Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sectional Sofas Provide Style and Function

Once mockingly called “conversation pits”, interest in sectional sofas is on the rise. And it's not hard to see why. With more people becoming "nesters", sectionals have become increasingly popular. They can be used to soft-divide a room and supply ample seating for entertaining and lounging. They can also be split up to create an intimate seating area or better traffic flow when necessary.
sherrill sectional sofas baers

Since sectionals can be large and bulky, creating a balanced arrangement can be tricky and intimidating. However, their strength is in their size and their versatility. Because they dominate their space and provide plenty of seating, you usually don't need many other pieces. The Design Your Own collection by Sherrill gives you the size and versatility sectional sofas are known for. You can customize your sectional by choosing your fabric as well as the arm and back style. The size of your room, your design preferences, and the needs of your home are just a few of the factors to keep in mind when choosing your sectional.

broyhill furniture sectional sofas baers

Essentials of Sectional Sofas

The essential element to creating an effective layout is balance. Positioning a single chair across from the short end of the sectional will give you this balance. You can determine the ideal spot to place the chair by drawing imaginary lines from the each of the sectional's arms. Where these lines meet is the best place to put the chair. Although the sectional provides plenty of seating, putting a chair opposite it visually rounds out the space and allows for plenty of conversation opportunities. Grounding the space with an area rug keeps everything under control. The customizable sectional sofas in the Veronica Collection by Broyhill Furniture let you choose modular pieces that can create any configuration you wish.

Make the Layout Work for the Space

If you have a sectional and a chair and a half or a sofa that seats two, you can put the sofa or chair and a half across from the short end of the sectional. Then place three poufs or a small bench in front of the coffee table. Since the two-seater will be longer than the short end of the sectional, this will maintain equilibrium in the room.

lexington sectional sofas take five collection baers

When working in smaller spaces that may require extra seating without blocking the view or the television, a large ottoman or two small ones placed across from the larger part of the sectional will allow unobstructed vision. Above, the corner sectional is offset by a pair of ottomans, all from the Take Five collection by Lexington. You can hide or replace the ottomans with a coffee table when they are not needed for overflow seating.

If you have a sectional that is the same length on each side, you can balance it by placing either smallish chairs or a largish one across from it. Again, position the chair on a diagonal, but this time it should be in the same plane as the sectional’s back. This will keep the feeling of the layout open.

Face the Challenges

Long, narrow spaces always present design challenges, and are no less tricky for sectional sofas. Your first thought might be to position the longer pieces of the sectional parallel to the wall and place additional seating – a couple of chairs, an oversize ottoman, or some poufs – across from the shorter end. Try using a rug to pull the space together and place your additional seating so that it faces the sectional. This will keep your space from seeming overcrowded.

If one sectional is good, then two are better, right? If you have a large space, consider two sectionals placed across from each other. This will give you a cozy room with all the seating you need. Or add several chairs and a couch and organize all the seating around a coffee table or two. This is an ideal arrangement for entertaining. You'll be making the best use of the large space with separate areas perfect for conversations.

Although a sectional can be made up of as few as two pieces, they generally contain 3 to 5 sections and can include recliners or chaises. They are great for bringing warmth and softness into modern spaces that can feel a bit cold. Whether the space you have is small or large, slick and modern or family friendly, there is a sectional and a layout that will work for you. Regardless of the layout you choose, remember to aim the television toward the sectional's center so that everyone has a decent view.

Explore more sectional sofas from the many famous brands at the Baer's Furniture near you.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Soften Your Dining Room with Curtains, Drapes, and Rugs

When you think about dining room décor, tables, chairs, buffets or sideboards, and chandeliers are the first items that come to mind. However, curtains, drapes, and rugs are equally important to the look and feel of the room. With all the hard surfaces that fill this space, a little softness can go a long way. The right window dressing and area rugs will make the space warm and inviting.

baer's furniture dining room

Patterns and Fabrics for Curtains

You can go the tradition route and use the same fabric on the window treatments that are on the chair cushions. Although old-fashioned, this is a look that works well in the dining room. Alternatively, you can pick up a color from a piece of art and use that as a solid color on the drapes. When choosing curtains with a pattern, be sure careful to pick one that ties the colors of the room together.

The simple shapes and monochromatic tones of the Criteria Formal Dining room furniture above are softened and complemented by the gentle geometric pattern of the floor-length curtains. The type of fabric you choose will depend on the look you want to create. Rich velvets and elegant silks create a formal and dramatic feel, while linens or light cottons are perfect for a more casual space.

Color, style, and the room itself are all factors to consider when choosing curtains and rugs for the space. If you like voluptuous, billowing curtains that pool on the floor, then by all means go for it. If your style is more tailored, you’ll want to look for something more streamlined. The goal is to use wide swathes of fabric to create softness rather than shutters and hard blinds.

Sizes for Curtains

You don’t have to go for the opulence of drapes puddling on the floor if that’s not your style, but keep in mind that drapes and curtains should at least brush the floor when dressing large floor- or almost floor-length windows. You’re better off going a little long than too short. When too short, they look like they don’t fit the window—this is one of the most commonly made design mistakes.

If you can’t find drapes that skim the floor, you can adjust the rod a little. Generally rods are mounted about 4” over the window frame, but this rule isn’t set in stone. So, go ahead and adjust the rod to fit your space if need be. Also, the general standard is to extend the rod approximately 6” to 8” past the window frame. Making it larger will make your window look bigger.

baer's furniture criteria collection buffet

Fabrics and Patterns Rugs

A bold print or color on the area rug in your dining room can make it the focal point of the space. A smaller patterned rug will make the space feel larger and airy, so this is a good choice for smaller rooms. In addition, your rug color will help define your space and make it feel welcoming. 

Colorways should contrast or complement the colors on the walls and curtains. You can choose a similar pattern in a larger scale, or a solid color that pulls out or complements a color in the drapes. If you want to highlight the flooring select a smaller-sized rug, and of course if you want to downplay the floor, choose a larger rug with a bolder pattern.

Sizes for Rugs

The rug should be wide and long enough on each side so that the chairs can easily slide in and out. And don’t forget that your dining room usually has a few other piece of furniture in it, such as a buffet, sideboard, or server. Try arranging your furniture before you decide on the size of your area rug. Generally, your rug should end before your other furniture, however, if you have to have the front legs on the area rug, be sure to shim the back legs so the piece is level.

The essential element of good interior design is balance. A room with numerous hard edges, such as the dining room, can use a little softness. The right curtains, drapes, and rugs can help you achieve this balance.

The dining room furniture pieces shown above can be found at Baer’s Furniture, family owned and operated for four generations.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Chest of Drawers: Fashionable Storage for Every Room of Your Home

Tall and narrow, short and wide, small enough to use as a bedside table or big enough to hold all your clothes, a chest of drawers is one of the most versatile, multi-purpose pieces of furniture. You can put it in a bedroom, foyer, dining room, living room – you name the room, you’ll probably be able to find a place in it for a chest of drawers.

The function of a chest of drawers can be either decorative or practical. Whether a large piece that takes up an entire wall, or a small piece in a foyer or living room, it gives you a place to hold or hide small household items and makes your space cleaner and more organized. And more than just the drawers are useful. You can store plants, baskets, or photos on top of a tall chest and use the top of a small chest for candles, lamps, televisions, books, or flowers in a decorative vase.


When shopping for a chest, consider your entire decorating plan. If you’re style is vintage, look for a practical chest with simple, straight lines such as the Campaign Wellington Chest by Theodore Alexander. It gives you plenty functional storage with sleek, sophisticated style. If you have a more formal style, look for a well-crafted antique reproduction piece. If your style is contemporary, a chest with sleek lines will work in your home.

Keep in mind that you will probably have this chest of drawers for a long time and use it in many different places in your home. So make your selection wisely and you’ll have a piece that will enhance whichever room you place it in. Here are some of the ways you can use this versatile piece of furniture.

theodorealexander paneled chest


This is the logical place to use a chest of drawers, since they were originally created to store clothing. A small paneled chest with 2 drawers makes a perfect nightstand. It can hold books and an alarm clock while keeping personal items neatly stowed out of sight. Put a lamp on top for late-night reading. The gilt verre églomisé paneled chest by Theodore Alexander adds a little opulence to your bedroom.

Living Room/Family Room

The gilt verre églomisé also makes a beautiful end table next to a couch, sofa, or chair. The top offers elegant display space and the drawers keep items such as remotes handy when you need them and neatly stowed when you don’t. Or if your living room is more of a game/craft room for the kids, a chest of drawers can be used to store games, puzzles, books, or art supplies.

Dining Room

Instead of a sideboard, try a long, low chest. The top can be used for serving and while tablecloths, placemats, napkins, and trays can be stored in the drawers. A small chest gives you a place to display seasonal decorations or a floral arrangement. The drawers can be used to store silverware.

theodore alexander commode chest drawers

Foyer or Hallway

Large foyers can often be difficult to decorate. Not a room, not a hallway, but big enough for a small chest of drawers and maybe a side chair beside it. The Commode Chest, also by Theodore Alexander, can hold scarves, keys, and mail. Give each family member a drawer and add a decorative box or basket on top for mail.


A tall, narrow chest can store all the things you’d put in a linen closest – towels, washcloths, and hair supplies. A shorter chest near the shower or bathtub can keep towels and bath supplies handy. Use a decorative basket for shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and towels. Store hair tools such as the blow dryer, straightener, or curling iron in the drawers.

If you are looking to enhance the décor of any room in your home, visit the Baer’s Furniture Showroom near you to check out the entire Chest of Drawers collection by Theodore Alexander.