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Mattress FAQ

 Mattress FAQ

  When is it time to purchase a new mattress?
  • Your current mattress was purchased over eight years ago.
  • You wake up more tired than when you went to bed.
  • There are obvious signs of wear, your mattress looks old & worn.
  • You wake up with aches, pain and stiffness.
  • You see dips and lumps in your mattress
What should I look for when shopping for a mattress?
  • Comfort
Each and every persons body is different and you should just try several different mattresses to determine which is the right one for you.  Give yourself at least 10 minutes in the position your sleep in to determine if you are comfortable and not experiencing pressure points. . Lie down on a number of different mattresses and determine which ones feel the most comfortable.
  • Support

The mattress should support your body holding your spine in alignment.  At any comfort level whether firm, cushion firm, plush or pillow top the top of the mattress should cradle your body and the upward support from the coil system should be strong enough to support your body correctly.

  • Size
Select a mattress that gives you room to turn, move and stretch.  If you are sleeping with a partner it is especially important. Often times the size of your room will dictate your selection of a mattress.  If you are sleeping with a partner the queen or king size is recommended if your room size will accommodate that size.
  • Cost

Mattress sets can range from  $300 to $7,000.  A good quality, queen size mattress set will retail usually for $1,000-$2,000. Each of us has a budget and it is important to purchase the best quality possible within that budget. A quality mattress will provide years of restful nights so it is important to look at this purchase as an investment in your well being!

Do I need a firm mattress if I have a bad back?

If you are experiencing back pain you need to consider both the support and the comfort of the mattress you select.  The support of the mattress is important because the mattress needs to keep your spine in alignment.  The comfort is equally important because you do not want pressure causing you discomfort.  The Latex and Visco Memory Foam mattresses are recommended for individuals experiencing back pain.  They are supportive and at the same time because they are foam help relieve pressure.  It is recommended that when you lay on the mattress in the store that you lay in the position you sleep in at night for a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes.  

What if I don't see the mattress I'm looking for?

Manufacturers give different names for the same mattresses to different stores.  We have referenced many of the names and all you need to do is call (800) 385 8319 and one of our representatives will be able to tell you which of our beds is the same as the one you are looking for.  There are 15 to 20 different names for the same mattress.

Do I need a box spring with a Platform Bed?

Platform beds do not require a boxspring or foundation.  A platform bed is usually a solid base or has wooden slats across it for the mattress to sit on.  This base provides adequate support for the mattress.
When do I need split Box Springs?

Split boxes are two separate box springs.  A queen box spring is 60" wide and 80" long.  There are times when the whole box spring will not fit into a space because of its size.
Split queen boxes are two 30 x 60 boxes that equal the size of the queen size.  Because there are two box springs they do cost more than the single size queen box spring.  It is good to discuss this option with your sales representative if you have any concerns about the mattress set delivering to your space.  A King set always comes with two box springs.
Do I need to purchase a new box spring with my mattress?

A mattress and box spring work together as a set.  The foundation contributes to the mattress overall comfort and support.  It is never recommended to place a new mattress on an old box spring.  If the older box spring does not support the mattress properly it may not be covered under the manufacturers warranty.

What do I look for in a mattress if I am large in size?

Bedding is very important for Bariatric or individuals larger in size.  You need to look for a mattress that is both comfortable and has strong upward support.  If you are purchasing a coil system bed you want to make sure you select a mattress with the strongest gauge coil system available.  There is a difference between firm support and a firm feel.  Your selection should have firm support but a comfortable feel.  Visco Memory Foam and Latex beds offer great support along with pressure relief which can help prevent bed sores and aches and pains in shoulders, hips and sensitive areas in the back.  You may also want to consider an adjustable base which gives you the ability to elevate your head and knees to help ease lower back pain.
 
How long should my new sleep set last
The longevity of a mattress is usually 10 years with most manufacturers offering a 10 year warranty. Just changes in your body may require the need for a different comfort level after many years have passed.  There are individuals who have their mattresses well over the 10 year period and are still very comfortable and happy with their selection.  The way you are sleeping or not sleeping at night will guide you as to when it is time to select a new mattress set.
What are the standard sizes of Mattresses?
  • A Twin mattress is 39" x 75"
  • A Twin Extra Long is 39" x 80"
  • A Full or Standard mattress is 54" x 75"
  • A Full Extra Long is 54" x 80"
  • A Queen mattress is 60" x 80"
  • A King mattress is 76" x 80"
  • A California King 72" x 84"
How do I know which comfort level is right for me?
The mattress should feel good and most people have that (oh this feels so good) experience when they select the bed that finally feels right.  There are recommendations that apply to the position a person sleeps in at  night.  A firm or cushion firm mattress is usually recommended for a person who sleeps most of the night on their back or stomach.  The cushion firm has additional layers in the top of the mattress to relieve pressure.  A plush level mattress is right in the middle, not to firm and yet not to soft.  This is recommended for a person who switches sleep positions at night.  This is also recommended for children because they often times sleep on their backs, stomachs and side.  The Pillow Top mattresses are usually recommended for individuals who primarily sleep on their sides.  The softer layers help relieve pressure on shoulders and hips in this sleep position.


What kind of sheets do I need for today’s thicker mattresses?
Todays mattresses are thicker than mattresses made many years ago.  When shopping for sheets read the packaging and most companies will list for example mattresses with the height of 16 to 18".
Know the height of your mattress and select accordingly. 

How are matressses Eco-Friendly?
Mattresses can be Eco-Friendly when companies use Natural or Organic products to help protect our world. Companies committed to helping will use Natural Latex, will be PBDE free, and use Bamboo  soy, cotton and wool fiber that are biodegradable and are from renewable sources. Natural rubber latex is good because it reduces  the amount of petroleum used in their mattresses. Companies will also use woods for their foundations from renewable forests.

You can learn more about Eco-Friendly Mattresses and Organic Mattress Here

What type of mattress is best for a child?
A child needs the same support and comfort as an adult.  It is especially important because their bodies are ever changing through the night as they sleep.  Parents should select a mattress that will provide the best support and comfort possible for their children.

What do they mean by Motion Transfer?
Motion transfer is nothing more than feeling the movement of your partner when they turn in bed.  An innerspring system or tied together coil system will have more motion transfer than a coil system that has individually wrapped coils that are not tied together. The least motion transfer will be with Natural rubber latex and Visco memory foam mattresses, they virtually eliminate motion transfer.

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