Choosing Beds – Bed Sizes and Types of Bed
By Elena Price
One of the keys to getting a good night’s sleep is to make sure that you have a suitable and comfortable bed.
Recent research shows that poor sleep is a significant contributer to poor health and previously on top banana we discussed how more sleep is good for you that regular proper sleep helps avoid high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
A study in 2008 investigated the question – can more longer and better sleep improve blood pressure and the conclusion was yes, certaibly
This top banana guide to choosing beds looks at some of the factors you should consider when buying a new one.
One of the first things to think about is the size of bed that you need. You will usually be able to choose from several different sizes but, in the UK, the sizes of beds aren’t standard, so one manufacturer’s single bed, for example, may be a slightly different size from the single beds produced by another manufacturer.
According to The Sleep Council, beds are commonly sold in the following sizes:
• Single (approximately 3ft by 6ft 3in, or 90cm by 190cm)
• Double (approximately 4ft 6in by 6ft 3 in, or 135cm by 190cm)
• King Size (approximately 5ft by 6ft 6 in, or 150cm by 200cm)
• Super King Size (approximately 6ft by 6ft 6in, or 180cm by 200cm)
However, it’s important to check the measurements of any bed that you’re considering before you buy it.
If you are trying to decide between two different sized beds, it’s usually better to buy the bigger of the two, as this will give you more room to stretch out and you’ll get a better night’s sleep.
Types of Bed
There are a number of different beds that you can choose from including divan beds, bedsteads, hideaway beds, bunk beds and sleep stations.
A divan is essentially a base for a mattress and has a wooden frame. Some divans have firm, rigid platform tops without springs whereas others feature spring units, so you will need to decide which type you find most comfortable. Generally, divan beds aren’t as firm as beds with bedsteads. You can buy divan sets, which consist of a divan and a mattress, meaning that you can be sure that the mattress is the perfect size for the divan and that the divan and mattress will have a uniform look. Some divans have built-in storage drawers, which can be handy if space is an issue in your bedroom.
If you choose a divan bed, you’ll also need to decide whether or not you want a headboard, as you will usually need to buy one separately.
A bedstead consists of a headboard and an endboard, with a base made out of wood or metal on which the mattress sits. They come in a range of styles and colours, so you can choose one that suits the style of your bedroom. You could choose traditional wood for a cottage-style feel, brass for a Georgian or Victorian look, or a fabric or faux leather covered bedstead for a more contemporary look. If you are buying a bedstead, you’ll usually need to buy the mattress separately.