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5 Mattress Shopping Mistakes to Avoid

February 15, 2023  ·  6 min read

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Whether we would like to admit it or not, we have all fallen victim to one or more mattress shopping mistakes in our lives. Historically, shopping for a mattress has been seen as a stressful, and oftentimes exhausting, process that leaves buyers with more questions than answers. Because of this reputation, people make common mattress shopping mistakes which can include buying a cheap mattress, not trying a mattress out in person, and neglecting their unique needs when choosing a mattress. 

Around 40 years ago, Texas Mattress Makers was formed with the mission of helping people avoid these mistakes — and providing them with mattresses that improve their sleep quality and their quality of life. Our experts will discuss these common mattress shopping mistakes and share their tips for mattress shopping so that you will have all of the knowledge you need to make the right decision the first time. 

1. Only shopping online

We are currently in an age where consumers are prioritizing convenience and cost over the quality of the product. In the mattress industry, online shopping has become the new norm and, although there can be benefits to this shopping method, it shouldn’t be the only method to utilize. 

Many online mattress retailers are, unfortunately, bed-in-a-box companies. We have spoken at length about how the only benefit to purchasing a mattress in a box is the low cost, but that low cost will end up costing you more money in the long run when you inevitably have to replace these poorly made mattresses. If you choose to only shop online for a mattress, it’s hard to escape the mattress in a box websites that won’t provide you with a quality product. 

However, if you choose to shop with Texas Mattress Makers, our experts can help you to shop for a mattress online that will benefit your unique needs guaranteed.

2. Going for the cheapest mattress

Mattress prices have become a concern for many buyers, especially over the last few years, which has made cheaper, lower-quality mattresses more appealing to the average consumer. However, we at Texas Mattress Makers believe that there are countless reasons why you should invest in a mattress — for your sleep quality and for your overall health. 

Let us make one thing clear, investing in a mattress doesn’t necessarily mean draining your bank account to get a quality bed. There are often serious differences between an expensive vs cheap mattress, but it is possible to find a great mattress that can fit your needs and your budget. Texas Mattress Makers creates mattresses that can suit a variety of needs at any price point. Even our more affordable mattresses are made with high-quality components that will give you the best sleep possible for less money. 

3. Not buying a mattress for your body type

When discussing tips for mattress shopping with our customers, learning how to choose the best mattress for your body type is the one that tends to surprise people. Your body type — more specifically where you carry your weight — and other important factors, like your sleeping position, can determine if you need a softer or firmer mattress. 

For example, if you have broad shoulders and sleep on your side, you will need a mattress that will give your shoulders and hips the proper support to keep your spine aligned while also having enough comfort to relieve pressure from these parts of your body. How you lay on your mattress matters.

Here at Texas Mattress Makers, we believe that mattresses are not one-size-fits-all products. Every person has separate mattress needs and should be able to find a mattress that works for their body. Our experts are dedicated to providing an inclusive shopping experience where we cater to sleepers of all sizes and body types in our showroom.

4. Only prioritizing comfort

Have you ever heard the phrase, “it just has to be comfy” when referring to mattresses? While comfort is a crucial part of the mattress shopping experience, it is not the only characteristic to pay attention to. You need a comfortable bed, yes, but you also need a supportive bed

The support system of a mattress is the foundation of the entire bed. If a mattress was made only of comfort components, you would sink right through it! The support components are what fill in the gaps between your body and your mattress by supporting your body weight and keeping your spine aligned as you sleep — regardless of sleep positions or firmness levels. 

Don’t choose a mattress just because it’s “comfy,” take the time to understand what supportive components you need to ensure that you don’t wake up with aches and pains. 

5. Not trying a mattress out in person

If you are going to remember one of our tips for mattress shopping out of this list, let it be this one. If a customer were to ask us, “What do you need to know before buying a mattress?” We would answer that you need to know how it feels in person before you commit to a purchase. 

Although online shopping can have its benefits, you cannot feel a mattress through a screen. When you buy without trying, you don’t know if that mattress is actually right for you! If your new mattress is too firm or too soft for your body, you may wake up with pains that will make it difficult for you to get the rest you deserve. 

Going to the mattress store in person and laying on it for more than a few minutes (we recommend 10-15) will give you the best idea of how that mattress will perform. The mattresses in our showroom are already “broken in” so you can get a better idea of how the bed will feel after it has been slept on frequently. 

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Avoid Mattress Shopping Mistakes with Texas Mattress Makers

When you choose to shop for a mattress at a Texas Mattress Makers showroom, you are more likely to walk away with a mattress that is a perfect fit for you and your needs. No more guessing, no more uncertainty, no more bad sleep. Our experts help you through every step of the process to find out what sleep habits make you unique and what components can satisfy those needs for the best quality sleep. 

If you’re in need of a new mattress, Texas Mattress Makers is here to help you get the sleep you deserve. 

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