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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.

Visit National Furniture Liquidators to Find Just the Right Sofa

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!

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 Accent Rugs Can Make Your Living Room POP

maroon themed living room furniture with accent rugWhen you are decorating your home, your living room is an important part of bringing your home together. After all, your living room is where your family gathers, where you entertain and otherwise relax. El Paso decor usually favors Southwest styles or neutral colors to take advantage of the beautiful natural light our city basks in. Sometimes, though, we realize that there may be something more to make your decor really pop. At National Furniture Liquidators, we know that accent rugs can really bring your living room together.

What Kind of Living Room Furniture do You Have?

Choosing an accent rug really starts out when you consider the type of living room furniture you have or plan to have. Styles can range from modern furniture to traditional, to even retro chic or urban glam. We all have ways of making styles are own. Accent rugs can bring together whatever style you have. Or, a well chosen rug can simply refresh your living room’s look in an affordable way.

Size Definitely Matters

Here’s another important consideration- the size of your living room, your furniture, and the rug itself. You want to make sure that the rug you choose will be the appropriate size. Take the time to measure the dimensions of  your living room as well as your furniture’s size. Otherwise, the rug you choose can risk making your living room look smaller or make your furniture look over-sized.

Find Patterns and Colors That Will Stand OutDarcy living room furniture set with great accent rug

Carefully looking at the patterns and textures in the living room furniture you have should dictate the color of rugs that you pick out. This is one area where the rug can actually further enhance the color schemes. However, you also want to be sure that the patterns or colors don’t clash. Neutral decor with no patterns will always benefit from a good bold color. However, patterns are a bit trickier to implement into your decor, so make sure the rug you choose won’t clash with what you have.

Visit National Furniture Liquidators Today

You need to let these rugs run under all of the pieces of living room furniture in your house to get the proper effect from them. When the rug disappears under all the tables and chairs it tricks the mind into thinking the room is actually bigger than it really is. National Furniture Liquidators in El Paso can help you with these ideas and more when it comes to accent rugs. Visit or contact us today!

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Nobody Beats Shorty
  • We needed a houseful of furniture after moving to El Paso. A kind neighbor recommended National Furniture Liquidators to us and we decided to give them a shot. We were immediately greeted politely and they were a big help at selecting our furniture. We got the best prices on everything we needed! Nobody beats Shorty!

  • Their prices on good quality furniture are the best. And they even delivered and set up my living and dining areas. And so friendly.

  • I furnished my entire apartment with National. At first I was only going to get my living room set up. But the prices and terms there were so outstanding, I was able to get everything I needed. I am so happy with my furniture!

  • Whenever we need to whenever we need more furniture, we shop at National Furniture Liquidators almost exclusively. They have the best prices and brands and a great selection. And with their recent expansion the selection is even more incredible. Have their staff is very friendly and helpful too.

  • I am very happy with the sectional I got at National Furniture Warehouse. And the staff was very helpful too. The guy who helped me even helped me assemble my furniture. Great bunch of people.

  • We were so very happy when our furniture arrived. Everyone we dealt with at National Furniture Warehouse was exceptional. This was my first time going there. But I know it will not be my last. They have a huge variety and selection, at great prices.

Contact Us Today!

If you have questions, feel free to give us a call, and if you’re in the market for new furniture, visit one of our many locations. We promise you won’t be disappointed with the selection of furniture and the personalized care from our employees that is available for you. Call today!