Every once in a while, we have to replace certain household goods – appliances, beds, mattresses or whatever gets broken or too old to use. But when you’re on a strict budget, such investments may come as a burden. Take mattresses, for instance: they aren’t exactly cheap, especially if we want a quality product. And I advocate for top-notch products, in this case, considering the amount of time we spend sleeping (which is about a third of our lives).
Thus, how can we purchase a good product and not spend the entire family budget on it? I came across this dilemma when I had to replace an old mattress. I did extensive research, and I found out there are a few important things everyone should know before buying such a product. Here’s my short list of helpful tips:
Decide upon the size
Are you buying the mattress for the kids? Think about how much space they will need growing up and invest in a larger size. Are you getting it for you and your partner? You’ll need room and comfort, so the recommendation is to get a larger size as well. Or, if you’ve already had a sizable mattress and you’re trying to gain some space in the bedroom, scale down for a queen or a full size. Just pick the size you want to buy before starting to look for models and brands.
Consider your sleeping position
The way you sleep is essential for the type of mattress you’ll choose. If you prefer sleeping on your back, look for products which provide backing and firmness. But if your favorite sleeping position is on your belly, you need excellent support. Side sleepers should check out products with a higher pressure relief capacity. All these details matter because your sleeping position has a significant impact on your health.
Know your preferences
Every person has distinct needs when it comes to the firmness of their mattress. Keep in mind that the descriptions of the products are guiding lines, but reading them will help you form an opinion. But there is no standard firmness in this industry. Trying out the product is the right way to decide what’s best for each person. You can do this in a store (the traditional way), or you can take advantage of the trial periods most online retailers provide.
Save money by shopping online
A mattress is a long-term investment, but you have to be realistic: a good product won’t come cheap. Buying it online can help you save a few good bucks. And, lucky for us, most online retailers offer extensive trial periods, as I was saying before. Thus, so you’ll be able to test the mattress in the intimacy of your bedroom. Besides saving money, you’ll also save time, energy and have access to a wide range of choices, including luxury brands.
Do your research
Take the time to do your research, mainly if you shop online. Check out videos, social media comments, and conclusions or unbiased reviews such as the ones on trymattress.com. They will help you analyze and narrow down your choices, by developing an informed opinion.
Ask about the return policy and warranty
You need to know all the details about the return policy, in case the mattress you bought turns out to be less than you had hoped for, and you need to return it. There might be additional fees in such situations, so you need to find out about them up front. A good warranty is also essential when you make the purchase: it’s necessary to know that the product you’re paying for will outlast.