The Princess and the Pea | Featuring Button and Sprung


When I was a little girl, I used to have a beautifully illustrated story book called The Princess and the Pea.

The premise of the story — for those of you that can’t remember — was this:

There was once a handsome prince who wanted to marry a princess.

Easier said than done though — as there seemed to be a shortage of decent girls in Fairyland— and he had huge difficulty finding a suitable wife.

The prince couldn’t be certain that the women he met were real princesses because they always seemed to be flawed.
Some were too fat, too thin or a bit plain.
Others had awful table manners and, as a result, he began to despair that he’d ever meet ‘the one’.
Then one stormy night, a young woman turned up at the castle — absolutely soaked to the skin — seeking shelter from the rain.
She claimed to be a princess, so the prince’s mother decided to test her by placing a pea — covered with 20 mattresses and 20 feather eiderdowns — on the bed she’d prepared for their guest to sleep in that night.
In the morning, the young woman told her hosts that she’d had a rubbish sleep, as she’d been kept awake by something hard in the bed (not a euphemism by the way).
The prince was delighted.
Only a real princess would have been able to feel a pea through such a lot of bedding, so the prince and the sensitive, insomniac princess married right away (naturally, it is a fairytale after all).
And they all lived happily ever after.
The end.

Ah… wouldn’t it be lovely if real life were this straightforward!! There would be no need for dating websites, that’s for sure ;)

I LOVED this book. I used to pore over the pictures — beautiful illustrations — and thing I liked the very best was the bed, that the unassuming traveller was given for the night.

It was beautiful; totally unlike any that my childish eyes had ever seen before.

Not your average bedframe — with a hard, rectangular headboard — or a divan-style bed, that my mum and dad were so fond of.

Nope. This bed was a thing of beauty.

It was a fabulous shape and gently dominated the room in the prince’s palace and looked really comfy (even if it did have a pea under the mattress).

So imagine my delight to find a real-life company that make the most gorgeous fairytale beds.

Rococco inspired Rose


They’re called Button and Sprung and they produce quality handmade beds and mattresses.

There are 9 different pocket-sprung mattresses and 11 glorious bed styles in their current range; all beautifully crafted using traditional methods. Each one has a ten year guarantee and they’ll deliver — and assemble — your new bed in a convenient 2 hour slot.

Unlike the prince in the story, Button and Sprung will also make every effort to ensure you’ll have the best night’s sleep possible (no lumps, bumps or peas in their mattresses).

And if, after 100 nights, you decide that your new bed isn’t just right… not too hard, too soft (sorry — wrong fairytale — isn’t that Goldilocks??) you can return it for a full refund.

No quibbles.

Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it but, happily, this is no fairy story.

A bed fit for a princess
Button and Sprung’s beautiful Camelia bedframe

The best thing of all, all of their beautiful bedframes are available in a myriad of colours and fabrics. Everything from contemporary linen to sumptuous velvets.

So if you’re looking for a bed fit for a princess, their gorgeous range certainly won’t disappoint. Perfect for discerning sleeping beauties everywhere.

Not just in fairytales.

button and sprung logo

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.


About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

28 thoughts on “The Princess and the Pea | Featuring Button and Sprung

  1. I love your telling of the Princess and the Pea, I loved that book – mine was a Ladybird one. And I absolutely LOVE the Button and Sprung beds, especially the yellow headboard, just gorgeous. One day my prince will come …

  2. Oh no the dreaded holiday blues, I usually suffer with them too – I hope it gets better soon honey!

    Oh wow such beautiful beds! I love The Princess and the Pea story too, it was also a favourite game of the girl’s at bedtime ha!. The last one is my favourite with cosy corners on the headboard. Thank you for hosting lovely xx

    1. Thanks chick — I don’t think I’ve ever had such a bad dose!! Am feeling tearful!!!! That’s not like me at all!! And yes — that book is etched in my memory!! I love the idea of having a real princess bed! :)

  3. Yay I love Button & Sprung! The beds are utterly dreamy and super comfy too and similarly to you, when I’m next in the market for a new one I’m heading straight there. Especially since they have a sleeping area at their new showroom to try them all out ;) Hope you had a wonderful holiday X

  4. oh wow those beds are beautiful!!! I cant wait to make a start on our bedroom. We currently just have a boring divan with no headboard or any thing :( I really want one of those wrap around headboards, thanks for sharing.

  5. I absolutely adore these! We just bought a new bed which is actually very similar to these, but if we hadn’t I’d be off to buy one of these beauties in a shot!

    Hope you had a fabulous time in Sardinia – we were there last year and had the best time!

  6. I love the use of Princess and the Pea in this post, lovely! Beds are gorgeous too and the images are really inspiring. I’ll have to check them out when we finally get around to decorating the spare room! #ablogginggoodtime

  7. They are gorgeous beds and definitely fit for modern day grown-up princesses! A lovely post – they just all look so inviting!! It doesn’t help that I could do with some extra sleep… ;-) Philippa x

  8. What gorgeous looking beds, and that’s quite some customer service there too. Love the fairytale connection, I was a bit of a Rapunzel girl myself :) thanks for hosting #homeetc xx

  9. Wow these look stunning! I particularly love that Camelia design. It is hard to know where to go for a new bed but it’s such a worthwhile investment and these really would stand the test of time. Love that 100 day money-back offer too, what a fab idea xx #HomeEtc

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