Four Tips for Choosing the Right Bed

You'll spend a third of your life in your bed, so when you're shopping for a new one, you'll need to make the right choice. Here are some tips to make sure you get the bed that's right for you.

Take measurements

The biggest factor in determining the size of a bed will be the amount of space you have in the bedroom. This may seem obvious, but don't forget that as well as the space the bed takes up, you'll need to consider legroom and space to move around the bed. You should also think about where any bedside tables and other bedroom furniture will go and how easy it will be to make the bed.

Try it out

You can't tell if a bed will be suitable just by looking at it. You need to lie on it to find out how well it fits your body shape and how comfortable it is. Don't be afraid to spend some time on it — a few seconds or even a minute won't be enough. Lie on it the same way you lie in your bed at home — the showroom staff will expect you to try it out properly, so there's no need to feel embarrassed. If you share the bed with a partner, make sure that you try it out together. It needs to be comfortable for both of you, so it will need to be a joint decision.

Think of extras

Find out if the bed comes with a headboard. You should also consider whether you want a storage bed. It can be enormously helpful to use the space beneath the bed to store clothing or other items that you don't use every day, especially if you do not have much wardrobe or storage space in the bedroom. If you go for this option, you should bear in mind that you will need enough space around the bed to open drawers and access the space.

Find out about disposal

Your old bed will need to be disposed of somehow, and many stores will arrange to collect it and dispose of it on your behalf. Wooden bed frames can be recycled, and it is well worth considering a store that offers this service.

Make sure you ask the showroom any questions or concerns you have, and your decision will give you a good night's sleep for many years.