Beds & Mattresses Buying Guide - Best Buy Canada

March 07, 2014

Buying Guide

It’s been said that you spend nearly a third of your life sleeping. That’s a lot of time! And if that’s the case, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve got the right bed and mattress that will help you rest as comfortably as possible.

If your bed is more than 7 years old or you wake up in the middle of the night with an achy body, it could be time for a new bed or mattress. A bed provides rest and relaxation after a long day; if you’re not comfortable, an upgrade can help you get the good night’s sleep your body and mind need.

How do you know if you need a new bed?

A sagging or creaky mattress is a sure sign that you could use a new bed, but there are other factors that might indicate it’s time for an upgrade.

  • Your bed is more than 7 years old
  • You wake up feeling sore and achy, and feel like you haven’t slept well
  • You’ve slept in another bed and had a better night’s sleep than in your own bed
  • Your mattress has suffered any obvious wear and tear

Before you rush out and choose your next bed, there are some things you should consider. A new bed is a hefty purchase and you want to be sure to get the very best value for you money, since you’ll be spending a lot of time with it.

Types of Beds


Think of a divan as a platform for your mattress. This type of bed usually features a solid top which gives your mattress firmer support, but you can also find models that feature springs to help adapt to your body’s contours. It’s a great choice for that minimalist look.


Typically set on casters, this type of bed is designed to be rolled under another bed for easy storage. Usually part of a collection, you can often find these as standalone beds making them perfect if you need a bed you want to move around the room.


When space is an issue, a storage bed is a great solution. Built-in drawers help free up space in a room that doesn’t have much of it, so you can make the most out of your room.

Bunk Beds

This type of bed features a set of beds, one of top of the other. Bunk beds are the perfect solution for shared rooms, while a handy ladder makes it easy to get to the top bunk.


When you’re expecting company having a folding guest bed will ensure that everyone will get a good night’s sleep. They unfold easily and feature a thick foam mattress that’s comfortable. And when you’re done, they fold up easily and can be stored just about anywhere.


Two of the most popular materials for beds are:


With a wide variety of styles and wood types, beds made of this material are great for every taste. From the headboard to the frame, a wood bed can be anything from country to contemporary.


Bed frames made from iron and steel offer a simple and clean look for your bedroom. However, depending on your tastes there are some seriously creative designs for more elaborate tastes.


Speaker Docks

Twin (or single)

Designed for one person to sleep in, these beds are typically 3 feet wide and roughly 6 feet long.

Speaker Docks

Full (or double)

Ideal for two people, this type of bed is usually 4 ½ feet wide.

Speaker Docks


Larger than a full bed, a queen size bed offers more space and comfort for 2 people. They are usually 5 feet wide.

Speaker Docks


This is the big one; a king bed offers six large feet of space which is like having two twin beds pushed together. It’s perfect for couples who like a lot of space.

Types of Mattresses

The two most common types of mattresses are:


Just as the name implies, a coil mattress features small, spring-loaded coils that are combined with a combination of foams and fibres on top to make your mattress ultra-comfortable.

Memory foam

The newest edition to the world of beds, this type of mattress is made from a visco-elastic foam core and offers both comfort and support. Memory foam responds to your body’s warm temperature in order to contour perfectly to it, which can help reduce tossing and turning and give you a better night’s sleep.

Handy Tips for Buying a Bed

Whether you’re shopping online or in-store, a little bed buying advice can go a long way:

Ask if there is a trial period

It will likely take more than a quick trip to your local bed and mattress shop to determine whether a bed is right for you. A trial period will give you time to get to know whether your new bed is truly the best fit.

Don’t be afraid to buy online

Most online retailers will offer an easy return policy for their beds, so if you happen to find one that you think might be perfect, don’t hesitate to buy it and return it if it doesn’t meet your needs.

Take your time

Finding the right bed and mattress combo is a bit like shopping for new clothes – whatever you choose should be the right fit, the right style, and should be tried out before you purchase. Don’t rush into buying a bed; there a lots of choices out there.

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Take the Next Step

Armed with plenty of information, you should be ready to step out into the world of beds and start your own hands-on research. Online, Best Buy offers a wide selection of beds and mattresses to choose from that are all backed by our 30-day return policy.


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