The bed that worked well for you as a single person may not suit your needs once you get married. Many engaged couples spend some time putting together a gift registry or choosing new furnishings for the home that they will share together. Here are some tips on how to choose your first mattress as a couple.
As a single person, you may have had sufficient space in a twin or full bed. Your first mattress as a couple will need to be bigger for your comfort. If you or your partner move around in your sleep, consider a king or California king mattress. If your bedroom can accommodate it, bigger is always better.
Check Out Some Options in Person
If possible, check out some mattress options in person. Put on some clean socks and a pair of shoes that is easy to slide on and off. Sit or lay down on several different mattresses. Try different firmness levels. This is also a good time to decide if a queen, king or California king is the right size for you as a couple.
Do Some Online Research
You might prefer to buy your mattress online, especially if you’re not one who likes sales pitches. If you don’t live close to a mattress store, online shopping will be more convenient. Check the shipping and return policies before making your purchase. Most mattress companies will let you try their mattress free for 30 or 60 days.
Go for a Test Drive
Once you have a few mattresses on your shortlist of options, consider booking a night or two in a hotel that uses those mattresses in its rooms. You could enjoy a romantic getaway and find out if this is the right mattress for you. By sleeping on a mattress for a night, you will get a feel for its level of support, its ability to help you maintain a comfortable body temperature and its ability to reduce motion transfer.
Consider Your Preferences
Think about how you sleep and your sleep preferences. For example, if you’re a stomach sleeper, a firm mattress is best. However, if your sleep partner is a back or side sleeper, they might prefer a softer mattress. You could choose a mattress that is in the middle like the BedStory Memory Foam mattress that is the best of both worlds. It’s a hybrid mattress that has both memory foam and pocket springs to offer support and comfort at the same time.
Another option is to choose a king mattress that is split into two or buy two twin mattresses and put them on a king size bed frame. This allows you to choose the perfect mattress to suit you both and accommodate your individual comfort preferences.
Think About What Is Inside the Mattress
Think about what is inside of the mattress. If you or your partner has asthma, a sleep disorder or allergies, consider a mattress certified through the CertiPUR-US program. The CertiPUR-US products include a polyurethane foam that is made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP flame retardants. These mattresses are also free of heavy metals, ozone depleters, phthalates, formaldehyde, lead, and mercury. If you’re concerned about off-gassing or chemicals, choose one of these CertiPUR-US mattresses.
Focus on Quality
You spend about one-third of your life in bed. When you get a quality night’s sleep every night, you’re in a better mood. This will have a big impact on your life as a newlywed and throughout your marriage. When you and your spouse are well-rested, you’ll enjoy each other more, feel better and be ready for the start of each new day. Focus on the quality of the mattress, and consider it an investment in both your health and your relationship.