A mattress purchase is one of the most important purchases that you will make. After all, we’re asleep for over a third of our lives; you want to make sure you find something that is comfortable and lets you get a good night's sleep. With so many mattresses out there that vary in size, materials, and features, it’s important to do your research before committing to a mattress.
Mattresses come in single, king single, double, queen, and king sizes. What size is best for you will depend on the space that you have in the bedroom you are shopping for. Aim to have at least 60 centimetres of space on either side of your mattress to allow for easy access. Many children have twin mattresses, while queen and king mattresses are popular for primary bedrooms.
Yes, mattresses will vary in firmness. Some people prefer a plush, pillow-top mattress, while others prefer a firmer memory foam mattress that conforms to their shape. Mattress firmness is very personal, which is why all mattresses should be tried before they are purchased.
Mattresses are constructed in many different ways, with each having different benefits. Pocket coil, memory foam, and bamboo mattresses are all very popular, though they all have different features. Pocket coil mattresses combine springs with foam or cushioning to give complete support, and reduce partner disturbance. Memory foam mattresses conform to the user's body, while bamboo mattresses are hypoallergenic and create a cool sleeping surface.
Bamboo mattresses have either a cover made of bamboo, or a layer of foam that has bamboo in it. Bamboo mattresses are hypoallergenic, and help to keep sleepers cool at night.
That depends on the kind of bed frame that you have and how high you want your mattress to be. Some bed frames have built-in slat supports that replace traditional box springs, while others still require it for a proper support for the mattress. Think of it as a foundation for your mattress; without it the mattress won’t be properly supported, and will sag.
Caring for your mattress can greatly increase its usability. Vacuum your mattress every three months, and use a protective cover on it, particularly if the mattress is used by young children. Rotate your mattress every six months to even out wear and tear and minimize any sleep patterns being worn into any particular spot.