Ask the experts: Picking the perfect bed
PUBLISHED: 11:58 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:58 09 August 2016
Craig Jacob Photography
We're trying to get a decent night's sleep this month, and calling on the experts to help
Q I want to buy a metal bed but my husband says it’ll need a lot of maintenance, polishing, slats replacing and so on. How can I convince him it will be better than a divan bed with drawers?
A When it comes to buying a new bed, convincing the husband it’s the right thing to do is possibly the hardest thing - convincing him that a metal bed is better than a divan is easy!
If you purchase a well-made iron bed, the maintenance is simple. Choose an iron bed that is handcrafted and comes with a substantial guarantee of at least 10 years. This will give you an indication to the level of love, care and attention that has gone into making it. Plus, it shows the pride that the company places in their product.
The wrong style of slats can be an issue. Try to avoid iron beds that rely on slats being fixed by plastic holders. Over time these will break and you will be charged for replacements.
Divans do look nice. But I feel that having fabric exposed in the bedroom can lead to dust, dirt, marks and stains that cannot be washed off. Plus due to their fabric content, divan beds are a “dust mite hotel” which can increase allergens - leading to poor sleep and a grumpy husband!
So although divans do offer storage, they do need to be replaced after some time. A well-made, hand-crafted iron bed is guaranteed to be with you for a lifetime.
Harry Thompson, Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company, The Club House, Fring Road, Shernborne; 01485 542516; www.wroughtironandbrassbed.co.uk
Q I find trying to get a good night’s sleep on a hot summer’s night really difficult. Wool bedding has been suggested to me - but won’t that just make me even hotter?
A Traditional types of bedding such as feather, down and polyester are insulators and are designed to trap heat and humidity. Every one of us will lose half to a litre of moisture per night into our bedding, particularly on a warm summer’s night. These traditional types are unable to manage this moisture and hence why we wake in the early hours of the morning as our brain is saying we need to cool down and will encourage us to throw off the duvet.
Wool bedding is unrivalled as a fibre at being able to transport this humidity away from the body, by absorbing this moisture during the night and then desorbing it during the day back to a dry state. Wool can, in fact, absorb up to 30pc of its own weight in water before becoming wet. Wool bedding is so intelligent that it will naturally adapt to the sleeping temperature of the individual within the same bedding environment. This will provide vastly improved sleeping comfort versus other types of bedding. By investing in a wool sleep system (wool mattress protector, light or super-light wool duvet and wool pillows) one can manage these warmer nights significantly better.
Chris Tattersall, managing director, The Wool Room, Somersham Road, Bramford, Ipswich, IP8 4NN, www.thewoolroom.com; and occasional pop-up shop at Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, PE31 8FB; www.dalegatemarket.co.uk