Monthly Archives: May 2016

#BuyersGuide: Quality Wood Furniture Characteristics

As we have gone over in previous posts, buying furniture is scary. How do you know if the pieces you are considering are worth the price? Sometimes, it is hard to tell! In our buyers guide series, we hope to eliminate some of that fear and help you decide which pieces are worth investing in.

In this week’s post, we are covering wood products, such as dressers, chests, and nightstands. There are simple ways to tell if the piece you are buying is worth that pricey tag.

1. It all starts with the wood. A high quality piece will be made of a solid hardwood. This wood will then be kiln dried to release any moisture that will cause the wood from expanding or contracting over time. Unfortunately, solid wood is rare to find so your next contender should be an engineered wood with solid wood veneer. An engineered wood should not be dismissed because of its overall strength and durability.

2.Pay attention to the drawers. In a high quality drawer, you will find the following:

       a. A smooth, even dovetail joint is the most visible joint technique that showcases quality. This type of joint is noted for its tensile strength and once glued together, requires no mechanical fasteners.

 

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       b. Corner blocks underneath the drawers. If you take a peek under the drawer, you will notice a small block in the corners. This adds extra strength and stability by enforcing joints.

Dust panels. A high quality wood chest should have thin pieces of wood in-between the drawers. This adds extra strength, keeps dust off of your clothes, and allows the drawers to glide properly.

Glides. Whether your furniture has a mechanical glide or a wood glide, you want to make sure the drawers glide smoothly, close flush, and have stoppers so they don’t fall out.

Back panels. If you look on the back of your piece, notice how the back panel is attached. You want to look for a sanded smooth and well-fitted engineered wood that has been screwed in, not stapled.

Here is an example of a few more quality characteristics seen in Kincaid Furniture, available to order at Turner’s Fine Furniture:

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As always, if you are unsure about your purchase, any of Turner’s designers would be happy to explain the quality difference and go over these steps with you.

If you have any other concerns about the buying process, let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

#DesignDilemma: Creating A Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are the perfect way to show off your collection and to create a focal point in your space. However, building your art collection and figuring out how to display them, normally scares people away. We hope that these few tips will eliminate your fear and send you on the way to an expertly styled gallery wall.

1. Start collecting! 

It takes time to build a big enough collection to display in a gallery configuration. Our best tip is to be patient and collect pieces you love instead of trying to buy it all at once. The best gallery walls are made up of quality pieces that have meaning. You can get creative; however, and use found objects, letters, mirrors, photographs and other memorabilia that will add dimension and texture to your wall.

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2. Plan your layout. 

After framing and before hanging anything on the wall, plan your layout by laying every thing out on the floor. This will give you the opportunity to visualize how they will look together.

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3. Start big. 

If you are having trouble creating a layout, start with your largest pieces first, and let the smaller pieces fall naturally into place. You want your largest pieces to be distributed evenly throughout the layout.

4. Get Krafty. 

Once you are happy with your layout, use kraft paper to cut out the different sizes and shapes of your items. You can use painters tape to attach each cutout on the wall in your desired design to make sure everything is perfect before hanging.

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5. Hammer and hang! 

While your kraft paper is still on the wall, hammer your nails in their designated places, then rip off your kraft paper to replace with a frame! So easy!

 

With a little practice and patience, you can achieve an expertly curated gallery wall in no time! There is no better way to impress your guests and add personality to your home.

If you have another Design Dilemma you would like to tackle, let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook!

#BuyersGuide: How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress

We have concluded over the years that a mattress purchase is a NEED and not a WANT. Nobody wants to shop for a new mattress and if you have shopped for one recently, you know that the experience is comparable to buying a new car. It is overwhelming! If you are in the market for a new mattress, chances are you are having 1 (or more) of the problems listed below:

1. You are tossing and turning and it is preventing you (or your partner) from getting a good night sleep.

2. You are waking up with back pain and stiffness.

3. You are sleeping too hot or too cold.

4. Your partners movement disturbs your sleep.

5.  You are rolling off the edge or rolling towards the middle.

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These are all very common problems that can be solved with the right mattress. But where do you start? We hope to help you with that today and give you insider tips and tricks to choosing the mattress that will meet your needs.

So, what kind of mattresses are available in today’s market and what can they do for you?

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam is the “up and coming” product in the industry. This product is mostly recommended for those who have chronic back pain, are tossing and turning, and are disturbed by partner’s movement during the night. Memory foam is a sensitive material that will conform to your body, reduce pressure points, and keep your spine aligned during the night.

There have been complaints over the years about this product trapping heat, but manufacturers are now including high tech cooling systems that will act like a thermostat and regulate your temperature through the night.

At Turners, we carry memory foam mattresses from Tempur-Pedic and Serta.

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are made up of a hypoallergenic Talalay Latex that is one of the most resilient products on the market. These are great if you are having a support problem (waking up with back pain) and if your mattress is dipping. Mattresses that are 100% latex are less likely to “dip” over time than any other type of mattress.

Unlike a memory foam mattress that conforms to your body, latex will push back, providing a firm support. If you do not like the feel of a firmer mattress, latex may not be for you.

Turner’s carries latex mattresses from Restonic.

InnerSpring Mattresses 

Innerspring mattress are the oldest and most commonly used mattresses. If you enjoy the traditional feel of a quilted mattress and don’t like the feel of a latex or memory foam, these might be for you.

Coils in mattress now are more advanced and stronger than those in the past. They are individually wrapped, which helps distribute weight, reducing movement during the night. They are also better equipped to reduce pressure, because they are able to act individually and conform to the weight of your body. It is recommended that you look for innerspring mattresses with a medium to high coil count, foam encasement around the edge, and dense support foam. Choosing the cheapest inner spring mattress will not solve back pain issues over time.

Turner’s carries innerspring styles from Serta and Restonic.

Lifestyle Bases

“Lifestyle Bases,” as we call them, can offer further solutions to your sleep problems. Lifestyle bases replace the boxspring and provide a head and foot lift to help you get out of bed, support you in a TV watching or book reading position, and relieves pressure in lower back. These are especially helpful for those who have sleep apnea, because raising your head while sleeping opens up your airways and prevents your tongue from falling to the back of the throat. The same concept also applies to those with acid reflux.

Lifestyle bases, or adjustable bases, are compatible with all memory foam or latex mattresses, and a few innerspring mattresses. Turner’s carries bases from Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Restonic.

Although there is always going to be some confusion in mattress shopping, we hope this clarifies some questions you may have had. We always suggest you make a trip to the store and try them out for yourself. Mattresses feel very different to different people, making reviews bias to the owner. It is essential to invest in sleep, considering we spend half our lives catching some zzz’s!

Make sure to check us out on Facebook and let us know what questions you may have about the buying experience!

 

 

 

#DesignDilemma: Choosing a color palette for your whole home.

We’ve all been there! When you are building/remodeling your home and you are asked what colors you would like to choose for your ENTIRE HOME, we all tend to panic! Do I use the same color throughout? How do I mix colors so they don’t clash? The list goes on. This tends to lead to what we like to call, paint color procrastination. We are here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be stressful! There is a simple way to make sure that the colors you are choosing are cohesive and create a stunning flow through your home.

1. Start with your main/largest area and go from there. This is going to help you identify the palette for the rest of the home. Is there a certain color you absolutely love? Start there. We also suggest allowing this color to be fairly neutral and not too dark. Since it is the largest area of your home, you want the space to feel open and accepting to other accent colors. If the color you love is dark, look at the lighter shade of the same color (you can use the paint indexes found at any paint supply store). For this example, we are starting with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

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2.  Start to build your palette using different shades of the same hue. This is a guaranteed way to make sure the colors you are choosing are cohesive. This helps that “paint color procrastination” we were talking about. Using tints or shades of the same color work especially well in spaces that are visually connected.

3. Use accent colors in bathrooms and bedrooms, but make sure they still flow with your main house colors. Using random colors in every bedroom and bathroom can make the paint colors seem like an afterthought. Create continuity by selecting hues with similar undertones. If you love reds with blue undertones, look for other colors with blue undertones.

4. Still unsure? Test your potential palette and see if they visually work together.

You will be able to tell if your color palette is cohesive. If something doesn’t seem right, try taking out a color to see which one is the culprit.

We hope this helps ease some paint color anxiety and helps you tackle your next project! Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or have another #DesignDilemma you would like to solve! Make sure to follow us on Facebook for sale items, new arrivals, and interior design inspiration.