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Buying a New Bed…Not a Trivial Decision!

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Last week after another interrupted night’s sleep, I decided my 7-year old spring mattress had definitely seen better days. I thought I might as well push the boat out and treat myself to a new bed base as well, as it is just after Xmas and many sites have great offers on discount bed frames and cheap beds.

Obviously, purchasing a new bed is an important decision and it helps if you have an experienced tradesman on hand because we spend numerous hours sleeping on it for a number of years. A good quality mattress will help you get a good nights sleep, while a poor quality, uncomfortable mattress is likely to keep you awake. Because restful sleep is very important, and determines how well we can perform daily activities, I decided to look closely at the quality of the mattresses before deciding which bed to buy.

Finding a High Quality Mattress

I am pretty lucky that I have a friend who used to work in a furniture store, and it turns out he was pretty knowledgeable about mattresses after selling them for 5 years. He said when you are shopping for a new bed or mattress you must determine just what you require of it, a this will help you reduce your choices, and make the list of suitable mattresses shorter. If you do not have any problems such as back ache, and you just want a comfortable mattress at a decent price, trying a number of mattresses in stores should be fine for you to find a good match. However if you need a new mattress to relieve a certain type of pain, which will commonly be backache or leg pain, you should look at a brand of bed that has been designed specifically for this purpose.

You should also take care to evaluate the thickness of the padding of the mattress. This is found on the top layer and it separates the springs or coils from your body as you sleep. Generally speaking, the thicker the padding, the higher the quality of mattress. This will also determine how expensive the mattress is; a thicker padding will almost always cost more.

If you share your bed with a partner, you will have to consider how the pair of you sleep when you purchase a new bed. If you generally sleep on your back, then it is okay to go with a softer mattress. Because your rear and shoulders will sink into the soft mattress, your body will remain aligned as you sleep. However, if you typically sleep on your front, a firmer mattress is better. It will press against your stomach keeping your spine aligned. People who sleep on their side have the choice of either, but many prefer a softer mattress for comfort reasons. A problem may arise if one of you is a stomach sleeper and the other prefers to sleep on his back: If this is your situation it is a good idea to consider a bed which has a separate mattress for each partner, although they are joined to make one large bed.

Unfortunately it doesn’t end there – buying a bed is not such a simple process! You also need to consider what your new mattress will be made from.

Latex Mattresses

Apparently, a latex mattress is a good choice if you are allergic to dust mites or other allergens. However, it is not a good choice for people that are allergic to rubber. Your skin will breathe exceptionally well with a latex mattress, and they are also ideal for couples when one or both partners tend to toss and turn at night. Latex mattresses do not transfer vibrations or sudden movements, so if one partner moves a lot it will not affect the other.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are very durable compared to other mattress types and also conform well to body shape, which provides maximum support and comfort. They are a very good choice if you have problems with your back or
neck, and are particularly recommended for those who like to sleep on their stomachs. If you decide to buy a memory foam mattress you should go for one that has three units of density if possible. You will find mattresses with lower densities at a lower price, but these do not provide much support and may not help a bad back.

Upholstered bed

My new upholstered bed

Well needless to say, that was a lot of info to take on board – but very handy to know. As I don’t suffer with back pain or allergies, and am a side sleeper, I did not have to look for a specialty bed, and could look for something that pleased me looks-wise rather than health-wise.

I ended up with a fabulous padded scroll bed (pictured) at the bargain price of under £200, which was just half of my budget. Apart from looking great, it is also extremely comfortable, and I am delighted with my purchase!