When you consider the fact that human beings spend on average a third of their lives asleep, it is quite astonishing just how little time, attention and thought is usually invested in the process of purchasing a new bed. Or more often than not, buyers look only at the prices of those gorgeous fabric beds and immediately rule them out of the equation, instead opting for the cheapest thing they can find that will to some extent support a mattress.
The thing is though, speak to any doctor or health expert in general and they will never hesitate to re-emphasize the importance of not only buying a bed that gets the job done, but a bed that gets the job done right. Mercifully, high quality beds have never been more affordable or more abundantly available for those willing to inject just the tiniest bit of effort into the process.
So with this in mind, here is a quick look at 10 simple bed shopping tips from the experts to follow when and where a new bed or mattress is called for:
1. First and foremost, try to remember that there are literally thousands of different types of beds on the market which in turn means that it is never a good idea to simply dive in the first bed that catches your eye. This is one of the most important purchases you will ever make for your health and well-being, so even if you don’t have a great deal of time to play with, you should still take your time as much as realistically possible.
2. Unless you yourself are an expert on beds and sleeping, you should take the time to speak to at least one professional adviser for a few tips on exactly what type of bed might work best for you. Or perhaps better still, speak to your doctor who’s more likely to give you impartial advice.
3. Never forget when measuring your room in which the bed will be positioned to ensure not only that it will fit, but that you will still have room for manoeuvre. There’s nothing worse than buying and assembling a fantastic bed only for it to make the rest of the room largely uninhabitable.
4. In terms of costs, perhaps the most important rule to follow is that of avoiding the temptation to be overly frugal. There will always be exceptionally cheap beds and mattresses on the market, but in terms of comfort, performance and value for money, you generally tend to get what you pay for.
5. If you are looking to buy your bed or mattress from a physical store, do not pass up the opportunity to test it out. And by testing it out, this means testing it for at least 10 minutes or so and trying out a variety of different sleep positions.
6. Also on the subject of trying the bed out, it’s of crucial importance to make sure that you do so with your partner with you at the time, if at all possible. The reason being that so many beds and mattresses behave spectacularly differently when they have two people on them as opposed to just one person – is a something you are better off finding out before buying it.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as necessary in order to ensure you know exactly what it is you are looking at and whether or not it is for you. From warranties to delivery to what else is included (headboard, drawers etc.) in the deal, it’s a typical case of the only stupid question being the question you don’t bother to ask.
8. In terms of getting the best price for your bed, the best ways of doing this are to first shop around for a brand you know you can trust and then ensure they have something of a price promise/guarantee in place. Tick these two boxes and you won’t go far wrong.
9. You cannot be expected to fully get the feel for any bed or mattress simply after spending a few minutes with it in the shop, which is precisely why you should also look into returns policies. These tend to vary to say the very least, but especially if you are buying online you should be able to return the bed or mattress within a certain amount of time if it turns out it isn’t for you.
10. Last but not least, it’s always a good idea to factor a set of high quality new bedding and linen into the deal as these will play an enormously significant role in how much enjoyment you get out of it. There’s really no sense in spending good money on a fantastic new bed, only to then dilute things enormously with a duvet and pillows that are decades old and falling to pieces.