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Quick Tips: Paint a wall

Paint a wall. Choose one that is more dominant – behind the bed, say – and paint it a contrasting colour. A cheap, quick way to modernise a room.

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News: 40ft-long Chesterfield Sofa

leather-sofa.jpgWhen Bolton-based furniture maker received an order for a 40ft-long Chesterfield sofa, staff did not take the challenge lying down.

A team of six at Saxon Leather Upholstery worked flat out for four days at the company's factory in Manchester Road to complete the 25-seater.

Weighing around 385lbs (175kg), It required 1,000sq ft of chocolate brown leather to cover its beech frame, and had to be shipped to its final destination, a hotel in Holland, in three parts.

Saxon sales boss Matthew Deighton said: "A normal sofa weighs around 20kg, so this was a monster of a piece.

"It was certainly the biggest item of furniture we have supplied in the company's 27-year history, but we were up for the challenge. The frame was built locally and we provided the foam, upholstery and suspension."

Saxon, which has 60 staff and turns over £5m, was established by Robert Jolly in 1982. Exports are surging amid the pound's weakness against other currencies.

Referrence: Manchester Evening News

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"The Weird" and "The Wonderful" - What's down the back of your sofa?

We hear stories all the time from our consultants about what can be found down the back and sides of our customers furniture, everything from money to false teeth!

Here are just a few:

Having sold a customer a set of Decra covers for her Parker Knoll recliner and matching chair and sofa, I began measuring the Recliner. On completing most of the measurements, I started checking out the tucks. No gap between the arm and the seat, but £1.90 in change (passed back to the surprised customer). Turning the chair around to take a photo I noticed a lump in the fabric flap, I pushed it in thinking it was where the scatter had been sitting against it, only to find it pushed back out and was very solid. Time for another dig and poke, watch off and down the back of the seat we go to find a pink hot water bottle (cold of course). “Ho!” the lady said, “I thought the grand kids had taken that.”
About 15 years ago, and in an upstairs flat of all places, I found a tortoise in the customer's sofa bed!!! Needless to say the customer was thrilled to bits as she had noticed that the tortoise had not gone to sleep in the box in the airing cupboard for its winter hibernation and that it had escaped but had no idea it had taken refuge in the sofabed.
Last summer I visited a top floor flat in a nice new block at the request of a local estate agent on behalf of the landlord. I met with a young man who was the current tennant. Across the whole width of the lounge was a very expensive looking glass tank for some kind of lizard I presumed. I wasn't too phased by this as lots of people keep them as pets and I don't really mind them. Oh no it's not for a lizard said the nice young man it's for my amethystine python. My brains, vocal chords and legs all stopped working simultaneously as I then realised the tank was empty. The tennant obviously noticed I had gone a whiter shade of pale and said "oh she's out at the moment, do you want me to put her back in". Paralysed with fear all I could was nod my head frantically. Little did I know an 11ft snake was basking behind the settee by the radiator - apparently her favourite place. He quickly put her back in the vivarium as if it were nothing.


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