Back To School: Are Your Family’s Beds Up To Scratch?

As the kids head back to school this month, it’s important that they, and you are getting the best sleep that you can. A good night’s sleep can set you all up for the day and for kids, studies have shown that adequate sleep can make them more alert, improve their attention spans, their behaviour and ultimately improve their ability to learn and their overall mental and physical health. For teens, adults and beyond, sleep is just as important for mood, health and more, so it’s important to make sure that every member of the household has a suitable bed. Question is, how do you know if your beds are up to scratch? We’ve put together some questions to ask yourself.

How Old Is The Mattress?

As standard, any mattress should be replaced every 7-10 years to ensure you’re always sleeping on the best possible one that you can. While we’re all encouraged to keep track of when we bought our last mattress, this hasn’t always been the case and so it’s easy to forget just how long you’ve been sleeping on the same one. To help you remember, you can write the date of purchase on the label when it arrives, to make it easier to ensure you’re buying a new mattress when it’s needed. The springs and padding, in particular, can wear down over time, leading to discomfort as you sleep so it’s important to do a check and replace you or your family’s mattresses as needed.

How Old Is The Bed Frame?

Bed frames last longer than mattresses, with some lasting decades before they start to show signs of wear, but it’s still important to keep an eye on the quality and integrity of your existing bed frames. If you’re finding that yours or your family’s bed frames are creaking, groaning or are on their last legs, now may be the perfect time to invest in new beds to ensure a comfortable and safe night’s sleep all-round. 

How Many Hours Of Sleep Are You/They Getting?

Have you noticed you aren’t sleeping as long lately, or that your children are up and about earlier than they used to be? If you’re finding that you or they are not getting enough sleep, this could be a sign that it’s time to check the quality of the beds and mattresses. If you aren’t sure how much sleep your children should be getting, the recommended number of hours is as follows: 

  • Infants & Babies: 12-16 hours (including naps)
  • Toddlers: 11-14 hours (including naps)
  • Pre-School: 10-13 hours (including naps)
  • Primary School: 9-12 hours
  • Teens: 8-10 hours
  • Adults: 7-9 hours

Without adequate sleep, concentration can drop, memory can suffer and our mental and physical health may pay the price. Make sleep a priority for both you and your children and if that doesn’t work, it may be time for a new bed.

Do You/They Feel Rested When You Wake Up?

If you’re getting enough sleep but still don’t feel rested, it could be a sign that your mattress or bed is in need of a refresh, and the same goes for your kids. It may feel completely normal for kids to complain that they’re tired from the moment they wake up, particularly as they move into the teenage years, but the reality is very different. If you aren’t feeling rested and refreshed when you wake up and there are no other apparent reasons (e.g. sleep disorders, disturbed sleep), this could be due to discomfort or tossing and turning throughout the night due to an uncomfortable or unsupportive mattress.

Do You/They Sleep Better In A Different Bed?

If you’ve been on holiday or stayed elsewhere and found that you’ve gotten a better night’s sleep, this can also be a sign that your own bed isn’t up to scratch. Whether it’s another bed, or even your couch, if other surfaces are feeling more comfortable than your bed, it’s time to invest in a new mattress or in some cases, a new bed frame. If the slats of the bed frame are broken or damaged, for example, this can affect the integrity of the mattress regardless of how new it is, leading to discomfort and a poor night’s sleep, so be sure to keep an eye on it’s quality just in case.

Are You/They Suffering From Aches And Pains?

Aches and pains can feel like just another part of growing up, but if you’re regularly going about your day with an achey back, neck or general stiffness, it could be because of your mattress. The older a mattress becomes, the less support it’ll be able to provide, which is why it’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 7 years, before it can lose the support completely. As the comfort layers wear down too, you may be able to feel the springs, which can create pressure points across your body and ultimately lead to you sagging into the mattress too. This can also be the case for children, so make sure you’re keeping track of their general wellbeing and any complaints of pain or discomfort. 

If you’re in need of a new mattress or bed, we have a wide range of 4ft options available for you to browse. Take a look at our variety, or get in touch for more advice.

Our Tips For Picking The Perfect Bed Online

When it comes to buying a bed, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one when there’s so much available on the market today. From wooden bed frames, to divans, metal beds and even ottoman storage beds to name just a few, choosing the right frame, mattress and even bed linen can be a tedious process that we don’t always get right first time. To help you in your search for the right bed for you and your room, we’ve put together some of our top tips, here.

Measure Your Room

First thing’s first, you need to measure your room to work out where the bed will sit best and how much space you have to work with. Small double beds are a happy medium between single and double beds, ideal for single sleepers or some couples, and can fit into small spaces where a double may be just too much. The best way to determine whether it’ll fit comfortably with space around to move is to measure the room, your existing furniture and where the bed will ideally go. 

Do Your Research

When buying a bed online, you won’t have the benefit of being able to see the frame in person in most cases and so it’s important to do your research. Looking at pictures, reading all of the information provided and even getting in touch to find out a little more about the product can give you peace of mind that what you’re buying is worth the cost and perfect for you.

Check Reviews

Another way to research a product is to look at reviews. This is a great way to get honest opinions about a product and to get a more realistic view of what you can expect from the product and from the company itself. This will give you a better insight where a showroom may not be available and will help you feel more secure in your purchase.

Check Returns Policies

No matter how much research you do or how secure you are in your decision to buy, it can still play out that the bed you buy online isn’t quite right for you. For this reason, it’s important to speak to the company to work out your options in terms of returns, and their terms and conditions relating to delivery and returns too. With that knowledge in mind, you’ll have additional reassurance that if things aren’t quite right, you know what to do to amend it.

Pick The Right Mattress For How You Sleep

Different mattresses work better for different positions when you sleep, so before going out and buying a new mattress, make sure you pay attention to how you usually sleep. Side sleepers generally benefit from softer mattresses with pressure relief but that still offer support, while stomach sleepers could benefit from pocket sprung mattresses for support, as memory foam and latex can feel suffocating. Those of us that sleep on our backs can usually get along with any mattress type, so it’s down to personal preference in terms of material and firmness.

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.

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.

Get A Good Night’s Sleep For These Six Benefits

Time and time again, we’re all told that sleep is important for our health and wellbeing, but a surprising number of us don’t really know just what benefits a good night’s sleep can give. From helping improve concentration and attention spans at work, school or just in everyday life, to reducing stress and strengthening your immune system, getting the advised amount of sleep a day in the right bed can set you up for the day and help keep your health on track. Here are just some of the benefits of a good night’s sleep. 

Improved Concentration And Attention

Good sleep means more energy and with more energy, our brains can focus far better than when we’re tired. Having the right amount of sleep a night can help you to maintain attention throughout the day while a poor night’s sleep can actually impair your ability to concentrate or make sensible decisions. If you have a big event the next day, whether that’s a big decision, a long drive or you operate heavy machinery at work, you need to ensure you’re getting good sleep as much as possible.

Maintain A Healthy Weight

While sleep can’t directly affect your weight, studies have suggested that poor sleep can change hormones that tell you if you’re hungry or full. It can also have an effect on the types of foods you’ll be tempted to reach for, as less sleep usually means more energy is needed. For this reason, you could find yourself reaching for sugary or fatty foods for that energy boost you need, which may affect your weight in the long term.

Keep Your Immune System Strong

When we sleep, our bodies go through a rest and repair phase, tackling anything your body has been through throughout the day. It’s one of the reasons we’re always told to sleep if we’re feeling sick or healing from an injury or surgery! Sleeping gives your immune system a chance to do what it needs to do, while also restoring itself and staying in a fully operational and strong state so it can detect, destroy and prevent further invasions from bacteria or viruses.

Look After Your Mental And Emotional Health

Our mental and emotional health is just as important as our immune system, and sleep can have a positive effect on both. A lack of sleep can leave us feeling low or run-down, which can increase anxiety and the changes of experiencing depression-like symptoms. A lack of sleep in general can put you at increased risk of developing mental health issues and so taking our time to practice mindfulness before bed or simply making sure you get more sleep where you can, can make all the difference. 

Reduced Stress

Stress can be incredibly damaging to a lot of people, which is why we all need to take care to reduce our stress levels and manage existing stress properly. Stress can not only cause poor sleep, but it can be worsened by it and so this benefit is a bit of a dual-concern. Trying to relax a bit before bed can help you to get a good night’s sleep, which in term will relax the systems in your body that are responsible for the stress response, and ultimately leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever issues you are facing that cause the stress.

Lower Blood Pressure And Protect Your Heart

Sleep can help to lower your blood pressure and ultimately protect your heart against a number of issues, including diabetes and coronary heart disease. When we wake up, our sympathetic nervous systems are triggered, which causes our cardiovascular systems to start up and our blood pressure to increase in preparation of waking us up. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body won’t have the energy or ability to compensate for this, which can put strain on the heart and put you at higher risk of strokes, coronary heart disease and more.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for our health and mental wellbeing, which is why it’s vital to make sure you’re comfortable and getting the right amount of sleep. If you’ve been struggling to sleep lately, have you considered a new bed? Take a look at our range of 4ft small double beds to get started. For more information, feel free to get in touch, today.

Top Tips For Making A Small Bedroom Look Bigger

If you have or have ever had a small bedroom, you’ll know just how notoriously difficult they can be to decorate. Too little can leave the room feeling clinical, and too much create a cluttered, almost messy look that never quite feels clean and comfortable. With the right design tips, however, you can give the illusion of more space, ultimately making a smaller room look much bigger and more spacious. Here are our top tips for doing exactly that.

Be Smart With The Bed Size

Nowadays, you can get bed frames and mattresses in a huge variety of sizes, making it simple to find the perfect size for a small space. 4ft small double beds make for an ideal option for smaller bedrooms, by offering a larger, more spacious bed than a single, without requiring as much room as a full double. As long as the rest of the furniture in the room is scaled and sized to match, you can create the illusion of a larger room without compromising too much on space to spread out in bed.

Use Vertical Space

When there isn’t much in terms of floor space, using your vertical space – in other words, the walls – means making the most of the space you do have. By using the walls, you’ll draw the eye upwards, which ultimately makes the room seem larger. Using shelving, for example, will give you storage space for books or ornaments, while high-hanging curtains or drapes can also create an illusion of height and space.

Consider Storage Beds

If your room is small and lacking storage, your bed can be the perfect opportunity to bring in a little more space to store things. From divans with drawers or Ottoman beds for under-mattress storage options to bed frames on legs that offer space under the bed for boxes and other items, the possibilities are endless. The Livingston 4ft Hevea Oak Ottoman Bed Frame, for example, is a stylish but simple ottoman bedframe that promises plenty of under-bed storage room for extra pillows, blankets, clothes and more.

Keep Things Bright

Darker colours can make a room feel smaller, which is why the general advice is to keep smaller rooms bright and airy with lighter colour palettes. If you want prints or wallpaper, try and keep the design subdued with small patterns and lighter colours to prevent feeling closed in or suffocated. If you do want to include a darker colour in your room, why not consider painting the ceiling? This is another way to trick the eye into looking upwards and create an illusion of a taller ceiling – you can even have fun with it. Why not create the illusion of the night sky for a unique touch?

Reduce Clutter

Clutter is one of the biggest culprits for making a room feel small. The tidier a room is, the more spacious it can appear and this is particularly important for smaller bedrooms. While we all want some home comforts and decorations in our rooms to create a personal space, too much can leave things feeling claustrophobic and can limit the amount of space left for storage.

When it comes to making smaller rooms appear bigger, the possibilities are endless. It ultimately comes down to the size of the room, your personal style and what you need to fit into the space. Hopefully our tips have helped you get started, and feel free to take a look at our range of small double beds, including storage bed frames, perfect for smaller bedrooms.