Creating the Perfect Sleep Sanctuary – How to Choose Your New Bed
It’s estimated we spend one-third of our lives in bed, so that means buying a bed is an important purchase. Your bed is pretty much the most important piece of furniture in your home.
Choosing a bed deserves time and consideration then…here are our top tips for making that all-important purchase!
Buying a bed in-store, not online
There are some things that you should always check out in person before you buy, rather than taking a risk online. Cars, for instance, and shoes! Buying a bed is firmly in that camp too. This is not to say that you can’t purchase very fine beds online – you most definitely can. However, visiting a shop allows you to try before you buy. You can stretch out on different mattresses and compare different styles, sizes, shapes and materials.
Don’t skimp on the mattress
You get what you pay for, so the saying goes. You don’t necessarily need the most expensive mattress in the shop…but you probably don’t want the cheapest. If you were going to place a value on a regular good nights’ sleep, it would be pretty high, wouldn’t it?! Whether sprung or foam, a good quality mattress provides the support you need to sleep well and should last for several years. As well as testing mattresses and trying out different levels of firmness in store, you could look up reviews online to see what customers make of different brands and their products.
Think about storage
Extra storage in the bedroom never goes amiss, so you may wish to consider a bed that can double up as storage for your bed linen and other items. An ottoman bed provides the most extra space, with divan beds also offering practical storage space. Some bedsteads have room under the bed – and you can always use boxes under there, but this option is never quite as neat!
Make a statement
As well as being somewhere you spend a lot of time, your bed is also the focal point of your bedroom. Choose something that you love and that suits the character of your bedroom. Think about the shape, design, material and colour. If you don’t have a huge space to work with, a statement headboard can have a lot of impact.
Bigger is (usually) better
Obviously, you need to consider the size of your bedroom. But as a general rule, a bigger bed normally provides a better nights’ sleep, because you have more room to stretch out and move about. This is true whether you sleep alone or with somebody else, by the way! It’s been said that ‘once you go Super King, you never go back!’ And now, starting to grow in popularity, is the emperor bed – which is even bigger. A lot of our developments are home to 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses with bedrooms that are spacious for your perfect bed.
Finishing touches can make all the difference, so choose some good quality bed linen to dress your bed and make it look even more inviting! Throws and extra cushions can be a pain when you are making your bed, but they do add texture and a layer of luxury! If you want your bed to feel sumptuous – go for a high thread count of Egyptian cotton.
Finally…do it together
If you are going to be sharing a bed, you really need to get your partner in on this. This is particularly important if one or both of you have had trouble sleeping in the past or suffer from a bad back. You need to choose a good bed that suits both of you. If one prefers a soft mattress and the other favours a firm one, you may need to compromise and meet in the middle. Or, consider twin beds so you can each have the exact mattress you want. Your partner should have a say on how the bed looks as well since they are going to be spending as much time in it as you.