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5 great things to do near Myakka's Wincanton Warehouse this May Bank Holiday

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

As May Bank Holiday is nearly upon us, it’s a great time to be thinking about refreshing your home with fresh, new ideas from Myakka.  Our Wincanton Warehouse is open for business all over the weekend from 1000 to 1700 on Saturday and 1000 to 1600 on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.  It’s an Aladdin’s cave of sumptuous accessories and furniture ideas to add an air of the East to your home. 

While you are in in the area, why not take in some other local events happening over the weekend in Somerset: 

Abbey Hill Steam Rally: 2-5 May 2014
Situated on the A37 just south of Yeovil towards Dorchester, overlooking the rolling hills of Dorset, it features something for everyone. From Traction Engines to Motorcycles, it's all at this fun family day out. 

A wide range of traditional and contemporary crafts are on show, with fascinating demonstrations of craftspeople at work and happy to answer your questions. Take your time and explore all of the many and varied stalls loaded with unique and creative designs and fine workmanship, from delicate jewellery to leather goods (and just about everything in between). 

The famous Dorset Knob Throwing competition and all kinds of other interesting challenges involving Moore’s Dorset Knob Biscuits takes place on Sunday 4th May alongside The Frome Valley Food Festival. There will be a the opportunity to sample, taste and purchase a fine range of foods including breads, cheeses, ciders, meats, game & poultry, pies, preserves, and puddings in addition to chocolate, coffee and wine supplied by well-respected local businesses.  

The kids will enjoy a fun day out at West Somerset Railway with medieval kids’ TV character Mike the Knight. 

South West Model & Hobby Show at the Royal Bath & West Showground  3 & 4 May
The largest model and hobby show in the South with Outdoor flying, indoor flying, radio control trucks, boats, tanks & cars. Static displays of model boats, cars, trains. Railway layouts. Model engineering displays.

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Top 5 Storage Solutions

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Having a tidy and organised home is sometimes easier said than done. Finding the right storage solution for your home can make getting and keeping all your clutter sorted and neatly tided away a lot easier. So we have come up with a guide of our top 5 storage solutions for an organised and tidy home.

 1.    Blanket Boxes
These really are the all-rounder of storage solutions. Available in lots of different sizes, blanket boxes can help tick off all of your storage requirements. Perfect for storing anything from bedding to toys or shoes and woolly jumpers, they are the perfect choice. Blanket boxes are especially useful as they also offer valuable surface space and can make a great side table or coffee table.

2.    Storage Seats
These dual purpose storage seats are great for both a handy seat and a great storage solution. Designed be narrow enough not to take up much floor space but wide enough to store shoes and boots our storage seats are the perfect solution for your hallway. They will keep all the families shoes in order and tucked neatly away. As well as being perfect for the hallway we have had lots of customers use them at the ends of beds, in living rooms and dining rooms.

 3.    Console Tables
Traditionally found in a hallway (but can live anywhere in your home) these versatile storage supremoes are narrow enough not to take up too much valuable floor space but provides lots of useful storage space. Many consoles provide a useful top surface, drawers and at least one shelf. Some of our wider console tables also have a mid-height shelf that is perfect for a storage basket or two.  Our Mallani Large Console Table has even been used as a wine rack thanks to its slatted shelf.

4.    Sideboards
The matriarch of all storage solutions, our sideboards offer lots of storage in a variety of different formats. All have large roomy cupboards for storing everything your dinner service and tea sets to wine glasses and board games, sideboards can tick all the storage boxes. Designed for the dining room but work equally well in your living room as they hide away so much clutter.

5.    Bookcases
Bookcases are great not just for holding all your books but for displaying sentimental objects and design accessories. Our specially designed DVD space-saver bookcases are perfect for storing DVDs and CDs without taking up too much floor space. Or if you have a lot more books to hold our Mallani Large Bookcase or Kediri Teak Open & Shut Bookcases might be the perfect solution. 

Whatever your storage needs, we're sure we have the solution for you. All our furniture is made from solid hardwood so you can rely on the fact that it will hold on to all your possession, no matter how many you have!

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Will it fit? How to measure for new furniture...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Making sure your new furniture will both fit into your home and look great once there is a really important part of deciding which furniture is for you. Spending a little time measuring up and thinking about the practicalities of the furniture will help ensure that you make the correct decision.

When measuring space for Myakka furniture please make sure that you take into consideration the hand made nature of the furniture. We always recommend that you allows +/- 2cm. We always use centimetres to measure our items and all measurements within our catalogue and online are cm.
It is really important to consider how the furniture will sit in your space – it needs to both look great and be functional. It is also important to consider how your new furniture will look with any of your existing furniture. 

A top tip for making sure it all fits is to make a template of the furniture from newspaper. Using dimensions given simply stick pieces of newspaper together to make a 2D template which will allow you to move it around to consider different positions (it is a lot easier to move newspaper than a heavy piece of furniture!) If you don’t have any newspaper you can also use masking tape to mark out the size of the furniture.  (This is also particularly useful when buying a new sofa or any other large piece of furniture!)

If you are left with lots of space it may be worth going bigger or adding another piece of furniture conversely you may be left with little space in which case you may want to reconsider size, design or number of furniture items. 

With your newspaper templates it is also worth considering how much free space you will have. As a general rule you need to allow space between one piece of furniture to the next, it can often look smarter if there is a space of around 30cm between one piece of furniture to the next. Chairs placed around a dining table need 50-70cm of space between the back of the chair and any walls or other items of furniture. The larger the chair the more room you will need.

Other considerations include allowing enough room for cupboard doors and drawers to open. Allow at least 80cm of space between furniture and opposite walls for walkways such as hallways and landings, this will ensure that walkways are clear and won’t appear too cluttered. Ceiling height is also an important consideration; anything too tall will make your room look squashed.  Allow for some space, about 20cm, above any tall items of furniture to ensure your room looks spacious.
One of the most important parts of measuring up is ensuring that your new furniture will fit comfortably through doorways, up any stairs and through hallways.  If you have had any major building work since you last moved furniture please measure again to ensure that the proposed furniture will fit. A return delivery charged may be levied for furniture that is not able to be delivered.

We know buying furniture is a big decision and often you may need further advice, our friendly Customer Service Team or always on hand to offer advice and have extensive range of product knowledge as well as further product dimensions and other information. Give them a call between 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday on 0845 460 3122 or email and we will get back to as soon as we can.

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