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Your mattress is a key player in your overall health and happiness. The average adult spends about eight hours in bed every night, and the wrong mattress can make those hours a nightmare.
Aches, pains and lack of rest all lower your quality of life, and your mattress may be the culprit. Not all mattresses are created equal, and even a high-quality mattress can lead to persistent and disruptive sleep issues if its design isn't meant for your preferred sleeping position. Here are some statistics to consider:
- Up to 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point, and half of all working adults experience back pain one or more times per year.
- Around 50 to 70 million adults have a sleep disorder, and 37.9 percent have accidentally fallen asleep during the day one or more times in the past month.
A good portion of people with sleep issues, back problems or both may be able to trace their symptoms back to their mattress. If you find yourself tossing, turning and desperately trying to get comfortable, you likely don't have the right mattress for your sleep position. If your position and mattress are incompatible, you won't be able to get the most out of your nights.
In general, the way you sleep falls under one of three categories: side sleepers, back sleepers and stomach sleepers.
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Most people prefer to settle on their sides to sleep. According to a study of more than 3700 people, 74 percent of people are habitual side-sleepers. Unfortunately, there are some significant caveats to sleeping on your side. This position puts significant pressure on the body and can cause pain if your mattress isn't built for it.
The hallmark of an appropriate mattress is a straight spine. But obviously, the human body is not flat on its sides. Shoulders and hips protrude, and when your body meets the surface of a mattress one of two things can happen:
- Creation of Pressure Points: The worst outcome is that shoulders and hips meet a surface material that isn't soft enough to alleviate pressure. This creates pressure points at the shoulder and hip, leading to undue strain on these joints. Pressure points also cause your body to sag in between the pressure points, moving your spine out of alignment.
- Support for the Joints: On the flip side, when you have a mattress appropriate for side sleepers, the shoulders and hips can sink down further into the top material of the bed, so the trunk of the body can remain straight. The right mattress keeps all three of these points in alignment and also prevents undue pressure from straining your joints.
The best mattress for side sleepers will be a pillowtop or memory foam. These mattress types offer the soft exterior side sleepers need to cushion their shoulders and hips while providing the strong inner core required for long-term spinal support. If you're looking for the best mattress for side sleepers in Harrisburg, PA, Davids Furniture has a selection to match your needs. These two types of mattress fulfill all of a side sleeper's requirements:
Hybrid Pillowtop - Medium: This mattress type offers exceptional value to side sleepers thanks to innovative combinations of pocketed coil and foam technology. The best pillowtops feature independently-moving coils to offer the targeted support each unique body needs. Plush pillowtops are generally hybrid mattresses, meaning they incorporate one or more layers of foam in addition to the coils. The combination of foam layers with springs offers a balance between the benefits of both types of material. The firmness of springs provides the core support side sleepers need to remain aligned, while cushioning protruding shoulders and hips. If you're a side sleeper looking for ultimate comfort, a mattress with multiple layers of foam offers the best comfort. More foam layers means more precise control of softness and support.
Memory Foam - Medium: Memory foam mattresses are a great option for side sleepers due to the way they conform to the sleeper's weight and shape. Since pressure points are such a problem for side sleepers, the ability to sink right in is highly appealing. Although memory foam can be an excellent option, side sleepers often mistake softness for support and choose a mattress that sinks down under their trunk as they sleep. Side sleepers need only their shoulder and hip pressure points to sink in, so a soft foam mattress usually doesn't do the job. This sleeping position does best with a medium foam mattress.
Back sleeping is both the most recommended and least common sleeping position. Only eight percent of adults sleep on their backs, and most of them don't realize back sleepers have different needs than those who sleep in other positions.
The best thing about sleeping on your back is that it keeps your spine in a neutral position. There's no extra pressure on your shoulders or hips, so the chances of back or joint pain steeply decrease. Back sleeping is also good for reducing acid reflux but can result in increased snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. With proper neck and back support, these symptoms are reduced.
To benefit from the advantages of this sleeping position while minimizing the risks, you need an appropriate mattress. It may seem best to go with the firmest mattress available, but firmness doesn't always equal support. The best mattress for back sleepers is one that balances firmness with supportive yet conforming materials.
In many cases, the best option will be a hybrid incorporating the strength of coils with the softness of gel or foam. Box tops and euro tops have a plush layer much like a pillow top but offer a greater surface area for sleeping.
If you're searching for the best mattress for back sleepers in Mechanicsburg, PA, or nearby, these types available at Davids Furniture should make your shortlist:
- Hybrid Eurotop - Firm: Back sleepers benefit from having firm support, but need enough cushion to preserve alignment. Although conventional wisdom recommends the hardest bed possible for this position, there is one major problem with this approach. A hard bed will cause a back sleeper's spine to flatten out of its natural S-curve. When your spine is flattened by a too-hard bed, the strain on your lumbar vertebrae can really take its toll. Over time, you'll experience tension and pain in your lower back that makes it tough to get out of bed. Hybrid Eurotop mattresses designed for back sleepers have a firm inner core of coils and a relatively modest layer of pillowy cushion on top. A firm Eurotop mattress would be too hard for most side sleepers, but provides the right amount of cushion to keep back sleepers comfortably aligned.
- Memory Foam - Firm: You might think that a firm memory foam mattress is a bit contradictory, but the latest advances in the field have produced some of the best mattresses for back sleepers. The different layers in these mattresses work together to provide comfort and support that conforms to a wide range of individual needs. Back sleepers will find a quality foam mattress has enough give to be comfortable without allowing your body to sink in enough to cause misalignment. Foam mattress design also minimizes motion transfer, an issue that innerspring-only mattresses have as they enter the top end of the firmness scale.
Stomach sleeping is associated with the most negative effects of any position. When you sleep on your stomach, your spine starts curving upwards at the ends, leading to unnatural stretching and strain on the vertebrae. In order to breathe, you also have to turn your face to the side, which also puts undue strain on your neck.
Most people try to get around this uncomfortable curvature of the spine with a creative array of pillows as scaffolding, but this often ends up making things worse. Pillows generally don't offer enough support to keep you aligned without creating more pressure points.
Another issue with stomach sleeping is heat generation. Stomach sleepers produce even more heat than back sleepers, and it can interfere with your night's rest. Your body begins to wake up when you get too hot, leading to chronic interruptions in sleep.
Pain and sleep deprivation due to stomach sleeping can become so bad that some people even try to switch to another position. That's much easier said than done, and it may cause less headache and sleep loss in the long run.
If you're near Mechanicsburg, PA and looking for the best mattresses for stomach sleepers, stop by and try these options:
Hybrid Plush: Stomach sleepers need far more give than those who sleep on their backs or sides. Going to sleep on your front can create a number of unpredictable pressure points depending on your shape and size. You still need support, however, and the pocketed coils in hybrid mattresses form a strong core that won't leave you slumping in your sleep. The best mattresses use a support layer in the center to create a strong core for subsequent layers of soft comfort foam, with exceptionally luxuriant gel foam for a soft sleep surface. The design allows stomach sleepers to arrange themselves comfortably but receive the support needed to alleviate stress on the neck and back. Stomach sleepers with a hybrid plush will be able to sink right into sleep while maintaining healthy spinal alignment.
Memory Foam - Soft: Stomach sleepers often love the feeling of sinking in and hugging the mattress. Foam mattresses offer remarkable softness and flexibility along with the breathability stomach sleepers need. The key to choosing the best soft memory foam mattress is finding one that uses different types of foam. The incorporation of multiple foam layers allows the mattress to adapt to your body configuration and keep heat from building up, without sacrificing support.
The best mattress for each sleeping position also depends on the quality of the mattress. It's possible to get the right type of mattress, but have to replace it soon due to poor quality. Davids Furniture doesn't bother with bottom tier mattresses because we want our customers to get the best sleep. You can find your ideal mattress from top quality brands like Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Tempur-Pedic.
When determining the best mattress for each sleeping position, you have to consider the size and weight of the people sleeping on it. If you are heavier or lighter than average, you will need to adjust your mattress options accordingly. Someone who is short and slim can go for softer mattresses, while those who are heavy and tall need a firmer mattress for long-lasting support.
If you have a sleeping partner, your sleeping positions can determine what size mattress you need. Two back sleepers take up much more room than two side sleepers, and a pair of stomach sleepers take up the most space by far. Getting a large enough mattress ensures you don't end up cramped during your sleep. It's no good having a supportive, comfortable bed if you can't stretch out to enjoy it.
Different sleeping positions also play a role in the type of mattress you should buy. For example, if you're a side sleeper and your partner sleeps on their stomach, what mattress works best?
In this case, it's best to compromise on the side of the stomach sleeper. Making them sleep on a firmer mattress can lead to increased aches and pains, while a side sleeper can use a softer mattress without any ill effects. Likewise, if a back sleeper and a side sleeper go in on a bed together, it's best to defer to the side sleeper in terms of firmness. Since back sleeping keeps the spine aligned the best anyway, back sleepers can usually adapt well to the medium firmness best suited to side sleepers.
Buying a new mattress is one of the most significant ways to improve your health nearly overnight. Upgrading your mattress to better suit your sleeping position not only increases your comfort, but it also makes far-reaching improvements on your well-being. You'll fall asleep faster, experience fewer sleep interruptions and wake up with fewer aches and pains.
For side sleepers, the right mattress won't create pressure points that concentrate weight on your shoulder and hip. Back sleepers can benefit from the aligning power of firm mattresses, which helps reduce airway restriction and breathing problems associated with sleeping on the back. Stomach sleepers may benefit the most from a new mattress by enjoying a much more cool, comfortable and breathable sleep.
Choosing your new mattress — or any substantial article of furniture — is not a decision you should make lightly, and it can be tough to sift through all the information out there. That's why Davids sends out a newsletter to keep you in the know. Subscribe now to get helpful tips and tricks for choosing and maintaining furniture, so you can be better prepared when the time comes to buy the best mattress for your sleep position.
If you have specific questions or just want to talk to a friendly and knowledgeable furniture expert, contact Davids Furniture by phone or email. We can help you evaluate all the factors that influence your sleep and do our best to find the best mattress for your lifestyle.
Our locations in Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg, PA make us a convenient place to get your questions answered and even try out that new mattress you've been wanting. We look forward to assisting you in any way we can!
There's no doubt about it — your mattress plays a central role in your life and well-being. The average person spends eight hours a day asleep in bed, meaning you'll spend about a third of your life on your mattress.
If you live to 75, that's about 25 years of your life spent in bed. Depending on the quality and state of your mattress, that time might be spent sleeping soundly or tossing and turning, looking for that elusive entrance to dreamland.
If you're not sure how to tell when you need a new mattress, there are seven signs to look for. Just one of these signs may indicate it's time to go mattress shopping — and if your bed has more than one of these symptoms, you're likely losing out on sleep and may be jeopardizing your health.
Industry experts agree — a mattress has a lifetime of about seven to 10 years under average conditions. The lifespan of a mattress refers to the length of time the mattress can successfully retain some of its structural support and level of comfort.
Mattress lifespans vary depending on the material the mattress is made from as well as its initial manufacturing quality. Innerspring mattresses, also known as coil mattresses, have been in use since the early 1900s and are still the most popular type of mattress by sales. The average lifespan is based on an innerspring, but their popularity results in a broad range of quality levels.
A high-end innerspring can last up to 10 years, but a poorly made coil mattress may not last more than four or five. Memory foam mattresses typically last longer than innerspring mattresses, and hybrids between the two offer exceptional longevity.
Frequency of use shortens your mattress' life. If you're given to afternoon naps, have a large pet that sleeps on the bed or have a co-sleeper with a different sleep schedule than you do, your mattress will wear out faster. If your mattress is more than five years old, chances are you'll need a new one soon.
A sag in the middle is the easiest way to identify mattresses that need replacing. If you feel like you're rolling toward the center of the bed every time you lie down, it means your mattress is losing its ability to properly support your body. Sags don't always develop in the center of the bed. They can occur where one sleeping partner is much heavier than the other or when a large person sleeps mostly on one side of the bed.
In these cases, the mattress can start to look crooked in addition to having an indent on the side. Two main factors can contribute to a sagging, uncomfortable mattress:
The bed frame you choose is just as important as the mattress itself, especially with larger queen- and king-sized mattresses. The bed frame must feature a center support. This support is built into most metal frames, and adding a center support to wood frames is usually simple.
Sometimes a weak frame or vigorous motion can bend a support out of place, leading to an increased probability of sagging. If you're starting to feel a sag, check your bed frame to ensure it's properly aligned to support your mattress. If you're not sure how often you should replace your mattress and box spring, a good rule of thumb is to evaluate them at the same time you check your frame.
These days, it's increasingly common to see beds with only one usable side. Manufacturers claim that modern materials eliminate the need for bed-flipping, and in some cases they are correct. How often should you rotate your mattress? Turning it quarterly will help ensure even wear and prolong its life.
Rotation is especially important with a co-sleeper, as differences in weight lead to uneven compression of mattress materials. Over time, that compression leads to sag, and you'll need a new mattress to get your best night's sleep back.
3. It's Supporting More Weight
If you've gained a significant amount of weight recently, it may be time to reevaluate whether your mattress still suits your sleep needs. A Canadian sleep study found substantial links between weight gain and shortened or lengthened sleep duration. If your mattress is too old or not robust enough to support more weight, you may find it so uncomfortable that you can't sleep as long as you need to.
In more subtle situations, a sub-par mattress can cause smaller and more frequent sleep disturbances, leading to more sleep time but less rest and rejuvenation.
Adding a sleeping partner to the bed puts the same type of added strain on a mattress, and will cause it to wear out more quickly.
4. You're Waking up in Pain
Occasional aches and pains are a normal part of life, but if you're noticing it's harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning, your mattress might be the culprit. The best mattresses will help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on your day. New and persistent back pain is one clear way to tell when you need a new mattress.
A good mattress provides the proper support to keep your spine and hips aligned. The human spine has a distinct S-curve that should be preserved when you're sleeping on your stomach or back. A saggy mattress causes a stomach sleeper's spine to curve more dramatically than it should and flattens out the curve too much for back sleepers. This results in lower back pain in the morning.
A lack of mattress support for side sleepers results in a curvature where the spine should be straight. Sometimes placing a pillow between the knees can mitigate the misalignment, but the lack of support can still result in pain throughout the mid to lower back and hips.
Your mattress might also be too hard or too soft. Many people think very firm mattresses are the only option for people with back pain, but one survey of back pain sufferers revealed that people with very hard mattresses actually reported the worst sleep quality. If your aches and pains are worse when you're just waking up and subside after some stretching and movement, you should consider replacing your mattress.
5. It's Noisy
A creaky mattress is a one-way ticket to reduced sleep quality. In most cases, the unpleasant squeaky sound crops up in innerspring mattresses. Traditionally, innerspring mattresses were all made with an "offset coil system." This system interconnects every coil in the bed, creating thousands of contact points for metal on metal. These beds became squeaky in no time, and the design is quite outdated at this point.
Pocketed coil designs are much more common these days, and they limit the potential for squeaking in your mattress. However, as time goes on and material compresses with routine use, you still may experience squeaking as your mattress comes closer to the end of its life. Noisiness is one of the most obvious signs it's time to get a new mattress because it goes hand in hand with sagginess and lack of support.
For light sleepers — especially those with sleeping partners — a creaky bed can easily become a nightmare. Unwanted noise makes it harder to fall asleep, and bad mattresses tend to creak with even the slightest movement. You're most likely to be woken up by noise during stage 2 sleep, the period between initially falling asleep and entering the deep sleep you need to feel refreshed in the morning. A noisy mattress can prevent you from progressing through the sleep cycle and getting the rest you need.
Consider eliminating the possibility of creaks and squeaks with a memory foam or hybrid mattress. A design without metal coils can save you from significant headaches over time.
6. You're Getting Sick
A noisy and unsupportive mattress can mess with your health by disrupting your sleep, but there are other hidden health hazards with an old mattress. Over time, a mattress can absorb pounds of unwanted materials that pose a danger to your health. Some claim that a mattress doubles in weight after eight years due to all the accumulated material, but no study has ever proven this to be true. What we do know is that these three contaminants are routinely found in aging mattresses.
The human body is always busy getting out with the old and in with the new, especially when it comes to skin cells. Skin cells only live about two to three weeks, and once they die, we shed them. Over a year, you'll cast off about 8.8 pounds of dead skin, and a lot of it ends up in your bed. Frequent washing of bedding in hot water can go a long way in preventing buildup in your mattress, but the sheer volume of cells shed means some of them will end up in your pillow and mattress. These cells may carry bacteria that can make you sick.
Sweat is another culprit in the deterioration of mattresses. Most people don't sweat during sleep until temperatures reach higher than 85°F, but one warm night or a few days of being ill in bed can release several ounces of sweat into your mattress along with a significant amount of oils from your skin. If you have a contagious infection, the sweat and oil you secrete deposits those viruses and bacteria into your bedding, and they can saturate your mattress.
If you find yourself getting common colds or stomach bugs more often, it may be a sign that it's time to get a new mattress. This is especially evident when you have a sleeping partner because it's easier to infect another person than to it is to get the same illness again.
Beds provide a warm and sometimes humid environment for multiple types of fungus and mold to take root. One study from Purdue University examined regularly-used pillows 1.5 to 20 years old to evaluate the accumulation of fungus. The study found 47 different species of fungi in the pillows, a disturbing statistic to say the least. Although pillows receive more of the castoff fungus we deposit, your mattress can build up fungus and mold over time.
The most obvious symptoms of breathing in fungus from a mattress involve difficulty breathing. You might develop a slight wheeze, or see worse allergies and asthma symptoms. Some types of fungus cause a rash upon skin exposure, though this is uncommon because bedding shields the skin from direct contact.
Dust mites might be the most disturbing health threat in a mattress. The average used mattress contains anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites. A third of people who suffer from allergies are also allergic to dust mites, so an old mattress with dust mite buildup can cause symptoms to worsen as time marches on.
Since mites are happy to eat skin flakes and thrive in a dark environment like the one a mattress provides, the best way to prevent the buildup of any of these human byproducts is to use pillow and mattress protectors. A zip-on protector helps repel dirt, dust, skin and mites, but only if you put it on when the mattress is new.
7. You Sleep Better Elsewhere
Your bed should be a place of rest that you look forward to relaxing on at night. If you stay at a hotel or sleep on a friend's sofa and find you've slept better than you do in bed, it's time to get a new mattress.
The best mattress will support your body and keep it in alignment for the best rest possible. If your bed is too hard, too soft, sagging or otherwise wrong for you, you'll wake up feeling the consequences.
If your sleep is just plain uncomfortable, there's a good chance your mattress is to blame. You should look forward to bedtime, and the right mattress can make all the difference.
Finding the best mattress can be daunting if you've never researched them before. If you're wondering where to get a new mattress in Mechanicsburg or Harrisburg, Pa., Davids Furniture is the place to go. We don't just offer the best selection of mattresses in Pennsylvania — we equip you with the knowledge to make your mattress last.
We're the premier place to get a new mattress in Harrisburg or Mechanicsburg, with the expertise to ensure you get a mattress that will stand up to your lifestyle and keep you well-rested throughout its lifetime.
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Our designers are ready to answer all of your questions about mattresses and other furniture, and ensure you get the product that will last longest and perform the best for your lifestyle. Contact us or stop by our stores in Harrisburg or Mechanicsburg to see the Davids Furniture difference.
It's that time of year again — the days are getting shorter, the chill in the air is getting sharper, and you're already making plans and preparations for the holiday season. While winter comes with a lot of joy, jolliness and hot cocoa, it also arrives with the addition of a less heartwarming aspect — your energy bill.
When temperatures drop, snow falls, and the sun sets at dinnertime each day, your home becomes a warm, cozy haven for the whole family. During the frozen days and long, cold nights of the winter season, everyone spends more time inside — bundled up on the sofa watching TV, opening and closing the refrigerator to cook holiday treats and grab comforting snacks or nestled in bed with a good book. All this cozy cold-weather time indoors means your family is using more energy. You turn your lights on for a longer portion of the day, turn your heat up to fight the winter chill, turn your televisions on more often when outdoor entertainment isn't an option and altogether consume a much higher level of energy in your home during the winter.
The winter months can raise your energy usage significantly, which can add up quickly on your electric or gas bill. Heating your home alone can raise your energy expenses, and other cost factors from electricity can spike significantly, as well. With holiday gifts, meals and travel expenses to consider, the winter already requires a big budget — don't add to the season's total with extra energy bills. Instead, stay warm and cozy and design your home with the most attractive, appealing winter decor elements while keeping your electricity expenses reasonable with a variety of easy-to-implement, energy-efficient interior design tips that will save you on energy costs. Here are some ideas for a lovely winter home design that will help Pennsylvania residents lower energy bills and feel proud of their home aesthetic.
Lights for Your Energy Efficient Home Design
Lights are an integral part of any home design — especially in the winter when the dark hours are longer, and you want your rooms to shine with warmth. Keeping your home well-lit in the winter is a big part of making your design cozy and your ambiance welcoming and comforting — you may even decide to invest in some extra lights like lanterns, electric candles and indoor strings of lights for your winter home decor. While heartwarming, that extra light can lead to a higher energy bill — but there are design-friendly ways to save on electric costs besides just conserving your electricity. Light upgrades or interior design adjustments can add up to make a difference.
When you're aiming to save on your energy bill in your home, incorporating motion sensor lights into your living space is an energy-efficient way to make sure you use the lighting you need but don't consume an excess amount. In the dark and the winter, we tend to turn on the lights more often whenever we enter a room and leave them on even when we leave. Motion sensor or timer-controlled lights will only activate when we're in the vicinity or for as long as they're set, saving you on those extra costs from idle lighting. Incorporating motion sensor lights into your home design is an aesthetically-friendly, easy way to be more efficient with your electricity without sacrificing design or changing the atmosphere and decorative aspect your lights provide. Try motion sensor table lamps, floor lights, counter lights and even night lights for a warm feel.
If you want to make a small, simple change that will affect your winter — and year-round — energy usage in a big way, switch out your home's light bulbs for more energy-efficient options like LED lights or compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). Lasting up to 25,000 hours each or 25 times longer than the average incandescent bulb, LED lights will save you 75 percent of your average annual energy costs. Saving you a similar amount and increasing your efficiency as well, CFL bulbs are another option and last around 10,000 hours each. Both options fit easily into your lamps and lighting fixtures to keep your home beautiful.
Light bulbs are also universal, so switching to LED bulbs is a quick upgrade for any new or existing lamps or light fixtures in your home.
Colors for an Energy-Efficient Interior Design
It may not be the first element you consider in decorating and furnishing your home, but your use of colors in your interior design can actually affect each room's absorption or reflection of heat or light, making that area — and your home in general — warmer or colder and contributing to your household's energy usage. When you're aiming to make your home warmer in the winter, use deeper, darker and bolder colors. Deep colors for both your furniture and decor can warm your home literally and atmospherically — because darker colors absorb more light and retain more heat, and deep, warm colors are a great way to keep your heart warm with a charming design in the winter.
Furnish heavy-traffic home areas like your living room with pieces in deep, warm shades. Great furniture choices for cold weather are pieces like rich brown leather sofas or deep mahogany end tables, dressers and wooden furniture that hold heat to keep your home looking and feeling warmer and cozier. If you're not ready to switch out a large piece of furniture, you can also warm your space with smaller reflective home decor accessories like brass candleholders or mirrors, which reflect light to keep your home brighter during the dark winter nights.
Throw blankets and pillows in deep reds and browns are another excellent idea. They will help retain heat in the winter and can easily be put away during the warmer months when they're not needed. If you're cold, it's much easier to grab a blanket off the back of the chair or sofa you're on than to get up to pull on a sweater or adjust the thermostat for the entire house. Wrapping up in a cozy blanket saves you more energy too.
Moving Furniture to Save Energy
Another way to save on heating and energy in your winter home design is to rearrange your furniture to provide the optimum airflow and circulation from your heating vents. Your home needs a refresher every now and then anyway, and rearranging your sofas, entertainment systems, dressers or beds is a great way to try a new home layout you might like better while also making sure you encourage airflow from your vents. First, locate all your heating and air vents. Many homeowners tend to hide their vents below or behind furniture like sofas, bookcases and entertainment centers to keep their houses looking pristine — but when you block off your heating sources, you obstruct the airflow from your vents, preventing your house from warming properly and causing your furnace or heater to labor harder.
To let your heating system work well and optimize your airflow around the house, rearrange your living room and bedroom furniture to let your vents breathe and heat your home. If you prefer your air vents to be out of sight, try positioning your sofas, bedframes or bookcases to hide them without blocking them completely. This will help your energy bill and keep your home more thoroughly warmed. In addition, rearranging your living room, bedroom and other areas can make for a great aesthetic refresher every now and then — you might discover you like your new arrangement even more.
You can also inspect your vents to see if they are directional. If they are, try angling them into the room instead of straight up. Often vents are placed directly under windows, and if they're blowing straight up, all that heat may be blowing right out of the house. If you don't have directional vents, consider replacing your vents with directional ones or adding vent deflectors. Vent deflectors are also good if your vents are under sofas, entertainment systems or other furniture you don't want to move — a deflector will be hidden under the furniture, so it won't compromise style and can help direct heat into the room.
How to Save Energy on Your Holiday Decor
The holidays are everyone's favorite part of winter — the Thanksgiving leftovers have all been eaten, the chill of early December has settled in the air, and you're beginning to feel that familiar excitement that starts with the holiday season. You can't imagine a festive, feel-good holiday in your home without your stockings hung by the chimney with care and your halls decked with boughs of holly — and to show the fullness of your holiday spirit, you want your home to shine the brightest on your street.
When you're setting out your decorations and stringing up your lights, however, you might not know just how much you're running up your electricity and energy bill. Americans are famous for our enthusiasm around the holidays, but we're also infamous for our consumption. Did you know that some states are so enamored with Christmas lights, they use more electricity for the holidays than other countries use in an entire year? In fact, each holiday season raises the average light intensity in suburban areas from 30 to 50 percent from Black Friday to New Year's Day.
Instead of channeling your holiday spirit at the expense of your electric bill, choose LED lights to make your porch twinkle, tree glisten and banisters glitter. In addition, consider conserving light in areas your holiday lights already make bright. If you adorn your porch in glimmering icicle lights and other holiday decor, for example, you don't need to turn on your outside lights all season. If your Christmas tree warms your living room with its light, leave off your lamps and ceiling lights in the same room while it's still up. You should also make sure to set yourself a timing schedule for your holiday lights. Turn on your Christmas tree and outdoor lights when the sun sets, for example, and unplug them all before you go to bed. This will help keep your electric usage moderate while still letting you enjoy the season. Don't leave those lights on all night.
Another excellent way to save on energy while maximizing the expression of your holiday spirit is to focus on holiday decorations that don't require energy. You have a host of elegant and exuberant options when it comes to holiday decor inside and outside your home. Garlands and rustic home Christmas decor are a classic choice for your porch and inside your home. Decorate your banisters, doorways, front door and porch railings with authentic evergreen or festive silver garlands, and adorn them with additions like bows, faux holly berries and bells. Accentuate your home decor with holiday props like wooden sleighs, Christmas trees or reindeer in your front yard and porch — you can add holiday signs along your walkway, as well. For the inside of your home, decorate with holiday candles, Christmas wall art, doorknob stockings, countertop Christmas props and other festive decor that doesn't require any electricity.
Rugs for Your Energy-Efficient Home Design
When the temperatures drop, the chill sets in, and it seems like your hardwood floors have frozen over, you might think all your heat is escaping through the flooring, and your feet will never be warm again. Luckily, there's an easy, inexpensive way to warm both your feet and your home with one simple interior design step. When it comes to your hardwood and tile flooring, laying down area rugs is an optimal way to warm things up inside your home. Not only does a good-quality area rug offer your feet a warm surface to tread on when the weather outside is frightful, but it provides an extra layer of insulation to keep the heat sealed in your house.
When it comes to choosing an area rug, designs with heavy, warm materials and larger surface areas are best for insulation. Options like woven bamboo rugs or synthetic materials may look modern and aesthetically pleasing, but they won't do much to absorb heat or keep your home's temperature higher. Instead, opt for materials like heavy wool or cotton and choose large rugs to cover more space. Once again, dark, deep and warm colored area rugs will absorb heat and make both your home and heart cozy while drawing out the warm tones in your furniture and winter home design decor. When the weather warms up, area rugs are easy to roll up and store away until next winter.
How to Choose Winter Window Treatments for Your Energy-Efficient Interior Design
They may let light in to warm your rooms, but don't be fooled — if they're thin, old or leaky, your windows can let out a lot of heat in the brisk winter months. Insulated window glass can help protect against the cold, but if your home has regular windows, you can incorporate a variety of window treatments to keep your rooms warm and cozy. To minimize drafts from leaky or thin windows, think about incorporating decorative elements like small foldable shutters to match your home decor and add a rustic touch while keeping more warmth inside. If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive way to stop the heat from flying out of your windows, investing in a smart set of quality shades or draperies for each room is a great idea as well.
Heavy, high-quality materials for your window dressings make the best insulators and energy-savers, and dark or bold colors will absorb heat best. When it comes to choosing a design and material for your window coverings, you have so many options. For custom-made draperies, expert craftsmanship and dressings of superior quality, explore Davids Furniture's window dressing designs from Hunter Douglas, Lafayette and more. They'll keep your home toasty and enhance the aesthetic of your winter home design all season.
Beat the Cold With Efficient Interior Design Tips From Davids Furniture & Interiors
Winter is just around the corner, and when the temperatures drop, you want to make sure your energy bills don't rise. By implementing our simple winter home design strategies with your choice of lighting, colors, furniture placement, holiday decor, area rugs and window coverings, you can maximize your home's aesthetic for the season while minimizing your energy costs.
If you're interested in creating an energy-efficient home design but you need a little help, you'll be pleased to know Davids Furniture & Interiors provides complimentary interior design services. We have two convenient locations in Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg, PA. At Davids Furniture, we've been offering fine furnishings to Pennsylvania families since 1972.
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From the beautiful wood bed frame in your bedroom to the leather sofa that is the centerpiece of your living room, furniture is an investment that creates a large portion of your home's character. Quality furniture is designed and built to last, but every piece has a lifespan. How long does furniture last? A lot of that depends on the condition you purchased it in, the material it is made of and how you take care of it.
Here is a helpful guide you can use to determine when to replace your furniture, how to take care of your investment and how to select quality pieces that will stay with you for years.
How Long Does Wood Furniture Last?
Wood furniture is a beautiful addition to any home, but it does age. You might notice fading or cracks on a dresser, table, hutch or any other type of wood furniture. Here is what you need to know about the lifespan of wood furniture and making your pieces last:
The Average Lifespan of Wood Furniture
The type of wood is one of the biggest factors determining how long a piece of furniture will last. Hardwoods, which tend to be a durable type of wood, make excellent pieces of furniture. Plus, there are plenty of varieties, allowing you to pick a grain and finish that suits your taste. Examples of hardwoods include cherry, oak, ash, maple, teak, mahogany, rosewood and hickory. You are not limited by hardwood, however. Quality furniture made of softwoods like pine, redwood and cedar are available as well, but some of these woods are more likely to be scratched or dented. Do your research when you select a wood type.
You will also want to know the difference between solid wood furniture and furniture made with veneers. Veneers are a thin slice of wood placed over a composite. Veneers are often used in solid wood furniture, but they are also placed over composites like plywood or particle board. Solid wood furniture tends to be more expensive than furniture made with other substrates because it has a longer lifespan.
High-quality wood furniture often lasts at least 10 to 15 years. But, if you select the right level of quality and care for your wood furniture, it is possible those pieces will last you a lifetime and become family heirlooms.
How to Make Wood Furniture Last
That quality of a piece of furniture is important, but you also need to know how to care for wood furniture to ensure it lasts. Dusting, regular cleaning and waxing are some good practices to make a habit. Allowing dust to accumulate allows particles to scratch the surface of the wood. Use a soft, non-scratch cloth or a feather duster to regularly remove the dust that settles on the surface of wood furniture.
When it comes to cleaning wood furniture, you can use gentle soap and water to treat small, sticky spots, but you'll need a specialized cleaner to clean the entire piece. Try using furniture polish or furniture oil to give the wood a glossy sheen and a thin layer of protection. Waxing will help protect the finish of the wood and keep the furniture looking like new.
Older pieces of wood furniture can benefit from restoration practices. Over the years, any piece of wood furniture will be affected by sun fading and pick up minor scratches. You can help mitigate that damage by re-staining the wood and making waxing a monthly habit.
Picking Out Wood Furniture That Will Last a Long Time
The type of wood, the construction and the finish are the three most important elements to consider when selecting wood furniture that will last a long time. The two types of wood — hardwood and softwood — are differentiated by the kinds of trees they come from. Hardwoods are from deciduous trees, while softwoods come from coniferous trees. Some of the longest lasting hardwoods include walnut, maple, oak, cherry, mahogany and teak. Consider these options when you want to make a purchase that lasts a lifetime.
The construction technique of a piece of furniture will determine its structural integrity, too. Will the table or chair stand up to years of weight bearing? Joint construction tends to be the most reliable approach. If you notice parts of the furniture glued or stapled together, this is not an example of joint construction. Furniture held together with those methods will likely not last for years.
Finally, look at the finish on the wood. Does the wood feel and look smooth? If there are any signs of fading or cracking already on the furniture, this will likely mean the piece will not have a long lifespan.
How Long Does Leather Furniture Last?
Leather furniture can be a beautiful addition to any home. The supple feel of the material offers a comfortable place to sit, while the warm, burnished appearance is pleasing to the eye. When the leather of your sofa or chair begins to fade, you know it is time to start thinking about selecting a replacement piece. Here's a quick guide to judging the lifespan of leather furniture and choosing pieces that will last for as long as possible:
The Average Lifespan of Leather Furniture
By its nature, leather furniture is designed to last. Fabric will wear out over time, but leather wears in because it has the durability of the animal hide it comes from. That being said, leather furniture can still have a finite lifespan. The type of leather and how you care for it are the two biggest factors that determine how long a leather sofa or chair will last. Full-grain leather is the highest quality leather available, and furniture of this type can last for generations.
Full-grain leather is made from the outermost layer of a cow's hide, and it is not sanded to remove imperfections. This means the leather has character and durability that ages very well over time.
On the other hand, furniture made with split grain leather or bonded leather will likely not last as long. These two types of leather are not made from the outermost layer of animal hide. Instead, they are made using leftover byproducts. The result is a less expensive leather, but one that is not as durable.
How to Make Leather Furniture Last
Proper maintenance is the most important part of prolonging your leather furniture's lifespan. Avoid too much sun exposure because this can lead to fading and cracking of the leather. Additionally, use a high-quality leather conditioner on the surface every six months to a year. This conditioner will help the leather keep its shine and suppleness.
When cleaning leather, avoid cleaning products like soap and detergent, as they can damage it. In between conditioning, you can dust or vacuum the surface of leather furniture to prevent the build-up of grime that will affect the look and feel of the sofa or chair. Remember, high-quality leather can easily stain. If you spill on the leather, address the spill immediately. Use warm water and a gentle cloth to wipe up the area. You can also address small scratches in the leather by gently buffing them out with a soft cloth.
Picking out Leather Furniture That Will Last a Long Time
When you buy a piece of high-quality leather furniture, it can last a lifetime, but it is good to know the right questions to ask before you pick out your new sofa or chair. First, ask the salesperson how the furniture was made. What type of leather was used? Was the piece handmade or mass-produced? Handmade furniture made with full-grain leather will probably last longer when compared to mass-produced pieces that use less expensive types of leather. Asking about the quality of the other materials, like wood or metal, used to make the furniture will also help you select a long-lasting piece.
Next, you can ask about specific maintenance directions. Will typical leather care be sufficient, or should you take any extra steps to make the piece last? Does the sofa have the durability to handle the wear and tear of children and pets? You can also do a quick test of quality on your own. Is the furniture heavy? If you can't lift the piece, this is an indication of high-quality work. If it is light or feels flimsy, the piece probably won't be something you pass down through the generations.
How Long Do Mattresses Last?
Nearly all people — 92 percent — believe a good mattress is important to their overall health and well-being. The right mattress can have a significant impact on the time it takes for you to fall asleep and the quality of that sleep. A poor-quality mattress, for instance, can make it more difficult to fall asleep, disrupt your sleep cycle and even contribute to health problems like back pain. How long will a mattress last? Here is everything you need to know:
The Average Lifespan of a Mattress
Your mattress, like any piece of furniture, can last for years, depending on the material it is made of and how you take care of it. A memory foam mattress can last up to 10 years, while a futon will be on the shorter end of the spectrum with a life expectancy of about five years. Materials with lifespans between those two include innerspring (eight years), waterbed (seven years), hybrid (six years) and air bed (six years).
Memory foam lasts longer than an innerspring mattress because it is less likely to experience sagging issues, but it will still wear down eventually. Each of the other types of mattresses has their pros and cons, but sleeping each night on any type of mattress will eventually wear it down to the point that you need to replace it.
How to Make a Mattress Last
There are a few good rules of thumb to keep your mattress in good shape and comfortable for years. First, avoid eating and drinking in bed. Spills and crumbs are going to wear down the appearance of your mattress and potentially lead to staining or even water damage. If you can't resist the urge to snack in bed, invest in a good mattress protector. This will make your mattress waterproof and can help reduce the amount of wear and tear. Cleaning the actual mattress is a helpful step to take as well. You can spot treat any stains with soap and water. Plus, you can vacuum off the surface of the mattress every few months.
Cleaning isn't the only way to make your mattress last, though. Proper use and maintenance help as well. Do your best to avoid any jumping on the bed — that means no bouncing kids and pets — and ensure your bed frame is properly supporting the mattress.
Lastly, rotating the mattress is one handy tip that you have probably thought about doing but maybe haven't gotten around to. Regularly rotating the mattress helps distribute the wear. You are less likely to experience sagging in one particular place if you keep up with this trick.
Picking out a Mattress That Will Last a Long Time
You want a mattress that will last a long time, but you also want to make sure it is the right kind for your body and sleep preferences. Select a high-quality material like memory foam or a hybrid mattress to ensure it will last at least 10 years. Second, always buy your mattress new. Used mattresses might not have the same regulations, like fire resistance, as new mattresses, plus any used mattress will come with dust and allergens.
Next, you will want to determine the firmness of your mattress. You may love the idea of a soft, cushy mattress, but in the long run, a firm mattress is better for your health. You don't want a soft-as-a-cloud mattress that leads to back pain.
Testing out a mattress is an ideal way to determine if it is the right fit for you. Try lying on it in a few different positions. Are you comfortable and relaxed? Does your spine follow its natural curve? Remember that it might take a little time to adjust to your new mattress once you bring it home as well.
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If you have decided you need to replace any furniture or mattresses in your home, browse our products online or make a trip to one of our four showrooms. At Davids Furniture, we have a wide selection of wood furniture, leather furniture and mattresses that can become a part of your home's style. For more insightful tips on caring for your furniture and styling your home, visit our blog.
Out of the entire U.S. population one-year-old or older, 11.2 percent moved between the years 2015 and 2016. Although that number is lower than in years past, with more than 327 million people living in the U.S., it still means a large number of people — and their belongings — are moving.
Here at Davids Furniture & Interiors, we understand you might have a few reasons why you need to store or move your furniture. Perhaps you’ve just sold your home but haven’t yet found a new place to live. Or, maybe you’re looking for temporary storage for your newly purchased custom furniture while waiting to move into a new “under construction” forever home. You might also be renovating your home, and you want to remove the furniture to allow the contractors more room to work.
Knowing how to move and store your furniture properly is key to keeping it protected. Here are some practical tips on how high-end furniture pieces — whether they are leather, wood or another type — need to be handled, moved and stored.
Whether you are moving or storing full-grain, top-grain or another type of leather furniture, you will want to preserve the quality of your high-end furniture until you're ready to use it again.
Storing Tips to Prevent Damage
Here are some ways to store leather furniture in a garage or storage unit:
Use Climate-Controlled Storage
Storing furniture without climate control can cause damage, such as warping, cracking and rotting. If you are keeping your items in a storage unit, you will want to ensure the space is climate-controlled.
Each facility will likely vary in the exact temperature and humidity range. Most climate-controlled facilities typically strive for between 65 and 85 degrees and 55 percent humidity. Some keep their facilities as low as 55 degrees. Therefore, it's best to know upfront before you store your items, such as your Copperfield chair.
While it is going to cost you a little extra for a climate-controlled unit, you’ll want to consider the value of your furniture. If you store your high-quality leather furniture pieces properly and in a climate-controlled area, you should be able to retrieve them later unchanged and undamaged.
Thoroughly Clean and Dry Your Furniture Before Storing
You may also want to have your furniture professionally cleaned before you store it. Just make sure the surfaces of all your leather furniture are completely dry since any amount of moisture can cause the growth of mildew and mold when stored.
If you are hiring professionals to clean your items, be sure to talk to them about drying your items thoroughly.
Do Not Expose Your Furniture to Temperature Extremes
Climate control will help to mitigate this potential issue, but remember to avoid exposing your sofa or other furniture to extreme heat. It can melt the shrink wrap which will stick to the leather.
Additionally, exposing your leather furniture to cool or freezing temperatures can also damage it and cause it to crack.
Moving Tips to Prevent Damage
Moving your leather furniture the right way is also crucial to preventing damage. Here are some ways you can pack a leather sofa and other items for moving to ensure they stay it optimal condition:
Plan Your Moving Strategy
If you plan on moving a larger piece of furniture like your Vincenzo sofa, plan the route through your home ahead of time. Go around your house and take note of any corners. You will also want to measure the size of the item you are moving to make sure it can fit around these corners and through doorways without a problem.
Also, keep in mind that when you wrap a furniture piece in blankets, it will make the item bulkier. Therefore, you'll want to ensure you have adequate space to move it out.
Because they are of top quality and highly durable, some pieces of leather furniture can be large and heavy. Do not try to move these items on your own. Ask a friend for help or hire moving professionals to do the job to save you from a stressful situation — and to save your back as well.
Create Cushion Layers
The best way to protect your luxury, leather furniture is to create cushioning layers. Using furniture blankets, wrap your leather couch or other leather items to protect them from things like scuffs, scratches, dirt and tears.
Securely tape the furniture padding to keep it in place. Don't let the tape touch the leather surface of any of your items since it can discolor the area it comes in contact with or damage the finish.
Once you cover your furniture in blankets, wrap the piece in shrink wrap, so the padding stays in place. You may safely do this as long as you use furniture pads first and then apply the shrink wrap. Don't use stretch wrap directly on your leather furniture since the plastic can hold condensation. This may lead to the formation of mold or mildew and cause extensive damage to the item.
Do Not Stack Items on Top
Do not stack boxes or other pieces of furniture on top of your leather items in the moving truck. The weight could poke holes in the leather or make permanent indentations.
Even though leather is four times more durable than fabric, it can still sustain damage. However, when you properly care for your leather and other high-end furniture, you can make certain it lasts.
Lift Heavy Items Properly
When you try to lift a heavy piece of furniture improperly, it can cause you to strain your back, pull a muscle or endure another serious injury.
To help reduce the risk of harming yourself, carefully start off by lifting one corner of the piece of furniture off the ground to realize its weight. Have your moving buddy lift up the opposite end and slowly raise the item together. Be sure to hold the furniture as close as you can to your body and keep your back straight. Bend your knees and use your legs when you lift or set the couch down. Do not lift or lower the item using only your back.
When learning about how to store wood furniture in the basement, garage or storage unit, you will want to pay extra attention to the do's and don'ts.
Storing Tips to Prevent Damage
Below are three tips to implement to prevent damage when storing wood furniture:
Apply a Coat of Wax
Keep your wood furniture from splitting and cracking by treating the wood a couple of weeks before your move.
If you are storing furniture for a year or so, your tables and desks are more likely to split and crack during environmental changes. Once this happens, it's often difficult or near impossible to repair. Apply a coat of furniture polish or wax on all wood surfaces to prevent this from occurring.
Keep It Covered
Keep your prized wood furniture from getting scratched or damaged by placing a protective cover over it. Do not use plastic directly on the wood, however. Plastic can trap any moisture between it and the wood, which leads to condensation and can cause the wood to swell.
Instead, first cover the item with furniture pads, cloths or moving blankets. Then, you can put shrink wrap and bubble wrap around the blankets to ensure everything stays in place.
The same rules here apply even if you are storing wood furniture in the attic or in the garage.
Moving Tips to Prevent Damage
To keep your wood furniture protected during the actual move, be sure to keep these tips in mind:
Disassemble Your Furniture
If possible, disassemble your wood furniture to prevent damage as much as possible. At a minimum, remove headboards, footboards, and table legs. Consider removing handles, mirrors, and other accessories as well.
Taking your items apart before you load them into the storage unit or moving truck makes it simpler to move the object and store the smaller pieces. For instance, remove the drawers in your 5 Drawer Chest before you move it, and then once it is in the storage unit or at your new destination, put the drawers back in place.
Disassembling furniture reduces the likelihood of cracks forming at connection points like where table legs connect the table top.
Avoid Stacking Heavy Items on Your Furniture
Sometimes, it can be helpful to stack a few boxes or other items on your wood furniture to make more room.
If you do end up doing this, be sure to stack only lighter items. If you put too many heavy boxes on top of your wooden furniture, it receives a lot of extra pressure and can sustain damage.
Use Moving Blankets
Protect your wood tables and desks by wrapping them up entirely during the move. Use moving blankets and cover them with a layer of stretch film to keep the blankets in place. This protection also helps to prevent damage to fragile edges or to the finish of tables, dressers and other furniture.
Even if your furniture is not made of leather or wood, you still need to know how to wrap furniture for long-term storage or for moving, and you will want to protect it just the same.
Storing Tips to Prevent Damage
To store your furniture and keep it safe from damage, be sure to do the following:
Instead of simply cramming your furniture into your storage unit, plan where you are going to put each piece ahead of time. .
By strategically planning out how you'll be storing your furniture, it will benefit you in a couple of ways:
- You will allow the free flow of air between your furniture.
- You decrease the chances of damaging your pieces both during their time in storage and when you need to remove them later.
Keep Larger Items in the Back
When you fill your storage space up with your furniture, it's a good idea to put the heavier and larger items, like the Fairmont Drawer Dresser, in the back and keep the front space open for the fragile and smaller items.
This not only saves space, but it allows you to sift through your belongings easier if you ever need to recover something from the storage unit.
Raise It Up
If you place your furniture directly on your basement or garage floor and the area ever floods, your furniture will get damaged. Set your pieces up on blocks or planks to keep them protected from potential water damage.
Keep Your Furniture Away From Pests
Wondering how to protect furniture in storage from mice? It is a common question. Once inside, pests like mice will chew on just about anything, including your furniture.
To help avoid this problem, examine the storage unit space before you rent it. Look for evidence of pests, such as droppings, paw prints, or foul odors.
Before you store items, ensure you clean them thoroughly since mice and other rodents find food crumbs or even other pests' pheromone trails attractive. Use a scent-based repellent to create an invisible barrier and ward off pests.
General Moving Tips to Prevent Damage
If you are planning on hiring movers, be sure to:
- Do your homework. You will want to choose movers that will take care of your possessions when moving.
- Be mindful of your timing. Moving rates are often higher at the beginning or end of the month when many leases are up. Moving mid-week or mid-month may help reduce your costs.
- Do some work yourself. Doing some of the work yourself, even just making sure boxes are packed before the movers get there, can help you save on expenses.
- Get written estimates. This can help you compare rates and ensure you are getting the best deal.
Below are additional moving tips to prevent general furniture moving damage:
Packing Your Sofa for the Move
Although your fabric sofa might seem like an easy living room piece of furniture to pack and move, it still needs proper care. You may rip the fabric or cushions, chip the legs or damage the frame from banging it against walls. To make moving easier on you and your sofa, it only takes four easy steps:
- Protect the parts
- Wrap it up
- Box or crate it
Secure the Small Pieces
When disassembling your furniture, you have screws, knobs and hinges remaining. These are things you are now going to have to keep track of.
A simple solution is to put them in a plastic sandwich bag and label them along with the corresponding item. You can tape the bag of hardware to the inside of the furniture to ensure safekeeping.
Use a Furniture Dolly
Having the right tools, no matter what job it is, makes any task easier. Wooden tables and desks can be heavy, making a furniture dolly a necessity. If you have large furniture, such as a tall bookcase, ensure the dolly you use is the right size so you don't exceed its weight limit.
Furniture dollies also have straps designed to wrap around your item to keep it in place when you're bringing it to the moving truck or your new home.
Mindfully Arrange the Truck
It is important to place all your furniture pieces properly into the moving truck since the commute is usually the time where damage is most likely to occur.
For instance, you may want to put your dining table in first and then begin stacking some lighter boxes on top of it. Remember, though, that you are still adding extra pressure to your table by doing this, so be very careful with how much you stack. Also, be sure to secure tall pieces of furniture to keep them from falling over.
Protect Your High-Quality Furniture So It Lasts a Lifetime
When it comes to protecting your furniture, pay extra attention to how you handle it when you are getting ready for the move, loading the moving truck and putting the pieces in storage. Ensuring you take the right steps to keep your belongings safe can help preserve them for years to come.
Moving into a new place is fun and exciting, and you might want to add on to that excitement with new Davids Furniture & Interiors high-quality furniture and accessories.
Browse our furniture and home accessories — either online or in one of our Harrisburg or Mechanicsburg, PA showrooms — to find the perfect living room or bedroom pieces to complement your new space. You can also stay up-to-date on inspiring furniture, renovating and decorating ideas and news on our blog.
When entering the world of high-end furniture, it is possible to dive far down the rabbit hole. The sheer number of categories, designs, colors, sizes and styles creates a huge plethora of options — and with the importance that furniture plays in our everyday lives, it is no surprise such a variety exists to satisfy the breadth of our tastes.
But regardless of this variety, one thing holds true — leather is the ultimate luxury product.
It is resistant to odors, animal hairs and liquids. It is 4 times more durable than fabric and will last significantly longer if cared for properly. It does not trap allergens and is breathable. And of course, leather looks immeasurably better.
Are you considering buying a leather sofa? We want to help answer some of your most pressing questions about leather. We’ll cover leather furniture care, different types of leather finishes, what types of leather are genuine, and other details such as the average lifespan of a leather sofa and more. To get started, we will learn a bit about the different types of leather materials.
What Are the Different Types of Leather?
Certain kinds of leather are advantageous for certain purposes. Choosing which leather you want is important for the aesthetic, comfort and longevity of your furniture, so let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of each type.
This is the cream of the crop in the leather world. Coming from the outermost layer of the cow’s hide, it is the most durable leather on the market. It also arguably has the most character, as it is not sanded, buffed or protected from imperfections — part of its appeal is that it shows its scratches and markings. Additionally, as it is used, it absorbs oils and develops a highly desirable patina that adds to its charm.
Pros of full-grain leather include:
- Extremely high quality and durable
- Water and moisture-resistant
- Ages well — the more it is used, the better it looks
- Does not stretch significantly
- When used in furniture like sofas, it responds well to body temperature and does not feel too hot or cold
Cons of full-grain leather include:
- Most expensive type of leather
- Not very flexible and harder to work with
- Stains easily
This type is also made from the outer layer of the cow’s hide, but the outer surface is sanded and ultimately removed. After the surface has been removed, the leather is then imprinted with an artificial grain to make it look uniform and give it better stain resistance. This is a good choice for any leather application that needs uniformity, although it is not as strong as full-grain because the outer layer — and consequently, the most durable fibers — have been removed.
Pros of top-grain leather:
- Soft and pliable
- Uniform look
- Lower cost
Cons of top-grain leather:
- Less durable than full-grain leather
- Less breathable than full-grain leather due to staining
- Prone to stretching
Split Grain Leather
This type suffers from a bit of a misnomer. Recall that, in the production of top-grain leather, the fibrous outer shell of skin is removed and discarded. With split grain leather, this byproduct material is then repurposed to make a new type altogether. This type of leather possesses no natural grain. Its tissue structure is also not very strong, so it is not recommended to be used to upholster the inside of a seating area.
Pros of split grain leather:
Cons of split grain leather:
- Not durable
- Does not feel like real leather, as the chemicals used to treat it give it a hard look and feel
- Although it can look presentable at first, it can wear out faster than a higher-grade leather
This is made from the leftover scraps not used in other processes. These scraps are sent to a factory, ground into a pulp, then laced with polyurethane to bind them together into an imitation of real leather. It is typically used to make low-cost furniture and, in the right applications, can be a useful product. However, it is not recommended for any use where strength is required.
Pros of bonded leather:
- Looks smooth and soft
- Can look and even smell like a higher-grade product
- When used in furniture, it can feel too hot or cold when it makes contact with the skin
Cons of bonded leather:
- Not durable, as the seams fall apart
- High chemical content
The most “genuine” types of leather are full-grain and top-grain, and bonded and split leather are lower-cost alternatives. When choosing a piece of furniture, always be sure to find out which type of leather your piece actually is.
Types of Leather Dye
How a leather is dyed helps determine how it will age, how it will fit in with your decor, and how it will feel to the touch. Just as with the different types of leather, dyes come from a variety of methods and components. Choosing the right one is easier when you know what each entails.
At the top of the charts is full aniline leather. With this dyeing method, the leather is immersed in a container of dye. This allows the dye to seep through the leather, which results in a pleasing, robust color. This method allows the leather to retain its characteristic, natural markings and grains while still taking on the new color — and because no protective topcoat is needed, the leather comes out feeling plush and flexible. Only 5% of the world’s hide supply is of high enough quality for full aniline upholstery.
Pros of aniline dyeing:
- High-quality, complete dye that soaks all the way through the leather
- Leather develops a highly desirable patina over time, making it great for the long term
- Retains characteristics of original hide’s markings
- Very smooth to the touch
Cons of aniline dyeing:
- The most expensive type of leather
- Not resistant to stains, as there is no protective outer coat
- Needs a high-quality leather to begin with
Next comes semi-aniline leather, which can be thought of as an aniline job and lightly coated with pigment and a protective finish to provide color consistency. The leather is still soaked through inside a drum using the same dyes as in the aniline method. After it is removed, a very thin coating of sealant is applied to shield it from staining and fading in the sun.
Pros of semi-aniline dyeing:
- High-quality, complete dyeing job — just like aniline leather
- Protected from spills, stains, fading and blemishing due to protective coating
- Because coating is thin, it still feels like full aniline leather
Cons of semi-aniline dyeing:
- Does not feel quite as soft as full aniline leather
Pigmented leather is the budget option for leather dyes, but it is still a fine choice for many different applications. With this method, the surface of the leather is treated with a mixture of dye and protective sealant — note that the dye does not soak through. The leather itself typically has imperfections that are sanded down in order to make it look uniform, and the resulting leather is both resilient and easy to maintain.
Pros of pigmented dyeing:
- Least-expensive method
- Very resistant to stains, scratches and spills, and such accidents can be repaired
- Great for items that get a lot of use and/or wear and tear
Cons of pigmented dyeing:
- Does not feel as soft as aniline and semi-aniline leathers
- Colors are not as vibrant
How Long Does Leather Furniture Last?
Remember that leather wears in, while fabric wears out. This saying reflects why people have, for centuries, upholstered their furniture in leather instead of fabric. Leather is a natural product whose durability comes from the fact that it is an animal hide with intrinsic strength and softness.
Quoting any one number for the average lifespan of a leather sofa is not terribly useful. There are simply too many factors playing into the equation to arrive at a single answer.
The short answer to this question is a piece of leather furniture’s lifetime is directly proportional to how consistently you care for it. Just as you would vacuum and clean your fabric sofa, your leather sofa may require some annual or semi-annual conditioning to stay protected against moisture, spills, scratching, and wear and tear.
The type of leather used in the furniture also plays into how long it will last, as not all leathers are created equal. A sofa made with bonded or split leather could start falling apart within months or years, while a sofa made with high-quality full-grain leather can last a lifetime — or several. It begins to become clear why investing a bit more money in the short term can pay off in the long term.
How to Maintain, Care for and Clean Leather Furniture
First, make sure to keep your leather furniture clean. Allowing oils, grime, dust and crumbs to linger too long can give your leather a dullness that may not be easily removed later on. Most leather furniture or sofa cleaning can be done naturally, by wiping it with a lightly damp cloth. It is a great idea to run a vacuum under and between the cushions every so often.
For the best protection against the elements, get a good leather conditioner and apply it at least once a year. Follow the instructions on the bottle. Doing so should not require a great amount of time or effort and will help the furniture age gracefully and continue to provide you with comfort and aesthetic value.
Leather is cow skin. Much like human skin, it does not respond well to prolonged exposure to sunlight. This is why you should think of the sun when mapping out the furniture layout in your home — assuming you live in the northern hemisphere, avoid placing leather pieces directly in front of eastern, western and southern windows or glass doors. Allowing the sun to hit your leather furniture consistently will cause it to fade and discolor over time.
There are some good tips for how to treat leather furniture if it is scratched, but it depends on which type of leather you are dealing with. Make sure to call the manufacturer and find out the best way to treat your particular type of leather.
Things to Consider When Buying Leather Furniture
If you are ready to buy leather furniture, then it’s time to consider a few factors that will help you make a wise and fruitful purchase. As with any non-trivial purchase, shopping with a plan and a good amount of forethought will pay off in the long run. Here are some questions to consider.
How Long Do You Plan to Own the Item?
As you might have guessed, the amount of time you plan to own a piece of furniture should correlate directly with the amount of money you spend on it. Buying a sofa for a college dorm room is quite different from fleshing out the living room of your primary home, and anything you plan to own for the foreseeable future needs to be up to the task of surviving the trials of everyday use.
What Type of Leather Is My Ideal Sofa?
That depends on one major question — are you in an adult-only household, or do you have or plan to have children or pets? This is an important factor to consider both in the cost of your furniture and the type of leather and dye used for it. Remember that full-grain leather, particularly with a full aniline dye, is the most susceptible to staining, scratching and absorbing unwanted moisture. You want the most durable leather sofa if you have kids or pets. Leather with pigmented or semi-aniline dyes will provide better protection against accidents.
How Much Are You Willing to Spend?
Setting a realistic budget for yourself and weighing it against the other questions here will help you find the right piece of furniture. If you have a fixed budget and definitely want full-grain leather, then this may help you narrow down the choices — perhaps it will result in sacrificing certain bells and whistles in place of overall quality of the material. Additionally, it may be useful to keep an open mind about things like size and seating capacity.
How Often Do You Foresee Yourself Moving?
This often-overlooked consideration will save you loads of backache if you are constantly on the move. Does your job have you moving around the country every couple of years, or are you in a reliably stable position? If you are likely to change locations several times, consider the hassle of moving extremely cumbersome and heavy pieces of furniture. On the other hand, if you are there to stay, splurging on a sectional or large sofa may make the most sense.
Check Out Davids Furniture’s Selection for High-Quality Leather Sofas
The best way to get started in your search for high-end, luxury leather furniture is to peruse Davids Furniture’s website. Not only do we have a large number of high-end products for bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and the office, but we also pride ourselves on offering a wealth of resources to anyone who is as passionate about leather as we are.
We make houses feel like homes with our furniture. Leather is timeless, and our furniture reflects our desire to share its virtues with as many customers as possible. Check out our other blog posts and our products, and feel free to contact us with any questions.