Considerations When Choosing a New Bed

by Kevn Cashman

in Your Health

On the quest for a better, healthier you, one thing that people often overlook is their environment. Of course, one of the key pieces of that environment is our own home. Your home can have a tremendous impact on your mental state. If your home is constantly in a state of disarray, that can keep your mind from being at ease. An important part of our home is of course where we sleep. An uncomfortable, crickety old bed can keep us up at night tossing and turning. If there is one piece of furniture you are going to invest some money in, make it your bed.

Having recently purchased a new bed myself, I did some research into it and thought it would be worthwhile to share with you.

If you are someone that tends to move around a lot during the night, or if your significant other does so, you might want to consider a king size bed. This will give you the maximum amount of space to help prevent you from keeping one another up at night. Of course you need to make sure that you have enough space in your bedroom for one. If not, this may not even be an option. Do not make the mistake one of my friends did and buy a king size bed without first measuring your bedroom. They now have barely any space on either side of their bed between the bed and the wall.

I recommend shopping around a good bit to get a feel for what you like. Pick up some furniture or home design magazines. Go to a few local furniture stores and browse around. You can also find a lot of modern furniture websites like this one which you can look through. Being that a bed is not something people replace often, the last thing you want to do is buy something you are unhappy with. You are probably going to be looking at it for the next 5 to 8 years, or longer.

Obviously, unless you are in the market for a whole new bedroom suite, you are going to want to pick something that matches the current décor of your bedroom. Although you can find bed frames made of other materials, such as leather, the most common frames are made of either wood or metal. If you choose wood, then from there you will find many different types of wood to choose from. Hard woods, soft woods, cherry wood, oak, and more.

As far as I’m concerned though, the most important thing in choosing a new bed for your home is the mattress. The mattress, and to some degree box spring, is of course, what is going to determine the comfort level for your bed. This is where nothing can really top going into a few furniture stores and testing them out. There are so many options out there these days. Do you prefer a harder surface to sleep on? Do you want a mattress that you sink right into? Again, if you or your mate move around a lot at night, there are mattresses that do not transfer this movement throughout the mattress. Your significant other can be tossing and turning, and you will not feel a thing throughout the night. If you are having difficulty choosing the right mattress, I found this simple mattress selector on Serta’s website. It gives you 5 easy questions and makes a recommendation based on your answers. Even if you do not get a Serta (I did), it can help you figure out what you should be looking for to maximize your sleep.

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