HICKORY, N.C. – Furniture and bedding components supplier HS Mfg., a division of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., is targeting the upper-end upholstery market with a new domestically produced trundle-style sofa-sleeper mechanism.
The new mechanism will be shown Tuesday and Wednesday next week in space 1315 at the Furniture Manufacturing Expo in Hickory, N.C.
Suitable for residential and hospitality furniture, “The Underdown” mechanism was designed to maximize smaller spaces such as hotel rooms and guest rooms by accommodating a queen-size sleep surface in a smaller footprint than the space required for a traditional sleeper sofa by pivoting the longer end of the sleep surface parallel with the back of the sofa.
With two 30-inch size sleep surfaces, The Underdown can function as two individual sleep surfaces or be joined together by a pop-up trundle that slides out from underneath to create a queen sleep surface.
“Maximizing floor space is critical in both the hospitality and residential markets today,” said Jason Porter, vice president for furniture with HSM’s Hickory Springs division. “Whether it’s on the hospitality side, with new construction aiming to maximize profits by adding more rooms to their properties or families looking to create a guest room in a small space, The Underdown unit operates with zero proximity to the wall, taking up less space as is opens up into the room.”
Designed with both the sitting and sleep surface comfort in mind, the unit includes 8.5-gauge sinuous wire in both the sofa seat and the trundle unit, ensuring consistency across the sleep surface when the trundle is popped up for use as a queen. Seat cushion options include high resilient foam construction and a variety of premium memory foam options.
In addition to the space-saving and comfort attributes, The Underdown offers a variety of sleeping arrangements for a single user, a couple, or two children. A single user has two options: Use as a twin sleep surface by sleeping on the sofa seating surface, or use as a queen sleep surface by utilizing the pop-up trundle. A couple would utilize the pop-up trundle to create a queen sleep surface, while two children could utilize the two separate twin surfaces with the standard trundle bed functionality.
I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. Upon my return to F/T, I developed coverage of the logistical and service aspects of the furniture industry as well as following the occasional, home office and home entertainment categories. In April 2018 I took over the upholstery category, with responsibility for coverage of the fabric and leather stationary and motion upholstery, recliners and massage chair categories.
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