With the whole of the UK and pretty much all of the world currently in lockdown as we all battle and try to overcome the current COVID-19 pandemic, there isn’t too much else to focus on than sitting in front of the TV on the sofa!
As of March 23rd the UK was placed on lockdown and we were all told that we had to stay indoors to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, help our NHS service and protect lives. All non essential work places were forced to close, schools closed, pubs closed the City became a ghost town and we all have been told to stay at home and not go out apart from 1 hour a day exercise and in the back garden, if you have one!
This has meant that the poor old sofa in everyones living room has seen an increased level of activity while many of us become couch potatoes and binge watch Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney + or the news!!!!
At the Dovetail Furniture showroom on the Sprowston Road, Norwich we are the biggest independent carpet, flooring and upholstery retailers in Norwich with a large selection of big brand sofas on display. Our sofas we supply are all quality made to order from UK businesses and built to last. Therefore we guarantee that any of our sofas surpass the increased bums on sofas time spent through the lockdown period.
A cheaper sofa bought from one of those companies who are always running offers, may find that the cushions don’t stay in shape and so your back will suffer and effect your viewing pleasure.
A sofa bought from Dovetail is a quality sofa that will be appreciated as the lockdown extends.
When it comes to choosing blinds, there are two important criteria to consider: how they look (obviously!) and how successful they are at blocking the glare of the sun.
As the Met Office issue yet another yellow weather warning, those warm and sunny summer days seem an eternity away. But they’re not as far as you think! Daylight savings begin on Sunday 29th March, which means the days are only going to get longer, brighter and (hopefully!) sunnier.
Therefore, its time to starting thinking about your blinds.
While the sunny weather is much appreciated (especially after the never-ending UK storms) it can cause some problems. Sun damage to your furniture or restless nights due to the early-rising, late-setting sun can be frustrating; however, they can be easily solved with the correct style of blind.
Dim-out blinds utilise sheer fabric to filter out sunlight and protect your room from harmful UV rays. However, as the name suggests, they merely ‘dim’ the light, allowing enough in that you can still see what you’re doing. Dim-out blinds range from extremely sheer material to fabric that blocks 95% of the light. Anything stronger would be classified as ‘blackout’ (see below).
Perfect for your living room, kitchen and bathroom, these blinds can be drawn for privacy or to create shade on a hot summer’s day. They also shield your room from harsh UV rays that can bleach soft furnishings and permanently discolour wooden fittings. What’s more, as they only dim the light, they still promote a bright and spacious living area.
Are you a light sleeper? Do you love a lazy Sunday morning in bed? Do you work night shifts and sleep during the day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then blackout blinds are a must.
There is nothing worse than trying to sleep when the sun is glaring through your window. Especially in the summer, when the days are long and the nights last mere minutes! However, blackout blinds are the perfect solution. They prevent all light from passing through, keeping your room nice and dark and creating the perfect sleeping environment.
Venetian blinds consist of slim, flat, horizontal slats of either aluminium or wood. They can be raised or lowered, but most importantly tilted, once again offering privacy and shade from the glaring sun. You can adjust the slats to control how much light you want to enter your room.
Dovetail supply a wide range of blind brands from our Norwich showroom.
From Decora and Lonsdale to Regal and Velux, you won’t believe the choice available! Click here to find out more. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01603 488082, where a member of our team will happily talk you through our collection.
A poor mattress can negatively impact your sleeping pattern, as well as your mental and physical health.
A 2017 survey by Aviva found 16 million UK adults suffer from sleepless nights: 67% struggle with disrupted sleep, while 23% manage no more than five hours per night. These figures are very concerning, especially when we consider their affect on cognitive performance.
Sleeping has a direct impact on our cognitive functions: it helps us to think clearly, remember information, and make important decisions. Lack of sleep can make it harder to focus, affecting both performance and productivity; it also reduces creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.
As we sleep, information is transferred from short to long-term as memories are reactivated and connections between brain cells are strengthened. Therefore, lack of sleep can make us forgetful, as well as affecting our ability to focus and retain information.
A good mattress can greatly help those struggling with sleepless nights. While it won’t magically cure sleeping disorders, it will help to create a supportive and comfortable sleeping environment. This will prevent any restless nights full of tossing and turning, helping you get the recommended nine hours.
A mattress should provide a flawless posture support to your body. When searching for a mattress, check it supports your entire body when lying in a neutral position; this will ensure proper spinal alignment. It should not be too firm, as this will push on the main pressure points of your spine, yet not too soft, as this will leave you unsupported and cause spinal curvature.
Experts at the UCLA Medical Centre coined the phrase “Goldilocks Zone” to describe the recommended range of softness to firmness for mattresses. Those falling outside the zone can cause serious back pain in the morning, something that can ultimately lead to a chronic problem.
If any of the following statements are familiar, then your mattress may be the cause of your back pain. First, you frequently wake up during the night for no apparent reason. Second, you often toss and turn or feel increased pressure on your body when sleeping in certain positions. Third, you feel “swallowed up” by your bed. Finally, your morning back pain eases after 20-30 minutes.
Dovetail have a wide range of Sherbourne mattresses available from our showroom.
Each month, Dovetail will spotlight one of our eco-friendly flooring collections. Our January spotlight is Marmoleum.
What makes Marmoleum eco-friendly?
Marmoleum a natural floor covering that’s over 150 years old. Associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and truly innovative design, it’s created from 97% natural raw materials, including flax, linseed, rosin and limestone.
Forbo Flooring Systems, the designers of Marmoleum, boast that it is 72% rapidly renewable and created from 43% recycled content. Not only is it a naturally CO2 neutral floor covering solution, but it contains no phalates, plasticisers or mineral oil.
Marmoleum is also biodegradable, while any offcuts and production waste is recycled back into further Marmoleum products. This ensures optimal raw material utilisation. Burning Marmoleum delivers a higher calorific value and thermal energy, which outweighs the energy used in its production. This ensures a full life-cycle circle!
Their flooring is incredibly versatile in application, colour and design. It can easily be fixed to your floor with low solvent adhesive, in keeping with its sustainable, eco-friendly attributes.
What varieties of flooring do Marmoleum offer?
Marbled Sheet | Taking inspiration from the natural work, the Marbled collection combines subtle and striking marbled effects to create the perfect backdrop for any commercial interior. The Marbled Sheet range comes available in a spectrum over 90 exciting colours.
Solid Sheet | The Solid collection offers a wide range of neutral and out-spoken choices for complimenting the modern environments of today. The collection combines attractive contemporary designs with incredible versatility and innovation.
Linear Sheet | Marmoleum Linear (made up of three collections) is known for its distinctive directional design, complemented perfectly by its warm and natural colour palette. The two abstract embossed textures add tactility and brings the floor to life.
Tile Marmoleum | Tile Marmoleum are available in four designs: Shade, Marble, Colour and Lines. Across the designs there are a wide number of sizes available, varying from 25 x 25cm right up to 100 x 25cm, in a selection of colours.
Acoustic & Static | In addition to their ‘standard’ ranges, Fobo Flooring systems also offer a number of linoleum floor coverings developed to meet specific technical or comfort requirements, including static control, sound reduction and shock absorption.
Pinboard Linoleum | From the Off-The-Floor Linoleum range, Pinboard Linoleum offers a practical, simple solution to collect and exchange thoughts and ideas whenever people plan, create and meet. Simply share your ideas by pinning them on the wall.
To find out more, why not visit our specific marmoleum page? Click here.
Treat the one you love this Christmas with Dovetail…
Whether your mum has been hinting for new curtains, or your other half is desperate for a new sofa, Dovetail will have the answer. Our showroom stocks the best brand named furniture from around the world; from Duresta and Alstons to Sherbourne to Daro Cane, we have you covered!
Start the new year with a fantastic new sofa from Dovetail! We have four wonderful collections from you to chose from. First, Alstons, whose sofas are beautifully designed and upholstered, built with expert skill from high quality materials. Next, Parker Knoll, whose extensive range of beautifully designed upholstery are all handcrafted in Nottinghamshire.
Widely known and respected, Sherborne is our third option, offering a comprehensive selection of upholstery styles, including recliners, wing chairs and upholstered suites. Finally, Duresta, whose classic English style and subtly elegant pieces are on show in our Norwich showroom.
Daro Cane Furniture is the leading name for cane furniture and all-weather outdoor woven furniture. Therefore, they are the perfect choice for a Christmas present for a loved one—or even yourself!
From chairs to sofas to coffee tables, you are sure to find the perfect gift in their rattan furniture range. This includes their exclusive collaboration with Laura Ashley, producing high class woven furniture collection with fabrics from the acclaimed Laura Ashley collection!
Curtains & Blinds
Are your curtains looking a bit drab? Transform any room with a new set of curtains or blinds. Whether you want plain, patterned, art deco or classic, we will be sure to find the perfect style for you. From Harlequin to Nina Campbell, Scion to Regal Blinds, you won’t believe the choice available!
As the leading British manufacturer of electric ‘lift and rise’ recliners, Sherborne have also developed class-leading adjustable beds. Their exceptional strength can be used to assist in raising the user to a standing position, helping to take the weight off any aches or pains (and help prevent snoring!)
Each month, Dovetail will spotlight one of our eco-friendly flooring collections. Our November spotlight is Ted Todd.
What makes Ted Todd eco-friendly?
Ted Todd believe it’s their responsibility to know where their timber comes from. If their suppliers can’t prove its origin, or that it’s sourced in accordance with their strict environmental and ethical policy, they won’t deal with them. In fact, 95% of their wood is FSC® and PEFC certified.
Wooden floors offer a variety of environmental benefits. First, are 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable. Second, they have low VOC levels. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, which are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. They include a variety of chemicals than can cause both short and long-term health effects. Therefore, wooden floors are far more environmentally friendly. Finally, they have a longer lifespan than carpet and vinyl tiles, so there is less waste.
It’s ironic that so many man-made products made from laminate, vinyl and ceramic floors now go to great length to copy a wood look. However all of these floors totally miss the point of a natural wood floor: they last for generations and you do not send them to landfill when they look tired.
What collections do Ted Todd offer?
The Project Collection is affordable, versatile and oh-so-chic. Available in a huge range of tones, from modern grey pebble to rich chestnut brown, you have plenty of choice. This Project Collection is made with 15mm-thick European Oak, with three-layer construction and a 4mm hardwood wear layer, so your floor is durable, long-lasting and easy to maintain.
The Warehouse Collection pairs the herringbone and wide plank format with beautiful open grain patterns. The result? A trendsetting, modern, and brilliantly practical flooring collection. It is built to stand the test of time with its durable construction and long-lasting hardened oil finish. Available in 15mm-thick European Oak, with a three-layer construction and 4mm hardwood wear layer.
The Foundation Collection fuses a traditional construction with contemporary styles. Made with European Oak, this robust construction has a 4mm hardwood wear layer paired with first quality birch plywood. This collection is the most solid and sturdy of all the Ted Todd hardwood floors.
The Classic Collection are a modern take on the original Ted Todd solid floorboards. Sleek, sturdy and chic, they are made with 100% hardwood, and is engineered for greater stability with European Oak and Birch plywood. These extra-thick wood floors are the perfect choice for durability and design.
The Strada Collection has 12 coats of lacquer for a scratch-resistant, easy to maintain finish. Its the perfect choice for demanding environments! It comes in a wide range of tones and is crafted using 20mm thick, two-ply European Oak, with a generous 6mm wear layer.
The Signature Solids Collection is breathtaking and sturdy, available in a wide range of rich tones, and is crafted in stunning 20mm European Oak, Pitch Pine or American Black Walnut. The collection has a 6-8mm wear layer to ensure every floor is infinitely durable and easy to maintain.
The Pattern & Panels Collection are of the most versatile and exciting collections from Ted Todd. Featuring herringbone, chevron, squares and panels, this collection suits every interior—from rustic rooms to contemporary open-plan spaces. Made with European Oak or Walnut, the floors are made with 10-20mm thick wood, including two-ply and solid options, and a 4 or 6mm wear layers.
The Create Collection lets you design your very own flooring! Use planks, herringbone, chevron or squares on their own, or combine them together using our unique pattern system. All of the formats have been designed to combine, so you can design patterns using four formats and ten tones. This collection is made of 100% oak and this gives superior stability.