Mattress Shopping Guide offers you, as a consumer, a step-by-step guide, which educates, prepares and navigates you toward the right decision which mattress to buy for yourself or your family member. The right mattress means good night sleep. There is nothing in the world more exhilarating or healthier than a rejuvenating, productive night’s sleep. Let’s start the journey!
- Do your homework.
- Plan a visit to the store.
- Select the right mattress.
- Extras and considerations.
Decide what size mattress you need.
King or Queen? Queen or Full? Full or Twin? Learn the dimensions of standard mattresses. Consider the following when making a decision on the size of the mattress:
- Size of the room.
- Mattress height.
- Size of the room. Measure the overall room width and length, the door and closet openings, access to windows and heaters, and the existing or newly intended furniture. Measure the wall where you plan to place the bed. Do you want two nightstands? Take the dimensions with you in case you need a salesperson’s help.
- Mattress Height. Keep in mind that mattress height, which may vary from 6″ to 18″ and more, will affect the total height of your bed. The mattress usually requires a foundation (read Mattress Foundation) which accordingly adds the height. Therefore, you need to ask yourself following questions:
- How high from the floor to the top of your mattress you want to be?
- How high from the floor are the slats that your current foundation or box spring rests on?
Find The Right Foundation.
Mattress requires a foundation/support. You want to determine total height of your future bed. Below is the checklist which will help you to be prepared for shopping:
- What kind of bed do you have or are planning to have? Is it a standard or platform bed?
- Are you satisfied with a standard flat box support or do you want an adjustable base?
- What is a comfortable height for you from the floor to the top of the mattress?
Think about your budget.
Money is a very sensitive topic. You work hard every day to earn them and you want to be sure that you invest them wisely. However, the truth is, in mattress industry, the better product costs more money. Be prepared to pay for the mattress. Below are some factors which determine the mattress price.
- Mattress Size. Price on a mattress is proportionate to a size. The difference between QUEEN and KING mattress is min $350 or $400. There is no big difference in price for QUEEN and FULL – maybe $50-$80. Same about FULL and TWIN – around $50-$70. So, if you are thinking to get the KING size bed be ready to spend the most.
- Quality – what components and materials are used. Mattresses are the most complicated product – you cannot see what is inside. Nevertheless, it affects the quality. The inside of the mattress is a support part which delivers alignment to your body.
- Country of origin/production. Be sure to ask where the mattress was made. It’s about safety and health regulations.
- Foundation. Box spring, bunk board, metal frame or adjustable base are not included in the mattress price. It’ll be added to the price and depends what bed you have or going to buy.
- Mattress protector. It’s an important part of hygiene.
- Sheets. Buying a new mattress or replacing the old one – don’t forget to add the cost of new bed sheets!!!
- Clothing. You will be getting on and off of mattresses, lying down in a public space, and possibly having your legs raised. Loose fitting pants and top will best mimic sleeping clothes, and not have you be concerned about modesty.
- Time. There is a process. It begins with a comfort test where you decide on your perfect mattress “type”. Once you narrow down your selections to 2 or 3 mattresses, you should lie in each for a minimum of ten minutes to make sure this is your best choice.
- Partner. If the mattress is for a couple it is better to go shopping together. So, that the best compromise can be made if you don’t have the same sleeping requirements.
- For somebody else. A guest room should have a mattress suitable for all body weights, types and preferences. Children are not equipped to make a viable choice. Choose based on the sleeping position and weight of the child.
- Mattress Quiz. It doesn’t matter if a mattress is for yourself, couple, guest room or family member – the QUIZ will give recommendations for mattress shopping. Firm or Soft, Memory foam or Hybrid – you will find answers and you can print results or download them on your phone and take with you to the store.
- Consult with a mattress professional in a reputable mattress shop.
- State your requirements: your preferred sleeping positions, and the preferred “feel” of a mattress. Reveal any physical limitations or incapacities. Be honest about any disorders such as snoring, sleep apnea, acid reflux, etc. Share your personal preferences, such as reading, watching TV, or working on a laptop in bed. All these factors are considered in coming to a mattress and support choice.
- Start MATTRESS TEST DRIVE – lie down on mattresses and use a perfect Technique to select the right mattress.
The technique was developed using scientific approach to the body posture requirements and personal observations during long years working in the field. It works every time for every person/couple to find the perfect mattress.
- Age and Mattress Selection. As we age, our muscle mass decreases, and our bones become more brittle. A softer mattress is required. An objection of sleeping on a mattress that the body has gotten used to, does not mean that it is the best one for the individual. Humans are creatures of habit. Our bodies change over time, and with it comes different physical requirements. The mind may not want to accept this, but it is a necessity for proper fit.
- Tip – Here is a reliable exercise to test for proper firmness or softness of a mattress. Lying on your back, raise your arm above your head, and asking the mattress consultant to push your arm down, provide resistance. If your arm easily goes down, the mattress is too soft. Try this again on a firmer mattress. If the consultant has a difficult time pushing your arm down, this is the better choice for you. When the spine is properly supported, you will have more strength.. When the spine is not aligned, the arm is easily pushed down.
- Tip – Another exercise is the two coins on the floor test. Stand with one arm lifted straight out at shoulder height. Ask the mattress consultant to push your arm down while you provide resistance. Then place two coins (on top of each other) on the floor and stand with one heel on the stacked coins. Again, extend your arm and resist as it is pushed down. You will see that this time, there is much less resistance, and the arm goes down with little effort. This illustrates how being just slightly out of spinal alignment affects our entire body.
- Before finalizing your purchase, use our TIPS FOR MATTRESS SHOPPING.