5 Things To Consider When Shopping For A New Mattress
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There comes a time every decade or so, where you have to bite the bullet on a new mattress purchase. However, it seems to get harder and harder each time because every year there are new brands with even more beds to choose from. Knowing what to look for before you start your search can spare you valuable time, and even money. Below are five different things you should keep in mind if you’re interested in buying a new bed.
1.) Your Dominant Sleeping Position
We never think about the position you primarily sleep in — but everyone has one. Or you’re a combo sleeper who switches between a few different positions. Whatever the case may be, you should cater to your most dominant sleeping position when you’re searching for the best mattress. Most mattresses aren’t one sleeper fits all, and you should find one that accommodates your sleeper type.
Back and stomach sleepers usually need something on the medium to firm end of the spectrum, because it keeps their spines in neutral alignment. If their backs sag into a soft mattress, it could mean annoying aches and pains the morning afterwards.
Side sleepers, on the other hand, are usually most comfortable on soft mattresses that contour to the side of their body. They want something pressure relieving so they don’t wake up with a stiff arm and shoulder. Combo sleepers can either go for something more in the middle of the firmness spectrum, or accommodate the side they sleep on the most.
2.) Your Body Weight
Weight should also come into play when you’re in the market for a new mattress. A mattress will feel much different to your 5-year-old niece than it will to your 230 lb cousin, and that’s because of the extra pressure that heavier body types exert. Essentially, the more you weigh — the softer a mattress is going to feel. So if you’re looking for a bed with more support, you might want to consider a hybrid bed. A soft mattress with foam and an innerspring system is a great hybrid mattress for side sleepers, while back and stomach sleepers should consider firmer hybrid mattresses.
3.) Your Budget
You can spend as low as $200 on a mattress, or you can spend a big chunk of change on a new bed that costs $4,000. So before you take on the challenge of choosing a new mattress, consider how much money you want to spend on your mattress. How often will someone be sleeping on this bed? How old is the individual sleeping on it? Will you have this mattress for a short period of time, or do you hope to sleep on this mattress for the next decade?
If you’re looking for a durable, supportive mattress — you might want to stray away from the budget beds. Though, for those of you who want a spare room mattress or something to get your kid through their dorm days at school, you can get away with a cheaper bed.
4.) Your Personal Preferences
Of course, it’s important to consider your own personal preferences when you’re shopping for a mattress. For example, hot sleepers who tend to warm up at night may not want a memory foam bed because they’re notorious for retaining heat. Instead, latex foam mattresses or beds with active cooling technology would be a more comfortable choice.
Those with arthritis or hip pain may want a soft mattress that relieves those pressure points. Additionally, someone with allergies may prefer a natural latex mattress that’s hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, meaning it’s resistant to household allergens like dust mites and dander. If you do enough research, odds are, you’ll find a mattress that makes sleeping at night a lot more comfortable for you.
5.) Your Living Space
You don’t want to purchase a mattress that looks too big or even too small in a bedroom. Otherwise, you risk feeling cluttered or boring and empty. Luckily, mattresses come in a wide range of sizes so you can find the sweet spot between big enough for you, but sizable enough for the space. Master or larger bedrooms can hold a king size bed, or a queen if you’re looking to save money. Queen and full size beds fit best in average-sized rooms, while twin and twin XL beds are best for small rooms meant for one individual.