As many as 160 staff break areas have been made more relaxing amid the coronavirus crisis after Brit firms MADE and DFS gave up hundreds of items for free.

A report on the website of the British Medical Journal confirms that sofas, sofabeds, and other items such as crockery have been gifted to hospitals around the UK.

MADE said it has helped to upgrade the staff rooms of 160 departments in 122 hospitals across the UK including Bristol, Brighton, and Bangor.

While the BMJ reports that DFS Group said it has donated 30 items of furniture so far to hospitals in London, Bristol, Wales, and Glasgow.

Jolanda Joy Schoon poses with a new sofa bed

MADE says more than 1,500 products have been donated.

And it has proved popular with NHS staff, rushed off their feet and working under immense pressure amid the crisis.

On Twitter, Jolanda Joy Schoon wrote: "S/O @madedotcom for this lush sofa bed for the @RoyalLondonHosp mess. V comfy (I tested) and highly cute. Think the pink velvet goes w my scrubs xoxo #wesitdowndownsoyoudonthaveto #stayonyoursofa."

Staff at Charring Cross Hospital pose up a storm with their new sofa bed
Geeta Aggarwal was delighted with this bean bag chair

Geeta Aggarwal writes: "Huge thank you to @madedotcom for the donation of a sofa bed and beanbags to the ICU and theatre dept @RSCHAnaesthesia @RoyalSurrey. Taking some well-earned rest during this time is vital. THANK YOU!"

While Ellie Powell wrote: "Thank you @madedotcom for your generous donation of sofa beds for our critical care department at @CV_UHB. Will give HCWs space for some well needed rest over this busy time. #keepwellNHS #stop #breathe #think."

...and this sofa bed
Staff in Cardiff thanked the firms

A spokesman for MADE said products delivered so far included sofa beds, dining tables, coffee tables, chairs, accessories and homewares and the firm has been inundated with requests, all coming through the network of NHS workers themselves.

Jo Jackson, chief creative officer at MADE.com, said: “With NHS staff on the frontline working around the clock, and many unable to head home between shifts, we wanted to help where we can.

"For us that means product - helping people feel more comfortable and hopefully get some rest.

Now they will have somewhere decent to rest

"We’ve utilised what stock we have available in the UK to donate everything from sofa beds to mugs and plates.

"We hope these help to better equip hospital break rooms for healthcare workers, which are so often overlooked, and support these hard-working heroes with a more comfortable place to have a well-deserved rest.

"We’re incredibly grateful and in awe of the work all the NHS and frontline workers are doing at this time; a huge thank you from all of us at MADE.”

A spokesman added: "Stories of the realities of daily life on the frontline were incredibly moving, and with health care workers often unable to get home to sleep, the MADE team decided to jump in quickly to help. "

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Jim Stacey, DFS group chief executive, told the BMJ: “We are so grateful to the NHS and the least we can do is provide home comforts and a well earned place to rest for NHS workers across the UK.”