THERE’S nothing new about having a television in the bedroom – but a TV in the bed?
Flockton couple Andrea and Andrew Montgomery woke up to the idea of providing bespoke beds with fitted TV screens after buying one themselves from a leading high street retailer – and being disappointed with the product.
Said Andrea: “We bought a TV bed a few years ago. It provided a real focal point in the house, but the quality of manufacture and design was not really that good.”
Andrea, who previously worked in banking, and Andrew, an IT consultant, decided to set up Visual Comfort Ltd.
The company makes bespoke TV beds for style-conscious individual customers, providers of studio apartments and the boutique hotel sector.
Its recently-launched Sandman is a hand-made super king-size bed with a silent and smooth system capable of lifting a 40-inch screen out of the frame in seconds.
Andrea and Andrew joined forces with Richard Booth and Darren Battye, of Slaithwaite-based home cinema specialists RB Vision to develop the product – with RB Vision taking care of the screen and sound elements.
Branding and web design have been undertaken by Lepton-based Blacksmith Design Consultancy.
Now the product is being marketed among furniture retailers, interior designers and the hotel industry and is set to be featured at major trade exhibitions during 2010.
Said Andrea: “The bed is supremely well made and gloriously comfortable while the audio-visual dimension virtually transforms the Sandman into an intimate and relaxing home cinema.
“It reflects the trend for making bedrooms more than just places to sleep, but venues for relaxation and viewing movies and live TV.
“The bed can be upholstered and tailored to individual clients’ needs and we also offer a full consultancy service to clients wishing to take the design to the ultimate level.
“We use sustainable materials where possible and the lighting is highly efficient low voltage technology, which makes the bed environmentally friendly as well as something of a style statement – a bit of a dream combination!”