How to Choose the Right Bed

Learning How to Choose the Right Bed isn’t something that comes naturally and it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

A bed impacts sleep quality, which in turn affects the overall well-being of a person. It is very important to choose the right type of bed and buying a new bed is a daunting task for everyone.
In this article, Christine, our bed expert provides some practical advice on how to choose the right bed.

1. Focusing on your needs first

The first thing to do is to do make a list of the things you would like in a bed, i.e. firm mattress, ease of access, nice headboard etc.

Equally, if you’ll be buying a bed with your partner, you may have separate wants or needs from your bed.

Learning how to choose the right bed includes things like considering your preferred sleeping position, difference in weight and height of your partner.

The different sleeping positions are very important when you are deciding on a bed.These positions help determine what kind of mattress and bed is suitable for you.

  1. The recommended type of mattresses for side sleepers are the ones with double padding.
  2. If you are more of a back sleeper then you should go for the type of mattress that moulds to the body evenly throughout supporting the whole body.
  3. For those that prefer sleeping on their front or on their stomach they should consider mattresses that provide a firm surface so that the back is properly supported, although this is considered to be the worst sleeping position for the body.


When considering how to choose the right bed, you and your sleeping partner’s height is another factor that needs to be added into your list of things.

When you choose a bed, a general rule is that you should always look for a bed that is at least 10 cm longer then the taller sleeper so that there is enough space in the length of the bed. The width of the bed should be wide enough so that there is plenty of space to move around and sleep in whatever position you like.

When you choose the right bed, the weight of both you and your sleeping partner needs to be taken into consideration. Most people ignore this important detail and end up purchasing bed and mattress combination that gives them back problems and sleeping difficulties. This is generally caused by the fact that their weight is not evenly distributed and hence makes the bed disproportionate.

Choosing a mattress that’s wrong for your body is  the biggest mistake in learning how to choose the right bed and mattress.

Getting the right type of bed is crucial to your overall well-being and we will discuss the different types of mattresses available in the market along with the sizing guide later on in this bed buying guide.

2. Setting out a Budget

Consider how much you can afford to spend for a quality bed. Remember, the most expensive bed doesn’t mean that it is the best bed. Some companies put a higher price tag just because of the brand name. Always look for high quality beds which are comfortable and suit your needs. Do not compromise when choosing a bed even if you have to stretch your budget a little bit.

Choosing the right bed is a very important investment and one that you should not take lightly.

There are different types of beds available in the market today with plenty of styles and designs to choose from. Discover the huge range of beds that are available to the end consumer today as you read on through this bed buying guide. Beds have evolved along with time to a stage where there is a perfect bed to suit every single individual.

Set aside a healthy budget for your bed as it is like buying an investment. There are all sorts of beds available to suit your budget. A general rule when looking for a bed is to buy the best one you can afford. Prices for beds differ according to its type, design and size. As we all know the saying ‘customer is king’, major companies have gone to the extent of producing every single type of bed sizes possible. Consumers can now choose from a range of bed sizes such as:

Bed Buying Guide Sizes

Bed Buying Guide Dimensions

Small Single 2ft 6”
Single 3ft
Long Single 3ft 6”
Small double 4ft
Double 4ft 6”
King size 5ft
Super king size 6ft
Emperor 6ft 6” x 6ft 6”
European Single 90 x 200cms
European King-size 160 x 200cms

Consumers are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a bed. Prices for beds vary according to the sizes. Just to give you an idea of what prices to expect for beds when you are working out your budget, below is an overview of the price range between single, double and king size beds:

Bed Buying Guide Types

Bed Buying Guide Price Range

Platform Beds £245- £510
Divan Beds £129- £2499
Bunk Beds £199- £619
Adjustable Beds £449- £2079
Ottoman Beds £269- £1219
Guest Beds £99-   £659
TV Beds £499- £1359

Most stores offer free delivery which means you can save on delivery charges and put that towards the cost of the bed. You won’t be sorry if you spend a bit more on a high quality bed because in the long run you will benefit immensely. A bed is something you invest in every 5-7 years so when you buy a new one, buy wisely. It is where you get the required rest to perform your duties. Sleepless nights, irregular sleeping pattern and restlessness are all caused by the wrong bed. Your body is constantly tired and this definitely affects your work and lifestyle. Consider your bed as an aid to your health therefore it is very important to decide and choose on the right bed an hopefully this bed buying guide will direct you in the right direction. Spending a little more on your bed is going to be worthwhile in the long run.  The next step in this 5 simple and easy steps to choosing the right bed is to help you decide on the type and style of bed.

3. Choosing the type and style of bed

The huge range of beds available can leave you in a bit of a dilemma trying to choose the right bed.

When it comes to learning how to choose the right bed, size matters.

Look for a bed that is easy to get in and easy to get out. On many occasion people overlook this factor and as such start having back problems as a result of bending down every time they get in and out of the bed.

Bed heights vary a great deal. However the average height of a bed is about 25 inches from the mattress to the floor.

Platform Beds otherwise known as cabin beds are characterised by a slight raised level from the floor measuring approximately 18 inches from mattress to the floor. These beds have frames going across in rows just strong enough to support a mattress. The platform bed comes in three different types which are;

  1. Contemporary
  2. Traditional
  3. Storage platform bed.

The contemporary platform bed features a leather padded headboard ideal for using as a backrest. On the other hand the traditional platform bed is designed in such a way that you don’t need a box spring. Sometimes the platform bed features storage cupboards underneath the bed or at the footboard of the bed.

Divan beds are the perfect solution for people looking for beds with extra storage space. This bed provides you with ample storage options and since it doesn’t have a bed frame it leaves you with plenty of extra space to play with in your bedroom. Compared to other regular beds the divan bed comes as a set with the mattress.

Many people are now opting for the divan bed as they don’t have to go through the hassle of buying a separate bed frame and a separate mattress.

Adjustable Beds are popular among the elderly and is a common feature in hospitals and old age homes. It is ideal for people with disorders like back aches or pains. They are popular for personal use at home as well. You can choose from a luxury range available across the stores.

Guest beds are foldable in nature and save you a great deal on space. The most common guest beds are made out of metal frames. Some of these types of beds come with wheels attached to them making it very portable and easy to handle.

TV Beds are the latest range of beds available in the market today. It comes in a range of colours you can choose from. A normal feature for such kind of beds is the television storage space at the end of the bed which slides up and down at the press of a button. A side storage space is normal for such type of beds for storing the DVD player.TV Bed

Sofa beds also known as sleeper sofas are another popular choice among consumers because of its functional nature. These beds can be folded and used as sofas during the daytime and unfolded and used as beds during night time. They come in many styles and sizes. They are normally three seated couches however they come in two seated types as well.

4. The right mattress for your needs

There is a wide selection of mattresses available in the market offering the consumer with plenty of choices. Mattresses come in the form of;

  1. pocket springs
  2. coiled springs
  3. latex mattresses
  4. memory foam

Many people get it wrong when it comes to choosing the right mattress and the right size. You must research well before you shop for one to avoid disappointment. You can always go back to step 1 and check your list so that you take your preferences and your partners preferences into consideration.Choose the Right Bed

Coil spring mattress: This type of mattress are the most common and widely used. There are different types of coil spring used for this type of mattresses namely, offset coils, Marshall Coils, Bonn ell coils and lastly continuous coils. This coil springs are used in this mattresses for their long lasting durability. They are budget mattresses which are easily affordable. It is made up of spring wires providing a firm surface as well as retaining the original shape.

Pocket spring mattress: This type of mattresses comes with individual pockets for each springs. Regular pocket spring mattresses has an average of 1000 springs in total however certain brands features even up to 3000 springs. Bear in mind, that the more spring a mattress has the better. The individually placed pockets are ideal when you want to avoid disturbance and discomfort from you sleeping partner. Each and every individual spring is smaller in size compared to normal spring mattresses and works independently responding better to body weight and well known for providing spinal support. Pocket spring mattress is the more luxurious version of the spring mattress.

Latex mattresses: This type of mattresses comes in two forms, the natural latex mattress and the synthetic latex mattress. Natural latex mattress is very popular for its hypo allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-dust mite properties. This mattress is suitable for people with allergy problems and is 100% natural. On the hand, the synthetic latex mattress is chemically processed and lacks the natural properties found in natural latex mattress. However, the synthetic mattress is produced with a mixture of the rubber sab used in the natural one along with petroleum based materials.

This results in the synthetic mattress being more durable than the natural one. In general both types of mattresses moulds to the shape of your body and offers high quality superior comfort. It adjusts to your body’s temperature and maintains a certain level of heat so that your body doesn’t overheat or get too cold. It is perfect if you are looking for a mattress that adapts itself to the climate. It stays cool throughout the summer time and warm throughout the wintertime.

Memory foam mattress: Memory foam is made from viscoelastic foam with a top layer and a lower layer. The top layer consists of the foam that allows it to mould into the shape of the body and the lower layer provides the structure of the mattress. This type of mattress instantly moulds into the shape of your body and springs back to its original form the minute pressure is removed. Its pressure sensitive nature allows it to quickly adapt to the weight of the sleeper and reduces movement during your sleep. They are biodegradable and purely organic. The ideal memory foam mattress should be 3 inches thick with a density of 5 lb. This mattress is beneficial for people with spinal problems, sleeping disorders, neck problems and allergies.

Getting familiar with the type of mattress you want is very important however you need to aware about the different sizes available in the market. It takes time and effort to go through dozens of websites researching on these sizes, so step 5 is a quick guide to help with the sizing problem.

5. Mattress sizing guide

From step 2 of this article you are now familiar with the different sizes of beds and you have to make sure that basing on the size of your bed you have to choose your mattress. There are different types of mattress dimensions and it differs between countries. So a quick guideline to these different types of mattress dimension is essential. Again, it is very risky hunting for a mattress without researching properly.

UK Mattress Sizes

UK Mattress Dimensions

Mini Single 30 × 69 in (76 × 175 cm)
Twin /Single 36 × 75 in (91 × 191 cm)
Twin/ Single XL 42 × 75 in (107 × 191 cm)
Double/Full 48 × 75 in (122 × 191 cm)
Double/Full XL 54 × 75 in (137 × 191 cm)
King 60 × 78 in (152 × 198 cm)
Super King 72 × 78 in (183 × 198 cm)

US Mattress Sizes

US Mattress Dimensions

Twin/Single 39 × 75 in (99 × 191 cm)
Twin/ Single XL 38 × 80 in (97 × 203 cm)
Double/Full XL 54 × 75 in (137 × 191 cm)
Queen 60 × 80 in (152 × 203 cm)
California Queen 60 × 84 in (152 × 213 cm)
Olympic/ Expanded queen 66 × 80 in (168 × 203 cm)
California King 72 × 84 in (183 × 213 cm)
King 76 × 80 in (193 × 203 cm)
Grand King 80 × 98 in (203 × 249 cm)

Asian Mattress Sizes

Asian Mattress Dimensions

Twin/ Single 107 × 198 cm (42 × 78 in)
Double/Full 122 × 198 cm (48 × 78 in)
King 183 × 198 cm (72 × 78 in)

Mattress manufacturers make their products according to the structure of people living in different parts of the world. They produce bigger and larger mattresses for western countries as people belonging to these parts of the world are characterised with a bigger body structure and smaller sized mattresses are produced for those belonging to Asian countries as they are smaller built. Overlooking this detail will only cause more problems and anxiety so do your investigation thoroughly.

The size of your mattress is going to affect the size of the sheets and pillows that your will be investing in for you bed. Generally sheets and pillows are available in single, double, king and super king size. However, it will depend on whether you prefer the fitted ones or the flat ones.

The decision is left entirely up to you and will depend on your preference. Sizes again vary according to whether they are fitted or flat. Before you get all excited about going shopping for your sheets and pillows thinks twice otherwise you will end up getting the wrong size or even the wrong colours that doesn’t compliment the bed. Plan ahead because it is not an easy task. You will have to take into consideration your old sheets and pillows if you are on a tight budget.

If you are planning to reuse your bed linen on your new mattress think about questions like, what size are they? Will they fit the new mattress? Should you get the same size mattress? and so on.

Sort out what you want to do before investing in anything.

Bed linen size guide:

Bed Linen Sizes

Bed Linen Fitted Dimensions

Bed Linen Flat Dimensions

Single 35″ x 75″ x 12″(90 x 190 x 30cm) 71″ x 108″(180 x 275cm)
Double 55″ x 75″ x 12″(140 x 190 x 30cm) 91″ x 108″(230 x 275cm)
King 59″ x 79 ” x 12″(150 x 200 x 30cm) 108″ x 108″(275 x 275cm)
Super King 71″ x 79 ” x 12″(180 x 200 x 30cm) 120″ x 108″(305 x 275cm)

I hope that these 5 simple and easy steps on How to choose the right bed has helped you get to know the product and market a little better.

2 Replies to "How to Choose the Right Bed"

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    Peter Jones 11th August 2013 (2:57 pm)

    Great article thanks, this really helped when I recently had to buy a new mattress for my spare room, especially the size guide part! Keep up the good work.

    • comment-avatar
      Jo Taylor 14th August 2013 (3:22 pm)

      Hi Peter, so glad our article could help point you in the right direction 🙂

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