As we become more environmentally conscious, it can be difficult to find eco-friendly furnishings.
However, cane and rattan furniture provide a really good alternative to traditional hardwood. Brands such a Desser, Daro and Cane Industries provide good quality furniture that is both sustainable and looks good.
Rattan is a naturally renewable palm that grows in diverse forests across Africa and Asia.
Incredibly, rattan grows over 2 centimetres per day. To put this into perspective, this means it grows up to 6 metres every year! Rattan can be fully grown and harvested within two years, compared to some hardwoods which take up to 20-30 years. Therefore, rattan is a completely sustainable product that is environmentally friendly.
Rattan helps to sustain numerous other plants and landscapes. As a runner, it relies on other trees and vegetation for survival. Therefore, rattan harvesters are encouraged to preserve the rainforests where it is found. Rattan also grows in harsh conditions, such as in floodwater, that would usually make land unusable.
Across Asia, rattan is an invaluable part of rural people’s livelihoods.
Rattan crops support many small holdings across South and Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia, where it is grown and harvested. It provides people in these local communities with a regular, reliable income in an uncomplicated industry with a focus on labour-intensive management.
How do the rattan furniture brands that Dovetail stock ensure they are eco-friendly?
Desser promotes fair trade ethics across their company. In a statement on their website, they reveal they “abide by a low carbon emission business plan” to “provide [their] customers with environmentally friendly furnishings.”
In 2011, Daro was awarded a made-aware status for its rattan furniture by LOFA (The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association). This means they work closely with rattan suppliers to reduce the carbon footprint of their products.
Have you ever considered the amount of time spent on your sofa?
From watching TV to snoozing and snacking, Britons are the ultimate couch potatoes. So much so, a 2008 study revealed we spend a staggering 17 years sitting on the sofa!
With figures like these, it’s clearly worth investing in a good quality sofa. An essential item for any home, it’s not a purchase to make lightly, or without considered thought.
There are five keys points to assess when choosing in a sofa: size, style, comfort, longevity and practicality. Ignore these criteria, and the result is a sofa that simply isn’t suited to your needs.
To avoid such an outcome, Dovetail Furniture have compiled a step-by-step guide to choosing a sofa, following the key points mentioned above. Follow our advice and you’ll find your perfect sofa in no time!
Be honest with yourself: do you really have the space for a huge, sprawling sofa? If your room is small, an oversized sofa will make it look more cramped than it actually is. Those short on living space should instead opt for a sofa with low or no arms, as this will create the illusion of a larger room.
On the other hand, should you have a relatively large living room, don’t go overboard on size. Remember that other furniture items, such as TV stands, coffee tables and perhaps other chairs, still need to fit in comfortably.
Think about the intention of your space. Do you envision a formal living room, or a stylish spot for occasional entertaining? A stand-alone sofa presents a sleeker, cleaner line. A sectional sofa is far more roomy and inviting, creating a more casual space that’s perfect for lounging, watching TV or snoozing!
How do you sit on your sofa? It may seem like a stupid question, but everyone lounges differently.
It’s really important to consider seat depth. You may prefer to slouch into your cushions rather than sit upright when watching TV; therefore, if you choose a sofa with too shallow a seat, you will find yourself shifting awkwardly as you try to find a comfortable position. Your sofa is now a wasted investment!
Here is a quick overview of sofa seat depths. 18 inches is a sleek, modern look, but very upright and uncomfortable to sit on. 22 inches is the absolute minimum for a comfortable seat, but still presents a sleek design. 24 inches is just deep enough to lie across, while 33 inches has the ultimate “snuggle factor”.
Different fabrics ware better than others over time. For example, chenille, while soft and silky, stretches and warps over time. Likewise, vinyl is a cheaper alternative to leather, but tends to be less comfortable and cracks with age.
Meanwhile, ensure your sofa has a hardwood frame. This could be oak, teak, beech or mahogany, but avoid softwoods such as pine or spruce. Furthermore, check it is held together with screws and dowels rather than glued and stapled chipboard; these can easily break and will not last as long.
Do you have young children or pets? Then be sensible with your choice of fabric. Cotton-velvet is a family favourite; it’s plush, wears well, and comes in a variety of patterns and shades that can help camouflage any unwanted stains!
Leather is another popular choice for families; it’s wipe-clean, so any accidents, spills or stains can easily be erased. However, it’s susceptible to scratches, so is best avoided by pet owners, as well as wool, satin and velvet. Instead, invest in more pet-friendly fabrics, such as distressed leather and microfibre.
Begin the year in style with Dovetail’s top three 2019 interior design trends!
The design industry has spoken. The hottest interior design trends for the new year are making themselves known across the high street, from cosmic patterns to warm and earthy tones. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are our pick of the 2019 interior design trends, all available to buy from Dovetail!
Designers have looked to the skies for their latest inspiration and the results are out of this world… From zodiac patterns to galaxy murals, cosmic inspiration is the name of the game. Whether you give a subtle nod to the night sky or go all-out with a celestial tribute, your room will surely look heavenly!
Dovetail LOVES the use of constellations in the following collections…
This year, it’s all about Frida Kahlo. Channel the spirit of Mexico’s iconic painter with dynamic, vibrant colours, lush patterns and high-energy wallpaper inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico.
Dovetail LOVE how the following collections were inspired by Freida Kahlo…
Duresta Club & Boutique — Amelia Sofa (click here)
Orchard & Little — Trailing Orchid Wallpaper (click here)
Did you know that velvet searches have increased by 400% over past six months? It is now the most searched for fabric in the UK! Luxurious, seductive and sumptuous, velvet sofas, cushions and carpets is the perfect way to add a bit of lavish to your home.
Dovetail LOVES the use of velvet in the following collections…
Moving house can be a very stressful experience—and never more so than during the Christmas period!
There is so much to think about. First, all the stress that comes with the festive season. Wrapping presents, visiting family, preparing the Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. But now you have more to contend with…
From showings to van rentals and packing of your belongings, there is so much to organise when you move house. In fact, with so many things to tick off your ‘To Do’ list, it’s easy to forget the finer details of your new home.
The last thing you need is to arrive at your new property to find it missing the small details which make a house a home. Unfinished floors and empty curtain rails can easily deflate your moving day excitement. What’s more, who wants to spend Christmas or the New Year in an unfinished house that’s rough around the edges?
But don’t worry! At Dovetail Furniture, we are here for all your new home requirements.
We have a wide range of curtains and blinds for you to choose from, as well as an extensive range of carpets and flooring. So, while you worry about organising the big move, we will work hard to have your new home ready to go.
All of our products are fitted by Dovetail’s experienced fitting team. This includes (but is not limited to) our incredible carpet, blind and curtain ranges, plus our stunning Karndean, Amtico and wooden floor collections.
Not only that, but all our products are guaranteed to be the best quality and price. Take, for example, our flooring ranges, which have a zero-rate VAT where applicable. In fact, we promise you won’t quality furnishings at a better price anywhere in Norwich. With such incredible deals, why go anywhere else for your new home requirements?
Enjoy your new home from the moment you arrive.
Dovetail promise that your home will be ready to go as soon as you step foot inside. From cleaned floors and hoovered carpets to cut doors and fitted curtains, no detail will be ignored by our team.
All that is left to do now is to fill your new home with fantastic festive memories — and, of course, unpack!
Want to find out more about making a move with Dovetail Furniture?
Give us a call on 01603 488082 or pop us an email at email@example.com. We will do our best to answer all your questions to help make your moving experience as smooth as possible.
Want to talk to us in the flesh? Visit our showroom at 226 – 236 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HT. While you’re there, you can browse our incredible carpet & flooring and curtain & blind collections for your new home!
Did you know we spend almost a third of our lifetime asleep?
As we all know, it’s important that you get a good nights sleep. It allows your body to restore and rejuvenate, as well as grow muscle and repair tissue. In fact, many studies have linked sleep deficiency to heart disease and diabetes, as sleep is also involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.
Dovetail have already written a blog on the importance of finding a comfortable and supportive mattress. But did you know your sleeping position is equally as important? From sleeping on your back to your front or side, we all have our favourite position. Read on to find out their benefits, and the affect they have on a good night’s sleep.
Are you one of the 7% of people that sleep on their back?
Sleeping on your back is often regarded as the ‘healthiest’ sleeping position for the spine and neck. This is because your back is straight rather than contorted, while your neck is in a neutral position. Also, it allows your mattress to fulfil its purpose and affectively support your spine.
For the more image conscious, sleeping on your back is a must. Those who sleep on their sides with their face squashed against the pillow are more likely to form wrinkles, while those who sleep on their backs will not!
However, sleeping on your back significantly increases the probability of snoring. As you lay on your back, your tongue falls to the back of your throat, restricting your airways and causing you to snore. For this reason, those suffering from sleep apnea should also avoid sleeping on their back. 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women are habitual snorers, so if you want to avoid being part of the statistic, roll over!
Are you one of the 13% of people that sleep on their front?
Despite being one of the most popular sleeping positions, there are few benefits to sleeping on your stomach. While it eases snoring and sleep apnea, it flattens the natural curve of the spine, resulting in lower back pain and, in some cases, airway blockage. Sleeping on your front also forces your head to one side, straining your neck.
Furthermore, the pressure on your muscles, joints, and organs increases as you sleep on your stomach. In an attempt to stay comfortable, you will spend more time shifting positions, resulting in disturbed, poor-quality sleep.
However, if you find this is the best position for you, try making some modifications. First, sleep with your forehead against the edge of a soft pillow rather than turning your head to the side. This will alleviate neck strain and lower back pain, while also ensuring your airway remains open. Another adjustment is to place a pillow under your lower abdomen or hips to help prevent lower back twinges.
Are you one of the 69% of people that sleep on their side?
Sleeping of your side is by far the most popular sleeping position, and it is also very beneficial for your health. The fetal position (a position adopted by 41% of people) improves heart circulation, which is why it is a position often recommended by doctors during pregnancy. What’s more, it also eases heartburn and acid reflux!
However, there are a few downsides. Sleeping on your left side can put pressure on the stomach and lungs, while sleeping in the fetal position can restrict your diaphragm. Side-sleepers will also be familiar with the dreaded pins and needles caused by resting your head on your arm all night which restricts blood flow. Furthermore, as your shoulder supports most of your body weight, your neck and shoulder muscles can become constricted and tight.
So which mattress is best for each position?
Back sleepers should avoid airbeds and opt instead for a medium mattress (5 to 6 in firmness). If your mattress is too soft, your back and pelvis will sink too deep. However, if your mattress is too firm, your back will leave a gap between your lower spine and mattress surface, resulting in an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Memory foam mattresses will provide sufficient support give to keep your spine aligned.
Front sleepers should opt for medium to slightly firmer mattresses (4 to 7) to help keep their spine in a neutral position. A firmer mattress will prevent the pelvis from sinking too far down and arching your back. Also, stomach sleepers should avoid innerspring beds as they are too springy to be comfortable.
Side sleepers need a soft to medium mattress (3 to 6 firmness) so their hips and shoulders can sink deeply into the mattress, ensuring the spine stays aligned with the neck and back. A memory foam mattresses would be perfect as they contour your body, securing it in place to prevent pelvic rotation.
Dovetail have a wide range of Sherbourne mattresses available from our Norwich showroom, including sprung and memory foam. Click here to view our full range online. If you want more information, please give us a call on 01603 488082 and we will do our best to answer all your questions.
Has your vision of an inviting, cosy retreat fizzled out over the years? Do you worry that your decor is dated or your colour scheme is bland? Well, worry no more! All it takes is a few small changes to transform your conservatory to the welcoming living area you always dreamed of…
When in doubt, choose white!
White is the perfect colour for your conservatory for many reasons. First, its simplicity. Your conservatory should be a space where you can come to unwind and relax; therefore, its clean, calming tone provides the perfect retreat. Second, white is timeless. Unlike “on-trend” colours, it is elegant, tasteful and will never fell dated.
White walls work best in naturally bright rooms, where the light coming is emphasised by bouncing all around. Therefore, it is the perfect colour for your conservatory! It will also make the room appear bright and airy, while creating the illusion of more space. But don’t overwhelm yourself with white! Create contrast with bursts of colour from cushions, throws or even a bunch of flowers.
The perfect growing space.
Speaking of flowers, nothing makes a conservatory more welcoming than a sweet smell of orchids and citrus plants, both of which thrive in conservatory conditions. Designed to let in natural light, conservatories are the perfect place to create a luxurious natural area. Indeed, studies have found that flowers help to reduce depression, anxiety and agitation, while also having long-term positive effects on an individual’s mood. Therefore, they are the perfect companion for any conservatory, creating a welcoming space for you to relax and unwind.
Don’t forget those homely touches!
Your conservatory is as much a part of your home as your lounge and kitchen. Therefore, don’t forget to include comforting and homely touches, such as floral wallpaper and textiles or family photos. You could even include some shelves or dressers to fill with books or games.
Remember, you want your conservatory to be a relaxing space, so opt for comfortable furniture, such as rattan or cane, rather than boxy, wooden furniture. In fact, Dovetail have a wide range of cane furniture for sale, including big brands such as Desser and Daro. Browse online or visit our Norwich showroom today!
We hope that our advice has proved invaluable.
If you have any questions about this blog, or want to find out more about our cane and rattan furniture, do not hesitate to get in touch! Give us a call on 01603 488082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.