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A Short History Of The TV Bed

A Short History Of The TV Bed

What do you think of when someone mentions the term “TV bed”? Do you imagine a gigantic TV with a mattress that is built into it? Well, if so then you are not too far off. These beds have been around for decades and they continue to evolve as technology advances. Read on to find out about the history of the TV bed.


TV beds first appeared on the scene when TVs were still very bulky and expensive to own. They are not much different from the standard bed except they have a TV built into one of the headboards (or footboards), and some even incorporated drawers and armrests for comfort.


The first TV beds popped up in America during the 1960s, but it wasn’t until 1973 that you could actually buy a TV bed that would look a little like something you could buy today. The price tag at this time? $200 for just the bed frame itself (which is around $2,000 in today’s money).


However, it wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that TV Beds became more mainstream and started to resemble something we would recognise today as a TV bed. It’s interesting to note how the interest in the term from Google, since 2004, has increased in popularity over time.



TV Bed Interest


So, what is driving this interest in TV beds? There could be a few reasons. We suspect the key driver is people just want to feel more comfortable whilst watching TV when they’re in bed! The other reason could be how pervasive connected devices have become in our lives. Since 2009 (and the rise of the iPhone) BlueTooth technology has become ubiquitous and more and more objects in our home have become connected. This, in turn, is driving the demand for smart TVs, which are now replacing traditional TV sets.


We also need to consider the TVs that go into a TV bed themselves. Smart TV’s are far less bulky than they were ten years ago. There is a clear trend that TVs are getting slimmer and more attractive. As they get slimmer, there’s less of an issue with fitting them into a TV bed frame – something which has been one of the major barriers for many people when considering buying their first TV bed in the last few years.


So while we don’t have any official data on the number of TV beds that are now in homes around the world, we do know from our data and what people ask us when they visit our website is a good indicator. 2020 was a bumper year for us as more and more people were staying at home and not spending money on holidays etc. But it seems this year the trend is continuing and the demand for TV beds remains incredibly strong.


We have an incredible range of TV beds and load in stock. We would be happy to help answer any questions you have so please feel free to get in touch via our website or come and visit us in our state-of-the-art showroom.



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