How Much Should I Spend on a Mattress?

Sleep is a valuable resource that we all need, regardless of whether or not we have time for it. Sleep is crucial for maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep needed varies from person to person and from one age group to another. Regardless of how much sleep you should be getting, the place where it all happens is on the mattress. Buying a mattress is not only a necessary piece of furniture, it is an investment in your health.

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How Much To Spend

Mattresses can be very expensive. However, if you consider that the average mattress has a ten-year life span, spending $1,000 or more doesn't seem like that much. For example, if you spend $1,200 on a mattress that last ten years, that would equate to spending 35 cents per day (naps included!). It is true that you get what you pay for when it comes to a mattress. So before making the big purchase, visit many furniture and mattress stores and make sure that you know exactly what you are getting. Don't be afraid to lay down on the mattress since there is no other way to know if it is the one for you. Once you find the perfect mattress, try bargaining it down to a more affordable price. Remember, you won't know unless you try!


Since you are paying so much for your mattress, it is important to know what type of warranty comes with it. For most mattresses, there is at least a five-year warranty, but some come with 10. The warranty covers issues that have to do with the structure and make of the mattress. If the mattress has any problems as you use it, such as sinking or seams coming unstitched, the warranty is valid. However, it is important that the mattress is returned with no obvious stains. To protect yourself from this possibility, use a waterproof mattress cover. Since mattress companies vary with different warranties and return policies, make sure that you understand all of the details from your salesperson.

Which Mattress Is Right For You?

Before you enter a mattress store, there are some factors to consider, such as the size of bed that you need. Whether you need to downsize or upgrade to a king, knowing exactly what you want beforehand will be helpful. Also, know the level of comfort that you need. Most people have at least somewhat of an idea; however, if your current mattress is extremely old, then you may have to try out many different comfort levels. Become familiar with the different mattress brands (Sealy, Serta and Simmons). Search the Internet for consumer reports and read what real people have said about a particular brand of mattress. Knowing these things will take many hours off of your search.


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