by Chandler Warnick
A mattress? Why would your student need a mattress? You've bought toiletries, bed linens, folders, a desk lamp, bath rugs, towels; the list goes on. Your child doesn't need a new mattress, right? Dorms provide mattresses, right? Sure they do. They're thin and lumpy and have been slept on by 100 strangers. Ensure that your son or daughter stays healthy and gets the rest every student needs by sending them to college with a quality mattress.
Consider how your student sleeps when you buy a mattress. While you often hear that firm mattresses are good for your back, the mattress you buy should match the way your student sleeps. If your son or daughter sleeps on their back or stomach, a firm mattress will provide the support that will keep their back from aching in the morning. On the other hand, if they sleep mostly on their side, a softer mattress will be more comfortable.
Consider memory foam mattresses. Memory foam mattresses are becoming more and more popular as the quality of memory foam increases and prices decrease. Many people find that they sleep more deeply and wake up with fewer aches when they sleep on memory foam. While memory foam may or may not be perfect for your student, prices on memory foam mattresses have become low enough that buying a memory foam mattress for him or her is certainly a possibility.
Don't worry about buying a box spring. Most dorm beds have box springs or, at least, board foundations that will work just fine with a new mattress. In fact, there is a chance that your student will be sleeping on a raised bed or bunk bed, which would not work well with a standard-size box spring.
Look at foam mattress toppers. If you don't want to spring for a new mattress, take a look at foam mattress toppers. A high-quality memory foam mattress topper can greatly improve how well your student sleeps and can save you money at the same time.
Look for long twin-size mattresses. Most dorms use extra-long mattresses to accommodate tall young adults, meaning that the bed frames and bed bases in dorm rooms are extra-long as well. If your student tops 6 feet or just wants a little extra wiggle room, keep your eye out for quality extra-long mattresses.