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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Totally Cubular, Dude!

The cube ottoman is a very versatile piece of furniture. Cubes are small enough to fit into almost any space. They can be grouped together, and yet in an instant can be separated for use in all sorts of ways: storage, seating, footrest, table. The humble cube can be as simple or as extravagant as your imagination. Cubes, in general, are economical. Of course, there are exceptions, but it's very easy to find a cube for under a hundred dollars that will work for you.

Very basic neutral.

Another basic with a hinged top for hassle free storage.

Flip top versatility: Storage, tray top, and additional seating. What more could you ask for?

More colors, YAY!

Dressed up with a nailhead motif!

Covered in Italian leather.


Hair on hide..

Or... custom made in our fabric or yours. We have 1000's of choices, but if you have something else in mind, feel free to supply your own material. Two yards of 54" fabric will usually do the trick, but it's best to double check fabric requirements for the model that you choose.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sectionally speaking....

So, you're in the furniture store and you're thinking that you might want a sectional. You're not quite sure, though. Is a sectional appropriate for the space? Do you have enough room for a sectional? Right arm facing... left arm facing... curve, wedge, corner, chaise... What does it all mean?
First of all, understand that at Sofa Outlet we are here to assist. We are happily able to assess your floor plan, and to give our honest opinion about what would work best in your space. If no matter what we say, you still insist on a sectional, we'll make it work for you. As with all of our sofa pieces, we are able to shave off inches in order to fit your space.
More of a DYI kind of person? Great!! Here's a little tutorial on sectional basics.


One arm sofa, loveseat, chair, etc... Right arm facing, left arm facing
Sofa, loveseat, chair, etc. (with return)
One arm chaise
Square Corner
Square Corner Wedge
Round Corner Wedge


One arm pieces are exactly as they sound, a return means an extension of the back around the side, . Chaises attach to a one armed pieces, one armed pieces attach to wedges and corners.  Right arm facing means that as you look at the sofa, the arm is on the right. Left arm facing? As you face the sofa, the arm will be on the left. One arms with returns, attach to one arms.

Confused yet? Are you ready to get started? The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone....

Standard configurations include L-Shape and U-Shape. Within those categories, there are variables. For instance, to create a symmetrical L-Shape sectional, a one arm  sofa with return and a one arm loveseat are commonly joined together.  You can also connect a right arm facing sofa to a corner wedge to a left arm facing loveseat. Another way to create a symmetrical L-Shape is to add a left arm sofa to a corner to a right arm sofa. To create a U-shape sectional, you could connect a left arm sofa with return, and armless sofa , and a right arm sofa with return. Another type of U-Shape could be created with a right arm chaise, an armless sofa, and a left arm chaise. Another U -Shape could be created with a left hand sofa with return, an armless sofa, and a left arm chaise, or, two chaises connected to an armless sofa.

When creating a U -Shape, it's important to make sure that the center piece is long enough to leave adequate room to maneuver or to place a coffee table or ottoman. The minimum length we suggest is 50".

And, speaking of measurements, be sure before you buy! Take a good measurement of your space, and bring them when you when you come down. Sectionals have a sneaky way of looking much smaller than they are when sitting pretty in out 7000 foot showroom.

Wow! Maybe a picture is worth a thousand words. To help you visualize,  here are a few schematics to help you get started:

Bring your measurements and come on down to Sofa Outlet this weekend and let us help you design the sectional of your dreams.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Winging it

The wing chair is an enduring furniture design that dates back to late 1600s England. Wings first started appearing on settees in public houses as a way to block cold drafts generated from opening doors. Not long after, wings made their appearance on upholstered high backed chairs in home parlors, and were quite common by the 1720's. Wings served in homes in variety of ways, blocking drafts, holding in warmth, and protection from very hot hearth fires. But wingchairs, even with the advent of modern heating and insulation, remain a standard fixture in modern decorating schemes. Their unique design provides interest and their imposing height takes the room from one flat plane to varied levels.
Wing chairs can lend an old world elegance, or a mid century vibe, dependent only on your style esthetic. 
An early model of the wing chair looks more like punishment than comfort!

 Tufted club chair with wings, understated elegance great for sipping cognac!

Delicate curves with a feminine flair, great for the dressing room.

Absolutely beautiful, linen and wood.

Plantation Style

White leatherette, classic styling, nail heads, all at a great price!

Similar styling, but available in thousands of fabrics!

Choose your fabric again on this contemporary wing chair.

Ooh la la! Madmen Madness!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

High Gloss Brings High Glamour

 Lacquer finish, with it's high intensity shine, adds a touch of drama to any room. Brightly colored pieces, as well as those in stark white, add interest to any decorating scheme. The smooth and glossy texture of lacquer is nice relief amid a sea of natural fibers and homier textures. Look at some of the beautiful pieces we now have available.