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When I moved into my own house, I needed to buy a lot of furniture so I wanted to cut corners where possible. I spent a lot of time trying to find decent beds, so here are my top tips for picking good cheap ones.
I love Ikea for pretty much everything else, but for beds they really fall down in my opinion. Their silly non-standard sizes trap you into buying an Ikea mattress to go with your frame. You can use a normal mattress, but you're left with a gap of several inches at the end of the frame. Although Ikea beds are cheap and last quite a long time, they are also very ugly. The one in my housemate's room at the moment just has a lot of wasted space around it, and it's really uncomfortable to get in and out of as there's a sharp ridge all the way around.
One plus side is that it's well-designed for putting in front of the radiator as it has a nice, short shelf across the top. However, if you aren't putting it in front of a radiator (and let's face it, you're not unless you've not got much space), then you're wasting space as it won't sit flush against the wall. Of course, there are several different bed designs available, but all the ones I've come across and very low down, so they are best avoided by those who are desperate for underbed storage space or have mobility issues. However, they are cheap and don't give you a bad back, so if those are the most important concerns you have then an Ikea bed is an inexpensive choice.
Argos was another place I looked at for beds, and I ended up purchasing a bed and mattress from there as I needed a low bed without a bedhead for my spare room which has a sloping ceiling. The bedframe was an excellent buy as what was once a cramped single room with a bed and clothes rail has now been transformed into a double room with a wardrobe and desk.
However, the mattresses (I ended up buying two) were very poor. If you're taking advantage of the discounted bedframe and mattress bundles from Argos, DON'T go for the cheapest (or second cheapest). I stupidly bought the cheapest one, which is a vile blue colour and was actually delivered with springs poking out of it. I ended up putting a mattress topper on it and it's bearable (I missed the return date), but it's definitely bad economy to go for the cheapest mattresses from Argos.
Argos is well-priced for beds (but only buy when they have an offer on), but it's a massive disadvantage to not be able to see it in person before buying.
Makro and Costco
These are also pretty good places for cheap beds. There isn't much choice though, but they often have deals like two matching bedside tables along with the bed, which is nice if you like things to match. They are a bit more expensive than Argos and Ikea, and you're best off buying the mattress somewhere cheaper.
There are always plenty of bedframes being sold on eBay, again it's a disadvantage not to be able to see them but they are often dirt cheap (check out Freecycle for free bed frames in your area). I wouldn't buy a mattress from either eBay or Freeecycle, but for bedframes they have the biggest choice and you can get styles that aren't currently available in the shops. Before you start searching, make sure you only look for bedframes in areas you can easily reach as the majority are collection only.
So, that's my whistle-stop tour of cheap beds!
I wanted a bed that that looked expensive but didn't want to pay the hefty price tag that some of them had. After hours of browsing the internet I found a site called mattress man. They have a large variety of beds and mattresses for very good prices.
We purchased one of their bed frames called Nadia in chocolate brown which cost us £109.
It was free delivery if you spent over £45 and you could choose a delivery slot that suited you. We ordered it a few weeks in advance of when we wanted it as we were moving but you can also arrange next day delivery. They give you the option of 2 delivery slots, which were something like 8-1 or 1-5, which beats waiting in all day.
When the bed arrived, on time I must add, it was very easy to put together, I did it by myself in about an hour and I am female, that's how easy it was!
It is very comfortable and looks very stylish, I was expecting it to look a bit cheap looking as we didn't pay much for it but it looks fab!
With my daughters being very young and not very tall it seems a shame to waste space in there bedrooms by having a bed that was more than twice there length and wholst wandering around ikea i spotted some lovely little beds.
These beds are in the childrens range at ikea and are called minnen.
They are made of metal, which you can choose from white or black, i had the white and they have a wooden slatted base which they come with but ikea also sell these seperatley at £6 each so if you need to in the future you can replace them.
This bed is great as the side rails on the bed slide into each other giving you the chance to shorten the bed to 135cm which is how i have got mine at the minute and then as the child grows you can extend this up to 206cm, slowly bit by bit as your child grows.
Great idea i thought but how will i get a matress that small?
Ikea sell a matress that is the same size as the bed on its smallest setting and as the bed grows you have chunks of mattress in about 5 inch length intervals to zip onto the bottom of the matress so that the matress grows with the bed.
I thought these were a great idea and at £79 for the bed, slats and mattress i thought this was a real bargain.
Ikea have a selection of reasonably priced beds, which are comfortable and as you spend a third of your life in bed then you need this! But buyer beware - especially regarding getting you bed into the bedroom!
The Sultan Svandel bed, a mattress and base combined in one is perfect. Cheaper than buying a mattress and bedframe separately, but then you have the problem of getting it home.If you don't have your own transport this could be a problem and you may have to rely on the Ikea delivery service.
Make sure if you use the Ikea delivery service that they will actually deliver the bed not only to your home, but take it upstairs! Their delivery people have been known to quote "health and safety" regulations as an excuse to dump the bed in the hallway and refuse to take it up the stairs.
If you have any complaints about this then Ikea will probably try and fob you off with the excuse that "the delivery is handled by an independent company." Don't accept this get out!You pay your money for delivery to Ikea, therefore it should be their responsibilty to ensure you get the service you paid for.
Okay, you may be buying a bed that is cheaper than from a major high bedding store, and the advantage of the Sultan Svandel is that it is not flat packed,as is the norm with Ikea furniture. However, how are you going to get it up the narrow, twisty staircase if the delivery men won't take it for you? Saw it in half was the solution for us! We then had to reassemble it! If you have ever assembled flat packed furniture then you will know this is not always easy, but then you usually have instructions. If you have to DISASSEMBLE the product yourself then you also have to REassemble it without instructions!!!
Think carefully, cheap may not always be the best!!!
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Beds - you have to have one, but you can't always afford the hefty price tag. Here our users give you some ideas for picking up the right bed, on the cheap!