Buying a New Bed

For most of us, a bed is the most important piece of furniture in a household. Buying a new bed is an event not to be taken lightly because if you get it wrong, you’re stuck with it for a long time.

Choosing the right mattress and base is the difference between a good night’s sleep and a bad one. Waking up fresh and restful, or waking up in a bad mood and in agony. You need to treat buying a new bed – particularly a new mattress – the same way you would a new car.

There are a few things you can do that will guarantee you make the right choice and have long-term satisfaction with your purchase.

Do your research

Everyone is different, and there is a mattress to suit your individual needs. Read up on the kinds of mattresses on the market that are ergonomically designed for various physical and medical needs, and what you personally need.

Mattress technology and design are so advanced these days, and you have a wide choice available to you that promise different features. It can be overwhelming, and a pushy bed salesman can push you in the wrong direction. Go into the process equipped with the right knowledge to make the right decision.

Test drive your mattress

The idea that you can dial a bed company and order a bed over the phone is hard to understand, particularly if you’re buying a bed for the first time or buying one many years after you bought your current bed. Bed technology has improved dramatically. Make time to test drive the choice of mattresses in your budget.

Don’t be shy! Take your time in the shop; lie down, toss and turn, bounce up and down. Don’t just sit on the edge of the bed; nestle in for a good 10 minutes or more. Get a good feel for the mattress. Try out a pricier bed because you might want to stretch your budget and splash out on a more expensive one once you’ve spent some time lying on it.

Take your partner to the bed shop with you as you both must be happy with the bed you buy. He might want a hard bed; you like a soft bed. Find a compromise?

Understand the terminology

Don’t let a salesperson bamboozle you with bed lingo that sounds awesome but means nothing. They’ll gush on about orthopedic benefits and medically-approved features when they don’t exist. Manufacturers can put a fancy label on the bed because marketing campaigns the industry is not strictly regulated.

Do your research online first and go to a bed shop with an idea of three or four brands you’d like to test drive. Forget the fancy terminology, trust your instincts.

Ask about the return policy

Before you make a final decision, ask about the shop’s return policy and if it includes a money-back guarantee or exchange. You should have at least 7-days grace to sleep in the bed at home and be able to return or exchange it if you’re not happy. Reputable bed companies offer a return/exchange policy; avoid buying a bed from the budget shops if possible.

Check the warranty

A good mattress should come with a 10-year warranty. This should be either a full-replacement warranty or non-prorated warranty. It covers manufacturing defaults, not damage caused by yourself or your children.

Treat your bed well, and it should serve you well if you’ve chosen the right bed for your needs.

Choose a bed shop that specializes in mattresses

Avoid going the budget route and buying a bed from a shop that sells its own brand. Unless you have tried a bed that is not one of the mainstream brands, play it safe and choose a well-known brand from a reputable bed shop that stocks beds backed by years of technological research and development.

Don’t buy a cheap bed

Your health and wellness rely on a good night’s sleep. Money saved now will cost you dearly in the long run. Rather, keep an eye out for specials on well-known brands or try to negotiate savings on the delivery charge. Save up for a good bed because it’s an investment in your future health.

When you head to a bed shop to buy a new bed, remember these common mistakes and try to avoid making them yourself.

  1. Choose the same make of bed you bought 20 years ago

The modern mattress has changed dramatically through research and development, and advanced sleep technology. The old well-known brands have stood the test of time, but there is a wide choice of modern mattresses which outperform them. Test drive new makes and find out more about their incredible innovative features.

  1. Don’t properly test drive a bed

Many people sit on the edge of a mattress in a bed shop, bounce up and down and decide without properly test driving a mattress.  Don’t be shy to lie on the bed – take as long as you like. Send the salesperson away if you feel self-conscious and settle into the mattress for a good 10 minutes.

Only go bed shopping when you have enough time set aside and aren’t in a rush. The selection of makes and brands is mind-boggling, so you want to set aside at least an hour to spend test driving them.

  1. Buy what a friend bought

You are shaped differently, you have different sleep habits and different needs. Don’t put blind faith in what your friend bought because you don’t have time to do your research.

  1. Choose a firm mattress because you have a bad back

It’s not true that you need to sleep on a hard bed if you have a bad back. The experts recommend choosing a medium-firm mattress if you have back problems and live with back pain. Do your research on the pros and cons of innerspring, memory foam and natural latex mattresses and narrow down your options based on what is suitable for comfort and support.

  1. Choose price

Do not skimp on the price of a mattress and go for the cheaper option – your health and wellness depend on a good night’s sleep. You’ll also find yourself back in the bed shopper a few years later because cheap beds don’t last long, start sagging and need to be replaced. Quality modern beds do not sell for nothing so if you are getting a new bed for a low price; there’s something wrong with it.

  1. Try too many mattresses

Do your homework first and go to a bed shop with a good idea of what you need so you don’t become overwhelmed by choice. Rule out what you can by narrowing your choice down to how soft or firm, and innerspring or memory foam, etc. Stick to brands that are tried and trusted and backed by years of advanced sleep technology.

  1. Buy a popular brand name

Some of the large, well-known brands are popular mainly because of clever marketing and not necessarily because of what’s inside their mattresses. Again, do your homework and pick brands that have a reputation for innovation and using advanced sleep technology in their designs and developments.

  1. Buy only for comfort

Cheap mattresses can be very comfortable but it’s low-cost comfort, and you should avoid them. Support and comfort are important; they go hand in hand. A mattress should be durable with good quality material that is fire retardant, and made to provide maximum support as well as comfort, and built to last up to 8 to 10 years without sagging or collapsing.

  1. Buy what the salesperson recommends

A sales rep in a bed shop may be genuine with good intentions to find the right bed for you, or he/she may be trying to flog a bed that he needs to move – either for a better sales commission/markup or to get rid of old stock.

Go into a bed shop armed with enough knowledge of features and benefits of different types of mattresses – how they are made, pros and cons of the foam and material used, and what your personal needs are.

  1. Buy from a bed shop that doesn’t offer a return or exchange policy

The bed’s delivered, you sleep on it for a few nights and realise it’s too soft or too hard, and you’ve made a mistake. Make sure you have bought a new bed from a reputable bed shop that offers either a return policy or exchange policy. You don’t want to be stuck with a bed that’s not right for you and your partner.

Remember, the warranty only covers manufacturing faults. It does not cover damage caused by yourself or family.

Before you buy a new bed.

Before you enter a bedroom furniture retailer in search of a bed, do some research.  Make a list of all of your needs, such as your height, your weight, your general size.  Consider the room where the bed will be placed and whether it is a guest room or your own regular bed. Will there be sufficient space around the bed to move, or will it become an uncomfortable squeeze? It is not pleasant to have to climb over your spouse because there is no room for both to enter from their own side.

Consider the passage to the room.  Will you be able to carry a king-size bed into the room, or should you consider a smaller bed?

Identify the key facts that set different beds apart and the reasons why they differ.  Once you know exactly what you need you can venture into the shop, able to confront any salesman with sufficient data to ensure that you buy the appropriate bed for your requirements, not a product you will regret purchasing on some dubious advice.

  1. What size bed is right?

Measure the space in room where the newly acquired bed will be installed.  Does the room offer sufficient space for a king-size bed, or will a double bed appear lost?  Will you be sharing the bed with your spouse or is it intended for a single person? Are you used to sharing your nocturnal space or is snuggling up to a loved one a new adventure? It is vital to consider and understand the implications of the size of your sleeping partner to avoid a tug-of-war over the duvet.  You may want to cover your head, while the other person’s feet are exposed as a result. Avoid these issues at your peril, but guarantee quality rest if you address them at the outset.

  1. How much can you spend on a new bed?

Buying a bed is a long-term investment as most quality beds can virtually last you a lifetime. We spend a third of our lives in bed and good physical and mental health requires good rest. Determine your maximum budget at the outset.  Spend the maximum amount you can afford on the best possible bed you can find that suits your needs. Rather live a little longer in discomfort with that old bed, while you save up some money to acquire the right bed.

Do not hesitate to try out more expensive beds before you decide to settle for something cheaper. Compare technical aspects of various brands on offer.  Quite often you can buy a new or lesser known brand boasting the same physical capabilities for significantly less. But, check the warranty and the fine-print that comes with the less expensive product. Arm yourself with facts and avoid emotional on-the-spot decisions.  Rather take some time to consider all the options before you commit to the deal.

  1. What do you need from a bed?

Durability, appropriate support and comfort.  A bed that is guaranteed to make you look forward to bedtime, where you wake up with renewed energy, looking forward to the labours of the day.  If you suffer a bad back, or have a spouse that is a restless sleeper, it is important that you know the benefits of a modern mattress, how its construction can solve these problems.  Make the best use of the firmness and responsiveness characteristics that each bed offers.

  1. Ask a friend

A battle is won with many advisers.  You are about to invest in a long-term asset, so it’s appropriate to ask your friends and acquaintances about the make of bed they chose, and why.  This will empower you to select tried and tested brands. Pay attention to the bed you sleep in when visiting friend or family. If you loved sleeping on a particular bed, make a note of the brand and size.  When back home, do some online research and compare statistics of competing brands and types. When friends offer advice, remember people differ. What others recommend as the ultimate bed might not suit your shape or weight.

  1. How deep will you go?

Manufacturers of beds and mattresses are constantly improving their products in order to remain competitive.  But, this may affect the compatibility with your existing linen. Mattress makers add layers of foam and padding to create the perfect bed which makes the modern mattress deeper. These are called pillow-top mattresses. A deeper new mattress may result in your linen not fitting a new mattress, particularly if you use fitted sheets.  The cost of your new bed may suddenly be much more expensive if old linen do not fit.

  1. How hard should a mattress be?

Like most things in life, taste and preference differs.  Some, more Spartan people, prefer a hard mattress, others opt for a softer touch. And then there are those that buy based on medical advice.  Keep in mind that, if you are going to be sharing a bed, you need to include your partner in the decision making. What is her preference regarding the firmness of your new mattress? If some middle ground cannot be found, do not despair, there are excellent solutions to these problems!  Consider buying two ¾ beds in stead and simply put them together side-by-side. Ask the sales representative regarding options on mattresses with adjustable firmness, where one side is firm, and the other side softer.

  1. Is it always necessary to buy a new base as well?

A good bed frame should typically last longer than a mattress provided that it is made well. You may therefore get away with only buying a new mattress, provided that you are not changing the size of your bed.  Keep in mind that your new mattress may contrast unpleasantly against an old bed frame, because wear and tear may cause a frame to look ragged after a few years. This can be solved by investing in a suitable base cover.  The saving you make on the base may allow you invest in that more expensive mattress you could not afford, but really wanted.

May modern bases have a uniform shape – no head or toe side.  But the toe-side typically suffer more damage over the years. Simply turn the base so the head and toe sides swap.  The new, more visible, toe side may look brand new and contrast less with the new mattress.

A final word

Do not be penny wise and pound foolish when investing in your bed, it will be with you for a long time.  Sleep should never be an irritating inconvenience and the last thing your bed should do is to make it so.  The right bed will improve your productivity and performance, which may be the difference between success and failure.

Spring Mattress vs Memory Foam Mattress

Spring Mattresses

The older amongst us remember growing up with these mattresses. We had great fun jumping on our beds as kids, despite the stern instructions of our parents not to do so, enjoying the trampoline-like sound of those creaky coils!  These coils are made of a basic pocket-coil system wrapped in fabric. Spring mattresses are cheaper to make than modern beds, which is why they are still on the market today and they are significantly cheaper than a modern memory foam mattress.

If you have ever wondered about the cause of that uncomfortable mattress spring poking into your side, your spring-coil mattress has probably reached its sell-by date.

By design, a spring mattresses does not adjust to body heat, nor to the anatomical contours of a sleeping person, which is why some bed manufacturers add a layer of memory foam on top of the mattress to allow for extra comfort.  Without this added memory foam, a spring mattress is incapable of reducing friction on anatomical pressure points, such as the shoulders and hips. The spring mattress simply pushes back against the body with the same force the body weight applies to the mattress. The long-term impact of the opposing forces result in poor blood circulation, restless sleep, and stiff joints.

However, spring mattresses are quite durable and can last up to 10 years, if taken proper care of. But, experts reckon that a spring mattress loses nearly 20% of its firmness and support in the first year of usages and starts to sag after merely two years.

There is no dispute amongst the informed that spring mattresses are rather dated. Modern advances resulting from sleep technology research and development, have dramatically impacted on the choice of mattresses available today. Traditional spring mattresses are a more affordable option, but no longer a long-term investment as opposed to modern mattresses manufactured with space-age engineered memory foam.

Memory Foam Mattress

One of the many useful inventions of the famous American space agency, NASA, is memory foam. From a mattress perspective, it consists of layers of foam to create a firm mattress that absorbs, or hugs, the anatomical contours of the human body.

Originally, NASA referred to memory foam as “slow spring back foam” because it has an open-cell solid structure that essentially matches pressure applied against it, yet slowly regains its original shape once the pressure is removed. The basic design purpose of memory foam was to improve the safety and comfort of spacecraft cushions.

Technically, this revolutional space-engineered foam mainly consists of polyurethane foam, with added chemicals increasing its viscosity and density, which refers to the thickness of the foam, as well as how compact it is. The natural, highly desirable response of the high-density memory foam to body heat is to soften, and then molding itself to the anatomical curves of a sleeping person in minutes, which is highly desirable.

Memory foam mattresses are engineered to evenly distribute body weight, allowing for significantly improved balance and support.  It reduces friction and pressure on anatomically protruding points of the body. The main benefits of this adjustment to the shape of the human body, is that the mattress allows the spine to remain virtually straight when sleeping on the side.  This reduces strain on the spine resulting in less muscle tension, reducing sleep related backache. It also reduces pressure on the shoulders while sleeping.

Basically, memory foam mattresses have the same chemical composition, but the density and thickness of the layers differ between brands. Typically, a high-density mattress offers a longer lifespan because it has better compression ratings. The result is that the mattress does not loose its support during heavy, regular use. It is less likely to sag in frequently utilised places, such as the edges where a person sits when getting up out the bed every morning. Due to the superior design, manufacturers are confident enough to offer up to a 20-year warranty on these mattresses.  This is about double that if traditional spring mattresses.

The Pros

    • A key benefit of the memory foam mattress is that it only needs to be rotated once every six months.
    • A memory foam mattresses distributes the body weight evenly which implies that there is less pressure on different points of the body. Memory foam can reduce pressure by up to 80% compared to spring mattresses.
    • There is is a significantly reduced motion transfer in a memory foam mattress.  What this implies is a significantly reduced bounce when someone sits on the bed or when a sleeping person changes position. The benefit is that a spouse will be less likely to be disturbed by the movements of a restless partner, or in the event that the spouse gets up to go to the loo in the middle of the night.
    • Memory foam mattresses are hypoallergenic. Dust mites typically live in the surface areas of the mattress because it’s a solid block of foam.  It is therefore easier to extricate mites from the mattress by vacuum-cleaning.
  • A good quality memory foam mattress spreads the body weight evenly and adjusts to the anatomical shape, which means a person will be less likely to toss and turn all night trying to find a comfortable position.  The sleeper will also be less likely to wake up when their partner turns over. Basically, people are guaranteed a better night’s sleep on a memory foam mattress vs an old spring mattress.

The Cons (and solutions)

    • Some, older design, memory foam mattresses tended to retain heat and sleepers could wake up hot and sweaty. Gel memory foam was invented, which mostly addressed this problem. Gel Visco or gel memory foam consists of particles fused with Visco foam to reduce trapped body heat, speed up spring back time and help the mattress to feel softer.
  • A major disadvantage of a memory foam mattresses is that it may cause respiratory irritation if a person is allergic to certain chemical compounds. The mattresses are also more flammable than spring mattresses, although this has been addressed by the invention of the ‘fire sock.’ This is a flame retardant fabric that is wrapped around the mattress and acts to smother a burning flame, whatever the cause of the fire may be.

Conclusion

As is invariably the case with new technology, it started out as an expensive commercial option. Initially, memory foam mattresses were the mattress of choice of the more affluent, but over time, due to economies of scale resulting from widespread adoption, it became the de-facto standard for the modern mattress.

Modern Mattress Lingo

The tall tale of the princess that complained about feeling the presence of a pea through several layers of mattress does illustrate the fact that it has always been a daunting task to satisfy the needs and requirements of all people.  The discovery of REM sleep by Aserinsky and Kleitman in 1953, resulted in the first scientific sleep laboratory to study dreams. Soon, the effect of different beds became apparent and studies expanded into this field. Advanced sleep technology research and development is of vital importance to bed manufacturers and has developed dramatically in recent years. Gone are the days of sleeping on lumpy foam mattresses or coil beds with springs poking in your back!

If you currently need to replace your old bed, or need to cater for expansion in your family, keep in mind that these rapid advances in sleep technology warrants thorough research before investing in that new bed. Particularly so if your last purchase was more than five to ten years ago. The science of sleep technology is aims, amongst others, to assist clients with chronic ailments like back pain, insomnia, and many other sleep disorders. In addition, the goal is to continuously deliver on that promised feeling of being well-rested and energized for the challenges of the new day.

All of this yielded complex new terminology and concepts, which may easily create a sense being overwhelmed by choice. Let us therefore investigate how the ordinary mattress evolved through technological advances in modern mattress manufacturing.  We will also look at and explain the lingo associated with it.

The modern mattress typically has two layers: The core layer, consisting of a coil system that offers essential support; the second layer, the upholstery layer, consists of thick fabric termed ticking, which is the layer that provides that all-important comfort.

THE CORE LAYER

The greatest recent strides in bed design encompass the coil system. It remains part of the main design of the core layer, but has been significantly improved through advances through sleep technology research and development.

Coil-on-coil (one of those new concepts to take note of) refers to a type of luxury innerspring utilised in mattress construction. This second layer of coil lies on top of a bottom layer; the bottom layer boasting a higher coil-count than the upper layer, which provides added support and comfort.

There are two types of springs: Pocketed coils, which are individually wrapped coils encased within the foam; Wrapped coils which are coils wrapped in material and then fixed firmly and deeply in the surrounding foam.

The entire mattress is then wrapped in a thin piece of material called a fire sock. This layer consists of fire inhibiting material designed to melt should the mattress catch fire.  The molten material then smothers the flames. It is made of a combination of fibre, sand and wood pulp.

THE UPHOLSTERY LAYER

Foam mattresses were originally designed to increase blood circulation and to provide discomfort relief at pressure points of the body. There are four types of foam: polyurethane, memory, pure and latex foam.  Pure foam, the latest technology, contains no calcium and is more durable (refer to the new Kooi mattress range).

Polyurethane foam is used in most mattresses. It has the inherent capability to resist body impressions, which are those places that typically collapse under the concentrated weight per square millimetre caused by protruding points of the human anatomy. There are different degrees of polyurethane foam yielding various degrees of firmness and resistance.

A memory foam mattresses also contains polyurethane foam, but in addition to that, contains additional chemicals resulting in a denser product offering superior support. Memory foam possesses an “open cell structure” which reacts to the weight and shape of the human body. The main benefit of memory foam is that it is designed to mould according the shape of a sleeping person, reducing friction and discomfort at pressure points.  It allows for a straighter spine when a person is sleeping on her side, which in turn has been shown to alleviate back and shoulder pain.

Latex foam consists of natural, blended or synthetic components. Latex is a sap which is tapped from the rubber tree and then processed into rubber. It has mechanical properties that make it stronger, more flexible and resistant to wear and tear.

The latest in advances in technology yielded graphite latex. Graphite, a compound added to mattresses to help keep it at normal room temperature, is also a good fire retardant. Avena foam is a patented foam with the same properties of latex foam, but it gives a mattress extra bounce.

Pure foam mattresses differ from memory foam in that it contains no calcium and other chemicals, which provide more support.  In stead, pure foam mattresses are compressed after manufacture, into a super thin product for packaging and shipping. When the mattress is extracted from its packaging, it returns to its pre-packaged volume, but this compression and then decompression yields a mattress that retains its shape and superior support, regardless of pressure points, for a long time.  It is the latest and preferred type of mattress. The latest range of Kooi beds is the only current product offering this technology.

KNOW THE LINGO

Due to constant research and development, manufacturers have to develop new terms when it comes to describing the support and comfort of the modern bed. This is what it all means:

Convoluted support foam refers to an advanced support foam produced by a machine containing rotating metal teeth, which creates a column-type system within foam. It is designed to improve cooling, breathability and provide deep compression support.

There are two types of deflection often mentioned when talking about mattresses.  These are Indentation deflection force (IDF) and Indentation load deflection (ILD). Both refer to a scoring system rating the firmness of the foam; the lower the score, the softer the mattress. A high score implies a foam that is very hard.

A hybrid mattress refers to a mattress that incorporates a variety of the foam types mentioned above, with the aim of maximizing support and comfort, as well as minimizing problems that mattresses of days gone by suffered – examples are collapsing or sinking which resulting in back pain and restless sleep.

Pillow top is a term used to describe the padded layer fixed to the top cover of a mattress. It offers added support and all the comfort required from a good bed. This fairly new trend of adding a pillow top to a bed implies that it eliminates the need to turn a mattress as was the case in the old days. In fact, most modern mattress does not require turning at all.

SUPPORT AND COMFORT

These are probably the most common words found when conducting research on buying a new bed. Support references such features designed into a mattress to keep a person’s spine in near-perfect alignment, reducing back pain and limits friction on pressure points of the human body. Comfort refers the ability of, or the level to which a mattress is capable of wrapping around the body, as well as its ability to respond favourably to the shape of the body and to retain its shape.

A good mattress boasts a high degree of “hug” allowing a person to sink into the mattress settling at a deeper level. Limited “hug” or “sinkage,” causes a sleeping person to ‘float’ at the surface level of the mattress disallowing the benefit offered by the support of the deeper core layer.

Responsiveness is a term often used by mattress experts. This refers to the rate at which a mattress is able to adjust to changes in pressure. It is an important feature, since superior responsiveness implies that a mattress will quickly adjust to accommodate pressure points when a sleeping person changes position. Slow response time is a drawback because it often results in a restless night if it takes too long for a person to settle into a new comfortable position after turning in their sleep.

When test-driving a new mattress, always feel for the right bounce. It refers to a mattress’ response to changes in pressure and how it absorbs and transfers energy back into the direction the pressure came from. It is similar in nature to responsiveness but response time mainly refers to adjusting to changes in position. It is undesirable to have a mattress with too much bounce because it will literally cause a person to bounce around in bed, particularly when your partner moves about during sleep. Memory foam has a lower degree of bounce which is beneficial because it absorbs much of the energy and pressure instead of returning it.

Motion transfer refers to the amount of energy transferred from one part of the mattress to another, and important matter for couples sharing a bed. A low motion transfer factor minimizes the impact of movement of one person which means the other sleeper is not disturbed. If you have a partner who is a restless sleeper, motion transfer is really important when choosing a bed.

Lastly, bed gurus talk about deep compression support. This is how a mattress performs when placed under heavy pressure. Mattresses with deep compression support are thicker and designed with extra layers in different compartments of the core layer. Superior deep compression support is of vital importance for heavier people.

When is it time to buy a new bed?

The Sleep Council recommends a change in mattress after about 7 to 8 years of constant use. With modern mattresses, it is possible to extend this time somewhat, but carefully assess the condition of your mattress regularly, looking for signs that it has reached its end-of-life point.

Listen to your body. If you find that your sleeping patterns have altered, such as that you are not sleeping well, or that you are waking up feeling tired, achy or irritable, it may be because your bed is no longer suitable. A bed that has become too soft or lost its support due to age can eventually be a cause of long-term damage to your spine.  Investment in a new bed or mattress (if the base is still in good condition), may save you some spinal pain in your old age.

Nocturnal tossing and turning – be that you or your spouse – may indicate that your bed needs attention. A worn and uncomfortable bed has been shown to interfere in healthy sleep patterns because you simply cannot get comfortable. It could cause frequent interruption of your sleep because your mattress may not be responding well when you or your spouse change position.

If you discover new lumps in your mattress, the source could be dislodged springs or the foam may be sagging in places due to long-term heavy utilisation. It also implies that you own a mattress dating back to the olden days before advanced sleep technology research and development radically changed the manufacturing of beds. It is probably time to invest in a memory foam product.

Worn mattresses take on the shape of a hammock over time, which is uncomfortable to sleep on. It makes it almost impossible to change position during the night because you find yourself lying in an ever-deepening hole. A proper mattress must allow you to effortlessly change position throughout the night without disrupting your sleep at all.

Do you feel that you need more space? Over time, our sleeping needs change. Shortly after marriage, it may have been romantic to cuddle up in a small bed, but maybe you now have kids, or your partner started working late and disturb you when turning in eventually.  Kids may be sleeping with you, taking up more space than the capacity of your bed allows. The answer is probably to procure a larger bed.

You find that your bed has become unstable. A wobbling mattress or a leg castor that keeps falling off may indicate that the frame is damaged. Excessive squeaking when you sit down or change position on the bed is another sign your bed base may be broken. If the damage is beyond repair, invest in a robust new base.

Everything in life wears down over time.  However, the change is gradual, and we do not notice the deterioration until a difference in our routine occurs. Maybe you visited a friend or family and found that you enjoyed a different bed tremendously?  It may indicate that you have been oblivious to the fact that your old mattress doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a modern bed. When you sleep on a different bed with all the features of advanced sleep technology, it will become clear that buying a new bed is overdue.

Some types of dirt or stains build up in the fabric of a bed over time and eventually cannot be cleaned. If those nasty stains stubbornly remain, regardless of the effort to clear them, it may indicate that bacteria are building up in your mattress. If stains are becoming an embarrassment, and a fitted sheet cannot hide it, head to the bed-shop for something new.

Sudden, inexplicable bouts of hay fever or sinusitis may indicate that your bed is making you sick.  There may be a buildup of dust mites in your mattress. If thorough cleaning does not fix this problem, consider exchanging your mattress for a new one.

Turning over a large king size mattress can be quite tricky, particularly in a limited space.  As we grow older, this task becomes even harder to do. Fortunately, many modern mattresses do not need to be turned anymore and if they do, it is just a rotation. These new mattresses includes a luxurious pillow-top, a layer of added foam fitted to the top of the mattress.  This layer does not lose its shape over time, and therefore never needs to be turned.

Many people struggle with their weight. It is a scientific fact that people who do not get a decent night’s sleep, which is typically 8 hours a night for the average person, are prone to gaining weight. If you are gaining weight for no discernible reason, such as a poor diet, analyse your sleep patterns, which may lead you to understand that your bed may be the the cause of the problem.

Maybe it is just time to spoil yourself. Many years of toiling finally bore fruit, and you got that promotion! Invest in a modern mattress. There indeed is nothing more rewarding than sinking into a luxurious new bed that hugs your body and doesn’t want to let you go. A modern, quality mattress will also improve your sleep quality, which in turn will assist you in performing better in your new job!

Why is a good bed so important?

A good mattress should relieve pressure on your joints and body in general. Modern beds are designed to support the human body in a neutral position; where the spine, buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head are in proper alignment.

A person should wake up after a good night’s sleep feeling well rested and energised. If you wake up with aching joints and feeling like you haven’t slept at all, it may indicate that your bed is not providing the support and comfort it should.

Regular, adequate sleep is critical for our health and mental state. Sleep deprivation has long-term repercussions, which includes moodiness, weight gain, back pain, sleep disorders and declining health. Investing in a good quality modern bed is crucial to enable quality sleep.

What is an innerspring mattress?

Innerspring mattresses have been around for many decades. It is still the most widely used product today. This design has a centre core of springs made from tempered steel that provides buoyancy and resilience.

Firmness and durability of this mattress type come from the kind of wire used to manufacture the coils, as well as the number of coils that used. The more coils an innerspring mattress has and the stronger the steel wire, the firmer the mattress will be.

There are several types of coil spring systems, including those with springs connected into a single unit and units with individually-wrapped pocketed coils. Individually wrapping the coils prevent them from popping through the outer mattress layer, which provides improved comfort and durability.  At this point, the mattress receives a cover of padding made from various foams, fibre and extra layers of steel springs, which enhances comfort.

What is a memory foam mattress?

The American space agency, NASA, invented memory foam, which is now being used extensively in mattress manufacturing. It is a higher-density foam created with layers that soften in the areas where body heat is present. The result is that the foam moulds to the shape of the person’s body within minutes. However, it recovers to its original shape within minutes after the sleeper rises and the heat dissipates.

The critical benefit of memory foam is that it selectively displaces pressure along the length of the sleeper’s body, which reduces stress on points like shoulders and hips. It results in a good night’s sleep because you aren’t tossing and turning to get comfortable, and you wake up pain-free and rested.

The downside of memory foam is it makes your bed quite hot, and you can wake up sweaty and messy. The invention of gel memory foam has overcame this.

What is the difference between latex and memory foam?

Both materials is designed to be more responsive to a body shape because of they both work of the science of heating and cooling where pressure points meet the foam. Most experts agree that memory foam outperforms latex, and this is because the ingredients used in its production is different to latex foam.

Memory foam has added chemicals that increase its density and viscosity, which means thickness and fluidity combined. The problem with memory foam is its smell; people find it off-putting when it’s new and some are concerned about chemical gasses released from the foam.

Natural latex – which you should go for if buying a new latex mattress – gives the same buoyant feel and works well to distribute weight well, and it doesn’t come with the heat and odour problems that plague memory foam.

Overall, natural latex and memory foam mattresses perform better than innerspring mattresses when it comes to relieving fiction on pressure points. Bear in mind; the sleep experts recommend innerspring mattresses for toddlers and young children who aren’t heavy enough to more easily out of “sinkholes” created by latex and memory foam.

What is an orthopaedic bed?

An orthopaedic bed refers to a marketing term that became popular when the new generation of beds hit the market. It’s not backed up by scientific fact but is something marketers used to position mattresses designed to support the joints, back and overall body apart from innerspring mattresses that were limited in support and comfort.

Marketers coined the term because new generation mattresses were the subject of a medical study by orthopaedic surgeons which focused on disorders and deformities of the spine and joints caused by mattresses and bed bases. The new generation mattresses were acknowledged as superior because they aided in target problem areas that caused back and joint pain.

The bed manufacturing industry worldwide is not strictly regulated, and most manufacturers of modern beds slap on an orthopaedic-approved label without too much concern of providing proof to support its claim.

That’s why it’s essential that you do your homework before you head to the shops to buy a new bed. There is much new lingo in the bed market now, and you don’t want the wool pulled over your eyes.

Why do I toss and turn at night?

Tossing and turning could be the result of a mattress that is too hard. If you chose a bed that is too firm, your body will try to compensate by frequently changing positions. A modern mattress offers firm support without putting pressure on pressure points like your shoulders and hips. It also helps with blood circulation, so you don’t wake up with numbness.

If you sleep on your side, you need more cushioning around pressure points like your shoulder and hip. If the mattress is too firm, these points don’t mould into the mattress which means your spine won’t be in alignment. You’ll feel discomfort in the night and will toss and turn to get comfortable.

What is the best bed for back problems?

The best mattress for people with back problems should not be too soft and yet not too hard. Choose something in the middle that offers excellent support to keep your spine in alignment and minimise stress on your cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

The spinal cord has three curves; the C-shaped cervical spine that supports your head, the reverse C-shaped thoracic spine that holds up the upper body, and the C-shaped curvature of the lumbar spine (lower back) that is the foundation of your spine.

It is essential to maintain the alignment of the curves of your spinal cord to avoid chronic back pain. Memory foam is an excellent option as it moulds to the shape of a body and provides excellent lumbar support. It is soft enough to hug your body but still firm enough to not sag or sink.

Should I buy a hard mattress if I have a bad back?

It is a myth that a hard mattress is an answer to a bad back.  The ideal firmness differs from person to person. Research has shown that the best mattress for lower back pain is a medium firm mattress. If you get back pain, you need a mattress that offers firm support with a comfortable feel.

Hard beds have been proven to aggravate bad backs. Sleep experts recommend a mattress that moulds comfortably around pressure points like shoulders and hips. Keeping your spine in alignment is important. A hard bed doesn’t absorb these pressure points comfortably and ultimately causes more of a problem because it disrupts spinal alignment.

Does a futon cause back problems?

A futon is the typical mattress used in Japan and is still used today because they’re convenient. They fold up and can be stored with ease if extra space is required. They’re popular as a combo couch/bed in the lounge or spare bedroom and perfect for teenagers and guests.

They have been part of the Japanese culture for centuries but bear in mind that Japanese people have different body types to people from other countries. It may or may not be bad for you depending on your body weight and the type of futon you’ve purchased.

Futons are usually firm because they’re designed to sit on a solid base on a floor. There are little flexibility and none of the benefits of memory foam and deep core compression. A modern bed is designed to support you and keep your spine in alignment. If you are getting back pain sleeping on a futon, it might be because the futon is too hard and is putting friction on pressure points like shoulders and hips.

If you can’t get comfortable on a firm futon, you’ll toss and turn during the night. You’ll wake up irritable and not rested. If you sleep on your back, the firmness of a futon won’t impact on your joints. However, if you prefer to sleep on your side (the recommended side), you are going to pick up problems.

Think about this before buying a futon, particularly if you plan to sleep on it on a regular basis. It would help if you bought a good quality futon that has enough cushioning to support your body comfortably. Cheap futons won’t give you the right support, they’ll get lumpy and will probably have to be replaced long before you would return a modern mattress.

Should I buy a bed with a pillow-top?

A modern bed with a pillow-top isn’t necessary for very light-weight people. They don’t weigh enough to compress the foam or even touch the underlying support coils. However, heavier people need the extra cushion between them and the coils.

What is an adjustable bed?

Adjustable beds are now quite famous. The bed is designed to support you in a sitting and sleeping position; it allows you to bend, elevate or lower parts of the bed so you can raise your head or feet, angle your back and bend your knees. It aids a sleeper to find a comfortable position for a restful sleep.

Most adjustable beds have dual control which makes it perfect for married couples who continuously argue when their sleep is disturbed. Your partner can sleep in an elevated position while you lie flat on your back. They’re also great if you like to read in bed. Saves you the frustration of plumping up your pillows to get comfy while reading.

Do sleeping positions make a difference?

A modern bed is designed based on advanced sleep technology and provides the right support and comfort regardless of the position in which you sleep. Advances in bed technology include memory foam and a coil system that hugs your body shape and responds well when you change position. Weight is distributed evenly across a modern bed, so you won’t find yourself sleeping in a hole after a few years.

Sleeping on your side is the position recommended by the sleep experts. A modern bed will adapt to the shape of your body, accommodating your shoulders and hips comfortably.

Does size matter?

Yes, it does, especially if you are sharing a bed. Large mattresses can accommodate the movement of your partner without disturbing you. Tall people should invest in a modern mattress with extra length, the more extensive, the better.

Large mattresses with natural latex and memory foam are much better at accommodating movement, so if you or your partner are restless sleepers – a more massive bed will be beneficial.

What are dust mites and how can I get rid of them?

Dust mites are tiny microscopic creatures that are relatives of the spider. They live in mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets, and curtains. They feed off the flakes of skin that people and pets shed and thrive in warm and humid environments.

Dust mites are not visible to the naked eye and may be living in your mattress without you knowing it — digestive enzymes found in dust mite “poo” trigger allergic reactions such as wheezing, a tight chest, nasal congestion, coughing and hay fever. People with allergies and asthma can be severely affected by a buildup of dust mites in a home.

Dust mites mustn’t be confused with bed bugs, which are tiny blood sucking insects feeding on human blood. Dust mites don’t bite humans; they merely feed off what we shed, like old skin. It is much easier to get rid of dust mites than it is to get rid of bed bugs. However, the trick is to avoid getting a build up of bed mites in the first place.

To get rid of dust mites, wash all bed linen and removable mattress covers in hot water with an anti-allergen detergent. It is something to be done on a weekly basis, as linen should be changed once a week.

Tips to prevent dust mite build-up in mattresses and linen:

If you live in a humid environment, use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to regulate the temperature of a room at night, keeping the humidity level at 50% or below. Open windows and let fresh air in; particularly in winter when people generally overheat their rooms and use duvets that build up your body temperature to a healthy sweat.

If you or your kids are highly allergic, encase your mattress and pillows in dust-proof or allergen impermeable covers

Replace wood and feathered bedding and pillows with synthetic materials

Wash teddy bears and other soft fabric toys in hot water on a regular basis

Replace wall-to-wall carpets in bedrooms with wooden or plywood flooring

Replace fabric curtains with plastic blinds, and consider buying faux leather bedroom furniture

wipe your mattress regularly with a damp cloth to remove dust; never use a dry cloth as that stirs up the dust mites

Use a specialised vacuum cleaner with a double-layer microfilter bag to trap allergens that pass through a vacuum cleaner’s exhaust

Wear a face mask while vacuuming so you don’t inhale allergens; you and your kids should stay out of a cleaned room for at least half an hour after vacuuming

When it’s time to graduate your toddler from a cot to a bed, it’s important that you do some research before you rush out and buy a new bed. You need to consider the weight and age of your child, and what type of mattress is suitable for them.

Pediatric sleep experts recommend an innerspring mattress for young children who are lightweight. A decent spring mattress with a pillow-top is ideal as it offers enough support for their spines but don’t cost a fortune. You can graduate your child with a memory foam or latex mattress when they get bigger.

Support is important to choose a good quality spring mattress and avoid using a slim foam mattress. This is because a child’s spine is rapidly developing and growing between the ages of 18 and 36 months and needs to spinal support during this growth period.

The child’s spine and neck must be in a neutral position as this minimizes stress on pressure points and allows the spine to grow without restrictions. The experts say a toddler’s spine can grow as much as 1.5cm during the night, which mainly comes from the intervertebral discs in between their vertebrae filling up with water. So, the mattress has to be soft enough to be comfortable but firm enough to prevent the child from sinking deep into it.

Apart from it being an unnecessary cost at such an early age, the sleep experts point out that memory foam and latex mattresses pose a danger to small children. This is because the body-contouring properties of memory foam and latex can restrict a child’s movement in bed, purely because they’re small and lightweight.

A sleeper sinks slightly deeper into a memory foam mattress while the foam surrounding the body remains firm. This makes it difficult for a small child to turn easily on a memory foam mattress. The soft, contouring foam can restrict movement in a child which is dangerous if a child has turned over onto its stomach. Sleep experts say it’s better to buy an innerspring mattress for a child with a pillow-top for comfort and graduate them to memory foam or latex mattress when they are older.

Bunk beds are not recommended for small children, based on the number of injuries that doctors see because of kids either falling or jumping off the top bunk.

An important factor to consider when buying a new bed for a young child is cleanliness. Most modern beds are treated for dust mites before they’re sold, but over time these pesky creatures build up in the folds of the fabric. They come to feed off body fluid and skin flakes left behind after a good night’s sleep.

Memory foam and latex mattresses are ideal because dust mites live on the top of the dense material. But if you’ve opted to buy an innerspring mattress, don’t worry. You can buy two good quality mattress protectors that protect a child against allergies and moisture buildup. Don’t resort to using a chemical spray on a bare mattress. Inhaling a cocktail of chemicals which also rub into their skin is definitely not good for small children.

On a weekly basis, strip the bed and air it for at least two hours before putting new linen on it. Run a good quality vacuum cleaner over the mattress, but only if you’re sure it’s not going to put more dust mites back on the bed than it’s going to remove.

The general consensus is you should buy a new less-expensive mattress for your child every three years until they are old enough to graduate to a modern bed with all the benefits of advanced sleep technology. If you do opt for a latex foam mattress and pillows, go for natural latex for the sake of your child’s health.

Introduction

Human beings spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping, excluding those lovely Sunday afternoon naps. It, therefore, makes sense that buying a quality bed that is perfect for you will always be an investment in your health and wellness. It’s not an event to take lightly.

There are a few questions you need to answer before heading to the bed-shops, and you should do online research before leaving home because you don’t want to be confused into buying the wrong mattress by a salesperson that has only profit in mind.

The Mattress Warehouse offers these simple tips that will help you make the right decision and chose the right mattress and bed base:

Think about support

This is what happens deep inside a modern mattress and is the essential feature of a decent quality bed. Don’t worry about how bouncy and inviting a bed looks; worry about whether it will keep your spine in alignment, distribute weight evenly and reduce friction of pressure points to avoid aches and pains, and restless sleep.

Innerspring mattresses give you that extra bounce, and they usually come with a puffy top layer which is the quilted pillow-top. If you love a soft, bouncy bed, then an innerspring mattress will suit you and your budget. They’re less pricey than memory foam and natural latex mattresses. However, a few months or a year down the line; you may start having problems with the bed sagging. You must regularly flip the mattress over or rotate it, which is a bit of a pain.

Memory foam mattresses have much less spring, so you won’t get that bouncy feeling when you sit on it in the bed shop. Be careful of this quick, on the spot assessment, because it may be misleading. You are about to make your first mistake if you think a bouncy, soft bed is better than one that feels firmer or harder.

Remember memory and natural latex foam are designed to mould to the shape of your body, something that happens with the science of heating and cooling. These modern technology mattresses don’t sag over time because the foam is designed to spread weight evenly and returns to its original form in a short time as the foam cools down.

Memory foam and natural latex mattresses outperform innerspring mattresses for support and durability; this is what makes them pricier. However, your choice is also affected by the position you and your partner prefer to sleep in, how heavy you are and whether you are a restless or deep sleeper.

Think about comfort

By design, modern mattresses provide long-lasting comfort. It is the result of long research and development resulting in innovations in foam; where a current mattress hugs a body shape and distributes the weight more evenly, thus reducing friction on pressure points of the human anatomy. Pillow-tops are an extra layer of foam padding that is fixed to the top of the mattress, providing greater comfort.

Innerspring mattresses are still a viable option for comfort because new sleep research in this older technology allowed some good advancements, but they are likely to start sagging sooner than the modern mattresses with memory foam. You will need to flip over these older technology mattresses regularly and rotate it to keep it from sagging.

Think about sleeping positions

Most people favour one position to sleep in so it’s relatively easy to make a choice based on what support and comfort you need for your sleeping style. If you like to sleep on your side, you need a bed that reduces friction on pressure points such as your shoulders and hips. It would be best if you had a mattress designed to absorb these pressure points (by allowing indentations into the mattress to occur temporarily) which helps keep your spine in alignment.

If you like to sleep on your stomach, an innerspring mattress is preferable. Memory foam moulds around your body shape which means a stomach sleeper might feel smothered by that “sinking feeling”.

Back sleepers require a surface that supports your neck and keeps your spine in alignment. You’ll sink into spots on memory foam where you are heaviest and warmest.

Some people tend to overheat at night or don’t like feeling too warm when they sleep.  Such sensitivity to heat may cause incompatibility with a memory foam mattress unless it is gel memory foam. Memory foam and latex mattresses retain body heat.  You may prefer a fiberfill-topped innerspring mattress.

A mattress providing good motion isolation is the right solution for people who toss and turn or who have a partner that is a restless sleeper. Consider an innerspring mattress with pocketed coils or memory foam that distributes moulds around your body instantly and returns to its original form in seconds.

People that enjoy reading before going to sleep, but with a partner that nods off straight away, should consider procuring an adjustable bed.

For the family that suffers hay fever or asthma, memory foam and natural latex foam are ideal as the thickness and density of the foam mean dust mites can’t build up inside. Just remain vigilant about vacuuming and cleaning the mattress and bed linen. Innerspring mattresses are more likely to harbour these nasty creatures.

If you need a combination of features

Sometimes we are just unable to settle on which features are more critical. In these cases, consider a hybrid mattress that combines the buoyancy of an innerspring core with the motion isolation of memory foam on the upper layer. These hybrid beds are more expensive, but the multiple options their multiple features provide will be worth the additional expense in the long.

Think of peace of mind

Ask about the warranty or exchange policy the bed shop offers. The current trend is ordering online and receiving 7-10 days to try the bed out at home. This trial period may be useful, but it is a bit of a disruption returning the bed if you do not like it and then to repeat the trial process selecting a new one. Nevertheless, having peace-of-mind provided by a fair return and exchange policy remains a significant benefit when choosing your supplier.

Shop for a new bed with confidence but opt for a make that comes with at least a 10-year manufacturing warranty. Buy your bed from a bed shop that offers a return or exchange policy. There is nothing more soul destroying than getting a new bed and realising a few days later that you’ve made a mistake.

Check the fine print of the warranties. For instance, the manufacturer may not honour the warranty if the mattress is stained. If you know this, then you know it’s essential to use a mattress protector.

 

The Best Mattress For Your Medical Condition

The key to a good purchase is thorough research. Take your time and avoid buying on impulse A new is an investment in your health and well-being. The same principle applies when buying for an existing medical condition. The following information is provided to support you in your search for the perfect bed.

Keep in mind that support does not necessarily mean firmness. Mattresses typically have multiple layers, and for this reason, support refers to a deeper level or layer in a mattress.  This layered technology is the result of advanced sleep technology research and development to ensure the sleepers spine remains in alignment during the sleep cycle. A firm mattress with a limited ability to give way to the anatomy of the human being may aggravate painful joints.

On the other side of the coin, a mattress should not be too soft because there it will lack adequate support for your spine, which will disrupt alignment in the opposite direction a overly firm mattress will, and if you sink too deeply into a mattress, it becomes increasingly difficult to move and turn easily in bed while you sleep. The result will be that you may lie in one position for too long, which may cause stiff muscles and no doubt in pain by the time you wake up.

If you are a chronic back pain sufferer, consult your specialist or doctor. It is likely that they will be able to recommend a type of bed that is best suited for your medical condition.

Best mattress for back pain

Proper alignment of the spine is crucial to avoid unnecessary sleep-related back pain.  A bad back resulting in chronic pain probably needs better support; where a mattress ensures alignment of the spine in. Experts recommend a medium-firm to a firm mattress for people with back problems. Previously, people were told to buy a very firm mattress for support but this recommendation has been altered in recent years.

When choosing a mattress to reduce back pain, there are a few things to keep in mind:


If you prefer sleeping on your back

The solution for a person with a back problem, who prefers sleeping on their back, is a medium firm mattress. The mattress must be firm enough to support your lower back if you prefer to sleep on your back, but soft enough to contour your body shape. A mattress that is too firm tends to push against the spine while a mattress that is too soft doesn’t offer sufficient support.


For those who prefer to sleep on their side

Memory foam mattresses or natural latex mattresses typically mould around the shape of the body thereby cushioning the shoulders and hips. It also provides support that keeps the spine in proper alignment. This type of mattress has high motion isolation, in other words, it reduces the ripple-effect caused by your partner moving.


People that sleep on their stomach

If you have a bad back and prefer to sleep on your stomach, you need a firmer mattress that will keep you from sinking into the mattress (letting you float “on top of” the mattress). An innerspring mattress will be ideal in this scenario as it allows less sinkage, as opposed to a memory foam mattress designed to mould around the body shape.  The reason for this is that a mattress that moulds around the body may cause a bit of claustrophobia as a result of the fact that the person may experience this moulding as suffocation (because they are sleeping on their stomach their face may sink too deeply into the mattress, causing this illusion).

The best mattress for arthritis sufferers

There are numerous medical conditions that cause arthritic swelling of the joints, pain, and stiffness. The most common being osteoarthritis, a pain caused by bone-on-bone friction when the cartilage between the joints breaks down. Other types of arthritis include gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.

An innerspring mattress or firmer natural latex mattress is recommended for people with arthritis. It is important to avoid sinking too much into a mattress because it’s important that the sleeper is allowed to move more easily in bed. Because a person suffering arthritis will become uncomfortable quicker during sleep, they require more frequent turning to alleviate discomfort before it becomes problematic.  A bed that does not provide sufficient firmness, will reduce the ease of turning, thereby increasing discomfort.

Hybrid mattresses address many of the issues that complicate the choice of the best bed for arthritis. It has a top comfort layer that moulds around shoulders and hips but offers firm support at a deeper level to keep the spine in alignment and support the joints, while simultaneously allowing easier movement and turning.

Best mattress for fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is the second most common condition adversely affecting bones and muscles. Symptoms include extensive muscle and joint pain, resulting in acute sensitivity at pressure points which implies that the ideal mattress should be slightly softer without compromising on an appropriate support.

Consider procuring a mattress that provides the softness needed to underpin the tender pain-points while being firm enough to prevent you from sinking too deeply into it. Memory foam and natural latex mattresses are recommended in this situation. It should include a plush pillow-top for extra cushioning and comfort. Memory foam moulds around the body contours but is firm enough for a person to move easily in bed and get out of the bed in the morning.

When you are heavier

Significantly overweight people need a thick mattress that provides deep compression support. It should be medium-firm to firm. If the mattress is too soft, a heavy person will sink too deeply into the mattress, which restricts easy movement during sleep. This will lead to stiff joints and back pain.

Memory or latex foam is not recommended for heavy people because they typically tend to overheat in bed which means results in increased sinking into the mattress. Large, heavy sleepers need their mattress to be breathable, which is a feature of innerspring mattresses. However, innerspring mattresses will start sagging sooner than memory foam or natural latex under heavy weight.

For this reason, consider a hybrid version of an innerspring and gel-infused memory foam mattress for support which will also keep you cool at night. It needs to have strong edge support to prevent the point where a person sits on the edge of the bed to collapse.

Best mattress for neck pain

Constant neck and back pain will disrupt sleep. Without the right mattress support, you will wake up stiff, in pain and exhausted. People with neck problems need a good pillow coupled with a modern mattress that supports the spine. Check your neck and spine alignment and adjust the height and firmness of your pillow accordingly.

With memory foam, there is sinkage as the mattress moulds around your body form.  For this reason, you need a taller pillow (or set of pillows). With a coil mattress, most sleepers need shorter pillows.

 

The 10 best brands in South Africa

Introduction

A bit of advice before you make your choice from the list of 10 top brands in South Africa:

Regardless of the brand you choose, buy your new bed from a reputable supplier that stocks those brands that are backed by years of advanced sleep technology research and development research and development. If you have not procured a new bed in the last decade or so, you are most certainly in for a pleasant surprise to discover the innovations and strides beds in general, and mattresses in particular, have made in recent years.

Beware confusing bed vernacular, it tends to become rather overwhelming. Find a shop that employs competent, knowledgeable and patient salespeople.  Desperate consultants may palm a bed off on you just to get it off the floor, or to make a desperately needed commission.

The top 10 brands in South Africa you should do some research on before you commence your quest to find the best bed in South Africa include:

Kooi

The latest addition to the top list is Kooi Beds.  This exciting, relatively new product is primarily a high-performance brand, designed for top athletes by one of South Africa’s top professional sportsman. In the world of professional sport, you will be hard-pressed to find a more physically intense and draining role than being the proud captain of the Springboks rugby team.

To become a Springbok rugby player is one of the proudest moments for talented, hard-working sporting individuals. To achieve this accolade, the aspirant player simply cannot afford to compromise on quality nor class. Every fibre of their being must seek to excel within their individual role in the team. They work tirelessly on every single facet that combines to make themselves the best athlete, to ultimately form part of one of the best Rugby teams in history. It is with this ethic that Kooi’s designer, former Springbok captain, Jannie Breedt, approaches the brand.

Kooi Beds is a high-performance product, designed for the era of fitness lifestyles. Sport is more popular than ever; just think of the hype created by Grand Slam Tennis matches, the FIFA World Cup, Super Rugby and the Olympics. You can also apply this context more closely to home. More and more people are investing in fitness lifestyles by doing Crossfit, Yoga or strict gym routines. People are investing more than ever in health and fitness. High-performance Kooi Beds are, therefore, inherently connected to the very essence of living a healthy lifestyle; which entails using the very best materials of each layer or component of the bed – never compromising on quality.

Kooi Beds products can be viewed here:

https://www.themattresswarehouse.co.za/product-category/kooi-beds/:

Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine is a wholly-owned independent division of a South African company that manufactures premium quality polyurethane foam mattresses and upholstered bases. The Cloud Nine range of products is all multi-layered Viscous Elastic and Polyurethane foam products.

Cloud Nine started in the Cape in 1968 and over time expanded its distribution into the rest of South Africa. Each mattress consists of high-density foam layers, with each layer adding its unique purpose in optimizing the support and comfort of the mattress.

Here a few feautred beds:

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

Each Cloud Nine mattress provides perfect posture support, which is great for people with spinal or back pain. Cloud Nine mattresses are hygienic and allergy free because the foam is completely stable once cured.

All mattresses 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 was founded in 1927 and is a Proudly South African bed, providing its customers with excellent service and quality beds for over 90 years.

The company stays up to date on advanced sleep technology research and development and adapts 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 research and development but is priced to be affordable.

Fabbro

Fabbro beds are regarded as some of the most luxurious in South Africa and are favoured by premier hotels and guest lodges. They are built to meticulous standards by a company with more than 50 years’ experience in the industry. Fabbro beds are a luxury buy, but they are within your budget if you are shopping in the higher quality range of beds.

Each mattress is a masterpiece and incorporates materials such as cashmere and organic wool, which is combined with advanced technology to create the perfect bed. The mattress leaves you feeling cool, fresh and dry; the mattress is designed to constantly circulate air while some models are made with gel-infused memory foam and natural latex which prevent the bed from sagging.

Unique Compression Activation technology acts as a rapid response system providing support to pressure points of the anatomy and keeps the spine properly aligned. The pocket spring systems are regarded as one of the most advanced in the world, which is what you’d expect from an Italian inspired design.

Genessi

Genessi Beds promise superior durability and great support, using a unique combination of high density and speciality foams. The mattress is made to ensure your spine stays in alignment while comfortably accommodating pressure points such as shoulders and hips. A sleeper is not disturbed by movement of another person on the bed as the foam does not have a rigid, connected structure and is designed to react only to the immediate area where pressure or weight is applied.

Genessi beds are treated with Nano-Technology which provides added protection against mosquitos, dust mites, bed bugs, and bacteria. The foam is non-allergenic (a good solution for allergy or asthma sufferers) and has an open cell structure which makes it more breathable. Air and moisture flow freely through the foam mattress.

Rest Assured

Rest Assured is one of South Africa’s most popular brands of beds, offering 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 is arguably the best-known brand in South Africa. It is one of the first products to position itself on orthopaedic benefits and features. Sealy introduced a Posturepedic range for spinal or neck pains, long before other bed manufacturers identified that gap in the market.

The beds are designed to offer brilliant support and comfort based on advanced sleep technology research and development. An integrated inner support system provides the deep-down orthopaedic support you need from a modern bed.

Serta

Serta Beds is the number one mattress manufacturer in the United States, but its range of luxury beds are now available in South Africa. The company has a reputation for manufacturing a wide variety of excellent quality beds that harness the latest in advanced sleep technology research and development.

For more than 75 years, Serta has invested in research and development to produce mattresses that offer superior comfort and support. It is an industry leader, coming to the market with many “firsts” including the world’s first-ever “tuftless” mattress. It pioneered a variety of exclusive features such as 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 is an innerspring mattress that combines some of the latest advances in spring coil technology – using a state-of-the-art steel coil innerspring support system which is perfect if you prefer the look and feel of a traditional mattress but would like the benefits derived from advanced sleep technology research and development.

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

Simmons

Founded in 1870, the Simmons Bedding Company is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States and a leading manufacturer of mattresses worldwide. Its flagship brand is Beautyrest. Science is the driving force behind the quality of beds made by Simmons, with years of extensive research and development backing up its designs. It has developed over 148 patents for better quality sleep products.

Its patented pocketed coil innovation uses a system of coils that minimize movements on a bed which means when your partner moves at night; you aren’t disturbed. Simmons Beds use speciality foam in its design which provides superior comfort and support by moulding to body shape to keep the spine perfectly aligned.

It’s the brand of choice for major high-end hotel groups and resorts, that trust Simmons Beds to ensure their customers get a perfect night’s sleep.

Restonic

Restonic is a leading international bed manufacturer which has been making quality beds since 1938. They invested significantly in research and development and pioneered innovations in advanced sleep technology. The award-winning company is consistently rated highly for excellence in support and comfort.

One such innovation 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 the mattress and prevents sagging.

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

The Mattress Warehouse Guide to Buying a Bed

The team at The Mattress Warehouse understands that choosing the right bed is a very important decision and a task not to be taken lightly. Your health and wellness depend on making the right choice of mattress and bed base. The team are knowledgeable on latest advanced sleep technology and can guide you in narrowing your decision to makes and models that suit your individual needs.

Trust the team at The Mattress Warehouse to help you select the most important piece of furniture you will own. Their knowledge and expertise are backed up with professional service and prices to suit your budget, as well as excellent after-sales service. Visit a branch near you or call us on 086 100 7000 for a pre-sales conversation on tips for choosing the right bed.