How to Choose the Perfect Mattress

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On average, we spend over 29 years of our lives sleeping. That means having a comfortable, supportive mattress is really important. If you think it’s time for a new mattress, here are a few things to consider:

· How old is your current mattress? If your mattress is over 7 years old and you are waking up with body aches or stiffness, it may have lost its ability to properly support you. Also, if you notice visible dips or lumps or if the interior is exposed, it’s time for a new mattress.

· What comfort level is best? There are four main types of mattresses: firm, plush, pillow top or ultra plush. A firm mattress is often recommended for people with back pain as they tend to be more supportive, while the ultra plush mattress style is super soft and are sometimes referred to as “clouds.” The best way to discover which comfort level is right for you is to test mattresses out at our Gardner-White locations with advice from one of our mattress experts.

· What temperature are you when you’re sleeping? The construction of the mattress can also determine your comfort level. For example, if you tend to overheat while sleeping, a mattress constructed of memory foam may not be the most comfortable for you as foams tend to trap heat. To find out if a memory foam, innerspring, latex or hybrid mattress is right for you, visit a Gardner-White store to speak with a mattress expert.

· Do you need a better foundation? The right foundation can also make a big difference in the comfort level as well as help to increase the life-span of your mattress. A flat foundation is good for those who don’t want to be disturbed by other sleeping partners, as a yielding foundation acts as a shock absorber for the mattress. Adjustable bases are great for those who have a hard time getting in and out of bed, or like to watch TV in their bedroom.

When you purchase a mattress from Gardner-White, you can rest easy knowing you’re covered by the Best Sleep Guarantee™, plus when you purchase it today, you’ll be sleeping on it tonight with our exclusive Same Day Delivery service. Stop into any of our locations to meet with an expert that will help you find the mattress of your dreams!

This week’s #Charituesday Results are in!

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Congratulations to Covenant House Michigan! They had 38 votes in our Facebook poll so they will be receiving a $1,000 gift certificate from Gardner-White to be used for the people they serve. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit won’t be leaving empty handed, they will also receive a $500 gift certificate from Gardner-White!

We would like to thank both Covenant House Michigan and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit for all of the wonderful services they provide for our community. To find out more about these organizations, visit our #Charituesday blog here.

Buy an iComfort, iSeries or Tempur-Pedic® Mattress and Get a Free Sofa

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Buy any iComfort, iSeries or Tempur-Pedic® king or queen set during this sale and get a free sofa! That’s right, you get the latest sleep technology from these top brands for the lowest price in town AND your choice of three microfiber sofas – free.

If you’d prefer a different sofa from one of those three, you’re still in luck at Gardner-White: we’ll give you a credit toward the sofa of your choice.

Just one more way we make Gardner-White your Best Sleep store. The Gardner-White Best Sleep Guarantee®. The biggest selection of top brand names. More iComfort, iSeries and Tempur-Pedic® mattresses in stock than anyone in town. And FREE Gardner-White exclusive Same Day Delivery: buy it today, sleep on it tonight.

Here are the three sofas you can choose from:

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How to Make a Small Bedroom Feel Larger

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Your bedroom should be an oasis where you can kick back and relax, but it’s hard to get comfortable when your bedroom is small and cramped. Make your little bedroom look and feel larger with our four simple tricks:

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1. Pick ultra-functional furniture. Maximize your space by adding furniture with hidden storage, like beds and settees. The Caldwell Bed features six pull out drawers in both the footboard and the sideboards, making this piece the ultimate space utilizer.

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2. Keep it light. Decorating with dark colors can make your room feel like a cave. Choose light colored furniture, bedding and drapes and also paint your walls and ceiling a light color. The Bostwick Collection and the Rometta Collection are great sets to help you achieve a lighter look.

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3. Utilize mirrors. Mirrors reflect light throughout the space, making your bedroom feel larger. Gardner-White has a selection of mirrors in different sizes and shapes. Shop for a great mirror here.

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4. Buy a plasma chest. Instead of packing your small bedroom with a lot of bulky furniture, buy a plasma chest that will double as a dresser and TV storage. This will allow you to hide unsightly cords and unclutter the area. The Serena Plasma Chest would be a beautiful, space saving addition to your bedroom.

Have you made your tiny bedroom look larger? What are your tricks? Leave us a comment below or tell us on our Facebook page.

#Charituesdays: Covenant House Michigan & Big Brothers Big Sisters

BlogPhoto6-17-14 This week’s #Charituesday benefits not only one deserving charitable organization, but two! Both Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and Covenant House Michigan will be receiving $500 Gardner-White gift certificates to use for community members in need. Here’s the best part; the organization with the most votes on our Gardner-White Facebook poll will DOUBLE their prize to $1,000!

About Covenant House Michigan

Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 13-22. They provide shelter, educational and vocational programs, as well as other support services, to help overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, inadequate education, violence, drugs and gangs. Their goal is to redirect them onto a path toward meaningful and successful adulthood. Over 54,785 youth have been served by CHM since its inception in September, 1997. Learn more about Covenant House Michigan here.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit here.

How You Can Help

Visit the Gardner-White poll here, and vote for your favorite charity once per day. Gardner-White will donate a $500 gift certificate to both Big Brothers Big Sisters and Covenant House Michigan. We will donate an additional $500 for a grand total of $1,000 to the organization that gets the most votes. Check back next week to see which organization will get the bonus!

5 Ways to Maximize Storage Space

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In a perfect world, there is “a place for everything and everything in its place.” However, for most of us, there simply isn’t enough room to store everything in our homes. Gardner-White wants to help you get your clutter under control! Here are our 5 tips on how to maximize storage space in your living room, bedroom and beyond:

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1. Sectionals with built in storage. One of the hot new trends in 2014 furniture is storage sectionals. Many sectionals now come with hidden storage, either in the headrest area, or inside a center console between seats. The Ginger Collection is a great example of how a sectional can combine comfort and relaxation with functionality. Shop our sectionals here.

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2. Storage ottomans. If you don’t have enough room for a large sectional, try incorporating a storage ottoman into your living room instead. Storage ottomans can add a different texture or a pop of color while storing blankets, throw pillows and TV remotes. Your living room will be uncluttered in no time! Shop our storage ottomans here.

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3. Entertainment centers. Small TV stands just don’t cut it sometimes. An entertainment center can be the answer to large DVD collections, video game consoles, electronic equipment, books and more. Start organizing! Shop our entertainment centers here.

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4. Sofa tables with drawers. A sofa table with two little drawers doesn’t seem like it would make a big impact on organization, but they can be extremely useful. Place a sofa table near your front door to hold small items, like car keys, wallets, sunglasses and more. Shop our sofa tables here.

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5. Beds with hidden storage. The living room isn’t the only place that needs organization. Beds with hidden storage are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. When closets start to overflow, suddenly shoes and clothes no longer have a place. Kids’ rooms are also notorious for clutter; hidden storage can be the perfect place to hide away toys and clothes! Shop our storage beds here.

Has your furniture helped you unclutter your home? We’d love to hear about it! Leave us a comment here, or post a comment to our Facebook page.

The #Charituesday Bonus Donation Goes to…

Angel's Place Congratulations to Angels’ Place! They had 22 photo shares on Facebook so they will be receiving a donation of four twin mattresses from Gardner-White to be used for the people they serve. Operation Get Down won’t be leaving empty handed, they will also receive two twin mattresses from Gardner-White! We would like to thank both Angels’ Place and Operation Get Down for all of the wonderful services they provide for our community. To find out more about Angels’ Place and Operation Get Down, visit our #Charituesday blog here.

Top 5 Ways to Inject Color into Your Space

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The easiest way to freshen up your home is to add a little color. Adding an accent color can be as big as switching out your old sofa for a brightly colored one, or as small as adding a few throw pillows to your existing furniture. Here are our 5 tips on how to inject color into your space:

1. Add an accent chair or accent ottoman. Accent chairs and accent ottomans can come in a variety of colors and patterns. Choose a pattern with a similar color palette as your other furniture to tie the room together. Find an accent ottoman with storage, like our Tate Storage Ottoman by Jonathan Louis, for bonus functionality. Shop our accent chairs here. Shop our accent ottomans here.

2. Define your space with a colorful rug. Rugs not only define a space within an open area, like a living room or a dining area, but they can also add a splash of color. Choose a rug with an interesting pattern or a long shag to add some texture to your space. Shop our area rugs here.

3. Toss on some patterned throw pillows. One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to add color to your room is to add throw pillows to an existing sofa, loveseat or chair. Throw pillows comes in all different colors, patterns and textures. Shop our colorful pillows here.

4. Custom order a colorful sofa. At Gardner-White, we have a large selection of custom order furniture that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Our Aquarium Collection, Kris Collection, Hourglass Collection, Rainstorm Collection, Tate Collection, Carlin Collection and Gypsy Collection are all completely customizable. The best part is, you can customize these featured furniture collections for free!

5. Brighten up a room with a colorful lamp. Those who don’t want to take the plunge and purchase a large, brightly colored piece of furniture can add color in subtle ways. Accessories, like lamps, can add a small accent here and there. Shop our lamps here.

Adding a splash of color to freshen up your living space has never been easier! Have you accented your home with color? Upload your photos to our Facebook page or leave a comment below telling us how you did it.

#Charituesdays: Angels’ Place & Operation Get Down

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This week’s #Charituesday is not just benefiting one deserving charitable organization, but two! Both Angels’ Place and Operation Get Down will be receiving two twin mattresses to use for community members in need. Here’s the best part; the organization with the most photo shares on our Gardner-White Facebook page will DOUBLE their prize to four twin mattresses!

About Angels’ Place
Angels’ Place is a non-profit organization that provides homes and services to persons with developmental disabilities. They have twenty residential homes located in the tri-county area. The individuals being served by Angels’ Place need supportive care because of an intellectual or cognitive disability that occurred prior to 18 years of age. It is the goal of Angels’ Place to build and establish a family home environment where an individual is able to thrive, feel loved and be safe through being part of a larger, compassionate community. Learn more about Angels’ Place here.

About Operation Get Down
Operation Get Down, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based agency serving the Metro-Detroit area since 1971. Operation Get Down has grown into a million-dollar, United Way-member agency serving more than 35,000 people each year. Today, Operation Get Down continues to focus on the community’s most marginalized citizens, offering outpatient and residential substance-abuse treatment programs, in addition to homeless services. Operation Get Down provides emergency shelter services 365 days a year, offering meals, a hot shower and bedding for the night. Learn more about Operation Get Down here.

How You Can Help

Visit the Gardner-White Facebook page here, and share the photos in our #Charituesday album. Gardner-White will donate two twin mattresses to both Angels’ Place and Operation Get Down. We will donate an additional two mattresses for a grand total of four twin mattresses to the organization that gets the most photo shares. Check back next week to see which organization will get the bonus!