Hostel for the Holidays

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If you’ve ever crashed on a friend’s couch, you know that it takes some rearranging for a host to accommodate a guest. In homes with no guest bedroom, providing guests with a sleeping area without overly disrupting household routines takes some creativity. However, clever selection of the right furniture pieces will create a pop-up bedroom that will make your guests feel truly welcome in your home.

Old Standards: Sleepers and Futons

Sofas and loveseats that pull out to convert into a full or queen-size bed are old-time favorites for hosts who have limited room and an abundance of friends and family. The foldout beds are easy to prepare at night, and the living area is just as easily restored in the daytime. Make sure to sleep-test the bed occasionally to make sure that it’s comfortable, as the springs and hinges tend to suffer from constant use.

As an alternative, futons are springless and convert to a bed when you slide the backrest to a horizontal position. Fluff up the mattress component, make the bed and create an instant sleeping area.

The ottoman or trunk that goes with your living room set should be one that can store pillows and bedding during the day. Give your guests some room to unpack by clearing the hallway closet. Provide hangers, shelves and baskets so that your guests can lay out their personal items.

A New Take on Ottoman Sleepers

Furniture designers have added an innovative twist on convertible living room furniture. Like standard sleepers, a twin or full-size bed is hidden inside the ottoman, which may do double duty as a coffee table. You might also consider incorporating a four-panel decorative screen into your room design so your guests have some additional privacy.

Furniture Stores Have the Answers

If you’ve dodged your cousins’ overtures to come for a visit because you don’t have room to put them up, you’re passing up on golden opportunities to bond, show off your hosting skills and coax a reciprocal invitation. In MA and RI, consult a furniture specialist at Cardi’s Furniture to see the latest in convertible furniture and storage options.

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How to Protect Your Outdoor Furniture from the Elements

August 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

furniture mattresses ma riYou purchased a brand new set of patio furniture last year, but it’s already starting to show some fading and mildew. If you don’t do anything, the wood will begin to crack, and the fabric will become permanently stained. Too many patio owners forget about protecting their furniture, or they put it off until next year, and they end up replacing it twice as quickly. Fortunately, protecting your outdoor furniture in MA and RI will only take a few hours, so you can complete it in a single afternoon, and it costs next to nothing.

Basic Dos and Don’ts

If you have a wood deck, you probably power wash it every other year to remove mold and mildew and restore it to its original color. However, you’ll want to wash outdoor furniture by hand. In his Chicago Tribune column, Tim Carter explains that pressure washers “absolutely will damage the wood.” Instead, use a vacuum to remove the worst of the dirt, and follow up with an oxygen bleach or acid to wipe off any remaining grime. Allow the wood to dry, and apply a wood oil or other sealer to give the wood a vibrant color. Oil-based products will attract mold and mildew after a few months, but they shouldn’t pose a significant problem if you clean your furniture twice a year.

Caring for Cushions

If you want to ruin your cushions really fast, leave them out in the rain. You won’t be able to sit down on them for days after a good thunderstorm without soaking your pants, and the rain will gradually destroy the foam padding. A light shower now and then won’t cause any significant damage, but if you know a big storm is coming, take the cushions off and bring them inside.

To help protect against lighter precipitation, use a fabric sealer like Scotchgard fabric protector, which you can find at your local home improvement or furniture store. The sealer will repel water, protecting the foam padding, and the cushion will dry off after an hour or two, so you’ll be able to use and enjoy your furniture the same day if the rain lets up.

Covered and Open Patios

Your furniture is going to last much longer if you own a covered porch or patio. It won’t fade as much from the sun. The wood will still warp and crack over time if you don’t clean and seal it, but you won’t have to do it as often unless you live in a very humid area. If your furniture is sitting out in the sun all day, then you’ll want to maintain it at least twice a year.

Winter is Here! Get Cozy with Cardi’s

December 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

grandfatherclockWith the winter season upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how to transform your indoor space into a cozy place where you can hang your hat, pull off those outer layers of clothing, and settle in with a nice cup of warmth and a good book.

Overstuffed, comfy, warm and inviting are just some of the adjectives that describe the many styles of furniture you will find at Cardi’s, one of the finest furniture stores in MA and RI. With just the right replacement pieces, you can make over any room without having to totally redo the whole house.

Have you ever marveled at how a stately grandfather clock can transform a casual space into one that appears more refined? The same is true of beautifully crafted curio cabinets. Coupled with a scattering of oriental woven rugs, these particular pieces can help pull an elegant, warm space together, making it almost impossible to leave once you’ve settled in.

Sometimes warmth can be a state of mind as well as a state of being. A fireplace is a great way to make a room feel warm and cozy, but unless you already have one built into your home, it can be an expensive remodeling job to add one. That’s where an electric fireplace can make the difference in a den or a living room. Cardi’s offers several electric fireplaces to choose from including a hardwood cherry design that fits perfectly in a traditional setting. As a practical matter, electric fireplaces can warm an entire room, helping cut down on heating costs during the winter season as well.

If there’s one piece of furniture that’s a must have for the long winter months, it’s an over-sized, comfortable recliner to curl up in while reading a good book or watching your favorite movie. Whether you prefer soft leather or fabric, push button or wall hugger, Cardi’s will assist you in finding the comfiest recliner to finish out your warm winter retreat look.

Finding MA and RI furniture is easy–Cardi’s has several locations to choose from. Cardi’s offers well-crafted furniture pieces in the colors and styles you want. Now is the best time to act on putting together a warm, cozy space for the holidays—one that invites not only you, but also your family and guests to come in and stay a while because “Baby, it’s Cold Outside.”

Is Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests?

December 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

cardi's RI and MA furniture stores, furniture stores in MA and RIIf you’re expecting guests this holiday season, you may wonder how you can get your home ready to feel inviting and festive before they arrive.

A Safe and Festive Exterior

The first thing your guests will see when they arrive this holiday season is the outside of your home, so don’t forget to make it as inviting as the inside. If the weather is snowy or icy, make sure that there is a path cleared to the front door. Salt or sand stairs to prevent falls, and consider lighting the path in case guests arrive after dark.

A Comforting Entryway

Guests will want to feel warm and welcome once they enter the home, so make sure that dimmed lighting and a place to hang coats are featured in this area of the home. Provide a rug for wiping shoes as soon as guests walk in the door. Overnight guests should feel welcome to take their shoes off.

An Inclusive Living Room

You will probably want to sit and chat with guests in the living room, so make sure that there is enough comfortable seating available. If you don’t currently have adequate seating to accommodate guests, consider purchasing a loveseat for the occasion.

An Inviting Guestroom

Electric fireplaces are the perfect way to keep a guestroom warm and inviting. An added benefit of utilizing an electric fireplace during the holidays is that it sets a festive mood for guests who want to get into the holiday spirit.

Guest bedroom furniture must be large enough to accommodate the number of house guests. Consider a queen-sized bedroom set so a couple will have a place to sleep when staying overnight.

If space is tight and you would like to use the guest room for other purposes after holiday guests go home, a sleeper sofa or a day bed can be the perfect solution.

If there is an adjacent guest bathroom, make sure that it is stocked with basic toiletries. Hang festive, clean hand towels, and have matting on the floor for guests to dry their feet and prevent slipping. For an extra touch, supply a towel warmer to keep guests extra cozy during their stay.

Be sure to visit Cardi’s RI and MA furniture stores to find the perfect pieces to complete a guestroom just in time for friends and family members to visit for the holiday season. Cardi’s furniture stores in MA and RI have a wide variety of furniture styles available to suit everyone’s needs.

Cardi’s is Now Listed as a Retailer Supplying AAFA Products

October 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Getting to sleep is a difficult task for a person suffering from seasonal allergies, and choosing the wrong mattress can make the situation even worse. Mattresses attract and collect allergens including dust mites, mold and pollen. A mattress that is not designed to keep allergens away allows for a buildup of these common allergens that lead to itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing and wheezing.

Fortunately, there is a solution for those searching for RI and MA mattresses. Cardi’s now offers state-of-the-art mattresses that have been certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). This unique distinction is only awarded after a product has gone through rigorous physical and chemical testing that verifies that the product design will keep allergens to a minimum and allow for a consumer to enjoy a higher quality of life through a significant reduction in exposure to allergens.

Asthma and Allergy Friendly mattresses available in furniture stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island must include a cover that keeps allergens from accumulating. This cover is easy to clean in order to allow you to wipe off any allergens that may collect. While including a barrier on a mattress may seem simple, an additional requirement of certification is that the cover must be designed in a way that makes it breathable to ensure comfort.

Cardi’s line of Asthma and Allergy Friendly mattresses gives allergy sufferers an opportunity to breathe easier in bed. The Spring Air Breathe mattresses boasts the distinction of being the first mattresses that are certified as Asthma and Allergy Friendly.

Decorating Strategies for the Non-Committal

September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Every season there are new decorating fads, and you may often feel yourself drawn to one or more of them. But constantly changing furniture or large pieces to keep up with these trends can break the bank. A large, floral-patterned sofa is on point for trends this season, but it won’t feel cozy during the winter, and new trends are bound to catch your eye when the next designs are revealed. Instead, shop Cardi’s furniture stores in MA and RI for basic, neutral pieces that are high quality and will keep their value. Decorating around neutral pieces is easy and they can adhere to any trend you’re in the mood for.

Cardi’s RI and MA furniture is known for being high quality and long lasting. While many trendy pieces may be shoddily made to capitalize on fads, this basic furniture is built to last for many years. You don’t want to spend all your money on style—furniture is an investment that needs substance as well.

Fortunately, there are ways to still keep up with the trends in interior design without going over budget. Once you have invested in some lasting pieces from furniture outlets in MA and RI, you should have a solid base that you can build your dream room around. Painting walls is cheap, and with new all-in-one paint brands, you’ll only need to do one coat. Throw pillows will add trendy colors to your furniture, but they are cheap enough to be rotated according to the season or trends. Finally, consider accessories to make coffee tables or sofa tables really pop. A bell jar or large dish can hold different collections of items. For the summer, bright colors and over-the-top designs mean that you can stack neon tennis balls, arrange colorful silk flowers, or bright paperweights for a whimsical touch. In the winter, a bowlful of ornaments will fit the season.

Styles are constantly changing, and you want your home to change with the trends and with your own tastes. But if you build a neutral base of quality furniture, you’ll have a room that is easy to adapt and always comfortable.

Avoid Summer Thigh-Stick with the Perfect Porch Furniture

June 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

furniture in mass, furniture stores in ma, furniture in massachusetts, ri furnitureSummer is a great time to relax outdoors and enjoy the warm weather, but heat can be an issue. Check out the selection at Cardi’s furniture in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for solutions to all your summer woes.

Do you love sitting outside but despise when your thighs stick to the plastic or vinyl seating? It’s time to ditch the poor quality seats and find some high quality furniture that will keep you comfortable. Look for seats made from breathable fabric. Often, these chairs will consist of a metal frame with a durable and easy-to-clean fabric stretched over it. This makes the chairs springy and comfortable, and you can opt for different colors of fabric to match your porch or patio decor. Pair these with a glass-top table for hassle-free outdoor eating.

If you love the look of traditional metal patio furniture but hate how it gets unbearably hot in the sun, we have the solution for you. Cardi’s Furniture in MA and RI offers cozy cushions that come with sturdy patio sets. You’ll receive quality and durability with added comfort and softness. Cushions are available in different colors, so you can choose furniture that fits your style. The cushions are also easily removable in the case of spills or if you just want a different look.

Warm summer days give way to cool summer nights. A fire pit with chairs will keep you and your guests comfortable. Pull your chairs around the fire, grab some cozy throw blankets and start roasting some marshmallows. Keep bug spray on hand for these nights, and you’ll never want to go inside again.

Summer is the time to enjoy your outdoor spaces. It doesn’t matter if you have a huge yard, a porch or patio or just a small balcony. High quality outdoor furniture will keep you comfortable and help you relax outside. You’ll want to make the most of the great weather, because it won’t last forever!

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