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  1. Tell us.... Who deserves a FREE Air-2-Chair

    Tell us. Who deserves a free Air-2-Chair?

    We are looking for product testers.

    Currently SofaSale is running a Facebook promotion and is recruiting cool product testers, so if you and your friend are keen to get a FREE Air-2-Chair, better let us know by Facebook. SofaSale will start selection a testing crew, so this new cool gadget can be fully tested over the festive season.

    Share our Facebook post to your best friends, with who you would like to test our new Air-2-Chair. 

    Inflatable chairs are great for bringing to the outdoors, since they give you a functional outdoor furniture that can pack into a pouch on your backpack. Problem is, they also require pumps that take up room in your pack, leaving them just a little less capable in the portability department. The Air2Chair changes that.

    Unlike other inflatable chairs, this one doesn’t require any kind of pump to inflate. Instead, it uses one of those modern inflatable setups that requires you to just move it through the air to sufficiently inflate. According to the outfit, all you need to do is hold the mouth wide open, take a couple of steps until it fully inflates and seal it (a process that should take no more than 10 seconds). From there, you can use it to sit back, relax, and give your legs a rest.

    When fully inflated, the Air2Chair looks like a bean bag lounger – you know, the kind you probably had in your dorm back when you were going to school. Except, the darn thing is inflatable and designed for the outdoors, so you can sit on it whether you’re lounging in the backyard, partying at a festival, or soaking up the sun at the beach. With a deep and wide seat, along with an equally wide and tall back rest, the chair should support your whole body, with a feel that the outfit claims resembles “floating on a cloud.” Yeah, we’re not sure how you’re supposed to float on a cloud, either, but we’ll take it. Because of that wide profile, the chair supports a variety of lounging positions, so you can plop down in different ways without feeling awkward.

    Construction is triple-coated nylon for the chair with double-stitched seams, so this should handle sand, grass, and paved grounds without any trouble, although they offer an optional protective mat that allows you to use it on rocks and similar terrain without taking damage. Since nylon probably won’t be comfortable as a seat, it comes with a suede cover that zips along the edges of the resting sections to serve as a seating surface. The suede, by the way, is water-repellent, so you can use it by the poolside, enjoy drinks while sitting on it, and even use it in the rain without leaving it soaking. It’s washable, too, so you can just throw it in with the laundry when it gets a little too dirty for comfort.

    Do note, the Air2Chair isn’t designed to stay inflated for an entire day. Instead, it slowly loses air as time passes, likely requiring you to reopen the closure and refill it after four hours. Considering the whole process takes no more than 10 seconds, it doesn’t sound like all that much of a hassle.

  2. Be ready for Christmas 2017

    Transform your home into a festive gathering place for family and friends this holiday season. By sprucing it up with some simple show-stopping trimmings, you will turn your Hong Kong home into a merry residence while you prepare and celebrate the holidays. If you are intimidated by DIY projects, we have found crafts that are as elegant as they are easy to create. They are a great way to add some holiday spirit to your home in a classy and stylish way (without spending a fortune). If you do not have tons of extra time to craft and spend hours decorating, keep reading. To get you in the mood, we share this wonderful decorated Church, with neat details on modern furniture and Christmas artefacts and decoration. 

    Our easy effort ideas are perfect for you. Let your beautifully wrapped gifts serve as decorations until they are ripped open on Christmas morning. Or, consider hanging your holiday cards to your banister to add a pop of color and cheer instead of tucking the greetings away. Want to add some elegant Christmas trees to your repertoire of decorations? We can help you create edible versions that will sweeten up your kitchen or entryway. Here’s another tip to keep your décor elegant: stick to a similar palate. Metallic accessories look great in most spaces and add some shimmer and shine to create that festive feel.

    church

    Mantel Piece

    For an unexpected and sophisticated display, keep your pairing (wreath and trio of candlesticks) minimal. This grapevine branch wreath makes a wow-worthy decorative piece with its combination of evergreen branches, pomegranates, and amaryllis blooms.

    mantel

    Season’s Greetings

    Looking for a clever way to display the holiday cards that come your way? Use clips or clothespins to string them along the staircase. 

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    Warm Welcome

    Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but your fireplace looks so delightful. Set a cozy scene by wrapping twin birch logs in twinkling holiday lights. Sprinkle mercury glass candlesticks and votives along the sides for an extra boost of shine.

    fire

    Let It Snow

    Dreaming of a white Christmas? Dangling from a window, these cascading strands of silver and white gift bows create the illusion of falling snow.

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  3. Help: How to clean my fabric Sofa?

    In this blog and video you will find some handy tips on how to clean your fabric sofa.

    Most sofas come with removable fabric covers, so the cover can be easily removed for dry-cleaning. If your sofa does not come these removable covers, or you do not want to go through all hassle of removing them, washing them and place them back, below some easy to follow tips and tricks to clean your sofa.

    Red Wine Stain:

    Begin immediately by soaking up the liquid with a paper towel.

    Saturate the stain with soda water.

    Dab up the liquid with a paper towel.

    For heavy stains, scrub the sofa with baking soda.

    Use a toothbrush to loosen the last of the stain.

    Finally, vacuum the sofa fabric clean.

    Pet hair:

    Prevention is better than a cure, don't let your pet on your sofa, of cover up the sofa.

    But if it's too late, use a rubber glove. Make sure the gloves are textured.

    Simply rub the hairs away. Ensure you vacuum all the hairs away.

    Oil and Grease Stains:

    First cover the stain with dishwashing liquid.

    Rinse with a damp cloth until the detergent is gone.

    For deep stains mix equal parts of water and ammonia.

    Scrub with a soft brush to remove the stain. Consult the manufacturer is the stain persists.

    Chewing gum:

    Put ice in a plastic bag and apply to the gum until it hardens.

    Then slowly peel the gum away.

    Follow these easy tips and tricks and your old furniture may look like new!

  4. Sneak peek inside - learn from the interior designers in Hong Kong

    SofaSale furniture used by our Hong Kong interior design customer.

    Everyday we work hard developing new furniture pieces, and since we offer a wide range of different furniture products, from Sofas to Beds, from dining chairs to Outdoor Lounges, it does give great satisfaction once interior designer specialists recognise our style, and use our products in their projects. Below project is unique, since for this project we supplied a wide range of furniture and in the end it all comes together in good harmony. Are interested to do the same, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are always available to offer free interior design advise and help you mix and match our product into your design plans. We do offer a great level of flexibility in terms of size changes, fabric and leather options etc. Just to ensure you can build your dream interior in your Hong Kong home.

    harrow-3                           Above:Lundana Sofa  Cruzman Single Sofa Marble Coffee Table Glass Side Table dining table                           Above: Reagan Glass Top Table Tiara Dining Chair                           Bayan                             Above: Burnham Cabinet cage table                         Above: Bilbao Sofa  Funky Metal Coffee Table Tulip table                               Above: Tulip Table Master Chair
  5. Fun, whimsical furniture for a Hong Kong kid’s home

    Great article in the SMCP Post magazine on Kids furniture in Hong Kong

    Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva sums up her 5 favourite pieces of kids furniture. Not limited by any budget, she selected breathtaking furniture pieces from Eames to Magis, these products show you that just because it’s for children doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Exclusivity seems to be the high on the selection criteria.  We are delighted that Cristina selected our Mini Egg Chair in the exclusive range of 5 kids furniture seating. The Egg Chair mini with a price tag of only HK$ 2,390 is clearly setting itself apart from the rest.

    Egg Chair mini.

    harry

    Harry Rocking Stool   |    HK$ 12,000

    bambi

    Bambi Stool   |   US$ 375

    Mico

    Mico  |   HK$ 2,400

    Eames Elephant

    Eames Elephant  |   HK$  2,100

    mini egg chair

    Mini Egg Chair  |   HK$ 2,390

    Please read the full article on the SCMP website: http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/design-interiors/article/1995990/fun-whimsical-furniture-hong-kong-kids-home

  6. What features should I look for in daybeds?

    A daybed frame is generally raised off the ground, providing plenty of room for storage underneath. This can consist of built-in drawers or open space to stash holiday decorations, as well as a spot for a trundle bed that pulls out to create an extra sleeping spot. If you’re looking for a daybed that can sleep two people, find one that has the trundle included so you don’t have to purchase one separately. For added comfort and a piece that feels more sofa-like, try an upholstered daybed. If you really want some extra room to spread out, look for a full-size daybed, as most come in twin sizes to fit smaller spaces.

    What’s the difference between a daybed and a futon

    Although they are both very similar in the purposes they serve, there are some major differences between the two that every buyer should know:

    Futons: Think of futons as sofas that double as beds. Because their primary function is seating, they need to be a bit firmer to account for more frequent use by multiple people. A futon needs to fold up and down to switch functions, so often the overall sleeping area will be slightly larger than that of a daybed.

    Gustav Futon

    The above Gustav SofaBed is an example of stylish Sofa, which can be easily changed into a comfortable double bed, this is a Futon.

    Daybeds: Think of daybeds as beds that double as sofas. Their primary function is for sleeping, so they will feature an actual twin-sized (or larger) mattress instead of cushions, and will typically be on the softer side. Daybeds do not fold up and down, so the seating depth will be greater than a futon, but can be easily adjusted by adding pillows as backrests.

    Benchy day Bed

    The above is the Benchy Day Bed. Which can be used during the day to sit more people in your living-room or office.

    Interested in these products: find the link of the Bench Day bed  and Gustav SofaBed 

  7. Six long dining tables you’ll want to linger at long after a meal

    SMCP Post magazine on October 23rd 2017.

    A selection of breathtaking tables with some price tags well past the  HK$ 100,000 ++ mark. Exclusivity seems to be the high on the selection criteria.  We are delighted our budget table Holten has made it to the selection of the exclusive range of 6 dining tables. The holten with a price tag of only HK$ 3,690 is clearly setting itself apart from the rest.

    Neto table                     Neto Table |   HK$ 218,900   |   Andante holten table                     Holten Table  |  HK$ 3,690    | SofaSale Makha Table                                 Makha Tae Table   |   HK$ 129,500   |  P Tendercool

    Split table

    Split Dining Table  |   HK$ 22,380   |  Says Who for Woud, from House For Goodies.

    Miyazaki Table

    Miyazaki En Table  |   HK$ 20,500  |  Igloo Homeware

    Edwards Table

    Edwards Dining Table   |  25,900  |   Bowerbird Home.

    Please read the full article on the SCMP website: http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/design-interiors/article/2115673/six-long-dining-tables-youll-want-linger

  8. Hong Kong Furniture Storage solutions

    Hong Kong apartments require efficient storage furniture solutions. Whether your home is large or small, the opportunity for added storage is always welcome. When choosing a bed with hidden storage, think about how frequently you need to access your things, ottoman-style lifting beds give maximum storage and gentle finger lifting, the best solution for frequent use.

    Review our Milton Storage Beds in below video.

    Another way of creating more floor space in your tight Hong Kong apartment is using the double function of your furniture think about, a stylish living-room sofa, which build-in foldable double bed. Enabling you to transform your living-room into a cosy bedroom in seconds. Your wall mounted TV will serve you well from a sitting-lounge postion to your lay down bed position. Below on of our best selling Sofa Beds, the G611 SofaBed.

    sofa bed G611

    A more traditional way to create storage, is off course and wall storage cabinet. At SofaSale we custom-make them for you. So you can utilise your full wall to create the maximum amount of storage space, from floor to ceiling. Good to know we use recycled wood, which gives full character to your furniture.

    burnham bookcase

    Above the tailor made solid wooden Burnham Bookcase with storage solution in American Ash wood.

  9. SofaSale featured in SCMP: Post Magazine

    A Hong Kong flat where the kitchen takes centre stage

    Two avid cooks have defied Hong Kong interior norms by designing their Mid-Levels apartment around a wonderful gas stove

    BY CHRISTOPHER DEWOLF

    There's a reason people in Hong Kong eat out so often: in this city, it's a pain to cook at home. Kitchens are usually small and designed to be used by one person. For Paul and Morgaine McGee, it was a situation that didn't mesh with their lifestyle.

    "We love to cook," says Morgaine. "We do it four or five times a week and it's always a massive spread."

    The couple grew up in Connecticut, in the United States, but didn't meet until both were living in Hong Kong (Morgaine works in fashion and Paul in transport). Eight years ago, they had been dating for only a month when Paul decided to buy a flat in a 1960s building. He was living in a high-rise housing estate and was looking for something a little more intimate.

    "I couldn't stomach the idea of a big, flashy lobby, and I wanted to live in a real neighbourhood," he says.

    With the help of Morgaine, he found what he was looking for in a low-key corner of Mid-Levels.

    The 1,137 sq ft apartment needed work, but when the dust finally settled on their first renovation, the McGees weren't entirely satisfied with the result. The kitchen had been squeezed into a narrow slither at the rear of the apartment, which made for some cosy evenings with guests. Two years ago, however, the couple decided to redo the flat and enlisted the help of a friend, architect Cameron Hestler.

    This time it was a success.

    bertoia                  

    Dining room Morgaine McGee found the dining table (HK$6,500) at Tree . The  Bertoia wire chairs (HK$2,500 each) were bought from Sofa Sale.

    The pendant light (HK$3,500) came from Indigo Living. The sterling-silver fish on the wall was made by California-based artist Ruth Wright. The Trust floor tiles, by Atlas Concorde, were sourced through Pacific Gallery (159 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2827 9918) years ago.

    The full story you find on the SCMP Post Magazine website

  10. The Couple's Guide to buy a mattress

    Love’s a little easier in a comfortable bed.

    Few things are more essential to our overall health and well-being than proper sleep. If one or both of you is having trouble sleeping, it can even put a strain on your relationship. After all, it’s harder to be patient, kind and courteous when you’re always tired or living with back or neck pain caused by a worn-out bed. Given the importance of sleep, a comfortable and supportive new mattress can change life for the better. We hope this little guide will give you the advice you need to find that perfect bed and get back to being a well-rested and happy couple.

    couple guide mattress

    Things to consider before you buy:

    Put some space in the relationship.

    This may be obvious to some of you, but couples should sleep on at least a queen-sized bed. It doesn’t matter how in love you are, a full-sized mattress is just too cramped for two people and all the involuntary movement that happens in the wee hours. The only exception to this queen-sized rule: Hong Kong apartment dwellers.

    Have a good, long mattress talk.

    In terms of daily impact on your life, this is the most important piece of furniture you’ll buy. So be sure to talk about what you want in terms of comfort. Firm? Plush? Pillow Top? If it’s not what you want, don’t agree just to get it over with. Mutual happiness should be your goal.

    Can’t agree? Then compromise.

    If you’re at a stalemate, where one of you wants a firm bed and the other needs something softer, you do have options. There are models that allow each side to be adjusted for softness. Or, for a more economical solution, a thick mattress pad on one side of the bed could help.

    Talk about price before you shop.

    If money is an object, then determine your price range and stick to it. If you can’t find what you want with the money you have, don’t buy an uncomfortable mattress to save a few bucks. Take a few months and save up more. Short-term discomfort always beats long-term misery.

    Research can pay off.

    If you’re not in a hurry to buy, there are ways to try out different mattresses. For a true test of comfort, and a romantic getaway, you can always book a night at a hotel that uses a brand of mattress you’re interested in. To help you, some chains advertise which bed they feature. If you travel, peel off the sheets and take note of beds that you like or dislike.

    Here’s what’s new.

    There have been a lot of innovations since you last shopped for a mattress. Here are a few you should know about.

    The pampered sleeper.

    Beds these days are more indulgent than ever, thanks to the incorporation of cushy pillow tops and breathable natural fibers like cotton and wool. Taking luxury to another level, the Beautyrest Black® mattress from Simmons is created with high-end materials.

    Dual comfort.

    These mattresses are perfect for couples with different needs. Some models allow you to adjust either side, while others come with comfort layers for both sides of the bed.

    Thick is in.

    When you shop, you’ll notice that beds are getting taller. This is because of all the added comfort layers. Beds even 35 cm thick are commonplace, so you’ll have no trouble finding sheets that fit.

    Hold the flip.

    First created by Simmons, the No-Flip mattress has eliminated one of life’s sillier chores. And for those who want a king-sized mattress, this should be especially happy news.

     The wide world of mattresses.

    There are many types out there, so here’s a little primer to help you know what to look for in the store.

     Innerspring mattresses, the most traditional type of mattress set, typically use systems of open coils or metal springs layered between padding. When shopping, you’ll hear the term “coil count.” Typically, the higher the count, the more support you’ll get.

    Encased coil spring mattresses, such as the original Pocketed Coil ® spring mattress created by Simmons, feature an advanced innerspring system. The coils are individually wrapped in soft fabric. This allows each coil to adjust independently to your body. Because these springs move individually, if your bedmate rolls over, the motion won’t disturb you. This feature alone has been known to save relationships.

    Memory foam mattresses are constructed of high-density polyurethane and conform to the body to reduce pressure points and provide natural body alignment. While memory foam is temperature-sensitive and conforms as your body warms it, latex foam is not sensitive to temperature and is available in many different densities. When you research, keep an eye out for Advanced NxG®. Memory Foam found in the ComforPedic® mattress by Simmons.

    Many prefer its advanced qualities including heat dissipation, quicker recovery and consistent comfort. Latex foam is hypoallergenic and derived from natural rubber tree sap. The Simmons® Natural Care® latex mattress includes soy-based foams and a cover made from natural fibers.

    Hybrid mattresses combine layers of foam and coils. This gives you the comfort and support you’re looking for from each type of bed, and if you’re undecided about foam vs. coil, it allows you to choose both.

    Air mattresses use air chambers as their primary support. A quality air mattress will mold to body contours. Some models come with adjustable air chambers, which allow you to change your bed’s firmness whenever you like.

    Water mattresses come in several varieties but are all designed to conform to the body and reduce pressure points.

    Built for stability, today’s waterbeds have done away with the wavy feeling you might remember.

    Shopping advice.

    Patience pays. Take the time to comparison shop. Start looking at the mattress ads in your newspaper. If you know the bed you want, chances are, it’ll go on sale before too long.

    Never settle. Yes, we’ve said this a lot. But you’ll spend more hours in bed than on your couch. Hard to believe, but true. So keep searching until you find a bed you both feel good about.

    In the store, test for real. However you normally sleep, lie that way for a few minutes and be sure to try out every bed together. This way, you can feel for motion in the bed when one of you moves around.

    Bad back? There are mattresses out there that are specially designed to relieve back pain, but the truth is, any good mattress should give your back the support it needs. So if you’re miserable at night, spend a little extra and get some restful, pain-free sleep. It’s worth it.

    Know the policies. When it comes to returns, testing period, delivery charge and hauling away your old bed, every store is different. Be sure to ask about all these details. It may affect where you buy.

    Yes, buy the box spring. Like any good couple, a mattress and foundation complement each other. Buying just the mattress may reduce its comfort and support. Plus, it might shorten the bed’s lifespan and possibly void the warranty.

    A message to men: Assert yourself. If you’re shopping with a partner, be sure to get a mattress that you are comfortable with. According to research, 38 percent of men say they are unhappy with the mattress chosen by their significant other.

    Tips for better sleep.

    Set the mood. Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool and uncluttered.

    Sleep takes preparation. Don’t pay bills or work late at night. Instead, start slowing down and relaxing well before bedtime. Spend some quiet time together listening to music, reading or just talking.

    No late night sit-ups. Daily exercise can help you sleep better, but if you work out too late in the evening, it can keep you keyed up and make it harder to fall asleep.

    The 11 o’clock news is not relaxing. Don’t watch TV in your bedroom late at night. It goes back to sleep preparation.

    The menacing clock. If you can’t sleep, knowing what time it is only makes it worse. So turn those red lights away from you to help you relax.

    Make it a habit. Establish a regular sleep schedule and don’t sleep in. Instead, take power naps on weekends.

    Bring in the white noise. If you live in an apartment or on a busy street, use a fan or one of those rainforest sound machines to drown out the neighbors and the traffic.

    Try not to drink caffeinated beverages after 2 p.m. If you crave coffee late in the day, try decaf. On a related note, don’t eat anything heavy before bed. If you’re hungry, try fruit or cereal.

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