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Mattress Buying Guide

How to choose a mattress? What is the best mattress? We know choosing a mattress can be daunting – especially since it’s probably Vitals_WomanSleeping-1024x680_0
been a while since your last trip to the mattress store. We’re here to help make sense of it all and provide you with everything you need to know so you can find the best mattress to buy for your lifestyle and budget. Let’s get started!

It’s time to buy a new mattress if:

  • You wake up with aches and pains that dissipate throughout the day.
  • Your arms or shoulders fall asleep throughout the night, or you wake up tossing and turning.
  • Your mattress shows visible signs of wear and tear, such as sagging or the sides breaking down.
  • You feel the coils when lying on your bed.
  • You hear noises/creaks on your mattress when moving around.
  • You roll toward the middle of the bed at night, or you easily roll off the edge of the bed.
  • No matter what the temperature in your bedroom, you always seem to feel too hot in bed.
  • Your mattress is more than eight years old – check the tag to determine the age of your mattress.
  • You’ve outgrown your current mattress size or are in need of a larger one. (Tip: If you’re an expecting parent, check out these tips to sleep for pregnant mothers!).

Mattress Shopping Checklist

Complete this checklist before your visit to the mattress store and bring it with you to help narrow your search. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – that’s what the sales representatives, known as sleep consultants at Mattress Firm, are there for!

  • SIZE: To identify the correct mattress size for your space, consider the following:
    • The mattress should be longer than the tallest person sleeping on it.
    • The bed width should allow enough space to fold your arms behind your head without going beyond the mattress edge or touching your partner’s elbows (for two adults, we recommend either a queen or a king).


Mattress Dimensions Chart
Twin mattress 39″ wide x 75″ long
Twin extra-long mattress 39″ wide x 80″ long
Full size bed / Double mattress 54″ wide x 75″ long
Queen mattress 60″ wide x 80″ long
King mattress 76″ wide x 80″ long
California King mattress 72″ wide x 84″ long

The Perfect Sleep Environment

Once you have found the perfect mattress you are more than half way there! Here are some essential bedding accessories to help complete your sleep sanctuary.

  • Pillows: The wrong pillow can cause neck pain and aggravate allergies if you let dust mites accumulate. Replace your pillow every two to five years and consider washing it every three to six months in hot water with liquid detergent. Click here for more information on finding the right pillow. Note: Tempur-Pedic pillows are antimicrobial and don’t need to be washed.
  • Frames: Mattresses held in place by a bed frame often take less space than bed rails with headboards and foot boards. Low-profile frames sit closer to the floor than those of normal height, which makes getting in and out easier for some owners, while supporting the mattress properly for a comfortable night’s sleep.
  • Mattress Protectors: A quality mattress protector keeps the exterior and interior of your mattress as clean as possible, protecting it from stains and general wear and tear. If you have a young child who is potty training, a mattress protector can really help when it comes to nighttime accidents. If you’re a parent looking for the best mattress and accessories for a child, check out our mattress buying guide for parents here.

High-Tech Mattress Guide

If you find you’re too hot at night, or your partner wakes you up with his or her tossing and turning, check out today’s high tech sleep Beautyrest Black Kate Plush Pillow Top Mattress -2products that have set out to solve these common issues:

  • Temperature Control: Right before we fall asleep, our body temperature starts to drop, and when we’re sleeping soundly, our bodies are at their coolest. Because of this sleep-temperature connection, cooler temperatures cause sleepiness and help us sleep better. Atmos™ beds, and mattresses made with phase change materials (PCMs), are designed to help you regulate your temperature while you sleep. Available in select markets and online here.
  • Comfort Control: A mattress with an adjustable base (also referred to as a “power base”) allows you and your partner to adjust the height of the head and feet of your mattress. This is great for reading, working on a laptop or watching TV in bed. Sleeping with your head elevated can also help with common sleep problems, such as snoring, acid reflux and sleep apnea. Elevating your feet takes pressure off the lower back and improves circulation. Some adjustable bases even offer massage settings.
  • Hybrids: Hybrid mattresses combine the individually pocketed innersprings with memory foam layers to provide a dreamy blend of support and bounciness for people who want the best of both worlds.