Friday, 21 August 2015

A tour of the Savoir Bedworks



As many of you will know, we handcraft all of our beds on site here in London. However, what you will find in our Bedworks is about as far from a 'factory' you can find. With no loud noise from heavy apparatus, and no conveyor belt of machine made furniture, the only noise you will hear is the cheerful whistle of a workman or a light hammering. We think our Bedworks is a very special place, so with this in mind, we wanted to give you a glance in to Savoir HQ.

The bed floor
The bed floor: Here is where the magic happens, our craftsmen make every step of a Savoir bed by hand, and can be seen doing just that every day. Here, bed frames are topped with horsehair, mattresses are tufted, and headboards are upholstered. Each stage of a bed is carried out in a certain section, by just one craftsmen - who then signed finished article on completion.  

A Savoir craftsmen sanding a headboard
The wood work room: Perhaps the noisiest room in the building, the work shop downstairs sees the creation of bed frames and the crafting of headboards. As you will see above, each headboard is lovingly shaped and carved - to create a bespoke design, while each bedframe is made from scratch by hand. 

The Argentian horsetail in rope form 

The carded horse tail
The carding room: Here at Savoir, we use so much natural horse tail, that we not only have a machine to help us to smooth it out, but we have a whole room to house it! As you will see above, our hair arrives at Savoir from Argentina in rope form, we then use two separate machines to create the springy mattress filler we are famous for. The first machine helps to untie the ropes, while the other effectively brushes it, leaving it extra bouncy and the perfect upholstery fabric! 


The spring machine

The spring machine: Here at Savoir we believe in only the best, which is why we go as far as to make our mattress pocket springs on site! While you may think you could use just any spring to produce the same amount of comfort our beds afford, you are mistaken. We have found that the standard springs available do not have as many turns in them, so are just not up to scratch - so we make our own using a very clever machine (above). 

A Savoir seamstress cutting our signature mattress ticking 
The cutting room: The final room in the Savoir house is the cutting room. Here all of the textiles we use are carefully cut and sewn in to mattress and topper cases, and upholstery textiles for beds. We have several skilled seamstresses at hand to help with this, along with staff who order and check each roll of precious fabric. 

So there you have it, a quick tour of Savoir. Let us know what you think by Tweeting us @savoirbeds1905. 

Friday, 14 August 2015

Beds With Bounce

Here at Savoir we believe in only the best, which is why we go as far as to make our mattress pocket springs on site here in London!

Our mattress pocket springs encased in calico
While you may think you could use just any spring to produce the same amount of comfort our beds afford, you are mistaken. We have found that the standard springs available do not have as many turns in them, so are just not up to scratch.

The machine that makes our pocket springs
So, with a small (50mm) diameter and a height of 15cm, or 17.5cm, our top-quality steel mattress springs have more turn than most for greater durability, and are made using our very clever machine (above). The springs are then encased in natural calico that enable them to move independently when nested side by side: this allows your hip, for example, to sink in further than your waist, keeping your spine correctly aligned. They also reduce the effects of your partners movements.

The wire that goes in to our pocket springs 
When it comes to mattress tension, the subtle difference in wire width is key. Soft mattresses are made up of 1.25mm wire, medium uses 1.4mm wire, while a firm mattress uses 1.6mm thick wire - these subtle differences really do influence the feel of your bed!

If you would like to know more about our mattress springs, why not Tweet us @SavoirBeds1905.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Insider Secrets: Savoir No1



As a bespoke, luxury company, we use a range of techniques to ensure our beds provide the best possible night's sleep. Many people ask, what makes a Savoir bed so special? We believe this is a combination of the craftsmanship exercised by our bedworks team, alongside the smorgasbord of natural materials we choose to use.

Our No1 bed is designed to be the crème de la crème of luxury - so with this in mind, we wanted to share with you what goes into its creation.


To begin with; the mattress. The main material we use to make our No1 mattress so plush is horsetail. Sourced from Argentina, we believe this hair is the King of upholstery fabrics. The hair comes to Savoir in long rope (above) and is then put through our carding machine and pulled and teased until it becomes springy and curled (below) - adding extra bounce to our beds.


The horse hair is used throughout all of our beds, but features all throughout a No1 -  in the topper, mattress and base. We then sandwich this between cotton and wool, and side stitch it together by hand to create a lovely layered mattress. It's then finished with our signature Savoir trellis ticking.



Our No1 bedset includes one of our famous HCa mattress toppers (above) - HCa stands for Horsetail and Cashmere - the height of luxury! The HCa topper includes two sumptuous layers of horsetail, for optimum performance and a super soft pure cashmere outer layer - all encased in a natural case of 100% cotton fabric!



Lastly, but not least, the No1 boxspring. Handcrafted from beech wood, our craftsmen use traditional dovetail joints in each of our bed bases. In terms of the springs, we use 22.5cm hourglass springs, which are secured independently - hand tied using a hand-tied eight-way star lashing technique! (seen on the last layer above). We also use a roll of hair around the edge of the base, to stop protect our mattresses over time and stop the fillings from wearing down. To round it all off, we use a loose hair and cotton top filling to cover the base. 

All in all a Savoir No1 bed takes our craftsmen 120+ hours to make. As you can see, the level of detail is astonishing, with several plush layers creating the overall comfort of the design.



With every single part of the bed handcrafted and made with care, we are happy to guarantee our beds for 25 years!

Do you have any questions about how we make our beds? If so, why not Tweet us @SavoirBeds1905?