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Furniture Buying Guide


Choosing Your New Furniture

Getting new furniture can be exciting! But we do want you to make sure that it will fit before you order, so please take a little time to determine if your new furniture of choice will fit your room, and have the right proportions. Some smaller items, such as occasional tables and chairs, may be available to buy and take away from our shop.

Style Notes

  • Darker woods look bigger, heavier, and more dramatic, thus suit larger rooms. 
  • Glass and mirrored, polypropylene and clear acrylic furniture give the illusion of light and space in smaller rooms, and you’re free to change the colour of your décor 
  • Less is more – the more furniture you have, the smaller a room can appear. Aim for unity if you’ve got a small room, as co-ordinating furniture is more sympathetic in compact spaces.
  • Clutter also diminishes the size of a room, so calculate a generous amount of the storage furniture you’ll need, such as cupboards, shelves and drawers. 
  • If you work from home, we’ve an extensive collection of stylish home office furniture. 
  • Wood, combined with  leather and faux leather, has a  fairly minimal, masculine “bachelor pad” look which demands modern styling. It’s best matched with different textures, and plain or geometric textiles and backgrounds. Soften the look with a choice of soft furnishing accessories, rugs and curtains. 
  • Most living spaces will need a small occasional table or two, and your choice will naturally depend on the space available and whether or not you want them for decoration, entertaining, or storage

How our Furniture is Made

Solid wood

  • Is beautiful, considered more desirable and tends to have the more up market reputation, though it’s not always more expensive than veneered products.
  • Buy all your furniture in one batch if you want the colours to be as close as possible, but individual trees will have varying characteristics.
  • Some woods display different grain patterns, and blemishes, knots or burrs are just part of the natural and individual beauty of the wood

Veneers

  • Are thin slivers of real wood cut straight from the log to cover the inner board (usually MDF, particle board or another, cheaper, wood).
  • Are much lighter in weight and so easier to move around than solid wood.
  • Are stronger than solid wood, thanks to technology and modern adhesives; less risk of twisting or warping.
  • Allow distinctive patterns and effects to be created on flat surfaces, such as table tops and drawer fronts, by the way the slivers are arranged.
  • Carefully considered use of solids and veneers reduces the demand on natural resources.

Caring for Your New Furniture

Your furniture may have a lacquered or oiled finish, or if the wood is untreated, it may just be finished with a colourless wax.

  • Furniture with a hard lacquer or wax polish finish should just be dusted with a soft dry cloth.
  • Waxed furniture needs a coat of beeswax a couple of times a year to help maintain its luster.
  • Spray polishes are quick and easy to use, but those containing silicones may spoil the furniture’s surface by building up over time – they’re best avoided.
  • Protect surfaces from heat and liquids by placemats and coasters. Wipe up any spills immediately.
  • Have a pad underneath if you write on a sheet of paper on your furniture’s surface, to avoid the pen making impressions.
  • Move or turn the piece if it’s in sunlight. Over time, natural light will mellow the colour of wood or wood.
  • Avoid placing furniture next to heat sources such as radiators or fires. The lack of humidity caused by central heating or air conditioning can warp solid wood and cause other changes.
  • Never drag furniture - to avoid weakening the joints, always lift it.

Glass & Plastic

Simply use glass cleaner or soapy water (on plastics) for cleaning, but don’t use anything abrasive.

Wood & Leather

Protect leather from spillage and heat. A slightly damp cloth is the best cleaning agent for both materials.

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