Winter is coming, not in the ominous House of Stark way but in the cosy nights, hot chocolate, Christmas decorations way. Every family has their own Christmas tradition and one of ours is new pyjamas and slippers for Christmas Eve. Another tradition, albeit not an annual one, we had when I was young was new beds, or specifically new mattresses every few years.

The standard recommendation for replacing mattresses these days is every 8 years but that recommendation is just a guideline and the lifespan of your bed and mattress will depend on how it is used and cared for. Something as simple as a change in weight can make a bed that was great a few years ago uncomfortable and creaky. This also applies to children’s mattresses, possibly more so as they aren’t built to adapt to the ever changing bodies of growing kids which might explain why we got new mattresses every 3-4 years.

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If you’re not sure if you or your children need a new mattress the first thing to check is if the mattress is showing signs of wear and tear. If there’s a visible dip in the middle, you can feel the springs through it, or it’s creaking or groaning then it’s definitely time to swap it out.

So if, like me, you’ll be refreshing a few beds in time for Christmas and to have the best, most snuggly, cosy winter sleep possible there are a few things to think about before you buy.

Which mattress?

Choosing a mattress can be quite daunting at first but once you settle on whether you want firm mattresses, soft mattresses or something in between you can head to Bedstar to check out their wide range of branded mattresses and take their mattress finder quiz to discover what would suit you best. Not only is the range diverse they also try to price match and will throw in a free gift as well.

Just a mattress?

Think about buying a bed frame to suit the mattress you want rather than a mattress for the frame you have if you’re limited by size. The mattress is far more important and if buying from the same retailer and or in bulk you may get some very attractive prices. Bed frames come in all shapes and sizes with different bells and whistles like drawers, mini-hydraulic powered hidden compartments, electric adjustable beds and even ones with TVs built in.

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How big?

Measure your bedroom carefully before choosing the size of a new bed and/or mattress. Your room might be big enough to fit a larger bed in there but it might not look quite right. Use masking tape to mark out the area so you can get a feel for how much room you’ll have to move around in.

Budget

Work out a budget and stick to it. There are quality beds and mattresses out there to suit any budget and the most important thing is to have a mattress that will give you the comfort and support you so focus your resources on that.

Quick jargon buster

The different names of mattresses can sometimes be confusing so here is a quick guide.

Continuous spring/Open Sprung mattress – slightly different products but similar in concept as the internal springs are one long piece of wire coiled into springs.

These are the most popular type of mattress and are great value for money, are lighter than other mattresses so are easier to turn and can be turned in all directions to extend the life of the mattress. These mattresses are perfect for occasionally used guest rooms and for children’s bedrooms as their relative cheapness means they can be swapped out as your child grows.

Pocket-sprung mattress – Pocket-sprung mattresses house up to 3,000 individual small springs contained in separate fabric pockets. This allows the springs to move independently to support your body and have a range of tensions to support you whatever your weight. They can be heavy to turn and the natural fillings can sometimes aggravate allergies but you can buy hypoallergenic ones. These mattresses are ideal for couples and can even be ordered with different firmness on each side.

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Memory foam mattress – Made of billions of viscoelastic cells, which respond to your temperature and weight and originally designed by NASA. It works on any given base and moulds to your shape and takes pressure off your joints. The closeness of the mattress as it moulds to your shape can be unsettling for some people so try before you buy.

Latex mattress – latex foam is a breathable material so you won’t overheat which is always good for a comfortable night. Latex is great for those with allergies and asthma as it doesn’t harbour dust mites. It also has natural antimicrobial properties. Works best for those who prefer a firmer mattress.

There are also hybrid mattresses which combine the best features of a few of those mattresses. We have a pocket-sprung mattress with a latex top and it is divine. It’s not as firm as a full latex mattress but it still keeps me nice and cool and the pocket springs balance out the weight difference between the two of us.

All that talk of beds has made me quite sleepy. I think I may have a lie down.

KA x

 

* Disclosure : In Collaboration with Jillian Ferguson

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