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interiors-uk-2013-white-250.jpgInteriors UK is the biggest trade show for divan beds and furniture that we attend and is held annually at the NEC in Birmingham. This year the show is open from Sunday 20th January to Wednesday 23rd January and showcases the best divan beds, bed frames, mattresses, upholstery and furniture that are offer to British retailers.

Several suppliers that do not exhibit at the NEC take the opportunity to use the AIS Showroom at the same time to show their new ranges. It’s fairly convenient as there’s less than 10 miles between the venues.

Snow has played havoc with travel to the show this year, but the journey had to be made. Heavy weekend snow mean't travelling would be difficult on Monday. Fearing the worst we set off at 6.30am. The roads were surprisingly clear and we arrived at the NEC at 10.15am.

Most of our time was spent in Halls 4 & 5 where our major suppliers exhibit. Most suppliers tend to have the same stand as in previous years, so that makes it easier for us to plan our route. And we are creatures of habit, starting in Hall 5 walking up and down the aisles.

Of particular interest was the range of adjustable beds that Sherborne, our biggest supplier of upholstery, sofas and chairs had introduced. The Dorchester adjustable bed will be on show in our store soon. It was good to catch up with our friends at Birlea and Jual Furnishings, 2 suppliers we discovered at the show last year. Birlea have some exciting new bed frames. Jual have introduced a great range of Curve dining tables, chairs and sideboards. Breasley and Julian Bowen had great new product. We particularly liked the Julian Bowen TV Bed.

Many of our major bed suppliers such as Myers, Relyon, Sealy, Slumberland and Staples no longer exhibit at this show as they now go to the Bed Show at the International Centre, Telford in September.

It’s an incredibly busy and long day and your feet ache like mad at 5.30pm, but very worthwhile. Infact, we never even got to AIS to see the others! On the journey home all the talk was about all the exciting new beds, mattresses, sofas and occasional furniture that we had seen.

All that is left for us to do is to decide which current items in our showroom need to be cleared to make way for fresh new ranges.

These will be arriving in store at vokins@home, Ash Lane, Rustington during February and March. Why not pop in and see us? We’ll give you a warm welcome and show you a great variety of home furnishings, with service that is second to none.

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