Beds & Bedsteads

Beds & Bedsteads Buying Guide

You spend 1/3 of your life in bed. Our comprehensive guide will help you find the right bed to give you the correct support and comfort for a perfect, restful night's sleep every night.

Wake up to a new bed!

If you ache when you wake, if your bed creaks, crunches, or is lumpy and bumpy, sags or is uneven - then you need a new bed.

If your bed is like this, then your spine, neck back will not be getting the support it needs which can lead to health problems and pain.

Your sleep is as important as exercise and diet to your health and vitality - and to ensure that you awake feeling refreshed and ready for the next day.

The Sleep Council recommend you change your bed every 8-10 years. After about 7 years, most beds won't give you proper support, so you suffer poor sleep, a lack of energy and possible back problems.

Beware of bargains - cheap versions often have less springs and inferior fabrics and fillings - our best ever collection is high on quality and has all the comfort and choice you need.

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Test your bed now

Lie on your back and you should be able to fairly easily slide your hand, palm down, between the small of your back and the mattress. If it's a struggle or there's a large gap, it probably needs replacing.

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A bed or bedstead?

Whilst there are a few differences in comfort, it's more about the style you prefer and how that fits into your decor.

Some people find that a bed is slightly more comfortable than a bedstead, especially when it has a sprung base.

Both beds and bedsteads have the option of storage. With a bed, the storage is contained within the bed base. With a bedstead, the storage rests on the floor.

All our bedsteads are supplied flat packed with step-by-step instructions for easy assembly.

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Bed sizes

Bed widths

Give yourself plenty of room to stretch out, especially if you share a bed, as the more room you have, the better you sleep.

2ft 6 ins wide - small single bed - Ideal for children or space saving in box rooms etc.

3 ft wide - single bed

4ft wide- small double bed - Ideal as a bigger bed for kids to spread out in or as a space-saving option for box rooms etc.

4ft 6ins wide- double bed

5ft wide- king size bed

6ft wide - super king size - A luxurious option to give you lots of room. It's ideal if you tend to stretch out in bed or if you keep disturbing your partner as you turn over.

Bed lengths

It's best to choose a bed that's 10-15cms (4-6ins) longer than the tallest person sleeping in it.

All our 2ft 6ins, 3ft and 4ft wide beds are 6ft 3 ins long.

All our 4ft 6ins, 5ft and 6ft wide beds are 6ft 6ins long.

All our 2ft 6ins and 3ft wide beds have headboard fittings at either end, so that any storage can face outwards.

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Mattresses

Sprung for comfort and support

The support in a mattress comes from its spring system and we offer a wide choice to ensure you find the perfect bed for you. Systems to look out for are:

  • Open Spring

    - Open springs are the most popular type of springs. They're an all-round, great value spring system that's ideal for kids' beds and adul beds. Their firmness levels are created by varying the number of springs and the thickness of wire - 13 gauge (firm), 13.5 gauge (medium firm). There are around 288 hour-glass shaped springs in a Double and 325 in a King-size mattress.

  • Continuous Spring

    - This is made of a continuous coil of wire crafted into twice as many springs as a regular system. Because the spring runs from head to toe (not side-to-side as with open springs) your body weight is distributed up and down the bed so you have a smooth responsive feel that rules out bumps and there's no 'roll together'.

  • Ortho

    - These are specially designed to give extra support. The Firm to Extra Firm mattress has unique pressure-relieving properties for a restful night's sleep. Just because it's called ortho, doesn't mean that it's the best one for your back. A softer mattress may help alleviate a bad back and be kinder to sensitive joint.

    See "How much firmness do I need?"

  • Trizone / Silentnight Miracoil 3, Posturezone

    - These are firm, supportive springs concentrated in the centre third of the bed where there's the most weight.

  • Pocket springs

    - The most luxurious spring. Hundreds of lightweight springs in rows of fabric pockets give perfect independent support to your body's contours. This means that you have no roll-together and no roll off and you will disturb your partner less when you move or turn over.

    Remember: more springs = more comfort and support. Pocket sprung beds tend to have two or three times as many springs than ordinary beds.

  • Double Spring Unit

    - Just as it says, these are two layers of springs to give you extra firmness and support.

You should never put a new mattress on an old base as it quickly develops the same fault as the old mattress.

How much firmness do I need?

Firmer is always best, right? No. The right level of firmness should support your body completely. We describe our beds and mattresses as Medium, Medium Firm, Firm or Extra Firm.

  • Medium - The springs and fillings are specially designed to give you a softer and slightly springier level of support.

  • Medium Firm - The most common level of firmness.

  • Firm - These beds have special fillings designed to give you firmer support.

  • Extra Firm - These are only used on our ortho beds.

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Mattress fillings

Your mattress has layers of padding on top of the springs for your comfort.

Natural fillings

Traditional luxury fillings like cotton-felt are very good at keeping you warm and comfortable as they provide good insulation and ventilation.

Latex

These mattresses have a deep layer of latex that sits on top of the springs.

Latex is a natural product tapped from rubber trees and it is perfect for allergy and asthma sufferers, because it's hypo-allergenic - so no bacteria, mold or mildew can grow and it repels dust mites.

The material also perfectly moulds to your body providing comfort and support and relieves the pressure that causes you to toss and turn. It is also allows greater air circulation and is better at moisture control.

Latex feels more springy than memory foam.

Man-made fillings

Foams and polyester fibres are excellent man-made, non-allergenic alternatives.

Memory Foam

These mattresses have a deep layer of memory foam that sits on top of the springs. It is called memory foam because when pressure is put on it, it keeps shape for a few seconds before returning to normal. It is sometimes known as Visco-elastic foam.

It is space age mattress technology - it was originally developed by NASA to absorb the huge G-forces felt in take-off. Memory foam is denser than normal foam and moulds itself to the unique contours of your body shape for the maximum in comfort and support. It prevents pressure points and achy joints and gives you optimum support for your neck, shoulders and legs.

It reduces tossing and turning by up to 80% to give a great night's sleep every night.

Memory foam feels firmer than latex.

How much filling do I need?

The more padding there is, the more comfy and luxurious your bed will be. Padding is known as 'loft' and come in 3 levels:

  • High Loft - Exceptional levels of plush fillings.

  • Medium Loft - Marginally less fillings for the same comfort, but slightly firmer levels of support.

  • Low Loft - Specially selected fillings for a firmer support.

Mattress Toppers and Mattress Pads can also give you and added layer of comfort.

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Mattress covers

Mattresses and beds are covered in a matching fabric.

Damask Covers

Damask covers are woven and renowned as stronger and of better quality. There are three main types of finish.

Deep Quilt Covers

Multiple layers of soft fillings are stitched together to create a smooth, firm, flat finish for extra comfort and support.

Micro Quilt Covers

Micro quilting is the most popular method of covering mattresses. The cover is stitched to extra layers for a distinctive, decorative raised pattern and soft luxurious feel.

Traditional Hand-Tufted Covers

Tension tapes are passed by hand through the mattress and secured with woolen or felt tags for an attractive buttoned finish and a slightly firmer feel.

Panel Quilt Covers

The most economic option. The top layer is stitched to the supporting felt pad to secure all the layers. This prevents movement and gives a consistent shape and comfort.

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Mattress toppers and mattress pads

Your mattress may have a variety of built-in extra layers on top of the cover or they can be purchased separately as a separate mattress topper or mattress pad.

Built-in extra layers tend to be anchored slightly better to the mattress and the mattress also never needs turning.

Separate toppers are easier to care for as they are often machine washable. They can also be attached to either side of the mattress, so the mattress can be turned regularly to extend its life.

Cushion Topper

This is a built-in cushioned layer that's built on top of the mattress for superb comfort and support - and the mattress never needs turning.

Pillow Topper

This is a separate pillow-soft pad with extra layer of fibres for extra for extra comfort and luxury.

Memory Foam Topper

Memory foam moulds to the unique contours of your body shape for the maximum in comfort and support. It prevents pressure points to give you a better undisturbed night's sleep.

Latex Topper

Latex is a natural product tapped from rubber trees. A latex topper is perfect for allergy and asthma sufferers because it's hypoallergenic and repels dust mites. The material also perfectly moulds to your body providing comfort and support. It is also allows greater air circulation and is better at moisture control.

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Bed and bedstead bases

How well you sleep doesn't begin and end with the mattress - the right bed base can add extra comfort and support.

Solid Top Base

This type of bed base is unsprung and adds greater support for a firmer comfort level.

Sprung-edge Base

The most luxurious type of bed base. Extra edge-to-edge support gives you more comfort and support - and can lengthen the life of the mattress by up to 50%.

Slatted Base

This type of base is used for bedsteads. These tend to be made from wood which has a natural springiness. A slatted base provides plenty of ventilation and is a healthy option for allergy or asthma sufferers.

Most of our bases also come with a variety of bed storage options.

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Storage and non-storage

You can never have enough storage, especially in a smaller room, so we would always recommend the buy a bed with a storage option.

All our divans come with optional storage. It's ideal for bulky blankets, bedding and pillows or to neatly store you're your Summer/ Winter wardrobe or neatly store lots of toys etc.

Underbed storage for Bedsteads, bunk beds and Trio bunk beds

Underbed storage is built in to some Bedsteads, Bunk beds and Trio bunk beds but can also be purchased separately.

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Occasional and guest beds

For overnight guests and sleepovers, we have a variety of space-saving folding beds, guest beds, air beds and sofa beds & futons that you can put up in seconds.

Folding beds

The most common style which folds in half for storage. Folding beds with a spring base have a bit more springyness, whilst those with wooden slats tend to give a firmer support.

The 'Anywhere' Bed is an air bed and a great space-saver. It has a concertina folding mechanism so it can fold down to stand on just 1 square foot of floorspace.

Guest beds

This is a standard single bed that has an extra bed that is stored within its base.

Low level guest beds are lower than the main bed.

High level beds have pull-out legs to raise it to the same height as the main bed - so that it can be used as a double bed.

Some of our guest beds are available separately and can be stored under bedsteads or bunks when not in use.

Air beds

These are the ultimate space-savers.

All our air beds come complete with an electric pumps so that they inflate in seconds. Our air beds are also ideal for camping.

The 'Anywhere' Bed is an air bed that can fold down to stand on just 1 square foot of floorspace.

Sofa beds and futons

Sofa beds and futons are a great way to save space.

Click-clack action and foam flop out sofa beds

These are ideal for occasional use only.

Metal action sofa beds

These are more durable and are ideal for more regular use.

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Kids beds

We have a variety of kids beds for all your needs, often with matching storage. We also have guest beds that are available separately and can be stored under bunks or trio bunk beds when not in use.

Junior Beds

These are ideal for smaller children and the perfect bed to gently ease them from a cot into a full size bed.

Ours are designed to be just the right height for toddlers. They are also shorter - 149cm (4ft 10ins) compared to a full size single bed length of 190 cms (6ft 3ins).

Our Junior Beds also have 2 side rails for added safety.

Bunk Beds

These space-saving options are great for growing families.

Both our metal and pine bunks are built to withstand the rough and tumble of young kids.

Our versatile pine bunk beds are worth more as they can be split into two single beds as your kids get older or for your overnight guests.

Some bunk beds are available with underbed storage or a guest bed that can be stored neatly away underneath the bottom bunk when not in use.

Not suitable for children under the age of 6.

Safety first

Top bunks are not recommended for children under 6 years of age. Some of our bunk beds and trio bunk beds have a safety grip ladder that glows in the dark.

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Trio Bunk Beds

Trio Bunk Beds

They are great for sleepovers and the bottom bunk is great for chilling out.

These usually have a larger bed underneath and a 3ft wide single bed above. (TP91213)

But we also have a wooden Trio bunk with a 4ft 6 ins Standard Double mattress underneath with a 3ft single bed on top. This can also be split into a single bed and a double bed. (TC0431G/ TC0441H)

Some Trio bunks have a futon seat bottom bunk that can be pulled flat to become a 4ft futon bed. (TL73415)

Some Trio bunk beds are available with underbed storage or a guest bed that can be stored neatly away underneath the bottom bunk when not in use.

Not suitable for children under the age of 6.

Mid-Sleeper Beds

These can have space underneath for chests of drawers, wardrobes and other storage, or a pull-out desk for drawing, homework etc.

Play beds

These are raised beds with a fun, play area to create a castle, palace or just a cool den that they can call their own.

Fun beds

We have fun single beds in the shape of a cool Super Car or a Princesses' carriage.

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Headboards

A headboard can transform the look of any bed. All our headboard designs fit all our beds.

All our 2ft 6ins and 3ft wide beds have headboard fittings at either end, so that any storage can face outwards.

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Bedroom chairs, stools & chaise longue

Our bedroom chairs, stools and chaise longue are all hand finished by expert craftsmen, so you can be sure that you will be wonderfully comfortable. They can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics:

  • Chenille - A luxurious and wonderfully soft to the touch fabric that adds a cosy feel to any room.

  • Cotton - Natural cotton is a soft-touch option with a superb depth of colour and detail.

  • Faux leather - Both affordable and ethical - it gives you the luxurious look of leather for a fraction of the cost - and without using animal products.

  • Faux Suede - It looks and feels just like real suede, but only the price tells you that it isn't. And it's free from animal products.

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Measure up

So it always makes sense to measure your space first. To visualise the size, it is a good idea to lay out newspaper to the size of your furniture so you can see how much room it takes up.

Don't forget to allow for extra room for the doors or drawers to be opened.

All our furniture is measured in centimetres. In order to assist you with your measurements, please refer to our conversion chart:

1 inch = 2.54 centimetres 1 centimetre = 0.394 inches
1 foot = 30.5 centimetres 1 metre = 39.4 inches
1 foot = 0.305 metres 1 metre = 3.28 feet

All our 4ft 6ins Double, 5ft King and 6ft Super King size beds are delivered in two halves for ease of delivery.

You should also consider any awkward angles or narrow hallways and stairwells etc that need to be negotiated - especially for ready assembled furniture.

Should you envisage any delivery problems regarding access to your home, please mention these when placing your order. e.g. You live in a block of flats and the only access for large goods is via the buildings goods lift at the rear of the building.

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How to care for your bed

Not all mattresses are designed to be turned. Mattresses with built-in toppers or fillings only on one side are not meant to be turned. All other mattresses should be turned over and turned round to ensure even wear and that springs wear in evenly. For the first 6 months, you should turn them over every week and then once a month after that. You should also turn them round regularly from head to toe. every week for the first 6 months.

Most mattresses have strong handles at the sides to allow for easy turning.

General care

Vacuum regularly to clean your mattress of microscopic flakes of skin, etc which attract dust mites - the leading cause of asthma.

Do not place your furniture in direct contact with strong heat: leave a 30cm (1ft) gap between bed and radiators.

Do not allow children to jump up and down on the mattress, no matter how tempting it may be.

Avoid sitting on the edge of the bed. Although all mattresses have a border, the more that it is sat on the faster it will wear down and start to sag.

Top tips for cleaning your fabric upholstery

DO

  • Do blot any excess liquid from accidental spillages with a clean sponge.

  • Do always take care to follow the the manufacturer's instructions before using any cleaning aids.

  • Do test the cleaning product on a hidden area first.

  • Do use a clean damp (not wet) cloth and if necessary use a gentle cleaning aid for general dirt and stains.

  • Do always use white cloths when treating stains, to avoid transferring colours.

  • Do ensure you always use a clean area of the cloth, changing it regularly to avoid working the substance back into the fabric.

DON'T

  • Don't rub or scrub as this will spread the stain and may damage the fabric.

    Don't use hot water as this can set the stain into the fabric.

    Don't use detergents as these may cause colour loss.

    Don't overwet as this may shrink fabrics or backing fibres.

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