What to Consider Before Buying a Mattress?

What to Consider Before Buying a Mattress?
 
 
 
 

Did you know that you spend more time on your mattress than on any other piece of furniture you own? If you’re doing it right, you are spending approximately eight hours of sleep each day – at least that’s what health experts recommend. But, you don’t just need to get enough sleep. Quality sleep is what keeps you healthy and ready to take on each day with renewed energy. To achieve that, you need to have the right mattress. That's why the process of choosing a mattress is a crucial one. The following are factors to consider before buying a mattress.

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Your Comfort

Before anything else, focus your attention on comfort. Just because a mattress is expensive, it doesn't mean it's comfortable. Mattresses come in different levels of comfort, from plush to pillowtop to soft foam mattresses. Companies are now manufacturing mattresses to match your needs and preferences. If you prefer a firm mattress, you can get it. If you prefer a soft and plush mattress, go for it. Visit the shops and give each mattress a try. If you have a partner who has different desires, be sure to factor in what they need as well. Other companies have made mattresses with two different sides to offer personalized support.

Your Sleeping Position

Your sleeping position is important when choosing a mattress. People have different sleeping positions, and if you don’t factor it in, you may end up hurting your body. For example, if you’re a side sleeper, you want a mattress that will support your body weight. In that case, innerspring may offer you more pressure release than some types of foam or latex mattresses. If you sleep on your back, you want a mattress that supports your back but also keeps it healthily aligned. If you sleep on your stomach, you wouldn't go for a memory foam since it will envelop you, causing discomfort. Instead, you want a firmer mattress, such as firm foam, air-filled mattress, or dense innerspring to give you the best support. Apart from sleep positions, you should also consider if you have allergies or you’re concerned about chemicals - in which case you’d go for foam and latex, which are antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and mold. Likewise, look for foams certified by CertiPUR-US or certifications for other materials like GOLS for latex or Oeko-Tek for other types of fabric.

Choose the Right Size

Mattresses come in a variety of sizes, like twin, king, queen, full size, and twin extra-long sizes. These sizes are designed for specific people and their desires. You want a mattress that’s perfect for your height, but you also want one that fits your bed perfectly. What bed size are you using? Do you need to upsize or downsize? If you sleep solo, a queen size mattress might be too spacious for one person, but it might also be a great option if you prefer the extra space. Basically, the size you choose will depend on your current lifestyle. But, of course, you can decide to do a complete bedroom makeover and upgrade to a new bed frame.

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Know Your Options

Before you go shopping for a mattress, it pays to know the types of mattresses available on the market. The most common ones that you’ll find include:

  • Innerspring mattresses – they use coils, offering the traditional bounce feel and strong support.
  • Memory foam mattresses – they contour to your body and may offer some pressure relief.
  • Latex mattresses – they provide more bounce and responsiveness than innerspring mattresses and tend to be cooler.
  • Air mattresses – they are inflated with air to your desired firmness. They use separate chambers on each side of the bed to accommodate two sleepers with different preferences.
  • Hybrid mattresses – they combine latex layers or memory foam atop an innerspring mattress. They are good options if your focus is softness and support.

Mattresses are also rated depending on softness and firmness. Keep in mind that softer is not always better just like firmer is not better. Too much softness will sag under the middle area and may cause posture problems. Likewise, too much firmness can cause discomfort, preventing your spine from maintaining its natural curve while you sleep.

Price

Of course, your budget plays the central role when shopping for a mattress. Depending on the level of quality and comfort, as well as the size and type of mattress, the prices may differ in a big way. Visit multiple shops to compare the prices. It also pays to know the prices beforehand so that you can save for if and buy a mattress that you desire.

Warranty

Even if you tried the mattress in the store before purchasing it, you’ll only get to know the right feel when you sleep on it for a week or a month. Therefore, you may want some type of warranty if you want the mattress replaced if, for example, it falls out.

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