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  • Custom Shaped Door Mat Made to a Template

    Awkward shaped mat well? Don’t worry; our craftsmen can create a Custom Shaped Door Mat made to your template.

    Many mat wells are not exactly square but sometimes they can present a real challenge. If the area you would like to fit a mat is an unusual shape, perhaps with several cut out sections or angles, then simply create a life size physical template. You can then get a custom shaped door mat made to your own specification.

    How do I make a template?

    It’s a good idea to take the measurements first of all sides of the mat well or area as this way you can at least check the template is to scale before you start that first cut with the scissors. You could even use our PVC Backed Coir Mat Fitting Guide tactic and draw on the edge of your mat well in chalk first and then lay the paper on top to get the basic shape ‘printed’ on the paper.

    There’s no need to use special materials to make a template, thick paper (such as wall paper), a paper table cloth or plastic sheeting are all fine, and we’ve had lots of other types of material too! Just go back to your ‘Blue Peter’ or school days and get cutting and sticking!

    Once you have created the template we would recommend you check (and double check!) it is the perfect fit within your mat well, the last thing you want is a custom shaped door mat that doesn’t fit! This is especially important if you choose to have a traditional handstitched coir mat made to a template as you cannot trim them in situ for the perfect fit like you can with our PVC Backed Coir Mats.

    If you want your Custom Shaped Door Mat personalised further by having some wording or motif printed on it then that is also possible! The thing to remember in this case is to write on your template which edge is the ‘top’ so that any printing is done the right way up!

    Do I always have to create a life size template for a Custom Shaped Door Mat?

    Not if all the angles involved are perfectly 90 degrees, or even if it is a perfect ‘semi-circle’. In these cases you could draw a sketch, ensuring all sides and edge dimensions are labelled and send us this via email or post.

    If you are uncertain as to whether a sketch or life sized template is needed for your custom shaped door mat just get in touch!

  • Personalised Signs

    Being in the industry of home entrance furnishings, we have noticed that adding personalised signs to front doors is becoming increasingly popular. Not only do we want to stand out from our neighbours, we want to put a unique stamp on our property. Of course, personalised signs are also very practical. They clearly mark out our address for both visitors and the postal service!

    To meet popular demand, we have expanded our range of House Signs with some exciting new additions.

    Acrylic Personalised Signs

    Contemporary and smart, our new Acrylic House Signs are personalised with numbers and names in a black and white colour theme. Using double layer acrylic, the front face of the sign is matt white whilst the back is jet black This creates a design that really makes the text stand out. Perfect for the style of sign, the stencil font type enhances the embossed effect. Acrylic is hardwearing and easy to wipe clean, making it a fantastic choice for personalising the entrance to your home.

    Personalised Signs

    Carved Slate Personalised Signs

    Traditional slate will always be a front runner when it comes to personalised signs. Classy and durable, slate will retain its natural good looks for many years. Our new range includes carved slate, which is infilled with white to contrast with the deep charcoal background. We are able to produce 1, 2 or 3 digits, and up to 3 lines of 14 characters. So there is plenty of room for your chosen message.

    Personalised Signs

    Wall Mounted Post Box

    How about combining a personalised sign with a safe and strong post box? Well now you can in our range of wall mounted post boxes. With lots of sizes and styles to choose from, there is something for everyone’s front door. If you are fed up of being greeted by junk mail on your hallway floor when you return home after a hard day, then an external post box is a must. The same goes for families with a naughty puppy at home! The lockable boxes keep your mail secure and out of sight. The option of a personalised frontage confirms your address to visitors and the post-person.

    Personalised Signs

     See our full range of Personalised Signs on our website

  • How do I measure a mat well?

    Summer is a great time to be getting all those decorating tasks done during the longer days and warmer temperatures. It is also a great time to be thinking about replacing those old door mats. Best do it before the autumn and winter bring in the inevitable rain and muddy shoes! One question we often get asked by customers who are replacing  a mat that sits in a mat well is ‘ How do I measure a mat well ?’.

    How Do I Measure A Mat Well


    The first most important answer to this question is to measure the well and not any matting that is currently fitted. Your existing mat could measure significantly smaller than the well itself due to wear and tear.

    How Do I Measure A Mat Well


    Secondly it is important that you measure all four sides of the mat well; experience has taught us that quite often mat wells are not perfectly square, particularly in older properties! If you find that the opposite widths and/or lengths of the well are not equal, then for PVC Backed Matting the best option is to order the largest width and length dimensions. Our PVC Backed Matting can then be trimmed down in situ using a sharp Stanley/Craft knife and a straight edge. This is really easy to do and we have a fitting guide available for download here.

    When it comes to deciding on the thickness of the mat required you need to know the depth of your matwell. Most people aim for the matting to be flush with the surrounding flooring when installed into the well.

    How Do I Measure A Mat Well

    So, how do I measure a mat well depth?

    You need to measure from the base to the lip, most mat thicknesses are measured in mm so it’s a good idea to take the measurement of your mat well in this unit. If you have a very deep well, you can always put material like plywood underneath the mat to raise it up to the top. We have a range of thicknesses of mat ranging from 12mm right up to 45mm.

    But how do I measure a mat well that is an irregular shape? Do not panic! We can also do our Made to Measure Mats by working from a life size template…but that’s a whole new story!


  • Father's Day Gifts

    Father’s Day takes place on the third Sunday of June, which just happens to be this coming Sunday 17th June. When it comes to Father's Day gifts, it can often be tricky to find something meaningful for the man who has everything. Personalised Father's Day gifts are a great choice to make a special and unique present. We’ve put together a few ideas from our range.

    Father's Day gifts

    Message Mats

    Doormats are surprisingly versatile when it comes to creating a personalised message gift. We can produce pretty much any message on a mat (apart from expletives!) so “Dad Jokes” on a mat are a prime choice for Father's Day gifts. A nice, sentimental message would also go down well to show your Dad how much you care.

    Father's Day gifts




    Father's Day gifts




    Hobbies Mats

    We have a wide range of motifs that we can print onto our mats, including sailing, golf, horse riding and a huge choice for pet and animal lovers.


    Father's Day gifts



    Father's Day gifts






    Our Personalised Photo Mats are a brilliant way of capturing your Dad's favourite photo. Or if you are on the creative side, you could stage a photo of your Dad's memorabilia for displaying on the mat.


    Personalised Signs

    Our selection of oak and slate house signs are a great choice for marking your dad’s territory. We all know how much a dad loves a shed! A sign can also be used to display your dad’s favourite saying inside his man cave.


    Father's Day gifts

  • What is the difference between portrait and landscape?

    Will my mat be made Portrait or Landscape?

    Landscape or Portrait refers to the the orientation of the mat. A standard doormat shape is a landscape  orientation, where the distance from right to left across the doorway is the longest edge.

    Of course, if your mat is plain, it doesn't matter! You can simply turn your mat to your desired orientation.

    However, when you have lettering or numbering, it is important we know which orientation you would like.

    Landscape Orientation

    Landscape Orientation Mat A standard doormat is usually used in a landscape orientation

    ‘Landscape’ is the most common orientation for a doormat, with the longest dimension going across the doorway. We make our doormats in this way as standard.

    Portrait Orientation

    Portrait Orientation Mat Turning the mat to a portrait orientation and ordering a larger size can help encourage people to wipe their feet, keeping your floors cleaner for longer.

    However, you may be looking for a ‘runner’ style mat, in which case ‘Portrait’ orientation is best.  This is a really good way to give to ensure that people who forget to wipe their feet still get their shoes well cleaned before they reach your floor coverings as they have had to take two or three steps across the mat.

    Some of our Personalised products have an option to choose the orientation, for these products we always use the orientation you have selected rather than the width and length dimensions to determine the location of the printing.

    Take a look at our range of Personalised Doormats that are all custom made to order. We can make them in a landscape or portrait orientation depending on your needs.

    See how Wikipedia explains Landscape and Portrait.

    Tell us what you'd like and we'll make it that way.

    All our mats are created ‘Landscape’, unless we are advised otherwise. If you would like the mat ‘Portrait’, then please write these instructions in the notes at checkout, or contact us.

    Take a look at our range

  • New Home Gifts

    It is that time of year friends getting engaged or married, babies are on their way and people are buying their new home.

    There is nothing more exciting that getting your first house whether that be on your own or with your partner. You have scrimped and saved for years, been through the criticism of the bank to get a mortgage and they made sure they questioned every penny you spent over the past 5 years so much to the point that it leaves you questioning ‘did I really need to buy that?’.  Most of the time that answer to that is probably no, but who cares!

    new home entrance Keys to your new home

    The sale is complete, and the keys are in your hand, it’s time to start thinking about décor, furniture and the personal finishing touches to complete your new home.

    Going through the lengthy buying process you have had plenty of time to pick out the perfect furniture to match the perfect decoration that you want in your new home, so you have all that underhand. Its maybe just a case of waiting for some funds to replenish before you can start.







    So, what you need next is a housewarming party. A time where you invite friends and family around to show them what you have accomplished but also in the hope that they also bring them some gifts for your new home.

    There are lots of traditional ideas to give as a housewarming gift such as; a Bottle of Wine that wishes everlasting joy and in hope that the homeowner shall never go thirsty. Candles in hope that they shall always have light amidst the darkness or even Salt which sends the message that life must always have flavour.

    House warming gift for a new home Wine for a house warming gift
    House warming gift for a new home Candles for a house warming gift
    House warming gift for a new home Salt as a house warming gift









    But why not have your new home stand out in a different way?


    Take a look at our personalised house signs from slate to oak that can have engraved numbers, words or even pictures. Make sure all your family, friends or even the post person can easily find your house.

    House warming gift for a new home Personalised house sign house warming gift


    House warming gift for a new home Door mat set house warming gift

    Or even make sure your guests wipe their feet and don’t drag mud onto your new carpet (that you will want to be making sure stays clean for a long time) with one of our indoor and outdoor mat sets. From personalised to patio there will be something that suits your style, without breaking the bank.

    The opportunities are endless!

  • 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:


    • £5 off orders over £50: enter code GET5

    • £10 off orders over £100: enter code GET10

    • £15 off orders over £150: enter code GET15

    • £20 off orders over £200: enter code GET20


    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.

    Wedding Traditions




    Wedding Traditions




    Wedding Traditions




    Wedding Traditions





    Wedding Traditions




    Wedding Traditions







    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

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