Beyond its traditional value, the bed, together with the box spring and mattress, is a fundamental element for our well-being: it is the place where we regenerate, where we regain our strength. Therefore, it is more than expected that you pay special attention to it when you buy one.
Since the quality of sleep depends not only on the mattress but also on the bed itself, comfort is undoubtedly the first criterion to base your choice. Comfort requirements vary from person to person and are influenced by personal health, preferences, and habits. In any case, a comfortable bed is a primary condition to enjoy restful sleep and preserve health.
How to choose the bed for your bedroom?
So let’s see what the main factors in choosing the bed for you are. The aspects that we will take into account in this buying guide will be aesthetic and practical: together, we will analyse the space, dimensions, materials, and any additional functions, and, as always, we will give you some valuable advice on the correct choice.
When choosing the bed for your room, you must first consider the available space that influences the size and type of bed. Analysing the area means understanding where and how to place the bed. It is usually placed against a wall, away from the window, so as not to be too exposed to direct light, drafts, and traffic noise. It is necessary to take into account not only the various structural elements of the room such as the electrical sockets, the opening radius of the doors, and the possible placement of the cabinets but also to understand how to locate the other various accessories in the room and how much space we can afford to dedicate to each of them. Also because it must be considered that the standard dimensions 160 × 190 refer to the mattresses and not to the actual dimensions of the beds, which will always be at least a little bit larger due to the size of the bed frame, headboard, and possibly the foot of the bed as well. If then, once you have decided where to place the bed, it seems that there is very little space left for the cabinets and you wonder where to put all your things, you know that a model with a storage compartment can solve the problem.
Sommier or headboard? The second step in choosing the bed, after considering the size of the room, is the size of the bed. The sommier bed is ideal for saving space: since it does not have a headboard, the bed is placed on the wall, gaining those good centimetres. But the bed should also be comfortable to relax by reading a good book or watching television, for example. In these cases, the presence of a headboard high enough and well padded to comfortably rest the back is essential. Without the headboard, you run the risk of leaning directly against the wall, and for some people, it can be uncomfortable.
Choose a bed that is the right size for the number of people it will accommodate, your physique, as well as the size of the room, of course. Its length should be about 15-20 centimeters longer than the person’s height who will sleep in it. A standard double bed is suitable for 160 cm wide and 190 cm long mattresses, while the square and a half bed are for 120 × 190 cm mattresses. In addition to these, there are other less common but still well-known double bed models: among these, we find the so-called King Size beds, which are generally at least 20 centimeters more comprehensive than the traditional models.
The choice of bed is not just a purely functional and practical matter. On the contrary, the aesthetic aspect plays a central role in the selection of the bed. The bed is the essential element of the bedroom, the pivot around which all the other aspects of the room rotate, and the sofa in the living room, so buying a bed is a significant investment. Your attention should be focused first of all on the materials used for its manufacture. The goal, of course, is to buy a bed that offers comfort and safety, has a good life span, and is of good quality. A bed consists primarily of a frame, or frame, usually made of wood or metal. The frame can be upholstered and covered with fabric and, if it does not have a headboard, it is called the French term sommier.
How high you sleep will, of course, depend on both the height of the bed and the thickness of the mattress. This height when sitting is essential because it affects how easily you lie down and stand up. However, hygienic conditions are mainly affected by the size of the mattress. More precisely, the distance from the mattress to the ground must ensure good air circulation and, therefore, better ventilation of the mattress. This, in turn, makes the moisture accumulated during the night dissipate more quickly.
Retractable bed, The lack of space in modern houses is undoubtedly one of the most felt problems. Nowadays, to be able to furnish rooms functionally, retractable beds are used, especially when, as in studios, you cannot have an actual bedroom. Still, the living and sleeping areas coexist in the same environment. The folding bed is a solution that has nothing to envy the traditional bed, which allows furnishing beautiful but, above all, practical and functional narrow spaces. In these cases, the bed is revealed at night before going to bed and disappears in the morning, hiding inside a beneficial closet and leaving room for daily activities.