Looking to buy the ultimate double bed but have a few questions? This Definitive Guide To Buying a Double Bed will help you effectively tackle the bed-buying issues that matter most when you’re looking to invest in sound sleep and sweet dreams.
After all, at The Bed Centre, we understand that picking out the perfect mattress is one of the most important factors in ensuring a good, restorative night’s rest. That’s why we’re here to make sure you’re set up to get the very best sleep possible.
When it comes to purchasing the best double bed mattress for you, it helps to know a few ‘bed basic’s in order to find the option best suited to your both your bedtime needs and budget:
Double Bed Basics
Double Bed Size
The dimensions of a double bed mattress in South Africa are 188 X 137cm.
A double bed, therefore, does not equate to two single beds. As mentioned, a double mattress measures 188 x 137cm. A single bed measures 188 x 92cm. This means two single beds placed together would equate to around 188 x 184cm in dimension.
Double Bed Suitability
A double bed is a spacious and suitable option for an individual, however, it can also be used by two people. It is often a practical, convenient and comfortable option that will allow couples with a small to average room to sleep comfortably. Double beds also don’t take up as much space as their larger queen or king-size mattress counterparts, and most couples don’t mind sleeping snuggled up for a night or two when visiting.
Double beds are therefore ideally suited for modern-age living, with apartment buildings and townhouse complexes becoming more and more popular. Double beds are also great for couples who are starting out in life with a limited bedroom space and budget.
With the above in mind, a double bed is often the ideal sleep solution for a guest or spare room, smaller main bedrooms and for young couples, guest houses and hotels.
Naturally, some couples may find a double their ideal sleep option whilst others may find that a larger queen or king-size mattress is their perfect fit.
Keep in mind that most people do not sleep fully stretched out, so the length of a double bed should be sufficient for a taller person. Of course, certain double mattresses are available in an extra length (200cm) option if required.
It is always best to measure the size of your room and make a list of your sleep needs. Our knowledgeable staff at The Bed Centre can then ably assist you with your double bed requirements.
Types of Double Mattresses
Today’s mattress technology is now so advanced that there is a wide choice to choose from. Unfortunately, this can also be a bit overwhelming. Everyone is different and there is a mattress to suit your individual needs.
The five main mattress types typically seen include:
- Innerspring mattresses
- Memory foam mattresses
- Latex mattresses
- Hybrid mattresses
- Adjustable mattresses
Head to the nearest The Bed Centre where our expert staff will assist you in establishing the pros and cons of each type. As leading independent stockists of all big brands, including Sealy, Simmons, Edblo, Cloud Nine, Rest Assured, Strand Mattress and Truform Mattresses (in the Western Cape) amongst others, we’ll help you choose the mattress for you.
Remember that these requirements can include things such as your sleeping positions, your body temperature, your weight and shape and the behaviour of the person sleeping next to you.
When to Replace Your Mattress
Fortunately, these days, quality mattresses have a fairly long lifespan. Generally, a mattress should be expected to last between 7 and 10 years (about 2,500 -3,500 sleeps).
There are, however, many factors that can influence a bed’s longevity. These include the build quality of the mattress, the materials used and the strength and quality of the bed base. The thing is, even the best mattress will deteriorate over time.
The biggest factors that will determine your mattress’s lifespan are what type of mattress you have and the quality of the mattress materials.
The weight and sleeping styles of the sleepers can also influence a mattress’ lifespan.
Having a quality mattress is essential for a good night’s sleep. A mattress that doesn’t provide adequate support could cause you to wake up with body aches and pains or simply leave you feeling tired and unrested.
Mattress longevity all depends on the following factors:
Type of mattress:
The type of mattress you select makes a huge difference to its lifespan. Latex mattresses usually last the longest, followed by high-density memory foam mattresses, then innerspring mattresses and low-density memory foam.
Mattresses made of higher-quality materials such as high-density foam, natural latex and organic cotton will typically last longer than mattresses comprised of cheaper materials, e.g., low-density memory foam or synthetic latex.
Frequency of use:
How often you sleep on your mattress plays a big role in its lifespan. Naturally, a guest or spare room mattress used only occasionally will last longer than a mattress slept on every night.
Body weight and sleep position:
Heavier bodies may find their mattress sag more quickly. Mattresses made with stronger, more durable materials can prevent premature sagging and your sleep position may also affect how quickly your mattress wears out. Side sleepers put a lot of weight on the areas of hips and shoulders, for example.
Care for the mattress:
The more your mattress is taken care of the longer it will last. Using a mattress protector, rotating the mattress every few months, and following the manufacturer’s care guidelines all offer the opportunity for a longer lifespan.
Double Bed vs Queen Bed
As you might guess, a queen size bed does not count as a double bed. Yes, a queen-size mattress fits two people, but a double bed refers to a smaller mattress that can still accommodate two people but is less spacious than a queen.
A queen size bed is 15 cm wider than a double bed but is the same length at 188cm.
Queen mattresses are popular for a reason, of course, as most people enjoy a little extra space. A queen bed is therefore suitable for couples or adults who enjoy having added room to move around. However, queen mattresses are generally more costly, and some might worry that the extra space can make a queen mattress difficult to move.
Double Beds for children?
Double mattresses can make ideal transitional mattresses for older kids, teens and young adults. These beds provide more space to play or lie and read books with friends. In fact, a double bed is fine for almost any child and will provide plenty of room to keep them comfortable as they age and grow.
Of course, every kid is different, but this will maximise the lifespan of the product and not leave your children in an unsuitable bed for a lengthy period of time. When considering which bed size is best, at The Bed Centre we advise choosing a mattress size and bed frame that leaves enough room for your child to grow.
All About that Bed Base
The strong foundation of a bed base provides essential support to the mattress as well as providing ventilation to increase the comfort and longevity of the mattress itself.
You should ideally replace your bed frame or base at least every ten years, but most people are more likely to buy one every 15 to 20 years. The frame can deteriorate by as much as 70% from its ‘as new’ state after 10 years, simply as a result of general wear and tear.
Pairing your new mattress with a good bed base ensures you get the maximum benefits in terms of comfort, sound sleep and durability out of your mattress.
Although most mattresses will sit on any stable and level base, including the floor if necessary, some bases are better than others. If you’re looking for a bed frame that is heavy, strong, durable and stable there are a variety of options.
It’s important to speak to a professional when it comes to selecting just the right mattress and bed base set for you. Speak to The Bed Centre about your weight requirements and our staff will gladly help you choose the best option for your needs.
Generally speaking, foam mattresses provide the best pressure relief and body contouring. If you are seeking pain relief at key pressure points, select a mattress that gently conforms to your body when you lie down. This allows for your hips and shoulders to sink in slightly.
If you prefer to sleep on your back, you’ll probably want a medium-firm mattress to align your spine and keep your shoulders, hips, and lower back comfortable.
If you’re looking for the overall best health option, latex foam mattresses are generally most suitable for your respiratory system, skin, and your overall health. Being a natural and long-lasting material, a latex foam mattress is also an excellent option for nature and is super eco-friendly. Several mattresses offer long-term protection against dust mites, mould and other allergens.
Like any big purchase, finding a trusted brand is of great importance, especially when it comes to something that has such a huge effect on your health and well-being. Check with your local The Bed Centre team for brands that have won awards, are backed by reputable associations, and have credible certifications and great warranties.
Ideal Bed Height and Weight
Your bed height should correlate with your height. For example, the taller you are, the taller your bed should be.
To work out the ideal bed height specifically for you, sit at the edge of the bed. Preferably your feet should be flat against the floor and your knees in line with your hips. If your knees are above your hips, the bed may be too low. If your knees are below your hips, or your feet can’t reach the floor, the bed is too high.
If you sleep in the same bed as your partner, you’ll need to think about each other when choosing the perfect bed height. You need to find something that suits you both.
Generally, the best thing to do is to find a bed height that is in the middle of the ideal height for you both. However, if you or your partner has reoccurring joint pain, the bed height should be what’s best for the person with the health issues.
Bed weight varies according to size. An average mattress can weigh anywhere between 17kg and 70kg, with size, materials and even age impacting how much a mattress could potentially weigh.
Ultimately, of course, the weight of a double bed mattress and base depends on the option you’ve selected to purchase, the materials used and the required weight capacity for your bed. However, you can generally rely on an average weight of around 37kgs for a double bed.
What is a mattress topper? A mattress topper is simply an added layer of cushioning that rests on top of your old mattress and provides an added layer of support and sometimes a greater level of comfort. A mattress topper can also significantly adjust mattress firmness and the quality of your rest.
Unpacking the Storage Bed
Depending on space availability in the room, a bed with storage space can prove a beneficial investment. Practical and stylish, beds that offer storage space are multifunctional items that can be useful in smaller or micro-apartment-type spaces too.
Generally, storage beds are designed and manufactured in a similar way to conventional beds, with the added advantage of a robust lower frame to house your drawers or storage area. They’re strong, long-lasting, and robust enough to provide you with years of blissful sleep.
Storage beds can be heavier and bulkier to move than conventional beds, particularly when full of belongings. This can make it harder to move around when cleaning or redesigning a room’s layout, but the storage advantages can outweigh these issues.
What is a sleeper couch?
A sleeper couch (or sofa) is a couch with a mattress that pulls out and converts into a bed. The mattress is generally hidden and can either pop out or fold out. The Bed Centre offers a range of attractive sleeper couches of different sizes and price points.
Common types of sleeper couches
- Pull-out couches with a mattress stored inside.
- ‘Sofa’ beds feature a couch that folds down, creating a bed without an additional mattress or having to remove couch cushions.
- Futons that fold flat to make a bed, but lack couch cushions altogether.
A sleeper couch is a great space saver. It saves with its dual function by offering a great place to sit and giving the room valuable floor space. Functional and versatile, sleeper couches are also cost-effective as they are a two-in-one item of furniture. The sleeper couch not only provides seats for the guest but also benefits as an extra bed if the guest needs to rest or stay overnight.
Some sleeper couches are made for nightly use, but not all are sustainable in the long term. Check with The Bed Centre when looking to purchase one of these sleeping options. Ordinarily, as comfortable as they are, it is not recommended to sleep on them often or every day. But if that’s a preference, it will be advisable to get a memory foam mattress topper.
Double Beds for Sale
Looking for a quality double bed to buy at an affordable price? Your search ends right at your nearest The Bed Centre.
Visit one of our branches today where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will offer you the best and most efficient during and after-sales service.
Whilst we will gladly assist with any of your queries regarding achieving your sleep goals, do remember the following when selecting your perfect mattress or bed set:
- Decide on a budget and stick to it!
- Focus on comfort and quality.
- Find the correct bed size for your sleep (and room) requirements.
- Consider all your options.
- Look for a good warranty.
- Always test a bed properly
- Firmer or softer – neither means better.
- Different bodies = different requirements.
- Brands have value.
Rely on The Bed Centre to deliver a wide range of different comfort and pricing options in a double bed ideally suited to the standard and quality and price you require.