Buying a Bed or a Mattress! The Ultimate Guide
Buying the right bed and mattress is one of the best investments you can make if you consider that you will spend much more time (almost one third of your life) on your bed than in your motor car. Not only are your bed and mattress the most used pieces of furniture in your home but they will massively impact the quality of sleep and hence your well being and health.
A mattress is the key to a good night’s sleep
For many people the solution to a good night’s sleep may be right underneath them and yet there are very few guides on how to assist people to select the right mattress and bed. This guide aims to address that need.
Four key considerations in choosing a mattress and bed
Regardless of the styling and decor of your bedroom there are four criteria to consider when buying a mattress: size, durability, comfort and support.
1 – Size of your Bed
Your bed should firstly be small enough to fit into your bedroom and leave enough space to move around the bed freely. Your mattress should be big enough for you to fit comfortably on your bed without any of your body parts touching hard parts of the bed and should allow enough space for some movement during the night. If you share a bed it should leave enough room for the both of you.
The main mattress sizes are: Small Single (2ft 6″),Single (3ft),Small Double (4ft),Double (4ft 6′),Kingsize (5ft), Super King Size (6ft), Continental Single, Continental Double & Continental Kingsize.
2 – Comfort of your Bed
The comfort of your mattress has to do with how the mattress adapts to your body and how your bed “wraps its gentle arms” around your body. The comfort of your mattress is influenced by the quality & type of fabric, the layers of cushioning materials and padding (in the case of innerspring mattresses).
3 – Bed Support Types
A good mattress and bed should support your body at the important places and maintain your spine in its natural position (good posture). The heaviest parts of your body are the most important areas namely your shoulders, hips and lower back. The position of your spine during sleeping is essential to maintaining the health of your spine. Spine curves naturally forwards in the neck, backwards in the back and forwards again in the lower back. The spine in its natural position reduces the pressure on nerves, the muscles and spinal discs and allows for a restful and rejuvenating sleep.
4 – Bed Durability
The quality of the materials & fabrics used and the quality of manufacturing determine the life of a mattress, while the structural elements (springs and frame) influence the comfort and support.
Buying a bed, mattress or headboard is a personal choice.
While the guidelines above are aimed at assisting you in making the right choice of bed or mattress, it remains a personal choice and this is influenced by many other factors. There are other factors that influence your choice of mattress such as your body type – weight, length etc. – , your age, your sleeping habits and sleeping position as well as the choice of your pillow and headboard.
In closing, it is important to remember that choosing the right mattress for your needs is one of your most important decisions because it will influence your body’s ability to rejuvenate itself, your effectiveness and health. A good mattress should support your body while you sleep and should allow you to move during your sleep without affecting your partner. It needs to offer the right firmness and thickness for your body type. The best mattress will offer functionality both when you are lying down and when you are sitting up in bed.