Month: November 2019

Divan bed versus bed frame: Which is right for you?

Divan bed versus bed frame: Which is right for you?

When choosing a new bed, the first decision you will need to make is whether to opt for a divan or a bed frame.

Not only will your new bed affect your quality of sleep, it will also be the main focal point in our bedroom, so taking the time to make the right decision is very important.

We’ve put together a few key points about divans and bed frames to help you to choose the option most suited to both your space and your requirements.

Divan beds

A divan is a bed with a solid, fabric base featuring in-built storage. Once considered old-fashioned, the modern divan now comes in a huge variety of different shapes, sizes and materials to suit any taste and home interior.

Storage – The main benefit of a divan bed is that it maximises space in the bedroom by providing storage space under the bed.

Size – Divans usually take up slightly less space than a bed with a frame as they are only the size of the mattress.

Headboard – Headboards can be easily added and updated as required, changing the bed’s appearance without the expense of buying a whole new bed.

Here at M6 Beds we specialise in divan beds and divan bases and can manufacture a divan to suit your specific needs.

Bed frames

Bed frames are generally more classic in appearance than divans and may be the preferred option when extra storage is not required.

Variety of styles – From wood and metal, to fabric and leather, bed frames are available in plenty of different colours, styles and materials, allowing you to pick an option that complements your bedroom’s décor perfectly.

Appearance – Bed frames are widely considered to be more aesthetically pleasing and stylish than divan beds. From beautiful natural wood, to elegant, decorative metalwork, bed frames are available in a range of attractive finishes.

Price range – Available to suit a wide variety of budgets, it’s possible to get a basic bed frame very cheaply.

At M6 Beds we stock bed frames in all shapes and sizes including wooden, metal, upholstered and leather designs.

For help and advice choosing your new bed, give our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Buying Tips, bed frame, Bedroom, Divan Bed, M6 Beds, Make a Bed, Make Your Bed In The Morning, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress
How to dispose of your old mattress

How to dispose of your old mattress

If you’ve taken the plunge and invested in a comfortable new mattress for your bed, your next job is to get rid of the old one.

Unless you happen to own a van or know someone else with one, your mattress is probably going to be a bit bulky and heavy to dispose of without some help.

Some people who aren’t sure what to do with their old mattresses resort to breaking out the handsaw, chopping it up, burning the parts that they can and throwing the rest in the bin. Not only is this time-consuming, it’s also bad for the environment and the fumes from burning could be unsafe, so we suggest using one of the following methods instead.

Buy your new mattress from M6 Beds

The simplest way to dispose of your mattress is to buy your new mattress from M6 Beds! When you buy from us, we offer a like-for-like disposal service. So, if you buy a new mattress, providing your old mattress is dry and in a hygienic condition, we will take it away and dispose of it for free.

Sell

If your mattress is in good condition and isn’t too old you may be able to sell it online to someone local using a platform like Facebook Marketplace, eBay or Gumtree.

Donate

Not bothered about getting money for your old mattress?  Mattresses in good condition can also be donated to charities like The British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross.

Local council

For a fee, you can usually arrange for your local council to pick up your old mattress. If you want your mattress to be recycled, check with them how they will dispose of it as not all councils recycle them.

Recycle

If your local council doesn’t recycle old mattresses, then you may be able to find another service locally that will pick up and recycle your mattress for a fee.

Find out more about the mattresses we stock here at M6 Beds by giving our team a call on 01270 879 379.

Posted by m6beds in Invest In A Bigger Bed, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds, Make a Bed, Mattress Type, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Old Beds, Old mattress
Study finds link between sleep quality in teens and social media usage

Study finds link between sleep quality in teens and social media usage

A study has found that teenagers who report high social media usage are more at risk of suffering sleep problems.

Today’s teenagers live in a constantly connected world where smartphones and social media play a huge part in their social lives. But what impact is all that screen time scrolling through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram having on their sleep and wellbeing?

The University of Glasgow carried out a study on 12,000 teenagers aged between 13 and 15 and the findings were published in the British Medical Journal.

The teenagers were asked to report on how much time they spent on social media each day and what their typical sleep habits were like.

Results for social media usage were as follows

  • 7% reported low usage (less than an hour).
  • 6% reported average usage (one to three hours).
  • 14% reported high usage (three to five hours).
  • 21% reported very high usage (more than five hours).

The study found that of the teenagers who reported very high social media usage were 70% more likely to fall asleep after 11pm on school days and after midnight on weekends and holidays than average users.

Those with high or very high usage were also more likely to wake up later and have problems getting back to sleep if they woke up during the night.

Authors of the study noted that late bedtimes and disturbed sleep can be particularly damaging for teenagers as they can be linked to ‘poorer academic and emotional outcomes.’

The blue light emitted by screens can have a negative affect on the body clock and hormones, so looking at phones, tablets and laptops is not recommended close to bedtime.

Teenagers not getting enough sleep or having problems falling or staying asleep should keep electronic devices like smartphones out of their bedrooms to help improve their sleep patterns.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Buying Tips, Buy The Right Bed, Sleep Quality
Top tips for bunk bed safety

Top tips for bunk bed safety

Most children would choose bunk beds over a regular bed, but are they a safe option for your little ones?

Children love bunk beds, they’re fun to sleep in and ideal for having friends over to stay. The good news for parents is that they’re also completely safe, providing they have been bought from a reputable business and are used responsibly.

Here are our top tips for keeping children safe on bunk beds.

Always buy from a reputable business

Reputable businesses should always sell bunk beds that are durable, safe and conform to the legal British Standard.

Take care to assemble correctly

Bunk beds usually arrive flat packed and will require assembly at home. Make sure that you always put bunk beds together carefully according to instructions and safety recommendations. Never leave off any parts like guard rails.

Don’t allow children to play on them

Most bunk bed-related accidents occur when children are playing on them or otherwise misusing them. Always stress to children that their bunk beds are for sleeping only and should not be climbed on.

Don’t allow children under 6 on the top bunk

Whilst the bottom bunk is safe for younger children, experts recommend that the top bunk is only used by children over the age of six.

Use a night light

Leaving a night light switched on close by to the bunk bed’s ladder can help children to climb up and down safely during the night.

Never hang things from the top bunk

Never allow children to hang clothing or other items from the guard rails on the bunk bed as it could strangle them if they got tangled in it.

At M6 Beds we stock a selection of high quality children’s bunk beds and mattresses, to find out more about the models we have available, give our team a call on 01270 879 379.

Posted by m6beds in Bunk Bed Safety, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds, Make a Bed