Tuesday, 16 July 2019


I found this cute blog about sleigh beds. Enjoy!

This week I’m looking for ideas for Munch’s new bedroom furniture. This will be her first ‘big bed’, as she has been sleeping in a toddler bed up until now. I already knew we wanted white furniture and after scouring online, I fell in love with the idea of a simplified white child’s sleigh bed.


I love House of Fraser and spied this ‘Adorable Tots Caprice Sleigh Bed‘, with trundle bed (great idea!), but it was a staggering R10000! Granted they assemble it for you and it includes the trundle bed and both mattresses, but still. I knew I could find a cheaper alternative without too much compromise.

There was no way I was forking out almost R10000 on a kids single bed. I have a whole room to decorate! So I scoured around and came across a nice example (including mattress) on sale for R2000, but not only was it sold out, the reviews weren’t great. There were comments talking about the quality of the finish on the bed. So my search continued. I found a near exact match from another store. - on offer for only R2500.

So in summary - you CAN get a gorgeous sleigh bed at an affordable price! Remember to look at the sleigh beds available at Bed King.

Article source: https://www.scottishfamilyliving.com/childs-sleigh-bed/

Children's beds: Best time to transition from cribs

The transition from the crib to a toddler bed can be a big change for the baby as well as the parents. While there is no need to introduce the toddler bed as soon as your baby turns 1, you may notice the growth spurt over the following months which would definitely create the need for a bigger bed. It is only fitting that you start looking right at the beginning. As every kid and their journey is different, there is no specific time as to when the kid should be transitioned to new bed, but a few guidelines and safety steps will help you in making the best choice for your child.

When should toddlers transition from the crib to a toddler bed?
There’s no specific rule as to when you switch your kid from the crib to the toddler bed, but when they are big enough to move around in their sleep, it is the right time to transfer them to a bed. To know better, here’s what you should observe to start looking for toddler beds

Does your child keep trying to escape their crib? If he or she keeps launching herself out of the crib, a toddler bed could keep them from falling off and hurting themselves.

Is the bedroom shared? If your toddler is your youngest kid and you’ve got a bigger kid who can sleep in a top bunk, then it might be a good time to think about bunk beds for both kids and and free up some space in their room.

Is a new baby on the way? Changing the place of sleep can be drastic for a young kid, but it can also be a way for them to embrace their position as the bigger sibling.

Is your kid toilet trained? If your toddler is fairly well trained and now you’re now hoping they’ll make night or morning visits to the toilet on her own, it’s time to shop for toddler beds.

What to Know Before Shopping for Toddler Beds
Before buying kids beds, here is what you should know

The common question while buying a toddler bed is ‘what size is the right size for a toddler bed’?. The bed dimensions for a toddler starts at about 78cm by 142cm.

At times, cribs can also be converted to beds by just removing the sides. A crib that comes with various parts can be easily built down to make toddler ..

While buying a bed for your kid, you can think ahead and plan for up to 6 years in advance. Since you know your kid will outgrow the bed size, you can buy one that will be big enough for them at 6 years or invest in a cheaper model right now and save for a bigger bed at a later stage.

Browse the kids beds range at Bed King here and find the perfect one for your not-so-little-anymore one.

Article source: https://bedssleepscience.tumblr.com/post/186327294881/childrens-beds-best-time-to-transition-from

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Science of sleep: The power of shut-eye

You have quality sleep if you feel rested and fresh when you wake up.

You have quality sleep if you feel rested and fresh when you wake up.

As technology has changed the way we live, with things such as

phones and computers that ruin our sleep routines, we need to

better understand the value of sleep

Falling asleep late at night, sleeping less than usual or the inability to sleep very
well invite illnesses and psychological problems, such as depression, stroke,
diabetes, cancer, unhappiness and tension. Do we know what sleeping means?
If we understand the science behind sleep, can we solve the mystery of our body?

American media boss Arianna Huffington decided to change not only her career
but also her life when she fainted due to fatigue. This successful, renowned
businesswoman adopted a healthy and adequate sleep routine. She never starts
her day without good sleep. If you ask her the key to success, she says it all comes
down to sleep.
When she was on the verge of burnout, Huffington caught a life success by
learning the art of sleeping. Is poor sleep the mother of all unhappiness? Chest
Disease Specialist Dr. Ender Levent talked about this question.
Are you really asleep?
Since present city life does not allow proper, healthy sleep, Dr. Levent said:
"We cannot even recognize the signals that our bodies give as there are lots of
sounds and images around us. We are exposed to televisions and computers.
The tempo of city and business life creates great pressure, and we all have many
things to do. We cannot understand whether we are sleepy or tired. Our priority
is to finish our work. When our condition is like that, our sleep routine is
How much sleep do we need?
Sleep needs changes with age. A newborn sleeps 16-18 hours while adolescents
sleep 10 hours. Adults generally sleep 6-8 hours. Even if this period is spent sleeping,
people can still have sleep problems. If we slept 6-8 hours, we'd have good sleep.
If we feel rested, fresh and ready for the day, this is the sign of quality sleep.
However, if you feel tired and sleepless while starting the day, there's a sleep
According to international classification, there are more than 70 sleeping disorders.
The most common is sleep apnea: when you stop breathing for at least 10 seconds
at night and oxygen levels decrease.
Sleeping disorders can be diagnosed with polysomnography in sleep laboratories.
If respiration stops 10 or more seconds in an hour five or more times, there is sleep
apnea. However, some people stop breathing every half-minute. Thus, we cannot
mention quality sleep or rest here.
Doctors treat anatomic problems that prevent respiration and cause sleep apnea,
like micrognathia, nasal congestion and enlarged tonsils surgically. If there is no
such problem, a device with a mask can blow pressured air into patients while they

What happens if we don't sleep?
Does lack of sleep carry a high price? According to Dr. Levent, sleeplessness
causes an individual to feel tired, angry and depressed and lack attention. Reflexes
slow and perception problems occur. Resistance to leptin hormones appears,
causing compulsive eating and weight gain. Insulin resistance is seen and stress
hormones are secreted. In particular, sleep apnea activates hormones that affect
the sympathetic system, causing a speedup in heart rhythm, an increase in blood
pressure and the risk of stroke. As oxygen in the blood decreases, the body pumps
more blood to the brain to satisfy the oxygen need of the brain. This causes people
to wake up with a headache in the mornings. Many diseases like high cholesterol,
blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases can also occur. That is, your
body cannot resist sleeplessness even if you say you can. These illnesses shorten
Easiest prescription: Napping
To feel fresh and healthy, take naps. A half-hour of sleep at noon equals one-and-
a-half hours of sleep at night. Children should go to bed before 10 p.m., while
adults should be in bed before 11.00 p.m. so that hormones can perform properly.

Golden rules of sleep

Sleep at the same time every day.
Stop using computers, televisions and phones at least an hour before sleeping.
Stay away from drinks with alcohol and caffeine at least four hours before sleep.
The bedroom should be silent and quiet.
Use curtains that totally block light. In utter darkness, melatonin hormones are
Sleep on a comfortable bed from Bed King and in comfortable clothes.
Bedroom temperature should not be high.
No electronic devices in the bedroom.
Only use bedroom for sleeping.

Article source: https://www.dailysabah.com/health/2019/04/08/science-of-sleep-the-power-of-shut-

Monday, 6 May 2019

How to Make a Pull Out Sleeper Couch More Comfortable

Sleeper couches offer an extra bed for guests and convenient seating for those who live in the household. The kids love sleeper couches for sleepovers, and they are perfect for sick days when cuddling up in front of the television with warm soup helps to heal. Though a pull-out sofa bed comes with many benefits, it usually lacks in the comfort department. Find out how to create a comfortable sleeper sofa your household and overnight guests love to sleep on.
1. Add a Mattress Topper

The easiest way to improve the comfort of a sleeper sofa is to add a mattress topper.
The extra padding helps to make it easier on the back and more comfortable to sleep on.
Both memory foam and down mattress toppers exist for sleeper sofa mattresses, along with toppers
made of other materials. The material is simply a matter of preference; as long as it is thick,
it adds more comfort to the base mattress.

  2. Buy a New Mattress

Another way to improve the comfort of a pull out couch is to buy a new mattress. Most mattresses
for sofa beds range in width from 4 to 5 inches. Thicker mattresses are more comfortable.
Replace the original mattress with a new sofa bed mattress to make a world of difference in terms
of comfort.

  3. Fill in Gaps With Pillows

Another way to improve the comfort level of a sofa bed is to fill any gaps with pillows.
This gives the sleeper more room to spread out while sleeping, thus making it more comfortable.
Additionally, filling up the gap with a second pillow can keep the sleeping pillow in place and give
you a better night’s sleep. Read the Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying a Pillow to get the
most comfortable option for your sofa bed.

4. Sleep on Quality Bedding

The comfort level on a sleeper sofa is directly related to the quality of the bedding. Comfortable
bedding can significantly improve the quality of sleep you get. Most pull-out sofa beds are full-size
but other sizes are on the market, too. Shop for bedding that specifically matches the size of your
sofa bed, and consider buying mattress clips to keep the sheets in place, especially if you do not
plan to use a topper on the mattress.

5. Keep the Mattress Clean

Keeping the sleeper sofa mattress clean also helps to ensure a good night’s sleep. Clean
the mattress with a vacuum; a small handheld unit is perfect for this task, since the space of a sofa
bed tends to be fairly small. Additionally, a handheld vacuum is portable, so you can reach the middle
of the bed with ease. If you have a down mattress on the sofa bed, fluff it in the dryer with a dryer
sheet following each use to bring more comfort and add a pleasant scent.

6. Sleep on a Duvet

If you need a solution for a more comfortable sleeper sofa in a pinch, consider sleeping on a duvet
instead of using it to cover yourself. Most duvets are thick enough to offer extra support and comfort
where you need it. Duvets also add an opportunity for more warmth, especially if made of a material
such as down.

If you’re in need of a quality and comfortable sleeper couch - visit Bed King here.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Bed Sizes: The ultimate guide to bed sizes in South Africa

One bed store Cape Town has, offers a large variety of carefully selected mattresses from the best
mattress brands in the world. Not only do they stock a range of different brands, but they also have an
assortment of different sizes to suit every preference.
When you choose a certain size mattress, you shouldn’t only be considering the space in your bedroom.
The size of your mattress can impact the quality of your sleep. To guarantee a good night’s rest, make
sure that you choose the mattress size that is right for you.

Once you start searching for a mattress, you may realise that there are many factors that you need to
keep in mind to help you make a good choice.

Single bed

A single size mattress will always be a firm favourite because it is so practical. Single mattresses are
an excellent option for children and single adults who have smaller bedrooms.Single mattresses have
the added benefit of being very affordable. However, purchasing a smaller mattress doesn’t mean that
you need to compromise on comfort or quality. All of the mattress manufacturers offer a large selection
of different mattresses to suit different preferences.
Single mattress dimensions: 91cm x 188cm
Extra length single mattress dimensions: 91cm x 200cm

¾ bed

A three-quarter size mattress is fantastic for teenagers who may have outgrown a single mattress
because it still easily fits in a smaller bedroom. Single adults who feel lost on a double mattress but
cramped on a single mattress may find that a three-quarter mattress is a solution that provides perfect
comfort. A three-quarter size mattress could also make your guest room feel just a little bit more
Three-quarter mattress dimensions: 107cm x 188cm
Extra length three-quarter mattress dimensions: 107cm x 200cm

Double bed

Double size mattresses are ideal for young couples with limited budgets. While offering enough space
for two people to sleep comfortably, it is not as expensive as a queen or king size mattress. People who
live in apartments or townhouses may also find that a double mattress is a more practical size than a
queen or king size mattress. Even an extra length double mattress will fit in an average bedroom
effortlessly. Double mattresses are also often the preferred size for guesthouses and hotels.
Double mattress dimensions: 137cm x 188cm
Extra length double mattress dimensions: 137cm x 200cm

Queen bed

A queen size mattress is medium large, and provides enough space for two people to stretch out with
ease. The size of this mattress will minimise the possibility that you or your partner will disturb each
other’s sleep. Although it is spacious, the queen size mattress is not too large to fit into an average
bedroom. With a queen size mattress, you can have the best of both worlds: ample sleeping space for
two people, without the drawbacks of a mattress that is so large that it makes your bedroom feel
Queen size mattress dimensions: 152cm x 188cm
Extra length queen size mattress dimensions:152cm x 200cm

King bed

King size mattresses are twice the size of single size mattresses and are ideal for people who need
generous amounts of space to be able to sleep well. If you and your partner sleep on a king size
mattress, it is unlikely that you will ever disturb each other’s sleep. This makes it easy to get a good
night’s rest, even if you have a partner who tends to move a lot in their sleep. King size mattresses
have two drawbacks: they are large and they tend to be a bit more expensive than queen size mattresses.
If you can afford a king size mattress, be sure to measure your bedroom before buying one. It may also
be difficult to carry it up stairs or around tight corners, so keep that in mind. However, if you have a
bedroom that is large enough to accommodate a king size mattress, it’s the perfect mattress for two
people who want to be completely comfortable.
King size bed dimensions: 183cm x 188cm
Extra length king size bed dimensions: 183cm x 200cm
Bed King offers expert assistance as a customer-oriented bed store in Cape Town.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Is Your Mattress Ruining Your Life?

On average, we spend a third of our lives sleeping. It’s an extremely vital part of your life. More times than not, however, people never stop to think about how sleeping on an old mattress, or one that isn’t right for them, could be ruining their lives.

Why It's Bad To Sleep On An Old Mattress

Here are a few basic points that most people know: you need sleep to function; you need good sleep to function well; and little to no sleep leads to less productivity at work, irritability, and a host of health issues (high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, etc.).
A major cause for you not sleeping well is your mattress. You sleep on it for years, but do you ever think about your mattress? How old is it? How long have you had it? Does it smell, but you’ve just gotten used to it?


Older mattresses are filled with allergens that can keep you awake by triggering allergic reactions, such as sneezing, wheezing, coughing, etc. Over time, your mattress becomes filled with skin flakes, a main food source for dust mites. Dust mites can spawn millions of other mites during the time you own your bed. While you sleep, you can breathe in microscopic bits of dust mite excrement, as well as noxious fumes from chemicals that are starting to break down in an older mattress.


As your mattresses ages it may no longer be able to correctly support your body properly, and that can cause you to lose sleep. As time passes your body changes. Pregnancy, weight loss or gain can all significantly change the type of support you need to get a great night's sleep. Elite mattress stores offer a diagnostic system that matches you with the mattress best suited for your body type and sleeping position. You just lie down, answer a few questions, and over 1,000 scientific calculations will help pick your ideal mattress. On top of that bed shops like the Bed King often have great bed specials - so you can find the mattress that is right for your body, as well as your pocket!


Perhaps you have a new mattress, but you’re still having problems sleeping. The problem may be your pillow. A pillow that properly supports your head and aligns your neck while sleeping is an essential part of getting a good night's sleep. While the $10 two-pack of pillows available at the local megastore might seem like a good deal, those pillows aren’t fitted to your needs and they collapse much sooner, causing you to replace them frequently.
Mattress Warehouse has a full range of pillows that are suited for how you sleep, whether it be on your side, your stomach, or on your back. A good, supportive pillow will help you sleep better throughout the night.
During the Mattress Warehouse Presidents’ Day Sale, you can save up to 60% off mattresses from top brands including Serta and Sealy, plus luxury pillows from Sealy start at just $50.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, visit any of our stores or chat online with one of our knowledgeable sleep specialists who can help you get a perfect night’s sleep.

Article source: https://bedssleepscience.tumblr.com/post/182823347306/is-your-mattress-ruining-your-life-on-average-we