Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more frequently asked questions we get about our luxury beds.

If you have any questions that we don’t cover please do get in touch.

What is the best combination of bed base and mattress?

For the ultimate in luxury and comfort, we would probably recommend a sprung edge divan base and the best quality mattress you can afford. However, there is no right or wrong answer to this. All our luxury beds are exquisitely crafted to the highest possible standard. Every one of them is built with your comfort in mind. There is no such thing as an uncomfortable bed at Juliettes Interiors.

With that in mind, choose something that you love, something that will make a statement in your bedroom, and top it with the finest mattress you can. And remember, bigger is definitely better in the bedroom. Buy the biggest bed you can fit into your bedroom and make sure that you order the right size mattress for the bed.

Are all beds the same length?

No. Single and standard double beds are 190 cm (6’ 3”) long, whereas any larger standard sizes are 200 cm (6’ 6”) long. Remember that all luxury beds and mattresses at Juliettes Interiors can be made to order in whatever length and width you require.

Will my new bed fit?

Always check the overall dimensions of a bed before you order it. Don’t go just by the size of the mattress, as different styles of bed can have a much larger footprint than you might think.
Make sure you allow for the headboard and the foot end, plus any shaping or curves.

Remember to take into account the depth of skirting boards and the opening arc of any doors, including wardrobes.

Check the height of the headboard. Many luxury beds have a magnificent, full height headboard so make sure it will fit in the space you have. If your bed needs to fit under the eaves, you may need a lower headboard.

Check the position of sockets for bedside lights, chargers, etc.

Use an online planner, which will allow you to enter the dimensions of your furniture and position of doors, windows, sockets, etc. You can then move things around to find the best position for your new luxury bed. Alternatively, you could use old-fashioned graph paper and a pencil.

If neither of these appeal, try marking out the size of the bed with masking tape on the floor to see if it will fit. It will give you an idea of how much space you will have around the bed.

Finally, check the access. Do you have narrow hallways or awkward bends on stairs? Large beds usually come in sections, the largest pieces being the headboard and the frame to support the mattress (and, of course, the mattress). These will not bend to accommodate any tight spaces so you may have to consider another way in.

Which type of mattress is best for me?

There is no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to luxury mattresses. The answer is to try out a range of mattresses with different firmness ratings and fillings to find out which you find the most supportive and comfortable. Firmness ratings are not standardised and will vary between manufacturers. Support is the most important consideration when buying a luxury mattress, and what feels firm to a small person is likely to feel softer to someone larger.

Don’t just sit on the edge of a bed in a showroom and think that will do. If it’s a bed for two, take your partner with you. Both of you should lie down on each mattress for at least ten minutes in your favourite sleeping position, then try turning over, lie on your back, and put your arms up with your hands behind your head and elbows out – you and your partner should not touch. If you do, the bed is too small.

For more information, see How to choose a luxury bed.

Which type of bed do chiropractors recommend?

The British Chiropractic Association say that their practitioners are often asked for advice, and their answer is always that there is not one type of bed that is suitable for everyone. It is a myth that a very firm mattress is best for someone with back pain.

The best mattress is a supportive one – but a heavy person will not get the same support as a smaller person lying on the same mattress. You need to try mattresses out to find which is right for you. When you lie on your side, your spine should be horizontal and parallel to the mattress. If your spine bends downwards, the bed is too soft. If you seem to be perched on shoulder and hip, it is too hard.

If you will be sharing the bed, always shop with your partner so that you can find a bed that suits you both. If there is a significant difference in weight between the two of you, or you each need something very different, look for a bed that will allow two separate single mattresses to be zipped together. Alternatively, choose a manufacturer who can create a bespoke mattress with different tensions to cater for both partners. Every mattress supplied by Juliettes Interiors can be customised to create a bespoke bed, perfect for both of you.

For more information, see How to choose a luxury bed

Is a firm or orthopaedic mattress best for a bad back?

Not necessarily. It depends on your size, weight and build. Many retailers have a range of what they call ‘orthopaedic’ mattresses but this simply means that they are the firmest mattresses they make.

The heavier you are, the firmer your mattress should be. If you are a small person, a firm mattress may well be too hard and could make your back pain worse. You need a mattress that will support all the contours of your body, keeping your spine horizontal when you lie on your side. If your spine sags downwards, the bed is too soft. If you are perched on hip and shoulder with a big gap underneath, it is too hard. Try as many mattresses as you can to find what is right for you.

For more information, see How to choose a luxury bed

Why is a hard bed good for a bad back?

It is not. This is a myth based on very old advice (and very old beds). In the past, mattresses were filled with materials that tended to pack down and sag, often causing back pain. The only way to make them more supportive was to put something flat, such as a board, underneath. Hence the myth was born.

Modern materials and construction methods mean that we no longer need to put boards underneath our mattresses. A mattress should be firm enough to support the contours of your body in your preferred sleeping position, but soft enough to be comfortable. The best way to find out what’s right for you is to test as many as you can, for as long as you can.

How should you sleep when you are pregnant?

During your first trimester, you will probably feel more sleepy usual and will need to nap. It’s important at this stage to get as much rest as possible so sleep in whichever position you find most comfortable, even on your front, while you still can.

In the second trimester, you may begin to feel more uncomfortable as the baby’s weight puts extra pressure on certain areas of your body. A softer mattress can help. The recommended sleeping position now is on your left side. Sleeping on your back should be avoided as the baby may press against one of your main blood vessels, causing you to feel faint.

By your third trimester, the baby’s increasing weight may well cause lower back pain. You should continue to sleep on your left side, not on your back, using pillows between your knees and around your bump to ease discomfort and take the pressure off hips and muscles. This is the time to get as much rest as you can in preparation for the new arrival – and the sleepless nights to follow.

What is the best bed for allergy and asthma sufferers?

The most common bed-related allergen is house dust mites (actually, it’s their droppings which are highly allergenic). Some manufacturers are now using treated fabrics to deter dust mites, and you can buy anti-dust mite mattress covers. Check manufaturers’ product information to find out whether they offer anti-dust-mite ticking. However, almost all beds will, in time, attract dust mites. Regular cleaning and airing will help to reduce the effect.

Always check details of construction and materials if you suffer from any other allergies.

How are beds made?

A bed is usually made up of two parts; the base and the mattress.

The base can be anything from a simple frame with a woven layer attached to support a mattress, to a grand, carved wooden centrepiece, to a luxurious sprung edge divan. At Juliettes Interiors, all our bases are manufactured by master craftsmen using only the finest, natural materials, fabrics and finishes. Each product description will give you details of the materials used and customisation options for those looking for a bespoke luxury bed.

A conventional modern mattress consists of three sections; an inner spring core for support, a cushioning or comfort section made up of layers of soft yet resilient materials, and an outer upholstered cover, known as ticking. For more information, see Types of bed [link].

There is increasing interest in modern, hi-tech foam mattresses, which use various combinations of foams such as latex and visco-elastic or memory foam. Check the manufacturer’s information for full information.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What is the difference between a single bed and a twin bed?”]There is no difference. The term ‘twin’ simply means that it is supposed to be one of a matching pair of single beds.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What is the difference between a bed and a mattress?”]It can be confusing as the word ‘bed’ can mean just the base (bedstead, frame or divan) or it can mean the whole ensemble of base and mattress. Make sure you know whether the mattress is included before you order. Our website has collections called ‘Luxury Divans & Bases’ and ‘Luxury Beds’. These include the base only and you will need to choose a mattress as well. We do not sell them as a package as the right mattress is a very personal choice.

A mattress is precisely that. Just the mattress. It does not refer to the base at all.

Which beds do luxury hotels use?

The simple answer is ‘high quality, comfortable ones’. They choose reputable brands and they don’t skimp on the amount they are prepared to pay. Whether it’s 5* or budget, every hotel’s main objective is to provide their guests with a welcoming place to sleep. If guests don’t get a good night’s sleep because the bed is not up to standard, they will not return – and hotels rely on repeat visits and recommendation.

Any hotel that has invested in luxury beds for their guests should be happy to tell you which brand they use. Just ask.

Why are beds so expensive?

If you have already read our section on Types of bed [link], you will understand just how many parts there are to your luxury bed. You really do get what you pay for. A luxury bed will have individual pocket springs and layers of the finest fillings for comfort and resilience. Our mattresses include such materials as cashmere, mohair, wool, bamboo, cotton, silk and even silver. They are hand finished with a painstaking attention to detail, ensuring the highest quality product. Our bases are hand-crafted to the same exceptional standard. Bear in mind that your bed will last you around 8 – 10 years so the cost per night is actually quite modest.

Research shows that a little more sleep each night can help you lose weight, improve your memory and live longer. So always buy the best quality bed you can afford because you cannot put a value on a good night’s sleep.

How do I stop my bed squeaking?

Never make the mistake of thinking that a few squeaks mean the end of a bed’s life. It is a complex piece of furniture with many joints. The longer you use it, the more likely it is that some of these joints will loosen.

Tighten joints
Your first task is to go round and tighten the joints with a screwdriver or spanner – start with the headboard and footboard. Try adding plastic or rubber washers if your bed doesn’t already have them.

Check other fixings
If you have hooks attaching the side rails to the headboard, make sure that they are pushed down firmly. If you have wooden slats, check to make sure they are all firmly pushed into their end fixings. Also check that none are damaged, and replace any that are.

If you still have a squeak, try to pinpoint the source of the noise and lubricate any joints, hooks or fixings in that area. If it is a metal-to-metal joint, you can spray with WD40 but NEVER use oil, WD40 or any chemical lubricant on any wooden parts of your bed. It will soak into the wood and will smell and attract dirt and dust. We would recommend using a small bar of natural beeswax but you can also use a candle or even a bar of soap.

How to care for your luxury bed

Protect your mattress
Use a good quality, natural fibre mattress protector – or one specifically designed to be anti-dust-mite if allergies are a problem. This will protect your mattress from spills and stains and maintain hygiene. Avoid plastic or any non-breathable materials. These can trap moisture underneath, leading to mould growth. They also prevent moisture wicking away from your body and can lead to an uncomfortable night’s sleep.

Rotate and turn
During the first three months, we recommend that you rotate your mattress every week (so that the head end is now at the foot). After that, you should rotate and turn, or flip, your mattress every three months. You may need two people to do this – a luxury mattress can be very heavy.

If you have a pillow-top or no-turn mattress, it will not need to be turned over but you should still rotate it from head to foot to ensure even wear. Zip and link mattresses must be unzipped before turning or rotating. Treat each mattress as a separate item.

Expect indentations
Your mattress is designed to support and mould around your body contours. Rotating and turning it will minimise body impressions but, over time, all those lovely layers of luxurious fillings will conform to your body shape and sleeping position. This is the mattress doing its job, not a fault.

Do not fold!
Never try to fold or roll an inner spring mattress. Always keep it flat, as folding or rolling can damage the interior construction. When not in use, it should still be stored flat, not on its end. Modern foam mattresses can be rolled but should not be stored for long periods of time in this way.

Ventilation is important. Leave your bed linen pulled back for a couple of hours every day if you can. Once a week, remove all your bed linen and leave for several hours to allow air to circulate around and through the mattress.

You should dust all surfaces of your bed regularly to prevent build up of dirt and dust. Once a month, clean base and mattress with a soft brush to clear away any accumulated dust and fluff. Many manufacturers say not to use a vacuum cleaner on your mattress or any upholstery as it can damage fabrics and dislodge fillings. However, if you use the upholstery brush attachment, it is less harsh and will get rid of a lot of dead skin and dust mites.

Tackle spills immediately, mopping them up with a towel or paper towels. Do not use bleach or harsh detergents. For advice on specific stains and fabrics.

It is not a trampoline
Allowing children to bounce regularly on your bed can cause uneven wear and tear and will reduce the level of support and the lifespan of both mattress and base.

You should also avoid sitting regularly on the edge of your bed as it can damage the perimeter of your mattress.

Care of your bed base
This will depend very much on the type of base you have, its construction and the materials and fabrics used. Dust any flat surfaces and brush fabrics gently to avoid build up of dirt and fluff. Vacuum gently with an upholstery or dusting brush attachment.

Can you take away my old bed and mattress?

If you order a new luxury mattress from Juliettes Interiors, we can arrange for your old mattress and base to be taken away. It will go to Hypnos (even if it is not one of their beds) to be recycled.