1. Get the best type of bed for you
    Looking for a space-saving bed with storage to put in a smaller bedroom, or a stylish four-poster bed? Your bed is likely to be the most prominent piece of furniture in your bedroom, so choose a bed type that fits with the style and size of the room.  
  2. Measure your space
    How much space do you have? Decide how large or small a bed you'd like or will fit in your bedroom.  Measure your bedroom if you're moving into a new home, allow ample space at either side of where the bed will fit to accommodate access, bedside tables or other furniture.
  3. Get the bed mattress right
    Choosing the right mattress is crucial to ensure you get a long-lasting bed that gives you a comfortable night's sleep while properly supporting your body. Contrary to popular opinion, a mattress doesn’t have to be firm to be good for you. As long as it has a good supporting structure, the amount of padding on top is down to personal preference.  A good supportive mattress will keep your spine in line and parallel to the mattress.
  4. The best shops for buying a bed
    There are countless bed shops to choose from - including specialist high street brands, small specialist independents and general furniture shops. Online outlets and warehouse stores offering end-of-line and cheap beds can offer some low-cost options, but most importantly, try a bed before you buy. 
  5. Try out the bed in the shop
    Four in five bed shoppers spend less than two minutes trying beds in the shop, according to The Sleep Council. You're going to spend a lot of hours sleeping in bed, so it's worth spending time getting properly hands-on with different bases and mattresses. When trying out a bed, lie down on it in the same way as you'd lie on your bed at home, to see how it feels. Ideally the mattress should mould to the shape of your body while also supporting it.
  6. Bring your bed partner
    If you're looking for a double bed for two, bring your partner along with you to try out potential purchases together. Individuals may have different tastes or requirements when it comes to the feel of the bed and mattress. Be aware there may have to be some compromise along the way!
  7. What to ask in a bed shop
    There are a few key questions to ask in the bed shop so you know exactly what you're getting for your money:

    Does the bed come with a headboard?
    How will the bed come - fully assembled, or will there be assembly needed?
    Are there flexible storage design options?
    Is a mattress included?
    What does the bed's guarantee cover, and for how long?
    How soon can it be delivered and how much will delivery cost?
  8. Getting the best price for a bed
    It's worth checking if a 'sale' might be coming up - you might benefit from a hefty price cut by waiting a few weeks longer. That said, there are some good bargains to be had in out of season promotions as well. Some shops might be prepared to offer a price match if you find the same product elsewhere cheaper. Make sure you ask about the cost of service ie – delivery & disposal of an unwanted bed; some retailers include this as part of the sale whilst others will add these charges at the point of ordering. Its considered that Independent retailers have greater scope to offer savings than the majority of larger multiples & chains.
  9. Getting your bed delivered
    Unless you've got access to a van, you'll need to arrange for the store to deliver your bed. There's likely to be a charge for this, so ensure you get a quote for delivery before parting with any money.  Not all shops offer evening or weekend delivery slots, so check before you buy if this is important to you. 
  10. Getting rid of your old bed
    You'll need to dispose of your old bed, too. Ask the shop you're buying your new bed from if it will pick up your old bed when they deliver – most will charge extra to do this. You can ask your council to collect bulky items such as mattresses, but again expect a fee for this service. Wooden bed frames can be recycled - contact your council for details of your nearest neighbourhood recycling centre or to arrange a pick-up, or get in touch with the Furniture Re-use Network to donate your bed.