Top tips when buying a new bed
With so many different types of beds on the market how do you decide which is best for you?
Pocket sprung or a memory foam mattress? Divan or bedstead?
Getting professional advice can help you through the bed-buying process. Simon Bambridge of bed-e-buys is a founder member of The Sleep Council and provides these tips to make it easier for you.
What are your priorities?
Decide your priorities and concerns in advance. For example, consider price, storage, access to bedroom, turning the mattress, getting in and out of bed, overall size, or a health issues such as a bad back.
Try before you buy
If possible, try a selection of beds for comparison before you buy. Set aside enough time to do the job properly so you can appreciate the differences.
Choose the right size for your size
Choose the correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.
Test drive your new bed
Wear comfortable clothing, remove any outdoor gear and lie on the bed for quite a long time – at least 10 minutes. Lie down in your normal sleeping position and make some turns too.
Try the new bed with your partner
Try it together, if the bed’s for two. You both need to feel comfortable.
Make sure the mattress and bed work together
Don’t forget a bed is a mattress and a base working together – don’t consider them in isolation.
Think big – larger beds are more comfortable. Being disturbed by a sleeping partner is one of the most common complaints. With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another.
Check the dimensions
Bed sizes are not standardised – even if they have the same name (e.g. king size) they may not be the same size , especially if the mattress and base are not from the same manufacturer.
Don't be cheap
You get what you pay for – both in product and service – so spend as much as you can afford.
Use a reputable supplier
Ask you bed retailer whether they offer free delivery, and free disposal of the old bed. This can save you considerable time and money.
Remember, you’re going to spend over 20,000 hours on your bed during its (seven year) lifespan so it’s worth taking a little time and effort in the beginning to make sure you make the right choice.
- S B