Martin Walsh, owner of Taurus Beds, which has been making wooden beds for London residents for almost 30 years, came to me initially to write the content for his company’s new site. After a few meetings, Martin asked whether I’d handle the entire site scoping and build for him, from function specification and sitemap, through to content authoring. With the help of my design and programming partners, I was able to create a site echoing Martin’s own business philosophy of quality and value combined. Website content (and site build) for Taurus Beds.

*If no image of the finished project is available, my .pdf copyvisual or .docx copysheet is shown in its place.

How we build you a really good bed, that’s really great value.

Wooden beds have been popular in London homes for hundreds of years, and have seen off the challenge of the heavy, sprung iron bedsteads favoured throughout much of the twentieth century.

While the challenge of the divan has proved harder to put down, wooden beds have remained highly popular with London’s homemakers, requiring little time to assemble, and only the addition of a simple mattress to provide a comfortable ‘real’ bed, able to offer years of use.

Having been in the business of designing and making wooden beds now for over 30 years, we’ve adopted our own combination of traditional joinery and contemporary technology to build wooden slatted beds with the style and elegance to look great in your home, and the strength and durability to provide years of service, regardless of how much rest or play you subject them to.

The basic construction of a slatted wooden bed is simple. Four bedposts stand at the corners. The two at the head end are spanned by some kind of headboard, even if the design requires that be little more than a cross member. The same arrangement is repeated at the foot end.

Two long side rails then connect the head and foot ends, one on each side. This creates a rigid rectangular frame, raised from the floor by the posts.

On the inside of each side rail, a wooden ‘shelf’ runs the length of the bed. The ‘slats’, which are used to support the mattress, are then arranged across the frame, resting on the two shelves. The mattress is placed on top.

The advantages of this construction over that of a divan bed are many.

First of all, there are no springs to wear out in the base, and the wooden slats actually provide superior support. The slats also allow free circulation of air under the mattress, which keeps it well ventilated and so is more hygienic.

Beds made in this way are easily dismantled and transported if you move and, having no platform base as does a divan, provide flexible storage space beneath the bed.

Designing your bed

Our design philosophy has always been to ‘keep it simple.’

Our beds have no unnecessary frills or carvings. Where we use a turning or finial on a bedpost it’s a considered feature intended to evoke a particular style. We believe that this policy not only keeps down prices, but also makes for better functionality.

Pleasingly, in an age of CAD design systems, our design process still begins with a soft pencil and a few sheets of cartridge paper.

Once a design emerges which we believe might add a worthwhile dimension to our range, the joiners in our workshop build a prototype. This is then placed in our North London showroom to give customers an opportunity to comment. We then take their views into account and make adjustments to the design as we feel necessary. The prototype is then returned to our showroom and we simply ‘live with’ it for a few weeks. We consider this ‘cooling off’ period to be a crucial part of the design evolution. Only if we’re still happy with the design after this period, do we add it to our range.

Selecting timber and building your bed.

All our beds are built of seasoned Scandinavian pine, sourced from sustainable origins. This means that every tree harvested for timber is replaced by the planting of another, helping to maintain biodiversity. The timber has been carefully dried to ensure dimensional stability.

We combine the best of traditional and modern joinery techniques in the production of your bed. Traditional mortice and tenon joints are employed in the making of our headboards and footboards. For the assembly of your bed, however (joining side rails to headboard and footboard) we use a superb patented connector system called ‘Firm Fix’, which was designed and manufactured by a specialist engineering firm in Nottinghamshire.

‘Firm Fix’ is now generally considered to be the best bed assembly system in the world, producing a rock solid joint, capable of supporting the weight of a car without loosening. The connectors are completely concealed within the bed structure, so that there are no unsightly fittings to spoil the appearance, and you can disassemble and reassemble your bed many times over the many years for which it will serve you without any weakening of the joints.

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