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7 Types of Mattresses to Know About

mattressThe key factor to get a sound sleep every night is to choose a mattress that suits your body. There are various kinds of mattresses available on the market today, each with different characteristics and serving different benefits.

When you’re well aware of all the characteristics of a mattress, it will be easier for you to choose one that is ideal for you.

Here are 7 of the most commonly used mattresses to know about:

  1. Gel Mattress

This mattress contains foam coated with gel that is added to the upholstery layer. These mattresses are ideal to use where the temperature is hot. It is capable of absorbing body heat and restricting the mattress from getting hot. Thus providing a cozy, cool and a pleasant sleep all night.

  1. Memory Foam Mattress

One of the most widely used mattresses today are the memory foam mattresses. They are known to provide top notch comfort by curving into a shape that aligns with your spine. People who look for ultimate support, comfort and relief from backache should go for this type of mattress. However, on the downside, they are expensive and can overheat in summers as well.

  1. Innerspring Mattress

This mattress has a steel coiled system to provide support to the body. The number of coils inside a mattress can vary. The thicker a mattress, the better support it provides. There are additional layers inside as well that strengthen the foundation of the mattress and prolong its life expectancy.

  1. Hybrid Mattress

A hybrid mattress is also manufactured with a coil system inside with a slight change. It has additional foams combined to the coil system as well. These foams can include gel, latex, memory foam and polyurethane etc. In short, it’s a combination of a foam plus spring mattress.

  1. Pillow Top Mattress

This mattress is super comfortable with an additional stitched pillow padding to act as a pillow. The padding is made up of fiber that is soft and comfortable. This mattress is ideal for people who sleep on their sides as it is very soft and causes no pain.

  1. Airbed Mattress

There are air chambers in this type of mattress to provide you with great support. The best thing about this mattress is the ability to adjust firmness as per your will. In fact, you can have one level on one side and other on the other side, allowing both partners to set the bed according to their will. This customization option gives this mattress an edge over other mattresses out there.

  1. Latex Mattress

Since they are made up of a natural resource, sap, they are affordable and offer tremendous durability. This mattress is known to provide both support and comfort and is among the most demanded mattresses today. Also, this mattress is said to help reduce back and neck pain thanks to its comfortable sleep. Click here to know more about latex mattresses.

The Verdict

 These are 7 common mattress being used today. Make sure you do the research before buying one.

Saving Time vs. Saving Money

It’s no secret that I am really far from being a domestic goddess. Housework is basically the bane of my life and Husband has offered on more than one occasion to pay for people to come and make my life easier – although I usually refuse out of pure stubbornness and by annoyingly over-blown sense of frugality! There are, however, a few things that we don’t tend to do ourselves and get other people to come and do for us – some of them work out less expensive than you’d expect and will save you a lot of time and effort in the long-run. Here’s a few of them:

Gardening

Husband and I do the very basics in the garden, but our lawn is actually pretty huge out the back and sometimes is more than our electric mower can handle! There are some great apps which allow you to find people to do full garden services, which allow you to find someone who covers your area, performs the tasks you need and is within your budget. This allows us to spend less time tending the garden and more time enjoying it.

Window Cleaning

Cleaning the insides of windows is one thing – doing the outsides is completely another and I’ve been called Frank Spencer FAR too many times in my life to think that venturing up a ladder with a bucket of water would be a good idea! We have a window cleaner who comes once every couple of months to keep the outside of the windows sparkling clean and it saves me a lot of stress.

Oven Cleaning

A few years ago, when we were moving out of one property and into another, I decided to clean the oven using one of those chemical cleaning kits. The oven came up beautifully clean…but I (and I’m not exaggerating here) ended up with chemical burns up my arms because I got the caustic cleaning fluid on my skin. Aside from the risk of burns, you have to remember to ventilate properly and all the other safety factors, as well as the fact that it can be a really laborious task. For me, oven cleaning is well and truly best left to the professionals!

Chimney Sweeping

We’ve lived in this house for a little over 2 years now and in that time we’ve had our chimneys swept twice. The guy comes in and shoves a vacuum hose up the flue, sucking out any stubborn ash which may be stuck inside it…and that’s basically it. It costs us about £50 each time and looks like something I’d be more than capable of doing myself BUT – it’s something that I’ll always leave to the professionals for the sake of safety. Anything which would put our family at risk is well worth spending the money on.

Are there any home services that you absolutely refuse to do yourself? Leave me a comment below.

A New Sofa for Christmas #mydfs, #toogoodtogoout

It may be the case that I’m a 33 year old woman who’s lived in her own home since the beginning of 2006, but I have a little secret…I’ve never owned a new sofa! When Husband and I moved in together almost 12 years ago, his sister had just moved and gave us her old suite, then after getting Chuck and then two babies, buying something new seemed like a bad move. And to be fair, we were right – I’ve lost count, over the years, of the amount of mud, food, juice, sick, pen, baby poop and many, MANY other disgusting things we’ve had to wash off of our sofas in the past decade and a bit!

So, you can understand my absolute delight when DFS got in touch a few weeks ago and asked if we wanted £1000 to spend on a new sofa from their ‘Delivered Before Christmas’ collection. Husband and I spend HOURS looking at the selection on their website, before deciding that we needed to get up close and personal with them, so we went to out nearest DFS showroom to put our bums on the seats.

After much deliberating, costing up and measuring to make sure it would fit in our house, we chose the Vivid collection, in Teal (my favourite colour) – for just over the £1000 budget (£1049, to be precise) we managed to get two three-seater sofas, an armchair and a footstool in a gorgeous co-ordinating pattern.

The process of ordering was so straightforward – the lady on the phone went through everything, explained the process and then between ordering and delivery, we received several emails and text messages, keeping us up to date with when we could expect delivery and all the other details. If you need a new suite before Christmas, I can imagine the process being quite stressful without all of the added customer care that DFS includes in the process. At NO point was I worried about when our sofas might arrive, or left feeling in the dark about even the most minor detail. We even received a letter containing a swatch of the fabric from which our sofas were being made so that we could match up any accessories or decoration to them. Such a fabulous detail for DFS to think of!

Sofa delivery day! #dfs #toogoodtogoout

Now that we’ve got the new sofas and a proper grown-up living room, we basically don’t want to leave the house – DFS were SO right when they called this campaign Too Good to Go Out! In terms of quality, the sofas are amazing; super comfy, really sturdy and well made and they look even better in real life than they did in the showroom. We’ve spent basically every evening since having movie nights at home, enjoying our comfy, cosy new living room furniture and the chance to spend quality time together as a family. Here’s us, enjoying a pre-Christmas viewing of one of our family favourites – Elf!

If you want to see the other people taking part in the #TooGoodToGoOut campaign, head over to DFS Twitter feed or their Instagram page for some brilliant lining room inspiration.

Home Maintenance Tips For Your Apartment

Out of all the little things you have to do each day, home maintenance is probably the easiest one to put off. Things are a bit more hectic if you own your home – although having an apartment doesn’t exactly mean you can neglect the upkeep. If nothing else, you surely want to keep any pests from outside from invading your living space. In the following, we’ll take a look at some of the things you need to be mindful of to make sure home maintenance doesn’t pile up into an insurmountable issue by the end of the year.

Opt For Stainless Steel

Stainless steel doesn’t blemish easily, and is stunningly easy to clean. If you’re buying or renovating your home, you can get creative with other types of surfaces – particularly in the kitchen – but for an apartment, you want material that isn’t easy to damage (security deposit issues) and is easy to clean. For example, apartments for rent Belmont CA | The Glen apartments specifically, have stainless steel appliances throughout the kitchen area.

Other surfaces, such as marble for the bathroom and quartz countertops in the kitchen, also make cleaning especially easy.

Bathroom Grime And Caulking

Make a habit of re-caulking your bathtub and shower area, as well as around the sink faucet. This is essential not just for aesthetics, but also to prevent water damage – it’s usually hard water that does the damage with the mixture of soap and conditioners. Regrout the tiles in the bathroom and kitchen if applicable; as for a timetable, it shouldn’t be necessary more often than a few months between cleanings. This can significantly preserve the lifetime of your present fixtures, and lets you avoid any major cleaning jobs down the line.

Then there’s the issue of plumbing, of course. Unless you’re a contractor, yourself, this is best left to the professionals. If you own your home, then chances are you’ll need the local numbers of nearby professionals to help you with maintenance, installation and repair. If you live in a complex, such as the apartments for rent Ewa Beach | Kapilina Beach homes, then this is taken care of for you promptly and efficiently with a single phone call or email.

Maintain Your Home Comfort System

For most people, this means HVAC or heat pump. Make sure your air filters are clean, so that the appliance is actually hitting its prescribed efficiency rating. Another way to save money is to have a new, updated model installed by a professional HVAC technician. The newer models are more efficient, and save you money on your energy bill – which means greater savings overall.

Again, if you reside in an apartment complex, this should be taken care of by the front desk. If it isn’t automated, be sure to call ahead and schedule a maintenance checkup.

General Cleaning For Pest Control

As the fall and winter seasons draw near, some of the larger pests can emerge – house mice, large bugs and even rats (hopefully not the latter). As spring and summer draw near, insects and flies can be a problem. The single most effective thing you can do to minimize these occurrences in any season is to keep a clean and clutter-free home.

However, if the pests are already present despite your efforts, then a reliable pest control company is your best option. They have a plethora of devices on hand to ensure the eradication of your pest issues, as well as providing the option of regularly-scheduled checkups to make sure they stay away.

How Japanese Knotweed Can Damage the Value of Your Property

Japanese knotweed is one of those things that you don’t often hear about until it’s causing you problems. The plant was introduced to the UK in Victorian times, when people viewed it as a hardy plant which would make an attractive addition to borders, but little did they know how voraciously it would spread and grow, or the level of damage it can do to properties.

The problem with Japanese knotweed it that it grows in thick, bamboo-like shards and can be really hard to remove. In fact, it’s blighted UK properties to such an extent that it’s actually a criminal offence to cause knotweed to grow in the wild!

Japanese knotweed

An amendment to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 includes invasive non-native plants including Japanese knotweed. Here are some key points for how this affects the homeowner:

  • It is not illegal to have Japanese knotweed in your garden, but on your property you should aim to control this invasive non-native plant  to prevent it becoming a problem in your neighbourhood. If it has a “detrimental effect of a persistent or continuing nature on the quality of life of those in the locality”, the legislation could be used to enforce its control and property owners may be prosecuted.
  • Where problems with Japanese knotweed occur in neighbouring gardens, we suggest that you speak or correspond directly with your neighbours (who may already be taking action to control this difficult weed). These informal steps should be taken before contacting your council to talk about action under the legislation.
  • Homeowners can consider control themselves for a small, isolated clump (see the Control section below). However, a specialist professional company will be skilled at control, ensure eradication and can dispose of the plant waste a licenced landfill sites.

Selling a house with knotweed on the property, or even the borders of the property can be next to impossible. One case in the news recently saw a South Wales man forced to slash the selling price of his bunglaow from £130,000 to just £70,000 because of the extend of the knotweed at the bottom of his garden, and the cost associated with removing it. It was spotted by a surveyor whilst he was preparing to sell the house and has drastically reduced the value of the sale.

An article in the Telegraph about the problem states It was once the case that mortgage lenders would turn down loan applications where the properties involved had knotweed present. This made it near impossible for sellers to get rid of properties.

This is no longer the case, but most lenders will want to see a treatment plan in place or a valid insurance policy covering the plant’s removal.

If left untreated it can cause severe damage to a property. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) warns drains and pipework, patios, paths and drives, boundary and retaining walls, outbuilding, conservatories and garden structures are especially at risk.”

Do you have a problem with Japanese knotweed control? Leave me a comment below.

What Residence Is Right For You? Tips To Help You Choose

Today’s Residences Have Many Colors

There are a lot of residential options available on the market nowadays. Traditional living is oftentimes the most reliable, sustainable, and secure; but as society has advanced, there are different options today’s homeowners can choose from. Take, for example, the prefabricated unit.

These aren’t likely to return as much value for their expense, but then again, you can source prefabricated residential homes, mobile homes, trailers, and tiny homes at premium prices which make them particularly valuable in their own right. You won’t see much—or likely any–profit if you have to sell, but you’ll certainly get more back than the deposit from a rental situation.

Mobile van-dwelling youths also characterize many independent, traveling citizens today. This is an investment that has next to zero returns in terms of the “property value” itself. Depreciation is harsh on a mobile home. However, opportunity is wide, and one can spend decades bouncing from town to town with the right occupation—like writing, for instance.

One of the most lucrative developments characterizing today is the apartment property which is extremely family friendly. That is: an apartment that is purchased and owned, rather than leased, by the tenant.

Apartment Property

Apartment properties, properly purchased, can be individually customized and later sold for a profit. It just requires finding a property that is trending upwards, and selling at the right time. That said, oftentimes there are apartments that are hard to let go of—they’re the kind of place people decide to live in for the rest of their lives.

All that being said, when it comes to choosing a luxury apartment, there are some tips worth considering. Location, time of build, whether or not the location is trending, access to amenities, and your own comfort in the space are all big things worth considering. You want to be near what’s going on if you’re living downtown!

An example of considerable apartment properties are those at www.eastownla.com, these premiere properties are located right in the center of Hollywood where you’ll find restaurants, shopping centers, entertainment venues, transportation options, and so much more. Everything a family needs.

Traditional Residences

Of course, traditional residences still characterize a large number of long-term living arrangements. And one of the wisest tips you can consider when it comes to living in a suburban home pertains to regular upkeep, maintenance, and upgrade. You should try and do a substantial addition, upgrade, or alteration about every five years.

It doesn’t have to be a big change, just the right change. For example, you might add some decorative statues of some kind at the entrance to the property. Or you might add other exterior alterations which add an idiosyncratic, festive, inviting feel to the home.

Check out this gas lantern from Lantern & Scroll, for example, that feature period reproductions of lighting manufactured in the Carolina and Charleston lantern style. Lanterns like these can add a certain elegance to your property which will play a part in expanding its overall value.

Final Thoughts

No matter what type of residence you settle on, you’ll want to consider upgrading it over time. Sometimes something as simple as the addition of a solar energy system for around $5k can bring $20k in value to your home. Little changes like that can sweeten the sale of your home at the last minute, or save you money on utilities for decades.

As you go about determining your long-term residence, or that which you seek to purchase and sell at a profit, consider upgrading, consider the neighborhood, and consider your own and your family’s needs. After all: you’ll be living there.

EcoAir Dehumidfier (Review)

When we moved into our current property, we had an inkling that it may have had an issue with damp because although the walls and ceilings were fairly newly painted, there was a wallpapered feature wall in the main bedroom and it was bubbling quite badly in one corner. However, we loved so many things about the house and the location that we decided we’d just deal with the damp as and when it became a problem for us…which was basically six months after moving in!

We spent the best part of two winters bleaching the walls and ceilings when the mould grew through and did our best to keep the rooms well aired; we didn’t dry washing on the radiators and kept the windows on vent all year round but it was starting to feel like a bit of a battle. The landlady did her best to help as well, paying to have an extractor vent installed in the bathroom and eventually having a whole new roof on the house! Husband and I also spent a week treating the walls and ceilings with a special mould-resistant paint and a paint which contained volcanic ash to stop cold spots, but none of this would be any good if we didn’t tackle the condensation problem. EcoAir DD-3 Classic dehumidifier

In stepped the EcoAir DD3 dehumidifier. EcoAir sent it to us to try out and I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am that they did. The main time that we experience condensation on the walls and windows is in the morning and leaving it to soak into the walls throughout the day was obviously causing the mould to grow. Now, we put the EcoAir on as soon as we get up and leave it on a 2 hour cycle (or sometimes a 4 hour cycle when the condensation looks particularly bad) and we’ve been measuring how much water we collect each time. The results are genuinely mindblowing.

On a 2 hour cycle, we collect 500ml of water and on a 4 hour cycle, we colect around 850ml of water. That’s half a litre to almost a litre of water PER DAY which isn’t soaking into our walls.

When I first emptied the collection tray out, I was properly astounded by just how much water was in there and I won’t lie, I’m just as impressed every single day. So far, between the treatments we’ve given the walls and the dehumidifier working so hard, we’ve had almost three months of being completely mould-free, which is a HUGE deal for us. We were starting to worry about the effects that it may be having on our health and were really considering our options in terms of whether continuing to live in this house was viable, but this has much such a huge difference that it no longer even feels like an issue.

Damp Before and After

One thing we loved about the EcoAir DD3 is that it’s so easy to use. The collection tray just slots in and out and it even has an emptying spout on the bottom to make it even easier to empty. It also comes with a hose which you could run into a plughole and leave on constant if you had a massive damp problem to deal with. Also, and I’m sure this isn’t a feature that EcoAir promote, the air it blows out is slightly warm, so if you were to run it for an hour before you got in bed on a winter night, you’d make the room feel warmer, too!

I know it seems like bloggers are often effusive in their praise when they’ve been sent something for a review, but I’m being totally honest about the fact that it’s made such a big difference to our lives, and I would honestly recommend it to anyone who was battling against damp. It’s small enough not to feel like it takes up too much space, it’s easy to use, easy to empty, and works BRILLIANTLY. If I had one minor criticism, it would be that it’s ever so slightly noisy, but given the fact that I never run it when I’m in the room, that really is a minor issue.

Do let me know if you have any questions about the EcoAir DD3, do leave me a comment below or hit me up on social media.

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Mistakes Every Landlord Should Avoid

Without proper landlord experience, it can be easy to lose money, time and sleep. Avoid these common landlord mistakes to make your life a little easier.

Thinking it’s a Hobby

It’s important to remember that your rental property is a business—it needs to be treated as such. In order to make a profit, be sure to have a bookkeeping system, separate bank account for expenses, and the help of a professional tax consultant.

Relying on Advice

All of us have heard at least one horrible rental story. For that reason, avoid going to friends or family for advice on your rental property. Instead, subscribe to a real estate magazine or consider hiring a property manager to keep everything running smoothly.

Assuming Occupancy

Don’t make the mistake of believing your property will always be rented. Be sure to do a simple cash flow analysis to ensure you have sufficient funds to cover the months when renters are few and far between. If you’re unable to cover the mortgage you risk potential foreclosure and financial ruin.

Proper Credit Checks

You’re anxious to get a tenant and see rent coming in, but it’s crucial that you take the time to complete tenant screening reports. Use thorough applications to obtain the information you need, verify references, and charge a fee to cover the credit check. Feeling rushed or pressured might lead to a costly mistake.

Asking Illegal Questions

Familiarize yourself with laws and legal codes to avoid asking illegal questions during a screening interview. To avoid being sued for discrimination, never deny a tenant’s application on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap, or marital/family status.

Withholding Disclosures

If you have a prospective tenant, making disclosures might seem risky. However, disclosures are mandated by law and must be presented before any lease is signed. Every state has different requirements, but common disclosures include the presence of mold, notice of sex offenders in the area, and identification of recent deaths in the property.

Making Handshakes

Handshakes are common in business, but you should never solely rely on promises. For your legal protection, you need a signed, binding document to provide to a judge in the event that you run into trouble with your tenant.

Not Writing it Down

As a landlord, it’s imperative to document everything. Record all interactions with your tenants, including phone conversations, voicemails, texts, and emails to support any allegations you might make or face in the future.

Underestimating Upkeep

When you rent out a property, you become the go-to person whenever an issue arises with structures or appliances. Plan on having money aside to pull out of the business or your own pocket to cover repairs. It’s important your building is properly maintained with painting, carpets, and cleaning to keep tenants interested.

Failing House Codes

Stay up to date on your local and state housing codes to avoid fees, penalties, or even a lawsuit for personal injury. Maintain your end of the legal bargain by ensuring your property upholds health and safety standards.

Neglecting Tenants

The home or apartment you are renting out is your responsibility, and if you don’t check in with your tenants or the condition of the property, you will have no one to blame but yourself. When inspecting the space, abide by your state’s laws regarding tenant privacy and do not drop by unannounced.

Enforcing Terms

Letting a thing or two slide here and there can be a slippery slope. Tenants may realize you are lax about the lease terms and fall in suit. If your lease says no dogs, enforce the penalty. Set and stick to the standards you want upheld.

Delaying the Eviction Process

If a tenant is behind in rental payments, always enforce the late fee stated in your lease. Never accept partial payments. When tenants are consistently late and have grounds for eviction, begin the process immediately to avoid a housing crisis. The process can be costly and time-consuming, so always be proactive.

Any time you first get started with something, mistakes are bound to be made. No matter what, always remember to learn from your mistakes and keep going.

Please take a look at these great East London estate agents for some more information on how every landlord that landlords should always avoid.

Products We’ve Replaced with Natural Alternatives

Since having kids, I’ve been a lot more aware of what’s in the foods we eat, as well as the products we use around the home and on our bodies. Obviously, we want everything around us, including ourselves, to be as clean as possible, but I really worry about the ingredients used in toiletries, cleaning products and other stuff that we’re exposed to on a daily basis. Recently, I’ve been trying to replace some of these things with more natural products, and I thought I’d share with you a few of them:

Aftersun/Moisturiser

Having as many different skin conditions as I do (psoriasis, dermatitis AND eczema) means that I have to be really careful about what I put on my skin and although the girls (thankfully) don’t have the same issues, they do both have sensitive skin. Many moisturisers are too heavily scented and full of preservatives for me, so I tend to opt for natural products containing Aloe Vera, like AloeClear. It’s soothing and moisturising and never irritates my skin like other products do.

Facial Cleanser

This one might sound bonkers, but I recently started using a facial oil to cleanse my face and realised that it’s basically just sunflower oil, scented with a few things! Once I’ve run out, I fully intend to start using grapeseed oil to cleanse my face as it’s great for your skin and a really neutral oil, with minimal odour. Adding a few drops of geranium oil will make it smell amazing, too!

Disinfectant

There are a number of all-natural disinfectants out there, but to be totally honest, you can’t beat white vinegar and bicarb for cleaning things around the home. They tend to do a better job of cleaning, don’t leave streaks over everything and I don’t have to worry about what the kids are breathing in.

Carpet Deodoriser

Because we have a dog, I’m always super conscious about the smell of our carpet, but all of the highly-scented carpet powders seem to make us feel chesty when we use them. Opting for bicarbonate of soda works just as well, if not better, at soaking up odours and it’s a fraction of the cost, as well as being totally natural. You can also add a few drops of essential oil if you want to make it smell nice, and it also makes your vacuum smell good when you use it, too!

Oven Cleaner

I’m not gonna lie, chemical oven cleaner SCARES ME. I used it once and splashed some on my arm and got an actual chemical burn – I am FAR too clumsy for hazardous materials! These days, I make a paste from bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar and smear it all over the surfaces that need cleaning, leave it for a couple of hours and then wipe off with a scourer and warm water. Great cleaning power and no chance of losing layers of skin!

Do you use any natural alternatives? I’d love to hear them.

Blinds in a Box Review

A few months back, our landlady told us that she was having a new roof put onto our property, and although this was really welcome news, it occurred to us that this meant having very little privacy during the day while the roofers were here. We’ve got blinds on all of our front windows, but we back onto farmland and enjoy the unobscured view from our lounge, so we don’t have any coverings on those windows. I didn’t want to buy blinds or curtains just to be used for a months or so, and while doing some research on temporary blinds, I found a company called ‘Blinds in a Box’.

Blinds In A Box is the brainchild of Simeone Salik, interior designer Janice Dalton and businessman Dominic Lawrence, 3 entrepreneurs from North London. They took their product on Dragons Den and received the praise (and investement!) of both Duncan Bannatyne and James Caan. I emailed and asked if they’d like to send me some blinds to try out and here we are. The blinds come with a set of literally two instructions, so I thought I’d make a (probably TOO honest…) video so you can see what the installation process is like:

As you can see from the video, it was SUPER easy to install the blinds! We’ve been really impressed with the quality of the blinds since we installed them a week ago, too. They allow us a really good level of privacy without blocking out too much light and they come with little crocodile clips so that you can raise them as and when you want to. The white colour is really neutral and Husband and I have both said that we fully intend to leave the blinds up for as long as they last.

If we ever move house again (although, I really hope we don’t!) I would 100% invest in a couple of boxes of Blinds in a Box so that we could avoid that awkward stage where you don’t have blinds or curtains for the new house and end up sleeping in a room with nothing at the windows! Every time we’ve moved house, we’ve ended up putting either newspaper or old sheets up at the windows, and not only does it look pretty rubbish, it’s a total inconvenience. Knowing that we could just pull the blinds out of the box, trim them to the right size and have smart-looking window coverings is really appealing.

The blinds can be bought in white or black (the black offers a blackout effect, which would be great if you’re taking light-sleeper kids on holiday) in regular or wide widths, and can be bought one at a time, or in a box of three or six. We were sent a box of three, which would be £22 to buy, and I really feel they’d be worth every penny for situations like we’ve been in. They also arrive REALLY fast – if you order by 12pm on a weekday, your blinds will be with you the next day, so even if you forget right until the last minute, you can have them with you really quickly.

I can totally see why the Dragons were so impressed with this products, and I’ll be recommending it to anyone who’ll listen!