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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:

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.

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.

Bunk Beds

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.

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.

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:

Safety Tips for Bunk Beds

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After we received a recent question related to this issue, we decided to compile a list of safety tips applicable to bunk beds.

Keep Bunk Beds Safe

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We just received this question from a concerned reader:

My twin sons are 4 years old, and they want bunk beds in their new room. Are there any industry guidelines for bunk beds?

Yes! There are very specific industry guidelines for bunk beds.

Trend Watch – 2010 Outdoor Furniture

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THE FRUGAL OUTDOORS

Improvements in Outdoor Living Spaces Offer Big Payback for 2010

As if week after week of dour economic reports were not gloomy enough, Americans were socked with record-setting cold temperatures and record snowfall throughout much of the United States this winter. But weather forecasters and economists alike see brighter days ahead.

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