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16th January 2017

Top Tips for Cleaning Your Sofa


Parker Knoll Hanbury Chair


No doubt your tables, floors and shelves get a regular clean – but what about the sofa? The most frequently used piece of furniture in the home can become a magnet for dirt, dust and stains, but instead of calling in expensive professional cleaners, check out these top sofa cleaning tips;

 

Identify the material

Whether you have a leather, corduroy, linen, or cotton sofa, each material will require different care. If you are unsure, search for a label to help you ascertain what kind of fabric you’re dealing with.

W – sofa can be washed with water

SW – sofa can be washed with water or solvent cleaner

S – sofa can be washed with solvent cleaner

X – sofa cannot be washed, only use a vacuum cleaner

 

Give it a surface clean

Take all of the cushions off of the sofa and, using the upholstery attachment on the hoover, vacuum the folds, crevices and corners to remove food debris and dust. Look out for any nice chunks of change! If you are working with a delicate fabric such as silk and linen, make sure the hoover is set to a low suction to avoid tearing or ripping the fabric. Go over the whole sofa in horizontal overlapping strokes, particularly if the sofa is made from suede, chenille, velvet or corduroy. Clean out dust from button tufts by using a can of compressed air, usually used to clean keyboards. 

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Removing spot stains

Always use a white towel or sponge to remove stains as you do not want any colour to run into the fabric of the sofa. Choose a cleaner based on the fabric of your sofa, if you are not sure, carry out a spot test on a hidden part of the fabric to avoid damaging the material. Check out this video for ways to remove any stubborn stains from the fabric of your sofa.

 

Eliminating odours  

Unpleasant odours can easily and cheaply be removed thanks to the amazing deodorising properties of baking soda! Sprinkle your sofa with the powder, leave for half an hour and vacuum up. You can repeat this for any particularly stubborn smells, or even add a drop of essential oil to the baking soda before applying, though be careful not to stain the fabric. 

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Cleaning leather

Cleaning leather is a bit different to cleaning fabric. This great video shows you how you can use baking soda to clean up dirty white leather seats, you can also use gentle soap and a slightly damp cloth to achieve the same effect.

 

We have a huge selection of lovely clean sofas at our store in Weston-super-Mare, pop down and have a look. 

For friendly advice 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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9th January 2017

Guide to Buying a Sofa


Alstons Camden


We can spend a huge amount of time on our sofas so it’s no wonder that it can be tricky knowing how to choose the right one. Fear not, as we have come up with a handy guide to help you make the right choice;

How much room have you got?

It’s a good idea to get the measurements of your room before you start to look around. Make sure you note down units in feet and metres just in case you forget your measuring tape when you visit the furniture shop! You will also need to think about the size of your doorframes and whether your ne sofa will fit through.

 

Which colour to choose….

Colours can have a huge impact on the feel of a room. Selecting darker colours may help to hide any marks or stains but they can make a room feel smaller depending on the colour of the floor and walls. Find a sheet or blanket in the colour you are thinking of choosing and drape it over your existing sofa to see if the colour fits. A light coloured sofa may help to brighten a room up but it will present its own challenges when it comes to wear and tear.

 

What’s it for?

If your sofa it going to be used frequently then it is important to select one which will be durable and long lasting. Have a think about getting one with removable covers so that they can be easily washed in the event of an accident. If you decide to go for a fixed cover, make sure the weave is relatively tight to prevent the chances of stains developing. You may also need to consider whether to get a dual purpose sofa bed to create more sleeping space for when friends and relatives come to stay.

 

So many styles to choose from!  

Gone are the days of the simple three seater. Modern sofas include a huge range of styles to suit everyone’s tastes, such as corner sofas, modular sofas, recliners, futons, chaise longues and loveseats. Think about which style would fit in with the rest of your décor.

 

Mix it up

Don’t feel obliged to purchase matching armchairs with your new sofa, mix it up by choosing a set of chairs which complement the upholstery of your new couch.

 

Come and see the wide range of sofas available at our store in Weston-super-Mare. 

For friendly advice 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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23rd December 2016

Interior Design: Creating Style with the Perfect Ottoman


With the ancient Egyptian origins, ottomans or footstools are a fantastically versatile piece of furniture, adding stylish storage and extra seating to any kind of living room.  Creating a strong focal point, ottomans are a great addition to a comfy sofa, giving you somewhere to put up your feet after a long day. If you’re on the hunt for a perfect footstool, check out these tips to help you make the right decision;

 

Carnaby Ottoman

Bold Fabrics

Using colourful, bold patterns such as this will help to break up any monochromatic elements of a room, adding a splash of colour and personality. This is a fantastic way to experiment with colour, coordinate with cushions and curtains to tie it in with the rest of your décor.

 

 



Alstons Vermont Ottoman

Convenient Castors

Footstools with castors are great for manoeuvrability, making them ideal for use as both a footrest and seating. The wheels add an extra element of convenience which means they would suit anyone with limited movement. The traditional plaid fabric on this Alstons Vermont ottoman would look perfect against sofas of a similar colour palette, also available in other fabrics.

 

 



Stressless Double Ottoman With Table

Modern Innovation

One great thing about design is how it continues to change and adapt with the times. This ottoman offers a simple solution to those with limited space by combining a footstool and a table – with the added bonus of storage. Finished in high quality leather, this great design would add style and convenience to any living room.  

 



Alstons Cambridge Storage Stool

Storage Solutions  

Of course, footstools are fab for putting your feet up at the end of the day – but they are also excellent for covert storage! If your living room is lacking on stowing space, go for an ottoman with hidden room so you can tidy away toys, remote controls, blankets etc.  

 



Alstons Ixworth Footstool

Stylish Stripes

Stripes are an elegant addition to the aesthetic of a room, adding regal glamour and chic style. Use them to complement your existing colour scheme or experiment with mismatched hues.



Come and see the wide range of ottomans and footstools available at our store in Weston-super-Mare. 

For friendly advice 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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9th December 2016

How You Can Help Others This Christmas


 

So 2016 might not have been the best year, but the holiday season is a great time to reflect on the good things that have happened and to give back a little something to the community. Offering some of your time to a charity really gets you in to the Christmas spirit and helps those less fortunate out at a difficult time of the year. If you want to do something great this Christmas, check out our top tips for ways you can help in Weston-super-Mare;

Feed a Family

With record numbers of families relying on food banks to get them through tough times, making donations to your local food bank could make a huge difference to someone’s Christmas Day. Donate food, money or your time to help keep needy families fed this season. Get in touch with the Weston-super-Mare Food Bank to find out more.

Befriend an Elderly Person

With an estimated 500,000 elderly people spending Christmas alone this year, a little of your time could go a long way towards making someone feel less lonely. Get matched with an elderly person in your area and visit them for a catch up or help them out around the home. The Royal Voluntary Service is looking for volunteers in Weston-super-Mare who would like to make new friends and enrich the lives of older people, contact them to find out more.

Walk a Dog

Animal shelters tend to get overrun at Christmas time and could always benefit from helping hands to look after the animals. Take a rescue dog for some exercise, or donate food, blankets and toys to rescue centres such as Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary.

Help the Homeless

Getting involved in a soup kitchen is a great way to give help to those in need of shelter and food. Comfort at Christmas is a soup kitchen operating from St Pauls Church on Walliscote Road with the aim of providing warmth and food to anyone seeking respite from the cold.

We hope you are looking forward to Christmas! 

For friendly advice 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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2nd December 2016

Christmas Decorations for the Home


The advent calendars are finally open! It’s time to decorate the home and get into the festive spirit. Did you know that as well as our high quality furniture, we also have a great selection of Christmas decorations available?  


  
Ho ho ho! These unique Santa decorations are a super easy way to add festive cheer to any room in the home. With hand-stitched outfits and glittery hats, the only trouble will be choosing which one! Available at our store in Weston-Super-Mare.

 

 
Create your own Santa sleigh complete with these cute reindeer. Featuring glitter antlers and hand painted design, these beautiful decorations are the ones you will reach for year after year! Visit our showroom in Weston-super-Mare to find out more.




We love these gingerbread inspired tree decorations which would make a fabulous addition to any self-respecting Christmas tree! Just remember not to eat them…




If you are looking for your tree’s pièce de resistance, look no further! We have a great range of fairies and stars which would look great atop a Christmas tree. Come on down to our Weston-super-Mare showroom today and get your superstar tree topper.

For friendly advice 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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14th November 2016

Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter



The winter season is well and truly upon us, which can mean long battles with colds and flu symptoms. By taking extra care now, you can help boost your immune system, protect your family and avoid any drawn out illnesses. We have put together a list of tips to help you make the most of your winter:

 

1. Stock up on fruit and veg
Winter is a great time to get the slow-cooker out and create some hearty veg-packed stews and casseroles ready for when you return from a long Sunday ramble. Blend up vegetable soups or throw together a warm salad for office lunches and add chopped banana and apple to your porridge for a morning boost.
 
2. Avoid comfort eating
Poor diet choices can lead to excess weight gain and impact on the body’s immune system, making it harder for your body to fight or recover from any illnesses. It may be tempting to get through the dark evenings with a big bar of your favourite chocolate, but if you feel a craving try eating a piece of fruit instead, which should satisfy your sweet tooth.
 
3. Catch up on sleep
Sleep deprivation can contribute of all kinds of ailments, so make sure you get a full night’s sleep every day. Our bodies naturally want to hibernate more in the winter, so enjoy a lie-in at the weekends and stick to an early night routine during the week.
 
4. Take supplements
Vitamins A and B12 are great for boosting your immune system, while Echinacea and vitamin C will help to ward off colds. If your body is missing the sunlight, stock up on vitamin D to help improve your mood and energy levels.
 
5. Exercise
While it’s great to catch up on sleep, make sure you get moving while you are awake. Exercise helps to control weight and improve any symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder while also keeping your immune system in shape. Take long walks at the weekend or check out your local ice skating venue; Puxton Park Skating Rink in Weston-super-Mare is great for family days out!
 
If you are looking for new furniture this winter, 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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1st November 2016

5 Best Piers to Visit All Year Round

One of the best things about living on an island is the sheer number of beautiful coastlines on offer. When the Victorian age brought in new railways and infrastructure, people began flocking to the coast for relaxation and recuperation, a tradition which many still uphold today. As seaside towns became tourist destinations, the Victorians also introduced piers, structures extending out into the sea so that holidaymakers could still view the sea, even when the tide was out. We love the history behind these sea-dwelling constructions so we have come up with a list of some of the best piers in Britain; 



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1. Bournemouth Pier

Along with stunning sandy beaches, Bournemouth has a beautiful Victorian Pier, first opened by the Lord Mayor of London in 1880. Surrounded by cafes, bars, restaurants and the recently refurbished Pier Approach, this pier shows no signs of slowing down in its old age. The theatre has recently been converted to an indoor activity centre, Rock Reef, which boasts climbing walls, aerial obstacle courses and the world’s first ever pier-to-shore zipwire . 




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2. Worthing Pier  

The thirteenth pier to be constructed in Britain, this structure was officially opened by Sir Robert Rawlinson in 1862 and since then has been hit by its fair share of disasters over the years.  From being battered by a heavy storm in 1913, to being ravaged by a fire in 1933, it has undergone some redevelopment, however it continues to bring enjoyment to visitors and residents alike. The Southern Pavilion has recently been converted into a café, perfect for sunny afternoons watching the tide. 




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3. Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare

Originally built in 1903, the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has also seen a number of setbacks over the years but is now home to a state-of-the-art indoor theme park. Featuring the only laser maze in the UK, Formula 1 simulators, GoKarts, the Crystal Maze, Robocoaster, 27 bars, shops and restaurants, a 4D cinema and an Edwardian tea room, there is something to please all generations in this fantastically modern take on the traditional pier.  And with free admission, what have you got to lose?! 





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4. North Pier, Blackpool

One of 3 piers in Blackpool, the North Pier is the oldest and has a Grade II listing. Featuring an Indian Pavilion, a beautiful theatre and carousel bar and traditional amusement arcades, this pier is one not to miss. Hosting a wide range of craft beers for Oktoberfest along with comedy and pantomimes, this intricate structure continues to provide merriment for locals and tourists alike. 





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5. Llandudno Pier, Wales

Situated between Bangor and Colwyn Bay, this marvellous pier is the longest in Wales and, unusually, has two entrances. Its Edwardian good looks have landed it location slots in 2002’s The Forsyte Sage as well as a Volkswagen advert. Enjoy a drink at the café or bar, peruse the souvenirs in the gift shops or check out Leisure Island, open all year round. 


For friendly advice 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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25th October 2016

6 of the Best Dining Tables for the Whole Family

Winter is drawing closer, bringing with it festive parties and cosy evenings around the dinner table. Whether you’re planning on hosting friends, family, or even Santa Claus himself, it’s important to have a table that can seat all of your guests, which is why we’ve come up with a list of 6 of the best dining tables currently available in our stores;
 
 

1.Bordeaux
This beautiful solid oak table combines traditional style design with modern functionality. It features a sturdy pedestal base along with a smooth slide out function which increases the table size from a 4 seat to 6 seat, perfect for those unexpected guests. The solid oak table insert can be discreetly hidden in a compartment when not in use. These incredibly popular tables are currently in the sale, get them while they last!


 
 
2. Calais
This generously proportioned dining table is perfect for those with large families, and those who are expecting an influx of friends and relatives at Christmas. Built from solid oak and featuring a simple clean design which draws attention to the beauty of the grain and unique knots. This table can go from seating 6 people to 10 people by sliding out the end panels and placing the solid oak inserts into the middle. These inserts can be discreetly hidden in a compartment when not in use. This perfect table is currently in the sale, come and have a closer look at our store in Weston-super-Mare.




 
 
3. Hampshire - Square
For those with a little less space, square tables can be the perfect compromise. Seating 4 people, this durable table can be extended out to seat a further 2 people, making an adaptable, stylish addition to your dinner party. This fantastic sold oak dining table is currently in the sale, visit our store in Weston-super-Mare to find out more.



 
 
4. Hampshire - Rectangular
This contemporary table features warm solid oak and a robust, practical design. It can extend from seating 4 people to 6 people using solid oak inserts which can be discreetly stored away when not being used. This table is perfect for families who may be expecting a grandparent or two at Christmas. Currently in the sale, speak to one of our friendly staff today to find out more.


 
 
5. Cromwell
Highly stylish, this well-designed table offers a huge space to seat family and friends. We love the shabby chic appeal of this twin pedestal table, featuring a painted solid oak base with a contrasting bare oak surface, this table will certainly impress your guests. Seating up to 8 people and currently with £450 off in our sale, it’s ideal for the festive season. Find out more by visiting our showroom in Weston-super-Mare today.




 
 
6. Georgia
This extraordinary table successfully fuses rustic charm with a contemporary design, featuring solid oak and a light grey painted base it is ideal for families who need a bit of extra space from time to time. Extendable by sliding out the end panels and inserting an additional solid oak panel, you would be mad to miss out on it, especially as it is currently available in our sale.



 
If you would like to discuss the perfect dining table for you, 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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17th October 2016

5 Clever Space Saving Furniture Ideas

In modern buildings, space can be incredibly limited so it is no wonder that a lot of our customers are looking for furniture which doesn’t dominate their rooms. We have come up with a list of 5 of our best space saving products which are designed to help you create more space in your home.
 
 

1.Gate Leg Tables
Gate leg tables are an amazing way of saving space while still retaining the functionality of a full sized dining table. Our solid oak Hampshire table is only 32cm in width when fully closed, making it perfect to store away when not in use. It is currently in the sale and available at our store in Weston-super-Mare.

 
 


2.Sofa Beds
For times when you need an extra bed but your do not have enough room for one, sofa beds are the perfect solution, offering a great combination of comfort and practicality. This beautifully contemporary Geneva sofa bed will complement most interiors and is made from premium materials which are designed to last.


 


 
3.Corner Chair
Sometimes it is simply not possible to fit a traditional sofa into a limited space, that’s where the Stressless Paradise Corner Sofa comes in. This luxurious sofa features a patented Glide and Slide system and offers superior support and comfort, while fitting neatly into the corner of your lounge. This sofa is currently in the sale, visit our store in Weston-super-Mare to find out more.


 
 


4.Footstool
When space is at a premium, storage is key. This gorgeous Camden footstool can store a multitude of knick knacks while simultaneously offering the practicality of a footrest or a stool. Visit our showroom in Weston-super-Mare for more information.


 
 


5.Divan Beds
Divan beds offer a practical storage solution to limited bedroom space. Our Reylon Aurora Bed combines pocket springs with a layer of memory foam for maximum comfort and is fantastic value for money, especially as it is currently available in our sale.


 
 


For more information on space saving furniture ideas, 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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11th October 2016

5 Best Rise & Recline Chairs

Rise and recline chairs offer both comfort and accessibility, tilting to lift you to your feet while minimising any strain on the body and reclining you gently to a comfortable position where you feel relax and supported. If you suffer with back or mobility problems, rise and recline chairs provide superior comfort while helping you stay independent for longer. Head down to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare to try out our great selection today.

We have put together a list of 5 of our best rise & recline chairs which offer both practicality and elegance, meaning that you won’t have to compromise on quality or style. 

 

1. Celebrity - Woburn

This incredibly versatile chair is available in a selection of high quality fabrics and leathers and can be made available in a fixed chair, 2 and 3 seat reclining or fixed sofas. This adaptable design can be further customised with Queen Anne style wooden scroll legs.

 

2. Celebrity - Regent

For superior comfort and luxury, try the Celebrity Regent. Due to its plush fibre filled twin cushion back with extra neck and shoulder support this chair is perfect for those looking for something a bit softer. It is operated by a handset which enables the footrest and back to be operated independently so that you can create your own perfect seating position. There is an additional lifting feature which allows you to rise from the chair with ease.

 

 

3. Celebrity - Westbury  

This fantastic design from Celebrity incorporates wooden grab handles for extra support when rising. This chair features a fibre filed three tier backrest and is available in 3 sizes and design coordinating fixed chair and 2 or 3 seat settee.  It can also be operated with either a single or dual motor.

 

4. G Plan - Oakland

For a more contemporary take on the rise and recline chair, this elegant design offers high quality comfort and optimum control. The chair features a power control button which allows you to stop in any desired position, it also has zero-wall technology meaning that it requires very little space behind the chair in which to recline. It is available in a wide range of fabrics to suit your home and is constructed of the highest quality materials to ensure durability and support.

 

5. G Plan - Florence

G Plan also offer this fantastic contemporary rise and recliner in a timeless design which provides style, comfort and lumbar support. This chair features a manual release catch and is also available in a range of fabrics and high quality leathers. Visit our showroom in Weston-super-Mare today to try out this great chair.

Come and visit our great showroom in Weston-super-Mare today to try out our fantastic range of rise and recliners.

For more information on rise and recliner chairs, 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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