Mattress Buying Guide & FAQ
Standard Mattress Sizes:
Twin - 38" x 75"
Twin XL - 38" x 80"
Full/Double - 54" x 75"
Queen - 60" x 80"
King - 78" x 80"
Mattress sizing can vary very slightly based on mattress construction.. These sizes are approximate.
Do I need a box spring/ foundation?
A: That depends..
Every mattress needs to be supported properly in order for it to feel right and preserve the integrity of the construction.
Using inadequate support will most likely destroy your mattress in a relatively short time.
The most common ways of supporting a mattress are:
1. Box spring AKA Foundation which sits either on a standard metal frame or inside a wood/fabric bed. A box spring & simple frame are is usually the most affordable to create proper support for your mattress.
We recommend a frame with a center support any full size or larger.
2. Platform bed, A platform bed will either have a solid board or a slatted system with very small gaps between slats. These beds can be tricky as many of the less expensive ones don't hold up well and will lead to a saggy mattress.
3. Adjustable base, These are electronic mattress bases that will adjust at the head and foot and some provide other features like vibration/massage, USB ports ETC, They can usually sit inside most wood/fabric bed frames as well.
Do I need a mattress protector?
Most mattress manufacturers require the use of a protector to keep the warranty valid, this is because mattresses will absorb moisture and dead skin cells which will lead to the breakdown of the foams used in the mattress.
When should I replace my mattress?
A: That depends on a few factors, the main factor is obviously if you are no longer sleeping comfortably..
If you notice any sagging or tears it is time to shop for a new one as well.
In general, the better mattresses from reputable brands will last at least 10 years and usually longer!
Memory foam VS innerspring VS hybrid.. I'm confused..
The mattress type really boils down to what you feel more comfortable on, All types can feel great or lousy :-)
Firm mattress VS Plush
We find that generally side sleepers prefer medium/plush and back sleepers prefer firm.. There are many exceptions to this..
We will add more insights soon.. stay tuned!