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The Expert’s Guide to Mattress Accessories

October 10, 2023  ·  9 min read

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Mattress accessories are more important to a good night’s sleep than you might think. There have been many debates over the years if bed accessories such as box springs, bed frames, and mattress protectors are truly necessary investments.

Are adjustable bed frames worth it?

Do you need a bed frame?

I can just buy a cheap pillow, right? 

People tend to think that as long as they have a quality mattress, all of their sleep problems will be solved — when in fact, that’s just step one. The mattress experts at Texas Mattress Makers are here to explain the importance of mattress accessories and what to buy along with a mattress.

What mattress accessories are worth the investment?

Here’s the truth: a great mattress alone cannot deliver the support, comfort, and protection you need to achieve restorative rest long-term. Mattress accessories act as the puzzle pieces that create a full picture of you getting the best night’s sleep every single night. 

Although there are many sleep accessories on the market that can help to improve your sleep, you will not get the quality rest your body needs if your mattress is not supported and protected. 

Here is a list of what to buy along with a mattress:

  • A bed frame (upholstered for a better look) or adjustable mattress base
  • A box spring 
  • A mattress protector 
  • A quality pillow

Now that you know what to add to your shopping list after you purchase a top-quality mattress from Texas Mattress Makers, let’s get into our expert guide for choosing mattress accessories. Note that all of the bed accessories listed below can be found in any of our Houston-area showrooms or online for your convenience!

1. Bed frames

Bed frames are the ultimate support structure for your mattress and your box spring. Whether made out of wood, metal, or steel, or is covered in upholstery fabric (which we will touch on later), bed frames are designed to elevate your mattress off of the ground and properly support the mattress so that the mattress can properly support you

Having a structure to keep your mattress off of the ground helps reduce wear and tear over time by protecting it from bugs or dirt that could be on the floor as well as preventing unwanted sagging which can lead to discomfort. 

When you buy your mattress at Texas Mattress Makers, be sure to ask for a bed frame that will complement your mattress’s size. We offer products that can be adjusted to fit any standard-size mattress. 

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2. Box springs

Is having a box spring important? Yes! Box springs provide a solid, stable surface on which your mattress can lay flat, preventing the mattress from sinking or sagging over time. For example, if your mattress is placed on top of uneven bed slats, your mattress could mold unevenly and begin to sag between the rails resulting in a very uncomfortable bed. 

The box spring helps to absorb shock in order to protect the components inside the mattress. Because the box spring elevates the mattress off of the ground, it can also protect your mattress from dirt and debris that is on the ground. 

When shopping for your box spring, take into consideration what height you desire. Some people prefer the look of a bed that is lower to the ground or may need a shorter box spring to make getting out of bed easier. We offer a range of box springs in different sizes and some that serve specific functions such as our Acid Reflux Box Spring to help those who suffer from acid reflux find more comfort as they sleep or our Heavy Duty Plywood Box Spring which offers unparalleled support and can double as a bedframe if purchased with the legs.

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3. Adjustable bases

If you are looking for a way to maximize your comfort and relaxation, adjustable bed accessories may be a great addition to your bedroom. Adjustable mattress bases are comprised of sections that can be individually manipulated to customize the positioning of your mattress to attain your desired sleep posture. You can prop up your feet, lift your head, move the bed up and down, and so much more! 

There are many benefits of an adjustable mattress base that a normal bed frame or box spring can’t provide. If you have a medical condition — such as chronic pain, sleep apnea, arthritis, or acid reflux — or you have just had surgery, an adjustable base can make sleeping a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. In lieu of a box spring or bed frame, an adjustable base will provide the stability and support that your mattress needs with the added benefit of position customization. 

An adjustable base can also provide luxury benefits to elevate your mattress experience. 

  1. Reading, watching TV, or even working on your laptop with an adjustable base allows you to find the perfect and most comfortable position to do those activities in your bed.  
  2. If you simply want to lay down and relax but you want to elevate your legs, you can! This is especially good for people who want to improve their circulation before or after sleep.  
  3. Some adjustable beds even have massage features which will help you meditate and get to a quieter space of mind before sleep.

We have a variety of adjustable bed accessories that can suit a range of sleep needs for different price ranges. If you are interested in a mattress that is compatible with an adjustable bed frame, ask our experts for their recommendations.

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4. Pillows

Many sleepers neglect pillows as a crucial bed accessory. In fact, many people tend to sleep on the same low-quality pillow for many years without giving it a second thought. Think about it: your head weighs approximately 10 pounds — if you’re resting your head on a flimsy, lumpy pillow, your head is not getting the support it needs. We emphasize the importance of having a mattress that will support your body; your head deserves the same treatment. 

If you’re experiencing bad pillow symptoms such as neck pain, feeling stuffy, or experiencing frequent headaches, it’s time to replace your old pillow with a better one. Having a high-quality pillow that balances comfort and support can make a difference in how well you sleep. 

Here at Texas Mattress Makers, we have The Cooling Pillow: a low-profile, hypoallergenic pillow that provides premium support to your head and neck while also keeping you cool all night long. With this pillow, there’s no such thing as “flipping to the cold side” when you experience that crisp comfort for years to come.

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5. Mattress protectors

How important is a mattress protector? If you want your mattress to last a lifetime, a mattress protector is a crucial investment! If you have spent the time and money to find your dream mattress, protecting it should be your first priority. Mattresses tend to absorb many unpleasant or nasty particles over time which can damage them in the long run, therefore, you will need a mattress protector to be your first line of defense in keeping your mattress clean. 

A mattress protector will help to shield your mattress from the following hazards and in turn, extend its lifespan:

  • Stains
  • Liquids such as sweat and urine 
  • Allergens such as pet dander, dust, and dirt
  • Mold 
  • Bed bugs
  • And more!

Our experts would highly recommend finding a mattress protector that is made with a breathable material such as 100% cotton and is made on the thinner side so as to not alter the comfort of your mattress. Both of our mattress protectors are made with top-quality materials to provide ultimate protection while maintaining a luxurious level of comfort. 

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6. Upholstered bed frames

For those of you who want to upgrade your bedroom’s aesthetic to new heights, you need to check out our selection of upholstered bed frames. Made by our sister company, Living Designs Furniture, these bed frames are handcrafted using sturdy and durable hardwood and covered in luxurious upholstery fabric. You can experience the support and stability of a durable bed frame and enjoy the gorgeous touch it brings to any room at the same time! 

Our craftsmen can customize these bed frames to be any shape, size, color, or design you could imagine, making them the perfect focal point for your bedroom. The furniture experts at Living Designs Furniture offer free design consultations where you can discuss and plan out your vision for not only a custom bed frame but any piece of upholstered furniture. Book your free consultation today to get started!

See these beautiful upholstered bed frames in action at any of our Houston-area showrooms or shop online!

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Texas Mattress Makers: Your One-Stop-Shop for the Best Mattress Accessories in Houston

We hope that this guide to mattress accessories has helped you grasp a better understanding on the importance of investing in quality bed accessories. If you’re searching for the best bed accessories in Houston, Texas Mattress Makers has anything you could ever need all in one place. Once you find your dream mattress, our experts can hook you up with high-quality mattress accessories that will optimize your comfort, improve your sleep quality, and prolong the life of your mattress.  

Come on down to any of our mattress stores in Katy, Downtown Houston, The Woodlands, Rosenberg, Humble, and Baybrook, TX, to speak with an expert or look at our selection of mattress accessories online. 

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