NATIONAL BED MONTH

National Bed Month

We don’t normally pay attention to ‘national days/months’ but… next month is ‘National Bed Month’ and it’s one we quite like.

The Go Modern team have various bits of folklore about what they do and don’t do to ensure a good nights sleep.  “No coffee or tea after 4pm… always  use ear plugs or a sleep mask.  Black-out blinds at the windows, no electric light ANYWHERE in the room.  Turn off all mobile devices.  Read at least one page of your current book (maybe not a thriller!).  Get  a decent mattress/bed”.  It’s beginning to sound like an obsession isn’t it?

But, we don’t think we’re alone.  All the research around sleeping tells us that we spend about a third of our lives in bed.  So, it makes sense to get it right.

A decent bed is a big investment.  But if you’re having difficulty sleeping and you’ve paid attention to the smaller things (coffee here’s looking at YOU) one of the major things to think about is your bed.

A well made, comfortable and supportive bed can make the difference between a great night’s sleep or a poor one. We all know that a night without much sleep means a tired and grumpy person the next day. And experts tell us that sleeping on an uncomfortable bed also robs you of up to an hour’s sleep a night! Along side this, a decent night’s sleep is good for the brain and the heart.  It also helps us maintain a healthy weight and helps us learn. We remember more, problem solve and make better decisions. It also cuts down on stress, mood swings and depression. It’s a no brainer really isn’t it.  

Miniforms Shiko Magnum King Size Bed

Beds at Go Modern

At Go Modern, we take beds very seriously. We have an extensive range of contemporary beds and bedroom furniture, much of it sourced in Italy. Our bed collections cover lacquered beds, wooden beds, upholstered beds and storage beds – often with crossovers between all of these styles.  Whatever you’re looking for we’re confident we can supply it.

And not just for adults. We also have a wide range of bedroom furniture for children and teenagers.

Beds for children and teenagers

Nidi Camelot Loft Bed

Our Nidi collection of beds for children and teenagers is extensive, extremely well made and full of imagination – hopefully just like our children. Most designs are modular and so can be adapted to suit the child or children, the amount of space and important things such as storage (of which there is never enough in our experience).

Three to 12 year olds are said to need between 10 to 12 hours a night sleep.  Good luck with that one! But it definitely makes sense (and for the sanity of the entire family!) to start with their bedroom environment.

At Go Modern we have cleverly designed bunk beds that incorporate storage space, beds with children’s desks, trundle beds, and some which can even fold up into the wall when not being used. Plus, bookshelves, bedside cabinets, chests of drawers… all in a huge selection of colours and finishes.

Nidi Teens – Bedroom Composition

And if you’re looking for ideas on how to persuade your teenage offspring to a) get more sleep at the right time of the day b) stop using the floor as a ‘floordrobe’ we can help with that too.  From comfy sleep inducing beds to stylish storage solutions in an array of trendy colours and hard-wearing finishes.

What style of bed?

There are lots of articles out there about ‘what type of mattress to choose’ but not so many on ‘what style of bed’ (although we also sell lots of very comfy, hand-made mattresses too).

The style of the bed you choose is a very personal decision and basically down to what your own interior design style is like.

If you’re a minimalist, then a bed with a wooden or lacquered frame will probably be the kind of design you’re looking for.  Both styles also come with a matching collection of bedroom furniture.  A tidy, minimalist room makes for a tidy mind… and a restful night’s sleep! So, de-clutter and keep a space that’s neat and simple. Blitz your bedside table, keep everything calm and unfussy.

Wood or lacquered beds

Novamobili Bend Lacquered bed

The Bend contemporary bed (above) has a beautifully curved headboard (shown here in rovere gessato – a white lacquer which has the grain of the wood remaining visible).  You can also choose from another 21 smooth matt lacquer finishes.  Our Kings Road showroom is simply not big enough to have a sample of all the beds we sell but we always have sample books of finishes and colours.

The Bend bed is also available as a storage bed, with a storage base and gas lift pistons under the mattress supports (slats), so that it’s easy to lift to store spare clothing, bedding etc inside the sealed base.

Jesse Charles bed

The elegant Charles bed, (above) from luxury brand Jesse, has a sophisticated curved headboard and base which can be chosen in thermal oak (as seen here), or matt lacquered in a range of colours.

If this is a little too minimalist for you the designers, Alfredo Chiaramonte and Marco Marin, have cleverly created an upholstered back panel. This can be draped neatly over the headboard and comes in a huge choice of materials from lush velvets to soft leathers. Definitely the best of both worlds available here.

Upholstered beds

We have a wide selection of upholstered beds that includes everything from fabric to leather beds. Upholstered beds also offer lots of flexibility as there’s a wide choice of materials to choose from.  And many of the fabric beds have removable covers, which is not only great for cleaning, it also means you can change the style of your bed relatively easily.

If you’re sensitive to noise it makes sense to chose furnishings that will absorb any ambient sound. So, think lined curtains, thick carpets and upholstered bed frames – all worth throwing into the mix of ideas.

Bonaldo Cuff bed

The upholstered Cuff bed (above) was designed by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo. It has some beautiful tailored details – from the frog fastenings that adorn the ‘cuffs’ to the pleating which makes up the vertical pattern on the headboard. It also has visible leather inserts on both the headboard and bed frame. It’s shown here in leather but the Cuff bed can also be upholstered in both fabric and leather.

So, good luck with National Bed Month.  There are lots of fabulous ideas and sensible words of advise for those looking to improve their sleep from The Sleep Council.  

To see Go Modern’s full range of beds and bedroom furniture hop over to the bedroom section of our website.  Sweet dreams!

Storage – some well ordered ideas!

As you may have noticed, we’re very big on storage ideas at Go Modern. And the trickier the space presented to us the more we love it.  There is a great feature in the March 2018 issue of Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Magazine about this very thing… featuring a Q&A with … US! So here are a few tips and ideas below based on what we shared with EKBB (although do go out and buy the magazine – it’s always a very good read!).

Getting the right balance between storage and space in a bedroom is crucial. We often find clients need more storage than they have space for so we play around with ideas, trying to incorporate storage wherever we can.  Building wardrobes right up to the ceiling, using storage beds and tall chests of drawers in smaller spaces. We combine this sometimes with decorative hanging shelves or slimmer wall units.  A bridged wardrobe around the head of a bed can also be a great use of space.  The result should always work aesthetically as well as leaving you with plenty of space to move around.

Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05
Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05

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Bonaldo – fabulous updates for 2015

If you dip into our blog on occasion you’ll know we’re very fond of anything our friends at Bonaldo produce.  This creative Italian company has been in the furniture business since 1936 and we have always championed them right from the beginning of our own business.

We obviously love what they do; their furniture is beautifully made and they’re never afraid to push design boundaries.  The company works with award-winning international designers and if ever you want to spot design tends in the furniture world, Bonaldo is the one to watch, offering colours, shapes and materials that also make you fall in love with them time and time again. Continue reading “Bonaldo – fabulous updates for 2015”

Surprising Storage

If there’s one thing that most of us agree on it’s that our homes never have enough space to store everything.  It’s a modern day curse but, as we always try to look for the positive in things, the upside is that contemporary designers produce furniture that creatively uses every last available inch of space, producing designs that, for us, tick all the boxes – beautiful to look at, high quality and very practical too.

So, we’ve pulled together a small selection of some of our latest designs, all of which deserve praise for their quality and creativity – while sharing that great ability to surprise us with their ingenious hidden storage. Continue reading “Surprising Storage”

Stylish Singles – Beds That Is!

Whether you are part of a couple that simply prefers separate beds, or looking for something great for a spare room that isn’t quite large enough for a double/king size bed we have some fantastic single beds. It is quite difficult to find high quality single beds, especially in modern designs, so we think our collection is one of the best. They are all 200cm long, so more than suitable for adults too.

We have a range of upholstered single beds from Bonaldo, a high end Italian manufacturer, that are both contemporary & practical. The range started out as a children’s bed collection, but we are also selling these in grown up colours. As the covers are removable and can be replaced you could buy one for a child & then when your child wants something a bit more grown up just swap the covers over, instead of having to buy them a new bed! The Candy bed below is a great example, it looks great in a children’s bedroom but looks very grown up in different colours – the buttons are optional too.

Candy Single Bed
Candy Single Bed

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New Storage Beds From Bonaldo & Europeo

We LOVE storage beds. They are so easy to use (our Italian ones with the fancy German gas powered mechanism are anyway), you can use them when the bed is fully made up & they provide a (on average) a 150/160/180cm x 200cm x 25cm storage space, which is a LOT more than a couple of drawers in a divan base. If you are a Londoner the idea of so much extra storage is extremely tempting. Which is why we have a good choice of different storage beds here, & have just added 2 new storage beds from Bonaldo’s new collection & two new from Europeo’s range. Here they are…

Bonaldo Campo Storage Bed
Campo Storage Bed

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