We spend on average 26 years of our lives fast asleep. The average person needs at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day to live a happy and productive life.

Scientists have proven that poor sleep habits affect our bodies and minds. Sleeping well is the difference between making good decisions and poor decisions on a daily basis. Sleep habits affect our moods, productivity, weight, and behaviour.

Poor sleep affects our immune system which affects our productivity, and eventually our self-esteem and sense of self-worth. People who don’t sleep well for a period of one month are five times more likely to be irritable and moody. They’re also twice more likely to be rude and aggressive, and that’s not ideal for work and home life.

Good sleep improves your concentration which means you’re less likely to hurt yourself in an accident or hurt someone else. When you haven’t slept well, you drink more coffee and snack on rubbish which all adds up to poor health and low self-esteem. And so, the cycle continues.

We don’t need scientists to tell us what we already know. A happy and healthy life depends on good sleeping habits. If you’re not sleeping well, the chances are you are feeling it. You might be irritable, anxious, depressed and overweight.

We don’t need scientists to tell us that a decent bed is good for our body and minds. We need to remind ourselves how important it is to make sleep a priority and invest in a quality bed.

Toss out your old mattress

A mattress that is old and worn out does more harm than you realise. You’ll toss and turn at night to get comfortable, but that’s not all. Your body and mind suffer as well.

There is no magic number for when you should buy a new mattress, but the consensus is you should replace your mattress every 7 to 10 years. Modern mattresses last longer, and you should be able to stretch it out closer to 9 to 10 years. But if you’re not sleeping well, maybe it’s time for a new mattress? You can always buy one from The Mattress Warehouse closest to you.

If you are older than 40 years, you might need a new mattress sooner than later. As you age, your body tolerates less pressure, and you’ll start feeling it at pain points.

Listen to your body

If your bed is sagging and you find yourself falling into a hole while you’re sleeping, it’s time to buy a new mattress.  An old mattress that sags is guaranteed to cause chronic back pain, which could become debilitating. You’ll toss and turn all night and wake up feeling sore and stiff.

Listen to your body. If you are not waking up feeling refreshed and well rested and are developing niggling aches and pains, it’s time search for a mattress sale.

The bed world has changed

Searching for the best bed is far more complicated than it used to be. There is so much choice and so many options to consider.

Advanced sleep technology has dramatically improved the quality and durability of mattresses. This is great except it means we are bombarded with complex terminology and buying a new bed can be quite stressful. Particularly if it comes with a heavy price tag. We suggest you look for a mattress sale in your area for the best possible price.

Do your research.

Spend time online reading up on the benefits of different types of mattresses and what is new on the market. Should you go for an innerspring mattress or one with advanced memory foam? What do more expensive beds offer and is it worth stretching your budget to buy a better bed?

Arrive at a bed shop like The Mattress Warehouse, armed with knowledge, so you don’t fall prey to a pushy salesperson trying to flog stock he wants to move off the floor.

And then give yourself enough time when you’re out bed shopping. Try beds out of your price range because it might be worthwhile waiting until you can afford the best bed for your needs.

Lie on the bed for a good 5 to 10 minutes and get a good feel for it. Toss and turn; lie on your stomach and side. Don’t feel shy. Send the salesperson away and say you’ll call him when you’re ready to speak to him.

Most customers sit on the edge of a bed and bounce up and down a few times. You’ve got to snuggle down on the bed to feel its benefits so don’t be in a rush. You’re stuck with the bed for the next decade so take all the time you need to make the right decision.

Check the warranty card

A bed shop is warranted by the individual manufacturer, and the warranty should cover any problem/defect in your mattress.

Check the warranty card that comes attached to the bed. It had valuable information about the proper care and maintenance of the bed and provided, so your mattress set lasts a long time. A good bed shop will assist you with any warranty issue you may have.

It’s important to note that it is the manufacturer who warranties the bed, not the bed shop.

Check the return policy

Buying a new bed online is gaining popularity. More and more people are opting to shop online for a new bed; it’s convenient and hassle-free.

You need to know what to do if your bed arrives and you are not happy with it.

Firstly, only buy a new bed or mattress from a bed shop that offers a “No hassle 24-hour cancellation policy”.This covers you if your new bed or mattress arrives from the factory in an unsatisfactory condition. It may have been damaged between the mattress factory and bed shop, or between the bed shop and your home.

A good bed shop will have a stipulated return policy; if you are not completely satisfied with the comfort and support of your new bed, you are given a period of time to return the bed. Check how much time you have to try out your bed at home and return it if you aren’t happy. The return period ranges from 7-days to 3 months from when the bed was delivered to your home.

You should be offered the option of selecting a different bed or receiving a full refund. If the retailer doesn’t have a return policy, you have no legal right to return it and get your money back.

The one snag is that online bed shops stipulate that the bed must be returned in its original packaging. If this is the case, you should keep the plastic cover on for a few nights, so the mattress is not soiled or damaged. It’s not ideal, but it’s worth it if for peace of mind if you’ve spent a lot on a new bed and are worried that it’s not right for you or your partner.

A new mattress needs tender, loving care

If you want your new mattress to last longer, it needs some TLC.

Don’t let your kids jump on the bed. It’s an expensive investment and should be treated with respect.

Rotate single-sided mattresses regularly and turn over double-sided mattresses.

Do you know that a typical mattress can house as many as 10 million microscopic bugs, mostly dust mites? Your mattress collects bucket loads of dead skin and body oil over time, and that’s a smorgasbord for dust mites. They poop on the mattress, and the whole scenario gets more disgusting.

These little critters are not visible to the naked eye and without us knowing, cause allergies, itchiness, coughing and sinus problems. If you have asthma, dust mites are a real issue.

Wash bedding frequently and thoroughly in hot water. Vacuum the mattress often, preferably with a HEPA filter to remove dust from the mattress and carpets in the bedroom. And use allergen-proof bed covers.

 

MATTRESS INNOVATIONS

 

Beds have come a long way since we cuddled up on Grandma’s old feather bed. From the days when mattresses were stuffed with everything from wool to straw, the modern mattress today is a technological marvel and still a work in progress.

The first coil spring mattress was patented 150 years ago, and that was innovative. Foam rubber mattresses, waterbeds, and airbeds followed in its footsteps. NASA invented memory foam, and that took the world by storm. Milky sap from a rubber tree was whipped into a froth, and natural latex foam hit the market.

Now we have what is known as the ‘Smart Bed’ which is a mattress ‘hardwired’ to track your sleep patterns and adjust to movement throughout the night, so you sleep perfectly. Let’s look at the latest in advanced mattress engineering:

Data-driven sleep system

There’s a new mattress on the market that monitors movement, is receptive to pain signals, is capable of easing pressure points, tracks sleep patterns and gently wakes the sleeper from a deep slumber.

The mattress stores information about the person’s sleep patterns and self-adjusts its inner properties. This data can be accessed via a mobile app which creates a learning experience for the sleeper who can change or adapt their sleep habits to improve quality of sleep.

Warming to waking

There’s a new mattress that’s engineered to warm or cool the bed throughout the night to create the optimal sleep environment. It also tracks a person’s sleep patterns and wakes them up naturally at the right time. The smart mattress helps sleepers understand their sleep habits, particularly those that are restless sleepers or suffer from back pain.

Pressure sensors

There’s a new mattress that has pressure-sensing capabilities which can sense when a sleeper is moving and when too much pressure is exerted at a sensitive point. The mattress automatically inflates or deflates air chambers in the mattress under the pressure points to minimize friction and maximize support and comfort. So instead of you moving, the bed moves for you which prevents you from waking up and tossing and turning to get comfortable. The technology was originally developed for people with serious spinal injuries.

 

MODERN MATTRESS LINGO

 

Advanced sleep technology means modern mattresses are more sophisticated than they used to be. There’s a lot of bed lingo you need to know, so you’re not bamboozled by a pushy salesman when you go shopping for a new mattress.

Here’s some information to help you get to grips with new mattress lingo:

Core layer

Support is a key element of a modern mattress, and that comes from the core. Most people concentrate on how comfortable a bed is; how firm or soft it is and how you feel lying down on it. Support is how it absorbs pressure points on the body and aligns the spine. That determines how well you sleep and how you feel when you wake up.

You get support from the coil system in an innerspring mattress which is made up of hundreds of coils that are connected to each other. With memory foam and natural latex, support comes from high-density poly foams that are engineered to compress and release efficiently under pressure.

Upholstery layer

This is the soft cushioning provided by the upper layer of the mattress. It is made up of three parts: the insulator, the middle upholstery, and the quilt.

The insulator separates the mattress core from the middle upholstery and is made of either fibre or mesh. It helps keep the middle upholstery in place.

The middle upholstery is made from a material designed to provide ultimate comfort for a sleeper. It consists of a combination of flexible polyurethane foam, visco-elastic foam, latex foam and wool fiber. Modern memory foam now includes a gel-infused foam to address the problem of overheating.

The quilt is the comfy later on the top of the mattress. It is made of light foam or fibre that is stitched to the underside of ticking. It is made in varying degrees of firmness and is often topped with a pillow-top layer for extra comfort.

Bed foundation

There are three types of bed bases; a traditional box spring which is a rigid frame made using extra heavy-duty spring, an all-wood foundation made using slats with varying degrees of flexibility, and a grid-top foundation which is a combination of steel and wood.

Quality

When bed makers talk about quality, they are referring to a combination of features that make a good bed a brilliant bed. This includes pressure distribution, skin microclimate, hygiene, edge support and long-term stability.

Ergonomics

This is a scientific term used to describe a how well a mattress supports a sleeper. When we sleep, our body is compressed by gravity in a different way to when we stand up straight. A modern mattress designed with optimum ergonomics fully supports the entire length of the body which eliminates discomfort and back pain.

An ergonomically-correct mattress conforms to the spine’s natural curves and keeps the spine in alignment; it distributes pressure evenly across the body to help circulation, decrease body movement and improve the quality of sleep; and it minimizes the transfer of movement from one sleeper to the other.

Orthopaedic

Orthopaedic mattresses took the bed world by storm many years ago and became the buzzword for a mattress designed to support your joints, back, and overall body. This was in the day when innerspring mattresses were less sophisticated, and basic foam mattresses offered little lumber support.

An orthopaedic mattress in the early days came with a stamp of approval from medical authorities. Today, all modern mattresses have orthopeadic properties and have been designed off the back of extensive research and development.

Lifespan

A modern mattress is designed to keep its shape and ergonomic features for a longer period. Some mattresses don’t age well; they lose tension and start to sag. Poor quality mattresses will start deteriorating within its first year while a high-quality mattress can maintain its support and comfort features for longer than 10 years.

Modern mattresses are scientifically engineered to remain solid, sturdy and durable for longer which is why some manufacturers offer warranties for up to 20 years.

 

SUPPORT versus COMFORT

 

These are two words you’ll hear most often when you’re shopping for a new mattress. Let’s break them down…

Support

Support relates to features that keep your spine in alignment and reduces friction on pressure points on a sleeper. Pressure points are the back of your head, shoulders, elbows, bottom, hips, and heels – depending on whether you’re sleeping on your back, side or stomach.

We all know that a good posture is important to prevent back and neck problems, but it doesn’t only apply to when we are awake and sitting and standing. It’s vitally important that a good posture is maintained while sleeping.

The ligaments and muscles in your back relax and heal themselves while you sleep. So, you need good support from a mattress to keep your spine aligned and does the job while the ligaments and muscles in your back are taking time off to relax.

Bed gurus also talk about responsiveness; this is how quickly a mattress adjusts to changes in pressure. In other words, how responsive is it when a sleeper turns over and changes position.

A modern mattress adjusts rapidly to changes in pressure points when a sleeper changes position and quickly returns to its original form when there is no longer pressure on a point.

If a bed is not responsive or is slow to respond to pressure, a sleeper takes longer to settle into a comfortable position when they settle down in bed or turn over at night. It leads to restless sleep and a tired person in the morning.

Heavy people need deep compression support from a mattress. Mattresses with deep compression support are thicker and made with extra layers at the core. It adjusts well under heavy pressure and keeps its shape.

Comfort

Comfort relates to features that enhance your well-being; where a mattress moulds to your form as if it were wrapping around you. A comfortable bed doesn’t ‘push-back’; in other words, exerts an upward force against the downward force of gravity.

Bed gurus talk about a high degree of hug; this is the feeling you get when you settle on a mattress and feel like it is giving you a comforting hug. If the is a limited hug, you’ll float on top of the mattress and won’t benefit from the support of the core layer.

Bounce is the way a mattress responds to pressure and ‘pushes back’ energy. Memory foam has a lower degree of bounce which is perfect if you or your partner are restless sleepers. You don’t want to bounce up and down when your partner turns. And vice a versa.

The same applies to motion transfer. This is how much energy moves from one side of the mattress to another. The ideal mattress is one with low motion transfer because it means your partner is not disturbed when you get in or out of bed at night or turn over. It’s ideal for couples, particularly if one is a tosser.

 

WHICH MATTRESS IS THE BEST MATTRESS?

 

Let’s tackle the big debate… innerspring mattress versus memory foam or latex mattress?

What’s the difference, you might ask?

INNERSPRING MATTRESS

Innerspring mattresses consist of a spring core and a top and bottom upholstery layer. These are the good old-fashioned beds we grew up with before NASA invented memory foam.

The core of the mattress supports the sleeper’s body. The innerspring core is made up of steel coil springs which determine how firm the mattress is and how well it supports the body.

An innerspring mattress is made using a variety of springs and coils of varying thickness and strength. The stronger the coils, the firmer the mattress. The number of coils determines how well it will support a sleeper.

Coils are measured in quarter increments; the lower the number, the thicker the spring. High-quality innerspring mattress coils are usually 1.63 millimeters in diameter. Coils thinner than this give in more easily under pressure, and coils thicker than this makes the mattress very firm.

There are three types of mattress coils:

  • Open coils

A double open coil mattress has about 360 springs, and each spring is linked together within a wire frame. Open coils provide excellent support because the mattress is firmer. Add a memory foam pillow-top, and you have perfect support and comfort. Open coil innerspring mattresses are also cheaper than pocket spring mattresses.

The problem: an open coil mattress starts to sag in the middle after some time. That’s when you and your partner roll into a hole in the middle of the bed.

  • Continuous Coils

A continuous coil is when all the coils are made using one continuous length of wire. Each coil is connected to each other with connecting wires. When you lie on a continuous coil innerspring mattress, your weight is spread evenly across the mattress.

The problem: when your partner moves, you also move. There is a limited separation of movement, so if a heavy man likes next to a light lady, the lady ends up sleeping on a slight slope. They usually end up together in the centre of the bed.

  • Pocket Coils

Each spring is sewn into its own pocket of fabric. Each pocket spring works independently of one another, and you only compress the springs in contact with your body. This means when your partner turns over, you hardly feel it.

It’s a perfect choice if one person in the bed is heavier than the other. Pocket sprung mattresses have much higher spring counts than open coil mattresses which means they contour your body better and provide greater support. It’s the only innerspring mattress that comes close to mimicking how memory foam works.

The problem: pocket coil mattresses start to sag after awhile because the springs lose their firmness and the padding becomes compressed over time and doesn’t bounce back.

Why you should buy an innerspring mattress

Memory foam mattresses and latex mattresses are a new range but don’t ignore the benefits of an innerspring mattress.  Today, innerspring mattresses for sale are made with titanium and even steel. They offer much better support and comfort than they did in our Grandmother’s day.

We’re all familiar with innerspring mattresses, and it’s a safe choice if you’re worried about switching over to memory foam or latex mattress.

Affordable…

The main benefit of an innerspring mattress is it’s more affordable than the pricey alternatives. And you don’t have to sacrifice support and comfort. Modern innerspring mattresses have benefited from advances in design and manufacturing, and you have more choice now.

You can choose an extra firm innerspring mattress or a soft one. You can choose one designed for people who sleep on their sides, or people who sleep on their stomachs and backs. Most modern innerspring mattresses come with a pillow-top, which is a plush mattress topper.

Affordable does not mean cheap. Choose a modern innerspring mattress that has been created by a manufacturer who is backed by years of research and development. Avoid the No-Name cheap brands because you’ll be back at the bed shop sooner rather than later to get a new mattress.

Keeping up with technology…

Innerspring mattresses have kept up with technology and are giving memory foam and latex a run for their money. These latest developments mean an innerspring mattress also provides excellent support for major pressure points such as shoulders, hips, and knees.

Built to last longer…

Manufacturers of innerspring mattresses use titanium or steel springs which means a modern spring bed is guaranteed to last long and sag less than its predecessor. They’re built stronger and made to last longer than your Granny’s old bed.

Better ventilation…

There is space around the coils in the mattress core which means more inner ventilation. This helps regulate body heat, so you don’t wake up hot and sweaty in the middle of a hot night.

Why you should NOT buy an innerspring mattress

There’s a reason memory foam and natural latex mattresses are all the new rage. Innerspring mattresses have their disadvantages.

More Bounce…

In the mattress world, they talk about separation of movement. This is a mattress’s ability to reduce or limit the spread of vibrations. In layman’s terms, a mattress with efficient separation of movement won’t jolt you awake when your partner tosses and turns in bed.

Innerspring mattresses don’t perform as well in this regard as memory foam and natural latex mattresses. In fact, innerspring mattresses are more springy and bouncy. This is fine if you’re sleeping on your own but a nightmare if you’re sharing your bed with a restless sleeper.

Don’t age as well…

Innerspring mattresses start off fabulous and comfortable, but they don’t age as well as memory foam and natural latex mattresses. They start to sag when the springs lose their tension. This leads to back pain and sore joints.

The springs still offer some support after a few years, but it’s uneven support which puts pressure on points of the body. Rotating or turning an innerspring mattress helps in the beginning but there’s not much you can do to stop sagging after a few years.

Uneven pushback…

The way an innerspring mattress works is it supports your weight because the springs push back against the weight compressing them. They push back with the same force your body applies to them. The problem is that some parts of your body put more pressure on the mattress than other parts, such as shoulders and hips.

This puts innerspring mattresses at a disadvantage over memory foam, which absorbs the pressure points and contours around them evenly. This keeps your spine in alignment.

Heavy to handle…

Innerspring mattresses are heavier than memory foam and natural latex mattresses because they are made with more metal content. It’s not a major disadvantage except turning over an innerspring mattress can be hard work on your own.

Home to dust mites…

These pesky critters love the layers of wool and pocket fibre in the core. Memory foam is impenetrable, but innerspring mattresses put out the welcome mat for dust mites. It’s not a problem if you vacuum and clean your mattress regularly, but it is an off-putting factor if you suffer from allergies or asthma.

 

MEMORY FOAM

Memory foam was the wonder product of the late 1960s and took the bed world by storm. It was invented by NASA’s research team to improve the safety of aircraft cushions.

Two scientists invented foam that was made of polyurethane but with added chemicals to increase its viscosity and density. The foam has an open-cell solid structure that matches pressure against it, yet slowly springs back to its original shape.

The groundbreaking invention is sensitive to temperature which is how memory foam moulds to the shape of your body and only where points on the body apply more pressure, like shoulders and hips. In fact, memory foam was originally called ‘temper foam’ by the scientists.

It wasn’t long before the foam was made available to the commercial market and was soon being used for everything from X-ray tables to sports equipment. The first memory foam mattress was developed by a Swedish company and launched on the market in 1991, nearly a quarter of a century after NASA sent it to space. The reason being that memory foam was originally too expensive to use in consumer products.

Memory foam made an enormous impact on the medical world when it was used to create mattresses for patients who are bedridden or lie immobile for long periods of time. The pressure on points of the body weighing more heavily on the mattress impair blood flow which causes pressure sores and gangrene. Memory foam significantly decreases this problem in bedridden patients or patients who experience extreme pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia.

Why you should buy a memory foam mattress

NASA invented memory foam, and it took the medical world by storm because of its unique features that range from pressure point relief to dust mite resistance. If you’re curious about memory foam, here is a list of its good points:

Absorbs pressure…

This is a core feature of memory foam which is why it is used extensively in hospitals to help prevent pressure sores and reduce pain in sensitive areas.

A memory foam mattress does not ‘push back’ in the same way as an innerspring mattress. This is when the downward pressure exerted by a body creates friction where body points meet upward resistance from the mattress foam and upholstery layer. Prolonged pressure affects circulation and damages soft tissue.

Memory foam is designed to yield and adjust to the shape of a body, which is different to a spring mattress where a body contours around the form of the mattress. This means memory foam absorbs pressure points better, such as shoulders and hips.

Aligns the spine…

If you sleep on your side or back, your shoulders, hips, and heels create pressure points on a mattress. If the weight of these three points is not displaced adequately, your spine won’t be in alignment. This causes muscle tension and lower back pain, which can lead to chronic back pain.

Memory foam can absorb the pressure at key points and conform to the body. When you lie on a memory foam mattress, it softens, bends and relaxes only in that concentrated area, so every part of your body is in alignment.

Pain relief…

Memory foam offers pressure point relief and full-body support, so it’s an excellent choice for people who suffer from chronic back pain or painful conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. It reduces pressure on sensitive areas and keeps the spine in alignment.

Good for restless sleepers…

Moving on an innerspring mattress creates a wave of motion which can be irritating for your sleeping partner. A memory foam mattress absorbs motion and isolates it rather than transfers it across the mattress. If your partner is tossing and turning, you won’t get bounced around on a memory foam mattress.

Good for all positions…

Whether you are a back, stomach or side sleeper, memory foam accommodates any position because of its ability to contour around a body. The Visco foam moulds around shoulders, hips, and heels which means that you can settle into any position comfortably.

Dust mites aren’t welcome…

You won’t see them, but thousands of dust mites are living in your bed if you have a coil spring mattress. They’re harmless but are the main cause of allergies and sinus problems.

Memory foam does away with dust mites, although you’ll still find them living happily in your upholstery layer and bedding. This is because memory foam is a dense structure and there’s no space for them in that packed space. On the other hand, a typical innerspring mattress could have up to 10 million dust mites inside it because they love the fluffy fiber padding and large open spaces between the coils.

Good for allergy sufferers…

Memory foam is an excellent choice if you suffer from allergies or asthma. It not only repels dust mites, but it also limits other allergens such as mould. This is because the material used is hypoallergenic and low in VOCs, meaning the mattress doesn’t let off gas created by the chemicals in the foam.

No flipping over…

Memory foam is not prone to sagging because it is made with a high-density structure, so it’s not necessary to flip your mattress over every few weeks. It’s a good idea to rotate it a few times a year, and it does need a good vacuuming every few months to get rid of dust and dust mites.

Sturdy and durable…

Memory foam mattresses last longer because the high-density structure is a key feature. You will have your memory foam mattress for many, many years before it starts even slightly to sag. Damage to the upholstery layer is the main reason you’ll eventually have to chuck it out and get a new mattress, but the core layer itself will stand the test of time.

Why you should NOT buy a memory foam mattress

Memory foam may be perfect for astronauts, but it does have its faults. Here’s what you should know about this wonderful invention:

Over-heating…

A memory foam won’t burst into flames in the middle of the night, but it does “grower hotter” because of its heat-retaining properties. This has been overcome in the ‘next generation’ memory foam mattresses where manufacturers have introduced gel visco, otherwise known as gel-infused memory foam.

Gel particles fused with Visco foam reduce the amount of heat trapped in the core layer. It also speeds up the time it takes for the mattress to spring back and helps make the mattress feel softer.

Not suitable for babies…

Memory foam mattresses are not suitable for babies or small children. This is because the foam moulds around a shape and a baby may find it difficult to turn over. If they roll over onto their stomach, they may suffocate.

Not suitable for hot, sweaty sleepers…

Memory foam is affected by temperature. It softens and moulds around a body in response to body temperature and weight. If you are very heavy and tend to sweat a lot, a memory foam mattress may not be ideal. Your weight and hot body will create a deeper depression that will trap you; you won’t roll out of sleeping positions as easily as you would on an innerspring mattress.

This problem has been overcome with gel-infused and ‘open cell’ memory foam. Avoid buying a memory foam mattress if you are very heavy unless you can get a gel one.

More expensive…

Memory foam mattresses for sale are often more expensive than innerspring mattresses, although latest technology has improved the design of the latter which has pushed up the price of the higher quality makes.

 

LATEX FOAM

If you don’t like the idea of all those chemicals in a mattress letting off harmful gases, a natural latex foam mattress is the one for you. Latex foam is a natural product, made from the milky sap of a rubber tree. The sap is harvested and turned into blocks of latex rubber.

A latex foam mattress is naturally springy despite not having any springs, coils or infused with synthetic chemicals. They’re in demand because they offer excellent support and comfort, and they are resistant to mould and dust mites.

Why you should buy a latex foam mattress

Support and comfort…

Latex foam competes head-on with memory foam for support and comfort. The high-density foam responds well to pressure points and contours to the shape of a body. This keeps the spine in alignment and helps prevent lower back pain and other niggling aches.

No chemicals…

Latex foam is a natural product and does not contain polyurethane. If you are concerned about the environment and the effects of off-gassing from the harsh chemicals, latex foam is a better choice of mattress.

Limited bounce…

Latex foam works in the same way as memory foam in that movement on one side of the bed is hardly felt on the other side. If your partner is a restless sleeper or heavy, you won’t get bounced around in bed during the night.

Resistant to mites and moulds…

Dust mites cannot settle in and reproduce in latex foam as it is a dense, impenetrable material structure. There are also no open cells within the foam which means there is no build-up of mould in the foam.

Latex itself has a natural open-cell structure which is good for air circulation. Pinholes are naturally created during the manufacturing process which also improves airflow. The off-shoot of this is latex foam breathes more easily.

Strong and durable…

Latex foam is naturally designed to last longer than an innerspring mattress because of its high-density properties. You’ll own a latex foam mattress for many years and won’t notice any sagging unless of course, your teenage kids are using it as a trampoline.

Why you should NOT buy a latex foam mattress

Be careful when buying a natural latex foam mattress. You might not get what you’re paying for.

Cost more…

Latex foam mattresses usually cost more than their counterparts. This is because the foam is derived from nature and not from a machine.

Not 100% guilt-free…

Organic latex foam is the best eco-friendly option, but not all-natural latex foam mattresses are organic. This is a big secret in the mattress world! Most latex foam mattresses are made from a synthetic compound because it produces a greater degree of firmness. Some are made of a natural and synthetic blend, where the manufacturers add a chemical from the polymerization of petroleum.

The only way you are guaranteed of an all-natural, guilt-free foam is to buy one that comes with an organic seal of approval, issued by the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS).

GOLS is a guarantee that the foam is produced from milky sap harvested from trees grown to meet organic practices and the whole manufacturing process is sustainable and eco-friendly. Organic latex foam mattresses are a lot more expensive.

Not 100% environmentally friendly…

Natural latex is made from milky sap harvested from a rubber tree. The sap is whipped into froth and steam baked but it some cases it is processed by a freezing technique. This uses a lot of energy which means that it is not a totally environmentally-friendly option.

 

5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE BUYING A NEW BED

 

Don’t let a pushy salesperson coerce you into a buying a bed that’s not right for you. He or she might be trying to get rid of stock or pushing a brand to earn more commission.

Come armed with the facts about mattress technology after you’ve done your research. This way you won’t be bamboozled by confusing bed lingo and overwhelmed by choice.

When you’ve narrowed your decision down and spend a good amount of time trying out different beds, here are 5 questions you need to ask the salesperson to make your final choice:

  1. How long is the warranty?

 

 

  1. Can I buy the mattress without a foundation?

 

 

  1. Does the mattress regulate temperature efficiently?

 

 

  1. What is the mattress made of?

 

 

  1. What is your return or cancellation policy?

 

 

 

How Long Is the Warranty? You want to choose a mattress that the seller will stand by. Generally, the longer the warranty, the longer you can expect the mattress to last, so you get a good investment.

Does This Mattress Require a Foundation? Coiled spring mattresses usually require a “box spring” or foundation for even wear. A foundation may be optional for a foam mattress, though you might prefer it for the added height.

Does This Mattress Have Good Motion Separation? If you share your bed with a partner, this is a biggie. Motion separation helps keep your partner’s motions from vibrating your side of the bed, which allows you to get an uninterrupted night’s sleep. (Still no cure for snoring, though.)

How’s the Temperature Regulation? Some mattresses are made with materials that hold in a lot of heat, which can leave you too hot to sleep. Look for a mattress made with materials designed to dissipate body heat.

What’s This Mattress Made of? Mattresses can be made from natural or synthetic materials. If you have a known allergy, or if you’re interested in purchasing a sustainable mattress, find out exactly what materials are involved before pulling the trigger on your purchase.

As you test out various mattresses, it’s a good idea to take notes about what you liked and what you didn’t. Knowing which ones feel too firm and which ones feel too soft can help you narrow down your selection to find the perfect mattress for your body. Don’t give up on buying a mattress — your ideal one is out there!

 

BEST MATTRESS FOR BACK PROBLEMS

 

It goes without saying that if you suffer from any type of back pain – whether it’s mild or chronic –  you need to buy a mattress that offers excellent support to keep your spine in alignment and reduce friction on pressure points.

The spinal cord has three points that need to be protected and kept in alignment:

  • the C-shaped cervical spine which supports your head
  • the reverse C-shaped thoracic spine that holds up the upper body
  • the C-shaped curve of the lumbar spine (lower back)

If your spine collapses or extends at one of these curves in the spine, it is not in alignment, and you’ll develop chronic neck and back pain. The ideal mattress should minimize stress on your cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

For many years, people with back pain were told to sleep on a hard mattress. This is no longer the case. In fact, research shows that people who sleep on very firm mattresses have the poorest quality of sleep.

A high-quality memory foam mattress or natural latex mattress has ergonomic features that provide relief for back pain and prevent any discomfort from getting worse. The experts recommend buying a medium-to-firm mattress; not too soft and not too hard.

Memory foam conforms to the shape of a sleeper which means the heavier and protruding points of the body (shoulders and hips) sink in while the lighter points (waist and neck) lie on top of the mattress. Sleeping in this naturally aligned position means there is no dipping or extension in the spine.

Old-fashioned innerspring mattresses are not ideal for people with back pain or suffering from painful conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. There is less give for a start, and they eventually start to sag which means the spine is not kept in alignment. Modern innerspring mattresses have been re-engineered to provide greater support.

The consensus is medium-firm memory foam, or latex mattress is a better choice for bad backs. It doesn’t force the spine to curve into an unnatural position while you sleep, which means the muscles and ligaments around the spine are relaxed and not under tension. The parts of the body that are heavier or protrude can sink in deeper, and the lower back is fully supported and relaxed.

 

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BEST BED FOR HEAVY SLEEPERS

 

Research studies have proven that sleep is an effective way to combat obesity. There is a definitive connection between poor sleep habits and obesity. If you are not sleeping well at night because your mattress is worn out and old or it’s the wrong mattress for you, it’s time to buy a new one.

Studies on sleep habits have shown that if you sleep fewer than five hours a night your circadian rhythm goes out of cadence. Over an extended period, people who ‘under sleep’ will develop life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

Investing in the right mattress with a strong base will go a long way towards helping you sleep well as they provide the support you need and added comfort. Start your journey to better health with a better mattress.

There are three choices of the mattress for heavy people and all three offer excellent support benefits:

Memory foam mattress

This is new-age technology that is engineered to mould around a sleeper and provide maximum support to keep the spine in alignment. Memory foam reacts to heat and reduces the pressure exerted at points such as shoulders, hips, bottoms, and heels.

Memory foam will compress sooner under heavy pressure than it would with a light-weight sleeper so bear in mind, that you’ll probably have to buy a new mattress before the recommended 8 to 9-year ballpark figure.

Natural latex foam mattress

Latex foam provides the best support for heavy people, but it is pricier than memory foam because it is made from a natural product, which is milky sap extracted from rubber trees. Latex has high-density properties and is the most durable mattress available on the market. It is firm but also offers pressure point relief.

The cost of a latex foam mattress is higher than the other two options, but it lasts longer which offsets the price difference.

Innerspring mattress

Modern coil mattresses have changed since the old days of springs popping through old mattresses from overuse. Choose an innerspring mattress with pocket coils that are separated rather than held together with wire. Pocket coils can move independently and won’t collapse together under excessive weight. The only issue with innerspring mattresses is they aren’t as durable as memory foam and latex mattresses and start to sag over time.

Bariatric beds

These beds are more commonly found in medical facilities which treat long-term and bedridden patients. They are made using extremely strong material and fitted with a thick, durable mattress which suits heavy people. The benefits of a bariatric bed come from the strong steel frame. A mattress made from memory foam and latex adds to longevity, support, and comfort.

 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BED SIZE

 

When plush, luxurious beds came onto the market years ago, they were described as “fit for a King.” The Queen was relegated to the smaller size. The description stuck and today we get King size and Queen size beds.

Simmons was the first manufacturer to bring King- and Queen-size beds to the market in the late 1950s. They also marketed two single beds placed together as a twin bed.

Size does matter when you buy a new bed, and it’s not only related to the size of your bedroom. Things to consider is whether it’s for a single sleeper or couple, tall person or shorter person, heavy person or lightweight person and what position you sleep in most often.

Budget is a big consideration, but it’s often worth stretching your finances to buy a bed that is larger because the bigger the bed, the more weight it can support. The weight of an adult sleeper is dispersed more evenly over a larger space. It is always good to know the different bed sizes in cm specifically available in South Africa.

Let’s look at your options for beds and mattress sizes on sale in South Africa:

DIMENSIONS are width x length

Super King-size mattress and base

200cm x 200cm

This is the largest mattress and base available in South Africa. It’s the bed we all dream of owning. It’s the bed you find in high-end safari lodges and honeymoon suites in 5-star hotels. You can get lost in a Super King size bed, which is not everyone’s choice. Many of us like our sleeping partners close for a midnight cuddle.

King-size mattress and base

183cm x 188 cm

Extra-length King-size mattress and base

183cm x 200 cm

King size beds are the same size as two single beds placed together. It’s the perfect size if you prefer space between you and your partner, and ideal if your partner is a restless sleeper.

Queen-size mattress and base

152cm x 188cm

A standard Queen-size bed is very popular, and a few brands are made with extra length (200cm). This size fits perfectly in most standard-size main bedrooms.

A Queen-size bed offers enough space for a couple and loads of space for single sleepers.

Double mattress and base

137cm x 188cm

A double bed for sale is smaller than a Queen-size bed but suitable for two sleepers. A few brands on the market make double beds with extra length (200cm). A double bed is suitable for smaller and lightweight people, and ideal for young adults and teenagers.

Three-quarter mattress and base

107cm x 188cm

A three-quarter bed is ideal for young adults and older children. It’s slightly bigger than a single bed with more space for comfort. It doesn’t take up too much space in a child’s bedroom, and there’s a little extra room for Mom for a snuggle and to read a book.

Three-quarter beds are perfect for students living in residence or small rooms in communes. Most rooms at a university residence are small, and you still need space for a desk and chair.

It’s also the bed you choose when your young child has grown out of a single bed, but they aren’t old enough to graduate to a double bed. Three-quarter beds are available in extra length (200cm) in certain mattress ranges.

Single mattress and base

91cm x 188cm

A single mattress and base set is perfect for small children who’ve just graduated out of a cot, and young children are sleeping in smaller bedrooms. Linen and duvet sets for single beds are affordable.

They’re perfect for a guest room where two single beds can be pushed together to make a King-size bed, or teenagers can sleep in their beds.

Single mattress and bed sets that have been “retired” make excellent daybeds in playrooms or spare bedrooms for visitors and friends. A single bed can fit into any space and two single beds put together is perfect for adults who need more space and comfort.

A popular thing to do is to put two single beds together instead of buying an expensive King-size bed. Couples who complain of being often disturbed in the night by a restless partner find this the perfect solution to midnight fights over space and the duvet.

WHAT IS AN EXTRA-LENGTH BED?

The standard length of a bed is 188cm; an extra-length mattress is 200cm. It’s not a massive difference, but it gives sleepers with longer legs extra space to stretch their feet out to the end of the bed.

The only issue with buying an extra-length mattress and base is you need new linen. Fitted sheets that are not extra-length stretch tightly over the mattress and you’ll have that irritating problem of the sheet crumpling up at night when it comes loose.

King and Queen duvets are made in the same width (230cm), although there is a 30cm difference in width between the two mattresses. King duvets are 20cm longer than Queen duvets, although both beds are the same length (188cm).

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8 WAYS TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW MATTRESS

 

The main problems you’ll experience with an older mattress is sagging, mildew and staining. These can be prevented with proper maintenance and care which includes rotating or flipping the mattress regularly, keeping it dry and using a good quality mattress protector.

  1. An innerspring mattress will start to sag or become lumpy if you sleep in the same place every night of the year. If you have a double-sided mattress, rotate it and flip.

 

  1. If you have a single-sided mattress, you only need to rotate it at least every 3 to 6 months.

 

  1. If you are moving to a new house, it’s a good idea to wrap your mattress and bed base in plastic. If you’ve got the space, keep the original plastic covering which you can pull out when it’s time to move.

 

  1. Mattresses need ventilation, so they stay dry and free of mildew. Don’t place a mattress on the floor or a solid surface like a concrete base. Your bed base should have “feet” to allow fresh air to pass under the bed which will flush out dust and mites.

 

  1. Leave your bed naked for a few hours after you’ve stripped it. This exposes the fabric to fresh air and freshens up any musty smell.

 

  1. If you wet the mattress while cleaning it, leave it to dry thoroughly before putting the bedding back on. A damp mattress results in a build-up of mildew which is bad for people suffering from allergies and asthma.

 

  1. Run a vacuum cleaner over your mattress regularly. This lifts light dust and dust mites which are bad for allergy sufferers.

 

  1. We all sweat at night, some more than others. Mattresses absorb this fluid, and over time your mattress becomes yellowed or badly stained. Use a mattress protector to keep your bed looking fresh and hygienic.

 

TOP 10 BEST BEDS IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

Here are the top 10 bed makes in South Africa. Do your research before buying a new bed because the choice of brands and benefits can be overwhelming.

A new mattress and base set is a long-term investment so choose wisely. We recommend putting as much effort into searching for the right bed as you would look for the best car. Your health and well-being depend on quality sleep.

 

Cloud Nine is an independent division of a South African company that makes premium quality polyurethane foam mattresses and upholstered bases. Cloud Nine mattresses are made with multi-layered Viscous Elastic and Polyurethane foam products.

Cloud 9 beds have been around since 1968, and the brand has proven itself in the market. Each mattress consists of high-density foam layers, and each layer has its unique properties to ensure maximum support and comfort.

There are three different ranges to choose from:

  • the i-Sleep Range offers a layer of memory foam for a plush comfort feel
  • the Euro-Latex Range has a Latex finishing layer for a firm feel and can accommodate a heavier weight
  • the Rapid Reform Range combines different density Polyurethane foam layers for unique comfort and feel

Cloud Nine beds provide excellent posture support, which is great for people with injuries or general back pain. They are hygienic and allergy free because the foam layers are stable once cured.

All Cloud nine beds are SABS approved and endorsed by CASA (Chiropractic Association of South Africa). A Cloud Nine mattress and base set promises great comfort on top of functionality and support.

Edblo

Edblo is a Proudly South African bed and has been on the market for almost a century. The manufacturing company provides excellent customer service and prides itself on producing the highest quality bases and mattresses.

Edblo is consistently reviewing its designs and manufacturing standards and stays up-to-date with advanced sleep technology; adapting and extending its product range to accommodate innovations in mattress and base designs.

This includes the feature-packed new Edblo Supreme Collection which features the latest in sleep technology but is priced to be affordable.

Fabbro

Fabbro has earned a reputation as one of the most luxurious bed and mattress brands in South Africa. These are the beds you’re most likely to find in luxury hotels and safari lodges.

Fabbro builds beds to meticulous standards and has led the global field of advanced design for support and comfort for more than 50 years’. A Fabbro mattress and base set is a luxury purchase but well worth the price you pay when you experience ultimate support and comfort.

Each mattress incorporates materials such as cashmere and organic wool, which is combined using high-tech production techniques to create the perfect bed. A Fabbro mattress leaves you feeling cool, fresh and dry because it is designed to constantly circulate air. The latest mattresses made by Fabbro incorporate gel-infused memory foam which prevents overheating and sagging, making a Fabbro bed a long-term investment in quality sleep.

Unique Compression Activation technology acts as a rapid response system, so the foam quickly moulds around a sleeper and releases fast. This provides optimum relief for pressure points and effortlessly keeps the spine aligned.

Fabbro makes an innerspring mattress using the pocket spring systems. It’s regarded as one of the most advanced in the world, which is what you’d expect from an Italian-engineered mattress.

Genessi

Genessi Beds are sturdy and durable and designed to offer maximum support and comfort. These benefits come from the use of high density and specialty foams incorporated into their mattresses.

A Genessi Bed is engineered to limit cross movement, provide pressure point relief and keep the spine in alignment. A sleeper is not disturbed by the movement as the foam does not have a rigid, connected structure and is designed to react only to the immediate area where pressure or body heat is applied.

Genessi beds are treated with Nano-Technology which is added protection against mosquitos, dust mines, bed bugs, and bacteria. The foam is non-allergenic and has an open cell structure which makes it more breathable. Air and moisture flow freely through the foam mattress.

Maxipedic

The makers of Maxipedic Beds have adopted the latest in advanced sleep technology to produce a range of beds that offer the ultimate in support and comfort. They offered a luxury line but priced to offer outstanding value.

Rest Assured

Rest Assured is a much-loved South African brand and has always promised superior quality at an affordable price.

Double-tempered coils provide extra durability, and a solid construction supports all body shapes and weights. Soft pillow tops and memory foam used in the construction provide stylish comfort.

The makers of Rest Assured provide world-class customer support and after-sales service to give you peace of mind.

Sealy

Sealy was one of the first to position itself on orthopedic benefits and features, known then as Sealy Posturepedic. The manufacturing company introduced a Posturepedic range for spinal or neck pains, long before other bed manufacturers identified the gap.

Sealy beds offer excellent support and comfort features using advanced sleep technology. An assimilated inner support system produces properties that provide the deep-down orthopedic support you need from a modern bed.

Serta

Serta Beds is regarded as the number one mattress manufacturer in the United States, and the brand has made an impact on the South African market in recent years. The manufacturing company has earned a reputation for creating beds of the highest quality favoured by high-end hotels and safari lodges.

Serta has backed its manufacturing process over the past 75 years with leading research and development in the field of advanced sleep technology. The company has accomplished many “firsts” in the bed world, including the first-ever “tuftless” mattress. Serta has also pioneered a variety of exclusive features which includes the patented Advanced Comfort Quilt and Continuous Support Innerspring.

Standout beds in the Serta range include:

  • iComfort, offering the contouring, pressure-relieving comfort of memory foam but with cooling comfort to prevent overheating; available in both memory foam and hybrid constructions

 

  • Perfect Sleeper, an innerspring mattress that combines some of the latest advances in spring coil technology – using a state-of-the-art steel coin innerspring support system which is perfect if you prefer the look and feel of a traditional mattress but would like the benefits of advanced sleep technology

 

  • Sertapedic, offering a range of mattresses from luxuriously soft to extra-firm with the choice of innerspring or memory foam

Simmons

The Simmons Bedding Company is one of the oldest bed manufacturing enterprises in the United States and was the first manufacturer to pioneer orthopedic-engineered mattresses. Beautyrest is its flagship brand, and mattresses and bed bases that followed have been designed harnessing the latest in advanced support and comfort innovations. In fact, Simmons has patented 148 designs in its quest to improve quality of sleep.

One patent that took the world by storm was the pocketed coil system which minimizes movement in the mattress. Many sleepers with restless partners have Simmons to thank for this innovative technology.

Simmons Beds were also the first to introduce specialty foam such as memory foam and latex which provides superior support by keeping the spine in alignment and offering pressure point relief.

High-end hotels and luxury safari lodges have placed their trust in Simmons Beds for decades to provide luxury mattresses for their customers.

Restonic

Restonic has been making quality beds since the late 1930s, and the company has invested heavily in research and development to stay ahead of the trends and create mattresses and bases that are leaders in the market.

The company has received countless rewards for its innovative designs and manufacturing processes and remains highly regarded as a brand that guarantees superior support and comfort. One innovation that stands out is Restonic’s patented technology called The Marvelous Middle® which concentrates additional support in the center third of a mattress to extend the comfort and life of its mattress and prevents sagging.

Restonic beds offer customers a wide choice of mattresses, ranging from innerspring mattresses to memory foam mattresses, natural latex, and hybrid mattresses.

 

HOW TO BUY A BED ONLINE

 

Bed companies have caught up with the e-commerce world, and it’s now quite common for people to buy a new bed online. Buying a new bed is a serious decision not only because it’s a pricey item, but it needs to last a long time and provide superior support and comfort for your health and well-being.

There are pros and cons to buying a mattress or whole new bed online. We address them in this final chapter of our Guide to buying a new bed.

Online research

Buying online means you don’t have a pushy salesperson to deal with, but it also means you don’t have someone to answer any questions you have about the different brands and makes. This means you need to do your research before selecting and purchasing a new bed online.

Don’t make the mistake of buying the same brand you bought 10 years ago because so much as changed in the bed world and makers of your old bed might not have kept up with the latest in sleep innovations.

Delivery cost

Most popular online bed companies deliver anywhere in South Africa, but you need to check if they deliver to your town before spending time selecting a bed online.

Delivery charges depend on the distance between the store and your home. A few online bed companies offer a free delivery service to homes within a close radius to its warehouse.

There is a delivery period that you need to find out about. Don’t leave it until the last minute to order a bed online because delivery can be up to 7 days from receipt of payment; longer if you live far from the central warehouse hubs.

 

Warranty

A reputable bed company sells well-known brands that are made according to the highest manufacturing standards. The manufacturers of these brands issue a warranty for damage caused by poor workmanship or defective materials.

Check out the warranty period on the brand you prefer. Remember, a warranty does not indicate the lifespan of a mattress; only the period that the company commits to replacing and repairing a mattress or base because of manufacturing defects.

A warranty does not apply if it is soiled, burnt, stained or ripped through misuse in a household. The online bed company will inspect the mattress or base before honoring the warranty.

Trial period

After doing extensive research to find your perfect bed and ordering it online, it might not measure up to expectations when you get to sleep on it.

This is why the trial period that an online bed company offers is very important. A reputable online bed company should offer a trial period of up to 3 months.

The stipulated trial period always comes with a few conditions which you need to be aware of before ripping off the plastic and jumping into bed. An online bed company relies on you to be a responsible buyer. Make your selection based on a thorough review of a brands benefits and specifications.

  • There is usually a minimum number of nights stipulated that you have to sleep on the bed – usually one month. This is because a new bed takes time to “break in.” This is often the case if you’ve switched from sleeping on an innerspring mattress to a memory foam mattress. It takes time to get used to the difference in compression and comfort.

 

  • A new mattress must be covered in a waterproof mattress protector to prevent it from being stained or soiled. Online bed companies reserve the right to refuse to accept the bed back if there are watermarks, bloodstains or other soiled marks on the mattress. This includes scuff marks around the base and any tear or rips in the upholstery material.

 

  • You are usually required to replace the bed for an equal or greater value. You can’t choose a replacement bed that is cheaper than the one you bought and get credited for the balance.

 

  • You may be charged for collection and delivery. Check what the trial period policy states before making the purchase.

 

Cancellation policy

A reputable bed company should offer a “24-hour No-hassle Cancellation policy”. This is necessary as mattresses and bases can get damaged during shipping and delivery. If the bed arrives scuffed or fabric is torn, notify the bed company immediately and activate the cancellation policy.

Return policy

The return policy peace-of-mind guarantee that you can return a bed purchased online if you are not completely satisfied. Most companies offer a full refund if the mattress or bed set is returned within 7 days.

This is different from the trial period, where you’ve slept on it for a few weeks and find it uncomfortable or not offering adequate support. A return policy will most likely apply to a bed being the wrong size, the wrong make is delivered or it’s too hard or too soft.

To return the bed, it must still be in its original packaging which has not been opened. It’s a good idea to hold off ripping the plastic when you get a new bed to be 100% sure it’s the bed you ordered, and it arrived in good condition. And it’s the right size for your bedroom.

Pillows and mattress protectors cannot be returned if the original packaging has been opened.

Price check

Online bed companies can sell high-quality mattresses at lower prices because they don’t have the added cost of running a retail store and paying sales commissions. Make a price comparison of prices in a retail store before selecting one online to make sure that you are getting a new bed online at a reduced cost.

Try it before you buy it

It’s always a good idea to pop into retail out to test out a few brands before making a purchase online. Bed companies can put a good marketing spin on any mattress. In fact, most bed companies say the same thing… that the modern mattresses offer superior support and comfort.

Well, they do because advances in sleep technology have introduced innovations such as memory foam, natural latex, and pocket coil mattresses. Take some time off a busy week to go into a shop and lie down on the brands you’re interested in. Spend at least 10 minutes lying on a mattress; don’t just bounce up and down on the edge.

Don’t be shy. Take as long as you want to test drive a new mattress. Once you’ve narrowed down your choice, you can check online for prices and make your selection.

Clearance sales

Online bed companies also have clearance sales so look out for these. This is an added saving on top of the already discounted price because you’re buying online.

Always check the cancellation and return policy before buying any mattress or bed set online.

 

ADVANTAGES OF BUYING A MATTRESS ONLINE

Cheaper

It’s usually cheaper because the company doesn’t have high overhead costs and they aren’t paying a sales commission. The cost may be up to 25% cheaper than one bought at a store.

Easy

It’s easy to buy online. The websites have all the brands, prices and specs and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have a pushy salesperson telling you what to buy, and you can make brand and price comparisons.

4/7

You can shop at night. You don’t need to rush across to a bed store before it closes in the afternoon or wastes a precious Saturday morning going from shop to shop. Online websites are open 24/7.

Safe

Buying online is much safer than it used to be as long as you buy from a reputable online bed company.

Convenient

Unless you’re living in a large town or city, it can be a real hassle getting to a bed shop. Buying online means that you can buy from anywhere in South Africa. The only issue is whether the company will deliver to far-flung areas.

Longer trial period

If you buy a mattress online, the trial period is usually longer. Retail shops usually offer a trial period of one month, while most online bed companies offer a trial period of up to 3 months.

This has been introduced to encourage people to buy online and to offer peace of mind that they won’t regret it. Manufacturers and retailers are gearing up for e-commerce because brick-and-mortar stores, rentals and sales staff increase costs substantially. We may see the day where we only buy mattresses and bed sets online, so they have to make it work and encourage people to trust in the process.

Free delivery

To encourage purchases online, they often throw in “free delivery” as an added incentive. This is not always the case so check the cost of delivery before making a purchase online.

 

DISADVANTAGES OF BUYING A MATTRESS ONLINE

Can’t try it before you buy it

It’s taken awhile for people to get used to the idea of buying a new mattress online because most of us prefer to go into a bed shop, bounce up and down on a few beds and choose one that they can see looks nice.

This is just another thing to get used to; buying online. The cancellation and return policy is a peace-of-mind guarantee that you can return the bed and get a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase.

Takes time

There is so much choice now compared to the old days, and the mattress technology is more complicated. Some people rely on a salesperson to recommend the right bed, but if you’re buying online, you make the decision yourself.

This means you have to take the time to read up on the brands and benefits. Buying online usually involves more online research. Most online mattress websites have a “Chat” facility which is someone sitting in an office somewhere ready to answer any questions you have. Use this facility, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of returning a mattress or bed set if you’re not happy.

Old mattress headache

What do you do with your old mattress? Reputable retail bed shops offer a service where they’ll take your old mattress and base free of charge, so you don’t have the hassle of getting rid of it. Online bed companies are not likely to offer this service because they don’t have a brick-and-mortar warehouse to store old mattresses.

DIY

Online companies may use a courier company to deliver its mattresses and bed sets. Often, they do not provide an added-value service where the delivery men will carry the mattress and base into your home and take it through to your bedroom.

It also means that your purchase may be delivered at any time of the day and not when it’s convenient for you. Get around this problem by buying online from a bed company that has its delivery trucks.

Online scams

There are always a few shady operators out there that ruin it for the good guys. The good reviews you read online might be fake. It’s not hard to copy and paste a good sales pitch from a reputable bed company so don’t believe everything you read. Worse, you could be scammed out of your money and never receive the bed.

Always buy online from a reputable bed company. Preferably one that has brick-and-mortar stores and a head office as well as an e-commerce service. That way you can find someone to deal with a problem instead of hunting someone down in cyberspace.

And it’s always a good idea to buy the well-known brand as opposed to a “no-name’ brand. You have recourse if you are not satisfied as famous brands won’t risk their reputation over poor service delivery and unsatisfied customers. There’s nothing that scares a manufacturer and bed company than an unhappy customer going online to roast their service and brands.