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Hints, Tips & How To Guides from the UK Doormat Experts

  • Doormat Sets

    May is the month of Bank Holidays, which means two things – DIY and BBQs (weather permitting, of course). Up to now many parts of the UK have been fortunate in seeing regular sunshine this month. You might be thinking of making the most of it and organising a BBQ or garden party. If so, we’ve thought of essential Doormat Sets that will help protect your home from your visitors’ feet!

    With people moving between garden and house, it’s a great idea to have a pair of mats in place. This will provide a good opportunity for shoes to be thoroughly wiped, and save your floors from footprints. The best way to achieve this is by having a hardwearing mat outdoors for scraping away debris, and an absorbent mat indoors to soak up any remaining dirt and moisture. It’s also a good idea for the indoor mat to be big enough to facilitate the removal of shoes, without people having to step off the mat.

    Holding all of this in mind, we’ve put together a range of doormat sets which take the leg work out of searching for the best combinations.

    Decorative Doormat Sets

    Both in natural coir, our ‘wrought iron effect’ coir/rubber doormat and decorative doormat make an attractive pair. These are ideal for homes with a period feel to them, as doormats have traditionally been manufactured from coir for centuries. Made from coconut husks, coir doormats have a natural finish that is excellent for scraping dirt and absorbing moisture. If you would like your mats to be more than functional, the decorative element of this set creates a lovely feature in your garden and entrance.

    Doormat Sets - Decorative Wrought Iron Rubber Coir Outdoor Doormat matched with Decorative Indoor Coir Mat

    Functional Doormat Sets

    As the saying goes: “A scraper at the door keeps the dirt from the floor”. The ideal pairing in the world of doormats is an outdoor scraper mat and an indoor absorbent mat. This is exactly what our Functional Doormat Set consists of. Our super hardwearing polypropylene scraper mat and our highly absorbent cotton washable mat are a perfect match. With a variety of colours to choose from, you can even tone the mats with your preferred colour scheme.

    Doormat Sets - Functional Outdoor Scraper Mat paired with Indoor Washable Cotton Mat

    Personalised Doormat Sets

    As personalised doormats are often designed for indoor use, it’s not often you will find a complementary pair that can be placed either side of your door. Our Synthetic Coir Outdoor Personalised Doormat and Machine Washable Personalised Doormat definitely tick the functional box. They also have a harmonising colour tone and can be personalised with a message of your choice.

    Doormat Sets - Personalised A complementary pair of Indoor and Outdoor Personalised Mats

    Large Area Doormat Sets

    Perfect for situating in conservatories and by garden patio doors, our Washable Double Doormat can be placed in a ‘portrait’ orientation as a runner style mat, or a ‘landscape’ orientation to cover a double doorway. Matched with our ‘wrought iron effect’ coir/rubber doormat, this is an ideal pair for covering larger areas and protecting more of your floors.

    Doormat Sets - Large Area Our Large Area Doormat Set, perfect for double patio doors

    Compact Doormat Sets

    Our ‘wrought iron effect’ Half-Moon Rubber Doormat paired with our 60cm x 40cm Welcome coir doormat is a brilliant choice for small, but perfectly formed, spaces. The swirl pattern complements the ornate wrought iron design for a Parisian feel, and the alternative geometric ‘Greek Key’ pattern makes a striking contrast.

    Doormat Sets - Compact A small but perfectly formed pair

     

    Inspired to buy your own Doormat Set? This Bank Holiday weekend we are running another fabulous offer:

     

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    Simply enter the corresponding coupon code for the value of your order at the checkout page to redeem your discount. Offer valid until 29th May 2018.

     

  • Unique Wedding Gifts

    With the wedding season upon us, along with the Royal Big Day tomorrow, 'Tying the Knot' has been on our mind a lot this week. If you’re lucky enough to be someone’s wedding guest, it's not just your outfit that you need to think about. Sourcing unique wedding gifts for the happy couple also needs some careful planning.

    Wedding traditions are often a good place to start when thinking about unique wedding gifts. Age old customs, and even superstitions, can provide great inspiration. These can help you find something a little bit different that the couple will remember you for. It's suprising how may traditions centre around weddings and marriage. We've found a few to get started.

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    On the subject of thresholds, we have a perfect range of unique wedding gifts to sprinkle some romance onto any doorstep.

     

    Our Hand Printed Design Your Own Doormat can feature a heart motif as well as text. It’s just asking for the newlyweds’ initials to be printed either side of the heart. Equally, the marital surname can be laser etched onto our Personalised Family Doormat. Leave it ready and waiting for the new Mr and Mrs to return home from their honeymoon.

    Unique Wedding Gifts Add some romance to a threshold

    Our Personalised Photo Mat is another popular choice for weddings. Elements of the day can be printed from a photo onto the mat. Little finishing touches like the wedding shoes, flowers and invitations can be featured in the design, creating a lasting memento of the Big Day. You could even pick a photo of the couple's honeymoon desitation. With many weddings having a specific theme, there's lots of opportunity to get really creative with designing a personalised mat. If you're good at planning ahead, the mat could be included as part of the day. It could welcome guests, or be a place for the couple to stand for the line up.

    Unique Wedding Gifts

    There’s not just doormats to consider. With the popularity of wedding cheese cakes growing, we think a Custom Slate Cheese Board with the couple’s cheese choices of the day definitely falls into the category of unique wedding gifts! Or for non-cheese lovers, the slate can be customised with other messages that resonate with the couple and their Big Day.

    Unique Wedding Gifts Perfect for a Wedding Cheese Cake

     

     

  • Pet Lover Gift Ideas

    From wall art, to cushions, to crockery, pet and animal themed homewares have become super popular over recent years. If you’re looking for something a little different for pet lover gift ideas, we have a range of pet and animal themed mats that are not just for doorways.

    Pet Lover Gift Ideas: 1 mat 3 ways

    Photo Quality Doormats from Make An Entrance Our new photo realistic mats are so life like. As they are printed onto a textured carpet - it almost has the effect of turning your photo into a painting.

    Take our Personalised Photo Mat which can be printed with any high resolution photo image. It’s ready and waiting for a photo of the beloved animal family member, and great for use in a number of pet-related scenarios:

     

    Personalised Pet Feeding Mat

    Personalised, absorbent and washable, the perfect food and water catcher for your pet’s feeding area.

    Personalised Pet Photo Mat "The perfect place for my tea!"

    Training Station

    So this is more for dogs, but training advice often suggests using a mat as a contained space for dogs to be sent to when teaching them. For example, when training a dog to wait for a human to answer the door (rather than themselves!) the dog can be sent to a mat nearby the door to “sit” and “wait”. The mat acts as a visual cue for the dog, making it easier for him to find his spot. Our Personalised Photo Mat goes a step further, so everyone knows who’s mat it is. The anti-slip backing also keeps the mat safely in place in the face of excited paws.

    ised dog training station mat "Sit and Wait!"

    Car Boot

    For protecting your car interior and upholstery as well as containing pet hairs and dirt. Our Personalised Photo Mat is made from carpet pile that is easy to vacuum and launder. The rubber backing and border can be draped over the edge of the boot when open to prevent little scratch marks.

     

     

     

     

    Of course, our Personalised Photo Mat along with our huge range of other Pet and Animal Mats can be used traditionally as a doormat. As far as pet lover gift ideas, an animal themed doormat makes a statement about their identity, and possibly a clue about the non-human members of their family. Obviously the practical element of keeping pet dirt caused by muddy, wet paws from the floors is a key function. The decorative and personalised element of our animal doormats creates a wonderful and unusual gift.

    Welcome-Cats-Doormat Don't forget the cat...

     

     

     

     

     

    Printed Geese Doormat ...or our feathered friends
  • Home and Garden DIY

    The darling buds of May are finally starting to bloom. Now is the perfect opportunity for some Spring home and garden DIY. With this week being National Gardening Week as well as the lead up to May Day Bank Holiday, home and garden DIY is likely to be on many people’s agendas.

    Top Jobs: Home and Garden DIY

     

    In the Garden…

    The sunshine and showers of recent days means that lawns and borders are likely to be in need of some attention. Time to mow and trim back edges, as well as rid borders of rapidly growing weeds before they become established. It's also a good time to prune spring flowering shrubs once the flowers have finished.

    Planting summer bedding plants in borders and tubs is an important job for early May. Fingers crossed we have now seen the back of snow and frost for the foreseeable months!

    Sweeping patios and paths free of winter debris and giving them a good hose down is also a good idea in preparation for summer BBQs and garden parties (and warmer weather!).

    Home and Garden DIY - Patio Its time to tidy your patio...

    If you’re having visitors over to your garden, it’s well worth thinking about the presentation of your patio area. Particularly if your visitors will be venturing between your house and garden.

    Personalised Outdoor Prosecco Mat A great DIY doormat to kick off your party season

     

     

    Our Personalised Prosecco Doormat is a great all rounder for withstanding the elements, protecting your floors inside and welcoming your guests.

    You might be thinking about those four-legged visitors and members of your family making more use of the garden, popping outside to stretch out in the sun. Our Personalised Outdoor Mat can be printed with a message as a reminder to wipe their paws, again protecting your floors from muddy prints.

    Outdoor Personalised Pet Doormat A subtle reminder for your four-legged friend

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the Home…

    A makeover for your walls and floors is a must in Spring. This introduces fresh colours and surfaces to your home. ome DIY Decorating WallsCheck out Wikihow's guide on how to best go about painting your walls. One or two new pieces of furniture can also revamp a room and help with decluttering your space.

    New flooring around your entrance way gives the perfect opportunity to create a matwell recess, where you can fit a doormat that is integral to the flooring. There are lots of benefits to this, not least that your entrance will look neat and contemporary. Check out our earlier blog How to Make a Matwell for more tips.

    Home and Garden DIY Matwell Recess Mat A neat and tidy matwell recess is a great DIY addition to your home

  • The Original Eco Doormat Video

    Our handmade traditional coir mats are the original plastic free Eco Doormat.

    In a world where progress marches ever on wards, sometimes it’s worth stopping for a moment to consider how things used to be done and see whether there’s something to be learnt from the time honoured methods of the past.

    Take doormats for example. For generations these were simply made from coir (another name for coconut fibre), they were woven by hand or on a basic machine and then skilfully stitched to the correct size.

    Coir Doormats made from coconuts Coir Doormats are made from coconut fibre

    How we make our Eco Doormat.

    Take a look at our video to see how we still do it.

    See more of our videos on our You Tube Channel.

    In the past.

    As coir is a totally natural material, from the outer husks of coconut shells, it is biodegradable. In the past, people would use their doormats until they wore out. Then they could be thrown onto the compost heap where they would break down to nourish the garden leaving no waste behind. The perfect eco doormat solution.

    coconut fibre is woven to make matting The coconut fibre is made into rolls of matting

    Today.

    These days doormats have moved on and now come in many different types and materials including photo personalised mats, cut to size coir matting off the roll and washable synthetic doormats too.

    All of these products have a lot to recommend them, they are highly practical and long lasting. However, as we all become more conscious of our impact on the world around us, perhaps it’s worth revisiting the methods of days gone by. If an eco doormat is your aim then go for a traditional coir doormat that’s totally plastic free.

    Hand Stitched Traditional Doormat Our traditional mats are still stitched by hand in the way they have been made for generations

    The Environment.

    Who could fail to be dismayed at the state of plastic pollution in the oceans as revealed in the recent Blue Planet TV series? It’s unlikely that old doormats would make it as far as the sea. However, there’s currently no way to recycle the ones that contain plastic, so they will ultimately go to landfill. The natural elements will break down but the plastic will remain for a very long time.

    How can we help?

    One of the best ways we can all protect the environment, is to consume less. Buy good quality products that will really last to minimise your impact. When is comes to doormats, yes you might be able to buy something very cheap and intend to replace it as soon as it wears out. But where will it go when you throw it away?

    Quality that lasts.

    At makeanentrance.com we focus on quality that lasts. With washable doormats that come up good-as-new, time after time. Or with the highest grade PVC backed matting that it's possible to buy. Yes these do contain plastic, but they will last many times longer than cheaper alternatives.

    Best of all, we are one of the only places in the UK that still makes traditional hand stitched 100% coir doormats in the way they have always been.  From our roots as a workshop for blind craftsmen over 30 years ago, we have maintained these traditional skills.

    Our customers who buy our hand stitched mats love them for their classic look and their longevity. We have even spoken to customers who claim to have been using the same traditional mat for 20 years or more!

    The Original Eco Doormat Made from 100% coir our traditional mats are plastic free and totally biodegradable

    Our range is second to none.

    We have off the shelf 100% coir doormats in a range of sizes, thicknesses and qualities. But for something really special we offer a bespoke service where we make the mat to the size and shape you need. All stitched by hand in the UK, they way we always have.

    Every little bit helps when thinking about our impact on the world around us. Take your own coffee cup, refuse a plastic straw, buy a long lasting coir doormat.

    Get in touch.

    If you need any advice, we’re here to help Monday to Friday 9 to 5 on 020 8819 5869 or email us with what you need and we'll send you a quote.

  • Spring Cleaning Top Tips

    Now the sun is finally making an appearance, it’s the perfect opportunity for blitzing your home to make time for enjoying warmer days outdoors. Our Spring Cleaning Top Tips are a great place to start. Traditionally, Spring is the time of year when windows and doors can be opened without a chill to let in lovely fresh air. Dust that has built up from spending lots of time indoors during Winter can be swept away. Spring signals new beginnings, so time to get rid of unwanted clutter and worn out household items. Whilst it may sound overwhelming, breaking the task into smaller chunks can be really useful. Take a look at our Spring Cleaning Top Tips for inspiration:

    Spring Cleaning Top Tips

     

    1. Make a List

    Organise your cleaning schedule, either room by room or by what job needs doing the most. This will keep you focused on the task, and you can tick off our Spring Cleaning Top Tips as you go, which boosts a sense of achievement!

     

    2. Work from Top to Bottom

    If you are tackling a room at a time, it is good to start from the ceiling and work down, leaving floors until last. That way the dust and debris will fall downwards, therefore avoiding having to reclean. You can sweep away any settled dust when you get round to your floors.

    Spring Cleaning Top Tips Start with a list, and your ceiling

    3. De-clutter

    Tidy home, tidy mind! It’s widely recognised that a disorganised home can increase stress levels. Throw away or donate unwanted trinkets, ornaments, clothes, shoes, furniture, kitchenware, pretty much anything you don’t need. Organise your drawers, wardrobes and cupboards so as you can find the things you’ve forgotten you own!

     

    4. Walls, Windows and Doors

    These areas are often forgotten during a routine clean, but in our Spring Cleaning Top Tips they are vital! All of these places can be a haven for dust, cobwebs, grease and grime. Wiping walls and doors with a damp soapy cloth makes a big difference, removing finger prints and dirty marks. Winter weather can take its toll on windows and sills, washing both outside and inside will leave them extra sparkling.

     

    Spring Cleaning Top Tips Bag up your unwanted bits and pay attention to your windows and doors

    5. Don’t forget your Entrance

    The first impression of your home is your entrance way, so it needs some attention. Retire your old doormat that has worked hard all winter and needs a rest! A Personalised Doormat, not only functional, adds a decorative touch. If there is still life left in your doormat, give it a good clean. Shake, vacuum or brush your coir doormat to remove dust and grit. Our Carpet/Textile mats can easily be washed and dried in a machine to make them as good as new.

    Watch our handy video to find out how.

    Spring Cleaning Top Tips Replace your tired doormat with a shiny new one. It will protect your floors no end

     

    In Need Of A New Doormat?

    To help with your Spring Cleaning, we want you to #ShowUsYourMat. The mat that is most in need wins a FREE replacement! Tag us in your mat photo on Facebook or Twitter, or email us at help@makeanentrance.com

  • How to Make a Matwell

    It’s officially Spring, so officially DIY season. Hence we thought it’s a good time to explore one of the most commonly asked questions by our customers – How to Make a Matwell?

     

    What is a Matwell?

    Quite simply, it is a hole (or recess, to be more technical!) in your flooring around your external door, in which matting is fitted as an integral door mat. Ideally, the matting should be flush with the surrounding flooring to create an even, continuous surface.

     

    What are the Pros?

    1. A doormat that does not move – hurray!
    2. You can create a size of doormat (and matwell) to suit your space. We would recommend going a big as possible to allow visitors to take a few good steps onto the mat. Our Made to Measure range is the perfect choice for matwells, with a wide choice of thicknesses to match the depth of your matwell.
    3. A neat and contemporary entrance area that is easy to maintain. Particularly with our Synthetic Coir range, you can vacuum the doormat at the same time as the surrounding flooring – no more struggling to lift your hoover up onto the doormat.

     

    What about the Cons?

    1. If you want to remove a fitted mat to shake it outside, this is a little trickier. For this reason, we do not recommend using strong adhesive to fix the mat to the floor. A good quality double sided tape should be fine to keep the mat in place.
    2. How to make a matwell in existing flooring does take more planning. It is definitely easier to leave a hole when new flooring is being laid, rather than making a hole in flooring that is already fitted around the door. That said, it is not impossible. With the right tools, such as an angle grinder for hard flooring or a very sharp Stanley knife and straight edge for a carpet, a hole can be made in existing floor for the matting to be installed into.

     

    Do I need a frame or trims?

    This question is popular when customers ask us how to make a matwell. Our answer is usually that it is personal preference. You may want to source a matwell frame or flooring trims to help finish off your matwell, but this is not essential. Sometimes it is worthwhile seeing what the mat itself looks like in situ before making this decision.

     

    How to Make a Matwell

    Ready for some matting to go into your Matwell? Check out our handy Infographic on Matwell Mats for a step by step ordering guide.

    How to Make a Matwell 5 Easy Steps to your Mat Well Mat

  • Funky Door Mats

    Looking for something to brighten up your entrance for Spring? Our new range of vibrant and fun Funky Door Mats are perfect. In fact, you would be hard pushed to find a wider selection of colourful door mat designs in one place. With a huge variety of designs, including garden themes, animals and pets, as well as classic welcoming motifs, choosing your favourite of our funky door mats could be a tricky task!

    Bright-Flowers-Doormat Cool Funky Flowers

    Made from traditional, hardwearing coir combined with crisp, eye catching printed artwork, our funky door mats are functional, durable and very decorative.

    Spring Blooms

    Although the unseasonal snow and ice has delayed the blossoming of Spring flowers, one of our lovely floral designs can make up for this by adding colour to your porch. These designs look great in conservatories or garden rooms to bring a little breath of outdoors inside your home.

    watering-can-doormat The perfect gift for a keen gardener

    Beloved Pets

    People who are lucky enough to have a dog or cat member of their family know that fury friends are usually the first to greet visitors. There’s no wonder that dog and cat door mats are so popular, and we have lots to choose from in our range of funky door mats.

    Welcome-Cats-Doormat Don't forget the cat...
    Welcome-Dogs-Doormat ...Or the dog!

    Setting the Mood

    Returning home after a bad day can be made an even happier experience with one of our mood door mats. Not only are the sophisticated designs uniquely beautiful, they are a poignant reminder to leave your troubles at the door. It’s the little touches that make the most difference.

    mood-doormats Inspirational motifs for your entrance

    Welcome Messages

    Forever popular, welcome message door mats are like a flag to your visitors (and your family!) that your home is the place to be. Our funky door mats feature lively welcome themes that deliver the message loud and clear. There’s definitely no place like home.

    Magpie-Welcome-Mat An eye catching Welcome design
    home-doormat You know you've arrived with this vibrant Home mat
  • 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...

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