Just last week I posted on how you can build a bed you will never want to leave! The kind that gives you all the comfort you wish for, and looks gorgeous too! Since it was such a hit, I thought I’d focus on the most important part, the mattress!
Buying a bed is a bigger decision than you might think. After all, it’s an expensive purchase and something you have to live with for many years. We spend a significant amount of time in our beds and so it’s something you will probably come to regret if you don’t get it right.
Don’t just go out and buy the first mattress you see or one that’s cheap. Do some research. If you’re not sure what to consider, here are the things to think about when you’re buying a new mattress.
Chances are you grew up sleeping on a mattress with springs, many years ago these were the only type that were available. These days, there are other options on the market and while spring models still exist- they’re actually not the best choice.
Independent research has shown time and time again that foam mattresses last longer– springs can lose up to 33% of their firmness and cause sagging after just one year! Foam adapts to your body giving you better support, and unlike springs it won’t go squeaky or noisy after a while! It’s well worth going into a shop and trying out some different models, find one that works for you. It can be a bit strange transitioning from springs to foam but you will adapt quickly and your back will thank you for it.
Invest in Quality
As with anything, you get what you pay for when it comes to mattresses. Of course, it’s possible to get a good deal and buying on sale during times like after Christmas sales will usually snag you a great mattress at a cheaper price. But if at full price the mattress is very cheap then the quality will reflect this. If you have a bad back, it’s especially important to be investing in quality- you could look specifically for a mattress for a bad back. But even if you feel otherwise well, if you mattress starts to sag and dip over time it can cause pain and problems with the neck, back and pelvis. Don’t try and make savings here, buy the best you can afford.
Consider Your Weight
This might not be something you’d given much thought to, but it does play a role. For example, a lighter person won’t need as much support and so soft or medium mattresses will probably feel the most comfortable. People that are bigger may need the extra support that a firm mattress can offer. As most standard mattresses have a weight limit of around eighteen stone, if you’re much bigger it could be worth looking for something more specialist. That way it won’t wear out as quickly and you won’t be stuck replacing your mattress every few years. If you and your partner are significantly different weights, you can actually have mattresses made where each half is a different firmness. That way you both get to stay comfortable.
Are you in the market for a new mattress? Are these things you had considered before buying?