Choosing Your Bed
Choose your bed and mattress with care, it is the most important piece of furniture will ever use.
  • In an average lifetime, we will spend 27 years in bed, 25 of them actually asleep.
  • A third of our childhood & adolescent growth takes place in bed.
  • 95% of the population is conceived in bed and 80% die in bed.

Do I need to replace my bed and mattress?
Generally speaking, 10 years is the life of a decent bed or mattress, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worn out. Try removing the mattress and look at the divan base. If it is a sprung divan base you may find indentations where you have lain and this will certainly indicate a divan base at the end of its useful life. If the divan base is a solid top base and shows any sort of dent or depression, then it will need to be replaced. Lay the mattress on the floor; if you find a central ridge or any distortion then the mattress too has reached the end.

Width. Purchase the widest divan bed you can accommodate.
  • A single divan is 3’0 wide and yet a standard double divan is only half as big again at 4’6 wide.
  • The best body width indicator of a prostrate human is the elbow to elbow width in relaxed standing. This averages between 23/24” for adults giving only 8” for both partners when arms and legs stray during natural sleep movement.
  • 5’0 divans are, generally speaking, 3 to 4 inches longer than the narrower widths, an important issue for the taller person.
  • Try adding the height of each person and dividing by two. This will give you the ideal width of the divan you should aim to buy.


The Sleep Council have an excellent website which is worth a visit.

Taken with permission from a paper prepared by Robert Wood MCSP (Chartered Physiotherapist) with help from the Loughborough Sleep Research Centre.
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