Bed Buying Guide

Buying a new bed can be an exciting experience, but it can also be a daunting one. With so many different types, sizes, and features to choose from, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. However, a good bed is essential for a good night's sleep, which is vital for overall health and well-being. That's why it's important to take the time to research and find the perfect bed for you. In this Bed Buying Guide, we'll cover everything you need to know to make an informed decision. From choosing the right size and type of bed to understanding different materials and features, we'll walk you through the process step-by-step so that you can find the best bed to meet your needs and preferences. Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly option or a luxury bed that will last for years to come, this guide has you covered. So, let's get started and find your dream bed!

When should I replace my bed?

It's important to replace your bed when it's no longer providing the support and comfort you need for a good night's sleep. The lifespan of a bed can vary depending on the quality of the materials and how well it's been maintained, but as a general rule of thumb, you should consider replacing your bed every 7-10 years. Here are some signs that it may be time to replace your bed:

  1. You're experiencing back or joint pain: If you wake up feeling achy or sore, or if you experience pain during the night, it could be a sign that your bed is no longer providing the support you need.

  2. Your bed is visibly worn: If you notice visible signs of wear and tear, such as sagging or lumps, it's likely time to replace your bed.

  3. Your bed is no longer comfortable: If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, or if you're unable to get comfortable in your bed, it may be time to consider a new one.

  4. You're not sleeping as well as you used to: If you're having trouble falling or staying asleep, or if you're waking up frequently during the night, it could be a sign that your bed is no longer meeting your needs.


What are the different types of bed frames?

Standard single, double, and king-sized bed frames are the most commonly used bed sizes. Here's an explanation of each:

  1. Standard single bed frame: A standard single bed frame typically measures 90cm wide and 190cm long. It's ideal for children or for small bedrooms where space is limited. Single bed frames can also be a great option for guest rooms.

  2. Standard double bed frame: A standard double bed frame typically measures 135cm wide and 190cm long. It's a popular choice for couples who prefer a bit more space, or for individuals who like to stretch out while they sleep.

  3. King-sized bed frame: A king-sized bed frame typically measures 150cm wide and 200cm long. It's a great option for couples who want plenty of space to move around while they sleep. King-sized bed frames can also be a good choice for individuals who prefer a lot of space or for those who co-sleep with their children or pets.

  5. When selecting a bed frame, it's important to consider the size of your bedroom and the amount of space you need for comfortable sleeping. You may also want to consider the style and materials of the bed frame to ensure it complements your bedroom decor and suits your personal preferences. Additionally, it's important to choose a mattress that fits the bed frame properly to ensure maximum comfort and support.


There are numerous bed frame options available and the choice that suits you best depends on your preferences and requirements. At Mattresses 365, some of the most sought-after bed types and frames are: 


Upholstered bed frames are bed frames that are covered in fabric or leather. The frame is typically made of wood or metal, and then padded and covered with the chosen material. The upholstery on the bed frame provides a comfortable and cushioned headrest and footrest. The fabric used can be chosen to match the decor of the room or to make a statement. Upholstered bed frames are available in a variety of styles, from traditional to modern, and can come in a range of colors and textures. They can add a touch of luxury to a bedroom and can be a great way to create a cozy and inviting sleeping space.

Wooden Bed Frames are bed frames that are made primarily from wood. The frame can be constructed from various types of wood, including oak, pine, walnut, and more. Wooden bed frames are typically strong, durable, and long-lasting. They come in a variety of styles, ranging from traditional to modern, and can be finished in different colors or stains. Some wooden bed frames feature intricate designs or carvings, adding a touch of elegance to the bedroom. Wooden bed frames can also be combined with other materials, such as metal or upholstery, to create a unique look
Metal bed frames are bed frames that are primarily constructed from metal, typically steel or iron. Metal bed frames can come in a variety of designs and styles, ranging from simple and minimalist to ornate and decorative. Some metal bed frames are made from tubular metal, which is lightweight and sturdy, while others are made from wrought iron, which is heavier and more ornate. Metal bed frames can be finished in a range of colors and coatings, including black, white, brass, and nickel. Metal bed frames are typically durable and long-lasting, and can be a great choice for people who want a sturdy and reliable bed frame that can withstand wear and tear. They are also easy to clean and maintain, making them a practical choice for busy households
Ottoman bed frames are bed frames that come with built-in storage. The storage is typically accessed by lifting the mattress and base of the bed, which is supported by gas struts or hydraulic lifts. This reveals a spacious storage compartment that can be used to store bedding, clothing, or other items. Ottoman bed frames come in a variety of styles and materials, including wood, metal, and fabric. They are a great option for people who live in smaller spaces or who have limited storage options. Ottoman bed frames can be particularly useful in bedrooms with limited closet space or in guest rooms where guests can store their belongings during their stay. They are also a stylish and practical option for children's bedrooms or for people who like to keep their bedroom clutter-free.

TV bed frames are bed frames that have a built-in television at the foot or the end of the bed. The television is typically stored within the footboard of the bed and can be lifted and lowered with a remote control or a switch. TV bed frames come in a variety of styles and materials, including leather, fabric, and wood. They are a popular option for people who enjoy watching television in bed or who want a more luxurious sleeping experience. TV bed frames are also a great choice for people who live in smaller homes, where space is limited. With a TV bed frame, there's no need to have a separate television in the bedroom, which can save space and reduce clutter. Additionally, TV bed frames often come with built-in speakers or sound systems, adding to the overall entertainment experience.

Kid's bed frames are bed frames designed specifically for children. They come in a variety of styles and designs, ranging from themed beds featuring cartoon characters or superheroes to more traditional designs that can be adapted to suit a child's growing tastes. Kid's bed frames are typically smaller in size than adult bed frames and may feature additional safety features, such as guardrails or lower height, to prevent children from falling out of bed. They can also come with built-in storage, such as drawers or shelves, to help keep a child's room tidy. Kid's bed frames can be made from a range of materials, including wood, metal, and plastic, and are available in different colors and finishes to suit a child's preferences. They are a great way to create a fun and comfortable sleeping space for children that encourages restful sleep and imagination.

Divan bed frames are bed frames that consist of a base and a mattress. The base is typically constructed from a wooden frame, covered in fabric or leather, and features built-in drawers or storage compartments. The mattress sits on top of the base and is supported by springs or a solid platform. Divan bed frames come in a range of sizes and styles, from single to super king, and can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics and colors to match the decor of the room. They are a popular choice for people who want a bed frame with built-in storage or who want a simpler, more streamlined look for their bedroom. Divan bed frames are also a great option for people who suffer from back pain, as they provide excellent support for the mattress and can help to alleviate discomfort during sleep.


What kind of base is best?

The best kind of bed base depends on personal preference and individual needs. Here are a few common types of bed bases and their benefits:

  1. Platform Bed Base: A platform bed base is a solid or slatted surface that supports the mattress. It is a simple and minimalistic option that can work well for people who prefer a modern and streamlined look in their bedroom. Platform bed bases also provide good support for the mattress, which can be beneficial for people who suffer from back pain.

  2. Divan Bed Base: A divan bed base is a base with built-in storage drawers or compartments. This is a great option for people who need extra storage space in their bedroom or who prefer a more traditional look.

  3. Adjustable Bed Base: An adjustable bed base allows the user to adjust the position of the head and/or foot of the bed. This can be helpful for people who have medical issues, such as acid reflux or snoring, or for people who want to watch TV or read in bed.

  4. Slat Bed Base: A slat bed base is a base with a series of slats that support the mattress. This is a popular option for people who want a bit of flexibility and bounce in their bed. Slat bed bases also allow for good ventilation, which can be beneficial for people who live in humid climates.


What should I consider when buying a bed? 

When buying a bed, there are several important factors to consider. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Size: Consider the size of the bed you need, based on your personal preferences and the size of your bedroom. You'll want to ensure that the bed fits comfortably in your space and that you have enough room to move around.
  1. Comfort: The comfort of the bed is key, so consider the type of mattress you prefer and the level of support you need. Try out different mattresses in-store or look for a bed with a trial period, so you can test it out at home before committing.
  2. Style: Think about the style of the bed and how it fits with your personal decor. Consider factors such as the material, colour, and design of the bed frame.

  3. Storage: If you need extra storage space in your bedroom, consider a bed with built-in drawers or a storage base.

  4. Budget: Bed prices can vary greatly, so it's important to set a budget and look for a bed that fits within your price range.

  5. Brand and Warranty: Consider the reputation of the brand and the warranty that comes with the bed. Look for brands with good customer reviews and warranties that provide adequate coverage.

By keeping these factors in mind, you'll be able to find a bed that meets your needs and provides a comfortable and stylish sleeping space.

Still can't decide? Then why not browse our whole range of bed frames or give our friendly team a call on 01642 686365 and ask for advice.


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