We spend around a third of our lives asleep, so we might as well be sleeping on the comfiest bed possible! Check out our top 10 ways to find the perfect new bed and keep your new bed perfect for years to come...
Did you know we spend around a third of our lives asleep? That’s why buying a new bed is a huge investment, and you’ll want to get it right. Not only do you want to it be comfortable and look nice, but it’s got to be able to stand up to hundreds of nights sleeping in it for years to come. So what things will you want to check for when buying a new bed?
This gallery has our checklist of the top 10 things you’ll need to get the perfect bed, like what to check for when buying a new bed, and how to get the best out of your bedding. If you can’t afford to buy a new bed right now, we’ve also got some tips on how you can make your old bed feel like a new bed, (think silky sheets and plush pillows!).
We’ll guide you through the steps you’ll need to get the perfect new bed, like how to check the mattress is right for your sleeping patterns and that the frame is the right material for your home.
We think you all deserve to be sleeping on the comfiest bed possible. See you in the land of nod!
It’s essential that you test your bed out before purchasing. Richard Stevens, Assistant Buyer for Beds and Bedroom Furniture at John Lewis, says: ‘Try about three in the shop by lying down on them in your normal sleeping position and turning. If you’re sharing the bed, it’s vital that both of you try it out this way together – don’t be shy!’
You can get a bed frame in a range of materials, so when doing your research compare the same materials for the best deal. Wooden beds are a cheaper option than metal, with veneered frames often being more affordable than solid timber. Ask for advice on which mattress would accompany the material best as certain mattresses may put too much pressure on wooden slate frames.
Phil Atherton from Slumberdown says: ‘If you sleep on your front, you already benefit from having an aligned spine, so choose a soft pillow like a goose feather and down one. If you sleep on your side you need more support, so go for a firm pillow. If you sleep on your back, choose a medium support pillow as anything too firm might cause back and shoulder pain.’
The wrong tension of your mattress could seriously be affecting your night’s sleep. Memory foam mattresses put less pressure on your body, they mould to your heavier parts, such as your shoulders and hips. The new iFoam mattress, is available at Furniture Village, with prices starting at £600 for a double size. Memory foam mattress toppers are a cheaper alternative, averaging around £50.
Always check the thread-count of your sheets. Director of Best Bed Linen in the World, Robert-Lancaster-Gaye says: ‘For optimum comfort the maximum thread-count worth should be no higher than 600T. If you see a high thread-count always make sure a fine single ply yarn is used.’ You can end up spending a packet on hotel-quality sheets, but TK Maxx have some great bargains.
Ditching the cotton sheets and switching to silk could offer a better night’s sleep and even some beauty benefits. Being a natural fibre, silk is cool in summer, warm in winter, naturally hypoallergenic and incredibly smooth and comfortable to sleep in. Nourished skin reduces wrinkles and silk prevents bed-head frizz and static.
Sharing a bed can be a nightmare if you feel the cold and he doesn’t! Duvet struggles can now be a thing of the past with specially designed duvets, which have different tog levels either side. Charles Hunt, founder of the Duvet and Pillow Warehouse, says: ‘The higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet. If you are unsure which to pick, choose an ‘All Season’ duvet.
If you’re changing a mattress that sits on top of a divan, it’s advisable you change that too. By matching the mattress to the base, it gives the bed better positioning which can help improve your posture. Plus, if you match the colours perfectly it looks much better too!
Buying a new bed is an investment – a good choice could mean your mattress may last up to 10 years. Buy the best you can afford at the time and change your mattress every 6-8 years, or sooner if you can feel the springs when you lie down.
You can keep your bed perfect for longer by regularly cleaning it. Washable adult duvets need to be cleaned at 40 degrees at least every 6 months (every three months for a child’s). This lowers bacteria by 55%, washable pillows should be washed every two months as they’re in close proximity to the nose and eyes.