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Tips on Buying a Bed

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Published April 29, 2010 | Updated June 30, 2015

Your bedroom should be a place of comfort and relaxation that rejuvenates you and prepares you for your next day. Since your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom, you'll want to take the time to find one that makes you feel at peace with yourself and your surroundings. With the wide variety of beds available, finding one that is right for your bedroom will be easier if you consider these tips as you shop.

Bed Shopping Tips:

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  • Measure Your Room

    When choosing what size bed to buy, you'll have to consider a few important facts. You need to know how big of a bed you'd like to sleep in and how much room is available for your new bed; then you may need to compromise between the two. While you might be able to squeeze a king-size bed into your tiny bedroom, a bed that big may not leave enough room for walking, storage, or other pieces of bedroom furniture. Choose a bed that will complement the space of your bedroom.

  • Think about Your Current Furniture

    Makes sure your bed matches your existing bedroom furniture. A modern upholstered bed may look out of place when paired with traditional warm cherry-wood furniture. Before you purchase a new bed, make sure you take the time to notice the styles and materials of your other bedroom furniture. Match the style and color as close as possible in order to avoid buying furniture that is distracting. Furniture that matches can create a cohesive, tranquil feel in bedroom. If you really love a certain bed but it doesn't match what you already have, you may want to consider purchasing a bedroom furniture set.

  • Consider Types

    The number of beds to choose from has rapidly increased in the past few years. There are several different styles to choose from, including platform beds, canopy beds, and storage beds.

  • Bed Types to Consider:

    You can find platform beds in several materials, like metal, wood, and leather. They're also stylish and often don't need a box spring mattress.

    A canopy bed is a fashionable choice for bedrooms with high ceilings. It looks romantic and is sure to make a statement.

    Storage beds alleviate space issues by providing drawers to store clothes and other belongings under the mattress.

  • Don't Forget the Mattress

    Also be sure to consider the mattress itself; memory foam, pillow tops, and various firmnesses can all contribute to your sleep and relaxation. Our mattress buying guide can help you make that decision.