How to Shop for a Mattress Like a Pro – Use This 7 Item Checklist!

Many first apartment renters shop for a mattress as their first big-ticket purchase. If you choose wisely, the mattress will last through many apartments.  If you get the wrong one, you lose both your money and your sleep.

Often, first time mattress buyers don’t pay much attention to anything but the mattress size and cost, but there are many other factors more experienced buyers consider when shopping for a new bed. Lifestyle choices, sleeping position, firmness, number of people (or pets) sharing the bed, and the size of your bedroom all play a part in the decision. Consider these 7 items in order to find the best mattress for you.

1. What is the Size of Your Bedroom?

How large is your bedroom or the space where your mattress has to go? Is sleeping space or living space more important to you? Will you still have floor space to move around if you get a Queen? Your bedroom or bed area dimensions should be one of the first things you look at when buying a new mattress or bed.

Measure the area designated for your bed with a measuring tape then compare it to standard mattress sizes. This will help you figure out what mattresses are the appropriate size. Standard USA mattress sizes are:

Twin Mattress  – 39″ x 75″
Twin XL Mattress  – 39″ x 80″
Full Mattress  – 54″ x 75″
Queen Mattress  – 60″ x 80″
King Mattress  – 76″ x 80″

2. Are You Tall?

If your feet hang off the side of the bed, consider a larger or taller mattress for ultimate comfort. If your space and budget allows, we recommend a Twin XL, Queen or King mattress if you are 5’10” or taller.

3. How Do You Sleep?

Are you a back sleeper? A side sleeper? A stomach sleeper? Do you sprawl out or stay in a small area while you sleep? Do you roll around a lot? Consider all of these questions when choosing a mattress.

You also want to choose a mattress that supports the position you sleep in. A firm mattress might put too much stress on your neck if you’re a stomach sleeper and use a pillow. A plush mattress might cause back issues for you if you struggle with chronic back pain. Speak to an expert at a mattress store near you to test out different mattress styles. Go the extra mile and bring your own pillow so you can get the best analysis of the mattress.

4. Are You Sharing Your Bed?

Do you share a bed with your partner or a pet? If so, consider purchasing a larger mattress that will give you and your partner enough space to sleep comfortably. We recommend at least a Queen mattress for two adults. One adult and pets may fit comfortably on a Full.

5. Do You Like Memory Foam?

Memory foam mattresses are extremely popular right now. From memory foam cushion tops to full memory foam mattresses, you have options. You should think about cooling technology and density if you overheat when you sleep. There are many mattresses that feature a balance of different memory foams for optimal cooling comfort.

6. Soft, Medium, or Firm?

Do you know what firmness rating of your current mattress? For the best night of sleep, you need to know what kind of support your body needs to sleep comfortably night after night. Once you’ve pinpointed the firmness of your current mattress, think about how much you like it. If your mattress makes your back hurt, consider browsing firmer mattresses for your next bed. Likewise, if your bed feels rock hard in an uncomfortable way, try out some medium or plush mattresses. Be mindful of how old your current mattress is, too. An old firm mattress may feel like a lumpy medium mattress after years of wear and tear.

7. Are You a Warm Sleeper? 

You shouldn’t have to brace yourself each night for sweating, tossing, and turning. Pick a mattress that features built-in cooling technology. Many mattresses on the market today have memory foam gel, silver fibers that wick moisture, and other features. Avoid a sweaty night of slumber by choosing a mattress with modern elements.

Top Mattress Picks

Are you looking for an expert to tell YOU what to buy? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite mattresses to set you up for restful sleep every single night. Our top mattress picks include:

  1. Simmons Silver Sedate Gray Extra Firm Mattress Collection in Queen and King. This firm mattress features silver fibers in the pillow top to wick moisture and keep you cool and dry all night.
  2. NordicRest Euphoria Collection in Queen and King. This luxurious mattress lets air flow freely throughout each layer to keep you cool and comfortable all night. The high-density foam is optimal for side and back sleepers.
  3. Simmons Platinum Belmont Avenue Plush Collection in Queen and King. This high-tech mattress balances the best of individually wrapped coils and layers of various kinds of memory foam.

We love these mattresses, but don’t take our word for it! Stop by your nearest American Freight Furniture and Mattress to test them out for yourself.

Our guest contributor Erin is a Lifestyle Blogger at American Freight Furniture and Mattress .

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