Yes, there are definitely things you need to know before you decide to go for a new mattress, such as price, size, firmness etc. Below, are 6 of the most important things you need to consider before buying your next mattress.
- Pricing: This is one thing you can and should always do – checking the competition is fine, but many companies will offer better service at a slightly higher cost, so don’t always choose the cheapest, do your research to get the best of both worlds!
- Firmness: You will agree with me that there is a common leaning towards mattress firmness; that firm mattress is perfect for the spine. Well, this is not the case! You shouldn’t confuse firmness with supportiveness – they are not the same thing. A firm bed does not ‘give in’, and that can make your spine to cave at the shoulders and hips. A less firm (softer) bed on the other hand, allows your shoulders and hips to slightly sink into the mattress, this makes for a straight spine when sleeping on your side. The best you can do is to pick a mattress that is not too hard and not too soft, but has plenty of support!
- Size: You have to pick the right size of mattress for your usage. Choose a king-size or larger bed if you want plenty of room to wriggle about or a plain double if you are small and stay put in your sleep. If you have a spare room, a space-saving day-bed used for both seating and sleeping would fit best. And of course for children, you will generally select a single sized one. Other options are trundle beds that start out as a single, then expand to a king size from a drawer underneath, should you have a couple staying as a guest, yet want to save space when unoccupied.
- Coils: More coils in your bed are not essentially better. When you start shopping, most salesmen would tell you about the two well-known types of coil/innerspring mattresses; independent coil and interlocking coil. Independent coil mattresses require more coils while interlocking coil mattresses require lesser coils. The most important advantage of independent bed is that it’s less inclined to movement. This is good, if your partner is always getting in and out of bed. This is another paramount factor to consider if you sleep light. Best of all for this last scenario is a pocket spring style, which has no roll together and does not move at all when the other party shifts and moves about.
- Brand Name: Just as the saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for’! Well sorry, but I do not agree when it comes to mattresses. Most times it’s really worth it to go with the well-known brand names, but my guess is you probably only know 2 or 3 of these and all the rest you would ignore. Thing is, there are many great brand names out there, but as we only buy a new mattress once every 10 years or so, the names are mostly unknown, apart from those that advertise on TV. Do some research and look for an item that has all the characteristics you want. Size, spring type, warranty, fillings, toppings, firmness and I doubt you will make a bad choice!
- Don’t rush it! You don’t want to rush the purchasing process, as you will end up making a mistake. There exist various types of mattresses and even numerous manufacturers as well. Take your time and think about what you actually want before coughing up the cash.
Some sales types may try to sell you a cheap mattress and would do everything to convince you it’s the best deal. They normally tell you that it’s just as good as the well-known brands. Don’t fall for that! If a mattress is so much cheaper, it might be that maybe somewhere in the manufacturing process, corners have been cut, which can be in the areas of coils, foam etc. Go for a mixture of quality and price and you will get more out of it than other ones.
There you have it. All you need to know before you make your next mattress purchase. Each one is as important as the another, so don’t neglect any of the points mentioned!