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Are velvet sofas practical?

Super soft and uber luxurious, it’s no wonder velvet is one of the most popular sofa fabrics at the moment. However, with a look that is fit for royalty, velvet is often considered an impractical material which is “too delicate” to use in the home. The truth, however, couldn’t be more different.

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Caring for your furniture

Buying furniture is an investment, so it’s only right that you’d want to look after your most valuable and loved pieces. After all, many of them can last a lifetime when cared for correctly!

While most quality items sold today will come with a set of care instructions, many of us may have inherited or acquired our most treasured antiques and heirlooms sans guidebook, and we’re left unsure about how to give them the care they deserve.

By following a few simple instructions, however, you can give your items the TLC it deserves without the risk of damaging it. Here’s how to ensure a happy, prolonged life for your most treasured items. 

Upholding Your Upholstery

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Over time fabrics will wear, fade and lose their charming looks, but follow these tips to keep it looking as good for as long as possible…

  • Gently vacuum your upholstery regularly using a brush attachment, as accumulated dirt will accelerate fabric wear. Vacuuming Chenille and Velvet fabrics in the same way also helps to avoid it from looking ‘flat’.
  • Hard as it may be, keeping pets off your furniture will keep it looking better for longer. (Why not get your kitty or pooch their own pet furniture, instead?!)
  • Plump up feather, soft back, and seat cushions regularly to rid them of dust and keep them plush.
  • Keep all furniture out of direct sunlight to minimise fading to the fabric.
  • Clean up any accidental spills as soon as possible – the sooner you do so, the less likely it is to stain. When spot cleaning a cleaner or stain remover, always test in a small area, which isn’t visible, to avoid damage. 

 Keeping Your Woodwork Worthy

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It’s important with intricate woodwork to follow some simple pointers and to use the correct products to maintain its beauty.

  • Keep your furniture away from heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, and direct sunlight - these can all affect the colour and dry out the wood.
  • Dust once a week with a soft cloth.
  • To clean more thoroughly: use slightly damp paper towels, being careful not to wet the wood too much.  Dry using a soft cloth or paper towels.
  • Avoid using silicone based polishes as they can damage the surface over time.  Instead, try using more natural options such as beeswax, and keep in mind that it’s always best to use a small amount.  This only needs to be done maybe once or twice a year.

Looking After Loose Covers

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If you have a sofa or chair with a loose cover, cleaning and drying them may seem a little daunting.  No need to fret -

  • Look for the care instruction label (it’s most likely sewn into your loose covers) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • As a rough guide: most loose cover fabrics can be machine or hand washed at 30 degrees.
  • If there are no care instruction labels, or you’re unsure of what to do, we would suggest contacting a dry cleaners who should be able to advise.
  • If you feel that the time has come to replace your loose covers, we’d suggest contacting an experienced company such as Plumbs. We can advise on the type of fabric and design that would best suit your piece of furniture.

 

Taking the time and care to maintain your furniture can pay off as the life of your items are prolonged.  If you’re unsure of how best to look after aspects of your furniture, especially if it’s worth sentimental or monetary value, it’s always best to contact an expert for advice.

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Pet Palaces & Pampered Pooches

Just like family and friends, our pets are a very important part of our lives.  We nurture them from babies into loving and loyal companions, so it’s no surprise that many of us wish to spoil our furry friends as much as we can.

Pampered or not, every pet needs a comfortable place to sit and sleep, and so the market for personalised and extravagant beds pet has grown.  Think diamanté, designer fabrics and out the box designs…

Pink Bed 

The bright fuchsia fabric gives this doggy day bed a fun and feminine feel.  The bolster cushions with contrast piping add a touch of sophistication and comfort.

 Four Poster

Bold lime green and aubergine colours create a real statement with this four-poster cat bed.  This design can be recreated by simply turning an old side table upside down and adding a piece of upholstered foam to the centre.  Turning the draw upside down means you can store any toys out of view.

Chevron Dog Bed 

Grey velvet and chevron pattern gives this pet sofa a modern and luxurious look. This simple style and classic shape of this piece of furniture means it won’t stick out next to most suites.  By using scatter cushions on the sofa in a matching fabric, you can really co-ordinate the whole look.

 Cat Macaroon

This fuzzy ‘cat bun’ is great fun and any cat is sure to enjoy sleeping the hours away in this warm and cosy design.  Felines love to snuggle and burrow so the cocoon shape of this bed makes it also great for play.

  Cat Suitcase Beds

This upcycling project is a great way of reusing old suitcases.  However, if your DIY skills aren’t great we’d suggest not stacking the beds on top of each other!

When we think about how much time we spend carefully choosing wallpapers, fabrics and furniture for our homes, it’s understandable that many people also want their pets’ furniture to match their individual tastes.  Your pet may not notice that the pink piping on its bed matches the scatter cushions on your sofa, but if it’s comfortable that’s all that matters.

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Put your feet up

Footstools and Ottomans can be one of the handiest pieces of furniture in your living room.  Use them to rest your feet or store items like books and magazines, and with Plumbs Loose Cover and Reupholstery service you’re sure to find a style to suit you.

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Shorter footstools work well with low rise modern styles of sofas. This Zari fabric from the Prestige range works well with bold Moroccan colours.

 

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By choosing a different fabric in co-ordinating colours you can pull a whole look together.  This Venetian fabric is given a modern edge when combined with our Venetian Stripe fabric.

 

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This skirted ottoman matches perfectly with the skirted design of this sofa.  The classic Titian Stripe looks great when teamed with bold colours or florals.

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You can make a feature of your footstool by choosing dramatic colours.  This plain Chelsea Velvet fabric comes in 35 other colours so would work in almost any home.

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This large scale floral Botanical Garden fabric has given this footstool a new lease of life.  The soft blue colourway works well with muted pink and gold accessories.

If you would like to find out more about any of our fabrics, footstools or recovering services then contact Plumbs today for a free no obligation home consultation

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