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Top Tips To Buying A Mattress

Buying a new mattress is a big investment. After all, you spend a third of your life sleeping, so it needs to be right! What is the best mattress to buy? And what are the things to look for in a mattress? At Woolroom, we understand the importance of choosing the right mattress, so we’ve got seven top tips to ensure you get it right first time round.

1. Spend your maximum budget and don't compromise

Sticking to a budget often determines how much we spend when buying a new mattress. But waking up feeling fully rested and refreshed day after day is priceless. And it’s not just your sleep you’re investing in, because your health also benefits massively from high-quality bedding. To put things into perspective, $2500 over ten years for two people is only 68 cents per night, which is well worth it for a comfortable night's sleep!

2. Always ask for advice and recommendations

Wondering what type of mattress is best for you? When you’re buying a new mattress, don’t forget to ask questions and make the most of the sales advisor’s expert knowledge. They are there to give advice and guide you through the process from start to finish. The customer care team here at Woolroom are highly trained and are ready to help guide you to your perfect night's sleep.
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3. Choosing the right tension is key to comfort and support

The Wooly Mattress is expertly designed to give you a comfortable but supportive feel. If you prefer an extra slice of softness and coziness to sink into, The Wooly Combo is the perfect option for you. Our mattresses, toppers, comforters and pillows are all extremely comfortable, allowing you to drift off to sleep in an all-natural, chemical-free environment.
We always recommend trying to avoid a mattress that’s too soft, as this will cause your hips and shoulders to pinch in and your spine to curve downwards, putting pressure on your joints and muscles, which over a prolonged period of time can cause pain and discomfort. Not exactly a happy recipe for a good night’s sleep!

On the flip side, you should also try to avoid something too firm. A mattress which is robustly firm puts unnecessary strain on your shoulders and hips and is unlikely to support the lumber region of the spine, which can cause back pain or stiffness in those high-pressure areas.

The base the mattress is on will also affect the tension. Slatted bases will firm up a mattress significantly - something to bear in mind when deciding on which tension to go for when buying a new mattress. Our Wooly Mattress and Combo can be used on any surface. However, we recommend a box spring if possible, as this will increase the life of the mattress.

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4. The base is more important than you might think

Getting restless at night? Consider changing your bed base. A mattress is designed to contour to you, so it will also contour to the base. While it may look in good shape today, ask yourself if the base will last another ten years. An old base can ruin a new mattress very quickly. A wooden or metal slatted base will firm a mattress significantly, so it’s always best to look for a spring option if possible. It’s also recommended that the gap between the slats is no more than 4 inches wide to ensure maximum performance of the mattress.

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5. Head and neck support are also very important

When you’re buying a new mattress, you should consider picking up a new pillow at the same time. The position of the head and therefore the neck and spine are crucial in finding comfort.

With our wool pillows, you'll get all the support you need for a great night's sleep, and the assurance that you're sleeping with only the most natural materials. Browse our wool pillows today:

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6. Carefully consider the size of your mattress

The width and length of the mattress you choose are very important in providing a comfortable sleeping experience, so one of our top tips for buying a mattress is to carefully consider the size. For example, if there are two people sharing the bed, sleeping on a full size is like sleeping on a cot mattress! For maximum comfort, think about upgrading to a Queen or King-size mattress that offers a little more width and extra length, perfect for those who are perhaps a little taller.

Remember to match up your mattress protector and/or topper with the size of the bed. This will increase the life of your mattress by at least a couple of years. And most importantly, always choose a wool mattress protector to go over a natural mattress, otherwise you won't get the full benefits of having an all-natural mattress.

As an added bonus, when you purchase a Classic, Deluxe or Luxury mattress with a Deluxe Mattress Protector, you’ll qualify for our 100 Night Sleep Trial - taking the risk out of buying.  
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7. Check the contents and filling of your mattress, always choose natural materials

While some synthetic fibers and materials may generate comfort, they can also lead to a significant reduction in breathability and temperature control. That’s why we strongly recommend thinking about your mattress filling before committing and buying a new mattress. Natural fillings such as wool will breathe significantly better than latex, polyester, polyurethane forma and memory foam.

All synthetic mattresses will use some form of toxic fire-retardant spray, causing an unnatural chemical smell and potentially even skin irritation. Does your mattress meet the US regulations (CFR 1632 and CFR 1633) and is it labelled correctly? Have you considered how your mattress meets these standards? If so, which chemicals does it use and what potential impact could these have on your sleeping environment?

With Woolroom, you can sleep easy knowing that without the use of any chemicals or flame retardants, you'll be getting the most natural night's sleep yet.

How can we guarantee this? We've tested all of our mattresses and bedding at the University of Bangor for chemical off-gassing, and we’re proud to say that they came back with less than 0.03% of chemical tracing (believed to be residue from plastic packaging used in storage and transit for protection). We did this because we truly care what you sleep on - and under!

Now you’ve had the chance to read through our top tips for buying a mattress, it's time to choose the perfect mattress for you. Take a look at The Wooly Mattress, and discover what type of mattress is best for a happy, healthy sleep solution.

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