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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.

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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!

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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.

 
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12th November 2018

How to Keep Your House Warm This Winter (Without Spending A Fortune)

The frost is finally appearing which means that cold winter months are officially on the horizon, bringing red cheeks and long cosy nights indoors. It doesn’t have to mean an increase in your heating bill, though, as there are plenty of ways to keep your home warm without spending a fortune on it.


Move furniture
If you have a sofa or dining table pushed up against a radiator, now is a good time to move it away so that warm air can circulate freely.


Get out and about
One of the best ways to cut your heating bills is to not put the heating on in the first place. But, let’s be honest, a cold house isn’t much fun so get some activities lined up to keep you busy instead. Visit friends or relatives, take up an evening class or keep active by going for a long walk.



Reduce drafts
If you have wooden floorboards or older doors, the chances are there are drafts coming through the cracks. Make up some cheap DIY draft excluders to reduce cold air from coming into the room and warm air leaking out of it.


Tin foil
A large amount of heat is lost into the walls behind radiators, so by placing tin foil sheets behind them, the heat is reflected back into the room and the radiator is more efficient.


Use the curtains
Heat escapes through windows super quickly, so investing in some heavy-duty curtains will add another layer of insulation and help to keep as much of it in the room as possible. Keeping them open during the day to allow sunlight in will also help to heat the room without having to switch on the boiler.


Close doors
Keeping doors closed to the most used rooms will help to retain the warmth in them.



Open the oven
Rather than closing the oven after cooking, leave the door open to let the heat out and warm the rest of the house up. Just be careful with pets and small children!


Throw on a jumper
Keeping the person warm rather than the house is often a much more efficient solution, so layer up with plenty of thermals and blankets!

Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best dining tables 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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31st October 2018

A Guide to Choosing a Dining Table

A Guide to Choosing a Dining Table

Image: Bentley Designs Brunel 4 Seater Dining Table

It is often said that home is where the heart is, but to be more accurate, the heart of the home is centred around the dining table. From noisy family meals to quietly romantic dinners, the dining table is the platform on which we build relationships to our nearest and dearest. Choosing the perfect dining table is an important step in creating happy memories, so how do you make sure that you get the right one for you? 

When you first begin to search for your new table, it can feel like there is an overwhelming number of options on the market. Simply follow this guide to help you narrow down your search.

Use

Your first step is to determine how your table will be used. Will it be used several times a day? Every now and then? If you are looking to use it for special occasions, then you may want to find one with more of a wow factor, but if it is for daily use then you need to look for one that is easy to clean and has the durability you need.

Shape

The shape of the table will all depend on the space it is going to be in. Long, narrow rooms would work well with rectangular tables while box-shaped rooms would benefit from round and square tables.

Style

Think about your décor and how you would like to finish the room. For more contemporary looks, metal and glass are great options, while cosy, warm spaces would look great with wood and timber. 

If you are trying to save space, pedestal bases allow you to add more seating without taking up lots of room with table legs. Glass tables are great for bouncing light around the room and giving the illusion of more space and round tables are perfect for creating a social atmosphere.

Size

Depending on how many people will be using it, the size of your dining table is a key factor. Generally, it is better to try scaling up a couple of spaces from the average number of people who will be using it. So, if you regularly have two people using the table, select on that can seat up to 4 people. If there are 4 of you in the family, try to look for one that sits up to 6, and so on.  

It’s also worth thinking about whether you need an extending table. If you entertain regularly or you would prefer a versatile seating arrangement, extending tables are great for adding in extra seating when you need it.

Spacing

Finally, it’s always a good idea to check the spacing between the dining chairs to make sure that everyone will have enough room. A good rule of thumb is to allow between 6cm to 80cm per place setting.

Happy dining!

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15th October 2018

5 Ways to Keep Tidy

5 Ways to Keep Tidy

Whether you’re a serial hoarder or you have simply reached a point where a good clear out is in order, there are plenty of ways to ensure that the clutter doesn’t come back again! Staying on top of the tidying is a great way to bring stress levels down and maintain a calm feel in the home, after all, it’s not so easy to relax amongst piles of washing and old magazines. Make sure that your home stays super Zen with these tops tips for keeping tidy.
 

1. 10-minute challenge
This is a perfect way to include the whole family when it comes to tidying up. Have each person pick a space in the house, set a timer for 10 minutes and get to work! You will be amazed at how much can be done in such a short space of time. This challenge is even good for one person, setting aside just 10 minutes every day to tidy is a great habit to get into.

 
2. Categorise
Looking at each room individually can often feel overwhelming. With so many things in each space, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Instead, divide everything up into categories and work within those instead. For example, organise your books before moving on to filing paperwork. That way, you will complete sections of each room methodically and feel a sense of accomplishment with each task.

 
3. Declutter
Often, tidying can feel overwhelming because there is just so much stuff. When your home feels like this, then perhaps it’s time to declutter. Donate any unwanted or unused items to charity and clear some space in the home. If you don’t need it, love it, or use it, then let it go.

 
4. Master the art of folding
Having clothes up in the wardrobe can take up a lot of space. Folding them neatly is a far more efficient way to store them, and it can be quicker than wrestling with a hanger.

 
5. Set a limit on laundry
If the washing machine is on constantly, but the mountain of dirty clothes never seems to diminish, try setting a limit of washing one load of laundry per day. This way you will only ever have one load to sort each day rather than juggling several.

 
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17th September 2018

What’s on in Kidderminster This Autumn

What’s on in Kidderminster This Autumn

So, the days might be shorter and a little bit cooler, but that doesn’t mean that the fun is over just yet. In fact, there are plenty of things to see and do in Kidderminster this autumn, so instead of staying inside, head on down to one of these great events – just remember to pack your brolly just in case!

 


Wolverley’s 4th Beer Fest
Returning for a fourth instalment, the Beer Festival features plenty of tasty beers and ciders as well as a great selection of gin from the Gin Bar. Live local music and delicious local food will all be available at this super fun event, so head on down from Friday 21st September to Sunday 23rd September to grab yourself a few pints of the best beer around!


Severn Valley Walk
Those hoping to take in the autumnal sights before winter kicks in would do well to join one of the 4, 7, or 14-mile walks on offer in the Severn Valley Saturday 13th October. Choose from a 4-mile walk to Arley, a 7-mile walk to Highley or a 14-mile walk to Bridgnorth before enjoying a luxurious return journey on the iconic Severn Valley steam train.

 


Autumn Magic
Get into the spirit of autumn by heading to Worcester County Museum for a fun-filled day of pumpkin carving and Halloween themed activities. Held over the half-term holiday from Tuesday 23 October – Friday 26th October, this is a great way to spend the day with the children while letting their imaginations run wild with the magic of autumn.

 


Bromsgrove Yoga & Wellness Festival
Ok, so this might be down the road a little but the opportunity to relax and take part in yoga workshops will be worth it. No previous yoga experience is required, and the ticket includes free entry to all workshops, wellness and health talks, a relaxing sound bath and free hot drinks and snacks throughout the day. Held on Sunday 18th November, this is a treat for yourself that you really can’t miss!

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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