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How to Pick out a Mattress

by Barbara T. Biehler


With all the different types of mattresses available on the market, it's easy to find one for any type of sleeper. Choosing the right mattress is important because most people spend more time on a bed than on any other piece of furniture in the house. Getting a good night's rest is essential for health and well-being, and since most people only replace our mattresses every seven to 10 years, it's especially important to make the best selection possible. Take a look at this article to learn how to pick out a mattress.

Picking a Mattress:

  1. Decide how much you want to spend. There is a wide selection of mattress types available in a wide range of prices. The most expensive mattresses may not always be the best choice for your specific needs or budget. Think about how much you can spend and which features you want your mattress to have, and then begin your search.

  2. Determine how the mattress will be used. Is the mattress for a guest room or for your master bedroom? You may choose to spend more of your budgeted money on a mattress you intend to sleep on every night, rather than for a bed that may only be used occasionally by visitors.

  3. Consider the position in which you sleep. Side sleepers place more pressure on their shoulders and hips, and may experience uncomfortable numbness and pain in shoulders, hips, arms and legs from pressure points caused by a hard mattress. More cushioning may be required for a side sleeper to get a comfortable night's rest. Back sleepers distribute their weight more evenly when they sleep, but may require firmer lumbar support to sleep well. People who sleep on their stomachs need a soft surface to lie on, but also need firm mattress support to get a good night's sleep.

  4. Read the warranty. Read any warranty thoroughly before purchasing your new mattress. A manufacturer's warranty usually covers only manufacturing defects. Mattresses often must be cared for or maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions in order for any warranty to be honored.

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