Buying a bed is a big investment. The last thing you want is to purchase a bed only to discover a year later that it is too big or too small for your needs. Ensure you get it right the first time by selecting the ideal size you see yourself needing now and over the coming decade. If you are a light sleeper who moves around a lot and you sleep with a partner, you may want to invest in the biggest size your bedroom will allow. If you are working with a small space or enjoy a cozy feel, perhaps a double will suit your needs just fine.
One thing you absolutely cannot buy untested or online is a mattress. The mattress you buy will more or less determine the quality of your sleep for years to come. There is no one-kind-fits-all when it comes to mattresses. The type of comfort and support you require is unique, so you want to make sure you select a mattress that is perfectly tailored to you. Some people prefer firm support, while others enjoy a lot of cushioning. If you like sleeping on a firm bed, a linked coil may suit you just fine. But if you're going for a plush feel, a cushiony pillow top might be in order. The only way to know what suits your body best is to head into a mattress store while wearing comfortable clothing and lie down on a few. You will quickly get a sense of what style of mattress you prefer and can go from there.
If you have a partner you sleep with regularly, picking the perfect bed can get just a touch more complicated. You want to pick a mattress you are both happy with. If either of you has a tendency to move around a lot and wake the other up, consider getting a pocket coil mattress. Pocket coils mean each spring in the bed works independently, so when your partner starts tossing and turning, the coils under you continue to support you. If one of you prefers firmness while the other desires a soft feel, consider getting a bed that has one firm side and one soft side or a bed with adjustable firmness levels. The last thing you want is for one of you to settle and wind up being uncomfortable for the next decade. So keep looking until you find the perfect bed for your needs!
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