There is a lot more to choosing a bed than just picking the one that goes best with your bedroom décor. If you get the wrong type of mattress you could be signing yourself up to years of back pain, no sleep and after all that, having to replace it. So it’s best to make sure you get the right one first time so that you don’t waste your money and your bed doesn’t become a complete pain.

Know what you need

Everyone has a preference for the type of bed they want and when it comes to the bed frame you can usually buy with style in mind, as long as it is an appropriate height and will fit where you want it to go. However, when it comes to the mattress, everyone has different needs and preferences. If you have sleep or health problems, especially any back pain you will need to research the best mattress for you, as this will have a big impact on your life.

How to choose the best beds and mattress for you

Don’t be fooled by the names

When you start looking for a bed, don’t be fooled into thinking terms such as ‘orthopedic’ mean that the mattress will be medically better for you. Orthopedic is generally used to refer to an extra firm mattress, but this may not be what you need. Understanding the different constructions, e.g. memory foam, pocket/coiled springs etc. will help you find exactly what you need.

Try the beds out

You may feel silly lying down in the middle of a store but buying a mattress is a big purchase and you shouldn’t choose until you have tried out a few and spent time lying on them in your favorite sleeping position!

Can you lift a mattress?

If the answer is no, or you would struggle to turn a mattress over regularly then make sure you get one that doesn’t need turning. There are lots to choose from these days, and not only will this save you the hassle of having to turn it, but it will also ensure a good night’s sleep for years to come.

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Look for the deals

Beds can be an expensive purchase but you will often find deals such as single beds with mattress or a double bed with a half price mattress are always worth looking at, and you can usually find reasonably priced deals at retailers like Tesco. However, if the mattress on offer isn’t the type you need, you are better off paying full price. Researching online for good deals, or even just a price range of what you’re looking for will help you when you go in-store.

Separate while staying together

Sometimes the person you want to lie next to at night wants something completely different from a mattress. If you need a different firmness to your partner then you have the option of buying a zip and link bed which allows for you to have two different mattresses but to still share a bed.

There is a lot to think about when choosing a new bed. Knowing which type of mattress you need for your lifestyle is the most important factor. Once you know, it’s time to start trying them out!

You can check out websites like Sleepedia to help find the bed and mattress that’s right for you.

Images by Mazzali and Prayitno used under the Creative Commons license.

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Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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