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From High Point to Your City

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The International Home Furnishings Market, aka High Point Market, is a twice a year trade show not open to the public. It is the place where buyers from furniture stores go to select their merchandise for the coming season.

You will soon see the exciting new collections in your hometown furniture stores, 3-6 months after it is introduced at Market.

Check this site for regular updates from the spring and fall furniture Markets for what is hot and trendy in furniture.

Ideas for Extra Spaces

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Have your kids moved out of the house? Have you upgraded to a bigger pad recently? Maybe you've got some extra space that you don't know what to do with it?

Here are some ideas to breathe new vibrancy into those extra rooms:

The A-Zs of “Home Safe Home”

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Home Sweet Home has taken on new meaning for today's consumers, and as Americans increasingly turn to their homes as havens for enjoying their family and friends, they are looking for these comfort zones to not only be comfortable and inviting, but safe and secure as well.

To help ensure that Home Sweet Home is also Home Safe Home, the American Home Furnishings Alliance offers the following ABCs for safe home furnishings:

Quick Tips for Sofa Shopping

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To help ensure you're on the right track in searching for your dream sofa, we teamed up with the Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC) to offer you these shopping tips:

Furnish that Small Space

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This might be one of the most common questions we receive from readers:

We have a very small apartment and not a lot of storage space. Can you recommend some really practical, yet appealing pieces of furniture that we can purchase to best use our limited space?

An armoire is one of the most efficient pieces of furniture you can have in a small home. Armoires are attractive, wonderful for storage, and can be used in almost any room.

Create a Cozy Home Theatre

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In the marketing for an entire home entertainment package -- but don't want your family room to look like an electronics store? You’re in luck! Furniture today is made specifically to accommodate home theatre equipment while still being pleasing to look at!

A number of furniture manufacturers are paying close attention to the rapid advancements in electronics and are offering new entertainment centers with these changes in mind. You will find a variety of styles that will beautifully accommodate the popular giant-screen TVs.

Safety Tips for Recliners

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Recliners are comfortable. But sometimes, all those moving parts can be hazardous to little hands. That’s why we’ve put together this list of safety tips regarding recliners, in particular.

Quick Tips to Maximize Furniture Safety

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General Guidelines

Furniture surfaces should be smooth and free of splinters or rough edges. Nails, screws and other joiners should be tight and unexposed. Be wary of older pieces of furniture that may contain lead paint.

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Fire-Prevention Safety Tips for Residences

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When shopping for upholstered furniture, look for the gold UFAC hangtag. Upholstered furniture manufactured according to the voluntary Upholstered Furniture Action Council standard has been constructed to better resist ignition by smoldering cigarettes - which are the leading cause of fires involving furniture in the home.

Here are some other fire safety tips:

Smart Tips for Decorating on a Budget

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So you’ve paid your taxes (early) and have gotten a refund -- or have saved up a little money -- and want to spend it on making your home more comfortable.

Where do you start?

First of all, let me commend you for setting up a budget. According to recent AHFA research, 87% of consumers don't set a budget for decorating and furnishing their homes. We think that's a mistake. Setting a budget helps you plan and understand your goals.

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