Guide to Buying a New Bed Online in the UK

Each and every year we spend on average 2,920 hours sleeping in our beds. That’s a lot of time when we think about it and adds up to around one third of our lives in the horizontal position. It’s therefore extremely important to find the right bed for your bedroom and for your physical requirements. Whether you’re looking for a double bed or a single bed, this guide on buying a brand new bed online will help you sort through the various styles, types and considerations you need to bear in mind before you make a purchase.

The Various Types of Bed

There are a number of different bed base designs and these come in a variety of shapes, sizes and functional aspects. The type of base you buy will largely depend on your existing bedroom interior design scheme and the space within. Each one has its positives.

Divan Storage Beds – The Divan bed is the most popular and widely sold type of bed in Britain. This is in large part due to their storage capabilities which provide extra space for the placement of blankets, towels, clothing, general accessories and even books. These storage spaces are either in the form of drawers which pull out for ease of use or constructed in a sliding door fashion, much like some kitchen cabinets. Some divans are placed on casters whilst others have solid legs.

There are some variations in divan bed designs. One can find divan beds with spring tops, rather like mattresses, which increase the longevity of a normal mattress and provide increased comfort. Then there are the solid divans with a rigid top panel, which are normally firmer and cheaper.

Bedsteads – This type of bed base is the more classical design of bed. A basic framework of a headboard attached to a bed base is many centuries old in concept and is highly popular today. If you’re looking for a more decorative type of bed, then this will be the one most suitable for you. They can be found in a myriad of materials including wood (oak, pine, cherry, mahogany, walnut, maple, ash) and metal (wrought iron).

Bedsteads fit with the vast majority of interior design schemes as well as compliment most bedroom furniture. They are also much easier to transport into a bedroom in the first place and can usually be disassembled and reassembled without too much trouble.

Adjustable Beds – With the advent of modern electronics such as laptops, flat-screen TVs and computer game consoles, the desire and need for adjustable beds has risen. This type of bed is one that is designed to change its form in some way or another, whether in just a small way or in a more noticeable fashion. As well as being excellent for relaxing leisure activities, adjustable beds are also highly beneficial for people with physical ailments, disabilities and age related conditions.

The number of adjustable sections a bed has varies depending on the make and size. Some just have a single middle section which adjusts to different angles whilst others have up to five or six different adjusting sections for parts of the body such as the head, neck, upper body, legs and feet. Read the product page details for each individual bed to find the perfect match for your requirements.

Bunk Beds – Little kids adore bunk beds. If you have two children around the same age who share the same bedroom, then a bunk bed is likely going to be a priority buy. Bunk beds come in a few different formats. The traditional double bunk is still the most popular but there are also beds known as loft beds which feature a top bunk and below a space for the placement of a desk or play area. Some bunk beds even come with additional decorative and functional elements such as themed tents, slides, staircases and little secret rooms.

See more: Kid’s Beds Online.

Choosing the Size of Your New Bed

All respectable and trusted online product pages give precise and accurate information on the dimensions of the bed in question. This allows you the buyer to check whether the bed will fit in the intended space and how it will look once it is in the room and fitted with a mattress and sheets. Before you even look for a bed to buy it is imperative to measure the bedroom space accurately and consider the access routes and spatial relationship the bed will have with existing furniture.

For a comprehensive guide see: Guide to Measuring a Room for the Placement of Furniture.

The following chart provides the measurements of each different bed size and will help you decide, if you haven’t already, the most suitable bed for your bedroom and your needs.

Who Sleeps in the Bed?

When two people share a bed, there are some potential problems involved, if the size of the bed is not right. No matter how intimate and loving a couple are, if the bed is too small, then sleep issues will occur. As a rule, a couple should be able to lie side by side on the bed, with their hands behind theirs heads and their arms out, and find they are not touching.

When it comes to the length, then the bed should be at least 4-6 inches (10-15cms) longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. For overly tall people, most manufacturers can construct a specially made bed in the style desired by the buyer.