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Find Beds for Sale: The Do’s and Dont’s

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First time you wake up tired, you blame it on the night. Second time you wake up tired, you blame work stress. The third time you wake up tired? Well, maybe it’s time to start looking at bed prices and good beds for sale. And we know choosing a new bed can be a daunting task, but if you know what to do (and what not to do), it can be a seamless process. That’s why The Mattress Warehouse put together this great bed buying guide. If you are in the market to buy a bed, keep reading. 

Things to do when buying a bed

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1. Do Your Research

Before buying a bed, it’s essential to do research and gather information on the different types of beds. There are all sorts of bed sizes and beds for sale and it may be confusing. You may be faced with questions like, what is the difference between platform beds, box spring beds, and adjustable beds? (Click here to find out). Doing your research will also help you understand the different materials used to make beds and their benefits.

2. Test Your New Mattress

If you do your shopping in-store, lie down on the mattresses you are trying out for at least 15 minutes before deciding on a purchase. This will help you feel how comfortable the mattress is and determine if it is supportive enough. 

On the other hand, if you shop online, ensure that the shop you buy from has a trial period. In this way, you can return the mattress within a certain time after the purchase. 

3. Understand Bed and Mattress Terminology

Understanding the various terminologies used to describe mattresses will make it easier for you to choose the right bed. Some common terms include firmness, support, comfort, and pressure relief. Getting comfortable with these words will make a huge difference when faced with different types of beds

4. Check the Return Policy and Service Warranty

Ensure that the bed shop you buy a bed from has a return policy and service warranty. This will allow you to return the bed if it doesn’t meet your expectations or if it has a defect. Or at least get the shop to service your bed and fix what’s bothering you. 

5. Choose a Specialist Bed Shop

Specialist bed shops have knowledgeable staff who can help you choose the right bed based on your needs and preferences. They also offer a wide variety of beds for sale, ensuring that you find the perfect bed for you. 

Don’ts of Bed Buying

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1. Choose the Same Bed That You Currently Have

Choosing the same bed that you currently have without considering how bed technology has evolved over the past decade would be a mistake. Moreover, chances are that the bed you bought twenty years is not on the market anymore. 

Choosing a newer type of bed will probably offer more benefits, such as better support, comfort, and pressure relief.

2. Neglect the Test Period

Most bed shops offer a test period for their beds. Neglecting this period can be a mistake because it’s during this period that you can determine if the bed meets your needs. 

What you need to take into account is that most bed shops (including us) have requirements when it comes to the test period. You will have to cover your new mattress with a mattress protector to be eligible for the trial period. Imagine spilling a fresh cup of coffee on a new mattress. Do you think the bed shop will be keen to take back a coffee-stained mattress? No, they won’t.

3. Get What Your Friend Got

Getting what your friend got without considering your needs and preferences can be a mistake. Just because they love their new bed does not mean it will work for you. If you have a different sleeping style or a different build from your friend, you most likely need a different type of mattress. 

The fact is, different people have different needs, so what works for one, may not work for another.

4. Simply Buy the Cheapest Bed on the Market

Buying the cheapest bed on the market can be tempting, but it’s not always the best option. When you are looking at cheap beds for sale, you have to think what the bed is for. Do you want to sleep on it for the next decade, or is it a spare bed for when your child’s friends come for a sleepover? 

If you’re looking for a long-term sleep solution, cheap beds may not offer the comfort and support that you need.

5. Buy from a Shop Without a Trial Period or Return Policy

This ties in with the point of neglecting the test period. If there is no test period, you can’t really neglect it…

Buying from a shop without a trial period or return policy can be a mistake. If you buy a bed that gives you backache, you would want to return it, won’t you? That’s why it’s crucial to ensure that you have the option to return the bed if it doesn’t meet your expectations or if it has a defect.


You may have some more questions. Check out these frequently asked questions:

  • What are the Different Types of Beds?

There are several types of beds to choose from, like platform beds, box spring beds, adjustable beds, and more. Platform beds have a low profile and are a great option for those who prefer a minimalist look. Box spring beds are outdated and most South African bed shops do not stock them anymore. Adjustable beds allow you to adjust the bed’s position for added comfort and convenience.

  • What About Mattress Types?

Once you’ve chosen a bed, it’s time to select the right mattress. Mattresses come in various types, including memory foam, innerspring, latex, and hybrid. Memory foam mattresses conform to your body for added comfort and support, while innerspring mattresses are the most traditional and offer excellent support. Latex mattresses are hypoallergenic and eco-friendly, while hybrid mattresses combine the benefits of memory foam and innerspring mattresses.

  • Budgeting for a Bed

When buying a bed, it’s essential to consider your budget. Beds can range in price from the low R1000s to over one hundred thousand rands. It’s crucial to remember that a good bed is an investment in your health and well-being, and you get what you pay for. However, there are affordable options available that offer excellent comfort and support.

  • Bed sizes

Understand the importance of proper bed size and consider the size of your room when choosing a bed. It is recommended that you have space to walk around your bed, so don’t stick a large bed into a small room. Also, check the bed’s weight limit if you’re a heavier sleeper. 

Beds for Sale at The Mattress Warehouse

Now that you know what to do and what not to do when you buy a bed, head on over to our online store to check out the wide variety of beds for sale. And remember to purchase a mattress protector with your new bed to be eligible for our 100-day trial period.

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