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March 2020

Who owns which bed brand?

Many mattress brands belong to the same holding or investment company and trying to figure out who owns what has become a labour of love for us. This is a who's who in the mattress industry to help you understand exactly who you're purchasing from. So if you're looking for who owns Vi-spring or Hypnos, then this articles for you!

Firstly, as mattress construction techniques develop, it becomes apparent that the internal components of many mattresses are identical but sold under differing brand names and, of course, prices. Knowing this gives you the opportunity to be able to identify similar specifications and selecting the manufacturer that offers the best value for money mattress.

 

Mattress Brands
Knowing who owns who can help you work out a mattresses real value

We are all familiar with the scenario of trainers where the pester power of children sees us paying more than four or five times the real worth just for a brand name. Buying a mattress purely based on a brand name is just as ludicrous.

The components used in all mattresses only come from a handful of specialist suppliers all manufacturers use these self-same suppliers whether you have heard of them or not.

 

The size of the mattress industry is absolutely immense. In the UK, there are well over a hundred bed and mattress manufacturers some big and some small, many of whom are based in the Yorkshire area, known to be the mattress capital of the country. With this in mind, it becomes an arduous task trying to differentiate the manufacturers who are worthy of investigation and those who just churn out cheap mattresses for the budget market.
The majority of retail mattresses are mass produced

Looking at the makeup of the industry below, it does throw up some quite interesting partnerships and anomalies. Apart from a few brands from the Silentnight Group; Sealy and Silentnight, the Bensons site seem to be propagated with the Sleepmaster brand and the Sensaform brand. Brand names that are only found in the Benson’s stores. Interesting!

The Silentnight Group is also an interesting corporation to study. Obviously, they do not have their own stores and partner up with many high street notables such as Argos, Tesco, Sainsbury, Carpetright and numerous independents. Now, as detailed throughout this site there are only so many combinations of spring and upholstery combinations you can put together to significantly differentiate one mattress from another.

So how can there be so many Silentnight models out there under differing model names that can be realistically judged to be completely and significantly different?

Hand made mattresses are the exception to the mass produced market. Made by only a few small independent retailers
Hand made mattresses are the exception to the mass produced market. Made by only a few small independent retailers
White label goods are often used by major brands to relabel standard mattresses
White label goods are often used by major brands to relabel standard mattresses

When you decide to ‘buy a new mattress’ we are aware that as the purchase is a once in a decade decision you will have no idea where or how to start your search. The manufacturers listed below are deemed to be the main players within the industry and should be used as a starting point in your research. As we said at the start, knowing which brands belong to whom will help in this search as many corporations may not want you to know this.

You will notice that the majority of mattress brands are owned by a few key players, with very few UK based hand made mattress manufacturers.

Which bed company owns which mattress brands?

HILDING ANDERS

Based in Malmo, Sweden

Owned by: KKR Global Investment Company

BRANDS:

JENSEN BEDS

CARPE DIEM BEDS

FEATHER AND BLACK (Acquired Dec 2017)

Hilding Anders manufactures for IKEA from two factories – One in Poland and one in China

Note – Hilding Anders sold the following brands to Steinhoff International in April 2013 and these have since been sold on to Alteri Partners LLP in November 2019.

MYERS BEDS

RELYON

SLUMBERLAND

STAPLES BEDS

SILENTNIGHT GROUP LTD

Based in Barnoldswick, Lancashire.

Owned by: U.S Private Equity firm, HIG International

BRANDS:

SILENTNIGHT

SEALY (Under licence from Tempur Sealy International)

REST ASSURED

STUDIO BY SILENTNIGHT

POCKET SPRING BED COMPANY (PSBC) Exclusively for Costco.

LAYEZEE

HARRISON SPINKS (SPINKO LTD)

Based in Leeds, North Yorks

BRANDS:

SOMNUS

HERDY SLEEP

SYNERGY

HARRISONS / HARRISON SPINKS

ADAM HENSON COLLECTION

SPINK AND EDGAR

Harrisons also manufactures a collection of products for Feather and Black as well as John Lewis.

FLEX EQUIPOS DE DECANSO

Based in Madrid, Spain

Parent Company: Fabricas Lucia Antonio Betere, S.A.

BRANDS:

VISPRING (Formerly Vi-Spring)

E.S. KLUFT and CO. (51% share as of June 2013)

AND SO TO BED

KEEN AND TOMS HOLDINGS LTD

Based in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire

BRANDS:

HYPNOS

ALTERI PARTNERS LLP

Based in Mayfair, London

BRANDS:

BENSONS FOR BEDS

HARVEYS FURNITURE

MYERS BEDS

SLUMBERLAND

RELYON

STAPLES

DUNLOPILLO

Alteri Partners acquired the above brands from Steinhoff International Holdings in November 2019.

AIRSPRUNG GROUP PLC

Based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire

BRANDS:

AIRSPRUNG BEDS

HUSH-A-BYE

GAINSBOROUGH BEDS

Summary

If you’re looking for comparisons to the Vispring range we have a detailed article here to give you some potential alternatives and a review of the Tempur range with similar construction style mattresses. These should give you an idea of the type of detail and upholstery you should be looking for.

Please Note: This is not a full and comprehensive list and all subsidiaries may not be included. Any errors or omission will be rectified as soon as possible upon receiving instruction. Please address all correspondence to [email protected]

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