Is there a purchase more inconvenient to move into a home and lug around, more inconvenient to return on warranty and more difficult to choose, while at the same time being a very large INVESTMENT than a MATTRESS???
The image to the left pretty much covers the number of them that we’ve been through in our forty years of married life. They weren’t such a big consideration at the beginning … one doesn’t realize the long-term impact of them on your life – but they are BIG in more ways than one, and by the time you realize the IMPACT, it’s too late to do anything about it except
- give it away, or
- move it to a guest room for sort-term visitors, and
- shop (and pay) for another one
- the hand-me-down (as newlyweds)
- a sofa bed
- a regular, non-pillow-top
- a memory foam (expensive) set
- a deep, pillow-top set
- went to an air mattress when we were waiting to sell our home in another city and nearly ruined my back
- and now to a Select Comfort/Sleep Number bed
Most people probably rush into buying a cheap bed at the start, because it seems like such a big expenditure for an item that seems unimportant; so you’re stuck with a bulky problem right away.
One thing I finally learned is that –
- you should be able to negotiate a price (!), including delivery – at least buy on SALE
- a FIRM mattress does NOT equal quality or better back health any more
- memory foam beds go up in price with the price of oil
- memory foam and latex are different
- memory foam beds are extremely heavy to move around
- the edges of the mattress have to be strong, to support edge-sitting and prevent rolling out
- the mattress should be able to support the smaller parts of the body, and give to the larger (hips, shoulders) so those areas/pressure points don’t become sore.
Many people go to futons, but a cheap futon mattress won’t work for long-term use because of the last point of support and “give.” Other people try to use a mattress and wood-slat base – a better solution, because you can invest in a really good quality mattress and you won’t have to move the box spring.
There IS a warranty on higher-quality beds, even the first 30-days – IF you put a plastic cover on the mattress. That warranty creeps me out a little, though, but it’s there.
Have a look at this news report:
Before you go on your mattress quest – determine whether you’re both back, side or tummy (horrors) sleepers. If you’re both side sleepers, you’re probably looking for the same type mattress. If you’re a side sleeper sleeping with a back sleeper, then the former should be in a medium to soft mattress, while the latter should be in a firm. In this case, a Sleep Number bed will be a good choice, or two twins of different types put together.
to be continued ….