Our Top Tips When Choosing a New Mattress
When it comes to picking a new mattress, there are a lot of choices out there. Pocket sprung or memory foam; natural materials or synthetic; firm, medium or soft. We’ve recently been in the market for a new mattress for our son’s double bed, and as I’m sure you’re already aware if you’ve ever had the pleasure of mattress shopping, it’s a bit of minefield. Choosing the right mattress is something that deserves plenty of time and attention. Because you spend a lot of time – approximately a third of your life, in fact – asleep. And let’s face it; a good night’s kip is what gives you the energy to face the world with a spring in your step.
Our son will be 11 soon, and he’s swiftly catching up with me in the height department. So, we were looking for a mattress that would be comfortable for a teenager but also built well enough to last until he’s a young adult ideally.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, we’ve compiled our list of tops tips on how to buy a new mattress below:
Take Your Time
It’s important to take your time, spend at least 15 minutes on the mattress you decide on. Don’t wear tight clothing, take your coat off – even your shoes. Wear something comfortable. Relax… never rush your decision.
Soft, Firm, Somewhere in the Middle?
There is a common misunderstanding that firm mattresses are better for your back. However, a mattress is like a piece of clothing; it should fit your own personal shape, size and weight. A mattress should fit to the contours of your body, but each mattress responds differently, depending on your weight.
Set Your Budget
Determine a budget you’re comfortable with and let the store know so they can direct you to the best mattress options in your price range. As a general rule with mattresses, you get what you pay for – the higher the quality, the better the durability. However, it’s important to choose one that suits your budget. We recommend the eight days of pay for eight years model: Take one day’s pay and multiply it by eight. That’s roughly how much you should spend on a mattress that will last eight years.
Look For a Warranty
When buying a bed, you want to make sure that what you buy is what you get. It’s important to consider the warranty on a mattress, so that if the mattress experiences sagging or compression, which can disrupt your sleep and cause unwanted aches in the morning. You’ll be able to get it repaired or replaced. You’ll also want to think about how long a company is guaranteeing the life of it’s mattress. Do you really want to go through the process of shopping for another new mattress in 5 years?
You can find out more about a range of mattresses here, where you can also test them out and see if they’re the right one for you.