Full: A Full size mattress is the smallest option for fitting two adults comfortably in the same bed. It provides a compromise between the comfort of a Queen or King and the compactness of a Twin. Shop Our Selection of Full Size Mattresses
Split King: A Split King mattress is the same size as a King, only split into two sections to reduce motion transfer--meaning less disruption between sleepers--and allowing for more adjustability with air chamber mattresses. Shop Our Selection of Split King Size Mattresses
Note: Mattresses can be very tall—sometimes over 16" high—due to the many layers involved in construction. Be sure to measure the height of your new mattress, to make sure your fitted sheet's pocket is large enough.
Different materials make for different types of mattresses. And, whether you want a softer or firmer mattress will impact the type of mattress you're looking for.
Innerspring: The most common variety available, innerspring mattresses are filled with coils, or springs, sandwiched between layers of padding. Some innerspring mattresses can be made with individually wrapped coils for a more custom fit—and less movement if you're sharing a bed with someone who tosses and turns. See More Innerspring Mattresses
Memory Foam: Made of high-density polyurethane specifically designed to respond to your weight and body heat, memory foam contours around you from the moment you lie down. Memory foam mattresses are available in every size and height—you can even buy a memory foam topper for your existing mattress. See More Memory Foam Mattresses
Air Chamber: An air chamber is a tightly packed pocket of air that can be inflated or deflated to provide the exact level of firmness or softness you want. These adjustable mattresses can be built with one air chamber or two. The latter allows two people to enjoy different sleep settings in the same bed.
Inflatable: Also called air beds, inflatable mattresses are usually a single air chamber that is manually inflated before use. Their compact size makes them an easy solution for overnight guests or travel arrangements. See More Inflatable Mattresses
There are a number of different parts that go into constructing a mattress. Understanding the components may make the buying process less confusing.
Coil Count: Coil count is the number of springs in an innerspring mattress. The more coils, the more absorption and support a mattress provides.
Upholstery: Upholstery is a catchall term for the soft layers of an innerspring mattress, including the ticking, quilting, cushioning, and insulation.
Ticking: Ticking is the protective outer cover of a mattress; usually cotton or a polyester-cotton blend. Pay special attention to the stitching pattern on the ticking fabric—a large stitching pattern usually indicates a softer mattress, while a tighter pattern corresponds with a firmer surface.
Quilting: The top layer of padding in a mattress, quilting gives the bed its texture and breathability. In addition to quilting, some mattresses are made with polyester batting for a softer overall feel.
Insulation: Insulation is the fiber or mesh that lies on top of the mattress's coils to prevent the padding from interfering with them.
Cushioning: Cushioning, or the middle layer of padding in the mattress, largely determines its durability, comfort, and cost. How the cushioning was tufted, or stitched into the mattress itself, also determines these qualities.
Box Spring: A box spring is the foundation placed underneath the mattress to ensure the longest possible lifespan, support, and comfort.
Wondering about what firmness level suits you? The answer may be found in how you sleep! Different body positions lend themselves to different levels of support or comfort, and may impact which mattress feels right for you.
Back Sleepers: The best mattress for back sleepers is one with thick cushioning that molds to the spine and provides additional support to the back.
Side Sleepers: A plush mattress, which helps to minimize pressure points and distribute body weight, is the best mattress for side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepers: A firm or extra firm mattress is the best mattress for stomach sleepers because it helps keep the spine properly aligned while you sleep.
For a truly personalized sleep experience, there are a number of additional features you can look for in your mattress.
Adjustable Base: If you prefer sleeping or sitting in a specific position—or receiving support for a particular area of the body—an adjustable mattress is for you. They can bend, elevate, or reposition the head and foot of the mattress to provide custom comfort and support. Shop Adjustable Beds
Pillow Top: A pillow top layer, usually sewn on top of the mattress with a slight gap in the middle, adds extra cushioning and padding to your mattress. Shop Pillow Top Mattresses
Euro Top: Similar to a pillow top, but constructed in a different manner, a Euro Top layer is made up of additional padding put directly on top of the mattress for a plush feel, stronger edge support, and less slipping or movement. Shop Euro Top Mattresses
Tight Top: A Tight Top mattress is a standard mattress frame with all the layers interconnected into a single design.
So you've purchased your mattress—and now you want to ensure it stays in good condition for as long as possible. The following tips will help you do just that, so you can sleep comfortably for many nights to come.
Rotating your mattress from end to end—provided that's what the instructions indicate—can help your mattress wear evenly and last longer. Flipping your mattress over periodically will help achieve the same effect. However, certain mattresses, such as pillow top mattresses, don't have the same material on both sides and should not be flipped.
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