Understand mattresses before buying

Your mattress is probably the most important furniture purchase you will ever make. The quality and fit of your mattress directly impacts the quality of sleep that you get on a nightly basis, which in turn affects your daily life. To ensure that you are choosing the right mattress read on to learn what to look for and what to know before buying your next mattress!

First, always test your mattress. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it!

Mattress test
Always test out your mattress right in store!

This is exactly why many mattress retailers offer exclusive sleep guarantees. Always lie down and test a mattress before you purchase it. Lie in your normal sleeping position, and if you share a bed make sure that your partner is there to test it with you.


Mattress Firmness:

Each mattress comes in several different firmness levels, and what is comfortable for you is usually what’s best as long as the mattress substructure provides the proper support. The difference between a soft and firm mattress is that with a firm mattress you are sleeping ON the surface, whereas with a soft mattress you are sleeping IN the padding. If you are transitioning from a hard mattress to a soft, or vice versa, your body will take some time to adjust to the new surface, experts say it take roughly 30 days.

Mattress firmness sleeping guide
Take note of how your body lies in each of the mattresses you test.

Edge Support:

The edges of your mattress are more important than you think. This is where the first signs of wear show; it receives the most amount of pressure as you get in or out of bed. There are a couple of different edge support options to be aware of. The first is a high density foam perimeter about 4 inches thick that encircles the entire mattress body. Or with innerspring mattresses, some manufacturers will space the coils closer together on the edge or ad spacer clips to prevent the coils from collapsing over time.

Mattress Foundation:

The surface that your mattress rests on is just as important as the mattress itself. The mattress foundation, whether it is a box spring or an adjustable motorized frame, fully supports the mattress and any movement on the mattress. Each foundation is typically matched to a mattress, and they work together to keep your comfort at a maximum. If you purchase a new mattress, you should buy a new foundation as well. If a new mattress is placed on an old foundation, it will tend to wear out much more quickly than if paired with a complimentary foundation.

Mattress and foundation
When getting a new Mattress it’s best to get a new foundation