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Kirsty Forder

Outdoor
How to Store Your Garden Furniture For Winter
August 31, 2018 at 4:33 pm 0
What a summer we’ve had! The bright summer mornings and long summer nights spent in the garden seemed like they’d last forever. But as the weather begins to get cooler and the clouds start creeping in, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you're going to store your garden furniture over the winter monthsAlthough designed for outdoor use, garden furniture is best tucked away or protected during the rainy seasons. Follow our top tips so that your garden pieces stay looking sleek and fresh, ready for use next year!  

Keep It Clean

Mould and mildew can spread quickly if moisture is left on the surface. So one of the most important steps when it comes to storing your garden furniture is to clean it beforehand. One final, thorough clean before storage will help the furniture be fit for use next summertime.  

How to Clean: Cast Aluminium

We all know Aluminium garden furniture won’t rust, (and if you don’t, take a look at our Aluminium post here), but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care of the material when you store it away. Start by using a nylon-bristled brush to remove any dirt or leaves. Then it’s best to use a hot water and soap solution to scrub away any further marks and stains. Try to avoid using cleaning materials that are overly abrasive as they can damage the surface of the aluminium. Once cleaned, use fresh water to rinse the aluminium. You can help further polish and protect the surface by applying a coat of water and vinegar with a soft cloth.

How to Clean: Plastic Chairs  

Plastic furniture is so easy to clean. You can start by using warm water mixed with soap, detergent, or any other standard cleaning solution. For a deeper clean, you’re fine to use a tiny bit of bleach. Avoid using steel wool or anything abrasive as this can damage a plastic surface.  Plastic furniture is able to withstand the force of a pressure washer. So before storing your chairs, give them a quick hose down to rinse of any leaves or dirt.

How to Clean: Frabic Bench Cushions

  Most outdoor bench cushion covers are removable and machine washable. However, if you wash them too frequently, the protective coating will begin to wear away. If you are machine washing your cushions, a gentle wash on the coolest cycle will be all you need. For regular, light cleaning of your bench cushions, lightly brush off any loose dirt and then vacuum the surface using the handheld nozzle. Then, spot-clean the affected area using a damp cloth and fabric safe cleaning product.

Stack Your Chairs

When not in use it’s best to stack your chairs. This will help to minimize their footprint both in and outside. If you don’t have the space to store them inside, try to leave your chairs in a relatively sheltered area of the garden and cover them with a tarp or other waterproof cover. The cover for your chairs should be close fitting but not too tight so that some air can circulate around your furniture. Stacking the chairs when left outside will also give them added weight so they won’t topple over in strong winds.  

Keep it Covered

Even when stored inside away from the elements, it’s still a good idea to keep your garden furniture covered. This will help prevent dust from settling on the surface. Our garden covers are made from a high quality, heavy gauge woven fabric with a waterproof coating. This garden cover comes with a cord and eyelet so that it can be cinched in, keeping your garden furniture securely undercover.  

Store on a Solid, Flat Surface

If possible, try to move your furniture off of your grass when not in use as this will significantly reduce the furniture’s exposure to moisture. If this isn’t an option, try standing the table and chair legs in saucers or on pieces of wood preservative as this will add an extra layer of protection. For more tips on how to clean your garden furniture, make sure you take a look at our Cleaning Outdoor Furniture blog post.  

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Dining Tables, New Products
Louis Extending Dining Table: Product Spotlight
August 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm 0
  When it comes to a family dining table, durability is a must. It’d be no good having a table that looks the part but isn’t up to scratch when it comes to usability. We champion all of our dining tables as being fit for everyday use, none more so than our new Ceramic Louis Dining Table. This table not only looks great, but it’s incredibly durable and practical too. In this product spotlight, we’ll talk you through the great features of this piece has to offer, and why you need to consider having the Louis table in your home!

Practicality & Durability

Fajitas for dinner, buffet spreads and birthday parties are all great occasions, but they can take their toll on our dining tables. And who wants to hide a good looking table under a plastic cover? Well, you’ll be glad to hear that with the Louis this won’t be an issue.   The table surface is made from a durable ceramic that’s been backed onto tempered safety glass. Although a bit of a mouthful to say, this is what makes the Louis so sturdy. The ceramic top is resistant to over 100°C heat, so you can place hot dishes straight from the oven onto the ceramic surface and not worry about the material warping.     The ceramic is also fully scratch proof. This means it’s more durable than being scratch resistant, so ideal for busy mealtimes and families with younger children. You can fill your table full of plates, dishes and pans and not worry about damaging the surface.  

Louis Table Finishes

Marble & Light Grey

One of the limitations of a real marble table (other than the price) is that it's porous. The marble backed ceramic finish is, therefore, a great alternative as it’s resistant to absorption. So you get the luxurious look of a marble table but with increased durability.

Softly Mottled Stone

The other two finishes for the Louis are a light and dark grey ceramic. If you look closely, you can see the surface has a textured stone-like appearance, rather than being one flat colour. This gives the table a natural look but with the added benefit of the durable ceramic. The darker of the two will create a real statement look in your dining area while the lighter grey is ideal for styling alongside modern finishes.

Make Room For All!

Extending dining tables are ideal if you want the option of extra seats but don’t need a large table up all of the time. Extending tables also give you added versatility and can help you maximise the space you have available. The Louis table has a single butterfly extension piece. It’s so easy to use; just pull the table apart then flip and clip the extension in place. The extension is stored within the top so you don’t need to think about where to put it when it’s not in use. This makes it incredibly user-friendly. Unextended, the table can seat four to six (using the table ends). With the extension in place, you’ll be able to seat up to eight. Seating will also depend on your choice of dining chair. For example, some chairs have a wider base while others are taller and slimmer.  So if you want to maximise the use of this table, it’s best to check the width of your chairs.
Louis Ceramic Marble and Deco Real Leather Extending Dining Set

Because of the wider seat of the Deco, the Louis is better suited to a six-seater set up.

Louis Light Grey Ceramic and Lucia Extending Dining Set

However, with the Lucia chairs, you can fit up to eight thanks to the slimmer shape of the seats.

Colour & Coordination

The extension piece is made from a quality MDF board. It’s satin painted to match the colour of the leg frame while also coordinating with the colours of the ceramic top.  The MDF extension isn’t heat or scratch resistant like the ceramic top, so it’s best to still use heatproof coasters and mats on this section of the table surface. The stainless steel leg frame is satin painted, same as the MDF extension piece. We’ve added an inverted 45° sculpted angular detail so the leg frame neatly tucks under the table top. This gives the leg frame a subtle yet considered design detail on the leg, without interrupting the smooth table surface.  

Care and Cleaning

To clean the ceramic table surface, use a wet sponge and a mild detergent. It’s that simple! Because ceramic is extremely durable, it’s less prone to scratches and stains than a natural stone, so you can spend less time worrying about the clean-up and more time enjoying mealtimes.   To find out even more about this durable table, you can view the Louis Ceramic Marble and Light Grey Extending Dining Table, Louis Dark Grey Ceramic Extending Dining Table and Louis Light Grey Ceramic Extending Dining Table over on our website.   For more tips on how to buy the perfect dining table, take a look at our Dining Table Buying Guide.
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Buying Guides, Materials
Velvet Furniture Buying Guide – Need To Know – Danetti Lifestyle
August 3, 2018 at 4:48 pm 0
Velvet Furniture - Plaza Blush Velvet Stool So, you want in on one of 2018s hottest interior trends: velvet. Good choice! From clothing and curtains to benches and stools, this luxurious finish has made a big style impact in the world of interiors, and it’s easy to see why. Velvet creates such a cosy atmosphere when it comes to home furnishings and is synonymous with luxury. Once only a finish for the extremely wealthy, velvet is now far more accessible for everyone to have in their home.  

Why Velvet Furniture?

A common misconception about velvet is that it’s a high-maintenance material. Well, let us bust that myth right now! When treated with the proper care and maintenance, you’ll find your velvet furniture is built to last. A synthetic velvet, such as ones made from a high-quality polyester, is also less susceptible to marking, fading or crushing. This makes it more durable and suited to daily use.
Form Velvet and Brass Cantilever Dining Armchair in Teal

The way teal velvet catches the light gives the material and colour even more richness and depth.

A key characteristic of velvet is the dense pile. We’ve all stroked a velvet surface and seen the contrast when the fibres are brushed in the opposite direction. For the neatest possible look, brush the pile in the same direction over the entire surface. You can do this by hand or with a specialist velvet upholstery brush.  

Pros & Cons of Velvet Furniture

As with any material, there are pros and cons to having velvet upholstery in your home. The best way to decide if the material is right for you is to see if the benefits weight out the limitations of the material:

Pros:

  • Velvet upholstery instantly gives any piece of furniture a luxe and inviting feel.
  • The colours have far more depth than a plain material, due to the way velvet subtly picks up the light.
  • There’s nothing quite like the soft to the touch quality of velvet upholstered furniture.
  • A classic fabric that will stand the test of time and be loved for years, rather than being a design fad.

Cons:

  • Velvet is more susceptible to attracting pet hair, something to consider if you have a lot of pets.
  • The fibre can weaken if exposed to direct sunlight, so you’ll need to think about the placement of your velvet pieces.
  • Velvet is more likely to attract bits and dust, so requires a more regular clean than leather or plastic to prevent the accumulation of dust particles or dirt.
 

How To Introduce Velvet into Your Home:

You may be a little hesitant to have velvet furniture in your home. Sure, it looks great in all those glossy magazines, but how will it look in a real living setting? Well, have no fear as we're here to help. There's a reason velvet is so popular and that's partly down to how easy it is to style in a whole variety of interiors!  

Start Small

If you've not had velvet in your interior scheme before, start small. It’s the same as when introducing a bold colour or contemporary finish into a neutral interior. Something like our Plaza stool is a great way to have a hint of velvet in your space without it becoming the main focal point or feature. If you love the look you can always introduce dining chairs, benches and more stools later. To get a feel for the fabric and coordinate colours, order swatches before you buy so you know you’re investing in the right piece.

Pair With Complementary Materials

To make your velvet furniture look right at home, you’ll need to think about what materials the fabric will be sitting alongside. Velvet instantly adds a softness to any space, so wooden and leather materials are a good way to create a contrasted yet cohesive look.
Plaza Teal Velvet Stool

Plaza Teal Velvet Stool alongside a leather sofa and wooden flooring.

  Velvet is an excellent material for contemporary designs. This is because its textural quality picks up the light creating interesting silhouettes. It looks especially good with curved designs as the sheen of the fabric will highlight the curves in the surface. The softness of the fabric also adds an inviting feel and approachability, perfect for creating a convivial dining area. Two other great finishes to style alongside velvet are stainless steel and brushed brass. We’ve matched our blush and teal velvets with the brass base, and the grey and blue velvet with the stainless steel as the colours really offset one another. Last but certainly not least, consider styling your velvet alongside gloss. A velvet bench or dining chair adds a wonderful softness around a high gloss table as the fabric is a smooth contrast to the reflective gloss top. The juxtaposition of a high gloss surface paired with the soft sheen of velvet will be going all kinds of beautiful things in your home.  

Velvet Care & Maintenance:

Velvet upholstery is far easier to clean and maintain than you may think. Firstly, the 100% polyester short pile velvet we use for our range of furniture has been rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know it’s far from delicate.   Like with most materials, it’s best to act as soon as a spill occurs. This is because it’s far easier to clean velvet before the mark sinks through to penetrate the base cloth. First, use an absorbent cloth or paper towel to soak up the spillage. Dab the surface rather than rubbing as this will better soak up the liquid.   To clean your velvet furniture, all you need to use is a soft cloth and some warm soapy water, wiping the fabric in a circular motion. Then, leave the material to air dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process. You can also vacuum your velvet upholstery by using the handheld nozzle. This will better collect any dust or bits that have been caught up in the pile. Be sure to use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum as this will be much softer on your velvet and avoid any unwanted marks.      If you feel your velvet has lost a bit of its sheen, have no fear. You can use a steamer to restore its signature shine by keeping the nozzle moving across the velvet at a moderate pace. Move in the direction of the nap for the best results. Once completely dry, brush the material in the direction of the nap using a soft-bristled hairbrush.   To keep the material looking its best, regularly brush your velvet furniture with a velvet brush or soft clothes brush, going in the direction of the nap. Try not to let anything hard sit or rest on the material for a long time. A heavy book, for example, can mark velvet if left in the same place for long enough.  

Colourful Combinations

Velvet comes in a whole variety of colours, so we’ve done the edit to offer you a selection of the most designer looking shades. Light blue, grey and navy colourways are on the more neutral side of the colour wheel which makes them incredibly versatile and timeless. Both are easy to work with, meaning you can introduce colour to your space without it looking too overpowering. The subtle sheen that velvet offers also reveals high and lowlights to the colour, giving your velvet furniture even more depth. Rich jewelled tones like teal are a great match with a velvet material as they just ooze elegance and luxury.  Styled alongside brass, this creates a such an opulent and plush appearance.  Blush pink, on the other hand, is far softer so is ideal if you want to create a more subtle but equally as plush feel in your home.  

So there you have it!

Have we inspired you to add a piece of velvet luxury to your home? Make sure you take a look at our velvet collection, which includes stylish benches, dining chairs and handy stools. For even more helpful tips, take a look at our Velvet and Brass styling blog post.
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General News
0% Finance Now Available – Get The Furniture You’ve Always Dreamed Of!
July 20, 2018 at 3:44 pm 0
0% Finance ow available at www.danetti.com We’ve all done it. Searched high and low for that piece missing from our home. Then when we spot it, we get all excited about how it’s going to transform our space only to find it’s out of our price range. Well not anymore! With our new 0% finance option, you can spend less time saving and more time enjoying the furniture in your home. In the post, we’ll give you a quick rundown of this helpful payment option and how you can use it to get your home looking its best far sooner!  

What is 0% Finance?

Unlike other repayment methods, the great thing about 0% finance is that there are no hidden costs or fees. You’ll pay no more than if you were to purchase the item in one go, but instead, you can spread your payments over a 12 or 24 month period, depending on the size of your order.  

Am I eligible for 0% Finance?

To be eligible to PayByFinance, you’ll need you to be:
  • Over the age of 18
  • Work at least 16 hours a week, or be retired with an income.
  • A resident of the United Kingdom and have lived in the UK for the last 12 months or more.
 

How do I PaybyFiance?

When you’ve found the item you like, you can check if it qualifies for finance by checking the finance box on the product page. Your order will need to be over £750 for a 12-month repayment and over £2,000 for a 24-month repayment period.
Check the 'finance available' box to see if your order qualifies for finance, along with the monthly repayment amount.

Check the 'finance available' box to see if your order qualifies for finance, along with the monthly repayment amount.

When you’re ready, add your products to your basket and select the ‘0% finance' option at the checkout. You’ll be asked to pay a 10% deposit along with filling out a quick application to check you are eligible. Then that’s it! Once your application is approved, your finance order will be complete.   If you’d like to find out more about our PayByFinance option, such as when your repayments start and in the event of your application being declined, you can either visit our finance FAQs page or give us a call on 020 3881 380.   Look for some style inspiration? why not take a look at our new brass and velvet finishes perfect for modern homes!
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Ideas and Inspiration
Furniture That Grows With Your Family
July 13, 2018 at 10:55 am 0
Furniture that grows with your family - louis dining table Whether you’re about to start a family of your own or are constantly having everyone over for those special get-togethers, you’ll need furniture that can adapt to having more people in your household. Rather than having extra seats out all of the time, you can choose furniture that, quite literally in some cases, grows with your family. That way everyone will feel welcome each and every time they come to visit.   

Extending Dining Sets

An extending table may be the most obvious piece to feature in this post, as it does quite literally grow to seat more people. But an extending table actually has more benefits than you may first think...  The great thing about an extending dining set is that you don’t need a larger table up all of the time. With an easy to use and discrete extension, you can pull the table apart in seconds to add an additional place settings around the table. An extending table would be a smart choice if you’re just starting a family or if your home is regularly the hub of social events and gatherings.
Ellie White Oval Extending Table fully extended

With the extension in place, the Ellie table can seat up to 10!

Top Tip: extending tables aren’t just handy for more place settings. The extra surface space makes them ideal buffet style tables, so you can serve up even more tasty treats! If you’re after a table that will stand the test of time, the ceramic top of our Louis tables is about to become your new best friend. Scratch resistant, heat resistant up to 100° and easy to clean, this table will provide a place for you to eat, kids to do their homework and a place to chat when friends come around for dinner.  

Stackable Chairs

It’s no secret that stackable dining chairs are great space savers. And they’re great for growing families too. You can stack a store your seats when not in use, then easily put them out again during Christmas dinners and those big family get-togethers. If you’re going to use your chairs regularly you’ll want a material that’s durable and easy to clean. The Fern chair, for example, is made from Plywood Laminate which just needs a damp cloth to be wiped clean. Faux leather and leather chairs are both durable materials, you’ll just want t give them a quick, regular clean to keep them looking their best.  

Corner Benches

We can’t say it enough- dining benches are incredibly versatile. Compared to dining chairs, you’re less restricted by how many you can seat as you can space seating out or try and squeeze in a couple more. Having a corner bench means you have a uniform look no matter how many you need to seat.   With a corner bench, you then have the option to add a backless bench or additional dining chairs around your table, so there will definitely be room for all!    

Side Tables

Side tables may seem like a simple piece of living room furniture, but if you’re smart with your choices they can really maximise your space. Stackable and multipurpose tables mean that when family come round to visit, you have a handy extra surface or even an extra seat.
Duo Matt Grey Side Table and Lime Fabric Stool Set

Duo Matt Grey Side Table and Lime Fabric Stool Set

Duo Matt Grey Side Table and Lime Fabric Stool Set

The Duo Set can easily be separated so you have two side tables or a small extra seat

Sofa Seating

A more generously sized sofa, such as the Ellis 2 to 3 seater means you can always squeeze in a couple more without the need for an extra occasional chair or seat. The deep seat and high sides of the Ellis sofa creates an enveloping and comfortable setting, making this style of sofa ideal for curling up with your feet up. Alternatively, if you have the space for a corner sofa, the footrest can become an extra spot to sit.     So there you have it, some simple but really effective ways to make your home a stylish hub for all the family. Want to read more? Why not take a look at our Living Room and Dining Table ultimate buying guides.
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Materials
Stainless Steel Furniture: Material Spotlight
June 29, 2018 at 9:44 am 0
Choosing the right finish for your home can be tricky. With so many styles and variations available, it can seem like a minefield trying to find one that ticks all of the right boxes. If you’re looking for a finish that’s durable, easy to clean and looks great too, then you just might be in luck. Introducing this week’s material spotlight, Stainless Steel.  

What is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is a metal alloy. It is made up of steel mixed with elements such as chromium, nickel, molybdenum, silicon, aluminium, and carbon. It is both corrosive and stain resistant due to its waterproofing in the manufacturing process. This means the material does not need a further coating for protection as it’s inherently already protected. It’s anti-rust too.  

How To Style Stainless Steel Furniture

The great thing about a stainless steel finish is that it has a wonderful shine, without being overly reflective. This makes the material ideal if you want to add a modern feel to your space without it becoming too overpowering. Because of this, stainless steel can be matched with a whole variety of finishes, from woods to velvet or faux leather.
Angola 4 Seater Modern Oak Dining Table

The stainless steel legs of the Angola 4 Seater Modern Oak Dining Table are a sleek contrast to the smooth oak surface, making this table look even more tactile.

Because stainless steel is so versatile, you can really have some fun with your colours and materials. Here we've chosen the Form Stainless Steel Bar Stool With Backrest in a bold teal against a trendy marble bar backdrop.

 
The stainless steel legs of the Mellow Velvet 3 Seater Bench with Backrest in Petrol Grey are again a nice contrast to the soft velvet upholstery.

The legs of the Mellow Velvet 3 Seater Bench with Backrest in Petrol Grey are again a nice contrast to the soft velvet upholstery.

Chrome vs Stainless Steel

Because Chrome is a polished finish, it’s reflective and very shiny. Commonly used for furniture finishes, chrome furniture instantly gives a room a modern and light appearance. Chrome is also corrosion-resistant and is a very light metal. This makes it an ideal choice for something like a dining chair or stool as the lightweight qualities of chrome mean they can easily be moved and rearranged. Stainless steel, on the other hand,  has a far more subtle sheen than chrome. It’s corrosion-resistant, scratch-resistant, and tarnish resistant, in many cases making it more durable than a chrome finish. It is also very easy to keep clean as fingerprints and marks are less likely to show up on the surface. If your furniture is going to be used regularly and by lots of people, stainless steel is an ideal option because of its durability.   To help you decide which finish is right for you, take a look at the following comparisons:
Stainless steel Chrome or chromium plating
Alloy containing at least 10.5% chromium. Not an alloy; only chromium.
More durable than chrome. Durable to an extent but not as much as stainless steel.
Not as reflective or shiny as chrome, but easier to keep clean. Has a more modern, brighter look than stainless steel, but takes slightly more care to keep clean.
Tends to be more expensive than chrome. Less expensive which makes it ideal if you’re working within a budget.
 

Care and Cleaning Stainless Steel

As we’ve mentioned earlier in this post, stainless steel is a very easy material to clean and maintain. It’s best to regularly dust the surface to avoid it looking dull. Soapy water should be all you need to remove any marks. For those harder to remove marks, window cleaner or a 50/50 water and white vinegar spray works a treat.   Top Tip: Our favourite tip for cleaning brushed metals has to be Baby Oil! All you need to do is rub the baby oil on with a paper towel, and buff away any excess with a dry, microfibre cloth. Keep in mind that baby oil goes a long way, so make sure you use it sparingly!   With a regular light polish and clean, your stainless steel furniture can last for years and years. As modern kitchens tend to use brushed metals on everything from cookers, sinks and fridges, the finish will stay looking modern and fresh for years to come. Want to read more? You're in luck! You can also read up on the benefits of Aluminium garden furniture and get some help deciding whether to go for a gloss or wood veneer finish in your home.  

Show Us Your Style!

Already have some stainless steel Danetti pieces in your home? We’d love to see! Post a picture on social with the #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our page.
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Cleaning Guides, Outdoor
Cleaning Outdoor Garden Furniture – Our Top Tips
June 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm 0
Danetti garden range cleaning guide No one wants to spend their summer cleaning their garden furniture. That's we’ve made sure the materials chosen for our outdoor range are easy to clean and fit for purpose! If you're looking for some tips and tricks on how to keep your outdoor furniture looking its best, you've come to the right place. Take a look at our handy Outdoor Range Care and Cleaning Guide...  

Cleaning Plastic Dining Chairs

What are they made of?

The chairs in our outdoor garden range are made from moulded polypropylene which is a hard wearing and durable plastic. Available in a variety of colourways, polypropylene is such a great material choice for outdoor furniture as it’s so easy to clean and maintain. Its smooth plastic surface makes it water resistant while it’s lightweight qualities make it easy to move but remains sturdy and supportive.

How do I clean it?

To clean your plastic garden chairs, wash over the surface with warm soapy water to remove any surface marks. For a deeper clean,  you can use a mild household cleaning spray or furniture wipes. Baby wipes are also a quick fix if you need to wipe a minor spill. Because the chairs are made from polypropylene, it’s fine to use an antibacterial spray on the surface. As your chairs will be outside, it’s likely you’ll need to give them a quick clean more regularly than your indoor seating.

How do I care for it?

As with any plastic, the colour can be subject to fading when left out for long periods of time. Just keep in mind that direct exposure to direct sunlight and sources of heat, over time, will affect the colouring. To prevent this, wash your plastic chairs regularly and store the chairs away when not in regular use.
All of our garden chairs, including the Lola Garden Chair, can be stacked for easy storage.

All of our garden chairs, including the Lola Garden Chair, can be stacked for easy storage.

Table & Bench Frames

What are they made of?

Our outdoor dining table and bench frames are made from powder coated aluminium. A great feature of aluminium is that it’s inherently anti-rust, however, what you might not know is why... when aluminium is exposed to the elements, its material qualities mean that it develops a microscopic layer of oxide on its exterior. It’s this oxide layer that acts as a barrier to protect the metal from further damage and prevent it from corroding!

How do I clean it?

To clean the powder coated leg frame of your table or benches, first, remove any decorative cushions or furniture accessories. Then, simply wash the surface with soapy water. For more stubborn or greasy marks, you can add a mild household acid such as vinegar or lemon juice. Stay away from any ammonia, TSP or soda-based products as this can encourage further oxidation on the surface. It’s a good idea to use your garden hose to give your aluminium a good rinse. If you do this, avoid using a pressure washer or a strong setting on a garden hose nozzle as such a strong and focused stream of water could damage the finish. A normal garden hose will do just the trick. We advise that you wash your table and bench frames as and when needed when in use, but make sure you give them one last thorough clean before you store the furniture away for winter.  

How do I care for it?

A powder-coated aluminium surface not only increases the visual appeal of the aluminium but also gives the metal additional strength. This helps to reduce scratches and dents from daily use. However, we suggest keeping an eye out for small chips or cracks on the surface so you can prevent any water from entering underneath the outer layer. To further protect the surface after cleaning, wipe the surface with a little car wax or baby oil on a dry cloth as this will help give the surface a wonderful shine.

Frosted Glass Table Tops

What are the made of?

Acid etched tempered glass with a film colouring applied on the back. An acid etched glass surface works almost like the opposite of buffing a surface to a shine. Instead, it gives the glass a hazy, semi-opaque appearance. You might think the word 'etched' sounds like the surface would be rough, but this process actually makes the table incredibly soft and a dream to run your hands across!

How do I clean it?

To clean acid etched glass, spray the glass lightly with a good quality, non-streaking window cleaner.  Then wipe the table top over with a clean, soft lint-free towel. Never use anything abrasive as this will scratch the beautifully smooth surface. After cleaning, move the cloth in a circular motion to dry the glass. This will also help to prevent water marks and spots.  

How do I care for it?

Because acid etched glass isn’t an applied finish that can chip or peel off, it really becomes an integral feature of the glass. It’s the most durable possible version of a matt finish... what could be more durable than tempered safety glass! That said, there are still steps you can take to keep your glass outdoor furniture looking its best for longer. We advise not to place hot utensils straight onto the table's surface. Instead, use something such as a table matt or wicker coaster. This will prevent the glass surface from becoming marked or slightly damaged over time from the heat. Top Tip: the frosted glass surface of the Palermo and Fresco tables can be removed from the table as it’s held in place by discreet anti-slip suction pads. This means you can give the underside an in-depth clean every now and then, and before you store the table away for winter.  

Cushions and Covers

What are the cushions made of?

The construction of our outdoor cushions are made up of a foam layer with a dacron wrap over the top. The foam creates a really comfortable and cosy feel when seated, while the darcon neatly wraps the cushions to create a shapely and fulfilled appearance. Perfect for keeping your outdoor dining space looking ever inviting, all of the seat cushions in our garden range are UK Fire Retardant (FR).

What is the cover made of?

The cushion covers for our garden range are made from 100% polyester. A synthetic polymer,  polyester is a very smart material choice for outdoor cushion covers as it’s resistant to stretching and shrinking. It’s also quick drying, moisture resistant and easy to clean. To make this material even more suited for outdoor use, we’ve also applied an anti-UV treatment and a showerproof coating. This not only protects the material but makes it that much easier to clean. What more could you need!  

How do I care for the cushion cover?

Polyester is waterproof to an extent due to its coating. This means that raindrops will land and sit on the surface and roll off, rather than being absorbed straight in. The cover isn’t indestructible though! We suggest that you store the cushions inside when not in use, making sure they’re thoroughly dried before storage.  

How do I clean the cushion and cover?  

The cushion covers are removable and machine washable. However, if they are washed regularly the protective coating will begin to wear away. A cold wash on the gentlest cycle of your machine will be all you need but we recommend you don’t do this too often. For regular, light cleaning, you can lightly brush off any loose dirt or grime and then vacuum the surface. Then, it's best to spot clean the area using a damp cloth and fabric safe cleaning product.    If you can, it’s best to clean your garden cushions on a sunny, warm day. This will allow you to spread the cushions out on a sheet or on your patio.  

So there you have it!

Quick, easy steps on how to clean your garden furniture and keep it looking its best. To read more on our Garden Range, take a look at our garden buying guide and styling posts.
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Materials, Outdoor
Aluminium: Why You Should Buy Aluminium Garden Furniture
May 25, 2018 at 4:34 pm 0
Summer is just around the corner, so what better way to enjoy the warm weather than sunning yourself on some stylish garden furniture! We’ve written a whole series of posts about sizing and styling garden furniture (which you can read here). But what about materials? Introducing Aluminium…  

What Makes Aluminium So Special?

Aluminium garden furniture is perfect for climates that have a mix of rainy and sunny spells. This is because it is inherently anti-rust. So when exposed to the elements,  aluminium develops a microscopic layer of oxide on its exterior. It’s this oxide layer that acts as a barrier to protect the metal from further damage and prevent it from corroding (the more you know!).  Despite being incredibly durable, aluminium furniture won’t break the bank. This means you can have both style and quality at an affordable price.  

Strength & Durability 

Highly resistant to cracking or other types of blemishes, aluminium garden furniture is ideal for busy families as it can withstand both the elements and frequent use. Although we do recommend that you store your aluminium furniture in a dry place during the winter months, or use a cover during rainy spells, you don’t have to worry about the elements breaking down the structure of the furniture itself as it is highly resistant.

Function & Form

Another great feature of aluminium is that it’s light enough to pick up and move around your garden but substantial enough that it still makes a style impact in the space. This makes it easy to restyle in your garden and then store inside during the winter months. Lightweight doesn’t mean flimsy though; aluminium still has a weighted quality which makes it heavy enough to stay put on your patio. This, combined with features such as the frosted glass top of our Palermo and Fresco tables, will keep your garden table neatly in place.  

How Do I Clean Aluminium Furniture?

If you’re after garden furniture that’s low maintenance and easy to clean, aluminium is about to become your new best friend! This is especially true if you buy a powder coated frame or cast aluminium as the finish is baked on. This makes it outperform basic sprayed-on coatings when it comes to durability and longevity. To clean the powder-coated aluminium frame of your table or benches, first, remove any decorative cushions and furniture accessories. Then, simply wash the surface with a lint-free cloth and soapy water. Dirt and salts can build up on the surface over time causing it to look dusty and grimy, so it’s best to first clean this away to avoid damaging the powder coating.     Top Tip: Don’t forget to wash underneath the furnishing and in all cracks and grooves. If your furniture has a glass top, clean it with a household glass cleaner but try to avoid spraying this on the powder coating.   For more stubborn or greasy marks, you can add a mild household acid such as vinegar or lemon juice. Stay away from any ammonia, TSP or soda-based products as this can encourage further oxidation on the surface. Avoid scraping or rubbing the powder coating with an abrasive cloth as this could damage or even remove the coating from the surface. It’s a good idea to use your garden hose to give your aluminium a good rinse. Because aluminium is anti-rust, this won’t damage the surface. If you do this, avoid using a pressure washer or a strong setting on a garden hose nozzle as such a strong and focused stream of water could damage the furniture’s finish. A normal garden hose will do just the trick. Allow the furniture to dry completely before placing cushions on the seat. We advise that you wash your table and bench frames as and when needed when in use, but make sure you give them one last thorough clean before you store the furniture away for winter. Top Tip: Try to clean your powder-coated aluminium furniture in the shade to avoid fast-drying streaks and unwanted fading.

How Do I Keep Aluminium Looking Its Best?

A powder-coated aluminium surface not only increases the visual appeal of the aluminium but also gives the metal additional strength. This helps to reduce scratches and dents from daily use. However, to keep it looking its best we suggest keeping an eye out for small chips or cracks on the surface. This is so you can prevent any water from entering underneath the outer layer. To further protect the surface after cleaning, wipe the surface with a little car wax or baby oil on a dry cloth as this will help give the surface a wonderful shine. If you really want to keep your powder coated aluminium looking its best, from time to time you may also want to also apply a wax product that is specially designed for keeping powder coatings looking new. A good time to do this is just before storing or covering your patio set for the winter.    

So there you have it!

That’s why you should buy aluminium furniture for your garden. Easy to move and style. Practical when it comes to cleaning and able to withstand the weather. What more could you need! If you’d like to see more, why not take a look at our range of aluminium garden furniture on our website.  

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Outdoor, Styling Tips
7 Outdoor Furniture Buying Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid!
April 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm 0
7 Outdoor Furniture Buying Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid! Image: Palermo Grey Pedestal Table and Lola Small Dining Set When browsing for garden furniture, it’s so easy to get carried away with all the different shapes, sizes and styling possibilities. But have no fear, we are here to help. Stay away from these 7 Outdoor Furniture Buying Mistakes and you’ll have created your dream garden setting in no time!  

Mistake 1: Not Thinking About Your Outdoor Space

The outdoor dining set in that glossy magazine may look a dream styled alongside acres of grass and a 30ft pool. But unfortunately, we don’t all have the same luxurious space to fill! Before you start your search, consider your own garden area and what furniture you think will work (and fit) in the setting. Have you got a little alcove that’s ideal for a dining bench?
Palermo Grey Pedestal Table and Lola Small Dining Set

The Palermo White 2 Seater Bench is the perfect fit in a corner or by the side of your patio. Featured set: Palermo Grey Pedestal Table and Lola Small Dining Set

How about a square decked area that would suit around dining set? If you shop for the space you have, you can either maximise it with space-saving features or decide what portion of your garden you want to utilise with furniture. If you have a large decked space, you don't have to completely fill it with furniture. You could choose a dining set that will fill only part of the space to section off a dining area and leave the rest open, ideal if you'd like have a clear view out of your patios doors.   It’s also a good idea to think about usage. Do you entertain regularly? Make sure you have enough seats for friends and family. Are you looking to create an alfresco dining spot or more of a lounge area? You’ll need to think about what you want to use the space for so you can choose the furniture to match.

Mistake 2: Not Measuring Before You Buy

We talk about this a lot in each of our buying guides (which you can read here if you’re interested), but we can’t stress enough how important it is to measure before you buy. Measure the space, mark it out using a cardboard cut out or bedsheet before you buy so you know the furniture will fit. In a garden space, you are a little less restricted than you are indoors, but it’s always best practice to check first.

Mistake 3: Not Researching The Materials Or Quality 

Some materials would look stunning in a garden space, but they may not be fit for purpose. Others will stand the test of time, but then have the bulky and boring look of traditional garden furniture. Thankfully, there are materials that are as practical as they are good looking! If you’re opting for fabric outdoor furniture, two key features to look for are Shower Proofing and UV protection. Showerproof fabrics are okay to be left out during those light summer showers (though it’s best to store them inside when heavier rain starts to fall). Fabrics with a UV protection are far less likely to be subject to fading as the coating is designed to prevent this.   An aluminium frame is also something to keep on your radar. The great thing about aluminium is that it’s anti-rust and can, therefore, withstand the rain. It’s also lightweight so you can easily move, reposition and manoeuver your garden furniture. Our range of aluminium garden furniture has a sleek powder coat so you have the option of a dark or lighter finish to style in your space.

Mistake 4: Forgetting About Function And Relying On Aesthetics

It’s easy to get drawn in by trendy colours and finishes. But if you don’t also consider the quality and function of the furniture alongside its looks, then it’s very unlikely to be fit for use or stand the test of time. This is why you need to consider both function and form. Our frosted glass table tops, for example, not only look effortlessly sleek, but they are also functional too. The glass is easy to wipe clean and weather resistant, while the frosted top stops you getting a glaring reflection in the sun. Our range of dining benches has also been designed with style and practicality in mind. The bench cushions are showerproof and can be removed for cleaning making them perfect for garden seating. However, they also have the comfort, look and style of indoor seating, ticking all of the right boxes!    

Mistake 5: Forgetting About The Finer Details

Not essential but they can make all the difference. Those finer details and finishing touches can be what really makes your garden area stand out from the rest! Adjustable floor guides, for example, may seem like a small feature. However, when you consider how annoying a wobbly garden table or chair can be on an uneven floor, the floor guides soon become a great addition.  Having chairs that are stackable are also ideal as they not only save space, but it also means you can have a couple of extra seats and pull them out when needed. This will make your garden space even more versatile. We’ve mentioned how useful it is to have removable cushions for cleaning and storage. But how about having the space double up as an extra side table? This considered feature is part of our Palermo corner bench range, where the end cushions can be removed to reveal and sleek wooden table, perfect for your drinks and snacks when not being used as a seat.

Mistake 6: Not Considering Storage

So you’ve got your dining bench and table all set up and it looks great sitting there in the sunshine. But what about when the warmer weather starts to fade? Although designed for outdoor use, you’ll want to protect your furniture in the winter months to keep it looking its best for longer. Consider whether you have room to store your garden furniture indoors, such as in a garage or garden shed. If you don’t have space to store the furniture indoors, invest in a garden cover to give the pieces an added layer of protection. It’s also a good idea to remove any fabrics and to stack you dining chairs for added stability when the wind picks up!  

Mistake 7: Ignoring Existing Colours And Finishes

This one’s more a styling preference but it’s one to consider if you’re keen on creating a considered and coordinated look. Unlike indoors, you’re not matching your furniture with a sofa colour or feature wall. Instead, you’ve got your green lawn, flower beds and pebbled patio to contend with. With such an earthy palette to work with, try to choose furniture that can be tied in with the rest of the space. Matcha green and light greys are perfect for creating an earthy outdoor look. This look also works really well in a smaller garden as the green will blend rather than overwhelm. That’s not to say you can’t go bold though. Our Edie chair in Ginger works a treat in a garden area as the bright colour just radiates the look and feel of summer sunshine.   So there you have it, the 7 Outdoor Furniture Buying Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid. Just recap, here’s what we’ve covered:
  1. Not thinking about your garden space
  2. Forgetting to measure before you buy
  3. Not researching the materials or the quality of the furniture
  4. Forgetting about function and relying only on aesthetics
  5. Forgetting about the finer details
  6. Not considering storage
  7. Ignoring Existing Colours and Finishes
 

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Buying Guides, Living
Occasional Chair Buying Guide: Create Your Home Haven
April 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm 0
Danetti Occasional Chairs Whether you need an extra seat in your living room, want to make use of a cosy corner or are looking to create a statement look in your space, an occasional chair is sure to be a welcome addition to your home. With so many different style and shapes to choose from, it can be tricky knowing what’s right for your space. In this guide, we’ll talk through various sizing, styling and materials to help you find that perfect piece.  

First Things First, Sizing

If you’ve got the space, go big! A chair that's 95-100cm in height, 75-100cm in width and 90-100cm in depth will allow enough space for you to create a blissfully inviting and comfortable spot. With a larger chair, you’ll need to consider whether you have the room to accommodate such a statement setting. If you’re looking to create the ultimate lounging area, have you considered a chaise lounge? Larger than an occasional chair but smaller than a sofa, a chaise lounge doubles up to suit all of your seating needs. A chaise lounge, such as our Luxe, has such a luxurious and designer look due to its quilted back and smooth curved shape. You can style a chaise lounge in an open plan seating area or even in your bedroom as a sleek extra seat.   Sizing Checklist:
  • Height
  • Seat height
  • Back height
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Floor protectors
 

Now Let’s Look at Materials

Are you after a soft fabric or a smooth real leather? It’s likely you’ll add a cushion or throw to your occasional chair but it’s always a good idea to consider the look, feel and durability of the material.  

Fabric Occasional Chair

The melange yarn that we use for our fabric Angelo chair combines two colours of yarn which creates subtle tones and flecks in the material. This makes it far more forgiving than a flat plain coloured fabric. It also gives the chair a wonderful texture and depth of finish. Fabric chairs are inherently cosy so are ideal if you want to sit back and get super cosy. To Clean: Use a slightly dampened cloth to wipe any spillages or marks as soon as they appear. For a deeper clean, only use specialised upholstery cleaning products to treat the chair as you know the product will be safe to use on the fabric.  

Real Leather Occasional Chair

Real leather has such a rich, durable and tactile quality, instantly adding a refined look and luxe feel to a space. With a real leather seat, you could always add a textured cushion or small throw to add contrast and a real designer feel. To Clean: Use an absorbent cloth or sponge to wipe the affected areas. Stay away from harsh cleaning chemicals- lukewarm water should do just the trick!  

Faux Leather Occasional Chair

A faux leather occasional chair has such a contemporary edge and smooth overall appearance. Faux leather chairs are also very easy to clean and are at a lower price point than real leather, so are ideal if you’re working to a tighter budget. To Clean: Use a damp, microfiber soft cloth, applying a gentle amount of pressure in a circular motion  

Colour & Coordination

An armchair is a great way to introduce a bolder colour to your space without it being too overpowering. To do this, try to coordinate elements of your chair, such as the base or legs, with existing finishes in your space. This will help to tie the whole look together. If you’re after a more neutral look, opt for a lighter colour material and coordinate this will sleek copper, gloss or matt black finishes. With a lighter colour occasional chair, you can strip back the look and let your accent pieces do the talking.   A grey occasional chair is great if your existing scheme is on the neutral or cooler side of the colour wheel. This is because it works alongside a whole variety of colours and finishes. If you’re working with a warmer palette, complement with clay grey to create an inviting and welcoming look.

Mix and Match

Don’t worry if you already have a fabric sofa in your living area. Faux leather and real leather chairs actually work really well together in creating a contemporary juxtaposition. A mix of materials allows you to subtly break up the scheme while still giving your space a comfy and coordinated look. This is typical styling of the top interior designers. Be brave with your choices as it’s a very on trend look!
Mix up the look by styling your leather occasional chair with a fabric sofa, like the Studi 2 Seater Fabric Sofa

Mix up the look by styling your leather occasional chair with a fabric sofa, like the Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa

What To Look Out For...

A self-righting pedestal base will keep your space looking neat and uniform with minimal effort. It also takes up less room and keeps the area around the base of the chair open and free from obstruction. With a footstool, you’ll be able to kick back and relax with your feet up. Keep in mind that the addition of a footstool will require more space. An armrest on an occasional chair will offer even more support when seated, whether you use the armrests to prop yourself up when reading or for when you just want to snuggle back into the seat.   An open armless style offers a nonrestrictive seat which is ideal for sitting with your feet snuggled up. This makes the chair very accommodating and much more versatile when it comes to seating. Fixed seat cushions give the illusion that the cushions are loose but they are actually attached to the seat. This stops them moving around or becoming displaced during and after seating.   A high back occasional chair will not only create more impact in your room, but it will also offer plenty of support when seated. You can sit up or snuggle down depending on what you’re using the chair for and how you find most comfortable to sit.

Style Staples

There are loads of options when it comes to setting up your occasional chair in your home. For some inspiration, take a look at our top styling tips:  
  • To create a real presence in your room, opt for symmetry. Two statement chairs side by side or either side of a coffee table looks stunning because it’s impactful without looking overpowering.
  • If you’ve got the space, you could place two occasional chairs opposite a sofa to create a cosy communal area.
  • Scatter cushions are a simple but effective way to unify a new occasional chair within your existing scheme. Introduce accent colours and make sure you not only dress your new chair but also get cushions for your sofa too.
  • Mix and match colours and patterns that blend well together. Styling your statement occasional chair with two cushions will instantly create a layered and very cosy effect.
  • If you work from home but don’t have room for a specific home office, an occasional chair and footstool could offer a perfect solution. It also provides a comfortable and flexible seating alternative, where a more solid sofa might look cumbersome or too bulky.
 

Our Top Picks

Not to be biased, but we have a great selection of occasional chairs to choose from. So we thought this post wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention a few of our favourites!   1. Luxe Modern Leather Chaise Lounge Perfect for: creating a style statement. As mentioned previously, the Luxe chaise has such a premium and designer look. It’s bigger than a traditional occasional chair allowing you to fully lie down and get unashamedly comfortable. Its quilted back and curved wooden feet will update the look of your space instantly, adding a piece of every luxury.   2. Karma Leather Reclining Armchair and Footstool Perfect for: ultimate relaxation. We understand that not everyone is or sits the same. That’s why with the Karma, you can adjust almost every element to suit your seating needs. Recline the seat, manoeuvre the headrest and put your feet up on the footrest. This occasional chair is definitely for those who want to kick back and relax.   3. Drift Leather Occasional Armchair Perfect for: easy interior update. We love the Drift because of its simplicity. Its smooth curved shape and black powder coated legs give it a modern edge, but its simple design means you can easily style it in a variety of interiors. The armless style also makes this seat non-restrictive, creating such an open and inviting look. If you're looking for tips on how to style the whole of your living room space, then you can't miss our Living Room Basics: Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide. 

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