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  1. Teak Root Glass Table: A Spotlight

    Teak Root Glass Table: A Spotlight

    Teak is our signature material and we love using it to create beautiful and unique pieces. The Teak Root Glass Table is a famous Raft piece that was designed by co-founder Mick Quinn. With sustainability at the root of Raft, it's fitting that this statement table is supported by a FLEGT certified teak root. Each table is totally unique and...
  2. Unique home accessories for statement interiors

    Unique home accessories for statement interiors

    Unique home accessories are much sought after because they bring a touch of individuality and character to your home. Whether you're looking for a centrepiece for your dining table or a piece d'art in your bedroom, it's hard to know where to begin. At Raft, we pride ourselves on our entire end to end process. In order to cultivate our...
  3. Self care interiors: Surrounded by comfort

    Self care interiors: Surrounded by comfort

    Self care is one of the main priorities when cultivating a calming bedroom space. However, it's important to surround yourself with comfort no matter where you are in your home. Your interiors should reflect, support and comfort you. Luckily, out team of Interior Design aficionados know just the tricks. So, when considering how to incorporate self care into your space...
  4. Flat sofa? Here's how to plump your sofa

    Flat sofa? Here's how to plump your sofa

    If you have a flat sofa, this is how to plump it to keep it looking brand new for years to come. Due to the high-quality materials and handmade care that goes into our sofas, they require plumping and your care to maintain their timeless beauty. Raft sofas promise comfort, style and timelessness and in return, need to be plumped...
  5. English Wine Week 2021 Celebrations with Raft

    English Wine Week 2021 Celebrations with Raft

    Love English Wine? This year English Wine Week is from 19th to 27th June 2021. How are you celebrating? A campaign that supports local vineyards and homegrown grapes. Essentially, the aim is to spread the word about the wonderful wines we produce and establish Great Britain as one of  the world's greatest quality wine regions. Although England boasts 400 vineyards...
  6. Mid Century Modern interiors: A how-to guide

    Mid Century Modern interiors: A how-to guide

    Mid-Century Modern interiors are back and we're here to explain how to give them a Raft twist... The style that celebrates a rejection of pre 1940s stuffiness has recently seen a rebirth. Appearing as a buzzword across Pinterest pages and Instagram tiles, the internet is loving the way it balances character, style and function. Far from a fad, Mid-Century Modern...
  7. National Share a Story Month: Raft & North London 

    National Share a Story Month: Raft & North London 

    In honour of National Share a Story Month, we're taking a trip down memory lane in North London. Born from ideas created by Heinz and Mick in North London in the nineties, Raft's roots are firmly planted in this area of the country, where Mick was born and raised. Growing up in Neasden with his single mother and brother meant...
  8. Fabric Bed Trend Report

    Fabric Bed Trend Report

    Want a fabric bed? You're not alone. The rise of upholstered beds undoubtedly deserves a loud and proud trend report from Raft. If we're honest, there's a special place in our hearts for all kinds of beds, depending on the style of interiors. We love the palatial grandeur of Four Poster Beds in light and airy warehouses. We're also here...
  9. Home office ideas from Raft

    Home office ideas from Raft

    "Home office ideas" has been a trending topic for the last year in the UK. We're all over our make shift kitchen table station and are looking for a home office that is both professional and cozy. When space is at a premium a home office may seem like a stretch but working from home in a small space is...
  10. Face to face appointment: Book now at Raft

    Face to face appointment: Book now at Raft

    Book a face to face appointment at your local Raft store. Our video showroom tours and free interior design consultations have been much sought after over lockdown. However, since retail has re-opened, in-person appointments are on-demand and filling up quickly. Booking ahead of time will ensure a personalised experience and guarantee you won’t miss out. Face to face appointment at...
  11. Bedroom ideas for the luxury hotel feel...

    Bedroom ideas for the luxury hotel feel...

    Bedroom ideas that can help you replicate the aesthetic of  luxury boutique hotels are unsurprisingly on demand right now. Everyone is yearning for the luxurious lounging experience that seems to only exist in hotels but lockdown unfortunately won't permit... Fortunately, our team of interior designers, furniture experts and general home and lifestyle fanatics are constantly working to ensure that our...
  12. Cultivate meaningful interiors with bespoke furniture

    Cultivate meaningful interiors with bespoke furniture

    Bespoke furniture is the key to creating a special home. The most beautiful interiors are always defined by one thing: personality. Cultivate a space that exudes authenticity and taste. How do you execute this vision? Book in for a free Interior Design consultation or come in to see us in your local showroom. With conscious consumerism, bespoke furniture and meaningful...
  13. Distant Shores: Energise your interiors with this trend

    Distant Shores: Energise your interiors with this trend

    Distant Shores is the newest interior design trend that we’ve fallen in love with. From terracotta walls to teak root statement pieces, we’re all yearning for a living space that oozes tranquility and calm. These are the techniques we're using to energise our interiors with the Distant Shores trend. 
  14. Feature wall Zoom stage by our Head of Brand

    Feature wall Zoom stage by our Head of Brand

    For us Interior Design aficionados here at Raft, exposing our homes to the world via Zoom was always going to require some thought. Set a Zoom stage with a feature wall and you'll never look back...
  15. Romantic interiors and Raft's Valentine's must-haves

    Romantic interiors and Raft's Valentine's must-haves

    To us, 'Romantic Interiors' means curved lines, a gentle flow of natural themes and soft textures. The inviting allure of plush tactile design and rich colours, paired with moody lighting is the key to intimate interiors. Tie together your space with natural materials   The sensuality of a space that demonstrates a natural flow of ideas is undeniable. Incorporating natural materials...
  16. 7 Best Sofas for 2021

    7 Best Sofas for 2021

    Choosing the 7 best sofas for 2021 was incredibly difficult because there is no one size fits all recipe for the perfect sofa. However, we took inspiration from our customers and have decided to share our most sought after sofa models of different styles. Catering for every interior design preference, our range of sofas is diverse. We offer sleek, minimalist...
  17. Corner sofa buying guide

    Corner sofa buying guide

    Our corner sofa buyer’s guide is the ultimate comprehensive breakdown, providing you with the necessary tools to choose the perfect sofa for your home.
  18. How to make the perfect cheese board for Christmas

    How to make the perfect cheese board for Christmas

    Knowing how to make the perfect cheese board is the key to festive hosting and will transform your entertaining skills. The Christmas period is beloved for many reasons but the glory of cheese boards is among them. Serve as an accompaniment to drinks, an indulgent appetiser or an after-dinner spread. This is our how-to guide, in honour of our beautiful...
  19. Lighting ideas to carry you through winter and beyond

    Lighting ideas to carry you through winter and beyond

    As the days continue to get shorter and darker, everyone’s searching for lighting ideas to carry them through winter and beyond. Firstly, of course we implore you to adorn your interiors with fairy lights and magical decor (and we urge you to have a peak of our new Christmas collection). However, beyond this, if you’re searching for a long-term investment...
  20. Cosy reading corner ideas

    Cosy reading corner ideas

    Creating a cosy reading corner is a personal interior design project that you will never regret undertaking. With the ability to offer an unused nook a magnetic force, creating a cosy reading corner is the ultimate act of self-care. These reading corner ideas will transform an unused corner or alcove into a haven for relaxation and guilt-free indulgence.  Step by step...
  21. Creating accents with colour on a neutral canvas

    Creating accents with colour on a neutral canvas

    Creating accents with colour on a neutral canvas is the new Scandi trend that has every interior designer on board. While Scandinavian hygge is known for a palette that boasts muted tones and soft neutrals, you can still incorporate colour into your scheme without neglecting your nod to the Nordic... Keep it light In Scandinavian countries, often winters are longer...
  22. Cottagecore: How to style cosy country interiors

    Cottagecore: How to style cosy country interiors

      Keep reading to discover the key to cottagecore interiors. Yearning after the cosy country aesthetic found in cottage style homes? We’re as enamoured as you are with the charm of quintessential cottage interiors and wanted to give you some styling advice to help you to create your very own country-esque haven. Keep reading for some tips on how to incorporate this...
  23. 3 reasons why you need a wooden bench in your home

    3 reasons why you need a wooden bench in your home

    There are a plethora of reasons why you need a wooden bench in your home but often they are overlooked. This blog is dedicated to the 3 main reasons why we love this incredibly simple furniture design: an extended piece of wood, elevated on wooden legs. Considered the seat of civilisation, benches are the chair of choice in public settings from...
  24. Curved furniture: A timeless home comfort

    Curved furniture: A timeless home comfort

    Maintaining harmony and comfort in your home with curved furniture shapes and soft edges is the antidote to lifeless interiors. We can’t deny our appreciation for the contemporary aesthetic of geometric shapes, clean lines and crisp silhouettes. However, such an appreciation mustn’t eclipse the timeless appeal of round-edged furniture. Create a well-rounded flow and effortless elegance by incorporating rounded pieces...
  25. Grey interiors ideas...

    Grey interiors ideas...

    Need grey interiors ideas? It’s no secret that Raft Furniture is a haven of greys, neutrals and crisp whites… We were recently featured in the realhomes.com roundup of grey living room ideas and it inspired us to share our secrets to incorporating greys into your interiors. We’re here to debunk the myth that grey equates to dull and share our...
  26. Dining in style: A buyer's guide to the perfect dining room

    Dining in style: A buyer's guide to the perfect dining room

    Making your home a haven for dining in style is the antidote to the restaurant and bar closures that have swept over the globe, this year. The kitchen is the heart of the home, bustling with fragrant aromas and happy, hungry family members. However, the dining table is where everyone comes together to indulge in great conversation, delicious meals and undistracted relaxation. We're...
  27. 4 ways to welcome the Autumn in seasonal style

    4 ways to welcome the Autumn in seasonal style

    To us, welcoming the Autumn in seasonal style means paying tribute to the smell of spiced cinnamon, the sound of crunching leaves, the sight of warm colours in the trees, the feeling of steam rising from your coffee or hot chocolate in the crisp outdoor air... Welcoming the Autumn in style means reflecting the natural beauty, comfort and cosiness that the season brings in...
  28. The minimalist trend: Lighting

    The minimalist trend: Lighting

    We are lovers of a plethora of interior design styles but the minimalist trend is among our favourites. In this piece we isolate the importance of light when styling your space with minimalism in mind... Lighting is required in abundance in order to create a space that abides by the rules of minimalism. The reason for this is that the purpose of the minimalist...
  29. It's Zero Waste Week: Our commitment to making sustainable furniture

    It's Zero Waste Week: Our commitment to making sustainable furniture

      Our commitment to making sustainable furniture has never wavered because, before all else, behind Raft Furniture there are human beings who care about the planet. Although atypical for business owners, when Managing Directors Mick Quinn and Heinz Frye set up Raft Furniture in 1999, they pledged to do things the right way. No cutting corners. Knowing where to buy sustainable...
  30. Enter Raft's Bamboo Ladder Competition this Bank Holiday!

    Enter Raft's Bamboo Ladder Competition this Bank Holiday!

      We're so excited to be announcing the launch of a competition to win a Raft Bamboo Ladder! The ultimate storage hack that the internet has gone wild for... We're giving you the chance to win a Black Bamboo Ladder this Bank Holiday weekend.  Quickly becoming a homeware must-have, our Bamboo Ladder is an elegant storage solution that is efficient while...
  31. 4 home decoration hacks: Thinking outside the box

    4 home decoration hacks: Thinking outside the box

    Thinking outside the box when it comes to home decoration ideas can sometimes be challenging, so we're here to offer you some inspiration. Whether you're looking for a big project or just to make a few tweaks with new furniture or innovative storage solutions and accessories, we've got a few tricks up our sleeve.  1. A black bookshelf as a striking feature...
  32. Using natural materials in your home

    Using natural materials in your home

    Using natural materials in your home is RAFT's speciality, as natural aesthetics and natural origins are the backbone of our brand. We pride ourselves on our limited environmental footprint and the ethical process to which we are dedicated. We are totally transparent about who we are, believing that you deserve to know where the products you love come from. A thoughtful...
  33. Lamps to brighten up your home or give it that moody ambience...

    Lamps to brighten up your home or give it that moody ambience...

    A lamp is an addition to your home that won't go unnoticed; with a variety of style, health and productivity benefits, updating your indoor lighting is a DIY must. The right lighting can create the right ambience, accentuate interior design features and boost productivity in your home office. What's more, efficient lighting just isn't enough for those of us who yearn...
  34. How to cool your room without an air conditioner

    How to cool your room without an air conditioner

    This year, England has seen the longest spell of hot weather in 60 years and there's one thing we all want to know: How to cool down your room without an air conditioner. Tossing and turning throughout the night, praying for a tropical storm to cool down the air? You're not alone. However, there are steps you can take to...
  35. How to set your table for a dinner party

    How to set your table for a dinner party

    Knowing how to set your table for a dinner party is an art that can be acquired through thoughtful planning and we have spent years perfecting interiors that facilitate dinner parties so you've come to the right place. Raft is a company that prides itself on high quality, elegant, sustainable products that boast a warts and all authenticity... and a lifestyle...
  36. How to clean and care for your sofa

    How to clean and care for your sofa

    Knowing how to clean and care for your sofa is the key to an elegant living space. We all have homes that have to cater for young children, pets and general day to day spillages but these inevitabilities needn't be the end of the world. In this blog we offer a cleaning and care guide that will help you to take...
  37. 5 summer staycation ideas for 2020

    5 summer staycation ideas for 2020

    2020 is the year of the staycation, meaning holidaying from the comfort of your own home. Abandoning Floridian poolside sunbathing and meanders down winding cobbled Italian streets may not have been the summer you set out to enjoy at the start of the year, but every cloud has a silver lining. We're of the belief that "these unprecedented times" don't have...
  38. Best outdoor dining sets for alfresco dining

    Best outdoor dining sets for alfresco dining

    Everyone is on the lookout for an outdoor dining set that competes with Tuscan alfresco settings. The ultimate goal is to make your garden the place to be for those sunny afternoons stretching into balmy evenings... but how do you achieve it? We're dedicated to making the domestic sphere a place of luxury, with a metaphorical magnetic force that attracts...
  39. How to remove pet smells and stains from your sofa

    How to remove pet smells and stains from your sofa

    For many people and families, home is where your pet is... hence why knowing how to remove pet smells and stains from your sofa is the home and pet-owners hack for domestic happiness. Irrespective of how well-trained your furry friend is, accidents happen and it's best to be well-prepared when it comes to tackling stains and smells.  When it comes to...
  40. In honour of National BBQ Week 2020... dress your table fit for these gorgeous BBQ recipes

    In honour of National BBQ Week 2020... dress your table fit for these gorgeous BBQ recipes

    When we discovered that it was National BBQ Week, we didn't need to be told twice. Since the sun started shining, we've been polishing our BBQ tongs and dusting off our cocktail kits in preparation for some show stopping lockdown BBQs. We've already written a blog on How to host the perfect weekend BBQ during lockdown and we implore you to...
  41. How to create industrial interiors

    How to create industrial interiors

    To know how to create industrial interiors you must have an understanding of the two fundamental pillars that underpin the aesthetic. The first is minimalism and the second is durability. Industrial interiors entered the mainstream over forty years ago, marking a transition from the refined to the (seemingly) unrefined. However, as with all interior design projects, effectively executing industrial style interiors...
  42. A spotlight on the four poster bed... And how to dress your bed

    A spotlight on the four poster bed... And how to dress your bed

    This week, we're putting a spotlight on the four poster bed and introducing to you Raft's Milbrook Bed, a contemporary twist on a classic. A design statement, a four poster bed is like a room within a room. For this reason, it's important to know how to style it and how to dress your bed, in general. In this piece, we...
  43. Stay home... on a sofa you don't want to leave

    Stay home... on a sofa you don't want to leave

    The government's stay at home order has undoubtedly taken some of the enjoyment out of just chilling out on the sofa. Walking past the living room and glancing over at your sofa used to come with a slice of temptation and an invitation to abandon responsibilities... However, now that staying at home on your sofa is your responsibility, we're keen to get that luxurious sofa sentiment back. So...
  44. How to declutter and organise a small home

    How to declutter and organise a small home

    Knowing how to declutter and organise your home is about finding everything a place. It's simple to scribble down the word 'declutter' and brush the technicalities of such a task under the carpet and that's why we've put in the legwork and decided to provide you with an easy-to-follow guide to organising your home. From effective storage solutions to simply understanding the...
  45. How to host the perfect weekend BBQ during lockdown

    How to host the perfect weekend BBQ during lockdown

    Knowing how to host the perfect weekend BBQ is the key to making lockdown a better place. Luckily, when it comes to choosing the guest-list, right now it’s pretty much a no-brainer… So, the other ingredients that will ensure a dreamy outdoor cook-up are all you need to think about. This weekend, the weather forecast predicts that the sun will...
  46. How to refresh your home for the Spring with accessories

    How to refresh your home for the Spring with accessories

    We're currently dreaming of accessories that'll officially take our homes from Winter to Spring... Blue skies and blossoming trees outside remind us that Spring is here, but lockdown requires our homes to give us those same Spring-time vibes. Accessories from planters to brightly coloured throws and scatter cushions are the key to refreshing your interiors this season. Keep reading for...
  47. How to clean velvet

    How to clean velvet

    You want to know how to clean velvet. This could be because A) the wear and tear of everyday life on your velvet furniture is getting to you or B) you're in the mood to revamp your interiors but want to know just how high maintenance your favourite fabric is. Well, we've got some good news, this velvet care guide...
  48. How to remove water stains from wood

    How to remove water stains from wood

    How to remove water stains from wood is the question of the times. If you're lost for how to remove water rings or water marks from your wooden table, you're not alone. Knowing how to care for teak is a minefield, despite the fact that by virtue, its beauty lies in its "warts and all" feel, from its weathered (and often...
  49. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information   We understand during this time of uncertainty, our customers are keen to know what impact Covid-19 will have on RAFT and your orders.  Please note all our stores and warehouses are currently closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. All of our telephone lines, live chat and social channels are operating as normal, as is our online...
  50. Mother's Day Competition and Gift Ideas

    Mother's Day Competition and Gift Ideas

    It's a truth universally acknowledged that mums are the most wonderful people ever put on this planet. Mother's Day this year falls on Sunday 22nd March, just incase it has slipped your mind... It's time to think about how you're going to make the person who has always put you first, feel as special as she is. So, whether you're...
  51. 5 home decoration ideas

    5 home decoration ideas

    Home decoration ideas are on everyone's mind at the moment. We've been stuck indoors staring at our interiors since March. For some of us, it's a case of refreshing a tired living space and for others it's about finding inspiration to start our new home project. So, whether you're moving home or just on a DIY and decorating spree, our...
  52. 5 ways to add colour to your home tastefully

    5 ways to add colour to your home tastefully

    Add a pop of colour to your home and transform a space, giving it a new lease of life. As interior design fanatics, we love that we have the freedom to play around with colour schemes all day long. This year, neo-mint is a big one for us, so watch this space! However, when it comes to your own home...
  53. How to create a mood board, according to the design experts at RAFT

    How to create a mood board, according to the design experts at RAFT

    Embarking on an interior design project requires clarity on your creative process. This may sound like a seemingly impossible task when you've got hundreds of ideas in mind, but the secret is simple: create a mood board. Inspiration is everywhere and condensing themes visually is an excellent way to establish what works and what doesn't. Whether you're starting a project...
  54. Minimalist interiors because less is more

    Minimalist interiors because less is more

    We believe that the key to dreamy interiors that strike the perfect balance between lived-in comfort and elegant style is "less is more". However, as Steve Jobs put it: "simplicity is complex", which is why we're disclosing the tricks of the trade to make minimalist interiors truly effortless. Dressing your home is a personal experience; there is no one-size-fits-all recipe...
  55. How to achieve the perfect night in

    How to achieve the perfect night in

    Whether your idea of the perfect night in is spent solo or in company, the key to achieving a setting that justifies ditching the taxi fare on a Friday or Saturday night is interiors. Home is where the heart is... but, let's be honest, you're going to need more than that to entertain guests and host the perfect night in...
  56. 6 ways to style your rental and achieve the Pinterest home of your dreams

    6 ways to style your rental and achieve the Pinterest home of your dreams

    These 6 ways to style your rental will help you to transform a standard apartment or house into the Pinterest home of your dreams. Though we envy those with a fresh new project and endless rolls of cash, the reality is that some of us are just looking for simple tricks to give your space a refresh. Fortunately, it’s easier...
  57. Dulux Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn: How we style muted green paint

    Dulux Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn: How we style muted green paint

    On track to be the paint that can give any room a fresh and subtly contemporary update, Tranquil Dawn is the Dulux Colour of the Year, 2020. This neutral shade has a cool tone making it ideal for opening up a space and maximising light. Dulux colour specialists cite the calmness of the morning sky as the inspiration for this...
  58. The beauty of jute

    The beauty of jute

    At Raft, we’re passionate about beauty and sustainability. We explore the unique qualities of jute, and why it’s perfect for creating beautiful, ethical baskets...  Also known as the ‘golden fibre’, because of its lovely golden colour and silky sheen (as well as its value), jute is a very durable and versatile material. What’s more, it’s also very eco-friendly.     Strength...
  59. Raft's 2020 January sale is now on

    Raft's 2020 January sale is now on

    This January discounts are available right across our range, both in store and online... Yes, it's that time of year again - and as ever, Raft are doing the January sale properly. Our January sale will run from the 1st - 31st of January 2020 with discounts across most lines including leather and fabric sofas, teak and upholstered beds and...
  60. The sling chair: a simple design with a surprisingly long history 

    The sling chair: a simple design with a surprisingly long history 

    With its elegant, streamlined design, the sling chair may look simple and unassuming, but it has a history which dates back around 1,000 years. Here's everything you need to know about this unique and stylish chair... One of the most striking items of 20th century furniture must surely be the LC1 leather sling chair, designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret...
  61. A natural choice: how natural materials can bring the feel-good factor to your home

    A natural choice: how natural materials can bring the feel-good factor to your home

    Natural materials not only look and feel lovely – they are good for your well-being too. We explore why... There is something undeniably pleasing about the texture of fabrics like cotton and linen or the feeling of a seagrass mat or warm wooden floor beneath our feet. When the 17th century poet, Robert Herrick, spoke of the delight afforded by...
  62. Skye Weavers: using pedal power to make beautiful woollens

    Skye Weavers: using pedal power to make beautiful woollens

    Skye Weavers create beautiful woollen products with a difference — they use a bicycle pedal-powered loom! We share their fascinating story...  It was a shared love of cycling that first brought Roger and Andrea Holden together. It’s a love that has also inspired — and powered — their business, Skye Weavers. Andrea is from Germany and first met Roger, now...
  63. Simple choices: the story of minimalist furniture

    Simple choices: the story of minimalist furniture

    We take a look at the history of minimalist furniture design, and how the concepts still apply today... Ronald Knul, one of the Netherlands’ leading designers has described minimalist furniture – in a suitably pared down definition – as ‘form and function in harmony’. There are lengthier definitions but, essentially, they all tell the same triangular story. We’ve been embracing...
  64. Trakke: quality, locally handcrafted products for travel and adventure

    Trakke: quality, locally handcrafted products for travel and adventure

    We talk to Alec Farmer, founder of Trakke — an innovative business that uses local resources to make durable bags and outdoor gear... Alec Farmer's moment of accidental inspiration came when he was a graphic design student, riding fixed wheel bikes, hanging out with bike couriers in Glasgow and looking for just the right kind of bag. He couldn’t find...
  65. Mirrors - the secret interior design weapon

    Mirrors - the secret interior design weapon

    From amplifying the light and space in a room to adding depth and drama, here’s why mirrors are a key weapon in your interior design armoury - plus tips for choosing the right one... Mirrors are so much more than just practical objects for checking your reflection. They can be used to create a sense of space and airiness, open...
  66. Banton Frameworks: eye-catching spectacle frames with a difference 

    Banton Frameworks: eye-catching spectacle frames with a difference 

    We talk to the co-founders of Banton Frameworks, an ethical eyewear manufacturer which produces quality handmade glasses frames from its purpose-built UK workshop... ‘Make, sell, reinvest, repeat,’ Lucy Ross says. It’s a philosophy that has brought Banton Frameworks a long way in a short time. It all began when Lucy and her coursemate Jamie Bartlett were studying Product Design in...
  67. Everything you need to know about the four-poster bed

    Everything you need to know about the four-poster bed

    Ever dream of owning a fairytale bed? Raft’s teak four-poster bed is our stylish take on the concept – and behind it is over 500 years of bedroom history. Here’s everything you need to know about the classic four-poster...  Few would disagree that there is something magical about a four-poster bed – and it’s a magic that has endured for...
  68. The beauty of beige - tips for decorating with neutrals

    The beauty of beige - tips for decorating with neutrals

    How neutral colours can help you create your very own ideal home...  If there is one single interior design phenomenon that can be spotted almost anywhere around the world, it has to be the neutral palette. From pewter at one end of the scale, via lighter greys, browns, beiges and creams, to ivory and white at the other, the global...
  69. Everything you need to know about teak

    Everything you need to know about teak

    Teak is a very special wood. Here’s why – and why there’s so much of it that can be reclaimed and recycled into beautiful furniture… At Raft, teak is very much our thing. We’re a world-leading manufacturer and retailer of 100% recycled teak with our own factory in Java, Indonesia, where we employ over 300 skilled craftsmen to hand-make beautiful...
  70. Ideas and inspiration for arranging your wardrobe

    Ideas and inspiration for arranging your wardrobe

    From clever zoning to colour coding, we look at how to arrange your wardrobe to get the most from your space…  A well arranged wardrobe not only looks great, it maximises the available space and helps you to find exactly what you need, when you need it. If you find yourself always reaching for the same clothes, or you never...
  71. Reclaimed teak sideboards and dining room furniture

    Reclaimed teak sideboards and dining room furniture

    From sideboards and cabinets to contemporary glass top tables and benches, here’s our guide to reclaimed teak dining room furniture... Why teak is perfect for dining room furniture Teak is an extremely durable wood, which is strong, hardy and will stand the test of time - making it an ideal material for the daily use of a dining table.  The...
  72. Meet the designer: Amelia Graham

    Meet the designer: Amelia Graham

    We're delighted to be collaborating with print designer Amelia Graham, in honour of Raft's 20th anniversary. We spoke with Amelia about what inspires her unique style...   Tell us a little about your background… how did you come to start a career in print design? I studied Textiles at Chelsea College of Art, and when I graduated I worked for...
  73. Alusid - Beautiful, recycled surfaces with a touch of glass

    Alusid - Beautiful, recycled surfaces with a touch of glass

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  74. Teak TV stands - a buyer's guide

    Teak TV stands - a buyer's guide

    There’s nothing quite like hunkering down on the sofa at the end of a long day and chilling out with a nice glass of wine and your favourite TV programme. Now you can watch television in style, with our handy guide to teak TV stands… These days, the TV is often a focal point in the living room. When you’re...
  75. Teak bookcases - a buyer's guide

    Teak bookcases - a buyer's guide

    A reclaimed teak bookcase provides the perfect backdrop for storing and displaying your favourite reads. Here’s our guide to choosing the right bookcase for your needs... Books are wonderful things. As well as being a treasure trove of information, they offer somewhere to escape to and become truly immersed in. In this digital age, there’s nothing quite so comforting as...
  76. Great furniture designs: the Kartini seat

    Great furniture designs: the Kartini seat

    Here at Raft, we're passionate about great design. We take a look at the fascinating story behind the fabulous Kartini seat...   Lady Kartini of Jepara With its distinctive curved seat and elegant lines, the Kartini seat really is a thing of beauty. Originating from Java, the Kartini seat is named after Lady Raden Ajeng Kartini (1879–1904), who was the...
  77. Using black and white photographic prints as design features in your home

    Using black and white photographic prints as design features in your home

    We look at why black and white prints are so powerful - even ‘more real than reality’ - and how they can be fantastic statements in your home interior design... By Diane Trembath Ask a group of people to produce a list of well-known photographs and we would hazard a guess that most of those photographs would be black and...
  78. COMPETITION - win Joe & Seph's gourmet popcorn plus a handmade RAFT teak bowl

    COMPETITION - win Joe & Seph's gourmet popcorn plus a handmade RAFT teak bowl

    Enter our free competition to win popcorn and teak goodies... Attention gourmet snack lovers! We’ve teamed up with the fantastic Joe & Seph’s to give away a bundle of very fine handmade popcorn, along with a unique RAFT teak bowl to munch it from. Joe & Seph’s is very much a brand after our own heart. They’re serious about quality...
  79. Tony’s Chocolonely – unusually delicious chocolate with a mission

    Tony’s Chocolonely – unusually delicious chocolate with a mission

    If you’ve bitten into an oddly-shaped chunk of Tony’s Chocolonely you’ll know how deliciously different it is. But it’s also unusual in another way: it’s on a mission to make chocolate 100% slave free. Here’s the story... It’s not often that a journalist hands themselves in to the authorities and tries to get prosecuted. But in 2003, that’s exactly what...
  80. Pet-friendly sofas

    Pet-friendly sofas

    A guide to the most pet-friendly materials for sofas, and tips on how to keep them clean...  With just under half of all adults in the UK owning a cat or dog, Britain really is a nation of animal lovers. However, when it comes to our sofas, the relationship with our furry friends is not always quite so positive. We...
  81. Valentina Karellas – luxury knitwear with a difference

    Valentina Karellas – luxury knitwear with a difference

    At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Valentina Karellas makes luxury knitwear — but with a real difference. Her business produces handmade, sustainable items using materials...
  82. Occasional tables - a buyer’s guide

    Occasional tables - a buyer’s guide

    Whether you’re having coffee with friends or enjoying a quiet night in, here’s our guide to choosing an occasional table that suits your needs... Occasional tables serve a range of functions, from a practical space to put some drinks and nibbles when you’re entertaining, or somewhere to store essentials close by, to a stylish focal point for displaying ornaments or...
  83. Teak storage cabinets - a buyer’s guide

    Teak storage cabinets - a buyer’s guide

    Reclaimed teak is ideal for making beautiful storage solutions which are robust and versatile. Here’s our guide to choosing the teak storage cabinet that’s right for you...  Having the right storage plays an important part in creating a space that feels and looks both welcoming and stylish. As well as helping to keep your possessions in order and minimise clutter...
  84. Teak tableware - a buyer’s guide

    Teak tableware - a buyer’s guide

    From stylish sharing bowls to contemporary serving boards, here’s everything you need to know about teak tableware… Teak is a fabulous wood for making stunning tableware that’s hard-wearing, durable and will make a real style statement. At Raft, we’re experts in using reclaimed teak to make striking and distinctive products that will also stand the test of time. Why teak...
  85. Dr. Bronner’s – soap with a universal message

    Dr. Bronner’s – soap with a universal message

    At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Dr. Bronner’s makes soap, hair and body care products - but with a real difference. Their ‘All-One’ ethic and...
  86. Interior design – 11 key questions to ask when starting a new project

    Interior design – 11 key questions to ask when starting a new project

    Whether redecorating a room or transforming your entire home, here are the essential questions to ask before you start on a new interior design project... Tamara Frye is RAFT’s Head of Interior Design. She’s helped hundreds of clients to transform their homes, turning ideas into visions, and visions into practical reality.  Tamara’s process usually starts with an initial telephone consultation...
  87. How to clean and care for a leather sofa

    How to clean and care for a leather sofa

    Our top tips for keeping your leather sofa clean and looking tip top... A leather sofa lends a certain elegance and character to a room. As well as being a key focal point, a leather sofa is luxurious, durable and will age gracefully over time. With just a little bit of maintenance, your leather sofa will be a stunning centrepiece...
  88. Summer garden furniture ideas - eat, entertain, relax

    Summer garden furniture ideas - eat, entertain, relax

    How to make the most of your outdoor space, whatever the weather, with stylish and ethical garden furniture... The English summer officially runs from the beginning of June to the end of August but, English weather being what it is, you might find yourself enjoying soaring temperatures in March and huddling indoors in midsummer. Nevertheless, we Brits cherish our own...
  89. Meet Tamara Frye - RAFT’s Head of Interior Design

    Meet Tamara Frye - RAFT’s Head of Interior Design

    Tamara Frye heads up RAFT’s interior design team. In this Q&A she tells us how she came to love interiors and how she helps clients transform their homes... How did you get started in interior design? It all stems from two things I’ve always loved: colours, and organising! So it does come naturally to me, but I also studied interior design...
  90. Beautiful, ethical – the teak home office

    Beautiful, ethical – the teak home office

    A complete guide to how you can create a beautiful home office with reclaimed teak... Over 4 million of us currently work regularly from home and it’s estimated that, by next year, half the UK’s workforce could be working remotely. While there are obvious cost benefits for employers, more than half of all employees think they would be more productive...
  91. World Environment Day: 5 Reasons to be Optimistic

    World Environment Day: 5 Reasons to be Optimistic

    All around the world people are doing great green things. For World Environment Day, here are five reasons to be positive about the planet... Wednesday 5 June is World Environment Day – the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. It began way back in 1974 and has grown into a major international platform...
  92. How to clean and care for teak furniture

    How to clean and care for teak furniture

    Teak is a beautiful, stylish and extremely durable hardwood, which is naturally resistant to water, rot, pests, and the general ravages of time – as well as the elements! With just a minimal amount of care, your teak furniture will last for years to come. Its rich natural oils and tight grain mean that teak is an exceptionally dense and...
  93. How to dress a dining table

    How to dress a dining table

    Simple table dressing ideas for every occasion and every season... Memories are made around the dining table – time spent with friends, family, and loved ones, sharing good food, conversation and laughter provides some of the most enduring. ‘Our family dinner table was my first platform – every dinner was all about sharing stories and jokes and points of view,’...
  94. Making waves in St Albans for the Sustainability Festival 2019

    Making waves in St Albans for the Sustainability Festival 2019

    Our St Albans store has gained an amazing mural – and it’s all for a very important cause... The St Albans Sustainability Festival is a three-week celebration of sustainable ideas, with events taking place across the St Albans and Harpenden areas – and Raft’s local team were delighted to take part. We invited the superb artist Perla Mignanelli to decorate...
  95. Teak bedside furniture: a buyer's guide

    Teak bedside furniture: a buyer's guide

    When it comes to bedside furniture, you need to think about space, size, storage and use, as well as style. And why not ethics too? Here’s a buyer’s guide to reclaimed teak bedside cabinets and furniture... Whether you are going for something like a traditional bedside cabinet with a drawer and cupboard, or a small chest of drawers, or something...
  96. Teak garden furniture - a buyer’s guide

    Teak garden furniture - a buyer’s guide

    With the barbecue season well underway, and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to some beautiful garden furniture. If you want something that will look the part and last the course, then you need look no further than reclaimed teak. Here we take a look at why reclaimed teak is ideal for making...
  97. Chesterfield sofas - a buyer's guide

    Chesterfield sofas - a buyer's guide

    Everything you need to know about this timeless classic Was there ever a piece of furniture more suited to uncertain times than the reassuringly solid and instantly recognisable Chesterfield sofa? Long associated with English country houses, hotels and private clubs, these days it can be spotted around the world in stylish restaurants and bars and, of course, in family homes...
  98. Teak beds: a buyer's guide

    Teak beds: a buyer's guide

    Naturally beautiful and hard-wearing, reclaimed teak is a fabulous material for making stylish furniture that will last the course – and it’s perfect for crafting the bed of your dreams. Here we take a look at why reclaimed teak is ideal for beds, and tell you everything you need to know when choosing a teak bed... Natural strength Teak has...
  99. A bespoke Raft makeover at the Forget Me Not boutique

    A bespoke Raft makeover at the Forget Me Not boutique

    How our Brighton team pulled out all the stops to create a beautiful, sustainable shop design for Forget Me Not fashion boutique... Forget Me Not is a gorgeous boutique in Brighton specialising in Argentinian fashions. Spread over two floors in Prince Albert Street, it is the first and only European stockist of leading Argentinian designers Natalia Antolin and Jazmin Chebar...
  100. How to clean a fabric sofa

    How to clean a fabric sofa

    Here are our top tips for keeping your fabric sofa clean and looking as good as new... You spent a long time choosing that very special sofa – it had to be just right and you love it. The shape is perfect, the fabric is stunning, and the sofa looks great in its new setting. You chose carefully and invested...
  101. Teak coffee tables: a buyer’s guide

    Teak coffee tables: a buyer’s guide

    Considering buying a teak coffee table? From simple, classic pieces to striking contemporary statements, here's everything you need to know... Reclaimed teak is a fantastic material for striking, beautiful furniture that’s made to last. We use it for everything from beds to garden furniture – but we’re very proud of our range of coffee tables. Here’s what you need to...
  102. SIRPLUS – creating clothing that's made to last

    SIRPLUS – creating clothing that's made to last

    At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. SIRPLUS is a clothing company with a difference – they use surplus fabrics to produce fabulous menswear that's made...
  103. March is National Bed Month - here’s why we’re supporting it

    March is National Bed Month - here’s why we’re supporting it

    The Sleep Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of a good bed and a supportive, comfortable mattress. At Raft we’re fully on board... ‘National Bed Month? They have a month for everything these days!’ we hear you cry. True, but actually, there’s real merit in this one. The campaign to make March the ‘National Bed...
  104. Teak branch coat stands, and 5 more home accessories to make a statement

    Teak branch coat stands, and 5 more home accessories to make a statement

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  105. International Women's Day 2019 - Celebrating the brilliant women of Raft

    International Women's Day 2019 - Celebrating the brilliant women of Raft

    To mark International Women’s Day, we thought it would be good to celebrate the brilliant women of Raft... At Raft our success depends on happy, motivated teams, both here in the UK and in our Indonesian base, where we are committed to maintaining an equally high working standard. And of course, our female champions are critical to our success. Here are...
  106. Leather armchairs - a complete guide (and how to choose the perfect one)

    Leather armchairs - a complete guide (and how to choose the perfect one)

    Considering buying a leather armchair? From traditional to contemporary, tub chairs to wingbacks, here's everything you need to know... 'If it's the right chair, it doesn't take too long to get comfortable in it.’ (Robert de Niro) De Niro probably didn't mean that to be taken literally. Nevertheless, when it comes to chairs, he does have a point. Whether you’ve...
  107. Mottainai – the ancient Japanese concept that’s perfect for modern living

    Mottainai – the ancient Japanese concept that’s perfect for modern living

    The concept of mottainai - a sort of  Japanese version of ‘waste not, want not’  - is ideally suited for modern lifestyles, and really fits with the Raft ethos. Here’s what it means, and how you can bring it into your home...   by Diane Trembath   If your grandparents or great-grandparents were children in the late 1940s or 1950s...
  108. Ornamental bamboo ladders - styled by the Instagram experts

    Ornamental bamboo ladders - styled by the Instagram experts

    Decorative bamboo ladders are a great way to bring some natural wood into your home - and as these Instagrammers prove, they’re stylish as well as practical... Bamboo is a fantastic material. It’s useful for everything from bedsheets (it’s incredibly soft and breathable) to buildings (over a billion people live in bamboo houses). It’s the fastest growing plant on earth...
  109. The joy of minimalism: how to achieve a calmer, less cluttered home

    The joy of minimalism: how to achieve a calmer, less cluttered home

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  110. Handcrafted comfort: how Raft and Hypnos made the perfect, all-natural mattress

    Handcrafted comfort: how Raft and Hypnos made the perfect, all-natural mattress

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  111. Sustainable furniture: Why we’ve committed to the SVLK program to help protect Indonesia’s forests

    Sustainable furniture: Why we’ve committed to the SVLK program to help protect Indonesia’s forests

    We’ve committed to making sure all of our Indonesian timber is fully sustainable. Here’s why that’s important... Indonesian teak is a fantastic material - beautiful, durable and versatile. The reclaimed teak that our craftsmen use to make furniture in our Java workshop is also very eco-friendly - and in fact, Raft is the one of leading manufacturers and largest retailers...
  112. Haeckels: turning seaweed into skincare

    Haeckels: turning seaweed into skincare

    At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Dom Bridges is the founder of Haeckels - a skincare and fragrance company with a difference: their products are...
  113. How to choose the perfect sofa bed - a five-point checklist

    How to choose the perfect sofa bed - a five-point checklist

    Are you sitting - and sleeping - comfortably? Here’s our guide to choosing the perfect, stylish sofa bed for your home... Sofa beds have come a long way in terms of style and comfort. Anyone remember sleeping on a hard as nails or wafer-thin version at their parents’ or grandparents’ home? Many 21st century sofa beds are elegant and often...
  114. Raft's January sale is now on

    Raft's January sale is now on

    This January discounts of up to 40% are available on a variety of products, both in store and online... Yes, it's that time of year again - and as ever, Raft are doing the January sale properly. So from sofa beds to terracotta vases, if there’s something you’ve had your eye on for a while, now’s probably the time to hop...
  115. Declutter in style: 6 beautiful but practical teak storage solutions

    Declutter in style: 6 beautiful but practical teak storage solutions

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  116. The beauty of concrete - how to bring concrete into your interior design

    The beauty of concrete - how to bring concrete into your interior design

    Concrete is a surprisingly beautiful material, if it’s used correctly. In this guide we explode the myths about concrete and show you how you can bring it into your home and interior design... Concrete used to have a bad reputation, mainly because of all the unpopular ‘brutalist’ tower blocks and multi-storey car parks built in the 1960s. But if you’ve...
  117. How to choose a dining table - the complete guide

    How to choose a dining table - the complete guide

    Dining tables aren’t just for dinner time these days -  they’re often the centre of the home and family life. Here’s Raft’s guide to form, function, and choosing the right dining table for you... Many homes once had a dining room, often kept ‘for best’, with the dining table in pride of place, highly polished and well protected. With the...
  118. Five simple, subtle ways to style your home for Christmas

    Five simple, subtle ways to style your home for Christmas

    It’s Christmas - but that doesn’t mean you have to cover every surface in tinsel. Here are our tips for making your home both festive and stylish... For many, Christmas decoration is a straightforward business: hang fairy lights on everything you can, then drape tinsel on everything else. Not that there’s anything wrong with that - it is Christmas, after...
  119. Antiform - fashion design with a brilliant twist

    Antiform - fashion design with a brilliant twist

    At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Antiform is a designer fashion label with a twist – they make all their own clothes using reclaimed materials...
  120. Wabi-sabi: How to bring the beauty of imperfection into your home

    Wabi-sabi: How to bring the beauty of imperfection into your home

    The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi is becoming ever more popular as an approach to interior and garden design. But what is it - and how can you bring ‘beautiful imperfection’ into your home? Search the term #wabisabi on Instagram or Pinterest and you’ll find an extraordinary variety of images. It might be an old lock and key in an ancient...
  121. Raft does Black Friday (properly)

    Raft does Black Friday (properly)

    For Black Friday only, discounts of up to 40% are available across our range... At Raft we reckon that if you’re going to do Black Friday, you may as well do it properly. We’re offering discounts across the entire product range, including up to 20% off accessories. So from reclaimed teak dining tables to hidden bookcases to throws, if there’s...
  122. Handmade desks for Project Child schools in Java

    Handmade desks for Project Child schools in Java

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  123. Why handmade sofas are better - and why we make them here in London

    Why handmade sofas are better - and why we make them here in London

    At Raft we’re unusual as a small business in both designing and making sofas. We have high standards and will do what it takes to meet them. Even if it means building our own Raft sofa factory here in North London... Sounds extreme? Here’s why it made sense...   Raft sofas are made in Britain. Specifically, they’re manufactured in North...
  124. Toast Ale - turning left-over bread into lovely beer

    Toast Ale - turning left-over bread into lovely beer

    At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Meet Toast Ale. They save bread from being wasted and turn it into delicious beer...   ‘What if you...
  125. Raft Life: Handmade sofas at home

    Raft Life: Handmade sofas at home

    Raft’s handmade sofas have found their way into some seriously stylish homes. Here’s a gallery to inspire you...   Our handmade sofas mean a lot to us. We put a lot of work into them, so there’s nothing we love more than seeing them out of the factory or showroom and in real homes. Here’s a gallery of recent Instagram...
  126. Matthew Quitter - the man who puts electric engines in classic cars

    Matthew Quitter - the man who puts electric engines in classic cars

    At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Meet Matthew Quitter of London Electric Cars. He takes old classic cars and turns them into mean green electric...
  127. Why is Reclaimed Teak so Good for Furniture?

    Why is Reclaimed Teak so Good for Furniture?

    Raft is the world’s leading manufacturer and largest retailer of 100% recycled teak. Here’s why reclaimed teak wood is such a good material for furniture... We love reclaimed teak. In fact, Raft has become the largest retailer of completely recycled teak in the world. In our own factory in Yogyakarta, Java, we employ over 300 skilled craftsmen to hand-make all...
  128. Mick & Heinz

    Mick & Heinz

    Journalist Terry Stiastny meets Raft’s founders Mick Quinn and Heinz Frye - and discovers some unusual combinations... “I suppose we are pretty obsessive. Nuts, really, isn’t it?” Mick and Heinz share an obsession -- producing the best-designed and best quality furniture they can. I’d just put it to them that designing your own product, getting it made in your own...