30th May 2017

How Often Should a Bed Be Replaced?

Reylon Aurora

As we spend an average of 25 years sleeping, it’s very important that our beds are up to the monumental task of keeping us comfortable and relaxed! Beds play a key part in our mental and physical well-being, so it is vital that you take the best possible care of your bed. 

Regularly turning the mattress should increase its longevity, while investing in a decent mattress protector will keep dust, mites, and bugs at bay. Hoovering and spot cleaning any spills or stains will also keep it in good condition, while letting the bed “air” every few weeks will help to reduce or remove any musty smells. 

But, even with the best cleaning techniques in the world, all beds need replacing at some time or another. The Sleep Council recommend that you replace your bed every 7 years, even if it looks in good condition. This is because it may not be offering the support your body needs to get the best night’s sleep as it will have endured over 20,000 hours of wear and tear during that time. Given that we sweat half a pint of fluid every night and shed a pound of dead skin cells every year, our mattresses may end up harbouring all manner of horrendous surprises. 

If you find that you are not sleeping as well as you used to, or that you are waking feeling stiff and achy, it might be that your mattress has come to the end of its useful life. When a mattress stops giving proper support, it dips in the middle, squeaks when you move, or you can feel springs poking through, these are all signs that it is time to invest in a new bed. 

It is recommended that bases are replaced at the same time as mattresses, as these will have also endured the same amount of wear and tear. Bases and mattresses from different manufacturers may not fit perfectly together, which will reduce the longevity of your new bed. It is worth investing in a mattress protector for any new purchases so as to properly take care of them and ensure that they last as long as possible.  

If you are looking for help finding your new bed, 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 bed for your home. 

18th May 2017

Creating Light in Dark Rooms

Anyone who is hit hard by the darker months already knows that getting as much natural light into a room as possible can make or break how you feel. Bright, airy rooms have a more positive effect on us than a dark and dreary one, but what do you do if there isn’t much natural light coming into your room to begin with?

Don’t worry, it is possible to enhance the existing natural light in a room without knocking down any walls. To do this, you may need to have a re-think about the style and design of your room.

Simply painting the ceiling white can have a huge impact on the amount of light in the room. White paint will reflect light into the room, rather than absorbing it. Soft cream and magnolia colours on the walls are great for creating a warm glow in the space. Specialist paint products on the market contain light reflecting particles to help the light bounce around even more.

Glass and mirrored furniture is another way to help light transition around the space, while strategically placed mirrors will double any light coming in through the window.


Amalfi Glass Coffee Table

If you have a dark wooden floor, try to brighten it with a light-coloured rug or consider investing in a new flooring altogether.

Don’t forget to give the windows a good clean, inside and out. You would be surprised at the amount of grime that can collect on them in a short space of time! This blocks out any natural light trying to come through the window.

Trim back shrubbery which could also be preventing light from entering the room and remove heavy curtains, to be replaced with a light, airy roller blind.

Try to avoid dark furniture and stick with light-coloured pieces to help create a sense of space and warmth. You can add splashes of darker colours by way of cushions and ornaments, but try to limit them as much as possible as the aim is to create as much light as possible!

Hang glass pendant light fixtures to bounce light around and consider picking up a selection of floor lamps, table lamps and candles to add more light to the space.

If you are looking for help decorating a dark space, 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.

You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.

12th May 2017

Find Your Dream Living Room Floor

Amtico Bureau Oak in Stripwood Laying Pattern

Choosing the right floor for the living room can be a daunting task. It needs to be durable but inviting, warm but easy to clean, and beautiful but complementary of the existing furniture and décor.

That’s a pretty tall order for a floor!

The living room floor needs to be as multifunctional as the living area itself, without compromising on style, warmth and durability. So, with all of these pre-requisites in mind, how do you even begin the search?

Take the stress out of buying a new floor by heading down to Skidmores. Our showroom in Weston-super-Mare has one of the widest ranges of flooring, suitable for all types of living rooms.

We pride ourselves on the beauty, durability and warmth of our huge selection of flooring; from plush carpets and exotic rugs, to hard-wearing stone and easy-care vinyl. Our extensive collections are all offered with exclusive warranties so that you can rest assured once you have found your dream floor. As well as carpet and flooring fitting, we can also offer an uplift and disposal service to make the process as easy as possible. Our team can also assist with any door and furniture removals for the duration of the fitting.

Sound interesting? 

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 floor for your home. 

Brintons Antique Silk – M12

9th May 2017

2017 Interior Design Trend: Texture

Along with Pantone’s colour green, texture is one of 2017’s biggest interior design trends. The feel of furniture adds a powerful depth to any room and means you are not confined to simple visual elements such as line and colour. 

When planning the design of a space, it’s easy to get caught up in the colour scheme and forget about texture. Think about how a piece of furniture feels when you are planning how you would like to decorate. After all, the fundamental sense of touch is not only a powerful way for our brains to gather information about the space we are in, but it can also have a therapeutic effect on us. Surrounding yourself with soft knits, plush velvets, smooth leather and polished wood will not only bring style to your room but may actually have a calming effect on you. 

Mixing textures is a sure-fire way to bring new dimensions to schemes relying on one colour group. Using a neutral or one-colour base allows you to work with a variety of different textured furniture, and means you can make a room as cosy as possible.

G Plan Atlanta 

The sleek and stylish feel of this G Plan leather sofa is the perfect backdrop for contrasting plush cushions or large chunky blankets. The contemporary feel of the design means it would work well in a modern room, though as shown in the picture above, it also works well with a mid-century modern room.

Coxmoor Oak Bench 

Made from solid oak, this Coxmoor wooden bench is perfect for adding rustic charm and texture. Arrange colourful satin cushions or plaid fabrics to bring an extra dimension to this great piece of furniture, which is currently in the sale for just £89! Get yours from our showroom in Weston-super-Mare while stocks last. 

ASPEN Rug by Mastercrafts

It’s easy to overlook the floor when creating your textured space. Chunky, warm rugs with a deep shaggy pile such as this ASPEN rug are the perfect way to bring a cosy depth to your room.


Alstons Modern Collection 

The plush velvet feel of the Camden Snuggler is perfect for curling up with a good book. The texture is inviting and cosy while remaining stylish and modern. Mix it up by pairing it with a brushed metal side table, or rustic wooden furniture to make the textures pop.


Amalfi Glass Table Nest

Glass is a great way to help light bounce around the room while creating the illusion of more space. We adore the smooth feel of these beautiful Amalfi tables, which would perfectly complement rustic wooden lamps or metal vases. These tables are currently available at our showroom in Weston-super-Mare for only £129.

For beautiful furniture, get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01934 513740 or email us via the Contact Us page. You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.

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