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Shopping for a new bed or mattress?

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

Buyers’ Guide


Before you go shopping for a new bed or mattress, think about what you want from your bed or mattress. Here are a few general points to consider:

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What sort of style do you prefer? What do you like or dislike about your current bed? Do you prefer a firmer or softer feel?


The price is right

Always shop for the best value not the lowest price. Of course, there are some perfectly acceptable, lower priced beds available (far preferable to an unhygienic second hand bed shaped to someone else’s body), but the better the construction, the better the support and comfort and the longer the bed will last.


With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb your partner. You should be able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching. Your bed should also be 4-6in (10-15cm) longer than the tallest partner – anyone over 6ft (1.8m) tall should consider a bed longer than standard.

Many manufacturers can make beds up to 7ft square as a matter of course; others will make special sizes. Also consider the bed’s height – many contemporary styles are low, while those with storage drawers may be much higher. For further information on bed sizes please see our size guide here.


Buy the base and mattress together

At the very least, make sure you try mattresses on a similar type of base. The two are designed to work together and a change of base will affect the feel and performance of the mattress.


It can be a false economy to change only the mattress and keep the original base, especially if you are buying a divan set. The old base could reduce the useful life of the new mattress as well as the support and comfort it can offer. It could also invalidate manufacturers’ warranties or guarantees.


Access all areas

If you are worried about getting the bed upstairs, remember most divans and ottomans have split bases; while many bedsteads are actually delivered in pieces for assembly in situ. To avoid problems with delivery, you should speak with us about potential access problems (narrow staircases, tight corners etc.) before you buy.



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