How to Choose the Perfect Mattress

Choosing the perfect mattress can be a tricky thing. There are so many different styles and types, that the quest for the right mattress can quickly become a headache for anyone who hasn’t done their research. The good news is that there are really only a few important points to keep in mind when going mattress shopping.


The one thing that everyone seems to know about mattresses is how pricey they can get. Like any other item, the higher up the price ladder you go, the higher quality product you receive. The best way to figure out how much you’d be willing to spend on a mattress is to go into a specialist retailer like Sleepy’s and compare prices for yourself. The sales staff can always give you a good idea of what you’re getting for your money and it will help you plan your finances accordingly.

Your needs

The other thing a retailer can help with is showing you which mattresses will suit your particular needs. You might require an orthopaedic mattress, or one that is built to be allergen resistant. Perhaps you simply prefer a harder mattress to a softer one. All of these things will affect the final price which will, again, help you budget responsibly. Knowing which mattresses fit your specific requirements will refine your options considerably and may make the choice a far clearer one.


Wanting a king size mattress is one thing. Actually fitting it into your bedroom might be another. Before you go shopping, especially if you’re looking at moving up a mattress size, you should measure the bedroom where the mattress will ultimately live. Right away this tells you whether your hopes for a bigger bed are a daydream or actually feasible. Larger sized mattresses are also a lot more expensive than their smaller counterparts, so make sure you keep an eye on the price tags too.

Test drive

Don’t feel bad about lying down a mattress in the store. That’s what the display beds are there for. Many stores now have a fitted strip of protective plastic that goes over the foot of the bed so you don’t even have to take your shoes off! Spread out and move around. If you’re buying with a partner, take them along and have them lie on the bed with you so you can see how it sits with the weight of one or two people on it.

Don’t rush

The thing about lying down on a bed in a store is that it feels really weird. Bedrooms are private places, a personal refuge in the home against the outside world. Lying on a bed in a big, brightly lit store runs completely counter to that. Don’t let it phase you! It can take up to fifteen minutes to really get a feel for a mattress is really like and you plan to spend eight hours a night on this thing, so you want to be sure. Take your time – check your emails, chat to your partner for a while, bring a tablet and play a game. The sales people genuinely won’t mind.

Keeping these points in mind will help you to find the mattress that’s perfect for you. What are your top tips for buying a mattress? Tell all in the comments!

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