Tips on Buying a Bed

We spend approximately 1/3 of our life in bed.  It is a place where we replenish our energy, a place to unwind and relax. So, here are a few tips to help you with the selection process.  I’m not going to touch on the subject of mattresses because that is really a personal preference and my only advice is to make sure you test them by going to the shop and yes, just don’t sit on them, go ahead and lie down!

What should we be looking for in a bed?

Again, before you think about the style, material and color of the bed, the other main point to consider is size. How big a bed do you need or want?  Will it fit in your home?  Remember that a bigger bed requires larger sheets, pillows and blankets and that will also mean they will be pricier.

Also you may want to think about your habits in the space. How do you spend time in the room?  Do you like to sit on the end of the bed?  If your answer is yes, then don’t go for a four poster bed or one with a high footboard.  Do you watch TV in  bed?  Again, be conscious of the height of the footboard.

Today, height is another factor in the equation. It ranges from futons and mattresses on the floor to beds so high that you have to climb to get into them!  Seriously, I once went to a show home where the displayed bed was so high that if for any reason you rolled off, there would be a good chance that you could be hurt!  In Japan, sleeping on the floor is a natural thing with futons and actually, I find it extremely comfortable.  Another advantage is that there is no worry about rolling over and falling.

In modern design, the platform bed has become quite popular. The height of the platform is between the futon on the floor and the standard bed.  If you have issues with getting up from a low position this may not be suitable for you.  Also be aware that sometimes the corner edges of the platform jut out, forming a sharp corner that can be a hazard, such as in the photo below.  But, a platform bed has a very simple, clean design and can make a small room look quite spacious.  Hope these tips will help you find the perfect bed!

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