Buying a Mattress
You spend a third of your life sleeping, which is why the right mattress can make the other two thirds that much better. Real, natural sleep fuels the human body, and with a quality sleeping surface, you can wake up after a great night's rest feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Whether you're shopping for the master bedroom or a child’s room, here are some important features and types of mattresses to consider.
Tips for Buying a Mattress
If you've been sleeping on the same old mattress for a while, you might not realize that there are some great reasons to switch up your sleep surface. Here are some tips to consider before buying a new one.
- Understand your old mattress - Figure out the size, spring construction and topper material. The more you know about your old mattress, the more you know what worked for you.
- Adjust for the way you sleep - Your sleeping patterns change too. It's crucial that a new mattress is constructed of the right materials to give you proper support. Certain models come with different comfort layers, ranging from firm to pillow top, that cater to your needs.
- Fight off dust and allergens - Dust, dander and other particles tend to build up on an old mattress over time. A new, clean mattress can help you sleep comfortably and keep you healthy.
- Update your kid's mattress frequently - Whenever your child grows out of their bed, a new mattress set is in order. New models range from twin to king sizes, and can suit any height or body type.
- Consider a new bed for a new home - If you're moving into a new home or apartment it's the perfect time to upgrade from a small mattress to something a bit larger. It's also easier to move if you don't have to transport an older, bulky mattress.
When considering the size of a mattress, there is more to consider than just the size and age of the sleeper. Remember that you'll have to move the mattress into your home, so make sure your doorways and stairwells are wide enough to accomodate your choice of mattress size.
- Twin size mattresses - Also known as single size mattresses, these models are 39 inches by 75 inches and ideal for young children or in rooms with limited space.
- Twin XL size mattresses - These varieties are slightly longer than normal single size mattress, measuring at 39 inches by 80 inches
- Full size mattresses - Full mattresses are also referred to as double size mattresses. They're 54 inches by 75 inches and usually work best in guest rooms or for teenagers
- Queen size mattresses - These provide more space for two people and are slightly larger than full size mattresses, measuring at 60 inches by 80 inches
- King size mattresses - King mattresses are ideal for master bedrooms or couples, measuring at 76 inches by 80 inches
- California king size mattresses - If you're very tall, these provide optimal space and are slightly longer than regular king size mattresses, measuring 72 inches by 84 inches.
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- Firm top mattresses - Firm sleeping surfaces are best used if you sleep mostly on your back or stomach, giving you the proper comfort and support.
- Plush top mattresses - Plush tops work best for helping soothe pressure points throughout your body as you sleep.
- Pillowtop mattresses - These top layers are constructed of material soft enough to let your body sink in.
- Tight top mattresses - Tight tops are made with a flat surface and uses a firmer upholstery than other mattresses.
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- Box springs and foundations - These provide the proper base to support the size and weight of your mattress. Box springs come in two heights: standard and low. When choosing between the two, consider your mattress height. Those with thicker mattresses may want a lower box spring to achieve a comfortable overall bed height, and vice versa.
- Bed frames - Frames help raise the box spring, mattress and entire set off the floor, creating maximum support.
- Headboards - These accessories are placed behind the head of the mattresses, creating security and adding style to any bedroom.
- Mattress pads and protectors - Toppers help guard your mattress from spills, accidents and other unexpected messes.
- Bed pillows - Different types of pillows can either decorate your bedspread or align your body properly as you sleep.
- Comforters - Both standard and down comforters add style to your bed and give you an extra layer to keep you warm on a cold night.
- Adustable beds - If you prefer to read, watch TV or lounge in bed before sleeping, take a look at an adjustable bed. These beds tilt up to give you a comfortable backrest for sitting, then tilt down when you're ready for sleep.
When you're buying a mattress, it's easy to get confused about all the different coil types on the market. Each coil system has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you want to be sure you pick the right style for you. Take a look at your old mattress and check what spring style it is. If you liked it, stick with the same coil type. If the old sleeping surface was uncomfortable, try a new system that suits you best.
These coils are independently wrapped in a fabric casing. Because pocketed coils move independently, they work well at conforming to your body shape and dampening side to side motion.
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Continuous wire systems are one framework of metal made up of many connected coils. Each coil in the framework is supported by its neighbors, making the continuous coil a great choice for long-term durability.
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In tied coil systems, individual coils are connected by helical lacing. This connection gives a tied coil system a high level of mutual spring support, making this a good choice for those who prefer a firm sleep surface.
Bonnel coil systems are made up of individual hourglass-shaped coils. Each coil is shaped like an hourglass, with a thinner portion in the middle which allows compression. Bonnel coil mattresses tend to be inexpensive, making them a great choice for budget-minded shoppers.
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An innerspring mattress uses different steel core constructions to create both comfort and support.
- Coils - These models have coil gauges between 12-15 coil gauges. These models are vailable in Bonnell, offset, tied, pocket and continuous coil configurations.
- Diverse comfort - Innerspring mattresses have different coil systems that provide sleepers with proper support and comfort to enjoy a peaceful night's sleep. They also come in a wide varitye of top layers to suit any sleeper's needs.
- Side sleepers - The sleeping surface is built to handle the increased pressure that comes from sleeping on your side.
A memory foam mattress uses state-of-the-art technology that conforms to your body and evenly distributes your weight, which alleviates pressure for proper support.
- Specialized construction - These types of mattresses are constructed with polyurethane materials. Some options use hypoallergenic alternative foam made from latex.
- Easily adjust from firm to soft - Memory foam conforms to your body's shape and evenly distribute bodyweight, which helps provide better comfort and support to these areas. The surface adjusts from firm to soft based on cool and warm body temperatures, respectively.
- Ideal for couples - Since these models let your body sink into one spot, they also reduce heavy motion transfer. This allows sleepers to move without disrupting their partners.
A hybrid mattress gives sleepers resistance with its center comfort core, but it also conforms to your body with a foam surface.
- Mattress construction - The mattress is typically constructed with pocket spring core and a 3-4 inch foam surface.
- Provide optimal comfort and support - For sleepers that require top-tier support and pillow-like comfort, a hybrid mattress is the perfect choice. Its coils provide plenty of flexibility while the memory foam properly adjusts toyour bodyweight.
- Adjustable beds - Most hybrid models are constructed with pocket coil cores, which reduce motion transfer on each side of the mattress. This configuration fits perfectly with adjustable bases, allowing you to sleep, watch TV or read a book comfortably in bed.
An air mattress allows you to change your bed from soft to firm easily by inflating or deflating it.
- Simple construction - These mattresses are made of lightweight materials, such as polyvinyl chloride or thick plastics. They also feature standard types of firm, plush, pillowtop and tight top surfaces.
- Perfect for guest beds - Air mattresses make ideal guest beds whenever family and friends are staying over. They not only are easy to set up and take down, but most models also don't take up lots of space when deflated.
- Adjustable comfort - Not everyone enjoys the same level of comfort when they sleep. You can easily change an the sleeping surface's firmness or softness by inflating or deflating it to fit a person's preferred setting.