Step by Step Guide to Mattress Buying
Buying a mattress all comes down to personal preference – there is no clear-cut, step-by-step guide to follow. The best bet is to simply try out as many different mattresses as you can. This is made very easy by bed and mattress retailers who provide showrooms displaying mattresses. Normally the top and base of the mattresses are covered with protective layering for hygiene purposes.
It can be advantageous to go into mattress purchasing with an open mind – just because you’ve had a relatively soft mattress for the past few years might not necessarily mean you prefer soft mattresses. You may well try a firmer alternative and decide that’s the new mattress for you. Then again, if sleep does not come easily and you are adamant you know exactly what you want before you sample, then there’s probably little reason to reinvent the mattress wheel!
You may not be in the market for a new mattress. You might think your mattress is perfectly fine. However, most manufacturers will recommend replacing a mattress every 10 – 12 years, which is largely for health reasons (hygiene as well as compromised body support/ posture).
So – now we know there is no science behind buying the right mattress for you, what are your options?
Innerspring mattress – a centre core of support is provided by coils and wires and the comfort is delivered via foam and padding.
Openspring mattress – largely found in middle to lower priced mattresses, the openspring mattress comprises traditional coil springs all wired together, which means they all move when pressured.
Pocketspring mattress – this option tends to be found at the higher end of the market – each spring is encased in its own pocket of material. This way, springs work independently rather than as a whole unit, as is the case with openspring mattresses.
No spring – you can certainly find mattresses on the market that dont have any springs.
Latex mattress in particular is an increasingly popular option in this category given it moulds itself around the natural contours of the body. Latex mattresses minimise the chance of pressure point sores as well as dust mites.
Futon mattress – Originating from Japan, the Futon is a term that is often used to describe a type of mattress and bed base. Futon mattresses are available in a wide range of options – cotton, foam/cotton, cotton/wool, wool/cotton/foam, Latex/cotton and more. Futons are a great option for those who need a more flexible bed option – eg one that can literally roll up during the day, or turn into a couch when it’s not required as a bed.
Sofa bed mattress – this is the classic guest mattress for homes that are not quite large enough to accommodate a guest in their own room, or indeed for a guest room that needs to serve as a spare room/ office as well. It is assumed that a sofa bed mattress will only be used very occasionally as a bed, and for this reason the mattress is usually made from foam.