Buying a bed

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  • wobbly_Bob 11 Jan 2014 20:09:57 1,898 posts
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    Looking to buy a bed in the near future. Me and misses wobbly_Bob were looking in dreams today and saw a bed we really liked but then read the reviews on dreams... Which are fucking awful.

    So does anybody have a recommendation for a good place to get a bed? Physical shop is a plus but online only is fine. Cheers.

    Edited by wobbly_Bob at 20:10:50 11-01-2014
  • DisappointedDunceky 11 Jan 2014 20:24:04 154 posts
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    Save the money , and save yourself the trouble.
    Roll out the mattress beside the fireplace.
    Sleep there once and you won't want to sleep on no bed no more.

    Edited by DisappointedDunceky at 20:25:36 11-01-2014
  • wobbly_Bob 11 Jan 2014 21:20:30 1,898 posts
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    @DisappointedDunceky don't have a fire place :( although I'm with you with the mattress on the floor. All through my teens and single years my bed was on the floor but misses wobbly isn't up for that. Ah well.
  • Syrette 11 Jan 2014 21:24:02 44,097 posts
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    A burger bun bed?

  • wobbly_Bob 11 Jan 2014 21:27:55 1,898 posts
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    @Syrette - I would wake up with half of it in my mouth!
  • EMarkM 11 Jan 2014 21:28:11 3,319 posts
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    @wobbly_Bob We had a bed from Dreams.

    Spent a chuffin' fortune on it, and the mattress was showing signs of damage after a very short time.

    Stitching coming apart and springs feel knackered. Not through "over use" either! ;)

    We should have complained, but we're both rubbish at getting around to doing things like that.

    Oh, and the headboard was the wrong one when it was first delivered too, although we did sort that out straightaway (took weeks, though).

    Wouldn't recommend them to anyone, but, for the first few weeks, that New Bed Feeling was amazing!

    Good luck. We'll be looking for a replacement mattress very soon :(
  • ZuluHero 11 Jan 2014 21:39:00 4,236 posts
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    Buying a new bed is almost up there with buying a new boiler for 'exciting' purchases. That said, i did get my last bed from dreams and its been good. Dont worry too much about the base, a good mattress is key. my one has two sides, one for summer and one for winter, helos to keep you cool and warm respectively. It was pretty expensive but i do think that with beds you do get what you pay for. I probably spent just as much on a series of bad beds, that didnt last as long or did terrible things to my back before i did the grown up thing and paid up for a decent one.
  • elstoof 11 Jan 2014 21:42:10 8,091 posts
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    You spend your entire life in either your bed or your shoes, so it's worth buying the best you can afford for both.
  • EMarkM 11 Jan 2014 21:46:35 3,319 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    You spend your entire life in either your bed or your shoes, so it's worth buying the best you can afford for both.
    Herein the truth. Heed no other.
  • elstoof 11 Jan 2014 21:46:49 8,091 posts
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    We got our mattress from Dreams, that brand with the hippo and the bird in the logo. Service was pretty average but the mattress is amazing. Spend a bit over a grand on it, 5000 springs I think, the thing's a tank. Worth every penny. Whenever I'm on holiday I always sleep badly on poor hotel mattresses.
  • cubbymoore 11 Jan 2014 21:53:17 36,503 posts
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    Weirdly me and the missus were in Dreams today too. Thought almost all the beds were ugly as muck, and not that comfortable unless you were spending 600+ which we really can't afford at the moment.
  • cubbymoore 11 Jan 2014 21:54:00 36,503 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    We got our mattress from Dreams, that brand with the hippo and the bird in the logo. Service was pretty average but the mattress is amazing. Spend a bit over a grand on it, 5000 springs I think, the thing's a tank. Worth every penny. Whenever I'm on holiday I always sleep badly on poor hotel mattresses.
    That's Silent night the one with the hippo isn't it.
  • ecu 11 Jan 2014 21:58:00 77,234 posts
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    Spend as much as you need, sleep is incredibly important and you spend a third of your life in bed. Get it right.
  • elstoof 11 Jan 2014 21:58:55 8,091 posts
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    I think that's the one we got, I'll have to check when I change the sheets. We got the bed frame from John Lewis, not of the frames in dreams were any cop.
  • skuzzbag 11 Jan 2014 22:11:26 5,679 posts
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    We bought one of those iron bed frames and an orthopedic mattress with memory foam. The mattress was about 400 but easily the best I have ever slept on. I used to have back issues (for years) but the mattress gave my back a chance to recover properly.

    It's a lot of cash but the bed is like a tank and has put up with being taken apart and moved 6 times and is still rock solid.
  • EMarkM 11 Jan 2014 22:15:39 3,319 posts
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    @skuzzbag I wish we'd done that. Might invest...
  • elstoof 11 Jan 2014 22:15:51 8,091 posts
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    Ortho mattress for the win, you'll never look back after you get one. Not sure about foam for me personally though. Give me pocket sprung any day.

    Edited by elstoof at 22:17:06 11-01-2014
  • RichieTenenbaum 11 Jan 2014 22:19:42 2,226 posts
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    Get one thats like a car but has a mattress in the middle also it's red
  • Jacksie66 11 Jan 2014 22:30:08 574 posts
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    I know a guy who spent $7000 on a bed here in New Zealand. 7 grand!!
    My bed at home in Ireland cost about a hundred or 2 and was amazeballs.
  • gamingdave 11 Jan 2014 22:32:50 4,286 posts
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    www.warrenevans.com

    Bought our bed from them nearly 10 years ago and its still as good as new. Ive taken it apart and moved it 5 times and its as solid as a rock. Great showrooms if there is one near you but the deliver online too.

    I had them recommended by several people at the time who had owned them for years. Since recommended them to mates who have always been very happy with their purchases.
  • Dougs 11 Jan 2014 22:39:09 69,074 posts
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    Just as important as a good mattress (Silent Night zillion pocket springs with foam topper from Dreams here too), is a good pillow. Finally bought a memory foam (70 quid one I think) one of those too and it's just amazing. Sorted out my neck issues straight away. Easily miss my pillow more than the mattress when away.
  • monkehhh 11 Jan 2014 22:41:04 3,477 posts
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    The pillow is the main thing for me, as a side-sleeper with a shit neck and shoulders. Any links appreciated :)
  • boo 11 Jan 2014 22:44:56 11,897 posts
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    I would say it because I work for them, but we bought a new bed from John Lewis about three months ago, and while it wasn't cheap, it was worth every penny.

    Got a half and half, which means that my side is firm and Mrs Boo's is medium.

    Try and get the best advice you can though. We spent about an hour trying different mattresses, and although the guys in store knew all about prices / delivery times etc, they didn't know that much about beds.
    We were lucky that when we went back for another look the next day, there was a woman there who was a rep for a bedroom furniture company. She'd seen us the previous day and offered to help. Turned out she'd spent about 30 years dealing with beds and the like.

    If you're on your side, your shoulders and hips should sink in a bit so that if someone's looking at you, your spine should be straight.
    Don't try mattresses when you're tired - everything will feel fantastic.
    Firmer is better, but don't go crazy - if you don't sink into it a little, you'll wake up stiff as a board.

    On a personal note, that memory foam stuff is awful. Tried a pillow and althoug it's great to start with, your head sinks into it until you feel you're being smothered, and it was so bloody hot! A mattress made of the stuff would be like sleeping in an oven.

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  • Pinky_Floyd 11 Jan 2014 22:46:00 8,259 posts
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    My last two beds have been made by a company called myers. I suspect my next bed will be a myers too.
  • Dougs 12 Jan 2014 06:31:04 69,074 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    The pillow is the main thing for me, as a side-sleeper with a shit neck and shoulders. Any links appreciated :)
    Mine is something like this (few years old now). http://www.dreams.co.uk/bedding/zen-latex-pillow. Didn't go for the contoured one (wife loves her though), can't get on with them.
  • elstoof 12 Jan 2014 07:49:28 8,091 posts
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    A good goose down pillow is every bit as conforming and supportive as any foam one in my experience, and you need that comfort because spending more than 200 quid on 4 pillows is painful.
  • monkehhh 12 Jan 2014 09:42:16 3,477 posts
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    @Dougs Cheers, they sound good. Think my girlfriend has down ones and they're quite nice and large, but too soft for me.
  • mrpon 12 Jan 2014 09:51:48 29,427 posts
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    Hot

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Mark-D 12 Jan 2014 09:54:27 60 posts
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    Try Smiths,The Rink Harrogate, just bought a bed from them, very happy.

    Edited by Mark D at 09:56:10 12-01-2014

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  • sport 12 Jan 2014 09:55:15 12,798 posts
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    Had my waterbed for 8 years now. No complaints.
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