How to choose a bed

Sleeping on an uncomfortable bed could cost you up to an hour's good sleep a night, according to Professor Chris Idzikowski of the London Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, so it's best to make sure that the bed you go to sleep on every night is going to get you some beauty sleep. sleeping-couple

John Lewis has a fantastic resource for choosing a new bed, so I've stolen some nice little snippets from their website...

A good way to check if the bed you are lying on is too soft, too hard, or just right is to lie on your back, placing your hand in the small of your back and then trying to move it about. If it moves too easily, the bed may be too hard for you; if it's a struggle to move your hand, then the bed is too soft. If you can move your hand with just a little resistance, the bed may be just right for you.

Good advice! I tried it out on my bed and I can sleep safely knowing mine is just right for me.


We spend a third of your life in our bed, so choosing a bed that is right for us is so important. Who can say that they spent more on their laptop than their bed? I know I can, but then MacBook's don't come cheap. But it is true that we, generally speaking, don't value our bed as much as other items in our lives.

A bed is an important investment...especially when you consider that every Β£100 you spend on a bed represents just 2.7p a night over 10 years. Gives a man to think, that does and it's worth spending as much as you can afford to get a really good mattress.

But don't take my word for this, head over to the John Lewis buying guide to see what they think you should consider in a new bed, or click on the handy little widget they have below for the bed section:

  • Sofas

    Give each room its own personality by choosing a focal piece of furniture and building up your theme around this with fabrics, accessories and lighting.

  • Beds

    Create the perfect combination of comfort, style and function in your bedroom with our range of beds, furniture and bedding.

  • Furniture

    Stuck for interior inspiration? Focus your theme around feature pieces that you love, such as designer furniture and wallpaper.

  • Tables

    Combine function and form with a designer table. John Lewis’ offering includes brands such as Ebbe Gehl, ercol and Kartell.

  • Furnishing

    You needn’t spend a fortune to change the look and feel of a room – update dÈcor with accessories such as mirrors and lighting.