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  • Custom House Signs: Case Study

    Case Study: Custom House Signs – New Wood Oak Sign plus Renovation Job

    Making custom house signs means every job is different and sometimes we need to change how we work to help out our customers.

    One of our longest standing customers has recently built an annexe to their property and needed our help. They wanted us to make a new oak house sign to match their original one. As their first sign was made many years ago, it looked rather tired.


    Oak House Sign - BEFORE Renovation Tired and Weathered, this is how the original sign looked before we worked our magic.


    It had been on a north facing wall in the north of England, and had had to withstand quite a bit of weathering. The original wooden sign was carved in oak and well protected with oil but was now in need of some TLC.

    After discussing our customer’s needs we decided to hand paint the lettering on the new sign black. This would make the sign easier to read from the road. Our plan was to renovate the old sign to match.

    A tough ask.

    Once we received the original house sign back we were doubtful we’d be able to make the old sign look as good as new. We said we’d do our best but discussed options with the client. We were worried  we might not be able to bring the old wooden sign back to a presentable condition.

    A stunning result.

    We needn’t have worried. Once our workshop team had performed their magic,  it was impossible to tell which of the custom house signs was old and which was the new sign.

    Pair of House Signs in Wood Smallholding U is the original sign and Samsara the new one made to match 5 years after the first

    The original made to order sign was sanded down, the lettering painted and coated with several layers of protective oil. The new sign was made to match exactly many years later. Even though the client couldn’t remember the typeface, we were able to retrieve all the details of their original order some 5 years ago and make the new sign a perfect match.

    We are absolutely delighted with the result and our client is too. 

    Custom House Signs: Quality Materials and Methods.

    When you work with quality materials such as oak, and do everything properly without cutting any corners these are the results you can expect.

    When you order a sign from us, we start out with a plain plank of wood. We cut this to the appropriate and size and make it into your sign. We create your bespoke design using traditional wood-working techniques and up to the minute carving machinery.

    Made to Order House Signs Concealed Fixing Holes Our craftsmanship extends to the parts you can't even see!

    Skilled woodworkers carry out every single part of the process. They lovingly create each sign as an individual masterpiece.

    We even take care over the back of the signs, the part that no-one will see. Just take a look at the how neatly our concealed fixing holes are carved.

    Get in touch.

    If you are considering made to order house signs, give us a call (020 8819 5869) or send in an enquiry form.

    Our team love to help out however we can. If your idea is possible we will find a way to make it for you.

  • Washable Door Mats and Runners

    Since the snow has now melted, if salty wet footprints are messing up your floors our washable door mats and runners are the perfect solution.

    Our Washable Door Mats and Runners are:

    • 1 - Large enough to be a place to stand while you remove your winter boots
    • 2 - Thin enough to go under almost any door
    • 3 - Fully machine washable to stay looking pristine


    Washable Door Mats and Runners Perfect to combat wet and salty wintertime foot prints, our washable door mats come in 100+ colours

    Standard Sizes

    Our washable door mats and runners come in a range of styles.

    Our off- the-shelf, super-absorbent cotton blend mats are available in 5 colours; Granite, Charcoal, Bronze, Black, Beige and Chocolate Brown.

    They range in size from the petite 60 x 40cm to a whopping 150 x 90cm; ideal to almost fill a porch or boot room.

    They are also available as a runner size too at 180cm x 60cm.

    Custom Made

    If you have a very specific size in mind or would like a greater choice of colours; our made to measure washable door mats and runners would be the ideal choice.

    Our colour chart offers 72 colours in this product and pretty much any size you like. Simply choose your customisation with us online and your mat with be delivered to you by courier in around 2 weeks.

    Easy to Clean

    Our washable mats will absorb a lot and keep their good looks for a long time. If they do start to look a little tired simply pop them in the washing machine and wash at 30 degrees. If you have chosen a very large size you might have to use a carpet shampoo machine but these give excellent results too.

    Although they are excellent at absorbing moisture, so they are ideal for this time of year our washable mats are useful all year round. They feel soft and welcoming underfoot when you remove your shoes and don’t shed any fibres either.

    Order yours now so that next time the weather strikes your mat will be ready to save your floors from those pesky salty footprints.

    Explore our range...

  • How to Clean Door Mats

    It’s a door mat’s job to get dirty, loyally protecting your floor from mud and debris. In spite of this, it’s not ideal to have a filthy mat greeting visitors to your home or business. Therefore knowing how to clean door mats is important for the appearance of your entrance-way and in maintaining the longevity of your mat.


    Coir Matting

    When it comes to coir matting, check out our Care and Maintenance Guide for our advice on how to clean door mats made from natural coir fibres.

    How to Clean Door MatsOur coir care guide gives some great tips on how to clean coir matting

    Coir is a very popular choice for entrance matting due to its hard wearing properties, although it does have to be treated with a little sensitivity. The natural coconut husk fibres can be damaged by harsh chemicals or forceful scrubbing.

    What if your main priority is having a door mat that can withstand a vigorous clean and is also very durable? We have just the thing...


    Synthetic Coir Scraper Matting

    Our brand new range of synthetic coir scraper matting is versatile, hard wearing and brilliant at removing dirt from shoes. When laying awake at 3:00am, you never need to worry about the burning question of how to clean door mats again! Hose it, scrub it, put detergent on it, this matting can endure the deepest of cleaning. It is also functions equally well indoors and outdoors.

    Personalised Outdoor Mat A stylish house name personalised outdoor synthetic coir scraper mat

    On top of all this, you can choose to personalise your mat using one of our contemporary designs.

    Although care of our synthetic coir scraper matting is very easy, we have produced a care and maintenance guide for if your preference is to launder it in a washing machine. Yes, it's machine washable too! Plus a short cycle in the tumble dryer is absolutely fine for removing excess water.

    Synthetic Coir Scraper Mat Care Guide Everything you need to know about how to clean and care for our synthetic coir scraper matting





    How to Clean Door Mats - Spring Cleaning Offer

    We’re so thrilled about our new collection that we’re offering a 20% discount in preparation for the season of Spring Cleaning. Thinking of sprucing up your entrance hall ready for family visits over Easter (it’s early this year!)? Been searching everywhere for a personalised outdoor mat? Struggling with how to clean door mats? This offer is for you!

    Personalised Prosecco Door Mat An "Of-The-Moment" design in synthetic coir - perfect for outside your front door










    Take advantage of this great offer by simply entering SPRING20 into the Coupon Code box at the checkout page for any of our new Synthetic Coir Scraper Mats.

  • Design Your Own Door Mat

    Not only does a uniquely designed door mat add that finishing touch to your entrance-way, it sets you apart from your neighbours and is an instant talking point with visitors to your home. With Make An Entrance you can design your own door mat, using a huge range of materials, colours and techniques.


    Hard wearing synthetic coir along with an anti trip border creates the perfect canvas for you to design your own door mat. Using the latest printing technology, our brand new collection of synthetic coir personalised matting gives a contemporary finish to inside and outside your home. We have researched popular images that make the most impact whilst incorporating that all important personal touch.

    Design Your Own Synthetic Coir Door Mat Neutral base colours with your choice of accent colour on cool contemporary personalised designs

    Photo Printed

    With our innovative personalised photo mats you can really go to town and design your own door mat by staging a photo to be printed onto the mat. There are so many possibilities, from a photo of your beloved pet, to a holiday sunset, to you and your spouse’s wedding shoes. Made from high twist nylon fibres, our photo mats are machine washable, so you never need to worry about your favourite photo becoming dirty.

    Design Your Own Photo Print Door Mat You really are in the design seat with our Personalised Photo Mats


    Many people still opt for coconut coir matting for its natural look and hard wearing properties. If you would rather choose coir, you can still design your own door mat using our wide selection of stencils.

    Design Your Own Door Mat Choose Your Stencil Traditional stencils are used to create the motifs

    The stylish silhouettes of pets, country animals and popular hobbies contrast well with the rich golden brown coir fibres, and you can even include text such as your house name or a message into your design.

    Design Your Own Door Mat Traditional Coir A striking way to personalise natural coir









    All of our personalised door mats make fantastic presents, so you can design your own door mat gift for that special someone who has pretty much everything. It is a great way to mark an occasion, from marriages, anniversaries, new homes, new babies, new pets...the possibilities are endless!

  • Logo Entrance Mat – not just for Businesses

    Logo Entrance Mat and Custom Oak Sign in situ Our competition winners custom oak sign and logo entrance mat were used in the outdoor learning area of their school

    Corporate businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of having a logo entrance mat that displays and promotes their company branding.

    Logo Entrance Mat:

    We produce a variety of types of logo mats for businesses but we’ve also realised the versatility of logo entrance mats in exhibiting other images for non-business situations.


    Learning Area Comp - winning logo entrance mat A child's drawing translated onto an outdoor logo entrance mat

    School Competition:

    A brilliant example of this was when we recently sponsored a competition at a local primary school. The children, aged seven and under, were asked to create a design for their new outdoor learning area. The winning image would be printed onto an All Weather Outdoor Logo Mat and engraved into a Custom Oak Sign.

    Learning Area Comp - winning custom oak sign A child's drawing made into a custom oak sign

    The children put lots of thought into what would make striking and informative logos to identify their special new learning area. They submitted some fantastic designs.

    We are really proud of how closely we were able to keep to the children's designs and how well they transferred onto the mat and sign.

    Because our All Weather Logo Mats are super hard wearing and are not damaged by the elements, the mat can stay in situ all year long for everyone to enjoy.

    Custom Oak Sign:

    The Logo Entrance Mat, paired with the Custom Oak Sign is an effective way of helping visitors know that they’ve arrived in the right place. As shown by the competition entries, we can pretty much produce anything on these products. This means you can be as creative as you like.

    Like to do something similar at your school? Call us on 020 8819 5869 or email us your ideas.

  • Traditional Coir Door Mats

    A Short History of Make An Entrance making Traditional Coir Door Mats.

    19th Century: Traditional Coir Door Mats

    Victorian Men making Traditional Coir Door Mats Men Making Traditional Coir Door Mats at the Victorian Royal Institute for the Blind. Picture from State Library Victoria, Australia.

    We have been making traditional coir door mats for a  very long time. In fact, the roots of Make An Entrance stretch a long way, all the way back to the 19th Century.

    Originally partially sighted and blind people made traditional coir door mats in workshops around the UK run by the charity Royal National Institute for the Blind.

    The workshops offered the opportunity for people to gain skills and experience in a work environment.

    Our research shows that these projects happened across the globe. The images on this page depict men working at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind in Australia.

    The images from the State Library of Victoria are how we imagine the UK workshops would have looked at that time too.

    1980's & 1990's:

    Fast-forward to the 1980s, when Make An Entrance founder, Allen Burlton, ran a number of these charitable workshops for the blind.

    They produced Traditional Coir Door Mats and Cut to Size Coir Matting  amongst other hand-made products, sadly, many of the workshops closed in the 1990s,  due to changes in charity funding.

    Allen recognised the importance of the opportunities that the workshops provided for people who worked there. So he decided to continue running them. They solely concentrated on the production of hand-stitched Traditional Coir Door Mats and Cut to Size Coir Matting.

    Victorian Man making a Traditional Coir Door Mat This type of mat looks very like the mats that used to be made to ride down Helter Skelters! Pictures from State Library Victoria, Australia.


    Fast-forward again to the birth of the online era. In 2005 Allen Burlton founded Make An Entrance Ltd as it is known today.

    As a result of moving online, the business grew rapidly, using a number of workshops and warehouses around the UK.

    Today, Make An Entrance supplies expertly crafted Traditional Coir Door Mats to homes and businesses too. We are very proud to say that the National Trust chooses us to supply many of their properties too. .

    We deliver our huge range of  traditional and contemporary matting across the UK and Europe.

    But, no matter how our business changes and develops over time, we never forget the fact that we are a family run business based on skills and expertise.

    We still stitch our traditional mats by hand in the same way we always have.

  • How to Stop a Door Mat from Moving

    Is your door mat creeping up on you? Feeling like the rug is being pulled from under you? ... OK, no more bad jokes! But seriously, we realise how annoying it is to have a door mat that just won’t stay put. Not only can it create a trip hazard, the mat becomes less effective at doing its job of protecting the floor. And think of all the time spent in a day straightening and tidying the mat.


    Here are a few ideas on how to combat this daily niggle:

    1) Double Sided Tape

    Economical and straightforward, a good quality double sided tape is often all that is needed to hold a door mat in place, in the short term. The drawback is that you may have to apply fresh tape if you move the mat to shake it outside. Over time, the adhesiveness of the tape is likely to lessen, which again will lead to re-applying the tape. However if you’re happy to keep double sided tape to hand, then this method is a genuine option.

    How to stop a doormat from moving? The backing of your mat, or the extra anti slip backing that you can purchase to place underneath your mat is crucial to solving this common problem

    2) Anti Slip Underlay

    Purchasing an underlay that has anti slip properties is a fairly inexpensive way of solving the problem in the longer term. We stock an Anti Slip Rug Underlay which is made from a recycled fleece material. Available in 5 different sizes, simply cut the underlay 5-8cm smaller than the door mat itself, and then place underneath. The underlay stays in place without any adhesive, meaning no risk of marking your floor. It works by creating friction between the backing of the mat and the floor. It’s also fully washable at 60⁰ and remains effective after laundering.

    3) Purchase a Door Mat with an Anti Slip Backing

    We stock a wide range of door mats that have an inbuilt anti slip backing, these are made from washable carpet pile with a nitrile rubber backing. Our Made to Measure Washable Carpet Mats  also have the option for an additional anti slip backing to be added, as well as an extra thick backing to make the mat more rigid and prevent it from creasing in the middle. We can also match the backing type to suit the type of flooring that the mat will be placed on top of. For carpet surfaces, a “gripper” backing is applied which has cleats that grasp onto the carpet pile. For hard surfaces, the backing is smooth to create optimum contact with the floor. Door mats with an inbuilt anti slip backing are definitely something to consider if non-movement is your main priority.

    4) Create a Frame around the Mat

    How to stop a mat moving around? Create a frame around it A surface fixed mat frame might be the solution to your mat moving woes.

    Worth considering if building a mat well recess is not an option. Beading / Edging strips are easily sourced from DIY / Hardware stores, these are then used to create a frame around the mat which is glued or screwed to the floor. Although this is quite a straightforward process, a level of DIY skill is needed in cutting down the beading / edging, assembling the frame and then securing it in place. It’s also a more permanent approach that will affect your flooring, since the frame will be attached to the floor. Our Cut to Size matting is perfect for building a frame around.

    5) Build a Mat Well / Recess

    Stop your doormat moving by fitting a mat well The most permanent solution is to create a mat well to house your mat.

    This is the most permanent solution and probably the most effective. It’s easier to build a mat well when new flooring is being laid, as all that is needed is to leave a space around the door way for the door mat to be installed into. Creating a mat well within existing flooring is trickier, and may require the help of a local builder / handyman. Again, we stock a range of matting that is ideal for fitting into a mat well  and with a range of thicknesses to choose from, you can ensure that the matting will be flush with the surrounding flooring.

  • Non Shedding Coir Doormat – Is There Such A Thing?

    Natural Coir Matting remains many people’s number one door matting material. Traditional, hard-wearing, long-lasting and stylish, there are many positives that make it a popular choice. There’s only one downfall. Shedding. Of course, with the higher grades of Coir, shedding is far less of an issue due to the more densely woven pile. But Coir fibre loss can rarely be totally avoided. So what about a non-shedding alternative?

    Non Shedding Doormat Our 12mm Non Shedding Doormat is made from synthetic coir and comes in a range of colours

    With the natural look of Coir and super durability, our Synthetic Coir Entrance Matting is a brilliant solution to the shedding conundrum. It’s 100% Non Shedding.

    The weave is a looped pile, which feels softer under foot than the traditional coir brush pile, but still has an effective scraping action. At 12mm thick, our Synthetic Coir is also an ultra thin doormat, which is perfect for shallow mat well recesses where natural Coir would be too thick.

    Synthetic Coir poses no trouble when it comes to cleaning. Simply vacuum, shake outdoors and even use liquid detergent to spot clean any stubborn marks.

    Outdoor Synthetic Coir Our brush pile synthetic coir can be used outside as drainage holes in the backing help to prevent water build up

    Obviously the pile is synthetic polypropylene, but with the backing being recycled rubber this goes some way towards eco-friendliness. And because it’s so hard-wearing, you really won’t have to replace this matting very often, which is another step in the right direction when thinking about the Planet.

    The other great feature is that our Synthetic Coir is compatible with underfloor heating due to the heat resistant backing. Again this fills a gap left by natural Coir with a PVC Backing that doesn’t withstand the heat too well.

    With all of these amazing features, it does leave us with the question: Is Synthetic Coir Matting even better than the real thing?

    Why not find out? Take advantage of our fantastic offer of 20% off between 16th January and 2nd February. Just enter the code NONSHED20

  • Music Department Mat

    Over the years we have made some amazing mats!

    Music Department Piano Key Mat Music Department Piano Key Mat

    A while back we were approached by a music teacher to help her design a mat to be used as a teaching aid in the primary school music department.

    What we made for her was a real beauty, with a musical stave running the length of the may and a piano key design around the edge.

    The children sit around the edge of the mat for the lesson and the teacher finds it a real help with teaching music.

    As you can see, the mats we make are not simply limited to being used to wipe your feet. Do you have an idea you would like us to help you with?

    Simply call our creative team on 020 8819 5869 and let us see how we can help you.

    Check back soon for our new post where we reveal a beautiful outdoor mat we created in a schools competition.

  • What Size Doormat for Double Doors?

    Double Doormat for Patio Doors Our Double Doormat has a standard width of 120cm and a choice of 3 lengths to suit every situation

    With lots of us using French or patio doors as the main entrance into our homes straight from the garden, having a door mat that matches the width of the double doors is a really good idea.

    Not only does it look neat, it’s a great help in stopping mud, leaves, grass and wet shoes from finding their way into the house.

    Often double doors are located in dining rooms, lounges and conservatories, rather than hallways. This calls for an even greater need to protect the surrounding flooring – nobody wants muddy footprints on their best lounge carpet!

    We stock a range of matting that is perfect for double doors. But first, the issue of size.

    Made to Measure Washable Double Doormat Our Made to Measure Washable Double Doormat comes in over 100 colours and can be made to any size you like

    Our Double Door Mat for Patio Doors is a standard width of 120cm, which fits nicely across the doors. However, the key is the length – too short and hasty feet will step off the edge, too long and the mat could take up too much space in your room or patio.

    The lengths of our Double Door Mat for Patio Doors have been tried and tested on this basis. The 3 optimum sizes were found to be 120cm x 45cm (Standard), 120cm x 60cm (Tall) and 120cm x 75cm (Extra Tall).

    Coir is great for both indoor and outdoor use, but if you’re looking for an indoor Double Door Mat which is thin and absorbent, our Washable Double Door Mats fit the bill.

    Traditional Hand Stitched Doormat Made to Measure Our Traditional Hand Stitched Doormat is Made to Measure to your exact requirements so can be the perfect choice for a double doormat

    Slightly wider at 180cm, the 60cm length gives plenty of room for the all important removal of footwear at the door. A choice of 6 different colours means that matching your door mat with your decor is easy.   We also have a massive range of 100+ colours in our Made to Measure Washable Carpet Mats so complementing your surrounding flooring is not a problem.

    Of course, you could choose your own exact size door mat for double doors by measuring your space. We have a huge range of Made to Measure Door Mats, which are produced to the nearest centimetre.

    This means you can create a unique size that is best for your double doors.

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