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9th April 2019

The Benefits of Having a Dressing Table

When it comes to decorating the bedroom, many people often consider the wardrobes and bed as the most essential pieces of furniture. Perhaps a bedside table and a chest of drawers might come next on the list, and then usually, right at the bottom, you might see a dressing table.

But dressing tables are arguably one of the most important pieces of furniture that a bedroom can have. They provide a whole list of benefits that can make your life so much easier! So here is why the humble dressing table should be at the top of any bedroom’s wish list.

Reduces stress

If you’re the type of person who runs around frantically trying to find things and get out of the door in the morning, then a dressing table might be the solution to your stressful start to the day. Not only does it mean all of your getting-ready-to-leave items are all in one place, but it also provides you with a few minutes to sit down and get ready in a calm way. Product in image: Bentley Designs Hampstead White Dressing Table

Stay organised

Being busy can often mean that organisation gets overlooked. Clothes are thrown on the floor, toiletries clutter the shelves and hairdryers turn into trip hazards. Dressing tables are a great way to keep your space tidy and organised which can only mean good things for your stress levels! Product in image: Ercol Teramo Dressing Table

Encourages self-care

Many of us are too tired by the end of the day to take makeup off properly or carry out the basics of skin care, especially if all of your products are in the bathroom or strewn across the windowsill. Having a dressing table changes that! It provides you with a space where you can take a few moments to look after yourself and feel your best. Product in image: Bentley Designs Ashby Cotton Dressing Table

Your own space

Amidst the chaos of a household, it can be very tricky to find a space to call your own. But a dressing table is just that – yours, and yours only! It is purely a place for you to take care of yourself, get ready to go out and enjoy moments alone.

We have a great range of dressing tables in our store. 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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1st April 2019

5 Reasons to Choose Harrison Spinks Beds

When it comes to finding a new bed, the options can often feel a little overwhelming. With so many choices available, where do you even begin trying to narrow them down? A good way to start is by considering the firmness, also known as tension. Do you want something soft, medium or firm? Think about the materials you want your new mattress to have; cotton, cashmere, silks and wool are the traditional favourites and are also the favourites of Harrison Spinks, one of the UK's leading manufactures of luxury mattresses, divan beds and headboards. Harrisons' skilfully handcraft their award-winning products in Yorkshire from home-produced and locally-sourced natural materials.  

Family business

The Harrison Spinks business is now in its fifth generation. Started in 1885 by bed maker Arthur Spink, the company used innovation to become one of the leading bed manufacturers in the country. With over 130 years of experience in creating luxury mattresses, Harrison Spinks has built a reputation for high quality, durable and comfortable beds.

Homegrown beds
There aren’t many people who can say that their bed started life on a farm rather than a factory. In 2009 Harrison Spinks moved to Hornington Manor, a 300-acre farm just 18 miles from Leeds. Here the company grows natural fibre crops of hemp and flax as well as the sumptuous wool they use to fill the mattresses with. The company works closely with the RSPB and Natural England to ensure that the ecosystem on the farm thrives. The hemp and flax grown on the farm significantly reduces the company’s impact on the environment and provides a naturally resilient, absorbent and durable fibre for the perfect mattress.


 

Sustainable manufacturing

The company strives to find sustainable ways of working to ensure the future of the planet. By using natural fibres, which are easier to recycle than synthetic fibres, Harrison Spinks is able to produce mattresses that make a tangible change. They grow nearly 800 tonnes of natural fibre filling materials every year, including hemp, flax and wool. This reduces the CO2 production per mattress by 83%. The company build their own machines to make the beds which use 70% less energy than other machines in the industry.


Leaders in innovation

Considered the NASA of the bed world, Harrison Spinks continually pushes the boundaries of engineering principles to develop truly ground-breaking bed technology. As the inventors of the world-famous micro pocket spring technology and the Millennium Award-winning Revolution® pocket spring, Harrison Spinks manufacture the most comfortable and supportive beds in the world. The company’s High-Density 4K micro springs are the first of their kind to be developed and work to adapt to the body as you sleep. Not content with cornering the bed market, the company are now applying their comfort technologies to other areas, such as running shoes, seating, cot mattresses and the car industry.


Award-winning technology

The quality of Harrison Spinks beds does not go unnoticed. The company has won several awards over the years including the NBF Bed Manufacturer of the Year, Green/Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year, Family Business of the Year, Millennium Award and Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, in Innovation and International Trade and many, many more.


Limited time Harrison Spinks offer: KING SIZE for the price of a DOUBLE. SUPER KING for the price of a KING!


Why not come and see the luxury of Harrison Spinks beds in our store today? 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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19th March 2019

The History of the Ercol Brand

The History of the Ercol Brand

The name Ercol is synonymous with elegance, enduring furniture and timeless design. Highly recognisable and desirable, Ercol pieces can be found in homes all over the country, from stately mansions to terraced cottages. But where did it all start?


Believe it or not, this family owned business has been making beautifully crafted furniture since 1898. Founded by Lucian Ercolani, a young Italian who had just moved to the UK with his parents, the Ercol label began when he took up furniture design at Shoreditch Technical Institute. The image above is of Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London in 1900. This was the epicentre of furniture manufacturing in London at the time

Ercolani studied drawing and design classes at the Institute before taking City and Guilds exams in theory and construction of furniture. In 1910, Harry Parker of Frederick Parker (later to become known as Parker-Knoll) invited Ercolani to work with him at his factory in High Wycombe. It was here that Ercolani first met his life-long friend Ted Gomme (founder of G Plan) before setting up his own company in 1920.


Ercolani went on to create some of the most timeless designs in this history of furniture. His most notable design was the Ercol stacking chair (pictured above) from the 1950s. Light, durable and easy to stack, the chair was so popular that thousands had to be made to meet demand, and they are still in production today.


(Image: Mimo, William, Lucian and Victor Ercol)
Renowned for innovative techniques as well as first-class materials such as beech and elm, Ercol quickly developed a name as one of the most well-loved furniture brands of all time. With four generations of the Ercolani family working in the company, it really is a family business that has quality and longevity written into its beautiful pieces of furniture. 




After 82 years of operating from their factory in High Wycombe, Ercol moved their production lines to a 16,000sqm space in Buckinghamshire in 2002 where they continue to create stunning pieces to this day.


Ercol are a group of dedicated people with a passion for good furniture. Design and manufacturing have always been and will remain, core to what they do. Ercol will continue to design and make new furniture to reflect changing tastes and fashions and the way people live today and in the future.
 

If you are looking for the perfect Ercol furniture for your home, you can explore online, visit the store or contact us today on 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page. 

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4th March 2019

How to Bring the Wow Factor to Your Lounge

How to Bring the Wow Factor to Your Lounge

Image: G Plan Taylor Leather 3 Seater Sofa

From entertaining guests to welcoming you home after a long day, the lounge is one of the most important rooms in the home. So, it is only natural that you should want to give this space the wow factor. If you’re looking to give your lounge a bit of va-va-voom, check out these top tips to make sure you have one of the most impressive lounges in town!

Mirrors

One of the fastest ways to make any space feel bigger and more glamorous is to include plenty of mirrors. Not only will they bounce light around the room and give the illusion of space but they will also help to reflect and amplify the wow factor in your lounge.

Colour

Rather than splashing colour all over the walls, keep it simple by adding in vibrant cushions and patterned throws against a neutral backdrop. This is a much better way of using a varied palette in your room and will also make it much easier to switch everything over if your tastes change.

Detail

The devil is in the detail! When it comes to choosing curtain poles and skirting boards, attention to detail will go a long way. You don’t have to choose the most glamorous or expensive items but ensure that they will complement the rest of the décor in your room so that you have a cohesive and beautiful finish.

Lighting

Always pay attention to lighting! Simply hanging a pendant light in the middle of the room is not enough when it comes to achieving the wow factor. Layer up your lighting with an impressive set of spotlights or chandelier, followed by a floor lamp or two and some strategically placed table lamps. Different lights at different heights give you much more control over the ambience of the room which means the overall effect will be much more impressive.

Furniture

To get the wow factor, only choose the best furniture for your lounge. Whether it’s a stylish new leather sofa or an elegant sideboard, the right furniture will give your lounge the look you have been dreaming of.

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15th February 2019

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning

The sun is peeking through the clouds, daffodils are unfurling their petals and the days are finally getting longer – it can only mean that spring is almost here! Of course, this also means that the annual spring clean is due so here are a few tips on how to shake the winter blues form your house and get it sparkling and ready for the new season.
 

1. Use a system
The best way to tackle your home is to do it on a room-by-room basis so that you know exactly where has been done and where you need to go next. Draw up a checklist for each room and concentrate on cleaning one at a time from top to bottom.

 
2. Declutter
Spring time is a great time to get rid of accumulated or unwanted items that are no longer needed in your home. Start the year off on the right foot by purging your home of things that don’t serve a purpose in your home and either donate them, have a car boot sale or put them forward for recycling.

 
3. Get everyone involved
If cleaning the whole house seems like a monumental chore, try to rope other members of the house in to help you. A great way to get the family involved is to play the 10-minute cleaning challenge. You each pick a chore, play some fun music and try to get as much of your chore done in 10 minutes as possible. It’s surprising just how much you can get done in that short space of time. Kids enjoy this so much they often volunteer to do it next time around!  

 
4. Establish good habits
Now is a great time to start some new cleaning habits that can make next year’s spring clean a little bit easier. Resolve to carry out 15 minutes of cleaning every few days to stay on top of it and avoid bringing any new clutter into the home. 

 
5. Deal with the big chores
There are the usual cleaning chores and then there are the bigger seasonal ones such as sweeping the chimney, checking the gutters and cleaning the outside of the windows. Pick a weekend to tackle them head on and once they are finished you won’t have to worry about them again for a whole year!

 
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4th February 2019

5 of Our Best Sideboards

Sideboards are not only a functional piece of additional storage space, but they are also a great way to finish off a room. Whether you are looking for a sideboard for your lounge, dining room, or hallway, we have a beautiful range of sideboards that are perfect for your home.

Contemporary

When it comes to contemporary styling, it doesn’t get much better than the stunning Bergen collection. Offering both flexibility and practicality together in a sleek Nordic style, this narrow sideboard is an ideal addition to any minimalistic or modern space. Available in oak or grey, the simplicity of the design means that it will hold its style for many years to come.

Retro

A unique take on the retro look is offered up by this beautiful sideboard by Bentley Designs. The award-winning design combines selected American oak solids and veneers along with a stunning chalk effect to create grain patterns and a gunmetal painted finish. This wide retro sideboard would look beautiful in almost all interiors, from mid-century modern right through to contemporary.

Traditional

Another beautiful sideboard from Bentley Designs, this time combining traditional styling with a contemporary feel. Crafted in warm oak veneer and solid frames with stunning soft-grey woodwork, the Hampstead collection sideboard is a truly classic addition to any home.

Elegant

The sideboard from the Moreno collection is one of our most popular pieces. Featuring elegant soft profile edges and fine details, the versatility of the design means that it will suit almost all interiors. Choose your own finish, from a low sheen lacquer to a natural oil finish to suit your space.

Designer

The beautiful simplicity of the Ercol Boscol sideboard means that it is a piece you will cherish for many years to come. Elegant but functional, the small oak sideboard features the signature Bosco curved finger joints on the top corners of the cabinet and finger joint details on all of the drawer fronts. Finished in a clear matt lacquer, the beauty of the oak shines through while remaining protected and durable.

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18th January 2019

A Guide to buying the Perfect Mattress

A Guide to buying the Perfect Mattress

Image: Harrison Lima 7200 Mattress

The replacement of a mattress is not a decision to be taken lightly. After all, it is the place where we spend 50% of our day (if we’re lucky!) so it is super important to make sure that you get it right. But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming trying to find the perfect mattress for you. This is why we have put together a guide to finding your perfect mattress without the stress. 

Does your mattress need to be replaced?

The first thing you need to consider is whether your mattress actually needs to be replaced. A good rule of thumb is that you should change your sleep surface between every 5-7 years. This is because the materials in the mattress can degrade over time, making them less supportive. Check your mattress for sagging, creaking, visible springs or tears.

Which type do you need?

There are several different options depending on what kind of mattress you need.

  • Soft mattress

Great for easing pressure on hips and shoulders.

  • Medium mattress

Ideal for both comfort and support.

  • Firm mattress

Perfect for those who need spinal support.

Once you have chosen the firmness of your mattress, it’s time to look at the styles.

  • Pocket spring

Constructed with metal coils that are encased in individual pockets of fabric. Great for fidgety sleepers or couples who don’t want to be disturbed by each other in the night.

  • Memory foam

Moulds to your body shape as you sleep, relieving pressure on joints and providing support. Ideal for those with achy joints and muscle pains.

  • Hybrid

The best of the pocket springs and memory foam all in one mattress. Perfect for couples, fidgety sleepers and those who suffer from back and joint pains.

Try before you buy

Of course, you are never going to really know how well you sleep on your new mattress until it arrives in your home. So, pop on down to our showroom in Kidderminster to try out the different mattresses that we have available. Our staff will help you to find the perfect mattress for your needs.

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

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7th January 2019

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

The start of a new year is a great time to make resolutions for everything from health and fitness to business and finances. So, why not make some resolutions for your home at the same time? After all, our homes are the safe places we retreat to every day, they directly impact our emotional well-being and they are where we share moments with friends and family. So, here are some suggestions for resolutions that you can make for your home this year.


Downsize


The Christmas period can leave us with a lot more stuff than we started out with. However good you are at keeping your space minimal, clutter can accumulate over time, so the post-holiday season is an ideal time to downsize the number of things in the home. If it does not serve a purpose or is not sentimental in any way, it’s time to let it go.


Start healthy habits


At the end of a long day, putting off tidying up or wiping down surfaces until the morning seems like a great idea. But this means that you are faced with a mess in the morning, which is not the best way to start a day. Before you go to bed each evening, try to fix the house as best you can so that you can begin the next day on the right foot.

 
Bring in more greenery


Houseplants not only look good, but they also help to purify the air in the home, making them ideal roommates. For shady rooms without much sunlight, go for spider plants and peace lilies, or if you are likely to forget to water your plants then place a few succulents, cacti and aloe vera around as they are very hardy and can deal with a lot of neglect!

 
Be bold


Don’t be afraid to take risks – if you’ve always wanted to paint your bedroom a bright shade of yellow, go for it! The worst thing that can happen is that it doesn’t work out as well as you hoped. Use this year to be bold in your interior design and take the décor risks that you always wanted to.

 
Head on down to our showroom in Kidderminster where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. 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 us via our Contact Us page.

 
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3rd December 2018

Top Tips for Maximising Your Living Room this Christmas

Top Tips for Maximising Your Living Room this Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun, which means that it’s time to get the living room prepared for an influx of festivities and guests! Whether you have a compact space or a lounge large enough to host a football team, there are plenty of ways that you can maximise your living area to make it more accommodating.
 


Before getting the decorations up, it’s a good idea to declutter and clean every inch of the space. This means moving all of the furniture, rugs, and knick-knacks to clean under and behind them and then deciding which items need to stay in the room. By removing all of the unnecessary mess you will free up lots of extra space and make the room feel a lot more streamlined.

Your next task is to think about the layout of the room. Having an open space that flows well is key when you are entertaining guests. Ensure that the dining table and sofa are easily accessible and that people won’t have to climb over each other to get in and out of the room.

When it comes to creating a cosy atmosphere, lighting is your best friend. A well-positioned lamp or perfectly hung string of fairy lights can make all of the difference in making a space feel warm and inviting. Avoid using overhead lights as they can be quite harsh and remove the sense of magic that you are trying to achieve with your space.

If you are working with a very small space, consider getting a small Christmas tree so that it doesn’t dominate the room. You could even hang a wreath on the wall in place of a full tree.

One of the most important factors in using your space wisely is the ensure that the furniture does its job properly. Extending tables are a great way to seat lots of people before being packed away again, and footstools are perfect for providing extra seating.

Happy holidays!

Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. 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 us via our Contact Us page.

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23rd November 2018

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Guest Season

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Guest Season

December is just a few days away which means its now officially time to get excited about Christmas! Whether you have friends and family coming to stay or you’re hosting a lavish Christmas dinner, one thing is for sure – you need to get your home ready for the influx of guests! Having lots of people to stay can get stressful, so here are a few tips to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible.
 

1. Make sure there are enough beds
This can often get tricky, especially if you don’t have spare bedrooms. This is where the magic of a sofa bed comes in handy! If you are looking to update your sofa in time for the festive season, look for ones that can comfortably sleep guests in case you need the extra space.

 
2. Provide a space for their things
More often than not, guests’ belongings can end up scattered all over the floor. Avoid this from happening by ensuring that they have a dedicated space, such as a large chest of drawers to keep their clothes and bags.

 
3. Pay attention to the dining area
It’s always a good idea to make sure you have enough seats for your guests before the big day! Either borrow extra seats from friends and family or invest in a couple of fancy new dining chairs. Extending dining tables also come in very handy at Christmas time, especially when it comes to finding places to put all of the food!

 
4. De-clutter
No one wants to be surrounded by clutter when they go to stay somewhere, so use this season as an opportunity to do the de-cluttering that you have been putting off! Streamlining your possessions will not only make your home look better but it will also help you to keep a clear mind when it all starts to get stressful.

 
5. Turn up the cosy factor
Make guests feel at home by leaving extra blankets and cushions for them to make themselves comfortable. Light scented candles and ensure that you have plenty of different drinks to offer them as and when they need it.

 
Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. 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 us via our Contact Us page.

 
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