Monday, 22 May 2017

Ey Up! Mattressman's Coming to Rotherham!

Mattressman is proud to announce that we're opening a brand new concession store on the Great Eastern Retail Park in South Yorkshire's Rotherham!

As one of the nation's most trusted retailers of mattresses, bed frames and divans, we stock some of the most popular names in sleep, including Silentnight and Relyon. And with exclusive brands like Snuggle Beds and The British Bed Company, you won't find a showroom like ours anywhere else in the country.

Our selection of pocket-friendly mattresses means you can shop with confidence, safe in the knowledge that your new bed will be wonderfully comfortable and well within budget. Mattressman also stocks a fantastic choice of duvets and pillows, made-to measure divans, and bedroom furniture in an array of contemporary styles and finishes.

The retail park is easy to find and has plenty of free parking, so there's no reason not to visit. And with over a 1 million happy customers, you can rely on us to do you proud!

Sleep well, duck!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Don’t Get Bogged Down with Togs – Just Think Toga!

Tog – it’s an odd word, isn’t it? Retailers and manufacturers regularly use it to convey the level of insulation a duvet provides, but it’s often branded as confusing or vague. The history of the word is quite interesting though, and provides a handy way of remembering how the tog system works.

The Shirley Institute in Manchester, England first coined the word in the 1940’s, where it was used as a measurement of thermal resistance. However, when those clever Mancunians first penned the word, they were, in fact, rehashing an informal word already used to describe clothes or getting dressed, like “Let’s get togged up in our glad rags tonight”. The word is also thought to have derived from the Latin word toga.

“Right, but how does this help me?” Well, it’s this fascinating history that can help you to remember how the tog system works.

The rule is simple: togs are like togas. For example, if you're a hot sleeper, you definitely don’t want 12 togas on top of you. And if it’s winter and there’s a blizzard blowing outdoors, you’d definitely think about wearing a few extra layers (or togas) before stepping outside. So the next time you’re on the market for a new duvet, just think to yourself, how many togas do I really need?

Here’s an ingenious infographic to illustrate what we mean:

And if you forget this little tip from our tog blog, don’t worry. Our friendly sales team is always on hand, both in store and online, to refresh your memory. We also have an awesome array of duvets and pillows in stock, all available from 4.5 to 13.5 togs and with a variety of different fillings.

Sleep well!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is 'surviving or thriving’, so we thought we’d jot down a few tips to help you make the most of your sleep and get more out of life.

Before we begin, though, there’s something we should mention first: sleep isn’t just essential for good mental health; your mental health can impact on your sleep, which means it can be a good indicator of your mood or the recurrence of pre-existing conditions like manic depression. So the next time you’re struggling to get enough shut-eye, ask yourself how you’re feeling and take a moment to reflect on your waking life to see if there’s anything that’s playing on your mind or making you feel low.

Relaxation Routine

1) Try getting ready for bed with some calming music or by soaking yourself in the tub.
2) Breathing exercises are a great way of relieving stress. To get started, simply get yourself into a comfortable position, take a deep a breath into your belly, and then breathe out through your nose, making sure each out-breath lasts longer than your in-breath. You’ll soon feel that bit more relaxed in no time.
3) Meditation is really useful if your mind races just before going to bed; it’s not as difficult or as esoteric as you may think either. Concentrate on your breathing, focusing on each breath as it enters and leaves your body. When a thought enters your mind, acknowledge the thought and then calmly put it to one side, gently refocusing your attention back to your breathing. Continue this process for as long as you feel comfortable. Hopefully, with practice, you’ll become more at ease with sitting with your thoughts and feelings, and better equipped at letting go of cyclic or distressing thoughts.

Make Sure You’re Comfortable

Everyone’s different, and so are our preferred sleeping environments. To find out what works best for you, experiment with things like light, temperature, noise and sleeping position.

Go Tech-Free

The bright light of our myriad screens has been shown to negatively affect our ability to nod off. To minimise the effect of our infatuation with modern gadgetry, it’s a good idea to go tech-free about an hour before you want to go to sleep.

There are many reasons why you may not be getting the sleep you need, but if you ever feel like it's putting strain on your mental health, talk to a friend or visit your GP. You can find your local NHS mental health services here.

Sleep well!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Do all mattresses go to mattress heaven?

Unfortunately, the sad fact of the matter is most do not. Many mattresses, approximately 7.5 million a year in fact, will end up piled high on a landfill site. We think the scrapheap is an unfit final resting place for your mattress, especially when there’s a cleaner, greener way to dispose of it.  That’s why we recycle every single mattress, bed frame and divan at Mattressman, with anything that can’t be recycled going directly to energy production or the manufacturing of biomass fuels.

Our low-cost disposal service is one of the only ways that you can ensure your mattress gets the afterlife it deserves. And why wouldn’t you? Your mattress has spent years lovingly supporting you and your partner. If you love doing your bit for the planet, recycling your mattress is definitely the way to go as well.

Here’s how we do it:

First, our friendly delivery staff will come and pick up your old mattress. We then load them all on to a large lorry and transport them to a British recycling centre for treatment. At the recycling plant, the springs are removed and sent to steel mills for reprocessing, any foam is sanitised and repurposed for padding, and contaminated wood or textiles are harvested for energy. It’s that simple!

Recycling your mattress has many benefits: it doesn’t add to the mountains of waste that already overwhelm our landfill sites, it puts recycled goods back on the market, and it supports sustainable industries across the UK that employ thousands of people!

So, if you want your mattress to go to mattress heaven, don’t take it down the dump – which will still cost you the price of a permit– call your friendly neighbourhood Mattressman and we’ll make sure it goes to a good place.
Sleep well!

N.B: Our disposal service is only available to those living in our local delivery area, which you can learn more about on our website. The service costs £20 per item and we can only collect like-for-like items. Our drivers reserve the right to refuse any item that they deem is soiled.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

How to enjoy Easter from your Comfy bed, or entice yourself out of it!

If you have a bed from Mattressman, we hope it’s so comfy that you never want to get out of it – but this Easter, we’ve got two very different ideas to help you enjoy the long weekend in whichever style you prefer… breakfast-in-bed or breakfast al fresco!

The Mattressman team has come up with a few breakfast-in-bed hacks so you can enjoy Easter from your cosy Comfy bed:
First of all, make sure you have enough pillows to prop yourself up, as you don’t want to drop any crumbs in bed.
Find a tray that you can use and make sure it’s gleaming, then decorate it with a few flowers in a small vase to really give it that spring vibe.
Get your crockery and cutlery ready on the tray, then get to work at the hob!

Runny-yolk boiled eggs with pancetta avocado soldiers
This recipe is quick, tasty and filling – and with just ten minutes of preparation and only five minutes of cooking time, you can be back in bed with your breakfast before the duvet’s even had time to cool.
You will need:
4 eggs (as it wouldn’t be a proper Easter breakfast without them)
1tbsp vegetable oil
1 ripe avocado, cut into slices
100g smoked pancetta rashers
The method has just three simple steps:
Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and carefully drop the eggs into the water, then boil them for five minutes.
While the eggs are cooking away, heat the oil in a non-stick pan and wrap each slice of avocado in pancetta. Fry them for a few minutes over a high heat until crisp.
Pop the eggs into egg cups on your plate, with the pancetta avocado soldiers on the side, ready for dipping.
Don’t forget to pour yourself a nice hot cuppa before getting back upstairs and tucking in to your eggcellent Easter breakfast from the comfort of your own bed.

Eggs al fresco
If you’d rather go al fresco, our idea at Mattressman is to force yourself out of bed bright and early.
Save yourself the trouble of cooking and head to a nearby café so you can relax outside and enjoy a nice coffee while someone else cooks and brings your breakfast to you! Bliss. Can there be a better reason to get out of bed?
Whether you enjoy Easter from your cosy Comfy bed or you head out for a nice relaxing brunch, the entire team at Mattressman hope you enjoy the long weekend. If you have some spare time, why not pop in and see us at your nearest store? Happy Easter!

Sleep well!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Bedtime Tips and Tricks

Everyone wants the best for their children, especially when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, but it seems like the experts are always disagreeing about how to achieve it. At Mattressman, we know that a great sleep starts with the perfect bed, but what else can you do to help your child sleep well? Here’s what we think:

1. Tell Me a Story
There are plenty of benefits to reading your child a bedtime story – they help to establish a bedtime routine that promotes healthy sleeping hours, as well as providing a great way of getting them into bed without them even realising. There are also lots of ways that bedtime stories help children to learn: by serving as a teaching tool for everyday life skills, improving their language and memory skills, and even encouraging their logical thinking.

2. It’s Not Me, It’s You
Despite the best intentions, sometimes the problem with getting your child to sleep is something you are (unwittingly) doing. We like to make our child’s bedroom a happy and exciting place to be, but you don’t want to make it too exciting; having screens such as TVs and tablets in the bedroom can weaken a child’s association between the bedroom and sleep, as well as emitting light that slows down the sleeping process.
At Mattressman, we have plenty of ways to make your child’s bedroom exciting whilst keeping sleep as the main focus, like our range of themed children’s beds that can transform their room into a princess castle, a pirate ship, and even a race track. They even come with extra storage to help keep their room tidy.

3. Their Own Bed
While there’s no concrete time for a child to make the move from cot to bed, most children are ready to move somewhere between 18 months and 3 years of age. Of course, if you choose to co-sleep, this will take a bit longer. When you decide your child is ready for their own bed, there are many ways to ease the transition – why not start by letting your child choose their new bed? Our selection of children’s beds at Mattressman will give them plenty of exciting options, and they’re all quick and easy to put together at home.
Choosing their own bed will give your child something exciting to look forward to, helping them to forget about the big change they are undertaking. Other ways to help include making sure your daily routine remains regular – as lots of other changes at the same time can be scary and confusing for your child – and making a special bedtime story about your child can help them to understand the change in a more concrete way.

Now you know our tips on how to help your child get a good night’s sleep, you’re ready to start getting some yourself! And while you’re choosing a new bed for your child, why not have a look at one for you too?

Sleep well!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Coventry, Here We Come!

Mattressman is on a mission to get every household in the UK sleeping better. To do so, we've made some big changes to our business, including improvements to our website and opening up more stores across the country. We've seen some really great successes along the way, so we thought now would be the perfect time to open a brand new concessions store in Coventry.

Located on the Gallagher Retail Park, our brand new store has everything you've come to love about Mattressman: branded mattresses and bed frames, Designer Divans, and a wide selection of stylish bedroom furniture. What's more, if you find it difficult shopping for a new mattress, you couldn't be in safer hands with our clever sales team. They know almost everything there is to know about mattresses, meaning you can browse with confidence, safe in the knowledge that their sound advice is free and totally impartial.

The next time you're on the market for a brand new mattress, come down to Mattressman and see why we're one of the country's favourite retailers. 

Sleep well!