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The Pitfalls of Buying a Cheap Bed from Facebook Marketplace

A pile of cheap and dirty mattresses in a warehouse

In today’s digital age, the allure of online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace can be tempting, offering a plethora of products at seemingly unbeatable prices. However, when it comes to purchasing essential items like a bed, opting for the cheapest option may not be the wisest decision. While the prospect of saving money is enticing, there are several compelling reasons why buying a cheap bed from Facebook Marketplace might not be a good idea.

1. Quality Concerns:

The adage “you get what you pay for” holds particularly true in the realm of furniture. A bed is an investment in your comfort and well-being, and compromising on quality could lead to discomfort, poor sleep, and even health issues. Cheap beds often lack the durability and structural integrity of their higher-quality counterparts, resulting in premature wear and tear, squeaks, and potential safety hazards.

2. Hygiene and Sanitation:

Unlike buying from reputable retailers, purchasing a bed from Facebook Marketplace offers little assurance of cleanliness and sanitation. Used beds may harbor allergens, dust mites, bed bugs, and other unsanitary elements that pose health risks. Without proper disinfection and cleaning measures, you could inadvertently invite these unwanted guests into your home, leading to potential health issues and additional expenses for extermination or cleaning.

3. Is it really new?:

A particularly concerning practice that buyers should be wary of is the sale of refurbished or recovered mattresses and bed bases marketed as new on platforms like Facebook Marketplace. This practice involves taking used mattresses, cleaning or covering them, and then selling them without disclosing their true condition. Here’s why this can be problematic:

Ethical and Health Concerns: Selling refurbished mattresses as new is not only unethical but can also pose significant health risks. Despite attempts to clean or sanitize, it’s challenging to completely eliminate all contaminants and allergens from a used mattress. Buyers thinking they’re getting a new product are unknowingly exposing themselves to potential health hazards like mold, mildew, and dust mites.

Quality and Durability Issues: Refurbished mattresses may not offer the same level of support and comfort as a genuinely new mattress. The structural integrity of a mattress declines with use, meaning a refurbished mattress may have compromised support, leading to discomfort and poor sleep quality. Moreover, any refurbishment processes can’t fully restore the original performance characteristics of the mattress, resulting in a shorter lifespan and diminished durability.

4. Lack of Warranty or Recourse:

When purchasing from reputable retailers, consumers often benefit from warranties, return policies, and customer support services. Conversely, buying from individual sellers on Facebook Marketplace offers little to no recourse if the product fails to meet expectations or if issues arise after the sale. Without the protection of a warranty or a reliable avenue for recourse, buyers may find themselves stuck with a substandard product and no means of recourse. Buyers are seduced by cheap cash on delivery deals, only to discover that the mattress/bed is faulty, incomplete, or not what they ordered. But by that time the seller has disappeared from Facebook and phone numbers no longer work.

While the allure of a cheap bed from Facebook Marketplace may seem enticing at first glance, we believe the potential risks and drawbacks far outweigh the perceived benefits. Obviously not all  online sellers are dishonest, but it can be increasingly difficult to tell. Investing in a high-quality bed from reputable retailers not only ensures comfort and durability but also provides peace of mind, knowing that your purchase meets safety standards and comes with adequate support and recourse in case of issues.

We are seeing more and more customers coming to us at Quercus Home Furniture having wasted money on “bargain” beds. When it comes to something as essential as a bed, it’s worth prioritizing quality and reliability over bargain prices to safeguard your well-being and long-term satisfaction. Buy badly and you might have to buy twice.

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What’s inside a good mattress, and how do you choose?

When it comes to choosing a mattress, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the plethora of options available in the market. From different types of springs to various fillings, each component plays a crucial role in determining the comfort, support, and overall quality of your sleep experience. In this blog, we’ll explore the different fillings commonly found in mattresses and understand their purposes.

Pocket Springs

Pocket springs, also known as pocketed coils, are individually wrapped coil springs that are stitched into fabric pockets. These springs move independently, which means they can contour to the shape of your body more effectively, providing targeted support and reducing motion transfer. This makes pocket spring mattresses ideal for couples or individuals who share a bed.

Bonnel Springs

Silk: Silk is a luxurious filling material known for its softness and hypoallergenic properties. Silk can help regulate body temperature by wicking away moisture, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Wool: Wool is a natural filling material that offers excellent temperature regulation properties. It can help keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Additionally, wool is moisture-wicking and resistant to dust mites, making it a great option for allergy sufferers.

Cashmere: Cashmere is another premium filling material known for its softness and insulating properties. Cashmere can add a luxurious feel to a mattress while providing warmth and comfort.

Synthetic Fillings: Synthetic fillings, such as polyester or polyurethane foam, are often used as more affordable alternatives to natural materials. While synthetic fillings may lack the breathability and eco-friendliness of natural materials, they can still provide adequate comfort and support.

Gel Foam: Gel foam is a type of memory foam infused with gel particles to enhance breathability and cooling properties. Gel foam mattresses are designed to dissipate body heat more effectively than traditional memory foam, providing a cooler sleep surface.

Latex: Latex mattresses are made from natural or synthetic latex foam. Latex offers excellent support and pressure relief, contouring to the body’s curves while maintaining bounce and responsiveness. Natural latex is also hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites and mold.

Memory Foam: Memory foam mattresses are renowned for their ability to contour to the body’s shape, providing personalized support and pressure relief. Memory foam mattresses can help alleviate pain and discomfort by distributing weight evenly and reducing pressure points.

In conclusion, the various fillings used in mattresses serve different purposes, from providing support and comfort to enhancing breathability and temperature regulation. When choosing a mattress, consider your personal preferences, sleeping position, and any specific health concerns to find the right combination of fillings that will ensure a restful night’s sleep. Whether you prefer the plushness of silk and cashmere or the contouring, cooling support of gel foam and latex, Quercus Home Furniture has a mattress filling to suit your needs and preferences.

Still confused? Ask us. We have years of experience in recommending the best mattress for our customers. Gimmicky computer programmes in expensive chain stores are no substitute for experience and a personal touch. Have a look at a selection of our best selling mattresses here, or better still, pop in to our showroom at 3 Market Street, Heywood, to lie on a few and see what suits.

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Exciting News: Our Beds and Furniture Shop Has a New Home!

Shopfront of Quercus Home Furniture, 3 Market Street, Heywood.

We have exciting news to share – we’ve moved! Our beds and furniture shop has relocated from inside the Millgate Centre, Bury,  to a very visible spot on  Heywood’s busy Market Street. And let us tell you, we couldn’t be more excited!

You might be wondering why the change of scenery. Well, let us break it down for you. Our new shop in Heywood is not only slightly bigger, with two floors instead of one, but it also comes with lower rent and operating costs. What does that mean for you? More space to explore and even better deals on the furniture and comforts you love!


One of the things we’re particularly excited about is our new street-front location. Moving from a shopping centre to a vibrant High Street offers numerous advantages for both us and you, our valued customers. Here’s why:

  1. Visibility and Accessibility: A street shop front means you can spot us from afar as you stroll down Heywood’s High Street. No more navigating through crowded malls or searching for parking in distant car parks. Our new location is easy to find and even easier to access, making your shopping experience more convenient than ever.

  2. Community Connection: Being part of the bustling town centre allows us to forge stronger connections with the Heywood community. What makes this move even more special is that Heywood isn’t just a business location for us – it’s where we live. We’re not just another shop in a mall – we’re your neighbors, your friends, and fellow members of this vibrant community. We look forward to becoming an integral part of Heywood’s tapestry and serving you with the warmth and care you deserve.

  3. Authentic Shopping Experience: There’s something special about stepping into a street-front shop, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bustling High Street. Our new space offers a welcoming atmosphere where you can browse, touch, and feel the quality of our furniture first-hand.


So, whether you’re searching for a cosy new bed, a stylish wardrobe, traditional oak furniture, or simply want to say hello, we invite you to stop by our new shop at 3 Market Street, Heywood. We can’t wait to welcome you in and share this exciting new chapter with you.

Here’s to fresh beginnings and comfortable discoveries!

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No Flat Pack In ‘Ere! Why Quercus Home Furniture Sells Fully Assembled Furniture

When it comes to furnishing your home, there are a plethora of options available. From flat-pack furniture that requires hours of assembly to fully assembled, high-quality pieces that can be enjoyed immediately, the choice is clear. At Quercus Home Furniture, we take pride in delivering fully built furniture, or with minimal assembly required, and we do it on-site. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of this approach and why we believe it’s the superior choice for our customers.

  1. Time-Saving Convenience

Let’s face it; no one wants to spend their precious time assembling furniture. It’s a time-consuming and often frustrating process, involving deciphering cryptic instructions and hoping you have all the necessary tools. At Quercus Home Furniture, we understand the value of your time. That’s why we ensure that every piece of furniture we sell is delivered fully built or with minimal assembly required. We take care of the hard work so that you can enjoy your new furniture right away.

  1. Expert On-Site Assembly

While some furniture retailers may offer delivery services, the level of assembly and installation they provide can vary greatly. At Quercus, we go the extra mile to ensure your furniture is set up to perfection. If any assembly is required, such as for wooden bed frames, or solid oak wardrobes, we will do this for you on site. We’ll set up your furniture in the room and location you want it, including fitting handles. 

  1. Quality Assurance

Assembling furniture at home may lead to errors, misalignments, and potential long-term issues with the piece. With Quercus Home Furniture, you can trust that your furniture will be assembled correctly and securely. This not only ensures the longevity of your furniture but also guarantees that it will look as intended.

  1. Reduced Stress

Assembling furniture can be a significant source of stress for many people. The fear of making mistakes or not having the right tools can turn what should be an exciting experience into a frustrating ordeal. By choosing Quercus, you eliminate this stress entirely. Our team will handle any assembly that is required, leaving you with a sense of ease and satisfaction.

  1. Environmentally Friendly

Flat-pack furniture often comes with excessive packaging, including multiple boxes, plastic, and Styrofoam. By delivering fully assembled furniture or pieces that require minimal assembly, we reduce the amount of packaging materials used, contributing to a greener planet. Quercus Home Furniture is committed to sustainable practices, and this is just one way we demonstrate that commitment. We’ll also take all our packaging away, disposing of it responsibly and legally, leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

Quercus Home Furniture is all about delivering the best experience for our customers. By providing fully built or minimally assembled furniture that we handle on-site, we aim to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Say goodbye to the hassles and stress of DIY furniture assembly, and say hello to beautifully crafted pieces that are ready to enhance your home from the moment they arrive. We believe in offering a level of service that surpasses your expectations, and this is just one way we do that. Choose Quercus Home Furniture for quality, convenience, and a stress-free furniture shopping experience.