What are the benefits of a handmade mattress?

Today, more than ever before, we live in an age of consumerism, where the items that we own often form part of our identity. While mass-produced items often make up a significant part of our home furnishings, partly thanks to being affordable, generally robust and convenient, there are some areas where splashing out on handmade furniture can make a huge difference.

Benefits Of A Handmade Mattress

One of these areas is a mattress. Over the course of an average life (around 75 years), we spend over a third of that time asleep, so doesn’t it make sense to invest in a quality mattress, with a few extra features that help to create the perfect night’s sleep?

What are the benefits of a handmade mattress?

First and foremost, as a retailer, taking the decision to sell a handmade mattress can offer consumers a sense of luxury which mass produced just can’t compete with. From hand side-stitching to hand-tufting, each of these features adds to the overall comfort to help provide a great night’s sleep. Consumers also feel like they are purchasing a product of the highest quality – which they are – but don’t have to break the bank to do so.

Buy British

All mattresses sold in the UK have to follow strict rules and regulations, whether they are made here or aboard. However, choosing to go with a UK company often means that materials are sourced locally. Duvalay sources a vast majority of its products from in or around Yorkshire, which allows us to keep a better eye on quality as well as keeping our carbon footprint down.

Hand-side stitching

Hand-side stitching is an incredibly labour intensive technique but can make a huge difference to the finished product. Hand-side stitching is where the border of the mattress is stitched to the spring set. This keeps the mattress from collapsing when someone sits on lays on it to sleep and will stop them from feeling like they are rolling out of bed. You’ll tend to only find this on premium mattresses as it is so time consuming but can make a real difference.

Hand tufting

With mattresses that use a range of luxurious materials, including silk, cashmere and wool, it tends to lead to them settling over time and flattening out slightly, losing some of the ‘bounce’ along the way. This is completely normal and part of the bedding in process all mattresses go through. However, we use technique that can only be done by hand called hand tufting, which helps to keep the filling under a certain amount of compression to hold it correctly in place for extra longevity. You’ll be able to tell if a mattress has them by the little buttons on top of the mattress. These are part of the hand tufting process and run the whole way through the mattress.

Future generations

Artisan bed making skills take years to learn, and is a skill that we’re committed to passing down to future generations. By employing highly skilled individuals, we are able to have an in-house apprenticeship scheme, employing a younger, local workforce.

Mass produced mattresses certainly have their benefits, but from a quality, ethical and environmental point of view, not forgetting a luxurious night’s sleep, you cannot beat investing in a handmade mattress.

So have I convinced you of the benefits of a handmade mattress?

Every Monday, I try to report in on how my weight loss programme is going.

To be honest, I don’t really seem to have got back on track the way I would have liked since mid-December.  Yes, 3 whole months ago.  Blame birthdays, Christmas and lack of will-power.

The good news is that the last week went really well.  I got back into the zone if you like eating healthily all week with a couple of occasional treats along the way.

Boosted by this week and the sunshine, I did my inches today.  My waist is 34 inches measured my way and my widest part is 45 inches.  I did not bother measuring the boobs as I am happy enough with them when taken up by a bra away from my knees. That takes me down to where I was 3 months ago which will do me fine.  It motivates me to continue.

I did so well last year and now feel that I can knock of some pounds and stones again.  Watch this space!

Now, jog across to the New Mum Online blog where Liska and her lovelies will let you know how they are getting along with the mission to lose the mum tum and Liska introduces us to a new concept worth taking a look at.



Dear Kate On Thin Ice

I am emailing you to tell you why you should not get a single nomination for a Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2012.


Firstly, the name of your blog is annoying.  A silly play on words which you admit was inspired by reality television.  If you must blog, your mind should be in higher places that the latest Sunday night ITV hit.  Bloggers should be intellectual types or not bother.

Secondly, you host that Groovy Mums blog hop thing.  I hate the word “groovy” which reminds me of the ghastly decade of the Seventies.  My dear, we have moved on from those days.  Having said that, to encourage mums to devise a life of their own when they have young children to care for is scandalous.  Mums should give up their interests when they have children.  If you couldn’t do that, you should not have become a mother in the first place.

Perhaps the main thing that irritates me about your blog is what you call openess and I call over-sharing.  What makes you think we want to know about your thoughts and feelings?  How very arrogant of you.  We really don’t care.  Please keep your emotional struggles and dark days to yourself.  We don’t want to hear about them.  How many times must we hear that your blog was the idea of your late mother?  That woman has a lot to answer for.

You are also supposed to develop a niche if you want blogging success and yet you have a confusing content ranging from charity shop finds to recipes.  We never know whether you will be posting pictures of your children or ranting about the role of women in society.  The constant banging on about charities gets a little wearing too.

The sheer audacity that led to you taking off your clothes on your “Who is Kate and Why Is She On Thin Ice?” page leads me to believe you must be the weirdest of exhibitionists and this from a woman purports to lack self-confidence.

Reeling from a naked picture of you that I really didn’t need or want to see, I was bombarded with your “What Are My Skills and Experiences?” post.  Why would we be interested in those?  We all have them you know.  You are not all that.

I pity those good bloggers whose blog hops you join in with regularly.  I imagine they hate seeing that stupid blog name pop up on their linkies and if they look at your posts at all, read with their hands over their eyes as to what nonsense you will be coming out with this time.  The same thing will apply to those poor souls whose blogs you read and comment on.

Might I suggest that instead of putting the pink  badge on your blog sidebar in the vain hope that someone will nominate you for a Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Award, you close the blog down altogether and go and make Victoria Sandwich for those poor children of yours.

Best Regards

A Blogger With Boundaries and Brainpower.




It is Monday so here is my little report on how the weight loss is going for me.

I have not got weighed as I refuse to be enslaved by the scales. I will get on them when it suits me which is not today.

I must start measuring again though. Isn’t it odd how Christmas disrupts things well into the New Year?

I have eaten healthily on the whole this week. Having good foods in the house is the key I think.

I have also exercised if you count a whole lot of digging the land as contributing to getting fit. It certainly helped me feel muscles in weird and wonderful places. I did not expect to enjoy it but I loved it. Wonderful to dig and then see just how much progress you are making. We have planted potatoes, carrots, parsnips and onions so far. Funnily enough, these are all healthy so will be contributing to my weight loss journey later in the year.

I am not quite into the swing of things on this journey as I was last year. However, the children are back to school today so I can concentrate on me for a while on this front as well as others.

Linking you with more lovely mums doing their utmost to lose their mummy tums over on the New Mum Online blog.

A right Royal tribute from Grandad written when he was 84 years of age.

Phil said to Bess “You’ve still got me for a mate
You deserve a trip around the real estate
We can see all the kids while you are still in the pink
And at the same time we’ll get a free drink


So off they went for a tour of the realm
With Bess in the back and Phil at the Helm
We’ll call on our Chuck at the house with the towers
But when they got there he was addressing the flowers

“Move on” said Bess, “Our Annie’s not far”
So Phil put his foot down and followed the star
Arriving there they were told she was riding
And they couldn’t find Tim as he was in hiding.

“Never mind” said Phil, “We can go on to the Valley
The grandson’s there and the Welsh are quite pretty
When they arrived Kate was sobbing and sighing
“It just isn’t fair, Will is always out flying”

Head North was the answer and over the Border
Once in Scotland there was a castle at Cawdor
Reaching there with high hopes of a whisky
The Laird was out and the butler was tipsy

“Head for York” said Bess “We there find Andy”
“Great” said Phil “I’ll settle for shandy”
He was there all right with the Rajah of Poonei
Arranging a flight to the Sultan of Brunei

“Come on” said Phil with a touch of rancour
“Down in Wessex, we’ll be able to anchor”
The gates were all closed, Ed and Soph were in purdah
They were in with the nanny screaming blue murder

Phil looked at Bess, Bess looked at Phil
It was beginning to seem they were both over the hill
They had done two thousand miles, seen no kids and no booze
They said “Next time we trip, it’ll be on a cruise”

So back to the Smoke and the semi so humble
Even though the walls were beginning to crumble
“Three cheers” said Phil, raising his glass
“I’ve still got you and you’re a game old lass”

Written by my 84 year old Dad who has one foot in the blog.