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Sleeping Well When Working from Home

Whilst people working remotely is not a new concept, the global coronavirus outbreak has led to large portions of the nation now working from home for the next few weeks.

However, this doesn’t mean you can start enjoying a lazy 10 am starts every day and clocking off early. For some, this practice will increase their productivity levels; with others finding it easier to work at night instead of the day – perhaps if they also have to home school their children.

Working from home does have an impact on your sleep, with disruptions to your regular routines having a knock-on effect, so for our latest blog, UK Bed Store is sharing the best ways to continue sleeping well.

8 Ways to Keep Productive Working from Home

1. Keeping to a regular daily routine will maintain your mental focus and keep your body clock in sync. Don’t be tempted to hit the snooze button just because you do not have to physically go to work. Have a morning shower, dress for work and have a balanced breakfast like you would on a ‘normal’ day.

2. Before your working day begins or during a mid-morning break get some natural light, whether this is a brisk walk or 10 minutes in the garden with a cup of tea. Natural light is still effective on cloudy or grey days and helps us to reset our internal body clock.

3. Make sure you put boundaries in place and try to keep to your working hours as much as possible. Try not to be available ‘all the time’ such as checking emails or working too close to bedtime as this could impact the time you fall asleep.

4. Create a designated area for working (if possible) and commit to using it only during working hours. Try not to make this space your bedroom, as working from your bed is not good for posture or productivity.

5. Take regular breaks every hour to stretch your legs and get a change of scenery.

6. Working from home can have effects on your mental health, which in turn can have an impact on your sleep. While you may miss the office or factory floor banter, there are platforms such as Skype that will help you stay connected, plus you can see and speak to your colleagues.

7. Stay hydrated by making sure you regularly have a drink. Try keeping a bottle of water on your desk and use time making a brew for a break from your computer.

8. Finally, avoid stocking up on caffeine during the afternoon when you hit the post-lunch dip. Although caffeine affects us all differently, give yourself enough time between your last caffeine intake and bedtime so it doesn’t interfere with your sleep. If you start feeling lethargic in the afternoon, spend 10 minutes outside or put on some of your favourite songs to lift your mood.

Considering a New Bed? Get in Touch Today

If you are looking to treat yourself to a new bed, look no further than UK Bed Store.

Please contact us today if you have any questions about our range of mattresses and bed frames.

National Bed Month

National bed month, Time to upgrade?

Here at UK Bed Store we personally LOVE national bed month! What better way to spend the month than making the most out of your bed! But, will this month make you think about upgrading and treating yourself to a new bed? Perhaps a king-size? Or maybe a luxurious leather frame?
The perfect bed is waiting for you. Whether the bed is just for you, a bed to share, a fun child’s bed, or the old favourite cabin bed for that teen that needs a bit more storage space!

National bed month

This year the whole month of March is devoted to the love of our bed. After all it is where we spend around one third of our lives.
This month it’s all about creating awareness of getting the best nights sleep and ensuring that your bed is helping you to get that! Recent studies have shown that reducing screen time before bed can vastly improve your quality of sleep. While we can’t sell you a bed that will tell you to put your phone down at bedtime (yet!), we do have a wide variety of snooze-worthy beds and mattresses that will help you revamp your nightly routine.

Choosing the best upgrade

With so many options on offer, how do you know you’re making the right choice? The best way to help make your decision is to make a list of expectations for your new bed. Have you considered;
• The size you want/need – is a standard double big enough or are you looking for a little more room? Maybe try a king-size.
• Who is the bed for? Small children don’t need a luxurious leather double bed, why not have a look at some of our fun kid’s beds
• Low on space? We have a great selection of ottoman and divan beds available to suit your space
If you think you’ve made the perfect selection but are a little worried in case its not everything you hoped for? Don’t worry, our easy returns mean that you get to return the bed and try again!

Did you know?

There’s so many interesting facts about beds that you may not know! And some you probably don’t want to know! Here’s just a few, how many did you already know?
• Tutankhamun’s bed was made from pure gold and ebony.
• A traditional Japanese bed is essentially a matt (known as a shikibuton) laid on the floor, which is rolled up during the day to allow the space to be used.
• Over 10 years the average mattress almost doubles in weight, this is caused by dust and dead skin cells being held inside (is it time to change your mattress?)
• The first waterbeds were goatskins filled with water, used in Persia nearly 4,000 years ago

UK Bed Store

Here at UK Bed Store we don’t want to sell you the most expensive bed we can. We want to sell you the right bed for you, that suits your needs and your budget. We offer a vast selection from Divan to Ottoman, from fabric to leather and from metal frame to wooden. We are sure to have something that will catch your eye. Have a browse through our online catalogue to find the right bed for you. For any queries or to speak to a member of our team contact us today.

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Essential Sleeping Tips with UK Bed Store

Here at UK Bed Store, we offer a fantastic range of beds and mattresses to help you get the best night’s sleep possible.

As the Dalia Lama once said,
“Sleep is the best meditation.”

If you are struggling with either waking up in the night or just not getting enough sleep which leads to fatigue during the day, why not read some of our essential sleeping tips below.

Six Tips for Creating Perfect Bedroom for Sleep

1. Forget About Work – The purpose of your bedroom is to relax, so try to keep any reminders of work in another room.
2. Serene Space – The more pleasing environment, the better night’s sleep you will get. If you are thinking of re-decorating, then consider soothing colours such as blue or putting tranquil pictures around the room.
3. De-Clutter – Having clutter everywhere will destroy any relaxing vibe in your bedroom. You could choose one of our divan beds which are a perfect storage solution for clutter.
4. Keep the Noise Down – Even in sleep we still process background noises, so leaving a TV on standby or your phone on will only act as distractions to sleep. Creating an environment where there is minimal noise will help switch your mind off ready for sleep.
5. A Comfortable Bed – Having a comfortable bed is a must but also carefully choose your sheets, pillows and mattress will create the most relaxing sleep space.
6. Make Your Bed Every day – According to a survey from the National Sleep Foundation, those who make their beds every day generally slept better than those who don’t.

Get the Bedroom of Your Dreams with UK Bed Store

UK Bed Store have been providing the finest bed frames, mattresses and bedroom furniture plus we work with renowned brands like Silentnight, Birlea and Serene Furnishings.

If you’d like to know more about our product range, please get in touch today and speak to our team of specialists or come and pay our showroom in Staffordshire a visit.

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Dispelling Mattress Myths with UK Bed Store

Knowing which mattress will suit you and your family can be a tricky task if you believe some of the common myths.
Amazingly the average person will only buy three or four mattresses during their lifetime, so choosing the best one is a crucial task.

Here at UK Bed Store, we have over four decades of experience in providing the finest mattresses including renowned brands such as Birlea.
In our latest blog, we are going to look at myths about mattresses and give you the truth about them.

The Truth About These Mattress Myths

Myth 1 – Turning Your Mattress Doubles Its Lifespan
In the past mattresses were designed to sleep one side only, but technological developments in spring manufacturing and mattress fillings mean you no longer need to flip it.

Myth 2 – A Firm Mattress is Good for Bad Backs
If you have a back condition, then having a firm mattress was always the first advice you used to get from a GP. The most important thing about your mattress is choosing one that offers the correct support for your spine. A mattress that’s too firm will cause pinching of nerves which leads to pins and needles and reduced blood flow.
Ultimately if your mattress has seen better days (or is over 7 years old) you should consider investing in a new one that provides better back support.

Myth 3 – Memory Foam Mattresses Make You Sleep Hot
Back in the 1990’s memory foam mattresses had a reputation for sleeping warmer than your traditional spring interior range.
Foam technology has developed so much since then with cooling gel particles and the introduction of smart fabrics regulating your body temperature with heat retention a distant memory (excuse the pun).

Myth 4 – Mattress Toppers Is Perfect Substitute for a new Mattress
If your old mattress is showing wear and tear, then investing in a cheap mattress topper will not help revive its fortunes.
Investing in a new mattress is the best solution and will prove value for money with the average one lasting up to 7 years.

UK Bed Store has a wide range of mattresses such as Coil Spring, Pocket Springs and memory foam and latex blocks.

Relax on Mattresses from UK Bed Store

From our store in Leek, Staffordshire UK Bed Store can provide the finest mattresses and beds range for customers all over the country.
If you have any questions about any of our products, please contact us today.

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Sleeping Comfortably on Bunk Beds for Kids

UK Bed Store is the leading supplier of bunk beds for kids guaranteed to give your little ones the best night’s sleep.
Our range of bunk beds are great choices for both children and teenagers plus they’re a clever space saving solution available in a wide range of widths and lengths.

Plus we work with a range of high profile brands including Julian Bowen, Birlea, Sweet Dreams and Serene Furnishings!
Here we are going to look at how to create the perfect sleeping environment for your children.

Sleep Advice for Kids

The first thing you will need to check is the quality of your child’s mattress, making sure their spine, shoulders and hips are supported properly. If their mattress is showing signs of wear and tear or is over 7 years old, you should consider investing in a new one.
You should also take a look at things from your child’s perspective, so try lying down on their bed and taking a look around to see if there are any things that need changing to create a calm and relaxing environment.

This could include making it feel more homely by adding a picture of the family within eye range of the bed and ensure stimulants such as toys are tidied away before bedtime.
Try to keep the temperature in the bedroom between 16 and 18 degrees and also consider blackout blinds if your child is easily woken or a light sleeper.

When it comes to their sleep routine, 8:30 pm is considered the golden hour where they should begin to wind down, perhaps have a bath or shower 30 minutes before bedtime.
By 9:30 pm they should be tucked up and counting sheep to ensure that they get the recommended amount of sleep.

Order Your Bunk Beds for Kids from UK Bed Store

With over four decades of experience, you won’t find better suppliers of bunk beds for kids than UK Bed Store.

If you’d like to find out more about our bunk bed range please get in touch today.

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Beat the Overnight Heat with UK Bed Store

As temperatures start to increase as summer approaches, this can sometimes cause uncomfortable and sleepless nights due to the heat.
UK Bed Store leads the way for upholstered beds with a wide variety guaranteed to satisfy your tastes and budget.
Here we are going to share some handy tips to make sure you can get a comfortable night’s sleep on one of our luxurious beds such as one of our upholstered range that varies from single to super king size.

Top Tips to Keep Cool at Night

1. Keep the Blinds Shut – According to industry statistics around 30% on unwanted heat comes from your windows. So by utilising shades, curtains or blinds will keep your indoor temperature much lower and prevents your house from becoming a miniature greenhouse which can be frequent for south and west facing homes.
2. Blackout Curtains – A slightly more robust option is installing blackout curtains which are said to reduce heat gain in rooms by up to 33% whilst naturally insulating the rooms they’re installed in.
3. Keep That Door…Open! – Whilst in Winter it’s good to seal heat into your rooms to make them nice and toasty, in the summer having doors between rooms open adds a natural air flow which helps keep them cooler at night.
4. Change the Sheets – Changing your bed sheets is a great way to freshen up your room but also switching to cotton sheets as it breathes easier and is naturally cooler is a sensible choice.
5. Focus on Body, not Home Temperature – If you get too hot in the night, the chances are this will be your own body temperature and not necessarily your room’s temperature. Way to combat increased body temperature include sipping cold drinks and applying a cold cloth to strong pulsed areas such as the back of your neck and wrists.

Stay Cool and Comfortable with Upholstered Beds

For over 40 years UK Bed Store has worked with some of the finest brands including Sweet Dreams, Birlea and SilentNight supplying the highest quality metal and upholstered beds.
If you’d like to know more about any of our products please contact us today or come and pay our showroom a visit in Leek, Staffordshire.

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Helping New Parents Grab a Moment of Sleep!

Having a comfortable and high-quality bed is essential for new parents. Babies have been stealing the headlines lately. The new Royal arrival, full name Archibald Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Monday 6th May to national adoration.

Becoming a parent can be a rude awakening, excuse the pun, for couples who previously enjoyed peaceful sleep routines. All new parents, including Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, need to make sure they get their 40 winks as much as baby Archie!

Sleeping Tips for New Parents

So, if you’ve recently had a newborn here are some essential tips to help the whole family sleep comfortably –
Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps – Although they wake frequently, babies do cram in lots of sleep during the day, so we’d recommend trying to snooze when they do if possible.
Share Night Time Responsibilities – If your partner can help out with nappy changes and bottle feeding this will help share tasks and free up time for you to sleep.
Create a Sleeping Environment – Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet, dark and clutter free and most importantly your bed is comfortable. If you’ve had your mattress for over 7 years you may need to consider replacing it. With all the focus and excitement on your newborn, don’t forget to be kind to yourself, a new bed or mattress is something to aid those much needed moments of rest and sleep.
Treat Yourself – If you want a complete change to prepare for parenthood, investing in a new bed could be the best money you spend this year. UK Bed Store is the leading providers of all different kinds of upholstered, leather and adjustable beds.
Get Rid of Distractions – We know you’re probably too busy! But avoid having TV, laptops, tablets and mobile phones in the bedroom and try not to have ‘screen time’ an hour before you’d like to sleep. If you’re not feeling tired within an hour of this, we’d recommend getting up until you feel sleepy; then return to bed.

Perfect Bed Range for New Parents

Since we started trading in 1975, UK Bed Store has been the leading provider of beds, mattresses and bedroom furniture across the country.
We have plenty of new parents visit us and call regularly looking for new beds for themselves, so if you’d like to know more about our products please get in touch today…and congratulations to all new parents from everyone at UK Bedstore!

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The Best Night’s Sleep on Metal Beds for Over 55’s

Metals beds from UK Bed Store are one of the most popular options for a wide range of customers including children, parents and people over 55 years old.

Here we are going to look at methods to get a better night’s sleep if you’re heading towards retirement age.
Control the Temperature
Sometimes older men and women struggle to settle in bed due to temperature fluctuations, such as getting too warm during the night.
We would recommend wool, alpaca, silk or bamboo duvet covers which will help regulate your body temperature plus a mattress that offers breathable options. If you have a partner who snores and keeps you up at night you could also consider one of our adjustable beds. This sort of bed will mould itself to your individual sleep postures and help combat snoring.

Get into Routine
If you have trouble winding down at night there could be multiple factors for this, including:

Do you watch television late at night?
Are you browsing on your phone in bed?
Do you drink caffeine after 5pm?

These are all common reasons why your body isn’t switching off at bedtime, so here’s some alternatives to gradually wind down peacefully –

  • Try to walk at least 30 minutes per day getting plenty of sunlight
  • Take a nice warm bath
  • Read a book in bed for around half an hour before your usual bedtime to relax

If you need to relax more at night you could consider the 4-7-8 method, which helps focus your breathing patterns.

  • First empty your lungs of air
  • Breathe in quietly through your nose for 4 seconds
  • Now hold your breath for 7 seconds

Exhale forcefully through your mouth, pursing the lips and making the ‘whoosh’ sounds for 8 seconds
Repeat this cycle up to 4 times (if required)

Studies from the Sleep Council have shown men and women over 55 should be aiming to be asleep by 10:30pm and to achieve this you should aim to have your final meal of the evening before 8pm.
Between 9:30pm and 10:30pm is considered the ‘Golden Hour’ where you can undertake one or more of the wind down techniques, we looked at above. With plenty of practice this should ensure you get at least 7 hours of sleep and are refreshed come the morning.

Talk to the Experts for Metal Beds

UK Bed Store has over 40 years of experience providing the finest range of metal beds, mattresses, headboards and other bedroom accessories to customers all over the country.
If you’d like to know more about our range of products please get in touch or come and pay us a visit at our showroom in Leek, Staffordshire.

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Why Mirrors are Essential Bedroom Furniture

One piece of bedroom furniture that you’re guaranteed to use daily is a mirror.
Here at the UK Bed Store we supply a wide variety of mirrors, from vanity mirrors that will fit snugly on your dressing table, to full-length mirrors which are perfect for those that like to take their time getting ready in the morning.

Enhance your bedroom with mirrors from the UK Bed Store

While mirrors are functional, they are also an item of elegance and beauty; enriching the overall aesthetics of your bedroom. Here are some great reasons for purchasing a new mirror for your bedroom today –

  • Make a statement – Mirrors can be a pivotal part of any room by placing them on visually prominent walls or tables. Large mirrors will decorative frames will naturally attract attention.
  • Reflect Elegance – Increase your room’s appeal by using your mirror’s reflection to bring attention to attractive features in your room such as classy ornaments.
  • Maximise Lighting – Hanging mirrors across from your bedroom window will bring more natural light into the room.
  • Create the illusion of space – The bigger your mirror the more space it will create, so think carefully about the angle of your room when considering where to add your mirror.
  • Improve Bedroom Feng Shui – Mirrors represent water and help to balance and accentuate the purpose of a room.
  • Look Sharp – You can maintain your personal image by checking your reflection first thing in the morning or before heading out or after coming in from bad weather outside.

Choose Mirrors From Leading Brands

As one of the Midlands leading bedroom furniture stores, we supply products from some of the UK best-loved brands, from Birlea and Julian Bowen to Sweet Dreams or Core; whether you want something modern and sleek or something traditional, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for something simple and elegant, our Core Pine Single Mirror offers an elegant and simplistic look that will fit with any style of dressing table or chest of drawers. If you’re looking for a touch of glamour and glitz, the Birlea Valencia Wall Mirror is a must thanks to it’s flawless mirrored finish and bevelled edges.

You can browse our current range online here.

Visit Our Store or Order Online Today

Since 1975 the UK Bed Store has been the leading provider of a host of bedroom furniture from our base in Leek, Staffordshire.
Our tailored customer care is the reason we have been going for nearly 45 years, so if you’ve got any questions about any of our stock please get in touch today and we’re sure we will be able to help.
If you’re looking for a bargain to complement your new mirrors, we have a number of clearance items on sale including a host of different styles of chests of drawers.

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Getting to Know Serene Furnishings at UK Bed Store

Serene Furnishings luxury brand of bedroom furniture was first established in 2005 by Tasleem Tasab, who would go on to become the Director of the company.

Tasleem offers this fascinating insight into how he got into the bedroom furniture industry,
“A friend of the family introduced me to the notion of importing furniture and following some research and meetings I formalised the range I wanted to launch in March 2004.
“The Serene Furnishings name is now well known in the marketplace; I’ve built the credibility of this business on good practice and communication.”

Serene offers a wide range of bedsteads, headboards, sofa beds, day beds and bunk beds with a choice of wood, fabric and faux leather at UK Bed Store.
The creative team at Serene Furnishings continue to innovate and inspire with contemporary styles, mixing beauty and functionality. UK Bed Store is proud to be working with one of the market leaders for the industry.

Furnish Your Imagination with Serene Furnishings

If you’re struggling for space but expecting guests soon, the Brennington single 3ft Silver Metal Bed Frame gives you the option of two beds for the price of one!
A second guest underbed is tucked underneath the single bed, meaning you can use it when you need to. With a sprung slatted base your mattress will be extra comfortable too!
This is a modern day design of bed that won’t break the bank!

Browse Our Range of Serene Furnishings

Serene Furnishings is one of the leading brands stocked at UK Bed Store with an emphasis on quality and affordable sleeping solutions.
From our base in Leek, Staffordshire UK Bed Store continues to be the leading supplier of all of your bedroom needs for over 40 years.

If you’d like to know more about our Serene Furnishings collections, please get in touch to speak to one of our experts with any questions. We also stock other well known brands such as Julian Bowen, Sweet Dreams and Bentley Design; giving you an unrivalled choice of selection for your bedrooms.