Your Bed Buying Questions Answered

Your Bed Buying Questions Answered

Here at SlumberSlumber we are passionate about creating the best sleeping environment for you. We know buying a bed can be a daunting process so have decided to put together this post answering the most common bed buying questions we receive.

Bed buying Q&A

1)  I have a bad back, what bed should I choose?

Don’t believe the old age belief that a hard bed is best. Recent research confirms that a supportive and comfortable mattress is the best option – and it doesn’t matter what type of construction it is. Any references to orthopaedic or medical terms won’t necessarily mean that the bed has been professionally assessed – manufacturers often use this sort of language to loosely describe firmer beds.

2) I have asthma/allergies. What bed is best for me?

Nearly all beds will, in time, attract house dust mites, whose droppings are highly allergenic. The only solution is regular cleaning, airing and the use of protective covers will reduce their effects. Some manufacturers now using anti-dust mite treated fabrics in the mattress covers, though always check the materials used if you suffer from any other allergies. Our Bed Experts will be able to give additional advice too.

3) The mattresses look the same, so why are the prices so different?

The chances are they are not as similar as they seem. They might claim to be of similar quality, but you’re likely to find that different material, densities and methods have affected the overall product and price. Our Bed Experts will be happy to explain the differences.

4) What should I pay for a good mattress? 

Prices for beds range from well under £100 to several thousand. As a general rule, you do get what you pay for. Remember that every £100 you spend on a new bed represents an investment of just 4p a night (assuming a life span of 7 years). A bargain bed is no bargain if you don’t sleep well in it.

5) Will I notice any difference between rigid and flexible slats?

Rigid slats will give a bed firmer feel, but they will also affect the durability of the mattress as they have no give, and work against the mattress, leaving it to do all the work. Sprung slats are designed to work with the mattress, prolonging its life and improving comfort levels.

6) Why should I turn my mattress regularly?

Better quality mattresses with lots of natural fillings will often form body indentations – this is totally normal and proves the mattress is working as intended. Regular turning will help the fillings settle and compact down more evenly. Generally, it’s a good idea to mattresses from end to end and side to side every week for the first few months, and thereafter about every three months.

7) What sizes do beds come in?

We stock beds in sizes from single to super king. Specific measurements are: Single 90cm/3ft Small Double 120cm/4ft Double 135 cm/4ft 6” King 150cm/5ft Superking 180cm/6ft 

8) Will I be able to find linen for bigger beds? 

Yes. We stock linen for bed sizes up to a super king.

9) Are foam mattresses hot?

Foam is a good insulator, probably better than other mattress types available. The higher the density of foam (i.e. the better the quality) the greater the potential heat retention. If you get hot in bed, then look for a foam mattress with an open cell construction, which will breathe more easily. You can also make sure the mattress is well ventilated, and use cotton sheets and duvets with lower tog ratings.

10) What’s the difference between a platform top divan and sprung edge divan base?

We often get asked what is the difference between a sprung edge base and a platform top base.  A platform top divan Base has a hard top. This type of base is the cheapest and will give a firmer feel than the other types of divan base.  A sprung edge divan base has a layer of springs on top of the base that goes right to the edge giving the base a softer feel.

11) My mattress seems to have dents in it, why is this?

Mattress settlement is generally a cause for unnecessary concern. There often is a misconception that a mattress should look and feel as good as new even after months or years of use but this simply isn’t the case. Similar to a good pair of leather shoes, a new mattress will ‘relax’ and take on the shape of the user. People are not the same size and shape, body-shaped impressions will occur. Find out more about mattress settlement in our handy article here.

12) What does made-to-order mean?

Made-to-order is when production and manufacturing of an item starts after your order is received and so the item is made specifically to your order by our suppliers. Made to order items cannot be cancelled and cannot be returned so please do check the individual product pages if you are unsure if the item you are interested in is made to order. Or contact us.

Do you have any more questions?

We hope we have answered all of those burning questions around buying your bed but if there’s something we haven’t covered please get in touch with us here or refer to our Sleep Clinic.

Guest Bed Buying Guide

Guest Bed Buying Guide

The holiday season is fast approaching and with friends and family soon to make an appearance have you thought about where your guests will be sleeping? This guest bed buying guide will explain the variety of different types of guest beds we have here at Slumber and which bed will suit the needs of your guest.


Image courtesy of Jay-Be® Beds

Inflatable Beds/Airbeds

We stock a variety of inflatable beds, including Aerobed®, Bestway and Coleman. Inflatable beds are handy for impromptu guests who are staying for a short amount of time. They are excellent space savers and can be easily deflated and stored away. They are also ideal for taking on camping trips or for kids sleepovers.

Aerobed


Image courtesy of Aerobed®

Aerobed® is the ultimate in portable, space saving, inflatable guest beds. Hassle free, they inflate in a matter of minutes with the electric pump provided. They deflate even faster, ready to be rolled up into their handy storage bag.

The advanced Aerobed® design means a great night’s sleep, supporting the spine in a comfortable and relaxed posture. There are many different Aerobed® models and each has its own special features.

  • A Mattress Style Aerobed®
    This Aerobed® is the same thickness as a traditional mattress and is a fantastic choice for those who want flexibility. They inflate in under a minute, are lightweight and pack into a neat little bag so are perfect for spontaneous visitors as well as people on the move.
  • A Raised Aerobed®
    Raised off the ground like a traditional divan bed, these Aerobeds® look and feel exactly like a proper bed. Sturdy and supportive, they will provide guests with the ultimate in comfort, transforming any room into a bedroom, and back again, in an instant.

Bestway

Image courtesy of Bestway
Image courtesy of Bestway

Bestway’s range of airbeds are easily portable and packed with the latest in inflatable technology. The Alwayzaire™ range comes with Comfort Cell Tech™ I-Beam construction and unique surround frame designs for advanced support and stability. The inflatable range delivers the durability and comfort needed for guests at home or a camping trip away with family and friends.

Coleman

Image courtesy of Coleman
Image courtesy of Coleman

Designed with camping in mind, Coleman airbeds can be inflated and deflated in no time at all, ideal for when you are on the move. At the end of your trip, they pack down into small pack sizes for easy transport and storage.

Things to consider before buying an inflatable bed

  • The Height of the Mattress
    A thicker and high mattress will be higher off the ground, making you feel like you are sleeping on a real mattress.
  • The Size of the Mattress
    Air beds are available in normal bed sizes such as a single, double, twin, king, and queen. There are only certain slight differences when it comes to the mattresses’ dimensions. However remember the edges of most air beds are less supportive than a normal mattress, so it is advisable to go for larger size.
  • The Purpose of Usage
    When buying an air bed you should choose based on what you plan to use it for. If you require an elevated air bed for guests visiting your home,  you don’t have worry about buying a compact and lightweight air bed. However, if you are getting an air mattress for camping, you will want to get one that is waterproof, made of thick PVC, and is resistant to punctures. When camping you will need to consider whether you have access to an electricity source if you know there will be no electricity access it is best to look at airbeds with foot pumps instead of electrical ones.  

Folding Beds


Image courtesy of Jay-Be® Beds

At Slumber Slumber we stock a variety of folding beds from Jay-Be®. Folding beds are ideal for friends and relatives who are staying at your home and who require extra support and comfort. They can be neatly stored away after use and come in a variety of sizes.

Foldable beds feature wooden slats or a J-Tech® sprung base system and come with a mattress similar to a conventional bed. There a variety of mattress types to choose from; pocket sprung, memory foam, water resistant etc. Pick a similar mattress to that which you would have in your bedroom. Mattress choices can vary by individual so remember to pick one which will cover all the basic needs of your guests in particular. Some foldable beds are also available with a headboard which will provide added support and comfort to your guest.

Foldable beds are easy to prepare, simply unfold the bed with the help of the automatic legs and your all set. Remember to buy a cover for your foldable bed as often it can become dusty when stored away. This is an ideal extra to ensure your bed is kept clean and fresh in storage so it can be enjoyed by your guests again and again.


Jay-Be® Storage Cover For Jay-Be® J-Bed Folding Beds

2-In-1 Guest Beds


Image courtesy of Airsprung

2-In-1 Guest beds are an ideal option for maximising on the use of bedroom space.

At Slumber Slumber we have a variety of 2-In-1 guest beds. They offer a more permanent solution for guest beds. Ideal for children’s sleepovers these pull out trundle beds offer the same comfortable support as a traditional bed.

Sofa Beds


Image courtesy of Jay-Be®

A sofabed is an ideal space-saving option for your home if you don’t have the luxury of a guest room.

There are a variety of different types of sofa beds

  • Futon
    A futon is the simplest style of a sofa bed that you’ll find. Most are made up of a single cushion on top of a metal or wooden frame. Futons are a popular choice for apartments but their no-frills look may make them too casual for some spaces.
  • Sleeper chair
    If you’re short on square footage and you tend to have only one guest at a time, a sleeper chair can be an ideal option. Sleeper chairs also offer more style options than a futon. However, sleeper chairs are often wider than standard armchairs.
  • Pullout sofa
    A pullout sofa is the most traditional choice for a sofa bed. Like a sleeper chair, these sofas can be found in almost any size and style. The most common choice for a pullout sofa is a classic three-seater sofa, which accommodates a queen-size mattress.

Different opening mechanisms

  • Click-clack
    A click-clack mechanism is a simple method used to open most futons. Simply pull the sofa frame forward until it clicks, then fold it straight back so it lies flat.
  • Pullout
    Most sofa beds and sleeper chairs are designed to easily pull open with one hand. After removing the sofa’s cushions, you’ll reach down and pull on a handle that unfolds the mattress.

Find out more about our range of Guest beds here.

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Your Guide to Mattress Settlement

Your Guide to Mattress Settlement

Here at SlumberSlumber, your sleep is our most important priority.

We want you to be informed about your sleep choices, so decided to put together this guide on mattress settlement.

What is Mattress Settlement?

Mattress settlement is generally a cause for unnecessary concern.

It usually starts to show within the first few weeks of use as the mattress fillings ‘mould’ to fit the user’s shape. The areas of most pressure, such as your shoulders and hips show the greatest signs of settlement. It may appear that this area is wearing quicker than the rest of the mattress but constant turning, rotating of the mattress will help this equal out in time1.

What causes Mattress Settlement?

There are many reasons that mattresses may show signs of settlement;

  • The user’s weight
  • Type of mattress fillings
  • Mattress firmness
  • Two-sided or single sided mattress
  • Larger sized mattresses such as a King or Super are more susceptible, as there is a wider area in the mattress that doesn’t get used.
  • All mattresses with multiple layers can be susceptible to mattress settlement.

Although these impressions can be quite noticeable, they are not necessarily a sign that the mattress support has failed. If a mattress has collapsed or sagged there will be a clear lack of support when you lie on it, almost a sensation that you can feel right through to the bottom of the mattress or the bed frame2.

Ways you can minimise Mattress Settlement

Silent Night suggests these three ways to minimise mattress settlement;

  1. Give your mattress a daily airing by leaving the covers off after you get up.
  2. Turn your mattress regularly (unless your mattress is ‘no turn’, which will be stated on the label).
  3. Rotate your mattress top to tail every so often so that natural settlement from body pressure is evenly distributed3 .

All about that base

Most mattresses are used in combination with a bed base such as divans and bedsteads. Remember to make sure that the mattress and base you choose are suitable together, especially if you are buying them separately. An old base can reduce the lifespan and overall quality of a new mattress. It can also affect the support and comfort a new mattress can offer.

  • Divan Bases
    Sprung edge divans are the most luxurious option and feature a complete open coil or pocket spring
    unit mounted on a frame which acts like a giant  shock absorber, increasing the mattress’s durability.
  • Slatted Bases
    Slatted bases are mostly used with bedsteads. They are either rigid (with no give) or flexible. Wear and tear on a mattress will be greater the wider the gaps between the slats. Most manufacturers will give you their own recommendations for slat spacing to suit their brand of mattress so check these before buying as they do vary.
  • Bedsteads
    Bedsteads come in a vast array of styles from traditional classics to more modern designs and are available in wood, metal, plastics, upholstered or any combination of these. Your choice will largely be an aesthetic one but bear in mind mattress support and the effect it could have on your mattress.

Follow the care instructions!

Read the manufacturer’s care guide on how to look after your mattress. This comes with the delivery of your mattress and will tell you how to expertly care for it.

Remember not all mattresses are alike. Even if you are familiar with your brand their care guides may have changed.

Settlement and indentations are going to occur in all mattresses.

There often is a misconception that a mattress should look and feel as good as new even after months or years of use but this simply isn’t the case. Similar to a good pair of leather shoes, a new mattress will ‘relax’ and take on the shape of the user. People are not the same size and shape, body-shaped impressions will occur.

At SlumberSlumber we recommend the use of mattress toppers to allow this settlement to happen slowly over time. The mattress topper will provide an extra layer in between you and the mattress, slowing down the indentation4.

If you need more advice on choosing the right mattress and base for you please refer to our Bed Buying Guide.

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Whether you’re to keep your bedroom or conservatory cosy, or trying to warm up the office, we will take you through all the variety of heaters we have on offer that will take you from chilly to cosy1.

What kind of room heater should you use?

Convector heater

This type of heater is useful to heat up a whole room for a few hours or more. They work by warming the air next to the heater which will then circulate around the room. They are a good choice for those who need an additionally heating source to keep a room warm for a few hours. You can get a variety of convector heaters from electric, gas to oil filled radiators. They can also come with thermostats and timers so you can choose how long to keep the heat on and set an ideal temperature so you don’t get too warm.

Radiant & Fan Heaters

To quickly heat a room radiant and fan heaters are the best option. These heaters work fast and ideally work best to heat up a room in a short period. Often they don’t have thermostats or timers which can make this a more expensive option over time. Halogen heaters, electric bar fires, open gas fires and bottled gas fires are forms of radiant heaters2.

Portable Heaters Explained

Portable fan heaters

Ideal for heating a room up quickly. They’re usually lightweight and portable and easy to set up.

Convector portable heaters

This type of heater will heat up quickly, they are usually tall, thin and light so can be moved from room to room with ease.

Oil-filled portable heater

These heaters can be heavy and slow to heat up but they are cheap to run. They can be on the larger side and can be hard to move but look out for models that have wheels that will help them be more portable 3.

Where do I put my heater to get the most out of it?

This all depends on the model of heater you have. Fan heaters need an inflow of air in order to heat it up if the vents are on the back avoid placing it against a wall instead turn the vent outwards towards the room. For an oil heater, you place it in the middle of the room until the room has heated up. Convector heaters can be used anywhere in a room.

Discover our range of heaters for your home here.

 

 

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Steam Cleaner Buying Guide

Steam cleaners are ideal for cleaning and sanitising your home. Once you see how much dirt these cleaners can clean you’ll be converted. Whether that’s lifting grime from a carpet to mopping the kitchen floor. Many also come with smaller tools for so you can steam clean everything from windows and bathroom tiles to home furnishings. Steam cleaners make light work of the cleaning but which steam cleaners are best for your home1?

Why clean with steam?

Steam is extremely powerful when used to clean. Heating up to 120°C, the ‘dry steam’ produced by steam cleaners cuts through grease and grime, whilst also killing dust mites and bacteria. Steam is an excellent alternative to using chemicals and cleaning products to clean your home. It is both a hygienic, allergy-friendly and eco-friendly way of cleansing your home. What’s more, your steam cleaner can be used to clean a multitude of surfaces, from carpets and upholstery to tiles, windows, hard surface floors and more. Steam cleaning can also reduce your cleaning schedule drastically. The amount of effort required or “scrubbing power” is lessened with the powerful steam and there’s no drying time required for floors and surfaces.

Key points to look out for?

Steam cleaners come in a range of shapes and sizes, depending on the main purpose of your steamer there are four main points to consider:

Heat up Time

This is the length of time needed to convert the water in the water tank into steam and can range from 20 seconds to over a minute.

Steam Time

This is the amount of steaming time you will have from one full tank of water. Steam time can last from 10 minutes to up to an hour, depending on the capacity of the water tank.

Water Tank Capacity

Larger water tanks will take longer to heat up but will offer a longer steam time for extensive cleaning. If you’d rather use your machine little and often a smaller tank with a quicker heat up time might be better.

Power

Most steam cleaners range from a 900-1500 watt range. The higher the wattage, the greater the cleaning power. For smaller jobs, a 900-watt machine may suffice, but to remove tougher grease stains, or caked on dirt, a more heavy duty power will be needed.

What are the different types of steam cleaners?

Much like vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners are available in cylinder, upright or handheld styles. Some steam cleaners also offer a vacuuming function.

Upright steam cleaners

Often referred to as steam mops, these upright steamers have a small water tank attached to the handle, heat up quickly and are lightweight to use. The smaller water tank means that they are ideal for quick and regular cleaning of smaller areas.

Cylinder steam cleaners

These tend to have a larger water tank, and whilst this means a longer heat up time, you will get the benefit of more steam time allowing for longer, more extensive cleaning of larger areas.

Handheld steam cleaners

With very small water tanks, handheld steam cleaners are perfect for quick use. They are very easy to use, compact to store, and ideal for use on a small scale.

Explore our range of steam cleaners here.

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Air purifiers improve the quality of the air that we breathe, by reducing harmful airborne particles and allergens. There is a wide variety to choose from but which is the best air purifier for you and your home?

Air purifiers work to keep the air inside your home clean by removing particles such as dust, pollen and mould spores. Dehumidifiers and humidifiers control the moisture in your home helping to stall the growth of mould. Air purifiers sometimes referred to as air cleaners, also work to keep your home’s climate healthy by removing polluting particles like dust and pollen. Often packaged as portable units and fans, here’s how these cleaning machines help you breathe easier.

What does an air purifier do?

Air purifiers remove pollutants from the air such as;

Particulate pollutants e.g.)

  • Mould spores
  • Dust mites
  • Bacteria
  • Animal dander
  • Viruses

Gaseous pollutants e.g.)

  • Paint
  • Varnishes
  • Adhesives
  • Pesticides

Air purifiers filter these contaminants out of the air playing a helpful role to anyone sensitive to allergies or with asthma2.

How do air purifiers work?

There are four different types of air purifiers, and they all have the same purpose – to improve that standard of air that we breathe.

Air Ioniser

Air ionisers produce steam, consisting of negatively charged ions, which will cling to the positively charged ions in the air (airborne allergen particles and dust).  When these particles join, they become heavy and sink to the floor.

HEPA Air Filter

HEPA is an acronym of High Efficient Particulate Air. To qualify as true HEPA, an air filter must remove 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometres from the air that passes through. (Particles smaller than 0.3 microns are still trapped by HEPA filters but effectiveness is reduced to less than 99.97%.)

Most purifiers contain a HEPA filter (Highly Efficient Particular Air).  These filters remove 99.97% of pollutants in the air. These filters are extremely useful for removing dirt, allergens, dust and mould particles, but do very little for removing bad odours or smoke.

Air sterilisation

Air sterilisation purifiers use technology to silently and effectively pull contaminated air in, by air convection. Contaminated air, such as pollen, pet allergens, viruses, fungi, mould, dust mites, odours and bacteria are all pulled in.

Once inside, air flow carries micro-organisms into the exclusive TSS sterilising chambers. Inside these chambers, temperatures reach 400°F, incinerating all micro-organisms. Sterilised air is then cooled and returned to the room.

Which model should I choose?

This depends on:

  • The size of the room
  • The level of air purification and cleanliness you want
  • Your budget
  • How much space you have? – Some models can sit on a shelf.
  • How much the unit weighs? – Important if moving it from room to room.
  • Is it the correct size for the room – different size models clean different volumes of air?
  • The number of times an hour the air is cleaned.
  • Other features you need such as remote control and speed settings.

Some air purifiers make a low whirring noise, which you might want to take into account if you’re a light sleeper. Air purifiers featuring HEPA filters are more expensive but are more effective than other filters at removing harmful bacteria and pollen that can affect allergy and asthma sufferer.

Where is the best place to put my air purifier?

It is best to keep an air purifier in the centre of a room. When this isn’t suitable you can also place it in an area which is the source of the irritant, e.g. where your pet might settle, or where someone smokes.

It is best to not place the purifier against a wall, as it may hinder its ability to intake air efficiently.

What Benefits will I get from having an air purifier?

Air purifiers create a cleaner environment in your home for you and your family. They remove smoke, dust particles and pollen from your home. Mould spores, pet dander and dust mite droppings are captured and pulled away from the clean air. As a result, air quality in the home will be greatly improved.

Should the purifier be switched on continuously?

To be as effective as possible, all air purifiers should be switched on all the time, as air pollution will return when it is switched off.

Check out the range of Air Purifiers we have at Slumber Slumber here.