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January 2019

Guides & Help 2019-01-30

Top tips on buying dining room furniture

Could a new dining room table help your family spend more mealtimes together?

Following research that revealed 7/10 parents would like to spend more time eating as a family, we have put together some useful tips to help you select the right dining room table for your home.

To get started, just ask yourselves these simple questions:

How much space do you have?

Choosing the ideal dining room table is a big thing, so when you finally settle on a design, you need to make sure that it fits perfectly.

Not only that, but you need to measure around the table to take chair space into account (no one wants to be squashed up against the wall, do they?)

If you feel you may need extra spaces for guests, we have a wide range of extending dining room tables, which allow you to change the length to suit the size of your party.

What is your dining room for?

The dining room sometimes becomes a homework station, craft spot, or a makeshift office, as well as being a fully functioning family room.

In order to fulfil any requirement, dining tables must be durable and wipe clean to make your life a lot easier.

In these cases, a marble topped or a glass dining table may be the ideal fit for your home. They’re extremely sturdy, and (for any accidental spillages) they’re super easy to clean.

Top Tips on How to Buy Dining Room Furniture

Orbit dining table

Will it work in your home?

Considering how you have decorated your dining room is extremely important when picking the furniture you’ll be purchasing for it.

If you need something highly adaptable, which will fit in with any style, you can’t go wrong with our wooden dining tables and chairs.

From rectangular dining tables, to circular, our dining tables styles are timeless.

For the more modern home, our high gloss Soho Extending Dining Table offers a seamless balance between contemporary and classic.

Where will you sit?

Sounds a little obvious, but dining room chairs, are a part of the shopping process that often receives little thought.

If you want something a little different our Harper Small Cross Bench the perfect piece. Comfy, and sturdy, it will fit easily with many different tables (ideally with a width of 150cm).

For more traditional needs, our upholstered dining chairs come in a range of styles, and materials, including chrome.

If you need something luxurious but cost effective, our beautiful Cruz Button Back Dining Chairs blend seamlessly with our wooden table ranges.

Families may prefer to stick to easy-to-clean chairs, and as so many of our dining tables are available as a set (with four and six seater options available) – you will be able to fit everyone around your table to enjoy a meal together.

So by taking the time to truly consider what you need in a dining room before you shop, will help encourage your family to ditch the TV at dinner time, and enjoy some quality time together.

Entertainment 2019-01-08

Trying to get fit in 2019? Try ScS Sofacise!

New Year, new me has been ringing around for the past few days and now it’s time to actually put words into action. At ScS we understand not everyone has the luxury or time to go to the gym everyday due to work, family or financial constraints. But there’s no need to give up all hope just yet – you can still squeeze that important workout in without leaving your home, or even leaving your sofa in fact!

Utilise time wasted waiting for food to cook or make the most out of TV advert breaks by practising our ‘Sofacise’ exercises. These four fantastic moves have been created with the help of Shaun O’Brien, personal trainer at Fitternotfatter. All you need to get started is yourself, a lot of enthusiasm and a sofa. Practice each move three to four times every week and you’ll find your body will feel better in no time at all!

Squats

Ideal for: working quads, glutes and hamstrings

Reps: 10-20

Squat

How to: to start, sit on the edge of your sofa and place your feet firmly on the floor, hip-width apart. Stand up, then bend your knees until you feel your bum lightly touch the edge of the sofa. Repeat, making sure your back remains straight at all times.

Finding squats difficult? If you’re struggling to keep your balance, hold onto a nearby table or chair to help you keep steady.

Press Ups

Ideal for: working triceps and pecs

Reps: 10-20

press-ups

How to: use the sofa for balance, and place your hands on the edge of the seat, facing the floor. Keep your back straight and extend your legs so you’re resting on your toes. Press up and down, making sure to tighten your abs to fully engage the core.

Need some help? If a full press up is proving too difficult, do a half press by moving down onto your knees and repeating the action.s

Tricep Dips

Ideal for: working Triceps

Reps: 10-20

tricep-dips

How to: face away from the sofa and place your hands shoulder-width apart onto the arm. Stretch your legs out, feet flat on the floor, and bend your elbows to push up and down. Remember, it’s vital to keep your head up and your back straight!

Make things easier: bend your knee and do smaller dips if you’re finding things difficult. You’ll slowly build up your strength and be able to move onto the full tricep dip.

Knee Raises

Ideal for: working quads and stomach

Reps: 10-20

Knee-Raises

How to: sit on the edge of the sofa, legs outstretched. Keep your legs raised off the ground, and raise one knee to your chest. Return the leg to its original position and repeat with the other leg.

Remember: make sure you sit in a stable position. If you’re too close to the edge you risk falling forwards as you raise your knees.

A big thanks to our fitness expert, Shaun from Fitternotfatter, for helping us make the most out of our time on the sofa!  And don’t forget, you know your own body best. Shaun has reminded us about the importance of acknowledging your own limitations. Start out slow and steady, and build up your fitness routine over time.

If you do have any concerns or health issues that may affect your ability to exercise, make sure you consult a GP before exercising.