Bed Buying Guide

Bed Buyers Guide
Everybody knows having a good night’s sleep is essential after all with most of us spending one third of our lives in bed it makes sense. This guide is designed to help navigate you through the decision making process for beds explaining the common industry jargon and the different types of beds and options available to you. It is the cumulative knowledge of over 30 years of experience in this industry. However if you feel you still have questions please don’t hesitate to call our experienced staff on our sales line for more advice.  (Telephone number 01325 485000).
When should I buy a new mattress/ bed?
There is no real easy answer to this question as it does depend how you have cared for your bed/ mattress, how you have looked after it and if your needs have changed. However as a rough rule of thumb a bed will have deteriorated by as much as 70% in 10 years and the average lifespan of a bed is 12 years.
There are also some symptoms that if you have noticed recently may indicate you need a new bed/ mattress:
1.     Back pain (waking up aching or sore).
2.     Sleepless or restless nights.
3.     Obvious wear and tear i.e. a spring sticking through the cover!
4.     You’ve recently enjoyed a better night’s sleep in another bed elsewhere.
Also remember that your body changes over time and therefore so do your demands from your mattress/ bed.  As you get older you may need more support from your mattress than when you were younger. Remember your bed/ mattress doesn’t have to be worn out to need replacing.
How firm should my mattress be?
Again this is a difficult question and there is no right or wrong answer after all only you can decide what you find comfortable. However you should consider three factors when making your decision:

  1. Comfort; the mattress should provide enough comfort from the fillings and spring so that you feel it is comfortable.


  1. Support; the mattress should support each and every aspect of your body especially in base of your back. As you get older you may need more support from your mattress


  1. Space; buy as large a bed/ mattress as possible to give you as big a possible sleeping area. This will help prevent night time disturbance from your partner and give you a more restless night’s sleep.

After over 30 years of selling beds I can tell you that generally most people come to the conclusion that a medium or medium to firm bed/ mattress is satisfactory to their needs.
What different types of mattresses are there?
So this is where it starts to get a little bit more complicated. There are four main types of mattresses used on any bed and they are defined by what springs or materials are used inside them:

  1. Open Coil Sprung Mattresses: is the average type of mattress that the majority of the British public sleep on. They consist of a spring that has been linked together with many other springs into a complete unit (usually with a rod edge around the outside to keep the units shape over time). The nature of this unit helps spread weight evenly across the surface of the mattress whilst providing good support.


  1. Pocket Sprung Mattresses: were designed to provide perfect support throughout the sleeper’s body. Their springs have been individually wrapped in a material sleeve that allows them to move independently of each other. This allows the spring to fit perfectly into every shape of your body and provide exact support. This type of mattress is ideal for people with bad backs, painful joints and even partners of two different weights. The nature of the spring means that they prevent partners from rolling together and reduce any disturbance caused from the other partner’s movement.  


  1. Foam Mattresses: have been selling on the bed market for over 40 years. There are many types of foams but the major one is visco elastic memory foam. This was invented in the 1960’s by NASA for their space programme. Today it is commonly used within many mattresses and accounts for near one third of the whole mattress market. It provides exact, cushioning support whilst dramatically reducing pressure points on the body. The nature of the material means that many of these mattresses are hypoallergenic- perfect for those suffering from allergies. This type of mattress can be used by anyone but is particularly suited for those with chronic back problems, fibrositis, painful joints, stiff necks and poor circulation.


  1. Latex Mattresses: are made from the sap of the rubber tree. They are generally a completely natural product and have therefore been very popular with allergy sufferers. Although they have suffered a decline since the emergence of visco elastic memory foam they are still popular amongst those who have slept on them and offer a real alternative to memory foam.

What are the different types of bases for beds?
There are three types of bases used in divan beds the platform top base, the sprung edge base and the sprung interior base. They are all a deep set base and therefore are on wheels or castors on the floor.
1.     Platform Top Base A sold topped frame (usually made from wood) and covered with a material to match the mattress. The type of base offers good support for the mattress and raises it to a height to make it more convenient to get in and out of bed. It is especially beneficial to those who prefer a firm support from their bed.
2.     Sprung Edge Base This base is the same as above with the addition of springs on the top. The benefit of the spring is that it will make your mattress more comfortable and actually provide a more supportive feel. It is still possible to have draws with this type of base.
3.     Sprung Interior Base This base is sprung throughout the middle but firm on the edges. It provides the advantages of both of the previous bases and is ideal if you have trouble getting in or out of bed but still want the comfort and support of the sprung base. Again draws are available in this type of base.
Each base is split in two separate halves (for ease of instalment) which are joined by either a metal clasp on the side of the base or a clip underneath. If you would like more guidance on which base may be best suited for your needs please phone our helpline (01325 485000).
What are the different draw options?
Again there are only three different types of draws standard, continental and end draw.

  1. Standard This a normal draw usually measuring  approx 75cm (29.5”) wide and 55cm (22”) deep internally. They are on runners for ease of movement and can be finished in wood or left plain.


  1. Continental This is a half draw used at the top part of the bed and allows the draw to be used with a bedside table without the need to move the bedside. This is commonly described as a 2+2 when used in combination with a standard draw or end draw as well. The approximate internal dimensions of this draw are 34cm (13.5”) wide and 55cm (22”) deep.


  1. End Draw This is as it sounds a draw at the end of the bed. It usually measures approximately 118cm (46.5”) wide and 49cm (19.5”) deep and can be used in conjunction with either continental draws, standard draws or on its own.

The above measurements are intended to be used as a guide only and may not be exact. If you wish to know the exact measurements of the model you are interested in please contact our helpline (01325 485000).