Glasswells Ipswich 10th Anniversary

Glasswells has come a long way from its beginnings over 70 years ago, supplying second-hand furniture. Today, we are the largest home department store in East Anglia, and firmly established as one of the region’s best-loved and most respected family-run businesses. In October, Glasswells is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our modern store in Ranelagh Road, Ipswich.

Family tradition has been at the core of the our ethos since the family opened its first store in 1946, and the same values remain today: high-quality products, lots of choice, hard work and always putting the customer first.

We have always prided ourselves on our reputation, the fact we are family-run and that we are local,” said Paul Glasswell. “We’ve worked extremely hard to provide exceptional service and a unique shopping experience, and this has hard work stood us in good stead.

Back in 2007, at a time when most businesses were tightening their belts, we pushed forward with plans for growth. Twelve years of successful trading in Martlesham Heath together with success in Bury St Edmunds convinced the family that the time was right to open a new flagship store for homes and shoppers in the east of the county. When premises on the Ranelagh Road retail park came up for sale, we decided this was the place to put down fresh roots.

A huge investment followed: £5m in developing the tired and dated 1970s building, creating an attractive landmark building with a stunning glass frontage, and extended the premises over two floors to offer the biggest one-stop furnishing shop in the area. The new store created 70 jobs in the town and many of those individuals that were involved in the grand opening 10 years ago are still working there today.

Every element that makes a home can be found under one roof, staffed by  our experienced workforce who embrace the personal touch and customer care that has made us a name you can trust. A huge choice of furniture is on display for our customers to see, touch and try out, representing value for money and quality products that are built to last.

More than just a furniture store, customers can browse an extensive flooring and carpet-fitting department, bespoke curtain and blind-making service, linens, lighting, cookware, gifts and all those finishing touches that really help to make your house a home. There is a professional interior designer for those bigger jobs and a commercial division specialising in the supply and installation of contract flooring and furnishings to businesses across the region.

The spacious in-house Place to Eat restaurant offers a range of sumptuous traditional and freshly prepared meals, boasting the best in local produce. We have proved a popular pit-stop for customers needing a break from shopping!

Looking back not just over the past ten years of Glasswell’s in Ipswich but over the long history of the business, Paul attributes its success to more than one factor.

I think we have had amazing loyalty – both from staff and customers,” he said. “A great deal of credit must go to our team who always go above and beyond to understand our customers’ needs. And of course, the products, which we select to offer fantastic value and quality to our customers. There’s a huge choice to browse in store or online; we have everything you need for your home under one roof.

Last year, the store was fully refurbished in preparation for its big 10th birthday celebrations, which are planned for the weekend of October 20-21. Paul Glasswell and the team cordially invite everyone to join them. “All are welcome to join us for the event; there will be entertainers, competitions and some special one-off birthday promotions,” he said. “Celebrating our tenth anniversary in Ipswich is a significant milestone and an achievement of which we are all very proud,” said Paul. “It’s a beautiful, modern, spacious store, a million miles away from the corner shop my grandfather opened all those years ago!

Suffolk Show Winners

Glasswells are proud to have been attending the Suffolk Show for almost as long as it’s been running! Visitors this year were treated to a large display of this year’s most popular garden furniture in the Glasswells Flower & Garden Experience section of the show.
Our exhibition features the Patagonia Corner group, the Dorset Firepit & Chairs set, the Bretagne Table & 8 Chairs Set & the Banana Bench (Shown below).

We ran a free prize draw on both days, where visitors had the chance to win one of 3 different prizes (pictured right). The winners have been chosen, and are as follows:

  1. Oakridge Double Hanging Cocoon – Elaine Scott from Stowmarket
  2. Cornwall Garden Shed/ Wood Store – Nina Calver from Ipswich
  3. Napoleon PRO22K Charcoal BBQ – Nick Page from Woolpit

Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who took part!

The Glasswells Spring Sale

With it’s sleek, retro styling in a choice of colours & with co-ordinating scatter cushions, the Leon sofa is sure to look great in your living room. It also features a high back & deep supportive cushions, meaning both style & comfort. What more could you want!

This eye-catching bed linen by Clarissa Hulse will transform your bedroom for Spring with its delicate print of meadow flowers & grasses in fresh greens & soft greys. Complete the look with matching curtains & cushions.

Whether you are looking for curtains, blinds or shutters, you’ll find thousands of choices in store in our fabulous Design centre. Our dedicated team of experts will help you every step of the way to bring your dream interior design ideas to life.

  • Huge range of designer fabrics
  • Free window measuring service
  • Bespoke curtain & blind making service
  • Professional fitting service
  • Specialised track & pole systems
  • Full interior design service available by appointment

The Adagio pocket sprung mattress by Hypnos ensures head-to-toe zonal support, whilst the combination of luxurious Alpaca wool and latex fi llings provide excellent temperature regulation and a luxurious feel – guaranteeing you the best night’s sleep.

  • No turn mattress
  • Medium to firm
  • Natural fillings – breathable & temperature controlled
  • Hand stitched borders – greater edge support & more sleeping surface

The warm grey tones of the duraboard table marry perfectly with the weave carver dining chairs. A robust & completely maintenance-free garden set, made to last for years to come. Padded seat cushions are included for extra comfort.

If you appreciate clean lines & the beauty of wood, then you will adore the look & feel of this striking dining collection. Each piece is fashioned from Wild Oak veneers & is completed with an attractive lacquered finish.

NEC Furniture Show 2017

Over the past few weeks Furniture Buyer Julie Valentine has been extremely busy going to shows to pick out the very best of the new ranges available in the coming year.
The biggest of these shows was the January Furniture Show at the NEC in Birmingham. The show lasts for 4 days, has over 500 exhibitors, and fills the NEC’s 5 major halls.

Julie had almost 4 full days of scouring the 600,000sq ft show for all the best new ranges, and left feeling confident Glasswells will have a comprehensive selection of the latest trends for the upcoming year.

There will be a few changes to our existing ranges, with the specification of Newbury and Emilia bedroom collections (left) now both offering soft close doors & drawers. These ranges will now also be available in different colours, with the Newbury coming in a popular grey finish.

There is a great new finish on a lot of the bedroom stands called ‘Riviera Oak’. It is much more of a traditional warm oak colour than we have seen of late, and looks gorgeous on the tall wardrobes. In contract to this, a lot of solid wood ranges are in much lighter colours. This gave the oak ranges a much more contemporary look.
Additionally, we have definitely seen a continuation of the popular painted ranges, with grey being an obvious front runner.

Blue Cross Savings

Blue Cross In Store Event

We have discounted multiple ranges in store for our Blue Cross Sale! The furniture is marked down, simply in most cases because they are discontinued items or ex-display pieces.
All the items are subject to availability, so we highly recommend coming in to store to see them in person & appreciate the value for money being offered on our quality items. Some of our clearance furniture is available to view online, but there is much more in store.

Up to 60% off Sofas!

We have fantastic savings to be had on our sofas and chairs. So pop in store to see prices marked down, as these offers are unlikely to be around forever. Be quick!
We will be periodically adding new sofas and chairs to our Blue Cross Sale, so don’t miss out!

Up to 60% off Dining!

We have fantastic savings to be had on our Dining ranges (so much that we can’t include it all here!), but come in store to have a browse & we can help you find the perfect match for your home.
We can also talk you through delivery options available to you, and our friendly staff members can explain range details & answer and questions you might have.

Up to 50% off Beds and Bedroom!

Our savings on Beds and Bedroom are here! There are loads of great offers to be had.
If you find something in-store that you like, then you could take a picture of it and pass it on to your other half to see what they think, as its more than likely you’ll be sharing your new bed!
It is 2016 after all, although you probably can’t tell them how it feels to lay on one of our beds unless you can feel for yourself, so probably best for both of you to pop in store and have a lay down during our Blue Cross Sale event if it is a bed you are after!

Up to 60% off Curtains!

Our curtains and linens Blue Cross Event has started! Our curtains department is always really popular at Glasswells, with many people buying curtains for their whole house during our Blue Cross Sale events.
Curtains are great to look at online, but you cant get a good feel of what they add to your home unless you can see & touch them. Do feel free to browse our clearance stock online, or come in store to view the full range of curtains on offer in our Blue Cross Event. Don’t miss out on the perfect pair!

Up to 75% off Home Accessories!

Our home accessories section has plenty of products waiting to be discovered! From blenders to bread makers, kitchen knives to cutlery sets.. Whatever you are after, our home accessories department is likely to have the perfect item for your home.
Items in this department really are subject to availability, and limited stock means that you are best to come in store and take a look.
We do try and get all our products online, but as with all our Blue Cross ranges it is best to view the full range online.

Up to 50% off Carpets!

Our carpets department is massive! If you are looking to floor a new home, or re-carpet your existing home, we are bound to have a carpet product to match your requirements.
Come in store and browse through our carpet department and look for the Blue Cross savings all around our flooring department.

Pip & Tess by GPlan

To celebrate the launch of their new sofa ranges Pip and Tess, G Plan are taking their sofas on tour across the UK! From Monday 24th October they’ll be on the road for two weeks, so keep a look out for the trailer showcasing their new models & specially developed cushion design, G Plan SnugSit.


The beautifully curvaceous Pip range offers an inviting and enveloping place to sit. This softly sculpted design, with sweeping lines and rolled seams, enhances comfort and relaxation. Pip makes reclining easy with touch sensitive power buttons, giving a seamless motion as you sink into your favourite lounging position.


For total relaxation, experience pillow-like softness with the Tess range. This design features flexible, soft-click adjustable arms, so you can find your perfectly peaceful place in a variety of sitting positions. Tess transforms from a sofa into a laid-back daybed so you can settle down, sink in and enjoy maximum comfort.

If you see the G Plan trailer on its travels, be sure to snap a photo & upload to social media with the hashtag #GPlanSnugSit!

Glasswells Autumn Sale - Now On!

Yes, you heard right! Today marks the beginning of our big Autumn Sale! We have amazing deals on huge brands like Nolte, G Plan, Parker Knoll, Tempur & Ercol. Take a look at our massive selection of offers both in store & online today – these deals can’t last forever!

25% Off All Parker Knoll Collections

One of the stand out offers from our Autumn Sale is 25% off Parker Knoll. Whether you like the clean lines of the Hudson, or the lavish styling of the Burlington, there is something for everyone.

30% Off GPlan Collections

Nothing says quality like a GPlan Upholstery sofa, and now is the time to invest in one for your home.


One of the stand out ranges featured in our Autumn Sale is the Brooklyn Dining Collection. All the items in the collection look great on their own as statement pieces, but to tie in the whole range into your dining room looks stunning. The table & 4 chairs set is only £899.99! Check out some of the range below.


If your bedroom is in need of a revamp, we have just the range for you. The Monaco is bang on trend with its muted grey tones. Take a look at a few key pieces below, or click here for the full collection.

We have up to 30% off our rugs in store – we have over 500 to choose from!*

*Rug images are for illustration only. Not all rugs are available both in store & online. Email us to find out if your favourite is available.

The Place to Eat in Bury St Edmunds - New extension and upcoming plans!

The restaurant has always been incredibly popular with our customers and a convenient pit stop with free parking on the on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds.
Following its recent extension, our Interior Design Team have been busy creating an exciting new look for The Place To Eat.
Work is now underway and the new interior will reflect current trends using contemporary clean lines and texture to create a space which is both light and comfortable.
The extra space has given way to a new lay-out with a variety of seating options including bar chairs for those in a hurry, bench seating and upholstered tub chairs for a more relaxed dining experience.
Natural materials such as wood and stone will be juxtaposed against metal and concrete on the floor, partitions and new quartz topped servery with a chilled Italian Patisserie to display the freshly made cakes on offer.
Glasswells have always prided themselves on being forward thinking and moving with the times by offering the latest furnishing options for our customers and this is reflected in the store environment.
We hope you feel inspired by our new restaurant extension and we may well see you in store!

Then and Now

This is how the Restaurant looked back in 1993! Since then we have served many lunches and scones to local people in Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk.
We enjoy regular visitors to the restaurant aswell as first time visitors, who are all keen to relax and unwind at our store.
The new interior is coming soon, and will be a vast improvement to the existing. A modern yet traditional look that captures all the great furniture, lighting and ambiance that you can create with our products in store.

The Extension Timelapse Video

We are very pleased with the work done and it means that we can continue to serve more customers every day here in store.

Curtains, Blinds & Fabric Deals

Don’t settle for off the shelf – choose your favourite fabric & enjoy 20% off your custom curtain making today!

Take advantage of our amazing sale prices with one or more of the following offers:

  • 20% off made to measure curtains in 14 days.
  • 20% off express made to measure curtains in 7 days.
  • 20% off selected special order fabrics.
  • Great sale prices on many of our other fabrics.

Below is a tiny sample of the many fabrics we have available in our sale – most of which are currently in stock!

The Balmoral is a poly cotton blend fabric with a check design, available in various shades. This fabric would complement traditional home interiors beautifully, and the wool-like effect adds a warm luxury feel to your room. Suitable for curtains & blinds, as well as upholstery.

Luxury chenille fabric featuring a Demask design on a heavy weight base cloth. Lucilla is still soft enough enough fabric to be used for curtains. Available in purple or silver.

A nostalgic dotty pattern fabric printed on a crisp 100% cotton base cloth. This fabric is ideal for curtain making and other home projects, and is available in 2 colourways.

The Opulence plain fabric is perfect for modern or classically inspired homes. Choose from 3 colours.

So why not pop in to our Bury St Edmunds store today to speak to one of our experienced team who will help to guide you  towards your perfect curtains or blinds?

Fabric prices quoted are per square metre. Please contact our curtain department on 01284 752804 if you have any questions about your curtains, or pop in to either our Bury St Edmunds or Ipswich stores. Sale prices are for a limited time only.

Glasswells Summer Sale

We are now in sale!

We have discounted a lot of our ranges in store for our big Summer Sale. We have items for all rooms including living room, bedroom & dining room.
These deals cannot last forever, however, so make sure you check them out ASAP! Join us in store, or leisurely browse our huge selection online.

30% Off G Plan

Always a popular brand, we are offering 30% off all our G Plan ranges! Whether it’s the modern Washington, or the classically styled Florence, there is something to suit all homes.

25% Off Parker Knoll

We have fantastic savings to be had on our Parker Knoll ranges. No sofa range says quality & style quite like Parker Knoll, and now is the time to invest with our substantial savings this Summer.

Amazing Flooring Deals

Our savings on flooring are here! There are loads of great offers to be had, including:

Come in to store to speak to our experts about your flooring needs.

Up to 50% Off Selected Bedlinen

New bed linen is the perfect way to change the look and feel of your bedroom without spending a fortune. Choose from great name brands such as Sanderson, Kylie at Home, & Harlequin.
Browse hundreds of ranges on our website, or come in store to see them in the flesh.

Half Price Home Accessories

Our home accessories section has plenty of products that are waiting to be discovered! From blenders to bread makers, kitchen knives to cutlery sets. Whatever you are after, we will have the perfect item for your home.
Our pick of the home accessories this Summer Sale is the Giles & Posner Decanter set – perfect for Summer nights in the garden.

Great Savings on Beds

We spend over a third of our lives asleep, so it makes sense to purchase a quality bed. Choose from big names like Harrison, Sealy, Tempur & Hypnos, all at brilliant prices.

Click to browse our latest leaflet, packed full of all our latest deals & savings.

Why not enter our amazing competition? You could win yourself a £3500 gift card to spend in store. Answer a simple question to win!