Purchasing a mattress is one of the most important home furniture decisions you can make. Your sleeping comfort at night depends on how well you select your mattress, that’s why. But with a 101 makes, features, designs and costs of mattresses, it is so easy to go astray on this particular shopping expedition. To avoid buying a mattress that you will regret later on, here some points to remember when buying one.
Set a budget. New mattress and box spring sets can cost from around $500 to more than $5,000, depending on the manufacturer, bed size, special features, and how diligent you are about shopping for deals. Figure out a ballpark figure of what you’re willing to spend, but don’t lowball it. Ideally, you’re going to spend a third of the next 10 years on this bed. You want to invest in one that will be exactly right for you.
Measure twice; buy once. Good carpenters follow the adage “Measure twice, cut once.” The same applies to buying mattresses. If you’re trading up to a larger bed, you want to make sure you have enough room. A full-size mattress, which is barely big enough for two small people, is 54 inches wide and 75 inches long, while a queen-size bed is 60 inches wide and 80 inches long.
Try out as many beds as you can. The only way to figure out which bed is right for you and your budget is to try out as many as you can. Hop on, and spend a few minutes trying them out. Just remember: If it doesn’t feel right in the store, it won’t feel right in your home. Repeat this process at two or three more stores, taking notes as you go about the beds you like.
Avoid sales pressure. Good salespeople will ask questions about your sleeping preferences that should guide you to several mattresses in your price range. And they have incentive to help you find one that’s right, since their commission goes away if they lose a sale. But try to keep a poker face while trying out the beds. As with buying a new car, you should be the one in control.
Look out for unnecessary extras. Once you’ve settled on a mattress, you will get special offers for designer bed frames and expensive mattress pads. In most cases, these aren’t good deals. Well-made steel bed frames can be found at wholesale stores like Costco for a fraction of the price, and you can find better prices on mattress pads at linen and department stores..
Out with the old, in with the new: Many mattress sellers offer free delivery and removal of your old mattress if your bed purchase is above a certain price, with regular delivery fees for lower-priced models typically running around $70. But stores may waive or slash delivery fees if they’re potential deal-breakers. If mattress removal is going to run more than $25, you’re better off using a mattress recycling service.
Change your pillows. If you have allergy problems, it may not be pollen in the air that’s causing your problems. It just might be your old pillows, which can harbor dust mites and dead skin cells. Celebrate your new bed with a set of brand-new pillows, and plan on replacing them every year or two. Protective covers can extend your pillows’ life span and cut down on allergens, but both down and fiber-filled pillows offer less head and neck support the longer they are used.
Focus on comfort. You must be comfortable on it. The best sleeping experience derives from how comfortable you feel, not on how expensive or cheap is the mattress.
Find the right feel. Firmness is not always better while softness is not always good. The mattress must be firm but not too soft.
Don’t rush. If you buy a mattress with some urgent things in mind, likely as not you will end up with the mattress that is not right for you.
Look for a good warranty. With a good warranty, you are protected from unforeseen damages.