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Dining Room Sizing Guide: Know Your Measurements
February 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0

Ddining room measuring guide Danetti You could order a beautiful dining table and chairs, a contemporary dining bench or a set of stylish bar stools, but it’s no good if they don’t fit in your space!

Ordering online, it’s especially important to check your measurements. Although our returns are free and easy, it’s always nice to get things right first time around. That’s why we’ve created our ultimate dining room sizing guide. In this post we'll cover:

  • Measuring your room
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Benches

 

First Things First: Measure your room

You can do this by either:

  • Drawing out a plan of the room to scale on squared paper and add your furniture measurements.

or

  • Mark out the dimensions of the piece of furniture you’d like to buy using a piece of cardboard or masking tape. Doing this is a great visual representation of how much space your furniture will take up and will also help you check that it’s the right proportions for your room.

 

Dining Seating

The optimum seat height for a dining chair is when there is 26cm to 30cm between the top of the seat and the top of the dining table.

Zilo and Fia 4 to 6 Seater Dining Set Zilo and Fia 4 to 6 Seater Dining Set

If your chair is 46cm to 51cm from the floor to the top of the seat, it will fit well under a standard height table while allowing plenty of legroom. If you are after a chair that has lumbar support, a back height between 30cm and 40cm is ideal.

Sizing Checklist

  1. Height
  2. Seat width
  3. Seat height
  4. Depth
  5. Back Height
  6. Footprint

 

Dining Chair Spacing

Allow 60-80cm per place setting, dependant on whether you want a cosier feel or a more spacious feel.

Fern White Gloss and Stylo Extending Dining Set Fern White Gloss and Stylo Extending Dining Set

 

Dining Armchairs

Don’t forget that if you go for dining armchairs you may need to double check the spacing. The thickness of the table top will eat into your space available for the arm of the chair

Marlow Swivel Dining Armchair Marlow Swivel Dining Armchair

Check the Footprint

Bear in mind that some dining chairs are wider at the bottom, for example, our Marlow or Ora dining chairs, so will need more space around the table. It’s always best to check the measurements and if they aren’t available, just ask! In this instance, the measurement you are looking for is called the ‘footprint’ .

 

Ora Dining Chair Ora Dining Chair

Dining Table Sizing

The length measurement of a table refers to the length of the table top, not from where you can fit your chairs tucked in underneath. Generally speaking, the description of the table will include how many it can seat, but if you are hoping to squeeze in a few more or use other chairs, make sure you check.

Louis Ceramic Marble and Deco Real Leather Extending Dining Set
Louis Ceramic Marble and Deco Real Leather Extending Dining Set

 

Plan to leave 70-90cm between the edge of your table and each wall or between other pieces of furniture in the room. This is so that chairs can be pulled out with ease, leaving enough room for people to pass through.

Profile and Ida 4 to 6 Seater Glass and Grey Dining Set Profile and Ida 4 to 6 Seater Glass and Grey Dining Set

 

If you’re looking at a dining table with an apron, make sure you check the height of the arms on the chairs so that they can slide under neatly.

As a final check, why not mark out the space to get a rough idea of how much room the table will occupy. It’s the easiest way to get a feel for how much physical space the table will take up.

 

Round Dining Tables

Round dining tables are great for giving a good amount of seating space in a small area. No corners mean the table allows for ease of movement in kitchen or dining areas where space might be a little tight. Sizing wise, you can be a bit more flexible with your seating, just depends on how snug or spread out you’d like to sit!

So here is our final run through of the vital checks...

  1. Measure your space
  2. Table height (this is especially important when it comes to choosing dining chairs)
  3. Table width - especially if you want to use the ends
  4. Table length
  5. Table length with extensions
  6. Where are the extension panels stored?
  7. Table measurement from in-between the legs (not just the table top)
  8. Will everyone fit?

Louis Ceramic Marble and Light Grey Extending Dining Table

 

Dining Benches

Full Length or Tucked in

Full length

Great For: maximizing the seats around the table. A full-length bench does what it says on the tin - it needs to be the full length of your table. This style works especially well with pedestal-style bases as you can neatly tuck the bench in while still maximising the space you have available. That’s not to say it doesn’t look great alongside a table with legs, just consider how you will be able to sit on the bench and if the table legs are in the way.

Sanza Grey Gloss and Mellow Blush Velvet Bench Dining Set Sanza Grey Gloss and Mellow Blush Velvet Bench Dining Set

TOP TIP: If you decide not to tuck your bench in we suggest choosing a backless bench. A backless bench will be narrower than a bench with a backrest. You still have all the seat comfort without the extra depth of the back. Also, backless benches are lightweight and easy to move in and out.

 

Tucked in

Great For: Space saving and a neat compact look. To be able to tuck your bench underneath a table with legs, the bench will need to fit the ‘inside leg length’ measurement rather than the length of the table top. You’ll also want to leave about 5cm for clearance to avoid bumping into the legs every time the bench is pulled in and out.

Fergus Fabric 3 Seater Bench with Backrest Fergus Fabric 3 Seater Bench with Backrest

TOP TIP: Whether you have your bench tucked in or at the full length of your table, we recommend that you allow enough space so that when you are sitting on the bench, the front of the bench is in line with the front of the table. This applies for corner benches as well as it will give you the optimum comfort while seated.

Bench Sizing Checklist

  1. Seat back height If your bench has a backrest and you plan to put it against a wall be sure to check that it fits with any panelling or window sills.
  2. Seat height (from floor to the seat) A comfortable seat height should be around 45cm, the same as a dining chair
  3. Bench depth
  4. Seat depth
  5. Bench length

 

So there you have it. Everything you need to know when it comes to dining room sizing. Make sure you take a look at our buying guides for even more information on styling and sizing for your home.

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Bedroom, Beds, Buying Guides
Contemporary Beds: Ultimate Bed Buying Guide
January 18, 2019 at 2:17 pm 0
Mellow Teal Velvet King Size BedBuying a bed is a big investment for your home. And it's where we spend most of our time too. With most of us spending between 7 to 9 hours a night curled up under the covers, you'll want to make sure the bed you choose is as comfortable, supportive and long-lasting as it can be. If you're a little overwhelmed by the number of contemporary beds available, take a look at our bed buying tips and you'll be choosing the perfect piece in no time!

Double, King or Super King?

TYPE Double King Super King
AVG. SIZE 4ft6 UK Double. 135cm x 190cm / 4'6 x 6'3" 5ft UK King size. 150cm x 200cm / 5' x 6'6" 6ft UK Super King size. 180cm x 200cm / 6' x 6'6"
WEIGHT BEARING 500kgs 500kgs 500kgs

Double Bed

A double bed is a great size for a spare room or as an upgrade from a single bed in a room where space is a little limited. A double can comfortably fit two people and is a popular choice.

King Size Bed

If you’ve got the space, consider a king size bed frame. A traditional king size bed may be too bulky for a small bedroom, however, they do offer that extra bit of sleeping and potential storage space.

Super Kingsize Bed

The extra inches of a super king size bed frame will not only keep you well supported, it also gives you and your sleeping partner that extra bit of room to move around and get comfortable without disturbing one another.

Top Tip: If you’re upgrading your bed size  - think about your bedding! A king size isn’t too much bigger than a double, so you might be able to pass. However, jumping from a double to a super king you’ll need some new sheets.

Consider Your Space:

    • It’s best to leave a minimum of 76cm at all sides of your bed so you can get around it comfortably. This will also allow enough room for bedside tables, wardrobe/cabinets, doors to open etc.
    • Could you downsize your current bedframe to make more use of your room? Or upsize if you have space? Consider what’s more important, extra flooring or extra room in bed.
  • If you don't yet have a bed in your room, get a feel for the sizing by using masking tape or a piece of cardboard to mark out where it’ll sit.

Questions to Ask Before You Buy:

    • Does the bed come with a headboard?
    • Are there storage options?
    • What’s my budget?
    • Do I have space to open the storage options?
    • How will the bed be delivered - fully assembled, or is assembly needed?
    • Is a mattress included?
    • What does the bed's guarantee cover, and for how long?
  • Will it fit through my door?

Choosing Your Bed Frame

Height: The height of the frame and the matress will affect how easy it is to get in and out of the bed. There’s not right or wrong, just what suits you and your space. Headboards: A tall headboard will add both impact and grandeur to any bedroom interior, whereas a shorter headboard will help to open up the space. Contemporary beds are available in a variety of designs so you can realy have some fun with your styling.  Structure: No one wants a bed that feels wobbly or creaky every time someone rolls over! That’s why it’s important to check the bedframe. Ask yourself:
    • How is it constructed?
    • What’s holding it in place?
  • What materials have been used?
A selection of our contemporary beds are constructed of bowed beech slats. These then slot into place onto aluminium base rails, using sturdy plastic fittings to support your mattress. This helps to keep it in the most supportive and comfortable position. It’s factors like this that ensure you’re choosing a supportive and quality bed, so they’re important to check. Flooring: beds are weighty pieces of furniture so you’ll want to protect the flooring underneath. Floor protectors on the feet, or having a rug or carpet are all simple solutions to keep your flooring looking its best.

Top Tip: When it comes to assembling a slat frame bed, pre-assemble your bed slats and then put the bed together, rather than attaching them one by one when the frame is in place. This will save both time and effort!

Contemporary Beds & Simple Storage

Everyday Access vs Longer Storage

What you want to store in your bed will help you choose the type of storage you need. If you’re looking to house clothes you regularly need, opt for a bed with drawers as this allows for easy access. Items you want to store for longer periods of time, like winter coats and bedding, would be better stored in an ottoman bed as this offers more support and space.
Amalfi Peacock Velvet King Size Bed with Storage

The internal storage for the Amalfi is a great space saver.

Top Tip: With a fixed frame bed, consider the height from the floor to the underside of the bed as this may allow for space for storage underneath.

Snooze in Style

Once you know your sizing, you can move onto the fun stuff- the styling! And with our Stylist’s bedroom cheatsheet, creating a cosy bedroom interior couldn't be easier….
  • Stick to a minimal colour palette - Choose colours within the same shade to create a complementary look and create a serene setting.
  • You can’t beat fresh white sheets - you can then add a couple of tonal cushions for an added element of colour- but simple is always best.
    • Clash your textures - for example, balance the smoothness of velvet with a chunky knit and cool metallics like brass and copper for an effortlessly trendy and designer look.
    • Less is always more - The more bits and bobs you have on display, the more cluttered your bedroom will feel. Invest in trendy boxes or side tables with drawers to hide all those unsightly necessities. Tidy room, tidy mind.
    • Play with proportions - Avoid an expanse of bed linen by breaking it up with throws and cushions.
    • Wooden floors need a rug - You can choose an area rug, to sit under and around the base of your bed, or a couple of runners either side, just to keep your toes toasty on cold mornings.
    • Warm things up with chunky knits and sheepskin rugs. You don't want your bedroom to feel cold and uninviting.
  • Style your bedside tables simply - a simple stack of your favourite books, a pretty vase and a relaxing candle should be more than enough.

Care & Cleaning

Velvet Bed Frame

Velvet upholstery is far easier to clean and maintain than you may think. Firstly, the 100% polyester short pile velvet we use for our range of furniture has been rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know it’s far from delicate. It’s best to act as soon as a spill occurs, as it’s far easier to clean velvet before the mark sinks through to penetrate the base cloth.
  1. To wipe away marks, use an absorbent cloth or paper towel to soak up the spillage. Dab the surface rather than rubbing as this will better soak up the liquid.
  2. To clean your velvet furniture, all you need to use is a soft cloth and some warm soapy water, wiping the fabric in a circular motion.
  3. Then, leave the material to air dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process.
  4. You can also vacuum your velvet upholstery by using the handheld nozzle. This will better collect any dust or bits that have been caught up in the pile. Be sure to use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum as this will be much softer on your velvet and avoid any unwanted marks.
If you feel your velvet upholstery has lost a bit of its sheen, have no fear. You can use a steamer to restore its signature shine by keeping the nozzle moving across the velvet at a moderate pace. Move in the direction of the nap and hold the steamer about an inch away from the fabric for the best results. Once completely dry, brush the material in the direction of the nap using a soft-bristled hairbrush. We also suggest regularly brushing your velvet bed frame with a velvet brush or soft clothes brush, going in the direction of the nap. 

Fabric Bed Frame

Our melange fabric bed frames are upholstered in a fabric made from single or spun melange yarn. You can tell it apart from other multi-coloured or dyed fabrics as you can see varying colour flecks, rather than it being one solid colour.

Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning your bed frame is probably your best option, as it's unlikely you'll need to go ahead and deep clean the whole frame. To do this:
  1. For any small little marks, you can usually clean them off with some warm soapy water- as long as you catch them quick enough! Put 1 tablespoon of dish soap (such as Fairy) into 2 cups of warm water.
  2. Take a clean white cloth and dab it into your soapy water. Pat over the stain (don't rub) and use a dry white cloth to absorb the water. Repeat this 3-4 times until stain has gone.
  3. If you have a slightly more stubborn stain, then try adding 1x tablespoon of white vinegar into your soapy solution. White vinegar is a great household cleaner and can be used in all sorts of cleaning solutions. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, as this will disappear once dry

So There You Have It!

If you feel like you need a lie down after all that information, why not take a look at the Danetti Bedroom Range and see what your home is missing! If it's bedroom styling you're after, be sure to take a look at Bedroom Styling Tips with our Interior Stylist. 
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Cleaning Guides, Guides, Materials
Interior Styling – How to Style and Care for Velvet Furniture
November 30, 2018 at 4:26 pm 0
With the world of interiors flooded with Velvet Furniture, it's highly likely you too own a piece of this iconic furnishing fabric. But How do you style velvet furniture in a modern home? And what do you do if, heaven forbid, you spill a drink? We cover style, care and general know-how on Velvet furniture so you can keep your favourite furniture looking fresh and new for longer...  

Mellow Velvet Bed in Ochre

 

Velvet Furniture Styling

  New for 2018 is our range of velvet furniture. Available in everything from Stools to Dining Chairs, Bar Stools to Benches and Beds, you're bound to find that one statement piece to step up your interior style game.     However, if you want to introduce a splash of velvet to your home but don't know where to start, fear not. Our Interior Stylist brings you her top tips on kitting out your home with a velvet flash. From maximalist to minimalist, there's a style solution for any home.  

Simple Beginnings

If you love velvet furniture but aren't quite ready to make a full style statement, start off by introducing just a touch of velvet into your home interior.  

Plaza Stool in Blush Pink Velvet

  Start off by introducing velvet into smaller pieces of furniture such as footstools or dining chairs. Our Plaza Velvet Stool is a great place to start. Available in 4 different colours and at just £99, you're sure to find the perfect match for your home. The metallic base also adds a touch of luxury, instantly bringing your home interior to a new level.  

Velvet Dining Chairs

If you're looking to make more of a style statement but want to keep the cost down, think about updating your kitchen with Velvet Dining Chairs. They will bring an instant look to interior design to your home, without the cost or effort! Take a look at our new Velvet Dining Chairs...  

Bay Velvet Dining Chair, Available in Teal and Petrol Grey Velvet with Stainless Steel Leg

 

Form Velvet Dining Chair. Available in Teal and Blush Velvet with Brushed Brass Base, and Silver Grey Velvet with Stainless Steel Base.

 

Harper Velvet Dining Chair. Available in Smoke Grey and Shell Velvet with Chrome Legs

 

Form Velvet Dining Armchair. Available in Teal and Blush Velvet with Brushed Brass Base, and Silver Grey Velvet with Stainless Steel Base.

 

Pairing Up

Choosing a dining set with all velvet chairs is going to look beautiful, regardless of what is going on with the rest of the space. That said, if you want to mix things up a bit, why not mix and match your new Velvet Dining chairs with a Velvet Bench?     Mix and match the Bay Petrol Grey Dining Chairs + Mellow Petrol Grey Velvet Dining Bench. Add the Sanza Velvet Dining Table in Grey Gloss for a coordinated and modern look.   If you have an Extending Dining Set but not a huge amount of space to store extra chairs, think about pairing the Form Velvet Dining Chairs with the Plaza Stools! When not needed around the table, your stools make the perfect footrest. What's more, add a cool metallic tray to the top of your Plaza stool and you've got a handy little side table.  

Form Velvet Dining Chair in Blush Pink

Plaza Velvet Stool in Blush Pink

  This look also works wonders with our Mellow Velvet Dining Benches.

Sanza and Velvet Mellow Dining Set with Plaza Stools

 

Velvet Care and Cleaning

When you buy furniture, you want it to last, be low maintenance and look as good as the day you bought it years later. Some people hear the words "velvet furniture" and want to run to the hills for fear of marking it or creating a bald patch. But, we are here to help guide you through velvet furniture care and ensure your new favourite piece lasts as long as you love it. If you do have an accidental spillage, the key is to act fast. Take these steps and your velvet furniture will be good as new in no time.
  1. Use a super absorbent cloth to soak up the spill before it sinks past the top layer of fabric.
  2. Dampen a clean, white cloth in a solution of warm water and a drop of washing up liquid.
  3. Dab the affected area gently to remove any marks. If necessary, rub gently in the direction of the velvet.
  4. Avoid getting your velvet furniture too wet. It's a good idea to take a hair dryer and very gently, on a cool setting, dry the velvet. Stroke gently with your hand to ensure the velvet does not dry in the wrong direction.
    Our velvets are rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know the velvet is up to daily use. That said, be mindful of dyed clothing as the dye can transfer, and once this has happened, it's very hard to remove. Cleaning Velvet furniture can be tricky. For quick spot cleaning, the above method works wonders, however, should you come across any deeper set stains, it's a good idea to contact the professionals. Velvet is a delicate fabric so hard cleaning may affect the pile. Call in the pros for a deeper clean.  

Velvet Barstools

If you're feeling brave, why not team your new velvet dining chairs with complimentary Velvet Bar Stools? We have the new Form Velvet Bar Stools, available with and without backrests to showcase your Form dining chairs.  

Form Velvet Bar Stools

Form Velvet Bar Stool with Backrest

 

Velvet Dining Benches

You may have already guessed by now, but we have a beautiful range of Velvet Dining Benches. Our best selling Mellow Dining Benches now come in Sapphire, Petrol Blue and Blush Pink velvets to add a touch of glam to your dining set. Mix and match with your other velvet furniture, or stick to just your benches for a real style statement.      

Velvet Beds

If you're a regular visitor to the Danetti Lifestyle blog, you may already be familiar with our new Velvet Beds. If not, take a look at our newest range. For bedroom specific styling tips, don't miss out on our previous blog post which is full of tips and secrets for styling your new velvet furniture.  

Amalfi Velvet Bed in Peacock Velvet

  Made up of Double, King and Superking, with or without snazzy storage solutions. Take a look at just a few we have to offer, but be sure to check out the rest of the range here.  

Rene Bed in Midnight Velvet

 

Turin Bed in Feather Grey Velvet

 

Paolo Bed in Shadow Grey Velvet

 

Mellow Bed in Ochre Velvet

Velvet Styling Tips

Now you're thoroughly convinced that velvet furniture is the one for you, it's time to think about styling! Take inspiration from these styling tips to create your dream interior.  
  • Velvet and Metallic finishes work wonders together. The juxtaposition of soft velvet and hard metals creates a stylish look which is super easy to achieve (especially in the kitchen!)
  • Velvets tend to come in highly pigmented colours, meaning you can have fun with your soft furnishings.
    • Plush pinks look great with jewel greens and rich greys.
    • Teal Velvets work perfectly with bold oranges and ochres. Colour clash all the way to a beautifully styled interior.
  • Lighting will change the look of your velvet. Bright daylight with really show off the sheen on the fabric, where moody, lamp-lit rooms will make the colour appear deeper and richer. Think about this when position your new furniture to achieve the perfect look.
  • Mix and match textures. Where velvet has a matt appearance with a slight soft sheen, pair with various different textures to get an individual look. High gloss furniture to natural woods looks great as they are the polar opposite to velvet.
  • If you choose velvet furniture, go all out and choose bright colours. This will create a true style statement with minimal effort.
 

Show us your Style

Have you bought new Danetti velvet furniture? Show us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging #mydanetti in your pictures! Tell us what you think of our new Velvet range, and keep your eyes peeled for new velvet products coming soon!  
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Cleaning Guides
Cleaning Leather Furniture: What Products Work Best!
November 6, 2018 at 6:15 pm 0
  Although we take care to look after our leather furniture, there’s no getting away from the occasional spaghetti spillage or accidental denim smudge. But what product do you trust to use on your leather when those pesky marks do occur? In this post, we've conducted our own cleaning test, on both leather and faux leather, to find the cleaning solution must-haves for your home cleaning kit.  So without further ado, let’s start some cleaning…  

Scotchgard Multi-purpose Protector

Description: Protective spray Category: Protect Price: £8.34 How to Use: Spray onto new and clean surfaces from 20cm away. Allow the leather to dry overnight (minimum of 12 hours). Reapply periodically and after cleaning to maintain protection. How we tested it: we applied the Scotch guard and then used tea droplets to see how well the surface was protected from the 'spillage'. NOTE: This Scotgaurd is designed for use on real leather, but for the purposes of this cleaning video, we thought we'd test it on the faux leather too...   Smell: 👍🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼👍🏼 Effectiveness:👍🏼👍🏼 Our Verdict: Good for a base level of protection, easy to use and not overly expensive. Out of all the protective products we tested, this one was by far the best.  

Furniture Clinic Leather Ultra Clean

Description: Cleaning solution Category: Deep Clean Price: £17.95 How to Use: Shake the bottle before use, then spray the cleaner onto a sponge or cloth. Wipe the mark in a circular motion. How we tested it: we used tomato puree on the right of each of the leathers and dye transfer from jeans to the left.   Smell: 👎🏼👎🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼 Effectiveness:👍🏼👍🏼 Best for: Cleaning PU Our Verdict: The cleaner worked reasonably well cleaning the sauce from the PU. This took some time (and a bit of elbow grease!) but it did manage to wipe it all away. However, the product didn’t work as well on the real leather as it struggled to get the sauce of out the deeper grooves. This cleaner didn’t work particularly well on the colour transfer. As you can see from the clip, the solution did make the stain lighter on the PU and did make it less visible on the real leather, but it didn't remove it completely.   

HG 4-in-1 Cleaner

Description: Cleaning Solution Category: Deep Clean and Protect Price: £7.48 How to Use:  To use, dampen a soft, lint-free cloth and gently rub the solution into the leather. Remove any excess so this isn't left on the leather.  How we tested it: we applied the cleaner and then used tea droplets to see how well the surface was protected from the 'spillage'.   Smell: 👎🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼👍🏼 Effectiveness: 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼 Best for: General maintenance of leather Our Verdict: This product gave the leather a really nice feel but, from our tea-test, didn't seem to create much of a barrier of resistance. This product would be good for general leather maintenance but not so much if you want to properly protect it.  

Fabric Magic Leather Cleaning Wipes

Description: leather cleaning wipes Category: Spot clean Price: £2.50 How to use: pull out of the packet and you're ready to go! How we tested it: we used tomato puree on the right of each of the leathers and dye transfer from jeans to the left.   Smell: 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼👍🏼 Effectiveness: 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Best for: Food spillages  Our Verdict: This was by far the easiest cleaner to use, and they smelt great! The wipes didn’t remove the colour transfer so we don't recommend them for this. However, the wipes did remove most of the sauce. With the real leather, we were able to scrub a bit harder resulting in a deeper clean. If you have leather furniture then these wipes are a must-have for those quick spills and easy clean-ups. They're cheap too so even though we had to use a few to clean away the sauce, this wasn't an issue.  

Leather Upholstery Cleaning Kit 

Ink Solution (the smallest bottle of the three):

Description: cleaning solution Category: designed to remove ink Price: kit costs £14.99 How to Use: apply the solution to a damp cloth and dab the ink stain rather than rubbing. Do not apply the solution directly to the leather.  

Cleaning Solution (the spray):

Description: Cleaning spray Category: general leather cleaning Price: kit costs £14.99 How to Use: apply the solution to a damp cloth and wipe the leather in a gentle motion rather than rubbing.   How we tested them: we used a dye transfer from jeans on the right of each of the leathers and a biro pen on the left.  

Ink Solution:

Smell: 👎🏼👎🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼 Effectiveness: 👎🏼👎🏼 Best for: - Our Verdict: Didn’t remove the ink but did make it lighter. May possibly work on smaller, lighter pen marks but not a child drawing on the surface, for example. The ink remover ultimately didn't work so this won't be the quick fix you need after your kids have gone all Picasso on your leather dining chairs!  

Cleaning Solution:

Smell: 👍🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Effectiveness: 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Best for: cleaning away dye transfers from jeans. Our Verdict: Easy to use, wiped away the colour transfer with minimal effort and pressure. Didn’t leave behind a mark. Best by far for removing a colour transfer from jeans.  

Renapur Leather Balm:

Description: Cleaning balm Category: Clean and protect Price: £12 How to Use: Apply to the leather sparingly using a dry sponge. How we tested it: we applied the balm and then used tea droplets to see how well the surface was protected from the 'spillage'.     Smell: 👎🏼👎🏼 Texture: 👎🏼 Easy of use: 👎🏼👎🏼 Effectiveness: 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼 Best for: - Our Verdict: Tea rolled off both surfaces the same, seemed to have made little difference. Doesn't smell that nice and was quite hard to apply using the sponges provided. From our tests, we didn't feel like it made that much of a difference.   So there you have it. We've cleaned, wiped and scrubbed our way through these cleaners to help you find the best solutions for your leather. For more leather care and cleaning tips, make sure you take a look at our Real Leather Buying Guide.   

Show Us Your Style!

If you already have some Danetti leather pieces in your home, why not share a snap on social? Post a picture with the #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our page.
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Buying Guides, Materials
Real Leather Buying Guide: What You Need To Know!
October 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm 0
Bella Real Leather Dining Chair

Bella Real Leather Dining Chair

This month we are focusing on our premium real leather collection. Stylish, comfortable and made to last, real leather should no longer be seen as an expensive luxury for your home! But before you start looking for leather, it’s best to understand what you’re looking for. Here’s a breakdown of the most common and popular types:
Type of leather Protection Level What is it? Features and Benefits
Pigmented Leather High   A top grain leather that’s had dye and protection applied to the surface.  Great durability, very even colour and grain. Soft feel.
Bi-Cast Leather High   A split leather with a thick synthetic layer placed over the leather which is embossed with a look-alike grain. Stiff texture (more suited to contract settings), consistent grain and easy cleaning.
Waxed Leather Medium The surface of the leather is buffed and waxed. It has a smooth, very shiny appearance with almost no grain. No grain and easy to clean. Waxed leather will show scratches but can be re-waxed although has a stiffer feel and can be prone to cracking.
Semi-Aniline Medium A top grain leather that is pigment dyed and treated with a very light protective treatment. Similar features of aniline leather but with a harder feel and increased durability.
Aniline Leather Low A top grain leather dyed with aniline dyes but with no protective treatment applied. Aniline leather also has variation in colour consistency. Very soft and luxurious in feel and will show natural blemishes, scratches and scars found in the hide.
Nubuck Low A top grain leather which has been treated so the natural fibres produce a velvet-like surface. Soft to the touch it has an almost fabric-like look and feel but has no protection at all from marks or spills.
Vintage Leather Low Leather that has been double-dyed and purposefully buffed in areas to give an aged look. A feature of aged leather is that the uneven surface can be quite forgiving but it has very little ongoing protection.
  Top Tip: Aniline Leather, often cited as the most premium type of leather, actually has little to no treatment to protect it. So whilst it is a premium material, it may not be the most practical for your modern furniture. This type of leather is used when people want to build a worn look, or patina, but it doesn’t give a clean, uniform appearance.  

Matching Finishes

Now you’ve chosen your leather, you need to know what to style it with. The beauty of real leather is that it works alongside wide variety of materials, but here’s a pick of our favourite and most luxurious combinations:

Real leather & Marble

The combination of Real Leather and Marble is so pleasing to the eye due to the soft, blurred texture of these materials. The leather is smooth and warm, whereas marble is hard and cold. However, pair these two natural materials and they will ooze a soft, luxurious feel and offer a really inviting touch to any interior.  

Real Leather & Walnut  

By pairing up a walnut dining table with real leather dining chairs you create a pleasing juxtaposition of textures. The soft real leather balances out the rough texture of real wood. As our Walnut veneers are sanded back, they have a soft, reflective sheen, opposed to the real leather which gives a cool, matte finish.  

Real Leather & Brushed

If you're after a modern, luxurious style, think about pairing your real leather furniture with a stainless steel finish. Again, the contrast between matt and slightly reflective finishes will bring a stylish vibe while remaining contemporary and versatile for any interior style.

 

Full Grain vs. Corrected Grain Leather

Full Grain - Full grain leather typically comes from a higher quality of hide or skin. This is the most natural, most durable, and most expensive leather used for high-end upholstery as it keeps all of the characteristics of the natural hide. Corrected Grain LeatherCorrected grain leather is created by splitting a piece of full grain leather, removing the imperfections and embossing fake grain patterns on to it (quite the opposite to full grain leather!). Corrected grain leather is more readily available and at a much lower price point than full grain leather.  

The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Real leather

Leather furniture is very simple to care for.  Marks and spills from food and drink are easy to remove compared to marks on a fabric surface. However, stick to our do’s and don’ts of cleaning to make sure you keep your real leather looking its best: DO use an absorbent cloth or sponge to wipe the affected areas as soon as the spill occurs. Lukewarm water or diluted mild detergent should do the trick! DO invest in a leather maintenance kit. Find one which will look after the leather before, during and after cleaning to make sure your leather furniture lasts for years to come.     DON’T go ahead and use a cleaning product on leather without checking the label first, as you’ll want to make sure it’s not too drying on leather. If you’re not sure, spot test an inconspicuous area first! DON’T leave your leather furniture to air dry. Instead,  dry your leather after cleaning with a clean, soft cloth.   BE AWARE that keeping your real leather sofa in direct sunlight can cause some fading and deterioration over time. Sunlight will have the same effect on fabrics, so just give it some thought when you consider the placement of your leather pieces. BE AWARE that brand new clothes, especially jeans, can mark lighter leather upholstery. To clean marks left by clothing, use something such as a magic sponge immediately for the best results.  

Give Your Real Leather Furniture Some TLC

Real leather is strong and very durable. However, you still need to give it some TLC to keep it looking its best for longer! With this in mind…
  • Don’t drag your leather sofa when putting it in position, but rather lift it to manoeuvre it in your space.
  • As tempting as it may be, try not to sit on the arms of your sofa or occasional chair. This will not only weaken the structure over time, but it will also pull on the leather upholstery.
  • When cleaning, don’t forget to get in-between all the small nooks and crannies of the seat cushions. Vacuum regularly to keep your leather furniture spick and span. (Just make sure to use a soft brush attachment to avoid any unwanted marks or scratches!)
  • Do not use chemical-based cleaners on real leather. Spot clean with warm, soapy water, and invest in a high-quality Leather care kit.
  • If the cushions on your sofa or chair can be moved, it’s a good idea to rotate them regularly, giving them a good shake and plump up.
  • Give your leather furniture a quick but regular clean to stop marks from building up over time. Just be sure to wring out your cloth thoroughly and dry as soon as you’ve finished.
  • Everyone has their favourite spot on the sofa or at the dining table, but it’s best to use your furniture evenly. This will stop some parts becoming more used and worn than others.
  If you love the look of our stylish leathers, then make sure you take a look at our Premium Leather Collection on our website. If more styling tips and advice is what you're after, then take a look at our living room and sofa buying guides.

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Buying Guides, Coffee Tables
Coffee Table Buying Guide: What You Need To Know
September 28, 2018 at 5:03 pm 0
Coffee Tables:Aria Small White Oak Coffee End TableCoffee tables are a staple part of any living room interior. Varying in shape, style and size, the best place to start when looking for your dream coffee table is knowing your measurements...  

What Height?

  • For the best ergonomic fit, measure the height of your sofa and the chairs around where you are wanting to place the table. The table itself can be slightly higher or lower than your seating area- there’s no set ‘rule’- but it’s best to opt for what sizing best suits your space.
  • If you want a surface to work at, go for a higher table that can accommodate your laptop or books. If you want to create a more relaxed and casual look, go for something lower as a spot for you to place your cup of coffee and snacks.
   

What Shape?

  • For a really aesthetically pleasing setting, find a rectangular coffee table that is half the length of your sofa.
  • If space is tight, especially in small corners, it’s best to opt for a round coffee table as there are no sharp edges to have to manoeuvre around in a tight spot.
  • Oval shaped coffee tables work a treat alongside L- shaped seating areas and sofas as they give a substantial enough styling surface but still allow for ease of movement around and between the coffee table and the seat.
   

What Size?

  • If you are really pushed for space, or if you’ve already got a coffee table but want an extra styling surface, an end table would be perfect. Shorter in length, a coffee end table has all the style and shape of a normal coffee table in a more compact and practical size.
  • If you’ve got a larger seating area to cater for, you could go for a larger coffee table that reaches all of the seating spaces or opt for more smaller coffee tables and place them by each seat.
   

What Material Coffee Table?

If you’ve got lots going on in your existing interior, opt for a neutral colour like white or grey gloss as this will create a clean and contemporary look. Or you could choose a transparent glass table and let the colours and design of your existing space shine through. If you want to coordinate, pick an accent in your space you want to accentuate further, whether this is a wooden finish or shiny metal elements and tie this in with materials on your coffee table. This will create a seamless look throughout the setting.
Halo Walnut Coffee Table

Halo Walnut Coffee Table with brushed steel feet

If you want to create a sense of space, opt for a glass coffee table. It will not only gently reflect the light around your room but its transparent quality means it has less of a visual impact. If you want to create a focal point try blending the colours of your coffee table with a rug placed under the table. This will give the illusion of more room while also making your coffee table a true focal point in the space. TOP TIP: Coffee tables can be a great way to add discreet storage to your room, so if you feel your space would really benefit from having an extra storage spot, choose a table that has drawers or a lift up lid, or even a table that has a handy shelf underneath.  

Style

Do you have a more traditional interior that you want to add a modern twist? Or are you looking to coordinate with existing finishes? Coffee tables are a great way to tie your whole room together as they tend to sit centre stage in the space.

Function

Coffee tables aren’t just places for your cups of coffee. They’re storage units, display areas, places for tasty snacks and your favourite magazines. So if you’re looking for extra storage, opt for a coffee table with a drawer or shelf. Want to display? Choose something with an open compartment or lots of surface space. If it’s versatility you're after, choose a coffee table set or even build up your side tables into a coffee table arrangement, as then you can move and adjust them to suit your setting.
Tiva Coffee Table Set

Tiva Coffee Table Set in a coffee table and side table arrangement

 

Budget

Coffee tables can differ greatly in price depending on size, quality and materials.  If you love the look of a coffee table but it’s out of your price range, try and see if the same style is available with a different finish. Coffee tables are a key part of any living interior so you’ll want to make sure you choose one that you love and that will stand the test of time!  

Versatility

If you need a coffee table that can be moved around the room easily, opt for something smaller and simpler in design, perhaps something that is more like a side table. It’s a pretty obvious point to make but remember that with mobile coffee tables, the lighter the better. 
Acute Grey Gloss and Chrome Square Coffee Table & Side Table

Rather than a coffee table set, you could instead opt for a matching coffee table and side table to create a coordinated look

 

How To Dress Up Your Coffee Table

Now you have a better idea of the size and shape you are after, it’s time for the really fun part- the styling! Follow these simple steps to create a sleek coffee table setup. You’ll have friends and family thinking you’re an interior stylist in no time!
  • SOMETHING TALL: Give your table dressing substance by adding height. Take care not to go too tall as you need to still see your TV! Try styling objects such as vases, candlesticks or a tall lantern, adding a candle for instant mood setting.
  • AN UNUSUAL OBJECT: Think of something quirky or interesting that you can style as the focal point. We always find placing an object in a cloche works really well.
  • SOMETHING FRESH: Adding a plant or a small vase of flowers to the space will add life and zest to your setting. Succulents are ideal as they also have a sculptural quality and need no maintenance.
  • A STACK OF BOOKS: A pile of colour coordinated books or magazines will give your coffee table instant style. Use a few books to make a real impact, topping them off with something decorative like a candle, small vase or plant.
  • ODD NUMBERS: Three really is a magic number, especially when it comes to creating displays that are visually pleasing. Check out our blog ‘The Power of 3’ for loads of tips on how to create this style staple.
   

Care and Cleaning Coffee Tables

Wood Veneer:

What is it? An oak veneer with a fully opaque, matt finish. The resulting finish is an even matt look but with a subtle wooden texture. How to clean it: Dampen a non-abrasive lint-free cloth and move in the direction of the wood grain. For more stubborn marks, apply a dab of mild dishwashing detergent to your cloth.  When cleaning, use a paper towel or a clean dishcloth rather than a sponge, as a sponge will more than likely just spread the liquid across the surface. It's best not to place drinks or plates directly onto the coffee table surface. Instead, we suggest using coasters and mats to give the oak veneer an extra layer of protection.  

High Gloss: 

What is it? Multiple layers of paint applied in controlled conditions and dried for 24 hours between each coat. The surface is then hand finished and polished to a reflective shine. How to clean it: Use a soft microfibre damp cloth, without applying too much pressure, to wipe any marks away. A mild detergent like washing up liquid is ideal for cleaning up more stubborn or greasy marks caused by food and drink. After cleaning, don’t leave the table to air dry. Instead, give the gloss surface a quick wipe over with a dry cloth to remove any moisture or watermarks.  

Brushed Metal:

Halo White Gloss Coffee Table

Halo White Gloss Coffee Table has trendy brushed metal feet

What is it? Solid stainless steel that has been buffed to give a brushed look. The surface is treated with a slight abrasive in a linear motion to give a matt metallic look. How to clean it: For everyday cleaning and non-stubborn marks, you can simply use some hot (not boiling) water and a cloth or sponge to wipe over your brushed metal furniture. You can always add a little bit of washing up liquid if your cleaning needs an extra boost. Try to keep it dry as possible, whether this is after cleaning the material or mopping the floor around it. This is because if the metal is left to air dry, marks and water spots will occur. Avoid using steel brushes or any highly abrasive scrubbing pads as this can cause scratches or leave behind residue which can over time lead to rust.  

Tempered Glass:

What is it? Strengthened tempered safety glass which has been certified to British Standards to ensure safety, durability and strength. How to clean it: You can use antibacterial sprays, even ones that contain bleach, as the glass is nonporous. Then use a specific glass spray, such as a window cleaner, to protect the surface from smears using a lint-free cloth. Alternatively, you can also use soapy lukewarm water and dish soap to give the coffee table a good clean. Don’t place abrasive materials on the coffee table as this will scratch its beautifully smooth surface. Most things will be fine but objects with a rough underside could leave a mark if dragged.   TOP TIP: Remember to also clean the underside of your glass table if it’s transparent. It won’t need an in-depth clean like the top surface but it’s still important to clean and maintain the underside to keep your table looking its best.  

So There You Have It!

Have we inspired you to get a stylish new coffee table for your home? We have such a wide variety of designs, styles and colours in our coffee table range, so there is sure to be something that catches your eye. For more coffee table styling tips, check out our Coffee Table Style Guide. If you're revamping the whole of your living room, then you can't miss our Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide.  

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Guides, Home Office
Back 2 School: Create a Motivational Homework Station
August 24, 2018 at 5:01 pm 0
Summer is almost over which means it's time to get back into a normal routine before your kids head back to school. "I don't wanna go back to school!" you hear them cry. But what if we could help you create a motivational and fun homework station, a space your kids will want to spend time?  

Cavour Frosted Black Glass Desk

  Making that dream desk area for your kids could not be easier. All you need are these 3 things;
  1. Natural Light
  2. Calm Atmosphere
  3. A Beautiful Desk (from Danetti, of course)
Give your kids this focused space and it'll be straight A*'s come exam season! Let's go back to basics as we show you just how simple it is to get that motivation homework station.  

Secondary School Starters

Moving up to secondary school can be scary for some kids. A bigger environment, lesson timetables and so many new faces to learn, coming home to a serene and motivation homework station is really important to ease their minds.  

Trestle White Desk

  The first thing required for a calming, motivation homework station is natural light. Positioning your desk facing a window, or close to is a great start. Kids nowadays spend so much time in artificially lit rooms staring into screens. So when it comes to clearing their head and focusing on homework, natural light will do them the world of good.     Not only is natural light better for your wellbeing, but when working on a screen, it's also super important to give your eyes a break. As a general rule, every 20 minutes you should focus on something 20 feet away for a good 20 seconds. This will reduce eye strain and tiredness, and help keep focused on the task at hand!  

Desk Styling

Now, when it comes to setting up your physical workspace, you want to reduce distraction and promote productivity. Keep your desk clear and uncluttered. Our Trestle Desk is perfect for this, as it's smooth white silhouette and a desk-wide drawer is perfect for clearing away general desk clutter.     Keep essential books and a task lamp on the surface, and tuck away any other bits and pieces. Out of sight, out of mind! By investing in good habits at the start of term, you'll be setting your kids up to succeed. This is exactly why getting your homework station set up early is a great idea. Get your kids excited about starting secondary school.  

Get the Look

 

Trestle White Desk

 

Ida Dining Chair

  When it comes to decorating your home, it's really down to you as to colour schemes and how you want the room to feel. Here are our stylist's top 5 interior design tips for styling a home office, for you or your kids:  
  • Keep colour schemes subtle. Whether you like dark colours or light, pinks or greens, avoid clashing too many colours or prints, as this may have a negative effect on your concentration levels. Instead, stick to 2-3 complimentary colours with a couple of accent shades if you're after that pop of colour.
 
  • Invest in good storage solutions. Keep your desk surface clear by organising your bits and bobs into drawers, shelves or even pretty storage baskets. I've said it once already, but a tidy desk means a tidy mind!
 
  • Add soft textures. Homework or general working from home can be time-consuming, so be sure you're comfortable. Add printed cushions to desk chairs or a soft rug underfoot. Although it's a workspace, there's no reason it can't feel like your lounge!
 
  • Lighting is everything. We've already mentioned the importance of natural light, but when the nights draw in and there's a lack of daylight, be sure you have some good house lighting. Avoid harsh overhead lights and these can cause eye strain. Instead, style your desk with beautiful, yet practical, task lamps to keep that Hygge feeling.
 
  • Minimise distractions. We all love a good stack of books or a wacky painting, but when you're trying to work, there's nothing worse than being distracted by things that are possibly altogether more interesting. Only keep the essentials on your desk to keep you focused, but be sure to plan in breaks. Pop out for a coffee and some fresh air during long revision sessions to keep you motivated.
 

College Kids

It's a tricky time, college. Not only do you have to study more and work harder, but you'll also have to compete with the freedom of being able to drive and reaching the age of 18. We would recommend creating that cool, mature home office space for your kids to make them want to study.  

Cavour Matt Black Glass Desk

  The Black Matt Glass Cavour Desk is perfect for your young adults. Its smooth frosted glass top softens the black and is versatile for any home interior style. Boost the calm atmosphere by styling your desk with soft textures, luxe storage solutions and house plants.   Cavour Black Glass Desk Danetti   The handy size of the Cavour Desk allows space for all manner of working, be it art materials or laptops and books. As the tempered glass desktop boasts a slim profile, you also have plenty of room for under-desk storage.  

Desk Styling

When it comes to styling your desk and home office, be sure you have your child get involved. What do they want the colours to be? How do they want to organise their workspace? If it's a space they have created, they will want to spend time there. Just make sure to delicately guide them away from very bright colours, as this may not help promote productivity the same way muted shades will.    

Get the Look

 

Cavour Black Glass Desk

 

Russet Orange Zilo Dining Chair

 

Uni Student

Compact furniture is ideal for uni halls or first rental properties, as the sizing tends to be slightly less generous than they're probably used to at home. Whether your children decide to continue with education or make their first steps into the big wide world, you can still support them with a multi-functional workspace.  

Scandi Natural Oak Desk

  While at university, it is still important to create that motivational homework station, however, now the environment has changed slightly its function needs to be adaptable. With libraries and classrooms so readily available for studies and halls so full of distractions, it's maybe not worth creating a designated workspace.       Instead, create a multifunctional area for your young ones; a desk that doubles as a dressing table. The Scandi Desk is small and compact, with a handly concealed drawer for office supplies or beauty products. A smaller desk will allow more space in your room, reducing that cluttered, and sometimes stressful feeling.  

Desk Styling

Uni is all about finding yourself and expressing your personality, so have fun when creating your workspace. Pin pictures and postcards up onto the wall, but be sure to keep your worktop uncluttered. Invest in trendy storage baskets and avoid throwing clothes over the back of the chair! By keeping your worktops and space around your desk clear, you will be promoting a serene environment, perfect for writing that dissertation!      

Get the Look

 

Scandi Natural Ash Desk

 

Grey Senn Colourful Dining Chair

  No matter where your little ones are in their educational journey, it's so important to start off the new term on the right foot. Just remember, regardless of budget all you need is a lovely (uncluttered) desk in a calm space with natural lighting. That's all there is to it- style how you wish, but remember our stylist's recommendations! For more tips and tricks on how to style your dream home office, check out our Desk Buying Guide. Have you created a dream homework station for your kids? Let us know by leaving a comment and tagging us in your pictures on Facebook and Instagram.
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Buying Guides, Materials
Velvet Furniture Buying Guide – Need To Know – Danetti Lifestyle
August 3, 2018 at 4:48 pm 0
Velvet Furniture - Plaza Blush Velvet Stool So, you want in on one of 2018s hottest interior trends: velvet. Good choice! From clothing and curtains to benches and stools, this luxurious finish has made a big style impact in the world of interiors, and it’s easy to see why. Velvet creates such a cosy atmosphere when it comes to home furnishings and is synonymous with luxury. Once only a finish for the extremely wealthy, velvet is now far more accessible for everyone to have in their home.  

Why Velvet Furniture?

A common misconception about velvet is that it’s a high-maintenance material. Well, let us bust that myth right now! When treated with the proper care and maintenance, you’ll find your velvet furniture is built to last. A synthetic velvet, such as ones made from a high-quality polyester, is also less susceptible to marking, fading or crushing. This makes it more durable and suited to daily use.
Form Velvet and Brass Cantilever Dining Armchair in Teal

The way teal velvet catches the light gives the material and colour even more richness and depth.

A key characteristic of velvet is the dense pile. We’ve all stroked a velvet surface and seen the contrast when the fibres are brushed in the opposite direction. For the neatest possible look, brush the pile in the same direction over the entire surface. You can do this by hand or with a specialist velvet upholstery brush.  

Pros & Cons of Velvet Furniture

As with any material, there are pros and cons to having velvet upholstery in your home. The best way to decide if the material is right for you is to see if the benefits weight out the limitations of the material:

Pros:

  • Velvet upholstery instantly gives any piece of furniture a luxe and inviting feel.
  • The colours have far more depth than a plain material, due to the way velvet subtly picks up the light.
  • There’s nothing quite like the soft to the touch quality of velvet upholstered furniture.
  • A classic fabric that will stand the test of time and be loved for years, rather than being a design fad.

Cons:

  • Velvet is more susceptible to attracting pet hair, something to consider if you have a lot of pets.
  • The fibre can weaken if exposed to direct sunlight, so you’ll need to think about the placement of your velvet pieces.
  • Velvet is more likely to attract bits and dust, so requires a more regular clean than leather or plastic to prevent the accumulation of dust particles or dirt.
 

How To Introduce Velvet into Your Home:

You may be a little hesitant to have velvet furniture in your home. Sure, it looks great in all those glossy magazines, but how will it look in a real living setting? Well, have no fear as we're here to help. There's a reason velvet is so popular and that's partly down to how easy it is to style in a whole variety of interiors!  

Start Small

If you've not had velvet in your interior scheme before, start small. It’s the same as when introducing a bold colour or contemporary finish into a neutral interior. Something like our Plaza stool is a great way to have a hint of velvet in your space without it becoming the main focal point or feature. If you love the look you can always introduce dining chairs, benches and more stools later. To get a feel for the fabric and coordinate colours, order swatches before you buy so you know you’re investing in the right piece.

Pair With Complementary Materials

To make your velvet furniture look right at home, you’ll need to think about what materials the fabric will be sitting alongside. Velvet instantly adds a softness to any space, so wooden and leather materials are a good way to create a contrasted yet cohesive look.
Plaza Teal Velvet Stool

Plaza Teal Velvet Stool alongside a leather sofa and wooden flooring.

  Velvet is an excellent material for contemporary designs. This is because its textural quality picks up the light creating interesting silhouettes. It looks especially good with curved designs as the sheen of the fabric will highlight the curves in the surface. The softness of the fabric also adds an inviting feel and approachability, perfect for creating a convivial dining area. Two other great finishes to style alongside velvet are stainless steel and brushed brass. We’ve matched our blush and teal velvets with the brass base, and the grey and blue velvet with the stainless steel as the colours really offset one another. Last but certainly not least, consider styling your velvet alongside gloss. A velvet bench or dining chair adds a wonderful softness around a high gloss table as the fabric is a smooth contrast to the reflective gloss top. The juxtaposition of a high gloss surface paired with the soft sheen of velvet will be going all kinds of beautiful things in your home.  

Velvet Care & Maintenance:

Velvet upholstery is far easier to clean and maintain than you may think. Firstly, the 100% polyester short pile velvet we use for our range of furniture has been rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know it’s far from delicate.   Like with most materials, it’s best to act as soon as a spill occurs. This is because it’s far easier to clean velvet before the mark sinks through to penetrate the base cloth. First, use an absorbent cloth or paper towel to soak up the spillage. Dab the surface rather than rubbing as this will better soak up the liquid.   To clean your velvet furniture, all you need to use is a soft cloth and some warm soapy water, wiping the fabric in a circular motion. Then, leave the material to air dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process. You can also vacuum your velvet upholstery by using the handheld nozzle. This will better collect any dust or bits that have been caught up in the pile. Be sure to use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum as this will be much softer on your velvet and avoid any unwanted marks.      If you feel your velvet has lost a bit of its sheen, have no fear. You can use a steamer to restore its signature shine by keeping the nozzle moving across the velvet at a moderate pace. Move in the direction of the nap for the best results. Once completely dry, brush the material in the direction of the nap using a soft-bristled hairbrush.   To keep the material looking its best, regularly brush your velvet furniture with a velvet brush or soft clothes brush, going in the direction of the nap. Try not to let anything hard sit or rest on the material for a long time. A heavy book, for example, can mark velvet if left in the same place for long enough.  

Colourful Combinations

Velvet comes in a whole variety of colours, so we’ve done the edit to offer you a selection of the most designer looking shades. Light blue, grey and navy colourways are on the more neutral side of the colour wheel which makes them incredibly versatile and timeless. Both are easy to work with, meaning you can introduce colour to your space without it looking too overpowering. The subtle sheen that velvet offers also reveals high and lowlights to the colour, giving your velvet furniture even more depth. Rich jewelled tones like teal are a great match with a velvet material as they just ooze elegance and luxury.  Styled alongside brass, this creates a such an opulent and plush appearance.  Blush pink, on the other hand, is far softer so is ideal if you want to create a more subtle but equally as plush feel in your home.  

So there you have it!

Have we inspired you to add a piece of velvet luxury to your home? Make sure you take a look at our velvet collection, which includes stylish benches, dining chairs and handy stools. For even more helpful tips, take a look at our Velvet and Brass styling blog post.
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Cleaning Guides, Outdoor
Cleaning Outdoor Garden Furniture – Our Top Tips
June 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm 0
Danetti garden range cleaning guide No one wants to spend their summer cleaning their garden furniture. That's we’ve made sure the materials chosen for our outdoor range are easy to clean and fit for purpose! If you're looking for some tips and tricks on how to keep your outdoor furniture looking its best, you've come to the right place. Take a look at our handy Outdoor Range Care and Cleaning Guide...  

Cleaning Plastic Dining Chairs

What are they made of?

The chairs in our outdoor garden range are made from moulded polypropylene which is a hard wearing and durable plastic. Available in a variety of colourways, polypropylene is such a great material choice for outdoor furniture as it’s so easy to clean and maintain. Its smooth plastic surface makes it water resistant while it’s lightweight qualities make it easy to move but remains sturdy and supportive.

How do I clean it?

To clean your plastic garden chairs, wash over the surface with warm soapy water to remove any surface marks. For a deeper clean,  you can use a mild household cleaning spray or furniture wipes. Baby wipes are also a quick fix if you need to wipe a minor spill. Because the chairs are made from polypropylene, it’s fine to use an antibacterial spray on the surface. As your chairs will be outside, it’s likely you’ll need to give them a quick clean more regularly than your indoor seating.

How do I care for it?

As with any plastic, the colour can be subject to fading when left out for long periods of time. Just keep in mind that direct exposure to direct sunlight and sources of heat, over time, will affect the colouring. To prevent this, wash your plastic chairs regularly and store the chairs away when not in regular use.
All of our garden chairs, including the Lola Garden Chair, can be stacked for easy storage.

All of our garden chairs, including the Lola Garden Chair, can be stacked for easy storage.

Table & Bench Frames

What are they made of?

Our outdoor dining table and bench frames are made from powder coated aluminium. A great feature of aluminium is that it’s inherently anti-rust, however, what you might not know is why... when aluminium is exposed to the elements, its material qualities mean that it develops a microscopic layer of oxide on its exterior. It’s this oxide layer that acts as a barrier to protect the metal from further damage and prevent it from corroding!

How do I clean it?

To clean the powder coated leg frame of your table or benches, first, remove any decorative cushions or furniture accessories. Then, simply wash the surface with soapy water. For more stubborn or greasy marks, you can add a mild household acid such as vinegar or lemon juice. Stay away from any ammonia, TSP or soda-based products as this can encourage further oxidation on the surface. It’s a good idea to use your garden hose to give your aluminium a good rinse. If you do this, avoid using a pressure washer or a strong setting on a garden hose nozzle as such a strong and focused stream of water could damage the finish. A normal garden hose will do just the trick. We advise that you wash your table and bench frames as and when needed when in use, but make sure you give them one last thorough clean before you store the furniture away for winter.  

How do I care for it?

A powder-coated aluminium surface not only increases the visual appeal of the aluminium but also gives the metal additional strength. This helps to reduce scratches and dents from daily use. However, we suggest keeping an eye out for small chips or cracks on the surface so you can prevent any water from entering underneath the outer layer. To further protect the surface after cleaning, wipe the surface with a little car wax or baby oil on a dry cloth as this will help give the surface a wonderful shine.

Frosted Glass Table Tops

What are the made of?

Acid etched tempered glass with a film colouring applied on the back. An acid etched glass surface works almost like the opposite of buffing a surface to a shine. Instead, it gives the glass a hazy, semi-opaque appearance. You might think the word 'etched' sounds like the surface would be rough, but this process actually makes the table incredibly soft and a dream to run your hands across!

How do I clean it?

To clean acid etched glass, spray the glass lightly with a good quality, non-streaking window cleaner.  Then wipe the table top over with a clean, soft lint-free towel. Never use anything abrasive as this will scratch the beautifully smooth surface. After cleaning, move the cloth in a circular motion to dry the glass. This will also help to prevent water marks and spots.  

How do I care for it?

Because acid etched glass isn’t an applied finish that can chip or peel off, it really becomes an integral feature of the glass. It’s the most durable possible version of a matt finish... what could be more durable than tempered safety glass! That said, there are still steps you can take to keep your glass outdoor furniture looking its best for longer. We advise not to place hot utensils straight onto the table's surface. Instead, use something such as a table matt or wicker coaster. This will prevent the glass surface from becoming marked or slightly damaged over time from the heat. Top Tip: the frosted glass surface of the Palermo and Fresco tables can be removed from the table as it’s held in place by discreet anti-slip suction pads. This means you can give the underside an in-depth clean every now and then, and before you store the table away for winter.  

Cushions and Covers

What are the cushions made of?

The construction of our outdoor cushions are made up of a foam layer with a dacron wrap over the top. The foam creates a really comfortable and cosy feel when seated, while the darcon neatly wraps the cushions to create a shapely and fulfilled appearance. Perfect for keeping your outdoor dining space looking ever inviting, all of the seat cushions in our garden range are UK Fire Retardant (FR).

What is the cover made of?

The cushion covers for our garden range are made from 100% polyester. A synthetic polymer,  polyester is a very smart material choice for outdoor cushion covers as it’s resistant to stretching and shrinking. It’s also quick drying, moisture resistant and easy to clean. To make this material even more suited for outdoor use, we’ve also applied an anti-UV treatment and a showerproof coating. This not only protects the material but makes it that much easier to clean. What more could you need!  

How do I care for the cushion cover?

Polyester is waterproof to an extent due to its coating. This means that raindrops will land and sit on the surface and roll off, rather than being absorbed straight in. The cover isn’t indestructible though! We suggest that you store the cushions inside when not in use, making sure they’re thoroughly dried before storage.  

How do I clean the cushion and cover?  

The cushion covers are removable and machine washable. However, if they are washed regularly the protective coating will begin to wear away. A cold wash on the gentlest cycle of your machine will be all you need but we recommend you don’t do this too often. For regular, light cleaning, you can lightly brush off any loose dirt or grime and then vacuum the surface. Then, it's best to spot clean the area using a damp cloth and fabric safe cleaning product.    If you can, it’s best to clean your garden cushions on a sunny, warm day. This will allow you to spread the cushions out on a sheet or on your patio.  

So there you have it!

Quick, easy steps on how to clean your garden furniture and keep it looking its best. To read more on our Garden Range, take a look at our garden buying guide and styling posts.
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