Acquiring a mattress is a very important piece of furniture you should make because you spend a third of your time on a mattress, unless you tend to sleep in an armchair like my grandfather does most of the nights. Have a look at Sapphire Sleep for more info on this.
The next seven factors below are things you need to be aware of and take into account before you buy a mattress, because that mattress will play a major role in the quality of your nighttime sleep and your next day mood.
- Fix on a budget. The price of the mattresses varies greatly. If price is your primary condition you may find a few hundred dollars worth of a cheap mattress and box spring set. But I would recommend you buy the finest mattress and box spring you can afford. My first two buys of the mattress were cost based and I never really got a good night’s sleep. Some years ago, I economized and bought a superior quality mattress. It was a huge decision to buy. I now awake with a feeling of repose and freshness, not tired and sore as I used to.
- Determine the size of the mattress you’ll be buying. If you buy a mattress for a young boy, a mattress of twin size is good, but if you’re a big person and there are two people sleeping in the bed, I don’t advise you to go with anything smaller than a queen size bed. I recommend it if you can afford a king-size bed, and you own the room for it.
I have a king size bed now and it’s decent to have plenty of bed space to turn around without disturbing my mate like I once did. But if you think a full-size mattress is big enough for two people to consider this: a full-size mattress gives every person the same amount of bed width as in a baby crib. Queen size mattresses are the most common size but if two people sleep in a queen size bed each person still has a bed width of 10.5 inches less than if they sleep in a twin bed on their own.
Standard mattress sizes are: Double / Full: 54 “wide, 75” long; Queen: 60 “wide, 80” long; KING: 76 “wide, 80” long; Twin: 39 “wide, 75” long; Twin Extra Long: 38 “wide; California KING: 72” wide, 84 “long.
- Consider. Testing. Court. Experiment with the mattresses being soft. Go to different stores and lie down on various mattresses. See what you feel comfortable with. A firm mattress does not always reflect the best mattress. It hinges on the person. If you and your partner enjoy different levels of firmness look for a mattress that can have different levels of firmness on each side. I prefer a firmer mattress, for example, than my mate does so that its side of the bed is less firm than mine. Comfort (as long as you’re within your budgetary range) can be your first concern.
- Don’t be overly disturbed by the words, firm, extra firm, etc. Especially when you look at other manufacturer’s mattresses. In the mattress industry, firmness is not standardised. In reality one of the “firm” mattress producers could be firmer than another “extra firm” mattress producer. Seek comfort, and seek support. When you’re lying on a mattress you want to feel cradled and assured. And don’t feel self-conscious about getting into shops and lying on as many mattresses as you like. It is the best way to tell whether a mattress is suitable for you, or not. Lying on a mattress with your coat and shoes on will not help you find out which mattress is suitable for you, unless you plan to sleep in your coat and shoes every night. So, just let them down.
- Warranty is crucial but not as relevant as you would think. A mattress with a 25 year warranty is great but a high quality mattress’ life expectancy is only about 10 years. You want a guarantee that will protect you against faults and troubles. To me a sleep guarantee is more important than a longer guarantee. What I mean by a sleep guarantee is you’re given a period of time to try out your mattress. For example, some stores and producers give up to ninety days’ sleep warranty even though thirty days is the basic one. If you decide the mattress you purchased during that time is not right for you, you can either exchange it or return it for a refund.
- Get to learn the next terms: innerspring and box spring (also known as the foundation). The most common type of mattress bought are the Innerspring mattresses. An innerspring mattress is made with tempered steel coils wrapped in cushioning and polishing layers. The spring box, or foundation, is on which the mattress sits. Typically, putting a fresh mattress on an old box spring isn’t considered a good idea. It is projected that a producer box spring and mattress will work together to give you the best product. Additionally, if a mattress is not put on the box spring built to go with it, many manufacturers may void their warranty.
- In addition to the conventional innerspring and box spring sets, know what alternatives you have. Depending on what you are looking for there are other feasible choices. Including foam mattresses, futons, airbeds, adjustable beds, and waterbeds.
Foam mattresses-a foam mattress may be made of firm foam piece or may consist of multiple layers of different types of foam. Several foam mattresses have a top layer formed from memory foam that remembers and adapts to the shape of your body.
Futons-futon beds are simply a frame with a mattress folding over it. A futon could function both as a sofa and as a bed. Many futons come with a standard 6 inch foam mattress, which is not very comfortable if a person ‘s main bed is going to be the futon. Unless the futon would be a main bed, then a safer option is to purchase an innerspring mattress for the bed. Some fabricators create futons innerspring mattresses. The innerspring mattresses are a little more expensive but are much more comfortable as well. If an innerspring mattress is out of your budget, try raising it to an 8 inch foam mattress, at least.