A mattress is a great example of a big household item where you can find a great deal. Trying a mattress before you buy is indeed one of the biggest benefits of shopping in-store, however if you're considering taking advantage of one of these promotions, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by choice.
Before you begin your shopping expedition, there are a few things you can do to get prepared. After all, it’s important to not get caught up on price alone
– you still need to find a mattress that’s right for you. But rest easy, as we’re here to give you a few tips on how to make your shopping a stress-free
Here's how to prepare yourself when buying a new mattress.
Know your sleep habits
When in store, you'll most likely be greeted by a salesperson who will ask open-ended questions to determine your needs and be ready with recommendations.
Remember, it’s their job to look after you so don’t be intimidated by them.
- Are you a side sleeper or do you usually sleep on your back?
- Do you actually know what type of mattress you’re sleeping on?
- Has it simply become too old, worn out and saggy?
- Does it have the right comfort level for you?
- Are you constantly waking up with back pain?
It’s a good idea to also measure your current bed frame, and the room itself, so you can be sure that your choice will actually fit the space you have available for it. (After all, there’s no point taking advantage of a “King for the size of a Single” deal, if your bedside tables won’t fit!).
Make yourself comfortable
Wear loose-fitting clothing that will allow you to move around comfortably if you are sharing the bed with a significant other, it will be important for both of you to go and test out the options. Feel free to take your favourite pillow with you so that you’re able to replicate your normal sleeping environment.
Reach out to the expert
You’re looking for answers to your mattress questions, and it’s important that the salesperson understands whether or not you have any back issues or need specific support, as well as knowing the ins and outs of the sales floor. The salesperson should:
- Be able to explain product differences. For example, if you tend to get hot there are mattresses with breathable surfaces or if you’re sharing your
bed with a restless sleeper, consider one that reduces motion transfer.
- Give you time and space to shop without hovering too much, letting you test the mattress alone and go back to them when you have a question.
- Be concerned about your needs, not just trying to push you into the most expensive item. You should feel relaxed around them without feeling too pressured into making a decision.
Be confident in your choice and feel comfortable with them.
It’s now time to get down to the practicalities.
Take your time
A mattress should be a long-term purchase so it's important to really take your time when trying out different types. The only way to be sure about which mattress is right for you is to spend time on it. Don’t be shy about trying each one in order to get a feel for the differences. Take your shoes off and spend about 15 minutes lying on each mattress in your normal sleeping position, until you find the one you’re sure you’ll be happy with. Don’t rush – you could even bring a book to the store with you!
Know what questions to ask
Once you find the comfort level and support you like best, ask the salesperson for further details about the features and benefits within the range.
- Ask about the return policy as some manufacturers will sometimes offer a sleep trial. This is a period of time such as 30–90 nights where you’ll get the chance to break in the product and really decide if it’s the right long-term solution for you. This time frame varies so be sure to find out exactly what the policy is.
- Ask how long you should expect the mattress to last and find out if there are any warranties that come with it. If so, what do they cover and for how
- Make it clear that you are shopping around (perhaps leave this detail until you’re ready to deal so you get the full attention of the assistant while
investigating your choice).
Take notes on how comfortable you are on each of them and narrow down your selection.
Bag yourself a bargain
Once your decision is made, take note of the mattress manufacturer’s model range or get a print-out of exactly what has been offered you so there is no confusion if you come back on a different day.
If you visit different retailers, the specific models might not be an exact match, but you can compare prices by taking note of the mattress specs and model range. For example, Sealy Posturepedic’s Premium range comes in Ultra Plush, Plush, Medium, Firm & Ultra Firm, which you can use to cross-reference at other stores.
Shop around at different retailers to see which one offers the best deal to fit your budget, and don’t be afraid to negotiate – often salespeople will
offer to beat a competitor’s price.
Most importantly, think of your purchase as a valuable investment in yourself and your health because getting a good night’s sleep sets you up to tackle
the challenges of everyday life with all the energy and enthusiasm you need.