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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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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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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

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Tips When Buying Furniture Online – The RoomPlace

Deciding to buy furniture online means you will be able to choose from a much wider selection than you would if you visited a store. No matter what type of furniture you are looking for, you are sure to find the pieces that will show off your personality and style. However, before placing your order, there are some things you’ll need to consider when buying furniture online.

Pick the Right Store

Getting information about the store you are buying from will ensure that you are working with a reputable and trustworthy dealer. Before browsing the inventory, take a moment to read the About Us page to get some background on the business. If you can’t seem to find this page or the information seems vague or generic, it’s in your best interest to move along.

You want to work with a store that has been in business for a while and knows what they’re doing when it comes to selling furniture. It’s pays to be cautious, and this can save you a lot of

frustration and stress in the long run. Thus, when it comes to buying furniture online, make sure you pick the right store.

Check Out Customers Reviews

While you are online looking at the different furniture store options, this is a good opportunity to read customer reviews. These will give you insight into what it’s like to work with a particular online store. It’s important to remember that no place can make everyone happy, so the store may have some negative reviews. However, they should have more positive reviews than bad ones.

If you’re so inclined, you can also use this moment to check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if any complaints have been filed against a specific store. They don’t necessarily have to be registered with the BBB, but you shouldn’t find any records of complaints, either.

Know Your Measurements

Before you start furniture shopping online, make sure you measure the space for your new furniture at least twice. This will make sure that you don’t get a couch or coffee table that is too large or too small for the room. It will also ensure that the new bedroom furniture can fit through the door.

Most online stores share the furniture measurements in the description, but if you can’t find them, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask—especially if you really like the piece.

Look for a Large Selection

One of the reasons you are looking for chairs or dining rooms sets online is because you want to see what options exist. Thus, you’ll want to work with an online store that has a wide range of options to choose from. This will ensure that you get the pieces that will add style and sophistication to your home.

Check Out the Shipping Costs

One of the biggest things that many shoppers forget to consider when shopping online is that they may have to pay shipping costs. Depending on what you order and how large or heavy it is, this could wind up being several hundred dollars. Most of the time, the shipping cost is calculated during checkout, so pay attention to how much it is.

On the other hand, some online stores offer free shipping if you order a certain dollar amount or you may be able to get a lower shipping cost by ordering multiple pieces. Having this information before hitting the Buy button could wind up saving you a lot of money.

The Fun of Online Shopping

Finding the right online furniture store may take some time and effort, but once you find a place that is reputable, has a huge selection, and fits within your budget, you won’t have to shop anywhere else.

At The RoomPlace, we pride ourselves on having years of experience and many different furniture options to choose from. Start your search with us, and you won’t have to go anywhere else!

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Dining Set Buying Guide – The RoomPlace

One of the most important pieces of furniture you’ll have in your home is your dining set. Not only is this the place where your friends and family will gather for delicious meals and good times, but it’s also where kids will do homework and a place where you can play games. It’s also one of the focal points of your home.

Having the right dining set can drastically change how your room looks. Thus, it’s imperative that you take the time and effort to find the dining set that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. To make this process as easy and stress-free as possible, read the following tips on how to buy the right dining set.

Consider the Size

The first thing you’ll need to think about when buying a new dining set is what size you’ll need. Not only should you be thinking about how many people will be gathering around the table, but you also need to think about the size of the room. To ensure that you are getting the right sized table, you’ll need to take measurements.

It’s important that you think about the size of the table and the chairs that will be added to the room. Everyone who sits at the table should have enough room to pull the chair out so that they can slide into it quickly and easily. You also don’t want the chairs banging into the walls or other items in the dining room, as this can cause a lot of damage.

If you have enough room and you plan on having guests over for gatherings, you might decide to get a larger table and some extra chairs. Even if you don’t use them every day, having them for when people visit will ensure that everyone fits comfortably around your dining room table.

Focus on the Table

Since the table is the centerpiece of the dining set, you want to find something that expresses your style and personality. There are many different options to choose from, and you can go with something more traditional or you have the option of getting a table that is more modern.

Traditional Options

Should you decide to go with something more traditional, you will be looking for a wood table. Some of the most popular choices for dining room tables include cherry, mahogany, and oak. Traditional tables generally give off an air of regality, and they can come with intricate designs or decorative carvings in the wood.

In some cases, a traditional table will have a pedestal rather than four legs for support, and you can usually make a traditional table larger by adding table leafs. When it comes to the chairs that go around a traditional table, they will often be as elegant as the table and will probably come with arms.

Modern Flair

If you are looking to add some modern flair to your dining room, most modern tables incorporate glass into their design and are paired with metal or wood. You might even be able to find a modern table that incorporates granite or marble.

Modern tables are often simple with little to no decoration, but they will still stand out and can make your home look incredibly stylish. When it comes to the dining chairs that go around the table, these might have some more designs and style, which will help you add even more flair to your modern dining set.

Find the Right Shape

The most common shape for dining room tables are square and rectangular, and you’ll have a lot of options to choose from if you decide to go this route. But you also have the option of adding round or oval tables to your space, and these can save you some space.

If you plan on having a lot of get-togethers and you want to encourage conversation, then you might want to consider getting a round or oval table. With this option, you’ll also be able to squeeze in as many people as possible around the perimeter of the table.

Not only do you want to consider shape when looking for a new dining room set, but you’ll also need to consider the type of support it has. There are three main types: trestle, pedestal, and legs. These can all have an impact on how people sit at your dining room table and how chairs slide under.

Both the pedestal and trestle options give you more flexibility when it comes to adding people around the table. These supports won’t get in the way and impact how many people can fit. A trestle table will have more space on the sides, but may have limited space on the ends.

Having a table with legs can add more support. As long as you are aware of where the legs are and how it will impact people’s ability to sit around the table, you can find a way to get everyone to fit and still be comfortable at the same time.

Shop at the Right Store

There are lot of things to consider when looking for the right dining room set for your home. You want something that is going to be functional but also looks really good. If you’re looking for selection and variety, then you should see what The RoomPlace has to offer.

From modern to traditional, we have the dining room sets that will add something extra to your space. Browse our selection to find the right dining set that will look fantastic in your home.

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Creating the Perfect Patio Fire Pit Gathering Space

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A patio fire pit is an automatic draw for its warmth and ambiance, and it gets even better when you create the perfect gathering space to experience it. You have several factors to consider when designing your ideal patio fire pit gathering space, and The RoomPlace is ready to walk you through all of them.

Make It an Exclusive Space

While your fire pit is best located on your patio, you want it separate from your main dining area. People tend to sit around the fire after dinner, not during it, and you want to set aside a special place for after-dinner relaxation. Make sure there is a clear path from the dining area to the fire pit area with no obstacles or hazards to impede traffic from one area to the other.

Choose an Optimum Location

Choose a location that has enough room for the fire pit as well as ample seating around it. Most fire pits are about no larger than about 4 feet across, and you’ll want an additional 6 feet around it on all sides. Consider the type of seating you plan to use, as some outdoor patio furniture takes up more space than others. An Adirondack bench or chair, for instance, is going to take up more room than a standard patio dining chair.

You may also want to position the fire pit in a place where you can view it from inside the house. That way you’ll be able to enjoy its ambiance even if the weather is too frightful to do it from outside.

Select the Fire Pit Type

Once you determine the fire pit location, the next step is to choose the fire pit type. If you’re not intending to have one built into your patio, you can purchase a portable wood-burning fire pit or a modern fire pit that runs on propane. Options run the gamut from shallow wood-burning bowls to fire pit tables you can switch on with the turn of a switch. Keep the overall look of your patio in mind, whether it’s rustic or contemporary, to retain a cohesive look.

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Select the Fire Pit Seating

Most fire pit gatherings are rather casual and intimate, which makes cozy seating options ideal. You can opt for seating all the way around the fire pit, or choose to leave a pathway area open for easier access. The type of seating you choose depends on the look and layout you want to achieve.

Some fire pit tables are part of a fire pit patio set, giving you an instant and easy put-together look. You could opt for an elegant look with wedge benches and other cushioned patio furniture, or choose a more rustic vibe with wooden Adirondack benches and chairs.

Once you put it all together, you’ll have the perfect gathering area around your fire pit. It will be in a prime location, provide a cozy retreat from the main patio area, and give your guests ample room to congregate around the fire for cozy conversation and relaxation. Shop outdoor patio sets and more at The RoomPlace now.

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Sectional Sofa Buying Guide – The RoomPlace

Adding a couch to your home is imperative. It gives people a place to sit and adds something extra to your home. However, if you have a large family or like to host a lot of parties, then a traditional sofa may not suit your needs. If that’s the case, then you might consider getting a sectional instead.

These furniture options are larger and more versatile, so you can put together the piece that will work best for your space. Before rushing out and buying a sectional, there are some things you’ll need to consider.

Reasons to Get a Sectional

Adding a sectional to your home can benefit you in many ways, and below are some reasons why you should get one.

More Seating Space

The biggest reason most people get a sectional is to increase their sitting space. You also have the option of adding different elements, including recliners and chaise lounges, which give you the opportunity to put your feet up and relax.

It Fits Anywhere

If you’re like most people, then when you think about sectionals, you envision a huge piece that takes up a lot of space. While you can certainly put together a large sectional with many parts, it’s also possible to get a smaller piece. Adding a sectional can be a great way to maximize seating in a smaller room.

Creates Boundaries

One of the current housing trends is having an open floor plan. While it can be great to have a lot of space and one room flowing into another, it can also be tricky to know how to position furniture. If you add a sectional to your home, this can create a boundary and distinguish one room from another.

Different Sectional Options

Now that you know that a sectional can work in any space, it’s important to know what options exist. There are many different configurations to choose from, and that means you’ll get exactly what you want and need for your home. However, before getting overwhelmed by your options, it’s a good idea to know what’s available.

L-Shape

This sectional is shaped like an L, or two couches that come together to form a right angle. This shape makes the sectional incredibly versatile, and you can place it in the corner of a room or have it floating in the middle with a coffee table or ottoman in between.

A U-shaped sectional is great if you have a large space to fill or you want to maximize your seating space as much as possible. The great thing about this piece is that it’s perfect for encouraging intimate conversations because it has extended arms that face one another.

Curved

If you’re looking to add some modern flair to your living space, then you’ll want to consider getting a curved sectional. These are an ideal choice if you have a large space to fill. They work best when placed in the middle of the room, and their curve will bring an artistic appeal to any space.

Should you desire to change your sectional configuration every once in a while, then you’ll want to get a modular. This piece comes with multiple components that are quick and easy to change, so you can have a new style or look in your home as often as you wish.

Chaise

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing more relaxing then laying down on the couch and watching TV. When you add a chaise lounge to the end of your sectional, you’ll be able to put your feet up with ease.

Adding a sleeper to your sectional gives you what you need to entertain overnight guests. If you don’t have a dedicated guest bedroom, then adding this to your piece will ensure that everyone is comfortable and sleeps through the night.

Finding the Right Sectional

Adding a sectional to your home is a great way to add more seating for your family or for guests. However, when it comes to adding large furniture to your space, you need to make sure you are getting the right piece. To find the right sectional, you’ll need to consider the following.

The Size and Shape of Your Space

When it comes to adding a sectional to your home, it should enhance the space, not make it challenging to walk through the living room. Thus, having precise measurements and knowing how you want to lay out the piece is important.

If you are getting an L-shaped sofa or adding a chaise to the end, you’ll need to decide if they are going to be right or left oriented. To determine how it will fit in your space, you need to imagine yourself standing in front of your sectional. This will how you will determine if you want a left- or right-facing sofa.

How Many People You Want to Seat

Knowing how many people you want to seat on your sectional will help you determine what size and sections you can get for your home. How you want them to interact with one another can also help you determine what type of sectional to get.

Material Type

The fabrics that you get on your sectional can come in a wide variety of options, and when it comes to finding the right one for your home, you’ll need to consider who will be sitting on the furniture. If you have kids and pets, then you’ll probably want to get fabric that is easy to clean. The same is true if you host a lot of parties and people have a tendency to spill. You’ll also want to choose colors and patterns that match your décor.

If you’re thinking about adding a sectional to your home, this is a great way to create more seating and place something unique and stylish in your space. There are a lot of things to consider before you make a purchase, but investing the time in this endeavor will ensure you get furniture that you love.

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Must-Have Furniture for Your Small or Studio Apartment

Apartment Furniture

Just because you have a small living space doesn’t mean it has to be small on style and functionality. You can create a highly impressive and efficient home with the right touches, starting with must-have furniture that no small or studio apartment should live without. These tips from The RoomPlace tell you how.

Designate Specific Zones

One of the keys to effective studio apartment design is to create different zones where different activities will take place. Creating these zones makes smaller areas more comfy, with specified areas for sleep, work and play. Small apartments may already have different rooms designated for you, but you can still break up larger rooms into distinct zones for different activities.

Living Zone

This area is for relaxation and entertaining, which means it requires apartment-sized furniture where you and any guests can kick back as needed. Small apartment furniture can include smaller sectionals or sofa sets that fit neatly into the area. The easier you can move the furniture around, the more versatile you can make the layout as needed.

Look for pieces that do double or even triple-duty, such as an ottoman with storage. You can use it as a seat, a coffee table and a storage bin.

Sleeping Zone

Make the most of your bedroom area by making it absolutely private. In a studio apartment, this can be done by using a bookshelf as a makeshift wall, creating a cozy corner for sleeping. Consider a platform bed with built-in storage to maximize storage space.

If you’d rather not make the sleeping zone a separate area, you can incorporate it into your living zone. In this case, ideal options would be a sleeper sofa, or a daybed that lets you tuck away the sleeping platform when not in use.

Eating Zone

The kitchen and dining area are often one in the same for studio and smaller apartments. Making the most of this area involves choosing a dining table that doesn’t take up too much space, or can double as a counter area. Ideal choices can include a pub table or bar table with matching stools, or a counter-height table you can position against the wall to double as extra counter space. Try a one with built-in storage for an added perk.

Working Zone

Creating an office area in small or studio apartments involves picking office furniture that has multiple uses. Opt for desks with cubbies or other storage space you can file documents and paperwork. Borrow a chair from the kitchen area when you need to sit down and work, or choose a small rolling stool or chair you can easily move to different locations.

If you don’t have room for or would rather not invest in a separate desk, look for a kitchen table that can also function as a desk.

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Additional Pieces

Now that you have the basics covered, the final step is to look for additional pieces for any remaining storage needs. Get creative with options to get the most use out of any single piece. A dresser can double as a TV stand, for instance, or you can use an entertainment center wall unit as a place to store shoes, clothes and personal items.

Top it your apartment decorating with different decorative rugs to further designate the different zones, and add stylish home décor that pulls it all together. Mirrors are always fabulous for making spaces appear larger, while a mix of light fixtures can add a cozy ambiance. Check out the furniture, home décor and lighting options at The RoomPlace today.

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Area Rugs: Where to Put Them and Which to Choose

Area Rug Decor

Area rugs serve as artwork for the floor, but they also do so much more. They can add warmth, comfort and excitement to you living space, in so many different locations. We here at The RoomPlace are big on rugs, which is why we created this guide to help you determine where to put area rugs in your home and which rugs to choose.

Where to Put Area Rugs

Rugs can enhance nearly any space, as long as you have enough room to adequately accommodate them. You don’t want to shove one into a tight entryway, for instance, but you can use one in a cramped bathroom to make the room look larger. Here come a variety of areas you can spruce up with a rug.

Entryways and Foyers: The right rug here can make a fine first impression the moment someone walks in your door. Opt for one that’s wider than the doorway. In a larger foyer, center the rug under the lighting source.

Hallway: Runners work well in hallways. They look best with at least 6 inches of space on all sides, and preferably in the center of the hall.

Living Room: A dashing rug can serve as the focal point of the room, and you can even use more than one if you have a particularly large living room. When placing a rug in the center of a furniture ensemble, make sure it extends beyond the coffee table and under the first set of legs on the sofa and chairs. Rugs placed in front of couches should be at least the same length as the couch.

Bathroom: Small bathrooms can appear larger with rugs featuring bold patterns and a mélange of colors. Put one in front of the sink.

Kitchen: Several rugs in the kitchen can spruce up the look while adding a layer of comfort for your legs, feet and lower back. Try one in front of the stove, another in front of the sink. Use smaller, individual rugs or runners, with runners placed at least 6 inches away from the cabinets.

Dining Room: Rugs can look amazing beneath the dining room table and chairs. Pick a rug that’s the same shape as the table, and make sure it extends at least 2 feet on all sides of the table.

Bedroom: Bedroom rugs add a dash of coziness to the space. Place one under the bed, with the rug extending at least 2 feet beyond the bed. You can also use runners along the sides of the bed for extra cushioning and comfort when you get up in the morning.

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How to Choose Area Rugs

Now that you have a good idea of where you might want to put area rugs, it’s time to choose the right rugs for each space.

Determine the Atmosphere You Want to Create

Do you want the rug to add cozy comfort? An exotic splash of color? A modern vibe? Review the variety of rugs available to determine what type of atmosphere you want the rug to create. While rugs don’t need to perfectly match everything in the space, it does need to align with the tones and textures of the existing furniture and décor.

Pick the Color, Pattern

Color and pattern play huge roles for setting the tone of the room, so choose carefully. Do you want the rug to stand out or blend in? If the space is already packed with tons of colors, select a solid neutral rug. Rooms that could use a boost can do well with bolder, more colorful, or patterned rugs.

Select a Shape

Rectangle rugs are the most common, but they’re not the only choice. Round rugs can help create a cozy niche in a corner of the room or add interest to an entryway. Other choices include square, oblong and animal hides.

Choose the Size

Many folks make the mistake of choosing a rug that’s too small for the space. If you’re selecting a rug to cover the floor for the entire room, you want to center the rug and leave between 10 to 20 inches of bare floor between the walls and the edge of the rug.

If you’re using rugs to define spaces within a room, different rules apply. You can find some of those rules above, when we outlined where area rugs can be placed.

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Consider Lifestyle and Maintenance

Even the most plush and glorious rug can end up making you unhappy if all you’re doing is cleaning or maintaining it. Consider your family’s lifestyle and where the rugs will be placed to narrow down choices that are easy to maintain.

Low-pile rugs work well in high-traffic areas, like kitchens and hallways. High-pile and plusher rugs do better in areas that don’t get a lot of traffic. Darker colors and patterns will hide dirt and stains better than lighter, solid colors.

Whatever type of rug you choose, make sure you get the right type of rug pad to go with it. Choose one that’s compatible with the flooring below the rug, whether it’s carpet, tile or hardwood floors.

Now that you have all the basic info you need, it’s time to start looking for rugs that make the perfect statement in every area of your home. Shop the area rug collection at The RoomPlace now.