How To Choose A Mattress Based On Your Sleeping Style

Many people put off buying a new mattress because they know it can be an exhausting shopping experience, and they realize they will have to live with their decision for a while. With so many mattress brands, models, sizes, prices and features available, how are you supposed to know exactly what you want or need? The truth is that what works for one person may not be the best option for someone else. Read on for some helpful hints.

An important feature of a mattress, and one many people do not understand, is support. Proper support will keep your body aligned during sleep to prevent strain on your musculoskeletal system. Without this support, you may wake up with cramps and stiffness, or the feeling that your arms or legs are “asleep.” Support is not the same as firmness, or how the mattress feels when you lie down. A very plush feeling mattress can still provide proper support. A firm feeling surface on a mattress is a personal choice, it is not a necessity for good sleep.

Smith Village carries three primary mattress types: memory foam, innerspring, and memory foam hybrid. Many of our mattresses also offer a variety of comfort choices that allow you to choose your ideal sleeping surface.

The base of your mattress set is known as the foundation or box spring. The foundation is designed to complement the performance of the mattress and works in unison with it to provide proper support and durability. Purchasing just the mattress or foundation alone can reduce the overall durability and longevity of your mattress set.

The way you sleep will affect which type of mattress is best for you.

  • Side sleepers need pressure relief, or a mattress with the ability to support and disperse your body weight and conform to your shape. Memory foam or innerspring mattresses are a good place to start.
  • Stomach sleepers don’t need an enveloping memory foam, but an innerspring or hybrid with a firmer top surface is definitely something you will want to test rest.
  • Back sleepers will want something in between that offers support but has some give to it to keep your spine in healthy alignment. Any mattress type can work, your personal comfort is key.

As you try different mattresses, make sure to lie down to get a real feel. Pushing on the top, or sitting on the edge are not enough to decide what is best for you. You wouldn’t choose a new car just by kicking the tires, you would take it for a spin. Shouldn’t you spend as much time “test-driving” your next mattress? After all, most of us will spend more time sleeping than driving, so take your time.

You can also enhance the comfort and convenience of your life with an adjustable foundation. Adjustable foundations allow you to elevate your head and feet as needed. This can help alleviate pressure points, improve blood circulation, and reduce acid reflux and snoring. They can also help ease the discomfort of arthritis, and neck and back issues. It’s also a great option for people who love to lounge in bed, be it while reading a book, using your computer or eating breakfast in bed.

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With technology also used by NASA, the Support Report helps identify your pressure points so you find the best mattress to address your individual needs.

Here at the Village, we make finding the best mattress for your sleep style easy, with The Support Report mattress recommendation system by Furniture First. The Support Report uses pressure imaging technology to create a dynamic hi-res image of your body pressure as measured on a mattress. This helps guide your sales associate to the style of mattress best for your individual body type.

To prepare yourself for your mattress shopping trip, try Serta’s online Mattress Selector or visit our mattress page.

 

A Gathering Place for Family

Dining Room Tables

No other piece of furniture in the home brings family together like the dining room table, whether it’s for a big holiday meal or an early morning breakfast on a quiet Saturday. Finding the right dining room table can be a challenge, but here are some tips that will make the selection process much easier.

Finding the Right Dining Table

Dining tables set the tone for your dining room, taking up most of the space and establishing the décor for the entire room. Before you buy, you need to know the maximum number of guests that will be seated at one time. Once you’ve established the necessary size, you will need to consider the style of your home, and what kind of dining atmosphere you would like to create, be it formal or informal.

Dining tables come in many different designs. The sheer variety of options sometimes makes it challenging to pick and combine elements that fit your needs, as well as complement your kitchen and dining room. Start by figuring out what style of dining table you want.

  • Pedestal – Pedestal tables are great choice if you need to seat many people at a table without table legs getting in the way. This traditional style, which dates back centuries, typically has one pedestal; but 2 pedestal tables are available as well.
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  • Trestle – A trestle table typically has X or V shaped supports at either end, connected longitudinally with a cross beam. This design dates from the middle ages. It often has a country or rustic flavor, and works well in more casual dining settings.

Butterfly – The butterfly-leaf table is an ingenious design that allows the leaves to be stored under the table top, rather than removed for storage elsewhere. The leaf/leaves are hinged in the center and fold up, resembling wings, then together and down below the table surface. This is great for any space, but particularly useful in small spaces. The butterfly style is available in most decor styles.

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  • Leg – The leg table is the most simple table design, and can come in any style from rustic farmhouse, to super modern, to elegant traditional. The legs can be made of wood or metal, and are usually either a column design, mission, or a turned style.

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Next consider your table’s top, as some can differ in composition from the rest of the table.

  • Wood – The most common material for tables – wood – is a versatile and reliable choice. To keep your table from scratching, always protect the surface when in use. If you prefer to keep the wood visible while dining, glass can be cut to fit the top. Otherwise, a tablecloth, placemats, or a custom order table pad can be used to protect the surface. Our sales associates can help you order a table pad sized specifically to fit your table.
  • Laminate – A blast from the past, laminate has proven to be a sturdy tabletop material over the last several decades, and is often used in diners and restaurants. Its multilayer construction and wear-resistant surface is child-friendly and perfect for heavy use. Laminates can mimic many more expensive finishes, such as marble or stone.
  • Tile – Tile table tops are a perennial favorite that come in many styles. They are very durable and suitable for hot dishes. Just make sure your tile is actually ceramic before you try putting a hot pan on it!

Dine in Style with Smith Village Home Furnishings

If you’re still unsure what type of table would look best in your dining room, Smith Village Home Furnishings can help you. Our friendly sales staff can assist you in selecting a table and chairs that will best fit your dining room’s design and layout. We carry a wide variety of styles to choose from, and we can also special order pieces if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for on our showroom floor. Check out the selection on our website!

Contact Smith Village Home Furnishings today to speak with one of our friendly staff members. Even better, stop by, and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect dining table for your home.

 

Finding Your Perfect Sofa

Most Americans spend a good portion of their free time relaxing on their sofa, whether they are talking with family and friends, watching television, playing video games or reading.

Finding just the right sofa for your living space is very important, and there are many factors that should be taken into account during this process. Just because a couch looks nice in a store does not necessarily mean it will look as good in your living room.

There are plenty of sofa styles, materials, sizes and colors to choose from, so knowing your preferences before you go shopping can save you time and maybe even money.

  • Size Matters – Before you even set foot out of your home, you will need to measure the space. Nothing is more disappointing than falling in love with a sofa, and finding out upon delivery that it won’t fit inside your house. (Yes! It happens!) Measure the walls, and mark the placement of doors, windows and outlets. Your sales associate can use this to create a functional floorplan to position your new sofa. Then take pictures of the room and existing pieces.
  • Orientation – Consider the function of the sofa. If you like to watch TV or movies, you will obviously want it to face the screen. If snuggling while listening to music is more your speed, you might prefer that your couch faces the fireplace. Afternoon reading might dictate placement below a window for optimal light. Often times the architecture of the room will limit your placement options as well.
  • Material – You want your sofa to look good, but how it feels when you are sitting is more important. Make sure you sit and lie down on prospective pieces before you purchase. Ask your salesperson about the quality of the frame construction. Fabric, too, can affect the functionality of a piece of furniture. For example, if you own pets or have small children, you may want to stay away from solid, light colored fabric, which can easily be stained. A darker, patterned fabric will do a much better job disguising stains. Ask your salesperson about the cleaning code of the fabric you’re considering. Some fabrics have special cleaning needs. It’s best to know this before you have a spill. Leather is a classic option that wears well with age and is not difficult to clean.
  • Style and Color – Try to find a sofa that complements your existing furniture and decor. The pictures you took of your room will make this much easier. Your sales associate can point you to styles and colors that will mesh with the pieces you are keeping. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Like your mom said, the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask. Our salespeople have a wealth of product knowledge, and may have an answer to a problem you thought couldn’t be solved.

Spectacular Sofas in York

At Smith Village Home Furnishings you will surely be able to find what you are looking for from our selection of nearly 1,000 sofas! If that isn’t enough, we also have a wide selection of:

  • Sectionals
  • Loveseats
  • Chaises
  • Settees
  • Benches
  • Ottomans
  • Chairs
  • Recliners
  • Tables
  • And Much More

Shop our selection of sofas at http://bit.ly/2iOVXoY or visit our main store or furniture outlet in Jacobus today.

Liven Up Your Home with Some Color

Nothing brings an interior space together better than a color scheme that makes a statement. However, selecting a color scheme isn’t always easy, and pairing gaudy, showy colors can throw your color scheme into chaos rather than unify a room.

Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Interior Spaces

The most important thing to remember when choosing a color scheme for a room or furniture grouping is that it reflect your personal style. All color choices are subjective. When it comes to decorating a space, remember that you’re going to use the space more than anyone else, so you need to do what feels right to you.

Before you start planning a color scheme, consider your furniture, fabrics, wallpaper and flooring. Any new elements or colors must be incorporated into the framework of these existing elements.

The next step is to start examining concepts such as value, texture and pattern. Balance values by creating a color scheme that incorporates a dark color, a light color and a bright color to add some liveliness. Weigh the intensity of color hues and the effect they have on you as you look at them.

Your natural intuition regarding colors won’t lead you astray. Trust your natural instincts to help you compose a unified color scheme that isn’t garish or harsh on the eyes. Following the latest fad may seem fun, but it can quickly become tiresome. Colors that are special to you will always be in style.

Choosing Color Schemes for Open Floor Plans

Picking a color scheme for an open floor plan can be tricky, as unifying color within a space that has several different functions can be difficult. Unite the overall space with one color for the walls, and a complementary shade for the trim. Colorful but harmonious accessories, such as rugs, painted occasional pieces and plants can then be used to differentiate areas that serve different functions, such as TV viewing, dining, and perhaps a nook for reading or using a tablet. Use one accent color in small doses in each of these areas to maintain the overall cohesiveness; for example, blue pillows in the TV area, a blue lamp in the reading space, and a blue arrangement on the dining table.

Select the Perfect Color Scheme with Smith Village

We make it easy to create the perfect color scheme at Smith Village. Visit www.smithvillage.com, where you can apply a wide selection of available fabrics and colors to upholstery frames from England, Klaussner, and Best Home Furnishings. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, our sales consultants can help you pull together a color scheme using fabric samples in our store. Many of our brands have customizable cover options from which to choose, to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

Contact Smith Village today and one of our sales associates will help you select a color scheme that is beautifully pulled together, and uniquely you.

A Perfectly Productive Home Office Space

Working from home has its benefits: you can do your job in your underwear and your boss lets you take as long a lunch break as you’d like. Sure, the perks are great, but they can come with some significant disadvantages.

Home offices are filled with or adjacent to the many distractions of home, and aren’t always the most spacious, convenient or conducive to work, which can actually hurt your productivity. For a small business owner or dedicated employee, having the right space and furniture are crucial.

The Space

The first step in creating the best home office is to find the proper place to put it. Choose a room inside or outside your house that can fit everything you might need to effectively run your business, whether that be furniture, supplies or technology.

Your office space should also be as separate from your daily life as possible. It’ll be much harder to work in your bedroom or kitchen, which you already associate with things such as sleeping or eating. Increase productivity by minimizing any distractions you can from the get-go.

The Furniture

Even more important than the space is what you fill it with. If you intend to sit at a computer, you’ll need a desk and chair that work just as hard as you do.

Luckily, most home office desk chairs are designed to be ergonomic. Your back and legs should be comfortably supported. Always try to work in the optimal seating position: back straight, feet flat on the floor and elbows bent at a 90 degree angle. This will help you avoid injury and discomfort.

Similarly, a sturdy desk will support you and all of your supplies throughout the work-week. Poor working conditions can contribute to poor health, not to mention an uncomfortable work day.

The Theme

While not as important as some other factors, the overall cohesion of your home office space can help prevent distraction and put you in the working mood. It might help to design your office around your business; a design company might require a modern space while a startup law firm would benefit from a more classic, rustic look.

Color plays an important part in designing any space and affects your work more than you would expect. Blue and green tones have been found to positively impact productivity and energy levels. Orange and red are passionate colors, lighting a fire and pushing you to work harder. Yellow is said to stimulate creativity but can also cause eye strain. Consider what will fit best for your home office and the kind of work you intend to get done.

Smith Village Home Furnishings has been providing quality office, living room, bedroom and dining room furniture since 1932. Contact us so we can help provide the perfect pieces to suit your

Love Your Style

Nothing is more freeing than mixing and matching furniture to create the perfect living concept. Whether it’s for a study, an office or the living room, the ability to customize, mix and match furniture patterns, colors and types according to your taste provides for virtually limitless options.

However, it’s quite easy to get lost in the mix of all the options, and if you’re looking to impress or please visiting family and guests with your design choices and setup, the right mix of color, patterns, furniture placement and types matter.

Helpful Tips for Mixing and Matching Furniture

Everyone is a designer within, organizing, picking and placing furniture according to their own aesthetics and eclectic flair. While you may be pleased with the teal and orange color scheme of the furniture in your living room, it may be hard on the eyes for family and guests. Consider these useful tips while you’re planning the perfect furniture aesthetic for your living spaces, and you may be able to avoid some of the pitfalls of mixing and matching furniture.

  • Picking The Right Color – Color plays a large part in choosing, mixing and matching furniture, as it has a significant effect on humans at a psychological level. Studies have shown that different colors have different effects on humans, inspiring different emotions and feelings. Red fosters passion and driving-to-action emotions, while blue is a more calming, serene color. Radiant yellows commonly inspire happiness while bountiful shades of green inspire growth and success. Be mindful in picking and pairing the right colors as emotionally conflicting colors can cause unrest in both you and visiting guests.
  • Pair colors commonly seen in nature – Colors found together in nature instinctively complement each other and make for easy, natural pairings when it comes to mixing and matching colors. An opulent green sofa simulating lush forest leaves with a complement of soft, light pink pillows resembling the first pink azaleas of spring can bring the calming colors of nature indoors to create a refreshing, peaceful ambiance.
  • Balance and coordinate furniture weight and accessories – The size and build of furniture matters when it comes to the composition of a room or setting. Pairing furniture of similar build and composition can complete a room. For example, a grand, wooden dining table is paired best with stout, sturdy wooden chairs with perhaps a porcelain vase in the center of the table to add a little contrast to bring everything together.
  • Mixing and matching patterns and accessories – Have you been shopping for furniture and found a couch you liked from one set and a chair you liked from another, but discovered they have conflicting patterns? This concept can actually work if you find accessories to complement the pattern of the other set of furniture.3 Find pillows that are the exact or near exact pattern of the chair to put on your couch to create unity between them. This can be done with coffee tables, lamps and other accessories to close the gap between differences while still maintaining uniqueness among the furniture in a particular living area.

Create the Perfect Mix with Smith Village Home Furnishings

If you’re unsure of how best to mix and match your furniture, Smith Village Home Furnishings can collaborate with you on your concept and bring it to fruition! Smith Village has diverse sets of furniture and accessories in a multitude of colors for you to choose from. Our sales associates all possess an eye for design and are on hand to help you with your particular concept. Contact Smith Village Home Furnishings today so we can bring your concept to life with pops of color and crowd-pleasing furniture pieces and accessories!

In-Home Room Planning Service

Smith Village Furnishings Expands Their In-Home Room Planning Service

Jacobus, PA / December 8, 2015 / PR Newswire
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Furnishings (SMITH VILLAGE) a family run, award-winning furniture retailer, announced plans to increase their In-Home Room Planning Service. The complimentary In-Home Design Consultation & Room-Planning service helps customers with furniture (brand, placement, and size), as well as how to blend colors and patterns in their own home or at the store. They help create a stylish, comfortable room, and their advice is an integral part of the shopping experience at Smith Village.

As a family-run business that’s been a part of the community since 1932, we have always tried to provide exceptional service and a unique buying experience that the big-box retailers simply can’t replicate,” states Colleen Schaffner, Director of Marketing at Smith Village Home Furnishings. She continues: “We carry many of the name brands found in larger chain stores and even offer free financing to help our clients, but we also offer a 5% cash discount on purchases over $600.00, even on sale items, when paid in full at time of purchase. And to ensure we maintain our 99% customer satisfaction rate, we offer a 5-day/no hassle return policy.”

Smith Village showcases furniture for the Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom, Home Office, and Serta Mattresses. As part of the Furniture First buying group, Smith Village is able to offer competitive pricing and has been awarded ‘Retailer of the Year.’ More recently, they were voted the #1 Furniture and #1 Mattress store in York County by York Sunday News reader ballot. These awards further validate the extra time dedicated to their clients, the variety of name brands and the fair prices offered by Smith Village Home Furnishings.

About Smith Village Home Furnishings:
Founded in 1932 in Jacobus, PA, originally as a gas station and general store, the family run businesses has prospered and grown over the years. As the Internet has evolved they’ve stayed at the forefront, providing their customers with an easy to use website where they can view furniture and manipulate an interactive Room Planner that helps users create accurate room layouts quickly and easily including doors, windows, and other structural elements, all in the comfort of their own home. Visit
www.smithvillage.com for more information.

Contact for Smith Village Home Furnishings:
Colleen Schaffner, Director of Marketing at (717) 428-1921

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Ordering Furniture for Your Living Room

 

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You don’t want to spend your money on a beautiful new living room group, only to find when it’s delivered that it doesn’t work in your room! At Smith Village, all of our furniture consultants are trained to help you achieve the best floorplan and the best upholstery fabrics for your space. You can help by bringing along any paint colors, flooring swatches, and a quick sketch of your room with doorways, windows and measurements marked. Our sales consultants can eliminate the fear of choosing the wrong size, color or style, and can then direct you to the best choices to meet your needs and your space.They are also familiar with the best fabrics for your situation if you have pets or children. Or a husband. 😉

This is how it usually works. A sales associate will greet you upon your arrival, and depending on your preferences will either allow you to browse, or assist you in your search. If you have questions, your salesperson will be available to answer them. As your search narrows down, our associate will gather pertinent info from you, such as size of the room, what activities your family enjoys – or would like to enjoy – in the room, how much seating you need, and your design preferences.

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Once you have narrowed down your selection, it’s time to start looking at fabrics. Generally, the cover you see on the piece on the floor is the way we stock it in our warehouse. These are usually your least expensive option. Sometimes there will be a select group of covers available to you at a small price increase. These are covers that the manufacturer keeps in stock, so ship time is often shorter than that of a fully custom piece. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in this group of fabrics, you enter the realm of a fully custom piece. Your consultant can guide you to what fabrics can be used on what piece; certain fabrics such as stripes, plaids or napped fabrics can only be used on certain frames. Each manufacturer has their own guidelines regarding this – your salesperson will be able to advise you.

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Some fabrics are more costly than others, and this cost is not necessarily an indication of their durability or suitability for the furniture you are looking at.  A very inexpensive microfiber might wear extremely well, while a lighter weight fabric that doesn’t hold up as well could be very expensive. Your salesperson can help you keep your choice within a price range that is comfortable for you.  They will also be able to help you pull coordinating fabric for pillows or accent pieces.

Probably the hardest part of custom ordering is waiting for your new pieces to arrive. Your consultant will give you an approximation of how long it will take to manufacture your items. Our customer care department will call you and schedule your delivery date when your order actually arrives in our warehouse. Different manufacturers require different lead times – some ship as quickly as 3 weeks, others can take longer. Keep this in mind if you’re ordering furniture that you will need for a special event, so you can be sure it will arrive in time for your plans.

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Does it seem like a lot of work? It does take some time when you have so many decisions to make, but our furniture consultants know their way around a sofa, so to speak, and they can eliminate a lot of your doubts and fears about custom ordering new upholstery. And in the end, your beautiful new room will make you forget any of the doubts you might have had.

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So come on in and give us a try… All you have to lose is your old drab room!

To match or not to match.

It’s been a standard in the furniture industry for many years to create a suite of pieces with matching styling, finish and hardware. It reduced the stress of the consumer who could be sure that their room, once done, would all “go” together. But the old ways are being challenged. Gaining steadily greater momentum in the interior design world is that of mixing a variety of styles and finishes of home decor within a single room. As in so many other areas, the internet changed the public’s attitude toward the boxed set look. All the interest in going green made re-used, recycled and one-of-a-kind pieces the new norm. Social media sites like Pinterest and Polyvore spread the look as users assembled their own collections of pieces and assimilated the looks pinned by others. People looking to freshen up their homes post recession – without breaking their budgets – saw the utility of occasional pieces that could be used in different ways throughout the house.

The furniture industry is notoriously slow to accept change, and the matched set has been its bread and butter for many years, but now manufacturers are beginning to embrace the change, and the accent piece business is booming.  The industry is also incorporating this change by  including different finishes and styles within one collection. This makes it easier for the timid customer to get an eclectic look with the assurance that the varied styles will all work together.

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Liberty bedroom group offering pieces in 3 different finishes and styles.

If  you are ready to take the plunge into mix and match, the bedroom is perhaps the easiest place to start.  Headboards and footboards are increasingly luxurious and ornate, and they are more and more upstaging the case pieces in a room.

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Make a statement with a unique headboard.

Let an occasional piece stand in for the bedside table, use a decorative mirror instead of one that matches the dresser and POOF! You’ve got a much more collected and personal  look,  rather than something that looks like it all came out of one big box.

Try using something like this rather than a matching night stand in your bedroom.
Try using something like this rather than a matching night stand in your bedroom.

The same approach can be used in a living area. Instead of two matching lamps on two matching end tables, try mixing it up.  A good way to maintain scale when using mismatched pieces is to use a taller end table with a shorter lamp on one side of your sofa, and the reverse on the other.

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Example of using unmatched lamps and tables in a living room
Examples of using unmatched lamps and tables in a living room. (Pinterest)

And by all means use a chair in a coordinating fabric  rather than the one that comes with the sofa group!

This chair complements the sofa style and fabric while still looking fresher than the matching piece to the sofa.
This chair complements the sofa style and fabric while creating a more up to date look.

If you’re unsure about creating a cohesive look with individual pieces, ask your furniture salesperson to assist you. They are trained to help you put together a look that works visually, while at the same time expressing your unique personality.

The best part of this eclectic decorating approach is that your home becomes a mirror of your personality, a place that feels like an extension of yourself. And you’ll never have to worry about visitors walking in your front door and saying “My sister’s living room looks just like this!”

 

 

High Point Furniture Market

There are two things you can count on every April in North Carolina: The beautiful blooming azaleas, and the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point.  Known simply as “Market” in the industry, the show at High Point is the largest furniture industry trade show in the world,  with 180 different buildings totaling over 10 million square feet.

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This is where retail furniture buyers go every spring and every fall, to check out what’s new from their favorite manufacturers, and to scout out exciting new additions for their showroom floors.  It’s a time every buyer looks forward to and dreads at the same time. There’s always the possibility of finding a great new resource, but that comes at the expense of long days, sore feet, and overwhelmed minds.  It’s exciting, it’s mind boggling and it’s exhausting.  Like a giant mall with nothing to see but home furnishings, buyers from around the world try to squeeze more than 24 hours from each day; to see one more upholstery resource, one more accessories vendor, one more bedroom manufacturer.

Vendors unveil new introductions during the High Point shows, and collections sink or swim based on their reception by the buyers. The Market offers home furnishings in all styles and price points, so there is something to suit every taste and every budget.  Need a stuffed giraffe for that safari inspired display? Check.

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How about a giant birdcage chair for your aviary? Check.

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Maybe the biggest sectional ever? Check.

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Or a custom dog bed to match your sofa? Yup. Got it.

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And, just like in a mall, you will see every kind of shopper. There are high heeled, custom clothed interior designers.  There are rumpled, tennis shoe wearing owners of the mom and pop stores that are still so prevalent in the furniture industry.  There are young hipsters striding intently with their iPads and blue tooth ear pieces. There are older gentlemen who have been in the business longer than the hipsters have been alive, shuffling just as intently.  But for all their differences, they all have one thing in common:  They come to High Point twice a year to shop the biggest collection of home furnishings in the world.