Buying a new bed does not have to break the bank. Buying a used divan is an affordable option if one can be found in a good condition, with plenty of useful life left in it. A poorly conditioned used divan may not provide a good night's sleep. When buying a quality used divan there are a number of factors to take into account to ensure that the bed provides adequate support and comfort. Examine the base and the mattress for signs of excessive wear and thinning. Make sure that the springs cannot be felt through the mattress and that there are no signs of insect infestation.
Used divans can be found at secondhand shops or in private sales listings in the local paper. For a much wider selection of used divans, eBay is the place to shop. eBay gives buyers a huge choice at affordable prices, allowing shoppers to find their ideal bed while saving money.
When to Replace a Bed
If the divan is being bought to replace an existing bed, then it is best not to wait until the old bed is in a very poor condition. There are a number of telltale signs of when a bed needs to be replaced: waking up with back pain or a stiff neck are among the most common. After waking, feeling the discomfort of uncomfortable joints or sore, aching shoulders, legs, or hips, where the discomfort soon passes, can also be due to a bad bed. A generally uncomfortable night with lots of tossing and turning to avoid lumps and bumps in the mattress may indicate that the divan no longer supports the body correctly. Visible signs of wear and tear, such as holes in the mattress or exposed springs, indicate that the bed has reached the end of its useful lifespan.
Examining a Used Divan
Buying a used divan is an affordable solution. It is perfectly possible to find a good quality used divan that provides an ideal sleeping environment. Buyers considering this option should know what to look for to make sure that the bed is of good quality. First, look for signs of wear, tear, and stains. Examine the bed for insect infestation. If possible, lie on the bed to check if it is comfortable, and finally make sure that it adheres to safety regulations.
Signs of Wear and Tear on the Used Divan
There will, of course, be some signs of wear and tear when buying a used divan, but it should be minimal. There should be no holes anywhere in the base or the mattress. Check for thinning on top of the mattress to make sure that there are no threadbare patches, as this indicates that the divan has been well used and is reaching the end of its life. When pushing down on the mattress with the hands, sitting, or laying on the top, it should not be possible to feel the springs. If the springs can be felt, the mattress will not provide a comfortable sleep and is therefore of little use. Check the base thoroughly to ensure that the frame is completely intact, with no broken or damaged wood.
Staining of the Used Divan
Check both the mattress and the base for unfortunate stains. Some stains, such as drink spillages are easy to remove, but others are not. Visible stains are also an indication that the divan was not well cared for.
Signs of Bedbug Infestation in a Used Divan
Check the used divan for signs of a bedbug infestation. Bedbugs leave telltale signs of their presence, such as tiny spots of reddish-black faecal matter or blood spots. Bedbugs are voracious feeders, consuming up to four times their own body weight in blood in around 15 minutes. Bedbugs are very small. They have flat bodies and are difficult to spot as they can hide easily.
Check the Used Divan for Comfort
If possible, lie on the divan before buying. Some mattresses tend to take the shape of the previous owner, making it uncomfortable for a new buyer.
Safety of the Used Divan
Check that the material used in the mattress meets the The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. If the divan complies with these regulations then it should be labelled clearly on the base and the mattress. Materials that comply with these regulations are flame retardant, and only combust under certain circumstances.
Used Divan Mattresses
The type of mattress bought for the divan is important as it is the main element that provides support and comfort. Both open and pocket sprung mattresses are available in a number of different levels of support, from soft to extra firm. The firmer the level of support, the harder the mattress, and the less a person sinks into it. If buying a used mattress, check that it is intact with no holes or protruding springs.
Open Sprung Divan Mattresses
An open sprung divan mattress uses traditional, interlocked springs. This is the least expensive type of mattress, but also offers the least comfort. It is most suitable for single divans because when used for larger divans where two people share the bed, one person is jostled every time the other moves because of the interlocked springs.
Pocket Sprung Divan Mattresses
Pocket sprung divan mattresses do not use interlocking springs. Instead, each spring moves individually as it is secured into its own pocket of fabric. This allows the springs to react to a single body faster and more accurately, without disturbing the other occupant. Pocket sprung mattresses are more expensive than open sprung mattresses and are much more popular, offering a higher degree of comfort, especially for those that share a bed.
Memory Foam Divan Mattresses
Memory foam divan mattresses are the most expensive, but they offer a very high level of comfort, gently cradling the body while maintaining good support. Memory foam mattresses mould to the shape of the body, reacting to heat and body weight. This distributes the body weight evenly, taking away stress from pressure points, encouraging healthy posture, and restful nights. Memory foam mattresses are available in a range of depths, from 2.5 to 12 centimetres. The depth of the mattress alters the level of support and the depth to which an occupant sinks. A good starting depth for those not used to the feel of memory foam, but who want an average to firm level of support, is 5 centimetres.
Buying a Used Divan on eBay
Buyers can search for used divans from the eBay home page by typing a key phrase, such as "double divan". This provides a list of results, which can be narrowed down using the eBay filters and selecting the "used" condition. Alternatively, incorporating the "used" term in the key phrase also yields appropriate results, for example, "used divan". The buyer can search by the size of the bed and the mattress type. The buyer may also choose to browse through the list of divans eBay has to offer to see if they can spot a bargain.
Buyers should look carefully at the condition of the divan before purchasing by examining any photos closely. The seller should provide a full description, including the dimensions of the base and the mattress. If this information is not included, or if the buyer has any other questions they should contact the seller directly using the "Ask a question" feature. The item description should also contain details of the accepted payment methods and delivery options. If the used divan is collection only and the seller is not too far away, then it may be possible to check the mattress before a bid is placed. This gives the buyer the opportunity to try out the mattress to see whether it would allow for a good night's sleep. Also, check the seller's returns policy in the event that the divan is not suitable.
Buying a used divan is an good way to get a high quality bed at an affordable price. Provided the used divan is in good condition and has plenty of use left, it can be a very good deal. Buyers need to look for signs of excessive wear, tear, and stains, broken parts, and signs of insect infestation or lack of care. Aside from the quality of the divan, buyers need to understand the differences between the mattress types to select the right one for their requirements. The firmness of the mattress is an important aspect, and they are available from soft to extra firm. Open sprung mattresses have a long life span, but can cause a partner to be jostled. Pocket sprung mattresses move individually, and so do not cause the same level of jostling at night. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for those with aches and pains.
Buyers can find quality used divans on eBay, where divan bases and mattresses are available, offering different levels of support and comfort. eBay is easy to use and buyers may find a great bargain that provides them with many nights of restful sleep.