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!

At Bel Furniture, we sell a variety of wooden furniture to make your home beautiful. Stop in to your nearest store to see our full selection of furniture at unbeataBEL prices!

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!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Helpful Tips For Spring Cleaning

Spring has arrived and that means it’s time to take on your annual spring cleaning! While many individuals are intimidated by this process, we are here to give you tips on how to most effectively refresh your home just in time for the warm weather.

Give Yourself Time

The purpose of spring cleaning is to give your home a deep clean that can be maintained throughout the rest of the year. While such a huge task may sound daunting, it is easily conquerable if you allow yourself the time to succeed. Many of us are not big fans of cleaning and will attempt to get everything done in a time span that is much too short, such as over the course of a long weekend. However, this is a surefire way to end up laying in a stressed out heap on the floor surrounded by cleaning products. Spring cleaning is called spring cleaning for a reason, and not Easter weekend cleaning! No matter the size of your home, set reasonable goals and give yourself enough time to thoroughly attend to each room.

Be Prepared

Once you have figured out which rooms you are going to clean and when, take inventory of the cleaning supplies you currently have on hand. After ascertaining what you already have, walk through each room of your home individually and take note of what it will take to clean each individual area. What tools and products will you need to thoroughly get the room in ship-shape condition? By keeping track of the different cleaning tasks that need to be accomplished, you will be able to purchase all the materials you need before getting started. Few things are more frustrating than getting into your “cleaning zone” only to be yanked out when you realize you don’t have hardwood floor cleaner!

Make It Easy For Yourself

What is important to clean first? What doesn’t get cleaned very often? Take the list of tasks you completed in the previous tip and then work your way through each item. Everything is easier when broken up into small, easily managed chores. Cleaning the huge living room doesn’t feel nearly as overwhelming when you first pick up the clutter, then clean the walls, then vacuum the floor, and so on and so forth. Before you know it, each of those tiny tasks will have led to a house that is as clean as a whistle.

Take This Time To Start Fresh

Springtime is the season of birth and blossoming. Why not apply these same standards to your home? Take the time during spring cleaning to reassess your home. Look up different styles of interior design that intrigue you, flip through different catalogues of homes, and don’t be afraid to take note of the design choices being made by your friends and family. There is no better time to say out with the old and in with the new. Your dream home is waiting for you.

Bel Furniture is proud to provide high-quality furniture at the lowest prices in Texas — during springtime and beyond! Come in this March during our 100 Million Sale and find out how you can save some serious cash on bedroom sets, living room sets, dining room sets, accessories, and beyond!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

How To Clean A Leather Couch

Leather is among the most common materials for clothing, crafting, and furnishings — and for good reason. Stylish and timeless, there is a place for leather in every style of home. While it is versatile and beautiful, many individuals have questions about the proper way to care for their leather furnishings. Even the oldest sofa can retain its life with regular semi-yearly or yearly maintenance. Follow these steps on how to clean a leather couch and you will be able to have beautiful furniture for a long time to come.

leather couch

Step 1: Remove Debris

Step one of your cleaning process will be to remove larger debris. This is absolutely essential for the vitality of your sofa. The easiest and most effective way to go about clearing the stray particles away is with a hand vacuum. If there is large debris, use the uncovered vacuum to remove theme. Once the couch is visibly clean, attach a soft brush head and go over each section of the couch carefully. Follow through on EVERY crease and fold in your piece, as even the tiniest speck of dust has the ability to scratch the leather and cause damage. Finally, after thoroughly vacuuming, wipe down the couch with a (preferably) microfiber cloth.

Step 2: Cleaning The Couch

First and foremost, you will need your cleaner. While you can buy a product specifically for this purpose, you can also easily make one. Take equal parts water and vinegar and mix them together in a small bowl (the exact amount will depend on the size of your couch.) For best results, use room temperature distilled water, as tap water may contain chemicals that would potentially be harmful to the leather. Dip a (different) microfiber cloth into your solution and wring it out until it is damp, not wet, then gently wipe down the sofa from top to bottom. Work in small sections, rinsing and wringing out the cloth regularly to avoid spreading dirt. Then using the dry microfiber cloth from earlier, dry off your sofa.

Step 3: Condition For Long-Lasting Luster

If you wish to add vibrancy back to your leather couch, consider adding conditioner to your regular cleaning routine. For the best results, mix one part white vinegar and two parts linseed or flaxseed oil. If you want to get rid of the smell of vinegar, you can also add lemon or tea tree oil to the mix. As you did when cleaning, dip a microfiber cloth into your concoction until damp and gently wipe down the couch starting from top to bottom. Rather than removing it right away, leave the conditioner overnight and then wipe it off in the morning. Now your couch will look fantastic!

Bonus: Stain Removal

Part of living in a home is the messes that everyday life bring. Whether you host a messy guest or have children running around your home, there is always a stain somewhere! Here are some tips for cleaning common stains:

Grease: When most people see a stain, their first instinct is to immediately wipe it away with water. While this may work under some conditions, that is not the case with grease. Instead, sprinkle baking soda over the stain, leave it to soak for several hours, and then remove with a dry rag.

Ink: Did your kids decide that the couch is a coloring book? No need to worry. Dip a cotton ball in a small amount of rubbing alcohol and carefully blot the ink stain. Be cautious and do not saturate the leather. With enough blotting, you should begin to notice the stain lifting. Once it is no longer visible, wipe the surface of the couch with a damp cloth and then dry the area completely with a clean, dry cloth.

Mold And Mildew: Unfortunately, sometimes we come across leather couches that have succumbed to mold or mildew. The easiest way to kill these microbes is with rubbing alcohol. As with ink, dip a cotton ball into a small amount of rubbing alcohol and blot the area until the stain disappears. If you notice that there is still mold or mildew, mix two parts vinegar and one part water and gently blot the area with a cotton swab. This acidic combination should kill the fungus and restore the piece to its original state.

At Bel Furniture, we are dedicated to giving you the highest quality furniture at the lowest prices. With fifteen locations and two distribution centers across Texas, we are your top stop for furniture deals! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and check back here every month for new tips and announcements.