Bedding sets are available in a variety of sized because people come in a variety of sizes and have different sleeping requirements. Making sure your bed fits properly is an all too often overlooked practice by a number of people. Most of us would never attempt to wear a pair of shoes that were two or three sizes too small, but those same people might sleep eight or more hours every night in bed that just doesn't fit.
For many years the standard bedding size for two adults was the "double" - also known as the "full" size. This is truly old fashioned sleeping. In fact, two average sized adults in a full size bed only have about 27" of sleeping width. That's the same amount of space they probably had in their cribs as infants. Furthermore, the 75" length is too short for anyone taller than 5'6". A good rule of thumb is to allow about 9" for pillow space.
It makes little sense that we replace our $20,000 and up vehicles after 3 to 5 years, buy our kids $100 shoes every year but attempt to use our mattress until it falls apart at the seams. Passing your worn out mattress to your kids is not acting in their best interest. In fact, you are sacrificing their health.
Isn't it time that you visit the Lincoln Mattress & Furniture showroom?
Top 10 FACTS to consider before purchasing a new mattress!
- "Don't buy a cheap mattress." This advice comes straight from Life's Little Instruction Book, Volume II , by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. When it comes to the most-used piece of furniture in your house, it pays to buy the best you can afford. Consider this: You'll be spending three of the next 10 years in that bed - - don't you want to be as comfortable and well-supported as you can possible be?
- Don't be shy. You can't judge the comfort and support of a bed by touching it with your hand; you've got to lie down in your favorite sleeping position for a few minutes.
Shed those inhibitions - - this is an important investment you're making. Dress appropriately for bed shopping and wear shoes you can easily slip off.
- Forget your old notions about "firm". If you last bought a bed 10 or more years ago, you were probably told that a mattress had to be hard as a board to be good for you. We now know that a too-hard mattress may create uncomfortable pressure on shoulders and hips. Today's mattresses are much more "sleeper-friendly," combining comfort with deep-down support.
- Do your research. Study all the available information, read the labeling and ask the salesperson to tell you about product features. Many mattresses have "cutaway" samples that show their inside construction.
Here's what you need to look for:
A king-size inner spring should have a minimum 450 coils (375 coils in a queen, 300 coils in a full/double). Foam mattress buyers should look for a minimum density of 2.0 lbs. per cubic foot (the higher the number, the better the foam). Waterbed vinyl should be at least 20 mill thick, have durable seams and meet the California Waterbed Standards - - regardless of what state you live in.
- Look for quality on the outside. Never before have mattresses been constructed in so many different ways, using so many diverse materials. One of the first signs of quality to look for is the outward appearance of the mattress. Quality bedding is like a well-make suite: finely tailored in a superior fabric. The surface will look and feel plush, and may contain an extra top layer of soft cushioning in a high-quality natural or man-make fiber.
- Don't try to compare model names. Comparison shopping by model name can be frustrating, since you probably won't find the same model in each store. Instead, find a sleep set you like, then see what levels of comfort and support you can get for the same amount of money in another store. Remember to compare store services and delivery, as well.
- Don't buy a bed that's too small. If you sleep with a partner, you need a queen or king sized bed to allow for the 40 to 60 tosses and turns we all do each night. What many people don't realize is that standard "double" beds offer each partner only as much width as a baby's crib. If yours is a double, you should consider "graduating" to a larger bed.
- Don't put a new mattress on an old foundation. A mattress and foundation are engineered to work together as a sleep set. The foundation, or box spring, acts as a giant shock absorber, taking a lot of the nightly wear and tear. It also contributes to the bed's overall comfort and support. A new mattress won't wear as well or feel as good on an old foundation.
- Go to a reputable dealer. Always shop at a store you know and trust to give you good information, good service and top-quality products.
- If you share your bed with a partner, be sure to take him or her along. You should both be involved in making this important decision.
Now that you've just had a "cram" course in bed-buying, put it to the test. For your final exam, go to your favorite bedding or furniture retailer and make an educated choice on a new mattress. No cheating - - this is going to affect the rest of your life!