Smartphones, Smart Cars, and . . . Smart Beds?

Have you noticed that we are living in a time driven and consumed by technology? If not, then there’s a chance you are so consumed by this technology that you haven’t noticed the changing landscape around you. But don’t worry, I’m not here to convince you to assign all the problems of society to high tech nor to heap endless praise on the advancement of technology. I’m simply here to share a little about the incredible hype around high tech advancements for consumer goods.

Every year we are privy to a new round of the, what seems eternal, battle between Apple and Samsung for the best technological development to smartphones. We witness keynote speeches and creative marketing campaigns aimed to grab our attention & show us how the biggest and best next iPhone or Galaxy will change the world as we know it. phones.jpgThere’s a similar, but not as cyclical, hype around smart cars. The smart car revolution is led by the frontman that is Elon Musk of Tesla. Unlike the smartphone industry, our attention is pulled in many directions because there are a seemingly infinite number of players producing the disruptive technology in the automobile industry.
tesla.jpgWhile smart cars and smartphones are two rapidly advancing industries, what if I told you about an industry that has advanced much more quickly – as in 50 times more – while receiving next to no hype? It’s the mattress industry! I’m serious, Tempur-Pedic, Sealy and Stearns & Foster are pushing the technological advancement of the mattress industry at an impressive pace. And while their advancements might not be as sexy as a new smartphone, mattresses are in fact the latest high tech gadget.

Here’s some basic info: the most popular mattresses are still innerspring. What’s new is that consumers have a vast selection of substances to sleep on, ranging from foam (gel, latex, or memory) to simply air. Tempur Sealy has even developed hybrid mattresses that combine the comfort and pressure relief of foam with the support of coils. Additional options also include pillow-top, filling constructed of natural (organic and chemical-free) materials and orthopedic. mattress.jpgAlso, if you’re buying a frame to go with your bed, the standard box spring is old news. Adjustable bases are the growing trend for the younger generation as we work, read & watch more TV from our beds. An adjustable base will also help you rest in a more comfortable and pain-free position for your 6 to 8 hours. And what’s cool is whether your fine-tune your position for better entertainment or sleep you can adjust your base with your phone via Bluetooth! That’s so cool! adjustable.jpgIf you think that’s crazy, there are more advancements then first meet the eye. These smart beds can monitor your movements, recognize if you’re in pain, and respond by easing the pressure on the mattress. Additionally, if you suffer from insomnia, sleep apnea, reflux, back, neck or shoulder pain or snore, adjustable bases can be set for your particular needs so you rest at almost zero gravity alleviating many of these common problems. Beds are getting more comfortable, supportive and smarter!

After reading this short mattress update, the process of choosing your next mattress has become more exciting and customizable! If the endless options seem overwhelming, feel free to come in Virginia Furniture Market for a free sleep profile. You can rest assured that we will work to help you find the perfect bed to offer you a better night’s rest.

-Andy the Intern

Quarantine Diaries Vol. 3: The Kitchen

Welcome back to the quarantine diaries vol. 3. In this installment we are discussing kitchens. As our country is opening up more to social events and gatherings, it’s a great time to think about refreshing your kitchen as you prepare for gatherings.

Growing up in the military, I was exposed to the notion of dinner parties and gatherings for military affairs. As a result, the kitchen became an essential area to me that brings back memories of good times with friends and family. This area is such a versatile and important part of the home. Some call this the heart of the house. 

So where do we even start when wanting to remodel the kitchen? 

  1. Countertops and Cabinets

 Two very important aesthetics in a kitchen are the countertops and cabinets. These are the very first impressions that people see when entering the kitchen. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that these two parts of the kitchen look and go with the feel you are going for. So it might be time to update your cabinets or refinish them. The same goes for your countertops. Think about upgrading to a granite or marble stone which will add value, dimension and aesthetics (and durability) to your kitchen. 

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2. Backsplash

The backsplash is another underutilized aesthetic that can really give life and add a fresh feel and look. Whether you are going for a modern or traditional look, there are several designs for creating an eye catching backsplash that will fit every style. First, subway tile is a classic while also being versatile.  For example, use dual colors to create a beautiful contrast that brings your kitchen to life. One of my favorite styles is the chevron pattern which creates a unique design that will be sure to improve your kitchen’s look. There are several other ideas for backsplashes such as using penny tiles, granite that matches your countertops, utilizing bold designs for tiles, and the list could go on. Have fun with the backsplash and tailor it to your style and taste.

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3. Matching appliances 

   The next part of the kitchen that you should be thinking about are the appliances. These include large appliances such as your oven, stove, microwave, fridge, freezer, etc. and even smaller appliances like a mixer, toaster, blender, etc. To really create a good looking kitchen make sure that your appliances are the same colors whether that is black, silver, white, matte finish, glossy finish etc. Having appliances that complement one another will create a cohesive kitchen and will bring this area together very nicely. Screen Shot 2020-08-03 at 5.34.51 PM

4. Kitchen Dining Table 

In many kitchens there is enough room to place a kitchen table or an island (which is a smaller table that can sometimes come with stools to place in the middle if room permits). Placing an island not only adds eating space, but can also be utilized as a workstation. Having a kitchen table allows space for everyone to sit down at family meals and enjoy time together which can create memorable family times. At Virginia Furniture Market we have a wide variety of small kitchen tables and islands that would work perfectly in your kitchen. Screen Shot 2020-08-03 at 5.36.49 PMScreen Shot 2020-08-03 at 5.36.56 PM

So as you look at your kitchen there are always some home improvements that can be made to elevate the look and feel. So much can be done through DIY projects while others require a contractor’s help. But as for the furniture aspect, any of our professional sales team members at Virginia Furniture Market would love to help you select the perfect kitchen table or island to suit your needs. We will even make a free home visit to help measure and find the perfect fit!

We’re hoping you are staying safe during these trying times, and remind you that now is the perfect opportunity to really work on your home. We can’t wait to see you at Virginia Furniture Market and help you pick out the perfect furniture for your needs. As always, we are open for in-store and virtual appointments. We look forward to serving you.Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 12.37.57 PM