Choosing a new bed isn't easy. There are several types of mattress and base on offer, all with advantages and disadvantages. And no bed is complete without the right bed linen. Which you choose, and how you put them together, could determine whether you wake up happy or grumpy for the next 10 years.
- You may have difficulty getting into and out of a bed that's too low or too high. When you sit on the edge of the bed, your feet should reach the ground comfortably, and you shouldn't need to use much effort to stand.
- If you're prone to pressure pain from sitting or lying in the same position for too long, choose a mattress with soft padding but firm underlying support to allow you to roll over and sit up easily. An innersprung mattress with a foam or latex overlay could be suitable.
- Although a firm bed can help alleviate lower back pain, a bed that's too firm could aggravate some back conditions. Ask your doctor or back-care specialist for advice.
- If money's no object, a motorised bed could be a great comfort for a bed-ridden person. The mattress, which can be viscoelastic or latex, lies on a base which can raise the head or legs. For extra luxury you can buy a massaging overlay. We're told some people buy them just to make reading in bed at night a little more comfortable.
- Beds with names involving "paedic", "physio", "chiro" or "ortho" aren't necessarily any better for you. Your back will tell you which mattress is best.