Should I mattress shop online?
Many consumers now shop online due to convenience and lower prices. Brick and mortar stores must compensate for rent
and salespeople, so prices are often higher.
What mattress size is best?
The answer really depends on you and the mattress' intended implementation. Let's look at sizes (manufacturers
may vary slightly):
King beds (76" x 80") and
California king-size beds ( 72"
x 84") are the biggest and can easily accommodate two people. In addition, some moments warrant extra room
for kids and pets to snuggle within the bed as well. The size of the room may play a factor, so it is best to
think about space availability before purchasing a king-sized mattress.
Queen-size beds (60" x 80")
are optimal for guest rooms, couples who enjoy sleeping in a close proximity, and single sleepers who appreciate
the extra room. Keep in mind that a queen-size mattress provides less room per person than that of two, individual
Full-size mattresses (53" x 75")
are a popular choice for guest bedrooms, small-sized single sleepers, and young to teenaged people. Full-size
beds may be too small for tall men and women, so that is a factor to keep in mind.
Twin mattresses (38" x 75")
are great for younger children. Further, many opt to purchase two twin-size beds to emulate the size of a king.
Depending on availability of price, sometimes it can be more economical to purchase two twins rather than one
What are the parts of a bed purchase?
There are three parts to consider regarding a mattress purchase: padding or upholstery, inner springs, and a box spring
or foundation. People often associate the word mattress with the top layer of the bed – the padding. The mattress
padding can consist of three-to-eight layers of padding. The layers consist of man-made materials, natural fibers,
and a variety of foams. Padding quantity does not always equal quality – that is why it is important to test
certain inner-lying materials. Materials such as wool, silk, and memory foam / latex foam are commonly used in mattress
padding. Established brand names and quality of certain padding varies. For instance, foam padding in a $2,000 model
will vary from the foam padding in a $3,000 model.
Innerspring coils allow for even weight distribution while sleeping. A mattress' price is usually contingent on the
number of coils used in its makeup; yet, like padding, quality of coils differs, so more coils do not necessarily
mean a better quality of bed or rest. Coil design, function, and durability vary amongst manufacturers.
Box springs are affixed with mini coils, which help supplement weight absorption. It is believed that a quality box spring
can help extend the life of a mattress set. Some mattress sets come affixed with a foundation rather than a box spring.
Foundations can be framed in wood or steel, yet do not address shock absorption like box springs.
What about water beds?
It is recommended to give some thought to the purchase of a water bed. Waterbeds may not be for everyone, yet waterbeds
do offer some advantages over traditional beds. Water beds can be heated; the life spans of waterbeds are a couple
years longer; and waterbeds are not as susceptible to microscopic parasites that may trigger asthma, eczema, or allergies.
What are some mattress buying tips?
Do not be too economically-minded. Some things come at a high price, but are warranted; mattresses fall into this
category. Remember, you will spend a third of your life sleeping – purchase a quality mattress.
You may be able to purchase a box spring of a lesser profile. Box springs may help with a mattress' longevity.
Think about your sleeping personality. For instance, those sleeping on their sides may get better rest purchasing
a bed with uniquely-designed coils rather than one with interconnected coils. In addition, for those sleeping
with a partner who tosses and turns, seeking a bed with quality shock absorption may suit them best.
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