If you live for an average of 75 years and sleep roughly 8 hours a day, you will spend 25 years in your bed. This number, though seemingly large doesn’t include the time you spend in your bed reading a book or watching a movie. In fact, if you were to count-in the rest of the time you’re in bed for, it will add almost five years to the existing number. So, when you think about it, your bed is one of the places you spend most of your time in and this is why it is so crucial that it is comfortable and right.
Unfortunately, a common misconception that people have is that when it comes to beds, the only thing that matters the most is the mattress. People think that no matter how the bed is made, it will be suitable as long as the mattress is comfortable. However, what you must understand is that though the bed’s cushion is what you’ll be lying on, structural features of the bed such as its height and capacity will matter as well.
So, to be of assistance to you, we’ve narrowed down seven tips and tricks that will help you in finding the perfect bed for you or your family.
Consider the capacity
Are you looking for a single bed or one that can occupy both you and your partner effortlessly? Depending on your need, you can go for a queen size, double or king-sized bed. Factor in your height and your sleeping style, so you’re sure that the choice you’re making is perfect and you don’t have to change it again any time soon.
If you’re used to co-sleeping or bed-sharing with your child, then you’ll need to think about this as well. Unless you want to end up on the floor in the middle of the night, you’ll want to invest in a large, super king bed or an Emperor bed that can occupy you, your partner and your child.
Consider the space
Before you decide on any particular bed, you need to make sure it’s right for your bedroom or surrounding area. Putting a king size bed in a room that barely has any space is a bad idea because it will overwhelm the area. Instead, opt for something that isn’t just small yet comfortable but one which also offers storage options, so you don’t have to buy an extra wardrobe to fit in everything. The best thing you can try is to go armed with your room’s dimensions and opt for a bed that fits perfectly. You can even consult a professional at the furniture store as they will be able to offer sound advice.
Consider the appearance
The bed will occupy much of your room’s space and will be the center of attention. So, depending on your preference, you need to decide the type of bed you want. For instance, would you prefer a simple bed with a frame which is subtle or something which has a headboard and makes an immediate statement?
The look of your bed is much like your personality, and while your friend may find deco styled furniture interesting, you may want something with a wood finish. Also, remember that the theme of your room will also be a deciding factor for the type of bed you’re buying so don’t forget to factor that in as well.
Consider the price
The bed you’re buying will be a hefty investment on your part, especially if you want it to last for the next 5-10 years. That is the reason why it is essential that you also consider the price. Don’t look for overly expensive beds or ones that are low priced because both these options won’t be ideal for you. Instead, look for beds that are mid-range and aren’t too heavy on your pocket.
The best practice is to read online reviews and then make a decision accordingly. The wood used for manufacturing the bed as well as the design will be contributing factors, so make sure you count these in before you buy.
What you can do to make your purchase hassle-free is to know your budget before you step out to buy and stick to it as this will give you a good idea about how much you can and cannot spend.
Consider the mattress
If you’ve just started looking for beds, you might not know that not every mattress goes with every bed. While spring mattresses may be best for spring beds, foam mattresses are best when they’re teamed with a slat bed. You may want to buy a mattress that’s specially made for back pain and orthopedic issues. Hence, it won’t be a good idea to buy a spring bed that doesn’t go well with such mattresses.
Also, bear in mind that it is recommended that you buy a new mattress along with a new bed because an old mattress won’t provide comfort even if it lies on top of a new bed.
Consider your health
According to Global Burden of Disease, lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Though there are several reasons for this pain, most doctors suggest that changing your bed and mattress can bring a lot of relief. So, if for example, you find it difficult to lie straight on your back, you can consider buying a bed which has adjustable positions so you can rest comfortably. Buy only when you’re sure that the bed will be right for you. If you have any specific issues, you can consult your physician about the type of bed you should buy.
Consider your options
Finally, remember to survey 3-4 shops and check out multiple brands, so you have plenty of good options to choose from. If the bed fits your requirements and is within your price range, don’t forget to give it a test-run by lying on it for a few minutes. Lying on the bed before buying it will give you a good idea of its comfort, and this is why this is something you should never ignore.
Buying a proper bed isn’t much of a challenge if you know what to look for. So, make sure you go through this list of tips before you head out to buy the bed and you’ll undoubtedly come home with something that’s not just cozy and relaxing, but aesthetically pleasing as well.
About the Author: Alma Causey is a Freelance writer by day and sports fan by night. She writes about tech education and health-related issues. Live simply, give generously, watch football and a technology lover.