How to Choose the Right Bed

A couple reclining on the right side of a bed, enjoying pizza together.

Are you at a loss to determine which bed is best suited for your sleeping habits and needs?

It’s important to get it right the first time around because it’s a significant investment that can very well change your quality of life. Getting a good night’s sleep is paramount to one’s health and well-being, and this depends on several factors that we’ll discuss below.

Here’s a quick rundown of the things you have to consider when choosing the right bed.

Bed Dimensions and Room Size  

Do a quick measurement of your bedroom and see if it can fit the size of the bed you intend to buy. Beginners often make the mistake of going big and finding out that it can’t fit into the bedroom at all!

What’s more, think about your sleeping arrangements, which can dictate your bed’s size and type. For example, do you share a bed with your partner? Do you need legroom or extra length?

A bedroom with beige walls, furniture and the right bed.

Mattresses made of memory foam or latex are good at maximizing space, and they aren’t as shifty as their traditional spring counterparts. You or your partner will be able to move and shift about without disturbing the other.

Beds that feature storage space are excellent options when you’re leaning towards maximizing the room’s area. It can also minimize dust and allergens and keep your bedroom looking neat and free of clutter. On the other hand, if you plan on improving a multi-function space then a sofa bed can double as a place to sit down on during the day.

If you’re on a mission to find a suitable children’s bed, think of the bed’s estimated lifespan. You can get bunker types that can be converted into singles, or go for older age models so you won’t have to buy another when your child reaches his or her teens.

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The Type Of Mattress

Choosing a mattress is one of the most important things you have to think about. Each person’s sleeping pattern and needs are unique, so it’s best to find your preferences and choose a mattress that plays to your particular demands.

Different types of spring mattress for the right bed.
types of mattress

Some of the factors in choosing a mattress include comfort, support and quality. You’ll need to determine if you need a mattress that has hypoallergenic, anti-sweat and hygienic properties. Bedding for children must be easy to clean and sturdy enough that they can withstand punishment in the form of jumping and roughhousing, and still comfortable enough to sleep in.

A Bed That’s Good For Your Back

Individuals who are suffering from back pain must choose a bed that provides excellent support. Modern mattresses are designed to lift your body in a neutral position, perfectly aligning the head, shoulders, spine, buttocks and heels as you rest. Moreover, the layer of materials ensure a deeper and more comfortable rest than traditional spring types. Pillow top mattresses are less expensive than natural latex or memory foam mattresses but have roughly the same kind of support for a good night’s sleep.

A woman reclining on a right mattress.
Bed For Your Back

Memory foam, latex and pocket spring mattresses each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Read up on them and you’ll know which one is best for you.

Your Sleeping Position and Level of Comfort

People tend to favor a particular position when sleeping, which dictates the kind of bed they should invest in.

Side sleepers, or those who rest on their left or right will need a bed that can reduce pressure points associated with holding the position for extended periods of time. You’ll need support for the hips and the shoulders while bringing the spine in alignment.

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The right bed in a bedroom with a stone fireplace.
rustic bedroom

Those who prefer to sleep on their stomach will want an innerspring mattress. A memory foam type can give you that “sinking feeling” and make you feel smothered as you lie down to sleep. For back sleepers, you’ll need a bed that primarily supports the neck while bringing the spine in alignment. A memory foam allows sleepers to sink where they are heaviest.

If you’re easily awakened by hot weather and tend to get uncomfortable really quickly, then you may want to consider a gel type or an innerspring mattress. For the restless sleeper and those who have partners that shift about, you will be happy to find that there are mattresses designed to isolate motions. An innerspring with pocket coils or memory should serve you nicely, minimizing disturbance and allowing you to get more quality sleep.

How Much Are You Willing To Spend For A Bed?

Most of us spend a third of our lives sleeping in a bed, so it makes total sense that you’d want to invest in a good one that provides maximum comfort.

A bed with a tufted headboard.

As the adage goes, you get what you pay for. Cheap bedding can wear out pretty quickly and start collapsing or sagging in areas where you need support. Remember that a higher price tag usually equals quality, better sleep and long-term satisfaction.

Get a durable bed frame with a quality mattress that offers a 10-year warranty for total peace of mind. It will be totally worth it!

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