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Which is the best mattress for you?

For many of us, buying a new mattress can be a tiresome challenging task. As the many choices start to overwhelm us, what starts off as an exciting purchase can quickly turn into more hard work than relaxation. But finding the best mattress for you is incredibly important, whether it’s the best mattress for back pain, for temperature regulation or simply for a luxurious night’s sleep. As we spend over a third of our lives in bed, and sleep is so important for our health, it’s important to get it right. Read on for our tips on finding the best bed for a better night’s sleep.
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What is the best size of mattress to buy?

When you start your search for the best mattress, there are a few things to take into consideration. And mattress size should be at the top of your list. Typical mattress sizes in the UK come in an array of depths, lengths, and widths. It’s important to know the standard UK mattress sizes, to consider the size of the bedroom, and to check the dimensions of the mattresses you are considering, as this will help you in your buying process.

What are the different UK mattress sizes?

  • A single mattress size is 90cm in width and 190cm in length.
  • A small double mattress size is 120cm in width and 190cm in length.
  • A double mattress size is 135cm in width and 190cm in length.
  • A king size mattress size is 150cm in width and 200cm in length.
  • A super king mattress size is 180cm in width and 200cm in length.

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The best mattresses for the tall… and the small Whether you’re looking for the best type of mattress for a child or a new super king for the master bedroom, size really does matter! A bed width can vary from 75cm for a small single all the way up to 180cm for a super king, so it’s important to get your measurements just right. A recommended 10cm should be added to the length of the bed from the height of the tallest person using it. The width of the mattress works on an individual basis, but studies have shown that the more space we have in dreamland results in a more restful night’s sleep.


The best bed for your bedroom size We’d always recommend measuring up your bedroom space before you start searching for the best bed and mattress to take pride of place in it. Many interior designers follow the 60-30-10 rule when it comes to decorating with colour, and calculating the layout of your room should be no different. The entire size of the bed needs to be considered, not just the mattress.


The bed frame can increase the amount of space a bed takes up, for example if it’s sleigh style or has a grand, winged headboard. If space is limited, perhaps consider a simple ottoman divan bed that does not overwhelm the room and has useful hidden storage too. The idea behind this rule is that for every three parts bedroom (which includes where your furniture and walking room would be), there should be one part which accounts for your bed. If you follow this simple rule you won’t be left with a cramped bedroom where the bed takes up all of the space. It’s better to have a double bed in a smaller bedroom than a super king size bed that leaves no room for a chest of drawers or wardrobe.


Finding the best type of mattress for you It’s essential that your mattress type matches your needs, to guarantee you catch those Zzzz’s. If your first priority is posture and finding the best mattress for back pain, then the best memory foam mattresses offer flexible, pressure relieving support. And, thanks to new sleep technology, they’re better than ever, cooling and breathable so you don’t overheat. like the hybrid from Dormeo Octaspring mould to the shape of your body whilst offering flexible support. Tempur mattresses are of course famous for their memory foam, originally developed for NASA. The best pocket sprung mattresses such as those in the Vispring or Hypnos collections, provide soft yet supportive springs which contour to your body for maximum comfort.


The best firm mattresses have responsive, supportive pocket springs. Or you could opt for a comfy and convenient roll up mattress, including mattresses from Mammoth, Myers, Silentnight and our own Sleep Story collection.Furniture Village has every type of mattress, to suit every need, including all the big brands. As there’s so much choice, all of our sales consultants are trained by the National Bed Federation, so they have the know-how to help you find exactly the right bed for your particular needs. For more information and help, check out our handy online mattress finder, which takes you through the process step by step.


We are all different, with different needs and preferences so there is no ‘best bed’ out there. But if you take the time to find the best mattress for you – whether that’s the best mattress for a bad back or simply the best luxury mattress – soon you could be enjoying your best ever night’s sleep.


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