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Decoration around your metal bed

Decorating Your Bedroom Around A Metal Bed

So you have just purchased a new metal bed for your bedroom and you want it to blend nicely with the rest of your bedroom’s décor. Or perhaps, you kept your metal bed and you want to transform your bedroom. What is the best way of going about this? We all know the main part of any bedroom is the bed. In this case, it’s important to remember your metal bed should act as the main focal point of your bedroom. By starting with your metal bed and decorating around it, this creates a natural emphasis and the addition of new elements will complement your metal bed appropriately. This article will cover colour schemes to finishing touches and everything else in between.

Pick A Colour Scheme

If colour schemes are important to you, then the first thing to do is pick one based on the colour of your metal bed. As a guideline, for a black or dark metal bed frame go for a lighter colour scheme and for a white or cream metal bed frame go for a darker colour scheme. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from choosing a lighter colour scheme with a white metal bed frame or vice versa . By picking contrasting colours for the rest of your bedroom, your metal bed will stand out more and remain the focal point, no matter what way you decorate it. 

Depending on your chosen colour scheme, we also recommend sticking to two or three other shades within the same warm or cool colour palette for a monochromatic monochromatic colour scheme throughout the room. We don’t want to overpower the space with mismatched colours. Again, there is nothing stopping you from picking grey (cool toned) as your secondary colour and mustard (warm toned) as your accent colour.

Fill It With Furniture

Once you have decided on a colour scheme, you can move on to picking out bedroom furniture to match your metal bed. For starters, you will need a wardrobe or a chest of drawers to store your belongings. Wooden elements go really well with metal beds as they add a different texture to the mix. For a rustic and industrial style, our LPD Hoxton 3 Piece Bedroom Furniture Set is ideal with a black metal bed as it has black metal handles and accompanying framework. Generally, two bedside cabinets, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers are the basic essentials of any bedroom, however, you can add a dressing table like the Birlea Urban Rustic Finish Dressing Table which also comes with a mirror or the Core Corona Pine Ottoman Blanket Box for extra storage space. 

On the other hand, if you have a white metal bed frame, go for a white furniture set such as our GFW Panama 4 Piece Bedroom Set or LPD Antoinette Dressing Table Set for a French chic style. 

Accessorise Your Metal Bed

Now that you have ticked bedroom furniture off your list, you need to accessorise your metal bed. This is where you can add your own signature through finishing touches. First, putting wallpaper or a large printing above your metal bed will use up this space and add character to the room. Next, a large rug underneath your metal bed will add comfort and softness, you can either go for one with your chosen accent colour or something with a subtle pattern. 

To complete your metal bed, dress it in luxury bedding and bed linen. With a black metal bed frame, opt for off-white bedding for a clean and contrasting look. For a white metal bed frame, you can opt for off-white, blush or floral bedding for a feminine feel, or go darker with navy or purple bedding. Finally,  matching cushions or throws add softness, texture and a cosy feel to 

Metal Beds And More At The UK Bed Store

We hope you achieve your desired look from reading this article. At the UK Bed Store, we understand the difficulty of making a metal bed blend in perfectly with the rest of a bedroom. If you are finding it difficult, it’s worth speaking to an expert. Besides metal bed frames, we also supply mattresses for support while you sleep and metal headboards for whenever you want to change up your metal bed frame. To shop our full range, visit our website or visit us in-store in Leek for interior design advice. For any queries on our products, please send us an online enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

A boy in pyjamas sitting on a comfortable mattress in the morning

How Often Should I Replace My Mattress?

Did you hear that today is World Sleep Day? The global event falls on the 17th March of every year. The event is hosted by the World Sleep Society. The theme for 2023 is “Sleep is Essential For Health”. The aim of this global event is to spread awareness of sleep health and sleep problems. 

What’s also interesting is that March is also known as National Bed Month. This is another similar awareness event held within the UK, in partnership with The Sleep Charity and the National Bed Federation. The purpose of this national event is to promote the health benefits of good sleep to the public.

To mark these two awareness events, we thought it would be a great idea to discuss the topic of mattresses. A mattress is the foundation to a good night’s sleep. A good mattress can help massively with better sleep, thus improving sleep health. In this article, we discuss why a mattress needs to be replaced and how often it should be replaced.

Why Does A Mattress Need to Be Replaced?

As a general rule, a mattress should be replaced every 6 or 8 years. Of course, a mattress can last longer and start to age at 10 years. It depends on the person’s sleeping circumstances, the type of mattress, and its current condition, to name a few.

There are a few reasons why every mattress needs to be replaced eventually. Sleeping on an old mattress is less supportive than a new mattress, so the chances of developing bed aches and pains increases. This can make sleeping quite uncomfortable. Most people think their back pain is caused by something else but the problem could be down to their mattress simply being too old. Luckily, there are a few other signs to tell if a mattress needs to be replaced.

Signs of An Old Mattress

1) Sagged or Damaged Areas

Unfortunately, the nature of wear and tear can’t be prevented. Sagging occurs when the coils in a mattress begin to weaken, or the memory foam starts to lose its original shape. Holes, springs poking out and other damage are clear indicators that the mattress is on its last legs.

2) Bad Smell and Stains

No matter how much a mattress is cleaned or vacuumed, some smells and stains won’t budge. Old mattresses have a build-up of dead skin cells, sweat, pet hair, and even mould spots. Food and liquid stains can be difficult to remove. These permanent stains can be a factor as to why mould spots have appeared on a mattress.

3) Noisy Springs

The sound of creaking and squeaking of springs can affect a person’s ability to fall asleep. Noisy springs generally means the inner metal coils are either broken or starting to age. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of ways to fix the squeaking, besides completely replacing the mattress.

4) Increased Allergies

When a mattress has a build-up of dust or mould, this can make allergy symptoms worse for some people. Waking up regularly with a runny nose, watery eyes, or a headache can mean the allergens in your mattress could be causing it. For allergy sufferers, it may be worth replacing your current mattress with an anti-allergy mattress or a mattress with hypoallergenic fillings.

5) Lifestyle Changes

Even if a mattress is in top condition, a lifestyle change can be a sign to replace a mattress. A more supportive mattress is generally needed when a person is going through pregnancy or weight gain. People with a recently diagnosed health condition including arthritis, sciatica, or fibromyalgia will need a new mattress for better pressure relief.

Find Your New Mattress at The UK Bed Store

If you have noticed any of the above signs, it’s time to throw out your current mattress and invest in a high-quality, comfortable, and supportive mattress. We recommend doing this sooner rather than later to help you get better sleep and prevent future sleeping problems.

As the UK’s leading online bed retailer, we have an extensive range of products at competitive prices including mattresses, bed frames, headboards, divan beds, bedroom furniture, accessories to go along with them. If you have any questions about our mattresses or any of our other products, please feel free to contact us.

A woman sleeping comfortable on a mattress

Which Mattress Should You Choose For Your Sleeping Position?

When it comes to picking the right mattress, did you know your sleeping position can have a massive impact on the type of mattress you need to consider? To make the decision easier for you, we have written this article based on which mattress you should choose according to your sleeping position. Are you a back, side, stomach or combination sleeper? Continue reading to see what mattress from the UK Bed Store is suitable for your usual sleeping position. 

Back Sleeper

Experts say sleeping on your back is mostly likely to cause snoring but it is the best position to maintain your natural spine alignment. Back sleepers tend to put pressure mostly on their lower back. If the mattress is too firm, it won’t allow enough space for the slight curve in your spine. If the mattress is too soft, your back can create a U-shape and this can cause a strain. 

Therefore, we recommend choosing a pocket spring or a memory foam mattress with medium to firm support. For example, our Healthbeds Heritage Cool Memory 2000 Pocket Mattress is a pocket spring mattress with a memory foam topper and it offers great pressure relief. If you experience regular back pain, an orthopedic mattress will help reduce strains.  

Stomach Sleeper

On the flip side, stomach sleepers tend to put pressure on the neck, shoulder, and arm area. As a stomach sleeper, you’ll want to look for a mattress that supports the natural alignment of your spine, provides pressure relief, and is not so soft that it causes you to sink too much and feel suffocating while you sleep. 

A pocket spring mattress with medium or medium and firm support is ideal for stomach or front sleepers. For instance, our Healthbeds Heritage Natural 1400 Pocket Mattress Medium Feel has natural wool, silk and cashmere fillings for a medium feel.

Side Sleeper

Sleeping on your side is the most common sleeping position for adults. You will want to look for a mattress that reduces pressure around the shoulder and knee area. However, combination or hybrid mattresses are most suitable for side sleepers. These include a coil spring or a pocket spring mattress with a comfort or topper layer. Our Vogue Cloud Gel 2000 Pocket Gel Feel Mattress is a pocket spring mattress with a cool gel pad on top to offer ultimate comfort without the “sinking” feeling you get with other foam-based mattresses.

Combination Sleeper

If you’re prone to tossing and turning during the night, you might find yourself waking up in a different position to when you fell asleep. If this sounds familiar, a pocket spring mattress is your best option. Pocket spring mattresses have individual springs that respond to each body part. This means, as you move from your back to your side or front, you will still feel comfortable and supported. Another benefit of pocket spring mattresses is they are great for couples who have different sleeping positions.

Visit The UK Bed Store

As you can see, no matter what your usual sleeping position is, you can’t go wrong with one of our pocket spring mattresses. Picking the right mattress is quite personal and comfort levels can differ from person to person. For instance, a medium feel mattress can be too firm and uncomfortable for some people. 

If you’re considering a new mattress, keep our recommendations based on your sleeping position in mind. To find the best mattress for your sleeping position, visit The UK Bed Store in Leek for a wide range of mattresses to try and exclusive deals.


Your Bedroom for a Perfect Night's Sleep

Preparing Your Bedroom For A Perfect Night’s Sleep

Are you struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Everyone has experienced a sleepless night at some point or another. However, this can be a more frequent problem for people dealing with insomnia. According to sources, roughly one in every three people in the UK experience insomnia at some point. Insomnia is the condition in which an individual exhibits extreme difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep.

However, general loss of sleep can be caused by many reasons. Surprisingly, one of the most common causes of this problem could be down to your bedroom environment. It’s a good idea to make some changes to your bedroom and see if this improves your sleeping pattern.

We recommend making the following changes to guide you on your way to achieving a perfect night’s sleep:

1) Reduce The Temperature

Our body temperature is roughly 37°C. However, while sleeping, our body temperature drops slightly. Studies have found that the ideal conditions for you to sleep in is when the room temperature is between 15°C and 22°C. If you don’t have the luxury of air conditioning, or you don’t want to use your air conditioning, place a fan in your bedroom or install a fan to your ceiling instead.

Furthermore, change to a lighter duvet or have two separate duvets if you and your partner have different temperature preferences during the night.

2) Keep It As Dark As Possible

The amount of light hitting a surface such as a wall or a floor is measured in units called lux. Your bedroom should have a maximum lux value of 5. That’s similar to the same darkness during a full moon on a clear night. If you live in an urban or built-up area, switch your regular curtains to blackout curtains to block out excess light from street lights and cars. If you’re prone to waking up in the middle of the night, install motion-sensor night lights to supply enough light so you can see where you’re going.

3) Ensure Your Mattress is Comfortable

Ensure the mattress you’re sleeping on is comfortable. Your mattress should be between 8 and 12 inches thick and have a 2 to 4 inch comfort layer. Your support layer should be at least 5 or 6 inches thick. 

Most new mattresses will develop body impressions after a few weeks of use. We advise avoiding mattresses with body impressions of more than 1.5 inches to prevent it affecting your mattress’s performance. Once you’ve rotated your mattress and noticed your mattress sagging on both sides, it’s time to invest in a new mattress to prevent back pain. Generally, it’s recommended to invest in a new mattress at least every 9.5 years.

4) Keep Electronics Out Of The Bedroom

Blue light produced by electronic devices such as phones, laptops and TV’s disrupts the body’s melatonin production more than white light, making it more difficult to sleep. The stimulating effects of playing games or checking emails can also make it harder to fall asleep. Browsing social media late at night can result in negative feelings and rumination which can also lead to insomnia.

5) Remove The TV

Research shows having a TV in the bedroom can harm sleep. Motions and sounds from televisions can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm in a similar way to other electronic devices. To properly wind down before bedtime, turn your TV off for at least 30 to 60 minutes before you go to sleep.

6) Block Out Unwanted Noises

According to sources, 22 million people suffer “chronic high annoyance” from noise pollution in Europe. In loud areas, use earplugs while sleeping to cancel out most low-level sounds. If you do not like using earplugs, consider investing in a white noise machine. If your partner frequently snores and keeps you awake at night, take them to the doctor for a sleep apnea checkup. They may be prescribed to wear a CPAP machine to reduce noise levels.

7) Reduce Clutter

Some individuals can’t sleep due to messy surroundings in their bedroom. Excess clutter can affect your ability to sleep by causing stress. Before bedtime, spend a few minutes tidying your bedroom. Your bedroom environment should be calm and peaceful. Some individuals find it helpful playing relaxing music. Keep your bed as a device-free area to cut out distractions.

Invest In Your Bedding

At the UK Bed Store, we supply high-quality and comfortable mattresses. Whether you need a pocket springs mattress, a memory foam mattress, or a combination mattress, we have the perfect mattress for the perfect night’s sleep. You’ll find our mattresses are so comfortable, it’s like sleeping on a fluffy cloud!

After following these changes, we hope your sleep pattern has improved, and you are able to get some well-deserved rest and you can wake up feeling refreshed. For all your bedding needs, get in contact with us or head to the UK Bed Store in Leek to browse our bedding range and meet our friendly team!

Choosing The Correct Pillow

Choosing The Perfect Pillow For You

When it comes to choosing a new pillow, if you’re anything like us you may be drawn to the softest, fluffiest pillow you can find! However, it can be important to consider what type of pillow is the best fit for your sleeping style. There are many benefits that come with choosing the right pillow, the most important one being that it helps us to achieve the best night’s sleep possible! So, kick back and relax as we navigate the art of choosing the perfect pillow for you and your sleeping style! 

Sleep Is For The Strong

Firstly, let’s talk about the importance of a good night’s sleep. In total, we spend around twenty-six years of our lives asleep and another seven years trying to get there. That’s a third of your life spent in bed! 

In that time, we could be causing a lot of strain to our neck, resulting in poor posture as well as neck and back pain. Sleep experts have found that using a pillow that correctly supports the head and neck reduces these risks and helps us to get more restful sleep. This can also benefit your overall health in other ways, such as improved mood, reduction in stress and being ill less often.

Sleeping On Cloud Nine

The position we sleep in can often determine what type of pillow is best for us. The aim here is for the alignment of the height of the pillow to match our sleeping position. 

Two of the most common sleeping positions are lying on the back or the side, both of which require different types of support. For those who are most comfortable lying on their back, a lower pillow profile would be the best fit, as there is less space between the mattress and head that needs to be occupied to support the neck. Alternatively, side sleepers would benefit from a higher profile pillow, as there is a greater amount of space between the head and the mattress. Opting for supportive pillows which suit you can be a great investment in your sleep quality and physical well-being.

Material Maketh The Dream

Many materials are utilised when creating pillows, however, certain materials have properties that can improve the quality of a product and pillows. For example, allergy sufferers can benefit from hypoallergenic materials, as pillows made from these are less likely to trigger any allergies. Meanwhile, pillows such as the Mlily Bamboo are also dust mite resistant – perfect if you suffer from asthma and eczema. 

For the warmer months – or if you find yourself constantly flipping your pillow over to the cooler side – a pillow with cooling technology might be right for you, as they provide more breathability. This prevents the body from becoming clammy, allowing you to sleep in your perfect temperature range. 

Dreaming Of Plush Pillows

Hopefully, now you have a clearer idea of just a few of the options available to you when picking your next pillow. Here at the UK Bed Store, we have a variety of pillows to suit any sleeper! 

If you have any questions, get in contact today or just pop down to our shop in Leek and meet our friendly team! 

Winter Bedding

Your Guide To Winter Bedding

Now that winter is here, it’s time to swap your lightweight summer sheets for something thicker and warmer. There is nothing worse than popping into a cold bed on a chilly night. For the best sleep this winter, this article by the UK Bed Store will guide you through everything you need to know about winter bedding.

Electric Blanket

If you enjoy jumping into a warm toasty bed, an electric blanket will be your best friend. Instead of turning on the heating in the bedroom, an electric blanket is designed to heat up your bedding before you head to bed. An electric blanket generates heat directly under you, which is much more energy efficient than heating the whole room. 

Electric blankets are placed under your fitted sheet and contain small heating pads with an insulated wire that starts to heat up when plugged in. For your safety, it’s not recommended to leave an electric blanket turned on overnight. Instead, we suggest you switch it on 30 minutes to an hour before you head to bed and unplug before you fall asleep.

Bed Sheets

Our body temperature can drop by 1 to 2 degrees closer to bedtime. Because of this, we recommend changing your bed linens to 100% cotton bed sheets. Cotton is a very popular material not just used for bedding. Cotton bedsheets are an ideal choice for winter because of their ability to regulate temperatures while you sleep. Their performance, longevity, quality, breathability, and their affordability is second to none, especially when compared to other fabrics. For an extra layer of warmth, add a cotton flat sheet to act as a barrier between you and your duvet.


A warm duvet is a winter essential. Duvet thickness is measured in tog ratings. This means the higher the tog rating, the better its ability to retain heat during the night. The most common tog rating used is 10.5, which is perfect for all year round. However, it is sometimes appropriate to switch their tog rating depending on the season, bed sizes, and the age of the person in question. If you feel the cold more or sweat during the night, you can select a higher or lower tog rating to suit your sleeping requirements.

Duvet tog ratings vary, with the following ratings for a different level of warmth:

  • 1-4.5 is great for summer and warmer days.
  • 7-10.5 is suitable for autumn and spring when temperature can differ.
  • 12-15 is best for chilly nights and winter.

Winter Throws

Finish off by laying a winter throw or blanket of your choice over your duvet. This will prevent heat from escaping. Alternatively, placing the throw or blanket at the foot of the bed will keep your toes toasty and warm during the night. If you tend to feel too hot during the night, you can skip this step altogether. Throw overs are not only useful for extra warmth, but it will give your bedroom a stylish and cosy appearance.

High-Quality Winter Bedding

At the UK Bed Store, we want you to stay comfortable and warm while you sleep during winter. So, we supply high-quality bedding products to our customers including beds, mattresses, duvets, and more! For further information, feel free to visit us in-store or get in touch with us.

Halloween Bedroom

Making Your Bedroom Spooky This Halloween

The month of October means many things to different people. For many, it means switching your thinner duvets for thicker ones, as well as various surfaces being covered with delightful orange and brown leaves. This being said, without a doubt the most important part of October comes right at the end. This part is, of course, Halloween. 

Halloween is a brilliant event for all ages. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy this spooky and atmospheric season. While many of you may be out trick or treating, you may not have considered ways to bring Halloween into your home.

While bringing Halloween into your home might seem rather straightforward, bringing Halloween into your bedroom is not such an easy task. At UK Bedstore, we are a highly established bed and mattress supplier, and we pride ourselves on providing you with all the information you need in order to maximise your bedroom experience. 

As such, we have decided to detail ways in which you can make your bedroom spooky this Halloween season. 


When it comes to bringing Halloween into your home, the most obvious way is via decorations. It’s not hard to see why. Similar to Christmas, having decorations is a visually appealing way to establish what time of the year it is. 

Some of the traditional Halloween decorations include decorations such as pumpkins and fake spiders or bats. Alternatively, unique decorations such as ghost shaped cushions really help to add individual flavour to your home. When it comes to Halloween decorations, you really are spoilt for choice. 

The Lighting 

If you would like to bring Halloween into your bedroom but don’t want to splash out on decorations, there are other options available. One way to make your room feel extra spooky is to have appropriate lighting.

Lighting your room during Halloween should be on the decidedly darker side – as to represent a dark night. While you will still want efficient lighting in order to see, lighting that has been dimmed has proven particularly effective at creating this technique. This can be achieved by something as simple as a lampshade or lighting your room with just a bedside lamp. 

Darker Bedsheets

You may not think your sheets or duvet can put you in a spooky mood, but you’d be surprised just how effective the right bed sheets can be. As previously alluded to, Halloween preparations usually require darker tones and this can be demonstrated via your bedsheets. 

If you have darker coloured bed sheets, now might be the ideal time to use them. Similarly, if you don’t have any darker sheets, you might want to consider investing in them. 

Consider Your Bed Type

When it comes to bringing Halloween into your home, you will want to consider different bed types. If you have a faux leather bed, or a Kaydian edition, you might be able to implement Halloween on these beds in different ways. 

For example, if you have a high sleeper, the chances are you will be able to have some kind of seasonal ornament in the space under the bed.  Or, if you have a deluxe king size bed, you might be able to cover the bed with an array of Halloween themed ornaments.

Utilise Your Bed Frames 

While on the topic of utilising your bed type, you may want to utilise your bed frame too. No matter the type of bed frame you have, whether you have a metal bed frame or a wooden one, there are a couple of things you can do to make your frame a little spookier. 

One popular way to do this is by having fake cobwebs on there. Cobwebs provide an element of spookiness and creepiness, and by sprinkling them over your bed frame, you will instantly make your room feel more Halloween appropriate. Just be sure to ensure there are no real cobwebs forming! 

Bedroom Products This Halloween 

If you are looking for high-quality bedroom products this Halloween, be sure to check out our extensive range of bedroom products today. We are sure we will have something to meet your needs. 


Beds and Mattresses

Generally Interesting Facts About Beds and Mattresses

Beds and mattresses have had quite an illustrious and extensive history. In fact, some experts cite the roots of the first ‘bed’ as originating between 23 and 5 million years ago. During the Miocene period, ancient apes changed their sleeping position from branches in trees to woven, hardwood platforms. While the sleeping arrangements were not beds in the traditional sense, this perfectly outlined just how long the conception of beds and mattresses have been around for.

With beds and mattresses being established so long ago, you might have guessed that there is a plethora of interesting facts about them. While some facts are purely trivial, others are decidedly more insightful and intriguing. 

Being a purveyor of high quality beds, we enjoy learning and expanding on our bed and mattress knowledge. We stock all manner of high quality bed types, from cheap leather beds, to traditional single ones and even Birlea branded editions. We stock all bed types. Because of this, we have decided to detail some of the most interesting and intriguing facts about beds and mattresses. 

Traditional Beds Were Invented In Ancient Egypt 

As previously mentioned, the invention of the bed can be traced back all the way to the Miocene period. However, it was not until Ancient Egypt that the first true bed was invented. While the beds used in Ancient Egypt were a far cry from say today’s serene furnishing styled beds, they were widely regarded as the very first practical and widely used beds in history. 

If you were to gaze upon a bed that was used during the ancient Egyptian period, you probably would not think the bed looked very appealing or welcoming. Most of them resembled a metal box rather than a comfy resting place. But during this period, the beds were considered to be the pinnacle of comfort and relaxation. This is perhaps why they became so popular over time. 

Furthermore, you can thank the ancient Egyptians for the modern raised bed. Many of the early renditions of beds had levitated beds by virtue of long rectangular legs attached to the frames. It was this original design that inspired the concept of the modern raised bed. 

The Largest Bed Was Built In 2011

Some of us take great pride in the sheer size of our bed. We enjoy the prospect of being able to starfish on the bed without a moment’s thought to potentially falling off the end because the bed is so large. 

Over the years, we have seen some impressively big beds and mattresses. However, they are nothing compared to the bed that broke the world record back in 2011. 

The Summer Festival of St Gregorius in Hertme in the Netherlands, broke the world record for the biggest bed ever. The bed came in at a whopping 186 feet wide and 53 feet long. While we can appreciate that many of us prefer a more spacious bed, weather that be because it is easier to spread out on and away from your significant other, we think this particular bed size might be a little excessive. 

As such, you might be better off sticking with one of our deluxe king sized beds instead. We are sure that will give you more than enough space. 

Victorians Introduced Children’s Beds

As previously stated, it was the ancient Egyptians who invented the first bed. But for quite some time, children did not have their own version. It was not until the Victorian era that children’s beds were actually invented. 

Until the mid-1800s it was actually commonplace for families to sleep in one room, sometimes even in the same bed. If you think this sounds quite impractical and to the overall detriment of the families sleep and health; you would not be the only one. 

Many Victorian health experts advised that the sleeping arrangements were not ideal in the slightest. They found that bed and room sharing to this scale had some negative side effects. As a direct result of this, the children’s bed was invented. 

It Should Not Take Longer Than 15 Minutes to Fall Asleep

The main purpose of beds and mattresses are to enable a good night’s sleep. This much seems obvious, however, it is not as wisely known that it should not take longer than 15 minutes to fall asleep. 

How long it takes you to fall asleep can have many contributing factors. It is not uncommon to fall asleep pretty much as soon as your head hits the pillow or to spend a while lying in bed overthinking things. But on average it should only take about 15 minutes to fall asleep. 

If you are persistently taking longer than 15 minutes to fall asleep, it could be a sign of insomnia. On the other hand, if you keep falling asleep in less than 15 minutes, it could be a sign of sleep deprivation. While the 15 minute marker is by no means set in stone, it is a helpful and handy marker to evaluate your sleeping pattern and health. 

The Word Mattress Means ‘Throw’

Back in the day of the crusades, bedding was not ideal to say the least. The bedding, if you want to call it that, was merely a bunch of straw tied together with coarse binding. It was not until the crusaders went to the middle east and discovered that in the Arab world, they were already sleeping on comfy cushions that closely resembled today’s modern mattress. 

The word they used to describe the cushion was Matrah, which came from the word taraha. This word literally translates to the word throw. 

In 10 Years, Your Mattress Will Double In Weight

While on the topic of mattresses, there are some rather interesting, albeit slightly grotesque, facts about them. One such fact is that over the course of 10 years, a mattress usually doubles in weight. 

While you might think this sounds interesting, after-all, mattresses are not the lightest to begin with and the mattress increasing in weight definitely creates an element of intrigue, the reasoning for this is actually more realistic and certainly not as flashy. 

Over the course of 10 years, your mattress can accumulate dust, skin cells and sweat amongst other things. This causes the mattress to expand and become heavier. Therefore, it is recommended to hoover the mattress every few months or so. This mitigates the probability of your mattress doubling weight as well as ensuring the integrity and overall cleanliness of your mattress. 

The Phrase ‘Sleep Tight’ Has Interesting Origins

When wishing a friend or family member a good night’s sleep, the chances are, you will have asked them to sleep tight. However, you might not have given it much thought as to where the phrase came from. 

The phrase sleep tight actually comes from the fact that mattresses used to rest on ropes. When people said sleep tight, it was actually a functional reminder to ensure the ropes were tight around your bed so you could have a better night’s sleep. 

We Supply High Quality Beds and Mattresses

We hope that you have found some of these facts interesting and insightful. For more interesting information regarding the bedroom environment, be sure to check out blogs for more insightful pieces in the future. 

Additionally, if you require a new bed or mattresses, we supply high quality bedroom products up and down the country. Whether you are looking for a faux leather bed, super king sized bed,  a gaming setup or other general bedroom furniture, be sure to contact us. We are sure we will have something to fit your requirements. 

Bedroom Productivity

Bedroom Ideas To Increase Productivity

When it comes to spaces that inspire productivity, your bedroom might not be the first place that comes to mind. However, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there seems to be a much higher demand to turn domestic spaces such as bedrooms into hotbeds of productivity. Because of this, more and more people have been converting their bedrooms into unique homemade work spaces. 

In order for a space to engage productivity, it requires more than a simple place to sit and a desk to rest a work computer or laptop on. It is all about constructing a space which encourages concentration and productivity. 

At UK Bedstore, we want you to be able to construct your bedroom into any form you so desire. That is why we have decided to detail a few simple but effective techniques you can implement to ensure your bedroom will be a workspace hotspot. 

Add Plants To Your Room

We start with potentially one of the most unusual techniques on this list. While offices up and down the UK have elegant and stylish office plants populating desk and printer tops alike; it might surprise you to learn that implementing plants into your home is an interesting way to help you increase your productivity. 

Many studies have found that plants increase concentration, focus and overall well being. This is essential because establishing a healthy and positive mindset is essential when trying to be more productive. 

Because plants create more oxygen, this means oxygen will be more readily available. Increasing your oxygen intake has proven to have many potential health benefits. One of which is increasing focus and subsequently; productivity. 

Plants also help to create clean air as well as the dispersing of pollutants and bad odours. All of these could potentially be seen as hindrances to concentration. 

Ensure You Have The Right Bed For The Job

While a lot of bedroom workers choose to opt for a traditional desk and chair, some prefer the comfort of their own bed. Beds are often preferred for people lying down, but beds actually create all manner of potential working positions. 

You can obviously sit up with your back rested against the bed frame as well as lying down with your laptop to your side. There are all manner positions you can adopt. The important thing is that you feel comfortable enough to work. No matter how you like to work, you will find a position that suits you when working on your bed. 

All of this being said, if you plan on working in bed, you will require a bed that is fit for purpose. For example, cheap leather beds, Thuka branded children’s beds or even a day bed might not fit this purpose. Not to say that it is impossible to feel productive in the aforementioned bed types, but usually beds such as day beds require extra attention and more setup to ensure they highlight your productivity. 

Certain beds are definitely more practical than others when it comes to showcasing your productivity. For example, deluxe super king sized beds, high sleepers and mid sleeper beds offer much more practicality. A deluxe super king bed offers significantly more space meaning you have more room for stationery and/or working tools.  

Similarly, mid sleeper beds offer unique storage solutions for typically considered productive tools such as books, notepads and all manner of computer accessories. High sleeper beds go one step further. They offer room for a whole office desk set up underneath the bed; fantastically blurring the line office space and place of rest and recuperation. 

Declutter And Organise

In many of our previous blogs, we have touched on how tidying your room can help you to keep a tidy mind. This rings even more true for being productive in your bedroom. If you declutter and organise your bedroom it does not just offer you a fantastic piece of mind, it also makes things much easier to locate as well as move. 

Going even further into this, many studies have shown that messy and cluttered desks can lead to anxiety and stress, two things which can cause you great discomfort and severely hinder your ability to get things done. 

Remove Any Distractions

When trying to work in your bedroom, there are many potential distractions. From buzzing phones, to the sudden urge to sort out your draws to glances over at the pile of laundry you know you will have to do sooner or later. 

In order for you to concentrate on the tasks, it is important you minimise distractions. Whether this be putting your phone on silent, closing your curtains to avoid seeing the happenings outside, turning your television off or ensuring your room is in a clean and tidy state, you must ensure there are no distractions present. 

Utilise Natural Light 

When working on a laptop or any other electronic device, you will be exposed to a lot of different lights. Some of which can be harmful to your eyes. Without question, the best form of light for your eyes, and your overall mood for that matter, is natural light. 

Natural light is not just better for your eyes, but many studies have shown that exposure to natural light can drastically increase your productivity. The sun’s natural light provides you with the all important vitamin D, which helps you to sleep better at night and concentrate more in the day. 

Motivate Yourself

One of the more unusual techniques, an easy way to improve your productivity is by simply motivating yourself. While motivating yourself might seem rather difficult, there are a few ways to do this that people find particularly helpful. 

You can hang pictures or plaques of a motivational or inspiring speech. Instead, you could opt to have an object of your desire just insight. Whether that be a chocolate bar you can dig into once you have finished your work, or an item from a recent inspiring adventure you went on. To put it simply, there are many ways you can motivate yourself. 

Make The Room Unique To You

A happy and satisfied mind leads to better concentration and therefore, productivity. By making the room unique and special to you, this will allow you to feel relaxed, at home and ultimately start you on your path to higher achievements. 

We Supply High Quality Bedroom Products

At UK Bedstore, we supply an array of unique bedroom products which will be able to help you with constructing the best room for productivity you could have imagined. We offer all manner of high-quality beds. From day beds to loft beds, we will have something to meet your own specific requirements. 


Bedroom Oasis

How To Create A Bedroom Oasis

At UK Bed store, we have touched on all manner of bedroom etiquette. From how to prepare for a great night’s sleep, to keeping cool during the summer, we have covered some of the most interesting and enthralling bedroom topics imaginable.

Although we have touched on many different topics, we noticed we have not yet covered how to create a relaxing bedroom oasis. In order to establish a perfect bedroom oasis; there are a few essential bedroom furnishings and items you will require. So, we thought it paramount to detail them. 

Whether you have a cheap leather bed, large double bed frames, a Limelight bed or a divan bed, there are a few interesting and simple techniques you can implement. So, let’s take a look at ways to create your new bedroom oasis. 

Comfy Mattress

Potentially the most important element in your bedroom is a comfy and appropriately sized mattress. While the bed structure itself is rather important, the mattress is what you will be sleeping on. This means you should pay particular attention to identifying whether a mattress is comfortable and incredibly versatile. 

With so many potential mattresses to choose from, it can seem like an impossible task. Whether you decide to opt for an elegant memory foam mattress or a firmer super king mattress, the most important thing is choosing a mattress that best suits your unique needs and requirements. 

For example, you might have a back problem, this means you will need to prioritise comfort and support instead of style and size. If your bedroom is not that big, you will require a slightly smaller mattress and bed frame so the structure can actually fit. 

Bed Frame and Headboards

Now you have the mattress, you will need somewhere to put it. You will want a stylish and sleek bed frame and accompanying headboard. 

Similar to your mattress choice, practicality will need to be a consideration. Where your bed will be positioned will determine the size of the frame as well as what kind of styling will best fit the décor. You would not buy a double bed frame if the room only accommodates a single bed for example. 

Drawers and Wardrobe  

Any bedroom will need somewhere to store and organise everyday items, such as clothes (which are the main items stored in drawers), a hair dryer and other everyday bedroom items. 

Some people require more than just one storage solution. This is usually because they have many items or belongings they need to store. As such, multiple drawers or wardrobes may be required. All of this said, just remember that no matter what, you will still need to accommodate for your drawers and wardrobes by ensuring you have the room for them. 

Bedside Cabinets

A bedside cabinet is an extremely useful tool which can be used for more than just the storing of clothes. The top of bedside cabinets can be used to store certain items you might require while in bed. Items such as books, lamps, a glass of water and mobile phones are some items commonly found atop of a bedside cabinet.

The biggest advantage of having these items next to your bed is the fact you do not need to disturb yourself from a slumber by leaving your bed to retrieve them. If you are a reader, this is extremely helpful. Because once you finish reading, you do not need to get out of bed to place the book back where it came from. You can leave it on your bedside cabinet allowing for easy access should you wish to start reading again in the near future. 

Bedside Lamp

While on the topic of items you should have on your bedside cabinet, it is all but essential that you have a lamp. A bedside lamp is not just essential for reading but extremely useful for helping you find your way to bed when lighting is less than stellar. 

If your light switch is further away from your bed than you would like, or if you have to walk a  considerable distance from the light switch to your bed, then you will probably want to invest in a bedside lamp, it can help to light your way ensuring you don’t take any unfortunate tumbles in the dark. 

Duvet and Subsequent Cover 

Firmly in the category of being an absolute necessity, you will require a duvet to be able to sleep. Sleepers advise that a duvet is essential otherwise sleeping becomes uncomfortable while others advise that without a duvet, they feel cold no matter what. 

Depending on the season, you might want to change the tog of your duvet. During the summertime, you are advised to have a 2.5-4.5 tog duvet and something in the region of 10.5 in the winter period. 

To accompany your duvet you might want to have a duvet cover. Not only will this protect your duvet from any potential mishaps and spills but it will also make your duvet feel more comfortable. 

Additional Accessories 

For our final must haves to create a bedroom oasis, we have decided to look at accessories more broadly. The added accessories in your bedroom can be just about anything. Arguably the most important thing about the accessories is they are unique to you. 

Some people, especially younger boys, choose to have team football pictures hanging from their walls while middle aged people might choose to have diverse and unique wall art. Similarly, you might choose to install a unique and specific wallpaper that best fits your room’s aesthetic requirements. 

We Can Help You Construct A Bedroom Oasis

At UK Bed store, we want you to feel comfortable and happy in your bedroom. As such, we want to help you construct your next bedroom oasis. We stock many of the aforementioned products above. From Kaydian king sized beds to memory foam mattresses, to faux leather beds. We stock an incredible selection of bedroom items.