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FREE hotel event on Tuesday 1st July

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We have a hotel event planned for Tuesday 1st July. The Hotel event is designed to be an enjoyable trip out to look at the latest in soft furnishings and interiors. We will even treat you to refreshments and a special bag of free goodies to take home!

Come and see for yourself Plumbs extensive range of soft furnishing fabrics including our new range of Made-to-Measure Furniture Covers, Reupholstery and Curtain designs as well as some of our most popular best sellers!

Tuesday 1st July Holiday Inn Ipswich , Suffolk - map
Holiday Inn, London Road, Suffolk IP2 0UA Tel: 0870 400 9045

What's included:

    • FREE entry and refreshments
    • The chance to find out more about the latest Furniture Covers, Reupholstery and Curtains ranges from Plumbs
    • A friendly relaxed chat with a Plumbs design Consultant
    • Take away free fabric samples
    • Take away free goody bag!

We hope we see you there...


Are you considering reupholstery or loose covers vs as an alternative to a new suite?

If things are starting to look worn and weary, the cushions are saggy and the fabric is wearing a bit thin... You are faced with a choice.

Throw it away and buy new?

    • 50,000 items of lounge furniture a year goes into landfill. This is like burying 23 London buses.
    • When you buy new furniture, your money goes towards a massive amount of raw materials from across the globe including tropical hardwoods, production energy and transport costs.
    • The good news is...
      They don't make it like they used to. Chances are the suite you've already got is better made than a new one. Low prices of new lounge suites means, well as the saying goes, You get what you pay for.
    • So if you decided to reupholster or cover the furniture you already have in a fabulous new fabric you can get the latest look in your lounge, save money, cause less impact on the environment and still have your favourite comfortable place to relax, switch off and enjoy yourself.


    • If the sofa is looking tired, and it's time for an update, then loose covers are the least expensive option. Probably about a quarter of the cost of a new suite.
    • From an environmental point of view, loose covers are also a great choice as you are effectively recycling your sofa or suite.
    • Washability is also a big plus point. Being able to remove wash and refit loose covers is perfect for any household where stains pose a threat.
    • Massive choice of fabrics. You can probably choose from hundreds of options.


    • Price wise a reupholstered suite will be around half the cost of buying new but this is a more expensive choice than loose covers.
    • Another good choice for the environment - you are keeping your furniture out of landfill.
    • Comfort and sentimental attachment are not affected. You are making the furniture you already have quite literally look like new.
    • Fit and attention to details are better than for covers.
    • Again a vast choice of fabric.
    • Finally reupholstery is a traditional craft. By choosing this option you are helping to support traditional British workmanship by genuine local craftsmen and women.
    • Usually come with replacement seat cushions.
    • Service is a big plus as with this type of craftsman product the service is typically excellent.



What's the difference between Wicker & Rattan Furniture?

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I've recently been looking to buy some Wicker or Rattan Furniture and it seems most people including myself up until a few weeks ago thought that they were both the same, which is a common misconception. I have also found that there is no simple explanation and when buying this type of furniture you could be buying both, so I thought I'd try and explain what I've discovered so that it may help you in the future.

Wicker is a process (not a specific material) of weaving any number of materials such as reeds, bamboo, rush, straw and willow into a finished piece of furniture. The confusion comes about because this weaving generally takes place over a Rattan Core frame.

Rattan itself as an actual vine, which grows in tropical forest regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia. Rattan grows in a solid pole shape hundreds of feet in length making it durable and harder to break than bamboo, which is hollow. The outer skin of the vines (the Peel) are stripped and used as a rattan weaving material to wrap furniture joints. The Core is then left to use within the frame.

Some manufacturers will even use the phrase "cane furniture" in place of either rattan or wicker to try and avoid this confusion.

To try and make this simple, if you buy Rattan Furniture it will probably have a Wicker Weave on top and if you buy Wicker furniture it will probably have a Rattan Core.

The best tip I can give is, "always ask before you buy".


Amazing bedroom Ideas

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Here's great post that I just had to share, it shows some of the most extreme, fun but elegant styles of bedroom furniture I've ever seen. Can you see yourself rocking to sleep in this bed after a hard days work:

Just as long as you don't get sea sick! Obviously outlandish designs such as these are not for everyone, but it seems when looking for a new bed most of the styles are very orthadox. This one really stands out to me as one which still in-keeps with convention but really gives a room a refreshing feel:

Have a look at more of the great designs here:

What's your favourite?


The most important question is......

Published by Emma Day in
When considering a new suite, loose covers or reupholstery what is the most important question to ask?

For many people the top questions asked are:

1. Why should I consider covers or reupholstery instead of buying new?
2. Can you cover my style of furniture?
3. Where can I see the finished product before I buy?
4. What is the difference between covers and reupholstery?

1. Why should I consider covers or reupholstery instead of buying new?
The idea of buying covers or reupholstery for your existing furniture is something that many people do not even consider. There is a real need for education here as many people see covers as a cheap stretchy product. In fact the the modern fitted cover in contemporary cotton and linen fabrics is a handcrafted masterpiece made to the exact shape of a piece of furniture.

This is not just cheaper than buying new but is also environmentally responsible and many people love their existing furniture but don't want it to be drab or shabby. So loose covers are the perfect solution!

Reupholstery gives an even more fitted result as the fabric is actually attached to the furniture, cushions and springs are replaced and so on. The end result looks and feels quite literally like a brand new piece of furniture. So much new furniture these days is of very poor quality. For many people, to consider keeping the furniture they already have and giving it a new lease of life really is worth considering.

2. Can you cover my style of furniture?

This is an easy one to answer. Plumbs can cover or reupholster anything, and probably have in their 45 year history. Click Here to find out more.

3. Where can I see the finished product before I buy?

There are thousands of Plumbs customers all over the country. For anyone who is interested we can arrange contact so you can get the full story from someone who has already bought. There is also a full showroom in Preston plus various mini showrooms around the country.

Finally we exhibit at many events across the UK throughout the year from the BBC Good Homes Show to the Badminton Horse Trials. For a full list or events, please visit our events page. Plus enter one of our many competitions to win tickets.

Click here to visit our events page.

4. What is the difference between traditional covers and reupholstery?

Traditional covers cost a little more and are made from high quality natural, and man-made fabrics, have the look and feel of reupholstery and can be removed if necessary. The original furniture is unaffected.

Reupholstery is more invasive but arguably gives a better finished result. The process involves stripping away all the old fabric, checking the frame and springs, replacing old foams and then attaching the new choice of fabric to the frame.

To find out more about our Re-covering and Reupholstery services, see our videos on YouTube:

Click here to see all our videos on YouTube.


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