Buying Guide: Bedding

Transform your bed into a gorgeous haven in which to get the best night's sleep possible with the Houseology beds and bedding buying guide.


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A fabulous, energising night’s sleep goes beyond the perfect mattress. Luxuriously soft pillows and thick, fluffy duvets all help to turn your bed into a decadent haven from the outside world. By taking the time to choose the right bed you can ensure you get a peaceful, restful sleep night after night.

Our bedding buying guide is especially designed to help you choose the perfect duvet, mattress topper and pillows for you.

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01.Choosing a mattress

The right mattress promotes a deeper, more refreshing sleep by giving you the right support and making it easy to nod off into a relaxed and restful state.

Our rich hotel heritage means we understand just how important a good night’s sleep is and how crucial a factor the right mattress is – here are some of the key considerations when purchasing a new mattress:

When choosing a mattress it’s important to ensure that it is neither too hard nor too soft for you as this can be a cause of severe back pain. If the mattress is right for you, it should mould to your body shape whilst still providing support. An easy way to tell if your current bed is no longer supporting you correctly is to lie flat on your back. Slide your hand underneath the hollow of your back, if you find that there is a large gap there, your bed may be too firm which will result in pressure on your shoulders and hips. Conversely, if you struggle to slide your hand underneath your back, your mattress may be too soft for you, there should only be a little resistance.

The size of bed you need will depend on how much space you have in your bedroom, whether you prefer to spread out while you sleep and whether you are sharing your bed with a partner. Measure the mattress to the size of the divan base rather than the bedframe or duvet – sizes in the UK range from a small single, ideal for a young child, all the way up to a super king size. The more space you have, the better you will sleep, particularly if you are sharing with a partner as it’s less likely you will wake each other in the night with tossing and turning. The Sleep Council recommend that your bed should be around 10cm longer than the taller partner, so consider this as well.

Though easy to overlook, your bed base will keep your mattress performing at its best. A firm edge open coil divan base offers support and luxurious comfort with pocket springs across the sleeping surface of the bed base and a solid edge of timber. For those who favour a firm base there is also the non-sprung base, which has a solid top and no springs.

Quality The average lifespan of a mattress is 8-10 years, and as you’ll be sleeping on it for roughly a decade, it’s worth taking the time to find the right mattress and investing. While expensive doesn’t always mean best, you should be prepared to spend as much as you can afford to get the right mattress – over many years the cost of your mattress will work out to just a few pence a night. Try your mattress before you buy it and make sure it works for you and your partner. A good night’s sleep is not worth any compromises, so be clear on return policies and only make the investment when you feel confident and happy that you have made the right choice.

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02.Protecting your mattress

When cared for properly, a high quality mattress can last for many years. A mattress protector will help guard against stains and promote good hygiene. If you want to improve your bed without investing in a new mattress, a mattress topper is the next best thing – the topper will mould to your body shape so that you are cradled as you sleep.

Turning your mattress periodically will ensure that the fillings inside it settle evenly. We recommend that you turn and rotate your mattress every week for the first three months and once a season thereafter.

*This does not apply for our no-turn mattresses.

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03.Duvet buying guide

The right duvet will keep your bed feeling luxurious and make falling asleep a pleasure. When you are comfortable and at the right temperature you can benefit from those precious hours of restorative sleep your body needs to function at its best throughout the day.

The weight, softness and warmth of a duvet is determined by its filling and tog rating – tog ratings in particular are often a source of confusion but this needn’t be the case.

The tog rating describes how much warm air the duvet is able to trap and therefore how cosy it will be to sleep under. You may find that you want to change duvets depending on the season in order to stay comfortable throughout the night. Summer duvets are usually between 3.0 and 4.5 tog and will help you stay cool in the warmer weather without sacrificing the luxurious feeling of the duvet itself. Duvets with a tog rating between 7.0 and 10.5 will provide medium warmth while 12.0 and 13.5 tog duvets will ensure you are warm and snug in even the coldest weather.

Duvet fillings also vary widely with both natural and synthetic fibres available. Natural filled duvets contain feathers and/or down, which is lighter and offers greater insulation than feathers for a seriously luxurious feel. Feather duvets are hard-wearing and allow your skin to breathe which is perfect if you are prone to overheating as you sleep. Synthetic duvets can be just as soft and comfortable as natural fibres and they are perfect if you or your partner suffers from allergies to natural fillings. Synthetic fillings are also easier to wash and dry quickly, which makes for a practical choice in a guest or children’s bedroom. Duvets with a synthetic filling will need to be replaced sooner as it is worn down over time and loses its shape.

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04.Pillow buying guide

Like mattresses, pillows should offer comfort and support – the wrong pillows can cause neck strain, disrupt your sleep, lead to shoulder pain and increase snoring. Choosing the right pillow comes down to the direction you sleep in and the shape and size of your body.

What’s right for you might not be right for your partner or other members of the family, so when buying new pillows it’s best to choose individually.

Pillows have a shorter life span than duvets and mattresses, and you should expect to replace them between every two and four years to keep your bed hygienic. Over time they will lose their shape and become discoloured - two main indicators that it’s time for them to be replaced.

When choosing how firm or soft your pillows are, it is worth considering your sleep position as whether you sleep on your back, side or stomach will impact on the kind of support you need. Your pillow should help to keep your spine aligned as if your head is too high or low this can lead to muscle pain and strain.

If you sleep on your back or stomach
Choose a soft, flat pillow that will support you without giving too much height, and gently mould to the shape of your head or neck.

If you sleep on your side
Choose a firmer pillow that will support your head and help keep it aligned with your spine. Depending on your size and how broad your shoulders are you may need two pillows to achieve this – try a firm bottom pillow and a softer top pillow to give you the support you need along with a comforting softness.

If you toss and turn
Tossing and turning throughout the night is often an indication of a poor sleep and could mean your bedding isn’t right. Check to make sure you’re at the right temperature and choose pillows based on the position you most often fall asleep in.

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05.Pillow fillings

Natural fillings are innards made from feather and down. They are breathable, and mould around the head and shoulders. The more feather there is in a pillow the firmer it will be, while the proportion of down will add softness – in general, the more down, the softer the pillow. Pillows with natural fillings tend to outlast their synthetic counterparts because they hold their shape for longer.

Synthetic fillings are made from fibres rather than feathers, and are an alternative choice for anyone allergic to feathers and down or for those who need very specific support to sleep. Memory foam and latex foam pillows build up less dust, which make them ideal for asthma sufferers. The firmness of the foam helps relieve pressure from the head and neck while you sleep but is still soft enough to feel luxurious and comfortable.

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