Your holiday home owner queries answered by the experts...
Q. Our holiday cottage has two double bedrooms. I need to buy a new bed for one room. Do you have any recommendations?
A. The Helpful Holidays team say:
Have you considered zip-linkable beds? This would give you most flexibility and make your cottage equally suitable for families or couples as two 3ft twin beds can be zipped together to provide a large double when required (we ask customers to specify their requirements before their holiday). You’d need to have both superking and single duvets and linen to cover both options.
We recommend buying good quality, new beds of moderate firmness that will remain sound and comfortable for several seasons; on average, you should expect to renew beds around every four to five years in a popular property. Headboards are sensible since they protect the wall from marks, but footboards are best avoided since they can limit legroom for tall guests.
If you decide not to go for the zip-linkable option, we still recommend purchasing a bed wider than the standard 4ft6in double if the dimensions of the bedroom allow. Nowadays, many holidaymakers are used to a 5ft bed (or wider) at home and can be deterred by a smaller size. Unusual designs, such as four-posters, can be a novel attraction if appropriate for the style of your holiday home.