Top tips for buying a bed

Why not give your mattress or bed an MOT with these top 10 buying tips?


bedWith 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, founder member of The Sleep Council, and approved by the National Bed Federation, provides these tips to make it easier for you.

  • 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.
  • 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 correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.
  • 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 it together, if the bed is for two. You both need to feel comfortable.
  • 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 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.
  • You get what you pay for – both in product and service – so spend as much as you can afford.
  • 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.

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