We all know what a mattress is, but it’s not always that easy to pick out the best one for yourself. There are so many different options and factors to consider, making the process all too complicated. But with this in mind, we’ve put together a guide that will hopefully take the guesswork out of your choice and help you to select the best mattress for yourself.
How To Pick A Mattress: 6 Proven Steps
So you’ve decided to buy a new mattress! That’s great news. Choosing the right mattress will have an impact on your physical and mental health, as well as those of your partner. The most important part of this process is figuring out which type of mattress will work best for you.
If you don’t fall asleep quickly or often wake up feeling unrefreshed, you likely need a softer surface. Soft mattresses are made from materials such as cotton, coil springs, and foam, and they come in many different thicknesses to suit any weight requirement.
If you wake up with aches or pains during the night, a firmer mattress might be better for you. These sleep surfaces are often made from memory foam and gel beads and are usually sold in thicknesses of 3–6 inches.
Which type is best will depend on many factors such as your weight, physical activity during the day, and personal preference. It always helps talk to a bedding specialist who can help you find the perfect mattress that suits your lifestyle.
Step 1: Choose Mattress Type
There are three main types of mattresses; innerspring, foam, and air. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks.
Innerspring mattresses come in two varieties: open coil and pocket coil. Open coil mattresses tend to be more durable, and the springs can be felt in certain positions, such as lying on your back or stomach; however, they are more likely to conform to your body shape over time, which may not always be a good thing.
Pocket coils offer a firmer sleep surface that doesn’t change shape as much when you move around. They also hold their shape for longer than open coils, making them a popular choice for couples.
Foam mattresses are made from polyurethane foam and come in different thicknesses. Coils of foam tend to be 5–15 inches thick, whereas open coil and pocket coil mattresses tend to be 3–6 inches. Foam mattresses can be warmed up in the same way as a memory foam mattress to encourage a more comfortable sleep.
Air mattresses are made from layers of high-quality air-filled cushions that encase individual springs. The air is then surrounded by a thick layer of material such as cotton or wool, which protects the air from outside influences and helps to maintain its shape.
Step 2: Set Your Budget
Once you’ve determined which type of mattress will suit you best, it’s time to set your budget and start shopping. The cost of a new mattress can vary widely depending on whether you’re considering a spring, foam, or air mattress; and whether or not it comes with a topper. Mattresses with a soft topper will be much more comfortable than those without, but they are also more expensive and tend to wear out more quickly.
Step 3: Determine Mattress Size
Most stores will be able to provide you with a few material samples before you make your final purchase. These are usually made from polyurethane and can be cut into various sizes. It’s important to ensure that you get the right size bed for your room and your sleeping needs, so always measure twice and buy once.
Mattresses are usually sold in single sizes; however, if you have a very small bedroom or guest room, it may make more sense to buy two mattresses of the same size to create another twin-sized bed. This will allow you to save a bit of space and money in the long run.
Step 4: Determine Mattress Firmness
Mattress firmness is measured on a scale from 1 to 10. The higher the number, the firmer it will be. It’s important to try out mattresses in person before you buy them because they can feel very different on the sales floor than they do in your bedroom when you set them up.
You also need to factor in the weight of the person using the mattress. If you’re a heavier sleeper who weighs more than 200 pounds, consider buying a firmer mattress so it will support your weight. If you weigh less than 200 pounds, you’ll probably be better off with a softer surface.
Step 5: Choose A Topper
Toppers make a big difference to the feel of a mattress. They can be placed on top of any mattress and are sometimes known as mattress toppers, pillow mattresses, and foam mattresses.
Most people like to place a memory foam topper on top of their existing mattress. It’s an ideal choice for those with back pain, those who sleep hot, and people who will benefit from a bit more cushioning during the night.
However, if your primary concern is getting rid of body aches and pains during the night, you might be better off investing in an air-filled mattress instead. These surfaces tend to be less expensive than their memory foam counterparts.
If you prefer a softer mattress but still want to prevent the build-up of pressure points, you may want to consider using a latex (foam) and wool mattress pad. These are often used by people who are allergic to wool or simply want something easier to maintain, and they tend to be better for people with allergies.
If you like the idea of having two mattresses in one, consider buying a mattress that comes with a foam mattress protector. These can be placed on top of your existing mattress and provide an extra layer of comfort without making your bed feel too soft.
Step 6: Consider Your Weight and Height
Most people are aware that a twin-sized mattress is not designed for a small person. It’s important to ensure that a twin-sized mattress is a suitable size for your body as well as your room and floor space. You should measure your height, but take this into account when deciding the size of the mattress.
If you have very little bedroom space, then your mattress needs to fit in a smaller space. Don’t forget that you may have to store the bed somewhere else if it’s not the right size for your room. You need to consider this when deciding which size mattress is best for you.
If you are a larger person, you should probably consider buying a queen-sized mattress. This will allow for more comfortable sleeping positions and still leave enough room for your feet and legs. You can save money by purchasing two single-sized mattresses of the same type, but they must be big enough to share between two people.
Which Type Of Mattress Is Best For Sleeping?
An innerspring mattress is the best for sleeping. It provides great back support and often has more bounce than other types of mattresses. This bouncing helps distribute your weight across the mattress evenly, reducing pressure points and resulting in greater comfort. They’re also easy to maintain, and they tend to be less expensive than other types of mattresses.
What Is The Best Bed Size For A Couple?
We recommend that couples consider a California king-sized mattress because it is very spacious and will most likely suit your needs as well as those of your partner’s, but ultimately what matters most is what gives both parties their best sleep every night.
How Do I Choose A Mattress For Back Pain?
The mattress that is right for you is the one that provides just the right level of cushioning and support for your back. Memory foam mattresses tend to give the most overall support for those who experience lower back pain with their natural curves and provide more traction when lying on a firm surface.