How to Shop for a Mattress: 4 Tips for Success

Shopping for a mattress can feel a bit overwhelming with all the companies on the market today vying for your business, but only Bob can get you Bob’s Discount on your mattress and help you navigate the shopping process. That’s why I simplified the shopping process with these four mattress-buying tips that will make your life easier.

1. Select a Bed for Your Head

Select a supportive pillow before you choose a mattress | Bob's Discount Furniture
Even the perfect mattress isn’t complete without a great pillow

The best, most supportive and comfortable mattress is meaningless without a good pillow. So before you kick off your shoes and start lying on mattresses, you need to find a good pillow. If you don’t, your head, neck and spine won’t be properly aligned.

To help you home in on the perfect bed for your head, I created pillows based on specific sleep styles: side sleeper, back sleeper and stomach sleeper.

Side Sleeper Pillow

My specially-made side sleeper pillows are perfect for those who need extra neck support | Bob’s Discount Furniture

My specially-made side sleeper pillows are perfect for those who need extra neck support

Thicker pillows work better for side sleepers who need the support in their neck and head.

Back Sleeper Pillow

My pillows for those who sleep on their back will help keep your spine happy, healthy and perfectly aligned | Bob’s Discount Furniture

My pillows for those who sleep on their back will help keep your spine happy, healthy and perfectly aligned

Back sleepers typically need a pillow with a medium fill to align the spine.

Stomach Sleeper Pillow

My stomach sleeper pillows are thinner than other pillows and filled with a combination of shredded memory foam and fiber | Bob’s Discount Furniture

My stomach sleeper pillows are thinner than other pillows and filled with a combination of shredded memory foam and fiber

Thinner pillows work better for stomach sleepers to help provide proper spinal alignment. 

Looking for more of a traditional pillow? Check out these selections:

My Bob’s Pillow

My Bob's Pillow is one quality pillow at one unbeatable price | Bob's Discount Furniture
My Bob’s Pillow is one quality pillow at one unbeatable price

My Bob’s Pillow is one comfy bed for your head for one unbeatable price at just $30! This pillow is filled with Bob-O-Pedic clusters that contour to any person’s unique head and neck shape and are easily adjustable for maximum comfort.

Bob-O-Pedic Classic Pillow

Sleep luxuriously on the quilted fabric blend cover of my Bob-O-Pedic Classic Pillow | Bob’s Discount Furniture

Sleep luxuriously on the quilted fabric blend cover of my Bob-O-Pedic Classic Pillow

My Bob-O-Pedic Classic Pillow features cradling plush comfort, optimum pressure relief and Bob-O-Pedic Memory Foam. And don’t forget about the quilted fabric blend cover, which provides a soothing place to rest your head.

Bob-O-Pedic Gel Infused Pillow

The cooling properties of my Bob-O-Pedic Gel Infused Pillow will be a lifesaver for those who get uncomfortably warm when they sleep! | Bob’s Discount Furniture

The cooling properties of my Bob-O-Pedic Gel Infused Pillow will be a lifesaver for those who get uncomfortably warm when they sleep!

If you are a hot sleeper, my Bob-O-Pedic Gel Infused Pillow is for you! The ultra-light high-performance cover has built-in cooling properties for a cooler sleep surface. My Bob-O-Pedic Gel Memory Foam creates a perfect balance of support and comfort for optimal sleep!

Bob-O-Pedic Health Pillow

Wake up feeling refreshed and well-aligned after a night sleeping on my Bob-O-Pedic Health Pillow! | Bob’s Discount Furniture

Wake up feeling refreshed and well-aligned after a night sleeping on my Bob-O-Pedic Health Pillow!

My Bob-O-Pedic Health Pillow contours to your head and neck for proper alignment. Bob-O-Pedic Memory Foam adds a little extra comfort in all the right places.

2. Let Your Firmness Preference Guide Your Mattress Selection

Before you start testing out mattresses, think about what type of mattress in terms of construction, are you looking for. Do you enjoy the support of an innerspring, the comfort of Memory Foam or a hybrid feel of both? 

Next, determine your firmness preference. Do you enjoy a super soft mattress? Would you rather sleep on a firm surface, or do you like something in the middle? Check out my firmness scale to help determine your preference. All of my mattresses are rated on a scale of 1-8, with 1 being ultra-plush and 8 being extra firm. Look for the firmness ranking to give you a better idea of the feel that you expect in a mattress.

3. Choose Your Foundation Based on the Functionality of Your Room

My Montana Storage Bed is just the thing for those in need of extra storage space | Bob’s Discount Furniture

My Montana Storage Bed is just the thing for those in need of extra storage space

Don’t overlook the foundation as just an item that holds your mattress. There are a variety of different foundation options, and you want to make sure you select one that best fits the functionality of the room.

Short on Storage

If you’re in need of extra space to stow clothes and bed linens, then a storage bed is a great option for you. This bed features a higher profile with extra drawers for storage. If you do select a storage bed, consider going with a thinner mattress.

Going for the Sleek Look

Does your room have that sleek look you don’t want to disrupt with a chunky bed? Try a platform bed to maintain your aesthetic.

Trusty Traditional

Going for more of a traditional look? Check out my variety of foundations for any mattress size.

Have a Thick Mattress?

If you already have a thick mattress, the last thing you want to do is add a big foundation underneath. Climbing into bed at night shouldn’t feel like a workout, so make it easy on yourself and go for a low-profile foundation. 

 Power Up Your Bed

My Power Bob Essential Adjustable Base with Bob-O-Pedic Gem Queen Mattress | Bob's Discount Furniture
Enjoy the convenience of my Power Bob Essential Adjustable Base and the comfort of my Bob-O-Pedic Gem Queen Mattress

Do you like the convenience of an adjustable base and all the bells and whistles that go along with it? My Power Bob Ultra Adjustable Base is voice-activated and features preset positions, Bluetooth speakers, massage capability, a wireless remote and even LED under-bed lighting.

4. Protect your Investments!

A new mattress is a big investment, so make sure you take care of it and protect it against spills, dust and dirt. Life happens, but we don’t want them to leave a permanent stain!*  And don’t forget about the health benefits of using a mattress protector. My mattress protectors help protect against dust, dirt and bed bugs.

*Accidental stains void the warranty. 

Fitted Mattress Protector

My Fitted Mattress Protector acts as a waterproof barrier against accidental spills and helps prevent dust mites from entering your mattress. You won’t even notice the breathable natural terry cloth surface

Total Encasement Mattress Protector

The Total Encasement Mattress Protector offers six-sided protection with a zipper on the underside. You can sleep soundly knowing the Total Encasement Protector acts as a waterproof barrier and protects against bed bugs and dust mites.

5-Sided Cooling Mattress Protector

Don’t like feeling hot when you sleep? My 5-Sided Cooling Mattress Protector uses a cooling fiber technology that disperses your body heat five times faster than regular polyester protectors. The protector also contains a wick-away function that manages moisture and transports perspiration away from the body. Plus, it protects your mattress from stains, dust mites and allergens. 

There you have it, four tips to help you achieve the best night’s sleep you’ll ever have! Once you’ve found your perfect mattress match, be sure to tag me @mybobs for a chance to see yourself on our social media feeds!

About the author / Bob

I consider myself the luckiest spokespuppet ever because I get to talk about the thing I love the most everyday – furniture! Tufted headboards, rustic finishes, the difference between a sofa and a couch (yes, there is a difference)… I could go on and on. Oh, I just love furniture and I’m SO excited that I have this blog to share my passion with you! It may take me a little longer to create posts – have you ever tried typing with clay hands – but I look forward to talking furniture with you!

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