Our beds and accessories buyer, Gary Thompson, knows all there is to know about beds and he has a keen eye for accessories too. He’s travelled extensively to source on trend accessories from all over the world, and can be relied on to bring in the best new beds – most of them from British manufacturers.
Gary has been selling a great night’s sleep for over 20 years, so he knows what’s important to our customers.
From luxurious divans to edgy monochrome wall art, here are his top summer picks.
“My star bed this summer is the Harrison Spinks Pure 5000 double divan set. It’s handcrafted to order in Yorkshire, its pillow top mattress has all natural home grown or locally sourced fillings and it has a patented spring system in two layers – you have to lie on this bed to fully appreciate just how incredibly comfortable it is. With its clean contemporary headboard it suits contemporary décor, I see it with the Maja armchair, the Trista 3 light pendant ceiling light and the Olly rug.
I’m a fan of clever tech, which is why I’m a fan of the Connect Ottoman TV bed. It has an LG 32” smart TV in the footboard, with a remote-controlled lift mechanism. I like the little touches like the USB ports and the touch-sensitive LED lights on both side rails – not to mention the large amount of hidden storage. I’d put this very modern bed with modern accessories such as the larger than life Finn floor lamp, and the Urban Cityscape framed canvas and add a splash of warmth and colour with the 100% wool Mara rug.
Finally the Silentnight Mirapocket Serenity 1200 divan set deserves a mention as it won a ‘Which? Best Buy’ mattress award. I’m not surprised, this bed has responsive springs and zoned support and when they try it and feel the quality, our customers can’t believe the price tag.
With my other hat on as Accessories buyer, I can find plenty of contemporary pieces to complement this divan set, from the Lucy console table, Finn task table lamp in white and gold and Nevada lamp table to Mark’s Millport Fabric Snuggler chair. One of my favourite rugs this year is the Michelle Collins Stand Tall rug. It’s not against any rules to mix geometrics with florals – so you can bring in a splash of bright colour with the Spring Grass canvas.”