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Buying Guide

Founding Principles

Our customers are the best informants about their needs.

  • Assist customers to know what their choices are, based on their needs and specifications.
  • Customers want to know they can trust the company has high standards.
  • We believe customers often need beds and/or mattresses in a timely manner, so we promise, and follow through, with Fast and efficient delivery.
  • We will listen to your questions and provide you with quality answers so you can make informed choices.
  • We will be honest, fair, and respectful.
  • We will be reliable.
  • We will offer you a choice of beds and mattresses options.

the buying guide

Bed Life

The average life of a bed is 10 years. However, it is recommended that consumers change their bed every 8-10 years. Even with the most expensive bed, the interior will start to deteriorate becoming an unhygienic sleeping environment after years of perspiring and moving throughout the night.


There are several types of bases, all with different benefits and features.

Solid top/storage base has been popular with those who believe that a hard bed is beneficial to support a bad back. This is in fact a myth and so-called ‘orthopaedic’ beds should only be used for short-term complaints, such as a slipped disc.

A bed that supports but also offers soft comfort is essential to well-being and a good sleep.

Sprung bases offer greater levels of comfort and prolong the life of the mattress.


Correct spinal support is vital, however, without comfort sleep offers little benefit.

Mattresses are upholstered to offer comfort to the sleeper - soft fillings mould to body shape and allow muscles to relax, helping to prevent restricted blood flow caused by pressure points.

Most high-quality mattresses are upholstered with loose fibres (hair, lambs wool, cotton, silk, etc). These mattresses have tufts (cords that pass though the mattress) to keep all the fibre in place, preventing migration to the edges. An indication of the quality of the mattress is if its ‘hand side stitched'. This is here the border is sewn to the internal spring unit by hand, helping to strengthen it. Millbrook Contract Beds hand side stitches in time honoured tradition, but has also developed a method of machine side stitching that is more economical for lower priced mattresses.

Those people who suffer from allergies or asthma should look out for hypo-allergenic or anti-bacterial/microbial fillings, such as latex.


A spring system created from continuous lengths of interwoven wire.

Pocket Spring - These are the finest of spring systems. Each spring is housed within individual fabric pockets. They move independently of each other, eliminating 'roll-together' and offering correct spinal support.

Spring counts vary between 800 and 3000 and the best spring units are assembled in two tiers, giving greater support.

Open Coil

(often called a 'Bonell' unit) - individual springs are joined together using wire. There are between 288 and 325 springs in a 5'0 mattress.