Buying a new bed and mattress doesn’t have to be complicated.
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Whether you have a spare bedroom or a multifunctional space, a comfortable guest bed ensures you’re suitably prepared for overnight guests.
Everyone’s situation is different, but as your mattress affects your sleep quality, you should spend as much as you can reasonably afford when buying a new one. Remember, spending £1,000 on a mattress costs only 40 pence per night over seven years. That’s even less than the price of a pint of milk or a loaf of bread.
Memory foam mattresses tend to perform better on slats or solid bases. Avoid placing a memory foam mattress on a cheap or worn-out bed base.
A half and half mattress is ideal for sleeping partners of different weights or with different comfort preferences. It allows each partner to have their side of the bed in their preferred firmness, so there’s no need to compromise on sleep.
The typical lifespan of a mattress is between 7 and 10 years. Some mattresses may last longer, while others may need replacing sooner.
There are plenty of ways to dispose of a mattress. If you’re buying a new mattress from a retailer, most of them provide a mattress disposal service. You can also donate your old mattress to charities, sell it online or ask your local council to collect it.
Avoid letting children or anyone else jump on your bed. They could hurt themselves and cause permanent damage to the bed.
Mattresses should generally be kept flat, but folding may be necessary for moving or storage. Whether a mattress can be safely folded or bent depends on its type, construction, thickness, and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Contact the manufacturer for specific guidance if you’re unsure whether you can fold your mattress.
If you need to store an old mattress, the garage is often a great place to hide it away until you’re ready to use it again. Knowing how to store your mattress correctly will help keep it in good condition and extend its lifespan.
Most mattress protectors are washable. Cleaning your protector monthly ensures it performs effectively and protects your mattress. However, this may vary depending on its condition and the frequency of use.
A mattress topper is a removable item of bedding that can help improve the comfort of your mattress. It sits on top of your mattress, beneath your sheets and can make your mattress feel softer or firmer.
As duvets affect your sleep quality and come into contact with your skin, they should be replaced every five years for a healthy sleep environment.