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Information About Furniture Delays (pinned)
September 15, 2021

We understand that delays and constantly-changing information can be very frustrating, so we've compliled some information from industry sources and various news outlets to shed some light on the situations that customers- and retailers!- are up against.

Is a Protection Plan Really Worth It? (video)
January 8, 2022

In this video, Kenny discusses the pros and cons of a furniture protection plan. Is it right for you?

Why Is My Furniture Taking So Long? (video)
January 1, 2022

In this video, Kenny explores some of the reasons why furniture is taking longer than usual to arrive...and offers some tips on how to handle the situation!

The Ultimate Guide to Moving a Sofa By Yourself
October 9, 2021

Are you about to take on the unenviable task of moving a sofa by yourself? Fear not- this handy guide from gives step-by-step details on the best ways to move your sofa by yourself.

How to Clean Leather
October 3, 2021

Leather is known for its unique look, its softness, and its durability- however, it does require some extra maintenance and some special steps if you spill something on it. Click here for a handy guide!

Pantone's Colors for Autumn/Winter 2021-22
September 27, 2021

In honor of the 2021 New York Fashion Week, Pantone has released their colors for Autumn and Winter of 2021/22, identifying popular colors and trends for the upcoming season. Check them out here!

Why We're Having Trouble Sleeping During the Pandemic
September 21, 2021

We can all agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many side effects, but one that isn't being talked about enough is insomnia. With people working from home, more and more people are getting up early or staying up late to get other things done. How come this is happening, and what can we do about it?

Child-Proofing Your Home: A Guide
September 9, 2021

Tall furniture can be a hazard in your home if it isn't secured properly. Here is a guide (with video) about how to prevent this by installing an anti-tip kit on your furniture.

Quick & Easy Living Room Updates
September 3, 2021

Given the chance, we think many people would take the opportunity to update their living room- but not everyone has the budget to start from scratch or hire an interior designer. With that in mind, here are six tips for updating that living room on a budget!

The Best Sleeping Position for Acid Reflux
August 28, 2021

If you have issues with acid reflux, you know the symptoms: burning in your throat, regurgitation, heartburn, and more. If it gives you issues when you sleep, this article has a great tip for which position is best for sleeping!

Designing the Perfect Football-Watching Space
August 22, 2021

Football season is nearly upon us! Here are some tips for updating your football-watching space to make sure everyone has a great experience!

Seven (Sleeping) Habits of Highly Effective People
August 16, 2021

Everyone knows that one person who always gets a great night's sleep. With apologies to Stephen Covey, here are seven habits of highly effective sleepers!

Is An Ottoman Right For Me?
August 10, 2021

An ottoman can serve as a great accent piece in your living room, and also have some practical uses as well. But there are some cons that need to be considered. Is an ottoman right for you?

Different Types of Recliners
August 3, 2021

If you've been shopping for a recliner lately, you might know that there are a ton of different types of functions and options. Let's check out the different options that are available so you can find the right one for you!

Do I Really Need a Rug Pad?
July 28, 2021

It can be annoying to find the perfect area rug for your home and then have to spend even more money for a rug pad- but here are some reasons why it can be a good investment!

What Does "Made in the USA" Really Mean?
July 22, 2021

One common question we get from our customers relates to if their furniture is made in the US. That can mean a lot of different things- this article breaks down what that might mean!

When Should I Replace My Mattress?
July 16, 2021

Unfortunately, mattresses are not designed to last forever, and there are some telltale signs to let you know when your mattress is worn out. Check this article for some great tips!

Design Tips for Awkward Rooms
July 10, 2021

Every home has its own unique challenges; here are some tips from the blog at Curio Design Studio for how to arrange furniture in an awkward room!

Foam Shortages Affecting the Furniture Industry
July 4, 2021

Foam is one of the most important components of upholstered furniture, and it is in short supply right now. This affects supply and lead times for your new furniture- let's examine why this is happening!

Do I Really Need a Mattress Protector?
June 28, 2021

When a salesperson asks if you want to purchase a protector to go along with your new mattress, it can feel like an upsell- like they're trying to get you to spend just a little more money. But there are some great reasons why you should consider adding one!

How to Find the Right Bed Pillow
June 22, 2021

Getting a new mattress is only part of the equation- the pillow you choose is an important part of your whole sleep system. But there are so many do you choose the right one? Here's a handy guide on how to choose the right one for you.

Five Key Features of a Quality Sofa
June 16, 2021

We see this all the time: a customer sees two sofas that look almost identical. One is $500, and the other is $2500. The salesperson says that the $2500 sofa is "better quality"...but what does that really mean? Let's examine five key factors that contribute to a sofa's quality.

10 Backyard Party Tips for Outdoor Entertaining
June 10, 2021

'Tis the season for outdoor entertaining! Here are some great tips from a blog called XO Ashley for getting everything ready for your next gathering.

Seven Tips to Spice Up a Neutral Space
June 4, 2021

If you're noticing that more and more things these days are in neutral colors, you're not wrong! Entire home interiors are painted neutral more than ever, and many large furniture pieces are neutral as well. Here are some tips to help you spice up all these neutral tones!

Pros and Cons of "Fast" Furniture
May 29, 2021

There is a time and place for "fast" furniture- that is, furniture that you can buy at a big box store that usually requires assembly. There are many positives but also some drawbacks you need to be aware of- check out this helpful article for a list!

TV Stand Size Guide
May 23, 2021

Many people assume it's a simple question- what size TV stand would you like? But there are a lot of factors that go into selecting the perfect one to hold that brand new TV. Let's take a look!

Ten Terms, Part III
May 17, 2021

The third version of our article with ten furniture terms to know. This way, you can know exactly what to ask for when you go shopping without any confusion!

14 Things You're Doing Wrong That Are Ruining Your Sofa
May 11, 2021

Lifestyle blogger Jill Nystul from offers some great tips on what to avoid when it comes to your new sofa. Check out this wonderful advice for keeping your sofa looking as good for as long as possible!

What Does a Protection Plan Actually Cover?
May 5, 2021

When you're in a furniture store, you might find many people talking the benefits of a protection plan. But what does it actually do? This article coveres many of the things that are- and are not- usually covered by a protection plan.

What Bed Size is Right For Me?
April 29, 2021

It can be difficult to figure out what the best bed size is for your room. Here is a handy guideline to help you figure out what size is the best for you and your space!

Is A Platform Bed Right For You?
April 23, 2021

Platform beds are very trendy these days, desired for their clean lines and their style. But there are pros and cons- is this type of bed right for you?

What is a Lift Chair?
April 17, 2021

We hear from a lost of customers who want to buy a lift chair that don't know all of the options that are available. Use this handy guide to see what features you might want in your new chair!

The Most Popular Home Decor Styles
April 11, 2021

Our friends from a blog called The Accent Wall posted this great article on some of today's most popular design trends. If you're not sure where to start, this is a great article to browse!

What's Causing All These Delays?
April 5, 2021

If you've been furniture shopping recently, you've likely heard about all the delays in our industry. But what's causing them? This article gives a little more insight about what's making your furniture order take so long.

Ten More Furniture Terms to Know
March 30, 2021

Our first article about furniture terms was so successful, that we decided to write another one! Check out these terms to know before you go shopping.

Headboard Buying Guide
March 24, 2021

There are a ton of different options when it comes to buying a new headboard. What type of material? What shape? Check out this handy guide to see what you like the best!

Sofa Arm Styles: What's the Difference?
March 18, 2021

The arm of a sofa can go a long way towards determining its comfort, size, and style. But what are the differences between each one?

What's the Best Mattress For Lower Back Pain?
March 12, 2021

If you wake up with lower back pain, commmon wisdom suggests that you should buy a firm mattress- but this article from suggests that there are some other factors to consider before making your purchase!

What Is A Performance Fabric?
March 6, 2021

Lots of furniture stores advertise that a couch has a "performance" fabric- but what does that mean? Are they all the same? What sort of performance can I expect from it?

The Supply Chain Ripple Effect
February 28, 2021

This article by Bethany Clark at commercial real estate firm Cushman Wakefield does a great job of explaining some of the challenges that the furniture industry (as well as other industries!) are up against as we all navigate the pandemic.

Advice From Our Delivery Team
February 22, 2021

We've been making deliveries to local homes for over 70 years, and our delivery team has picked up some helpful tips. These simple tips can help you have a simple and smooth experience with your furniture delivery!

Tips From Our Back Office
February 16, 2021

Here are some great suggestions from the team in our back office. These will help you have an easy experience when calling or reaching out!

King vs. Split King: What's the Difference?
February 10, 2021

The split-king mattress is becoming more popular with our customers- why would someone consider that? What are some of the drawbacks?

Ten Furniture Terms to Know
February 4, 2021

When you're buying something, a lot of lingo can get thrown around that leaves a customer feeling confused or frustrated. Here is a list of ten important terms to know before you go shopping, so you can know what you're talking about!

Advice from Suburban's Salespeople
January 29, 2021

Suburban's salespeople are a great resource for advice and knowledge. Here are some tips they wanted to pass along to our Learning Center readers for how to make your furniture shopping trip as smooth as possible.

What's Better: Sofa or Sectional?
January 23, 2021

One of the most common questions our customers ask is whether they should choose a sofa or a sectional for their living room. Check inside for some great tips on how to choose!

How Does My Furniture Get To Me?
January 17, 2021

With all that's going on in the world, a lot of customers have been asking about the process by which their furniture gets from the manufacturer to their home. Check inside for some information!

Why Does My Reclining Sofa Look Off?
January 11, 2021

One of the biggest complaints we hear about reclining furniture has nothing to do with the recliners themselves- it's that the cushions don't line up quite right. Is there a reason why they look this way? Is that just the way they are?

Wood Floor Care Tips for the Winter
January 5, 2021

Our friends at published this great article about how to care for your wood flooring during winter- we just had to share!

What Keeps Me Up at Night?
December 31, 2020

It's New Year's, which means it's time for resolutions. Many of the most common resolutions have to do with taking better care of your health- and sleep is an important factor! Check out this list (courtesy of of common things that can get in the way of a good night's sleep.

Why Is My Furniture Taking So Long?
October 28, 2020

It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted manufacturing across the globe, and the furniture industry has not been immune. In this article, we check out some of the factors that have led to delays and long lead times.

How To Clean Pet Hair Off Your Couch
August 1, 2020

Our pets are like members of the family, who happen to shed and leave their fur all over our couches. This article has some great tips for how to clean that hair off your upholstered furniture.

Area Rug Placement Guide
July 29, 2020

Are you considering getting an area rug to spruce up your your home? Here's a great guide for how to place your area rug under the rest of your furniture, and which sizes would be best for your space.

Sustainability Measures by Our Vendors
July 25, 2020

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to both our customers and the manufacturers that supply our furniture. We are finding more and more of our clients asking about what steps are being taken with the environment in mind; after all, it’s the only one we have! Here are a few highlights from some of our top vendors about what eco-friendly they’re doing to protect our planet.

Seven Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger
July 22, 2020

We can't all afford to have a huge house with huge rooms- many of us have to contend with smaller space. Check inside for some tips on how to make that space appear larger!

Five Common Furniture Buying Mistakes
July 18, 2020

This article contains some of the most common mistakes our customers make when ordering new furniture. Help yourself avoid the headache and get everything right the first time!

Should You Work With an Interior Designer?
July 15, 2020

Hiring an interior designer to help with your next project can be costly and time-consuming. But there are a lot of benefits, too. Is it the right decision for you and your family?

What Does "Solid Wood" Really Mean?
July 11, 2020

When you see something advertised as "solid wood," it usually means that the piece is high-quality. But there are some negatives to solid wood furniture- click inside to read more!

Touring the Sealy Mattress Factory with Kenny
July 8, 2020

Our General Manager Kenny takes us on a tour of the Sealy Mattress factory in Paterson, NJ. Let's take a look at how a premium mattress gets made!

Mattress Construction Guide
July 4, 2020

These days, mattresses are constructed a variety of different ways. With coils, with memory foam, both...each one has their own positives and negatives, and one might be better than another for how you sleep. Which one is right for you?

The Great Debate: Fabric vs. Leather
July 1, 2020

One of the first things we try to find out from a customer is if they'd prefer fabric or leather- and many times, customers don't know! Here's a handy checklist to help you figure out what's right for you and your situation.

Sleep Roundtable, Part 10
June 27, 2020

In the final part of our video series on sleep, each member of our panel gives one personal tip for a great night's sleep. Get some great advice straight from the experts!

Sleep Roundtable, Part 9
June 24, 2020

In part nine of our video series, our experts discuss the whole sleep system. The mattress is imporant, but what other elements might contribute to a great night's sleep?

Advice from our Service Manager
June 20, 2020

Our service manager, Gene, has been in the industry for almost 45 years. He has a great perspective on which of our manufacturers are the most reliable, and he has a few pieces of advice to pass along to keep your furniture looking great!

Sleep Roundtable, Part 8
June 17, 2020

This is an important one for this day and age: we're talking about buying a mattress online. There are a ton of companies out there, so there are a lot of options for consumers. What are you getting when you buy a mattress online? Is it right for you?

Sleep Roundtable, Part 7
June 13, 2020

In the next part of our video series, our experts have a frank and honest discussion about mattress prices. How come they're priced the way they are? What do you get when you spend more?

Sofa Backrest Guide
June 10, 2020

When choosing a new sofa, one deciding factor can be the style of the back cushion. Which style is best for you?

Sleep Roundtable, Part 6
June 6, 2020

The definition of a good night's sleep is very different from person to person. Some of us need more sleep than others to function properly the next day. Our experts discuss why this is important to keep in mind when you're shopping for a new mattress.

Sleep Roundtable, Part 5
June 3, 2020

In the next part of our video series, our experts continune their discussion about mattress technology. How has it changed over the years? A great one to watch if you haven't been mattress shopping in a long time.

How To Maintain Your Area Rug
May 30, 2020

Many of our clients use an area rug to add a pop of color or to help define a space. Here are some tips on how to keep that area rug looking great!

Sleep Roundtable, Part 4
May 27, 2020

Our experts discuss the different types of mattress technologies- innerspring, memory foam, and hybrid. What does it all mean for you as a customer?

Sleep Roundtable, Part 3
May 23, 2020

For part 3 of our video series about sleep, we dive a little deeper into the comfort test. Why is it important that you get one?

Is an Adjustable Base Right For Me?
May 20, 2020

If you've been mattress shopping recently, you've probably seen these adjustable bases. They can have many health and lifestyle benefits, but are they right for you?

Sleep Roundtable, Part 2
May 16, 2020

Part 2 of our experts' roundtable discussion focuses on the Comfort Test. What is it? Why is it important to get one when you're shopping for a new mattress?

Sleep Roundtable, Part 1
May 13, 2020

We've gathered some experts to talk about sleep- why is important? Why do you even need it? This video features expert opinions from Suburban Furniture's team as well as represenatives from some of the nation's top sleep companies, including Sealy, Tempurpedic, and Bed-Gear.

Distressing or Defect? Part 4
May 9, 2020

We get a lot of calls to our service department from people wondering if a certain characteristic of their new furniture is supposed to be there. Let's set the record straight- are these things intentional distressing, or are they defects? The final installment of our video series.

Ten Design Tips to Try While Stuck Inside
May 6, 2020

Not only are you stuck inside these days, but you're stuck looking at the same old furniture each day. Here are some tips from our Store Designer, Paul, about how to freshen up your space without leaving your hosue!

Furniture Shopping in the Time of COVID-19
May 4, 2020

With all that's going on in the world, we are experiencing a lot of new "normals," and furniture shopping is no exception. How have things changed? What can you expect?

Is a Protection Plan Really Worth It?
May 2, 2020

Furniture stores try to "sell" their clients on protection plans all the time. Know before you go: what do they really cover? Are they really worth the extra money?

Distressing or Defect? Part 3
April 29, 2020

We get a lot of calls to our service department from people wondering if a certain characteristic of their new furniture is supposed to be there. Let's set the record straight- are these things intentional distressing, or are they defects? Part 3 of our video series.

Distressing...or defect?
April 25, 2020

Take a look at some pictures right from some of our floor samples- are these signs of intentional distressing, or are they defects with the piece?

Distressing or Defect? Part 2
April 22, 2020

We get a lot of calls to our service department from people wondering if a certain characteristic of their new furniture is supposed to be there. Let's set the record straight- are these things intentional distressing, or are they defects? Part 2 of our video series.

Distressing...or defect?
April 18, 2020

Distressing is common in a lot of today's furniture, but some things can be looked upon as a defect instead of something intentional. Which is which?

Distressing or Defect? Part 1
April 15, 2020

We get a lot of calls to our service department from people wondering if a certain characteristic of their new furniture is supposed to be there. Let's set the record straight- are these things intentional distressing, or are they defects?

What Are the Best Materials for Outdoor Furniture?
April 11, 2020

'Tis the season for outdoor furniture! It should be easy to find out what your new outdoor furniture is made from...but does it all mean? Which materials are best for you?

Upholstered Furniture Care Video, Part 2
April 8, 2020

Part 2 of our video series about how to care for your upholstered furniture. Kenny demonstrates a great technique for routine maintenance, which we call the Ol' Flip and Fluff!

Recliner Buying Guide
April 4, 2020

A comfortable recliner can be the most popular piece of furniture in your home. But with so many choices these days, how do you know if one is right for you? Check out our buying guide for a comprehensive list of things to look for when you're shopping.

Upholstered Furniture Care Video, Part 1
April 1, 2020

Part 1 of our video series about how to care for your upholstered furniture. This video has some great tips about how to keep your furniture clean, especially when it comes to spills and stains.

How Much Should a Mattress Cost?
March 28, 2020

We can all agree that getting a good night's sleep is important to your health. But if you're in the market for a new mattress, what should you expect in terms of cost? The short answer depends. Check this handy guide from Kim at Sealy Mattress to find out more!

The Ultimate Guide to Leather
March 25, 2020

Leather has been used on upholstered furniture for a long time, and is valued for its rich look and durability. But there are lot of different options when it comes to leather. Which option is right for you?

Can You Really Buy Furniture Online?
March 21, 2020

These days more than ever, you can buy almost anything online. This includes furniture and accents, but is it really that easy? Check out our guide to see if online furniture shopping is right for you.

Which Dining Table Height is Right For Me?
March 18, 2020

There are a ton of options these days if you're shopping for a new dining room set. One of the most important things to consider is whether to get a standard, counter, or bar height table. Which is right for you?

The Truth About Furniture Delivery
March 14, 2020

There are a ton of options when it comes to getting your new furniture delivered. What are they? What might the best option be for you? Check inside for more!

A Guide to Pet-Friendly Furniture
March 11, 2020

Many of us at Suburban Furniture are pet owners- in fact, the pets in the pictures belong to Suburban employees. We understand that they're an important part of your home, but they can be tough on furniture. How can you make it easier? Check inside for more!

Tips about Interior Design, from an Interior Designer
March 7, 2020

Ali is a superstar when it comes to interior design. She's one of Suburban's licensed Interior Designers. Check out our latest blog entry for tips and tricks about interior design, right from a designer!

Is the Bed-In-A-Box Right For Me?
March 4, 2020

It seems like there's a new company offering a bed in a box every single day. How do you make sense of all your options? Is it even right for you?

Nine Tips to Make Your Furniture Shopping Trip Go Smoothly
February 29, 2020

Furniture shopping doesn't have to be difficult, and nobody wants to spend their entire weekend wandering aimlessly through a showroom. Check out these helpful tips and tricks to make your furniture shopping trip go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

All Drawers Are Not Created Equal
February 26, 2020

The quality of a dresser, chest-of-drawers, nightstand, or china cabinet can often depend on the construction of the dresser. What should you look for? Check this handy guide- complete with images!

A Guide To Furniture Prices
February 22, 2020

When it comes to furniture shopping, there are a ton of different options at a ton of different price points. What makes each one different? Check inside for more information!

The Most Important Furniture Care Tips
February 19, 2020

Your furniture requires routine maintenance to keep it looking its best; here are some tips and tricks! Plus, what do those upholstery cleaning codes really mean?

The Ultimate Mattress Shopping Guide
February 15, 2020

Mattress shopping can be confusing and overwhelming. This handy guide will walk you through the process and offer some tips about how to make this easy!

Is A Custom Sofa Right For Me?
February 12, 2020

Furniture that is customizable can be a great option for many families. But is it the right choice for you? Check out our list of pros and cons to help you decide.

How Do I Get Rid of My Old Furniture?
February 8, 2020

You've just ordered some new furniture- how exciting! But what do you do with your old furniture? See inside for some great tips and tricks!