Things to Consider
To get the best possible deal, cash is always king! If you have the money to pay for a new bed upfront then you can compare prices from all retailers, on and offline, to find the absolute best deal. If buying on credit you can use the quoted APR rate to compare prices as a guide, but to be on the safe side, always compare the total amount repaid under any finance agreement.
Before making a purchase you need to decide on the right size of bed. In the UK there are 4 standard sizes: single, double, queen and king size. The difference is in the widths which go from 3 feet up to 6 feet wide. Once you know what size you need, then consider the type of bed frame, ensuring you choose a frame that is comfortable for you. Finally choose between foam and sprung mattress, with a firmness (or softness!) that suits your body type.
Finding the cheapest deals on beds isn't too difficult if you take your time and compare prices. Making use of the regular sales also helps, as does using a discount or voucher code. Alternatively, you could look at buying a second hand bed. Many of these used/refurbished beds are still in a great condition.
You'll usually already know if you're going for a single or a double bed but have you considered a queen or king size? If not then this could be something you might want to think about. You should of course make sure that a king size bed can fit in the space you intend to place it before you start browsing for one.
Wooden or metal. These are perhaps the most popular materials that beds tend to be made from. However, once you've selected one of these there are more questions to be answered. What type of wood, what finish, etc.
Divan, Sleigh, Trundle, Four-poster, Canopy, Cabin, Bunk. These are perhaps the most common selections of beds available so make sure you've taken a look at each of them before deciding on what bed you prefer.
The height of a bed can vary by quite a bit and can be quite an important factor, especially if you find it difficult to get up in the morning!
Price is of course a huge factor in choosing the bed you want. Most bed frames are of a decent quality no matter which brand you go for however, when it comes to choosing a mattress, it's best not to go cheap. Remember it's the mattress that affects your sleep, not the bed itself.