Bed Buying Guide

You spend around a third of your life asleep. An old or uncomfortable bed won’t give you the restful sleep you need to lead a happy, healthy life.

So if your bed is more than 7 years old, you regularly wake through the night or you sleep on your front, it’s probably time to buy a new one.

We are a member of the Sleep Council and if you are unsure if you need a new bed or not why not try the Sleep Council's Bed MOT and see if your bed passes their test.

How to Choose your New Bed

Choosing your new bed is an investment in your wellbeing. Spend as much as you can afford to – the more expensive the bed, the more support and comfort it can offer.

The best way to choose a new bed is to try out a few at our showroom. Sit on them, lie on them and ask our expert advisors to explain all their benefits. If you sleep with a partner, make sure you try the beds together.

There’s a simple test to see whether a bed is right for you.  Lying on your back, slip your hand between the base of your spine and the mattress. If it’s difficult to do, the mattress is probably too soft.

If your hand moves easily, the mattress is probably too hard. You should ideally be able to move your hand with just a little resistance.

Your bed options

Ashton Furnishing offer a vast range of beds, including all the world’s best bed brands. Whatever level of comfort, luxury, quality, style and value you’re looking for, we can help.

Divan Beds
Divan beds are made up of a base and mattress, which combine to give the best support and comfort.

Adjustable Beds
Electrically adjustable beds are easy to operate and can be maneuvered into any position.

Headboards are an optional extra, but they can add the finishing touch to your bedroom.

Storage Options 
Depending on the bed you want, there are a number of options available such as an ottoman (pictured), drawers, sliding storage all of which offer valuable storage space. 

Guest Beds 
For those short of space but needing an extra bed, a single divan with a pull-out bed underneath is a great solution.

Most bedsteads support a mattress on solid timber slats fixed to a frame; some come with a metal frame support and integrated sprung wooden slats.


Your mattress options

Choosing the right mattress is vital. It will make the difference between a good and bad nights sleep.

Here are all the mattress types you have to choose from:

Mattresses with Springs

Open Coil
This is the most basic and simple spring system. Rows of springs are joined with a spiral wire, running top to bottom. Open coil often gives a firmer feel.

Pocket Sprung 
Here, each spring is housed in separate fabric pockets. This mattress fits the sleeper’s shape, for ultimate comfort and support.

Springless Mattresses

There are three main types of springless mattress:

Talalay Latex

Produced from an elastic material that moulds to the body’s curves.


These mattresses contain a special foam-like material that reacts to heat and pressure. That means less pressure on the body, better support and a more restful sleep.

Polyurethane Foams

A low-cost option. The density of the foam will dictate how it feels and lasts.


Fillings protect you from the springs in the mattress. There are various choices of fillings. Our bed experts will help you choose the right one for you.


Lower priced mattresses are produced in standard tension, whilst more expensive options have a choice of soft, medium or firm tensions.

If you sleep with a partner and both find different tensions comfortable, we can create a mattress with different tensions on each side. 

Pillows and Protectors

While your new bed supports your body, your new pillow gives comfort and support to your neck and head. We offer all kinds of traditional feather and fibre pillows, each with different support, comfort and anti allergy benefits.

Dura Deds, Sweet Dreams, Serene Beds, Highgrove, Furmanac are just a few of the leading bed brands we are official stockists of.