Introduction to Beds Course

New to the industry? No matter your role, the Intro to Beds course is for you.

Produced by our bed industry experts, our free, interactive training module relaunched in 2022 and will help you to get a better understanding of:

• Size of the UK bed market and other key facts and figures
• Major groups and their brands
• Good working knowledge of the different types of products available
• A-Z of common terms
• What the NBF is and its Code of Practice – including the importance of UK bed manufacturers and suppliers and being NBF approved
– and more!

Whether you are in your first retail job selling beds, working in a warehouse for a UK bed manufacturer or supplier, or an experienced furniture buyer wanting to brush up on your knowledge, this is the perfect induction course to fast-track your learning.

Product images and videos used courtesy of NBF member companies.

We welcome any feedback you have on the training module – negative or positive!

Updated August 2023 with the latest consumer research results.

Introduction to Beds

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Alternatively you can download the Introduction to Beds Course. If viewing the Introduction to Beds PDF online, we recommend you ‘right-click’ any hyperlinks to avoid losing your place when taken off the page.

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