The Best of Yorkshire Bed Companies
Yorkshire’s industry has seen good times and some bad ones. The county has had a powerful steel and coal industry and, during the Industrial Revolution, the local textile industry really took off. Bedstar is honoured to be part of such an industrious region of the UK, especially as a beds retailer based in a county with several bed manufacturers, all grafting hard and producing quality mattresses and other bed products.
Naturally, the Yorkshire beds companies enjoy a special place in our hearts, so we thought we’d take a little time to introduce you to them. This post looks at Yorkshire’s industrial heritage and some of the fine bed companies operating in the region. We also offer a nod to some of the companies doing just as fabulous a job in Lancashire, too.
The industrial heritage of Yorkshire
It’s hardly surprising to see so many fantastic sleep industry product manufacturers operating in Yorkshire. The National Coal Mining Museum for England, the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, and the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills all provide testament to the county’s industries.
Yorkshire’s textile industry
Yorkshire was particularly renowned for its textile industry, the expansion of which helped to drive the Industrial Revolution forward. Sadly, the industry went into decline, but several mills still survive as art centres. Salts Mill, in Saltaire near Bradford, is one of the most famous. The textile baron Titus Salt built the village Saltaire to house his workers. Dean Clough, in Halifax, is another main mill/arts centre.
Different parts of Yorkshire became known for specialising in different textiles. Halifax became famous for making carpets, whereas Huddersfield forged a reputation for heavy woolens – especially blankets – and fine suiting cloth. Leeds became the go-to place for flax-based linen, and Batley and Dewsbury enjoyed specialising in rag pulling and fibre recycling.
Despite the decline of the industry, which some believed started after the First World War and with the emergence of synthetic textiles, some companies battle on and sell materials to high-brow companies such as Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry, and Paul Smith. Some have survived by niching down. In the 21st century, there is hope that the county’s whole textile industry could enjoy a revival.
And now we come to some of Yorkshire’s finest bed manufacturers. Do you see any you recognise?
Giltedge Beds operate in West Yorkshire, and, like several other manufacturers in the region, they’re a family business. They have a real passion for beds and produce ottoman beds, divan beds, mattresses, and headboards. They cater to the mid-lower to mid-upper bedding market. The business operates on three main values: quality, value, and comfort. They have around 125 employees and a fleet of 25 vehicles so they can distribute widely.
The Giltedge brand really reaches for the high end of the market. Giltedge Beds offer a five-year warranty on the brand and is confident you’ll get a good night’s sleep. Take a look at the headboards and mattresses on our Giltedge page, and you’ll see why. The headboard colours are vibrant, and the materials are elegant, making for a stylish headboard. Meanwhile, you can choose from memory foam/gel, foam, latex foam, and pocket sprung, open coil, or innerspring mattresses, so you have plenty of choices.
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Aspire to operate from out of Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, and are immensely proud of their Yorkshire roots. Aspire likes to hire and train local craftspeople, creating a brand that is not just British but also one that’s Yorkshire through and through. The training sets these craftspeople up for a lifelong career in the trade. The company uses modern methods, but also traditional methods, and produces beds by hand. As they say, “Quality has no shortcuts.” They want their owners to be as proud of their bed as the business is.
Aspire specialise in beds, headboards, and mattresses. They’ve been selling their products to the public since 2013. The company selects fabrics and finishes with trends in mind so that no matter the design or style of your bedroom, the bed fits into your bedroom like a hand in a glove. Trend forecasting is a major part of the company’s design process. A quick look at the bedframes on our Aspire Beds page, and the quality and the sleekness of the design will leap out at you. We wouldn’t blame you if you felt tempted to buy a new bed there and then!
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The brand has several different collections: the Shire, the Contract Shire, the Active Response, the Active Shire, and the Eco Shire. This last collection is trendy. The manufacturer treats the fabrics and fibres in the mattresses with EcoShield® technology to banish bedbugs, dust mites, moths, and mosquitos. This is due to the eucalyptus oil, which is part of the technology in the mattresses. The oil has antibacterial and anti-microbial properties, which help relieve colds, allergies, flu, bronchitis, sinus problems, and other respiratory issues.
Shire Beds are another truly Yorkshire brand. You’ll find them in Dewsbury, in the borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire. They’re a family business and base their manufacture on the British principle of “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” Best of all for the consumer, they believe that luxury and major expense doesn’t have to go hand in hand, leading to highly comfortable beds at affordable prices.
The microcapsules in the mattresses make the EcoShield®-treated materials wash-resistant. When the owner goes to sleep on the mattress, they break the capsules, which triggers the EcoShield® technology. Over time, this releases the active ingredient.
Like any good manufacturer, Shire Beds strives to improve its products and offers. In the past, they’ve worked with local sports teams such as the Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Players have trialed mattresses or pillows and then fed back to the company. The plan was to make beds that give customers a night’s sleep that would fit top sports stars.
If you’re looking for Harmony Beds, you’ll find them in Batley, in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. Batley itself has built its reputation on producing textiles, but as the industry has started to decline, it’s become part of Yorkshire’s thriving bed manufacturing industry. Did you know that the town is also famous for making Fox’s biscuits? You do now!
Harmony Beds offers a collection of modern and traditional bed frames. You can find them in a large variety of materials, including leather, wood, and metal. Although the company specialises in double beds, they also have an excellent range of children’s beds. The frames are vibrant and colourful, adding extra style and verve to your kids’ bedrooms. Visit our Harmony Beds page, and you’ll find large beds in gorgeous oak, bold brass, smooth velvet, and more. If you’re looking for beds with storage options, the ottoman beds could be right up your street.
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Flair Furnishings sell beds and other furnishings. They have their showroom in the somewhat exotically named town of Heckmondwike, in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. Historically, the town was part of West Ridings of Yorkshire and became famous for making blankets in the early 19th century.
Flair Furnishings itself is relatively new to the bed industry but still manages to hold its own amongst the other fine bed industry businesses in the county. It’s an excellent brand to try if you’re looking for cheap beds. The company does a terrific line in children’s beds, with cabin beds, triple sleepers, bunk beds, and more. Some of its beds come in unique designs, such as teepees or tree beds, which create an underlying sense of adventure for children as they climb into bed for their night’s rest.
That being said… Flair Furnishing doesn’t just excel at children’s beds. You’ll also find some suave ottoman beds from which to choose if you’re considering storage beds. You can even imbue your bedroom with the sense of comfort and luxury that a TV bed would afford you from the company.
Of course, it would be remiss of us to talk about Yorkshire but not give a little nod to some of our bed-making counterparts in Lancashire. It’d be like talking about Muhammad Ali but not George Foreman or Serena Williams but not Venus! Below we look quickly at a couple of bed industry companies doing a stellar job in Lancashire.
Silentnight Group Limited,
Long Ing Business Park,
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We love Silentnight. We really do. They’ve become a real bed industry heavyweight and operate in Barnoldswick. They’ve been doing so since they moved there from dear old Skipton, North Yorkshire, in 1961. It all started in 1946, though, back when the company was called Clarke’s Mattresses Limited. You can find out more about Silentnight’s evolution in our blog post on the history of Silentnight.
If there’s one thing of which you can be sure, it’s that Silentnight knows how to make mattresses. They’ve been crafting mattresses and divan sets for decades and have developed a cast-iron reputation as the UK’s most trusted bed brand. They’re constantly innovating and have won awards by the bucket-load.
Silentnight hand-crafts mattresses so that customers will always get the best quality. The brand has strong ethics and strives for sustainability, which they display in their Eco range. In this range, Silentnight uses recycled plastic bottles to make part(s) of the bed. They also offset every gram per kilometre of carbon dioxide by saving carbon through energy efficiency projects and renewable energy ones.
Sweet Dreams are based in Burnley and began making beds and headboards about 30 years ago. The core part of their business is in manufacturing beds and mattresses there in Lancashire. The brand caters to a wide consumer base, offering affordable divan beds at the lower scale through luxurious ones at the top end. They also offer headboards and adjustable beds.
Sweet Dreams have sought constantly to innovate and expand their offering. On their website, they inform visitors they were one of the first companies to introduce side-opening ottoman beds to the market. Other innovations they refer to have been health-promoting mattress covers, the Pocket Air system in spring mattress and fabric upholstered TV beds, the latter being one of their biggest successes and still a bestseller today.
The cream of the crop in Yorkshire
Yorkshire is something of an industrial powerhouse, with a textile industry that really drove it forward during the Industrial Revolution and will, hopefully, return to something approaching its former glory. Today, the county has a strong bed-making industry, with quintessential Yorkshire brands such as Shire Beds, Aspire, and others putting the region’s bed-manufacturing industry on the map. You can buy beds from them, the manufacture of which they’ve based on principles such as quality, values and good honest hard work.
Whether you choose a brand from Lancashire or from here in Yorkshire for your bed, you’ll find a product that enables you to get a quality night’s sleep.