Clocks buying guide

Clocks help you keep your appointments, but they're also a nifty way to say something about your style. Utilitarian, colourful, retro…there's a statement to be made with every clock you have in your home. Let our buyer, Malin, give you a helping hand to find the right one.

Clocks give you great value for money because they do two things: keep time and look fab. Everything we do at Habitat is functional and beautifully designed, and our selection of clocks is a testament to that philosophy. Depending on what you're trying to achieve with your space, a clock can have as much impact as statement lighting or table top accessories. Or, if you prefer your timepieces to be understated and out of the way, we have something that will work a treat.

Our Habitat clock-buying guide will help you decide what side of the fence you're on. Relax and have a browse, there's plenty of time to get it right.

What type of clocks are there?

We have a wide range of clocks in all shapes and sizes - from the ones that hang on your wall to LED clocks to children's timepieces – and we're confident you'll find what you need to get the whole family out the door on time..

Statement wall

Create a feature wall with one of our fabulous wall clocks, available in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes including a gradient colour wheel, retro-style metal or a timber hedgehog! Opt for classic with a twist with our Weather clock, just the ticket for getting you to where you need to be on time and in the right clothes!

Classic update

These are a modern take on the classic timepiece, with detailing that echoes decades past. Dip in with some of Habitat's favourites including Spectrum, with its colourful spoke arms, or our updated cuckoo clock, Miu.

Cool contemporary & LEDs

Maybe you only do digital or you're such a minimalist that numbers are just a bit too much. That's fine, you might like Habitat's compact digital alarm clock, Click Clock, or our barely-there, white metal wall clock, Lewis.

Kids clocks

What child doesn't want a timber elephant to tell them the time? Our super cute animal clocks and metal wall clocks are a great way to start the kids early on clock-reading. They also add colour and fun to the playroom, too. Bonus!

Flap clocks

Flap was an instant best seller when it appeared in Habitat's collection over ten years ago, and it's easy to see why. Its retro design and functional display (which, you guessed it, flap over to change) are just the right mix of style and substance, and with a choice of twenty cities, three colour options and two sizes, there is bound to be a perfect fit for everyone.

How do I set up my Flap clock?

Setting up

When you first purchase your Flap clock, you need to rotate all the calendar components twice through the entire cycle in the order of day, date, and month, so that the flaps are settled on the mechanism.

Next, make sure that the clock is set to 1am of the current date. The order is time, day, date and month. Then, slowly adjust the clock to the correct time. As the clock cycles through 11.30 you will hear a signal as the mechanism is standing by to move. As the clock cycles through 12.00 the day change (AM to PM) will be activated. Calendar operation occurs twice daily, each time the clock is at 12.00 (AM to PM) and day, date etc.

Leap Year

The calendar has to be adjusted manually to 29th February when Leap Year comes around. It's easy – just remove the batteries from the calendar on 28th February and on the following day, manually adjust to 29th and replace the batteries.

City/Year Adjustment

To customise your clock to suit your location and time, just make these few adjustments and you're good to go.

City: carefully remove the mechanism from the clock, adjust and replace.

Year: carefully remove the display and numbers for the clock, adjust and replace.


The flap mechanism is delicate and can be dislodged during transit, impact or even when replacing batteries. If this happens, we suggest that the mechanism is manually rotated twice through its full cycle to get the flaps back into the proper position. Then follow the initial set up procedure again.

If this doesn't solve the problem, it may be that the batteries are nearing the end of their life. Try replacing the old batteries with new ones, after you've finished the installation instructions.

How do I look after my Habitat clock?

Dust is not your friend! Be sure to dust your clocks regularly to make sure that dirt doesn't become trapped in the mechanism. Most clocks can be cleaned lightly with a damp cloth, but please be careful of hands and electricity when doing so.

It might seem obvious, but don't forget to try replacing the batteries if the clock stops working. If this doesn't work, feel free to give us a call or pop into one of our stores if you need a bit more help or advice.

What features should I look for when choosing a clock?

It's important to think about how you'll use the clock. Will it be a feature piece on your wall or sit by your bed to get you up in time? You might just want something decorative, like a clock to add a bit of fun to your kid's room, for example.

Opt for one of our colourful, vibrant clocks if you'd like it to be a feature piece of your interior, or pop an LED clock on your bedside table for a sleek, modern look.

Flap clocks and cuckoo clocks are great for adding an innovative retro twist to your room while classic metal clocks will complement a minimal interior.

Still need inspiration? Have a look at our Habitat Pinterest board.

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