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When it comes to choosing a new bed you don’t want to cut yourself too thin in the size department. Sure, it might save space - and money - choosing a smaller bed, but if you’re sharing with a restless sleeper or you like to spread out whilst you snooze, then going one size up might work wonders.
It’s all about trying out what works for you before you buy (as discussed in our Size Matters Choosing The Right Size Mattress blogpost), but sometimes you don’t have time for that, so we’ve summed up everything you need to know about choosing the perfect bed for you and your family.
We’ll run through a few of the options that are out there and let you know the pros and cons so you can have your family sleeping safe and comfortably.
Small Single Bed
A size you might not be too familiar with is the small-single bed. This size is perfect for toddlers up to the age of four. To you, the small single might seem too small and you might be tempted to place your child in a normal single bed straight away. Remember, you’re seeing this through an adult’s eyes. Whilst a small bed might seem small to you, it’s going to be huge to your toddler who’s been sleeping in a cot for the last year or so. The small single is perfect to get your child in the routine of sleeping in a big bed for the first time. They’re also easier to maintain meaning it will take the strain out of cleaning up those inevitable accidents.
Another advantage is that they’re often cheaper than a regular single - a small single bedstead will set you back around £65 - and if you’re first time parents, you can always keep it stored away ready for your next child, if you know, you’re already thinking about that. Probably not. If you’re a first time parent, you’re probably reading this at 3am with a bottle of milk in your hand.
From Single to Double
Children grow up quick, we all know that. One day they’re a small bundle of fun, but soon they’ll become tall and grumpy and won’t want anything to do with you. That’s just a fact of life. The same goes with their bed, and soon they’ll outgrow their single beds. Although it’s not absolutely necessary, children nowadays are choosing double beds rather than single beds, and that’s a choice you’ll have to make. Fortunately, if they find them more comfortable, they may be a good investment for the future.
It’s not as if a double bed will break the bank as well. You can pick up this small-double - not quite a single, not quite a double - for £112, which is only £13 more than a regular single. Think about it this way, you’ll be getting many more years out of the bed for just an extra £13. That’s less than a pound a year.
Couples: Double, King Size or Double King Size
Ultimately, it comes down to how much room you’ll both take up? It’s an obvious question but people don’t take this into account when they’re trying to squeeze as much space out of their bedroom as possible. Some couples sacrifice sleeping space when it comes to buying a bed, which is an absolute no-go. We all love a good snuggle, and you might be the most loved up couple in the world, but you won’t be in love when you’re waking each other up in the night with all those involuntary movements. You’re less considerate at 3am than you are at 10pm, honestly.
Couples should really aim for either a King Size or a Double King Size, they offer loads more space than a double and are a good investment into your sleep. Think about it, for that bit extra you’ll get loads more space. With prices starting at £185, there really is no better option. Don’t get cramped up, spread your wings and sleep soundly.