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Buying a bed - Part 2

In the first part about buying a bed I talked about some important things to think about when choosing a bed that is the right one for you. In this part I go into things surrounding the bed like how to choose the right color and sheets.



1. Know what you are looking for


Before you go to a store to buy a bed, decide on what you are looking for. This means measure the space you have, what size you need to be comfortable and if you want a headboard or not. Think about the color pallet and material used in the room. How much light does the room reflect? Do you have a more yellow or blue light in the room? The best thing to do is to bring a sample of the paint or wallpaper you have at home to the store so that you can see how the fabric of the bed will look next to your wall.


2. Picking out the color of the bed


There is a high possibility that the color on the fabric of the bed will look different at home compared to in the store. Stores usually have a lot of light, most of it lightbulbs, this will make the fabric appear maybe a bit warmer than if you have a lot of natural light at home.


Here in Stockholm, Sweden we have one of Europe’s bluest natural light. In the store I worked in we had a very yellow light. Sometimes when our customers didn’t pay enough attention to the impact that the surroundings do to the color of the bed, they got frustrated when they finally got the bed home and saw the color in their own room.


In some stores you can ask for a sample of the bed fabric you like, to take home, just like a paint sample.


3. Pick the right sheets


If you want your bed to feel luxurious, don’t buy a bed for 2 000 - 4 000 € and put a pair of 15-year-old sheets made from synthetic material on it. Invest in sheets that are made from 100% linen, silk or cotton. Natural fibers will help the duvet breath and give you a cooler sleeping area. Synthetic sheets are basically plastic and will trap sweat and warm air and you will more likely become overheated.

Make sure that the sheets have a high thread count, I recommend at least 200+. The thread count is how closely the threads are in the fabric. A low thread count will feel rougher than a high thread count. The highest thread count a fabric can have is around 800. There is also different kypert twill, the most common is Percale and Satin. It is good to know which one you like the best since they have different qualities. Percale is a bit more crisp and cooler than satin. It is usually what they use in hotels and good for people that like a lighter sheet. Satin is a bit softer against the skin and has a nice glow to it. It is also heavier than percale and is a little more delicate.

4. Pick the right hight on the bed


Beds are built differently around the world; in Scandinavia we have continental beds where there are 3 layers on top of each other and the legs are mounted directly on the bed. In almost the entire rest of the world beds consist of one mattress that you put in a bed frame. No matter where you are and what type of bed you are buying, make sure that you know how high or low you want your bed. Depending on what style you are going for at home you might want a bed that lies almost directly on the floor or you might want a high bed that makes a big impact and is the center of attention in the room.


A good thing to think about is that the ceiling in the store often is much higher than what you have at home. This tricks the eye to think that the bed in the store is lower than it actually is, and you might be tempted to buy even higher legs or think it will look a different way at home. Measure the hight at home before going to the store. Also sit on the side of the bed and make sure that you can easily lie down and stand up from the bed.


5. Delivery


If the bed store offers to deliver your bed, always say yes. Beds are heavy and not the easiest furniture to move, the last thing you want is to buy a bed and damage it on your way home or up the stairs. Usually the bed store will not offer you any refund for the damage if they were not responsible for the delivery. If the bed breaks or if you see something that is not right in the fabric for example, they will tell you that it is on you and that it probably happened when you mounted the bed or brought it home from the store. This stands even if the bed breaks after years of you use. Make sure to pay them to deliver and mount the bed. Of course this can also differ from country to country.


 

To sum it up


Make sure that you are well prepared when you go to the store looking for a new bed. Bring a sample of your wall color or wallpaper and ask to bring a sample of the fabric home with you. Don’t get fooled by the surroundings in the store and make sure that you come prepared with measurements and color options that fit your vision and interior style. Most important, include the cost of the accessories in your budget when looking at beds so you can afford good sheets, duvets, pillows, and the delivery fee.

 


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