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How to choose your mattress thickness

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How to choose your mattress thickness

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If you’ve done your research prior to shopping for a mattress, you already know that specifications such as the size, material type, and foundation can have a great impact on the quality of your sleep. Did you also know that mattress thickness can also be an important factor? If you buy a mattress with a foundation layer of only 3 or 4 inches out of a total of 10 inches, then it’s probably not going to last very long. Insufficient foundational support often leads to sagging within a couple of years. Thicker mattresses, especially those with a thicker base, tend to enjoy a longer life and have longer warranties.

Consider the layers

Mattresses usually have between two to five layers; together, these layers come together to perform specific functions. The top 1-2 layers form the comfort layers and are where most of the initial feeling of your mattress comes from. These layers are responsible for features such as cooling and reducing motion transfer. The middle, or support layer, provides a balance of flexibility and rigidity to support proper spinal alignment. Finally, the foundation layer plays a major role in compression support for heavier sleepers as well as making the mattress durable.

Suggestions by weight

People weighing 225 pounds or less should expect to sleep comfortably on a 9-inch mattress for the expected lifespan of the mattress. People weighing between 225 and 275 pounds will find that a thicker mattress meets their needs better and that a 10-inch mattress is more suitable. People weighing in excess of 275 pounds may wish to consider a 12-inch mattress or up to ensure their continued comfort.

Pros and cons

A thicker mattress, especially in the foundation layer, will ensure a mattress will take your weight without compressing or sagging. Conversely, a thicker mattress will come with its own drawbacks. A 12″ queen size memory foam mattress can often weigh 100 pounds more if there are springs inside the mattress which can cause problems if your chosen bed frame is not suitable. A too-tall bed can be problematic for a user with mobility problems. Thicker mattresses tend to be pricier because they need more materials to make a bigger comfort layer and a thicker foundation. Lastly, thicker mattresses tend to require deeper or specialized bedding rather than just any random set of sheets.

Some of the basic considerations when deciding what mattress thickness is right for you:

  • Will you be sharing the bed with someone else?

  • Do you have a heavier body?

  • How long is an acceptable warranty?

It is also worth noting that not all mattresses have to be extra thick to meet your needs. For example, when comparing a foam vs. spring mattress, the latter can be thinner while still providing great support and durability. The staff at BoxDrop Corpus Christi has over a decade of experience in the business and can help find the perfect mattress for you with their many options.  Call us at 361-876-4445 to set up a mattress consultation appointment or visit us at 1251 Nile Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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