Here at SlumberSlumber, we are passionate about creating the best sleeping environment for you. We know that buying a bed can be a daunting process, so we’ve decided to put together the below list of answers to 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. Regular cleaning, airing, and the use of protective covers will reduce their effects. Some manufacturers are now using anti-dust mite treated fabrics in their 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 a 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 that 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 turn 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 superking. Specific measurements are;

  • Single: 90cm/ 3ft
  • Small Double: 120cm/ 4ft
  • Double: 135cm/ 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 superking.

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), then 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 that 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?

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, and 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 still something you’re not too sure of, please get in touch with us here, or refer to our Sleep Clinic.

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