Furniture Mini Blog – Champaign

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MARCH 5, 2021 - GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS.

Many outdoor furniture brands (not ours) are out of stock for the entire season already.  Our leading brand is currently shipping much better than most, and we currently have tons of it in stock!

FEBRUARY 28, 2021 - CRAZY COVID

Well, we just warehoused what would normally be most of a years worth of outdoor furniture!  Thought we were crazy to get this much stock preseason, but found out today that supply is probably even worse than last year, and it's still winter.  Get ready for another year of crazy covid...

FEBRUARY 22 2021 - OUTDOOR FURNITURE MATERIALS

The best materials for quality outdoor furniture frames are poly lumber, cast aluminum, teak, and epay (brazilian walnut).  The best fabrics are sunbrella brand.  The best cushions use reticulated foam.

 

FEBRUARY 20 2021 - QUALITY OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Buy something really nice once.  Don't buy something cheap again and again.

 

FEBRUARY 16 2021 - SMOKELESS FIRE TABLES

Propane (or natural gas) is the way to go.  No hassle lighting it.  No soot or smoke.  Instant luxurious warmth and ambiance at the press of a button!

SEPTEMBER 17 2020 - OUTDOOR FURNITURE INSIDE?

Yeah.  The best outdoor furniture is just as comfortable, stylish, and  a lot more durable than indoor.

 

AUGUST 5 2020 - TOO HOT? TOO COLD? JUST RIGHT?

Get a nice fire table & umbrella to feel just right in most any weather.

 

JULY 28 2020 - RENOVATION VS NEW LUXURY BACKYARD

Building is crazy expensive.  Try pricing out a renovation like a new custom room, then consider adding a luxury outdoor area instead for a fraction of the cost.

 

JULY 15 2020 - THE BEST CUSHIONS

Good cushions use Sunbrella commercial fabrics (that last up to 15 years), but the best cushions also use reticulated foam that water passes right through.

 

JULY 13 2020 - DEEP SEATING

Deep seating is the most comfortable outdoor furniture.  If you want to sit in one spot for hours, or lay down and take a nap, deep seating is for you.

JULY 12 2020 - ALUMINUM?

Aluminum doesn't rust, so yeah it's a great outdoor material.

 

JULY 1 2020 - COLOR MATCHING

Earth colors go together.  Whites / greys / blacks go with anything.  Brownish grey goes with most anything.  Darks get hotter than lights.  Hide furniture with color similar to your house.  Make furniture pop by going either darker or lighter, and adding some bright color.  Bright popping color can be everywhere (if that's how you roll), or subtle with just throw pillows and maybe an umbrella.

 

June 24 2020 - WINDY BACKYARDS

Heavy furniture is your friend.  Tall furniture is your enemy.  Check our our chat or dining height furniture, made with either poly lumber or epay (brazillian walnut).

 

May 23 2020 - THROW PILLOWS

Surprisingly comfortable, throw pillows are a fantastic way to pull colors together.  The cheapest ones last a few months, the best ones about 15 years.

 

May 19 2020 - MADE IN THE SHADE

Umbrellas are most popular way to get shade.  With care, a quality umbrella can get you 15 years of relaxing shade.

 

May 2 2020 - BUYING AGAIN?

If you're throwing away the furniture you bought only a year or two ago, you didn't enjoy it, and are about to start the process all over again...you're doing something wrong.

 

April 21 2020 - PARTY OF HOW MANY?

Buying the right amount of furniture isn't always easy.  Every outdoor space is different, but think about what area you have, how traffic will move, and how many people need their own spot.

 

April 10 2020 - PERFECT PORCH

Time to speed up your plans to slow down!  Time to go old school and sit on the front porch, soak in some rays, wave at your neighbors, and basically just relax.  Time to go small & simple.

 

April 1 2020 - WOOD IS GOOD

There's nothing like beautiful wood furniture!  Each piece is visually unique, sustainable, and just feels right.  For outdoor wood that will last, consider teak & especially epay (brazillian walnut).

 

March 22 2020 - SMALL SPACES

Think small functional furniture.  Don't be afraid to go taller.  Get creative about maximizing your areas.  Add some fun color with throw pillows.

 

March 15 2020 - COVID VACATION

Time to lockdown in your own back yard.  Lockdown luxury isn't  for everyone, but it might be for you.