Beds buying guide

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Beds buying guide

A bed is the most important piece of furniture you will ever buy because it is vital to your health and wellbeing. We spend about a third of our lives in bed, yet lots of us sleep in beds that aren’t really right.

We can help you find the bed that’s right for you because all our dedicated bed specialists are fully trained and accredited by the National Bed Federation.

Our vast range includes all the famous brands like Vispring, Hypnos, Sealy, and Tempur, in every style and size to suit every budget.

Try before you buy

Beds buying guide

The best way to find your perfect bed is to try them all out.

Lie on them in all your different sleeping positions and ask one of our bed specialists to explain all the different benefits.

If you share a bed, bring your partner to make sure it suits both of you.

A good way to check whether a bed is right for you is to lie on your back and place your hand in the small of your back between you and the mattress. If it’s difficult to move your hand, the bed is probably too soft.

If your hand moves too easily the bed is probably too hard for you, and if there is just a slight resistance then the bed is just right. Our in store experts will be happy to help.

Different bed types

Beds buying guide

Divan beds consist of a base and a mattress which work in tandem to give a high level of support and comfort. Divan bases can have a platform top, a spring edge, or a firm edge. And to provide extra useful bedroom storage most divans are available with a wide variety of drawer options. A headboard (or footboard) adds the perfect finishing touch to your divan bed and adds style to your bedroom.

They can be wood, metal or upholstered.

Most bedsteads consist of wood, metal, or an upholstered frame which supports a mattress on solid wood or sprung slats. They are constructed in a multitude of different looks and styles.

Adjustable beds
Electrically adjustable beds are easy to operate and with their limitless number of positions they can provide exceptional levels of comfort for a great night’s sleep.

Storage beds
Storage beds (Ottomans) cater for the growing demand for greater storage and come in divan or bedstead options. Designed with practicality, comfort and style in mind, the bed hinges upwards from the base to reveal a space offering up to 4 times the storage of a normal divan.

Guest beds
If you’re short on space, then a single bed with a pull out bed underneath can provide a great solution.Alternatively you could opt for a sofa bed, maximizing space in a spare room when a bed isn’t needed all of the time.

Mattress type

Choosing the right mattress is the difference between a good night’s sleep and a bad night’s sleep. There are several different types to choose from and when you consider that you spend a third of your life in bed, it’s worth spending as much as you can afford to get a really good quality one. Generally, lower priced mattresses are produced in standard tension, while more expensive options have a choice of soft, medium or firm support levels. If you share a bed and you both find different tensions comfortable, there are mattresses with different tensions on each side.

Beds buying guide

Open coil springs
This is the most basic and simple spring system. Rows of springs are joined with a spiral wire running from top to bottom so the coils act as one. Ideal for spare beds and occasional use.

Pocket springs
Here each spring is housed inside its own separate fabric pocket to form part of a honeycomb-like unit. Each spring works independently and this type of mattress fits your body shape by providing the ultimate support and comfort. And if you share your bed, an additional benefit is that you are less likely to be affected if your partner moves.

Memory foam
This special material has unique pressure relieving properties. By conforming to the shape of your body it delivers a perfect balance of total comfort and superior support.

Latex is a natural product and is hypo-allergenic. Latex pillows have instant bounce-back and offer excellent comfort and support, particularly for side sleepers.

Beds buying guide

Measuring up

Beds buying guide

All our beds are available in UK standard sizes and are sized according to the size of mattress they take. Always try to buy the biggest bed you can to give you the largest possible sleeping surface.

It’s important to measure the area in the bedroom where you want the bed to fit, and to measure the size of your stairway for access.

Beds buying guide