The process of finding the perfect mattress can be exhausting. With all of the different materials, brands, sizes, and price points on the market, it's hard to know where to even start. By following these simple tips, you'll be sure to find the perfect mattress for your needs in no time.
Who Is It For?
When it comes to shopping for a mattress, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. First and foremost, you’ll need to determine which room the mattress is for and the size you will need. Some mattresses are designed for the primary suite while others are designed for the guest or children suite. You’ll want to shop based on room to minimize any confusion among the sea of beds some stores provide.
Once you've decided on the room, you'll need to choose the right size based on your needs. Mattresses come in standard sizes such as twin, full, queen, king, and California king. There are also a couple of lesser known sizes like twin long and split king. If you're shopping for a mattress for yourself, there's really no need to go bigger than a queen-sized bed unless you have specific needs such as being taller than average or suffering from back pain that requires extra space. However, if you're shopping for a mattress for two people, you'll definitely want to opt for something larger such as a king or California king-sized bed so that both people have enough room to move around comfortably without disturbing each other's sleep. We found this chart from Sleepology Mattress to be helpful in making the decision on which size you need.
What Type of Mattress Should You Consider?
Next, you'll need to decide what type of mattress you want. There are four main types of mattresses on the market: memory foam, innerspring, hybrids, and airbeds.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses are made from a viscoelastic material that contours to your body while you sleep. These mattresses are ideal for side sleepers because they provide excellent support and pressure relief. If you're looking for a memory foam mattress, it’s best to know that all memory foams are not alike. They can vary in comfort, support, pressure relief, and durability. Learn more about Tempur-Pedic Sleepology memory foam mattresses here.
Innerspring mattresses are the most common type of mattress on the market today. They consist of a steel coil support system with layers of padding on top. Innerspring mattresses are available in a variety of firmness levels so you can choose one that best suits your needs. Learn more about Stearns & Foster mattresses.
Hybrid mattresses are a combination of memory foam and innerspring. They typically have a smooth cover to maximize conformability and cooling. They are a newly designed mattress and have only been around for the past 9 years or so. Learn more about Sealy Hybrid Mattresses.
Airbeds are typically made from PVC or nylon and contain one or more air chambers that can be inflated or deflated as needed. These mattresses are ideal for couples who prefer drastically different feeling mattresses as they allow you to adjust the firmness level to suit your needs. When shopping for an airbed, be sure to look for one with a built-in pump so that you don't have to purchase one separately. Also, make sure the warranty period for the pump is the same length and coverage as the mattress. You’d hate to be deflated by a bad pump that is out of warranty.
How Much Should You Spend on A New Mattress?
When it comes time to choose a budget for your new mattress, it's important to keep in mind that there is no such thing as "one size fits all." The cost of a mattress will vary depending on factors such as material, brand, size, and quality. A premium mattress can cost as much as $4,000. While some prices may shock you, it is important to remember you spend more time on your mattress than any other furniture and can last 10 plus years.
Shopping for a new mattress doesn't have to be exhausting if you know what factors to consider before making your purchase. With so many different types of mattresses on the market today, you're sure to find one that suits your needs perfectly if you take into account your budget and desired features before making your purchase decision.
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