What is a Contract Bed?
A contract bed is no ordinary domestic bed. They are specifically designed for commercial use and they meet strict fire safety and quality regulations.
Typically, contract beds are used in hotels, B&B’s, hostels and educational environments such as universities.
To ensure the beds are up to sufficient standards for commercial use, they go through tough testing procedures. No bed that fails these tests will be legally allowed to be used in a commercial setting.
All beds must adhere to the BS EN 5971 (smouldering cigarette test) and BS EN 5972 (match test), as well as the BS 6807 (flame retardant test). The BS 6807 is more commonly known as the Source 5 or Crib 5 test.
These tests also apply to the mattresses that commercial settings use as well, not just the bed frame itself.
What establishments must use hotel contract beds?
Any commercial setting that is using beds for their guests/customers must buy and use contract beds that have passed the various tests mentioned above.
Contract beds are not just for luxury 5-star hotels. Below is a list of establishments legally required to use contract beds and mattresses (please be aware this list is not exhaustive):
- Guest Houses
- Boarding Schools
- Halls of Residence
- Residential Homes
- Holiday Camps
What type of hotel contract beds are available?
Hotel contract beds come in a variety of styles and sizes with Divan Bases and Zip & Link variants being the most popular within the industry.
Contract divan bases are a complete package, available in a large variety of bed sizes, mattress types and storage combinations.
We boast one of the most solid bed bases in the hotel contract bed industry, using 18mm MFC sides and ends, creating a very robust and durable bed base.
Traditional divan bases use a framed structure which has weak points, but our bases have a completely solid shell to enhance the lifespan and durability.
Each bed base comes with a mattress anti-slip top surface to help keep your mattress in place.
Every base also has globe castors installed to help with manoeuvring the bed when needed.
Our entire range of divan bases have a variety of storage options available, from single drawers to dual guest bed storage.