Put some space in the relationship. This may be obvious to some of you, but a mattress should be large enough for 2. Couples should sleep on at least a queen-sized bed. It doesn’t matter how in love you are, a full sized mattress is just too cramped for two people and all the involuntary movement that happens in the wee hours. The only exception to this queen-sized rule: Manhattan (NYC area) apartment dwellers.
Have a good, long mattress talk. In terms of daily impact on your life, a mattress is the most important piece of furniture you’ll buy. Be sure to talk about what you want in terms of comfort. Firm? Plush? Pillow Topper? Latex Mattres? Memory Foam? If it’s not what you want, don’t agree just to get it over with. Mutual happiness should be your goal when mattress discussions arise.
Can’t agree? Then compromise. If you’re at a stalemate, where one of you wants a ﬁrm bed and the other needs something softer, you do have options. There are models that allow each side to be adjusted for softness. Or, for a more economical solution, a thick mattress pad on one side of the bed could help.
Talk about price before you shop. If money is an object, then determine your price range and stick to it. If you can’t ﬁnd what you want with the money you have, don’t buy an uncomfortable mattress to save a few bucks. Take a few months and save up more. Short-term discomfort always beats long-term misery. A mattress purchase is a major investment and should be treated like one.
Research can pay off. If you’re not in a huge hurry to buy a mattress, there are ways to try out different mattresses. For a true test of comfort, and a romantic getaway, you can always book a night at a hotel that uses a brand name mattress you’re interested in. And if you travel, peel off the sheets and take note of beds that you like or dislike. Some prefer TempurPedic, others Beauty Rest, others adjustable beds.
There have been a lot of innovations since you last shopped for a mattress.
Here are few mattress innovations you should know about…
The pampered sleeper. Beds these days are more indulgent than ever, thanks to the incorporation of cushy pillow tops and breathable natural ﬁbers like cotton and wool. Taking luxury to another level, the Beautyrest Black™ mattress from Simmons is created with high-end materials like cashmere and silk.
TempurPedic, memory foam and Dual comfort. These mattresses are perfect for couples with different needs. Some models allow you to adjust either side, while others come with customizable comfort layers for both sides of the bed.
Thick is in. When you shop, you’ll notice that beds are getting taller. This is because of all the added comfort layers. And since beds that are even 16 inches thick are commonplace, you’ll have no trouble ﬁnding sheets that ﬁt.
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