Article by Jennifer Adams
You spend more time on your mattress than on any other piece
of furniture you own. And because quality sleep means so much in how you feel
during the day, it’s critical that your mattress is comfortable and works
really well for you. If it’s not, it’s time to find a new one.
If you’re like most people, you should expect to replace
your mattress at least every ten years, no matter how much you paid for it. Get
a new mattress every five to seven years if you have back problems, allergies
or other medical issues, or if it’s simply no longer comfortable. Our bodies
and sleeping patterns change over the years, so something that is comfortable
now may not be down the road, even if there’s nothing wrong with the mattress.
And, with June weddings, graduations, people moving after
the school year and many other reasons, many mattress stores hold additional sales
in May, particularly over Memorial Day Weekend. The new models come out in the
summer, so the stores want to reduce their inventory.
Tip 1. Relax. Don’t
get hung up too much about hitting the sale.
It’s easy to get carried away
with the crowds. The critical thing is to get the right mattress. If you’re not
sure, don’t buy one. Come back another day when it’s less crowded.
Tip 2. The best
mattress for you is the one within your budget that you find the most
comfortable. Once you find it, stop looking! You’ll only find ways to spend
If you find a comfortable bed within your budget, you should be
fine for a few years with all but the very least expensive mattresses. If
they’re comfortable, even cheap ones may be perfectly fine as guest beds or for
other infrequent uses.
Tip 3. Give yourself
an orientation to the industry and what’s out there.
Do some research
before you set a budget. Like shopping for a car, don’t buy one right away.
Look at ads and visit several stores to get a general sense of the price ranges
and the sales pitches. Lie down on a few. Ask about warranties. Some require
you to purchase a new box spring or platform and a mattress protector, some
Don’t count on actually being able to compare mattresses
store to store. Unlike car dealers, mattress manufacturers send differently
labeled products to each store. You can, however, find something comfortable
and that’s what counts.
Tip 4. Know your sleeping
habits. Just because a mattress is labeled “firm” doesn’t mean it’s the
best mattress for you. Do you and your sleeping partner, if you have one, have
similar tastes? Do you sleep on your back, side or stomach? If you sleep on
your stomach, you’ll need a firmer bed. If you’re a side sleeper, look at
softer beds. If you sleep on your back, or back and sides, you’ll probably like
something not too firm and not too soft, but “just right.”
Tip 5. Box Spring or
“Box springs” are the foundation on which the mattress sits. Box
springs are usually sold with a paired mattress. Sometimes, however, the same
box spring with different colored ticking is sold with many different
mattresses from the same manufacturer.
With less expensive mattress sets, the “box” may have no
springs at all, it might be just a wood box with a light layer of padding and a
matching cover. It’s helpful to know what you’re getting, and a quality box
spring can make a difference in the way your bed feels.
And some mattresses, such as the “memory” foam beds may not
need a box spring at all, so are good options for a sleek and contemporary
platform-style look. You may need more support for a mattress of this type,
Tip 6. All beds need
air circulation around them so never place mattresses or box springs directly
on the floor. Many mattress stores have very inexpensive metal frames, some
may even give you one with your mattress purchase. Use it if you don’t have
anything else. Because of humidity changes, and the heat you emit at night,
your mattress needs to dry out.
Prevent mold and mildew growth and allergens, protect
yourself and your investment. Also use water resistant mattress protectors, sometimes the warranty will require it.
Tip 7. Strategies for saving money include starting at the
back of the store.
The most expensive
mattresses are usually closest to the front, says Consumer Reports. Other ways
to possibly save some money are to shop special promotions at major retailers,
such as “year-end closeouts” and “mis-match sales” where the box spring fabric
doesn’t match the mattress. Be aware that these may just be marketing ploys or
may even be returns or refurbished mattresses or they may not be really any
different than any other sale. Just make sure you know what the return policy
may be and what the warranty covers. As long as you know what you’re getting,
it’s comfortable and in your price range, go for it!
Manufacturers’ showrooms and outlets may also be a less
expensive option. Also, less-familiar regional factories, such as Parklane Mattresses, based in Vancouver,Washington,
often build mattresses for hotels, resorts and as in-house brands
for department or warehouse stores. Many of these have factory-direct stores
either at or separate from their factory.
Sometimes they build mattresses in custom sizes or for
special needs. They might have some special one-off that got refused, or a
close-out line that they need to unload.
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