Beds Buying Guide

Choosing a bed is a tough thing to do. You spend a third of your life in it, so you want it to be right. Our advice is that you can read all you like on the internet but ultimately you need to lie on some beds to work out what suits you. You're welcome to come and lie on our display beds to see what feels right.

Should you have a firm mattress?

You hear advice to have a firm bed, but also a soft one. This sounds confusing. What the advice actually means is to have good firm springs inside your bed, and comfortable cushioning on top. These two layers make a mattress.

Because people vary in size, shape and weight, different strengths of springs suit different people. Larger people usually need more (or firmer) springs to support their weight, along with better cushioning layers to make this comfortable.

Open Coil springs

We have 4 display beds with "open coil" or "traditional" steel springs. These are fine for one occupant, and they step up in quality (and price) from £70 to £175 for a 3 foot single mattress. Our most popular is the Orchid at £145 for a single.

Pocket Springs

We have 5 pocket sprung display beds. The reason for having pocket springs is that when your partner moves in bed, the springs under them each move individually and don't tug on their neighbouring springs. The net effect is, you don't roll together or bounce the whole bed about, or at least not nearly so much as with traditional springs. This is a big plus, and probably the biggest single feature to get a better sleep. (The other plus to pocket springs is they have a longer life so are better value for money.) So for two users go for pocket sprung.

Pocket sprung mattresses have different "spring counts". All the figures are for a king size bed, scaled down for Doubles, Singles etc. They start at 600. We offer 1000, 1500, 2000 and 3000 spring counts. As the spring count rises so does the firmness - we find 2000 is the maximum firmness for most people.

 

For most manufacturers 3000 is the most springs they can fit on a single layer; higher figures than 3000 are often misleading, a common tactic is to quote nested springs or multiple layers of springs to give figures like 5000 or 7000 - which won't provide any more support.

Our most popular mattress is the Premium 1500 - a double is £400.

Memory Foam

Memory Foam, also known as visco elastic foam, was developed by NASA and softens as it warms up in reaction to your body heat, moulding to your body shape. Some people love it, especially if they have back problems. Others say it feels too hot.

One solution to the "too hot" issue is to have a Dual Season mattress with memory foam on one side. In winter the memory foam side keeps you snug. For the hot summer nights, turn the mattress over and you have a normal 1000PS mattress side.

We have 2 memory foam mattresses on display. These are a traditional open coil mattress, and a 1000 pocket sprung Dual Season.

Bases

We're all about mattresses, because that's what gives you a great sleep, but I suppose we should talk about bases too. We offer divans, with storage options, as well as solid oak bedframes from our sister business Original Oak.

 

For houses with limited access we can have a bespoke divan made in 3 or 4 sections.

Come for a test

We really, really advise you to choose a mattress by lying on them for at least a few minutes each. Come into the showroom, kick off your shoes and have a lie down. We'll either leave you to it or you can fire questions at us about beds. See how it compares to your current mattress in terms of comfort.

And for people with back trouble, all bets are off. Depending on your individual issue, the advice above can go out of the window as you may find something different comfy to the rest of us. Again, there is no substitute for trying them out.