Extending the Life of Your Sofa

Now that  you’ve made the splurge and bought the sofa you absolutely love, you’ll want to take care of it to make sure leads the long, beautiful life it’s intended to! To do that, follow these tips on how to keep your upholstery looking fresh and new.

First of all, research preventative care products to find out what you can use on your sofa. We offer a Gaurdsman Elite Five Year Protection Program, which will protect your upholstery if it is burned, has a food or beverage stain, tears, or other similar issues. For more info, click here. There are other options as well, such as using Scotchgard.

Vacuum cushions and upholstered surfaces about once a week to remove soil, dirt, and dust that easily settles into fabric and gradually wears it down.

Have pets? Sometimes vacuums aren’t able to get rid of their pesky hair. Instead, remove pet hair and dander with a lint brush or rubber dish glove.

Rotate and reverse cushions so the wear spreads evenly.

Be careful about where you position your furniture in a sunny room. Being exposed to strong light every day can effect the quality of your upholstery and dramatically fade the color over time, so keep it out of direct sunlight as much as possible or use drapes to soften the impact.

Have your upholstery professionally cleaned every so often to remove all sorts of dust, dirt, and mites and tighten fibers. This man looks more than happy to clean your sofa!

How do you care for your upholstery?

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Punchy Prints and Pattern Play

Nothing adds pizzazz to an interior like some fun, punchy prints and patterns.  Don’t let bold prints scare you – they can add life and energy to a room, especially if the room is pretty neutral otherwise.  Here are some inspiring photos of fun ways to sneak pattern into your decor, as well as a few of our favorite patterned pieces from the Furniture Connexion.

How do you add pattern into your home decor?

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The Ultimate Chair Style Guide

With so many different styles of chairs, it can be pretty confusing figuring out exactly what to call all the different types.  From Bergere to balloon chairs, we’ll give you a rundown on all the basic styles.

Bergere Chair

Bergere chairs originated in France and are defined by an upholstered back and seat, usually with a loose, overstuffed cushion, on a carved wood frame. Their “bones” are curvey, and the extra padding in their soft cushions can make them comfortable reading chairs.

Chesterfield Chair

Like the chesterfield sofa, a chair of this style has arms as high as its back with tufting on both and a rolled arm.  Named in 1900 after Earl of Chesterfield, its inventor, a chesterfield chair is a handsome and stately design that will add sophistication to your home.  Although often thought of as a traditional piece, this style is being used more and more often in modern interiors.


Slipper Chair

A slipper chair is simply an armless upholstered chair that has short legs so you sit closer to the ground and can be used in any room.  Purchase a slipper chair in fun patterned fabric to add a whimsical touch.

Wingback Chair

A wingback chair is a type of upholstered easy chair, usually taller than it is wide, with two side panels or wings flanking the high back and closed panels under the arms, which are usually rolled.  The most familiar form of wingback chair was developed in late 17th-century England to protect sitters from drafts or an overly hot fire, flourishing there before becoming popular in the U.S.

Spool Chair

Spool chairs, also called “bobbin” or Carver” chairs, are a design classic that are striking to view from every angle and were named after John Carver, founder and first governor of the Plymouth colony in America.  They originated during the Arts and Crafts Movement and are still popular today with their turned wood legs, arms, and back, cushioned seat and back, and lightly upholstered arms.


Also called a reclining chair, a recliner is an easy chair (that is often thickly cushioned) with a back and foot rest adjustable up or down.  Because of the emphasis on comfort, recliners are great for use in family rooms for reading, watching TV, and relaxing.

Pub Back Chair

A pub back style chair has soft, overstuffed cushions that overlap for double layers of pill0w-like support that attach to the back of the upholstery.  This offers extra comfort for you to sit back and relax, and these chairs work well in any room of the house.

Balloon Chair

Inspired by antique design, balloon chairs, also known as domed chairs, were originally used to block drafts in European castles.  These statement-making chairs have recently regained popularity and are striking and elegant for use in a formal room.

Tub Chairs

Tub chairs incorporate elements of design from both the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Deco.  This style of easy chair is usually low-backed with arms even with the back or sloping up to it in a continuous curve to create a semicircular form.

Club Chair

The word “club” in club chair harks back to the gentlemen’s clubs in 19th century England where a gentleman could go to get away from his household. Once there, he would sink into a well-upholstered leather chair and relax with a drink and perhaps a cigar.  Today, club chairs are enjoyed by men, women, and children of all ages and are frequently used in living and family rooms for socializing and relaxing.  This style of easy chair is heavily upholstered with arms and a low back.  The look can vary greatly depending on the shape of the arm, seat, and legs, but club chairs are often the go-to chair people buy for their living and family rooms.

What’s your favorite style of chair?

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Sofa Terms You Should Know

When buying a sofa, it’s important to be well-versed in some of the basics about how they’re made so you know exactly what you’re getting.  Here is a quick guide to enlighten you on some of the sofa jargon you’ll need to know.

8-Way Hand Tied Springs: Each spring is hand tied eight ways (front to back, side to side & diagonally). A sign of quality construction, these coils offer the highest level of comfort and durability.

No-Sag Springs: “S” shaped wires that are fastened to the front rail and run from the front to the back of the furniture every few inches apart.

Wood Encased Frame: Insures a quality appearance and prevents fabric from stretching.

Corner Blocked Frame: Frame is blocked and screwed, providing lasting strength.

Webbing: Woven fibers cut in strips and stretched across the furniture frame to support sofa springs.

Foam: Foam cushions. The higher the density of the foam, the better support.

Pocket Coils: Individually wrapped coils maintain their shape and are more resilient and plush than foam cushions.

Down: Made from feathers, down offers maximum comfort. Down may require more maintenance than foam but offers greater durability and resilience, such as with the Key West Sectional, pictured above.

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Stylish Sectionals

Yes, you read that correctly, stylish sectionals DO exist!  You may think of sectionals as being huge, unattractive, and unrefined, but that no longer has to be the case.  There are many sectionals available to you now that offer but comfort and class, style and sophistication.  Scroll through to see some of my favorite sectional inspiration and some of the sectionals we offer that show a similar look for much less!

Light tufting, clean lines, and an exposed frame create a sectional comfortable enough for movie nights with the family, but also elegant enough for formal entertaining with our Waltz Sectional.

For a simple and timeless look, the Knobill Sectional is your perfect choice.  The throw pillows add a fun, colorful element, but you can also easily switch them out for something more masculine, elegant, or funky to completely change the look with minimal effort.

Chocolate microfiber, scatter back pillows, and classic design create a look that blends well with both modern and traditional interiors that will please both your eyes and your seat!

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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Maybe it’s the springtime (and now almost summer!) weather, but it seems that there are flowers blooming everywhere – and not just outside.  Working a floral element into your home is a great way to give it a feminine touch that can range from girly and sweet to modern and sophisticated.  Look below to see some of my favorite images of floral interiors and decor.

Floral wallpaper is a great way to make a big blossoming impact!

The Jackson Floral Graffiti Chair, available at Furniture Connexion, is my personal favorite with its graphic floral print in fun, bold colors.

Such beautiful rugs and fantastic way to dress up a room!

This pillow is lovely with its unique blooming design – if only it had a rose’s scent as well!

For comfort AND style, the Zoe Floral Chair is perfect with it’s double-cushioned back and bold floral print.

This is a great example of showing how you can incorporate floral features without having them too girly.  A rose-printed wallpaper in shades of gray seems understated and sophisticated, especially when paired with such clean lines and simple bedding.

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