Bed Care

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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Benefits of Sleep

Benefits of Sleep

Sleep Boosts Immunity

You may be catching every cold and flu around, but it’s your bedtime that really does the trick. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt our immune system so we’re less able to fight off bugs!

Sleep can slim you

Sleeping less may lead to weight gain! Studies have shown that people who sleep 6 or fewer hours a day tend to put on more pounds than those with 7-hour stretches.
The risks for obesity are higher too, so if you’re struggling keep up your regular sleeping schedule tomorrow night (or any other).

It’s believed to be because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).

Sleep boosts mental wellbeing

Chronic sleep debt can lead to long-term mood disorders like clinical depression and generalised anxiety disorder in adults.


A single sleepless night may make you irritable or moody the following day, which is not surprising given that lack of proper rest has been linked with increased levels bad stress hormones throughout your body over time!

When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than 6 hours a night.

Sleep prevents diabetes

Chronic sleep debt can lead to long-term mood disorders like clinical depression and generalised anxiety disorder in adults.


A single sleepless night may make you irritable or moody the following day, which is not surprising given that lack of proper rest has been linked with increased levels bad stress hormones throughout your body over time!

The connection between sleep and diabetes has been studied for years, but recently new research connects it with a surprising cause. When people don’t get enough good quality rest they are more likely to develop type 2 Diabetes because their bodies process glucose differently which can lead them into an energy crisis faster than normal.

Sleep wards off heart disease

The more you lack sleep, the harder your heart works to keep going. The link between long-standing sleeplessness and an increased workload on our vital organ may seem tenuous at best but studies show that there are serious consequences when this goes untreated including inflammation in addition to higher rates of hypertension or even stroke!

How to catch up on lost sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep, there’s only one way to compensate – getting more sleep.

It won’t happen with a single early night. If you’ve had months of restricted sleep, you’ll have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks.

Starting on a weekend, try to add on an extra hour or 2 of sleep a night. The way to do this is to go to bed when you’re tired, and allow your body to wake you in the morning (no alarm clocks allowed!).

You might sleep up to 10 hours a night at first. After a while, the amount of time you sleep will gradually decrease to a normal level.

Don’t rely on caffeine or energy drinks as a short-term pick-me-up. They may boost your energy and concentration in the short term, but can disrupt your sleep patterns even further in the long term.

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How much does a bad night’s sleep cost you?

How much does a bad night’s sleep cost you?

We all know that not getting enough sleep can make you moody and less efficient, but did you also realize it could be affecting your health?


A lack of zzzs has been linked with many other effects like feeling grumpier than usual or even having trouble focusing on tasks at work. But there’s one more thing: Sleep deprivation may lead to some pretty serious physical changes in the long-term including higher chances for high blood pressure problems later in life!

1 in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.

However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.

Poor sleep is a serious health issue that can lead to many different conditions, including obesity and diabetes. It has been shown in studies how much shorter our lives are when we don’t get enough restful nights’ haunting – so make sure you take care of yourself by getting good quality shut eye!

How much sleep do we need?

You know that feeling when you’re finally able to close your eyes after a long day of work, only for them open again immediately as soon as they close? Yeah – it doesn’t happen because there’s something blocking the light from entering our brains. In fact we need 8 hours of sleep per night just like everyone else does; however some people require more than this while others less depending on their body types and lifestyles (for example if they have young children). The best way is finding out how much nightly bedtime would suit YOU personally so then try achieving said amount without fail!

What happens if I don’t sleep?

Everyone’s experienced the fatigue, short temper and lack of focus that often follow a poor night’s sleep.

An occasional night without sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won’t harm your health.

After several sleepless nights, the mental effects become more serious. Your brain will fog, making it difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You’ll start to feel down, and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases.

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How to Furnish a Stylish First Home on a Budget

How to Furnish a Stylish First Home on a Budget

You’ve finally done it, you’ve made the big step and purchased your first home! All that saving and stress with chasing the solicitors was worth it. Now comes the fun part; you get to decide on how to furnish your new home!

But just how expensive is it to fully furnish your first home? Well, we looked into it for you, and as it turns out, it can be quite costly. In fact, furnishing your first home can cost nearly as much as your deposit. Ouch! So, to help you out, we’ve provided some top tips on how to furnish your first home stylishly, without breaking the bank!

Plan your vision

Start by envisioning how you want each room to look: will there be a running theme throughout your new home, or do you want each room to have it’s own individual style? It might be worth making a quick collage on your phone and see how colours and styles work together.

You can then make a note of the furniture styles you like. Having some kind of plan will be very helpful when you start shopping for stylish affordable furniture as it’ll keep you organised during a very chaotic transition.

Prioritise items

In the excitement of buying your first home, you may feel under pressure to get your house showroom-ready as soon as possible, but there’s no need to rush! Prioritise the essential furniture items that you really need: such as a bed, dining table or a sofa. It’s perfectly fine to furnish your new home piece by piece, rather than a full room at a time.

It may be a good idea to create a list of the less essential furniture items you want and keep it close to hand, so you can pick up the little extras whenever you have some spare cash. The more organised you are with your budget furnishing, the easier it will be when you come to treat yourself on the slightly more expensive furniture that you’ve had your eye on.

Pay attention to seasonal sales and promotions

Be strategic about when you purchase certain high price items. It’s never a bad idea to do your research beforehand – make a note of what you need and look around to find the best price. This can make a huge difference when you’re furnishing a new home on a budget. It might take more time, but it’s worth it in the end; especially when you find that style of modern, affordable furniture you’ve always wanted.

Focus on quality over quantity

Furnishing a new home on a budget is hard. We’ve already discussed prioritising the essential items, but you shouldn’t forget that the high price items need to be considered as an investment which will save you money in the long run.

So you might need to think about spending a little more money on furniture such as your bed frame and mattress, which will likely follow you to your next home. Focus your budget furnishing on items such as bedside tables and floor lamps which are much easier to replace if they break in a couple of years time.

Take your time and enjoy furnishing your first home

Once you’ve purchased your essential furniture items, there’s no shame in waiting a little longer before buying everything else, such as your decorative furniture pieces, for example. Keep in mind that it’s not worth compromising your first home that you’ve worked so hard to get, just to rush to fill the whole house in the first month. It’s an unrealistic goal, and you’ll most likely end up with a load of cheap furniture that you’re not entirely satisfied with.

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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 stop a wooden bed from creaking

How to stop a wooden bed from creaking

Do you lie awake at night, staying as still as a statue to save yourself from another patience-wearing creak, wondering how to fix a squeaky bed? Well, wonder no more our sleep-deprived friend – our expert dream team at M6 Beds have got all the answers to your prayers for a squeak-free sleep!

Why do creaky wooden beds need fixing?

More than just being incredibly, unbelievably, unimaginably infuriating, a squeaky bed is actually terrible news for your quality of sleep. In fact, noises such as your bed creaking can prevent you from achieving the all-important deep sleep stage of your sleep cycle. This can lead to disrupted sleep patterns and a serious impact on your health, from increased stress levels, to low energy, high blood pressure and insomnia.

Do wooden beds squeak?

Yes! When a wooden bed frame squeaks and makes a noise it shouldn’t be making, it’s actually your bed’s own little (and albeit, very annoying) way of letting you know something’s wrong.

Wooden beds squeak for a whole host of reasons, but common causes can include loose joints, broken slats, a worn-out spring mattress or even heat expansion. More often than not though, a loose frame fitting or an old mattress will be the cause of your noise complaints and, luckily for you, it’s easy to search for the source of the problem!

How to identify the source of the creaking

To find out whether your spring mattress is to blame, remove the mattress from your bed and lay it on the floor. Next, it’s time for the creak test – lie down on your mattress and move around across its surface. If it groans with that all too familiar sound from your nightmares, you’ve found your problem. If it’s as quiet as a mouse, however, it’s time to initiate phase two of your inquiry – the wooden bed frame inspection.

To identify the cause of your bed’s creaking, gently rock its frame in different directions and listen carefully. Once you’ve narrowed down your search area to the source of the sound, make sure to thoroughly check for any loose bolts or joints nearby before moving onto our tips on how to fix the squeaking.

Check out our next blog to see how you can stop a wooden bed from squeaking!

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What Is the Best Way to Wash Your Bedding?

What Is the Best Way to Wash Your Bedding?

Now you know how often you should be washing your bedding, here are some tips and tricks to keeping them squeaky clean.  

The best way to wash your bedding is selecting the hottest setting the material can stand. The hotter the water, the better job it will do taking out all the pathogens and critters that have found their way onto your bedsheets. It’s worth checking the labels before you dive in and destroy your bedding, some linens can’t be washed in high temperatures or put in the dryer without sustaining damage.  

A solution to this would be hanging them out to dry outside. Sunlight is a natural antimicrobial agent and kills mites so makes a better option than drying them inside. One final tip would be to iron your bedsheets once they’ve been cleaned. This will further sanitize more sensitive linens without committing them to a long soak in boiling water.  

It can feel like washing your bedding is a bit of a drag, but it’s important for health and hygiene. A handy tip to avoid leaving your bedding too long when you can’t be bothered is to have two sets of sheets and pillow and duvet covers. This way, it’s a quick replacement when two weeks comes around, allowing you to wash the dirty bedding another time. Following the advice in our article will help you take care of your health when you head off for a snooze each night, with the bonus of being able to regularly jump into fresh sheets.  

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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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The right time to replace your bed

The right time to replace your bed

Buying a bed is a big deal and can often feel like a purchase for life. But, just like your mattress and other pieces of furniture, your bed isn’t built to last a lifetime. In fact, your bed will be ripe for replacement after around 10 years, as it will have gone through more than its fair share of wear and tear over a decade of dreaming. Even after 7 years, a replacement bed could be the key to unlocking a better night’s kip and although you’ll want to get your money’s worth, you can’t put a price on sleep.

How to notice if your bed needs replacing?

There are many tell-tale signs that your bed is getting in the way of quality sleep. It’s time to conduct your very own bed MOT!

Firstly, think about your own nightly sleeping experience. If you’ve been tossing and turning in the night, waking up with aches and pains or can feel springs under the surface when you’re lying down, it’s possible that your bed needs to be upgraded. Creaks, moans, cracks and other noises are also big indicators that it’s time for something new so keep an ear out for your bed’s cries for help!

Beyond the feel and sound of the bed, you can also visually inspect whether there are signs of significant wear and tear. If you notice that the legs of the beds are worn out, the base of your bed is on the saggy side or your new mattress has sustained some unwanted damage, it’s time for a new bed!

Choosing the right bed for you

If you’re taking the plunge and opting to upgrade your sleep station, take a bow and get out that tape measure. Getting your measurements right is the most important step on your journey to better sleep as you need to know what dimensions you’re working with.

Once you’ve embraced your inner architect and got your bedroom mapped out, you can figure out what size bed will be best for you and your space. If you’re a solo sleeper who likes to spread out during the night, then perhaps a double bed is the way to go. Or maybe a king size bed is needed to cater for your partner’s flailing limbs in the night! You should also consider whether you need some extra storage from your bed and then turn your mind to aesthetics to figure out what kind of look you are going for from your interior design.

Struggling to decide what bed to go for next, contact us today and our customer services team will be happy to help.

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