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Create A Sumptuous Sleep Space With Rise And Fall

Foremost, throughout our lives, we spend an average of 26 years sleeping. To add to that, we spend an additional 7 years just trying to get to sleep. That’s 33 years of your life spent in bed!

Knowing that we spend a third of our lives in bed, don’t you think your body deserves the best nights rest?

The secret to a great nights sleep

Your bedding doesn’t just help pull your room together aesthetically; it can also impact your sleep. From texture to material, colour and touch, good quality luxury linen can mean the difference between a blissful sleep and a night spent tossing and turning.

So, here are a few top tips on what to look out for when shopping for your next bedspread:

Touch

While most people think that the higher the thread count the more luxury the linen; this is not always the case.

Sheets with a very high thread count allow for little to no air to pass through, trapping all your body heat inside.

So, if you’re looking for a thread count that brings together the perfect combination of smooth, soft, and breathable luxury, we recommend anything between 300 and 400 thread count, especially during the summer months to come.

Fabric

Avoid synthetic materials and instead choose breathable natural fibres like cotton, bamboo, eucalyptus and silk.

Colour

Firstly, have you ever wondered why the majority of hotels use white bedding as their top choice? Apart from being easy to clean, white bedding has a calming effect on one’s mood.

Secondly, personally, we love the simplicity of white linen; it’s fresh, crisp and creates a space of timeless elegance. Another thing we love about white bedding is how it makes other neutrals appear so much more vibrant without being too loud.

Skin

Furthermore, considering that your bedding is against your skin every night, don’t you think it’s important to invest in the best quality material?

Choosing your pillowcases, sheets and duvet covers should be as important as choosing your skincare products since that’s what your bedding essentially is.

So, we recommend 100% organic cotton bedding, not only is it great for your skin, its production process is eco-conscious from start to finish.

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Introducing Rise & Fall

Klooftique is proud to bring on board the Rise & Fall collection. A bedding brand that has gone above and beyond when it comes to its ethical credentials and luxury comfort.

As a result, it’s perfectly warm for winter nights and light and airy for the upcoming spring months. Our Rise & Fall collection ticks all the boxes.

✔ Made with 100% green energy

✔ Produced without hard chemicals

✔ Recycles 99% of the water used in production

✔ Offers free education to its predominately female factory workers

✔ £3 from every sheet set sale go to Centrepoint (a homeless youth charity)

✔ Offers exceptional comfort at an affordable price

✔ Made from 100% organic cotton

✔Available in 400 thread count

✔ Plastic-free packaging

✔Perfect for sensitive skin

As a result, you’ll be able to enjoy your weekend lie-ins and early weekday nights in a bed of butter-soft sheets. In addition, a cloud-like duvet and pillowcases so soft, you’ll have no problem falling off into a deep and peaceful sleep.

So, what are you waiting for? Set up your perfect night’s sleep with Rise & Fall bedding available now at Klooftique.

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Why Klooftique Furniture Store Is One Of A Kind

Klooftique focuses on creating your perfect home with bespoke, locally-made furniture. From lighting to couches to chairs to tables, we do it all. Our master craftsmen and women, located right here in Cape Town, each bring a unique skill to their craft. When we combine this with years of experience as a furniture store, this is what makes a Klooftique item truly one of a kind. Ever heard the saying, “You’ll never get this anywhere else”? Well, that’s Klooftique. Looking for a pink velvet three-seater couch with black leather arms? We can do it. No challenge is too high or too crazy for Klooftique.

We know there are a number of franchised furniture stores both online and in Cape Town, however, you’re not a one-size-fits-all kind of person. You’re bespoke, just like Klooftique.

Set up a consultation with the Klooftique furniture store so that we can help you create the stylish, welcoming home you deserve. You can visit us at 87 Kloof Street, Gardens or call us on 021 424 9458. Alternatively, you can also shop our range of products through our online store, right here. Or, follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

Take a look at our collections on our online store to give you an idea of what we can do for you!

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How Klooftique Began: Our Story

Everyone loves a good story, especially one that shows how something great once started as something small. Most businesses have an “About Us” page but that doesn’t really give the story of how Klooftique came to be. The trials and tribulations of what we’ve accomplished have been quite the journey.

A family business

Klooftique started off as a modest furniture shop. The founders, husband Gerald Furman and wife Beulah Furman started the company in 1973. They had an eye for Cape and Victorian pieces and a passion for restoring something back to its former splendor.

Above all, Gerald and Beulah traveled, sourced and restored furniture from all over South Africa.

To start, Klooftique began with mostly Cape furniture, which included Jonkmanskaste, yellow wood, stinkwood tables, washstands, and Cape country furnishings. The restoration process was done by hand by Gerald and his at the time,  one employee. The two of them restored each piece with care and precision.

Through passion, adventure and a love for bringing life into something once forgotten, this was the start of Klooftique. It was also the start of our recycling path. The Klooftique family has always aspired to the philosophy of reducing, reusing and recycling. We use materials from sustainable resources, recycled goods and focus on fair trade and responsible production.

From strength to strength

Over the years we’ve grown, starting from a small second-hand shop to expanding into a showroom of 200+ metres.

As a family run business, Gerald’s son, Jarome Furman was hands-on, sharing a passion for creating something great. At a stage, he had been collecting Art Deco sofas and chairs and restoring them for clients. There was a demand in the ’90s and 2000s for restored Art Deco furniture. In addition, when Jarome bought the company from his parents, he changed the focus from Cape and Victorian furnishings to Art Deco pieces. Jarome had storerooms filled with the most amazing pieces just waiting to be restored.

Seasons change

It was a great success. However, interior décor trends are forever changing and over time Jarome moved out of the Art Deco trend and into a new phase. His wife, Marianna Furman, joined the business. Together they slowly shifted focus from restoration and progressed into what it is today – manufacturing new furniture.

Our first workshop was on site (in the building where our store is still located today), where our craftsmen and women applied their skills. With time, the need arose for us to move into larger manufacturing premises.

The present

So, Klooftique, as it’s known today, underwent a change from restoring to creating. The change was slow. The brand didn’t change, just what was sold. The ethos, our transparency and our value for selling luxury furniture pieces at affordable prices remained the same. Most importantly, the family stayed the same too. We are the second-generation Klooftique located at the same premises for over 45 years and counting.

The brand we’ve built is not a franchise with stores countrywide, and it’s not a chain store where products are imported from overseas. We are local. In other words, every piece of furniture that we sell is handmade by our skillful workers.

A big thank you goes out to our amazing followers and customers for supporting us and allowing us to do what we love. In conclusion, without you, none of this would be possible.

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The Klooftique Team Thanks Shehaam

Today we celebrate the individual furniture makers that work behind the scenes to bring our bespoke sofas to life. We have a host of furniture makers, seamstresses and more that we’d like to give thanks to, and today we are looking at Shehaam, one of our seamstresses. We’d go as far as saying we’ve got the best furniture makers Cape Town has to offer!

At Klooftique, we appreciate quality when we see it. Meet Shehaam, she’s been a seamstress and one of our respected furniture makers at Klooftique for 13 years. Thanks to her skillful hands, each piece is meticulously stitched before it’s ready for upholstering. Take a look at our collection of couches, sofas, chairs and more to notice some of Shehaam’s beautiful work. One thing that Klooftique takes pride in is tailoring bespoke furniture for each client’s palette. From size to colour to texture to style, Shehaam listens to it all and takes it in before she begins her work.

Set up a consultation with us so that we can help you create the stylish, welcoming home you deserve. You can visit us at 87 Kloof Street, Gardens or call us on 021 424 9458. Alternatively, you can also shop our range of products through our online store, right here. Or, follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

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Home Accessories And Tips For Small Spaces

Home Accessories and Top Tips For Small Spaces

  1. Decorate with Mirrors:

Interior designers often place mirrors strategically in small places in order to make them feel larger. One of the most common tips for small spaces is to hang a large mirror in a central location to create a focal point. This will help to reflect light and add good ambiance. If possible, position a mirror across from your window so it will reflect the view and give the illusion of another window.

  1. Draw the Eye Upward:

A room has a vertical dimension as well as a horizontal one. If your living room has a high ceiling, make the most of the extra space by decorating it in a manner that draws the eye upward. Floor-to-ceiling drapes are a stylish way to accomplish this goal. Another thought is to fill the vertical space with a mix of small to midsize artwork pieces. This technique will make the room feel larger than it actually is, because it invites the eye to roam beyond the eye-level horizontal space that may feel confined.

  1. Use Neutral Colors for a Small Living Room:

One of the most popular small living room ideas is the use of neutral colors on walls, floor, ceiling and furniture upholstery. A palette of off-whites or beiges will expand the space by appearing to push back the walls. Soft hues also tend to illuminate a room by reflecting light. In addition to enlarging an area, a neutral palette imparts instant sophistication and creates a calming environment.

  1. Choose Furniture with a Lightweight Appearance:

Consider the visual weight of the furniture piece. This concept refers to the perceived heaviness of an object based on size, color and design. Pick out pieces that have a lightweight appearance, as heavier ones will seem to constrict a space. Opt for pale colors over darker ones, and select pieces that have legs while avoiding those that are boxy. Glass coffee or end tables will take up less visual space than wooden ones because you can see through them. Any furnishings that don’t obstruct views will make an area seem more open.

  1. Select Small-Scale Furniture:

A list of small living room ideas would not be complete without the recommendation to select furniture that won’t overpower the room or appear to dominate the space. A sofa with thin arms and a tightly upholstered back is preferable to one with substantial arms and a multi-cushion back. If space is tight, you could do without a couch completely, either choosing a loveseat or opting to position four chairs around a coffee table. When picking out chairs, consider armless ones because they will take up less space than a model with arms.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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Pantone Has Revealed The Colour Of 2018

Pantone has revealed the colour of 2018… an uplifting hue of ultraviolet. According to Pantone, the “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” And at Klooftique, we can just imagine the jaws that will drop at the sight of ultraviolet modern furniture in a home!

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute explains. “It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 ultraviolet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.

From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive ultraviolet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Ultraviolet takes modern furniture to a new level. Prince would be proud!

How have you incorporated ultraviolet into your home? Don’t be intimidated by the bright shade – when used sparingly, it will only add personality to your home.

Set up a consultation with us so that we can help you create the stylish, welcoming home you deserve. You can visit us at 87 Kloof Street, Gardens or call us on 021 424 9458. Alternatively, you can also shop our range of products through our online store, right here. Or, follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

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Why Leather Furniture Is The Best Kind Of Investment

Why Leather helps to create heirloom (investment) furniture

  1. Leather is four times more durable than fabric, so don’t worry about having pets and children around it. Just like a leather jacket or shoes, good leather furniture gets better with age.
  1. Aniline leather is dyed in a drum, which allows the dye to completely soak through for a rich, deep color. No protective coating is added, and it’s the softest and most expensive leather.
  1. Semi-aniline (protected aniline) leather is also dyed in a drum and has a small amount of coating applied, giving it slightly better protection against stains and fading than aniline leather.
  1. For pigmented leather, color is applied to the surface, not dyed through and through. And while the color isn’t as rich, it’s finished to provide greater protection against scratches, stains and fading. These leathers are less expensive and usually aren’t as soft as dyed leathers.
  1. Unlike upholstery, the color of your leather piece doesn’t make a difference when it comes to regular maintenance. Just use a damp cloth to remove dust.
  1. Look for leather upholstery with zippered seat cushions. While the leather can last decades, the seat cushion may not and you’ll want easy access to get it refilled.
  1. Leather takes on the temperature of your body within 12 seconds, so the notion that leather is cold is a myth.
  1. When considering price, remember that a leather sofa that is looked after, will last more than a lifetime.

 

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

The Basics For Purchasing A Comfy, Statement Chair

A statement chair in your lounge should bring more personality to your home than Elton John on stage. However, it still has to be comfortable. Use Klooftique’s handy tips for buying the perfect statement chair.

Feel

The seat should feel soft to sit on yet offer firm support. If it sinks in too much, you will have to struggle to get out of it. If it is too hard, you may become uncomfortable after sitting in it for even a short period.

Angle

Your thighs should be perpendicular to the floor because you can’t be comfortable if your knees are pointing up or down. Look for a seat height that is right for you.

Depth

Another factor to consider is the depth of the seat. If you are taller, look for a seat with greater depth. The extra depth can easily accommodate the length of your legs. A shallower depth is good if you are not very tall, or suffer from bad knees.

Width

A wider seat such as in a chair and a half is good if you like to lounge in your chair. A chair and a half is also a good substitute for a loveseat if you are short on space. Take a look at the RC Green Chair and Half.

Height

Backs can be high or low, but more than anything, the back is there to offer lumbar support. If you read or watch TV in your chair, you would also want some neck support, so those chairs would be better with high backs. Chairs with lower backs are good for conversations, and you tend to sit up straighter in them, but they are hardly meant for lounging.

Tight back or pillows

There are two basic kinds of seats and backs, those with a tight cover or those with loose cushions. You can choose whichever look appeals to you, but if you are looking for comfort, cushions do make it a little cozier. You can also choose a mix with a tight back and a cushioned seat or the other way around.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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Five Easy Home Decor Tips

At Klooftique, we understand that designing a home’s interior can be overwhelming. However, there are easy ways to tackle the challenge of interior design. Take a look at these quick, one-liner home decor tips from the experts at Klooftique.

  1. START WITH YOUR COLOR SCHEME. Choose up to three colours that compliment one another, then choose one pop of colour – something bright that you only use once or twice throughout the space to add that personality.
  1. FAKE HEIGHT WITH LOW FURNITURE.
  1. PUT INVESTMENT PIECES FRONT AND CENTER. You spent the money for a reason – because its a statement piece. Now, show it off!
  1. WARM UP A ROOM WITH MIRRORS. Mirrors create the illusion of a much larger space. They also allow for more natural light. Add value to your space by adding mirrors.
  1. LET SPACE SIZE DICTATE FURNITURE PLACEMENT. There’s no point in having a gigantic three-seater sofa in a tiny living room. Measure your  space before going shopping!

We hope these home decor tips have been helpful in starting your design journey.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

Follow on Instagram at @klooftique

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Seven Styling Mistakes For Living Room Furniture

Seven Styling Mistakes For Living Room Furniture

1. Living room furniture placement

One of the most common styling mistakes is misplaced furniture. Pushing furniture up against all the walls of a room makes it look smaller rather than larger. Give the room breathing space by pulling the furniture away from the walls.

2. Heavy curtains

Unless your curtains are a spectacular fabric and pattern, you don’t really want the curtains to be the feature of the room. Consider roller blinds in a neutral fabric instead of big heavy drapes – you can still have the block-out effect but in a more subtle way.

3. TV placement

The best place to position a TV is on a blank wall that isn’t blocking window light. If possible, the TV should be mounted on the wall for a more streamlined look. Otherwise, make sure you have a suitably sized TV unit to put your TV on.

4. Lack of rugs

A room is never complete until there’s a bit of colour and pattern on the floor. Rugs on floorboards provide warmth in winter, while rugs on carpet are perfectly fine as well.

5. Lack of colour

Many living rooms lack colour, especially in regards artwork, rugs and cushions. Bright pieces add life to a room!

6. Oversized furniture

Many people fill their living rooms with furniture that is too large or chunky for the space, especially when it comes to sofas. This will make the room look and feel smaller. Consider sofas and chairs with slim line arms, particularly for smaller spaces.

7. Too much matching (overstyled)

Overstyling can look a little pretentious or forced. While mixing different styles may not work, neither does matching every single piece in the room. It’s fine to try and match up some of your furniture, but add in a few other splashes of colour to break it up.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 424 9458
Email: info@klooftique.com

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