Luxury mattresses, hand-made in Yorkshire

Although each and every Hyder bed is designed to promote a great night’s sleep, whether you get plenty of shut-eye or barely a wink also depends on one other vital factor: the quality of your mattress.

At Hyder we know that a mattress isn’t just something to sleep on – it’s a fantastic investment for your long-term health and wellbeing. That’s why we manufacture all of our mattresses ourselves right here at our Yorkshire HQ, from memory foam and latex designs to our traditional sprung models. We’re particularly proud of our premium range of Natural Collection mattresses, which are crafted entirely by hand using high-quality, locally sourced natural fillings such as lambswool, organic cotton and horse hair. The Natural Collection 1000 Pocket Spring mattress features a thousand high-quality steel coils for the perfect blend of comfort and support, while the 5000 Pocket Spring – as the name suggests – offers an incredible five thousand coils for added bounce and the ultimate in sleeping luxury. Covered in a luxurious yet durable viscose fabric that offers breathability and softness and finished at the sides with hand-stitching to prevent bowing, our Natural Collection mattresses are among the very best on the market.

We make our mattresses to order, to any size and specification up to 8ft wide (Caesar size).Have a quick browse of our Mattresses page to see what we can offer or contact us on 01484 531000 to discuss your exact requirements.

Bunk beds with benefits

The ultimate space-saving sleep solution, bunk beds are enormous fun for young children, when sharing a room means having a permanent playtime buddy and nighttime is about getting up to mischief rather than sleeping. But inevitably there comes a time when privacy issues and arguments about who gets the top bunk mean that siblings need their own separate spaces – whether that means a whole room to themselves or just a bed to call their own.

The good news is that with one of our convertible bunk beds, giving children a space of their own needn’t involve any financial outlay – just a little DIY effort. Our Oliver wooden bunk bed, for example, is a classic design that’s tough enough to withstand the wear and tear that small children will inevitably inflict on it, but it can be easily split into two singles when the need arises, creating a far more ‘grown up’ look that older kids will love. With each separate bed featuring a strong slatted base and sturdy construction that ensures it will last for years to come, the Oliver has been rigorously tested to ensure it conforms to EN747 1-2 safety standards, offering complete peace of mind, and comes in two neutral finishes – a crisp white or warm grey – that tone with almost any bedroom scheme.

Want to see more Hyder convertible children’s beds? Check out our white-painted Colonial bunk with its gorgeous panelled detailing, or our Seattle metal bunk, ideal if you’re a fan of the industrial look. Strong, safe and functional, these beds offer fantastic value for money – a fact we take into account here at Hyder when we’re designing children’s beds, because as every parent knows, the bigger kids get, the more your bank balance tends to shrink!

Magna expands our Ottoman empire

We admit it – we have a slight obsession with storage at Hyder Living (see our previous blog post on sleeping solutions for small spaces). Where possible, we like our beds to deliver not just fabulous style and comfort but space-saving extras as well, hence we’re expanding our Ottoman empire (sorry!) with a brand-new addition, the super-stylish Magna. Featuring a deep padded headboard finished in grey linen, the Magna boasts clean, contemporary lines that are perfect for homes looking for sleek modernity – and means Hyder now offers an Ottoman to suit every style of bedroom. Want to introduce a touch of boho glamour? Check out our winged Copenhagen, upholstered in luxurious velvet-style fabric. Looking for boutique-hotel chic? With its tall and elegant headboard, our Buckingham bed is the perfect choice.

Like all Hyder beds, the Magna has been designed to offer great quality, fantastic value and – of course – a superbly comfortable night’s sleep thanks to its sturdy sprung slatted base. Plus, with an Ottoman, you get the benefits of space-saving storage thrown in for good measure. The Magna is the ultimate clutter-clearer, with bags of room beneath for spare duvets, pillows or other items you want to keep out of sight but access easily.

We’re constantly adding fresh designs like the Magna to our portfolio of beautiful beds; check out the complete range here, and keep your eye on our Facebook page for our brand-new launches.

It’s all in the detail

What makes a Hyder bed different? We like to think there are quite a few factors that make our beds stand out from the crowd – our craftsmanship and our use of top-quality materials, for starters. Then there’s our commitment to safety standards; all of our children’s beds have to undergo rigorous testing before they’re added to our range.

But it’s the little things that really matter. We’re talking about those tiny design tweaks that can transform an average, workaday bed into something chic, unusual or even, in the case of our children’s beds, something that fires the imagination. Our Sandringham bed, for example, gets its sense of grandeur and elegance thanks to its extra tall headboard, while its black legs, set at an extra-wide angle, give it an extra design flourish that elevates it beyond the everyday. Our Cameo upholstered bed features a carved headboard and footboard and finial-style legs that add a hint of French chateau style to its clean modern styling. The scallop shells that we’ve added to our metal-framed Amelia bed – available in cream or pink – give it a gorgeous fairytale feel, while the our trademark swimming-pool ladders, featured on our Cosmic, G2-3 Sleeper and Alaska bunk beds, will make getting into and out of bed an exciting experience, and turn a children’s bedroom into an imaginary swimming pool.

Whether it’s a buttoned headboard or a decorative turned leg that initially attracts your attention, you can be confident that a Hyder bed will match in functionality what it offers in style. Have a browse of the website and see what catches your eye.

 

Contemporary elegance: introducing the new Barci bed

We’re always excited whenever we add a new product to our portfolio, but we’re particularly delighted to introduce the Barci, a chic modern upholstered bed frame with more than a hint of Scandinavian style.

We pride ourselves on delivering the latest trends in furniture design without sacrificing quality and craftsmanship, and we think our Barci bed is the perfect showcase. Upholstered in the softest grey linen fabric, it has a welcoming, relaxed vibe and features gentle curves and rounded edges for an elegant silhouette, and a simple, undecorated headboard that will appeal to anyone seeking a clean, minimalist look. But like all Hyder Living beds, there’s more to the Barci than meets the eye. Its good looks belie the fact that’s it’s also impressively robust; it comes with sturdy, natural-finish solid-wood feet and a sprung-slat base for great support and a fantastically comfortable night’s sleep.

As for colour, when we were designing the Barci there was really only one choice. Grey is the ultimate soothing shade, encouraging a feeling of restfulness and calm, and – a bonus for any home decorator – it goes with almost everything. We think the Barci will bring a refined look to any minimalist bedroom, whether your preferred style is mid-century modern, boutique hotel or Nordic cabin-in-the-woods. But don’t forget, we also offer a wide range of traditional, embellished and luxe-look beds, too; just click hereto see all our adult beds at a glance.

5 sleeping solutions for small spaces

It’s official: UK homes are the smallest in Europe! And with house prices making upsizing difficult if not impossible, more and more of us are trying to cram growing families into homes meant for one or two.

Here at Hyder Living we’re constantly on the lookout for clever ideas to make small-space living easier. Our range of high-quality adults’ and children’s beds includes a wealth of multifunctional designs that make the most of every possible inch of floor (and wall) space, from compact bunks and beds that double up as seating to ottomans with in-built storage. If you’re looking for a bed that’s smart and useful as well as incredibly comfortable, check out these space-saving gems…

Built-in storage

Our stylish Buckingham ottoman bed has a sturdy sprung slatted frame and offers heaps of storage space in its base for blankets, pillows and duvets, which can be accessed without hassle thanks to its end-opening easy lift mechanism.

Pull-out trundle
A great space-saving solution for kids’ sleepovers or unexpected guests, our Maya day bed is the perfect spot for lounging during the day, but by night transforms into two single beds thanks to its easy-access pull-out trundle.

Live/sleep space
With its cool “loft living” vibe, the Cosmic high studio sleeper covers all the bases: studying, sleeping and lounging. Featuring a built-in work area with a tempered glass desk, it makes maximum use of vertical space, plus there’s plenty of room underneath for an optional Solo chair and futon.

Room below
Raised high on elegant solid wood legs, our Windermere double bed makes the most of the ‘dead’ floor space beneath, allowing easy access to storage bags and boxes while also providing a fantastically comfortable night’s sleep thanks to its strong metal frame and sprung slat base.

Stackable singles
Two beds or one? It’s your choice. Our Colonial bunk bed has been designed with practicality in mind, functioning beautifully as a bunk bed, but easily splitting into two singles as your little ones grow – making it a fabulous long-term investment.

 

20 awesome clothes storage ideas by Real Homes

Our beds and bunks frequently appear in the consumer press, and most recently, our Vienna Ottoman has appeared on the Real Homes Magazine website.  As part of a top 20 awesome clothes storage ideas feature, the bed was described as:

“HIDEAWAY | What is this trickery? Going one further than the bed-and-drawer combo, why not invest in a bed with sneakily disguised storage. Not only is this hideaway a great space for storing spare bed linen but you might be inclined to stash valuables in this space too.”

Read the complete feature here.

 

National Bed Month: what’s it all about?

It’s a fact that’s often quoted, but we spend one third of our lives in bed. So if we’re doing that amount of lounging, it’s essential that the surface we’re lying on is both comfortable and supportive – especially for those of us prone to back issues.

Comfort in the bedroom is something that The Sleep Council – an organisation founded to raise awareness of the importance of sleep to our health and wellbeing – will be promoting during National Bed Month this March. “We want to raise awareness of the importance of replacing your bed, ideally every seven years,” says Lisa Artis, The Sleep Council’s sleep guru. “Your current bed might not look worn out, but it won’t offer the same comfort and support as it did originally. Our research shows that sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress can rob you of up to one hour’s sleep per night, so investing in your bed is essential to a restful night.”

If that doesn’t convince most of us to head for the nearest bed shop, perhaps this will: apparently we lose around half a pint of fluid and a pound of dead skin cells in bed each year. This build-up can prove the perfect breeding ground for dust mites – which is bad news for allergy sufferers.

Convinced now? If you’re considering trading in your old bed for a newer model, The Sleep Council recommends buying only from companies that are members of the National Bed Federation – like Hyder – as their products can be “trusted to be safe, clean and meet trading standards requirements”. Hyder beds are manufactured to the highest possible standards and have to undergo rigorous tests before being added to the range; you can find out more here.

In the meantime, if you’d like more information about National Bed Week, including tips on choosing a bed and how to get a better night’s sleep, log on to The Sleep Council’s website at www.sleepcouncil.org.uk

The look of luxe: Glamorous and gorgeously soft, velvet is 2018’s hottest trend

It’s the time of year when designers, industry experts, Pinterest and other style sites make their predictions about which interiors trends are set to take off in 2018 – and there’s a definite consensus about the fabric that we’ll be seeing more of. Yes, whether crushed, brushed or plain, velvet is back in a big way, in traditional jewel-like hues of ruby, amethyst and emerald as well as bold, fashion-forward shades like turquoise, mustard and Millennial pink.

At Hyder Living we’re thrilled to see velvet back in vogue. This luxe-look material, with its delicate lustre and gorgeously soft texture, has to be one of our all-time favourite fabrics for injecting instant glamour into a room – which is precisely why we chose it for the upholstery for our stunning Victoria Sleigh bed. A classic Chesterfield design, the Victoria is our most seductive statement piece, and features a 150cm tall scrollback headboard and footboard crafted from sparkling silver crushed velvet and decorated with individually placed studs. But it’s not just a pretty surface; underneath there’s a sturdy wooden frame and a sprung slat base, making this a bed built to last and a great investment for any home.

We think the Victoria would be a fantastic addition if you’re after a chic boutique-hotel look in your bedroom, but with its opulent looks it will amp up the luxe factor in almost any modern or vintage scheme. That’s another thing we love about velvet: its versatility. Set it against one of this season’s over-scaled floral wallpapers, co-ordinate it with metallic accessories or juxtapose it with industrial materials or distressed wood… You really can’t go wrong.

What does your sleeping position say about you?

The way you sleep can give startling insights into your personality, even giving away how stubborn, bossy or stressed you are, a body language expert has claimed.

Robert Phipps, a body language expert, has studied the four most common sleeping positions to determine how it reflects a person’s personality and outlook on life. The results, he claims, can identify how stressful your day was, how much you worry and how much control you have over your life. It is said to reveal traits such as stubbornness, bossiness and fanciful dreaming, as well as how self-critical a person is or whether they feel in control of life. According to his research, more than half of British adults sleep in the ‘foetal’ position, curled up on their side with knees tucked in. This stance, favoured by worriers, is said to show the sleeper is seeking to return to their comfort zone after a stressful day.

Foetal sleepers are conscientious, ordered and like things in their place, according to the study, but are also in danger of overthinking problems and worrying unnecessarily. The research, for budget hotel chain Premier Inn, revealed the ‘log’ as the second most popular position, adopted by nearly three in every ten people. The log position, with a straight body and limbs at the sides, shows a person is inflexible and rigid in thinking, set in their ways and stubborn. They may appear bossy to others, and so should aim to ‘stretch themselves’ and embrace the challenges and excitement of a new day, it is claimed. A quarter of people taking part in the study classed themselves as ‘yearners’, sleeping with their arms stretched out in front as though they are chasing their dreams or being chased. According to Phipps, this means they want more from life and are willing to ‘go out there and get it with both hands’, eager to face the next day.

They can be their own worst critics, expecting great results in everything they do and giving up quickly when things don’t go their way. ‘Yearners’ should take care to go after what they really want and avoid wasting time pursuing whims that do not really leave them fulfilled, it is advised. A further 17 per cent of respondents classed themselves as ‘freefallers’, sleeping face down with their arms outstretched. Often clutching their pillow, they can appearing to be ‘holding on for dear life’ in what is thought to be the most uncomfortable sleeping position for adults. Those who adopt it can feel as if life ‘happens around them’ and they are just ‘hanging on for the ride’, believing they lack control over what will happen the next day. So-called freefallers can wake up feelings anxious, or believing they still have issues and tasks left over from the previous day. According to the research, they should aim to deal with things one step at a time, taking control of each day so they feel motivated to ‘be the boss of their own destiny’. The study, of 1,000 British adults, allowed participants to select more than one option, with some selecting several sleeping positions in their responses.

Premier Inn spokesperson, Claire Haigh, said: “Many people read their horoscopes, but we wanted to give our guests a more unique way to look at how their day might turn out by looking at how they sleep. We have worked with Robert to develop ‘sleep-o-scopes’ and were shocked that the research revealed just how stressed we are as a nation.“It is important we try and wind down after a long day and get a good night’s rest so we wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead.”

1. FOETAL
People who sleep like this are returning to their comfort zone to de-stress themselves from the day’s activities. The higher the knees and lower the head the more internal comfort you give yourself. Foetal sleepers are conscientious, ordered and like things in their place but they can over think things and worry unnecessarily.

People who sleep like this for the majority of the night can expect a refreshed awakening having dealt with the previous day’s issues compartmentalising and organising while they sleep, allowing them to feel refreshed when they wake and ready to move onward and upward.

Foetal sleepers should be careful not to become too stuck in their comfort zone and be prepared to take on new challenges each day.

2. LOG
The sleeper in this position fully extends their head, neck, arms, legs and body all stretched out in a straight line. The longer you sleep like this, the more rigid your thinking and you can become inflexible which means you make things harder for yourself.

Loggers are set in their ways and can be stubborn, liking things done their way, which can make them come across as bossy or even aloof.

“Sleep like a log” is the old adage and people who sleep in this straight line can wake up stiffer than when they went to sleep. Try to relax more and let your muscles unwind from the day’s hassles and you’ll wake up feeling more flexible in your thinking.

Loggers need to stretch themselves each day to reach new goals and then your day is likely to be more exciting, challenging and fun. You’ll see and feel the benefits in your body and mind as you embrace being a more relaxed you.

3. YEARNER
The Yearner has two possible meanings with arms outstretched as though you are chasing your dreams, conversely it can mean you are being chased. You feel you want more from life and are willing to go out there and get it with both hands, ready to capture every new and exciting challenge that comes your way.

Yearners are their own worst critics always expecting great results in everything they do, which can mean giving up to quickly with things that don’t go their way right from the off.
Yearners wake up eager to face the challenges of the day, seeking out new opportunities. However, take care to make sure what you yearn for is what you really want or you’ll spend a lot of wasted time and energy chasing things that don’t really fulfil you.

Yearners should face each new day as a fresh start, reviewing where they are going and what they want from the day, then go for it and see it through with full commitment.

4. FREEFALLERS
With the whole body outstretched flat on their stomach, arms at right angles, hands gripping the pillow as though holding on for dear life, physically the least comfortable position to sleep for most adults. Freefallers tend to feel like life happens around them and they are just hanging on for the ride, which can make them feel like they’re not in control of what happens.

Freefallers can wake up feeling like they still have things leftover from the previous day, which can make them feel over anxious about getting things done today.

Freefallers need to take control of each new day and deal with things one step at a time until you are happy to move to the next step. You will then be more motivated and inspired, creating opportunities for you be the boss of your own destiny.

Premier Inn spokesperson, Claire Haigh, said: “Many people read their horoscopes, but we wanted to give our guests a more unique way to look at how their day might turn out by looking at how they sleep. We have worked with Robert to develop ‘sleepo-scopes’ and were shocked that the research revealed just how stressed we are as a nation.