Finding the right bed isn’t always an easy task, especially with the amount of choice now available on the market. A bed is an investment and if you pick the right one it should give you years of service (not to mention comfort!).
Buying the right mattress is key
Providing comfort, support and a good night’s sleep, the mattress is the crucial component of beds. A good mattress will last you for around eight years if you look after it properly; maintenance is usually nothing more than cleaning, airing and turning. Testing out your mattress is important and yes, this means giving it a test run in the store. Make sure it’s firm enough to provide support, doesn’t sag when you lie on it and, above all, that it provides a high level of comfort.
It’s your home, your bed
Your bedroom will make a difference to the size of the bed frame and mattress you choose whether single, three quarter size, double or king sized. For many people, the larger the bed the better but squashing a king size bed into a tiny bedroom will simply make your room cluttered — it just isn’t practical — and this won’t be conducive to a good night’s sleep. Bedrooms should be a tranquil place that you’re happy to sleep in every night, not an obstacle course. Consider the size of your bedroom when making your purchase and don’t let your enthusiasm for the biggest bed available become a priority.
Consider your storage options
If you’re looking for extra storage then a range of beds have with storage capabilities. Many beds now come with drawers fitted under the mattress. Some will have frames that lift up completely to reveal the storage unit. These are ideal if you don’t have much space in your bedroom and if you just wish to store spare duvets, pillows and sheets. Make sure, however, that these bed frames don’t skimp on quality in favour of providing you with storage features.
Think about your health
Health issues are another thing to consider. If you suffer from back complaints, then choosing the right mattress is paramount. You won’t want to spend the nights in near-agony because you bought the wrong one. A saggy mattress won’t give your back the support it needs, whereas if it’s too firm the mattress can stop your spine from being in a natural position. There are of course mattresses made from specific materials that are designed to help people with spine or back complaints. Ask the sales assistant to recommend orthopaedic beds, such as those with memory foam mattresses.
We spend a third of our lives asleep, so making the correct bed choice is essential to good physical and mental health. Take your time when making the decision and both your body and your mind will thank you in the long run.