Customize Your King Hickory Furniture

Doerr furniture New Orleans Has King Hickory Furniture

At Doerr Furniture we are proud to be an authorized King Hickory Furniture Dealer. King Hickory Furniture has created Made in America Handcrafted Furniture since 1958 and is world renowned for the manufacturing of upholstery furniture.

 

Watch their story to understand the true quality craftsmanship they bring to your living space through their easy customization process that Doerr Furniture’s knowledgeable staff guides you through to ensure you create the exact look you want.

It’s Easy to think customizing furniture can be a difficult task, but at Doerr furniture we make it fun, easy, and worry free. Read our Previous blog Doerr Makes Custom Furniture Easy to get the full Doerr Difference in helping with Custom Furnishings.

With King Hickory Customized Furniture, It really is as easy as 1,2,3, & 4 to design the custom piece just right for your home.

First choose your arm style:

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Second choose your back style:

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Third choose your base style:

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And fourth choose your Material:

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Whether you’d like to create a customized Sectional, Sofa, Loveseat, accent Chair or Chair & Ottoman; King Hickory’s selection is versatile and made just for you!

Stop by Doerr Furniture for a customized furniture shopping experience! 

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Doerr Makes Custom Furniture Easy

Custom furniture might seem like it could be hard but at Doerr Furniture we are experts in walking you through our stress-free process to get exactly what you want.  Whether it is a custom sofa, chair and ottoman, sectional, recliner, loveseat, or sleeper sofa;  we make it easy, fun, worry free and exactly what you want.

Once you have decided the room you would like your custom piece or pieces of furniture to be in, it’s best to either give us a call to let us know you are looking to create Custom furniture and would like to utilize our Complimentary In-Home Design Service to understand your space and current interior colors;   Or you will need to do a little homework on your own. If you decide to do this first step on your own, here is your checklist of items to do before you pay Doerr Furniture a visit.

  • Take a couple pictures from different angles of the room.
  • Get dimensions of the room and existing furniture- This will help determine the different sizes your custom furniture’s can be and the way it will be situated in your space.
  • Get dimensions of existing furniture and bring a cushion and throw pillow of furniture you intend to keep.
  • Are you keeping your Area rug? Take a close up clear photo of the rug so we can see colors and style.
  • Then finally come with ideas of colors you can picture your new custom furniture to be.

If this seems a bit overwhelming or you just don’t have the time; give us a call to utilize our Complimentary In-Home Design Service- This is what we do and we can get through it quickly so we can move onto the customizing furniture fun!

Flexsteel Custom Furniture process at Doerr furniture

The Flexsteel Difference- A Lifetime of Comfort, Quality & Style.

First we will look through all your homework items; Look at the samples you brought in, hear what your vision is, understand your functional needs then get into finding the frame of your new custom furniture.  Determining the frame takes about 15 minutes. With the measurements and dimensions it’s easy to narrow down the size your piece can be and the configuration.  Our top three frames with the most specials order options available are Flexsteel’s Westside, Digby and Thorton collections, all available in Fabrics and leathers.

Westside Custom Frame- Flexsteel Custom Furniture at Doerr Furniture New Orleans

Westside Collection is just one of many custom furniture collection options to choose from. When you come in to Doerr we will be sure to walk you through all your Frame options in each collection.

 

Speaking of Fabrics and Leathers, lets get into the second step- Fabric and Upholstery selection.  We have lots of fabric and leather upholsteries to choose from and we generally can rule out 75% of them in the first 5 minutes to get you to your top 2-3 choices. Looking and talking through each choice carefully, we guide you to your final fabric or leather decision. And of course there is time to himmm and haaaa over “if” you made the right decision. That’s why we are here, to reassure you in your choice while backing with our experience and expertise of quality furniture and design.

Flexsteel Custom Upholstery at Doerr Furniture

Choose from 1000 Fabrics or 500 Leathers

We are almost there; moving on to our final step- Accent Color, to really bring your custom piece to life in relation to the rest of your room. It’s the pop or touch of color that brings continuity throughout your space and the most fun to choose. This is the color you get to play off every time you have the desire to switch out your décor, so sharing the color you naturally lean towards will help make this decision.

Creating your custom piece will take about 1-2 hours so why not make a day of it, bring a girlfriend for moral support, go out to lunch after and have fun with it.

We have our Flexsteel Authorized Sale event starting March 12th and goes until March 31st, where all our Flexsteel custom furniture is on sale. See our Specials Page for examples of created custom furniture and pricing.

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3 Easy Steps to Make Your Bedroom Where You LOVE To Go

Your Bedroom should be the place you go to retire for the night, relax, wind down, and feel at ease by yourself or with your loved one. After all you spend 1/3 of your life sleeping; why not make your sleep haven heavenly!

With so much that can go into creating your perfect bedroom space, let’s start with 3 easy steps to get you going in the “Love my bedroom” direction.

Your Bedroom Set; Pieced or Poised?Doerr furniture Bedroom furniture

When is the last time you bought bedroom furniture? If it’s the “starter set” or pieced together set you thought you would update 7 years ago, here is your nudge to go for it now!

Your bedroom furniture is the single most important part of your bedroom- It reflects your style and personality to make it your own personal space; and that heavenly haven you desire. Not to mention, it’s the main focal point of the room and the arrangement creates the flow and ambiance to your romantic getaway.

There is a lot that goes into choosing the right bedroom furniture set; style, comfort, functional needs… and the list goes on, but let’s keep this as relaxed as your bedroom is going to be.

At Doerr furniture we have Interior- Designers available for a Complimentary Design Consultation. Our designer’s purpose is to guide and help you discover  your style, budget, and needs; along with gathering full room measurements to ensure the pieces you select will work for your space. Having someone there to help make a big purchase decision like a bedroom set is always more comforting- Having an interior designer match your style is the assurance you need to “LOVE it”.

Look Around; What’s On Your Walls?

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Now that you have decided on your bedroom furniture set, lets accentuate and accent with wall colors, curtains, and memories. If you’re going for a more relaxed light hearted feel try these color combinations.

 

 

White Bedroom furniture set White Hues- Layering complimentary tones of white, cream and light beige with sheer curtains provides a bedroom that feels like a day dream and not a hospital.

 

 

Doerr purple bedroom set Purple Passion- Use it as an accent in your bedding, on your walls, and/or with your bedroom accessories. Really you can’t go wrong with pops of purple unless your partner doesn’t approve. 

 

 

Orange accent  Bedroom set Natural Neutrals- Bring the outdoor colors and refreshed feel into your bedroom with warm and cool neutrals. For an updated feel experiment with an accent wall color- think slate blue, bronzy orange, or golden Yellow.

 

With just a few wall color ideas to get you thinking; you can’t forget about the accessories and memories hanging on your walls. If mixing and matching isn’t your area of expertise, take a look at your bedroom furniture set and find frames that match the style to either compliment the color or match the color of your bedroom set. Then place family photos or relaxing positive quotes and its ready to hang and admire.

Your bedroom is about privacy. Curtains can be one of the last decorating items but should’t be an afterthought. Again, Doerr’s Interior- Designer is here to help with ideas. You need to think about what your window or windows face. If your bedroom faces a road, sheer curtains may not be the answer unless paired with blinds. consider the functional needs of your curtains and the colors in your room to match and compliment.

Your Mattress; Personalized or Plain Uncomfortable?

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Your Mattress is the most functional piece in your bedroom. It’s the purpose of your bedroom and what you spend 1/3 of your life drifting and dreaming away on. The ultimateluxury bedroom suite has the mattress to go with it and your mattress should fit both you and your partner perfectly.

The best way to decide what mattress is for you is to simply spend an afternoon to test a few out. Doerr Furniture’s friendly staff is also very helpful when choosing the right mattress. They are very knowledgeable about each of their mattresses to understand your needs and help narrow down to the three that might work best. Then simply give each mattress the 15 minute test. Spend 5 minutes on each side and your back with your partner next to you doing the same to see if the mattress is comfortable, to your liking, and the firmness you require to support problem areas.  To make it pure luxury you have adjustable bed frame options, perfect for reading at night, watching a movie or even better, breakfast in bed.

We hope this helps guide you in the right direction to make your bedroom where you LOVE to go!

Buy Your Perfect Sleeper Sofa

Sleeper Sofas may get a bad rap but they’re lifesavers for small spaces – or any home that is expecting guests and don’t have a dedicated guest room or have lots of guests at one time. Dive in and understand your needs for your next Sleeper Sofa purchase and you will be sure to end up with your perfect match.

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How much room do you have?

First and foremost you will need to understand the dimensions of the space you want to put your sleeper sofa. Not only do you need to take into account the largest width you can manage, but also the largest length for when the mattress is pulled all the way out. Another tip is to measure your doorway to the room you want to put your sleeper sofa in… after all no matter how perfect it is, if you can’t get it through the door it won’t work. There are three mattress sizes that are typical and most popular; queen, full, and twin.

The most common size for the bed in a sleeper sofa is queen size. Generally, a queen size sofa bed seats three as a sofa and is around 84 inches wide. Opened up, the mattress is typically around 60 inches wide and 72 inches long. Remember that you also need room to maneuver around the sleeper when open, as well as clearance for other furniture in the room.

If you don’t quite have enough space for a queen sleeper then look into a full mattress sleeper. The sofa is generally between a loveseat and sofa size, less than 72 inches wide. Opened up to a bed, the mattress will be around 52 inches wide, 72 inches long.

Now if you can’t make a full size work, don’t fret there are twin sizes out there too. These are best for children, but hey if it’s all you can fit into your small space it’s better than nothing and still comfortable. As a sofa, these are the size of a larger chair or small loveseat, usually around 54 inches wide or even smaller. Opened up, the mattress will be around 39 inches wide, 72 inches long.

How will you use your sleeper Sofa?

Will your sleeper sofa primarily be a sofa with guests once or twice a year? Or is this your main guest space? The more frequent you expect to use your sleeper sofa as a bed, the more important the quality of the mattress becomes.

The typical mattress in a sofa bed is fairly thin, often just a few inches thick. If cost is an issue and the bed will be rarely used, you can probably get away with the basic mattress. If the bed will be used with any regularity or your budget allows an upgrade, your guest will thank you. Read through the different types to see what might be best suited for you and be sure to ask Doerr’s Showroom staff about each type.

  • A memory foam mattress, which molds and supports your entire body comfortably, with no pressure points or stiffness
  • An air mattress, which can be inflated to the desired firmness, and gives support without putting pressure on joints
  • A traditional spring mattress, perfect if you want the feel of a traditional bed
  • High-end sleeper sofas often have frames designed to support the mattress, without the dreaded support bar running down the center

How to choose the right durability!

Most everyone in their lifetime has pulled out a sleeper sofa so you know there is extra wear and tear just by the functionality of the sofa. So to be sure you ask the right questions on durability that will last- consider this;

Your sofa sleeper should have a kiln-dried hardwood frame or combined hardwood and furniture-grade plywood. Soft wood like pine just isn’t durable enough to last and likely will force you to shop for a replacement sofa long earlier than you had anticipated.

The frame and opening mechanism in most sleepers is made of steel. When pulling out the mattress or folding it back inside, the mechanism should be smooth and easy, with no sticking, screeching or excessive effort required. Make sure to open and fold up the mattress several times on the showroom floor to make sure it’s right for you. If you have a hard time in the store it won’t get any easier when bringing it home. Additionally the frame should be smooth, without rough edges that could rip linens, damage the mattress or scratch your guests.

And like any sofa purchase, consider your upholstery type- you will have the same range of choices a normal sofa offers. See how your current furniture upholstery has held up and what you like and do not like about it to help narrow down your choices. Any upholstery with a tighter weave is going to be more durable.

Consider the style you are going for and your current room furniture as your new sleeper sofa will be a major focal point in your room. We can help match with your existing furniture by utilizing our free In-home design consultation. If anything you will be talking it out loud to help discover your style and we will be able to lead you to right options easier.

A sofa bed is one of the most practical pieces of furniture you can buy. Though your budget should always be respected, it is worth it to buy the best quality furniture you can afford, as well-made pieces will last much longer, look better, and provide more satisfaction than inexpensive, flimsy furniture.

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The Real Leather Story and The Copy-Cats

Are you not sure whether the piece of “leather furniture” you’re looking at is actually leather? Well, with so many different variations of “leather” out there on the market, it really is hard to tell!

This video is a great visual understanding of the different kinds of leather that come from a hide. Keep reading on to learn how the different qualities of leather are used in furniture and what to look out for when buying leather furniture.

The Ugly Truth About Bonded Leather

The vast majority of the “affordable” leather furniture on the market today is likely made from a form of synthetic leather called “bonded leather”. Now, bonded leather can still be classified as “Genuine Leather”, but be aware that it’s only typically 17% leather. Bonded leather is a partially synthetic , (mostly synthetic, really) leather that is made by spreading a polyurethane or vinyl blend over ground-up leather scraps like he mentions in the video above.

A great trick is to sit and see if you stick! Sticking means it’s not real leather because real leather is breathable and doesn’t stick. Generally speaking if your sofa cost under $1000 its a safe bet that it not a true leather sofa.

As sneaky as bonded leather is, it is technically more environmentally-friendly than a true leather tanning process. On the flip side, when there is waste produced it’s plastic and not an organic compound, so when it ends up in a landfill it stays there for far longer than a true leather product would. True leather takes roughly 20 to 40 years to biodegrade, while a vinyl or plastic product will take 500 years or more to do the same.

Reconstituted leather and bycast leather are in the same vein as bonded leather, being composed primarily of a plastic substance as either a binder or a cover so don’t let the different terminologies confuse you as they really are the same leather grade- scraps of leather blended with polyurethane or vinyl.

There are a few benefits to having bonded leather. Because bonded leather is primarily a plastic covering with leather scraps it does make it much more family friendly and easy to care for. So you get the look without the big price tag and an easy clean up, but your longevity of your furniture piece is compromised big time.

What Exactly is Split Leather?

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Split leather is a version of 100% real leather, but does not include the top-grain of the hide. Split leather is simply the lower layers of an animal hide underneath the top grain, and therefore does not carry many of the natural characteristics of fine leather . This offers a cleaner non- marked look without compromising the great leather feel. Split leather is the next best leather option to top grain leather making it a great Leather option for those that want a high quality leather that will last and not break the bank.

To make split leather more genuine, manufacturers run it through a few processes making it more uniform- giving that cleaner non-marked look. However, if the variation in color and natural markings are what really rev you up, then top grain leather is what you’re probably going to want to go with.

What About Leather Matching?

Leather matching is somewhat of a grey area in the leather world. Many understand it as simply matching color stain if you’re trying to get two pieces alike or even reviving the color of two sofa cushions. While leather matching does mean that as an adjective; leather matching is more of a term in the leather furniture manufacturing world. It’s an effort by manufacturers to get the best of both worlds- true top grain leather stitched with affordable split hide or another version of leather to give you quality where it counts and be able to cut the price down considerably.

Ok let’s clarify- So with matched leather you are actually getting a piece of furniture with real top-grain leather on all of the visible areas and most touched areas like the backrest, arms and seat cushions. But, all of the more hidden areas such as the side panels are replaced with either split leather or a version of bonded leather. This means that those areas will wear differently, and after several years of use it can start to become obvious as to what section is top grain and where the affordable leather version is. The most obvious will be fading if the furniture is placed in a well-lit area. Although it is recommended that leather furniture of any sort be kept out of direct sunlight.

Leather matching is a very economical way to get a real leather piece of furniture. But as mentioned above it is going to wear differently throughout the years and may look a little mismatched over time so keep this in mind when doing your leather furniture shopping. expect to pay around $1000-$2000 on a split or matched leather sofa.

With a good understanding of bonded leather, matched leather and true top grain leather; how can you tell the difference between synthetic leather and true leather products? Here are some tricks.

  • When sitting on a piece of “leather” furniture, pay attention to whether the surface acclimates to your body temperature or not. Since synthetic leather is largely plastic, it will remain the same temperature no matter how long you sit there and warm it up.
  • Pay attention to any inconsistencies in the surface. An animal hide is as unique as a human fingerprint and will show natural variations in color and consistency. This includes the natural “pebbled” surface that will vary depending on where on the animal the hide was taken from.
  • When it comes to finding out about leather matching, let your eyes be the spies.  You can easily look at the back of a leather/vinyl piece of furniture and compare it to the back of an all leather piece of furniture.  If it is vinyl on the back, it will be one large section.  If it is leather split or all leather, it will be panels of leather.

Overall, your best option is to choose a true real leather furniture option. With proper care, a piece of real leather furniture can last for many years and could even be passed on to your children when they leave the nest!

Doerr Furniture carries some of the most notable leather furniture manufacturers out there;  Stop in today and experience fine leather with our knowledgeable friendly sales team at Doerr Furniture.

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Palliser Leather Sofa

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Bradington-Young Stationary Leather Sofa available at Doerr Furniture

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Hancock & Moore journey leather sofa

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Understand mattresses before buying

Your mattress is probably the most important furniture purchase you will ever make. The quality and fit of your mattress directly impacts the quality of sleep that you get on a nightly basis, which in turn affects your daily life. To ensure that you are choosing the right mattress read on to learn what to look for and what to know before buying your next mattress!

First, always test your mattress. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it!

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Always test out your mattress right in store!

This is exactly why many mattress retailers offer exclusive sleep guarantees. Always lie down and test a mattress before you purchase it. Lie in your normal sleeping position, and if you share a bed make sure that your partner is there to test it with you.

 

Mattress Firmness:

Each mattress comes in several different firmness levels, and what is comfortable for you is usually what’s best as long as the mattress substructure provides the proper support. The difference between a soft and firm mattress is that with a firm mattress you are sleeping ON the surface, whereas with a soft mattress you are sleeping IN the padding. If you are transitioning from a hard mattress to a soft, or vice versa, your body will take some time to adjust to the new surface, experts say it take roughly 30 days.

Mattress firmness sleeping guide

Take note of how your body lies in each of the mattresses you test.


Edge Support:

The edges of your mattress are more important than you think. This is where the first signs of wear show; it receives the most amount of pressure as you get in or out of bed. There are a couple of different edge support options to be aware of. The first is a high density foam perimeter about 4 inches thick that encircles the entire mattress body. Or with innerspring mattresses, some manufacturers will space the coils closer together on the edge or ad spacer clips to prevent the coils from collapsing over time.

Mattress Foundation:

The surface that your mattress rests on is just as important as the mattress itself. The mattress foundation, whether it is a box spring or an adjustable motorized frame, fully supports the mattress and any movement on the mattress. Each foundation is typically matched to a mattress, and they work together to keep your comfort at a maximum. If you purchase a new mattress, you should buy a new foundation as well. If a new mattress is placed on an old foundation, it will tend to wear out much more quickly than if paired with a complimentary foundation.

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When getting a new Mattress it’s best to get a new foundation

8 Simple Autumn Home Decor Tips

Are you bored with the traditional fall and autumn color palette? You can easily achieve a beautiful autumn or harvest look without incorporating reds and oranges into your décor. If you have a very bright color palette already existing in your home, it may be a little bit more difficult to achieve a cohesive look and feel. However, neutral color themes are a perfect candidate.

Ironically, the vast majority of the traditional autumn and harvest trademarks are neutral in color. How brightly colored is a wheat field before it is cut? Or, a stack of hay bales in an old barn out of the rain. Over the years the colors of autumn and harvest have only been likened to the changing of the leaves and the orange of the harvest moon.

A vintage or farmhouse look is a good replacement for the typical yellow, orange and red of fall. Try incorporating whitewash with gold/copper and natural items in conspicuous places such as the mantle or as centerpieces to begin your transformation.

Some great examples of natural or found objects that give off a good autumn vibe are:

  • Small, bare twigs or thin branches placed in a tall vase.
  • White pumpkins or gourds (these do occur naturally, or can be painted).
  • Twine balls, grapevine balls, acorns or corks placed in a glass bowl or jar.
  • Preserved wheat or corn stalks placed in a tall floor vase.
  • Large pinecones. You can dip these in solid colored paints or paint the tips. Gold or copper works well.
  • Burlap table runners, placemats or buntings.
  • Drift wood chunks in unique shapes.
  • Vintage newspaper or book page as wreaths or in plain wood frames.

Or, if you really do love traditional harvest colors try incorporating some of the above into your décor while using orange pumpkins and fallen leaves from your yard.

Fortunately, Doerr Furniture carries the Four Seasons Casual Furniture line that allows you to quickly and easily swap your furniture to match each season. The line includes a wide variety of slipcovered furniture that is designed to last and comes in a variety of seating styles like sectionals, accent chairs and sofas. The furniture is slipcovered in a durable, stain and fade resistant fabric that comes in 11 solid and 9 striped colors that is perfect for coordinating with seasonal décor.

You don’t have to be a slave to the mainstream ideas for a holiday color scheme, and you can always make the decorating transition easier by incorporating your existing home colors into the idea. You may even love some of the autumn décor so much that it stays well after the season has passed.

 

Why is Flexsteel Considered America’s Seating Specialist?

Flexsteel is known as America’s Seating Specialist for a reason. From stylish furniture for your home, vehicle or commercial hospitality venues; Flexsteel does seating right.

Founded in 1893 as a response to the need for furnishings on the western migration, Flexsteel has endured and actually enjoyed growth throughout the Great Depression and the 60’s and 70’s. This is an American company with a rich and prosperous history.

If you know anyone that owns or has owned a piece of Flexsteel furniture, the one thing you will consistently hear is that Flexsteel lasts. From the patented blue steel seat spring that delivers unparalleled comfort and durability, to the beautiful upholstered surfaces. Flexsteel furniture is crafted with care and attention to detail, and will continue looking and feeling amazing for years to come.

Quality Upholstery and Cushioning

Each upholstered piece of Flexsteel furniture, from sofas and loveseats to recliners and sleepers, is exquisitely tailored from a selection of over 1,000 unique fabrics and high quality polyurethane foam cushioning. Each and every pattern is precision cut, matched and placed to bring ultimate comfort and beautiful style together in one piece.

Sturdy Joints, Frame and Springs

Whether talking about a stationary sofa or a power recliner, all consideration is given to the interior workings of each piece to ensure that daily use is smooth and comfortable for years to come. Rocking or reclining units have added washers and bushings at major pivot points to facilitate easy and smooth reclining.

Most major components of any Flexsteel piece is backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty, including the seat springs, frame, recliner mechanisms and cushions.

Environmental Responsibility

As if that wasn’t enough reason to believe in Flexsteel furniture for your home, the company also practices revolutionary environmental management ideals. As of spring of 2011, Flexsteel was awarded with the Sustainable by Design registration for continued environmental achievements. As part of their environmental management programs, Flexsteel is committed to using eco-friendly materials, reducing their carbon footprint as a company and increased social responsibility in the communities where they do business.

Ask a sales associate at Doerr Furniture why Flexsteel furniture may be right for you.

3 Things To Look For When Buying A Mattress

Could your mattress be inhibiting your sleep cycle?  Quality sleep is extremely important, and directly relates to how well you function during the day.  If you are not sleeping well, you may be experiencing a Goldilocks scenario with your mattresses, and there are some ways to find the right mattress for you.

Today, mattresses come in a variety of different makes and models, just like cars.  You may not want to test drive the different types of mattresses, but you still want to make an informed decision about what mattress is right for you.

The current types of mattresses on the market are:

  • Memory Foam Mattresses
  • Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattresses
  • Latex Mattresses
  • Innerspring Mattresses

Each mattress type has its own specific array of differences in construction and sleep benefit.

Your mattress is probably the most important furniture purchase you will ever make. The quality and fit of your mattress directly impacts the quality of sleep that you get on a nightly basis, which in turn affects your daily life. To ensure that you are choosing the right mattress, there are a few things to be aware of.

First of all, always test your mattress. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, would you? That is why many mattress retailers offer exclusive sleep guarantees. When visiting a mattress showroom, always lie down and test a mattress before you purchase it. Lie in your normal sleeping position, and if you share a bed make sure that your partner is there to test it with you.

Mattress Firmess:

Each mattress comes in several different firmness levels, and what is comfortable for you is usually what’s best as long as the mattress substructure provides the proper support. The difference between a soft and firm mattress is that with a firm mattress you are sleeping ON the surface, whereas with a soft mattress you are sleeping IN the padding. If you are transitioning from a hard mattress to a soft, or vice versa, your body will take some time to adjust to the new surface.

Edge Support:

The edges of your mattress are more important than you think. This is where the first signs of wear begin to share, since it receives the most amount of pressure as you get in or out of bed. There are a couple of different edge support options to be aware of. The first is a high density foam perimeter about 4 inches thick that encircles the entire mattress body. Or with innerspring mattresses, some manufacturers will space the coils closer together on the edge or ad spacer clips to prevent the coils from collapsing over time.

Mattress Foundation:

The surface that your mattress rests on is just as important as the mattress itself. The mattress foundation, whether it be a box spring or an adjustable motorized frame, fully supports the mattress and any movement on the mattress. Each foundation is typically matched to a mattress, and they work together to keep you comfort at a maximum. If you purchase a new mattress, you should buy a new foundation as well. If a new mattress is placed on an old foundation, it will tend to wear out much more quickly than if paired with a complimentary foundation.

If you still have questions about purchasing a new mattress, or don’t know where to begin, contact Doerr Furniture for assistance.

When Should You Replace Your Mattress?

When Should You Replace Your Mattress?


When was the last time you replaced your mattress?  If you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep and don’t feel well rested, it may be a good idea to look into a new mattress.


                Each mattress is different when it comes to lifespan.  Obviously, a quality mattress will last much longer than one that is not as top notch.  But, the different types of mattress construction really weigh into the longevity of your mattress.  For instance, most innerspring mattresses are rated to last between 5 and 8 years.  While some latex mattresses may last up to 20 years, depending on the quality composition of the mattress.

                Another thing to consider is your mattress foundation.  Mattresses and foundations are typically designed to complement each other as sets, and are best kept that way.  For most mattress sets, up to 70% of the wear is in the moving foundation, leaving only 30% of the wear in the mattress itself.  If your old box spring is causing the mattress to sag, replacing only the mattress will result in a shorter lifespan of the new mattress.  That new mattress will begin to sag much quicker on the old box spring, than it would when paired with a new, complementary foundation.

If you are using an innerspring mattress, you should start keeping an eye on the mattress when it reaches 5 years of age.  But if you are beginning to lose sleep, wake up unrefreshed or can’t get comfortable at night, get in touch with a local Sleep Specialist to determine whether you need a new mattress.