Tips on Choosing the Perfect Bed

Let’s all do a little meditation shall we? No I’m not trying to be corny (not trying, but it comes naturally). I want us all to think of what our bed means to us…and what it takes for a bed to make us happy.  Comfort is key sure…it also needs to fit our space in look and dimension. There are quite a few factors to consider, we spend a lot of time with our beds. When we need a new one, when it’s time to step up, what should we look for? There are times when it really, really pays to do your research.  Purchasing a major piece of furniture is definitely one of those times. You are going to most likely drop a nice chunk of change, so you better be sure you are happy with it for the long term. I don’t think going cheap for cheap’s sake is the route to take on this decision either. That futon is probably not going to make you happy. I see nothing wrong in spending some real money to get something that will make you happy if said acquisition can possibly last you 20 years. So how do we find a bed that will stand the test of time, satisfy us in the long term? Well go beyond just heading to the bed store and rolling around on the floor models for a few minutes.Do some research, find out about the manufactures and read some reviews.  What do other people think about the mattress? Are other customers happy with their buy? If other customers are unhappy with a particular bed, what do they recommend and why? Alternatively, you may want to talk to your physician or even a chiropractor to see what they recommend. A chiropractor can recommend a bed type that will give your spine the maximum support it requires while it gives you the maximum comfort you need. Pay attention to the materials used in the construction of not only the frame, but of the mattress. Think resiliency.  They do still make ’em like back in granddads day, you just have to pay attention.You also need to take some exact measurements and think things through. Room size and dimensions? What size of bed will I be purchasing? What size mattress will I need? Measure the room and area the bed is destined for. Will the length of the entire bed fit in the area provided? Do you have space for a headboard and footboard, or just the bed? Will there be enough space for a nightstand, mirror, and/or a bench? What about the width? Don’t forget that, unless you are thinking futon, daybed, or platform bed, you will need to purchase both a boxspring and a foundation.

Here is a bit of reference, so you can keep everything straight:
Mattress Size|Also Known AS|Inches|Feet|

Twin|(a.k.a Twinsize)|39″ x 75″|3’3″ x 6’3″|
Twin Extra Long|(a.k.a Twinsize Long)|39″ x 80″|3’3″ x 6’8″|
Full|(a.k.a Double)|54″ x 75″|4’6″ x 6’3″|
Full Extra Long|(a.k.a Double Long)|54″ x 80″|4’6″ x 6’8″|
Queen|(a.k.a Queensize)|60″ x 80″|5’0″ x 6’8″|
Queen Split|(a.k.a Queensize Split)|2 x 30″ x 80″|5’0″ x 6’8″|
King|(a.k.a Eastern King)|76″ x 80″|6’4″ x 6’8″|
King Split|(a.k.a Eastern King Split)|2 X 39″ x 80″|6’6″ x 6’8″|
California King|(a.k.a Western King)|72″ x 84″|6’0″ x 7’0″|