A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Mattress

The fact that you spend up to eight hours each night asleep on your mattress means buying one is a highly significant purchase. While they can seem expensive, they’re a worthwhile investment and buying the right one could make the difference between you daily springing out of bed full of energy or awakening with aches and pains.

With this in mind, here are a few things you need to consider when buying a mattress.Do your homework

Like any major purchase, it’s best to do some research before buying. As mattresses often cost several hundred pounds, it’s important to know that you’re investing in the right mattress for you.

Testing out your new mattress before you purchase is essential. If you already have a good bed frame or divan, you may just need only the mattress. However, if your existing frame or divan is old and worn out, it’s worth considering replacing it. As your new mattress will rest on this, an improper fit can result in correct lack of support.

All shops will allow you to try a new mattress and bed frames or divans, and it’s important to take this opportunity to ensure that the combination gives you the desired support. Many companies may even be willing to let you take a mattress home to test it out on your existing frame or divan.

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Mattress

Types of mattress

When it comes to buying a mattress, there are a wide variety of options, but assuming you place importance on getting a good night’s sleep, there are only really three that are worth purchasing.

Pocket spring mattresses are the most popular models. With the springs sewn into individual fabric pockets, the pocket springs individually absorb your body weight, providing different levels of support to each part of the body, according to which position you are sleeping in. These mattresses are ideal if you move around a lot during the night or tend to sleep on your side.    

A memory foam mattress may be slightly pricier than your average pocket spring mattress, but they are certainly worth the investment. Topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic material, a memory foam mattress reacts to the heat of the body, moulding the mattress to your shape.

Memory foam mattresses are great at relieving pressure on your joints, while the reduction in air circulation around your body makes you warmer, which is fantastic during the winter months.

If you already have an adequate mattress, but would like to make your sleep that little bit more comfortable, a mattress topper could be an extremely wise purchase. Mattress toppers add a layer of foam, or extra padded material, to your existing mattress.

They will make your sleep more comfortable in much the same way as a memory foam mattress will, but are considerably cheaper. A mattress topper is, however, only worth considering – and only effective – if you already own an excellent pocket spring mattress on which you can place it.

Choose wisely

The purchase of a new mattress should never be rushed. Take your time, assess your options and make sure you invest in the right mattress for you; it could be one of the most important purchases that you ever make.


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