Now that you’ve determined you need a new mattress, it’s time to start shopping! Before you go, take note of these simple shopping tools so that you can make an informed decision.
- If possible, the person(s) that will be sleeping in the bed should try it out at the store before purchasing to ensure that it meets their individual comfort preference. Selecting a mattress for someone else is a difficult task and should be avoided. If you must select a bed without trying it first, be sure to ask about the return policy.
- Wear comfortable clothes for lying down and shoes that can be easily removed. Pants are always a good idea when shopping for a new bed.
- Lie down and relax on each model that you are considering. You should try lying on your back, side and stomach. Ask yourself these questions: Is there enough space? Are my hips and shoulders comfortable? The longer you test a mattress, the more adequately you will be able to judge whether or not it’s right for you.
- Get the whole story. Study all of the available information about the product. Read the labeling and be sure to ask questions about product features and design. If you have any doubts, ask the sales associate to write down the key product information for you.
- Shop at a store you know and trust. You should feel confident that you are getting good information, good service and top quality products.
- Shop for the best value, not the lowest price. You can always find "bargain bedding" at rock bottom prices, but when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, you should always buy the best that you can afford.
- Be wary of "free" products. Some ads offer a free frame or delivery, but in reality nothing is free. If you go to a store that advertises anything "free" and try to just get the "free" item, without making a purchase, you will find that it is built into the price of the merchandise you buy and nothing is "free."
- If you need a frame, make sure you purchase a good one. All quality frames should have at least 2” wide wheels and a center support with a leg(s) for Full, Queen and King size mattress sets. A sub-standard frame will only cause you problems in the long run and is not a bargain at any price.
- Buy a complete set if at all possible. Mattresses and box springs are designed to work together and should be purchased as such. A real working box spring not only provides more consistent support, but also helps the mattress last longer by acting as a shock absorber. However, please note that some beds don’t use a box spring (i.e. platform beds, bunk beds). This is something that you should keep in mind when shopping for furniture as not having a box spring will affect the feel and durability of your mattress.
Shop around. Compare different brands feature for feature and make an educated buying decision that you can feel good about.
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