Finding the right mattress can make a big difference when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Three elements to always consider when shopping a new mattress are: Size, Comfort, and Durability.
Mattress Sizes/Dimensions can vary slightly between manufacturers. You will want to look at your bed set and consider how high your mattress can sit from the floor for you to comfortably get in and out of the bed everyday.
Most mattress retailers offer three different height foundations (often called boxsprings) that will allow you to change the height of the bed without being forced to get an overly thin mattress or overly thick mattress. The three foundation options would be the standard foundation which is 9″ in height, then there is the low profile foundation which is usually 5″ in height and for bunk beds and people that really do not want much of a foundation a Bunkie board is only 1.5″ in height.
In addition, your mattress should be longer than the tallest person sleeping on it, and wide enough to accommodate side sleepers who may fold their arms and legs to get comfortable at night.
Make sure your mattress and bed set can fit comfortably within the space it is located before deciding on additional decor to compliment the sleep space.
The most important thing to consider when selecting a new mattress is how it supports your spine. You will want to find a mattress that can maintain the natural curve and alignment of your spine throughout the night, and can respond properly to your body’s movement in order to redistribute your weight evenly across the mattress.
Most mattresses are available in Firm, Medium, Plush, or Ultra Plush variations with coil and/or foam comfort layers. It is impossible to provide a “one size fits all” recommendation, and proper support and relaxation is subjective to the user. The easiest way to determine which style/type of mattress you need is to personally test them.
Today’s mattresses should be replaced every 5-7 years, based on their condition and your personal comfort.
If your mattress appears old and worn — dips and divots, sagging on the sides, visible coils — it’s a good sign you are ready for a replacement.
If your mattress no longer provides you with a comfortable support — the sides collapse when you sit on the edge, you can feel the coils, or there is creaking/shifting noise when you move — you will also want to consider new options.
The longevity of your mattress will depend on how long you sleep at night, if you use your bed for reading or working in addition to sleeping, or if you have any personal changes in weight. The more use/support mattresses provide, the faster you will need to replace them.
A simple rule-of-thumb: If you wake up feeling fatigued or sore it’s time to replace your mattress. There are a number of highly-recommended TEMPUR-PEDIC, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster options available in our Plymouth Furniture & Bedding showrooms, and our team is always ready to help you find the perfect fit!