Mistakes to avoid when buying a bed

All too often, buying a new bed is a venture taken too lightly. The possible risk of this isn’t only a little bit of discomfort, or the mattress is having that annoying “just not quite a right feeling”. Sadly, one possible outcome can leave you in an unexpected amount of pain!

To avoid such a situation and steer clear of a potential case of buyer’s remorse, there are a few common mistakes that you can avoid.

  1. Being set in one’s ways

Don’t purchase a brand or make just because it’s the same one you acquired ages ago. Many years of research, development, and advancements in technology have drastically changed the quality of beds all around the world. While some brands that were well-known in the past remain popular, there are now many modern mattresses which outperform and outshine them. There is a whole new world of state-of-the-art mattresses, so make sure to test drive new makes and discover their many original features.

  1. Being too shy to lay down

Most people don’t decide to buy a car after only sitting in the driver’s seat for a minute or two. They take it out for a test drive to see if it adequately meets their needs. The same principle should be applied when choosing a mattress. Don’t just sit on a corner and bounce up and down a few times. Take your time and lay down for 10 minutes to get a proper feel of the bed. Don’t be afraid to send the salesperson away if you feel shy!

Bed shopping is something that requires time and patience. Set aside at least an hour so that you don’t have to rush through the wide selection of brands and their different models. Making an informed decision takes time, and you will want to be able to test drive each bed that you consider purchasing.

If you purchase a bed online visit the warehouse and test the mattress before you buy your bed.

  1. Blindly following a friend’s advice

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It certainly can’t hurt to get reviews from friends about particular beds and their quality. However, it is important to remember that no two bodies are the same and that means that you have unique sleep habits and needs. An individual bed might feel great to many people around you. That doesn’t say it’s the right one for you. Don’t blindly follow advice just because you do not have enough time to explore your options. Take your individual needs into account and be sure to do your research.

  1. Not doing your homework

A salesperson is someone with a job. They might have your best interests at heart. Unfortunately, they are also just as likely to try to sell you a bed that needs to move, or something overpriced to get a better sales commission.

Researching various beds ahead of time can help you avoid this kind of situation. Become familiar with the pros and cons of different types of mattresses and the materials used. Know the difference between memory foam, natural latex and poly foam. Most importantly, know what your personal needs are.

  1. Following the advice of myth

“People with back issues should sleep on a firm bed. The firmer, the better!”

Contrary to popular belief, experts recommend that people with back problems sleeping on a medium-firm mattress. Over firm mattresses, while believed to help aid back issues, are likely to cause more discomfort. You could end up tossing and turning all night or even have your circulation cut off. Another potential setback of buying a mattress that is too firm could be even more back pain. If a bed cannot conform to your body’s curves correctly, the muscles surrounding your spine will try to make up for the lack of support. Researching the advantages and disadvantages of innerspring, memory foam and natural latex will help you narrow down your options based on your comfort and support needs.

  1. Don’t forget; price does equal quality!

It might not be recommended to buy the most expensive bed possible, but cheap beds are cheap for a reason. They do not meet the same standard as their premium counterparts! When factoring in their adverse effects on your health and the rate at which you need to replace the mattress, you can end up spending a lot more than you initially thought. Your wellness depends on a good night’s sleep, so purchasing a good quality bed will save you a great deal of trouble in the long run.

  1. Forgoing support for perceived comfort

For many people, cosiness is the most important thing when it comes to mattresses. Regardless of that, any mattress can be made comfortable using only cheap materials. Low-cost ease doesn’t last, despite how convenient it may seem in the moment. Support is just as important as comfort, and they should be considered equally, as they work hand in hand. First-rate, durable materials are what make up a good quality mattress and allow it to provide maximum support and comfort. Look out for a bed that is fire retardant and built to last up to 8 to 10 years without losing its shape or collapsing.

  1. Don’t overwhelm yourself with choices

Having an idea of what you need in a bed before walking into a store, will clear your mind and allow you to focus. Too many choices can overwhelm you. Narrow your options down to soft or firm, natural latex or memory foam and so on. Focus on reliable brands that are highly trusted and known for their advanced sleep technology.

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  1. Don’t buy a bed based on popularity

Don’t base your decision on how common a brand is. The most important factor is what is inside the mattress and how well the bed can meet your specific needs. Once again, it is vital that you do your research. Choose brands that are known for being ahead of the curve with advanced sleep technology incorporated into their designs.

  1. Buying from a retailer that does not offer a return policy

You have finally chosen the bed you want. You pay for it, and it gets delivered. After a few nights, you realise that you made a mistake and the bed is too soft or too hard. There are even cases where individuals purchase a bed that is too short for them. Be sure to measure your length before your purchase. Most bed-brands come in extra length sizes to suit your individual needs. Buying the wrong item can be one of the worst situations that you or your partner can find yourself in. Therefore, be sure to buy from a reputable bed shop with a good return and exchange policy. The Mattress Warehouse has a 100-day return policy on all beds. To qualify for the 100-day Comfort Trail, you have to invest in a waterproof mattress protector, purchased through the Mattress Warehouse.

  1. Don’t forget to read the Fine Print

All beds come with a guarantee and a service warranty. Be sure know the difference between these two terms? A warranty is a written guarantee promising to repair or replace an article if necessary within a determined period. A guarantee is a prescribed assurance and the fulfilment of certain conditions. Further, a guarantee also implies that the product will be of a specified quality.” Check the website for this information, also be sure to confirm with the sales team that the purchased products adhere to the warranties and guarantee.

  1. Don’t buy without your partner!

If you are shopping for a double, queen or king-size bed, it is essential to consider your partner. Involve your partner with the research and take him/her with when testing your new bed. People have different styles of sleeping, different body types and needs and these needs will determine your mattress choice.

  1. Impulse shopping

Be sure to check out your favourite online store for regular special offers on mattresses. It might be worthwhile to wait for those special seasonal offers; you could also use your savings to purchase bedlinen and sleep accessories. Never give in to impulse shopping as it could cost you a pretty penny!

  1. Don’t forget to check your base!

The general rule of thumb is that a bed-base lasts longer than a mattress. Before venturing out and purchasing an entirely new bed, inspect your base. Make sure that the bottom is in excellent condition. If this is the case you could order only a mattress, this could imply that you could spend more money on your mattress. If you are concerned that the base would be dirty or appear tatty compared to your mattress, you could order a base cover.

  1. Never purchase a mattress without a water-proof mattress protector

Buying a water-proof mattress protector is essential. The protector will protect your mattress, and it will ensure that you qualify for the 100 Day comfort trail. Should you not be satisfied with your mattress you could return the product within 100 days, providing it is covered and in pristine condition.


Buying a bed, when done wrong can result in sore muscles, drowsiness and an increased sense of irritability. Many factors can dictate the quality of your sleep, and the bed you choose is one of the most obvious. Sleeping on a poorly suited bed is a short road to potentially being confronted with health issues. Being sleepy as you go about your day can also be an accident in the making. Whether it be losing focus car or at work, a lack of focus can lead to some pretty serious mistakes.

Choosing the right bed is guaranteed to help you feel less stressed, more productive and give you a spring in your step – pun intended. All this on account of a better, more comfortable nights sleep!

Next time you are on the hunt for a new bed, be sure to keep your wits. Buying a divan is a substantial investment, time spent on this will be well worth it!