outside the box’ and use things in unexpected ways. Place a loveseat at the end of a bed or use a dresser to hold DVDs and entertainment equipment.
  • Choose a color scheme and stick to it. If you carry the colors throughout your home, you’ll be able to move furniture and accessories from room to room.
  • Storage is in short supply in most homes. Select furniture pieces that offer drawers or hanging space, such as a chest of drawers or an armoire. They can be used in a bedroom, living room, mudroom, foyer, and more.
  • Gather together a collection of pillows, fabrics, and accessories that harmonize with your primary color choices. You’ll be able to change the look with the seasons, giving your furniture a new, fresh look throughout the year.
  • Buy side chair, pillows, lamps, and vases in pairs. They’ll add symmetry to a room and, you’ll also have the option of using each piece in a separate room if desires.

 

 

 

England Furniture Reviews the Versatile Chest of Drawers

If there ever was a versatile piece of furniture it is a chest of drawers. A chest of drawers can fit into almost any room. Some are tall and narrow and have abundant drawers. Some are small and can be a nightstand in your bedroom while others are large enough to hold a whole season of clothes.

Is there anything a chest of drawers can’t do?

The storage options are endless with your chest of drawers. The top of a large and tall chest is a great place to display photos, baskets, and plants. The top of a short chest of drawers is a great place for things like candles, flowers, a television, a lamp, and/or books.

Whether the chest has 2 drawers or 12 drawers, whether your chest of drawers looks decorative or is simply a utilitarian piece, the drawers can hide all sort of items: photos, dining items, clothes, hobby supplies, knick-knack, and more!

Here are some ways you can use your chest of drawers to store things all around the home.

 

 

In a Mudroom, Entryway, or Foyer

If your foyer or entryway is large enough, a chest of drawers can be the perfect small piece of furniture. Use the drawers of the chest to hold scarves, keys, gloves, umbrellas, and mail. A small chest of drawers at the entry is perfect for holding mittens, hats, shopping lists, and coupons.

Any low chest of drawers looks great with a beautiful plant or decorative vase on top of it. You can also hang a mirror over the chest and place a lamp on top.

 

 

In the Dining Room

Any long, low chest can take the place of a sideboard. Use the top of your chest of drawers for serving dinners and use the drawers themselves to store things like napkins, trays, placemats, tablecloths, serving dishes, and candles.

A smaller chest offers you a place to hold a beautiful plant or floral arrangement, a tea set, and/or seasonal decorations.

 

 

In a Bathroom

Use a chest of drawers in your bathroom to help break up the space. A tall chest can hold things such as bathrobes, beauty and medical supplies, towels, and washcloths. A small chest placed on a wall near the bath or shower is perfect for bath supplies and towels.

 

 

In a Guest Room

House guests are glad when they have a place to store their personal belongings during their visits. You can also use some drawers to store holiday items such as gift wrap, tags, ribbons, pens, scissors, pens, and scotch tape. Or you can use them to hold craft and hobby supplies including scrapbooking items, sewing items, or fabrics.

England Furniture Reviews Some Wood Furniture Care Tips

England Furniture offers a wide selection of wooden offerings and the proper care and maintenance of these England Furniture items can help you maintain your investment for years to come. Consider the following tips when taking care of your wooden furniture.

1. Wood isn’t hungry!
You cannot feed furniture with polishes and oils. No matter what some may suggest, wood cannot be fed or nourished or enriched with oils and polishes. Once wooden furniture has a protective finish placed over it the wood is sealed. Oils and polishes will not penetrate through this finish.

2. Keep wood furniture away from dry heat!
Dry heat causes wood to dry and shrink which leads to cracking so keep wooden furniture away from any source of dry head including heating units and vents. In the drier months consider using a humidifier and bring the moisture up to the 40 to 45 percent level.

3. Keep your furniture out of the sun!
The temperature of a summer sun coming through your window can go well beyond 140 degrees. This heat can cook fine finishes on the wood. This results in fading and it can dry out and shrink the wood, thus leading to cracks.

4. Say goodbye to rings and spots!
There are several ways to remove the white hazy ring or spot that hot coffee mugs or hot food containers leave behind. The least invasive way is to rub it with a mild abrasive, such as non-gel toothpaste mixed with baking soda or try cooking oil mixed with ashes. Rub it in a small spot with your finger or then use a soft cloth on larger areas.

5. Grab some shoe polish!
For a quick-fix touch up, use the appropriate color shoe polish on scratches and chips. Many people use this trick especially on the feet of furniture.

England Furniture Reviews Some Living Room Furniture Arrangement Tips

How your furniture is situated in the living room should be flexible enough to handle various activities. Start your furniture arrangement plan by listing all the activities you expect to take place then list the furniture and equipment you’ll need to make sure each function is possible.

Furniture arrangement is the art of establishing working relationships between individual pieces of furniture, all within a given room’s context. There are some general guidelines that exist to help you narrow down the endless possibilities. Keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Group chairs a three to four feet apart. A classic, and comfortable, seating arrangement is a sofa flanked by two comfortable, upholstered chairs. Place a table near each chair for holding refreshments, glasses, your iPad, etc.
  • Make the most of unusual living room space by building furniture (shelves, consoles, etc.) into the room. You can’t take them with when you move, of course, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Experiment by leaving one wall completely free of furniture. This is especially important when the wall flanks a walkway.
  • Arrange traffic in such a way that it does not pass between people and the television.
  • Place furniture so its lines are parallel to the wall. This creates a greater sense of unity. Furniture that is placed on the diagonal creates excitement and contrast.
  • Large living rooms can feel alienating. Treat it as though it were different small spaces. Create more than one intimate seating – or activity area – within the large room.
  • If the front door to your house opens directly into your living room consider shielding your living room by placing a standing, folding screen at right angles to the wall.

Selecting Upholstered Furniture for your Home

 

England Furniture Paige Sofa

There can be a wide range of price, quality, and durability when you are selecting upholstered furniture for your home.

One thing to consider is the contents – what kind of wood is it made of? what kind of fill?  When you ask these kinds of questions you learn more about what is on the inside of the furniture, the area you can’t see.

Read more at: Colorado State University Extension

 

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