Investing in a Bed

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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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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How to sleep in hot weather if you share a bed with someone else

How to sleep in hot weather if you share a bed with someone else

Following the recent heatwave we have compiled a list of top tips on how to get the best night’s sleep possible when sharing a bed with someone.

We’ve all been there. Rolling around in sticky sheets, flipping your pillow every four minutes, desperately hoping a breeze is going to find its way through your window.

Every year, on the rare days where the temperature skirts 30 degrees, we all basically develop heatwave insomnia. And it’s even worse if you share a bed.

No amount of pillow-flipping or duvet-turning can counter the additional heat that comes from another human body – but if you don’t want to opt for separate beds (or don’t have an additional sleeping space), there are things you can try.

Here’s a few ideas for how you can sleep better in this heat.

Take a cool shower

Just before you go to bed, take a cool shower to bring your body temperature down. Your body temperature needs to drop when you go to sleep, giving it a helping hand by cooling off in a cool shower should help you get to sleep faster.

Ditch your duvet

If you are someone that needs to sleep under the covers at night opt for a straight cotton bedsheet or quilt cotton cover- and if there are two of you, have one each. This will ensure moisture wicks away from each individual and bed-sharers don’t end up sticking to each other.

Sleep alone

Sorry lovers, if the heat is really too much you may have to sleep apart.

The good news is that heat rises, so the person banished to the sofa for the sweaty evening is likely to have a cooler night’s sleep.

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Foods that fuel a great night’s sleep

Foods that fuel a great night’s sleep

Struggling to sleep? Your diet could be to blame. Unfortunately, the food we love the most could be causing sleep deprivation and consequently a whole host of mental and physical issues. 

In this article we will give you some insight into the top foods that could solve all of your sleep problems.

Carbohydrates

In order to avoid you blood sugars spiking before you go to bed make sure you eat complex carbs such as brown rice, wholegrains or starchy vegetables. Although branded by many as unhealthy, digestible carbohydrates may help us fall asleep faster and get better quality sleep. Specifically, carbs increase the availability of tryptophan in the brain – this is an amino acid which produces melatonin (the sleep-inducing hormone). 

Foods that are high in protein

B vitamins from protein are vital for the healthy functioning of the brain and are also involved in the production of melatonin. Any sort of deficiency, be it mild or severe, in any of these B vitamins is associated with poor sleep.

Vitamin B12 is present in animal foods (e.g. oysters, oily fish, poultry and eggs). Vegans and vegetarians may want to introduce more nuts and lentils into their diets are these foods are also full of protein. 

Zinc from cereal grains

Both human and animal studies have shown that an increase in zinc intake leads to improved sleep quality. 

The best sources of zinc include oats, wheatgerm, sesame seeds, oysters, meat and eggs. 

Seeds for the production of magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral which not only serves as a muscle relaxant but also enhances the secretion of melatonin which helps to promote sleep. 

Magnesium is found in shelled hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and almonds. A magnesium supplement may also be beneficial. 

Introducing the latter foods into your diet could not only help you fall asleep quicker but also improve the quality of your sleep, why not give it a go?

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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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Why you shouldn’t let your pets sleep in your bed

Why you shouldn’t let your pets sleep in your bed

You might need to rethink letting your pets co-sleep with you.

We all need more sleep these days, and sometimes getting good quality sleep feels impossible. Just like kids or babies, it’s no secret that pets can wake you up at night and disturb you. Whether you already have pets or are considering getting one in the future, you might be curious about what’s the healthiest sleeping arrangement for you and your pets. Ultimately it’s a personal choice, but if you’re looking for some insight on why people may choose to sleep with pets (or not), keep reading. 

Sleep disruption

Some pets are more active at night, which can wake you up and mess up your sleep. If you’ve ever raised a young puppy, you are very familiar with the reality of being woken up several times a night for potty breaks (or simply because your pup is bored and cries for your attention). Even though dogs tend to sleep better when they are older, there’s still a case to be made for pets disrupting your sleep.

Even though it’s normal to have your sleep disrupted from time to time, ongoing disturbances can lead to bigger issues like not being able to fall back asleep or stay asleep, or restlessness throughout the night when you need consistent deep, uninterrupted sleep. If you continually find your pets waking you up throughout the night when they sleep with you, you should rethink sleeping with pets if they are keeping you from getting the rest you need.

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The best winter duvets

The best winter duvets

Now the winter months finally seem to be upon us, it’s time to start thinking about winter duvets. The days might be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean our sleep has to be.

A change of season doesn’t necessarily mean a whole new duvet – but of course, the duvet that was perfectly okay for use during summer isn’t going to serve you the same way in winter.

A general rule of thumb states as the temperature begins to drop, the tog on your duvet should increase. 10 togs or higher are usually the go-to for winter.

Natural Duck Down Duvet

This lightweight double duvet from John Lewis is filled with predominantly duck down and has a 100% cotton cover, offering a breathable and comfortable night’s sleep through the chilly winter nights.

Down tends to be a lot lighter and airier than feathers, that’s what gives this duvet a light feel without being overly weighty.

The duvet is sewn, creating evenly divided boxes within – meaning you’ll get an an even distribution of filling and never happen to find a cold spot.

Downland Duck Feather Down All Seasons 15 Tog Duvet

This duck feather and down duvet set is ideal for all of the seasons, all year round. At £94 it may seem quite a high price, but considering you get a summer and a winter duvet included – it’s not bad value at all.

The pack includes a 4.5 tog duvet that is perfect for sweaty summer evenings and a 10.5 tog duvet, which is great now the temperature has started to drop.

Once it gets mighty cold, you can join the two together for 15 togs of dreamy duvet goodness.

Silentnight Airmax Duvet 10.5 Tog

At under £35 this king sized duvet from Silentnight is great value for money and 10.5 togs is perfectly suited now it’s getting chillier.

The duvet has been specially constructed with air mesh walls to increase the air flow inside the duvet – offering you a warm night’s sleep without feeling stuffy.

Although 10.5 togs is around the mark we’d suggest for the temperature drop, it is suitable to use all year round if you tend to get chilly during the night.

RÖDTOPPA Duvet 12 Tog

You can always trust IKEA to deliver essential homewares. This double duvet has a weather appropriate 12 togs. Enjoy wonderful, densely woven fabric (236 thread count) exactly, sure to lock in the warmth for a cosy slumber.

The duvet is made from breathable materials and will offer you a comfortable and dry night’s sleep throughout the winter.

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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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