Tuesday, October 16, 2018

How to Measure a Lamp Shade and Find the Perfect Lamp for Your Room



While lamps are a necessity for almost every room of your home, it can be difficult to figure out what kind of lamp or what size lamp shade will fit your needs. The wrong height or diameter can make a room look awkward, unsettled, or haphazardly put together. At Bel Furniture, we carry lamps of all shapes and sizes, and want to help you learn how to measure a lamp shade and find the perfect lamp for every room of your house.


Step 1: Figure Out What Kind of Lamp You Need


The measurements for your lamp and lamp shade will depend on what kind of lamp you will be purchasing. In order to find the correct one, take a look around your room and decide what your needs are. If the room has an abundance of natural light pouring in, then you will probably only need a small floor lamp or a table lamp. If your room doesn’t have many windows, you may consider purchasing a floor lamp for more lighting. It’s also wise to take note of the amount of light fixtures you already have in your room. If you use overhead lighting most of the time, you probably don’t have to worry about purchasing a lamp that emanates a lot of light.


Step 2: Determine How Your Lamp Will Fit Into Your Decor


While they are certainly a functional item, lamps also give you the opportunity to play with design and make a room your own. This is why one crucial step in choosing a shade is determining how your lamp will fit into the decor of your room. Take note of the color scheme and other decorative choices that have been made prior to your decision to invest in a new lamp shade, as the style that has already been established in the room will help you make the final decision on which lamp shade to purchase.


Step 3: Finding the Correct Lamp Shade Height


Now that you have scoped out your room, you must measure the lamp shade to find the correct height. Take a tape measure and determine the height of the lamp base from the bottom of the base to the top, where the electrical socket attaches to the base. Then, find the height of the shade by measuring to the lamp harp from the top of the bottom of the socket.


If you are buying a table lamp, you want the height of the shade to be approximately 60% to 80% the height of the lamp’s base, as to not overwhelm the other objects that are placed on the same surface. The height of floor lamp shades should be between 30% to 50% of the height of the lamp base. This will ensure that you have an even distribution and balance across the entirety of your room.


Step 4: Determining the Correct Diameter for Your Lamp Shade


To measure the diameter, or width, of your lampshade, you must measure both the top diameter and the bottom diameters. While it may seem gratuitous, the lampshade should be at least two times wider than the widest part of the base. Even if this sounds like a very large lamp shade size, this will give your room a beautiful, balanced look. It is also important that the width of the lamp shade should not be as long as the height of the lamp. If the shade is tapered, then you should measure the diameter as the widest part of the shade.


Step 5: Which of the Shade Shapes and Fitters Works Best?


There are several different types of lamp shades that you should consider for your room:


  1. Spider lamp shade fitter with a lamp harp: The default shape for most lamps, a spider fitter consists of a wire frame and washer in the center of the lamp shade that sits just inside the top. Another wire frame is then attached to the lamp’s base and they are secured together with a lamp finial that screws on top 
  2. Clip-on lamp shade fitter: This wire frame sits inside the lamp shade and attaches directly to the lamp bulb. It doesn’t involve any extra hardware as it fits together with the correct size and shape of light bulb.
  3. UNO Lamp Shade Fitter: This option slips onto the light bulb socket to hold up the lamp shade. In certain shapes, the frame has a threaded washer that screws onto the socket. Because they are more size-specific than other fitters, they require extra effort into finding a replacement when the time comes.


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Friday, September 14, 2018

Fall Decor Ideas

Fall Decor Ideas


Summer is winding down and the crisp fall air has started settling in. As the season changes, you may consider refreshing your home’s style. Here are several ideas our team at Bel Furniture has to make your home unique and beautiful for autumn.

Create a Rustic Look

Autumn evokes images of pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and country fields painted with changing leaves. Bring this look into your home through different rustic furniture and accessories. Textured wood and woven pieces, decorative pumpkins and vines, and farm-style patio furniture can help give your home a country vibe that will fit perfectly with the cooling temperatures and fall celebrations.

Fill Your Home with Warm Colors

Autumn involves cozy nights spent around a fire and the change of summer green leaves into warm-colored trees. Why not make your home reflect these images? Choose paints and furniture in deep reds, oranges, and yellows to give your home a truly fall aura. Pair these colors with dark wooden furniture to create a comfortable environment that everyone will associate with beautiful fall nights.

Focus on the Dining Room

Autumn is often associated with family get-togethers, particularly Thanksgiving. This fall, give your dining room a beautiful makeover to impress everyone who comes over to enjoy the season with you. Swap out your white dishware and metallic silverware for bronze dinner plates and golden forks. For extra flair, use decorative pumpkins and wreaths as the centerpiece of your table rather than flowers or more traditional decor.

Don’t Forget The Candles

Everybody knows what autumn smells like. From pumpkin to cinnamon to campfire, the foods and activities of autumn have scents that make the season truly unique. While you can’t constantly be baking pumpkin pie or lighting a roaring fire, candles will allow you and your family to enjoy all the best smells of fall in your home all season long.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wood Polishing




While other furniture and design trends come and go, wooden furniture is a timeless classic that looks fantastic in every home. However, if you don’t take care of your wooden furniture, it may end up looking less timeless and more warped by time. Here are some simple tips you can follow to polish your wooden furniture and keep it looking amazing for years to come.

Keep It Simple


If you want guaranteed results and don’t mind paying a little bit more money, there are several high-quality wood polishes on the market. Ask one of our experienced staff members at Bel Furniture for recommendations on what polishes work best for your specific piece. Simply follow the directions on the cleaner’s label and enjoy the results!

DIY Style


If you would like to save some money, you can create your own wood polishes at home. Here are some tips on how to make the best polish for your wooden furnishings.

Oil And Wax Are Not A Match


If you have a furniture with a wax finish, DO NOT use an oil-based polish, or you will get the opposite of the desired effect. When mixed, a chemical reaction occurs that causes the breakdown of both materials. The wax will lose its sheen and attract dirt, dust, and other small particles that will ruin the look of your piece.

Not All Oil Is Created Equally


So now you’ve determined that your furniture doesn’t have a wax coating and you want to create your own polish. While many websites recommend using olive oil to polish furniture, we recommend using mineral oil instead. Olive oil can oxidize and leave a foul smell on your wooden furnishings that is hard to remove.

So What Goes Into A Homemade Polish?


As mentioned above, mineral oil is the key to a clean, beautiful shine. It re-hydrates wood and protects it from future spills and stains. Combine it with cleansing vinegar and fresh lemon extract for the ultimate polish. Here is the breakdown of ingredients:
  • One cup of mineral oil
  • One fourth cup of white distilled vinegar
  • One tablespoon of lemon extract

The Polishing Process


Now you are ready to polish! Apply your mixture to a clean cotton rag and begin wiping along the grain of the wood. If there are small crevices and details, you may want to take a brush with soft bristles and gently brush the polish into the intricacies of the piece using small, circular motions. Wait for the polish to fully saturate the wood. If it needs another layer, repeat the above motions. Voila! Beautiful wooden furniture!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

How To Choose Wall Decor For Your Living Room


 Choosing Wall Decor


It’s time to redecorate your living room! The TV has been moved in without any damage, the throw rug matches the drapes perfectly, and the couch has been placed at exactly the right angle. You look around the room expecting to be pleased with your beautiful new living space and notice that the room still feels empty. After trying to figure out what the issue could be, you direct your attention away from the furniture and have a realization: the walls are blank! At Bel Furniture, we’re here to help you fill out your living room with beautiful wall decor.


Enjoy Variety


When people decide to decorate their walls, the first (and sometimes only) items of decor that comes to mind are beautiful paintings and sketches. However, there are a whole assortment of items that would look wonderful hanging above your couch! From hanging guitar stands to a display of your favorite hats, don’t be afraid to branch out and add some variety to your room. Enjoy your traditional artwork, of course, but also don’t be afraid to get creative with what you put on your wall. The possibilities are endless!


Be Aware of The Space


Every living room is different and your choices for wall decor will depend on the specific space you are working with. From amount of wall space to different color schemes throughout the room, there is a lot to consider. If you have an abundance of wall space, feel free to buy away and put anything that strikes your fancy up on the walls (within reason of course.) If you have a smaller area, you will have to be more choosy with what you decide to put on the walls. Don’t let this stifle your fun though! Even the smallest of spaces can be beautiful with the correct items and a little bit of creativity.


Uniquely You


You can read a million articles and blog posts about what is “in vogue” this season, but the most important part of decorating a home is for it to reflect YOUR unique tastes. Don’t sacrifice your personal passions for the sake of decorating a room! Add some unique flair to your living room by decorating with things that you value. Do you love horses? Put a painting of a horse on the wall. Do you really love geometric patterns? Try a tapestry featuring sacred geometry. The possibilities are endless when you draw inspiration directly from your own mind.


At Bel Furniture, we work hard to give you the home you’ve always dreamed of. Stop in to one of our many locations or shop online today to get started creating a living room and other spaces that you and your loved ones will cherish. We promise you don’t want to miss out on the savings. Check out our current sale and good luck on creating your beautiful new living room!

Monday, June 18, 2018

What Height Bar Stool Should You Buy?

Bar Stool

Whether they hold your breakfast in the kitchen or wait patiently stocked in the basement for the next big game, bars have become a staple in many of our homes. Many of us get so caught up in the excitement of entertaining guests in this new and exciting way that we forget about one of the most important aspects of the bar — the bar stools. Bars come in all shapes and sizes, and the seating we buy has to reflect the unique quality of the particular piece. Careless bar stool purchases could lead to people either towering over the bar or barely able to see over the top of it! In order to help you avoid such an embarrassing fate, our team at Bel Furniture compiled a handy how-to guide when it comes to what height bar stool you should buy.

Finding The Correct Height

The first step to take in determining the correct height for your stools will be to accurately measure your bar. Using a tape measure, determine the height from the bottom of the floor to the counter of the bar. This is absolutely critical in determining the correct size stool to purchase, so you may want to do it more than twice. Even better if you have a friend or family member measure as well. To make things as simple as possible, a quick and easy premise to follow is to take the height of the counter and subtract 10 inches. This will be approximately the correct height. For a more accurate measurement and , follow this guide:
  • Table Stool
Regular table heights are usually between 28 and 30 inches, so you will want a chair that is between 16 and 23 inches.
  • Counter Stool
Slightly taller than your standard table, a counter bar usually measures between 35 and 39 inches, meaning that a stool between 24 and 27 inches will be ideal.
  • Bar Stool
The most common height for standard bars and what most people think of when they hear “bar counter,” is between 41 inches and 43 inches. In order to sit comfortably at this height, we recommend a bar stool between 28 and 33 inches.
  • Tall Bar Stool
Some bars stand taller than average, at between 44 and 47 inches. Prepare to purchase stools that are between 33 and 40 inches for these giants.


Now that you know the height of your future bar stools, it’s time to get the party (or breakfast) started! At Bel Furniture, we offer the highest quality furniture at the lowest prices. Come in today to start saving on bar stools and all the other furniture for your entire home!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

7 Ideas For Decorating A Kid’s Bedroom



Children have the wildest and most fantastic imaginations. Shouldn’t their one space in your home reflect that? Bel For Kids offers these tips and tricks on how to make your child’s bedroom into the dreamland they’ve always wanted.


Find The Right Size

Desks and dressers are essentials for any bedroom. However, they aren’t very useful if your child can’t reach them. When shopping for kids’ furniture, be sure that every piece of furniture is accommodating to their smaller size. For example, this adorable pink chair was perfectly designed to a child’s size.

Be Conscious With Your Colors

While many new parents like to paint their newborn’s bedroom either blue or pink, there are other options and factors that should be considered. While that baby blue may be cute during your son’s younger years, how do you think he’ll feel about it when the teenage angst settles in? You could always re-paint their entire room later, but for those who like to think ahead about future labor, consider painting the room a color that is easily modified. For example, a light orange color could be cute during childhood, and then slightly modified to an edgier look with harsher grays when the child becomes a teenager.


Space And Storage

What do children love more than just about anything in the world? Toys, of course! When decorating a child’s bedroom, remember that this room is more than just a place to fall asleep at the end of a day at school — it’s also the place where your child’s mind will run wild. They need to simultaneously be able to store all of their toys while also having a place to play with them. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is through clever storage options. Something as fun as this nightstand allows for storage while adding a child-like flair to the room.

Celebrate Uniqueness

Every child is a different, extraordinary individual and their bedroom should reflect that. Take note of your child’s interests and personalities when shopping for different furniture. While many kids find home decorating to be dull, many may be excited at the prospect of purchasing items that are reflective of their creativity. For example, if you have a child who enjoys sports, think about buying them a sporty lamp. The possibilities are endless!


Bunk Beds

If you have more than one child, then bunk beds are definitely worth investing in. They save space and many kids enjoy sleeping at a higher height. Options such as this bunk bed even offer additional drawers for storage. Plus, you must admit that bunk beds simply look really cool!

Just like any room in the house, your child’s bedroom involves careful planning and considerations. Next time you have a kid’s room that needs to be decorated, consider visiting Bel Furniture and shopping our Bel For Kids collection!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How To Arrange Furniture




Arrange Furniture

Have you recently moved into a new house or apartment? Are you just looking to update a room or two? No matter your situation, our associates at Bel Furniture recognize how exciting (and stressful!) decorating and redecorating may be. To make things easier, follow these simple tips and you will be the envy of your friends and family in no time at all!

Grab Your Measuring Tape


No matter which room you are decorating, make sure that you find the exact height, width, and length of the entire space. Nothing is more frustrating than finding the perfect sofa only to realize it doesn’t fit in its designated space. Take precise measurements of every window, wall, and wooden floor. These measurements will allow you to accurately map out your ideal layout and shop appropriately.


Find Your Purpose


Every room in the house should reflect your unique style. Give your company something to notice when they walk through the doorway. Are you creating a welcoming entryway? A fashionable space for conversation? A kitchen to show off your favorite recipes? Think of furniture as clothes for your home. Whatever your end goal is, decorate your room with furniture that expresses your personality.

Light Can Make All The Difference


No matter the furniture you purchase, the entire vibe of the room can feel off if you don’t have the right lighting. If at all possible, accentuate any natural light that may be coming in through potential windows and skylights. If the room is isolated from the outdoors, you can still play with lights in interesting ways. For a relaxed atmosphere, consider heavy lampshades and hanging Christmas lights. For a more vibrant room, you may want to invest in higher watt bulbs and strategically placed lights. Some individuals enjoy using different intensities of lights in order to emphasize different parts of the room. Remember that the main purpose of light is to bring certain items into focus and view. Find a piece of furniture or part of the room you wish to emphasize and shine your lights down!

Think About Layouts And Angles


When decorating your living abode, you can make different choices depending on the style of the room and how casual or formal you wish to be. Straight, symmetrical layouts generally give off an air of grandiosity and formality, whereas angling furniture makes the room more fun and casual. It is smart to think about your own flair and how you wish to present yourself to company when placing furniture.

At Bel Furniture, we work hard to bring you the best in home decorating tips and affordable, high quality furnishings. Come in or shop online today to save big on your favorite living room sets, dining room sets, bedroom sets, accessories and more!