Buying a new mattress is an important choice, and you need to think about it carefully before making a decision.
You will spend quite a little bit of money in getting a good quality mattress – on average, you will need to spend about $1200 to get a quality foam IKEA mattresses and $1000 on a good traditional spring mattress.
That said, there are some things you need to know before you go out shopping at your local store or online. The more knowledge you have, the fewer mistakes you make – and your wallet and long term health will thank you for it. Read on for these considerations.
Be aware of your size
You don’t need to purchase a replacement mattress which is the same as your old one. You may have bought a king-size bed when you had the entire family in your bed to have fun on the weekend mornings, or you were sharing the bed with your dog. However, now you have grown-up kids and a smaller pet or none at all.
Buying a new mattress is a great chance to gain some long-lost bedroom space through downsizing to a full or queen-size mattress. Or perhaps you need something bigger than a twin mattress because you are moving out on your own.
Before heading out to shop, make sure you keep your current lifestyle in mind. You might also require a new bed headboard or frame, which is great if you are doing a bedroom makeover as well.
Make sure you try it out first
Okay yes, we understand it can be awkward trying on a new mattress in the supermarket, but it is very important. It is a significant investment you are making, and you owe it to yourself to try it out and see if it works for you before you take out your credit card and buy it.
When testing the mattress, make sure you stretch your body out completely, roll on it from all sides, curl up in your favored position, sit on the edge, and sit on it as if you are reading to know how firm and comfortable it is. If you are sharing your bed with your partner or spouse, they also need to try it out to ensure it is comfortable for them too – in fact, both of you should try it at the same time. The minimum time to spend on trying different mattresses should be a minimum of 10 minutes, so clear up your schedule for the day if you are going to shop for one.
If, on the other hand, are shopping for a mattress from an online store, you need to still take some time and go to a shop to get a sample of the model you want to buy and test it out.
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Make sure to find out about trial periods and return policies
Even if you have tried the mattress and are impressed with it, the actual test will come after a whole month, week, or even night after you sleep on it. For this reason, many mattress dealers will give you a ‘comfort trial’ period, when you can sleep on the mattress for some time and see how it fits.
This trial period is usually 30 days, and you can return the mattress if you are unsatisfied with it. However, the reason why you need to know the return policy is that many stores will charge you a restocking fee if you return the item. That said, it is still important to have a trial period, even in online purchases.
The firmness of the mattress
Despite what you may think, there is no standard of firmness when it comes to mattresses – so the ‘extra firm’ or ‘firm’ terms in marketing are purely relative. Use these terms as a guide instead of absolute – and that is why it is important to try the mattress before purchasing it.
Besides, avoid assuming that a spinal condition means you need an extra firm mattress or softer mattress. It is best to ask your doctor first, but most people as a general rule will prefer a mattress that is in the middle of soft and firm.
While you should not buy a mattress you cannot afford, it is important to spend a significant amount when buying one. After all, you are spending a third of your day on the mattress, so make sure it is comfortable for you.