Tips for Buying a Mattress

Decorating, Health, Home & Family
on October 22, 2009

The right mattress can mean the difference between tossing and turning or getting a good night’s sleep.

“It’s important to consider replacing it after five to seven years,” says Karin Mahoney, spokeswoman for the Better Sleep Council. Studies show that sleeping on a new mattress can reduce stiffness and back and shoulder pain, and improve comfort.

A mattress can be an expensive purchase, and finding the right one takes time. Here are some tips to remember the next time you shop for a mattress:

  • Try out many mattresses before buying, testing them with the person who shares your bed.
  • Take off your shoes, lie down and turn over, like you would at home, testing how the mattress feels in all sleeping positions. Comfort is key.
  • Make sure your back feels aligned, your circulation is good and you have no pressure on your spine.
  • You shouldn’t be able to feel innerspring coils.
  • Buy the box spring built for the mattress; the two work in tandem. Otherwise, the mattress may not perform as it should, and the manufacturer’s warranty could be voided.
  • Comparison shopping is difficult because manufacturers make different models for different retailers. Instead, compare delivery fees, financing options and fees for removal of your old mattress.
  • Look for retailers offering trial periods, so you can sleep on the mattress before committing to a purchase.
  • Negotiate the best deal possible. Retailers often accept a lower price.
  • Chances are your favorite mattress will go on sale. Just ask when.