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Rest Easy in the Right Bed

If you added up just how many precious hours are spent laying idle in bed during your short time on this planet, you'd probably need to go take a lie down.  This guest post from Any Fowler highlights the importance of finding the right bed.  Spotting the difference between a cheap bed and an inexpensive but good quality bed, will have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep over its many years of regular usage.  Over to you Amy...

Buying a bed can be a bewildering experience. There are so many different types of frame, and so many different mattress designs that it’s difficult to know what a good buy is and what is a gimmick. Even in the world of budget beds, the array of choice available at a mattress discounters is astounding to a first time buyer. So, what are all those different designs? Which ones are good value, and which are a waste of money?

Choose the mattress first

Well, for most people who are looking at budget beds, the priority should be to choose the mattress first. The mattress contributes considerably more to the sleep experience than the bed itself does, and you’ll be much happier in the long run if you get a good mattress on a simple frame, than if you buy a fancy four-poster bed and sling a cheap, poorly sprung mattress on it.

Most mattress discounters offer a selection of mattresses including foam, single coil, interlocking coil, air, and other mattresses. With mattresses, you really do get what you pay for, and it’s better to try to get a high quality mattress with individual pockets or coils than it is to get a cheaper one that will sag after just a few months of use.

Go for sturdy over pretty

When shopping for the bed itself, remember that most low-cost beds are discounted because they’re last year’s design, or they are simple designs with no frills. With that said, there are some mattress discounters that sell more attractive frames where you are sacrificing quality to get an attractive design at a lower price. If you’re choosing a bed that will get used a lot (as opposed to a bed in a guest room that will get used once or twice a year), then avoid ones with weak frames and springs that are likely to give over time. You have more leeway with guest room beds, but it’s still worth shopping with comfort rather than appearance in mind if you want to ensure your guests sleep soundly!

You can save a lot of money by choosing budget beds over ones at designer stores, but you should do some research before you hand over any money at a mattress discounters. Don’t be tempted to skimp too much. A brand name bed from a budget store is a great saving, but a bed that’s so cheap it’s bordering on “too good to be true” could well be a false economy.

Savvy shopping involves knowing when you’re getting a good deal, and when you’re in danger of being pennywise but pound foolish. However, as long as you know what you’re looking for, ask the right questions, and spend some time shopping around, you should get a great deal. Just remember that a typical bed lasts for around ten years. Don’t rush yourself when shopping – a day or two spent finding the perfect bed now will save you from a lot of hassle, and sleepless nights, over the next few years.

This article was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of The Original Factory Shop; stockists of budget beds, clothing and other household goods.
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