The new high style motion furniture from has exceeded my expectations in terms of style & comfort. Those of us who have always longed for the comfort of reclining furniture, but have been continually disappointed with the over-sized, bachelor pad, man cave style options can now rejoice in the new high style look of reclining furniture available in today’s market. Along with the more refined look, the quality and features are amazing too.
The following options are available in select groups in the power motion offerings by Flexsteel:
Close wall proximity allows you to open and recline in any position with the furniture positioned only inches from the wall. This feature is available in most of Flexsteel’s motion furniture, with the exception of rocking, gliding or swivel recliners.
The power mechanism allows you to smoothly recline to any position with the touch of a button. If the select group offers the power headrest option, the dual power button allows you to operate the reclining and headrest mechanisms independently.
Many of the power reclining options will also include a USB charging station option.
Removable back allows for easy lifting and maneuvering through doorways when your furniture is placed in your home or needs to be moved.
All Flexsteel motion furniture features the blue steel spring unit for optimum seating support and durability backed by a lifetime warranty.
Several of Flexsteels’s power motion groups are also available without power, if you prefer manual operation.
*** Specific features will vary by manufacturer and furniture groups.
Today’s furniture has to be stylish and functional, so we put together a list of our favorite 5 pieces that incorporate a functional design element that can be useful for everyday living.
The first piece we chose is a lift-top cocktail ottoman from Ashley Furniture. This ottoman features an upholstered padded top, which is convenient when you need some additional seating for family gatherings. The lift-top feature is great for working on a labtop or for game day or movie time snacks. You can store items like magazines under the lift-top side of the ottoman, and there is an additional storage drawer on the opposite side.
This next piece is also from Ashley Furniture. It is a chair side table featuring a power port to plug in a table lamp or charge electronic devices such as phones and tablets. There is a pull out tray with built in coasters for your beverages and a spot to hold the remote. There is a magazine rack on the backside of the table, as well as inside storage you can access from the front.
The 3rd piece is a trendy gray nightstand from Aspen Furniture. This nightstand has built in AC power ports similar to the chair side table, with the exception that the power port is inside the top drawer, which works great for charging devices. There is a separate outlet on the exterior of the nightstand to to utilize the special 3 way touch lighting feature. If you look closely at the image below, there is a small “dot”, this is the touch sensor on the side of the nightstand. Aspen also offers more traditional wood design options with similar features to this collection.
We are absolutely in love with this 4th item by Liberty Furniture. There has been a trend in entertainment stands that can hide your TV. This piece offers a unique style with the sliding barn doors and shelving on the sides. You now have a beautiful piece of furniture that can display books, vases and family heirlooms; as well as house a 55″ television. Pictured with a brown antique wood finish and country white barn doors, Liberty also offers this piece in an all over antique brown finish.
This last piece from Hillsdale is simple, but very functional and comes in either a two or four shelf design with storage baskets. We chose this piece because the removable baskets can function as storage within the piece itself or they can be distributed to other rooms in the home and you still have a stand with shelves. Bonus Tip: Keep at least one basket empty, so when you are picking up around the house; simply carry the basket with you to collect all the items that need to be picked up and be put away in it’s proper place. It’s a great way to tidy up and only takes a few minutes!
Furniture can be a significant investment, so it’s easy to get excited by an apparent bargain. Knowing the style, size, and color you want is a good start, but take a little research time to learn how to look for quality. Quality will determine how long it will last, look good, and be comfortable…as well as save you from disappointment in a piece that quickly falls apart.
Check the cushions, look under the sofa, open the drawers, and by all means sit on it! Here are some features that add to longevity:
Hardwood Frames – Hardwoods (maple, walnut, oak) can stand up to a lot of weight. Kiln-drying removes moisture which prevents the wood from cracking easily.
Spring Support – Coil springs which are tied to the frame in eight different places provide the most uniform support. S-shaped sinuous springs are also a good choice for stability.
Seat Cushions – High-density foam is comfortable, keeps its shape, and provides long-lasting support. Foam wrapped in down, Dacron batting, or cotton creates a softer seating surface. For luxurious softness that you sink into, choose down blend. For firmer support, look for encased Marshall coils.
Joints – Furniture that has been glued, screwed, or doweled together provides a much sturdier support structure than pieces which have been stapled or nailed.
Solid Wood – Particle board doesn’t hold up under heavy weight, is susceptible to humidity, and will chip and peel. Look for solid wood instead.
Reinforced Corner Blocks – Table and chair legs should have screwed in (not glued) corner blocks to keep them from becoming wobbly. This is also important in weight-bearing furniture like entertainment centers.
Thread Count – The higher the thread count, the more tightly woven the upholstery fabric is, and the better it will wear.
To make the most of styles that stand the test of time, you might not want to jump on board with the latest fad. A particular trend may be hot today, but will you still love it a few years down the line? Buy it because you like it, but think about how frequently you’d like to update your décor. Some classic design elements will always be in style, and they cover a wide territory from which to choose.
Don’t try to protect your furniture by making it off-limits. What good is a piece that never gets used? Just take your lifestyle factors into consideration. Children, pets, and snacking in front of the TV can obviously take their toll, so stain-resistant or harder wearing fabrics may be in order. A little regular maintenance can help improve the life span of your furnishings – polish the wood, vacuum the cushions, treat the leather, or find out how to make minor repairs. Be familiar with what the manufacturer’s warranty covers, and look into any protection plans your furniture retailer has to offer.
What if you don’t need furniture that will last a lifetime? If a lesser-quality piece will do to get your kid through college, there are plenty of options that will look good and serve their function. If you’re furnishing a room that won’t be used very often (like a guest room), it’s fair to sacrifice a little sturdiness.
Buying quality furniture might mean spending extra money at first, but break the price down over its many years of use and it will probably be a greater savings than regularly replacing cheap furniture. The real value, however, is built as you pass treasured furniture down through generations. The memories associated with them are what make them priceless.
Leather prices have tumbled, making this practical material an option for more and more people. If you are considering leather upholstery for your home, you may have some questions about how leather compares to fabric. This guide will help you figure out what you want in your leather sofa and make an informed purchase.
If you have ever watched the Antiques Roadshow, you know that early American-made furniture can make enthusiastic appraisers absolutely giddy. But this article isn’t about a reinvention of the historic style. It’s about furniture, of all styles, being made in the USA.
In the 1800s the furniture industry in the US grew regionally, near where people settled and lived. As industrialization spread and transportation of goods became easier, furniture production focused in North Carolina, North Mississippi and Michigan, near the primary raw material – specifically wood from the indigenous forests and textile mills.