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Sweet Dreams: Choosing A Mattress For You And Your Mate

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Finding a home/apartment (of your own) is usually at the top of the priority list for most newlyweds. And, when it comes to moving into your own place and space, we all now how important the bed can be. But, as time goes on you’ll find that a bed you can comfortably SLEEP on and get a good night’s rest on is equally as important, if not more so.

With that said, you’re going to want to invest for and in the future. But, with so much to choose from, how will you know what’s right for not just you, but the two of you. Experts offer the following advice.

1. Purchase when the time is right Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you’ll definitely NEED a new mattress. In fact, if one of you has a bed set that’s fairly decent you may want to consider holding on to that until you can afford what you really want, or move into a space that will adequately accommodate your wants and tastes. Experts suggest buying a mattress immediately if yours if nine or ten years old, or if it’s covered with crevaces that prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.

2. Deciding on Size Sure each of you may have slept comfortably in a single, double or even queen when you were still single or hosting “sleepovers”. Remember, your sleeping situation is now a permanent thing, and you may find that sharing your bed doesn’t offer you the space you like and are use to. Keep in mind that the space you have to work with will obviously contribute to your decision, but experts caution you to be careful of manufacturer “custom” sizes, such as the “European Queen”, which is slightly larger than your standard queen. They go on to add that in addition to knowing and having the dimensions of your room, you should also have a tape measure on you so that you can do the math and compare it to standard bed dimensions and sizes.

3. Focus on you finances: Make sure what you want and like coincides with what your can afford. Experts note that mattress models can vary significantly from store to store, and they advise comparison shopping, even when you’ve found what you were looking for. On average you’re likely looking at around $1,000 for a good quality queen mattress with the box spring.

4. Don’t step out of your comfort zone Let’s fact it, most of us spend between 7 and 9 hours daily in bed. So, it stands to logical reason that you would want something not only that looks good and that you can afford, but that is also cozy. And, that means finding something that works for both of you. Experts suggest mattress shopping with your mate, and each of you taking turns lying on the mattress in you favorite sleeping position(s). Pay particular attention to how the mattress supports your shoulders, hips, and lower back. Too little support can cause back pain and too much can result in un-necessary pressure.

5. Conduct a quality check: Find out about the materials used and how they were put together as a means of assessing how long your mattress and its foundation can be expected to offer you comfort and support.

According to the experts, the best mattresses contain more spins with a more detailed “designed and hand-tied”. But, they add the extra craftsmanship will likely be reflected in the price. And, they add that you should look for intricate details such as a sophisticated coil shape, for better weight distribution, and a thicker wire diameter, for increased resiliency. Plus, they suggest letting your body be the judge.

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