Your Guide to Buying a Single Bed with a Mattress

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Your Guide to Buying a Single Bed with a Mattress

The vast majority of the western world sleeps on a bed every night of their lives. There is a lot of science behind the technology of beds and mattresses, which leads to a huge variety of options in what choices a buyer has to make when looking for a new bed. From the sublimely decorative to the simple, beds are an important part of our lives. After all, the average human clocks up about thirty years of sleep over the course of their lifetime.

About Single Beds & Mattresses

Beds have been an important piece of household furniture for hundreds of years, beginning first with simple ropes hoisted across wooden beams. Mattresses began as bags of straw and wool finished in plain fabrics. Whilst they were once a status symbol iconic of wealth and success, beds are an almost universal inclusion in the modern household and are seen as a necessity to getting a good night’s sleep. The combination of the right bed and mattress is where the secret lies in getting the best sleep. The drastic difference in the bases and mattresses make the selection process a complex and exciting journey, but it requires some prior knowledge of what each type is best for. Every individual will find their best comfort in a different type of base or mattress; it’s a case of determining which is best for the user.

Choosing A Single Bed & Mattress

Wooden storage boxes vary wildly from product to product, with entire designers dedicating their lines to fulfilling a certain function or appealing to a certain demographic. The variety of materials and types involved should encourage buyers to shop and read around before they make a decision. Type of Base




Divans are the smallest and simplest of the bed bases. They are designed to be exactly the same size as the mattress to take up the least space in a room. The wooden frame of the divan is normally covered in stitched fabric and often features drawers for pullout storage. Some divans have a spring platform for added comfort and some have a solid platform for firmness.


Bedsteads are a more classic and decorative variety of base. They are almost always made of wood and feature a visible frame with four legs and usually a head frame. The mattress is held in the bedstead with slats; solid slats offer a rigidity to the structure whilst sprung slats offer a little added comfort.


These bases are designed with storage in mind and offer the classic options like pull out drawers but also some innovative features like removable panels, flip-top lids under the mattress and Ottoman storage at the head of the bed.


Guest bases sacrifice the drawers of divans and storage beds and, instead, include a pull out extra bed. This extra bed is much lower to the floor and is normally just a slightly raised platform with a thinner mattress on, ideal for overnight stays when short of space but impractical for the long term.


Sprung edge bases are an optional extra on most bases, but are seen more on bedsteads and divans than the others. These bases have similar spring technology to mattresses, included in their bases. They offer extra comfort and a softer feel, working in conjunction with the mattress to increase comfort.

Type of Mattress Mattresses develop faster than bedframes because of the discovery of new soft materials and the advancement in understanding ergonomics and the human body. The main types of mattress available are coiled spring, pocket spring, double spring, memory foam, and latex.



Coiled Spring

Coiled spring mattresses are the cheapest and most common variety, constructed with a bed of springs connected by coils. The springs are all threaded to connect with a sturdy perimeter rod around the edge to maintain the shape. Coiled spring mattresses share the weight and spread it across the entire bed.

Pocket Spring

Pocket spring mattresses feature individual springs within their own ‘pockets’ of fabric. The advantage of this is that each spring can work independently and thus can flex at different areas of weight distribution. This means that the compression will change depending upon your body, so your heavier midsection will receive more compression than your feet or your arms; ensuring a more even spread of comfort. Pocket springs are particularly useful for couples of varying weights and sizes sharing the same mattress.

Double Spring

Double springs offer a similar degree of comfort to pocket springs, but with the added bonus of having a smaller spring within each pocketed larger spring. This provides extra support on a much smaller scale, meaning the load bearing will be shared even more intricately.

Memory Foam

Memory foam (visco-elastic) mattresses are incredibly popular for their shape moulding capability. The material softens with body heat and begins to sink and rise to accommodate the shape and weight of a person’s body. The flexibility allows natural movement during the night and encourages the correct posture and alignment of the spine. The temperate properties of memory foam naturally regulates body temperature.


Naturally occurring latex has similar abilities to memory foam in its tendency to mould to the shape of the user, but has the added benefit of being both hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial; discouraging the growth of bed bugs and dust mites.

Size of the Single Bed & Mattress

The size purchased will largely depend upon the sleepers age/body and the room in which the bed will be placed. Certain bases are “space savers” whilst different mattresses cater to individuals better than others. Make sure that all bed mattresses and bases are measured accurately. Despite the seemingly standardised sizes of Single, Double, King, and Queen, each manufacturer’s dimensions will differ slightly so be sure to always determine the size of both components. Buying mattresses and bases from different suppliers is inadvisable if they are to be used in conjunction.

Choosing A Single Bed & Mattress To Suit.

Depending upon the weight, size and sleeping position of the user, they will find that different combinations of mattresses and bases will suit them differently. Knowing which will benefit them the most will ensure a good night’s sleep.



10 Stone

For users less than ten stone, a firmer mattress and base is inadvisable because it won’t flex enough to offer comfort. Choosing a memory foam or latex bed with a soft or medium rating would provide the most comfort.

10 – 15 Stone

Those between ten and fifteen stone have the most choice in being able to glean comfort from more types of bed and mattress and ultimately choose through personal preference.

15+ Stone

Heavier users will want to avoid the soft and medium mattresses as they could sink too easily into them, causing back and joint problems. Spring mattresses with firm or extra firm ratings would allow the right flexibility to be comfortable for a larger user.

Back Sleeper

People who sleep on their back can tend to suffer from pain in the small of their back, because of the natural protrusion of their shoulders and bottoms creating a void. Firm mattresses will cause this pain to occur, so back sleepers should opt for softer mattresses and, if possible, posturepedic or pillow top varieties.

Side Sleeper

Most people find comfort from sleeping on their side as it relieves pressure from their backs and relaxes most of the joints. Choosing a soft mattress to aid this comfort would mean opting for a mattress which supports the natural curve of the spine.

Stomach Sleeper

Those who sleep on their front can experience back pain from the “S” shape that their bodies can take in this position. The support needed for the lower torso lends itself to slightly firmer mattresses to alleviate this “S” shape that occurs.

Finding Single Beds & Mattresses On eBay

To find a Single Bed with a Mattress on eBay, first click the All Categories link from the homepage. From here navigate to Home, Furniture & DIY and then to Furniture. Within Furniture there is the option to click on Beds & Mattresses and then to Beds with Mattresses. Using the search bar at the top of the page helps to find the specific brand, model or size.


The combination of the right bed and mattress is vital to achieving the peaceful and restorative sleep necessary to feel fresh in the morning. Purchasing from the same buyer should ensure the correct fit for the two components but be sure to always ascertain whether the two are compatible. The best mattress in the world can be undone by a unsuitable bed base and the same is true likewise. Be sure to air all mattresses out for a few hours to remove manufacturing and storage aromas. When using mattresses, it is advisable to flip and rotate them on a regular basis to promote an even wear. The average lifespan of a mattress is anywhere from 7 – 10 years.

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