Tips To Buy The Right Mattress For Your Bed

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A good night’s sleep is important to your health and well-being. Your mattress shouldn’t be an afterthought; it should be the focal point of your bedroom. Take the time to find a mattress that works well for you and your lifestyle, and you’ll enjoy better sleep for years to come!

Make Sure Your Mattress Is Compatible With Your Bed Frame

Make sure your mattress is compatible with your bed frame. If you have a standard bed frame, you can buy a standard mattress. However, if you have a box spring, then it’s best to get a box spring mattress so that the two pieces work together properly.

Consider The Firmness Level Of Your Mattress

The firmness of your mattress is a personal preference. It’s important to find a level that feels right for you, because if it’s too soft or too hard, you’ll be uncomfortable throughout the night. Firmness is measured in terms of firmness (1-10), and can vary based on the mattress’ materials and design. 

Some mattresses are made with memory foam as their top layer, which gives them an overall softer feel than other types of mattresses like coils or spring systems. Softer mattresses are better for people who need more support in their sleep—like couples with children or those who move around a lot when they sleep—while firmer options may be better suited for heavier individuals who tend toward sinking into their beds instead of resting on top of them.

Consider The Size Of Your Mattress

Before you shop for a mattress, consider the size of your bed frame. The size of the frame will determine how large a mattress you can purchase. For example, if you have a queen-sized bed frame (60 x 80 inches), then only queen-sized mattresses will fit on it. If your bed is larger than queen-sized (such as king or California king), then it’s best to purchase a mattress that matches the dimensions of your frame:

  • Queen: 60 x 80 inches
  • King: 76 x 80 inches
  • California King: 72 x 84 inches

Consider The Height Of Your New Mattress

The standard mattress height is 13 inches. If you’re purchasing a new mattress, measure your current one and make sure it’s within that range. If you have a platform bed, like this one by West Elm, then it won’t matter how tall or short your new mattress is as long as there’s enough room beneath it for storage (and don’t forget about the box spring!). 

Most standard sleepers will fit well on these beds without their bottoms touching the floor or their heads hitting any part of the wall. Box springs are also pretty forgiving in terms of height—you can go taller than 13 inches if you want to feel extra cozy in bed! You’ll want to keep this measurement handy when shopping around so that you know what size box spring will work best with your new setup.

Slatted beds are trickier to figure out measurements for; since slats vary greatly from model to model (some may even be adjustable), measuring isn’t always necessary here. However, if you do have questions about whether or not something will fit based on its overall dimensions alone (i.e., width x length), then definitely go ahead and measure before buying anything!

Overly Soft Or Firm In The Showroom

When you’re shopping for a mattress at the store, it’s important to remember that you won’t be sleeping on it right away. The mattress will have time to decompress and relax once it’s in your home, so if you buy something that feels too soft or firm when you try it on in the showroom, there’s a chance it won’t feel that way after some time has passed. It could also be that the size or height of your bed frame isn’t compatible with the mattress’ dimensions; if this is happening, consider getting a new frame as well!

Ask About A Return Policy And Restocking Fee

Before purchasing a new mattress, make sure to ask about a return policy and restocking fee. Some stores (especially online retailers) will not let you return mattresses once they have been opened. In other cases, such as with Sleepy’s or Macy’s, the company requires that you keep your mattress in its original packaging until it’s time to refund your money. In some states, like Florida, there are laws prohibiting retailers from charging more than 10% of the value of an item as a restocking fee paid by consumers who wish to return items purchased within 90 days.

Take A Brisk Walk After Laying On A Mattress

In most cases, you’ll have to test out a few mattresses before deciding on one. If a salesperson is guiding you through the process, they should be able to tell if a mattress will work for your needs.

In terms of how long to sleep on a mattress before buying it, this is really dependent on what type of sleeper you are and how much restful sleep matters to you. A good rule of thumb is about 30 minutes for every night of sleep that’s interrupted by tossing and turning or waking up during the night because of aches or pains from sleeping in an uncomfortable position.

If possible, take advantage of return policies if there are any issues with comfort after purchase! You can always give the mattress another try later down the line when shopping around again as well—or even better yet: try out new models online before making any purchases (more on that later).

Choosing The Right Bed Can Be Challenging

Buying a bed is one of the most important purchases you will make. Your bed should be comfortable, supportive, and allow you to get the rest you need for optimal health and happiness.

Being able to choose the right mattress for your bed is an essential part of taking care of yourself. You’ll want to invest money in something that will last for years so that you can keep sleeping soundly through each night. Whether it’s time for new sheets or another pillowcase, these tips will help guide you through this process so that you can find exactly what works best for you—and get some good shuteye!


With so many aspects to consider and so many options available, it can be easy to get overwhelmed when shopping for a new mattress. We hope our tips will help you make an informed decision that is right for your body and your budget.

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