Design Inspiration…Decorative Accent Pieces

March 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s a little design inspiration for our furniture friends on this glorious spring day! With the clearing of the winter weather we thought we’d share a little inspiration from some modern accent pieces that get us into a spring mood.  Adding colorful accent pieces to a room can do wonders in adding energy and life into your space!

Zuo Modern Accent Pieces

Modern Home Accents

White Accent Piece

Silver Modern Accent Pieces

Extended Furniture Warranty Plans…is it Worth the Money?

March 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Furniture Warranty PlansThis is one question we get from our customers all the time asking whether or not truthfully extended furniture warranty plans are worth the money.  In our opinion the value you may get from a warranty plan is going to be different for everyone but always worth the investment… if you’re looking at your furniture as an investment.  If  it’s furniture you only want for 6 months to a year or so then maybe it’s not that big of a deal for you but if you hope to keep the $1,500 sectional you just  bought for years, then spending a couple hundred on a warranty plan is well worth it.  I will caveat this by saying as long as the retailer you are working with sells the warranty within reason.  I’ve seen some warranty plans run $600 – $800 which I think is too much.  Our 5 year plans start at $199 so if you think about the cost per day you’re actually spending for peace of mind it’s cents on the day.

So what do these plans cover?
Over the years we’ve used a couple warranty companies and each has has their pluses and minuses.  Almost all plans cover stains, rips, tears, burns and spills. Some plans have a 5 day notification period which just means if your daughter spills her grape juice all over your new sectional, you must call the warranty company within 5 days to report the claim.  Some plans have a 15 day policy upon noticing. They do not care when the accident happened as long as you report it within 15 days of noticing the accident, so no matter what, you noticed the stain within the last 15 days.  Some companies also require you to know what the stain actually is so make sure you say something other than ” I don’t know”.

What won’t they cover?
The one thing we’ve never found any warranty to cover is pet claws and jaws.  If your pets vomit or urinate on your sofa however, they will cover that but chewing or scratching won’t be covered.  If Sparky decides to try to bury a bone in your couch, the warranty companies will not accept it but if your child accidentally takes a screw driver to you sofa than that would covered.  As a general rule, just don’t bring up your pet.

Also, most companies generally do not cover accumulated stains.  Therefore, make sure you notice each time a stain happens and report each incident separately.

What happens when I have a claim?
Most all companies to start will send out a cleaning kit to start and walk you through the process of cleaning your stain.  If that doesn’t help, they will then send out a tech.  The tech will come to clean, repair or replace whatever has been damaged or stained.  Some companies will only replace a damaged piece once some will replace them multiple times.  Always always always read the details of your plan to know what is and what is not covered.  And make sure you save your receipt and your warranty information.  We’ve told customers sometimes to tape copy of your registration and copy of your receipt to the bottom of your furniture.  That way you know where to look when something happens.

All in all,we’ve had enough incidents occur at Real Deal where either a customer was super happy they bought the warranty plan because their dog peed on their sofa the day after they got it or super bummed because they didn’t and they took a knife to the cushion opening unwrapping a sofa that we always recommend it. Just think, one accident happening without a warranty could result in a tech charging $200-$300 just to look at the damage. So we always tell our customers, it’s nice to have the piece of mind in case anything happens for cents on a day. If you have any other questions or concerns about furniture warranty plans and if they are really worth it, feel free to comment or contact us directly.

Aluminum vs. Wrought Iron Patio Furniture

March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Powdered Coated Cast Aluminum Patio Furniture - Darlee

Powdered Coated Cast Aluminum Patio Furniture - Affordable - DarleeWith patio season almost here, it’s time to start thinking about your patio furniture and of course your kick-off to summer BBQ bash! We also know buying patio furniture can be a daunting task, with so many options and wanting patio furniture that lasts, how do you choose? Hopefully we can provide a few tips to help you decide what kind of patio furniture works for you and your budget. Today we are discussing aluminum vs. wrought iron patio furniture.

Aluminum Patio Furniture:

Pros: Rust resistant and relatively lightweight and incredibly durable. (Higher quality aluminum is heavier in weight.)
Types: Tubular, Cast and Wrought Aluminum.
Tubular – Most aluminum furniture is made from hollow tubing, often with internal reinforcing ribs for added strength. The tubing is cut and bent to form the elements of the furniture frame, which are then welded or bolted together by skilled craftsmen. Tubular aluminum is frequently the material of choice for contemporary styling. Over the last few years, finish options in metal furniture have become quite exciting. There are finishes which mimic verdigris, pewter and stone. There are smooth, gleaming finishes, textured matte finishes, single tone finishes, and some with a melange of colors. Not just good-lookers, these finishes are tough. They become a plastic skin that virtually bonds to the aluminum. They will not chip, peel or crack, and are six times thicker than paint, making them highly resistant to weather.
Cast Aluminum – Cast aluminum is usually investment furniture. Distinctive and elegant, it features classic designs with roots in the cast-iron stylings of the 18th century.This furniture is produced by pouring molten aluminum into molds and then allowing it to cool. The prototype for each casting mold is hand carved, permitting elaborate detailing. Cast aluminum is undeniably handsome and elegant. While its beauty is striking, its demeanor is classic and understated. Furniture of cast aluminum is often so exquisitely detailed that it seems to have come from a museum. But, like tubular aluminum, it is also amazingly durable and easy to maintain. Quality cast-aluminum furniture can be costly and is not for the family that craves a new look every few seasons.
Wrought Iron – Wrought aluminum marries the centuries-old craft of hand forging to the high tech performance of aluminum. Though wrought aluminum cannot duplicate the more intricate wrought-iron stylings, some believe that it represents the ideal wedding of art and technology. With wrought aluminum, you can enjoy the traditional elegance of a wrought-iron look in a material that is lightweight, low maintenance and rustproof.

Wrought Iron Patio Furniture:
Pros: Heavy, durable, with graceful, flowing designs. (however iron will rust & oxidize over time).  Available in handsome designs ranging from contemporary to traditional, iron furniture is so durable that it frequently outlasts its owners. However, if it has not been properly coated by the manufacturer and maintained by the consumer – no ifs, ands or buts – it will rust.
Types: Wrought Iron & Cast Iron
Wrought Iron – Classic wrought-iron styling with its appealing curves and elegant design is hotter than ever. Originally hand-made (wrought) by blacksmiths, wrought-iron furniture is constructed from solid half-inch round bars formed into timeless designs – simple or ornate, the choice is yours.
Cast Iron – Cast iron is the essence of romance and nostalgia. Heavy and ornate, it is often identified with the South. Weighing three times more than an identical piece in cast aluminum, cast iron is popular for public areas because it weighs too much to be easily pilfered.

At Real Deal Furniture our metal patio furniture is primarily powdered coated cast aluminum.  Taking all the pros and characteristics of cast aluminum there is also an added layer of baked on powder to prolong the life of your patio furniture and ensure it’s ability to withstand the harshness of all weather conditions.  Come check them out in our San Diego showroom!

Outdoor Furniture Care

March 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Living in San Diego we are spoiled enough to be able to enjoy our patio furniture all year round.  However, with anything we value and want to prolong the life of there are certain ways we should care for our outdoor furniture. Here are some outdoor furniture care & maitenance tips to help you get the most life out of your patio furniture.

For Powder Coated Cast Aluminum furniture we recommend washing with a mild liquid soap. If the furniture is scratched down to the metal, we recommend lightly sanding the area then applying the touch up paint. When applying touch up paint, all surfaces must be completely clean & dry before applying.

It’s best to cover the furniture when not in use for an extended period of time.

Never leave furniture standing in water.

Never use automotive cleaners on furniture.

For granite table tops, in order to maintain and preserve the appearance and resistance to staining, reseal the table top annually using a penetrating stone sealer.  For routine cleaning, use a mild soap and water solution with a soft cloth. Rinse and dry thoroughly.  Spills should be wiped up promptly.  Red wine and citrus juice left for extended periods of time can affect the natual stones and appearance and resistance to stain.

For cushions and pillows, first clean by brushing off any loose dirt, then with a mild soap and water mixture, brush them clean.  Make sure to use a soft bristle brush or sponge and air dry.  Hand wash only and hang to dry.  Do not use a washing machine or dryer.Outdoor Furniture Care - Quality patio Furnitureoutdoor furniture care - quality patio furniture

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