How to Choose the Right Mattress

how to choose the right mattress

You spend near enough 8 hours per day on your mattress. You will probably keep your mattress for 4 years, maybe more. It’s a worry that some people spend more time choosing a car or a holiday when the fact of the matter is you spend more time in bed. When you consider this, understanding how to choose the right mattress is one of the most important things you can do.

Although we sell mattresses online, learning how to choose the right mattress can only be achieved by researching the mattress in store and actually laying on it, just as you would if you were sleeping.

We’ve written this article to give you a better in-store experience. We want to give you the knowhow to understand how to choose the right mattress, so you can have a better nights sleep and enjoy your waking hours much more!

Visiting our store and talking to our staff is by the far the best way to choose the right mattress. Not just because our staff have undergone training at some of the best mattress brands in the world, but we have a showroom with a wide range of mattresses to choose from. In fact we have a purpose built Sealy Sleep Studio in our Helsby store.

Actually laying down and testing it is the only way to truly know how to choose the right mattress.

We don’t provide commissions, so our staff won’t try to sell you a mattress you don’t want. Their job is to make sure you get the best possible mattress for your distinct needs.


How to Choose the Right Mattress

First and foremost, we recommend browsing our online store, find a few mattresses that interest you and print them out or save them to your mobile device. Next, have a read of this article then you’ll be well on your way to learn how to choose the right mattress.


Finding the Right Store

At Land of Beds we understand the importance of a regular and consistent sleep pattern and how this can affect quality of life. So when you’re looking to choose the right mattress or a complete bed, it’s important to find a retailer where you will get a positive experience. Our positive online reviews and recent award for Independent Bed Retailer of the Year are assurances that we know how to choose the right mattress.

Plus, we have an extensive range of products from some of the best UK bed manufacturers.


Come to The Store Prepared

If you want to know how to choose the right mattress, you are going to need be prepared to lay down on them. So come to the store dressed comfortably, and maybe bring a pair of shoes that can slip on and off easily so you can get comfortable on the mattress.

Don’t forget to bring your favorite pillow with you so you can replicate how you really sleep.

Make sure you have all the measurements you need. Choosing the right mattress also means understanding the best fit for your room and also how to get it into your house and perhaps up the stairs.


Be Smart In-store

Start with the best mattress for your needs, based on comfort and technology then work your way down to suit your budget.

Because you are looking to choose the right mattress, that means there is something wrong with your current one. You may be leaning towards an extra firm or a really plush mattress, but don’t be afraid to try something different. You’re in the right place to tryout a number of mattresses.


The Five Different Comfort Levels

When choosing the right mattress it’s important to understand that each brand has different names for it’s comfort levels. Comfort is different for everyone so try different mattress comforts when you’re in the store.

To really understand how to choose the right mattress, you should know that a good mattress should provide you with the right support at every comfort level.

  • Ultra Plush – incredibly soft surface.
  • Plush – firmer than the ultra plush.
  • Cushion Firm – the starting point for a firm mattress, a good midrange.
  • Firm – Those who like a firmer sleep.
  • Extra firm – the firmest mattress of all.
  • Understanding how to choose the right mattress means knowing how the different comfort levels affect your personal sleep needs.


Chosen a Mattress You Really Like?

Ask about how the mattresses features and benefits can suit your needs? i.e. Do you get hot in the night? Ask how the mattress keeps cool.

Compare the mattress you have chosen to one of a higher and lower price to determine the value. i.e. Does the more expensive one have more durable materials, will it last longer?


Choose the Right Mattress Filling

Ask what’s inside the mattresses and how this affects your comfort and distinct needs.

Open Coil

Open coil springing system is the most affordable of all spring systems. This sort of mattress is best for occasional use and children’s beds, and is a great budget option.

Pocket Sprung

Mattresses that have a pocketed springing system are the most supportive. A pocket sprung mattress has lots of individual springs with each one encased in its own little fabric pocket. A general rule of thumb is the higher the pocket spring count the more supportive your mattress will be.

Reflex Foam

Reflex foam mattresses are made of a medium to heavy density foam that contours to your body shape and recovers to its original shape quickly. It has pressure relieving properties and moulds to your body by the displacement of air bubbles in the foam.

Memory Foam

Developed by NASA, visco-elastic foam – or memory foam as it is better known by – is responsive foam that uses the heat from your body to mould to your contours. It is great for pressure relief and offers great support, and recovers back to its original shape over a short period of time when you are no longer lying on it. The warmth also provides a cosier feeling for a good nights sleep.


Latex is similar to memory foam, but is a naturally occurring material sourced from rubber trees. It is also a little cooler. It is pressure responsive as opposed to heat responsive and offers fantastic support and pressure relief.  It has anti-microbial properties which inhibits dust mites, bacteria, and funghi. This is especially good for allergy sufferers.

Natural Fillings

Cotton – This is a fantastic natural filling that can offer cooling properties due to its ability to breathe and to absorb moisture.

Lambswool – This offers a luxury feel, and is resilient and is breathable. Lambswool is a natural insulator, and works with your body to keep you cool in the summer and toasty warm in the winter.

Mohair – Angora or mohair is regarded as one of the most luxurious fillings you can have in your mattress. It can prolong the lifespan of your mattress as it is incredibly resilient, and it is wonderfully soft.

Cashmere and Silk – These add the ultimate luxury feel to your mattress, and is a combination of the softest of natural hair. Hand teased, they offer the perfect balance of comfort and resilience.

While this is helpful when learning how to choose the right mattress, We can’t stress enough the need to come into our showroom and tryout the mattress yourself. Don’t be afraid to put a few hours aside to choose the right mattress.

Some people spend more time choosing a car than a mattress, but when you consider that you spend more time on your mattress and the effect it has on your waking hours, choosing the right mattress is very important to your health and happiness!

Bed Specialist

Land of Beds

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