Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s warehouse. Customers can pick up a Cubit ottoman ($129) in a bevy of academic hues, such as scarlet, black, and mocha, then use it to accent their book club's discussion of Lego Star Wars. A wide selection of accent chairs—such as the red Marrissa salsa accent chair ($219) and the Danielle eggplant accent chair covered in a modern fabric design ($349)—adds charm to drab corners and panic rooms. Additionally, shoppers can augment somnolence and fill barren boudoirs with elegant bed frames, including the Janel queen sleigh bed ($399).
At FastFrame, highly trained framers enhance artwork, memorabilia, photographs, and other keepsakes with custom-crafted frames. Like a magic 8 ball's opinion on investment portfolios, the prices at FastFrame vary wildly, hinging on size and scope—many projects start at around $100. Accent mementos with a complementary wood or metal frame, or prevent precious fine art from escaping walls and joining traveling art shows. Framers can add mats to ensure a dramatic, polished presentation, and seal the back of frames to guard works from dust and debris. FastFrame safeguards client satisfaction with a 30-day design guarantee, allowing owners to return pieces if they can't play nicely with nearby light fixtures, in addition to a lifetime craftsmanship guarantee.
For 94 years, the rug wranglers at Capel Rugs have been facilitating soft steps by supplying floor sweaters in all shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. An array of Persian rugs ($40–$8,198) stocks the showroom, replete with intricate details, rich colors, timeless design motifs, and the power of flight. Indian rug artisans meticulously handcraft each rectangular foot buffer from the finest wool fibers with centuries-old construction techniques. Reversible Candy rugs ($43–$1,598) sport soft, colorful braids made with 100% cotton chenille, and Artscapes rugs ($127–$823) boast hand-knotted wool fibers tinted with hues such as canyon red, willow green, pewter, ciel blue, and wheat. Capel Rugs' staff can make Artscapes rugs in custom sizes or flavors upon request.
Mattress Source's knowledgeable staff pairs customers with one of a wide selection of firm and flexible beds that augment deeper slumbers. Sealy luxury firm mattresses ($449.99+) allays stressful nights by supplying supple support, manufacturers' warranties, and a cache of warm kittens to rest at the end of each bed. Silk woven jersey knit surrounds a layer of memory foam on the Stearns & Foster x-firm mattress, which gently pillows joint pain and absorbs excess body heat ($1,219.99+). At 26 Charlotte-area showrooms, shoppers can take inventory of each mattress' aptitude in hypnosis or chat with affable staff members about desired levels of firmness.
The team at PPG Porter Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with the company's revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Silken Touch paint ($54.19+/gal.) stands ready to replace previous wall and ceiling embellishments, such as presidential murals painted in mustard. Permanizer ($67.65+/gal.), which carries a lifetime warranty against the development of flaking and other defects, helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during supersoaker season. Acri-Shield ($55.97+/gal.) lasts for long periods indoors and out, and coats outer walls easily in the hands of both professionals and casual painters. Amicable staff members roam the aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.