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July 2021

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How do I choose a Mattress?


There are so many Choices of Mattresses!

Wow, there are a lot of choices in mattresses! Where do I begin to figure it out? This seems to be a major question in a lot of items today….there are just so many variables and features. To make a good choice, you need to understand what is in a mattress and what kind of sleep support it will give!


Many people decide what mattress to purchase by price. Generally that will get you a mattress but not necessarily a comfortable sleep. You need to understand your body’s needed support to get the best sleep. Let’s look at a couple of mattress styles and their characteristics! This will help you understand what mattresses offer today.


Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses are the way mattresses have been made for many years.

Steel springs will be the core of the support system. There are variables in the number of coils as well as the weight of the steel. Coil counts may range from 188 coils to 2000 coils. The size of the coil will vary as well and there may be a coil inside a coil….and all the coils count! The gauge of steel makes a difference in how the body weight will be supported. A “1” gauge steel would be as large as a pencil and is used many times as a border wire. A 13 gauge is lighter weight than a 12 gauge, and therefore would give a softer feel. How the coils are connected as well as the steel weight will vary the feel.

Innerspring mattresses were originally made with padding on both sides so that the bed could be flipped. I should say, had to be flipped to even out the wear patterns. Many people did not or could not flip their beds and body impressions became evident. Because of this problem, many manufacturers came up with easy care beds which did not require flipping.



Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses have become very popular in the last 30 years. Specialty foams are memory foam and latex foam. These two foams have different characteristics and therefore offer support much different from each other!


Memory Foam

Memory foam is a synthetic closed cell foam. It allows for you to sink into it, so it

cradles your body without pressure points. Because of the closed cell, it reflects your body temperature back up. Serta iComfort has added a blue cooling gel to the foam to help keep you cooler. Remember that there are many ways to make a foam mattress, by adding different layers of foams-not all layers will be memory foam! This is the way to get variable prices! Memory foam reacts to temperature, so it will be firmer in colder temperatures and gets softer the warmer it is. This foam allows you to sink into it, cuddling every part of your body.


Latex Foam

Latex foam is a natural product, much like real foam rubber. It is made from the sap of a tree, then cooled to get the foam consistency. It is poured into a shape that is like a ‘bed of nails.’

Because of this design, latex foam breaths and does not cause you to sleep warm. Latex has a firmer tendency which gives more support to your body. You will lay more on this foam, feeling it pushing up giving your body support

These two foams have longer life resiliency, so usually carry longer warranties. Their feels do not change over time like polyurethane foams, so you want to make sure you love the feel! Remember, memory foam you will sink in and latex foam you will sleep on!


Hybrid Mattresses

The hybrid mattress is a combination of coils and specialty foams. Today people are intrigued by the specialty foam beds but do not want to jump into an all foam bed. Hybrid Mattresses combine the innerspring system with memory foam or latex foam padding systems to take advantage of the benefits of both technologies. Hybrid mattresses allow you to enjoy the perfect blend of sturdy support and contouring comfort.

The coils and the padding systems the are two main variables, but other things like the foundation as well as your bed support system can cause variable feels.


We will help you understand the difference as you try each of the bed styles, so come with some time to relax and try the support system styles. Looking at a bed or sitting on the edge is not going to give you the best understanding of how your body will feel after 8 hours of sleep. We have selected beds made by Serta,

IComfort, Serta Perfect Sleepers and Majestic Sleep, and all made in Michigan with 100% American products. Come on over and we will help you find the perfect mattress!

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How Do I Choose the Right Mattress?

Selection of the correct support system is a very difficult job. There are so many different firmnesses! Do you pick coils? How many coils is the best? Which kind of foams will not sag? There are many questions about mattresses, because there are so many ways manufacturers make them. The key is to get the correct system to support your body comfortably!


At TriCity Furniture, we carry many different styles of mattresses, including traditional coil spring, specialty foams made with Memory Foam and Latex Rubber, and also hybrids, which use coils and specialty foams.

Let’s take a look at some questions that should help you narrow in on which bed would be the best for you!

Mattress Sizes

Who is the Mattress For?

  • Is this bed for yourself or you and a partner?

  • Is this bed for a child moving out of a crib or an older child?

  • Will this bed be used occasionally by guest?

  • Is this mattress set for your cottage?


What is Wrong with the Old Mattress?

  • Why do you need a new mattress?

  • Is your mattress old and worn out?

  • Is it just too small?

  • Do you want to upgrade to a better quality to improve my quality of sleep?

  • Do you and your partner roll together to the middle?

  • Did you recently have a great night’s sleep at a hotel and want to look Purchasing a new bed?

What Prevents Good Sleep?

  • Do you have trouble getting comfortable, so you toss and turn?

  • Do you have back or neck pain that makes it hard to fall asleep?

  • Do you wake up in the night because you are too hot or cold?

  • Does your partner move around and it wakes you up?

  • Is your mattress sagging and just uncomfortable?

Do You Know What is Inside a Mattress?

  • Are you sleeping on an innerspring mattress now and prefer to stay with that?

  • Are you sleeping on an innerspring mattress now but am open to other types?

  • Are you sleeping on a specialty foam such as Memory Foam and would like to grade to a better specialty foam bed?

In What Position Do You Sleep?

  • Do you sleep on your stomach?

  • Do you sleep on your side?

  • Do you sleep on your back?

  • Does your sleep position vary?

Your answers will provide us with better understanding for the support system your body needs. It is important to support you entire body throughout the night, for less aches and pains when you wake up.


You Deserve A Good Night’s Sleep! Visit our mattress showroom and talk to one of our “Comfort Experts” to determine the perfect mattress for you. You’ll be surprised to find our mattress prices are competitive with box-retail mattress stores!

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