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We had our biggest stand ever at this year’s Furniture Show, at more than 270 square metres, demonstrating the strength of our product offering. A sizeable area of the space was given over to the ‘YOU’ boxed mattress brand. All 10 models within the YOU collection were on display, along with custom made signage and POS, enabling retailers to get a clear idea of the product benefits.


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The thinking behind the range is to create ‘the perfect mattress just for YOU’, with each offering different fillings and firmness so shoppers can quickly and easily pick the ideal mattress for their needs. In addition to this, the mattresses are vacuum packed, folded and boxed, so they can be stored easily and taken home from store straight away, or delivered via DHD.


The mattresses in the YOU collection are simply numbered 1 to 10, and have a choice of comfort layers – high grade foam, Viscoool or latex – and a choice of three pocket spring counts. The 10 mattress is a perfect combination of latex and Viscoool on a supportive foam base.


For more information please visit the YOU website.

News from the Sleep Council - less than one in 10 Brits have yet to make the link between poor sleep and the quality of their bed or mattress!

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Bargain mad Britons could be wrecking their chance of a good night’s sleep because they would rather scrimp on the price of a new mattress – and save on the time needed to try it out.


According to the results of a major, European wide survey* into consumer bed buying habits, the UK tops the league when it comes to lack of sleep. 45% of us claim not to get enough compared to an average of 35% across the rest of Europe.


Yet despite close on half of us feeling we don’t get enough sleep, less than one in 10 Brits have yet to make the link between poor sleep and the quality of their bed or mattress. Only 9% thought the quality of their bed/mattress disturbed their sleep while twice as many (18%) of their more ‘rested’ counterparts in Europe have sussed the connection between good sleep and good beds.


According to the new study, part funded by the UK’s National Bed Federation, British bed buyers are also more price sensitive than their European counterparts with 52% saying price was important to their purchasing decision as opposed to 45% across the rest of Europe. Indeed 41% of those questioned in the UK agreed that they would only buy a mattress if it was on sale – only 16% of those questioned across Europe said special discount offers were important. And 73% of bargain-hunting Brits won’t pay more than £750 (1,000 euros) for a double mattress.


Could it be this pre-occupation with price that drives so many Brits to buy online? Jessica Alexander, executive director of The National Bed Federation certainly believes there’s a link: “Online is quite definitely where a lot of budget mattresses are sold and if people don’t try before they buy, no wonder so many of them don’t feel they are getting a good night’s sleep.


“Buying online certainly has a role to play in today’s world and it’s not exclusively the domain of bargain beds – some very good mattresses can be bought on the internet too. But our advice to people would always be to try before you buy so that you can be sure the mattress you are buying is comfortable for you. It’s a very subjective purchase and what’s right for one person doesn’t suit another.”


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*The UK survey was conducted by InSites Consulting, commissioned by the European Bedding Industries’ Association (EBIA) to examine European consumers’ perceptions and expectations of mattresses. The research, was conducted across 10 countries (Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK) involved interviewing 500 consumers in each country with a focus on those who had either bought a bed in the past year or who were intending to buy one in the next year.

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