The quality of your sleep has a huge impact on your overall health and wellbeing, mental as well as physical. So buying a bed isn’t something that should be done too casually. By this, we mean it is worth investing the proper amount of time, and a bit of research, into finding the right bed for you.

There are a lot of different factors to be considered when making a selection, in terms of style, size and price. Below are a few pointers to help you while you’re shopping for your next bed.


The three main types of bed are divan, bedstead and adjustable base.

To create the perfect bed, divans and bedsteads can be combined with sprung and unsprung mattresses, of which there are multiple varieties of both.

Divans are a good choice where storage space is at a premium, while bedsteads offer a more traditional look and come in a wide range of different styles.

Unlike divans and bedsteads, adjustable base beds usually have their mattresses specially made, offering less mix and match flexibility. The main advantage being, however, that they are more adaptable for those who read a lot or watch a lot of TV in bed. They’re also beneficial for anyone who suffers from neck or back pain.

How the bed will look in the space where it is going to be placed is going to be a key part of the decision making process for many. While bedsteads can offer more choice when it comes to the look you may want to achieve, comfort should always be the deciding factor.


While the size of your bedroom is going to have an impact on the bed you choose, it is also important to consider if the bed is big enough for you. In the case of couples, it will obviously need to be big enough for the tallest partner.

A bed should be around 10–15cm longer than the tallest person sleeping in it.

Couples should be able to lie side by side, with their arms behind their heads, without touching. The more room a person has to comfortably stretch out, the better they will sleep.

Some people prefer higher beds – in which case a divan might be the better option, whereas modern bedsteads tend to be closer to the floor.

Size isn’t just about comfort. The bed also needs to fit into your bedroom. Remember: UK bed sizes aren’t standardised, so terms like ‘king size’ only give a rough idea of scale.

With this in mind, it is always a good idea to measure the bed before making a purchase to account for fluctuations. It’s also important to consider size if buying the mattress from a different manufacturer.


Anyone looking for a new bed should be shopping for the best value bed, but not simply the cheapest. Even if you don’t buy your bed online, the internet can be a useful tool in searching for the best bed for you at the best price. This will help you to get more for your money and maximise the return on your investment – ultimately, many good nights of sleep!

Whatever your requirements, here at All About Beds we offer the best of online and offline shopping, with great deals on our website and in our in Taunton store where you can come in and try a bed out in person. 

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