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A Brief History of the Loveseat Couch and Its Uses

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

A Brief History of the Loveseat Couch and Its Uses

The loveseat couch is such an iconic staple of the living room furniture set that we often don’t stop to think about where it came from. What are its origins? Did people always have two couches in their living room arrangement? Are there different types of loveseats? For home stagers and interior decorators, these questions are important for understanding how to set up a room properly. Read on to learn about this important furniture item:  

Where Did the Loveseat Couch Come From?

The origins of the loveseat stretch back to the 1600s, when the earliest loveseats were invented. They were generally designed to allow women to sit down and smooth out their large dresses, which were fashionable at the time. The wide seating space provided extra room for the clothing and fabric.

In the U.S., the term “loveseat” first began being used during the 19th century, when people started using these wider seats for romantic courting purposes. These types of smaller couches encouraged closer seating for conversation and socializing. Later, in England, the term referred to theater seats with a removable armrest to provide closer seating in theater houses.

Today, the term “loveseat” basically refers to any small sofa, and they are typically used as a matching piece to a larger family-sized couch. The average family-style sofa is usually around 85” across, while love seats typically measure around 60”.

A Brief History of the Loveseat Couch and Its Uses

Modern-Day Loveseat Uses

For a long time, loveseats were usually limited to the living room or family room, and were almost always paired with a larger sofa counterpart. However, nowadays people are using loveseats in more and more creative ways. People recognize the value of loveseats — they provide the comfort of a cushiony couch, yet are small and easy to move and fit into various spaces.

Some modern uses of loveseats include:

  • Small-space seating
  • Seating for informal meetings in an office space
  • Comfortable seating in a video game corner
  • Cozy reading spot seating

Most loveseats are fitted with two cushions (one for each person). Some loveseats feature one long cushion, which can feel more comfortable for one person stretching out and reclining with a nice book.

A Brief History of the Loveseat Couch and Its Uses

Other Loveseat-Related Furniture Items

Some other sofa and loveseat-related items include:

  • Divan: A longer couch that is often designed to double as a bed. Often made without a back or armrests.
  • Ottoman: A small upholstered footstool that often has a hinged top to form a lid. Usually used in conjunction with sofa seating or a recliner chair.
  • Futon: A mattress that is filled with cotton and can be used as either a couch or a bed.
  • Sectional Sofa: A type of sofa formed from 2 to 4 sections that join at different angles to wrap around walls, furniture, and other objects. Sometimes called a “sectional.”
  • Settee: A type of upholstered seat that can be used for more than one person, and typically has a back and arms. Usually higher seat height than a sofa.

Regardless of the types of sofas and furniture being used, loveseats make a wonderful complement and provide extra seating in a non-intrusive way. If you’re looking for loveseat options for your home or office, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have an abundance of loveseat options, as well as full room packages to round out your space as needed.

Home Theater Tips to Maximize Your Entertainment

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Home Theater Tips to Maximize Your Entertainment

Home theater and entertainment setups have come a long way. All the different options can sometimes be daunting, but with some planning, you can truly maximize your space for an awesome viewing experience. Some simple home theater tips can point you in the right direction and make sure you’re taking advantage of all that your room and equipment have to offer. Read on to learn more:

Most Important Home Theater Tip: Find the ‘Sweet Spot’

For both visual and audio aspects of your home entertainment system, there is what is known as the “sweet spot.” This is the best spot in terms of both seeing the screen and hearing all the wonderful sounds. Walk around the room and test to see what works best. Understand that some people might not end up with the best seat in the house; however, the best seats should be fully optimized for visuals and audio.

Note: Finding the right spot is especially important for viewing 3-D movies. Make sure the seat is centered and that your backrest is fully upright. Tilting your head too far one way can seriously mess with the 3-D effect, so be sure you are in the optimal position for the effects to take hold.

Get Comfy With the Seating

One of the most important features of any theater is the seating. A common complaint in Yelp reviews about cinema houses is, “The screen and the sound were amazing, but the seating was just too uncomfortable.”  If you’re trying to transform your living room into a theater, then your own private seating is just as important.

Be sure that your seating can accommodate all your guests, and that it’s plush and comfy enough for long flicks. For instance, if your couch is worn out, it might be in your best interest to go for a sofa upgrade. For luxury features, you may want to equip your seats with extra cushions and pillows for maximum comfort.

Home Theater Tips to Maximize Your Entertainment

Audio Selections

A huge part of your home theater experience is the audio. Depending on your tastes and the size of your place, you may want to consider different audio setups:

  • Sound Bars: These provide a central source of sound that is usually better than the ones built into TVs. They can also save a lot of space compared to bulkier speaker units.
  • Portable Speakers: These can allow you to place the speakers anywhere you like and relocate them very easily as you see fit.
  • Optical Audio: Certain types of cables and ports utilize fiber-optic technology to support amazingly clear high-definition sound. Check to see if your TV or sound system supports this option.
  • Headphones: These can work wonders for times when you need to be quiet. Also, wireless headphones allow you to sit anywhere you want in the room and still get great sound.

Mind the Bass

If you’ll be incorporating earth-shattering bass speakers, be sure you mind the space surrounding the subwoofer. For instance, loose items on a shelf or frames hanging on a wall can buzz and vibrate with the bass, and this can be annoying during your “screenings.” Also, really loud bass has been known to shatter glass and other delicate items, so make sure you have no fragile items directly near the bass. Other than that, enjoy the boom!

Home Theater Tips to Maximize Your Entertainment

Set Out Some Snacks

What would a movie-viewing experience be without some snacks? For the snack lovers, it may be helpful to set up an end table or a sofa table for easy access to your snacks and drinks during movie times. If you’re really into it, you can set up a small, old-fashioned popcorn popper in the corner — an added bonus is that you get that theater house popcorn smell!

By following these easy steps, your home entertainment and theater setup will really start to pop. Reward yourself with a relaxing viewing experience and with an entertainment system that makes the room look better visually. For additional guidance on home design and decor options, contact us at Signature Furniture Rental. We have the perfect furniture rental items and packages to support your entertainment setup, and our team enjoys helping people see their home design ideas come to fruition!

 

Bookshelf Ideas to Smarten Up Your Home

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Bookshelf Ideas to Smarten Up Your Home

In this age of digital media and ebooks, one would think that printed books would be going out of style. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case. People still love holding books in their hands and curling up for a nice read. In addition, people still love collecting books and displaying them proudly in their bookshelves. Lately, bookshelf ideas are abound as home decorators come up with more and more ways to beautify their homes.

Bookshelves and book displays are a quick and easy way to add a touch of intellect to your space. Read on to learn more about some awesome bookshelf ideas!

Full Wall Setup

For those with lots and lots of books, a full wall bookshelf is ideal. This allows you to proudly display a large portion of your collection, and gives you immediate access to your favorite reads. While it may seem like a full wall shelf would take up a lot of space, the eye tends to interpret the shelf as basically a wall rather than an additional object taking up space.

Even better are wall bookshelves that are recessed into the wall — these really don’t take up any space!

Minimal Space Hanging Wall Shelves

Hanging bookshelves are excellent for smaller spaces. Rather than occupying floor space, these shelves hang on the wall, allowing you to use the extra room for other furniture like chairs, sofas, or even a desk.

Hanging wall shelves aren’t just limited to small spaces, though — you can use them in larger areas, like the living room or in the den, to make a spacious area appear even grander.

Bookshelf Ideas to Smarten Up Your Home

Interesting Shapes and Designs

Speaking of hanging wall book shelves, an interesting trend lately is to arrange the hanging shelves in visually fascinating patterns. For instance, rather than just having a straight shelf, you can design a shelf in the pattern of a tree, with each branch forming a shelf level. Circular shapes and shelves in the shapes of letters and words are also creative options.

Glass Door Bookshelves

Books can be very fragile, and require care and protection. If you leave them as they are, over time they will experience damage, such as yellowing pages. One thing you can do to protect your books is to install a glass case bookshelf. This will keep your precious items free from dust, moisture, and other damaging elements.

Many bookshelves come with glass doors at the front; if you already have a bookcase that you love and want to add glass for protection, it’s a pretty easy do-it-yourself project.

Bookshelf Ideas to Smarten Up Your Home

A Few Additional Tips:

  • Get creative with the way you organize your books. Take a more visual approach and organize books by height, color, width, or other aspects.
  • Bookshelves can be used to store and display other items, such as picture frames, model airplanes, awards, and even odd items like plants or wine selections.
  • Facilitate reading by placing your reading corner or area near the bookshelf. Upgrade your reading spot with your favorite cozy chair or sofa, ample reading light, an end table, and maybe a small speaker or two for some ambient reading music.

Don’t let your old books go to waste! They can make really excellent additions to your decor lineup, and can spark up topics for discussion for your guests. If you need more comprehensive furniture and decor ideas, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have furniture rental selections and packages for all your home needs!

 

Easy Tips for Optimal Living Room Furniture Placement

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Easy Tips for Optimal Living Room Furniture Placement

The living room is a social hub in the home. From coffee time to TV time, the living room exists so that people can come together. Unlike other rooms like a bedroom or study, the living room should be able to accommodate a group of people and allow them to interact in a free, casual way.

Living room furniture placement should reflect this. There are many simple principles you can follow to optimize your living room space to create a warm and inviting space for everyone. Read on to learn some easy tips to follow for staging or arranging your living room furniture.

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5 Myths About Home Staging

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Forget what you think you know about home staging. Plenty of myths abound and can cloud your judgments. But fear not. We’re here to debunk those 5 myths about home staging and help your home sell in no time. Before you know it, you’ll be drinking Champagne to celebrate your home sale. Clink! Clink!

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Home Staging your Living Room

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The living room is heartbeat of most homes, the place where families and friends convene to relax and unwind after a long day’s work. The living room is also usually everybody’s first impression of a prospective home, which is why home staging your living room is so important!

living room

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Want to Sell Your Home? Use Scent

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Smell is one powerful sense. Research even shows that scent is the strongest link to past memories. If you’re currently trying to sell your home, you may want to consider just how it smells.

After all, your potential buyers will want to make great memories at your home. Since you’re home staging, you already know how important it is to keep a tidy, neat home. But if you’re stuck on just what fragrances you should use to make your home more marketable, use this guide to help demystify this process.

Want to Sell Your Home? Use Scent

 

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Finding the Perfect Love Seat

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Love is in the air! At least, that’s what it feels like with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Whether you’re planning on a romantic night out or a cozy evening in with that special someone, we can’t think of a better time for a new love seat. However, finding the perfect love seat for your living room takes a little thought and planning.

With countless home decor blogs featuring finished spaces in various styles, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the millions of possibilities for each component when curating a space. With so many beautiful options in various colors and patterns, plus choosing the right upholstery fabrics, it’s important to first get specific about individual preferences and needs before purchasing a piece of furniture. While the aesthetics of various styles might catch your eye, it’s crucial that the pieces that outfit your home need to support and complement your lifestyle, both in function and visual sensibility.

Camden Love Seat by Signature Furniture Rental

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5 Tips For Fall Home Staging

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

San Diego just saw its first rain of the year, and that means we’re deep in the fall season. When you need to sell your home during fall, you’re actually in the perfect time of year to spice up your home decor and give it that warm feeling potential homeowners are seeking. As the air cools and the leaves begin to fall, follow these five tips for fall home staging and let the colorful autumn season assist you in selling your home.

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Kitty Comfort – A Couch For Your Cats

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Just when you thought your cat couldn’t have it any better, meet the Cat Tunnel Couch from designer Seungji Mun. Designed specifically for harmony between cat and cat owner, this couch allows for your feline friend to play with you while you relax. Only problem – they can jump out at you from three different spots when you’re least expecting it. Kitty comfort that’s exciting! AKA terrifying!

Couch for Cats

What do you think cat lovers? Would you ever purchase a couch for your cats?

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