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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!

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!

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.

How to Know It’s Time for New Living Room Furniture

sofas in living roomIf your living room lives up to its name, then that is where everyone congregates when they are in your home. That makes it so that furniture years are similar to dog years. In fact, according to a survey of prospective furniture buyers, the average life expectancy for a good-quality sofa is just under eight years. This is down from just over 12 in 1996 and just over 14 in 1985. If you are not sure, there are a number of telltale signs that can clue you in.

When to get new living room furniture

Everyone has that older, aging relative that moans, groans, and creaks with every movement. If yours is your sofa, then it is probably time to start looking for new living room furniture. The same holds true if your sofa causes you to make those same noises because you sink so far in, you have a hard time getting up. Then, when you do finally make it to a standing position, you need to head to the chiropractor for an adjustment. Noises from what is being sat on, or those doing the sitting are definite signs that it is time for new living room furniture.

Wear and tear and other signs you need new living room furniture

Whether you are looking to entertain guests or just sit, relax, and watch TV, if you are currently avoiding your living room, it’s probably time for new furniture. Regardless if it is because the colors of the couch have faded to the point where you are not sure what the original was or if it because wear has caused tears, rips, and spills, you should look into buying new living room furniture. The longer you have your couch, the more likely it is that the fabric will become flimsy and vulnerable to tearing. On top of that, living room furniture can also be damaged due to spills and other accidents. Therefore, if you find yourself constantly mending your sofa, it is probably time to replace it with a new one. The same holds true if you just do not like your living room furniture anymore or if it no longer goes with the style you have in the rest of your home. It may be old, outdated, and in need of replacement.

If you are in the El Paso area and are in need of new living room furniture, head over to National Furniture Liquidators. They have been family owned and operated since 1990. When it comes to furniture deals, nobody beats shorty!

How to Buy Furniture

New furniture in a houseAs the holidays come to a close and the guests begin to leave, you may be glad to stop hearing your mother complain about the lumpy sofa bed and your father telling you it is time for new furniture. You know you need a home makeover, you’re just not sure how to make it happen. It is not so much the money, but the whole furniture buying process that has you in a tizzy.

Before You Head to the Furniture Store

The first step is to decide what pieces you want to purchase and for what rooms. Unless you recently won the lottery, it’s safe to say you won’t be furnishing your whole home at once. Try a room or a piece at a time, depending on your budget. Set and stick to a budget. You do not want to go broke buying furniture.

That being settled, you need to measure the space you will be furnishing. You may think the room is big enough for a queen bed, but then when it’s delivered, there is no room for anything else and you are stuck with a problem. By measuring beforehand you will know what fits where.

The last step before you head out the door is to determine your style. Regardless of whether you are modern, traditional, antique, or unique, there is furniture for you. Know what you want and stick to it. Do not be persuaded by an overzealous salesperson.

This goes for color, as well. Bright funky colors may seem cool now, but will they still be “chic” a few years from now? Furniture is expensive and built to last. It should not be thrown out because it is out of style. Bring in colors in other ways and purchase neutral colored furnishings.

Consider Your Lifestyle 

If you have young children, white may not be the best color for your furniture. In addition, you may want to ask about extended warranties as they pertain to stains and other issues that come with children. However, if you are purchasing for a guest room rarely used, color may not be an issue. 

Quality Should be the Number One Factor 

Low price does not necessarily mean low quality. Regardless of the cost, the furniture you choose should be made of hardwood that is screwed together. If it is made with glue or particle board, avoid it as it will need to be replaced and will cost more in the end.

When looking for high quality furniture at a low price in the El Paso area, look no further than National Furniture Liquidators. They will have you living in the lap of luxury for less.

How to Decide on Furniture Arrangement in Your Home

example of effective furniture arrangement with two reclining couches at a 90 degree angle, with a fireplace in the corner and a coffee table on a complementing rug in front of the two couchesThere is nothing more exciting and frustrating than deciding how to arrange your home furniture. First, make sure that you truly love your current furnishings. If not, no amount of rearranging will satisfy your vision. Luckily, National Furniture Liquidators in El Paso has quality furniture and home accessories at incredibly low prices. This way, you can find furnishings you really will love, giving you more incentive to put your home to rights. After you determine if your current pieces are up to your standards or not, the real work begins. There are 3 main things to consider when you are arranging a room. First, the size of the room you are arranging. Next, the theme or decor you want the room to reflect. Lastly, you have to play with the pieces you have to create the ideal arrangement for your vision.

Knowing Your Room Dimensions is Essential 

The very first thing to do in order to effectively arrange a room is measure, measure, measure. For example, a living room is a great room to begin with. First things first: what is the main purpose of the room? What is the most logical arrangement for that purpose? Let’s say the purpose is entertainment. So, let’s begin with your couches. Usually, sectionals are ideal for an entertainment-geared living room. However, if you have a smaller living room, a big sectional will take over the room. Unless that’s the look you are going for, perhaps consider putting the sectional in another room. Smaller living rooms benefit from a good central piece that the rest of the room can expand from. For example, one good couch accompanied by some nice sitting chairs and a coffee table can give the illusion of a much bigger room.

What is the Room’s Purpose and Theme?

The next thing to consider is the theme or decor you want for a room. While this seems like an afterthought, it is something that will affect the way the room looks. For exaview of a beautiful living room with no couches, instead with two chairs facing each other with side table and lamps mirroring each othermple, if you are going for a modern, simple look, avoid crowding or heavy looking furnishings. Modern themed home decor tends to run towards clean lines, simple but striking designs, and stark coloring. So,  a guest room you envision with this type of decor would require the appropriate size and styled furniture in order to successfully achieve the look. One way to achieve this is by deviating from the normal bed positions. Placing a twin bed long-wise against the wall can open up the room, as well as gives you a place for fun accent pillows or a striking headboard.

Play with Your Furniture 

In the end, you have to play with the dimensions of both the room and its furnishings. Play with traditional placements and don’t be afraid to try arrangements that are out of the box. Your home is a reflection of who you are, which means that there is no wrong way to place your things. Ideally, your house should flow in a way that is comfortable for you. So make it that way fearlessly.

You deserve to have the home you want and the ability to make that home look the way you want. National Furniture Liquidators has a huge selection of quality furniture and home decor that you can use to realize any design you want. From contemporary pieces to more traditional styles, find what will complement your style with us. Our friendly staff can help you with everything from measurements to home delivery. Remember, in El Paso, nobody beats Shorty, so visit today!