Bed & Mattress Buying Guide

Bed & Mattress Buying Guide

When it comes to furnishing our homes we often go along the lines of the cheaper, the better. But for some items are worth splashing out for – such as your bed, after all we spend more than half our lives sleeping so we might as well make sure we’re comfortable!

Improve your mattress with some memory foam!

But sometimes it’s not easy to invest in a new bed – after all they can be pricey, especially with new designs like individual spring mattresses and memory foam. So what can you do to improve the bed you already have?

There are a few things to consider – if your mattress is really uncomfortable for example, with springs sticking out, big lumps and lots of creaking, then it may be time to consider replacing it. However, if there are a few minor lumps and bumps, they could be sorted out with the help of a memory foam mattress topper, like this one from Silent Night! Memory foam was developed by NASA to help absorb impact but it’s a brilliant material that helps distribute your weight evenly and ‘cradles’ your body, which should not only help with a lumpy mattress but also with those aches and pains too.

Pocket Spring mattresses will last for years, and are super comfy!

However, if your mattress is really beyond repair and you want a bed that you can actually sleep on, then you might be left wondering what on earth you should be buying, as there’s so much choice these days. Here’s a quick guide to the types of mattress available:

Open Spring: The biggest selling mattress in the world with a wire edge to help the mattress keep

its shape.

Pocket Spring: Springs are individually housed in each pocket, allowing for greater comfort than an open spring mattress and helping weight distribution. Reduces the rolling effect if you and your partner differ greatly in body size. With over 1000 pocket springs, this Rest Assured mattress will help you to get a good night’s sleep.

Divan beds are practical and cosy too.

Visco-elastic (memory foam): Reacts to body heat and provides excellent support for joints, reducing pressure points. Maximises weight distribution, so you won’t feel your partner shuffling about! Hypo allergenic and has anti-microbial properties. Take a look at the different types of memory foam mattresses here.

Now you’ve picked your mattress type, what about the actual bed frame? Here’s a quick guide to the most common types of bed to choose from:

Divan: A divan bed acts as a solid base for a sprung mattress – providing additional support and are perfect if you are short on space, since most come with built in drawers underneath. Take a look at our selection of divan beds to pick the right one for you.

Leather style beds offer timeless elegance..

Bedstead: These are more decorative, often havinga built in head/foot board. A bowed slat basewill allow for more cushioned support. They can be made from a variety of materials including wood, metal and leather frames. Obviously, this comes down to personal preference but we love this classic faux-leather bedstead – timeless elegance and in-built storage underneath too!

Coleen's Serena collection is pretty and feminine.

Storage beds: Some beds are built specifically with storage in mind –with inbuilt drawers underneath. Some can even house additional guest beds underneath, commonly for children’s beds for when they may have friends to stay over! Others, like this Camdon lift-up storage bed, offer you storage space that is often wasted.

Once you’ve found your perfect bed, you want to make it as inviting as possible. With star luxury available you’ll be spoilt for choice with our celebrity ranges. We love Coleen’s debut home collection – for a pretty Spring look why not check out her Serena range with gorgeous lilac butterflies or opt for Country House chic with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s ‘Wings of Love’ bed runner for a real bedroom makeover?

Get it at Littlewoods

Find your perfect bed at Littlewoods.com

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