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HEFEL NZ has recently changed ownership to Col & Deb Dougherty - owners of premium bed & mattress store, Sleep Space. 

Manuela and Carl Doherty started importing HEFEL bedding in 2015. In a world flooded with cheap mass-produced goods they wanted to offer New Zealand and Australian customers a wide range of bedding that is as individual as each person’s sleeping pattern and of exceptional quality. Being from Austria, Manuela was familiar with the HEFEL brand and has been using HEFEL products herself since her childhood.

HEFEL has become one of the leading European producers of bedding, offering the finest fabrics and best fillings. The entire range (comforters, pillows, mattress toppers, bed linen and down-proof fabric) is 100% produced in Austria to the highest quality standards.

The firm was established in 1907 and is now managed by the fourth generation of family. Wonderful bedding of the finest quality is produced at two sites in Austria (Schwarzach/Vorarlberg and Kefermarkt/Upper Austria). HEFEL is the only fully integrated bedding manufacturer worldwide that produces its comforters in-house, from the yarns and fillings to quilting and the finished product.



Finest down batiste and feather/fibre-proof fabrics destined for sale by the metre or made up into shells are produced at the HEFEL ticking weaving mill in Schwarzach. The ticking mill was founded in 1936 and over the years has set some impressive standards in fabric manufacturing and finishing.
Schwarzach is located in the economically prosperous area where the borders of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein meet and is surrounded by an unspoilt natural landscape that stretches from Lake Constance to Arlberg.


HEFEL acquired the quilted comforter manufacture in Kefermarkt in 1972 and it is here that the entire range of quilted bedding products with premium animal hair, natural fibre and special functional fibre fillings is manufactured.
Kefermarkt lies in the heart of the Mühlviertel, one of four regions that make up the Federal Province of Upper Austria.


Today, as in times gone by, HEFEL bedding products are 100% made in Austria - at two sites in Schwarzach (Vorarlberg) and Kefermarkt (Upper Austria). This is as much an integral part of the corporate culture as the employment of highly qualified specialist staff, many of whom have worked for HEFEL for several generations. With a great deal of experience, care and skill they produce and check every single HEFEL comforter - piece by piece.


HEFEL attaches the highest importance to the flawless quality of raw materials and perfect processing, right down to the smallest detail. Every purchased yarn is immediately inspected on receipt. Only then is it processed in the weaving mill where the master weaver constantly monitors every stage of production. The raw materials control process checks the fabrics for warp and weft defects. After sewing is complete the finished products are again inspected for sewing faults before being carefully packed. Numerous certifications are evidence of the unique quality of HEFEL bedding.


You can have a clear conscience when you sleep in HEFEL bedding, because HEFEL demonstrates its responsibility towards future generations by the sustainable approach of its entire bedding manufacturing operation. The intelligent use of raw materials, the careful production processes, short transportation routes due to 100% production in Austria and the socially responsible work environment of its employees are all interconnected at HEFEL’s. Today HEFEL is proud to be the only bedding manufacturer in the world to produce all its products in-house.