Category Archives: Pillow Protectors

How to Prepare for Holiday Guests

Guest Beds at Dalzells

With the summer holidays now in full swing, many of us have visitors coming to stay. Of course, guests coming to visit also means we will be wondering how we are going to accommodate them.

At Dalzell’s we like to take the stress out of welcoming your visitors. With a great range of guest beds, folding beds, sofa beds and storage beds in-store, we’ll make sure you don’t lose sleep over where everyone else is going to sleep this holiday!

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Summer Solstice Sleep Tips

Summer Solstice

People from all over the UK and Ireland rose early today to celebrate Summer Solstice. Celebrated for thousands of years, the longest day of the year is when we have the most sunlight and heralds the start of summer in the northern hemisphere.

With all this glorious sunshine the feel good factor can be felt all around as people make the most of these balmy days with BBQs and sun bathing aplenty. Of course, long hot days also mean hot sticky nights and, for many, disrupted sleep. So how can you get the most of the longest day, enjoy the sunshine and still get your sleep?

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7 Tips to Spring Clean Your Bed

Is Your Bed Up To Scratch?

Now that spring has finally sprung many of us our turning our minds to cleaning the home. Our bedrooms in particular need a good deep down clean at this time of year. From freshening up our bed linen to airing the mattress there are lots of ways to breathe new life into the bedroom.

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The Power of the Pillow

There’s been a lot of press coverage this week about the recently launched ‘Power Pillow’. The brainchild of a Canadian-based company, the pillow houses a 12000mAh lithium-polymer battery pack, with two USB ports to charge your phones, tablets or any USB device.  It promises to ‘… recharge your body, mind, phone and tablet all at the same time’. Genius idea or just bonkers, we’ll leave that up to you to decide, but it did get us thinking about the power of the pillow!

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Preparing For Visitors This Festive Season


Guest Bed Solutions 

It’s that time of year when we are all refreshing our decor so our homes are looking at their best – from the annual winter clean, to a quick retouch of the paintwork, we’re also busying ourselves with putting the finishing touches to the festive decorations.

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Layer up this Autumn with Luxurious Bedding Essentials

As the long nights draw in is there anything more inviting that sinking into a warm and cosy bed! While spring is synonymous with clearing out clutter and cleaning, darker evenings make us all want to layer up and snuggle down in between our duvets and pillows. Of course what could be snugger than an electric blanket to warm the bed before we sink in for the night!

At Dalzell’s we know that bedding accessories are a must in creating that all important ambiance in our bedrooms and ensuring that that we get that well-deserved retreat after a long day’s work. Stocking a range of duvets, pillows, electric blankets as well as mattress and pillow protectors from leading brands including Kaymed, Dunlopillo, Beurer, Morphy Richards and Protect-a-Bed we’re confident you’ll find all those bedding essentials necessary for a relaxing and comfortable night’s sleep.

Bedding Essentials

Knowing what type of pillow suits your sleeping position is as important as choosing your preferred mattress tension and support. Although not designed to have the same lifespan or durability as a mattress, a good quality, comfortable pillow can significantly reduce any neck, back or shoulder pain experienced when sleeping.  The Kaymed Gel Therapy Pillow has a unique massage effect from its gel centre  helping to maintain the correct posture whilst sleeping, ultimately providing a great night’s sleep.

The majority of naturally filled duvets are made from duck feathers and down, goose down, or a combination of both. What you’ll notice about natural duvets is how soft, lightweight and comfortable they feel and because they form air pockets within the fabric casing, these luxurious duvets offer the same level of natural warmth as a synthetic duvet. With its 85% white goose feather and 15% white goose down filling, the Bedroom Couture White Goose Feather & Down 5′ Duvet provides even distribution for all over warmth and comfort.

An Over Electric Blanket warms you and your bed from the top. A Fitted Under Electric Blanket is a popular choice as it heats the body from underneath and adds extra warmth to your bedding.  The Morphy Richards 75288 Dual Control King Size Heated Mattress Cover is made from an extra thick fleece material, and contains ultra-thin wires ensuring ultimate comfort. Costing from as little as 2p per night, this luxury electric blanket is a fully fitted mattress cover design that is incredibly easy to fit.

Designed to protect your mattress and pillow against soiling and general wear and tear, mattress and pillow protectors will also keep your bedding and bed fresher and cleaner for longer. The Protect-A-Bed® Plush 5′ Mattress Protector offers complete protection from allergens, liquids, irritants and stains. With its unique Miracle Membrane™ and total heat transference formula, this mattress protector is guaranteed to moderate temperature and enhance sleeping comfort.

What to do next

At Armagh we stock some of the leading bedding brands including KaymedDunlopilloBeurerMorphy Richards and Protect-a-Bed.  What’s more, our bedding accessories benefit from Free Delivery across Northern Ireland and Counties Monaghan, Louth and Dublin (£5.99 throughout the rest of Ireland). To aid you in your purchase we have compiled a comprehensive buyers’ guide. So whatever sort of bedding product you’re looking for whether it’s a duvet, electric blanket or simply a pillow, you’ll be able to find it at Armagh, Northern Ireland’s premier bed website. You canalso  place your order and gain expert advice from our experienced team over the phone on 028 3755 1260 or even by Email. Or why not Visit in-store at Dalzells, located in Markethill, just off the A28 between Armagh and Newry and less than 50 minutes drive from Belfast.



Student Essentials

Now that the ‘A’ Level results are out and young people are preparing to head off to college and university it’s time to get them kitted out for their new ventures.  As a local family business, with a set of business values you’d like to expect but don’t always get nowadays, we know that every penny counts when getting our kids university ready. Yes, we’ve been there, done that, and bought the T-shirts!

At Dalzells we retail a great selection of bedding products, beds and mattresses that will see your ‘little darlings’ through their studies. From Pillows, Duvets, Mattress & Pillow Protectors through to the all essential Electric Blankets, to stave off those winter chills in student digs, rest assured we’ve got you covered! What’s more, with our ‘spend and save voucher’, you’ll even get something back to cushion the costs of getting them started in their studies.

Bedding Essentials


Moving away from home can be challenging at the best of times,  but what better way to seek comfort than sinking into a fresh and cosy bed with a comfy duvet.  Duvets vary in their softness, level of warmth and weight allowing for seasonal adjustments and personal choice. Our great selection of Single Duvets and Double Duvets from Bedroom Couture will ensure that no matter how drafty the students digs are, your child will be warm and toasty.


Whether your child’s preference is for a luxury memory pillow, like the King Koil Memory Fill, or your prefer a good value range such as the Bedroom Couture Polycotton twin pillow set, we’ve a style and range to suit everyone. Although many pillows are now fully washable, (yes we know, that may be asking too much of our little darlings!), it is advisable to replace them every two years. Pillows that have become lumpy or discoloured will no longer provide proper support and could contain high levels of dust mites and skin; a nuisance for allergy sufferers.  Designed to protect your pillow against soiling and general wear and tear, it’s worth remembering that good quality Pillow Protectors will also keep pillows fresher and cleaner for longer.

Mattress Protection

If your child is moving into student accommodation where there are existing beds and mattresses, it really is worth considering buying Mattress Protectors.  Enclosing the mattress similarly to a fitted sheet, mattress protectors are available in a range of fabric types. Our selection of 100% cotton mattress protectors are perfect for added bed freshness and ensuring a cool sleeping environment. For allergy sufferers, we also retail a huge array of anti-allergy, natural mattress protectors to keep the bed allergen-free, or prevent existing allergens from being present in older mattresses.

Electric Blankets

As the colder nights draw in it’s important that our kids are warm in their new student accommodation. At Armagh we stock some of the leading Electric Blanket brands, with the added reassurance that they have undergone rigorous testing and conform to all relevant UK and European safety standards. So whether it’s a fitted under electric blanket or an over electric blanket we’ve a great range of products from leading brands such as Morphy Richards and Beurer.

Beds and Mattresses

We appreciate that the budget may not stretch to buying beds and mattresses but with a huge selection of cheap beds and mattresses in stock it might be more affordable than you think. Our expert staff are always happy to advise and as we only deal directly and in bulk with manufacturers we can achieve real savings which we pass directly to you. What’s more, we’re easy to talk to and willing to strike a deal! We also have Great Finance Deals, with up to 12 Months 0% Buy Now Pay Later. Ask in-store for full written details.

What to do next

In these uncertain times being able to trust a retailer is everything. Our being in business for more than 55 years and excellent reputation is the kind of reassurance you can feel comfortable about.  We are members of The Sleep Council, the consumer education arm of the National Bed Federation and are duty bound to raise awareness of a good night’s sleep, provide helpful advice on how to improve sleep quality and to help shoppers choose the right bedding products to meet their individual requirements.   Not only that, but we provide Free Delivery* and Free Collection and Recycling of Your Old Bed throughout Northern Ireland, and Counties Monaghan, Louth and Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. We’ll also unpack and place your New Mattress and/or New Bed in a room of your choosing and dispose of all the packaging. Call in-store or view our bedding collection online at , email or telephone our expert staff on 028 3755 1260 and they’ll be only too happy to chat about your needs. We’re just a short drive from Lisburn and Belfast, positioned between Armagh and Newry and convenient to Dungannon, Cookstown and Omagh.

*Delivery throughout the rest of Ireland available at Highly Competitive Rates.








Summer Slumbers

If we’re not complaining about the weather, we’re complaining about the weather! The last few weeks of sunshine have been glorious, but undoubtedly the ‘heat wave’ has taken its toll on many of us. Hot, sticky nights being the biggest bug bear of all.  As the temperatures crept up lots of people experienced sleepless nights due to the humid conditions.

In one of our previous posts we shared our top tips on keeping cool at night.  From sleeping under cool, cotton sheets, to having a cool shower or bath before bedtime, these simple strategies all help to cool the body in preparation for sleep. Did you know though that a number of beds and mattresses are now so technologically advanced that they can also contribute to keeping you cool at night?

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New Mum Sleep Tips

As the world waits with bated breath on the new Royal baby, those of us who’ve been there before know only too well what those first few weeks of sleepless nights are like when a new baby arrives. No doubt Kate will hear the oft-quoted phrase ‘Sleep when the baby sleeps’ numerous times in the days and weeks ahead.

However, if you feel you’re really not getting enough sleep, feel low, agitated or simply unable to cope or enjoy those first precious moments with baby, it’s essential to get more sleep, or at least more rest.

Signs of sleep deprivation

Some of the signs that we are sleep deprived include being unable to get up in the morning when the alarm goes, feeling groggy all day, short tempered and maybe snapping at the children or your partner, or simply being unable to concentrate on anything.

If you are feeling very tired however, even after your baby has started to sleep through the night – or if you just can’t get to sleep – you should talk to your doctor or other health professional about possible causes and how to improve your sleeping pattern.

Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, explains ‘If you’re not getting enough sleep, the sleep you do get becomes more intense in order to help compensate. When you do get the chance to drop off, your body knows getting the two hours of deep and restorative sleep it needs is a priority, so that will come first in your sleep cycle.’ Yes, you’ll still feel tired the next day, as your natural sleep cycle is being disrupted by the demands of your new baby, but at least you can rest assured knowing your body is doing its best to cope and keep you functioning as well as it can.’

Tips for getting more sleep

  1. It’s true what they say, you need to sleep when the baby sleeps. If at all possible take some time out and rest during the day. This will not only lessen the effects of sleep deprivation, it will also help improve quality of your sleep, when you get some!
  2. Try and go to bed a bit earlier. Maybe your partner or a relative could help out what that last nappy change or soothing a colicky baby. Even if you find you can’t nod off earlier, try and do something relaxing for half an hour beforehand, such as reading a book to help you relax.
  3. Try and establish a good bedtime routine. From having all your nightly baby paraphernalia organised for the night ahead, to having a relaxing bath to soothe the body and mind.
  4. If you can, share the responsibility of getting up in the night with your partner. Take alternate nights or weeks. If grandparents offer to help out with other children, accept all invitations readily!
  5. Try and build some exercise into your daily routine. Time is a very precious thing to new mums and it’s difficult to find time to build in exercise, especially when you’re feeling exhausted or slightly overwhelmed by the demands of a new baby. However, exercise is one of the key strategies in helping you to relieve stress and helping you to sleep more effectively as well as baby and you getting some fresh air.
  6. Keep your bedroom as clutter free as possible. We all know the amount of ‘stuff’ that parents accumulate for newborns, but where possible try and keep your bedroom as clutter free as possible so that you can relax better.
  7. Avoid sedatives such as sleeping pills and alcohol to help you sleep. The effects are usually short-term, they can have counter effects, and sustained use can lead to dependency.
  8. Make sure your bed, mattress and bedding is giving you the right support and comfort levels to help aid sleep. A good supportive bed can make all the difference to getting a good night’s sleep. Extra pillows or a back support pillow might also help during nighttime feeds.
  9. Finally, don’t get stressed about lack of sleep. Those first few months with baby are precious times and winding yourself up about sleepless nights will only exacerbate the situation. Allow yourself time to just rest and enjoy your new baby.



 What to do next 

At Dalzell’s we know only too well how lack of sleep can disrupt family life. With over fifty years of bedding expertise we’ve met many sleep deprived mums and dads over the years who have come to us looking for advice on buying a new bed.  Our expertly trained staff are happy to advise on all types of beds and mattresses that will help new parents get some well-earned kip. With over 500 beds in stock we have a wide range to choose from. Stocking leading bed manufacturers Respa, Myers, Staples, Kaymed and King Koil, among others, we’re confident you’ll find the right bed and mattress for you. Conveniently located between Armagh and Newry we’re a short drive from Lisburn and Belfast. What’s more, with Free Delivery* and Free Collection and Recyling of Your Old Bed throughout our Free Delivery Zone of Northern Ireland and Counties Dublin, Louth and Monaghan, there’s one less thing to worry about in those early days. Not only that, but we’ll we’ll also unpack and set-up your New Bed and Mattress in a room of your choosing and dispose of all the packaging, leaving mum and dad more time to relax and enjoy baby’s first few weeks.  Time being precious and no time to visit, no problem! You can view our extensive collection of beds and mattresses online at Armagh any time day or night! Email, or simply Call us on T: 028 3755 1260 where our staff are on hand to answer and questions you may have.

*Delivery throughout the rest of Ireland available at Highly Competitive Rates

Spring Clean Your Bed

At the end of a long day is there anything more inviting than slipping in to a fresh, clean bed?  We spend a third of our lives in bed so it’s important that our bedrooms are comfortable and healthy spaces.  And with spring just a few short weeks away what better time to give our beds the attention they deserve.

Bed Care

When we consider that sleeping in an uncomfortable bed could cost up to one hour’s sleep a night, it’s worth considering  the quality, care and amount of use our beds get. A simple way of keeping our beds fresh is to throw back the bed clothes in the morning and leave the bed to air for 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate. If you have a divan bed, vacuum or brush the base, and clean with a mild detergent and warm or cold water. Remember never soak the base and always check the manufacturers’ instructions.

Mattress Care

Most mattresses are made well enough that they don’t need rotating, however turning your mattress over from side and side and end to end every few months will help upholstery fillings settle down more evenly.  If you have a new mattress, don’t leave polythene wrappings on it – dampness, mildew and rotting could all result from a build-up of condensation. Vacuum, or better still, use a soft brush on your mattress from time to time to remove fluff and dust.

It’s also worth considering investing in a good quality mattress protector. Designed to protect against soiling and general wear and tear, mattress protectors will keep your bedding and bed fresher and cleaner for longer. Using a protector and rotating regularly can extend your mattress’s life.

Bedding Care  

When it comes to laundry care many of us will wash our sheets, pillow cases and duvets covers on a regular basis. How often you wash these essential bedding items is a personal preference. In general, it’s a good idea to wash them weekly and tumble dry according to label instructions. However, when we think about spring cleaning, bedding items such as duvets and pillows are frequently neglected or forgotten.

It is recommended that duvets are professionally cleaned, if you choose to launder them yourself, always read and follow the specific care instructions on the product label. Ensure they are dried thoroughly to avoid ‘clumping’ of filling and shake regularly during the drying process to keep the filling loose. In between washes, hang your duvet on a clothesline on a dry, breezy day every few months. You can also fluff it in the dryer, just as you would a pillow.

Many pillows are fully washable although it is advisable to replace them every two years. Pillows that have become lumpy or discoloured will no longer provide proper support and could contain high levels of dust mites and skin; a nuisance for allergy sufferers. A simple way of extending the life of your pillow is to use a pillow protector. Easily slipping over the pillow, they retain the effect of a Pillow Feel and are available in a range of fabric types and textures.  Highly absorbent and breathable, they can also help to prevent skin infections and irritations.  Many pillow protectors are now machine washable and tumble dry safe for added convenience. In between washes, plump pillows daily when you make your bed, to keep the filling from becoming flattened.

What to do next

At Armagh we retail an extensive collection of pillows, duvets, mattress and pillow protectors. With more than 55 years of  bedding expertise you can count on Dalzell’s to deliver! Located in Markethill on the main A28, just 45 miles from Belfast, we’re just a short drive away from Lisburn and Newry. Of course you can always place your order online, over the phone on 028 3755 1260 or even by Email.  However you decide to shop with us you can be assured of Expert AdviceA Great Deal and Free Delivery of your Bedding, Bed or Mattress throughout N. Ireland and Counties Monaghan, Louth and Dublin City, with highly competitive rates available across the rest of the UK and Ireland.