Buying a Quality Mattress While Avoiding the High Price Tag

Avoid These Two Common Mattress-Shoping Mistakes

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Ever feel like you’ve paid too much for a mattress that didn’t live up to your expectations? Instead of shopping the big-name brands, we recommend seeking out an independently owned, factory-direct mattress manufacturer near you. These are usually smaller family-owned businesses that handcraft mattresses using only the most durable, comfortable, quality materials. As a small business, they want to provide only the best mattresses for their customers and offer top-notch customer service.

These companies can provide superior products at lower prices because they do not have high overheads and do not have to pay corporate salaries like many of the big-name mattress brands do.

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Any quality mattress should start with a firm, supportive base.  Pocketed coil spring systems provide support to any body frame and sleep position, with some of the best models incorporating zoned lumbar support for proper back health.  These spring systems are very popular today not only for their support but also because they do an excellent job of limiting the transfer of motion in a mattress.  With less movement, couples can sleep more soundly together and not disturb each other’s rest on either side of the bed.

Springless mattresses can work for some people.  All-foam mattresses have been popular for years, but they can lack the proper lumbar support needed for adults.  Foam mattresses will be better suited for children up to adults in their early 20’s or so, who do not already experience back pain or issues.  Foam mattresses, particularly memory foam, tend to carry a “quicksand” feeling, which can make it difficult to move around on the mattress.  They also tend to cause your entire body to sink, so the foam encases your body and traps your body heat – causing the mattress to sleep hotter.  Mattresses made from all-natural latex are a better option as they will sleep cooler, are hypoallergenic, and provide better support with less sink. In general, an all-foam mattress will not support your back as well as a spring-based mattress will.

Hybrid mattresses are one of the most popular styles of mattresses and make sense for many people. These mattresses combine the support of a pocketed coil innerspring with the benefits of a latex comfort layer.

When it comes to the comfort layers of a mattress, if you like the feel of a polyurethane or memory foam, look for the CertiPUR certification.  This certification ensures a higher quality, longer lasting foam that emits lower levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).  Even better if you can find something made with blended or organic natural latex, which will be much more resilient and sleep much cooler than any other foam.  Natural or organic comfort layers, like wool and cotton, can also work as long lasting comfortable mattress materials.

Try to avoid purchasing a mattress made with chemical flame retardants as they can cause serious health issues.  Some mattress fabricators, such as ourselves, do not use harmful chemicals to pass the federal flame retardancy regulations.  Look for high-quality fabrics that are infused with Silica or mattresses that use wool as a natural flame barrier.  You’ll avoid potentially harmful exposure to toxic chemicals and have the peace of mind of sleeping healthier at night.

It is important to pick a mattress that accommodates your body frame and sleep profile (side, stomach or back sleeper).  If possible, take the time to test a mattress before you buy it.  We welcome naps in our showroom, and we encourage you to take the time needed to make the best choice for you.  Kick off your shoes and relax on each mattress you try, in your sleep position, as if you’re going to sleep at home.  Pay attention to what your body is telling you.  For instance, if you’re a side sleeper you’re going to want to pick something that isn’t overly firm.  It may feel good now, but weeks down the line your body will start to tell you that you’re on something too firm in the form of stiffness, pain, and loss of circulation.  Back sleepers are the easiest to accommodate, as long as they find something that is comfortable for them.  Stomach sleepers will not want to pick something too soft that causes their backs to hammock or sway, putting pressure on the low to mid back.

Look for companies that offer sleep or comfort trials.  This allows the mattress time to break in as well as time for you, the customer, to decide whether or not it’s a proper, long-term fit for you.  Pay attention to the return policies and read the warranty information carefully. If your mattress is not working for you, you will want to be able to rectify the situation easily.  When you purchase a new mattress, you should be left feeling confident in your new mattress choice, knowing you got the best value for your investment, and you should be rewarded with many years of restful sleep.

When it comes to the comfort layers of a mattress, if you like the feel of a polyurethane or memory foam, look for the CertiPUR certification.  This certification ensures a higher quality, longer lasting foam that emits lower levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).  Even better if you can find something made with blended or organic natural latex, which will be much more resilient and sleep much cooler than any other foam.  Natural or organic comfort layers, like wool and cotton, can also work as long lasting comfortable mattress materials.

Try to avoid purchasing a mattress made with chemical flame retardants as they can cause serious health issues.  Some mattress fabricators, such as ourselves, do not use harmful chemicals to pass the federal flame retardancy regulations.  Look for high-quality fabrics that are infused with Silica or mattresses that use wool as a natural flame barrier.  You’ll avoid potentially harmful exposure to toxic chemicals and have the peace of mind of sleeping healthier at night.

It is important to pick a mattress that accommodates your body frame and sleep profile (side, stomach or back sleeper).  If possible, take the time to test a mattress before you buy it.  We welcome naps in our showroom, and we encourage you to take the time needed to make the best choice for you.  Kick off your shoes and relax on each mattress you try, in your sleep position, as if you’re going to sleep at home.  Pay attention to what your body is telling you.  For instance, if you’re a side sleeper you’re going to want to pick something that isn’t overly firm.  It may feel good now, but weeks down the line your body will start to tell you that you’re on something too firm in the form of stiffness, pain, and loss of circulation.  Back sleepers are the easiest to accommodate, as long as they find something that is comfortable to them.  Stomach sleepers will not want to pick something too soft that causes their backs to hammock or sway, putting pressure on the low to mid back.

Look for companies that offer sleep or comfort trials.  This allows the mattress time to break in as well as time for you, the customer, to decide whether or not it’s a proper, long-term fit for you.  Pay attention to the return policies and read the warranty information carefully. If your mattress is not working for you, you will want to be able to rectify the situation easily.  When you purchase a new mattress, you should be left feeling confident in your new mattress choice, knowing you got the best value for your investment, and you should be rewarded with many years of restful sleep.

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