Friday, January 12, 2018

Furniture Trends For 2018



 Furniture trends for 2018

Out with the 2017 and in with the 2018! Now that the champagne has been emptied and the partying is over, it’s time to prepare your home for the new looks taking over. Fashion trends change quickly and drastically, and it’s in your best interest to keep up with the times. Our team at Bel Furniture is here to help you to recognize what’s in and revolutionize your interior decoration for the new year. Listed below are some of the hottest fads for furniture in 2018.

Comfy, Minimalist Bedrooms


Serenity is essential to getting a good night’s sleep, and the easiest way to achieve this peace is through your surroundings. For 2018, get the best sleep yet with simple, comfortable bedroom decor. Loud patterns, an excess of clutter, and vivid colors can be distracting when attempting to fall asleep at night. Instead, try narrowing your furniture down to the essentials, enjoying relaxing neutral tones and soft fabrics. This snug, minimalist bedroom will create the perfect atmosphere for a full night’s sleep filled with the sweetest of dreams.

Earth Tones

 

Put away the bright furnishings and bring in the earth tones. In 2018, colors such as gray, deep bronze, and black are making their way into our homes. From the kitchen (say goodbye to those bright stainless steel sinks) to the living room (see you later lime green sofa,) we’re seeing a surge of calming earth tones make their way into the interior decoration scene. Whether you want to invite guests over or just take a day to yourself, earth tones are the perfect way to achieve a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Wooden Furnishings

 

Wood is a versatile and beautiful building material. You can use it to construct almost everything in your home. While we aren’t suggesting that you leave your home and move into a cabin constructed entirely by the surrounding trees, there is always room to incorporate a dining set or even just an end table made out of this natural substance. Lighter brown colors give a comfortable, attractive look to any room. Meanwhile, dark brown wood can give any room a look of luxury and class. However you choose to use wooden furnishings, they are sure to give any room a unique, wonderful flair.

Custom Built And Recycled Crafts

 

Between videos with recipes in under a minute and hundreds of DIY blogs taking over the internet, 2018 is the year for recycling and crafting your own furnishings. This is a great way to make your home stand out while also helping the earth. It may seem like an overwhelming feat at first, but building something simple like shelving to fit your room or a side table made out of a recycled basket is a fun way to create a unique look for your home. Start small and then see where you go from there. The sky is the limit!

Based out of Houston and San Antonio, Bel Furniture is your store for the best furniture deals. Stay tuned in 2018 and beyond as we give you the best in interior design tips and news. Check out some of our other blog posts for more helpful advice.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Storing Wooden Furniture In Winter



dining room set houston

Everyone knows that cold weather isn’t good for their bodies, but not everyone thinks about the damage winter can do to their furniture. In keeping with trends, you may be considering putting several of your furnishings into storage while you explore different interior decorations. However, with these dropping temperatures, you must be sure that your beautiful wooden furnishings such as this beautiful dining server and this elegant entertainment center are kept somewhere warm and dry.

What happens when wood gets too cold?

Because wood is an organic substance, it contains a certain amount of water. Even after it goes through the processes of being dried out, sanded, and varnished, there will always remain even the tiniest amount of moisture. When the weather becomes cold, the moisture inside the wood freezes and expands. Once the weather cools down again, the water will melt and contract. This back and forth between expansion and contraction causes cracks and visible wear in the surface of the furniture. The effect of water on wood is especially important to realize in southeast Texas due to the great amount of humidity in this area. Low humidity can cause cracks in the wood while high humidity may cause the wood to swell.

What storage facilities should I use?

The ideal storage space is climate-controlled and easily accessible for check-ups as well as easy placement and removal of items. If you live in a home with a heated garage or shed with extra space, these would work perfectly. While temperatures tend to fluctuate more within these establishments than your home, you still have great control over your furniture’s environment even during the coldest months of the year.  You can also rest well knowing that your furniture is only a peek away.

For those who live in apartments and smaller abodes, sometimes the only option is off-site storage. While you don’t have as much control over these facilities as your own property, there are precautions you can take to make sure your furniture is well-taken care of over the winter months. As mentioned above, be absolutely certain that the storage facilities are climate-controlled. Another aspect to consider is first floor or second floor storage. While first floor storage is more convenient, in the case of a flood or other damage done to the building, second floor storage is generally safer. On this note, most public storage facilities will offer you their insurance, sometimes aggressively. Before purchasing their insurance, check and double check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and see if off-site storage is covered, as most insurance policies do cover these amenities.

What else can I do to protect my wooden valuables?

The first step to keeping furniture safe and warm in storage happens before it leaves your home. Be sure you clean your wooden items thoroughly and wait for them to dry before saying goodbye to them for the winter. Any excess dirt or moisture can lead to cracks and warping of the wood. Next, be sure to cover your furniture in sheets or drop cloths to protect it from dirt, dust, and moisture. While plastic coverings are popular, they can ultimately lead to the onset of mold or mildew, especially during the cold season. Finally, be very careful when moving your wooden pieces to their storage spot. Wood is a sensitive material—nicks and dings occur quite easily.

At Bel Furniture, we offer you quality furniture during every season. Come check us out over the holidays to see our incredible furniture deals. With locations in Houston, San Antonio, and all over Texas, we are your one-stop shop for furnishings. To learn more about deals and tips, take a look at our other blog posts.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide



It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Minus all the gift giving stress of course. This season, we’ve compiled a list of furniture items with something for everyone to enjoy. Now you have time to take in the festive lights, the jingle bells, and the snow (okay, maybe no snow here in Houston!)

 Cherry Nightstand

Elegant nightstand on sale for $111.49
Elegant nightstand on sale for $111.49

Our first gift recommendation is this beautiful bedside piece. Nightstands are often overlooked when decorating, but they are an important article that can tie together your entire bedroom. The warm, cherry color matches well with a large variety of decor, making it an ideal gift for any member of your friends and family.

 Bar Set

bar set


Everyone has their own way to celebrate the holidays, but many of us have one factor in common: alcohol. Whether one prefers a classy pinot noir or a festive spiked eggnog, spirits are a very popular way to, well, get in the holiday spirit. Whatever adult beverage your loved ones choose to partake in, there is no doubt they would appreciate a classy way to store and serve them up this season and beyond!


Bookcase

 
bookcase

 Contemporary bookcase on sale for $163.68


Almost anyone can agree that one of the most relaxing feelings in the world is curling up with a hot cocoa and reading a good book. Give someone that comfort this year with help from this beautiful bookcase. Functional and gorgeous, this piece of furniture adds class and poise to any living room or bedroom.


TV Stand

tv stand



Okay, okay. We understand that not everyone is invested in reading books in this modern age. That’s why we also have you covered for the 21st century person in your life with this one-of-a-kind TV stand! The arched shape is modern and stylish, and is sure to look good in anyone’s home just in time for the new year!

So what are you waiting for? The holidays are coming up and we have your gifts waiting! At Bel Furniture, we offer you the most affordable and highest quality furniture you can get in Texas! Stop in today and celebrate with us!













Monday, November 13, 2017

The Right Size Mattress For You


Are you new to Texas? Is your bed a little worn for wear? Or maybe you’re still sleeping on your old futon from college? All of these are good reasons to invest in new sleeping accommodations. When shopping for a new mattress in Houston or San Antonio, you may have some questions about the size of your new bed. Let us help you figure out what’s best for you!

Right size mattress


Twin/Twin XL


Measuring in at around 39 x 74 inches, the twin size mattress is the smallest of conventional mattresses, and is generally only purchased by a single sleeper. Many children find twin size to be more than ample space for them, as they have yet to reach a size where they will feel cramped on its surface. For taller children and smaller adults, the twin XL (Extra Long) is a viable option. At approximately 39 x 80 inches, the dimensions of a twin XL dimensions are approximately half a foot longer than the standard twin.
Full

Until fairly recently, the full size bed was standard for the average adult. With dimensions of roughly 54 x 74, this is an ideal option for someone who sleeps alone, as an attempt to share a full sized mattress may end in an uncomfortably tight situation. Many customers who choose a full size bed do so for the convenience of price and space. At a modest price, a full size mattress allows one to purchase a bed that is both comfortable AND fits in a smaller Houston or San Antonio apartment.

Queen

Queen mattresses have steadily been increasing in popularity. Whether that is due to an increased desire for sleeping space or everything really being bigger in Texas, who can say? Queens’ dimensions are around 60 x 80 inches, and as such they contain an ample amount of room for a single sleeper while also being able to comfortably fit a couple. While a standard bedroom, even a small one, should be able to fit a Queen, some may find that it is a little snug. Measuring the length and width of your bedroom is recommended before purchasing a Queen size mattress.

King

Living up to its name, a King size mattress measures in at around 76 x 80 inches. With more than enough room for even the tallest individual, this is the bed for anyone who loves their space. Gone are the days of tossing and turning in your sleep only to end up face down on the floor. Even a couple sharing a King will be able to comfortably settle down into a relaxed, unperturbed sleep. Be forewarned. This giant majesty may take up the entirety of a small bedroom—if it even fits!

At Bel Mattress, we work hard to help you find the best in affordable, quality mattresses in Houston and San Antonio.  With our 180 Day Sleep Comfort Guarantee, you can be sure that your sleep is our number one priority. Stop in to one of our Bel Mattress locations in Houston or San Antonio today. We promise you’ll sleep great tonight!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall Furniture Trends


Looking to spruce up your Texas household this fall? Furniture will certainly set you in the right direction, but would about the décor? We put together some of our favorite fall trendy ideas, for you to stand out amongst the crowd! 

 fall furniture

Space is Your Friend

Years ago gigantic furniture pieces, TV’s, and bulky accessories were big deals. In 2017, many interior designers go with the less is more approach. There are plenty of sofas, recliners, or TV stands that have the ability to fit people and not destroy your space. With the open space, it’s up to you to find the elements to make things pop. How about a custom designed lamp, rug, or painting to give your spot personality? This is your space, so make it yours!

Modern Colors

If you want a modern space, it’s important to design your room with modern colors. Emerald greens, pastel colors, and hues that are more natural are in. Remember, that identifying the color of your pillows, rugs, or walls are important before you begin your furniture buying journey. Once you know what’s right for you, the perfect furniture piece will attribute your décor greatness! 

Disconnected Bedrooms

As furniture gets smarter, it’s becoming harder to disconnect from electronics with anything we do! This has led to a new trend in which many people are going with a cozy throwback look in their bedrooms as opposed to having plugs everywhere! Putting old fashioned curtains, bed rails, or sheets can give your area personality that will be unique in comparison to other areas. 

Woven Creations

Hand-woven accessories have become popular wall decorations. Remember when we talked about adding space as your own? This is an ideal opportunity to add pizazz with hand-crafted baskets, plants in wicker stands, or a fruit basket to entertain your friends. These pieces can go with a variety of colors, and will eliminate any generic feel that your space may give.

Looking for furniture as you begin your next décor project? At Bel Furniture, we have the cheapest prices you’ll find in the state! See where we’re offering up this month on our promotions page.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Katy Grand Opening Event!

As one of the fastest growing furniture retailers in Texas, we’re thrilled to announce our newest Bel Furniture location! Bel will be opening its doors west of Houston in Katy, Texas on October 7. As always you can expect daily hot deals on all furniture items from bedrooms to dining rooms and everything in between. We’re your one-stop shop for all home furniture needs! 

 
We hope to see many of your smiling faces for our grand opening blowout event. Starting at 10 A.M. there will be fun for the whole family to usher in our newest member to the family. Be sure to bring a big group for food, fun, and free gifts!

We will have the following:
  • Face Painting and Balloons from 12:00-4:00 P.M.
  • Petting Zoo from 12:00–4:00 P.M.
  • Hot Dogs/Cookies/Bottled Water from 12:00–6:00 P.M.
  • Giveaways every 15 minutes starting at 11 A.M.–7:00 P.M.
  • Our Grand Prize Winner to be Picked at 3:00 P.M.

In addition to our opening day event, all of our locations will be chiming in with celebrations of their own! During the month of October we will be offering massive deals on all of our furniture. From living room sets to dining room sets, you’ll find deals in the thousands! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for information regarding our daily deals and how you can be a part of them!

If that’s not enough we’re currently running a $1,000 giveaway on our Facebook. Simply submit a picture showcasing what you’re celebrating this month, and enter to win a gift card to our Katy, Texas location!

Learn more about Bel and our company promise on our About Us page. We can’t wait to see your family this weekend at our newest location!

Monday, September 11, 2017

How to Restore Flood Damaged Wood Furniture

Get your flooded wooden pieces back to their former glory

How to care for flooded furniture

Due to the recent devastation hurricane Harvey caused in Houston, many families may be forced to throw out all of their damaged belongings and restore their homes. This process is not only heartbreaking but extremely costly. In most cases, furniture and valuables will be damaged beyond repair, but you might want to think twice before throwing your wooden furniture pieces to the curb. In order to keep your losses to a minimum, we’ve come up with a few restoration tips for your wood furnishings.

Clean

The cleaning process is crucial when restoring flood damaged wooden furniture. In addition to removing the unpleasant odor, you’ll be able to prevent mold or fungus from forming. To clean, gently rub down the piece with small amounts of dish soap and water. Once done, try your best to remove as much moisture as possible by wiping it down and blotting any excess water. You then need to start the drying process immediately. The less time your furniture is exposed to moisture, the better.

Dry 

To prevent your furniture from becoming further damaged, it must be dried as quickly as possible. If the weather is clear outside, consider putting it out in the sun, but refrain doing so if there’s still a lot of moisture in the air. Dry, arid areas work the best. You can also speed up the drying process by disassembling your wooden furniture. Depending on how long your furniture was exposed to water, it may have become warped. If this is the case, consider gluing displaced joints or veneers once it has fully dried. 

Remove the Mildew

Despite these preventative measures, mildew may still form. If so, its white blotches can be easily identified. To remove the unwanted growth, douse a towel in turpentine or with a mixture of equal parts water and ammonia. Once finished, immediately wipe it down with a dry towel.

At Bel Furniture, we also call Houston our home, and we were overcome with emotions when witnessing our beautiful city come together and selflessly help one another during a natural disaster. Indeed, we are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful place. For over 17 years, we’ve offered affordable Houston furniture and we are proud to call ourselves Houstonians. Together, we will keep Houston strong! For more furniture care tips, check out other informative blog articles.