April 18th, 2013
Divan Base Guide
At the end of the day a divan base is an upholstered box and a means of keeping you mattress of the floor, but it’s still the most popular option for supporting your mattress.
At Archers, we have a wide selection of divan bases available from leading suppliers such as Silentnight, Sealy, Rest Assured, Highgrove, Deluxe Beds, Kozee and Sweet Dreams.
The three main types of divan bed bases are …continue reading : Divan Base Review: Platform Divans, Spring Edge Divans and Firm Edge Divan Bases
March 25th, 2013
I read the other day a new national chain of bed shops is to be launched called Buzz Beds. I was surprised. The public needs another chain of look-a-like bed shops? Is Bensons for Beds, Dreams and Sleepright not enough?
I was equally surprised because it seems the independent bed retailer has weathered the recessionary storm and we are seeing little green shoots of independent growth. In my own patch I have seen new bed shops open and thrive: Morrison’s Bed Centre, Time for Bed and The Bedroom at Ayr. And old timers like Sleepy Valley and Gillespie’s of Greenock girding their loins and going for expansion.
Meantime the chains have taken a hammering. Bed Shed gone, Dreams closing a third of their stores and Walmsleys croaking it.
What is going on? What will happen …continue reading : New National Bed Retailer: Buzz Beds
March 20th, 2013
It’s good to be tall, but when your longer than your mattress and your feet hang off the end of the bed, it’s not pleasant, comfortable or cosy. You need an extra long mattress.
When you have to wear bed socks or curl up just to keep your feet comfy in bed it’s time to get yourself a mattress that’s long enough to keep your feet warm and snug.
To cater for those people who are taller than average, we have created …continue reading : Cold feet in bed? Need an Extra Long Mattress?
March 10th, 2013
Our just finalised annual accounts show that Archers Sleepcentre have sold more beds in 2012 than ever before. However that bald fact is just half the story. The other half is Archers Sleepcentre also made the smallest profit ever. So if I was a bed customer, I would be happy. As the owner of a barely profitable bed shop, I am less enamoured.
But “survival is the new success”, so the Kaymed Beds MD tells me. And a profit is better than a loss. Bah humbug I say! Working this hard is just plain hard.
Anyhow with the backdrop of Dreams Beds going into administration I am trying …continue reading : Archers Sleepcentre Bed Sales Increase in 2012
March 10th, 2013
Dreams Beds are closing stores across Scotland. Customers will have less choice, but it should allow remaining bed retailers such as ourselves and Bensons for Beds to afford more staff, better service and carry more stock for faster delivery. Which should be good for the customer.
Trading has been hard for a long time. After 23 consecutive quarters of like for like annual sales fall we at Archers have been living on fresh air. How I wish I was a civil servant striking over my reduced pension rights. (I was a civil servant once – so solidarity to the servants I say).
It has been so long since bed retailing was easy I forget. We have lost …continue reading : Dreams Beds Closing Down Sale
February 28th, 2013
There’s no harm in adding a bit of spice to your bedroom with a Ménage-a-Trois faux leather bed frame, but the main purpose of a 6ft wide bed is to provide two people with additional sleeping surface.
It can easily accommodate three people if required, but why not treat yourself to some extra width, even a king size only allows you 2ft 6 each. That’s only 6″ wider than a baby’s cot.
Ok, the Ménage-a-Trois is not a real leather bed frame, but why pay …continue reading : Fancy trying a Menage-a-Trois Leather Bed?
February 27th, 2013
Have you ever gone to bed after a good night out, then in the early hours, bleary eyed, with your bladder bursting you get up and mistake the wardrobe for the toilet?
Many a man has had that horrible feeling in the morning when they go to the wardrobe and step on the sodden floor, look to the ceiling and realise it wasn’t the roof that leaked.
Just like the king of the jungle where a lion marks his territory, could this be a man’s subconscious way of marking his territory to show he’s the head of the house?
The solution to this problem could be a ‘lazy-man en-suite wardrobe’. …continue reading : Who needs an en-suite wardrobe?
January 25th, 2013
Product : IKEA size single mattress
Suppliers: Breasley, Deluxe Beds and Kozee Sleep
Options: Medium support, firm support and extra firm orthopaedic support
Delivery Times: Next day or express delivery
Delivery Methods: Free delivery using our one man service to the front entrance
Archers IKEA Size Single Mattress Review
If you have purchased an IKEA single bed frame or you are importing a European single bed frame you will require a mattress that is 90cm wide and 200cm long (3′x 6’6).
European single bed frames and IKEA single bed frames are longer than a standard UK single bed frame that only requires a 90cm x 190cm mattress (3′ x 6’3).
We have introduced a wide selection of IKEA size single mattresses ranging from medium support to firm and extra firm support for those who prefer an orthopaedic support. …continue reading : 90 x 200 European IKEA Size Single Mattress Review
November 18th, 2012
Last month, kicking and screaming I was dragged out to the Rauch wardrobe factory in Freudenberg, Germany.
I consoled myself that I could confirm my prejudices of a company that can’t send my order acknowledgements to the location of my choice and when they get my order they take 6 weeks to deliver.
And there was ample confirmation to be had with lots of expensive equipment of the Wallace and Gromit variety (little gizmos that fill bags with grommets etc). And they are very big – the factory is one third …continue reading : Rauch Extra Large Wardrobes Total Quality
October 28th, 2012
A recent article quoted a spokesman from Furniture 123 – us retailers ought not to worry about furniture being sold on the net – web is only 5% of sales.
“Bah!” I thought. “You haven’t worked a shop sales floor for a while mate.” Customers tapping away on their mobiles to find the best deal. Customers with encyclopaedic knowledge putting even the best sales people to the test.
And of course I know exactly what sells on the net, having a web site of my own. And I’ll tell you, if …continue reading : Selling Furniture on the Net is Hard