How to Choose a Mattress for a Child

by Jane K on February 12, 2020

Kids Bedroom With White Furniture

Children thrive on a good night’s sleep. Healthy sleeping habits can improve behavior and memory, support a healthy immune system, and aid in physical development. In other words, helping your child get a good night’s sleep can set them up for a healthy, successful life. That’s why choosing a mattress is so important. Here’s how to choose a mattress for a child!

What Size Should a Child’s Mattress Be?

Most people tend to choose between twin, twin XL, full-sized, or queen-sized mattresses for their children. Because mattresses tend to last between 5 and 10 years, you’ll want to choose a mattress that can grow with your child. While twin beds work best for kids who either have a small bedroom or share a bedroom, they can sometimes become too short for children as they grow. If people in your family tend to be taller, you should consider a twin XL mattress or a queen mattress, both of which extend to 80 inches long. Remember to take into account the size of your child, the size of their bedroom, and the amount of time you want the mattress to last when making your decision.

How Firm Should a Child’s Mattress Be?

In general, mattresses tend to fall into three categories of firmness: plush, medium, or firm. Ideally, you want a mattress that provides enough softness to eliminate pressure points without sacrificing support. While children can sleep on any level of firmness, one way to determine how firm a child’s mattress should be is by considering their sleeping style. In general, back sleepers tend to do best with a medium mattress, side sleepers tend to do best on softer mattresses, and stomach sleepers tend to do best on firm mattresses.

What’s the Best Type of Mattress for a Child?

The three main types of mattresses are innerspring, memory foam, and hybrid mattresses. Innerspring mattresses are made with a steel coil innerspring support system with various foams and fibers on top for a comfortable surface. In the past, these have been the most popular type of bed, and they also tend to be the most affordable option. Memory foam mattresses are made of a malleable memory foam that conforms to the shape of your body. A favorite among people who suffer from aches and pains, memory foam also prevents the transfer of movement and has an average lifespan of seven years. Hybrid mattresses combine innerspring coils with a top layer of memory foam, offering a great combination of support and comfort. When choosing a mattress for your child, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons of each type of mattress as well as the durability, firmness, motion isolation, temperature neutrality, and the mattress foundation required.

Thinking about buying a mattress? Visit a Star Furniture & Mattress store near you, where we can help you find the mattress of your dreams. In the meantime, check out our interior design blog, where we cover topics ranging from tips for designing your child’s first bedroom to how to take care of your new mattress.

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Looking to decorate your living room with the perfect cocktail ottoman? In today’s blog, the interior design experts at Star Furniture discuss our favorite cocktail ottomans available today!

What is a Cocktail Ottoman?

A cocktail ottoman is a piece of furniture used to provide versatility in the form of extra table space, storage, or seating in a living room. Cocktail ottomans can come in a wide-range of shapes and styles, including round, rectangular, tufted, upholstered, and more.

Our Favorite Cocktail Ottomans for Sale at Star Furniture

With so many versatile uses, it’s no wonder cocktail ottomans are such a popular piece of living room furniture. Take a look at some of our favorite cocktail ottomans for sale at Star Furniture today!

Pia Cocktail Ottoman

Shaggy White Cocktail Ottoman in front of White Sectional

Looking to add whimsy and glamour to your living room? Look no further than this round cocktail ottoman, which features faux llama fur. Not only will this modern cocktail ottoman create additional seating, storage, and style, but the faux fur adds an additional layer of texture to take your living room to the next level.

Cora Tufted Cocktail Ottoman

Rectangular Cocktail Ottoman with Tufted Upholstery

Need extra storage space in your living room? This rectangular cocktail ottoman features a low storage shelf and a beautifully tufted upholstered top, complete with charcoal body fabric and brass nail-head trim. No matter what decorating style you’ve chosen for your home, this functional storage ottoman can help tie the room together and create the space you need to thrive.

Luna Leather Cocktail Ottoman

Brown Leather Cocktail Ottoman

This leather cocktail ottoman is a great alternative to traditional coffee table. Not only is it upholstered in 100% top grain leather, but it’s large and sturdy enough to use as both a table and additional seating.

Morris Cocktail Ottoman

Square Cocktail Ottoman with Plant Pattern

Inspired by nature and biophilic design? You’ll love this patterned cocktail ottoman, which features a square shape and colorful leaf print. Not only does it feature bold, fun colors, but this ottoman also incorporates whites and greys that go great with a wide-range of sofas and sectionals.

Visit one of our furniture stores in Houston, Austin, San Antonio or Bryan, Texas to find a wide selection of living room furniture, including sofas, sectionals, cocktail tables, and accent chairs. In the meantime, check out our interior design blog, where we cover everything from the best sectional sofas in every price range to how to decorate your home on a budget.

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Home Décor Trends 2020: Biophilic Design

by Jane K on February 10, 2020

Plant Art Prints

Biophilic design is one of the hottest home décor trends for 2020. In today’s interior design blog, we discuss what it is and how to incorporate it into your decorating style.

What is Biophilic Design?

While you’ve maybe never heard the term, you’ve likely seen biophilic design in action. To break it down, biophilia means a love of nature. Biophilic design is a decorating style that works to incorporate both human design and natural elements into a look that is reminiscent of the natural world. In general, biophilic design elements include natural light, vegetation, natural materials, natural colors, and natural shapes.

Biophilic Design Tips

It’s generally agreed upon that spending time in nature is good for you, so it stands to reason that incorporating biophilic design elements into your home décor could also reap similar benefits. These biophilic design tips can help you get started.

Try an Earth Tone Color Scheme

One easy way to incorporate biophilic design elements is to use an earth tone color scheme in your home décor. While the phrase “earth tones” has a variety of meanings, for this trend, you’ll want to think of colors that naturally occur in nature, including greens, browns, and blues. A nature-inspired color palette sets the tone for a calm, relaxing home.

Stick with Natural Materials

If you’re looking to incorporate biophilic design elements in your home, a good place to start is by choosing natural materials. From natural wood furniture to natural fabrics, you’ll want to veer away from veneer and focus on furniture that looks and feels like it belongs in the natural world. Decorating with plants and other greenery can also help bring biophilic design to your home.

Showcase Natural Patterns & Artwork

From floral print accent chairs to landscape paintings, there are plenty of ways to incorporate natural patterns and artwork into your home décor. You can even find lamps and other accessories that feature naturally occurring geometric patterns like honeycombs and waves.

Highlight Natural Light

As we learn about the health benefits of getting natural light, we anticipate more and more people trying to find ways to incorporate it into their home décor. While there’s only so much light available, there are ways to take special advantage of the light you have. Hanging a mirror directly across from a window, for example, highlights the natural light you have by reflecting it. You can also keep window treatments light and translucent, if not open during the day.

Need more help decorating or furnishing your home? Check out our interior design blog, where we cover everything from luxury bedroom must haves to how to make a living room cozy.

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How to Decorate a Dining Room

by Jane K on February 6, 2020

Casual Dining Table & Chairs

Whether you’re completely refurnishing or just updating your space, we’re here to answer the big question on your mind: how to decorate a dining room.

Step 1: Determine Your Dining Room Budget

Wondering how to update a dining room on a budget? Start by determining how much money you have to spend on the whole dining room project. While it’s okay to choose a spending range, you’ll want to make sure to decide on a hard and fast figure you won’t surpass to keep you on track.

Create a Dining Room Shopping List

Once you know the total amount you’re willing to spend, it’s time to consider which items you’ll need to purchase. We recommend writing down each item you’re shopping for along with a general price range for how much each item generally costs. If, for example, you love your dining room table but are looking for ways to update your dining room chairs, you can leave the dining room table off the list and focus instead on how to update your dining room chairs in a way that will help transform the room.

Determine Your Priority Items

After you’ve created your dining room shopping list, it’s time to determine which items are the highest priority for you. If, for example, buying a new dining room table is your number one priority,  figure out a budget for your table and purchase that item first. That way, if you need to go a little over-budget on your dining room set, you can adjust the rest of the budget accordingly, spending less on dining room furniture and décor that’s less important to you.

Find Furniture Sales

In addition to having the best value for your budget, Star Furniture offers an array of furniture sales throughout the year. While we work hard to provide high-quality, affordable furniture throughout the year, it’s wise to take advantage of these sales as they arise, especially if you’re looking to buy a lot of furniture at once.


Step 2: Find Your Distinct Interior Design Style

After you’ve determined your furniture budget, it’s time to consider your distinct interior design style. While you may not fall firmly within a certain style, narrowing down your taste can make it easier to move forward in your decisions.

Modern & Contemporary Dining Room Furniture

The modern contemporary furniture style tends to rely on minimalism, metal accents, clean lines, geometric shapes, and a general lack of clutter. When decorating your dining room in the modern contemporary style, you’ll want to incorporate these characteristics in a meaningful way. When it comes to modern dining room furniture, be on the lookout for understated tables made with two contrasting materials, sleek modern dining chairs and benches with natural fabrics, and servers, sideboards, china cabinets, and bar carts with metal accents.

Traditional Dining Room Furniture

The formal dining room is one of the hottest 2020 home décor trends, and nothing pairs better with a formal dining room than traditional dining room furniture. In general, the traditional furniture style features ornate detailing, patterned upholstery, plush fabrics, and rich wood tones, all of which feature heavily in traditional dining room furniture. In general, traditional dining rooms tend to have a large scale, so be on the lookout for substantial tables, ornate chairs and dining benches, classic china cabinets, buffets, and servers, and lustrous bar carts.

Transitional Dining Room Furniture

Also known as casual, the transitional furniture style combines elements from both modern and traditional design to create a balanced, blended look. In general, transitional design pairs the masculine and the feminine by combining the sleek lines of modern design with the ornate curvature of traditional design. Be on the lookout for large scale tables that are elegant, yet understated, unembellished chairs and dining benches with plush fabrics, horizontal buffets and china cabinets, and mixed metal accent pieces.

Step 3: Consider Popular Interior Design Trends

Once you better understand your interior design style, it’s time to start looking at popular interior design and home décor trends from the past few years. This is a great way to get a feel for what type of trends resonate with your taste and what kind of furniture you’ll encounter when you start shopping. Here are some popular design trends you might be able to incorporate into your dining room design.

The Formal Dining Room Trend

Are formal dining rooms coming back? The answer is yes! In 2020, we expect to see a resurgence of the formal dining room concept. While formal dining rooms are returning to popularity, they are moving away from the stuffy, ostentatiously decorated dining rooms only used on special occasions. Instead, there will be a focus on functionality, with people creating rooms that can accommodate dinners with the family, homework help, board games, and entertaining guests. This new iteration of the formal dining room will include some of the mainstays of dining rooms past, including large tables and china cabinets, but with more modern flair like bar carts and mix and match dining chairs.

The Mix & Match Furniture Trend

While dining room sets will never go out of style, more and more people are showcasing their own unique personality with mix and match furniture. The mix and match furniture trend lets people choose items that complement each other but don’t necessarily match the way that full furniture sets would. Someone utilizing this trend might, for example, choose a dining room table first, then choose individual dining chairs and benches that work together to create a distinct and stylish look.

The Mixed Metals Trend

Whether you’re decorating your dining room in the modern, traditional, or casual style, you can still take advantage of the mixed metals trend. This trend involves combining different metal accents (i.e. silver with gold or brass with stainless steel) in the same room. In a dining room, these different metal accents can come from the dining room table, lighting fixtures, china cabinets, bar carts, and wall décor, and together, they create a modern and stylish look that’s sure to impress your guests.

Step 4: Consider the Size & Shape of Your Dining Room

Before you actually start purchasing furniture for your dining room, it’s important to consider the size and shape of the room itself. While the size and shape of your dining room doesn’t necessarily dictate the style of furniture, it’s important to take it into consideration, especially when choosing larger items like dining tables. A dining room that’s part of an open floor plan, for example, can require a different layout than a large, separate dining room. Not only does the furniture you choose need to fit comfortably within the space, but different furniture arrangements and décor ideas can end up making a room feel larger, smaller, open, or cluttered. These dining room decorating ideas can help.

How to Decorate a Small Dining Room Space

For many people, their dining room is less of a distinct room and more of a space within an open floorplan. If you’re decorating a small dining room space within a larger room, there are certain things you do to make the space stylish and functional. If your small dining room space is part of the kitchen or living room, you might want to consider a folding dining table or a table with extendable leafs so you can keep the size down when not in use. You might also consider a smaller dining table with dining benches instead of chairs, which are a great space-saver, as they can easily be tucked under the table when not in use. If your small dining room space is part of an open floor plan, choosing a rug to go under the table can help create a distinct area within the larger room. Just remember to make sure that there’s plenty of room between your dining chairs and any walls or additional furniture so that people can easily get up from the table.

How to Decorate a Large Dining Room

In many ways, designing a large dining room is easier, as it requires less attention to the size and shape of different furniture pieces. That said, if you’re decorating a large living room, you want to make sure to fill the space in an aesthetically pleasing and functional way. Anchoring the room with a large dining table tends to work well, as does doubling up on items like china cabinets and servers when space needs filled. You can also divide the room visually, with a special sitting area that features a bar cart for drinks, which is especially useful if you tend to entertain guests. To make the room feel cozier, try incorporating a large dining room rug. Just make sure it’s big enough that all the chairs fit completely on the rug, both when they’re pushed in and when someone is sitting on them. You’ll also want to pay special attention to decorating your hutches and walls to give the room a completed feel.

Step 5: Consider Your Overall Dining Room Furniture Layout

For many, finding the perfect dining room furniture layout can involve some trial and error. That’s why the Star Furniture free room planner tool is so helpful. Using the tool, you can try out a wide-range of different furniture arrangements without the heavy lifting, and the tool even allows for you to upload any furniture from our inventory with the sizes automatically entered for ease of use. These dining room decorating ideas can help you find the perfect layout, whether you’re buying new furniture or simply rearranging what you already have.

Create a Focal Point

A focal point is a specific area or piece of furniture that attracts attention and draws the eye when someone walks into the room. When it comes to dining rooms, many people tend to use the dining table as the focal point, both because of its size and because it is the most functionally relevant item in the room. If you don’t want your dining room to be the focal point, you have other options, whether it’s a highly curated focal wall or a boldly decorated hutch. In fact, you can take this idea even further by having two distinct focal points, which is a popular look in contemporary dining rooms.

Pay Attention to Traffic Flow

Especially if you’re working with a small dining room space, it’s incredibly important to consider traffic flow when designing your furniture layout. Not only should you arrange the furniture in such a way that people have a clear and sizeable path so they won’t run into furniture when walking into the room, but you’ll want to make sure that people have enough space between the chairs and the walls that they can easily get in and out of their seats and pass around others who are seated at the table.

Consider Balance, Proportion & Scale

Scale refers to furniture’s visual size, i.e. how big things look. While you don’t want every item in your room to be the same size, you do want items to be generally proportional to one another. If, for example, you have a large, ornate dining room table, you wouldn’t want small, minimalist dining chairs. Different styles tend to have different scales, but you’ll also want to consider the size and shape of a room. Large rooms with tall ceilings lend themselves to larger scale furniture, including tall curio cabinets and hutches, while small rooms with lower ceilings might be better suited for small scale furniture.

Thinking about redoing your dining room? We’ve got everything you need, including dining tables, dining chairs, dining benches, china cabinets, bar stools, bar cabinets, and more. Plus, if you visit a Star Furniture & Mattress store, you can take advantage of our complimentary interior design services. We’ll help you design the dining room of your dreams!

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How to Decorate a Small Bedroom

February 1, 2020

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The Best Sleeper Sofas for Small Spaces

January 15, 2020

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Home Décor Trends 2020: Decorating Ideas for the New Year

January 9, 2020

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Dining Room Decorating Ideas: How to Decorate a Hutch

January 6, 2020

Hutches, buffet servers, and china cabinets can add much needed dining room storage while also offering a display space for stylish home décor. If you’re looking for dining room decorating ideas, don’t skip this guide on how to decorate a hutch. Choose a Theme When it comes to dining room design ideas, our best advice […]

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Luxury Bedroom Must Haves: What Every Master Bedroom Needs

December 31, 2019

Once you reach adulthood, you can no longer get away with a bedroom that consists entirely of a mattress thrown on the ground and laundry baskets full of clothes. These luxury bedroom must-haves will take your master bedroom to the next level. Luxury Bedroom Essentials: A Floor Length Mirror While a floor length mirror might […]

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How to Make a Living Room Cozy

December 22, 2019

Especially during the winter months, you might find yourself wishing your living room were a bit cozier. Luckily for you, the interior design experts at Star Furniture & Mattress can help. In today’s blog, we discuss how to make a living room cozy. Invest in an Area Rug One of the simplest cozy home décor […]

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