Jay-Be Guest Bed Mattress Buying Guide

Jay-Be Guest Bed Mattress Buying Guide

When you’ve got friends or family staying with you, you’ll want to make sure that they’re enjoying their stay as much as possible. You might take them to your favourite spots and restaurants around town, but ensuring your guest gets a good sleep is important, too. Below, we’ve got a guide to different Jay-Be Guest Bed mattresses so that you can find out which mattress is right for you and your guest.

Airflow Fibre Mattress

An Airflow Fibre Mattress is made up of smart polyester fibres which are branded together to offer varying softness and support that’s similar to foam. However, unlike foam, Airflow Fibre mattresses are free from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), are odourless, and are hypoallergenic. Airflow Fibre Mattresses are also filled with a unique open cell structure for ventilation, which allows for more breathability while reducing moisture build-up for a fresher, drier, and healthier sleep environment. The mattress’s breathable nature also helps to maintain your body temperature while you sleep, ensuring maximum comfort. Airflow Fibre mattresses are budget-friendly and are recommended if the guest bed will not be used all that often. Airflow Fibre mattresses are also recommended more for children rather than adults as they provide less support.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is a special type of polyurethane foam, originally developed by NASA. Memory foam is unique in that it softens in relation to body heat, and it also moulds to your individual body shape for increased pressure relief. With this, memory foam mattresses provide good support and are helpful for back complaints. Jay-Be memory foam mattresses also combine a top layer of memory foam with a base layer of Airflow Fibre. This helps to increase breathability for a drier and fresher mattress. Jay-Be’s memory foam mattresses also tend to be more expensive than Airflow Fibre mattresses, but they are suitable for regular use.

Pocket Spring Mattress

A Pocket Spring mattress contains a core of individual springs, each resting within their own fabric pocket. This allows each spring to move independently, enabling the mattress to adapt to the contours of your body for tailored support and comfort. All Jay-Be Pocket Spring mattresses have Smart Airflow Fibre comfort layers which offer recovery and support like foam. However, unlike foam, Airflow Fibre is free from VCOs, is odourless, and hypoallergenic – this allows for a healthy, breathable sleep. Pocket Spring mattresses tend to last longer but are a bit more expensive. Jay-Be’s Pocket Spring mattresses are also recommended for regular use, and for adults.

Deep Sprung Mattresses

Jay-Be’s Deep Sprung mattresses tend to be the most expensive, but they’re quite reliable and suitable for regular use. They’re also contract mattresses – this means that they’re supplied in hotels, guest houses, and other contract environments. They’re also topped with wool and cotton blend comfort layers. Wool is a natural ‘smart’ fibre that continually responds to changes in local humidity. Wool’s natural ability to absorb and release moisture helps to keep you and your mattress dry, and your body temperature constant for a comfortable sleep. Deep Sprung mattresses feature a traditional interconnected spring system at its core. Each spring is connected to its neighbouring spring, with all springs acting as one uniform support system. This high-density deep spring interior is different to the micro-pocket system interior that other mattresses are designed with.

Have a look at our Jay-Be guest beds and mattresses here.

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Your Bed Buying Questions Answered

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.

Guest Bed Buying Guide

Guest Bed Buying Guide

The holiday season is fast approaching. 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 SlumberSlumber, and which bed will suit the needs of your guest.

Inflatable Beds/Airbeds

We stock a variety of inflatable beds, including Aerobed® and Bestway. 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

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 when you don’t need them.

The advanced Aerobed® design supports the spine in a comfortable and relaxed posture, so your guest can enjoy a great night’s sleep. There are many different Aerobed® models, and each has its own special features.

  • A Mattress Style Aerobed®
    This Aerobed® has 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

Bestway’s range of airbeds are easily portable and packed with the latest 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.

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 that the edges of most air beds are less supportive than a normal mattress, so it is advisable to go for a larger size.
  • The Purpose of Usage
    When buying an air bed, you should choose one 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 to 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 that there will be no electricity access, it is best to look at airbeds with foot pumps instead of electrical ones. 

Browse our selection of inflatable beds here.

Folding Beds

At SlumberSlumber, 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 you’re 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 that your bed is kept clean and fresh in storage, so it can be enjoyed by your guests again and again.

Browse our selection of folding beds here.

2-In-1 Guest Beds

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

At SlumberSlumber, 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.

Browse our selection of 2-In-1 guest beds here.

Sofa Beds

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 that 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.

Browse our selection of sofa beds here.

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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 and rotating of the mattress will help this equal out in time

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What Causes Mattress Settlement?

 There are many reasons why 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 Superking, 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 frame

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Ways You Can Minimise Mattress Settlement

Silentnight 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 distributed

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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 that 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, and 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 between you and the mattress, slowing down the indentation

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You can find out more in our Bed Buying Guide.

 

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Whether you’re wanting to keep your bedroom or conservatory snug, 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 cosy

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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 or 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 of time. 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 heaters

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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 Heaters

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

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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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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 for “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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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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