When is it time to buy a new mattress or bed?
Do you need help to figure out if and when it might be time to buy a new bed. In her book The Good Sleep Guide, author Sammy Margo lists 14 questions to answer if you think it might be time for a new bed:
Is your bed eight years old or more?
Do you ever wake up with an aching neck or back?
When lying in bed, do you feel springs, hardness or ridges beneath the surface?
When moving in bed, do you hear creaks, crunches or other strange noises?
Do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally?
Do your legs or arms dangle over the side of the bed when you sleep?
Is the mattress or base uneven or sagging?
Are the leg castors worn out?
Would it be embarrassing if your friends saw the bed without its covers?
Is the mattress cover torn or stained?
Does your mattress feel lumpy, soft, too hard or uncomfortable?
Does the mattress sag in the middle or at the sides?</>
Are there sagging spots around the edges or where you usually lie?
The author says if the answer to two or more of any of these questions is yes, it’s definitely time to start thinking about buying a new bed or making some changes to your existing bed. Ideally, she says, you should change your mattress and bed every five years but obviously this isn’t an option for everyone. If you have a good quality bed base, your problems could be solved by buying a new mattress, as bedsteads are more durable than mattresses. There’s a saying in the bed business “the base will outlive one mattress, but never two”.
One way to prolong the life of your bed and mattress is to follow these simple care rules;
A new mattress should be aired for four hours to freshen it from storage
Mattresses should be aired once a week by turning back the bed linens for a few hours
If you have a sprung mattress, turn it every couple of weeks. Body weight in one place over time can compress the springs and make the mattress uneven
Use a mattress protector under your sheets to protect the mattress from stains and dust mites. Don’t use a plastic cover though as this can cause condensation and prevent air circulation
Don’t sit on the edge of your mattress, they are designed to take your weight over a large area so exerting pressure like this can damage the mattress</>
If you think it might be time to look at a new bed or mattress, please browse or online bed shop or come in store to discuss your needs with one of our team.