Buying the right bed can be one of the most important decisions you make because if you don’t get the right amount of sleep, it can have a hugely negative affect on the whole of your life. If you suffer with physical problems then sleeping position and comfort is also extremely important to get the necessary rest and not make any conditions worse.
The first factor when you are buying a bed for any room in the house is the physical size of the room. Not only do you need to fit the bed in but you need to be able to get around it and if it has storage, you need to be able to pull out drawers.
There are different standard sizes of beds across the world but here in the US, the standard sizes and names give to them are as follows:
|Single||39 x 75 inches|
|Twin XL||39 x 80 inches|
|Double (full)||54 x 75 inches|
|Full XL||54 x 80 inches|
|Queen||60 x 80 inches|
|Olympic Queen||66 x 80 inches|
|King||76 x 80 inches|
|California King||72 x 84 inches|
Types of beds
Different types of beds offer different features and benefits so once you know what size bed you are looking for, then you can look at what type of bed will suit.
Divans are one of the most common types of bed and comes in two types: platform top and sprung edge. They usually split into two pieces, which makes them easy to move around and can have storage options. The platform top option tends to be the more supportive of the few while the sprung edge are softer and more comfortable.
Bedsteads support the mattress most often with wooden slats or sometimes wire mesh. They are usually self-assembly which means if there are a lot of stairs involved in getting them into place, they can be the ideal option. They come in a wide range of colours and variations so there will be something to co-ordinate with almost any room and a separate headboard isn’t needed. Among the options are metal, wooden and upholstered bedstead and they often feature footboards as well.
Adjustable beds are the type that are recommended when people have medical complaints and need to have a raised sleeping position. They can raise legs up or the upper body and make getting in and out of bed easier. They are designed for maximum comfort and safety.
Once you have decided what type of bed is suitable for you and for your room, you will need to know what type of mattress you want. The two main categories are memory foam mattresses and sprung mattresses and each have different facets to consider. Some beds for sale will come with a mattress while others will need to be purchased separately but either way; it is worth knowing about what type suits you.
Spring mattresses come in two main categories to consider, though you may encounter variations in the names from different manufacturers. These are open coil springs and pocket springs.
Open coil springs are the most frequently found style and are either made in the Bonnell open coil spring system where you lie on a sprung platform and the continuous spring system, which is far less frequently found.
Pocket springs are the more modern concept and are quickly coming to be regarded as the best, based on opinions given by purchasers. In these systems, all the springs work independently so they can contour to your body as opposed to the open coil system that work on a platform. There are mattresses with different amounts of springs in them, though more is not always better in this case. An 800 spring king sized mattress will do exactly what it is designed to while 1000-1800 springs are the recommended middle ground. Anything over 2000 needs to be checked carefully, as it may simply be that a smaller spring is being used and there will be no real benefit for you but will cost more money.
Memory foam mattresses
The other main category of mattresses are memory foam ones. These use a foam product that was originally invented din the 1960s by NASA for airplane seats and has been found to have a huge number of applications. These mattresses come in two main options: full memory foam and a memory form topper. They work by moulding to the shape of your body using the heat from your body when you lie on them.
A full foam mattress will normally have two or three layers of foam of different thickness and densities to work well together to give maximum comfort. A memory foam topper can be added to any existing mattress to give the comfort and moulding ability of the foam.
Headboards & Footboards
If you buy a bedstead style bed, then this section is only semi-relevant for you because your bed will have a headboard built into it. Otherwise, it is something that you will need to consider. Headboards come in a huge range of colours and materials including upholstered, leather, wooden and metal ones for control over the style of your bedroom.
Headboards can provide a focal point for the room and a finished appearance to the bed itself. It can bring together your décor but also has a practical element in so far as the headboard protects the walls as well.
Similarly, footboards are often present on bedstead style beds and will perfectly coordinate with the headboard. If your bed doesn’t come with one and you wish to add one, make sure there are fittings in place to make this work. Then it is often best to buy the two together to make sure you have total coordination.
|DreamFoam Bedding 12-in-1 Customizable Mattress, Queen||8||Memory Foam||5 / 5||$$$|
|LUCID® 12″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress – 4 Pound Density Ventilated Gel Foam – 100% CertiPUR-US Certified Foam – 25-Year Warranty – QUEEN||6||Gel Memory Foam||4.3 / 5||$$$|
|Red Nomad 10″ Luxury Memory Foam Mattress, CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam, Bamboo Cover, Queen||5||Memory Foam||4.6 / 5||$$|
|Sleep Master 10-Inch Pillow Top Pocketed Spring Mattress, Queen||4||Pocket Spring||4.6 / 5||$$|
|Signature Sleep Contour 8 Inch Twin Mattress||4||Pocket Spring||4.6 / 5||$|
Buying a bed is a costly enterprise and an important piece of the household furniture so you want to have as much information as possible when going into buying one. Remember your room size, physical considerations and what style of room you are aiming for and the right bed will likely jump right up at you.