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.


On a Bedroom Tart Up Mission

As from January I will be on a mission. Kieran’s bedroom has been made over TWICE since we moved in a year ago and Taylor recently got a new bed and a fabulous little chair and footstool set which he calls his Numberjacks chair (CBeebies has a lot to answer for). The only bedroom that has not been given any special attention is ours!

Our bedroom is the largest of the three being over 16ft x 14ft and also doubles as my office during the day. I have a beautiful white shaker style desk and filing cabinet which suits the room beautifully. I have two large sash windows that let the light in and…. an uncomfy bed that desperately needs replacing, including a new mattress, a Argos quick chuck together thing which resembles a wonky wardrobe (Roy’s wardrobe is outside the bedroom in a build in cupboard and I want that back for storage!), ONE bedside table and a set of drawers that have seen better days.

I am on a mission!

I want a new bed, something like this…..

Chantilly Double Bed


Bedding and the other linens such as matching curtains……

Pink Elise Bedding from Dorma
Pink Elise Bedding from Dorma (Roy doesn’t mind girlie stuff in the bedroom thankfully


Some bedroom wardrobes that don’t look like the doors will fall off like mine do!



And a whole host of other bedroom (and home) items. Poor Roy, I haven’t fully explained how much of the house I’m planning on re-doing in the new year just yet. I’ve started to collect inspirational images on Pinterest and have many more to add. I’d love to see to see your top homes / interior design boards as I’m always looking for new ideas!


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