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Why choose an emperor bed?
Wider mattresses are becoming increasingly common.
Perhaps it's because we've become more familiar with how important sleep really is. Or perhaps it is because so many of us have turned our beds into more than just "sleeping places".
There are tons of other activities people use their beds for, including reading, watching TV, meditating, doing bed yoga, and even working on their laptops!
Understandably, then, wider and more luxurious mattresses are a popular choice.
Surely, if your bedroom has the necessary space and you have the budget available to invest in a larger mattress, then the 200 x 200 cm emperor mattress is a luxurious choice.
|Size:||200 x 200 cm|
|For whom?||Singles, couples, couples with a child or pet|
|Materials used?||High-quality materials such as latex, memory foam, cold foam, and springs|
The premium choice for couples
The 200 x 200 cm emperor mattress is the premium choice for couples.
Currently, this is the largest available mattress size but there are only limited mattresses available in this size.
It guarantees a spacious night's sleep for both partners, with ample room to spread out and toss and turn.
You certainly won't be disturbed by any of your partner's movements on a mattress of this size.
An option for individuals of larger body size
Many people are slightly larger and require more space.
A 200 x 200 cm emperor mattress is particularly suitable for anyone of a larger build - especially couples with both partners of a larger size.
A mattress of this size guarantees that both partners will have more than enough room for a comfortable night's sleep.
A family-size bed
One great thing about the 200 x 200 cm emperor mattress is that it's large enough to fit the whole family.
Do you have pets or children that like to cuddle with you?
That's no problem with a mattress of this size.
Anyone can come to cuddle and still lie comfortably.
Can singles choose this size?
This mattress isn't only ideal for couples.
It is also suitable for singles who like a large and comfortable space to sleep in.
If you can afford it and have the space available, why not spoil yourself?
Criteria to consider before purchasing a 200 x 200 cm emperor mattress
Choosing a new mattress is never easy - especially when you're investing in a luxurious choice like a 200 x 200 cm emperor mattress.
Here are some key criteria to consider that will help guide your purchasing decision.
While choosing high-quality materials is important, you also need to pay attention to the density - i.e the density of the foams used or the number of springs used.
A mattress with high-density foams signifies a more high-quality mattress.
High density also equates to the durability of the mattress. The higher the density, the longer its lifespan.
You can use this table as a rough guideline:
|Density (in kg/m³)||The expected lifespan of the mattress|
|Up to 25||Up to 2 years|
|30||Up to 3 years|
|35||5 - 6 years|
|40||6 - 8 years|
|50 - 60||10 years or longer|
Firmness and stability
These two are not necessarily the same.
While firmer mattresses can offer more stability and may, for example, be better suited to heavier-weight sleepers, a soft mattress can also offer sufficient support and stability if it is constructed of the right materials.
A memory foam core with a cold foam base, for example, can result in a soft but supportive mattress, like the Emma Original.
Stability is non-negotiable.
Any mattress you choose must offer you sufficient support and stability to keep your body - and spine - in a healthy alignment. This prevents back, neck, and shoulder pains and ensures that you get the most comfortable night's sleep.
Firmness is largely a matter of preference.
While factors such as build, age, body weight, and preferred sleeping positions do play a part, you ultimately need to choose a firmness level that you're comfortable with.
This can be difficult to navigate, which is why we've developed the Sleep Hero firmness scale to guide you.
Delivery and return conditions
We recommend that you always choose a mattress manufacturer that offers free delivery and a risk-free trial period with free returns for a full refund.
A risk-free trial period gives you the chance to try out the mattress in the comfort of your own home for a period of 30 - 100 days.
If you're not 100% satisfied, then you can return these mattresses - free of charge - and get a full refund.
This makes your purchase risk-free and you don't have to worry too much about whether or not the mattress is a perfect choice.
After all, it takes the body a little while to get used to a new mattress, so you may only have your answer after three weeks or longer.
You undoubtedly love your partner and you probably have lots in common.
But this doesn't mean you necessarily have the same sleeping style or requirements.
If you sleep on your side and easily feel cold at night but your partner is a heavy-sweater, stomach sleeper, and generally restless, then you probably have very different mattress requirements.
This can definitely create tension in a relationship - but there are solutions to this problem.
Customise each mattress half
Customisable mattresses are becoming more and more common - and for good reason!
Each half of the mattress can be designed according to your unique preferences and requirements, meaning that your half of the mattress will suit you perfectly. Your partner's half will also be perfect.
In this way, both partners can be 100% satisfied.
While customisable mattresses are a little more expensive, the long-term investment is definitely worth it.
Customisable mattresses may not necessarily be available in the 200 x 200 cm size. You may need to opt for the 180 x 200 cm super king mattress and sacrifice on size for greater comfort.
Choose two single mattresses
You can also choose to combine two single mattresses.
The standard UK single mattress size is 90 x 190 cm but there are custom sizes available at a variety of different retailers so you could construct a 200 x 200 cm sleeping surface.
By choosing two separate mattresses, you can choose whatever is best for you.
Simply place them next to each other on one emperor bed frame and you'll have an extra-large double bed.
You can also invest in a Caesar divan base, which is basically two single or double divan bases that are placed together to form one larger base.
Emperor bed frames
Of course, if you're investing in an emperor mattress, you'll also have to invest in an emperor-size bed frame - which could be costly!
Emperor beds are as rare as emperor mattresses, but they're not impossible to find. You may have to step away from online shopping though and look at brick-and-mortar retailers.
As emperor beds are quite luxurious, you may wish to invest in a luxurious bed frame as well.
We could recommend:
- Divan beds: These are classically-designed beds that combine a divan base with a mattress. The divan base is usually made from a sturdy wooden frame with fabric upholstery.
- Ottoman storage bed frames: Ottoman beds offer storage space underneath the base.
- Chesterfield beds: Chesterfield beds are particularly luxurious and recognisable due to their deep button tufting on the headboard and footboard, made of soft-touch velvet or other fabric.
- Sleigh beds: Sleigh beds come with curved headboards and footboards, giving them a "sleigh" appearance.