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14th May 2018

How to Choose the Right Sofa for Your Back

How to Choose the Right Sofa for Your Back

With reports of chronic back pain on the rise, many are quick to point fingers at office chairs as the cause. After all, most of the nation spends a large portion of their weeks hunched over a desk, causing stress on necks and backs. But, did you know that your sofa could be contributing to the strain on your back as well?

Although softer sofas might seem like the most comfortable choice, it is often the more supportive option that can have the best results for your back in the long run. Supportive sofas encourage better posture, which puts less strain on the joints and intervertebral discs which in turn leads to less pain.

Spine surgeon Ketan Khurjekar says, "The human body is ergonomically designed. When we sit on slouchy and soft sofas, we disturb the normal curvature of the spine and body ergonomics. These comfy sofas are good for sitting for a short time but sitting on them for a longer duration can cause pain in the spine."

So, how can you avoid back pain in the first place? When choosing a new sofa, it is important that you consider how well it will support your back. Make your selection based on which one will provide optimum support for the neck and spine, rather than the one you feel is softest. The NHS advises that the best sitting position is one which supports your back and keeps your knees level with your hips.

Recliner sofas, such as the G Plan Firth, are a great choice as they provide excellent head and neck support, firm cushions for the spine, and are fully adjustable, allowing you to move the sofa to the correct angle for your spine.

Come and see the wide range of recliner sofas at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.

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30th April 2018

How to Mix Patterns

How to Mix Patterns

When it comes to interior design, there are few tasks as tricky as mixing patterns. When done correctly the result can be stunning, but when it goes wrong, it can go so very, very wrong! Understanding what will clash and what works well together is a serious skill, but luckily one that can be learned with a few tips.
 

1. Stick to a colour scheme
One of the key factors in a successful interior is the colour scheme. Create a mood board either on a large piece of card or online using Pinterest. Collect images and colours that you are drawn to and that you would like to reflect in your room. Bringing them together on a board will show you which patterns and colour combinations will work. As a general rule, neutral tones and patterns are easier to mix, while bold colours and patterns are more striking and can be more difficult to work with.

 
2. Create a feature wall
If you’re looking to add a serious wow factor to your room, choosing a bold wallpaper is a great way to add a layer of pattern. Avoid drowning the room in pattern by only using it on one select wall.

 
3. Be aware of sizing
Choose a mix of bold, large-scale patterns with smaller, detailed patterns to create contrast and character and make sure they are evenly distributed around the room so as to draw the eye. 

 
4. Always layer
Use larger patterns on walls or rugs to bring a room together and add smaller patterns on throws, cushion, and curtains to create an effortlessly layered look. Limiting your patterns to three or four will help to keep it simple and prevent clashing.

 
5. Incorporate patterns on furniture
Upholstery is a great way to add another layer of pattern to your room. Check out our great range of sofas to help you bring patterns into your home.

 
Come and see the wide range of patterned furniture available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.
 
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12th April 2018

The Benefits of a Real Leather Sofa

The Benefits of a Real Leather Sofa

Product in image: G Plan Chloe

Leather furniture has a rich history and is without a doubt the go-to choice when it comes to leaving an impression. There are many reasons why it remains in our minds as a mark of quality and luxury, over many years it has proven why it is the most versatile, long-lasting, and comfortable choice of material when it comes to furniture. So, what exactly are the major benefits of choosing a leather sofa?

Quality 

When you invest in a sofa it isn’t always just about aesthetic appeal or comfort. It’s about investing in a piece of furniture that won't age and will continue to work with the room and adapt to possible redecoration and renovation. Leather has versatility and longevity in spades. With the right upkeep, your leather sofa will keep looking better and better and will remain a focal point that will impress all those who you invite into your home.

Comfort 

Other materials can fade, sag or lose their shape over the years; leather is a lot more durable. Unlike upholstered furniture, which can get worn out over time, as leather ages it becomes more and more comfortable. It also breathes, meaning it won't be quite so affected by varying temperatures and can adjust to a comfortable heat a lot quicker than other materials. Synthetic or imitation materials can leave you feeling clammy as they retain moisture, leather absorbs and releases moisture, however, so it feels fresher for longer.

Durability 

As already touched upon, leather ages incredibly well. Where other materials crack, fade, and peel, leather does not and will typically last up to four times as long as a fabric sofa. There is also the fact that it’s very resilient, you are far less likely to rip or tear a leather sofa as it is such a flexible and tough material. It is also easy to clean, and most spills or messes can be wiped up with just a damp cloth.

Aesthetic Appeal 

It goes without saying that leather leaves an impression. It has become synonymous with luxury and has a high-class appeal. It is also available mostly in neutral natural colours meaning it easily blends in with any scheme or interior design choices you are likely to make. The colouring is absorbed into the material itself and doesn’t fade as it does with fabric or synthetics.

Browse our fantastic selection of leather sofas and leather armchairs online now.

Come and see the wide range of discount and clearance goods available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.
 

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2nd April 2018

How to Decorate on A Budget



With the official chirp of spring finally bouncing off the thawing snowbanks, it’s time to look forward to the inevitable spring clean. It’s a great time of year to rethink, repaint and redecorate the home even if the bank balance doesn’t always agree. We’ve put together a handy little guide on how to make the most of what you have to give your home the TLC it deserves without taking out a second mortgage.

1. A fresh coat of paint 

When you’re on a budget this is the quickest and easiest way to breathe new life into a room without spending much money at all. Whether just going over what you already have with a fresh coat or bringing in a new colour completely, this is an excellent way to make the walls sing with the season.

2. A simple shift 

Whether you’re just going for a deep clean or a fresh coat of paint, you’re going to be moving the furniture around, so why not have a rethink and play with your inner interior designer. Interior decoration isn’t a concrete concept and what has been working for you isn’t the only way it can work. Perhaps with a little ingenuity, you can give what was feeling stale enough of a shakeup for it to feel fresh and bold without spending a single penny.

3. Bag yourself a bargain 

Sometimes all it takes is just one new feature to completely change a room. Why don’t you browse the clearance section of our website or come on down to our showroom in Kidderminster to see if you can pick up an on budget bargain. You can work with the new piece of furniture to craft a whole new look or scheme for an existing room. Keep it cheap by focusing on accessories and new colours in rugs, cushions or even just a lick of paint on a feature wall.

4. Play with lighting and mirrors 

Lighting can make a big impact on a room. Whether from the natural lighting in the day or illumination at night, it’s important to consider its effect. There isn’t much you can do to change what lighting a room receives during the day, but you can play to it with mirrors and placement of furniture. Once dusk falls a room can undergo quite the transformation depending on what lighting it has and where it is placed. Play around with new shades, lamps or other lighting choices to create a whole new identity for your room by night.

Come and see the wide range of discount and clearance goods available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.

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20th March 2018

How to Choose the Perfect Dining Table

How to Choose the Perfect Dining Table

Image: Ercol Romana Medium Extending Dining Table 

From birthday parties to Christmas dinners, when you picture your favourite family memories they tend to involve one of the most important pieces of furniture that a home can have – the dining table. A hub of daily activity, the humble dining table sets the stage for so much more than just somewhere to eat dinner. This is why choosing one can be particularly difficult! But, don’t worry as we have put together some handy hints which should help you when it comes to choosing your perfect table.

1. Purpose

Your first port of call is to work out exactly what you will be using the table for. Will it be every day or just special occasions? Do you need it to double up as somewhere to do homework? Taking these factors into account will help you decide which style of table you need. A premium entertaining table, for example, is not a great place to put laptops and books!

2. Size

Spend some time measuring your room and marking out where your potential new table could go, this will give you an idea of the size of table you need to look for. Do you need a pedestal base to save space or will a traditional four-legged table fit? Also, consider how many people will be using it regularly, will you need to seat 6 every day or could you get away with a 4-seater with the option to extend it on special occasions?

3. Shape

Whether you go for a round, oval, square or rectangular table will all depend on the room you want to put it in. Generally speaking, round tables are better for socialising, square tables save space, and rectangular tables are great for extending and special occasions.

4. Finish

How the table looks will have a huge impact on your overall décor. For smaller spaces, clear dining tops will help to bounce light around and create the illusion of space, but if you have the space then a classic wooden dining table is always a great addition to any home!

5. Chairs

Long gone are the days when dining tables had to match their chairs. For a more eclectic look, mix and match styles and colours or even substitute chairs for benches.

Come and see the wide range of dining tables available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page. 

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5th March 2018

Top Storage Hacks for Studios


Salus Meadow Divan
 

As house prices continue to increase, many of us are finding ourselves learning to live in smaller spaces to save on costs. This has resulted in a return to a simpler, clutter-free way of living that can actually have great benefits for the mind. But, however clutter-free you may be, there is always a need for storage! 

So, what are the best ways of utilising small spaces and maximising your storage options?

Gate Leg Tables

The perfect way to get the best of a dining experience when your friends come around without the hassle of having a full-sized dining table taking up all of your precious space! When half extended, this Ercol Windsor Gate Leg Dining Table seats two people, and up to four people when fully extended.  


Sofa Beds

The perfect solution for those times when you need an extra bed but do not have room for one, sofa beds offer a great combination of comfort and practicality. This beautifully contemporary Buoyant Dexter Sofa Bed will complement most interiors and is made from premium materials which are designed to last. 

 


Footstools

When space is at a premium, storage is key. This gorgeous Alstons Camden Ottoman Footstool can store a multitude of knick-knacks while simultaneously offering the practicality of a footrest or a stool. 

 


Divan Beds

Divan beds offer a practical storage solution to limited bedroom space. Our Harrison Glamis Divan features pocket springs with a blend of the finest wool and mohair for maximum comfort and is fantastic value for money. 

 

Come and see the wide range of space saving furniture available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

 

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page. 

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19th February 2018

Interior Design: Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

Interior Design: Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

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Living space is at a premium. With the average home in the UK measuring just 818sq.ft. in size, making the most of our smaller spaces is of paramount importance. 

When it comes to maximising limited space, there is no better tool in the interior designer’s toolkit than the mirror, so we take a look at how you can use them in your home to create the illusion of more space:
 

Reflect natural light

Bringing natural light in and reflecting the outside is vital to making spaces feel bigger. Position mirrors opposite windows and doors to bounce light around as much as possible.

You can also add mirrors that are the same size and shape of existing windows in a room. Hang them the same height and position on opposing walls to create the illusion of having extra windows.
 

Be adventurous

Full-length mirrors aren’t just for checking our outfit before you leave the house, they are just as effective hung horizontally in the dining room, hallway, or kitchen to add depth to a room while reflecting light. Try shoaling a group of smaller mirrors of differing sizes and shapes to create something unique to your home.
 

Use mirrors for utility

Mirrors aren't just for creating light and depth, they have utilitarian purposes. Place them on kitchen walls just above the work-top giving you extra sight-lines when preparing food. Add one at floor level in the bedroom for when you're trying on shoes. If you exercise at home add them to the walls to aid you when working out.
 

Angle mirrors with purpose

When adding mirrors in any room think about how you can maximise the benefit of what is being reflected. If you are trying to reflect the outside then position and angle mirrors so the reflection can be seen from your sofa, bed or dining table. Think about where you, your family, and guests will be positioned in a room and make that area the focus of what you are reflecting.
 

Utilise the full height of each room

When it comes to positioning mirrors, the urge can be to settle on fixing at, or around, eye level. This instinct leads to the lower part of the room being overlooked. Adding mirrors to kitchen cabinet doors opens up a small kitchen, creating space, and light at lower levels. If you have light coloured carpets or rugs, then low mirrors reflecting these upwards can double their impact.
 

Come and see the wide range of beds available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.
 

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page. 


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2nd February 2018

5 Ways to Style your Bedroom This Spring

5 Ways to Style your Bedroom This Spring

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Decorating your bedroom in the style of the current season or the season to come is a fantastic way of keeping your house fresh and contemporary. Whether you are buying a new bed, bedroom furniture, accessories or just freshening up, there are plenty of ways to quickly and cheaply redecorate bedrooms in a new style, just in time for the start of a new season. With spring around the corner here are 5 styles to bring that spring feeling into your life every time you fall asleep or wake up.

  • Mellow Yellow

Seeing the first daffodils emerge is such a great feeling, no wonder so many try to encapsulate that style in their bedroom. Yellow bedding, lamps, and accessories make for a fantastic spring feel every time you wake up.

 

  • Fresh Blue

Spring is all about freshness, as we are out and about more, feeling the crisp air against our face. Promote this ambiance in your bedroom for a fresh state of mind. Blue sheets on any of our collection of beds will air out any winter cobwebs.

 

  • Evergreen

An earthy and living colour, Green evokes nature and life. When you're not out in nature have a bit of it always in your home with a green colour scheme with fresh plants scattered around.

 

  • Pastels and Patterns

Adding some texture and pastel colours is a look screaming springtime. Try patterned bedding and curtains whilst using a pastel colour pallet for an exciting yet contemplative mood.

 

  • White Delight

You can't beat the minimalism and freshness and all white decor brings. Go for a neutral style with accessories and flowers being the features in your bedroom.

Come and see the wide range of beds available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page. 

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8th January 2018

Interior Design: Decorating Trends for 2018

Interior Design: Decorating Trends for 2018

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As we say goodbye to 2017 and bring in the new year, it’s a great time to look back at the trends of the last 12 months and predict which trends might stand out in 2018.

 

Although keeping up with trends is super difficult when it comes to the home (after all, who has the time or money to redecorate every few months?), they are a great way of bringing in the wow factor when you are feeling the need for a change.

 

When it comes to larger furniture, it’s always a good idea to invest in timelessly classic pieces to create the base for your rooms, while using key trends as an accent or accessory to keep everything looking fresh and up to date. Think accent walls, cushions, lampshades and artwork. These items are much cheaper to replace if they go out of fashion or if you get bored with them.

 

So, what’s new for 2018?

 

Paint Techniques

Gone are the days of solid colour on the walls, this year the focus will be on ombre effects, stencils, and colour blocks to bring a little pizzazz to your walls. Keep furniture simple to avoid clashing with bolder colours and techniques.

 

Global Traveller

Exotic knickknacks, tribal prints, jungle patterns and earthy colours are all set to make a big splash in 2018. Use potted ferns and palms, zebra striped cushions, and animal-themed artworks to your heart's content!

 

Ultra Violet

Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 is ultraviolet, a blue-based purple which is easy to bring into the home on cushions, rugs, and throws. Goes brilliantly with fresh, neutral bases or sumptuous colours and rich fabrics such as leather and velvet.

 

Plants

Plants are the quickest, cheapest, and best way to liven up a space by bringing life and colour into it. Whereas 2017 was more about succulents, 2018 is set to focus on larger specimens, such as indoor trees and exotic lilies.

 

If you are looking for the perfect furniture for your home, why not head to our showroom in Kidderminster to check out our wide range of fantastic pieces. You can also get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01562 755766 or email us via the Contact Us page.

 

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4th January 2018

How to Choose the Right Sofa

How to Choose the Right Sofa

(Sofa in image is the G Plan Hartford)

We spend an enormous amount of time on our sofas so it’s no wonder that it can be a bit of a challenge choosing the right one for you and your family. To help, we've put together 5 basic guidelines you should consider when choosing the right sofa for your home…

 

1. How much room do you have?

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 new sofa will fit through. It may not be as simple as thinking your new sofa is smaller than your exisiting one , as a number of other factors can affect the delivery process such as whether the feet / cushions are removeable and the height of the actual sofa carcass.

 

2. 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. Another point to consider as well , is whether you should take out a 5 year protection plan which will cover you against any stains or accidental damage caused , but also covers the furniture for electrical faults (usually only guaranteed from manufacturers for 12 months) and structural issues - Ask in store for more details.

 

3. What’s it for?

If your sofa is 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.

 

4. So many styles to choose from!  

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

 

5. 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 compliment the upholstery of your new couch. 

Come and see the wide range of sofas available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.

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