People buy new mattresses for many reasons. Some just like change, while others may want to buy a new mattress that happens to be trending that year. Many people buy mattresses because their current mattress is not doing its job. Whatever the reason, buying a new mattress is a big deal and one that requires thought and research. Here are some tips to consider if you’re about to buy a new mattress.
- Develop a Budget
Many things we choose to buy are luxuries rather than necessities, so if we can afford them, we buy them. Mattresses do not really fall into that category because, in most cases, buying a mattress is a necessity. Few things can affect the type of mattress you can more than your budget. Creating a budget serves more than one purpose.
A budget will help you manage your money not just for a mattress purchase but also for all your expenses. Once you set a budget, you’ll know how much you can afford to spend on a mattress. Mattresses can range from $250 to $3,000 or more. Knowing your budget will save you a lot of time because time won’t be spent looking at mattresses you do not intend to buy.
- Shopping Options
Before you buy the first economical mattress you find, be sure to use all the shopping options available to you. This includes local stores as well as online stores. Shopping in an actual store gives you the opportunity to have a salesperson speak with you and help you find what you want. Another advantage is that you can actually lay on the mattress and see how it feels. The downside of in-person shopping is those good salespeople can often talk customers into buying something they didn’t really want or need.
Online shopping offers you the flexibility and convenience of not only shopping at your leisure but also shopping on your own without an overzealous salesperson badgering or confusing you. There are many online mattress stores so you have your work cut out for you. Fortunately, online stores have filtering and sorting tools that allow you to narrow your search down to only the ones you’re interested in and are within your budget.
- Make it Match Your Sleeping Position
When choosing a mattress, many shoppers automatically think the right mattress is the one that feels the most comfortable. While it is important to have a comfortable mattress, it’s more important to consider your sleeping position. You want a firm mattress but not one that’s too first. Here is some information to consider when determining the firmness you need.
Back sleeper – Hybrid or firm foam mattresses support the natural cover of your back.
Side sleeper – Softer foam mattresses can help relieve pressure on your bones from sleeping this way.
Stomach sleeper – Sleeping on your stomach puts extra stress on your spine so you’ll benefit from a firm or hybrid foam mattress.
Combination sleeper – You’ll benefit from a medium-firm foam mattress because it will accommodate any sleep position.
- Make a Pros and Cons List
Sometimes we’re so excited about buying something new that we end up getting almost the same thing we had while forgetting its bad points. Make a list of what you want in a mattress and what you don’t want in a mattress. Size is very important when buying a mattress. You don’t want one that’s too small, but you also don’t want one that’s so big it takes up half of the bedroom space. Mattresses come in various sizes:
- Twin or Single (38” X 75”_ – Typically for one adult
- Full or Double (54” X 75”) – Will fit one adult and a child
- Queen Mattress (60” X 80”) – Will fit two adults
- King (76” X 80”) – Will fit two adults and a child
- California King (72” X 84”) – Will also fit two adults and a child
In addition to different sizes, you’ll also find different types of mattresses.
- Memory foam
- Gel-Infused Foam
- Look For Good Deals
Whether you’re shopping in an actual store or online, it’s important to always look for the best deal or the store that offers the best deals. By best deal, we don’t just mean the lowest price. There are many perks a mattress store can offer that will constitute a good deal.
Do they offer a trial period where you can try out the mattress to see if it’s a good fit for you? What is their policy regarding returns? Will they take it back no questions asked? What type of warranty do they offer? These are all things to consider when choosing a mattress store.
- Understand the Importance of a Good Mattress
There are many things in our lives that we have to buy every year or two whether we want to or not. Fortunately, mattresses are not one of those things. While many people think mattresses last forever, that’s not actually the case. The average lifespan of a mattress is eight years.
The type and quality of the mattress can determine if it lasts longer or shorter than eight years. There are some reasons why you might want to buy a new mattress.
- The mattress is showing visible signs of wear and tear.
- You’re experiencing muscle stiffness upon awakening.
- You’re experiencing worse asthma and allergy symptoms, which can be due to allergens in the mattress or dust mites.
- You will be putting additional weight on the mattress.
- Your sleeping arrangements have changed.
- You need a specific mattress for health reasons.
- You just want a new mattress.
A mattress is a major part of the furniture we keep in our homes. It’s also an important part because it can affect the quality of sleep you get. A good night’s sleep is one of the most important factors promoting healthy living, so take your time and do your research when you’re ready to buy a new mattress.