Purchasing a mattress is one of the most important home furniture decisions you can make. Your sleeping comfort at night depends on how well you select your mattress, that’s why. But with a 101 makes, features, designs and costs of mattresses, it is so easy to go astray on this particular shopping expedition. To avoid buying a mattress that you will regret later on, here some points to remember when buying one.
Set a budget. New mattress and box spring sets can cost from around $500 to more than $5,000, depending on the manufacturer, bed size, special features, and how diligent you are about shopping for deals. Figure out a ballpark figure of what you’re willing to spend, but don’t lowball it. Ideally, you’re going to spend a third of the next 10 years on this bed. You want to invest in one that will be exactly right for you.
Measure twice; buy once. Good carpenters follow the adage “Measure twice, cut once.” The same applies to buying mattresses. If you’re trading up to a larger bed, you want to make sure you have enough room. A full-size mattress, which is barely big enough for two small people, is 54 inches wide and 75 inches long, while a queen-size bed is 60 inches wide and 80 inches long.
Try out as many beds as you can. The only way to figure out which bed is right for you and your budget is to try out as many as you can. Hop on, and spend a few minutes trying them out. Just remember: If it doesn’t feel right in the store, it won’t feel right in your home. Repeat this process at two or three more stores, taking notes as you go about the beds you like.
Avoid sales pressure. Good salespeople will ask questions about your sleeping preferences that should guide you to several mattresses in your price range. And they have incentive to help you find one that’s right, since their commission goes away if they lose a sale. But try to keep a poker face while trying out the beds. As with buying a new car, you should be the one…