French Furniture

  • How to Choose a Nightstand

    Nightstands, or bedside tables as they are commonly known, are an essential part of bedroom furniture. From providing the perfect place for lamps that can affect the ambience of your entire room to offering additional storage space and the perfect location for your alarm clock and personal belongings, these multifunctional items of furniture can serve a range of important purposes. That’s why choosing the correct nightstands for your bedroom is so important. 

    When selecting the ideal bedside table(s) for your bedroom, there are a number of things you must consider. These include; the size and height of the item of furniture and whether or not it will fit in the space designated for it, the potential storage space it could offer, the materials it is made from, and, of course, the colour, design and overall style of the item.

    From how to correctly measure a nightstand to knowing how to find a bedside table that is the correct height for your bed, this handy guide will tell you everything you need to know when it comes to purchasing the perfect nightstand for your bedroom.

    What is a nightstand?

    A nightstand is a small table or chest that is meant to be placed next to a bed - hence its alternative name, bedside table. Depending on design, nightstands can be simplistic tables that provide nothing more than an extra surface to hold a lamp, alarm clock and any personal items you want to keep close to you while you’re in bed, or they can involve more complex designs than incorporate drawers and shelves, offering you additional storage space in your bedroom.

    What is a nightstand used for?

    Simply put, they provide an extra surface to support any items you would like to keep close at hand when you’re in bed. From lamps, books, drinks, remote controls and alarm clocks to medications, mobile phones and even intercoms linked to other areas of your home, nightstands provide an incredibly useful place to keep items that you may want easy access to when in bed.

    A modern nightstand supporting bedside lamp and flowers.

    How to measure a nightstand

    If you're looking to buy a new nightstand, it's important that you make sure it's the right size and fit for your space and your needs. After all, if your table is too tall, you will find yourself having to reach upwards to retrieve anything from it when in bed, while a nightstand that is too short may affect the lighting in your bedroom when paired with your existing bedside lamps. For these reasons, one of the most important steps when choosing the right nightstand for your bedroom is finding one that works practically with other items of furniture such as your bed and is the correct size to best fill the space you have available to you.

    Before purchasing a new nightstand, you should first measure the space in your bedroom where you intend to put it using a tape measure. Measure both the width and length of the space, as well as the height of your bed. Once you have noted down all of these measurements, remember to add at least two or three inches to the width and length to allow for a reasonable gap between the bed and the nightstand, as well as space behind for any plugs or chargers. This extra ‘breathing room’ will also ensure you will be able to easily move around your chosen table and access any inbuilt drawers/shelves with ease.

    When it comes to measuring the nightstand itself, the first thing you need to do is ensure its dimensions fit comfortably  within the measurements of the space it is intended to fill. As well as making sure the bedside table is not too large, it is also worth remembering that if the item is more than six or seven inches smaller than its intended space, it might be dwarfed by empty space on both sides - it’s all about finding a nightstand that is both not too small or too large.

    How to pair nightstands with your bed

    Once you have identified a bedside table of suitable width and length, next you have to make sure it is the correct height - this will ensure it pairs correctly with your bed. As a rule, to ensure you can easily reach items on your nightstand while lying down, its surface should be no more than three inches higher or lower than the top of your mattress. Whether you opt for a table that is slightly taller or shorter than the height of your mattress comes down to personal preference.

    Do nightstands have to match your dresser?

    To put it simply, not necessarily! When it comes to the interior design and decor of your home, there are no concrete rules. Deciding whether or not you would like your nightstands to match the dresser in your bedroom, for example, simply comes down to personal preference and the overall aesthetic you are trying to achieve. If, for example, you have a traditional country style bedroom, sticking to a theme and choosing nightstands that match other furniture in your room may help complete the look you are going for. On the other hand, if you want an industrial look, or simply an eclectic mismatched vintage style, choosing items that deliberately don’t match may be the way to go.

    The only commonly accepted rule of thumb in this area of interior design is to at least have two items in a room that have something in common. This could be the type of wood they are made from, the same design style, the same colour, or even an exact match. The rest is up to you!

    Fern xx

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  • Etienne Weathered French Bedroom Furniture

    Here at Crown French Furniture we like to freshen up our range of products with the newest trends and styles in the world of top-quality French furniture. One of these new ranges is our Etienne French Weathered Bedroom Furniture.

    Crafted from the finest pine wood with a grey paint finish and solid oak tops to put a contemporary twist on the classic French style of the Etienne furniture.

    Bed and Bedsides

    Our Etienne Upholstered Bed features elegant curves to compliment your ambient interior. It is available in Double, King Size or Super King Size. The crisp curves look great with our rustic oak top bedside and Bed End Stool.

     Elegant Storage Solutions

    Why not pair your beautiful Etienne bed with a matching Double or Sliding Weathered Wardrobe to fix any storage dilemmas in your bedroom whilst keeping up with the rustic French vibes.

    Look Your Best Like Your Furniture

    The elegant curved legs of our Etienne Weathered Dressing Table support a sturdy and practical tabletop. Perfect for you to store your personal belongings with its 3 spacious drawers.

    Pair this with our Matching Etienne Weathered Stool, with a luxury upholstered cushion.

    Chest of Drawers

    To complete your perfect set of grey Etienne furniture, utilise our excellent 5 or 6 Drawer Etienne Weathered Chest.

    Fern xx

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  • What is a Sleigh Bed?

    Choosing a new bed? Whether you’re furnishing a new house or replacing your old bed, it’s a big decision to make. It’s very important to get it right, to strike the right balance between comfort and practicality as well as style and of course, budget.

    A popular choice is the sleigh bed, a type of bed that has been around for hundreds of years in a variety of different forms. The sleigh bed is named because of its distinctive headboard, which is curved or rolled, often along with the foot of the bed. This and its usually sturdy, solid construction makes it look uncannily like a sleigh or a sled.

    Sleigh beds were around as far back as 200 years ago, but the style is believed to have roots even further back - from ancient Greek and Roman times. The look we recognise today comes from the American Empire style, a trend from the 19th century. It is a French-inspired neoclassical look, most popular in the U.S. in the 1820s but popular enough as a style to still be in fashion today.

    Why are sleigh beds so popular?

    This style of bed offers many benefits. You can find many affordable options, ranging from French reproduction sleigh beds all the way through to minimalist, modern styles. The sleigh bed often has attractive curves, and is a solid, durable presence in the bedroom. They often come in wood, but you can also find upholstered sleigh beds. Another possible reason why so many people love sleigh beds is the slightly enclosed or cocooned experience of sleeping in one. Sleigh beds have the appearance of curving at the head and foot, with height at both ends, so they can make sleepers feel safe and protected.

    dark wood sleigh bed with blue bedding in a room with wood floor and large glass windows. Luxurious master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, floor to ceiling glass windows, window seat lined with red seat cushions and contemporary wooden sleigh bed

    Choosing your dream sleigh bed

    These days, sleigh beds come in all kinds of styles, sizes, finishes, fabrics and shapes. You really will be spoilt for choice. Here are just a few of the most popular options:

     

    • Wooden slats. Sleigh beds can be heavy and solid looking, making them quite dominant in a room. To soften the look, you can choose a sleigh bed with wooden slats at the head and footboard. This lets light through and makes the bed appear lighter and more contemporary - while still hinting at the rustic and traditional roots of the style.

     

    • French-style solid wood. This is the classic sleigh bed look, in beautiful polished hardwoods such as mahogany, and with plenty of high quality detail.

     

    • Headboard only. Not all sleigh beds have both a curved headboard and footboard. You’ll find many that still have the distinctive sleigh look, but with just a rolled or curved headboard. This is a modern take on the style, ideal for neat contemporary spaces.

    Can you upholster a sleigh bed?

    Sleigh beds tend to be made from wood, but you can also find beautiful upholstered versions of this classic style. It’s not recommended to try upholstering a wood sleigh bed, as it can be very tricky - and why would you want to hide all of that beautiful detail and the elegant curves of the bed’s outline?

    If you love the upholstered look, why not opt for an upholstered sleigh bed in a crushed velvet look, smart linen or even luxury faux leather? You’ll find sleigh beds in all kinds of designs, styles and fabrics, showing just how versatile this classic look can be.

    How to dress a sleigh bed

    With a sleigh bed, you’ll want to show off its curvy contours rather than hide them under inappropriate bedding. Avoid floor length bedding, as the footboard may get in the way of making the bed properly, opting instead for a duvet cover or quilt that hangs no more than a couple of inches over the sides. Ruffles and fussy details are to be avoided as they compete with the decorative features of the bed - which should be the centrepiece of the room.

    If you have a traditional or classic-style sleigh bed (for example, one in polished wood with plenty of decorative detail), you should choose your bedding to match. This doesn’t necessarily mean complicated or old-fashioned patterns, but nothing too modern. Simple, beautiful white or pale coloured bedding would be perfect, creating an elegant and classic look.

    Do you need a boxspring with a sleigh bed?

    A box spring or divan, usually used to support the mattress and act as a brace, is not usually needed with a sleigh bed. Most types of sleigh bed have enough of a frame and base to support the mattress, and they are already the correct height to make getting in and out of bed nice and easy. You should be able to use a standard mattress with your sleigh bed, just make sure before you buy that it’s the perfect size to fit your bed snugly.

    Fern xx

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  • Four Poster Beds

    As everyone has seen again and again in fairy-tales or Disney films, four poster beds are the first choice of long haired princesses or former-beast Kings. The obvious reason for this is the unrivalled luxury and opulence of the design. It completely changes the vibe of both the bed and the bedroom by adding a veil of privacy to your resting place.

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    They are rightfully a symbol for beauty and wealth. Those who have the space for one of these undeniably large feature pieces have to make the most of those high Victorian ceilings and find one that's right for you. There is even an Independent top 10 for these beauties which is definitely worth a browse for some inspiration. It's a quick look at all the different design inspirations, some are minimalist, some take influence from the orient, some show African influence. All boast the high level of craftsmanship you would expect to go into such a marvel.

    Our Moulin Noir seems very similar to a bed in the article... Our Moulin Noir seems very similar to a bed in the article...

    Taking a look at our own catalogue, we can see that there is a small range of four poster beds, we provide a few basic designs since we have, so far, offered eccentric and flamboyant  pieces in the form of regular beds. that is to change somewhat with the introduction of our new inspiration.

    Our outstanding Juliette four poster has arrived! Our outstanding Juliette four poster has arrived!

     As you can see, our Juliette is nothing like we have offered before. It offers a romantic atmosphere and soft neutral tones to create an utterly tranquil environment. It also adds a sense of flamboyance to our four poster range. Previously we have offered safe, comfortable designs, but this icon blows them out of the water with an amazingly soft button upholstery featuring jewelled buttons! Now that is unique, and completely new to our catalogue.

    The game has been changed! Fern xx

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  • Louis Phillipe and reclaimed wood

    Our extensive catalogue is ever progressing and recently we have explored the classical French design of Sleighs. The Greek encouraged this movement in 19th century French design, leading to these scroll-like curves featuring beautifully in French furniture. We have been fans of this design for some time, as shown by our Antionette range and the outstanding craftsmanship that goes into those pieces. These boast a mahogany build and so have a very strong presence, this makes them outstanding feature pieces and collectively they create an unbelievable bedroom aesthetic.

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    Similar to the Antionette range, here, the sleek understated style of the sleigh is very minimalist and allows the quality of the wood to shine through perfectly. In contrast to our Antionette range, the Louis Phillipe pieces are crafted in reclaimed wood with a much different presence than the powerful mahogany above. We wanted to add depth and bring this luxurious aesthetic into a more homely and warm light and this range does so exquisitely. The charming imperfections of the wood give it an amazing natural appeal and allows it to blend with other wood pieces splendidly.

    in reclaimed wood, the sleigh style becomes so homely and welcoming in reclaimed wood, the sleigh style becomes so homely and welcoming

    As you can see, although both ranges draw similar inspiration they are stark contrasts to one another in terms of interior designs. Thus, we now offer the sleigh style in a soulful and sombre range as well as an extraordinarily bold and beautiful collection.

    We're very excited to see what our customers do with these pieces, we hope to see lots of farmhouse interiors and rustic style.

    Fern xx

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  • A spring to remember

    Spring is just around the corner already, 2018 has started so quick and hopefully everyone is sticking to their new year’s resolutions! Spring is perfect for creation and new designs because the sun light will help highlight any features you want to pop in your interior. Whether that be accessories placed to catch the light or to capture a colour scheme you want to come through.

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    To really catch colours in the light this spring is more bright and floral, it jumps out at you and brightens up the whole interior for a tranquil setting. This is a very colourful season and often is the most creative, it could even set your interior design up for summer!

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    A hot trend in spring is more of an indigo blue or more of a refined coastal look, but this colour could possibly be overwhelming or too much for a whole room decoration for a number of people. But maybe simple accessories such as vases and flowers in this colour could even liven up the room.

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    A gorgeous addition to the dining room is the Pembroke dining table for an “aura of sophistication.” Magnificent for a spring collection with a warm oak colour that really helps capture the light.

    pembroke_french_painted_dining_tableWe offer a lot of ranges and collections of furniture which all have spectacular designs and are excellent quality. But one range stands out amongst all which is the Camille. Produced from Oak veneers with a traditional and French design but can still go beautifully with a modern interior. Perfect for this spring, the Camille is an alternative to having bright and floral colours, giving a more peaceful setting whilst still capturing the light. A design like this can still make your interior pop in spring and can carry its charm over to summer as well.

    Make this a spring to remember.

    Fern xx

  • Expanding and Outstanding

    Recently we have been expanding our ranges and allowing more niche items to exist within our favourite collections. We have introduced single, smaller beds as well as more eccentric and decadent designs.

    Quality

    Expanding our range means finding pieces and craftsmen that will be able to withhold our lofty standards for our customers. At the heart of our catalogue is the fusion of comfort with style and our recently added pieces embody this desire.

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    Take a look at our new single bed, this is a big step for us as previously our beds have been exclusively doubles or higher sizes. Through dealing with many customers, we came to the decision that it was time we supplied people with a more flexible bed, able to fit into rooms with tight doorways into spaces that couldn’t host a larger bed.

    Variety

    Obviously, a large part of furniture sales is having what people want, so we try to cover as many bases in our somewhat bigger than you would expect area of French style furniture.

    a few pieces with our Parisian contemporary influence a few pieces with our Parisian contemporary influence

    Take our Parisian contemporary pieces, although not a staple piece in our catalogue, it gives you a feel for the variety we try to offer to our customers. Contrast these pieces with some of our more traditional rococo or rattan items and you can see the span of our catalogue.

    Specificity

    Another aspect we have been working on is our niche items, we love these as they tend to be the showstoppers. The items you’ve searched everywhere for and dropped your coffee once you’ve seen it just there amongst our website.

    They wow.

    Fern xx

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  • A New Look

    Our gorgeous NEW Beaulieu bed has just arrived in our showroom and we are truly in love with it.

    We have always said 'The perfect sanctuary of sleep begins with choosing the right bed' and as Tina Gaudoin pointed out in Elle Decoration mag "It's a given that most of us love being in bed." With the average person spending over a third of their life sleeping we could see the importance of creating a bed that will enrich this time.

    For many years people have been trying to create that gorgeous French boudoir and have been demanding a range of gold, silver, white, grey and many more finishes to give an uplifting yet subtle appeal to our traditional reproduced furniture.

    Our latest endeavour therefore lead us to design a bed which has been finished majestically in a glamorous antique gold paint. Exuding regal undertones of flamboyant Parisian razzle-dazzle.

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    A light distressing and a stunning light Velvet fabric enriches this masterpiece with elegance and sophistication.

    Contrasting to our standard Beaulieu collection which is finished in an off-white finish for a more contemporary and neutral appeal, the revisited gold Beaulieu bed holds a more traditional and tranquil ambience. beaulieu_french_bed_set_image_1

    We are aiming for the gold Beaulieu bed to be live on our website soon with a few professional photographs to capture the true beauty of the piece.

    But for now you can always check out our standard Beaulieu collection or enquire with our sales team to reserve one. -The Gold version will be the same price as the standard Beaulieu bed...

    We'd love to hear your thoughts so feel free to let us know your opinions by commenting on our blog or social media posts!

    Fern xx

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  • NEW Rattan Garden Furniture

    Hi,

    We have a brand new seasonal range with some beautiful rattan garden furniture from chairs to sofas for those lovely sunny afternoons. It also includes metal benches, glass tables and cushioned stools so you can put your feet up after a day in the garden. Also all of our rattan furniture is weather treated to withstand the traditional British weather.

    Fern x

  • Come & See

    Don't forget that our showroom is open all day today in Nottingham. Fantastic exemplar pieces on display and our team are more than happy to help. Full details here: http://www.crownfrenchfurniture.co.uk/showroom/

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