British furniture maker – Corndell

Corndell is one of Britain’s largest independent cabinet furniture manufacturers. In existence for over 30 years, Corndell makes pine, oak and ash bedroom, living room and dining room furniture, and also imports several ranges in a variety of woods.

Inspired by their home in the Cotswolds, Corndell is passionate about making the finest furniture for your homes.

Benefits include:
Practicality; Corndell will not let you down when it comes to storage capacity and strength.
Corndell is built to take the load.
Durability; Corndell is built to take the rigours of everyday living and family life, and its traditional construction will give many years of trouble free service.

Cumbrian bed company teams up with Age UK and Eden Flood Volunteers to help those affected by floods in the region

Cumbrian bed manufacturer, Sealy UK is spearheading a campaign to support residents affected by the devastation of the region’s recent flooding – teaming up with local organisations, Age UK and Eden Flood Volunteers.

Following its involvement with the immediate relief efforts when flooding hit the region back in December 2015 providing much-needed supplies, Sealy is now helping residents as they prepare to return to their homes.

The company has made a donation of bed frames and mattresses, worth up to £40,000*, to the two organisations, which will each allocate the items to residents in the community who desperately need them. Sealy is also urging other local businesses and furniture manufacturers to follow suit and pledge their support to those affected in the region.

Neil Robinson, Sealy’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We’re a Cumbrian company, based in Aspatria and the flooding appeal is very close to our hearts. Many Sealy colleagues and their friends and family members have been directly affected by the terrible weather conditions we experienced not only in December last year, but on several subsequent occasions, the results of which have been absolutely devastating each time.

“We’ve supported the efforts in any way we can, with a donation to the community foundation, providing supplies and catering for rescue teams and now, teaming up with Age UK and Eden Flood Volunteers, to help residents return to homes. These organisations help those in need in the community every single day and we’re incredibly pleased to be able to support them with their efforts.

“We are aware how many others have been playing their part when it comes to this important cause, and we would absolutely love to see businesses in our community continuing the great work to help those affected to get their houses back in order.”

Joan Bailey, Information and Advice Supervisor at Age UK Carlisle, said: “During our work with the community we’ve experienced first-hand some of the damage caused by December’s floods. It is incredibly disruptive, especially to elderly residents who may spend a lot of time in their homes and rely on the support of others to get these homes repaired.

“The flooding didn’t only impact on the ground floor of the houses affected, but the resulting damp has damaged rooms and furniture on the higher levels too; the mattresses will therefore be absolutely vital. We’d like to thank Sealy for its kind donation from us here at Age UK and the community members these items will go to.”

Alan Bennett at Eden Flood Volunteers, said: “We are extremely grateful for Sealy’s generous offer of support during what has been a very difficult time for the community. It’s fantastic to see a local organisation really caring about the residents in the region and the mattresses will go a long way to helping people return to their homes.”

*Total donation value from Sealy UK will be a maximum of £40,000 (RRP), though may be less, depending on the value of specific mattresses and bases selected by recipients.

Cumbrian-based bed manufacturer, Sealy UK is underlining its commitment to the local community, by sponsoring a fundraising event at Blennerhasset Primary School in Wigton, held in conjunction with children’s enterprise organisation, ‘U Can Shine.’

Taking place on Friday 12th February, the fun-filled day saw local businesses, including four teams from Sealy, joining pupils to take part in an exciting Scalextric Race Day at the school.
In total more than £900 was raised, with funds going towards repairing the damage caused to the school by the recent floods, as well as contributing towards future U Can Shine enterprise activities.

The charity event was organised by Key Stage Two pupils, aged 7 – 11, and forms part of U Can Shine’s ongoing enterprise programme with the school, where it helps raise students’ aspirations and develop their life skills through practical projects, working with local businesses.

Sealy’s involvement came about after students Ben Parker and Kyle Fell pitched a request for sponsorship to the bed manufacturer’s HR Manager, Claire McGregor and Site Director, Mike Thompson, who were extremely impressed with what she heard.

Claire said: “Ben and Kyle gave us an excellent presentation outlining why we should get involved in the event, and it was so good, we just couldn’t say no. As such we are extremely proud to have sponsored this fun-filled event, and in turn, help give something back to the community in which we operate. Feedback from our staff has been great, with all of them having a great day.”

Shaun Weatherhead, spokesperson for ‘U Can Shine’ said: “Our enterprise programmes with schools teach children the importance of a good work ethic and give them the opportunity to work with local businesses through engaging and fun activities. It was a big coup for them to secure involvement from Sealy UK, and the children’s hard work has most certainly paid off”.

With more than 300 employees from the local area, Sealy UK constantly strives to support the local community, and this sponsorship forms part of a broader commitment towards charitable work.

Once you’ve decided on a mattress, now’s the time to think about a base.divan


Very popular and either have springs for increased comfort or a solid top which provides firmer support. If you need extra storage look out for ones that two or four drawer options or Ottoman storage underneath.



Come in a variety of styles and are often chosen for their aesthetic appeal. Mattress support will be given through either fixed or sprung slats – the latter gives a more cushioned support.


Adjustable bases

Offer many benefits whether it’s for a personal or health benefit. Mattresses are made specially for these so make sure you buy them together.


Bunk beds/ Hideaway beds

These are a popular option for parents and children. They are fun, practical and space saving.



These are an optional extra to give you more choice but often co-ordinate with a divan base.

As one of Lancashire’s leading family owned furniture retailers based in Bolton-le-Sands we are delighted to announce that OUR ONLINE SHOWROOM IS NOW OPEN. You will now be able to browse at your leisure 24/7 and make your choice before visiting us at The Old Mill.

The online showroom displays many of products in our living, dining and bedroom furniture collections from brands such as AlstonsBentleyCorndellG PlanMorrisRest AssuredSilentnight,Welcome and Winsor. Other brands will be added to our online showroom soon, including Sealy Beds and Rauch.

Our showroom in Bolton-le-Sands spans a massive 15,000+ square feet, and showcases living, dining and bedroom furniture and a massive flooring and carpet selection so we are confident that you will find exactly the right product for your home.

To announce that we are now stocking Sealy Beds we are offering one lucky person the chance to win a new state-of-the-art mattress.

Sealy is the biggest bed brand in the world and has been steadily growing for over 100 years. They can trace our origins back to the late nineteenth century and the original cotton-filled mattress produced by Daniel Haynes in the town of Sealy, Texas.

In 2013 Sealy Inc merged with Tempur in the USA to create a company that operates in over 50 countries worldwide. Their beds and mattresses can be found everywhere from Canada to Japan, from Brazil to South America and from South Korea to here in the UK where we have operated for the last forty years.

For your chance to win a Sealy mattress simply sign up to our email newsletter and enter our prize draw.

Terms and Conditions: 


Entry is open to UK residents only and entrants must be 18 or over.
Entry is restricted to one entry per person; duplicate entries will be excluded from the Competition.
The winner must provide a photograph and quote to be used for marketing and publicity purposes.
The competition closes on April 10th at midnight


The winner will be contacted by email within 7 days of the closing date of 10th April 2016. They must accept the prize within 72 hours and redeem their prize within 4 weeks of being notified. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the prize.
One winner will receive the Sealy Mattress to be delivered to their home by MJ Bird & Son’s delivery team at an agreed time and date.  The winner, their photographic ID must be present when redeeming the prize.
There is no cash alternative.
Failure to respond to emails or other forms of communication will result in loss of the prize, including details about delivery and eligibility.


This month has signal the start of our annual awareness event, National Bed Month (March) – the month dedicated to improving a good night’s kip with a comfortable, supportive bed.

As a good night’s sleep can’t always be guaranteed, it is up to you to regularly assess sleep quality and comfort levels. It may, or may not, seem obvious but the best place to start when working towards a better night’s sleep is your bed.

Did you know for instance that when replacing an uncomfortable bed with a new one we get nearly an hour’s extra sleep? Now who doesn’t want that?

A bed with the correct support, comfort and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching. Remember, if you’re not comfortable in bed your sleep won’t be as deep.

Here’s are top five tips for buying a new bed:

1. Spend as much as you can afford – you get what you pay for – both in product and service. Plus it’s probably one of the most important investments you’ll make, not just for your home but also for your own wellbeing! Remember, every £100 you spend represents less than 4p a night over seven years.

2. Spend time trying out the mattress – ideally at least 10 minutes – to find the one that is most comfortable for you and your partner.  Wear comfortable clothing, remove any outdoor gear and adopt your normal sleeping position.

3. Don’t forget a bed is a mattress and a base working together – don’t consider them in isolation.

4. Look for the NBF Approved ‘Big Tick’ label to be reassured that the mattress you’re buying is safe, clean and honest.

5. Think big – larger beds are more comfortable. Being disturbed by a sleeping partner is one of the most common complaints. With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another.


Do you know what sleep thieves are? Think light, temperature, comfort and distractions. Banish your smartphone/iPad from your bedroom!

Sleep is the mysterious shift in consciousness that our bodies require every day. It’s vital for our health and wellbeing, and not only do we function less well when we don’t get enough quality sleep, but it can lead to long-term health problems. That’s why we need to do all that we can to ensure that we enjoy quality sleep and deal with any sleep problems.

To ensure you experience good sleep it’s essential to follow good lifestyle habits and to eliminate the factors that are causing you disturbed sleep. For example making sure that your bedroom is the right environment, looking at the lighting in your home, and avoiding foods and drinks that can hinder sleep.

With 31 days dedicated to highlighting improved sleep, National Bed Month in March is the ideal time to get it right between the sheets.

And, obvious though it might be, the best place to start when working towards a better night’s sleep is your bed.

Said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council: “It’s about reassessing your sleep quality and comfort levels and our simple bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test) can help to determine if your bed has had its day – and night! It’s a two-minute-test that should be done every year after the first three to five years; and every six months after that.

“If you answer ‘Yes’ to three questions, you’re not getting the best possible night’s sleep. Five or more ‘Yes’ answers and it’s time to buy a new bed.”

  • Is the mattress seven years old or more?
  • Would it be embarrassing if neighbours saw it without its covers?
  • Does it make suspicious noises in the night?
  • Did you have your best recent night’s sleep in a bed other than yours?
  • Are you waking up more frequently unrefreshed and aching?
  • Do you and your partner roll towards each unintentionally in the middle of the night?
  • Do you have enough space to sleep comfortably?
  • Is it sagging?
  • Does it feel lumpy in the night?
  • Is the bed too small to give an undisturbed night’s sleep?
  • Is the divan or base uneven or sagging?
  • Are the legs and castors worn out?

Said Lisa: “Research shows buying a new bed can lead to a real improvement in sleep – up to an hour extra – and if you sleep better you feel much better. Remember to buy as big as you can, spend as much as you can afford and look out for the National Bed Federation’s Approved big tick logo to ensure you’re buying a product that is safe, clean and honest.

“The right bed is extremely important to health and wellbeing because our sleeping environment will affect the quality of our sleep – which in turn has a big effect on how well we feel, both physically and psychologically.  A bed with the correct support, comfort and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching.”

Ideally try before you buy, as comfort and support are very individual assessments. Take your time, spending at least 10 minutes lying down in your natural sleeping position – together if the bed’s for two – it needs to be right for both of you.

Said Lisa: “Too often, people rush the bed buying experience – some spend less than two minutes trying them out! It’s a huge investment and time needs to be taken to choose the right bed.”