If Lockdown 3.0 has highlighted your need for a new bed, you may be wondering how safe it is to buy a new one.

Non essential retailers, including pubs and restaurants with outdoor space, have been working extremely hard to ensure they can open their doors again today (12th April 2021) in the safest way possible and welcome their customers back.

Nothing beats actually visiting a store to test and try out a wide selection of beds in order to find just the right one. And because it’s not something we buy on a regular basis, choosing a new one can be a confusing experience.

We thought we’d share with you some of the carefully planned measures bed shops are putting in to place to reassure customers that shopping for a bed will be safe, comfortable and an enjoyable experience and to make up for for lost time and sales.

These measures, and the list is by no means exhaustive, will protect the safety and wellbeing of their customers and staff. Customers need to continue to apply social distancing measures, shop along or with their household/bubble and reduce time spent in crowded areas.

Please remember this is not definitive guidance from us.

Here’s the lockdown lowdown:

  • A limit to the number of customers in a store at any one time
  • Face coverings required inside
  • Booking system for one on one personal appointments
  • Checking the customer’s temperature with a hand-held device prior to them entering the store
  • A one-way system around the store to view/try the beds
  • Spacing the beds out more (removing certain products to create more space)
  • Several hand sanitiser stations located throughout showrooms/stores
  • Use of PPE including masks, gloves and visors for customer-facing staff
  • Clear safety signage and posters regarding the 2m distance, including floor tape or stickers
  • Offering disposable pillowcases, protectors and mattress coverings (as per paper type rolls seen in doctors’ surgeries and physiotherapists)
  • Offering a fresh pillowcase for each customer which is then placed in a basket for laundering or asking customers to bring their own pillowcase
  • Additional cleaning during the day and anti-bacterial wipes will be used to clean all hard surfaces on a regular basis, especially door handles, desks, card payment devices etc
  • Perspex partition at the till point

When it comes to delivery, drivers will also be taking all the appropriate health and safety precaution (washing and sanitising hands, minimising contact etc) following the Covid-19 outbreak. Most deliveries can be taken to the room of choice or if you’d prefer, they can be dropped at the doorstep.

This blog was first published on 3rd June 2020 and has since been amended.

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