We’re Spring Cleaning!

As a furniture retailer, we’re well used to dusting behind the wardrobes and under the coffee table! We frequently rearrange the furniture, too – and while it may need a bit of thought and some logistical manoeuverings, we don’t consider it a chore.

And we positively look forward to spring cleaning, which gives us a chance to show off some of our newer products or shine a new light on an old favourite.  While we’re rearranging rugs and coffee tables, and reposition chests of drawers, we also give our accessories collection an airing.

Spring Cleaning our Stores! | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterRugs are popular year-round as a quick way to add cheer or a different vibe to a room. Coffee tables – endlessly convenient around the home – are an eternal bestseller, much in the way bookcases and side tables are. And to go with our solid oak and pine furniture, you can also find a selection of beds and sofas in our Bicester store Bed Centre.

Additional storage is at the top of the list of many customers visiting our shops. At this time of the year, when many of us sort through wardrobes and pack away heavy winter clothes, baskets and blanket boxes are much in demand. We’ve got a variety of both ready for you explore.

We're spring cleaning our stores and baskets are in! | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

And if the weather does decide to get warmer as we’re heading towards Easter, then moving lunch and dinner outside into the garden may actually become a reality rather than the dream it currently is. To give the weather gods a little nudge, and remind them that the calendar is almost mentioning April, we’ve given our fab collection of garden furniture a prominent place in our stores. Why not come and check out the tables, chairs, benches, and planters we have in stock? Maybe the weather will take the hint…

We’ve always considered spring cleaning a fun time of year. We’re even sharing the fun with hefty discounts across all collections while our Easter Frenzy Sale is on. Some of the discounts are only available in store – our garden furniture never makes it onto the website! – so here’s a very good reason to pay us a visit.

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Small Kitchen Tables

Just because you have a small kitchen area doesn’t mean that your kitchen table isn’t worth getting excited about. If you have a small breakfast nook or a dining corner tucked away in a smaller kitchen, it just means you need to be a little more creative with the space you’ve got. Smaller eating areas are naturally more inviting than some larger, more formal dining rooms that can be a bit foreboding and overpowering.

Your eating space is special regardless of its size. No matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, eating together is the most important part of the day and so your table, whether it be big or small, needs to be up to the task. The best thing about a less spacious cooking and eating area? It’s much quicker and easier to clean which will keep it looking newer and shinier for longer. We have a whole range of kitchen tables in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes that will be just right for your cosy kitchen.

Both our Bicester Oak Top Leaf dining table and our Vancouver Select extended dining room table are just perfect for inviting and intimate kitchens. Both can be neatly stowed away and brought out when needed so you don’t need to compromise on your living space.Our leaf and gate leg designed tables are also ideal for those spaces where the table needs to be stored away when not in use.

Small Kitchen Table from our Oxford Painted collection | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterWe also have several smaller round or oval tables that may be easier to fit in to your kitchen depending on its layout. These types of tables will work especially well for your home if you prefer the table to be out and ready for use at all times. If this is your preference and you are super tight on space, check out our Cherwell Painted Breakfast table that can squeeze on into even the smallest of spaces.  If it’s something for the breakfast area that you’re after, then our Cherwell Oak Breakfast Bar will do just the job as well.

A small table can still be a statement piece that exudes sophistication. Our Oxford Painted Round dining table is a prime example and it even comes in a choice of cream, white and grey for a perfectly neutral addition to a kitchen cubby hole. Measuring just 90cm by 75cm, this table is sure to fit in to even the most restrictive of spaces and is proof that compromising on size doesn’t mean you have to forgo style in the slightest.

Just think of your small kitchen as your very own quaint bistro where you can conjure up culinary delights and put on lavish feasts for your friends and family. Small spaces can work just as well for entertaining and dining when you have the perfect furniture in your home. No matter how small your kitchen, we have a whole range of tables that are as big on quality as they are short on space.

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The Coffee Table: What would We Do Without it?

In Praise of Coffee Tables | A World of Oak A Touch of PineThere’s not many things in life that are as enjoyable as coffee. Not many of us could live without our coffee fix. Whether it’s that first glorious cup in the morning that kick starts your day, or a long leisurely one shared with a friend over a plate of biscuits, a good coffee table is worth its weight in gold. Whether you are looking for a coffee table for your living room, family room or conservatory, we promise that we will be able to provide the coffee table that is just right for your home.

Choose from a free standing table or one with built in drawers, or even a nest of tables in varying different sizes depending on the needs of the room. We have short, squat tables such as our Lundy Pine Painted Nest or elongated wider tables like our Manhattan Oak Box coffee table which comes complete with drawers and a shelf beneath for ample storage. Our coffee tables come in a wide range of oak or pine, with a painted finish, oiled or waxed to complement your decor. You needn’t limit yourself to the standard square or oblong shapes that we come to expect of coffee tables either as we have some amazing round coffee tables for you to choose from as well.

living room storage solutions | Banbury Oak coffee table with drawersCoffee tables aren’t just for coffee. They are great for lazy TV dinners, board games and somewhere to put all your reading material. When you come home, the first thing you want to do is relax and put your feet up while you have a drink and catch up on your TV shows. This is why we think coffee tables are the unsung heroes of the home. You get more use out of this piece of furniture than you realise. Coffee tables are versatile, and we stock an extensively varied range of coffee and side tables that will fit your living room to a t.

Coffee tables don’t have to be boring bits of furniture, either. We have some really quirky and unusual coffee tables that are sure to be a conversation starter when you invite people into your home for the first time. Take a look at our globe coffee tables, or our selection of root furniture. It’s great fun playing around with your furniture and adding in some really unusual pieces that you wouldn’t expect to normally see in the home.

Whether you go traditional or modern with your coffee table, the most important thing is to get one that is just the right size for the space. It needs to be big enough so everyone who will be seated in your living room has somewhere to put their drink, while not being so large that it completely dominates the room and overshadows everything else in it. Come down and see us and we’ll help you find the coffee table that fits in just right for you.

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Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Shoes seem to take on a life of their own in the hallway. You can never find a matching pair, they always end up spread out across the floor taking up far too much room and you trip over them at least once a day. It’s one of those bugbears that you never get round to sorting out. Let us take the hassle out of your hallway with one of our storage units that are perfect for tidying away all your trainers, wellies, pumps and more, once and for all!

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We provide shoe cabinets in all shapes and sizes so no matter the size or type of hallway you are working with, we are guaranteed to be able to find the perfect fit for you. We have both short and tall shoe cabinets depending on your requirements, or you can simply make use of a blanket box to house all of your footwear in. Our Vancouver Oak Shoe Cupboard gives you a multi-functioning piece that can tidy away your shoes, leaving you with a clutter-free, spacious hallway that is much nicer to come home to.

It’s much easier to quickly find a matching pair of shoes when you use a shoe rack. The morning dash always seems to be a mad frenzy of trying to locate your phone, car keys and everything else you need for the day ahead. Take one less hassle out of your day with a storage solution for your hallway that not only looks great, but it does what it’s supposed to do at the same time. It’s not a good start to the day to leave the house stressed so why not let us help you put your best foot forward with some shoe storage that transforms your hallway.

Hallway storage: shoe cabinets

A cluttered and messy entrance is extremely off putting for you and your visitors. You can easily make your hallway a calming space to come home when you get everything in order. The hallway is a room where clutter automatically gravitates too. It’s where you leave everything as soon as you walk through the front door. Shoe racks are a hallway’s best friend, they are so convenient and easy to use that even the laziest of housemates can’t fail to be able to tidy their shoes away. Gone are the days of tripping over yourself coming through the front door. De-cluttering your hallway is easy when you’ve got furniture that does the hard work for you.

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Console Tables: Small But Endlessly Useful

Console Tables | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterConsole tables are such an underrated piece of furniture seeing how many uses they have and how much of a difference they can make to your home. Most people chose to place a console table in the entrance to their home so that they can create an inviting hallway that is warm and welcoming. It’s also the perfect place to put lamps, photo frames and key dishes and they provide an ideal storage solution that doesn’t take up a great deal of space.

The hallway is the ideal place for console tables as they provide a handy surface to put things that you really need when you leave the house. We all know that car keys, phones and wallets have a life of their own and always seem to go missing at the worst possible times. Having a designated place to put them when you get home can really save you time on hectic work mornings when you really need to make it out the door on time.

If you’re short on space in your hallway a console table Banbury Oak Console Table | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicesterwill be just enough for a lamp to light the hallway while providing a useful shelf or drawers below. If you have a larger, longer hallway our Clovelly Oak Console Table is long enough to be able to display a few photographs or decorations while having two spacious drawers included for you to stow away any unsightly clutter.

Our selection of solid oak and pine console tables come in a variety of different heights and widths and with a choice of one or two or three drawers. Our Vancouver Oak Expressions Console table goes one step further and offers three drawers and two doors, as well as an integrated wine rack. This console tables offers ample space to store your finest china and tableware alongside your wine collection making it a brilliant addition to any dining room.

Console tables also work really well in the living room and make great surfaces for anything from house plants to photo frames. They are the perfect size to fit in the corner of a living room next to your favourite comfy reading chair or sofa. Whether you opt for one of our freestanding tables or one with a storage shelf underneath you can be sure that you will be selecting a top quality addition to your home that will last for years and years to come.

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Corner Cabinets: Furniture that Earns its Keep

We know that just because a piece of furniture is destined to live in a corner of the room doesn’t mean you won’t spend a great deal of time and attention picking it out. Our amazing range of oak and pine corner cabinets range from tall and long to short and wide and so will fit in to any space you desire. Whether you are looking to provide some out of sight storage or for somewhere to display your trophies and trinkets, a corner cabinet is the perfect storage solution for all rooms of the home.

It’s often the smaller furniture pieces that go in a room that really add the finishing touch. Items like corner cabinets are so underrated and can really add that something special to your hallway, living room or dining room. In fact, corner units are ideal for just about any room of the home. Playrooms, family rooms, home offices, you name it – if there’s a spare corner available then one of our units will slot right in.

Corner Cabinets: making use of corners | Mobel Oak Corner Display Cabinet from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

If you have little ones running around at home, it will make your life so much easier if you have a handy and convenient place to clear away toys and games at the end of the day. We know that little bundles are joy are often like little tornadoes and so you need all the help you can get when it comes to tidying up after them. The Mobel Oak Large Corner Display Cabinet is absolutely ideal for tidying up after little tots. Its three interior shelves are hidden away behind a clear glass panel that is just the right height to keep everything that’s inside safely tucked away from little hands.

Woodstock Oak Corner Cabinet | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterWith the hallway being the first room that everybody goes through as they enter your home, it naturally ends up with piles of coats, bags and other bits and pieces. Corner units are a dream come true for entranceways. Both our Woodstock Tri Corner Unit Base and our Woodstock Oak Corner Cabinets work great in the hall for somewhere to tidy away everybody’s shoes, hats and scarves. Hallways can really benefit from a tasteful corner unit that will look stunning with a feature mirror or piece of artwork above it.

Corner units are also great places for things like lamps, coasters and the TV remotes to live. They offer great storage as well as looking elegantly stylish and giving your home an extra touch of class. Never underestimate the power of good furniture, it can completely overhaul the look a feel of a room and your house as a whole.

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Is it Spring Yet? Our New Range of Outdoor Furniture Says it Is!

Is it Spring Yet? | Outdoor Furniture from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterThe BBC has weather warnings out this week for snow and hail. It’s supposed to stay cold all the way to the end of February. Do we care?

Of course not! We know that spring is on the way. The first snow drops are out, crocus and grape hyacinths have started appearing, and winter-flowering jasmine is adding colour to bare brick walls and dew-soaked fences. Soon, it will be time for daffodils. And then the first hardy barbcue enthusiasts will take the sunshine as an excellent reason to eat – or at the very least cook – outside.

Spring is on the way. We know it, and we have the furniture to prove it. Actually, our newest sets of garden and outdoor furniture arrived in store just yesterday, and we’re busy arranging it to its very best advantage.

If your garden bench, planters or picnic table have seen better days, if your wooden chairs have gotten a bit rickety and a hazard to Aunty Mo’s ample posterior, then why not check out what we have in store for you?

Our outdoor furniture is quality, British-made, sturdy and solid wood. From benches to single chairs, from tables to planters to outdoor dining sets, sunshades and parasol stands – we have all the outdoor furniture pieces that will allow you to enjoy an English summer in your garden. All at up to 50% off manufacturer’s recommended prices, and with free delivery if you live within 20 miles of our stores.

Outdoor furniture and garden furniture from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

There’s only one thing you have to do to take advantage of our early season offer and get your new garden furniture in place before the weather beats you to it…. visit our Bicester or Banbury stores. Because these great offers are not available online.

So what are you waiting for? Spring his nearly here!

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Show Your Hallway Some Well-Deserved Love

Hallways don’t often get a great deal of TLC. It’s the one room in your home that greets you after a long, hard day and offers family and friends a warm welcome and yet it never receives much love in return. People often think that because a hallway is such a small space that there isn’t much you can do with it, but this isn’t necessarily the case. It’s true what they say about all good things coming in small packages and if you get it just right your hallway can become a formidable entrance to be proud of.

Hallway storage ideas | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterA hallway is so much more than just a way to access your house. It sets the tone for the rest of your home and so it’s important to choose your furnishings with the utmost care and attention.

A strategically placed monks bench can create a welcoming atmosphere, or for a sophisticated tone our Buckingham sideboard is the perfect addition.

Whatever tone you want to set, we are sure to have just the right solution for you. Whether your hallway is large, small, dark or open and airy, oak and pine are such versatile materials that they fit right into any all kinds of places and spaces.

Many of our hallway ranges have a charming rustic, country look which is perfect for making you feel as though you live in a countryside retreat, even if in reality the hustle and bustle of a city or a town is right outside your door. That is exactly what a home should be, an escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. When you close the door and turn to walk down your hallway you want a space that revitalises and restores you, not a drab and dreary entranceway. With just one carefully selected unit you can completely overhaul the feel you get when you walk through the front door.

Hallway ideas | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterFirst impressions make a massive difference and with just a few simple changes you can rejuvenate your hallway, stairs and landing area all at the same time. If you are short on space, we do have some long, narrow pieces such as the Cherwell Oak shelf with cupboard that will fit right in to even the smallest of spaces. It’s amazing how just one addition to your hallway can make such a difference and can create a totally different look.

Don’t limit yourself to just one type of wood or finish, mix and match to create a really quirky and intriguing hallway that gives your home a truly unique opening.

We offer so much choice throughout all of our extensive hallway furniture ranges that the possibilities really are endless. It’s easy to transform your hallway into a picture perfect space when you have the very best quality furniture adding an air of elegance to your home. Give your hallway the attention it deserves and create the very best of entrances with some stunning quality furniture that will last for many years to come.

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Top Tips for Decluttering Every Room in the House

Decluttering is one of those jobs that always seems impossible until it’s done. It’s also very easy to put off decluttering your home, and let’s face it, there are many more exciting things you could be doing with your time. Get it right though and the results are so rewarding! We all secretly wish our home looked like the perfect showhome and now that seemingly impossible sought after ideal can become your reality when you follow our top tips for decluttering your house from top to bottom. If your hallway just screams chaos and you are scared to even look in the kids rooms then you are definitely in desperate need of some decluttering solutions and that’s exactly where we come in.

Filling your home with storage solutions that actually work is the key to keeping every room in your house clutter free and looking amazing.

Top tips for decluttering your home from A World of Oak A Touch  of Pine Banbury and BicesterThe dining room is often a popular dumping ground for all sorts of random odds and ends that don’t have anywhere else to go. It’s the room in the house that is used the least often and so before you know it’s full to the brim with odds and ends you never quite got around to finding a home for. It’s amazing the difference it can make to not only how the room looks but also how you feel when you are in it when everything is neatly stored away. You can easily tidy away everything you need to when you have your pick of our top quality bookcases, dressers and side units with as many shelves and drawers as you require.

Living rooms are for just that: living. You spend time as a family here, play together, tackle homework projects and enjoy family movie or game nights. The living room is a busy room and so it’s a no brainer that you need a lot of furniture with effective storage for your lounge. It’s so satisfying having everything in its rightful place especially when you spend a great deal of time in that space. Entertainment units, display cabinets and TV stands are all functional pieces that also offer a great deal of extra storage for your living room too.

We know just how notoriously difficult bedrooms are to declutter. Try as you might, we know it’s near enough impossible to keep your own bedroom tidy, never mind the children’s or anybody else who happens to live with you. Let us make it just that little bit easier on you with our range of bed frames and wardrobes with built in drawers for you to stow away whatever you want to. Blanket boxes make for great toy boxes in the kids rooms or for tidying away bags and shoes in the master bedroom.

Avon underbed storage, ideal for small bedrooms | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Whatever room you need to declutter, we’ve got you covered from top to bottom. There’s nothing quite like a completely clutter free, spacious living space. Everybody deserves a house that they can’t wait to go home to so let us help you create your dream living space that’s worth rushing back to.

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Decluttering your home in the new year

There’s no greater time for decluttering your home than at the start of a New Year. When you’re in the mood for new beginnings and brimming with resolutions, that’s when you have the perfect chance to declutter each and every room of your home. January 1st marks the chance for a fresh start in all aspects of life, but what could be more important that making sure the place we retreat to each and every day is warm, inviting and clutter free?

Decluttering your home | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterThe hallway is one culprit of household clutter that can create an eyesore the moment you step through the door. Give your guests the right impression this New Year with some storage solutions that tidy your hallway right up. Firstly, you will need a sturdy blanket box or shoe cabinet for somewhere convenient to stow away the whole family’s footwear. Once that is taken care of you can take a look at the rest of our hallway storage solutions that we have on offer such as chest units and storage cupboards. The more storage options you have available to you in your home, the easier decluttering becomes.

Wentworth Cehsts, ideal for keeping clutter at bay | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

You might think that the larger rooms of the home such as the living room and dining room would be easier to keep clutter free. However, it’s usually these types of rooms that seem to always accumulate the most amount of stuff. There’s always something that you need to find a home for and it seems like with each passing year you seem to acquire more and more possessions.

Make 2018 the year you finally get a handle on your home interior and declutter your living spaces once and for all. Most people’s living rooms centre around the TV and so a good place to start when decluttering the living room is to invest in a quality entertainment unit with built in drawers. As much as possible it’s always best to buy furniture pieces with an integrated storage function as you can never have enough storage.

The main offenders as far as clutter is concerned in the bedroom is always going to be your clothes. As you rush to get ready in the morning you need to be able to peruse your outfit choices fast and our Kenwith Double Wardrobe with two built in drawers underneath will allow you to do just that. The range comes complete with a dresser, chest of drawers and bedside table so everything in your bedroom can have its rightful place.

If you work from home then you will know just how many distractions there are for you to contend with on a daily basis just so you can get the most simple of tasks done. Don’t let clutter be another obstacle in your work day. Make sure your work space has enough storage for you to house away any clutter that might get in your way. We have a great range of home office furniture that will give you ample space to tidy away documents, stationery, files and any books that you might need.

A clutter-free workspace | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Whether you need a complete de-clutter in your home from top to bottom or you are looking to add some additional furniture pieces to your collection, we are bound to have the perfect storage solution that fits perfectly into place in your home.

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