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8th October 2019

5 Ways to Organise Your Bookshelf

5 Ways to Organise Your Bookshelf

Image: Bentley Bergen Narrow Bookcase Grey


If you’re a natural-born hoarder of books, then you will know that finding space for them all can be super challenging! From stashing them in cupboards to piling them precariously on any available space, books can easily take over and make space feel cluttered and untidy. Luckily there are a few ingenious ways of organising them which not only looks great but helps you to find what you need in a flash!



The first way to arrange your books is by height. This keeps a uniform effect that offers a streamlined look to the bookshelf. Arranging books by height is ideal for contemporary or minimal spaces that need clean lines and sleek finishes.



One of the biggest trends at the moment is to arrange books by the colour of their spines. This is a great way to create a colourful rainbow effect or check patterns with groups of books of the same colour.



If you’re all about the organisation, then it might be a better idea to organise your books by their genre. This will help you to find them super quickly when you have a lot of subject matters covered in your bookcase! Group books into sections such as horror, fantasy, crime and nonfiction before arranging them on your shelf.



If you have a lot of books of different heights and widths, arrange them by size. Keep bigger, heavier books on the bottom of the bookcase and arrange lighter, smaller books at the top.



For those times when you just need to find that book right away, it’s a good idea to arrange them alphabetically. Whether you arrange by author or title, this method may take some time, but it will appeal to any book fan’s sense of order.



We have a great range of bookcases in our store and some quality options online. If you would like more info please contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page. 



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25th September 2019

The Benefits of Footstools

The Benefits of Footstools

When it comes to decorating the living room, it can be easy to focus on the most obvious pieces of furniture. Weeks can be spent choosing the perfect sofa and TV set up, but once the room has all come together it feels as though there is something missing. It’s not long before you settle in to watch your favourite film and go to put your feet up and… but there’s no footstool! Footstools, also known as ottomans, are the unsung heroes of the living room, so embrace these benefits of having one, trust us when we say that you will never look back!

Seating

For those occasions when family and friends come to visit, the footstool provides the perfect overflow seating. Whether left in the middle of the room or pushed up against the wall to act as a couch, a good ottoman can mean the difference between guests sitting comfortably or having to perch uncomfortably on the floor.

Storage

Storage is usually at a premium in most homes in the UK, so having extra places to stash clutter and valuables is always a huge benefit. There are plenty of ottomans that have hidden storage for toys, books, DVDs, blankets, newspapers – whatever you can fit into them. Look for a footstool with a good quality hinged top and stash to your heart’s content.

Design

You don’t have to be an amazing interior designer to transform a space, simply add an ottoman and see what a huge difference it can make to the layout and feel of the room. Use a bold colour to contrast against your existing furniture or find something that perfectly suits the colour scheme of your current set up.    

Table

An ottoman is a great example of furniture that has a double use. For those occasions when you need a coffee table, look no further than your amazing footstool! Place a tray on the top and use for serving drinks or display some of your books in a creative way. 

Statement

Everyone needs a statement piece in their living room, so why not make that statement with the ottoman. Choose a showstopping shade or a plush fabric to bring the wow factor to your living room.


We have a great range of ottomans and footstools in our store and online.

For any enquiries, contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page. 

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18th September 2019

5 of Our Best Children’s Beds

When it’s finally time for your little one to start sleeping in a big bed, it can feel like the end of an era! But it can also be the beginning of a new one, especially with one of our super fun beds. Check out our top 5 best-selling children’s beds and treat your little one to a great night’s sleep.


Julian Bowen Campervan Bunk Bed

 
The Julian Bowen Campervan Bunk Bed is the perfect fun design for any child’s room! Beautifully crafted and extremely sturdy, the bunk bed is a fun and funky way to offer space saving solutions without compromising on style. Featuring a surfboard style ladder, steering wheel and a great paint job to give a realistic finish.

Birlea Islington Mid Sleeper

The beautifully minimal Birlea Islington Mid Sleeper is a highly practical space saving solution for any child’s room. Ideal for creating a modern Scandinavian look, this bed provides style and storage in spades and is available in either an oak or a white finish.


Brooke Bunk Bed

Incredibly functional, versatile and beautifully handcrafted, the Brooke Honey Oak Bunk Bed is a great example of Shaker-inspired design. Not only is the bunk bed an ideal space-saving solution, the beds can easily be separated to create two comfortable single beds. Available in a choice of either Opal White or Honey Oak.


Julian Bowen Hornet Speed Racer

The Hornet Speed Racer is a durable and exciting bed finished in a high gloss red lacquer. Its low profile and sleek styling combine to create an authentic racing care feel that kids love. The rear spoiler can be used as a bookshelf and its compact size means that it will easily fit into most rooms.


Julian Bowen Maine Bookcase Bed

The ideal bed for children who love to read, the Julian Bowen Bookcase Bed features characteristic panelling, creating a refined aesthetic. The underbed is ideal for additional sleep space for when guests come to visit and can be neatly tucked away when not in use.


We have a great range of children’s beds in our store. To find out more, contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page. 

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27th August 2019

Bringing the Wow Factor to Your Hallway

Bringing the Wow Factor to Your Hallway

Product in image: Bentley Designs Montreux Grey Washed Oak and Soft Grey 6 Drawer Chest

The hallway is one of the most underrated rooms in the home – often overlooked and neglected in favour of the larger reception rooms. But the hallway is arguably the most important room – not only is it the first place you enter when you come home but it is the first place your guests will see when they come to visit. Adding the wow factor to your hallway should be super high on your list of interior design priorities!

So, how do you go about transforming your hallway into a seriously impressive entrance?

Add mirrors

Most hallways are rather narrow spaces and can often be a bit gloomy. Adding mirrors to the space will open it up, give the illusion of space and bounce plenty of light around the room.

Update the lighting

If your hallway has a simple pendant light with a lampshade that has seen much better days, then now is the time to update it and give it a huge makeover. Bring in the bling factor by adding a brilliant chandelier, install some wall scones or even run a strip of LED lights up the staircase to give it a super inviting feel.

Address the floor

The hallway floor sure takes a good beating, so it is super important to make sure you use hardwearing, easy to clean surfaces here. Start with durable vinyl or stylish wooden floor and layer with a rug made from super sturdy materials.

Cover the walls

The walls in your hallway don’t need to be boring, add some interest by hanging some wall art or family photos to make the space feel lived in and welcoming.

Bring in the outside

A super-fast way to bring life and colour into any space is to bring in some greenery. A stunning indoor tree placed by the front door or a row of succulents along the windowsill can work wonders for any hallway.

Create storage

If you’re always hunting for your keys, now is a good time to install a console or sideboard in your hallway. Not only will this provide you with a safe space to stash your keys when you get home, but it can also provide storage for letters and wallets so that you can stay organised.

We have a great range of sideboards in our store. To find out more, contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page. 

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22nd August 2019

The Health Benefits of Replacing Your Mattress


Salus Meadow 4450 Mattress


It is estimated that we spend over a third of our lives in bed – that’s a lot of time! So, when it comes to getting some shut-eye, how often do we think about whether we’re getting a healthy night’s sleep?

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that we replace our mattresses every 8 years as a rule, though this timeframe can often be shorter if you’re over the age of 40. This is because our bodies need an increasingly good sleep surface as we age.

The best way to work out whether it’s time to replace your mattress is to look for sagging spots as this is a good sign that it is no longer providing you with the right support at night. Another sign that it’s time to upgrade is if you wake feeling groggy or in pain.

So, what are the health benefits of replacing your mattress?

Boosts immune system 

Harrison Brasilia 5200 Non Turn Mattress

A good night’s sleep can work wonders on boosting your immune system. If you spend a night tossing and turning it can inhibit the production of hormones that your immune system needs to function properly. However, if you sleep well, your body is able to function well, enabling you to fight infections and viruses much more effectively.


Reduces allergy symptoms 

VI Spring Dartington Mattress Only

If you haven’t been using a mattress protector, your mattress is likely to be harbouring dust mites and allergens which can trigger all kinds of allergy and asthma symptoms. A new mattress is a great way to start afresh and reduce the allergens in your bedroom, just make sure that you protect it properly with a mattress protection system.


Eliminates backaches
 
Hypnos Orthocare 12 Mattress

A good mattress should provide support in all of the right places to reduce strain on your spine and prevent backaches. If your mattress is sagging in the middle, then it is likely to cause back and hip problems.


Improves concentration 

Sealy Genoa Geltex Mattress

If you struggle to concentrate during the day, it may be that a lack of sleep is making it difficult for you to focus. Investing in a new mattress should promote a restful night’s sleep, which in turn will enable you to concentrate the next day.


We have a great range of beds in our store. To find out more, contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page. 

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9th August 2019

Interior Design: Mixing Patterns in the Home

Interior Design: Mixing Patterns in the Home

Product in image: Alstons Camden Grand Sofa


Interior design is one of those creative skills that can be learned or acquired over time. Once you get to grips with a few essential basics, you have a solid foundation to work and develop from. One of those basics is how to mix patterns.

If you’ve ever come across a photo in a magazine or online and wondered how they managed to achieve the finished look, then learning how to mix patterns is a good place to start. One of the most important things to know about this particular skill is that patterns don’t need to match. That’s right! You can mix and clash a huge variety of patterns and produce a very beautiful result. So, where do you begin?

Colour 

Colour is a great way to link patterns together without being matchy-matchy. If you have one or several key colours in a room, pick those out and work from there. Use your key colours to choose cushions, wallpapers, upholstery, curtains and carpets in a variety of patterns. From florals and geometric shapes to plaids and tartans, there are many different patterns that can work super well together provided that they all use the same colour scheme. It might seem alien at first, putting a delicate floral pattern next to bold stripe design, but as long as the colours work together then the patterns should look natural next to each other. 

It’s also a good idea to remember that you don’t need to go crazy with the colours. When done correctly an array of bright, clashing colours can look very good, but the same kind of effect can be achieved by sticking with an understated neutral or monochrome palette as well.

 

Size and scale 

Another key ingredient in mixing patterns is the size and scale of the designs. A great room will have the perfect balance of large and small patterns, layered in a way that makes the room look expertly finished. Larger patterns should be used on larger areas, such as floors and walls, medium patterns can be used on furniture and smaller patterns can be used on accessories such as cushions. Solid colours are perfect for tying all of the patterns together, so don’t be afraid to pick out one or two colours and use them as a block background for some of your pattern choices.

We have a great range of pattered furniture in our store. To find out more, contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.

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8th July 2019

Tips for Sleeping in Hot Weather

Tips for Sleeping in Hot Weather

With summer well and truly underway, many of us are enjoying the long warm evenings and lazy sunny days. But when it comes to sleeping, the heat can become somewhat annoying. If you’ve spent the last few weeks tossing and turning and trying to get a good night’s sleep in the warmer temperatures, try out these tips to see if you can ease your way into a better night’s rest. 


Go for cotton

The summer months are not the best time to break out that cosy flannel bedding you have stashed in the airing cupboard. Stick with cotton sheets and blankets as it is much more effective for wicking heat away from the body and keep your bed cool. 


Have a lukewarm shower

It might be tempting to blast yourself with freezing cold water before bed, but this actually doesn’t have the effect you are aiming for. The body responds to the cold water by putting in lots of energy to warm it back up again, so you can end up hotter than when you got into the shower! Take a lukewarm one before bed instead to prevent your core temperature from going up. 


Sleep downstairs

Heat rises, so in most houses, the upper part is going to be the warmest. If your home is cooler downstairs, set up camp there until the worst of the heat passes. 


Avoid cooking

Using the stove and oven increases the temperature of the house, so take your cooking outside and make your evenings meals on the BBQ instead. Stick to cold meals such as salad and sandwiches which are easier for the body to digest that heavy, cooked meals so you are less likely to increase your core temperature. 


Use a fan

Fans are a great alternative to expensive air conditioning units, so place on your bedside table with a bowl of ice in front of it to blast a cooling breeze over you as you sleep. 


Unplug electronics

Even the smallest appliances can give off heat when they are plugged in, so disconnect everything before you go to bed to keep the temperature of your room down. 


Close the blinds

If you’re in the habit of throwing open the curtains and blinds first thing in the morning – stop! Leave them closed during the day to block out the heat from the sun. Your room should be much cooler when it’s time to go to bed. 



We have a great range of beds in our store. To find out more, contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page. 

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24th June 2019

How to Decorate with Mirrors

How to Decorate with Mirrors

Image: Ercol Teramo Dressing Table with Mirror

Mirrors aren’t just great for checking your reflection – they are also a super valuable tool when it comes to interior design. From bouncing light around dark spaces to creating the illusion of depth in tiny rooms, mirrors are one of the best secret weapons for creating the ultimate wow factor in any space.

But instead of hanging them all over the place, there are a few strategies you can use to maximise your mirrors and make the most of their benefits.

Get a gallery on the go 

Much the same as clusters of pictures work well together, clusters of mirrors can create a stunning visual impact. Rather than painting a statement wall one colour, use mirrors to create a dramatic but interesting look. This will bring depth to the room and make it look like it belongs in a magazine!

Think about the reflection 

It’s easy enough to stick a mirror on the wall but consider what will be visible in its reflection. If there is an ugly boiler or dodgy bit of wallpapering opposite, think of somewhere different to hang it. A good idea is to hang it opposite a window to bounce lots of light around the room, or if you have a statement piece of furniture or ornamental lighting hang it near to that to maximise the drama of the piece.

It’s all in the framing 

The frame can have a big impact on the overall look of a mirror. Think about whether a chintzy gold frame with embellishments would suit your room, or if a modern geometric finish might complement your décor better. 

Go large 

If you’re worried about using big mirrors in tiny spaces, you shouldn’t be. The bigger the better! Mirrors are ideal for bringing depth so using larger mirrors will help to create that sense of space that your tiny room needs. Massive mirrors are also perfect for checking your reflection, so if you are hanging one in your bedroom or by the front door, make it a BIG one!

Hang them well 

Many people simply stick a nail in the wall and hang the mirror from that, but this can leave the mirror tilting at an angle which can be dangerous. Fit the mirror to the wall properly with wall hooks at each end, this will keep it flat to the wall and mean that the reflection won’t be distorted.

We have a great range of mirrors in our store. To find out more, contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.

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7th June 2019

The Best Ways to Remove Odours from a Mattress

The Best Ways to Remove Odours from a Mattress

It is estimated that we spend over a third of our lives in bed – which works out at around 200,000 hours over the average life span. That’s a whole lot of time! But often mattresses can get overlooked when it comes to cleaning. Since we spend so much time in bed, it's essential to know how to maintain a clean and odour free mattress so that you can make it last as long as possible.

The first thing you need to do when cleaning your mattress is to remove all of the bedding and hoover the entire sleep surface. This means getting the upholstery attachment out so that you can get the sides, edges and any difficult to reach places. Hoovering the surface will help to remove any dirt, bugs, allergens and skin cells that are accumulating in the fibres. Once you have hoovered one side, flip it over and get the other side as well.

Your next step should be to lightly sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress. Baking soda is amazing at lifting and absorbing odours, so once you have sprinkled a layer on, leave for 30 minutes then hoover it up. Flip the mattress and do the same for the other side.  

If you find that the baking soda approach wasn’t enough, try plain white vinegar. While baking soda is an alkaline that neutralises acidic odours, vinegar is an acid that neutralises alkaline odours. It’s important to remember not to use both vinegar and baking soda at the same time as they essentially cancel each other out. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and lightly spray a mist over the mattress. Let the mattress air dry completely, flip it over and repeat the process.

If you find that neither the baking soda nor vinegar have worked, try putting your mattress outside in direct sunlight for as long as possible. To get the maximum effect, you should ideally leave the mattress in the sun for at least a day as this will allow the sun to change the composition of the odour and remove it at the source.

We have a great range of brand new mattresses in our store. To find out more, contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.

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Header image credit: Cleaning By Allen Michael 

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28th May 2019

5 of Our Best TV Units

There was a time, not too long ago, when even the smallest TVs were enormous machines that took up half of the living room. These days, however, they are super slim, sleek and elegantly slot against almost any corner or wall you choose. The only issue is what to do with all of the clutter that comes with them. From game consoles to DVD players, it can often feel as though TV equipment is taking over the room. This is why having a TV stand is so important! Not only does it display your TV and contain the clutter, it also enhances the look of a room. So, take a look at our 5 best TV stands.  

 

1. Bentley Designs Brunel

If it’s sleek and contemporary you’re after, then it doesn’t get much better than the Bentley Designs Brunel TV unit. From an award-winning dining range, the stand combines selected American oak solids and veneers with a unique chalk finish on the grain patterns to create a super modern look. There is also a gunmetal painted finish on European solid beech which really makes the design stand out. Also available in a wide version


 
2. Ercol Bosco

The timeless designs of Ercol make them one of the most popular furniture makers of all time. The Ercol Bosco TV cabinet is no exception, providing plenty of deep storage space for DVDs and games while discreetly allowing cables to be passed through the back. The curved recess drawer handles are an elegant touch and the finger joint details on the drawers display the craftsmanship that has gone into its creation. This beautiful piece of oak furniture is finished in a clear matt lacquer, providing protection while allowing the grain of the wood to shine through. Also available in a wide version.


 
3. Vida Living Tephra

The Vida Living Tephra collection is ideal for super modern, industrial interiors. Featuring a unique driftwood timber effect with a magnesium oxide table top and stainless steel legs, this is a showstopping piece that is guaranteed to start many conversations. The unit is both scratch and heat resistant and boasts anti-fade and waterproof technology. Legs can be assembled in two positions, depending on preference.


 
4. Clemence Richard Moreno

One of our most popular collections, the Moreno TV unit offers classic styling with a modern design that can easily fit into almost any interior. The quality craftsmanship is evident in its beautiful construction. You are able to fully personalise this piece as you choose your own finish to suit complement your home perfectly, from low sheen clear lacquer to a natural oil finish. Also available in a wide version with glass doors.


 
5. Bentley Designs Hampstead

The Bentley Designs Hampstead collection is a beautiful combination of traditional styling with a contemporary finish. Crafted with rich American walnut veneer tops and solid frames, the contrasting soft-grey painted structure is guaranteed to make a beautiful addition to almost any interior. Also available in an oak and ivory finish.


 
We have a great range of TV units in our store. To find out more, contact our store on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.


 
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