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Mattress Shopping Guide
So you need a new mattress, use the following guides to help you select the right mattress for you.
Mattress Types
Innerspring –
The most widely purchased type of mattress uses the support of tempered steel coils in a variety of configurations. Layers of upholstery provide insulation and cushioning between your body and the spring unit. This combination provides a full-range of comfort choices.
Foam/Latex –
Solid foam mattresses also offer a wide choice of "feels" . They can be made of a solid core or from several layers of different types of foam placed together. Memory foams, latex foams, and cooling gel foams are just some of the many types of popular mattress technologies today. The only way to know the difference is to experience them by trying them in the store yourself.
Airbeds –
Airbeds are now designed to look like familiar mattresses but with an air-filled center providing support instead of an innerspring unit or foam core. These designs are typically adjustable to suit an individual sleeper's needs.
Adjustable Beds –
Electronically adjustable beds allow sleepers to adjust the head and foot of the bed to the most comfortable position. Mattresses and foundations used on adjustable beds must be specifically built for the flexing motion and can be innerspring, foam, or combination mattress. The flexing causes extra wear on the mattress so quality construction is very important. Mattresses that are not built for this purpose should not be used with an adjustable bed frame.
Matching Foundation –
A good foundation is just as important as a good mattress. The foundation takes a lot of the nightly wear and tear and contributes to the bed's overall comfort and support. You should not put a new mattress on an old foundation. When you select your new mattress and require a foundation, you should buy its companion foundation as the two are designed to work best together. If you are using a bedframe, ensure that it is sturdy and has the proper support for the mattress you wish to purchase. Bed frames with weak central support systems, such as ribbed bed frames, are not suggested as they can damage the mattress and allow it to sag.
Flip/Non Flip –
It is suggested that you flip and rotate traditional mattresses regularly to promote even wear and extend the life and support of the mattress. New technologies allow consumers to now have a choice between traditional mattresses that perform best with regular turning and single-sided designs that do not require rotating or flipping.
Pillows –
Your pillow should give you the right cushioning to position your head and neck properly. It should hold your head in the same relation to your shoulders and spine as if you were standing with correct upright posture. If you sleep on your side, you may want a fairly firm pillow to give you head and neck extra support. If you sleep on your back, try a medium-firm pillow to cradle your head with more "give".  If you sleep on your stomach, choose a softer pillow to lessen the strain on your neck.
Mattress Size Guide –
3 x 6.2 – Small Twin 91 cm x 188 cm
3.5 x 6.2 – Standard Twin 106 cm x 188 cm
5 x 6.2 – Full 152 cm x 188 cm
6 x 6.2 – Queen 182 cm x 188 cm
6 x 7 – King 182 cm x 212 cm
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