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5th June 2017

Tips for Maintaining a Vinyl Floor


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Vinyl floors are experiencing something of a comeback. Gone are the tatty old fashioned styles of the 80s, replaced with beautifully modern, hardwearing, stain resistant and easy to maintain designs. Now available in a huge range of styles, there is a vinyl floor out there for everyone. Once you’ve chosen your ideal vinyl, it’s a good idea to follow these simple tips to keep your beautiful new floor looking crisp, clean and fresh for as long as possible. 

Invest in some protective felt pads to place underneath heavy furniture. This will avoid any unsightly indents appearing in the floor which are difficult to remove once furniture has been moved. 

Remove dirt and dust with a broom or hoover on a daily basis, though remember to put the hard floor setting on the hoover to prevent any damage. This will prevent any long-term build-ups of grime on the floor which could be hard to remove. 

At least once a week, clean the floor with a mop and pH neutral detergent. You might want to do this more regularly if you have pets or children running around. Remember not to saturate or soak the floor, it will only need a relatively small amount of water to effectively remove dirt and grime. 

If you are planning on moving any heavy furniture over the floor, place wooden boards along the pathway you intend to move it through. This will protect the floor from any scuffs or damage as the furniture is moved. 

Place natural doormats at the entrance of the house to collect dirt and prevent it from being brought through to the rest of the house. 

 

Avoid using detergents, abrasive cleaners or solvent based polishes on the floor as these can cause damage. If your new floor is no-wax, avoid using any wax-based cleaners or polishes on it as it will leave a residue which will be tricky to remove.


If you are looking for help finding the perfect vinyl floor, 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 floor for your home. 

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30th May 2017

How Often Should a Bed Be Replaced?


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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. 

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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.

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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

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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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24th April 2017

5 of the Best Low-Maintenance Floors


Amtico – Exposed Concrete

Long gone are the days of installing carpets in kitchens and bathrooms. After all, those floors must take one hell of a beating. From spills, to high temperatures, steam and smashed plates, it’s important to make sure you have a had wearing floor that can stand the test of time without too much input. 

Low-maintenance, easy-care flooring is the best choice for any home needing an upgrade, and with materials such as concrete and vinyl making a name for themselves in the world of interior design, it’s easy to see why. Check out this great selection of flooring, ideal for any room in the house. 

This hardwearing, chic Amtico stone flooring is a combination of the Kura Anise, Equator Wave and Kura Opium designs, all available from our showroom in Weston-super-Mare. Perfect for creating glamour and style in hallways, kitchens and bathrooms.

 

 
Taking inspiration from weathered steel, KarnDean has released this beautiful range of Eisen tiles, which feature a blend of dark tones and subtle patterning which blend seamlessly into any style of décor. Pop into our showroom in Weston-super-Mare to find out more about this stunning floor.

 

 
We love the soft and subtle mid-tone stripes in Amtico’s Equator Tide design. Using a colour palette of warm minks and cool greys, this flooring will undoubtedly retain its elegance for years to come.

 


Another great option for rooms with heavy traffic is KarnDean’s LooseLay flooring. Our favourite is the Country Oak, which gives an authentic rustic appearance of unfinished timbers, without the practical difficulties of waxing, sanding or porosity that comes with real oak flooring. Incredibly fast and easy to fit and repair, this is available from our showroom in Weston-super-Mare. 

 

 
This Amtico Ink Wash wood flooring is one way to bring style and practicality to your kitchen. Available at our store in Weston-super-Mare.

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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11th April 2017

Top Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home



With the weather hit highs of 23 degrees this weekend, now is the perfect time to throw open the windows and give your home a good spring clean! Even the cleanest of houses accumulate dust and grime over the winter period, so why not spend a day tackling the darkest corners of your home to leave it sparkling and fresh for the new season. We’ve put together a list of our top tips for getting your spring cleaning done this weekend:

  • Start at the top
    The most effective way to clean is to start at the top of a room and work down to make sure any cobwebs and dust are removed.
  • Use homemade cleaners
    If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, making your own cleaning products is a great way to avoid any reactions or flare-ups. Using baking soda and vinegar recipes can be just as effective as using store-bought products.
  • Beat rugs
    Taking removable floor coverings outside and giving them an airing in the sunshine will help to remove any stale smells accumulated over winter. Take a broom and give them a good beating to shake out any dust and particles the hoover might have missed.
  • Don’t forget the carpets
    Spring is a great time to clean carpets as they can take a while to dry. Use a carpet shampoo or hire a carpet cleaner to remove the built-up dirt, then open the windows to help speed up the drying process.  
  • Seal hard floors
    Applying wax or sealers to hard floors will give them a shine and help them stay protected for another year.
  • Tackle cabinet doors
    Grease from cooking can build up on cabinet doors, particularly if you have been cooking with the windows closed during the winter. Use a cabinet cleaner to remove any grime and leave the cabinets conditioned and moisturised.
  • Make the windows shine
    Let as much sunlight in as possible by cleaning the windows inside and out. A great tip for windows is to clean them when they are not in direct sunlight, as this can leave streaks on the glass. Remember to clean the window frames and vents as these can collect a lot of grime.
  • Freshen curtains
    Net curtains and drapes can collect a lot of dust and pollution, so take them down and run them through the washing machine on a cool wash. Thicker curtains may need taking to the dry cleaners, especially if they are made from a delicate fabric.
  • Clean appliances
    Whether you live in a hard water area or not, all appliances benefit from the occasional deep clean to make them last longer. Use a descaling cleaner on the washing machine, dishwasher, iron and kettle. Deep clean the oven, hob and microwave to remove any built-up grime. Pull everything out of the fridge and wash with warm soapy water, and de-frost the freezer to get it ready for a summer of ice cubes.
  • De-clutter the wardrobes
    Packing away winter clothes and taking a few bags of unused clothing to the charity shop will help you to feel organised and streamlined.
  • Clean duvets and pillows
    Duvets and pillows can get overlooked during the winter months. Take them to the launderette or wash them in the bath and hang them out to dry in the sunshine.  
  • Organise your DVDs and books
    Take everything off the shelves and donate or sell anything you no longer need. Re-organise your shelves and dust them before putting back on the shelf.

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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3rd April 2017

5 of Our Best Sideboards


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Are you running out of cupboard space? Need some extra drawers and display shelves? Sideboards are a great way to add storage to any living or dining area, while also providing you with the perfect space to display photos and lighting. Whether your style is chilled out country chic or fresh, sharp and contemporary, we have a sideboard for you. Check out our list of some of the best sideboards we have available.
 

Rustic: Hampshire Sideboard 

One of most popular ranges, the Hampshire Collection features this beautifully constructed solid oak and oak veneer sideboard with rustic crafted metal handles. Also available in a two-door option for smaller spaces. Both sizes of sideboard are currently in the sale, call in to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare to find out more.

 

Traditional: Bordeaux Sideboard

For a traditional take on the humble sideboard, the Bordeaux range offers this beautifully constructed oak piece which will add long-lasting character to any room. Available in a smaller two-door option for those limited on space. Both items are currently in the sale!

 

Contemporary: Royal Oak Sideboard
 

The Royal Oak Collection offers a fresh contemporary style, featuring sleek metal handles against a solid oak and oak veneer build. On closer inspection of this item, the quality of craftsmanship is evident – this is a piece that will stand the test of time! Also available in a two-door option for smaller spaces, both sizes are currently in the sale.

 

Antique: Old Charm Sideboard
 

If your heart belongs to Old World Charm, this is the sideboard for you. Expertly crafted from oak, the antique style of this piece will be the talking point of any dining room. With detailed engravings and chunky metal handles, this sideboard could be in your family for generations to come. Also available as a two-door option or a dresser top so that you can complete the look. All items currently in the sale!
 

Country: Corndale Tetbury Sideboard
 

Inspired by the Cotswolds, the Corndale Tetbury range is perfect for creating a country chic look in living and dining areas. These beautiful sideboards are hand painted to add a genuine rustic charm, and finished with simple metal handles. Also available in a two-door option for smaller spaces.

  

If you are looking for the perfect sideboard for your home, 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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29th March 2017

How to Feng Shui Your Living Room


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Feng shui is the ancient Chinese system of laws which aim to provide balance and flow to the energy (chi) in a space. Developed over 3,000 years ago, the practice is based on the idea that the interior of our home is a reflection of our inner selves. The purpose of feng shui is to align your environment with who you are so that you are in harmony with your surroundings and are more able to achieve your ambitions.

To bring feng shui into your living room, it’s important to arrange the furniture in a way that allows the energy in your home to flow freely. This will help to improve the ambience in your home and transform your lifestyle. So, how do you bring feng shui to your living room? 

  • Less is more 
    Decluttering is usually the top of most people’s lists when it comes to sprucing up the home, but it is particularly effective for creating good feng shui. Remove any objects or pieces of furniture which are of no value or use in the space to enable energy to move freely.

 

  • Fresh air
    Keep the room ventilated with fresh, good quality air, which not only has health benefits but is also the foundation of good feng shui energy. If you are not able to open your windows regularly, invest in an aromatherapy diffuser which will fill the room with the scent of essential oils.

 

  • Let there be light
    We all know that natural light helps to make a room feel more welcoming, but if your living room has small windows or does not allow much in, hang some mirrors to bounce as much light around the room as possible. In the evenings, place floor lamps and table lights around the space to bring a layered effect instead of relying on the single ceiling fixture.

 

  • Use the feng shui bagua map
    The bagua is the energy map of a space. Understanding it is an important element of creating good energy in the living room. This will give you guidance on where to place certain objects and colours within the room to optimise the space and create balance. Your living room needs all five feng shui elements to create harmony and ease of energy flow.

 


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  • Flow with it
    Look at your space and think about whether water would flow easily around the objects in the room, or whether it would get stuck in certain spaces. This is a helpful way to visualise how energy (chi) will move around your living room. Find a furniture arrangement that allows for the easiest flow around the space.

 

  • Avoid Sha Chi
    Sha chi is the negative energy that can be created by certain sharp objects and misplaced furniture. Avoid placing sofas underneath windows or hanging pictures with negative emotions or turbulent seas, also try to avoid hanging mirrors where your image can be seen from a doorway.

 

  • Mirror, mirror
    Mirrors are a great way to bounce light around the room, but they can also be used to reflect beautiful landscapes from outside the window to bring harmony to the space.

 

For beautiful furniture to complement your feng shui living room, 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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21st March 2017

A Guide to Buying A New Bed for National Bed Month


Did you know that March is officially National Bed Month?
 

This annual awareness campaign helps to shine a spotlight on the importance of quality beds for getting a good night’s sleep. A good bed should provide the correct support, comfort and space to help reduce the amount of times that you wake or are disturbed by your partner.
 

Getting the right amount of sleep is key to maintaining good health and general well-being, so making sure you have the right bed is super important. Research indicates that sleeping on a new medium-firm mattress can help reduce stress levels, headaches, back pains and irritability. Mattresses tend to need replacing every 5-10 years to maintain optimum levels of comfort and support.

 

 
Reylon Memory Ortho Pocket

 

Unsure if you need to replace your bed? It’s a good idea to get a new one if:

  • The mattress is sagging, or shows signs of wear and tear
  • You wake up with stiffness/pains
  • You get a better night’s sleep in a different bed  
  • The mattress is more than 6 years old

 

If you are finding that you aren’t sleeping as well as you used to, or that the quality of your sleep is not great, it is probably time to replace your mattress. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to think about:

  • Whether you prefer firm, soft or medium mattresses
  • If you would rather memory foam, pocket springs or a combination of both
  • The dimensions of the bed
  • What kind of bed base works best
  • How easy it is to care for your new mattress/bed frame
  • The kind of style you would like in your room
  • Ease of assembly
  • Whether you have allergies to certain materials
  • What to do with your old one 
  • If your new bed comes with a warranty
  • How often the mattress will need turning
  • Investing in mattress protection
  • Whether you want a headboard

 

We have plenty of comfortable, supportive beds to choose from at our store in Weston-super-Mare, many of which are currently in the sale. Check out our great range online or visit the store to test them out.

 

If you are looking for a bed that is just right, 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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