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Mattress Buying Tips

Buying the Mattress that's Right for You

You need to understand your sleep needs before you start shopping. Take a moment and think about your lifestyle. How has it changed since you last bought a mattress and how might these changes affect your purchase?

And what about your body? Has it changed and how has this affected your needs for support or your comfort preferences? Finally, think about space needs and if you have a partner, take your partner with you to shop for a new mattress. It's important to find something that meets both of your support needs and comfort preferences. Compare the feel of different mattresses by lying down on them, while paying attention to three of the mattress' most important features: comfort, support and space. The mattress that best fulfills the combination of these needs is the mattress for you.

What to Look for When Buying a Mattress


Gone are the days when a mattress had to be stiff-as-a-board to be good for you. And it's interesting to note that recent studies suggest that a medium-firm Mattress is more likely to improve back pain than a firm mattress. You'll sleep best when your bed helps you feel cradled in comfort. Today's top quality mattress/foundation ensembles are built for just that - superior comfort. Luxurious new cushioning materials and extra-soft surface treatments create more of a plush, comfortable feel. Additionally, it is normal for some body impressions to appear in the first few weeks of sleeping on such mattresses.


Correct support is the essential ingredient for a healthy body. A good mattress and foundation will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture. Pay special attention to your shoulders, hips and lower back-the heaviest parts. If there's Too little support, you can develop back pain. But if the mattress is too hard for you, you can experience uncomfortable pressure.

A word about "firm". Don't rely on product labels to tell you which mattress will give you the right support. One manufacturer's "firm" may feel harder than another's "extra firm." The only way to find out if the support is right is to lie down and give it a try.


It's the quality of the materials used and how they're put together that determine how long a mattress and foundation will provide the comfort and support you bought them for. The best assurance of good performance over a good many years is to buy the highest quality sleep set you can afford.

A word about the warranty. Don't look to the warranty to tell you how long to keep your mattress and foundation. The warranty is there to protect you from product defects, not against the gradual loss of comfort and support. Keep in mind that while a sleep set may still be usable after many years, it's probably not giving you the good night's sleep you deserve.

Mattress Sizes Chart
California King 72" x 84"
King 76" x 80"
Queen 60" x 80"
Full ( double ) 53" x 74"
Twin 38" x 74"


Cramped quarters can turn sleeping into a nightly wrestling match. A healthy sleeper moves anywhere from 40-60 times a night, including some dozen full body turns. You need freedom of motion while you sleep and to help you relax while you're falling asleep. If you sleep with a partner, be sure to select a queen or king size bed. Both are not only wider, but several inches longer than the standard "double" (full size), which offers each sleeper only as much space as a baby in a crib.

All sizes are approximate