How to make the right mattress choices for guests

If you have guests over, your main concern probably is if the bathrooms are clean and the beds are made and the sheets are clean. Also, you are probably making sure that there is enough toilet paper in the bathroom. While this is all well and good and is part of your duties as a good host, you have to keep in mind that the main consideration is to make sure that your guests are comfortable. And the main way that you can ensure that your house guests get a full nights sleep is to buy the right mattress. It is too easy to think that you already have a clear idea as to what the right mattress for your rooms are, chances are if you are like most American consumers you would be completely wrong. This is why guest rooms tend to be uncomfortable. This is why most guests do not really complain but at the back of their minds they don’t really want to hangout overnight at your house. The sad reality is that most homeowners do not pay as much attention to their choice of their guest room mattresses as to their mattress choice for their bedroom. This really is a shame. If you want your overnight guests to be truly rested and comfortable in your home, you really have to go the extra mile. The good news is that it does not have to be a mysterious process. The good news is that picking out the right mattresses for your guests does not have to be rocket science. Keep the following basic criteria in mind so you can identify the best mattress choices for your house guests.


How big is your guest room?


This one is common sense really. You have to pick mattresses that will work well with the particular dimensions of your guest room. As commonsensical as this piece of advise may be, you would be surprised how uncommon common sense is nowadays. The reality is that while people would arrive at a size that would technically fit the room, for all practical purposes the bed is either too big or too small for the particular room. So how do you arrive at the right size mattress for your guest room? Your guest room size should be looked at from the perspective of moving area. In other words, your guest room mattress must be big enough to provide a comfortable nights rest but at the same time must be small enough so that your guests can comfortably move and lounge around the room. This is a judgment call, only you know this because only you are aware of the specific dimensions of your guest room. You have to keep comfort in mind. Comfort is not just defined as your guests flopping down on the bed and go to sleep. Comfort is also lounging around the room and comfortably getting to one side of the room to another. Keep this in mind.


Do you often host couples?


Another key factor to consider in picking the right mattress choices for your guest rooms is to ensure that all your guests are comfortable. This means that your single guests are just as comfortable as couples that you invite over. If you are going to be hosting couples for overnight stays or extended stays at your home, you have to make sure that your mattresses are comfortable for couples. Mattresses that would be fine for a single person is simple not going to cut it for a couple. Also, mattress or foam thicknesses for single people might be uncomfortable for couples. Keep this in mind. A great option is the Signature Sleep 8” mattress. A good all rounder that represents excellent value.


What other furnishings are in your guest room?


This is actually an elaboration of the first point above, regarding guest room dimensions. You have to look at the size of your guest room mattress in relation to what else is located in the room. Once again, your main objective should be your guests’ comfort within the room. They should be able to move around freely and lounge around the room comfortably. By factoring in what other furniture is in the room, you can then arrive at the right mattress size.

Mattresses versus futons

Futons are essentially stripped-down mattresses. They are lighter, they also do not have fixed frames, and they tend to be softer. However, futons do not really pack as much comfort as a well padded heavy foam mattress. Mattresses are more comfortable because of the springs inside the mattress. With that said, futons are much preferred by students because they are more versatile and flexible. Here is a quick breakdown of the differences between mattresses and futons.


Futons are easier to move around


It is not a coincidence that in the United States a large number of students prefer futons. If you are in college chances are you will move at least twice. Your first move would be into dorms, your next move would be to an apartment off campus. If you are like many of today’s college students, you would probably be moving on a semester-to-semester basis. All this moving can cause serious problems. You need to travel light. Also, you need to travel in such a way that you do not loose stuff. When you have a classic bed frame there are just too many parts to move around. Also, lugging around a box spring can be quite uncomfortable. With a futon, the frame is often easy to fold and the futon cushion itself is quite light, at least comparatively. This is why futons are very popular with people who move. This includes not just college students but people who are just starting in their careers. It is not uncommon for actors and actresses trying to make a name for themselves in Hollywood crash on futons.


Mattresses offer more comfort


If you live a fairly settled life and you are looking for a lot of comfort at one place, it makes a lot of sense to invest in mattresses instead of futons. Futons are not as comfortable as mattresses, their saving grace is that they are highly portable. Mattresses on the other hand are hassle to move but they really pack a lot of comfort. This should not be surprising, after all mattresses have a fixed frame, they do not shift in size, your mattress tend to stay the same size. Also, the typical mattress has many springs inside as well as foam. Put all these factors together then you can get more comfort on average from a mattress than from a futon.


A clash of values


At the end of the day, your choice between mattresses and futons really should focus on your priorities. This in turn is affected by the stage of life you are in. If you are still a student or you are a recent graduate, chances are your highest values are portability and convenience. However, if you have been working for a few years and if you have a family and kids, your priority would have shifted to comfort and stability. If you are looking for portability and convenience, your lifestyle would pretty much go well with a futon. If you are looking for comfort and stability, your lifestyle and your stage of life would dictate that you go with a mattress.



Thinking through mattress choices for kids’ rooms correctly

If you are looking to buy mattresses for your kids’ rooms, you have your work cut out for you. It is not as straight forward as you are probably thinking, it is not a black-and-white case, not by a long shot. It is too easy for parents to select mattresses that uncomfortable or are easily outgrown by their kids. It is too easy for parents to blow a lot of hard earned dollars on their mattress choices for kids’ rooms. You have to think strategically, not only do you have to pay attention to the right factors now but you also have to project these considerations several years into the future. By being methodical and systematic about your decision making process you increase your chances of making kids’ mattress choices that will not only make your kids happy but make you happy for a long period of time. Please consider the following factors when making your choice.


Your kids will grow bigger sooner than you think


As adorable as your tykes may be right now, and as slow as time may seem, the reality is your kids will grow much faster than you think. Time goes by really quickly. Never underestimate this fact. This is why many parents who buy mattresses for their kids scratch their heads when they realize that their kids have simply outgrown their mattresses in what seem like only a few months. The reality is that you should have seen this coming. Your kids are growing through a rapid growth stage. They really never stop growing until they hit their late teens. You have to keep this in mind when considering the mattress dimensions and the types of mattresses that you should get for your kids’ rooms.


Think scalability


As you can probably already tell from the discussions above, you should factor in scalability. Scalability in terms of size, as your kids grow, is the most obvious. However, hand in hand with this particular realization, should be the realization that your kids’ tastes’ will change with time. The last thing that you want is to give your kids a mattress that they will find uncomfortable as the years go on. This can lead to them being uncomfortable or not enjoying the rest. If you really want to factor in scalability in your choice of kids’ room mattresses, you have to scale up not just the size of the mattress, scale up the thickness or type of foam, you should also factor in your kids’ comfort with the design and style of the mattress. This is the best way to truly scale up your mattress so that it can last several years.


Think comfort and durability


While your mattress choices should definitely comfortable, durability must come hand in hand with this comfort. It really makes no sense to pick a particular mattress for kids that look and feels really great but falls apart after a few years. You do not want to be forking over several hundred dollars every few years just to replace your kids’ mattresses. This would definitely beat the purpose. You need a mattress construction that would withstand the test of time.


Some Facts about Spring Mattresses

Spring mattresses have been around for many, many years. They have, and still are probably the largest selling type of mattress on the market. That could be down to the fact that they are considerably cheaper than other design types.

First to note is the life span of a spring mattress. It is short. If you get 10 years from one you are doing extremely well, and I would guess you have just got used to how it feels, and the the fact that it feels the same as when you bought it. Unless you bought a highly expensive one, I would advise that a spring mattress should be change every five years.

Spring mattresses do not offer correct body support. The springs inside are all the same size and strength. They push back against your body all with the same force. Your body is not the same weight all over. The heavier parts will be offering greater resistance. These will therefore sink lower. Pressure points are unavoidable and the sleep position is simply not great for spinal positioning.

Spring mattresses sag. In some cheaper models, in as little as 3 months a body impression is left in the mattress. You know in mattresses like this, body support is far below adequate. It is a fact that in the first year, a spring mattress will lose 16% of its support ability.

Spring mattress are available in all levels of firmness. To adjust the firmness manufacturers simply fit a softer spring. Guess what, the softer the spring, the quicker it will lose its effectiveness. So if you are a person who likes softer mattresses and stick with springs. I bet you have to change your mattress fairly regularly to maintain your comfort levels.

To try and reduce the wear and sag on a spring mattress, it is advise to flip and turn it. This can be quite an inconvenience if you have a larger model bed. If you want to get the maximum life from the mattress, it is a must. It is recommended to flip once every three months.

Weigh up these facts and decide if the spring mattress is for you. If price is simply the reason, you may want to try and stretch to  a memory foam mattress, it the long run they are much better value for money.

You may be the type of person who cannot adjust to the different feel of a foam mattress. In which case money isn’t the issue. But we still recommend monitoring your mattresses age and comfort levels, to make sure you are still receiving the needed support.

Air Mattresses

These are not the type that you unroll and use occasionally when you are camping, or for unexpected guests.  These are high specification mattresses that are suitable for everyday use and will provide good support.

Like all other mattresses, air mattress do have pro’s and con’s. It is up to you to weigh them out and make an informed decision.

To look at, air mattresses have the same appearance as a spring mattress, and in some respects, do have a similar design to pocket spring mattresses. But the pockets do not contain individual springs, they contain air.

On the majority of options, a foam top layer is fitted to add an extra layer of comfort, but also to protect the air mattress below from any possible sharp objects/edges.

One of the main benefits of using air as the core of the mattress is that it is adjustable. I mean that the pressure can be altered as you wish to either, make the mattress firmer or softer. This also helps the manufacturers. They only have to create size options, instead of a whole range of firmness levels to suit different people.

This also means that if your preferences change, all you have to do is add more air to make the mattress  firmer, or let some out to make the mattress softer.

For this reason, these are the choice of mattresses for spinal patients. So the pressure is not always on the same spot.

For people in double beds or larger, each side can usually be filled individually. This is great for couples have different preferences. one side can be hard as rock while the other can be left soft and cushioning, if that’s what you like.

Now for the con’s.

The biggest negative is also the fact that it is air. Many people simply do not inflate their mattresses enough. They  wake in the morning with back pain, and wonder why. If under inflated the mattresses will simply not offer the support required. You will wake with aches and pains. The air pressure needs to be monitored and checked regularly to make sure your body is being provided with the needed support.

Because of the air, if some one sits on the end of the mattress, normally it will move and create a bulge somewhere else. This can be a little frustrating if someone is already in the bed. To combat this, you need to choose a mattress with as many air chambers as possible. This will restrict the air movement to a small area, hopefully not disturbing anyone else already in bed.

Hopefully,this will help you decide if an air mattress is for you.


Latex Mattress

Latex is the alternative to memory foam. Where as memory foam is made from lots of chemicals, and the process is not particularly green on the environment, latex mattresses are made from a latex foam which is mainly harvested from hevea trees. Very few extra substances are needed to make the latex foam. This makes latex mattresses extremely eco friendly. Trees can be harvested and new ones planted creating a completely sustainable source.

Latex foam is not a new invention. It has been around for several decades, tried and tested with great results. Although it is a foam based mattress, line memory foam, it does have different characteristics. It does not have exactly the same feeling.

As with memory foam latex mattresses do offer superior support. Pain and pressure relief are both rated first class and over 85% of owners are extremely satisfied with their purchases.

Although complete support is offered, latex does not conform to the body like memory foam. You will not get that hugging feeling from latex. You will not get the sinking feeling like memory foam either. So both types of mattress offer superior support , but in different types of ways.

If you have mobility issues latex might be a better option. Because you do not sink into the latex,  like memory foam, it is easier to move around, and on or off the mattress.

On the opposite side,if you have problems being disturbed  by a companion, a memory foam might be a better option. Motion transfer is reportedly far lower, than in latex mattresses.

The availability of latex mattresses is some what limited. The choice is quite narrow when compared with memory foam. If you are looking in a local mattress store, you may not even find a latex mattress, where as you could be guaranteed a choice of memory foam. So you may be confined to looking online for a latex mattress, depending on where you live.

The price of a quality latex mattress is on a par with memory foam, higher than a spring. But customer satisfaction is the highest for latex mattress owners.

On a final note, latex mattresses have superior allergy resistance. If you suffer from dust or mite problems, then this could be the better option for you.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam mattresses are currently classed as the best option on the market. The benefits they offer far out weigh the negatives, but they also carry a premium price tag. But where did memory foam start?

Believe it or not, but memory foam was designed for use in space exploration. In the early 1970′s a substance was developed to relieve the g-force stresses placed on astronauts bodies during the take off procedure. Memory foam was developed to mold to and support the body under extreme pressure, but return to its natural shape when the pressure released.

In the 1980′s the foam was developed by one of the largest foam manufacturers for consumer use. The first memory foam mattress manufacturer (Tempur-Pedic), released its first mattress to the public in 1991. With its huge success more manufacturers have created their own products, creating the massive marketplace we have today.

For the foam to have memory, it needs to be visco-elastic. This basically means sensitive to heat.  When the foam heats, it molds to the shape upon it, when the body and warmth is removed, the memory foam  mattress returns to its standard shape.

When looking at memory foam mattresses you will notice that they are given a density rating. This is in the form of lbs.  The higher the lb the more visco-elasticity   it will have. It does not reflect how hard or soft the mattress will feel. A quality mattress will have a 4lb or 5lb rating, though you will probably see mattresses advertising as low as 2lb to 3lb.

When purchasing a new memory foam mattress an odor is often noted. This can last from a couple of day to a couple of weeks, and varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. It is nothing poisonous or dangerous. This can be reduced by airing the room, but only seems to bother people who a particularly sensitive to smells.

The major reported negative from memory foam is the increased sleeping temperature it creates. The fact it needs warmth to work at its best, means that it retains body heat. In many cases it is simply the need to adapt to new sleeping conditions. Once you are over the initial change, it is not a problem. For the few who find the heat excessive, a change in duvet thickness can help, keeping windows open, if safe to do so, will reduce the discomfort.

New technologies are being brought into the newest mattresses. Gel in the top layer is reported to reduce the heat build up, and reports are promising.

A good quality memory foam mattress does not need a box spring base to feel comfortable. It should feel comfortable on a concrete floor, so a base is only required to raise the mattress to your preferred height.

Be aware that not all memory foam mattresses are equal. Mattresses made with cheap foam from abroad can be purchased, but the lifespan of the foam is very short compared with a quality foam. This type of foam can quickly sag, and not return to its natural shape.

Innerspring Mattress Construction

An inner spring mattress is a mattress that has a basic construction of numerous coils with cushioning around it. There are different variations and different levels of quality. These are the most common types of mattress, and there is an option to suit every budget.

The core of the mattress is formed from springs. Virtually every comfort choice is catered for, from super soft cushioning to hard as rock. There are commonly four different types of spring on the market to day, that manufacturers use:

Bonnell coils- These are the oldest and original type of spring coil. These are hour glass in shape and connected together. They are the simplest of all the spring types and mainly found at the budget end of the market

Marshall coils- These are a different shaped coil spring and are not connected to each other. These springs are a barrel shape as opposed to an hour glass shape, and each spring has a pocket of its own. A pocket is made from material and the spring is placed inside.
The springs can be compressed to create different levels of firmness by the manufacturer. As the springs are not connected, they act individually. This means that a restless sleeper on one side of a bed, does not disturb the sleeper next to them.

Offset coils- This type of spring returns to the hourglass design shape. On these springs, parts of the tops and bottoms have been flattened. These flattened sections are connected together, creating a hinging effect. This hinging effect is supposed to create a mattress that conforms to the shape of your body better, if this is the feeling you desire.

Continuous coils- All the springs within this mattress are made from one continuous piece of wire. The idea of this is that it creates a hinging effect similar to that of the offset coil

These types of mattress require a fairly solid frame which provides the support for the springs to work. Generally wood or steel is used to make this platform.

Compared with other mattress designs, this type of construction is at the budget end of the market. This does not mean poor quality, simply that the techniques used in construction are easy. It, therefore makes the mattresses cheaper to produce.

There are companies that mix this mattress construction with various foam top layers to change the feel and comfort of their mattresses. These do however, increase in price.

Whatever your budget, with due diligence, you will find a mattress that suits your needs perfectly