Bed Guide

Why and when you should purchase yourself a new bed...

When your bed is no longer providing proper support and comfort, it may well be affecting your sleep. Many people are unaware that their bed maybe one of the reasons they haven't been sleeping well.

What you must remember is that beds do not last forever - the lifespan of your mattress depends on a number of factors such as the quality, care, amount of use (e.g. If you use your bed for reading a lot, or lying on to work etc.)

You might also not know that the lifespan of a bed or mattress can greatly depend on lifestyle changes, such as losing or gaining weight, aging etc.

It might be time for a new mattress if...

  • You wake up with aches and pains, which gradually wear off as the day progresses
  • You are not sleeping as well as a year or two ago
  • You get a better night's sleep elsewhere apart from your own bed
  • Your mattress shows clearly visible signs of wearing and tearing
  • You can feel a difference in your mattress (a common problem is spring's 'popping' through into your back

Getting yourself a new bed may not be a magical cure to all of your sleeping problems, but we can assure you, it will definitely help you get a better night's sleep and leave you feeling fresh and alert when you awake.

We have literally hundreds of beds for you to choose from. Remember, there is not a 'perfect' bed that is particular for everybody, each and every mattress is different. For advice on which mattress we think would suit you, please feel free to select the live support option to the right of this page, where you will talk to an experienced sales assistant that works in our retail shop based in Barwell, Leicestershire!

How To Choose The Right Bed:

Here are just a few pointers to consider when purchasing a new bed...

  • Type of Bed: What sort of bed would you prefer? What do you like or dislike about your current bed? Would you prefer a firmer or softer bed than the one you are sleeping on at the moment?
  • Price Range: Always shop for the best value bed, not the lowest price. Yes, of course, there are some lower priced beds available, but the better the construction, fillings and springs have a massive impact on the comfort and support, as well as hugely effecting the lifespan of the bed or mattress.
  •  Size: One of the most common complaints is being disturbed by a partner whilst sleeping. With a larger bed, you are much less likely to disturb each other at night, leading to a much better night sleep. You should measure whether or not your bed is big enough by lying on the bed with you and your partner's hands behind your head without touching. If your elbows touch, then it is likely that you need a bigger bed.
  • The height of Person:  Your bed should also be 4 - 6 inches longer than the tallest person. Anybody over 6ft should consider a custom bed longer than standard. For special size beds please feel free to phone 01455 200111
  • Bed Height:  Also you must consider the bed's height - most bedsteads are lower than that of a divan base with drawers as the extra space is needed for storage.

Typical United Kingdom Size Chart:



Name Imperial Metric
Small Single 2'6" x 6'3" 75 x 190 cm
Single 3' x 6'3" 90 x 190 cm
Small Double 4' x 6'3" 120 x 190 cm
Double 4'6" x 6'3" 135 x 190 cm
Kingsize 5' x 6'6" 150 x 198cm
Superking 6' x 6'6" 180 x 198 cm


Drawer Options

2 Drawers available in every bed except Super king beds  - Single Beds can only have 2 drawers

4 Drawers can be fitted to Double, Small Double, King & Super King. 

Mattress Firmness Guide

FD Beds grade our mattresses in 4 grades: "Soft to Medium", "Medium", "Medium to Firm" and "Firm".  Whilst these firmness grades are consistent across our range, several factors can affect how they feel to you.  The different types of springs in the bed-base will play a part, along with the weight of the person using the bed. Different springs and fillings will make the mattress feel softer of firmer whilst still retaining a firm core. 


Open Coil spring

Designed to spread your body weight over the surface of the mattress. Rows of individual upright springs are joined together with spiral wire, giving the mattress a firm edge and helping it to keep its shape.

Pocket spring

Smaller, lighter springs are individually wrapped in a pocket of fabric, designed to mold easily to your body shape.

Memory foam

This revolutionary design (also called visco-elastic) responds to your body temperature and pressure. The memory foam mattress then molds to your individual contours, offering excellent support.

Blu Cool Memory Foam

Same characteristics of normal memory foam but now without heat retention, thus providing all the benefits without the issue of being 'too' warm in bed. 


Flexible and durable, with hypo-allergenic properties that can significantly help asthmatics.

Encapsulated Foam Interior

Foam edge surround, with a spring enclosed in the center of the mattress offering better edge support. This gives the mattress 100% sleeping surface with 'edge to edge' support.