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Mattress & Bedding industry news, features and analysis

Furniture Today provides in-depth coverage of the American bedding industry, bed conferences and latest mattress news reports.

Videos

  • Jim Gallman of Simmons at High Point Market

    Simmons Demonstrates New Mattress App at High Point Market

    Jim Gallman of Simmons Bedding demonstrates a downloadable application that offers retailers and consumers an interactive 3D look inside any Simmons mattress. Simmons said it is the first “augmented reality” app in the mattress industry.(Our video coverage is sponsored by MicroD.)

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Jerry Epperson Fifty Years of Furniture Styling

Read Jerry Epperson's book - "Fifty Years of Furniture Styling." He provides his in-depth analyses of the inner workings of the furniture sector.  Click here for details.

Blogs

  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    November 21, 2014

    New York Times is right: Mattress shopping can be a challenge

    The New York Times recently took a look at the mattress shopping experience, and the results weren’t pretty. The Times story, headlined “An Easy Choice? Dream On,” said that mattress shoppers “must navigate a Kafkaesque maze” to find the right mattress. Among its findings: The products all look alike, there is too much “marketing-speak,” and the industry offers “one-day sales for 365 days a year only.” In the full disclosure category, I was among those quoted in the story — and accurately, I might add. Among other things, I decried the industry focus on low prices in mattress ads, telling ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    November 11, 2014

    Consumer Reports whiffs again with mattress shopping advice

    Consumer Reports revisits the mattress industry in its November issue. The latest visit, while well intentioned, once again misses the mark. Producers who find themselves with high ratings for their mattresses will be pleased. That includes Serta, Simmons, Charles P. Rogers, Stearns & Foster and The Original Mattress Factory, which top the innerspring list; Novaform, Spring Air, Bob’s Discount Furniture and Tempur-Pedic, which top the memory foam list, and Sleep Number, which tops the adjustable air list. The high ratings those brands earned are a coveted prize, a powerful recommendation from the respected consumer products evaluation company. But even some ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    November 5, 2014

    Market talk: Ebola, ISIS, big plans for Vegas show

    I heard a few scary words at the recent High Point Market. “We have been Ebola-ed and ISIS-ed to death,” one bedding executive told me. “Everyone is concerned. This is affecting the consumer. There is a lot of uncertainty in the world these days. Consumer confidence is being eroded.” This exec doesn’t see things getting much better until next year. I didn’t think that Ebola and ISIS would be part of my bedding conversations, but they were. Anything that affects consumers can affect the bedding industry. Several bedding execs told me they don’t think the Ebola and ...

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