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How To: Special Order Furniture

Posted by Kady Anderson

Aug 19, 2014 11:17:08 AM

Most furniture stores (luckily Sam's is not most furniture stores) don't actually have furniture in stock. Weird, right? Usually you go to the showroom, select the pieces you like, then order them and wait what feels like forever for them to come in and be delivered to you. This process can take weeks, and sometimes even months at most stores. Then you have the frustrations of playing the waiting game and potentially having to go without furniture if you're moving into a new place. No fun! The good news is that we have made the special order process hassle free, so here's the lowdown: 

Sam's Furniture SofaWe're not a fan of all that hassle, so we decided long ago to keep furniture in stock in our very own warehouse. That means, when you see it on the showroom floor and fall in love with it, you can usually take it home that day (or have it delivered as early as the next day!). But, sometimes you may need to order a different color or different pieces that Sam's may not have in stock right at that moment. No problem!

The good news is that we have taken the wait and frustration out of special ordering furniture so you don't have to settle for something you don't completely love. If you decide to special order an item that's not in stock, the process is easy and quick. Here's the breakdown:

  1. Fall in love with that new sofa or bedroom set
  2. Place the order either online, over the phone, or in store with our awesome sales team
  3. You'll just need a 20% down payment
  4. If the manufacturer has it in stock, we'll get it to you ASAP!
  5. Have awesome special order furniture delivered to you Sam's Furniture Dining Room Furniture

Some common questions: 

What if I get it delivered and decide I don't like it?

No problem! Let us know within three days and we can get you setup to re select something else or provide you with store credit. 

What if I want to cancel my order?

Just let us know you wish to cancel your order within 24 hours of the time of original order and Sam’s will be able to confirm cancellation without penalty.

How long will it take to come in?

That depends on what the manufacturer has in stock. For instance, if you special order an Ashley Furniture sofa and Ashley's warehouse has the item available, we can get it to you in just a few days. However, if for some reason it is out of stock or back ordered, it may take longer for us to get it to you. We will let you know when you decide to place the order what the best estimated time frame would be so you're not left waiting.

Most importantly, your sales associate is going to be with you every step of the way, personally handling  your order. From selecting your items to placing the order and setting up your delivery, you'll be taken care of and know exactly what to expect. Still have questions? Leave a comment below or Contact Us to get more info! 

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Topics: How To

4 Tips to Arrange your Furniture Like a Pro

Posted by Kady Anderson

Aug 13, 2014 11:51:07 AM

You don't have to be a professional interior desinger to make your home look great. Whether you're completely refurnishing a room in your house or you're decorating a new home, proper furniture placement will play a major role in the success of your design. Unfortunately, a misplaced couch or an obstructed path can create a disjointed look, which in turn makes a room feel unwelcoming to visitors. To help you avoid a decorating mishap, we've compiled a list of 4 essemtial furniture arrangement tips to remember when shopping for your newest home furnishings

1. The first and most important step to arranging the furniture in a room is determining the size of the space. Purchasing items that are too large for a room can cause a variety of problems. Not only will it make Sam's Furniture sectional sofathe area look smaller, but it will also affect the overall flow of the space. Using painters tape on the floor to represent the dimensions of the furniture you desire, allows you to truly visualize the layout of a room before making any final purchases.

2. Never block the physical or the visual path into a room. This mistake often happens when homeowners fill a space with unnecessary items. Remember, when selecting furniture it's best to stick with items that truly serve a purpose; otherwise your house will quickly become overpopulated which will ultimately have a negative effect on your home's overall style.

3. The most inviting rooms encourage conversation. If you're refurnishing your living room, consider placing your main seating no more than 8 feet apart from one another. This will promote a healthy sense of interaction among your guest. If the room is large enough to have two couches, arranging them so they sit face to face is another trick that helps create a warmer environment.

4. A common mistake that many homeowners make is lining the perimeter of a room with furniture . Unfortunately, this technique can cause the area to appear lifeless and boring. If you have no other choice but to place your couch against a wall, don't worry, there are ways to liven up the room. To improve the room's furniture arrangement, even when space is a factor, try floating a few smaller armchairs in front of your couch to establish a more harmonized look. Doing so, also allows you to create a conversation friendly room, which as stated before is key to successfully placing your furniture.

Ultimately you should create a space that is comfortable for you and fits your home's needs! There's no right or wrong way when it comes to your space. 

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Topics: Home Decor, Furniture Tips

Keep Stainless Steel Appliances Shiny and Smudge Free in 2 Easy Steps

Posted by Kady Anderson

Aug 7, 2014 1:38:28 PM

Have you recently upgraded your kitchen appliances with stylish stainless steel upgrades, only to find yourself irritated with the constant smudges that cover your refrigerator, stove and dishwasher? If you're Sam's Furniture Appliancevigorously shaking your head yes, we're here to help you wipe away all of that frustration with a few simple but effective stainless steel cleaning tips. Following the advice below will have your appliances looking smudge free and shinny in no time!

Step 1: White Vinegar

Before you can make your appliances sparkle, you'll need to get rid of the dirt and grime that covers their surface. Mixing one part vinegar to three parts water, provides you with a natural cleaning solution that is safe, budget friendly, and extremely efficient. Once your mixture is ready, apply it generously to your stainless steel appliance and proceed to carefully wipe away the solution with a soft rag. At this stage, don't concern yourself with the streaks left from cleaning your refrigerator, stove or dishwasher, all you need to worry about is removing any dirt from their surface.

Also see Energy Star Appliances: Good for your Home, your Wallet, AND the Environment

Step 2: Baby Oil

Now it's time to get rid of those streaks and bring the shine back to your stainless steel with a little baby Sam's Furniture Appliancesoil. However, before using the baby oil, take an extremely close look at your appliance. Without straining your eyes too horribly, you should be able to spot lots of small lines going in the same direction. Those lines are the grain of your stainless steel.

Once you know which way your grain runs, you can start the baby oil process. Wiping parallel to the grain, begin applying the oil to the stainless steel with a microfiber cloth. Next, flip the cloth over to its dry side, and start buffing the oil off with little to no pressure. After you've finished, step back and take a look at your handy work, if all the streaks aren't gone, run through the baby oil technique one more time.

When you're done, not only will your kitchen appliances sparkle, but they'll also stand a better chance of repelling any unsightly smudges.

If you're looking to buy a new stainless steel kitchen appliance, we can make that easy, too! 

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Topics: How To, Appliances

Top 10 Tips for Decorating a Unique and Eclectic Home

Posted by Kady Anderson

Aug 5, 2014 10:34:56 AM

Can't wait to decorate your home in a way that celebrates your unique tastes? Are you a fan of mixing flea-market finds, furniture designs from various time periods, a diverse collection of artwork, and a wide range of textiles, colors and materials? Whether your taste is hard to pin down or purposefully lived-in and quirky, you want to make sure your staple items of furniture are high-quality, comfortable and functional so that your interesting and unique pieces can be the stars of your home! Here are some of our best tips for buying furniture and appliances that will best complement your eclectic home decor.

  1. Invest In Neutrals- Your sofas, sectionals, love seats, kitchen and laundry appliances, beds and headboards, dining table and chairs, TV stands and anything large or bulky should be neutral in color so they'll work well with a variety of colors and styles, and will continue to function as you add new finds.
  2. Have Plenty of Display Pieces- Unique collections and pieces are a hallmark of the eclectic style but clutter is not. Bookcases, curios and china cabinets allow you to display and style your accessories while keeping your home streamlined and easy to clean. Top 10 Tips for Decorating Unique Sam's Furniture
  3. Mismatch on Purpose- The sitting areas in your living, dining and family rooms should be cozy and intimate- areas where people naturally gather. Make them even more inviting by purchasing sofas, chairs and tables that are complementary, but not matching. One of the hottest trends in dining room sets right now is to mix and match chairs in different designs, fabrics, materials and styles to create a compelling focal point.
  4. Use Mirrors to Add Depth- Mirrors reflect light, open up a room, and make your space look larger. They are a great way to showcase the striking textures and shapes in a room.....twice!
  5. Be Careful With Color- You don't have to have to pick a traditional color scheme when you're decorating in the eclectic style, but you do need to consider the color wheel and temperature, complementary and contrasting colors when buying furniture. A bedroom with a black bed frame and board, a dark blue dresser, a bright yellow armoire, honey wood TV stands and accents, sage green drapes and a lilac dressing chair isn't going to look fun and inspired- it's going to feel jarring and unpleasant to be in.
  6. Use Furniture Pieces in Unusual Ways- Don't be afraid to play and think outside the box. You can use a bar stool as a night table in a bedroom, a china cabinet in the bathroom for linen storage, or a bookcase as a coat stand/key rack/mail drop in the entry way.
  7. The "Pop" Factor- Before buying bookcases, tables, cabinets or curious to display and organize your home accessories, take stock of what you own. Be sure to choose the color (black, white, cream, wood, grey, blue, etc.) that will make your items "pop." All the fine detailing and artwork of a vintage china collection is going to fade into a white display case, and won't have the impact you're looking for.
  8. Celebrate the Contrast- Again, survey your most cherished pieces before you buy big-ticket items, Top 10 Tips for Decorating Sam's Furnitureand consider buying in contrasting styles and colors. If you have an affection for Edwardian wood pieces with Art Deco fabrics and rolling, handmade details, buy a sofa, chair or table that's modern and sleek or overstuffed and casual to contrast with your treasures.
  9. Focal Points- No one ever accents a dining table with three separate flower arrangements- the eye doesn't know where to focus and the entire effect is confusing. Similarly, every room should have one to three focal points, depending on how large it is. You might already have an idea of what you want your focal point to be, or it might come organically in the course of decorating your entire home. Either way, buy and place furniture that doesn't compete with your focal points.
  10. Layering is Key- Layering is an effective way to add charm to vignettes of artwork, heirloom pieces and everyday objects. When arranging a bookcase, entertainment center or shelf display, start with larger objects in the back, and add smaller items and often used items to the front. Layer warm, soft blankets over a leather couch or family photos and postcards over a stainless steel refrigerator to add interest.

Eclectic decorating appeals to anyone who wants their home to be a dynamic canvas for their evolving tastes and passions. It's time to get creative! Not sure where to start? You can find one-of-a-kind and mismatched items in our clearance corner with even better one-of-a-kind pricing. 

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Topics: Home Decor, Furniture Tips

How To: Make your Living room the Ultimate Relaxing Space

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jul 29, 2014 12:34:50 PM

Life can get pretty crazy, and it's easy to get caught up in the busy day to day stresses. There are few things more satisfying than coming home at the end of a long day and being able to put your feet up and just...relaxSam's Furniture Relaxing Living Room

No matter if your style is country, elegant, ritzy, or contemporary, there is one true factor that goes into every living room design: comfort is king. The living room/den is the one place in the house where individual design can actually take a back seat. Because after a long day, relaxing on the couch or in your favorite easy chair trumps most other considerations.

Here are some tips for making your living room the most relaxing spot in the house.

Paint Enhances Your Mood

It all starts with paint color. Think about your living room right now. What color are the walls? Would you say that the paint color, if it were to stand alone, would be considered relaxing? Serene? If you said no, begin here. Choose colors that soothe and invoke a sense of comfort: soft blues and greens, muted beiges, warm grays and browns. 

Plants Bring Life

Living things not only purify the air, they add a sense of life to a living room. Don't have a green thumb? Don't worry! There are so many easy to care for houseplants available today, that even if you forget to water them for a few weeks, they'll live on. 

Sam's Furniture Relaxing Living RoomThe Perfect Sofa

We'll go ahead and wager that you have a sofa or couch in your living room. We've heard it's a fairly common feature. But how do you know if you have the right one? It's simple! It all comes down to a few factors.

- How will your sofa function in the room? Only sitting? Lounging? Taking naps? Remember, a sofa is often the focal point of the living room.

- How large is your family? Do you need a sectional? An L-shape? Or more of a curvy design. Decide what meets your room's (and family's) needs.

- What material suits your home's needs? Do you need something easily cleaned? Stain-resistant? Or maybe you prefer chic leather. Don't forget to also choose a color that accents.

Still not sure where to start shopping for a sofa? Here are some Simple Steps for Selecting your Perfect Sofa

Creating a room that beats a hectic day is important to inspiring a home environment that soothes and relaxes you and most importantly, allows you to enjoy your family. A house becomes a home when you fall in love with it...and it's so easy to fall in love when your stress and worry starts to float away! 

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Topics: Home Decor, Furniture Tips

Energy Star Appliances: Good for your Home and the Environment

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jul 21, 2014 2:15:34 PM

Whether you’re looking for a brand-new kitchen appliance to meet the demand of your summer groceries, or want to upgrade your home air conditioning units to something both effective and cost-effective, make sure that you consider the energy rating for the most efficient options. There are a lot refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and laundry machines out there, but not all of them will work to help keep your energy bills down over time. 

The joint program with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy has helped produce a line of appliances that you may recognize as ENERGY STAR®. When you choose ENERGY STAR® appliances from Sam’s Furniture, you’re making the decision to cut the cost of your energy bills while contributing to saving the environment!

But what does an Energy Star rating actually do?

Sam's Furniture Energy Star AppliancesENERGY STAR® appliances help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use a significantly smaller amount of energy than non-certified devices, keeping you cooler, your items fresher, and the environment safer for you year-round. Plus, we can make it easier than ever to upgrade your existing ones to ENERGY STAR® with our unique lease-to-own program (shameless plug).

Need some more guidance on where to start when you are looking for new appliances? Check out our tips for how to find the perfect appliances to build your dream kitchen

So you're saving energy, and that's great, but how exactly does that work? So glad you asked. While you're shopping, just look for the blue Energy Star icon to make sure that you're looking in the right place. Fun fact: Front-loading ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers use 40-75% less water and 30-85% less energy than typical top-loaders, which equals 10 to 24 gallons per load vs. up to 40 gallons with top load washers.

The average American family washes almost 400 loads of laundry each year. Over the life of your new ENERGY STAR qualified washer, you’ll save enough money in operating costs to pay for the matching dryer. With your water savings, you could fill three swimming pools.

Replacing your old washer with a new ENERGY STAR qualified washer could save you over $135 each year on your utility bills. That’s like getting your detergent for free year round. With those kinds of savings, there really is no reason not to choose Energy Star rated appliances for your home. 

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Topics: Appliances

Dryers Need Love Too: Here's Some Maintenance Tips

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jul 15, 2014 10:51:17 AM

Laundry isn't glamorous, and it may seem like a never ending chore, but having the right appliances can help make the job easier. The good news is that no matter what your budget is, you can find a washer and dryer that will last you a long time with proper maintenance and care...so be proactive in taking care of your laundry helpers, and they will return the favor! Here we have outlined some easy things you can do to make sure your dryer works great for the long haul. 

Sam's Furniture Dryer MaintenenceAs with any appliance, maintaining your dryer is key to prolonging its life expectancy. However, when you neglect basic cleaning and upkeep practices, your machine and wallet may suffer due to costly repairs. To stop that from happening, we've listed 4 important maintenance procedures that can protect your dryer from needless wear and tear.

Clean The Vent Trap

You're probably sick of hearing it, but cleaning your dryer's lint trap after each use is a crucial maintenance routine. Another wise but often ignored cleaning practice entails removing the lint from the chute that holds the lint trap. An easy way to do this is by using your vacuum to suck up the lint that has fallen into the chute. Not only will doing this regularly help your dryer perform better, it also is important to prevent a fire risk. Safety first!

Use The Right Vent Tubing

Before you install your new dryer, make sure you have the correct tubing. Flexible white vinyl tubing is no longer recommended for a dryer's venting system, in fact, it fails to meet national fire code standards and is considered a fire hazard. To make your dryer as safe as possible, you must use aluminum tubing, which does not cause air restriction like its vinyl predecessor.

Watch For Increased Drying Times

An increase in drying time, generally indicates a lint clog in the appliance's venting system. Cleaning the Sam's Furniture Dryer Maintenenceventing tube at least once a year can prevent major clogs from occurring. You can either choose to do this project yourself by using a dryer vent brush or you can hire a professional repairman to clean any excessive lint from your machines tubing.

Keep It Level

Your dryer should always sit level; otherwise your appliance may become extremely noisy and its unevenness will eventually lead to certain parts wearing out prematurely. Thankfully, leveling your appliance is easy. You will simply need a leveling tool to determine which legs need adjusting. Once you've figured that out, refer to your dryer's owners manual to learn how to properly realign the legs. You should check whether or not your dryer is still level at least every 6 months to avoid potential damage.

If your appliance has already dried its last load of laundry and you're searching for the perfect replacement, shopping for a new dryer doesn't have to be a burden on you our your wallet. You can find a great machine at any price point with as many or as few features as you need. 

Sam's Furniture Dryer Maintenence    Sam's Furniture washer and dryer   Sam's Furniture Washer and Dryer

 

 

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Topics: Appliances

The "Big Kid Bed": Shopping for Fun and Functional Kids Furniture

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jul 9, 2014 12:23:17 PM

So this is it...they're ready for their "big kid" bed. It's time to move out of that crib and into some furniture that they can really grow with. There's a lot of youth furniture out there, but how do you figure out the best next step that makes the kids AND your budget happy? Sam's Furniture Kid's Furniture

The best place to start is to think long term. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How many years will they be using this furniture?
  • Do we want it to be able to transition with them into their pre-teen or teen years?
  • Do we want something gender specific, or more neutral?

The great thing about investing in a youth bedroom is that pieces can be customized to meet your needs. For example, most beds come in a variety of types including bunk beds, trundle beds, or even beds with storage options built in. 

Choosing a collection that can be styled in different ways is the key to making your kid's furniture last them for many years. This way, the bed itself stays the same, but as they grow and their interests change, they can change out the decor details to grow with them (thus preventing you from having to buy Sam's Furniture Kid's Furnitureeven more furniture down the line). 

It's easy to get caught up in the "cute factor" when you're looking at kid's furniture, but if you're wanting a bed that will last them through their teenage years, keep it fun and simple. Of course, you can always go the princess bed or race car bed route. Find what works best for you!

Once you find something you like, find out which pieces you would like to have in addition to a bed (or if the bed works great by itself). Most youth collections include the usual dresser, mirror, chest, and night stand. Other collections may also have fun pieces like a desk or vanity. 

Thinking of going with a bunk bed? Check out our How To on creating a space with bunk beds that's for more than just sleeping! 

Most importantly, once you have the furniture, let your little ones create a space that they love and are comfortable in. Whether they're sharing a room with siblings or have a room all to themselves, letting kids have a say in their own space makes them feel just as excited as you are about decorating. 

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Topics: Home Decor

Energy Efficient Appliances = Money In Your Pocket

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jun 23, 2014 5:34:10 PM

If your utility bills have you scratching your head and wondering how they got so high, you'll most likely find the answer in your kitchen and laundry room. The major appliances in your home have the ability to waste large amounts of energy. Fortunately, you can cut back on their power consumption by combining proper appliance maintenance and efficient operating procedures. Luckily, in recent years most appliance manufacturers have started to make more energy efficient products that save you money while maintaining the quality you expect from such a major purchase. How can you tell if it's energy efficient? Just look for the blue Energy Star seal! 

In addition to an Energy Star rating, these tips can help you save while using your home's major appliances

Energy Star Washer Dryer

Clothes Dryer 

  • After drying a load of laundry, always clean the lint filter. Doing so improves air circulation, and it's also a preventive measure against fires breaking out in your appliance.
  • Take advantage of your dryer's retained heat by drying two or more loads in a row.
  • Don't ignore your dryer's vent. Checking the vent every few months will alert you to blockage issues which can cause your appliance a number of issues, including increased energy consumption.

Washing Machine

  •  Using hot water to wash your clothes will definitely leave you with a large utility bill. Sticking with warm or cold water is the easiest way to cut back on energy expenses.
  • Avoid washing small batches of clothes. Doing one large load of laundry a day, instead of two or three small loads is much more energy efficient.
  • Don't overuse detergent. When you put too much soap in your appliance, the machine will have to work harder which is an obvious waste of power.

Dishwasher

  • Whether you have 10 plates in your dishwasher or both racks are completely filled, your appliance uses the same amount of water. That's why constantly running smaller loads will result in higher energy costs. Refraining from turning on your dishwasher until it's filled will help you conserve energy  Energy Star Appliancesand money.
  • Instead of using your dishwasher's drying feature, turn the appliance off once the wash cycle is done and open its door to let the dishes inside air dry. While it may take a little longer, the energy you save will be well worth it.
  • Reading through your dishwasher's owners manual, to learn the correct loading arrangement, guarantees the appliance's energy and water use is optimized.

The Refrigerator

  • Unlike your dishwasher or dryer, your fridge is constantly working to keep your food fresh. Managing its energy use begins with the right temperature settings. When your refrigerator and freezer are kept too cold, you are wasting energy and money. To stop this from happening, it is recommended your fridge maintains a temperature of 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer stays at 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The door gasket, also know as the door seal, plays an important part when it comes to refrigerator efficiency. If the gasket is dirty or cracked, your appliance will not form a proper seal and that leads to cold air seeping out of it. Giving the gasket a good cleaning with a soft bristle toothbrush and warm soapy water will eliminate any gunk from the rubber. Unfortunately, if there are cracks in the gasket, you will need to replace the part.
  • Dirty condenser coils will cause your fridge to consume more power. When you allow dirt to build up, your refrigerator will have to work harder and longer to stay cool. To rid the appliance's condenser coils of dust simply use your vacuum.
  • Food and liquid left uncovered in your refrigerator produces moisture which leads to the compressor working overtime. Wrapping up foods and keeping liquids in closed containers will keep energy use down.

Energy Star Appliances

 

 

The ultimate way to cut back on energy expenses is by upgrading your older appliances to energy star appliances. 

While you're shopping around and comparing models, be sure to check the Energy Star rating. You can even look up how much it costs to run certain appliances in your home. Keep in mind how frequently you will be using it and its longevity in your home. Most major appliances can last you many years with proper care and maintenance. 

 

 

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Simple Steps for Selecting a Sofa

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jun 19, 2014 3:29:14 PM

Decisions...decisions. When you're shopping for a new sofa, it can be overwhelming looking at all the different variations of fabrics, sizes, styles, and colors. Sofa…even the word itself sounds soft and luxurious. It just makes you want to stretch out and relax, doesn't it? Or, maybe you prefer to get comfy on a "couch," or – as grandma used to say – a "davenport".

No matter what you call it, it is usually the anchor of your furniture selection, especially for your living room. The size, style, color and quality of this vital element will set the tone for not only other large pieces, but accents and accessories as well.

So, how can you go about selecting a sofa that will satisfy your needs, wants and maybe even your whims? These simple steps will help:

Select-A-Size

Although it may seem obvious, many sofa shoppers tend to forget that size matters. Will your sofa be gracing a spacious open-concept floor plan or be tucked into a cozy enclave? Will it need to settle in between immovable features such as windows or doors?

Showroom display areas can make even the largest sofa seem smaller, so be sure to take accurate measurements of the actual space your sofa will live in. Length, depth and height are all important numbers to bring along when shopping, and be sure to keep "volume" in mind as well – meaning, can your space visually support a heavier overstuffed style, or do you need to lean more toward a sleek, slim profile?

Identify and Embrace Your Style

How do you answer if someone asks you to describe the style and atmosphere you want to create in your home? Formal… casual… traditional… contemporary… practical… extravagant? The list goes on and you don't have to limit yourself to one particular identity. Maybe you'd say "I'm country elegant," "eclectic yet formal," or "big-city sleek with an island vibe thrown in!" Whatever style – or combination thereof – that screams your name, select a sofa that can serve as a springboard for your entire decor.

Want to foster a relaxed atmosphere that will make family and friends take off their shoes and stay a while? A deep, soft sofa with casual fabric and fluffy loose cushions will help establish that welcoming feeling. Accessorize with snuggly throws, ambient lighting and coffee-cups-welcome-here end tables.

Is stylish after-dinner conversation more to your liking? You might choose a contemporary sofa with clean lines, track arms and boxed-style seat backs. Matching accent chairs or loveseat, and glass or chrome accessories, will establish an upscale environment and encourage quiet, pleasant interaction.

Are You a Lover or a Leaver?

Are you the type of person that searches diligently for the perfect thing and then remains happy with it for a long time to come, or do you prefer to change things up more frequently? When selecting furniture, it's important not only to embrace your style, but to determine how long you want to live with that identity.

For example, is your closet full of classic items and interchangeable accessories, or do you chuck everything and go all out for the latest trends each season? Similarly, it's wise to factor in your personal "love it or leave it" quotient when choosing your sofa.

If you desire longevity, choose a sofa that can serve as an unobtrusive backdrop. Perhaps monochrome fabric, minimal detailing and modest size will best allow you to maintain a consistent foundation, while occasionally rotating decorative accents for updated interest. For you, investing in the highest-quality your budget will allow is wise and will pay off in many years of satisfaction.

On the other hand, if you want to make a bold statement, but not be tied to it when a trendy new option comes along, you're a candidate for a value-priced selection. Go ahead, grab a red faux-leather sofa and throw in a floor-to-ceiling lava lamp and shagadelic rug for a joy-filled oasis of personality! When you're ready to embrace something different, you can have a fabulous garage sale or donate them to charity – if a friend or family member with an equally exuberant sense of style doesn't talk you out of them first!

Utilize the Experts

In any case, don't hesitate to ask questions and obtain recommendations from the experts. Knowledgeable furniture sales staff will offer valuable insights into not only style trends and fabric differences, but also provide information about quality considerations, warranties, manufacturer details and other important factors which you might not think of during the thrill of shopping.

At Sam's, our staff members are thoroughly trained and committed to providing the highest level of customer service, including helping you select furniture that will make you smile not just when you select it in the showroom, but as it becomes part of your home as well.

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Hey there! I'm Kady and I love exploring Fort Worth, good food, and my dogs. My degrees are in
Marketing and Communications (Go Mean Green!), but I love helping you make your home beautiful and sharing my favorite life hacks. KadyAnderson

Here on the Family, Fun & Furniture Blog you will find everything from design tips and furniture trends to community and culture posts. My favorite sources of inspiration are Pinterest and the latest furniture industry buzz. 

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