Q. How can I tell if I need a new mattress?
A. When was the last time you thought about your mattress? Many of us forget that our mattresses are the most utilized piece of furniture we own. In fact, if you sleep 8 hours a night, in one year you´ll rack up 3,000 hours on your mattress. After 10 years, you´ll have logged 30,000 hours on the same bed. Listed below are a few hints that indicate it´s time to start thinking about renewing your sleep surface.

You bought your current mattress over 8 years ago.
The average life span of a quality mattress is 8 to 10 years. Mattresses older than that suffer from deteriorating comfort features and diminished support capabilities. Not to mention the millions of dust mites living inside.

You wake up feeling more tired than when you went to sleep.
Most of us wait too long to replace our mattress. If you don´t wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated or if you feel any pain or discomfort you've probably waited too long.

The couch feels more comfortable than your bed.
Concentrate on the feel of your mattress. Do you feel coils or bumps? Your body needs a smooth, comfortable sleep surface to get a regenerative night´s sleep. Your mattress should enable you to sleep through the night with minimal tossing and turning.

Your mattress looks worn and uneven.
Inspect your mattress regularly for sags and imprints. If your mattress appears uneven or worn and frayed, maybe it´s time to start shopping. The upholstery layers in all mattresses compress over time. For optimal performance, be sure to rotate your mattress occasionally to extend its durability and renew its comfort. If you "inherited" your mattress from a family member or friend, chances are you need to replace it now.

You´ve taken your mattress for granted.
Pay attention to your mattress. Do you hear creaks and groans? Do you notice the surface sags or indents in certain areas and not in others? Are the sides bulging out? The condition of your mattress may come as a surprise, once you take a close look.

Q. How much should I spend on a new mattress?
A. Mattress prices range greatly. A good night´s sleep is one of the best investments you can make, but stay in your budget. After all what good is a great mattress if you’re up all night worried about paying for it. Keep in mind that most of us spend as much as one-third of our time in bed.

Q. Should I replace my box spring aka foundation when purchasing a new mattress?
A. Absolutely! A good box spring aka foundation is as important as a good mattress! It acts much like a large shock absorber, taking a lot of the nightly wear and tear, and it contributes to your comfort and support. Don´t put a new mattress on an old box spring. If you do, you will void your factory warranty and damage your new mattress. When you select your new mattress, purchase a new foundation.

Q. How long should my mattress last? 
A. The quality of mattress you choose will determine its longevity. Beware of ridiculous warranties and Sales Associates that make outlandish claims. Most mattresses that are properly cared for and supported will last 8 – 12 years. Keep in mind that are bodies are always changing. Therefore, our needs are changing and the mattress we purchased 3 years ago may not have the required support for us anymore.

Q. How do I shop for a mattress?
A. Focus on finding a sleep set that satisfies your comfort preference first, then your quality preference. To do so always shop wearing comfortable clothes and shoes that can easily be removed for lying down. Take your time and don´t be shy. You can´t judge support and comfort by sitting on an edge or lying down for just a few seconds. Lie on the bed the way that you sleep, and if you sleep with a partner, try shopping with them so you can decide together.

Q. How do I compare today´s mattresses?
A. The best way to really know what you´re buying is to experience the various types of coil systems, memory foam and latex mattresses. All the different types come in various comfort levels. Determine the comfort you prefer, then compare your comfort preference in three qualities - top of the line, mid-range and budget range, and understand the differences. This comparison helps you make an informed decision. If you decide to shop several stores, find out what you´ve seen. Know the brand and type of mattress along with its significant features, such as the type of innerspring unit, key comfort layers, type of edge support.

Q. Can my children use my old mattress?
A. Children should have a comfortable, supportive mattress to get the deep restorative sleep their bodies need to grow. If your old sleep set was uncomfortable and lacked support, then it probably won´t help your kids get a good night´s sleep either.

Q. Should I be concerned about bedding height?
A. For consumers who don´t want the extra height that comes with today´s bedding, most factories offer a "Low Profile Box Spring," cutting the height of the box spring by up to 4.5 inches. A low-rise bed frame can also reduce the overall height of your mattress surface. Foundations come in various heights such as 9, 7, 5, 4, and 2 inches.

Q. What are the dimensions of traditional bedding?
A. Below are standard finished product sizes. Actual sizes may vary by model, generally within a range of ± ½ to 1 inch. If you have a size that you don’t see here give us a call and we can custom make it for you at our low no haggle pricing.

  • Eastern King: 76" x 80"
  • California King: 72" x 84"
  • Queen: 60" x 80"
  • Full: 53" x 75"
  • Full Extra Long: 53” x 80”
  • Old Fashion double: 48” x 72"
  • Twin Extra Long: 38” x 80”
  • Twin: 38" x 75"
  • Crib: 28" x 52"

Q. I am interested in a queen- or king-size bed, but the access to my bedroom is limited. How can I get a large bed through tight quarters?
A. King-size foundations and split queen foundations come in two pieces for easier access through narrow halls. Most of the new mattresses can be bent up to 15 degrees without damaging the innerspring. Also latex and memory foam mattresses are malleable and can bend even more. Our organic latex 7” mattresses can fit anywhere. It is still best to measure the height of your ceiling and hallway to make sure there is no issue.

Q. Why are some of today´s mattresses so thick? My sheets don´t fit!
A. Today´s mattresses are manufactured with much more upholstery padding and comfort layers than in days gone by! Many people prefer the plush and ultra-plush comfort that these thick mattresses provide. You can find deep-pocketed sheets in our bedding category.

Q. What kind of support/frame is necessary for mattresses today?
A. Use a sturdy bed frame. If your mattress is a queen or king set, make sure that your frame has the extra center support with legs needed to prevent bowing and sagging. This is required to ensure complete warranty protection for your mattress. 

Examples of proper bed frames for queen and king size: (Minimum of 5 slats with center leg).

Q. How do I avoid body impressions in my mattress?
A. Mattresses contain many layers of upholstery. This padding is designed to increase the comfort and extend the life of the mattress. Body indentations are a normal occurrence in new mattresses, and indicate that the upholstery layers are conforming to a person´s individual body contours. Any indentation less than one and a half inch (1 ½”) is considered normal.

Q. How do I care for my mattress?
A. Keep your mattress clean. We suggest using a mattress pad. Look under our bedding category to find mattress pads and covers. Don´t allow your mattress to get wet. Protect it from water or other liquids. Don´t use dry cleaning fluid of any type on your mattress. These chemicals could damage some of the comfort and upholstery materials. Keep in mind that any marks or stains on a mattress void the factory warranty.

Q. How do I clean my mattress?
A. Keeping your bedding clean is simple with the use of a protective mattress pad. Vacuuming is the only recommended cleaning method. If you must clean a stain, use mild soap with cold water and apply lightly! Don´t ever soak a mattress or foundation, and don't use dry cleaning fluid of any type on your mattress these chemicals could damage some of the comfort and upholstery materials.

Q. What´s the difference between latex and memory foam?
A. Latex differs from memory foam in its elastic, open-cell structure that recovers from pressure immediately and is derived from a rubber tree. Organic latex is not blended with any chemicals while natural latex is blended with foam to bring down the cost. Be sure to ask for certifications to make sure that a product is 100% organic. The government allows manufactures to call a product organic with only 10% of the product having organic material in it. Memory foam has a slower recovery time and is 100% chemical based. Some manufactures add soy to give the product a green story but it is still all chemicals. Look under organic mattresses to check out the styles available and see if organic is for you.



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