The Christmas season epitomises the phrase “too much to do, not enough time”. What should be a time of good cheer, relaxation and celebration can easily turn into a merry-go-round of stress. What can you tick off your list in advance, so you can focus on the best bits – decorating, food and gift buying – closer to the time?

Whatever your plans are, here are a few suggestions about how to make your home ready for Christmas.

Show your dining room some love

Dining rooms can feel neglected for much of the year, but during the Christmas season they really come into their own. Imagine your family and friends around the table, eating and drinking as much as they like, in an atmosphere of warmth and fun. Make sure yours is ready to take centre stage with a new dining room table.

Cantania Extending Dining Table - Fishpools

Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or not, a statement table like the Cantania Extending Dining Table will give your dining room a cool, contemporary feel with its white marble finish. What’s more, it can be extended to accommodate extra guests. Use glittery table decorations for added frost.

Soprano cream dining table - Fishpools

Another favourite is our Soprano Cream Dining Table. Your dining room will transform into a winter wonderland with its sleek design, incorporating a curved, chrome base and cream marble top. It comes in two different lengths, 180cm and 200cm, so you can be sure there’s enough space for everyone. Berry red table decorations will create a dramatic contrast with the table.

Maximise space with a handy bench

Christmas is often about preparing for extra guests – whether they’re staying for a few hours or a few days. Instead of squashing bulky chairs around the table, or resorting to a footstool, a bench could be the perfect way to transform your space. It can easily be packed away for the rest of the year, too.

New hampshire bench - Fishpools

A product like our Hampshire Large Hall Bench is an investment you won’t regret. With a lime-washed oak top and dove grey frame, it complements most modern and traditional interiors. Three storage baskets underneath make the most of the space, so it can be a useful addition to the hallway or garage when not being used for seating.

Roslyn bench - Fishpools

For a softer and more comfortable alternative, the Roslyn bench has a back and is upholstered in a warm grey fabric. The graphite powered coating used on the frame adds a unique contemporary feel.

Accessorise with cushions

It’s important for your guests to feel at home. The best way to do this: create a cosy environment with plenty of inviting cushions.

Our silver and grey cushions have a wintery feel about them. Or choices like our designer Karl Lagerfeld Stria Flint cushion ooze frosty glamour. Perhaps you’d something with a touch more colour, in which case our Royal Velvet cushion comes in a variety of sumptuous fabrics, so you can find the perfect one for you.

Create ambience with soft lighting

Effort spent on your decorations can all go to waste without the right lighting to complement them. Think about the kind of atmosphere you want to create to help your guests feel totally relaxed.

Scribble 6 Floor Lamp - Fishpools

Our Scribble 6 Floor Lamp is a wonderful contemporary option, with delicate wire globes that emit a warm white light.Berrie Floor Lamp - Fishpools

Or make your Christmas space sparkle with the Berrie floor lamp. The shades are created from circles of chrome encasing crystal glass buttons, giving a dazzling light effect, and the curved arms are embellished with organic-inspired leaf details.

Getting your space ready doesn’t have to be stressful. If you want to explore more ideas about getting your home fit for Christmas, browse our collection here.