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7 Things You Should Know Before Buying a New Mattress For Your Home

Story Highlights
  • #1 - Know the size
  • #2 - Try it before you buy it
  • #3 - Consider its firmness
  • #4 - Pillow-top mattresses
  • #5 - Consider your options
  • #6 - Skip the foundation
  • #7 - Return policies and trial periods

Getting a new mattress is not always going to be easy.

If you think you had lots of choices when buying a house, buying a mattress takes choices to a whole new level.

You’ll be confronted with choices. A lot of choices!

Hence, the idea of this article, which will hopefully give you a bit of guidance. Below are some tips in selecting the best mattress that fits your needs:

#1 – Know the size

There’s no need to buy the same size mattress as the one you want to replace. In fact, getting a new mattress is a good chance to get the one that’s the right size and fit for you.

If you’re used to sleeping in a bed with the entire family, maybe it’s now time to get one that’s the right size now that everyone has left home. You can save a lot of money by downsizing your mattress, not to mention giving your bedroom more space.

#2 – Try it before you buy it

It might be awkward, it might be weird. You might think people find it silly but a good way to tell if a mattress is the perfect one for you is just to try it out, which means lying down and seeing how it feels.

There’s no way around this step so just lay down, roll around, try the many different positions you’re used to, even a position for reading if you like reading in bed.

#3 – Consider its firmness

The mattress industry doesn’t have a standardized measurement of mattress firmness which means what one mattress firm considers firm might not be the same for another one.

Take each mattress shops’ terms as guidelines instead of an absolute.

This is another reason why it’s very important to try out each mattress yourself before committing yourself to get one. Some mattress firms categorized their products based on the simple description: soft, medium, and firm. Other shops rely on numerical ratings on mattress firmness.

#4 – Pillow-top mattresses

A popular trend that recently came about is pillow-top mattresses.

But in choosing this type of mattress, consider that the extra fluff adds to the cost yet isn’t always necessary.

Keep in mind, too, that a pillow top on a mattress is likely going to go flat in a couple of years, especially if the sleeper is heavy.

#5 – Consider your options

There are several different mattress options you can consider but the most common ones are traditional innerspring, memory foam, and hybrids.

Innerspring mattresses are the most common type and are also the least expensive. Memory foam is considered to be quite expensive but excellent at cushioning aching joints and muscles. Hybrid mattresses have both springs and a foam overlay for maximum comfort. Adjustable air mattresses are also quite popular.

#6 – Skip the foundation

If you have a nice platform bed, then you won’t need to have a foundation for your mattress. Only consider a mattress foundation if you don’t have a frame and you don’t want your mattress on the floor.

There is no need to spend a lot of money on what’s a wooden box covered with fabric. In fact, you can save a tone of cash by making one yourself. Also, if you’re buying the same size mattress to replace an old one, you won’t need a foundation at all.

#7 – Return policies and trial periods

Getting a new mattress is akin to buying new furniture; you just don’t wake up one day and decide to buy one. You spend a considerable amount of time thinking it over, doing research, and weighing some pros and cons.

This is because mattresses are not cheap. So, before buying one, you should check what the return policy a mattress shop offers. You should also consider if they offer trial periods. Some shops offer a week of the trial period, while others have as much as a month of a free trial.

About the author: Evelyn Paulson is a passionate blogger, Philomath, and informative content writer, loves to write about home improvement, travel, health and more. She is currently working with WhatsTheBest-Mattress, which offers ultimate guides, reviews, and tips for buying the right mattress.

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