Choosing the Right Bed

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Posted on: 28 November 2014 by Vickie Harrison

There’s nothing worse than having to go about your day feeling tired and sleep deprived, so choosing a bed that’s going to ensure you get a great night’s sleep every night is a big decision that it’s worth taking some time over. There are a number of things to consider when choosing a bed from the bedframe itself to the right mattress topper, so here’s a guide to help you choose the right bed for you.

The Bedframe

The type of bedframe you choose will usually be driven by the aesthetic style of your home. It’s worth remembering that while a quality bedframe will last longer, they primarily act as a base for your mattress – which should always be the best quality you can afford. So if you have a tight budget, choose a less expensive bed frame and spend more on your mattress – your back will thank you! The first decision to make is to choose a type of bedframe that’s going to suit you. Divan beds act as solid bases for mattresses and either have springs or a solid top. A solid top will give firmer support, and a sprung divan will let your mattress shape to your body more – it’s really down to personal choice. A divan is useful if you're tight on space as most are available with drawers to provide additional storage, freeing up valuable space in the bedroom and making it feel more spacious. Bedsteads are more decorative and give a really luxurious feel to your bedroom. Some people associate bedsteads with being a bit ‘old-world’ but in fact you can now buy bedsteads in a range of styles to suit you – be that classic or contemporary. The best bed for you isn’t necessarily the most expensive bed, so browse around think carefully before parting with your cash.

The Mattress

The one cardinal rule of purchasing a new bed is to spend as much on the mattress as you can afford – and it’s a rule for a reason! With a bad mattress you run the risk of sleepless nights and back pain, among other things, so this is even more important than the bedframe itself. Open spring mattresses are the most common budget option, but it can be difficult to be sure of the level of support they will give you – so perhaps a good choice for a guest bed but not for your own. A mattress topper can help with reviving an old mattress – but are not an alternative to the right level of support as provided by a really good one. Pocket sprung mattresses are much more luxurious as the springs work independently to support individual body weight, particularly good if there’s a size difference between you and your partner as it will help prevent you rolling towards each other in the night. 

Guest Beds

Choosing a guest bed is a little different to choosing your own bed. As you’re not going to be sleeping there every night you can afford to spend less overall – and particularly to drop the usual rule about spending as much as possible on a mattress. Of course you still want your guests to get a good night’s sleep when they stay with you, but you’re not running the risks of skimping on your own mattress, such as chronic back pain. Why not also make the most of a guest bed with some hidden storage? It makes sense to use that otherwise dead space, particularly if you could use the extra room elsewhere in your home! If space is really tight and your guest room can only really fit a single bed day-to-day, go for a bed with a pullout trundle bed for when you need it. That way the option is there when you need it – but hidden away.

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