As with shopping for almost anything, shopping for a new bed can easily become a lot more overwhelming than it seems to be worth. The shopping process, financial planning, delivery, and assembly of the bed is often so exhausting that you might find yourself wishing you had not disassembled your old one, just so you can take a nap! Do not worry, we are here for you. We have compiled a list of the top five things to keep in mind to make your bed selection experience the closest thing to a sweet dream that we can:
Let us be real: as much as we love to shop, keeping a budget is absolutely crucial, especially when it comes to investing money in something that you are going to be using for years. Whether you are redoing your whole house or just need a functional replacement, sit down and plan out how much you’re able to spend on your new bed and what needs to be allocated to other décor ideas.
Once you figure out your budget, the logical next step is to decide how big you do or do not want your new bed to be. Obviously, this is different for everyone, as it depends on the size and shape of your bedroom, as well as how you have your furniture arranged. Aside from that, you will want to keep in mind whether, and how often, you sleep with any pets, partners, or kids; this will give you an idea of the size of the mattress you should get, while the size and shape of the frame itself is another matter. If you want a mattress of a particular length or width, but do not have a whole lot of space in your room, you could possibly make it work with a thin wrought-iron wire frame, instead of a bulky wooden one, for example.
This is closely tied to point #1, regarding a carefully-planned budget. It might be worth it to consider a frame that contains under-the-bed storage. The extra drawer space can be a huge help if you have a small room or a cluttered closet, with the added bonus of not needing to worry about vacuuming up dust bunnies from the dark floor under your bed. Additionally, plenty of bed frames have built-in shelves in the headboard. Instead of buying bookshelves, you can store your books here for a bit of light nighttime reading; instead of picking out one or even two bedside tables to hold glasses, cell phones, alarm clocks, radios, and other necessities, you can keep those right above your head.
Although shopping for children’s furniture certainly warrants at least one article of its own, it is worth noting that while shopping for kids’ beds, accessories, and add-ons can be useful investments. If your child needs rails on the side of their bed or if would benefit from storage space, you could consider a loft bed, for example. Another option for children’s beds is to buy one with a trundle or a pull-out section with a mattress that slides easily under the bed during the day. Whether your kid is having a lot of sleepovers or you yourself are having guests over, trundle mattresses can be useful whenever you host.
As with children’s furniture, picking out the right mattress is a whole project of its own. You will want to take time to research reputable brands and companies, since mattresses themselves can be quite pricey. The size of the mattress is the next logical thing to consider. You might be tempted to believe that a larger mattress will automatically guarantee you a more comfortable experience and a better night’s sleep, but often it is the composition of the mattress and boxspring rather than the size. A full or even a twin can feel just as roomy and comfortable as a queen or king if set up correctly. Memory foam is one of the most reliable and most popular types of mattresses, as well as the kinds of mattresses that have remote-adjustable firmness or softness levels, which might be optimal for picky couples. There are even mattresses that can sit or lean upwards if you do not want to pay for a sit-up or back-rest pillow that can take up space.
Choosing the right mattress can seem overwhelming and at the end of the day, unless you have medical needs that require a certain level of a support from your bed or you are somehow a seasoned mattress maven, you are not likely to notice much difference between brands. Just try them out in store and see what types of mattress might be right for you. Besides, when in doubt, you could always throw it back with a retro waterbed.
Now that the more utilitarian factors to keep in mind have been covered, it is time for the fun part: style! Here is your chance to customize. The same bed frame and mattress pairing can look completely different under two different personalization styles. There are plenty of stylish frames to choose from, from sweeping sleigh-style headboards to sleek, sharp, upholstered beds to the interesting beds structured to fit against the wall or in corners of rooms. Aside from the frame shape, there is plenty of color tones to choose from. Neutrals like white, black, and browns tend to go with pretty much all décor, but it is important to keep in mind how well light colors versus dark colors will blend or contrast with the other furniture and decorations in your bedroom. The finishing touch, of course, will be pillows and sheets. Again, it is a common theme here that this article is just an overview for you; there are tons of types and styles of sheets, blankets, and pillows to consider buying, so this is really up to you. Have fun!
At the end of the day, your bed is your bed, and the most important thing is to make sure you can get a healthy rest. Feel free to experiment and have fun with your designs, but do not sacrifice utility for superficial things. As long as you are comfortable, there is no wrong bed to choose. Good luck!