Types of Mattresses 101

by Star Furniture on 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 which one is the perfect fit for you!

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is developed in such a way that it increases the amount of density but the foam returns back to its original shape and form. Memory foam was developed under a contract by NASA’s Research Center to improve the safety of aircraft cushions in the 70s. Today, it is the most popular part in the mattress industry. Around the world, physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors recommend a memory foam bed and pillow for their patients due to its ability to conform and contour to the shape of an individual body curves and relieve pressure points.

Memory foam mattresses have become widely popular and highly recommended due to their ability to form to your body which reduces pressure points, improves blood circulation and provides overall better sleep.

Memory foam is a soft material, typically made from polyurethane with some additives to increase density. Memory foam regains its normal shape when pressure is no longer applied. It is sensitive to body temperature and molds itself to support all your body contours. Memory foam redistributes body weight and provides support to your neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees, and legs. In addition, memory foam improves circulation and reduces the amount of pressure put on the spine.

Memory foam is usually more dense and heavier, which ultimately gives more support.

Memory Foam beds are sensitive to temperature. Many are now infused with phase-changing material, also known as PCM. The memory foam not only adapts to your body, but its temperature and helps you sleep at a cooler temperature throughout the night. It won’t make you sleep warmer, just cooler!

Let technology do all the work while you sleep a restful night.

A memory foam mattress features an all-foam support that works to balance proper support with pressure-relieving comfort. The top layers of the mattress include memory foam, as well as other comfort foams and fibers.

Memory foam has been a favorite for customers who suffer from pain. Traditional memory foam softens when you lie on it and soon molds to your body. Once you get up, it springs back to its original shape.

Inner Spring Coil Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses use a coil support system. There are several types of spring systems, including springs connected into a single unit, as well as coil systems that have individually wrapped pocketed coil. The springs shape, design, gauge, and numbers of coils in a mattress can vary. The innerspring is covered by padding or upholstery materials, including a variety of foams, fiber and even additional layers of smaller steel springs. Overall, the greater number of coils, the more points of support and the better the bed can contour and support the individual sleeping.

Innerspring mattresses are the most popular kind of bedding. They are made with a steel coil innerspring support system with various foams and fibers on top to provide comfort at the surface. Heavier-gauge coils provide a stiffer suspension, and lighter-gauge coils feel springier.

The number of coils in a mattress varies from manufacturer to manufacturer; but the coil count is not necessarily as important as the construction. When purchasing innerspring mattresses you want to evaluate the type of springs, their gauge (thickness), and other components such as padding and stitching.

Hybrid Mattress

A hybrid mattress combines a steel coil support system with one more types of [memory] foam. Hybrid mattresses are ideal for those who do not want to go for an entire memory foam mattress, but like the feel of one. So if you’re used to an inner spring mattress, but want to try memory foam out, give it at least half a chance. You still get the sturdy support of a coil mattress, but the nice viscoelasticity of a memory foam mattress!  Hybrid mattresses are a combination of innerspring coils and foam, and may also have other comfort layers on top. These mattresses can usually be used on both flat/standard bases or on adjustable foundations and they also come in a variety of comfort levels: soft, medium and firm.

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The innerspring coil construction in hybrid mattresses will vary between manufacturers, however most are constructed to provide a step up in firmness when compared to mattresses made of only memory foam. This coil system allows the mattress to retain the bounciness that some people prefer on traditional innerspring mattresses, while the layers of memory foam create an enveloping level of comfort. A coil system also gives hybrid mattresses a traditional mattress shape, instead of the straight lines and lower profiles found on most memory foam mattresses.

The foam in hybrid mattresses can come in a variety of forms, like memory foam or cooling gel foam.

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Furniture Tech: Adjustable Base Apps

by Star Furniture on 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 was first founded (not kidding).

I’ll just cut right to the chase – imagine you could control your furniture with your smartphone. Yes, I know it sounds amazing. Because it IS amazing. If I can control everything else in my life with my smartphone, then why not my furniture?

Some of our very own mattress products include awesome features that allow you to control your bed straight from your iPhone, such as our Aireloom Ascend Adjustable base or Beautyrest SmartMotion Adjustable Base (don’t worry, both are Android compatible too).

Does is get any more convenient than this? You can control the position of your bed and activate a massage with this product’s 2-way Bluetooth technology! Looks like we were doing it all wrong before. 😛 This is definitely the way to go when it comes to deciding on an adjustable base.

The Beautyrest SmartMotion base includes an added bonus feature – the Sleeptracker App! So not only are you getting an optimally designed base to support your midday nap attack, but you can also take full advantage of this app that makes it super simple to track your sleeping habits and help you get the best nights sleep.

Plus, it’s VERY user-friendly. The app is designed to be a simple solution for gathering all your personal sleep data into one place, and provides a nice daily sleep summary with tips for both you and your other half after a long night’s rest.

The daily sleep summaries are awesome. It’s really surprising how accurate this handy tool is when trying to pinpoint the cause of poor night’s sleep. Here is a list of all the data the daily sleep summaries provide to give you better idea what you can monitor:

  • Number of times awake
  • Time spent awake
  • Inputs (i.e., heart rate, respiration rate and movement)
  • Time in light, deep and REM sleep phases
  • Sleep profile compared to national average
  • Sleep profile compared to demographic most similar to you
  • Custom coaching to improve sleep

The custom coaching feature is really helpful because it identifies solutions and provides personalized tips to help increase your sleep quality over time right on the smartphone app!

Pretty neat, huh?

On top of this, it even has a sleep cycle alarm feature that detects when you’re in a light phase of sleep, allowing the alarm to wake you up at the optimal moment to feel completely refreshed! From the sounds of it, I may actually enjoy waking up to this alarm clock.

Like I said before, the furniture of the future is here. Stay tuned for our next blog post and don’t forget to share with all your friends!

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A Modern Collection

by Star Furniture on 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 Furniture is clean and simple, bold and a bit daring!

Does this sound like something that reflects your personal style?

I believe this collection may even surprise the more traditional and conventionally inclined tastes. Regardless of your preference, anyone can appreciate design cultivated to adapt to today’s life and activities. This focus creates an essence of comfort throughout the collection, mixed with core modern elements we all know and love.

The Modern collection provides quite an array of options when it comes to bedding and dining (don’t worry, not an overwhelming number of choices). 

Let’s begin with the bedroom options.

Here we have three completely different approaches to a contemporary aesthetic:

If there’s one thing each of these pieces have in common is that they know how to make a statement, much like the way modernism did during it’s debut back in the late 19th century. Modern design came to represent an appreciation for the functional, simple and symmetrical.

Similarly, the wall beds project large profiles that are impressive in their austere simplicity, while the upholstery adds a layer of comfort that make these pieces even more inviting. 

The phrase “less is more” rings true once you’re introduced to the Modern-Quartz Keaton Bed’s smooth quartz finish, metal trim, and modest unembellished form. She’s a beaut!

The dining options are immaculate – they all maintain a level of elegance, while each hold unique forms to define their base. For example, compare the Modern-Quartz Robards Rectangular Dining Table with the Modern-Charcoal Jamison Dining Table:

The geometric, structural theme is apparent as both capture your attention with the rectangular shapes that outline their foundation and surface. What makes it even more difficult to decide between the two are the different finishes: the lighter quartz versus the richer charcoal.

If you want to shake the rectangle theme up a bit, you can add a more organic form to your dining area with the Modern-Quartz Robards Round Dining Table:

I love the visible texture on the legs of this table – it plays well with the simple design we see across the collection!

This next piece is so fun – the Modern Bench! This bench would look marvelous at the foot of your bed. Don’t be afraid to add a layer of interest to your bedroom if you have the space! This bench can also be that element you feel may be “missing” from your bedroom decor. It definitely adds a sense of coziness with its soft, Faux Alpaca, furry top.

Here are some more interesting pieces from the Modern furniture collection I was immediately drawn to:


If you like what you’ve seen from this gorgeous collection so far, you can see more on our website or in person on our showroom floors! Until next time ladies. 

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How to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture

by Star Furniture on 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 new all year round.

Who wouldn’t want that?

Spots and Stains

I’ve found throughout the summer months, the easiest way to maintain your outdoor pieces in tip-top condition is by hosing the set off occasionally after use to remove any debris. However, you and I both know stains or spots are inevitable, especially if you’re spending time on the patio every weekend.

That being said, fabric cushions most often used for outdoor sectionals or sofas are even more susceptible to spots and stains over time after frequent use. So what’s a girl to do?

Luckily, a go-to remedy for spot cleaning is pretty simple! All you need to do is mix a solution of dish soap with water. Depending on the size of the affected area, you will likely need about ½ a cup of liquid soap (like Dawn) with about one gallon of water. The goal here is to completely saturate the affected area, and scrub thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth. You can also use a sponge if you don’t have a cloth (just make sure to stay away from dark-colored sponges that might bleed through). You also want to avoid using any type of abrasive solutions or bleach. After you’re done scrubbing, rinse with water, let air dry and voilà!

It should look good as new. 🙂

Pollen and Pet Hair

Now, onto another set of issues that are fairly common when it comes to maintaining your outdoor furniture: pollen and pet hair.

Pollen is the worst in so many ways. Not only is it the bane of my existence during allergy season, but it also just gets everywhere. Pollen tends to creep over your patio or deck, casting a wide yellow net over your perfectly clean and beautiful outdoor set. It’s not a pleasant sight.

As a preventative measure, covering your luxurious outdoor glider will surely keep the pollen at bay. If you forget to do so (let’s be real, it will happen since we’re human after all), hosing the set off or following the same steps we outlined above for spot treatment should suffice!

For pet hair it’s an entirely different ballgame.

If you have pets then you probably already understand the struggle to keep pet hair off any type of furniture. No worries though! We have a few tricks on how to keep your luxury outdoor furniture free from your pup’s shaggy mane. One way to go about it is by running a pair of damp rubber gloves over the upholstery or fabric surface, which will attract all the hair. Then rinse and repeat. You can achieve the same results with a wet sponge if you don’t own a pair of rubber gloves.

Another method that works is mixing a solution of water and fabric softener. Apply this lightly to the upholstery or fabric cushions, then wipe the hair off effortlessly.

Simple enough, don’t you think? With these basic maintenance tips, you can make sure the quality of your outdoor set remains flawless and pet hair free all year round. 🙂

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Hill Country Collection by Hooker Furniture

June 6, 2017

As Texans, we LOVE our Texas Hill Country. I believe we can all agree that many of our values are rooted in this very terrain, whose rugged beauty, wide vistas and low rolling hills make us the proud Texans we are! 😀 With that being said, I’m extremely excited to introduce our latest and greatest […]

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Star Furniture & Rachael Ray Home: Tips to Accessorize Your Home

May 19, 2017

A couple of months ago we had the amazing opportunity to share an exclusive Q&A with Michael Murray, renowned designer and General Manager of Rachael Ray Home! (If you missed it, you can access the interview on our blog here!) We learned so much about Murray and his experience as a designer, working with Rachael, as […]

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Mid Mod Furniture by Ellen DeGeneres

April 27, 2017

It’s finally here everyone! Television icon and entertainment pioneer, Ellen DeGeneres, has released a whole home collection now available in our stores! It comes as no surprise seeing as her passion for design has led to a show on HGTV, Ellen’s Design Challenge, and her very own lifestyle brand, ED Ellen DeGeneres! Now she’s partnered […]

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Rachael Ray Home: Exclusive Q&A with Michael Murray

March 31, 2017

I have a VERY special treat in store for y’all today! ;P It has to do with Rachael Ray Home and the team behind the creation of such a stunning collection! We had a wonderful opportunity to interview Michael Murray, renowned designer and General Manager of Rachael Ray Home! We are so excited to share […]

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Magnolia Kids by Joanna Gaines

March 14, 2017

Joanna’s back at it again. HGTV’s Fixer Upper star just finished wrapping up her fourth season on the series, and now she’s delivering even more Magnolia loving with a few new additions to her home collection: Magnolia Kids! If you followed our previous series about the Magnolia Home Collection, you’ll know that this line is […]

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Trendy Urban Style: Flatbush Avenue

February 28, 2017

Industrial. Classic. Urban. Chic. A few elements that embody an urban vintage design. 🙂 This type of design has been an increasingly stylish trend the past few years, and I can definitely see why. It’s a mix of forged metals and reclaimed wood that really give this look a touch of personality and charm you […]

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