What you don’t see can hurt or help you.

If you’ve been in the market for a mattress for any length of time, you might be familiar with the idea that you’ll need to consider the foundation that will support it. There’s so much emphasis on comfort, support, materials and construction when you’re trying to choose the right mattress that the base can seem invisible. Most people are content to let it stay that way. This is our chance to bring that conversation out in the open.

Don’t invest in a temporary bed.

Plenty of people go through a time in life when their mattress lives on the floor. It seems comfortable enough and, as long as nothing breaks, seems like an okay temporary plan. It’s not. Sleeping on a mattress on the floor for more than a few nights is bad for your body and bad for your bed. If you’re ready to move, but not ready to make the move and get the right foundation, then give it a minute. Hold off on getting a better bed until you have a better plan.

Bad: Keeping your mattress (even with box spring) directly on the floor.
Better: Using the foundation from your same-sized old bed.
Best: Treating your new bed as a system that was designed and tested to perform together.

Store models include support.

You should choose a mattress by coming in and lying around. The support and softness you’re looking for, though, are often directly affected by the base or foundation of a bed. Mattresses and foundations are tested together, and we certainly display them in carefully considered combinations in our stores. If you take home part of the system and expect the bed to feel the same, you’re not going to be happy. The best plan when shopping for a new mattress is to assume you’ll need to at least consider a new foundation, factor it into your budget, and discuss it with the sleep expert who helps you find the right bed.

Your bed needs the right form to function.

At the very least, your bed’s base needs to be rigid, flat, and ventilated. In some cases, sleeping on your mattress without the proper foundation will void your warranty. This can even nullify its fire resistance. An unsupported bed can break, sag, and accumulate more than its fair share of contaminants. Whether you buy the base from us or build it yourself, encouraging airflow is essential.

It’s your comfort.

At any budget, getting a new bed is a serious investment. Choosing the right foundation will help you get the most value from your purchase. It will make your mattress last longer, protect the warranty, and provide the support you were searching for in the first place. If you’re hoping to keep your old foundation or aren’t sure how to get the best results, visit us at A Goodnight Sleepstore. Our sleep experts will help you find the right combination at the right price.

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