How to Choose the Right Rug Size

by Jane K on November 12, 2019

The right rug can be both functional and decorative, figuratively and literally anchoring the furniture in the room. Rugs can protect wood floors, keep furniture from slipping, add a splash of color, help divide large spaces, or they can even be used to create a focal point. Here’s how to choose the right rug size to fit your room.

Consider the Furniture

If you’re looking for a large living room or dining room rug, you’ll want to get a rug that can comfortably fit all the furniture in the general area, including all four legs. Especially when decorating a dining room, you’ll want to choose a rug size that accommodates all of the dining chairs, not just when they’re pushed in, but when they’re being used as well. Otherwise, you could run into a situation where a guests’ chair is half on and half off the rug.

If you prefer a smaller living room rug or if you have a rug that isn’t large enough to accommodate all the furniture in the room, you can use a rug that fits only the front legs of the room’s furniture. You can even use a smaller area rug with only the coffee table in the center.

For a bedroom rug, you don’t have to choose a rug that’s big enough to accommodate all the furniture in the room. Instead, use the rug to frame your bed. If you’re looking for a larger bedroom rug, try choosing a rug big enough to accommodate all of the legs of the bed and side tables. If you prefer a smaller bedroom rug, you can place it under the bottom two-thirds of the bed. Either way, you’ll want to make sure the rug is perfectly symmetrical under the bed, with the same amount of rug sticking out on both sides.

Consider the Walls

In addition to considering how your furniture will fit on the rug, you’ll also want to consider how close the rug will be to the walls. In general, interior designers recommend an 8- to 12-inch border between the rug and the walls so the room doesn’t feel overcrowded. Before choosing a rug size, make sure to measure the dimensions of the room, as well as the dimensions of your furniture. That way, you can make an informed decision.

Before you start decorating your home, be sure to check out all of the amazing rugs for sale at Star Furniture & Mattress. You can also check out our Interior Design blog, where we cover everything from how to avoid common interior design mistakes to how to decorate your living room.

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How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget

by Jane K on November 8, 2019

Whether you just bought a new house or you’re simply wanting to redecorate a room in your home, there are ways to make the process as simple and easy as possible. In today’s blog, our interior design experts cover how to decorate your home on a budget: the right way.

Determine Your Total Budget

The first step in successfully decorating your home on a budget is to determine the total budget. This number should be the maximum amount you’re willing to spend on all of the furniture you need. If you use a range, make sure to have a hard and fast total you will not spend past.

Make a Thorough Shopping List

Once you’ve figured out your total budget, it’s time to create a shopping list. While you may not be able to anticipate every item you need, it’s a good idea to create a list of each item you’re looking to purchase. Write each item down along with a general price range for how much each of these items tends to cost.

If you’re furnishing a new house and have lots of furniture needs, it might help to break down the items by room. Your living room list, for example, might look something like this:

  • Sectional Sofa ($1,100-$2,500)
  • Coffee Table ($150-$500)
  • Ottoman ($100-$500)
  • TV Stand ($300-$800)

Furniture prices can have a large price range, and when you’re shopping for your home, it’s important to look in a range that suits your budget. If you’re shopping online, many retailers allow you to exclude options outside of your price range, which can remove the temptation to overspend.

Do Your Research

Especially if time is on your side, it’s a good idea to do as much research as possible before buying. This can include everything from reading up on different furniture styles to browsing different furniture inventories online. The Star Furniture Interior Design Blog offers an array of helpful decorating resources, including everything from the best sectional sofas in every price range and how to upgrade your guest room this holiday season to everything you need to know about modern contemporary décor and how to decorate your living room.

Find Your Priority Items First

Once you have a shopping list, it’s time to ask yourself which items are most important to you. If, for example, finding the perfect sofa is your biggest priority in the living room, it might make sense to pick out that item first. That way, if you need to spend a little more money on a priority item, you have the flexibility to cut costs elsewhere.

In general, it can be helpful to choose the big ticket items first, so you don’t find yourself in a situation where you have limited money or limited stylistic choices for one of the biggest items on your list.

Ready to get started? Visit one of our furniture stores in Houston, Austin, San Antonio or Bryan, Texas to find a wide selection of living room furnituredining room furniturebedroom furniture, and home décor. At Star Furniture, you’ll find everything you need for every room in the house!

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Do you have questions about mattresses? The experts at Star Furniture & Mattress can help! Follow along as we answer your most frequently asked questions about mattresses, including everything from what’s the best mattress for back pain to how much is an adjustable base bed?

General Mattress Questions

When is the Best Time to Buy a Mattress?

Experts say that the best time to buy a mattress is during the month of May. That’s because the mattress industry usually rolls out new products in June, so they often have good sales on older mattresses as an incentive to make room for the newer models. At Star Furniture & Mattress, we have great mattress sales all year. Plus, we offer free delivery on any mattress over $999.

What to Know When Buying a Mattress?

When buying a mattress, you’ll want to make sure to understand all of your options, including mattress type, mattress size, mattress firmness, motion isolation, durability, temperature neutrality, and what type of foundation you’ll need. Check out our complete mattress buying guide for an in-depth look at everything you need to know before purchasing a new mattress.

What is the Best Mattress to Buy?

It depends on your unique preferences. Because people are looking for different things in their mattress, it’s impossible to name the overall “best” mattress. That said, the mattress experts at Star Furniture & Mattress can help you find the best mattress for your preference, sleeping style, and budget.

What is the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

For many, choosing the right mattress can help manage lower back pain. If you’re looking for the best mattresses for back pain, you’ll first need to consider your personal sleeping style. Back sleepers, for example, tend to be most comfortable with a medium firm memory foam mattress. Side sleepers often exacerbate back problems by sleeping on their side, and they can also develop hip and shoulder pain because side sleeping introduces additional curves and pressure points. That’s why they often experience the least amount of back pain when they find a mattress firm enough to prevent back pain but soft enough to accommodate contouring. Stomach sleepers often have the best experience with mattresses that exists somewhere between medium and extra firm, as the extra support can help increase comfort.

Mattress Size Questions

What are the Dimensions of a California King Bed?

72 inches wide by 84 inches long

What are the Dimensions of a King Bed?

76 inches wide by 80 inches long

What are the Dimensions of a Queen Bed?

60 inches wide by 80 inches long

What are the Dimensions of a Double Bed?

54 inches wide by 75 inches long

What are the Dimensions of a Twin Bed?

39 inches wide by 75 inches long

How Long is a Twin Extra Long Bed?

A twin extra-long bed is 80 inches long, which is five inches longer than a regular twin bed. Twin extra-long beds have the same width as regular twin beds, i.e. 39 inches.

Are Full and Double Mattresses the Same Size?

Yes. These terms can be used interchangeably, as both full and double size mattresses are 54 inches wide by 75 inches long.

Is a Full Size Bed Big Enough for Two?

It depends. Many couples are most comfortable in a queen, king, or California king bed. Think about it this way: full size beds are only 15-inches wider than a twin-sized bed, which means each person only has 27-inches of sleep space a piece. Plus, double beds are 5 inches shorter than queen beds, which means that adults over 6-foot might find their legs extending out over the edge of the bed.

Memory Foam Mattress Questions

What is a Memory Foam Mattress?

A memory foam mattress is a mattress that combines a layer of memory foam with support foam to create a supportive, comfortable mattress. Unlike innerspring mattresses, traditional memory foam mattresses do not have springs, though there are hybrid mattresses, which pair a layer of memory foam with mattress springs.

In general, memory foam mattresses tend to promote motion isolation, eliminate pressure points, and offer support. They can also be helpful for people with allergies, as the thick foam actually repels dust mites, mold, and pet dander.

How Long do Tempur-Pedic Mattresses Last?

It depends on the type of mattress, as well as a number of other factors, including how often it’s used, the size of its occupants, etc. The average lifespan of a memory foam mattress is 7 years, while the average lifespan of a hybrid mattress is 6 years. Because proper mattress care can help extend the lifespan of your mattress, the better care you take of your mattress, the longer it will likely last.

How to Fix a Sagging Tempur-Pedic Mattress?

In general, once a memory foam mattress starts sagging, the damage is already done, and it is likely time for a new mattress. If a new mattress isn’t in the budget, you might consider a mattress topper as a short-term, temporary solution.

How Often to Replace Memory Foam Pillow?

Memory foam pillows tend to have a shorter lifespan than down or feather pillows—usually somewhere between two and three years. The biggest indicator that it might be time to replace your pillow is if the memory foam takes a long time to return to its original shape after use or if you’re experiencing unusual neck pain.

Does a Memory Foam Mattress Need a Box Spring?

No. If you have a memory foam mattress, you do not necessarily need a traditional box spring, though many people do end up using some sort of box spring or foundation for added height. Your memory foam mattress would also be fine on a solid or closely slatted platform frame.

How to Remove Odor from Memory Foam?

The best way to prevent odors from infiltrating your memory foam mattress is to make sure you’re using (and regularly washing) a mattress protector. If the smell has already infiltrated your mattress, there are a few things you can do to try to remove the smell. The first solution involves airing out your memory foam. Take it outside for a few hours on a dry, non-humid day so it can properly ventilate. You can also sprinkle baking soda all over the memory foam, let it set for an hour, and then vacuum up the baking soda from the mattress. For best results, apply the baking soda directly to the foam mattress or pillow, rather than applying over sheets or a pillow case.

How Much Does a Memory Foam Mattress Cost?

As memory foam mattresses continue to grow in popularity, there are more and more affordable memory foam mattresses for sale. At Star Furniture & Mattress, our regularly priced queen-sized memory foam mattresses range from $699 to $4,499. If you’re looking to purchase a base with your mattress, the price will increase based on the type of base you’re purchasing.

Pillow Top Mattress Questions

What is a Pillow Top Mattress?

A pillow top mattress is a mattress with additional padding on top for increased comfort. Pillow top mattresses tend to extend noticeably at the top, appearing as if someone has sewn a pillow to the surface of the bed. Generally, the soft “pillow top” is added to a traditional innerspring mattress. This extra padding is often made from polyurethane foam, memory foam, latex, or batting. Because pillow top mattresses can be thicker than the average mattress, they sometimes require extra deep sheets.

Can You Flip Over a Pillow Top Mattress?

No. Most pillow top mattresses are designed to be used with the pillow top section facing up. Rather than flipping the mattress like you might do with a traditional innerspring or memory foam mattress, pillow top mattresses need to be regularly rotated 180 degrees to avoid wear at pressure points.

How Long Do Pillow Top Mattresses Last?

Pillow top mattresses tend to last between 5 and 7 years, but this will be greatly impacted by a number of factors, including how well you take care of your mattress. To prevent wear, tear, and sagging, be sure to rotate your pillow top mattress 180 degrees once a month and avoid sitting on the edge of the bed or letting children jump on the bed. Generally, heavier people tend to put more strain on pillow top mattresses, so that is something you’ll want to account for when trying to determine how long your pillow top mattress will last.

Innerspring Mattress Questions

What is an Innerspring Mattress?

Also known as a spring mattress, innerspring mattresses are the metal spring mattresses many of us grew up with. They’re made with a steel coil innerspring support system with various foams and fibers on top to provide comfort at the surface.

What is a Good Coil Count for a Queen Mattress?

Contrary to popular belief, the coil count of an innerspring mattress is not nearly as important as the coil construction. Heavier-gauge (thicker) coils provide a stiffer suspension and lighter-gauge coils feel springier. When purchasing an innerspring mattress, you’ll want to consider your personal preference. Be sure to test out any positions you regularly sleep in, and if you sleep with a partner, you should both try out the same bed at the same time. Doing so will give you a good feel for how the bed moves and sounds when your partner moves. In general, we recommend spending at least ten minutes with any mattress you’re seriously considering purchasing.

Which is Better? Coil Spring or Hybrid Mattress?

For many people, this is a matter of personal preference. Innerspring (or coil spring) mattresses have been around for decades, and the coil technology has greatly improved during this time. While old innerspring mattresses could cause back pain and or/ irritate pressure points, newer designs often prevent this from happening. That said, for many people, hybrid mattresses combine the best of both worlds. You still get the stable support from the innerspring system, with an additional layer of foam for added comfort and pressure point relief.

Adjustable Bed Questions

Can Any Mattress Be Used on Adjustable Beds?

While not every mattress can be used on an adjustable base bed, there is no single type of mattress that is incompatible across the board. That said, you’ll want to make sure your specific mattress is compatible with an adjustable base before buying. While memory foam mattresses are almost always compatible, some innerspring mattresses, for example, have interlocking coils which can get tangled when adjusted to certain settings.

Are All Adjustable Bed Bases the Same?

No. In fact, adjustable bed bases have a large range of possible features, including everything from wireless remotes, special lighting, massage capabilities, charging pads, Bluetooth capabilities, and more.

How Much is an Adjustable Bed Frame?

It depends on the brand, style, and features. At Star Furniture & Mattress, we have queen-sized adjustable bed frames for sale ranging from $799 to $2,199.

Thinking about buying a mattress? The experts at Star Furniture & Mattress can help you at every step along the way. Visit a Star Furniture & Mattress store in Houston, Austin, San Antonio or Bryan, Texas to browse our extensive mattress collection today!

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It’s the golden age of television, and with cable TV and various streaming service packages, more and more people are gathering around the television every night to unwind. While flat screen televisions are growing in popularity, many people still choose to have media stands or entertainment centers in their living room. While it may not physically hold the television if you have a wall mount, TV stands and entertainment centers can help create a focal point, showcase decorations and pictures, and even serve as hidden storage for cable boxes, gaming systems, DVDs, and more. Take a look at some of the best media stands and entertainment centers for sale now at Star Furniture.

Rio Vista Rolling TV Stand

When it comes to functionality and style, it’s hard to beat the Rio Vista rolling TV stand. Not only does this media console look great, but it comes in a variety of sizes, including 52-inch, 62-inch, or 76-inch, which means it can accommodate a few different television sizes. The best part? Its rolling functionality allows for it to be easily moved if you’re hosting a holiday party and need extra space.

Devon 84-inch TV/Media Stand

Looking for the right combination of storage space and display space? Look no further than the Devon TV stand, which features two door cabinets, four lower shelves located between the two cabinets, and four upper shelves, perfect for holding cable boxes and DVD players. You’ll love its mid-century modern look, which is sure to add a level of style to any living room.

Leland 2-Tone Entertainment Center

Hidden flat screen tv cabinets are all the rage, and if your home is decorated in the farmhouse style, you’re sure to fall in love with this 2-tone entertainment center, which features sliding barn doors with planked accents so you can conceal your TV when you aren’t using it. Not only does this entertainment center feature plenty of display space, but it also includes wire management provisions which will keep clutter at a minimum. This spacious entertainment center is perfect for decorating a large living room.

Magnolia Manor 2-Piece Entertainment Center

Love Magnolia’s furniture line? You’ll love this stunning white entertainment center from the Magnolia Manor collection. This two-piece entertainment center features a traditional-style hutch with a lighted display shelf, and a console featuring a drawer, one pair of wood-framed glass doors, and two wood-framed glass doors with a stylish decorative overlay. This entertainment center is sure to add some southern charm to your living room.

If you’re in the market for a new media console or entertainment center, you can’t afford not to visit us online or at one of the 11 Star Furniture stores in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or Bryan, Texas today!

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Interior Design Trends to Try: Rustic Decor

October 21, 2019

Rustic décor is one of the hottest decorating trends of 2019, and these rustic design ideas can help you create a look that will impress your guests for years to come. What is Rustic Décor? Rustic décor focuses on the rugged, natural beauty of the outdoors. That said, it comes in a wide range of […]

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6 Leather Sofas and Loveseats for Every Budget

October 15, 2019

In the market for a new leather sofa? You’re in luck! Star Furniture & Mattress carries leather sofas for every style and budget. Follow along as we explore some of the best leather sofas for sale today. Best Affordable Leather Sofas Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t find a high-quality leather […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Box Springs

October 9, 2019

You asked and we answered. In today’s blog, we’re covering everything you need to know about box springs so you can make smart mattress buying decisions. What Do Box Springs Do? Box springs perform some important functions, which can help protect your mattress for years to come. First and foremost, box springs provide a stable […]

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Common Interior Design Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

October 8, 2019

Interior Design Mistake #1: Not Considering Your Budget Interior Design Mistake #2: Going in Without a Plan Interior Design Mistake #3: Not Accounting for the Size & Shape of the Room Interior Design Mistake #4: Overcrowding Interior Design Mistake #5: Skipping the Focal Point Interior Design Mistake #6: Pushing Furniture Against the Wall Interior Design […]

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Trend Alert: Our Most Popular Modern Living Room Furniture

September 30, 2019

Love the modern furniture style? At Star Furniture & Mattress, we have a wide variety of modern living room furniture sure to take your interior design style to the next level. Carmen Living Room Collection From the modern silhouette and bold-patterned accent chairs to the stunning leather ottoman, this living room set blends the modern […]

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How to Decorate a Large Living Room

September 26, 2019

It’s no secret that decorating a living room isn’t always easy. In addition to picking items that fit your interior design style, you also have to find a way to arrange the furniture in the physical room, accounting for both its size and shape. Here’s how to decorate a large living room. Divide the Space […]

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