Is there a significant difference between a high-end and a low-end cushion, and how will that play out over the life of your sofa?
Let's look at the different types of cushions your sofa can have, from standard foam, soy foam or memory foam to high-end spring-down cushions. Read More
We’ve made it to the fourth and final post in our blog series on the differences between a $1000 sofa and a $4000 sofa. You’ve learned how features of the frame, suspension and seat and back cushions can make a huge difference in the quality and price of the sofa you are buying. Today we’ll finish our series with the finishing layer of a sofa; the fabric.
You might assume that fabric is less of a cost factor than all these other components we’ve discussed, but like those components that all depends on what fabric we are talking about. You see, when a typical living room sofa is being upholstered, the manufacturer will use as little as 15 or as much as 30 yards of fabric depending on the overall size of the sofa. How much the fabric on a sofa costs comes down to the quantity required and the qualities of the fabric you choose.
Suspension systems separate high-quality sofas from cheaper, mass-produced models.
We'll explore the three main suspensions used in sofas - Web Suspension, No-Sag Wire and the 8-Way Hand-Tied Coil System. Read More
Is there really that much of a difference between a living room sofa that is $4,000 and one that is $1000?
The simple answer is yes. It’s a big difference, and one that will take more than one blog post to unpack. That’s just what we’ll do in this new series.
Let me first ask you this. Is there a difference between a Ford and a Mercedes vehicle? After all both look good, both will get you to where you want to go, both have a decent warranty and yet the Mercedes is often many times the price of the Ford. Read More
McElheran's owner and co-founder Jeff McElheran shares five compelling reasons to choose Canadian made solid wood furniture. Read More
Desiree is not alone.
Clients come into our store all the time with this same exact dilemma. It didn’t take our design and sales team long to realize that very few people have the same needs when it comes to dining. Some people want casual while others want formal. Growing families want to seat 4 every day but then be able to expand to 10 for special occasions. Some want the intimacy that can only be achieved by dining at a round table so that everyone is equal. Others want a rectangular table with a special place at either end for the host and hostess. Read More
I remember one customer – let’s call her Dawn. Our interior design consultant had worked with Dawn for many months while her house was being built. Together they chose the best bedroom, dining room and living room furniture to fit both the home and Dawn’s lifestyle. The results were spectacular - so much so that Dawn called us up a few months later to tell us that one of the local high-end magazines in Alberta wanted to do a feature on her house!
Dawn thought we could enhance the look of the house by bringing out a curated collection of accessories on loan for the photo shoot. Our interior design consultant carefully selected table top accessories, mirrors, pictures and a few lamps to complement what Dawn had already purchased or collected on her many travels. We loaded up our truck and installed the collection about one week prior to the photo shoot for the client, awaiting Dawn’s request to return the items once the shoot was finished. The next call from Dawn was not what we expected. Read More
Anne story shows how much difference a natural mattress can make - to people, pets and our planet. Read More
Like high-fashion, high-end designer furniture is influenced by trends. Each year, certain colours, textures, shapes and materials take centre stage.For furniture, there is no stage like the High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina.I visited the Market recently and took note of trends you can incorporate into your own space. You may decide on a new sofa incorporating curves and white upholstery, but you can also update in smaller ways, incorporating trending elements into your accents and accessories. Read More
Consider this. You will spend 1/3 of your life in bed. Many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep, which has a huge effect on our waking hours.
What would it be worth to own the most comfortable, allergy free, no need to turn or flip, handcrafted mattress with a lifetime guarantee?
Quality leather furniture is an investment. Unlike other fabrics that wear out, quality leather wears in – gaining character and patina with time. Take good care of your leather and it can last a lifetime.
Read more for 8 Designer Tips for Caring for Your Leather.