Treat Yourself This Mother’s Day: Tips for Choosing the Right Mattress

Treat Yourself This Mother’s Day: Tips for Choosing the Right Mattress

This Mother’s Day, why not treat yourself to the gift of incredible sleep and comfort? We spend a third of our lives (you read that right, a third) sleeping. A good night’s sleep is key to staying energized and focused throughout your busy day. That’s why anything you can do to get that deep, rested sleep is a truly gift!

The right mattress can make all the difference in the quality of your sleep. Think of a mattress as an investment in yourself and your quality of life. If it’s been a few years (or decades) since you’ve purchased a mattress, there’s no better time than now to consider an upgrade.

However, finding a mattress you’ll be pleased with requires careful consideration. That’s why we have some surefire steps for choosing the right mattress!

  • Identify Your Preferences

The first step to purchasing the right mattress is understanding what you like when you sleep. Determining your firmness preference is an easy place to start, because many mattresses are categorized by their firmness. In fact, mattress firmness is measured on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the firmest and 1 being the least. You can keep this in mind as you visit showrooms and talk to customer associates.

Questions to ask yourself should include: Do I prefer extremely soft surfaces that seem to hug or envelop my body? Do I sleep on my stomach, and appreciate the support of a surface that has cushion, but doesn’t let my body sink too far? Or, have I been experiencing back pain and pressure points?

Figuring out firmness can also depend on your weight. Typically, the lighter you are, the less you’ll sink into a mattress. The heavier you are, the greater the need for a firmer mattress.

Before you set out shopping, you may also want to jot down the things you like and dislike about your current mattress and use that to direct your focus.

  • Get Familiar with Mattress Styles

The most popular types of mattresses include hybrid, latex, memory foam, coil, and pillow top. These aren’t the only types of mattresses you’ll find out there, but they are the most common. Understanding what makes each of them unique can help you evaluate options while you shop.

Hybrid mattresses are made of a steel coil support systems and various types of foam (latex, memory, or polyurethane). Hybrid mattresses are usually a good choice for those who want a middle-of-the-road option with ample support and bounce. In other words, if you don’t have any specific sleep preferences or current pain points, a hybrid mattress might suffice. Memory foam is the perfect choice for those who want the feeling of being wrapped in a hug; it’s a mattress that conforms to your shape while you sleep and provides pressure relief. Latex mattresses are like memory foam, but aren’t quite as form hugging, and are also known specifically for their cooling properties.

Coil mattresses have at least one (sometimes more) layer of spring coils that provide a higher level of firmness. Coil mattresses can be ideal for those in need of extra support while they sleep. If you’re looking for that soft feel without quite as much body contour as a memory foam mattress, a pillow top may be right up your alley. This style has an extra layer of cushioning sewn right onto its top. You’ll get surface comfort with firmness beneath.

  • Pinpoint a Budget

Remember that you typically pay for quality; often anything below $500 will come up short meeting your needs, or will have a limited lifespan. Keep in mind that different mattress styles come at different price points based on their materials. As with shopping for any major item, understanding your budget before you begin shopping can save you valuable time and keep you from turning your purchase into a longer-term financial burden.

However, you’ll be delighted to know that May is the best month of the year to buy a mattress. That’s because mattress manufacturers typically come out with new styles in June, and therefore lower the prices of their existing inventory right before.

  • Ask Questions About Quality

Just because a mattress is from a brand you recognize, it doesn’t mean that mattress offers the longest lasting quality. Ask questions about the typical lifespan of the brand’s mattress, how often the store sees customer returns on them, and what their warranty policy is. Learning more about the material and build of a mattress is also important. For example, if you’re considering coil, look for superior two-sided inner spring construction. This extends the life of your mattress because it’s built with sturdier materials, and the mattress can be flipped over periodically so that you’re not always sleeping on one side of it.

  • Test Them Out

Don’t buy a mattress until you’ve laid on it! Once you’ve narrowed down a few options, take off your shoes and properly lay down on a showroom mattress in the position that you typically sleep. This will help you feel confident in your decision, or may flag pitfalls you otherwise wouldn’t have noticed. As a pro tip, be sure to wear shoes and pants that you’ll feel comfortable testing mattresses in.


These are just some of the steps you can take to ensure that this Mother’s Day, you’ll indulge in a mattress you’ll love for many nights to come. For more tips about buying a mattress or to start your shopping, visit Shovlin Mattress Factory. Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, we specialize in providing customers with the highest-quality mattresses, at prices lower than the competition.

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