In 1979, the world's first capsule hotel opened in Osaka, Japan. Inspired by the capsule architecture, Kotobuki Seating launched their Sleep Capsule bed. Since their inception these sleep capsules have developed and now offer sophisticated, flexible sleep solutions.

Their minimal space requirements has meant their appeal has gone beyond the hotel industry. Could their installation offer a solution for HE establishments? According to the Higher Education Policy Institute, "Commuter students tend to obtain poorer results and feel less engaged and satisfied with the university experience."


Providing short-term, ad hoc, pay-as-you-go use of Sleep capsules, could offer the following benefits:

Student Benefits:

  • Greater social cohesion
  • 24/7 security
  • Pastoral/ wellbeing care
  • PHD students accommodated

University Benefits:

  • Demonstrating innovation
  • Demonstrating added value
  • Increased use of onsite facilities
  • Additional revenue generation

Installing Sleep Capsules could be the next step in student interaction with their university environment.

Sleep deprivation is a big issue for university students with over 60% reporting poor sleep quality. A lack of sleep makes it difficult to focus, weakens the immune system, affects mood and makes decision-making more difficult. With designated napping areas already features of Universities in the UK (University of Manchester opened their Zzz Zone in 2014) and beyond; providing students with an additional private space to sleep may improve their overall experience and options for those who choose to commute.

The Kotobuki range of Sleep Capsules are flexible and scalable, with a number of customisable options and finishes, including privacy and security and power and date provision.

Think capsules could fit into your campus plan? Contact the Sales Team today...