We’ve all heard that getting a good night’s sleep is essential for optimal functioning. But life sometimes has a way of quickly chipping away at the time we need to get a good night’s rest.

It’s logical that I would be promoting the purchase of a quality mattress, given that we sell our own private line of custom, high quality, American-made mattresses, but there’s much more to it. Having been in the furniture and mattress industry for decades, I actually believe that a good mattress creates better sleep – for a better life.

Buying a mattress is a significant purchase. I’ve heard more times than I can count how intimidating it is to enter a retail store looking for a mattress: they’re expensive, you have to lay on a bed while a complete stranger (salesperson) talks to you, mattresses are virtually impossible to return once purchased…the list goes on. I thought perhaps it might be helpful to share some insight into mattress buying process. I’ve broken it down into a few digestible categories.

Perspective check:
• Nothing is as important as a good night’s sleep. 1/3 of your life is spent in bed. It’s truly an investment into your health and well being. What else in your life do you use more on an hour-per-day basis than your mattress?

• When we purchase an automobile, we spend hours researching the make, model, specs, and prices. We take cars for test drives and really invest in the decision to buy. A mattress won’t cost you a fraction annually of what an automobile will cost, and yet you use it significantly more. Shouldn’t you invest the same time and energy into this purchase as well?

But I’ve had my mattress since college and I love it:
• You need to consider changing your mattress every 8-10 years. Not because the mattress you have isn’t still good, but because your body changes enough to justify a different mattress every 8-10 years.

• Your shape, your weight, your muscular and skeletal needs change and evolve. As you age, those troublesome aches and pains in your joints invite themselves to the party.

• A long term active lifestyle also has impact on this (for us Coloradoans, skiing and exercise are often at the top of the list).

• A proper mattress tailored to your age and lifestyle is one of the best ways to deal with the daily aches and pains.

Technology of mattresses today:
• Today, beds are made in multilayers. It used to be non-shifting material over the springs, two to three layers of foam, and then the cover. Today, there are a variety of mixed media used.

• The primary materials used are innerspring, memory or gel foam, latex, or a hybrid of the aforementioned.

• Foundations (what we used to call box springs) come in 2, 5 or 9 inch thickness, and some bed models don’t even require one.

• Have a professional help you determine the right foundation for your mattress. Using a foundation increases the longevity of a mattress.

• Additionally, the maintenance of mattresses has changed. You no longer need to flip them or turn them. If you have an older mattress and did not perform any of the maintenance needs, you most certainly need a new mattress.

• Back in the day, mattresses needed to be tended to regularly. Not the case anymore.

You still haven’t told me how to purchase a mattress:
• Most people purchase a bed too quickly. They don’t spend enough time trying out each mattress.

• Consumers need to spend 15-20 minutes laying on a bed.

• Your back has a natural arch in it and the goal is that you can literally feel the arch leave your back, and 100% of the pressure and stress on the back is gone.

• It takes 10-20 minutes for your back to relax, so you can better gauge a mattress’s level of comfort.

• It might feel awkward to have a complete stranger (your salesperson) standing there while you try to relax and test out several mattresses. You can explain this to your salesperson and ask him or her to return in 15 minutes so you can test drive on your own.

• Additionally, generally mattresses with luxury features including the finest materials, craftsmanship, stitching, threading, pillow tops, etc., indicate high quality. Like a fine dressmaker, the same level of tailoring and care go into the beauty and the durability of a good quality mattress.

Your sales professional should know these tips and many more. We believe that an informed consumer is a happy consumer, and, generally, a customer of Larrabee’s Furniture + Design.