Our Best Rooms

Browse hundreds of decorating photos and discover fresh ideas for your home. From kitchens to bedrooms, living rooms to bathrooms, you'll find inspiration for every room in your home. Find ideas by style, from traditional to modern, cottage to eclectic.

See More

Personalize a Pillow

Put your personalized stamp on a plain pillow with this easy monogramming technique starring paint.

View Video

Weekend Projects

Give your home unbeatable character in just one weekend. These home projects offer quick, impactful solutions to fill your indoor and outdoor spaces with style and function. Whether you seek easy landscaping plans, curb appeal projects, or budget decorating ideas, these hand-picked updates are designed to bring out your inner weekend warrior.

See More

Top Flea Markets

Put on your walking shoes and stop in at America's premier marketplaces -- you'll find country primitives, midcentury modern furniture, vintage fashions, upcycled treasures, and more. Here are a few insider tips for wending your way through each market.

See More

Deck Decorating & Styling Tricks

Make your deck as comfortable and stylish as an indoor living room. These tricks show you how.

View Video
Popular in Decorating

Buying a Bed Frame, Mattress, and Box Springs

Before buying your bed, evaluate your needs, your room size, and be prepared to "test drive" for comfort!

Do you need a new bed? You might. Most of us replace our mattresses every 8 to 10 years. Yet, if you've noticed you're not sleeping soundly, if your bed is lumpy, too-hard, too-soft, or just plain uncomfortable, it may be time to buy a new one, regardless of its age.

The first decision to make when buying a bed is size. Beyond the basic bed measurements, be sure to account for the addition of headboards and footboards, which can add 4 to 12 inches to each end. Bed coverings such as blankets and duvets will also add about 3 inches to both sides of the bed.

If necessary, draw your room dimensions on graph paper and sketch in the furniture and various bed sizes to determine what bed size will work best. If possible, allow 24 to 36 inches of clear space all sides of the bed for movement and changing bed linens. To get an idea of which bed size works in your room, lay newspapers, towels, or rugs in the room and walk around the space.

Though sizes can vary somewhat by manufacturer, the standard bed sizes include:

Twin: 38-39 x 75 inches

Extra-Long Twin: 38-39 x 80 inches

Double/Standard/Full Size: 54 x 75 inches

Queen: 60 x 80 inches

King/Eastern King: 76-78 x 80 inches

California/Western King: 72 x 84 inches

How to Test Drive a Mattress

Industry officials and salespeople recommend "test driving" a mattress before making a purchasing decision. If you will share the bed with someone, take him or her along. Wear comfortable clothing and easy-to-remove shoes and leave your dignity behind.

Take your time. Ask the salesman to leave you alone as you try each bed. Then, lie on the bed, move around, bounce a little, and sit on the edge. If you sit in bed to read or work, sit in the position you are likely to use.

SUPPORTIVE TIP #1: Firm does not always mean better; it comes down to personal preference and body shape. The mattress should support your spine and have a bit of give at the pressure points where your body sinks deeper into the mattress. No mattress is right for everyone.

Check Warranty: Some manufacturers and stores offer a "sleep guarantee" or test period. If after buying the mattress, you find it's not the right one for you, they will swap it for a different style. Check on delivery costs: If they charge for each change, it can get costly.

Don't base the useful life of your mattress on the warranty, which is protection against defects and faulty workmanship, not loss of comfort. Test your old mattress twice a year as you would a new one to be sure it is still comfortable and offers adequate support.

SUPPORTIVE TIP #2: As you shop for bed frames, look for adequate slats for supporting the box spring and mattress and determine that the slats fit tightly into the frame. For beds designed to be used without box springs, a solid base provides support and even wear.

Check labels and cutaway samples to see how the mattress is constructed. The most common type of mattress is innerspring, which is made of tempered spring coils covered with layers of padding and upholstery.

Compare the number of coils and their construction, the number of padding layers and their materials, and special features.

The higher the number of coils, the better the bed will wear. A guideline is 300 coils for a double, 375 for a queen, and 450-600 for a king, each side topped with several layers of upholstery, one or more layers of foam, and a quilted pillow top.

Deeper Is Not Always Better: Mattresses used to be a standard 9 inches thick. However, today many manufacturers' beds have "extra deep" mattresses as the norm. These styles, many of which are up to 16 inches thick, may or may not mean more comfort.

Comparison shop before assuming that deeper is better -- and be aware that your choices in bedding may be limited -- contour sheets will need to be deep enough to accommodate a deep mattress or they won't stay in place.

Still not sure what to buy? Try browsing the Better Sleep Council website for more information: http://www.bettersleep.org/

More: Buying Air and Foam Beds

More : Buying a Sofa Bed

close
close
close
close
close

Loading... Please wait...