Your mattress is one of those things you don’t often give much thought to until it starts causing you grief. If you’ve reached the point where you just can’t seem to get comfortable at night, you spend your whole time tossing and turning, there is a large dip in the middle, and it’s 10 years or older, then it’s more than likely it’s time to invest in a new mattress.
With that said, a mattress isn’t something where you just grab the first one you see on sale; remember you’re going to be using it every single night for years to come. You want to be absolutely sure it meets your needs and will allow you to have a comfortable sleep. So, before you start the shopping process, here are five essential tips to keep in mind.
Do Your Research in Advance
Just like you would do for any big-ticket item, it makes sense to do your research in advance. This means checking out customer and expert reviews and tips regarding the various makes and models.
The Mattress Nerd have written a Best Mattress Buying Guide that will help you make sure you choose the right mattress. It can take a lot of the questions and confusion out of the process since the buying guide breaks down the major factors you should be looking for. As the guide discusses, it’s all about comfort and support when it comes to the selection process.
Set a Budget in Advance
Mattresses are one of those items that can vary quite a bit when it comes to cost, which is also why you will want to set a budget for yourself. Ideally you want to set that budget before you start shopping around so you don’t get swayed into over-spending.
Try the Mattress Before You Buy It
If you do plan on buying your mattress online, be sure that you get a chance to try out the models you are interested in in-store. Even if you don’t plan on buying the mattress from that store, you will still want that opportunity to lie on it and move around.
If the mattress is for you and your significant other, you both want to be there to try it. You will want to see what the motion transfer is like when you are both lying on the mattress, and how you both feel about the support and comfort level.
Do You Want to Change the Size of Your Mattress?
You may also want to consider going with a different sized mattress than the one you already have – whether that means you are getting something larger or smaller. Just remember this will affect other things such as your bedframe and bedding, which means an added cost.
What is the Return Policy?
The final tip is to be sure you ask about the return policy or trial period. Lying on a mattress in a showroom for a few minutes just isn’t enough to make an adequate decision. For that reason, it’s wise to see what kind of trial/test period they offer.
By using these tips for your mattress shopping experience, you’ll be much more likely to find that perfect fit.
This is a collaborative post.