Pictured: Heather McDonald, executive manager of Highland BlindCraft, said reopening the showroom on Saturdays is a response to high demand for high quality mattresses and divans.
A manufacturer of bespoke, handcrafted mattresses and divans in the Scottish Highlands has experienced a spike in popularity, prompting the extension of its showroom opening hours.
From September 25, Inverness-based Highland BlindCraft – which provides employment and training to those living with visual impairments and other disabilities – will open its showroom on Saturdays from 9am-4pm to allow customers the chance to see for themselves the quality and craftsmanship on offer.
The move has also allowed Highland BlindCraft to hire a new member of staff to work in the shop, ensuring everyone who visits the store will get personal assistance in finding their ideal mattress and bed.
Heather McDonald, executive manager of Highland BlindCraft, said:
“Over the last few months we’ve seen demand for our mattresses increase from across the UK – not least in the wake of supply issues faced by other retailers.
“Like many businesses, at the beginning of the pandemic, we were forced to reduce our opening hours.
“But now, thanks to increased interest both within the Highlands and further afield, we are able to reopen on Saturdays to allow customers the opportunity to try before they buy.”
For 140 years, Highland BlindCraft has been providing jobs and training to individuals in the Highlands living with visual impairments and other disabilities.
Each high-quality mattress is made by hand in its city-centre factory in Inverness, and is the culmination of decades of experience and artistry.
Interest in Highland BlindCraft’s offering has increased during the pandemic, as people spending more time at home have begun to redecorate and renovate.
In recent weeks, the company has also seen interest grow in non-standard mattress sizes – aiding those who have found themselves stuck during IKEA’s nationwide mattress shortage.
Mrs McDonald continued:
“When people think of a handmade, bespoke mattress or divan, they often think that it will be far outside their price range – but nothing could be further from the truth.
“Our mattresses and divans are fully customisable – from the filling to the fabric cover – and are available to suit all budgets.
“We know that there are many people looking for non-standard mattress sizes at the moment, and we are fully equipped to create these too.
“We truly believe that price shouldn’t be a barrier to having a good night’s sleep, and we’re passionate about helping people find their dream bed.”
Highland BlindCraft’s mattresses and divans are fully customisable, with shoppers able to choose from a range of sizes, fabrics, fillings and firmnesses.
Available at a range of price points, the mattresses can be ordered online at www.highlandblindcraft.co.uk and by phone on 01463 233662 for delivery across the UK, or in person at the showroom on Inverness’ Ardconnel Street.
Founded in 1881, Highland BlindCraft is a manufacturer and retailer of high-quality mattresses and divans, with all items handmade in its factory in Inverness.
As the only organisation of its kind in the Scottish Highlands, the company provides training and employment to individuals living with visual impairments and other disabilities.
To find out more, visit www.highlandblindcraft.co.uk