You know it’s time to buy a new mattress when it looks lumpy or saggy or when you wake up achy and tired. A mattress is perhaps your most important piece of furniture as you spend up to a third of your life on it. It is therefore important that you put a lot of thought into selecting a new mattress.


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Here are a few pitfalls to avoid if you’re in the market for a new mattress:

  • Looking for a cheap mattress – You usually get what you pay for where mattresses are concerned. A cheap mattress is often a poorly constructed piece of furniture made with low-grade materials that will begin to sag quickly. Opt for heavier mattresses made of high-grade resources, not lightweight cheap versions.
  • Not trying out a mattress – You can’t decide that a mattress is good simply by looking at it. Each mattress has its own different features and comfort level. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all mattress. Some people like firm, others like soft. That’s why most showrooms have many different types on display. Make sure to try multiple mattresses out until you find an appropriate fit for you.
  • Not spending enough time testing mattresses – Mattresses don’t just differ in terms of brand names. They also differ in the materials used – memory foam, waterbeds, airbeds, all-natural latex, etc. Each type of material will have a different feel and reaction to the weight of the body. A simple pat on the mattress won’t tell you much. You should actually plan to lie down on each mattress to feel the differences between them. It will take a little longer but will be well worth it.
  • Not doing your homework – You can go online to read about mattresses you are considering. Check out ratings, warranty plans, care recommendations, etc. Your salesperson can also be very helpful in fielding questions you may have about a particular mattress.

Be smart in making a mattress purchase. A good mattress is essential for a good night’s rest, and a good night’s rest is essential for functioning well each day.