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Your Guide To Selecting The Best Bed

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Your Guide To Selecting The Best Bed

With such a wide variety of beds on offer, it can be difficult to decide exactly which one is right for you. This guide aims to simplify the bed buying process so that you can come into the showroom armed with the knowledge you need to make the right choice.

Deciding whether you need a new bed is the first step and we always suggest upgrading your bed every ten years or so to ensure the best night’s sleep possible. A few warning signs which indicate you need a new bed are:

  • Waking up with stiffness, sore joints and aching pain
  • Signs of wear and tear on your mattress such as a dip, protruding springs or if it makes creaking noises
  • Restless nights for you and your partner with the mattress failing to reduce motion transfer

If your bed is causing you any of these issues, or you just feel it is time for an upgrade, this guide will help you to decide which bed is right for you. 

Choosing A Bed Base

When it comes to choosing the bed frame, there are several factors you will want to consider, including support, convenience, storage and style. The three main options available are Divan, Ottoman and Bed Frames.


Divan bed bases are typically made up of a wooden frame with a material exterior. Most will also offer sprung bases which provide extra support and comfort alongside your mattress of choice. There is also the option to include storage drawers within your divan making it highly convenient. Divans can also take up less space as they fit to the exact size of the mattress. You also get style options as you can change the headboard to suit the room the bed is in and there are usually a variety of colour options available.

Bed Frame

Bed frames are usually made from wood or metal and provide a sturdy supporting structure for your mattress. Although they may be a bit harder and firmer than a divan style bed, they are designed to last a long time and to distribute your weight evenly across the different slats. With a variety of different woods and colours available, bed frames can be a stylish centrepiece to your room and in most cases will come with their own headboard meaning you don’t have an extra expense. In terms of storage, bed frames usually allow for some storage space underneath the bed. 


Ottoman beds are the ideal choice for anyone in need of extra storage space. While both divan and bed frames do have storage options, Ottoman beds are designed with storage in mind as the bed actually lifts up to create a space the size of the bed for your storage needs. While some Ottoman beds can be heavy and hard to lift, there are also electric versions available such as our Tempur Moulton range.

Choosing A Mattress

While there are many different types of mattress to choose from, at David Phipp we offer two main types of mattress as we feel these are the best designs for both comfort and longevity. The mattresses we offer are memory foam, pocket sprung and a combination of the two which combines all of their benefits.

Memory Foam Mattress

One of the main advantages to buying a memory foam mattress is that it changes shape to fit your body shape and weight, keeping a near perfect alignment of your spinal cord. Memory foam is also temperature sensitive and adjusts the surface temperature to keep your body warm throughout the night and it is ideal for those who suffer from allergies as it is impervious to dust mites.

Maintenance – Memory foam mattresses should be rotated (not flipped) every 6 months. They occasionally need vacuuming and it is not advisable to clean with water or fluids.

Pocket Sprung Mattress

A pocket sprung mattress is different from a traditional sprung mattress (which has linked together springs) as pocket sprung mattresses have individual springs each sat in their own pocket. This gives them a firmer, more supportive feel and helps to keep your spine in a good alignment. Pocket sprung mattresses also have more of a bounce to them which is ideal for restless sleepers who need to toss and turn in the night.

Maintenance – Pocket sprung mattresses need to be flipped over every 6 months to avoid dipping or sagging. They occasionally need vacuuming and a small amount of water or cleaning liquid can be used to remove stains.

Choosing The Size Of Your Bed

Do you like to stretch out in bed? Is your partner tossing and turning all night? Do you have limited space in your bedroom? All of the answers to these questions will determine which size bed you choose, and remember the bigger the bed, the higher the cost. Below is a size chart to help you measure up the space in your home and the size of bed you could potentially have.


Bed Size


Small Single

Approx. 190cm Length x 75cm Width


Approx. 190cm Length x 90cm Width

Small Double

Approx. 190cm Length x 120cm Width


Approx. 190cm Length x 135cm Width

King Size

Approx. 200cm Length x 150cm Width

Super King Size

Approx. 200cm Length x 180cm Width


To make all of these decisions, you need to think about what is a priority to you. Whether it’s more space, better comfort for your sleeping patterns and behaviours or the most affordable option, we can help you to come to a decision. Come down to the David Phipp Furniture Showroom in Ferndown and talk to one of our expert advisors today.