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Guides & Help 2015-04-14

How to Style Brightly Coloured Sofas

How to Style Brightly Coloured Sofas

Minimalist interior design have been a popular choice for some time, incorporating neutral shades, both through furniture and accessories. But who says you need everything beige to be on trend? Bold, vibrant colours paired with muted tones can create a modern look and inject some colour into your home.

By adding a statement sofa to your living space, you’ll create a focal point and be bang on trend. We’ve rounded up some easy ways to style brightly coloured sofas, which we hope will inspire you…

Do Your Research

One of the first things you need to before committing to a brightly coloured sofa and re-decorating any living space is plan; trawl through magazines and online sites such as Pinterest, to seek inspiration and help you choose a style you’ll love. We’ve put together a Pinterest board with some of our favourite bold interiors to inspire you and bring out your inner interior designer.

Find Your Perfect Sofa

Once you’ve sourced inspiration and know what style you have in mind, now is the time to start looking for your perfect piece of furniture. Whether you want to style your room around your sofa, or vice versa, you need to decide what material will best suit your theme? Print off images of styles you love and keep them close to hand when shopping, making it easier to imagine the finished result. Create a cosy interior with bright fabrics or a modern look with sleek leather upholstery. Also take into consideration your lifestyle –  any children, pets, to decide what material will work best in your home.

Keep Walls Neutral

Make sure your sofa is the centerpiece of your living room by keeping walls a neutral shade and show off the bold, vibrant colour. Shades of white and grey work well paired with contrasting shades of fuchsia and green to create a modern take on the minimalist trend. One of the big interior design trends for 2015 is lush colours of lime green, which look perfect paired against charcoal walls.

Tie in Accessories

If bold colours all over sound a bit too much, tie in accessories a similar shade to your sofa to add subtle hints against neutral walls. Look for small items such as tables, wall art, rugs and books for a quirky, personalised touch to any living space. Once you’ve got used to the bold colours, choose contrasting accessories; cushions and throws with vibrant prints for a fashionable update.

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Plenty of Choice at ScS

At ScS, we’re proud of our extensive range of fabric, corner and leather sofas. Whether it’s a scatter back or a recliner you’re looking for, use our colour filter tool on our website to enhance your search.cap_443 Apr. 14 14.58

Visit our website to view our full range of sofas.

Guides & Help 2015-04-01

Carpet Cleaning Myths

Carpet Cleaning Myths

There’s no easier way to transform a room by getting rid of your tired looking carpet and replacing it with something brand new. But, then comes the soul destroying moment – you spill something and panic you might have stained it forever. Just like celebrity gossip, there are so many ‘myths’ and ‘rumours’ about DIY carpet cleaning tricks; everyday items that can be used as stain removers and we’ve put them to the test so you don’t have to…

Baby Wipes

There’s nothing more annoying when you sit and make a cup of tea or coffee, go to your sofa and end up spilling it all over your carpet. Rumour has it that a good old baby wipe will do just the trick to remove excess stains – simply blot and the wipe will remove the stain, as well as soaking up any remaining liquid.

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The Verdict: Although these handy wipes might seem like a quick fix, they’re probably best suited to your baby.

White Wine and Salt

An old wives tale says that if you spill red wine on your carpet, the first thing you should do is pour some white wine onto the stain, which sounds quite terrifying and a waste of alcohol… Pour some alcohol over the stain to dilute it and then blot it with a cloth and cold water. Finish off by sprinkling a helping of salt over the top and wait for 10 minutes before vacuuming up the excess.

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The Verdict: In our opinion, this sounds like a waste of good wine and it’s better off in our glasses!

Vinegar

Who says you need expensive cleaning products to remove stains from carpets? A bottle of plain white vinegar will do the same job, apparently. With a strong PH level, vinegar is said to remove stains, as well as killing germs and bacteria. Pour vinegar onto the stain as soon as it happens, blot dry with a clean cloth and repeat if necessary until the stain is completely gone.

The Verdict: Unless you want your living room to have a strong scent of vinegar, we’d suggest sticking to old fashioned carpet cleaner.

Shaving Cream

Gone are the days of using shaving cream for its intended purpose of hair removal, it’s now being hailed as a carpet stain remover. Next time you get some grease or oil onto your carpet, head to your bathroom cupboard, instead of the kitchen. Blot the stain dry, pat it with a wet sponge then add a small helping of shaving foam, wiping away after a few minutes.

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The Verdict: Shaving foam can damage fibres in your carpet and its best left to remove excess hair, not stains…

WD-40

Tough stains like ink can be a nightmare to remove and WD40 is said to be a good, heavy duty stain remover. We know this is normally saved for sticking doors, but using a mixture of WD40 and warm soapy water is said to help remove tougher stains, without leaving behind any residue.

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The Verdict: Unless you want your house to smell like a garage, it’s best suited to sticking doors rather than ink stains.

You’ve invested a lot of money in your new carpet, so don’t leave it to chance and trust internet myths – get the right carpet cleaning solution for a range of stains with our handy carpet kits. We are the carpet specialists, so if you need advice, our dedicated employees are here to help…

If you would like to purchase an ScS Carpet Cleaning Kit, please telephone our Order Hotline on: 0800 731 0048.

Guides & Help 2015-03-13

A Guide to Buying a Corner Sofa

A Guide to Buying a Corner Sofa

Choosing a new corner sofa can seem a bit daunting but it shouldn’t need to be. Although it is an investment purchase, as long as you measure and do your research, buying a new sofa should be plain sailing. There are many things you need to take into consideration before purchasing a new piece of furniture, but here at ScS, we’ve put together a handy guide to buying a corner sofa to take away all the hard work and make choosing your new sofa as stress free as possible.

Before buying any new pieces of furniture you need to consider a few things…

  • Do you want something practical or luxurious?
  • Are there any pets in the house?
  • How many people will be using the sofa?

Once you’ve established what kind of sofa you are looking for and what style will best suit your needs, it’s time to start browsing. There are a wide range of styles and sizes to choose from, but depending on the size of your room, you need to take into consideration what would work best for your home. Corner sofas are especially good for larger living spaces – they can easily fit into a corner and free up space – or can create a divide in an open plan living area. Available in leather or fabric, recliner or static, there are tons of different styles to choose from.

Measure, measure, and measure again…

 

So you’ve decided you want a new sofa and you’ve started to look at different styles, now it’s time to get the measuring tape out. All of our pieces of furniture come with a handy measuring guide on our website, giving you all of the important dimensions you will need. Measure the space where your new sofa will be placed, as well as any doors where the furniture will be carried through. Make sure to double check any measurements taken; even the tiniest amount can make a huge difference to how your furniture will look.

Left or right hand facing…

Chances are if you’ve been looking at corner sofas online, you will have seen either RHF or LHF next to products. But don’t let furniture jargon baffle you – this simply means either right hand facing or left hand facing and determines where the longest part of your sofa will lie. See our blog post here highlighting the difference between RHF and LHF corner sofas.

Fabric or Leather…

When it comes to choosing what sofa material to buy always take into consideration your lifestyle. If you have any pets or children around the house who are prone to the odd accident, leather can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth; any spillages can be taken care of right away. Whereas, fabric is more suited to non-scratching or biting pets and can withstand gentle vacuuming to remove any mess.

Static or recliner…

Corner sofas are available in various different styles, so you can choose the right one for your home. Lounge around with the whole family on a reclining corner, or choose a stylish static fabric sofa. Also available are corner sofa beds, perfect for to free up some space when you have extra guests staying over.

Match your sofa to your interiors…

Your new sofa will be the focal point of your living space, so it’s best to either buy a piece of furniture that fits around the décor of the room or add a few accessories to tie into your colour scheme. For a piece that will fit any interior design, opt for neutral colours of beige and cream with bold scatter cushions to create a cosy feel. Whereas for a modern décor and to create a focal point, opt for darker colours of black, grey and brown.

Added Extras…

Once you’ve decided on a style and colour scheme to suit your living space, now it’s time to think about any added extras. Choose from foam, fibre, and standard or scatter back cushions for extra comfort. Foam cushions are firmer and give added support, whereas fibre offer a softer more comfortable feel; many of our sofas are complete with foam seats as standard but are also offered as an upgrade on various ranges.

Once you’ve taken all of these things into consideration you should be well on your way to choosing the perfect corner sofa for your home. To browse our full range of corner sofas and get some much needed inspiration visit our website scs.co.uk

Entertainment 2015-03-06

Iconic Sofas and Chairs in Television

Kitchens are often considered the heart of the home, where families and friends congregate together. But, our sofas are the place we spend a lot of free time; watching TV, catching up with loved ones and they can see us through many special occasions in our lives. Over the years sofas have become an inaugural part of sitcoms and shows, and we’ve rounded up some of the most famous sofas and chairs in television, which have gone on to become iconic pieces in popular culture.

Guides & Help 2015-02-16

Sofas: Leather or Fabric?

Sofas come in a variety of materials and designs, but to simplify things, we’ll take a look into the most common types; leather and fabric. We’ll examine the pros and cons of each so that you’re able to select a sofa which is ideal for you, your family and your home.

Unfortunately there is no right answer when it comes to which type of material is best; both have their unique features which will appeal to different people with different needs.

Fabric Sofas

Fabric sofas tend to be the most popular choice and there are a variety of reasons for this. First and foremost is the abundance of styles and designs available. Fabric sofas come in a range of colours, making them much more suited to particular interior designs.

They also offer warmth, owing to the fabrics used which then adds additional comfort, as well as looking more homely. View our entire fabric collection here.

Advantages

  • Fabrics help to make your home feel more cosy, providing comfort and warmth to aid relaxation
  • There are a variety of styles, colours and designs available so you’re more likely to find the perfect sofa for your home
  • Different fabrics diversify the choices available; velvet, linen, chenille and wool all help to create differences within the fabric sofa spectrum
  • Some fabric covers are removable, which makes it easy to keep clean and free from dust/other particles

Disadvantages

  • Fabric, although washable, can become so stained that no amount of cleaning can remove marks
  • Fabric sofas can wear with time, meaning frays can develop
  • Fabric sofas attract odours, so if your sofa is going to be around pets, children and smoke, fabric may not be your best option

Leather Sofas

Leather sofas are elegant in appearance and can help to radiate a contemporary feel in your living space. They are a popular choice because of how easy they are to keep clean; a damp cloth and a vacuum will allow you to complete most cleaning tasks.

The increased durability of leather sofas also makes them an attractive option for those wishing to renew the furniture in their homes. Unlike fabric sofas, leather sofas are much more resistant to unpleasant odours so they may be a viable option for those with pets or those who smoke indoors. Additionally, they are easy to keep clean so those with children may select a leather sofa on this reason alone.

At ScS, we are proud to sell our exclusive range of Endurance sofas, which are designed to be superbly durable and long lasting. View the range here.

Advantages

  • Clean with just a vacuum or damp cloth
  • Over time leather sofas will become more comfortable and improve in appearance
  • The modern image of leather sofas means that your furniture will not date as quickly as a fabric sofa
  • Wide variety of sofas to choose from to suit price range and interior style

Disadvantages

  • Leather is cold to the touch, so may not feel as cosy as a fabric sofa
  • Leather can be susceptible to scratches, so sharp objects should be kept at a distance
  • Less colours to choose from than a fabric sofa

Anyone who is considering purchasing a new sofa should consider both the advantages and disadvantages of both types, in order to make sure you are happy with your choice and that it is suitable for your home.

Guides & Help 2015-01-29

Kitchen Flooring: What Is the Cheapest Option?

Kitchen Flooring: What Is The Cheapest Option?

A great way to fully transform the look and feel of your kitchen is to change the flooring. This will help to set the tone in the room before anything else.

Kitchens, like bathrooms, require the correct type of flooring, both from a design perspective and also in terms of practicality. Having a non water-resistant carpet in a bathroom for example can lead to a range of issues, such as damp and unpleasant aromas.

So in terms of kitchen flooring, the price varies just as much as the designs, and there are many to choose from. Laminate flooring is particularly cost-effective and carries a lower price tag than most the other types of flooring available.

It’s a good idea to first think about what type of flooring you want; will you be going for an authentic-looking wooden floor or an original form of laminate?

Original Style Laminate Flooring

Silver Plus Laminate Only £16.99 m2

Ideal for busier households, this is one of the most popular types of laminate flooring. This is due to its relatively low price tag, along with its ability to cope with wear and tear. So if you’re looking for something that is highly practical, an original style laminate floor is what you are after. Besides looking great, this type of laminate also boasts the following:

  • Durability
  • Great design
  • Low cost
  • Modern

 Real Wood Effect Laminate Flooring

Gold Plus Laminate Only £19.99 m2

Since the early days of laminate, flooring technology has greatly advanced and this has allowed for the emergence of realistic designs. You can replace the floor in your kitchen with this type of laminate flooring instead of real wood, which could save you money! Like the traditional laminates (see above), this type of flooring can also withstand heavy footfall, making it another great choice for busier households. The cost of realistic-looking flooring tends be slightly higher than that of traditional laminate and this is because it imitates real wood and is more technologically advanced in terms of the design. Still there are many great features:

  • Cheaper alternative to real wood
  • Durable
  • Ideal for busy households
  • Modern design
  • Imitates real wood

Vinyl 

New Bubblegum & Liquorice Vinyl Only £16.99 m2

Vinyl is another cost-effective option that you can roll out into your kitchen. Many people prefer this option as it creates a softer feel underfoot, this down to the thin layer of felt/foam which is contained within the product.

Another reason that vinyl is a preferred choice for kitchens is that it is water and dirt resistant, making it ideal for use in kitchens and utility rooms. In terms of cleaning and maintenance, vinyl only requires sweeping with the occasional mop to ensure that the material stays looking its best. Key features:

  • Water and dirt resistant
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Cheaper alternative to real wood flooring
  • Wears well

To view our fantastic range of flooring, in a range of styles and designs, please click here.

Guides & Help 2014-05-28

Choosing the Right Material – Leather or Fabric?

Choosing the right material – leather or fabric? For some this will be an easy decision, for others, not so easy. Sofa shopping can become quite problematic if you are not entirely sure what it is that you are looking for. There are thousands of varieties and brands to choose from – plastic, fabric, leather, corner sofas, sofa-beds, three piece sofas and more.

However, for this post we will focus on only fabric and leather; if you need some inspiration or are just unsure, continue reading this guide and we will tell you the best features of having either a fabric or leather sofa.

Why Choose Leather

Leather is a great material; it’s easy to clean, it looks modern and luxurious and best of all, it gets better with age. All it takes is a damp cloth to wipe over leather in order to remove any build-up of dirt which can cause fabric wear and dulling of the colours. Maintaining your leather sofa is crucial to maximise its lifespan and increase the strength of the material.

There are several varieties of leather to choose from, each with their own unique points. For example, the most premium leather available is ‘Italian full grain’ or ‘top grain’. Top grain means that the layers of the hide are used to make the leather and this increases the lifespan and durability of it. Although this leather is the most expensive, it is also of the highest quality.

Another type of leather which is common in household furniture is called ‘aniline leather’ and this is the most natural looking out of all the leather types. Similarly, as the name suggests, ‘semi-aniline leather’ maintains its natural look, but has more durability. The durability of semi-aniline leather is due to a thin layer of pigment that is applied to the top of the leather which helps to ensure consistent colours and also brings with it some stain resistance.

Faux leather is sometimes used as a cheaper alternative to natural leather; however, it can still look as natural as the real thing. This type of material tends to last longer and has improved durability.

Leather is quite versatile as it can be added to any room to instantly give a modern feel and there are a variety of types of leather, depending on your own personal circumstances and needs. Leather is often picked above fabric for households with pets and babies as they are much easier to clean. Of course, to prolong the life of your sofa, we recommend you use ScS recommended cleaning products.

 Why Choose Fabric

Just like with leather, there are a wide variety of fabric materials to choose from when it comes to your sofa. What type of fabric you choose will depend on your personal preferences and taste, as well as how you intend to use the furniture. Some fabrics are more durable than others and this might be more appropriate for a household with pets and small children where stains and accidents are likely, should leather not be an option for you.

Microfibre

Recently, microfibre has soared in popularity due to its very soft feel, almost velvety to the touch. The polyester fibres contained within this fabric promote durability, yet at the same time provide lots of comfort. Although this type of fabric is not as easy to clean as leather, it does allow for a quick response time, should anything be spilt.

Microfibre is a popular choice too for those who suffer with allergies. This is because the fibres are so closely woven that it does not allow much opportunity for the build of dust and allergens.

Blend of Polyester and Cotton

A mix or polyester and cotton as a sofa fabric are a popular choice for families and extended families. The synthetic polyester material is used as it strengthens and protects the fabric in order to minimise wrinkling and fading. This makes it an ideal choice for a high-traffic household. The cotton is added to the mix as it provides extra comfort and makes the sofa more visually pleasing.  This is a good choice all round for a sofa, due to its cost-effectiveness and high durability. It should be able to withstand time in a busy family household with limited wear and tear.

Cotton Fabric

Cotton is one of the most (if not the most) popular fabrics in the world. It is highly prevalent in a range of industries such as clothing and home design. The material comes from the seedpod of the cotton plant and it is popular because of its soft and comfortable touch.

Cotton is relatively easy to clean and the material breathes in hot weather, absorbing body perspiration which it later expels though evaporation. During colder months, cotton retains body heat adding to its comfortability.

Textured cotton sofas are as the name suggests. The cotton is textured, adding to the visual appeal of the sofa. Sofas of this variety are not ideal for heavy use because worn patches may show up more quickly on textured sofas. They are also more prone to attracting and retaining dust. Textured cotton sofas are used more as show-pieces, rather than everyday sofas as they are not suitable for heavy use.

Vinyl Sofas

Vinyl is a synthetic material and is similar in its appearance to leather. It is often used as a sofa covering because it is protective due to its durable nature. Wear of this fabric is very slow and barely noticeable and it is also very easy to clean. This makes vinyl sofas suitable for children’s bedrooms or any areas where they will experience lots of use.

ScS offer a fabric care kit for just £30.

Leather or Fabric – Which is Right for You?

Before going ahead and purchasing a sofa, it really is a good idea to think about the different types of fabric available and which of these will work best in your home. Each fabric has its own unique strengths and weaknesses; you just need to decide which one appeals to you the most.

All fabrics will experience wear over their lifetime which is why it is important that you make the right choice according to your circumstances, in order to get maximum use out of a specific sofa.

For a range of stunning sofas, both leather and fabric, visit www.scs.co.uk

Guides & Help 2014-04-01

Choosing the Right Size Sofa

Choosing the right size sofa.

Buying a new sofa is a major investment. There is nothing worse than falling in love with one, only to get it home and find it doesn’t fit. Finding the right size sofa may seem simple but they come in all shapes and sizes. Your perfect sofa is out there, so before you buy do your homework and ask yourself these four questions.

1. Will it fit?
So you’ve found your perfect sofa, measured your room and guess what? It fits! Your sofa arrives and the happy occasion turns sour when you realise there’s no way it’s going to get through your door. It’s important to consider the size of not only your living space but the size of your doorways. Measure, then measure again not just your front door but anywhere the sofa is going to need to fit through. Do you need to get it upstairs or down a tight hallway? Always check to see if any legs can be removed as this could give you the few extra inches you may need.

2. How will it be used and who will use it?
Do you want the sofa for occasional sitting or for lounging? Is comfort your main priority or style? You need to decide what it is you want from your sofa and weigh it accordingly when making your choice. It’s also important to know just who is going to use the sofa on a regular basis. There’s no point buying one two-seater sofa when there are four people living in your house, cue never ending arguments about who gets to sit where.

3. Where will it go?
Before you purchase your sofa, you need to settle on just where it is you want to put it and decide what shape will fit best. Perhaps you’re looking to use your sofa as a room divider or maybe you want it to sit under a window. For this you would need to check the height to ensure you’re not blocking the view. Is their other furniture in the room your sofa needs to work with? For those who enjoy rearranging their furniture, make sure to choose a versatile sofa the moves easily.

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