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Archive for April 2014

Share your best reupholstery work with Plumbs

At Plumbs we’re always interested to see the work of talented amateur reupholsterers –and now we’d like to showcase some of your best work in a competition.

To enter simply create a new Pinterest board and name it #PlumbsBeforeAndAfter - upload at least two images, a before and after shot of your chosen piece, and more if you have them.

It can be an old chair you’ve decided needs a new lease of life or a sofa you’ve saved from the scrapheap.

Here's our example Pinterest board..

Just tweet us a link to your board @Plumbs on Twitter or add it to the comments section below. We’ll gather in all the entries, and Steve our Master Craftsman will judge them, selecting an overall winner.

B4 1After 1

An upholsterer for over 33 years, Steve is highly skilled with a huge passion for his work. He comes from a long line of reupholsterers, both his father and grandfather worked in the reupholstery industry. If you’d like to get the seal of approval from Steve, take 5 minutes and enter our competition today!

 Steve Upholsterer

What’s in it for you?

Good question! The winning entry will receive their choice of 4 throw cushions in any fabric from the Plumbs range (exludes Plumbs Prestige Fabrics), ideally for them to use with their freshly reupholstered chair or sofa. They’ll also feature in a follow up article on our site showcasing the winning piece of furniture and the winning reupholsterer! 

This Competition has now closed and we will be announcing a winner shortly.



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Fancy relaxing on a Breeze Block Sofa?

Just when you thought we’d seen everything possible in furniture design.  Artist Sarah Lucas has created a breeze block sofa to rival all minimalist design.  Although the three and two piece appear quite simple and sophisticated we can’t help wondering just how comfortable they would be!

Breeze Block 1

The sofas have even been co-ordinated with a matching wall and table.

Breeze Block 2

I think we’ll stick to good old soft fabrics and comfy sofa cushion foam and leave breeze blocks on the buildings sites!

Lci Mnk P2



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No Place Like Home

Nordic and Scandinavian Design has been a staple trend for years, and thanks to large furniture outlets such as Ikea, we can guarantee this trend is set to stay.  Think pale beech wood, neutral walls, and crisp clean lines mixed with modern accessories.  This look is all about effortless style, practical furniture and a minimal amount of fuss. 

 White Room

A bright and airy room is the perfect place for this trend.  Natural light streams across the glossy white furniture and flooring, and the light fittings hang perfectly over the main entertaining areas.  The splashes of pattern in different colours and styles give the look a slight thrown together appearance.


Low furniture is typical of this trend usually in neutral colours and wooden frames.  The large bookshelf stops this look becoming too bare and clinical, as well less serious aspects such as the oversized Basketball seat.


This take on the Scandinavian trend is slightly more liveable, due to the soft furnishings and curtains.  A citrus accent colour has also been used to liven up the colour scheme.


The bedroom is a great place to incorporate this trend, as we usually crave calming colours and minimal fuss when we unwind.  We love the white washed walls and unfinished style of this room.

You don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve this look as less is often more when accessorising the Scandinavian trend.  A few well thought out, higher quality pieces of bespoke bedroom furniture will stand out more against cool neutral walls.  You could even transform the furniture you already own with sofa covers or reupholstery in simple quality upholstery fabrics.


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