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16th March 2020

5 Ways to Increase Bedroom Storage

5 Ways to Increase Bedroom Storage

Image: Salus Ottoman Divan (Base only)

Bedrooms are often one of the rooms that come up short on storage options. Whether you have a tiny room or awkward angles to work with, coming up with storage solutions can be a challenging task. But luckily there are a few ways that you can maximise your space while creating plenty of storage for clothes, bedding, books and much, much more.


1. Organise your wardrobe
The wardrobe is often one of the first places to get cluttered. The chances are that there are plenty of things in there that are no longer worn or used, so spend some time going through your closet space and removing unworn items. Once you have put everything back in again you will be surprised at how much space you have left.


 
2. Add an ottoman
Ottomans are a great way to add an instant touch of style while also maximising the storage space in your room. Perfect for narrow bedrooms and spaces where there isn’t enough room for a chest of drawers, ottomans are a multifunctional piece that will work overtime in your room.


 
3. Invest in a divan
Divan or ottoman beds are ideal for bedrooms that are short on space as they provide plenty of storage options underneath the bed. This space is ideal for bulky bedding, sheets, towels, clothing and pillows that are hard to store.


 
4. Get creative
If space is a premium, get creative with your furniture. Have your headboard double up as shelving so that you can do away with bulky bedside tables and use the top of your chest of drawers as your vanity space.


 
5. Secret spaces
There may well be storage in your room already, you just haven’t found it yet. Search your space for nooks and crannies that could be used as storage. Could you install shelving above your bedroom door, for instance? Or even use the back of the door as storage for coats and towels?


We have a great range of drawers, divans and ottomans 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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10th March 2020

4 Things to Remember When Buying a Sofa

4 Things to Remember When Buying a Sofa

Image: Alstons Fairmont

When it comes to buying a sofa, it pays to do your research. After all, buying a sofa is one of the biggest and most important investments you can make! If you get the right one, it can last you a lifetime. More than just a place to watch the TV, the sofa is the hub of the home, so here are a few considerations to remember before you make your purchase.

Try it out

It’s always a good idea to head to your nearest showroom to try a sofa out. Just as all humans are different sizes, so are sofas, so it’s important that you sit in your favourite ones to find out which one you find the most comfortable. Good back support is key, as is the depth of the seat and the density of the cushions. Too soft and you could end up with a backache, too hard and you may find it uncomfortable.

Find out about the frame

Although you can’t see it, the frame is the most important part of the sofa. Ensure that it is well-constructed with quality materials and comes with a guarantee. Look for hardwood and metal constructions to ensure that your sofa will last the distance.

Choose your fabric wisely

That white chenille fabric sofa might look like the sofa of your dreams, but is it a practical option – especially if you have children or pets? Fabric choice is key when it comes to buying a sofa, so make sure that you get one that suits your lifestyle. Wipe clean leather looks great but will need some maintenance to stay looking good while some natural fabrics may fade in the sunlight so consider the positioning of your new purchase to ensure that it stays looking perfect.

Measure it

There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect sofa and finding that it won’t fit through the door. Make sure you take plenty of measurements to make sure that you can get it into the living room!

We have a great range of sofas 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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25th February 2020

5 of Our Best Sofa Beds

Sofa beds are the perfect way to maximise the space in your home. Providing a flexible place for guests to sleep, sofa beds increase the number of beds in your home without compromising on space. We have a range of attractive sofa beds in our stores, here is a round-up of our most popular models.


Bouyant Dexter Sofa Bed

The Bouyant Dexter Sofabed is one of the most versatile sofabeds around. Its comfortable seats and muted fabrics will fit seamlessly into almost any interior, providing the perfect spot for a guest or two to spend the night. Modern styling mixed with a traditional sofa bed mechanism makes this an ideal sofa bed for any home.


Bouyant Fantasia Corner Sofa Bed

A beautifully contemporary sofabed with sumptuous scatter back cushions and matching units, the Bouyant Fantasia Corner unit is a super popular choice. It is available as a 3-seater or 2-seater and there is also a coordinating chair to match. The fabrics come in the latest designs and colourways ready to fit into almost any interior.


Bouyant Gatsby Sofa Bed

A traditionally designed model with a classic club arm and tailored pleating, the Bouyant Gatsby sofabed is the perfect addition to both modern and traditional interiors. Featuring Extraflex seating for added comfort and durability, this range also comes with matching corner unit, 4-seater, 3-seater and armchair.


Bouyant Newry Sofa Bed

A compact, classic style, the Bouyant Newry sofabed is the perfect choice for homes that are short on space. Fitting easily into even the smallest rooms, this sofa bed is the ideal way to maximise beds without comprising on space.


Bouyant Maddox Sofa Bed

This modern two-seater sofa bed with chaise storage unit is a great way to add extra seating, storage and bed space in your home. The Bouyant Maddox sofa bed offers deep pile plush fabrics contrasting with a faux leather finish and will look beautiful in a modern setting.


We have a great range of sofa 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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13th February 2020

How to Bring Light into Dark Rooms

How to Bring Light into Dark Rooms

Image: Harrisons Lima divan set

The amount of natural light in a room is an important factor in how the room makes you feel. Bright, airy rooms are proven to make us feel happier and more positive. But don’t worry if you have a dark space to work with. It is possible to increase the natural light in any room by a third! So, how do you bring light into dark rooms?


Add mirrors

Mirrors are absolutely key to bouncing light around a space. Their reflective surfaces magnify every ray of light in the room, making it feel instantly brighter. Don’t stick to just one mirror, though, try to incorporate as many as you can to spread the light around the room. Add mirrors to the end of hallways to make them appear longer, place them opposite windows to maximise the light and use groups of mirrors to create a gallery wall of light.


Window dressings

How you dress a window really impacts how much light comes into space. Thick curtains and dark blinds absorb the light, making the room feel darker. Instead, use lighter fabrics and neutral blinds to bring in more natural light. The dressings should also be set back from the window by a few inches so that when they are open, they don’t cover the window at all. Also, get rid of any pelmets that unnecessarily cover the top of the window.


Door windows

Adding doors to windows makes it much easier for light to travel between rooms. Switch out your front door for one with glass panels and look to change the doors inside with ones that allow as much light through as possible.


Use neutrals

Wherever possible, stick to a neutral colour scheme for walls, floors and furniture. This will help to create the illusion of more light and help to make the room feel brighter than it is.


Add lights

When all else fails, add more lights! Layer our lighting so that you can change the mood of the room using a few switches. Invest in floor lamps, table lamps, fairy lights and chandeliers to turn up the wow factor.


We have a great range of 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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21st January 2020

5 January Cleaning Tips

5 January Cleaning Tips

There’s nothing better than a deep clean of the house to put the January blues behind you and bring your focus to the new year! January and Spring cleaning is a time-honoured tradition of freshening up our homes after the long winter and preparing them for the warmer months. Here are our top tips to get you started on your cleaning mission.




Make a plan

The task of deep cleaning the house can feel like an overwhelming prospect. So, make it easier by breaking it down into chunks. Create a list for each room and write down everything that you need to do in each one. This way you can tick tasks off as you go and stay on track without getting distracted by other rooms. 



Declutter

One of the biggest tasks in any spring clean is removing the clutter. There’s something very liberating about using the change in seasons to get rid of anything that’s weighing down your space, so go to town on clearing out the clutter and creating a streamlined home.



Enlist the family

The word “cleaning” tends to send the entire family scattering, but the task will be made a lot easier if everyone gets involved. Many hands make light work! So, make it as fun as you can. Have two teams tackling different rooms, provide an incentive as a reward or simply put on your favourite music to get everyone in the mood.



Set new habits

If you’re finding the task of cleaning a little daunting, make it easier for yourself next time around by establishing some simple habits. Set aside 15 minutes every day for cleaning and break that down into 1-2-minute chores so that when you have to tackle the cleaning next time, you won’t be so overwhelmed. Get into a habit of regularly hoovering underneath the sofa or dusting the skirting boards so that the grime doesn’t accumulate.



Get the seasonal chores done

There are some chores that need to be done with the change in seasons, such as cleaning the barbecue and clearing out the shed. Get these challenges done now so that you’re prepared for the warmer months.



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13th January 2020

Interior Design Resolutions for 2020

The start of a new decade is a great time to take stock of how far we’ve come, while also looking to the future with new plans and aspirations. If one of your aspirations for 2020 is to take the interior of your home up a few notches, then here are a few design resolutions you can take into the next 12 months.


Embrace colour

Ercol Cosenza Chair

Neutrals have been big news for quite some time now and they don’t appear to be fading into the background anytime soon. But lots of neutrals doesn’t have to mean lots of shades of beige. Neutrals provide the perfect backdrop to extravagant pops of colour, adding a bit of drama where you least expect it. Introduce colour with a brightly coloured armchair or a few bold cushions to the sofa add some interest and flair.


Love it or donate it

Marie Kondo

One of the biggest themes for interiors at the moment is streamlining. Almost every home ends up with clutter at some point or another, the key is to differentiate between the things you love and need and the things that can be passed on. Try the Marie Kondo method of holding an object, seeing if it sparks joy and then deciding whether to keep it or donate it to charity. If you don’t feel anything while you’re holding it, it’s time to let it go. Also, pay more attention to what you bring into the house to avoid creating more clutter. Watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix.


Go with the rattan flow 

Rattan is everywhere at the moment, for good reason. It’s laid back, summery feel is perfectly suited to almost any interior, from modern minimalist to farmhouse country. Use rattan lampshades to add interest to the ceiling or incorporate a few rattan baskets to hold plants and linens.


Keep it organised

If you’ve ever looked at a corner of your home and wondered why things tend to pile up there, then perhaps it’s time to look at the storage options for that space. This usually happens in the hallway where shoes and coats are dumped or the kitchen side where envelopes lay unopened for weeks. Installing some storage solutions will help you to keep those spaces organised in 2020.


We have a great range of sideboards and dining tables 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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26th November 2019

5 Things Every Festive Dining Room Needs

Whether you use your dining room for regular family gatherings or seasonal dinner parties, the pieces that you have in this room can have a huge impact on the memories you create there. These are just a few things that every dining room needs to create the cosy, welcoming space that you’ll remember forever.


Lighting

The first key ingredient for a warm and inviting dining room is great lighting. An overhead chandelier usually works well in most dining spaces, but it’s also a good idea to layer up your lighting by introducing floor lamps, table lamps, candles and fairy lights. The difference in the brightness and levels or lights adds interest and warmth to any dining room.




Linens

Table linens can instantly transform a room into a five-star dining experience. Simple tablecloths, placemats and coasters not only protect the dining table from spills and stains, but they can also be changed up to suit the seasons and holidays.




Mirror

Some dining rooms can be a little on the tight side when it comes to space, so make the room feel bigger by placing a few mirrors strategically to bounce light around. This will create the illusion of light and space and will also provide the perfect reflection for those late-night dinner candles. The mirror in the image is the Breeze by VIDA Living.




Console table

A sideboard or console table is the perfect addition to the dining room as it allows for extra serving space when you have lots of platters of food. You can also use it as a place to pour drinks or keep additional crockery and linens. Sideboard in the image is the Teramo by Ercol.




Centrepiece

Complement your dining table with a beautiful centrepiece, such as a vase of fresh flowers, a bowl of juicy fruit or a stunning candelabra. You don’t need to keep the centrepiece out when you have guests, but it dresses the table for those times when it’s not in use, making your dining room look inviting at all times.


We have a great range of sideboards and dining tables 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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14th November 2019

Why Every Home Needs a Sideboard

Why Every Home Needs a Sideboard

Sideboard in image: Ercol Large Sideboard

A much-overlooked piece of furniture, sideboards are an essential part of the home. Traditionally, they were used in dining rooms to increase storage space but have since evolved to become a staple part of the hallways, bedroom, lounge and kitchen as well. In fact, you could easily use one in every room of the house! There are plenty of benefits to using a sideboard in your home, here are just a few of them.


One of the best reasons to invest in a sideboard is that it increases your work surface space. In the dining room, this means you have additional space to serve up from, rather than crowding the table. In the kitchen, you can use sideboards as an additional food preparation space and in the bedroom, they can easily double up as vanity units.


Not only do sideboards provide work surface space, but they also increase the storage in a room without overpowering it. Whether you need to stash blankets, cutlery, books, records, unopened letters or crockery, a good sideboard has you covered.


A good sideboard can also make a room look finished and styled as they are great places to display ornaments and photos. Choosing a sideboard with the same style as your existing décor is easy as there are so many available. From country chic and contemporary to traditional and minimal, there are so many to choose from that you are bound to find the perfect console for your home.  


So, if you are looking for the perfect way to add style, storage, and work surface space then a console is the right piece of furniture for you. The only tricky part is choosing which one you like the best! 


We have a great range of sideboards in our store and online. 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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28th October 2019

How to Prepare Your Home for Autumn

How to Prepare Your Home for Autumn

As the nights begin to draw in and the temperature starts to drop, it’s time to start thinking about getting the home in order for the colder months. Autumn is a great time to get started on some of those essential maintenance jobs so that your house is prepared and ready for the cold, wet weather and you can get on with the arduous task of getting cosy indoors!



Autumn clean
Although we tend to have a deep clean in the springtime, autumn is a great time to do this as well. After all, we will be spending a lot of time indoors over the coming months, so it’s better to have a nice, clean space to be in! Tackle the inside of your home the same way that you would in the spring. Throw open the windows to air it out, dust every surface right down to the skirting boards, declutter every room, reorganise the kitchen cupboards and give the carpets a clean.



Clean out the gutters
There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through the rainy season before realising there is a huge leak coming from the gutters. Clear any debris from them before checking carefully for leaks and repairing where necessary.



Get a service
If you rely on central heating during the autumn and winter, now is a good time to have your boiler serviced to check that it is in working order. This will mean you’re much less likely to deal with a break down right when you need it the least!



Turn up the 'hygge'
The autumn months are all about hot chocolate, blankets, and toasty fires, so turn up the hygge factor in your home and make it as cosy as possible. Hang fairy lights around the living room, light a few candles, and put some extra warm blankets and cushions on the sofa.



Think about the furniture
If you are planning on getting some new furniture for your home this autumn, have a think about the layout that you currently have in your room and whether you can change it to create more space. Perhaps your new sofa could go in a different place to allow you more space to move around in?



We have a great range of sofas 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 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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