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INTRODUCING - TABLE LEG COLLECTION

Posted by Abi Hugo

We are very excited to give you a more in depth look at our table leg collection. Each style is incredible for an elegant floating table effect.

You can use each of them to create unique handmade furniture (or we can supply the whole table or bench if you don't fancy going down the DIY route).

Take a look at the full collection HERE

AVAILABLE IN 5 DIFFERENT STYLES

All the images are clickable - if you would like to learn more just click on the photo. 

A FRAME 

 

V FRAME 

X FRAME

SQUARE FRAME

TRAPEZIUM FRAME

AVAILABLE IN 3 DIFFERENT SIZES  

All sets are available in 3 different sizes; bench, table and wide table. Two example sizing below as a guide

ALSO AVAILABLE IN TWO FINISHES 

Clear Coat

Our clear coat legs are sealed with a translucent coat. It prevents rust, and creates a barrier for dirt. They're perfect if you want to preserve the steel, without needing to maintain the legs yourself.

Matte Black

Our black powder coat preserves the steel and gives the legs a soft, dark sheen.

HOW TO STYLE OUR TABLE LEGS?

Our table leg collection work really well in both modern and scandi kitchens and workspaces, where they instantly add an element of industrial contrast. 

They pair well with beautiful reclaimed wood, thick cut timber but also marble. 

Their 75mm steel box structure ensures they're strong enough to support even the heaviest of table tops, so you can opt for the chunkiest of surfaces if you chose.

HAPPY DIYing

If there is anything we can do to help at all just reach out to us via email info@acumencollection.co.uk. We’re more than happy to help.

If you’d like to share your industrial table legs creations, email us or tag #AcumenCollection. We’re looking forward to seeing what you make!

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We are very excited to give you a more in depth look at our table leg collection. Each style is incredible for an elegant floating table effect.

You can use each of them to create unique handmade furniture (or we can supply the whole table or bench if you don't fancy going down the DIY route).

Take a look at the full collection HERE

AVAILABLE IN 5 DIFFERENT STYLES

All the images are clickable - if you would like to learn more just click on the photo. 

A FRAME 

 

V FRAME 

X FRAME

SQUARE FRAME

TRAPEZIUM FRAME

AVAILABLE IN 3 DIFFERENT SIZES  

All sets are available in 3 different sizes; bench, table and wide table. Two example sizing below as a guide

ALSO AVAILABLE IN TWO FINISHES 

Clear Coat

Our clear coat legs are sealed with a translucent coat. It prevents rust, and creates a barrier for dirt. They're perfect if you want to preserve the steel, without needing to maintain the legs yourself.

Matte Black

Our black powder coat preserves the steel and gives the legs a soft, dark sheen.

HOW TO STYLE OUR TABLE LEGS?

Our table leg collection work really well in both modern and scandi kitchens and workspaces, where they instantly add an element of industrial contrast. 

They pair well with beautiful reclaimed wood, thick cut timber but also marble. 

Their 75mm steel box structure ensures they're strong enough to support even the heaviest of table tops, so you can opt for the chunkiest of surfaces if you chose.

HAPPY DIYing

If there is anything we can do to help at all just reach out to us via email info@acumencollection.co.uk. We’re more than happy to help.

If you’d like to share your industrial table legs creations, email us or tag #AcumenCollection. We’re looking forward to seeing what you make!

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How to choose the Perfect Dining Table

Posted by Abi Hugo

Choosing a dining table isn’t a decision you want to hurry into. It’s definitely an investment piece, which needs careful consideration.

 

An item of furniture that acts as the hub of your home and where everyone; friends and family will gather around time and time again hopefully for many years, be it to share a good meal, working from home or, preferably, reading the morning papers.

But how should you choose? What size should you go for and shape.

Let us give you a quick overview into the important features to give you a more informed decision.

These days a dining table is a centrepiece in the hub of the home. It gets used multiple times a day. It’s where friend and family gather on special occasions, dinner parties are hosted, this year especially it may have had another layer of use in the form of an office desk (2020/2021).

 Which is why it has to have the perfect blend of aesthetics as well as practicality. So, here’s how to choose the one that’s right for you and your family.

Size

The perfect dining table can’t be too small it looks lost in the space and you can’t fit enough people around it, you also don’t want it to dominate the space.

You also need to allow space around the table for chairs to be pulled back, so guests can get to their places and people can fully walk around the space.

It may sound an odd consideration, but you want to make sure there is enough space from floor to tabletop to comfortably get your legs under. This isn’t a worry for modern dining tables, but the height of vintage pieces can vary.

If you buy Antique you may need to consider adding a few extra inches, people were a lot smaller in general back in the day.

Sometimes it’s worth considering an extendable table – one that can comfortably fit your family on a day to day basis so that you are not spread out all over the place but can be folded out when it’s time to entertain.

Shape

Rectangular is the norm, since this mimics the shape of most rooms and therefore tends to mean you have more options, but there’s something very appealing about a round table. They can be more inclusive especially if you tend to entertain larger groups, everyone can comfortably converse without people at the ends being left out of the conversation

Material

Wood is perfect for adding warmth to a room and the grain adds texture you want elements of both in a room, but if you prefer a contemporary look, glass, marble or powder-coated steel will add a bit more edge. Which brings us to…

Style

Your table is an investment, so you really need to love it! If you look at it and it makes you think, ‘Oh, that one will do.’ You are probably just settling.

If you look at it and think, “It’s perfect, I love it – the rustic wood will look perfect against our exposed brick wall.’ That’s the one, you’re thinking about it in your space as a whole

 

 

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Choosing a dining table isn’t a decision you want to hurry into. It’s definitely an investment piece, which needs careful consideration.

 

An item of furniture that acts as the hub of your home and where everyone; friends and family will gather around time and time again hopefully for many years, be it to share a good meal, working from home or, preferably, reading the morning papers.

But how should you choose? What size should you go for and shape.

Let us give you a quick overview into the important features to give you a more informed decision.

These days a dining table is a centrepiece in the hub of the home. It gets used multiple times a day. It’s where friend and family gather on special occasions, dinner parties are hosted, this year especially it may have had another layer of use in the form of an office desk (2020/2021).

 Which is why it has to have the perfect blend of aesthetics as well as practicality. So, here’s how to choose the one that’s right for you and your family.

Size

The perfect dining table can’t be too small it looks lost in the space and you can’t fit enough people around it, you also don’t want it to dominate the space.

You also need to allow space around the table for chairs to be pulled back, so guests can get to their places and people can fully walk around the space.

It may sound an odd consideration, but you want to make sure there is enough space from floor to tabletop to comfortably get your legs under. This isn’t a worry for modern dining tables, but the height of vintage pieces can vary.

If you buy Antique you may need to consider adding a few extra inches, people were a lot smaller in general back in the day.

Sometimes it’s worth considering an extendable table – one that can comfortably fit your family on a day to day basis so that you are not spread out all over the place but can be folded out when it’s time to entertain.

Shape

Rectangular is the norm, since this mimics the shape of most rooms and therefore tends to mean you have more options, but there’s something very appealing about a round table. They can be more inclusive especially if you tend to entertain larger groups, everyone can comfortably converse without people at the ends being left out of the conversation

Material

Wood is perfect for adding warmth to a room and the grain adds texture you want elements of both in a room, but if you prefer a contemporary look, glass, marble or powder-coated steel will add a bit more edge. Which brings us to…

Style

Your table is an investment, so you really need to love it! If you look at it and it makes you think, ‘Oh, that one will do.’ You are probably just settling.

If you look at it and think, “It’s perfect, I love it – the rustic wood will look perfect against our exposed brick wall.’ That’s the one, you’re thinking about it in your space as a whole

 

 

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Nothing can compare to a cosy, softly-furnished, richly texture, well-lit space where book lovers can unwind after a long day.

A reading nook adds personality to any room and will give visitors a glimpse into who you are - especially once they start perusing your shelves! Here are some tips to create a special haven for yourself; a space to relax and lose hours between the pages of a well-told story.

Take a look at Reading Nook essentials below and further inspiration to personalise your space, plus tips on how to make a nook inviting for the whole family.

 

The all-important chair

A comfortable chair is the beginning of your reading nook - choose a favourite shape and colour and build around this focal point of your nook. Adorn it with cosy, comfortable throws and cushions to add instant personality and a feeling of warmth; look for contrasting textures like faux-fur, wool or sherpa to create depth and contrast with other items in the space. Switch to lighter linen throws like this for summer reading during the warmer months!

 

Light!

Any reading nook needs good lighting for diving into your favourite book, but don’t be afraid to mix and match soft lights (and add scented candles to the shelves!) to create a sense of calm and relaxation. Rustic styles like these work beautifully to balance the warmth of furnishing textures with the interesting metals used for design and construction. 

 

Side Tables

Time for the perfect side table! You may want to keep this smaller to fit next to your comfy chair; the perfect spot for a warm mug of something delicious!  Look for a vintage side table to complement the more modern elements of your nook like the reading lamp, shelves or chair. If it’s bought new, there are create ways to distress and add your own creative stamp to a piece. You may already have a smaller end or side table around the house looking for a new lease on life! And it’s a great, creative way to make the space your own.

 

The Bookcase

Now it’s time for the ideal shelf, a place to keep all your books at the ready for hours of joy in your new reading space. These reclaimed scaffold board & steel pipe units provide a rustic statement piece for any area, beautifully complementing the softer light, cushions and textures of your chair. For ideas on accessorising the shelves, take a look at these Book Nook ideas: Book Nooks are a dream for any reader! Charming, hand-made (which you can build yourself, too) miniturare bookends or inserts for your shelves, recreate lovely scenes from your favourite books. A great gift idea for the reader in your life or as a treat to yourself! Add candles, cacti, photos of loved ones or travel mementos to the shelves for that extra touch of personalised magic.

 

To create a shared space for families, keep children’s books on the lower shelves for the young ones and add Young Adult titles to your book collection to encourage teens to read more!

Happy reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nothing can compare to a cosy, softly-furnished, richly texture, well-lit space where book lovers can unwind after a long day.

A reading nook adds personality to any room and will give visitors a glimpse into who you are - especially once they start perusing your shelves! Here are some tips to create a special haven for yourself; a space to relax and lose hours between the pages of a well-told story.

Take a look at Reading Nook essentials below and further inspiration to personalise your space, plus tips on how to make a nook inviting for the whole family.

 

The all-important chair

A comfortable chair is the beginning of your reading nook - choose a favourite shape and colour and build around this focal point of your nook. Adorn it with cosy, comfortable throws and cushions to add instant personality and a feeling of warmth; look for contrasting textures like faux-fur, wool or sherpa to create depth and contrast with other items in the space. Switch to lighter linen throws like this for summer reading during the warmer months!

 

Light!

Any reading nook needs good lighting for diving into your favourite book, but don’t be afraid to mix and match soft lights (and add scented candles to the shelves!) to create a sense of calm and relaxation. Rustic styles like these work beautifully to balance the warmth of furnishing textures with the interesting metals used for design and construction. 

 

Side Tables

Time for the perfect side table! You may want to keep this smaller to fit next to your comfy chair; the perfect spot for a warm mug of something delicious!  Look for a vintage side table to complement the more modern elements of your nook like the reading lamp, shelves or chair. If it’s bought new, there are create ways to distress and add your own creative stamp to a piece. You may already have a smaller end or side table around the house looking for a new lease on life! And it’s a great, creative way to make the space your own.

 

The Bookcase

Now it’s time for the ideal shelf, a place to keep all your books at the ready for hours of joy in your new reading space. These reclaimed scaffold board & steel pipe units provide a rustic statement piece for any area, beautifully complementing the softer light, cushions and textures of your chair. For ideas on accessorising the shelves, take a look at these Book Nook ideas: Book Nooks are a dream for any reader! Charming, hand-made (which you can build yourself, too) miniturare bookends or inserts for your shelves, recreate lovely scenes from your favourite books. A great gift idea for the reader in your life or as a treat to yourself! Add candles, cacti, photos of loved ones or travel mementos to the shelves for that extra touch of personalised magic.

 

To create a shared space for families, keep children’s books on the lower shelves for the young ones and add Young Adult titles to your book collection to encourage teens to read more!

Happy reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Install a Shelf with Brackets

Posted by Abi Hugo

How to put up a shelf

Adding new shelves is a great way of adding more storage space to a room as well as being able to show off your prized possessions and accessories such as pictures, books or trinkets.

There is a whole range of shelves out there:

Suspense Metal Brackets 

 

Rustic Reclaimed shelves 

Here’s how to put them up.

First up some technical language you may or may not have heard - Studs:

These are basically part of the framework for a stud wall, these are the vertical timber lengths that you usually use to attach your shelf to. the pieces of timber are then usually covered in ply board and then plastered. You can tell of a wall is a stud wall or brick wall by giving the wall a little knock - if it sounds 'hollow' it is usually a stud wall. If you are met with a thud, you can assume it is a brick wall.

If you have a stud wall - before drilling, hammering or putting a screw into a wall, you'll need to check it's safe with a stud detector (also known as a multi-purpose digital detector) as it will detect any wires or pipes that you might inadvertently hit.

They’re super simple to use and will give you a heads up if there are any pipes, cables or studs where you’re planning to hang your shelf. All you do is run the device over the surface area and it will detect any hazards.

Masonry walls which are simply walls made from bricks and mortar - you'll need a hammer-action drill with a masonry bit. You’ll also need at least 50 mm screws and wall (also known as a raw) plugs to go through the plaster and into the wall behind.

For stud partition walls, the screws need to go directly into the timber studs. 

For heavy loads you'll need  longer screws to support the weight we recommend going for about 50mm screws 

The screws should also be the heaviest gauge (that's the thickness) that the holes in the bracket will take. 

Note: All Acumen Collection shelves are sent with the correct fixings for your wall and shelf type

 

Here's a list of the things you will need:

    • stud detector
    • A spirit level
    • drill - opt for a hammer drill for masonry walls 
    • Drill bits - choose masonry bits if drilling into masonry walls, or multi bits if drilling into other  surfaces
    • screwdriver
    • A shelf (check out our beautiful range of shelves HERE)
    • Brackets
    • Screws to suit your brackets 
    • Raw plugs
    • Small screws for fixing the shelf to the brackets (these should be shorter than the depth of the shelf)
    • A pencil

Step 1

Make sure you check the are behind the wall is free of any cables or pipes using your stud detector. Then hold your shelf against the wall and make a mark where you’d like it to go.

Then, make a mark where you want the first bracket to go, and then measure the distance and mark where you want the second bracket to go.

Use a spirit level to check your pencil marks are straight so you don't end up with a wonky shelf.

 

Step 2

Hold the first bracket up to your pencil mark for your first bracket and again check it's straight and make a pencil mark on the wall through the holes in the bracket this is to indicate where you will drill later.

Do the same again for the second bracket, and any other brackets you may have

If you have more than two brackets, just make sure they are equal distance away from the outer brackets.

 

Step 3

Drill into the wall to make a pilot hole and screw the brackets into place (if you have a masonry wall, use raw plugs).

Lay the shelf across and make a mark through the holes in the brackets for the fixing screws underneath it.

Then, drill pilot holes on the bottom of the shelf for the short screws - make sure you only make shallow holes though as you do not want to go through to the other side.

Put the shelf back up and then carefully screw in the bottom screws.

 

We hope you found this post useful and if you have any questions we are happy to help 

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How to put up a shelf

Adding new shelves is a great way of adding more storage space to a room as well as being able to show off your prized possessions and accessories such as pictures, books or trinkets.

There is a whole range of shelves out there:

Suspense Metal Brackets 

 

Rustic Reclaimed shelves 

Here’s how to put them up.

First up some technical language you may or may not have heard - Studs:

These are basically part of the framework for a stud wall, these are the vertical timber lengths that you usually use to attach your shelf to. the pieces of timber are then usually covered in ply board and then plastered. You can tell of a wall is a stud wall or brick wall by giving the wall a little knock - if it sounds 'hollow' it is usually a stud wall. If you are met with a thud, you can assume it is a brick wall.

If you have a stud wall - before drilling, hammering or putting a screw into a wall, you'll need to check it's safe with a stud detector (also known as a multi-purpose digital detector) as it will detect any wires or pipes that you might inadvertently hit.

They’re super simple to use and will give you a heads up if there are any pipes, cables or studs where you’re planning to hang your shelf. All you do is run the device over the surface area and it will detect any hazards.

Masonry walls which are simply walls made from bricks and mortar - you'll need a hammer-action drill with a masonry bit. You’ll also need at least 50 mm screws and wall (also known as a raw) plugs to go through the plaster and into the wall behind.

For stud partition walls, the screws need to go directly into the timber studs. 

For heavy loads you'll need  longer screws to support the weight we recommend going for about 50mm screws 

The screws should also be the heaviest gauge (that's the thickness) that the holes in the bracket will take. 

Note: All Acumen Collection shelves are sent with the correct fixings for your wall and shelf type

 

Here's a list of the things you will need:

    • stud detector
    • A spirit level
    • drill - opt for a hammer drill for masonry walls 
    • Drill bits - choose masonry bits if drilling into masonry walls, or multi bits if drilling into other  surfaces
    • screwdriver
    • A shelf (check out our beautiful range of shelves HERE)
    • Brackets
    • Screws to suit your brackets 
    • Raw plugs
    • Small screws for fixing the shelf to the brackets (these should be shorter than the depth of the shelf)
    • A pencil

Step 1

Make sure you check the are behind the wall is free of any cables or pipes using your stud detector. Then hold your shelf against the wall and make a mark where you’d like it to go.

Then, make a mark where you want the first bracket to go, and then measure the distance and mark where you want the second bracket to go.

Use a spirit level to check your pencil marks are straight so you don't end up with a wonky shelf.

 

Step 2

Hold the first bracket up to your pencil mark for your first bracket and again check it's straight and make a pencil mark on the wall through the holes in the bracket this is to indicate where you will drill later.

Do the same again for the second bracket, and any other brackets you may have

If you have more than two brackets, just make sure they are equal distance away from the outer brackets.

 

Step 3

Drill into the wall to make a pilot hole and screw the brackets into place (if you have a masonry wall, use raw plugs).

Lay the shelf across and make a mark through the holes in the brackets for the fixing screws underneath it.

Then, drill pilot holes on the bottom of the shelf for the short screws - make sure you only make shallow holes though as you do not want to go through to the other side.

Put the shelf back up and then carefully screw in the bottom screws.

 

We hope you found this post useful and if you have any questions we are happy to help 

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As the nights get longer, the air crisp and filled with woodsmoke, most of us start planning the most important table of the year: the Christmas table. A wonderful and classic take on seasonal decorating is the rustic table; it immediately evokes a sense of cosiness, safety and togetherness. And this can be a fantastic way to get the whole family involved in creating your special table. Think twine, linens, warm woods, natural colours, re-usable features and lots of warm light!

Let’s take a look at texture, sustainability, colour and bringing the chilly outdoors inside for immediate warmth:

1. STEP OUTSIDE AND BRING IT HOME 

 

Foraging is a brilliant way to involve to the whole family when it comes to planning your table. And a lovely day out at that! Look for materials to make wreaths, collect acorns and other greenery. Weeping willow stems are super easy to weave into a rustic wreaths and can be finished with foliage, fir, eucalyptus or any seasonal additions of your choice. Add it to walls, doors and even as a centrepiece to the table. Try to shop locally and visit your farmer’s market for pomegranates, clementines, plums and other seasonal fruits to decorate and bring life to the table.

2. TEXTURE 

Think about your colour scheme. Traditional red, silver, gold and green works wonderfully but add your own twist. Selecting decorations  you can use all year round is a great sustainable way of enhancing other areas of your living space - silver or gold are great options for this! A textured table doesn’t necessarily mean a crowded table, so be sure to keep it clean and simple but don’t be afraid to experiment with the colour from fruits like pomegranates and clementines to complement your greenery as a centrepiece. The seasonal pop of colour will go beautifully with simple beige or grey table linens. Wrap your napkins in twine and add a cinnamon stick. Nothing says Christmas like the heavenly scent of cinnamon! Forget about the age-old rule that cutlery should match! Keep an eye out at antique sales and flea markets for interesting additions to your festive drawer. 

3. GET PERSONAL

Children, especially, will feel involved and useful given the chance to create the nametags in their own handwriting. If your meal is a smaller family affair, why not add nicknames to the place settings on the napkin holders? It can be a delightful and humorous way to add that extra personalised touch. Thoughtful handmade and sustainable table gifts for each guest is also a great way to add to a festive welcome.

4. WHEN IN DOUBT… CANDLES!

 Candles bring an immediate cosiness to any room and can be used all year round to create a safe and calming haven for you, friends and family. Do aim to keep your table candles fragrance free (an overpowering scent may interfere with all the yummy food you’ve spent hours preparing) and look for soy-based candles and natural wicks. These burn longer and are much better for the environment and your family’s health.

 

 

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As the nights get longer, the air crisp and filled with woodsmoke, most of us start planning the most important table of the year: the Christmas table. A wonderful and classic take on seasonal decorating is the rustic table; it immediately evokes a sense of cosiness, safety and togetherness. And this can be a fantastic way to get the whole family involved in creating your special table. Think twine, linens, warm woods, natural colours, re-usable features and lots of warm light!

Let’s take a look at texture, sustainability, colour and bringing the chilly outdoors inside for immediate warmth:

1. STEP OUTSIDE AND BRING IT HOME 

 

Foraging is a brilliant way to involve to the whole family when it comes to planning your table. And a lovely day out at that! Look for materials to make wreaths, collect acorns and other greenery. Weeping willow stems are super easy to weave into a rustic wreaths and can be finished with foliage, fir, eucalyptus or any seasonal additions of your choice. Add it to walls, doors and even as a centrepiece to the table. Try to shop locally and visit your farmer’s market for pomegranates, clementines, plums and other seasonal fruits to decorate and bring life to the table.

2. TEXTURE 

Think about your colour scheme. Traditional red, silver, gold and green works wonderfully but add your own twist. Selecting decorations  you can use all year round is a great sustainable way of enhancing other areas of your living space - silver or gold are great options for this! A textured table doesn’t necessarily mean a crowded table, so be sure to keep it clean and simple but don’t be afraid to experiment with the colour from fruits like pomegranates and clementines to complement your greenery as a centrepiece. The seasonal pop of colour will go beautifully with simple beige or grey table linens. Wrap your napkins in twine and add a cinnamon stick. Nothing says Christmas like the heavenly scent of cinnamon! Forget about the age-old rule that cutlery should match! Keep an eye out at antique sales and flea markets for interesting additions to your festive drawer. 

3. GET PERSONAL

Children, especially, will feel involved and useful given the chance to create the nametags in their own handwriting. If your meal is a smaller family affair, why not add nicknames to the place settings on the napkin holders? It can be a delightful and humorous way to add that extra personalised touch. Thoughtful handmade and sustainable table gifts for each guest is also a great way to add to a festive welcome.

4. WHEN IN DOUBT… CANDLES!

 Candles bring an immediate cosiness to any room and can be used all year round to create a safe and calming haven for you, friends and family. Do aim to keep your table candles fragrance free (an overpowering scent may interfere with all the yummy food you’ve spent hours preparing) and look for soy-based candles and natural wicks. These burn longer and are much better for the environment and your family’s health.

 

 

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