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Whether you are moving out of a dorm and into your first apartment, or finally getting rid of your hand-me-down bed from your parent’s house shopping for your first mattress is exciting and also overwhelming. Your first mattress should be approached as a long-term investment into your sleep, health and overall happiness. You spend about a third of your life in bed so it’s important to find a good and comfortable mattress that fits your unique sleep needs. Here are some tips to help you when you are ready to go shopping for your first mattress. 

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First, you’ll need to explore the different types of mattresses that are available on the market and compare them before you decide which one is right for you. 

Once you have figured out what material you would like your mattress to be, you’ll need to think about what size is right for you. The first step is to measure the space where you will be placing your bed to make sure it will fit. Here are the standard measurements for bed sizes:

Once you have figured out the type and size of mattress that you want and need, it’s time to hit the stores and look for the perfect match. The best way to test a mattress that you’re considering is to lay down! Take your time and spend at least five minutes on each side and on your back so that you can see if you feel comfortable. Don’t feel bad about shooing away a salesperson if it’s making you feel uncomfortable or pressured – this is your time and buying a new and expensive mattress is not something you want to rush into or be pressured into. Research the return policies on mattresses that you are interested in, make sure that you can get a full refund or a credit toward another mattress if this one doesn’t work out. Most return periods are between 100-120 days, which gives you a good grace period to really test out the mattress, sleep on it and make sure that this is the right one for you. You will also want to make sure that your new mattress offers a good warranty and that you understand it. A warranty can range anywhere from 10 to 25 years and cover only manufacturing defects like a broken coil or sagging. Some stores will offer the option to purchase an additional extended warranty, but you should read into it before you buy and determine if it’s really worth it. Most mattresses “expire” after 7-10 years, so if an extended warranty puts you beyond this date it might just be a ploy to get you to spend more money. 

Once you finally find the one and place your order, you can choose to have it delivered to your home, which is probably the best option, so you don’t have to worry about your new and expensive mattress flying off the roof of your car. Do not accept a mattress delivery without inspecting the mattress, and the box spring if you purchase one, for any damage. If something appears to be wrong contact the customer service department immediately to remedy the situation. 

To learn more about our mattress selection, please contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions and help you find the perfect option for your unique sleep style and needs. 

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