Common Mistakes People Make When Buying Mattresses

13 November 2017
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


A new mattress can be very expensive, which is why it's good to take your time and shop all your choices, and to ensure you know the best mattress for you in particular. Unfortunately, many buyers buy a mattress based on price alone, looking for their cheapest option, or they assume that the priciest brand is automatically best. To ensure you get the right mattress for you, note a few mistakes you'll want to avoid during the buying process.

Going too soft

A very soft mattress may seem like a good idea, and a hard mattress may not be comfortable for sleeping, but a very soft surface can also interfere with sleep. If your mattress is overly soft, it won't provide proper support for your form, so that your muscles may actually tense up when you're in bed, to keep you properly supported. In turn, you may wake up with backaches, shoulder aches, and muscle cramps.  You may even toss and turn at night, trying to get comfortable. Keep this in mind when testing mattresses, and don't choose one that you literally sink into, as this can mean a lack of support and lack of quality sleep.

Mattress toppers

A mattress topper, meaning a layer of foam or gel that is sewn onto the top of the mattress, can be extra comfortable, as a thin mattress surface puts you in closer proximity to its springs and coils, literally pushing them into your back. However, you might take a few minutes and note if buying a mattress topper separately would be more affordable than buying a mattress with the topper attached. Many stores sell foam or gel toppers for mattresses, and putting these over a cheaper mattress can give you the same comfort but for less cost.


You may dread the idea of moving an oversized mattress if you go from one home to another, but a mattress that is too small, especially if you share your bed with anyone else, can mean lack of quality sleep. You may actually wake up several times during the night as you reach the edge of the mattress, or roll into your partner. Investing in a larger mattress can be worth the money and hassle if it means quality sleep. On the other hand, you also want to ensure your mattress will fit your bedroom, with room to comfortably walk around it,. Be sure to take measurements of the space before buying, so you opt for a comfortable yet workable size of mattress.