On average we spend a third of our lives in bed, so it is important that we choose a new bed wisely. We all know that a bad night’s sleep can ruin the following day and even start to affect your health and lifestyle. Equally a good night’s sleep can make you feel fresh and energised.

We have therefore put together some tips to help you select your new bed or mattress

When is it time to buy a new mattress?

Most people think that that a bed / mattress lasts 10 years. There is however no set life-span. How long the bed / mattress lasts is governed by its use. For example, permanent use in the main bedroom, or occasional use in the spare bedroom. The kids trampolining obviously ruins the spring units, as does bed wetting. And the most common culprit is not turning the mattress regularly.

Some factors to consider when deciding if it is time for a change are:

  • When you wake, are you sore, stiff or in pain?
  • Do you now sleep worse than you did a year ago?
  • Does your mattress show visible signs of wear and tear?
  • Have you recently slept better elsewhere, such as at a friend’s or in a hotel on holiday?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, then it’s probably time for a new mattress or bed.

Bed Dimensions


Width 90cm by length 190cm (Width 3ft 0ins by length 6ft 3ins)


Width 135cm by length 190cm (Width 4ft 6ins by length 6ft 3ins)


Width 150cm by length 200cm (Width 5ft 0ins by length 6ft 6ins)

Explanation of terms

Starter mattress

basic mattress that is ideal for bunks, wooden frames or metal beds


This is a term used by manufacturers to indicate a firm product. It does not imply that it will cure or treat a deformity in bone or muscle

Pocket Springs

As the name implies, the individual springs are in their own material pocket, which helps them to be as independent as possible from their neighbours.

Fitting and moulding to your body, these mattresses therefore provide extra comfort and help to prevent ‘roll together’.

Twin Springs

A hybrid of the open coil is the twin spring mattress. Here, there are two layers of springs.

Open Coil 

This spring system is probably more easily explained as the first spring being joined to the second one and so on so that if you push on one spring, the weight is shared by it’s neighbouring springs.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you need a bed, you need a Vic Smith Bed

For independent impartial advice call 020 8882 8292

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Nobody beats us when it comes to giving you peace of mind & helping you sleep well.
If you were to get a problem with your bed please contact us and
we will always get onto the manufacturers on your behalf. The
main times there are any problems with a bed is normally
when it comes to setting the new bed up in the bedroom, that’s
why we would prefer to set the bed up for you. We also carry
spares in our vans, so should something be missing in the
manufacturers' pack, there is a good chance we will have
If customers are happy we won’t see them for years.

What Our Happy Customers Say

We have previously had furniture from Vic Smith Beds so when it came to choosing 2 new beds we looked no further. Vic Smith Beds offer a fantastic service with superb customer care. Staff are so knowledgable and are happy to take time advising the right products to suit individual needs. The deliver drivers took great care in our home removing our old beds and replacing them with our new ones. We can honestly say we’ve had brilliant nights sleep in our new beds they are so so comfy. Well done Vic Smith and team another great job.

Amanda & Colin

First class service, and friendly advice if you need it. Vic Smith Beds is everything that a local shop should be and more. Highly competitive prices and a delivery service that is is second to none – excellent!!

Mr P. O'Sullivan - Whetstone

I have been a regular customer of Vic Smith Beds for about 20 years. Apart from the personal, personable and extremely helpful advice from a well known and trusted local trader, the quality of his products is exceptional and could not be bettered either in price or terrific range of choice. I could not recommend Vic Smith Beds more highly.

C. Rodriguez - Palmers Green

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