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Getting The Mattress Of Your Dream

A Subjective Thing

Mattress selection is a very subjective thing. When it comes to buying a bed, while the comfort layer is important, it is still very subjective. The best way is to lie down and feel for yourself. If you feel uncomfortable in it, you should look for another. People are also influenced by their subjective bedding experience. If a person has been sleeping on latex mattresses for 10 years and he changes to another type, there may be a problem as he is not used to it and may not feel comfortable.

Many buyers go by brand names when buying a mattress. Buyers also heed the recommendations of the mattress retailers and are looking for a quality mattress within their budget and good aftersales service. Buyers want a mattress retailer they can trust. While a costly mattress is not necessary a better mattress, most retailers will tell you that superior mattress materials and workmanship, comes at a premium. There is a benchmark price though its quantum is debatable.

The Material Does Matter

Materials definitely determine mattress quality. Mattresses are generally made from foam, natural latex, spring (pocketed or inner spring), air tube or gel core. These materials can be processed or natural, machined or hand-stitched. The more luxurious mattresses are superbly hand-stitched with natural materials such as feathers, goose down, lambs' wool, cashmere, horse hair, etc. They are also filled into the spring and used on the upholstery layer of the mattress. Such high-end mattresses costly 

When natural materials are used, you can expect a more durable mattress with a high degree of breathability. This keeps it free from mould, dust mites and other unsavoury bacteria that thrive in a damp environment. Many bed makers have also valued-added the materials with chemical treatment or other manufacturing processes e.g. heat or freezing technology to make their mattresses better and more durable. Such mattresses with specialty materials are fire retardant and free from fungus, dust mites and harmful bacteria like E. coli.

Bed Construction

The way the mattress is engineered determines its durability and the amount of comfort and support it can give. The mattress support depends on the types of coil construction (e.g. bonnell, barrel, cylindrical and continuos springs), coil dimensions (in terms of thickness), the number of turns and length of the springs. In higher quality mattresses, new steel, not recycled ones are used for its coil springs. The springs are also pre-treated for anti-rust with copper and vanadium.

Other premium pocketed spring mattresses employ heat-treated springs to prevent sagging and preserve the shape of the mattress. Coil patterns also play a part. Honeycombed nesting, rather than the standard rows of coil springs, characterizes the better quality mattresses. This gives a smoother and an even sleeping surface, leaves no gaps between springs and prevents upholstery fillings from slipping through. Honeycombed patterned coils also increase the spring density to give better comfort.

Coil count is another important factor. The higher the coil count, the more luxurious will be the mattress. Only a sizeable number of coils can give meaningful support for a mattress. The Better Sleep Council of USA recommends more than 375 coils for a queen-size bonnell spring bed system. For the individually pocketed spring, the coil count for a queen size is 900-1000 springs according to a German mattress study. 

The Classic VI-Spring mattress has 1326 springs whereas Four Stars' individually pocketed queen beds, models 1008 and 1116 have 1008 and 1116 springs respectively. A good mattress must have good support and foundation. Correct support is when the mattress and its foundation are supporting the body at all points. This means that the spine is kept in the same shape as when the person is in a good standing position. When a mattress gives too little support, a back pain develops. Too hard, and there will be discomfort because of the pressure exerted on your body. If it is too soft, the sleepers will experience a sinking feeling and can roll over.

Here Are Tips On Picking A Mattress

Firmness

A good mattress is firm but not hard. Its firmness depends on how stiff the inner core is or how hard its springs are. It should support and not let the body sag into the mattress.

Conformity

If there is a gap between the mattress and your waist, it means the mattress does not conform to your body's contours. You could wake up having aches, and this can lead to long-term problems like hip and shoulder irritation.

At The Showroom

Lie on your back and side, and turn about to test the mattress' comfort level for 10 minutes. Couples who share a bed should test the mattress together. You should not feel your partner's movements on good mattresses.

Maintenance

Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Some may require the mattresses to be turned over every six months. A good mattress should last between 10 and 15 years, and you should replace it when the mattress sags at the part where Your body lies.

 

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