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.
End the year in style with Dovetail’s top three autumn/winter interior design trends for 2018!
The design industry has spoken! The hottest interior design trends for autumn/winter 2018 are making themselves known across the high street, from bright and bold geometric designs to warm and earthy tones. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are Dovetail’s pick of the autumn/winter trends for 2018…
#1 Bright Shapes
These kaleidoscopic concoction of quirky shapes and vibrant colours are certainly a bold trend, yet remains fun and playful. Experiment with a variety of shapes, whether it be stripes, geometric or spots. Have the confidence to clash, and mix and match with a variety of colours. As long as you have fun, you can’t possibly go wrong!
Dovetail LOVES the use of bright shapes in the following collections…
• Axis Collection — Scion Wallpaper (click here)
• Elara — Vorwerk Carpet (click here)
• Alba Range — Cane Industries (click here)
#2 Pink, Pink, Pink!
From dusty to candy, pinks are all the range this autumn! The perfect antidote to the traditional earthy tones of fall, pink adds warmth and colour to any home. It also contrasts well with metallic shades and contemporary greys, so it is quite easy to incorporate into your home. Fun, flirty and fun, pink is the perfect way to brighten up your home.
Dovetail LOVES the use of pinks in the following collections…
• Chiswick — Duresta Club & Boutique (click here)
• Mirage — Duresta for Matthew Williamson (click here)
• Serendipity Prints — Blendworth (click here)
#3 Burnt Metallics
Of course, autumn wouldn’t be autumn without the warm, earthy tones of burnt copper and brass! The fiery, golden tones instantly provide elegance and rustic charm and provide that cosy, autumnal feel. Burnt metallics can be incorporated in both traditional and modern settings to enormous effect.
Dovetail LOVES the use of metallics in the following collections…
• Albert — Duresta for International Luxury (click here)
• Asuka Wallpaper — Harlequin (click here)
• Sonata Fabrics — Wemyss (click here)
The 2018 Dovetail summer clearance sale has begun!
Expect to find a variety of home furniture for an excellent price in the Dovetail summer clearance sale. All our products are ex-display and available for immediate delivery. Delivery charges may apply.
From stunning upholstery to classic cane and luxurious leather, there is something for everyone. Here are Dovetail’s top three finds – but hurry, these amazing deals get snatched up quick!
Alstons — Large Sofa & Chair
This large sofa and chair set was once £1,695. Now it can be yours for just £895. That’s a massive saving of £800!
This contemporary sofa design, complete with clean lines and angular shape, brings style and sophistication to any room. The Penthouse Accent chair comes complete with real wooden feet for a touch of class. And why not bring a splash of colour to the room with their bold and exciting scatter cushion combinations?
Salzburg — Sofa, Two Chairs & Table
This cane sofa, chair and table set was once £2,345. Now it can be yours for just £1,170. That’s just over half price!
This stylish cane set is from our Salzburg collection. With its traditional high-back, delicate rose design and elegant three arm finish, this set is the perfect companion for any conservatory or living room.
TLS by Design — 3 Seater Sofa & Reclining Chair
This recliner and sofa set was once £2,025. Now it can be yours for just £1,295. That’s an incredible saving of £730!
This dark chocolate leather sofa and reclining chair set is a sultry, sophisticated choice for any home. Hand-crafted by TLS from a kiln-dried hardwood frame that has been double dowelled, corner-blocked, glued and screwed.
Want to see the other offers in our summer clearance sale?
Click here to view the full summer clearance sale. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Dovetail team. Call us on 01603 488082 or email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Did you know nearly 4.2 million Brits now work from home?
As modern technology leads the way for a progressive, flexible work environment, more and more people are now choosing to work from home. With 24/7 contact with clients and colleagues, but with the bonus of lie-ins and an optional pyjamas dress code, you can definitely see the appeal!
Your home office is now a hub of activity. But not matter how long you spend there—be it a couple of hours to a full working week—it’s important that it remains a comfortable, efficient space to conduct your business.
Here are Dovetail’s top five tips to achieve the perfect home office layout.
Tip #1 | Finding the space
It may seem obvious, but make sure you allow enough space for a comfortable work environment. Take a step back, and consider the following criteria: can you stand up, sit down, and easily move across your desk?
Don’t underestimate your space—no one wants to be cramped over the desk for hours at a time! If you are unsure, use the tried-and-tested guidelines employed by professional designers: 60 inches wide by 84 inches deep.
Tip #2 | Natural lighting
If possible, choose a location with natural light. Your desk should be positioned towards the window, as this will prevent glare on your screen. If this is impossible, we suggest investing in some translucent blinds.
A view is the perfect way to instil inspiration. It relieves that cooped-up feeling many experience when they have been trapped in the office all day, and gives you eyes a rest from your computer screen. If you don’t have a view, don’t worry. Place an inspiration board or artwork above you desk instead.
Tip #3 | Choosing your desk
The next stage is to select your desk. If you have minimal space, select a desk which is small, compact and sleek. Also consider investing in a desk with built-in drawers to store your documents or stationary.
As a rule of thumb, your desk should be at least 48 inches wide. This provides a decent amount of space for your laptop, notepad, plus any other materials that are necessary to complete your work. However, if you operate solely using a laptop, you can get away with using a narrower desk. Overall, Dovetail recommend a workspace that is 60 inches wide by 28 inches high for optimum comfort.
Tip #4 | Selecting your chair
It is important to choose ergonomics over aesthetics when it comes to your office chair. Look for one with good lumbar support for the lower back, as this will go a long way to preventing back strain. An adjustable chair is also recommended, so you can adjust the height, back and arms until you feel comfortable and supported.
Tip #5 | Personalise your space!
One of the perks of working from home is YOU are in control. Customise your office so you feel more “at home”; incorporate personal touches throughout your workstation that brighten your day and provide inspiration.
These touches could be anything, from family photos to patterned wallpaper to succulents. But whatever they are, make sure it reflects your personality and promotes a pleasant work environment.
Follow our top tips for the perfect home office! Tweet @DovetailNorwich for more design advice.