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How to Create a Stylish & Child-Proof Home

12 September 2017 03:20
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.




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The Latest Home Interior Trends for Autumn 2017 - What's Hot and What's Not

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 Green
Although 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 Lighting
After 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.



Au Naturel
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.



Velvets
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.



Blush Pinks
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.



Feature Fire Places
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!




Woven
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.



Burgundy Reds
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.



Brass
We've had rose gold and we have had copper, but now it's the turn of brass!



Terra Cotta
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.



Matte Black
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.



Outdoor Space
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.

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What's OUT in interiors Autumn '17

All White
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
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.

Marble
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.

Matching Furniture
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.

Pineapples
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.


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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







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My Dog Keeps Destroying My Sofa - What Do I Do?

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:
  • Have a drying and cleaning station set-up near the door for when your dog comes in from the garden or their walk. This way, when they bolt for the sofa, their paws will already be clean!
  • Use a dog/baby gate to block off rooms that you don't want to allow your dog into.
  • Teach them when they are a puppy - We believe that your dog is a part of the family and therefore should be allowed on the sofa, however, if you don't feel this way then we definitely suggest training from the start, as to where they can and cannot go! 
  • Keep it clean - Stay on top of cleaning and hoovering your sofa if you allow your dogs on it, to ensure that it stays in top condition.
  • Mix it up - Our dogs often tend to favour a particular spot on the sofa, be sure to move cushions so that this spot does not become obvious due to wear-down of the fabric.
  • Cover it up - Although our Impala Fabrics are easily cleanable and stain-resistant, you can always drape your sofas with a throw or blanket - this is particularly helpful for keeping on top of pet hair and great when those 'surprise visitors' pop round.
  • Their own place to rest - If you don't want your dog on the sofa, perhaps purchase them their own dog cushion bed. These are relatively inexpensive and you may find that they prefer it to jumping up and down from the sofa
  • Toys, toys & more toys! Like the dogs shown above, you may find that your dog becomes restless and bored when left alone. Leaving toys, particularly brain stimulating and boredom-busting toys such as the 'Kong Ball', should alleviate the need to be destructive in your home whilst you are gone.
  • Speak to a behaviourist - If your dog becomes destructive in your home when you are gone, despite having been left treats, toys etc. then it may be beneficial to speak to a pet behaviourist for their issues. They may be suffering from separation anxiety and you will, therefore, need help to combat this.
  • Most importantly, invest in the right furniture for your home! If your dog is renowned for making a mess, or if their breed type means that their coat often becomes damp, then you need a sofa that will suit your needs. Impala fabrics are easily cleanable, stain resistant and durable - the perfect combination for those furry friends.

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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The Benefits of a Fabric Sofa

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:

  • When you choose a fabric sofa, there is a much larger variety of colours and patterns available to you. When there is more variety, there is a greater chance that you will find a style that fits your personal taste and home colour scheme.
  • Fabric sofas are the perfect choice for those who prefer a more inviting and 'cosy' home style. Nothing says curl up on me with a book, like a soft velvety fabric sofa! A fabric sofa is equally as comfortable in the summer as it is in the winter.
  • A lot of fabric sofas have removable and washable covers, ensuring they are kept looking fresh and clean. Here at Impala, our sofas are stain-resistant, easily cleanable and exceptionally durable - making them a perfect choice for the family home or those with pets. 
  • Fabric sofas offer a lot more variety when it comes to your budget. Leather sofas almost always cost more than fabric sofas.

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':


  • "Fabrics can easily be ruined by stains and spills" - Our Impala Sofas are stain-resistant and easily cleanable, meaning that whatever you throw at them, from red wine to pen, our revolutionary fabrics will handle it (take a look at our Youtube videos if you don't believe us!).
  • "I can't have a fabric sofa now that we have children" - We believe that families should still be able to have the sofa of their dreams, even with those sticky fingers around! Our contemporary furniture designs bring style into a home whilst maintaining the utmost practicality.
  • "I will have to sell my sofa if the pattern or colour becomes outdated" - Colours and styles often go out-of-trend, however, you should always keep this in mind when buying your new sofa. With a fabric sofa, if you love the design but have fallen out of love with the pattern, you have the option to upholster it with new fabric - this is a great way to save money and reduce waste.

Still want to hear about the advantages and disadvantages of a leather sofa? 
  • Leather sofas are renowned for being easy clean, a damp cloth will easily pick up spills
  • Often more durable and long-lasting - so much so that they are sometimes passed down through generations as heirlooms. 
  • Leather sofas have a air of elegance and sophistication to them. From the sets of old movies and Manor homes, this unique look is undoubtedly hard to replicate with a fabric sofa.
  • Although leather is known for being durable, leather sofas often become scratched easily, especially with household pets. Leaving unsightly scratches and punctures on the surface.
  • A leather sofa is not inviting. The texture is cold in winter months, and will usually have to be covered with a throw or blanket.
  • Leather sofas are restricted by way of style, colour and pattern choices.
  • In the summer, leather sofas may be very uncomfortable to sit on. They can become extremely hot and sticky, especially where bare legs and arms are concerned!
  • In an era where sofas are deep and wide for maximum comfort, leather sofas remain stiff and limited in space.

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.



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How to Keep a Tidy Home with Pets - Tips from Impala Sofas

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:

  • Buy a vacuum that is tailored to picking up pet hair, from both wooden floors and carpets
  • Invest in a lint roller for fabric furniture and clothing
  • Keep a towel at hand, and near the door
  • Clean up muddy paws at the door
  • Work quickly on stains
  • Keep a clean-up kit stocked up
  • Enforce 'restriction zones' if there are certain rooms that you do not wish to share with your pets
  • Use the upholstery tool on your vacuum, to suction hairs off sofas & curtains
  • Groom you pets outdoors to minimise airborne skin particles and hair settling on floors
  • Get a pet bed that you can clean out and disinfect regularly - wicker is a great option
  • Remove odours with a sprinkling of baking soda
  • Regular baths help keep your dog fresh - but be considerate of your dog's skin condition, if they are prone to dry skin please consult your vet 
  • Select fabrics carefully, our Impala fabrics are a great choice!
  • Avoid leather sofas with pets, scratches are easily made to this material
  • Keep your pet's eating area clean, and away from crevices and cracks that may become dirty and attract insects
  • Set-up a dog cleaning station 
  • Regularly clean your pet's things
  • React quickly to accidents
  • Air your house 
  • Let your dog have fun, and be prepared to clean up the mess afterwards!



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:

info@impalasofas.com

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Perfect Palettes: How to Master a Eucalyptus Coloured, Botanical-Style Living Room

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!


Photo Credit //  The Way We Play + Minted

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. 

Photo Credit // Impala Sofas + Home Deco

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 WallpaperBarker & 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

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The Different Ways to Use Fabric in Your Home

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.

Reupholstering Furniture
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.

Fabric Headboard
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.

DIY Cushions
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.




Fabric Curtains
 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:



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How to Add Colour Into Your Home with Impala Sofas

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


The Hallway

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
Image Credit // Adair, Stokke


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.




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Trend Alert - Fabric on Doors

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.



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Wallpapering with Fabric

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:
-Fabric starch
-Fabric
-Clean sponge/Paint roller
-Pan

Instructions:
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) 


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Bring Hygge to Your Home With Impala Sofas

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:

  • Use nesting coffee tables (or tables of different sizes that can easily slot under one another) to allow for maximum space in the centre of the room
  • Create shelving units in the corner of rooms to increase space & store everything in one area
  • Use wicker or wire baskets for beautiful storage solutions
  • Get rid of the bulky furniture! Swap the outdated and chunky TV stand, drawers and tables for sleeker and more space-saving pieces
  • Hang your plants on the wall. Macrame hangers are a great way to increase floor space, and add a beautifully natural element to the room.

 Image Credit /meaganfloris + Cox and Cox

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



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Love Upholstering? Shop Impala Fabrics Online

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.

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Impala Sofas 2016 In Review

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.

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Sofa Stain Removal Video With Impala Sofas

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:


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Avoid A Fright Night With Spooky Stains With Impala Sofas

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.

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Free Fabric Samples With Impala Sofas

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.

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Meet The Lady Of The Manor - Impala Sofas 2016 Advert

01 August 2016 08:00

Have you met Felicity?

She happens to be the Lady of the Manor, the owner of a beautiful home and a very popular socialite which how she heard about Impala Sofas. When finding about our revolutionary Impala Velsoft designer performance fabrics she simply had to invest in a beautiful Impala Sofa which has recently proven really handy especially when mistakes happen.

No one likes getting a stain on their brand new and beautiful sofa, especially if it looks a bit dubious.


Watch our latest 2016 campaign as we introduce you to our friend, she's had a few marriage problems lately but don't worry it's all firmly underground now.

Keep your secrets at bay with Impala sofas, made from luxury stain resistant fabric. Simply wipe away your problems.

Make sure to give our Lady of the Manor Sofa Advert a watch on YouTube here:


To celebrate the launch of our new advert we are giving you the opportunity to win the Impala Sofa that we have featured in our commercial. To enter our competition on Facebook it couldn't be any easier; all you have to do is:

  • Like
  • Share
  • Tag a friend
  • Leave a comment saying why you should win using the hashtag #iwantthatimpalasofa

If you don't have Facebook you can always leave us a comment on our YouTube Channel, we'll be on the look out!

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Competition Time - Win The Sofa In Our Latest Advert

18 July 2016 08:00

This month we have launched our brand new and exciting media advert for 2016!

No one likes getting a stain on their brand new and beautiful sofa, especially if it looks a bit dubious.

Watch our latest 2016 campaign as we introduce you to our friend, she's had a few marriage problems lately but don't worry it's all firmly underground now.

To celebrate the launch of our new advert we are giving you the opportunity to win the Impala Sofa that we have featured in our commercial.

Made from our unique fabric this sofa is family friendly just like every single piece of furniture we stock. Our easy clean sofas mean that if the kids decide to turn them into a canvas, or if the adults can’t handle their wine, your sofa is durable enough to simply wipe clean to bring it back to its perfect best.

To enter our competition it couldn't be any easier; all you have to do is Like and comment on our competition post on Facebook (ImpalaSofasUK) saying why YOU should WIN this sofa. If you don't have Facebook you can always leave us a comment on our YouTube Channel, we'll be on the look out!

Make sure to give our Sofa Advert a watch on YouTube here:


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Create The Ultimate Family Room With Impala Sofas

01 June 2016 08:00

It never seems as simple to run a family home as it does on the silver screen, especially when it comes to keeping a clean and tidy home.

We know it can be a bit of a nightmare at times, trust us we know! However, with trying to create the ultimate family room in mind we came up with a solution to tackle at least one job. 

It's surprising how many stains your sofas and chairs can pick up over time which is why we stepped in and developed a cleanable fabric that can be upholstered to your furniture favourites.

From sofas to beanbags in a range of different colours and textile finishes we created a range of family friendly furniture and fabric which is easily cleanable, exceptionally durable and luxurious in both look and feel .

No stain is too tough for our furniture, all you need if a damp cloth and the strain should just wipe away without any hassle. If you don't believe us just search for us on YouTube using the name Impala Sofas and watch our demonstration videos.

Interested? You can view the full Impala Sofas range online and you can even request a free fabric sample!

Happy Shopping.

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Watch Impala Sofas on YouTube

01 May 2016 08:00

Impala Sofas is now on YouTube! We've created a special account to show you our collection of customer reviews, product demonstrations and media adverts.

We believe that trying before you buy is important. We have created the best product images and videos we can so you can get a good look at our products, plus our reviews are perfect if you want to see our sofas in action.

Plus, coming soon to our Impala Sofas YouTube channel is our new and exciting 2016 media advert, trust us when we say you won't want to miss it!

Make sure you don't miss a thing, just click like and subscribe on our channel and you'll be updated every time we upload a video.

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Impala Sofas - How To Clean Stain Resistant Furniture 

01 April 2016 08:00

Spills happen, it's a fact of life, but why do they always occur on your favourite furniture?

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.

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:


Tricky stains such as spilled wine and drawn on pen marks can simply be rubbed off, just like magic!

If you want to test it for yourself we offer free furniture fabric samples on our website, what are you waiting for?

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When Pets Come First - Pet Stain Resistant Furniture At Impala Sofas

01 March 2016 08:00

If you've always wanted to share your comfy seat with your four legged friend but you're holding back then maybe it's time to look into something a little bit more durable.

We know furniture insurance exists but there has to be a simpler solution so you can snuggle up with your beloved pet without risking damage to the sofa ? When pets come first we have two solutions:

  1. Impala Furniture
  2. Impala 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 performance fabrics provide the best solution for pet stain resistant furniture because any little nasty accidents can be easily wiped away. Don't take our word for it, check out this review by Raphi Labi, a lovely customer of ours who shared a video with us - he also included his gorgeous dog for good measure.


You can find the whole collection of our stain resistant furniture and fabric with a click of a button online, 

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Beat The Chill - Why It Pays To Have A Night In

01 February 2016 08:00

Sometimes there's nothing better than having a night in, especially when it's a little bit chilly outside. Even though we're close to spring, we're not there yet so these long night are perfect for getting comfy on the couch.

If you should need a little bit of persuasion for swapping your night out for a night in, you may want to check out our reasons:

Netflix Marathon

Making a Murderer isn't going to watch it's self! Catch up with the latest must see TV from the comfort of the sofa, just grab the remote, some snacks and a glass of wine and you're settled for the marathon evening.

It's cheap as chips

If you're trying to save some money then having a night out on the town can be a costly affair. Remember, staying in doesn't have to be boring!

Time for a catch up?

Not had time to have a good catch up with your loved ones? Whether it's time for a night with your mates or your significant other, nothing beats getting a bit silly at home with a few drinks, a good film and few snacks!

However, if you're looking for a new sofa to spend those long nights on then why not take a look our collection of stain resistant furniture, ideal for when the red wine gets spilt! You can shop the complete collection online, plus we also have a showroom in London, all of which the details can be found on our website.

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Child Friendly Furniture - Why An Impala Sofa Is Perfect For Every Parent

01 January 2016 08:00

Whether you're a soon to be parent or you've been one for sometime, have you thought whether or not your furniture is "child friendly"?

We all know kids can be little angels but we all know that the halo can slip sometimes, especially if you have a very tiny terror! When you're younger you don't really appreciate the value of a crisp white sofa or a beautifully smooth and perfectly painted wall, instead they're viewed as canvases that are meant to get dirty!

Now more than ever there is a need in the market for "child friendly" furniture, household items that can put up a bit of a stronger fight at the hands of children. This is where we come in! At Impala Sofas all our furniture including our cushions are made from stain resistant fabric. Both cleanable and durable without sacrificing the luxury details, we openly dare your little ones to draw, drop and spill anything on our furniture.

It's not just child proof but what we have created is family friendly furniture in a variety of different styles, sizes and colours customisable to your requirements.

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.

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Why An Impala Sofa Is A Long Term Investment

01 December 2015 08:00

When looking for a sofa ideally you want to invest in a piece that's aesthetically pleasing and will last a very long time. When you shop at Impala Sofas, you're not just buying a piece of furniture, instead you're making a long time investment.

Why is that we hear you ask?

Our fashionably, friendly furniture is a bit more special than your average sofa, as our collection is made from stain resistant fabrics making our furniture easily cleanable, exceptionally durable and luxurious in both look and feel.

Just take a look at our video below to see how easy is to clean an Impala Sofa:


Easy to clean, maintain and luxurious, an Impala Sofa is something you'd want to keep for a long time. Shop our collection online and browse our huge collection of styles.

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