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Choosing the Best Mattress Topper for your Bed – Pros & Cons of each topper type

The bed is the centrepiece of your room, the one place you make a beeline for at the end of a long day. For many, it’s even the highlight of their day!

That’s why it really makes sense to make your experience as comfortable as possible. If you own and old thrifty mattress and the money it tight the best way to freshen it up is adding a good mattress topper. Toppers can also be great if your bed is a little too hard for comfort or if you’d like some extra warmth in the winter.

Mattress toppers vs. pads and protectors

A mattress topper is an extra layer you roll onto your bed for added comfort. They provide additional support and help keep you nice and cozy during cold weather.

Just to be clear, a mattress topper is not the same thing as a mattress protector – the latter being a thin cover meant to keep out moisture, mildew, allergens, dust, and pests.

It’s also not quite the same as a mattress pad. Pads are usually thinner and perform much the same function as the mattress protector while still providing some comfort.

This is the first decision you’ll have to make – which of these is the best option for you, a topper or a pad? We found the dilemma clarified in detail in this topper and pad guide on TheSleepStudies.com who have worked with us to help create this expert guide on choosing the best topper for your bed.

How to Choose the Best Mattress Topper for your money

At any bed store, you’ll find hundreds of mattress toppers to choose from. They come in all shapes and sizes, which can often be quite daunting to tackle.

To save time, effort, and money on your part, let’s address the advantages and shortcoming of each type.

Latex Toppers

A form of rubber, latex can either be synthetic or natural Talalay (made from Hevea Brasiliensis tree sap).

Pros

  • Latex toppers can be very firm. This gives them high durability and can provide good support (especially useful for people who have joint or back problems).
  • Despite its firmness, latex has low transfer motion. This simply means you won’t be disturbed by your bedmate moving around.
  • Latex is also anti-microbial and for the most part, anti-allergenic.

Cons

  • A latex surface can trap heat, so lying down on it for a long time might feel very warm.
  • It may also feel too firm or too bouncy to some people’s tastes.
  • It won’t work for people allergic to rubber or latex.
  • For those concerned with green living, natural latex can be costly.

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

This chemically-enhance polyurethane returns to its shape after use. Because it conforms to your body it provides ample support and comfort. It also comes in a variety of densities and, opposed to what most people think, it’s very different from latex.

Pros

  • Never wrinkles or gets bent out of shape.
  • Soft surface for added comfort.
  • Provides ample support for arthritic joints and similar problems.
  • Memory foam reduces motion, so you won’t be bothered by your bedmate’s movement.

Cons

  • Over time, it may start feeling hot.
  • Memory foam is more expensive than other materials.
  • You may have a hard time turning or moving around in bed.

Polyester Blends

Also known as fiberfill, this is a synthetic material but feels like feather or down.

Pros

  • Very affordable.
  • Unlike other materials, does not carry an odor.
  • Feels like feathers but is non-allergenic.

Cons

  • Does not provide much support or cushioning.
  • Over time, it can feel hot.
  • It may get lumpy through use.
  • It may also flatten over time.

Feathers and down toppers

These are much like feather duvets, and while they are incredibly soft they do not offer much support.

Pros

  • Feathers feel very soft and comfortable
  • Because of the air in between them they do not trap heat.
  • Easy to move around in bed or turn over.
  • Feather toppers do not cost as much as latex or memory foam.

Cons

  • Feathers can cause allergic reactions
  • You will need to occasionally fluff them up as they tend to flatten over time.
  • Feather make noise when you move on them and can wake up a bedmate.
  • Watch out for feather shafts sticking out of the cover.

Wool

Made from the fleece of sheep, wool toppers are rarer but provide an outstanding level of comfort.

Pros

  • Wool toppers are soft and comfy.
  • Provide the right amount of temperature regardless of weather. They feel cool in summer yet warm in winter.
  • Easy to move around in bed.
  • Wool is a highly durable material and wool toppers can last years.
  • Wool is antimicrobial. It is also hypoallergenic except for those allergic to wool.

Cons

  • Wool toppers are expensive and difficult to find.
  • New toppers may smell like sheep, at least at first.

A small price to pay for nice place to lay

While purely optional, mattress toppers are a great way to bring additional comfort to your bed. Hopefully this list gave you an idea of what topper best suits your taste. It’s a relatively small expense for the essential need of a good night’s rest.

What to look for when choosing your crib

Safety, simplicity and beauty are often the main factors you need to consider when choosing your crib. However, good support from a soft and thick mattress, and good ventilation are important features for your baby. It is better to opt for a reasonably bigger size crib so that it accommodates your child comfortably and gives plenty of space for toys.

Child Safety

  • You need to give top priority to safety. If you’d prefer a crib with wheels, choose the one which has a locking feature, as this prevents unintentional movement.
  • The gap between slats should be of maximum 5cm to 6cm. A minimum of 3cm is required to allow proper light and ventilation.
  • Choose a crib with fixed side rail. This way you don’t end up dropping it accidentally and hurting your baby.
  • While selecting the material for the crib, opt for unpainted wood or superior grade plastic. Metal is normally avoided unless it is high quality steel with no sharp edges.
  • The mattress should be thick enough (5 to 6 inches) to provide cushioning while sleeping.
  • The distance between top of the mattress and top of the rail should be at least 20 inches to prevent the child from climbing out.
  • Height of the crib legs should preferably be 5 to 6 inches to the mattress. This makes it easy for you to lift and place the baby inside firmly without having to stretch down too far.

Simplicity

  • You might get tempted to buy or hire a fancy crib with complex design to amuse your baby. However, it is better to opt for a simple one to avoid baby clothes getting caught.
  • A soothing colour helps keep your baby (and you!) calm and soothed.
  • A convertible crib is ideal which can be changed into a bed once your child becomes 2 years old. Multiple functional cribs are also useful as they can be dismantled and transported easily when you move.

Comfort

  • Minimum of 27” width x 54” length is required to provide maximum comfort. If your child’s room can accommodate a larger one, you can opt for 40” X 60”.
  • Avoid mattresses with a plastic coating which can cause allergic reactions with your baby’s sensitive skin. Instead you can use a baby rubber mat to cover the mattress for when and if your baby wets the bed.
  • You can choose a canopy to cover the crib as it helps safeguard your baby from insects – meanwhile, it can also can look very nice!

Travel Crib

A portable crib made of light weight aluminium, nylon and plastic is highly useful, as it can be carried wherever you travel. It is easy to assemble and dismantle within a few minutes.

Multi-use Crib

Multi-use cribs can accommodate a shelf for keeping baby clothes and things. However, you need to ensure maximum space within the crib to meet the safety guidelines aforementioned, and the room itself needs to be spacious enough.

Crib Shape

It is better to opt for a rectangular shape if you wish your kid to have maximum space. Round cribs occupy slightly less space and might be recommended if you have a small house. They are can be more lightweight in nature and, like rectangular cribs, are available in a variety of attractive colours.

The Secret to the Perfect Night’s Sleep

So you’ve cut out the caffeine in your diet, bought a black out blind and invested in some ear plugs and you’re still finding that you just can’t sleep and before you know it morning has made its appearance once again. Rather than hitting the snooze button just one more time, try these tricks for the perfect night’s sleep:

Relax
It’s easier said than done we know, so make a calm bedtime routine if you make the effort to relax and unwind before bed you will sleep easier and deeply. Try relaxing in a warm bath in the evenings to soothe your stress. Televisions and computers are not recommended as a tool to fall asleep or relax to as the light they give off supresses your melatonin production and can stimulate the mind rather than relaxing it. If your favourite programme is on record it for the next evening.

Regular Exercise
Your exercise habits can contribute to your sleeping pattern , you’ll have a much better sleep if you do exercise daily, you don’t have to be an Olympian to reap the benefits, as little as twenty minutes of gentle exercise will promote sleep. Try a brisk walk home from work, or a bike ride, or even a bit of gardening or housework.

Avoid Alcohol
Many people think that a quick night cap will send them to sleep in no time when in reality although it may make you fall asleep much faster than normal it will reduce your sleep quality, waking you up in the middle of the night – often because you’re dehydrated. To reduce this affect try having wine with your meal and not after it.

Bed
Of course the most obvious one of them all is to ensure that you have a comfortable bed to sleep in. You need to find the bed to meet your needs and you’re comfortable in. Make sure you have the appropriate mattress, pillow and duvet weight and density for your needs to ensure maximum support and comfort. Finding the right bed can be hard as everyone requires different needs, you need a bed that will give you the correct support and comfort and provides you with a healthy space to sleep in.

We at Bed Hire offer a wide range of products to rent that’s why we’re Europe’s leading fold away bed hire company. For more information about our services give us a call on 0208 933 8888on or contact us here.

Off To the Land Of Nod: Everything You Need To Know About Bed Hire

There’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep; no matter how stressed you are or how much you’ve got on your mind, everything seems better after a peaceful, relaxing sleep in a comfortable bed. Here at Bed Hire UK we are passionate about making it easier than ever to get a good night’s sleep and that’s where our bed hire services come in.

If you own a hotel or B&B, the quality of the sleep that a customer gets will play a big role in your customer satisfaction and the chances are that if you’re providing your customers with uncomfortable beds, they won’t be back in a hurry! We hire out our quality, comfortable beds to a huge range of leading hotels to help their customers off to the land of nod and wake up refreshed.

Our Bed:

We are immensely proud of the quality of our folding bed for hire:

– 2’6” x 6’3”
– Strong box steel frame
– BS7177 Ignition Source compliant
– For use with 4 ½” sprung interior mattresses

Delivery:

We both deliver and collect our beds to central London and offer competitive prices:

– From £31.50 for delivery
– From £31.50 for collection

We also offer individual quotes for different areas.

What Else Is Available?

Here at Bed Hire UK we offer much more than just bed hire services in order to cater for your individual requirements. We also offer:

– Rail hire
– Cot Hire
– High chair hire

Thanks to our outstanding services, it’s easier than ever to cater your customers’ needs and if your customers are happy, they’re much more likely to return and recommend your business to friends and family.

For more information about our services then please visit our website or get in touch with us directly; our friendly team will be more than happy to answer any of your questions or talk you through your options.