Suppose you’re someone who just got into that stage in life where you’ve moved into your place and isn’t experienced with furniture shopping. In that case, you’re probably searching and reading up every article you can. Especially if it’s for something as important as a mattress since you’re going to be laying down on that every single night to get your much-needed and well-deserved rest.
What will you need to know before you even head out of your house to the store? Well, there’s quite a bit you need to know, so you don’t make any mistakes when you’re testing out and buying the mattress. Making a mistake while you’re in the shop by missing a little detail will just add more problems for you and the workers in the store – so make sure you’re well aware of these things.
Make Your Measurements and Note Them Down
One mistake you shouldn’t make when you’re mattress shopping is to give the wrong or inaccurate dimensions. A mattress that hangs off of the sides of the bed frame or a mattress that doesn’t even fill out the frame isn’t a pretty sight, no matter how you look at it. It’ll just be another trip back to the store for refunds or swaps for you. Knowing the dimensions should come before knowing which is the best mattress to buy.
You’re going to want to whip out your trusty metal measuring tape and measure out the dimensions of your current mattress – if you’re getting an upgrade, if not, then the bed frame. Then, when you’ve set foot into the mattress store, you can just ask the clerks if they have any beds with the same or similar dimensions. Oh, don’t forget to measure the dimensions of your doorway too. You wouldn’t want to keep your mattress out in the hallway, right?
Make Sure To Do Your Research
Suppose you’re a youngblood that does not know a thing about mattresses. In that case, you’re going to want to buckle down in front of a computer and do your research about all of the different types of mattresses. How can you find a good mattress that fits your fancy if you don’t know the huge differences between the mattress types?
If you want to keep it simple, then you can just stick with the three most common mattress types – an innerspring mattress, a memory foam mattress, or a hybrid mattress. Between those three, there’s already a handful of differences and have a select audience they can satisfy. However, if you’re not on board with those three, then there are even more niche mattress types that you could go for.
Always Test Out The Mattresses You Fancy
How can you tell if a mattress is good or not without even testing it out? Does it give you the comfort that you’re seeking? Do you have the ability to tell if a mattress is good without even spending at least 5 minutes just laying down on it? You’re going to want to ask if it’s okay to lay down on the mattress first to test it out, then spend 5-10 minutes just laying down on your usual sleeping positions. Then, take note of how comfortable it feels.
Don’t fall into the trap of testing out every mattress that you come across. Having too much on your plate just makes it harder for you to come to a final decision. Instead, think about which mattress type you want, then thin out the mattresses to that single type and start from there – your shopping time will decrease significantly. Do your best to make a top three list and decide from then on.
Asking For A Trial Period
You might think that the final decision you’ve made will be the final one. However, your mind may be subject to change as you lay down on it at home. We mean that you can’t be 100% sure that the mattress in the store feels the same at home. So if you can, ask if they can offer a trial period for the mattress and secure that trial so you can get a proper feel out of bed.
Typically, you can ask for at least a 30-day trial period for the mattress so you can get the experience of what it’s like sleeping on that mattress. After a couple of weeks or until the trial’s over, you can return the mattress to the store, but be aware that there may be exchange and restocking fees. With the trial, you could even get a guarantee that you don’t have to pay any fees if you didn’t like the mattress or return it within a period.
Mattress shopping shouldn’t be too difficult of a task to get through. Still, all of the researching and the note-taking(mental or physical) you’ll do is going to be tiresome. However, knowing what you need to know and having a clear-cut image of that bed that you want will make your trip quicker and with fewer hassles!