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Buying a New Bed

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

How to buy the perfect bed

On average, we spend a third of our lives asleep, so it makes sense to invest in a bed that helps us get the best sleep. Here are some top tips to consider when buying a new bed for your home

Measuring your bedroom

Before you decide what size of bed you want to buy, it’s crucial to measure the space you have available in your bedroom. Remember to allow plenty of space to be able to walk around the bed, plus space for any bedside tables or other furniture in the room.

Most bed measurements are given in feet and inches, although shops may offer conversions too, so it’s a good idea to ensure any measurements you take are in the same format to allow easy comparisons.

Choosing a bed size

When you’ve worked out how much space you have available in your room, you can decide on what size of bed you want to buy.

Some of the standard bed sizes in the UK are:

Single – 3’ by 6’ 3”

Small double – 4’ by 6’ 3”

Double – 4’ 6” by 6’ 3”

King size – 5’ by 6’ 6”

Super king size – 6’ by 6’ 6”

There’s quite a difference in size between a double and king-size bed, and again between a king and super-king size. A double may fit comfortably within the space available, but it’s worth bearing in mind the additional comfort you could gain from a king size bed.

With a king size bed, there’s much more space to spread out, turn over and move around in your sleep, which is ideal if you’ll be sharing your bed on a daily basis. Carpetright king size beds provide the ultimate in size and luxury and are available to suit a range of budgets.

Choosing a bed type

To complete your perfect bed, you’ll need to think about what type of bed frame you want.

If you’re after extra storage space in your home, then a divan bed is a good option to explore. A divan provides a sturdy base for a mattress and has built in storage drawers around the base. The bigger the bed you choose, the more storage it’s likely to have.

If you’re keen on making a statement with your bed, then a contemporary bedstead frame is worth considering. Both wooden bed frames and metal bed frames are widely available in a range of distinctive styles.

***This post is in association with Carpetright***

KAS magenta ripple throw

Friday, September 9th, 2011
Sofa or bed throw for a cosy home

Add warmth with a throw

It’s not exactly the warmest of weather at the moment, especially at night, and if your thoughts are turning towards autumn warmers already, then adding a throw to a sofa or bed provides a great bit of extra warmth.

This magenta pink ripple throw by KAS can be used for just that and provides a lovely bright splash of colour for a dull day or dark evening. The ripple effect is stylish and sets it apart from plain throws. When it gets really cold, why not wrap yourself up in it too?

The ripple throw in magenta costs £45 from Selfridges.

Sofabed bargain: Salsa Click Clack sofabed from Cargo

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Modern multi position sofa bed

Functional and stylish sofabed

For those times when you need an extra bed for a friend or relative to stay the night, sofabeds come in extremely handy.

If you’ve been after a functional sofa bed, then here’s a great bargain from Cargo – save £250 on this salsa red Click Clack sofabed.

This modern piece of furniture, with its trendy stainless steel legs, transforms from a comfortable sofa into a multi position bed. It even goes completely flat, so someone can get a good night’s sleep!

Originally priced at £499, the salsa click clack sofa bed is now down to only £249 in the sale at Cargo.

Guest bed solution for small bedrooms from Loaf

Monday, May 16th, 2011
Handmade guest bed for spare room

Multi-purpose guest bed

If you’ve not got room to have a double or king size guest bed permanently in a spare room, but do want extra beds available occasionally for guests, then here’s a good multi-purpose solution.

This guest bed, which is handmade in Wiltshire, consists of one single upholstered divan bed that has an easy to pull-out extra bed hidden underneath it.

Whilst some pull-out beds result in the second person sleeping at a different level, this one is good in that, once the sturdy legs are up, it’s positioned at the same level as the main bed, easily converting it into a superking size bed. The mattresses can be zipped together, so they’ll be no issues of a guest slipping between the gap in the beds during the night!

When not in use, the bed beneath slips tidily away out of sight and you’ll be able to make full use of the rest of the room. It’s a nice alternative to permanently having to squeeze around the edges of a double bed in a room where you could do with more space.

The guest bed is available from Loaf.

Is this the world’s most expensive bed?

Saturday, January 29th, 2011
The world's most expensive and exclusive bed

Baldacchino Supreme bed

You could be looking at the world’s most expensive bed!

That’s the claim being made in some quarters after this exclusive bed went on sale priced at £4 million.

This luxury four poster double bed, called the Baldacchino Supreme bed, was created by British designer, Stuart Hughes, and Italian design company, Hebanon. It’s handcrafted from chestnut and ash wood, with a cherry wood canopy, and is inlaid with 107kg (236lb) of 24ct gold.

Any old bedding of course won’t do, so the bed comes complete with Italian silk and cotton drapes. The headboard can even be customised to accommodate diamonds for the ultimate in bling finish!

Only two of the Baldacchino Supreme beds, suitable for billionaires, have been made and each has taken three months to make. Amazingly, one of the beds has already been purchased by an Italian businessman. Could the other one be yours?!

Luxurious cream leather TV bed

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Leather Park Lane TV bed

Leather Park Lane TV bed

A leather bed is the ultimate in luxury and this one, from Furniture Village, has the added bonus of also having a 26″ HD LCD TV built into it.

The flat screen TV is in the foot of the bedstead and there’s space provided to house a DVD player too, with connections for a SCART and two HDMi cables. All the cables and wires are cleverly hidden beneath the slatted beech wooden base, so you won’t be faced by wires as you get in and out of bed.

The double leather TV bed is available in a range of five colours, including this lovely pale cream shade. The usual Furniture Village price for the Park Lane TV Bed is £4795, but if you buy it now, it’s only £2595.

Selina Rose Bloom bed throw

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Bloom bed throw by Selina Rose             bloom-bed-throw-close

For a great way of achieving the classic monochrome look, then this intricate cutwork black throw, by Selina Rose, works very effectively on a white duvet.
Produced in England, and handmade to order, the cosy cutwork black wool felt throw measures 50cm by 200cm, and is the perfect size to drape over a bed.
The Bloom throw is made by the same designer, Selina Rose, as the Botanica rug we’ve featured previously.
It’s available to order from Bodie and Fou.

Top 10 Tips for Buying a Bed

Monday, July 13th, 2009
Bensons For Beds Romeo Leather Bed

Bensons For Beds Romeo Leather Bed

A bed is one of the most important home purchases you’ll make. Not only does it play a crucial role in helping you get a good night’s sleep, but it can also affect your back health too.

Back pain can make people’s lives a misery, but having the right bed for your back can make a significant difference.

So, before you hit the shops, here are our top 10 tips on buying a new bed.

1. Not everyone finds the same bed comfortable.  Just because your friends or family rave about a certain bed, it’s not necessarily going to be the right one for you. So go and investigate the options for yourself.

2. When you’re looking for the perfect bed, be prepared to go and explore a variety of different beds, such as pocket spring beds, divans, bedsteads with slats or even water beds.

3. It’s often assumed that firm beds are automatically better for you, but this isn’t always true. The perfect bed should be supportive for your back, but also comfortable for you. You won’t get a good night’s sleep if you’re uncomfortable on a bed that’s too firm.

4. Bigger beds can be good, as you’ve got more space to move around and be comfortable, especially when there are two of you sharing it. But do be aware of the exact sizes before you part with your cash, as it’s no good if it won’t fit in your room! A standard double bed is 4ft 6” x 6ft 3”, a king size bed measures 5ft x 6ft 6” and a super king measures 6ft x 6ft 6”.

5. Be aware that not all mattresses are the same. Some of the options include pocket sprung (which has individual pockets of springs, is comfortable and supports your body well), open sprung (where the springs are hinged together and bodyweight can be spread evenly) and foam mattresses (which mould themselves to your back, provide comfort and relieve pressure).

Bensons Windsor iron bed frame

Bensons Windsor iron bed frame

6. Always check which type of mattress goes best with the bed you’re buying, as some are more suitable for certain bed styles and frames than others. Also, check the mattress size is the right fit for the bed base!

7. It’s normal to feel self-conscious whilst trying out a bed in a shop, and many people just lie down quickly, and then get up again. But in order to get the best idea of whether the bed and mattress are right for you, you really need to lie on each bed, in your normal sleeping position, for at least five minutes.

8. Your bed buying budget is of course important, but it’s better to look for the best value bed than the cheapest. A well constructed bed will generally last much longer, offer better comfort and support.

9. Sales take place at regular intervals throughout the year and you can often get good quality end of line or discontinued beds at great prices, so look out for real bargains!

10. Don’t forget to consider how you’ll get your new bed in place. Although some beds come apart easily, it’s still a big piece of furniture to manoeuvre into your home, especially if going upstairs. So find out what extra services the retailer offers, such as free delivery, free installation and whether they’ll take your old bed away too.

King Size Beds from UK store

Faux leather double bed

Sunday, May 31st, 2009
Vienna faux leather bed

Vienna faux leather bed

Leather look headboards and beds continue to be popular in contemporary homes, but are often expensive to buy. That’s why we were surprised and pleased to discover this faux leather double bed for under £200! Yes, you read that right.

The Vienna faux leather double bed is a standard 4′ 6″ size and is made from a lovely brown, soft-touch faux leather that looks very much like the real thing. The contrast stitching defines the style and, with its high headboard and low footboard, it’s a striking piece.

It would look great in any modern bedroom and could be dressed up with nicely with contrasting or coordinating bed linen. If storage is an issue in the bedroom, then there is the option of having the Vienna bed with storage facilities too, although it will cost a little bit more.

The basic, non-storage Vienna faux leather double bed is available from RoomsToGo for only £185.

The soothing circular rocking bed

Friday, May 29th, 2009
Private Cloud rocking bed

Private Cloud rocking bed

As far as unusual beds go, this has to be one of the more unique bed designs ever produced.

The idea behind the bed is that, as children, we get used to being rocked off gently to sleep. It’s a calming and relaxing process, so why not offer a rocking bed for adults too?

The rocking bed is made from wood, which has been carefully bent to produce the wonderful rounded effect. The bed can be used in its natural state, with a gentle rocking movement, or put into a sloping position, which is great for reading in bed, sleeping or watching TV. The feet at the bottom of the construction help to keep the bed steady and stable – and if you get fed up with the rocking movement, then you can easily remove them.

The rocking bed is about to gain fame, as it’s featuring in top German TV soap, Sturm der Liebe, during the month of June. This rather nifty bed has been made by Private Cloud, and you can find out more details here.

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