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Upcoming Grand Opening

The wait is over; RST Brands has put down roots in Salt Lake City, Utah! We’ll be celebrating the grand opening of our new showroom on Saturday, April 13th and you’re invited to join us for celebratory discounts, amazing giveaways, delicious food, and more.

Consider this your invitation to our grand opening — no RSVP required. Bookmark this page or jot down the details in your calendar so you don’t miss out on the celebration.

 

When

We’ll be kicking off our showroom opening on Saturday, April 13th, 2019. The celebration begins at 11:00am and will wrap up two hours later at 1:00pm.

You’re more than welcome to stay for the full two hours, or you can drop in for a quick peek at our collection of bedroom furniture, dining chairs, and more. With our roundup of discounts, prizes, food trucks, and special guests, we have a feeling you’re going to want to stay a while.

 

Where

Our new showroom is located at 1891 W 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84119. You’ll find us on the East side of I-15 on 2100 South (exit 15B-15C), just down the road from the Glendale Park and Golf Course. Plug our address into your GPS for a quick and easy route:

1891 W 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84119

If you have any trouble finding our new showroom, please don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can point you in the right direction.

 

Special Guests

We’re pleased to announce that 94.1 KODJ’s morning show, Meredith and AJ, will be joining us as our special guests for our Grand Opening. Come down, shake hands, and chat on a fine sofa or sectional.

 

Refreshments

Make sure you come hungry and bring the family for a taste of two different fan-favorite food trucks; Salty Pineapple and Donut Kabob will be on site, dishing out their unique and scrumptious creations during the event.

 

Discounts and Prizes

In honor of our grand opening, RST Brands is giving attendees a discount of 30% on new furniture (sale and clearance items excluded). If you’ve been dreaming of a new beautiful bed or wanting to dress up your living room with a stunning media console, our grand opening on April 13th is the time and place to do it.

In addition to the celebratory savings, we’ll also be giving away gift certificates and select brand name pieces from our Milo and Portofino collections. Do not forget to enter your name in our drawings for an opportunity to win any of these prizes:

  • RST Brands gift certificates ranging from $200 to $1,000
  • A stunning Portofino Comfort fire table valued at $1,500
  • Two club chairs in the color of your choosing from the Milo Espresso collection valued at $1,000

 

See You Soon

Mark our grand opening in your calendar so you don’t forget to join us for this momentous celebration. We’ll see you on Saturday, April 13th.

Small Space Design: Everything You Need To Know To Get The Most Out Of Your Interior Design

Just thinking about decorating your house is probably pretty exciting, right? Whether you’re just moving in, or have finally decided to follow through on that redecorating job you’ve been meaning to get started on the past few years, doesn’t it feel like the possibilities are endless? Well, that is until you realize you’re working with a tiny space, and perhaps an even tinier budget.

Given the current downsizing trend and the fact that a bigger home just might not be in the cards for many new homebuyers, here’s a guide to decorating for small spaces. Whether it’s just one tiny room you’re unsure what to do with, or an entire apartment, with the help of these tips and tricks, you’ll feel like you’re living big in your small space.

 

Browse a specific category by clicking on any of the quick links below:

 


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Check out our interactive guide to view room by room furniture recommendations. See what furniture is in-style and find inspiration for your home.

 

How Do You Make the Best Small Space?

 

Given downsizing trends and the fact that a bigger home might not be in the cards for many new homebuyers, here’s a guide to small space interior design. Whether it’s just one tiny room you’re unsure what to do with, or an entire apartment, with the help of these tips and tricks, you’ll feel like you’re living big in your small space.

 

Getting Started

 

Before you start shopping for furniture or make a purchase of any kind, you need a plan.

Have you set a budget yet? It’s important to address the money aspect before you head to the store or start pinning dream rooms on Pinterest. Set a budget and stick to it—you’ll feel much more satisfied at the end of your project when your house is beautifully decorated, and you aren’t staring at a credit card bill that will take years to pay off.

 

Evaluate Your Space

 

Once a budget is set (and you’ve pinkie promised you’ll stick to it), it’s time to walk your house and evaluate your space. Measure each room you want to decorate and keep those numbers handy while you shop for furniture—the last thing you want is to find a piece you love, only to get it home and realize it’s way too big.

It’s wise at this point to at least get an idea of the purpose you want each room to serve. If you know you want your living room to be more of a social sitting area than a TV-watching space, you’ll want to make sure you choose seating that will fit your needs. It’s much easier to stick to your budget and shop with purpose when you know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish.

 

How Do You Maximize Space in a Small House?

 

Many people get it all wrong when it comes to maximizing space in a small house.

“Lots of people have the idea that they need to buy super-small furniture in a small space. I like to do the opposite. I like to normal-size furnishings that just fit within the space, maybe even push the limits just a little bit (within reason). Placing small furniture in a small space can have a dollhouse effect, making everything look diminutive. It is amazing how a room can visually expand to accommodate well-chosen contents, and you will be so much more comfortable.” – Christoper Kennedy

 

Get Painting

 

If your walls are anything but a light, neutral color right now, you may want to consider changing that. While painting each room a different color sounds fun, it will actually make your house feel smaller.

 

What Colors Make a Living Room (and Other Rooms) Look Bigger?

 

Choose a great neutral color like beige, gray, or even white and use it throughout your home to help unify the space. The darker the color, the smaller it will make your rooms feel, so choose something light, and watch your space open up.

 

What is the Most Popular Color for a House?

 

Neutral colors have long been the most popular paint color for a home, but the “it neutral” changes from year to year. Right now, gray reigns as the most popular neutral. But tides are slowly changing back to a trend of warm, pink-toned beiges in the lightest shades.

 

How Do You Make Small Rooms Look Bigger with Paint?

 

Paint the ceiling a fun color to draw the eye upward and open up the space. Another fun idea is to use wallpaper to create a beautiful constellation ceiling like this.

No matter what room you’re painting, it’s also important to think about the general color scheme of the home. Rooms will seem to flow more seamlessly if you choose a color scheme that goes together. Choose three or four colors that compliment each other and emphasize them in each room. For example, one room could have light blue walls with accents of gray, pink, and green. An adjacent room could have gray walls and incorporate accents of light blue, pink, and green, etc.

 

How Do I Maximize Space in My Home?

 

There are dozens of ways to make the most of your space, no matter the size. These principles can also be applied to larger homes to make every square inch count and to avoid clutter:

  • Create an outdoor living space to seamlessly take your home from inside to outside.
  • Take down walls to open up the space.
  • Install floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
  • Use loft bunk beds in kids rooms.
  • Create bench seating that doubles as storage.
  • Use space under the stairs for storage.

 

Master Bedroom

 

Consider using cinder blocks (or investing in a nice new frame) to raise your bed frame slightly to allow for more storage space under your bed to accommodate bins for out of season clothes, socks, paperwork, books, shoes—really anything that might be cluttering up your space. A storage headboard is an excellent way to add style and storage to your space (you can even go the DIY route).

Consider creating a modular storage system in your closet to help store and organize your clothes and personal items more efficiently. Sure, you can buy a fancy, customized closet organization system, but why not build one yourself?

 

What Colors Are Good For Small Rooms?

 

White and other light colors are commonly known as the best paint for small rooms. But you can incorporate bold colors in other ways, such as furniture and accent decor. Try a bold couch in bright green or yellow if you really want to add some personality to a small room. Or purchase brightly colored bedding for your master bedroom and throw in some fun accent pillows.

Another way to enhance a small master bedroom is by adding an accent wall. Though light colors are best overall for small space interior design, an accent wall gives you a chance to go bold. Try something bright or dark on the wall where your headboard is to amp up the design of the room.

 

How Can I Get the Most out of My Small Room?

 

Make sure your bedroom furniture fits properly in your room. A king sized bed is good in theory, but isn’t the best idea if it’s the only thing that will fit in your room. Choose a bed to fit the size of the room, and try to be realistic. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you can use bright, textured pillows to decorate your space and make a statement.

You can also make the most of a small room by incorporating storage space everywhere possible. Raise the bed to use storage underneath. Add shelves to the closet to maximize out-of-sight storage. Organize shoes in a shoe rack or over-the-door organizer. Put shelves over the dresser to store books, jewelry, or anything else you want to keep in your room. You can even skip the dresser all together by adding hanging shelves in your closet.  Think out of the box, literally. Try using a larger dresser or console as a nightstand to add more storage, then place a smaller side table next to the other side of the bed.

 

Kids’ Bedroom

 

Kids’ bedrooms are meant to be fun, brightly colored, and full of youthful decorations, but working with a small room can be challenging. Use posters, pictures, and décor that gives you the most bang for your buck, but doesn’t leave the room feeling cluttered.

Bunk beds are the best option to make extra space in the room. If you must keep toys in the room, make sure they’re stored away out of sight—open boxes and cluttered shelves will make any small room feel like it’s closing in on you.

 

Office

 

Whether your office is located in your living room, jammed in the corner of your kitchen space, or a portion of one of your bedrooms, the most efficient use of space is a wall-mounted desk—think of a hideaway bed in desk form.

If you have a little more space, choose a small, streamlined desk—although something bigger could offer more workspace, it would likely just dwarf your room and look out of place. Wall-mounted shelves take up less space than bookshelves, making them a much better option.

Make your small office space more appealing by adding decorative pieces. Though the space may be limited, you’ll enjoy using your office more if you hang art pieces and add decorative items to your bookshelves.

 

Bathroom

 

You may not think you can efficiently decorate your bathroom, but there are a few tips to gain storage and make it feel bigger. To increase space and improve small space design, install a pedestal sink to make the space feel more open and skirt a decorative sheet around it to allow for extra hidden storage space.  Install a curtain rod in your shower that curves out, giving the feel of a much larger tub or shower area.

Add storage by putting an organizing shelf over the toilet. Neatly store your toilet paper and other bathroom necessities in this convenient space.

 

Living Room/Family Room

 

Here are a few of our favorite tips on how to decorate a small living room or family room space:

 

  • Use a behind-the-couch console table instead of a coffee table to save floor space.
  • Add a rug to infuse style without taking up any extra space.
  • Mount your TV to the wall to save space.
  • Purchase a storage ottoman for extra seating and hidden storage for blankets, DVDs, remotes, etc
  • Use a media console to increase storage space for books, magazines, etc.
  • Raise the height of your curtain rods to make the room feel bigger.
  • Hang shelves right below the ceiling to draw the eye upward.
  • Color code your shelves to add cohesion and make the room more organized.
  • Hang a mirror to create the illusion of space, especially if the room lacks windows.
  • Choose a unifying color scheme that flows from room to room.
  • Select furniture with exposed legs to add breathing room and minimize bulk.

 

How Can You Make the Most of My Small Living Room

 

The above small space design tips will help you make the most of a small living room. Some other principles to consider are making sure you still have plenty of seating so you can enjoy the room with guests. Even if the space is small, you want to make it functional and enjoyable to be in. Try a sectional couch to maximize space, or even purchase a bench that can be taken down and stored away when you don’t have people over.

You may also want to be selective with the fabrics you choose for curtains, couches, and rugs. Fabrics can have a subtle but big impact on the way the room feels. Choose lightweight fabrics to open up the room, such as linen or gauze for curtains. You can also choose fabrics in the same color as the wall to create a seamless look that makes the space feel bigger.

 

Kitchen

 

If you entertain often, you know what a difference an open, organized, kitchen and eating area can make. Open shelving makes even the smallest kitchen appear more spacious and eliminates the need to constantly open and close cupboard doors.  A magnetic strip is a great option to attach knives or spice containers to your wall to keep them easily accessible and free up space.

 

How Do You Maximize Space in a Small Kitchen? Plus Other Rooms

 

If you’re looking for additional ways to maximize kitchen space, we have more great tips for you. These small space design tips can be applied to any room in the house to save on space and increase functionality.

Invest in space-saving storage options like spice racks, can holders, and drawer organizers. If your pantry and drawers are messy, you’re probably wasting a lot of space. You can also stack the pantry and cabinets higher if you have expanding shelves to make the most of otherwise unused space.

Add baskets and decorative bins to countertops in the kitchen and other rooms to save on space without it look messy. You can also invest in large glass jars to store everyday kitchen ingredients like flour, sugar, and oats.

Lastly, remember to keep your kitchen clean. A clean space will feel so much better and more inviting. When you have a designated place for everything, it will be easy to stay on top of the cleanliness. So make sure your drawers are organized and everything has a home. Even taking a minute to clean the counters and windows alone will do wonders to make a small kitchen feel more open.

 

Dining Room

 

Choose a small table with a lot of character to keep your eating space stylish, yet functional. Surround your table with clear acrylic chairs to give the illusion of more space, or create a built-in banquette to eliminate the need for some seating. If possible, choose chairs for your living room that can double as extra seating for your table when you have guests over.  Benches are another good option to save on space while still allowing you to host a crowd.

 

Decorate with Purpose

 

The best small space design living ideas are the ones that infuse style into the space while helping the room function more efficiently. Make sure that the decorative elements you add in your home do not leave it looking cluttered—there’s a fine line between a well-decorated home and one that looks tacky. With the help of properly placed statement pieces and brightly colored furniture, you won’t need much more to make your home look beautiful. 

 

How Do You Make a Room Look Bigger?

 

When trying to make a room look bigger, some principles are counterintuitive. For example, most people try to place furniture right up against the wall to increase the floor space. But this can actually make the room feel more cramped. It will be a subtle feeling, but if you bring furniture a few inches away from the wall, you’ll instantly feel more relaxed. The new positioning will give your furniture room to breathe and make the room feel more spacious.

Another idea most people have when decorating is that it’s better to choose smaller decorative items if the room is small. Conversely, many interior design experts recommend choosing large statement pieces to make a room feel bigger. One rule of thumb is to never choose a decorative accent that is smaller than a cantaloupe. Otherwise, the space will feel cluttered.

Though many people also try to avoid patterns in a small space, certain patterns can make a room look bigger. Try adding stripes to draw the eye upward and open up the space. Stripes can be incorporated in wallpaper, pillows, and rugs.

 

Apartment Living

 

In addition to the above, some excellent small apartment decorating ideas include adding in a strategically placed mirror to make your space look bigger, and utilizing the natural light in your apartment. Let’s face it—apartment living isn’t always glamorous, especially when you’re renting and can’t really personalize the space.

 

How Can I Make My Room Look Cozy?

 

Though we recommend minimizing clutter in small living space, this doesn’t mean the room has to feel sterile. Make any room cozy by applying a few surefire principles.

Make a plan to enhance the lighting in your room. Whether you’re working with a bedroom, living room, kitchen, or any other space, it’s important to layer the lighting and provide options for any situation. The most cozy rooms usually have five different light sources, including accent lighting, main lighting, task lamps, etc. Add fairy lights or Christmas lights any time of year to really amp up the cozy factor.

Layers of texture are another great way to increase the coziness of a room. Lay a throw blanket over the couch or bed. Add textured throw pillows to a couch or armchair. Put down a fur rug on a hardwood floor or even layered on top of another woven rug.

Lastly, a room will feel much cozier when you add a personal touch. If your room is lacking art or photos you love, hang some in a gallery wall or above the bed. Take a trip to the antique store and choose some unique pieces to instantly make a room cozier. Plants are another great way to add interest and make a room more inviting.

 

How Do I Maximize Space in a Small Apartment?

 

When working with a small apartment, give the illusion of built-ins with the help of a few bookshelves, lay down rugs in every room, and hang curtains. All these design elements, when carefully chosen to match your own style, can open up your small apartment and make it feel like a home.

Many people try to avoid busy walls in a small apartment, but removable wallpaper can be a fun way to jazz up the space and add a unique touch. Try wallpaper in the bathroom for something that’s less of a commitment.

 

Interior Design Ideas for Small Flats

 

If you have a small flat, don’t be discouraged.

“Most of us have far too many possessions. I recently downsized slightly, to accommodate my busy work and travel schedule, and it made me really rethink everything I own. Do I love it? Does it enhance my life? Does it bring joy? If not — get rid of it! One of the tenets of modernism, to me, is surrounding ourselves with fewer things, but things that have utility and meaning.” – Christopher Kennedy

 

Tips to Remember

 

The most important thing to remember when considering all of these small space design living ideas is to keep things organized and ensure you have ample storage space. Decorating small rooms is difficult, but when done right, can take even the tiniest space and make it look bigger.

 


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How Does Fire Glass Work? Choosing An Outdoor Fire Table

You’ve seen that sparkling layer of glass in outdoor fire tables, right? That is a special type of glass called fire glass. You’re probably wondering, how does fire glass work and what makes it so special? From fire glass safety tips and information to money-saving suggestions, we’re sharing all the details of this stunning fire feature decorating trend.

 

Does Fire Glass Get Hot?

The short answer? Yes! Fire table glass can get extremely hot. One of the upsides to using fire glass is that it produces a lot more heat than a standard gas log. To a child (and some adults) the fire glass may look pretty or even fun to touch while it’s burning in the fire pit, and this is why it’s very important you inform everyone using the fire pit that the fire glass can get extremely hot.

 

How to Light Fire Glass in a Fire Pit

Fire glass isn’t flammable, so when you light your fire pit, you’re not actually going to light the glass like you would a pile of tinder and wood. To light your fire glass, all you need to do is install it in your outdoor fire table and light your fire feature as you normally would. Once lit, the fire should rise evenly among your collection of stunning fire glass, making it appear as if it’s on fire.

 

Can You Use Fire Glass Instead of Lava Rock?

Fire glass is a fantastic alternative to lava rock and can be used to freshen up the look of your outdoor fire table and patio set. Although fire table glass costs more than lava rock, it looks great, produces more heat, and distributes heat more evenly.

If you have a beautiful outdoor fire table that is often surrounded by company, we suggest you fill it with fire glass instead of lava rock, especially if you’re leaning more toward a contemporary style rather than a rustic vibe.

 

Can You Use Glass Marbles in a Fire Pit?

When it comes to a big, burning bowl of fire surrounded by your loved ones, we urge you not to take the gamble of guessing what is or isn’t safe to burn. Fire table glass is tempered glass that has been made safe to handle and use in your outdoor fire table. Glass marbles are not tempered and can be dangerous to use. Don’t risk harming your friends and family by putting other kinds of glass and wild card materials in your fire pit.

 

Considerations When Choosing a Fire Table

If you love the fire glass look and you’re on the market for a new outdoor fire table, take these tips into consideration and use them to find the best fire feature for your needs.

  • As far as fire glass is concerned, a natural gas fire feature is preferred for even heat distribution and a clean burning fire.
  • Select an outdoor fire table and the right color of fire glass to accent your outdoor furniture set.
  • Think about how many guests you’re likely to have over at one time and buy the right size of fire feature that will all for enough room to keep your usual crowd warm and cozy.
  • Protect your new fire pit whenever you’re not using it with a quality cover made from durable materials.

 

When it comes to finding the best filler or rock for your outdoor fire pit, fire glass is a great option.

Luxury High-End Outdoor Furniture Brands [Your Go To Guide]

 

In this comprehensive guide, we will show you how to create a relaxing oasis in your own backyard with the best high end outdoor furniture brands. In addition to loading you with information about the various types, styles, and materials available, we’ll also teach you how to best protect and preserve your outdoor furniture so you can continue to enjoy it for many seasons to come.

Browse a specific category by clicking on any of the quick links below:

– What Patio Furniture is Best for Outdoors?
– What Outdoor Furniture is the Most Durable for Different Climates?
– The Best Outdoor Furniture Materials
– Can You Leave Patio Furniture Outside in the Rain?
– Most Comfortable Outdoor Furniture
– Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Outdoor Furniture
– What is the Best Time to Buy Patio Furniture?
– Where to Find the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture

 

What Patio Furniture is Best for Outdoors?

 

Since high end outdoor furniture manufacturers aren’t selling their merchandise cheap, everyone wants to know what is the absolute best furniture for outside the home. It’s a very important question to ask before you buy, otherwise, you could end up with a damaged furniture set after just one season.

The fact of the matter is that the best outdoor furniture for you will greatly depend on the following factors:

 

Storage

Whether or not you have a place to store your outdoor set when it’s not in use should play an integral role in choosing your furniture. If you don’t have room to store your furniture during harsh weather conditions, you’ll want to choose weather-resistant materials and add an extra layer of protection in the form of high-quality covers and treatments.

 

Purpose

Another factor to consider when picking outdoor furniture is the purpose it will be serving, including how often you’ll be using it and for how many people at any given time. If you frequently throw pool parties in your backyard, you’ll want to invest in a quality furniture set for several guests to lounge by the pool. If you’re looking to create an intimate, private space of relaxation, it would be prudent to opt for a small set or individual pieces.

 

Climate

The climate in which you live will play a great part in the lifespan of your outdoor furniture. To help you find the best materials for your local climate conditions, we’ve broken it down for you in the next section.

 

What Outdoor Furniture is the Most Durable for Different Climates?

 

High Humidity

If you live in a place that is extremely humid, you’ll want to choose furniture that is not so easily susceptible to mold or rust. Teak is a fantastic option for outdoor furniture in humid climates and it looks fantastic with just about any decorating style.

 

Snow & Rain

If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow and rain, you’ll definitely want to avoid furniture made from metals that are primarily composed of iron or steel. If you live in a wet climate, but you prefer the look of metal materials, we advise you to go with aluminum over steel.

 

Hot & Sunny

If you thought your furniture would be perfectly safe in an arid climate with plenty of sunshine, think again. Direct sunlight will fade colors quickly, so vinyl cushions are a great way to go. You can also protect your furniture from sun damage by making sure the area is well shaded with natural foliage or an overhead cover.

 

The Best Outdoor Furniture Materials

 

If you want a durable patio set that will look great and last long, we recommend you purchase furniture made from the following materials while still keeping your climate in mind.

 

– Wicker

– Metal

– Rattan

– Vinyl

– Resin Wicker

– Mosaic

– Steel

– Aluminum

 

Can You Leave Patio Furniture Outside in the Rain?

 

We strongly encourage our customers to refrain from leaving any luxury outdoor furniture brands outside in the rain, no matter how water-resistant they claim to be. Rain is a formidable enemy to almost any material, even rattan and wicker, so the best thing you can do to preserve your outdoor patio set is to reinforce it with waterproofing treatments, store it indoors during rainy seasons, and use durable water-resistant furniture covers that are designed specifically for your climate.

 

Most Comfortable Outdoor Furniture

 

To create the ultimate place of relaxation and luxury, we suggest you adorn your patio with the most comfortable types of outdoor furniture. Not only will these pieces provide you and your guests with a heavenly place to lounge, but they will also add a great deal of elegance to any backyard.

 

Modern Sectional Set Designs

Modern sectional set designs will turn any outdoor space into one of refined style and comfort, especially paired with a matching fire pit that you can build on your own. Whether you’re lounging poolside or enjoying Sunday brunch with your friends, you can’t go wrong with a sleek and stylish sectional.

 

Outdoor Sofas and Living Sets

Why seat your guests in hard plastic chairs when you can invite them to sit back in a deep-seated sofa complemented by mosaic end tables and a fire feature filled with sparkling fire glass? Outdoor sofas and living sets are a phenomenal way to drastically increase the look and feel of your patio.

 

Chaise Lounge Chairs

There is a very good reason as to why high end outdoor furniture companies always carry a large selection of chaise lounge chairs. These suave and curvy chairs are the epitome of comfort. Place a few of these babies around the pool for a picturesque Hollywood glam vibe and the perfect place to work on your golden tan or catch up on some reading.

 

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Outdoor Furniture

 

Now that we’ve given you the rundown on the best materials and types of patio sets that high end outdoor furniture manufacturers provide, we’ve provided you with a list of mistakes to avoid when shopping for your new outdoor furniture set.

 

Not Measuring the Space and Furniture

The last thing you want to do is splurge on a furniture set that doesn’t fit in the place you want it to. Before you make any final purchases, take accurate measurements of your patio space and coordinate with the measurements of the furniture you’re interested in. Don’t forget to leave enough room for people to move around with ease.

 

Not Paying Attention to Materials

Just because you’ve found a furniture set that looks good or claims to be of good quality, doesn’t mean it’s a smart buy. Take what you’ve learned here today and apply that knowledge to buy furniture made of a durable, long-lasting, weather-resistant material.

 

Not Planning for Furniture Protection

Before you blow your entire outdoor budget on that gorgeous Portofino sectional and fire feature, consider the cost of the protection you’ll need to keep your outdoor furniture in pristine condition for many seasons to come. Your furniture protection should include fitted covers manufactured by a high end outdoor furniture company, waterproofing treatments, and if possible, storage space for harsh seasons.

 

Buying for Beauty Instead of Functionality

What’s the number one rule to any aspect of design? That’s right: function over fashion. Be wary of impulse buys and take time to consider what type of outdoor furniture set is most practical for your needs.

 

Buying Trends

Everybody knows that luxury outdoor furniture brands don’t come cheap, so don’t make the mistake of choosing a style that will be painfully outdated by this time next year. We suggest you choose a timeless design and classic colors that will blend well with the changing trends and your ever-evolving taste.

 

Giving Up Quality for Price

You get what you pay for. That plastic 4-piece lawn chair set may seem like a decent product for a good deal, but how many times will you have to replace the cracking, sun-faded chairs before you finally splurge on a quality set that will save you money in the long run?

 

Not Planning How You’ll Use Your Patio

If you don’t have a basic plan in place, or a solid understanding of what purpose you want to fulfill with your outdoor furniture set, how can you get the perfect furniture? Before buying, figure out if your primary objective is to create a secluded place of private relaxation or an accommodating place to host pool parties, dinner parties, and the like.

 

Skipping Over Maintenance

Neglected patio furniture is bound to last half as long as a set that is well maintained. Make sure that you’re prepared to apply waterproofing treatments, move cushions indoors when not in use, secure durable covers, and if needs be, relocate your outdoor furniture set to indoor storage depending on the weather.

 

Forgetting Storage Considerations

And speaking of storage, it’s definitely something you’ll want to consider before dropping the big bucks on a luxury furniture set in a harsh climate. This is especially important if you live in areas that are extremely humid or receive a lot of rain and snowfall. Make sure that you have a place to store your outdoor furniture during harsh weather conditions in order to preserve each piece.

 

What is the Best Time to Buy Patio Furniture

If you’re looking for a great discount or deal on luxury outdoor furniture brands, then shop strategically. Various seasons will often cause high end outdoor furniture manufacturers to raise or lower their pricing, so when you choose to shop is key to how much you’ll end up spending.

Quality outdoor furniture can often be found on sale after the summer season has come to a close—typically from August to October. It’s during this time when stores start clearing out their summer stock to make way for fall and winter items.

 

Where to Find the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture

 

Shop RST Brands for the best high end outdoor furniture brands, from Portofino to Vistano. Whether you’re looking for a few chaise lounge chairs to place beside your pool, or an outdoor dining set for summer dinner parties, you’re sure to find the looks you love and durable, high-quality materials that are designed to last.

How to Host a Dinner Party Outdoors in the Winter

Hosting a party involves careful planning and preparation, especially if you are having guests over in the winter. But you don’t have to let the cold weather stop you from enjoying fine dining and great company under the stars. You can easily plan the perfect dinner party timeline, including gathering by the fire with your guests. Follow these tips to learn how to plan a dinner party at home.

Be a Good Host

A good host plans an event with their guests in mind. Before diving into the details, take some time to consider the needs of those attending. Does anyone have food allergies or dietary restrictions? Will anyone be bringing children or babies? What ways can you accommodate specific guest needs and include everyone? Also think about your dinner party timeline of events and activities you want to include before and after the meal that you think your guests will enjoy.

Menu

When hosting a dinner party, menu is at the top of the list. Display and offer appetizers and finger foods as guests arrive, so they can munch and mingle while waiting for the entire party to assemble. Think simple but elegant, and make sure the arrangement includes plates, napkins, and any necessary utensils, as well as beverages. Provide plenty of indoor seating options and room to move around if the weather is too cold or unpleasant to be outside in.

Once everyone has arrived, been personally greeted, and had an opportunity to visit with other guests for a few minutes, move into the dining area for dinner. Have the dining room table set ahead of time and add a decorative touch with a seasonal centerpiece.

When choosing a main course, always play to your strengths. If you plan to cook the meal yourself, save the experimentation for side dishes or desserts. Prepare something you know will turn out amazing and that is generally popular. If you are not planning to prepare the meal yourself, hiring a caterer is always a great option. Just be sure to do your research, get recommendations, and discuss expectations beforehand.

How to Host a Dinner Party Outside

Let your guests know ahead of time that a portion of the event will take place outdoors so they can dress accordingly. Serve hot drinks and a warm dessert to your guests as they get cozy around the fire and have a few games planned in case they are needed.

How to Heat a Party Tent in Winter

A party tent is a great way to help keep guests warm. You can add heaters and distribute blankets for guests to use as well. The sturdy fabric of the tent should keep in the heat from the heaters nicely.

The Perfect Fire Pit

If you don’t have access to a party tent or want a more authentic outdoor experience, a fire pit is the perfect gathering place. With a fire pit, your guest can enjoy the ambiance and warmth a fire pit brings. This is also a fun time to pull out some marshmallows for s’mores or another tasty treat.

When using a fire pit, remember to be mindful of the safety tips and use your fire pit according to its instructions.

Seating

Make sure there is plenty of room for all your guests to enjoy the warmth of the fire with comfortable outdoor furniture that allows for everyone to enjoy each other’s company and good conversation.

Ambient Lighting

The light of the fire is easily and elegantly complemented by string or bulb lights. You can also opt for light posts or torches if that better suits your style. A little extra light will make it easier to continue conversations and keep the fun going longer.

How to End the Party with Grace

As much as you love your guests, there will come a point when it’s time to say goodbye. If you’re concerned the party might go on too long, plan ahead and designate an ending time on the invite. When that time arrives, thank everyone as a group for coming and tell them how much you appreciate them and enjoyed seeing them. This will signal that the event has come to an end. Finish your host duties by personally thanking each guest again on their way out the door.

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to hosting an outdoor party you and your guests will remember for years to come.

How to Stay Safe Around the Backyard Fire Pit [Quick Tips]

A backyard fire pit makes for a fun, relaxing evening with the family at home. You can roast marshmallows, tell stories, and enjoy each other’s company. Building safe outdoor fire pits is definitely an investment when it comes to family time, but keep in mind that fire pit safety is important and will keep your family out of harm’s way. Fire can be dangerous and damaging, but with a few good practices, safe outdoor fire pits can be a reality.

You can be proactive and safeguard your family and property by simply following these 8 fire pit safety tips.

Build the Fire Pit at a Safe Distance

You don’t want your backyard fire pit to cause any damage to the main house. Protect your property by building the fire pit at least 10 feet away from your home, as well as any fences, trees, gardens, swing sets, and any other backyard structure.

Follow Residential Fire Pit Regulations

Before building your fire pit, make sure you know the local requirements and regulations for fire pits. Some cities and states have specific rules about where you can place the pit in your backyard, and some may require covers.

Light and Extinguish Fires Safely

The safest way to light your backyard fire pit is by using seasoned, dry wood. Place the wood so that it doesn’t extend beyond the edge of the fire pit before lighting it with a match or lighter. You may be tempted to use gasoline, lighter fluid, or kerosene to make the fire start faster and brighter, but always avoid these fuels: they can create big fires that quickly get out of control.

Another great option for outdoor fire pits is using propane/natural gas. They’re significantly easier to light, and you don’t have to worry about extinguishing burning wood or hot coals after you are done with your fire. It’s important to know how to safely set up propane, and how to shut it off completely so the fire glass or lava rock can cool completely.

No matter which fuel source you choose, keep buckets of water nearby and accessible while the fire burns. Extinguish the fire with water, making sure to douse all the wood and any remaining embers. Spread the ashes around so they can cool down, and don’t leave the fire pit until it is cool to the touch.

Choose a Standing or In-Ground Fire Pit

Both standing and in-ground fire pits have their safety advantages. A standing fire pit, such as those at RST Brands, can prevent the kids from wandering too close to the fire. However, in-ground pits keep the flames closer to the ground and away from overhanging branches. Choose the type of pit that best meets your needs.  

Build a Tall Fire Pit

To keep the fire contained and safe from the littlest members of the family, an above ground fire pit should be 12 to 14 inches tall. This will still allow your family to see and enjoy the fire from chairs without containing all the warmth.

Use Appropriate Materials

Make sure to place non-flammable materials underneath the fire pit, including stone, gravel, brick, or concrete. You might consider using fire pit glass in place of wood, as it does not produce harmful smoke or fumes while burning, making it safer for your lungs and the environment.

Supervise the Fire at All Times

While the fire pit is burning, it should be monitored by a responsible member of the family. Don’t leave the fire pit alone until it is cool to the touch. Definitely don’t let the fire burn overnight unless the family is gathered around it.

Set Rules for Guests

Set some safety guidelines that your family and any guests must follow. Draw a chalk circle around the pit and ask the kids to stay outside that circle—or make a rule that kids need to be on the lap of an adult. Use a screen to protect guests from flying embers. Train your pet to stay away. Encourage your guests to leave their pets at home or inside the house when they’re enjoying the fire pit.

By following these guidelines for fire pit safety, your family can enjoy the magic of a crackling outdoor fire pit in safety.

Get Incredible Savings at RST Brands Black Friday Furniture Sale

Black Friday is a time best known for competitive shoppers lining up around the block to score deals on the year’s hottest gadgets and toys. But the post-Thanksgiving holiday will be bigger and better than ever before at RST Brands.

We’re offering incredible savings this year on our high-end furniture collections. And the best part is: you’ll be able to shop from home, so you won’t have to worry about waking up early or elbowing your way through irritable crowds.

 

Black Friday Savings at RST Brands

Whether you’re planning a revamp of your backyard, decorating your master bedroom, or wanting to replace some of your living room furniture, RST Brands has deals on the furniture you want.

Our furniture allows you to live in comfort while enjoying its beauty and simplicity every day. We put great care into delivering top-of-the-line pieces that are as functional as they are eye-catching. The RST Brands sale for Black Friday 2018 includes incredible deals on outdoor dining pieces, living room sofas and sectionals, beds, dressers, and more.

 

Furniture Discounts You Won’t Want to Miss

Be sure to take advantage of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals! From November 20, 2018 starting until November 28, 2018 take:

  • 15% off orders between $1 to $999
  • 20% off orders between $1,000 to $2,999
  • 25% off orders between $3,000 and above

Discounts will be applied at the checkout.

 

Be a Good Friend—Spread the Word!

You’ll love the way your home takes on an elevated look when you incorporate RST Brands furniture. Our pieces make a statement, create a more comfortable environment, and stand the test of time. Spread the word about the RST Brands sale to your friends—they’ll be thanking you as they enjoy their gorgeous pieces for years to come!

The Best Outdoor Patio Furniture Covers By Season & Region [Plus Storage Tips]

 

High-quality patio furniture that can withstand the test of weather, parties, and children isn’t a cheap investment, which is why we’re here to give you the ultimate guide to protecting your furniture with the right outdoor patio furniture covers.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find all the information you need to keep your patio furniture in pristine condition for many seasons to come. Click on a link below to browse that section of the article:

With this guide, you’ll be able to choose the perfect outdoor patio furniture covers depending on where you live and what kind of furniture you have. Let’s get started.

 

The Best Covers for Weather-Proofing Your Furniture

Outdoor furniture protective covers are the best way to protect your furniture from the elements. Snow and unexpected rainstorms can permanently damage fabric and warp wood and wicker. Prolonged sun exposure will fade bright colors and patterns, causing new furniture to look old and worn. Many homeowners choose to keep their patio furniture in storage whenever they’re not using it, which can be a waste of your investment and your time. Instead of dragging your patio furniture out of storage and dusting and wiping before every small outdoor gathering, you can save time by simply removing your covers when you’re ready to use your furniture again.

If you live in a dry climate that receives very little moisture, use a simple, thin fabric to protect against sun damage. If you get a lot of rain or snow where you live, then opt for waterproof patio furniture covers that will double as sun-blockers on those beautiful, cloudless days.

If you have a patio cover to protect your furniture from the elements, make sure it’s opaque. Glass patio covers may shield a portion of your patio from rain and snow, but they can intensify sun damage on your fabrics.

 

When to Use Covers for Patio Furniture

 

For optimal coverage and protection from the elements, your patio furniture should remain covered at all times when not in use. Don’t risk exposing your fine furniture to a surprise storm while you’re away at work or forgetting to put them on the night before the first snowfall of the season. When you’re finished with your outdoor furniture, take a moment to slip the covers back on before heading inside. This may seem like a tedious task, but your furniture will last a great deal longer and you’ll spend less time and money on cleaning sprays and replacement cushions and pillows.

 

Installation and Setup of Covers

Nowadays, you can find furniture covers for outdoor furniture of all shapes and varieties. People often wonder what they should cover and what they can leave uncovered.

The answer is simple: cover the furniture that you want to last. Leave the rest uncovered.

Outdoor dining tables and chairs, bar stools, chaise loungers, sofas, loveseats, coffee tables, end tables, you name it! If you want it to stay in fantastic condition for many seasons to come, put a cover over it.

 

How to Measure for Custom Outdoor Furniture Covers

If you purchased your outdoor furniture set from RST Brands, you can find the matching set of outdoor furniture protective covers right on our website. If you’d like to measure for custom covers, grab your measuring tape and take down the following measurements for each piece you’d like to cover:

  • Height: From the highest point of the furniture to the ground.
  • Width: From one edge to the opposite edge.
  • Depth: From the front of the piece to the back.

When ordering custom outdoor furniture covers, don’t make the mistake of adding inches to the measurement to make sure the cover fits. Use the exact measurements to ensure snug covers that won’t blow away or slip off.

In addition to snug measurements, you can also opt for tie-downs that will increase protection and ensure your covers won’t come off on their own. The only con to using tie downs is that they do take quite a bit of time to secure and loose each tie. Just make sure you don’t pull the knot too tight.

 

Different Types of Outdoor Patio Furniture Covers

 

The type of furniture covers you choose will play a great role in determining the lifespan of your furniture. At RST, we provide covers that are professionally designed to protect your furniture from the elements all year round. If you choose to purchase different covers for different seasons, we urge you to use these seasonal tips!

 

Spring and Autumn

Spring and autumn often provide the best weather for outdoor gatherings and quiet afternoons in the shade with a good book in hand. However, they also bring inconsistent weather patterns—brief moments of unexpected rain, early snowfall, and cloudless skies and uncharacteristically warm weather. Prepare for frequent use and surprise storms with lightweight outdoor furniture covers that are waterproof.

 

Winter

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow during the winter, make sure to keep your patio set covered with quality, heavy-duty waterproof furniture covers. If you move your patio furniture to storage during the cold, wet winter months, make sure you at least use a dust cover.

 

Summer

The type of summer covers you use should depend on the climate you live in—which we will cover in depth. For the standard hot summers, use lightweight covers to protect your furniture from sun damage and animals.

 

Best Covers to Use for Your Furniture

The best outdoor furniture covers are the ones that can shield your patio set from the elements all year long. Avoid cheap covers made from plastic or thin vinyl—they won’t last. Opt for quality materials that can withstand extreme temperatures and changing weather.

At RST, we provide custom outdoor furniture covers crafted from the finest materials and made to withstand sun, snow, rain, and whatever else the outdoors can throw at you. No matter which covers you choose from RST, you can count on durable, lightweight fabric that will preserve the quality and appearance of your outdoor furniture. All of our covers are made from a reliable blend of polyester fabric, polyurethane coating, and nylon straps that won’t tear or fray.

The RST furniture covers are perfect for protecting furniture made with wood, metal, rattan, teak, and even vinyl.

 

The Best Covers For Your Climate

 

Mediterranean Climate

If you live in a Mediterranean climate, say the California coast, then you need the best outdoor furniture covers for very mild winters and scorching hot summers. For this type of weather, you’ll want waterproof furniture covers to protect from sun exposure. You’ll also want to find covers with sufficient ventilation to prevent mold and mildew.

While it isn’t necessary to store your patio furniture indoors when not in use, you will want to check for mold and mildew regularly. Clean your furniture regularly and use protective sprays that can help prevent this problem.

 

Humid Subtropical Climate

A humid subtropical climate includes the southern states such as Texas, Georgia, Florida, and the like. Protect your furniture with ventilated, UV-resistant, waterproof patio furniture covers.

Fight against that subtropical mold and mildew by cleaning furniture often and storing cushions and other fabric pieces indoors when not in use. If you’re protecting furniture at a seasonal home in the humid subtropical climate, we suggest you store the furniture indoors while you’re away.

 

Tropical Climate

For the tropical climates in places like Southern Florida, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands, you’ll need to equip your furniture to withstand plenty of moisture, sun exposure, and high temperatures. Use covers for patio furniture that are waterproof and well-ventilated.

Just like those who live in other humid areas, you’ll need to check your furniture often for signs of mold and mildew and adopt a cleaning routine to fight against it. It will also help you to store cushions, pillows, and other fabric pieces indoors whenever you’re not using them.

 

Temperate Climate

A temperate climate is one without extremes in the changing seasons, but with a nice range between cool winters and hot, humid summers. In states like Kansas, Missouri, and Pennsylvania, we suggest durable, lightweight covers that are easy to slip on and off for frequent use.

We advise you to use the covers whenever you aren’t using the furniture and to store furniture indoors during the cold winter months.

 

Humid Continental Climate

States like Nebraska, North Dakota, New Hampshire, and Maine can all be classified as having a humid continental climate, which means there are four distinct seasons in a year and the summers are hot and the winters are cold and snowy.

For a wide range of weather conditions in climates such as these, we urge you to store your furniture indoors and beneath ventilated protective covers during the winter months. Check every spring for mold and mildew and allow the furniture to air out after the final snowfall.

 

Oceanic Climate

For areas that receive a lot of moisture and low temperatures during autumn, winter, and spring, such as Oregon, Washington, and Southeast Alaska, we urge you to protect your furniture with waterproof patio furniture covers made from durable materials to withstand plenty of snow and rain.

If possible, store your patio furniture under protective covers indoors during wet, cold months. Use protective sprays to fight against mold and mildew and allow furniture to air out every so often.

 

Desert Climate

Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Yuma are all great examples of a desert climate. If you live in a place where the summers are long, hot, and dry, you’ll need to use your covers during the summer whenever you’re not using the furniture. The covers will fight against sun damage and will also come in handy during those fall and winter rain storms.

 

How to Store & Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture Covers

 

In order to preserve the life and quality of your outside furniture covers, designate a storage space to place them whenever you aren’t using them. This can be in the backyard shed, an outdoor storage bin, the mudroom, or a closet. Wherever you choose to keep your outdoor patio furniture covers, just make sure it is a clean, dry place above the ground. Once you remove the covers, fold them and place them in storage until you’re ready to put them back on your furniture.

Interested in outdoor furniture and covers? Check out the collections by RST Brands today.

Backyard Fire Pit Laws & Regulations

Can you have a firepit in your backyard? Absolutely! If you’re looking for outdoor fire pit safety and information keep reading our post below.

Fire safety is incredibly important, and even more so when the fire sits in your own backyard. When it comes to outdoor fire pits, there are certain fire pit laws and regulations enforced to ensure the safety of your property and your loved ones. Before you light your new fire feature, make sure you’re abiding by the following safety protocols.

Measurements

According to the Unified Fire Authority, residents can have a fire pit in their backyard, but the fuel area of the fire pit must be equal to or less than 2 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter. Note that this is only referring to the fuel area, so if you built or bought a deluxe fire feature with a wide stone ring or other additions, don’t write it off for seeming too large. So long as the fuel area is within these measurements.

Distance

When it comes to the distance at which outdoor fire features must be kept from the home or combustible materials, the rules depend on the type of feature you have. For natural gas fire pits, there is a required minimum clearance of 10 feet. Fires contained in a portable pit or barbecue must remain at least 15 feet away from any structure or flammable materials. Although these are the official backyard fire pit laws, we suggest you put as much distance between the fire and its surroundings as possible. Better safe than sorry.

Supervision

One of the most important backyard fire pit regulations is to monitor the fire at all times, until it is entirely extinguished. From the first strike of the match to the hissing of the final doused coal, you must not leave an active fire feature unattended for any reason, for any increment of time. Before leaving the fire pit, thoroughly extinguish the flames until the coals are no longer red.

It is also important that you keep an emergency method of extinguishment nearby and ready to use. Whether you choose to put out your fire with a garden hose or a bucket of water, just make sure it’s ready in case of an emergency.

Burning

When it comes to what you can burn in your outdoor fire pit, the Unified Fire Authority asks that you only burn clean, dry, natural materials. Prohibited burning materials include garbage, oils, rubber, plastic, and other forms of waste. Get your fire going with fire starter, fire starter logs, firewood, tinder, etc. What you want to avoid is rocks, as certain types do have the tendency to overheat and explode. Before lighting the fire, check the air quality forecast and verify that it is a green burn day.

That’s really all there is to it. Backyard fire pit laws are very straightforward. Keep the fire pit at a safe distance, never leave it unsupervised, and only burn clean, dry materials.

New RST Brands Location – Salt Lake City, Utah Campus

On October 23rd, 2018, RST Brands Salt Lake City celebrated the grand opening of our new corporate campus and factory showroom with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. The Mayor of Salt Lake City, along with other integral members of the project, was in attendance at the celebratory event.

 

RST Brands State-of-the-Art Corporate Campus, Design Center, and Showroom

 

Since RST Brands Salt Lake City designs, curates, manufactures, markets, and directly fulfills both its outdoor furniture and indoor furniture, we thought it fitting to have a state-of-the-art campus, allowing customers to experience our furniture in a space that expands on and enhances our brand and culture.

Designed by GSBS Architects and built by SIRQ Construction, the new RST Brands Salt Lake City campus blends high-tech innovative workspaces with RST’s emphasis on active lifestyle and backyard entertainment. The entire design, from the amenities to the materials, reinforces the balance of tech and nature. The modern space elevates and reflects RST Brands mission, principles, and values to both our employees and our customers.

Employee amenities include:

      • A life-size chess board
      • Indoor swings
      • A putting green
      • An informal gathering area
      • A raised, wood deck break area
      • The use of natural textures and tones on the wall, ceiling, and floor surfaces

RST Brands Salt Lake City’s Outdoor Furniture

 

We put the science and soul of great design into everything we make, including every piece in our RST outdoor furniture line.

We are proud of all our 14 outdoor furniture collections, featuring dozens of fabric options to fit every style and taste. We have everything you need to furnish your outdoor space and make it feel like a relaxing at-home retreat.

RST Brands Salt Lake City’s Indoor Furniture

 

We believe quality, comfort, and style shouldn’t be compromised, but should all go hand-in-hand to make homes functional as well as beautiful. We reflect that belief in our RST indoor furniture line.

With RST Brands products, you’ll be able to show off your own style, curated with distinguished pieces for sophisticated tastes in a wide variety of fabric options. Our seating sets offer ergonomic comfort for luxurious relaxation and our tables and accent pieces are built with materials that will last a lifetime.

Visit Us Today!

 

If you’d like to see RST Brand’s beautiful indoor furniture, outdoor furniture, and Flow Wall storage products for yourself, come and visit our brand new 20,000 sq ft furniture showroom!

Our new location is open by appointment Monday-Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

 

RST Brands Salt Lake City

1891 West 2100 South

Salt Lake City, Utah