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Merrillville, IN   46410

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Dressers: Must-Know Facts

6 Things to Know Before You Buy

A dresser is a functional piece of bedroom furniture that can take on many roles. Besides acting as a storage area for your clothing, jewelry, and other personal items, it can display knick knacks and photos. Add your make-up to the top and a mirror and it becomes a vanity. Dressers are masters of all trades.

Before you go on a quest for the perfect chest of drawers, do your homework. Knowing what to look for can help you choose the best model for your lifestyle.

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Fact #1: There are Four Basic Dresser Styles

Dressers come in different styles and sizes. Here’s a rundown of the four most common to keep in mind as you’re dresser shopping.

Vertical: A vertical dresser typically stands tall with narrow drawers. This style also works well if you have a dual purpose that demands eye level, such as displaying a TV or as a vanity to which you can attach a mirror. Vertical dressers can provide ample storage space too.

Horizontal: This dresser style is wider and lower to the ground than a vertical dresser. In addition to storing clothes, this style works well for using your dresser as a changing table or as a vanity for displaying knickknacks, among other uses. The spacious drawers are ideal for housing bulkier items, such as sweaters. You can separate items by adding your own dividers, if you choose to.

Gentleman’s chest/armoire: This is a combination dresser with drawers and an armoire, which is a side cabinet for storage or hanging clothes. Consider it part dresser, part closet.

Lingerie chest/semainier: This traditionally tall, slim dresser features multiple smaller drawers for lingerie. Adding this piece to your bedroom can free up dresser space and help you organize your intimates. It allows you to designate some drawers for bras and some for nightgowns, for example.

Think about how you’ll use your dresser to determine the best style for your needs.

Fact #2: Size Matters

Before shopping, measure the area where you’ll be placing the dresser with a tape measure, including the width of the area where the dresser will be placed and the depth of the floor space in front of the wall; hold a tape measure against the wall’s floorboard and extend it parallel to the wall. Add at least one inch allowance to the depth measurement if there’s an electrical outlet that will be used in the wall behind the dresser. Jot these measurements down so you can use them to compare models and sizes as you’re shopping.

Fact #3: Construction and Finish

Dressers are often made from hardwood, such as ash, cherry, mahogany, or oak, and/or soft wood, such as cedar, pine, or cypress. Many dressers are a combination of hard and soft woods for the inner compartment. Dressers/chests may also be made from composite woods and constructed with a laminate or veneer finish, in colors such as brown, white, red, beige, black, blue, and metallic. Know that hardwoods can be heavy.

Fact #4: Some Dressers are Made to Match

If you want your bedroom furniture to match, consider buying a dresser that is part of a set. Some sets even offer a vertical and a horizontal version so you can choose the one that best suits your needs and space.

If you like to mix it up a bit or you are buying a dresser for another room think about the overall look you’d like to achieve. Do you want the dresser to be the showpiece in that room or more understated to blend in with the style and color of the other furniture.

Fact #5: Construction and Finish

Dressers/chests made from any type of wood are generally easy to maintain but you’ll want to take steps to protect your dresser/chest. Use coasters under any drinking glasses you place on top of your dresser. Use doilies or felt pads under objects that may scratch surface. Follow manufacturer’s directions when applying wood cleaners or polishes.

Fact #6: Assembly is Getting Easier

Know that some dressers come in several pieces and require assembly. You’ll need to have the right tools for the job, such as a screwdriver, and read the manufacturer’s assembly instructions. Otherwise stick to solid construction and opt for delivery. It may cost more, but is often worth the investment.

Coffee Tables: Must-Know Facts

4 Things to Know Before You Buy

There’s little doubt that a good coffee table can be one of the highlights of a room, but with all of the available options and designs, choosing the perfect coffee table can be a bit of a challenge! So grab some coffee and let’s explore the world of coffee tables.

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Fact #1: Size is Important

Unlike other types of tables, coffee tables are intended to be roughly the same height as the cushions of your sofa and other similar pieces of furniture in the room. So in choosing the height of your coffee table, you should first measure the height of your cushions and choose a coffee table with a similar elevation.

The length of your coffee table is also very important. A table that is too large can be difficult for people to maneuver around, while a table that is too small can be challenging to use. In general, your coffee table should be about two-thirds as long of your sofa, although the exact dimensions will depend on your personal style and preference. A good rule of thumb is to position your coffee table about 1 .5 feet away from the edges of your furniture, so keep this in mind when considering the appropriate size to buy.

If you have a particularly large space to fill, consider using two smaller tables rather than one large one. This can give you more room to maneuver and eliminate the possibility of having a single coffee table that overwhelms the room.

Fact #2: Different Situations Require Different Shapes

Coffee tables come in many different shapes, and choosing the most suitable fit will depend in part on the size of your other furniture pieces. If you have a long sofa, a rectangular coffee table that is accessible from every seat is likely the best choice. On the other hand, round or square coffee tables can be a good choice for smaller spaces — or to encourage guests to be seated on all sides of the table — while oval tables can combine the best aspects of rectangular and round tables. If space is limited, consider a trio of nesting tables, identical in every respect except for size. When not in use, the smaller tables can tuck underneath the larger one where they will be right at hand whenever additional table area is needed.

Fact #3: Extra Features are Abundant

Having chosen the most appropriate size and shape for your coffee table, it’s now time for the fun part — choosing what extra features you desire! If you want convenient storage space, a coffee table with shelves, bins, or drawers can provide plenty of room for books, board games, or miscellaneous items. For larger items, a trunk-shaped coffee table with a lifting top can offer ample storage space within the table, although it may not be convenient to access if you plan on keeping large books or decorative items on top. If spilled drinks are a concern, a tray top coffee table will help prevent liquids from spilling off the table and onto the floor below.

Fact #4: Room Style Dictates Table Style

Just as coffee tables come in many different shapes, they come in many different materials as well! The style of your room will obviously have a major impact on your choice of a material. Just as an intricately-carved wooden table would look out of place in a no-frills room, a glass-topped metal table might not be as appropriate in a woodsy hunting lodge with elk horns on the wall. Intended use can also affect your choice of material — for example, spilled drinks could stain a wooden table, but not a glass or metal table.

Buying Guide to TV Stands & Media Centers

6 Things to Know Before You Buy

Display your flat screen TV on a stand, console or entertainment center and suddenly, you’ve got a home theater. Designed for style and functionality, this impressive multi-tasker can add life to your living room and den or family room. It can showcase your TV and help you stay organized by serving as storage space for your books, DVDs, video games, and other media equipment. TV stands/media centers come in a variety of styles, sizes, and looks. Tuning into the following facts can help you pick the best model for your situation.

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Fact #1: Know the Size of Your TV


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