Buying Beds | A Simple Guide To Buying The Perfect Bed!
Written by: kieron | On: Sunday, 19 June 2011 | In: Furniture
A Guide to Buying Beds
You use your bed every single night, so it is important to invest in a good quality, comfortable bed that will last. Before you visit a show room you should identify what sort of bed you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend. The mattress is the most important component in the comfort of your bed so do your research and don’t scrimp in the one area where it matters.
What size bed should I choose?
Before you buy a bed measure the room where it will go and work out how much room there is. A small single bed is 75cm wide, a normal single is 90cm and a small double is 120cm wide. The larger options available on the market are a standard double at 135cm wide, a king, which is 150cm wide and 200cm long and a super king, which is 180cm wide and 200cm long. Consider this before you visit a show room, use a measuring tape and work out how much room each size bed would take up. A larger bed will give you more comfort but don’t choose an unnecessarily large bed if the space of the rest of the room will suffer.
Should I choose a divan or a bedstead?
After size, the next important decision you need to make is whether you want a divan or a bedstead. A divan is a simple base, this is easy, no-fuss and will suit almost all bedrooms, they can also come with storage drawers, can be fitted with a headboard and are solid or sprung for extra support. Bedsteads, on the other hand, are made from metal, wood or leather and often are more decorative and aesthetically pleasing. Like a divan, they can be sprung slat or solid slat, the former giving a more cushioned support, while the latter remains firmer.
What are the different types of mattresses?
As well as a base, you will need to purchase a new mattress. Mattresses can have different fillings and be pocket or open coil sprung. Pocket sprung is more expensive and gives better support while open coil is more common and usually cheaper. Although this is a rough guide don’t assume that a pocket sprung bed is ultimately better than an open coil sprung bed; a high-end open coil mattress could be more comfortable and longer lasting than a low-end pocket sprung mattress. Memory foam is also available that can offer maximum support and comfort while you sleep.
How can I prolong the life of my mattress?
Mattresses aren’t cheap so once you’ve bought yours you will want to prolong its life as long as possible. You can protect the outside of your mattress from stains and spills by investing in a mattress protector, this is also more hygienic for children’s beds or guest bedrooms. If you do need to clean the mattress use a brush and avoid harsh chemical cleaners. You should let your mattress air regularly to let any moisture absorbed evaporate. You can prolong the shape and life of your mattress by turning and rotating it, this involves flipping it over or rotating it to make sure that the whole mattress gets an even amount of wear. Look after your mattress and it will look after you.
Buying a new bed is a big decision and it can be a costly one so make sure that you invest in a bed that will suit your bedroom and provide you with the maximum amount of comfort to ensure a good night’s sleep. Think carefully about what size you want to buy and whether or not you want to purchase a decorative, statement bedstead. When buying a new mattress test out the feel of different beds in the showroom and don’t just go for the cheapest as a good quality mattress will be more comfortable and last longer.