Be it a sick leave day or a fun Sunday, we all would love to call a day off from all sorts of work and jump on our comfortable beds to take a nap, have a chit-chat with our spouse, or simply binge watch a crime series on YouTube.
So, technically speaking, we tend to spend a lot more time on our beds. But we assume the complete opposite about a mattress. We consciously or unconsciously believe that a mattress is just an aesthetic platform that is used to wind down after a long day of work.
And we cannot be more wrong about this opinion. Because mattresses not only aid for a night of better sleep but will also contribute to your comfortability and can be the ultimate solution to your back pain and neck pain.
Depending on your choice, your mattress can play a vital role in determining how good of a sleep you may have or how your ‘bed day’ may turn out. And hence the mattress becomes an important aspect of every person’s life, being a comfort factor for some and a health factor for others.
So, finding the perfect mattress that fits into all the brackets of your life is a crucial decision that will make or break your sleep schedule or even your ‘work from bed’ schedule for the next few years to come by.
It’s a choice that doesn’t always depend on buying from the most popular brands or spending a thousand bills on the most complicated designs. It’s more about how well the mattress suits you and checks the boxes of comfortability and durability.
So, before you visit a mattress shop, make sure you have a checklist handy.
To prepare that perfect checklist with ease, all you need to do is read the article further. The 10 things we have mentioned here are all you need to make the best mattress choice!
Before we dive into the main topic, let’s learn a bit more about whether or not you really need a new mattress. Since mattresses are an expensive option, it might be difficult for us to convince ourselves to buy a new one every few years.
Also, mattresses do not show signs of deterioration like sneakers or other household items normally do. We have to carefully observe certain factors to see if it’s time to buy a new mattress. Here are some major signs you can look for –
Waking up with aches and pains
You might have come across the advice that one needs to replace their mattress if their mattress has lived up to 10+ years (the maximum life expectancy of an average mattress).
This advice holds true in certain situations but the main factor you should look for is not the years but the way you feel once you wake up from sleep!
The morning stiffness or soreness occurring two or three times a week even after resting for a good amount of time is a telltale sign that your mattress is passing the phase of wear and tear and is losing the supporting properties that it once had.
If you are suffering from body aches and pains, it’s time to check for new mattresses.
Your mattress doesn’t look like a mattress anymore!
Indents, dips, and deep impressions make your mattress look uneven, more like a map and less like a mattress. If this is the aura you are getting from your mattress, the mattress is spilling the beans already.
This is the sign that your mattress is breaking down. The visible lumps and dips or your spring poking out indicates that it’s time to let go of your old mattress and buy new sleep support for yourself.
Now that you know the signs to look for in an old mattress, if you are deciding to purchase a new mattress, let’s quickly get to the top 10 things you should know before you want to buy one.
Below is a checklist that will help you to make a better decision regarding a mattress and aids in a night of better sleep.
1. Explore different mattress materials
This is an important step to follow before making a mattress purchase. Getting familiarised with the common mattress types and their benefits will help you to make the right choice based on how well the mattress type can suit your preferences.
Here are a few mattress types at a glance –
- Innerspring mattress
Innerspring mattresses are traditional mattresses, existing in the market for decades. If you want a mattress that provides bouncy support and a springy sensation, innerspring mattresses are a ‘steal a deal’ option.
For an innerspring mattress, coils perform as the main support layer. The coils are further covered with a padding layer to improve comfort. The innerspring mattress is a combination of firm and responsive sleep surfaces and is an expensive option.
- Latex mattress
Latex mattresses are made from layers of latex foam. The latex foam can be natural, synthetic, or even a blend of both natural and synthetic. The advantage of buying a latex mattress is that it is hypoallergenic and hence helps people with skin sensitivities to stay away from allergies or the chances of allergy aggravation.
And just like the innerspring mattresses, the latex mattress is responsive and bouncy but is an expensive option due to the material which is environmentally friendly.
- Memory foam mattress
Memory foam mattresses are known for their viscoelastic properties. Meaning memory foam mattresses provide a body-cradling sensation by helping the body sink deep into the mattress and relieves the body from aches and pains.
Although people complain about memory foam mattresses being hot and uncomfortable, many polyfoam beds are available with a cooling gel built-in option that prevents sleeping hot scenarios and helps to keep the sleeper cooler at night. Also, we recommend that you go for memory foam without fibreglass for a better experience with allergies and skin sensitivities.
- Hybrid mattress
A terrific mattress option for sleepers who prefer support and comfort higher than that of a traditional innerspring mattress. These mattresses are made of a coil support base and a 2-inch comfort layer made of memory foam or latex.
Since hybrid mattresses are a mixture of many types of mattresses, they provide many benefits like body-hugging support and breathability. It also has the property of motion transfer and hence can be a great option for couples who are disturbed due to each other’s movements.
- Air mattress
Being an inexpensive option (cost starting from 100 pounds), air mattresses are lightweight and are easy to assemble. They use an air chamber system for support.
Not all adjustable air mattresses are as supportive and durable as the above mattress options, but still, these types of air beds are great for short-term use and are a great option for people who want to buy mattresses within budgets.
2. Find the right size you need
Why does bed size even matter?
Depending on the size of the room, age group of the people sleeping on the mattress, and the phases of life, the size of a mattress plays a vital role in improving the quality of sleep. For example, one cannot proceed to buy twin mattresses for young kids or toddlers which is too big and not comfortable.
While a crib perfectly suits young kids and toddlers, a twin mattress is more suitable for older children and young adults. And in the same way, a twin mattress does not suit adults, hence a twin XL can be a great choice for them.
So, what are the other common sizes you should look into? Here is a quick guide –
- Full beds – Full beds are also called doubles, and are 54’’ wide and 75’’ long. Considering the width and the height, these beds are good options for young adults but maybe small for adults who likely take up more space.
- Queen beds – Queen beds are 60’’ (1.52 m) in width and 80’’ (2.03 m) in length. Since the queen beds are quite large and have extra space, they make a better option for couples.
- King size beds – The width of king size beds is about 76’’/1.93 m and the length is 80’’/2.03 m. It is a better fit for couples who make movements and love to occupy large spaces on the bed.
- California king size bed – Most commonly available on the western coast, California king size beds are 72’’ (narrower) and 84’’ (longer). This is a good option for tall people or people who have a narrower bedroom style.
So, depending on your age, preferences, budget, and the size of the room, you can make a specific choice and enjoy the benefits associated with the same.
3. Examine your bed frame
Before you invest in a new mattress, you want to make sure whether your existing bed frame will go well with your new mattress.
While traditional innerspring beds often get paired with box springs, many other modern beds do not actually require a box spring and can be paired with a platform or can even be placed on nothing but the floor (If you prefer it that way).
And sometimes you may also want to listen to the brand or the mattress manufacturer’s recommendations. For example, an all-foam brand might suggest you to go for wooden slats or central support so that they can provide a firm base and work better when combined.
So, always consult with the manufacturer of the mattress to see what would work for your new mattress or if the old bed frame goes well and doesn’t need to be replaced. Also, you can consider buying adjustable bases that go well and fit seamlessly with your old bed frame.
If you are not looking to replace your bed frame, tell the manufacturer about the same, so that they can show you the best option that will perform seamlessly with your existing bed frame.
Now that this part is clear, let’s move on to the next section of the guide.
4. Consider your budget
Should you spend 500 pounds or 5000 pounds on your next mattress?
We know many of you might have doubts about your budget, questions about how much you should spend on your new mattress.
But we would like to remind you that a high price doesn’t always guarantee high quality! What matters the most is the mattress comfort and how well it goes with your individual preferences.
We recommend that you purchase a high-quality mattress that ticks all the boxes for you. Also, if possible, make an organic mattress choice.
Organic materials like latex can be expensive, but considering that a mattress is a long-term investment, latex makes a great option when compared to mattresses made with synthetic materials like polyurethane foam.
Pure latex rubber lasts longer and is more cost-effective.
Crafted Beds is a mattress company that tries to keep the costs at the low end while maintaining the quality of the product. There are no middlemen since we are selling online and hence you can order your favourite mattress in the comfort of your home.
If you are looking for mattress options that don’t flow out of your budget brackets and will not strain your finance sheets whilst not compromising on the quality, you are at the right place!
5. Test out different mattresses
Testing out different mattresses will let you have an idea about how much you like the mattress that you want to purchase. Even if you are shopping online, please make sure to test some of the best mattress choices.
Look for mattresses that perfectly fit with your buying checklist and then try experiencing them one by one to know how they feel in real-time.
Here are some tips you can follow while testing the mattresses –
- Lay on the mattress for at least 2 to 3 minutes or up to 15 minutes if you want to experience the complete comfort offered by the mattress. Please don’t hesitate to lay down and test the mattresses because many stores exclusively offer this opportunity to provide the best for their customers.
- Some mattresses have descriptions provided on the tags like “ultra-plush” or “extra firm”. Most of the time these terms are freely used around and don’t guarantee the same. So, the best option is to lay on the mattress and get a feel of their actual softness or firmness and how comfortable it feels.
- Try all types of the mattress even if you prefer only one type. Lay on a firm, plush, and also pillow-top mattress to see what each mattress feels like. Try all mattress types under the same brand to get an accurate idea about what the brand is best at and why you should go for one over the other.
- If a cutaway option is available, please make sure to ask for the demonstration, because it will clearly show you what you might be sleeping on, and if the mattress uses the materials that it claims to use.
6. Read customer reviews
Even though you might have done a lot of research and finalized on a few types of mattresses, it can still be extremely difficult to choose from a variety of options available in the markets.
And that’s why we recommend our customers check for expert online reviews about a specific mattress. More often than not, you will get all the main key points that one needs to make an informed purchase that will turn out to be the best decision.
You can also search for particular terms like ‘dual firmness, ‘comfortability’, ‘edge support’, ‘breathability’, and ‘durability’. Also, search for customer reviews on a particular mattress model and how well it fitted the description after use.
It is also a good option to check out the reviews of plus-size customers and their unique experiences. Since you already have a list of qualities you are looking for in a mattress, you can easily point the key terms in the customer’s reviews and take their words to proceed with your purchase.
But be careful and check that the customer’s reviews are not fake and are from genuine people. You can check our customer reviews here as an example.
7. Secure a trial period
And this step is like a cherry on the top. Because, no matter how many days you spend researching for a perfect mattress, no matter how many reviews you may read online or regardless of how many minutes you spend laying on different types of beds, you will still fail to make the right choice unless you try the comfort and support of the bed at home.
A mattress is a highly personalized selection and it is quite close to impossible to make the right choice unless you give time to adjust to the new mattress and give the mattress the required time to break in.
And thankfully many mattress companies and brands understand this and hence a majority of these online and offline stores offer a trial period for their mattresses. They let their mattress be brought home for a set period.
Some mattress companies offer a time of 2 weeks and a few other brands offer a full-year trial period. But the average, according to our studies, is about 3 months.
So, whether or not your mattress company offers a trial period, always make it a point to ask the customer representatives about the same.
The trial period will help you to make a perfect choice. And if you are curious about Crafted Beds, we do not offer a trial period but that’s because of specific reasons.
Every bed at Crafted beds is a bespoke, made-to-order item and hence we can confidently guarantee that one doesn’t need a trial period with our mattress. Your choice with us is always perfect!
8. Find out your favourite sleeping position
Sleeping position is a huge indicator of a mattress type that you should go for.
The position you gravitate to during most of the night or the position that you find yourself sleeping the most in will closely determine what mattress type might suit you the best in the long run.
- Back sleepers
Firmness requirements are a matter of taste, a more subjective matter, and certainly not a necessity for back sleepers. Just remember to look for a mattress type that supports the natural curve of the spine, so that the spine remains aligned and the pressure doesn’t build up in the hips or the upper back and doesn’t cause body aches and pains.
- Side sleepers
Pressure relief is a crucial part for side sleepers. Since side sleepers tend to put the whole of their body weight on the narrow surface of the body, the pressure building should be avoided.
Side sleepers will have a curvy posture in the position that they sleep and hence extra softness can work like charm and help to relieve pressure from the shoulder and under hip regions. So, side sleepers have to make their choice accordingly.
- Stomach sleepers
A softer mattress can cause extra sinking for stomach sleepers and can cause loss of spine alignment as the body sinks deeper into the mattress.
On the other hand, a firm mattress with zoning options or enhanced support can help reverse the effect and help spinal alignment and also helps prevent backaches and pains.
9. Check the warranty and return policies
Nobody just wakes on a Monday morning and decides to make a mattress purchase! Mattress purchase is a process that takes a considerable amount of time to research, think and decide between the pros and cons.
And there is a reason why everyone wants to make a perfect choice regarding their mattress. Not only is it a great option to improve sleep quality but also is an expensive item that cannot be brought frequently.
So, there is no room for mistakes. And hence it is a necessary option to verify the return policies and warranties with the company. Most mattress companies allow for a return of the product if the product was found to be defective or if the customers were not satisfied with the purchase.
But you have to make sure to read the policies page for a good idea. Also, make sure to know how much of your money will be refunded and how many days should be considered before the return of the paid money.
Every company will have different return policies and you have to read the terms before jumping to conclusions.
10. Check for safety certifications
Most mattresses that are manufactured according to modern standards will showcase special certifications that indicate the chemicals that the mattress has been tested for. So, here are a few well-known certificates you can look for in your mattress.
This particular certificate indicates whether the poly foams in the mattress were assessed for chemicals such as formaldehyde, lead, PBDE emissions, and mercury to ensure that they are secure for customers to use in their bedrooms.
This certification tests the manufacturing process for dangerous additives that can influence the safety and security of all the textiles used in the mattress.
This certification is necessary to test the safety standards regarding products that are marketed for schools or intended for children. They ensure safety levels of emissions and also test against certain chemicals.
There are not only these three certifications but there are many more in the market and hence it is worthwhile to check for certain certification promises to ensure safety.
Although many mattress companies suggest that an average mattress can last between 6 to 10 years – many factors like the material, brand and cost can actually determine the durability of a mattress.
But it’s not good to sleep on a mattress that is deteriorating due to many factors like age and the type of material it is constructed with. So, let us discuss a few points that pinpoint that your mattress needs replacement.
- If you have been having a troubled sleep for no identifiable reasons that you could pick on.
- If your mattress is uneven, lumpy and bumpy throughout the surface.
- If your mattress is showing signs of sagging in the middle or if there are worn out corners or damages in the middle of the mattress.
- If your body imprints linger for an indefinite time on your memory foam mattress.
- Feeling sore, stiff or waking up with body pains and aches is also a sure sign that your mattress needs replacement.
- Squeaky springs or a noise that gets louder as you toss and turn on your mattress.
- If you are seeing frayed edges on your mattress.
- If you sleep better on your couch rather than your mattress.
- Increased health problems including allergies and asthma which gets better when you do not sleep on your mattress for longer periods.
- Your mattress feels soft or hard – Which was the complete opposite when it was first bought.
- Lastly, reduced motion transferability.
And that’s a wrap!
We hope that this guide empowers you to set the right foot in the mattress world and prepare you to make the best mattress purchase.
As the next step in your buying journey, we recommend you to check our latest blogs on Top 5 Divan Beds and Headboards, and Easy Way To Attach Headboard To Adjustable Bed Frame for further clarity on these topics.
Making a mattress choice is difficult, but losing a few hours of sleep to obtain a great sleep is necessary!
But if you would like to cut through the process of research, notes taking, experimenting, and jump straight to the buying step, you might need to visit our mattress collection section to choose from a wide variety of options.
Each mattress is already prepared to meet everything in your buying guide, a customized option just for you! So, why take the hassle of going through everything when all that you need is in one place?
With that being said, we welcome you to Crafted Beds.
What is the best month to buy a new mattress?
As per our studies, May is the best month to buy new mattresses. And the reason for a dip in the price during this month is fairly simple.
As a whole, mattress industries roll out new products in June and the sales for the new model and modern mattress will be hot throughout September and the further months.
And before the companies put up their rates for their new products, they need to sell their old products and hence they will drastically reduce the price of the mattresses in May to get them sold.
But if you consider buying a mattress online, each month would be the perfect time for you because online retailers always roll out huge discounts and offers with their products.
What mattress is the best for back pain?
There is no ‘one’ best mattress for back pain, but there are some factors that one need to consider when they want to buy a mattress that provides great relief from back pain.
These factors include the weight, sleep position, firmness and the construction of the mattress, thickness, spinal alignment, material, and comfort as well as breathability.
Replacing your old mattress with a new mattress that helps with the back pain is definitely a good solution but any serious medical conditions regarding back pains have to be discussed with a healthcare professional.