Bed Buying Tips

What to look out for when making a mattress  purchase

What to look out for when making a mattress purchase

More expensive doesn’t always mean better!

If you’re looking to buy a new mattress, this is probably the most important decision that will affect your every day life. There are so many different types and styles out there it can be hard decide what’s right for YOU!
The first step should always involve finding someone who has experience with all sorts of mattresses – ask friends or family if they know anyone trustworthy.

Your first stop should be M6 Beds showroom where our great team who can help you and walk you through our to recommendations for a range of sleep styles and budgets. However, when you come to make your decision, there are some things you might have forgotten or simply never realised, which can have a big effect on how smoothly the decision-making process goes. 

Check your space!

When you make your purchase, you’ll need to not only decide which mattress you want, but also how big it should be. Anecdotally, I’ve noticed people are increasingly opting for bigger mattresses – in the UK King seems to be almost standard for couples now, and Super King isn’t considered nearly as extravagant as it used to be.

Customer reviews are key!

The internet has made it easier than ever to buy anything, but before you do be sure that the product suits your needs. Researching online will help give a better idea of what’s available and allow for more practical choices based on real-life experience with each individual item.
I know buying things seems like such an easy process these days – why not just go for whatever looks best? Well there are always risks involved when making decisions like this; don’t let fear consume all possible options in order avoid regret later!

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Ways a Mattress Topper can improve your sleep

Ways a Mattress Topper can improve your sleep

Did you know? One in three adults don’t get enough kip! Whether it’s a cup of coffee too many or scrolling Insta keeping you blinking past bedtime, lack of sleep means cranky mornings and bad moods.

The bohemian chic bedroom is a perfect place to relax and unwind in the weekend. Accompanied by soft neutral colours, you can dot your room with cushions or blankets while adding rugs from artisan suppliers for extra charm!
There are plenty more ways that this trend could take form – try hanging artist pieces on walls as well if possible so they create depth when viewed head-on at least.

The benefits of a mattress topper

Mattress toppers add a layer of comfort

Of all the things a bed should be, comfy is number one. A topper adds a layer of comfort to your mattress that will make it very hard to get out of bed in the morning. The fluffy layer glides over your mattress, which can transform the feel of your bed. Is your current mattress a tad too hard or getting on a bit?

A memory foam mattress topper will bring it back to life without the hassle of having to change it, saving you money and time to improve your sleep. A win, win, win. How is that for a hat trick? Being comfortable in bed can help ensure you get the proper night’s rest you need to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Mattress toppers keep bedtimes fresh

Mattress toppers get another gold star when it comes to keeping bedtime clean and fresh. For bonus points, choose naturally anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic fabrics like bamboo. A topper with a bamboo cover will bring all the benefits of an eco-friendly wonder plant to your bedroom.

Bamboo is the perfect material for your bedding. Not only does it keep you cool and refreshed, but its anti-microbial properties mean that no nasty bacteria will be able to attack! Plus with a removable cover making cleaning easy as pie – what’s not love about that?

Mattress toppers promotes alignment of your neck, spine and hips

Whether it’s too much sitting or skipping those morning stretches, modern life can have our bodies all out of whack. This can make life and moving around rather uncomfortable. What gives? Well, bedtime! A good mattress topper can help promote proper neck, spine and hip alignment while you sleep.

Hydro-foam gel mattress toppers excel in the alignment department. The technology adapts to your sleeping position, keeping you supported and snoozing all night comfortably. Knowing you are taking care of your body is another reason to sleep soundly. And better sleep will have you waking up feeling on top!

Mattress toppers help you achieve an early night!

Is all of this talk of bed making you tired? Before you take a nap, there is one more reason a mattress topper can help you sleep. Knowing your bed is cool, comfy and relaxing will make early nights all the more tempting. Let’s face it, sometimes getting those eight hours of recommended sleep can take a back burner to work deadlines, Netflix and keeping up with your social life. 

Though not prioritising rest can eventually lead to burn-out. Self-care is vital to wellbeing, and that starts with getting plenty of good, quality sleep. If you’re in need of a few more early nights, a mattress topper will have you counting down till bedtime and waking up feeling magic!

Want more information about what would be the best mattress to suit you and your needs? Contact us today!

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Bedroom Interior Trends For Spring

Bedroom Interior Trends For Spring

Can’t wait until springtime? You’re not alone! The feeling is universal and we can hardly contain our excitement as the days get longer, flowers start emerging from their buds, trees put on a fresh show for us every day – all signs that soon enough it’ll be time to shake off those winter blues. And just like that: newest home interior trends are here (in this example). Yep you know what I’m talking about – 5 amazing bedroom designs guaranteed make any space feel brand new again with an edge no other room has offered before now.

Cue the influx of new spring interior trends. It’s no shock that new trends in every industry come into play each year. Some may be your favourites whereas some may be your worst nightmare. But, as interior bedroom fanatics, trends are at our forefront and we thought we’d share them with you!

Explore the best spring trends

Scandinavian simplicity

The Scandinavian bedroom style is a delicate balance of clean simplicity and elegant minimalism. It’s currently trending in bedrooms all over the world, but it will continue to be popular for years because this aesthetic has such an appealing quality that makes you feel at ease while sleeping or lounging around!

Put it this way, wherever you find a Scandinavian inspired interior then white walls, lots of natural light, neutral browns, natural textures and an emphasis on organic shapes won’t be far behind! Less is more with the Scandinavian interior trend, whilst creating a sense of harmony and zen are big-game players.

Creating your happy place

Due to spending a lot of time at home, many people have transitioned their humble bedrooms into a wellness hub, aiming to capture a mindful space. It’s no surprise then that creating a minimal and stripped back interior for your bedroom is hot on the list of spring trends.

Create a haven for yourself by crafting the perfect bedroom. Introducing clever storage such as beds, furniture and even multi-functionalpurpose rooms can be an excellent place to start! Alongside house plants or natural elements like incorporating hemp into your design scheme will help you create peace in mind while sleeping soundly at night on these minimal yet effective touches that are both calming AND beautiful too.

 Cottagecore luxe

Idealising country living by creating a cosy and wholesome aesthetic will continue to grow as an interior trend this spring. You might be wondering what the cottagecore interior trend is? This style embraces imperfections with rustic decor, and plenty of character. As opposed to other interior trends, clutter is accepted, and even desired, to a higher degree with the cottagecore style.

The boho-chic bedroom trend is all about creating a room that you can escape into. The neutral colors and textures, as well as artisan crafted pieces will make this goal easier for those looking to express themselves in unconventional ways with their own sense of style!

This trend is all about bringing that cozy, bohemian feel into your home with neutral colours and soft furnishings. The perfect bedroom will have lots of cushions on the floor as well as wall hangings for an artful aesthetic!

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Tips for choosing the best adjustable bed

Tips for choosing the best adjustable bed

  1. Know your needs
  2. Consider the size of the bed
  3. Compare prices and features
  4. Read reviews
  5. Ask questions before you buy
  6. Make sure you have enough space for it

The adjustable bed has become the most popular option for those looking to create their perfect sleeping environment. Mattress retailers offer this type of frame, with many electronic features that allow you control over your mattress settings from anywhere in the world!

Benefits

Elevating the head may have a positive effect on health conditions such as acid reflux and sleep apnea.

A 2012 study found that participants who slept with an elevated pillow saw reduction in symptoms of both heartburn or discomfort from eating meals while lying down, improved quality scores for calmness during rest periods between midnight until 8am when compared against those without any extra height added onto their mattress
The research was published by Trusted Source magazine which discusses latest findings across multiple fields within medicine.

This study shows that sleeping on an incline can be beneficial for those who suffer from sleep apnea. The researchers noted no discomfort when using the pillow and noticed a reduction in symptoms severity, which is great news!

What to look for in an adjustable bed

Before choosing an adjustable bed frame, a person may wish to consider:

  • the cost 
  • the product’s quality and materials
  • whether or not their current mattress is compatible with an adjustable bed or if a new one will be necessary
  • independent reviews of the product and the retailer or manufacturer
  • the functionality and number of adjustment positions it offers
  • the product warranty or guarantee period
  • the delivery options
  • the recycling options

Getting to know the terminology

There are some words and phrases relating to adjustable beds that a person may not yet be familiar with. The list below will look at some of the most common.

  • Wall-hugging: This refers to the position of the mattress in relation to the wall. During and after transitions, the technology ensures that there is no gap between the mattress and the wall, regardless of mattress position.
  • Zero gravity: This refers to the fact that a particular position of the bed, or the point of transition from one position to another, may mimic the feeling of weightlessness.
  • Ergonomic design: This means that the manufacturers have tailor-made the product to support the human form. 
  • Whisper-quiet: This means that the mechanisms for the various frame functions are no louder than a person whispering.
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What makes a four-poster bed so luxurious?

What makes a four-poster bed so luxurious?

The size– A four-poster bed is usually bigger than a standard size bed in the UK, but this is often why people are so attracted to them. They have a grand feel about them, which can make the people sleeping in them feel like royalty.

Timeless Design – This type of bed has been around since the 16th century, and there is a reason they have stood the test of time… they have a classic design. This type of bed comes in an array of classic and elegant shapes and designs. You can even get four-poster beds that come with hand-crafted and engraved markings, like ones you would find back in the day.

Traditional style – Even if you opt for a more modern four-poster bed, the four posts that come with the bed mean it’s kept its traditional vibe, as this concept for the bed hasn’t changed since its first release.

Setting the mood – With opulently draped curtains and grand pillars, four-poster beds could be seen as quite romantic and could make the perfect place for you and your partner to get some shut-eye.

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Is it time for a Bed M.O.T?

Is it time for a Bed M.O.T?

With normal wear and tear a bed should last around seven years – but our quick Bed MOT can help to determine if your bed has had its day – and night! It’s a two-minute test that should be done every year after the first three to five years; and every six months after that.

Research shows buying a new bed can lead to a real improvement in sleep – up to an hour extra – and if you sleep better, you feel much better. Remember to buy as big as you can, spend as much as you can afford, and look out for the National Bed Federation’s Approved big tick logo to ensure you’re buying a product that is safe, clean, and honest.

The right bed is extremely important to health and wellbeing because our sleeping environment will affect the quality of our sleep – which in turn has a big effect on how well we feel, both physically and psychologically. A bed with the correct support, comfort, and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching.

Ideally try before you buy, as comfort and support are all down to personal preference. Take your time and spend at least 10 minutes lying down in your natural sleeping position – together if the bed is for two as it needs to be right for both of you.

Too often, people rush the bed buying experience – some spend less than two minutes trying them out! It’s a huge investment and time needs to be taken to choose the right bed.

Why don’t you come and visit us today and take the Bed MOT now!

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Benefits of a Super King Bed

Benefits of a Super King Bed

Get a better night’s sleep

If you’re serious about sleep and looking for unrivalled comfort with plenty of room to play with, a super king size bed is the way to go. Measuring in at a huge 6ft x 6ft 6” of mattress, say goodbye to restless legs and bedtime contortionism as you can rest assured your body will have the space it needs to settle into the perfect sleeping position for a quality night’s sleep.

Perfect for partners

No matter how much you love them, we all know how irritating it can be to be woken up by your better half tossing and turning in the early hours. In fact, super king beds are that luxuriously big, you might even struggle to spot your beloved on the other side – dreamy! In all seriousness, a super king mattress can alleviate the motion of your partner’s movements during the night meaning you are much less likely to be rudely awakened by any night-time fidgeting or flailing limbs.

Improves blood flow

Sleeping in a bed with less space can often constrict blood flow due to you having to curl up and place extra pressure on your joints and body. As you have a greater area to properly stretch out in a king-size bed, there is a much lower possibility of you waking up with numbness or painful pins and needles.

Provides extra storage space

In need of more storage space? We’ve got just the ticket. Ottoman super king size storage beds are a unique combination of style and functionality, as the base can be raised to reveal an enormous storage area for keeping clothes, bedding or other bulky belongings.

Creates a stunning centrepiece in a large bedroom

A big bedroom deserves a big bed – it’s a simple as that. Having a bed that’s in proportion to your large bedroom creates an inviting focal point that exudes comfort and warmth. Plus, with our range of upholstered, oak and crushed velvet super king bed frames, you can rest assured that your new bed will act as a spectacular centrepiece in your space that you’ll be hard pushed to want to get out of when morning rolls around.

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How to make your bedroom eco-friendly

How to make your bedroom eco-friendly

How to make your bedroom eco-friendly

Ready to get started on saving the planet and upgrading your bedroom style? Here’s our pick of the best tips for designing an eco-friendly bedroom!

1. Choose a gorgeous yet durable wooden bed

Beautiful, built to last and eco-friendly, the benefits of wooden beds are endless when it comes to eco-style design.

2. Use organic paints

Unlike normal gloss or emulsion paints that contain solvents and other harmful chemicals, you can purchase organic paints that are totally free of all pesticides, herbicides & toxins. VOC paints (and flooring for that matter) are very harmful for the environment, so make sure you opt for anti-VOC paints or low VOC paints at the very minimum. As well as paints there are also varnishes, primers and even wallpaper that are eco-friendly, too!

3. Make sure mattress is a plastic-free zone

Whilst you’re working toward styling your eco-friendly bedroom, don’t forget about your mattress. Many mattresses out on the market today actually contain PV or flame retardants that are a form of plastic. Not only are these harmful for the environment, but they are harmful for you too and can have negative implications on your health.

Instead, invest in a good quality mattress that has natural material components for the benefit of both you and the planet. Look out for materials such as wool, cotton, hemp and bamboo that are all-natural but still incredibly comfortable and supportive.

4. Opt for natural bedding

Using natural bedding made from organic cotton or bamboo is another way to be healthier and greener. These fabrics don’t contain any pesticides and 100% unbleached duvets, mattress protectors and pillows are becoming far more common these days and are found in any bedding store worth its salt! Yes, organic bedding is slightly more expensive, but they are a fantastic investment as they’re warm, soft, durable and sustainable. Be sure to stay away from any bedding that contains teflon, formaldehyde or flame resistance as these all defeat the aim of achieving a more green and eco-style design.

5. Go eco-friendly with your furniture

Eco-friendly bedroom furniture has been on the rise in recent years as the design world has searched for ways to become more sustainable. As a result, there’s a lot of eco-style furniture to get your hands on that doesn’t take up too much space and uses all-natural materials!

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Mattress buying guide

Mattress buying guide

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.

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.

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.

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The Best Pillowcases for Skin Features

The Best Pillowcases for Skin Features

Depending on how you sleep, the features that will work best for you in pillowcases that are good for your skin can vary, but they all revolve around the same things. One is the material, another is the closure options, and a third is the structure of the pillowcase itself.

Material

Of course, silk is best because of its many healthy properties. However, satin is smooth and wrinkle resistant as well, and its construction eases the way that your skin reacts to dryness. It will help retain moisture almost as well as silk, and it keeps you from worrying about unsightly marks on your face.

Silk is best, and you want to consider momme weight, which is similar to thread count in standard linen or cotton pillowcases. Momme weight gives you an idea of how fine the silk threads are and the quality of the pillowcase. Typically, a momme count between 16 and 22 is ideal, with a luxurious feel and high-quality weave.

Enclosure

You want your pillow to remain within its shell, so finding a pillowcase that is completely enclosed is a good idea. This keeps your face from coming into contact with the pillow itself, which may be made of a material less conducive to health factors. An envelope enclosure works well, folding over to keep the pillow encased without the concern of your face or hair coming into contact with a zipper. However, a hidden zipper enclosure is also a welcome decision, since it guarantees you keep the pillow covered and also covers the zipper so it’s not a danger to your skin or hair.

Construction

This is where the decision becomes personal. For some, getting a pillowcase that is 100% silk or satin on both sides is best because it assists in protecting your skin even if you like to flip your pillow over during the night. You never run the risk of sleeping on a surface that is going to dry you out or leave marks on your face.

On the other hand, some people move around a lot in their sleep, and the slippery surfaces of silk and satin on the bottom of the pillow could cause it to move away, leaving you sleeping on the sheets instead. In these cases, it might be better to choose a pillowcase that is silk or satin on top and a different material underneath that gives it better traction for less chance of sliding away from you while you sleep.

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