Hints and Tips
TIPS FOR BUYING A NEW MATTRESS SET
1. Give Your Current Sleep Set A Thorough Going-Over.
Check for age, condition, support, resiliency and appearance. A sleep set
that is eight to ten years old is probably beginning to develop lumps and
bumps, hills and valleys and losing support.
2. Get The Scoop On What's Available.
Send for free literature from mattress manufacturers and organizations
concerned with proper and healthy sleep. Drop by a few stores that sell
bedding and pick up their literature.
3. Choose Stores You Trust.
Shop for your new sleep set in a reputable store, one you know and trust to
give you good information, service and top quality. Select a store known for
its customer satisfaction.
4. Test Drive As Many Models As Possible.
Wear comfortable clothing and make sure your shoes are easy to slip off. Lie
down on each model for several minutes and turn from side to side to check
comfort and support in all positions. Take your partner and try out the
models together -both should make the decision.
5. Ask Questions And Look For Several Key Attributes.
Make sure the mattress has an innerspring and at least eight inches thick.
Sit on the edge and check for support and return to original shape. Check
coil counts: full-size should have at least 300, queen-size at least 375 and
king- size at least 450. Research indicates that only innerspring mattresses
and foundations provide the proper support.
6. Think About Size, Think Modern.
The old-fashioned double bed provides only 26 inches of sleep space for each
person. That's about the same amount of space as a baby crib. Today's modem
Queen or King mattresses will fit just about any bedroom. The bigger, the
7. Buy A Complete Set, Not Just The Mattress.
A good steel wire box spring foundation is as important as a good
innerspring mattress. Think of it as a large shock absorber. When buying a
mattress, buy its companion the two are designed to work best together.
8. Forget About Comparison Shopping By Model Names.
It's very hard to find the same model names from store to store. So, find a
sleep set you like, then see what levels of comfort and support you can get
for the same price in another store. But don't forget to compare store
services and delivery.
9. Spend As Much As Your Budget Can Afford.
Don't scrimp. Shop for the best value, not the lowest price. Mattress prices
are determined by the materials used, the quality of construction and the
size. Considering the amount of time you will use a sleep set, the cost is
actually only pennies per night. In mattresses, you get what you pay for.
10. The Warranty Is Important But Not The Final Word.
A warranty is for the purpose of protecting you against product defects, not
against gradual loss of comfort and support. Don't look to the warranty to
tell you how long your mattress and foundation should last.
Important Quick Tips:
Think comfort, support, durability, space and foundation. Test drive
thoroughly and spend as much as you can afford.
Some more Buying Tips
Size of the mattress:
The length should generally be the body length plus 15 to 20 cm and 100
cm is the recommended width. For double beds, the width should be at least
at 180 cm. Remember the effort which is needed when turning an oversized
Don’t buy just any mattress!
The first and usually the only thing that can be seen of a mattress is the
chic ticking. Ask for mattress-cuts, charts and catalogues containing
information about the inside of the mattress.
Don’t buy without testing!
Don‘t buy a mattress from a catalogue. In department stores, you can test
the mattress. Take your time for consultation. Preferably, test a mattress
in the morning than in the evening. A well relaxed body is choosier!
Hardness of the mattress:
This is primarily a matter of taste. Compare with your existing mattress.
A mattress is not a purchase for a lifetime. But a mattress should keep its
lying characteristics even for years and without hallows and deformations.
For hygienic and bacterial reasons, a mattress should be replaced every 5 -
Natural or synthetic?
As to whether you choose your bed accessory based on the functional aspects,
or whether you wish to allow yourself a little luxury, or you prefer a
natural bed, - this is only a matter of personal preference, and less a
matter of quality.
Price: Never save money when buying a bed!
You can buy a mattress in various price ranges. Consider that within 8
years, you will have spent 22'500 hours on this mattress. For beds in daily
use, only quality mattresses should be used, and a slightly higher price
should be accepted.
Buying A Mattress
Are you tossing and turning night after night? Are you not getting the deep,
restful sleep you need because you can't seem to get comfortable? If so,
then it may be time to buy a new sleep set. Remember, the average person
spends roughly 1/3 of their life sleeping. So getting a quality sleep set is
one of the most important investments you can make.
Find the Right Mattress For You
No other piece of furniture in your home gets as much use as your sleep set
or is as crucial for good sleep. That’s why it’s important to find the right
mattress for you. Before you start shopping, prepare by learning the basics.
Mattress comfort is a matter of personal preference. To find the one that
best suits you, go to a local mattress retailer and compare the comfort and
support of new sleep sets in the store with your old sleep set at home. Try
several different ones. Take off your shoes and lie down on the mattress. If
you sleep with a partner, be sure both of you try out the new mattresses.
It's important to decide on a sleep set that meets both of your needs.
A mattress is made of three basic elements:
Foundation - The foundation acts as a giant shock absorber, taking
the normal wear and tear of nightly use. Foundations also lend added
support, durability and, in the case of adjustable beds, flexibility.
Mattress core - The core construction varies with the type of
mattress. Whether the mattress is made of springs, air, foam or water, the
middle "core" provides support for the sleeper.
Upholstery layers - The upholstery layers wrap around the core to
provide surface comfort. A variety of foams and fibers are used to improve
cushioning properties and enhance the support of the mattress core.
Sleep set advances
Because of technological advances and medical developments, today’s mattress
sets are not the same as those made 10 years ago. Industry research and
development has improved mattress and foundation engineering to provide
optimum comfort and support. A new sleep set that incorporates these
advances can lead to a better night’s sleep.
Information For Your Protection
Know what you’re buying - A mattress made with all new materials is better
for your sleep and health. Some mattresses are made with previously used
materials. To ensure that you purchase a sleep set made with all new
materials, know what the law requires in your state.
Thirty-one states, the District of Columbia and Detroit have laws requiring
mattress manufacturers to identify mattresses constructed with new
Be aware that 19 states do not require the identification of materials used
in mattress construction. To ensure that you’re buying a product made with
new materials, consult your retailer.
Safety Information - Remember to keep matches, lighters and other
ignitables out of children’s reach. Kids, mattresses and fire are a bad
Don’t store old mattresses in your house — in the garage, basement or attic
— because they could pose fire safety hazards.
Six important points to keep in mind while shopping for a mattress:
Support - A quality mattress and foundation will gently support your
body at all points and keep your spine in the same body position as good
standing posture. When selecting a mattress, keep in mind that your body
should be able to relax, with your spine supported in it's natural curve.
Otherwise, your muscles work all night and you can wake up feeling stiff and
Comfort - Mattresses don’t have to be hard as a board to be good for
you, though some people may prefer a firmer feel. Today, mattresses are
built with luxurious new cushioning materials and surface treatments,
creating a plusher feel. While these mattresses may feel more plush, the
core provides the needed support for your body.
Durability and warranty - Durability refers to how long support and
comfort will continue. Like all products, a mattress and foundation
gradually wear out. Eventually, you won’t receive the same support and
comfort as you did when the sleep set was new. That’s why you shoUK