The mattress is one of the most important and personal home items you own. We all know we’re supposed to at least get seven hours of sleep every night and a bad mattress will definitely keep that from happening.

Personal comfort and how it can support your body are the most important aspect of purchasing a new mattress. While the comfort level of a mattress varies from person to person and the construction of mattresses can be broken down to a science, one thing is certain when you’re looking to purchase one: It’s a big investment and it MUST work for you.

Below is a guide to help you get started on the right foot when shopping for a new mattress.

Do you have pains and aches when you wake up? Having a hard time getting a full nights rest? If you’ve answered, “yes” to one of those questions, it’s very likely you need a new mattress. Before you get far with your mattress shopping, determine your budget and personal needs.
Be sure to look at and feel all the different mattress sizes and types. If you’re a couple, make sure you both do this research together to ensure the best mattress purchase for your situation. Think of a time when you slept great at a hotel or friend’s house. Use that as your starting point to help filter down choices.
Furniture stores, department stores and sleep specialty shops all sell mattresses. Look for a retailer that provides you with the right information and attention.
Work with knowledgeable salespeople who can provide educated advice on your mattress choices. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and look for detailed explanations when needed. If you don’t feel your salesperson is knowledgeable or helpful, take your business elsewhere.
Once in the store, follow the S.L.E.E.P. test. Remove your shoes and lie down on several different models in various positions. (If you’re a woman, it’s best to go mattress-shopping in pants.)
During your test drive, be sure to spend extra time in the position you usually sleep in. It can take up to 15 minutes to relax enough to feel the true support of a mattress, so don’t rush it. The more time you take in a store, the less likely you’ll have buyer’s remorse later on.

Things to Consider about How to Buy a Mattress

Always use a strong stable foundation or frame. Queen and King Size beds require a bed frame with a rigid center support to comply with your mattress warranty. Center supports for Queen should have one leg, while the King should have two. Wood beds generally come with their own support system.

Stains and soiling will void your manufacturer’s warranty, so a mattress protector is highly recommended. We suggest DRI-TEC mattress protectors. Most mattress pads will not warranty against mattress staining, so it’s a good idea to verify if your mattress pad has this protection. Some Tempur-pedic mattresses are designed to work with their own removable cover, which could eliminate the need for additional protection.

It may take your body several weeks to become accustomed to the comfort and support of your new mattress set. Just as you might expect with a new pair of shoes, the upholstery layers of a mattress take some time to break in.

The resilient padding materials used in modern day mattresses start to settle immediately. Do not be alarmed, this is not a structural defect. Body impressions are a normal occurrence and a by-product of new materials that are designed to conform to your body’s contours. The supporting ability of the comfort layers will not diminish as a result of the settling process. *It is common, especially in the first few weeks of use, for upholstery impressions to occur. The impressions, commonly referred to as “body impressions”, will decrease over time when the comfort layers are given time to settle to their normal height.

Your warranty card is attached to the side of your new mattress. Please take a few moments to read this helpful information. After reading your warranty you may want to put your warranty card with your receipt in a plastic bag and store it between your mattress and box spring for future reference. All warranty rights are governed solely by the product manufacturer.