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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.

4 Awesome April San Diego Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

4 Awesome April San Diego Events You Won't Want to Miss

April is one of the best times to get out and attend events in San Diego. The weather is warming up, flowers are blooming, and there are plenty of happenings to choose from. The more you participate and mingle, the more you can learn about one of the greatest cities to live in. Also, by attending San Diego events, you can often glean some really cool ideas and trends for home design and decor.

Here are a handful of awesome April San Diego events to check out:

The San Diego Watercolor Society Presents “Seeds of Inspiration”
April 7

Stop by the Art Galley in the The ARTS DISTRICT at Liberty Station to view some awesome watercolor paintings. The San Diego Watercolor Society is presenting an exhibit entitled “Seeds of Inspiration”, juried by award-winning artist Helen Schafer Garcia. Watercolor paintings have long been a source of inspiration for home decor and design projects. Be sure to check out this display for ideas! There will be 95-100 original paintings for sale, which you can also use for decor, of course.

Opening reception is Friday April 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with wine, food, and good times. Runs through April 29. Gallery will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free to the public.

4 Awesome April San Diego Events You Won't Want to Miss

Red Bull Air Race World Championship
April 15-16

For a more exciting, exhilarating San Diego event, check out the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. The San Diego coast provides the perfect backdrop for small, lightweight, maneuverable planes to race. The event was last held in 2009 and was super popular with spectators and fans. Nicolas Ivanoff won the event that year, and will be returning this year to compete again for the title.

Who knows when the next one will be held in San Diego? It might not be for years to come, so be sure to grab tickets this year if you’re interested! You can pick up some unique souvenirs at the event, which make excellent decorations for kids’ rooms.

“Art Alive”: The Museum in Full Bloom
April 28-30

The San Diego Museum of Art celebrates its 36th year of presenting “Art Alive.” Stunning works of art will be on display, with over 100 floral interpretations personally made by local and national art designers. This event is a great way to meet other artists and to gather ideas for home decoration and interior design.

Be sure not to miss the Floramorphic Sky of Colors, which showcases the inventiveness of designer Carlos Franco, who will transform the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda into a spectacular botanical work of art.

4 Awesome April San Diego Events You Won't Want to Miss

SDCDM Roots Series Presents the Pacific Islands
April 29

The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) is hosting a celebration of the cultures and communities of the Pacific Islands. The festive afternoon will include storytelling, Polynesian, Tahitian and hula dancing, and live music performances. Learn about traditional arts and snacks from the Pacific Islands as well. This is a great event for the kids! April 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 320 North Broadway, Escondido.

There is so much to do and see in San Diego during this time of the year. You can learn so much at these events, and can meet fellow members of the art community. If you had additional questions regarding interior decorating and home furniture arrangements, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have tons of options and complete packages to choose from, so you can get started right away on your dream decor theme!

Why You Should Choose Furniture Rental: Top 5 Reasons

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Why You Should Choose Furniture Rental: Top 5 Reasons

For some people, getting new furniture seems like a far-off dream. Many consumers are locked into the idea that they need to save up a lot of money before they can buy the furniture set they’ve been eyeing. What many don’t know or realize is that there are other options for furniture besides buying. Furniture rental is a viable option for a lot of homeowners; in fact, it can be the ideal option, depending on your circumstances.

Here are some of the main reasons why you might want to consider furniture rental:

Furniture Rental Helps You Net Incredible Savings

Furniture rental is one of the best ways to cut back on your home design and interior decor budget. Rather than dumping huge amounts into large payments for furniture that you’ll be stuck with for a long time, you can save money by renting furniture in time period intervals. That way, you only pay for what you really need, and can switch out pieces or entire sets at low cost.

Moving Convenience

The biggest pain point about the moving process is dealing with large furniture items. If you didn’t have to move big furniture pieces, you probably wouldn’t need to rent a U-Haul truck or hire movers. All of this adds additional time and expenditures to the process. Rather than buying an entirely new set of furniture, you can take advantage of that transitional window and opt for furniture rental instead.     

At Signature Furniture, we provide delivery services all across Southern California, and you can schedule the delivery for when it’s most convenient for you. You can take your mind off of transporting furniture and focus on more important things, like settling in and exploring your new neighborhood! Moving is one of the best times to give your furniture an upgrade.

Why You Should Choose Furniture Rental: Top 5 Reasons

Start Decorating Sooner

New homeowners sometimes don’t have all the resources available to fully furnish their home. An increasingly common practice is for new homeowners to rent furniture for a short period of time after they move in. In this regard, complete room packages can be even more beneficial, as it’s easier and cheaper to get it all in one shot rather than purchasing piece by piece.

Once the furniture is all set, the homeowners can then move forward with adding personalized decor touches! No more stark, bare rooms that make it look like no one lives there.

Staging Presentation

Furniture rental is an ideal option for prepping a home for a property sale (also known as “staging.”) Since the residential home sale process is a transitional stage, it makes sense to use rented furniture for staging purposes. This provides the home with a more presentable appearance, which can increase the likelihood of a sale. Also, homes that are staged properly will sell more quickly, which can directly increase sales profits.

Why You Should Choose Furniture Rental: Top 5 Reasons

Reduce Environmental Waste

Every year, so much furniture is thrown out and wasted because people need new furniture. How many times have you seen a La-Z-Boy abandoned and sitting on the curb? The practice of throwing out furniture is incredibly wasteful and places additional stresses on the environment.

Furniture rental helps reduce wasted materials since you can just simply swap out your current rented set for another one according to your needs, without having to discard the items.

These are only a handful of the many benefits associated with furniture rental. Are you looking for complete rental options to help you with all your home needs? Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for rental packages and individual furniture pieces to beautify your home. Get in touch with us now and see the difference that furniture rental can make for you!

 

4 Rental Furniture Design Trends for Your San Diego Home

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

4 Rental Furniture Design Trends for Your San Diego Home

It’s always fun to stay informed when it comes to furniture arrangement and design trends. Implementing a fashionable idea is a great way to express your creativity while staying within bounds that people can recognize. People love seeing “your take” on an existing theme, and it creates communication between fellow designers and home decorators.

Here are 4 popular home staging and furniture design trends to keep your eye out for:

Most Popular Design Trend: A Return to Simplicity

At the moment there is a trend to move away from more gaudy, showy furniture design trends to more simplistic, streamlined arrangements. This means sharper lines, more modern colors (like whites, chromes, and silvers), and more open space. The end result is a furniture layout that mimics the minimalistic designs now found in our technology (such as our phones and computers). This also allows the room to “breathe” and creates a sense of ease and relaxation.

4 Rental Furniture Design Trends for Your San Diego Home

Softer Palettes

Along with the move to simpler arrangements, homeowners are opting for softer color palettes as well. These make it “easy on the eye” and help create a less intrusive, more inviting look. Softer palettes work extremely well for rooms where comfort is expected, such as the bedroom or the living room. It also creates a somewhat more neutral base if you’d like to highlight other aspects of the room, such as the windows or a specific piece of art.

For softer colors, check out Signature Furniture Rental’s Camden Chair in Stone or the lovely Travertine Coffee Table. We have a whole array of furniture colors for all your needs.   

Formal Dining Rooms

Formal dining rooms are back! For a while, people forgot about the dining room and just sort of started eating anywhere — at the kitchen counter, outside, etc. There’s nothing wrong with that; however, quality family time can be sacrificed if everyone is split up during mealtime.

Recently, there’s been a conscious movement to have an actual sit-down dinner with the entire family. We suspect that smartphones may actually have something to do with it. People have been hearing “no phones at the table” for a while now; in the process, it’s possible that people started realizing, “Hey wait a minute! We actually don’t even eat at the table!”

As a result, formal dining table setups are back, along with more quality meal-times. At Signature Furniture, we have loads of dining room furniture options for you to choose from to help foster that old-time family environment.

4 Rental Furniture Design Trends for Your San Diego Home

Using Furniture for Multiple Purposes

More and more people are renting items that can be used for multiple purposes. Part of this has to do with the trend of living in smaller spaces; people want to maximize the space that they have, and sometimes this means using furniture in fun, non-traditional ways.

For instance, “sofa tables” don’t need to be used strictly behind a couch. Their unique size makes them perfect in hallways up against a wall, or even in a bathroom. Likewise, end tables can be used for displaying art, propping up a lamp, or storing newspapers.

Basically, the possibilities are endless and the choices are up to you! Creative use of furniture can help you get the most bang for your buck. Are you looking for the perfect solution to your furniture and home decor needs? Give furniture rental a shot — you’ll have plenty of options to choose from at mind-blowing rates. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for more information on exciting rental packages and items for your home!

 

How to Stage a House: Small Space Staging Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

How to Stage a House: Small Space Staging Tips and Tricks

Learning how to stage a house properly can really increase the chances at a rapid, profitable property sale. Home staging is a skill that some people seem to be born with, but everyone can most definitely benefit from staging tips. Home staging requires careful planning, especially if you’re dealing with smaller spaces.

Smaller spaces are not always a drawback; some people enjoy the warm and cozy feeling that they can provide. Thus, staging a small space requires you to work with the room to help draw out its unique features and advantages.

Small Space Home Staging Tip #1: Use Only a Few Colors

Too many colors can make a small space look too “busy” and overcrowded. If you can, try and stick to only a few colors. This will help tie the room together so that the far ends of the room come together with the center of the room. Actually, if you can just use white and one other color, it can really do wonders to clean up the look of the space.

Also, remember that darker colors tend to make the room look smaller, while lighter colors can open up the space more. Clear items (like coffee tables with clear tops) can also create an impression of more space.

How to Stage a House: Small Space Staging Tips and Tricks

 

Small Space Home Staging Tip #2: Go with a Theme

Along with colors, creating a theme for staging can further simplify and unify the room’s appearance. Rather than having a bunch of scattered items, it creates visual organization if you can work with a theme. Some common themes include nautical themes, holiday/seasonal themes, modern themes, and vintage looks. The key idea is to avoid clutter by having fewer items that share a connection rather than having many random, disjointed pieces. Opt for furniture sets rather than piecemeal collections.

Small Space Home Staging Tip #3: Create a Path and Place Furniture Properly

Again, one of the main advantages of smaller spaces is the feeling of warmth and hospitality they provide. However, all rooms still need some sense of flow, especially when it comes to pathways in between furniture. Be sure guests have a path to navigate in and out of sitting spaces and have access to important areas like the TV or dining table.

If the furniture is “sticking” to each other (i.e., no spaces in between items), it may mean that you have either too much furniture in the space or furniture items that are too large. Opt for slightly fewer items, or go for more modern, streamlined furniture items. Lastly, make sure that furniture is spaced properly.

How to Stage a House: Small Space Staging Tips and Tricks

Small Space Home Staging Tip #4: Don’t Worry Too Much About Cost

If you have some small space staging to do, and you’re on a budget, you shouldn’t really worry too much. As mentioned, small spaces can’t really support many furniture items to begin with, and so you’ll probably need fewer items than normal. Also, there are various methods and techniques you can use that can help you stage spaces while at the same time cutting costs. These include:

So, rather than fixating too much on cost, you’ll want to focus more on innovation and resourcefulness. Think of the limitations on space as an opportunity to test and challenge your creative spirit!

Are you looking for more options to stage and beautify smaller living spaces? Furniture rental options might be the best solution for you. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for complete furniture rental packages, accessories, and more. Renting furniture can help you achieve the look and presentation you’re seeking at a fraction of conventional costs!

 

Why Rearranging Furniture CAN Actually Make You Happier

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Three people busy rearranging furniture.

Your environment has a huge emotional and psychological impact on you. From the color on the walls to how you use the space (think: furniture arrangement) our environment influences our thoughts, moods, and perceptions. It also has a direct impact on how we work. Surgeons and accountants, for example, work better in low-ceiling rooms (it promotes focus and concentration), according to feng shui expert Ariel Joseph Towne. Creative people generally work better in large, open spaces with lots of natural light.

Our home interior, in particular, has a great deal of influence on us because of the amount of time we spend there and because it is truly our own space. Not only that, other people see our personal spaces as a reflection of who we are. This is why taking the time to design your space, or rearrange furniture, on a regular basis can actually make you feel better.

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Boost Your Creative Powers at San Diego Comic Con

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

 

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San Diego Comic-Con goes down this month on July 21-24. Like a Charger’s or Padre’s game, Comic-Con can cause San Diego to get all riled up in the participation spirit. People flock from all over the country to dress up in their favorite costumes, attend seminars, and meet their favorite actors. What many don’t realize is that this grand event has become an epicenter of artistic creativity and handiwork, as many participants make or build their own costumes, props, and sets.

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High-Tech Home Staging Ideas to Help you Make a Sale

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

High-Tech Home Staging Ideas to Help you Make a Sale

The future is here! There are tons of new high-tech methods and techniques that you can employ to help stage and sell your home. Lengthy showcase processes are being replaced by faster, more exciting home presentation and sales methods. These can reduce the amount of time your home spends on the market (which, in turn, will net a better selling price).

Many of these new high-tech options are truly exciting. While they not be available in all areas, we expect these to be more commonplace (and cheaper) as the technology becomes more available to the public. Check out these high-tech staging methods that can put you ahead of the game:

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5 Easy Ways to Increase Space in Your San Diego Residence

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

5 Easy Ways to Increase Space in Your San Diego Residence

No matter what the home layout or floor plan, one thing’s for sure- everyone could use some extra space in their home. Whether it’s in the living room, bedrooms, or even the dining room, the feeling of spaciousness is always welcomed. It can help make the place more comfortable, and can help you be more productive and at the same time more relaxed.

There are several easy steps you can take to create more space in your home. Check out these fun and easy ways to increase space inside the house:

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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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