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Aspenhome Bayfield Collection

Aspenhome Bayfield Collection

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The Aspenhome Bayfield collection is a solid value for bedroom furniture. It boasts 19th century style with modern functionality. Solid wood components connected with tongue and groove construction allow for expanding and contracting without compromising the integrity of the item. This ensures long-term durability for a great value and investment. These pieces are made from solid European Spruce for heirloom quality. Distressing gives the items an aged look fitting for their 19th century style, and they are built to provide dependable functionality and charming aesthetics for decades.

Aspenhome Bayfield Entertainment Chest

The Aspenhome Bayfield collection features a Dark Chestnut finish with pounded Bronze hardware. These finishes reflect 19th century style and distressing completes the reclaimed or antique look of the collection. Tongue and groove construction and English dovetail drawers ensure long-term and flexible construction that won’t crack, split, or come undone. All drawers are also fully finished, with full extension ball bearing glides that won’t wear out over time.

Aspenhome Bayfield Nightstand

Individual items have other features based on their design. Examples include built-in gadget charging, media storage, and HDMI connections in the entertainment chest; gadget charging and built-in nightlight in the nightstand; and felt lined top drawers with cedar lined bottom drawers in the larger storage pieces.

Check out our great prices on the Aspenhome Bayfield collection as well as other great brands at FurnitureCrate.com!

 

Guest Bedroom Furniture (Part II)

Guest Bedroom Furniture (Part II)

Last week we covered the essentials of guest bedroom furniture to provide tips for planning the basic pieces necessary to provide your guests with the functionality they need for a comfortable and convenient stay. This week we will expand on some of those ideas, and go even further with others, to suggest ways you can go above and beyond the essentials and provide outstanding hospitality for your guests. Topics to consider are the Comfort Scale rating of the guest bedroom mattress, proper bedding, extras in the room such as decor and a TV, and lastly room layout/location for those still in the stages of floor planning. With these topics covered, in addition to Guest Bedroom Furniture (Part I), you should be prepared to develop a game plan and begin shopping for the right pieces of guest bedroom furniture for your home.

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Last time we covered the ideal mattress sizes for your guest bedroom, but not mattress comfort. This might not be something you immediately realize as important, but keep in mind that the type of mattress you find comfortable might not be the type that others find comfortable! Perhaps you fall on one end of the spectrum, say a Comfort Scale rating of 1-3 or 8+; if you give a mattress for your guest bedroom the old 2-minute lie down test in a showroom and pick the one you like, it might not be right for others or even the majority of your guests. For example, if you like an extra soft mattress, say something plush scoring a 9 on the Comfort Scale, and then your parents or grandparents come to visit, the lack of back support and difficulty getting in and out of such a giving mattress would be brutal. On the flip side, if you like the supportive feel of a firm mattress for your own back problems, say a 2 on the Comfort Scale, and have grown accustomed to the less forgiving feel of such a mattress, you might by one like that from your lie down test in a showroom. Then you have some friends from out of town come stay for the weekend, and compared to their plush mattress back home, they feel like they are sleeping on a rock in your guest bedroom! Although it is virtually impossible to please everyone, there are steps that you can take to minimize the discomfort of your varied guests, and come close to the preferred Comfort Scale for the majority.

The best way to go for finding the right type of mattress for a guest bedroom is to look for that elusive “Goldilocks” mattress that has a mid-range comfort that will work well, or at least not be on the opposite end of the Comfort Scale, for the majority of guests. With that strategy, shooting for something with a Comfort Scale rating of 5 is probably ideal. You may encounter instances in which the brand you are loyal to, or the price range you are looking at, does not offer a mattress in the ideal size and Comfort Scale rating you had in mind. In this case, shifting up to 6 is probably the best way to lean, then down to 4. Although it is a 1 point shift on our Comfort Scale either way, some side sleepers may experience pressure related discomfort in the hips and shoulders if they sleep through the night on one of their sides on a mattress erring towards firm. Whereas a guest who needs higher-than-normal back support will probably be okay for a night or two on a slightly softer mattress with a 6 Comfort Scale (and they are also more likely to be used to comfort discrepancies from hotel visits if they have a very specific preferred comfort zone). Of course, if you can predict your guest population will be primarily leaning one way or the other, it would be wise to adjust the mattress comfort accordingly. But a universal or, at the very least, a compromising mid-range comfort mattress is a smart way to go when choosing your guest bedroom furniture. And this is just another reason why shopping online using an objective, quantifiable scale can be better than the 2-minute showroom test.

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In addition to the mattress itself, the bed and bedding to go along with it can make or break the comfort of a guest’s night’s stay. Although the type of bed isn’t overly important, consider the platform bed which does not require a box spring. This type of bed usually offers extra storage space underneath, and usually has a lower height which makes it easier to get in and out of bed. Next, for guests who don’t bring their own pillow, it may be wise to have a selection of pillows available. At least a mix of low- and high-loft pillows would be wise. To cover all of your bases, pillows and pillowcases with allergen-reducing properties will ensure your guests won’t have to suffer through a sensitive allergy issue you may not have been aware of. Lastly, either a universal bedding set or the appropriate number of seasonal bedding sets will ensure your guests will be comfortable no matter what time of year they visit. You don’t want summer guests using a thick winter comforter or winter guests freezing underneath a thin sheet! It would also be a good idea to have at least two sets of the proper bedding in the event of a spill or other accident that might require the set in use to need washed. Planning ahead can save you headache and embarrassment as host!

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Getting less essential as we go down the list, decor can be something worth thinking about when planning your guest bedroom furniture. Do you want to develop the room with a theme in mind? An overall style influence? Purely comfort and functionality? It is best not to use a guest bedroom as the catchall for all of your secondhand pieces and knickknacks, though you know what kind of effect you are going for, if any. Avoid valuable or delicate decorations, not only for your sake, but for the sake of an unfortunate guest who might knock something over being unaccustomed to the layout and feel terrible for an accident that could sully the entire visit. But simple and interesting decor such as paintings and other wall decor can make a guest feel relaxed and have something to take in when just passing a few minutes in the privacy of their room. Another similar consideration is the inclusion of a TV in your guest bedroom. Obviously the intent is not to keep your guests pent up in their room where they need a TV, but during the off-hours or right before bed, many guests may find a bit of comfort in being able to kick back and watch something familiar in the privacy of their own room. This can be a good way to combat homesickness, and just a way to give your guests somewhere to escape to if they need some time to themselves.

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Although this last bit is not intended for those looking to furnish a guest bedroom, it may be worth touching on for those who are still planning the layout of their new home. If you plan on having overnight guests, and are deciding where a guest bedroom should go and how it should be laid out, here are a few suggestions: Proximity to bathrooms is important. If the guest bedroom doesn’t have an attached bathroom itself, try to locate the guest room near a bathroom with as few turns as possible. Waking up in the middle of the night and being afraid to wander around your host’s home looking for the bathroom can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable situation. Similar to that, placing the bed and light switch for the guest bedroom as close as possible is a good idea. You don’t want your guests fumbling around in the dark in a foreign room searching for the light switch! A nightlight would be another thoughtful addition for guests. Likewise, having plenty of power outlets for your guests to charge cell phones and other devices is important in a guest bedroom, and make sure there is at least one within reach of the bed/nightstand. Finally, and this one may seem obvious, don’t put your guest bedroom in a windowless room. Windows provide natural and comforting light which is great to wake up to, offer temperature regulation and something to look at, and also provide peace of mind as a fire escape.

With Guest Bedroom Furniture (Parts I and II), we have no covered a substantial amount of information that will hopefully help you when planning a guest bedroom in your home. At the very least, I hope something in this series has given you an “aha moment” as something you might have overlooked or not considered previously. Either way, you should be more prepared now to begin the potentially daunting task of creating a room for your guests to consider their home away from home, and we here at FurnitureCrate are happy to help you with your guest bedroom furniture needs every step of the way!

Guest Bedroom Furniture (Part I)

Guest Bedroom Furniture (Part I)

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Shopping for the right guest bedroom furniture is more about planning than having a knack for style or plenty of money to throw around. Creating a lavish and visually appealing guest bedroom is great, but if it lacks functionality, your guests will be uncomfortable in a beautiful room.

The place to start with guest bedroom furniture is the same place to start in your own bedroom: the bed. You must first assess the size and layout of the room to determine what size bed would be best. As the bed is the primary function of the bedroom and guest room, it should be the first piece of the puzzle on which to base the rest of the space. Chances are, if you are furnishing a guest bedroom, you will want a bed suitable for couples. A Queen size is generally a good place to start, as it is viable for couples and only slightly large for single sleepers. Due to space constraints or excessive space, you could upgrade or downgrade to a King or a Full. Most couples nowadays share a Queen or King size bed, but only a few decades ago it was common to share a Full (also known as a Double). This downgrade is only recommended if space is limited, as a couple going from their Queen or King size bed at their home to a Full size bed in your guest bedroom will probably suffer in comfort by comparison, especially if they stay for more than a night or a short weekend.

Next, you will want to find the right mattress for the properly sized bed. Depending on how you predict your guest bedroom will be used (one-night stays, weekends, long-term stays), you can decide the price point you want to spend. There is no need to spend as much as you did on your personal mattress that you use every night on a mattress that might be used only a few times a year in the guest bedroom. If you expect longer or more frequent stays, you may consider bumping up the quality of the mattress to a mid-level point. But even then, if you only expect guests to ever stay for a night or two in the guest bedroom, two nights on a a low-mid priced mattress won’t kill them! If you expect to have guests frequently, or for long periods of time, you may consider aiming for mid-high priced mattresses. Again, these need not cost as much as your personal mattress, but spending a week straight or a half dozen weekends over the course of a summer on a low-quality mattress will probably not make your guests excited to extend their stays.

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Once you have decided on the bed and mattress, you can begin filling in the other pieces of the room. If there is a closet, that provides a good amount of storage for suitcases, clothes hangers, shoes, etc. If not, consider a larger dresser for ample storage of guests’ clothes and other belongings. Again, depending on the nature of your stays, you can assess the right size for these types of furniture. Guests staying for only a night or two probably won’t even need a dresser, whereas a week long stay or frequent visitor may require a full size dresser. In addition to a dresser, nightstands are always welcome for providing a convenient and accessible lamp table so guests aren’t fumbling around in the middle of the night looking for a light switch. They also provide a place to store delicate and valuable items like purses, wallets, keys, and cell phones when not needed.

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These essentials will provide your guests the comforts of home they require. There are obviously ways to go above and beyond this: decor, a TV, mirrors, additional storage units, etc., but these basics will be enough to give your guests comfortable nights and mornings during their stay with you. After all, you should be entertaining your guests for the time in between!

Check back next week for Guest Bedroom Furniture (Part II)

Coastal Bedroom Furniture Sets

Coastal Bedroom Furniture Sets

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Coastal bedroom furniture sets are a great way to achieve the cozy, relaxing, luxurious, and sometimes exotic atmosphere of the coast that everyone loves. Whether you want a more tropical or maritime feel, the idea of the coast with its flowing tide and deep blue water induces an automatic feeling of calmness and relaxation. Coastal bedroom furniture sets provide an all-in-one collection of pieces that encapsulate Coastal style. White finishes, Driftwood, and Rattan are a few significant descriptors of Coastal style.

 

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White finished Coastal-style furniture pairs well with blue carpet, paint, and accent pieces, being reminiscent of a white ship in the blue water. These types of Coastal bedroom furniture sets are usually complemented by maritime inspired decorations like anchors, sea shells, Coastal-inspired paintings, or even aquariums. Driftwood Coastal bedroom furniture sets offer a more authentic feel, radiating the cozy comfort and warmth of the beach beneath the summer sun. Sets featuring Rattan are aimed more towards an exotic, tropical atmosphere reminiscent of Coastal destinations like New Zealand. The exotic sense  of Rattan creates a lavish atmosphere that is also usually accompanied by a warmness and coziness common in such tropical environs. Whichever of these Coastal subsets is right for you, there are Coastal bedroom furniture sets that can achieve it in a convenient pre-selected set.

 

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Furniture for Small Bedrooms

Furniture for Small Bedrooms

What is the first thing we notice about a bedroom when we first step in?  It’s the furniture, most importantly the bed.  Every piece of furniture in a bedroom, large or small has an effect on how comfortable a bedroom feels.  Everyone wants a bedroom that looks big and spacious.  So when we have a small bedroom finding furniture that makes it feel spacious is a very difficult task.  If you have a small bedroom you are probably well aware of the dilemma I just described.    If you are looking for furniture for a small bedroom here are a few tips you can live by.

  1. Buy multifunctional bedroom pieces.
    Multifunctional bedroom pieces will help create space in your small bedroom by, serving two purposes at once.  Most multi functional furniture is usually a loft, which has a bed above a desk, like the Powell Monster Bedroom Loft Bunk Bed.  There are alternatives to the loft bed like Fashion Bed Group Student Center Bed, which is a bed the folds into a desk.
     

     

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    If a loft is not for you, try a daybed. The Night & Day Teddy Roosevelt Daybed can transform from loveseat, to a lounger, and to a bed that can sleep up to two people; now that’s multifunctional. Another option to think about is a futon.  Now these are not the futon you remembered from college. Futons can provide storage and are very comfortable, like the Night & Day Winter Futon With Drawer.

     

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    A company called Resource Furniture has specialized in space saving furniture.  Check out there different pieces that would work great in any small bedroom.

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  2. Buy a chest instead of a dresser.Most dressers are large and take up a lot of space. Dressers are usually two drawers wide and about 3-4 drawers high. A chest is 1 drawer wide and 6-8 drawers high. A chest will only take half the space than a dresser.
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  4. Buy a large floor length mirror.A large mirror will help lengthen the room. It’s a simple solution that will help your small room look twice the size.
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  6. Try a hanging lamp.Most floor and table lamps will take up much needed floor space. In a small bedroom floor space is at a premium and a hanging lamp can accent your furniture and illuminate your room.
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    Padmas Plantation Lina Elpise Lamp

I hope these tips will help you find the right furniture for you bedroom. If you have any helpful tips please share them with us, we would love to know.