August 27 2011
A bed that encourages a really good night’s sleep is always worth the investment. And the quest for the soundest rest leads many to conclude that a handmade bed, individually crafted using only natural materials, is not just an indulgent luxury but an essential way to boost wellbeing.
Sleep experts at the Swedish-based company Hästens, which has crafted custom-made beds for 159 years, believe that all-natural materials make for sounder snoozing because they help regulate body temperature and absorb moisture while allowing a bed to breathe. And this is why each Hästens bed is handmade by skilled craftsmen using only ecologically sound, natural materials such as New Zealand wool, hypoallergenic horsehair and natural flax.
“We aim to make the best beds in the world,” says Jan Ryde, Hästens’ fifth-generation owner. And indeed each bed is meticulously constructed starting with the sturdy Swedish pine base (which comes with a 25-year guarantee against frame breakage). It takes 10 hours of craftsmanship to assemble and hand-sew a Hästens mattress, which has 10 layers of cotton and wool plus a patented double-spring system in which individually mounted springs move independently – and silently, thanks to the flax between them.
Custom-made widths and lengths are available with various options in terms of firmness. Should you and your partner have different requirements, it’s possible to order a combination mattress – for example, half-firm and half-soft. Hästens’ bespoke Vividus bed (first picture, from £57,950) can be ordered in any size with soft, medium or firm springs and is available in 21 colours. Other Hästens models, such as the Auroria (second picture), are priced between £2,350 and £15,420. Still, there’s usually a waiting list for the Vividus (as it takes up to 160 working hours to build one), which just goes to show that many people do indeed care about the “rest” of their life.