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If you wake up in the morning with a stiff back it may be time for a new bed mattress. Your mattress may not show visible signs of wear and tear but if yours more than 10 years old chances are its time for a new one!

Buying a new mattress set can be confusing since prices for a queen set can run from as little as $400 to as much as $4,000 and the jargon and sales hype! Read on to learn some simple tips on how to buy your next mattress set.

The subject of whether to buy a firm or soft mattress will be largely a matter of personal choice and which helps you sleep more restfully, but visiting a showroom and trying out various brands and models will help you determine what feels right for your back and sleeping comfort.

Nothing will help you sleep in comfort and wake up rested than having a comfortable mattress set!
Nothing will help you sleep in comfort and wake up rested than having a comfortable mattress set!

When you go out to shop for your new bed mattress, be sure to wear shoes you can easily take off in order to lie down comfortably on the demo beds. You want to lie on each mattress you are considering for a long enough period to really evaluate how well it fits your needs. Lay on your back, sides and stomach long enough to feel how well the mattress supports your body in each sleeping position.

If you and your partner prefer different types of mattresses, one option is to get an airbed with independent adjustable settings on each side; this will also let you make the mattress more or less firm depending on how you feel.

Invest in a name brand mattress and buy the most expensive mattress you can afford; this is one item you don’t really want to skimp on! A good mattress should support your body at all points along your spine and legs in the same position as when you are standing with good posture.

Another important consideration is the size of your mattress; bigger is better since you and your partner will both have plenty of room to move and turn over while you sleep; two adults trying to sleep together on a full-size mattress will be very confining since it is.

A queen or king mattress is considerably more comfortable for 2 people, being 6 inches wider and 5 inches wider than a full-size mattress; a queen mattress is about 60 inches wide and 80 inches long while a king is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long for even more comfort. Be sure the mattress you buy will fit in your bedroom but sacrificing a bit of bedroom floor space for a larger bed may be worthwhile considering!

Typically the foundation and mattress are made to work together as a set; buying a new mattress and putting it on an old foundation or platform bed can reduce the life of your mattress and may void your warranty.

Tips on Buying a Mattress Set

  • More important than price is how a mattress set is constructed; a less expensive set uses a single length of wire to create the springs, while a more expensive set will have individual springs each resting in their own fabric pocket which allows the springs to adjust independently to the weight of various parts of your body.
  • When testing mattresses in the showroom, you and your partner should lie on mattresses together to test how easily you can roll over and how much motion you each feel as one person gets into or out of bed.
  • Coil count and wire gauge are important factors in determining how firm a mattress should be; the more coils the firmer in most cases but thicker gauge coils are also a factor.
  • Consider air or water beds as an option; some people with back problems find that the adjustability of a waterbed or airbed is helpful.
  • Another option is a latex rubber or viscoelastic mattress, which run about $900 to $3,000 from brands including TrueSleep or Tempurpedic. The dense foam absorbs energy, is heat sensitive and self-adjusts to your body temperature and mass.
  • Consider a polyurethane foam mattress, which will run from $150 to $400. These self-adjust to your body mass, are available in different thicknesses and firmnesses and can be placed on a platform bed or box spring.

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