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Love company, or at least need to accommodate it, but don’t have the space for a dedicated guest room with a lovely queen-sized bed? Then it might be time to consider a sleeper sofa.

First Things First: Couch vs. Sleeper Sofa


If comfort is your top priority, like “I want to sink into a cloud resting on top of a marshmallow cradled in the arms of a plush stuffy sitting atop a mountain of gummy bears” comfortable, then you definitely want a traditional sofa. Sleeper sofas—while far more comfortable than you may remember from your grandma’s house—are generally firmer than standard couches, as they rest atop the firm bed structure.


If cost is an issue, once again a traditional sofa will prevail. They are less expensive, so if keeping more money in your pocket is a priority, then the choice is clear. On the other hand, they make for far less comfortable sleeping for those friends and relatives who show up from time to time.


The truth is, you really needn’t sacrifice style or good looks with either a sleeper or a traditional couch. Both offer great options to suit almost any taste. And remember, style counts with a sleeper sofa because most of the time, it will be in sofa form, and hence needs to line up with your style and enhance your room.

A Sleeper Meets the Need? Great. A few things to consider.

The beauty of your sleeper sofa is its flexibility. It can go virtually anywhere in the house. Just remember, you’ll need to have room to extend the mattress, so measure first to be sure your space will allow for it.


A great way to get more value out of a studio is to have a sleeper sofa in addition to your bed. And if your space is really small, perhaps the sleeper will replace your bed entirely, giving you more entertaining and living options.


Your den is a great spot for a sleeper, as it can easily convert to a guest room with little impact on the rest of the family. It will also provide your guest with a measure of privacy not generally afforded in a living room. A sleeper sofa with a chaise is a great option for a den! Super comfy for stretching out and binge watching your favorite show!


While the living room is the obvious destination, remember, if maximum comfort is your priority, be sure to visit a showroom and see which sleeper sofa meets your comfort needs.


While a couch in a bedroom is not the norm, once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Great for browsing the news while enjoying a cup of java, while your significant other comfortably snuggles under the blankets. And if it’s a sleeper, the kids can sleep on it when company comes.

So Many Sleeper Sofa Choices

Sofa and chaise with trundle extension: a great looking option with plenty of lounging space (TIP: leave the trundle extended for extra comfy TV viewing and lounging!)

Sofa with gel cushions for extra comfort: some styles come with gel cushions to make up for the lack of spring support traditional couches can provide

Sofa with memory foam mattress: memory foam mattress provides a higher level of comfort and a better night’s sleep

Did you decide on a conventional or sleeper sofa? Let us know by commenting below, and be sure to check out our selection of living room furniture at Mor Furniture for Less!

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Home Organization and Storage

3/28/2019 11:08 AM

If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo, then you’ve been living under a home-organization rock. Her philosophy of discarding all possessions that fail to give you joy is a very marketable ideal, but for most of us, life isn’t quite that easy. We’re reasonably certain that there are plenty of things in closets, cupboards, nooks, and crannies around your home that may give your child/spouse/partner joy but do absolutely nothing for you! Unfortunately, tossing somebody else’s joy junk into the donation pile and joyfully hauling it away may not be an option.

Storage to the Rescue!

That’s right. You can’t toss someone else’s joy, but you can stow it. And do it with as much style as possible. Let’s see how we can maximize the usable space and reduce clutter with storage solutions room by room.


Storage Beds

Simple. Brilliant. Take all that space under your bed that’s collecting dust bunnies and fill it with drawers! Storage beds originated on sailing ships and were called “captains beds.” On ships, space was a very precious commodity. Combining the bed with the dresser was a clever way to save space. We leverage that same cleverness today in the modern storage bed.

Storage beds come in many styles and finishes, from traditional to contemporary, farmhouse to transitional, and in all sizes from twin to king. Consider using these subtle, but very generous storage drawers to stow away seasonal clothing or bedding that might otherwise be in the way.

Remi Storage Bed


Pretty much all nightstands have some drawer storage capacity, but if you find yours running over, you might want to consider cabinet nightstands. Cabinet nightstands will accommodate taller items, such as lotions or bottles, that might otherwise end up on the floor or cluttering the top and getting in the way, or worse, knocked over.


Dressers & Chests

Dressers come in more sizes and configurations than ever before. From the number of drawers to a range of styles, your dresser deserves a fresh look if you’re trying to maximize your storage options.

Chests have a narrower footprint and leave more space in the room. They can supplement or replace a standard dresser depending on your needs and space. They come in standard 4- or 5-drawer models, all the way up to 7-drawer chests with built in shelving or closets and other features like swivel bases and hidden mirrors.



The same storage solutions that work for your bedroom will work in your kid’s room as well. There are even storage bunk beds!

Sweetheart Bunk Bed


Another easy way to get things off the floor is with shelves. Yes, they hold books, but there are also plenty of colorful cube storage bins that will brighten the room and keep building blocks off the floor.


Media Cabinets & Credenzas

Our media cabinets, which range from 32 to 60 inches wide and around 32 inches high, are a great way to store all sorts of things and can serve as a TV console as well. So, while the need to store a library of DVDs or other media may increasingly be a thing of the past, our media cabinets are great for storing dishes or board games, not to mention wine and spirits!

Small media cabinets are great for entryways as well. Pop a bowl on top and have a handy place to drop keys, lose change, sunglasses, and other small items that you’ll want to grab as you dash out the door!

Media Cabinet

Storage Ottoman

Sit back, put your feet up, and relax. Not only are you supremely comfortable, but you’re also an extremely space-efficient organizational genius! Stash pillows, blankets, toys, and more while keeping them all in easy reach.


Storage Coffee Table

The coffee table can very stylishly serve as place to store all those things you love to have in your living room, but don’t want to see all the time. Have coasters, board games, books, and magazines at your fingertips without unsightly clutter. (If Marie Kondo stops by, she’ll be none the wiser!)

Coffee Table

Storage End Table

Stylishly bookending your sofa, end tables have long served as impromptu storage devices catching all manner of objects – the perfect way to keep a deck of cards or a ball of yarn at your fingertips, but out of sight. Some even have built-in USB chargers, which won’t help with storage, but will definitely keep your phone from running out of juice.

End Table


Once again, bookshelves come to the rescue. Personalize your room with a thoughtful display of books, collectibles, media, artwork, and even favorite toys (we’re looking at you, nerds) that are meaningful to you. Tuck small odds and ends into decorative boxes, and voila – what was once chaos is now artful and organized.


And there you have it. We can’t all joyfully discard all the stuff that surrounds us, but we can find stylish and subtle ways to store it. Let us know about your storage stories. We’d love to hear them.

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March is Red Cross Month

3/15/2019 4:32 PM

In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed March to be Red Cross Month. We at Mor Furniture join the larger community in honoring the Red Cross volunteer heroes who support our neighbors in times of crisis.

Every eight minutes the Red Cross meets a family who has lost everything. When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is there to provide our communities with the shelter, food, water, and services, both medical and emotional, they so desperately need. That’s why Mor Furniture is getting involved. And it’s why we encourage you to get involved as well.

Mor Furniture VIP Weekend (March 16-17, 2019)

To help promote awareness of the critical work the Red Cross does in support of our communities, and to serve as a visual reminder for all of us to get involved, we will be giving away two Red Cross insulated 20oz thermal mugs FREE with any purchase (no minimum, limited to stock on hand, limit 1 set per household, while supplies last).

Our store associates will also be wearing touches of red in keeping with the spirit of the month and the mission of the Red Cross.

American Red Cross Giving Day: Be a Hero for Those in Need (March 27, 2019)

We encourage all of our customers, family and friends to be a hero for those in need by either becoming a Red Cross volunteer or making a financial donation. Your time or donation will help provide to thousands of families during the first devastating hours of a disaster.

The Shelter of Hope (May 1-8)

Mor Furniture is also proud to be a generous contributor to the 2019 Shelter of Hope fundraising campaign to take place from May 1-8 throughout San Diego, California. The Shelter of Hope is designed to drive awareness of the role the Red Cross plays in our communities. To put a spotlight on the need for emergency housing and other forms of support, the local Red Cross CEO Sean Mahoney will remain in a simulated shelter until the fundraising goal of $500,000 is met.

Mor Furniture has proudly contributed to this cause in support of our communities. We hope that you too will consider taking part as either a donor or volunteer. Learn more at

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Just when we think we know the size of our kids’ shoes, pants, jackets, bicycles—they change! Those pants now dangle above ankles, sleeves above wrists, and shoes, hardly worn, are ready to be donated or passed down to younger siblings.

Fortunately, children’s bedroom furniture is a bit more forgiving. Yet we still want to make smart and affordable decisions around our child’s changing furniture needs. What is the right size bed? And when do I buy it? These are all great questions, and we’re going to help answer them for you, and set you on the right path to furnishing your child’s bedroom.

First Things First-Bed Sizes

Twin and full beds measure 75 inches long. Twin-size beds are 39 inches wide. Full-size beds are generally 54 inches wide. Determining the right width of your child’s bed will depend on a few factors.

SPACE: How large is your child’s room? If it’s fairly small (10’x10’ or smaller), a full-sized bed will fit, but will leave less room for on-the-floor play. So, if your child is younger, you may wish to go for a twin.

AGE OF CHILD: As kids get older, their needs change, as do their behaviors. Older kids will spend far less time on the floor and far more time lounging on beds with books—or more likely, devices—in their hands. Plus, older kids like to think of themselves as being, well, older. Just as buying your little one her first big girl bed makes her feel all “growed” up, buying your middle-schooler a twin bed is a sure way to get an eye roll and an exasperated outburst of “I’m not a kid anymore!”

NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHARING A ROOM: If you have a couple of young ones in a single room, then two twins is almost always the way to go, unless the room is fairly large. If space is an issue, twin bunks are the ultimate space saver and also just lots of fun!

DOUBLING AS A GUEST ROOM: For some of us, having a guest room is a luxury we can’t afford. In those cases, we may have the kids double up with each other or slip into our own beds as we extend their room to a visiting auntie or cousin. If this is a scenario that is likely to play out in your home, then you might consider going with a full-size bed, or a twin-over-full bunk bed for your pint-sized kiddo.

When Space-Saving is the Biggest Priority

If getting a space saver is the single most important consideration, you have many options beyond merely a twin bed or twin bunk. So, for those of you with multiple children and limited bedroom space, consider these great options, all of which come in twin or full sizes:

DAYBEDS: Daybeds are designed to double as seating or lounging, and are generally placed flush to the wall, maximizing the amount of usable space in a room. (Daybeds can also contain trundle beds.)

TRUNDLE BEDS: Trundle beds, when collapsed, appear to be normal twin- or full-sized beds. But they have a built-in storage drawer that houses another mattress, allowing you to accommodate more little sleepers in a cost- and space-effective way!

BUNK BEDS: And as mentioned, bunk beds are the classic space saver and child entertainment system!

STORAGE BED: Another brilliant space saver is the storage bed. These beds have multiple drawers built into the frame, providing a massively efficient use of space.

What about children’s bedroom style?

Does style matter in a child’s bedroom? It all depends on your lifestyle, budget, and how you want your child to feel when in their room. A child’s room is more than the place they sleep. It’s where they play, where they imagine great adventures. It’s their place of security, comfort, and ownership. It is their room.

That said, how do you approach style for a kid’s room?

At the end of the day, parents or caregivers are making the purchase. If you are going to make the decision for your child, try to balance the factors that matter to you (quality, affordability, flexibility) with what would delight your child.

THEMED ROOMS: Is your daughter a princess or a ninja warrior in training? Does your son love race cars or books? Considering your child’s personality and interests can make the difference between a nice room and an awesome one! From race car beds to rustic bunks to charming beds for your little angel, a themed room can provide them with countless hours of delight and a lifetime of memories.

BRING THE KIDS IN TO MOR FURNITURE: That’s right. Set some parameters (size, cost) and bring them in (be sure to grab some free cookies and popcorn). They’re sure to find the room that will delight them.

CREATE A MOOD BOARD: This can be a fun exercise for any room, but super fun with your kids. Go online or grab some magazines and look for inspiration. Then come into the showroom and find the set that will line up with the vision you’ve laid out together!

When to buy and how much to spend on my child’s first bed?

Kids generally start sleeping in their own bed by the time they’re three years old. Which bed you choose really depends more on the factors discussed above than any other. How much you spend depends on your budget, space, and other priorities. Beds have fairly long life spans, so if you buy a full bed now, it can support your child for many, many years to come.

With a twin bed, you’ll spend a less money up front and have more space left in your kid’s room for other things or for play. Depending on the bed model, the difference in cost between a twin and a full may be insignificant, so other considerations may take priority.

So Which Is Best? The Answer Is: It Depends

If you’d rather spend less money in the short run, a twin bed is the cost-effective solution. A twin bed will also take up less space in a smaller room, and it might be easier for a child, just transitioning out of their crib, to adjust to. Additionally, with the average life span of most beds being 10 years, it might make sense to buy a twin bed now and then purchase a larger bed when your child is older.

You’ll spend a little more up front for a full bed, but it will fit your child for a longer period of time. And if you have the space for a full, it might be a good idea to make the investment. Plus, options like daybeds, trundle beds and bunk beds are excellent at saving space and also come in larger sizes.

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Different Types of Recliners

1/25/2019 2:28 PM

If you’re looking for the most comfortable and relaxing way to kick back and unwind at home, you may need to consider a recliner. A reclining chair makes it easy to go from sitting upright to lying down comfortably in seconds, which is just what you need after a long day. Whether you want to keep it simple with a traditional recliner or prefer to go all out with a massage recliner you’ll never want to get out of, here’s what to look for as you shop for this luxurious addition to your home.

The Traditional Recliner

Recliners were first introduced in the early part of the 20th century, but they are far from old-fashioned. Traditional recliners offer upright positions and reclined position with a foot rest. Many Traditional Recliners are equipped with modern features to consider. If you have a room with lots of space, you will have more options for a standard recliner or even an oversized recliner. But small spaces can also benefit from wall hugger recliners that are shorter and less likely to hit walls or other furniture. Additionally, consider the features that you want in a recliner. Choose from optional swivel, massage and heat, and power recliners to make your recliner your happy place.

Rocker Recliners vs. Glider Recliners

Combine the classic nursery stable with the modern recliner and you get the perfect living room seat. By adding a rocking motion to a traditional recliner, a rocker recliner can lull anyone to sleep. Rocker recliners are not only useful in the living room but they can also make a great nursery chair. Rocker Recliners generally give the user several angle options leading to a great traditional comfort in any size room. Rocker recliners are perfect for those looking to rock and recline, and with total body and lumbar support at all times.

A Glider Recliner is similar to a Rocker Recliner except that the mechanism that provides the motion is slightly different. A Rocker provides a slightly more seesaw type of motion while a Glider Recliner is more like a kid's swing-like motion. in technical terms, a rocker recliner moves along an arched path like a rocking chair but a glider recliner moves back and forth on a linear track, giving you a similar motion without the potential feeling of tipping.

Power Recliners and Added Features

Adding additional features and electronics can raise the price, but can also give you a better product. For example, well-built rocker recliners can cost around $500, while massage and electric recliners can be a little more expensive, starting around $800. More recent models contain USB ports for charging or lift chairs for people with limited mobility. Power recliners can be a great option for those with limited mobility. All of these options will increase the price but can be worth the increase in usability.

Wall Hugger Recliners

Wall hugger (sometimes called Wall saver) recliners take up less space than the traditional recliners making them easy to fit into smaller room or limited space. If space is an issue, wall hugging recliners give you max comfort in limited space. As a comparison, a standard recliner requires anywhere from 1 to 3 feet of space between the chair back and wall. The wall hugger can reduce the distance by up to half. While you tend to sit straight up in a wall hugging recliner while not reclined, the position can make it much easier to get out of the seat with minimal movement. People will weak knees love this reclining chair.

Push-Back Recliner

As the name implies, a push-back recliner can recline by pushing back with your body while sitting in the chair with no levers or buttons required. Without an mechanism, this type of recliner looks most like an armchair giving your room a traditional feel. Pushback recliners aren’t as comfortable as overstuffed recliners and without a footrest may require an ottoman. But overall the pushback recliner can give a reclining feel without compromising style.

Massage Chairs

I’m sure you already know about the great benefits of massages. With a variety of styles and features, massage chairs are the most luxurious type of recliner. Generally, the most expensive type of recliner, massage chairs vary in functions, but all include brilliant technology and advanced comfort. With heat, and full body options have a look at the main functions of each chair and you’ll find the right massage chair for you.

How much do recliners cost?

Finding a recliner that fits your body and budget can be difficult. A quality lounger should last at least 10 years with regular use and cost between $250 and $5,000 depending on the features and quality. When choosing a price consider the pros and cons of the options for your body, style, and budget.

Leather Recliners Vs. Fabric Recliners

The price or your recliner can also depend on your style. The leather recliner is the most durable but can also be the most expensive, about $1,000 and up. If you decide leather recliners match your style, choose a thick, top-grain leather or synthetic microfiber which can resist water damage. Vinyl recliners can be a great affordable option because it looks and feels similar to leather, but vinyl is less durable and can sometimes crack after a few years of heavy usage. Wool fabric recliners are also a top choice because of their long-wearing and naturally stain-resistant nature. Fabric recliners can also bring an elegant and classic feel to any room.

The Best Recliner for Your Budget

The best way to decide if the extra comfort and convenience are worth the extra money is to make sure you try out your recliners before you buy. Looks are important, but comfort and usability are key. While you are testing make sure that you can easily operate the recliner and it doesn’t squeak or make any noise which could be a sign of loose parts. Test the chair's footrest several times to make sure it's easy to maneuver. Additionally, take a look at the bottom of the chair to check that the parts are of good quality. Heavy duty screws are much better than plastic fasteners and much less likely to break.

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Different Types of Beds

1/25/2019 11:31 AM

When you start shopping for bedroom furniture, what at first seems like a simple decision can quickly become overwhelming. Would it be better to get a panel bed or a platform bed? A modern or more ornate look? Should my bed be more about form or function, or a mixture of the two? While the number of bedroom options out there may seem staggering, it’s easy to pare down the list of choices by looking at some of the more basic bed styles available.

What is a panel bed?

The panel bed is a very popular, traditionally styled bed that requires the use of a box spring to support the mattress. It gets its name from the flat panels that make up the headboard and footboard (if there is one). These panels are usually made of wood but can also be constructed from metal or other materials.

example of a panel bed

Panel beds are taller than other bed styles because of the box spring, making it easier for people to get in and out of bed. The added height allows you to decorate with a nice bed skirt, but the bed frame usually sits very close to the floor, which does not give you much room for under-the-bed storage.

What is the difference between a panel bed and a sleigh bed?

A sleigh bed is an elegant and classy bed that instantly becomes the focal point of any bedroom. The ends of the headboard and footboard are curved or scrolled to resemble an old-fashioned sleigh. Sleigh beds are platform beds that have slats to support the mattress, so they don’t need a box spring. The slats provide more stability and support than a box spring and prevent your mattress from sagging over time.

A sleigh bed is usually larger than a traditional panel bed, and the curved ends prevent it from being pushed flush against the wall. But while sleigh beds may take up a little more of your bedroom, they also provide more storage space underneath because they’re generally higher off the ground.

Sleigh beds are made mostly of wood, so they can be much heavier than panel beds. This can also cause sleigh beds to be a little more expensive, but you won’t need to spend extra money on a box spring or a metal frame like you would with a panel bed, so it could save you money in the long run.

What are four-poster beds and canopy beds used for?

Four-poster and canopy beds look great in any bedroom, but the ability to surround the beds with curtains adds a bit of function to their already impressive form. The high posts on canopy beds can stretch over four feet high and are attached to crossbeams that support fabric on all sides and provide the bed with an enclosed ceiling. Four-poster beds can also have a panel attached to the top of their columns to achieve the same effect.

Surrounding your canopy or four-poster bed with curtains lets you keep out sunlight if you want to sleep in, especially in bedrooms  with large windows. The curtains can also be tied back if you want to make sure you don’t oversleep on a workday. An opaque fabric draped over your bed also adds an element of privacy. In medieval Europe, noblemen and their attendants would often sleep in the same room, so the nobles surrounded their beds with curtains that allowed them to have some of their own space. In many parts of the world, netting is added around a canopy bed to keep out mosquitos and other insects. The curtains can also help to keep in warmth during the colder months of the year.

A four-poster or canopy bed can add class and sophistication as the centerpiece of your master bedroom. Traditional canopy beds have wooden frames and posts with detailed carvings that making them look like they’re from the Victorian era. Modern canopy beds are great for kids as well. The curtains and enclosed ceiling can add some fairy tale flair, sure to make any little girl feel like a princess.

Day Bed vs. Trundle Bed

Many of us have had to deal with cramped living quarters, whether it’s a studio apartment or a home that has a bedroom or two on the smaller side. If you don’t have space for a king-sized or queen-sized mattress, there are still plenty of solid options out there. Day beds and trundle beds are two great space-saving designs that are perfect for the tightest of floorplans or budgets.

A day bed has three panels, adding one long side board to the traditional head and footboards. When not being used as a bed, it can act as a couch or a loveseat, with the side board as the back and the head and footboards acting as armrests. Some day beds use full-sized mattresses, but twin is the most popular size. There are also a few designs that may need a back wall that runs the length of the side rail, just for extra support.

Trundle beds have a similar design to day beds, but trundles are actually two twin beds in one. The bottom bed is on casters and easily slides underneath the top bed. Trundles are especially well-suited for kids’ rooms, especially kids who have a lot of sleepovers. The bottom bed can be pushed in when not in use, which leaves more room for kids to play. Many trundle beds come with the bottom mattress enclosed in a drawer, which can also be used for extra storage space for pillows, blankets, or toys. Trundle beds are also a great alternative to bunk beds for anyone with smaller children. The lower design of the trundle bed eases safety concerns for any parents who would rather not have their kids sleeping so high off the ground.

What is a day bed used for?

A day bed is an efficient choice for maximizing space in a spare bedroom or home office. By day, it’s a great place to study, lounge, read, or watch TV. By night, it’s a perfect place to host out-of-town guests. Day beds have extra storage space underneath, but they can also be fitted with a trundle drawer for an extra twin mattress, allowing them to work just as well in a child’s or teenager’s room.

Day beds are incredibly popular because of their versatility. Unlike sofa beds or folding beds, day beds don’t need any extra space to get them set up for sleeping. Most people also find day beds more comfortable than futons because they have a high-quality twin mattress instead of a thinner futon mattress, which must also be folded up to be used as a couch. Those using a day bed in their home office enjoy the convenience of having a storage bed with room for office supplies, in addition to having a nice place to take a quick break during the day.

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Selling your home can be one of the most stressful things you ever have to go through. There’s so much to do and until you sell your own home, you don’t really understand the full breadth of what does on. Worry not, Mor Furniture for Less has had their fair share of moving and we’re experts when it comes to staging rooms. Today we’re showing you how to stage your home when it’s up for sale.


When your home goes on the market remember you’re going to have people passing through on a regular basis. The first thing you’ll want to do before the staging even begins is to declutter your home. You want you home to come off as appealing to families of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Since you’re not sure if they’re neat freaks or packrats it’s best to play it safe and opt for a clean and clutter free home.

Decluttering your home allows potential buyers to envision the space as their own. This could mean a number of things, maybe you move one of the side chairs into storage so the room appears larger. Clean up side tables, they should be free of mail, books, and clutter. Once you’ve removed the excess you'll want to deep clean the entire house top to bottom. 

Lighting is a Big Deal

When your home is up for sale it’s really important to make sure all of your lights are working proper, well-lit lit home can make rooms feel larger and cozy. The last thing buyers want is to move into a small, poorly lit home.  

Setting the Stage

Now it’s time to actually set up your rooms. Starting with the living room, you’ll want to create a conversational setting, as you arrange your furniture angle pieces towards each other. If you find this to be a challenge we recommend heading into your local Mor Furniture for Less to get a look at how we arrange our furniture sets.

Let’s talk about the bedroom next, when you’re arranging your bedrooms aim to place the head of the bed in the center of your largest wall. For a refined look make sure you have matching side tables on each side of the bed. 

Depending on how large your dining room table is you may want to try removing a chair or two, this will make the area feel less cramped. You’ll want to make sure you can circle the table with ease. If you can’t walk around the table with ease you may want to downsize during the selling process.

Give Your Home a Fresh Coat

Neutralizing the walls of your home with a fresh coat of paint can really do wonders. Potential buyers walk into a freshly painted home and it gives them the exciting hope of a fresh start. Not to mention, there’s no way of telling what your buyers like in terms of style, keeping things neutral helps them focus on all of the others things about the house. You never want a buyer to walk in and start making a to-do list of what they would and wouldn’t do with your home. It starts to distract them from all of the things they truly like about your home.

Finish All Home Projects

Most importantly of all, you’ve got to finish up all of those home projects. You know, the ones you’ve been saying you’re going to get to for years now. It’s now or never, so finish em’ up. Remember it’s really important to make the buying process as easy as possible. While fixer uppers sound exciting no buyer wants to finish up your home renovation projects.

The hardest part of this list is getting started. Break things out into smaller sections and work your way through your home, constantly working towards that bigger picture. So begin with decluttering each room, then move into cleaning and painting. Next check out all of your lighting, making sure everything is in working order and finally set the stage, and don’t forget if you’ve got any outstanding home renovation projects- finish them up! Hope that helps put you on the right track. If you’ve got questions head over to your local Mor Furniture for Less when one of our friendly and helpful furniture experts can lend a helping hand!

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You’ve finally reached this point in your life- you’ve bought your first home, moved into your very own apartment, moved out of the dorm room or you’re finally downsizing after all of your kids have left the nest. The reason is yours alone, but the same can be asked for each situation, how do you start to decorate when you’re starting out or starting over?


What do YOU like?

First things first, find out what you like. What makes you, you? More often than not we find that people have been stuck in places where others have called the shots, you didn’t own the apartment/condo/house or your kids really dictated what you did and didn’t furnish your home with... cough, white couch, cough. Now it’s your time to shine. Take a walk, find out what colors speak to you. Pick up a few magazines and see if you really identify with a particular style. Head over to Pinterest and create a board filled with things you’d want in your new space.


If you’re the kind of person who needs to see it all in person then head over to your closest Mor Furniture for Less and check out the way we lay out rooms. We strategically put together rooms for you with full sets of furniture. This way you don’t have to imagine what a finished room will look like.


Sketch out your floor plan

Now that you’re the one calling all of the shots you can layout the room just the way you like it. Take the time to sketch it out, come up with a few ideas and keep the extras in your back pocket so you can give the room a refresh in a few months. If you’re the kind of person who needs to physically see how things layout then put those moving boxes to good use and place them around the room as furniture.



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If moving boxes sounds like too much work and your artist skills aren’t exactly up to par there are many different room builders and planners online. All you do is upload an image of the room and start planning!


Choose your color palette

Your color palette can come from a variety of inspiration. There are designers out there who say to take that inspiration from your floor color, others say to use a piece of art, but one of the best ways to create the perfect space for you is to use an item that you truly love. It could be anything from a favorite outfit you wear to a rug. Once your color palette is chosen work backward adding in neutrals to break up the bolder colors. Save the bright colors for the accent pieces, this way if you decide to change things up in a few years you’re not totally locked in.



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Keeping your budget manageable

Embarking out on your own can be tough financially. Paint is a great way to save a few bucks and really make a space your own. Include something old with your something new, do you have an older coffee table from a relative? Perfect, don’t go out and buy a new one. Another great tip in order to save a few bucks is to shop at Mor Furniture for Less, of course! We offer great pricing on sets of furniture, we don’t say “the more you buy, the more you save” for nothing. We really mean it. Purchase an entire set of furniture and get more bang for your buck.


Decorating your space is a process and when you’re doing it on your own it can get pretty tedious. Just remember to take it one day at a time. We’re all going to experience what it’s like to start out or to start over, it’ll be an adventure that’s for sure and Mor will be here to help!


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Half Room

Living rooms can be tough to furnish. Sure, in theory, it seems simple- you’ll need a couch, maybe a loveseat, definitely a side chair and a coffee table. Simple, right? Not so fast. Choosing a living room set can be one of the trickiest rooms to furnish and that’s because it’s the heart of the home, the epicenter so to speak, the pulse of the house. This is where we fall asleep watching our favorite movies, children take their first steps and where families grow up.

At Mor Furniture for Less, we’re the experts when it comes to furnishing your homes. Best of all, we like to furnish in sets. Gone are the days of trying to match that side chair pattern to the sofa, we’ve got you covered! We keep things simple and classy, with something for everyone we’re guaranteed to find you the perfect living room for the entire family. With that said, let’s get started. We’re helping you choose the best living room set for your family!

Scale- choose a living room set that will fit the size of the room.

  • You don’t want a living room set that’s too small for the space the room will feel empty. Small furniture will get swallowed up in grand rooms.  

  • On the other hand, don’t fill a smaller living room with oversized furniture. There’s nothing worse than having to squeeze between the couch and the wall to exit a room.

Style- choose a set that compliments the space

  • If you have a smaller space you’ll want something that a.) fits the room and b.) can act as the focal center in the room.

  • Mor has a great solution for those smaller spaces where the idea of a couch, loveseat and side chair just seem insurmountable for the space. The Tabby Blue living room is great for a small space. The side chaise adds elegance to the look while still being a functional piece for gatherings.

Blue Sectional

  • For families on the larger side of the spectrum, sectionals are great. They offer lots of room for seating, lounging and the occasional Sunday nap. They’re also great for keeping the room open for traffic flow.

Shape- decide what shape will fit best in your living room

  • Will a squared off sectional be more functional space due to the “L” shape? Or maybe your room will do better with something a little more rounded.

  • Do you like to spend your time chatting it up as a family? Maybe you’re looking to create a place for conversation, that could mean having the couch on one side of the room with the love seat on the other and having the two face each other.

Still not sure how to choose the best living room set for your family? Not a problem. Like we said, at Mor Furniture for Less, we’re the experts. We’ll help you get just what you need. Head in stores or shop online, either way, we’ll be here if you need us!
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Multiple Rooms


Finally, you’ve made it. Adulting at it’s finest and you’re ready to start making big kid purchases when it comes to your home. Where do you start? What do you spend the big bucks on first and how do you determine what you’ll spend the bulk of your budget on? All great questions. Mor Furniture is streamlining the answers for you and we’ve got our top three suggestions for you on what you should be investing in for your home.

Investment Number One: The Armchair

It doesn’t matter what your living situation is, studio apartment or house in the burbs, a great armchair is an essential investment piece in the game of life. If you live in a smaller space it can stand in for a sofa and easily be moved into a larger home without having to worry too much about space.

When you’re choosing the right armchair for you, comfort is key! You’ll want to purchase the best armchair you can afford. Keep in mind Mor offers amazing deals on financing so you’ll be able to get a great chair that will last your from downtown apartment to family home. When you’re choosing the right option for you, it makes sense to stick with neutral upholstery.

What’s your style? You’ll want to decide if you like more of a traditional design or something a little more modern. It’s also nice to think about longevity, is your armchair in a style that will easily transition from one life phase to the next? If you’ve got more of a traditional style we’ve got a few tips for choosing an armchair that will last. Look for a chair that feels heavy, this is a sign of quality construction. Welting or piping where the upholstery meets the legs is another way to ensure quality in a chair as well as turned wood legs and a kiln-dried hardwood frame.

Investment Number Two: The Sofa

While there's a time and a place for the infamous craigslist sofa, that time is not now. You’re putting the starving college days to rest and Mor Furniture is getting you a sofa you’d be proud to show off, sans the duct tape and loose screws. Since the sofa tends to be one of the larger pieces in your home it’s smart to play it a little safe. You’ll want to stick with the classics here, think shape, high-quality construction and, again, a neutral color.

Don’t worry, we’re not saying you’ve got to invest in an uptight sofa, just don’t go for todd shapes in a metallic velvet. A couple of things you CAN choose from- do you want a tight back or loose cushions? Take your time and test out different options, see what style you’re most comfortable with. The tight back will look a little more formal while the loose cushions give a more relaxed vibe.  

 Next, it’s time to think about what shade of neutral you’re after. Do you want dark or light upholstery? Remember, the lighter the color the more maintenance; however, if you get something with removable slip covers this really simplifies things and reopens your options.

A word of warning, beware of sofas that are too site-specific. Meaning, think twice before spending a ton of money on something that may not work or fit in another home or apartment. And above all, make sure you’ll be able to easily clean the sofa. Accidents do happen.

Investment Number Three: The Dining Room Table

In some cases, the dining room is the center of the home. This is where meals are had and good conversation occurs. Choose something that is right for your lifestyle. You can never go wrong with a farmhouse style table unless you’re living in a downtown studio. Then you’ll want to opt for something that scales a little better with the space you’ve got, but don’t mistake us- just because you have a small space doesn’t mean that a dining table is out of the question. On the contrary, you could always invest in a table with removable leaves. This way it will fit in with your current situation and when you upgrade to a larger living space you’ll be able to take it with you and voila, functional table.  

Mor Furniture will not only set you up with a great table, but our deals get better when you purchase in sets. Sometimes that means you’ve got to take the chairs that go with a table. If you’re really loving the mismatched chair look that’s so popular right now we recommend our Meadow Rustic dining room not only does it have leaves like we talked about above, but there is the option for bench seating. It’s the perfect way to accommodate many guests at the table while still staying on trend.

So if we had to choose what three pieces of furniture to invest in, it would have to be the armchair, the sofa and of course the dining room table. But as we said above, Mor Furniture offers better deals when you purchase in sets. So that means you can afford to get the entire kit and caboodle. Lucky for you because the armchair usually comes with the sofa. So head to your closest Mor Furniture or go over to and get shopping.


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Wood Bed

The bedroom, a place for relaxation and rejuvenation. Or for some of us, it’s that room that we keep the door closed to because it’s busting at the seams with laundry, books, important and unimportant papers, unhung photos and what not. Today we’re sharing our top four tips for creating your very own bedroom sanctuary.

Keeping Things Minimal

It’s so important to keep your bedroom minimal in terms of furniture, decorations, and clutter. Too many things in a small space becomes burdensome. When you pair down your bedroom to only what you need it can make the space look and feel more relaxing. A bedroom is for sleep first and foremost, so any hobbies, crafts, and collectibles need to be stored elsewhere.

Take a moment and make a list of what you really need in the space and what you don’t need. Do you really use that desk or has it become a holding place for your marble collection and a place to stack clean laundry? Ask the same question about a bedroom chair, while the look is particularly trendy at the moment, the pile of clothes that will inevitably cover said chair is not.

One of the biggest benefits of keeping this space to a minimum is there are fewer things to buy. This frees up more budget and will allow you to invest in higher-quality pieces, like a TEMPUR-CLOUD® LUXE.

Tempur-Pedic Bedroom

Which brings us to our next recommendation…

Invest In Your Bed

Invest in your bed, sleep is the most important thing you’ll be doing in your bedroom, so you want something that’s going to give you the best nights sleep. Mor Furniture has a great selection of mattresses- Tempur-Pedic, Serta iComfort and Sherwood just to name a few.  

Once you’ve got your mattress squared away it’s time to tie it all together with an amazing headboard. A good headboard can really anchor the bed and the entire room. It can also enhance the entire look and feel of your room. Go dramatic with an oversized tufted headboard, the Arketipo Birch bedroom would be a perfect fit or stick with something more traditional like the Savino bedroom. Mor’s got you covered when it comes to bedroom sets.

Brick WallBrown Bedroom

Now on the flip side, if you want to change the look of your bed without spending a lot of money, consider investing in new linens. They can really make all the difference.

Go With a Neutral Color Pallet

We’re not shocking anyone when we say that paint color can really change the mood in a room. And we all know that painting is one of the most cost-effective ways to freshen up any room.

In order to make the most of your bedroom, you’ve got to figure out what colors you find most relaxing. Light colors tend to make a space appear larger, but keep in mind stark whites can look a little too harsh in the early morning light. If neutrals aren’t really your thing you can try going with greens, blues, purples or pinks.

Toy With Texture

While minimalism will be the key player in creating a relaxing environment you still want to keep things interesting. Texture, is a great way to add an element of surprise to your room. Plush pillows are a fun way to dress things up while still keeping with a minimal theme. An area rug around your bed is another way to add that layer of texture and keep your toes warm in the cold winter months. And don’t forget the walls are a great place to add texture, it could be in the form of a wall treatment like wallpaper or in the artwork you hang.

Wood Bedroom

How are you turning your bedrooms into the perfect sanctuary? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more tips and tricks for your house and home.


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Extending Your Living Area

10/10/2016 11:05 AM

Paint Brushes

As the weather cools down we’ll finally be able to start on all of those home renovation projects that we’re too taxing to tackle during the warm summer months. With the holidays rapidly approaching those renovation projects may include an extension of your main living spaces, with that in mind we’re sharing our tips for expanding on different living areas inside and outside your home.  

Subtle Changes

Sometimes you don’t need a demolition crew, it can be as simple as breathing new life into unused rooms with minimal upgrades. Take that formal living room for example, how many times a year does it actually get used? Typically the furniture in these rooms are a bit stuffy and very stiff from lack of use. Put these spaces to good use and upgrade to a living room set that is both stylish and functional. That way you can spread the family outcome Thanksgiving or just give family members more rooms to hang out in while at home. A great option is our Tabby Brown living room, the sectional is large and will fit families of all sizes. Not to mention it looks great!

Brown Sectional

From a design standpoint, aim to keep things light as this will keep the space from looking too closed in. So roll up your sleeves and grab a paint brush, this will be the easiest and most cost effective way to renovate a space. In that same vein- tis the season to update lighting fixtures in your home. Not only is this something you should be doing this time of year anyway, but it’s also great for warming up a room in the winter months and who want’s to be changing light bulbs with a house full of people, are we right?

In the event that your formal dining room and formal living room make up one space jump for joy immediately. This is a great situation to be in because it offers up so many options. You could fill the room with oversized furniture pieces, create multiple seating arrangements or even upgrade your dining situation to a bigger table that will accompany all of the guests you plan on hosting now through the New Year. Are you excited yet?

Turning the Inside Out

When it comes to your outside spaces, for those of us who live in more mild areas think about your deck area. You could bring in a fire pit and take your guests outside and under the stars. One way to increase the value of your home is to add a built-in fire pit and entertainment area. Exterior architectural elements can be designed in all shapes and sizes that can complement your home. You’ll also have the ability to build in ample seating around your fire pit. It makes great use of an outdoor space on chilly nights.

One of the most common home additions are the ones that attach to the back of the existing house, but what if you looked at it from a different perspective? Let your home flow seamlessly into your yard. You may not need to do too much either, new doors can lead to a new outdoor room complete with comfortable furniture. Our Modesto loveseat is a great blend of comfort and durability making it the perfect addition to an outdoor living area.

Small updates to your home are cost effective ways to renovate your home when you’re on a budget. It could be as simple as bringing in new furniture and changing up the paint color. Or if you want to take things outdoors during one of the most beautiful times of year nothing beats a new set of doors or an outdoor fire pit.

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Platform Bed

It’s a proud moment when our kids graduate from high school and/or college, but then the reality of the situation sinks in…. They’re going to leave the nest. It’s a bittersweet feeling, it also leaves you with a little extra real estate. So what do you do with the kid's room(s) when they finally embark out into the world? Mor Furniture has come up with a few clever ideas to get you from moody teenage sanctuary to blissful rooms of opportunity.

Create A Library  

Sounds a bit regal, but an in-home library is a great way to take advantage of an extra room. You could also make the space multipurpose and create a study while you’re at it. Mor has a great selection of home office furnishings. Perfect for getting you to that in-home library. Creating the space is pretty simple too. Start by clearing out the clutter, pack everything up and store it for your kids, they may want to look through it later. A fresh coat of paint couldn’t hurt either. Then bring in the bookshelves, try and incorporate some kind of reading nook. Mor also has a lot of great options when it comes to small seating sets, think love seat, chair and coffee table. Or if you want to upgrade to that home office got with one of these great desks. Either way, the space could become the new favorite room in your home.


home library


Who Doesn’t Love A Hobby Room

Once the kids have finally taken their first real step into adulthood parents tend to feel like there is a void they need to fill. Many parents pick up hobbies and with their new found time occupant comes lots of, well, stuff. Turn your kid's old bedroom into an organized hobby room. We have a couple of great tables that would make perfect workspaces as well as bookshelves that can help you stay organized. 

The Media Room  

It’s time to treat yourself and create that media room you’ve been wanting and what better a place to do it than your kids now unused bedroom. The best part about creating a media room is how you’ll now have a place to keep all of your gaming equipment, a giant flat screen TV and of course your Coyotera Power Reclining Loveseat which comes equipped with cup holders. The only thing you’ll need are some blackout curtains for the windows so that you can create that real movie theater experience. Mor Furniture also has a great selection of entertainment centers, perfect for storing all of your  

Theater Room


Guest room

Of course, you’re always welcome to play it safe and turn the space into a more sophisticated guest room. This way when the kids do come home to visit they’ll still have a place to sleep. Not to mention you have a polished room to entertain guests. We’ve paired all of the pieces together for you, this way you don’t have to stress about designing an entire guest room on your own.  

No matter what direction you decide to take your room, just know that Mor Furniture for Less is here to help you every step of the way. Comment below and let us know how you’re using your kid's old bedrooms. If you’re really passionate one way or another about changing versus not changing your kid’s room you should head over to our Facebook page, we posted a great poll from our friends at Houzz. 

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American Made

7/20/2016 4:26 PM

We’re celebrating America all July long! What better way to celebrate than to talk a little bit about a few of our fantastic furniture sets made here in America? Because we deliver more furniture than anyone else, we have great relationships with quality furniture makers and some of those furniture makers are right here, state side! So check out the below sets, made in America and remember the more you buy the more you save!


The Brazil Collection

The Brazil collection inspires awe by those who enjoy ample amounts of seating. Oversized accent pillows create compelling patterns while the hard and softwood frame of each chair ensures long-lasting durability. Each cushion is fiber-filled with high-density foam, offering neck and back support as you lounge. The loose-back pillows also enable easy maintenance and provide maximum comfort. These decorator-inspired elements give any space a stylish upgrade to be used and enjoyed by friends and family.

Brown sofa set


The Napa Chocolate Sectional Living Room

The Napa Chocolate Sectional Living Room takes comfort to a new level with its plush seat cushions made with velvety soft fabric. Fit up to six guests on the Napa sectional, which comes in both left and right-facing options, and put your feet up or place food and drinks on the spacious cocktail ottoman to make lounging easier. The sectional comes with three pillows to complement the coordinating accent chair, which uses its retro fabric to pull the entire room together while the sectional's smooth chocolate color blends nicely with your other living room decor. If you are looking for optimal comfort with a touch of style, the Napa Chocolate Sectional Living Room is an ideal collection.

Napa Sectional


The Passport Living Room

Bring style and comfort home with the Passport Living Room. Ample seating paired with a classic profile makes this a versatile sofa set for your living room. Featuring reversible seat cushions and back pillows for effortless maintenance as well as cozy, decorator inspired fabric combination which add a burst of pizzazz to any room.


The Passport sofa and loveseat are manufactured in California with great design features. The all-wood frame with hardwood construction allows for amazing durability and support. Both outside arms and outside backs are padded for ultimate support and construction. All foam is 6.5" thick, 1.8" density foam, 2.5" gel-infused memory foam with complete Dacron wrap. Additionally, polyester fiber filled back pillows and throw pillows complete this luxurious collection! Narrow loop, sinuous springs are placed very close together, making for a great seat with a lifetime of comfort and support.

Blue Sofa Love


The Key West Living Room

The Key West Living Room gives you plenty to choose from in terms of living room arrangements. With ample combinations, you are sure to find a setup just for you. Each piece consists of a hardwood frame and include no-sag springs for prolonged use. Additionally, high-quality foam fills each cushion for your ultimate comfort. The sectional is wrapped in a soft, mud-cloth linen, making this living room set a contemporary addition to your home.

Grey Sofa Love


The Tabby Blue Collection

The Tabby Blue Collection is the perfect addition to your living or family room. Wrapped in a stylish and soft blue fabric, you'll love sinking into its plush cushions and kicking your feet up to relax on the equally luxurious chaise. This collection is exactly what your family needs to make your house a home. The chaise can easily be moved to the left or the right side of the sofa.

Tabby Sectional



Celebrate with us this July and head in stores to check out all of our amazing furniture sets. Don’t forget the Anniversary Sale is going on now! What better a time to save big. Let us know what your favorite American Made furniture set is in the comments below.

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Out of school


The kids are out of school for the summer, and for you that means there’s more time for them to make a mess in your house. Furniture is always a little tricky to keep clean, so we have come up with 3 tips and tricks to help keep your living room set clean and stain-free this summer.


Vacuum Regularly

And we're not talking about the floor. Keep your couches and chairs free of dust, crumbs, and dirt by frequently taking the time to vacuum them. Doing so every one to two weeks will keep your furniture feeling clean all the time, even with the kids home! Use the upholstery attachment and sweep back and forth all over your furniture. And if you are worried your might vacuum up small toys, coins, or anything else that seems to fall in between your cushions, throw a pair of old tights over the nozzle to ensure nothing is sucked up that could break the vacuum.

Vacuum Chair

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Know What Solvent to Use

Do not cut the tags off your furniture! There are too many fabrics types to know which cleaning solutions are safe to use, and which are not. When a spill occurs, take a few seconds to check the tag before grabbing a random cleaning solution. There will be a big letter marked somewhere on the tag: W, S, WS, or X. The W stands for a water-based solution, and the S stands for a water-free solution. The WS means either a water-based or water-free solution will work, and the X means it must be professionally cleaned. Knowing what these letters mean will not only help keep your furniture clean, but keep it lasting longer! This is also great to know when purchasing furniture, as the pieces with an X on the tag will be a little more demanding.


Whining & Wine

With the kids home more often in the summer, there can be a little more stress in the house. This may call for a glass (or two!) of wine. But while they run around the house, spills can easily occur. The first thing to remember when there’s a wine stain is not to rub it. Blotting will help soak up some of the liquid without spreading around. After blotting, pour a generous amount of salt on top of the stain. This helps absorb the liquid faster than using another piece of fabric. Keep the salt on as long as it continues to soak up the red wine. If you’re able to wash the fabric, then do so. If not, go over the area with a mixture of dish soap and warm water.


Spilled Wine

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With countless opportunities for spills and accidents this summer, it’s hard to keep up! Mor offers a simple solution to this problem with our Safeguard Furniture Protection. Keep your furniture stain free, and your life just a little bit easier. Come by Mor Furniture today to hear all about it!

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Ocean Set


You’ve finally furnished the living room just the way you’ve always wanted, your kitchen is a work of culinary art and the dining room has started hosting dinner parties without you. But what about your bedroom? That place where you go to decompress, pretend like you’re single again and get your well deserved “me time”. Furnishing the bedroom can be tricky, it’s one of those places that guests don’t see so we tend to not put as much love and effort into it. Mor see’s things a little differently, let us introduce you to a few of our favorite bedroom sets and let us change your mind about the way you see your bedroom.


The American Attitude Collection

This collection embodies a traditional design with country-like accents. With its oak hardwood solids and wood veneers, the American Attitude bedroom set provides a unique look and construction that will provide timeless, long-term appeal. Choose from dresser, mirror, chest, nightstand, and media chest pieces to complete a graceful design in your bedroom. Also available are both standard and upholstered bed options that are sure to complement your style choices. French and English dovetail drawers are incorporated in corresponding pieces as well as a framed end-panel and smoothed-planked tops that will age gracefully.


The Granada Bedroom

This set is a powerful statement collection that will turn your bedroom into the elegant room you desire. The black finish is accented by an intricate inlaid vine motif for an additional touch of unique design. You’re sure to feel a sense of regalness with this the Granada Bedroom collection and the dark colors will really pop against lighter walls for an even more dramatic feel. This is perfect for the person who prefers a darker place to catch up on their beauty rest.


The Makeeda Bedroom

This is a contemporary collection featuring industrial accents. Each piece is constructed from acacia solids and covered in maple veneers for a classic rustic finish. Within the Makeeda collection, choose from a dresser and mirror, nightstand, chest and bed, all of which feature drawers with English dovetailing and full-extension guides. The looks of the distressed wood will add a statement to your room and tie your decor together.


The Ocean Bedroom

The Ocean Bedroom set is a modernly rustic collection crafted from solid sengon tekik wood. The collection is finished in a natural sengon brown, which will add simplicity to your bedroom's decor. Within this collection, choose from a bed, dresser and mirror, nightstand, and chest all of which feature wave-cutout detailing and get ready to sail away into a relaxing evening.


The Westlake Bedroom Collection

This sophisticated and streamlined collection comes with a classic appeal. The Westlake’s attractive design draws from the simplicity of Shaker style, while timeless details like framed and recessed drawer fronts add touches of traditional charm. Made with solid mahogany, select hardwood and veneers in a lovely cherry brown finish, this bed is sure to bring pleasure to your home. The tall panel headboard is contrasted by the low, panel footboard. Plus, you'll love the under-bed storage, which provides plenty of space for your clothes and extra bedding, featuring full extension drawer glides in the three large storage drawers on each side. The quality English dovetail drawer construction provides strong, durable joints for years of use and smooth, quiet open/close operation. Drawers are accented with brushed pewter finished knobs and interiors are stained for a finished appearance.


It doesn’t matter if you’re living in a studio apartment or a house in the burbs you bedroom set is just as important as the rest of your home furnishings. Let Mor be your guide when it comes to choosing a bedroom set that’s right for you. Head over to our for more great options, styles and deals. See you there!


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How to Buy a Sofa

4/20/2016 9:33 AM

White Sofa


For any renter or homeowner, the sofa is almost always a high involvement purchase, if not the most emotional investment next to the actual home itself. As one of the most central pieces in the house, purchasing sofas has often been the cause of much conflict, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few things to consider before making that big purchase.


Make Some Measurements

The first thing you should think about before even considering buying a sofa is, “Do I have space for one in my house?” If the answer is no, you should probably go and clear some things out. If your answer is yes, on the other hand, measure the space that you do have. From there, find a sofa that will fit within those parameters. According to interior designer Mary McDonald, “The perfect sofa is 40" deep, 60" long, and 36" high with a 19" seat height.”


Check For Quality

It’s almost too easy to buy a poorly-made sofa. It’s important to find one that is sturdy and superior to truly stand the test of time, and that may mean sacrificing affordability. After all, it’s true what they say: you get what you pay for.


That said, it’s important you inspect or at least ask about the interior of the sofa, from its frame to its cushion stuffing. Is the frame made of strong wood or flimsy metal? Is it held together by nails or glue and staples? Is the stuffing made of down or polyurethane foam and springs? If you want a reliable sofa, quality is everything.


Looks Matter, Too

Okay, maybe quality isn’t absolutely everything, although it is extremely important—perhaps the most important part of buying a sofa (or at least one that will last for years and years to come). But what’s also important is appearance. After all, you can buy the sturdiest and most well-built sofa on the market, but if it doesn’t aesthetically fit with everything else in your home, then you might as well not have it there in the first place.


Find something that stylistically works and compliments the other pieces. Do you have a minimalistic, sleek home? Try a black leather sofa. Want something more colorful to go with your vibrant living room? Get something with stripes and more texture. When in doubt, though, settle for something neutral.


Aim for Perfection

If you’re going to be paying hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for a sofa, it might as well be the perfect one. This means considering every single thing mentioned above and more—from the minor details to the obvious features. Definitely consider size, quality and appearance; but also think about other things like arm style, the number of cushions, maintenance level and longevity. If this sofa is something you want to keep for a long time, make sure it’s exactly the right one for you and think through all of these factors.

Luckily, here at Mor Furniture, we have a variety of sofas to suit all of your needs and wants. If style and quality are two things you’re looking for, look no further! Our sofas give you the best bang for your buck and—more than that—a comfortable piece to last you and your family years.


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Bed Foundation

So you’ve bought a mattress, but have you chosen the best foundation for it? In the past, you only had one foundation to choose from, but thanks to technology and the power of personal preference, new and improved foundations exist for your individual comfort! But how do you determine which foundation is right for you? We’ll help you sort through your options here.

Metal Frame and Box

If you’re a no-frills type of person, a metal frame and box will suit your needs. It’s simple, versatile and inexpensive, and it also has wheels to help you maneuver it around your room as well as space for a headboard. With a metal frame, you can spend more money on a mattress and still place it on a durable foundation that easily blends with your room’s décor.

Tempur-pedic Bedroom

 Image via wayfair

Platform Regular Base

Purchasing a platform bed will eliminate a need for a traditional foundation or box spring, but may place your mattress at a lower height than you’re used to. You’ll want to consider how high you want your mattress to sit before purchasing a platform bed, but if it passes the test, a platform bed can provide additional storage room and can be a statement piece in your bedroom. And, since you’re not investing in a foundation or box-spring, you’ll save some money.

Bed Foundation

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High-Profile Foundation

A high-profile foundation is the oldest and most common foundation for beds. Generally nine inches in height, a high-profile foundation box-spring provides plenty of support while you sleep and is structurally sound. Many high-profile beds are more traditional in design and can promote a luxurious feeling for those sleeping in it.

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Low-Profile Foundation

Many people enjoy a low-profile foundation due its aesthetic appeal, and it can also make getting in and out of bed easier with its 5-6 inch height. A low-profile box-spring has a more modern design to it and tends to be a trendy choice when buying a bed. Both high and low-profile beds offer the same amount of support and have no difference in price.

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Comfort Adjustable Base

Technology has made it possible to sleep in a bed that adjusts to your particular liking, making it so that sleeping on an incline, elevating your feet, and massaging your entire body are now the norm. Although adjustable foundations will run you the highest cost out of all of your foundation options, the benefits can’t be compared. Some can even be controlled from your smartphone!

Tempur-pedic Bedroom

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Which mattress foundation did you end up choosing? Let us know by commenting below, and be sure to check out the bed and mattress selections available at Mor Furniture for Less!

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The Couple


So, it’s finally that time! You’ve decided to either move in with someone else or have them move in with you. Whether it’s your spouse, significant other, friend or someone else, the act of cohabiting is oftentimes nerve-wracking. You probably have a dozen questions in your head. Will our styles match? Will we be irked by each other’s habits? Will I have to sacrifice my sanity for his/her preferences? Fear not! We have a few tips to help you decide which of your things stay and which of them are donated or tossed.


What should we keep?

First, check off the big, high involvement pieces. This means the sofa, coffee table, dining table and even the TV. Typically—unless there’s tremendous backlash from the other person—you should keep these pieces. With such expensive and emotionally-invested purchases, it’d not only be ill-advised but also difficult to part with them. At the same time, you also want to ensure that both of your personalities and styles are taken into consideration when making this decision, but this’ll all be explained later on.

Other pieces you should keep are those of strong sentimental value, both individually and as a couple, if you’ll be living with your partner. If you have a keepsake from your grandmother or Spelling Bee medal from elementary school, keep them somewhere safe. Just the same, keep photographs of you and your partner and display them somewhere prominent, like on the wall of the living room.

Lastly, you shouldn’t lose your identity just because you’re living with someone else. Retain some pieces that capture each person’s personality. Keep those furnishings that reflect who you are individually, but at the same time, you should find a way to merge both of your personalities so styles don’t clash.


What should we get rid of?

Speaking of clashing styles, it might be smart to get rid of a few things to ensure that the other person is happy. You’re no longer living on your own, so compromises must be made. With respect to cohabitation, balance is a major factor. The other person should feel as comfortable as possible living in their own home.

In merging both of your personalities, you should have a somewhat cohesive theme throughout your home. To maintain this, it’s important to get rid of things that may interrupt the feel of everything. This means throwing out pieces with colors that are off-base. Try to pick neutral-colored pieces. It’s imperative that every single piece in your home comes together harmoniously.

So whether it’s you or your future roommate getting ready for the big move, consider all of these tips to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Our team at Mor Furniture can help you out with all of your cohabitation needs. From big purchases like sofas to simple accent pieces, we’ve got you both covered!

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Dining Room Set

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Ladder & Boxes


Finally! You’re going to do it, you’re making the move out on your own. It’s so liberating you can hardly believe it’s happening. The day finally comes, you gather a few extra hands to help you with the transition and before you know it everything has been moved into the new digs. As the first couple of weeks pass you get unpacked, everything is being assigned a place and that’s when reality sets in… you literally own nothing and the extra hands you bribed to help you move were really unnecessary. Yikes! Mor Furniture put our heads together and we’re here to help you out when you’re moving out on your own. We’ve come up with several really good pointers to take into consideration when you leave the safety of roommates… or mom and dad.


The Living Area

So besides your bedroom, do you have any other furniture? This is where hand me downs are great, but having a new couch is always just as appealing. Mor has a great selection for first timers moving out on their own and we’ve got some pretty awesome financing options. Make sure you’re thinking about seating. Think about your goals for the space are you an entertainer? Do you love hosting and having people over? A sectional may work for you in that case. Also, think about investing in a farm table for your dining area, they’re the larger wooden tables and typically come with bench seating on one side. This will alleviate the need to purchase so many individual chairs. The bench will also shift under the table, creating additional space.


Light Up the Night

Lighting is one of those things not many people give much thought to. Think about how many of the rooms in your home have built in lighting. Okay, now imagine if you only used those lights to light your home. Little sparse, right? Go through each space and take a look at where you’ll need more lighting, maybe the living room is only equipped with outlets and a switch and maybe the only light in the master bedroom comes from the bathroom. Do yourself a favor and make it a point to check out your lighting options.


The Odds and Ends

Oh, and of course, we can’t forget about all of those odds and ends that are going to keep popping up for the next month or so. Invest in a basket of sorts to house all of your cleaning supplies. Don’t forget you’re going to need everything- broom, vacuum, mop, cleaning solutions and sponges. This is also a good time to stalk up on your detergents, clothing and dishes alike. Last, but certainly not least, double check you’ve got a roll of TP on hand for that first night on your own!

Just remember, above all else remain patient! You’re venturing out on your own for the very first time, it’s a huge deal and you’re going to forget a few things. Either way, Mor Furniture is here to help get you there.

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Chair Backrest

Unless you’re a professionally trained designer, it’s hard to figure out the best way to decorate your home. Many times, we’ll overcompensate with too much furniture. Other times, we’ll think that we have too much space when our furniture doesn’t end up filling the room. Simply put, it’s easy for us to make design mistakes while we try to create a space that suits our tastes. And what’s worse is we don’t even know when we’re making these mistakes. That’s where Mor Furniture comes in. We’re here to tell you about some of the more common design mistakes that occur and help you refrain from making them as you decorate.


A room should be both attractive and functional, but sometimes, in our attempt to make things look nice, we end up overcrowding the space with furniture. If you have to wedge in between chairs to get to another part of the room or feel cramped every time you sit down, there’s a chance the room is overflowing. Sometimes it’s a matter of rearranging your furniture so that the room looks more spacious. Other times, removing furniture from the room is the best way to make a space feel less cramped.

Lacking a focal point

An over-furnished room will do this. When you walk in and don’t know where to look, you’ve lost the room’s focal point. Lacking a focal point can make a space seem overwhelming and uninviting, so to combat this feeling, choose one area you would like to focus on as soon as you enter the room. Whatever you choose should naturally make a statement – like a large window, fireplace or painting. Once you’ve decided, begin decorating from that point on out to the rest of the room.

Awkward themes

To a degree, themes are useful when decorating. They keep you within a respective color palette and help you remain in control. It’s important, however, not to go overboard with whatever theme you choose. Though an ocean theme may seem subtle, decorating an entire room in the same print can feel suffocating and look tacky. Instead, look for ways to bring your theme into different accent pieces. Make a centerpiece out of seashells or hang paintings of the beach throughout the room.

Pushed-back furniture

Contrary to popular belief, furniture does not always belong pushed up against a wall. When the sofa, loveseat and chair are hugging the wall, an isolating feeling can occur, which doesn’t make the space feel any more inviting. By pushing your furniture closer together, you’re creating an intimate space that makes conversation easier and allows everyone to easily maneuver through the room.

Ignoring windows

Though it may be intimidating to decorate with curtains and window treatments, it’s important not to leave your windows uncovered. Bare windows can make the entire room look unfinished, but window treatments are an inexpensive way to add a decorative touch. Equally vital is the way you use your window treatments. Be sure to hang curtain rods closer to the ceiling – this will make the room seem larger.

Misguided lighting

It doesn’t matter how sound your design senses are, if you use lighting from a night club or create the ambiance of an operating room, the rest of your room’s design will fall by the wayside. Rooms in your home should have as much natural lighting as possible – this means allowing windows to pour in the daylight – and when it gets dark, lamps and sconces should be used to illuminate your surroundings without casting a fluorescent glare. Dimmers are also great for controlling the light that enters a room and can be used on ceiling or overhead lights.

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Brick Wall

One of the first things that draws us to a new sofa is its appearance, and although personal aesthetic is vital to choosing the right piece, consideration of its cushion content is equally important. Different fillings are used in sofa cushions to provide varying degrees of comfort and maintenance, which is great for you because now you’re at liberty to find the sofa that suits your needs specifically. On the other hand, considering multiple options can be overwhelming, which is why we’re here to help you determine the best stuffing material for your couch, from the softest to the most firm!

Sink Into Soft Cushions

If you enjoy the feel of a softer cushion, feathers are the filling you need. Down feather cushions are the most luxurious option, but if you’re on a budget or allergic, a blend of different bird feathers will do just fine. Though plush and comfortable, feather-filled cushions require the most maintenance, and you will find yourself re-fluffing your cushions almost constantly if you expect your sofa to retain its shape.

Foam cushioning is also available in a softer variety, with options such as low-density foam wrapped in a feather batting. Foam will help the cushion better retain its shape while the feather wrapping will provide the plushness you’re looking for. If you’re curious about foam density and its importance, you can check out an earlier post of ours here.

Fall Somewhere In the Middle

For those who prefer that goldilocks feeling, options are available that don’t feel too firm or too soft. A spring down cushion is made with a coiled spring core, covered in foam and wrapped in a feather batting. The foam and spring combination offers a resilient feel while the feather batting adds a touch of softness to the cushion. Another option includes a solid foam core with a thicker feather or fiber wrapping.

You’ll have to commit to some regular fluffing and cushion rotation in order for this couch to maintain its structure, but the maintenance is far less than what you would experience with all-feather cushions.

Find Support In a Firm Seat

These days, the most common filling material for cushions is foam. It comes in a variety of densities, making it a versatile material for most comfort types, and it’s also low maintenance – no fluffing required! But as popular as it is, foam can be too firm for some people, making it the ideal material for those who prefer plenty of support while they sit.

Cushions with a high-resiliency foam core in a fiber wrapping will provide the most support for your muscles and joints and last up to 14 years. Cushions with low-density foam will provide a medium-soft feeling, but won’t last as long as their high-density counterparts.

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Tempur-pedic Bedroom

What are you attributing to your fatigue these days? A long day? Late nights out? There are many reasons why we can feel worn down some days, but a lot of our exhaustion can be traced back to what we sleep on. Sleeping on the right mattress is vital to staying asleep throughout the night and feeling rested during the day. But how do you know if your mattress is the cause of your fatigue? We’ve got some clues that might help you pinpoint the problem.

Shoulder, Neck and Back Pain

Pain and muscle aches are all a result of a mattress with uneven surfaces, which keeps your spine out of proper alignment. The pain you feel after sleeping can contribute to the tiredness you feel during the day and can be traced back to your mattress. A firmer mattress might be what you need to combat joint pain and body aches.

Waking Up Tired

If you’re receiving a full night of sleep, but still waking up tired, then your mattress could be the culprit. Chances are, you’re not receiving the proper support while you sleep, causing you to wake up at varying points in the night. Though you may not recall waking up at night, your body will feel the consequences in the morning.

Tossing and Turning

There are times, however, when you are aware that you’re not sleeping throughout the night. If you find yourself switching positions constantly while in bed or have a hard time falling asleep, your mattress may not be right for your body. Tossing and turning is your body’s natural response to relieving pressure points on the body, so if you’re doing it consistently, then your body is lacking the support it needs.

Poor Sleeping Patterns

Insomnia or waking up during the night can be traced back to your mattress, and each of these conditions can cause fatigue during the day. If you’re having trouble falling asleep and then staying asleep, it might be time to purchase a new mattress.


As mattresses age, they tend to accumulate dust and other materials that can cause allergic reactions, and one prominent symptom of allergies is fatigue. If your tiredness is also coupled with shortness of breath, sneezing or itchy eyes, you may want to conduct an allergy test for dust mites on your mattress.

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Spruce Up Your Entryway

2/18/2016 5:02 PM

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The entryway to a home is the equivalent of a first impression, but it’s typically neglected and left for last when it comes to decorating. However, when we eventually get around to doing something with the space we’re all tapped out of ideas. This is where we come in, we’re helping you spruce up your entryway with several, fun and fresh ideas. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression, right?


Layered and Lived-in

When you’re thinking about upgrading your entryway always think about what kind of impression you want to make. . Going for that lived in look really adds warmth and comfort, think about a side table right when you walk in the door, add a few baskets for odds and ends- mail, keys, hats and scarves etc. Not all homes come with mudrooms and sometimes the front door is all we’ve got to work with, so try keeping a decorative basket or bin near the door for muddy shoes during the long winter months. Finish off the look by leaning framed artwork against the walls, who really needs to hang pictures anyway? Then again, we do love a good gallery wall!

Bold and Beautiful

There is nothing better than ushering guests in with lots of color. We recently wrote a great post on working with color, if you’re feeling daring you should check it out here. But let’s start with baby steps- your entryway. It’s typically a smaller space so let’s start with the flooring. Is there anything you can do to dress it up? Area rugs with bold prints and colors are perfect for breaking up the space and if you go with a darker color you can hide footprints and dirt. If you have the budget, think about laying down a checkered pattern with tiles or linoleum for a fun pattern. Wall color is a budget-friendly way to dress things up. Adding trim along the ceiling and/or floors can create clean lines and help to break up bold colors if you find yourself on the fence.


Colorful and Quirky

Similar to the section above, don’t be afraid to bring in color! If you consider yourself more of an out of the box individual take some risks with this part of your home. Give things a quirky look with fun accessories like colorful storage cans or bring out your wild side with a Paka Sculpture. If you have a more open entryway try placing a round table in the center of the space for an old world feel.

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Rustic Roots

Welcome guest into you home with a rustic look, this is a pretty popular style and when done well it can really add a rich look to any home. Now we don’t want to start nailing up the wood paneling, but worn benches next to the front door can really help to make a statement. Accent the space with wire baskets and a coat rack. Keep the colors more neutral and add mirrors for even more lighting. Think about adding a small gallery wall and bring in older photos of family members to complete the look.  

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If your child enjoys playing (and what child doesn’t?) then chances are their room is not the neatest. Organizing their room can be a challenge, and you may feel stuck trying to figure out the best approach, but we have some proven solutions that will ensure your child’s happiness and your peace of mind. Check them out here!

Get a Child’s-Eye View

First, you should determine where the storage will be located in your child’s room, but choosing storage options for your child isn’t always the best option since their concept of structure will differ from your own. It’s best to sit down on the floor and decide, from your child’s vantage point, where your child is likely to place their toys. Afterwards, you’ll be able to base all storage options off of your child’s specific needs.

Lower Storage Options

It’s easy to overlook this, but your child will be less likely to put their toys away if the storage bins you’ve set up are out of their reach. Lower hanging rods so that your child can properly hang their clothes. This goes for shelving units too. You can also invest in storage bins that you place on the floor, which can create easier access for children as they pick out and put away their toys.

Label and Designate Everything

Organization will be easier if you have a designated spot for all of your child’s things. Place labels on storage bins and drawers so that your child may easily find what they need in their room. Designated storage areas will also make clean-up easier since children will know exactly where items go, which will make them spend less time putting things away.

Interchange Toys

To limit clutter, take toys away and store them elsewhere when you notice your child doesn’t play with them any longer. Either donate the older toys or use them again as a replacement for other toys later on. Store these toys in another room to keep from overcrowding your child’s room.

Make a Game Out of Clean-Up

When your child’s room gets messy, set certain times for clean-up to lessen the headache of re-organizing their room. To keep them engaged, turn cleaning into a game by setting a timer to see how fast they can put away their toys. This way, they’re likely to view cleaning as a fun activity rather than a chore.

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Sofa Sleeper

If you’re in the market for furniture – particularly living room furniture – you might be debating whether or not you should invest in a sleeper sofa. There are certainly benefits to owning one, but their placement in your home depends on a few criteria. Before you begin shopping, ask yourself these questions and determine whether you should purchase a sleeper sofa or a conventional couch.

What’s Your Budget?

A sofa bed will be more expensive than its conventional counterpart, which may not be ideal for those looking to save money on furniture. Shoppers with a strict budget may be more inclined to buy a conventional sofa and keep money in their pocket – especially if an extra mattress really isn’t a priority. However, if you’ve made room for the extra cost of a sleeper and know it will get plenty of use, you’ll be adding extra value to your living room.

Are You Hosting Guests?

If you have family and friends frequenting your home, a sleeper sofa could provide an additional bed along with your guest bedroom, and if you don’t have a guest bedroom, a sleeper can be the perfect space-saver for a smaller home. But if guests typically aren’t visiting you, and you’re not in need of the extra sleeping space, a conventional sofa may be more suitable.

Do You Have Enough Space?

Although a couch may fit lengthwise in your living room, the mattress from a sofa bed may take up too much space when it unfolds. If you know that an additional mattress will overcrowd the room, it might be better to purchase a conventional sofa long enough to suit the height of the average person rather than rearrange the rest of your furniture whenever you need to use the mattress.

Are You a Fan of Plush or Firm?

In order to support the frame of a mattress, sleeper sofas tend to be constructed with firmer seat cushions than a conventional sofa. Though some may appreciate the support firmer cushions provide, many prefer to sit on plush or overstuffed cushioning. If softer cushions are for you, a conventional sofa is the way to go, but if you don’t mind a firmer seat, a sleeper sofa will work just fine.

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Tape Roll

So you’ve decided to move into a smaller place, and now you might be wondering what to take with you and what to leave behind. Though it may seem easy enough to just get rid of stuff, downsizing can be more daunting than you realize. You’ll need to be thoroughly prepared and properly organized in order to make moving efficient and maybe even a little fun. Here are some ways you can downsize with ease and make your transition as smooth as possible.

Consider your new storage space

You won’t know exactly what to get rid of unless you have a good understanding of the storage you’ll have in your new home. When you take a tour, check out the closet, cabinet, shelf, and attic space and make a mental note of what you’ll have available from here on out. Knowing your storage limitations will help you better assess what you’ll keep and what you’ll get rid of, and it’ll also keep you from being on the fence about things you don’t actually need.

Measure once, then measure again

Bring a measuring tape along with you and, as you take a tour of your new home, measure areas where you plan to place larger furniture items. The last thing you want is to keep your old furniture and find out it won’t fit in your smaller space, so measure first and then determine whether you should get rid of the furniture you have. If you’re unable to walk through your new home, ask for a floorplan and decide what will fit. Bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms are all areas where every square inch counts.

Assess what you actually need

Ask yourself this question: if everything in your house suddenly disappeared, what would need to be replaced? Another way of thinking of it is taking inventory of your belongings. Go through every closet, drawer and bin and determine whether you really need something or whether you can live without it. It might also be helpful to divide your things into categories like “Need,” “Toss” and “Replace,” which will help you better determine what stays and what goes.

Sell what you can, donate what you can’t

Maybe you own something valuable that you don’t necessarily have to bring with you to your new place. Some of your things may be collecting dust, but cost too much to just throw away. Selling or donating these items can make downsizing easier and potentially put money back into your pocket. If you have more than a few items to get rid of, start a yard sale or use an online reseller. If you’re unable to make a sale on something or you know it’s not worth much money, donate it to a person or place that could use it.

Don’t forget – you’re downsizing!

After living in a larger space for so long, it can be easy to forget that you don’t in fact have the same amount of space that you used to. So when you’re out shopping for your new home, always remember that you have limited space to come back to. Besides, you didn’t get rid of stuff only to buy it all again once you moved! If you shop within the constraints of your new home, you’ll feel more organized and less cramped.

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Working With Color

1/28/2016 10:03 AM

Square Paint


Let’s face it adding color to our homes can be a challenge. First where do you start? What color do you want to go with? Do you only choose just one? How do you make sure you’re not going to regret this a month from now? These are all valid questions and they can make adding color to our homes pretty scary. Fortunately, with the addition of social media, we’ve been able to see what rooms bathed in color look like with the touch of a button, but how do you go about choosing the color(s) that are right for you? Read on, we’ve got a few useful tips to get you started.

Choose One Color in Several Shades

There Are Rules

There are real, legitimate rules according to our friends at HGTV. Designers typically stick with the 60-30-10 rule. They break color usage into percentages and it goes a little something like this:

  • 60% dominant color

  • 30% secondary color

  • 10% accent color

How does this break down exactly? Your dominant color is going to take up a good majority of the room, so think walls and flooring. Keep this in the neutral zone. Your secondary colors are going to be in your furnishings, feel free to add a little more color. Incorporate patterns and prints. Lastly pull brighter/bolder color into your room with and accent color and do it through your accessories.

When In Doubt, Switch It Out

The best part about adding color in small doses is your ability to switch it out as easily as you brought it in. Maybe the changing of the seasons calls for something a little warmer or maybe your mood is playing into your change of decor. No matter the situation, by keeping your bold pops of color limited to accent pieces you’ll be able to change the entire feel of your room with ease.

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Different Rooms

It sure seems like our children grow up right before our eyes, and soon they’ll be packing up their things and moving out of the house. Before you know it, you’re an empty nester, which is something to be proud of! Although you may feel some sadness and begin to notice how quiet your house is, there’s consolation knowing you raised children who have grown up to be independent.

Now that your children are no longer living at home, it’s time to make use of the empty space they used to occupy. Bedrooms, game rooms and hangout spaces are now up for grabs, and you have the opportunity to create the room you’ve always wanted. Here are some suggestions that can help you decide how to redecorate your kid’s old room.

Keep it simple – create a guest room

If you’re not interested in starting what could be a long and tedious project, turning your child’s bedroom into an updated guest room is a great way to make use of space. Adding new bedding and replacing any childlike furniture are easy ways to transform the room, and now you’ll have additional space for company when they arrive. Check out ways to create the perfect guest room here on the blog!

Always wanted a workout room? Now’s the time to make one

Instead of a gym membership, consider creating a fitness space in your child’s old room. You may be making a short term investment on equipment, but an at-home fitness center could save you money on gym fees in the long run. Whether you create a weight lifting gym or a yoga studio, a workout room is a convenient option for those who exercise.

Turn an old room into a new library

If you’ve got books laying around the house, a library could be a functional idea for an empty bedroom. Add built-in shelves to the walls or find a few stand-alone book shelves for the perfect reading area. Your new library can also function as a room for storage. Any old furniture or tchotchke can find some space there.

Furnish that home office you’ve been wanting

Unless you already have one in your home, a new home office is a great addition to have after your kids move out. You can even keep your child’s old bed and then add a desk and chair to create a hybrid office and guest bedroom.

Have a hobby? Designate it to its own space  

Hobbies like sewing or playing an instrument can definitely use their own space. Turn an old bedroom into a place where you can be creative without any inhibition. Remove the bedroom furnishings, and replace them with pieces that will give you inspiration.

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Kids Bedroom

As children grow, so too do their interests, which means they are bound to get tired of the cute wallpaper you put up when they started crawling. At some point, your child may want to update the décor in their room to reflect their evolving tastes. In order to turn a room makeover into a fun project for you and your teen, we’ve compiled a list of steps to help transform a dated kid’s room into a refreshing teen space.

Choose a Theme

A theme helps tie a room’s décor together, and it can also give you a better idea of what to shop for when you’re re-decorating. If your teen knows they want to update their room, but is unsure of how they want to make changes, have them find inspiration by collecting online images or magazine clippings that reflect their style. Plenty of design blogs are available with style suggestions, or it might even be helpful to have your child choose the furniture they desire and design their room around it.

Go Shopping!

Based on your new theme, you’ll now have a better idea of what furniture you’ll need to create the right space. Your theme will also help you organize a budget for shopping. Make a list of the furnishings you think you will need and get started! Be on the lookout for online promotions or garage sales that may have trendy furniture for an affordable price.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

Once you have an idea of what you’re going to redecorate with, get the messiest part out of the way and start painting! Paint swatches from hardware stores can help you decide which color will look best, and you can also sample the paint beforehand to make sure it’s what your teen likes. If there’s wallpaper to remove first, use a putty knife to lift up the edge of the paper, then lift and pull the bottom of the strip until it comes off completely. Afterward, you can apply a coat of primer to begin the painting process.

Rearrange the Furniture You Have

You’ll be surprised at how much rearranging furniture can create a completely new vibe in a room. So before you go shopping for something new, see what old furniture you can incorporate into your child’s design plan by moving it to a different location or updating it with more current accents. A nightstand from your teen’s childhood days may look as good as new when dressed with a modern lamp, for instance.

Do You Need New Lighting?

Something as simple as new light fixtures can really update a space without creating a huge expense. Replacing child-like table lamps with café string lights can add a mature ambience to your teen’s room, along with floor lamps that offer a unique design element. If there’s a desk in the room, a table lamp can still be used for homework or reading.

Add Childhood Accents

Although your teen may want a complete room makeover, they’ll still want a room that’s personally their own. You can personalize a room by keeping some childhood furnishings and using them as decoration. Baby photos and stuffed animals may no longer be the focal point of the room, but they can certainly be used as a decorative accent throughout.

How did you make the transition from a childhood room to a teenage space? Let us know by commenting below, and be sure to check out teen furniture and decorations at Mor Furniture for Less!

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Half Sofa

We’ve all sat in uncomfortable chairs, and it doesn’t take long to notice the discomfort we feel once we get situated. Many factors contribute to how we feel when we sit, but one vital factor is seat depth, here's what you need to know before you take a seat.

What Is Seat Depth?

About Health defines seat depth as an ergonomic measurement that determines how far forward you sit in a chair – it is the measurement from the front of the seat to the back of the cushion. Ideally, a chair’s seat depth fully supports your body and relieves pressure points, leaving your body in a relaxed state. If a seat cushion rests too far forward on the thighs, you may feel pressure at the back of your knees. Likewise, a cushion that sits too far back can cause lower-back pain.

Why Is Seat Depth Important?

Those of average stature may not notice much discomfort the moment they sit down, but after a while, their pelvis, thighs and knees may begin to feel restless as a result of increased strain on certain pressure points. It is usually those who are taller or shorter who feel the immediate consequence of an unsuitable seat depth. For someone taller, sitting on a cushion with a shallow seat depth may feel as if they’re sitting in a kid’s seat. And people who are shorter may find themselves struggling to get in and out of a chair with a deep seat depth.  

Regardless of your build, it’s important to sit in a chair whose seat depth accommodates your body specifically. Doing so will guarantee a healthy seating position for your body.  

How Do I Find the Right Seat Depth?

If you’re shopping for chairs, it will be beneficial to sit in the seat before you buy it. Although many online retailers include the product’s seat depth on their website, testing out the chair will tell you whether or not it fits your body appropriately.

To get the most accurate idea of the seat depth you need, place yourself in the chair as you would at home. If you're shopping for a desk chair, Review Journal suggests bringing a laptop with you and sitting as if you were at home working. If you feel off in any way, you’ll know to either adjust the chair to your liking or find a new one altogether. Once you find the right chair for you, measure and take note of its seat depth for future use.

So keep seat depth in mind the next time you’re shopping for furniture, and if you need great options to choose from, Mor Furniture for Less offers a variety of quality home office and occasional chairs along with sofas and loveseats.

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Preventing Stains

Wooden tables can add a timeless feel to your home. They are both elegant and valuable, which is why many owners of wooden pieces work tirelessly to keep them like new. With time, though, wood can fall victim to weather changes and accidents at home such as spilled water, dropped utensils and other ailments. Wood can easily become stained, nicked or cracked.

Fixing these damages can be time-consuming without much promise of remedy. But with vigilance and preventive tactics, you can preserve your table’s quality and functionality.

Preventing Stains

Watermarks are the most common way wooden surfaces become stained, but one benefit for you is that they don’t show up overnight, giving you plenty of time to avert any damage. To prevent water from leaving its mark, place a barrier in between your table and any liquids. Coasters, placemats and tablecloths are all effective ways for keeping watermarks at bay. Other measures include liquid furniture polish or wax that can protect the finish on your wood table.

Preventing Nicks

Nicks and scratches in wood tables tend to come from haphazardly-placed accessories or tabletop items. To protect your table surface, make sure the bottoms of any table accessories use felt pads as a guard against any scratches. If you currently have nicks in your table, polishes like Old English Scratch Cover work to hide these damages in a variety of wood furnishings.

Preventing Cracks

Cracked wood can result from furniture that has been improperly cleaned or cared for as well as weather climates like direct sunlight or excess humidity. To keep your wooden table from cracking, practice regular maintenance like dusting with a damp rag or vacuuming with a brush attachment. This will keep dirt from building up. Homemade cleaning solutions, like those offered by SFGate, will also keep the wood in your table soft and durable.

It’s also important to place wooden tables out of direct sunlight and to regulate humidity levels in your home. Drastic temperature changes can cause wood to expand and contract, resulting in cracks.

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Creating The Perfect Guest Room

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 At some point in our lives we’ve either hosted guests or been a guest. There have been mental notes made of both good and bad stays, pointers you pick up and welcome baskets you try to emulate. We here at Mor have a few tricks up our sleeves, when it comes to house guests we’ve got you “Mor” than covered.


The Linens

What your guests sleep on is very important, just as important as the mattress. So when you’re looking at linens there are a few things you want to keep in mind. Thread count, for example, has typically been held to a high standard, the higher your thread count the better (softer) the sheets. This statement is kind of true but another factor to take into consideration, one that may be even more significant, is the kind of cotton used. Which brings us to our next item, be mindful of what your sheets are made of. 100 percent Egyptian cotton is the best of the best when it comes to bed linens. Pima is another grade of cotton that is a step down from Egyptian, but still very smooth. One last tip on the linens, opt for something with a poly blend since they tend to last a little longer.


Easy on the Decor

Remember your guests are leaving the comforts of their own home behind, crowding the room with unfamiliar things can be a little overwhelming. Instead, keep side tables and dressers clear from clutter. Adorn the nightstand with a clock and if you know what kind of smartphone device your guest uses it would be nice to have an extra charger on hand for them. The dresser should be just as barren. Maybe a vase with fresh flowers, a candle or two and a welcome note. Keep all accents light, this will give the room an airy feeling making it feel spacious and inviting for your guest. Add extra throw pillows to the bed if you’re itching for that little extra decor or add a throw across the bottom of the bed.


Guest Bathroom, Say What?

Recreate the perfect hotel bathroom, choose plush towels, roll them and place them into a basket. Purchase small toiletry items- body wash, shampoo and conditioner and leave on the counter the same way you’d find it in a hotel bathroom. Small touches like these are always a nice gesture and they let your guest know you thought about them. Another small tip we picked up was to leave a little extra TP out, you don’t want your guest to have to go hunting for toilet paper so throw a few extra rolls in with the rolled towels.


These small touches are sure to impress your guests and are applicable all year round. Be sure to check back with Mor Furniture for Less for “Mor” tips on furniture, entertaining and all things home decor.

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Many times, we become so absorbed in our pets that we begin to absorb their messes too.

Companionship and unconditional love can’t keep pet hair and odor out of your home, but there are proactive measures you can take to ensure any stench steers clear. Whether your pet has had an accident on your carpet or has begun to shed hair all over your sofa, we have some full-proof methods that will keep your home smelling fresh, your furniture clean, and your pets deterred.Pets on Furniture

Identify the material: The way in which you clean your furniture will depend on what it’s made of.

  • For manmade materials, start by scraping off as much of the stain as you can, then proceed to mix a quart of warm water, a teaspoon of liquid detergent and a tablespoon of ammonia together. Lightly scrub the area from the center of the stain outward, then rinse.
  • For vinyl, acrylic, or cork materials as well as granite, concrete, slate and brick, scrape off as much of the stain as possible, then rinse with warm, soapy water.
  • For carpet, remove any solids and use a carpet stain remover. If you don’t have any stain remover, try using one teaspoon of mild, non-alkali detergent and a pint of lukewarm water. Blot the stain until it disappears.
  • For wood, gently scrape off any excess. Then use warm, soapy water to wipe the area.
  • For leather, use a mild detergent or soap mixed with water after cleaning off any solids first. Dab the leather, and try to absorb as much of the stain as possible. To avoid water marks, be sure to clean the entire area evenly.

Use natural deodorizers: Since some pets have allergies, using an un-scented and natural deodorizer throughout your house will absorb any odors. Putting baking soda or white vinegar into a cup will act as a simple air freshener for your home. White vinegar will also act as a deterrent for pets. Place these cups in inconspicuous corners of your home and let them work their magic.

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum: It may take a lot of work, but vacuuming your furniture continuously will work to keep pet hair from taking over your home. Dry dusters and rubber brooms are also great tools that attract pet hair and keep it from spreading.

Find stain removers with odor-killing enzymes: Your local pet store is sure to have a variety of stain removal products that contain odor-killing enzymes. These enzymes feed off of the proteins in stains and leave your furniture stench and stain-free.

Keep citrus on-hand: Cats and dogs alike tend to find a citrus smells offensive, yet the fruit can make a home smell fresh. Find a citrus-scented aerosol spray or make potpourri using orange and lemon peels to keep your pets off of your furniture.

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Let’s be honest, the inner workings of the drawers in your furniture probably never crossed your mind. But that’s not to say it isn’t important.

Today, we’re here to talk about drawer slides – the wood or metal rails that allow your drawers to open and close. Although built to be discreet guides for your furniture, they play an integral role in overall function.

Here’s what you need to know:

Drawer slides can be constructed from either wood or metal: You’re more likely to find wood drawer slides on finely crafted antique furniture. Wood slides are an indicator of skilled wood joinery and an intimate understanding of lumbar. Metal drawer slides have taken the forefront as the primary material for drawers, however, due to their durability.

Although wood slides show craftsmanship, they are prone to wear and swelling over time. Changes in weather humidity tend to affect the shape of the wood, causing eventual deterioration. Metal slides are immune to seasonal changes and are easier to install than their wooden counterparts.

There are two types of slides you’ll notice on your drawers: First, you’ll notice the mount. This is the slide that supports the weight of the drawer (as well as the drawer’s contents). Mounts are located underneath the drawer and can be found as either side-mounts, center mounts or undermounts.

Side-mounts are attached to each side of the drawer. A center-mount is a single slide located in the center of the bottom of the drawer. Undermounts come in pairs and are placed on each side of the bottom of the drawer.

The mount present on your drawer was determined based on the amount of space needed between the drawer and its cabinet.

Second, you’ll find extensions. These are the slides that determine how far the drawer will open. The drawers in your furniture may have either ¾ extension, full extension or over-travel extension slides.

Three-fourth extension slides keep a portion of the drawer within its cabinet or chest, allowing it to only extend ¾ of the way. Full-extension slides allow the drawer to open completely and as far as the extension will go, creating full access. Over-travel extension slides will open beyond the length of the extension for complete access to the drawer and inner cabinet.

The extension chosen for your drawer was determined based on the weight the drawer is intended to hold.

Drawer slides will move using roller or ball bearing guides: Both can be found in any drawer slide, and their presence depends on the intended function of the drawer plus the amount of weight they are meant to hold. Roller bearings consist of small cylindrical rollers that use reduced friction to glide back and forth. A ball bearing uses a ball that sits between a wheel and axle, separating the two and resulting in a gliding motion.

So there you have it - a quick, informational guide to drawer slides! Hopefully, as you shop for furniture, your increased knowledge will help you make informed buying decisions.

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It’s natural to become attached to your living room furniture – you probably spent time researching the sofa and loveseat you wanted, and debated the design style you thought would look best in your home. Or maybe furniture was passed down to you that’s now of sentimental value, and you have a hard time justifying spending the money on something new.

Accent Chair

We know how daunting it can be to, once again, go through the motions of buying or obtaining new furniture, but sometimes it needs to happen. Other times, refurbishing your dated or worn pieces can bring life back into your living room and make your old furniture like new.

Are you beginning to notice that your favorite spot on your sectional is sagging? Perhaps the scratches, stains and nicks in your wooden sofa table no longer look endearing or weathered. How do you know when it’s best to replace or refurbish? Consider these factors:


Even if the French antique coffee table is doing nothing in your living room besides collecting watermarks and scratches, its sentimental value can make it hard to get rid of. If this is the case, finding a professional refurbishing company to update your antique can be just as valuable as buying a new piece of furniture.

Don’t feel obligated to get rid of aging furniture. If the structure is in-tact, simply refinishing or reupholstering the piece can make your antique seem new again.


It’s not always cheaper to reupholster your older furniture – sometimes there’s more value in buying something new. Consider how much you’re willing to spend before deciding whether to buy or refurbish. Then, visit an upholstery company and get a quote. Factors such as the amount of fabric needed and the size of the furniture as well as details like zippers, tufting and seams all impact labor costs and can increase the price.

If the piece in question holds sentimental value or you just have an attachment to it, it might be worth the time and money to get it upholstered or refinished, but if it’s only collecting dust in your living room, it’s too expensive to fix and, on top of it all, it’s meaningless, then maybe it’s time to go furniture shopping.

Damage location

Tears in fabric or one deflated seat cushion might be an easy fix, costing less than a complete furniture rejuvenation. However, if the damage is located in the frame of the piece, or multiple cushions need replacing, upholstery can become expensive and it might be more cost-effective to buy new furniture.

Locate the problem area of your furniture and decide whether it’s worth fixing based on your attachment to the piece. If you’re willing to restore it, go for it! But if the damages are too extensive, consider buying a replacement.


As previously stated, if the skeleton of your old furniture is in good shape, consider reupholstering or refinishing it instead of shopping for a new piece. Chances are, if your furniture has been around for a decade or more, it’s in good condition and can be brought back to life with a few finishing touches.

It’s becoming more common to use lower-quality wood and joinery techniques to construct sofa and chair frames. So why not just revamp the high-quality piece you have in your possession already?

However, if the frame is broken, regardless of whether it’s high-quality, it might be in your best interest to replace it. Furniture frames can be expensive to fix and can cost just as much as a new sofa or chair.

How can you tell whether a frame is broken? You can feel it! Have a seat, and you’ll feel wood snapping or springs popping if the frame is coming apart.


Many who choose to reupholster their furniture expect the piece to be refinished in the same way as when they bought it, but this isn’t always the case. The new stuffing in your seating cushions may be stiffer or the wood finish may be a darker color than before.

If you decide that reupholstery is a good option, be sure to research a reputable company and communicate your expectations clearly. If your needs cannot be met, the company you hire should make you aware of their concerns so that you can then make the best decision for your furniture.

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There’s no question that moving into a new home is stressful, and when it comes to setting up your space, the scene can be quite overwhelming – you may not know where to begin! Whether you’re moving into a four-bedroom home or studio apartment, there are certain pieces you’ll want to have available right off the bat.

Of course you’ll remember that you need a mattress and a TV, but there are plenty of other, easily overlooked items that will make your move that much easier if you have them from the get-go.Taking Notes

Cleaning supplies: Many times, moving into a new home involves cleaning from floor to ceiling, and you wouldn’t want to risk unpacking on top of dirt and grime. Cleansing wipes, dusters, and a mop and broom are essential to have when you first step foot into your home. You’ll be able to neaten up your space to your liking and have peace of mind knowing your home is clean enough for the rest of your furniture.

Bedding and towels: You’re bound to want to clean yourself off and get a good night’s sleep after a hard day of moving, so make sure you have a towel and any other bathing supplies ready when the time comes (this includes a shower curtain!). The same goes for bedding – although you may have moved in your mattress, you’ll have a hard time sleeping comfortably if you don’t have bedding to accompany it! Bring a spare set of sheets and pillow so that you can sleep well.

A tool set and flashlight: You never know when something might go awry and need last minute fixing. Likewise, you may need to assemble some of the furniture you’re moving into your new home. A tool set can making setting up furniture and making minor fixes easier, and a flashlight can help you view hard-to-reach areas or assist you during an emergency.

Lighting of some sort: Once it gets dark outside, you’ll need some illumination while you continue to get settled. And you may not be able to count on the ceiling lights available in your new home just yet. Desk and floor lamps are great temporary lighting sources for your new home, and you can also purchase light-bulbs in advance to screw into any available sockets.

At least one seating area: As you begin to furnish your new home, you’ll want to make sure you have some seating room. Especially if you’re just moving in, you’ll eventually want to take a break and sit down somewhere! Moving in a few chairs and your couch firsthand will give you the seating areas you need to immediately accommodate you and guests.

A table or makeshift eating surface: One of the first things you’ll want to do in your new home is cook a meal, and although you may be content eating on your couch, a dining area might make your meal (and recent move) more legitimate. If you’re looking to eat a meal right after you move in, setting up a table and chairs or using some sort of surface area as a temporary table will do the trick!

Plates and cutlery: In addition to a table and chairs, plates, cups and silverware are all must-haves for any dining experience. Whether you decide to buy an elegant silverware set or settle for paper and plastic, having utensils to eat will keep things running smoothly.

Curtains: You’re likely to have a few windows in your new home, and who knows where your neighbors might be located. To ensure some privacy, adding drapes, curtains or blinds first thing can help you feel safe and secure. It can also be the beginnings of a few personal touches to your home.

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A sofa or loveseat may look good, but will it give you a lifetime of use? This is a question you may want to consider while shopping at your local furniture store. The longevity and durability of furniture comes from the bare-bones composition of the piece, which is most commonly referred to as frame construction.

Many odds and ends make up the frame of a furniture piece and some qualities may be better than others. In this post, and in an attempt to help you decipher what furniture will give you the best value, we’ll break down how you can tell whether the furniture you’re considering is worth buying based on its frame construction.

What is frame construction?

The structural support or the basic shape of a piece of furniture before it is upholstered, stained or veneered is considered the frame construction. The frame determines the final shape, design or covering of furniture and, depending on the materials used, can establish the furniture’s overall quality.

Types of wood used for frame construction

Two types of wood are primarily used in furniture construction: hardwood and softwood. Hardwood comes from broadleaved trees, such as an oak or an ash, and tends to have a higher density and decay resistance. Softwood comes from evergreen conifer trees, such as a pine or a cedar, and tends to be easy to shape and generally more affordable to work with.


What does it mean when you’re shopping?

Generally speaking, if the furniture’s frame is constructed from hardwoods, you’re looking at a high-quality piece. Since hardwood tends to have a higher density and a lower rate of decay, furniture frames using it tend to maintain their shape and last longer.

It’s important to remember, however, that the terms “hardwood” and “softwood” aren’t always indicative of toughness. Some softwoods, for example, have a higher density than some hardwoods and vice versa.

Instead, as you shop for furniture, consider the type of wood the piece is made of. This will give you a clue as to how dense the wood (and therefore the frame) of the furniture is – the higher the density, the harder, stronger and more durable the wood.

You can determine the density of wood by using the chart below, which was created by Diffen.

Hardwood vs. Softwood

It’s likely, then, that plywood or particleboard frames aren’t structurally sound unless layers upon layers are used to construct the frame. Since both materials are comprised of multiple wood-types and compressed together with resin, they’re more likely to come apart with continued use.

Joinery is important too

Along with the wood used to construct the frame, the way in which the wood is joined together is equally important. In a high-quality frame, the joints are glued, dowelled or screwed while the corners are reinforced with blocks for extra strength.

Wood joined with staples can be a sign of an inferior product. If you’re unsure about the joinery technique used or the frame construction of the piece you’re considering, consult a salesperson or vendor.

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Maybe we’re stating the obvious here, but your home is a place where you should feel comfortable. And you can achieve comfort by furnishing and decorating your home in a way that represents your style and taste. But have you ever considered which style you’re naturally drawn to?

It’s true that the furniture you choose reflects who you are as well as the message you want to send when guests step into your home, so why not learn more about what your furniture choices say about your personality?

Do you find yourself drawn to stained woods that incorporate intricately carved details? How about clawed feet on couches and chairs that create a rich design? You may have a liking for traditional furniture.Brown Bedroom

Those who furnish their homes in a traditional fashion typically enjoy the feeling of nostalgia and find elegance in these pieces that are viewed as timeless. And since traditional furniture is considered high-quality, those who place it in their homes are looking to make a statement.  

How do you feel about clean lines and distinct corners or the simplicity of light materials and the overall vibe of “less is more”? Maybe you appreciate furniture stripped of decorative elements. You may be drawn to modern or contemporary furniture.

 white carpet

You’re someone who takes current trends seriously and aims to use furniture to create a room that is spacious and uncluttered. You’re attracted to efficiency in life and furniture, which is a vibe you want to incorporate into your home. You’re organized and try to keep your life free of complications.

Is your goal to find furniture that blends together? Perhaps you’re interested in slip-covered pieces or wood that is warm-toned. An overall softness might be a look you’re interested in, and your main concern is the amount of comfort your guests will experience. Transitional furniture may be what you like.

white sectional

Transitional pieces tend to combine traditional and contemporary elements to create a sense of ease throughout the room. You want everyone to relax and enjoy the company around them with furniture that doesn’t pose any distractions.

Are you attracted to traditional-style furniture that has a lighter finish, or do you like the look of unfinished wood? How about pieces that use thick wooden slats as an accent? Country style furniture could be filling your home.

Dining Room With Bench

You value hard work, as long as you can come home and take a load off at the end of the day. Country furniture can represent daily tasks as well as the relaxation experienced after a hard day’s work. Getting together and spending time with friends and family is also important to you, and your only wish is for them to unwind and enjoy the comforts of home.

Do you find yourself constantly looking for vintage pieces at yard sales and second-hand stores? Are you worried less about the way furniture gels together in your room and focused more on the age and design of the piece itself? It could be that unconventional designs and details influence your buying decision, and retro or art deco furniture could be what you’re after.

White Walls

An eclectic lifestyle suits you, and the freedom to create a room full of diverse furniture from varying eras is how you want to define your home. Being tied down or conforming to one course of action is unappealing to you – you understand the importance of change and embrace being unique.

So which furniture style fits your personality the most? Let us know by commenting below!

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Working from home can be a freeing experience, particularly when it comes to setting up your office space. Where an office away from home can lack inspiration and creativity, an at-home office can make up for any drab atmosphere by incorporating your own style and personal needs.

If you’ve made the decision to work from home, you might be wondering how you’re going to make your office space habitable. Surely you want it to feel like a genuine office, but you may be wondering how you can turn a part of your home into a real working environment. Here’s how…

Choose the location that’s best for you: It’s likely you’ll be spending a good chunk of time in your home office, so choose an office space that will allow you to be productive. Do you work best around the hustle and bustle of activity or do you prefer a quieter atmosphere? Keep these preferences in mind as you determine the space that’s best for you.

Some suitable office locations include:

  • A spare bedroom: For a larger and more private work space, a guest bedroom is an ideal office area, especially if you plan to conduct meetings from home.
  • A closet: Remove the door from a moderately-sized closet and replace it with a curtain. Situate a desk up against a wall and use the available shelving to store office supplies.
  • A hallway or entryway: If you can concentrate around distractions, working in the midst of a hallway, where there tends to be many passersby, can be a simple yet effective home office space.
  • A corner: Taking up the corner of a living room or den can make for an expansive work area. Using a spacious corner desk along with plenty of storage cabinets, you can turn a simple corner into a functional work area.
  • The kitchen: A kitchen nook can provide a smaller work space for paying bills and doing office work. An out-of-the-way countertop with some storage cabinets overhead will keep you organized and productive. You can even purchase a stool that fits underneath the countertop so as not to intrude on any kitchen space.
  • An attic or basement: Like a guest bedroom, a completely sectioned off room will provide the privacy you may need in a home office. Attics and basements are great options for wide-open space at your disposal. Conduct meetings, conferences calls and other office duties in your own secluded area.

Furnish in a way that complements your home: You may be tempted to make your home office stand out in an attempt to separate work from home, and although that distinction has benefits, a jarring transition may be detrimental to the overall style of your home.

Unless your home office is completely roped off from the rest of your house, consider a paint color and furniture style that blends with your home décor.

Furnish in a way that complements YOU: On the same token, your home office should represent your productivity level and design tastes. Ensure comfort while you work by investing in ergonomic furniture or choosing cabinets with wheels that keep important files within arm’s reach. Both horizontal and vertical shelving are also important as they allow you to move around and keep productivity juices flowing.

Make sure you have something to look at: Having comforting artwork or a view outside will allow productivity to come easily. Position your desk near a window or door, or choose soothing artwork that makes you feel good about spending time in your office.

Light up your work life: Lighting is also key. You may not have the space to sit near the natural light that a window provides, but task lighting and other lamps will keep your eyes from straining and prevent headaches while you work.

Add Tchotchkes and personal items: Pictures of family and close friends, as well as trinkets, toys and other memorabilia work to make your office space personal to you. By glancing at your office’s decorations every now and again, the atmosphere at work will become more enjoyable.

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It’s here. The moment you’ve been waiting for. You’re finally moving in with someone!

Moving in together can be a challenge, especially when you have to determine what furniture to keep and what to get rid of. In order to help you and your roommate or partner compromise (and keep your peace of mind) we’ve compiled some suggestions that might make the moving process a little easier.

Before you do anything, talk it out: Discuss the expectations you have for one another as roommates. What lifestyles do the two of you plan on leading? How do your possessions fit into that lifestyle?

Then consider the size of the space you’re moving into. Depending on the space you have, you will be able to figure out what furniture to keep and what furniture to get rid of.

Determine what you absolutely need: A topic you should bring up with your partner is the items you each plan to bring into your mutual space. Who is responsible for the microwave, sofa, refrigerator and so on? Be sure to measure any larger items, like dining tables and dressers, to see if they will fit into your new place.

Another point of discussion is deciding what either of you can’t live without. Talk to your partner so that each of you knows what the other person is definitely bringing to your new home, no matter what.

Figure out closet space: This may seem trivial, but the amount of clothing you bring to your new home will depend on the amount of closet space you are given!

You and your partner should divide closet space equally, and then determine how much of your clothes can fit in that amount of space.

Gather everything you own and divide it: Once you’ve solved the logistics, it’s time to get down and dirty. Compile everything the two of you own, sort all of it and take inventory of both of your living quarters. Determine what you’re keeping, what you’re selling, what you’re donating and what you’re tossing. Moveline has created an easy diagram that you can use to help make these decisions easier. View it here.

Decide who’s getting rid of what: If the two of you both own the same item - duplicate microwaves, for instance – it’s important you discuss who’s going to keep their appliance and who’s going to get rid of theirs.

Grab some boxes and start packing: Once you know what it is you’re keeping, get boxes together and start packing your things. Similar materials should be packaged together – the softer items in one box and more durable items in another.

Make sure you label everything: Label the boxes according to each room they’ll be in placed in. This will make your move much easier once you start unpacking in your new home.

The most important value to remember is compromise. By respecting one another’s decisions and working together to achieve the best possible experience, you and your partner will cohabitate beautifully with just the right amount of furniture!

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It’s been over ten years, and you’ve decided it’s time to invest in a new mattress. You’ve spent hours at the retailer and found the best mattress for you. Now you’ve got to figure out what to do with that old eyesore in your bedroom!

Although many mattress companies remove old mattresses when they deliver a new one, oftentimes you’re left stuck with the burden of getting rid of it. And as much as you’d like to leave your mattress out on the curb for trash day, plenty of old mattresses end up in landfills, which can harm our environment.

To help you decide what to do with your old mattress, we’ve compiled a list of alternatives that will put it to good use and get you into your new mattress sooner.

Find a friend or family member: Do you have a family member going off to college or a friend moving into a new apartment? You might be able to contribute to their expenses by giving them a temporary or permanent mattress to sleep on.

Make a donation to Goodwill or Salvation Army: If you have a Goodwill or Salvation Army near you, you can drop off your mattress and write off the donation on your taxes. Although you may consider your mattress to be old, many people will still see it as something new.

Look for another shelter: Plenty of disaster relief, homeless and women’s shelters are in need of donations, especially mattresses. Get a receipt and write the charity off on your taxes while contributing to a good cause.

Sell it: Craigslist and other online markets are a great resource for selling items fast, and there are sure to be people awaiting a decently priced mattress. If you want to make a profit, get your mattress thoroughly cleaned and sell it for an affordable price.

Go to a recycling center: Many mattresses (which are 90% recyclable) are wasted, primarily because recycling centers that take mattresses are few and far between. Landfills can sometimes offer recycling services, but they are also a rare find. If you are determined to properly dispose of your mattress, find a recycling center near you by clicking here.

Give an animal a new bed: Your local animal shelter may accept your used mattress and use it to provide a comfortable bed for pets awaiting adoption. Dog kennels and daycares may also be interested. You’ll need to have the mattress professionally cleaned before you donate it.

Use the parts: If you’re into repurposing, consider taking apart your mattress and using it for other projects. The buttons on mattresses can be sewed onto clothing and the stuffing can be used to stuff pillows. The wooden slats can be used as fire wood or for a carpentry project, and the springs can be used in a garden for climbing plants.

Start composting: If you’re unable to find a recycling center, use your mattress to begin building a compost bin. The wooden frame can contribute to the bin’s exterior while the mattress stuffing or foam padding can be used to keep your compost pile warm.

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When it comes to cabinet making and furniture or drawer construction, dovetailing is a buzzword thrown around quite frequently. Furniture vendors harp on its durability and salesmen brag about its classic features on a nightstand or vanity. But how much does the word “dovetail” live up to its reputation?

Plain dovetailing creates joints that are both visible...

You’ll find that dovetailing is mainly present on woodworking joinery, and it is a technique used to increase the strength of a joint in wood. “Pins” are cut and shaped as an extension at the end of one piece of wood, usually in the shape of a trapezoid, while “tails” are cut into the end of the second piece. A dovetail joint will connect the sides of a drawer to the front, for instance, and prevent the connecting pieces from being pulled apart – similar to the way puzzle pieces fit together.

The joints are interlocked and adhered with a heavy-duty glue, which provides a superior amount of resistance that keeps the joints intact.

Dovetailing is a strong selling point due to its ability to increase the lifespan of a product. The joints are incredibly difficult to pull apart, adding value to the drawer, cabinet or box. You can typically see whether wood has been dovetailed, as craftsmen nowadays make the pins and tails apparent by leaving the wood without a finish.

There are many styles of dovetailing that are suitable for various construction types:

Plain dovetailing creates joints that are both visible once the pieces of wood have been put together. You can clearly see where the pins connect with the tails in the joint of the wood (the above picture demonstrates plain dovetailing). Plain dovetailing is usually apparent in box construction.

Half-blind dovetailing keeps the seam from view...

Half-blind dovetailing keeps the seam from view by placing sockets in the tail-end of the wood. The pins connect with the tails, but when looking at the joint from the front, the dovetailing is hidden within the socket. This type of dovetailing is typically used in drawer construction. The right-hand picture demonstrates half-blind dovetailing.

Full-blind dovetailing places sockets on both the pin and tail-end of the wood in order to completely hide the dovetailing from view. By placing pins and tails in sockets, the seam of the dovetail becomes covered. Full-blind dovetailing is used in fine cabinetry or box work and is also known as “French dovetailing.” To see a photo of full-blind dovetailing, click here.

Sliding dovetailing connects joints at 90-degree angles by having the tail-end carved in the middle of the wood. The pin and tail interlock by sliding the pin into the tail, causing the two to intersect. Typically, sliding dovetailing is used to place shelves into cabinets or place a partition in a shelf. To view a photo of sliding dovetailing, click here.

If you are in the market for new cabinets or furniture, you may consider dovetailed wood as a buying must. The interlocked wood adds value to any piece and keeps furniture functional for years. When crafted correctly, the wood is nearly impossible to deconstruct, which is a tell-tale sign of high-quality furniture.

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If you’ve recently gone furniture shopping, you may have had some curiosity about the material used to craft a product. This is particularly true for those in the market for leather furniture or for those who are interested in purchasing a product that features leather.

The list of leathers and counterparts has certainly grown, so much so that it’s become difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what is not. Whether you wish to purchase only genuine leather products or prefer the affordability of faux materials, we’re here to explain to you what goes in to the production of each, as well as the value behind what you buy.


Genuine leather is created by splitting the cowhide into two layers: Split leather (the bottom layer) and top-grain leather (the top layer). From here, top-grain leather can become either full-grain or corrected-grain. Each leather is made from the outermost layer or “top” of the cowhide, but is treated in different ways that affect quality.Leather is created by splitting the cowhide into two layers...

Split leather is typically used on the backs and sides of furniture to create a more affordable product. Sofas, loveseats and chairs that advertise all-leather seating tend to follow this rhythm, with top-grain leather on the back and seat cushions and split or faux leather on the posterior.

The leather is sanded down and an artificial grain is applied to the surface to mimic the look and feel of top-grain leather. Untreated split leather is what you might find in cowhide hardware gloves.

Top-grain leather is found most commonly in high-end products that have a consistent, smooth design. The grain is thinner and therefore more flexible than full-grain leather, and the surface is sanded and finished.

The resulting material tends to have a stiffer feel and doesn’t contain the same breathability as full-grain leather. Top-grain leather also lacks a patina or tarnish, which is caused by oxidation, sunlight or oil. Although many enjoy the look of a patina, its nonexistence in top-grain furniture can be appealing to those who prefer leather that looks “perfect.” The leather is typically less expensive than full-grain and harbors greater wear and stain resistance due to its treatment.    

Full-grain leather has not been altered to remove natural imperfections on the surface. Because the grain is left intact, full-grain leather has optimal strength and durability and breathes better than any of its counterparts.

Full-grain leather will also develop a patina overtime, which can be aesthetically pleasing and add to the beauty of the piece. It is also considered high-quality and tends to be more expensive than top-grain leather.

Corrected-grain leather is typically used for colored leather furniture and involves the application of an artificial grain to the leather’s surface. The grain is corrected to remove any imperfections and dyed or stained for a consistent look, but is of a lower grade than top-grain leather.

Both full-grain and corrected-grain leathers can be bought as semi-aniline, which means that a thin, protective coat has been applied to the leather’s surface to resist wear and staining. Full-grain leather can also be bought as full-aniline, which means that the fabric is pigmented with insoluble dyes and the leather’s natural surface is retained.


With a demand for the look of genuine leather without the price and maintenance came the onset of faux leather. Faux leather is composed of man-made materials and is used to create a look and feel that closely imitates natural leather. Two types of man-made leather exist, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane. Each material is used to create various types of faux leather.Faux leather is composed entirely of man-made materials...

Bonded leather combines what’s left over from a cow’s hide and other bonding materials to create a faux leather fabric. The mixture is spread onto a fiber or paper cloth and adhered to a leather-like texture.

Bonded leather is environmentally friendly, affordable and free of natural imperfections, but because bonded leather mixtures can vary from product to product, it’s difficult to determine durability. Some products may last for a decade while others begin to peel within a few years of purchase.

Bicast is made from split leather, but lacks the overall durability to be deemed genuine. The split leather is covered in a layer of polyurethane and adhered to a leather-like texture, making it a very easy material to clean and maintain.

Whereas genuine leather products tend to improve with age, bicast will do the opposite and, with constant use, crack with age. The cracking can result in unattractive abrasions in the furniture.

Leatherette is made of PVC and is a plastic-based material. The plastic makes the material unabsorbent, preventing liquids and food stains from penetrating the surface and ensuring easy upkeep.

Although leatherette is low maintenance, it lacks breathability and can become hot and sticky if sat on for too long.

Leathaire is 100% synthetic, but carries traits similar to that of genuine leather. Developed only a few years ago by Chinese manufacturer Man Wah, leathaire is marketed as a fabric and breathes better than any of its faux leather counterparts.

Lethaire is capable of adapting to body temperature and is a durable fabric that looks and feels like real leather. Like most faux leathers, the fabric is easy to clean and maintain while remaining soft with continued use.

The next time you’re out furniture shopping, keep this list in mind. Our hope is that you are better able to make distinctions between the types of leather available and work towards making an informed buying decision that leaves you feeling satisfied.

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If you have ever been furniture shopping, you have probably seen the words “foam density” posted somewhere in reference to the sofa or mattress you’re considering. You might also see corresponding decimals, which sometimes makes the furniture-buying experience more confusing.

If you’re shopping in a furniture store, it’s likely that a salesperson can explain the importance of foam density. But when you’re shopping online, you might be left in the dark. Today, we’ll break down what foam density means and how it applies to you.

Foam density is a unit of measurement that dictates how many pounds polyurethane foam can support per cubic foot. In short, foam density tells you the strength of the foam, and that decimal you’re seeing is the number of pounds each cubic foot can hold.

Let’s take a look at one of our own products (a sofa seating cushion) as an example.

 Foam density example

For this particular seating cushion, the foam density is 1.8 pcf (pounds per cubic foot), meaning that every cubic foot of the seating cushion can support 1.8 pounds.

It’s important to realize that not all foams contain the same properties, and the type of foam present can vary for different products. Therefore, it can be difficult to compare products if they contain different types of foams. For example, many foams contain fillers that increase durability and overall density. Conversely, foams without fillers have a lower density.

Foam density is also relative and shouldn’t be used to compare different product types. A mattress with a 5.0 foam density doesn’t say much about the love seat you’re considering, for instance. Foam densities can range from as low as 0.8 pcf to as high as 6 pcf, with a sufficient range being between 0.9 to 2.5 pcf.

A higher pcf can make a product more expensive, but it can heighten the quality of the product as well. If foam performance is a nonnegotiable buying factor for you, it’s important you determine the contents of the product you’re interested in before purchasing.

So why should you care about foam density the next time you shop for furniture? Foam density and a product’s performance go hand-in-hand. The denser the foam, the more support available for your body while you lounge. As you shop in our stores and peruse our website, you will now be able to tell how much support you will receive from a product based on the listed foam density.

High foam density, however, does not equate to foam firmness. Mattresses, for instance, tend to have a higher foam density, but can be made to feel plush or soft. Likewise, you will find that foam density does not determine comfort, and it’s important to separate the two. In order for cushions and mattresses to feel comfortable, many factors come into play that include, but are not limited to foam density. Those additional factors could be the size of the cushion or mattress, its fabric, the ergonomic support, and your own personal preference.

Overall, while you shop for furniture, choose the pieces that meet your specific needs and allow foam density to contribute to your overall buying decision. Make sure you’re considering multiple factors before purchasing a furniture set for your home.

Do you think this post will make buying furniture easier in the future? Let us know by commenting below!

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Guide To Buying A New Recliner

1/20/2014 2:59 PM

Here are the main questions you should be asking yourself:

1. What does your room look like?

What style are you going for? Your recliner should match the general theme of your room. The options available to you these days allow you to pick a style that will work with any decor.


2. How much are you willing to spend?

This will be a big factor in determining what material you should be looking at. Recliners can range in price greatly, and a lot of this depends on the material the recliner is made of. Bonded leather is significantly cheaper than Genuine Leather, and microfiber can be a more price-conscious choice to suede. 


3. Who is the recliner for?

If you are getting a recliner for an aging parent, you will want a significantly different style recliner than you would for a young couple in their first apartment. For the elderly, the best choice is a lift recliner because it will help them get in and out of the recliner, practically lifting them to their feet. For a small apartment, your best bet will be a recliner with a wall-hugging mechanism to take up less space. 

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The Different Types of Recliners

1. Traditional Recliner
The traditional, two-position recliner is a staple in living rooms around the world. The recliner functions by reclining when a lever or button is pushed that releases the seat back into the down position and the footrest into the up position. This type of recliner is better suited for bigger rooms, as about 3 feet of space is needed behind it to allow the seatback to fully recline. Recliner
2. Power Recliner
The power recliner is similar to the traditional recliner except that instead of a lever or a button that releases the seat back and footrest, there is a power button that eletrically reclines the chair to your desired angle. This allows the chair to be far more versitle, because the user has control over the recline.

3. Rocker Recliner
Rocker recliners are an old favorite of nursing mothers and adults with young children. Rocker recliners function exactly as their name implies: They recline on arched tracks that allow them to rock back and forth. These recliners are particularly useful for those who have trouble falling asleep at night because the rocking motion is soothing and relaxing. 


4. Glider Recliner
Glider Recliners are similar to rocker recliners, except that instead of moving along an arched path similar to a rocking chair, they move forward and backward on a linear path.  


5. Push-back Recliner
Push-back recliners recline without a lever or button, requiring the person sitting in the chair to lean back and exert pressure on the back of the chair. This style of recliner is the new hot style due to it's sleek look. The lack of a button or a lever allows these recliners to look like a regular armchair when not in the reclined position.


6. Swivel Recliner
Swivel recliners are designed on a circular base that allows them to swivel left and right as well as recline backwards. These recliners have a full range of motion that many people prefer to the more limited motion of other recliners.  


7. Lift Recliner
Lift recliners are popular with the elderly and those who have difficulty getting out of a deeper recliner. The lift mechanism pushes the chair from a flat seated position to a more upright angled position that guides the occupant into the standing position. Lift recliners are often recommended by physicians to those who have trouble with weak knees, legs or hips. 


8. Wall-Hugger Recliner
Wall-hugger recliners are a huge favorite among those looking to conserve space. Wall-hugger recliners sit up straighter and therefore can be pressed directly up against a wall, using far less space. They also often have a more limited range of motion, and a resting position that is easier to get in and out of. 


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How to Better Utilize Space in Your Dining Room

  1. Use a server for holding extra plates and bowls of food while you are eating instead of crowding the table. This allows guests convenient access to seconds, without the annoyance of passing hot plates over each other or playing Tetris with your dishes.
  2. Use a buffet and hutch to display your china and fine dish wear, instead of using precious counter-top space. This allows you to use the counters for items you will be accessing the most often, whereas your “special occasion only” dishes stay visible, but out of the way.
  3. Perhaps the most valuable thing you can do is to invest in a dining room table with leaves. One leaf can make a noticeable difference, and two will completely change the way you use your dining room. You can store the extra leaves when you don’t have company over and greatly increase the extra space in your dining room, and when guests are over you can easily extend the table to make room for everyone.
  4. Trade in two of your bulky dining room chairs for a space-saving bench. This is a very trendy update to any dining room, and the bench is a great way to increase the room at your table. It is especially handy during holidays to seat the kids, who can easily sit three to the one bench – whereas your chairs can only seat two. 
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Traditional decorating incorporates classic, timeless furniture and the elegance of simple, non-fussy elements. Traditional styles tend to have warm color schemes and simple designs - nothing too bold, stark or cluttered. This design style feels very calm and welcoming, and creates this effect with symmetry, matching pieces, and attention to detail. The overall ambiance of traditional decor is homey, understated, and non-jarring. Traditional style bedrooms feel comfortable for any age group. It's a familiar look that you'd see in magazines, and is by far the most popular style.



Contemporary interior designs can range from sleek and cool, to bright and cheery. Contemporary styles differ from traditional in that smooth profiles take precedence over ornamentation, solid or subtly patterned fabrics are used instead of colorful prints, and accessories are kept to a minimum. Contemporary bedrooms are designed with a focus on open space and natural light, which makes them feel airy and expansive. Those who like their bedrooms to make artistic statements often lean toward a contemporary styling. Because there isn't any clutter, every piece has to count.



Eclectic styling does not mean decor is arranged at random, it refers to a very purposeful and carefully planned mixing of styles. The eclectic look brings multiple styles together in a way that still speaks to elements that will create a cohesive look. The eclectic look is grounded in traditional, but is not limited by this one style. The eclectic style uses elements of various styles while creating a cohesive look through color, texture and/or shape.

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Bedroom Design Guide

10/17/2012 10:48 AM

Decorating your own bedroom can seem like a daunting task and often it's a project that gets put off for a while or even indefinitely. That's what we're here for! Here are some ideas for decorating your bedroom:
1. It helps to make a list of items that will greatly impact and change your bedroom living area, such as; furniture, bed sheets and other linen items, carpet, wall finishes and color, curtains, interior plants, light fixtures, rugs, picture frames, accessories, etc.
2. Use your imagination to create and put down on paper what changes you think will make a huge difference in style and create a first step towards a unique design. Measure your space and incorporate the dimensions of the room in your design approach.
3. Once you have completed a rough draft of the changes you would like to see, look around at different examples from others' work and designs. There are plenty of resources around for you to get good inspirational ideas, which you can use to modify or alter your plan according to your personal needs. There are many interior design magazines to look through and you can visit your local library. Also, there are hundreds of websites available, Better Homes & Garden, HGTV, or just Google "Bedroom Ideas" or "Bedroom Designs" and you’ll see a variety of different sites to assist you with your plans for dramatically changing your bedroom look and overall feel of the space.
At Mor Furniture for Less, our stores are designed with inspirational "vignettes," rooms within the showroom that display how a bedroom looks with bed linens, wall decor, rugs and accessories. It's our way of helping you visualize how your room will look at home.
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If you or your children suffer from indoor allergies, then you are probably already aware of the many allergens to avoid, such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, etc. What you might not be aware of, is that many of the household cleaners you might be using to rid the room of these particles can have chemicals and allergens that are just as harmful.
These days, children are particularly susceptible to allergies. Asthma is on the rise and allergens can have an effect on many different skin disorders, ranging from mild to terrible. Fortunately, there are now more non-toxic and allergen-free alternatives for cleaning materials and products.
Your choice of laundry soap can have a major impact on your or your child’s allergy levels, especially in your bed linens. We all spend so much time in bed, that our sheets have more contact with our skin than most of our clothes. Choosing a “Free and Clear” alternative laundry detergent, made without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins, fragrances or dyes can help alleviate skin disorders like allergic rashes and eczema. Recently, many of the major brands of laundry detergent you already use offer “Free and Clear” versions.
It makes sense that you would want to keep your furniture dust-free to avoid allergens and dust mites that come with it, but your choice of furniture cleaner may be counterproductive. Many household furniture polishes you might use on your headboards, desks, dressers, etc. might contain harsh waxes and chemicals that can react to your or your child’s allergies. Fortunately, as with laundry soap, there are now allergen-free furniture cleaning products available.
To avoid creating a lovely home for dust mites and other tiny allergy causing bugs, you want to vacuum and vacuum often. However, if you’re not using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, you are probably just blowing much of that dust and microscopic inhabitants right into the air. These days, almost all vacuums come with HEPA filters over their exhaust vents and bags. If you don’t have one, it would be a worthwhile investment.
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Create an Inspiring Kids Room

10/17/2012 9:39 AM

Depending on how much time your child spends in their room, the design elements of the room may have an impact on their development. As a parent, you have an opportunity to create a space that is not only a place for them to sleep and play, but an environment that cultivates creativity and inspiration.  
Experts say that the use of bright colors in a child’s space can have an impact on who they are and how they feel. Children associate colors with emotions in the most basic sense. 
Bright colors usually mean happiness to kids, while darker colors are sad. Don’t be afraid to use the most fun colors available and make a mentally and emotionally inspiring room. Also, use white with bright colors to add an element of peace and cleanliness.
It’s not always a good idea to use the most stereotypical colors in a child’s room. Girls don’t always need a pink room and boys don’t always need blue. Instead, try to help your child with colors that compliment them. An overactive child might need calming earth tones. Greens can be uplifting for a child that is depressed or sad.
This is the classic case of form and function versus style and esthetics. Why not have both? When choosing everything from flooring to wall décor, try finding pieces that are both interesting and serve a purpose.
Every kid’s room could use a rug, so why not find a fun, colorful rug that is spill resistant and easily cleaned? Why provide a regular desk for homework when there are options for desks with plugs, iPod hookups, storage and places to display artwork? There are even pictures and dry erase boards that are colorful and magnetic, making the walls a fun and functional part of the room.
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There is no denying the importance of a good night’s sleep to a child’s health and growth. It can affect your child’s happiness, mood, and ability to learn. It promotes alertness, memory and performance. Children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems. When a child is well rested mood swings are diminished. It is very important for children to develop good sleep habits at an early age.


Getting enough sleep is essential to good health and well-being. Many hormones are secreted during sleep, affecting growth, energy, metabolism and endocrine functions. Although sleep needs vary from child to child, the following is a general guideline for how much sleep your child needs in a 24-hour period. 1-3 year olds require 12-14 hours, 3-5 year olds require 11-13 hours, and 5-12 year olds require 10-11 hours.
Sleep deprivation may negatively impact our immune systems, and many studies have show that it may contribute to obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Lack of sleep is also associated with increases in anger, anxiety and depression. When your child is overtired, he/she will likely become irritable and unable to control emotions throughout the day.
The comfort of your child’s mattress can have a large impact on how well they sleep. A children’s mattress should be supportive but soft. Since children weigh less than adults, they need a softer mattress to conform to their shape and provide maximum comfort. If your child is just beginning to sleep in a bed, you might want to consider a low profile or Bunkie board mattress to make it easier for your child to get in and out of bed. If you decide to start with a high profile bed so your child can grow with it, you can purchase bedrails at various department stores to prevent your small child from falling out of bed.
If you are looking for quality and comfort at an affordable price, Mor Furniture for Less is the place to shop for your child’s mattress. We have over 64 kids mattresses to choose from. We carry the top brands, Tempur-Pedic®, Serta, Simmons, and Sherwood. Come on in to a Mor Furniture for Less showroom today, and have one of our experts assist you in choosing the perfect mattress for your child.


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Cleaning a Microfiber Sofa

10/17/2012 9:13 AM

Microfiber is not only an attractive and comfortable alternative to leather or typical fabrics, but also one of the easiest materials to clean and maintain for a number of reasons. It has completely changed the way people are taking care of their Living Rooms and sofas.

Microfiber is a man-ade, synethetic material that has microscopic fibers which repell many liquids and stains. It is a non-abrasive, lint-free and hypoallergenic material, making the best choise for many homes.

Common household products may contain some form of bleach or fabric softeners, which can break down the micro-fibers or clog them, making them less effective with each cleaning.

For general microfiber furniture cleaning, a drop or two of mild detergent, like dish soap or laundry detergent, combined with a bit of water should clean your microfiber sofa in no time.
Odors like urine can be easily eliminated by blotting the stain with white vinegar and distilled water, applying baking soda, then vacuuming. For the most part, cleaning will be an easy process if it is true microfiber.
To clean lint from your sofa, a sticky lint roller is the best option.
Vacuuming regularaly will help ensure that your microfiber stays dust-free and helps increase the life of your cushions.
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When visitng your local Mor Furniture for Less showroom, follow these guidleines to help you find the the best mattress:

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Try the mattress with your sleep partner at the same time
  • Lay down on the mattress like you would at home
  • Give it a good try. Put your feet up and lay on the bed for 20 minutes
  • Try different positions
At Mor Furniture for Less, we believe in sleep quality. We know that quality sleep surfaces are critical to comfort and in achieving the healthiest and most satisfying rest. That is why we have selected the finest mattresses available from top brands like Tempur-Pedic, Simmons, Serta, Sherwood, and Laura Ashley. We carry mattresses in a variety of comfort levels so we are sure we have one that will meet your needs.

As with all of our products, we have great confidence in our ability to satisfy our customers by finding the perfect mattress. Our sales associates are rigorously trained by the manufacturers to help you get the right mattress for the best possible sleep.

We know that when you make the decision to buy a mattress from Mor Furniture for Less, you want it right away! That is why we offer you:

  • Free express delivery*
  • Free removal of your old mattress
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General Mattress Maintenance

10/17/2012 9:03 AM

A good mattress that is properly maintained should last 10-20 years, depending on the quality of the mattress. The following steps should help prolong the life of your mattress.


Follow these simple steps to protect and prolong the life of your mattress.
  1. Change the sheets frequently.
  2. Vacuum your mattress regularly.
  3. When moving a mattress, be sure to carry it on its side. This will minimize damage to the mattress. Some mattresses have handles, which generally are not strong enough to handle the weight of the mattress; they are made for positioning the mattress, not moving it. Do not use the handles to move the mattress.
  4. Do not fold or bend your mattress.



The Safe Guard Mattress Protection Plan includes a free mattress pad. Click here for more information on our protection plan.

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Keep Your Mattress Clean

10/16/2012 4:58 PM

A good mattress that is properly maintained should last 10-20 years, depending on the quality of the mattress. The following steps should help prolong the life of your mattress.


Dirt and debris can build up on your mattress, lowering its life span. Following the guidelines below will help keep your mattress clean. If you have purchased a Mattress Protection Plan, please contact them before trying to clean up the stain yourself.

  1. Do not eat or drink in bed.
  2. Even though it is tempting at times, do no allow your pets to sleep in bed with you. Pet dander can embed itself in mattresses and stay there forever.
  3. Use a mattress pad and wash it in hot, soapy water at least 3 times a year.
  4. Vacuum your mattress regularly. We recommend vacuuming every time you flip your mattress (see instructions above).
  5. To clean organic liquid spills (urine, vomit, etc.)
    1. Blot with a clean dry towel. Apply as much pressure as possible without rubbing the spill (rubbing may cause the spill to absorb deeper into the mattress).
    2. When most of the liquid is removed, clean with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and cold water.
    3. When the mattress is completely dry, vacuum the entire mattress.
  6. To clean non-organic spills (food, etc.)
    1. Vacuum any crumbs or debris so they don’t get rubbed into mattress during the cleaning process.
    2. Using an upholstery cleaner, lightly spray the mattress.
    3. Blot the cleaner with a clean, dry towel.
    4. When most of the moisture is removed, sprinkle baking soda over the area, which will absorb the moisture and eliminate odors.
    5. Be sure to vacuum the mattress when it dries.
  7. As your mattress ages, it may develop a slight stale smell. To keep your mattress smelling fresh, try the following:
    1. Spray the mattress with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and cold water.
    2. Blot dry with a clean, dry towel.
    3. When dry, sprinkle baking soda over the mattress.
    4. Wait 24 hours and vacuum entire mattress.
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Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

10/16/2012 4:43 PM

A recent survey found that more people are sleeping less than six hours a night, and sleep difficulties visit 75% of us at least a few nights per week.
If you find yourself struggling from sleeping difficulties, there are some tricks that you should try:
  1. Engage in calm activities before bed.
  2. Stay on a regular daily sleep schedule.
  3. Invest in a comfortable, supportive mattress.
  4. Wear comfortable clothing
  5. Avoid caffeine, cigarettes, and alcohol before bedtime.
  6. Allow at least two hours to digest your food before going to bed.
  7. Exercise on a regular basis, but not to close to bedtime since it can cause your body to be too stimulated to sleep.
  8. Do not use your bedroom for other activities, such as work, using a computer, or watching television. The bedroom should be a serene and relaxing environment without distractions.
  9. Do not nap during the day.
  10. Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, cool and comfortable.
  11. Keep your clock out of sight, so you don’t focus on the time when you can’t fall asleep.
  12. Drink warm milk before bed. The tryptophan that is found in milk can help enhance the ability to fall asleep.
  13. Do not depend on sleep aids.
  14. Get out of bed and leave the bedroom if you are unable to fall asleep. Engage in something relaxing and go back to bed when you feel sleepy.


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The Importance of Sleep

10/16/2012 4:33 PM

Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). And there is no denying the importance of a good night’s sleep. It can affect your health, productivity, and happiness. A good night’s sleep improves concentration, memory and learning. It helps maintain a consistent mood, avoiding mood swings that come with insomnia.


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Getting enough sleep is essential to good health and well-being. Many hormones are secreted during sleep, affecting growth, energy, metabolism and endocrine functions.

Sleep deprivation may negatively impact our immune systems, and many studies have show that it may contribute to obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Lack of sleep is also associated with increases in anger, anxiety and depression.
Most people require 7-8 hours of sleep each night, but it varies from person to person. If you are getting enough sleep, you will wake up feeling refreshed and will not feel tired during the day.

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests six reasons to get enough sleep:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.

  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.

  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.

  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.

  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.

  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

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Microfiber is a versatile and durable fabric choice for your new sofa, but sometimes can build a static charge. If you are experiencing an unusual amount of static cling to your microfiber furniture, try any of these simple steps to release the charge:

  1. Rub your microfiber furniture with a dryer sheet in the high static areas. Not only will it reduce static cling, it will make your sofa smell fresh and clean!
  2. Run a wire hanger along the surface of your sofa where you are experiencing the static. Be very careful not to puncture or scrape the fabric.
  3. Buy a product called "Static Guard" but make sure to test a small amount on the back or underneath your sofa first.
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Leather furniture is beautiful, durable—and comfortable! Routine maintenance can keep it looking and feeling like new for years to come.


Smart leather care starts the day your leather furniture is delivered.

Protecting your leather with Safequard Leather Protector when it is new will extend its life by shielding it from daily exposure to the dust and soil that are a part of normal life—just as important, it provides a protective barrier against potentially damaging penetrating stains that can happen, no matter how careful you are!

Safeguard Leather Protector never changes the look or feel of leather, and because it improves stain and soil resistance, even routine cleaning is easier and more effective. When applying to leather that is not new, clean first with Safeguard Leather Cleaner, allow to dry, and follow up with Safeguard Leather Protector after each cleaning.

When cleaning and protecting your leather, be sure to follow usage instructions carefully. Leather finishes show significant variation based on the type of leather and the type of finish on the leather, so test in a hidden area before applying any leather product to ensure you are satisfied with the results. Always use a light circular motion and avoid rubbing.


To keep leather looking its best, routine cleaning is important. Safeguard Leather Cleaner contains no dulling waxes, oils or additives—the kinds of materials that are often present in "all-in-one" cleaner/conditioners—which can interfere with cleaning, and even cause dirt to become trapped in the leather. Safeguard Leather Cleaner is strong enough to handle even serious stains and spills, but gentle enough for routine maintenance. Safeguard recommends cleaning your leather 6-12 times per year. After each cleaning, always re-apply Safeguard Leather Protector.

Safeguard Leather Cleaner and Leather Protector are available in either a convenient, resealable, 20-wipe pack, or in an 8.5 oz. bottle. For even greater convenience, Safeguard Leather Care Kits include everything you need to keep your leather looking its best for years to come!


Rotate cushions and pillows. Daily wear and tear, and especially sun exposure, can cause leather to fade or wear. Rotating cushions regularly helps ensure that leather "ages" evenly.

Leather needs dusting, too! Just as it does elsewhere, dust settles on leather surfaces. Over time, dust can etch or scratch the finish on leather upholstery. It is important to dust often, especially between applications of cleaning and protection products. Safeguard's Ultimate Dusting Cloth is ideal for routine dusting of leather furniture. It is specially treated to pick up and hold onto dust without the need for dusting sprays. Soft and 100% cotton, it's washable and reusable—it's gentle on the finish, and leaves no lint or dust-attracting residue!


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Leather Furniture comes in all styles, shapes, sizes and colors. Use these three tips to coordinate your Leather Furniture with the rest of your room and use contrasting design elements to create a great look.

Leather Furniture often comes in nuetral colors such as beiges, tans and browns. These are the best colors for making your furniture last through the years as your taste in colors changes, but can get lost in a room with similar color palettes. Try painting the room in a contrasting color and shade. If the sofa is dark brown, try a light blue or yellow. If you went for a light beige sectional, it might look great next to a darker wall.

One common mistake people make is trying to add onto an existing living room set with a similar leather. Often they will take home a chair or ottoman they thought matched, only to find out they are close but off. Unless you can find the same manufacturer, it might be easier to simply contrast your existing set with a piece in a completely different color. If you are building on a tan sofa, try a brown or even red chair. This will add a new element to the room and you will feel better about your addition.

By surrounding your leather furniture with rugs, tables, lamps and accessories that don't necesarily blend with the shade of the leather you are creating a room that is both interesting and fun. Try pairing a brown leather living room set with a red rug or a green lamp. Brown wooden table are safe, but this is your living room. You are allowed to express yourself.

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Black leather furniture can fit within many different home-decor styles. These styles can range from sleek and modern to retro. Achievement of a look merely requires the right combination of elements to work with the black leather furniture. These might include other furniture pieces, accessories, materials and colors.

Contrasting Colors and Fabrics
Decorate around black leather furniture using contrasting colors and fabrics. Buy accent pillows in breezy fabrics such as linen and cotton that include colorful patterns. Accent pieces in bright colors such lime green and coral will add an exciting pop of color to a black sofa, but be sure to break up the look with lighter hues, such as off-white carpeting or a tan chair and ottoman set.

Modern Accents
Enhance the black leather furniture with silver accessories for a modern look. Replace your television stand with a silver metal one, and buy a matching bookcase or shelf. Use a coffee table and end tables featuring silver legs and sleek glass tops. To avoid a cold or sterile look, use accent pieces with soft, warm textures and colors. To break up the silver and black palette, throw a few beige pillows on the sofa, or a fluffy, off-white rug on the floor.

Retro Style
Use the black furniture as inspiration for a retro decor style. Hang black-and-white images of classic movie icons, such as James Dean, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe on your walls; use elegant, sophisticated frames to avoid a young look. If entertainment isn't your thing, look for bold, 1950s-style wall decor, such as a "starburst" clock, or a piece of vibrantly colored abstract artwork, reminiscent of the 1960s. Buy accent pillows featuring vintage-style black and white polka dots. Set out antique glass vases filled with brightly colored flowers.

Sophisticated Black and White Decor
Mix the black furniture with crisp white decor and accents for a classy look. Accent black leather sofas with black and white zebra-striped pillows, and place a fluffy white rug on the floor. Hang white linen drapes as a fresh and breezy touch. Buy a coordinating chair featuring black-and-white-striped cushions. To add a splash of color to the space, look for pillows, rugs and throw blankets in rich red or vibrant blue shades.

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Cleaning Your Leather Recliner

10/16/2012 2:50 PM

Leather is a natural material. Follow these steps and you can maintain the look and feel of your fine leather furniture for many years:

  1. Don't place your furniture near a heat source. Make sure that there is a minimum of about a foot between your furniture and the heat source.
  2. Protect your furniture from direct sunlight.
  3. Don't expose to abrasive cleaners, powdered products, stain removers, solvents, turpentine or shoe polish.
  4. Avoid strong rubbing.



  • Dust Regularly.
  • Dusting at regular intervals with a soft dry cloth. Vacuum occasionally with the soft upholstery attachment.
  • Use a Damp Cloth Occasionally.
  • A clean, damp cloth or sponge may be used for soil not removed by dusting.



  • Wipe up excessive liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge. If necessary, use clean lukewarm water and let the leather air dry.



  • Apply a mild non-detergent soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and let air dry.



  • Wipe the leather with a clean dry cloth and let the remainder of the oil dissipate into the leather. Do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot.
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Leather Myths Debunked!

10/16/2012 2:34 PM

Here are 5 common leather furniture myths that you should rethink before deciding on a new living room furniture set: 

MYTH #1: Leather is cold. 
False! Leather absorbs the temperature of its environment. If the room is 72°, the leather furniture is 72° as well. Leather also absorbs the temperature of your body, warming up after you sit in it.

MYTH #2: Leather is bad for homes with children.
False! Leather is a very durable material that naturally withstands the worst your kids can give it. Compared with many fabrics and synthetics, leather is actually a better choice for houses with kids of any age.

MYTH #3: Leather is uncomfortable.
False! Leather furniture is available in a wide variety of thicknesses and finishes, some of which are extremely comfortable and may pleasantly surprise you. The best way to find out is to sit in it! Find out for yourself if your body likes the feel of leather furniture.

MYTH #4: Leather stains easily.
False! Leather furniture blocks many spills from absorbing, much better than most other furniture materials. Many accidents are easily cleaned and even some set-in stains will come out. For even more leather spill protection, have your furniture treated to give it a special defense that will stand the test of time.

MYTH #5: Leather furniture is expensive.
False! Visit a Mor Furniture for Less store to see the dozens of new leather living room sets that are affordably priced. With so many to choose from, you are bound to find a complete set for much less than you would expect. Visit to browse our leather selection. You can get an entire bonded leather living room for under $799!

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Leather Furniture Glossary

10/16/2012 2:13 PM

With so many leather options available when shopping for furniture, knowing some key terms before heading out to the furniture store will help you become more educated and make informed buying decisions. Try to familiarize yourself with the following terms:

ANALINE DYED LEATHER - Lovers of truly natural products are particularly fond of these leathers: their unequaled, glove-soft texture adds an extra dimension of comfort to your sofa or chair. To create this luxurious softness and the rich gem-like color, aniline dyed leathers are tumbled for up to 12 hours in drums containing clear, transparent dyes. These dyes enhance the subtle variations of each hide. All leathers get better over time, but aniline dyed leathers develop a truly beautiful, distinctive patina which adds to its value as a focal point in your home. Only premium hides with the most pleasing color and texture are selected for this category, less than 5% of all upholstery hides in the world. Many grades of leather, from all tanneries, are aniline dyed and natural.


SEMI-ANILINE LEATHER - Also referred to as "Aniline Plus," these leathers are first dyed in the penetrating aniline dyes. Then a topcoat is applied to even out the color of the hide surface. The topcoat also serves to create fading, and soil resistant pieces. Semi-aniline leathers are available in hundreds of colors. They retain a great amount of the softness of aniline dyed hides because the natural top grain is left intact.. A much larger proportion of the worldwide hide supply is suitable for this class of leather and as a result they are more moderately priced than pure aniline dyed hides.


CORRECTED GRAIN LEATHER - Many hides are very marred by naturally occurring imperfections or "'thumbprints" such as insect bites, barbed wire scars, scrapes and other defects. To remove these imperfections, corrected Grain leathers are first sanded or buffed then usually embossed to restore a natural looking grain pattern. Finally, additional color and a protective coating is applied. Some natural softness is sacrificed in the process, but the great number of hides that fit this category make this the most economical grade of top grain leather furniture and extremely resistant to stains and fading.


FULL GRAIN LEATHER - Top-grain leather in its natural state (not corrected or buffed), including the "beauty marks" or "thumbprints of nature” which make each hide unique.


TOP GRAIN LEATHER - The top, outermost, strongest, most durable part of the hide. Very durable because there are no consistent fiber patterns along which the hide can tear. The natural fibers run in all directions. a property of very strong materials. Full grain leather is always top grain.


SPLIT GRAIN LEATHER - The lower layer of the hide, cut away when getting to the top-grain. less strength and overall durability because the fibers in split-grain leather run in one direction allowing a crack or tear to possibly form. The placement and usage of "splits" is important for the durability and quality of the product.


TANNING - The process used to preserve hides. These are pigmented with chromium salts, which change the hide's chemical structure, preserving it for a lifetime.


EMBOSSED - To form a natural-looking leather pattern by using a pressure plate. Most very protected leathers are corrected grain leathers: they are sanded and/or buffed. Then may be embossed to replace the lost pattern seen in natural leather.


SAUVAGE - A process creating a beautiful, marbled appearance to the leather.


PULL UP - leather that has been injected with oils and/or coated in waxes. Initial scratches will disappear over time as the oils and wax return to the surface.


DISTRESSED, AGED, ANTIQUED - The “bomber jacket" or aged look is achieved by applying a wax to the surface of the leather and then tumbling the hides. The tumbling causes the wax to -break" at the creases, resulting in the worn and wrinkled look.


BI-CAST - Produced by bonding a split grain leather to a urethane or vinyl film. The vinyl film gives a high sheen appearance, similar to a patent leather. Bi-cast lacks some of the benefits of all leather products, such as breathability and suppleness but it provides a unique look, and high perceived value with lower costs.


BONDED LEATHER - The bonded leather used in upholstered furniture is a polyurethane fabric that is then backed with a layer of latex or vinyl and mixed with leather fibers. The leather fibers are in the range of 15% to 20% of the total content. The leather is on the outside backing only. Therefore, a great way to explain these materials in this product is that bonded leather is a fabric (vinyl) that has the look and feel of leather but at fraction of the cost. Bonded Leather contains polyurethane therefore it will not breathe as well as leather. Bonded leathers are not new as they have been used in the bindings of books, belts and handbags and is a very durable product.


MICROCAST - Similar to Bonded except it has a fabric woven backing and is not leather. It is made of vinyl or polyurethane and is a super strong fabric that can be made to look like leather. It is used in many cases on Motion Upholstery on the backs and side.


LEATHER MATCH/ALL-LEATHER SEATING - is an economic alternative to full leather. It combines top-grain leather seats with skillfully matched vinyl on the sides and back of furniture. The vinyl is dyed to match the leather. Leather is reserved for the cushions or all places that come in contact with your body. Leather match or all leather seating sofas are much more economical than top-grain leather sofas.

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When shopping for Leather Furniture it helps to know a thing or two about how leather is prepared before it becomes the beautiful sofa you are about to sit on. There are 5 basic steps to processing leather:

The primary distinction between leather types is the quality of the hide prior to tanning. The quality is determined by the age, geographic origin and diet of the animal.

Curing is the initial protective treatment that is administered to the pelts. It only preserves the hides prior to changing them to leather. The most common methods use salt (sodium chloride) as the principal curing agent.

Tanning is the process of taking raw cattle hides that are in the perishable state and putting them into a preserved state. Hides at this stage are light blue in color (wet blue) and have an unlimited shelf life.

This is the first step in introducing color to the hides. The dye has the same effect on the hide as a stain has on wood. The hide is soaked in a solution of dye until the color has penetrated all the way through. This is a synthetic dye, a color which has no solids. A purely dyed hide will have a very natural look. With no solid, the color varies through the hide and is darker in some areas than others. Also dye allows all of nature's marks to be visible. Some leather gets all of its color from dye.

A slight coating of color, with the solids, is put onto the hide to create a more consistent look and even coloration. This coating provides many positive and practical characteristics. Color is put on top of a dyed hide of similar color. The color achieved during dyeing acts as a primer for the finish. This allows less coating to be put on the hide, resulting in a softer hide. The finish acts as a barrier between you and the actual skin. It helps prevent staining and keeps the leather color consistent over many years. A finished leather is the most widely used leather in the industry. It features color consistency, durability, and ease in cleaning.

Hides are too thick to use without splitting. Splitting the hides yields different qualities of leather:

A split hide is the underneath layer of the hide that has been split off when the top grain leather has been separated. Split hides can be embossed and finished to look like top grain leather. They are used with top grain leathers and placed on the sides, backs and base rails of upholstered pieces. This cost saving process provides customers with an excellent value. Split hide leather is not as strong as top grain leather and should not be used for upholstery seats and inside back cushions. Many steps are needed to process split hide leather, causing it to lack the soft and supple feel of most top grain leathers.

Top grain leather is the upper layer of the leather hide. All top grain leathers have many hallmarks of the trails that may not be pleasing to the customer. As a result, these hides are shaved and sanded, then grain patterns are embossed back on to them. This gives the leather a grain pattern that looks natural, but lacks character markings only found in the finest of leather. Corrected leathers will also feel stiff and lack the soft supple feel of high quality leathers.

Full grain leather is top grain leather that has not been mechanically altered. This high quality leather features natural grain and character markings. These natural markings add to the beauty of the hide. Full grain leathers are never sanded or embossed and have the softest and smoothest feel of all leather used in fine upholstery furniture. Less than 3% of all hides have the qualities necessary to become full grain leather.

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Taking Care of Your Leather

10/16/2012 1:25 PM

There are various types and grades of leathers, each serving a different purpose. Some require a bit more maintenance than others, but all follow a set guideline of care to ensure a longer life.


There are four stages in leather care that include cleaning, conditioning, polishing, and protection. When perusing the store shelves for a product that fits your needs, be watchful for what kind of product you're purchasing. It can be confusing to try and figure out which product is for which stage, but look for words that explain how the product is to be used. It is also important to remember to work on your leather in a well-ventilated area. Some leather care products are very strong and can cause irritations.

To clean a leather item, first choose a cleaner that will help preserve the natural lubricating oils instead of stripping them. For example, saddle soap is a commonly used product for equestrian tack. It is meant to be used as a cleaner and a protector from moisture, but it  trips the leather of the oils in the process of attempting to do two jobs at once. The cleaner of your choice should not leave any greasy residue behind. Residue makes leather susceptible to bacteria and can break down the stitching of your item. Before applying anything to your leather item, be certain to test it out for effect and possible color distortion on an area that isn't visible to the eye. Once you've ascertained whether the leather care product is acceptable to use, apply it to your item. With a slightly dampened cloth, remove the cleaning product. For areas with stitches, there are brushes available on the market. Another cleaning product to consider having in your leather care collection is a nubuck cleaning cloth. They have an astonishing ability to clean and restore leather to its original look.

Leather conditioners are meant for occasional use. They contain fats and/or oils that help lubricate leather and replenish the suppleness. Look for a product that will penetrate the strong fibers in leather, but beware of any that include petroleum or mineral oils. While petroleum by-products won't damage your leather immediately, they do over a period of time. Again, just as with cleaning, keep on the look out for thick, greasy conditioning treatments for the best care of your leather.

Polishing is done for special occasions when you want a more glossy finish on your leather. There are a couple things to be wary of when purchasing a polishing agent. Some products contain coloring factors that will brush off on things you come in contact with. Some products also have a tendency to clog the pores in leather or dry leather out. Just as with cleaning, be sure to test out the product on a small area and when ready, buff to a shine.

Moisture barriers are extremely crucial in preventing rain or other liquid hazards from damaging leather. Stiffness and spouting will happen if leather isn't protected beforehand. There is a drawback in protecting leather with a moisture barrier product. They tend to fill in the pores with a greasiness that makes cleaning, conditioning, and polishing difficult, but it's a necessary process to ensure leather isn't destroyed. Periodically apply a moisture barrier and allow it time to penetrate and dry before using your leather item.

Removing Mildew
To remove mildew from leather, create a mixture of one-cup rubbing alcohol per one-cup of water. Wipe the mildew area with a cloth dipped in the diluted alcohol, then allow it to dry. If the mildew persists, use mild soap and water that contains a germicide, then remove with a clean dampened cloth and allow to dry.

Wet Leather
An important key to keeping leather in top-notch condition is to treat wet leather before it has a chance to dry. Remove any dirt, mud, or other stains with a cleaning agent, then condition while the pores are still fully responsive. It is critical to remember that leather should be dried away from heat.

Storing Leather
Remember that leather is a natural material and should never be stored in plastic because it encourages the growth of mildew and bacteria and will ruin the leather. Always store leather in a cool, dry place away from heat.

Removing Stains
Fresh stains from things such as blood and food can be cleaned up quickly with a damp cloth. Stains from oil or grease can be lifted by grinding ordinary blackboard chalk, sprinkling the area, and leaving the powder on for a twenty-four hour period. Resist the urge to rub the powder in. After a sufficient time has past, simply use a leather care brush to remove the powder. While fresh stains can be treated and cleaned at home, ground-in stains should be attended to by a professional cleaner who deals in leather.

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Measure, Measure, Measure!

10/16/2012 1:20 PM

One of the most common mistakes people make when buying new furniture is not preparing before heading down to the furniture store by measuring the space the new furniture will go into. Taking just a few minutes with a tape measure in your home can save you from hassle and headache during delivery and possibly from years of living with the wrong proportions in your room.


In order to enjoy you new furniture selection, you have to get it into your home. While this seems obvious, there is a huge percentage of new furniture buyers who are surprised when they can't get their purchase into the room. 

Start with the outside of your home and any stairs, gates or other obstacles that may hinder moving through the front door. Then, measure the front door and entry way. If there are tight interior stairs or banisters that could block your furniture from getting to your room, take the dimensions with you to the showroom to find out if the furniture you picked is not right for you.


The same goes for the room itself. It makes a huge difference in the years of enjoying your new furniture when you have purchased a set that is designed for the size and shape of the room. You might find new and interesting furniture combinations while shopping that may or may not work for the room you have in mind. Having the measurements will help you decide.


Next, measure the furniture you have selected. Don't worry if you didn't bring along a tape measure to the showroom. Ask the sales staff for some help. That's what they're there for!

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Taking care of your new Tempur-Pedic mattress not only ensures its long life, but also keeps your warranty intact. Follow these easy tips to care care of your Tempur-Pedic.

Electric blankets or heating pads

We do not recommend using an electric blanket or heating pad with your mattress. Due to the temperature-sensitivity of the TEMPUR material, adding high heat can hinder its ability to react to your body temperature and conform to your body shape.

If you ever do use an electric blanket or heating pad, we recommend limiting its use to 30 minutes, and only on low or medium heat.

Mattress pads and covers

We do not recommend using a conventional mattress pad or mattress cover with your mattress. These items add another "layer" between you and the TEMPUR material, reducing its ability to conform to your body. 

If you use a mattress protector, we offer the MattressProtector by Tempur-Pedic™, which was designed to protect your mattress without impacting the feel or performance.

Cleaning the cover

The covers on most of our mattresses can be removed and washed. If you're not sure if your mattress cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.

About washing the cover

We recommend a cold temperature setting for machine washing and a cool setting for machine drying. Air-drying is best. Do not "over-dry" the cover and do not use chlorine products or harsh stain removers of any kind.

Cleaning spills

 If you spill liquid on your mattress, please take the following steps. Because the mattress should never become wet, we can't promise that these steps will completely remove the stain or odor.

If your mattress has a cover, remove it, wash it in cold water with mild detergent, and hang dry for best results. Never use bleach or bleaching products with the cover.

After the cover hasbeen removed, soak up as much of the liquid using towels as possible. This may require pressing down on the material with the towel(s) to release the moisture.

Once excess moisture is removed, let the mattress air dry. To speed up the drying process, place a fan so that it blows on the mattress.

Never wash the TEMPUR® material.

TEMPUR® material should never become wet. We offer a special wet-safe cover to provide extra protection against liquid spills.

Folding during moving

If needed, you can fold your Tempur-Pedic mattress to make it easier to move. Fold it with the TEMPUR® side (top) in.

About folding and cold weather

If the mattress sits in cold weather (below 50°F) folded, do not try to force it to lay flat. It may take a few hours, depending on the temperature of the room, but the mattress will naturally unfold as it warms up.

Transporting or storing

When transporting or storing your mattress, lay the mattress flat—not on its side or folded.

Using the mattress handles

The handles included on some Tempur-Pedic mattresses are for positioning purposes only—not for carrying.

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Why Buy Leather Furniture?

7/31/2012 4:43 PM

Genuine leather furniture provides unmatched levels of style, comfort, and durability. You will find that the natural materials and unique manufacturing techniques provide superior quality when compared to conventional fabrics.

Leather has properties which make it superior to other upholstery materials. It is unique in that it will not tear along the seam lines, or easily rip as some other fabrics do. Through the dyeing process, colors are absorbed by the leather so they will not rub off or fade. Leather is fire resistant and emits no toxic fumes, even when exposed to intense heat. And modern leather will not crack or peel; instead it stretches and retains its shape without sagging.

Leather also offers aspects of pure comfort that far exceed other fabrics, making it a practical and stylish material. Leather can assume body temperature rapidly and become immediately comfortable. Leather is designed to age well, and can easily be well maintained.

Each leather piece is unique. Like a fingerprint, every single piece of leather has its own individual characteristics. Each feature reflects the leather’s natural origins and path from its creation to your home. Markings such as scars, wrinkles, and grain variations, add character and individuality to your furniture and will show you that your leather is of the top quality level.

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