3 Common Bed Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Finding a new bed that fits your needs requires knowing what can hinder your progress. Here are common bed buying mistakes and how to avoid them.

1 in 3 adults doesn’t get enough sleep, according to the CDC. Common reasons include stress, anxiety, pain, and depression.

The type of bed that you have can affect your sleep quality as well. For example, sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause or worsen back pain.

Looking to buy a new bed? Want to know what some of the most common bed buying mistakes are? If so, you’re at the right place.

We’ll be sharing some helpful tips below. To learn more, read the rest of the post!

1. Buying a Mattress That’s Too Firm

A firm mattress won’t be able to conform to your body properly. For one thing, it won’t be able to keep your spine in proper alignment throughout the night; it’ll only be able to provide support on the heaviest parts of the body (e.g. shoulders, hips).

Not only that, but it can create pressure points on the shoulder and pelvic areas. This can cause pain and aches, particularly for those who sleep on their sides.

At the end of the day, you want to choose a firmness level that’s right for you. For example, those who are heavier tend to prefer firmer mattresses. 

2. Buying a Mattress That’s Too Soft

A mattress that’s too soft can cause your shoulders and hips to sink in. Not only that, but it can also push your spine out of alignment, which can lead to back pain.

It can be problematic for bed-sharers as well. That is, it can cause the heavier partner to sink in, making the sleeping surface unbalanced.

And over time, the mattress will get softer. In other words, it won’t last as long as its firmer counterparts. For example, it’s not uncommon for a softer mattress to become unusable after just a few years.

With that said, they can be a good option for lightweight sleepers (those under 130 pounds).

3. Buying a Bed That’s the Wrong Size 

There are many different bed sizes to choose from. When deciding, always measure your bedroom. As a general rule, you want to leave at least 30 inches around each side, and at the end; that’ll give you enough space to walk around the bed.

Also, consider the amount of bed space available. For example, you might want to go for a king-sized bed if you’re sharing with a partner—it’ll give each person 8” of additional space compared to a queen-sized bed.

If it’s just for yourself, however, you can probably get away with a double. If you want, you can even add a double bed canopy (assuming that you have enough space in your room).

Common Bed Buying Mistakes to Avoid

And there you have it—three common bed buying mistakes. As you can see, there are various things to consider when you’re shopping around, especially when you’re buying beds online.

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