ISPA EXPO 2018: The shape of things to come

ISPA EXPO 2018: The shape of things to come

As a child, did you ever play with a *kaleidoscope? We always had one around. My mother, with her creative flair, made one with heavy copper tubing, mirrors and bits of colored glass. It was so much better than the cardboard ones from the discount store. Holding it up to the light, we would turn […]

Fresh ideas for a venerable industry

Fresh ideas for a venerable industry

BY BETH ENGLISH Every day, you see them. People hidden behind screens. Maybe it’s a man behind a laptop at the coffee shop. Maybe it’s a woman staring at her smartphone in the break room. Maybe it’s even one of your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, eyes glued to a tablet screen. It’s probably […]

Our walking tour through mattress showrooms

Our walking tour through mattress showrooms

Beth English and I spent four days touring Winter Las Vegas Market last week. Scroll down to see a gallery of product images that we took, from creative angles. In the closeups, you’ll get an idea of some of the detailing that went into the latest crop of mattresses from a number of vendors. There’s […]

How to make the most of online reviews

How to make the most of online reviews

BY BETH ENGLISH Try these strategies to make the most out of commentaries—whether positive or negative—on your product In today’s super-connected world, word-of-mouth travels fast. Gone are the days when people expressed opinions only to their friends, family and colleagues. Online review sites and social media have provided global platforms for anyone’s praise or criticism. […]

Off to a fresh start

Off to a fresh start

BY BETH ENGLISH There’s just something about a fresh start. Every year, when Jan. 1 rolls around many of us feel invigorated. We begin the new year with resolve. This is the year we finally will give up sweets, make it to the gym five days a week and follow a budget. We will work […]

A thankful editor; a talented team

A thankful editor;  a talented team

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller As 2017 draws to a close (and what a year it’s been for the publications staff of the International Sleep Products Association and the bedding industry in general!), I would like to take this opportunity to recognize—and thank—the talented team that produces […]

Finding things to love at a subdued Fall High Point Market

Finding things to love at a subdued Fall High Point Market

Two-sided beds, fancy fabrics and lots of boxed product for grab-and-go shoppers BY BETH ENGLISH AND BARBARA T. NELLES While the Fall High Point Market Oct. 14-18 in High Point, North Carolina, was a quiet one in bedding halls, the editors of BedTimes uncovered a healthy amount of new product news to share. Take a […]

Finding virtual balance

Finding virtual balance

In each issue of BedTimes, I’m usually struck by the number of articles that apply to my work life and sometimes my home life, too.   This month, there’s much to learn, such as how to use the principles of improv to increase open-mindedness and flexibility at work, why having pets in the bedroom isn’t […]

Running hot and cold

Running hot and cold

Ah, October In my home state of North Carolina, October is such a changeable month. One day it can be warm and the next will have you reaching for your jacket. You never know if you should keep the AC on or switch it off until spring. Thank goodness our bodies adjust, right? Did you know […]

Las Vegas Market is a mellow show with maximally cool products

Las Vegas Market is a mellow show with maximally cool products

Bedding exhibitors engage buyers with aesthetics, boxed goods and lots of temperature talk BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH Home furnishings buyer attendance at the Summer Las Vegas Market July 30-Aug. 3 was on a par with last summer’s show, according to officials at the World Market Center in Las Vegas, although to the editors of BedTimes, […]