Checklist For Buying A Mattress
Unlike replacing our wardrobe due to an expanding or decreasing waistline, we seldom replace our old mattresses. When the time comes to replace one, there is a checklist for buying a mattress to help you ease the process, since a new mattress can be a big investment. Also you would like a durable mattress that can last for as long as possible and comfortable for your sleep.
What to know before you buy a mattress?
Size does matter when it comes to buying a new mattress. The height is also something to consider. You may be considering getting a new mattress to fit your current bed base. Or the new mattress is for a change of lifestyle. You might be single or newly married. Perhaps you may be getting a new mattress for a change that is likely to occur in the near future. The height of the mattress is also important as it can affect your mobility in getting in and out of bed.
The standard sizes generally for beds in Asia are:
|Single||90 cm × 200 cm (35 in × 79 in)|
|Double or twin||120 cm × 200 cm (47 in × 79 in)|
|Queen||160 cm × 200 cm (63 in × 79 in)|
|King||180 cm × 200 cm (71 in × 79 in)|
|Super King||200 cm × 200 cm (79 in × 79 in)|
The size of the mattress really depends on where it has been manufactured. Some size differences may differ in different parts of Asia. European and American made mattresses are different in sizes as well.
Mattresses do cost more than the regular item we buy frequently. So it is important for you to set aside a budget for your upcoming purchase. Decide in your mind and check your expenses the type of replacement mattress you are willing to splurge on.
Some stores come with installment plans for purchasing mattresses. Call and check with them.
3. Problems With Your Current Mattress
If you are having problems with your current mattress that is causing you to seek to replace it, you may want to write down what you would not like in your new mattress that is causing you discomfort in your old one. Perhaps the old mattress causes you to sleep hot or if it is too firm or too soft.
4. Level Of Firmness
The firmness of the mattress is a subjective matter for everyone. It depends on your weight, whether you are a side, front or back sleeper. The best way to determine which firmness to get is to test the mattress at the store and lie on the mattress for about 20 minutes.
An important test is to lie on your side to check if your spine is still in the neutral position without any strain on your spine or your joints.
Memory Foam is often touted to help keep your spine neutral since it shapes itself to the curvature of your body. However, cheaper memory foam may dent over the years. Quality ones have a reflex layer which protects the mattress from repeated use.
Latex mattress on the other hand, does create indentation over a long period of time. But this happens less if you purchase an all-natural latex mattress, which costs more than those mixed with synthetic. Natural latex is odourless and is also hypoallergenic, great for allergy sufferers. Natural latex is also good for the spine.
In Singapore, you can also consider a hybrid mattress such as Bedding Affairs’ MattX™ mattresses. It combines the best of both worlds - latex, memory foam or memory foam and inner pocketed spring. It is also affordable compared to an all-natural latex mattress.
Visit our showroom to try out the mattresses, which comes with a free 30 night trial after purchase.