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How to Pick A Mattress Knoxville
Ready for a new mattress Knoxville? A new mattress is an important purchase and deserves some planning. Not only are quality mattresses fairly expensive, but they play a huge role in your life not only during nighttime sleeping hours, but even while you’re awake. Supportive, comfortable mattress promotes a good night’s sleep, which helps you function better during the day both mentally and physically, and also wards off many chronic heath ailments. So if you’re in the market for a new mattress (or will be soon!), it helps to know what you’re looking for. Here are some useful tips to help you find the right mattress for you. Now how about it? Let’s get out there and get to shopping for a new mattress Knoxville!
1. Know Your Size
You don’t have to stick with the same size mattress as the one you are replacing. Perhaps you bought a king back when the whole family piled into bed on Saturday morning, or you were sharing your bed with 2 dogs. You can gain quite a bit of bedroom space by downsizing to a queen or full mattress. Or maybe you’re moving out on your own, and it’s time for something bigger than a twin. Think about your current lifestyle before heading out to shop. Of course, changing mattress size means you’ll need a new bedframe, or at least a new headboard.
2. Try Before You Buy (and be wary of buying online)
It’s awkward, but yes, you really do have to lie down and give the mattress a try before you buy it. There’s no substitute for testing it out – so stretch out fully, curl up in your favorite sleeping position, roll from side to side, sit up as if you’re reading in bed, and sit on the edge of the mattress to get a feel for its firmness. And then, stay there for 20 – 30 minutes. Trust us, the furniture store staff are more than happy to wait and let you get comfortable. And if you share your bed with a partner, they need to try it out as well, preferably both of you at the same time. Ideally, you should spend at least ten or more minutes trying out each mattress you’re considering. And be wary of buying a mattress online. No matter how it looks, what the reviews say or how much money you save, there’s nothing worse than the arrival of a new mattress that feels awful. Shop local. Not only is it good for your local economy, but most importantly, YOU get to try out the new mattress just like you’d test drive a new car. Don’t buy without trying out.
3. Ask About Returns and Trial Periods
Even though you tried the mattress in the store, the real test comes after an entire night – or more—spent sleeping on it. That’s why most stores give a “comfort trial” period. If they don’t find a new place to shop. A mattress is a big investment and you deserve days or weeks to try it out and make sure it works for you. Looking for a mattress Knoxville? Just about every local dealer will give you an opportunity to test out a mattress, and you owe it to yourself to make sure they do.
4. How Firm Do You Like It?
The mattress industry does not have a standardized measurement of mattress firmness. This means one manufacturer’s “firm” could be another maker’s “extra firm.” So use these descriptive terms as a guideline, not an absolute. This is another reason why it’s so important to actually try a mattress before you buy.
Also, don’t assume that a bad back means you need an extra firm mattress, or that a softer mattress will be more comfortable. Most people sleep best on a mattress that is somewhere in the middle, but closer to firm than soft.
5. Pillow Top: Yes or No?
Pillow-top mattresses are very popular these days, but the fluffy comfort adds quite a bit to the mattress’s cost and isn’t always necessary. Keep in mind that a pillow top is likely to go flat long before your mattress gives out, especially if you are heavy. Conversely, if you are very light, your weight might not be enough to fully engage the support of the mattress through the pillow top, leaving you achy in the morning. Instead, consider buying a standard mattress and adding a thick mattress topper for that luxurious feeling.
6. Know Your Options
There are several types of mattresses out there, but the most common three are traditional innerspring, memory foam, and hybrids that combine the two.
Each type of mattress has both pros and cons, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with them before heading out to the store. Very briefly:
Innerspring mattresses are the most common, and typically the least expensive. They provide good support and a wide range of firmness measurements, and are romance-friendly. On the downside, they aren’t tremendously durable.
Memory foam mattresses are fairly expensive, but are excellent for cushioning sore joints or aching muscles. They can be hot, however, and are not very romance-friendly.
Hybrid mattresses have springs with a foam overlay. A good hybrid mattress provides the best of both memory foam and innerspring models, but an inferior hybrid is likelier to give you the worst of both.
Air mattresses allow you to customize the firmness just the way you like it, and many allow both bed partners to tailor their half of the bed to their preference. You’ll pay a price for this convenience, however, at the cash register.
7. Skimp on the Foundation
If you have a platform bed, you won’t need a foundation (some people still call them the box springs out of habit), but if you don’t have a bedframe and don’t want your mattress on the floor, you’ll need a foundation to raise it up. But there’s no need to spend a lot of money on what’s basically a wooden box covered with fabric. If your old foundation is still in good shape and you’re buying the same size mattress, you might not need a new one at all. If purchasing a new foundation, ask to substitute a lower-priced model for the one typically sold with your mattress. And to incentivize a purchase, many stores offer a free foundation (boxspring and sometimes even frame) with the purchase of a mattress… so make sure you check and see what kind of offers are out there for you.
8. What About Buying Online?
It might seem risky to buy a mattress online, and it is. There are lots of reasons to shop online: no need to deal with a pressuring salesperson, a wide range of choices, access to luxury brands, better prices and avoidance of sales tax, to name just a few. Still, there are undeniably some downsides as well: you can’t try the mattress before you buy, returns are a huge hassle, you’ll need to dispose of your old mattress yourself, no salesperson assistance and no chance to negotiate price. Brick and mortar prices for mattresses have adjusted down to match or nearly match online prices in most instances. Ready to buy a mattress Knoxville? Why skip the most important part of buying a mattress and buy online? Try it before you buy it.
9. Have a Generous Budget
A good mattress is not cheap, but good health and a positive mood are priceless. While you should never go way beyond what you can afford – after all, a new mattress doesn’t do you much good if you can no longer afford to pay your rent – this is one time where it pays to splurge a little. You’re going to spend around a third of your time on that mattress, so make those hours count. Isn’t it worth cutting back on unnecessary expenses, at least for a little while, if it means you can drift off to the land of Nod easily and comfortably, then wake up feeling great? Yes, a good mattress is that important.
And there you have it, hopefully these tips are helpful to you. Now again, let’s get out there and get to shopping for a new mattress Knoxville! Ready to start today? Check out our selection at The Sleep Store at Sofas & More – click here.