As we head into the festive period, there’s no better time to treat yourself to a brand new bed frame, but do you really need one? Now is the perfect time to assess the quality of your existing bed and mattress and work out whether it’s time for a new one. A new bed can help us sleep longer, get a better quality of sleep and even leave us feeling more refreshed, less stressed and generally much better in ourselves – so, is it time to ditch your bed and replace it with a new one? Here’s what you can do to assess.
Is It Making Noise?
There’s nothing quite as irritating as the sound of a bed frame creaking or squeaking every time you turn over in bed. While we can come to terms with them and simply get used to it, we should never settle for it regardless. Creaking and groaning can be a sign that the bedframe is wearing down, and it may be time for a replacement. The best way to check if this is the case is to do a full look over the frame and make sure that nothing has come loose, then determine from there whether it’s time for a replacement.
Does The Mattress Sit Right?
Does it feel like your mattress is sinking in in spots, or through the middle of the bed? While this could be a sign that the mattress needs replacing, it’s also just as commonly the fault of the bedframe itself. If the slats arent supporting the mattress any more, it’s time to invest in a new frame for the right level of support and to ensure that the mattress you do have lasts as long as it can.
Are There Signs Of Damage?
This may be a given, but if your bedframe is damaged, it’s safest to invest in a new one as soon as you can. Splitting wood or bending metal can mean that the bedframe has just had too much wear and tear, and needs to be replaced. While there might only be a few cracks or splits, and while they may be small, it could mean that the wood or metal has become brittle and is at risk of splitting further or collapsing in the future.
Similarly, if any of the slats on the bed have split or bent out of place, this is another sign that the bed frame may need to be replaced. You should be checking the slats relatively regularly, as misshapen or broken slats could mean poor sleep quality and damage to your mattress.
Check All Of The Fixings
You should be checking the quality of your bed frame periodically anyway, but it’s important to make sure you’re checking all of the fixings throughout the bed, including on the headboard. You should check for loose bolts or screws, bent screws, twisted bolts and more. This can be a sign of wear and tear or even be the result of another problem, such as a bent frame or split wood. Replacing fixings can be a temporary fix if any are broken or damaged, but a new bed frame should be considered if you can’t find the right replacements.
Are You Sleeping Well?
If you’ve found that you just aren’t sleeping as well as you used to, this could be a sign that something isn’t quite right with your bed frame or mattress. If your mattress is relatively new and you’ve slept fine on it so far, it could be that your bed frame is showing some wear or damage that might not be immediately obvious. Give your bed frame a complete check over and replace if there seems to be anything not quite right.
If your mattress isn’t new and is near or over 7 years old, a poor nights sleep could be a sign you need to replace it. Mattresses lose their quality over years of use and can’t offer the same level of support and comfort, so should be replaced regularly to ensure that you continue to have a good night’s sleep.
Ask Yourself These Questions:
The Sleep Council are an advisory group in the UK who offer advice and guidance on getting the best nights sleep for you and for your family. They report that swapping your bed for a new one could give you an extra 42 minutes of good sleep, but is this necessary for you just yet? They’ve put together some ‘MOT’ type questions to help you determine whether a new bed should be on the horizon:
- Is your bed over seven years old?
- Did you have a better nights sleep recently in another bed?
- Are you waking up frequently aching and unrefreshed?
- Do you disturb your partner when you move in bed? Are they disturbing you while doing the same?
- Does it look worn?
- Does the mattress feel lumpy?
- Is is sagging? Do you and your partner roll towards eachother during the night unintentionally?
- Are the base, legs or castors lumpy, worn or wobbly?
- Would you be embarrassed if someone saw the bed and mattress without the covers?
You can go through the questions on The Sleep Council’s website and find out your answer.
For more information about our bed frames and whether you need a new one for yourself, feel free to get in touch with a member of our helpful team, today.