Learn How to Tell a Good from Bad Mattress

Choosing the right mattress for your bedroom is no longer an easy process and I really don’t know whether that’s because nowadays the market offers too many good options, or because people have become somehow spoiled and too gentle to sleep on just about anything. Or maybe, we all finally understood that only the poor pay twice, so now we spend days and weeks checking out and researching in order to assure ourselves we’re putting our money in the right place. I like to believe it’s the second notion that drives people to be so careful and detail-oriented when choosing a mattress for sleeping. And why wouldn’t they; after all, our successful daily functioning relies largely on the quality of our sleep.

When faced with a vast offer of mattresses, ranging from latex memory foam to firm mattresses made from various materials serving all kinds of purposes (from back support to royal rest time), it’s only normal to be confused and frustrated. So much goodness and you are to pick only one?! Unbelievable, I know.

But, if you were to know how to choose a mattress, and what are the most basic, non-negotiable features in one for sleeping without a care, you wouldn’t feel this way. As a matter of fact, buying a mattress would be as calm and enjoyable as taking a walk in the park. So, how do you tell a mattress worth investing in, from a bogus piece of stuffed material?


Start from the inner composition: springs and coils
Springs and coils serve to provide the firmness of a mattress. Coils are made of a wire, which often varies in thickness and thus, determines the level of firmness of the mattress. However, just the thickness of the wire isn’t enough; the concentration of the coils is important too. Therefore, the higher concentration of coils made of thick wire implies a firmer mattress. That is, if that’s what you’re looking for, because people with severe lower back pain problems wouldn’t find higher firmness a particularly good feature.

Comfort by size and padding
Probably the biggest mistake you can make when buying a mattress is to neglect its size in the name of other features, like springs and coils, for example. Size matters. If you’re a couple looking to keep the fire under the sheets in the bedroom, but still want to have enough space to sleep in your natural position, then a king size mattress would be your best pick. If you’re single, and simply love sleeping as comfortably as possible, occasionally having your dog wrapped around your feet, then a queen size mattress would be just the right one. Also, if you have a guest room and have guests frequently coming for sleepovers, you’d like to present yourself in the best light as a host: a queen size mattress is a sign of respect towards people’s quality of sleep. Who wouldn’t appreciate it Padding is also an indicator of quality. It’s the top layer of the mattress that is usually made of materials such as polyurethane foam, polyester or cotton batting. As an extra layer, a mattress with padding would be more expensive, but definitely worthy every dollar spent.

The box spring and mattress durability
Since the box spring can vary in material, it’s only normal to be associated with mattress durability. For example, if you choose a wooden box spring, you should examine it very thoroughly to assure there aren’t any cracks in the wood that can result in an eventual breakage. The best option would be to choose the mattress and the box spring as a set and avoid risking the possibility of the two not being compatible.

Finally, never forget that buying a mattress is an investment, which means, in return you should be waking up all rested and refreshed, ready to seize the day.

Author: Christina Stone

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