Guides & Help 2019-04-09

What is a Snuggle Chair?

Also known as ‘love seats’, here at ScS, we have a wide range of snuggle chairs, perfect for getting cosy with loved ones. But, what exactly is a Snuggle Chair? We’ve delved into the history of this dainty chair and rounded up a selection of our favourite pieces available both in store and online.

Guides & Help 2019-03-22

Spring Clean Your House: Tips & Tricks

March 1st officially marked the start of spring and although the weather might still be chilly, days are getting longer and the sun is starting to make an appearance. While most people get the re-decorating bug around this time of year, a simple spring clean will leave your home gleaming and looking as good as new. We’ve rounded up some easy tips and tricks to spring clean your house, just in time for the summer months.

Guides & Help 2019-02-01

Keep Your Living Room Cosy This Winter

Winter is here! We are well underway in the winter months, and judging by the weather forecast over the next few days, it’s only going to get worse! With snow blizzards and lots of rain, these dark nights there’s nothing better than coming home to a nice cosy living room and putting your feet up! 

While turning up your heating will help with the warmth of your home, it will take a little more effort to give it the snug, cosy feel you crave on a cold winter night.

Here are a few simple suggestions on how you can make your living room as comfortable as possible. 

Candles, Candles and more Candles

Lighten up your room and give off some warming aromas with lots of candles! You can never have too many candles, however, we suggest placing them inside a lantern, to make sure accidents don’t happen!

Too many cushions? Impossible!

Snuggling up amongst a massive pile of cushions is the quickest and easiest way to get cosy on a cold winter’s night. For extra snug cushions and sofas, why don’t you browse our fantastic selection of scatter back sofas here?

Lots of Throws and Blankets

Accessorise your home with the latest trends with the help of a blanket or throw, and give your home a cosy feel at the same time. Tartan and checks are all the range this winter, and the thicker the blanket, the cosier your living room! 

Thick Shag Pile Rugs

Here at ScS, we know a thing or two about rugs, and we can guarantee that a rug will really help with those winter drafts that floating your home. From hand-woven rugs to contemporary, shaggy designs, we’ve got a wide variety of styles and colours that will give your feet that snug feel on a winter’s night. Check them out here!

Let us know what you plan on doing to your living room this winter to keep it super cosy!

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.

Entertainment 2018-12-28

Celebrate Good Times! Come On!

2018 is nearly over! However, there is still one big event left, New Year’s Eve! This exciting evening is full of fun and lots of partying! 

Deciding on what to do on New Year’s Eve can cause lots of dilemmas! Do you hit the town? Go to a party? Watch the fireworks? Or stay in and have a cosy night in with your loved ones on the sofa? Here at ScS we’re opting for the latter, and want to see 2019 in with a nice takeaway, a box set and a bottle of bubbly (or two…). 

When staying in on NYE there’s nothing better than cosying up on the couch and waiting for the countdown! This magical moment is the highlight of NYE and getting up and trying to recite the lyrics to ‘Auld Lang Syne’ always provides some laughs! 

Whatever you get up to this New Year’s Eve, make sure you spend it care free, stress free and with the people who really matter most to you!  

Let us know what you get up to tonight, and we wish you all the best for 2019! 

Entertainment 2018-12-27

New Years Resolutions

Now it’s a new year, it’s time to start all those things we’ve been trying to do the whole of 2018. In reality, we all know these resolutions won’t see February, but we can dream. 

The classic resolutions like start going to the gym, start eating healthier and to stop drinking are usually the first to fail at the first hurdle. Other resolutions such as stop eating chocolate, stop smoking and saving money usually start off strong, but again, rarely make it out of the first few weeks. 

According to a recent ComRes poll, the most common New Year’s resolutions in the UK include: 

  1. Exercise more (38 per cent)
  2. Lose weight (33 per cent)
  3. Eat more healthily (32 per cent)
  4. Take a more active approach to health (15 per cent) 
  5. Learn new skill or hobby (15 per cent) 
  6. Spend more time on personal wellbeing (12 per cent) 
  7. Spend more time with family and friends (12 per cent) 
  8. Drink less alcohol (12 per cent) 
  9. Stop smoking (9 per cent)
  10. Other (1 per cent)

Exercise based resolutions seem to be the most common new year’s resolutions with everyone trying to get that perfect bod for the summer holiday season only a few months away. However, for this year, I think we should all just agree to wear our wintery dad bods all year round and save ourselves the time and effort of the gruelling workouts we force ourselves to do. 

Another common resolution is to drink less alcohol. After a boozy Christmas period and New Year’s Eve, either a dry January or a promise to yourself to drink less is always appealing, and is also a great resolution to save money and get healthier. However, like many other resolutions, once dry January is over and you don’t have the full support of others, this resolution can quickly deteriorate. The parties start coming back around with more and more social gatherings, and a few nice glasses of wine becomes more appealing. 

Let us know your new year resolutions and we wish everyone the best of luck for their New Year’s Resolutions.