Cabinet Buying Guide

Cabinet Information

General Information

Laura Ashley furniture is craftsman made with great care and attention to produce distinctive pieces that will bring pleasure for years to come. Each item of furniture is hand crafted, using traditional cabinet making and finishing techniques.

We offer a wide range of furniture options to suit all tastes. Some ranges have extra character added by using hand-applied patinas, such as the Provencale and Balmoral range, or distressed effects, such as the Bramley and Tiverton ranges. Some ranges have special finishes that require extra care, such as the Milton and Brompton ranges, which need periodic oiling, whilst some have low maintenance lacquered finishes such as Garrat.

To ensure you select an option that is perfect for you, we recommend that you read the information below, take time to study the features of each range on the relevant section of the web.

Features of Natural Wood

Our beautiful oiled, waxed or lacquered products are designed to highlight the natural beauty of wood and will often show interesting features such as knots, grain shading and medullary rays. These natural features will often vary from product to product and within components on the same piece so that no two pieces are the same. It is important to understand the unique properties of wood; which should not be mistaken for flaws.

Wood Shading, Grain and Splits

Each piece will have a slightly different grain pattern. Variation in colour shading and grain between different products and within the same product can occur. On distressed ranges some small splits will add to the character of the piece. These are a normal feature of all natural wood furniture.

Knots and Joint Lines

Knots are a natural property of all real wood furniture; they do not affect performance, and add interest to each piece.

Medullary Rays

These markings are created where wood is cut across the grain producing interesting features such as growth rings and flecks.

Resin Pockets

These are a natural feature of solid wood and may appear as small marks in the finish. These add character to each piece and are not defects.

Expansion

  • All timber will display movement from season to season because of changes in atmospheric temperature and humidity.
  • This occasionally may make drawer movement a little stiff, to ease movement simply rub a little candle wax on the drawer runners attached to the carcass of the furniture.
  • We do not recommend locating products in excessively high or low temperatures, or where the environment is often damp as this may cause product issues

Levelling Assembly and Moving Products

  • It is essential that your furniture is positioned on a level surface to ensure that the doors hang correctly and open smoothly.
  • Wedges or adjustable feet or hinges are provided for products with doors to assist you in levelling the furniture. With wedges, when the furniture has been in place for several days, to allow carpets to compress, the unwanted part of the wedges should be snapped off so they are no longer visible.
  • If doors fail to operate smoothly, or the product is moved, levelling should be rechecked. Any suitable packing material can be used to level, by raising the lower corner as required.
  • If doors fail to operate smoothly, or the product is moved, readjust the doors or levelling
  • Take care when moving products. We recommend they are lifted by two persons as dragging items across the floor will cause damage to the joints. Large items which are assembled on site from multiple sections should be disassembled before relocation to a new position.
  • Self Assembly items should be assembled at the intended location and lifted carefully into position.

Sunlight and Heat

  • Avoid exposing your furniture to excessive heat e.g. by placing it in front of a radiator, as this can cause cracking. A minimum 30cm clearance from heat sources is advised.
  • Direct sunlight will cause the colour of real wood to change, even if it is painted and lacquered, this will be more readily apparent if the furniture is placed under a window.
  • Use in hot and sunny conservatories is not recommended.
  • Leaving items such as vases or ornaments in one place on a piece of furniture in sunlight may leave a mark when they are removed. Such marks should blend in with time.
  • Never place hot dishes directly onto wooden or painted surfaces, we recommend you use tablemats. Prolonged use of hot electrical equipment, such as a laptop, on top of furniture may also cause scorching.
  • The dark rubber feet used on electrical and other equipment occasionally contain chemicals that can leave a permanent mark on furniture surfaces; care should be taken.

Oiled Ranges

  • Oiled furniture will benefit from a limited amount of maintenance to keep it in prime condition. If this maintenance is not carried out the wood may become dry, lose its depth of colour and become more susceptible to staining and watermarking
  • To help protect oiled furniture products from spills and to keep them looking great, periodic oiling is required. It is easy to carry out – simply apply Danish oil, available form most DIY stores, with a lint free cloth, thinly whenever the product lightens, feels dry to the touch or displays lighter dry patches.
  • Due to the variable absorbency of real wood, Products may require a light oiling on delivery, or may require time for oil to fully absorb when unwrapped. Periodic oiling is required whenever the appearance requires it; do not over oil. Spills may stain and should be removed immediately, for full details see the Cabinet Cleaning and Care section

For information on caring for all cabinet ranges please see Cabinet Cleaning and Care section

Self Assembly Product

  • Some of our products are designed to be assembled by the customer at home. Assembly is simple and detailed instructions will be supplied with the product.
  • Self-assembly products will not be unpacked on delivery so a signature to acknowledge that delivery has been carried out successfully is all that is required.
  • Guardsman protection is not available on self-assembly products.

Measuring

Your furniture will be delivered by PHL (Premier Home Logistics) or a nominated carrier. Our delivery drivers will survey delivery access and take all possible precautions to ensure damage free delivery. Furniture will be put in place, unwrapped and the packaging taken away (excludes self assembly items). We are unable to remove old furniture. Charges will apply for redelivery caused by cancellation so please fully consider the information in this section.

Are there any access problems?

Please tell us at point of order if your home, or room is difficult to access. This will affect how we deliver your furniture and may involve an additional charge.

Have you ordered a large piece? Marked in Catalogue as

Certain pieces are marked as LARGE in our Catalogue.

Please take extra care to ensure they will fit into your home on delivery.

Please be at home at the scheduled delivery time.

At least 48 hrs prior to the selected delivery date you will receive a phone call or SMS text message to confirm a morning or afternoon delivery. To help in planning, we will call en route prior to delivery.

If you are not at home when the delivery arrives it is likely to be taken away to avoid delay to other customers. Charges will apply for redelivery caused by cancellation. A charge of £60 will be made for re-delivery or collection see full terms and conditions for more information.

You will be asked to check and sign for your furniture.

Your furniture will be unwrapped on delivery. You will be asked to check the furniture and sign a Proof of Delivery document. This document confirms that you have received your order in satisfactory condition, that you have been given a copy of the Furniture Care and Information Guide and that there has been no damage to your property. Goods cannot be left unchecked. Any issues must be reported to Customer Services immediately.

An adult must be present.

An adult must be present to accept delivery. Only an adult can sign the Proof of Delivery document.

Furniture Legs

Furniture legs and castors can cause marking to floor coverings (particularly wooden/laminate floors) –if this concerns you please take steps to minimise such damage by using felt pads or castor cups.

For Measuring Up and Charges please read on, for our full delivery terms and conditions please click here. Please read before proceeding with your order.

Measuring up for Cabinet Delivery

When buying large items of furniture, it is vital to make sure it will fit through the property access and into the intended space in your room. Make sure there is enough height, width and diagonal depth to accommodate your furniture’s entry and that there’s plenty of room to manoeuvre around corners and through doors.

Steps to ensure a problem free delivery

Before ordering, please check carefully that the upholstery, bed and cabinet products you have ordered will fit into the intended space in your home. It is extremely important that customers advise us of any potential delivery difficulties or obstacles. Charges will apply for redelivery caused by failed delivery or cancellation.

Step 1 – Check the furniture can access to the room.

Diagram

Cabinet Furniture

For cabinet furniture, check that the width of the door A is wider than the depth or width of the furniture. Then check that the height of the furniture is less than either the door height B or the entry into the room C.

For larger pieces of cabinet furniture e.g. wardrobes, tall cabinets and sideboards you will need to check there is enough space to turn the furniture. The width of the corridor D or staircase entry or exit turn E must be at least 100cm wide.

Upholstered Furniture

For upholstered furniture the width of the door must be wider than the arm height. The average arm height of our upholstered furniture is 66cm but some are as high as 79cm. If the width of any door the furniture has to pass through is less than 70cm then choose a furniture design with a lower arm height. The width of sofas must be less than the door height B or the entry into the room C.

For larger sofas you will also need to check there is enough space to turn the furniture. The width of the corridor D or staircase entry E must be at least smallest measurement (either Width or Depth) of the sofa plus 10cm.

Please note: This is only a guide and does not guarantee your furniture purchase will fit. Also our delivery drivers are not able to remove doors and windows to effect access. If doors, windows or stair banisters need to be removed in order for the furniture to fit, you will need to arrange this before the day of delivery.

Step 2-Measure the space where the furniture will sit.

  • Check that the furniture will fit the space in the room where it will sit. The dimensions of each piece of furniture can be found on this website or in our Home Catalogue.
  • Furniture can appear smaller in the store than it actually is. The furniture will appear a lot bigger in your room. The easiest way to check the amount of floor space a piece of furniture will take up is by marking the area out on the floor where the furniture will sit. This can be done by either using masking tape or a newspaper template.
  • If the piece of furniture is going to be placed in an alcove make sure when measuring that you allow for the skirting boards. For tall pieces of cabinet furniture e.g. wardrobes and dressers, check that the height of the cabinet is not too tall for the room. Check that you have enough space to walk around the furniture and for the doors and drawers of cabinet furniture to open.
  • When ordering a recliner armchair or sofa bed check there is enough space in the room for the chair or bed when fully extended.

Step 3- Check our large delivery lorry can reach the delivery address

  • Our delivery vehicles are large. Please check that they can gain safe and ample access to or immediately adjacent to the delivery address.
  • Are there any access problems? Please tell us at point of order if your home or room is difficult to access. This will affect how we deliver your furniture and may involve an additional charge. Please consider:
  • Can a delivery lorry park immediately outside your home?
  • Is your home easy to find or are extra directions needed?
  • Are there steps up to your front door or other obstacles such as narrow gateways or railings?
  • Have you checked that your furniture will fit through your doors? Our delivery drivers are not able to remove doors and windows to effect access.
  • Are there narrow corridors or internal steps to negotiate? If there are turns to be made is there sufficient space to turn the piece of furniture?
  • Are there any internal obstacles –wall lights, low hanging lights, framed prints on wall, low ceilings, beams?

Delivery Charges and Timeframes

  • Mirrors marked  , Furniture and Upholstery Orders of £1000 and over after discount, FREE DELIVERY.
  • A delivery charge of £25 applies to Mirrors marked  , Furniture and Upholstery Orders under £1000 after discount.
  • Made-to-Measure, Standard Home Furnishings and Furniture marked do not contribute towards the qualifying value for FREE Standard Home Delivery.
  • Additional charges may apply in certain circumstances. Please see our terms and conditions for more details.
  • When you order, we will give you an approximate week that our carrier will contact you to arrange delivery. Depending on the Products ordered, the Products with the longest time to completion may determine your estimated delivery week.
  • Please provide a mobile number where ever possible upon order placement.
  •  indicates mirrors delivered by Standard Home Delivery.
  • indicates furniture delivered by Standard Parcel Delivery at a minimum delivery charge of £4.50. Where applicable this is marked in all Laura Ashley mailers and publications.

Arranging and Completing Delivery

  • We have our own fleet of delivery vehicles. In some areas we use other carefully selected carriers.
  • Once your order is ready, we will offer you the first available delivery date. In some areas dates are limited to one day a week due to carrier availability. We are unable to agree specific delivery times and dates requested.
  • If we are unable to contact you we will leave a message with a selected available date for you, please contact us immediately should this be unsuitable.
  • At least 48 hrs prior to the selected delivery date you will receive a phone call or SMS text message to confirm a morning or afternoon delivery. To help in planning, we will call en route prior to delivery.
  • A two-person delivery crew will deliver to your room of choice, provided there is ample and safe access.
  • Please assist us by clearing pathways and removing fragile items in advance of delivery.
  • Your furniture excluding self assembly will be unpacked, set in position, and assembled with the packaging removed and taken away.
  • If requested we can leave packaging after Products have been checked.
  • Products must be carefully checked at time of delivery and signed for by an adult.
  • Any defect or damage must be reported to Customer Services immediately after delivery.
  • Self assembly Products and Furniture marked will not be unpacked on delivery. A signature to acknowledge the delivery has been carried out successfully is all that is required.
  • We will provide a comprehensive Information and Care Guide on delivery to help you maintain the quality of your product. Please take time to read and follow this Guide carefully.

For full delivery terms and conditions, please click here.

Cabinet Cleaning & Care

We recommend the purchase of a Guardsman Protection Plan at time of ordering, to offer extra peace of mind in case of accidents. To prolong the life of your Cabinet furniture we advise the following:

Cleaning & Care - Hard Lacquer or Wax Finish

  • To maintain the appearance of your furniture we recommend regular dusting with a soft cloth. It may occasionally be wiped with a soft cloth very lightly dampened with a mild detergent solution and dried with a lint-free cloth.
  • A beeswax furniture polish from a reputable supplier may also be used.
  • The repeated use of a silicone-containing polish is not recommended, as it will lead to a build up of a silicone film altering the appearance of the piece.
  • Glass or mirrored panels should be cleaned using a non solvent based glass cleaner and soft cloth, carefully avoiding contact with wooden or painted sections.
  • Spills should be removed immediately by blotting with a dry cloth.
  • If the spillage has caused staining we recommend you contact specialist cleaners who are equipped to deal with such occurrences. For professional cleaning and maintenance advice contact Guardsman Home Services on 0845 6020789.

Cleaning & Care - Oiled Ranges

  • Oiled furniture will benefit from a limited amount of maintenance to keep it in prime condition. If this maintenance is not carried out the wood may become dry, lose its depth of colour and become more susceptible to staining and watermarking
  • To help protect oiled furniture products from spills and to keep them looking great, periodic oiling is required. It is easy to carry out – simply apply Danish oil, available from most DIY stores, thinly with a lint free cloth to the outside of the furniture to nourish the wood whenever the product lightens, feels dry to the touch or displays lighter dry patches.
  • Oiling must be repeated periodically whenever the appearance requires it; do not over oil.
  • Small cans of Danish Oil are available from most DIY or hardware stores. Do not use oils sold for cooking or eating.
  • On receipt furniture will have been wrapped since manufacture and due to the variable absorbency of real wood, Products may require a light oiling on delivery, or may require time for oil to fully absorb when unwrapped. Oak seats may take 2 –3 days for the protective oil to completely dry, and care should be taken to protect clothing during this time.
  • We also recommend that drawers are left open and empty for 24 hours to allow any residual odour from the oil to dissipate and ensure the oil is dry.
  • When oiling chairs, take care not to stain the seat fabric.
  • Glass or mirrored panels should be cleaned using a non solvent based glass cleaner and soft cloth, carefully avoiding contact with wooden or painted sections.

Spills

  • Spills should be removed immediately by blotting with a dry cloth. Product that is not correctly oiled will be more susceptible to staining.
  • Light stains may be removed by gently rubbing in the direction of the grain with 400 grit (very fine) sandpaper and re-oiling as directed above.
  • If the spillage has caused permanent staining we recommend you contact specialist cleaners who are equipped to deal with such occurrences. For professional cleaning and maintenance advice contact Guardsman Home Services on 0845 6020789

Cleaning and Care - Mirrored Ranges

  • Spills should be removed immediately using a damp cloth.
  • To maintain the appearance of your furniture we recommend regular dusting with a soft cloth.
  • Glass or mirrored panels should be cleaned using a non solvent based glass cleaner and soft cloth, carefully avoiding contact with wooden or painted sections.
  • The repeated use of a silicone-containing polish is not recommended as it will lead to a build up of a silicone film altering the appearance of the piece.

General Cabinet Care

  • Take care when moving furniture, dragging pieces across the floor will cause damage to the joints, as will dropping furniture onto corners or feet
  • Leaning backwards on two legs of a chair will weaken joints.
  • Take care to prevent sharp objects such as toys, buckles and heels from coming into contact with your furniture.
  • If your furniture becomes stained, scratched or chipped or suffers other damage we recommend professional help is sought to restore it.
  • If you have relevant insurance you may wish to contact them for advice. Alternatively a nationwide service is offered by Guardsman Home Services 0845 6020789.

Levelling Assembly and Moving Products

  • It is essential that your furniture is positioned on a level surface to ensure that the doors hang correctly and open smoothly.
  • Wedges or adjustable feet or hinges are provided for products with doors to assist you in levelling the furniture. With wedges, when the furniture has been in place for several days, to allow carpets to compress, the unwanted part of the wedges should be snapped off so they are no longer visible.
  • If doors fail to operate smoothly, or the product is moved, levelling should be rechecked. Any suitable packing material can be used to level, by raising the lower corner as required.
  • If doors fail to operate smoothly, or the product is moved, readjust the doors or levelling
  • Take care when moving products. We recommend they are lifted by two persons as dragging items across the floor will cause damage to the joints.
  • Large items which are assembled on site from multiple sections should be disassembled before relocation to a new position.
  • Self Assembly items should be assembled at the intended location and lifted carefully into position.

Sunlight and Heat

  • Avoid exposing your furniture to excessive heat e.g. by placing it in front of a radiator, as this can cause cracking. A minimum 30cm clearance from heat sources is advised.
  • Direct sunlight will cause the colour of real wood to change, even if it is painted and lacquered, this will be more readily apparent if the furniture is placed under a window.
  • Use in hot and sunny conservatories is not recommended.
  • Leaving items such as vases or ornaments in one place on a piece of furniture in sunlight may leave a mark when they are removed. Such marks should blend in with time.
  • Never place hot dishes directly onto wooden or painted surfaces, we recommend you use tablemats. Prolonged use of hot electrical equipment, such as a laptop, on top of furniture may also cause scorching.

The dark rubber feet used on electrical and other equipment occasionally contain chemicals that can leave a permanent mark on furniture surfaces; care should be taken.

Care

  • We recommend that delicate flooring is protected from potential marking by feet or legs.
  • Dropping furniture onto corners or feet will cause damage to the frame and/or legs.
  • Leaning backwards on two legs of a chair or stool will weaken joints.
  • Take care to prevent sharp objects such as toys, buckles and heels from coming into contact with your furniture, and avoid contact with any chemicals which may permanently mark the surface.
  • If your furniture becomes stained, scratched or chipped or suffers other damage we recommend professional help is sought to restore it.
  • If you have relevant insurance you may wish to contact your provider for advice. Alternatively a nationwide service is offered by Guardsman Home Services 0845 6020789.

Following the guidelines above will ensure product performance is maintained. Laura Ashley is not responsible for defects caused by the misuse of your product.

Mirrors

Laura Ashley mirrors are craftsman made with great care and attention to produce distinctive pieces that will bring pleasure for years to come.

  • The strong frames are made from modern materials that will not warp or move with changes in humidity. Each item of furniture is hand finished.
  • Selected Mirrors are hand engraved
  • With careful use these finely produced pieces will give many years of satisfaction.

Choosing the right place to hang a decorative mirror is important; consider what will be reflected; for example a mirror hung in front of window will reflect the outside in.

Heat

  • Avoid exposing your furniture to excessive heat for example by placing it directly above a radiator, as this can cause cracking.
  • A minimum 30cm clearance from heat sources is advised.

Hanging

  • It is important to use the correct size and suitable mounting fixings and only attach to a solid wall.

Maintenance and Care Instructions

To prolong the life of your mirror we advise the following:

Cleaning

  • To maintain the appearance of your furniture we recommend regular dusting with a soft cloth.
  • Glass or mirrored panels should be cleaned using a non solvent based glass cleaner and soft cloth, carefully avoiding contact with wooden or painted sections.
  • The repeated use of a silicone-containing polish is not recommended as it will lead to a build up of a silicone film altering the appearance of the piece.
  • Clean up excess water and spills immediately using a lightly dampened cloth followed by a dry cloth. Use a blotting rather than a wiping action.
  • Water left over a long period of time may cause white spots in the finish.

Care

  • Some chemicals may damage the mirrors finish. Take care to avoid the following: iodine, hair dye, shaving cream, after shave lotion, alcohol, perfume, acetone and paint remover coming into contact with your mirror.
  • Always follow the Hanging Instructions carefully to prevent unnecessary damage or accidents.
  • Avoid using delicate protrusions as hand holds when carrying mirrors as this can cause breakage.
  • Take care when moving mirrors, always use two persons to lift, as dragging pieces or carrying single-handed may cause the frame to twist, or damage the joints which could crack the glass
  • Dropping mirrors will cause damage.
  • Take care to prevent sharp objects such as toys, from coming into contact with your furniture as permanent marks may occur.
  • Avoid dragging items across the surface as this may cause fine surface scratches in the glass.
  • If your mirror becomes stained, scratched or chipped, or suffers other damage we recommend professional help is sought to restore it. If you have relevant insurance you may wish to contact them for advice. Alternatively a nationwide service is offered by Guardsman Home Services on 0845 6020789

Following the guidelines above will ensure product performance is maintained. Laura Ashley is not responsible for defects caused by the misuse of your product.

Beds

Selecting Your Bed

Laura Ashley bedsteads are beautiful, decorative and will provide a definite classic or contemporary look to your bedroom. A bedstead consists of a head and end board with a wooden slatted base for the mattress to rest on. Laura Ashley offer a range of both metal and wooden beds which feature either sprung or solid slats. Sprung slats offer cushioned support, solid slats offer a firmer base. Some of our beds are sold complete with mattress included, whilst others are sold separately to allow you the flexibility to choose your own mattress. We offer a wide range of quality mattresses to ensure your complete comfort; full details are available in the Laura Ashley catalogue or on our website.

Consider the size of your bedroom when deciding on a bed size. Enough room to walk around the bed is required, and don't forget the rest of the bedroom furniture need to fit in too! Leave ample space for the bedroom and wardrobe doors to open.

Mattress Size

  • Please ensure that the mattress you intend using is compatible with the dimensions of your chosen bed before purchase. Bed dimensions are available from the Laura Ashley catalogue or our website.
  • Laura Ashley offers a wide range of quality mattresses fully compatible with our bed range.
  • As with all slatted beds some slight movement of the mattress on the smooth slats should be expected.

Metal Cast Bed Collection

  • Laura Ashley metal beds are beautifully crafted and feature hand poured castings and sprung slats. We offer a choice of sizes to suit all needs.
  • Beds are available in ivory; all Laura Ashley paint finishes are durable.
  • All of our metal beds are sold as self assembly, assembly is very simple and full instructions will be enclosed with your product.
  • If you are short on space but want an extra bed for visitors take a look at our metal day beds. Instead of drawers under your bed, there's another bed. Pull it out and it can be raised to the same height as the bed to create a large double sleeping space or two singles.
  • Metal beds are not suitable for children 6 years and under because of the entrapment hazard.

Features of Metal Cast Beds

Our beds are hand finished so it is important to understand their unique properties which add to the individuality of each piece.

Pouring Points

  • These are a feature of all cast beds and are formed as part of the casting process where the molten metal is poured into the mould. These pouring points are then hand fettled but may appear as small raised areas around joints.

Movement

  • To prevent movement check all fixings are tight and secure before use. From time to time all fixings and joints will require tightening to prevent loosening which can create squeaks and movement, full instructions are enclosed with your product.
  • Most squeaks can be resolved by retightening.

Maintenance of Metal Cast Beds

  • To maintain the appearance of your Bed we recommend regular dusting with a soft cloth.
  • Spills should be removed immediately, in particular do not allow liquid to remain on your slats as this can cause wood to warp or finishes to de-laminate
  • Stubborn stains may be wiped with a soft cloth dampened with a mild detergent solution and dried with a lint-free cloth. Do not use abrasives or scouring creams.

Maintenance of Mattress and Bed Sets

  • To prolong the life of your mattress please follow the guidelines below:
  • We recommend turning mattresses every month to ensure even wear and prolong the life of your mattress. Mattresses should be turned monthly in rotation, both top to bottom and side to side.
  • Avoid sitting on the edges of your mattress as this will compress the sides and distort the shape.
  • We strongly recommend that you prevent liquid coming into contact with the mattress surface and fillings, as this can cause damage, the use of a mattress protector offers some additional protection from soiling.
  • Laura Ashley offer a range of machine washable mattress and pillow protectors see catalogue or website for details.

Wooden Bed Collection

  • Laura Ashley wooden beds are beautifully crafted and feature either sprung or fixed slats. We offer a choice of sizes to suit all needs.
  • Our wooden bedsteads have complimenting cabinet pieces so you can give your whole bedroom one look. Selected furniture ranges have cabinet pieces for both the bedroom and living space.
  • Most wooden beds are assembled on delivery please check the relevant product details for confirmation.

Features of Wooden Beds

  • Details of the various cabinet features and finishes available can be found within the relevant cabinet range in the catalogue or website, please read these carefully to select a bed which is perfect for you.

Maintenance of Wooden Beds

  • Please follow the care instructions for the relevant range of cabinet; details are available within the website.
  • Spills should be removed immediately, in particular do not allow liquid to remain on your slats as this can cause wood to warp or finishes to de-laminate.
  • To prevent movement check all fixings are tight and secure before use. From time to time all fixings and joints will require tightening to prevent loosening which can create squeaks and movement, full instructions are enclosed with your product. Most squeaks can be resolved by retightening.

Divan Collection

  • Laura Ashley divans feature sturdy timber frames with sprung edges on cane edged spring tops covered in cotton rich ticking.
  • For added flexibility and generous storage on 4ft 6” and 5ft choose from a choice of 4 draw, 2 draw, or plain divan without draws.
  • On 3ft divans choose from 2 draw or plain divan without draw designs.
  • Combine with one of our beautiful metal or fabric headboards and comfortable mattresses for a complete sleep experience.

Headboards

Headboards are finishing touches to any bedroom. Choose from over 100 fabrics or from our range of metal headboards. All our headboards come in 3’, 4’6” and 5’.

The headboard can compliment any style or colour in your bedroom. Laura Ashley offers 6 styles of headboards in a wide range of fabrics for you to choose from.

  • Stanton Stylish buttoned fixed cover headboard
  • Buxton With a gently curved top edge, upholstered in calico and fitted with a removable loose cover, secured into place with side ties. Loose cover can also be purchased separately.
  • Herriot Timeless fixed cover upholstered headboard featuring vertical stitch detail.
  • Bramhope Classic upholstered headboard with a lightly padded loose cover and side ties.
  • Langley Indulgent headboard with diamond shapes created by button detail.
  • Camber a high headboard featuring large padded vertical columns.

Metal Headboards:

Ideal with our Divan range our handmade metal headboards are available in Petula, Somerset & Phoebe ranges.

All headboards are supplied with struts, which attach to your divan bed.

    General Care of Beds

  • Take care when moving furniture, dragging pieces across the floor will cause damage to the joints and weaken fixings, as will dropping onto legs.
  • Take care to prevent sharp objects such as toys, buckles and heels from coming into contact with your bed.
  • If your furniture becomes stained, scratched or chipped or suffers other damage we recommend professional help is sought to restore it.
  • If you have relevant insurance you may wish to contact them for advice. Alternatively a nationwide service is offered by Guardsman Home Services 0845 6020789.

Levelling Beds

  • It is essential that your bed be positioned on a level and solid surface so the frame sits correctly and movement is minimized.

Sunlight and Heat

  • Avoid exposing your bed to direct sunlight as this may prematurely fade the colour, in addition a minimum clearance of 30cm from heat sources is advised.

Fabric Cleaning

Follow the specific instructions for each fabric carefully and always check the label, as recommended care for the fabric may differ from the recommended care for the product. Fixed and loose covers can be professionally cleaned in situ.

  •  Dry Clean Only  Sensitive Dry Clean Only
  • Washed Linen is washable at 40º.
  • Most of our fabrics have a protective coating applied (excluding Washed Linen, Evedon, Floral Linen, Sienna and Cassie), however as with all upholstery, periodic cleaning of the entire piece is essential to maintain appearance and prevent premature fading and wear.
  • Clean co-ordinated items at the same time, as some colour loss may occur.
  • Always allow for 3% shrinkage upon the first wash or dry clean.
  • To remove everyday household dust and dirt, clean regularly by gently vacuuming fabric.
  • Remove all spills immediately. Blot liquid spills with a clean, dry, white cloth, work towards the centre of the spill. Do not rub or use abrasive cleaners as this may damage the furniture. Should the piece become stained or suffer other damage we recommend professional advice is sought. If you have Guardsman Protection Plan contact them immediately for advice, alternatively a nationwide service is offered by Safeclean (0800 585693).

Sunlight and Heat

  • All upholstery and leather fabrics can be affected by light, so we recommend it is positioned away from direct sunlight and heat to protect it from fading and premature wear.
  • At least a 30cm clearance from heat sources such as radiators is advised to prevent colour change or permanent marks occurring.

Care

  • Take care to prevent sharp objects such as toys, buckles and heels from coming into contact with your furniture as they may cause damage. We recommend you discourage domestic pets from climbing on or clawing upholstery.
  • Avoid air pollution such as cigarette smoke and cooking fumes, which can cause leather ad fabric to fade or change colour.
  • Take care to avoid hair preparations and other cosmetics coming into contact with the fabric or leather; as this is likely to damage the surface.
  • Place furniture gently in place when moving it, as dropping onto glides or legs may cause damage.
  • Please do not allow your furniture to be jumped on, as this will damage the springs and frame, and invalidate the guarantee.
  • We recommend wooden and delicate flooring is protected from possible marking by feet or castors.

Mattresses

Over one third of your life is spent in bed. In other words you will have spent 15 years in bed by the time you reach the age of 45, so it's very important that you choose the right mattress for you.

Laura Ashley mattresses are made with great care and attention to produce distinctive pieces that will bring comfort and pleasure for years to come. We offer a range of options to compliment our elegant range of beds.

  • Laura Ashley mattresses are made using high quality materials, and feature covers from our beautiful fabric collection.
  • We offer a choice of sizes to suit all needs, single 3ft, double 4ft.6”, large double 5ft.
  • Our mattresses offer a selection of features to choose from which include, hand tufting with woollen or felt tufts, pocket springs or open coils with spring insulators, reflex foam, micro quilted borders or hand stitching.
  • Some of our beds are sold complete with mattress included, whilst others are sold separately to allow you the flexibility to mix and match your own bed and mattress.
  • We offer a wide range of quality beds to ensure your complete satisfaction; full details are available on this website or in the Laura Ashley catalogue.
  • With careful use these finely made mattresses will give many years of satisfaction.

Types of Mattresses & Features

How your mattress feels will depend on the springs and fillings.

Features of Mattresses

Hand Tufting

- This traditional skill ensures that all the fillings in your mattress are secured to provide the perfect sleeping surface and a tailored finish

Hand Side Stitching

- Skilled craftsmen use unique upholstery needles to hand side stitch mattress borders. This lengthy process gives the necessary rigidity and support to the mattress walls, thus extending the sleeping area to the edge of the mattress.

Spring Insulators

- A strong robust felt is used to insulate the actual springs within these mattresses

Open Coil

- The finest wire is used to produce a continuous link of open coil springs. This spring unit is strong, durable and offers superb resilience for a traditional feel.

Pocket Sprung

- These are individually pocketed springs which work independently to shape to the body providing superb resilience and optimum comfort and support. Coiled metal springs provide excellent support because only the springs on which weight are placed actually move.

Reflex Foam

- This strong resilient foam provides a supportive feel, it is treated with fire retardancy for your safety.

Mattress Handles

- Laura Ashley mattresses have strong, durable flag stitched handles to allow easy turning

Highest Quality Ticking

- Keeps the mattress cool and allows it to breathe keeping the mattress ventilated

Mattress Size

  • Laura Ashley offers a wide range of quality mattresses compatible with our bed collection, which meet industry standard sizes.
  • Please ensure that the mattress you select will fit your chosen bed before purchase.
  • After delivery please allow time for your mattress to settle back into its specified dimensions once placed flat on your chosen bed.
  • When using our mattresses with non Laura Ashley beds we recommend the clearance between each slat should not exceed 6.5cm as this may affect performance.
  • Day beds require specific mattress sizes and are usually sold complete.
  • It is normal on slatted beds to experience some slight movement of the mattress on the smooth slats.

Maintenance and Care Instructions

To help prolong the life of your Mattress or Divan we advise the following:

Maintenance

  • The mattress or divan can be cleaned with a soft brush or vacuumed.
  • Never use detergent of chemical cleaner on the bed fabric as this can cause staining, bleaching and damage to the material and fillings.

Care

Turning Mattresses

It is very important that your mattress is rotated from end to end each month and unless a ‘no turn’ specification also turned over completely as instructed by the stickers on your mattress. Initially to help your mattress settle we would encourage the rotation/turning of mattress weekly wherever possible for the first 2-3 months, and then monthly thereafter.

Divan Storage and Use

Divan units with draws offer ample storage. Draw loads should not exceed 15kg as this may restrict use and cause damage. Ensure the divan section connectors are securely in place.

Liquids

  • We strongly recommend that you prevent liquid coming into contact with the mattress or divan surface and fillings, as this can cause damage.
  • The use of a mattress protector offers some additional protection from soiling.
  • Laura Ashley offers a range of machine washable mattress and pillow protectors see the catalogue or www.lauraashley.com for details.

Protecting the Shape and Comfort of Your Mattress

  • We recommend you do not fold or roll your mattress as this will damage the vital edge support and may buckle or twist the spring unit.
  • Avoid using the edge of your mattress or divan as a seat; as such localized pressure on the interior may eventually spoil its shape and comfort.
  • All mattresses and divans will show evidence of body decompression after use, and this is a normal feature of all mattresses and not a defect.
  • Sprung mattresses in particular because of the spring characteristics and layers of upholstery will compress where springs mould to body shape and weight, most noticeably in the centre of the mattress where weight is concentrated.

Following the guidelines above will ensure product performance is maintained. Laura Ashley is not responsible for defects caused by the misuse of your product or where the unit is in an unhygienic or stained condition.



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