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How comfortable furniture can improve your quality of life

Outfit your home with pieces that provide a real sense of welcome and comfort

The first few months of the new year are the perfect time to tweak your habits and introduce a few small changes that can improve your quality of life.

It’s also a great time to think about how you can build more comfort into your life, bringing a bit more ease to your everyday routine.


For many, quality of life begins with a restful, restorative sleep that leaves you ready to face whatever the day brings. A proper night’s sleep is the foundation of good physical and mental health. Once you’ve got that figured out, you’ll have all the energy you need to take on every area of your life: work, family, friends, fitness and chores.

How old is your mattress? The general rule of thumb is that a mattress should be replaced every 7-10 years. Of course many people keep their mattresses much longer than that, but if there is room in your budget to upgrade to a new one, this would definitely be a worthwhile investment and could improve your quality of sleep.

Finding the just-right, Goldilocks mattress simply takes a bit of trial and error. The Bonita Springs euro top mattress includes a luxurious innerspring mattress, layers of soft high-density, gel-infused memory foam and an individually wrapped coil unit. It has a luxury knit quilt cover and offers both comfort and pressure point relief. The Anniversary Edition firm mattress is especially great for stomach sleepers, though all sleep positions can benefit from the comfort and support it provides.

The right mattress foundation is key too. They can offer so much versatility, from the basic metal bed frame to an upholstered platform bed frame and a luxury adjustable base that offers head and foot massage.

For the best (and most hygienic) night’s sleep, be sure to use a mattress protector. Pillow options include allergy-safe organic cotton, soft microfiber and memory foam.


Whatever the configuration of your current home office space, whether it’s used for work, school or a combination, having an ergonomic setup is essential. Your space should offer all of the support you need to be able to work and study for hours at a time without causing any physical strain or discomfort.

The right desk chair will mean something different for everyone. For some, the sturdiness and support of the Starmore desk chair is ideal, with its boxed style seat and tufted faux leather upholstery over a thick foam cushion. The Baraga swivel chair offers a bit more fluidity, thanks to its casters, adjustable seat height and 360-degree swivel function. The Lynxtyn swivel desk chair is an excellent option for gamers and work-from-homers alike; it has a contoured seat, a swivel base, smooth-glide casters and an adjustable seat height and tilt feature for ultimate comfort.

If you’re in need of a desk too, you’ll be delighted by the range and versatility offered. The Aldwin lift-top desk functions as both a standard office desk and a standing desk, all in one. It even includes 2 electrical power outlets and 2 USB charging ports built right in. The Gerdanet L-desk combines a sleek desk surface with a side storage unit with 2 centre shelves, ideal for keeping any books and reference materials close at hand.

A nice added touch for any workspace is having a comfortable rug underfoot. Smaller, more modestly sized pieces work well here—something that won’t get in the way of functionality but adds a bit of softness. Add a splash of colour or stick to a neutral palette; there are lots of choices to add that homey feel to your space. The Addylin rug, for example, is modern and understated. The Kilkenny rug adds texture and elegance.


If you want your guests—or just your family members—to linger a while longer at the dinner table, make sure they have some comfy dining chairs to sit in.

Cozy isn’t often a word associated with dining chairs, but the Harvina dining chair with its comfy gray upholstery and button-tufted back stands apart from the rest. The Centiar dining chair is another solid option, with a contoured bucket seat.

Rest and relaxation

Whether it’s watching a movie with the kids, losing yourself in a good book or sitting around enjoying a long catch-up session with a friend, think about the seating you offer in your living room and family room. Recliners are always popular, as are motion/swivel chairs. They have a casual elegance that invites you to put your feet up and stay awhile.

The Riptyme swivel glider recliner offers all of these functions in one, including a gentle rocking motion. It is both indulgently comfortable and space-conscious, with slimmed-down armrests, and it doesn’t look like your traditional recliner, thanks to the hidden EZ pull.

Ashley HomeStore North offers a wide range of furniture pieces, artwork, decorative accents and storage solutions for every room in your home.

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