New year, new you; it’s the age old adage we tend to turn to every January. But while lots of us leap head first into healthy nutrition plans and new exercise fads, we can neglect to make changes where they really matter.
While we know mattresses ought to be replaced every eight to ten years, it can be harder to know when it’s time to say goodbye to a bedframe. However, a new bedframe can make just as much difference as a new mattress when it comes to giving you the sleep quality you need to live a healthy life.
Do you need a new bedframe?
If your bed is sagging or feels uncomfortable, blaming the mattress is usually the first course of action. But there are actually several signs you can look out for that will tell you your bedframe is the real culprit.
Cracking or splitting - Cracks or splits in your bed base, supports or slats are all a pretty serious sign that your bedframe is no longer up to scratch. Not only could prolonged use of a cracked frame lead to a potentially dangerous collapse, but cracking also suggests that your frame can no longer offer the support needed for good quality sleep.
Bowed slats - Even if your bedframe slats aren’t split, bending and bowing are similarly serious signs of deterioration. Bent slats will not be able to support a mattress properly and can even damage them over time.
Malfunctioning parts - Drawers that won’t open or close, loose fixings, and wobbling supports could all suggest that your bedframe’s foundation has buckled or become distorted. A bent frame doesn’t tend to be fixable and is usually a sign that a replacement is required.
Creaking and groaning - Last but not least, always rely on your ears when it comes to assessing the health of a bedframe! Frames should not groan or creak, and this is usually a sign that something has gone wrong with the structure or joints.
Why you should replace your bedframe alongside your mattress
Even if your bedframe is showing none or few of these signs, if you’re buying a new mattress for the new year, replacing your frame alongside it can still be a good idea.
Extend your mattress’ lifespan - As we mentioned before, putting a new mattress on an old or damaged bedframe can end up just damaging the new mattress itself – potentially even voiding any warranty your the mattress might come with. New mattresses should always be paired with new bedframes where budget allows to ensure the mattress stays in the best condition for the longest possible time.
Find the right fit - Another issue with placing a new mattress on an old bedframe is that you’ll rarely find two that fit together properly. Whether the mattress is slightly too big or the slats aren’t quite in the right place, an ill-matched pair can do untold damage to each other by putting too much pressure on unsupported parts. Buying both your mattress and bedframe from the same manufacturer will always guarantee the best fit.
Enjoy better sleep - Not only will that perfect fit guarantee great mattress health and a stable bedframe, it will also make for a far more comfortable night for you. The combination of a new mattress and the bedframe that was made to carry it will provide the best supportive space for a good night’s sleep.
Even if your existing bedframe is in good condition, replacing it doesn’t need to be wasteful; many charity organisations welcome donated bedframes, while frames can also be easily recycled. Of course, you’ll need to choose your new bed first! Find yours today and get yourself on the road to a restful 2019.