Tips on Buying a Mattress Set


Every night, you lay down on your bed for a good night's rest. To get the rest your body needs, you need a comfortable mattress. Mattress sets are a major purchase for the home. Armed with a few mattress facts and having tried a few different mattresses, you can feel comfortable making the right purchasing decision.

Replace Your Box Spring

  • When you buy a mattress set, make sure you are buying the mattress as well as a box spring that goes with the mattress. Even if you currently own a box spring for a different mattress, it is still important to purchase a new one. Each mattress contains springs that are placed differently. Based on the mattress springs, the box springs are designed to support the mattress. If you decide to use a mattress with a different box spring, the springs will not align and your body will not receive the right amount of support. Even though the box spring may look fine, there is wear and tear on the springs. If you don't replace the box spring, your mattress will not last as long.

Shop Around

  • Remember that you spend a good four to 10 hours a night sleeping on your mattress. It is important to shop around. The first store you go to may claim that it has the best mattresses with the lowest prices, but it is worth shopping around to figure out your options. Try to stick to buying name brands that have good reputations for mattress quality, like Sealy, Simmons or Serta mattresses. Never buy a reconditioned or rebuilt mattress. These items have been used, and will not give you the support you need and some may not even be cleaned correctly and may contain mold, mildew or even urine.

Try Before You Buy

  • Although it sounds strange, you need to try the mattress before you buy it. Plan on taking off your shoes and spending 10 to 15 minutes lying on the bed. Try different sleeping patterns that are familiar to you throughout the night. Bring your sleeping partner with you to make sure the mattress is large enough, and has the right amount of firmness and comfort for you both. Don't settle for sitting on the edge of the bed and feeling like the bed is right for you. Give it a good test run to make sure.

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