Looking for a New Bed? Quick Bed Buying Guide

Beds, The Foundation of a Good Night’s Sleep

Has the time come to search for a new bed? Let us guide you through the main points you should be thinking about. There is no hard and fast rule about when you should replace a bed, but if you feel it is affecting the quality of your sleep, now is the time.

One of the most important purchases you will make is a new bed. Beds are an investment in your health, so it’s important to choose wisely. It’s always hard to find the perfect bed. But it doesn’t have to be so hard. We are here to help you find the best bed for you and your needs.

Beds typically need to be replaced between 5 and 8 years of regular use but there may be other reasons why you need a new one. Maybe it’s time to restyle the room or buy your first ever bed? Whatever your motivation for buying a new bed, you have an important decision to make.

A good night’s sleep is the foundation of a happy, healthy life and your choice of bed will be integral to the quality of sleep that you get. The search for a new bed can be exciting but there is much to consider and the sheer number of styles available could seem overwhelming. To help you find the perfect bed, we’ve put together a brief guide that explains how to identify which mattress and bed is best for your needs. Whether you are looking for your own bed, furniture for your guest room or the right bed for your child, it is important to choose the bed wisely!

A Good Night’s Sleep

There are many factors that go into choosing the perfect bed for your needs. The first thing to consider is how old you are, as you may need a different type of mattress if you’re older than 50! Next, think about what kind of sleeper you are: back or side? Do you sleep hot? Are there any allergies or sensitivities that might make certain materials unsafe for you? What kind of bedding do you want – cotton sheets and duvet cover, or silk ones?

The type of bed you sleep in can affect your sleep position. The best beds for people who sleep on their back are firm and have a low-profile to avoid pressure on the spine. Side sleepers will need a softer mattress with plenty of cushioning for the hips and shoulders. Stomach sleepers should opt for a medium-firm mattress that is supportive enough to keep the spine aligned but not too firm to cause pain in the back or neck.

The first step is to determine what kind of sleeper you are, so that you can find the best bed for your specific needs.

Good Foundations

Style will be a priority when choosing your new bed but it is comfort which is key to a good night’s sleep. The majority of bed frames will feature a slatted base. This could be rigid or flexible. Flexible slats are generally made from laminated soft woods and are mounted in a frame to create a modest level of spring. You might feel that this would enhance your comfort if you enjoy a softer bed. The tension of some bed-slats can be adjusted to suit your requirements. It is advisable to ensure that the gap between the slats is not more than 9-10cm (3in) as wider gaps will result in greater wear to your mattress.

An impressive bed frame deserves a great mattress! Regardless of the quality of your bed frame, it will not deliver the wonderful night’s sleep that you are looking for without the addition of a high-quality mattress. You will find all the information you need in our Mattress Buying Guide.

The type of mattress that you buy depends on the kind of sleeper you are. If you are a side sleeper, then a memory foam mattress is the best option for you. However, if you are a back or stomach sleeper, then a latex mattress is more suitable.

Memory foam mattresses offer better support than latex mattresses do, but they also sleep hotter and tend to have an odour and off-gassing problem. Latex mattresses have less off-gassing problems but don’t offer as much support as memory foam does.

Bed Sizes should be Standard across Ireland

At Flanagans Furniture we typically offer a wide range of bed frames in the following sizes:

Single Bed: 90cm x 190cm (3ft wide)

Small Double Bed: 120cm x 190cm (4ft wide)

Double Bed: 135cm x 190cm (4ft 6” wide)

King Bed: 150cm x 200cm (5ft wide)

Super King Bed: 180cm x 200cm (6ft wide)

Knowing the size requirements is the first question to answer. Larger beds are typically more comfortable and offer greater luxury for sleeping. This is most important for a couple sharing a bed. Most size decisions tend to be dictated by the amount of available space in the bedroom. In Ireland it is not very common to have huge bedroom space, so limitations are quite common.

You might find that you are unsure as to whether a particular bed frame can be accommodated in the available space. It can be difficult to visualise what furniture will look like in situ. The best way to overcome this problem is to mark out the dimensions of the bed on the floor of the room. Decide where you would like to position the bed and then use a tape measure to establish the width and length. Place a small object where each corner of the bed would be. Alternatively use paper or cardboard to create a template of the bed’s footprint and place this on the floor. Make sure there is enough space left for some other essential furniture.

Also regarding the size, make sure that there is enough space to manoeuvre the parts during the installation phase. The dimensions of the bed should be available on each product description.

The height also matters, bed frames and headboards need to fit the room requirements. The aesthetics of the room design will be impacted by the size of the bed. The height of the headboard might appear to be a minor issue but it can seriously affect the look and feel of your interior. A high headboard will overly dominate a small space or a room with low ceilings whereas a modest headboard will lack impact in a large room or where the ceilings are high.

A bed can become difficult if it is too high or too low. This is most evident when mobility issues are in place.

A Question of Style

Style will clearly be on your mind when searching for a new bed. It is crucial that your bed frame complements your decorative scheme and so you should think about whether you need a traditional piece of furniture or a more contemporary bed. Would you prefer a bed fashioned from wood or metal and which colour or shade best suits your room? Do you need to match your bed frame to your existing furniture or will you be investing in new furnishings to team up with your bed?

Sleigh beds are fabulous statement pieces which lend a touch of luxury to any space or perhaps you treasure the old world charm of a decorative metal bed frame? Do you adore the opulence of antique French furniture or are you designing a bedroom in the New England Style?

If you are completely revamping your room, look for collections which feature both bed frames and matching furnishings such as wardrobes, chests, lockers and dressers.


Your bed frame will typically feature a headboard. The style of your headboard should match the rest of your bed frame. If you have a contemporary bed frame, then you should opt for a modern headboard. If your bed frame is more traditionally styled and features textured wooden slats, then feel free to choose a trendy upholstered headboard. We have already touched on the importance of size when it comes to headboards, but there are also stylistic considerations. The headboard will most likely be the dominant feature of your bed and so will become the focal point of the room.

Guest Bedroom Space

It’s usually more difficult to choose a mattress for someone else than for yourself. Guest beds often need to meet the needs of people of all heights and preferred sleeping styles. The largest bed that you can fit in the room would be the versatile choice but guest rooms are often smaller than master bedrooms and space could be limited.

Your guest room might also have to double up as a study or home office in which case a day bed could be an excellent option. A sofa by day and a bed by night, these versatile pieces give you the best of both worlds.

Children’s Beds

In choosing a kids bed you will be presented with the same dilemmas that you face when searching for an adult bed. Kids like to be given as much attention as possible and beds that suit their tastes will make them much happier.

Kids’ rooms are often quite small. If space is a challenge, look for a bed with storage built in. This is very common with modern bedroom furniture. Bunk beds are a practical choice if two or more youngsters are sharing a room. Kids love bunk beds and there are bed frames which feature two singles or a small double and a single. Kids beds which incorporate a trundle (pull-out bed) are the sensible choice if you are to host frequent sleepovers. with friends.Think about the relative size of your kids beds and the room they are in. If you have a larger child, a real bed would not be the best choice for them. A twin or a full-size mattress would be fine for them. You can always upgrade when your child turns an older teenager.

Flanagans Irish Furniture Online

At Flanagans, we have been providing the Irish Furniture market with thousands of beds. We understand quality and what value can be found when buying a bed. 

See below some of our current Bedroom Furniture Collection.





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