Not all mattresses are created equal, and what works best for you might be different than what works for someone else. Today, we’re covering everything you need to know about pillow top mattresses.

What is a Pillow Top Mattress?

A pillow top mattress is an innerspring mattress with additional padding at the top for added comfort. While hybrid mattresses also combine innerspring and memory foam, pillow top mattresses tend to have memory foam or another material only at the top layer of the mattress. Pillow top mattresses extend noticeably at the top, as if a pillow was sewn to the surface of a regular mattress, and because of this, they sometimes require deeper sheets. While the pillow top can be made from a wide range of materials, many pillow top mattresses use polyurethane foam or memory foam.

The Perks of Pillow Top Mattresses

Pillow top mattresses tend to be great for people who are looking for the comfort and support of memory foam mattresses at a more affordable price. In addition to being affordable, pillow top mattresses can relieve pressure points, and add an additional layer of comfort and support to more typical innerspring mattresses.

Choosing the Right Pillow Top Mattress

At Star Furniture & Mattress, we carry four brands of pillow top mattresses, including Beautyrest, Stearns & Foster, Serta, and Restonic. When choosing a pillow top mattress, you’ll want to consider size, firmness, motion isolation, price, and temperature neutrality. Depending on what features are most important to you, you can determine which features to prioritize. If, for example, you are a light sleeper who is often disturbed when your partner moves, it might make sense to prioritize a mattress with superior motion isolation. You should also pay attention to the material used in the pillow top, as it can affect things like sleeping temperature neutrality and motion isolation.

Caring for Your Pillow Top Mattress

Pillow top mattresses tend to have a shorter lifespan than memory foam and innerspring mattresses, but properly caring for your new mattress can help it last longer. Unlike other mattresses, you can’t regularly flip your mattress, though you can rotate regularly to try to prevent sagging. In addition to rotating your mattress, using a mattress protector and regularly changing your bedding can help protect your mattress from dirt and debris.

Choosing the Right Bed Frame

Unlike memory foam mattresses which can be placed directly on slats or a platform bed, pillow top beds require a traditional box spring underneath to provide mattress support. Pillow top mattresses, like innerspring mattresses, are elevated by box springs to create a more traditional bedroom look, with the mattress resting higher on the bed.

Shopping for a new mattress? Visit a Star Furniture & Mattress store in Houston, Austin, San Antonio or Bryan, Texas to browse our extensive mattress collection today! In the meantime, check out our extensive mattress buying guide to start narrowing down your options.

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Wondering if your new sofa will fit into your living room? Want to try out a new furniture arrangement without the heavy lifting? With the Star Furniture & Mattress free room planner tool, room planning doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s why you should be using our free room planner tool.

Simplified Furniture Research

Keeping all the relevant measurements in your head can be a hassle when furniture shopping, especially when you want your focus to be on style. Our room planner tool is great because you can adjust the specific shape and size of the room. In fact, you can even add items from the Star Furniture inventory to see how a specific piece will fit in your space.

Furniture Arrangement Help

The best room arrangement tools don’t just answer the question, “will my furniture fit?” but they also help you come up with the perfect furniture layout for your specific room. Whether you’re wondering how to decorate your living room or your bedroom, the free room planner tool lets you try out different furniture arrangements without all the heavy lifting, so you can find the layout that works best for your space. Plus, you can even add in doors, windows, plants, and curtains so even the smallest details can be part of the conversation.

Shopping Simplicity

After you’re done trying out different pieces of furniture from the Star Furniture inventory, you can quickly and easily download a shopping list to take to the store. Furniture stores can be big and intimidating, so if you want to skip the browsing, you can take your list to an associate who can help direct you to your favorite items. Depending on availability, you can even order the items you want online without ever setting foot in the store.

Not sure how to get started? Check out our interior design blog, where we cover furniture layout topics like how to decorate a long and narrow living room and how to furnish a small living room. With the help of our room planning tool, you can start designing the home of your dreams today!

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The Complete Guide to Home Office Design

by Jane K on September 6, 2019

As of 2018, 3.9 million Americans worked from home at least half the week. With so many people working remotely, home office design and functionality is more important than ever. This guide to home office design covers everything from how to choose the right desk to how to decorate your home office to keep yourself happy and productive.

How to Choose the Right Desk for your Home Office

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a desk for your home office, including everything from the size and style of the desk to the storage capabilities.

Desk Size

The size of the desk is one of the most important factors when considering a desk. You’ll need to consider the size and shape of the room, as well as the kinds of tasks you’ll be completing at your desk.

Consider the Size & Shape of Your Home Office

First, consider the size and shape of your home office. If you have small home office, for example, you might want to choose a narrower desk with a hutch that takes advantage of vertical space. If the room is quite large, you might want to choose a larger desk, so the desk isn’t dwarfed by the space. You also need to consider what other furniture you’ll need in your home office. If, for example, you’ll need lots of filing cabinets and bookshelves, you’ll want to make sure the size of the desk accommodates these other needs.

Consider What Type of Work You’ll Be Doing

You’ll also want to consider the type of work you’ll be doing at your desk. You’ll have different desk needs if you’re doing mostly computer work than you will if your job requires reading through lots of printed documents. If your job requires lots of paperwork, you may want to choose a long executive desk with plenty of space to spread out documents. If you’ll be doing mostly computer work on a small laptop, it might make sense to choose a minimalist writing desk.

Desk Type & Style

Your home office should be a reflect you, which means you’ll want to choose a desk that fits your unique design style. Different types of desks have different looks and feels, and some types function better for different styles of work. Here’s some basic desk types to consider during your search.

Executive Desk

(Pictured Above: Weston 66-inch Executive Desk)

Executive desks feature a work surface supported by two pedestals. They tend to be wider and deeper than other types of desks, and they often have ample drawer storage, including file cabinets. Many executive desks come with an optional hutch, which takes advantage of vertical office space with additional storage cabinets and shelves over the desk itself. Executive desks tend to work well for people who need a larger work surface with ample storage space, and in general, many executive desks are designed in the traditional furniture style.

Writing Desk

(Pictured Above: Trisha Yearwood Writing Desk)

Also known as a leg desk, a writing desk contains a work surface and narrow table legs. Writing desks frequently contain one or two shallow pencil drawers underneath the desk surface for limited storage space. If you tend to work within a notebook or on a laptop, writing desks can fill all of your needs without taking up a lot of space, making them perfect for smaller offices. While writing desks come in a variety of interior design styles, their minimalist nature does lend itself well to modern contemporary and casual design styles.

Sit Stand Desk

Magnolia Manor Standing Desk

(Pictured Above: Magnolia Manor Lift Top Writing Desk)

Sit stand desks allow for work at your desk from either a sitting or standing position. These adjustable height desks can convert from a sitting to standing position through a manual crank, automatic motor, or through a lift top mechanism that raises the desk to a higher position. Like writing desks, sit stand desks typically have a shallow pencil drawer or no drawers at all, so you’ll need alternative storage solutions if you end up choosing this type of desk. As we learn more about the dangers of sitting for extended periods of time, sit stand desks are becoming an increasingly popular, versatile, and ergonomic option. They can also be great for people who struggle with chronic back and neck issues.

How to Choose the Right Chair for your Home Office

When choosing an office chair, comfort should be your number one concern, especially if you tend to be in the chair for the majority of the day. While style is important, as you want your home office to reflect your interior design style, the bottom line is that office chairs can affect your health, as well as your ability to focus and be productive for long periods of time.

Office Chair Features

When it comes down to it, an office chair should provide a comfortable place to effectively complete your work, which means you need to consider two important questions when choosing an office chair: does it allow me to complete my work and does it keep me comfortable throughout the work day. These ergonomic office chair features may or may not be right for you.

Swivel Base

Many office chairs have a swivel base, which enables you to move without twisting your back. With a swivel base, you can move freely between storage cabinets and desk drawers, making you more efficient, especially if you have a job where you need to reach for different paperwork throughout the day.

Adjustable Armrests

Office chairs with adjustable armrests provide versatility and customization, which can be incredibly beneficial. In fact, adjustable armrests can take away strain from your upper spine and shoulder, forcing you into good posture. The better your posture throughout the day, the better your back and neck will feel in the long-term.

Adjustable Height

Having an office chair with an adjustable height can be great, especially if multiple people will be using the same chair. Not only can you adjust the height of the chair to accommodate the desk, but you can also adjust the height to better accommodate the length of your legs. In general, the more customizable the chair, the more comfort you’ll find, as you can carefully choose what works best for you, your body, and your work habits.

Office Chair Materials

Office chairs can be made from a variety of materials, and you may find certain materials better suited to your needs. Leather upholstery office chairs, for example, provide comfort, sophistication, and durability, though they do tend to be on the more expensive side. Consider the comfort level of the seat cushion as well as the upholstery when choosing an office chair, as both will contribute to your general comfort throughout the day.

How to Choose the Right Office Storage

From file cabinets and bookcases to credenzas and hutches, choosing the right storage solutions for your home office can keep your space looking stylish and clutter-free while also keeping you and organized and productive.

File Cabinets

(Pictured Above: Tynecastle Lateral File Cabinet)

Many people have jobs where there’s a great deal of paperwork to organize. File cabinets are the best way to organize and store important documents and having them in your home office can keep you from having to make special trips to find what you need.


(Pictured Above: Prossimo Horizontal Bookcase)

Bookcases can be a great addition to a home office, especially if you have to reference different books for your job. They can also be used to decorate your home office, as you can use some shelves to display trinkets, plants, or pictures. If reading is a big part of your job, creating a reading nook in your home office could help the space more comfortable, stylish, and productive. Plus, having books in a home office gives it a studious, professional feel.

Credenzas & Hutches

(Pictured Above: Prossimo Matera Credenza & Hutch)

If you have the space in your home office, adding a credenza and hutch can increase your storage space, help fill the room, and provide visual interest and layering to your home office. Because they come in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes, you can find the one that best works for your needs. Whether you’re looking for extra cabinet space, drawer space, or display space, a credenza and hutch can help take your home office to the next level.

How to Decorate Your Home Office

Once you’ve chosen the home office essentials: your desk, office chair, and storage solutions, it’s time to start decorating your home office. These home office ideas can help you create a space that’s functional, stylish, and professional.

Pay Attention to Lighting

Staring at a screen all day can be hard on your eyes, as can trying to read small print on documents and in books. When decorating your home office, be sure to incorporate different lighting options to make sure your room is bright and inviting. While floor lamps can add light through the room, having a desk lamp can be incredibly helpful, as you can easily turn it on and off to suit your current needs.

Utilize Wall Art

You may not realize it but having bare walls can affect your mood and creativity, especially in a home office. Personalize your walls with bright wall art and prints that fit your particular style. Not only will make it the room feel more like you, but it will give you something beautiful to look at in between tasks. You can also use your own pictures and picture frames to decorate the walls, which is a great way to keep your loved ones close while you’re away from them during work hours.

Create Extra Seating

Sitting in an office chair all day can be hard on your back, so if you have space in your office for alternate seating, make sure to take advantage. Whether it’s a loveseat, sofa, accent chair, or chaise, having a comfortable spot to retreat to during the day can make all the difference. When planning out your day, consider tasks that can be done away from your desk chair and incorporate this extra seating into your daily routine.

Anchor the Room with a Rug

In home office design, area rugs can anchor a room, add warmth and color, and help layer a room’s decor. If you have a large office or distinct spaces within the office, such as a reading nook and or bedroom area, a rug can help distinguish the different areas and make them more visually distinct.

Combine Your Spaces

Short on space? An office guest room layout can combine a home office with a guest bedroom so you can meet both needs at the same time. If you’re combining a home office and guest bedroom, be sure to practice space-saving techniques like utilizing a sleeper sofa and taking advantage of vertical space so your room doesn’t feel cramped and overcrowded with furniture.

Looking for home office inspiration? Our interior design experts can help. Visit a Star Furniture store in Houston, Bryan, San Antonio, Cypress, Sugarland, or Austin where we carry a wide range of home office furniture options. The best part? If you visit a Star Furniture & Mattress store, you can take advantage of our complimentary interior design services. Let us help you design the home office of your dreams!

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Looking for the best Labor Day furniture deals in Texas? During our Labor Day Furniture Sale, there’s plenty of savings to go around. Here’s a preview of some of the Labor Day furniture deals available at Star Furniture & Mattress.

Branson Leather Sofa

Looking for a sofa that’s sophisticated, comfortable, and durable? Look no further than this stunning brown leather sofa, which features rolled arms, 100% genuine leather upholstery, and multiple layer seat cushions with pocketed coils for optimum support.

Malibu Sofa

There’s a reason the Malibu Sofa continues to be one of our best-selling sofas at Star Furniture & Mattress. Not only are its oversized cushions designed with your comfort in mind, but the beautiful accent pillows add an element of fun to its otherwise neutral design.

Liberty Magnolia Manor Upholstered Bed

Upholstered beds are one of the hottest interior design trends of 2019, and our Labor Day Furniture Sale is the perfect time to update your master bedroom. Part of the popular Magnolia Manor furniture line, this bed features a beautiful rustic finish, a stylish grey chenille tufted headboard, and stunning detailing.

Wallingford 7-Piece Drop Leaf Dining Set

This round drop leaf dining table is perfect for people who are looking to save a little space in their dining room or kitchen. With its drop leaf, the table can transform quickly and easily into a 24-inch, 46-inch, or 68-inch table. Plus, the upholstered chairs create an element of elegance and sophistication.

Ready to take advantage of the best furniture sales for Labor Day? Stop by one of the eleven Star Furniture stores across Texas, now through August 28th. In the meantime,  keep an eye on our interior design blog, where we cover everything from how to decorate a living room to how to buy a mattress.

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Get Comfortable in These Power Reclining Sofas, Loveseats, and Recliners

August 13, 2019

Reclining furniture has come a long way since its inception. Whereas before, reclining furniture was relegated to manual reclining chairs, you can now find a wide range of power reclining loveseats, sofas, and sectionals. In fact, some pieces of power motion furniture now have massage and heat capabilities in addition to power reclining technology.  Here […]

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Home Interior Design Ideas for Newlyweds

August 9, 2019

Combining homes or creating a new home together can be challenging, even for newlyweds who are madly in love and eager to start their life together. These home interior design ideas for newlyweds can help make the process simpler and more enjoyable. Define Your Individual Interior Design Styles Until you understand each of your interior […]

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How to Decorate Your Living Room

August 6, 2019

Determine Your Budget Find Your Distinct Interior Design Style Consider Popular Interior Design Trends Consider the Size & Shape of Your Living Room Consider Your Overall Furniture Layout Whether it’s watching TV, reading the latest bestseller, or playing games together, many families spend the majority of their time at home in the living room. In […]

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Transform Your Home with These Master Bedroom Décor Ideas

July 29, 2019

The master bedroom is where you go to relax, rest, and rejuvenate, so you should be thoughtful when furnishing and decorating it. These master bedroom décor ideas can help you design the bedroom of your dreams. Take Advantage of Trends Taking a look at popular interior design trends is a great place to start when […]

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The Best Transitional Dining Room Sets for Families

July 23, 2019

Buying a dining room table is about more than just furniture, it’s about creating a comfortable space for your family to gather together, share meals, and create memories. If your home décor favors a more casual interior design style, you’ll love these transitional dining room sets for families. Hudson Ferry 5-Piece Dining Set This stunning […]

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5 Modern & Contemporary Coffee Tables You’ll Love

July 19, 2019

Love the modern contemporary furniture style? Then you’ll adore these stylish coffee tables, which utilize modern furniture characteristics like metal accents, minimalism, straight lines, and geometric shapes. Here are five of our favorite modern contemporary coffee tables for sale at Star Furniture & Mattress. Chloe Rectangular Coffee Table Designed with the mid-century modern design in […]

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