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11th September 2017

How to Care for Wood Furniture


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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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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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2nd August 2017

Top Tips for a Clean Mattress



We all know the importance of flipping the mattress every now and again, but did you know how important it is to clean your bed surface as well? Our mattresses can become sponges for pollen, sweat, and oils, and if you are unlucky enough you could even find a bed bug or two lurking in its creases. Don’t worry too much though, if you adopt a regular mattress cleaning habit these problems can be minimised and, in some cases, completely avoided. 

It might sound obvious but before you start cleaning you need to strip the bed and wash your sheets on the hottest setting that their labels allow as this will deodorise them and remove any unwanted visitors. Tumble drying them on a hot setting will kill any remaining dust mites loitering in the threads. 

  • Hoover the surface
    Dig out the upholstery attachment and get to work hoovering the surfaces of the mattress. Start at one end and methodically work your way to the other to make sure you have covered every inch of the surface. 
  • Deodorise it
    To remove any musty smells, you need to head to your kitchen cupboard and grab some baking soda. Lightly sprinkle a layer all over the surface and gently rub in with a small bristle brush. Leave this to work its magic for at least 15 minutes, longer if you have a particularly smelly mattress. 
  • Hoover again
    Once the baking soda has absorbed the smells, oils, and moisture from the top layer of the mattress, it’s time to use the hoover to draw it all out. Use the same technique as before, methodically working your way from one side to the other. 
  • Deal with stains
    There are lots of methods to remove stains, depending on what kind of stains you are dealing with. Remove spot stains with a dilute dish detergent, remembering not to apply too much liquid. For bigger stains, apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the area and blot with a clean cloth. For any difficult to remove stains, try applying baking soda after the detergent and leave for several hours. 
  • Turn it over and repeat
    Repeat all the cleaning steps above with the underside of the mattress. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's guidelines for flipping the mattress, though it is worth remembering that most mattresses need to be turned at least 4 times a year. 
  • Air it
    It’s a good idea to leave your mattress to get some air flowing through it to help remove any remaining moisture and banish any lingering odours. Once you have thoroughly cleaned both sides of the mattress, prop it up against the wall and leave the windows of the room open for as long as possible. Try to do this at least every couple of months. 

 

Did you know that we are currently offering any King Size bed for the price of a Double? 

Or a Super-King for the price of a King? 

To find out more about our amazing bed offers, 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 mattress for your home.

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25th July 2017

The Iconic History of G Plan



We are proud to stock some of the most beautifully crafted furniture in the country, such as the highly recognisable G Plan range. An iconic furniture brand which has lasted the test of time due to their ability to design and craft high quality, stylish furniture that can be passed down through the generations.
 
 

G Plan - 'Relax It's a G Plan' - TV Advert 2016/17:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU1IXNa6tV8

G Plan has a long and rich heritage, traceable back to 1898 when the legendary Ebenezer Gomme began handcrafting exquisite furniture. When furniture rationing was introduced in 1943, the Board of Trade set up a Utility scheme which limited the design of furniture, by the time this scheme ended in 1952, the demand for original, stylish furniture was at an all-time high. 

Ebenezer’s grandson, Donald, continued the family tradition of quality handcrafted furniture when he started the G Plan brand in 1953. He wanted to produce a range of pieces which could be bought and collected separately and over time, according to budgets. Donald marketed the furniture through advertisements in magazines and at the cinema, eventually setting up showrooms such as The G Plan Gallery in Hanover Square, London where people could come and view the available items. 

As mid-century modern styles developed during the 1960s, Danish inspired interior design became the height of contemporary fashion. In response to potential competition from Danish brands, G Plan released one of its most iconic ranges; the Danish Modern range, designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen. 

Though the Gomme family retired from the business in the 1980s, the G Plan brand continues to thrive to this day, and their beautifully upholstered sofas are available in our showroom in Weston-super-Mare. What’s more, they are currently in our summer sale! 

You can’t go wrong with a G Plan suite, particularly when they are offered with a whopping 30% off! 

To find out more about our great G Plan sofas, 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 any room in your home. 

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21st July 2017

Our Best Summer Sale Offers


Summer is in full swing which can only mean one thing – the Skidmore's Summer Sale! If you’ve been thinking about replacing a tired old sofa, or your back is telling you it’s time for a new bed, you can be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for in our huge sale. With prices slashed across most of our top-name brands, now is the time to head on down to our store in Weston-super-Mare to grab a great summertime deal. 

 

30% off all G Plan 

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G Plan has a long and rich heritage, traceable back to 1898 when the legendary Ebenezer Gomme began handcrafting exquisite furniture. This tradition was continued by his grandson Donald when he started the G Plan brand in 1953. The ethos of G Plan has remained the same throughout the years, which means they continue to deliver high quality, stylish sofas which are built to last. 

You can’t go wrong with a G Plan suite, particularly when they are offered with a whopping 30% off!

 

Get any King Size for the price of a Double

*or*

Grab a Super-King for the price of a King 

Studies have shown that it is important to replace our mattresses every 7 years, even if it looks in good condition. Is it time you replaced yours? Now is a perfect time to invest in a new bed, particularly as we are currently offering a King-Size for the price of a Double, OR a Super-King for the price of a King! Head on down to our store in Weston-super-Mare to find out more about this spectacular saving.

 

25% off all Stressless and Parker Knoll 

Another iconic brand is also available in the sale, with 25% off! Stressless solidified their place in design history in 1971 when the first recliner was introduced to enable people to watch TV in comfort. Since then the brand has gone on to hone their style and design, while offering the same comfort and practicality as the first ever recliners. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to own one of these classic pieces at a great price! You also qualify for a free leather upgrade on all Stressless furniture during July and August! 

Parker Knoll have also enjoyed a long and rich heritage, with the first ever pieces being developed in 1869. The Parker Knoll tradition of high quality craftsmanship, classic designs and long lasting pieces has been passed down through the family business and continues to be a theme to this day. Head on down to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare to check out the latest Parker Knoll designs while they are offered at a huge 25% off! 

 

To find out more about our great summer sale offers, 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 any room in your home. 

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10th July 2017

The Benefits of Investing in Handmade Furniture


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The furniture we choose not only provides a functional quality to our homes, it also conveys our personality and style and adds warmth, character and comfort to the space it occupies.

Having bespoke, custom or handcrafted furniture brings a sense of individuality and means the space can be used to its full advantage. However, as we now live in an age where convenience is king, the trend for mass-produced, disposable furniture offers an appealing quick solution to those looking for new pieces. So, why buy handcrafted when cheap furniture is so readily available?

 
1)      It lasts

It seems obvious but a well-crafted solid oak dining set is much more likely to stand the test of time and be handed down through generations than a flimsy MDF table. Look at how furniture has passed down as heirlooms throughout history, handcrafted pieces can last for hundreds of years if taken care of properly.

2)      It is competitive on price

Quality craftsmanship pays for itself a thousand times over as it results in furniture pieces which will not require replacing every few years.
 

3)      It is unique

High quality, handcrafted furniture tends to have a timeless appeal which transcends fashions over time, meaning that it will always look perfect in your home. Using the skills of a craftsman means your furniture is more likely to be unique and original in comparison with other mass-produced furniture on the market.

4)      Customised style and size

Choosing handmade furniture means that you can call the shots when it comes to the size and style of the piece you are after. Fancy a different fabric on that amazing sofa? A smaller size? A high shine or distressed finish? The great thing about custom furniture is that you can adapt the furniture to the needs and style of your home.

5)      Less likely to suffer defects

Machine produced furniture tend to encounter occasional defects during production. As a machine cannot provide the attention to detail that a craftsman can, it is easier for defects to slip by unnoticed, only for you to discover them when it is too late.


Whether you prefer a more rustic look, or sleek contemporary styles, pop in to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff about our handmade furniture. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect handmade furniture for any room in your home. 

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4th July 2017

What’s on in Weston-super-Mare This Summer


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Summer is finally here which means ice creams on the beach, lazy evenings in the sun and long weekends with friends. It also means Skidmores will be holding its BIG SUMMER SALE! But did you know that Weston-super-Mare has a whole host of events lined up this summer?

If you have never been to the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival, you are really missing out on one of the best attractions in town! Artistic director Nicola Wood confirmed this year’s theme “It’s a Topsy Turvy World” which was chosen by the public and entails all manner of weird and wonderful artistic creations. From giant mice to upside down houses, there is something for everyone at this fantastically inclusive event.

For those who need to entertain children and love the idea of adding quirky skills to their CV, premier circus and street performers Flying Colours will be holding circus skills workshops on Cowslip Lane from 1-2 July 2017. Brush up on your juggling skills, learn to hula or master the art of unicycling to impress your friends.  

No summer is complete without at least one or two G&Ts, and luckily this year Weston-super-Mare has its very own Gin Festival on the Grand Pier! Sample a huge variety of different gins from big name brands to independent microdistilleries, attend masterclasses or hear the experts discuss their gin journeys. Ticket prices also include a Grand Pier branded gin glass along with a gin and tonic to get your started.

If music is more your thing, head to one of the free music events held in Grove Park every Sunday from May until the end of September. These great concerts feature brass bands, silver bands, choirs, and opera singers, so gather some friends, pack a picnic and some bubbly and relax to the sounds coming from the bandstand.

Movie buffs and comic enthusiasts simply cannot miss the Stars of Time Film and Comic Con at The Tropicana on 27th and 28th August. This is a great opportunity to go all out on your cosplay costume, pick up movie props, collectibles and merchandise and meet some of your favourite TV and film stars.

If you are looking for help finding the perfect furniture for your home, 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 any room in your home. 

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