* Footboards - Think about how much space you’ll have to walk around your bed - the last thing you want to do is bump into the footboard. So if space is tight, choose a bed without.
* Slats underneath the mattress - Cheaper bedsteads tend to have fixed rigid slats, which don’t have as much give, while a sprung slatted base with bowed slats is more comfortable.
* Blue and white FR label - This means that the bed meets fire safety regulations and is cigarette and match flame resistant.
* Think about cleaning when you’re choosing between wood, metal and upholstered beds. Cream leather might look good now, but it’ll need cleaning with a leather-care kit to keep it looking sleek; a fabric-covered bedstead will need a light vacuuming to keep it dust-free.
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