The right bed and good sleep will help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for anything!
At Kiwi Home Store we encourage you to come and try out our beds and take your time to find the best value, quality mattress and bed for a good nights’ sleep.
Come in and talk about your next bed with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We’ll take you round our showroom and spend the time to make sure your new bed provides all the comfort, space and support you need every night to wake up refreshed and ready to start your day. The technologies and design employed in beds today varies massively and we’re sure we’ll stock a bed that you’ll be wanting to take home and sleep on.
Top tips for buying a bed
Decide your priorities and concerns in advance. For example, is it: price, storage, access to bedroom, turning the mattress, getting in and out of bed, overall size or shape, a health issue, etc
If possible, try a selection of beds for comparison before you buy. Set aside enough time to do the job properly so you can appreciate the differences.
Buy for correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.
Try it together, if the bed’s for two. You both need to feel comfortable.
Think big – larger beds are more comfortable. Being disturbed by a sleeping partner is one of the most common complaints. With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another.
Check dimensions. Bed sizes are not standardised and even if they have the same name (eg King size) they may not be the same size – especially if the mattress and base are not from the same manufacturer.
How to get a good night’s sleep
Allocate enough time for sleep. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise, so it’s important to allocate the right amount of time in your day for sleep and plan the rest of your schedule accordingly. Getting a good night’s sleep means 7–8 hours each night for adults (including older adults), 9–10 hours for teens, at least 10 hours for school-aged children and 11–12 hours for preschool-aged children.
Create consistent sleep habits. As creatures of habit, we’re usually more successful when following a routine. Sleep is no different. From your pre-sleep ritual to going to bed and waking up at the same time, you’ll find that consistency makes it easier to fall asleep each night.
Create a comfortable sleep environment. Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet and comfortable – especially your bed. It may take some experimenting and an investment on your part, but finding an ultra-comfortable bed and pillow is invaluable. We spend one-third of our lives in bed, making it the one area of your life you don’t want to compromise on comfort.
Turn it off before bed. Whether it’s television, reading, email or texting, give yourself a nice window of time to unplug and relax before bedtime. Your body should associate your bed with sleep and these activities ramp up your brain activity rather than relaxing it. Television and bright light can also suppress melatonin production – making it difficult to fall asleep.
A warranty card usually comes in the packaging or attached to the side of your new mattress. It is important to read through the warranty for it may have care instructions specific to your type of mattress. In addition to your warranty’s specific instructions the following Do’s & Don’ts provide general instruction that is good to know.
Do use a mattress protector. A washable mattress protector is a must to protect your mattress from stains, soiling and liquid damage. Stain and soiling of a mattress will void the manufacturer’s product warranty. A breathable and water resistant mattress protector is best for sanitation and protection of your investment.
Do use a sturdy and appropriate support system. Most mattresses must have a strong foundation or frame to perform properly. See your warranty for frame instruction that will satisfy and comply with the warranty requirements.
Do rotate your mattress. It is highly recommended that you occasionally rotate your mattress even if it is not required by your product warranty. Rotating your mattress will allow the padding materials to settle evenly and reduce body impressions. Body impressions are a normal occurrence in premium bedding where the upholstery layers settle and conform to your body shape for support. Rotating your mattress will increase the comfort-life and longevity of the product.
Do let the mattress breath. Just like any other new product, a new mattress might have a residual odor left over from the manufacturing and packaging process. To help dissipate the “new product” scent, you should remove the packaging and let the mattress air-out before putting on any linens or mattress protection. Weather permitting; you can expedite the process by opening the bedroom windows.
Don’t remove sewn tags. The information printed on ‘law-tags’ and other sewn on labels provide important information about your product and serve as a means of identification should you have a warranty claim. Removal of tags is not illegal but it may void your rights to warranty coverage.
Don’t allow your mattress set to become stained or soiled. A mattress protector is very important for sanitary reasons and also to protect your warranty rights.
Don’t use harsh chemicals or dry-cleaning type fluids to clean your mattress. Such chemicals may damage the internal components of the mattress. Vacuuming and spot cleaning with a mild detergent are recommended to help keep the product sanitary.
Don’t bend or fold your mattress. Excessive bending or folding of the mattress, when moving product from one location to another, will cause unnecessary damage and void your warranty.
Don’t jump or stand on your mattress. Although using your mattress as a trampoline is fun, abuse of this kind will surely damage the internal components and void your warranty.