Picture this, you’ve had a really long day at work. You attended three meetings even before it was mid-day, and then spent the better part of your afternoon, working on a proposal for your company’s project whose deadline is in two days. You might not even have had that lunch break. Sigh! Some days are crazy, right?
Normally when we have such days, all you want to do is get home early, freshen up, perhaps listen to some good music, and enjoy that perfect barbecue, before you head to bed.
Heading to bed after a long day at work must be the favorite part of the day. Is there a relaxing moment that beats getting some sleep? We bet there isn’t.
You will enjoy your rest and wake up feeling rejuvenated especially if you are sleeping on a good and comfortable mattress, well, for obvious reasons. Nobody wants to go to bed tired and wake up feeling even more tired.
So, what is the average price of a mattress? Is sleeping on a good mattress an expensive affair? Will you have to spend all your savings?
Let’s find out.
The Average Price of a Mattress
Most mattresses cost between $200 and $1500. However, if you don’t mind investing in a good and expensive one, there are some that go for $5000 or more. What happens when you don’t intend to spend a lot of money? Worry not, you can get one for as little as $150 or even less.
To help you make a better and informed decision while making the purchase, you should consider some factors. Don’t just settle for the first offer that is presented to you.
Factors to Consider When Looking For a Mattress
It is always advisable to research any product before you take out your wallet. Thanks to the availability of most products online, you can do so from the comfort of your phone or laptop. The best part about online research is that you will see the reviews and be a step closer to deciding.
Alternatively, you can go to the nearest mattress store to find out what’s available, which brand offers quality, and you know what? You get to actually lie on the mattress to know how it feels. Is it a little too hard or maybe too soft? You will have all the details.
There are different factors to consider when buying a mattress. We have compiled some of them. Take a look!
Comfort ought to be the number one factor when looking for a mattress. Remember, your bed is the furniture you spend the most time on, more than any other furniture in your home.
As you look to have a good rest and achieve that re-energizing effect, you should be aware that, not all costly mattresses will offer you comfort, and not all less-costly mattresses will offer you comfort as well.
Most of the stores allow their customers to lie down on the mattress, thus enabling them to feel the firmness, size, and materials used in the mattress.
2. Are You an “Orderly Sleeper?”
Have you ever slept next to a toddler or even an adult who makes you dread sleeping next to them? We can call them “the not orderly sleepers.” All they do throughout the night is move around frequently, put their legs on your back or stomach? They just can’t get their position, right?
Knowing your sleeping position is an important factor to consider when looking to buy a mattress. Are you a back, side, stomach, front sleeper or do you showcase your different “moves” throughout the night? This will help you buy a mattress that accommodates your needs and ensure you do not break a bone.
For instance, if you are a side-sleeper, you might have to get a plush or pillow-top mattress to support your spine’s natural curve.
3. How Big or Small?
When it comes to size, it is important to ask yourself a few questions. What space do you have in your bedroom? Do you share the bed with your significant other, your child, sibling, or do you sleep alone?
This question will help you determine whether you need a twin, full, king, queen, or California King. There are no restrictions though, you can still get a king-size bed even if you sleep alone, after all, it depends on the space available and the kind of comfort you are looking for, not forgetting your budget.
King size and California King are a good choice for couples, to allow ample space for the couple, but then again this entirely depends on the choice of the couple.
Rihanna’s song “California King Bed” talks about ten thousand miles apart, and you may not want to feel the same with your partner.
4. What’s Good & What’s Not
You will find the answer to this through customer reviews. As most mattress brands have websites, accessing the reviews will be pretty much easy.
This will give you a more popular idea of mattress brands, what is good about them, what is not and the changes they need to make to them.
As you read through the reviews, remember that you’re looking for what is best for you, therefore, the opinions of other people do not necessarily have to influence your choice.
5. Softness & Firmness
In as much as you will be looking for comfort, softness and firmness is vital when buying a mattress.
You only need just enough firmness to support your spine and other parts of your body. Excessive firmness will end up causing uncomfortable pressure and can even lead to long-term effects.
On the other hand, an extremely soft mattress is going to lead to poor posture and back pains.
Aim to strike the balance with the softness and firmness and get a mattress that supports your body posture all through the night.
6. The dollars
There are different types of mattresses at different prices. The prices vary depending on the brand, density, size among many others.
Decide on the price you are willing to pay and stick to that. However, you may change your mind depending on what is available in the market and the advice you will get from the vendors.
Regardless of the amount you are willing to spend on a mattress, quality is extremely important.
Good quality means you will not go back to the store to get another one, at least not soon, plus you enjoy all the benefits you were looking for in a good mattress.
Make sure you do not rush while making the decision. You don’t want to mess with your sleep.
Difference Between Latex & Memory Foam
Latex and Memory Foam mattresses are equally the most popular ones in this age. It can be confusing to determine which one is suitable for your needs.
Take a look at the differences between the two.
Latex mattresses are constructed from 2-4 layers of latex foam that could either be: synthetic, blended or natural.
These mattresses are popular for their eco-friendly nature, durability, comfort, and enhanced sleep health. The fact that they offer superior allergy resistance makes them popular.
Latex mattresses tend to be heavier than other mattresses, thus require a little more effort to move or lift, and are also quite expensive. However, If you are looking for a firm mattress and a buoyant feel, then this is your go-to option.
Memory Foam Mattress
Memory Foam Mattresses combine a layer of memory foam with spring. These types of mattresses use the body’s heat to soften and moulds to your shape.
These mattresses offer optimal spinal support and alignment, they evenly distribute your weight, thus relieve pressure on your heaviest body parts. They also reduce allergic symptoms since they cannot be penetrated by dust mites.
Memory foam mattresses may not be suitable in warm weather, as they retain your body’s heat.
Many factors go into the decision of buying a mattress. Focus on the amount you are willing to spend and choose what works best for you, putting into consideration the above factors.
You will always miss your bed whenever you’re out camping with your friends and family, or simply away from your home.