Here at His & Hers Magazine, we’re fortunate to hear about many of the most exciting new product launches from the comfort of our desk. However, when it comes to interiors and fashion, there’s still a lot to be said for checking out the newness offline. After all, in 2019, we’ve all seen the pictures of women whose prom dresses ordered online turn out to look nothing like those pictured, and when making bigger purchases for the home, even if we never pay a visit to a company’s showroom, it’s still reassuring to know that they have one.
In my previous role as editor of a leading northern homes and gardens magazine, staying abreast of the emerging interiors trends and finding out about the brands worth paying attention to meant traveling the UK and sometimes further afield (as the Milan Furniture Fair was, and still is, one of the best places in the world to find out about the emerging interiors trends first).
These days, I’m fortunate to work closely with brands like Next who give me the opportunity to preview their homewares collections before they hit the high street. However, it’s rare that I get the chance to take a day away from the desk to really channel my inner interiors geek. Happily, the team at Droylsden Glass came to my rescue with an invitation to take a tour of their newly renovated showroom in Audenshaw, Manchester. Here, you can step inside an orangery or several different styles of conservatory to get a real feel for what your ideal extension would be like to spend time in, and you can even play around with the different kinds of doors and windows on offer, so you really know what you’re buying.
Director, Kevin Thackeray, gave me a tour of the showroom and pointed me in the direction of a few of Droylsden Glass’s best-sellers, which include their composite doors (which are available in so many different styles and paint finishes that you can essentially choose a bespoke product which will be designed just the way you want it).
I really enjoyed checking out the different finishes available for windows and doors and can definitely see why if you were trying to choose between bi-folding or sliding doors, having the opportunity to open and close both and to enlist a bit of expert advice would help you to make the right decision.
I noticed that they stock a large range of premium products, including the Infinity range, (which is worth knowing for fellow interior design geeks who like all their finishing touches to be just so!) Kevin discussed several popular products such as their flush sash windows which incorporate a revolutionary GRAF seamless weld (just ask to check out the Infinity flush sash windows and the different colours and finishes available).
Kevin also showed me the Räum aluminium ‘Lift & Slide’ patio doors with a Coatex finish, which look great and are also a pleasure to use. Personally, I really appreciate the opportunity to try out sliding doors, or even to spend a little time opening and closing windows, and to run my hands over some of the different finishes available, because as well as choosing a product that will look great, you also want to ensure that your windows and doors will be easy and enjoyable to open and close and that the textures you choose will complement your overall design scheme.
Whether your focus is on design, security, making the most of your space, extending, or updating draughty windows (or all of the above) there are plenty of options available, and the team is friendly and unobtrusive (leaving customers to wander and try out their products for themselves). I felt that the team struck a nice balance between being available if you wanted some advice and information, but giving you space to browse with no in-your-face salesmanship!
If you’re planning on investing in new exterior doors, windows, or a conservatory or orangery, I’d highly recommend paying a visit to Droylsden Glass and seeing how the products look ‘in the flesh’. You can even spend some time sitting in the different types of conservatory in the sunshine to see how much light, warmth, and insulation you ideally want. Plus, it may turn out that there are new products or paint options available that you didn’t know about, helping to make your dream home even dreamier!
We’re proud to bring you this feature in association with Droylsden Glass. For more inspiration for your home, please pay a visit to our interiors page.