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.

Different types

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.

Setting your flap clock

How to set up your Flap clock

  1. Install the batteries and make sure the ON/OFF switch is ON (this is only available on certain models). Please note when batteries are installed the clock will automatically think it’s AM. Install one AA battery in the component and two AA batteries in the calendar component (you can also use two UM-2 batteries).
  2. Set the analog clock to the current time by using the clock dial. Then slowly set the day of the week (AM/PM) to the current day.
  3. Then slowly set the date to the current date and the month to the current month.
  4. To set the year number, carefully remove the indicator section from the clock case. TO update, simply push out the numbers from the back of the compartment and the new numbers will clip into place. Spare numbers are also kept in this pull-out compartment.

Troubleshooting your Flap clock

If the calendar doesn’t flap:

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  • Ensure all batteries installed are new and free from debris or residual plastic wrapping.
  • Ensure the switch is in the ON position (this is only available on certain modules).

Advanced trouble shooting if the above doesn’t work:

  • Manually adjust the time of the clock to 11:30pm.
  • Starting from 11:30, slowly adjust the time clockwise to 12:05 and you should hear a slight noise from the motor. Once you’ve done this, the day of the week panel should flap to AM.
  • Once you’ve done this, continue to set up your flap clock using the set-up instructions.

Leap year:

  • The calendar has to be manually adjusted when a leap year comes around.
  • Simply allow the flap clock to proceed to March 1 and once 1 March has come, follow the standard set up instructions to display the correct date and time.

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.

How to look after your Flap clock

  • Do not use corrosive solution for cleaning any surface of the unit.
  • Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Keep the unit from heating duct, fire places, wet areas or direct sun exposure.
  • Do not drop the unit and avoid any heavy impacts.


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.

Features to look for

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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