Is it time for a new mattress? Do you wake up tired or achy, or does your mattress look saggy or lumpy? Or maybe you sleep better at hotels. If you dread a trip to Sears or Sleepy’s, realize that you've got more options than ever before—department and specialty stores are no longer the default destination.
Innerspring mattresses have that familiar bouncy feel. Still, you can choose how springy you want it to be. The metal coils are typically gauged anywhere from 12 (the thickest and firmest) to 18 (the thinnest and most compressible). Heavier folks tend to prefer a thicker gauge's support. Coils that are interconnected are extra-durable, but individual "pocketed" coils, each covered with fabric, reduce the ripple effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves.
Consider your lifestyle
Beyond the four types of mattresses, there are other factors in their construction that you'll need to think about. From sleep style to body type, to negotiating with a bedfellow, your lifestyle can help you make the best choice:
If you tend to sleep on your side... You'll want a surface with a lot of "pressure relief" or the ability to disperse while supporting your body weight, and conforming to your shape.
Lifespan & Warrantee
You may think that a longer warranty shows a confidence in the product, or a promise of a certain lifespan. But, alas, that's not the case.
Test-drive your bed
A recent survey found that a third of people felt a little intimidated when asking to try out a bed, but any good showroom won’t mind you testing out their products – after all you could be spending thousands of rands with them and you wouldn’t part with that sort of money to buy a car without getting behind the wheel and looking under the bonnet.
Do your research
It pays to ensure you know exactly what it is you want from your bed and your bedroom – and there’s plenty of advice out there to help you choose.
The right type of mattress: Respected medical journal The Lancet published a study in 2003 stating that a very firm mattress isn’t always the best option for people who suffer from bad backs – shooting down what had often been a typical sales pitch with solid science – and finding that a moderately firm mattress may do more to help with chronic back pain.
Decide on a level of firmness
Although this is difficult to determine without first testing mattresses, a few physical factors can help direct your decision. If you have back problems, consider a medium-firm to firm mattress choice. These are best for supporting your lower back and reducing back pain. Pillow-top mattresses are best for people who aren’t too light, as they won’t have enough weight to suppress the top and the springs to a point that it makes a difference in comfort. Larger people typically find pillow-top mattresses more comfortable for this reason.
Measure the space you plan to put the bed
Nothing is worse than finding and purchasing your perfect mattress, just to realize you can’t fit it in your house. Check your space availability in your bedroom, and then decide on a size of mattress to fit. Twin mattresses are the smallest size, and measure on average 39”/75”. The next largest size after a twin mattress is a full or double mattress, which measures at 54”/75”. The queen sized mattress is the most commonly purchased by couples for its size and relative price. It measures at 60”/80”.
Purchase the necessary mattress add-ons
Although buying just a mattress is all that seems necessary, you must also purchase a minimum of a box spring to support it as well. Always buy a new box spring with your new mattress, as old box springs wear out over time and lose the desired support and firmness. Purchase a waterproof mattress protector to cover your new mattress. This not only makes cleanup easier should something spill on it, but will keep the warranty intact. Many warranties void out if the mattress is stained or spilled on