Stop draughts (the lagom way ?)

Category: Glazing

As winter sets in it is natural that we look forward to the warmth of a comfortable home.  While 2016 was all about hygge, the concept for 2017 looks to come from Sweden: lagom –‘not too much, not too little’.  Translating to ‘enough, sufficient, just right’ lagom is an ethos of moderation. If you’re looking to strike the balance of a cosy home with rising energy costs and production then turn your attention to the two main offenders for heat loss: your roof and windows.  Once roofs are insulated, the popular next treatment is for windows, and because it’s so well known, double glazing – but it’s far from an automatic choice.

secondary glazing – use either acrylic or polycarbonate

Double Glazing
Usually factors which influence whether to go ahead with the double glazing option are the fitting process as sometimes this can involve the removal of existing windows and sometimes not permissible at all, aesthetics (some residents prefer to maintain feature windows rather than change them to double glazed units) and costs.  Costs of double glazing vary depending on supplier but some typical guidance is below.


Type of double glazed window 90cm x 120cm
- UPVC casement - £800
- UPVC sash - £1600
- Hardwood casement - £1300
- Hardwood sash - £1900

For residents looking to spend less or those living in rented properties or listed buildings, double glazing may not be a viable option and other considerations are needed.

Other options

If you’re after a ‘not too much, not too little’ lagom approach then Secondary Glazing is worth a look as it will provide some of the same benefits of double glazing at a considerably lower cost (both are said to prevent around 60% of window heat loss)


fitting acrylic secondary glazing

Where double glazing removes a single glazed window and replaces it, secondary glazing adds a pane of glazing to the existing window on the interior side.  The addition of this pane provides energy insulation and soundproofing. Typically this glazing pane is made from clear acrylic or PET which is a recyclable plastic.  The plastic looks just like glass but is much, much stronger and is half the weight of glass making the plastic a practical solution.
The secondary glazing pane is usually held in place with a lightweight frame which doesn’t really alter the look of the original windows and building – a great plus for residents with feature windows (which are often the draughtiest of all!).
If you are interested in secondary glazing take a look at some of the secondary glazing kits available.  Secondary glazing can easily be installed as a DIY project where the secondary glazing panel fits to your existing window with screws, adhesives or magnetic fixings.  Magnetic choices are probably the quickest and easiest to fit and take down again when the weather warms up – because the glazing is simply held securely in place by magnetic strips.
The key success factor for Secondary Glazing seems to be installing it so it achieves a thermal seal. So, DIYers / lagomers everywhere, check out installation instructions that are available for any Secondary Glazing kit you are considering. If you’d like some advice, talk to our helpful team at the Plastic People on 0113 249 2222 or via

Curtains and draught proofing
Simpler solutions all have a part to play too.  Draught proofing strips can work well around windows and are another easy DIY choice.  Cracks can be filled with sealant to further reduce any draughts coming in.  Thick, thermal lined curtains  can block draughts too though perhaps an evening solution since they will block out light at the same time.

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How To Quickly Get Your Bathroom and Kitchen On Trend

Category: Splashbacks

While 2016 isn’t over yet, the designers are looking ahead to the 2017 trends, colour palettes and combinations to use in our homes.

This year metallics continued to add a feel good factor into our homes, with gold hues providing a little touch of glamour.  Our acrylic gold mirror became a popular choice as the trend surged. (You can still snap gold acrylic mirror up here!)

Looking ahead to 2017 colour specialists anticipate a fresh take on life with shades of blue being the must have colour for the year.   Whether you are looking for fresh and playful, soft and tactile or are designing boundaries in a home that also serves as your work space,  the tones, hues and shades that we will apparently be searching for will be blue.

On a practical level, if you’re like us, changing and updating needs to be made easy.   Often the social hub that is the kitchen and the sanctuary that we wish as our bathroom are key areas for updating.  And that is where the magic of cut to size acrylic splashbacks come in as a inexpensive way of a quick, easy and on trend transformation.

Acrylic comes in fabulous colour choices and we’re expecting the acrylic made here into a kitchen splashback and a shower panel, to be popular colour choices in 2017 !

blue pearlescent acrylic splashback

acrylic shower splashback








Made into a splashback, acrylic works marvellously because it is seam free (read here ‘no more grouting’), easy to clean (read here ‘rinse with warmy soapy water or wipe with a soft cotton cloth) and best of all is light to lift and glue or screw to the wall you wish to cover yourself !

Acrylic splashbacks can quickly and easily transform your shower, bathroom or kitchen.  Find out more about acrylic splashbacks online here or speak with the friendly team at The Plastic People about having one cut to the size and shape you need to cover your walls.


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Acrylic Mirror – Stylish Serving Idea

Category: Mirrors

It’s National Chocolate Week and we’re taking part here at The Plastic People:).  We’ve managed to tuck into wrapped chocolate, melted chocolate and baked chocolate.

It has to be said, we all do love our chocolate, nearly as much as our plastic.  In an effort to combine the two we came up with this stylish idea which we thought made a rather impressive way to serve up and present tasty treats. (Remember, we are plastic people not designers!)  So, drum roll, here it is… our acrylic mirror serving suggestion  for chocolate rocky road, made by one of our team.

Acrylic mirror serving suggestion….rocky road!

Let us know what you think !  Like it ? Love it ? Think mirror is best left for our own reflections ?

If you’re a fan, the look is easy to put together.  You only need a piece of acrylic mirror, have it cut to the size you’d like for your display.  We used an off cut from our plastic stock but you could beef up the style factor and have acrylic mirror cut to the shape and proportions of your table!

Our friendly team are happy to help. Reach them via email or phone 0113 249 2222.  You can have acrylic mirror cut to size and shape on The plastic People site too – check it out here.



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Get The Art Gallery Look With Floating Picture Frames

Category: picture framing

If you’re a fan of contemporary, clean design, then this is the type of framing you’ll love in your home.

Floating acrylic picture frames give any space that sleek, art gallery feel, and as we’re about to show you, the look is surprisingly easy and inexpensive to achieve.

Two clear acrylic sheets cut to the size of your choice is all you need along with a drill and your chosen artwork or photograph. You can easily buy acrylic cut to size on the internet and we can always help you with that at The Plastic People.

Expert tip: Be sure your chosen acrylic comes with a protective film on it to keep your acrylic perfect until you are ready to hang it on your wall.

How to create your floating frame: 

Firstly, mark on your acrylic where your screws will go.  Do this by measuring  15mm to 25mm in from each corner of your acrylic and marking the acrylic with a pen.

Now, secure your two sheets of acrylic together by clamping either side of the corner. Position the clamped corner over the edge of your work surface and drill a hole through both sheets of acrylic. Drill where you have marked your screw hole to be.

Repeat until you have drilled screw holes in all corners.

If you’re unsure about drilling holes into your acrylic, buy your cut to size acrylic with the holes already drilled in for you.  You can do this here.

Expert tip:  It’s best to drill a little bit into the acrylic to get the hole started, but then switch the drill into reverse and press down to complete the hole.  Think of it as melting your way through the acrylic sheet.  Keep switching to bigger and bigger drill bits until you have the right hole size drilled for your fixings.  Keep the film on your acrylic until you’re ready to hang!

Adding artwork to your floating frame:

Stick a small piece of double-sided tape to the back of your artwork or photo and place it in the middle of your sheet of acrylic.  Place your other sheet of acrylic over your artwork or photo to ‘sandwich’ it in place.

Expert tip: Use conservation, acid-free tape so the tape won’t damage the photo over time.

Hanging your floating frame:

Check your floating frame looks good by holding it up to your chosen wall spot.   When you’re ready, hold one of your fixings flush with the wall and carefully drill the screw into the wall using a drill with a hex bit.

Wall fixings like these will make your acrylic frame stand away from the wall

Hold your fixing on the opposite corner up against the wall. Place a level on top of the frame to ensure it’s straight.  Once the frame is level, drill the second screw into the wall.

Finish off  by drilling the bottom screws into the wall.

Expert tip: Use stand-off wall fixings like the ones shown here for a polished look.

If you’d rather buy acrylic floating frames ready cut, drilled and with stand off fixings, The Plastic People do have a range of popular sizes as well as producing bespoke sizes that you need.  Check them all out here.

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Secondary Glazing For Listed Buildings

Category: Glazing

Listed and historic homes and buildings are typically draughty,  thermally inefficient and with poor acoustic performance.  English Heritage and conservation bodies recognise that such homes and buildings need to adapt to be attractive for homeowners and modern use.  These issues can all be helped with the careful addition of secondary glazing. 

secondary glazing – photo courtesy of customer (The Plastic People)

Secondary glazing involves adding another slim-line window to your existing windows. It is a cost effective and efficient method of insulating & sound proofing your windows – and for listed buildings, the only way to insulate and sound-proof your windows.  In most cases conservation bodies accept secondary glazing as a reversible adaptation.  Ie) it can be removed, if required, at a later date with almost no impact on the original design or fabric of the building apart from repair of fixing holes and some redecoration.

There are many variations of secondary glazing  - hinged, sliding, fixed and lift out.  They will all save energy, reduce heating bills, improve the energy rating and make your home more comfortable.

The Plastic People provides one of the least intrusive secondary glazing options for listed buildings –  lift out secondary glazing which fixes onto existing window frames with magnetic fixings.  You can see it here.

To install secondary glazing yourself, follow these 5 steps

  1. Measure up inside the window panes that you want to secondary glaze.
  2. Go to and order Magnetglaze Quickfit with your window sizes. You’ll get everything you need for your windows –  a correctly sized acrylic glazing pane and black and white magnetic strips which you use to connect the glazing pane to your window.
  3. Cut the white magnetic strip so it fits around the edges of your window frame then stick it to the window frame.
  4. Cut the black magnetic strip so it can be stuck to around the edges of the acrylic pane.
  5. Pick up your new acrylic glazing pane and connect it onto your window the magnetic strips will hold it in place.

If you would like further help or advice, email the friendly team at The Plastic People who will be happy to help.

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