Frequently Asked Questions
When is it time to replace a mattress and box spring set?
The mattress industry recommends that you replace your mattress after 8-10 years of continuous use. However, this is just a guideline as the quality of your set and the weight of the person(s) sleeping on the mattress will affect its longevity. Also, comfort preferences change over time so you may sleep better on a harder or softer mattress after a few years.
Following are some other signs that may indicate it's time for a new mattress and box spring set:
- The mattress is sagging in the center or around the edges.
- You roll into your partner in the middle of the bed.
- You feel the coils when lying on the mattress.
- There are wires or coils sticking out.
- You hear creaks or other noises when you turn over.
- The bed wobbles or sways when you move.
- The mattress is comfortable in some places and positions but not in others.
- The box spring has an uneven or sagging surface.
- You sleep better when staying in a hotel or with friends and relatives.
- Your mattress is too soft; doesn't support your back properly.
- Your mattress is too hard, causing your arm or other extremity to fall asleep or tingle when sleeping on your side or stomach.
- Your mattress is too small—you may need a wider or longer mattress for more elbow room for you and your spouse.
None of these is a foolproof indication that you need a new mattress, but they are worthy of some consideration.
What should I look for in a mattress and box spring set to ensure I get good support?
While layers of quality upholstery padding provide comfort, it is the coil springs that provide most of the support. There should be over 300 coils in a full size mattress. Coil count alone does not ensure quality support, however—the gauge of the wire is also important. The lower the gauge number, the thicker and more durable the coil (13 gauge is thicker than 15 gauge).
The word "firm" can also be misleading. One manufacturer's "firm" may feel harder than anther's "extra firm". Regardless, most orthopedic surgeons and mattress manufacturers say the most important concern when buying a mattress is not firmness, but support.
The only way to determine if the support is right for you is to lie down and try out the mattress.
What are the dimensions of standard size mattresses?
Twin: 38" x 75"
Full: 53" x 75"
Queen: 60" x 80"
King: 76" x 80"
California King: 72" x 84" (can be used to replace a waterbed mattress)
When choosing a mattress, make comfort a priority—bigger is usually better. A healthy sleeper moves 40 to 60 times per night, so you need freedom of motion. If you sleep with a partner, you should purchase a queen or king size mattress; they are wider and 5" inches longer than the standard double or full size mattress.
How should I compare mattresses to find the one for me?
If you compare from store to store, shopping by model name will only lead to frustration. Manufacturers make minor modifications to their mattresses and change the name so it is difficult to compare. To be sure, ask to see a cutaway model. Check for quality upholstery padding, and heavy gauge coil springs. Ask questions and compare, feature for feature. Then you can decide if it's a real value. Pieces/ Parts
Do I need to purchase a new box spring?
A box spring serves as the shock absorb-er for your mattress. A wood platform or any other foundation with no give will reduce the life and comfort of a mattress. Don't try to save money by not replacing the box spring with the mattress. An old foundation suffers from metal fatigue and will shorten the life of your mattress. A box spring is designed as a working partner with the innerspring it supports. The more wood and wire, the better—so demand heavy gauge wire springs and solidly built wooden frames.
Do I need a firm mattress?
Correct support is essential for proper rest. A good mattress will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture. A mattress that is too hard supports only your shoulders and hips. You must feel comfortable and secure with all the heavy parts of your body well supported. And pay no attention to labels—one manufacturer's "firm" may be another's "extra firm". You be the judge and you'll usually sleep better.
What is important in a mattress warranty?
Warranties may be the most misunderstood part of mattress shopping and are of little help in judging mattress quality. Most manufacturers offer a 10-year warranty on their premium models, although some last up to 30 years or a lifetime. Does this mean your mattress and box spring will last 30 years or a lifetime before it wears out? Probably not. Warranties cover defects in materials and workmanship, not the gradual loss of comfort or support. When you are shopping, focus on finding a mattress with the best support and most comfortable padding at a price you can afford, not on the length of the manufacturer's warranty.
Do your mattresses have edge supports?
A mattress with a thicker gauge steel that is tempered will provide all the edge support needed, so why spend extra money on something that isn't necessary? Beds wear out where they are slept on or possibly on the edge if you sit there for hours every day. When the edge is broken down, it is most likely time to replace your mattress because you are probably not getting proper support anymore.
What do I do if I can't get a box spring upstairs?
A King size set comes standard with split box springs. Sometimes people need split box springs for a queen size, and in rare cases for a full size, in order to move it into older homes or up tight stairways. At Original Mattress Factory, we are happy to help you by manufacturing a box spring solution that will work. Split box springs offer the same support as a one-piece box spring; however, a center support is a must on your queen or full size frame when using split box springs.
Do you make odd-size special mattresses?
We are always happy to create special or odd-size mattresses to fit antique beds, campers, boats and a variety of other uses. If you have trouble finding sheets and other bedding to fit, either buy a flat sheet for a size larger than your special mattress and tuck it in under or try JC Penney's or Lands End catalogs which offer some odd-size sheets.
How To Find the Right Mattress
1. Go To a Reputable Store
Many stores sell mattresses, but for the best selection, service and prices, you should seek a knowledgeable salesperson. A reputable specialist will offer a wide variety of benefits such as free delivery, installation of your new bed, removal and disposal of your old bed. They should also be able to guide you through the confusing maze of available options. If you are made to feel at ease when trying out beds, you have probably found the right place for you to buy.
2. Don’t get Confused
The technological advances in the mattress industry have been astounding in the past 10 years. If you haven’t shopped for a mattress lately, you will be impressed and perhaps a bit surprised at the selection of comforts, the span of qualities and the range of prices. Avoid looking at too many different mattresses; this can cause confusion. Look to your salesperson as the expert who can help you make an informed decision.
3. Try Them Out (Lie Down)
When your salesperson shows you a mattress, lie down on it in the position in which you usually sleep. Close your eyes to block out any distracting stimuli. Use a pillow if you sleep with one. Take several minutes to get a feel for the support and comfort the bed is providing. Sitting on the edge of the bed or testing it with your hands offers no indication of the comfort or support of the bed.
If you are a side sleeper, make sure the mattress offers enough cushioning for your shoulders and hips. Too hard a surface causes buildup of pressure points. This restricted circulation leads to more tossing and turning and less restful sleep. If you sleep with a partner, bring him/her with you so you can both try the mattress.
4. Buy the Best Mattress Set You Can Afford
Start by trying out the best that the store has to offer. If it is comfortable, supportive and affordable, you have found your bed. Keep looking until you are satisfied and buy the best quality you can afford. Remember, you will spend a third of your life on this new bed. The benefits you receive from a good night’s sleep will affect the way you look, feel and perform in life.
5. Don’t Forget the Accessories
Now is the best time to accessorize and you can often negotiate a package deal on everything you need. Once you have selected your new mattress and box spring, make sure you have the right accessories for them.
A new sleep set should be placed on a sturdy bed frame, one with a center support if you are buying full, queen or king size bedding.
A mattress pad should always be used to protect your investment and keep it clean for many years of good use. As with sheets, the higher the thread count, the better the pad.
Throw out those dusty old pillows! Proper spinal alignment while sleeping includes the right support for your head and neck. Try various pillows on the mattress you’ve selected and choose one that supports you comfortably.
Turning your mattress correctly in five easy steps
Turning Your Mattress Correctly In five (5) Easy Steps
Regular turning is critical. For the first three months after purchase, turn your mattress monthly; thereafter, every 90 days. Also, remember to rotate your box spring twice a year.
Push at corners A and B while mattress is lying flat.
Position mattress across bed so that it hangs over 1 foot.
Raise mattress up on edge as indicated in the illustration.
Let mattress fall gently toward head of bed as shown.
Push alternately on corners A and B to position mattress.
WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN THE MATTRESS BY YOURSELF.
This may result in personal injury or damage to your mattress. Handles should be used only to position the mattress. They may pull out if used to support the full weight of the mattress.