Choosing a bed is about more than just a mattress and box spring, but many people don’t know how to go about getting a bed that fits their needs.

If you have to choose a bed but aren’t sure how to do it, a little bit of guidance can go a long way, but the wrong guidance can leave you with a bed that you feel like you’re stuck with. Choosing a bed isn’t just about the mattress, it’s also about the size and the overall look of the bed. It also has a lot to do with your personal taste, so with that in mind, here are a few tips to get you going in the right direction.

Set your budget

Nearly everyone has to count their pennies these days, so you shouldn’t feel embarassed by having to set a budget for your bed. Take a look at what you need first, such as the mattress and box spring and the bed itself and if you’ll need bedding to fit your new bed.

The next thing you should do when setting a budget for your bed is to determine approximately how much everything will cost. For instance, if you’re buying a queen sized bed and are looking for a decent mattress and box spring, you should be ready to spend anywhere from $700 to $1000. If you’re lucky, you already have queen sized bedding, but if not you should know that a set of queen sized sheets can cost you from $50 and up, depending on your tastes. If you don’t want to buy a bed right now, you might be able to get away with using a bed frame. Some mattress dealers will throw a frame in for free, but otherwise a decent bed can cost you anywhere from $200 to $700 and that might be low. So, make sure that you take the time to price things out when you’re setting a budget.

Measure your space and get some ideas

It’s always essential to measure your space before you choose a bed because nothing is worse than purchasing something that won’t fit in the room you have chosen for it. So get your tape measure out and take some measurements to help you choose pieces that will fit in your room.

You can get some pretty good ideas of what will work in your room by visualizing, taking measurements of pieces that you think are interesting and checking to make sure they will fit. One good way to do this is have an idea of where you would like for your bed to be located and use the measurements provided to determine if the bed you like will work in your space.

On to the shopping

When you have a good idea of what you would like your bed to look like and how much room you have to work with, you can begin the shopping process. Start from the bottom up when shopping for a bed. In other words, choose the bed or frame that you would like to use and then choose your mattress. Some beds, such as platforms, don’t require box springs, so it’s important to choose your bed first and then look for mattresses.

When you’re choosing mattresses, take the time to lie on the ones you’re considering and determine how each one feels to you. Sometimes, the most expensive mattress aren’t the right ones for you.

When you follow these simple steps, you’ll have chosen the right bed for you and you’ll probably find that it’s a simple – and fun process.

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