A Guide To Buying A Mattress

By: sharecropperbob
Everyone hates to shop for a mattress. For most of us the last time we purchased a mattress was fifteen or twenty years ago. Prices have risen astronomically since then. Like car buying, we get sticker shock when we see what lofty premiums bedding stores have on their merchandise. We freak out when we see how much they cost. I could almost buy a good used car for the price of some new beds.

Have you looked in the yellow pages and marveled at all the places that sell mattresses and foundations, not to mention headboards, footboards, frames, futons, pillows and just about anything you else you could think of to get you a good night's sleep. If that's not enough, you have to decide on such things as memory foam, rubber foam, foam encased sides, edge guards, pocket coils innersprings, hypoallergenic products, and even body pressure imaging systems, it's no wonder that selecting a mattress can be confusing. Let's take a look at the often complex task of selecting just the right mattress for you.

The most important thing you can do to begin your mattress shopping is to try the mattress out. Most bedding stores don't allow you to take the bed home and try it for a month, so it's up to you to do the footwork necessary to insure pleasant slumbering. There are bedding store with comfort exchange policies. If you find one, take advantage of it.
First of all, if you're calorie challenged and weigh 400 pounds, don't expect a two hundred dollar mattress to last you ten years without collapsing. It just won't happen! Use common sense and find a mattress tough enough to withstand the weight night after night, year after year. Price alone should be an indicator of performance, but alas, that is not always true. Some folks say that there isn't much difference between a cheap mattress and a more costly one. As with almost anything else, you really do get what you pay for.

Shopping for a mattress should be fun! For most people though, it is a grueling test of physical and mental endurance. Let's face it, after you've looked at three or four mattresses, your eyes are starting to glaze over. They all look so much alike; it's hard to choose a mattress that will give you years of restful, peaceful sleep!

Lay down on the beds you are trying out. Don't just walk around the beds looking at the price tags and pushing the mattress with your hands. Don't do that! It's not going to bite you! You won't be standing on your hands when you sleep, so quit squeezing the mattress. Doing that won't tell your body how the mattress feels.

Also, do not lay down on the mattress with your legs hanging over the side. You don't sleep that way, so don't do it when mattress shopping. Laying this way creates a strain on your back muscles. Your back will start hurting and you'll start thinking it's the bed's fault that's causing your back pain and not the weird way you are lying. Give the bed a chance!
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