Mattress Buying Tips

Mattress Buying Tips

Don’t be overwhelmed by all the mattress choices. Mattresses are all about your comfort and your ability to rest and is, therefore, very subjective. Nothing can ever replace going to the store and actually “laying” on the mattress and the longer, the better. So keep that in mind as you shop around.

Research shows that people sleep better, suffer less back pain and experience fewer symptoms of stress when sleeping on new beds. So, if you are thinking about a new bed then chances are you are ready for one. One thing to keep in mind, mattresses are made with a variety of materials and technologies to deliver a comfortable, supportive rest to fit your preferences and can also be had in almost every budget. Below are some simple facts on what’s available to help you.

Mattress types. Mattresses are categorized, in general, by their core support system. All the following mattress types will have additional top layers called upholstery layers, which are discussed later. 

Innerspring mattresses use a steel coil support system, whether the coils are all connected or if they are individually wrapped. Coil count can be arbitrary, but the theory is that, the more coils you have, the points of support you have with better weight distribution.

Foam mattresses use, you guessed it, foam as a core support system in place of coils. This is a popular, affordable option because it can be easily made into different shapes and densities, translating into different comfort levels and heat dissipation properties.

Memory Foam mattresses utilize a high-density polyurethane foam as a support system and is designed to contour to your body, complimenting the memory foam upholstery layer(s) on top.

Hybrid mattresses combine a steel support system with one or more types of foam, creating a hybrid of the two.

Comfort types. Above, we talked about mattress cores. Now let’s talk about what goes on top – what creates the upholstery layer.

Pillow Top mattresses provide an additional layer sewn on top of the mattress and can be made from a variety of fiber and foam materials to create different levels of comfort. The pillow top mattress is typically the softest mattress.

Euro-Top mattresses are essentially a pillow top mattress stitched to the core and sharing the side support of the core. Unlike a pillow top mattress, euro-top mattresses can be either soft or firm giving you more comfort options.

Plush mattresses provide a happy medium between the pillow top and the firm mattresses and is generally a great match for side-sleepers. Soft foam is added over the core frame and stitched into place with the mattress cover.

Firm mattresses are built like the plush mattress – foams added on top of the core frame – but manufacturers will use denser foams and tighter stitching to create a firm feel. While being very supportive, a firm mattress offers little room for contouring to your body.

Don’t forget the foundation! The key to a supportive mattress is a proper foundation. Without it, any mattress is likely to fail. Also, without a proper foundation, your mattress warranty is voided.

Standard foundations should feature solid wood construction for durability, a diagonal bar for structural support and corner supports to increase longevity. It should also feature a smooth nonskid surface to keep the mattress in place. These are typically available in standard height and a low-profile height model.

Bunkie Boards are thin, stiff upholstered foundations, generally around 2in thick. The slimmest option in a proper foundation for your mattress and keeps your mattress warranty.

Adjustable Bases are different from the other foundations. These bases are stand alone and offer options like wireless remotes, adjustable head, adjustable foot, massage and USB ports. While there are mattress type restrictions, you are not limited to just memory foam mattresses. Individually wrapped coil mattresses may work as well.

Carolina Factory Outlet can answer you questions about your new mattress set, but there is no substitution for actually laying on it. Our professional sales staff is ready to help you. Those that know #GoCFO.