Furniture

4 Tips for Choosing the Best Bed for Growing Kids

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For health and development, children require nine to 12 hours of sleep each night, and it’s vital to their well-being that this biologic and emotional need be an ongoing priority. (If only grownups followed this same rule.) Selecting the right bed and mattress is key to ensuring little ones get the proper rest for brain function, immunity, growth, and even handling stress.

Here are four tips for selecting the best kids bed for a great night’s sleep:

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Which Furniture Fabric Works Best for Your Lifestyle?

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When choosing new furniture, one of the most important — and sometimes confusing — considerations is fabric selection. From kids and pets to dirty shoes and spilled drinks, you need material that can stand up to everyday life. But how do you know what’s best?

First, consider how the furniture will be used. If your furniture will be subjected to heavy wear, like a couch in a central area of your home, it’s best to choose a tough, durable fabric that’s easy to clean and can withstand daily use. In these cases, look for tightly woven fabrics with high thread counts (the number of threads per square inch). Also consider who will be using your new furniture. If you invite pets onto the couch, for example, consider a microfiber or faux leather since these fabrics can withstand extra wear and tear.

No matter what you’re shopping for, the following guide will help you better understand the different types of upholstery fabric in order to make the best choice for you and your family.

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4 Things Every Sports Fan Needs for Game Day

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Game day is about more than just sports. It’s about creating the ultimate fan experience complete with family, friends, and a jalapeño popper or two. But first, consider your watching environment. Is your TV up to snuff, so you know you won’t miss a single moment? Oh, and how is the sound? Do you feel like you’re part of the action? Can your friend, who’s just there for the snacks, still get comfy even if he’s not glued to the game? We’ve rounded up everything an enthusiast needs to play nice all season long, no matter which sport you love.

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How to Get Scratches Out of Wood Furniture

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Wood furniture, cabinetry and flooring are attractive and can be very durable, but are also susceptible to scratches and dents. Minor scuffs and dings can often be fixed fairly easily without hiring professional help. Below are 5 easy, noninvasive ways to cover up and minimize marks and imperfections and bring new luster back to wood items.*

*Rent-A-Center customers should pay careful mind to the fact that Rent-A-Center refurbishes products itself and doesn’t encourage customers to modify the products they rent. The tips below are considered noninvasive techniques to enhancing wood furniture that isn’t necessarily rented from Rent-A-Center.

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Give the Gift of Rent-A-Center Products During the Holidays

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The holiday season can be hard on your wallet, especially when it comes to buying thoughtful gifts for the ones you love most. Fortunately, there’s an alternative: At Rent-A-Center, you can give big gifts for small payments. It’s better than layaway because you take the products you want home today, and you’ll create holiday joy—not holiday debt—with no credit needed. Here are a few of the products available at Rent-A-Center that you’ll want to add to your holiday wish list.Read Story

Reasons to Love the Ackerly Sofa & Loveseat from Ashley Furniture


The living room is a place for gathering. From movie nights with big bowls of popcorn to lazy days with books and a blanket, your living room should reflect the way you live. It should be comfortable, durable, and stylish, too. And if you’re looking for a way to achieve all of these aesthetics, turn to Signature Design by Ashley Ackerly sofa and loveseat. Here are a few reasons why we love it.

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Lampshade 101: Made in the Shade

You’ve labored over key items in your space: a classic L-shaped sectional, the meticulously placed vintage rug, and the oh-so-perfect palette to pull it all together. In design, it’s often the details that ultimately make a room feel complete. Being mindful of the light that fills your space is just as important, but is sometimes overlooked. More than natural light, lamps — and their shades — bring function and character to our lived-in rooms. Your room will be made in the shade if you follow these simple do’s and don’ts for lamp light and your décor.Read Story