We’re sorry to have to tell you this – but not all the beds on sale in this country are what they say they are.

We know of so-called ‘bargain’ mattresses being sold straight from the back of vans by rogue traders touring neighbourhoods and looking for opportunist sales. But they are not bargains at all; simply discarded mattresses with old, used, spring units or even complete mattresses simply recovered and sold as new.

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Health & Hygiene

Just think, you could be sleeping with all sorts of creatures – dust mites, bed bugs, bacteria – let alone other people’s dead skin, animal hair, mould and the residues of urine, sweat and other bodily fluids!



Many products sold through legitimate outlets in stores and online do not meet the UK’s strict safety standards. Bearing in mind that a mattress – particularly those containing foam – without any fire retardant characteristics become an inferno of flames and poisonous gases within 3-4 minutes, that’s downright scary!


Trade Descriptions

Rogue traders are not always honest about product specifications, exaggerating spring counts or the quantity of fillings used, for example.

So, since you often can’t tell just by looking, how can you be sure you are going to buy a bed that is everything it says it is? Buy from an NBF Approved Member with confidence, safe in the knowledge that what you buy is safe, clean and honest.

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Every NBF Approved Member manufacturer has undergone rigorous independent auditing to certify they have robust procedures in place to ensure they are complying with regulatory requirements for flammability, cleanliness of fillings and trade descriptions.