Beds buying guide

Sleeping on an uncomfortable bed could cost you up to an hour's good sleep a night, according to Professor Chris Idzikowski of the London Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service.

Our beds are hand made by some of Britain’s most established and experienced bed-makers, with a reputation for meeting the highest quality standards. Use this guide to help you choose the right one, and browse our beds here. We can even assemble your new bed, and take away the old mattress.

How to choose your bed

Try! We always recommend that you visit one of our shops to try out a bed before ordering online or by phone.

Comfortably numb? A good way to check if the bed you are lying on is too soft, too hard, or just right is to lie on your back, placing your hand in the small of your back and then trying to move it about. If it moves too easily, the bed may be too hard for you; if it's a struggle to move your hand, then the bed is too soft. If you can move your hand with just a little resistance, the bed may be just right for you.

Take it easy: take some time out and lie down. You spend a third of your life in bed, so it's vital that you make the right choice.

Roll with it: try the bed in all of the sleeping positions you tend to use, not only on your back, and try a selection of beds for comparison.

It takes two: if you share a bed, take your partner with you. Remember, it's important a new bed suits both of you.

Different types of bed

Divan bed
Storage bed

Measuring up

All John Lewis beds are available in UK standard sizes and are sized according to the size of the mattress it takes. The dimensions of a bedstead are greater than a divan base equivalent, but the mattress size required remains the same.

The mattresses we sell are sized as shown, and our bed linen is made to fit those sizes. Note: some retailers may supply beds in non-standard UK sizes, so be sure to check that the mattress size - and even the bed linen - is compatible.

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Bed/Mattress name Mattress size (cm)
Small single W75 x L190
Single W90 x L190
Small double W120 x L190
Double W135 x L190
Kingsize W150 x L200
Super kingsize W180 x L200
Super kingsize zipped and linked W180 x L200

Points to consider

  • A bed is an important investment...especially when you consider that every £100 you spend on a bed represents just 2.7p a night over 10 years.
  • The best bed for you isn't necessarily the most expensive bed...though it's worth spending as much as you can afford to get a really good mattress.
  • The average lifespan of a bed...or at least the mattress, is about 8-10 years. After regular use a bed may have deteriorated by as much as 75% from its original condition.
  • An old bed isn't hygienic...we sweat as much as half to a full pint of fluid a night, and house dust mites accumulate in beds too.
  • Consider the space you need at night. While you may plump for a standard double bed, a W150 x L200cm kingsize bed gives couples more room to relax and stretch out during sleep.


It's worth spending as much as you can afford to get a really good mattress.

See our buying guide to mattresses.