Choosing a new bed is a big decision and here at Natural Bed Company, we want to make sure that you pick the bed base that is right for you. In this blog I will run through the most important details to check before buying your bed base, from measurements and dimensions to timbers and mattresses.

1. Measure your mattress….

If you have decided on a new bed base but are keeping your existing mattress, it is important to let us know the mattress depth. All of the mattresses you will see on our website are between 16 and 20cm deep, but some pocket sprung mattresses can be much thicker, in some cases upwards of 30cm. To ensure that the headboard panel is not lost behind a mattress and pillows, we can make adjustments to the overall height, keeping the bed and mattress in proportion and guaranteeing that you will be able to see the beautiful timber that makes up your Natural Bed Company bed. With most bed models we do this by extending the height of the headboard legs and therefore raising the position of the standard headboard panel. If you want a taller headboard panel instead, call us to discuss if this is an option.

In addition to this, double check the overall size of your existing mattress. Sizes, such as king and double, are not always standardised, lengths and widths can differ (UK, European and US sizing is often different). If you do find that your mattress is not of a bed size listed on our website, let us know and we can quote a price for the alterations necessary. As all our beds are made to order, we can accommodate any mattress size.

2. Choosing your timber…

If you are trying to fit your new bed around existing furniture or trying to match the base to a hardwood floor, it can be a difficult task simply relying on images from our website (the colour settings on computer screens can differ considerably). To make the timber choice easier we can arrange for small samples of each wood to be sent out to you. This way you can compare all of the options in our range to your wardrobes and floors and decide whether it would be better to go for a comparable wood or to contrast with something completely different.

Also note that we have recently change our lacquer finish from ‘Clear’ to ‘Natural’ – if you are ordering furniture to match an item you have previously ordered from us, we recommend requesting a timber sample showing both finishes. Both finishes are still available, just let us know which finish you require. To find out more about our new lacquer finish – take a look at our previous blog.

3. Check your measurements…

When choosing your bed base, it is important to take a close look at the overall dimensions of the bed, rather than just relying on the mattress sizes shown on our website. You will find a full list of dimensions at the bottom of each product page, showing overall width, length and headboard heights. A little bit of measuring would be worth your time as, for example, a king size Cochin, taking a mattress size of 150x200cm is in fact 209cm long and 159cm wide (i.e. the frame adds 9cm to both the length and the width.) While an Oregon platform bed base adds 30cm to the width and length!

4. A tailored option?

If you find that after hours and hours of searching, you just cannot decide between two of our beds, maybe you like the headboard height on one but prefer the under-bed clearance on another, don’t worry, simply give us a call and in most cases we can make alterations to our designs to fit your needs. We cannot create a new bed from scratch, but a few centimetres on or off the headboard and clearance shouldn’t pose too much of a problem or add too much to the price. Customers have on occasion asked for the addition of a footboard to one of our designs, or for a version without a headboard – so please don’t be afraid to ask, we are always happy to help when we can.

If you would like a selection of timber samples to be sent out to you or if there is a dimension you require that is not shown on our website, please do not hesitate to call us on 0114 272 1984 or send us an email at [email protected]

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