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Mattress Buyers Guide

Mattresses Buying Guide

Choosing your mattress

Budget

Never compromise! Most adults spend a 3rd of their life in bed. You should spend as much as you can, a good mattress can last up to 10 years. So splash out, a good night’s sleep is worth it.

What size do I need?

Think big, the larger the bed the less chance of being disturbed by a partner. Remember a standard double is 4’6, with a partner that is only 2’3 each! That’s less than a single bed.

Don’t forget to measure. Make sure you measure your bedroom to find the size that will fit, remember go as big as you can.

Try it

We recommend you visit one of our stores and try it out. Try the beds out in your normal sleeping position (after taking off any heavy coats) and make sure you turn a few times. If you have a bed partner, take him/her along as their weight, height and sleep patterns could be very different to your own and you both need to feel comfortable.

Give yourself plenty of time to ‘road test’ the beds but don’t leave your choice until the end of the day – all that lying down will have made you tired and your judgement may be compromised.

Divans and bedframes

It is important to remember that buying a new mattress to put on an existing divan base is not a good idea. Most mattresses and bases are designed to work together to ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

Bedframes change the feel of a mattress as do divans. So make sure you know what the mattress is going on.

Mattress types

With today’s modern technology and innovative design, choosing a mattress may seem a minefield, so to help you make a more informed choice we have listed below the relevant types of mattress available. Each offer different levels of comfort and support so choosing the right mattress will be the difference between a good night’s sleep and a bad one.

OPEN COIL

  • A simple system consisting of single springs fixed together by one wire
  • A border wire gives the mattress a firm edge to help retain its shape
  • Sides are machine stitched

POCKET SPRUNG

  • Springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets and packed closely together, much like a honeycomb effect
  • Springs work independently to individual body weight
  • The higher the spring count the greater the support
  • The sides are normally hand stitched to give strong, stable edges

Latex

  • Created from natural or synthetic rubber
  • Responds to the contours of the body
  • Naturally hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial

Visco Elastic (memory foam)

  • Moulds to your body contours as your body heat softens the mattress
  • Provides support by spreading your weight over the entire sleeping surface
  • Helps maintain correct posture and relieve pressure point build up in any position
  • Hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial

Looking after your mattress

Airing

Don’t make your bed when you wake up! On average a person loses around 284ml (half a pint) of fluid each night. Pull your duvet and sheets back and let it air. This will help your linen stay fresher for longer and prolong the life of the mattress.

Sprung mattresses

Depending on the type either turn it regularly or rotate it 180 degrees. This will help maximise the mattresses life. However always follow the relevant manufacturers guide lines.

Memory foam / latex mattresses

These types of mattress do not need turning, however they do need to be rotated 180 degrees on a regular basis (at least once a month). This will help maximise the mattresses life. However always follow the relevant manufacturers guide lines.

Sizes

All Lee Longlands mattresses UK standard sizes, but can offer a range of non-standard mattress and divans on request. We can even make no standard shape beds too!

Bed name Mattress size cm Imperial width
Small single W75 x L190 2'6
Single W90 x L190 3'0
Small double W120 x L190 4'0
Double W135 x L190 4'6
King size W150 x L200 5'0
Super king size W180 x L200 6'0

 

Bed Buyers Guide

Bed Buyers Guide

Choosing your bed

What size do I need?

Think big, the larger the bed the less chance of being disturbed by a partner. Remember a standard double is 4’6, with a partner that is only 2’3 each! That’s less than a single bed.

Don’t forget to measure. Make sure you measure your bedroom to find the size that will fit, remember go as big as you can!

Budget

An expensive bed may not necessarily mean a more comfortable bed. Try to allocate more of your budget on a good mattress. After all most adults spend a 3rd of their life in bed. So splash out, a good night’s sleep is worth it.

Types of beds

Divans

Divans act as a base for your mattress. They either come as solid top which offers a firmer support or with a sprung base, which is naturally softer. Divans with springs are designed to work with pocket sprung mattresses to provide more support and more adaptability to body contours.

Divans also come with a variety of storage solutions some with built in draws – perfect for bed linen or shoes! We also do shallow base with legs upon request.

Ottomans

Ottomans are a great way to incorporate flexible storage solutions. The storage potential is revealed by opening the top of the bed with easy lift mechanisms. Great to hide away shoes, liens or whatever you feel.

Bedsteads

Bedsteads offer a variety of looks for your bedroom giving you the freedom to create a modern masterpiece or a design classic.

Sizes

All Lee Longlands beds are sized on the mattress required. We use UK standard sizes, but can offer a range of non-standard mattress and divans on request. We can even make no standard shape beds too!

Bed name Mattress size cm Imperial width
Small single W75 x L190 2'6
Single W90 x L190 3'0
Small double W120 x L190 4'0
Double W135 x L190 4'6
King size W150 x L200 5'0
Super king size W180 x L200 6'0

 

Bedroom Buyers Guide

Bedroom Buyers Guide

What’s right for you?

Here at Lee Longlands we offer dining & bedroom furniture which is both functional and stylish. We have sourced a vast array of furniture, from ostentatious contemporary pieces, to more subtle classic designs.

Therefore you need to think about the room you are furnishing.

  • How big is it?
  • Is it already decorated?
  • Surrounding space
  • Functionality of the room

Wooden furniture

Some pieces we carry are manufactured from solid wood, while many of our pieces combine the elegance of solid wood and the durability and functionality of wood veneers.

Solid wood

  • Solid wood displays the natural beauty of the tree
  • Depending on the type of wood, grain patterns, knots and burrs will be different and unique to the piece of furniture
  • Whenever buying solid wood pieces we advise buying all furniture pieces at the same time. This enables the furniture to match as closely as possible. This is due to individual trees having varying characteristics.
  • Solid wood pieces are also susceptible to warping if there are significant changes in temperature and humidity in the home.

Wood veneers

  • A wood veneer is a thin cut of real wood applied to a hard wood or inner board (mdf, particle board etc.)
  • Gives a uniform or distinctive look to a piece of furniture.
  • Lighter and easier to move than solid wood

Most of our ranges use a combination of solid wood and veneers and we do our best to represent all information accurately.

Stone furniture

Each piece of stone furniture is unique, natural and beautiful. Unique colourings and variations are found in nature and none of the natural veins, pores and variations are to be considered defects.

We offer a wide variety of marble, travertine and granite in a vast array of naturally occurring colours.

Caring for your furniture

The type of furniture dictates the level of care needed to protect your investment! We always recommend taking out our 5 Year Care Programme to protect your investment. However we do have some handy tips:

  • Never place warm plates or cups directly onto the furniture – use quality place mats and coasters
  • Wipe up spills immediately and avoid putting wet glasses or vases directly onto polished surfaces
  • Never drag or push furniture – lift the item to avoid weakening the joints
  • Do not tilt dining chairs on their back legs when sitting on them
  • Avoid strong sunlight and excessive heat?
  • Always follow manufacturers guidelines
  • Glass can simply be cleaned with glass cleaner or soapy water.

Our 5 year Care Programme

Marble & travertine care

Marble and travertine are a natural porous stone, and to provide an even surface, any natural cavities are filled with a combination of hand placed stones and resin.

  • Large items such as dining tables should not be move once placed in the house. If items are transported in the incorrect way the structural integrity of the stone can be compromised and cause it to shatter into pieces.
  • Avoid spillages – especially acidic drinks such as wine and fruit juices. The acid can remove polish/wax and quickly stain the stone.
  • Always use place mats and quality coasters.

Our 5 year Care Programme