Thursday, 23 October 2014

A Guide to Buying Curtains

When it comes to buying curtains, you will usually have a good idea of what you want. However, a number of factors should be considered before you buy, in order to ensure that the curtains will fully cover the window and have enough room to hang from the pole.


Making highly accurate measurements is always the first, and most certainly foremost, task.

You will need to measure the width and height of the window in question, and then add six inches to the top and both sides. If you like, you can also add another inch onto the width to account for the overlap in the middle when the curtains are closed.

As for the bottom of the window, you will need to decide how far down you want the curtains to reach. It is up to you whether they rest just below the window sill or several inches (or feet) lower than it.

Picking the Colour

In downstairs rooms, many people choose to go with neutral colours such as creams and whites on the walls, as these maximise brightness and complement virtually any kind of furniture. When it comes to curtains, the same rules apply.

In bedrooms, you have a little more freedom. You can choose light colours if you wish, but may want to consider darker options if you would like to keep light out of the room. If this is the case, blackout curtains would be a good option, as they will facilitate a good night's sleep even in the middle of summer, when the sun rises early and sets late.

Pencil Pleat or Eyelet?

Pencil pleat curtains are perhaps more traditional in style, and have the rings attached to the top of the fabric, while eyelet curtains have the rings built in. Which design you go for will depend largely upon whether you are going for a classic or modern look.

Both styles are hugely popular, and for this reason we have a wide range of each for you to choose from.

Need Any More Help?

If you need any more information on a specific curtain set, or would simply like some advice, don't hesitate to get in touch with our customer service team on 0844 576 0272, or fill in an online enquiry form – we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Mood-Enhancing Colour Schemes For Your Home

For many of us, our home is our sanctuary. There is simply nothing better than being welcomed by all your favourite sights, sounds and smells as you step through the front door into your own personal piece of paradise after a long day or week away.
However, most people are completely unaware of how much the decor and furnishings that they choose can impact on their mood and emotions. Have you done enough to make the most of your surroundings and create the welcoming home environment that we all crave?
Looking at different colours and the emotions that they can evoke, we have discovered exactly how certain shades can affect our disposition, both physically and emotionally when used in the home. Whether you are hoping to create a warm, cosy feeling or a dramatic, mysterious ambience, find out what colours you should add into your home and the rooms they should be used in.
Mood-Enhancing Colour Schemes For Your Home

There are a number of ways in which you can add colour into your home to create the atmosphere that you desire. Redecorating and painting might be the more obvious choice, but if you prefer neutral tones on your walls or don't want a complete overhaul, you can do so through home furnishings and accessories.
TJ Hughes has a wide selection of colourful bedding, cushions, rugs, curtains and more that can be used to help you to achieve a mood-boosting home. You can find all of our products online, or if you would prefer, use our store finder to locate the branches closest to you.

Monday, 13 October 2014

TJ Hughes opens brand new store in Hartlepool

We are delighted to announce that the opening of our new store in Hartlepool on September 25th was a great success.

Hundreds of local shoppers gathered at the store in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre at 10:30 to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, immediately after which they were free to walk in and begin bargain hunting.

As with all of our stores, the new Hartlepool branch will focus on high-quality products from leading brands at our famous discount prices. From home and furniture items and kids' toys to skincare and beauty products, we will stock it.

Anil Juneja, chief executive here at TJ Hughes, said: "We're continuing to expand our stores across the country and we're delighted to be opening in Hartlepool for the first time in our history. We've real confidence in the town's vision for the future and I believe our offering is perfect for the current economic climate. People want quality, well-known brands, and value for money, which all suits the family's household budget."

The store occupies the shopping centre's largest unit (which measures 38,000 square feet), and it has created 70 jobs, which will provide the local economy with a great boost. It joins the Middlesbrough and Newcastle upon Tyne branches to become our third in the North East.

Anil added: "This year we've had an excellent performance across our stores, which have enabled us to accelerate our plans for expansion and add the eleventh store in Hartlepool. With the outlook for the economy strengthening we're hoping to see more TJ Hughes stores opening soon."

You can take advantage of our great offers no matter which part of the UK you live, as in addition to our 11 branches we have an online store which will deliver your items right to your door.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Five Furniture Items to Refresh Your Home

With harsher weather fast approaching, it's important to prepare your home for the autumn and winter months. You're bound to spend a lot more time indoors than you have throughout spring and summer, so it makes perfect sense to invest in a few home furniture items to make sure your home is as comfortable as possible.

If you've ever visited one of our stores, you'll no doubt have noticed that we specialise in home and furniture items. Our online store is no different, and boasts a vast selection that contains classic and contemporary furniture and accessories. Here are five items we think would help make your house even more homely in the coming months:

1. Camden Large Bookcase Odessa Oak

One of the best things to do when the weather takes a turn for the worse is stay indoors and settle down with a good book. This large bookcase from Kingstown's Camden range comes in a lovely Odessa oak finish that looks great all year round, especially in autumn. With five spacious shelves, it'll fit all of your favourite reads and has a drawer at the bottom for extra storage.

2. Julian Bowen Coxmoor Oak Coffee Table

Every living room needs a sturdy coffee table, and as this one by Julian Bowen is made from solid American white oak, you'll be making a wise investment. It'll also go perfectly with the aforementioned bookcase as the finish is almost identical.

3. Nexus Aero Chocolate 2 Seat Upholstered Sofa

As sofas and armchairs are such a big investment, you have to pick suites you know will suit your home throughout the year. This brown two-seater from Nexus is just such a sofa – the chocolate colour is ideal for autumn and winter, while the fabric will ensure that it's just as comfortable when the weather perks up again come springtime.

4. Lifestyle Mink Shaggy Rug

A good rug can really make all the difference to a living room in winter – in homes with carpets and wood flooring alike. The Lifestyle Shaggy rug is one you'll take to as soon as you bury your feet into it and get nice and comfortable.

5. Plenty of Cushions

Cushions are one of the essential hibernation accessories, and at TJ Hughes we have an enormous range for you to choose from. Whether you want them to match or contrast against your sofa and armchairs, we have the right ones for you.

If you've any questions about the items listed above, don't hesitate to get in touch with our customer service team. They'll be able to answer all your questions, so give them a call on 0844 576 0272.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Back to School: Learning at Home Is Important Too

Your child's daily learning shouldn't just be confined to the classroom, as it's important that they take in as much as possible from an early age. At TJ Hughes we stock a great variety of toys, arts and crafts items, and furniture – all of which will ensure their minds stay stimulated.

Toys for Education

Getting your children into the habit of thinking logically and solving problems is important, especially in the case of younger ones who have just started school. Our range of learning and education toys will ensure they get off on the right foot. We have fun jigsaws, as well as educational laptops and tablets that will serve as a nice introduction to modern technology.

Arts and Crafts

As all children learn in different ways, encouraging them to express their creative side is just as important as helping them learn how to read, write, add and subtract. We have a whole range of arts and crafts items that will allow your child to create their own pieces of art – from easels and crayons to loom bands and bracelet kits.

Furniture for Learning

Our range of wooden children's desks will provide your little one with a piece of furniture that will encourage them to draw, read and write. As they're practically and classically designed, they'll fit right into any bedroom or playroom, regardless of the existing design or theme. For bedrooms with limited space, we have the Barcelona Bedsitter Bunk, which comes with a desk underneath.

TJ Hughes – the Place for Home Learning Items

We understand how important your children's education is, which is why we stock everything you'll need to continue their learning at home at fantastic discount prices. If you'd like more information on any of our items, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our customer service department by sending us a query or calling 0844 576 0272. Alternatively, you can follow us on Twitter and interact with us on there.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Five Ways to Ensure You Pack the Perfect Suitcase

The best way to make sure your holiday starts off well is by properly packing your suitcase. For many of us it's a bridge we cross only when we come to it – and frantically. Leaving it until half an hour or so before you're scheduled to set out for the airport is no good, as you're bound to forget at least one essential item, and will probably pack way too much of something else.

There's no definitive way to pack for a holiday, as locations and durations can greatly differ. However, there are a few things all suitcase-packers should consider. Here are a few pointers:

1. Pick a Practical Suitcase

The size of your suitcase will depend largely on the length of your trip, as for a two-week holiday you would of course need more luggage than you would for a weekend away. In either scenario you should take one that has enough space for everything and is easy to carry and wheel around. We have a large selection of great value suitcases that are ideal for any holidaymaker.

2. Check the Forecasts

Researching the weather prior to your trip might seem like obvious advice, but it's essential to packing a good suitcase. A forecast will give you a good point of reference and a much better idea of what sort of clothes you should take. Your destination's typical conditions might not prevail while you're there.

3. Rolling Instead of Folding

A good trick for avoiding heavy creasing, particularly in T-shirts, is rolling them into bundles instead of folding. It can also save you quite a lot of space sometimes as well – especially towards the end of a trip when you have souvenirs to fit in. Rolling your clothes can be a very useful tactic if you will be travelling round on your holiday and staying in more than one hotel, as it will keep creases to a minimum.

4. Sun Creams

One of the main reasons we go on holiday is to enjoy some much-needed sunshine. To make sure your skin remains protected against the sun and is allowed to tan nicely, you should invest in a range of different sun creams and tanning lotions. This leads us nicely on to the final piece of advice...

5. Make Sure Liquids are Separately Wrapped

Sun creams, deodorants, shower gels, shampoos and any other such liquids should all be wrapped up together in a bag (or several) before you put them in your suitcase with your clothes and other items.

The last thing any holidaymaker wants to see when they unzip their case upon arrival at the hotel is clothes covered in sun cream from a burst bottle. It's also important to bear in mind that no bottles in hand luggage can have more than a 100ml capacity.

TJ Hughes – Helping You Enjoy Your Holiday

We want you to truly get the most out of your holiday, so feel free to browse our website and take a good look at our luggage items as well as our discounted mens' and womens' clothing – you may just find a bargain.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Make Your Garden the Place to Be

Maximising your garden's potential doesn't have to be as difficult as it's often made out to be. All you really need is some good quality furniture that will serve you well for several years, some outdoor toys to bring the family together for some fun, and a barbecue to cook some smoky-flavoured meals on. TJ Hughes can help you out with all of those.

Garden Furniture and Barbecues

The first thing to get right when it comes to your garden is getting some quality outdoor furniture. It allows you to sit and relax with a drink and a book, as well as host barbecues for family and friends.

When weather forecasts tell us it's going to be particularly sunny, many of us dash out for barbecue supplies straight away – and why not? It's the perfect opportunity for people to get together, soak up the sun, eat and drink.

Food that's been barbecued just tastes better, and of course the alfresco dining experience makes it even more enjoyable.

However, we’ve all been to barbecues that haven’t quite gone as planned, and this is usually down to a lack of preparation or practical equipment. It's worth investing in a quality barbecue, as it'll last for years and make your summer parties the envy of your friends.

We stock the Mastercook Platinum 600, a top-of-the-line gas barbecue composed of stainless steel which has a main deck with four burners. In other words, it's an extremely well-equipped piece of kit.

We also sell camping stoves which are great value and can come in really handy, as they'll allow you to heat other foods up as your meat and vegetables are sizzling just a few feet away on the grill.

Outdoor Toys

The better occupied the kids are in the garden, the more you can sit back and enjoy it yourself. There are outdoor toys all the family can enjoy, and there are ones strictly for kids. We've got both bases covered.

Many families are investing in trampolines these days because safe, well-made ones are becoming much more widely available – and more affordable – than they've ever been before.

Size-wise there's something for every household at TJ Hughes, as our trampolines range from six to 14 feet in diameter, which means you can choose whichever one is most appropriate for the size of your family and garden.

We have many more outdoor toys that will keep your kids occupied, which will in turn help you relax, so feel free to have a good browse.

Outrageously Fun Outdoor Toys and Great Garden Furniture from TJ Hughes

If you have any questions about any of the products mentioned in this blog post, or any other items for that matter, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Our customer service team would be happy to help you with any enquiry, so feel free to give us a call on 0844 576 0272.