Bedroom

Utilise under the bed with storage boxes

Utilise under the bed with storage boxes

Using the space under a bed can offer the most generous and easy way to increase the storage space in your bedroom and house, or especially in flats. Having great organisation and a place to store away any items is a key step to living a stress and clutter free life. There’s many ways which can help provide this space, including storage boxes and ottoman beds but here we discuss the different storage boxes you can use in your bedroom.

Why creating space is important

Better Sleep

A calm, relaxing atmosphere is a must for the perfect night’s sleep. One way to achieve this is through clearing away anything that could be in the way. Waking up to a clean bedroom is a guaranteed way to start off the day better.

A Safer Environment

Of course, with the floor being clear, you are much less likely to fall over and trip.  

Less Stress

A clearer bedroom can also offer a feeling of motivation, being better for your health. This can also help clear your mind of stress.

Ways To Create Space

Under-bed Storage Boxes

Our underbed storage boxes provide a large amount of space and are available in various sizes and colours, each ideal for a variety of reasons. These are compatible with any standard height beds and can be added at any time, including after purchase.  The standard internal height for storing is 19cm, giving ample space for spare bedding, pillows, duvets etc. 

Low beds do not offer the space of clearance needed for these storage boxes so ensure you choose a bed that’s a standard height to make the most of your space if storage is important.

Ottoman Beds

If you’re looking for storage which is already built into the bed frame, we recommend Ottoman Bed. We have various styles available, all offering a large amount of storage within the base of the bed frame. The easy to lift base makes any items quickly and easily accessible.

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Top tips for buying a four-poster bed

Top tips for buying a four-poster bed

Four poster beds have four vertical columns, one in each corner, that usually support a tester or upper panel. These two features often allow curtains to be pulled around the bed to create a cosy and luxurious feel.

Known as ‘the bed of kings’ dating back to the 16th century, where they were originally created for practical reasons. Unlike today, the 16th century didn’t have central heating, so four-poster beds with curtains were used to keep the old out at night, ensuring whoever is in the bed keeps toasty at night!

Four-poster beds are often large, and therefore they suit bigger bedrooms more than anything. Because of this, four-poster beds were usually found in homes with rich people that had big rooms.

But moving onto the 21st century, four-poster beds have had a massive make-over. Unless you are looking for an old 16th-century style, most poster beds are now sleek and sophisticated.

What are the benefits of a four poster bed?

Privacy – Four-poster beds are perfect if you have a big family and have the issue of people coming into your room unannounced. They make for the perfect balance of allowing people to come into your room, but keep your bed private, especially if you are in it and asleep!

Protection – Four-poster beds are a great way to feel protected, even if you feel safe in your home, there’s something about me wrapped up under the covers surrounded by curtains that makes you feel cocooned from the outside world. These types of beds are also great in the summer when fly’s make their way inside.

Decorative – A four-poster bed can make an instant statement and is a great way to add personality to a room if you’re struggling with ideas. If you go for an older-looking four-poster bed, they could come with decorative designs that also add some elegance to space.

Warmth – Four-poster beds were originally made for keeping the warmth in, so if you live in an older house where doors and windows often let cold air through, a four-poster bed could be the perfect solution for winter nights. And when Summer comes around, you can simply take the curtains down and enjoy the cool nights.

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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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High VS Low Beds

High VS Low Beds

What is the Ideal Bed Height?

For most, bed height isn’t really a consideration. However, there is a science to comfort. Generally, the optimum height should reflect your own, i.e. taller people have higher beds and shorter people have lower beds.

What is the Ideal Bed Height for the Elderly?

As we age, we become less nimble and a bed should be at a comfortable height to make getting in and out as easy and stress-free as possible. A very low bed may put strain on joints and muscles, and a high bed may require jumping up which isn’t always possible. 

Using the above idea of matching a bed with your own height, measure a comfortable sitting level – maybe using a favourite chair. This will make sitting and swinging legs in and out of bed much more comfortable. 

The average knee height of an adult is between 16” and 24” off the ground, meaning a bed within this range should be perfect. If in doubt, opt for a bed that is around the top of this range, as a high bed will have less impact on your joints than a low one, and a step could be used.

Can You Increase the Height of a Bed?

If your bed is too low, we would recommend replacing it. However, if you cannot afford to do that right now, risers placed under the legs of the frame can offer a temporary fix. Please do be careful using these though, as they will compromise the bed’s stability.

What is the Ideal Bed Height for a Toddler?

All of our children’s beds will have dedicated product info about their dimensions and their age suitability. However, generally, toddlers’ beds are low to the ground to avoid any dramatic falls or rolls out of bed as they get used to no longer sleeping in a cot.

Of course, bigger kids, who are used to sleeping in a bed, have many more options at varying heights, including mid-sleepers, cabin beds and bunks which all involve a ladder.

Are There Other Height Considerations?

Before purchasing a bed, we would always recommend thinking about where it will be located. For example, if you will be placing it in an attic room or space with an apex ceiling, make sure that there is enough head room and space for the headboard.

Otherwise, you may have to reconfigure the room. We have seen some people placing the bed 10 to 15cm from the wall in order to make their bed fit, because they did not make these considerations before buying. Others have simply spun the bed round so the footend is up against the wall, and headboard is in the middle of the room. 

It is also worth thinking about your storage options. Ottoman and divan beds are often higher than regular frames, so they have plenty of storage space. If you’re low on available floor space, these higher beds may be a good solution.

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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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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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How to arrange bedroom furniture in five simple steps

How to arrange bedroom furniture in five simple steps

1. Measure your space

It’s time to bust out the tape measure and get super familiar with the dimensions of your room. Working out the measurements of your space will help you map out where your current furniture can go and if you have space for some new homely purchases.

2. Assess the furniture you already have

When it comes to arranging your bedroom furniture, doing an audit of what you already have is a brilliant way to avoid unnecessary spending. Once you know what you have – and what you don’t – you can fully map out the layout of your bedroom to help maximise floorspace and create a sophisticated sanctuary for sleep. If you require any new furniture or just need some inspo, check out our bedroom furniture on our website.

3. Start by placing your bed

Real talk – the bedroom is the most important part and focal point of any bedroom. Plus, your bed is one of the larger, if not the largest, pieces of furniture in your bedroom so it needs to take priority when it comes to arranging bedroom furniture.

Typically, beds are placed against the wall opposite the door, so you’re instantly drawn to the comfort of your bed as you walk in. If this isn’t workable for your space, the next best bet is against the longest wall, but other practicalities might also come into play such as whether space is at a premium or if you and your partner need space either side of the bed to hop in and out. If this is the case, play around with positioning whilst all your other furniture is out of the room to find the perfect fit.

4. Work down through your furniture from big to small

The aim of the game here is to maximise your floor space without compromising on storage. Starting with your bigger items means placing your wardrobe or dressers first, followed by any bedside tables and then other less essential pieces such as desks or chairs. Working down from biggest to smallest is a fab way to constantly keep an eye on retaining floorspace and have you thinking about what you really need to make your bedroom work for you.

5. Add in any finishing touches

Once your staple pieces of furniture are ready in place, it’s time to think about adding those finishing touches to your bedroom. Soft furnishings, indoor plants, floor lamps and well-placed eye-catching prints can be just the ticket to make your bedroom an inviting and relaxing space for sleep. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out our latest our website!

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The different ways that sleep deprivation can affect your body

The different ways that sleep deprivation can affect your body

Sleep deprivation can take its toll on our bodies – it affects our skin, mood and immune system. This article explores the different affects and discusses how to improve your quality and quantity of sleep. 

Weakens your immune system

A lack of sleep can make you more susceptible to catching colds because sleep deprivation weakens your immune system and leaves you vulnerable to illnesses as your body can’t adequately fight infection. 

Other than getting more sleep there are other ways to boost your immune system. Ensure that you are eating fresh fruit and vegetables, exercising where you can and drinking lots of water. 

Causes weight gain

Studies have shown that those who have less sleep tend to gain more weight than those who sleep well. This has been explained by the fact that when you are not sleeping you have increased levels of ghrelin which is a hormone that increases your hunger.

Impacts your mental health

Sleep deprivation has a huge impact on your mental health. You might find that after a bad night’s sleep you struggle to concentrate on tasks and that you feel as if you have no energy. Additionally, a lack of sleep can promote anxiety and depression. It is therefore very important to get a good night’s sleep. 

Increases signs of ageing

Unfortunately, your face is usually the first thing to show signs that you are not getting enough sleep. You may notice that your complexion looks dull and slightly grey. Additionally, lack of sleep might lead you to notice signs of ageing much quicker than normal. This all happens because your skin requires quality sleep to regenerate. 

If you are struggling with sleep deprivation it might be that you need a new, comfy mattress to tempt you into bed earlier and to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. For any questions or queries call us on 01270879379.

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Nanu The Hot and Not Duvet

Nanu The Hot and Not Duvet

Are we dreaming?

The Nanu Hot and Not duvet is innovative and the perfect gift idea for couples this winter.

Quite simply, some like it hot and some don’t. If you and your spouse are often locked in squabbles about the temperature of the bedroom, this duvet can easily settle the score.

The completely customisable duvet, will allow you to change the tog on the opposite sides of the duvet. So the human radiator can stop complaining they’re too hot.

Settle the score in the bedroom once and for all, both of you can now sleep in a temperature that’s comfortable for you.

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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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