A new mattress is an important purchase that deserves some prior consideration. A quality mattress is quite expensive. Typically, a traditional innerspring mattress is about $1000 and memory foam is over $1200.
Mattresses also play a very important role in life, not only during nighttime sleep time, but even when you're awake. After all, a supportive, comfortable mattress promotes a good night's sleep, which in turn helps you work better during the day. So if you're thinking of buying a new mattress, it helps to know before heading to your local mattress store or buying online.
Know your size
You don't necessarily have to buy a replacement mattress that is the same size as your old one.Maybe you bought a king-size bed when the whole family was crammed into it for Sunday morning cartoons and playtime. But now, the kids have their own room. You can get more bedroom space and save money by downsizing to a queen or full-size mattress.
Of course, changing the mattress size means you'll need a new bed frame or at least a new headboard. This can provide a great opportunity to revamp your bedroom.
Try before you buy
Yes, it's embarrassing, but before you put down your credit card, you really must lie down and try out the mattress. There's no substitute for this step, so stretch out fully, curl up in your favorite sleeping position, roll from side to side, sit up like you're reading a book in bed, sit on the edge of the mattress and feel how firm it is. If you're in bed with a partner, they need to try it too, preferably both at the same time. Ideally, you should take at least 10 minutes or more to try out each mattress you are considering.
If you plan to buy a mattress online, you should still go to its offline brick-and-mortar store. Each type of mattress has pros and cons, so it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with them before you go to the store. It's very simple.
Ask about returns and trial periods for
Even though you try the mattress in the store, the real test is after a full night's sleep - a week, or a month. That's why most mattress dealers offer a "comfort trial" period.Usually in about 30 days, if the mattress doesn't end up being as comfortable as you'd like, you can return it.
Please note. Many stores will charge a restocking fee if you exercise this option. Still, the trial period is important, especially if you're buying a mattress online.