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Buying a new bed? There’s plenty of things to consider

Everyone loves a good night’s sleep but when it comes to choosing a new bed it can be a frustrating process where you just cannot find what  best suits your needs. After all, settling on the perfect bed to ensure you get some decent shuteye is an important choice despite most UK adults only getting between 5.78 and 6.83 hours per night, according to a Chemist 4 U survey.

There’s plenty to think about but we’ve picked out a few key points you should be considering below:

What type of mattress?

Open spring mattress:  These are also known as open coil or continuous spring mattresses and they contain a lengthy metal wire coiled into hundreds of springs.

Pocket spring mattress: Made from singular smaller springs housed in their own pocket of fabric, these mattresses are more luxurious. As each spring moves independently, they give you more support compared to an open spring mattress.

Bed-in-a-box: Launched in 2016, these mattresses are delivered to your door and have changed the way we buy our beds. These mattresses are compressed and rolled into a box, allowing for fast delivery so you don’t need to set foot in a showroom.

Memory foam mattress: A mouldable material mattress which is sensitive to temperature and weight, it also has hypo-allergenic properties. Ideal if you suffer from a bad back as it maintains your posture and aligns your spine horizontally if you’re sleeping on your back.

Latex mattress: A breathable mattress which is packed with latex foam making it more breathable keeping you from getting too hot in the night. Its longevity means you won’t be forking out for another bed anytime soon.

Have you thought about a mattress topper?

This provides an additional cushioning layer under your bed sheet making your bed feel more luxurious and cosy. There are plenty of varieties in this market including goose feathers, polyester, wool and cotton etc.

Of course, as well as the right mattress, you have to think about the base as well. Divan beds are the most widely available and tend to be cheaper than other types of bed, with lots of shapes, sizes and storage options to choose from. Other bases include Bedsteads which have slatted frames instead of solid bases, and storage beds which, as the name suggests, offer plenty of storage solutions.

You also need to think about what type of sleeper you are because stomach and back sleepers prefer firmer, less conforming mattresses while softer or conforming mattresses are perfect for supporting side sleepers.

Finally, if you’re buying online think about how long it will take the bed to be delivered and if they will deliver to your area. You might want to check warranty options as well and once you’ve settled on what bed to purchase, think about looking after it. Allow it to air for at least four hours before putting the sheets on and regular turning of the mattress will help with its durability.

Bed prices range dramatically but there are some great deals to be hand online, meaning you can sleep soundly in the knowledge that you’ve saved a few pounds too.