MATTRESS 101


You spend more time on your bed than on any other piece of furniture in your home. Mattresses are designed to provide the support and comfort you need to relax and rest, and should be evaluated every seven years for quality and support. If you have had your mattress for a while, it may be time to buy a new one.

Research shows that people sleep better, suffer less back pain and experience fewer symptoms of stress when sleeping on newer beds. In general, your sleep quality improves if your sleep surface relieves pressure on joints and other areas of the body. By investing in a new mattress, you’re improving your health, rest and quality of life.

Mattresses are made with a variety of materials and technologies to deliver support systems that meet the broad array of needs, tastes, and budgets. Explore the tabs below for information and tips on finding the perfect mattress for you.

Size

Twin: Twin mattress dimensions are approximately 38 inches wide by 75 inches long. These mattresses may be too short for some adults. Recommendations: A twin XL might be a good alternative for those living in tight spaces. The XL offers several inches in length, but remains around 38 inches in width.

Twin XL: Twin XL mattress dimensions are approximately 38 inches wide by 80 inches long. A twin XL might be a good alternative for those living in tight spaces.

Full: A full size mattress is 53 inches wide, which is just 15 inches wider than a twin size. Both twin and full sizes are approximately 75 inches long, which may be too short for some adults. Recommendations: A full size bed is only enough space for a single sleeper and only if the person is under 5 feet 5 inches tall. Parents are increasingly choosing full size over twin for teenage bedrooms.

Queen: Queen mattress dimensions are 60 inches wide by approximately 80 inches long – 6 inches wider and 5 inches longer than a full size mattress. Each adult still

has 9 inches less width than if they slept alone in a twin bed. Recommendations: Queen size is a good choice for guest rooms, smaller master bedrooms and for couples who prefer close quarters.

King: A king size mattress is about 16 inches wider than a queen. This is the closest a couple can come to having as much personal space (38 inches) as each would have on a twin bed. Recommendations: A king size mattress is the best choice for couples that want maximum personal sleeping space. Our king size mattresses require two-piece foundations – two twin-size box springs to support and make a king set more manageable. Even with a split foundation, this configuration may be too big for some bedrooms or too bulky to navigate through corridors, doors and stairwells. It’s a good idea to break out the tape measure to check your room dimensions if there is any doubt.

California King: A California king mattress measures approximately 72 inches wide by 84 inches long – 4 inches narrower and 4 inches longer than a regular king.

Type

Innerspring: An innerspring mattress uses a steel coil support system. The innerspring is covered by padding or upholstery materials, which can include various foams, fiber, and additional layers of smaller steel springs.

Hybrid: A hybrid mattress combines a steel coil support system with one or more types of foam, such as polyurethane foam, memory (or visco elastic) foam, or latex foam, as well as foams that contain gel or other materials.

Foam: Foam mattresses use one or more types of foam as the support system. The foam may be polyurethane foam, memory (or visco elastic) foam, or latex foam, and can contain gel or other materials. The foam used in such mattresses can be manufactured in a variety of shapes and densities to offer

consumers a mattress that has different comfort, feel and heat dissipation features.

Pillow Top: Pillow top mattresses provide an additional upholstery layer sewn into the top of the mattress.

Gel: Gel mattresses use a type of foam that contains gel in the product’s support system, upholstery layers, or both. The gel foam can offer consumers different comfort, feel and heat dissipation features.

Memory Foam: Memory foam (or visco elastic foam) mattresses use a high density polyurethane foam as the support system, in the upholstery layer, or both. This foam has properties that allow it to contour closely to the shape of the sleeper.

Foundation

Box springs: A good foundation, often called a box spring, is as important as a good mattress. The box springs take a lot of the nightly wear and tear and contribute to the bed’s overall comfort and support. You should never put a new mattress on an old foundation. When you select your new mattress, it’s important to pair it with its companion foundation - the two are designed to work best together. In fact, buying the mattress without its matching foundation may affect the terms of the warranty.

Adjustable Bed Bases: An adjustable bed base allows you to customize your

mattress position by using a remote control to independently adjust the head and foot of the bed for maximum comfort. Adjustable bases are compatible with most innerspring, foam and air mattresses. Since flexing causes extra wear on the mattress, choosing a quality mattress is very important.

Foundation Profiles: Mattresses and the box springs they’re paired with have varying heights, or profiles. A set with a higher profile will be thicker and may cover more of your headboard. Most mattress sets have a low-profile box spring option that reduces the overall height.

Care

Mattress Warranties: The warranty on the new mattress and foundation you purchase is not an indicator of how long the product should be used before replacement. The mattress warranty is there to protect the customer from product defects, not against the gradual loss of comfort and support.

Body Impressions: It is normal for your mattress to get body impressions. Many of today’s top-quality mattresses use extra-plush foams and fibers to create comfort layers designed to cradle your body and relieve pressure. The first few weeks you

sleep on a new mattress with extra comfort layers, you will likely notice some body impressions on the surface. These impressions are normal. They indicate that the comfort layers are conforming to your body, as they are supposed to do, and shouldn’t be considered a sign that something is wrong with your new mattress.

Watch our short video below for more information about caring for your mattress.

 

Pillows & Protectors

Pillows: Just as your bed should provide good support for your body, your pillow should give you the right cushioning to position your head and neck properly. It should hold your head in the same relation to your shoulders and spine as if you were standing with correct upright posture. If you sleep on your side, you may want a fairly firm pillow to give your head and neck extra support. If you sleep on your back, try a medium-firm pillows to cradle your head with more “give.” And if you sleep on your stomach (although some physicians caution against this position), choose a soft pillow to lessen the strain on your neck. Pillows should be replaced every year. Shopping for the right pillow is an essential part of building your perfect sleep system.

Mattress Pads & Toppers: A mattress can be one of the most costly components in the bedroom, so once you’ve found the mattress of your dreams, you’ll want to protect your investment. Mattress protectors/pads and

encasements prolong the life of your mattress while protecting the mattress from dust, dirt, stains and more. Mattress covers and box spring covers can be flame resistant, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, allergen resistant to deter dust mites, pet dander and the like, and even impermeable to help stop the penetration of bed bugs through fabric. Most mattress protectors are machine washable so you can keep them clean and fresh. Generally, an encasement fully encloses either the mattress or box spring. A cover typically covers three sides only, similar to the way a mattress pad or topper fits.

Mattress Encasements for Allergy Protection: For chronic allergy sufferers, there is no better solution than a full mattress encasement and box spring encasement. A typical mattress cover cannot prevent allergens from your mattress from coming in contact with you.

Delivery

Your new mattress is as important to us as it is to you. That's why we uncrate, inspect, assemble and protect your pieces prior to loading them onto our truck. It's why we send delivery updates that allow you to follow the delivery truck and see a photo of your driver. We take care of every detail so you don’t have to lift a finger.

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