Although it may seem like an expensive outlay, purchasing the correct bed is necessary. In most cases it will be the focal point of the bedroom and a place to rest your weary head at the end of each day. So here is what to look for in a new bed.
Besteads and divans
There are two main types of bed available – bedsteads and divans. If you’re looking to implement a certain style in the bedroom, then a bedstead will be the most effective way of doing this. On the other hand, divans are a little less fashionable and simply act as a mattress base. The most important things to consider are as follows.
Will it fit your room? Before buying a new bed, measure the space where it is going to go. Always try and buy the biggest possible, as this will give you more space to move around and ultimately a better night’s sleep. The dimensions of a bedstead will be larger than a mattress but a divan is better if you’re tight on space.
Will it suit your room? Bedsteads range from modern and contemporary to classic and vintage, so deciding the style is down to your own individual taste and existing surroundings. Divans tend not to be aesthetically pleasing and will mostly be covered up by bedspreads.
What is it made from? Cheap wooden beds may be appealing to your wallet, but are unlikely to stand the test of time and could easily result in an uncomfortable sleep. High-quality materials will obviously be more expensive, but will be worth it in the long run.
Types of base
Sprung Edge. Considered to be the most luxurious base, a sprung edge bed will provide comprehensive support for the whole mattress. The entire bed is likely to feel softer and increase the mattress’ life span.
Platform Top. Made from a wooden frame with an upholstered top and a layer of padding, this is a cheaper option that will make the bed feel firm.
Sprung Slatted Base. Most commonly found with bedsteads, the curved wooden slats are usually made out of quality beech. The springs will adjust to your own body where you exert the most pressure. Double beds will feature two sets of slats meaning greater support for the individual and ensuring you won’t be disturbed by your partner.
Slatted base. Pine slats allow air to move below the mattress and let it breathe. Although this base is cheap to make, it also provides rigid support.
Buying a mattress to complement the type of bed you decide upon is also an important purchase, so you may want to consider this during the selection process as well.