Mattress Buying Essentials

A restful night’s sleep is what we are all hoping for when we go to bed. In order to give you the best chance of sweet dreams and to rest your body properly, you need to choose the mattress that is right for you. Here is a look at what you need to consider when buying your next mattress.

mattress buying guideSize Matters

If your current bed and mattress are too small consider getting the next size up. Try going from TWIN to TWIN XL. If you have the space, go for a  QUEEN size or even a KING size mattress. This will allow for more sleep movement and overall comfort.

Hard or Soft?

There is no correct answer as to which is the best type of mattress. It comes to choosing between a hard or soft one. Add to this that we all have our own unique levels of comfort. It also depends on whether you have any existing problems with back pain. Some people like a mattress that they can sink into, yet others feel that their back needs as much support as possible. These people will always go for a hard mattress which is generally classified as orthopedic by many manufacturers. You should be very wary of accepting the claims of a manufacturer about the healing properties of your potential new mattress. Factors such as your weight, height, and age are equally important in determining the right personal choice for you. It is not as simple as prescribing a hard mattress for people with back problems.

Sharing a Bed?

If you share a bed with your partner then make sure that you both shop for the right mattress together. Any incompatibility issues need to be addressed before you part with your cash. If you don’t get it right, one of you will end up disappointed. If one of you weighs noticeably more than the other person then you should consider a separate mattress for each person. The heavier person will most likely need firmer tension in their mattress.  The bed and mattress should ideally be at least 6” longer than the tallest occupant. In terms of testing it out in the showroom try to pay a little initial attention to the classification of the mattress. Is it is hard or soft? Simply lie on it for a while.  Try to fit the flat of your hand between your back and the mattress. If this creates a big gap then this probably means that the mattress is too hard for you and in contrast, if there is no gap, this means that the mattress is too soft for you.

A Question of Springs

This is one of the areas that most confuses prospective purchasers. There are a number of different spring configurations all of which are claimed to be the best by the manufacturer. You can get a mattress with open springs. These are arranged in rows and connected by a spiral wire. Pocket springs on the other hand work independently of each other. Then of course there is memory foam where the mattress “remembers” your sleep position. This type of mattress adjusts itself to this pattern every time you lie down. The number of springs, or how they are arranged, does not seem to provide a definitive level of comfort that is the same for everyone. Again, pay more attention to how the mattress feels for you. Don’t simply rely on what you are being told is the right one.

Take your time

It appears that around 80% of us spend less than two minutes trying out a mattress that they are probably going to spend around 3,000 hours a year lying on, so ignore the bystanders in the showroom and take your time. Only you can decide which mattress is the best and which one will give you the highest chance of a restful sleep.

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Jason Ireland

Jason Ireland has worked extensively in mattress design. He enjoys sharing his insights on various home blogs. Learn more about discount bedroom furniture, visit the link.