Thinking about buying a new mattress? We’ve rounded up 10 top tips to consider when thinking about a purchase.
1. Do your research
A mattress is a big purchase that should last you for a number of years, so it’s important to do your research. Take the time to understand what terms such as ‘pocket sprung’, ‘pillow top’ and ‘memory foam’ mean before you start looking at specific models. Armed with this knowledge you’ll be able to make an informed decision that’s right for you.
For help decoding some of the key terms, we’ve got plenty of advice on the blog. Discover what we mean by ‘pocket springs’ here.
2. Understand how you sleep
A mattress is a very personal purchase and what might be the perfect option for one person won’t necessarily be the right choice for someone else, so understanding your natural sleeping position is key. For example, a memory foam mattress will offer good support for side sleepers but might feel a little suffocating if you tend to sleep on your front.
We all move about during our sleep but our natural sleeping position is often the one that we wake up in so make a note of this.
It’s also worth thinking about your temperature when you sleep. Do you tend to overheat or do you find that you often feel cold during the night? All of these insights will help inform your decision.
3. Consider the firmness
Firmness is your next consideration and while this largely comes down to personal preference, there are a few top tips to bear in mind. A firm mattress is great for those who sleep on their back and stomach but if you suffer from joint pain then a mattress with a little more ‘give’ might help to relieve this whilst you sleep.
For more information on choosing the right firmness for you, take a look at our firmness guide here.
4. Try a few mattresses out in store
Where possible, we would always recommend going to a store to try out a variety of different mattresses.
Make sure that you lie down fully on the mattress in your normal sleeping position and if you share your bed with a partner, make sure they come with you too. This will give you a good ‘feel’ for the options available to you but also give you an opportunity to speak to the sales consultants about any questions that you might have.
Check your nearest Sleepeezee stockist over on our ‘Find a retailer’ page.
5. Buy the biggest mattress that you can afford
Always buy the biggest mattress you can afford, especially if you share your bed with a partner. Allowing yourself enough space to spread out whilst you sleep is really important and will reduce the chance of you disturbing each other during the night.
6. Spring count isn’t everything
Although some will say the more springs in a mattress, the better – spring count isn’t everything. The size and quality of the springs will improve how the mattress contours to your body shape and provides pressure relief where it’s needed the most.
7. Ask about a guarantee
Your mattress is expected to last you a number of years, so always check that it comes with a guarantee (all of ours do).
It’ll not only protect you against any possible defects but will offer peace of mind that the product you are buying has been built to last.
Find out more about our guarantees here.
8. Can it fit into your house?
It sounds obvious but always check that your mattress can reach the room that you intend it to. Mattresses do not (and should not) bend easily and narrow stairways are often a sticking point!
Before placing an order make sure that you discuss your delivery requirements with your retailer and provide accurate measurements for doorways, staircases and ceiling heights.
9. Check your bed base
The next thing to consider is your bed base as it should work in harmony with your mattress. The wrong base can damage your mattress, and even void a guarantee, so make sure you check what type of base is recommended before you purchase it.
10. Care for your mattress
Once you receive your mattress make sure that you follow the care instructions (we provide them with every mattress). Regularly turning or rotating your mattress will help to distribute the weight of your body and will prolong the life of your mattress. A double-sided mattress must be turned every week for the first three months and every month thereafter. A non-turn mattress must be rotated from head to foot every week for the first three months and every month thereafter. Regularly changing your bedding will encourage air to circulate through the mattress to keep the fillings fresh and odour free.