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  1. Home office ideas for small spaces and all other homes

    Home office ideas for small spaces and all other homes

    "Home office ideas" has been trending in the UK since the beginning of the first lockdown. We're over our makeshift dining table desks and are looking for a staple home office that is both professional and cosy. When space is at a premium, it can be overwhelming to consider making room for a home office, but it's all about working...
  2. How to buy a good sofa bed: Raft's 5 point checklist

    How to buy a good sofa bed: Raft's 5 point checklist

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  3. 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.
  4. Forever Furniture: 4 staples that every home needs

    Forever Furniture: 4 staples that every home needs

    At Raft, forever furniture is the only thing we sell. Handmade for life, in every sense of the phrase, our collection is sustainable, durable and timeless. Our designers don't follow fads, with years of experience in the industry and an eye for what makes a house a home. Our furniture is handmade from sustainably sourced materials and lasts a lifetime. These are the...
  5. Modular Sofa: 5 ways to style our modular sofas

    Modular Sofa: 5 ways to style our modular sofas

    A modular sofa is the perfect solution for the ever-changing home. A simple concept that makes versatile living easy and effortless. At Raft, we're all about cultivating a space that is stylish, comfortable and practical... so, our sectional designs are a no-brainer for the modern, hosting home. Deciding on the kind of sofa you want depends on how you live...
  6. Guaranteed Sofa Christmas Delivery

    Guaranteed Sofa Christmas Delivery

    Guarantee your sofa Christmas delivery with Raft Furniture. Because our sofas are made in London, we can take orders closer to Christmas than companies that outsource their sofas or make them abroad. This means that although we make each sofa to order, by hand, we can still guarantee Christmas delivery if you put your order in now. If you're dreaming...
  7. Why you need a rug in your home

    Why you need a rug in your home

    If you were thinking about buying a rug then this is your sign! Hard floors are stylish and cool, boasting an air of industrial chic we can't get enough of. However, regardless of the season, (but especially in the colder months) your hard floors need some love. How to achieve this? Rugs, of course! For warmth, texture, depth and colour...
  8. Autumn Home Ideas: Cosy Autumnal Feels

    Autumn Home Ideas: Cosy Autumnal Feels

    Looking for autumn home ideas that allow you to adapt your interiors to the season without a total revamp? Look no further than Raft. As a British company with our factory and Head Office in North London, we're no strangers to the cooler seasons. We love the shift in seasons and the way they allow us to transform our living...
  9. 2021 Home Decor Trends: 5 Top New Trends

    2021 Home Decor Trends: 5 Top New Trends

    2021 Home Decor Trends are unique, exciting and inspiring. With people spending so much time at home for the past year and a half, it's no surprise that tastes have evolved and requirements have changed. From balancing style and practicality to the battle between broken and open plan room layouts, we're fascinated by the 2021 home decor trends. These modern...
  10. Best Bed 2021: Raft's Best Selling Beds

    Best Bed 2021: Raft's Best Selling Beds

    The best bed of 2021 is difficult to choose because we have created such a diverse collection. What's your dream bed? Perhaps you love nestling up against the headboard of a plush fabric model with a book? Or maybe you're committed to the organic minimalism of statement wooden beds. Regardless of your taste, you deserve a timeless centrepiece for your...
  11. Sofa Fabric Ideas: The Best Sofa Fabric for Your Home

    Sofa Fabric Ideas: The Best Sofa Fabric for Your Home

    Your sofa fabric is an important decision. When selecting your perfect sofa fabric, you should have both your lifestyle and your interior style in mind. Perhaps you're shopping for a family home and are in need of a durable family sofa? Or, maybe as a pet-owner you're looking for a dog friendly sofa. Whatever your preference, we offer a vast...
  12. Best selling products at Raft July 2021

    Best selling products at Raft July 2021

    Wondering about the best selling products this July at Raft? Here are this month's most popular pieces! We reject fast furniture and don't follow fads and trends. This means that our collection is thoughtfully designed with timelessness and conscious consumerism in mind. Our furniture is stylish, sustainable and durable. With this process in mind, we have cultivated a collection that...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. Home office inspiration

    Home office inspiration

    At Raft we have home office inspiration in abundance. We believe in using thoughtful interior design to transform seemingly sterile spaces, whether that's your home office or your bathroom. Your home office needn't be plain and boring... you spend most of your week there, after all. Be inspired by a home office rich with creativity. This home office inspiration blog...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. Cultivate meaningful interiors with bespoke sofas

    Cultivate meaningful interiors with bespoke sofas

    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...
  25. 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. 
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. Christmas Cheese Board

    Christmas Cheese Board

    Your Christmas cheese board is the key to festive hosting, transforming your entertaining skills like nothing else. 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 and well-loved Teak...
  29. Cosy reading corner ideas

    Cosy reading corner ideas

    Need some reading corner ideas and inspiration? 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...
  30. 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...
  31. 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 trend...
  32. 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...
  33. 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...
  34. 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...
  35. Dining Room Buying Guide: Dining in Style

    Dining Room Buying Guide: Dining in Style

    This dining room buying guide from Raft is the secret to dining in style. Making your home a haven for hosting, Raft's dining room buying guide shares everything from the best dining tables and chairs to other dining room ideas. The kitchen is the heart of the home, supplying food and memories. The place that always bustles with life and...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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...
  39. 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...
  40. 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...
  41. 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...
  42. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. 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. Luckily, we have spent years perfecting our dinner party interior design so you've come to the right place. Raft prides itself on high quality elegance and authentic sustainability. This is the case in terms of our products and our lifestyle...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. 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...
  51. 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...
  52. 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...
  53. 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...
  54. 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...
  55. 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...
  56. How to clean velvet: Removing stains and more

    How to clean velvet: Removing stains and more

    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...
  57. 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...
  58. 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...
  59. 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...
  60. 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...
  61. 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...
  62. 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...
  63. 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...
  64. 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...
  65. 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 a generous budget, sometimes we're just looking for a few simple tricks to give our space a refresh. Fortunately, it’s easier than it sounds. We’re here...
  66. 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...
  67. 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...
  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. 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...
  70. Alusid - Beautiful, recycled surfaces with a touch of glass

    Alusid - Beautiful, recycled surfaces with a touch of glass

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  71. 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...
  72. 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...
  73. 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...
  74. 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...
  75. 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...
  76. 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...
  77. 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...
  78. 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...
  79. 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...
  80. 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...
  81. 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...
  82. 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...
  83. 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...
  84. 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...
  85. Teak beds: A buying guide

    Teak beds: A buying guide

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  86. 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...
  87. How to clean a fabric sofa

    How to clean a fabric sofa

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  88. 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...
  89. 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...
  90. 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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  91. 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 Indonesia, where we are committed to maintaining an equally high working standard. And of course, the women among us are critical to our success. Here are...
  92. 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, the notion...
  93. 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...
  94. 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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  95. 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...
  96. 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...
  97. Concrete Interior Design Trend: Beautiful or Brutalist?

    Concrete Interior Design Trend: Beautiful or Brutalist?

    Concrete interior design is hugely popular due to its versatility, simplicity and beauty. Despite this, often its brutalist reputation rears its head and deters people from taking the plunge. In this guide we explore the myths about concrete and show you how you can bring it into your home... Concrete used to have a bad reputation, mainly because of all...
  98. Antiform - fashion design with a brilliant twist

    Antiform - fashion design with a brilliant twist

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  99. Handmade desks for Project Child schools in Java

    Handmade desks for Project Child schools in Java

    How Raft’s handmade wooden tables are helping school kids in Indonesia... Raft’s sustainably sourced teak comes from Indonesia, and we have our own factory in Yogyakarta, Java, employing local craftsman to make our furniture. We don’t like anything to go to waste, so it was fantastic to be able to put some timber to good use recently when we provided...
  100. Why handmade sofas are better - and why we make our sofas in London

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

    Wondering why handmade sofas are better? Raft is unusual as a small business. We both design and make our 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. Sound extreme? Here’s why it made sense... Raft sofas are designed and handmade...
  101. Toast Ale - turning left-over bread into lovely beer

    Toast Ale - turning left-over bread into lovely beer

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

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

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  103. Mick & Heinz

    Mick & Heinz

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