Mattress, Pillow, Cushion, Bed sheets Buying Guide
Now that you've decided to buy a new mattress, the first step would be to define your requirements and match it with what is available in the market. We will be highlighting points for consideration when choosing your mattress.
But before we 'go to the mattresses', your foremost question may actually be....
Why should I buy a Mattress online?
Well, buying online has many advantages:
- The convenience of being able to shop 24/7 is probably the top benefit of shopping online. You can set your own pace to shop and avoid the necessity or going from show room to showroom, especially because.....
- Retailers are restricted by total available space for a pleasing display.
- All varieties are not stocked or available for you to make a completely informed decision.
- Traffic is ever-increasing with parking problems causing headaches before you even begin.
- This issue is avoided when you research and shop online where all models are available for consideration.
- You can get a Good Deal at a competitive price.
- There is no pressure to buy, just because you've expressed interest in a product, you can take your time over choosing one.
- Also, the scope and wealth of information online can help compare prices, features across various brands and your decision is merely a click away, in the comfort of your home. This would be practically impossible while doing physical shopping.
- E-commerce is here to stay with almost all merchants using secure payment portals or gateways and most products will soon be transacted online.
How to buy a mattress?
Choosing a mattress depends on:
- Comfort or Firmness
- Sleeping position
- Special Requirements
All of these factors matter, not necessarily in the same order. It is also very important to remember that these factors are subjective and individual.
As a general rule, the length should be at least 10-15 cm (4-6 inches) longer that the tallest person. Choosing the width depends on the size of the room and the number of people who will be using it. If you're buying a mattress as a couple, a standard double bed only gives about 24 inches (2 feet) width per person. For a more comfortable sleep a Queen or King size may be considered, subject to room space. The thickness of the mattress is a matter of individual choice and height of the cot. A thicker mattress can be chosen for cots with low floor clearance.
Comfort or Firmness
The ideal mattress firmness depends on your weight. Firmness (mattress-wise) is a measure of how much you 'sink' into your mattress when lying down. The aim is to minimise this 'sinking' and maintain spinal alignment (i.e. your spine should be straight when lying on your side). The heavier you are, the firmer your mattress should be.Mattress firmness is also a matter of personal choice, if you're comfortable sleeping on the floor with little cushioning, you'll probably like a firm mattress. If you love 'sinking' into your bed, you'll like your mattress soft. For the most part, medium firmness is accepted by most people.
Coir is a natural fibrous material obtained from the outer shell or husk of coconuts. Rubberised coir is a blend of two natural products where coir fibres are treated with rubber (latex). This process improves resilience ('springiness'), decreases moisture retention and allows for ventilation between the enmeshed fibres.
There are many types of Foam mattresses:
- PU Foam mattresses are made from Polyurethane, a synthetic compound.
- Latex Foam mattresses are generally, completely natural. They are made from the milk of rubber trees.The internal structure of foam allows it to compress and decompress based on weight distribution and contour your body. It is lighter when compared to Rubberised coir mattresses of the same dimensions.
Also called innerspring mattresses and depending on the arrangement of the springs they may be either 'Bonnell Spring', 'Continuous Spring' or 'Pocket Spring'.
Bonnell Spring mattresses are self-tied hour-glass shaped columns with narrow coils sandwiched between wider peripheral coils on either end. Smaller spring wires are used to hold these columns together and are attached to a rigid border wire to promote shape retention.
Continuous spring mattresses have one long continuous wire looped to form springs arranged in rows through the length and breadth of the mattress.
Pocket spring mattresses have discreet columns of springs wrapped in individual fabric cases. The fabric pockets are then attached to each other to provide shape. This arrangement permits individual or area wise movement of the spring in response to pressure or motion and thus prevents ripples from forming that can disturb your partner when you turn or shift position.
The sleeping position adopted by you can also influence the type of mattress to suit your needs:
Most people are predominantly side sleeper. They sleep in either the foetal position (with their knees drawn up toward their chest) or modified foetal position with one knee extended. This position tends to put pressure on your hips and shoulders. For side and foetal sleepers, relatively softer mattresses are recommended. Foam mattresses can conform to your body shape padding the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine.
If you are a prone to sleeping on your stomach, you are better served with a firm mattress or a hard mattress with a quilt-top. A soft mattress would not support your abdomen and the subsequent 'sinking' of your body would cause your spine to arch or bend resulting in back pain. In this instance the firm to hard mattresses would provide optimum support.
And finally, if you sleep on your back, additional support using a thin pillow under your knees and lower back is recommended. But, you can typically buy most type of mattresses.
Irrespective of your personal preference, you maybe advised one for medical purposes. For example, a patient recovering from surgery or trauma to the back maybe recommended soft mattresses during recovery.
For more information on the different types of mattresses available, read our blog on Mattress Types.
Know your Pillow and identify according to your Sleep style.
Ever wondered what is inside your Pillow? How do you decide which pillow to buy?
Here is a comprehensive guide to know your pillows.
Know your sleep position to find the pillow that best suits you.
Back SleeperThick, stiff pillows can push a back sleeper's head too far up. Down Pillows, Foam Pillows and Microbead Pillows are best.
Side SleeperPlumper pillow fills up the space between your neck and your shoulder, keeping your spine perfectly aligned. Feather Pillows, Body Pillows, Latex and Memory Foam Pillows are best.
Stomach SleeperTummy sleepers need a thinner, flatter cushion – Elevate your head too much and sleeping becomes like 'holding cobra' pose. Fibre, Wool & Cotton, Latex and Memory Foam Pillows are best.
Pillows vary in their filling and the support they provide.