How To Shop For A New Bed

Our Top Tips for Choosing A New Bed

Buying a new bed is a long term investment. Considering the average lifespan of a mattress is around 7 years, it’s worth spending as much as you can afford to get a good quality, comfortable bed. Your bedroom is your haven, a place to escape from the stresses and strains of the outside world. Your choice of bed should ultimately provide you with a good night’s sleep with you waking up feeling refreshed and ready to face the world.

Our Top 10 Tips For Buying A New Bed

  1. Decide upon your priorities and concerns in advance. For example what is your budget? Do you require storage? What size of bed can your bedroom accommodate? Are you fit to turn a mattress? How easy is it for you to get in and out of bed? Have you any health issues such as allergies or respiratory complaints?
  2. When you visit us try a selection of beds for comparison before you buy and set aside enough time to do so properly so you can fully appreciate the differences.
  3. Buy a bed that offers the correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.
  4. Wear comfortable clothing, remove any outdoor wear including your shoes and lie on each bed for quite a long time – at least 5 minutes. Lie in your normal sleep position and make some turns, too.
  5. Shop together if the bed’s for two as you both need to feel comfortable.
  6. Remember that a bed is a mattress and a base, don’t consider them in isolation.
  7. Think big! Larger beds are more comfortable and being disturbed by a partner is one of the most common sleep complaints. With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another.
  8. Check your bed's dimensions. Bed sizes are not standardised and even if they have the same name (eg King size) they may not be the same size. The depth of a new mattress may also be important if you are using a bedstead as your base.
  9. Like everything in life, you get what you pay for in regards of both product and service so spend as much as you can afford
  10. Bespoke sizes, with our excellent relationships with leading manufacturers we can quickly arrange for the manufacture and delivery of a custom sized bed to suit you or your home. 

*Please remember, you’re going to spend more than 20,000 hours on your bed during its seven year lifespan, as such it really is worth setting aside a little time and effort in the beginning to make sure you make the right choice.

Other Helpful Advice To Help You Choose

Consider what type of bed you need. Your choice of bed and bedroom furniture is as much a statement about you as it is about meeting the needs of your lifestyle. Your choice of bed will be determined by the layout of your bedroom, the space you have available, your design choices and whether the bed is for two people - ideally a purchase decision that should be made together.

With a wide range of beds and mattresses, Dalzell's recommend you come in store and try different tensions. Ideally your mattress should mould to your body; too soft and your body will slouch which could result in back pain; too firm and your hips and shoulders pressure points could feel discomfort.

Mattress Support Guide

Try this simple test to ensure you get the right support from your mattress. Lying on your back on the bed, place the flat of your hand into the small of your back and slide your hand. If your hand moves too easily, the bed may be too hard for you; if it's difficult to move your hand, then the bed may be too soft.

What To Do Now....

Stocking a wide range of leading bed brands, Armagh and Dalzell's of Markethill has an extensive selection of firm, medium and soft mattress options to help you find the optimum level of support for your bedding needs. With over 500 beds in stock from leading brands that include Kaymed, King Koil, RespaSlumber Night, Sleeptight, Myers and Staples there's something for everyone at Dalzell's.

What's more we offer a Free Delivery and Recycling Service across Northern Ireland and Counties Louth, Monaghan and Dublin, with competitive rates across the rest of Ireland.

Please feel free to get in touch, we value your feedback.