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Some helpful tips to consider when making a mattress purchase:

Buying a mattress is one of the most important purchases that you can make for your home. You will more than likely spend more time on your mattress than any other piece of furniture that is in your home. With that being said, consider a few steps to make sure that you buy the best mattress for your lifestyle because a good mattress contributes to a healthy life.

Try to do as much research as possible, knowledge is power, before making a mattress purchase:

  • Visit mattress websites to see what’s offered.If you haven’t purchased a mattress in a while, it is good to educate yourself on the different types of mattresses that are available these days. It’s always good to see what options are available before going to a store.
  • Check prices online to see what you feel is reasonable based on what is being offered and determine what your budget may be.
  • Mattress brands are often coming out with new styles of mattresses including ones that offer different firmness levels and temperatures. Decide how high-tech you want your mattress to be, as some of these may only be available at specialty stores or online.
  • Look up what special features may be offered by each mattress brand including a trial period or money-back guarantee. Compare the pros and cons of the benefits for each brand. If desired, you can print this information to bring to the store with you, just be certain that you are comparing apples to apples.


  • Decide on a level of firmness.This is difficult to determine without first testing the mattresses, you really would prefer to lay on the mattress in the same position that you sleep in.  Although, a few physical factors can help direct your decision.
  • If you have back problems, consider a medium-firm to firm mattress choice. These are best for supporting your lower back and reducing back pain.
  • Pillow-top mattresses are best for people who aren’t too light, as they won’t have enough weight to suppress the top and the springs to a point that it makes a difference in comfort. Larger people typically find pillow-top mattresses more comfortable for this reason. It is very important to understand the contents in the pillow-top.
  • Do not make such an emphasis on the spring count which is supposed to equate to the quality of the mattress. Not True, studies have shown that the number of springs doesn’t actually affect how comfortable the mattress is rather it will help contribute to the support.


  • Measure the space you plan to put the bed.Nothing is worse than finding and purchasing your perfect mattress, just to realize you can’t fit it. Make sure to double check your dimensions in your bedroom, and then decide on the mattress size to fit.
  • Twin mattresses are the smallest size, and measure on average 39” x 75”.
  • The next largest size after a twin mattress is a full or double mattress, which measures at 54” x 75”.
  • The queen sized mattress is the most commonly purchased by couples for its size and relative price. It measures at 60” x 80”.
  • King size bed is the largest standard sized mattress available. It is 76” x 80”.
  • Some mattress brands and stores offer an extra large bed called the California king, which measures at 72” x 84”
  • Be sure the mattress size you intend to purchase not only fits inside your bedroom, but also fits through all doors used to enter the bedroom.

Find a store(s) to shop at. Try to create a top 3
 Typically, specialty mattress stores will have more informed salespeople and information on mattresses than a generic furniture store. Be sure that where you choose to buy has a good reputation and helpful employees.


  • Test out mattresses.In order for you to know how well you like a mattress, you must test it out in the store. Search around looking for mattresses that meet your criteria, and then lay on each to see how you like them, always remember to lay on the mattress as you sleep (Do you sleep on your back?  Do you sleep on your back?).
  • Lay on each mattress for at least 2-3 minutes, and up to 15. The floor models are out specifically for this reason, so don’t be hesitant to lay in the store for a bit.
  • Ignore descriptors on tags such as “ultra plush,” “super soft,” or “extra firm.” These aren’t regulated terms and are used freely within each mattress brand without consistency between them. Instead, just lay on the mattress to get a feel for how soft or firm it is. Understand what you like and look for that specific feel.
  • Try a firm, a plush-top, and a pillow-top mattress to get a feel for which type suits you the best. Compare these types all within the same mattress brand to get the most accurate idea of which you like best, you want to try to get an accurate consistent gauge.
  • Ask to see a sample cutaway of the mattress (cut out, bun, etc…) if it’s available, so you can see the contents inside the particular mattress and see exactly what is in the mattress that you might be sleeping on
  • Ask about a comfort guarantee.A comfort guarantee varies between brands, but is a certain period of time after you’ve purchased your mattress in which you can return or exchange it for free. This is not a mandatory feature but can help with the selection process.
  • Always do this before you purchase and verify at purchase to make sure you are getting the correct information.
  • Find out when the comfort guarantee expires, this may vary slightly depending on which brand.
  • Ask if you must pay for shipping to/from your home if the mattress doesn’t work out for you. This way you won’t be surprised by extra costs later. Understand the program completely before purchasing, some comfort guarantees are difficult to execute.
  • Take it for a trial run.Many mattress brands and stores allow you to test the mattress in your home for up to thirty days or 120 days. If you can, take this opportunity to verify that this mattress meets your sleep needs. Just make sure you meet all the qualifications when returning the mattress.
  • Check the warranty.Make sure that the mattress you are purchasing offers a minimum 10 year, non-prorated warranty.  Understand exactly what is covered and what is excluded when making a warranty claim, also ask about the process in making the warranty claim, how long?


  • Purchase the necessary mattress add-ons.Although buying just a mattress is all that seems necessary, you must also purchase a minimum of a foundation to support it as well.
  • Always buy a new box spring with your new mattress, as old box springs wear out over time and lose the desired support and firmness.
  • Purchase a waterproof mattress protector to cover your new mattress. This not only makes cleanup easier should something spill on it, but will keep the warranty intact. Many warranties void out if the mattress is stained or spilled on.


  • Negotiate the price.Everything is Negotiable. The prices of mattresses can often be lowered with a little bartering done with a sales associate or store manager. Use the numbers you found online earlier to determine if you are getting a good deal.
  • Include the cost of old mattress pick-up and the delivery and setup of the new mattress in the total cost.
  • Ask for freebies; many stores will throw in free services if they are simply asked


Final Tips:

  • Make sure the mattress is comfortable in the store before purchasing. Feel free to lay on it if the display allows.
  • Do not allow the sales persons' pitch to alter your choice. You have already done some research and know the feel that you need to have a comfortable sleep, and the salesperson will most likely not be familiar with any brands or models outside their own store and inventory.



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