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Seven Festive Tips to Prepare for Christmas Guests

Tips for Preparing for Christmas Guests

As Christmas approaches, many of us are busy preparing our homes for the festive season. From decorating the tree to organising the Christmas shop, the added pressure of holiday guests coming to stay can sometimes leave us a little overwhelmed.

To help take the stress out of the holiday season this year, we’ve prepared the following tips to make sure you don’t lose sleep over where everyone else is going to sleep this Christmas!

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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 wide 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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Now Stocking Jay-Be Folding Beds!

Jay-Be Folding Beds Retailer Northern Ireland

Jay-Be Retailer Northern Ireland!

Dalzells are now a proud online and in-store Jay-Be Retailer in Northern Ireland! Jay-Be are widely regarded as the bed industries Guest Bed Specialist with their highly innovative, durable and comfortable Folding Beds. More recently this has extended into a growing range of highly desirable Sofa Beds in a wide range of attractive fabrics and styles. With a manufacturing legacy stretching back more than 140 years and a specialist guest bed manufacturer for almost 40 Years Yorkshire based Jay-Be has been awarded no end of awards and accreditations for their outstanding efforts. Continue reading

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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Guest Bed Solutions for the Festive Season

With just over six weeks until Christmas many of us are already in full planning mode. The festive season brings many challenges: what to get that certain someone who is particularly difficult to buy for, making that all important decision about whether it’s going to be turkey, goose or beef for Christmas day lunch, and of course, where is everyone going to sleep when family and friends come to stay?

Thankfully there is a great selection of guest bed solutions in the market these days – from guest beds to futons and sofa beds. Whether you have a spare bedroom or you require the use of an overnight bed occasionally, guest beds offer great potential when you have people staying.

Guest Beds

When space is at a premium in our homes a guest bed, also known as a weekender bed or slide away bed, is a great alternative to the traditional double or king size bed. Folding out beds can make best use of small spaces, and with many guest beds offering extra storage they are an ideal choice for smaller bedrooms.

Many guest beds now comes with a smaller mattress neatly tucked away under the divan base like the Respa Symphony De Luxe Guest Bed Benefiting from Respa’s Spring Gauge Unit mattress, this model is available with castors or retractable Legs. What’s more, right now at Dalzell’s the Respa Symphony De Luxe Guest Bed is on special offer and is complete with a Hughes Paris Headboard (in a choice of colours) and a set of 2 Bedroom Couture Polycotton Hollowfibre Pillows all for the fantastic price of £399.00!

Day Beds 

Featuring an ornate open rail design in the side and back panels and its cream painted metal finish, the Balmoral Swan 3′ Day Bed folds out to create extra sleeping space whilst doubling up as extra seating. Perfectly at home in a bedroom or living area this stylish day bed is ideal when space is tight.

Sofa Beds

Things to consider when choosing a sofa bed include its folding out mechanism, whether your room space allows for lengthways or sideways folding out, and the usage it will get. Foam foldout is ideal for children’s rooms or a spare room where it’s getting only occasional use. Push down models can give your room that contemporary edge but may not offer the same durability as a metal action design.

For regular use or when you have guests staying for a prolonged period, metal action sofa beds can be the most reliable type. Many of these models are supplied with a durable sprung mattress for extra comfort and support.

The Balmoral Chester Sofa Bed is a stylish and modern two seater sofa bed finished in a black pellisma leather. This bed settee folds out into a 4′ 6″ bed.  This model is supplied with a sprung mattress and features buttoned detailing in the back and seat cushions to create a contemporary feel.


There are a number of key features to consider when buying a futon: the frame usually made from wood, metal, or a combination of both, the futon mattress, and the futon cover. When choosing the best futon for your needs determine how much room you have, and how often it will be used.  The two main types of futons are trifold, which are folded twice and use the width of the mattress as the sofa, and a bifold which is folded once and uses the length of the mattress as a seating area.

The Annaghmore Porto Black Futon is a perfect space saving solution for overnight guests or as additional seating in the home. This robust and sturdy model combines a solid wood frame with a choice of black or beige cotton futon mattress. Comfortable as additional seating, this modern futon has an easy to convert mechanism to transform it into a small double bed.

What to do next

Retailing a large selection of guest divans, Armagh Beds.com stock some of the leading bed designers in the UK and Ireland including Annaghmore Agencies, Balmoral / Moffet & Sons and Kellett of Oldcastle’s Sleeptight and Respa bed brands. Visit our showroom at Dalzell’s of Markethill to view our extensive range of guest and storage beds. Located between Newry and Armagh, we’re just a short drive from Cookstown and Dungannon. With our rapid Free Delivery service across Northern Ireland and Counties Dublin, Louth and Monaghan in Ireland (daily services to Belfast and Dublin city) you won’t be waiting around for a good night’s sleep! What’s more, we provide competitive delivery rates across the rest of Ireland. We’ll even provide Free Collection and Recycling of your Old Bed (see delivery), set it up and dispose of all the packaging to help make changing your bed hassle free.


Top Tips on Buying a New Bed

Our Top Tips for Choosing A New Bed

Am I due a new bed?

According to research by the Furniture Industry Research Association, 2011 A bed may have deteriorated by as much as 70% from its ‘as new’ state after 10 years. It also showed that beds as little as six years old could offer significantly less support and comfort than a new one, thanks to wear and tear not just from body weight and movement but also sweat and debris such as skin, scales, hair etc.’

With National Bed Month happening in March, maybe it’s time to start thinking about buying a new bed. Consider what type of bed you need.  Your choice of bed will be determined by the layout of your bedroom, the space you have available, your design choices and whether the bed is for two people – ideally a purchase decision made together.

With so many products in the market, it can be a daunting task choosing which bed is right for you. Ultimately providing you with a great night’s sleep, buying a new bed is a long term investment and it’s worth spending as much as you can afford. At Dalzell’s we always recommend that you visit us in-store to try out different beds before ordering online or by phone.

 Tips on buying a bed

  1. Decide upon your priorities and concerns in advance. For example what is your budget? Do you require storage? What size of bed can your bedroom accommodate? Are you fit to turn a mattress? How easy is it for you to get in and out of bed? Have you any health issues such as allergies or respiratory complaints?
  2. When you visit us try a selection of beds for comparison before you buy and set aside enough time to do so properly so you can fully appreciate the differences.
  3. Buy a bed that offers the correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.
  4. Wear comfortable clothing, remove any outdoor wear including your shoes and lie on each bed for quite a long time – at least 5 minutes. Lie in your normal sleep position and make some turns, too.
  5. Shop together if the bed’s for two as you both need to feel comfortable.
  6. Remember that a bed is a mattress and a base, don’t consider them in isolation.
  7. Think big! Larger beds are more comfortable and being disturbed by a partner is one of the most common sleep complaints. With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another.
  8. Check your bed’s dimensions. Bed sizes are not standardised and even if they have the same name (eg King Size) they may not be the same size. The depth of a new mattress may also be important if you are using a bedstead as your base.
  9. Like everything in life, you get what you pay for in regards of both product and service so spend as much as you can afford
  10. Bespoke sizes, with our excellent relationships with leading manufacturers we can quickly arrange for the manufacture and delivery of a custom sized bed to suit you or your home.

*Please remember, you’re going to spend more than 20,000 hours on your bed during its seven year lifespan, as such it really is worth setting aside a little time and effort in the beginning to make sure you make the right choice.

What to do now

Stocking a wide range of leading bed brands that include KaymedKing KoilRespa,DorluxOdearestSlumber NightSleeptightMyers and Staples there’s something for everyone at Dalzell’s of Markethill. What’s more we offer a Free Delivery and Recycling Service across Northern Ireland and Counties Louth, Monaghan and Dublin, with competitive rates across the rest of Ireland. Located in Markethill, just off the A28 between Armagh and Newry. We are just a short 20 minute drive from Lurgan and 55 minutes drive from Lisburn.  No time to visit, no problem! You can place your order and gain expert advice from our experienced team over the phone on 028 3755 1260 or even by Email.