How to Shop for a Mattress
in Seattle or anywhere…
But when you do, you should feel good about it. Don’t get scammed by sleazy sales tactics or seduced by marketing mumbo jumbo. At Bedrooms & More, we’ll help you avoid rookie mistakes and needless overspending by teaching you all you need to know about shopping for your next mattress.
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Shopping for a mattress should be a relaxing experience. After all, you’re shopping for a sleep surface that’s supposed to give you years of comfort and head-to-toe support. That’s something to look forward to.
Years ago, when we heard customer after customer saying they’d rather shop for a used car than shop for a mattress, we knew we had to do something to help.
That’s why we started our weekly “How to Shop for a Mattress Class,” on Saturday mornings in our Seattle showroom. This class is FREE and open to the public – join us!
We’ll give you an overview of how mattresses are made, commonly used materials, and what you should expect from a purchase. After this 1-hour session, you’re free to browse our showroom or to go visit our competitors.
Our goal is to help you make your next mattress purchase one of the best decisions you’ve made in years.
These 10 tips are from lifelong mattress industry insiders. That’s us! Let us help guide you in choosing your next mattress, so you can enjoy restful sleep for many years to come.
#1 – MAKE A PLAN
How long do you need this new mattress to last? Is it for occasional guest use or for your own nightly use? Allow yourself ample time to shop, without distractions. Also decide ahead of time on your budget, and how much wiggle room you have.
#2 – CHOOSE A STORE
Check out Yelp and Google Reviews. Look for themes. If you hear multiple reviewers mentioning the same positive or negative aspects of their shopping experience, you can be pretty confident it’s a trend. Ask family and friends for recommendations of where they’ve shopped and been happy with their purchase.
#3 – BUY A 2-SIDED MATTRESS
With a 2-sided mattress you can flip and rotate it, giving your bed up to 3 times the life expectancy. ‘Can’t flip’ mattresses develop dips and valleys that can’t be flattened out, hence the accelerated breakdown. A 2-sided mattress wears more evenly and stays comfortable longer.
#4 – LEARN ABOUT MATERIALS
Commonly, mattress manufacturers will come up with dreamy-sounding names like CloudRest, DrowsyLuxe, and Sleep Affinity, to conceal chemical compounds in their ‘proprietary’ comfort layers. When the reality is, if it’s not made in nature, it’s made in a lab. If you can tolerate some off-gassing and low durability, then maybe memory foam or gel foam is for you. But if you want a long-lasting, durable mattress that stays comfortable and is good for your body and the earth, look for plant-based fibers like cotton, wool, and botanical latex.
#5 – DECIDE ON SURFACE FEEL
From Plush to Extra Firm and everything in between, there’s a surface feel that makes sense for your body type, physical condition, and preferred sleep position(s). When buying a new mattress, try going just one degree plusher or firmer than your old mattress. This’ll give your body an easy but appreciable adjustment.
#6 – TRY OUT COMPOSITIONS
Do you like the feel of a bed with coil springs, or do you prefer a fiber only mattress? How about a hybrid? Every mattress composition has a different feel and only you know what feels best to you. Be open to trying something new, and if you don’t like it better, stick with your tried-and-true!
#7 – TEST REST
Never buy a mattress you haven’t laid on for at least 10 minutes. A mattress can look and sound great on paper, but until you’ve test-rested it, you don’t really know if it’s the one for you. Aim for at least 10 minutes, 20 if possible, in comfortable clothes. Lie in the position(s) you normally sleep. If you sleep with a partner, bring them along!
#8 – BOX OR NO BOX?
In the old days, we called these ‘box springs,’ but really (if they’re made well), they’re just a box frame constructed of wood with sturdy wooden slats running across them. A box adds height and flat support underneath your mattress. Know your bed frame; classic platform beds don’t typically require boxes because the frame provides all the foundation you need. Squeaky bed? It’s probably time to replace your box.
#9 – CHECK WARRANTY & POLICIES
Most manufacturers’ warranties only cover material defects. However, mattress failure due to material defects is very hard to prove. That’s why it’s important to get a clear understanding on what the store’s return and exchange policies are before you make your purchase. Many stores offer a comfort exchange option, where within a certain time period, you can swap your new mattress for a different model for a fee. So be sure to ask about all associated fees before making a change.
#10 – GIVE IT 28 SLEEPS
It takes the body up to a month of nightly sleep to adjust to the feel of a new mattress. Give it time. If you’re nearing the end of your comfort exchange window and still can’t get comfortable rest, contact your retailer as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Follow these 10 tips to take home a mattress you’ll be happy you bought — one that’s comfortable, durable and worth every penny for the years of good sleep it’ll bring you.