The Most Underrated Piece of Furniture in My Home

Inspired by the questions/comments on/reactions to my recent piece about swapping outdoor shoes for indoor slippers, I’ve decided to use this space to clarify something: I have a shoe bench by the door so guests who are able to and want to take off the…

Inspired by the questions/comments on/reactions to my recent piece about swapping outdoor shoes for indoor slippers, I’ve decided to use this space to clarify something: I have a shoe bench by the door so guests who are able to and want to take off their shoes can do so more easily. For guests who can’t or don’t want to, a hardy mat is on standby to catch any debris and soak up any water or snow. Sorry to break it to ya, but I’m not some kind of monster who makes family and friends choose between wearing slippers, going barefoot, or leaving.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, back to the shoe bench. I’ve had one from SimpleHouseware (that also makes this genius organizer one of our contributors uses around her apartment) for almost three years now and it’s the most underrated piece of furniture in my house. While most shoe benches just look like regular benches with a hard seat and unused space underneath, this one has a cushion on top for comfort and a two-tiered shoe rack underneath for extra storage. I know it sounds simple and obvious, and you’d assume every shoe bench was designed with these features in mind, but surprise—they’re not. And for someone like me whose older parents and grandparents visit often, these features have become increasingly important.

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10 Interior Designer-Approved Furniture Brands You Need to Know

With so many furniture brands to choose from, it can be difficult to get a sense of which ones really are all that and which are worth a pass. Things that look great on Instagram might not fit your space, or you might be worried about ordering from big…

With so many furniture brands to choose from, it can be difficult to get a sense of which ones really are all that and which are worth a pass. Things that look great on Instagram might not fit your space, or you might be worried about ordering from big-box retailers if no one in your friend circle has ordered from it yet.

That's why we went straight to our trusted group of interior designers for the best furniture brands that make them and their clients swoon. Their favorites range from well-known brands to under-the-radar names, and include a wide range of budgets, too, so you're definitely going to find your new favorite shop here.

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Put Down the All-Purpose Spray—Here’s How to Clean Wood Furniture

For centuries, wood has endured as the most popular material for crafting furniture. It’s durable, naturally beautiful, and can be designed to suit just about any style. Most importantly, though, wood furniture is low maintenance and doesn’t require mu…

For centuries, wood has endured as the most popular material for crafting furniture. It’s durable, naturally beautiful, and can be designed to suit just about any style. Most importantly, though, wood furniture is low maintenance and doesn’t require much effort to keep it in tip-top shape.

But low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance, so it’s important to know how to clean your wood furniture if you want it to last. With just a little bit of regular upkeep, you’ll certainly be able to pass your wood furniture down to your grandchildren. From dusting to removing water stains, here’s everything you need to know.

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Our Favorite Modular Couches Are on *Major* Sale for Labor Day

For the past three years, I’ve recommended my Burrow Nomad couch to anyone who was willing to listen. It’s a simple full-grain leather couch with a removable lounging chaise and ottoman, and it’s withstood a move, dogs with sharp claws, and kids with l…

For the past three years, I’ve recommended my Burrow Nomad couch to anyone who was willing to listen. It’s a simple full-grain leather couch with a removable lounging chaise and ottoman, and it’s withstood a move, dogs with sharp claws, and kids with lots of energy. It’s something I’d pay top dollar for (full disclosure: I tested the couch some years ago as a writer specializing in home and kitchen gear), and right now, it’s on major sale.

Save up to $750 at Burrow from Saturday, August 28 through Sunday, September 12. Take 10 percent off any purchase up to $1,899, or take anywhere from $200 to $750 off your entire purchase—the larger your order, the larger the discount. The direct-to-consumer furniture brand has a sale only a handful of times a year, but this is the biggest one so far. If you’ve been waiting to deck out your space, now’s your chance. The discounts are automatically applied at checkout as long as you hit the thresholds, or you can use the code LDW21. Oh, did we mention there’s free shipping?

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21 Best Furniture Deals on Amazon Prime Day

It’s the second day of Amazon Prime Day and there are still hundreds (literally) of deals on tech gadgets, home decor, kitchen gadgets, and tons of furniture.

The annual shopping event started June 21 and runs through June 22 (today!) with more deals …

It's the second day of Amazon Prime Day and there are still hundreds (literally) of deals on tech gadgets, home decor, kitchen gadgets, and tons of furniture.

The annual shopping event started June 21 and runs through June 22 (today!) with more deals dropping every hour—and in the case of Lightning Deals, every minute. You’ll need a Prime account to shop though, so if you don’t have one, sign up for a free 30-day trial to get access to the sale, plus free 2-day shipping, free trials to Kindle e-books and Music Unlimited, and more.

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Linen Isn’t Just For Beds—These Furniture Pieces Prove It

News flash: Linen is for far more than just towels and duvet covers (though don’t get me wrong, I love a good linen sheet set, too). Recently, I’ve majorly been lusting over linen furniture, which retailers are introducing in the form of lamps, nightst…

News flash: Linen is for far more than just towels and duvet covers (though don’t get me wrong, I love a good linen sheet set, too). Recently, I’ve majorly been lusting over linen furniture, which retailers are introducing in the form of lamps, nightstands, dressers, and more. All I can say is: Bring. It. On.

In a sea of standard wood and white pieces, linen stands out and adds so much textured personality to any space, despite being neutral in color. Whether your style leans boho, grandmillennial, or California cool, you’ll be able to effortlessly incorporate a linen piece or two into your home. And the pros agree with my take. “Linen is a versatile material that can be styled in both formal and casual settings, and is beloved for its classic texture that never goes out of style,” says Maiden Home founder Nidhi Kapur.

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Stuck With Uncomfy Furniture? Here Are 5 Ways to Fix It.

It’s difficult to describe the kind of disappointment you feel when you order a new piece of furniture only for it to arrive at your doorstep and fail to meet expectations. But, as the pandemic continues, shopping online may feel like your only safe op…

It’s difficult to describe the kind of disappointment you feel when you order a new piece of furniture only for it to arrive at your doorstep and fail to meet expectations. But, as the pandemic continues, shopping online may feel like your only safe option for buying furniture. While it’s certainly convenient to pick out a new living room set from the comfort of your computer (and current living room set), there’s undeniably a risk involved when you can’t check it out in a storeroom first. Namely, you could end up with a whole room’s worth of furniture that isn’t as comfortable as you hoped, despite all the reviews you pored through first.

It bears mentioning that, obviously, you can always return the offending items if they’re not up to your standards. But, if you’re set on making do with what you have, here are a few tips to get started. And, if all else fails, there’s always the floor.

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Did You Know Your Cane Furniture Needs to be Moisturized?

Add a piece, or a set, of cane furniture to any room and the atmosphere instantly relaxes. Your proximity to the nearest beach dwindles, your vacation days increase (and inch closer), sunshine glimmers in the forecast. Barefooted-ness becomes a regular…

Add a piece, or a set, of cane furniture to any room and the atmosphere instantly relaxes. Your proximity to the nearest beach dwindles, your vacation days increase (and inch closer), sunshine glimmers in the forecast. Barefooted-ness becomes a regular consideration. Ice cream for dinner. I'm not kidding. Have you tried it?

The plants used to make woven, natural-fiber furniture take many shapes, but two of the most common materials used are rattan and cane. Often confused and used interchangeably, rattan and cane are different applications of a similar material. Rattan includes over 600 different species of solid timber vine (different from a material like bamboo, which is hollow), native to tropical forests. Cane, on the other hand, is actually a specific part of rattan, which is removed from the thorny outer skin of the plant. It’s naturally very light in color, somewhat shiny, and far less porous than other parts of rattan—making it exceptional at repelling liquid spills.

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The Dining Chair Trend We Just Can’t Get Enough Of

One of my weaknesses is being utterly incapable of passing up a good chair—be it on the side of the road, at a flea market, or listed on Facebook Marketplace. I’m overcome by a sense of compulsion to drag it home, or type, “Hi, is this still available?…

One of my weaknesses is being utterly incapable of passing up a good chair—be it on the side of the road, at a flea market, or listed on Facebook Marketplace. I’m overcome by a sense of compulsion to drag it home, or type, “Hi, is this still available?” to the seller. When walking through a yard sale, I turn my inner monologue on repeat:“You don’t need that, you don’t need that.”

If you’re anything like me, and have ended up with a whole lotta chairs, the idea of a dining table with mismatched chairs is likely the most practical conscious design choice you can make. An excuse to sidle a sleek mid-century piece right up next to a bentwood beauty and a chipped farmhouse bench? I’m in. A way to combine found furniture with the trendy new seat you couldn’t resist? This is it.

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8 Modular Furniture Brands That Will Fit Any Space—Literally

Modular furniture is a lifesaver no matter if you live in a one-bedroom (that’s really a studio with wobbly plywood pretending to be a wall) or a sprawling estate with a pool house. Think of it as Build-A-Bear for furniture like sofas, bookshelves, and…

Modular furniture is a lifesaver no matter if you live in a one-bedroom (that’s really a studio with wobbly plywood pretending to be a wall) or a sprawling estate with a pool house. Think of it as Build-A-Bear for furniture like sofas, bookshelves, and even bed frames.

As someone who’s had to carry (and pivot) a traditional couch up four flights of cramped stairs and sell a too-big bed frame that wouldn’t fit into her next space, modular furniture is a million times easier to assemble, disassemble, and transport. It’s also something that grows with your space. You can pick up a cozy loveseat now and then add another seat later, or get a media console for your TV now and then tack on a coordinating bookshelf for your souvenirs later.

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