6 Things you need to know before buying a new mattress

A good night’s sleep is as undervalued in our fast-paced lives as the role of a good mattress is underrated. 

While on the superficial level, a mattress might seem all about comfort and support when sleeping, it’s much more and that. Sleeping on a good mattress can help us fix our posture in day-to-day activities, relieve muscle fatigue and stretch pains, invoke a deeper sleep, and therefore, improve daytime functioning.

If buying a new mattress is on your mind, why not make sure it is a worthwhile investment? 

Don’t worry, it’s neither going to take a lot of your time nor efforts. We have collated together all the important aspects you will need to consider before making a decision and curated a comprehensive guide that will help you get the best out of your new mattress.

Here’s a checklist that you can quickly breeze through:

  1. Your Basic Mattress Needs

The step that most mattress buyers miss out is also the most important step in buying the right mattress. You need to chalk out what you need from your ideal mattress. 

Confused? Let us help you out. Answer each of these questions and you’ll be ready with your basic mattress needs, all figured out!

  1. Do you prefer your mattress bouncy or firm? If bouncy, how much should it sink for your comfort?
  2. What is the size of your bed and preferred mattress (Twin/ Full/ Queen/ King/ California King)?
  3. Do you need movement absorbance and how much?
  4. Do you need extra support on a particular part of your body (head/ back/ others)?
  5. Do you have a preferred mattress material?

Once you answer these questions for yourself, you will have the ideal requirements for your mattress ready. All that leaves you with is finding the mattress that best accommodates them all.

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  1. Mattress Options and Types

Next comes the selection part. Browsing through the options you have can become a whole lot easier if you have knowledge about what each type of mattress has to offer. Let’s have a look at the four main types:

  1. Foam and Latex for a firmer bed and greater support that moulds to your body. 
  1. Inner Spring composed of coils for a greater bounce. 
  1. Hybrid with layers of memory foam over the traditional bouncy springs to create a good balance.
  1. Adjustable Air to give you the deflatable liberty of choosing your own level of firmness for different occasions.
  1. Extra Features For Extra Care and Benefits

Once your mattress composition is final and it checks out all your preferences, don’t directly jump to buying. While you’re at it, you should always check with your mattress merchant whether they can customize your mattress to your requirements. 

Some added features that can make a world of difference in your sleep quality and habits are:

  • Motion isolation to maintain your sleep for when your partner is having a restless night.
  • Customized quilt top — removable or otherwise, plush or firmer — according to your requirements.
  • Cooling/warming properties.
  • Greater body mould support for helping with back pain.
  • Antimicrobial/ allergen-resistant covers if you’re prone to allergies from mattress materials.

If you relay these or similar requirements for your mattress to your merchant, they will be able to better guide you in making the right mattress choice. For instance, if you’re going for an adjustable air mattress and have skin allergies, you must ask your merchant to provide an allergen-resistant cover along.

  1. Free Trial

Now that you have everything sorted, it’s still not time yet to check out. Don’t get daunted by the word ‘free trial’, if you’re getting your mattress custom made, you can do that at your home after delivery as well.

Do not accept a mattress delivery before you lie down and feel the comfort for a bit. Don’t forget to bounce a little, here and there, to check the spring/coil quality if any and the support it offers. If in case, your mattress looks fine during the trial and uncomfortable or dirty after delivery, hit up the customer service at the earliest.

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  1. At The Time Of Buying

If you’ve reached this step, congratulations, the tricky part is over. But that’s certainly not where the hard part ends. Here’s the chance for you to be responsible and consider buying a mattress as a long term investment. Always remember to check out the following factors before you make the final deal:

  1. After the purchase

Return Policy

Check out the return period (generally varies between two weeks to two months), any applicable pick up or restocking fees, and refund guarantees.

Warranty and Offers

While it generally varies between 10 to 25 years, make sure to have your mattress covered for repairs for as long as possible.

And that pretty much wraps up your mattress buying guide. Seal the deal, and literally lay back and relax. Enjoy the comfort and satisfaction of being thorough with your mattress buying for years! 

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