What to Look for in a Memory Foam Mattress

by | Jul 23, 2012 | Home Decor

Once you have made the decision to get a memory foam mattress as your new mattress, you will need to know what to look for in a mattress. Like other types of mattresses, there are options and features that can have an impact on how the mattress feels for you. Making sure you buy the right mattress the first time will ensure you are happy with it for a long time.

One of the easiest steps when buying your new mattress is to decide which size you want. If you have been thinking about getting a larger or smaller bed, the time when you buy a new mattress is the perfect time to change the size of your bed as well. If you have an adjustable frame, changing the size of your bed is easy. However, if you don’t, you may need a new bed set. You can always stick with the size you already have if you are happy, though.

Just like the mattress toppers, a memory foam mattress will come in a variety of densities. The density of the foam will dictate how much support you get and how well the foam conforms to your body. For instance, if you choose one that has the thickest density, you will find the mattress doesn’t have as much give as one that has a lower density. However, the higher density will provide more support than a lower density.

The quality of the mattress is also important to consider. People often already know if they want a softer mattress or a harder one. When it comes to memory foam mattresses, you will need to look for one number: the indentation load deflection, or ILD, number. This number will indicate the firmness of the mattress. The higher the number is, the more firm the mattress is. Therefore, if you want a soft mattress, go with as low a number as you can. Otherwise, go with a higher number. Testing the mattress can always help you decide.

Getting a memory foam mattress isn’t really any different than buying another kind of mattress. You still need to decide if you want the same size or a different size from what you already have in your home. You will also need to decide which density and firmness you want in your mattress so you can be sure to buy one you will be happy with until it comes time to buy another.


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