Why is Buying a New Bed Important?

Guest Blogger Lisa of The Sleep Council: Why Buying a New Bed is Important

Hello, I’m Lisa from The Sleep Council and we have very kindly been asked to do a guest blog post for Memory Foam Warehouse on why a new bed is important.

The right bed is extremely important to our health and well-being because our sleeping environment will affect the quality of our sleep – which in turn has a big effect on how well we feel, both physically and psychologically. A bed with the correct support, comfort and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching.

What is the ‘Right Bed’?

Well Goldilocks had the right idea: the right bed’s neither too soft nor too hard – but it suits everyone’s individual needs. First and foremost it must give you correct support and comfort – but individuals might also have to consider factors such as back pain, allergies, breathing problems, available budget, storage or space requirements – let alone style preferences.

The right bed is also not more than seven years old, on average. After seven years a bed used regularly will have deteriorated significantly from its “as new” condition. Nor is it ever second hand: it’s not hygienic (we sweat as much as half to a pint of liquid a night!); nor healthy (dust mites accumulate in beds – bad for asthma sufferers). Nor will it be properly supportive (having been moulded to someone else’s sleeping habits).

Size is Important

The most common British double bed size of 4ft 6in x 6ft 3in (135 x190cm metric equivalent) really isn’t big enough for two to sleep well without disturbing each other: studies have shown that more space – even a slight move up to a 5ft x 6ft 6in (150 x 200cm metric equivalent) King size bed – can make a lot of difference to night-time comfort. Where bedroom space allows, there are of course much larger beds available – even special sizes and shapes, to order. Zip and link beds, which join two single beds together, also have advantages for those who have widely differing comfort and support requirements.


You should spend as much as you can afford on a new bed – it’s probably one of the most important investments you’ll make, not just for your home but also for your own wellbeing! Remember, every £100 you spend represents less than 4p a night over seven years.

Thanks for reading!
Lisa – The Sleep Council