Furniture

Emma mattresses

Mattress ads are everywhere..and many of us are rejoicing that the mattress has gone from being an unwieldy monster to being delivered in a box, ready to unroll and voila. But mattresses at the end of their lives invariably get dumped in landfill, so what are manufacturers of this new breed doing to lessen their products' environmental impact?

Windsor sofa

Joules has teamed up with British manufacturer DFS to produce the Joules Collection of sofas and chairs

Life without built-in storage is intolerable. But you need design that suits your room. Limed oak storage with cream leather on door and drawer fronts

If you want built-in furniture, why not look to a local cabinet-maker or carpentry firm? Such as Leicestershire bespoke furniture makers Sealey Furniture, which demonstrates the very high level of skill and environmental awareness found in Britain's small workshops

Cedar of Lebanon table with a high shine. Picture courtesy of www.paleamber.net

Many of us reach for a pot of paint when wooden furniture starts to look tired. Is that because we've forgotten about the noble art of French polishing, which restores wood to its former glories? Abby Trow talks to expert Dan Norris

Lean Man units by Notts-based And Then Design, £175

You can't fail to have noticed the trend for furniture that leans against the wall. It's so useful and space-saving and you don't drills, screws or spirit levels...

Compact and versatile FSC birch ply Bookie bookshelf by Louise Christie

While many countries are making huge efforts to protect their woodlands, not all wood is from managed forests. So do due diligence and don't buy wooden products from makers or retailers who can't vouch for the wood's sustainability

SCP

It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

Adventures In Furniture

Call it what you will, but a credenza.. or sideboard..or buffet..is a wonderful piece of furniture that too many of us are going without

Hay is a well known Danish design studio
Configure Tria for a living room

The Tria storage system from Mobles 114, one of Spain's most environmentally-friendly companies, is a paragon of virtue and versatility

Fistral beach is a paradise for surfers

Cornwall's coolest furniture maker has worked on one of the county's most popular beach hotels

A table should be a once in a lifetime purchase

A table, a bed, a chair... everyone needs these pieces of furniture says Mark Godsell-Fletcher, founder of the popular independent reclaimed wood furniture company Eat Sleep Live

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