Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell that a bed will be comfortable for me?
Spend more time making the right choice of bed – trying them out properly in our Sleep Room, a dedicated location within the store, where you can try-out the full range of beds in a comfortable, calm, relaxing and discrete environment. Assess from previous experience the level of firmness/softness you like.
Should I buy a hard bed to ease my aches and pains?
What you need is a new bed which offers the right support for your spine (not necessarily hard at all!) Remember that the term orthopaedic and other derivations of the word only mean that the bed is a firmer specification from that manufacturer. There are no universal standards of firmness in common usage.
How can I get the most from my mattress?
Most mattresses need regularly turning to ensure even wear and tear and today’s mattresses can be pretty heavy, so be careful! However, there are now plenty of non-turn options, which only need swivelling around from time to time.
Do I have to buy a new base if I’m replacing my old mattress?
We always recommend you buy base and mattress together because the two are designed and manufactured to complement one another in terms of support. Your mattress may show visible signs of wear and tear but the base will have had equal pressure and strain – it just doesn’t show quite so clearly. If you purchase from different manufacturers any warranty may be compromised if the manufacturer deems the base to be unsuitable to support the mattress or vice versa. Another point to watch is making sure the dimensions of any base and mattress separately sourced are compatible – two Kings might not be quite the same size!
There are so many bed sizes – how big should I go?
People don’t buy large enough beds. 75% of all double beds are still the standard 4ft 6in/135cm wide double – yet this is plainly not room enough for two adults to sleep comfortably together without disturbing each other. Even upgrading to the next size, a 5ft/150cm king size, whilst it takes up very little extra bedroom space, makes a considerable difference!
What are the standard bed sizes?
There are no uniform or universal standards of sizes or names for bed sizes that have to be used in law: the terms that are used are descriptive and there is no guarantee that the term King, for example, will be applied to exactly the same size product by different manufacturers. Metric sizes are not exactly the same as imperial sizes, either. The following are the most common sizes available:
Common Name Usual Size (imperial) Usual Size (metric)
Single 3ft x 6ft 3in 90 x 190cm
Double 4ft 6in x 6ft 3in 135 x 190cm
King 5ft x 6ft 6in 150 x 200cm
Super King 6ft x 6ft 6in 180 x 200cm
How long should my bed last?
It varies according to the type of bed and the amount of usage but, as a general rule, if you wake up with aches and pains which disappear over the course of the day, you are not sleeping as well as you did a year ago or the mattress shows signs of wear, it is probably time to change your bed. A good rule of thumb is to considering changing after 7-10 years of regular use.
How do I dispose of an old bed?
We offer an old bed disposal service when a new bed has been purchased. This added service ensures your old bed is disposed of in an ethical and correct manner.