Leave enough space for doors and drawers to open
We hope you will be thrilled with your new furniture – but that can only happen if it fits into your home and your designated space! Follow our tips to make sure you have measured up correctly.
Make a note of your new furniture’s largest dimensions and check that it will fit comfortably through any doorways, hallways and up any stairs, without damaging paintwork or windows.
Does your new piece come fully assembled? (See below.)
If you have had any major building work done since your last large piece of furniture was delivered, be especially careful as what fitted then, may not now.
Remember that our delivery team cannot take out any windows or doors to enable delivery and if they can’t get the piece into your house, they will have to take it away again.
You need to ensure that the piece will sit happily in your room, without appearing too bulky (or too small) or obstructing movement around the room. One good way to do this is to tape together sheets of newspaper and cut the paper to the exact size of your piece. Check how its size appears to work with your existing furniture, and ensure that you will be able to move around it easily.
Remember, for some furniture, you need to allow extra space (on top of stated dimensions): eg. dining tables need at least 60-70cm extra all around, so that the chairs can be pulled out.
With large storage pieces, such as wardrobes and chests of drawers, ensure that there will be nothing obstructing the doors or drawers when they are opened.
Some larger items are transported ready to assemble, making it easier to get them into the specific room. Depending on the product, a ready to assemble item may be self-assembly or assembled for you by our delivery team. This is made clear to you when you order.
Please remember, for large wardrobes, our delivery crew will require space approximately 3 times the size of the piece in order to assemble it safely. Also, they cannot remove or move your existing furniture for you.
Combine pale woods from different ranges
We offer a vast range of options, from timeless pieces to striking contemporary designs. What you choose is very much a personal decision but here are some points you might want to consider.
If you entertain often, make sure you have a big enough table (and enough chairs) to accommodate your guests. If space is limited, you might want to consider an extending table.
Rectangular tables are the best option for larger numbers and are good for making a feature of a room. Circular tables allow diners to talk to each other with ease, but bear in mind that they are not economical if space is tight. Square tables are perfect for small rooms and for creating a sense of intimacy.
If your table will be used for other activities such as homework or crafts, this may affect your choice of material.
Beautifully crafted traditional box joints
Some of our pieces are crafted from solid wood while others are made using real wood veneer. Many of our pieces of furniture combine the two techniques.
Solid wood displays a natural beauty. Different types of wood will have different grain patterns, burrs or knots – these are all part of the inherent charm of solid wood.
Solid wood furniture tends to be much heavier than veneered pieces – bear this in mind if you need to move your furniture around regularly.
If you are opting for matching pieces for your room, it is advisable to order them in one batch, so that the shades of the different pieces are as close as possible.
Veneer is glued on to an inner board. This produces a very stable panel – more so than solid timber which can move with changes in temperature and humidity in the home. This stability also allows for veneered panels to be made into thinner panels, making the furniture lighter than a solid wood piece.
Clear glass needs little maintenance
Wooden surfaces need to be protected from hot items, such as mugs or serving dishes, with coasters and placemats. Any spills need to be wiped up immediately.
If you are using a wooden table or desk for writing, make sure you have a pad underneath the paper as pens and pencils can leave impressions in the wood.
Keep wooden furniture away from strong sunlight and take care not to place it in front of, or next to, a radiator. The heat might cause shrinkage and loosen joints and veneers.
Dragging furniture can weaken the joints – always lift it instead.
Glass can simply be cleaned with glass cleaner or soapy water. To avoid streaks, you can buff the surface with kitchen roll or a soft cloth.
You can order online, in one of our participating stores or by phone. We will give you an estimated delivery date, which our carrier will confirm by phone. You can see our full collection of living, dining and bedroom furniture our 6 dedicated Home stores and a selection of what is on offer in many more stores around the country.