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Why Buy Furniture Online?

Non-traditional methods of buying furniture online are becoming easier every day. The internet helps inform buyers on a wide range of questions when researching big purchases. With furniture stores that have physical stores and an online space to shop, you can’t go wrong with choosing a furniture online. Here are a few benefits of buying furniture online:

  • Material details: Select merchandise has material-specific details listed under the “unique features” tab listing valuable information you might otherwise miss.furniture guide
  • Room dimensions: You don’t need to memorize your room’s dimensions or bring them with to the store. Online furniture stores provide all of the dimensions for every item.
  • Buy online and see in store: If you’re one of those people who has to “feel” the furniture, check out your selection in store after buying the great deal online at one of our Chicago and Indianapolis area locations. Look out for “see in local store” icons on inventory pages. Many furniture stores have accommodating return policies if you’re not 100% smitten with your purchase.
  • Price comparing: Compare prices of the furniture you want with other furniture store’s prices to find the product that fits your budget. Often times, stores offer price matching incentives that you can take advantage of.
  • Sale look-out: Have your eye on a certain piece? Sign up for newsletters and look out for holiday sales. Furniture stores constantly receive new inventory and drop the prices of older furniture to make room for the new ones.
  • Customer service resources: Take your time and browse through our frequently asked questions on customer service pages. You might find answers to questions you hadn’t event thought of.
  • Nocturnal shopping: Browse our selection in your PJs at 2am if you wish—we’re not going anywhere!
  • Easy payment: Secure payment portals will keep your payment information safe.
  • See what you want to: Spend time browsing only the furniture you wish to see by shopping by style, price, or new arrivals.

The online marketplace is more than accommodating for online shoppers, and so is The RoomPlace. Shopping by room, style, or type has never been easier. Now you can delight in quality merchandise from the comfort of home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if you have lingering questions, we’re a phone call away: 630.783.8000.

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How to Create the Perfect Buffet Set Up for Big Dinner Parties

Gearing up for a season of holiday parties? Make sure your dining room is ready to accommodate a bevy of merrymakers and enough dishes to keep them full. To help you get in the spirit stress-free, we’ve compiled a few tips that will get you host-ready in no time.

We love a good magazine-ready spread: dishes filled with colorful and delicious food all arranged expertly on a stylish sideboard or server. While the focus should undoubtedly be on your expert culinary abilities, it can’t hurt to make sure your furniture garners a few compliments as well. Sideboards and servers can make a big difference when it comes to showing off your hard work—they give you extra surface area and lots of valuable storage space below. Giving your wine glasses, dishes, and cutlery a centralized home will make it easier to setup for your party and ease the final cleanup.

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To get the most out of your server, get your dining room setup arranged in host mode. Place your server away from your table and dining chairs to manage the flow of guests. That way, you’ll avoid traffic jams between the people getting their food and those sitting down to dig in.

If you’re a frequent dinner host, then you know all about the extra seating room table leafs can provide. They allow your table to easily expand to accommodate the extra guests at the drop of a hat. An expandable table will also impress your visitors with your thoughtful foresight and your keen eye for design and style. Say goodbye to banishing your guests into another room when you run out of seats!

There’s also an art to what goes on the table. Conserve space and eliminate clutter by placing all of your dishes on the buffet, and encourage guests to serve themselves in a left-to-right direction. Think of your food setup as a journey. Dishes and cutlery should go first, followed by the salad or starter. Next should go the main. End the table with condiments. Place all beverages on side tables away from the buffet so that people aren’t centralized in one place while they’re serving themselves.

With the help of the RoomPlace furniture, a little bit of planning, and a proper setup technique, you can easily cultivate the perfect setting for your next dinner party.

Next up? After-dinner cocktails! Our Indianapolis living room sets will create the ultimate post-dinner atmosphere!

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3 Easy Winter Designs to Incorporate Into Your Home in Chicago & Indianapolis

The holidays are just around the corner, and most of us are busier than ever. If you’re ready to integrate some festive decor without spending all weekend with your scissors and hot glue, you’re in luck: We’ve ruminated on winter design and have come up with some simple, cost-effective projects to get your home ready for a season of festivities.

 

Let there be light… And let it be white!

Save yourself a decorative headache and eschew the color lights this year. White or clear lights evoke a subtle winter theme in your home without looking garish or overpowering. Don’t be afraid to get creative, either. Fill a basket with greens or pine cones and weave white lights around the bottom to create an understated glow. Weave lighting around your bannister or wind it around your window curtain to let the light radiate.

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Give Your Doorways Some TLC

If you’re strapped for time, focus on giving some decorative flair to your entryways. Create a swag (the decorative kind—not the free merchandise kind) from strung pine cones or evergreen boughs, or string oversize lights around the doorway. This will provide an appealing winter design for both rooms and is the perfect time-effective endeavor.

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Embrace a seasonal color palette

White or silver accents dominate home design during the holiday season. Even though you may not want to have a snowy color scheme throughout the entire year, it’s easy to integrate it into your home seasonally with a few simple tools. Invest in a few silvery shams to slip over your existing decorative pillow and throw a cozy white blanket on your couch. Cluster white candles on the coffee table or make a centerpiece on your dining room table.

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Have you integrated these easy home décor tips to your home? Share them with us in the comments below!

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5 Tips for Hosting Holiday Parties in a Small Living Room

We get it: you love your friends and your family, but hosting them in your tiny living room fills you with dread. As much fun as it is to gather around and celebrate the holidays together, it’s also pretty stressful to host a party if you’re short on seating and standing room. If this sounds like a predicament you’re familiar with, have no fear. We’ll show you how to turn your cozy living room into the perfect canvas for parties big and small this season.

Set the Mood
Lighting has the power to make or break the mood. Use table lamps that give off a warm, yellow-toned light and supplement it with candles to create an intimate atmosphere. If your home is too brightly lit, guests are likely to feel they’re browsing down the aisles of a supermarket and not comfortably socializing together. When you have a small space, embrace it and the snugness it provides.

Re-Arrange Fearlessly
While your sofa might make a statement in the center of your room most days, it’s going to eat up valuable space on the day of your party. Don’t hesitate to shift furniture around to accommodate your guests. Focus on leaving the center of the room empty, with seating options surrounding the perimeter. Use our Room Planner if you need help visualizing what this will look like.

Expand Your Dining Options
On a typical day, you might rock a small dining room set. But since holiday parties don’t happen every day, why not select a piece that can also expand to meet your entertaining needs? Invest in furniture that features table leafs so you can embrace larger gatherings.

Consider New Seating Options
Chairs can chew up space like no other furniture. Instead, incorporate benches as the standard seating for your gathering. They can accommodate more people, are space efficient, and establish a warm, intimate setting.

Embrace Mirrors
Mirrors create the illusion of more space. Choose a wall that has plenty of free surface area and mount large mirrors. Mirrors also give you a chance to check out the atmosphere of the room as a whole without having to pop in and check with every guest.

This holiday season, let The RoomPlace help you gear up for your gathering. Offering affordable traditional, modern, and casual styles, we promise that your furniture solution is just a click away.

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How to Make the Most of a 3 Piece Living Room Set in Chicago & Indianapolis

You never want your living room furniture to restrict you. Instead of imposing limits, it should offer possibilities. The RoomPlace offers affordable furniture sets that provide you with all of the pieces – living room chairs, loveseats, sofas, ottomans, and more – to create a space that can be tailored to your tastes.

Let’s take the Bronze 3 Pc. Living Room Collection for an example. The three-piece set includes a sofa, loveseat, and chair. While each is a standalone asset, combined they become aBronze setstatement piece.

Texture can make all the difference. This collection creates a contemporary style by combining chenille and faux leather to add extra character to your living room.

Use pillows to break up the pattern: Reversible toss pillows with their bolder design seamlessly break the flow and add versatility to the pattern and color combination.

Reverse the cushions: Double the life of your furniture’s fabric by reversing the cushions. It’s a simple solution that will have a long lasting effect!

Get flexible with your stylish living room sets. The individual pieces can easily be mixed, matched, and rearranged to create a space that suits your needs. Because most sets come with a sofa, loveseat, and chair, you have multiple lounging options for you and your guests. Just make sure you have enough space between furniture corners and walkways!

Ready to embrace your 3-piece living room solution? You’ll find The RoomPlace store locations throughout Indiana and Illinois. With 22 brick-and-mortar stores and our online marketplace, furniture shopping possibilities are always accessible. Whether you’re seeking sofas for sale in Chicago or browsing your options on the web at lunch, we have what you’re looking for!

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What Bed Should You Choose?

What Bed Should You Choose?

4 Things to Consider When Buying a New Bed from The RoomPlace

A new bed is one of the best gifts you can give yourself—after all, you’ll be spending a third of your life fast asleep. With tons of options out there, narrowing down your priorities should be the first step in finding the bed of your dreams. Consider these factors to find your perfect place to come home to each night.

Storage Needs

If you avoid opening your closet door for fear that all of its contents will come crashing down upon you, it’s time to get organized. A bed might seem like an unlikely storage solution, but the right bed can combine coziness and storage in one place. Try a sturdy, functional bed like The Welden. This is one seriously durable bed that marries both of your sleep and storage needs with luxurious espresso wood, clean silhouette, and built-in shelving and drawers.

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Cohesive Style

You want your new bed to integrate seamlessly with the rest of your décor. If you’re a mid-century modernist, you probably don’t want to throw a traditional 4 poster bed into the mix. However, if you’re ready to completely reinvent your room, you can always invest in a new bedroom set. It’s never too late to embrace the soft lines of classic contemporary or a warm traditionalist!

Size Constraints

Do you like to cozy up when you’re getting some shut-eye, or do you use bedtime as an opportunity to stretch your legs? Before you make your purchase, it’s important to ask, “What size bed do I need?” Evaluate the square footage you’re working with and consider your sleeping habits. We offer a variety of bed sizes and dimensions, from a spacious king to an intimate daybed. Use our handy Room Planner to visualize the best layout for your room.

Self-Reflection

It’s time to reevaluate your relationship with your mattress. Your bed frame might be a bold beauty like the Loft, but you won’t be able to fully appreciate its deep coloring and unique headboard unless you’re sleeping comfortably. Our team is happy to provide suggestions on what mattress will best complement your bed and your needs.

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The answer to “What bed should I buy?” is at your fingertips. Browse our catalog today for inspiration before you reach out to our design team to find a stylish, affordable investment for your bedroom.

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Give Your Home the Traditional Look Without Overpaying

Traditional Décor:
Give Your Home the Traditional Look Without Overpaying

Traditional décor sets a mood that hasn’t gone out of style since the 18th century. It looks at home on the set of Downton Abbey, a period drama set in the early 20th century, just as it complements a modern apartment in the heart of Chicago. It’s no wonder homeowners continue to gravitate towards the royal opulence traditional décor inspires. Traditional furniture is commanding, and graceful–and it’s a trend that will always stay in fashion.

But there’s a common misconception that traditional style furniture can only be found in high-end auction houses. Think again. You can be a regal Traditionalist without your budget taking a beating. Explore a few ways we can help you get started on your Traditional motif!

Let the Details Do the Talking
Traditional furniture styles anything but understated. Most pieces are punctuated by subtle–but memorable–details. The Marquis Side Chair is a perfect example. Its ornate carving, rich, textured upholstery and almost-clawfoot feet are reminiscent of furniture you would see at the royal court.

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Embrace Symmetry
You’ll find that most traditional furniture pieces are unwaveringly symmetrical. This sense of order is part of their appeal, and it’s one that should extend to the arrangement of your space. Try to create mirror image setups to get the most out of your traditional room. For example, arrange two armchairs on either side of the fireplace or have two sofas face one another from opposite walls. Traditional home décor is always arranged with intention.

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Use Lighting As a Tool
Once your home is decked out with a gorgeous selection of traditional furniture, so why not light it like a pro? You’ll find that low lighting or wall sconces complement this style more than overhead lighting. Try to stick with simple table lamps that show off your furniture in the best light possible.

Explore hundreds of affordable solutions to your traditional décor needs at one of our store locations or find the perfect fit from the comfort of home with the help of our online marketplace. Choose The RoomPlace to help you craft your slice of decorative heaven!

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Sleeper Sofas and Pullout Couches for Holiday Guests and Seasonal Visitors

Planes, trains, and automobiles: This holiday season, does it feel like all three are headed to your home bearing guests? If your holidays are packed with incoming visitors, then use our tips from to get your house prepped for the extra bodies!

Abandon Old Stereotypes

No longer are pullout sofas analogous to that cramped, outdated cot you had to sleep on when visiting out of state relatives. The sofa beds of today are more than just a functional piece of furniture–thankfully they’re also an everyday asset to your home. Our modern designs effortlessly hide a comfortable bed in their sleek silhouettes and elegant upholstery.

Think Beyond the Visit

Your pull out sofa will be used as just that: a sofa. With this in mind, you should select a stylish couch that adds to your overall room design. The Zeth Sleeper is a great example of what’s possible: The soft cotton fabric feels cozy and looks chic whether you’re curling up with a good book or slipping under the covers for a good night’s sleep.

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Keep Things Simple

After a long evening catching up with friends, setting up a guest bed can feel like a formidable task. Our designers have been gravitating towards pull out couches like the Donovan Daybed for this very reason. Simply pull out the trundle when it’s time to get some shut-eye, then push it back in in the morning. Your room will transform from a living room to a guest bedroom in mere seconds!

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The holidays should be spent making merry, not stressing about where your visitors will get some shut-eye. Drop by one of our 22 locations to find your multifunctional solution today. Armed with your new sleeper sofa or pull out couch from The RoomPlace, you can focus on what counts–enjoying precious time with your loved ones.

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Man Cave Makeover

Man Cave Makeover:
Recliners, Tables, and More for the Best Place to Watch the Game

Sports fans across the country can rejoice: NFL and College Football seasons are officially in full swing, and the NBA is close behind. But is your home ready to host the afternoons and evenings of viewing and fandom ahead? Let’s create the perfect room with nothing but man cave ideas in mind:

Let Leather Set the Mood (And Sneak in Some Special Features!)

Have you ever accidentally knocked over a drippy plate of spinach and avocado dip when you stood up to cheer for an amazing play? If you’re anything like us, a couch that doesn’t stain easily due to wild displays of enthusiasm is what you need. Leather is one of the best kinds couch materials for those of us prone to spills since cleanup is so fast: a little soapy water, a nice soft rag and you’re back in the game. As an added bonus, dark leather hides its age by masking everyday stains.

Even better is that leather offers sneaky ways to integrate ingenious features without sacrificing great design. Take our Electra for example. It has LED lights to guide you when the lights are dimmed—how cool is that? The Electra also has drink holders, console storage space, and full reclining capabilities for when you just have to kick back.

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Speaking of Reclining Capabilities: Meet the Modern Recliner

Your favorite man cave chair should be one that can practically mold itself to your form. It needs to be comfortable, reliable and durable—just like you. Revitalize an old living room standby and take a spin in a recliner chair. Going with our leather theme, leather recliners are near perfect for everything from leaning back during the commercial breaks to sitting at the edge of your seat during a nail-biting play. Even when your favorite team isn’t in season, this is a man cave chair that will get a lot of use for movie watching, reading and perhaps even a Sunday snooze.

Get At-Your-Fingertips Access

Don’t ruin your man cave experience by forgetting details. Invest in an modern, no frills sofa table to store your stuff. Nachos, remotes, and magazines don’t have to live on the floor or squished and lost in your couch cushions. You can have them all in reach with a no-fuss table.

Give Your Entertainment System a Home

Then show some love to the entertainment system that enables you to watch your team dominate the competition from the comfort of your decked out man cave Use our Room Planner to explore what furniture makes the most sense for your space, be it a compact tv stand or an impressive wall unit.

Reston Wall Unit

If you need some inspiration for your man cave makeover, the design team at the RoomPlace can help. Browse our online catalog and visit us today create your dream entertainment space at an affordable price.