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Considerations for Selecting Fabric Lounges

Buying furniture can be fun, but it’s no small investment. Ultimately you want furnishings that compliment your interior design, are durable and comfortable. Leather and fabric lounges come in a number of different configurations. Let’s review some things to consider before making a final selection.

Style and Fabrics That Compliment Your Home
Modern fabric lounges can have a sleek design or a plush, pillowed look. If you want to add a vintage theme in your living area you might consider a darker leather couch or fabric lounge with polished mahogany feet. Try contrasting a lounge covered with a smooth fabric with a pillow covered in a coarsely woven material. Alternatively, if you want to brighten the room or give it a more open feeling, adding a cream-colored leather lounge and a soft knit throw is a simple yet elegant solution. Prefer something more contemporary? Match a chocolate fabric lounge with our Clair leather chair for a touch of unexpected colour.

Fabric Choices
Consider chaise lounge fabrics before buying. If you plan to curl up on your bedroom chaise lounge on a weekend morning and read awhile, you probably won’t be very comfortable for long on slick leather or vinyl fabric. Look for a fabric lounge covered in a cool silk or cotton material for a softer place to relax. You’ll also want to consider whether the fabric is washable, especially if you have children. A modern fabric lounge upholstered with stain-resistant microfiber may be your best bet in this situation.

Think about the function of your fabric lounge. Is it intended for use in a lobby or for snuggling with your sweetheart while your watch the latest movie on the television. Perhaps you are planning a home entertainment centre where reclining seats offer a comfortable place to sit for two hours. If you do a lot of entertaining of large groups, you’ll need more seating during an evening dinner. Corner fabric lounges are great way to seat several people together.

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Avoid This Mistake When Purchasing a Leather Couch

Gone are the days when leather couches were a luxury reserved only for the wealthy.  Leather couches are an affordable selection fitting into most homeowner budgets.  They are available in a variety of styles including recliner models perfect for the home theatre setting.

There are several things to consider when buying a new leather couch, sofa or recliner.  Most people consider the colour first, then style and size.  We suggest you reverse that order and review the size of your new piece of furniture before you look at styles and colours.

It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing furniture.  That’s why you’ll save yourself time and frustration when you do a bit of homework first.  You need to plan for the final setting and how to get the furniture to its final location.  Here is a story to explain why planning for the dimension of your furniture is critical before you make a final decision.

Not too long ago we had a couple visit our showroom.  They had just purchased a home and were planning for new furnishings.  They purchased an older home which had a basement and a second level with two bedrooms and a bath. One of the bedrooms was to be dedicated to a home office or den.  They had their hearts set on some furnishings in leather, particularly leather couches.

The woman was a web designer and wanted to have a private space for her work and client consults. She headed directly for the leather couches.  Running her hand across the cool leather backs, we could see her trying to envision the couch in her new office space.  She sat down in each trying out several styles of leather couches and chairs.

She finally decided on a leather couch and leather chair for her home office.  She fell in love with our Carlisle C9057 Leather Lounge and the Benson Deep Button Back Leather Chair.   The happy couple went on to make another selection for the living room and then we planned for delivery.  It was during the delivery that all joy was replaced by frustration and disappointment.

The new office space was on the second level and our delivery team had to haul the leather couch and chair up a narrow stairwell.  The stairwell was situated in a corner abutting two walls.  This meant the first step was only accessible from one side.  There was no way for the men to make the turn with either piece of furniture.

The disappointed couple had to return the leather couch and chair.  We helped them make alternative selections substituting both the chair and the couch with smaller pieces.

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How to Clean Leather Lounge and Sofa

We spend a lot of time sitting, relaxing, and even entertaining guests on our leather lounges and sofas. And since most leather sofas these days are quite expensive, we have to learn to keep them clean and in pristine condition. Fortunately, leather sofa cleaning is an easy process, and only requires a few cleaning tools and agents.

Here are some general tips and guidelines to help you tidy up your leather lounge and sofa:

  1. Using a vacuum cleaner, remove any dirt, dust, debris, and crumbs that have built up between the cracks and folds of your couch. Avoid using the vacuum’s hose directly on your sofa, as this can cause scratches on the leather.
  2. In a pail or bowl, mix together 2 to 3 drops of a mild dishwashing liquid with one quart water. Dip a soft rag in the solution and squeeze out the liquid.
  3. Perform a patch test on an inconspicuous area of the leather lounge to ensure that it does not ruin or discolor the leather.
  4. If there was no damage or discoloration, gently rub the leather sofa and chair using the damp cloth. Work your way section by section to make the chore less tedious and overwhelming.
  5. Pour one quart water into another pail or bowl. Dip a soft rag into the water and squeeze it out. Rinse out the soap from all the leather pieces using the damp rag. Pat them dry with a soft towel.
  6. Apply a generous amount of leather conditioner (available in most furniture shops or grocery stores) onto a soft cloth and rub it in a circular motion, covering the entire leather surface. Allow it to dry and settle for about 10-15 minutes. For best results, buff the leather lounge with a soft cloth to make it shiny and instantly brand new looking.

While these steps are applicable for all types of leather sofas, it’s advisable to refer to the manufacturer’s manual to know the specific instructions on how to clean your leather sofa. If you are still uncertain, you may want to contact the sofa manufacturer or a professional cleaning company.

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