How do I find the best mattress for my bed?
So, you’re looking for the perfect fit? You’re in the market for a new mattress, but need more information on whether it will have a good relationship with its existing counterpart - the bed frame. Or perhaps it’s happening the other way around - you found your perfect mattress, but aren’t sure which bed you should buy. We understand. It can get complicated!
It might not seem like it, but there’s a lot to consider here. To help you form this epic partnership, here are a few important points to consider.
Here, size certainly matters. Your mattress must fit your bed frame. If it’s too small, it will slip around. If it’s too big, it will buckle when you try to squish it in, or you’ll fall off the end if your weight is not supported.
Make sure you measure your bed frame properly so that you know what size your mattress needs to be. If you can’t find the perfect size, buy one roughly an inch or less smaller, as you don’t want your mattress to roll over the end of your frame.
Tip: Check the slats on your bed frame. You should have gaps no larger than 2.8 inches wide, as this can potentially damage your new mattress.
Measuring your bed
Beds come in different shapes, styles and sizes. Here’s a quick guide to help you size up your bed.
- Using a tape measure, measure the inside, where the mattress usually sits in your bed frame. Two measurements are to be taken, the width from side to side, and the length bottom to top. The same process follows with a divan style bed frame. Keep in mind where the mattress usually sits (don’t measure the outside, or your mattress will be too big).
- Keep these measurements and use them during the mattress decision-making process.
- If you can't find exact mattress sizes to fit your preference, don’t go bigger - always go smaller.
- Consider the thickness of your mattress, which might be important if you’re bigger or smaller than normal.
Retailers often offer a size guide to help the consumer when making their decision.
The type of mattress you buy should depend somewhat on the type of bed you have. Most beds fall into three categories. Below, we’ve given some pointers as to what you should be looking for depending on the type of bed you have.
- Bed frame
Often, these types of bed come with bed slats. These can be a huge benefit for the ventilation of your new mattress, but you need to make sure they are equally spread, with no gap bigger than 2.8 inches. If this is the case, your mattress is not properly supported and could be damaged.
On the other hand, sprung slats will require a mattress heavy enough for them to give under pressure, or else it will become misshapen, so don’t buy cheap, light mattresses. Invest a little more for longevity.
If you have a divan style bed, you need to consider which shape of divan you have, as this will impact the type of mattress you will buy. Some divan bed bases lack adequate ventilation for mattresses, and in this case, a memory foam mattress (which needs lots of ventilation initially) is likely a no-go. If your divan was reasonably expensive, you don’t need to worry. This is more of a worry if you’ve purchased something cheap. If you have, consider a lighter mattress, as heavy ones will stop air circulation and encourage moisture to accumulate.
If you have an Ottoman bed, you need to look at the quality of the base of the bed. If it isn’t sturdy, then consider the weight of the mattress you buy. Ottoman beds usually use hydraulic lifts to give access to storage space beneath, and a mattress that is too heavy might damage these over time. The last thing you want is to lose the use of a key part of your bed base, so be careful.
Is your bed frame good enough for your mattress?
Your mattress and bed base are a pair, and they should be considered together, so, if they don’t match up, do think carefully about which one you want to keep, and tailor your choice of the other accordingly. If you’ve fallen in love with a mattress, you do need to bear in mind it might not be right for the bed you have, so you might need to replace this. Or, perhaps it happened the other way around. Whatever the case, Sleep Express have you covered, with our divine range of mattresses and bed frames.
We offer hydro gel, natural organic, advanced foam and sleepaedic mattresses, and an array of beautiful bed frames. If you need help choosing your perfect pair, don’t hesitate to contact us.