Beds buying guide

Beds

Selecting Your Bed

Laura Ashley bedsteads are beautiful, decorative and will provide a definite classic or contemporary look to your bedroom. A bedstead consists of a head and end board with a wooden slatted base for the mattress to rest on. Laura Ashley offer a range of both metal and wooden beds which feature either sprung or solid slats. Sprung slats offer cushioned support, solid slats offer a firmer base. Some of our beds are sold complete with mattress included, whilst others are sold separately to allow you the flexibility to choose your own mattress. We offer a wide range of quality mattresses to ensure your complete comfort; full details are available in the Laura Ashley catalogue or on our website.

Consider the size of your bedroom when deciding on a bed size. Enough room to walk around the bed is required, and don't forget the rest of the bedroom furniture need to fit in too! Leave ample space for the bedroom and wardrobe doors to open.

Mattress Size

  • Please ensure that the mattress you intend using is compatible with the dimensions of your chosen bed before purchase. Bed dimensions are available from the Laura Ashley catalogue or our website.
  • Laura Ashley offers a wide range of quality mattresses fully compatible with our bed range.
  • As with all slatted beds some slight movement of the mattress on the smooth slats should be expected.

Metal Cast Bed Collection

  • Laura Ashley metal beds are beautifully crafted and feature hand poured castings and sprung slats. We offer a choice of sizes to suit all needs.
  • Beds are available in ivory; all Laura Ashley paint finishes are durable.
  • All of our metal beds are sold as self assembly, assembly is very simple and full instructions will be enclosed with your product.
  • If you are short on space but want an extra bed for visitors take a look at our metal day beds. Instead of drawers under your bed, there's another bed. Pull it out and it can be raised to the same height as the bed to create a large double sleeping space or two singles.
  • Metal beds are not suitable for children 6 years and under because of the entrapment hazard.

Features of Metal Cast Beds

Our beds are hand finished so it is important to understand their unique properties which add to the individuality of each piece.

Pouring Points

  • These are a feature of all cast beds and are formed as part of the casting process where the molten metal is poured into the mould. These pouring points are then hand fettled but may appear as small raised areas around joints.

Movement

  • To prevent movement check all fixings are tight and secure before use. From time to time all fixings and joints will require tightening to prevent loosening which can create squeaks and movement, full instructions are enclosed with your product.
  • Most squeaks can be resolved by retightening.

Maintenance of Metal Cast Beds

  • To maintain the appearance of your Bed we recommend regular dusting with a soft cloth.
  • Spills should be removed immediately, in particular do not allow liquid to remain on your slats as this can cause wood to warp or finishes to de-laminate.
  • Stubborn stains may be wiped with a soft cloth dampened with a mild detergent solution and dried with a lint-free cloth. Do not use abrasives or scouring creams.

Maintenance of Mattress and Bed Sets

  • To prolong the life of your mattress please follow the guidelines below:
  • We recommend turning mattresses every month to ensure even wear and prolong the life of your mattress. Mattresses should be turned monthly in rotation, both top to bottom and side to side.
  • Avoid sitting on the edges of your mattress as this will compress the sides and distort the shape.
  • We strongly recommend that you prevent liquid coming into contact with the mattress surface and fillings, as this can cause damage, the use of a mattress protector offers some additional protection from soiling.
  • Laura Ashley offer a range of machine washable mattress and pillow protectors see catalogue or website for details.

Wooden Bed Collection

  • Laura Ashley wooden beds are beautifully crafted and feature either sprung or fixed slats. We offer a choice of sizes to suit all needs.
  • Our wooden bedsteads have complimenting cabinet pieces so you can give your whole bedroom one look. Selected furniture ranges have cabinet pieces for both the bedroom and living space.
  • Most wooden beds are assembled on delivery please check the relevant product details for confirmation.

Features of Wooden Beds

  • Details of the various cabinet features and finishes available can be found within the relevant cabinet range in the catalogue or website, please read these carefully to select a bed which is perfect for you.

Maintenance of Wooden Beds

  • Please follow the care instructions for the relevant range of cabinet; details are available within the website.
  • Spills should be removed immediately, in particular do not allow liquid to remain on your slats as this can cause wood to warp or finishes to de-laminate.
  • To prevent movement check all fixings are tight and secure before use. From time to time all fixings and joints will require tightening to prevent loosening which can create squeaks and movement, full instructions are enclosed with your product. Most squeaks can be resolved by retightening.

Divan Collection

  • Laura Ashley divans feature sturdy timber frames with sprung edges on cane edged spring tops covered in cotton rich ticking.
  • For added flexibility and generous storage on 4ft and 5ft choose from a choice of 4 drawers, 2 drawers, or plain divan without drawers.
  • On 3ft divans choose from 2 drawers or plain divan without drawers designs.
  • Combine with one of our beautiful metal or fabric headboards and comfortable mattresses for a complete sleep experience.

Headboards

Headboards are finishing touches to any bedroom. Choose from over 100 fabrics or from our range of metal headboards.

The headboard can compliment any style or colour in your bedroom. Laura Ashley offers 6 styles of headboards in a wide range of fabrics for you to choose from.

  • Stanton Stylish buttoned fixed cover headboard
  • Buxton With a gently curved top edge, upholstered in calico and fitted with a removable loose cover, secured into place with side ties. Loose cover can also be purchased separately.
  • Herriot Timeless fixed cover upholstered headboard featuring vertical stitch detail.
  • Bramhope Classic upholstered headboard with a lightly padded loose cover and side ties.
  • Langley Indulgent headboard with diamond shapes created by button detail.
  • Camber a high headboard featuring large padded vertical columns.

Metal Headboards:

Ideal with our Divan range our handmade metal headboards are available in Petula, Somerset & Phoebe ranges.

All headboards are supplied with struts, which attach to your divan bed.

  • Take care when moving furniture, dragging pieces across the floor will cause damage to the joints and weaken fixings, as will dropping onto legs.
  • Take care to prevent sharp objects such as toys, buckles and heels from coming into contact with your bed. If your furniture becomes stained, scratched or chipped or suffers other damage we recommend professional help is sought to restore it.
  • If you have relevant insurance you may wish to contact them for advice. Alternatively a nationwide service is offered by Guardsman Home Services 0845 6020789.

Levelling Beds

  • It is essential that your bed be positioned on a level and solid surface so the frame sits correctly and movement is minimized.

Sunlight and Heat

  • Avoid exposing your bed to direct sunlight as this may prematurely fade the colour, in addition a minimum clearance of 30cm from heat sources is advised.

Fabric Cleaning

Follow the specific instructions for each fabric carefully and always check the label, as recommended care for the fabric may differ from the recommended care for the product. Fixed and loose covers can be professionally cleaned in situ.

  •  Dry Clean Only  Sensitive Dry Clean Only
  • Washed Linen is washable at 40°.
  • Most of our fabrics have a protective coating applied (excluding Washed Linen, Evedon, Floral Linen, Sienna and Cassie), however as with all upholstery, periodic cleaning of the entire piece is essential to maintain appearance and prevent premature fading and wear.
  • Clean co-ordinated items at the same time, as some colour loss may occur.
  • Always allow for 3% shrinkage upon the first wash or dry clean.
  • To remove everyday household dust and dirt, clean regularly by gently vacuuming fabric.
  • Remove all spills immediately. Blot liquid spills with a clean, dry, white cloth, work towards the centre of the spill. Do not rub or use abrasive cleaners as this may damage the furniture. Should the piece become stained or suffer other damage we recommend professional advice is sought. If you have Guardsman Protection Plan contact them immediately for advice, alternatively a nationwide service is offered by Safeclean (0800 585693).

Sunlight and Heat

  • All upholstery and leather fabrics can be affected by light, so we recommend it is positioned away from direct sunlight and heat to protect it from fading and premature wear.
  • At least a 30cm clearance from heat sources such as radiators is advised to prevent colour change or permanent marks occurring.

Care

  • Take care to prevent sharp objects such as toys, buckles and heels from coming into contact with your furniture as they may cause damage. We recommend you discourage domestic pets from climbing on or clawing upholstery.
  • Avoid air pollution such as cigarette smoke and cooking fumes, which can cause leather ad fabric to fade or change colour.
  • Take care to avoid hair preparations and other cosmetics coming into contact with the fabric or leather; as this is likely to damage the surface.
  • Place furniture gently in place when moving it, as dropping onto glides or legs may cause damage. Please do not allow your furniture to be jumped on, as this will damage the springs and frame, and invalidate the guarantee.
  • We recommend wooden and delicate flooring is protected from possible marking by feet or castors.

Mattresses

Over one third of your life is spent in bed. In other words you will have spent 15 years in bed by the time you reach the age of 45, so it's very important that you choose the right mattress for you.

Laura Ashley mattresses are made with great care and attention to produce distinctive pieces that will bring comfort and pleasure for years to come. We offer a range of options to compliment our elegant range of beds.

  • Laura Ashley mattresses are made using high quality materials, and feature covers from our beautiful fabric collection.
  • We offer a choice of sizes to suit all needs, single 3ft, double 4ft, large double 5ft.
  • Our mattresses offer a selection of features to choose from which include, hand tufting with woollen or felt tufts, pocket springs or open coils with spring insulators, reflex foam, micro quilted borders or hand stitching.
  • Some of our beds are sold complete with mattress included, whilst others are sold separately to allow you the flexibility to mix and match your own bed and mattress.
  • We offer a wide range of quality beds to ensure your complete satisfaction; full details are available on this website or in the Laura Ashley catalogue.
  • With careful use these finely made mattresses will give many years of satisfaction.

Types of Mattresses & Features

How your mattress feels will depend on the springs and fillings.

Features of Mattresses

  • Hand Tufting - This traditional skill ensures that all the fillings in your mattress are secured to provide the perfect sleeping surface and a tailored finish.
  • Hand Side Stitching - Skilled craftsmen use unique upholstery needles to hand side stitch mattress borders. This lengthy process gives the necessary rigidity and support to the mattress walls, thus extending the sleeping area to the edge of the mattress.
  • Spring Insulators - A strong robust felt is used to insulate the actual springs within these mattresses
  • Open Coil - The finest wire is used to produce a continuous link of open coil springs. This spring unit is strong, durable and offers superb resilience for a traditional feel.
  • Pocket Sprung - These are individually pocketed springs which work independently to shape to the body providing superb resilience and optimum comfort and support. Coiled metal springs provide excellent support because only the springs on which weight are placed actually move.
  • Reflex Foam - This strong resilient foam provides a supportive feel, it is treated with fire retardancy for your safety.
  • Mattress Handles - Laura Ashley mattresses have strong, durable flag stitched handles to allow easy turning.
  • Highest Quality Ticking - Keeps the mattress cool and allows it to breathe keeping the mattress ventilated.

Mattress Size

  • Laura Ashley offers a wide range of quality mattresses compatible with our bed collection, which meet industry standard sizes.
  • Please ensure that the mattress you select will fit your chosen bed before purchase.
  • After delivery please allow time for your mattress to settle back into its specified dimensions once placed flat on your chosen bed.
  • When using our mattresses with non Laura Ashley beds we recommend the clearance between each slat should not exceed 6.5cm as this may affect performance.
  • Day beds require specific mattress sizes and are usually sold complete.
  • It is normal on slatted beds to experience some slight movement of the mattress on the smooth slats.

Maintenance and Care Instructions

To help prolong the life of your Mattress or Divan we advise the following:

Maintenance

  • The mattress or divan can be cleaned with a soft brush or vacuumed.
  • Never use detergent of chemical cleaner on the bed fabric as this can cause staining, bleaching and damage to the material and fillings.

Care

Divan Storage and Use

Divan units with draws offer ample storage. Draw loads should not exceed 15kg as this may restrict use and cause damage. Ensure the divan section connectors are securely in place.

Liquids

  • We strongly recommend that you prevent liquid coming into contact with the mattress or divan surface and fillings, as this can cause damage.
  • The use of a mattress protector offers some additional protection from soiling.
  • Laura Ashley offers a range of machine washable mattress and pillow protectors see the catalogue or www.lauraashley.com for details.

Protecting the Shape and Comfort of Your Mattress

  • We recommend you do not fold or roll your mattress as this will damage the vital edge support and may buckle or twist the spring unit.
  • Avoid using the edge of your mattress or divan as a seat; as such localized pressure on the interior may eventually spoil its shape and comfort.
  • All mattresses and divans will show evidence of body decompression after use, and this is a normal feature of all mattresses and not a defect.
  • Sprung mattresses in particular because of the spring characteristics and layers of upholstery will compress where springs mould to body shape and weight, most noticeably in the centre of the mattress where weight is concentrated.

Following the guidelines above will ensure product performance is maintained. Laura Ashley is not responsible for defects caused by the misuse of your product or where the unit is in an unhygienic or stained condition.