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How to Choose Your Forever Sofa

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Whether you’re buying your first ever sofa or you’ve had your current sofa for approximately 873 years and it’s time to send it out to the farm, picking out a sofa is a big deal. What kind of sofa will last the longest? What’s the best bang for your buck? And which will be the most comfortable for those Netflix marathons? We’ve got the tips that will help you find your forever sofa!

  1. Check the frame. The sturdier the frame, the longer-lasting the sofa. Soft wood, like pine, may be low cost, but it’ll also warp after a few years. Hardwood, however, is more durable. Likewise, frames made of particleboard, plastic, or metal may warp or crack, so avoid those too. Make sure the legs are part of the frame, or at the least that they’re held on with screws or pegs. Stay away if legs are simply glued on. A simple way to test the frame? Lift one front corner of the sofa off the floor. By the time you’ve raised it 6 inches, the other front leg should have risen as well. If it’s still touching the floor, the frame has too much give (ie, it’s weak).
  2. Joinery. This one’s easy – never buy a sofa that’s held together solely by staples, nails, and/or glue. Oh, and ask your salesperson for written manufacturer information on frame joinery.
  3. Test the springs. This one comes down to about 75% comfort. Most sofas have those snake like curly springs. They’re nicely supportive, but they can press on the frame or sage over time if the metal isn’t heavy. High-end sofas often come with “eight-way hand-tied springs” (ooohhh, fancy). They’re really comfy, but also expensive; and some experts think they aren’t any better than the snake-y springs. So, basically – feel the springs! They should be close together and firm. Also, sofas without springs (with webbing or mesh) = super uncomfy and flimsy. To test ’em, sit down firmly on a corner of the sofa. If you hear squeaks and creaks, it typically means that the springs are hitting the frame or they’re placed incorrectly.
  4. It’s all about the fillings. There are A LOT of options out there when it comes to cushion fillings. Good options that are comfy and reasonably priced? High-resilient foam in a lawyer of down and conventional foam wrapped in polyester batting.
  5. Toughen your sofa up! Unless your sofa is going to be hanging out in a room for decorational purposes only, it’s going to need a durable fabric. Cotton and linen are awesome (but not loose weaves because they can snag). There’s also synthetic microfiber which can mimic most fabrics and is stain resistant (yes!). This one is more durable than cotton and linen as well. Wool and leather? Handsome and strong but expensive. Silk? Sleek but fragile. Fabrics that have patterns woven in tend to wear better than those with printed patterns. Want to see how the sofa might look in your room before you get it? Ask the store for a piece of fabric larger than the usual swath. Place it where the sofa will go, view it in both natural and artificial light, and see how much you still like it after a few days.

Suburban Furniture has been serving the Roxbury Township, Morris, Warren and Sussex County and Northern New Jersey areas for over 50 years. Our customers value us for our large selection, beautiful showroom, fair prices and immediate delivery. Still family owned after 50 years we are committed to providing a unique, family friendly, comfortable place to shop for your home. Our caring staff, combined with affordable, in-stock furniture will help you furnish your home in hours, not months.

 

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Pick Up Something FAB This Valentine’s!

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! What are you getting for your loved ones? Flowers die and chocolate quickly disappears, so why not get your Valentine something special, long-lasting, and that they’ll appreciate for years to come? We know that on the surface a TV console or bookcase may not seem like the most romantic gift in the world, but love is more than just saying, “I love you”, it’s how you show you care. So instead of getting your wife another cute figurine for Valentine’s Day this year, get her a curio cabinet to put all those figurines in! If your husband has been complaining that his back is hurting every day after work, a massaging armchair might just be the thing. How about a nifty bookcase for your book loving kid in college? The possibilities are endless AND they’re unique (not to mention reasonably priced).

We’ve been serving the Roxbury Township, Morris, Warren and Sussex County and Northern New Jersey areas for over 50 years. Our customers value us for our large selection, beautiful showroom, fair prices and immediate delivery. Still family owned after 50 years we are committed to providing a unique, family friendly, comfortable place to shop for your home. Our caring staff, combined with affordable, in-stock furniture will help you furnish your home in hours, not months. Drop by one of our showrooms today or visit us online to see what kind of bedroom perfection we can help you create!

Master the Art of Bedroom Design

Every once in awhile it’s nice to do something for ourselves and one of the greatest things you can do for yourself is designing the perfect bedroom. Think about it – you likely spend a good chunk of time in the bedroom, for several reasons. High on that list of reasons come relaxation and rest. Bedrooms are our safe havens; our calm in the storms. Having one that reflects your (and your spouse’s, if applicable!) style will help create a more centering and relaxing spot in your home. Plus, you can do it for cheaper than you think!

First things first, incorporate your aesthetic (or aesthetics). If it’s you and you alone, you’re free to do whatever you want, whether it be a room full of clown paintings (*shivers*) to a sleek, modern design. If you have a partner, there’s going to be some give and take though. Either try to find middle ground or decide on an eclectically designed space that incorporates both of your preferred styles.

Next up, slap some paint on those walls! There is NO better way to brighten and re-freshen a room than with a new coat of paint. It’s one of the most inexpensive ways to make a dramatic change to any space. If you’re having trouble deciding on a color, find something in the room for inspiration. Just make sure it matches and make sure the paint really, really matches the paint chip. We know someone who ended up with a Pepto Bismol pink office instead of a rose office because of this…true story.

Remember that accessories are your friends. There are hundreds (nay millions!) of inexpensive ways to accessorize a room. Rugs, throw pillows, sheets and a cozy comforter are quick and inexpensive ways to add extra warmth, color and beauty to your master retreat. Likewise, art painted by friends, a wall of framed photography or books, or a cool piece of furniture for a side table, etc., can make the eclectic look come together!

Really important though? You need to get a new mattress. How long have you been sleeping on that mattress? Go on, we’ll wait while you count back through the years…that long, huh? If your mattress is more than 7 years old; shows visible signs of wear (it’s dipping, has lumps, the interior is exposed, etc.); you get a better night’s sleep ANYWHERE but your own bed (sofa, dog house, wherever); or you wake up with stiffness, numbness, or aches, then your mattress has stopped supporting you. It’s time to get a mattress that has you feeling like your on a cloud (or rock, if that’s your preference), so you can wake up feeling like a million bucks. If you absolutely can’t afford a new mattress at the moment, at least upgrade what you’ve got with some memory foam or mattress pad, okay?

We’ve been serving the Roxbury Township, Morris, Warren and Sussex County and Northern New Jersey areas for over 50 years. Our customers value us for our large selection, beautiful showroom, fair prices and immediate delivery. Still family owned after 50 years we are committed to providing a unique, family friendly, comfortable place to shop for your home. Our caring staff, combined with affordable, in-stock furniture will help you furnish your home in hours, not months. Drop by one of our showrooms today or visit us online to see what kind of bedroom perfection we can help you create!

Don’t Forget to Vote!

Ugly Sofa Contest

All the “ugly sofa” photos are in and now it’s time to pick a winner! Voting is now open and runs through September 5th, so head over to our Facebook page to view our “Ugly Sofa Contest” album to pick out your favorite. If your sofa is in the running, be sure to tell your friends and family so they can come vote it up!The photo with the most likes by MIDNIGHT EST 9/05/16 Wins $700.00 toward the purchase of a new sofa from Suburban Furniture.

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Ugly Sofas for the Win!

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Ready for some fun? How about a new sofa? Well, we’ve got both. That’s right – we’re having our first Ugly Sofa Contest! How’s it work? All YOU have to do is submit a photo of your ugly sofa that needs replacing. Next, we’ll put them all on Facebook and have the world vote for the ugliest of them all. The winner gets $700 in store credit towards the purchase of a new sofa! What could be easier? Here’s the deets:

1. To be eligible, you must live within 50 miles of one of our Suburban Furniture stores.

2. You must like and share this status.

3. Send in 2-4 photos of your sofa to uglysofa@suburbanfurn.com. Be sure to include your name and contact info in the email!

4. Entries accepted through 8/25/16. The earlier you enter the earlier the world can start voting for your UGLY SOFA.

5. Voting open from 8/25/16 to 9/05/16.

RULES TO VOTE:

1. If you are not already a fan, click the “LIKE” button at the top of our page.
2. Go to the Photos Tab and click the “UGLY SOFA CONTEST” Album.
3. Vote for your favorite “Ugly Sofa” by clicking the “LIKE” button under the photo.
4. Invite All Your Friends and Family to Our Facebook page to vote for their favorite.
5. The photo with the most likes by MIDNIGHT EST 9/05/16 Wins $700.00 toward the purchase of a New Sofa at Suburban Furniture.

GOOD LUCK!

Price Matching Guaranteed!

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It doesn’t happen often (trust us!) but occasionally you may find a competitor who has the item of furniture you’re looking for at a lower price. No problem! We match almost all local competitors’ prices. Here’s how it works.

We’ll match almost any local competitor’s price on an identical brand new item. We’ll need to verify the price. We consider any store within 45 miles a “local” competitor. Not all prices can be matched. If we can’t match the price, we’ll let you know why.

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Some of the prices that may not be matched include web prices. Why? There’s little risk in buying books and shoes online. Not so with furniture, which is bulky and needs to be treated with extra special care. We’ll match almost any local store (whether they offer Suburban’s level of expertise or not), but there’s going to be a modest price difference between local and web-only stores. Keep in mind that web-only stores often advertise free “curbside delivery” but charge handsomely for in home white glove delivery that comes standard with local store delivery charges. Many of our competitors local and on-line also impose lofty restocking fees for cancellations, whereas Suburban does not. Plus, local stores like Suburban can offer personalized service and years of experience that web-only stores cannot. Not all furniture stores are equal, especially when it comes to service and delivery. Please make sure you read others’ pricing, service, returns and delivery policies to know if you are making an apples to apples comparison. But listen, if you find a difference you feel is excessive, bring it to our attention; we want your business!

Okay, but what if you’ve already purchased an item and THEN find it for a lower price at a different place? Again, not a problem! If you see the exact same item at a local furniture store for less within 30 days of your purchase, we will adjust the price or give you store credit. It’s quite simple. If you haven’t received your delivery yet, we adjust your order to match the sale items of the other store. If you have received your delivery in the last 30 days, we will give you store credit for the difference.

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So to sum up:

• If you find a lower price on an identical item at a local competitor’s store or website, we’ll do our best to match it; if we can’t we will explain why
• Pricing not listed on websites must be verified via phone, print advertisement or written quote
• Price matching cannot be combined with other offers not available at the competitor
• “Local” competitors are those with a physical presence in the same city or within 45 miles of our store
• Limited quantity specials, closeouts, floor samples, damaged/as-is items are excluded
• We reserve the right to limit quantities

Then just give us a call or email with what you’ve found: 973-927-7100 or sales@suburbanfurn.com

We work hard at being the best, here at Suburban Furniture, and that involves making sure our customers are happy and satisfied. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question! Happy shopping!

How’s 67% Off Sound?

Did Valentine’s Day break the bank? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Drop by our Presidents’ Day Sale where you’ll find storewide savings up to 67% off! Not only that but we’ve got an instant sales tax rebate, 5 years free financing and free delivery! The whole deal is a total steal.

P.S. We’re having a Presidents’ Day Mattress Sale as well!


 

 

Say Hello to Perfect Accents!

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We love telling you more about some of the brands we carry and we hope you enjoy learning more about your favorite brands as well! Today we’d like to tell you a little more about Coast to Coast Imports. Coast to Coast is all about the accents – from chairs to mirrors – and their collection is vast and varied! So sit back and relax and have a closer look at what Coast to Coast Imports is all about.

Coast to Coast Imports, LLC is an international manufacturer and wholesaler of quality accent furniture and seating. With over 100 years of combined experience in the furniture industry, they have developed partnerships with manufacturers abroad to bring affordable quality accent furniture to every home. The Coast to Coast family includes hundreds of employees in Memphis, TN and Asia and over 100 sales representatives globally.

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Their operations include a 300,000 square foot distribution facility in Memphis, TN, 15 large factory partners in China and India, and showrooms in High Point, Las Vegas, and Tupelo. Their international team is focused on the highest level of quality control, support for product development, factory compliance, and timely shipping.

The mission of Coast to Coast is simple: to deliver quality home accents for the greatest value. Their proprietary brands include Coast to Coast Accents, a collection of affordable home accent furniture; The Andy Stein Collection, higher styled home accents with a designer’s touch; and Jadu Accents, a collection of beautiful rustic and industrial accent furniture from India.

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With such a wide selection of beautiful pieces, Coast to Coast never fails to please, so drop by Suburban today (or visit our website) to pick out your next accent piece!

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Featured Brand: Bolton

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We love telling you more about some of the brands we carry and we hope you’re enjoying learning more about some of your favorite brands as well! Today we’d like to tell you a little more about Bolton. So sit back and relax and have a closer look at what Bolton is all about.

At Bolton Furniture it is our goal to offer you the best possible value in Kids Furniture, Guest / Second Bedroom, Sleep, Study, Storage and Entertainment Wall Solutions. We want your entire buying experience to be the best it possible can be.

Bolton Furniture is a source of Youth Bedroom Furniture, Low Loft Systems, Lifestyles Furniture and Unique Wall Storage systems. We are located in Morrisville, Vermont in the North Central section of the state, 10 miles North of the resort area of Stowe. Our products are manufactured utilizing Select Hardwoods and Veneers. Our Painted product are manufactured utilizing the same select hardwood and Furniture Board.

Vermont Precision Woodworks and its predecessors have been in the woodworking business in Northern Vermont since the early 1900’s. In the early 70’s the plant started producing wood components for the musical instrument industry, particularly piano parts. This has helped us perfect our woodworking skills for detailed pieces. During the 1980’s, we became a wood furniture manufacturer when we started making beds and bunk beds by contract for dorms and residences. During this period, we excelled in making durable furniture that could withstand everyday wear. In 1985, the factory continued in the furniture business, fabricating children’s furniture made of hard maple.

Since then, VT Precision has become a wood furniture manufacturer of great reputation. Our hardwood furniture is renowned as being durable, solid, practical and, most importantly, absolutely beautiful.

Bolton Furniture’s predecessor, Vermont Precision Woodworks, had been a manufacturer in the woodworking business in Northern Vermont since the early 1900’s. In the early 70’s the plant started producing wood components for the musical instrument industry, particularly piano parts. This has helped us perfect our woodworking skills for detailed pieces. During the 1980’s, Vermont Precision began manufacturing twin and bunk beds for both contract and residential markets. Our Beds were being used in dorms and residential settings. During this period, we excelled in making durable furniture that could withstand everyday wear. In 1985, the factory continued in the furniture business, fabricating children’s furniture made of hard maple and cherry

The same expertise and attention to detail that went in to manufacturing Vermont Precision products has gone in to the sourcing of Bolton Furniture. We communicate with our sources on a regular basis giving them feedback to ensure the product being shipped to us meets our customers expectations.

We are committed to offering the best value possible for the products and services we provide. We will continue to listen to our customers to make current products better and to introduce new products to meet your needs.

Featured Brand: Sunny Designs

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We love telling you more about some of the brands we carry and we hope you’re enjoying learning more about some of your favorite brands as well!  Today we’d like to tell you a little more about Sunny Designs.  So sit back and relax and have a closer look at what Sunny Designs is all about.

Founded in 1980, Sunny Designs, Inc. has pursued diligently to provide their customers the very best value without compromising exceptional quality and service. Continuous efforts to develop new products, to create more value, and to meet customer needs, make Sunny Designs a leading Manufacturer/Distributor in the home furnishing industry. They provide high quality products in dining, home entertainment, home office, bars and barstools, and accessories direct from their own factory in China. Their warehouse in China also provides quick ship & mixed direct container programs.

Their warehouses in California; San Francisco and Los Angeles, enable them to provide excellent full service to their customers and competitive LTL and trailer-load shipments nationwide. Coast to coast successful retailers such as HOM (2008 Vendor of the Year), Art Van, American Furniture Warehouse (CO), Jeromes, RC Willey, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Raymour & Flanigan, Steinhafels, and Conlins have discovered value with Sunny Designs. Come and Discover Value at Sunny Designs.

And there you have it! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about our brands and designers! Till next time!