I mentioned in an earlier post that I got a back injury a few weeks ago. I’m nursing it better, and I can’t do certain exercises at the moment. Even some day-to-day activities prove to be painful. It’s very frustrating to say the least! I know how important it is to have a supportive mattress yet my husband and I have been sleeping on a mattress that we estimate to be 25 to 30 years old. It’s just one of those things that we said we will do ‘one day soon’. That ‘one day’ should have come sooner, but it has come now!
Have you ever shopped for a mattress? This was a first for me. It was a little bit daunting. A mattress is one of those things that I don’t think you can buy online before trying it first. So, we went to a showroom. We got an excellent salesperson. He explained the different types of mattresses and showed us the range in each of the types – cheapest to most expensive and softest to the most firm. He gave us lots of time to try all the mattresses we wanted to. We didn’t make a decision on the first visit, but we did on our second visit. Our new mattress arrived yesterday and I love it!
Here are some tips I picked up while mattress shopping:
- Don’t wait 30 years to buy a new bed – you deserve to invest in your health and regular great night’s sleep can do wonders for your health.
- Research on the internet is a great tool, but you won’t know if you like the feel of the bed until you try it.
- Following from #2 – don’t rush trying the beds. Lay on the bed for a few minutes as if you were sleeping. Twist and turn like you might do when you sleep. Get up and lie back down again. Don’t feel embarrassed – the salesperson is used to it and expects it. I read online about the ’15 minute rule’
- You might be set on a particular mattress type before you get to the store (inner-spring, memory foam, latex, hybrid, pillow top etc), but it’s worth trying the other types too – just to be sure
- Think about getting waterproof protection for your mattress as stains/evidence of water damage will most likely void any warranty
- Ask a lot of questions before you buy a new mattress so that you are sure about the terms and conditions, and any hidden costs
- Delivery: Is there any delivery fee for your new mattress?
- Old mattress: Can the store collect your old mattress? Is there a fee for collection?
- Warranty: Does the bed come with warranty? How long is it for? What the does it cover? Do you need extra warranty? What can void warranty?
- Return/exchange: What if you don’t like the mattress? Can you return it, or exchange it? How long do you have to return/exchange it? What are the associated costs with a return/exchange? Will you get all your money back if you return the bed? If you exchange the mattress and get a cheaper mattress will you get the difference back?
We only went to one store. We were happy with the service and their terms. If you shop around then be sure you are happy with not just the price, but also the terms – they differ depending on the store and brand. You want to be sure you’re comfortable with the purchase – both physically and mentally.
Happy sleeping everyone!