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Finding Replacement Cushions for Your Wicker Furniture

Wicker furniture, along with wicker resin furniture and rattan furniture, has long been considered one of the best options for beautiful, long-lasting outdoor furniture. Wicker chairs, couches, and tables provide a beautiful, elegant alternative to wood, plastic, or metal patio furniture. While wicker stands up well to the elements, some of your wicker furniture accessories may not last as long as the furniture itself. You may find that you need replacement cushions for your wicker furniture, as the fabric that is used in the cushions may show signs of fading, fraying, or other wear and tear. If that is the case, consider purchasing your replacement cushions from an online retailer like Wicker Paradise.

If, instead, you are planning to replace your wicker furniture with furniture made from a more long-lasting substance, consider a wicker-like material like resin wicker. While wicker is durable and generally withstands the elements well, some shoppers dislike the fact that natural materials like wicker eventually disintegrate, simply by its nature. Resin wicker looks just like wicker, but is made from resin and will not deteriorate over time in the same way that wicker will.

Like natural materials, but not the look of wicker? Don’t worry — retailers like Wicker Paradise offer furniture made from a wide variety of natural materials. If you love the woven look but not the texture of wicker, consider wicker rattan furniture instead. Made from a different material, rattan furniture gives you a similar natural outdoor look.

Deciding on a sofa shape

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When you decide to change your living room furniture, think about what kind of sofa you want – and then work the other furniture around it. This makes sense as the sofa is usually the feature piece of furniture in a living room.

The most popular sofa shapes in recent years have been corner sofas or chaise sofas. These can give your living room a relaxed yet modern look and come in a huge range of colours, fabrics and sizes.

A chaise sofa has a back rest only at one end, so that you can really stretch your legs out. Most modern chaise sofas are actually corner sofas with a chaise section on one side.

Corner sofas can be great for making a room actually appear larger than it is as you can push them right back into the corner of a room. This gives you much more space for a big coffee table in front of the sofa, and if you get a storage unit that includes a space for the TV, you can have that against another wall, leaving room for the kids to play on the floor.

The kind of household you have will influence what kind of fabric or colour you choose for your sofa. Leather sofas make a great practical choice for people with young children – who are more likely to spill drinks or snacks while watching TV. Leather can easily be wiped clean, and any crumbs vacuumed off. However, you might want to steer clear of light colour fabrics as these do stain more easily, and once stained, can be ruined. If you do go for a lighter colour, make sure the fabric is treated with a stain proof treatment before it leaves the showroom.

Of course, your budget will also be a deciding factor on what furniture you choose to buy. There is a lot of cheap furniture around nowadays, and just because it’s reasonably priced, doesn’t mean it isn’t any good – there’s just a lot of competition amongst the retailers for your business.

Check out a sofas sale near you to get some idea of the different shapes and sizes of sofa available, and once you’ve decided on which one you’ll have you’ll be able to choose the rest of the furniture to go with it!

Is Interior Design Worth Paying For?

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Deciding whether interior design is worth paying for is a moot point – it all depends on your affordable budget, your determination to get things exactly as you want them, the complexity of the job, and the exact services being offered by the designer.

Nevertheless, the short and easy answer for most of us mere financial mortals is a resounding “no”. That’s because we can do it ourselves by a few searches on the internet some colour swatches and finding a few pictures in interior magazines etc., that we’d  like to emulate – and which have a good “fit” with the overall feel of the property. Then it’s simply a matter of either getting the work done to your design brief by an interior decorator – or doing this yourself, picking up the right cheap dining table and chairs, beds, wardrobes and sofa in the sofas sale and hey presto!

But of course, some interior designers work through this whole process with you – and can buy in expert services more expertly and far more cheaply than you’ll ever be able to. So you see, there’s no easy answer.

Of course, no-one else can really decide these things for you – it’s too personal an issue and far too individual. But on the whole, I’d still say it’s not quite worth it – for most of the people most of the time. Others would disagree.

Overall, the best advice is to decide on an overall theme, look and colour scheme – with pictures and design layouts of what you have in mind – and try not to veer too much from your (or the designer’s…) original vision for the place.

Good luck.