What to Look for in a Mattress

What to Look for in a Mattress for You and Your Partner

If you only had to buy a bed for yourself, you’d probably walk into a store, lay down on a few mattresses and buy the one that feels best to you. But when you’re choosing the right mattress for you and a partner, it’s a whole other ballgame. You have to find something that’s comfortable for both of you, strong enough to hold you both for many years, and quiet enough that you won’t be waking each other up each time you roll over.

Understanding What to Look for in a Mattress

To help you select the best mattress for you and your partner, we’ve put together this bed buying guide with a few tips.

How Long Do Mattresses Last?

Durability is a key factor when it comes to what to look for in a mattress for couples. Because one partner is usually heavier than the other, you need to have a supportive mattress that won’t sag on one the side where they heavier person lays. In general, an innerspring mattress lasts around eight years, but sometimes longer. Memory foam mattresses are less prone to sagging and should last at lten yearsyears. Latex mattresses are more durable and can last up to 15 years. The length of time a mattress lasts depends on how often you rotate or flip it and how clean you keep it. Especially since there are two of you, make sure to ask your salesperson what type of care the mattress requires in order to make it last a long time.

How Much Movement Do You Feel on the Mattress?

When you’re shopping for a bed together, each of you should lay down on opposite sides. Then make the same movements you might make throughout the night, such as rolling over, adjusting your pillow, etc. If you can feel the bed move each time your partner moves, that may become pretty annoying night after night. Innerspring beds tend to allow more movement to be felt, while memory foam does a good job of isolating motion to one side of the bed. Hybrid mattresses that are built with springs and foam usually have transitional foam that absorbs motion, making them a good choice for couples.

How Much Room Do You Both Need?

When choosing a mattress for two people, you have to consider the size of each of you, and how much you tend to move throughout the night. There are several mattress sizes that may be able to accommodate you and your partner. A queen bed is the same length as a king (80”), but 4 inches narrower, so if one or both of you have broad shoulders or sprawls out quite a bit, a king will give you both more room. If either of you is very tall, a California king may be the way to go since it’s 4 inches longer than a standard king bed.

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Do You Prefer a Bounce in the Bedroom?

Memory foam does a good job of keeping movement isolated so you each sleep more soundly, but it also doesn’t allow any bounce. If you like a little spring in your mattress, you may want to look for a bed that has some coils.

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Mark’s Mattress Outlet Has a Perfect Bed for Every Couple

With a huge name brand selection of innerspring, memory foam and hybrid mattresses, our sleep experts can recommend a bed that may work well for both you and your partner. Come in and try one of our brand name innerspring or hybrid mattresses, or our exclusive line of Sleep Natural™ memory foam beds. We have just what you need to keep you both happy each night.

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