We Need A New Bed

I’m a busy woman. My day often starts at 4am, long before the children are awake and I can sometimes be found still tapping away at the computer as late as 11pm when I have one of “those” deadlines approaching. Roy is much the same, regularly pulling in 13hr shifts. We don’t mind working hard, mainly because we love what we do and we juggle it around fabulous family time. What we do insist on is a quality sleep when we do fall into bed and at the moment that just isn’t working out as well as we’d like.

Mattress Woes

A couple of years ago I bought a memory foam mattress. Oh my days, what a revelation. No more bothersome springs, no more lumps and bumps or anything else which would disturb our sleep. Unfortunately the wonder that was our fancy pants (quite cheap) mattress is now a bone of contention as it feels thin and unsupportive. Clearly a new mattress is on the cards however we also need to be looking at a new bedstead.

A Bedstead That Will Work for Both of Us

As far as I’m concerned at a dinky 5ft 2″ you could pop me in a small single bed and I’d still have plenty of room. My 6ft 5″ husband however needs some extra leg room. Up until now we’ve had to rely on a bed with no end so that he doesn’t continually crack his toes on the end or end up sleeping diagonally.
Clearly a new bed is on the cards and we’ve been looking at websites including Bedstar to see if they meet our list of requirements:

  • It must fit in with our white wood theme so white, brown etc
  • It must be a double, we don’t need a king size really
  • It must either have no end or be long enough for that not to matter
  • A decent headboard is a must. We both read and write in bed and the top of our steel framed bed at the moment sports a headboard made of black metal bars. Not exactly supportive or comfortable if you want to sit up in bed without 30,000 cushions.
  • We either need built in storage or for the new bed to be a true bedstead so that I may store items underneath and hide them with a valance.
  • We don’t want to have to sell any both parts in order to afford said new bed
  • A built in sound system, gaming system and TV is NOT a requirement, regardless of what Roy might believe!

bedstar, new bed


My question for you is this: What do you look for when choosing a new bed and mattress? Obviously I need something that suits us both and which lasts however I don’t want to pay over the odds.

We are very good when it comes to winding down, sleeping in a properly dark room, not using gadgets before bed etc. We do all the right things in order to catch some quality Z’s however it’s our bedroom hardware that’s letting us down. What I could do with is a masters guide to bed buying so if you have any nuggets of wisdom when it comes to bed and mattress buying recommendations and the like please leave a comment and let us know.


My Bedroom Haven

I regularly post about tarting up my lounge, adding vintage touches to my kitchen, adding colour to my dining room and tackling the ever growing mound of toys and books that the boys have. I rarely mention our bedroom. We have a large bedroom which is sixteen foot something by fifteen foot. It has two gorgeous sash windows that let in a lot of light, an original ornate fireplace and is white.

This is the only room in the house where we can get away with having white in it as I have the two boys and everyone who has two boys knows that they rarely mix well with white. Our bedroom also doubles as my office. I have a beautiful white and wood shaker-style desk and matching filing cabinet which is where I work every day. The desk is set up so that at the end of the day all files, folders, printers and of course laptops are able to simply disappear, restoring the room to a “proper bedroom”.

We have matching white wood wardrobes, drawers, bookcases and bedside tables and an black iron bedstead (it works). The carpet is plush yet easy to maintain, the curtains are neutral and the lighting is adequate yet not stark. Above all it really is a gorgeous room, so simple yet comfortable, warm and just “us”. We have a few things to add before we finish this room, such as wall art of some kind and most definitely some new sumptuous bed linen however other than that, it is just perfect.

It is lovely to have one place in the house that is just ours, that is always calm and which looks so lovely. It is our sixteen by fifteen foot haven. Do you have a corner of your house that is just “you”, that you love and wouldn’t want to change? What is it?

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