Buyer's Guide: It's Mattress Shopping Day
So you've finally decided that you cannot take one more night on your old mattress? Here are some helpful hints that will make mattress shopping easier for you:
Things to Do Before You Leave Home
- Get your measurements and write them down. Don't guess at the size of your current mattress set- measure it to be certain. The easiest way to be sure is to measure the length and width of your box spring. It is also a very good idea to know the overall height of your current bed, from the floor to the top of your current mattress. This way you'll know how a new mattress set might look on your current bed frame. Today's mattress sets are usually much taller than older mattress sets, and you might find that a newer mattress set will be too tall for your bed. Most sleep stores offer lower profile box springs and other bed lowering products to help offset the height of your new mattress.
- Check under your bed. Do you have a center support? You must have a proper center support for your queen and king size bedding. On queen size bedding, this means you need at least one rigid metal bar or wooden slat with a leg to the floor. For king size, you need at least two legs to the floor in the center. If you don't have proper center support or supports, make sure to mention this to the mattress salesperson. Most mattress stores offer a variety of products to help you meet mattress manufacturer warranty requirements.
- Wear clean, comfortable clothing. You want to feel comfortable hopping up on different beds to test them out. Ladies, avoid wearing skirts. Men should not wear loose shorts. "Flashing" your friendly mattress sales associate is never appropriate.
When You Get to The Sleep Shop
- At our store, each mattress has a foot protector, so you don't need to remove your shoes. We don't expect you to remove your shoes. In fact, we encourage you just to lie back and relax. However, some of our customers feel uncomfortable wearing their shoes on our beds. That's okay. If you're one of those people who aren't comfortable putting your shoes on furniture, wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. You can also shuffle around here in your socks if you like.
- Don't be shy. Customers lie down on the mattresses in our store every day. You don't have to feel shy about lying down on the beds. That is what you are supposed to do. We mattress sales associates joke about customers (when they leave) who test mattresses with only their hands or just sit on the side. Hopefully, you don't sleep on your hands or your butt, so please suck it up and lie down.
- Make sure you have enough time to test several beds before making a decision. This is not a short shopping trip. You need to make sure to carve out plenty of time to get the job done right. A good rule of thumb: After you've narrowed your selection down to two or three beds, test each of those for at least 10 or 15 minutes. This is the amount of time necessary to be sure that a mattress set suits your body.
- If you sleep with a partner, you really should shop for your new mattress with your partner. It is important for both of you to get a good night's sleep. Otherwise, you might say, "Some days I wake up grumpy, other times I let him sleep."