- 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 set:
None of these is a foolproof indication that
you need a new mattress, but they are worthy of some
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 another'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
- What are the dimensions of
standard size mattresses?
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.
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)
- 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
A box spring serves as the shock absorber
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.
- What is important in a mattress
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
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
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
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