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Mattress Selection: What to Look For

If you read our last blog over the importance of a quality mattress, you now know just how important it is to get good sleep, and how having a quality mattress can play a big role in getting that sleep. Now that you have all of that knowledge, what’s next? If you’re planning to purchase a new mattress soon, you’ll want to spend the appropriate amount of time researching, and you’ll need to know what to look for. There are seemingly infinite possibilities, so let’s take a look at what all you should consider when you’re searching for your next mattress.

Mattress Type:

There are a variety of mattress types out there, including innerspring, foam, waterbeds, air mattresses, hybrids, and more. Innerspring mattresses generally offer a wider variety as far as firmness and support go. Foam mattresses tend to offer just one type. Every person’s preference is different though, so really the best mattress is the one that gives you the comfort and support that feels best to you.


Typically this is the box spring, but if you have a platform bed you likely will not need a box spring. The job of the box spring is to absorb the weight or stress that is applied to the mattress. Box springs are paired with the appropriate mattress for a reason. The box spring can help extend the life of your mattress, so it’s important to pair them together accordingly to avoid compromising the support or durability.

Comfort Level:

Since statistically we spend about ⅓ of our time in our beds, it’s important that you are truly comfortable on your mattress. So, if the firm mattress is on sale but you like plush, then go with the plush mattress. You don’t want to - literally - wake up one morning and realize that you bought the wrong mattress.


You’ve probably heard some people say that the more firm your mattress is the better, but a mattress that is too firm may not evenly support your body. On the other hand, a mattress that is too soft might sag which could prevent the spine from maintaining proper alignment. Understandably, neither of these are good for allowing your muscles to rest and relax since they will be working to try and maintain posture.


Of course, you want your mattress to last and hold its shape. Both the edges and the center should retain their integrity without sagging. Typically, a good mattress and box spring should last you about 8 - 10 years.

These are all things that are extremely important to consider whenever you’re looking for your next mattress, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is your comfort. Your mattress should be exactly that, your mattress. Don’t settle for inferior sleep. See how you can build the mattress of your dreams HERE.

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