If you’ve ever ordered a bed only to find it turning up at some point further down the line and bringing nothing but disappointment, take comfort in the fact that you are far from the minority. From elaborate wooden beds to modern fabric beds and all other types in between, there are certain mistakes made on a relatively consistent basis by the modern consumer – the biggest mistake of all being that of asking the wrong questions.

Well, technically the biggest mistake would be asking no questions at all and diving into a purchase without knowing what it is you are really buying. The simple fact of the matter is that the information is there to be tapped into, so there’s really no reason or excuse for landing yourself with a purchase you’d sooner not have bothered with.

Key Questions To Ask When Buying A Bed

So with this in mind, what follows is a quick introduction to just a few of the most important questions to ask when and where picking up or ordering a new bed:

Does The Bed Come With a Headboard?

One of the most common ‘stings’ when it comes to the sale of beds in so many showrooms is the way in which the beds are beautifully presented and appear to be on sale as complete units, though are in fact quite to the contrary. That headboard may look fantastic, but the whole idea somewhat loses its lustre when you find out that the headboard is a separate item with a price almost as high as that of the bed.  Of course, this is a mistake that is incredibly easy to avoid simply by asking, so be sure to do so.

What Kind of Assembly Is Required?

It’s pretty safe to say that in most cases, the bed you order will to some extent require assembly. The reason being that it’s rare to come across gigantic king size beds which are shipped and handled in their assembled form, for pretty obvious logistical reasons. Nevertheless, there’s a difference between a bed that needs just a few screws putting in place to get the thing together and another bed that practically demands a degree in advanced carpentry. So rather than just assuming it will be an easy job, ask about assembly.

Is the Mattress Included?

This tends to be another example of the rather unfortunate surprises that come the way of those who do not ask enough questions as in the vast majority of instances, bed frames do not come with mattresses included. There may be packages available which include the mattress, but when and where bed as advertised simply as a bed, it usually ends up being the frame alone that’s up for grabs at the price listed. Suffice to say, it’s important to find this out for sure as a high quality mattress will in most instances end up being the most expensive part of the bed.  As such, it’s not a good idea to overspend on a hugely expensive bed frame only to then have next to nothing with which to pick up a mattress.

What Kind of Guarantee Is Offered?

Never forget that when it comes to value for money, there is far more to take into account than just the initial purchase price alone. For example, it might seem like a good idea at the time to pay next to nothing for a mattress, but chances are you’ll soon find yourself regretting the decision if it ends up being necessary to replace it after no longer than six very uncomfortable months. By contrast, a mattress that costs five times the price of a lower-grade mattress may seem like a rather indulgent purchase at the time, but if it happens to be supplied with a five-year guarantee, it could work out much better in terms of value for money.

Is Delivery Included?

Last but not least, never fall into the trap of simply assuming that all shipping and handling charges are included in the purchase price of bed. These days, most brands and businesses make it pretty clear as to whether or not delivery is included, and where it isn’t included, they’ll usually let you know the costs along with the terms and conditions. Nevertheless, if you are in any doubt whatsoever as to the company’s policies with regard to delivery, you need to ask for an explanation.  After all, what you are buying is something that is large, cumbersome and heavy to say the least – not the kind of thing that is easy to shift yourself cheap or arrange paid transportation for.