Qualities to Look for in Your Bed

Sleep is one of life’s greatest pursuits. It’s the only time where we can completely ignore the world and disappear. Beds bury us in mounds of sheets and feather pillows. Yet to experience this joy you have to pick the right bed. There are so many different types of bed, and who knows what a tog rating is anyway?

Here are some of the things you should look for when it comes to buying a bed.

Try the Bed

You don’t know how a bed will feel unless you actually test it. Go to the local showroom and lay down on the bed for at least 10 minutes. Take any outdoor gear off and just relax. Try making some turns.

Too Hard or Too Soft?

One way to check if the bed you’re lying on is too soft or too hard is to place one hand on the small of your back. Move the hand around. If the hand moves too easily it’s probably too hard. If it’s too soft you’ll be able to move it easily. You should aim for a bed which allows you to move your hand in this position with only a little resistance.

Consider Size

The comfort of a bed depends on how much space you need. Only you can determine how much space you need. Some people curl up in a foetal position and use very little space, even if it’s available. Others stretch out like a starfish and use as much space as possible.

If you’re in the latter group, you’ll need a larger bed than a single, whereas you could settle on a single if you don’t use a great deal of space.


The most expensive bed isn’t necessarily the best bed. We all have different sleeping preferences. Carefully consider how much you want to spend on a new bed. Remember, the average bed lasts about 10 years before it needs replacing. It’s important to get your finances in order initially.

Since a bed lasts so long there’s nothing wrong with spending a small amount more than you normally would. We spend a third of our lives in bed, on average, so it makes sense to pay for the bed which is most comfortable for you.


It’s something we always seem to forget. You can’t just grab a bed and take it out of the shop or warehouse. You have to get it delivered. Buy from retailers who are flexible on delivery.

In most cases, they won’t set it up for you, although it’s an added bonus if they do. Ideally, you should have a choice of times and they will always turn up at the right time. Expect to pay a small delivery charge, but make sure it isn’t extortionate.

Does it Satisfy Your Health Condition?

At some point in our lives, a significant portion of us will develop some sort of health condition which impacts our sleeping habits.

For example, people with back problems might use a memory foam bed. People with leg problems could need a bed which reclines.

Take these things into account and ensure your new bed adequately addresses any issues. It will seriously impact your sleeping quality if you don’t have the right one.

Matthew Frank has written numerous articles on various topics including beds bury.

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