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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 2
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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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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Buying Guides, Living Inspiration
Living Room Basics: Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide
February 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm 0
Living Room Styling Tips   Living rooms are the social hub of the home. It's a place to sit back, relax and catch up with friends and family in a cosy and inviting setting. With so many living room styles, shapes and designs to choose from, we thought we’d take it back to basics to help you create your perfect living room setting. We’ll cover everything from what furniture pieces to choose to colours and coordination. Sit back and enjoy!  

Know Your Space

First things first: know your space.  It’s best to start by drawing up a floor plan so you know what room you’ve got to work with. Don’t worry- this is far easier than it sounds. All you need is a tape measure, pen and paper! Alternatively, there are loads of apps that’ll do all the work for you. Some apps even let you visualise your future by placing it in a space. To see the apps we’ve chosen as the most useful, check out our blog: Top 6 Must-Have Interior Design Apps.  

Living Room Furniture: Staple Pieces

There are certain furniture pieces that are signature of a living room setting. These are the pieces that will really stand out in your space so you’ll want to choose them wisely...

Sofas & Occasional Chairs

Sofa and occasional chairs are generally the biggest investment for your living space, so you’ll want to make sure they’re right for you. The most important thing to get right is sizing, which is best to do before you buy. For more information on sofa sizing, take a look at our Your Sofa Buying Questions Answered blog post.

Vital Checks:

  • Height
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Seat Height
  • Seat Depth
  • Material
  • Base
  • Padding
  An equally important feature of living room seating is the comfort. Check the materials and quality of the sofa padding if you’re after a really cosy piece. For example, some sofas have a softer sit while others are padded but remain slightly firmer to retain their shape.
Create impact in your living room with a quilted detailing and high arms. Product: Ellis Leather Armchair

Create an impact in your living room with a quilted detailing and high arms. Product: Ellis Leather Armchair

Chairs and sofas with high arms, such as the Ellis sofa and armchair, offer more support when relaxing and will create a bigger impact in your space. Fabric sofas such as the Studio will create a softer and cosier look. Leather sofas and chairs with a quilted detailing, such as the aptly named Luxe sofa, will instantly add a luxurious feel to any living space.  

Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are a staple piece of living room furniture.  They’re perfect for creating conversational areas where drinks and snacks can always remain at arm’s reach. If you choose a rectangular coffee table, it should be roughly one half to two thirds the length of your sofa. Round and square coffee tables are more flexible, it’s just a case of matching what will suit both your sofa and seating arrangement. The height of your coffee table should always be slightly lower than the seat height of the sofa and chairs around it. As for spacing, around 36 to 46 cm will allow for enough leg room between your sofa and coffee table.

TV Stands

Make sure you know the size of your TV and of the unit you are considering purchasing. You don’t want a unit or TV that’s too big or too small! If you’re planning on putting a lot of electrical equipment on the unit, you’ll want to consider cable management as this will help keep your space looking tidy. Aside from housing electrical pieces like your TV box or DVD player, consider whether you want to use the unit for storage of books, TV remotes and other miscellaneous items. You won’t want cables trailing across your living room floor, so check that there is a power socket near where you want to have your TV. And finally, consider what you’ll be using your TV unit for. Obvious answers aside, are you an avid gamer or minimalist? Consider what you need the unit for so that it ticks all of the right boxes.   TV stands and TVs are measured in different ways. TV stands are measured horizontally across the front while TVs are measured diagonally across the screen. Also, the measurement of a TV screen does not include the frame around the screen (which is sometimes referred to as a bezel). This is important to note as it means a 40 inch TV unit will not perfectly accommodate the size of a 40 inch TV. If you want to get a TV stand that matches up with the edge of your TV, measure the width of your TV rather than using the size given to you as this will be the diagonal measurement of the screen.  

Living Room Furniture: Optional Extras

Side Tables

Side tables are such an underrated piece of living room furniture. Versatile, practical and stylish, they’ve got it all!  In your living room, you’ll want to have enough surface space without overcrowding your room, and side tables will help you to do just that. If you’re a little pushed for space, you can group side tables together instead of having a coffee table. This will give you both a stylish and versatile surface space. 
Pebble White Gloss and Teal Gloss Side Tables

Pebble White Gloss and Teal Gloss Side Tables

Alternatively, opt for a side table set that can be stacked or tucked away. That way you can bring out more surface space when needed.   As for sizing, side tables shouldn't be much shorter than the height of the sofa or chair they are next to for both practicality and aesthetics.

Console Tables and Sideboards

The great thing about a console table is that you can style them in almost any space. Their cleaver sizing and shape means they take up minimal room while maximising the space. Opt for a console table in your living room if you don’t have room for a large sideboard, or if you have an awkward empty space you want to fill. If you have the room or need the storage, then opt for a sideboard. Sideboards work incredibly well in a living space as you can style items on the top surface while storing away any miscellaneous items and clutter. A compact sideboard is a compromise between a console and regular sideboard as you get the best of both worlds: space saving and storage.

Living Room Spacing and Styling Tips

Here’s a quick rundown of best practices when it comes to living room furniture, from styling, sizing and colour schemes:   1. Inspiration. Start by looking through your favourite magazines and pinning pieces to your Pinterest board. For now, don’t worry about the cost, just start to get a feel for what colours, styles and materials you’d love to have in your space. There are always ways to create expensive looks for less. There are loads of ideas on our Pinterest page to get you started!   2. Focus. Decide on a focal point in your living room so you can build and style your furniture around it. Keep in mind that living spaces are highly convivial and conversational when choosing what to focus on, as you’ll want the space to remain open and inviting. Your focus could be anything from your TV or fireplace to your seating or a piece of artwork. 3. Back it up! This may sound controversial, but you don’t need to place all of your furniture against the wall... Sofas are great for creating different areas in your living room, especially useful if your room is open plan. You can find out more about our open plan living tips here.   4. Room for all. Ideally, you’ll want to be able to seat at least 6 people in your living room. Even if you’re pushed for space, this is easier to do than you think! For example, sofas like the Ellis 2 to 3 Seater are slightly larger than your average 2 seater sofa meaning you can always fit in a couple more when needed. Side tables and footstools are also ideal as they can double up as a handy extra seat.   5. Colourpop. You don’t need to have a bright green feature wall to introduce some colour into your living space. Instead, you can go for a more subtle approach through your choice of side or coffee tables. If you’re after something bolder, choose a coloured sofa or armchair. Make sure you choose a colour you love and not just the ‘in’ shade though, as you’ll be sitting on that sofa long after the colour trend is over!      6. Traffic flow. By placing furniture pieces closer together you’ll create a more intimate setting. However, you’ll want to leave enough room for guests to walk through. People should be able to comfortably talk to each other without straining their necks or shouting while also being able to easily get from one side of the room to another.   7. Coordinate rather than match. A living space that’s too coordinated can look a little forced. You want your space to work together but still have that WOW factor.  To do this, choose two to three main colours for your room palette and incorporate them throughout different aspects of your space. This will tie the look together but lift your space and stop it looking too matchy-matchy or flat. 8. Declutter. A busy and cluttered living space doesn’t exactly scream relaxing home haven. Decide what you need in the room and what’s taking up space that could be used more practically.   9. Be realistic. We just suggested clearing away the clutter but that’s not to say you have to leave your surfaces bare. In fact, a living space needs those personal touches to make it feel like home. Otherwise, it’ll start to feel too posed and not lived in. Plants, photos and stylish ornaments are all simple but effective ways to give your living room its own personal style.  

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Dining Table Guide: How to Choose the Perfect Dining Table for Your Home
September 1, 2017 at 3:47 pm 2
White gloss and glass dining table and colourful fabric chair dining setting In many cases, a dining table is at the heart of the home. It’s a place where friends and family can come together, sit down and enjoy some tasty food. So if you feel like your dining room needs a bit of a makeover or deserves some TLC, you’ve come to the right place! We've put together this Dining Table Buying Guide to help answer all of your dining table needs. From knowing your table measurements to choosing the right finish to coordinate with your space, we’ve got it covered.  

How to Choose the Right Dining Table

If you’ve already started browsing the variety of dining tables on the market, you’ll have seen there’s a lot of choices available. Don’t let that overwhelm you though, as the first step will always be narrowing down your search. Ask yourself the following questions and make a note of each suggestion. Chances are there will be a table out there that ticks all of the right boxes!  

Q1 - How will you use your dining table?

Everyday dining = a table that’s durable and easy to clean will be the main priority. Hub of your home = you’ll want a table that’ll bring people together in a warm and welcoming environment. Mainly for special occasions = a table with a wow factor and really premium look will be best to impress your guests. Table extensions will come in handy too. Doubling up as a workstation or desk = you’ll want a table with a durable surface and enough space for laptops and books.  

Q2 - How many do you need to sit at your dining table?

2-4:  many two seater tables can seat up to four, so this is an ideal option if you’re a little pushed for space. 4-6: Having a table that seats six when you on average only have four is a great option (if you have the space) as you’ll always have room for guests. 6-8:  a six to eight seater dining table will be a real staple piece in your dining room. It’s sure to be an investment piece.  

Q3 - What table finish would be best?

A glossy or matt table finish will instantly create a clean-lined a crisp look. Timber or wood finishes will add both warmth and texture to your dining space. A clear glass dining table is ideal if you want to create a fresh, open and modern dining setting. Choose a frosted glass table if you’re after a durable table with a soft, hazy appearance and a hint of colour.  

Q4 - Do you need an extending table?

YES if:
  • You entertain regularly
  • You have the space to fill
  • You're after a versatile seating arrangement
  NO if:
  • You’re short on space
  • You don’t need extra seats
  • You don’t think you’d benefit from the extension
   

Q5 - What shape dining table would be best?

Round or oval - always feels social and is great for maximising any space. A round table top takes up less room and offers more seating flexibility. Square - gives an open and spacious feel with plenty of table top surface available. Easy to turn an unused corner into a cosy dining spot. Rectangular - lots of choices available and easy to fit within most rooms. Great match with dining benches. Hopefully, that will have given you a better idea of the type of table you are after. We’ll break each part down in a bit more detail later in this post.  

How to Measure a Dining Table

We understand that measuring a dining table isn’t as fun as choosing shapes, styles and finishes. However, it needs to be done! To make things that bit easier, we’ve highlighted the main dining table measurements that you’ll need to consider:  
  1. Table height. This is a key measurement when it comes to choosing dining chairs.
  2. Table length. This will help you decide how well the table will fit in your space.
  3. Table width. This is especially important if you are planning on using the table ends.
  4. Inner leg length. This is the table length from inside the table legs, not the length of the table top.
  5. Apron. This is the depth of the table top which will differ greatly depending on the table top material and table design.
 

And if the table extends:

Make sure you measure the table length both with and without the extensions in place. Ask yourself: will everyone fit? You’ll want to leave enough space for any extra chairs to be tucked in and out. Find out where the extensions are stored: separately or within the table top?     Top Tip: if the table extension leaves can’t be stored within the table, a great and safe place to store them is under your sofa or bed. This won’t take up any of your existing storage space and will keep the extension pieces safely and neatly out of the way.  

Dining Table Spacing:

When measuring your dining table, it's also a good idea to mark out your room. To do this, cut out some fabric or card and lay it where you're planning on having your dining table. This is the easiest way to get a feel for how much physical space the table will occupy. We suggest leaving around 70cm to 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 and leaves enough room for people to pass through.  

Dining Chair Spacing:

Allow between 60cm to 80cm per place setting, dependant on whether you want a cosier feel or a more spacious setting. Remember to also check the width of the footprint of the chairs you are considering. It’s where the feet will go that defines if they’ll fit or not. Measure between the legs from the narrowest point of the table to ensure your chairs will fit neatly under.     Top Tip: 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.  

What Dining Table is Right for My Space?

If you’re short on space…

Opt for a dining table that has a space saving pedestal base. This will allow you keep the base of your table looking spacious, with the option to squeeze in and pull up a couple more seats when needed. A round dining table is also a little less restrictive on how many people you can seat giving you a bit more flexibility in a smaller seating area. Material wise, a clear glass dining table will be less visually impactful in a space due to the transparency of the glass, so this will help to open up the look and feel of a smaller dining room.

If you entertain semi regularly and have the room…

It’s best to upsize. So if you have a household of four, go for a table that seats six. If you have a household of six, opt for an eight seater table and so on. This is a smart table choice as the extra place settings won’t take up much more room but you'll have the seating space available for when you need it. A square or round dining table will create a more intimate dining setting as everyone will be sat equally apart, making it a great choice for sociable dining.

 

If you entertain semi regularly but don’t have a lot of space, or if you don’t want a large dining table all of the time…

Then an extending dining table will answer all of your styling needs! This is because you can extend the table as and when you need the extra seats. Just make sure the table has enough space to be fully extended. You’ll also want to check if the table extensions can be stored within the table top and if they’re not, whether you have a place to store them externally when not in use.

Once you have a better idea of the style of dining table you’re going to choose, the next step will be considering your dining chairs...

  A round dining table… looks effortlessly sleek and smooth when styled alongside rounded back and curved dining chairs, such as our Form and Santo chairs. This look works so well as the shape of the table is carried through to the shape of the chairs to create a really soft and inviting setting.   An extending table… is a great match with a stackable dining chair is as you can stack and store the chairs when not needed.   Chrome or metal finishes... will allow you to match up table and chair legs.  Having a dining table alongside chairs with a coordinating metal finish will instantly help to tie the whole dining set together.     A glass dining table... is a great opportunity to add a splash of colour to your space. Clear glass can be placed alongside a whole variety of colours so you can really have some fun with your styling.   If you'd like to read some more tips on how to choose the right dining chair, check out our handy How To Choose The Right Dining Chair blog post.  

Interior Styling:

A dining table is such a staple feature of any dining room. That’s why the shape and style you choose will really have an impact on the rest of your dining space. Whether your room already has a particular theme, or if you want to create a certain type of look, there is sure to be a table design that suits all of your styling needs.  

Traditional Interior Styling (with a modern twist):

If you have more of a traditional interior and don’t want to jump right in with loads of glossy and reflective finishes, a great option is to go for a wooden table that also has metal elements. The Angola table, for example, has a wonderfully tactile wooden table top while the brushed metal legs will add a subtle yet sleek modern flair.

Scandi Interior Styling:

When it comes to Scandi styling, the colour palette tends to be very light and neutral. Using colours such as light grey and white gives Scandi style its signature clean and calming look, while the incorporation of wooden textures stops the space looking sparse. This is because wooden finishes help to add a touch of warmth. Dining tables like the Cleo 6 Seater Oak and Matt White Dining Table is a great way to add a practical yet stylish Scandi look to your dining space.  

Minimal Interior Styling:

If you love simplistic design and minimal interiors, chances are you’ll want a dining table that reflects this too.  A table like the Neo 6 to 8 Seater Glass Dining Table, with its clear glass top and clean leg frame, are ideal as they add a modern and designer look without being too impactful or overpowering.  

What Material Dining Table?

Now we’ve covered dining table sizing and shapes, let’s take a look at dining table finishes. We’ve touched on a couple of these designer finishes already, but here’s a comprehensive breakdown of each finish, what look it’ll create in your dining area and how to clean it.  

High Gloss Dining Table

The Look: bright, fresh and super modern. Especially Good For: versatile styling. White and grey gloss finishes can be styled alongside a whole variety of dining chair finishes and materials in your existing interior due to their neutral qualities. Gloss is also a very sleek and contemporary dining table finish. Care and Cleaning: use a soft, microfibre damp cloth. You can add a dab of mild detergent like washing up liquid to clean more stubborn marks. Make sure you dry a gloss dining table after cleaning. Most importantly, avoid throwing anything sharp on or across the surface as this will mark the gloss.

 

Matt Finished Dining Table

The Look: soft, cool and contemporary dining. Especially Good For: a relaxed family setting. A matt dining table will also effortlessly blend with multiple finishes so it’s a quick style fix. Care and Cleaning: similar to gloss, use a soft damp cloth to clean matt painted furniture. Be sure to dry the table after cleaning and don’t drag anything sharp across the surface.

 

Tempered Glass Dining Table

The Look: clear, crisp and fresh. Especially Good For: glass is a really safe, durable material that creates the illusion of more space. Glass also allows you to be really bold with your chair styles and colours choices. Care and Cleaning: you can use antibacterial sprays, even ones that contain bleach, on a glass dining table 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 table a good clean.   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.  

Frosted Glass Dining Table

The Look: soft, slightly hazy and calming. Especially Good For: durable dining. Frosted glass is the most durable possible version of a matt finish as it is made from tempered safety glass. It’s a luxurious but practical smooth finish. Care and Cleaning: to clean frosted glass, use a non-streaking window cleaner or antibacterial spray and a soft lint free towel. Don’t place hot utensils straight from the oven onto a frosted glass surface and don’t drag anything sharp across the table surface.

 

HPL Finish Dining Table

The Look: satin with a subtle sheen. Bright but not glossy. Especially Good For: families and busy mealtimes. HPL is incredibly strong, durable, practical and easy to maintain so it’s an ideal choice for something as often used as a dining table. Care and Cleaning: HPL can withstand common household cleaners such as washing-up liquid or antibacterial spray, so these are all fine for use on the surface. However, stay away from corrosive chemicals such as descaling agents, oven cleaners, chlorine and acetone as this will damage the surface.

 If you'd like to learn more about HPL, we've featured this durable finish in a Material Spotlight blog post which you can view here.

 

White or Grey Oak Veneer Dining Table

The Look: the best of both; the texture of timber with a clean even painted surface. Especially Good For: a setting that has lots of texture but still needs to feel modern. Care and Cleaning: use a paper towel or a clean dish cloth rather than a sponge to clean the veneer, as a sponge will more than likely just spread the liquid across the surface. For the best results, try to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen.

 

Timber Veneers (oak, black ash, wenge, walnut) Dining Tables

The Look: warm and textured with a crisp finish. Especially Good For: coordinating with other timber finishes. A wood veneer is a great alternative to a plain white or grey surface, and is ideal for adding depth and making quite a statement. Care and Cleaning: to clean a wooden veneer, 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. Avoid using wax-based polishes or cleaning products as they are designed for raw solid timbers rather than veneers and can cause a cloudy appearance on the surface.  

Real Wood Dining Table

The Look: tactile, warm and textured. Especially Good For: styling alongside more modern finishes. Real wood dining tables are both long lasting and very durable. They will also bring such a welcoming and inviting feel to any dining space. Care and Cleaning: use dish soap and water on your wooden finishes, applied with a damp cloth. Try not to scrub repeatedly in the same area though as this will damage the protective seal on the wood’s surface  

Still can’t choose?

Go for a mixed material dining table. A dining table with a combination of finishes is a great way to introduce a variety of textures and colours in your space, without making your dining setting look mismatched or messy. We’ve done the edit on our range of mixed material dining tables so you know you’ll be choosing a piece that’s been carefully considered.  

And Finally… make sure you use placemats and coasters each mealtime if you want to protect your table surface and keep it looking its best for longer.

  Phew, we’ve made it! Everything you need to know when shopping for a dining table. We’ve also created a handy pocket guide full of dining table buying info that you can view and print here.   Many of the table and chair combinations shown in this post are also available as pre made sets. If you like what we've put together, be sure to take a look at our dining set collections.  

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How to Choose the Right Dining Chair: The Ultimate Dining Chair Guide
August 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm 1
Whether you love all things interiors or just simply need some advice on choosing the best seat for your dining room, you’ve come to the right place! Our Ultimate Dining Chair Buying Guide is your one stop shop for choosing the right dining chair for your home. We’ll explain key dining chair measurements, show you the benefits of the different styles of dining chairs available, and give you all the information you’ll need when it comes to care and cleaning. We’ve got so many great tips we want to share with you, so let’s jump straight in!

How to Measure a Dining Chair

When measuring a dining chair, there are a couple of key things you need to consider. This includes the size of your space, the size of your table and the comfort of you and your guests. A chair that is perfect for one table just might not be right for another. This is why it's important to find a chair that suits you and your space. That said, here are the need to know dining chair measurements:  
  1. Height. This is from the very top of the chair right down to the floor. This measurement will vary vastly from chair to chair so is important to check. A taller chair will give an overall more formal, enclosed look whereas chairs with lower backs will open up your dining space.
  2. Seat Width. This is the measurement of the seat from side to side. This will tell you how wide the chair is and dictate how many chairs you can fit around your table.
  3. Seat Height. This is the height of the chair from the floor up to the bottom of the seat. Very important measurement when it comes to seeing how well your chairs will fit under your choice of dining table.
  4. Depth. Seat depth is measured from the front of the seat to the back, so as far back as you can sit.
  5. Back Height. This is not the height of the whole seat but rather the height of the backrest. The chair style and support will differ greatly depending on the height of the seat back.
  6. Footprint. This measurement is how much floor space, or footprint, the seat occupies. Much like seat width, this will help you decide how many chairs you’ll be able to fit around your table.  

 

Did You Know?

To help determine seat depth, an anthropometric measurement (which is a measurement of the human body) called the “buttock popliteal length” is used. This is basically the horizontal length from the back most part of the buttocks to the back of the lower leg. Because of this, mass produced chairs, in schools and public places, for example, are typically 38 to 43 cm in depth. However, the depth of many dining chairs will be deeper than this to offer even more support and comfort. 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. 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. Don't forget that chairs with a generous cushion might have a higher overall seat height, so you'll need to allow room for the cushion to compress.  

Top Tip: If you are after a chair that has enough lumbar support, a back height between 30cm and 40cm is ideal.

  Some dining chairs will be wider at the bottom, such as our Ida, Delta and Finn dining chairs, so they will need more space around the table. It’s always best to check the measurements and if they aren’t available, just ask! Know your sizing before your delivery will take away the worry of whether the products will actually fit in your space.  

How to Choose a Style of Dining Chair

With so many styles available, you can really be creative when it comes to choosing your own stylish seat. However, asking yourself the following four questions will focus your ideas and help narrow down your search:   How often will you use your dining chairs? - if your dining room is the social hub of your home and you’ll be using the chairs daily, you’ll want a material that’s hardwearing and easy to clean. Our chairs are fit for everyday use but cleaning and maintaining the material will always be a key point to consider. How long will you be sitting on the chair for? - this will help you choose what shape and support the chair has. If you’re after that extra comfort factor during those long after dinner chats, a dining chair with a well-padded seat, high back or armrests will offer plenty of support when seated. What is your budget? - probably one of the biggest deciders will be your budget, so it’s best to have a rough idea of how much you’d like to spend on your dining chair seating. Materials such as real leather have an instant look and feel of quality. However, this does result in a slightly higher price tag. If a material is out of your price range there are always alternative options available. Faux leather, for example, will allow you to create the style and look you want without going over your budget. How much space do you have? - if you’ve got an extending dining table where you don’t need extra seats out all of the time, or if you’re a little short on space, consider having a stackable dining chair so you can stack and store any additional chairs when they’re not in use.  

Dining Chair Seat Shapes

Now you've got a better idea of how often you'll use your dining chairs and the budget you're working with, let's take a look at the variety of different dining chair seat shapes that are available.

Dining Armchairs

Dining armchairs will create a really premium and comfortable feel around your dining table. What's more, they are so easy to style no matter what your space. Don’t forget if you go for dining armchairs, you may need to double check the spacing. Make sure there is enough space for the chair to tuck in as the table top thickness will take up some of the space available for the armrest.

High Backed Dining Chairs

A high backed dining chair will create a really visually impactful yet elegant look round your dining table, alongside offering lots of support when seated. Our Iva Real Leather Dining Chairs, for example, have high backs and a gentle curve which is guaranteed to add style and comfort to any dining room setting.

Added Comfort

If you think plastic dining chairs are hard and uncomfortable, think again! Our collection of plastic dining chairs are ergonomically moulded for the most accommodating seat shape, and if you want that extra bit of comfort, chairs like the Ida Dining Chair also have a PU upholstered padded seat. When it comes to leather and faux leather dining chair seating, chairs with sumptuous padding like the Carlo Premium Leather Dining Chair or with a curved back like the Santo Dining Chair, all have subtle features that will enhance your dining experience.  

Open Back Dining Chairs

A dining chair with an open back will have less of a visual impact in your space. This creates a great opportunity to open up the look of your room and have some fun with colours and finishes. The Senn Colourful Dining Chair, Senn Oak and White Dining Chair and Senn Grey and White Dining Chair, for example, have such a clean and simple shape and can be matched with a whole variety of dining tables.

Dining Chair Leg Frames

Like seat shape, there are a whole variety of dining chair leg frames to choose from. Consider the look you want to create and the comfort factor of the base frame to help you choose the best seat.

Fully Upholstered

Fully upholstered dining chairs are a quick style fix as you don’t need to match up with table leg finishes. They also have a naturally smooth and clean overall look. This is because the chair essentially looks like one piece.

Sleigh Leg

Dining chairs with a sleigh leg frame are great for opening up the look and feel around your dining table. The legs themselves create an effortlessly cool and contemporary vibe alongside adding a lightness to the base of the seat. Typically finished in chrome or brushed metal, a sleigh leg dining chair can easily be coordinated with other metal elements on your dining table.

Cantilever

Dining chairs with a cantilever base will offer a gentle bounce when seated, along with a very contemporary design feature. The cantilever frame we use for our Form Dining Chairs and Dining Armchairs is made from a shaped steel rod which has then been reinforced with a solid metal inner thread. Light and easy to move, the chairs also offer an extra layer of frame support when seated.

Pedestal Legs

A pedestal four legged dining chair means that the legs are positioned to the centre of the seat, rather than the four corners. This subtle but really clever design feature gives you a bit more space around the base of the seat.

How to Style Dining Chairs

Mix and Match

A mix and match dining setting might just be the answer if you’re stuck for choice. However, you can’t just throw any pieces together if you want to create a truly designer look. If you want to know how it’s done, why not take a look at our post How to Mix and Match Dining Room Furniture: The Mismatched Look (after you’ve finished reading here of course) for all the tips and tricks on how to create this stylish setting in your home.    

Dining Armchair Combinations

You can style a dining armchair one at either end of your table for a balanced setting. Or you can have them around the whole table for a really cosy and inviting space. Having both dining armchairs and dining chairs will give your dining set a hint of variation while also providing two seats that offer an extra bit of comfort and luxury.    

Colour Burst

Dining chairs are also a really easy and inexpensive way to introduce some colour to your dining space. Mix and match for a varied setting or go for all one colour for a bold statement look. Pairing colourful dining chairs alongside a clear glass table is great for showing off the coloured chairs from all angles.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Cleaning Dining Chairs:

Cleaning Fabric Dining Chairs

Do - wipe up any spills as soon as they appear by using a slightly dampened cloth. Only use specialised upholstery cleaning products as then you’ll know the product is safe to use on fabric chairs. To give your chairs an extra layer of protection, spray your fabric with a Scotchguard Fabric and Upholstery Protector. This will help to lock out water, prevent stains and make your fabric chairs even more durable. Don’t- keep your fabric dining chairs in constant direct sunlight. This is because the material can potentially fade over time. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to rotate your chairs every now and then so they’re not always directly exposed. When cleaning, don’t spread moisture around the chair. Instead, do a spot clean to treat the affected area. Repeated dapping is far more beneficial than saturating the fabric.

Cleaning Real Leather Dining Chairs

Do - use an absorbent damp sponge or cloth to wipe the affected areas, being sure to dry the leather after cleaning. If you really want to give your leather dining chairs some TLC, invest in a leather maintenance kit. Then you can look after your leather before, during and after cleaning. Don’t - use cleaning solvents or soaps on the leather and try not to place your leather chairs in direct sunlight as this can cause fading to some extent over time. Be careful of colour transfers from brand new jeans or heavily dyed items as this could potentially mark the leather.  

Cleaning Faux Leather Dining Chairs

Do - use a soft, damp microfiber cloth and a mild detergent like washing up liquid, applying a gentle amount of pressure in a circular motion. Don’t -  use anything abrasive or scrub the surface as this will crack the faux leather rather than help to remove the mark. Make sure you don’t leave your faux leather chairs to air dry. Instead, use a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture.

Cleaning Plastic Dining Chairs

Do - use mild household cleaning sprays, furniture wipes, antibacterial sprays or even baby wipes on your plastic dining chairs. Don’t - use abrasive materials like scourers or leave your plastic chairs outside. Also, keep your plastic dining chairs away from extreme sources of heat.

Cleaning Wood Dining Chairs

Do - use dish soap and a dishcloth to clean your wooden dining chairs. Keep wooden chairs out of direct sunlight as this can damage the look and texture of the wood finish. Don’t -  let wooden chairs air dry but rather use a dry cloth to wipe over the surface. Don’t use anything abrasive to clean wooden dining chairs as this will scratch and damage the beautifully smooth finish.

Cleaning Painted Wood Dining Chairs

Do - use a damp soft cloth and wipe the surface evenly, rather than just the mark. Concentrated scrubbing will potentially damage the painted layer rather than help to remove the stain. Test any cleaning products on an area of the chair that is out of sight before using it seat. Don’t - let a painted wood chair air dry or use a lot of water on the surface. If you dust your chairs frequently, you won’t have to use water to clean the chairs more often than needed.

Cleaning Chrome and Black Chrome Dining Chairs

Do -  wipe away any marks as soon as they appear. This is because the dirtier chrome gets before you deal with it the more difficult it becomes to clean. When cleaning, use soap and water on a soft cloth. If the mark still doesn’t go away, try using a splash of vinegar to give your cleaning that extra boost. Don’t -  use abrasive cleaners on your chrome dining chairs as any scratches caused could potentially expose the material to the air and therefore cause rust.

Cleaning Brushed Metal Dining Chairs

Do - use stainless steel polish or lemon oil to buff a stainless steel surface. To do this, apply the polish to a lint free cloth and move in the direction of the metal's grain. Then with a dry cloth, buff the surface again until it is dry. When cleaning, you can simply use some hot (not boiling) water and a cloth or sponge. Don’t - use oven cleaners or any products that contain chloride on brushed stainless steel as this will damage the surface.

And That’s It!

Everything you need to know about choosing the right dining chair for your home. Now you’re armed and ready with all the information you could need, why not check out our website to take a look at some of the great dining chairs we have to offer. If you would like to read up on some more furniture buying tips, you’re in luck. We also have blog posts on How to Choose the Right Bar Stool for Your Home and A How To Guide on Choosing Your Perfect Dining Bench, so you’ll have your home kitted out in sleek furniture pieces in no time.  

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How to Choose the Right Bar Stool for Your Home
August 4, 2017 at 11:22 am 0
 

Danetti Bar Stools

A staple seating choice in many kitchens and dining room interiors, a bar stool is no longer just a seat you'll find tucked around the bar at your local pub!

  Taller than your average chair, bar stools often have adjustable heights and a footrest to support your feet when seated. The height and narrow shape of bar stool seating have made them ideal for use at bars and at high tables in pubs, but in recent years bar stools have increasingly found a place in the home, generally around a kitchen island, counter or a home bar. Wooden and metal bar stools, stainless steel and chrome styles, and adjustable height features are all very popular, so there are plenty of shapes and designs of bar stools to choose from. So whether you’re wondering how to style a bar stool in your home, what bar stool height is right for your counter or whether to have a fixed height or gas lift seat, you’ve come to the right place! This blog post, along with our handy Bar Stool Pocket Guide, is packed full of bar stool sizing and styling tips. So sit back and relax as we guide you on how to find the perfect bar stool for your home.

What's the Right Size Bar Stool for My Kitchen?

First things first; measurements. You could find the comfiest bar stool but if it doesn’t fit, then it’s not going to be right for your home. So when it comes to bar stool sizing, there are a couple of key measurements to consider:
  • 1) Height (we’ll talk about fixed and gas lift later)
  • 2) Seat width (from side to side)
  • 3) Seat height (this is from the floor to the top of the seat)
  • 4) Seat depth (the back to the front)
  • 5) Back height (so the height of the backrest)
  • 6) Footprint (how much room the base of the stool occupies)
 

Curva Bar Stool, £149

  If you’re buying a bar stool online, most websites will list all of these vital measurements. However, if there are any missing there’s no harm in ringing up and finding out. It’s best to know your sizing before hand than ordering a bar stool that doesn’t fit! Top Tip: As a general rule, it’s best to allow about 15 cm between bar stools for a comfortable seating arrangement. If the stools swivel, you’ll need a little more space for the seat to rotate. It’s also a good idea to consider how often you’ll be using the stools. Will it be for everyday dining or special occasions and drinks with friends? This will help you decide what type of bar stool you need.  

What’s the Difference Between Counter Height and Bar Height Bar Stools?

There are two main bar stool heights: counter height and bar height. Do check these measurements because they are different. A counter height stool is more suited to a kitchen worktop counter and is generally 58cm - 71cm from the floor to the seat. This sizing means it should be used with a surface that is between 88cm - 93cm high. On the other hand, bar height refers to higher bar areas. A stool of this size is generally 73cm - 81cm from the floor to the seat. This should be used with a surface that is between 104cm -109cm high.  

Fixed Height, Gas Lift or Cantilever?

 

Fixed Height Elise Barstool, Fondi Gaslift Barstool, Black Chrome Form Cantilever Bar Stool

  There’s really no right or wrong choice when it comes to choosing a fixed height, gas lift or cantilever bar stool, it’s more about what works best for you and your setting. A gas lift offers a bit more flexibility while a fixed height stool will help keep your space looking uniform. A cantilever stool is something a little bit different and will instantly add a contemporary vibe to your room. Here’s a quick run down of the features and benefits of each.

Gas Lift Bar Stool

The main benefit of a gas lift bar stool is its adjustability. You’re not set at one height so you have a bit more flexibility when it comes to matching up with counter heights. A gas lift mechanism also means that the individual sat on the stool can adjust the seat to suit them.  

Serroni Trendy Gas Lift Barstool, £139

  Top Tip: Gas lift bar stools are usually on a pedestal base. Remember to account for the stools footprint when you are planning out your space, as some have a wider bottom half.  

Fixed Height Bar Stool

A fixed height stool does what it says on the tin: it’ll always be at a fixed position. This can be really beneficial if you can find a stool that matches your counter height, as you’ll have a seat that’s always at the optimum height and a comfortable position. Generally more lightweight than gas lift bar stools, a fixed height stool is also much easier to move and reposition around your breakfast bar or in your dining area.

Teora Bar Stool, £99

  Top Tip: If you're sure you don't need the function and you are conscious of a budget, save yourself a few pounds and stick to a fixed height rather than gas lift stool.  

Cantilever Bar Stool

Okay so cantilever bar stools technically come under fixed height stools, but we thought this seat deserved a special mention. Unlike a fixed height bar stool, a cantilever base will provide a gentle bounce when seated. It’s not as much movement as a gas lift, but it’s enough to add an extra bit of comfort. A cantilever stool is great for opening up the area around your breakfast bar, so consider this if you’d like to create a really clean and spacious look. This is because cantilever stools have less of a visual impact so free up lots more space.  

Form Chrome Barstool, £89

  Top Tip: A stool with a flat front, such as our Form Chrome Bar Stool, can sit close to the panel of a breakfast bar when not in use, keeping the area looking effortlessly sleek and neat.

What Style of Bar Stool Should I Choose?

With so many different shapes and styles of bar stool available, you really will be spoilt for choice! To make your selection a bit easier, we’ve done the edit on a variety of bar stool styles:

Armrests

A bar stool with armrests will offer that extra bit of support when seated. It also offers a more encompassing seat sit that is super supportive. Often bar stools with armrests have a deep seat which creates such a generous and luxurious feel. This will allow friends and family to sit comfortably on your bar stools for even longer.  

Savina Chrome Gas Lift Barstool, £179

Back and Backless

A backless bar stool can neatly be tucked under your counter or breakfast bar making it a great space saver. A backless seat will also have less of a visual impact in your room. If you’re after more support, a bar stool with a backrest of 30cm or more is ideal for lumbar support and added comfort.  

Form Black Chrome Barstool with Back Rest, £169

Anzio Gas Lift Blackless Barstool, £139 

Footrest

A bar stool with a footrest will offer that extra bit of help getting onto the stool and will also provide a place to comfortably rest your feet when seated. There are loads of different styles available so it’s best to think about what will work within your interior.  

What Material Bar Stool Should I Choose?

Faux leather Bar Stool

Easy to clean and maintain, faux leather bar stools are usually available in a whole variety of colours. Faux leather is a little lighter on the purse than real leather so this might be a better option if you’re updating your home on a budget.  

Neat Stitch Detail on the Form Chrome Barstool, £89

  GREAT FOR - easy cleaning and everyday use. Faux leather is a really popular material choice as it’s ideal for seating that’s used every day. HOW TO CLEAN - Use a damp microfibre cloth and a mild detergent such as washing up liquid. Regular cleaning will help to prevent a buildup of surface marks.  

A Real Leather Bar Stool   

You’ll really feel the difference when you’re sat in a real leather bar stool, and it’s strength and durability means that it has great longevity. What’s more, this stunning material actually gets better with age.  

Monti Real Leather Barstool, £169  

  GREAT FOR - style and longevity. At a slightly higher price point, a real leather bar stool is an investment piece. If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen and want to create a “heart of the home” kind of feel, it’s definitely worth buying the best you can afford. HOW TO CLEAN - Use an absorbent cloth or sponge to wipe the affected areas. If you really want to give your leather some TLC, it’s worth investing in a leather maintenance kit which will look after the leather before, during and after cleaning.

A Plastic Bar Stool

Perfect for families, a plastic bar stool is so easy to wipe clean. Plastic bar stools are usually available in a range of colours so are a great opportunity to inject some colour into your space.  

Finn Bar Stool 

  GREAT FOR - Hygiene for families. Most plastic bar stools can withstand the use of harsher chemical based cleaners such as bleach, making plastic stools perfect for quick and easy clean ups after busy family mealtimes. HOW TO CLEAN - Mild household cleaning sprays, furniture wipes, or even baby wipes are fine to use on plastic bar stools. After cleaning, dry your plastic chairs thoroughly to avoid having to deal with stubborn water marks  

Oak Bar Stool

An oak bar stool has such a wonderfully warm and tactile quality and is ideal for adding a really welcoming and homely feel around your breakfast bar.   "<yoastmark

Oak Barstool, £79

  GREAT FOR - Adding an element of texture to a modern kitchen or coordinating with a slightly more traditional or Scandi inspired design. HOW TO CLEAN -  A regular light dusting with a soft cloth will remove any dust or bits caused by everyday use. When it comes to cleaning,  wipe up any marks immediately with a soft slightly dampened cloth. We advise that you don’t use household cleaning products unless they are specifically designed for use on real oak furniture, as they can potentially damage the wonderfully smooth surface of the oak.

What Material Base Should I Choose?

Chrome Bar Stool

A chrome bar stool will add a really modern and contemporary feel to your space, due to its bright and reflective quality.  

Form Chrome Barstool, £89

 

GREAT FOR - creating a really modern and bright look. If you have chrome finishes in your kitchen or dining chairs, it’s great to tie all the elements together for clean and coordinated look.

HOW TO CLEAN - Use soap and water on a soft cloth. You can always add a splash of vinegar to give your cleaning an extra boost. Don't use abrasive cleaners on your chrome bar stools as any scratches caused can potentially expose the material to the air and cause rusting.

 

Brushed Metal Bar Stool

Slightly more subtle than chrome, a brushed metal stool will provide a great coordinating feature, helping to create a seamless and contemporary vibe throughout your kitchen or dining area.    

Fondi Brushed Steel Barstool, £139

    GREAT FOR - Coordinating with brushed elements in your kitchen. The matt surface of brushed metal is a little easier to maintain than chrome as it won’t show up fingerprints as easily. HOW TO CLEAN - For every day cleaning and non-stubborn marks, you can simply use some hot (not boiling) water and a cloth or sponge to wipe over your stainless steel furniture. You can always add a little bit of washing up liquid if you cleaning needs and extra boost. Stay away from oven cleaners or products that contain chloride as this will damage the surface.  

Black Chrome Bar Stool

A dark luxe take on a regular chrome finish, black chrome has such a luxurious and almost mysterious quality about it. Opt for black chrome if you’re after a more subtle alternative to silver chrome or if you want to create a really on trend look.   

Elise Black Chrome Barstool, £129

  GREAT FOR - creating something a little bit different. Black chrome is a great choice if you don’t want a completely matched up look, or you if you already have too many other finishes to try and coordinate with. HOW TO CLEAN - Use soap and water on a soft cloth and if the mark still doesn’t go away, we suggest using a splash of vinegar to give your cleaning that extra boost. Waxing chrome after a good clean is also very useful if you want to keep its high shine for even longer.  

So there you have it, a complete guide on how to choose the right bar stool for you home.

  Not all bar stool’ed out just yet? Great! Now you know all the insider info on how to choose the perfect seat, why not head over to our website and see what great bar stool varieties we have to offer. If you’d like to print our bar stool sizing tips, you can also view our Bar Stool Pocket Guide. Want to read more Danetti Guides? we also have a handy How To Guide on Choosing Your Perfect Dining Bench.

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