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5 Things You Need To Know About Fitted Wardrobes

As the leading fitted wardrobe fitters in Leicester, we have built wardrobes all sizes! Whether it is to maximise on the amount of space that you have in your bedroom or just to make sure that you have enough room for all your clothes, fitted wardrobes are the way to go. They offer you functionality and aesthetic appeal without taking up too much space which would otherwise be an inconvenience. However, before dipping your legs into the idea and having these installed, there are a couple of things you need to know about fitted wardrobes.

  1. The idea is to maximise on space

Unlike their freestanding counterparts, the built-in wardrobes can fit into almost any kind of space. But, it is your duty to make sure that they actually fit in the space that is available. It is true that the rectangular door types of wardrobes are very common. But, there are other shapes and sizes available that can get into the more unusual spots. You just have to look around to get one that makes intelligent and efficient use of your space.

  1. Get a wardrobe that fits your needs precisely

Built-in wardrobes are not a copy and paste. Even though most homeowners tend to believe that they are more or less the same. The truth is, you can add in as many features as you want and the details that would be appealing and useful to you. You can also omit the features that you don’t want.

You can even go as far as having additional drawers, shelves compartments and even shoe racks with enough space for just the number of pairs of shoes that you have. The variables that you can consider get even wider when you opt to have the walk-in type fitted wardrobes. That makes it even more spacious and can fit more ambitious plans like having a built-in Vanity table.

  1. Remember to have the right type of lighting

In most cases, you will concentrate all of your creative energy in having all the features squeezed in to your bespoke wardrobe. You should also remember to have some custom-tailored lighting added. Not only does this make it easier for you to see inside the wardrobe, it also gives it a more dramatic feel.

Lighting, if played the right way can also help you achieve certain aspects that could not be achieved structurally. Say for instance if you wanted a more spacious wardrobe but don’t have the space. If you opt to have creative lighting, you can go for one that gives an illusion of more space.

  1. Pay attention to the finishing as well

You also want the handles and other visible parts of the door to blend in with the rest of the room. More importantly, you want them to be easy on the eye and able to capture attention at the same time. This is why you need to pay attention on not just the features but also the finishing of the wardrobes as well.

  1. Save yourself the cleaning hustle

If you’re not keen enough, you might still end up having that step-stool you used to clean on top of the freestanding wardrobe. To avoid this and make cleaning easier, it is best to have fitted wardrobes that run all the way to the ceiling. This makes it much easier for you to clean. It also gets rid of unwanted guests because you have less unused space.

Bespoke wardrobes are a great addition to any living space. They are neat, offer more space and can be custom-made to suit your needs. But, it is critical to make sure that you put in the right thoughts before you have one installed.

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5 Ways How the Modern Kitchen Has Evolved

If there was ever one room that every house couldn’t do without, that would be the kitchen. Regardless of whether you’re the cooking type or the type that stuffs junk in the refrigerator then blames the busy working hours for not cooking, you will always have a kitchen in your home. It is one of the things that has always been a constant in every home. Just like architectural design for homes has improved over the past few years, the kitchen has not been left behind.

The needs of home owners for space and creativity have increasingly become demanding and the evolution shows how kitchens have been able to adapt to these demands.

Appliances

The most noticeable change in the kitchen has got to be the change in how appliances look. If you remember correctly, appliances back in the day were not only chunky but also noisy and with a very high appetite for energy. For instance, not long ago, it was impossible to have a conversation in the kitchen with the dishwasher running. It took so much space and the noise was a nuisance. The same case applied to refrigerators.

Currently, you have appliances that consume less energy, are appealing to the eye and ones that allow you to actually have a conversation in the kitchen regardless of how many of them are running.

The Worktop

This was previously referred to as the stove. Thanks to advancement in technology, the term has now changed to worktops. The name is not the only thing that has changed. The most noticeable thing about cooktops in the current era is that they are independent of the oven. If you prefer, you can have it on top of the oven. But, you can also designate it to another part of the kitchen especially if you prefer having loads of working space.

Other changes worth noting is the fact that you can now opt for a wide range of options when it comes to heating. The newer and more intriguing one is the induction cooker that leaves a cool and safe surface after the cooking is done.

Cabinets

One of the features that can make or break a functional kitchen in the modern times are the cabinets. But, they didn’t always appear that functional and well organised. In fact, kitchen cabinets could have easily been one of the most hated thing in a kitchen because of how frequently they would smack people on their heads. Nonetheless, despite their change in structure and design, their essence has remained the same.

Countertops

Marble, quartz, recycled glass, concrete and even laminate; all these are materials that are used to make countertops now. Back in the day, installing a countertop made out of anything else other than wood would have been very expensive. Not only do the new surfaces make the kitchen look more attractive, they also make it more functional and some are actually very durable.

Customising

Don’t be fooled. Having custom-made furniture, appliances and kitchen design is a new trend that is just emerging. The only custom-made thing a traditional kitchen would have had is the paint. You could also have opted for a different layout but everything else was just copy and paste. Now you can give your kitchen more of your personal touch and use the space more exhaustively.

There is no questioning the far that the modern kitchen has come. Lessons learnt over the years have been used to fine tune appliances, layouts and maximise on space. Alas, the future is now! Get in touch with CJC Interiors and build your dream kitchen!

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5 Reasons to Get a Home Office Design

Whether it is for your personal use or for your team, a home office is quickly becoming one of the best ways to become more effective and still save money in the process. In a business world where working round the clock is becoming the norm, having some space where you can get to work with an ambience that boosts your morale to get work done and no kids jumping around, a home office has become the ultimate tool for every person that pays attention to their work and doesn’t want their home life to interfere with their work.

That said, a good home office is not just about having a desk and chair in a small confined room. Having a professionally designed home offices packs many benefits for you and your team and more importantly, your productivity with regards to work. Here are a couple of the reasons why you should consider having a home office design.

  1. It improves on your morale

There are plenty of elements that affect your morale and that of your employees. These include the colours of the room, the lighting and the space. Getting plenty of sunlight into the room allows for better mood and creates an effective workplace. To maximise on all these aspects, you need to have a professional home office design done. That way, everything from the colours to the lighting is taken into perspective and realised in the execution.

  1. Increases efficiency

The best thing about having a home office is that it takes you away from all the distractions of the house. This makes you and any other person that gets into that office more productive and increases their efficiency. You can double up on these factors by having the office professionally designed to add other aspects that would make you more efficient and increase your ability to deliver by improving your working environment and the general feel of the office.

  1. Optimal Ergonomics

There are a lot of factors that go into making the perfect office. These include the height of the desk, position of commonly used drawers and other areas of the office are a critical aspect of having a functional office. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be able to understand these factors if you decided to go out on your own until it was too late. With the help of professional home office designers, the placement of every piece of furniture and any other aspect of the home office is so that it makes you more effective and ultimately makes your life easier.

  1. You get to make the most use of your space

Regardless of the amount of space you have, you need to make sure that you are making the most use of it. It becomes even more important to utilise every inch you have if you’re limited on space. With the help of a professional home office design you can achieve exactly that and a lot more.

  1. Make it your personal space

The aim of having a home office is to have a secluded place in the home where you get to concentrate and get work done. If you’re a workaholic, then you will definitely spend loads of time in the office. It needs to be a place where you can feel comfortable, be able to spend many hours at ago without a problem. Above all, it should be a place where you always want to be. All that can be achieved by having a home office design that puts into consideration all your goals and aspirations with the office.

When it comes to setting up a home office, most people never realise how important it is have a home office design. It is not all about having a working phone, a desk and a chair. If it is going to be functional, it needs to be then you will definitely need to have a home office design to achieve that.

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5 Reasons Why You Need a New Kitchen

Every home owner thrives on having a great and functional kitchen, as the leading kitchens company in Leicestershire we can help. Even those that don’t cook often. Having a kitchen that fits perfectly into your lifestyle is the perfect complement to a great home and to you. Despite having a functional kitchen, there comes a time when you have to do away with the old and bring in the new. It might hurt considering you might have baked some really nice cookies in that old oven but, with the benefits that come with a new kitchen, such sacrifices are soon forgotten. If you need a reason to gift yourself with a new kitchen, here are five of them that will justify the move.

  1. Putting things away is has now become a puzzle

At first, it was easy to place everything in its place. That showed just how well your kitchen conformed to your needs at the time. After a couple of years collecting great dishes and different must have appliances, you never seem to have enough space. Your kitchen shouldn’t be untidy with appliances and dishes squeezed in on every inch of your countertop. If you find grabbing your baby’s Sippy cup a challenge, then you definitely need to start thinking about getting yourself a new and better kitchen.

  1. Your kitchen appliances are older than you

That old manual timer on your oven sure works great but you should see what other options are on the market currently. You would be disappointed. Thanks to technology, kitchen appliances are not only smarter now but are also more energy efficient. Some will even save you more space while remaining just as useful. By using old appliances, you’re wasting money on energy and, you could be putting your family at risk because of their flimsy nature.

  1. Your family now forms a line to get out of the kitchen

One of the lighter and perhaps the most fun moments is having your kids in the kitchen helping. Not only do they make the job of making meals for everyone else easier, they also make it fun. If, in the process you will step on each other’s toes a couple of times and have to get in a line to get out of the kitchen, you definitely need to think about getting a new kitchen. A squeezed, space-deprived kitchen is a calamity waiting happen and you shouldn’t give it that chance.

  1. You would like to bump up the value of your home before selling

You don’t always need a new kitchen for you. For plenty of home buyers, one of the primary things that they consider before buying a home is the kitchen. The design and spacious nature of this very valuable room determines a lot. It is one of the sure fire ways to make sure you get more from the sale of your home and also make it more lucrative on the market.

  1. Your kitchen is falling apart

As a responsible homeowner and a parent, you should never let the state of your kitchen become deplorable. But, unfortunately for one reason or another, you might find yourself in a fix. Run down table tops, dead appliances, grime all over and discoloured tiles are just among the few hints that will let you know that your kitchen has reached the end of its life line. In such a case, you don’t need much convincing to see that you need a new kitchen and fast.

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9 Finishing Touches to Make Your Kitchen Complete

You have put months of time and effort into planning your kitchen, the most part has been completed. The worktops and units have all been fitted however your kitchen is not complete until those small, time-consuming jobs have been completed. If you leave these finishing touches or rush them, your hard work to create your perfect kitchen will be wasted. These are just 9 small finishes touches that are essential to making your kitchen look perfect.

Handles and knobs – Although it may seem like a small thing to worry about, choosing the correct handles and knobs for your cupboards and drawers can make a big difference. Take your time to pick ones that match the look of your kitchen and blend in.

Sockets and switches – Call a professional to install your sockets and switches in neatly and tidily, making sure to have them in place you will definitely need them such as near worktops.

Blinds and curtains – Carefully measure your window before you order any blinds or window coverings, they are a key part of the finished look so choose wisely.

Filler pieces – If your walls are slightly even then you may have some gaps in your kitchen. An easy solution is to use filler pieces. Use a professional kitchen fitter for this to ensure they piece fit in perfectly and discretely.

Grouting – Tiling is the one of the most time-consuming tasks in the kitchen, however, grouting is also absorbing but equally as important. Ideally, the lines will be clean and neat, and the tiles cleaned off afterwards.

Splashbacks – Splashbacks are crucial however are usually forgotten when tiling the walls. It can be a focal point of your room and is important for the area you do most of the cooking.

Sealing – Be careful when doing the sealing around your sink and other areas, messy sealing can make your fittings and fixtures look bad and in the future and is more likely to peel away.

Plinths, cornices and pelmets – These are small touches that are affordable ways to make your cupboards and units look classier and look like they fit better. It can be easy to forget and some think they are not important however we strongly suggest to include them.

Cover panels – An easy way to make your units look like they have a more professional finish is to add cover panels which match with the unit door and drawer fronts.

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7 Things to Consider Before Designing your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house and it needs to be suited around your lifestyle and family. It is important to take this into account during the planning stage as it can cause a problem in the future. We at CJC Interiors have been providing kitchens in Leicestershire for long enough to know how essential is it to do this as you may end up hating the kitchen you have spent a lot of money on. Here are 7 essential things that you should asking yourself beforehand.

  • Use of the kitchen – Take note of how your family uses your kitchen at the moment, see how everyone like to sit and what they like to do in kitchen. Is it somewhere that you gathering on a regular basis? Or is it somewhere where you only use for cooking.
  • Messiness – The way you cook and clean your kitchen is something you should definitely take into account. For example, it would not be sensible to have a sink right in the centre of an island if it is going to be overflowing with dishes often. You would need a bigger space and maybe space for a dishwasher.
  • Most used area – Note what areas you use the most in the kitchen so you then are able to plan where to put in your task lighting.
  • Mornings – A well planned out kitchen makes mornings feel much easier. Consider what essentials you need you to make run more smoothly and what would slow you down.
  • Workspace – If you cook by yourself you do not need a lot of workspace, however, if you are the type of cook that leaves everything all over the space or have lots of people cooking together, you need to think about where you would want the extra space. You can never have too much worktop space
  • Social gatherings – How often do you have friends or family over for dinner? Do you and your family cook together? If so, then an open plan kitchen may be the best option for you. Islands are great to keep an eye on the kids and encourage socialising.
  • Appliances, utensils etc. – Some homes are full of all types of gadgets, pots and pans and appliances. If you have a home like this, then you are going to need a lot of storage space to keep all of these organised. The storage space will stop your kitchen from looking cluttered.
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6 Kitchen Fitting Mistakes to Avoid

Although the general design of your kitchen is very important but the fitting of the kitchen is just as crucial. If your kitchen has not been fitted correctly, then the finish will not look as sleek and tidy. CJC Interiors have been creating kitchens in Leicester and across Leicestershire for many, many years. Our experience has taught us what minor mistakes can make or break your kitchen. If you make sure to get these right, you kitchen will look exceptional.

1) Gaps

If you haven’t measured your kitchen properly, checked for uneven angles or forgot about the strips and fillers, you’ll be left with gaps around your kitchen. This gives it an unprofessional finish and ruin the overall look.

2) Uneven worktops and units

As time-consuming and frustrating as it can be, it is very important to check that levels around your kitchen. A spirit level is your best friend when measuring your kitchen, it ensures that everything is level and all unit are in line with each other. If not checked, once the kitchen is fully fitted, you will notice it and it will drive you mad.

3) Not enough space

Make sure you have the space to open and close your cupboards and drawers without any time of obstruction. Although this is more to do with the design and installation part, it can be covered during the fitting stage.

4) Unprepared walls and floors

Refurbishing your kitchen is not as easy as just taking everything out and then replacing it with new stuff. Use this opportunity to repairs any issues you have with your walls, ceiling and floors, you will not get a chance like this until the next time you do your kitchen.

5) Not measuring properly

Accuracy is key when it comes to fitting a new kitchen. Measure and measure again, and then measure again! You can never be too cautious in getting the figures right. We would recommend using millimetres for a greater accuracy.

6) Incorrect order

Planning out the order in which the kitchen will be built is very important. For example, if you were to fit in the units before the electricals, you would end up with a serious problem of trying to work around the units or having to take them back out. You may want to consult professional kitchen fitter such as CJC Interiors who can provide you with expert advice on how it should be planned out.

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Diwali In Leicester and across the World

Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrated on a new moon night sometime in October or November. It is known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ which people celebrate by filling the night sky with fireworks and arranging tea lights around the house. Diwali one of the biggest festivals in India, if not the biggest. The night sky is filled with fireworks and homes are adorn with tea lights and candles. We looked into how Diwali is celebrated across the world other than India including our very own Leicester:

Leicester – One of the main attractions in Leicester is Belgrave Road, better known as the Golden Mile. The Golden Mile is covered in lights which are turned on two weeks prior to Diwali Day and stay on throughout. There are many stalls where you are able to buy different Indian sweets and savouries made by local shops. As part of the celebrations, there is a large fireworks display that can be seen along the whole of Belgrave Road and neighbouring streets.

Nepal – Diwali is known as Tihar in Nepal which is celebrated to honour the Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesh. The festivals, however, last for 5 days, each with their own importance. The first day is devoted to cows, who are fed and prayed too. On day two dogs are fed special meals and on the third-day lamps and lanterns to signify the return of Ram. The fourth day is dedicated to Yama who is the lord of death and the final day, known as Bhai Dooj, celebrates brothers and sisters.

Thailand – Loi Krathrog, which means ‘to float a basket’ is the Diwali name in Thailand. Loi Krathong is celebrated on the full moon day in the twelfth month of the Thai calendar. It is celebrated with beautiful fireworks, banana leaf lamps, rice paper hot air balloons and candles are floated in all bodies.

Sri Lanka – Deepawali is one of the most celebrated festivals in Sri Lanka much like India. It has the same associated as Indian traditions, but is celebrated for five days by the Hindu Tamilians. There are multiple spiritual rituals and traditions such as distributing sweets and savouries among family and friends, as well as lighting the oil lamps and letting off fireworks.

There are many other countries that celebrate Diwali such as Guyana, South Africa and also Fiji where it is a public holiday. Diwali 2017 is approaching soon and we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year from the entire CJC Interiors team!

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5 Ideas for Small Kitchens

We at CJC Interiors have been designing kitchens in Leicester of all sizes for over 30 years. A common problem that some of our customers have is a small kitchen. They believe that having a small kitchen means that they cannot do much with it and there is no room. However, our experience has taught us some tips and tricks that help make the most of your space which we have compiled into a handy guide.

1) Wall mounted storage

A great way to make use of your walls is to install some shelves, hooks and bars onto them. By using S-shaped hooks, you can hook up some of your kitchen tools such as pots and pans. Also, possibly install a magnetic strip for your knives instead of using a knife block that can take up unnecessary space on your counter.

2) Pull out pantry

If you don’t have a room that you can use as a pantry, you could install a pullout pantry. It can be installed in one of the tighter areas in your kitchen such as the space between the fridge and the wall. A pullout pantry is a great place to store your spices, condiments and wine bottle without taking up space in your cupboards.

3) Use the colour white and add mirrors

A kitchen that is all white creates an illusion of spaciousness and seamless blends in with the walls and floor. However, an all-white kitchen may not be ideal for some, so mix in different shades such as ivory and creams which creates the same effect. Another benefit of white is that it goes with everything! So you don’t have to worry about any clashes.

4) Minimalist hardware

The small things really do make a big difference. By removing bulky handles and knobs, it adds a sleeker look to your kitchen. Also an option that may not be ideal for all is to remove the door. Removing the door is an effective yet easy way to make the room look like there is much more space. Choose appliances of a sizes that are suitable for your kitchen, large cookers and fridges take up unnecessary space.

5) Mirrors and glass doors

Mirrors can help make the room look twice the size, so it can be a good idea to use mirrors as backsplashes. This will help reflect the light and the view, making the space look more open. Glass cupboards doors lead the eyes into the depth of the cupboards as well as giving it a lighter look.

Using these tips and tricks we hope that we have opened your eyes to possibilities for your kitchen, and with our help we can find even more solutions catered to you.

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Greatest Cookbooks to use in your Kitchen

Cookbooks have been around for since the 1st Century and have since been a kitchen necessity. As one of the top kitchen companies in Leicester, we know just how important it can be to have the perfect cookbook for your kitchen. It can inspire you to try new recipes and ingredients, and also be a great way to pass the time. Here are some cookbooks that we believe are a must for any kitchen.

  • Real Food by Nigel Slater – This is a classic guide to comfort foods. It was originally accompanied by his TV show with the same name in the 90s. Nigel uses ingredients that we have all heard of, using techniques everyone is aware of. It is a straightforward book that makes you excited about cooking, not making it seem like a chore.
  • The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver – The Naked Chef was Jamie Oliver’s first book, becoming an instant hit with all as well as giving him the nickname. The great thing about this cookbook is that the recipes are timeless and the recipes are easy to make. The book includes plenty of tips and tricks to help you along the way. Jamie encourages experimenting, allowing you to add your own spin and preferences along the way.
  • Summer Cooking by Elizabeth David – Although this is an older book, the 50s to be exact, it is a well-known classic. Elizabeth David travelled all over the world and created a range of books, Summer Cooking being one of them. It includes a range of chapters from soups to sauces, all perfect for the summer weather.
  • Delia’s Complete How to Cook by Delia Smith – This cookbook is great for both amateurs and for whizzes in the kitchen. It is an all-inclusive guide of recipes, techniques and kitchen protocol. As the book progresses, it becomes more and more challenging, from making simple eggs through to smocked haddock with crème fraiche. It is a simple book to follow through and although it was first released nearly 20 years ago, the tone of the book makes it great to follow through recipes.
  • Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan – With 300 recipes to choose from, this cookbook is must have for all baking lovers. Not only are there many desserts to choose from, but is also cover baked goods such as brioches and quick breads. There are hundreds of hints within the main book plus a mini book with little facts and tricks.