Here’s a little fact for you: most people don’t replace their beds for fifteen years. That’s the average. It’s like they miss-read the bumper sticker on a car way back in 2003 and started believing that a bed is for life, not just for Christmas. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t the case. In fact, most beds can deteriorate as much as 70% from their straight-out-of-the-plastic-wrap state in just a decade. This isn’t because they’re cheap either. It’s because we spend a third of lives in them; tossing and turning in them and letting our kids jump all over them and spending hungover days writhing around in them and, you know, doing other activities in them too.
Anyway, the reason we’re telling you this is simple: sleeping in a bed you’ve had for a long, long time is a problem. In fact, it’s lots of problems – it’s disrupting your beauty sleep, not giving you the amount of luxurious support you deserve (read: need) and, given we leave behind half a pint of body fluids every night – and 450 grams of skin every year – we’re going to step in and say, ahem, you’re fifteen-year-old bed that is currently housing seven and a half pints of gross and 6.75kg of dead epidermis is probably not the healthiest place on earth.
Luckily for you, if you’ve just been convinced to a) throw away your decade-old bed or b) burn your second-hand one and want to get a new one more than anything else on earth, make sure your read our bed shopping top tips first. You’ll be glad you did.
- A Bed That’s Right For You
When it comes to beds, everyone has different wants and needs, and so does every bedroom. Some are big, some are pushed for space, some embrace minimalism and others have a certain style to them. That’s why you should always pick a bed that fits with you. That could be a space-saving bed that folds out, it could be a divan bed with four drawers for extra storage, it could be a study-bunk for your kid or you might want a four-poster to make your space that much more wow. So, before you do anything else, have a look at the different bed styles out there, come up with a scoring system and then see which one will work best in your life.
- Measure Up & Then Buy Big
One of the most frustrating things you – the bed-buyer – can ever experience is getting in your car, driving to your local bed superstore and then realising you have no idea how much space you have to play with. It’s a proper *slaps forehead moment. If you are just replacing your current bed, then you’ll probs have a pretty solid idea of the layout and what fits where. But if you’ve just moved into a new place, then you’ll want to rummage through your boxes until you find a measuring tape and then measure up, leaving plenty of space for your bedside tables and any other furniture that needs a healthy dollop of consideration. Once you’ve done that, buy as big as you can. You just can’t put a price on space (the final frontier!) because with it comes more room to roll about and less chance of being disturbed by your sleeping partner, both of which spells out a better night’s sleep.
- The Mattress Matters Most
It doesn’t matter how pretty your bed may look, if the mattress isn’t right, you’ll start to loathe bedtime more than you loathe Donald Trump’s everything. This is because your mattress is the most fundamental part of getting the sweetest night sleep you’ve ever encountered. The problem is, you can’t just waltz into a bed superstore and ask for their best mattress. There’s too much personal preference for that. You might like something firm to support your body, or something soft that you can sink into, like a Malteaser falling into a marshmallow. Or perhaps you prefer pocket springs to memory foam, or maybe you have a tendency to sleep on your side and not your back, or your front for that matter. It all makes a difference. So, to help you understand what you’ll love most, we recommend you read these two blogs: ‘what matters in a mattress’ and ‘a mattress to suit your lethargic lifestyle’.
- Always Try Before You Buy
80% of bed buyers spend less than two-minutes trying out beds before they pick one and pay for it. Now, we don’t know about you, but two-minutes of testing doesn’t seem enough, especially if you’re going to hang onto this bed for ten years and sleep in it for 3.3 of those. Our advice: come into our store and get hands-on with as many beds and mattresses as you like. Lay down on them, roll around on them and get into the sleeping position you usually adopt. And don’t worry, we won’t get weird about it if you don’t.
- Bring Your Significant Lover
Apologies for that terminology, but we recognise that it isn’t 1902 and that means people who share beds aren’t necessarily married, and the term ‘partner’ is just the worst. Anyway, if you share your bed with someone, then make sure you bring them along for the ride. See how you both like the mattresses, see if you can find a compromise that suits both your needs, wants and sleeping styles, and test what their rolling around will mean for you – there’s not much worse than feeling your mattress move every time your significant lover rolls or tosses.
- Unleash Your Inner Detective
Beds are pretty big purchases, by which we mean they’re a) pretty expensive and b) super-duper important. So don’t be afraid to ask the sales assistant as many questions as you like:
- Does, this bed come with a headboard?
- How soon can you deliver and what will that cost?
- Does it come with a lovely little guarantee?
- What about the mattress – is that included?
- And will I have to assemble it, or does it come fully assembled?
It’s all about knowing what you’re getting in return for your money.
- Wave Ba-Bye To Your Old One
Unless you are going to try and do the Step Brothers thing of making your own bunk beds, you’re going to need to get rid of your old bed. Our advice: ask the bed shop you’re buying from if they’ll pick up your old one – which some will do for a little bit extra money – or speak to your council and see if they can come and collect this bulky item of yours – which, once again, usually comes will a little charge. Failing that, you could take your frame to a recycling centre or, better yet, donate to a charity furniture shop; the British Heart Foundation will even come pick it up for you.