Month: November 2013

The living room is the social hub of every house. The placement of the room’s furniture is vital to making the space feel welcoming and inviting. If not, the room could end up looking cluttered and unattractive.

Where to position the furniture depends on the natural focal point of the room. This may be a fire place, a window, a Christmas tree (during the holidays) or a television. Once determined, position the seating around it, or towards it.

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Here are a few ways to arrange your living room:

Straight on:

The simplest and most common way to arrange furniture is to place the sofa parallel to the focal point with all other pieces angled to face the same direction. This is a good way to arrange a family room as everyone will be able to see the television or sit near the fireplace.

Passing through:

If your living room has multiple doorways, you will need to angle the room from opening to opening. The best way to do this is to draw an imaginary line through the room, creating a pathway between furniture pieces. This will allow you to place your furniture in a way that keeps the focal point in mind but also directs people through the space.

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Around the corner:

With wrap-around sofas, many people push it up against the wall, into the corner of the room. To get the most out of your room, pull the sofa away from the wall and let the air and light flow around it. Place a light behind it or in the corner and place additional seating at both ends of the couch.

Flexibility:

With your sofa, chairs and other pieces of furniture, reposition the arrangement to see which one suits your living room best. Make sure to allow enough room between each piece of furniture so people can move around. It’s also a good idea to give each seat an area to rest a drink within reaching distance.

Classic symmetry:

The more classic method, to facilitate a conversation, is to place two sofas directly opposite each other, with a focal point at one end, e.g a fireplace. It’s useful for activities such as reading a book, relaxing and socialising.

What do you think of this blog? What do you think the best furniture arrangement for your living room is? Please leave your comments below.

   

You would be forgiven for thinking that wicker and rattan refer to the furniture that many people have in their homes during the summer months. Both are common terms we use when we talk about outdoor furniture. However, this is one major difference between the two that may just surprise you.   Although wicker and rattan fall under the same category, they’re not simply varying ways of saying ‘outdoor furniture’. In short, rattan is a material used to make the furniture whereas wicker is the technique that involves weaving natural materials, such as bamboo and willow, into intricate patterns.   wicker furniture in conservatory

What Is Rattan?

Rattan is actually a close relative of the palm tree. It’s a type of vine that grows in the jungles of the South Eastern Region. It relies on other trees for support as it winds its way around them from the forest floor up. It grows on the shape of a pole and has a diameter that varies between one to three inches.   When it’s matured, the strong solid cane is harvested, cut into lengths and often steamed to shape into curves. Unlike the bamboo cane, rattan boasts a strong durable core and is hard to break since its grains grow vertically instead of forming the concentric rings of most other hardwoods.   The outside skin of the rattan cane, which is the peel, is generally used to bind the furniture joints together. Rattan is very strong and comes in a variety of natural colours, which makes it a popular material for manufacturing furniture.   four rattan flower pots showing what is the difference between wicker and rattan  

What Is Wicker?

Believe it or not – wicker is not a material! If you’re contemplating what is the difference between wicker and rattan furniture, that’s just it. The term describes an ancient technique used to manufacture items out of natural materials, such as willow, rattan, bamboo and rush. So they can be easily woven, the materials are wet to create the furniture pieces. Wicker baskets have even been found sating back to ancient Egyptian times.   Fast forward to the 21st Century, in 2018 the same weaving techniques are being used with recycled materials to create eco-friendly furniture and home furnishings. Everything from wicker laundry baskets to garden furniture uses this timeless technique because of its durability and aesthetically pleasing results.   rattan furniture in living room  

So, There You Have It

In conclusion, what is the difference between wicker and rattan furniture? Well, rattan furniture is made from rattan, but wicker is the technique used to create the chair. Additionally, other materials can also be used to produce final product when making wicker furniture. These can include bamboo, straw, willow, rush and many more. In many instances, a more rigid material like bamboo is used as the base, then rattan is used to weave the chair design. Surprisingly, old rattan and wicker furniture can command high prices in antique sales. Notably Victorian wicker and vintage rattan pieces made in the Philippines or the Hawaiian islands dating from the 1940’s and 1950’s.   If you’re still unsure and would like some more information on our products, please get in touch and contact us today. We are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have!