So you’re looking for a new bed in Norwich?
- Well if you’re after a huge selection of beds (over 15,000 bed frames and 5,000 mattresses) then you’ve come to the right place.
- Also if you want a range to suit every budget from £60 to £2000 then you’ve come to the right place.
- Also if you want to read over 5000 reviews from our customers (and we don’t hide the negative feedback like some retailers) then you’ve come to the right place.
- Additionally if you want to consider a range of styles then you’ve come to the right place, we offer a huge variation from old coil style beds up to beds that use latex.
- Finally if you want to buy from a store you can trust which can deliver locally to you then you’ve come to the right place.
Looking for information before you see the range? Well we’re more than happy to oblige:
How often should I get a new bed?
Can you remember the last time you purchased a bed? Chances are you can, but that it was a long time ago. Most bed specialists agree that you should change your mattress at least every 10 years, although some mattresses need to be replaced from around the 7 year mark and in some cases sooner. If your bed is starting to get worn/you can feel the springs are progressively getting more noisy and or the mattress is lumpy, then it is time for a new bed – after all, the quality is only going to get worse and if you continue to sleep on a subpar bed, then you run the risk of developing back and/or limb problems.
Replacing mattresses regularly is more important than replacement of the bed base – however bed bases can get worn/damaged too although the benefit here is such damage is normally easier to spot on bed bases (but less so on divans), so be sure whether there is a need to replace the base as well as a mattress.
Finally don’t feel you should wait until you need to replace your bed, if you want to upgrade to a bigger size bed (queen to king) or buy a memory foam mattress then by all means treat yourself.
Remember investing in a bed is never a bad thing, a good nights’ sleep is integral to ensuring you function properly.
For those of you not in the know, todays modern mattresses and beds do come with warranties and tend to provide cover up to 20 years. As a side note, you shouldn’t really consider any bed and or mattress that come with warranties less than 10 years. One important point of note, is that warranties cover defects not wear and tears. For example if you were to buy a new mattress and within 1 month the springs had started to go, then that’s probably a defect. If however the springs started to go gradually after 8 years, that is likely wear and tear not a defect and therefore unlikely to be covered by a warranty.
How to choose a size?
Understandably one of the most important considerations when buying a bed is that of choosing the right size. Consider this; lie side by side with your partner on your bed (or by yourself if currently single) and grasp the back of your head with your hands so your elbows are sticking out. Once in this position, there should still be a good amount of space to move out either by yourself or with your partner. If there isn’t then chances are you need to upsize! Also bear in mind that space permitting, people very rarely regret buying a larger size bed, but you could well regret buying a smaller size bed just to save a few £.
Different styles of matresses?
Now as you’d expect there are a huge range of types of mattresses available on the market today. Let’s look at the different types now:
Memory foam mattresses
No doubt you’ve heard of these types of mattress? If not you’re probably only in around the 1% of adults. These beds use the material that was originally designed by NASA to make aircraft more safe. For those not in the know, memory foam conforms to the shape of someone to provide extra support and comfort. It’s a common misconception that these type of mattresses contain 100% of memory foam – however this isn’t true, as if it was then you would just continuously sink into the mattress, a little bit like quicksand, but less frightening we would hope! One thing to be aware of with memory foam mattresses, is to have the knowledge that they retain heat so people in extremely warmer climates may be at a disadvantage here – however the more advanced models offer cooling systems to provide protection from this.
A spring mattress utilises steel as a support system and uses coils. The manufacturers of mattresses offer various spring systems, for example you have units where all the springs are connected to each other and units where all the springs are individually separated and function independently. Bear in mind that the type of material used, shape of coils, function and number of coils can different from mattress to mattress. It’s also worth noting that some mattresses use other materials too, so a lower spring count may not necessarily be a bad thing if they are covering less room – however a general rule of thumb should be the more coils, the better the support and comfort.
These are the type of beds that you will see used in hospitals by the patients on the wards, and are sometimes beds that certain disabled people use. These type of beds comprise of an adjustable system which you can use to elevate different parts of the bed, with some systems having control options for up to 5 areas of the bed. Most adjustable systems are powered by a motor, however there are some that are manually operated. You can also get double or larger size adjustable mattresses where the bed is effectively split into 2 singles for the purposes of control operations, therefore one partner could have their bed elevated for reading whilst the other could still have theirs flat.
These mattresses use latex for the support and can either be natural and utilise plants or be artificial.
Yes despite this not being the 1980’s, waterbeds are still alive and well. Waterbeds are designed to look like other bed types and are typically made to try and find normal bedding furniture. Obviously the water is used as the support system here and typically these beds are constructed with the water system being embedded inside a rectangular frame. Obviously leaks are one of the most common problems with these types of beds, however are not an issue for most. Note a common misconception with waterbeds, is that you will have a restless night sleep due to feeling the waves of the water when you move around the bed – and whilst this is partially true, waterbeds are available with separators in the water chambers – meaning you are more likely to get a good nights’ sleep as less likely to feel the wave effects. Back when waterbeds became popular in the 1970’s they were commonly recommended by people with back problems as the bed can confirm to someones shape and relieve pressure on a persons back.
Airbeds use a large air chamber to provide the support for the sleepers. Don’t confuse residential airbeds with camping airbeds – an airbed you keep in your home will be covered by upholstery. Unsurprisingly an air beds firmness can be adjusted and the better models will allow for each side of a bed (if you have a double size bed or larger) to be independently adjusted of each other meaning that if you have a partner, the bed can be tailored depending on the side that you sleep on. Also unlike camping airbeds, residential airbeds are manufactured to look like ‘normal’ or spring/foam type beds
Gel type mattresses use a foam system to embed the gel in the bedding support. Gel beds can offer good support similar to memory foam mattresses and can give consumers a wide ranging comfort experience.
Pillow top mattresses
As the name might suggest these tend to be a specific type of hybrid mattress, there is a pillow top which can be made by a range of materials and it normally sits on top of a spring or other types of mattresses.
As the name might suggest, this uses a combination of bed types. Typically a hybrid mattress will combine the steel support system found in a spring mattress with a foam of memory foam mattress – however other combinations of mattresses with differing materials are available.
Foam mattresses (excluding memory foam) tend to use polyurethane or latex foam. The production of the foam used in mattresses can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and range in shapes and densities to try and cater for all types of people.
Different styles of bedbases?
For simplicity we’ll split bedbases into 2 distinct types, divan and frames
Divans are basically large rectangular boxes on wheels, built this way so they can easily be moved throughout the room. You will also find that divan bed boxes will be split into multiple boxes to cover a double size bed or larger and more and more divans these days have storage within them by using drawers.
Frame type beds range differently in style compared to divans and can feature wood or metal as the main material used or combined both. Simple metal framed beds fit in this category and so do luxurious four poster beds. Most frame beds tend to have slats that are used to support the bed and give you the comfort you need.
Soft or hard mattresses, which are best?
Mostly whether you choice a soft or hard mattress comes down to your individual preference, however there are some general tips that you may want to consider. For example, overly soft mattresses tend to be unsuitable for people who had back problems or for people who are significantly overweight. It’s generally accepted that firm mattresses are less likely to cause you problems when sleeping, however the majority of people prefer an element of softness when they put their head down to sleep.
What to do with your old bed?
So you’ve decided to buy a new bed and now it’s time to dispose of the old one – so what options are available? If your bed is still in fine working condition, for example you aren’t getting a new bed because your mattress is completely worn/torn and lumpy then you can either consider giving it to someone else in the family (but you’ve probably already thought about that), or you can sell the bed online – however remember new beds can be purchased very cheap these days so don’t expect a lot of your money for your second hand one. Finally you can always consider donating a bed. There’s always a lot of charities and needy individuals who I am sure will appreciate it.
One very important point to note though, please do not sell or donate your mattress if it is in poor condition especially if it has caused you back or other health problems unless you provide full disclosure of the issues and someone still wants it (unlikely.)
Hopefully this information has helped to better inform you to make the correct bed purchase for you. Why not consider the range available to you today.