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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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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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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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How to Make a Small Kitchen More Functional

For many, the kitchen is the most important room of the house and while a small kitchen can limit functionality, it doesn’t have to. Here are some tips for taking advantage of limited space in your kitchen:

Organize With Functionality In Mind

While this may seem obvious, prioritizing functionality when making kitchen organization decisions can make a huge difference in the way the space is used. Avoid putting small appliances in places where they may get in the way of food prep and be sure to keep space between items that might need to be used at the same time by different people.

Choose Kitchen Furniture That Complements the Space

Limited counter space can be a huge problem in small kitchens. By using different types of kitchen carts, you can maximize work space and keep your kitchen as functional as possible. Whether you choose a small kitchen cart with wheels or a 3-tier kitchen cart with multiple levels of organization, kitchen carts are a great way to utilize small spaces without losing functionality.

Portable carts

The RoomPlace has a variety of portable kitchen carts that can help keep your kitchen organized. Choose from options with counter space, cabinets, drawers, baskets or some combination of the three.

Bruce Gray Kitchen Cart

Alix Natural Kitchen Island

Vista Server Cart

 Baker’s Rack

If you’re looking for stationary kitchen furniture, a baker’s rack can provide the additional surface you need while providing storage space for everything from kitchen decorations to wine glasses and wine bottles.

Brookside Baker’s Rack

Marsala Baker’s Rack

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the latest looks, with great deals on furniture and accessories for every room in your home, you can Get It All at The RoomPlace! Shop for kitchen furniture pieces and more online at www.theroomplace.com or visit one of our furniture stores in Chicago and Indianapolis to see the hottest trends on display.

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Fourth of July Sale

Break out the streamers – The RoomPlace is celebrating the red, white, and blue with our famous 4th of July Sale! Every year, we celebrate the history of our country with slashed prices and great deals. See what offers are waiting for you, both online and in one of our 20 Indianapolis and Chicago living room store locations:

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How to Incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year in your Dining Room

18-1438—these six digits strung together are the code for Marsala, the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. It was introduced to embody “the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal” and its earthy red-brown tone emanates warmth. Pantone and The RoomPlace agree—a Marsala kitchen or dining room can create a fresh, new dimension to your space. Here are a few ways that you can integrate this distinctive shade into your decor.

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Look What $599 Buys in Chicago and Indianapolis!

We’re gearing up for some unbeatable deals to bring in Spring in true style. Here are just a few samples of what you can get for $599 right now through 3/9/2015. Available online and in our Chicago and Indianapolis stores.

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Get it All for Less! Browse Our January Clearance Sale in Chicago and Indianapolis

Happy 2015! There’s nothing like a new year to give you a fresh look at your current furniture situation. If it’s time to upgrade your dining room table or sectional sofa, look no further than your friendly neighborhood furniture store—The RoomPlace!

If discount furniture in Indianapolis or finding the perfect clearance mattress sale in Chicago is top of your mind this month, we have good news. Our January clearance sale is happening now—from January 13 through January 19, you can save up to 68% on your next furniture purchase. By slashing the cost of our inventory, we pass on enormous savings to you so you can furnish multiple rooms of your home for a low price.

You can also take advantage of our zero down/zero interest promotion and have up to 2 years to pay for your new furniture. If you’re unsure if financing is right for you, we’ve created a handy guide to highlight the pros and cons of the many ways to finance your new furniture.

If you’re stumbling across our stylish and diverse inventory from outside of Chicago or Indianapolis, you can still get many of the clearance items through our secure online payment portal. There are many reasons to purchase your new furniture online and cash in on major savings for your next dining room table, sectional, and more!

At the RoomPlace, it’s never been less expensive to get it all! Your next Chicago sectional sofa is just a click away. Stop in and chat or hit us up on Google+ for design inspiration, advice, and future sales.

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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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Buying Guide: Dining Room Sets Logistics from The Room Place

As you look for the perfect dining room set for your home in the Chicago and Indianapolis areas, it’s important to us that you have all your questions answered. Our buying guide can help you through the process. Learn more about online furniture buying, financing, shipping and more below:

Is it better to buy my dining room set in-store or online?
There is no “right” answer – depending upon your needs and purchasing preferences, both have their benefits. If you’d like to see and touch your dining room set before committing to buy, it makes sense to visit a store near you. Our online Room Planner makes it easier than ever to visualize what your space will look like without ever having to leave your home. You can also see the product in store, add it to your online shopping list, and buy it comfortably from your home after.

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Help! I’m overwhelmed by options. Where can I get advice?

At the RoomPlace, we believe that purchasing a new dining room set should be a fun process, and never a stressful one. Our dedicated customer service team is here to provide advice and guidance in person, by email, or over the phone (630.783.8000).

I’m on a budget. Can I still find a quality dining room set?

Absolutely. The RoomPlace exists on the philosophy that customers should have access to affordable, beautiful, and high-quality furniture. We’re proud to offer competitive prices, exciting deals, and manageable payment plans. You can put zero down and have up to 5 years to pay for your furniture among other options.

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I’ve found the perfect new dining room set. When will it be delivered?

That’s completely up to you. When you purchase furniture from The RoomPlace, we ask you for the best delivery date at checkout. We pride ourselves in getting orders to our customers quickly and seamlessly, and provide tracking information throughout the process.

Will you assemble my new dining room set?

If you opt to get your new set delivered to your home, you can request for our delivery team to set it up for you. If you pick up the furniture yourself from our distribution center, you can assemble your dining room set at home with clear instructions to guide you through the process.

If you still have a questions about your dining room set, we can help. Reach out to the friendly customer service team at The RoomPlace to get guidance on every step of the process. We’re here to help you find the perfect furniture for your home, so please reach out today!