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.

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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