Sengehesten: Sustainable Norwegian design to help kids sleep safely
By Maria Vole | Photos: Sengehesten
From her workshop at her family’s farm in Porsgrunn in Telemark, Tiril Møglestue creates handmade products making sure little dreamers can sleep safely. “It’s so important for kids to feel safe in their beds and get quality sleep at night,” says mother-of-four Tiril.
‘Sengehesten’ means ‘the bedhorse’, and is a fun and creative twist on traditional bedrails designed to keep kids from falling out of bed while they’re sleeping. These simple, playful designs don’t just offer protection against falling out of bed – they could also make changes in sleeping arrangements easier to deal with.
“The transition from sleeping in a cot to sleeping in a bed can be scary for kids,” says Tiril. “Having them be part of picking out their bedhorse can be a fun way to ease the process and make them feel safe in their new bed.”
With a background in furniture-making and interior design, Tiril began making the bedhorses after struggling to find high-quality bedrails in fun designs for her kids in Scandinavia. She was one of 20 emerging designers selected to display their products at the Nordic interior-design trade fair Formex in Stockholm, in January 2023. Sengehesten has also been awarded membership to Norwegian Made, a branding scheme for sustainable, high-quality products made locally in Norway. “I want this to be a durable product that lasts and can be passed down for generations,” says Tiril. “Eco-friendly practices are important to me, and I re-use materials as much as possible.”
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