Shopping for a new mattress may seem like a daunting and confusing process. Should you get an innerspring or a memory foam bed? Which brand is best? And what exactly is a hybrid? Doing a little research before you go mattress shopping can go a long way toward making a wise investment. Once you know the terminology, have identified your ideal mattress size, and have designated enough time for test-driving various models, shopping for your new bed will be a piece of cake.
Know your sizes
When looking for a new mattress, many people decide to stick with their current mattress size. If this describes you, you’ve already made one key decision for the buying process. But if you want to get a different size, it’s time to get out your measuring tape. If you currently have a twin size, your mattress is likely 38 inches wide by 75 inches long. Upgrading to a full size will bring those dimensions to 53 inches wide by 75 inches long. A full size is comfortable for a single sleeper.
If you sleep with a partner, you’ll need at least a queen size mattress. The standard dimensions for a queen are 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. A king size is 76 inches wide by 80 inches long. Select the size you think you want and measure out the dimensions on your bedroom floor. Remember to add a couple of inches on all sides for the bedframe. Consider whether you have enough room for the size you’ve selected.
Finding your perfect mattress
There’s no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to mattress shopping, and there’s no way to truly know which bed is right for you until you try it out. But it’s helpful to know the basic differences between mattress types before you hit the showrooms.
You’re probably already familiar with traditional innerspring mattresses, which feature coils for support. This is still a good choice for people who need a little more support, such as large sleepers and those with back problems.
Memory foam conforms to the curves of your body, helping to relieve pressure points. Latex also conforms to the body, but offers a more buoyant, uplifting support compared to memory foam. Hybrid mattresses are just what they sound like; a hybrid combination of two different mattress types, such as an innerspring mattress topped with memory foam.
Take your time
You should never feel rushed when you’re in the market for a new sleep set up. Let the salesperson know that you intend to take your time reclining on various models and mattress types. Recline in the position you normally sleep in and consider whether the bed is still comfortable after 10 to 15 minutes. Test at least a few different models before making your decision.
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