The sun is coming out, the evenings are getting longer and the buds are turning green. Spring is nearly here, and it’s time to get your home ready. Here are some simple tips from our experts to capture the spirit of the season in your home:
As the festive season approaches, unexpected guests become more prevalent, and extra bed space is a much desired commodity.
Airbeds, futons and sofas can work a last resort, but they won’t offer the same levels of comfort of our stylish sofa beds. To help you get started, our experts are here with some practical hints and tips:
Don’t just measure the room the sofa will take up in its standard form, measure how much room it will use when the mattress is unfolded. Our sofa beds come with thick, pocket sprung mattresses designed for comfort, and it’s vital that they can be unfolded properly. Along with this, take into account the amount of space required around the sofa bed when it is unfolded – people need to be able to get in and out of bed with ease, and not having to climb over a partner in the middle of the night!
Once you’ve measured your room, and worked out the amount of space available, it’s time to decide on the shape and size. At ScS, we offer a variety of large and small corner , 2 seaters and 3 seaters sofa beds in both fabric and leather options.
Corner sofas are great for maximising floor space, and seating a number of people at once, while 2 seaters are an ideal option for a flat, where a more compact sofa bed is required. For more information, read our sofa buying guide, which will provide you with all the information you need.
Do you live in a busy home? Do you have small children? Do you have pets? These are the questions you must ask yourself before deciding on whether you want a fabric or leather sofa bed. While leather is perfect for homes with young kids, it may not be ideal if you let your pets jump up on your sofa, as their nails can catch and tear the leather.
If you’ve decided on a fabric sofa bed, the next big question is: standard back or scatter back? Standard backed sofa beds are great for adding extra support, with their fixed, high back cushions, making them ideal for people suffering from back pain. Scatter back sofas are softer by design, but are available in a much wider variety of colours and styles, making them ideal for giving your living room a modern edge.
Yes? Then, we’ve got plenty of options to choose from! Our stylish sofa beds don’t just look great as a sofa; they also come complete with an easy to unfold, thick pocket sprung mattress that is guaranteed to give your guests the comfort they crave. And, with up to four years interest free credit available on all sofa beds, your new sofa bed doesn’t have to break the bank!
Whether you live in a studio flat or a four bed house, space is a much desired commodity. If you’re struggling to make space in your home; don’t worry, our interior design experts are here with some simple decorating solutions to help you to maximise the space you have.
Forget the horrific 90s futons, we’re talking about stylish sofa designs like this Cleveland Sofa Bed. The Cleveland sofa collection is the ultimate range for practicality, combining stylish sofas and beds with whilst providing a very contemporary look.
Stylish storage units
Think coffee tables with a drawer to store TV controllers, sideboards or footstools with built in storage. Adding furniture with built in storage can help you keep your home tidier, and reduce the build-up of clutter.
Make books and records a feature
Don’t just hide them away to accumulate dust – books and records can make an eye catching feature provided you get the right bookshelf to store them in. Our Oak Lounge open shelf unit is crafted from solid oak, the timber is seasoned (kiln dried), the natural oak finish sanded smooth, and the chocko finish sanded to leave a more open grain. This sleek, stylish design is the perfect solution for storing records and books in your home.
See through furnishings, mirrors and ceiling to floor curtains
See through furnishings and mirrors have been used by interior designers for years to trick the eye into believing a room is larger and more spacious than it actually is. Floor to ceiling curtains provide a similar effect, making the ceilings seem higher, thus making the room more spacious in the process.
Bold, patterned wallpaper
Making a feature of your walls with bold, patterned wallpaper can add depth to your room and create the illusion of more space. Be careful not to go overboard with standout wallpaper, as to much can work against you – perhaps start with a feature wall.
These decorating tips will help transform your home and allow you to maximise space. If you feel like starting today, why don’t you take advantage of up to 4 years free credit, 0% APR representative on all purchases over £310?
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.
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 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 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