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Healthy Sleep Habits

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Are you waking up not feeling refreshed but not struggling with pain? Your lack of sleep may be the result of something other than your mattress or pillow! Things such as light exposure can both positively or negatively affect your ability to fall asleep depending on how much exposure you’re getting, when you’re getting it, and what type of light exposure you’re getting.

Another factor that can make it harder to get a good night’s sleep is using your bed for too many things. Beds are meant to be used for very few things and your main association with the bed should be sleep. If you use your bed for things like watching TV or Reading, you start to associate it with those things and this can make it more difficult to get the recommended amount of sleep, which is 7-9 hours for most adults.

DOs and DON’Ts for building healthy sleep habits:

DOs

  • Expose yourself to sunlight in the morning.
  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule, even on days off.
  • Avoid napping.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Keep your room somewhat cool.
  • Give yourself time to unwind before bed. One hour of a relaxing activity such as reading is recommended. Avoid Phones, Computers and TVs.

DON’Ts

  • Expose yourself to bright light, especially blue lights, in the evenings.
  • Drink alcohol before bed.
  • Drink caffeine in the hours before you go to bed.
  • Eat a big meal right before bed.
  • Watch TV, read your phone, tablet, or books, or listen to music while in bed.
  • Participate in stimulating activities before you go to bed.

Design Your Dream Home!

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Do you have a vision of how you want to design your home, but need a little help putting it together? Our team is here to help! Suburban Furniture is pleased to offer an in home consultation from our designer. And it can end up being absolutely FREE to you. Our Design Consultants bring years of experience into their work. They know that function and aesthetics have equal value in a home, and will work with you to customize a space that gives you both. Whether you want to design an entire room or a whole home, our Design Team has the inspiration for any project!

How does it work? Our in-store designer and your sales associate will come out to your home and spend up to an hour per room exploring your current space. They will note colors, layout and special pieces you may want to decorate around. They will come to understand what you want to achieve. They may bring samples or suggestions based on any previous in store conversations. They will then return to the store and within one to two weeks, invite you into the store to present their suggestions to you. This includes suggestions for one, some or all of furniture, accessories, area rugs, general paint colors, and room layouts to help you achieve your goals.

How much does it cost? We thought you said it was FREE! There is a $350 consultation fee that is collected before the in-home visit. When you purchase $3,500 of merchandise or more we apply the $350 towards your purchase.

Stop by one of our conveniently located stores to start your design project now!

Sleep Pain

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Sleep pain is likely the result of a lack of proper support. This can mean anything from your mattress or pillow being worn out, to just not being the right fit for how you sleep.

1. Back Pain – Most often caused by a worn out mattress that is no longer capable of providing you with the support you need. Like slumping at your desk or while watching tv, slumping will likely cause back pain; preventing you from getting a full night’s sleep and contributing to back pain. As coils age they lose their ability to bounce back from weight being put on them night after night, resulting in a slumping mattress as they don’t have the same rigidity they once had, and need, in order to properly function.

This slumping doesn’t just apply to coil mattresses though, the same slumping issue is also true of foam mattresses. Slumping in foam mattresses is often easy to diagnose as the mattress will show visible signs of slumping while coil mattresses may not. To find the perfect mattress for your perfect night’s sleep come see our experts!

2. Neck Pain – Unlike back pain, neck pain is most commonly caused by your pillow, not your mattress. The pillow’s responsibility is to align your neck with your spine while you sleep. There are two key factors that go into why your pillow may have become a pain for your neck. The first is that the pillow has simply become worn out.

The other key factor to consider with your neck pain is did you select the right type of pillow for how you sleep? Depending on if you’re a side, back, or stomach sleeper the perfect pillow for you will change. Even the most expensive pillow can leave you waking up with pain in your neck if it doesn’t fit your sleep style. To find the perfect pillow for you, come see our experts!

Have questions about what might be causing your pain? We’re here to help! And keep following us for more info on sleep health and the importance of mattresses in the sleep equation! Ready to shop for your new mattress so you can get the best night’s sleep possible? Visit us HERE.

Time For Some Spring Cleaning!

Don’t just spring clean this year – clean UP with our Spring Clean Up Sale! You can give your entire home a new look this spring for only PENNIES a day AND get interest-free financing until 2022! Has that spring cleaning bug bitten you now? So get a new, cozy loveseat; or a mattress that helps you sleep better; the perfect desk for your teen; or a fabulous TV stand for that new screen you got over the holidays. (Real talk – at these prices, you can get them ALL!) Drop by our website or one of our convenient locations today to chat with our friendly sales support and stock up for the entire year.

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Why is it important to have healthy sleep habits and the right mattress?

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Everything you do on a daily basis is impacted by how well, or poorly, you sleep. Finding the right mattress and pillow for you and building healthy sleep habits can impact everything from aches and pains, to how productive you are at work, to what kind of mood you’re in. Getting a full night’s sleep can make it easier to cut out that extra cup of coffee or energy drink you may rely on every day.

How Do You Sleep?

How you sleep is a huge part of finding a mattress that is not only comfortable but also instrumental in ensuring you wake up every morning feeling refreshed and without aches or pains.

Side Sleeper- If you’re a side sleeper you will likely find your best night’s sleep on a softer mattress that allows your hip to sink into the mattress a little bit. This give from the mattress allows your hip to drop down a bit and allows your spine to properly align.

Back Sleeper- If you’re a back sleeper you will likely find your best night’s sleep on a softer mattress that allows your shoulders and hips to sink in a little bit and allow your spine to properly align. If a mattress is too firm you will likely feel uncomfortable points of pressure similar to the pain many of us feel after sitting in a car for a long drive.

Stomach Sleeper- If you’re a stomach sleeper then your best night’s sleep will likely come from a firmer mattress. Unlike back and side sleeper’s you’re already putting yourself in a position where your spine is aligned. This means that a mattress with more give will actually cause your spine to slump a bit which could lead to you waking up with back pain.

We’ll have more blogs on sleep health and how the importance of mattresses in the sleep equation, so make sure you continue to drop by on the reg! And if you’re ready to shop for your new mattress so you can get the best night’s sleep possible, simply visit us HERE.

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.

 

Which Will You Choose?

Do you like choices? Of course you do! We all like choices in life, so this spring we’ve decided to offer you TWO great offers! If you choose Door #1, you get 50% off your purchase (yes, you read that right – ½ off!). If you choose Door #2, you get 5 years of interest-free financing! Oohhh….decisions, decisions….which one will you choose?

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The IRS SALE is Here!

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Well, now you can add our IRS sale to that list! That’s right – our fabulous IRS (aka “Inventory Reducation Sale”) is back again, not only with huge savings on: living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, mattresses & more, but also with you paying NO interest for THREE (3) WHOLE YEARS! (We went a little wild; we admit it.) Drop by and save a bundle before our extra inventory is gone!

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Featured Brand: Simmons

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We love telling you more about some of the brands we carry and we hope you enjoy learning more about some of your favorite brands as well! Today we’d like to tell you a little more about Simmons. Sit back, relax and have a closer look at Simmons!

Is there anything better than sleep? Atlanta-based Simmons Bedding Company (Atlanta, represent!) is one of the top mattress manufacturers in the U.S. The firm, founded by Zalmon Simmons in 1870, is also one of the oldest companies in the country. Pretty cool, huh? And even if you don’t know the name “Simmons”, you probably ARE familiar with them, as they make mattresses and accessories under their flagship Beautyrest® brand, as well as under the Beautyrest Black®, Natural Care®, ComforPedic®, Simmons Kids™, and DeepSleep® labels.

Simmons sells its mattress through more than 11,700 furniture outlets, department stores, and specialty shops and also licenses its name and brands to select manufacturers of sleep accessories. These products, which include pillows, foundations, mattress protectors, children’s’ furniture and more, are all marketed under the Simmons® name. Today, there are many international licensees and sub-licensees representing Simmons in more than 100 countries. Wow! Simmons also serves as a key supplier of beds to many of the world’s leading hotel groups, casinos and resort properties through its contract division, Simmons Hospitality Group.

Simmons is a firm believer that the mattress you sleep on can make a difference in the quality of your life. Plans for the future include continued consumer sleep education efforts and further development of new technologies that will help people everywhere achieve quality sleep.

A good night’s rest is one of the best gifts ever, so drop by any of our Suburban Furniture stores today and let us help you find your new, perfect Simmons sleeper!

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!