Replacing your old mattress can be exhausting if you don’t know what to look for. A new mattress is an essential purchase and requires some thought beforehand. Mattresses play a vital role in our lives, not only during sleeping hours but also while we’re awake. After all, a comfortable, supportive mattress enables a sound sleep at night, which in turn helps you function better the next day. A good night’s sleep can also prevent many chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, depression, etc.
When you want to buy a quality mattress, the cost can be fairly expensive. So, if you’re in the market looking for a new mattress, it helps to be prepared with knowledge before heading off to your local mattress store or buying online.
Know Your Mattress Size
You don’t quite have to get a replacement for your old mattress. Maybe you bought a king-sized bed back when you were sharing your bed with someone, or when the entire family piled into bed for a Sunday morning fun. But now, the kids are older, and you don’t necessarily need a giant bed. You can gain a bit of bedroom space and save some bucks by downsizing to a full-size mattress. Or perhaps you’re moving out on your own, and you need something bigger than a twin.
It’s important to think about your current lifestyle before going to shop. When it comes to changing your mattress size, you’ll need a new bed frame or a headboard. This will give you a chance for a bedroom makeover.
The Standard Bed Size Dimensions:
- Twin 38×75 inches
- Twin XL 38×80 inches
- Full 53×75 inches
- Full XL 53×80 inches
- Queen 60×80 inches
- California King 72×84 inches
- King 76×80 inches
Try Your Mattress Before You Buy It
While it can be a little awkward, but you really need to lie down and give the mattress a try before buying it. There’s no alternative for this step. Therefore, get on top of the mattress, curl up in your favorite position, roll from side-to-side, sit up like you’re reading in bed, and sit on the edge to get a feel for the firmness of the mattress.
If you’re sharing the bed with someone, they need to give it a try as well, preferably both you and your partner at the same time. It’s recommended to spend at least ten minutes on each mattress you’re considering to purchase. And if you’re planning on buying it online, you should still head out to a brick and mortar shop and search for the model you’re considering to measure its firmness in person.
Ask About Trial Periods and Returns
You may have tried the mattress a few times in the store, but the real test shows up after you’ve spent at least a whole night sleeping on it. That is why most mattress dealers provide a “comfort trial” period, which is usually around 30 days. You can return the mattress if it ends up being uncomfortable within this period.
Note: Many stores charge a restocking fee for this option. Still, it’s crucial to get a trial period, especially when you’re buying the mattress from an online store.
How Firm Is Good Enough For You?
There’s no standardized measurement of mattress firmness in the mattress industry, meaning one manufacturer’s “firm” could be another’s “extra firm.” Consider using these descriptive terms as a suggestion, not an absolute. There’s another reason why it’s essential to try a mattress before buying.
Some manufacturers use a simple verbal description to rank their mattresses by firmness: soft, medium, firm. Other manufacturers use a more detailed 10-point rating system: 3-5 indicating soft, 6-7 indicating medium, 7.5-10 indicating firm. However, with manufacturers making their own rating systems, what ranks as a 6 in one mattress can sometimes feel more like a 4 for another brand’s mattress.
Note: If you have back problems, doesn’t mean you need an extra firm/soft mattress. Studies show that most people tend to sleep better on a mattress that’s closer to firm than soft.
Pillow Top: Yes/No?
Pillow-top mattresses are quite popular nowadays. However, they are a little too costly and not really necessary. Remember, if you’re heavy and have a pillow top, then it’s likely to go flat long before your mattress gives out. Also, if you’re very light, your weight might not be enough to engage the support of the mattress through the pillow top. This will leave you achy in the morning. Therefore, buy a standard mattress instead and consider adding a thick mattress topper for that rich feeling.
Know Your Mattress Options
There are a number of different types of mattresses on the market. The most common three are innerspring, memory foam, and hybrid mattresses. Adjustable air mattresses like Sleep Number are also quite popular.
Each mattress type has its pros and cons. Thus you need to know about them before heading out for shopping.
- Innerspring mattresses – the most common, and usually the least expensive mattresses. They give good support and a variety of firmness measurements. They’re also very romance-friendly, but the downside is that these mattresses aren’t ultra-durable.
- Memory foam mattresses – fairly expensive yet effective for cushioning aching muscles or sore joints. They can be hot, but aren’t very romance-friendly.
- Latex foam mattresses – similar to memory foam but more elastic and provides a more generalized feel than memory foam. It’s good for sleepers that don’t like the hot, smothering feeling of memory foam. Latex foam also has more bounce and thereby more romance-friendly compared to others. It comes in natural, synthetic, and blended varieties.
- Hybrid mattresses – provide the best of both innerspring and foam models. However, an inferior hybrid may give you the worst of both. These mattresses have springs with a foam overlay. They’re available with either latex or memory foam.
- Air mattresses – give you the ability to customize the firmness as per your preference. Many air mattresses allow both sleeping partners to modify their half of the bed to their choice. However, they do cost more for this convenience.
Skimp on the Foundation
You don’t need a foundation for a platform bed. However, for a frameless bed, you’ll need a foundation to raise it up. It wouldn’t be a smart choice to spend that extra money on a wooden box covered with fabric. Consider asking to substitute a lower-priced foundation model, one that goes with your mattress.
What About Purchasing Online?
While purchasing a mattress online may seem a little risky, it’s becoming more of a popular option these days. There are many reasons for this: a massive range of choices, better prices, no sales tax, and access to luxury brands to just name a few.
However, there are some downsides as well: no negotiating, no salesperson assistance, no trying out the mattress before purchasing, returns are a hassle, etc. Therefore, do your research, choose a popular website, and ensure the return policy is impeccable before buying online.
Good mattresses aren’t cheap, but a positive mood and good health are priceless. While you shouldn’t go beyond your budget, this is one of those times where it pays to splurge a bit. You’ll be spending around a third of your time on that mattress, so make the hours count.
Isn’t it worth saving up a few bucks if it means you can close your eyes for a while and feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud comfortably, and then wake up feeling refreshed? Yes, a good mattress is that much important.