Is your New Year’s resolution to sleep better?
If so, then top of your list to achieve this is to invest in a new bed. And what better time to buy than in the January sales when bed retailers are offering their biggest bargains of the year!
A good night’s sleep makes us all feel so much better and a comfortable, supportive bed is essential for getting it – research has proved it too! However the most basic rule to remember that a bed is only worth what you pay for it. A £1,000 bed on sale for £500 is not a bargain if it’s not the right bed for you.
When you go shopping for a new bed, here’s some of our top tips
– Spend as much as you can afford. Instead of buying the bed you might have chosen during a non-sale period more cheaply, take the opportunity to trade up to a more luxurious model.
– Buy as big a bed as you can: a roomy king-sized bed will ensure less partner disturbance during the night than a standard double (at just 4’6” wide it only offers each adult the same space as a child’s cot!). So take advantage of the low prices to trade up a size.
– Bargain or not you still want a bed that’s safe, clean and what it says. Look for the NBF Approved ‘Big Tick’ logo. Its members have all been rigorously audited to ensure they meet flammability, cleanliness and trade description regulations.
– Avoid the ‘Seven Year Hitch’ – the point at which existing beds may still look good but are beginning to offer less support than a new one. Seize the sales opportunity to invest in a better night’s sleep if your bed is seven years old or more.
– Only buy a drawer divan if you really need extra storage space: four drawers can account for well over £100 of the purchase price – money better invested in a good quality mattress. The same applies to other features – only go for them if they offer real benefits.
– Make shopping for a new bed a special trip – you’ll choose more wisely if you are not in a rush, tired or harassed.
– Dress sensibly and comfortably so you can lie down properly on a selection of beds in your normal sleeping position without feeling embarrassed.
– Once you’ve narrowed your choice down to between one and three beds, spend a good five to 10 minutes or more lying down on each one.
– If the bed is for two, you should try it out together.
– Remember that every £100 invested in a new bed costs less than four pence a night over seven years – now that’s a real bargain!
Don’t forget to also watch our videos on what to look for, and consider, when buying a new bed.