Friday, May 29, 2015

PDX Carpet--For Updates!

So if you've been tuning into the PDX carpet talk, you know that the carpet is a little bit behind on getting to us. But that's ok because it will get here soon! We do have samples that we're working on making prototypes with, so you will get your products soon. We're thinking probably around the end of September of this year. Thank you all SO much for your patience!

Our very own Emma Pelett posing with a piece of the carpet.

In the meantime, if you haven't joined the email list, you should. We will be shooting out a massive heads-up a few days before the products go on sale. To sign up, go here: 

Curious about the carpet or want to know more info on it? Check out the following articles:
Have a great day!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Types of Dining Tables: A Debriefing

The differences in dining tables are few, but make a huge difference.

There are three main heights in the dining world;
  • Standard-Height: measures between 28" and 30" tall.
  • Counter-Height: measures between 34" and 36" tall.
  • Bar/Pub-Height: measures between 40" and 42" tall.
Standard-Height Tables
The types of tables typically included under the standard-height bracket are café and restaurant tables, folding and banquet tables, and seminar and classroom tables. These are the most common type of tables, so you will find the most variety in these. Most people like these the best because their feet can touch the ground while sitting, therefore making them the most comfortable. These are also best for disabled people since these tables are the perfect height to accommodate wheelchairs. Standard-height tables also tend to be more formal (think a candle-lit dinner at a romantic restaurant), so these would be better for those of you with a more formal set-up.

Choosing Chairs or Stools for Your Standard-Height Table
It is recommended that your chair or stool should have a 10" to 12" difference in height from your table. Since the standard-height table is about 28" to 30" in height, the height of your seat should be about 17" to 18" high.

What We Feature
Berringer 5-Piece Dining Set. Item #: D199-25-01. Dimensions: 36"W x 60"D x 29.25"H. CL Price: $479.90.

Hamlyn 5-Piece Dining Set. Item #: D527-55. Dimensions: 42"W x 88"D x 30.5"H. CL Price: $1099.

Counter-Height Tables
Counter-height tables are usually casual dining tables and kitchen islands at home. As a result of their little extra height, they are usually used near the kitchen for more prep room. Their height also makes it easier to talk to other people standing in the room. They visually make it seem like they take up less space than smaller tables, so they tend to fit in better in smaller areas. Since they're considered less formal, they relax whatever space they're in and will automatically put your guests at ease.

Choosing Chairs or Stools for Your Counter-Height Table
Since counter-height tables are around 34" to 36" high, the counter chairs or stools should be about 24" to 26" in height.
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What We Feature

White Kitchen Cart. Item #: 910013. Dimensions: 37"W x 43.5"L x 34"H. CL Price: $286.90.
Theo 5-Piece Pub Set. Item #: D158-223. Dimensions: 42.25"W x 42.25"D x 36.25"H (says pub set, but is counter-height). CL Price: $499.90.

Bar/Pub-Height Tables
Bar/pub-height tables are usually bar tables, cocktail tables, highboy tables, pub tables, and bar-height café and restaurant tables. These tables are usually found in home bars or restaurants. These have some of the advantages of counter-height tables, but the pros of them are even stronger versions. They become even more casual than the counter-height tables because now the difference between standing and sitting is pretty much blurred. Bar/pub-height tables are also taller and thinner than the other choices of table, so they fit even better in smaller places. These are perfect if you're looking for the most relaxed atmosphere possible.
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Choosing Chairs or Stools for Your Bar/Pub-Height Table
Since bar/pub-height tables are around 40" to 42" high, the counter chairs or stools should be about 28" to 30" in height.

What We Feature
North Shore 3-Piece Bar Set. Item #: D553-65. Dimensions: 70"W x 21"D x 42"H. CL Price: $999.

Pinnadel 5-Piece Pub Set. Item #: D542-12-230. Dimensions: 30"W x 60.25"D x 42"H. CL Price: $788.90.

Why the Difference in Sizes?
Bill Kovalich of gives a good answer to this question, explaining that "Most standards used by commercial furniture designers are based on average-sized people. That is, they try to accommodate 90 percent of the population... in the United States, furniture for women is built for the majority whose heights range from 5'2" to 5'8"; for men, the majority range is 5'8" to 6'2"; for unisex (men and women combined), the average used is 5'8""( Pretty interesting, huh? He also suggests that anyone over the average height look into an adjustable-height bar or pub table for comfort reasons.

Note that the average sizes of people will probably vary by country, therefore probably varying the sizes of tables.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Save Some Space In Your Kids' Rooms With Our Bunk Beds!

Tucked in the back corner of our bedroom sales room, we have some adorable bunk beds for kids that will save you space and make them happy! Our selection is below:

Wildon Home Echo Twin-Over-Twin Bunk Beds. Item #: 7395. Dimensions: 42"W x 78.5"D x 60"H. CL Price: $399.90. 

Twin-Over-Full Bunk Beds in Black. Item #: 2258K. Dimensions: 57"W x 78.5"L x 59"H. CL Price: $239. 
Twin-Over-Twin Bunk Beds in Black. Item #: 2256K. Dimensions: 78" Diameter and 59" Tall. CL Price: $199.
So come on by with the kiddos and check these beds out! We're open 9am to 6pm every day and would love to show them to you or just say hello.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Industrial-Style Lighting

Vintage lighting is back! Check out what we have in stock!

These rustic industrial-style Edison bulbs are all the rage right now! They range in price from $7.99 to $9.99.

We also recently got in these half-chrome ceiling pendant lamps (#: HCPL01)! Each installation is just like this one and are $159.99 apiece.

This hanging spotlight ceiling pendant lamp with nickel finish (#: RNS04) is 14" in diameter and 23" tall. It would be perfect in a home office or (wo)man cave. Make this yours today for $279.99!

Want a bigger version of the above light? We can help you with that! This hanging spotlight ceiling pendant lamp with nickel finish (#:LNS05) is a whole 17" in diameter and 18" tall! Take this one home for only $20 more at $299.99!

Our last featured industrial-style light is perfect for nautical aficionados. With a lighthouse-style flair, this hanging lantern pendant (#: LPN02) doesn't disappoint and is for sale at the great price of $139.99!

Swing on by City Liquidators any day between 9am and 6pm and let us light up your life with our fantastic products and prices. Have a great day!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Barcelona-Style Furniture: A Retrospect

We here at City Liquidators love our Barcelona Furniture. We have both chairs and loveseats in both white and black. They are as pictured below, along with their information.

Item #: U11493-20B. Black Barcelona Chair. CL Price: $269.90.
Item #: U11493-20W. White Barcelona Chair. CL Price: $269.90.

Item #: U11493-40B. Black Barcelona Loveseat. CL Price: $449.90.

Item #: U11493-40W. White Barcelona Loveseat. CL Price: $449.90.
 So imagine our surprise when we stumbled onto a past history of their very designs! It goes all the way back to the late 20s and is quite interesting.

The story begins with a man by the name of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a German architect, and a woman by the name of Lilly Reich, a German interior designer. Mies was born in 1886 and had a very modernist style to his designs, with deceptively simple and clean lines mixed with modern materials like stainless steel and plate glass. According to the British newspaper, The Independent, he referred to this style as "skin and bones" architecture. 

Lilly Reich was a Berlin designer of textiles and women's clothing while she designed furniture. She was born in Berlin, Germany in 1885, and she closely collaborated with Mies for more than 10 years. She was the artistic director responsible for the German contribution to the 1929 World Arts Fair in Barcelona. 

Portrait of Lilly Reich. Photo courtesy of:

Both she and Mies were an integral part of the Bauhaus art movement.

As part of his architectural passion, Mies very much understood that for a successful building interior, the furniture had to complement the design. As a result, he took a side interest in furniture design. So when the German government commissioned Mies to design the German Pavilion that would be featured at the 1929 World Arts Fair in Barcelona, he could help but think about the furniture that would go in it. 

The permanent reconstruction of Mies' and Reich's Barcelona Pavilion. Photo courtesy of:,_Barcelona,_2010.jpg.

Since King Alfonso XIII and Queen Ena of Spain were going to walk through all of the exhibits, he thought it would be a good idea to set up chairs in case they needed a rest while they were visiting. But these couldn't be any ordinary chairs, they needed to be fit for a king and queen. 

The chairs were inspired by two types of royal furniture. One was the Roman folding stool, a stool exclusively for Roman aristocrats. These were known as Curule seats and are where the look of the Barcelona chair's legs came from. 

The other was the ancient Egyptian folding chair.

Ancient Egyptian folding stool found in the tomb of official Kha, a foreman of works at Deir El-Medina. He worked under the reign of several pharoahs. Photo/info courtesy of:

The Ceremonial Throne of King Tutankhamun of ancient Egypt. Photo/info courtesy of:

 The Barcelona chair's influences were supposed to bring to mind the image of a throne. The chair's name naturally came from its world debut at the World Arts Fair in Barcelona in 1929. It was originally pieced together with metal and goat skin, but in the 50s, Mies revisited it and redesigned it with stainless steel and leather. It has been a big seller all over the world ever since.

We're open every day from 9am to 6pm. So the next time you're around, check out our Barcelona chairs and loveseats and marvel at the amazing products that history has created.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Vintage Porcelain Lamps

In the little-known nooks and crannies of our store, we have a vintage porcelain figure lamp collection. We don't know much about them, but we do know that they're pretty cool looking! Below are a few of the pieces we carry.

They're hidden away towards the back of the bed section, if you're interested in hunting for them.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter and/or Spring Sunday! Come on by and visit us, we're open 9am to 6pm every day.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Our Recliners: Something for Everyone

Have you seen our motion recliners yet? They come in all shapes and sizes and are très relaxing. You should seriously come by and check this action out.

The following is a list of types and descriptions of the recliners that we carry, as well as a few examples along with them.

Power recliners are the most famous and loved of the recliners today. They are designed for people who have difficulty adjusting their recliner, so they have an electric motor that helps the person recline and helps lift them out of their chair. They are also great for people suffering medical problems like back pains and arthritis. These recliners also avoid the effort it takes to get comfortable with a mechanical reclining system.

Item #: U74303-98. CL Price: $999.90.
Our Casscoe-Granite power rocker recliner is the definition of sleek and smooth. The padded arms and supportive seating are an additive bonus to a great package.

Zero wall recliners actually move forward when they recline, rather than back into the wall behind them. This makes them the perfect choice for smaller spaces.

Item #: 21201-82. CL Price: $799.90.
This Beamard-Galaxy zero wall power wide recliner gives you plenty of space in the seat while not hitting the wall at all. It featured top-grain leather in the seating areas with matched vinyl everywhere else. Bring a blanket and pillow to cuddle with and a good book to read and you're set for a nice, relaxing evening.

The classic recliner is the classic style that you know and love with the mechanical system to recline the seat.

Model #: 9B14. Fabric #: 22149B. CL Price: $999.
This classic-style recliner may be classic, but it is by no means ordinary. It is known as "The Beast" for a reason. Have an extra large man or woman in your life? This recliner is just for them. It will both comfort that big person in your life and save space at the same time. It breaks down easily for transport and to avoid bulk. Check out this masterpiece chair today!

Rocker recliners can be used as a rocking chair on an arched path (see the arrows below the chair design) when fully upright or recliner when reclined back. They're the best of both worlds.

Item #: 750-05-25. CL Price: $269.
Our Darcy Rocker Recliner rocks! With its comfy pillow-top armrests and a one-pull reclining motion in the handle on the side, this will be sure to make the perfect seat for your living room.

Glider recliners are similar to rocker recliners, except they glide back and forward in a smooth motion on a linear path versus swaying back and forward on an arched one (see the arrows under the chair design). 

Item #: 214-04-61. CL Price: $349.
The Mannix Durablend recliner glides softly back and forward, making you feel as if you're floating on a cloud. It also swivels, allowing you to turn wherever the action is without having to get up. Once you sit down, you'll never want to get up.

A swivel recliner has a base that can swivel around in a full circle, while the chair back can recline and the footrest comes up when the back is pushed back. It also has the rocking quality, which makes it a comfortable and soothing option.

Item #: U5093-20-04. CL Price: $999.
This lush Magnus swivel recliner has electric reclining power and acts as a rocker too. You'll never want anything else once you try it.

Comfort plus recliners offer extra padding and/or lumbar support. They're extra soft and comfortable, so if you have achy joints, limbs, or back, these recliners are for you.

Item #: 13903-25. CL Price: $399.90.
This Duraplush recliner is extra soft and cushy for that luxurious relaxed feel that you want when you're laying back in the heart of your own home.

Come on by and see what we have to offer. You won't believe the selection, quality, and price! We also deliver, so don't let distance stop you!

We're open from 9am to 6pm every day. If you have a question, feel free to call and ask! Our home furniture number is: 503-230-7716. Have a great day!