Impala Sofas Blog
02 July 2018 09:58
Whether you’re renting your property long term, or short stay like Air BnB, renting out your property is a viable investment. But what should you consider when decorating and furnishing your property for rent? Here’s our advice on how to furnish a rental home to ensure the best quality and durability, even if your tenants don’t take care of it. The furnishings you choose can be make or break in a renting decision, it won’t matter the house is in the perfect location or how spacious the rooms, if the furnishings are stained and tired you will not get a tenant. You will need durable furnishings, as you don’t want to have to replace everything in between residents if they don’t take care of them.
When Renting out your property long term the property must be practical and comfortable. You want it to be an inviting space that someone can consider a home. With a comfy sofa, your tenant can relax on after a long day. You also should consider whether kids or pets will live there as then the property needs to be family friendly. Light coloured, hard-to-clean fabrics such as suede or velvet are not ideal for a family sofa. Kids and pets can make a mess of sofas, spilling drinks or marking the fabric. Usually, fabric would be out of the question but leather is likely to scratch under the paws of cats and pets. Impala fabrics could be the solution. Child-friendly, stain-resistant, easily-cleanable and stylish! Our Impala sofas have also been life-changing to pet owners - no more muddy paw prints and stubborn slobber stains!
Impala sofas are also low-maintenance and durable due to the high-quality stain-resistant fabric, If you don't believe us, see how easy it is to clean harsh stains like red wine, ketchup, and pen in this video.
With a rise in stylish and accessible Airbnb rentals over the last couple of years, opening your home for a fee has never been easier! However, with many guests coming and going each week, the furniture in short-term renting accommodation needs to be extremely durable and easy to clean on such a short turnaround. We have all heard the horror stories from cleaners of the messes left behind, and the last thing owners want is to come back to stains on their dining chairs and marks on their sofa! Investing in Impala fabrics for your Airbnb will not only be an investment for your family home but also for your rental business. If you do return to a mark on your sofa, simply wipe away with a damp cloth. Our furniture and fabrics are stain-resistant so you don’t need to worry about any spillages settling into the fabric whilst you’re away.
01 June 2018 02:50
Offices don’t have to be uncomfortable and colourless!
Is your office a boring beige or white which you’re unable to paint? Brighten up your office with our rainbow of luxury stain-resistant fabrics to choose from. Having a colourful environment to work in is mentally stimulating and will inspire you and your employees every day when you come into the office.
The Impala range is perfect for offices, they’re durable, stain resistant and most importantly comfortable! Their fashionable range of furniture is perfect for your offices, whether small home offices or multi-floor incorporations, the Impala range is an investment in timeless style and durability that lasts for years to come!
In an office, it is so important to choose a product that will last, and not get damaged by coffee spills or lunch breaks. With Impala luxury stain-resistant upholstery, if any spills and stains appear simply wipe off with a cloth and the chair is good as new. You need to uphold a professional image around the office, don’t let stained or worn-down furniture impact your business’ appearance.
The main thing to consider when buying office furniture is comfort, if you or employees are uncomfortable they will not be an efficient worker whereas a relaxed office environment will be perfect for productivity. As employees spend so much time at their desk, shouldn’t it be a comfortable and homely place. Impala chairs are also perfect for meeting rooms, meetings can be very, long make sure your employees and business guests are comfy for the whole meeting with luxury comfortable office chairs!
Our sofas are also perfect as a reception or waiting area essential, with your business guests welcomed by a luxury soft sofa, you're already winning their first impressions!
01 May 2018 01:59
In every home, the sofa is the family hub, a space for everyone to relax and come together. However, as any young family or pet lover knows, accidents happen. Whether its finger paint, wine or pet stains, there’s bound to be an incident sooner or later. But when stains happen to your fabric sofa, it can be devastating, a sofa is an investment and you don’t want it to be tarnished from the first spill.
That’s why Impala created their range of stain resistant sofas and chairs with families in mind, no one can avoid stains on their sofa especially with little ones. Impala realised this issue and developed their tailor-made products upholstered with the revolutionary Impala and Impala Velsoft fabrics built to last. Impala sofas are stain resistant, stylish and durable! After any accident just clean the area with water and the stain will come right out! Which is perfect for any family home.
If you’re still unsure take a look at our Customer Testimonials, to see how well our stain resistant technology has held up against their toughest spills! Our customers have truly put these sofas through some tests, including wine, vinegar and alcohol! Many parents and pet owners swear by impala for its stain resistance and durability.
04 April 2018 11:10
Students are messy, sure but are they really that bad? A quick Google will bring up some horror stories of university living! We’re always hearing about how students are irresponsible and messy but how can we protect our properties and student spaces from damage?
But don’t worry this doesn’t have to happen to your property! Here are our top tips on how to student proof your rooms for student housing or common areas. Whilst more durable products can be more expensive, cheaper products will have to be replaced more often. So, more resilient furnishings would be worth it in the long run.
FlooringFlooring that can't be stained like tile and lino is perfect for Student housing. However, if you want something more homely why not try dark carpeting, there are specifically student proof carpeting now available to buy.
SofasSofas are usually the first thing to get wrecked in a student home, one party and its guaranteed to be stained or ruined. Having a durable and stain resistant sofa is crucial to maintaining a clean and comfortable space for students year after year. Impala sofas are a great option for this. They have a revolutionary stain resistant fabric that is exceptionally hard to stain and incredibly durable whilst still being soft, comfortable and stylish. A real long-term investment for your property.
Interior furnitureSeveral companies now supply interior furniture that is purpose-built for student housing, durable and stylish.
PaintHardwearing and washable paint is also a necessary addition to any student area. The walls must be able to withstand a few knocks, marks and a whole lot of blutack. Popular paint brands now have expanded their range and now offer easy-care washable paint in a whole range of colours.
BeanbagsBeanbags are the ultimate studying or relaxing chair! A bonus to any student area or living room is a place for students to kick back and work on their required reading, or the latest video game. Impala Sofas offers a stunning range of comfy beanbags in a range of bright fun colours. These beanbags are made from a durable and stain resistant material that is perfect for any student zone.
Tag your university or landlord to change your sofas!
01 March 2018 08:00
Make sure you pick the best seat in the house this Winter, with our simple and practical sofa-buying guide. Our years of experience within the industry has taught us many things when it comes to purchasing the perfect sofa. After catering for a multitude of customers with varying needs and preferences, we are confident that we know the secrets to picking the right sofa!
You may think that the colour, style, and price may be the first, and most important, port-of-call when it comes to picking out your dream sofa or chair, however, there a few other critical considerations before you make your final choice. Aesthetics are undoubtedly important, but the size, scale, and composition of the sofa are crucial to how practical it will be in your home, as well as the resilience and durability of the fabrics.
Step 1 | Measure Up.
The size of sofa you pick will solely depend on the dimensions of your living space and the space available to you. Whether the room is large or small, here a few things that you should consider:
Asking these questions will help determine the composition and size of your sofa in relation to your room. If you are lucky enough to have a large living room with an abundance of space, utilizing the area with larger shaped sofas or multiple sofas is always a great idea - especially if you love to host!
If your room is on the smaller size we suggest opting for a more petite two-seater sofa, as to not overcrowd the living area. You can only use beanbags, poufs or smaller armchairs if you require more seating. However, when purchasing a smaller sofa for a smaller room, we recommend that your sofa complements the space - after all, it will most likely to be the main focal point.
Step 2 | Location, Location, Location.
You have decided on how many sofas you want and how big they will be, now you need to decide where they will go! The location of your sofa is crucial to how you intend on using it - do you only relax on the couch whilst watching a movie? Or do you have a big family that uses the sofa as a base for activities and relaxation? These are the questions that will help you find the perfect spot for your sofa.
If you're a movie buff and intent on keeping up with the latest Netflix series, then you will need to ensure that your sofa is located in the optimal position in front of the TV. Find where this area is and measure up the dimension of your desired sofa in relation to it - will it fit? If purchasing multiple sofas, will they also be in view of the screen?
Like to host? Organize your sofas, tables, and armchairs in a circular formation within the living room, this will help keep conversations flowing all night long! A large coffee table placed in the center of the formation is a great option for games and food. This layout is also extremely good for large families with young children, making sure you are able to comfortably relax together.
Think carefully about doors, fireplaces and any other fixed fittings before committing to that beautiful new sofa. Will your chosen sofa block any entrances into the room? Will the L-shape make it look clumsy and off-balanced in your room? The space should flow easily and allow for lots of spare walk-room.
Step 3 | Pick the Shape.
Much like picking the size of the sofa, deciding on the shape is an extremely important task as it will impact the layout of the room greatly. The top choices to consider are:
Step 4 | Fabric or Leather?
Choosing the fabric for a new sofa will determine how much maintenance it will need, so it is important to think, research and test samples before you buy! The chosen fabric will need to be suitable for your lifestyle and habits, remember that functionality is key here.
Step 5 | My style.
When picking a new sofa you need to think about your own personal style. What does your home look like in terms of interior design - is it modern, homely or unique? Do you like mismatching vibrant colours or do you prefer more subtle tones like greys and whites? It is important that your sofa is a representation of this style and works well with the room.
More sofa tips:
Interested in the child-friendly and pet-friendly sofas we have here at Impala Sofas? Discover our range today.
01 February 2018 11:57
|Whether you are just about to have your very first child or have been a parent for while now, making sure that your home is a safe environment for your child is of the utmost importance. A child-proof home can make all the difference in your daily life, ensuring that your children are kept away from harm and that your sanity is maintained!
However, safety doesn't have to mean dull! We feel that child-proofing your home shouldn't mean that you have to sacrifice on style and expression, as often assumed by anxious parents-to-be or concerned grandparents. Finding the perfect balance between style and practicality shouldn't have to be a dilemma, we think that it should be used as a fun task to revamp your home and switch things up a bit! So, here are our top tips for creating a childproof, yet stylish, home:
Mount your TV - Keep your heavy television out of the way of tiny inquisitive hands by mounting it secure on the wall. There are many stylish ways to do so, and it is a great way to make the most of your wall space. You could even build a custom storage unit around the TV - just be sure to secure these from falling too.
Hang your photos - Instead of delicate photo frames displayed on low surfaces, opt for a more stylish and child-friendly photo wall. All photographs will be in the same place and will be less likely to knocked by children.
Child-friendly sofa - As one of the key components of any living room or lounge area, it goes without saying that your sofa needs to withstand sticky hands and messes caused by the littlest members of your family. Our sofas here at Impala are upholstered with our renowned Impala fabrics - durable, stain-resistant, easy-to-clean and luxurious in look and feel, we think our sofas are the perfect choice for growing families. You won't need to worry about chocolate, paint, pen or any other mysterious stains with an Impala sofa.
Child Gate - Who said baby gates have to be ugly and plastic? Make your own, or commision a professional, and create a bespoke child gate that perfectly suits your home. You can keep children out of certain areas to keep them clean and mess-free, or you can use the gate as a method of safety to avoid children playing unattended in the kitchen, or rooms with potentially hazardous objects.
Fire Cover - Keep those little fingers from flames, soot and harm by covering up your fireplace. Forget old-fashioned metal fire guards that seemed to take up the entire room, and opt for a more inventive and unique way of covering up that fire. We love the idea of a chalkboard fire cover that is both child-friendly and fun.
01 January 2018 08:00
Did you know that our Impala fabrics and furnishings are perfect for any business, whatever the sector? From restaurants and cafes to Airbnb rentals and caravans, our stain-resistant and easily cleanable fabrics will ensure your furniture is kept looking as good as new, no matter who comes through your doors!
Restaurants and other food-service sector businesses have definitely seen an increase in the amount of people choosing to eat-out over the last few years, with more and more people taking to social media to share their dining experience with their friends and followers too. This means that your restaurant, café or bar needs to look for the part, whilst remaining practical and comfortable. A clean and polished interior décor will not only attract new customers but also represent your business in the best possible light to members of the public on social channels.
For the best possible appearance, it is important that your restaurant’s furnishings are kept clean, up-to-date and in good condition – after all, no one wants to sit on a sticky chair or a torn sofa whilst on a romantic date! Whatever the style of your business, we have sofas, dining chairs and an abundance of upholstery fabrics to choose from here at Impala Sofas. There’s no need to worry about people spilling their drinks, spaghetti Bolognese or tomato ketchup on the furnishings as all of our fabrics are high-performance, meaning they are exceptionally easy to clean and are stain resistant, all you need to do is simply wipe away. Not only are our products a great option to prevent stains and spillages, but they are also luxurious in touch, modern in style and extremely durable. What more could you want for your restaurant?
Another area within the hospitality sector that should consider investing in stain-resistant, cleanable fabrics & furnishings is the hotel and lodging industry. With many guests coming and going each week, the furniture in your accommodation needs to be extremely durable and easy to clean on such a short turnaround. We have all heard the horror stories from hotel cleaners of the messes left behind, but with our Impala fabrics, their cleaning workflow can drastically quicker and your furniture bill much lower! From chairs for your dressing table, sofas for your executive suites and upholstery fabrics for your headboards, our stain-resistant performance fabrics will ensure that your hotel room can handle whatever is thrown at it!
Of course, it isn’t just hotels that need to consider the suitability of their furnishings. With a rise in stylish and accessible Airbnb rentals over the last couple of years, opening up your home for a fee has never been easier! However, as these rental apartments and houses are usually personal homes opened up for a set amount of time, the last things owners want is to come back to festering stains on their dining chairs and dubious marks on their sofa! Investing in Impala fabrics for your Airbnb will not only be an investment for your family home but also for your rental business. We know it’s difficult for guests to stay completely clean and accident-free whilst staying in your home but we feel that your furniture should not have to suffer because of this - if you return to a mark on your sofa, simply wipe away with a damp cloth. Our furniture and fabrics are stain-resistant so you don’t need to worry about any horrid spillages settling into the fabric whilst you’re away.
If you have ever visited student halls accommodation on a University campus then you might have been surprised with the mess! Freshers week, house parties and the lust for fast-food takeouts means that furniture and cleanliness are often far from top priority. Student accommodation furniture is often left in a bad way come the end-of-term, but it doesn’t have to be this way! We can’t promise that your chairs won't go missing or that your sofa won't end up in a random corridor somewhere, but we can assure you that any stains and spillages will be rectified and your furnishings will look brand new all term round. Our fabrics are easy and fast to clean and require no specific cleaning fluid or utensils – making this particularly beneficial for students.
If you thought students were messy, then you should see children! Here at Impala, we believe our furnishings and fabrics will not only benefit Universities but also all aspects of the educational system, from colleges and libraries to schools and nurseries. Young children are renowned for causing spillages and stains at home, but how could you protect your classroom or educational setting? Well, we sell a variety of fun, comfortable and durable beanbags perfect for school children – these are made with our same stain-resistant fabrics that are exceptionally easy to clean. Our Impala beanbags & cubes come in different sizes and colours and are perfect for a chill-zone or reading area. Depending on your setting, our sofas and armchairs are also a great option for kids, or teachers to chill out on in the staff room.
Making an appointment with a healthcare specialist, such as a doctor, dentist or optician, can be a daunting task at times, so why not make the experience that much better by providing luxurious seating for your patients? After all, the waiting room of any surgery or clinic really sets up the patient for the experience that they will get and should reflect well on the business. Worn-out chairs, dirt covered sofas and stained children’s beanbags will have prospective patients running a mile – if you fail to maintain the cleanliness of your premises, what might that say about the sanitation of your procedures? Our stain-resistant sofas, waiting-room chairs and children’s beanbags will work wonders in a healthcare environment and ensure top levels of hygiene.
Other businesses that should take pride in their hygiene standards are residential care homes. With a high emphasis placed on keeping premises clean, safe and presentable for patients and visitors, it would be extremely beneficial for residential care homes to invest in Impala furnishings or Impala upholstery fabrics. Armchairs are of course the top priority for care homes, as these will be the main furnishings used by the residents and their visiting relatives. To keep these armchairs in great condition year after year, they need to be upholstered in the toughest of fabrics. Our high-performance fabrics are easily cleanable; with spillages and stains being removed in a matter of minutes meaning the chair is not out-of-use for long!
If you would like to invest in Impala Sofas or Impala Fabrics for your business, please feel free to browse our sofa, chairs or beanbag ranges or contact us to discuss what we can do for you.
01 December 2017 08:00
Creating a bedroom or playroom that is both creative and affordable can be an extremely tricky task! With unrealistic goals of perfectly painted murals, themed princess rooms and swings, slides and toys galore, constantly being shown to us on social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, it is hard to not to feel down-hearted with your child’s somewhat mundane bedroom!
But what if you could create a space for your child that looked just as good as those photographed in the magazines, but for a fraction of the cost? A room that was practical, safe and easy to maintain and that you weren’t afraid of letting your them loose it, to play and craft to their hearts content. Well, here at Impala, we have seen some great ideas for affordable, creative and practical children's rooms over the years and we’d like to share them with you.
Maximize Floor SpaceThe content of a child's room can often get overwhelming, With each Christmas and birthday, their toy stash grows that bit bigger and their wardrobe begins to burst at the seams. Maximising floor space in a child's room is especially important, which is why we suggest that if your child is old enough, and confident enough, then opt for a raised bed! The area underneath can be used for extra storage space, a play tent or a reading nook.
Save On PaintGone are the days of painting a room one entire colour – doing so is not only expensive, but it is also highly likely that your child will long for a different colour in a few years. We suggest instead finding more creative ways to paint a childs room. For example, if you have sample paint testers around the home, use these to create patterned polka dot walls, or paint a half-painted feature wall – both these options can be found in all the childs interior magazines at the moment and then look great!
Pick Cleanable Fabrics!If there is one thing that you learn as a parent, it is that children can be messy! Stay away from hard-to-clean and sensitive fabrics in a kids room, this will only end in disaster! Instead, purchase stain-resistant fabrics like Impala Fabrics. Our stain-resistant beanbags and cubes mean that whatever your child spills, or draws on them, they won’t be ruined. They are durable too, so you don’t have to worry about throwing them away after a short period of time.
01 November 2017 07:00
Moving homes can be one of the most stressful tasks of your adulting life. Ensuring that all furniture is kept in-tact, logistics are running smoothly and everything is sorted in the correct boxes before moving day is a huge responsibility and the whole process can be extremely time-consuming.
It is important to be organized when moving homes, as this will ensure that you remain calm throughout the process and that everything goes to plan. A well-thought-out move will allow you to settle easier in your new environment, so to help you achieve this, we thought we would put together some of our top tips for a stress-free house move:
Moving house is a great way to refresh your inventory and start afresh. Before the process begins, it may be extremely beneficial to declutter your current home. Sorting through your furnishings, accessories, memorabilia etc. can help you to visualize what items you want to take to your new space.
How many things do you have sitting in your attic, cupboards or garage for years-on-end doing nothing? It is important to get rid of these things before moving so that the cycle of storing does not start again. We suggest the method of 'keep' 'bin' 'give' boxes - this involves a box for keeping items that you would like to transfer to your new home, a box for throwing away the items are that are no longer of use or value and finally, a box for items of value that can essentially be given away to charity or sold on as second-hand goods.
After you have decluttered and hopefully decreased the number of items you have left to pack up in boxes, it's time to get organised! Use labels on your boxes to plan where your items are going to go in your new home, this gives them a category and helps you to visualize your new space. You can also tag larger items and pieces of furniture so your removal team will know where to place them.
If ordering new products (like your new Impala Sofa) make sure that your delivery time coincides with your move-date. This will save you two amounts of delivery fees and will mean that you won't have the task of manoeuvring large furnishings out of your current house.
Pack an Essentials Box
Don't forget to separate the essentials for your first few days in your new home. You will not want to be scrambling around trying to find the boxes that hold your kettle, cutlery, pet food, children's toys, toiletries etc. so it is always best to put together a box of these things and have it close by as you begin to unpack.
Don't begin unpacking the dining room or the spare room first, start with the room that will be most important in getting you settled! Before this, ensure that the biggest pieces of furniture are brought in and are in the right room first so that you have spare space to move around. After this, work on the rooms that you will need first including the kitchen, bathroom and utility rooms.
Are you moving home soon? Would you like to refresh your worn-out sofa with a more durable and cleanable one? Our Impala Sofa's are upholstered in our exclusive Impala Fabric's stain-resistant and luxurious fabrics that are perfect for sticky little fingers, or muddy little paws! We also sell armchairs, dining room chairs, beanbags and cushions.
12 October 2017 11:43
It can be a tricky task keeping kids engaged, happy and occupied whilst indoors over the Christmas break but unfortunately, the Winter weather makes staying inside a necessity. To help you plan a smooth and stress-free holiday, we have compiled a list of fun ideas for the whole family to make the most of the holidays!
Much like an Easter egg hunt, treasure hunts can be a great activity for preoccupying children for a long period of time - and they're simple and inexpensive too! All you need is a few treats (the chocolate or toy kind) and some good hiding spots! If you want to go 'all-out' with it, spend some time creating pirate-style treasure maps and setting out clues for the children, this will add to the fun of the activity and essentially make it last longer too.
Christmas Movie Marathon
Starting at the end of November and running all the way up to Boxing day, a mixture of Christmas classics and new movies will be showing on the television. Take advantage of all these free movies and have a Christmas film marathon! Set up camp on your Impala sofa or in a fort (see below), get your snacks ready and enjoy your chilled out day relaxing in front of the box.
Create a Sofa Fort
Blanket forts and dens are a classic childhood favorite! Gather up all of your blankets, duvets, and cushions and allow your child's imagination to run wild creating the perfect den. You can even watch a movie, have a sleepover or picnic in your fort when it is built too. Don't worry about getting your sofa messy though, if it's an Impala Sofa, our Impala fabrics are stain-resistant and easily-cleanable, meaning you can spill as many blackcurrant juices and Nutella & jam sandwiches as you like and it won't spoil the fun!
The best way to keep your children entertained for longer periods of time over the holidays is to get crafty! There is an abundance of DIY activities and ideas on sites such as Parents.com or Pinterest, all of which can be tailored to your child's abilities and preferences. How about making:
Nothing screams Christmas more than gingerbread houses and cookies. Have a mini Great British Bake-off at home with the whole family, and attempt to bake some Christmas classics. Get the children involved in the preparation, mixing and decorating of the bakes so that they feel a big part of the process. You can even gift the final products as personal Christmas presents for close family & friends.
Depending on what your children like to do, a talent show or performance is a great idea to spend a day. Have them create their own play, magic show or song etc. and perform it to the whole family. Take it in turns to do a different performance and utilize things such as toys and fancy dress to make it much more fun! You could even switch up your fort to create a stage!
This activity can be stretched across the whole on the Christmas holidays, collecting and printing photographs, finding memorabilia and art resources. There's no better way to celebrate the end of the year, than by creating a memory scrapbook full of everything you want to document. Have children look for collage scraps in magazines etc and use their creativity to make their scrapbook unique.
Get the Wriggles Out
As you will be spending a lot of time indoors over the Christmas break, it is important that you allow your children to get those wriggles out and use up some of that energy. Try creating indoor obstacle courses or playing games like 'the floor is lava'.
We hope that these tips help you entertain the kids at home this Christmas! If you are looking for a brand new sofa or chair that will survive the holidays then why not take a look at our Impala Sofa range of child and pet-friendly furniture.
06 September 2017 04:01
|Autumn is just around the corner and the change in seasons has us all feeling pretty inspired when it comes to redecorating our homes! We've taken a look at some of this Autumn's upcoming interior trends, and some past trends that it may be time to say goodbye to...
What's IN in interiors this Autumn'17
Emerald GreenAlthough the leaves may be changing outside, we think that bringing a deep green shade inside will work wonders this autumn. This colour has been slowly rising in popularity as of recently, and whilst it might not be to everyone's taste, we think that the dark, natural elements of the shades can make for stunning accent walls or show-stopping focal points.
Statement LightingAfter going through a phase of understated and minimalistic lighting, such as naked Edison bulbs and geometric cages - we are now seeing a move towards more statement lighting fixtures. We are not talking about old-fashioned crystal chandeliers here, but more artistic pendants hanging above dining tables as a focal point.
Instead of faux interiors such as plastic, marble, and copper, we are gravitating more towards raw, natural materials such as wood. The change in seasons especially impacts this, as we feel closer than ever to nature and warm tones.
A luxurious fabric for a cold autumn day, velvet textiles are set to be a major trend this season. Whether it be as a sofa or a cushion, velvet interiors bring an aura of sophistication and elegance to a room. They act as a huge point of interest, especially when paired with contrasting materials such as metals and wood.
Perhaps an unusual trend for Autumn, but after millennial pink became such a hit this summer, our bets are on a darker-toned blush pink to take the lead. This colour is not for everyone but can help create the ultimate chic room. Pair with brass, natural elements and a mix of textures for style heaven.
As autumn comes around, the first thing all people wish they had their home is a fire! Cosy nights, sat at the fireplace with a blanket is like nothing else. If you haven't already, give your fireplace a makeover! Your mantelpiece should be one of the main focal points of your room, so if you have period features, be sure to enhance them!
You may be noticing this trend more and more as of late, especially if you are active on social media sites such as Instagram. You cannot visit a boutique hotel or a trendy cafe without bumping into a woven basket or two! This textile is extremely versatile and is usually seen in interior accessories for hints of bohemian, Mexican style.
If ever there was a colour for autumn and winter, burgundy red would be it! We love to incorporate this colour into our outfits come fall, so why not our homes? It may be dark, but just like emerald green, this colour is both warm and inviting, as well as highly sophisticated.
We've had rose gold and we have had copper, but now it's the turn of brass!
Were they ever really out? Terra Cotta tiles embody the feel of autumn with their warm burnt orange tones, charming character and farmhouse feel. Although they may feel cold on the feet in the upcoming months, we love the look of these tiles.
Admittedly, this is not a surprising trend. The use of matte black in interiors has been rising in popularity over the last couple of years now, but we have noticed people becoming more and more adventurous, installing matte black bathrooms and kitchens.
Although the change in seasons ultimately brings about the change in the weather, we think that there is nothing better than sitting out on a porch or patio area in the autumn. Cold breeze, fresh air and leaves falling all around in a spectacle of colour - creating a warm and inviting outdoor area will really help you get more out of shorter days.
What's OUT in interiors Autumn '17
Autumn brings about the lust for colour and life in a home, so although we love minimalistic white interiors, we love to see home injected with warmth when it comes to this season. Greens, browns, oranges and blacks will help make your home much more inviting this autumn.
Copper seems to be making way for the new metallic trend of the year, Brass. The fast sell-out of faux copper interiors in high-street stores has undoubtedly been the style's own downfall. Seen i n just about every home now, people are beginning to revert back to the classic look of brass and real copper.
Just like copper, faux marble interiors are beginning to look outdated and overused. These trends are so successful that in turn are tired out too quickly. We would opt for materials such as porcelain, clay or metal.
We have seen a lot of home owners experimenting with their furniture sets recently. We no longer feel like we need a complete set of matching corner sofa, armchair, and pouffe - instead, mix and match different textile colours and sizes to create a really unique space.
It's time to say goodbye to those spiky pineapple ornaments now that summer has ended. Once a unique and eclectic interior accessory for the cool home-owner, the pineapple is a little out-dated now that autumn has arrived. Introduce new accessories such as real plants or autumnal inspired decor.
Looking to follow any of these upcoming trends this autumn? Why not view our range of sofas, chairs and beanbags to find the perfect colour for you? Cranberry red, Eucalyptus green, Inkwell black, we have it all here at Impala Sofas! Click here
01 August 2017 11:17
Whether it be mud, food, or some other unappealing substance, pets are renowned for causing a little bit of mischief when it comes to our favourite furniture. And, whilst living with dogs is one of life's greatest gifts, sometimes all we ask is to have a beautiful clean home and furniture that doesn't end up in pieces on the floor!
From ripped up cushions to questionable wet patches, if you've ever come to your home looking a bit like the images below, then we have the perfect solutions for you!
This dog's owner couldn't believe her eyes when she came home to find that her little friend had been busy causing chaos whilst she'd been gone! That is one muddy puppy and one very muddy couch. If only she had an Impala Sofa - we wonder how long it took to clean up that muddy mess!
Barmaid Sophie Robinson was greeted with this scene of devastation – and a guilty-looking pooch when she came home from work. Yogi sure looks as if he had a busy day ruining the sofa cushion!
This image sends shivers down our spines! A £2000 sofa ripped away at the paws of this tiny trouble-maker. Peaches sure is one destructive pup.
This naughty Husky dog thought that it would be a good idea to do a bit of calligraphy whilst his owner was away. His inked up paws got just about everywhere!
So, your dog keeps destroying your sofa - what do you do? Here at Impala Sofas, our purpose is to create beautiful furniture for the family home, strong enough to tackle daily mishaps and spills and stains. We have some great methods for ensuring that your sofa stays looking fresh and new, even around your furry friends! Feel free to take a read below, we hope it helps:
If buying a brand new sofa simply isn't a feasible option for you, then why not upholster your current furniture? Save the sofa that you already have and instead give it a new lease of life with a more stain-resistant and durable fabric.
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03 July 2017 04:22
Buying a new sofa can be a daunting task, with so many colours, styles and designs on the market it's hard to know which purchase is the right one for you and your home. Perhaps one of the biggest decisions to make when picking out a new sofa will be whether you choose to go with leather or fabric. Both of these sofa coverings offer differing advantages and disadvantages, so it's extremely important to think of your home, your lifestyle and your family when thinking of which one is best suited to your house.
Here at Impala Sofas, if you have browsed our range of sofas, chairs and beanbags, you will know that we are big advocates of fabric, especially when they are covered with our revolutionary Impala Fabrics! But why do we love fabric sofas so much? We've compiled some of the top benefits of buying a fabric sofa:
Despite the advantages of a fabric sofa, we know very well that this choice will not suit every home and family - with many people actually preferring the look of a leather sofa over a fabric sofa. However, just in case you're still on the fence, we'd like to dispell some ideas about the fabric sofa and why it 'won't work for you':
Still want to hear about the advantages and disadvantages of a leather sofa?
We hope we have helped you in your quest for the perfect sofa! We are sure that be it leather or fabric, your new sofa will be a sight to behold in your home. If you would like to look at our fabric sofas, feel free to browse, buy or email us with any questions you may have.
08 June 2017 12:19
There's nothing quite like coming home to a wagging tail and a wet nose after a hard day at the office but, living with pets can often feel quite difficult and taxing at times - especially if your pet is the size of a Great Dane, drools like a Basset Hound and molts like a Saint Bernard! Keeping your house clean, hair-free and smelling fresh is something most pet owners struggle with on a daily basis but, we are here to help! We've put together a few of our top tips on how to maintain a clean home with pets:
Above all though, ensuring that your sofa is suited to life with your little furry friends is a vital part of home-life with a pet. Buying a sofa or seat is a big investment, and needs to be considered carefully, you should invest in upholstery and fabrics that will clean easily, that will not easily absorb stains and accidents and that will hold up against sharp claws and scratches. Our Impala Fabrics are an excellent choice for families and individuals both pets and children (as we all know that they can often be as messy as each other!). Our fabrics are available in a variety of colours and are easily cleanable, exceptionally durable and luxurious in both look and feel, stain-resistant and can be easily combined with contemporary furniture designs to bring style and the utmost practicality to any home.
Your cat or dog is a fundamental part of the family, and here at Impala Sofas, we believe that they have earned their space on the sofa! If you'd like more information about how you can have a stain-resistant Impala Sofa in your home, please visit our online store today or send us an email:
10 May 2017 10:23
One of our favourite colour palettes this Spring has to be Eucalyptus green! This colour is perfect for the season, with its soft and calming properties it pairs well with a variety of other tones such as pale pinks, browns, whites and greys. It also works extremely well with the ever growing trend of natural decor and the use of botanical plants within the home. Soothing, on-trend and sophisticated, we think that this is a room recipe made for our Lexington Sofa!
We've put together a little inspiration-themed blog showcasing how you can achieve this botanical-style, Eucalyptus coloured look in your own home, all tailored around our Lexington Eucalyptus sofa. We hope that you enjoy following along and that you feel inspired to go green this Spring!
How to Add Green Into Your Home
Paint: There are many ways to add colour to a room, and when it comes to a fresh, green colour scheme, the possibilities are endless! There is an abundance of Eucalyptus green paints on the market at the moment, and when paired with fresh white borders and light wood flooring your room will go from dark & dreary to light & airy immediately!
Photo Credit // Perfect Pray
Plants: Prove your love for Eucalyptus by bringing fresh plants into your home! After all, the urban jungle trend is still going strong this year, with indoor plants soaring to popularity. Even if you aren't the biggest green-finger, there are a variety of indoor plants out there that are easy to care for and hard to kill! Scatter sprigs of beautiful Eucalyptus around your home to bring the outdoor indoors, and really tie together your natural colour scheme. Keep it traditional in a vase, or get creative like the DIY wall photo hanger below - the decision is yours!
Green Furniture: If you already have the perfect colour scheme for a botanical-style room, then green furniture could definitely be the option for you! Our Lexington Sofa in Eucalyptus is a great show-stopping piece for any living room! Bold, elegant and luxurious, this sofa works well as a centrepiece in a room that plays on colour and tones. For example, we love pairing green furniture with more earthy tones, such as browns and nude pinks, as not to overpower a room with green.
Wallpaper: Be bold! If you're not afraid to go big, go colourful and share your love for pattern, then wallpaper is a great way to inject style into your room. Whether you want to keep it more relaxed with a green brickwork design, or really commit to your botanical style with a plant-patterned wallpaper, we are sure that your room will be a place of relaxation and serenity.
Photo Credit // Murals Wallpaper + Barker & Stonehouse
Textiles: If you need more green in your life, go green with fabrics and textiles too! Textiles can make all the difference to a room, and you have a lot of fabrics to choose from at that - cushions, rugs, curtains, throws to name a few. We have our own selection of large and small cushions available here at Impala Sofas, so why not take a look today to complete your botanical-style, Eucalyptus room!
Photo Credit // Impala Sofas + Ohana Home Decor
Thank you reading along, visit our Pinterest Board for lots more ideas and inspiration for a botanical-style, Eucalyptus coloured room! Visit it here
24 April 2017 02:02
There are multiple ways in which you can use fabric to decorate your home, with each method sure to add colour, pattern, and style. Fabric can be used to decorate any type of room, from the kitchen to the bedroom and hallway to living room, and it can be done so without having to break the bank!
Would you like to know the different ways in which you can use our fabric in your home? We've put together a little list of application types for fabrics,and we'd love for you to read along. And if you're looking to purchase fabric of your own, please feel free to visit our Impala Fabrics page and see our luxury collection of cleanable, durable and family-friendly fabrics.
The most common reason behind purchasing and using fabric is for the purpose of reupholstering soft furnishings. There's nothing like adding a new lease of life to an old and worn-out sofa! Upholstering your favorite chair or piece of furniture can be an extremely cost-effective and waste-free way to add pattern,colour, and a fresh look to a room.
Wallpapering with Fabric
Looking to liven up your living space, but want to cut the cost, the waste & the hassle? Wallpapering with rolls has long been the go-to option for adding colour and style to a space, however, the permanency and the waste included in this option have recently led people to look for an alternative way to decorate their homes. You can use the fabric as wallpaper, or create your own bespoke fabric wall panels.
Fabric on Doors
Decorating the doors in our homes can be an extremely unique way of creating a stunning focal point. Many people simply do not have the time or budget to decorate whole walls with fabric, but a small area like a door is the perfect alternative. Small pops of colour, pattern, and texture can really make a room stand out and reinvent a space, without overpowering it. This is a great way to experiment and trial new styles, colours, and patterns that you like, without the worry of it being a permanent change.
Spruce up your bedroom with a fabric headboard! This is a great DIY project for those wanting to make their bed a focal point of the room and give it a boutique makeover.
Here at Impala, we sell a range of beautiful cushions on our website however, we know that there are a lot of DIY lovers out there who are eager to stamp their own mark on their home. Hand-made cushions can also make a wonderful and meaningful gift for family or friends.
Our selection of fabrics will suit a variety of tastes and styles and are available in an assortment of colours & patterns. We think that our cocoa paisley pattern would work perfectly as curtains.
Fabric as Art
A more avant-garde approach to decorating with fabric has to be using fabric as art! There are many unique and personal ways to do this and we challenge you to get creative.
Want to know more about some of the ways in which to apply fabric in your home? Then why not read our past articles here:
01 March 2017 05:00
It may still be dark and dreary outside, but that doesn't mean that it has to be inside! Spring is in the air, and summer will soon be on it's way, and what better way to prepare for the change in seasons than by adding beautiful pops of colour to your home!
Modern whites, muted tones and cosy Hygge-style products have undoubtedly been a huge home decor hit the past couple of months, but coming into Spring 2017 we're starting to see bolder and more vivid colours making a reappearance. Vitalizing yellows, tangy oranges and organic greens all look to be right on trend this year, and we're so excited to see what home accessories are available from some of our favourite high street stores.
If you're looking to awaken your sleepy, winter home style and invest in the colours of summer, then you have come to right place! We've put together a little article on how you can add colour to your rooms, from extreme bold prints to subtle accents, you're home is set to look it's summer best!
The Living Room
This is an area that you spend most of your time, whether you live alone, with a partner or with your large family, this space needs to be inviting and practical. To add colour into your living room:
-Create a vivid and bold accent wall, by using patterned wallpaper, murals etc
-Display bright & cheery accessories such as cushions, textiles and ornaments
-Invest in a large, beautifully coloured piece of statement art
-Use your Impala Sofa as your pop of colour!
Image Credit // Graham & Brown, County Days
Image Credit // Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell
Bring the outdoors indoors, but not on your shoes! Liven up your hallway or porch space with these simple tips:
-Reinvest those steps! Use wallpaper or paint to really liven up that staircase
-Paint the inside of your front door a beautifully eye-catching colour
-Get DIY-ready and display your shoes in stunning, painted crate units
-Add a comfortable and lively Impala Sofa to your hallway & put your shoes on in style!
Image Credit // Porch, Tamsyn Morgans
Image Credit // Brit Morin
The Dining Room
Bring a touch of nature to your dining table and create a atmospheric environment to enjoy with your family and guests with these tips:
-Use foliage and plants to bring nature and pops of colour into your dining room
-Create a stunning block-colour, accent wall in a vibrant coloured paint
Image Credit // Brit Morin, The Travel Tester
The Children's Room
Let your imagination run wild, from photographic murals to colourful beds, this space is made to be colourful!
-Our Impala Beanbags are a great way to add a small pop of colour to a room
-Colourful mix & match accessories are a great way to mix bright colours
-The more vivid and colour the wallpaper, the better!
-Get colourful with your storage units
Image Credit // Brit Morin, The Travel Tester
Thank you for reading along! We hope that you have enjoyed the article and took a little bit of inspiration on how to add colour into your home this Spring. If you're looking to add colour in the way of a new sofa, please view our large range of stunning sofas, chairs and beanbags. Family-friendly and pet-friendly, our easy to clean sofas are both durable and luxurious.
28 February 2017 02:27
Here at Impala Sofas, we’ve been noticing a unique and creative home décor trend recently taking our customers by storm. More and more homeowners, stylists and DIY lovers from all over the world are using fabric to revamp and reinvent their living spaces!
Re-decorating an entire room can be a large and daunting task. Finding a style that you like and are committed to loving for the next few years can often be an overwhelming decision. But, what if you could completely change the look and feel of a room without the hassle, and for a fraction of the cost? Forget wallpapering and painting entire walls & purchasing that expensive new wardrobe, instead get creative and use fabric to add flair back into your outdated and unloved rooms!
If you have read our ‘Wallpapering with Fabric’ article, you’ll already know just how easy using fabric to decorate can be. By using fabric starch, homeowners can easily liven up an area whilst avoiding the mess, damage and waste that painting or wallpapering would otherwise entail. Decorating with fabric ensures that you are able to grow with your home, allowing for changes to styles and colour schemes - simply peel off the fabric and reapply with your new colour! And now, this up and coming decorating tip can abe applied to your doors too!
Why decorate doors?
Decorating the doors in our homes can be an extremely unique way of creating a stunning focal point. Many people simply do not have the time or budget to decorate whole walls with fabric, but a small area like a door is the perfect alternative. Small pops of colour, pattern and texture can really make a room stand out and reinvent a space, without overpowering it. This is a great way to experiment and trial new styles, colours and patterns that you like, without the worry of it being a permanent change.
However, if you’re not so sure about decorating the main doors of your home, perhaps the doors of a wardrobe or cabinet may be worth a try. We’ve pulled together some inspiration for those who want to try out this new trend, but are unsure of where to start!
If you’d like to decorate your own doors with fabric, please view our range of child-friendly, pet-friendly Impala fabrics. Luxurious in both look and feel, our range of fabrics are suited to all homes and styles.
28 February 2017 11:14
Looking to liven up your living space, but want to cut the cost, the waste & the hassle? Wallpapering with rolls has long been the go-to option for adding colour and style to a space however, the permanency and the waste included in this option has recently led people to look for an alternative way to decorate their homes.
For renters in particular, strict rules on decorating their homes often mean that rooms are left untouched and lacking in personality. If you rent, or simply want to try out something different and unique in your own home, we think that we have the perfect DIY project for you… wallpapering with fabric!
Decorating with fabric can be a great temporary way to add flair & creativity to your home. Whether it’s a large accent wall or a simpler half-wall border, we are sure that by hanging fabric on your walls you will add the ‘wow-factor’ to your living space.
But, how does it work? Well, using fabric to decorate your walls uses the exact same process as wallpapering with paper rolls, however instead of using a thick paste you will need to use fabric starch instead. By using starch you are able to remove the fabric with ease in the future and even re-use the fabric for your next home, thus saving damage to your walls and making for a waste-free decorating style!
Are you convinced? Let's get to it..
Materials you will need:
-Clean sponge/Paint roller
1 - Wash the wall/walls to remove any dirt or film
2 - Measure your fabric from the floor to the ceiling, and add a couple of extra inches
3 - Cut the fabric accordingly. If your fabric is patterned make sure to match the design before cutting the next panel
4 - Pour starch into a clean pan, or spray on if using a stiffener. Apply starch to the top half of the wall with a sponge, paint roller or spray
5 - Work your way down the panel, continuing to sponge or spray starch onto the wall, smoothing the fabric and applying more starch
6 - Position the second panel, matching the design along the edge. Repeat steps
7 - Around windows and doors, leave a one-inch overlap as with the ceiling and floor
8 - Fabric overlap should be cut when the fabric is completely dry. It will then cut clean and easily and shrinkage will have occurred before you trim
How to remove fabric:
Peel one corner loose, then gently begin to peel the fabric off of the wall panel by panel. If the fabric does not peel easily, dampen the fabric with water using a wet sponge and it should come right off.
So whether you choose to cover your entire wall or only a portion, you will enjoy the look of a professionally decorated room, without the permanence of paint or wallpaper, what a genius idea!
If you're looking to decorate your own walls in fabric, please view our large range of stain-resistant and luxurious Impala fabrics online today. With Impala, you get beauty that lasts!
(Instructional information from ‘The Quick Fix Fabric on Walls’ Article)
15 February 2017 02:03
Originating in Scandinavia, Hygge, known as 'The Danish Art of Happiness', is a term used to express a sense of cosiness and 'togetherness'. Increasing in popularity throughout the interior design industry during late 2016, we think that the Hygge trend is one that will stick around for a long time to come!
"Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday moments more meaningful, beautiful or special - Some refer to Hygge as an "art of creating intimacy."
But, how can you apply Hygge to your home?
1. Get Cosy
In Scandinavia where winters are long and extremely cold, creating a warm & inviting space to snuggle up in throughout the winter months is essential. Bring warmth into your own home by adding a variety of textures and layers - think chunky knit blankets, fluffy cushions and faux fur rugs, these will instantly add a sense of hygge cosiness into your living space!
Image Credit // Coastersfurniture.org
2. It's in the Details
The little touches go a long way when creating a hygee-style home, accents and accessories are a fundamental part of creating a warm and inviting space. Candles are a particular favourite throughout Scandinavian styling, not only for their warming glow, but their inviting scents too.
Image Credit // Feed Inspiration + LingeredUpon
3. Less is More
Scandi style is all about minimalistic and purposeful living, therefore don't clutter your home and your living area with items that you do not use and do not deem meaningful. It can be difficult to display everything you want, but you can use some of these simple tips to make the most of the room you have available:
Thank you for reading our blog on how to add a little bit of hygge into your home, we hope you have enjoyed reading along! Check out our range of Impala Fabric Sofas to begin creating your hygge-style home today
02 January 2017 08:00
Has your beloved sofa or armchair seen better days? If so, have you thought about trying your hand at breathing some new life into your furniture by upholstering.
Now available online at Impala Sofas is our unique range of Impala Fabric, available in 0.5 metre lengths including our Impala and Velsoft collection. Available in 1.4 metre (140cm) width, our fabric come in a range of different colours, including beautiful neutrals and vivid brights.
This method of up-cycling or customisation can be a pretty big project depending on what your re-upholstering. One of they key things is to make sure that you've picked the right style and colour of fabric.
Interested? You can find all our contact details on our website, including our full range of Impala sofas, chairs and bean bags.
01 December 2016 08:00
Over all, this year my not be a firm favourite for everyone but for us we hit several milestones and it's all with thanks to our wonderful customers.
First off, we launched our YouTube channel where we continue to upload regular reviews and tips on how to clean your Impala Sofa. One of our most popular videos to date is our demonstration video where we show you how to clean numerous stubborn stains from our furniture.
In the summer came our first high production video advert, featuring the unforgettable Felicity. The scene was set in a luxury manor where the very popular socialite gave us a grand tour which included showing off her beautiful new Impala Sofa.
Make sure to give our Lady of the Manor Sofa Advert a watch on YouTube here:
Finally, we launched the ability to order our stain resistant sofa fabric online. Ideal for those who enjoy upholstering, we made it simple for you to order online the quantity, style and colour of our unique fabric.
That was our round up of our favourite moments of 2016, we have some major plans in the works for next year so keep your eyes peeled.
01 November 2016 07:00
From time to time, spills happen and food splatters and it always leaves a stain on something expensive, whether it's your beige carpet or your lovely comfortable sofa.
There's no magic potion to cleaning a stain from the carpet of your sofa, but we do have a solution when it comes to your furniture.
Our fashionably, friendly furniture is a bit more special than your average sofa, as our collection is made from stain resistant fabric making our furniture easily cleanable, exceptionally durable and luxurious in both look and feel. Instead of being made from absorbable fabric, an Impala sofa is made from performance fabric which can be wiped clean.
It may seem unbelievable that our furniture can simply be wiped clean which is why we took to the studio to create a demonstration video so you could see it for yourself.
Watch the video here:
03 October 2016 08:00
October, the time when ghouls and ghosts come out to play; or more commonly children running round having fun eating too much sugar.
Fake blood, sugar and face paint can be a recipe for disaster, especially when it comes to your sofa and most importantly your carpet! We might not be able to advise you on your carpets but we do have a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to sofas.
However, with most sofas you can't just easily wipe away those ghastly stains, but at Impala we wanted to create beauty that lasted which is why we upholster all our sofas, chairs, bean bags and cubes with strain resistant fabric.
What makes our superb collection so special is the unique design and qualities - easily cleanable, exceptionally durable and luxurious in both look and feel, these stain resistant fabrics combined with contemporary furniture designs bring style and the utmost practicality to any home.
Our easy to clean furniture is available online at Impala Sofas, with video demonstrations and free samples all available with a click of a button.
01 September 2016 08:00
If you're a fan of turning something old that's a bit drab into something that's brand new and fab, then we may have something that will tickle your fancy.
Re-upholstering has become very popular over recent years with people customising either old or new household furniture. This is a great method to breathe new life into a much loved sofa or to achieve a specific look that you can find in a shop.
This method of up-cycling or customisation can be a pretty big project depending on what your re-upholstering. One of they key things is to make sure that you've picked the right style and colour of fabric.
At Impala Sofas we want to help our customers through every step of purchasing their stain resistant sofa fabric, this is why we offer a FREE Impala Fabric.
You can choose up to 6 fabric samples here and 1 test pack, all you need to do is fill in your contact details, click send and we’ll deliver them as quickly as possible.
Interested? You can find all our contact details on our website, including our full range of Impala sofas, chairs and bean bags.