Kirsty Forder

Ideas and Inspiration, Living
Console Table Buying Guide: Styling & Sizing Tips
March 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm 0
Danetti Console Table Range Do you ever feel that your room is missing something? It’s probably a be console table! A console table is a great piece of furniture for creating an attractive display area.  With a console table, you can transform a previously unused or awkward spot into the stylish focal point of your space.  In this guide, we’ll walk you through some of our best sizing and styling tips so you can get the most out of having a console table in your home.  

Know Your Measurements

The shape and size of the majority of console tables mean that they are designed to be posited against a wall. This style of table is generally thinner in width and therefore benefits from having the support of the wall to lean, prop and style items against it.
Fern Grey Gloss Console Table

Placing a console against a wall is a great opportunity to showcase some of your favourite artwork. This is a handy trick if rented accommodation means no nails in the walls! Product: Fern Console Table in Grey Gloss

If you’re planning on placing a console in your hallway, space awareness is key. You don’t want guests entering your home and bumping straight into your table! Keep in mind that the average hallway is around 90 -100cm in width, with the majority of console tables measuring between 30cm and 40cm in depth. Based on these measurements, this allows for plenty of room to walk past but it’s always important to check.   If the table has a shelf, it’s also good to check the height and its weight bearing. This is so you know that everything you want to display will fit nicely in the space available.     TOP TIP: Console tables have a lot less storage compared to sideboards due to the slim nature of their design. If storage is a must but you don’t have room for a storage unit, you can always store items in the open space underneath, either stacked or tidied away in stylish boxes.  

Console Finishes

When choosing a table finish material, it’s a good idea to consider what flooring you have in your space. For example, if you have tiled or wooden flooring, a chrome, glass or mirrored, finished console table would be ideal for adding a crisp and modern look to the space. Chrome finishes are also great alongside coloured or patterned carpets and rugs as they will beautifully reflect the colours. Gloss fits into a range of interiors but would add a lovely smooth look when placed on a coloured carpet or coordinated tiling.    


Tiva Glass and Chrome Console Table

The colourful rung and artwork is a great match for the reflective Tiva Glass and Chrome Console Table

  • A glass console table is ideal for placement in a smaller space as the transparency of the glass really helps to create the illusion of more room.
  • Glass is visually very light, making it something to really consider if you’ve already got a lot of colour and design going on in your space.
  • A glass and chrome console combination is great for adding a hint of contemporary design while also blending seamlessly with a range of finishes within your existing interior.


  • A high gloss console table will allow you to brighten up your space alongside adding a smooth and wonderfully reflective finish.
  • Depending on what colour finish you choose, you can style, coordinate and really modernise your space. Brighter colours are perfect for adding a fresh and vibrant feel, so consider what atmosphere you want to create in your space to help with your colour selection.
  • A white gloss finish will instantly add a clean, crisp and modern luxe look while darker hues such a taupe will add a warm and tactile feel.

Wood Veneer:

  • A wood veneer will bring such a tactile and inviting feel, a great first impression if you’re planning on putting your console in your hallway or entrance space.
  • Rich wooden finishes like walnut are perfect for coordinating with more modern materials for a really on trend, mixed material look. Walnut looks especially good with dark luxe finishes like black chrome.
  • A white or grey oak veneer finish has a wonderfully tactile and textured quality as you can see the stylish wood grain running throughout. Oak veneer finishes are much less reflective than gloss, making it a great alternative to having a bright, glossy finish in your home.

Work Your Space

One of the great features of a console table is that they’re not restricted to one room. If you've got an empty space in your home, chances are a console table would fill it nicely! If you’re stuck for ideas, here’s a selection of ideal console table placements:

The Hallway:

If you place a console table in your hallway or on your landing, it will instantly create a useful ledge for your keys, purse, letters and a variety of miscellaneous items.

The Living Room: 

A console table can also be used to create an ornate display in your living room setting by incorporating mirrors and table lamps. Its sizing means it that won’t take up much of your space while still creating a big style impact in your interior. Style a console next to or behind your sofa for an extra yet slim surface. 

The Dining Room:

In a dining room, a console table can be a useful place to display your favourite china or crystal glass. Having a console in your dining space is also an ideal spot for placing any extra dining chairs that aren’t in use around your dining table. This way, the chairs will not look lost or clutter the space but rather create another stylish seating area.

The Bedroom:

You could use a console table as streamlined dressing table by simply placing a mirror in the centre. It could also be used as a desk which is ideal in a bedroom as its slim shape means it won’t take up lots of your room. Place desk tides and organizers on and around the console to create handy storage spaces, just bear in mind that a console will be higher than your average desk.

Console Table Styling

Now you know your sizing and finishes, it’s time to think about styling! We’ve compiled a list of simple but super effective styling tips that will have your console table looking right at home in no-time:   1. To stop the surface or the shelf of the console becoming cluttered or messy, place a box or dividers onto the surface to organise the variety of items you wish to place onto it.
Acute Matt Grey and Black Console Table

Keep your console neat with dividers and neat baskets. Product: Acute Matt Grey and Black Console Table

  2. A decorative dish or tray is a quick fix to stop anyone just throwing their keys down on the table surface, helping to prevent minor dents and scratch marks.   3. Baskets, boxes and even plants are a great way to fill the empty space below a console table. They'll also help to add another element of style, colour and texture. Practical and good looking- what more could you need!


4. A stack of books is a great way to use part of the console surface space. Old or new, books will give the surface a styled yet homely feel.   5. Placing a mirror on a table against a wall will create a lovely decorative feature. It’s also great for bringing light to your space.   6. Make use of the wall above your console by hanging your favourite artwork or family photos. Having the table positioned underneath is a subtle but effective way to bring attention to the frame.   7. A real designer trick is to use a pair of lamps on either side of an oversized mirror or vignette of photographs. It’s a simple yet very effective way to create an impactful look.   8. Small stools and ottomans are a great way to create a clean and symmetrical look. This arrangement will also provide a handy space when you’ve got more people to seat. For tips on how to style the whole of your living room alongside your sideboard, take a look at our Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide. 

Show Us Your Style!

Have we inspired you to get yourself a lovely new console table? You can check out all of the consoles in our range here. If you already have a Danetti console in your home we’d love to see! Share a picture on Facebook and Instagram with the #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our page.
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Living Room Basics: Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide
February 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm 0
Living Room Styling Tips   Living rooms are the social hub of the home. It's a place to sit back, relax and catch up with friends and family in a cosy and inviting setting. With so many living room styles, shapes and designs to choose from, we thought we’d take it back to basics to help you create your perfect living room setting. We’ll cover everything from what furniture pieces to choose to colours and coordination. Sit back and enjoy!  

Know Your Space

First things first: know your space.  It’s best to start by drawing up a floor plan so you know what room you’ve got to work with. Don’t worry- this is far easier than it sounds. All you need is a tape measure, pen and paper! Alternatively, there are loads of apps that’ll do all the work for you. Some apps even let you visualise your future by placing it in a space. To see the apps we’ve chosen as the most useful, check out our blog: Top 6 Must-Have Interior Design Apps.  

Living Room Furniture: Staple Pieces

There are certain furniture pieces that are signature of a living room setting. These are the pieces that will really stand out in your space so you’ll want to choose them wisely...

Sofas & Occasional Chairs

Sofa and occasional chairs are generally the biggest investment for your living space, so you’ll want to make sure they’re right for you. The most important thing to get right is sizing, which is best to do before you buy. For more information on sofa sizing, take a look at our Your Sofa Buying Questions Answered blog post.

Vital Checks:

  • Height
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Seat Height
  • Seat Depth
  • Material
  • Base
  • Padding
  An equally important feature of living room seating is the comfort. Check the materials and quality of the sofa padding if you’re after a really cosy piece. For example, some sofas have a softer sit while others are padded but remain slightly firmer to retain their shape.
Create impact in your living room with a quilted detailing and high arms. Product: Ellis Leather Armchair

Create an impact in your living room with a quilted detailing and high arms. Product: Ellis Leather Armchair

Chairs and sofas with high arms, such as the Ellis sofa and armchair, offer more support when relaxing and will create a bigger impact in your space. Fabric sofas such as the Studio will create a softer and cosier look. Leather sofas and chairs with a quilted detailing, such as the aptly named Luxe sofa, will instantly add a luxurious feel to any living space.  

Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are a staple piece of living room furniture.  They’re perfect for creating conversational areas where drinks and snacks can always remain at arm’s reach. If you choose a rectangular coffee table, it should be roughly one half to two thirds the length of your sofa. Round and square coffee tables are more flexible, it’s just a case of matching what will suit both your sofa and seating arrangement. The height of your coffee table should always be slightly lower than the seat height of the sofa and chairs around it. As for spacing, around 36 to 46 cm will allow for enough leg room between your sofa and coffee table.

TV Stands

Make sure you know the size of your TV and of the unit you are considering purchasing. You don’t want a unit or TV that’s too big or too small! If you’re planning on putting a lot of electrical equipment on the unit, you’ll want to consider cable management as this will help keep your space looking tidy. Aside from housing electrical pieces like your TV box or DVD player, consider whether you want to use the unit for storage of books, TV remotes and other miscellaneous items. You won’t want cables trailing across your living room floor, so check that there is a power socket near where you want to have your TV. And finally, consider what you’ll be using your TV unit for. Obvious answers aside, are you an avid gamer or minimalist? Consider what you need the unit for so that it ticks all of the right boxes.   TV stands and TVs are measured in different ways. TV stands are measured horizontally across the front while TVs are measured diagonally across the screen. Also, the measurement of a TV screen does not include the frame around the screen (which is sometimes referred to as a bezel). This is important to note as it means a 40 inch TV unit will not perfectly accommodate the size of a 40 inch TV. If you want to get a TV stand that matches up with the edge of your TV, measure the width of your TV rather than using the size given to you as this will be the diagonal measurement of the screen.  

Living Room Furniture: Optional Extras

Side Tables

Side tables are such an underrated piece of living room furniture. Versatile, practical and stylish, they’ve got it all!  In your living room, you’ll want to have enough surface space without overcrowding your room, and side tables will help you to do just that. If you’re a little pushed for space, you can group side tables together instead of having a coffee table. This will give you both a stylish and versatile surface space. 
Pebble White Gloss and Teal Gloss Side Tables

Pebble White Gloss and Teal Gloss Side Tables

Alternatively, opt for a side table set that can be stacked or tucked away. That way you can bring out more surface space when needed.   As for sizing, side tables shouldn't be much shorter than the height of the sofa or chair they are next to for both practicality and aesthetics.

Console Tables and Sideboards

The great thing about a console table is that you can style them in almost any space. Their cleaver sizing and shape means they take up minimal room while maximising the space. Opt for a console table in your living room if you don’t have room for a large sideboard, or if you have an awkward empty space you want to fill. If you have the room or need the storage, then opt for a sideboard. Sideboards work incredibly well in a living space as you can style items on the top surface while storing away any miscellaneous items and clutter. A compact sideboard is a compromise between a console and regular sideboard as you get the best of both worlds: space saving and storage.

Living Room Spacing and Styling Tips

Here’s a quick rundown of best practices when it comes to living room furniture, from styling, sizing and colour schemes:   1. Inspiration. Start by looking through your favourite magazines and pinning pieces to your Pinterest board. For now, don’t worry about the cost, just start to get a feel for what colours, styles and materials you’d love to have in your space. There are always ways to create expensive looks for less. There are loads of ideas on our Pinterest page to get you started!   2. Focus. Decide on a focal point in your living room so you can build and style your furniture around it. Keep in mind that living spaces are highly convivial and conversational when choosing what to focus on, as you’ll want the space to remain open and inviting. Your focus could be anything from your TV or fireplace to your seating or a piece of artwork. 3. Back it up! This may sound controversial, but you don’t need to place all of your furniture against the wall... Sofas are great for creating different areas in your living room, especially useful if your room is open plan. You can find out more about our open plan living tips here.   4. Room for all. Ideally, you’ll want to be able to seat at least 6 people in your living room. Even if you’re pushed for space, this is easier to do than you think! For example, sofas like the Ellis 2 to 3 Seater are slightly larger than your average 2 seater sofa meaning you can always fit in a couple more when needed. Side tables and footstools are also ideal as they can double up as a handy extra seat.   5. Colourpop. You don’t need to have a bright green feature wall to introduce some colour into your living space. Instead, you can go for a more subtle approach through your choice of side or coffee tables. If you’re after something bolder, choose a coloured sofa or armchair. Make sure you choose a colour you love and not just the ‘in’ shade though, as you’ll be sitting on that sofa long after the colour trend is over!      6. Traffic flow. By placing furniture pieces closer together you’ll create a more intimate setting. However, you’ll want to leave enough room for guests to walk through. People should be able to comfortably talk to each other without straining their necks or shouting while also being able to easily get from one side of the room to another.   7. Coordinate rather than match. A living space that’s too coordinated can look a little forced. You want your space to work together but still have that WOW factor.  To do this, choose two to three main colours for your room palette and incorporate them throughout different aspects of your space. This will tie the look together but lift your space and stop it looking too matchy-matchy or flat. 8. Declutter. A busy and cluttered living space doesn’t exactly scream relaxing home haven. Decide what you need in the room and what’s taking up space that could be used more practically.   9. Be realistic. We just suggested clearing away the clutter but that’s not to say you have to leave your surfaces bare. In fact, a living space needs those personal touches to make it feel like home. Otherwise, it’ll start to feel too posed and not lived in. Plants, photos and stylish ornaments are all simple but effective ways to give your living room its own personal style.  

Show Us Your Style

Already have some Danetti pieces in your living room? We’d love to see how you’ve styled your space. Show us your style by posting a pic on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Don’t forget to #mydanetti!
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Desks Guide: How To Create Your Dream Home Office
February 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm 0
If you’re fed up of having to clear a space on a counter or balance everything on your lap when you want to get some work done, then you’ll definitely want to consider a home desk! Our collection of minimalist but designer desks are perfect for creating a handy and stylish study space for your home. In this guide, we'll give you some tips and tricks on how to choose the right desk for your home. You'll finally have a handy workspace to call your own!  

Home Desks: What To Consider Before You Buy


1. What size desk do I need?

When it comes to desks there isn't a one size fits all solution. However, for a desk to be useful as a study area, it's helpful to work out your spacing so you know what’s going where. For example, with a desk that’s 120cm in length, you could have:
  • 40cm laptop area
  • 40cm drawing or writing area
  • 25cm for a storage tray or dividers
  You'll also want to make sure you're sitting at the desk comfortably. You don't want a chair that's too high or a desk that's too low, so once you know the height of your desk, you can measure this against your chair to make sure the two pieces work together. All of our dining chairs are a great match with the desks, so it's easy to find a stylish pairing!  

2. Where should I place a desk in my home?

If you have a home office then this will obviously be where you're desk will live. However, that's not to say you can't have a desk if you don't have a separate room. You just need to be a bit more creative with your placement! If you work from home or are planning on getting some serious work done at your desk, then it's probably best to place it away from the busiest areas of your house, such as your kitchen or living room. However, if you're planning on using it for some downtime on your laptop then these rooms will be just fine. The great thing about our range of desks is that their streamlined sizing means they're big enough to work at but slim enough to make use of smaller, previously unused spaces. How we've styled the Trestle desk above, for example, shows how you can turn an open space into a sleek workstation.  

3. What can the desk hold?

Trestle Matt White Desk

If you need a desk to hold a computer and miscellaneous items, you’ll need to check how much weight the surface can hold. If you’re planning on using the surface for just for your laptop and a couple of books, then most desks will be perfectly fine. All of our desks have a total weight bearing of 100kg.  

Top Tip: if the desk itself doesn't have much storage space, consider making use of the area around it. For example, you can stack boxes and dividers underneath your desk for neat, quick and easy storage, or use your wall space by adding some sleek shelving units.


4. How do you work?

Are you happy to work just on your laptop, or do you like to spread out your papers and see every piece you’re working on? Consider how you like to work as this will affect what shape and size will be best suited to your needs.  If you work from home full time you'll want to consider:
  • Closeness to natural light
  • A desk that has some storage OR putting your desk in a space where you can have a shelf
  • Access to plugs and charging points
  • The comfort of your desk chair
They make seem like minor details but this can make a world of difference if you'll be using your desk regularly.

5. What material?

Once you’ve decided on the desk shape and design you like, it’s time to consider the material. Desks in various colours and finishes can create such different looks, even if the shape and size is similar. For example:


Matt White

A great alternative to white gloss, a matt white finish will give your study space a fresh look just without the reflective quality of a gloss finish. Matt white is ideal if you want a more subtle take on a contemporary vibe.

Care and Cleaning

  • As with gloss, it's best to wipe up any spills immediately by using a soft microfibre damp cloth, without applying too much pressure.
  • We’d strongly advise against using harsh chemical based cleaners as this will damage the material finish.  
  • After cleaning, give the surface a quick wipe over with a dry cloth to remove any moisture from the surface.

Natural Wood

Natural wood desks will give your study a warmer and slightly more traditional look, but that’s not to say it has to look old-fashioned. Pair a wooden desk with some chrome stationery pieces or a colourful desk chair to update the look.  

Care and Cleaning

  • To clean a wood veneer desk, dampen a non-abrasive lint-free cloth and move in the direction of the wood grain.
  • For more stubborn marks, apply a dab of mild dishwashing detergent to your cloth.
  • Never use wax-based polishes or cleaning products on your wood veneer as these are designed for raw solid timber rather than veneers.
  • Use coasters every time you place hot or cold drinks on the surface as this will give the veneer an extra layer of protection against general wear and tear.


White Gloss

We’re big fans of a white gloss finish, and looking at a piece like the Fern white gloss desk, it’s very easy to see why! Other than being an incredibly easy way to update the look of your interior, the white gloss will keep your room feeling modern and fresh. Because white gloss is so neutral, you can style it alongside a whole variety of colours and finishes making it incredibly versatile.  

Grey Gloss

A more subtle take on a white gloss finish, a grey gloss desk will bring a lovely shine to your space accompanied with a hint of warmth. Like white gloss, grey gloss is great for styling alongside a wide range of finishes. A grey gloss desk will instantly give your study space a designer look.  

Care and Cleaning

  • To clean your gloss desk, use a soft microfibre damp cloth, without applying too much pressure.
  • After cleaning, don’t leave the desk to air dry. Instead, we suggest giving the gloss surface a quick wipe over with a dry cloth to remove any moisture.
  • Avoid throwing things down on the desk, especially sharp objects such as keys as this will scratch the surface. A bowl or stylish dish is perfect for placing on the desk to prevent marks and minor scratches.


Black Glass

If you’re after something to really impress friends and family when they check out your new home office, black tempered glass would be a great option. Safe, strong and durable, forsted black glass isn’t your typical desktop finish but it certainly does the job- and does it well. A glass finish works incredibly well with a design like the Cavour desk as it’s in keeping with the clean lines and streamlined shape of the desk.  

Care and Cleaning

  • This great thing about a glass desktop is that you can use antibacterial sprays, even ones that contain bleach, as the glass is nonporous.
  • You can also use a specific glass spray, such as a window cleaner, to protect the surface from smears using a lint-free cloth.
  • Don’t leave the table to air dry after cleaning because if left, the soapy residue can leave stubborn watermarks and avoid placing abrasive materials on the table as this will scratch its beautifully smooth surface. Most things will be fine but objects with a rough underside could leave a mark if dragged.

Get the Look

Once you’ve chosen your perfect desk, you can easily build out your designer looking study setting. Whether you’ve got a dedicated home office or want to make use of a unused space, side tables and sleek cabinets are are ideal accompanying items that will turn any space into your very own home office haven. Here are three of our styled desk looks to give you some study space inspiration:  

Look one: Cavour Black Ash & Zilo Chair in Orange

The streamlined shape of the Cavour makes it ideal for smaller study spaces as it both physically and aesthetically takes up less of your room. Here we’ve styled the Cavour with the Zilo chair in russet orange to add a pop of colour alongside a comfy place to sit.  

Look two: The Trestle & Ida Chair in White

If you need a little more storage space but still don’t want your workspace to take up a lot of your room, the Trestle is ideal. This modern desk has a handy drawer so you can tuck away your keyboard or stationary items. However, it maintains a sleek shape. Here we’ve styled the Trestle with the Ida dining chair. The wooden legs add a touch of warmth and while the PU upholstered seat keeps it comfy.   

Look three: The Fern & Zilo Chair in Blue

Slightly chunkier in shape, the Fern is a simple but really effective way to transform an unused spot into your new favourite study corner. Having solid legs creates a neat space under the surface to stack and store various books and boxed. This is perfect if you’re a little pushed for room. Pair a white gloss piece like the Fern with a colourful dining chair for a really on trend impactful look.  

Show Us Your Style!

Already have a Danetti Desk in your home? We’d love to see! Share your picture on our Facebook and Instagram pages with #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our page!
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Real Leather: How to Care for your Real Leather Sofa
February 2, 2018 at 11:51 am 0
Ellis 3 seater Sofa and Armchair

Ellis 3 Seater Sofa and Ellis Armchair

As any interior designer or furniture specialist will tell you, a sofa is one piece of furniture that you should really invest in. This means choosing a sofa that is built to last, that performs well over time and that can stand up to daily use in a busy home. Real Leather ticks all of these boxes, which is exactly why real leather is such a popular choice for a sofa; it is undoubtedly the most durable material available. You can’t beat it for long-term performance, durability, ease of maintenance and of course… Modern Style!   Leather Swatch

Luxe Sofa Range Swatch


What Makes Real Leather So Durable?

The leather we use for our range of sofas is extremely thick and falls into the Top Grain Leather category. Top Grain leather goes through a considerable process to remove any marks and blemishes on the hide to create its uniform appearance and makes it more desirable for home furnishings. Our pigmented Top Grain Leather has been dyed and treated with a protected surface. This offers great colour uniformity and maximum resistance to spills and stains, while it's thickness also increases its strength and durability. All together you end up with a high-quality leather that looks great but also is very fit for purpose. Thinner, lower quality ‘Split’ leather is commonly used in cheaper sofas but will not offer the same durability. It will wear quicker and be more susceptible to rips and tears, meaning you'll be replacing your furniture much sooner than anticipated.   Top Tip: Aniline Leather, often cited as the most premium type of leather, actually has little to no treatment to protect it. So whilst it is a premium material, it may not be the most practical for a modern sofa. This type of leather is used when people want to build a worn look, or patina, but it doesn't give a clean, uniformed look.   Ice Grey Leather Detail

Top Leather Grain Detail


Top Grain vs. Split Leather

Top Grain - The top layer of the hide usually the thickest layer when the hide is separated. Top grain is the highest quality, thickest part of the hide and such requires less processing resulting in a softer feel. Split Leather - This is the thinner part of the hide and as such often needs a protective synthetic top treatment. The result is a lower quality more rigid leather.  

One Leather Doesn’t Fit all...

The term ‘leather sofa’ is used very broadly, so it’s easy to forget that the leather itself comes in a whole variety of styles and, more importantly, standards. Here’s a quick breakdown of the most popular choices for leather sofas:   Dillon 2 Seater Leather Sofa

Dillon Real Leather 2 Seater Sofa


High Protection Leather

  • Pigmented Leather - A top grain leather that's had dye and protection applied to the surface. As a result, this offers protection from marks and stains and evens out surface appearance. Features of Pigmented leather are great durability, very even colour and grain and a soft feel.
  • Bi-Cast Leather - A split leather with a thick synthetic layer placed over the leather which is embossed with a look-alike grain. The features of Bi-Cast leather are a stiff texture (more suited to contract settings), consistent grain and easy cleaning.

Medium Protection Leather

  • Waxed Leather - The surface of the leather is buffed, then waxed and has a smooth, very shiny appearance with almost no grain which can be wiped clean. Waxed leather will show scratches but can be re-waxed although has a stiffer feel and can be prone to cracking.
  • Semi-Aniline - A top grain leather that is pigment dyed and treated with a very light protective treatment. It has some of the features of aniline leather but with a harder feel and increased durability.

Low Protection Leather

  • Aniline Leather - A top grain leather dyed with aniline dyes but with no protective treatment applied. Features of aniline leather are that it is very soft and luxurious in feel and will show natural blemishes, scratches and scars found in the hide. Aniline leather also has variation in colour consistency.  People often see Aniline leather as the best in class but it doesn't have the protection that other leathers have.
  • Nubuck - a top grain leather which has been treated so the natural fibres produce a velvet-like surface. Soft to the touch it has an almost fabric-like look and feel but has no protection at all from marks or spills.
  • Vintage Leather - Leather that has been double-dyed and purposefully buffed in areas to give an aged look. A feature of aged leather is that the uneven surface can be quite forgiving but it has very little ongoing protection.
  Pure White Real Leather Swatch

White Real Leather Swatch


The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Real leather

Because leather sofas are so durable, it makes them even easier to care for. Marks and spills from food and drink are easy to remove compared to marks on a fabric sofa. However, stick to our do’s and don'ts of cleaning to make sure you keep your real leather looking its best:     DO use an absorbent cloth or sponge to wipe the affected areas as soon as the spill occurs. Lukewarm water or diluted mild detergent should do the trick! DO be sure to dry your leather furniture after cleaning with a clean, soft cloth rather than leaving your leather furniture to air dry. DO check the label before using any product to check that it’s not too drying on leather. If you’re not sure, spot test an inconspicuous area first! DO invest in a leather maintenance kit. Find one which will look after the leather before, during and after cleaning to make sure your leather furniture lasts for years to come.      BE AWARE that keeping your real leather sofa in direct sunlight can cause some fading and deterioration over time. Sunlight will have the same effect on fabrics so just give it some thought when you consider the placement. BE AWARE that brand new clothes, especially jeans, can mark upholstery. To clean marks left by clothing, use something such as a magic sponge immediately for the best results.   Luxe Leather Sofa in Heather

Luxe 3 Seater Sofa in Heather


Give Your Real Leather Furniture Some TLC

Real leather is strong and very durable, however, you still need to give it some TLC to keep it looking its best for longer! With this in mind…
  • Don’t drag your sofa when putting it in position, but rather lift it to manoeuvre it in your space.
  • Sofas can be very heavy, so it’s important to protect your flooring. Many sofas will come with floor protectors but make sure there’s some kind of protection on the feet, especially if you're placing the sofa on wooden or hard flooring.
  • As tempting as it may be, try not to sit on the arms of the sofa. This will not only weaken the structure of the sofa over time, but it will also pull on the upholstery.
  • When cleaning, don’t forget to get in-between all the small nooks and crannies of the sofa cushions. Vacuum regularly to keep your sofa spick and span.
  • Do not use chemical-based cleaners on real leather. Spot clean with warm, soapy water, and invest in a high-quality Leather care kit. 
  • If the cushions on your sofa can be moved, it's a good idea to rotate them regularly, giving them a good shake and plump up.
  • Give your sofa a quick but regular clean to stop marks from building up over time. Just be sure to wring out your cloth thoroughly and dry as soon as you've finished.
  • Everyone has their favourite spot, but it’s best to use your sofa evenly. This will stop some parts becoming more used and worn than others.
  Have we convinced you that a leather sofa is definitely a smart choice for your home? Be sure to let us know in the comments! :)
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Walnut Finishes: The Hottest Look for Cosy, Autumnal Interiors
December 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0
Cosy walnut finishes, with a walnut coffee table and side tabes Welcoming walnut finishes into your home is a sure fire way to make it the cosiest place to be this winter. Walnut finishes instantly create such a warm, tactile and inviting feel throughout your space, not to mention adding a really premium look. So sit back, snuggle up and relax as we show you how to create a cosy autumnal vibe throughout your home.  

Why Walnut?

Walnut is a medium-brown finish that’s not too light or dark, yet its yellow undertones place it within a warmer colour group along with finishes such as mahogany or cherry.  What sets walnut apart is that it’s incredibly versatile when it comes to styling with other colours and finishes. You can easily style walnut with light or dark paint colours and furniture pieces, depending on whether you’re after a bright or cosier look. Styling walnut with green, grey and blue shades will keep the look connected, while lighter colours will create a stronger contrast and really make your walnut furniture stand out.

Walnut Finishes: The Winter Warmer

There are so many ways to introduce this tactile finish to your home. So whether you’re looking to create a cosy living area or inviting dining space, there is sure to be a walnut piece to suit your needs. However, that’s not to say you need walnut finishes in every aspect of your space. Coordination and combinations are key...  

Accentuate the Look: Walnut and Black Chrome

Two finishes that are a match made in heaven are walnut and black chrome. A subtler take on a regular chrome finish, black chrome further accentuates the dark luxe qualities that a walnut finish has, while also introducing a modern flair and shine. A combination of black chrome and walnut is also an easier way to introduce a black chrome finish to your space as the two materials work so seamlessly well together. Top Tip: a fabric sofa will keep your walnut finishes looking even cosier. To keep the look light but coordinated, opt for a lighter colour fabric. 
Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa styled alongside the Acute walnut square coffee table and side table.

Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa styled alongside the Acute walnut square coffee table and side table.

Our Acute range, which includes a side table, square coffee table and large coffee table, is a simple but really effective way to introduce this winter warmer look to your living space. With a combination of such deluxe finishes, you can really have some fun with your styling. Take the Acute console table, for example. To create this moody yet cosy look, add a candle and some dark accessories. If you’re looking for a little more contrast, opt for regular chrome. This can be done with walnut and chrome mixed material piece like the Curva dining table. Here we’ve gone for the coordinating Curva chairs in black but if you want to lighten the look, go for a lighter colour such as white.  

Complement the Look: Walnut and Brushed Metal

If you’re after a slightly less shiny surface to chrome, brushed metal is about to become your new best friend! This sleek material finish has a much gentler shine than chrome. This, combined with the warm tones of the walnut, really helps to create a smooth and cohesive look. Another great thing about brushed metal is that you can introduce this as part of your walnut furniture, such as the legs of the Halo coffee table. Alternatively, you can coordinate your walnut pieces with other brushed metal elements in your space, from dining tables and chairs to your sofa feet and curtain rails.
Halo Walnut Coffee Table

Place a rung under the Halo Walnut Coffee Table for an added look and of warmth and texture.


Coordinate the Look: Walnut and Leather

A great way to create a really cosy feel is to combine your walnut finishes with smooth leather pieces. The variation of textures will again break up the look but if you opt for cooler shades like stone or charcoal grey, the colours and textures will seamlessly blend together. To achieve this look, you can opt for a smaller piece that combines the finishes, such as the Duo Walnut Side Table and Graphite Grey Stool Set. If you’re looking to create a real style statement in your space, go for something larger like the Assi Walnut Extending and Deco Dining Set. If you’re looking to carry a walnut theme throughout your home, opt for both!  

Lighten the Look: Walnut and Glass or Gloss

Styling your walnut finishes with a glass or glossy surface will keep your room feeling rich and tactile but will help to lighten the overall look. The contrast of finishes will break up the scheme while also stopping your interior looking too dark. This might be a factor to consider if you already have a lot of darker finishes and want to introduce walnut into your space. You can achieve this look by choosing a piece that is a mix of materials, such as the Assi White Gloss and Walnut Sideboard, or choose a glass item that will complement your interior while not being too visually impactful, like the Ripple Glass and Gold Coffee Table.   So there you have it, a whole variety of ways to introduce walnut in your home. Have we inspired you to create this winter warmer look in your home? Let us know in the comments! And for even more inspiration on how to style this on-trend finish in your home, be sure to take a look at our walnut Pinterest board which is packed full of design ideas.   

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Wood Veneers: All You Need To Know About Wood Veneer Furniture
November 10, 2017 at 4:43 pm 0
If you hear the term wood veneer and instantly think of cheap, thin, flat-pack furniture, it’s time you thought again! Wood veneers are an excellent material choice for many furniture pieces, due to their clean look and the variety of colours and styles available. In this post, we’ll talk you through the different types of wood veneer, what one to go for to create a certain look, and how to care for this material in your home.  

So, What is a Wood Veneer?

Cleo 4 Seater Matt Grey Pedestal Dining Table

For our Cleo 4 Seater dining table, the oak veneer top has been cleverly sectioned. This beautiful detailing adds real designer credentials to this piece, while also making sure that the table looks great from every angle.

A wood veneer is typically made up of a thin layer of natural hardwood, that is then bonded to a stable composite base material. The purpose of a veneer is that it’s more affordable than solid timber as less actual wood is used but also the base material gives the whole thing overall stability. Natural, solid wood is very susceptible to moisture, meaning it can result in warping if left. Veneers ensure that furniture not only looks great, but is also long-lasting.  

Wood Veneer vs. Solid Wood Furniture

If you’re stuck between choosing real wood furniture and furniture with a wood veneer finish, there are more factors to consider than just the price. Here we’ve broken down some pros and cons of each material. It's important to consider which factors would benefit you most when shopping for your new furniture.  

Solid Wood Furniture


Advantages of Solid Wood

  • Solid wood furniture is very durable and in many cases easy to repair. This includes anything from scratches, watermarks, dents and stains. You can usually give it a light sand with fine sandpaper to take care of any markings. 

Disadvantages of Solid Wood

  • Because real wood furniture is, well, real wood, it can be prone to splitting. This generally only happens in extreme conditions, but real wood furniture can expand and contract causing it to split along the grain. To prevent splitting, try to avoid exposing solid wood furniture to strong sunlight or direct heat sources. Waxes and oils can help prolong the life of real wood furniture, but takes more maintenance. 
  • Solid timber is susceptible to changes in atmospheric conditions.  Fluctuations in temperature can mean that surfaces warp and bend.


Wood Veneer Furniture

Walnut and brushed metal finishes are a match made in heaven! Image: <a href="https://www.danetti.com/living-furniture/coffee-tables/halo-walnut-coffee-table" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Halo Walnut Coffee Table</a>

Walnut and brushed metal finishes are a match made in heaven! Image: Halo Walnut Coffee Table

Advantages of Wood Veneer Furniture

  • Wood veneer is actually far better for the environment! As it’s solid wood sliced into multiple pieces, it means much more can be made out of one piece of wood. Meaning less trees, which is always a good thing.
  • There are also lots of design possibilities for wood veneer furniture. Since veneer is far thinner than solid wood, it allows designs and arrangements of the wood that solid wood just couldn’t achieve.
  • Good quality wood veneer furniture is also very stable. This is because the veneer is glued to a stable substrate, so the surface isn’t prone to warping or splitting.

Disadvantages of Wood Veneer Furniture

  • Wood veneer can blister, delaminate or peel back at the edges if not treated with care. However, this is incredibly easy to prevent by using mats each mealtime and by giving your wood veneer furniture a regular, light clean.

Wood Veneer Finishes: Oak, Walnut and Painted Oak

Like with solid wood, there are a whole variety of wood veneer finishes available, each with their own features and benefits. Here are our top 3 wood veneer picks, each with the look that they’ll help to create in your home:  

Walnut Veneer

When extended, the grain of the Assi extension leaf runs in the opposite direction to the main table grain, adding a touch of interest alongside a stylish design feature.

When extended, the grain of the Assi extension leaf runs in the opposite direction to the main table grain, adding a touch of interest alongside a stylish design feature.

If you're looking to create a warm, rich and tactile look, opt for walnut veneer furniture. Style alongside Black Chrome Dining Chairs for a really visually strong, dark luxe look. Alternatively, try styling your walnut veneer alongside glass furniture to help lift and lighten your space.  

Oak Veneer

  Furniture with an oak wood veneer has a lighter look, with a slightly modern Scandinavian feel. This creates an ideal opportunity to style it alongside some slightly more modern finishes, such as gloss or brushed metal. An oak veneer dining table or set of side tables are a great way to add a hint of wooden texture to your room, while keeping your space looking bright and fresh.    
The Glide Sideboard in Grey Gloss with White and Oak is a perfect example of how you can combine a tactile oak veneer surface with some more glossy finishes.

The Glide Sideboard in Grey Gloss with White and Oak is a perfect example of how you can combine a tactile oak veneer surface with some more glossy finishes.

So what if you're not into the light, minimal scandi style? Oak is a very traditional and versatile material which has been used throughout our homes for years. Our Cleo 4 Seater Pedestal table is a contemporary take on the classic farmhouse style, featuring a circular segment design and a matt painted pedestal base, to give it a modern update.


White Oak or Painted Wood Veneer

Close up detail of the Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard

Close up detail of the Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard

  If you’re looking for a really crisp and contemporary finish, take a look at a white oak veneer. Just like a Gloss finish, a white oak veneer allows you to create a really fresh and modern look. But unlike gloss, a white oak or painted veneer isn’t shiny or reflective. Instead, you get a subtle but really lovely wood grain running throughout the surface.   With a painted wood veneer finish you really do get the best of both worlds- a super fresh and modern look with the tactile qualities of a wooden finish.  

How To Clean A Wood Veneer: The Do’s and Don’ts

When cleaning a wood veneer surface, whether that’s a dining table or sideboard, we suggest using a damp, soft lint-free cloth. For the best results, wipe in the direction of the wood grain.  When trying to tackle those more stubborn marks caused by food and drink, apply a dab of mild dishwashing detergent to your cloth and again wipe in the direction if the wood grain.  
Wooden veneer side tables are bound to get used daily, so it’s best to know how to clean them incase spillages occur! Image: Duo Walnut and Grey Side Table Set

Wood veneer side tables are bound to get used daily, so it’s best to know how to clean them in case spillages occur! Image: Duo Walnut and Grey Side Table Set

  Aim to dust your wood veneer regularly with a dry, soft cloth to help keep it looking its best. Then for a quick, non-deep clean, you can spray a wood veneer with a light layer of non-ammonia glass cleaner and wipe it with a paper towel. When cleaning, avoid using any furniture polishes that contain wax or silicone. If used, wax can build up on your veneer furniture and over time, lead to a cloudy and uneven appearance. Silicon meanwhile leaves behind an unsightly white residue that destroys the furniture finish. So be sure to check what’s in the cleaning product you are using, just to be safe. This goes without saying, but never use any kind of abrasive cleanser or cloth on a wood veneer. Stick to soft cleaning agents and clean cloths as to not damage the surface.  

Maintenance of Your Wood Veneer

"We’ve If any minor marks appear on your veneer furniture, have no fear! In many cases, this can be treated with a few DIY furniture restoration tricks. Before you start, be sure to clean your veneer with a mild soap and some water to remove any dirt, wax or silicone deposits.
  • For marks and small scratches, try applying a high-quality furniture polish to hide small scratches in the wood furniture finish. To do this, rub the polish in with a soft cloth until the scratch is no longer visible.
  • For deeper scratches or gouges, there are a variety of furniture repair kits that will help to fill and colour any nicks or gouges.  Just be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions first, and test a small patch, just to be sure! 

How to Care For Your Wood Veneer

When it comes to protecting your wooden veneers, there are three main things you’ll need to keep an eye on (and try to avoid!) These are sunlight, heat and moisture.  

How to Avoid: Sun Damage

  If exposed to direct sunlight over long periods of time, the colour of your wood veneer furniture can be subject to fading. This is incredibly easy to prevent by not placing your wooden furniture in front of windows or in direct sunlight. If that is not an option due to the design or layout of your room, you can always protect your veneer with blinds, curtains or UV screens and films.    

How to Avoid: Moisture Damage

  If you spill any liquid on your wood veneer dining table, try to wipe this up as soon as possible. If left, liquids can seep through the veneer and loosen the glue from the surface. Don’t use a sponge as this can just spread the liquid. Instead, use a paper towel or a clean dishcloth. It’s best to use coasters under glasses to avoid water rings from drinks. It may seem minor, but water rings can cause damage to veneer tables by soaking the finish and changing its opacity. Avoid any damage by using mats and coasters each meal time.  

How to Avoid: Heat Damage

    It’s important to protect your wood veneer table top as the heat or steam from very hot plates can, over time, loosen the glue holding the veneer to the surface underneath. This is really easy to avoid by using placemats and coasters each meal time. Avoid placing plates and dishes straight from the oven onto a wooden veneer table surface as this will damage the surface. A heatproof mat will do just the trick and help protect the surface.  

Top Tip: Placing trivets under hot serving bowls will prevent high heat causing the veneer to blister. Check your trivets have felt bottoms as this will further protect the veneer from both the heat and scratches.

  So, have we managed to change your opinion on wood veneer furniture? After seeing so many stylish wood veneer pieces and how versatile this material can be, we hope we’ve inspired you to introduce this finish to your home. To see our full range of wood veneer products, from Dining Tables and Sideboards, to Consoles and Side Tables, be sure to head over to our website.  

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Dining Bench Set: How to Set up, Match and Style Dining Benches
October 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm 0
  A dining bench set is a simple but really effective way to update your dining space.  Comfortable, efficient and flexible, after reading this post you’ll wonder why you hadn’t considered a dining bench set sooner! Whether you have a formal dining area or a casual kitchen/dining room space, a dining bench would be a very smart choice. So, let us take you through the different shapes and styles of kitchen bench, the measurements you really shouldn’t miss, and the matching dining tables that will create a stunning dining bench set in your home.  

Why Choose a Dining Bench Set?

A dining bench set may seem a big jump from having traditional dining chair seating in your home. But when chosen with the shape and size of your room in mind, a dining bench really can work wonders in a space. Here are a couple of reasons why we think dining benches are a smart choice for your home:
  • It’s more economical: this, of course, depends on how large your table is, but the cost of your dining chairs can really add up. A dining bench will allow you to seat just as many, if not more, all on one cosy seat.
  • It’s a more versatile seating arrangement: whether you opt for a backless bench, a bench with a back or a corner unit, a dining bench will allow you to really transform your dining area. You could also pair a dining bench alongside dining chairs for a mix and match seating setting.
  • It saves space: you can often tuck a backless dining bench under the table and out of the way if you need more floor space, making a backless bench a great space saver. With a dining bench you can also seat a couple more when you have guests over for dinner, so you don’t need to pull up any extra dining chairs or huddle around the table.

How To Measure Your Dining Bench Set:

If you’re choosing a premade dining set, all the bench shapes and table sizes will be matched for you. However, it’s still good to know your key measurements and how much space you’ll need in your kitchen or dining room.

Bench Sizing Checklist:

  1. Seat back height (which is all the way to the top if your bench has a backrest).
  2. Seat height (from floor to the seat). A comfortable seat height should be around 45cm, the same as a dining chair.
  3. Bench depth (this is from the very front to the very back of the bench)
  4. Seat depth (from front of the seat to as far back as you can sit)
  5. Bench length (this will help you decide how many you’ll be able to sit comfortably)

Top Tip: If you’re planning to put your bench against a wall be sure to check that it fits with any panelling, radiators or window sills.


Table Measuring Checklist:

  1. Height of the table
  2. Table length
  3. Length of the table with extensions (if applicable)
  4. Table measurement from between the legs (not just the table top).

Top Tip: You should aim for your bench to be roughly the table measurement from between the legs, or minus 5-10cm if you want to tuck the bench underneath the table.


Dining Bench Shapes and Sizes

There are a whole variety of benches available, so it’s key to pick one that’s right for you and your space. Dining benches are a great opportunity to really make the most of your dining area and transform its look. Here are our dining bench top picks and what features you should look out for.  

Full-Length Dining Benches

Great For: maximizing the seats around the table.

Example of how a full length dining bench should it alongside your dining table

Example of how a full-length dining bench should it alongside your dining table

A full-length kitchen bench does what it says on the tin - it needs to be the full length of your dining table. This style of bench works especially well with pedestal dining tables or where the table legs aren’t set at each of the four corners, as you can neatly tuck the bench in while still maximising your space. That’s not to say a full-length kitchen bench doesn't look great alongside a table with legs, just consider how you will be able to sit on the bench and if the table legs are in the way.  

Tucked in Dining Benches

Great For: space saving and a neat compact look.

This really isn't one to miss! make sure you measure inside the table legs as well as the table top.

This really isn't one to miss! make sure you measure inside the table legs as well as the table top.

To be able to tuck your bench underneath a table with legs, the bench will need to fit the ‘inside leg length’ measurement of the table rather than the length of the tabletop. You’ll also want to leave about 5-10cm for clearance to avoid bumping into the legs every time the bench is pulled in and out. "<yoastmark  

Top Tip: Whether you have your bench tucked in or at the full length of your table, we recommend that you allow enough space so that when you are sitting on the bench, the front of the bench is in line with the front of the table. This applies to corner benches as well as it will give you the optimum comfort while seated. You may prefer to have a more tucked in seating position, but this will make sure that you always have enough room.


Corner Dining Benches

Great For: creating a cosy dining corner.

Corner dining benches are designed mainly to suit tables with pedestal legs, such as our Sanza and Aria tables. That’s not to say that they can’t work with tables with legs though! In this case, you’ll really need to consider your sizing and check there’s enough space to fit around the table legs and be seated comfortably.  

Top Tip: It’s called left-hand dining bench because the longer side is on the left and a right-hand dining bench because the longer side is on the right!


Benches with a Backrest 

Great For: comfortable and versatile dining.

Clean-lined and simple, a straight back bench offers more back support as you can lean back when you are seated. Benches with a back create more of a visual impact in a room, which is great if you’ve got the space and are really looking to add a style statement in your dining interior. A dining bench with a back also allows you to squeeze on a couple more, even if seating does become more snug!  

Backless Benches 

Great For: opening up the look and feel in your dining area.

Backless dining benches are great for opening up your dining space as, without a back, they have less of a visual impact in the room. They’re also great space savers too; if you select a bench size that’s smaller than the inside leg length of your table, you can neatly tuck the bench away when it’s not in use. Backless benches are also that bit lighter and easy to move.  

Perfect Pairings: Matching Dining Tables and Benches

One of the many great things about a dining bench is that it can be styled alongside a variety of dining tables. Whether you choose to tie your set together by shape, colour or size, you'll be able to find a perfect pairing for your space. Here are our top styling picks when it comes to styling a dining bench set:

A Cosy Corner

Sanza White Gloss and Loop 7 Seater Left Hand Corner Bench Dining Set
A corner nook is a perfect opportunity to have a corner bench in your home. A corner bench will really make the most of an awkward corner and turn into a cosy and communal dining spot. Alternatively, you can use a corner bench to section off a dining area in an open plan kitchen or kitchen/dining area. Our range of Loop 5 and 7 seater left and right-hand corner benches would work a treat!  

More to Seat?

Sanza White Gloss and Loop 7 Seater Right Hand Corner Bench Dining Set
A dining bench is a great match with an extending dining table, as with a bench you can be a bit more flexible with your seating, even if it does become a slightly more snug! This is an ideal dining bench set option if you want the flexibility of a table extension but don’t have the space to store extra chairs when they are not in use.  

Seamless Coordination

Mellow 4 Seater Bench with Backrest
A great way to make your new dining bench set look right at home is to coordinate it with other furniture pieces in your space. Here we’ve coordinated the black powder coated legs of the Mellow bench with the sleek black chrome base of the Elise Black Chrome Bar Stool. The Zen 6 Seater White Gloss and Glass Dining Table ties the whole look together by breaking up the darker finished,  keeping the space looking light and modern.  

Care and Cleaning

Chances are, you’ll be using your dining benches daily. This is why we recommend doing a light, regular clean of your benches. This will help to keep away any marks caused by day to day use, keeping your bench looking newer for longer.  

Faux Leather Dining Benches

When it comes to cleaning any marks and spills caused by food and drink, step away from the bleach! Bleach is a harsh chemical cleaner that will just damage the leather rather than help to clean it. Instead, opt for gentler cleaner agents such as a dab of mild detergent like washing-up liquid on a soft, slightly dampened cloth. Apply a gentle amount of pressure and move in a circular motion. Then with a dry cloth, wipe the faux leather to remove any excess moisture.  

Chrome Dining Bench Legs

For the chrome base or legs of your dining bench, we advise using soap and water on a soft cloth, and if the mark still doesn’t go away, try adding a splash of vinegar. This will help to give your cleaning that extra boost. Waxing chrome after cleaning will help to keep its high shine for even longer. Avoid using abrasive materials on your chrome dining table or benches. Any scratches caused can potentially expose the material to the air, subsequently resulting in rusting over time.  

Brushed Metal Bench Legs

Much like chrome, all you need to clean brushed metal or stainless steel is a mix of warm water and mild dishwashing detergent. For those harder to remove marks, window cleaner or a solution that’s half water and half white vinegar works a treat! Alternatively, you can use baby oil on a paper towel, being sure to buff away any excess solution with a dry, microfibre cloth. Dust your brushed metal bench legs regularly to keep it looking newer for longer.  

Black Powder Coated Bench Legs

To clean black powder coated benches, prepare a bucket of soapy water by adding a few drops of mild liquid detergent to warm water. Then, dip a lint-free the rag in the soapy water and wring out excess. Gently wipe the entire surface, remembering to wash underneath the furnishing and in all cracks and grooves. Never use ammonia or bleach on powder-coated furniture and avoid scraping or rubbing the surface with an abrasive cloth. This could damage or remove the coating from the surface rather than help to remove the mark.  

So, have we convinced you that a dining bench set would be a great addition to your home?

We hope so! If you’d like more information on bench sizing and styling, we highly recommend taking a look at our all-you-need-to-know Dining Bench Sizing Blog Post. Or, just ask us a question in the comments!  

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Extending Dining Sets: How To Choose The Perfect Extending Set
September 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm 0
An extending dining set can transform your dining space. With flexible seating options and a variety of styles and combinations available, there is sure to be an extending dining set that is right for your space. But when looking at what set to buy, there are a few more things to consider than if you were buying just a table or just chairs. So, if you need some help choosing the right extending dining set, how to style an extending dining set, or you would like to browse what sets would work best for you, you’ve come to the right place!  

Types of Extending Dining Tables:

First things first, let’s take a look at the type of table extensions that are available. They may differ slightly depending on the shape of the table, but here are some extensions you’re very likely to come across:  

Externally Stored Single Extension Leaves

A table with externally stored extension leaves is one of the simplest extension mechanisms. All you need to do is pull the table apart, put the extension piece in place and then fasten the clips on the underside of the table to hold it in place. One of the benefits of a single extension dining table is that they are usually very affordable. The table top can also remain more streamlined. Don’t forget though, with a separate extension piece you will need to find a place to store the leaf when not in use.  

Externally Stored Double Extension Leaves

Two extension leaves give not one, not two, but three table length options. This is with one extension in place, both extensions or without either in use. A table with two extensions offers maximum seating flexibility and versatility. This is a great table option if you regularly have a different number of people to seat.  

Butterfly Table Extension

  A butterfly table extension is a quick and easy way to seat more people around your dining table. The extension folds and rotates to fit within the table top, with the table concealing the extension when not in use. User-friendly clips hold the extension in place, making extending tables like the Aver dining table both strong and supportive. Neat, quick and easy to use, with a butterfly extension you also don’t have to worry about storing the extension leaves elsewhere, as they neatly fold back into the table top.    

Lift Up Extending Mechanism

To use a lift-up extending mechanism, all you have to do is undo the table clasps and pull the table out. The extension leaves sit on smooth, slightly sprung, hinges which lever up and out to sit in place. The table can then be pushed back together and the clasps tightened to keep everything in place. With a lift mechanism, you don’t need to worry about storing the extension pieces elsewhere. What’s more, the design also means that the shape of the table can remain streamlined and sleek, like our range of Eve frosted glass dining tables.  

Internally Stored Separate Extension Piece

An internally stored but separate extension piece means the extension panel is separate from the table but the leaf is stored in the table top. With extending tables like the Sanza, each side of the table smoothly glides apart with minimal effort to reveal the extension leaf. The leaf then just needs to be taken out and placed in position.
Top Tip: We suggest wrapping the table extension in a soft cloth or blanket and storing it under your sofa when not in use. This will keep it out of the way but well protected.
To see the extension pieces in action and really get a feel for how easy they are to use, why not take a look at each of the product pages. Our handy product videos will give you an idea of how the extension works and will have all the information you'll need about each design of table.  

Extending Dining Sets - Top Measurements

Measuring for your extending dining set will take a bit more time and consideration, but it is still very straightforward. Essentially, it’s a combination of the key dining chair and dining table measurements, with the added factor that the table can extend so will need more space. We’ve broken each aspect into a handy checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered.  

The Chair:

  1. Height, from the very top of the chair right down to the floor
  2. Seat width, from left to right
  3. The seat height, from base of the chair the bottom of the seat
  4. Seat depth, from the front to as far back as you can sit.
  5. Back height of the seat
  6. The footprint of the chair, how much floor space, the seat occupies.
Top Tip: don’t forget to measure the height of the arms if you have dining armchairs.

The Table:

  1. The height of the table
  2. Table length
  3. Table width
  4. Inner leg length, as this will be different to table length
  5. The apron, which will help you decide what chairs will fit
Top Tip: check whether the extensions are stored within the table or need to be stored separately.
Once you’ve got your individual measurements, it’s time to bring everything together….

And don’t forget to consider your existing space…

  • Consider how the table will look and fit in your space, both extended and unextended.
  • Measure out your place settings. We recommend leaving 60cm to 80cm per place setting, dependant on whether you want a cosier feel or a more spacious setting.
  • Leave enough room around your furniture, both for chairs to be pulled in and out and of people to walk past.
Top Tip: Think about all the uses you have for your extending dining table before making a purchase. A dining table doesn’t just need to be big enough for the number of guests come meal times. Does it double up as a home office/desk? Do the kids need the extra space for homework/hobbies? Consider the type of table that would benefit your daily needs.

Work Your Room

The extending dining set you choose will depend a lot on the space and style of your existing interior. Picture your current dining area and ask yourself the following questions. This will help to narrow down the type of set best suited to your space.  

Short on space?

If you want to make the most of the space you have available, choose an extending table with a pedestal base. This will free up the space around your table and stop any obstructions for your chair or bench legs. Chairs with a slim shape and design would be ideal as they can be closely tucked under the table.  

Room for a couple more?

The great thing about an extending dining set is that you’ve always got the option to extend the table when you need a couple of extra seats. Consider how many you want to seat and how often you are likely to extend the table. This will help you choose what size and how many extensions you need, as some extending dining tables like our Ellie White Oval Extending Table and Fern White Gloss and Fern Grey Gloss Extending Dining Table have the option of two extension pieces for maximum seating flexibility.  

What finish would you like?

You may have your heart set on a particular finish or be open to options. The best way to start thinking about finishes is to consider your existing space and the material durability. Materials like HPL and tempered safety glass are incredibly strong, safe and durable, so are ideal if you’re looking for a table for a young family. Gloss finishes can be easily wiped clean and can be styled alongside a variety of colours and textures.  

What shape would suit your space?

A round or oval extending table will free up a little more room and there are no harsh corners to walk into, something to consider with little ones around. A rectangular or square extending table generally will suit the majority of interiors as they mirror the shape of the room, however it really is dependent on what you think will suit your space.  

Perfect Pairings

If you’re choosing seats to match your extending table, there are so many options available. However, we always think it’s a good idea to make the most of the table extension with a clever choice of seating to go with it. Here are some smart seating choices when it comes to extending dining tables:  

Stackable Dining Chairs - Smart Space Saving

If you’re not planning on having your table extended for the majority of the time, chances are you’re going to have extra seats when the full table isn’t in use. Rather than having to bring down the chair from the study and the footstool from the living room, opt for stackable dining chairs. This way, you have enough seats but can easily stack and store the extra chairs when they aren’t in use.  

Dining Benches - Create a Cosy Corner

Creating a cosy dining corner with dining chairs can be a little tricky, as you’ll need to make sure there’s enough space to get around the table, while also still be able to pull out and tuck in the dining chairs. However, a cosy corner is incredibly easy to create with a dining corner bench. The right-angle of the bench can neatly be tucked into the corner to really make the most of your space. To make seating even more comfortable, opt for a pedestal table like the Sanza as then there will be no table legs to get in the way.  

Ready Made Extending Dining Sets

To save you some time (and effort) both measuring and styling, we offer a whole variety of premade extending dining sets. We’ve done the edit on the shapes, colours and practicality so you know the set has been meticulously matched. We have loads of sets on our website, but here are a couple of combinations to help give you some styling inspiration...

Bright Bursts

A dining set is a great way to introduce a splash of colour to your space. Take the Aver White Extending and Senn Colourful Dining Set: the clean, modern lines of the white extending table allows the colourful choice of Senn Chairs become true style accents in the space.  

Natural Textures with a Modern Twist

An oak or oak veneer dining table will instantly add a homely, warm and welcoming feel to your dining space. However, a wooden table doesn’t always have to be traditional. The Sanza oak dining table infuses the old with the new, combining an oak veneer with sleek brushed metal finishes. This is then seamlessly coordinated with the brushed metal legs of the faux leather Moda chairs. The key to pulling off this look is picking out an element that ties the whole set together.  

Keep it simple

Too many finishes, styles and surfaces in a dining space can become a little overwhelming. If you want to keep the look clean and simple, your best bet is to opt for a gloss dining table. White and grey are such neutral tones so will help keep the look clean yet contemporary. For this setting, we’ve styled the Metro dining table alongside the stackable Tori chairs which instantly creates a neat and uniform look.  

Fit for a Crowd

When you're decorating a large, open-plan dining space,  an extending dining set works a treat as you can make the most of the space you have available. However, you’ll want to make sure your dining set looks just as good unextended as it does with the extension piece in place.  Opt for a set like the Aver Grey and White Extending and Finn Dining Set which works just as well for day to day dining as it does for those big family get-togethers.  

Mixing Materials

Selecting a premade extending dining set doesn’t mean it all has to be the same. Mix up the look by choosing different coloured chairs and a table that already has a variety of finishes incorporated into its design. The great thing about this style of set is that all the hard work of matching up styles and finishes has been done for you!  

Designer Details

One subtle but really sleek way to tie your dining set together is through the details. For example, the curved back on the Curva dining chairs are a subtle nod towards the round table top and chrome penny base of the Curva dining table, which extends into an oval shape. The overall curved appearance of this dining set creates a really cosy and inviting setting.  

Coordinate with your space

One way to make your new dining set look right at home is to coordinate it with your decor. Picking colours out of your wallpaper or rugs and then matching this with your dining set will create a seamless and coordinated look.  

But that’s not all...

We have such a wide variety of extending tables and premade sets on our website that would look great in any home. And don’t just take our word for it- check out our Luka Dining Table featured in the Independent's pick of the best extending dining tables. If you would like more information on sizing and styling your set, why not take a look at our handy Dining Chair, Dining Bench and Dining Table pocket guides for all the information you could need.  

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