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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 Beds.com 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 Beds.com, 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.



Is the Cold Keeping you Awake at Night?

How does the cold affect sleep?

With the snow still lying on the ground and the freezing temperatures set to continue it’s no wonder we’re all retreating to our bedrooms to snuggle up and keep warm. Research* has shown that, similar to animals, humans have their own kind of hibernation during the winter months with adults five times more likely to spend more time in bed during the winter months than summer.

If we get too cold at night, we get restless, our sleep patterns are interrupted and we lose out on our sleep. Essential to our health and well-being, sleep plays a significant role in brain development.  After just one night without sleep our concentration levels lessen considerably. For a restful night’s sleep our core temperature should only be half a degree less than during the day.  So what can we do to make sure we stay warm at night without overheating?

The Sleep Council has produced this really useful guide on keeping warm. Their simple and easy tips will ensure you avoid the chill at night but don’t overheat either.


Top tips on keeping warm 

  1. Wear night clothes such as pyjamas or a large T-shirt to keep you warm. Natural fibres such as wool, cotton or silk will keep you warmer than synthetic materials.
  2. Have a warm bath just before you go to bed. This will gently warm and relax you to help you feel sleepy.
  3. Have a warming, milky drink.
  4. Try to take some exercise which will get the circulation going to help keep the body warm – but don’t do vigorous exercise too close to bed time as you may feel too invigorated to sleep.
  5. Keep the bedroom warm, but not too hot, and free from draughts.
  6. Look for a mattress which has a “warm” side for use during the winter. A soft sleeping surface is a better insulator than a flat one. Use a fleecy underblanket to retain the heat.
  7. Choose a duvet with a high tog rating or use several layers of bedding rather than one single layer. Layers will trap warm air and are easily removed if you get too hot.
  8. A hot water bottle is an ideal way to keep warm once in bed. Make sure it has a cover on it to avoid scalding and also so that it won’t feel cold in the middle of the night.
  9. Electric blankets are ideal. Underblankets will warm the bed up before you retire for the night, while overblankets maintain a constant temperature throughout the night.

Choosing the right duvet

A duvet’s warmth is rated by its tog rating and can extend from a lightweight summer version of between 3.0 – 4.5 tog through to a warmer, cosier autumn or winter duvet with a tog rating of between 9 and 13.5. Seasonal duvets are increasingly popular as they can be quickly adjusted to the temperature dipping: this added flexibility is a hit with many in these cold winter months.

Maybe you or your partner struggle to keep warm with one or other taking control of the duvet – a duvet one size up may be the ideal solution to keeping you both cosy. The Bedroom Couture White Goose Feather & Down 5′ Duvet is a great choice. With its 85% White Goose Feather and 15% White Goose Down filling, this Luxurious Duvet provides Even Distribution for all over Warmth and Comfort.

For those that need an anti-allergy duvet, try the Bedroom Couture Microfibre 5′ Duvet. With its Microfibre Fabric Cover providing a Super Soft Feel and Superior Drape, this Ultrafine Spiral Hollow Fibre filled Duvet  is  available in a 13.5 Tog and is Non-Allergenic and Machine Washable for added convenience.

What to do next?

At Armagh Beds.com we retail an extensive collection of duvets in a range of sizes including Single Duvets, Double Duvets and King Size Duvets. 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 Portadown and Lisburn. 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.

*From the HiberNation survey of 1,000 adults, undertaken by the Better Sleep Council of America, published in autumn 1998.

Warm up to an Electric Blanket

Banish the Winter Chill

With a cold snap predicted, we’re all turning our minds to keeping warm at night. So what’s a cheap and safe way to keep your bed toasty?  A popular choice is an electric blanket to stave off that winter chill. With a range of under blankets, over blankets and duvets, electric blankets give you lots of choice in transforming your bed into a haven of warmth and comfort.

Types of Electric Blankets 

Heating the body from underneath, and adding extra warmth to your bedding,  under blankets fit to the bed like a normal elasticated fitted sheet.  A great choice is the Beurer Monogram Symphony Single Electric Blanket. Available with a Preheat Setting for Fast Heat Up, this Single Control Under Blanket is made from a Soft Polyester Material with a Tie Down Fitting to secure the blanket to the bed.

Or the Morphy Richards 75288 Dual Control King Size Heated Mattress Cover, with Ultra Thin Energy Efficient Nano Wires, this model is very economical to run. Made from an Extra Thick Luxury Fleece Fabric, and designed to fit the mattress like a fitted sheet, this under blanket provides you with Extra Heat at the Foot of the Bed to keep your feet warm and cosy on those cold winter nights.

Convenient and easy to use, an over electric blanket warms you and your bed from the top. Many designs are now available with heat sensitive technology, adjusting to the temperature of the body and room while you sleep. The Overblanket can either be placed on top of the bed or inserted into a duvet cover.

Energy Efficiency

Worried about the cost? There’s no need. With many electric blankets costing as little as 2 pence per night to run, their energy efficiency means savings on your heating bills as well.

Machine washable and tumble dry safe, and available in a range of sizes from single through to kingsize, once you’ve tried an electric blanket, you’ll never turn back!

What to do now?

At Armagh Beds.com we stock some of the leading Electric Blanket brands including Morphy Richards and Beurer, with the added reassurance that they have undergone rigorous testing and conform to all relevant UK and European safety standards. Conveniently located on the A28 between Armagh and Newry, you can Visit Us In-Store. We’re a short 20 minute drive from Portadown or Dungannon and 45 minutes from Belfast down the M1. You can of course always place your order and gain expert advice from our experienced team 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 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.