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Dee
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12200 posts since 22/11/07

12 Apr 2022 18:38
Try a tack cloth, really strong tape, or a really fine brush like a lens cleaner (pain if a large area). Go easy with any liquid, inc white spirit, could remove staining.
willesdengreen
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660 posts since 10/6/10

15 Apr 2022 15:20
furnishing a flat from scratch for the first time … where's good for cheap and cheerful odds and ends?

i'm gonna try and get nice antiques for the biggest pieces of furniture, but i'll need to buy cheaper stuff for a lot of the smaller bits - cushions, floor lamps, mirrors etc.

what's the next best cut above ikea?

RickRude
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4204 posts since 13/1/12

posted 15 Apr 2022 15:34, edited 15 Apr 2022 15:34
Tk Maxx for the cheaper stuff.
burny
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6157 posts since 25/5/06

posted 15 Apr 2022 15:43, edited 15 Apr 2022 15:43
Depends on your style but;
Muuto
Ferm Living
Hay

Are all good for the above items.

Then for soft furnishings usually all the usual haunts are good to check out;
Libertys
Couverture
Baileys Home
Petersham Nurseries
Glassette etc
Crackajack
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8200 posts since 21/4/05

15 Apr 2022 16:14
willesdengreen wrote: furnishing a flat from scratch for the first time … where's good for cheap and cheerful odds and ends?

i'm gonna try and get nice antiques for the biggest pieces of furniture, but i'll need to buy cheaper stuff for a lot of the smaller bits - cushions, floor lamps, mirrors etc.

what's the next best cut above ikea?

Others can probably suggest more but depending on what age of item you are after these are worth keeping an eye on.

https://www.instagram.com/themodernvintagecollective/

https://www.instagram.com/midcenturyfindsuk/

willesdengreen
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660 posts since 10/6/10

15 Apr 2022 21:50
got to love fuk. thanks for the recommends guys
CArlW
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117 posts since 21/2/10

16 Apr 2022 11:58
willesdengreen wrote: got to love fuk. thanks for the recommends guys

https://www.instagram.com/hostinteriors/?hl=en

** Shameless plug** Hit me up if you’re after anything in particular. Instagram is tragically out of date but loads of stock
Hanto
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3546 posts since 30/11/09

22 Apr 2022 08:39
Recommendations for office chairs? Is the Aeron still the way to go or other options? Looked at the Embody, Mirra, Steelcase Leap V2 and a few others.

If Aeron, anyone seen the difference between the Remastered and Classic? Also, buy new or refurbished?
gaffer
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610 posts since 13/4/05

22 Apr 2022 18:58

I got a new Aeron remastered at the start of lockdown. Was initially looking at used but there wasn’t a huge difference in price unless looking at really old ones (also needed a size C which were difficult to find), so plumped for a brand new one. Also nice to think I’m the only person who’s farted on it. It’s been great but there are occasions where I think it would be nice to have a head rest. I would try a few out if you can.
Rirawin
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9651 posts since 17/7/05

23 Apr 2022 08:04
I had a Herman Miller chair but ended up replacing it with an adjustable standing desk. Not looked back.
Hanto
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3546 posts since 30/11/09

23 Apr 2022 10:08
gaffer wrote: I got a new Aeron remastered at the start of lockdown. Was initially looking at used but there wasn’t a huge difference in price unless looking at really old ones (also needed a size C which were difficult to find), so plumped for a brand new one. Also nice to think I’m the only person who’s farted on it. It’s been great but there are occasions where I think it would be nice to have a head rest. I would try a few out if you can.

I used a classic when I went to our London office and loved the weightless feeling when leaning back. The remastered is negligible in cost new and used as you say.

A mate recommended the atlas headrest if you are looking?

Just bought an Ercol desk rira so that options out. Laughing out loud
gaffer
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610 posts since 13/4/05

24 Apr 2022 19:16
Hanto wrote: A mate recommended the atlas headrest if you are looking?

Ta will check them out Cool
Blofeld
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302 posts since 30/12/15

30 Apr 2022 12:12
Do folks find Zara home stuff is generally good quality?

Looking at a couple of odds and ends online (laundry basket, bath mat, lamp, etc) and looking for confirmation that it is not all total tat!
illwill
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4170 posts since 17/5/04

30 Apr 2022 12:37
Hanto wrote: Recommendations for office chairs? Is the Aeron still the way to go or other options? Looked at the Embody, Mirra, Steelcase Leap V2 and a few others.

If Aeron, anyone seen the difference between the Remastered and Classic? Also, buy new or refurbished?

https://www.humanscale.com/products/seating/freedom-headrest-executive-chair

Not the prettiest but definitely the best I've ever sat in.

Frequently on ebay for cheap.
mtthrvy2
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1988 posts since 8/11/10

30 Apr 2022 12:43
Blofeld wrote: Do folks find Zara home stuff is generally good quality?

Looking at a couple of odds and ends online (laundry basket, bath mat, lamp, etc) and looking for confirmation that it is not all total tat!

the John Lewis anyday range is decent from what I've seen, if youre looking at budget stuff
diederik
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3325 posts since 16/8/11

30 Apr 2022 15:10
Blofeld wrote: Do folks find Zara home stuff is generally good quality?

Looking at a couple of odds and ends online (laundry basket, bath mat, lamp, etc) and looking for confirmation that it is not all total tat!

Better quality than their clothes (but also priced like that) - from the stuff I've seen/owned it's pretty decent for the money
Blofeld
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302 posts since 30/12/15

30 Apr 2022 18:47
Appreciate it my dudes. I’ll give em a crack.
eazypz
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3680 posts since 16/4/10

30 Apr 2022 19:05
Got a few Zara Home bits, it’s what you’d expect for the price tag. Not had issues with anything I’ve bought.
andymakesglasses
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20740 posts since 26/1/06

1 May 2022 08:25
illwill wrote: https://www.humanscale.com/products/seating/freedom-headrest-executive-chair

Not the prettiest but definitely the best I've ever sat in.

Frequently on ebay for cheap.

You can buy "refurbished" Humanscale chairs from 2ndHnd. Bought a Liberty a few years ago and you wouldn't know it had been used.
Crackajack
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8200 posts since 21/4/05

1 May 2022 08:33
andymakesglasses wrote:
illwill wrote: https://www.humanscale.com/products/seating/freedom-headrest-executive-chair

Not the prettiest but definitely the best I've ever sat in.

Frequently on ebay for cheap.

You can buy "refurbished" Humanscale chairs from 2ndHnd. Bought a Liberty a few years ago and you wouldn't know it had been used.

Had awful customer service buying from them. Sent the wrong chair, then right one but broken, then wrong one again.