21st May 2022
Hampton Garden Furniture

Now in Stock

The team at Barker’s Furniture are gearing up for sunshine and BBQ's as they welcome a stylish new range of garden furniture - The Hampton collection.

It is available to view upstairs at our Lowther Road showroom, and also online. Pieces are available in a diverse selection of configurations, combining style with quality and durability. The range is manufactured using a continuous weave, which makes it sturdy and hard wearing. The aluminium frames have a powder coating to protect against corrosion, which is a feature of top quality outdoor furniture. This range is in stock, available for fast delivery.

Nicer weather is now upon us, and furniture in our Hampton Collection is designed to cope with the weather in every season, and can be left outside all year. Fabric covers are manufactured from solution-dyed polyester, which has high UV resistance, and is easy to clean using water and a mild detergent applied with a sponge or soft brush. Fabrics and fillings are treated to UK flame resistance standards.

Do come and see the vibrant Outdoor Living Display at our showroom. If your garden furniture is looking tired, now would be a great time to replace it.

Barker’s Hampton Collection offers a range of contemporary outdoor furniture that has been manufactured to the highest standards for functionality, durability and style. Our Hampton collection ticks all the boxes.
17th Feb 2022
How to Measure Stairs for a Carpet (In 15 Easy Steps)

Measuring Stairs for a Carpet

When measuring stairs, we need to consider more than the stairs themselves but also the rooms they are connect to.

Most residential homes will generally have a hall (downstairs), stairs and a landing (upstairs). Though some homes will have stairs connected to other rooms like the living room or a bedroom.

The methods discussed in this guide will however work the same regardless of the type of room.

Some homes will also have 1 or multiple landings in between the stairs called half landings where as others may have twisted steps called kites.

It is therefore important to first establish what areas you’ll be measuring.

When measuring stairs for carpet you should:

1) Write each section down so you can note their measurements later.

For example, a hall, a lower rung of steps, a half landing, an upper rung of steps and a landing.

2) If you have twisted steps look how many differ from your usual rectangle steps. Note each these down as twisted step 1, twisted step 2 etc.

3) Next take measurements for these areas. We start from top to bottom measuring the landing first working our way down to the hall.

4) When taking measurements always ensure to measure the width and length of a room from the centre of the carpet trim if there are any doorways in that area.

5) Start by measuring the landing. Measure the width from the left to right when standing square to the stairs.

6) The length is the other direction. Measure the length of the room plus the vertical drop of the top step, otherwise known as the riser. Make sure to fully measure around the lip of your step with your tape measure if your stairs have them.

Including the top step in your measurements will ensure a neat finish when the carpet is fitted rather than just hanging over the top step.

It is important to measure width and length in this direction due to the way carpet is manufactured, it ensures that you won’t walk against the carpet fibres and will improve its appearance and durability.

7) It is likely that your landing won’t be a standard square or rectangle shape. You should measure all the dimensions of this area. We recommend sketching the shape of your landing and jotting down the measurements. Graph paper may be helpful if you would like to create an accurate scale drawing.

8) Then move onto the steps. Measure one step. For the width measure across the step from wall to wall.

9) Then measure the length of the step. To do this measure the tread (the horizontal part) of the step, around the lip, if your stairs have one and down the riser (the vertical part).

10) Count how many stairs you have on this section and make a note of this information. Don’t include the riser of the top step in your count as the landing has taken this into consideration. Check a few steps to make sure the measurements are consistent.

11) If you have a half landing measure it the same way as your landing. Stand square to the stairs and measure across the area from left to right. Again, the length will take into consideration the drop (riser) of the top step, but this time for the lower rung of steps. Take note of these measurements.

12) Then move onto the lower steps. Check a couple of these to make sure they consistently match the dimensions of the step measurement taken earlier. Like the top rung count up the steps and take note of this. Remembering not to include the riser of the top step as this has already been accounted for in the half landing measurement.

13) Usually the bottom step is a bullnose step, these are larger than the other steps in the stairs, treat this as a separate step and take note of its measurements.

14) If your stairs have curved sections otherwise known as twists or kites measure all these individually. Their width and length are measured across their absolute widest and absolute longest dimensions. This should give you a neat rectangle shape that will cover all your step when cut to size.

15) Finally measure the hall (or room at the bottom of the stairs) like the landing. Again, draw out the shape of the room and take measurements from the centre of the carpet joiners in a doorway. The width is the measurement from left to right when you stand square to the stairs and the length is from front to back when standing in this position.

Once you have all measurements noted down you can then contact a supplier. The supplier will usually take these measurements and add between 7 and 10cm to both the width and length of each section.

They will then create a plan by drawing all these pieces out on graph paper and arranging them like a game of Tetris to minimise wastage.

You could do these parts yourself if you feel confident just make sure the width and length of the pieces stay in a consistent direction.

However, if you need help with measuring, drawing plans, or fitting a carpet we have an experienced dedicated team of specialists that can provide these services when you buy a new carpet from us.
11th Feb 2022
UK Bed Sizes (cm and inches)

Sizes and Dimensions of Beds for UK mattresses

Uk bed sizes can vary depending on the design of their frame. However there are a standard set of sizes for the mattresses that they hold and are grouped according to these measurements.

In the UK the standard sizes for beds are as follows:

What Size is a Small Single Bed?

A small single bed is 75cm wide by 190cm long (i.e. 2 feet 6 inches wide by 6 feet 3 inches long). 

These beds are perfect for younger children, guest beds or smaller rooms.

What Size is a Single Bed?

A single bed is 90cm wide by 190cm long (i.e. 3 feet wide and 6 feet 3 inches long). 

These beds are are a popular choice for children's beds, guest beds, single adults or those that prefer to sleep alone.

What Size is a Small Double Bed? (Queen Size / 3 Quarter Beds)

Small doubles i.e. 3 quarter or queen size beds are 120cm wide by 190cm long (i.e. 4 feet wide by 6 feet 3 inches long).

These beds are perfect for a single sleeper who likes a bit of extra room and can even sleep two occupants who don't mind being up close to each other.

What Size is a Double Bed?

Double beds are 135cm wide by 190cm long (i.e. 4 feet 6 inches wide by 6 feet 3 inches long).

Double beds are the most common in the UK they can sleep either 2 or 1 sleepers with ease. They are ideal for smaller rooms.

What Size is a King Size Bed?

A king size bed is 150cm wide by 200cm long (i.e. 5 feet wide by 6 feet 6 inches long).

These beds afford a little more space both in width and length making them perfect for couples and taller people.

What Size is a Super King Bed?

Super king beds are 180cm wide by 200cm long (i.e. 6 feet wide by 6 feet 6 inches long).

These beds provide an excellent amount of room for couples reducing the likelihood of sleep disruptions.

20th Jan 2022
Change to Covid Guidance
From Thursday 27th January 2022 it will no longer be a legal requirement in England to wear a face covering in retail outlets. This will be a matter for personal discretion. If you would prefer your sales person to wear a face covering we will be happy to oblige. Hand sanitisers will continue to be available in store.

Thank you.
28th Nov 2021
Sunday 28th November 2021
The Government has announced revised Coronavirus guidelines which state that from Tuesday 30th November a face covering (mask or visor) must again be worn in retail outlets unless you are exempt. Staff will be wearing face coverings and hand sanitisers are available in store.

Thank you.
20th Oct 2021
Closing at 4.30pm on Friday 29th October
We will be closing at 4.30pm on Friday 29th October for staff training, our normal opening times will resume on Saturday 30th October.
13th Oct 2021
How to stop cats scratching furniture

How To Stop Cats Scratching Furniture

Why do cats scratch furniture?

Cats make great pets, they are loving and playful, however it’s probably fair to say few things are as frustrating as their perpetual furniture scratching antics.

It is however important to recognise that this is completely normal behaviour, in the wild they will scratch trees and other resistant surfaces.

They do this for several reasons.

Firstly, cats are active animals, by scratching they can stretch and exercise their muscles and joints, helping them keep in good physical shape.

They also use a resistant surface to remove the husks from their nails to reveal their sharp claws underneath. This is necessary for hunting and their survival (if they were in the wild).

In the process of all this scratching cats release pheromones from their paws, this marks their territory and a spot which they will return to continually to scratch. Unfortunately, in the home this can mean a certain piece of furniture becomes a target to a barrage of claws.

Another reason for this behaviour may be boredom, cats love to play and are naturally inquisitive so may investigate different textures around the home.

Finally, some cats may scratch due to anxiety. It is important to note that this can be no fault of the owners but be caused by other things outside of the home, such as loud noises from a busy street.

How to stop furniture scratching?

One of the best ways to stop furniture scratching is to prevent it before it happens.

When you get a new cat or a piece of furniture you should introduce your cat to a scratch post and encouraging them to interact with it through toys.

Some of the best scratch posts are made from sisal fibre, this material provides a resistant surface like the tree bark they would usually scratch in the wild.

Some of these come with toys attached or part of a cat climbing tree, these may be best utilised to relieve boredom scratching.

We do however understand many of you are here because this scratching behaviour is already established. To overcome this there are several things you can do.

Firstly, like when trying to prevent the behaviour, a scratch post should be introduced to the home. This may best attract your cat’s attention if it resembles the size shape and texture of an already attacked piece of furniture. For example, a cylindrical scratch post may be used to divert attention from a table leg, or a scratch mat may be best suited to reduce carpet clawing.

These scratch posts and pads should be placed in the area where the cat is already scratching as it may be easier to transfer their attention.

A synthetic pheromone solution such as Feliscratch by Feliway could be applied to the new scratch post as it will replicate the scent of territorial scratching and encourage the cat to investigate.

Efforts should also be invested in removing the natural pheromones that the cat will have excreted onto the targeted piece of furniture through their paws. To do this clean the scratched section of furniture thoroughly. Again, specialist cat products can be brought to help with this process, although it may be cheaper to start off by trying hot water and soap.

If this fails a last resort may be to protect the piece of furniture with a scratch cover that can be attached to it. For example, there are a variety of specialist covers available on Amazon that strap to the arms of a sofa, protecting it while still allowing a cat to scratch that area.

Alternatively, other scratch covers such as those made from Perspex or double-sided sticky tape may be used instead as the texture of these will not provide the resistance cats look for and should therefore discourage them from this area.

If a sticky cover is used it is recommended that this is weak enough not to damage a cat’s paw pads.

Finally, if these behaviours appear to be anxiety related then it may be best to consult a behavioural specialist or vet to get to the root cause of that anxiety.
19th Jul 2021
19th July 2021
We are open normally and no appointment is needed. Following the Government announcement yesterday regarding the easing of some of the rules on the Covid pandemic, customers are no longer required to wear a face covering, and this is now at your own personal discretion.

Staff are no longer required to wear face coverings, but if you would prefer your sales person to wear one we would be happy to oblige. Hand sanitisers are still readily available and our large open-plan floor space means that social distancing is easily viable.

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to get in contact.
10th Mar 2021
Planned Re-Opening on Monday 12th April
We would like to thank customers for their patience during what has been a very difficult period for retailers in general. The Government has announced that homeware stores will be able to re-open on Monday 12th April.

At the present time deliveries are continuing and collection is possible by appointment from our warehouse on Burton Street for orders that have been placed and paid for. Staff are available on the phone during our normal opening hours to give advice, provide updates on existing orders and take new orders, and we are processing website orders.

We have put measures in place to ensure our stores are as safe as possible for our customers and staff when we re-open. Sales desks are now fitted with screens, we have hand sanitiser stations and staff are wearing visors. In line with Government guidance face coverings will be required unless exempt. No appointment will be needed. We are looking forward to seeing customers back in-store soon!
15th Sep 2020
Thank You For Your Support
Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times. We continue to focus on all the usual safety measures, such as, hand sanitising, spraying our display upholstery with a specially designed treatment that kills 99% of bacteria, wiping down surfaces, getting the social distancing message across with signage and educating people on the correct safety procedures.

Delivery teams are still wearing masks, hand sanitising, proceeding with care and asking customers to socially distance when we deliver.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation products are taking longer to deliver in the furniture industry as a whole. Machinery has been moth-balled to spread out workers, some workers have not returned due to the international travel situation, some factories have had temporary shut-downs and supplies of raw materials have been interrupted. This is combined with a pent-up demand for furniture following lock-down that has left manufacturers with a lot of orders to fulfil following factories re-opening in July. With many lead times being extended we are grateful to our customers for their understanding during this time.
28th Jul 2020
Thank You For Your Support
We will always be grateful for the support our customers have given us during this difficult period. We have had a steady, socially distanced, flow of customers coming through the doors since we opened on the 1st June.

We have been very careful to make sure customers are safe. We have the usual hand sanitising stations, we have been wearing masks where needed, we have ample signage, we are communicating our safety measures with customers and we have treated all our sofas and beds with a special sanitising spray. Due to the nature of furniture shopping, our lower profile location and the large size of our furniture stores, social distancing has been easy for us. It is easy for customers to keep 2 metres apart from others.

Our delivery team are wearing masks, socially distancing from customers and following store guidelines to keep customers and themselves safe.

If you are wishing to visit please be assured you are in safe hands.

Our stores are open normally between 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday. However please contact us if you would prefer to book an appointment for between 4.30pm to 5.30pm (Monday to Saturday), where there will be no other customers present in the store.
21st Jul 2020
Re-opened 1st June
Good news! Following the Government's notice in mid May that homeware stores could re-open on Monday 1st June 2020, we opened our shops on that date.

Throughout the closure, we have been working hard to make sure our stores are as safe as possible for customers and employees. We now have social distancing signage, hand sanitiser stations and are using a specialist sanitising spray for sofas, beds and other upholstery. In addition, we have launched an individual appointment system and ‘virtual walk around the store’, bookable by appointment. Contact us for more details on this or check on our website.

We are open as usual and no appointment is necessary between 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday. Appointments are available between 4.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Added to this, the location of both our stores means that our customers will benefit from lower congestion than might be found on a busy retail park, shopping centre or high street, and our large stores are well laid out for social distancing. In our experience, customers seeking to purchase large household pieces tend to do so on an annual, rather than weekly basis, so our expected footfall is significantly lower than is found in numerous other retail outlets. This makes it straightforward for us to implement social distancing measures.

We have disposable face masks available for customers who do not bring their own, and the Government has stated that face coverings must be worn in shops from Friday 24th July 2020 unless the visitor has an exemption from wearing them. If you need a face mask please ask a member of staff for one on arrival.

We are very excited to be welcoming our customers back into store and hope to see you soon!
23rd May 2020
Virtual Tour
Our experienced sales team are available to help you shop in our showroom in new ways and at a time that suits you*

We would be delighted to “walk you through the store”, to offer advice, to help you make decisions and to process your order.

How it works – Contact us by phone (0114 2332222) or click here to set up an appointment with one of sales team.
23rd May 2020
Planned Opening On 1st June
To All Our Loyal Customers:
We thank you for your patience in these challenging times. Our intention is to open our doors to customers on the 1st June, in line with the current easing of lockdown restrictions. Clearly, we will always act in line with government policy and whilst we hope that we will be in a position to open our doors to the public on this date, should the guidance change, we will not risk our staff or customers. We are aware that some retailers are re-opening prior to this previously stated date but we are using this time to finalise our safety procedures to ensure that we are in the best possible position to serve you safely. We ask that you both understand and respect our decision in this matter.
Lowther Road
S6 2DQ
0114 2332222
39 Burton St
S6 2HH
0114 2332222
Monday 9:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 9:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:30
Thursday 9:00 - 17:30
Friday 9:00 - 17:30
Saturday 9:00 - 17:30
Sunday 11:00 - 16:30
E. Barker & Son Ltd
39 Burton St
South Yorkshire
S6 2HH
Reg No: 245789
VAT No: GB172408669
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