Use Area Rugs to Define the Space

20121226_113742As I went visiting this holiday season, I was reminded again of how a rug can be so effective at defining a space in a home. Many of the newer homes are using the “common room” design. The kitchen is open to the dining area which in turn is open to the living area and everything is one big space. An area rug can be just the trick to define each of these “spaces” and make them into a “room”.

We have hundreds of rugs on display. We have big ones and little ones – round ones and rectangular ones. We have contemporary designs and we have traditional designs. All are on sale now – from 10% to 50% off.

So if you have a big, beautiful space that needs focus, try a rug. I think you will be pleased.

Winter has arrived in Cedar Rapids. The city is white as we prepare to end another year and look forward to a new year. As you write out your new year’s resolutions, I hope you will put a visit to Smulekoff’s on that list. Let us help you brighten your home for the spring that is not too far away.


Top 5 Beds for 2012

Best Selling Bedsteads for 2012

As we come to the end of 2012 I find my self tallying up our most popular products. Today I’m looking at beds. Here are the top 5 beds for 2012.


#1 – Our top selling bed for the year is one that we feature frequently in our advertising. It is the Queen Leather Sleighbed from 4 Corners. At $299 this is a lot of look for the money. This is a complete bedstead with headboard, footboard, and rails upholstered in bonded leather. All you need to add is the mattress and foundation.


#2 – The Oak Cottage bed from Vaughan-Bassett is also in queen size. This is a solid oak slat bed and made in Virginia to boot.  At $549 this bed is an excellent value. This bed also comes in 5 painted finishes at just $499. If we bundled all the color options in the count, this would be our most popular design.

artisan ridge

#3 – Time to move upstairs to the Broyhill gallery for our third pick. This year Broyhill updated their very popular mission bed and it is now even more popular. The Artisan Ridge queen bed is a wonderful blend of oak solids and veneers in the classic mission styling with a 21st Century flair. Visitors to our store are greeted by this bed as they get off the elevator on 4th floor. Our everyday price is just $693.

z loft

#4 – Finally we get to the youth collections. And the leader in the youth category is hands down the Z Study Loft bunk from Powell. We actually show a version of this in both twin and full size but the full size is the clear favorite. For just $787 you get the full size bed, a desk, and storage cubbies with just the foot print of a full size bed. It is easy to see why this is so popular with our students.


#5 – Back to 3rd floor and Vaughan-Bassett for our fifth selection. This bed is in cherry – our queen size sleigh bed. This slat design with the low profile footboard gives our guests a very popular look in today’s bedroom designs. When you see this advertised at $499 it is time to get in here.

It is clear that queen size is the most popular bed size in Eastern Iowa. The old full size is no longer popular. I recently saw a report that claimed that full size accounts for less than 8% of the mattresses sold in America. Some mattress manufacturers are even toying with the idea of charging more for a full size than a queen because they have to retool the production line for just a few units. They say it isn’t cost efficient. I’m not so sure I’m ready for that but I do see that most queen mattresses are only about $20 more than the full size and most bedsteads, at least for the master bedroom, are only made in queen and king. So I guess that day is coming.