6 tips for picking the mattress and bed for you

6 tips for picking the mattress and bed for you


Posted 28th March

Research has revealed 25 per cent of Brits are getting less than five hours sleep each night

The study, carried out by Silentnight and the University of Leeds, found this worrying trend was primarily caused by a combination of second hand mattresses and a poor sleep environment.

To help you get a better night's slumber, Silentnight's bed expert Angela Moran is now offering her tips on what you can do to pick the bed and mattress for you - and it covers everything, from size to storage...

1. Size matters

It seems we've been given the perfect excuse to treat ourselves to a new bed, as extensive research from Silentnight has revealed the bigger your bed is, the more likely you are to get a better night's sleep. Two people sharing should ideally have either a King or Super King size, for instance.

A key factor to consider when picking a new bed is taking the the proportions of your room into account, so you know the biggest bedframe that you could fit in.

2. The inside counts

Why not pick a mattress filling which lets you enjoy a more personalised night's sleep? If you're a restless sleeper, try a latex mattress - the responsive and flexible filling allows for free movement and doesn't risk disturbing your sleep. On the other hand, natural fillings regulate temperatures, and are hand tufted for extra luxury. This means you can rely on comfort, regardless of the temperature.

3. Remember the firmness

As our sleeping patterns are all unique, we'll all have different firmness rating preferences. For instance, side sleeper are better suited to a medium / soft rating, whilst back sleepers will get on with a firmer rating. It takes time to get used to a new mattress - it won't happen overnight, but it could be that you need a different firmness to the one you chose initially. Keep your eyes peeled for brands that provide a comfort guarantee, as it lets you try and test what works for you.

4. Pick a design that works in your bedroom

After picking the mattress, think about the bedframe. It's the centrepiece of the bedroom, and it will subsequently be important to find a design that fits your current interiors theme. There are numerous styles and textures to choose from, along with a variety of colours - for instance, it could be a traditional wooden style, or fabric upholstered headboard.

5. Divan time?

Did you know a king size divan takes up the same space as a double size bed frame? It could be something to consider - divan beds are coming back into fashion after all, largely thanks to the fact that they're more economical with space than bed frames, while also providing homeowners with a range of storage options. It could be pull out drawers or even a full ottoman.

6. What's under the bed?

Beds are always going to be heavy, and many rooms don't have the room to move them around successfully. As a result cleaning under the bed can be a tricky task. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, it could be worth picking a slimline divan bed on legs, or a frame that you can vacuum underneath easily.

Lead image: Geltex mattress






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