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Should I Attempt Reupholstery Myself?

Before you consider reupholstering furniture yourself however, there are a few things you need to know about.

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Sofa Reupholstered?

Reupholstery is a relatively speedy service, with the whole process taking around 8-10 weeks from start to finish. The time your sofa’s out of the house is typically just 2-3 weeks.

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6 Stylish Sofa Throws

Published by Emma Day in inspiration, sofa, Style, throw

Most of us could while away entire evenings on the sofa… whether it’s to eat dinner, enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with friends or watch our favourite TV show. So, that being said, our sofas need to be extra comfy! Here are six sofa throws that’ll not only keep you cosy, but add a splash of style to your home, too!

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Pet Palaces & Pampered Pooches

Published by Joanna Whitworth in beds, furniture, pets, sofa

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…

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

  

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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Reasons why our customers choose Plumbs

We’ve gained a lot of experience over the 50 years we’ve been covering furniture, so it’s always great to hear when our customers are satisfied in the choice they made with Plumbs.  We thought we’d take a look at some of the reasons our customers have chosen us and the difference it has made to their homes..

 

It’s the perfect size and shape

Alison Wood, from West Yorkshire: “I was seriously looking to buy a new sofa and chair but looked the size and shape of my present sofa, so decided to have a look at the Plumbs website, and everything went from there! I called for a home visit and I was sold!”

 

It’s too high quality to get rid of

Sally Collingwood, from Bristol: “My 3 sofas are about 25 years old and really solidly built.  My children jumped about all over them and now 6 grandchildren, but still going strong.  Well worth recovering.”

 

It was easy to do from my home

Linden Selby, from London: “I loved the way I could choose at home and the professional service. I felt like my custom was important and mostly getting my furniture back on time and looking great.”

 

It’s a memory of my husband

Maureen Thwaites, from Mablethorpe: “I wanted to keep my suite as it’s so comfy.  I lost my lovely husband last November and I just couldn’t part with his chair.”

 

 A before and after shot of a sofa reupholstered in one of our Prestige fabrics (Riga - 102)

 

Whether they be sentimental, practical, or financial there are many reasons why our customers choose to have their beloved furniture recovered instead of buying new.  If you would like to discuss transforming your suite or any other of our products then call today for a free no obligation home consultancy visit.

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Accessorize this look for under £200

Sofa in Kew Gardens – White, Traditional loose cover make-up

When redecorating our homes sometimes it’s the finishing touches that make all the difference, so we thought we would show you how to create a similar look to one of our favourite designs all for under £200.

A colour palette of creams and whites creates a base for lilac and lavender hues.  We have used metallic accents to add an opulent feel to the look, and fresh flowers which co-ordinate with the Purple and White tones of our ‘Lola’ curtains.

The plush shimmering rug adds warmth as well as comfort, and the striped ‘Villa Mosa’ blinds and scatter cushions gives a modern edge to this chic style.

 

If you’re thinking of creating a new look then our expert Home Consultants can help you update your soft furnishings - all in the comfort of your own home.  If you would like a free quotation, then request a visit today, and we’ll hopefully inspire you to accessorise your brand new look.  

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Fancy relaxing on a Breeze Block Sofa?

Published by Joanna Whitworth in furniture, 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!

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

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

 

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5 Shortcuts for Beautiful Sofas

In this increasingly busy world, we're all looking for ways to save money, time and effort. After all, why spend hours hand scrubbing stained upholstery when you could be playing with your grandchildren? Or tolerate a shabby (not chic) sofa because buying new is a chancy business, thanks to big box stores selling cheap veneer copies of classic styles; which are not a patch on the sturdy quality of your treasured Parker Knoll settee.

1) Fitted Sofa Covers


Fitted sofa covers are a great way to update your settee, at a fraction of the cost of a new suite. We can make them to measure following a free home visit to assess your requirements. The covers will be delivered – and fitted if you need us to – and voila, a sofa that looks brand new!

2) Re-Upholstery


Re-upholstery is an earth friendly way to 'recycle' a beloved old piece of furniture. After all, some pieces have such sentimental value that they are impossible to replace; but you still don't want your favourite soft furnishings looking down at heel.

3) A Knitted Throw


Knitted throws are a great – and particularly affordable - way to add texture and warmth to a sofa. They can hide a multitude of sins, and can be woven in a wide range of designs and colours. They are a perfect DIY project, or can be bought from artisans who specialise in handmade crafts.

4) Cushion Covers


Rattan furniture is a popular choice, particularly for garden rooms and conservatories. However infrequent use and sun exposure can lead to either bleaching or darkening of the fabric. You can easily revamp your conservatory furniture with fresh cushion covers, and make it look beautiful again.

5) Fresh Trimmings


Trimmings can make a drab piece come alive again. These can range from piping in a contrasting colour, to co-ordinating braid around the back. Or you could choose from our range of valances, which include pleated, tasselled and skirted options.

Take advantage of these easy shortcuts to a more beautiful sofa by contacting Plumbs today for a free, no obligation home visit, or else browse our vast selection of upholstery fabrics for a new look today!

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Inspired By… The Lake District

The beautiful landscapes of the English Lake District have inspired artists like J.M.W Turner, poets like Coleridge and writers like Beatrix Potter. It boasts beautiful lakes, lush valleys of ancient woodland, meadows carpeted with wildflowers and mountains that are popular with climbers, fell walkers and campers.

There's nothing more beautiful than waking in the hot sunshine; a short stroll to the larkspurs and forget-me-nots dotted around the shores of Ullswater. Once there, you can walk around the expanse of water, or hire a boat and explore the lake on a more personal level. If you fall in love with the place you can end up wanting to take a little piece home with you.

To that end, we've hand-picked 3 beautiful fabrics that will remind you of the beauty and charm of England's Lake District.

Magnolia Gardens

Magnolia Gardens is a stunning, duck egg blue upholstery fabric reminiscent of water plants drifting lazily across a lake, or of flowers outlined and highlighted in a fresh new summer sky. Its large scale floral pattern references both the fifties and this season's couture fashions, where designers plucked fresh colourful blooms from history and arranged them across maxi skirts. You can use this fabric to cover your furniture and channel the beauty of the lakes into your living room.

Mandalay's Fern Green

Our Mandalay Fern Green fabric evokes the soft lacy stems of ferns that wind over the open fields and brisk mountains of the Lake District. The golden-green sheen of the upholstery cloth gives the muted fabric the glow of a summer's afternoon, stirring memories of waterside sunbathing and the sweet scent of crushed grass in the sun.

Delphina Blue

The exquisite blue purple of this upholstery fabric is an exquisite tribute to the wild delphiniums of July, although considerably more comfortable. The soft creamy yellow backdrop sets off the more definite colour beautifully, a gentle contrast that has undertones of early lake mornings. A pot of Delphinium Sungleams are the perfect finishing touch for a Lake District inspired room.

Remember, if you want to bring the Lake District into your home, with a bouquet of floral patterning or new, limpid blue upholstery for your sofa, Plumbs can offer you a free, no obligation home consultation, where we can offer you advice about shades, fabrics and styles for your dream home. Contact us today!

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Take a fresh look at your living room for Summer

Turn the sofa round today. You know the one that hasn’t moved in years. And move the chairs to face the garden.

Now Summer has arrived why not shake things up a bit and give your living room a lift. Fresh flowers in the window, and a couple of new cushion covers will make all the difference. What about paintings, photos and ornaments. Why not ask a friend round and have some fun moving things round. Try moving photos into groups rather than covering every surface. This helps make the room look less cluttered and more organised. A couple of scatters can be had for just a few pounds – try the clearance range at plumbscurtainshop website. Or you could get free accessories such as cushion covers when your order new suite covers. Plumbs are running this offer during June. Summer is such a great time for getting out and about with light nights and warm weather. Plus there are so many fabulous events to visit. Local shows, village fetes, friends and family. But it’s lovely too to create a fresh Summer look at home for when you need a rest.

Let the sunshine in and banish the boring same old look. Move that sofa to face the window, and have a great Summer.

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