What price would you put on a good night’s sleep? On average we spend a third of our lives in bed, so finding the right one is important. We round up some of the most luxurious beds available in the UK, to guarantee sweet dreams without counting sheep (so long as you don’t mind blowing your budget).
The difference a good night’s sleep on a handmade, properly constructed bed can make to how you face the day ahead is huge. Knowing this, The Savoy Hotel decided in 1905 to create the perfect bed for its guests, and what is now called the No2 bed was born, a bed as famous as some of the legendary names who have slept in them.
Every Savoir bed contains the finest, chemical-free natural materials, from long, curled Latin American horsetail to Mongolian cashmere and British lamb’s wool, and each is designed to provide the perfect sleeping environment. The curled horsetail hair regulates body temperature to optimise the quality for your REM sleep, wicking away from the body the three-quarters of a pint of moisture each of us produces every night, and the hand-tied hourglass springs give the perfect support.
The Beds: Savoir No 1
Referred to as the ‘world’s most luxurious sleeping system’, Savoir No 1 promises the ultimate in comfort and luxury. With taller springs and lavish layers of premium-quality natural filling for a deeper mattress and base, it is a naturally high bed that customers reportedly compare sleeping on to ‘floating in a cloud’.
The ultimate luxury item, it takes over 120 hours to craft a No 1, 80 hours of a master craftsperson’s time on the upholster floor plus the hours the cutter, seamstress and joiner invest in the creation of the bed.
Its frame of hardwood beech has several unique features, while the mattress, topped with a panel of high-tech stretch cotton fabric, is filled with extra deep, high-turn pocket springs, masses of loose, curled horse-tail hair and double layers of carded lambswool. This is topped off with a kilo of pure cashmere included in the topper. From £46,025 including the mattress, cashmere topper and kilo spring.
Featuring traditional deep button detailing, the State 02 design features a headboard and base upholstered in sumptuous velvet, and trimmed with opulent walnut burr. £67,785.50 for a UK Super King.
SHIFT 01 by Arik Levy
Savoir’s latest design has been created in collaboration with renowned artist and designer, Arik Levy. The SHIFT 01 design features a unique stacked configuration with horizontal movement creating a headboard that is completely unique to each client. £23,365 for a UK Super King.
If having one of the world’s most luxurious beds isn’t enough to guarantee you a good night’s sleep, Hӓstens will even teach you how to sleep in it. The Swedish luxury bed maker offers 1-2-1 sleep sessions in its flagship store in Fitzrovia with a sleep expert. Hӓstens is the bed of choice for Swedish royalty and celebrities including Cristiano Ronaldo and fashion designer Annie Bing. Founded in 1852, every Hӓstens bed is bespoke and hand-made using only the best natural materials including pure flax, cotton, wool, the highest quality Swedish pin and hypoallergenic horse hair.
The Bed: The Vividus
With a price-tag of £100,000, the Vividus is potentially the most exclusive bed in the world. It was created with no time (or price) limit, and is formed from hand-sewn layers of horsehair and cotton, with a redwood pine bed frame from north Sweden. Completely customisable to suit every need. Prices start at £100,000.
Hypnos is a long-established family business with an illustrious Royal history, hand building some of the most comfortable beds on the market. Handmade in workshops in Buckinghamshire, Hypnos beds and mattresses are found in the best yachts, palaces and hotels all over the world, as well as in the homes of those who are in the know. Using only sustainable, natural materials, this proudly British brand crafts bespoke beds that will last.
The Bed: The Med
The Med, designed in collaboration with Amira Hashish, combines a nautical theme with impressionistic patterns to create a wonderful abstract effect, and the comfort guaranteed by Hypnos’ 100 years of master crafstmanship. Crafted by hand, the bed features a statement headboard with beautifully screen printed fabric by Insley & Nash. Fully upholstered headboard from £1,799, divan and mattress from £2,349. Available exclusively at Furniture Village.
Herdy Sleep mattresses are traditionally tufted and finished by hand, containing an industry leading 6,000 pocket springs, topped with a blend of cotton, cashmere and wool from local Herdwick sheep. Prices start at £649.
This luxury bed maker was founded over 40 years ago with its first shop on London’s Kings Road, becoming a renowned specialist in fine antique beds. And So To Bed also sells beautiful bed linen and bedroom furniture, and if you pop into a store, you can also speak to a sleep consultant to help improve your sleep habits and bedtime routine.
The Bed: The Mayfair
The Mayfair bed is a twist on a classic bed design – with some added luxuries, of course! The fully upholstered bed is inspired by classic English design, and made with sophisticated aged mahogany. The dramatic, curved winged headboard exudes luxury, and an array of materials to choose from means you can choose your dream bespoke bed. Prices starting from £5,185.
A clear choice for anyone who demands the best things in life is Vispring, a company that makes each mattress by hand in its Devon factory, resulting in some of the most luxurious and exquisitely crafted beds in the business. Made to order for each client, Vispring changed the way beds are made as the first to produce an interior sprung mattress using a system of individually pocketed springs. It was founded in 1901, and its wealth of experience and expertise can be clearly seen in every bed that fits its owner like a glove, promising to give you the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had.
The Bed: The Sublime Superb
The Sublime Superb truly delivers on both elements of its name. This is a mattress that certainly doesn’t skimp on quality. Mattresses feature the finest quality ticking, consisting of cotton, mohair, silk, horsetail, shetland wool, British fleece wool and two layers of pocket springs. Although dreamily soft, the sophisticated blend of fillings do offer a firmer sensation for those looking to float on something a little more supportive than a cloud. Prices starting from £4,745 (mattress only, divan not included).
Somnus Supremacy Connaught 34500
Featuring 34500 Sensa Intelligent pocket springs, the Connaught is Somnus’ most luxurious offering. Its incredible range of natural, hand-teased fillings, including Egyptian cotton, Yorkshire wool, alpaca fleece, hand-teased horsetail, mohair and cashmere, offer responsive support and sumptuous softness. It features NatureCoil, a green plant-based pocket for its springs, plus five rows of hand side stitching, brushed metal inset castors and a luxurious, soft-feel woven damask fabric. Priced at £7,049 (for a king size mattress with divan).
Harrison Bed Tailor Solitaire 29800
The Solitaire 29800 features Harrison’s unique ‘nested’ Revolution spring system at its core, boosted by 10 layers of tiny HD titanium alloy springs that work independently of each other to help distribute weight evenly and minimise pressure on the body.
The mattress also features an angora wool blend, cashmere wool and silk blend, Egyptian cotton and silk blend, and hand-teased Yorkshire wool, cashmere hair and white curled hair. These are all kept in place with five rows of hand side-stitching and finished with the finest damask. Priced at £5,699 (for a king size mattress with divan).
Brook + Wilde promises to deliver a better night’s sleep. It takes pride in creating a truly luxurious mattress, which is backed by a ten-year guarantee, mattress recycling, free premium delivery and a free 100-night trial. A Brook + Wilde mattress represents an enormous amount of technical know-how, innovation and the brand’s ability to absorb a wide range of international ideas and influences. At the same time, the brand has a very British sensibility with a belief that customers will trust the long-lasting quality of a product made in Britain.
‘We know individuals are all different shapes and sizes so we offer a soft, medium or firm mattress, depending on their preference,’ says Co-Founder Andrew Tyler. ‘That’s why we totally reject the “one size fits all” approach. Our customers can literally take comfort in their choice. You’d be amazed at the difference our mattresses make – people write to us to tell us how they have changed their lives.’
The Elite Mattress
The Brook + Wilde ‘Elite’ is the ultimate in mattress design and innovation. It boasts eight layers of luxury: a removable cover, a memory foam protector, a thermo-regulating top layer to help your mattress stay cooler for longer, 2,500 mini pocket springs, wave technology to aid spinal alignment and care for your shoulders, a thousand more pocket springs, a support base, and a non-slip base to ensure your mattress stays put. What else could you possibly need from a mattress? From £699 for a single mattress.