Mattress 101

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The average mattress shopper visits only 2 or less places before they buy (Most people just assume that these are the prices everywhere). That's why these high priced retail stores are able to exist. Most people visit 1 or 2 of these high priced national chains and soon think that they must pay $2500 to $5000 for a great mattress. Of course some pay these exorbitant prices because they want the very best, and at the very least they settle on a mattress for $1,500-2000 and the big store just made $1000-$1500 profit.  (It doesn’t take long to understand how they afford $10,000 per month in rent)

The more you’re educated the better chance you have to get the very best investment possible for your personal budget. All I ask is that you include us in your search, I don’t believe that you'll be disappointed and know that I'll likely make a new friend and a customer.

What To Look For When Buying A Mattress:

The number one rule when shopping for a mattress is: lay on it. It’s just like buying clothes, shoes or a car. You have to try it just like you would when you sleep on it. The mattress should be supportive enough so that you don’t have the “hammock effect." If your butt is lower than your head, then around 2:00 A.M. your back will start to hurt. You should be horizontal with no curves. Once you get the support, then it’s completely personal preference from there with regard to softness. Come in and try ours out, some people come in and lay around for an hour to be sure which one fits them best, and we encourage anyone to do just that.

 

Comfort

Gone are the days when a mattress had to be hard-as-a-board to be good for you. A too-hard mattress may only succeed in putting your shoulders and hips to sleep. You’ll sleep best when your bed helps you feel cradled in comfort, cozy and secure.

 

Today’s top quality mattress/foundation ensembles are built for superior comfort. Luxurious new cushioning materials and extra-soft surface treatments create a plusher, more comfortable feel.

 

Support

Correct support is the essential ingredient for a healthy body. A good mattress and foundation will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture. Pay special attention to your shoulders, hips, and lower back—the heaviest parts. If there’s too little support, you can develop back pain. But if the mattress is too hard for you, you can experience uncomfortable pressure.

 

A word about “firm”

Don’t rely on product labels to tell you which mattress will give you the right support. One manufacturer’s “firm” may feel harder than another’s “extra firm.” The only way to find out if the support is right is to lie down and try. 

 

Durability

It’s the quality of the materials used and how they’re put together that determine how long a mattress and foundation will provide the comfort and support you bought them for. The best assurance of good performance over many years is to buy the highest quality sleep set you can afford.

A word about the warranty

Don’t look to the warranty to tell you how long to keep your mattress and foundation. It’s there to protect you against product defects, not against the gradual loss of comfort and support. A sleep set may still be usable after 15 or 20 years, but it’s probably not giving you the good night’s sleep you deserve.

 

Space

Cramped quarters can turn sleeping into a nightly wrestling match. A healthy sleeper moves anywhere from 40-60 times a night, including some dozen full body turns. You need freedom of motion while you sleep and to help you relax while falling asleep. If you sleep with a partner, be sure to select queen or king size. Both are not only wider, but several inches longer than the standard “double” (full size), which offers each sleeper only as much space as a baby in a crib.

FOAM ENCASEMENT:

Foam encasement is now preferred over the more expensive reinforced metal edges, but it's just a way for manufacturers to cut corners.  Generally when a mattress is foam encased, the manufacturer has reduced the amount expensive steel by about 15 percent. It seems fine in the showroom, but doesn't hold up well in the long run.

Mattress Materials 

Did you know that unless you buy a Tempur-Pedic or a Sleep Number, all mattresses are made the same? The dirty secret of the mattress world is there are only 3 companies in the U.S. that produce the springs, foam, and latex found in standard mattresses. Tempur-Pedic produces their own proprietary materials to create a mattress that conforms and adapts to your unique size, shape, and weight to relieve pressure points and stop you from tossing and turning so you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, while Sleep Number uses their own unique self-inflating air pocket design that's only available direct to consumer through Sleep Number.

 

When it comes to standard mattresses though, every big name manufacturer buys their materials from the same 3 companies, manufactures them with a fancy cover and fancy branding tag on the foot of the mattress, then spends millions to convince you their mattress is different. The truth is, it's not. The $1000 plush individually pocketed coil pillowtop mattress from the small company you've never heard of you find while out shopping is exactly the same as the $3000 plush individually pocketed coil pillowtop mattress from Simmons Beautyrest. The only difference is the previously mentioned cover and branding tag, plus the fact that Serta-Simmons LLC spent tens of millions of dollars on marketing in 2019, and they have to recoup that cost by overcharging you for the exact same mattress the small manufacturer sells for a third of the price. If you're shopping for a standard mattress, disregard the big name brands and you'll get a much better mattress for your money.

Now that you know the in's and out's of the mattress world, you're all set to begin the journey of finding your next mattress. Come on in and try ours out, we look forward to the opportunity to show you why our customers have made us the highest rated sleep

store on Google in the Wilmington area for 9 years and counting. Happy shopping!

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