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10 tips for better sleep

10 tips for better sleep

We all know how important getting a good night’s sleep is to be able to function in our day-to-day lives. On average, we should take around 15 minutes to fall asleep, but many of us take much longer to nod off. Almost half of us say that stress and worry keep us awake at night, according to the Sleep Council; as a result, only a fifth of Brits manage more than seven hours’ sleep a night. Being sleep-deprived can leave us irritable and unfocussed during the day, but the NHS says the consequences could be much worse. Regular poor sleep...

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A matter of time

A matter of time

Spring is definitely on the way. The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ might still be fresh in our minds, but we can take comfort from knowing that warmer days are on the horizon. Clocks ‘spring’ forward by an hour on the last Sunday in March, marking the start of British Summer Time.  BST was first introduced more than 100 years ago to make better use of the long hours of sunlight during the summer months. First mooted by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, it was put forward to Parliament by London builder, William Willet, the great, great grandfather of Coldplay’s Chris...

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Nine things you definitely shouldn't eat in bed

nine-things-you-definitely-shouldnt-eat-in-bed

Everyone loves a lazy morning or a cosy evening. Relaxing in bed with some great food is one of the cornerstones of a good weekend. But, eating food in bed is a risky business. Nobody wants questionable stains, odd smells or crumbs to ruin their sanctuary of sleep. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of foods you should definitely avoid eating when in bed.  Smoked mackerel pate: Spread over some slices of toasted sourdough, smoked mackerel pate can make the perfect snack. The smell of fish, however, will linger in the air long after you have devoured it. Whilst capturing...

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How do you sleep?

How do you sleep?

Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to our wellbeing, but when was the last time you woke up feeling completely rested? Most adults need around eight hours of good quality sleep each night to properly function, but, according to The Sleep Council, nearly half of us are getting just six hours or less. The NHS reports that the impact of sleep deprivation is more than irascibility and lack of focus; it puts you at risk of serious medical conditions including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, and shortens your life expectancy. But even if you...

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Customer review: 'I can't remember sleeping as well as I do now'

Customer review: 'I can't remember sleeping as well as I do now'

Here at The Cornish Bed Company, we pride ourselves on delivering outstanding, professional customer service - from the initial inquiry through to delivery and aftercare.  Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, so it’s always such a pleasure to receive feedback from them once their new beds have been delivered. Rosemary Hetherington, from Middleham in North Yorkshire, slept in the same bed for 51 years before deciding it was time for a change. She travelled to Chiswick in west London to look around the showroom we share with our sister company, Naturalmat, which manufactures a range of...

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Spring forward, fall back . . .

Spring forward, fall back  . . .

This weekend marks the end of British Summertime: the days are getting shorter and the nights are drawing in. Unbelievably, winter really is just around the corner. Every year, the clocks ‘spring’ forward by an hour in March and ‘fall’ back by an hour in October as BST starts and finishes.  Evenings begin to get darker and the mornings much brighter. As Winston Churchill once said: “We borrow an hour one night in [the spring]; we pay it back with golden interest five months later." Altering the clocks allows for longer daylight hours in the summer and an extra hour...

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How Cornish Beds are made

How Cornish Beds are made

In an age when faster and cheaper appear to be the vaunted archetype, there’s undoubtedly a nostalgia for artisan craftsmanship, a rejection of soulless mass manufacturing, and a hunger for bespoke goods. We’re proud of our hard-earned reputation for producing top quality hand cast iron, brass and nickel bed frames which are designed and built to last a lifetime. It’s as far from a production line as you could get.  Our small team of committed artisans are still using the same techniques championed by their Victorian forefathers, and the time and skill they invest is evident in the end result....

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Design trend: polished metal

Design trend: polished metal

Our polished metal bed frames are a timeless expression of classic style. Handmade and built to last a lifetime, the nickel finish is an enduring statement of confidence and opulence in any home.   Metal is no longer the domain of overlooked utilitarian domestic ware; on the contrary, metallic furnishings and accessories are enjoying a huge resurgence, their shimmery, reflective surfaces adding light and depth to both traditional and contemporary settings.  Established designers and skilled artisans are paving the way for this renaissance, using polished metals in clever and innovative ways. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites:  Tom Dixon...

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Cornwall's artisan renaissance

Cornwall's artisan renaissance

Our long held ethos is to create beautiful, bespoke bed frames built to last a lifetime, our small team of skilled artisans honing traditional techniques used by the Victorians. Our foundry at Par in mid-Cornwall is one of the last in the country to hand cast iron, brass and nickel bed frames in this way. We’re in good company in Cornwall, a county steeped in rich cultural traditions and diverse artisanal skills, leading the charge against bland mass production, and offering customers something more personal. As our lives become increasingly virtual, there’s a growing awareness of provenance and a return...

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Case study: Metal bed in Paul Ainsworth's Padstow Townhouse

Case study: Metal bed in Paul Ainsworth's Padstow Townhouse

If ever there was a perfect setting for one of our hand cast beds, it has to be Paul Ainsworth’s 18th Century Padstow Townhouse in North Cornwall. Once a derelict Georgian townhouse, a stone’s throw from the chef’s Michelin-starred restaurant, the Grade II listed building has been lovingly and painstakingly converted into a sumptuous six-bedroomed hotel. It’s a masterclass in sheer opulence, having undergone an ambitious 16-month renovation whilst remaining sympathetic to its heritage. Recently crowned Restaurant with Rooms of the Year at the AA’s B & B Awards, the Padstow Townhouse is designed to feel like a luxury home from...

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