Yes it’s confusing trying to buy a mattress. Especially if you don’t know anything about mattresses (which is 99% of the population). When you search online you get all kinds of crazy info. Usually put out there by somebody trying to steer you in their direction. I won’t try to cover everything on this blog post. What I will cover here is:
How to buy a mattress without getting the sunken middle after a short time
This is the spring system that most mattress stores sell “FOAM ENCASED COIL MATTRESS”
Look at these two photos: What you have here is the old style spring system.
(Not to be confused with the “Pocket coil” mattress) These are the old style spring systems that all mattress stores sell. They are the Leggett & Platt spring systems.
When shopping for a low cost mattress, a good spring mattress will be a better mattress than a cheap all foam one.
This is the low cost way to make a spring mattress. Lot’s of foam and very little steel. (Steel cost more than foam)
These low cost mattresses are “Foam Encased”. All you have to do when shopping for a new mattress is rub your hands along the side and tap the side. Cheap foam and small amount of steel. These will sink in the middle in about six months or so.
Whenever someone is interested or asks the questions about “How to get better sleep”, I often offer my help. (I have spent much time learning how to get the best sleep). We take a look at various things of interest such as: Better quality mattresses, the correct mattress, pillows, protectors and accessories. I have spent much time and energy finding the correct products along with general guides to proper or correct sleep. It’s surprising how many people have never really taken the time to get that type of information. After all, a third of your life is sleeping and good sleep is essential to health, happiness and even success. Of course adjustable beds are a great improvement over tradition beds. However there are even more ways to help improve sleep.
There is some new technology these days which I believe helps take sleep to another level. These are “Sleep Monitoring Devices“. There are several new products on the market. Some use pillows while others use blankets or a mattress pad. The one that I like is an APP using the Apple watch. The best one that I have found is the “Sleep Watch” APP. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sleep-watch-by-bodymatter/id1138066420?mt=8
This APP allows the user to monitor many things such as: how much deep sleep they are getting and how much of a dip in heart rate you have. It also offers suggestions such as “Try not to eat right before bed”. (That one was a wake up call to me) (No pun intended). There are many other things that you can learn from this APP which will help your sleeping patterns.
If you are not up to date on having the correct mattress, proper pillow, sheets, adjustable bed, correct sleep positions and latest sleep technology……. Come by and let’s talk. I can help improve your sleep!
Latex mattresses are a great option if you can’t afford a Temper-pedic. (Latex is the next best thing).
Latex offers quality, comfort, support, and durability. It’s bouyant and resilient properties offer very promising results when it comes to longevity, not to mention the comfort.
It is common to find latex in hybrid mattresses, pairing latex at the top with either a spring system or a high dense polyurethane foam as the core support of the mattress. No matter what properties you may be looking for in your latex mattress, Charleston Bedding specializes in latex mattresses!
All mattress stores advertise “Low price” mattresses. Then they start adding gimmicks to make people think they have something special.
One chain advertises “No deceptive advertising” which is funny to me because many things they do are somewhat deceptive and full of “Bull”. They advertise and indicate that they are a “Mom & Pop” store while they have over 12 locations in at least three different States. They do so because they believe that many people want to do business with a “Mom & Pop” type of store. Then, they advertise….. “Super low overhead / because we don’t spend much on advertising”. Meanwhile they spend plenty of money on online advertising. Then they top everything off by posting reviews they wrote themselves.
Because most people are impulse shoppers, this type of advertising works and I’m sure they sell plenty of mattresses. That’s because these days people are in a hurry and don’t want to get in more traffic and drive to another store to compare.
Charleston Bedding is a true Mom & Pop store. Our advertising budget is a few hundred dollars per month. (We depend on our customers to spread the word about us). We also cut out the middle men. At this store you are talking with the actual owner who gets his mattresses directly from the factory. Therefore we are able to offer the lowest prices in town and better quality.
It’s these types of gimmicks that makes us choose the slogan “Charleston most trusted mattress store”. We try to be as honest as possible and are able to offer the best product at the lowest prices.
UPDATE to this BLOG: The online mattress business is a brand new concept. Therefore the changes are occurring rapidly. At this point what I have seen with these online stores is an average mattress at best. When you compare our mattresses that cost less, you will find that our mattresses are much better quality.
Online advertisements for mattresses have popped up everywhere in the past few years. This type of sales / advertising is successful because of a few factors.
People tend to buy a mattress a lot of times on impulse. They get up and decide that their mattress was not so comfortable last night and “hey, it’s seems like a good day to buy a mattress”
People often buy a mattress based on online reviews. (Reviews work good when buying a refrigerator or lawnmower… So why not mattresses?)
We are all busy these days and do not have time to get in the car and visit a few stores. (It’s much easier to just sit on the computer, do some research and buy)
Unfortunately buying a mattress is not the same as some other items. It’s a pretty big investment and unlike buying a new shirt, you will be wearing that new mattress 8 hours a day, 7 days a week for the next 3-10 years.
Another factor is: These online reviews are not reliable. They are often controlled by these new online mattress companies. I have seen brand new online mattress companies enter the market the first day with 5000 top rated reviews (that they wrote about themselves).
Almost all of these online mattress stores have one thing in common. They ship lighter weight mattresses to save money. (Our mattresses are much too heavy to ship). If you don’t believe me just come in and try to lift one. The only way to ship a heavy mattress is via common carrier truck line (which is much too expensive). So what do these new mattress stores do? (They reduce the weight). They usually ship by vacuuming the air out. This combined with low density foam allows it to work. (Our mattresses are heavy foam or filled with heavy steel and will not compress).
Online mattress stores can only describe what the mattress will feel like. (Hey, if you don’t like it, we’ll refund your money). That policy usually works because most people are usually replacing a terrible mattress so that any new mattress is an improvement.
A mattress store however is a much better option! They will have a showroom and display many different options, some of which are very similar with the same type of construction. Buying a mattress is like buying a new pair of shoes, some slight variances make a difference. (A few more inches of foam on top feels better so some people while less is better to others). It is much better to have options and get the right fit for you).
Price? (Mattress stores are generally going to beat online stores when it comes to price). It does not matter if you are getting the low price or the high price. When you compare retail to online the retail store will win out. These online stores are top heavy in advertising and shipping costs. They simply cannot compete with a store that gets a truckload of mattresses delivered all to the same place while cutting out some middle men.
The bottom line is that you will probably get a better mattress, sleep better and get a better quality mattress for less money at a local store that specializes in mattresses. It’s worth a few hours of your time to visit a couple of stores if it means that you will be getting better sleep and rest for many years to come.
If you are a college student coming to Charleston, we are your best source for a new mattress. We are located just 10 minutes from downtown. We deliver downtown every day. We have any size and style of mattress including frames.
What any student needs is a good night’s sleep. That means that you need good support. We have great supporting mattresses for as low as $250 in Queen size and $235 in Full Size.
If you don’t want to come into the store, I can quickly and easily ease your mind as to which mattress is right for you. Just call now: 843-568-4545
If you do come into the store then it only takes 5 minutes for me to explain the differences and find the right fit for you. You will leave feeling confident that you have purchased the correct mattress for you and at the right price.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get you lined up for that new mattress so that you can focus on getting that college degree!
Last year about 350,000 people had hip surgery in the U.S.A. It is my opinion that some of these could have been avoided simply by those people sleeping on a more supportive mattress.
Recently I was on vacation for a week. During that time I slept on a traditional design mattress made by one of the seven “S” brand names. As soon I laid on the mattress I knew I would have trouble. It was simply not supporting my body properly. All my weight seemed to go straight to my hip. (Forget even thinking about laying on my back as that would have completely ruined my vacation with my back going out). While on my side my upper body weight went down to my hip and the weight below my hip traveled up to the hip. The first night I tried putting a pillow under my hip but that was futile. I was miserable the whole week and my hip was starting to hurt during the daytime, which it never does otherwise. It was during that week that I really felt sorry for all the people who purchased this particular type of mattress. They would have spend over $1500 for this king size set. Therefore they would naturally think that it is not the mattress but their own aging or whatever.
When you lay on a mattress you want and need support. It does not have to feel like the floor but it does need to support your weight evenly. You should be able to lay on your back or side and feel your weight being evenly distributed. On your side you should feel your body weight along the side of your body and not just your hip. Then just choose the one that feels best. (Durability is important at this point and should be considered. It is at this point that you need to understand the construction of the mattress with regard to the type of foam, density of the foam, type of spring system and gauge of the steel). Otherwise you could purchase a mattress that initially feels supportive but due to low quality material quickly loses it’s integrity. This will usually be due to thin gauge steel coils or poor quality polyurethane foam.
How do you know that you are getting good construction and quality material? You will have to do some homework and comparison shopping. (If the salesperson does not know the construction of the their mattresses then you should keep moving).
I do not believe in non-supportive mattresses. Therefore I do not display or offer them. Everything here is supportive. Come try them out before you buy.