Millbrook beds – how are they made?
Millbrook Beds is a long-standing company that has stuck to its roots. Yes, since its establishment in 1946, it’s come a long way – and machinery is now used to streamline some basic parts of the manufacturing process (i.e. cutting...
Millbrook Beds is a long-standing company that has stuck to its roots.
Yes, since its establishment in 1946, it’s come a long way – and machinery is now used to streamline some basic parts of the manufacturing process (i.e. cutting fabrics). But to this day, it’s still a traditional workshop and all beds and mattresses are meticulously crafted and made by hand.
This is something they’re incredibly proud of. As a team of talented craftsmen and seamstresses, who have followed their ancestors into the company, they wish to uphold its fantastic reputation. Each product is made with love and care. And, when you invest in a Millbrook bed or mattress, you’re guaranteed to receive true quality – luxurious, built to last and affordably priced.
Here we take a closer look at some of the classic techniques employed.
1. Hand-nested pocket springs
Pocket springs are at the heart of all Millbrook mattresses. In fact, a single mattress can contain up to 4000 individual springs and each one is ‘hand-nested’. This means it is placed (by hand) into its own pocket and sewn all around, to isolate it from neighbouring springs and prevent ‘roll together’.
Springs are then double stacked and a ‘zonal edge’ is created, in which two rows of firmer springs are inserted around the edge of the mattress. This unique configuration provides superior levels of strength and support, and can help to avoid ‘roll off’ and other common sleep disturbances.
2. Natural fillings
Millbrook beds are renowned for their use of the finest natural materials. The first beds produced were made using lambswool, cotton and silk – soft fillings that mould to the shape of the body and allow muscles to relax. And even now, over 70 years later, the same materials are employed.
Most Millbrook mattresses are filled with the brand’s signature Hampshire wool. This is incredibly soft, has excellent thermal qualities, and is fire-retardant. As such, a layer is added to both sides of the mattress. Other materials commonly used include pashmina, cashgora, and cotton. All of which are enclosed in an Egyptian cotton cover and hand-tufted to ensure the fibres stay together.
Every single mattress is hand-side stitched at the top and bottom.
This is the most skilled and labour intensive part of the manufacturing process. A time-honoured technique at Millbrook Beds – it is carried out by their most senior upholsterers (using traditional long needles and twine) and is a good indication of the quality of the final mattress.
By securing the outer springs to the border, the strength of the border is increased – helping to prevent ‘roll out’ and extending the sleeping area right up to the edge of the bed.
4. Solid timber base
Last but not least, the divan base of the bed is crafted using solid timber – that has been sourced from an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forest. All load-bearing joints are secured and glued by hand, to ensure their strength and create a safe and supportive foundation for the mattress. And the final structure is carefully mounted onto hidden, smooth-running metal casters.
Invest in a traditional Millbrook bed today
In these times of mass production, it’s refreshing to find a brand that is still committed to the traditional ideals of quality and craftsmanship. And, here at Dreamers Bed Centre, we’re incredibly proud to have an exclusive range of Millbrook beds and mattresses available in our store.
Various styles, sizes, and firmness ratings are available, with something to suit all needs and preferences. And despite their high-quality and luxurious nature, they’re available for a very competitive price. So why not take a look today?
Browse our full online collection and, if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. We have worked alongside this heritage brand for many years and have excellent knowledge of the products available. Simply give us a call on 01942 275 464 to speak to a member of the team or send an email to email@example.com.