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City Lights

1585 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103415-863-2020

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Lamps Plus

550 Contra Costa Blvd
Concord, CA 94523925-687-6723

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Lamps Plus

4902 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95129408-246-3088

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Berkeley Lightin

1623 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702510-524-1782

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Coast Lighting

2626 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94061650-364-3383

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Lamps Plus

7256 San Ramon Rd
Dublin, CA 94568925-479-0193

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Stanford Electric Works

301 High St
Palo Alto, CA 94301650-323-4139

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Beacon Lighting

550 W El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087408-736-4505

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Lamps Plus

2745 S El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94403650-573-0646

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Lamps Plus

610 Du Bois St
San Rafael, CA 94901415-453-6912

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Lights of Rafael

4100 Redwood Hwy Ste B
San Rafael, CA 94903415-472-7292

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Metro Lighting & Crafts

2121 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702510-540-0509

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Lamps Plus

4700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118415-386-0933

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Lamps Plus

1081 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose, CA 95123408-266-1001

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Light Express

838 Francisco Blvd W
San Rafael, CA 94901415-459-1261

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Light Source

127 Hartz Ave
Danville, CA 94526925-838-2929

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Riverside Lighting & Electric

300 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062831-423-7411

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Lamps Plus Centennial Lighting

7104 Village Pkwy
Dublin, CA 94568925-803-1926

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Universal Electric Supply

438 8th St
San Francisco, CA 94103415-621-1888

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Walnut Creek Lighting

1385 Newell Ave
Walnut Creek, CA 94596925-256-6631

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Methods and Limitations

Most of us have made unwise furniture purchases that a bit of planning would have prevented. Before shopping, evaluate your budget, how you’ll use the furniture, how it fits in with your other furniture and tastes, and other considerations.

Start by carefully considering what you think you want. Then weigh your wish list against what you’ll probably pay to fulfill it. Identifying goals and thinking through available options will force some decisions—and also help you set a budget cap.

Buying furniture means spending lots of money and making lots of decisions. Style? Fabric? Pattern? It’s enough to make you want to keep your old stuff. Which might not be such a bad idea. A skilled upholsterer can make old pieces look new again.

A good piece of furniture deserves a second chance. But if you’re thinking of having a furniture piece reupholstered, first take a dispassionate look and decide whether it will last long enough to justify the cost of reupholstering.

You’ll want to do your shopping at stores where you can get good advice, good selection, quality installation services, and honest business practices—at reasonable prices.

When it comes to decking out your windows, you’ll find so many choices, optional features, and price ranges that it’s easy to get blindsided by the process. Here’s our advice on how to buy the right stuff.

Plantation shutters. Roman shades. Curtains. There are so many ways to cover your windows that it’s tempting to just tape newspaper over the panes and be done with it. Here’s a primer on the best options to block the light, keep prying eyes at bay, or just dress up the joint.

For many types and brands of window treatments, it really pays to shop around. We report here costs quoted to Checkbook’s undercover shoppers when they sought prices for several types of window treatments at a sampling of local stores and online outlets.