I write a lot of post about beds – yes, my life is a raging inferno of excitement, I know. But when you have a dust allergy, building and maintaining a super-healthy bed is hugely important. That’s why you should really consider a Japanese bed as part of your dust-free set up.
I have researched a number of beds on my dust allergy. When researching the features you need to look for, a number of important factors immediately stood out. In this blog, I’ll share my findings with you and hopefully help you improve your bed set up so that you see an improvement in your allergic symptoms.
I recently did a tour of the bed store world, weaving my way impatiently in and out of Ikea corridors, department stores. I can’t say I enjoyed the experience. I have no interest at all in the materialist world of the department store or the hordes of people slowing my progress.
However I do get a massive kick out of the idea of improving my living environment, so it’s a necessary evil. I was in fact shopping in order to reduce the amount of clutter in my home, which made the whole thing worthwhile.
Finding the right bed
I came across a number of god awful raised, coil sprung, box-mounted, high standing beds. Put simply, you don’t need one of these. In fact, you should actively ensure you never buy one ever again. Ever.
In the world of dust mites, any upholstery or fabric is a paradise. Those beds that come with raised platforms and box-sprung storage underneath are the ideal hiding place. Why cultivate this dust-mite zone right under where you sleep.
And not only that, they’re simply impossible to clean under. I’m willing to bed the average person who owns a bed like this rarely, if ever cleans properly under it. The dust that collects under there makes my eyes water.
I also happen to think these type of beds are particularly ugly, and poor value to boot. That’s when I came across the simple, slatted beds that looked ideal for allergy sufferers.
Why you need a Japanese bed.
The type of slatted beds I initially came across weren’t actually Japanese, they were Scandinavian. Thinking about it, there’s a big crossover between Scandinavian and Japanese culture. There’s an emphasis on minimalism, simplicity and nice clean wood, pale colours and homely designs. Almost as if their homes are designed for people who want to live simple lives, close to the outdoors and without excess. Either way, these are exactly the beds any allergy sufferer should consider.
Following my visit to the stores, I began to research further the idea of a simple, slatted bed with a simple mattress and immediately a Japanese bed came top of the search results.
With a slightly sturdier, and lower down base than the Scandinavian version, a Japanese bed is minimalists dream come true. For those of you used to a complicated, raised bed with all the trimmings, a simple platform on which your mattress sits, which is essentially what a Japanese bed is, might be a bit of a culture shock.
However you will quickly realise that there is a joy in the simplicity of it and frankly it’s something the Japanese simply do better than us.
Importantly for allergy sufferers they tend to have a gap underneath for simply vaccuming, or sit directly on the floor meaning no dust can creep underneath. And importantly they are made completely of wood, meaning only the mattress and bedding on top are making a contribution towards your dust mite population.
One of the few negatives for this type of bed is the price. Some of the designs out there are exquisite, and you can be quickly running into the thousands of pounds for just the bed frame. If this is out of your price range then, as I mentioned earlier, a trip round Ikea is a close second best.
Getting the right bed for you
It’s not hugely important to secure that perfect, expensive option. What’s important is the look at the principle of a Japanese bed, understand why that could have a positive effect on your allergy and your sleeping environment, and then put that into practice. And they you can go on to apply that same principle of simplicity to your other furniture.
Before you know it you could be sleeping in a minimalist, dust free paradise, free of symptoms with free of all that annoying clutter. Now doesn’t that sound better than the type of environment you call home at the moment?