How to choose the right bed for you: a bed buyer’s guide

You will spend around a third of your life sleeping, so it is worth considering all the options before you purchase a new bed.

“Sleep is essential to our health and well-being, and without a good night’s sleep our attention span, health and relationships can suffer, which is why it is very important to invest in a good quality bed” says Jonathan Warren, managing director at Time4Sleep.

[Read more: How to check the firmness of your mattress - and if it's the right bed for your back]

With so many years of your life spent in bed, there are certain factors to consider before selecting this essential piece of furniture.

What do you want?

If you suffer from back pain this may be your top concern, or perhaps you share a bed and want more space to move around, need storage or are just style conscious.

“A frame that comes with built in storage can help keep your bedroom clutter free, whilst reducing the amount of allergens and dust.

Style wise, whites, creams, minks and beige are popular colour choices for beds as they will always remain on trend,” says Warren.

Make sure to establish your priorities before you begin the search.

The Princess and the Pea

Was the princess in Hans Christian Andersen's renowned fairytale, who endured a sleepless night after a pea was placed under her bedding, just being precious?

Apparently not. According to Grace Moorhouse, marketing manager at Silentnight Group, “the right mattress is one of the most important elements of a restful night’s sleep”. We are all different, with some of us favouring a firm mattress, others softer.

“At Silentnight, we utilise targeted support and pressure relieving fillings to create strong, durable mattresses that are guaranteed to stand the test of time,” says Grace.

No stress

Neil Robinson, sleep expert from bed manufacturer Sealy UK, highlights the following as factors that will help you easily decide upon a mattress: quality, comfort, support, allergy resistant coverings, hygienic and sweat resistant fabric and ensuring there is a blue-tick label to show it meets UK and EU standards.

You also need to consider the suitability of the base adds Grace Moorhouse. “It’s important to remember that a 'bed' is a mattress and a base working together, you shouldn’t consider them in isolation and should try them together,” she says.

Can I test it? Yes, you can

At John Lewis stores they say it is perfectly acceptable, and indeed recommended, that you try the bed out over and over again. Take the time to lie down, move around and find that comfortable sleep pose of yours. Then find another bed and keep trying until you are happy with your decision.

[Read more: Spring clean your mattress to banish bed bugs and get a good night's sleep]

According to The Sleep Council it is OK to spend around an hour testing a bed. If you are going to be sharing the bed, be sure to test it out together to make sure you are both happy with it.

Sleep tight, don't be tight

The Sleep Council suggests you spend as much money as you can afford on your bed as what you pay for is what you get in terms of quality. And, if you consider how much of your life you spend in that bed it will be worth it in the end. John Lewis stores recommend that you try and replace your bed every seven to 10 years.

More from BT