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Girls’ Disney Princess Bedroom Furniture

Modern families are finding ways to take traditional bedroom design, and with creative decorations and fabrics, keep girls rooms up to date as they mature. One highly popular girls’ bedroom furniture set is the Disney furniture collection, which features traditional furniture that truly makes every girl’s fantasy bedroom come true. With these six-piece bedroom sets, girls’ bedroom design can often last from toddler age to middle or high school.

What Items Are Typically Included in a Disney Bedroom Set?

Like with all bedroom sets, the pieces included in your girls’ Disney Princess bedroom furniture set can vary depending on what you go for. We recommend our six pieces because they feature everything your daughter needs, including a headboard, footboard, bed frame, dresser, nightstand and mirror.

Disney Belle Poster 6 Pc. Full Poster Kid's Bedroom

For those desiring a more mature but charming look lasting well into high school, the Disney Belle Collection will allow a young girl blossom into womanhood with enchanting style. The traditional cherry finish offers rich good looks, and the sleigh bed in twin or full sizes will last throughout childhood with its bed locking system that adjusts from high to low as your little belle grows.

The Disney carriage collection features a dreamy canopy bed that is reminiscent of Cinderella’s famous carriage. Your little girl will feel like royalty with the romantic styling of the bed made of white gold-finished frame and added heart-shaped dresser mirror. Another Disney princess bed style available is the four-poster bed in white finish.

Is Disney Furniture Quality?

When picking out girls’ bedroom furniture, you want to make sure you’re getting a bedroom set that will last for years to come. All Disney furniture in these collections feature ornate, ribbon and heart embellishments, hardwood or crystal style finials and English dovetail construction. The quality of Disney furniture can’t be matched. In addition to quality materials and craftsmanship, these Disney bedroom sets come with sophisticated finishes and designs that your daughter will still love long after she’s left her princess phase.

How Do I Coordinate Decorations with Children’s Disney-Themed Bedroom Sets?

Our Disney Princess bedroom sets make it easy for you to coordinate decorations. Instead of the pinks and purples you might find with other Disney sets, ours feature more subtle options like cherry wood and white gold finishes. The neutral colors will go great with any Disney bedding or decor you want to add.

You can even add non-Disney decor that still brings some extra magic to the room. The Gold Mirror Burst Wall Decor can be hung up to resemble sparkles of fairy dust on the wall, and the Tri Flower Wall Decor will look stunning in any Disney room. For a touch of elegant magic, switch out your standard lamp or ceiling light with a beautiful chandelier.

Save with our package pricing that offers significant savings on all the Disney bedroom collection. With romantic beds, dressers, mirrors, desks and nightstands, your daughter’s dream room can be a reality.

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Miscellaneous

How to Care for Black Lacquer Furniture

Monterey 7 Pc. King Bedroom

Black lacquer bedroom furniture adds depth to bedroom furnishings. Its urban, upscale feel lends a hotel-like atmosphere and is ideal for those seeking modern design elements in the bedroom. The care of black gloss bedroom furniture is a little different than cleaning standard wood furniture. Regular cleaning maintenance can leave streaks and dust behind. Certain substances can also scratch the delicate finish, so special care is needed to protect the furniture and keep it bright and shiny in appearance.

What Do I Need to Maintain Black Lacquer Furniture?

Maintaining your black lacquer bedroom set doesn’t have to be a hassle, and there are only a few basic supplies you will need. For regular cleaning purposes, you will need soft cotton cloths and a mild soap. If you need to repair chipped black lacquer furniture or its finish, you’ll want a wax stick, shellac and a varnish or lacquer.

How Do You Keep Black Furniture Clean?

Black bedroom furniture sets show dirt and dust easily and will also readily reveal scratches. Although the finish appears exceptionally hard, it is still prone to chipping and denting. The best way to clean black lacquer is to use a soft, damp cloth that has been wrung of all moisture. Be sure to only use soft cotton or flannel. Never coarse fabrics or paper towels as they can cause scratching. Begin dusting the furniture in long straight sweeps rather than a circular motion which can leave wipe marks.

Once dusting is complete, go back over the furniture with a dry cloth. If there are still fingerprints or smudges, then it may be necessary to use a mild soap such as Murphy’s Oil Soap. Never use heavy furniture polish on black lacquer furniture as it will streak and weaken the black finish with prolonged use.

How Do You Maintain Black Furniture?

The easiest way to ensure your black lacquer furniture stays looking its best is by taking proper care of it. You should be wiping your furniture down with a soft, damp cloth at least once a week. In addition to that, you need to be careful about how you treat your furniture. You should avoid getting your furniture wet, so watch out for any spills and clean them up immediately. If you have a dresser or nightstand as part of your black lacquer bedroom furniture, consider adding a decorative cloth or runner to protect its surface.

Can you refinish black lacquer furniture? Depending on the condition of your furniture, it can be pretty easy to refinish. You want to find a matching black lacquer and apply a few even coats. If your furniture is full of scratches or chips, you will need to fill them in before applying a lacquer or varnish.

With proper care and maintenance, you will be able to enjoy the appearance of your black lacquer bedroom furniture for many years to come. Make sure to visit any of our 27 stores for the best complete rooms of black lacquer furniture as well as traditional and contemporary bedrooms in a variety of styles and finishes.

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Living Rooms

How to Choose a Coffee Table for Sectional with Chaise

Offering more seating than a traditional sofa and more comfort, too, sectional sofas with chaise have become a very popular living room furniture option.

These sectionals look fantastic when paired with the right table, but it can look awkward or unbalanced when done wrong. We often get asked for advice on this topic, so to help, we’ve put together a few simple tips to help you find the best coffee tables for a sectional with a chaise lounge.

Red Sectional Sofa

Maxim Red Sectional

How Do I Choose a Coffee Table for my Sectional?

There are two main factors to consider when picking a coffee table for your sectional sofa with chaise: placement and size. With a standard sofa, the placement of your coffee table doesn’t matter as much as long as it’s 14” to 18” away from the edge of the seats. With a chaise sectional, you want to make sure the table doesn’t go past the chaise.

A coffee table should be proportional to the size of the sectional. When trying to determine the right coffee table size for your sectional, you’ll want to start by taking a few measurements. Measure from each end of the sofa to create a square, using the L of the sectional as two sides of the square. Jot down those two measurements and subtract 16”-18” depending on your preferred amount of legroom. The two numbers you are left with will be the length and width for the coffee table that will best fit your space. Make sure to double-check your measurement to avoid buying the wrong size table.

A standard coffee table is about 18” high, but if you have a couch that sits higher, you’ll want to look for a table that’s a bit higher as well. If it’s too short, it can be difficult to reach and look out of balance.

What Shape Coffee Table Works Best with a Sectional?

If the sides of your sectional are the same length, a square coffee table or round coffee table will look best. These shapes will make it easy for everyone to reach the table and provide equal space for setting down drinks and other items. A round table is an especially good choice if you have children or pets who can bump into corners. If your chaise sectional is L-shaped, opt for a rectangular coffee table. These tables help even out the long side of the sofa. You can also use an elongated round or oval table here. If you really want to get creative and you have a larger sectional, try using a long ottoman or combing two ottomans together to make your own table. A tray can be added to create a solid surface for holding snacks and beverages. Most importantly, remember to keep the coffee table within the boundary edges of your sofa for a neat, balanced look and clear walking paths.

Does My Coffee Table Have to Match My Sectional?

Your coffee table or ottoman doesn’t have to match your sectional exactly, but it should be a similar style. A sectional with clean lines should be paired with a contemporary coffee table that also has clean lines. An overstuffed sectional will look great paired with an overstuffed ottoman. If you have other tables like accent and side tables, you also want to take them into consideration. You don’t want your tables to match exactly, but they should still complement each other.

With hundreds of coffee tables for every style and budget, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect coffee table for your sectional with chaise at The RoomPlace. Shop our complete collection online at www.theroomplace.com or visit any of our showrooms throughout Illinois and Indiana to get advice from our design specialists.

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Eco-Friendly at The Roomplace

Make your choice Green!

What do you consider when you are choosing a place to buy furniture? We’re sure you probably think about the quality, cost, delivery options, financing, warranties, selection and reputation of the brand and/or furniture retailer. Is it fair to say that those are the most important factors? Maybe not. Have you ever considered not purchasing furniture from a retailer because they aren’t green, as in eco-friendly?

With the changes in the earth’s atmosphere, the concept of “going green” has gone from being a craze to being a lifestyle change for many people. Blue recycling bins can be found virtually everywhere, along with people who are willing to play their part to save our environment. However, saving our environment only begins with the small things that can fit into a can. What about larger items, such as a mattress, living room furniture or bedroom furniture? Do you think recycling furniture is eco-friendly?

How do I dispose of old furniture?

There are quite a few ways you can dispose of your old furniture to make room for a new set. If your furniture is still in decent condition, one of the best and most eco-friendly ways to get rid of it is by selling. This might take a little longer than calling a junk removal company, but it’s better for the planet. Plus, it will give you some extra money to spend on new The RoomPlace furniture. When you have furniture that’s in less-than-great condition, consider recycling. Not all furniture is easy to recycle, but you can usually find a way to do it depending on the base materials. For example, metal can be taken a scrap dealer.

How do I dispose of old mattresses?

If you’ve been browsing our selection of The RoomPlace mattresses and are wondering what to do with your current one, you have a few options. Mattresses aren’t something you usually want to sell, and depending on your state, there can even be some legal restrictions for selling a used mattress. This doesn’t mean you have to take a trip to the dump, though.

Here’s an interesting fact: While mattresses are one of the most difficult items to recycle, “95% of the material in mattresses is recyclable. Metal springs can be recycled and the steel reused. Polyurethane foam can be shredded and used for carpet pads and insulation. Wood in foundations can be processed by wood chippers used for fuel or mulch. (Source: Enviro-Recycle)” Powered with that knowledge, let us ask what do you think about recycling your old mattress. Would you go through a few extra steps to make sure your mattress is disposed of in an eco-friendly way? Or better yet, will your furniture retailer recycle your old mattress?

Do I have to call a private service to get rid of my old mattress?

You don’t always have to use a private service to dispose of your mattress. The furniture store you’re buying from will likely pick up your old mattress when they deliver your new one. However, it’s what they do with your mattress that matters.

While many companies prefer just throwing away that old mattress, The RoomPlace and our 300,000 square foot Distribution Center is playing a role in protecting our planet by being eco-friendly and recycling it. In fact, we are not only recycling mattresses, but The RoomPlace also recycles the packing materials such as the cardboard, Styrofoam and the plastic that is used to protect your bedroom or living room furniture prior to delivery.

Now, this is no small feat as the Distribution Center is responsible for supporting 21 stores within the Chicagoland and Indiana area. That means literally tons of recyclable material enter and exit those doors daily. For a better understanding of how much is recycled on a monthly basis, let’s review the numbers:

The Room Place recycles 41.835 tons of cardboard per month on average.

Fun Fact: Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space and 46 gallons of oil. (Source: Earth911)

Monthly The Room Place recycles 675 pounds of Styrofoam per month on average.

Fun Fact: A male Siberian Tiger (Amur Tiger) typically weighs between 450 – 675 lbs. (Source: Pittsburgh Zoo)

1,116 pounds of plastic is recycled through The Room Place’s Plastic Bailer Per Month.

Fun Fact: 1,116 pounds is equivalent to lifting 11 couches or 13 love seats from the Bravado Collection. By the way, the Bravado Living Room Collection is made of eco-leather and from an eco-friendly manufacturer.

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Change of Space: Winner Follow-Up

In 2019, Windy City Live and The RoomPlace partnered up to launch the “Change of Space” contest that gave one lucky winner an entire room makeover! Winning the contest was a complete surprise to Traci Smith, since her son Jordan, was the one who entered his hard-working single-mom in the contest! Leading up to winning the “Change of Space” contest, Traci lived in her apartment for a whole year without any living room furniture – one of the many sacrifices she made to give her son the best she could. Traci was greeted with great enthusiasm by the Windy City Live host, Val Warner, where she was then taken on a shopping spree at our largest and newest RoomPlace store at Lincolnwood Town Center. After exploring the whole store, Traci found her picture perfect living room set to complete her room makeover! Check out the Windy City Live Show segment of Traci receiving her living room makeover here: https://abc7chicago.com/home/the-room-place-gives-single-mom-apartment-makeover/5585231/

Getting to Know Jordan

None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for Traci’s son, Jordan! We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to reconnect with Jordan and hear what he has been up to since entering his mom in the “Change of Space” contest. Jordan is a 21 year old hard-working young man who enjoys being active! Whether it’s participating in basketball, baseball or soccer, Jordan is up for the challenge. Jordan will be entering his senior year of college at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to complete his degree in Health Sciences, but it doesn’t end there! Jordan plans to expand his education by pursing a career in pharmacy. Throughout the summer and into his senior year, he plans to take advantage of his Pharmacy Technician license in training by gaining experience and learning the ins and outs of being a pharmacist.

When we asked Jordan what his goal in life was, he shared that being able to provide for his family and give back to his mom is his ultimate goal. Additionally, he informed us that the RoomPlace and Windy City Live were able to help him start accomplishing his goal when his mom was awarded the Florence collection living room set   complete with all the accessories, wall art and rug to complete the transformation! The RoomPlace was, and is, honored to support Jordan in achieving his goals! 

Last year, without hesitation, Jordan wanted to find a way to give back to his mom, so it is only appropriate to return the favor. This time, the RoomPlace is honored to give Jordan a leg up by helping him upgrade a bedroom for himself! Jordan chose our best-selling Denver Bedroom Group, that is available in both white and gray. Jordan thought white would go best with his room! Again, we want to congratulate Jordan on being accepted into the Health and Sciences Program at IUPUI and we hope your new RoomPlace bedroom set suites you well! We also want to thank Shay and her team at our Merrillville, Indiana location for assisting Jordan in finding the perfect bedroom set!

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Bedroom Layout Ideas – The RoomPlace

The bedroom is a place to sleep, but it’s also so much more. For some, it doubles as a place to unwind and watch TV. For others, it’s a blissful retreat or a cozy home office. The layout of a bedroom needs to reflect the function of the space, and these layout ideas from The RoomPlace can help you align the two.

Determine Bedroom Function

You know a bed is going to be part of your bedroom set, but other furniture pieces may vary. Determine how you want to use the room so you can pinpoint the pieces you need.

For a place to unwind, you may want an entertainment center with a TV and music options.

For a retreat, you might want to focus on a sumptuous mattress and luxurious décor. For a cozy home office, you’ll want to include a desk and storage cabinets.

Arrange the Pieces

Place the Bed: As the largest piece of bedroom furniture, the bed needs to be placed first. Where you place it depends on the location of the doorway and the size of the room. Put the foot of the bed closer to the doorway than the head of the bed. Large bedrooms work well with beds placed in the corner for a cozy feel, while smaller and medium-sized rooms make the most of space with the bed against the wall opposite the doorway.

Balance the Room: Balance out the room by placing the second-largest piece of furniture opposite the bed. This could be a dresser, entertainment center or desk, depending on the function of the bedroom. In smaller bedrooms, leave the wall opposite the bed devoid of furniture to maximize available space.

Add Nightstands: Regardless of your bedroom’s overall function and theme, nightstands are both handy and attractive. Place one on either side of the bed if you have enough space.

Consider Function: Determine what activities you need to do in the room, and arrange furniture in a way that makes them work. If you plan to watch TV in your bed, for instance, you’ll want the TV or entertainment center in an area where you can easily see it. If your bedroom functions as your home office, make sure the desk is easily accessible and near storage cabinets you may need.

Consider Comfort: Asses any areas that may be drafty or overly hot, such as near a window or directly below a vent. Avoid placing your bed in those areas. Sunlight can also play a role in furniture placement, as you may not want the morning sun streaming directly in your face or the evening sun streaming directly on your TV.

After you review all the items on the list, your bedroom layout will be ready to go. Add wall art, an area rug, plants and other extras as desired to emphasize the overall theme and pull the entire look together. Enjoy your personalized sanctuary for sleeping—and so much more. Browse for furniture at The RoomPlace to get started now.

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Design Tips Home Decor Living Rooms

How to Make a Sectional Work in Your Space

Sectionals have a way of transforming any space into an inviting haven. But you might think you don’t have enough room for it to work. Think again. You don’t necessarily need a massive area to make a sectional work. Sectionals can create a cozy ambiance in rooms of various sizes. These tips from The RoomPlace tell you how.

Take Measurements

While sectionals can work in rooms of different sizes, you still need to make sure the sizing is right. This applies to the room in which you’ll be placing the sectional as well as the entryways leading into that room. Measure doorways to ensure what you purchase can actually get into your house.

Also measure the length and width of the chosen room. Determine the general area in which your new sectional will be placed, then measure specific areas to ensure you have adequate space to accommodate the sectional’s various pieces.

Sectionals can include anywhere from two to six or more pieces, with options that include sofas, ottomans, chairs and chaises. Once you have the measurements of the room and a good idea of space available for specific pieces, you’ll know the type of sectional and pieces that will work for you.

Determine Arrangement

Your next step is to nail down exactly where each piece of your sectional will be placed. This can be challenging, especially in smaller rooms, but it can be done with advance planning and a number of helpful tips.

Remove other furniture: Too many furniture pieces can make a room appear crammed and cluttered. They can also eat up space that could otherwise be used for your new sectional. Eliminate extra floor lamps, end tables, chairs or other pieces that take up unnecessary space or wont’ be needed when your new seating arrangement arrives.

Approximate wall distance: When it comes to aesthetics, sectionals generally look better when placed away from the walls. Placing it in a corner against a wall, however, is an ideal way to maintain as much open floor space as possible. Figure out if you want the sectional against the wall or away from it. If you choose the latter, make sure it doesn’t impede traffic flow around the room or block any doorways. It should also leave enough room for people to walk around and behind it as needed.

Pinpoint your focus: Every room tends to have at least one focal point, which can be the entertainment center, fireplace or stunning artwork. You want your sectional to be placed in a way that emphasizes the focal point instead of detracting from it. You don’t want the sectional itself to be the focal point.

Choose color wisely: If you think the sectional may look too massive in your space, consider going for a lighter color. If you prefer a darker color, you can lighten it up with decorative throw pillows. Throw pillows are also handy for adding a pop of color, contributing to coziness and hiding any stains on the main fabric.

With your game plan in place, selecting a sectional that works for your space can be an exciting endeavor instead of a stressful one. Get started now by browsing the sectional selection at The RoomPlace.

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Design Tips Living Rooms

Tips to Refresh Your Living Room Design – The RoomPlace

Your living room is meant to be one of the most welcoming spaces in your home, and you can ensure it lives up to that status with any number of strategic changes. These tips from The RoomPlace can help you refresh your living room design, with options that are subtle or bold as you desire.

Swap Out the Old Sofa

As the room’s main seating area and major focal point, your living room sofa really needs to pop. Does it? Look at your sofa through a fresh set of eyes to determine if it needs a bit of refreshing. A new slipcover may be able to do the trick, or you could go all out and invest in a new sofa that breathes new life into the room, instantly.

Go for Brand New Living Room Set

If it’s more than the sofa that needs a lift, you can try a full-scale living room set. Sets come with ample seating in matching pieces that can be arranged and rearranged to suit your needs and mood. You’ll also find a generous selection of materials, colors and styles to create just the look you want.

Add New Accents

A few new accent pieces can create a whole new ambiance for the room. Try a large mirror or other wall décor to perk up a tired wall. A new lamp can literally shed new light on the room. An eye-catching area rug can pull the whole room together. Accent furniture can add a dash of class while combining style with function.

Include a Savvy Chair (or Two)

You know those sophisticated chairs that always catch your eye? Now is the time to buy one. Just like accent furniture, a stylish accent chair can add a sophisticated vibe to the entire space. The style choices are downright amazing, and material options range from velvet to leather with patterned fabric and studs in between.

Revamp Your Storage

Perhaps your existing credenza could use a boost. Or maybe you don’t have adequate storage in your living room at all. Either way, a new cabinet or buffet could again bring you a functional piece with incredible style. Enclosed storage pieces not only let you easily stash needless clutter, but they can serve as a sensational focal point.

Get the Perfect Table

Another way to pull the entire room together is with the perfect coffee table. The coffee table is another focal point of the room, so it needs to be worthy of all that attention. Look for a piece that fits the size, style and colors of the room while serving as a central hub for the seating area. If a coffee table is not your thing, occasional tables are another choice for adding more surface area with style. With so many ways to refresh your living room design, it may be tough to stop at just one. You certainly don’t have to. The RoomPlace is stocked with living room seating, tables, accents and décor to fit any style and budget. Start shopping now.

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Design Tips Outdoor

Patio Set Buying Guide – The RoomPlace

The time has come to invest in the perfect patio furniture, but you may not be sure where to begin. This patio set buying guide from The RoomPlace can steer you in the right direction. Here we walk you through the basics of selecting outdoor furniture pieces that serve your purposes, stand up to the elements and consistent use, and create a gorgeous outdoor space you’ll want to enjoy as frequently as you can.

List the Functions

Before you can determine the patio set that will suit your needs, you must know what those needs are. Make list of all the functions you want your patio area to serve. Perhaps you want a place to hold family dinners, casual get-togethers, children’s playdates—or a combination of activities. Knowing how you want to use the area directly correlates to the furniture you’ll need to get.

List the Furniture that Aligns with Functions

Determine which patio furniture pieces align with the activities you intend to engage in. If you’re amped up for family dinners and barbecues, you’ll definitely want a patio set that comes with a dining table. Children’s playdates or cozy get-togethers would do best with sets that include sectionals you can rearrange into intimate seating options.

You can also break down the patio into separate areas that serve different functions. Put a patio table and chairs in the main area for dining, along with a cozy bench and table off the side to create a welcoming reading nook.

If you want to relax, consider:

  • Adirondack chairs
  • Outdoor lounge chairs
  • Outdoor chaises
  • Hammocks
  • Couches and sectionals

If you want to dine outdoors, consider:

  • Bistro table and chairs
  • Patio dining table and chairs
  • Barstools and tall tables
  • Outdoor café sets

If you want to entertain outdoors, consider:

  • Patio sectionals
  • Outdoor couches
  • Outdoor floor pillows
  • Outdoor dining tables that double as entertainment centers

Choose Quality

While it may be tempting to go for the cheapest patio sets you can find, it’s not necessarily the wisest move. Unless, of course, you enjoy purchasing patio furniture every few years or so. Plastic outdoor furniture is typically the quickest to break down and fade. You’re better off investing in quality materials, such as durable woods, metal, porcelain and other materials that last for the long haul.

Look for Low Maintenance

You want to spend your time on the patio relaxing and enjoying yourself, not constantly scrubbing down or repairing furniture. Go for pieces that are easy to maintain. Features to look for include maintenance-free cast aluminum frames, UV protection, and removable cushions wrapped in fabrics that are a cinch to keep clean.

Add Color Strategically

Adding pops of color to your patio can perk up the space, and the best way to do it is with accessories. Colorful throw pillows work well, as do accessories such as bright umbrellas and cushions. The furniture itself will last longest and appear cleanest if it’s a darker or neutral color. Dark brown, beige and natural wood tones are ideal choices. Choosing neutral pieces also gives you the greatest amount of versatility. You can change up the look with different pillows, cushions and accessories without having to invest in a new patio set.

Pull the Space Together

Another strategic move is to pull the space together with an outdoor area rug. Not only does an outdoor rug help pull the look together, but it can also add even more color to the space. Many rugs are quick-drying, some are reversible and others may have striking, eye-catching patterns. If you’ve divided your patio into different areas, such as a dining space and a reading space, select a different area rug for each space.

Invest in Versatile Pieces

Make the most of your patio furniture investment by looking for pieces that are versatile. This can include patio sets that feature sectionals, which can be arranged and rearranged as needed or desired. It can also include pieces that serve more than one function.

Benches that double as storage trunks or low tables are a good example, as are ottomans that can be used as foot rests or extra seating. If your patio is on the smaller side, you may also want to consider pieces that can be easily folded up or stacked for easy storage when not in use.

Careful planning is key to finding the perfect patio set that suits your needs, and you now have all the steps at your disposal. Start by listing the functions of the patio space, along with the furniture that aligns with those functions. Opt for high-quality, low-maintenance pieces that are versatile enough to do double duty. Add color with pillows and accessories. Pull the space together with an outdoor area rug. All that’s left to do now is order just the right pieces from The RoomPlace. Shop patio furniture now.

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Prep Your Deck for Summer – The RoomPlace

As warm weather comes rolling in, you want your outdoor space to be ready for action. The backyard deck is always a crowd-pleasing place, whether it’s for afternoon barbecues, evening chats or morning coffee. Get your deck into tip-top shape with these tips from The RoomPlace.

Clear and Inspect

Starting with a clean slate is the best way to go, and completely clearing off your deck is the way to do it. Winter can be harsh on your deck as well as your outdoor items. Remove them all from the deck’s surface, then check the deck as well as the items. Discard or repurpose anything that’s broken or too faded for use going forward. Make sure the entire surface is clear so you can move on to the next step.

Scrub the Deck

Your first task is to sweep all dirt and debris off your deck. The next is to clean the deck’s surface. The cleaning method you use depends on the deck’s material. Certain materials and some wood decks can be cleaned with a power washer, provided you keep the pressure low enough to avoid damage.

Another option is to use a long-handled scrub brush to manually clean the surface. Opt for a specialized deck cleaner or a mix of vinegar and water. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water to create a scrubbing solution. Rinse with your hose and allow the deck to dry.

Clean Outdoor Items As you’re waiting for your deck to dry, you can clean any items that are going back on your deck. This includes outdoor rugs, planters, patio furniture and other accessories that could use a good washing. Outdoor rugs can often be power washed, while certain outdoor cushions may fit in the washing machine for laundering.

Bring it Back (to the Deck)

Once your deck surface and all the items are clean and dry, it’s time to put everything back into place. Feel free to keep the same arrangement that’s been working over the years, or try a new configuration to mix things up. As you’re putting things back into place on a squeaky-clean deck, you may notice that some items could use a sprucing up. Perhaps old patio sets could use repainting, or tired cushions could use replacing.

Refresh the Look

Repainting old patio furniture and purchasing new outdoor cushions are one way to perk up your outdoor space. Investing in new patio furniture and accessories is another. You may be amazed at the difference a modern end table or streamlined loveseat can make. Review the furniture arrangement and determine if you could use more seating, an attractive dining table or perhaps a new bench in an area that’s crying out for something new. With your cleaning, sprucing and refreshed outdoor furniture, your deck will be ready for anything. Check out the options at The RoomPlace if you still need a few pieces to pull it all together before the summer comes officially rolling in