Considering we spend an average of 3,000 hours in bed every year, and sleep is also essential for mental and physical health – so you have to have a good bed! When buying a bed or mattress it pays to do your research. You definitely need a comfortable mattress that’s just right for you. We spoke to a few readers who snooze much more soundly on their new beds and mattresses and are loving it. Here are their recommendations.
Sue Day, British
“We love our huge four-poster master bed that I bought here in Singapore 20 years ago, but our old mattress was falling apart. When buying the new mattress we decided to invest in something more comfortable.
When we started looking, I quickly realised that bedding has become much more sophisticated in recent years. There are now options for firmness for each side of the bed, new materials such as bamboo (allowing the mattress to “breathe”) and also washable covers.
I’d seen European Bedding’s adverts and a feature in Expat Living and I thought the mattresses looked interesting. The showroom is tucked away in a Tiong Bahru shophouse, which immediately makes it feel more comforting and homely than other vast bed showrooms. We were made to feel very welcome by Hanne, who clearly explained all the options and then left us to try at our leisure.
We eventually decided on the Heveya Natural Organic Latex Mattress III, and we also got two free pillows in the same material. Hanne provided care and cleaning instructions for the bed and covers, too.
But it didn’t stop there – the team who delivered our mattress also showed me how the parts of the mattress went together so I could remove the covers for cleaning. They even took away our old mattress for disposal!
And the new mattress? Well, it’s wonderful – exactly the right firmness for both of us, while the topper is soft and just invites you to relax into sleep. We would definitely buy again from European Bedding.”
Stacey Mann, British
“It was time for our European King mattress in the master bedroom to be replaced. It was too hard and uncomfortable. I was waking up with aches and pains, sleeping poorly and was never feeling rested. However, my husband Jon liked it so it took quite a bit of persuading – he was quite attached to his mattress!
We were specifically looking for a mattress to provide comfort and support and keep us cool, while also being eco-friendly and toxin-free. We wanted a more restful sleep from a mattress that offered minimal disturbance.
Latex seemed to tick all our boxes, particularly its allergy-friendly and mould resistant aspects. Having a mattress that doesn’t harbour mould and dust mites was top of my list, especially with Singapore’s damp and humid conditions.
We chose to buy from Willow Mattress as the mattresses are 100 percent natural latex, and well-priced – we loved the unique three-layer adjustable system they offer, too. We were able to choose the half-and-half king-sized mattress. This allowed us to change each half to suit our different preferences.
While in the store, we agreed on the ‘medium’ feel, and that’s how it was set up when it was delivered. However, after three days, my husband was complaining it was too soft and that his old back pain was returning. He wanted to send the mattress back! Yet I’d had the most comfortable sleep for a long time, waking with less body pain. So, we simply changed the order of the three layers to make Jon’s firm. He never mentioned back pain again!
Chantal and the delivery team were so professional and always went above and beyond. It was a wonderful experience, from the purchasing to going to bed in comfort every night. We also loved that they took away the old mattress for recycling, which made the change so much easier. We got a set of free pillows, too!”
Margarita Vasileva (age 8), Russian
“I used to have a kid’s bed but it was getting too small for me so we needed to get a new one. I also wanted a bed that I could use as a sofa during the day.
We went to Gallery 278 as it was recommended by my mum’s friend. The bed we chose is very comfortable with two big drawers underneath, which we use to store bed linens and other things. During the daytime, we cover it with a sheet and I use it as a sofa. I like that my room looks very cosy, not like a typical bedroom. The bed is nice and big, and I love sleeping in it. I like that it’s made from natural wood too.”
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