Since your mattress will significantly impact the quality of sleep you get every night, it’s essential to consider the seven factors outlined below before making a purchase.
(1) Set a financial limit.
Mattress pricing might differ widely. You may get a full-size mattress and box spring combination for under $400 if cost is your primary concern. Nonetheless, it is strongly suggested that you invest in the highest quality bed and box spring that your budget will permit. You get what you pay for when it comes to mattresses. When I originally started shopping for mattresses, I only considered the cost. A few years back, I saved up and bought a very nice mattress. That’s one fantastic purchase you made. I no longer feel drained and achy upon waking; instead, I feel revitalised.
Step 2: Choose the right mattress size.
A twin mattress is excellent for a youngster, but if you and your partner are adults and plan to sleep on the same bed, you should probably spring for a queen. Assuming you have the space and financial means, a king-size bed is the way to go.
I upgraded to a king-sized bed, and it’s great to finally have enough room to stretch out and get comfortable without waking up my spouse. Once, while sleeping in our old full-size bed, I rolled over and swung my arm out, smacking my husband square in the mouth. The man was not a cheerful one. In case you were under the impression that a full-size bed could accommodate two adults comfortably, know that each sleeper would have as much personal space as in a standard baby crib. The most common mattress size is a queen, yet when sharing a queen bed with another person, each occupant has ten and a half inches less width than they would in a twin bed.
Test, test, test.
Take a look at the mattresses out there. It’s recommended that you visit multiple retailers and try out a variety of mattresses. Try out a few different options and see what works best for you. Some people prefer softer mattresses, while others prefer ones that are more firm. It really is case-by-case. Search for a mattress that can be adjusted to different hardness levels on either side if you and your partner have distinct preferences. My spouse and I have a split bed since we both have our own preferences for mattress firmness. Prioritize ease of travel (within the constraints of your budget, of course).
Don’t put too much stock in descriptions that use terms like “firm,” “extra firm,” etc.
Mattresses can vary widely in terms of firmness because there is no industry standard. A “firm” mattress from one brand may be more firm than a “extra firm” mattress from a different brand. Seek out someplace warm and supportive. When you lie down on a mattress, you want to feel like you’re being held and supported. And, of course, you should feel no shame in trying out as many mattresses as you like while you’re out shopping. It’s the most reliable method for determining whether or not a bed is a good fit. Remove your shoes and outerwear before inspecting the bed for comfort. Unless you want to sleep in your coat and shoes every night, it is not helpful to try out different mattresses while wearing them before settling on one.
Warranties are useful, but not as crucial as you might imagine.
It’s fantastic to have the security of a 25-year guarantee on your mattress, but even the best mattresses only have a 10-year lifespan on average. You need a guarantee to shield you from issues and flaws. For me, the assurance of a good night’s sleep is more valuable than the security of a lengthy guarantee. To clarify, a “sleep guarantee” is a trial period during which you can test out a mattress risk-free. Some retailers and manufacturers, like that one, offer sleep warranties of up to 90 days, while the industry standard is 30 days. You have that amount of time from the date of purchase to return or exchange your mattress for a different size or a full refund if you determine it is not the proper fit.
This is in contrast to the 60-day sleep guarantee or trial period that came with the mattress I bought the last time from Verlo, a sleep speciality store that makes each mattress individually. The shop would come to our house, get the mattress, transport it back to the factory, and re-make it if we were dissatisfied. Having that calmness was nice. After a few weeks of using our mattress, I discovered that the side I was sleeping on was a bit too hard. We scheduled a pick-up with the shop from which we had originally purchased it. Our mattress was picked up first thing in the morning, transported to their warehouse/store, disassembled, and then reassembled before being delivered to us late that same day. They did this to ensure that we would have somewhere to sleep that night.
Familiarize yourself with the words innerspring and box spring (also called the foundation).
By a wide margin, the most frequently purchased mattresses are innerspring models. A typical mattress has a core of tempered steel coils that are encased in foam, fabric, and sometimes additional layers of support. The mattress is supported by a box spring or foundation. Most people agree that an old box spring is not a good foundation for a new mattress. The best results can be achieved by using the manufacturer’s recommended box spring and mattress set. Furthermore, many mattress warranties are nullified if the mattress is not used with the accompanying box spring.
Be aware of the alternatives to conventional mattress setups, such as innerspring and box springs.
Depending on your needs, you may want to consider alternative possible solutions. Foam mattresses, futons, air beds, adjustable beds, and water beds are all viable alternatives.
Mattresses made of foam can either be one solid slab of foam or multiple layers of foam of varying densities. The top layer of some foam mattresses is made of memory foam, which can be moulded to your specific body shape.
Futons are beds consisting of a folding frame and mattress. A futon can double as a bed or couch. The typical foam mattress that comes with most futons is only 6 inches thick, which isn’t ideal if the futon will be used as a primary bed. A futon with an innerspring mattress is the superior choice if it will be used as a primary bed. Innerspring futon mattresses are available from a number of different manufacturers. Even though innerspring mattresses cost more, they’re worth every penny. If you can’t afford an innerspring mattress, at least get an 8-inch foam one.
Simply said, an airbed is a bed that is filled with air. As their name implies, airbeds are designed to be easily transported, put up, and stowed away when not in use. When I have more overnight guests than beds, which is often over the holidays, I pull out my airbed. Modern air mattresses are far more than just inflated plastic mats. Our air mattress features a pillow top, so it’s surprisingly soft and supportive. You may choose airbeds with varying degrees of firmness and even a heated surface to maximise your comfort.
Beds that may be adjusted in height at the head and foot are called “adjustable beds,” They function similarly to hospital beds. Some larger sizes of adjustable beds even feature dual-side remotes for maximum comfort.
Waterbeds — modern waterbeds are more stable than the water-filled mattresses of the 1970s, when they were so shaky that sleeping on them could make you seasick. The newest models are styled after traditional innerspring and box spring combinations. Multiple layers of baffling and upholstery are layered within the mattress to give stability and comfort.
These days, consumers can pick from a wide variety of mattresses. Finding the correct mattress for you will be less of a challenge if you put in some time beforehand learning about the various options.