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Choosing Your Next Bed

July 24th 2013
By: Acquarone

Which bed should you buy?

There is no denying that a good night’s sleep makes a big difference, but nowadays with the vast range of different beds, sizes from single to king (or more) it can a bit confusing and that’s before we even talk about mattresses!

Research by the London Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service has revealed that sleeping on an uncomfortable bed costs us up to 1 hours sleep every night. To help you choose we are going to take a little look at a quick guide and some top tips to consider when buying your next bed.

What kind of bed do I need? There are many different styles of bed to choose from. However, most can be broken down into 4 basic categories including the divan, storage bed, bedsteads and guest or folding beds. John Lewis have put together a nice guide showcasing the benefits of these different models to read more visit this link.

Does size really matter? Definitely. The sleep council even suggest that most of us don’t sleep in big enough beds, so remember to consider the amount of space you (and your partner) will need to comfortably relax and stretch while you sleep. Having evaluated the amount of space available in your bedroom you should be able to choose from some of the basic bed sizes available. These include.

Small single W75 X L190cm

Single W90 X L190cm

Small double W120 X L190xm

Double W130 X 190cm

Kingsize W150 X L200cm

Super Kingsize W180 X L200cm

How much should I spend? There are a couple of important factors to consider when debating on how much you should spend on your new bed. First, you must go and try each bed out before you buy as the most expensive is not necessarily the best for you. Go to a local bed specialist and try them out, lay on them as you would when sleeping and make sure that you (and your partner if sharing) are comfortable. The second point is that you should think of your bed as an investment. The average bed / mattress lasts about 10 years so it is worth buying the bed that suits you even if it stretches your budget a bit!

You don’t have to spend too much on your bed, most definitely not the rumoured £125,000 Royal State Bed created in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s 60th coronation anniversary. Crafted using Latin American Horse tail hair, Mongolian Cashmere and 1,600 miles of silk thread (see here for more details) but comparison website Which? suggest that a budget of around £800 should do!