6 Tips For Selecting A Mattress
We spend roughly a third of our lives sleeping: that's a lot of time to be in bed! It's easy to overlook the importance of a good mattress. While we put a lot of thought into paint colors for the dining room and special bathroom fixtures, we need to put as much research and energy into mattress shopping as we do on other parts of home improvement. Here are 6 tips for selecting a mattress.
Mattresses should be replaced between 7 and 10 years. But that depends on whether or not you flip and rotate your mattress often enough. If you're not sure if it's time to replace your mattress, pay attention to signs that would indicate it is time, such as waking up tired or if you have aches you can't explain.
Every body is different and support needs are as different as each body. Remember to test out mattresses before you commit to one. Take your time; don't plop down on five mattresses in 10 minutes. Give each one a few minutes to check if your body relaxes in your sleeping position. You don't have to take a nap, but ten to fifteen minutes to rest in different positions on each potential bed isn't a waste of time.
Two Bodies Are Better Than One
If you share a bed, it's important for your partner to go mattress shopping with you. Doing a mattress try-out together helps determine how the mattress handles your weight as well as how much you can detect your partner's movement, which can affect how well you sleep.
Ignore The Price Tag
That doesn't mean you shouldn't stay within your budget, but wait until you've decided on a couple of mattresses before ruling one out because of the price. Not only can you not put a price on a good night's sleep, but mattress prices usually are negotiable. If you are aggressive enough, you can save hundreds of dollars on your next mattress.
Look Out For Gimmicks
Special coverings, no-flip, wrapped coils are ways to sway you to buy different mattresses. Coils don't need to be wrapped and the number of coils doesn't matter, but you should check the coil gauge. Coil gauge indicates the coil thickness. The thicker the coil, the more supportive the mattress: lower gauges means thicker coils. Just like you don't need your coils wrapped, you don't need a special covering: wool, silk and high thread counts won't matter after the mattress has been topped by a mattress pad and sheets. No-flip mattresses are basically the regular mattresses with a little more padding on top. You're not getting anything extra with the no-flip mattress, you just won't have the option of redistributing the mattress stuffing by flipping it every few months; you'll only be able to rotate it.