Choosing a bed can seem overwhelming. It’s a large purchase, arguably an investment. You want your new bed to be supportive and comfortable each night. A good bed will not just give you rest and energy for the day ahead, but will ergonomically support your back, hips and shoulders to prevent the soreness suffered by those with uniform flat mattresses. Below is a list of 6 steps on how to choose a bed.
The first steps
If you’re not happy with your bed, or you just know it’s time to upgrade, think about what you want from your new mattress. You can then approach the purchase with clear requirements in mind:
- Do you find it difficult to sleep because you’re too cold or warm?
- Do you wake up each time your partner gets in or out of bed?
- Do you wake up with aching shoulders and hips?
- Do you find it difficult to rest comfortably in bed?
- Do you and your partner have different needs?
Keep these issues in mind when you begin the search for your new bed. You want your new bed to address all these issues and provide real support and extra comfort.
Make a list of retailers to visit, and set aside time, potentially a morning from your weekend, to have the necessary time to view and test their beds. You will want at least an hour at each store.
1. REALLY try it!
It sounds ridiculous, but an alarming number of people don’t try a bed before they buy it. Make the most of a bed retailer’s showroom and feel the difference between the bed models for yourself.
- Ensure you lay on the bed as you would at home.
- If you tend to change sleep positions, give each position a good few minutes when you’re testing the bed. Yes, minutes not moments.
- If you’re in a relationship, bring your partner! Trick them into thinking it’s their idea if need be. It’s important you are both happy with the bed, and it allows you to test the effectiveness of partner zones in minimising disturbance as either of you move in bed.
- Couples may also have differing needs due to size, shape or condition amongst other reasons. Ensure the bed can meet both your needs without compromise to yourself or your partner.
2. Ask the questions that matter
Keep in mind what you require from your new bed. Take the requirements you listed in the first step, and then ask the necessary questions when you speak to a consultant. Some could include:
- Does the bed cater to your unique body shape?
- What materials are used to construct the bed?
- Does the bed design retain heat, or does it breathe and keep you cool?
- Are there partner zones to avoid disturbance when one of you move in bed?
- Can the bed be made to suit for the varying needs of both yourself and your partner?
Asking these questions are important not only because you’ll have a better understanding of which bed is suited to you and your unique requirements, but also because you’ll come to understand the sales person’s level of knowledge and understanding. This will allow you to distinguish the sales people from the genuine consultants who understand bed design and sleep.
3. Do some quick research
We recommend seeking knowledge from the experiences of others. Websites such as Product Review are quality sources of independent reviews by consumers of products in the Australian market. Learn what the customer service experience was of others at the retailer. Learn if the bed met their expectations, and if it didn’t, what customer service was offered to rectify their issue?
4. Is the bed backed by a guarantee?
Just as how you would expect a guarantee on a new car, home build or appliance, you should expect a guarantee on your bed. A guarantee is evidence that the manufacturer or retailer have faith in the quality and reliability of the product. This provides you with peace of mind and comfort that you are making a sound decision in a product that can be depended upon, and the knowledge that there’s customer service and support should an unforeseen issue arise.
Checking websites such as Product Review is important to see if these guarantees are honoured.
5. Is the bed within your budget?
Purchasing a bed is an investment that will last 12 to 15 years. Therefore a $3,000 bed averages out across this period to be as little as a cup of coffee a week.
However we all have different budgets, and so it’s helpful when retailers can offer services to make the purchase of your bed more achievable. Ask if they have lay-buy or interest free credit services which make your investment a series of affordable repayments.
Feeling confident now? Buying a bed needn’t be a difficult task, and in fact can be a lot of fun. If you’d like to be walked through the ergolife range and demonstrated how ergocomfort will provide you real support and extra comfort, visit your local showroom and talk to our friendly consultants.