Considering a new bed mattress? Here are a few tips:

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Posted on July 12, 2011

Once you’ve decided which type of mattress you want . be it a memory foam mattress or a pocket sprung mattress . you’ll be ready to hit the shops.

Keep in mind, a bed mattress can cost up to £3,000, and the average spend is about £800, so don’t rush into your purchase. Consider the following and you.ll sleep happily.


While buying a mattress online may be cheaper and more convenient, it.s best to try a mattress before you buy one. Although a good mattress shop shouldn’t mind you trying mattresses, quite a few people feel intimidated to do so. However, most people who are satisfied with their mattress bought it because it felt comfortable in the shop.

When you go shopping for a new bed mattress, wear comfortable clothes and easily removable shoes. Lie on a mattress for at least 10 minutes, try out various positions that you normally sleep in. Lastly, if the bed is for two, take the shopping trip together.


Always test the mattress. Sit on the edge . it should be firm, not saggy. Relax in one position, and then move into another. Was it easy or did you struggle to move? You will want a mattress that is firm and will not restrict your movement too much.

Once you’ve purchased your bed mattress, make sure that, if you put it on a slatted base, the slats are no more than 6cm wide or more than 4cm apart. This ensures sufficient ventilation whilst preventing the mattress sagging through between the slats.

Never shop for beds/mattresses when tired, as pretty much everything will feel great.


A good number of people bought their mattress because it’s made by a brand they trust. If you’re not sure which are the best mattress brands, you can check out mattress brand reviews online, which have customer satisfaction scores for most major mattress brands.

Advertising claims

While medical sounding terms like .orthopedic. and .posturepedic. sound impressive, they usually mean that those mattresses have more springs than most, giving increased support.

However, a study published in a medical journal found that a very firm bed mattress isn.t always best for bad backs, and that a moderately firm one may be better. But as there is no definitive medical answer to what.s best, don.t be lured by mattress adverts claiming .the ultimate solution to back problems..

Mattress and base

These days, manufacturers encourage you to buy a mattress and bed base together, which makes sense if had your old base for many years.

However, if you decide to buy the mattress and base separately, or are going to keep your old base, measure carefully to make sure a good fit. Dimensions can vary so don.t rely on a new double mattress being exactly the same size as your old one.


Before you buy your mattress, check whether there.s anything in particular, such as removing labels or using a base other than a recommended one that would invalidate the guarantee. Certain things you do can render the mattress guarantee meaningless and most guarantees for mattresses will not cover gradual wear and tear leading to loss of support.