Choosing a Bed Base and Mattress
When buying a new bed, most people concentrate on the support and comfort of the mattress while giving less thought to the bed base on which it is placed.
Not choosing the correct bed base can be a mistake as it will be detrimental to the comfort and decrease the mattress’s lifespan!
Most bed bases are purchased for their appearance to fit in with an existing bedroom design.
Bed bases come in several styles and designs and range in quality from basic tubular structures to extravagant hand-carved pieces.
Some bed bases are purchased for function and can offer excellent storage solutions with drawers built into the bottom to help store away bedroom clutter.
The top of a bed base can offer different comfort levels, with many bed frames supplied with a sprung slatted base.
A sprung slat is usually manufactured out of beech wood and has a slight bow to the design. There may be up to 80 slats used in the base, and the mattress sits on top of the slats.
The sprung slats work in conjunction with the mattress to support it, not taking all the strain. It can last up to 3 years longer, giving you a lot more value for money on your original purchase.
Divan bases are seen as a traditional bed base and usually match the fabric of the mattress. A divan base is typically manufactured from hardwood timber, and the frame is screwed and glued to give the structure extra rigidity.
Several different storage options exist in divan bases to give many choices for storage use and drawer accessibility.
The top of a divan base can have sprung edge options, which works similarly to the sprung stats. In this case, small coiled springs are used to give the mattress more support and help prolong the mattress’s lifespan.
If you’re thinking of having guests over, but don’t have room to fit a full-size bed or a sofa bed, then a Folding bed or a Z bed may be an option for you.
The idea of a folding bed is exactly as the name suggests. It can fold away to a small size and can be stored in a wardrobe, a cupboard, under an existing bed, or anywhere where you can find space to keep it.
The Folding bed uses a central pivot point to allow the bed to fold inwards and outwards, and usually, a folding bed will have extendable legs to lift the bed off the ground when you fold it out. Folding beds have become a lot more popular in the past ten years as space restrictions affect many more people than before.
Due to this popular demand, folding beds can now come with sprung or foam mattresses, making your folding bed a little bit more comfortable for your guest.
Whichever base you opt for, always consider it can affect the mattress’s comfort level, so don’t just purchase the base on the look alone. Some bases can make a mattress feel firmer, which could be a cheaper solution instead of replacing a mattress that doesn’t feel as supportive as it used to!
There are two sides to thriving consumer culture, and we need to consider both just as carefully.
You’ve got all the lovely clothes, technology, and furniture that enhance our lives and endow them with style and interest.
There’s nearly always something on the wish list or something tempting in the sales, isn’t there? Less obviously, you’ve got what you might think of as the back end of the process- all the old stuff that we no longer want.
The worst possible thing to do, which sadly many of us are still guilty of, is to throw things away. The best thing is to recycle.
What it means, more often than not, is simply putting things in the right bin. Lots of councils now provide free collection for large objects and then recycle them for you.
Equally, lots of dumps have now been turned into recycling centres too, with different areas for different substances—metal, wood, electronic items, etc.—which are then carefully processed in the best way.
Another great way to get your brownie points for helping the environment is to reuse items. But, of course, it doesn’t require you to reuse your possessions until you can’t stand the sight of them any longer!
Nor does it mean channelling that make-do-and-mend policy from the war years.
It simply involves donating to charities or using online sites that specialise in finding places for “pre-loved” objects.
If you buy a new wooden bed frame, donate your old one to a charity shop.
On the one hand, you’ll be helping someone else get their eight hours of sleep, and on the other, you’ll be helping to cut down on deforestation, an issue that not only endangers exotic species but disturbs the complex ecological balance of the land.
From recycling properly to reusing furniture, there are so many ways to help our planet that don’t involve great sacrifices, don’t take much time, and best of all, don’t require you to turn your life upside down!