When it comes to buying a new mattress, it can be a bit of a challenge due to the variety of options available on the market today. On top of that, if you consider that we spend a third of our lives sleeping, it shows how important choosing the right bed is to our health. That is why today Nothing But Beds is here to help you buy, giving you a list of questions to ask yourself before purchasing a mattress to get you started.
What size mattress so I need?
Naturally, the first thing you need to consider is the size of the mattress you want. There are several sizes out there, and we are going to list them below, but make sure that you get one wide enough for you and your partner to sleep comfortably, as well as one that can accommodate your height too.
Typical mattress sizes are as follows:
- Crib Mattress: most crib mattresses are near Width 27” by 51.5”
- Twin: Width 39” x Length 74”
- Twin Extra Long: Width 39” x Length 80”
- Full Size (also known as a double): Width 54” x Length 74”
- Queen Size: Width 60” x Length 80”
- Standard King: Width 76” x Length 80”
- California King: Width 72” x Length 84”
As a general rule, you want your bed length to be between 4-6 inches longer than the tallest sleeper with ample sleeping space unique to the sleeper. Also, before you make your decision to take into account if your room can accommodate the size you desire. Nothing is worse than bringing your new mattress home only to find out you cannot shut doors and drawers.
How firm should my mattress be?
This is perhaps the most asked question that consumers have, and unfortunately, it is not an easy one to answer. Every company has different variations on what they consider firm or soft, and they are not standard across the industry. Another factor is what materials make up the mattress you are looking at, and this is where we can help you narrow down your options.
The four basic mattress types:
- Innerspring: This is usually the most affordable choice, and they have different numbers of steel coils that support and distribute your weight. Generally, the more coils these have, the more support (firm) they will have.
- Foam: Over the years, the memory foam mattress has risen in popularity. These mattresses also include polyurethane and latex models, and each has its specific heat retention, density, and support. The beauty of this mattress type is that they mold to your body and do not transfer motion.
- Hybrid: The hybrid mattress is relatively new to the market and is now considered to be the best of both worlds of foam and innerspring coils. These mattresses are especially great for those that suffer from joint or muscle pain.
- Adjustable: The adjustable mattress is the most expensive, but it has its perks. Being able to adjust the height of your head or feet can mitigate problems such as asthma, snoring, circulation, acid reflux, just to name a few. This type of mattress has many health benefits and is worth it if you need a solution to help with physical ailments.
How do I know which mattress is best?
Choosing the best mattress for you comes down to a personal decision for good old fashioned comfort but take time to consider the factors that make up each mattress. Along with considerations like height and room size looks at the following:
- How does the mattress distribute weight evenly?
- Does it minimize motion transfer?
- Does it conform to your curves?
- How is temperature regulated?
- Does it have reinforced edges?
- Consider the quality of the stitching and construction.
Finally, according to consumer-reports, most people choose a medium-firm mattress for the best all-around support. If you need help selecting the best mattress for your unique needs or are looking for a great deal on one, check us out at Nothing But Beds or contact us today!