Choosing the Mattress of Your Dreams

When it comes time to buying a new mattress, you will soon find that it can be time consuming and downright exhausting. A mattress is an investment in your health for the next few years and making the correct choice can be a lot of work. But, it is an important purchase and well worth doing it right.

When Should You Replace Your Mattress?

While not a firm timeline, it is generally expected that you should look into a mattress purchase between 8-10 years, depending on how well it is taken care of. But, more importantly, before focusing on timelines, you should be on the lookout for lumps, dips and/or whether you are generally having a difficult time sleeping on your old mattress.

You can always get a little bit of extra time out of the old mattress by using a topper. However, that is just a Band-Aid to a bigger problem that will just make it more expensive in the long run. When the old mattress is no longer providing a comfortable night’s sleep, it’s best and more cost-effective to just replace it.

The “when” the purchase is to be made is up to you. Naturally, you can get the best deals during holiday specials, if you can wait that long. If you can hold out, look for sales during Presidents Day, Memorial Day, The 4th of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving, especially Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday.

Where Should You Purchase Your New Mattress?

Basically, this question refers to whether you should purchase your mattress through your local brick-and-mortar store or online. The benefits of buying in the physical store is that you can physically look at the offerings and try out each mattress back-to-back. Of course, trying out a mattress in the store is not a 100% ideal situation since it takes some time to see if a mattress is a good match for your sleeping situation, but it can serve as a good initial bit of research. It also gives you the opportunity to consult with the sales staff in person about your needs. Feel free to stop in at Vermont Bedroom’s physical location at 159 US Route 4 East, Rutland Town, Vermont 05701.

Purchasing a mattress online, on the other hand, provides the opportunity to purchase from locations beyond your immediate travel distance. You may or may not get a lower price for each mattress but it is well worth checking out the online offers. Again…holiday shopping is your friend. In the case of consultation, you may be able to contact the physical store to ask any questions you may have regarding your needs. Vermont Bedrooms does have an online store, located at

You can be sure that with Vermont Bedrooms, we are there for you to answer any question you may have, either at our physical location in Rutland, Vermont or over the telephone at 800-520-BEDS (2337).

What Kind of Sleeper Are You?

Nobody sleeps in exactly the same way. We all have specific needs we need to meet to get a great night’s sleep. Because of that, you need to identify what your personal needs are.

Do you have back issues?
Sleepers with back issues may want to look into a mattress with at least some foam content and a medium firmness level for support and proper spine alignment.

Do you have issues sleeping in hot conditions?
Some mattresses are made to provide cooling to the body. Memory foam tends to be a material you may want to stay away from since it traps heat against you. The best mattresses for heat-sensitive sleepers advertise their built-in cooling technology in their marketing materials.

Construction Features

Part of what makes a mattress comfortable to one person as opposed to another is how it is designed to move with someone on top of it. Many mattresses are designed to perform differently with each sleeping partner.

Motion isolation:
If you or your partner tosses and turns while sleeping, some mattresses will keep the other person from experiencing that movement. Foam mattresses cancel motion much better than innerspring, isolating any irritating movement from each sleep partner.

Modular firmness:
Some mattresses are offered with split designs, offering isolated levels of movement and firmness.

Mattress height:
Mattresses are often offered in different heights. A taller mattress may feel more comfortable to sleep on while a shorter mattress may be less expensive.

Edge support:
A mattress that has poor edge support tends to compress too much at the edges while getting on or off the bed. A poor edge support also offers a more uncomfortable sleep experience if you tend to sleep close to the side of the bed. Low cost mattresses and boxed foam mattresses have poor edge support.

Mattress Firmness

Mattresses are generally described as being “soft,” “medium,” “medium-firm,” or “firm.” Medium and medium-firm beds are the most common firmness level enjoying the most mattress sales.

Sleep Position

We all sleep differently, based on how we position our bodies on the mattress. Some people stay in the same position all night while others wake up in a different position. Still, most people fall under a single particular category.

Side sleepers:
Side sleepers are the most common types of body position types. Side sleeping is also the most commonly recommended position by doctors to avoid back pain. Soft to medium firmness level mattresses are recommended because they help keep the spine aligned. Too firm a mattress will end up putting too much pressure on one’s hip and spine.

Back sleepers:
Back sleepers should look to a mattress that is of medium firmness. Too soft or firm will put the spine into improper alignment.

Stomach sleepers:
A firm mattress is where a stomach sleeper should go for the best night’s sleep.

Hybrid sleepers:
People who move around a lot may need to look into medium firmness to maximize comfort on different body positions.

One Last Point

It’s always tempting to purchase the least cost mattress available. That’s understandable, especially with the rising cost of…well…everything these days. However, when it comes to mattresses, you really do get what you pay for. Mattress pricing is mostly due to the materials used, number of layers and the cost of skilled labor that goes into the product. But, remember that you are purchasing an item that affects comfort and health for many years to come. That’s not something you should skimp on.

Any Questions?

Vermont Bedrooms wants to see your mattress purchase succeed. Because of that, we are always available to answer any questions you may have regarding your mattress investment. Please feel free to browse our website or call us at 800-520-BEDS (2337).