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How to Buy a Mattress and Box Spring

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The first step in choosing the perfect mattress is the easiest, what size of mattress do you want? When choosing a mattress you must consider how much space your room has for a mattress and bed, how much space you need for a great night sleep, and if you are sleeping alone or with a partner?

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  •   •  California King: 72" X 84"
  •   •  King: 76" X 80"
  •   •  Queen: 60" X 80"
  •   •  Full XL: 54" X 80"
  •   •  Full: 54" X 75"
  •   •  Twin XL: 39" X 80"
  •   •  Twin: 39" X 75"

The next step in selecting the perfect mattress is finding out which comfort level fits you best. Do you like an extra firm surface to sleep on, a pillow top or is memory foam your prerogative? Decide how soft of firm of nights sleep is perfect for you and then use our scale to find the perfect mattress with that feel.

  •   •  1-2 Extra Firm
  •   •  3-4 Cushion Firm
  •   •  5-6 Plush
  •   •  7-8 Pillow Top
  •   •  9-10 Ultra Plush
  •   •  Memory Foam

Now that you have chosen the size and comfort level of your mattress, you need to find the actual model of mattress you prefer. There are many different variables that change between models and it may be tempting to try to save a few dollars in this stage of your decision, but remember you will be spending a lot of time of this mattress over the next few years!

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Latex mattresses: Why do people choose to sleep on latex mattresses? For some it's comfort, some it's about going green and for some it's just what they prefer. When looking at our wide range of latex mattresses, be warned that not all mattresses called "Latex mattresses" are the same. If a mattress is pure "Natural Latex" it is going to be chemical free due to the fact that it is made from the sap of the rubber tree, which replaces your traditional innersprings for support. However, some mattresses are synthetic latex which made from commonly a mix between synthetic and natural latex. Some of the benefits of Latex Mattresses include:

  •   •  Relief of pressure points
  •   •  No sinking feeling
  •   •  No harmful chemicals or toxins
  •   •  Anti-allergenic material
  •   •  Resistance to heat

Innerspring mattresses: are the most common type of mattress sold in the U.S., they consist of metal springs at the core and a comfort layer (Pillow top). The springs and comfort layer come in various styles and thicknesses depending on the model you choose. You may have been told by some that the more coil springs that an innerspring mattress consists of, the more of a supportive feel that mattress will have. This can be true at times but coil count is not nearly as important in today's mattresses as it once was. Some advantages to innerspring mattresses include:

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  •   •  Variety of price, sizes, thickness and comfort levels
  •   •  It can generally be a cheaper and more simple option

Memory foam mattresses: have a visco-elastic memory foam core, instead of spring coils, that act as your support system. This has the unique ability to deliver both comfort and the spinal support and alignment that you need. Some of the biggest advantages to sleeping with memory foam are:

  •   •  Suitable for any sleeping position
  •   •  It will mold to your body shape, but returns to original shape
  •   •  Evenly distributes body weight for a more comfortable sleep
  •   •  Offers pressure relief where needed
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