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Is Your Mattress Affecting Your Sleep?

Many of us are now familiar with the link from poor sleep to health issues. But how many of us realise that it could be our mattress to blame for a bad night’s sleep?

A bed that provides the right amount of support, comfort and room to move is less likely to keep us awake at night and cause partner disturbance. So, how can you tell whether your mattress is up to scratch?

Read on for advice on how your mattress affects your sleep.

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How Often Should You Buy A New Mattress?

If you’ve been asking yourself when is a good time to change your mattress, it usually means it is time! A bed that no longer gives you the right amount of support or comfort could be causing you sleepless nights.

It’s a general rule of thumb that we change our mattress every seven to eight years. We spend a third of our life in bed; buying the right mattress is a serious investment in our sleep hygiene.

Knowing when it’s time to change is the crucial deciding factor. We’ve put together a list of things to look for below.

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Top 5 Festive Buys This Christmas

Top 5 Festive Buys

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when we’re full of festive cheer and running around snapping up those bargain buys and great deals for Christmas.

It’s the time for giving and receiving, and unless you’re a bah humbug type, you’re probably relishing the idea of watching your loved ones open up their pressies on Christmas day.

Can there be any better feeling that seeing a child’s eyes light up, or a loved one’s heart melt as they unwrap that perfect gift? Of course, finding that elusive perfect gift can be the tricky part.

So we at Dalzell’s have taken the leg, and head work, out of the equation and chosen our top five gifts for Christmas to suit every type of budget. Continue reading

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 Beds.com 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 Armaghbeds.com , 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.








Choosing the Perfect Mattress

Considering  we spend a third of our life in bed, a good mattress is a serious investment.  It really is worth the time to get to know what mattress options are available and what type is best for you. A good quality mattress aids deeper, more refreshing sleep and gives your body better support.

Quick Guide to Buying a New Mattress

  1. If you find that you are waking up with aches or pains, or your mattress just doesn’t seem to be giving you the right comfort and support level, it’s probably time for a change.
  2. Before buying a new mattress, research all the options available to you. Remember that a bed is a mattress and a base, don’t consider them in isolation e.g. a sprung divan will make a mattress seem softer than a platform top or solid top divan or slatted base.
  3. When trying out your new mattress, 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. Don’t forget to shop together if the bed’s for two, as you both need to feel comfortable.
  4. Most mattresses need regular turning to ensure even wear and tear.  However, if this would pose a difficulty for you there are now plenty of non-turn options, which only need rotating occasionally.
  5. If you’re concerned about disposing of your old mattress safley, don’t worry! At Dalzell’s we offer Free Delivery* and Free Collection and Recycling of your old mattress throughout Northern Ireland, and Counties Monaghan, Louth and Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. What’s more, we’ll also unpack and set-up your new mattress in a room of your choosing and dispose of all the packaging. *Delivery throughout the rest of Ireland available at Highly Competitive Rates.
  6. Orthopaedic is often a term used to describe mattresses with a firmer spring. It’s more important to choose a mattress that gives proper support as opposed to just being very hard.



Types of Mattress

Bonelli Spring Or Open Coil

The most widely used type of spring is the Bonnell spring or open coil. The number of springs used in an open coil mattress varies but a typical 5’ mattress contains in the region of 325, or more for higher quality beds. The level of support offered by an Open Coil mattress is also dependent on the gauge (thickness) of the wire with 12.5 considered a very firm mattress. A great value for money model, open coil spring mattresses are lighter than other mattresses, easier to turn, which extends the life of the mattress.

Continuous Spring Mattresses

Somewhat different from an Open Coil, a Continuous Spring mattress system involves smaller coils and the gauge of wires is usually lighter. This higher spring count is usually formed from a single length of wire and the bed springs are linked vertically as opposed to horizontally. Continuous Springs are a cheaper alternative to both Open Coil/Bonnell and Pocket Spring mattresses.

Pocket Spring Mattresses

The Pocket Spring offers a more luxurious sensation and is the fastest growing type of mattress spring by market share. With its smaller individual, softer springs which are separately housed in fabric pockets they work independently when responding to body weight to relieve pressure points. A Pocket Spring mattress offers an ideal sleep solution if you and your partner differ considerably in weight or size. With a higher spring count, a pocket spring mattress comes in a range of tensions to suit a wide range of individual needs.

Latex Mattresses

Latex Mattresses, also known as Talalay Mattresses, are a premium bedding product. Derived from the sap of a rubber tree, Latex Mattresses have a distinctive, resilient feel which is incredibly durable and which provides long lasting support, conforming perfectly to your body’s contours for supreme comfort and spinal support.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory Foam Mattresses slowly respond to body temperature and weight to take the shape of the user. This individual moulding process to your body’s shape, provides unrivalled suport and comfort thus guaranteeing relief for back, neck and joint pain through the best natural sleeping posture with pressure evenly distributed across the mattress area.

What’s next

At Dalzell’s we’ve produced an in-depth buyers guide on all things beds and mattresses, to help you make an informed choice about what mattress is right for you. And, of course, our expert staff are on hand Monday to Staurday to answer any questions you may have, and to advise on any additional needs you would like to address. Conveniently located close to Newry and Armagh, Dalzell’s of Markethill is a short drive down the M1 from Belfast, and close to Monaghan and Louth. You can visit us in-store, Email us or Call on T: 028 3755 1260. With some 500+ beds & mattresses in stock, you’ll be spolit for choice with our wide selection of mattresses from leading manufacturers such as DorluxKaymedKing KoilMyersRespaSlumber NightSleeptightStaples and Odearest

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 Beds.com 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.


New Year, New Bed?

Sleep, beautiful sleep

Now that the New Year has arrived, maybe you’ve decided that this is the year that you’re going to sleep better.  Often unaware that our bed is one of the main reasons for not sleeping well, sleeping in a bed that no longer provides the proper support or comfort can affect the quality of our sleep. According to research conducted by sleep expert Dr Chris Idzikowski, sleeping in an uncomfortable bed could cost you up to an hour’s sleep a night.

Am I due a New Bed?

Changes in our lifestyle and the quality, care and amount of use our beds get impact on whether we need to think about buying a new bed. Factors such as getting married, moving to a new home, losing or gaining weight and our age can affect the level of comfort and support our bed provides. How we use our beds and the length of time we spend in them e.g. reading, watching television or the occasional use of a spare bed can be the deciding factors in choosing a new bed.  Buying a new bed is an important investment especially when we consider that we spend a third of our life in bed.

The Bed M.O.T.

Ask yourself the following 10 questions to find out whether you’re ready for a new bed:

1. Is it seven or more years old? The critical ‘Seven year itch’ can be a make or break moment for many marriages and mattresses.
No [ ] Yes [ ]

2. Did you have your best night’s sleep recently on a different bed?
No [ ] Yes [ ]

3. Are you waking up more frequently feeling unrefreshed and with aching joints?
No [ ] Yes [ ]

4. Do you disturb your partner or are you disturbed by them when changing sleep positions during the night?
No [ ] Yes [ ]

5. Does it look used or worn?
No [ ] Yes [ ]

6. Does it feel lumpy?
No [ ] Yes [ ]

7. Does it make suspicious noises in the night or when you turn the mattress?
No [ ]  Yes [ ]

8. Is it sagging in the middle – do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally during the night?
No [ ]  Yes [ ]

9. Are the base, legs or castors lumpy, worn or wobbly?
No [ ] Yes [ ]

10. Would it be embarrassing if the neighbours saw your bed without its covers?

No [ ] Yes [ ]

If you answered yes to four or more questions the advice from the Sleep Council is to “Get a new bed fast”.

What to do now

At Dazell’s of Markethill there’s no need to wait days or weeks on a better night’s sleep. We want to ensure you have the confidence in knowing you have made the right choice of bed and mattress based on your individual needs. With over 500 beds and mattresses in stock and with free delivery across Northern Ireland and Counties Louth, Monaghan and Dublin, Armagh Beds.com provides a complete service. Of course, you can always Visit in-store at Dalzells, 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.  What’s more, as a Sleep Council Retailer we can also provide you with expert impartial advice on choosing beds and mattresses to suit your individual needs. With Free Delivery and Recycling Service across Northern Ireland and Counties Louth, Monaghan and Dublin, we offer competitive rates across the rest of the UK and Ireland.

How to Create the Perfect Sleep Environment

The Perfect Sleep Environment

Did you wake up this morning feeling refreshed? If not, you’re not alone. According to the recently published Great British Sleep Survey, people from Northern Ireland are considered among the ‘Worst Sleepers’ in the UK.

What Keeps us Awake?

Citing bodily discomfort, noise, partners, room temperature and light levels as the top five physical factors affecting sleep, “the racing mind” was considered the main cause of Sleeplessness. Affecting us both emotionally and physically, Sleep Deprivation significantly contributes to daytime fatigue and lack of concentration.

What Sleep Advice is Available?

Fortunately though, organisations such as The Sleep Council are here to help, and as a certified member of The Sleep Council, Dalzell’s of Markethill are fully trained to offer expert bed, mattress and sleep advice to our customers.  Or why not check out our Bed and Mattress Buyers Guides at Armagh Beds.com Still unsure if your Bed or Bedroom is giving you the Quality Sleep you deserve? Read on for some top tips  to creating the perfect sleep environment from sleep expert, Kathleen McGrath.

 Top Tips for the Perfect Sleep Environment:

  1. Just the Right Temperature – between 16 and 18 degrees centigrade. Feeling too hot or too cold in the night can lead to restless sleep and wakefulness.
  2. Kept dark. Light is a common sleep ‘robber’ so investing in a good pair of well lined curtains which keep the Light Out and the Room Dark can be really helpful.
  3. Free from Distractions. So lose the laptop, the mobile, the computer games, the television and anything else that is likely to distract from the serious business of sleep!
  4. Comfortable. And central to comfortable is a Good Supportive Bed – the bigger the better (for less partner disturbance) and as good as the budget can stretch to: we spend a third of our life in bed so why compromise on the cost of a good night’s sleep?
  5. Relaxing. The bedroom should be an oasis of Calm and Tranquility – uncluttered and devoted to the land of dreams.

What To Do Now…

As a certified member of The Sleep Council, Dalzell’s of Markethill takes your health and sleep needs seriously.  We want to make sure that you are getting the maximum benefit from your bed and mattress ensuring you years of restful, quality sleep.  At Armagh Beds.com we have produced a series of Bed and Mattress Buyers Guides so that you are assured of making the right choice for your individual comfort and support needs. Or why not Visit in-store today at Dalzells, your local Bedding Experts in N. Ireland. You’ll find us in Markethill’s Main Street with convenient free on-street parking, that’s just off the A28 between Armagh and Newry, a short 20 minute drive from Banbridge or Dungannon and 45 minutes from Lisburn 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.