7 Tips On Buying a New Mattress

“The Princess and the Pea” is a well-known fairy tale about how a princess could feel that pea under a mattress that hindered her sleep.  Do you have any ideas what is it about your mattress that might be keeping you up at night?

Everyone is under stress or numerous life changes and that might inhibit your sleep patterns but what if your insomnia stems from your mattress? Would you know what to look for if you had to go shopping for a new one?

Read on - Here are seven tips that can steer you in the right direction when buying a new mattress.

  1. If you share your bed with a spouse or significant other the golden rule is NOT to go mattress shopping without them. Both of you must feel comfortable with the mattress choice.
  2. Do your research into which manufacturers are the best in the mattress industry.  Read user comments from different opinion websites and see which names come up consistently in the mattress race. When you narrow your choices to a select few, determine which retailers sell that mattress line. Do not fall for cheap prices from a furniture warehouse. Your best bet will be an actual retail store that only sells mattresses.
  3. Determine the size of bed you want. There are several sizes from the California king, which is a little longer than a traditional king size bed, to the twin bed, usually for kids. Queen and full or double size beds are also options.
  4. Back support and comfort levels are important in choosing a mattress.  Do you want a firm mattress or a soft mattress? Remember, a firm mattress does not always “feel” hard. It is all in the construction of the mattress. It is also important to note that the more padding and coils you have in the mattress, the higher the quality and support it offers you.
  5. Take your time and test each mattress you are interested in. Don't buy a mattress the first day you go shopping. Visit several places and determine which mattresses are the most comfortable for you.  Wait a few days, then go back and visit each place again. If you can choose the same mattress after different days of shopping, chances are that you may have found the one that would best suit your needs. Remember; take the “test drive.” Don’t just sit on the mattress and say, “Gee that feels good/bad.” Wear clothing that is comfortable. Lay down on the bed for a while, using different positions.
  6. Different mattresses come with different tops. Pillow tops, memory foam inserts, extra thick and cushy mattress covers … there are a multitude of options to choose from. Be sure to test mattresses with these various tops when making your mattress selection. Test driving a mattress with a pillow top will have a totally different feel than one with just a cushioned top or a memory foam pad.
  7. The price tag and warranty should also be factors in your selection. However, do not make it a price-only issue. Remember, it is better to spend a little extra money now for your comfort for years to come rather than needing to buy another mattress because a cheap one conks out on you in half the time. When purchasing your mattress, make sure that the mattress tag is on your bed and don't remove it. You must have that tag in order for any warranties to remain valid. Read and understand the fine print on warranty information.

The above suggestions are a good primer for choosing and buying a new mattress, but don't discount other alternatives.

Water-beds are a favorite for many sleepers. There are some that are free flotation and others have strong tubes of water that are covered by a sturdy, thick pillow top to give sleepers the illusion of a water-bed, but also the support of a regular mattress.

There are also airbeds where you can adjust the air levels on each side of the mattress.

A memory foam mattress that contours to the shape of your body is another choice.  Determining what you think you want first, then test driving the different mattresses, will give you a great basis for finding the mattress that best suits your sleeping needs.

Page Updated: May 17, 2017
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