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Expert Q & A: Castro Convertibles back in business

Author: Lauren Debellis | Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Expert Q & A: Castro Convertibles back in business

After a 10-year hiatus, New Hyde Park-based Castro Convertibles is back and has launched a new product that’s both attractive and functional. Bernadette Castro, daughter of founder Bernard Castro talked with us about bringing back the brand and why we’ll be seeing a lot more of her granddaughters.

LIP: Congratulations on the re-launch of Castro Convertibles! Tell us about your plans.
BC: Thank you. My family and I are so happy to introduce the new Convertible Ottoman. It converts into a single 75-inch long bed and is perfect for a child or adult. We love how versatile it is. You can top it off with a tray and use it as a coffee table, for extra seating and then of course, as restful spot for overnight guests. It comes with a removable slipcover and has a five-inch thick Castropedic mattress that is supported by wooden slats, so it’s really very comfortable. Right now, it is retailing for $499 with free shipping.

LIP: That sounds so great. Why did you choose to manufacture an ottoman?
BC: When we started planning three years ago, I didn’t find anything at a comparable price that was both well made and comfortable. My father’s philosophy was that all of his products had to be made for nightly sleeping. Back then many first-time parents living in a small New York City apartment had to give up their bedroom when the baby came and they would use our original convertible sofas as their bed. That need for space or additional space is still so relevant today.

LIP: There is a lot of downsizing happening these days. Was that part of what prompted you to re-launch now?
BC: There is definitely an unbelievable opportunity for us right now. Certainly the economy has enabled people once again to focus on their needs rather than their wants. imageSaving living space is a critical need for everyone. We’re all looking to do more with the space we have. You know, it is ironic that my dad started the business back in a day when space was also at a premium and now here we are again. Even though our focus right now is on the Convertible Ottoman, we’re planning to move forward with convertible sofas in the future.

LIP: You were in the company’s original television commercial, which was quite famous. Any similar plans this time around?
BC: My granddaughters, my daughter’s daughters, Grace and Georgia will be appearing in our advertising, teaching a new generation of customers just how easy it is to open our Convertible Ottoman! It’s very special and we are all excited about it. I have four kids and eight grandkids and family is so important to us. We understand the importance of bringing families together and we hope that is what we achieve with our products.

LIP: What do you think your father would think of all of this?
BC: My dad is certainly smiling from heaven, thinking to himself “She’s back!”


You can find more information about Castro Convertibles at the company website: http://www.castroconvertiblesusa.com

Lauren Debellis
Author: Lauren Debellis
A former magazine editor, Lauren DeBellis has been writing and producing stories about home decorating and design for nearly ten years. She resides in East Northport with her husband.

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julia garcia-regan wrote on September 14, 2012

I have a twin sofa bed with the same mattress it is probably 55yrs. I want to know if i can get a mattress for it. I grow up with castro convertable and i will never get rid of it. I just need a mattress. Please help

Sweeps Fox wrote on September 07, 2012

HI,Hope you’re still manufacturing those great coffee table conversions. Had one in the 70’s which had 4 different conversion positions. Just terrific, and even better suitable now for apartment or Townhouse living.
So, I need one…and maybe more for friends/relatives as gifts. Please advise of availability. Many thanks/‘Sweeps’

Kathy McGarry wrote on July 08, 2012

Does Castro still have convertible coffee tables.  Had one many years ago and loved it.  Am back in apartment now and would love to find it again.

Craig wrote on April 23, 2012

This new ottoman is VERY comfortable !!!

harriet porter wrote on April 10, 2012

I have a chair that seat two, and pull out to a bed looking to get it repair. age of chair about 50 year old

Lin wrote on January 22, 2012

I, too, have a castro convertible dining table and would like to know the value.

Thank you.

howard rock jr wrote on May 17, 2011

I have a castro convertible coffee table dating back to 1040 want to know what is It worth today..

Dan Bawelkiewicz wrote on February 08, 2011

I have a Castro convertible coffee/ dining table dating to the 1940’s. What is it worth today?

Sincerely,

Dan

John Masker wrote on September 29, 2010

Great article, very interesting….
I did find them online, the address is http://www.castroconvertiblesusa.com
Thanks again for this story…
John

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