Oh the weather outside is frightful…

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…but the space inside’s delightful.

With less than two months to go, the build up to christmas is set to begin in earnest – and with that householders all over the country will be planning home improvements to ensure it is a festive season not to be forgotten. From new furniture to extra space for accommodating visiting family – we look at some of the most popular ways that you can make your home ready for christmas…

Christmas is all about quality time with family and friends. For hard-working households it’s almost certainly the time of the year that we spend most consecutive days enjoying our home environment – staying put, not having to go out to work or jetting away somewhere on holiday. It’s an extended break in what should be our favourite place to be. It stands to reason then that we like to ready the nest for the festivities, in lots of ways…

Make a Grand Entrance

As friends and family arrive, you’ll want to ensure they get the festive feeling. Ensuring they are suitably Santa’d begins from the moment your home comes into view. From a traditional wreath on the door and some subtle fairy lights over the porch – to a team of brightly lit reindeer complete a sleigh parked on the roof and three massive backlit snowmen in the garden. The choice is entirely yours on whether to keep things tasteful – or go all-out to outdo your neighbours Christmas installation.

Family Focussed Furniture

It’s no surprise that – from October onwards – the major furniture retailers are promoting deal after deal, offer after offer and sale price after sale price. You’ll also see delivery guaranteed before Christmas adorning every bit of marketing effort. One of the most popular furniture solutions – especially if you’ve got relatives a-visiting – is furniture that converts into a bed.

Sofas and futons are a popular addition to any living room and most importantly enable your relly’s to have somewhere to lay their heads after gorging on all that turkey.

New Rooms, More Rooms

If a sofa bed in the living room is not enough, then how about a whole new room? We’ve blogged before about loft conversions and how to get the most from them. If a new guest bedroom is on your wish-list for Christmas, they can certainly help create additional space – for relatively little outlay.

We recommend taking a gander at diynetwork if you’re looking for some inspiration on how to make your spare room more welcoming as a mug of mulled wine on a cold winter’s evening.

Or you might be thinking of sprucing up an existing room. A popular place to start is the kitchen – after all, its the hub of the house. Budget will dictate how far you go with your refurbishment – but it’s surprising just how much can be achieved with a set of replacement doors. Of course – with the central roll of the kitchen being tasked with the Christmas dinner – you might want to invest in a new cooker.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

Finally – an open fire at christmas features in just about every yuletide song and are high on most wish lists. Unfortunately, here in London, smoke control areas mean that a genuine open fire is forbidden. BUT all is not lost! There are some clever engineering firms out there these days making extremely efficient appliances – and Defra has a list that can (fuels and conditions apply) be used within a smoke control zone.  So even if the weather outside is frightful – even in London – the fire can be delightful.

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