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The Best Furniture to Get When Furnishing a Small Apartment

bedroom setWhether you’re moving into your very own apartment for the first time or are simply looking for something smaller and more affordable for the time being, it can be hard finding the right furniture that gives you the storage capabilities you need while also allowing you to #liveyourbestlife. These furniture hacks, brought to you by National Furniture Liquidators, can help you maximize the space you are given while also providing you with great storage options.

#1: Bed Frames With Drawers and Shelves

You can add extra storage to your room by purchasing a bed frame that comes equipped with drawers and shelf space. You’ll have extra room for clothes, books, knickknacks, and more! Plus, you won’t have to worry about this storage taking up any extra space since you need a bed anyway. It’s definitely a win-win situation.

#2: Ottomans that Double as Storage and TV Trays

If you’re looking for a piece of furniture for your living room that not only looks great but that also gives you extra storage and another place to eat dinner, ottomans are the way to go. We have ottomans in our inventory that double as storage and TV trays, giving you extra space and another place to sit, eat, or work without taking up the extra room. Another win-win situation!

#3: Shelves Galore

Whether you need storage for boxes and books, movies and vinyl, you’re going to need some shelves. We have a wide selection of shelves, bookcases, and other pieces of furniture—such as desks and bed frames—that come equipped with shelves. You definitely have options!

#4: Hanging Lamps

Lighting fixtures and lamps can take up a lot of extra room that could instead go to good use somewhere else. Hanging your lamps from the ceiling is just one way you can save space. Luckily for you, we have plenty of hanging light pendants in our inventory that you can choose from!

#5: Media Chests

If you’re looking to have a TV in your bedroom, a media chest is perfect for you! Not only does it give you a place to put your TV, but you’ll also have extra drawers for clothes and other items. You really can’t go wrong!

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If you’re in the market for high-quality, affordable furniture, we’re the place to visit. We have a wide selection of beautiful furniture that’ll make owning your first home a breeze! Don’t wait! Visit our store today. We’re happy to help!

Furnishing Your Home Office for Functionality and Style

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Today, the number of Americans working from home is steadily increasing. According to recent data from the U.S census 5.2% of workers worked from home in 2017, or roughly translated as 8 million people. And even those who don’t officially work from home, many require an office space where important administrative duties are taken care of—taxes, bills, emails, correspondence, holiday cards, etc.  So when looking to furnish your office space in your home, there are a few things to keep in mind.

What Are Your Specific Needs?

First thing is first. Before getting your office furniture, carefully consider what your needs are. That is, what kind of work will you do on the desk and office space and what kind of furniture will make that easier, more convenient, and efficient.  For example, do you have a laptop or a desktop? Do you have both? How big of a monitor do you want to have on the desk surface? Are you a person that likes to extend piles of paper and files? Do you prefer more desk space or less? Here at NFL, we have small desks and large workspaces as well. Is your desk part of a credenza where you have other books and filings? Would you prefer a small rectangular shape or an L-shape desk? How many drawers do you have? Consider how much filing space or drawer space your specific work requires.

Materials & Style

There are obviously lots of options when it comes to the kind of desk you can purchase. The style of your desk or office furniture might depend on the style of the room itself. Are you looking for a dark wood or a light wood? Do you prefer metal surface or plywood? Are you looking for wood color, white, black or other shade?  When it comes to style, are you looking for something classic and old-fashioned, or a more modern and contemporary look?

The Essential Office Chair

Whether you are spending eight hours a day in your home office, or a couple of hours during the weekend, comfort is probably a big deciding factor when thinking about an office chair.  The office chair is an essential component of the office. Are you looking for a large cushioned chair? A computer chair? Do you need a rolling chair? Choose a chair that matches your style and needs.

Accessories for Your Home Office

An office is, of course, not only made up of the desk space but the entire room. There are many ways to furnish a functional, cozy, and comfortable office space. Other pieces of furniture that you can add to your office include lamps, sofas, chairs, and more.

Create Your Ideal Office Space with National Furniture Liquidators

Whether you are looking for a classic or modern look, National Furniture Liquidators has something for every style. Furnish your workspace in style.

Tips for Protecting Your Furniture from the Weather, Pets, and More!

living room furnitureOur furniture can see a lot of wear and tear over the years. If you’re the type of person who likes to see their furniture last for years to come–as we’re sure most people are–you’re always looking for ways to preserve the beautiful pieces of furniture that you love. These tips, brought to you by us here at National Furniture Liquidators, can help you take care of the furniture you love and preserve the pieces you want to keep for years to come.

Tip #1: Keep Your Sofas Clean

We spend a lot of time on our sofas. From watching our favorite movies to eating food and cuddling with our pets (though hopefully not at the same time), our sofas see a lot of wear and tear over the years from our frequent use. Keeping them clean, using blankets or covers while eating or spending quality time with your pet, and getting them deep cleaned after major spills can all help to prolong their lifespans.

Tip #2: Protect Your Outdoor Furniture from the Weather

Outdoor furniture is often used less than any other piece of furniture but they often get the most damage. From crazy weather patterns to pets and wild animals such as birds and squirrels can all have negative impacts on our furniture. For better furniture protection, it’s ideal to cover each piece when you’re not using them, store them somewhere safe during the winter, and to make sure everything is held down properly during some of El Paso’s notorious wind storms. This way, you can reduce the damage done to your outdoor furniture no matter the weather.

Tip #3: Protect and Preserve Wooden Furniture

Over time, wooden furniture can become scratched, faded, and dull. Using protective covers and hardwood oils and finishes can protect the furniture from future damages while also restoring its current shine and glamour.

Tip #4: Buy Furniture From a Trustworthy Furniture Seller

The point of purchase is just as important in how long your furniture survives as maintaining it over the years. Reputable furniture stores will be able to sell you the best of the best in furniture, meaning that you can rest assured knowing you’re getting high-quality, long-lasting furniture.

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If you’re in the market for high-quality furniture, visit National Furniture Liquidators in El Paso today! We carry a wide selection of beautiful, affordable furniture for all rooms of your home. Visit us or check out our selection online today!

Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Bedroom… So Perfect, You Might Want to Move In

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Becoming a homeowner means welcoming your home to those who’ve welcomed you to theirs throughout the years. Be it your big sister, your parents, cousins from out of town, or your best friend who always gave up her bed when you needed a place to stay for the night. Think of a guest bedroom as a mini hotel. You want it to receive a 5-star review and you want guests to rave about their amazing stay. It might seem like a daunting task or one you’re not entirely up for but we promise you, if you follow these simple tips, creating the perfect guest bedroom will be a breeze.

1. Keep It Comfortable With the Bedding    

Think pillows and fuzzy blankets. Follow the model of your favorite hotel and add enough pillows that a few will end up on the floor or by the feet and incorporate sheets that make you so cozy, you’ll wonder why you don’t have the same in your own bedroom. Once you’ve created the perfect bed, adding furniture around it will be the next step.

2. Add a Nightstand With an Alarm and Charging Station

Having a nightstand in a guest bedroom is important because many times your guests need to set an alarm and a place to charge their cell phones. Not only that, but it gives them a place to put a glass of water as they recharge from their long drive. Consider also adding a lamp, a frame or two, and a vase for flowers.   

3. Make Sure There are Mirrors

Whether guests are staying for a weekend or a week, having a full-length mirror in the room makes it easier for them to prepare for the day. You might even want to add a smaller mirror on the wall. This will be beneficial if you have two people staying in the room so that they each have a place to get ready.

4. Hang Some Pictures On the Walls

The decor is what will truly make the room come alive. It’s also what will make your guests feel more at home. We suggest choosing a large painting or frame to make that the centerpiece then adding two or three smaller ones. Have fun with your decorations but make them pieces that anyone staying over would enjoy.  

Bonus: Give it a Test Run!

Before the arrival of your guests, sleep in the bedroom for a night. See what it feels like falling asleep and waking up. This will allow you to determine what’s right, what’s missing, what you like, what you don’t like, and any other changes you’ll want to make before it’s ready for guests.

Find everything you’ll need and more right here at National Furniture Liquidators! Our affordable selection of beds, nightstands, decor, and lamps and rugs will make putting together your ideal guest bedroom easy and fun. If you have a vision in mind of what you’d like to create, present it to us and we’ll guide you in the right direction. Visit us today!

Shopping for Sofas 101 | The Size Edition

Couple at furniture store shopping for sofas“Every happy family is alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in their own way.” Leo Tolstoy had no idea when he wrote that famous opening line in Anna Karenina just how universal that saying would be used. For example, when you are shopping for new sofas, you could say all big rooms are alike, but all smaller rooms are different in their own way. In other words, when you have a big, unlimited space to work with, it can be really simple to choose from a huge variety of styles from any furniture store. When you are working with a smaller space, it’s a different story.

Starting the New Sofa Hunt

It happens to all living rooms eventually. That big comfy couch that has been there for years finally gives out. It could be years of wear and tear, it could be your Great Dane has decided it hers- whatever the reason, it is no longer in the playing field. It got lumpy. It got smelly. The cat decided it was his new scratch post. There are many reasons for needing a new couch, but the result is the same. You need to do some sofa shopping.

The first thing you need to do is really sit back and ask yourself if your old couch was the best selection for the room. Most people don’t really change their furniture every year, or even every 5 years. We keep that furniture around until we really can’t stand it anymore, we move, or the aforementioned reasons. So the first step is to ask yourself if that style and, more importantly size, is the best fit for your living room. Once you figure that out, the real fun begins.

The Three Essential M’s – Measure, Measure, Measure!

The second step in finding a new couch is measuring. Measure your old sofa. Measure the room. Measure everything. It is important to get a sense of proportion to ensure you choose the best fit for your living room. We have all seen homes where the owner tries to pack a huge living room set into a small space. This eats up the room in so many more ways than the obvious one. When you get the wrong size sofas, even if they aren’t that big, they will give the illusion of taking up the whole room. Unless you are going for the crowded look, it’s always best to be cautious. You may like big fluffy couches, but if they end up being all that people see in your living room, they lose the appeal and end up making the whole house feel cumbersome and clunky.

Choose the Right Furniture Store to Find the Perfect Sofas

As we mentioned, not every furniture store will have the right size furniture for a smaller space. Many furniture stores carry traditional living room sets that tempt you into buying the whole set, even when it doesn’t make sense in a smaller space. Buying the pieces separately can usually be more expensive, so the price of the whole set makes more sense financially. More bang for your buck. However, you will end up with a whole lot more furniture than you planned and the aesthetic of your living room will be ruined. The right furniture store, like National Furniture Liquidators, will sell a variety of single sofas in different sizes in order to ensure you find what you need to make your house comfortable.

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Don’t settle for just any sofas for your space. When it comes to being comfortable in your home, it pays to be particular and selective. National Furniture Liquidators has the variety of selection that you need when choosing new sofas, so visit us today!

Does Color Really Affect Mood?

woman holding up paint color strips trying to choose a new color to go with her new furnitureThe short answer is, yes! Have you ever looked around and noticed that many major brands utilize similar colors? A huge part of learning design is color theory. Learning how colors affect mood and overall atmosphere can go a long ones. Color can make a huge difference even when choosing the decor and furniture in our El Paso. Take a look at these facts on the different effects of various shades and hues.

What Exactly is Color Psychology?

Visible color is made up of a single wavelength. When light combines, it can create other colors. Some colors even cancel each other out and create white. When looking at color it is important to remember that color holds cultural importance, too. In the U.S. white is a color that symbolizes purity, but in European and some Asian cultures white is worn for mourning.

Choosing the Right Color for Furniture and Decor

When you are choosing the furniture and design style for your home, you should strongly consider color theory. Different colors can indeed invoke different moods for you and your family. Take a look at the moods these commonly used colors can create:

Red: Words used to describe red are warm, passionate and intense! It can evoke strong emotions like love or anger. Many food companies use red as it is known to create hunger.

Blue: Blue is a shade that is widely loved by many people. It is also a color that represents calm. It can also convey a regal, professional or intelligent feel. It is a go to for many corporations trying to build trust through branding.

Green: Green is a calming color associated closely with nature. It can be used to create ideas of rebirth and renewal. It can be used to create a calm, pleasing mood.

Yellow: Yellow is a color known for happiness. The iconic happy face is yellow and the bright happy sun in the corner of drawings is yellow. It can be attention grabbing as well. Surprisingly, too much yellow can make babies feel fussy or cry more than normal.

How to Use Color for Evoking Mood

If you want to be bold and create a mood using color, the walls are the best place to start. Be sure to paint a small patch in different areas of the room to test how it looks in different lighting and different times of the day. Royal blue for a room or accent wall is currently a popular choice. This can convey a regal, cozy feel in a room. If you aren’t look for a bold look, or perhaps want to stay timeless, consider adding bright pops of color throughout a room. A small piece of furniture like an accent chair or a wall hanging can be a bright shade of red. You can pick neutrals like grey or brown for couches and use accents as well as rugs and hangings to add color. It can also be fun to create palettes with either matching or accenting colors.

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If you are in the market to upgrade your home and add stylish furniture, be sure to visit National Furniture Liquidators today. We have a wide variety of items in a huge array of colors. Stop by or contact us today for more info.