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