Room Furniture

Five Tips for Purchasing a Bed Base

Since most people spend about a third of their lives sleeping, it is important to have a comfortable bed. Not only does this mean buying the right type of mattress, but the bed base or bed frame as well. These tips can help you select the right bed base to make sleeping more comfortable.

How Big Is Your Room?

The first consideration you need to make is the size of the room where the bed will be going. Since the bed is going to be the largest piece of furniture in the room, you need to buy the appropriate size so it doesn’t overwhelm the room.

A good way to determine what size frame you will need and where to put it is to place the mattress down on the floor. If it takes up most of the room space, you can purchase a bed frame or a divan bed if you need extra storage.

Measure Room for Bulky Beds

If your heart is set on a canopy- or sleigh-type bed, you will need to measure the room to ensure those bed bases will fit in the room. For a canopy-style bed, you will need tall ceilings and, for a substantial frame like a four-poster bed, you will need to consider the amount of space it will take up. Also, keep in mind the bed will have to be disassembled to get it through the door and then reassembled in a bedroom, so measure the doorway to make sure it’s possible to get it into the room.

What Is Your Style?

After you’ve determined what size bed base you will need, consider your decorating style next. If you are looking for something modern in design, a stylish metal base or a glossy timber design with clean lines may suit your needs. If your tastes are more traditional, you can buy an iron bed from Nights In Iron that is reminiscent of another era.


Take Casters into Account

When measuring the height of the bed, don’t forget there may be casters on the bed frame to make it easier to move around the room. With some thicker mattresses plus the frame, some beds may almost be too tall for a shorter person to get into each night. However, if there are casters on the frame, find out if they can be removed because doing so will lower the height of the bed.

Spend Money on Quality

Bed bases range from very inexpensive to very expensive, depending on the material from which they are made. If you want your bed to last for several years, then spend the extra money for a sturdy, quality base. Iron beds or solid timber beds can last for decades if the base is treated well.

When shopping for a bed, consider the size of your mattress and room so the bed will suit your needs. There is a wide range of bed styles to choose from and these tips can make the decision a little easier.