June 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
A guide to the best in snooze-friendly furniture
Where do you head when the day starts to drag on and you desperately need to nap for 20 minutes? Daybeds, futons and sleeper sofas all offer comfortable sleeping space for those times when a quick catnap is all you require to replenish your energy reserves.
The biggest advantage of a daybed is that it can be used as is. There’s nothing to unfold or pull out, so the mattress is in one piece with no bumpy spots from being scrunched up inside the furniture. You don’t have to worry about allowing for extra space unless you choose a daybed with a trundle option that rolls out from under the main seat to expand the sleeping area. When you’re not napping, daybeds are great couches. Dual functionality makes them a good choice for small spaces, and styles ranging from rugged to contemporary harmonize with any type of decor.
Another way to add both a couch and a bed to a small space is to bring in a futon. Futons are perfect for teen and young adult bedrooms since they offer a place to sit, sleep or simply hang out. You can also stick one in your living room to add seating and sleeping space. The best thing about futons, though, is their versatility. Some slide out to become full- or queen-sized beds, while others fold down at the ends to create a twin bed.
Unlike daybeds and futons, sleeper sofas are couches first and beds second. However, that doesn’t make the bed any less useful or comfortable. A sleeper sofa is the perfect solution when you need space for guests but don’t have a dedicated guest room. All you have to do when you have visitors is pull out the bed, make it up with a comfortable bedding set and add a few pillows. In the morning, it goes right back to being a couch. This versatility also saves you money by eliminating the need to purchase a separate sofa and guest bed. Modern sleeper sofas look just like regular sofas and come in a variety of colors and styles.
Whichever of these furniture pieces you choose for your home, you can find just the right design to fit your needs at Cardi’s. Visit our website or, if you’re in the MA and RI area, come check out our furniture stores for a selection of the best beds to support your sleep, accommodate guests or give your home a touch of modern style.
June 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
Whimsical themes make decorating a young child’s room pure delight. Indeed, with all the time, effort and planning you put into the selection of just the right items, you want this décor to last for several years. Generally, it does. Yet while you still may be enthralled by the whimsy of it all, the older your child gets, the less enchanted he or she becomes with the prospect of continuing to live in it. That’s when you know it’s time to turn that child’s room into a teen’s room.
Transforming the room is really just a matter of updating colors and accessories to acknowledge your child’s growth and maturity. Unlike that initial decorating foray, this one needs to involve your child. Teens have definite ideas on the colors and styles that they like and a secure knowledge of what’s fashionable. That’s why your child should be your first source of information.
To begin, a simple and truly transformative change is paint. Inexpensive and easy to apply, paint can change a room from baby-colored pastels or vivid primary colors to a more grown-up version in subtle shades of the same colors. Let your child select his or her favorite color, and then cover the walls in that hue.
New window treatments and bed linens are a great next step. Relinquishing the childhood characters and symbols for those that are decidedly more in keeping with their newly acquired young-adult status, teens can select linens in patterns and combinations that reflect their personalities, aspirations and interests. It’s an area where their creativity can have free reign as these are such easy items to change at will. Adding a playful trim, a hand painted design or any other embellishment that capture’s your child’s eye will incorporate the child’s design aesthetic while making the room a more personal space for them to live in. Just try to ensure that the colors of the bed linens and window treatments coordinate with each other as well as with the paint selections.
Of course, the basic furniture need not change at all. You may simply want to add a couple of new pieces such as a comfy chair for lounging, a bookcase or desk for school work, and maybe even a dressing table for that young lady who spends a bit more time gazing into the mirror than she once did. For personalized assistance in the New England area, Cardi’s Furniture offers design help along with a vast array of furniture that every teen will enjoy. Stop by one of our conveniently located showrooms today, or browse our inventory online.