Buying Guide: How to choose your mattress?
Find the mattress of your dreams, it's easy ! Should we prefer a mattress with springs, latex, foam or even wool? How important is the suspension and upholstery? Between criteria to consider and expert advice of bedding, here are the 4 rules to follow when choosing your mattress and change your life ... at night.
Waking up in good shape, it starts with a good mattress ! If the quality of sleep depends on mattress quality, the quality of the mattress depends on its manufacture. Spring mattress, foam mattress, latex or even wool, what technology to prefer and how to navigate ? With these expert bedding tips and these 4 rules to follow to choose your mattress, to sleep well is no longer a dream !
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Rule # 1: the upholstery, bet on natural materials to be sure to choose your mattress without being wrong
The trim of the mattress makes it possible to feel an immediate comfort while lying down: this is what one calls home. It is not a support element unlike the suspension, it is an element of comfort that is determined according to the quality and the quantity of materials used as explained by Christine Péjaudier, general manager of the bedding specialist Le Lit National: "The thicker the lining and composed of different and noble materials, the more the mattress will be quality. to banish because they are too sweaty and the mattress quickly becomes a nest of molds and mites.We must focus on natural materials such as wool which, thanks to its thermoregulatory properties, always keeps the mattress at a good temperature. for example, the mattress is never cold, we do not spend a part of the night adjusting its temperature to regulate its comfort and warm the mattress.The sleeper only has to sleep.
For a quality sleep, we can also bet without making mistakes on natural materials like cotton whose hydrophilic qualities favor the absorption of moisture, linen known since ancient times for its resistance and the freshness it provides, or the silk, another thermoregulatory material that provides warmth in winter and coolness in summer. Some mattresses go even further with a winter face on which was added a layer of wool, always on the side where is the label of the manufacturer, to retain the heat, and a face summer to favor the evacuation of the 'humidity. Knowing that the removable mattress is the ultimate in terms of hygiene.
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- Rule n ° 2: the suspension, to define well the use to choose its mattress without being mistaken
Whether for everyday use or for occasional use, as in a guest room, you do not choose your mattress in the same way. There are three types of suspensions, also called soul of the mattress, each with its own particularities.
- Not recommended in damp rooms, foam mattress, polyether or polyurethane, are not intended for daily or intensive use. With low firmness, limited comfort, and reduced life, the advantage of foam mattresses is reflected in their affordability. As for memory foam mattresses, if they marry better forms than a polyether foam, they tend to widen in duration because they do not have the capacity of resilience necessary to return to their initial position.
- The latex mattress, to prefer natural latex because they are hypoallergenic, have significant advantages: firmness combined with the soft thanks to the various comfort zones, longevity and ventilation thanks to the cells for a healthy, supple and indeformable mattress. Each manufacturer has developed a technology associated with latex with specific specificities, such as a supply of material for a specific support of each part of the body or differentiated support zones for a total adaptation to the weight and optimal maintenance of the spine. To be defined according to one's feelings and personal expectations.
- Even if they have in common to offer good ventilation, the interest of the spring mattress varies according to the quality of the technology used. According to Vincent Ballestrat, director of Lusseo, traditional springs have gradually given way to multispire springs, consisting of a single steel wire for seamless support but offering no independent sleeping, and pocket springs that have preference: "With pocket spring technology, the mattress adapts to the body and to all sizes, each spring is independent and wrapped in an individual bag, which optimizes the free circulation of air for better ventilation. and therefore a good hygiene of the bedding.Each part of the body is supported independently.The pressure is exerted only on the springs where one is positioned, which brings a great comfort and a perfect independence of sleeping when the you sleep with two since you do not feel the movements of the person who sleeps next to you, and the spine is always straight because this system allows the body to adopt natural positions ".
Rule n ° 3: the density, to remain firm on the comfort to choose well its mattress
Neither too firm nor too harsh, the most difficult is to find the right balance at the level of density which must be determined according to the size and weight of the sleeper. If the mattress is too firm, the body can not sink well, the spine is not straight. If on the contrary, the mattress is too soft, the spine will tend to curl in the other direction and cause back problems. Expressed in kg / m3, 25 kg / m3 is the minimum to respect when from 70 kg / m3 one has the assurance of a good firmness. For Vincent Ballestrat, director of Lusseo, the good tip for not having to decide between more or less firmness is to add a mattress to find the right balance by playing on the reception and feeling: "The mattress toppers as in luxury hotels allows better positioning the cursor and adjust the firmness as much as its comfort because it provides incomparable softness while keeping a good firmness in the mattress.
Hesseng pocket spring mattress, 599 euros in 140 x 200 cm, Hamarvik spring mattress, 179 euros in 140 x 190 cm, Morgedal foam mattress, 249 euros in 140 x 190 cm, Hyllestad pocket spring mattress, 399 euros in 140 x 200 cm, Knavel soft pillow, 65 x 65 cm, 59 euros, Malm chest bed frame, W 209 x W 156 cm, 369 euros, Ikea
Rule n ° 4: dimensions, take the right measure to choose your mattress
Tell me who and how you sleep, I'll tell you which mattress to choose! Whether for a couple, a single person, a teenager or even a child, the dimensions will obviously be different. But if the mattress has to adapt to morphology and space, both in width and length, it must also adapt to your sleep habits, as Muriel Rolland, Product Communication Manager at Ikea, points out: "By For example, if you are sleeping with two people, you must ask yourself if you are embarrassed by the other person, in which case, instead of a 140 cm mattress, do not choose a 160 cm mattress which is now the new standard, or even go the extra mile and opt for Scandinavian sleeping independence, with two 90 cm mattresses side by side and a single duvet, you can sleep together while being in your own corner. luxury, everyone can personally choose the comfort of his mattress according to his preferences in terms of comfort, flexibility or firmness ".
The trap to avoid: buy a new mattress without changing the mattress
We always buy a mattress with a bedspring because it is important to change the set to succeed in defining the ideal combination. Because if your mattress is tired, the bed base is just as much. For better comfort and quality sleep, the mattress and box spring must match. For example, a foam mattress associates with a slatsbecause on a weaker bed base he would wear out too quickly. Another possible combination: a mattress and a box spring for a softer support, or a spring mattress and slatted frame for firmer support.
Good to know: try your mattress to choose your mattress
Do I have to try my mattress to choose it? Not necessarily according to Vincent Ballestrat, director of Lusseo: "It is very difficult to put yourself in the right conditions when you try a mattress in store.It is hard to let go and project and we can quickly fall into the The mattress trap is too soft, for example when you go to the store, it is soft and seems comfortable for a short fitting but may not correspond to expectations over time.Once the chosen technology and the estimated density, we can to go through this fitting session ". And this may be all the more relevant as many stores now offer warranties of up to 6 months to change mattresses.
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