Horton's Furniture Blog

By proadAccountId-366362 21 Jul, 2016

All too often we have customers wishing to return items because they came into our store, fell in love with a comfortable recliner chair, took it home, and realised it didn’t fit. We recommend using the following tips when it comes to measuring in preparation for new furniture.

Only Do It Once  

To make things easier on yourself, measure your space once and write down your measurements in a place that’s accessible -- perhaps on a note on the fridge or even saved under a “room measurements” contact on your phone. It’s not a bad idea to have a sketch of the floorplan as part of the measurements, so you can consider how you can rearrange furniture as well.

Start with the Door  

Measure your front door, the hallway, and entrances into the room you are furnishing. One of the most common mistakes we’ve seen is furniture that fits in the room, but we cannot get through the door in the first place. Make sure you take down all measurements for stairs, passages, and entryways that furniture would need to get through. When you measure doors, double check that you’re taking the inside measurements of the frame rather than the outside.

You should aim to have at least ten centimetres clearance for the furniture on all sides.

Get All the Numbers

Don’t forget to get height, width, and diagonal measurements, especially for areas such as corners and stairways.

Think about What You Can’t Move  

You should consider your light fixtures, ceiling hangings, or other things you can’t really move when hauling furniture into a room. Find out if you can temporarily remove them to make room, or if they need to stay in place. When you’re taking measurements for the actual room that you are furnishing, don’t forget to measure and mark fireplaces, mantelpieces, and other immovable architectural pieces.

Measure the Room

Take the measurements from the front entrance to the back wall. Measure the length and width, as well as the height of the ceiling for taller pieces. Measure the height of the wall up the windowsill if you are considering putting tables or other objects under the window.

Measure the Furniture You Already Have

Before going to buy new furniture, measure the furniture already sitting in your bedroom or lounge room. You may be able to find pieces that match their height and will give you a better aesthetic when you’re done shopping. If you’re a visual person, consider taking a photo of your furniture and marking measurements directly on the photograph.

Bring Your Sketch with You

It’s a good idea to have a sketch of your room with you when you shop for furniture, rather than just the numerical measurements. That way you’ll be able to look at a piece of furniture and consider where it will go, rather than just whether or not you can get it into the room. Remember that you want your furniture to be functional -- meaning you will need to account for spaces to walk around inside the room. If you’re considering a piece of furniture that’s pushing the limit of whether it will fit or not, having your sketch with you will help you think about how you can rearrange your furniture to make it fit.

Ready for some new furniture? Bring your measurements to one of our two showrooms in Newcastle for incredible value on great furniture.

By proadAccountId-366362 21 Jul, 2016

Sometimes you’ll get the chance to walk into a furniture store, or even a friend’s house, and right away your eyes are drawn to a particular chair, sofa, table, apothecary, or other piece of furniture that really stands out . It’s often bold and large, but doesn’t necessarily have to be. Sometimes it is a particular vintage piece, clearly having a history that makes people want to ask questions. At other times, it’s a brightly coloured piece, or one with an intricate design or trimming.

Using a statement piece in your home, especially in your lounge room, is a great way to make your house an exciting space and one that you’re happy to show to guests. Here are a few suggestions for choosing and using the right statement piece of furniture.

Think about Your Floors When Choosing a Colour

One of the most common ways to make a statement with furniture is to have one or two very colourful pieces. When you’re choosing the colour, think about what type of floor it will sit on. Very dark floors go great with bright yellows and blues. Medium timber floors work well with reds, and if you have a light timber or tile floor, contrast it with dark furniture.

You should also of course think about the walls or other immovable pieces of your room. It’s always possible to organise other furniture around a central piece, but much harder to change walls and floors. As two of the largest surfaces in any room, your walls and floors can really make your furniture pop.

Don’t Go Overboard

What truly makes a statement is the ability to isolate what you should be looking at; what your eyes are drawn to. It can be very enticing to make all of your furniture a statement piece -- but that’s an easy way to make a room look too busy. Have one or two pieces per room that clearly stand out, and make the rest functional and fitting.

Try Vintage

Pieces that make a statement can be ones that clearly are from a different era than the rest. Whether it’s a genuine antique or simply a new design that speaks to a particular architectural and design era and place, having a vintage piece among modern furniture is a clear winner.

Find One Thing to Match

Your statement piece stands out by nature. It should be different from the nearby furniture and ornaments so it truly is eye catching. However, you can match it to one thing in your space to make it feel more integrated. For example, if you have a Bari modular corner sofa , think about adding a vase of red flowers on a side table nearby, or hanging a red picture frame on the wall behind it.

Ready to find the perfect statement piece? Check out our huge selection of great furniture at one of our two stores in Newcastle.

By proadAccountId-366362 21 Jul, 2016
Caring for Your Leather Furniture

Choosing leather furniture is common for those who want upholstery that will last a lifetime and stay beautifully intact and with the right care and occasional repairs, that is exactly what you will get.

Myths about Leather Furniture
Some people are afraid that leather upholstery will definitely be ruined by active children or pets. In fact, leather is one of the most classic premium materials exactly because it can withstand much and stays strong for years.

Tips for Leather Furniture Care and Maintenance

Keep the Dust Off
The main thing that needs to be cleaned from leather furniture is dust. Because of the porous nature of the material, dust can fairly easily collect on the surface. Dust is easy to clean from leather sofas and chairs by simply wiping a dry, clean cloth along the upholstery. This is all you need to do to regularly care for leather. You should also vacuum between crevices to remove any dust that has collected there or under cushions.

Avoid Direct Sunlight
Leather does best if it is out of direct sunlight. To avoid, dryness, fading and discolouration, keep your leather furniture in a cooler area of the room, away from glass windows and screen doors.

Remove Scratches
You can remove scratches on leather by buffing it with a microfibre cloth until their appearance fades altogether. This works well for small scratches that develop as the leather dries over time. With La-Z-Boy leather recliners and sofas under warranty, major cracks in leather can be fixed or replaced within the   first three years of purchase .

Clean Spills
Leather, especially dark leather, is very forgiving when it comes to spills. You'll want to use as little water as possible, so start with a dry cloth or sponge to absorb as much liquid as you can without adding any.

If your spill is sticky, use a just-damp cloth and rub the leather. Avoid soaking leather in fabric or soap, and only ever apply products made specifically for leather, rather than all-purpose cleaners.

Repairing Rips
Buying leather furniture is an investment, and if the leather rips you can either go to a professional leather repair shop or use an at-home leather repair kit and sand paper. Leather repair kits will help you fix a rip in leather by applying a PVA adhesive compound that functions like glue. The PVA adhesive is white, and you mix various colours in the kit to get the matching one.

Fixing Discolouration
Due to spills, sunlight fading, or oils, your leather furniture might need re-colouration. To do this yourself, start off by cleaning your leather thoroughly. Apply a leather prep solution to degrease and remove any oils. After the leather dries, gently rub fine sandpaper over the affected area, and sponge on leather colour. Apply another layer of leather colour using a spray bottle in long, even strokes. Let the furniture sit for 48 hours, then seal and recondition with a leather protectant.

Find Your Next Leather Lounge Furniture
Horton's furniture carries a huge range of leather sofas,   recliner chairs , suites, chair lifts, and other home furniture. View our genuine leather   La-Z-Boy series   online or test out your next leather furniture in one of our two   Newcastle furniture stores .

By proadAccountId-366362 21 Jul, 2016
Moving into a new house is an exciting time. It’s the chance to start fresh and design your space in a way that makes you feel most comfortable. Setting up new furniture is the first step to making your house become your home.
Alternatively, if you are updating the furniture already in your house, you may find it changes the whole set up. To refresh a space or add extra functionality, adding or replacing furniture is a great way to make the most of your room.

Here are a few things to consider when you are choosing new furniture.

How Long Will It Last?
Buying quality furniture is an investment. Even if you move from house to house, often you’ll bring your best furniture with you. To make sure your furniture lasts for more than a few busy seasons, do some research on:

● The quality of the materials used. Is it made of leather or sturdy upholstery? Is the fabric likely to rip with active children or pets?
● The quality of the manufacturing. Are the seams sewn with more than simple single stitching? Do the wooden beams connect in a mechanised way? Is the furniture made by hand or mass produced?

● Is there a warranty that applies to normal wear and tear? How long do those warranties last and how much do they cover? Having a ten year warranty on a lounge chair may not seem necessary now -- but eight years down the line you may be thankful for the chance to get something fixed.

Does It Fit Your Space?
Before heading to the furniture store, always measure the space you have. You don’t want to bring home a table that completely overpowers a room because you judged it incorrectly.

When you take measurements of your space, consider how much space you would have if you rearranged. You may find that by moving pieces to different walls or areas you create more available working space for your new furniture.

It’s easy to forget but very important to measure the hallways, doorways, and entrances before buying new furniture. Sometimes you’ll be able to get furniture semi-assembled, but being unable to get your new sofa through the door can be a major let down. Professional furniture delivery services are generally experienced in what they can and cannot do as far as squeezing furniture in narrow areas, but you should definitely check beforehand that it’s a possibility.

Does It Fit Your Aesthetic?
Choosing furniture that matches your existing decor, or buying furniture sets that work well together, is a great way to make your space inviting and feel put-together. You can choose a theme that you enjoy -- vintage, contemporary, rustic, bright, sleek, comfy, etc. -- and match your new furniture (and all subsequent furniture) to it.

Consider, too, what colour your floors and walls are. Besides matching furniture to other pieces in the set, you should choose complementary colours with the actual room hues.

Does It Fit Your Lifestyle?
When you’re choosing furniture, don’t forget to consider things like:
● Do you host guests often? Will you therefore need plenty of seating?
● Do you have or plan on having children? What furniture is safe for them?
● Do you have indoor pets? What is least likely to rip or scratch?
● Do you prefer to have multiple people share furniture, such as sofas, or have individual lounge chairs so each person can have their own space?

Horton’s Furniture in Newcastle sells every aspect of home furniture you need. Test out your new furniture in one of  our two showrooms today.

By proadAccountId-366362 21 Jul, 2016
If you’re moving, just bought a new house, or decide it’s time to give up your current furniture you’re probably looking to redecorate without breaking the bank.

Buying furniture is an investment in itself. You’re the one using it more than anyone else, and you interact with it every day. That’s why it’s so important to choose home furniture you like, that will last a long time, and that fits your lifestyle. That being said, there are ways to make buying quality furniture more affordable and achievable.

Look for the Best Deal
Though it would be nice to be able to walk into any store and walk out with a new recliner without a second thought, many of us need to do some research to make sure we’re getting the best value. This doesn’t always mean the cheapest -- it’s important to consider how long it will last, if you have access to a warranty, how it’s manufactured, and how much you’ll use it.   Find out more about how to choose furniture for your home .

By doing a bit of research online before you go to the showroom, you can walk in equipped with the knowledge of the current market value of the furniture you want. Some stores, including Horton’s Furniture, will beat competitor’s prices on the same item if you find the one you want. This is why it’s important to look around in store, as well as online. Sets of furniture will also often end up being cheaper to buy together rather than individual pieces over multiple shopping trips. Remember to look for value rather than straight cost.

Wait for Sales
If you’re able to wait, holding off on buying furniture until annual or semi-annual sales can be a great way to save money. Whether it’s waiting for Boxing Day or specific sales by furniture stores, these events can be a treasure trove for your living room.

You can also look for sales and specials pages, which may have great deals on furniture you want.

Have a List
As with any type of shopping, it’s good to have a list of what you need and stick to it. This way, you’ll be better able to budget for your furniture and not get caught up buying something you don’t need -- and forgetting something you do.

If you come into a furniture showroom with a list of what you need and an estimate of what you expect to pay for it, you may be surprised by some of the great deals you’ll get in store. It’s ok to be flexible on your budget if you’re getting everything you need and it’s a good value.

To view incredible deals on high quality new furniture in Newcastle,   visit one of our two showrooms   or call us on 02 4957 0937. Our friendly staff will be able to help you find the perfect home furniture to fit your budget.

By proadAccountId-366362 21 Jul, 2016
Updating Your Space at Home

Have you ever walked into your lounge room and realised it had become cluttered and overstuffed? Maybe the season has changed and all of a sudden you have too little light to fill the room. Or perhaps you simply feel the need to redecorate. Whatever your motivations, here are a few way to update your lounge room that let you get the most out of the space you have.

See the Back Wall
When you are arranging furniture, try to create straight lines and walkways that lead directly across the room. When someone enters the lounge room from one entrance, they should be able to walk straight to the back wall and to the exit of the room without obstructions. This sometimes means organising lounge furniture in squares facing each other, or against corners to create more central space. By creating clear walkways, you’ll give the impression of more space (and have a quicker exit in case of an emergency).

H3: Think of Furniture Relationships
Rather than simply throwing furniture into a room into areas where it physically fits, think about how you use the furniture. Do you want multiple seating areas, like a   suite sofa   and a   lounge chair , to face each other? Do you prefer all seating to face a television and entertainment unit? Are side tables in places that are easily accessible from your seating, or near doorways and entrances? Using this relational principle will help you figure out what furniture you need and how it should be arranged within a room.

Mirrors Bring in More Light

One of the most common wishes we hear when it comes to arranging lounge rooms is control over light. Of course, having sufficient lamps and overhead lamp fixtures will let you have full control of light at night, but there are some ways to bring in as much natural light as possible during the day.

Put in a few mirrors that face windows which receive sunlight and have them face each other. This is an easy way to get lots of extra light reflecting into your room. You can frame mirrors with trims that match your feature furniture as well, making them go with the overall aesthetic and not seem out of place.

Use Hooks and Levels
One of the easiest ways to remove clutter is to utilise your wall space with strategically placed hooks -- nails or hook adhesives both work depending on what you intend to hold on them. This can be a place to hold bags and jackets that may otherwise be strewn across couches or even create contraptions for papers and remote controls lying about.

There are many ways to arrange your lounge room to get the most out of your space. We can help you find furniture that looks great, lasts years, and meets your budget. Come visit our furniture showroom  in Newcastle today or call us on 02 4957 0937.
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