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Bed Buying Guide

The bed is undeniably one of the most important pieces of furniture in any home. Choosing one is not a decision to be rushed into. It's the place we all crave at the end of a long day - a little oasis of comfort to keep you cosy throughout the night.

When buying a bed, there are also a lot of practicalities to consider. For instance, are you looking to get the biggest bed possible? Is a stylish frame a must-have? Maybe you're after something with some built-in storage.

We've put together this guide to give you the lowdown on bed frames, sizing, mattresses and everything in between to help you choose the right type of bed for you.

Young couple enjoying breakfast in bed
Find the perfect bed with our handy guide

Which bed is right for me?

When choosing the perfect bed, the four main things to consider are:

  1. Size
  2. Sleeping arrangements
  3. Storage
  4. Style

Size

The ideal bed size will often depend on how much space you have in the room. While a bigger bed is more comfortable, a superking wouldn't be a practical choice for a small room. On the other hand, most main bedrooms will have enough space for a king size or double bed.

Though, it's not just the dimensions and floorspace to consider. One thing people often forget to think about is the height of the bed frame. There are more varieties than you'd think, and the right elevation can really set the look and feel of a bedroom.

A high frame can add a touch of grandeur to a bedroom and also make it look bigger, while a lower frame creates a peaceful space that brings to mind Japanese-style interior design.

Sleeping arrangements

Your sleeping arrangements are also a crucial factor. Whether you're living alone or sharing with a partner, it's essential you're comfortable and have the personal space you need.

Though, no matter what your sleeping arrangements are, a bigger bed will always give you a better sleep. Larger beds offer more space and comfort for you to stretch out and enjoy a great night's sleep.

Don't forget to consider how others will be sleeping in your home. Do you have children who need their own kids' bed, or do you often have visitors to stay and require a guest bed?

Storage

Another practicality to think about is if you need extra storage. Coupling a comfy bed with space to store clothes and spare duvets will be a big help if you don't have room for multiple wardrobes.

If you want to know more, check out our guide to storage beds.

Style

Finally, there's the style factor. Does a fabric-covered frame take your fancy? Or it may be the case that you prefer natural materials like a classic solid wood frame. Perhaps you're more partial to a polished metal bed for a chic modern look.

With so many options to consider, we're here to help. You can browse our range of beds to familiarise yourself with the options available, or read on to find out more about specific bed types.

Young couple laughing and making the bed
Whether you need extra storage or want something really stylish, we can help you find the perfect bed

A guide to bed types

Read on for plenty of useful information about the most common types of bed available and the benefits each can offer.

Divan beds

One of the most popular styles on the market, the divan bed comes with drawer space in which you can store a multitude of items. They're ideal if you have no other place for additional duvets, towels or packed-up seasonal clothing.

Depending on whether you want a firm or softer base, you can choose from a platform divan (with a solid base) or a sprung edge divan (with more bounce).

Affordable and practical, divans usually sit on solid legs or castors, which help with ease of movement. If you're thinking about purchasing one of these space-saving beds, why not read our guide to divan beds for more information?

Ottoman beds

Who doesn't need additional storage space in their home these days? If you need a bit more room, it's worth taking a look at an ottoman.

With the help of a gas-hydraulic system, the storage space in ottomans can be accessed by lifting the mattress from the side or bottom, which reveals a larger compartment within the bed. Because ottomans allow you to use the entire base of the bed as storage, the space is much larger than drawers.

If you're in the market for an alternative approach to storage, check out our ottoman guide for more information on these space-saving beds. Or, you can take a look at some of our popular ottoman beds:

GFW Side Lift Ottoman Bed
Our GFW Side Lift Ottoman Bed is ideal when you need extra storage space

Wooden and metal beds

Whether you're looking for the sleek, modern design of a metal bed frame or a classic, natural wooden bed, the right frame can really make a style statement.

You'll find yourself spoilt for choice if you decide to start your bed buying journey with a frame. There's a range of design options available, from rustic to elegant.

Silentnight Hayes Pine Wooden Bed Frame
The Silentnight Hayes Pine Wooden Bed Frame matches perfectly with any home décor

Fabric and leather beds

Both leather and fabric beds usually share the same design - they both have a large, integrated headboard for a striking visual. Like wooden and metal beds, they're great for making a bedroom seem bigger, as their open sides provide an unrestricted view of the décor.

All you need to decide is the right style for your room. Do you prefer the colourful touch of a fabric bed base? Or is a luxurious faux leather covering more fitting with your interior design choices? Whatever your style, a fabric or leather bed is sure to suit your home.

A room with a fabric bed
Relax in a fabric bed that matches your interior design

Sofa beds

Sofa beds are among the most versatile options around and are perfect for spare rooms or smaller flats. They come in a huge range of styles, sizes and colours, while often sitting towards the lower end of the price scale.

When looking at sofa beds, make sure you choose one with a mattress that fits your needs. Depending on whether you have occasional guests or a long-term visitor, you need to find the right mattress which offers comfort and durability.

Guest beds

It's always important to make sure that your guests are as comfortable as possible. The last thing your visitors want is to toss and turn on an uncomfortable bed. Luckily, we have a wide variety of cosy guest bed options available.

For instance, it's possible to have your guest bed tucked underneath another bed, which is simply pulled out from the main frame when needed. Our Lena Pine Guest Bed is a great example of a pull-out guest bed. It's an incredibly tidy option which takes up minimal space.

Another option is the folding guest bed with a sleek metal frame which is quick and easy to set up. It can also be neatly tidied away when your guests have said their goodbyes.

If you want more advice on how to choose a guest bed, our handy guide can help you make the right decision.

Kids' beds

For younger children and toddlers, a small kid's bed is important to ensure that they feel cosy and secure.

If you're a parent, there are multiple things to consider when you want to give your child the perfect place to sleep. Will you need some extra storage for toys and games? Is there more than one child to consider?

Whether you opt for a bunk bed or a small single will often come down to how much space you have and what's best for your children.

Child reading in her own bed
Let little ones snuggle up in their own child-sized bed

Adjustable beds

If you suffer from mobility issues or sore joints, your doctor or physiotherapist may suggest looking into adjustable bed options.

These mechanised beds give you the ability to elevate your head or legs at the tap of a button and find the optimal position to keep the aches and pains away. You can read our adjustable bed guide to learn more.

Sleigh beds

The sleigh bed is popular if you want your bedroom to be as stylish as possible. From modern to traditional French-style sleigh beds, there is something for everyone.

They are designed to be large and robust, yet despite this sleigh beds tend to have a softer appearance thanks to a curved scrolling base and headboard.

Sleigh beds offer a range of material options too. The frame can be upholstered in fabric, covered in faux leather or left wooden, which gives you plenty of scope when matching a bed to your home.

TV beds

TV beds do exactly as their name implies. The bottom of the base contains a television that can be raised or lowered as needed. TV beds are perfect if you love to binge-watch in comfort and dream of having movie nights under the duvet.

Though the addition of a TV doesn't compromise on design, as solid attractive frames are now the norm. They're also a practical solution that saves space, because you won't need to find a surface for an extra bedroom television.

If you're still unsure on the right type of bed for you, don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert team. Once you have decided on the perfect bed, you'll need the right mattress too - see our firmness and size guides for more information.

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