Do you feel like buying a new mattress is daunting? Unfortunately, most people do. It doesn’t have to be that way. Plenty manage to plan their trip, go to the mattress store, and walk out with their decision made and a delivery date on the calendar. Yes, you should do your research, but once you’re ready to make it happen, it’s only a matter of time until you’re resting easy on your new mattress. Here’s how to minimize that timeline.
The first rule of managing to buy a mattress in one trip is this. Don’t expect to buy a mattress in one trip. You need to be in the mindset of finding the RIGHT bed, not the mindset of settling for the best option you’re able to find on the day you happen to be shopping. Make sure everyone involved is in good spirits and has the time to be fully present and engaged in this experience. Your body will be testing the mattresses, but your mind needs to be in this so you can choose a bed you’ll be happy with for years to come.
It’s true. Mattress shopping can be the stuff that dreams are made of or the stuff of nightmares. We’re pulling for the first option all the way, but you’re the one who gets to decide how the process goes. We recommend remembering that, though an investment, and maybe an inconvenient one, this is an investment in your health and well-being. You’re going to spend a third of your time on your mattress, and this shopping experience is your chance to love every minute of it – not to mention all those pain-free minutes during the day. Finding the right mattress is a good thing, so don’t let a negative attitude squander the opportunity.
Test Drive the Cadillac.
Lay on one or two really expensive beds. Not only is it fun to stretch out on a mattress that costs more than a used car, but you also need to know what’s possible. When you find a “Cadillac” that you love, make a checklist of what’s inspiring those positive feelings. Is it how your body feels buoyant? The straightness of your spine? The way you can’t feel your spouse moving as they test the other side of the bed? Maybe it feels cool to the touch. By adding these characteristics to your existing list, you’ll have a solid profile of your perfect mattress, and the sleep expert guiding your search will have a great point of reference.
Don’t Start with Price.
You know that Cadillac? You’ll never get to experience it if you walk in and say, “Only show me mattresses under $1,200.” Don’t do that. What you should do is identify a range for your budget, and make sure everyone involved in making the decision agrees. When you finally make time to come to the mattress store, lead with your interests, your concerns, and your curiosities. This is an exploration, so take in as much of what’s available as you can. There are multiple ranges of mattress models at various price points, and it’s a good idea to sample several of them. Don’t let your budget limit your understanding of what’s available.
Nobody has any idea what’s available in the mattress store until they go shopping in person. There are bound to be some surprises. Walk in with a list of preferences based on your own bed and others you’ve slept on, but be prepared to test your first impressions. Everyone walks into the store expecting to buy a brand-new mattress, but be sure to consider whether you’d be open to purchasing a floor model. A model that’s been in the store just a few months can bring down the price significantly and open up a whole new range of options. Have a budget in mind, but also consider taking advantage of affordable financing. Just a few hundred dollars can mean the difference between having a great bed for 10 to 15 years or needing to rethink your decision down the line. If 0% interest financing is available, it might even make more sense to keep your cash.
If you remember, bring your favorite pillow.
It’s very likely that you won’t remember, but if you can, it’s awesome to have a familiar pillow when you’re trying out new beds. You do need your head to be in the game, but it’s nice to rule out your head and neck as variables in your decision. You have enough aspects of comfort and support to evaluate without worrying that the store’s pillow is messing up your judgment.
Pick the Best Mattress Store!
If you’re specifically shopping for a mattress, go to a store that specializes in mattresses specifically. It’s the only way to ensure you get a full range of options and expert answers to your questions. A Goodnight Sleepstore was named “Best Mattress Store” three years in a row by the Star News ShorePicks reader poll, and in addition to having locations throughout North and South Carolina, we deliver throughout the continental United States!