What Makes A Great Bed – A Mattress Buying Guide


There really isn’t a need to get a new mattress unless your old mattress has deteriorated to such a condition that it’s downright unusable or you’re having back problems with it. Mattresses tend to have a really long lifespan of up to 10 years if you care well for it or you buy a decent mattress brand in the first place. Mattress care can be done on your own without needing any external help or maintenance. A very good practice to start with would be to rotate your mattress from time to time so that the different weight distribution by different parts of your body does not affect the pressure put on the coils (if it’s an innerspring mattress you’re using).

sturdy-bedframeThe same can be said for memory foam mattresses despite how “durable” many people claim them to be. Wear and tear will inevitably occur as time passes and even the most expensive memory foam mattresses will not last you more than 15 years. Of course, having a sturdy bed frame helps in maintaining the shape and support of a mattress too. Assuming that you do require a new mattress though, it would be extremely beneficial to learn up some of the basic jargons in order to understand what would be the best type and size of mattress that you’re planning to get.

mattress-made-out-of-memory-foamMost mattresses either come with springs or are made entirely out of foam. Foam mattresses tend to be preferable since they do not lose any elasticity over time, unlike spring mattresses. If you notice how spring mattresses tend to lose their bounciness over time, that doesn’t happen to foam mattresses at all. This is even more so when it comes to memory foam mattresses. A memory foam mattress (at least from reputable brands) is usually able to sustain a very significant amount of constant pressure without losing its form or ability to return to its original shape after pressure has been lifted off of it. This is a great list of the top memory foam mattresses to start you off on your hunt. Memory foam mattresses will consist of many tiers of firmness, with the highest firmness providing the best support and would be suitable for those people who are bigger and heavier. This is so the mattress doesn’t sag when significant pressure is placed on certain spots of the bed.

Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that any memory foam mattress will be just fine for you. Optimal choices include choosing the firmness level of a memory foam mattress regardless of the model and brand that you’re getting it from. This is easily the most important factor in making the right choice of mattress for yourself. If a mattress feels too firm for you, you should definitely move on to the next option or in this case, ask for a plush mattress.

If you want to be picky, you should even look into each mattress’s foundation. The foundation of a mattress can make a huge difference in the overall comfort factor of a mattress. A solid and sturdy foundation means that the life of your mattress can be extended for a much longer period. Although a mattress’s foundation often comes as a set, you could try your luck by asking for a sturdier foundation. Perhaps they could remove the topmost layer of your mattress and swap it with another mattress’s for a custom fit. This is not unheard of especially in smaller local mattress stores.