Since you spend over 1/3 of your life in bed, it’s not about the mattress and box springs, but about getting a great night’s sleep. Your next day depends on it! But if that good night’s sleep is elusive, this, in part, may be because of a worn or inappropriate mattress.
To be both comfortable and long lasting, mattresses and foundations must be constructed following a series of critical steps. Bottom line – when it comes to buying a mattress and box springs, you get what you pay for. If the price is ‘right’, you are probably buying a box of air. This means it probably has about 10% material (foam, steel, padding), and about 90% air.
Walk into a bedding store and pick up the corners of a mattress. Some are heavy and some are light. Now look at the price tags. There is no surprise. Weight is directly proportional as to how well it is made. Weight on the mattress is also proportional to how long it will hold up. Buy according to the amount of weight you are expecting the mattress to hold and maintain for the life of the set.
When buying a new mattress unit, go with your sleeping partner so the both of you can lie down on it in the store. Lie in your favourite sleeping position. Support needs differ depending on how you sleep. Once you have narrowed down your choices, spend 10-15 minutes on each mattress. Roll around. Make sure the pillow you are lying on supports your sleeping style. This is as crucial as the mattress itself in proper support for a great night’s sleep.
Do you prefer a firm or plush support? A pocket coil, continuous coil, or foam mattress? Flip, no-flip, pillow or Euro-top? A mattress too hard will cause you to lose circulation in parts of your body and your sleep will be broken due to your turning to alleviate this. This will eliminate several from the options list and allow you to spend quality time on the one or two that feels right. Don’t be fooled by lofty looks and fluff. It’s about what is inside that counts.
Always buy a mattress and box spring as a set. Separate units can cause problems and may not be covered by the warranty. Box springs absorb up to 50 percent of the impact, prolonging the life of your mattress. Avoid box foundations. Unlike box springs, these plain wooden platforms covered with fabric have no springs. They are usually meant to make a cheap mattress feel firmer and can actually cause the mattress to break down more quickly.
Most manufacturers offer a ten-year warranty, but some only have a three to five year plan. Its pretty obvious if the company cannot stand behind it longer than three or five years, they don’t intend for it to hold up long.
Always purchase a mattress protector. This doesn’t have to be a padded style if the mattress is a cushioned pad, but, more importantly, to protect it from stains. Should a warranty ever need to be claimed, it is immediately void if there are any stains on the mattress. It is worth the extra few dollars for a waterproof style that comes with a stain warranty.
Next is your support system. If the frame holding the unit is not adequate, there is not a mattress in the world that will eventually not sag in the middle. It is basic physics. Deluxe bedframes and super Marshall support systems are available to help properly support and suspend the weight.
A bit of trivia: Well over 100 years ago, James Marshall received a patent for a unique invention – the world’s first individual pocketed spring mattress – and that was done right here in St. Thomas! Yes, the infamous Marshall pocket coil that is now enjoyed in mattresses, cars, sofas, chairs, etc. worldwide began in St. Thomas. Marshall Mattress continues to manufacture superior bedding units in Toronto, and available at Jennings Furniture & Design in Downtown St. Thomas.