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Making an educated decision when choosing the right piece of furniture based on style, function, quality, price, etc.
Humble Abode, Inc. (humbleabode.com) has been selling furniture online throughout the US for about 17 years. Taking a closer look at Humble Abode’s most recent 100,000 orders of large furniture delivered to homes in the United States, you will find the company does not get it perfect every time, but reveals a lot for consumers to consider before buying.
- How will the furniture be shipped and delivered to your home? Humble Abode: “This may be the most important question you can ask. Most furniture is too large for UPS or FedEx Ground. Few consumers understand freight so many online retailers take advantage by using cheap shipping with common carriers, also known as Curbside Delivery or Back of Truck Delivery, who haul anything from cinder blocks to barrels of oil with large semi-trucks not capable of getting in many residential neighborhoods and often leave customer waiting for many hours. With Curbside Delivery, the one driver drops the furniture on the street leaving the consumer to figure out how to get it in the home. The biggest problem with Curbside Delivery is their high damage rate causing delays and another day of waiting for the truck to arrive, and it often gets damaged again. Instead of Curbside Delivery, Humble Abode ships large furniture with specialty carriers at no additional charge. Once the furniture arrives in your local area, an appointment person will call to schedule a time for delivery. The minimum service level for large freight furniture is Threshold Delivery, where a two man team will help place the furniture inside the ground floor front door. Humble Abode also offers white glove services with complete assembly and removal of packaging.”
- How long has the retailer been in business? Humble Abode “In business over 17 years, Humble Abode was founded in 1999 as an online furniture retailer”
- Are customer service professionals that understand furniture available to speak with, or is the retailer a mass merchant? Humble Abode: “The Humble Abode call center is open seven days a week, and every person that answers the phone has a four-year college degree with furniture training and full authority to do whatever necessary to take care of customers. Imagine stopping an employee in the hallway at your local discount mart store to ask them a question about the quality of a ceramic vase. Mass merchant retailers sell millions of things for the home like treadmills, spark plugs, garden hoses, pencils, groceries, cleaning supplies and home decor, so chances are the employee will know very little about the item. Because Humble Abode only sells furniture and home furnishings, all staff is trained specifically for furniture and knows the difference between French vs English Dovetail drawers, for example. Humble Abode Furniture Service Professionals love to help customers match furniture quality and design with a budget.”
For many customers, furniture accounts for their largest online purchase. Furniture represents your fashion, helps your life function and lasts a long time. Regardless of where you buy, we encourage you to use some precaution to ensure you have a good experience.
In 1931, the Magnussen family started a furniture business in Canada, a risky venture during the Great Depression. Through 80 years of growth and success, Magnussen Home’s commitment to quality and design has never wavered. Magnussen designs all their furniture in-house, never copying anyone and always staying on top of the latest trends in the home furnishings industry.
Magnussen’s style is considered transitional, most notably in how they add thoughtful engineering and subtle contemporary elements to a traditional design. Magnussen Home embraces the idea that timeless classic furniture can include modern features like touch lighting, quality drawer glides, and extra storage.
Using hardwoods like cherry and mahogany, tried-and-true cabinetry techniques, and rich wood finishes are Magnussen traditions. Intricately carved wood and ironwork finish the look of a piece of furniture, and sets the tone of your home.
Magnussen’s designs allow the quality and rich heritage of classic furniture to meet the needs of today’s lifestyles.
Start with a classy looking mid-century piece of furniture and blend in the clean lines of contemporary design. That is Brownstone’s signature design formula and few manufacturers, if any, do a better job of producing high design furniture that stays in style.
Brownstone Furniture understands that timeless designs should be built to last with the highest quality standards. Each piece of Browstone Furniture is built with the finest grade, environmentally-friendly woods, beautiful hardware, modern construction, and American-made finishing materials.
Striking bedroom and dining room collections by Brownstone Furniture offer sophisticated profiles, dashes of retro cool, and richly grained surfaces in durable, elegant finishes found nowhere else.
Furniture by Brownstone deserves the premium service Humble Abode customers have come to expect. Humble Abode includes white glove delivery and in-home setup at no additional charge for Brownstone orders of $799 or more.
See more outstanding Brownstone Furniture collections at humbleabode.com
After 25 years of making fine wood furniture that is priced within reason, Winners Only Inc. has developed a reputation for exceptional value.
Winners Only Inc. manufactures classic furniture designs out of select woods like American red oak and cherry, hardwood solids, and high-grade veneers.
They are known for their gorgeous, rich finishes, which include a multi-step wood finishing process and lacquer protective coats for years of performance.
Humble Abode is pleased to sell furniture by Winners Only, offered with our premium customer service and an array of shipping options, including white glove in-home delivery and set-up, so you can order online with confidence.
See more outstanding Winners Only collections at humbleabode.com
In an online shopping world of instant gratification and low prices, are you feeling nostalgic for a time when materials and craftsmanship mattered?
At Kincaid Furniture, things are made the way they used to be—and better. An industry leader in solid wood manufacturing for nearly 70 years, Kincaid furniture is destined to become tomorrow’s heirloom.
Humble Abode is proud to sell Kincaid furniture, with our premium customer service and white glove in-home delivery and set-up for worry-free online ordering.
What are the hallmarks of a fine piece of furniture from Kincaid?
Masterful solid hardwood construction with woods selected for grain clarity and color
Mortise and tenon joints for strength and durability; a woodworking technique and best way to join two pieces of wood together at a 90-degree angle
English dovetail joints to all drawers front and back for a tight fit and exceptional capacity
Wood-on-wood, dovetailed, non-tilting drawer guides under drawers
Hand-rubbed finishes applied in a multi-step process that just gets better with age
Floating, self-centering top construction allows proper contraction and expansion of solid wood components with humidity changes in the home
Solid wood chairs crafted with a glue-and-screw technique across finger-jointed corners, adding strength while minimizing flex across the joint
Authentic design elements inspired by the great traditional design eras; noted for purity of line, fine classic proportions, and sparing but effective use of carving
In short, home furniture of authentic beauty and genuine quality that will last for generations.
All Kincaid furniture features the highest quality materials and utilizes the finest manufacturing techniques befitting true bench-made furniture. Some of the first blanket chests made by Kincaid in 1946 are still in use today!
Come see more outstanding Kincaid Furniture at humbleabode.com
The popularity of upholstered beds shows no signs of fading in 2013. Our bestsellers are in neutral tones that can be “dressed up” with colors and patterns trending this spring: deep jewel colors, bright contrasting hues, and geometric fabrics.
The Sterlyn Upholstered Bed by Broyhill Furniture embodies the look, with performance fabric in Serengeti, a versatile neutral tone that brightens and expands the space around it. Hand-tailored for smooth corners and straight seams, this bed has clean, classic lines that work with traditional, modern, or eclectic tastes.
It is the perfect backdrop for splashes of au courant bold colors, like Emerald (Pantone’s Color of the Year, #17-5641), bright yellows and golds (Mimosa #14-0848), or reds (Samba #19-1662) and purples (Acai #19-3628).
Express yourself with geometric fabric patterns, too, for lively accents like pillows, bedding, and linens. Stripes, triangles, and rectangles add pizazz while keeping things sophisticated.
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The buzz about opulent jewel colors trending for 2013 has got us thinking about color palettes to maximize room refreshers for spring.
Some home decorators will find tasteful ways to make Pantone’s Emerald (#17-5641) the predominant color in a room with wall paint, carpet, or a large piece of furniture. But if you’re looking for less dramatic ways to incoporate au currant colors in your room makeovers, there are plenty of less-heralded, yet posh hues to consider.
The urge to brighten things up has hit and you are looking for a color that is a cheerful complement to the space, but not ostentatious. Enter Matte Gold. Soft and luxurious, it is warmer than bolder yellows, golds, and greens, while it still offers contrast to your more subdued decor elements.
Matte Gold is especially appealing as a burnished metal finish that accentuates the lush feel of a room. The Stanton Iron Bed by Hillsdale Furniture is one of our bestselling beds that embodies this look. The antiqued gray-brown finish to this classic metal bed is enhanced by contrasting gold-bronze embellishmentss that highlight the bed frame and its surroundings.
We also love the the Tuxedo Daybed by Fashion Bed Group, with a gilded Gold Frost finish that will illuminate a ho-hum guest room, home office, or den.
Check out these beauties and more golden home furnishings to inspire at humbleabode.com.
This month, we are pleased to welcome one of the best names in home furnishings to our growing list of manufacturers. Broyhill Furniture is one of the most recognized furniture brands in the country, and we are excited to introduce three complete bedroom collections to get things off to a great start.
The Farnsworth, Abbott Bay, and Hayden Place bedroom collections feature solid hardwood construction and veneers, English dovetailed drawers, finished drawer interiors, and gorgeous, multi-step hand finishes. Each piece is built to last generations, with timeless designs that will never go out of style.
After all, you are not just filling a house with furniture. You are creating a home.
Every kid loves bunkbeds and these fantasy-inspiring play beds by Powell Company encourage your little ones to explore their imaginations through play. A child’s own special space has an import role in their developement, giving them the freedom to be themselves as their personalities grow along with their bodies.
Decorate a child’s bedroom to reflect your little ones’ best hopes and dreams, and watch the joy of their childhood emerge through creative expression when they are alone, or sharing playtime with siblings and playmates.
The Princess Castle Tent Bunk Bed by Powell Company is perfect for little girls’ rooms.
The Blue and Green Tent Bunk Bed by Powell Company is great for little boys’ bedrooms.
Take a look at all of Humble Abode’s kids’ beds.
You can see the finished room in your head. After dreaming in color about paint, carpet, and furniture, you’ve finally made it to the really fun part. Your new furniture is delivered and excitement builds for a weekend of unpacking boxes and putting everything in place.
Then the unthinkable happens: The furniture that was so perfectly scaled in your mind when you placed your online order does not fit. You’ve spent a lot of time and money on a makeover project that has gone terribly wrong. Let’s face it: You are seriously bummed.
This online furniture shopper’s nightmare doesn’t have to happen to you. Ever. All you need to do is remember a simple 16th century proverb that is gospel to all carpenters: “Measure twice, cut once.”
Like everything else in life where it is important to think before you act – like getting married or buying a car – you’ll get better results if you plan and prepare carefully before buying anything.
Use a tape measure to accurately measure every possible part of the space for the new furniture. Humble Abode displays detailed product dimensions online and good furniture retailers have product dimensions easily accessible. If you fall in love with a couch, don’t make any assumptions. Take a little extra time to find its measurements on the product page, then compare those measurements to the room measurements you have taken – twice!
Be careful, do the math upfront, and you are much less likely to make a costly mistake. And much more likely to love your beautifully updated new room.
Visit humbleabode.com today for your next bedroom design inspiration.
Contemporary daybeds bear little resemblence to the bundles of palm sticks and leaves tied together with rawhide and used by ancient Egyptians. Today’s daybed typically has a decorative back and sides in wood or metal, as well as a comfortable mattress (no box spring required). Traditionally, it works as an everyday couch that becomes a twin bed in smallish spaces.
If your new daybed must do double duty as a comfortable place to stash your parents or grandparents in addition to kids’ sleepovers, then adding a trundle is the way to go.
A pop-up trundle bed doubles the sleeping space at one level to comfortably accommodate an adult couple. A pull-out drawer trundle gives you the option of two twin beds at different levels for alternative sleeping arrangements.
Some trundle beds have a decorative drawer face on the trundle, giving it a cabinetry effect when the trundle is stored beneath the bed. For maximum use of a small bedroom or guest room, you can opt for a trundle bed that has a second row of drawers for storage below the trundle drawer.
Daybeds are generally more traditional in style, but there’s virtually any style available these days to coordinate well with your existing home or room decor. A sampling of the range of contemporary daybed styles is pictured above.
From left to right:
- Fraser Wood Daybed by Fashion Bed Group (#HU0ZZ) – Day bed without trundle
- Montgomery Daybed by Wesley Allen (#HU0LG) – Day bed with pop-up trundle
- Malibu Leather Daybed by Hillsdale Furniture (#I5421) – Daybed with roll-out drawer trundle
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