This weekend, we finally ventured out to look for a new bed. I had been nagging OH about getting a new bed for months, as I am having difficulty sleeping on our current mattress, due to some springs poking through and the fact that it seems to dip towards the edges, giving me the sensation of falling out of bed. In addition, the mattress is too small, being just a double and we really need at least a king sized bed.
We've been using the current mattress, which is an inexpensive IKEA one, since we emptied our old house, which we rented out for 4 years before selling it 5 years ago. Previous to that it had been used by our tenants for 4 years, rendering it about 9 years old. (They were a nice group of girls, hence, why we didn't mind using it ourselves) Consequently, I think it has just about had it's day, but we will keep it and use it in the spare room for the time being.
We haven't bought a bed for ourselves in nearly 20 years and I had set my heart on a divan bed this time around. I didn't want a space under the bed that allows dust to gather and requires me to hoover and mop there regularly. I know I probably will still need to do this occasionally with a divan, but not as often. I also, however, did need some storage, as I do keep a few things under the bed and was eyeing up a bed with both divan drawers plus a lift up mattress with ottoman storage space underneath. I 'd seen a particular bed I liked in a magazine, so on Saturday morning we went along to the store in question to check it out.
OH did his usual of giving it a good thorough inspection, drawers, gas pistons, slats and all, to the astonishment of the salesman. I thought he was going to refuse to buy it, but he just had reservations about the drawers, which to be honest didn't seem particularly robust and might not stand up to regular use for storing linen, which is what I had in mind. We finally decided to buy the same bed, but without the drawers and with a deeper ottoman storage space.
Divan base chosen, we then went about trying out all the mattresses to find one we liked. We differed somewhat in our preferences. OH favoured the Tempur Memory Foam type mattresses, whilst I preferred the more traditional pocket sprung type. Eventually we agreed on the latter, with a wool filling, so I was very happy, especially as it is made of much more natural and recyclable fibres. We didn't go too mad and the bed and mattress were very reasonably priced.
We finished our shopping trip by treating ourselves to new pillows, in this respect we could each indulge our respective preferences, he a memory foam one and I a goose feather and down one, and having also helped ourselves to a coffee and free cookies whilst shopping, we left happy with our morning's purchases. Incidentally, I also managed to get another £50 off the sale prices, with a voucher I'd saved from the magazine, so we effectively got free delivery.
Talking of delivery, it is due arrive in 3-4 weeks time and I can't wait. In the meantime, I have already ordered a new Egyptian Cotton Quilt cover set and I intend to buy some good quality mattress and pillow protectors and really do it properly for once in our lives. If we can't do it now, we never will.
I'll post photos when the bed arrives and I've organised the storage underneath it. Call me strange, but I'm really excited about getting it and being able to reorganise storage in the bedroom on account of it and hopefully simplify our lives a little, not to mention get a better night's sleep.