A good night’s sleep means the day ahead is that much easier, breezier, and relaxed. No one wants to wake up with a backache or try to fall asleep on a mattress that’s bumpier than the forest floor.
If you feel like you’re stuck in a new rendition of “The Princess and the Pea,” it might be time to buy a new mattress. Memorial Day weekend is historically one of the best times of the year to buy a mattress, but it’s still important for you to be prepared with purchasing knowledge before you set foot in the store.
I’ve spent my career talking about saving money, but I also believe that there are certain things that you should invest in. A mattress is one of those items. A good night’s sleep is priceless and a mattress isn’t something you buy every year. So, working within your budget to buy the best bed you can afford is important. That said, of course you still want to get the best deal on your dream mattress!
Here are some tips on how to buy a mattress for the perfect night’s sleep. I recently purchased two and here’s what I learned!
1. It can be difficult to compare models from store to store
This is because the same mattress may be at two different stores, but under a different name and model. Manufacturers oftentimes will create a mattress for a particular retailer under a certain name.
So, make sure you go into the store and test the floor models out. Some salespeople will know the inside scoop on comparing, but many times they won’t have this information.
2. Ask about the firmness of your new mattress
Keep in mind a floor model may have been on the sales floor for months, so it may be much softer than the one you would receive. Make sure you ask a knowledgeable salesperson how long the mattress has been on the floor and how much firmer your new one would be.
3. Don’t be afraid to negotiate price
You can negotiate prices at a mattresses store. I recently found a store website that had a special offer online. I brought in the offer and the store honored it as well as an additional discount.
If they won’t nudge on the price, ask for free delivery, rails, sheets, or even pillows.
4. Save big bucks on floor models
In some stores, you can save big bucks on floor models and some past returned items. These mattresses are sanitized and resold. If you decide to go this route, ask the store to honor a guarantee and warranty on the structure of the mattress.
5. Get the scoop on returns, exchanges & restocking fees
I’ve exchanged mattresses in the past, and many mattress stores will allow you to return or exchange your mattress if it isn’t comfortable. Most will ask you to give it several weeks to months to see if the mattress will break in for you before returning. Ask about restocking and pick-up fees so that you are aware of any associated costs.
6. Get the warranty in writing!
Make sure you understand the warranty and what it covers. It should be at least 10 years.
7. Find out what the price of your mattress covers
Find out if the cost of the mattress includes the rails. If it does, great! If not, ask if your current rails will work with the new mattress before buying new ones.
8. Check for coupons
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Check for coupon codes before you make your purchase! You can find codes for free shipping and dollars off at popular mattress stores like Mattress Firm, US Mattress, and Sleep Train Mattress Centers, as well as department stores that sell new mattresses like Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears.
Keep an eye out for sales on mattresses like JCPenney’s in-store coupon for an extra 10% off select mattresses! (Exp. 5/22)
9. Ask about mattress protectors
Ask about a mattress protector in case you do want to make a return. Some stores will not accept an exchange unless you have had one of their waterproof mattress protectors on the mattress.
10. Let the store know about sags even after the return period is up
And finally, if the mattress begins to sag in the middle after your return/exchange period is up, be sure to let the store know. Most retailers will send someone out to measure the dip. If it meets the criteria, you may get a new mattress!