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The discovery of damp is never something anyone wants to see, and indeed it can be deceptively easy to miss. A room may look clean with no tell-tale smell of damp, but it can often be found lurking upon moving a set of shelves or a sofa. It’s bad enough when it’s found in your own home, but when it’s in your pub or restaurant, it’s an unsightly health concern for your customers.

So what’s the best thing to do? We at Trent Furniture have put together our best advice to help protect your furniture, and avoid damp and mould from becoming an issue interfering with your business.

What causes damp?

There are multiple types of damp. Each type will manifest differently due to various causes, and in turn have varying degrees of severity. In this article we will be focusing on the most common type affecting furniture, which is caused by condensation – if your damp problem is widespread across your walls for example, then it is most likely to be the result of rising or penetrating damp.

When damp is only found in isolated spots behind your furniture, then the culprit is usually the water content of the air. When moist air becomes trapped in badly ventilated spaces such as behind furniture, it becomes stagnant and condenses, resulting in patches of bacteria-ridden damp. This excess moisture can be from cooking, drying clothes, or even something as simple as sweating.

What are some other factors affecting damp?

Being mindful of the temperature of your establishment is a must. Warm air holds far more moisture than cold air, and this is a particular problem during the winter months when radiators are on high heat for long periods of time. Combined with closed windows, warm air will automatically settle on cold surfaces due to the lack of ventilation, meaning that your prized furniture is at risk.

Our top tips

The two key areas to focus on when protecting your furniture from damp and mould are furniture placement and ventilation. Tackle these factors early before disaster strikes! By moving your sofas a few inches away from the walls, there is a marked increase in airflow, ensuring that the stagnant moisture can’t settle on their surfaces. To aid with this, open your windows even on cold days to air rooms out, and promote better air circulation.

Another excellent option is purchasing a dehumidifier, or multiple if it is a large room. They are an affordable way to prevent moist air from condensing on your furniture, as they remove moisture from the air for it to condense inside them, instead of on your furniture. Extractor fans and air vents will further help keep the damp at bay, particularly in humid places like kitchens and bathrooms.

Are there any other ideas?

Yes! Getting into a routine of small changes will make all the difference. A useful tip is to avoid large temperature changes that happen quickly, as this will encourage condensation to build up in bursts on surfaces. Instead, try to heat up or cool down your spaces in small increments – and for those rooms that are especially damp-prone, regulate their temperatures so they remain relatively warm. Regularly wiping down damp hotspots will further help to stop damp in its tracks before it has the chance to inflict lasting damage.


In short, by rectifying any particularly poorly ventilated areas and remaining vigilant for build-up of moisture and mould in problem areas, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you have taken adequate steps to protect your furniture. Your customers will thank you for it!


Looking for a furniture upgrade? As the experts in all things contract furniture, we at Trent Furniture are on hand to help. Browse our full range of products today, or contact us by phone on 0116 2986 866 or by email at with any enquiries.

There’s a lot to consider when it’s time to refresh your community centre furniture. Follow our guide to help you decide on the perfect tables and chairs for your needs.


What to look for in furniture for your community centre

Lightweight and versatile  

With plenty of local club and community events taking place in your centre, it’s important to ensure that the furniture you chose is both practical and flexible. First and foremost, your chairs need to be comfortable as they are going to get a lot of use and no one wants to spend any length of time sitting on an uncomfortable chair.  Chairs with built in cushions are a very popular choice for this type of hall. Whatever you decide on, you are sure to find what you need with our range of stacking chairs.

When choosing the chairs for your hall, you again need to think about what they are to be used for. The weight of the chairs is an important consideration, as your furniture will need to be stored away after each use. Lightweight, foldable tables and stackable chairs are a must too. Think about the size of the groups, the activities they may be taking part in and the different configurations the furniture may need to be set up in - for example, theatre style, cafe style, banquet style, committee meetings, etc.

Round tables are a popular option as they seat more people than rectangular tables and encourage group interaction but depending on your space and use of the hall, rectangular tables may be better, particularly as they can be placed together to create bigger tables. At Trent Furniture we have a range of folding tables which are easy to pack away when needed but also good quality and aesthetically pleasing. 

Furniture Aesthetics

Whilst practicality is key, the way your furniture looks is important too. You want to choose furniture which is inviting. Consider who will most often be using the community centre hall; are there a lot of children or do you cater to an older crowd? Whether you go for something neutral or opt for a more colourful scheme to brighten up the place, choosing furniture that creates an inviting atmosphere will be appreciated by everyone who hires your hall.

Quality Furniture

With the amount of use your new furniture is likely to get, the quality of it is a crucial factor to consider. As well as looking good for years to come, it needs to be durable, especially if it is going to be moved around often. Purchasing furniture designed for use in a commercial or community centre setting should mean that the pieces are designed for longevity and frequent use and handling.

If you have any questions about furniture for your community centre or want some help to find the right pieces for your space, get in touch and our team will be happy to help.

So, you’ve decided to do something with your basement. Whether it has been a junkyard for all the items you’ve been hoarding or a completely wasted space, it makes sense to make the most of it. Here’s our top tips for furnishing a basement bar to optimise space and create the perfect place to escape and unwind in your home.

Home basement bar ideas

Modern basement bar

If you want a minimalistic but aesthetically pleasing and functional bar, then you should consider a modern bar. A well lit statement wall or cabinet displaying all your drinks and glasses will stand out and be the focal point of your home bar. Check out our stylish yet comfortable contemporary bar furniture to complement this look.

Rustic basement bar

If you would like a country farmhouse feel to your bar, then a rustic theme might be the one for you. You can create this feel by using exposed brick and woodwork. We have a large range of rustic furniture for you to choose from, so you’re sure to find what you need to furnish your cosy escape

Junkyard basement bar

For a chilled and carefree vibe in your basement bar, why not consider a junkyard theme? You can incorporate all sorts of fun decorations including neon lights and games, ranging from pub classics like darts or pool to old-fashioned arcade games. The opportunities are endless with this theme.

Things to consider


When designing your home bar, you need to consider how much room you have. Once you have figured out the dimensions for your basement bar, you can look for furniture which fits your space and requirements. If the table is going to be the main focus, then a larger table may be appropriate. But if you plan to add in anything such as a pool table or darts area, you need to think about how much room you will need to leave free for this.


As you are going to need all your furniture to be taken downstairs, you not only need to consider the size of space, but the size of your access, whether that’s stairs or a window. Depending on this you may need to opt for folding furniture that can easily be taken through narrow stairways. Check out our range of folding furniture for a great range of easy-to-move options.


Your budget is another important factor to consider when designing your bar. While it might start out as a small project, the little extras all add up. You should create a plan for your costs, starting with the main expenses like lighting, furniture and flooring and then move on to the smaller costs such as decorations. We offer a large range of good quality furniture which won’t break the bank here at Trent Furniture.

If you have any questions about furniture for your basement bar, get in touch and our team will be happy to help.

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