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Umarah Hussain author/umarah-hussain
4 Jan 2021, 3:00 PM

Mattresses to avoid

It’s vital that you know what to avoid in a mattress and if it’s really not good for you, it may be time to ditch it for a more dreamier option. Here are some useful tips to help you avoid pitfalls and steer clear of specific mattress characteristics.

It's what's on the inside

A mattress is simply a closed box, if you’re unaware of what’s in the box, you’re literally buying blind. Settling for ‘premium’ or ‘high quality’ just won’t cut it. It’s imperative that you look for the likes of memory foam with other specifications such as having a certain density, and coils that have a thickness of 13 to 15. Numbers won’t guarantee durability and comfortability, however they will give you an idea of what’s right for you.

Don't buy cheap

Generally speaking in the modern retail world, you get what you pay for, and this rings true especially when buying a mattress. Oftentimes, mattresses on the most expensive side look and feel more durable than those being sold for £100. This however, doesn’t go to say that value for money mattresses are poor in quality, as there are some brands that do offer affordable mattresses for those on a budget. A mattress should last you over 5 years, so we recommend looking for one that is durable, comfortable and can be easily maintained over time.

Never rely customer reviews

Affordability and comfort are subjective. Looking at reviews that suggest a mattress is uncomfortable doesn’t necessarily mean it will be uncomfortable for you. It may be that the customer complained that the most firm memory foam mattress isn’t comfortable, whereas you might just prefer memory foam over pocket sprung mattresses. Try heading into a showroom to try out what mattress suits you best. It may also be helpful to gauge customer comments online from an array of different demographics to determine if it’s suitable or not.

Toxic chemical filled mattresses

Before modern day, mattresses were stuffed with feathers, wool and horsehair (not always in that order) as well as other out of the ordinary materials. However, with the rise of synthetic materials, they are now made with conventional cotton and other fabrics such as polyurethane foam.

Such materials in a mattress are actually quite toxic as they can include carcinogens that are known to cause brain tumors. When spending time on top of your mattress, studies suggest that your body heat can actually release toxic chemicals from the mattress, which you breathe in. Although the amount is difficult to quantify, it’s a fact that we come in contact with chemicals everyday, so being wary and keeping away from what makes it worse is important.

Don't buy on sale

A one-day only discount day isn’t something to be excited about (well, not always), so keep your wits about you. If you’re unsure about the mattress, don’t purchase it until you’re fully aware that it is suitable for you. Here at Linthorpe Beds, we strive on authenticity, honesty and transparency at all points of the customer purchasing phase. So if you’re on the hunt for a discounted mattress, be sure to look for a mattress salesman that knows what he’s talking about (and be sure to do your own research too).

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