Choosing a new bed

Choosing a new bed: Bigger is better

Choosing a new bed: Bigger is better

We understand bed buying can be a daunting task but before you purchase a new bed it’s worth doing your homework. You spend a third of your life in bed, so it’s vital that you make the right choice.

  • Decide your priorities and concerns in advance. For example, is it :-price, storage, access to bedroom, turning the mattress, getting in and out of bed, overall size or shape, a health issue, etc
  • If possible, try a selection of beds for comparison before you buy.
  • Buy for correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.
  • Lie down in your normal sleeping position and make some turns, too. Wear comfortable clothing and remove any outdoor gear.
  • Try it together, if the bed’s for two.
  • Don’t forget a bed is a mattress and a base working together – don’t consider them in isolation.
  • Check dimensions as not all bed sizes are standardised. Even if they have same name (eg King size) they may not be the same – especially if the mattress and base are not from the same manufacturer. European common sizes are different and many imported bedsteads come in European sizes
  • Think big – larger beds are more comfortable and you’re less likely to disturb your partner.
  • You get what you pay for – both in product and service – so spend as much as you can afford.
  • Look out for the NBF Approved label to be reassured that the mattress you’re buying is safe, clean and honest.
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