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My weathered old ancient leather sofa. It’s a wonderfully comfortable item and I’m loath to replace it so I decided to look into extending its life with some simple techniques from those in the know and which I pass on to you lovely readers.

LEATHER FURNITURE

LEATHER FURNITURE

Like wood, leather is natural and so breathes and expands and contracts over time and no two hides will ever be the same so caring for them is varied, especially for the more obscure types out there (I have sat on a horse leather sofa which was lovely and a friend has an ostrich leather cushion). Leather is durable, timeless, comfortable and gets better with age in my opinion gaining a patina over time which can only serve to add to its character, and with these few

Tips you can rest assured that yours will outlive you to be enjoyed by your ungrateful kids.

  • Keep all leather furniture out of direct sunlight as this will fade the colours, even white. Bright sunlight will also age leather quicker not to mention give you an almighty shock when you leap on it on a summers day wearing just your Speedos.
  • Liquid spillages should not be rubbed with a tea-towel or cloth as this will make matters worse. Use absorbent paper kitchen towels and dab the area several times using fresh paper each time to lift fluid from not only the surface but any that has been absorbed.
  • There are several manufacturers of leather protection creams which should be applied when new (unless the retailer has already done so) and repeated 4-5 times each year. Use a wiping method rather than a rubbing one.
  • Always ask the retailer what kind of leather you have and purchase the proper care products and don’t just grab any generic supermarket brand as this could damage your furniture irreversibly.Most ‘regular’ leather sofa’s and chairs will be protected with some form of cream as mentioned above but there are exceptions to this for items covered in Suede, Aniline and Nubuck.
  •  And back cushions should be regularly turned and plumped to maintain their shape and comfort. And flatten creases to stop them becoming permanent.
  • If zips have been used in your suite, do not open them. They are to ease manufacture and not so you can change the covers.
  • Baby wipes make for a general all round cleaner for leather goods (not just furniture) and are cheap and non evasive. Get non-fragranced ones to avoid smelling faintly of infants and always remember to test your cleaning products on an unseen area before you apply to the more visual parts.
  • Pets and children chew leather. Give them something else to chew on as bite marks cannot be repaired!

Stick to these few simply do’s & don’ts and your leathery loveliness will feel and look beautiful for years to come. Unlike ancient Moroccan women flogging oil!…

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FLATPACK FURNITURE ASSEMBLY TIPS

Here at OKU Home we’re not just about top quality, ready to use furniture that you can enjoy right away but flat-pack is an option many are turning to for convenience and savings, comparative to pre-built. The range currently in stock should fulfil your needs in almost any room in the house from the little bedside table to the full chest of drawers right up to double wardrobes. With instruction manuals being more clear now than ever, building it yourself has never been easier.

What’s that you say? ‘Flat pack is not as good as regular furniture’, think again. We don’t deal in the rough & ready stuff coming from China and the like, ours is quality sourced from Sweden so you know you’re getting the real deal which will last. And you know those Swedes – style and form are everything! We want you to enjoy the things we provide not get irritated by them falling apart after a year. And if you skipped the link above to a lovely garden table, go back and check it out, it’s solid wood with granite top – no chipboard here!

I bet friends and family will never know which furniture you have is flat pack and which isn’t – it’s that good these days. And you can be secretly chuffed that you built it yourself! And to help you out with your build here are

5 tips to help even the most naïve of DIY worriers:

1) When opening the packaging, don’t use a super sharp Stanley knife as you may damage the parts within.

2) Check all the parts with the instruction sheet – if anything is missing, give us a ring.

3) Make sure you have the tools for the job at hand (some are included) as it’s very frustrating running to and from the tool shed every five minutes.

4) Dust components down as tiny bits of sawdust may still be present and you don’t want them in your knicker drawer!

5) A cordless drill is a real time-saver but not essential, and use with caution as a slip could scratch.

There you have it.

In this blog we’re going to have a look at our new range called Designa which is super modern and slick, with clean lines and sophisticated appeal which could turn a drab home into a rather fancy living space. Being predominantly classic black & white with touches of chrome and glass, this new range will be timeless as well as gorgeous.

FURNITURE ASSEMBLY TIPS

 

So what have we got then? Well, just about all you need to give your home a fresh new look from very sexy chrome & black bar stools and sleek chairs to big & beautiful glass fronted sliding wardrobes just aching for your designer threads. Swanky tables give a clean, modern look to any room and talking of modern, aren’t we all amassing a huge array of multi-media gadgets as our appetite for entertainment grows, so have a look at the new media units we have – big enough for your Sky/Virgin/AppleTV/Amp/XBOX/Play Station/HI-FI yadda yadda and all that darn wiring that goes with them!

Ever wanted a breakfast bar but the thought of ripping out your entire kitchen was just way too much effort (and money)? The new range features beautiful Breakfast Bars so you don’t have to! No more slobbing it on the sofa spilling cornflakes and snacks on the TV remote, and they take up less room than a dining table too! Currently, our bar tables are one of our most popular lines and we’ve had great feedback from happy customers.…

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Have you ever trembled at the thought of inputting your credit card details into a website or filling in your name & address along with home and mobile phone numbers online? I’m sure we all have but things aren’t as bad as you might think so long as you take sensible precautions, so for this blog we’re concerning ourselves with safety online, especially when it comes to payments as here at OKU Home, we use one of the industries’ leaders in digital payment, Paypal as our preferred method.

Paypal was formed 13 years ago with the merger of Confinity and X.com and has become a leading business in global e-commerce allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to paying with traditional paper methods, such as cheques and money orders.  The safety of moving money and its customers’ data is paramount to Paypal, which is why we have chosen them, but to some extent, the public should also play their part in security so here are some tips to help keep you (and your money) exactly where it belongs;

1)  Create a unique password and only known to you. Don’t use your date of birth, house number, children’s names etc. as they are surprisingly obvious. Mix numbers with letters then make a note of it and for heavens sake, keep that note super hidden! And never use the same password on every web site – make a new one for each of them. It sounds like a pain but it will be much less of a pain than losing your hard earned cash to some dodgy online hackers.

2)  Update your computer software when it asks you to. The longer you leave this, the more chance you have of being ‘seen’ online.

3)  Never respond to suspicious emails. We’ve all had them and they can look very authentic but don’t be fooled. If you’re not expecting it, delete it no matter how much tax they say you may owe or how much money you may have ‘won’. If you’re not sure, wait a few days and see what happens, chances are, nothing.

4)  Check the address bar at the top of the screen, which should start with https://www. (the S is vital) and further along there should be a small icon of a closed padlock. These are secure websites that use encoded software to keep data safe.

5)  Scan your computer at least once a week with anti-virus software either the built in one that came with it or purchase another one from a well trusted brand name as this will help cut out unwanted visitors to your data. 

This all sounds somewhat ominous but being savvy will help to keep you safe and enjoy being online without panicking all the time.

We have complete trust in Paypal – it’s secure, easy, quick and convenient and with tens of millions of customers, it’s strengths are growing daily allowing us all to get on with our lives as well as sitting back and simply enjoying the Internet.…