Visualizing your layout can be one of the biggest challenges when furnishing your space, but with the Star Furniture Room Planner Designer Tool, you can determine your layout without the hassle of actually moving big items around the room. Here are some of the best features:

Room Planner Designer Tool - Room Type

Personalize your Room Dimensions

To get started, you’ll want to select the basic shape of your room from our four options. Once you’ve chosen a general shape, you’ll be able to enter the individual room dimensions on each wall. You can also adjust the corners by dragging the borders.

Choose Products from our Collection

One of the most helpful aspects of the room planner tool is the ability to select actual products from Star Furniture. Search through our collections for the pieces you’re considering purchasing, complete with accurate dimensions so you can drag and drop around the room. You can even choose generic pieces to represent furniture you already own—just don’t forget to alter the dimensions to best represent your space.

Save, Print, and Share Your Room Plan

Once you’ve designed a floorplan you love, you can save, print, and share the plan with friends. Print it out and bring it along when you visit one of our locations and our interior designers can offer additional advice and guidance using the inspiration you’ve provided.

Get a Complete Shopping List of All Items Created Within Room

Stay organized with the shopping list feature, which notates which Star Furniture pieces you’ve included in your floorplan for easy shopping.

 

 

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Top 10 Most Common Interior Design Mistakes

by adpearance on March 23, 2018

Sometimes the most helpful interior design tips are the kind that tell you what not to do. Here are the highlights from the most recent interior design seminar at our Sugar Land location, which was led by Tim Bryant, Director of Interior Design: The 10 Most Common Interior Design Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them).

Not Planning Ahead

Before you get started buying furniture and accessories, you’ll want to ask yourself these types of questions: How big is the space? How do you plan to use the space? What furniture do you want to keep? What do you need to make your lifestyle possible? You can even use our online room planning tool to help with this process.

Ignoring Functionality

It’s not just finding the right look; you also have to account for functionality. If, for example, your family plans to watch television together in the room, you’ll want to prioritize ample seating and end tables for people to set down their drinks.

Not Accounting for Scale

When furnishing and decorating your home, it’s important to consider proportions. The size of the room should dictate the size of the furniture—just as the size of the wall dictates the size of the artwork you’ll need.

Choosing the Wrong Furniture

When considering bigger items of furniture, choose neutral tones, which will make it easier for you to switch out smaller pieces as your tastes and needs change. In general, you’ll want these pieces to be foundations that the rest of your furniture compliment.

Being Too “Matchy”

Don’t get caught up in purchasing pieces that have the exact same color and finish. Instead, choose pieces that complement each other by finding the common denominator and using that as an accent.

Not Accounting for Texture

Not all your home décor should have the exact same look and feel. Choose different patterns, fabrics, colors, and shapes to give your room texture.

Skipping the Focal Point

One of the most common interior design mistakes is forgetting to give each room a purpose, or a focal point, that draws the eye. If you’re working with a larger space, you might even consider multiple focal points.

Not Involving an Interior Designer

Even if you’ve done your research, involving a professional interior designer can help simplify the designing process. At Star Furniture, we have an entire team of designers available to give you complimentary interior design tips personalized to your needs.

Keeping Pieces That Don’t Fit the Room

Many of us find ourselves holding onto furniture that no longer suits our needs, or which holds some sort of sentimental value. It’s okay to let these pieces go to better serve the ultimate vision.

Ignoring your Personality

If your home décor is going to withstand the test of time, it needs to reflect your personality. Don’t just regurgitate other people’s styles, find a way to make the room yours.

If you’re looking to furnish or decorate your home, visit one of our nine furniture stores throughout Houston, San Antonio, Bryan, and Austin, Texas. You can also follow our interior design blog for even more decorating tips. Check us out today!

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Which Tempur-Pedic Mattress Is Right For You?

by adpearance on March 19, 2018

Did you know the average person spends one-third of their life sleeping? Make every minute count with our extensive collection of Tempur-Pedic mattresses:

Tempur-Cloud Collection

Mattress Feel Range: Soft to Medium-Soft

This Tempur-Pedic plush bed features all the comforts of a memory foam mattress, and comes in sizes ranging from California king to twin XL. True to its name, this soft, plush mattress will have you feeling like you’re sleeping on a cloud. Because this mattress adjusts to your unique body shape, it prevents tossing and turning so you can enjoy a long, deep sleep every night of the week.

Tempur-Contour Collection

Mattress Feel Range: Medium-Firm to Firm

With any memory foam mattress, you’ll experience a balance of support and comfort, and the Tempur-Contour offers all the perks of a firm mattress with the comfort you’ve come to expect from memory foam. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, this collection will adjust to your unique body shape while still providing the firmness and support you need.

Tempur-Flex Collection

Mattress Feel Range: Medium-Soft to Medium-Firm

The Tempur-Flex hybrid mattress from Tempur-Pedic gives you the best of both worlds: the soft comfort of memory foam paired with the slight bounce of a traditional innerspring mattress. With this hybrid mattress, you’ll find the stability you need to combat back pain with the cushion you need to enjoy a night of uninterrupted sleep.

Tempur-Legacy Collection

Mattress Feel Range: Soft

If your level of comfort leans more toward soft, plush mattresses, the Tempur-Legacy collection might be right you. This special edition mattress from Tempur-Pedic combines plush softness with adaptive support to alleviate pressure points and reduce motion transfer.

 

At Star Furniture, we simplify the complex mattress-shopping experience. Whether you’re searching for a Tempur-Pedic mattress or one of our other top brand names, we’ve got the information you need to make an informed decision. Ask our expert staff about mattress sizes, types of mattresses, and mattress life spans, and browse our extensive mattress collection today!

 

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Tips For Choosing A Rug From An Industry Veteran

by Star Furniture on January 16, 2018

Paul Zoellner is no stranger to rugs. He has been selling them for 40 years. As an industry veteran, he has a lot of insight to offer. The next time you need a rug for your space, consider these tips. In fact, you might want to bookmark this post. The information is that good. Here is everything you need to know when choosing a rug for your home or business.

Components of a Good Rug

Before deciding on a rug, it is important to understand what separates a good rug from a cheap one. How can you tell? According to Paul, there are three basic components to rug quality.

Fiber Content: What is your rug made of? Paul says wool has traditionally been the “cadillac” fiber material of the rug industry. The reason? Wool is a natural fiber with a memory of sorts. Its nature is to spring back into place. This resilient quality cuts down on wear over the course of time. Other rug content materials involve synthetic fibers or a blend of natural and synthetic fiber materials. Both have different price points respectively, with synthetic fibers usually being the cheapest.

Fiber Quality: Each specific fiber category has a quality aspect range. Not all wool is created equal. The same can be said for synthetic and synthetic/natural blends. The higher the quality, the more durable your rug will be.

Fiber Density: This has to do with how tightly the fibers are packed. The tighter the weave, the more erect your rug fibers will be. This prevents the fibers from packing, or crushing, over time. Paul uses the example of pencils. Say you put 5 pencils in a container that is 6 inches tall by 10 inches wide. They will fall flat. However, say you pack 200 pencils into that same container. They will all stand straight because of their density. The same holds true for rug fibers.

Choosing the Right Rug

So how do you go about choosing a rug that perfectly fits your home or business? Paul offers valuable insight. “Most of the time people come in with room measurements,” he says. “I don’t need measurements. I assume the furniture already fits the space comfortably. I need to know what type of furniture they are trying to pair the rug with.” It might seem counter intuitive, but it makes sense. A bit of explanation brings focus.

For instance, let’s say the rug is going in a dining room. Paul’s first question would involve table size. A standard dining room table, (seating 4-6 people) will require an 8×10 foot rug. A table with one leaf will require a 9×12 foot rug and one with two tables leaves will require a 10×13 foot rug (each foot in length gains about six inches of width respectively).

This allows the table to fit comfortably on the rug, but also allows the chairs to slide out from underneath the table without sliding off the edge of the rug. “This would make your dining room present to guests as tacky,” says Paul. “The job of a rug is to define a space. All of the furniture in a grouping should fit comfortably on the rug. If not, the space looks fragmented.”

He uses living room ensembles as an example. To work properly, the rug should be large enough for the sofa, loveseat, coffee table and accent chair. If the rug is not large enough, you end up placing furniture around the perimeter lines. Paul says your room will look very fragmented. Having enough space on the rug for all pieces to fit comfortably will make your room look cohesive. That’s optimal, but many consumers choose to have only the front two feet of each piece of large living room furniture on the rug. Paul says that’s fine too. As long as there are no line breaks in front of the pieces the space presents as one cohesive unit.

So to recap, when shopping for a rug, consider:

  1. Rug fiber content.
  2. Fiber quality
  3. Density of rug fibers.
  4. Furniture grouping (where the rug will be used)

Doing so will ensure you select the perfect rug for your space. One statement from Paul sums everything up perfectly. He says, “Rugs serve as a non-physical room divider. They bring spaces together and set the mood for an entire room when done correctly.” Using the four tips above, in conjunction with Paul’s statement, will allow your rug to transform your space into a true showstopper.  

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Meet Our Houston Marathon Run Team

January 10, 2018

Star Furniture is proud to be partnering with Bedgear who is the Official Mattress and Sleep System Partner of the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon! See the full bedgear assortment at starfurniture.com. Bill Ward President, Corporate Office – 45 years Experience Bill has been running for many years but the Chevron Houston Marathon will be his […]

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High Point Market Update October 2017

November 21, 2017

We recently sat down with Michaelle Pelzel, an Accessory Buyer for Star Furniture to discuss her recent experience at High Point Market. We chatted about the various aspects of the experience and what the future holds. Michaelle gives great insight into the overall experience and she definitely has her finger on the pulse of the […]

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Types of Mattresses 101

September 29, 2017

In today’s market, mattress shopping may get a little overwhelming because of the vast number of choices. But, at Star we’re here to make is easier for you. Don’t let the mattress process keep you tossing and turning. Let’s start off with breaking down the three different types of mattress so we can find out […]

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Furniture Tech: Adjustable Base Apps

July 31, 2017

The furniture of the future is here everyone. Time and time again, we see how technology and design combined manifest into incredible products that make our life just a little bit easier. That being said, it’s only natural that furniture tech has come so so far since the horse and buggy days when Star Furniture […]

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A Modern Collection

July 11, 2017

What first comes to mind when you hear “modern design”? In the design world, this type of style is characterized by two main elements: simplicity and form. Today, we’re introducing a super interesting collection that’s rooted in these two very elements, paired with a consideration for comfort and everyday living. The Modern collection by Universal […]

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How to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture

June 30, 2017

As we soak in the delightful summer weather, there’s always the issue of figuring out how to keep your outdoor furniture looking pristine throughout the season! Whether it’s your new chaise lounge or a sturdy fire pit table, understanding basic maintenance for different types of outdoor pieces will help keep your outdoor furniture looking brand […]

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