Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Kids Beds: Your Handy Guide

 Sooner or later, your little bundle of joy will turn into one bouncy toddler. They will outgrow their clothes, shoes and of course, that crib where they have been dozing in for a few years. While there is no recommended exact age in moving your kid from his crib to a toddler bed, you do have to be aware that the longer the child sleeps in the crib, the more he becomes emotionally-invested to it and the more challenging it will be for parents to convince him to use a standard kid’s bed.

The best way to go about this is really to just observe the height or size of your child and how active they are. If they cannot fit into the crib, this is the right time to look for nice kids beds for your child. 

  1. When is the right time to introduce toddler beds?Answer: If possible, parents need to wait until the baby is 15-18 months at the least. They should also observe whether the baby can finally remain secure and comfortable in a toddler bed. If you bought your child a toddler bed but the child refuses to sleep in it, do not force them to use it. Try convincing them after several weeks, even a month. In general, many toddlers, upon reaching 20 months of age usually settle down to using their toddler beds.
  1. What are the advantages of using a toddler bed?Answer: Toddler beds are safer compared to regular-size beds—it’s lower and also includes guard rails. Toddler beds also provide children with the leeway to get on and off their beds any time they want, without the assistance of their parents.
  1. What factors should I consider when choosing a toddler bed?Answer: First, you need to look for toddler beds with a lower bed height. The bed should be low enough so your kid can still sit on the bed edges, with their feet touching the floor. To prevent toddlers from rolling off of the bed, make sure the bed has guard rails throughout the sides and the back. Make sure that the bed has strong, durable legs or supports. The package must include clear, precise instructions on setting up the bed for extra safety. Choose the material which works well with your child—most toddler beds are made from wood and plastic materials. Plastic is lightweight and easy to care for while wooden ones are stronger and can tolerate more weight and usage.
Provide a nice area for your child to sleep in once they are of toddler age. Get them to doze off or play in one of the choice toddler/  kid bed options at Bed King. Toddler beds are a great way to make them familiar with such sleeping implements before they finally graduate to the real thing.



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Monday, 17 August 2020

Affordable Small Bedroom Decorating Ideas

We all wish we could win a mad trolley dash at our favourite home décor store. Of course, in the ideal dream scenario, there would be no countdown clock, and we’d have our own interior designer personal shopper in tow. Alas, we don’t all live in a dream world of an unlimited budget, time and space. But that’s where things get fun because working within limits helps us get more creative. If you’re wondering how to make the most of limited bedroom space and resources, here are some simple and practical small bedroom decorating ideas on a budget to get you thinking out the box. 
Tips to make a small space seem bigger
Making the most of a small space can begin with just a bit of careful thought and zero budget. If your bedroom is feeling cramped and crowded, start by taking a good look at how you’re using the space and what changes you can implement to make things feel more spacious. Here are a few tips that can really help make a smaller space feel bigger. 
1. Create clearly defined spaces
If your bed has unwittingly morphed into a lie-in wardrobe-come-work space, and your dressing table has expanded to a wall-to-wall feature, it’s time to redefine your spaces. For the sake of mental breathing room and a good night’s rest, protect your sleeping space from other intrusions and make sure your bedroom doesn’t have an identity complex.
2. Go oversized
It may seem counter-intuitive, but bigger pieces of furniture and accessories can actually help create a sense of spaciousness, while smaller ornaments and accessories make a space feel busy. Less is more – but don’t be scared to go big!
3. Guide the eye
Space is in the eye of the beholder. If everything points to one central point in the room, it will feel like the walls are closing in. Leading the eye upwards and towards the room’s edges will help create a better sense of space. Face a chair towards the window, and position your dressing table or standing wardrobe towards the end of a wall to draw focus outwards. Hanging lamps and mounted wall lights are also a great way to pull focus upward. 
4. Use light & colour to expand the room
Streamlining your colour scheme, and sticking to lighter, neutral colours will help to ‘open up’ the space. You can bring in your favourite colours and add some personality with well-chosen accessories.  Use mirrors in prominent positions to add depth and dynamic. 

Whatever the size of your bedroom, your 
bed is going to play the lead role. But that doesn’t mean it has to steal centre stage. Tucking your bed into a corner (even if you need to leave a little room for a bedside table) frees up space and makes things feel cosier.
At the same time, your bed is the best place to make some creative changes if you want to upgrade the look of your bedroom but you’ve only got budget for one or two items.  A headboard can make a big statement and take your bedroom from drab to fab without taking up a big chunk of your space or your budget. And if you really want to economise, you can do a paint-on version that you can easily update or replace with the real thing when you have the funds. 
Smart storage solutions are a small bedroom’s best friend. There are tons of different innovations and nifty DIY options out there, so here are just a few concepts to get the cogs turning.
Hanging space 
If you don’t have built-in cupboards, you don’t have to sacrifice a huge corner of your room on a bulky wardrobe. Use more of the vertical space with a custom-made garment rail above a low chest of drawers. 
Vertical storage
Again, it’s all about thinking up. Floating shelves are cheap and easy to install, and can be used for storing things you’d like in easy reach, or for other uses like a bookshelf, shoerack, nightstand or even a desk. Also remember that the space above the bed doesn’t need to go to waste. Storage headboards are a popular space-saving option, and one with mounted lamps and easy access compartments can replace bedside pedestals altogether.
Storage beds
Make the bed the hero of the room in more ways than one. A storage bed is a stylish and clever way to keep clutter organised and save on space and budget. Even if the initial cost is a bit more, it usually works out cheaper than buying a bed, and desk or cupboard separately.
For kids’ rooms, in particular,  bunk beds and kids beds with storage can help preserve parental sanity on multiple levels – literally. Consider bunk beds with drawers or a bunk bed with a desk from Bed King to double up on available space.
Maximise with multifunction
You effectively double your use of the available space when your furniture serves more than one purpose. Who says a low or medium size dresser can’t double as a bedside table? Another great option for a nightstand is a rolling bar cart with open compartments for your books, night-time drinks, extra blankies or whatever else you may need in easy reach. 
If you like to have extra seating in your room, you may love the look of a bed-end storage box or bench. For something even smaller, consider a stylish ottoman that doubles as a chair, nightstand and a stepladder for reaching that overhead storage. Wooden crates and pallets are also a lovely rustic option to add some inexpensive storage space which can double for pedestals, seating or small tables. 
Remember, the best and most inexpensive way to decorate your small bedroom is to think creatively. Maybe all your bedroom really needs is a bit of reorganising, and a couple of unique or quirky pieces to give it your personal touch.

One really low effort ‘cheat’ to inject that extra bit of originality is to replace old drawer handles with modern, decorative ones. 
And one of our favourite pieces is the leaning wall ladder. Not only does it offer some handy hanging or shelf space, it’s versatile and easy to move around, while giving your room that little touch of the unusual.  
Whatever your décor appetite and trolley size, Cielo has something to inspire you with our wide range of bedroom furniture. And don’t forget to check out our exciting online sale items today.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Debunking Myths About Mattresses

If you’re looking at beds, Cape Town to Johannesburg, to find the best bed - do yourself a favour - read this blog and check out Bed King’s range!

Getting past the gimmicks to the truth about YOUR mattress
Buying a new mattress is a lot like buying car insurance. Comparing features and prices from brand to brand is challenging because there are so many variables. Innerspring or latex, organic or natural, euro-top, pillow-top or luxury-plush – the combinations of what’s inside your mattress are endless. And because buying a new bed isn’t a frequent purchase (thank goodness!), the learning curve will always be painful.

Sorting through the clutter of information in the mattress industry and hone in on what matters to you – a GREAT night’s sleep – will help you make an informed purchase. Before visiting a mattress retailer, arm yourself with common sense and learn the difference between myth and truth. And if you’re curious about what mattress is best for your age and stage of life.

Mattress myth 1 – Replace your mattress every 8 years
The Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every 7-10 years, depending on comfort and support. The truth is that the life of a mattress varies wildly, which depends on how you take care of it, how you sleep on it and how often you rotate it.

Think of your mattress as performance gear for your sleep. Just like a good pair of running shoes can help you run faster and prevent injuries, a supportive mattress can deliver better, healthier sleep. You’ll know when it’s time to shop for a new mattress based on how you feel when you wake up.

Mattress myth 2 – A firm mattress is the best mattress for your back
To minimize pain and discomfort and help your body relax into healing, regenerative sleep, you need a mattress that conforms to your favourite sleeping positions while supporting all areas of your body – conformability and support. In general, mattresses fall into three categories.

  • Soft mattresses tend to conform to your shape but fail to deliver uniform support across the entire body.
  • Medium-firm mattresses tend to deliver equally on conformability and support and alleviate pressure point pain in most people.
  • Very firm mattresses offer good support but little (if any) conformability, which can lead to pressure point pain.

Mattress myth 3 – The right mattress will prevent tossing and turning
Babies start rolling over in their sleep at around 4 months of age and by adulthood, we’re moving as much as 75 times a night – whether it’s a simple twitch or a full-out roll. We move during the night to alleviate pressure point pain and to reduce stress and strain on our backs and joints. A good mattress will reduce how much you move at night by providing pressure point relief, which will allow you to slip into deeper, healing REM sleep.

Mattress myth 4 – Your new mattress should be a perfect fit from the first time you sleep on it
Most people need at least a month to adjust their bodies to a new sleep surface. Considering how long we spend in bed in a 24 hour period, it’s no wonder that our muscles and joints have a memory of how to find the most comfortable spot on the mattress. Does that mean you should only buy from a mattress retailer that offers a comfort guarantee? Not necessarily. If you’ve done your research, shopped around and spent time testing out a variety of mattresses, your mattress purchase should be a natural progression of those activities.

 Mattress myth 5 – A mattress should be flipped every few months to keep it in good condition
Most mattresses today are made one-sided, which means they should never be flipped. So, how can you ensure maximum enjoyment of your mattress and reduce body impressions?

  • Sleep in a variety of positions and places on the mattress so the entire surface compresses evenly.
  • Rotate your mattress monthly for the first 6 months and quarterly after that.

Please note: when you first start sleeping on your new mattress, rotate every two weeks for the first two months. And remember that body impression is normal up to 1 ½ inch and not a structural defect. The upholstery materials are conforming to the weight and shape of your body, which is a good thing.

Mattress myth 6 – Buy a mattress with the longest warranty possible
Mattress warranties do not refer to the life expectancy of your purchase. The warranty covers workmanship and materials and just like many products used with extreme regularity, you’ll notice wear and tear before you reach the end of the warranty.

When buying a new mattress, read the warranty carefully even though there’s very little difference in the terms and conditions of warranties from manufacturer to manufacturer. It’s good to note that transportation costs (to and from the factory) are usually not covered in the case of repair or replacement. As well, a new warranty is normally not issued when the mattress is replaced.

Mattress myth 7 – It’s against the law to remove the law tag on your mattress
The warning against removing the law tag of your new mattress tag can be intimidating. The truth is that once you’ve bought the mattress and it’s in your home, you can do whatever you want with it. But if you ever need to file a warranty claim, it needs to be attached to the mattress because it contains critical information that will help the manufacturer process your claim.

What’s the cost of a good night’s sleep? If you spent R20,000 on a new mattress (for example) and slept comfortably on that mattress for 7 years, the cost of healthy sleep would be R7,83 per night – much less than the cost of a store bought coffee in the morning…

Rest well & wake up ready to go!
Better sleep gives rise to better mornings, bringing your goals into focus and dreams within reach. 

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Friday, 3 July 2020

Sleeper Couch Buying Tips

Buying a quality sleeper couch can be a great investment towards the comfort of your future guests. No one wants to spend the night on a lumpy old mattress or a floppy air mattress. Why should your guests?

1. Space Saving Seater/Sleeper

When you’re living in a small space, space-saving furniture is a must-have in your home. Consider buying a sleeper couch that can be your couch by day and your bed by night. This feature will save space, as well as transform your home into a welcoming room when you’re hosting.
Additionally, sleeper couches can be utilised in any room where you are in a pinch for space. Use this space-saving couch in the bedroom, study or living room and unlock its full potential – no matter how big or small the space.

2. Two-in-One – Cost-Effective

A Sleeper Couch is a two-in-one product. So, this two-in-one feature is the reason why these couches are so popular. A quality Sleeper Couch will be more expensive – if you view it as one furniture piece.
However, think of it as buying both a bed and a couch – and you’re walking away with the deal of the year! This affordable product is ideal for newlyweds, bachelors and students.

3. From Couch to Bed – Versatile

As mentioned previously, space-saving furniture is a must-have in a small house. Furthermore, with Sleeper Couches being so versatile and dynamic in their designs, they are suitable for almost anywhere in the home. Place one in your child’s room, the study or living room, and you’re good to go!
Additionally, you could rent out this couch on sites like Airbnb or Couchsurfing. Turn this couch into a money-making asset for your home!

4. Sleeper Couches are Comfortable

Typically, a Sleeper Couch reminds us of a thin, floppy mattress spread out over jabbing bars of the steel frame.
If this looks like your recollection of a Sleeper Couch, then think again. Nowadays, we are spoilt for choice with high quality and most comfortable mattress at the tips of our fingers.
With revolutionary designs and components, uncomfortable Sleeper Couches are a nightmare of the past! Today, these seaters provide exceptional comfort when you’re spending an evening watching TV or chatting away with friends.

5. Aesthetically Pleasing

Having an old mattress lying around can become an eye-sore in the house. A beautiful Sleeper Couch, however, can provide an aesthetically pleasing environment in your home.
Additionally, you are spoilt for choice with many options to choose from. The wide range of options enables you to choose a Sleeper Couch that suits both your style and interior theme.
When purchasing a Sleeper Couch, it is essential to look out for a few crucial aspects. This will ensure that you buy an excellent quality couch, that is comfortable for both sitting and sleeping.
However, keep in mind that it will primarily be utilised for seating. Therefore, ensure that your Sleeper Couch fits in with the aesthetic of your room. 
So, you’ve decided to buy a Sleeper Couch at Bed King. However, before solely deciding on aesthetic, keep the following in mind:
  1. Frame
  2. Mechanism
  3. Comfort
  4. Size
  5. The Mattress
The above-mentioned will ensure a quality buy. In return, your guests will experience the luxury of an actual bed for years to come!

1. Quality Frame

When looking for a Sleeper Couch, the first criteria to stop by is the quality of the frame. Look for a solid frame made of hardwood like Beech, Mahogany, Walnut or Ash wood. Stay away from softer woods like Pine, Spruce or Cedar.
Contrastly, the frame can consist of steel. Look out for a frame that is made of solid steel, not hollow steel pipes. Furthermore, ensure that all steel edges are well rounded off. This will prevent any injuries due to sharp edges poking out.

2. Mechanism = Transformation

Since Sleeper Couches transform into a bed, there will be some sort of mechanism involved. Common mechanisms found in Sleeper Couches are:
  • Drawer
  • Futon
  • Pull-out
  • Electronic
Make sure that all hinges, screws and wheels are of high quality that won’t break easily. A good mechanism should open and close smoothly, without any squeaks or bumps. Lastly, ensure that all mechanisms open and close properly. After all, you don’t want a sofa that accidentally slides into a bed!

3. Comfort is Crucial

Just as you would with any other bed and sofa, be sure that comfort is of utmost importance. The catch with a Sleeper Couch, however, is making sure that both the bed version and sofa are comfortable.
To be sure of this, test both the sofa and bed out, if possible. Some stores may allow a trial period if you stick to the rules and properly take care of your sleeper during the trial.
Take in mind, as well, how frequent the couch will be utilized as a sleeper. If you plan on using it as a permanent bed, you might want to invest in a proper sleeper with a comfy mattress that suits your sleeping style. More on this later.

4. Size Matters

The right size of a couch have many determining factors. Take the following into consideration:
  • Size of the Room
  • Seating Required
  • Size of Bed
Firstly, make your decision based on your space available in the room. If you have ample space, consider investing in a corner or four-seater couch. These couches will transform into large beds with ample space for a couple or some kids sleeping over.
If, however, you find yourself in a teeny space, a one or two-seater couch would probably be best. These couches fold out into single or double beds.
Furthermore, take into consideration how much seating space you require. If you frequently host movie nights, rugby games or chats with a group of friends, then a Four-Seater or Corner Couch will be your best bet. Contrastly, if you’re more of an intimate person having only a friend at a time over, a couple of single couches, or a Double Seater Couch will work best.
As mentioned previously, the Bed Size is another determining factor. If couple-friends of your’s visit regularly, it might not be a bad idea to purchase a couch that transforms into a Double Bed. Contrarily, bachelors might opt for a single bed Sleeper Couch, for the occasional friend staying over.

5. The Mattress

The most important factor in any bed is the mattress. Without it, it simply isn’t a bed. This is where many Sleeper Couch manufacturers miss the point. A Sleeper Couch cannot be a transforming rack with a couple of pillows on it.
A good quality Sleeper Couch has a proper mattress in it. This means that the pillows and toppers consist of Pure High-Density Foam. If there are Springs and Coils present, these must also be of high quality – since they will be used for both sitting and sleeping.
Remember, a thicker mattress does not necessarily mean better quality. One that is thinner, but better built can provide endless nights of supreme comfort.
Additionally, if you’re planning to use your Sleeper Couch as your own bed, purchase one that suits your sleeping style. Follow the following guide:

Sleeping Styles for Sleeper Couches

  • Back sleepers: Plush and Soft
  • Side sleepers: Medium Firmness
  • Stomach sleepers: Hard and Firm
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These Sleep Quotes Capture the Bond Between You and Your Bed

Nothing's better than a good night's sleep. When you need an excuse to lie down and put your feet up — whether it's at your usual bedtime or for a quick afternoon nap — these cute quotes and sayings from your favourite authors, celebrities, and thinkers have you covered.

The best thing to do first thing in the morning is to go right back to sleep. - Unknown
 Sleep is the best meditation. - Dalai Lama
Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon. - Charles M. Schulz
 Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep sleeping. - Unknown
 There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it. - Mindy Kaling
 "Go to bed you’ll feel better tomorrow" is the human version of "Did you try turning it off and on again?" - Unknown
 A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. - Irish Proverb
 You miss 100% of the naps you don’t take. - Unknown
 I love sleep because it’s like a time machine to breakfast. - Unknown
 Let’s start by taking a smallish nap or two … - Winnie the Pooh
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know? - Ernest Hemingway
 I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four. - Yogi Berra
 Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone. - Anthony Burgess
When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap. - Tom Hodgkinson
I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap. - Bob Hope 
The nicest thing for me is sleep. Then at least I can dream. - Marilyn Monroe
When I wake up, I am reborn. - Mahatma Gandhi
There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep. - Homer
We are such stuff as dreams are made on. - William Shakespeare
You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. - Dr. Seuss

If you don’t feel like this about sleeping… and your bed - you might need to make your way to a bed shop like Bed King and get yourself a suitable, dream-inspiring bed. Find your nearest bed store here.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

How to choose a mattress for the best night’s sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to staying happy and healthy. But buying a mattress without doing your research first can lead to sleepless nights and achy mornings if you aren’t sleeping on a supportive base.

And mattresses can cost anything from a few thousand rands to tens of thousands, so you’ll want to make sure your chosen mattress is worth the investment before you buy.

Here, we’ve put together everything you need to know before you hit the high street (or browse the web – online bed shops like Bed King offer a great selection).

So whether you’re a side sleeper or suffer from chronic back pain, read on to find out what option is best for you.

Types of mattress

Open spring mattress: Also known as open coil or continuous coil mattresses. These contain one long piece of metal wire coiled into numerous springs. There’s also an additional border rod or wire to maintain shape and provide structure. It’s a great value for money option, although sides are machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched, but they are lighter than other models, making them easy to turn. They tend to be less supportive than other mattresses too, so are most suited to guest bedrooms or as children’s beds, where they are used occasionally or will need to be replaced regularly anyway.

Pocket spring mattress: This type of mattress is more luxurious, as it’s made from individual, small springs housed in their own pocket of fabric. This means each spring moves independently, providing more support than open spring mattresses. You can buy soft, medium or firm versions, depending on your preference, and they are more breathable than memory foam or latex mattresses (so ideal if you’re always getting too hot during the night). These are heavy to turn though, and can be filled with natural materials such as lambswool which may agitate allergies. This is a good option if you’re looking for a bed for two people, as the separate springs will cater for your different needs and weights, while they will also minimise the risk of you rolling towards your partner in the middle of the night.

Bed in a box: The game-changer of the sleep world, these mattresses have revolutionised the way we buy our beds. The name refers to the delivery method; removing the painful task of visiting mattress shops and waiting weeks for delivery, these mattresses are ordered online and arrive within days. Usually compressed and rolled into a box, there’s no need to “pivot!” like Ross and Rachel from Friends with one of these. Unravel the mattress and it will be ready to use within a few hours. They are usually made from foam or a hybrid between memory foam and springs.

Memory foam mattress: These more modern mattresses are made from memory foam, which is a mouldable material that also responds to temperature and weight, and has hypo-allergenic properties. This means it will mould to the shape of your body, absorb your weight and relieve pressure on your joints. Not everyone likes the sinking motion of this type of mattress, and it can get rather warm, but it’s ideal for those who need support or suffer from a bad back, as it will maintain posture and align your spine horizontally when sleeping on your side.

Latex mattress: As the name suggests, these mattresses are filled with latex foam, which is an especially breathable material, so you won’t overheat in the middle of the night. It’s also extremely durable and should last for many years. And it’s a good option for those with allergies or asthma. They can feel rather solid at first though, so they’re better suited to those who prefer a firmer bed. Usually heavy, latex mattresses can be difficult to turn and cheaper versions can develop lumps and dents over time.

Hybrid: Drawing from a combination of materials that usually include memory foam, latex and pocket springs, hybrid mattresses are designed to give a more balanced sleeping experience. They often come with a pocket-sprung base and a memory foam top layer, providing both comfort and support – alleviating aches and pains by responding to your body’s shape.

Continuous and coil: A popular budget option, a continuous coil mattress is made from a single looped wire, while an open coil mattress is made from single springs fixed together with one wire. These are significantly cheaper than other mattress types, but be warned that with the attractive price tag comes the likelihood of these mattresses wearing out and sagging quickly. These mattresses also move around a lot with you as you sleep – as they are designed as one unit – so if you or your partner tosses and turns in the night, we’d suggest you consider other options.

Mattress firmness

How firm your mattress is will affect how well you sleep. The type of firmness you need will depend on your sleeping position, height and weight. Here we explain what level of firmness is best for what type of sleeper.

Soft: Side sleepers or those who change positions during the night are best suited to soft mattresses. This is because the way you sleep already relieves pressure from your spine so you want your mattress to mould to your body’s natural position.

Medium soft:
This is ideal for those who change their sleeping position during the night, as it will still mould to your body position but provide a little more support.

Medium firm:
This is best for people who sleep on their back as you require extra lower-back support, which this type of firmness offers.

Firm: This type of mattress is ideal for those who sleep on their front, are over 15 stone or suffer from back pain. This is because it will keep your back in a relatively comfortable and stable position without allowing you to sink into it as you sleep, which can cause lower-back pain.

How should you sleep while pregnant?

During your first trimester, you’ll often feel sleepy and want to nap. It’s important you get the rest you need so sleep in whatever position feels most comfortable, including on your front or back.

In your second trimester, you’ll feel the baby’s weight more, which can feel uncomfortable and put extra pressure on certain areas of your body. This is when a soft mattress will help, while your bigger bump means the recommended position to sleep in is on your left side, as sleeping on your back will cause your bump to press against a main blood vessel, which may cause you to feel faint.

During your third trimester, your lower back may be a source of pain as it supports your baby’s increasing weight. To ease this, continue to sleep on your left side and with a pillow under your head, between your knees and under and around your bump to ease discomfort and take pressure off your muscles and hips. We’ve also reviewed pregnancy pillows to help mums-to-be sleep.

What mattress do you need if you suffer from joint or back pain?

A good mattress needs to give both support and comfort and that includes ones for those who suffer from back problems.

Although a firm mattress is recommended by some retailers, you should always look for a mattress that keeps your back aligned while sleeping and relieves pressure points along your spine and joints. This has a lot to do with your weight (the heavier you are, the firmer your mattress should be), so it’s best to try a mattress before you buy – many online retailers now offer a trial period where you can return the mattress and get your money back if you don’t think it’s right for you.

The pillow you use will also affect your sleeping position and back alignment so make sure you pick one that suits your needs.
Mattress care

Once your mattress is delivered, make sure you let it air for at least four hours. This will remove any storage smells of damp or cold. Ideally, the mattress should then be aired weekly by removing the bed linen. Remember to turn your mattress regularly too. This will stop dips forming and your weight altering part of the mattress, causing uneven sleeping.

Having a mattress protector will also help keep your mattress clean, prolonging its life. This is a sheet that goes on before your bed linen (and mattress topper) to protect your mattress from any stains or dirt.

You should aim to replace your mattresses every eight to 10 years though. This is not only for hygiene reasons but because it will soften over time, reducing the support it gives you. If you feel sore when you wake up or you find you sleep better in other beds, it’s time for a change.

Mattress toppers

A mattress topper is an extra layer of cushioning that goes over your mattress before you put your bed sheets on. They provide additional support and comfort, while also making your bed feel more luxurious and cosy. You can pick from a variety of materials: goose feathers, polyester, cotton and wool to name a few.

There isn’t a body shape or type of sleeper that it wouldn’t suit, making it a great all-rounder, and it doesn’t need turning, although there are handles if you need to move it. There’s also a washable cover. The icing on the cake is that there’s no minimum time-frame to request a return, and if you do decide to send it back (we doubt you will), you don’t have to repackage it. This is as good as it gets.

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Bed Sizes 101: Understanding Singles, Doubles, Kings & Super Kings

The right mattress can make all the difference between a stressful night spent more awake than asleep and a relaxing, peaceful night of deep, refreshing sleep.

One of the most important factors of bed sets the size. By selecting a mattress that offers the right fit for you and your partner, you’ll find it easier to settle into a comfortable position for a full night of sleep.

Bed bases with mattresses from Bed King come in a variety of sizes, from well-known standards such as singles, doubles and kings to super king bed sets. Below, we’ve explained how the most popular mattress sizes in the UK work, as well as the biggest advantages and disadvantages of each size option.

Single Mattresses
Twin mattresses are ideal for children and young adults. They’re also a good option for adults that sleep alone and don’t need a large bed to feel comfortable. In South Africa, standard single mattresses typically measure 75 to 90cm in width and approximately 190cm in length.

The biggest advantage of a single bed set is its compact size. While a single mattress is long enough to provide a comfortable night’s sleep for most adults, this type of mattress’s thin width makes it ideal for fitting inside small bedrooms.

Double Mattresses
Ideal for couples and individuals who like a little extra space to stretch out while they sleep, a double mattress provides a comfortable surface for enjoying a night of refreshing sleep.

In SA, double bed sets typically measure 120 to 137cm in width and 190cm in length. In Europe, double mattresses have slightly different measurements, with an average width of 120 to 140cm and a typical length of 200cm.

With about 50cm more width than a typical single mattress, a double mattress is a good choice if you sleep with your partner. Double mattresses are also a popular option for single sleepers, as they offer extra versatility (for example, if your partner wants to join you) and comfort.

King Mattresses
King-size bed sets offer extra width and slightly more length than a standard UK double mattress, making it a good option if you’re taller than the average or if you want to stylishly furnish a large bedroom.

In South Africa, king mattresses measure 150cm in width and have a length of approximately 190cm. This means that you and your partner have an extra 13 to 30cm to stretch out and enjoy compared to a conventional double mattress.

The biggest disadvantage of a king mattress is its footprint. While a king mattress can look great in a large master bedroom, beds of this size can make small bedrooms feel overly cramped and crowded.

Super King Mattresses
With an extra foot of width compared to a conventional king mattress, super king mattresses are the ultimate in bedtime luxury. Thanks to their space, mattresses of this type are ideal if you like to stretch out while you sleep, or if you want to enjoy a five-star hotel experience at home.

In SA, super king bed sets measure 200cm in width and 200cm in length. A mattress of this type is best suited to an expansive master bedroom due to the massive amount of space that’s required.
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Monday, 24 February 2020

The guide to bed sizes and mattress dimensions

Has your old mattress had its time and desperately needs replacing? Perhaps you are preparing for your baby’s first bed or a student who’s moving into your first college dorm.
Whatever the case may be an overlooked and often forgotten issue when purchasing a new mattress is its actual size.
Factors you need to account for include your bedroom size, budget, and how much bed space you need.
This guide will describe all mattress sizes available and whether or not it’s an ideal choice for you.

Crib  - 70x130cm
A crib or toddler mattress measures at 70x130cm and is the ideal size for your baby’s first bed. Initially used for infants, it can also be used as a toddler’s bed lasting a duration of around 18 months.
The child’s safety sleeping on the crib is paramount, so mattresses are made firmer than adult mattresses. Firmer mattresses lessen the risk of SIDs or suffocation when an infant rolls onto their stomach.
Similar to adult mattresses foam or innerspring are both suitable and will depend entirely on preference. Lighter cribs, for example, are easier to clean and to manoeuvre.
70x130cm bed dimensions are considered the standard in the US, ensuring it will fit in any crib you currently own.

Single - 100x190cm
A twin mattress is ideal for the majority of children sleeping throughout their childhood and is also considered the smallest bed for adults.
Even though a 100x190cm mattress will accommodate growth spurts through a child’s adolescent years, it may be necessary to upgrade to a bigger bed. Taller individuals will need a Twin XL bed which gives an extra 15cm in length.
Twin mattresses are slim in size which can be used for bunk-beds or for shared rooms where multiple twin mattresses can sit side by side. They are versatile as they are light to move and don’t require a big space to fit.

Twin XL - 100x200cm
A Twin XL mattress is considered the norm for college students who live in dorm rooms. They are long giving the much-needed length for students to sleep and stretch on, taking minimal space and easy to fit.
They are, however, not wide and are really meant to accommodate one person at a time.
A Twin XL mattress is a versatile choice as it fits for both children and adults; it is also easily transferable during move-ins.

Full  - 137x190cm
A Full-size mattress or also referred to as a “Double Bed” measures at 137x190cm and is considered a good compromise between a twin and queen mattress.
Ideally, for single sleepers, it can accommodate children, single adults who want their child or pet to sleep alongside them and some couples. It offers considerable width and length for single sleepers but will be cramped for your average couple, more often than not giving an uncomfortable nights sleep.
This is a potential choice for couples on a strict budget with a small sleeping area, but purchasing a Queen size bed would be advisable.

Queen - 152x203cm
Queen beds provide extra width and length in comparison to Full-size beds, making it the perfect option for couples. It also has enough bed length to support taller people and to couples who feel cramped in full-size beds, ensuring a good night’s sleep.
Before purchasing a Queen size bed, it is essential to account the living space it will take up once put in place. The mattress will take up considerably more space than a Twin or Full-size bed, which may make a small bedroom appear that much smaller causing restriction.
The majority of master bedrooms, however, will have plenty of space to fit Queen size bed; they are also very popular with a wide range of bedding and materials/styles available. Due to its size, it is considered the most versatile out of all beds.

King  - 193x203cm
Appropriately named ‘King’, this mattress measures a whopping 193x203cm and should only be purchased if you have plenty of sleeping space.
To put its size in perspective, it is the equivalent to 2 twin mattresses which theoretically could fit 3 to 4 adults.
It is also ideal for couples who sleep with their kids or pets.
As a general recommendation, you should have a room size of at least 30x30cm when considering a King Bed. Incidentally, this mattress comes in only split type box strings, making it easier to carry around.

Super King - 182x213cm
A California King size bed is the longest of all mattress sizes in our guide but not the widest, making it an ideal choice for taller sleepers who are over 1.8m. Taller sleepers may experience their feet hanging over the bed on mattresses mentioned previously, but with the Cal King, this problem is removed.
A California King size mattress is four inches taller than a King bed but losing 4 inches in width; regardless it is still wide enough to accommodate couples and for taller people who wish to have a pet on the bed.
Whether you choose a King or Cal King size will be determined mainly on your height and how many individuals will sleep on the bed.
If you’re over 1.8m and want to make sure your feet don’t hang over the bed, then a Cal King is recommended.
If however you regularly have your animals or children on the bed sleeping with you it would be advisable to purchase the wider King-sized bed.
To view accurate bed sizes in cm - check out the beds at Bed King.