Monday, April 23, 2018

How to Put Together the Perfect Kids’ Bedroom Set

When you are planning and buying for a child’s bedroom, you are investing in a precarious balance of function and style. Of course you’re shopping for durability because growing children are tough on furniture. One or more rambunctious youngsters will have you spending more to replace damaged pieces well ahead of your planning. Style has several aspects. Does the style of the furniture fit your home’s architecture and your overall design vision? It should also reflect your child’s unique personality and interests, be they a favorite color, a career field that captivates them, or a beloved TV show or movie. But beware: as kids develop, an over investment in a certain theme can backfire as the child outgrows it or it just becomes unhip. Plan wisely; think long-term.

Beds with Room to Grow

The primary piece in your child’s room of course is the bed. Here, expect to spend twice, first on a sturdy twin bed, your child’s first big-kid bed. Assuming normal wear and tear—and yes, your mom was right; jumping on the bed is very bad for the mattress and for your child’s safety!—your twin bed should last as needed, just before the first great growth spurt of adolescence.

As your child physically transforms into an adult, it’s time for the next big investment, a full bed. Not only is this much more comfortable for your developing teen, but this bed is great long-term for you as you can repurpose it for your guest bedroom once your youngster is living on his or her own.

An answer for many grateful parents is the storage bed, solving the onerous problem of where to put away clothes and toys. Make cleaning your child’s room a breeze, so much so that your child can easily pick up and stow things below the mattress case, making the room safer and clutter-free.

Kids' Storage Bed

Great Desks, Nightstands, and Dressers

There are so many great options for matching furniture for your kid’s room. Of course the desk is where your boy or girl will spend much time doing homework so make sure it seats him or her comfortably. Don’t forget a handy nightstand with a lamp for bedtime reading, and a mirrored dresser is just the thing for getting ready for school in the morning.

Kids' Wood and Metal Dresser

Fun Accents and Bedding

Now that you’ve got the basics down, you can customize your child’s room to fit his or her style with fun accents such as whimsical decorative pillows with everything from flowers to dogs, as well as bedding with anything from butterflies to planes to camo patterns to let your youngster’s imagination soar.

Dog Throw Pillow

Find all these great kids’ room options and more at Northern California’s choice for fantastic discount furniture, American Furniture Galleries in Sacramento, CA, and our other fine showrooms.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Which Type of Mattress is Right for You?

Buying a mattress is more difficult than it used to be. Once upon a time, innerspring mattresses were the only option for consumers. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of mattress types available, including memory foam mattresses, hybrid mattresses, and more. With so many different mattress types to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? To help you navigate through the wide world of mattresses, we have created this easy-to-use product guide. Read on to learn more about the different types of mattresses we sell at American Furniture Galleries, and how each one can benefit you!

Enjoy Comfort & Affordability with an Innerspring Mattress

People take comfort in familiarity, which is why innerspring mattresses continue to be one of the most popular mattress types on the market. Introduced in the mid-19th century, these mattresses have been a mainstay in homes for over 100 years. Each innerspring mattress features a steel spring core surrounded by soft, luxurious layers of quilting, fabric, and upholstery. One of the main reasons customers love these mattresses is their affordable price tag. In fact, we have Queen size innerspring mattresses for sale starting at less than $300! These mattresses are a great choice for hot sleepers, because they provide fantastic temperature control and airflow, which will help you keep cool while you sleep.

Experience Superior Support with a Memory Foam Mattress

Believe it or not, memory foam mattresses hit the market no more than 27 years ago. While these mattresses are still quite new to the mattress world, they continue to rise in popularity due to their superior body-contouring capabilities. Memory foam mattresses are made from a viscoelastic foam that literally hugs the contours of your body. These mattresses offer relief to your body’s key pressure points and they help promote proper spinal alignment. Memory foam mattresses are also hypoallergenic, which is a fantastic feature for allergy sufferers. Their solid foam core prevents the buildup of dust, debris, and a variety of other pesky allergens.

Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds with a Hybrid Mattress

With the benefits that both innerspring and memory foam mattresses provide, it can sometimes be hard to choose between the two. If you are a person that has a hard time making a decision, we recommend you consider one of our hybrid mattress sets. Our hybrid mattresses include steel spring coils, soft layers of upholstery, and high-density memory foam. We also have select hybrid mattresses for sale with gel-infused memory foam that will regulate your temperature while you sleep. Each one of these components work together to create a comfortable and supportive sleep surface unlike any other.

Now that you’ve learned more about our different mattresses, it’s time to start shopping! Come to American Furniture Galleries today to find all these great products and so much more. You can shop with us in Sacramento, CA or at any one of our four furniture and mattress stores in Northern California.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Designing a Contemporary Living Room

If you’re the sort of person who likes to live on the cutting edge, in the here-and-now, with no real desire to wax nostalgic, then you likely will want a home to match your personality. After all, that is one of the primary functions of interior design—to provide your home with a display of character that matches that of the owner. And there is no better way of making this display than in your living room, where your guests first adjourn when visiting you, and where you go to unwind after the day is done. Since it is the proverbial heart of your home, it’s a good idea to make a strong impression.
If contemporary living is your bread and butter, then designing a contemporary living room is practically essential. After all, you don’t want to come across as being outdated, do you? You probably already pay attention to the important style trends, but if you’re presently stumped on how to update your living room to a modern design, then read our handy guide.

Contemporary Living Rooms Have Clean Lines and Simple Geometry

The main thing separating contemporary design from a traditional approach is the emphasis on angles and basic geometric shapes. You won’t find many organic shapes or busy patterns in the modern living room. Instead, it will be dominated by rectangles, squares, circles, and graceful curves. Contemporary living room furniture is also not sharp—you won’t find many shapes with fewer or more than four sides.

 Gleason Canyon Right Facing Sofa Sectional

Contemporary sectional sofas are most in favor by today’s interior design experts. Not only do they provide ample seating for everyone occupying your living room, they also provide a sense of cohesion and uniformity. When anchored by a large rectangular rug, the modern sectional will welcome people to the center of the gathering area, saying, “This is where the fun happens.”

Choose Mostly Neutral Colored Living Room Furniture

Contemporary color schemes are all about keeping things neutral. The interior designers of today are in favor of white, beige, grey, charcoal, and black on the walls, flooring, and even in your focalizing furniture pieces. By maintaining a mostly neutral living room, you then have total freedom for adding color with accent pieces and decorations. For example, a contemporary living room chair in red will pop nicely against a room otherwise dominated by gunmetal gray and white. Keep things interesting by mixing two armchairs in different styles while maintaining the red, for a truly contemporary, devil-may-care attitude.

 Clarinda Cream Accent Chair

Add Flair with Living Room Accents

Thankfully, the neutral boxiness is only the base layer of your contemporary living room. From here, you can get truly creative and colorful with the addition of living room accents. The first place you should start is the floor, and lay down a rug or carpet that adds color and depth. In sticking with the example of the red chairs, a large maroon shag carpet or a rug made of red faux animal skin would complement the accent chairs nicely. To properly display it, consider a coffee table made of glass so as to make the rug a statement piece, rather than something hidden by your living room furniture. Rose colored ottomans for the living room would also be a nice touch.

 Madalene Orange Pillow

To bring your living room into the present, be sure to shop our collection of contemporary living room furniture, here at American Furniture Galleries. Visit our furniture showroom in Rancho Cordova, CA to browse all of our contemporary sectionals, armchairs, and occasional tables today.

Monday, January 22, 2018

How to Choose the Right Dining Table Shape for Your Home

Choosing a dining room table can be tricky. With sometimes hundreds of products to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? When comparing dining room tables, people often focus on the table style or materials, not realizing that the shape of the table is just as important. The shape of your dining table can have a significant impact on the comfort of your guests, as well as the overall atmosphere of your dining room. Once you learn about the characteristics and benefits of each table shape, you can better determine which one is the best fit for your home.

Rectangular Dining Room Tables

Rectangular tables are the most traditional choice when it comes to dining room furniture. Since most dining rooms are rectangular in shape, these tables will perfectly complement most spaces. These long, narrow dining tables are perfect for family gatherings and holiday entertaining, as they can comfortably seat a large group of diners without making them feel crowded. Worried that a rectangular dining table may take up too much space? Keep in mind that a rectangular dining table can be paired with virtually any type of seating, including not only high back chairs, but also space-saving counter stools and dining benches.

Round Dining Room Tables

Round dining tables are well suited for smaller dining spaces. Their fluid design allows them to fit in formal dining rooms as well as cozy kitchen nooks. Unlike rectangular dining tables, which can make it difficult for all guests to interact with one another, round dining tables create an intimate atmosphere that promotes conversation among diners.

Square Dining Room Tables

While round and rectangular dining tables are on opposite ends of the spectrum, square dining room tables present a happy medium. Even though they are more intimate than rectangular dining tables, they generally have more room in the center for placing shared dishes and servingware. Square dining tables can also fit nicely in smaller homes, because they can be neatly tucked into a room corner when space needs to be conserved.

Are you ready to purchase a new dining room table? At American Furniture Galleries, you will find affordable dining room tables in all shapes and sizes. To browse our complete dining room furniture collection, visit us in Rancho Cordova, CA or any one of our four furniture showrooms in Northern California.