Does Counting Sheep Really Help You Sleep?: 6 Sleep Myths, Debunked.

From old wives’ tales to tips and tricks on social media, the world is full of advice for how we sleep. From tips to get a better nights sleep to apparent facts about what could or will disrupt how easily you enter the land of nod, you might find yourself wondering just how many of them are actually true. Does counting sheep really help you drift off? Are daytime naps your worst enemy for a good nights sleep? We’re digging a little deeper and debunking some of the most common sleep-related myths, below.

Counting Sheep Helps You Fall Asleep

The idea that counting sheep will help you fall asleep is one of the oldest in the book, so surely it must work? Well, the reality is that while it can help, in most cases, it doesn’t. A study conducted by Oxford University actually revealed that it appeared more likely that imagining a tranquil scene would help you fall asleep faster than counting sheep. The repetitive and monotonous motion of counting sheep jumping over a fence may not require enough mental energy to tire the brain out, whereas the act of visualising a more in-depth, tranquil scene could use more brain power and actually speed up the process of becoming tired and falling asleep.

You’ll Sleep Better On A New Mattress

Pictured: Lux Small Double4ft 1400 mattress

The truth behind this statement will ultimately depend on a few different factors, including whether your original mattress was good enough in the first place. A worn down or old mattress can cause aches, pains and general lower the quality of your sleep overall and in these cases, a new mattress could definitely improve the quality of your sleep. Similarly, if you bought the wrong mattress for your sleeping habits originally, a new one that caters for how you sleep and the levels of comfort you need could help you fall asleep faster, make you feel more rested as you wake up and reduce the risk of aches.

Alcohol Means Better Sleep

Whether you’ve done your fair share of drinking, or you’ve heard it on the grapevine, sleeping after drinking can sometimes feel like one of the deepest sleeps we’ve had. The reality is very different – while drinking a lot will make you tired and potentially knock you out faster, your sleep will often be fragmented. Even if you don’t fully wake up, alcohol can reduce the likelihood of reaching deeper levels of sleep, where dreams typically occur, and leave you feeling less rested as you wake up.

Daytime Naps Will Ruin Your Sleep

When it comes to naps, there seems to be two main types of people – those who swear by them and believe that naps are heaven-sent, and those who refuse to nap in fear of ruining their sleep. The myth at play here is that naps during the day will disrupt how well you sleep at night, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Those who suffer from insomnia may find that naps impair their sleep at night but for most of us, a nap can be as effective and as powerful as drinking two cups of coffee. A 20 minute nap alone can help give you a much-needed recharge and energy boost to get you through the rest of the day.

Cutting Out Caffeine Improves Sleep

The idea that cutting out caffeine will help you sleep better is another difficult one to prove or bust – in reality, some of us handle caffeine better than others and some will be more affected by our daily intake. The energy-boosting qualities of caffeine can lead to difficulties falling asleep at night if you’re drinking high caffeine drinks in the evenings, but a coffee in the morning or during the middle of the day is unlikely to have any huge impact on your nightly slumber. If you find that you’re struggling to drift off, cut out caffeine around 4-5 hours before you typically go to bed and see if it helps.

Warm Milk Helps You Drift Off Faster

Scientists and nutrition experts seem pretty torn on this one, but there does appear to be some truth to the theory that warm milk can help you sleep. As standard, milk contains an amino acid called tryptophan which works in our bodies to produce serotonin in the brain. Seretonin goes on to synthesise and create melatonin, which is the chemical that ultimately helps us to fall asleep. By that knowledge, milk, warmed or otherwise, should help to lull us to sleep. However, scientists also claim that the chemical make-up of milk features other amino acids that might counteract tryptophan, ultimately preventing us from ever feeling the benefits. In our opinion, it’s worth a shot to see if it works for you.

Whether you’re in need of a new bed for a better nights sleep or would like advice on where to start, feel free to get in touch with a member of our team, today.

Now’s The Time To Assess Your Bed – Is It Time To Replace Your Bed Frame?

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?

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Pictured: Ashvale Small Double 4ft Rustic Wooden Bed

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?

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Pictired: Amelia Small Double 4ft Upholstered Bed

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.

What Mattress Should I Buy?: Our Mattress Buying Guide

Buying a new mattress should, in theory, be a simple experience but with so many different types with so many different price tags, knowing what’s best for you, your budget and your bedroom can seem daunting. To help you with your decision, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you get started.

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Pictured: Devine Small Double 4ft 1500 Pocket Spring Memory Fibre Divan Set

Do I Need A New Mattress?

Knowing whether you need a new mattress at all is the first step in your buying journey. Chances are, if your mattress is over five years old, your best bet is to invest in a new one, but there are other factors that can come into play and reduce it’s lifespan. For example, some mattress types work best with different bedframes and bases than others, to the point where wear and tear may happen faster. Similarly, not using a mattress protector could invalidate any warranties that you may have had on your mattress and so buying one new may be your best option. 

As a general rule, these warning signs could mean you need a new mattress: 

  • Soreness when you wake up
  • Lumpy-feeling mattress
  • Sleeping better away from home
  • You don’t feel rested when you wake up 
  • Your mattress squeaks or creaks
  • The mattress seems to be sagging

Online vs. In Store

The next thing to consider is whether you want to shop in-store or online. In the past, in-store shopping for mattresses has been the staple, but as shipping times have improved and more and more companies are offering 100-day testing periods or more, online shopping is much more convenient. Many of the mattresses you buy online nowadays will be delivered rolled up and in boxes depending on the mattress you choose, and will require set-up in the way of unrolling and allowing the mattress to ‘rest’ and ‘settle’ before you use it. You’ll also need to dispose of your old mattress yourself, but this can be easily arranged in most cases.

Shopping online prevents you from needing to go to a store or collect a mattress yourself if you don’t want to arrange the store to deliver and in most cases, the returns policy is simple and easy to navigate. You can take a look at our full range of mattresses available online to see the options available to you.

What Types Are There?

The next thing you need to understand is which types of mattresses are available so you can have a stronger standing when working out the best one to suit your needs. There are five main types, including pocket sprung, memory foam, latex, continuous or open coil and hybrids, though there may be other options available to explore too.

  • Pocket Sprung – This is the most common type and offers a more bouncy feel. The springs within the mattress are sewn into pockets and can be available in different tension levels to adhere to different support needs. Different mattresses will also have different filling between the springs, such as wool, gel and more. Take a look at our Harmony pocket sprung mattress.
  • Memory Foam – Memory foam mattresses were the must-have item not too long ago and have certainly withstood the demand. While you won’t get bounce with a memory foam mattress, they do mould to the shape of your body and give you support all the same. If you’re sharing a bed with your partner, this could be a great option if movement is likely to disturb them, as it’s unlikely that they’ll feel any shifting.
  • Latex

Latex mattresses function in a similar way to memory foam, but hold a little more spring and bounce. They’re usually crafted with natural latex, which is both resistant against mould and is antimicrobial, making for a long-term mattress as with any other type. They hold heat well, which is perfect for colder months, and some brands even claim that the mattress will last up to and beyond 20 years. This does mean that they can sometimes come with a higher price tag, but could be worth the investment. Take a look at our Pryde Talalay latex foam mattress. 

  • Hybrids

Hybrid mattresses come in different combinations, but are essentially any mattress that features more than one type. For example, you could have a pocket sprung mattress with a latex or foam top, or a foam mattress with a gel layer. These mattresses offer you the best of two worlds and will usually offer a solution to fill any downfalls of one mattress type with the benefits of another.

  • Continuous or Open Coil

For those on a stricter budget, continuous or open coil mattresses tend to be the cheapest, featuring either a single looped wire (continous), or single springs fixed together with one wire (open coil). They tend to have a shorter lifespan than other mattress types and if you go too cheap, you may find that they are also uncomfortable. This can be fixed with a foam topper, but the mattress itself can still begin to wear down faster than the other options above.

How Do You Sleep?

If you still aren’t sure on which mattress type would be best for you, you could take a look at your sleeping position to help you decide:

  • On Your Side

If you tend to sleep on your side, you’ll need a mattress that doesn’t put too much pressure on you. Softer mattresses that can still support your body weight are ideal, though foam or latex mattresses might not have as much pressure relief as pocket sprung alternatives. Some foam mattresses are designed with pressure relief points, however, which could still be good for side sleepers.

  • Stomach 

If you sleep on your stomach, memory foam or latex could feel too suffocating overall, so you may be better off with a pocket-sprung or hybrid mattress. Firmer beds offer the best support for stomach sleepers, though this may differ if you have health conditions or issues with your stomach at times. If this is the case, air-filled or medium-to-firm foam could work best.

  • Back

For those that sleep on their backs, you’ll usually be able to sleep on whatever type of mattress feels most comfortable to you, though something that both supports but has some give is best for the most comfortable night’s sleep. The best way to do this is to test the mattress out for the given period of time to see how you sleep but for the most part, you should be comfortable on most mattress types.

Mattresses are a very personal purchase, with everyone needing and liking different types. For more information about our 4ft mattresses or our small double beds, feel free to get in touch or browse our range to find out more.

Improve Your Night’s Sleep With These Tips

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our health and wellbeing, which is why it’s particularly frustrating when you can’t get a good enough sleep to feel rested in the morning. Getting into good habits with your bedtime and sleeping routines can help you make the most out of those precious hours, and make a huge difference in your life and everyday wellbeing. Try out these tips for better sleep quality:

Try And Stick To A Schedule

Having a set schedule for sleep by sticking to the same bedtime and wake-up time each morning and night will encourage your body clock to be far more regular. With better regularity in your sleep pattern, you stand a better chance at not only falling asleep faster, but staying asleep throughout the night and waking up naturally and well-rested come the morning.

Introduce A Relaxing Bedtime Routine

Whether it’s reading a book, trying out meditation or even just practising some breathing exercised, getting a good bedtime ritual going can help you relax and unwind at the end of the day, ready for a good night’s sleep. If you have a habit of overthinking or worrying about the next day while you’re trying to sleep, try and make a list before bed. Jotting down what you need to do the next day can help clear your head enough to sleep and recharge ready to get them done. Alternatively, try and jot down any anxieties or worries you have in a journal for the same effect.

Look At Your Bedroom And Bed

The layout of your bedroom or the comfort of your mattress and pillows can make a difference in how you sleep. There are a few things about the bedroom layout and set-up in particular that can affect how you sleep – noise, heat and even clutter can make a difference, so you’ll want to keep thing as quiet as possible and between around 15-20c for the most comfortable and optimum sleeping conditions. 

Similarly, you want a comfortable mattress and pillows that offer you full support to ensure that you aren’t left with any aches and pains when you want up. Most mattresses have a 9-10 year life span so if you haven’t refreshed your mattress or bed in over a decade, consider investing in a new one! 

Exercise Daily

Exercise isn’t only good for your physical health and wellbeing, but can help you sleep better too. It reduces stress, tires you out and if timed properly, can help you to maintain or reset your sleep-wake cycle. The best time for you to exercise can differ from person to person, so it’s worth trying out a few different times of day to see how your body handles it and determine the best time for you. 

Avoid Certain Food And Drink In The Evening

Alcohol, heavy meals and even cigarettes can disrupt how you sleep. While your body is working to handle the food or toxins you’ve ingested, trying to sleep can cause discomfort or even health issues by morning. Instead, eat or drink earlier in the evening or if you’ve been out for drinks, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the night too to keep your body hydrated enough to handle the alcohol.

Avoid Napping Where Possible

A good nap can be great for refreshing your mind and getting you ready for the second half of the day, but if you’ve been having trouble sleeping at night, it might be best to avoid napping during the day. Pushing through the tiredness in the middle of the day can help you reset your sleeping pattern and sleep through the night instead.

If You’re Struggling To Fall Asleep, Do Something Else

It’s best to keep your bed and bedroom for specifically sleep, so if you’re really struggling to sleep, get up and find something to do outside of your bedroom. Whether it’s browsing on a computer or watching some TV (though this should be ideally be avoided where possible), doing something relaxing outside of the bedroom until you feel tired can help your body to associate your bed with sleep rather than any other activities.

Getting good sleep is an important part of our health and comfort really is everything. Why not take a look at our range of 4ft beds and mattresses and treat yourself to a good night’s sleep?

Bed Size Guide: Is A Small Double Right For You?

Small double beds make for the perfect transition between a single and a standard double bed and are ideal for teens, young adults or couples who may have limited space in the bedroom. If you’re unsure whether a small double is too small or too big for your needs, our guide below can help you determine whether a 4ft bed is right for you or the new bed owner.

Who Are Small Double Beds Made For?

Small double beds aren’t made for anyone in particular in the way that a toddler bed might be, however it’s important to understand the space it gives you and determine your comfort levels from there. For single users such as teens or solo young adults, a small double bed can be a great way to get the luxury of space as you sleep without taking up as much room as a double or king-sized bed.

For couples who don’t mind giving up some space, a small double can still be more than enough for two sleepers at night, though this will really be down to personal preference and how much space you are used to having while sleeping in the same bed.

What Are The Measurements?

When buying a small double bed, both the frame and mattress will measure 4ft in width, and 6ft 3inches in length. Depending on the design, the bedframe may be slightly wider than the mattress in order to accommodate it or for usability or design purposes. We include all accurate measurements on each individual product’s page, so you can be sure your new 4ft bed fits perfectly into an alcove or any limited space that you have. All mattresses are standard 4ft small double bed size of 120cm by 190cm and will fit any standard small double frame.

Do I Have Enough Room?

If you are unsure if you have enough room for the bed frame within the given bedroom, you can find exact measurements for each product page, however, most of our frames are the standard 120 x 190cm, give or take a centimetre or two. 

Generally speaking, it’s advised that you have a bed-to-space ratio of around 1:3 or more in your bedroom, so you have enough room to comfortably fit the bed and move around without things feeling too cramped or closed in. Whatever the case, you should always allow 30 inches of space minimum between each side and the bottom of the bed and the nearest piece of furniture or a wall.

What Sheets Will I Need?

When purchasing a small double bed, you might have already noticed that small double sheets aren’t as common as double, single or king-sized ones. We have a range of bed linen available including pillows, duvets, mattress protectors and sheets that fit a small double bed perfectly, though it’s also worth noting that in most cases, an existing double blanket can still comfortably fit the small double mattress if you aren’t looking to buy a new quilt just yet.

Small double beds make for a spacious but space-efficient alternative to a single or a double or king-sized bed. All of our bed frames are designed with style and space-saving in mind, so why not take a look and choose the right one for your bedroom? Alternatively, get in touch to speak to a member of our team for more information.

Your Guide To Creating A Cosy Bedroom Escape

Whether you work from home, or simply need somewhere to escape to at the end of a long day, turning your bedroom into a truly cosy space can do wonders to help you unwind and relax. From keeping things tidy but homely to installing a new bed for that ‘new room’ look, the smallest changes can make a world of difference to your physical and mental health. Here is your guide to creating a cosy bedroom escape.

A New Bed

A new bed can be a great way to inject some life back into your bedroom without having to completely redecorate. The trick, however, is to buy a new bed that is comfortable, suits your personal style and room decor and that gives you plenty of space to rest overnight. A 4ft small double, for example, gives you all the benefits of a double but takes up less room, perfect for a single sleeper. Having a comfortable night’s sleep can reduce stress levels and improve sleep quality too, which in our eyes, is a win-win! 

New Bedsheets

Soft and comfortable bedding is a must-have in any season and nowadays, you can usually pick some up relatively cheaply. However, finding the perfect set that not only suits your budget but is also comfortable and matches your bedroom’s decor can seem like an impossible task. With a bit of extra time and care spent searching, you can usually find something to suit and it can go a long way to making your bedroom feel put-together and cosy.

Rugs

If your bedroom has wooden floors or just an old carpet, a rug can make things feel cosy again by giving you something soft and comfortable to walk on. It can dull out any noise and provide insulation to keep your room warm even on cooler days. A large area rug that sits underneath furniture, such as your bed, can help to bring everything together and create a single space that you can relax in.

Get Creative With Lighting

When it comes to the lighting you use in your bedroom, the trick is to cover all bases. While having a bright ceiling light is a good idea for getting ready in the morning, having warmer lighting lower down in the room reportedly helps you sleep better at night. A bedside lamp, for example, not only leaves things feeling cosier as you head to bed, but have less of an effect on your natural drive to sleep compared to bright ceiling lights.

Candles are another good way to create a cosy ambience in a bedroom. The warm light can be inviting and relaxing and in the right scent, can have a calming effect after a long or stressful day.

Pick Peaceful Colours

As any decorator will tell you, colour can make or break a room. Different colour palettes will have different effects and so picking the right one for your bedroom can enhance a cosy atmosphere. Lavender, for example, offers all the stress-reducing effects of a purple shade while keeping things lighter and more muted. Soft greens mimic a more natural effect, bringing in a sense of serenity. A touch of soft grey tones can give your room a spot of colour without being too dramatic or dark, creating a calming effect, while blues are notorious for creating more calm environments, whether that’s pale blue or deep blue. 

If you do want to create a more dramatic look in your bedroom, offset these calming neutral colours with a single-wall bold print or deeper colour to create dimension.

Textures

Textures are everything in a bedroom and can create a comfortable look and feel as you settle down for the night. Soft comforters, textured pillows, embossed wallpaper and even an upholstered bed can dampen down sound, keep the room warm and give you something comfortable to lay with or against. Our Tamer Small Double Grey Fabric upholstered bed offers a comfortable sleep experience with the right level of texture to add visual weight and draw the eye.

Creating a cosy space involves a bit of TLC, careful design and a spot of self-care. Treating yourself to a new bed or a fresh coat of paint can make the world of difference when it comes to creating a comfortable place where you can relax and unwind at the end of a long day. Take a look at our range of small double beds to get started, or get in touch for help picking the perfect frame.

Sports Therapy: The Future of a Good Nights Sleep

Here at Just 4ft Beds, we are proud to bring to you the Sports Therapy collection! An exciting range of 4ft mattresses targeted at those with an active lifestyle, the health conscience or just those who suffer with aches and pains on a daily basis – guaranteed to be a game changer in the mattress industry!

Sports Therapy Logo June 2013

Designed to aid in recovery as you sleep, there are four mattresses within this range each with different beneficial aspects:

  • Airstream – with its vertical cool hypoallergenic fibre layer, this mattress offers the utmost comfort and ventilation needed for a good night’s sleep.
  • Gel Feel – featuring a Gel Feel foam layer, this mattress uses the latest technology to provide a constant mattress temperature as you sleep.
  • Bluecool – perfect for those who sleep in the same position throughout the night, the Blu-cool technology is developed to combat the heat generated from your body as you sleep, staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter – meaning you receive a therapeutic and rested sleep no matter the weather.
  • Talalay Latex – Talalay latex is a natural material and is considered to be the best quality latex in the world. This mattress is mildew resistant and has anti-allergenic properties – perfect for suffers of eczema, asthma and other allergies.

Did you know that the number 1 reason for waking up in the night is a change in temperature? Your body heat can’t escape from the mattress, so your bed warms up meaning you then become unsettled. The air flow technology used within this range is designed to expel warm air from the mattress as we move naturally in the night, providing a constant flow of cool air.

Each one of these mattresses are comprised of a multi zone foam unit – this means they provide active pressure point relief whilst the castellated comfort cells provide comfort and support where needed most. Finished with a mesh border and air flow technology, the Sports Therapy range regulates body temperature throughout the night therefore achieving an uninterrupted healthy sleep.

A good night’s sleep can do wonders for both physical and mental health. According to latest research, achieving a comfortable 7 or 8 hour sleep every night can relieve stress and boost your mood as well as slowing down the ageing process. Getting a quality nights sleep is vital in aiding in recovery from aches and pains and leaves us feeling refreshed in the morning. We buy top quality exercise equipment and healthy food that preps us for activities, so why not invest in a comfortable mattress to further benefit our health?

The Sports Therapy range comes with a 5 year warranty and to ensure you receive only the best, this range has been tried and tested by professional athletes – here’s what some of them had to say!

 

“I have had just a few nights on my sports therapy mattress. I have already noticed Sports Therapy Mattressesthe positive influence it has had on both my sleep quality and recovery. I would thoroughly recommend this product” – Professional Cricketer

“Rest and recovery are just as important as training. With my new Sports Therapy mattress I feel refreshed, renewed and ready to go every morning.” – Rugby Player

“As a swimmer, I regularly wake up ridiculously early in the morning, so getting a quality night’s sleep is vital to ensure that I am recovered for the next day’s training. Since having the Sports Therapy mattress, as soon as my head hits the bed, I’m asleep within a few minutes which means I wake up feeling refreshed and ready for training. I would definitely recommend this mattress for other elite athletes.” – Triple Paralympic medallist

“I have been using the Sports Therapy Mattress now for just over a week and have been delighted with how comfortable the mattress in comparison to my previous sprung mattress. The quality of my night’s sleep has noticeable improved already as it is so much easier to get comfortable, the feel is extremely soft and provides the right amount of support for me also. As a sport’s professional it is important for me to get a good night’s sleep to feel revitalised ahead of playing in a tournament, I am delighted with the product so far and would recommend this mattress to all who would need to improve their sleep, and wake up feeling refreshed and pain free!! – Professional Golfer

 

Complete the experience with the Sports Therapy pillow – using the same airflow technology as the mattresses, this pillow allows cool air to flow between the head and neck, maintaining an even temperature throughout the night. Encased in a Bug guard treated soft knit fabric, with the Sports Therapy range you are guaranteed a therapeutic nights sleep from head to toe!

March Is National Bed Month

Did you know that March is National Bed Month? National Bed Month is all about raising awareness about the importance of sleep, after all a good night’s sleep is vital for a healthy lifestyle as it ensures productivity and alertness and gives our bodies much needed time to recover and recuperate ready for the next day ahead.

National Bed MonthThere are many factors that contribute to achieving a peaceful sleep; ensuring that your bedroom is a calm and relaxing environment, keeping lighting to a minimum, avoiding caffeine and other stimulants before you hit the sack and of course making sure you have the right bed to actually fall asleep in! National Bed Month reiterates just how important sleep is so what better time than now to start thinking about the best bed options to make sure you slumber in comfort and style.

As we all know, mattresses are a pivotal part of our bedtime experience and we all have different tastes when it comes to what makes the perfect mattress.

Whether it’s memory foam, open coil, orthopaedic, or pocket sprung, choosing your ideal mattress is a very personal thing and Just4ftbeds are here to help with a variety of mattresses in a range of sizes and designs.

Memory Foam mattresses are a popular choice due to the fact that they mould to your shape, resulting in full body comfort that’s practically bespoke to you. They are a very comfortable mattress option ideal for people of any age with many memory foam mattresses coming equipped with pillow tops for additional comfort.

Open coil mattresses are coil sprung and are generally firm, therefore great for people who love a bit of support. On average, coil sprung mattresses feature approximately 300 individual coils connected by a wire that creates an overall ‘spring’ effect.

On the other hand, Pocket Sprung mattresses feature coils that work independently and are sewn into individual fabric pockets. Pocket Sprung Mattresses provide great support and ae an ideal option for people of any weight.Types of Small Double Mattresses

Many people swear by Orthopaedic mattresses. Traditionally on the firmer side, Orthopaedic mattresses cradle the body and provide great support for people who suffer with back issues and those with perfectly healthy joints. There are a variety of Orthopaedic mattresses available including mattresses with open coil springs and Orthopaedic mattresses that can be rolled up for convenient storage.

No mattress is complete without a small double divan – besides, every bed needs a good base!

Small double divan beds are available to purchase in a variety of options so you’re sure to find one that perfectly complements your mattress and bedroom. Choose from low divans, four part divans or divans with storage and complete with your bed set with something stylish and comfortable.

Low divan beds are an on trend option and ideal for thicker mattresses while four part divans are easily transported and ideal if you have a narrow hallway or smaller doorframes.

Storage divan beds are a perfectly discreet space saving storage option for any bedroom. Storage divans provide hidden space for storing your linens, spare pillows, blankets and even clothing away and out of site without compromising on space. Storage divans are available in a choice of colours and finishes to suit you.

With National Bed Month in full swing, isn’t it time you considered whether you’re really getting a good night’s sleep? Browse a wide range of mattresses and small double divan beds today at Just4ftbeds and find just what you need to achieve the sleep you deserve.

Why Small Double Beds?

We spend half of our lives sleeping, so choosing a comfortable yet practical bed is one of the most important decisions we can make when shopping for new furniture. Small double beds are a popular option for one very big reason – they save on space. Spacious enough for two people yet compact enough to fit in a standard sized modern bedroom, a small double bed is the antidote to limited space, with 4ft beds being the most universally popular option.

It’s 2015 and many of us are living in flats in or semi-detached houses and our bedrooms are inevitably now much smaller than they were a century ago. As time has gone on and the population grown, our homes have become smaller and therefore the need for suitable furniture has skyrocketed.  Research shows that the average modern home in Britain is now almost half the size they were in the 1920s. Today, the average home measures in at only 925 square feet; one hundred years ago they averaged at 1,647 square feet – a fairly dramatic difference.


Illustration: Average house sizes have decreased by nearly half over the last 100 years (source: Royal Institute of British Architects)

It’s official, British houses are the smallest in Europe and thanks to our shrinking homes, space-saving furniture is more popular than ever. Of course, the most important room to consider when choosing new furniture to complement our smaller spaces is the bedroom – after all, we do spend a lot of time in there!

Across the UK, city dwellers and suburbanites alike require a compact and above all comfortable solution to ensure their precious sleep isn’t jeopardised due to lack of space. This is where small double beds come into the equation. Created to meet the demand for a comfortable yet practical solution to our generally compact bedrooms, these size beds have fast become a modern necessity.

Accommodating two average adults with room to spare, small double beds will often leave enough space for additional bedroom furniture including bedside tables and ottoman blanket boxes.

A 4ft bed may seem very compact at first glance but in fact they allow you to slumber in comfort without compromising on precious space. With so many different styles available, you needn’t compromise on style either, no matter what your personal taste! After all, a smaller bedroom doesn’t have to be a boring bedroom.

A traditional, wooden small double bed is perfect for a timelessly elegant look that suits virtually any décor. Choose from painted wooden bed frames, ash or birch finish even rich mahogany for a stunning vintage look.


4ft Wooden Beds
Illustration: Ananke Small Double White Wooden Bed

Metal framed small double beds are a popular option thanks to the wide selection of headboard and footboard detailing available. Featuring styles that feature intricate, elegant finials through to sophisticated minimalist detail, metal framed beds are classic in design and robust in build.

Small Double Metal Beds
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llustration: Tetras Small Double Metal Bed

An upholstered 4ft bed is a clean, contemporary option ideal for any smaller bedroom. Choose from leather, linen or fabric upholstery in a variety of shades to find the style perfect for your room.

Small Double Upholstered Beds
Illustration: Leonardo Small Double Upholstered Bed

For a clever space –saving option, opt for a small double ottoman bed with hidden storage. To really save on space, these compact beds feature plenty of storage in the base. The bed simply flips up to reveal a hidden area perfect for storing your linens and other items, making them a small, stylish and ultimately practical option for any modern bedroom. Alternatively, a 4ft bed with inbuilt drawers in the base is ideal for saving on space.

Small Double Ottoman Beds
Illustration: Reynolds Small Double Ottoman Bed

With the average bedroom now a fraction of the size it once was, the need for stylish, space saving beds is at an all-time high.  With our small double beds there’s no need to compromise on space or style. Discover the extensive range today to find the ideal small double bed to complement your bedroom.