Tips and Advice – Beds

When it comes to choosing a bed, there are certain things you need to consider. As well as how a bed looks, durability, size and storage space are also usually top of the list. Whilst its true that the mattress is the main component of any bed, the other functions/aspects should always be taken into account.

The divan bed has always been the most popular type, with a single or split base (joined with a bracket) sitting on either castors or gliders. Available with or without storage, the divan bed comes with many mattress and/or storage options. A headboard is usually required to complete the bed – it is functional but not very aesthetically pleasing.

The growth of the bed frame market means more choice, design and value. Combined with a wider range of mattress options, this means the customer has many more bed variations to choose from.

At Stratoria, we have selected a range of bed frames that offer you different materials, shapes, designs and storage options to make your bedroom look great, as well as a choice of mattresses to help you get a restful nights sleep.



We have a range of metal bed frames for all tastes. From stylish French boutique, to English Country Cottage or modern and sleek designs and in a choice of colours and finishes.


Our range of wooden beds and bunks come in a choice of material and colours. All bunks conform to British Standards, and many can be split into 2 single beds.


Giving you the opulent look of leather but without the cost, our faux-leather bed frames come in different shapes and sizes, many of them with storage options.


A smart and practical solution, ottoman beds have gas lift to help you utilise the under-bed storage, without disturbing your covers and pillows, yet still giving you a stylish bed frame design.



According to the Bed Council, if your bed/mattress is over 8 years old, it’s time to see if you need a new one, as the comfort and support of your current bed might be causing you sleep deprivation.

As your mattress ages, it gradually loses the ability to relieve pressure on your joints and body. Whilst this doesn’t happen overnight, you may start to notice pains in your legs, wake up tired and not sleep well – this could be caused by your mattress!

When deciding on a new mattress, it is important to make the right choice, and understanding the difference between them is key to this. There are 3 main types of mattress (but other variations are available in the market):



Traditional spring mattresses give great value and, whilst comfortable for any bed in any room, are ideal for a spare room. As the spring unit moves as one, there is a likelihood of disturbing your partner if you move through the night. The coils in these type of mattress tend to wear out more quickly than pockets springs, so there is a higher risk of “roll together”. Look out for the overall construction to get the best mattress for your requirements.


Pocket spring mattresses have individual springs placed in their own material pockets. Whilst pocket sprung mattresses don’t mould themselves to your shape as memory foam ones do, they do provide support across your body and prevent “roll together”. Pocket Sprung mattresses also tend not to be as warm as memory foam ones, which is a consideration if you get too warm in the night.


Originally designed by NASA and topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic material (memory foam) that gives ultimate comfort by moulding to the contours of your body. As you sleep, the memory foam supports your body and can help with back or joint pain relief. It also tends to makes the mattress feel warmer. Most memory foam mattresses have coils inside to support the body, with the memory foam added to give the extra support and comfort, however some have foam rather than springs. Whilst they tend to be softer, they are not necessarily better for your bodies support.

Other variation include Pillow-top, Hybrid (coil support with a layer of foam or latex), Gel, Latex or Air but the core choices are as listed