Major Considerations when Mattress Shopping

There are tons of guides on mattress shopping that you’ll find online but most of them will just tell you what to look for. However, it’s very important to take into consideration a series of factors that are unique to your situation and circumstance.

So, to help you be more thorough in your search, we’ve rounded up a few of the most important considerations that you should remember when mattress shopping.

Your Idea of Comfort

The most important thing that a lot of people might not know is that everyone can have different ideas of what feels comfortable. Some people prefer a firm mattress while others love sinking into their beds. This is why it’s very important to test out a mattress that you’re interested in, as it’s the only way you can determine whether a mattress is comfortable enough for you or not.

Your Weight

If you’re on the heavier side, it’s very important to consider your weight when shopping for a mattress. Soft mattresses, especially the ones made purely of foam have low density so they might not work out for you well.

Having low density means it doesn’t have a lot of resistance so your weight will most likely push the mattress downwards and have your back meet your bed base. In such cases, opting for high-density mattresses would be your best bet.

Your Budget

This one’s a no-brainer. If you’re going to buy a mattress, you should always consider your budget.

Your Bed Base

If the new mattress you’re eyeing will only replace an old one, it’s best to also take into consideration the bed base you already have. Not every bed base will work on foam mattresses, especially the thin and low-density ones. So if your base has slats, you might want to consider a thicker mattress or one with spring. A mismatched mattress and base can lead to accidents and uncomfortable sleep, so make sure to know which pairings work best.

We hope this quick list helps you out in your search for the right mattress for you. For more mattress options, you can also visit and shop at our website.


A Quick Guide to Salem Bed Sizing

One of the most important things to consider when shopping for a new mattress is the size. Pick one that’s too small and you might not just fit. Going for something too big, on the other hand, might not fit your bedroom.

Unfortunately, mattress sizing can differ from one brand to another. If you’re interested in a Salem Bed mattress which is probably the reason why you’re here and reading this, you might want to get to know how we size our beds. For that, here’s a quick guide:

Standard Widths

Generally speaking, the width measurements are pretty much standardized in mattress sizing. For our mattresses, here are our standard widths:

Single 36″

Semi-Twin 42″

Twin 48″

Double 54″

Queen 60″

King 72″

Regular and Irregular Sizes

In our website‘s product pages you’ll see our sizes listed as Regular and Irregular Sizes. These refer to the length of the mattresses. Our Regular or standard length measures 75″, while Irregular mattresses measure 78″.

California King Size

Those who want to go all out on their beds can also opt for our California King Size which measures 78″x80″.

Custom Sizes

Aside from the listed sizes, we also offer custom sizes. We can easily go in between all of the regular sizes with great ease.

We hope this guide gave you a solid idea how we size our items. If you have further questions regarding sizing, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. You can also learn more about our sizing recos here.

Personalize Your Bed for a Good Night’s Sleep


You might already be tired of hearing this from us, but because it’s true, we won’t get tired of saying that your bed is a huge factor in getting a good night’s sleep. Personalizing it is essential to get the most amount of comfort that you need to get great zzz’s. Doing this may sound pretty simple, but with all of the options available in the market today, choosing the right products can be a challenge.

To help you personalize your bed, here are some tips that you should keep in mind:

If you’re replacing your old mattress with a new one, make sure to try out the very product you’re planning to buy.

A lot of us tend to like ordering stuff online as it’s a lot easier to just click on the items you wish to purchase than actually go to a store. While you can already buy mattresses online, it’s still best to actually visit a store and try the mattresses out. We cannot stress this point enough: try out the mattresses out. This way, you can get the feel of the mattress before purchasing it.

Mattresses are made in different ways using a wide range of various materials so they definitely don’t feel alike at all. Not all mattresses will feel comfortable for you as well, so you need to look for one that allows your body to relax and provides ample support to your body’s curves and contours. You won’t be able to do that by just clicking on a product that seems nice on your screen, so, please, do yourself a favor and actually visit a mattress store before you make a decision.

Choose the right pillow for your sleeping style.

Pillows are just as important as picking the right mattress to buy but people always neglect getting a good pillow for their bed. Some just picks out the first thing they come across with, without too much thought.

As pillows help keep your spine properly aligned while you lay in bed, it’s an essential addition to your sleeping environment. You need one with a good lift but not too high to put strain on the muscles in your neck.

The problem with buying a pillow is that it’s hard to test them out in stores. Lots of pillows sold locally are vacuum-sealed so you don’t really know if it’s just the right amount of fluffiness or not. Make sure to ask if there’s a sample pillow so you can try to get its feel. You might also be able to stand flat against a wall and place a pillow behind your head just so you can get the feel and height of the pillow. It can be tricky, but if you want a good pillow, it’s something worth doing.

Be picky when it comes to sheets and blankets.

No one wants to use a scratchy bed sheet or blanket, so make sure to really feel the material of the sheets and blankets that you want to buy. Don’t purchase anything that feels rough and think that it might soften up after a few washes, because it’ll be a total waste if it didn’t. Go for something that already feels nice and cozy as soon as you touch it, so you’re guaranteed that you’ll get a nice sheet to sleep in.

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Create a cooler bedroom.

A cool bedroom will let you drift off to sleep easily as the body needs a drop of temperature to let you doze off. If you can’t afford having an air conditioning unit yet, you can always find ways to improve the air circulation in your bedroom by strategically placing fans and opening windows.

Make sure that you’re perfectly comfortable.

Lastly, a bed is not personalized enough if you’re not comfortable in it. Make sure that you are perfectly cozy in your bed, so you can easily welcome sleep every time you climb in it.


Mattress Shopping Tips for Your Little One’s Bedroom


Most parents often just buy the first mattress they see for their kids. Because kids hardly ever complain about body pains, a lot of us think that any mattress will work for them. Sadly, this isn’t exactly true. They still need to feel comfortable in order to sleep well, so finding the right mattress for them should also be a priority.

So, how do you shop for your kid’s mattress? Here are some tips.

Consider the age of your child and the size you want for them.

There are two very important things to remember if you want to get a bed for your child: the mattress’ size and your child’s age. A lot of parents like to get a baby bed for their kids, but that also means that they’ll grow out of it in just a couple of years. The downside here is that, some parents splurge on a kiddie bed frame and then skimp on the actual mattress, which is just wrong. The mattress should be a bigger priority than the cute bed, if you ask us. The mattress will actually ensure your child’s comfort, while a bed frame is more for the aesthetic (although, a good one can provide great additional support as well).

In any case, the mattress is more important, so, it’s best if you get them a good mattress that they can grow into. A regular sized (75 inches from Salem Bed) mattress is great because it will be long enough for them to grow into. Most parents opt for single sized (36 inches in width) for young kids, but going a bit bigger can provide more space and comfort for your child so you should also consider getting a twin (42 inches) or a semi-double (48 inches).

Let your child get a feel of the mattress before purchasing one.

We also suggest that your child should try out the mattresses before you get one for them. This way, you can be certain that they are comfortable. They may have some difficulty in determining the most comfortable mattress for them, so make sure to get the assistance of a salesperson to help your kid try out some good mattresses that they might enjoy.

Consider your budget.

Of course, your budget is also an important consideration when it comes to buying a mattress for your child. Because mattresses are always big ticket purchases, you might want to skimp on what your child will use, but please, don’t do this. Your child also needs to be comfortable, so investing on a mattress is always a good idea. And if you buy a quality Salem Bed, you’re sure that it will last for years, so you can just opt to get a regular sized mattress and enjoy the mattress for years to come.

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Choosing the right mattress for your child might be a bit of a challenge, but as they play a vital role in your kid’s bedroom, investing in one is always the best way to go about it. A whole lot of Salem Bed products will be perfect for your little one, especially since we also accept custom orders.


Mattress Shopping Tips for Couples


We’ve said it before and we won’t get tired saying it again and again: if you’re buying a new mattress, it’s highly important to actually get a good feel of the unit before you pay for it. Mattresses are big ticket purchases that cost a good deal of money, so you will want to make sure that it’s comfortable if you’re spending a lot on it. Cars can be test driven and electronics can be tested before you hand the money, so why don’t you want to do it with a mattress? As you’ll be spending 1/3 of your life in it, you should pick one that suits your needs and comfort preferences.

We know that mattress shopping is a challenge. A lot of them feels the same and it’s a total hassle to lie down on mattresses while at the store. What you should know, though, is that all of these are necessary. You should go through all of it if you want to bring home a good surface to lay down in every night.

Some people hate mattress shopping. It even gets more challenging when they have to do it with their bed partner as two people can have different opinions and preferences on comfort. So, how do you shop for a new mattress as a couple? Here are some tips.

1. Talk it out.

As most people say, communication is key for a relationship to work out. So make sure to talk to your bed partner about what they’d want your new mattress to be like. Explore the many possibilities and make sure to cover the following:

  • Budget. You need to have a set budget for a new mattress as these products can range from really cheap to really expensive. Decide on how much the two of you are willing to spend on your sleeping surface. This is important to talk about so you won’t waste time looking at products that your partner wouldn’t like. It will also help the both of you narrow down your options.
  • Type of mattress. When shopping for a new mattress, you have so many options: foam, memory foam, latex foam, spring, and pocketed spring. Deciding on what the two of you might like or will want to look at is important, so you can have a better plan when mattress shopping.
  • Firmness level. Determining what feels comfortable for the both of you is essential if you want to get the right mattress for your bedroom. Make sure to discuss with your bed partner what they liked and disliked about your old mattress. Also note how soft or firm they want the bed to be. Make sure to also talk about whether they experience body pains and aches from your old mattress so you can easily consider not getting the same kind of mattress again.
  • Schedule for mattress shopping. It’s important that the both of you gets to try the mattress. If you can go mattress shopping together, it can help ensure that you’ll find the right one for your good night’s sleep.

2. Be ready to compromise. Not everyone, even the closest of kin, agree on everything. Especially when it comes to mattresses, people just really tend to have different preferences. So, if you share a bed with someone else, be ready to compromise. You’ll most likely just have to meet in the middle of what the both parties consider as comfortable. Just make sure that you both find the mattress you’re getting very comfortable and you’re not just settling.

3. Go mattress shopping together. This is the most important tip you need to do. Don’t let your bed partner let you look for a mattress on your own because you’ll need to find a unit that feels great for the both of you. It’s essential that you two get to try the mattress before you pay for it, so make sure to drag them if you have to just to get a new mattress.

sleeping couple

There’s really no way to cut corners when shopping for a mattress. You really need to physically experience the unit in order to decide whether you like it or not. It’s a hassle to be stuck with the wrong mattress, so make sure to really do the legwork and exert the effort in finding a comfortable mattress for you and your bed partner.


Why Investing on a Good Mattress can Help Improve Your Sleep


Sleep is, without a doubt, one of the most important things you need to do to keep yourself healthy. While we still don’t know why it’s so important, not sleeping can lead to very serious illnesses that can turn fatal. Science have also proven its importance over and over again, so at this point, it’s already fully established that you have to sleep.

Sadly, not a lot of people get quality sleep regularly. A lot of things can factor in this, and some times, your body is just really wired to make catching some shuteye a major challenge. In many cases, you really have to work hard to get some quality zzz’s. But there are also a lot of easy ways to improve your slumber.

One of the best and easiest ways to help boost the quality of your sleep is by investing on a good mattress. This fact is backed up by many sleep experts, noting that a comfortable surface matters in helping you get a good night’s sleep. Others may want to ignore this fact as much as they can, but there’s really no going around it. A quality mattress is really essential in catching some quality shuteye.

The only downside to mattresses is you often get what you pay for. If you want to save, you’ll most likely get a less than stellar product. If you’re willing to invest, though, you’re in for nights of comfort and quality sleep.

The Importance of a Good Mattress

The value of a mattress to your sleep is pretty simple: it lets you get comfortable. If you’re comfy, the easier you can relax, and the better the sleep you’ll get. Of course, there are tons of other features mattresses can have like motion isolation, special fabric treatments, or cooling designs to prevent you from getting hot in the night. All of these are just extras as the main priority is your comfort when you lay down to sleep at night.

The main purpose of your mattress is to provide a cozy surface that will let your body rest properly all throughout the night. As we spend a great chunk of our days in bed, it’s just essential to have a mattress that you feel comfortable in. This way, you can easily relax and lull yourself to sleep easily.

Investing on a Good Mattress

If you wish to invest on a good mattress, we always recommend Salem Bed spring mattresses. Spring mattresses are durable and will not get heated the longer you lie down on it as they have spaces inside where air can move around and let the furnishing breathe. The firmness levels vary, though, so make sure to choose one according to your preference. It’s best if you can try them before taking one home so you can be sure that you’re really comfortable in the mattress that you buy.

Some people prefer foam mattresses, though. There’s no problem in this, you just have to make sure to choose a good one. You also need to know that foam mattresses come in varying density levels and that can affect their firmness.

Low density foams are softer and more malleable. They’re also cheap and will most likely wear down in the shortest amount of time. Medium density foams are soft-firm and are already great budget options for many homes. High density foams are firm with ample give, making them perfect for those who need excellent back support.

Memory foams are special as they follow the contour of your body. Latex are also great as they’re soft and made from natural materials, so you don’t have to worry about getting allergies or harmful fumes.

What you need to know about foams is that they are bound to lose thickness over the years. This is mostly due to compression from daily use, so expect to see your foam getting thinner as the years go by.

Again, when it comes to mattresses, you often get what you pay for. If you wish to get the lowest-priced product, be ready to need to replace it in a couple of years. So make sure to also check the product’s warranty to know the shortest life span the item you’re eyeing could have. Most items will last way longer than its warranty period, but a short warranty should tell you the indicated number of years would be the minimum lifespan of your item.

Replacing Your Mattress can Improve Your Sleep


If you can’t sleep at night, your mattress could be the very reason why. Mattresses should only last seven to eight years, so if yours have lasted longer, maybe it’s time to get a new one.

Salem Bed mattresses are some of the best options in the market today, so make sure to check out our selections by visiting our website or any of our dealers. If you want to keep yourself updated with our latest promos and sale events, make sure to follow us in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well.

The Goldilocks Conundrum in Mattress Shopping

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We all know the old fairy tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. The little blondie goes on to try the three different beds in the bear family’s household and found Papa bear’s bed too firm, Mama bear’s bed too soft, and Baby bear’s bed just right. It actually perfectly depicts mattress shopping if you ask us. Everyone has their own “just right” mattress as comfort depends on personal preference.

For some people, Papa bear’s firm feels “just right”. For others, Mama bear’s soft is their best match. For Goldilocks and Baby bear, it’s the third mattress that feels just great. For you, it can be an entirely different mattress altogether so we always recommend testing out the beds before purchasing one. We say it over and over again, only you can determine what’s comfortable for you, so make sure to test “drive” mattresses before you buy. These products are big ticket purchases, so you have to be absolutely sure that you’re comfortable in them.

The Best vs. The Most Comfortable

The most common question we get is “what is the best mattress in your line?” Our response is to automatically point you to the Legacy mattress. It’s the finest product in our range, so we take great confidence in this product. However, we also know that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you prefer a firm sleeping surface.

This brings us back to the Goldilocks conundrum once again, as our best might not be the most comfortable for you. The Legacy, our best mattress, is a perfect combination of soft and firm as it makes use of a pocketed spring coil system topped with latex foam. It will let you sink just enough to feel cozy and embraced.

Others, however, need extra back support, so a firmer mattress is required. We have a number of firm mattresses that you can also check and try in stores.


Solving the Goldilocks Conundrum

So, how do you find your “just right” mattress? Simple: Try them out and make sure to do the following:

  • Lie down on mattresses on display in stores for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Try out every position you most typically do when you sleep.
  • Wear comfy clothes. This way, you can really get the feel of the bed and not get poked and stabbed by your jean zippers and whatnots.
  • Try as much mattresses as you can.
  • Ask your salesman a lot of questions. You’ll want to know what’s inside the bed, what the fabric used is, and a lot of other things.
  • Do your own homework and read reviews, but don’t rely on them entirely. Again, mattresses provide very subjective experiences. The most you can get out of reviews is learn how durable a brand is and how great their customer service is.

When it comes to mattress shopping, patience is definitely a virtue. Even Goldilocks just found the right mattress for her on her third try, so give it some time if you’re having some difficulties in finding the right mattress for you.

Don’t know where to start your search? Visit one of our dealers to try out a Salem Bed.