Decorating an Empty Nest


Here’s a recent question we received from a reader:

Our youngest child just graduated high school and my husband and I are empty nesters for the first time in many years. We want to give our home a new look. Any suggestions for where to start?

First, you need to consider how your lifestyle has changed (or will change, for that matter) since you last purchased furniture.

Quick Tips for Dining Room Shopping


The dining room can be one of the most important rooms in the home. It's where family and friends gather for special occasions to share a meal and good times.

When purchasing furniture for the dining room, it's important to make selections that will create a space your friends and family will enjoy while at the same time allowing you to express your personal style.

To help ensure you're on the right track in buying furnishings for the dining room of your dreams, we’ve compiled these shopping tips:

From High Point to Your City


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


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”


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


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


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


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.

Quick Tips to Maximize Furniture Safety


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.

Bunk Beds

Safety Tips for Recliners


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.

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