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Beds and safety

When you’re buying a new bed, make sure that you’re choosing one that complies with current safety standards.

When you’re buying a new bed, make sure that you’re choosing one that complies with current safety standards.

There are several different standards that apply to the design, manufacture and care of beds and mattresses. Some of these standards can be legally enforced, and manufacturers must ensure that their products conform to the latest requirements.

Legislation

Government passes legislation all the time, most of which we never hear about. In many cases, the legislation is brought in to control the manufacture or production of general consumer items. Current legislation that affects the beds and mattress industry include the Bunk Beds (Entrapment Hazards)(Safety) Regulations 1987 S1 1987/1337, which cover the way that bunk beds are designed and built. In particular, it covers gaps in construction which could be dangerous for small children. This legislation applies to pre-assembled bunk beds and flat-packed bunks.

The British Standards Institute

The BSI provides business services to companies around the world. It formulates national and international standards for a wide variety of industries, undertakes product testing and provides training and general information. The BSI produces and manages hundreds of standards, which companies can adopt in order to show that their products are meeting a nationally-recognised quality level. These standards help to give customers confidence in the product and allows them to compare products from different manufacturers. Whilst British Standards are not legally binding, they are an indication of excellence or best practice. Current British Standards that apply to beds include BS6807:2006 which covers the testing of mattresses, upholstered divans, and upholstered beds for ignitability – how quickly they catch fire. The standard includes testing various methods of ignition, including “progressive smouldering ignition”, such as an unattended cigarette.

Trading Standards

Each council has a trading standards department which is responsible for ensuring that manufacturers and retailers maintain legal and professional standards in their dealings with consumers. If you have had a problem with a retailer that supplies beds or mattresses, go to your local trading standards office for advice.

Bed Next Day sells a range of single, double, king and superking beds, most of which are available with next day delivery. Brands include Silentnight, the Original Bedstead Company, Sprung Land and Sealy. We can give you advice on taking care of your new bed and on getting rid of your old one. Take a look at the beds available on our website, www.mattressnextday.co.uk and order online today, or call 0844 3911 222 if you have any questions.

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Diana Hart