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16th October 2017

Could Your Sofa Be Damaging Your Health?

Could Your Sofa Be Damaging Your Health?

Do you suffer from a bad back? Find it difficult to stand up from a seated position? Struggle to stand for long periods of time? 

It turns out that you’re not the only one. An increasing amount of research indicates that chronic back pain is on the rise, with many people placing the blame on poorly made office chairs and a general lack of spine health awareness.   

But did you know that sofas can be a huge contributor towards back problems as well? 

Modern trends have led to an increase in demand for softer sofas with deeper cushions, which means that less emphasis is put onto the support needed for the spine and neck. This results in an unhealthy slouching position, which can cause long term health issues for users of the sofa. Sitting for too long in this position not only causes stress on the spinal ligaments but increases pressure on intervertebral discs, which in turn leads to the chronic suffering from aches and pains that many of us seek treatment for. As the average person spends an estimated 60% of their day sitting down, this problem will only get worse if not dealt with swiftly. 

Spine surgeon Ketan Khurjekar says, "The human body is ergonomically designed. When we sit on slouchy and soft sofas, we disturb the normal curvature of the spine and body ergonomics. These comfy sofas are good for sitting for a short time, but sitting on them for a longer duration can cause pain in the spine." 

So, how can you avoid incurring a mountain of physiotherapy bills further down the line? When choosing a new sofa, it is important that you consider how well it will support your back. Try to choose one which will provide optimum support for the neck and spine, rather than the one you feel is softest. The NHS advises that the best sitting position is one which supports your back and keeps your knees level with your hips. 

High back, such as this Stressless Arion 3 seater, are a great choice as they provide excellent neck support. They are also fully adjustable, allowing you to move the headrest to the correct position for your neck and come with the patented Glide and Plus systems which respond to your body’s slightest movements. These sofas are particularly great for building custom home cinema seating and their timeless design means they won’t go out of style anytime soon! This sofa is also currently in the sale with just under £1,000 off! 

If you would like to find out more about our great range of supportive sofas, head over to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home.

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9th October 2017

Getting Your Home Ready for Autumn

Getting Your Home Ready for Autumn

Have you put the heating on yet? We certainly have! The cosiest time of the year is back and we can’t wait to start creating a warm and inviting space to come home to after a long autumn day, changes in the season are the perfect time to get creative with the interior while preparing the exterior for the colder, wetter months.
 

1. Tend to the chimney
If you are lucky enough to have a roaring fireplace for the family to gather around during the colder months, make sure the chimney has been professionally cleaned and cleared to avoid any chimney fires.

 
2. Get the boiler serviced
The last thing you need when temperatures hit rock bottom is for the boiler to give up the ghost. Arrange for your gas company to come and service the boiler before you start using it every day so that you can rest assured knowing that it is operating at its best for the coming months.

 
3. Check the gutters
We might have had a lovely summer, but that won’t have stopped debris collecting in the gutters and preventing water from flowing through them properly. Arrange for a professional gutter cleaning service or take a ladder and check them yourself to ensure that they are clear and ready to manage the wetter weather.   

 
4. Create a home scent
Nothing quite beats arriving home after a long commute in the rain, but creating a personalised home scent to greet you as you walk through the front door might just make it that much more perfect.

 
5. Invest in rugs
Let’s face it, who wants to walk on cold floors with bare feet! Rugs are much cheaper than carpets, and you can update your look whenever you want.

 
6. Stock up on candles
Be prepared for any power outages with a stock of candles. You can also save on your electricity bill by having a cosy candlelit evening once a week. 

 
7. Get your duvet cleaned
Before you switch your duvet over, take it out of storage and nip to the launderette to give it a spruce up for the coming months.

 
8. Organise your hallway
Muddy boots, panicked school runs, overflowing book bags; the hallway gets the most traffic in the house. Install labelled coat pegs and a designated area for each person’s shoes to keep it as orderly and stress-free as possible.

 
9. Update the sofa
Autumn means spending lots of time on the sofa getting cosy and keeping warm, so now is a great time to update yours!
 

Head over to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home. 

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29th September 2017

What to Do in Weston-Super-Mare This Autumn



We don’t know about you but autumn is one of our favourite times of year here at Skidmores, there is something very magical about the changes in the colours of the leaves set against crisp blue skies and cool breezes. The shorter days and colder weather doesn’t mean that it’s time to stay inside, however, as autumn brings with it a whole host of things to do in Weston-super-Mare! 

13th – 15th October - HydroGarden Weston Beach Race

Make the most of the beach before the really cold weather sets in by paying a visit to one of the biggest events in Weston-super-Mare. A huge event on the BMX calendar, the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race is designed for the whole family to enjoy, featuring action-packed races, professional riders from all over the world, and a world-renowned sand track which is easily one of the toughest of its kind.

 

27th – 28th October - Night at the Museum

For an evening of magic, head to the Weston Museum to explore the galleries and exhibitions after dark. Help the museum staff to solve a mystery and be astounded as historical figures from the museum come to life.

 

28th October – The Addams Family at The Quarry

Halloween is around the corner and if you are looking for a different way to celebrate the spooky season, head to the Old Town Quarry on Queens Road to catch an outside viewing of The Addams Family. Pack your cosiest blankets, cushions, ponchos, and sleeping bags and cuddle up to watch this family classic.

 

11th November – Weston-super-Mare Carnival

The last Somerset Carnival of the season, the Weston-super-Mare Carnival seems to get better with every year. Featuring more than 140 illuminated floats, the procession will slowly make its way through the town centre to the sounds of marching bands and huge PA systems. The carnival leaves Locking Road car park at 7:15 pm and heads along Alexandra Parade, Alfred Street, the Boulevard, Waterloo Street, South Parade, the seafront, and Carlton Stress before returning to the car park again. Arrive early to miss the crowds!

 

3rd November – 7th January – Icescape @ The Tropicana

New to the Tropicana venue this autumn is the largest covered ice rink in the UK, with a capacity of over 500 people per session. Get your skates on and glide over the smooth ice, created using rapid freeze, real ice technology. There’s even the chance to meet Santa in his grotto!

Head over to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home.

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18th September 2017

6 of Our Most Stylish Armchairs



Alstons Cambridge
 
The humble armchair has come a long way since its earliest incarnations of richness and splendour in ancient Egypt. Formerly used as a symbolic article of nobility and grandeur, the armchair has since developed into a comfortable, accessible piece of furniture which everyone can use. We take a look at 6 of the most stylish armchairs which will bring comfort and elegance to any room:


Alstons Camden Accent 
This beautifully contemporary armchair is part of the Alstons Modern Collection. Although it is available in a wide range of fabrics, this particular graphic print makes it perfect for those looking for a mid-century modern or retro feel. Handcrafted in the UK and backed by a 10-year guarantee, this solidly constructed piece features cold cure foam seat cushions and a long-lasting internal support frame. 



 

Alstons Avignon Accent 
We love the way the traditional design of this armchair is contrasted with a contemporary twist, making it ideal for those who love classic luxury with a modern feel. The gentle curves and luxurious cushions provide excellent comfort and support and will make it a favourite among family and friends. Featuring cold cure foam seats, free UK mainland deliver and a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty, it is no wonder that this is one of our most popular designs. 




 

G Plan Gemma 
Another beautifully contemporary design, the G Plan Gemma Collection offers clean style with smooth lines and versatile design. The high-backed cushions, slender arms and split lumbar support offer premium comfort while the chair itself is available in a wide range of stunning fabrics and leathers to suit any décor. Constructed with only the highest quality materials, this piece is hand crafted in Britain and comes with a 10-year frame and spring guarantee. Currently available in our summer sale! 




 

Hugo Tub Chair 
The Hugo Tub chair encapsulates chair style like no other. A beautifully contemporary piece which would suit almost all interiors, the neutral mushroom linen fabric of this compact chair is hugely versatile which makes it one of our most popular items. Currently available in the sale! 



 

Parker Knoll Canterbury 
A modern classic with a relaxed and casual look, the Canterbury is an exceptionally luxurious piece that would command attention in any room. Handmade in Derbyshire, the distinctive design and impeccable attention to detail makes this one of the most fabulous chairs available in our store. Exuding warmth and comfort with durability and high-quality materials, this is a chair which will last for generations to come. 



Stressless Windsor 
A nod to some of the capital’s most chic addresses, the Stressless Windsor Collection is as sleek as its name suggests. With gentle curves, padded arms and supple seats, these sofas offer an invitation to pure relaxation. Featuring a range of luxurious leather options, this low back chair would make the ideal seating solution for a contemporary interior. Currently available in the sale!

 

If you would like to find out more about our sale offers, head over to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home. 

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11th September 2017

How to Care for Wood Furniture


OLD CHARM LARGE SIDEBOARD

Nothing quite beats the feel and look of solid wood furniture in the home, and provided that you look after it properly, it can last for generations. 

While regular dusting, waxing and polishing help to remove dirt and keep furniture looking great, the residue from polishes and waxes can build up over time, creating a thin layer of film which needs to be removed. So, what is the best way to care for wooden furniture? 

Dusting

Frequent dusting is one of the best ways to quickly and efficiently remove dirt and grime. It is best to use clean, soft cloths or a feather duster to list and remove dust. To prevent the dust from scattering into the air and back onto the furniture, lightly spritz the duster with some water so that it attracts the particles and effectively removes them.  Feather dusters, lambs-wool dusters, lint-free cloths and terry towels are readily available in most supermarkets and are perfect for dusting wooden furniture as they are designed not to scratch the surface. Dust the furniture at least once a week to avoid build-up of dirt. 

Light Cleaning

A light cleaning of the surface with a weak solution of gentle dish soap and water helps to lift and remove any dirt which has become lodged in the grain of the wood. Dip a soft cloth into the solution, wring the cloth to remove any excess water and wipe along the grain of the wood. Avoid using all-purpose cleaning sprays as these can leave a residue which can be tricky to remove. Aim to carry out a light cleaning of the wood at least once a month.

Deep Cleaning

For old or antique furniture, years’ worth of dirt and grime will require more of a deep clean. Soak a soft cloth in a solution of oil soap and water and work along the grain of the wood to remove the build-up. If you feel that the piece is still dirty, take some #0000 steel wool and dip into a specialist wood cleaning product, gently working along the grain of the wood to avoid scratching the surface. You may want to deep clean all wooden furniture at least once a year to keep them looking fresh and clean. 

Protect

Finally, you will need to protect the wood. Using furniture oils will help to condition the piece, but will not offer much in the way of protection for the wood. Most commercial furniture polishes contain silicone oil which offers some protection to the surface, while clear furniture waxes provide a long-lasting finish as well as long-lasting protection. Apply a spoonful of wax to the surface and gently rub into the wood in circular motions. Wipe the excess wax from the surface with a clean cloth and then buff to a shine.  

We are currently running a summer sale on our furniture, to find out more pop into our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home. 

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7th September 2017

Hacks to Make Moving Home Easy



Taking off and moving to the country might seem like a wonderful idea, but the cycle of packing and organising starts it can soon become a complete nightmare. Unless you’re a minimalist, years of accumulated junk need to be waded through before you can even begin the process of loading precious items into boxes, so the process can feel as though it goes on for months. Then you have an added bonus of living out of suitcases and boxes while the imminent move day arrives, which can be a pretty taxing time. 

With research indicating that moving home is more stressful than going through a divorce, we wanted to help take some of the pain out of your next move by offering you some tips and hacks on how to make life a little bit easier for yourself.
 

  1. Start in advance. Way in advance
    This can even include collecting boxes and bubble wrap months, even years, before you need to move. Having a horde of packing apparatus will mean you can hit the ground running and save money on buying lots of new boxes when the time comes. Set aside at least 30-60 days before your move to start getting organized to make sure the move day goes smoothly.
     
  2. Purge, purge, and purge again
    If you’ve only recently done a charity shop trip, the chances are you could probably fit in at least two more before you move. Really analyse everything in your home and decide if it is either sentimental or useful – if it is neither, it needs to go. Set up a car boot sale to get rid of nicknacks, sell clothes on eBay or list any large unwanted items on Gumtree for local collection.

  3. Create a room by room inventory
    Go through each room and make a list of the contents that are being transported. This will help to organise your thoughts and make sure nothing gets lost.
     
  4. Ensure you have the right transportation
    It might seem obvious, but there’s nothing worse than waiting for the van to arrive and finding out it isn’t big enough. Double check with the transportation company that you have definitely got the right size for the number of items you are looking to move.

  5. Label everything
    Once everything is in boxes, it is difficult to know what is inside so make sure you properly label each box with the contents to avoid breakages and make unpacking easier at the other end.

  6. Invest in a good packing tape dispenser
    Trying to cut packing tape with scissors or your teeth is not an advisable or time effective way of packing, grab yourself a good dispenser to make the job that little bit easier.

  7. Use small boxes
    It might seem as though getting the biggest box and filling it to the top is the best way of cleaning a room, but when it comes to lifting that box it suddenly doesn’t seem like such a great idea. Using lots of smaller boxes will help to save your back and make packing them into the van much easier.

  8. Ask for help
    Relying on the van driver to help you load your furniture and items is not a great move, especially if you have a lot of things. Call in favours from friends and family to make sure you have enough hands on deck come moving day.
     

We are currently running a summer sale on our furniture, to find out more pop in to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home. 

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25th August 2017

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Weston-super-Mare



Weston-super-Mare is well known for its sandy beaches and lively resort atmosphere, but it hasn’t always been such a hotspot of seaside activity. We take a look at some of the lesser known facts about Weston-super-mare and how it came to be the thriving town it is today: 

  1. The bustling town has its ancient origins as an Iron Age hill fort. It was occupied by the Romans up until 5th century AD, after which time it became a thriving fishing and farming village. 
  2. Mining was started in the 16th century, after zinc ore was discovered near to the town, leading to an influx of wealth and jobs to the area. 
  3. Weston-super-Mare became a spa town in 1820, making it a popular tourist destination. Tourism to the area was increased even further when a railway station was constructed in 1841, bringing an average of 15,000 passengers on a Bank Holiday weekend. 
  4. By 1860, there were 100 bathing machines on Weston-super-Mare beach, which were popular with tourists who did not want to be observed as they changed to go into the sea. 
  5. Weston-super-Mare suffered considerably during World War II, with the Boulevard and the High Street being destroyed completely. 
  6. John Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare on 27 October 1939, as was actor Rupert Graves on 30 June 1963. 
  7. Weston-super-Mare has the second highest tidal range in the world, an enormous 15 meters. The highest range in the world is the Bay of Fundi in Canada. 
  8. After burning down in 2008, the Grand Pier took a total of 2 years and £39million to rebuild. 
  9. The population has risen from around 200 in the 19th century to approximately 75,000 today. 
  10. Roald Dahl finished his education at St Peters Board School in Weston-Super-Mare before going on to become one of the world’s best-loved authors.
     

Are you looking for the perfect furniture for your home? Look no further! We are currently running a summer sale on some of our most popular ranges, to find out more pop into our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home.

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18th August 2017

Creative Tips for Decluttering Your Home



Anyone with an overflowing wardrobe or chaotic cupboards understands the stress caused by piles of mess. Clutter makes it harder to find things, concentrate, organise your thoughts, and generally live an easy life, so why do we insist on keeping so much of it around? 
One study found that we form less of an attachment to our homes and more of an attachment to the possessions we fill it with, which can lead us to clinging on to an overabundance of objects which we feel represent us. Unfortunately, this overabundance can eventually chip away at our well-being, as we begin to feel as though we are drowning in a sea of stuff. 

Luckily, the solution is straightforward, if a little time-consuming. While it can feel slightly daunting to finally tackle the amount of clutter in your home, take comfort in the knowledge that once you start, you will find it difficult to stop. Decluttering has been proven to improve mood, boost concentration, and encourages you to focus on future goals. 

So where do you start? 

  1. If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home, break the task down. Take one room and concentrate on one area at a time, for example, tackling that drawer of old batteries and takeaway menus that everyone seems to have in the kitchen is a good start. If the drawer isn’t too bad, move on to do the whole room. 
  2. Put every piece of paper that comes into your home through the FF test. If it can’t be filed (bills, statements, important documents) or framed (children’s paintings), it goes in the bin. Invest in a dedicated filing box or system which allows you to put important paperwork away as soon as it arrives, but keeps it easily accessible. 
  3. Be selective about which books you want to keep on your bookshelf. If you’ve read them or have no intention of reading them, think about passing them on to a charity shop or selling them on Amazon so that someone else can have the benefit. Aim to keep 10% of each shelf bare so that you make the most of your decluttering. 
  4. Keep children’s toys in easily accessible baskets or boxes and teach them how to clear up at the end of each day. Donate any toys they do not use to the charity shop or children’s hospital to keep the clutter down. 
  5. Take a merciless approach and fill a bin bag with stacks of old magazines, broken items which have yet to be repaired, old bedding that you no longer use, out of date food, half-finished craft projects, clothes that don’t fit, stockpiles of carrier bags and toiletries you will never use. 
  6. Think about whether each item in your home has a use. If it is ornamental, consider getting rid of it unless it has sentimental value. Anything that collects dust and has no specific purpose is working against your decluttering aims.  

We are currently running a summer sale on our furniture, to find out more pop in to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home. 

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16th August 2017

The Iconic History of Parker Knoll


Parker Knoll Burlington   
 

We carefully select the most beautifully made furniture to make quality and style available to all our customers. This approach has led us to stock Parker Knoll, one of the market leaders in furniture design and construction. With a heritage spanning over three centuries, Parker Knoll have a wonderfully long and rich heritage which is evident in their classically timeless and elegant pieces.

In 1869, Frederick Parker set up the first incarnation of Parker Knoll after learning how to design and develop the finest furniture from his father, a cabinet maker. Parker passed his skills down to his sons, who continued to develop the business. In 1921, Parker’s sons met Willi Knoll, a revolutionary in furniture design, who invented the coiled steel wire spring which is still used in many chairs to this day. The parties merged their businesses to form Parker Knoll, as we now know it.

By 1932, Parker Knoll had steadily developed a reputation for their fine craftsmanship, quality furniture, and excellent design. Their chairs were chosen to furnish the studios of the new BBC headquarters at Portland Place, while in 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated the throne while sitting in a Parker Knoll armchair. 

The success of the Parker Knoll Penshurst Chair led to the continued development of the design during the 1950s. During the 1960s, Parker Knoll began the development of the revolutionary Recliner Chair, which was the first of its kind to hit the market in the UK and led to a huge change in the furniture industry. 

The Parker Knoll factory was destroyed by a huge fire in 1970, however, the business bounced straight back with upholsterers starting work at a new location just 3 weeks later. The newly designed Statesman Chair was debuted at the Annual Furniture Exhibition and soon after became a huge interior design hit. 

Continuing to lead the UK furniture market, Parker Knoll eventually exhibited at the prestigious Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2014, launching exclusive new collections to the international market. 

For timeless designs which last the test of time, you can’t go wrong with a Parker Knoll suit – particularly when they are available with a whopping 25% off! 

To find out more about the amazing offers on all Parker Knoll furniture, pop in to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect sofa for your home.

 

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7th August 2017

2017 Interior Design Solution: Faux Materials



There is a fine line between timeless and trendy. Up until this century, faux materials and finishes tended to walk that fine line, with most of the results falling firmly in the trendy category. Anyone remember the rag-rolled and sponge painted finishes of the 90s? They have not aged well.

However, as technology advanced and design evolved, faux materials and finishes were given a whole new lease of life. Materials such as engineered quartz or faux leather are now almost indistinguishable from the original versions and in some cases, are cheaper and more practical. Faux wooden ceiling beams, for example, won’t break the bank or bow like real wood, while engineered quartz can withstand heat and acidic foods better than Carrara marble

Low-maintenance flooring is another advantage of the leap forward in faux technology, with the sticky, unattractive vinyl of the 70s making way for sleek, stylish, timeless designs which are hardwearing and easy to maintain. Timber-look floor tiles are also making a name for themselves as they can be used in difficult areas such as wet rooms. They are also compatible with under-floor heating systems and are a fraction of the cost of real wood flooring. Not to mention that they are more scratch and stain resistant than their real counterparts.

Faux foliage is also making a comeback, but not in the obvious, plastic way that we have been previously used to. Fake grass and plants now look so lifelike they are often mistaken for the real thing, which make them ideal for those looking for low maintenance, cheaper alternative.

With affordable faux solutions upping their game, is no wonder that architectural accents such as embossed brick wall panels and imitation stone counter tops are now increasingly popular choices for home renovations. With more and more budget friendly alternatives available, isn’t it time you upgraded to the latest faux trends?

To find out more about our great vinyl flooring, pop in to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect flooring for your home. 

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