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Newsletter- Our Very First


Summer Newsletter

The What/Why of Our Newsletter

Since 1980 Mirthglen Ltd. t/a has been a specialised business offering stylish, space saving sofa beds, mattresses, beds and  bedding. As an environmentally aware company we realise timber and some of the other materials we use are scarce resources and therefore we make every effort to find suppliers that think like us and use renewable resources. Writing a monthly Newsletter we hope will keep you aware of the issue we find important.

So, please note this Newsletter isn’t going to thousands of people, more like 300. Intriguingly you all have one thing in common, you are my customers, that means all of you have bought from me over the past 2 years since my website was re vamped. You’ve knowingly or perhaps unknowingly “opted in” for the promise of this monthly gig.

Please bear with me as I find my way to reward you not only with bits of fun, quizzes, useless information (a speciality of mine) but useful offers. Our 35+ years experience enables us to offer well designed eco friendly products that are versatile, healthy and affordable.

Some of you have been receiving emails from a campaign that started late last year and there were reward points on offer for taking part in a little survey, referring a friend or perhaps a stranger and Social Media engagement. The rewards were worth £5.00 for each task and as much as £25.00/£30.00 could be had within about a fortnight for doing, well not much at all. So please stay on board and as time passes I’ll be offering lots of ways you can be rewarded for joining in what I will try and make fun.

Memory of the Month: Tales of a Futoneer

Futon year zero occurred in the late ’60. This was a time when travel overland or by public transport was cheap and very cheerful. Asia was the destination for most people who had an adventurous nature. When they arrived in Turkey if coming from Europe or Malaysia from across the Pacific they found beds with mattresses that were filled with natural fibres. These fillings included coir derived from coconuts, horse hair and cotton for instance. Although not very thick they did the job and were only what was on offer.

Sooner or later these adventurous pathfinders went home and some decided to emulate what they had found on their travels, such as sleeping closer to the ground on low level beds and mattresses filled with natural comfy fibres.

The very first memories of the word futon for me are associated with U.S. West Coast magazines that covered subjects such as Macrobiotics and things Organic. A cottage industry had developed in California, Colorado and New Mexico with people making basic “A” frames and futon mattresses filled with cotton.

The futon frames were rudimentary affairs, and there was only a double size in the early days 4’6″x6’3″, one of the few things the UK has in common with the USA. The slats were screwed but the clever thing was the evolution of the design from very basic to a neat assembly of 3 decks that folded easily into a bed from its sofa position. Those initial designs were improved upon at a time when woodworking machinery was becoming accessible to people with the skills to make small runs in their garages or small scale industrial units.

Another development centred on different sizes. Double size was the initial norm but the needs of children and family mobility played their part in the advent of Single and King sizes. These frames could be stacked for easy transportation by removing just x4 bolts and put on a roof rack or in a van. As for the mattresses, they could be rolled up, put in a bag and moved very easily. Another major change was instead of having just one colour for the mattress cover, those covers took on a design element and became part of a new trend for brighter colours, shapes and symbols.

This cottage industry could only last as long as futon furniture was only a fad or just for those in the know. When there’s a new dynamic there has to be a different approach and in the case of futons it was the death of the waterbed industry.

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How having a day bed could help with napping


It’s a well-known fact that a midday nap can increase work rate, improve mood and power you up for a productive afternoon. Plenty of European cultures have the siesta built into their daily life; even without the burning day time sun that gives hotter climates a good reason to take a break.

UK workers are well advised to consider doing the same. Many large corporations now acknowledge and encourage the right to nap in the working day and provide the time and facilities for employees to take  40 winks if required.

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Refresh Your Room

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Ideas for a room change

Refresh your room and give it a spring revamp.

  • This is a great way to lift your spirits and focus on a fresh start for your home.
  • In a previous blog we looked at replacing and repurposing furniture that no longer fits the style of a room in your home.
  • So upgrade to a contemporary wooden bed frame with a more comfortable mattress.
  • Room dividers can use space creatively while hiding unwelcome clutter from view.
  • In addition it greatly improves the look and functionality of a room as well as being a fabulous interior décor accessory.

Storage ideas change the look of a room

If you are replacing seating with a futon, there are lots to choose from. Traditional wood frame varieties fit with a cottage style room and blend perfectly with floral or feminine design. Finding a classic style of futon with integral storage makes storage of bedding easy. Furthermore offers the opportunity to discreetly store supplies of hobby materials, DVDs or magazines.

For a more modern look, a metal framed futon in a 2 or 3 seat configurations blend perfectly with a simple, minimalist or masculine décor style. If you want to upgrade a bedroom, the same basic approach applies so have a look at this.

  • Decide on the essential pieces of furniture in the room.
  • Then use the rest of the room to compliment your furniture and support the focal point.
  • A traditional approach to a room is to decorate in a way that stays the same through the year.
  • Current lifestyle trends advocate a seasonal approach that reflects the character of the person. This enables alterations to echo the wider world.
  • Because curtains, blinds and rugs may need to be permanent features due to cost and storage constraints. The use of a variety of coloured vases, wall pictures, throws or blankets can dramatically alter the feel of a room.
  • Even cushions can offer different colour options to give a room a fresh boost.

When considering how to accessorise your room, it is easy to try to replicate outdoors but this can be overwhelming. We bring foliage and warm reds, greens and gold into our home at Christmas, giving it warmth and colour at a bleak time of year, but filling our home with blue, silver and snowflake motifs during cold winter months might be too much! Replica flowers, twig lights and houseplants that move from room to room can ring the changes very effectively with little hassle.

Try using popular fashions to provide discreetly hidden useful accessories. Attractive fleece throws, woven blankets and crochet afghans are wonderful at highlighting your room with a new colour or design element but will also work perfectly as extra bedding for your futon during cold months. You won’t even need store it during the rest of the year.

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Helping Teenagers Sleep Well

Teenagers sleeping well

New research highlights the dangers that teens having poor sleep patterns can trigger; the distractions of modern life – computers, phones and constant online interaction, further disrupts sleeping habits that are already disturbed by changing hormones. As they move from the child phase to adult life, low quality sleep and simply not enough time to sleep deeply and well seriously affects daily life and can trigger serious concerns for young adults. Drugs, alcohol problems and poor decisions regarding casual relationships can be linked to teens finding it difficult to adapt their own rest needs as they mature.

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Make Your Home Perfect for Guests

Perfect room for guests

As the holiday season ends for another year and our homes return to normal, it’s worth considering some of the difficulties that arise when trying to find places to sleep the family members and friends with whom we share special occasions. Many homes no longer have the luxury of a designated spare bedroom as working from home often means using that space as an office.

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Flexi Pocket Mattress

Flexi Pocket Mattress

For decades there has been a restriction on how thick a futon mattress can be when used on a tri-fold or 2 seater double sofa bed. The design of this kind of frame means the mattress has to fold twice across its width to be used in the sofa position.  Until now the thickness of the mattress has had to be no more than 6″ or about 14cms. otherwise it will want to spring out of the desired “S” shape.       Kiwi 4' futon sofabed 2 Continue reading Flexi Pocket Mattress