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22nd August 2019

4 Tips for Successful Sofa Shopping

4 Tips for Successful Sofa Shopping

Image: Stressless Windsor Sofa


When it comes to investing in one of the biggest pieces of furniture in the home, it pays to get it right first time! Buying a sofa is a big deal, not just because of its size, but also because it is where we spend most of our time relaxing, entertaining and sometimes sleeping! Of course, everyone has their own style preferences but there are also a few essential criteria that every sofa needs to fulfil to ensure that you get the best sofa for you.

So, how do you make sure your sofa shopping trip is successful?

Measure, measure, measure 

The biggest issue for any new piece of furniture is whether it is going to fit into the space you have for it. Measure your room and make a note of the dimensions that it can take. It’s also a very good idea to measure the doorway of the room it is going into, as well as your front door and the hallway. The sofa may well be able to sit nicely in the lounge, but if you can’t physically get it through the front door then you’re going to have problems!

Check the framework 

A good framework is key for a long-lasting, quality sofa. Look for sofas constructed from hardwood as they will last forever without warping on you. Sofas made from other materials may cost less but are also less likely to last as long. A good test for the quality of a sofa is to pick up one corner, if the other corner doesn’t come off the floor at the same time then the frame is probably twisting which means it is not as strong as a hardwood frame. 

Ask about the springs 

Springs aren’t always visible on a sofa, so ask the sales assistants a few questions about them to determine whether they are of good quality. You can also gauge the effectiveness of the springs by feeling them through the upholstery to work out how supportive they are and whether they are likely to lose their shape over time.

Test the cushions 

Comfortable cushions are a vital part of any sofa selection. They should be firm and able to quickly regain their shape after they have been sat on. Everyone has different preferences for softness when it comes to sinking into a sofa, but generally the firmer the cushions, the more supportive and long-lasting they will be.

If you’re looking for a new, high-quality sofa for your home, head 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 needs.


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12th August 2019

How to Reduce Allergens in the Home

How to Reduce Allergens in the Home

Any hay fever sufferer will know the dread that comes with the summer months! It can be super difficult to enjoy the sunny weather when you’re spending most of your time sneezing and wiping streaming eyes. While you can’t do much to control the pollen outside your home, there are plenty of ways that you can minimise the effects of it inside your home. These are our top tips for keeping your home an allergy-free zone.

 

1. Keep windows shut
Keeping your windows shut is an effective way to prevent pollen and allergens from getting into the home. Draw the curtains or blinds to stop the sun from heating up the room and keep it nice and cool.

 
2. Change when you get home
While you’re outside, pollen attaches itself to your clothes. When you get in, get changed and put your work clothes straight into the wash basket to prevent the pollen particles from spreading around the house.

 
3. Hoover regularly
If you have a hoover with a HEPA filter, make sure that you use it regularly to pick up dust mites, mould spores and pollen particles. Aim to hoover the whole house, including upholstery and mattresses, a couple of times a week to minimise allergens.

 
4. Use an air purifier
Running an air purifier in each room of the house is a great way to remove allergens from the air around you. Set it up in your bedroom for several hours before you go to sleep so that you can enjoy a night of rest without sneezing every few minutes.

 
5. Keep your bedding clean
You would be surprised at how much dust and dirt can accumulate in your bedding, so ensure that you wash all sheets and blankets on a 60° wash once a week. It’s also a good idea to have your duvets and pillows service washed every now and then to keep allergens at bay.

 
6. Stay tidy
The more clutter you have around you, the more places there are for allergens to hide. Try to stay as tidy as possible by regularly decluttering and making sure that everything is organised.

 
If you’re looking for new furniture for your home, head 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 every room in the house.


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29th July 2019

Hallway Flooring Ideas

Hallway Flooring Ideas

The hallway is one of the most important rooms in the house. While it might not be a room for sitting, relaxing, sleeping or cooking, it is the first room you enter when you come home and the first room that visitors see when they come to visit. Whether you have a narrow corridor or a large vestibule, creating the right impression in a hallway is an essential way to set the tone for the rest of your house.

One of the most important aspects of any hallway is the flooring. As it is a high traffic area, the flooring needs to be durable and hardwearing as well as super stylish. This is why vinyl is one of the best options for a hallway floor. Not only is vinyl extremely cost efficient, it also comes is a vast array of colours, styles, patterns and finishes to allow you to create the perfect look for your home.

Victorian tiles 

The stylish finish of traditional Victorian tiles is a great way to set the scene in period homes. By using the classic star and square patterns often found in Victorian houses, this vinyl flooring provides all the elegance and grandeur of tiles without the cost and upkeep. We are proud to be stockists of Karndean Design Flooring, contact us to find out more about this beautiful flooring.

Oak 

If you’ve always longer for oak floors but often worried about the hefty price tag, perhaps this reclaimed grain Verbier Oak floor is the one for you. Providing a soft, modern finish in light greige tones, this floor is easy to clean and will transform any contemporary space. We are proud stockists of Amtico flooring, call us today to find out more.

Slate 

Slate floors are renowned for their aesthetic appeal and hardwearing properties, and you can also find both of these qualities in a vinyl finish. This beautiful slate vinyl takes its inspiration from an original piece of slate recovered from Braichgoch Slate Mine based in Corris Uchaf, north Wales. The textured finish and ambient light grey tones give a clean and fresh finish to any hallway.

Stone 

Stone flooring is ideal for hallways but not always the most practical option. A vinyl in stone finish such as the Kura Opium provides all the appeal and drama of a stone floor without the weight and upkeep. Beautiful shades of blue-black and charcoal give this finish a rich and dramatic intensity.

If you’re looking for flooring for your home, head 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 needs.



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3rd July 2019

Why Mattress Protectors are Important

Why Mattress Protectors are Important

When it comes to a great night’s sleep, many of us rely on our pillows, sheets and blankets to provide the comfort we need to nod off. But there is another super important ingredient in creating the perfect sleep zone. The humble mattress protector.



Not only do mattress protectors provide protection for your mattress, they also have a whole host of other benefits.



Increases the longevity of your mattress 

When you make an investment in something as important as a mattress, you want to keep it in good condition for as long as possible. Mattress protectors are a great way to absorb oils and moisture from the body, preventing them from getting into the mattress and affecting its condition. It will also provide a barrier against stains from spillages, which can be tricky to remove.



Reduces allergens
 

If you or someone in your family suffer with allergies or asthma, you will understand the importance of keeping allergens to a minimum to avoid triggers and flare ups. Mattress protectors are a super effective way to combat allergens as it provides a removable, washable barrier between the body and the mattress.



Protects against bed bugs
 

Bed bugs can be a nightmare to eliminate, so to promote a healthy sleep environment it’s always a good idea to use a mattress protector to prevent bed bugs from biting anyone sleeping on the mattress. Regularly wash the mattress protector on a 90°C wash to kill off any mites or bugs and ensure that you have a restful night’s sleep.



Additional layer of comfort
 

As well as being a great way to look after your mattress and yourself, mattress protectors also provide an additional layer of luxurious comfort, making your bed even more relaxing and cosy than ever before!



If you’re looking for a new mattress for your home, head to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or call us on 01934 513740 and speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect mattress for your needs. 



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25th June 2019

5 Tips for the Ultimate Indoor Camping Adventure

5 Tips for the Ultimate Indoor Camping Adventure

With June set to be a complete wash out, many people are putting their camping plans on hold for when the sun returns – if it ever does, that is! But, instead of forgoing camping plans, why not have an indoor camping adventure? All the fun of camping out without the possibility of rain dampening your spirits! Here are our top tips for having a great camping adventure in the luxury of your own home.

It’s all about the tent 

If you already have a small tent that fits inside your living room, you’re good to go! But if not, there are plenty of ways that you can make your own. Simply push all of the furniture back against the walls to create as much floor space as possible. Create a triangular tent structure from bamboo canes, tie together with string and drape a sheet over the frame to create your awesome indoor tent! 

Now that you have your tent set up, it’s time to fill it with your camping essentials:

  • Air bed
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillows
  • Torches

Bring the outside in 

To bring a little authenticity to your camping experience, think of some ways that you can make it feel less like a living room and more like the great outdoors. This could be by draping fairy lights over the outside of your tent to mimic the night sky, playing nature sounds through your stereo or having a campfire video on the TV in the background. Don’t be tempted to use the TV for watching anything else, though, as this is all about the genuine feel of camping! You could also open up the windows to make it feel like you are really outside.

Prepare the snacks 

One thing that everyone loves about camping is the food! Stick to a menu of what you would usually have on a camping trip, whether that’s a hearty stew, jacket potatoes in aluminium foil or toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. Gather your snacks and eat them in your tent instead of the dinner table.

Tell stories 

Camping almost always involves telling stories around the fire at some point or another, so finish your evening off with a round of storytelling. Read a book aloud or tell your favourite spooky story with a torch held underneath your face to give it an eerie glow!

Happy camping!

If you’re looking for furniture for your home, head 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 every room in the house.



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17th June 2019

How to take Care of New Carpets

How to take Care of New Carpets

New carpets can instantly transform a space, taking it from tired and outdated to fresh and modern in an instant. Whether you’re making over the whole house or you’re just focusing on one room, having a new carpet installed is one of the best ways to finish a space and make it feel like your own. But how can you ensure that your new carpet stays looking new and clean for as long as possible?

Hoover 

This might sound obvious, but regularly hoovering your new carpet is the first step in keeping it clean and fresh looking. Though the amount of fibre that the hoover initially picks up might be alarming, it is really only a very small proportion of the carpet and will not affect the performance of it in any way. Make sure that you hoover your new carpet several times a week to minimise the collection of dust and keep it fresh and clean.

Wash 

Another step in maintaining your new carpet is to give it a wash from time to time. Carpets in high traffic areas, such as hallways and landings are much more susceptible to gathering dirt, dust and pet hair, so ensure that these areas are cleaned once or twice a year with a carpet shampoo or steam cleaner to remove odours and dirt. This is very important if you have anyone in the house who suffers with allergies as this will prevent allergens from building up in the carpet and exacerbating symptoms. It is also worth spending the money on professional carpet cleaner every now and then as industrial equipment will be able to remove far more dirt and dust than regular cleaners.

Stains 

It’s a home owner’s worst nightmare – red wine spilling all over the brand-new carpet! The best way to deal with stains is to attend to them immediately. Never rub the stain to try and remove it, blot with a clean sponge or cloth to remove residue and then use a cleaner that is appropriate for the stain. For grease stains, sprinkle baking soda over the affected area and leave to absorb the residue before hoovering up. Liquid stains can be removed with a specialist carpet shampoo, while solid stains such as wax can be removed by placing a paper towel over the stain and running a warm iron over the back of it.

If you’re looking for new carpets for your home, head 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 carpets for every room in the house.



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17th June 2019

How to take Care of New Carpets

How to take Care of New Carpets

New carpets can instantly transform a space, taking it from tired and outdated to fresh and modern in an instant. Whether you’re making over the whole house or you’re just focusing on one room, having a new carpet installed is one of the best ways to finish a space and make it feel like your own. But how can you ensure that your new carpet stays looking new and clean for as long as possible?

Hoover 

This might sound obvious, but regularly hoovering your new carpet is the first step in keeping it clean and fresh looking. Though the amount of fibre that the hoover initially picks up might be alarming, it is really only a very small proportion of the carpet and will not affect the performance of it in any way. Make sure that you hoover your new carpet several times a week to minimise the collection of dust and keep it fresh and clean.

Wash 

Another step in maintaining your new carpet is to give it a wash from time to time. Carpets in high traffic areas, such as hallways and landings are much more susceptible to gathering dirt, dust and pet hair, so ensure that these areas are cleaned once or twice a year with a carpet shampoo or steam cleaner to remove odours and dirt. This is very important if you have anyone in the house who suffers with allergies as this will prevent allergens from building up in the carpet and exacerbating symptoms. It is also worth spending the money on professional carpet cleaner every now and then as industrial equipment will be able to remove far more dirt and dust than regular cleaners.

Stains 

It’s a home owner’s worst nightmare – red wine spilling all over the brand-new carpet! The best way to deal with stains is to attend to them immediately. Never rub the stain to try and remove it, blot with a clean sponge or cloth to remove residue and then use a cleaner that is appropriate for the stain. For grease stains, sprinkle baking soda over the affected area and leave to absorb the residue before hoovering up. Liquid stains can be removed with a specialist carpet shampoo, while solid stains such as wax can be removed by placing a paper towel over the stain and running a warm iron over the back of it.

If you’re looking for new carpets for your home, head 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 carpets for every room in the house.



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7th June 2019

Tips for Decorating Children’s Rooms

Tips for Decorating Children’s Rooms

No matter how hard we try to keep up with them, children grow so quickly that it can be difficult to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to decorating their rooms. One moment they might be into fire trucks and farm animals and the next they are feeling grown up and want something that reflects their new teenage status. Luckily there are a few tips you can use to make sure that decorating transitions go as smoothly as possible!
 

1. Stick to neutrals
If you want to avoid painting the walls every few years, stick to a neutral palette and build up colour and patterns using cushions and bedding. This way it will be super easy to switch over when your little one starts to outgrow their current theme.
 

2. Create storage
Whether your child is young enough for piles of toys or is starting to take exams at school, storage is an absolutely essential element for their room. Where space is tight, use cabin beds to raise the bed up so that you can use the space underneath for clothes, toys, books and homework.
 

3. Use the walls
Children love to sprawl their things out all over the floor, so make sure that beds and other pieces of furniture are pushed up against the walls to maximise the floor space that they can use to play on.
 

4. Mix it up
For those times when siblings simply have to share a room, make sure they retain their sense of identity by giving them their own individual style within the room. Get them involved by letting them pick out their own bedding, artwork and lamps to style their part of the room.
 

5. Find their theme
Kids always have a specific interest for a while, whether it’s space, the circus, dinosaurs or unicorns. Work with their interest and incorporate their favourite things into the room, using curtains and wall stickers. These will be easy to remove and switch over once your child grows out of it.
 

6. Get them involved
Children love nothing more than feeling like they have been a part of the creative process, so get them involved in the decoration by having them help out with the painting or create some artwork for their new walls. Take them to the furniture store to help pick out their new bed and get them to choose a lampshade for their new room.  
 

If you’re looking for children’s bedroom furniture for your home, head 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 children’s bedroom furniture for your little one.


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31st May 2019

How to Remove Stains from Sofas

How to Remove Stains from Sofas

Accidents can happen to the best of us, no matter how hard we try to keep everything clean! Whether you have a small child pouring juice onto everything or you dropped some of Friday night’s curry after a few glasses of wine, marks and stains on the upholstery can be a super annoying and daunting task to deal with. But there are a few tips and tricks you can use to help you remove those stains quickly and effectively – restoring your pride and joy to its former glory in no time at all.

Before you start, always check the labels on your upholstery to see whether it has a specific cleaning code. They usually look like this:

  • W = wet or water cleaning
  • S = dry cleaning only
  • SW = wet and dry cleaning both appropriate
  • X = professional cleaning only

If you are unsure, call the shop where you bought your sofa to find out more. Once you have this information, you can find the best way to remove the stains.

Grease

Hoover the area first to lift any excess grease and then pour baking soda onto the affected area and leave for 20 minutes. Depending on when the stain occurred, this should soak up a lot of the excess grease. Hoover the baking soda up and blot the remaining stain with a clean cloth soaked in vodka or a toothbrush and washing up liquid.

Food

Water and soap are usually good at most food stains. Using a clean wet cloth, work a small amount of soap into the stain, leave for 20 minutes and blot with a clean sponge. If this doesn’t work, try using a cleaner with enzymes in it, such as biological laundry liquid.

Wine

Believe it or not, it is possible to remove wine from upholstery. First of all, try lifting the stain out by using sparkling water and a clean cloth. If you find that doesn’t produce the desired effect, mix a tablespoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of laundry detergent in four cups of cold water. Using a clean cloth, dab at the stain with the mixture, leave for a few minutes then blot with a clean sponge afterwards.

Ink

If you have any rubbing alcohol to hand, pour a small amount directly onto the stain and then gently dab at the stain from the outside in with a clean cloth. It is super important to avoid rubbing the stain as this will spread it further and make the problem worse.

Coffee

Though it is a tough stain to work with, coffee can be removed with a small amount of detergent and warm water on a clean cloth. Gently blot at the stain with the cloth and then soak it up with a paper towel.

If you’re looking for a sofa for your home, head 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 every room in the house.


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24th May 2019

How to Style a Dining Table

How to Style a Dining Table

Image: Old Charm Lancaster Dining Table


When you think of your dining table, what do you see? Do you envisage piles of paperwork and unopened bills or a beautifully styled space where the whole family can enjoy each other’s company? While this large surface space can often be overlooked when it comes to interior design, it shouldn’t be as it is the perfect place to showcase your styling efforts!


Whether you have a dedicated dining room or an area for a table in the lounge or kitchen, a well-finished dining table can totally transform a space from a jumbled mess into an inviting space to share meals together. So, where do you begin?


Firstly, find a place for all of the clutter that accumulates on the table. Invest in a filing system to keep paperwork neat and tidy and encourage everyone to hang bags on coat pegs by the door. This should help to keep your dining table clutter free and purely dedicated to dining experiences. 


Next, it’s all about the look you are hoping to achieve. Does your dining table have a contemporary, rustic, farmhouse or retro finish? This will help you to find items that perfectly match your style. Contemporary tables will look great with glass and metal pieces, while retro furniture can carry off bright colours and bold patterns. Rustic and farmhouse tables look great with shabby chic vases and collections of ceramics.


Now think about the space you’re working with. If the table is very small, then styling upwards with tall vases and long flowers is a good way to create impact while giving the illusion of more space on the table. Long tables work well with fabric runners and a collection of different sized candles in the middle, while oval tables are perfect for large floral displays.


If you have beautiful dining sets that are usually stowed away in the cupboard, then why not use them as part of your dining table display? Stack bowls and plates in the centre of the table along with similar coloured napkins for an undone but fashionable finish.


It’s super important for dining tables to be well lit, so take into consideration the lighting options when styling your table. If you have a low hanging pendant light then its best to pair this with wide, flat dishes to avoid any clashing, but if you have a relatively high chandelier then your table can carry off taller, more extravagant displays. And don’t be afraid to use lots of candles!


If you’re looking for a dining table for your home, head 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 dining table. 

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