When it comes to choosing curtains for your home, who knew there were so many heading options?
Option #1 | Pencil Pleat
The pencil pleat is the classic heading choice for curtains where olds of fabric are tightly gathered to create a semi-cylindrical heading (visually similar to a row of pencils, hence the name “pencil pleat”). As a gathered heading, it allows you to expand or reduce the width of the curtain.
Option #2 | Pinch Pleat
The pinch pleat is suitable for all kinds of fabric. The pleats are hand-sewn and permanently fixed for a luxurious, tailored design. Our example photo shows a triple pinch; this means there are three pleats and then a space. Unlike pencil pleats, this heading uses far more fabric for a fuller final look.
Option #3 | Standard Gather Headings
The standard gather is a classic yet informal heading style. It is suited to curtains with a shorter drop and can be used with tracks or poles. It requires the same amount of gather as a pencil pleat curtain. The heading is very casual and therefore unsuitable if you favour a more tailored design.
Option #4 | Eyelet Headings
A contemporary alternative to more traditional hangings, the eyelet heading is suitable for all curtain fabrics. So named due to the metal rings at the top of the curtain, the eyelet heading creates large, even and soft pleats. They are suitable for poles with a diameter of up to 30mm.
Option #5 | Tab Top
Another contemporary heading, these curtains have fabric loops (or “tabs”) running along the top edge. The tabs are are threaded through poles or rods and require less fabric than other designs. Tab tops are popular as decorative curtains; however, they easily stick on the poles so often don’t draw easily.
An adjustable bed can enrich your sleep experience while aiding the improvement of various health problems.
Health Benefit #1 | Reduce Back Pain
Adjust the head and foot of the mattress to support the spine and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve. The longest and largest nerve in the human body, the sciatic nerve runs from the lower back to the back of the leg. Those suffering from sciatica (pain, numbness, and/or weakness along the sciatic nerve) should contour the mattress to the body, as this will greatly improve the pain.
To relieve pressure on the spine, slant the head by 45 degrees. You can also raise the foot of the bed to bend the knees and deviate the legs. Angling the head will also reduce neck ache.
Health Benefit #2 | Relieve Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Snoring occurs when the upper airway vibrates from turbulent airflow when breathing. Nearly 40% of men and 24% of women snore; however, those who sleep flat on their backs are more susceptible. This is because the airway is more subject to close as the weight of your neck or chest press down on the windpipe, blocking adequate airflow. Therefore, adjust your bed to lift up the head, taking weight off the windpipe and reducing your snoring.
Similar to snoring, sleep apnea can be reduced simply by raising the head of the adjustable bed. Sleeping in an angled position reduces obstructions from the nasal passages and improves airflow, for healthy, uninterrupted sleep; by simply lifting the head, sinus pressure will be naturally relieved.
Health Benefit #3 | Enhance Circulation
The better your circulation in the night, the better your quality of sleep. Blood circulation can be enhanced by adjusting your bed into a zero gravity position. Developed for astronauts, the position relieves the pressure on the spine and body during take-off. Simply lie on your back, then raise your legs and head above your heart. This evenly distributes the weight on your body in a relaxed state.
With the aid of the adjustable bed base, sleepers can fine-tune sleep positions to reduce pressure allowing for blood to flow to the heart, and throughout the body. For those with specific circulation issues, the adjustable frame allows for the mattress to be positioned to a recommended level to enhance blood and oxygen flow.
Check out Dovetail’s top 2019 summer design trends!
The design industry has spoken. The hottest interior design trends for summer 2019 are making themselves known across the high street. 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!
Mustard tones are the must-have shades for the summer months. Previous years saw smaller pops of mustard as the go-to trend, but 2019 sees a push towards larger statement furniture and accessories to create a bold splash of colour to your home. A surprisingly versatile shade, mustard partners well with teal, indigo blue, and white.
Dovetail loves the use of mustard in the following collections…
White is always a classic choice, but white on white is dominating the interior design scene this summer. Light, bright and clean, it enhances your space and guarantees both classy and stylish finish. Pair with dark wood and natural tones.
Dovetail feel inspired by the use of white by the following designers…
Duresta Club & Boutique — Sutherland Sofa (click here)
Orchard & Little — Trailing Orchid Wallpaper (click here)
#3 Granny Patterns
Forget out with the old and in with the new: this summer, old-fashioned becomes new fashion! ‘Granny’ patterns celebrates florals, busy fabrics and furniture with plenty of trim. Patterned sofas, curtains, and wallpaper are the perfect choice to bring ‘granny chic’ into your home.
Dovetail loves the use of granny patterns in the following collections…
Discover the pros and cons of different pet-friendly flooring options to find the perfect fit for your furry friends.
Option #1 // Hardwood
Hardwood flooring exudes a sophisticated, classic finish and remains a staple flooring choice for many homes. But as it is vulnerable to stains and water damage, it may not be the wise choice for pet owners. However, there are some pet-friendly hardwood materials, including oak, maple, walnut, mahogany, and bamboo. On the other hand, softwoods, such as pine, chestnut, and fir, are easily susceptible to dents and scratches.
The harder the wood, the more greater its resistance to nail scratches. Therefore, take a look at the Janka Hardness Scale when selecting your flooring: the higher the number, the harder the wood. Any rating below 850 is classified as softwood, while a rating above 1250 is classified as hardwood.
Pros: Comes is a variety of colours and finishes; easy to vacuum.
Cons: Expensive; vulnerable to water damage; easily stains.
Option #2 // Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpeting provides a comfortable lounging area for pets, especially when most of our furry friends spend a lot of time asleep! Carpet also provides a non-slip surface, unlike tile and hardwood flooring which can cause footpads to skid about, and absorbs animal noises for a more peaceful atmosphere.
Carpet is usually made from wool, natural fibres, or synthetic fibres, such as nylon and polyester. While wool carpet is the softest and most luxurious underfoot, it is more expensive than synthetic fibres and not as resistant to stains. Nylon carpets, however, are durable, stain-resistant and affordable, making it a popular choice for households with pets. However, try and avoid loop carpets as your pet’s nails may snag on the loops.
Pros: Comfortable underfoot; non-slip surface; comes is a variety of colours.
Cons: Difficult to clean; vulnerable to wear and tear.
Option #3 // Cork
Cork flooring is eco-friendly and will reduce the growth of mould and other allergens. What’s more, it is warm and pliable, making it comfortable underfoot and able to withstand foot traffic very well. It also absorbs sound, so you don’t need to worry about the constant tapping of pet nails all day!
Cork flooring is far more scratch-resistant than other natural woods options. Cork is a generally resistant material that is both naturally impact resistant and boasts anti-slip properties. Therefore, your pets don’t need to use their claws to move around, so the number of animal claw marks on your floor is significantly reduced.
Pros: Water resistant; needs little maintenance; absorbs sound.
Cons: Discolours overtime; heavy furniture can cause permanent indents.
Option #4 // Laminate
Laminate flooring is often a popular choice for pet owners who like the look of hardwood, but want an easy-to-clean surface. However, the popular choice of smooth, glossy laminate floor can reduce your pet’s traction and easily cause them to slip. Therefore, a textured or embossed laminate finish is far more sensible.
Pros: Easy-to-clean; water-resistant; less noticeable scratches.
Cons: Slippery surface; not as “classic” as hardwood.
Option #5 // Stone
Stone tiles are a great option for pet owners. Not only is it highly durable and scratch-resistant, it’s wipe-clean surface lets you quickly deal with any “accidents” or spills. While most tiles are scratch-resistant, some materials are more porous that others. Therefore, softer stones, such as marble, will require more treatment.
A significant downside to stone tiles are their hard, cold surface. It offers little to no comfort or warmth to your pet, so consider incorporating underfloor heating or area rugs throughout your home. What’s more, a pet bed may prove essential if you want your pet to have a cosy place to relax.
Pros: Scratch-resistant; easy-to-clean.
Cons: Cold, hard surface; slippery surface.
Option #6 // Vinyl
Vinyl is an extremely affordable flooring option that can be easily installed throughout you home. Not only does it provide great traction for your pet, it also comes in a wide range of colours and designs, including natural-looking luxury vinyl. Now you can have durable pet-friendly flooring without compromising on style!
Pros: Resistant to scratches and stains; easy-to-clean; low allergy; quiet underfoot.
Cons: Dulls easily; water spills can cause mildew or peeling.
The Dovetail upholstery clearance sale has landed!
Expect to find a variety of upholstery and suites for an excellent price in the Dovetail clearance sale. All our products are ex-display and available for immediate delivery. Delivery charges may apply.
From stunning leather to glamorous duck feather cushions, there is truly something for everyone. Here are Dovetail’s top three finds – but hurry, these amazing deals get snatched up quick!
Gascoigne Designs // Medium Sofa
This luxurious sofa was once £4,695. Now it can be yours for just £2,295. That’s a huge saving of £2,400!
Gascoigne Designs is a privately owned family business who produce stunning, fine upholstered furniture. Each piece is individually hand cut and tailored to create a stunning final design. This piece is no exception; it’s stylish and eye-catching and most definitely adds a touch of old school glamour!
Bardi // Danube Suite
This stunning leather suite was once £4,190, but can now be yours for £2,995. That’s a saving of £1,195!
This beautiful Danube suite is upholstered in deep red leather, sourced in the best international markets. It was then tanned and treated in Italy using the best processes to guarantee unparalleled beauty, softness and strength. This suite features a 3 seater sofa, 2 seater sofa and chair.
Gascoigne Designs // Grand Sofa
This grand sofa was once £3,695, but can now be yours for just £1,795. That’s more than half price!
This glamorous sofa is artistically tailored by a single bench trained craftsman. Individually hand cut and accurately stitched by Gascoigne Designs, this is an attractive and luxurious piece for any home. The plush scatter cushions are filled with duck feathers for a sumptuous and comfortable finish.
Want to see the other offers in our upholstery clearance sale?
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 like Desser and Cane Industries provide good quality furniture that are sustainable and look 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.