Save and Share 2017: $20,000.00 for our community

For the fifth year in a row, Skaff has held our Save and Share event.  This year’s format was a little different, a four day event, and we added a new charity partner to the list.   The result was tremendous.

We invited our customers to visit the store and take advantage of savings on furniture and flooring, the SAVE part of the weekend.  We spent the weeks leading up to the promotion working with our manufacturers for our best deals.  So when people showed up on the Save and Share weekend, and they arrived in record numbers, we were ready.

We also arranged for fun give aways, including a quality travel mug for everyone who stopped by, and chances to win a recliner a new Serta mattress, a room full of carpet, gift certificates and more.  It was a carnival atmosphere all weekend.

The result was a great weekend for our customers and our company, but it doesn’t stop there.  The Skaff family committed to donate 5% of every sale to our charity partners: Carriage Town Ministries, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Whaley Children’s Center and Communities First, Inc. This is the SHARE part of the weekend. The good news is we wrote checks totaling $20,000.00 that stays right in our community and goes directly to work to make life better for a lot of people.

We want to thank our charity partners for allowing us to work with them, and to our vendors and staff who worked so hard to make this a success.  And of course to all of our customers, new and old, who showed up to Save and Share.

You’ll flip over your new mattress, but you won’t flip it over.

Many of us have strained our backs trying to lift our mattress so we could turn it over each year in order to make it last longer.  One of the questions we get asked by our clients looking at our sleep systems is whether they have to flip the mattress so they won’t end up with a lumpy or uneven surface.

The answer is simple; the new sleep systems are designed to save your back, make you more comfortable, in more ways than one.  Starting with the fact that you can kiss your flipping days goodbye.

Some traditional style mattresses rely on an innerspring coil that was not always sufficient to support the constant use we all give our beds.  So in the past it was necessary to periodically give the springs a rest by turning the mattress over.

Modern sleep systems have solved those issues.  Now the foundation of the mattress has been engineered to support nightly use without allowing the deep body impressions that used to happen with traditional coil spring bedding.

The premier brands of bedding, Serta and Tempurpedic, have each created a line of sleep systems that are tailored to the many needs that individuals have for sleep.  All begin with a construction that will support the years of use, and give a stable foundation to support the body.  Then,whether you choose the memory foam or hybrid, which features foam and coils, you can select the level of comfort layer you want for your personal sleep needs.  Whether you like a solid, firm feel, or if you want to feel a luxurious layer of soft when you lay down, we have the right mattress for you.

While it is not required, some people will ‘rotate’ their mattress from time to time.  But you will never need to flip one again.  The top comfort layers will hold up for years of use without losing their loft or causing significant body impressions.

Sleep systems at Skaff offer a wide variety of options, from options to keep you cool, or adjustable bases to allow you to sit up or raise your legs for comfort, as well as technology to track your sleep habits.  All of this is designed to give you a better night’s rest.  On top of that, the only thing you’ll be flipping is the pancakes you make for breakfast.  After a good night’s sleep.


Keep your hardwood floor looking great!

Hardwood flooring has beauty, strength and character, along with options for every look. From smooth, glossy, traditional strips to wide, weathered planks, hardwood creates a beautiful backdrop for any style room.  Wood flooring is surging in popularity with the latest looks featuring extra wide boards and the new gray influence in home décor.

Many wood floors are made to last for decades, but if you want to really love the look of your floor for all of its life, then a little care is required.

  • Never mop your hardwood floor with water or steam.  Do not use any wax or cleaner that must be mixed with water like oil, soap or paste wax products.  Skaff carries a complete line of floor care products, so when you make your selection, be sure you get the correct cleaner.
  • Vacuum or sweep regularly to keep fine particles of dirt from dulling the finish.  Make sure your vacuum is not scratching with its wheels or beater bar.  Most manufacturers suggest turning the beater bar off when cleaning the wood floor.
  • Use appropriate floor protectors under heavy furniture, particularly chairs that are used daily.
  • Keep pets nails trimmed and paw free of dirt and gravel.  Remove spills promptly using an approved cleaner and a soft cloth to absorb extra liquids.  Do not drag heavy appliances across your floor; always protect the floor with sheets of plywood for example.
  • Maintain the humidity level; usually best to keep your home at 35-50% humidity year round to avoid excessive shrinking or expanding.  Since wood is a natural product it is susceptible to change in humidity levels.
  • Walk off mats at entrances are helpful minimizing tracking in soil from outdoors.  Also, protective mats are available to put under your pet’s water dish to keep the water from splashing on the wood.

Generally wood is very durable and will stand up to lots of abuse in an ordinary household.  Every floor will get its share of scuffs and scratches, and that is the nature of wood; it ages gracefully.   But if you want to keep the floor looking new, a little extra care will go a long way.

Help me, I’m STILL awake!!

At one time or another we have all struggled with getting to sleep, and staying asleep.  Once you have been through a few night’s like this you never take a restful sleep for granted again.

There are a few things  you can do to set yourself up for a good sleep.  They are easy to do, an unfortunately, easy to ignore.

  1. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try to limit the difference in your sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends to no more than one hour. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.

    If you don’t fall asleep within about 20 minutes, leave your bedroom and do something relaxing. Read or listen to soothing music. Go back to bed when you’re tired.

  2. Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Exposure to light might make it more challenging to fall asleep. Avoid prolonged use of light-emitting screens just before bedtime. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.
  3. Pay attention to what you eat before bed: don’t over eat, or go to bed hungry.  Be aware of your caffeine intake, and watch out for nicotine and alcohol, too. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep. And even though alcohol might make you feel sleepy, it can disrupt sleep later in the night.
  4. Naps: while it may be tempting to take an afternoon couch snooze on a rainy day, it can interfere with your body’s schedule and may prevent feeling drowsy when it’s time for bed.
  5. Physical activity: being active outdoors during the day will contribute to a good night’s sleep, but high intensity exercise too close to bedtime can be detrimental.
  6. Bed.  Of course you need a mattress and foundation that make it easy for you to go to sleep and stay asleep without a lot of tossing and turning.  (Naturally the experts at Skaff will help you with this.)  There are also innovations in the latest sleep systems that will help you track your sleep and offer good input on how to get better rest.

Six ways you know you are in the right place.

When people come to look for new furnishings for their home, they come with questions. Sometimes they are about the products they are interested in; new wood flooring, a new mattress, an update for the living room couch. Choosing the right product for their needs creates lots of questions.
But the question that often is in the minds of the folks who come to Skaff is this: Why should I make a decision to buy from this store? Inevitably the answer is filtered through a couple words: Trust and confidence.
To know firsthand why people choose Skaff, we urge you to visit our store. The people you meet here have one thought in mind and that is to make every interaction you have with our company an excellent experience.
We believe WHERE you decide to buy your furniture and flooring is as important as the product itself. The decision to make a purchase is dependent on the confidence and trust you have in the company. At the risk of bragging, here are a few reasons our customers tell us they buy from Skaff.
This year the Skaff family will celebrate 106 years of continuous business serving the families in our area. There is a certain credibility to our promises that comes with being in business for that long. You can’t ‘pretend’ to give great service for over 100 years. This is authentic, old fashioned good service, before and after your purchase.
People come back to Skaff generation after generation. We find that third and fourth generations of our customers are coming here because this is ‘where my parents always bought their carpet’. In large part it is because of what people have described as our ‘reputation’; Skaff is a good company to deal with, friendly, fair and competitive, and we stand behind what we sell.
Buy Local
Our clients tell us they like dealing with a locally owned business. They like the idea that the money they spend stays in our community, hires local people, pays school taxes, sponsors local baseball teams. There is also some assurance in knowing that the people that own the business live here. They are aware of the needs and experiences of their neighbors. Our policies, our culture, are not dictated by stockholders or a board of directors in New York. How we treat our clients is a reflection of the Skaff family values.

The people at Skaff, the owners, the sales staff, the folks in our office, the delivery team, all live where you live. We go to your churches, shop at your grocery store, raise our kids where your kids are. We are even more responsible to our customers because we are your neighbors.
Brands you can trust
Skaff has access to every type of flooring and carpet and furniture there is, but over the years we have found that investing in reliable brands has served our clients best. Serta Mattresses, made in Michigan, are a great example. Not only because they provide an excellent night’s sleep, but they stand behind the products they sell. Flexsteel, Smith Brothers, Amish crafted wood furniture by Yutzy and Winesburg, and the top quality power lift chairs. LEES, Bigelow and Karastan carpet, Armstrong vinyl flooring, Mannington flooring and many more. We carry a wide variety of qualities to suit the needs and budgets of our customers, but we start with the brands and manufacturers we can trust—so our clients can trust them too.
Trained Sales Professionals
It is a rare thing in the retail industry, we are told, to have sales professionals stay in one place for 20 or 30 years. At Skaff it is almost the standard. Our people stay because they are treated well, they take pride in the place they work, and they know we have a great future ahead of us.

Why this matters to our clients is an important point. Our Sales Professionals are trained thoroughly on the products they sell because they have to be the experts in order to guide our client’s to the right choices. But our sales staff is also a reflection of the company, and so they understand that doing business at Skaff is not always the same as the experience at other stores.

If you look at the comments on our customer feedback you will find these words again and again: “I loved being able to shop with no pressure. Everyone was so helpful. They helped me find exactly what I needed. I will always shop at Skaff.”
Competitive prices
We know that our customers love coming to see us but we don’t live in a vacuum. The world is a competitive place and to stay in business you must maintain fair prices.
We work from a low overhead, a warehouse showroom that allows us to keep our costs down. We buy truckloads of furniture, pallets of hardwood, hundreds of rolls of carpet, all the quantities we need to keep our costs low to offer good prices to our customers. We belong to buying groups like Carpet One, that allows us to negotiate with the manufacturers with the power of 1000 stores.
Skaff offers great values on our products, fair prices on the furniture and flooring that our customers choose. We take part in national sales events and other promotions which allow us to discount our prices to make the values even greater. We offer no interest financing to make it even easier.
Our goal is not to be the ‘cheapest’ place you can buy anything, but to be competitively priced on the best brands of home furnishings our customers want. And above all, to make sure that we don’t just aim to sell the lowest price, but to be sure we match the right quality to the customer’s needs.


Community Focused
For generations the Skaff name has been synonymous with positive change in our community. Many organizations can trace their initial success here to the Skaff family involvement, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YMCA, the Cultural Center, Young Life and many more. The third generation of Skaffs have carried on the tradition of giving back to the community that supports our company. In most recent years the success of our Save and Share program has led to tens of thousands of dollars donated to Carriage Town Ministries, the Food Bank, and Whaley Children’s Center.

Our staff volunteers here, our families give back to the people in need here, we work along side others to make where we live a better place. This is part of who the Skaff family is.


When people visit our store to consider their next purchase for their home, they get more than just a good price on some nice furniture or carpet. They get the commitment of a locally owned family business. They get the peace of mind that comes with choosing a neighbor to do business with, especially a neighbor with 106 years of experience. Condfidence. Trust. The bonus is, we are just nice people. Ok, now we are bragging a little.

Skaff Celebrates 106 Years with Free Furniture and Carpet!

This week Skaff had a live drawing for $1500.00 worth of free Ashley Furniture, and the crowd that showed up was so huge Mr. Skaff added three more prizes.   It was a fun way to get to know some folks who had never visited our store, and give us a chance to show off our beautiful showroom.

Best of all, four people left with some great prizes.  Along with the free furniture, Skaff gave away a $500.00 Skaff Gift Card, a gorgeous area rug and a Skaff Gift Card for $200.00.  There was fresh baked cookies too!

IMG_4766Skaff Furniture Carpet One will continue the 106th celebration, featuring great prices on the best brand names in furniture and flooring, plus a chance to win more free furniture and carpet.  (Find out more at

Make your home beautiful, and have some fun.  What could be better?IMG_4763IMG_4764

Argh! Footprints on my carpet!

People have a wide degree of responses to how new carpet looks.  One of the questions that comes up periodically is: ‘What kind of carpet won’t show footprints and vacuum marks?’  The short answer is: none.

The more accurate answer is that most carpets show shading, but depending on the texture, some will show more than others.


Nearly every carpet that is made has some kind of texture to it.  Some are smoother than others, some are more stippled, some are patterned, some have loops.  If you choose a carpet that has a nap to it you will likely see footprints and vacuum marks.  It is the beauty of carpet to show pools of lighter and darker colors so that your home has depth and warmth.  If you painted your plywood floor the color you wished, it would appear flat and commercial.  A carpet that has a variety of texture and shade will make your floor look a part of your décor, which complements the other shades of color and texture in your furniture, paint, art, and window treatments.

Shading will be most noticeable when the carpet is brand new.  Freshly unrolled carpet is somewhat flattened out and all the nap is pointed in one direction, so shading is most obvious then.  As time passes, sometimes a month or more, the carpet will relax, the yarns will ‘blossom’, and this will minimize the shading to a degree.   Color and finish of the carpet makes a difference too.  A smooth finish navy carpet will show footprints more than a heavy cabled carpet in a white color.

Carpets that have a loop construction will show almost no shading.  You do give up some comfort and there are other considerations, but a well made berber carpet might be a choice for you if shading makes you crazy.


Some carpet has a pattern or a heavy texture that will disguise shading somewhat, at least to the point where your eye is not attracted to the shading that all foot traffic will cause eventually.








Depending on how you feel about footprints and vacuum marks, there are a many choices of carpet that might suit you.  Of course, comfort, color, and quality are all considerations.  For the best ideas, come to Skaff and spend some time with one of our professional flooring specialists to get all of your questions answered.

Time to clean your carpet?


One question that our customers often ask is how often should they clean their carpet.  Naturally there are a number of things to consider, including the amount of traffic the room gets, whether there are pets in the home, and how light the color is.  Generally the best rule of thumb is to clean it before it needs it.  But how do you know?

Take this advice: have the carpet cleaned every 18 months at least.  All carpet manufacturers recommend having the carpet professionally cleaned using a truck mounted hot water extraction method. If you notice soil accumulating in the traffic lanes you can also try the Resista method, using a dry compound to lift the soil out in small areas, when you’re not quite ready to have the whole room steam cleaned.

One other note; many times ‘home-shampooers’ will over wet the carpet, and or leave behind a soapy residue, making the carpet harder to maintain afterwards.  It is best not to use machines like these.

One thing to pay attention to is the carpet’s warranty.  Most carpet manufacturers insist  you have the carpet professionally cleaned every 18 months, some every 12 months, in order to maintain your carpet’s warranty.  It’s also important you keep your cleaning receipts in case you ever need to document your maintenance.

In between, it’s best to vacuum 2-3 times a week in the traffic lanes, not only to keep soil from accumulating, but to keep the nap of the carpet groomed.

Carpet can make up a large part of how your home looks, and if you want it to last as long as it is designed to, it’s important to maintain it well, including having it cleaned regularly by a professional.


Save and Share Saturday


Good News!
On November 26, 2016, on SKAFF SAVE AND SHARE SATURDAY, we set out to accomplish three big things;

1. Create an exciting one day event where our customers could take advantage of excellent values on the best brand names of flooring and furniture, to help make their homes beautiful.
2. Provide an opportunity for our staff to work together to make the day into a milestone sales event.
3. Give back to our community by donating 15% of every sale to one of three local charities.

We are grateful to announce that our SAVE AND SHARE SATURDAY was a huge success on each count. As we said in our messages leading up to the day, “EVERYBODY WINS!”

We wanted thank all of you who supported us on this day, and announce that because of the success of the sale Skaff will be donating $33,000.00 to our three charity partners; Whaley Children’s Center, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and Carriage Town Ministries.

One of our customers said it best: “The real reason we like to buy from a local company is that the money we spend stays in our community.” Our Save and Share Saturday was a literal expression of that philosophy. Our customers came in and got great deals on furniture and flooring, and in turn, we shared $33,000.00 with three excellent community charities.
Thanks again to everyone who made that possible.

Skaff Save and Share Saturday

snsslogo-squareNow in it’s fourth year, the Save and Share concept continues to bring great value to our customers, and make a great difference in the community.

This year Skaff will dedicate one of the busiest retail days of the year to Save and Share.  Saturday, November 26, from 10:00 to 8:00 Skaff will have an event that will make a huge impact for our charity partners and the families who shop in our store.

November 26 will be our biggest sale of the year, with the lowest prices of the year.  Not only will we have great discounts on Flexsteel and Smith Brothers furniture, and every other manufacturer we carry, but up to 60% off on carpet and flooring too.  LEES, Karastan, Bigelow, Armstrong, all of our vendors have come to us with extra discounts to get involved in this event.

But the real focus of this is to raise money for our charity partners; Carriage Town Ministries, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, and Whaley Children’s Center.  On November 26, Save and Share Saturday, Skaff will donate 15% of every sale to these local charities.

We will allow our customers to choose where the money goes!  Choose one charity or split it among all three.

It will be a fun day.  We have giveaways for everyone, plus raffles to win free furniture and carpet.  And free pizza!

Great sale prices for our customers, big donations for our charity partners: everyone wins.