A bed consists of three basic components. You need to pay special attention to the choice and the quality. These are the bed’s frame, the slats and the mattress, and all parts should be compatible.
The bed frame holds the bed base and the mattress; therefore, it should be durable and made of quality material. Moreover, the frame creates the overall look.
- The length and the width of the bed should correspond with the body size and weight. The width of the bed should take into account shoulder width when lying on the back. The minimum length of the bed is calculated from the height of the person, adding some foot space, which corresponds to the length of a stretched foot: approximately 25 cm.
- The hygienic minimum height of the bed is 25 cm from the floor; therefore, you should choose at least 30 cm. A good standard is 40 to 50 cm, for older and less mobile people it is 60 cm. The bed's height is important, not only because it makes getting up more comfortable, but mainly to ensure ventilation of the lower part of the lying area.
- The thickness of the head and foot boards and the sides should be at least 25 mm. The stability and firmness of a bed are also influenced by the number of parts it consists of. Therefore, avoid modular beds.
- A bed should have a head board, which serves not only as a stop for a pillow, but will protect you from drafts.
The main function of a bed base is to distribute the load on the mattress evenly, to ensure correct ventilation of the mattress, and to encourage the correct body posture. If you choose a suitable and good quality bed base, you won’t have to change it (unlike the mattress), as its service life is not limited.
- Every bed should have its own detachable bed base.
- If you buy a bed with the bed base firmly upholstered to the mattress, the bed will wear out faster. You won't be able to flip and rotate your mattress and it will wear out faster and have to be replaced.
- Currently, there are three types of bed bases on the market – wooden slats, a wing spring system and a lamella frame.
- Wooden slats are the most affordable and have a long service life. Their disadvantage is zero flexibility, which also increases the wear of the mattress. A wing (also plate) spring system, with a great number of little wings/plates, offers the greatest flexibility of setting according to the curves of the body, but is also the most expensive.
- A lamella frames offers the golden mean. The higher the number of lamellas, the better. They will spread the weight better and adapt to the body. If you count 28 lamellas in a 200 cm frame, you have found a high-quality aid for healthy sleep.
- The standard thickness of lamellas is 8 mm; some manufacturers (including BLANÁŘ NÁBYTEK) can increase the thickness to 12 mm.
- Also look for special improvements, such as a shoulder cradle or double the number of slats in the pelvic area, with a slide that increases their flexibility. Lamellas are fixed into pivoted pockets, increasing their flexibility across the whole width of the frame allowing the mattress to adjust better and at the same time to support a heavy undistributed load in a particular area.
- Taking into account physical condition, weight, cost and other preferences, the next step in choosing an ideal bed base is deciding among a fixed, mechanical, or electrical type of bed frame.
- Currently popular in western countries are box-springs, which are beds without a bed base. Manufacturers managed to replace it and improve the spring mattress in a bedstead, which fully replaces the bed base while retaining its properties.
On average, a person will turn in bed eighty times. Do not hesitate to try the selected bed in the shop, including changing positions.
- While choosing, focus on materials, load-bearing capacity and ventilation.
- Use indirect proportion: the weaker the mattress you buy, the better the bed base you should select.
- Not every bed base is suitable for every mattress.
- A mattress must support the body, so that a minimum of energy is used for turning.
- It should copy the shape of your body as positioned with you on your back as well as on your side. This ensures that your spine remains level. Your spine should never adjust to the shape of the mattress.
- A removable washable cover maintains better hygiene. For a longer service life, it is good to occasionally flip the mattress while changing the bedding. You will decrease its wear.
- Sweating during sleep significantly decreases the service life of the mattress and its impact cannot be completely eliminated. For reasons of hygiene, a mattress should be changed every five to ten years.
- In stores, you can see spring mattresses, mattresses with various types of foam (PUR foam, highly flexible HR foam, and so-called lazy foam, which is the combination of the previous two), latex or their combination. Each type has different properties and is suitable for a different type of bed base.
- For a sophisticated choice of mattress, you can find a dealer with special scanning equipment. It will precisely map the distribution of body weight pressing on the mattress and, based on the collected data, the dealer will recommend the best mattress for you. (BLANÁŘ NÁBYTEK has this diagnostic device in the company shop in Brumovice).