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Mattress Buying Guide – The RoomPlace

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When it comes time to purchase a new mattress, you’ll have a lot of different — and occasionally confusing – buying options to sort through. Regardless if you’re buying a mattress for yourself, your children, or anyone else in your family, you’ll have to make decisions about when to get rid of your old mattress, what size or type of mattress suits your family best, and then arm yourself with some basic mattress know-how to help you choose wisely.

Here’s a handy mattress buying guide that will simplify the purchasing process by giving you a little insight as to what type of mattress will work best for your particular sleeping needs.

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When and Why You Should Replace Your Old Mattress

Unsure if you should replace your mattress or not? If that’s the case, there are a few key points you should pay attention to. If you’re experiencing back pain, restless or uncomfortable sleep, or notice visible damage to your mattress, that’s a clear sign it might be time to buy a new one.

While the longevity of a mattresses varies depending on the materials used (for example, a latex or custom foam mattress will typically last longer than a pillowtop mattress), the average life of a mattress is 7­-8 years. If your mattress is older than 8 years, or too small for your growing children, or getting a little crowded as you toss about next to your significant other, you should consider upgrading.

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How Sleep Position Determines Mattress Type

Size, weight, and the position you customarily sleep in are all factors you’ll need to ponder before shelling out your hard-earned money for a new mattress. People who sleep on their back or stomach tend to favor a firmer mattress that offers exceptional support, while folks who like to cozy up their side frequently prefer a comfy, pressure-relieving softer mattress to cradle them.

And then we have “combination sleepers” and men and women of differing sizes. Combination sleepers, who change position throughout the night, can benefit from a memory foam or hybrid mattress that adjusts to the contours of their varying positions, while heavier sleepers will likely get better rest with a firmer mattress with lumbar support that supports their weight, while keeping them from overheating at the same time.

Choosing the Right Mattress Size

The mattress size you ultimately choose will depend on the size of the person or the number of people sleeping on it, if you’re sleeping solo or sharing, the size of your bedroom, and if your pets (cats, dogs, maybe even a snuggly rabbit or two) sleep with you.

From the smallest to the largest, these are the standard mattress sizes you’ll find in the US:

Size                      Dimensions

Twin                      39″ X 75″

Twin XL                 39″ X 80″

Full                        54″ X 75″

Queen                   60″ X 80″

King                       75″ X 80″

California King      72″ X 84″

So, a little common sense applies when deciding on the correct mattress size. A smaller person (or child) in a cramped space would probably do just fine with a Twin or Twin XL, while a couple, or someone who’s tall or tosses and turns while they slumber — like they’re on a rowboat on a turbulent ocean — might do better with a big ole California King.

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Distinguishing Between Different Mattress Materials and Quality

As you’ve probably already gathered, mattresses can be constructed out of a variety of materials or combinations of different materials, and it’s important you understand the primary differences between them.

Here are some of the most common mattress core and comfort layers in use today, which you’ll run across while shopping online, or in person at a brick and mortar store:

Latex

Latex mattresses offer an incredible level of relaxation and relief from back pain, but their higher cost and heavier weight (often making them difficult to handle) sometimes puts people off. The main advantages of sleeping on durable, long-lasting latex (made from rubber trees) come from this spongy material’s ability to keep sleepers cool, while also keeping their spines supported and aligned.

Memory Foam

Mattresses made with memory foam (usually a better choice than polyfoam, which is less durable, and offers less support), absorb motion better than latex. A memory foam core also excels when it comes to molding to your body, and providing substantial joint and pain relief. One con is the fact that foam mattresses aren’t as cool as latex, and tend to sag and show depressions earlier on.

Innerspring

Also known as a coil mattress, innerspring mattresses — made out of steel coils — are found everywhere, and were the go-to sleeping surface back in the day, and are still very common today. The quality of this type of mattress depends on the number of coils and number of coil layers deployed to support your weight, as well as the materials (latex, gel memory foam, etc.) used for the comfort layers, which will of course affect the overall price.

Hybrid Mattresses

A hybrid mattress is any mattress that combines at least two different kinds of support systems. An excellent example of this is a mattress with an innerspring core with a foam or latex comfort layer. Hybrid mattresses, which are usually reasonably priced, are the ideal choice for people who want to preserve the feel of a traditional mattress, but still take advantage of the pain relief, motion reduction, and other benefits foam and latex offers.

Factors to Consider When Shopping for a New Mattress

While other mattresses choices are available, like pillowtop and gel foam mattresses, we’ve covered the fundamentals about mattress types, size, and construction materials, along with the pros and cons associated with the most common mattresses on the market today.

Of course, price, customer reviews and the quality of the warranty offered should go into your final mattress-purchasing decision. But with a little research and some common sense, you should be able to hunt down a mattress that’s right for you or your loved ones, guaranteeing that everyone gets a good night’s sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Know If You Need a New Mattress

We spend a third of our lives tucked under the covers so why not invest in a mattress that will make our sleep third comfortable, restful, and restorative? In this blog, The RoomPlace investigates the ins and outs of purchasing and maintaining a new mattress.

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The Ultimate Mattress Buying Guide | The RoomPlace Chicago & Indianapolis

Mattress Buying Guide: Which One Works for You?

We spend about 1/3 of our lives fast asleep—why not increase the comfort of that time with a new mattress? If it’s time to upgrade your current mattress situation in Chicago or Indianapolis, The RoomPlace is here to give you some pointers on picking out the perfect mattress.

There are essentially three factors you must consider when shopping for a new mattress: size, firmness and material.

Size
One of the easiest facts to consider when you’re mattress shopping in Chicago is the size of the mattress you’re after. Below, we offer dimensions of our most popular mattress sizes.

King Size Mattress: 76 inches wide by 80 inches long.

Queen Size Mattress: 60 inches wide by about 80 inches long.

Full Mattress: 53 inches wide by 75 inches long.

Twin Mattress: 38 inches wide by 75 inches long.

Twin XL Mattress: 38 inches wide by about 80 inches long.

If you’re a solo sleeper, the full mattress is a good choice since it provides ample room. For couples, we recommend checking the dimensions of your bedroom before choosing a mattress above a queen size. King size mattresses are considerably larger than queens, so take care to perform proper measurements before you begin your mattress search.

Firmness

So, you have your mattress size picked out. Now it’s time to decide on the firmness of your mattress and determine what will give you the most amount of comfort. After all, you’ll be sleeping on your new mattress for quite a while, so take some time to research and ask as many questions as you need before settling on firmness. Below are the different kinds of firmness we offer at The RoomPlace:

  • Plush: Midway between soft and firm, plush mattresses usually have more foam or tack and jump quilt layers than their firm counterparts.
  • Euro top: Appearance wise, the euro top looks very similar to a pillow top, but the euro top design lines up with the mattress edge.
  • Firm: Firm mattresses are ideal for people who tend to sleep on their back or stomach the most as it will provide the most overall support.

We also offer dual firmness, extra firm, pillow top firm, pillow top plush, cushion firm, soft and medium. For more information about these kinds of mattresses, stop in and chat with one of our skilled representatives.

Foam vs Coil

We offer three different kinds of mattress interiors to choose from.

  • Memory Foam
  • Gel foam
  • Innerspring

The general rule for purchasing an inner spring mattress is that the higher the coil count, the more support it offers and the more durable it is. We offer all of these variations in our queen and king size mattresses. We even offer Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses.

Come in and chat with us today in Chicago and Indianapolis to find your perfect mattress today!