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When Cole and I moved in together, we got an amazing double bed. We had no kids, we were young and it was a lovely splurge purchase at the time. 10-years, 3 kids, 4 dogs, 6 cats and 6 house moves later and it was starting to give up on us. The mattress starting hurting our sides, the bed would wobble like a jelly every time someone made the slightest move and our bodies just weren’t feeling it anymore. The biggest issue? SPACE.
I wrote a blog post a little while ago about feeling all touched out. The bed situation did not help… Besides the fact that I could feel my husband’s every movement, I also co-sleep with Nova as it is cold and it is the only thing that keeps him asleep for long stretch of time. My 4-year old climbs into bed with us every morning at about 2 am, and my 8-year old would join in from time to time if she had a nightmare. Now, I don’t mind this one bit. I love that my kids feel like we are their safe space. It’s actually pretty awesome, I promise.
What is not awesome, is 5 bodies crammed into a 10-year old double bed. It was time to let it go.
I hopped online to have a look at bed prices, and something that I thought would be so simple became rather overwhelming. I knew that I wanted (and needed) a King size bed. I mean, these little bodies are only going to get bigger and mamma needs her space. Each bed company had at least five to ten different ranges – each promising something else with prices ranging from R5000 to R50 000. Words like orthopaedic, therapeadic, memory foam and hypoallergenic were thrown at out at me. Each range had three to four firmness levels and all the scientific studies and research around each mattress and the materials it was made of sent my head into a spin.
I reached out to my Instagram followers to get some perspective, and a few days later I headed to The Bed Shoppe to have someone who understands these things a lot better than we explain the different options and help us make the right decision. No strings attached… they are just really passionate about good sleep. Your bed or mattress should be replaced every 8-10 years, so this is a long-term and important investment. Not to mention, an expensive one.
So, how do you choose the red bed/mattress for you? This is what I learned…
1. Size does matter
There is so much to take into consideration when choosing the size of your bed. You need to look at the size of your bedroom and make sure that the size bed you choose is a realistic option. Consider how this bed will fit into your life in the next 5 to 10 years. What is your family dynamic like, and what are your personal needs?
2. Let’s get physical
No, not that kind of physical (although, let’s be honest… that plays a part too). It is important to note you and your partner’s physical needs. Are you extremely tall and in need of an extra length bed? Take into account your weight and or if specific injuries that require some extra support? If you co-sleep and your kids tend to climb into bed with you, you need to take their weight into account as well for as long as you project them sharing your bed.
I honestly never realised that each bed had a certain weight limit that it is supposed to hold, and if you don’t adhere to that – your bed will wear out long before it is due.
3. Test it out
You won’t buy a new car without test-driving it. You should not buy a new bed without doing the same… A bed is so personal. It is so vitally important that it suits your needs, and also that it is comfortable. The wrong bed will affect the quality of your sleep negatively. The firmness of the bed feels different to everyone. Take your time, don’t rush it. If it feels good, make it official.
4. Use protection
I know, the puns are killing me too. It’s been a while. Since delving into the world of dust mites a while back, I just cannot bring myself to sleep on a bed that doesn’t have a mattress protector. It also prolongs the lifespan of your bed and protects your warranty.
5. Read the fine print
This is so important when it comes to an investment piece that needs to last you at least 10-years. How long does your warranty cover you for, and what does it protect you against?
6. What is in a matress?
The price of a mattress is largely determined by the materials it is made of. This is what sent me into a flat spin, there are SO MANY OPTIONS. Don’t be fooled into thinking terms such as ‘orthopaedic’ means that the mattress will be medically better for you. Orthopedic is generally used to refer to an extra firm mattress, but this may not be what you need. Understanding the different constructions and tech behind the materials, e.g. memory foam, foam, pocket/coiled springs etc. will help you find exactly what you need. This article explains it all rather nicely.
So, with the above advice implemented, we found THE ONE. It has been a glorious few weeks of blissful, peaceful sleep. No wobbly movements, no sore sides, no space issues. Just me and my amazing bed. I hope you find this article helpful, I know from some conversations I had on social media that many of you are in the market for a new bed. Happy shopping!
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